For the Kids

By   Pip   -  March 29 / 2022

Written by Sarah Cameron

For the Kids

Napier’s CBD is full of surprises, with plenty on offer to keep the smaller people in your group amused.

Marine Parade

Although the water is a no-go, beachcombing or building driftwood sculptures and huts along the beachfront is a lovely way to spend an afternoon.  The viewing platform provides a great view of the ocean and is the perfect place to do a bit of ship-spotting.

Marine Parade has fantastic walking and biking paths stretching along the ocean for miles.  You can hire bikes and scooters or enjoy using your foot-power.

For small and big kids

Along Marine Parade are some brilliant free bike and scooter parks and playgrounds, all designed for different age groups.  There’s plenty of places inside the parks and grounds for adults to sit down to watch their charges and thankfully there are cafes and food stores nearby should sustenance be required.

Napier Urban Farmers Market

Every Saturday from 9am to 1pm the Napier Urban Farmers Market is held in Clive Square (lower Emerson Street).  It’s where the locals shop and is the perfect place for the family to enjoy coffees and treats, and taste some of the best produce from the region.

Mini golf and surrounds

Near the i-Site on Marine Parade is 12 Par 2 Mini Golf that’s open every day from 9.30am.  After a round, walk across to the sunken gardens and then head down to the Soundshell and say hi to Napier’s Pania of the Reef in all her bronze glory.


Something fishy

Get up close and personal with Nemo and his family at the National Aquarium of New Zealand.  As well as housing the largest display of aquatic life in the country including Penguins and sharks, the Aquarium runs special events, personal encounters and handfeeding at set times of the day in the reef tank, the Oceanarium (where the sharks hang out) and the Penguins.  Open daily from 9am.



MTG has school holiday programme that offers something for the kids

The MTG museum and gallery on the roundabout of Tennyson Street and Marine Parade is not only a great place to spend a wet afternoon, it also runs school holiday programmes.

Words by Sarah Cameron –

Photo’s by Florence Charvin –

MTG Hawke's Bay

Visit the region’s award-winning museum. Explore interactive exhibitions, learn about local history and discover treasures from our archives. Kids’ activities, theatre events and a gift shop onsite means there’s something for everyone. Free entry.

Mon - Sun 9.30am-5pm

Par 2 Mini Golf

In the heart of Napier’s tourist zone.  Pack a picnic and enjoy an affordable golfing adventure.  Two courses set in landscaped gardens, right beside the sea.  Fun for everyone.  Extended summer hours.

Monday-Sunday 9.30am-4.30pm
Extended summer hours

Creative Arts Napier (CAN)

Visit the hub of Napier’s community arts in a beautiful historic building a short stroll from the heart of the city centre.
Enjoy free entry to the ever-changing exhibitions, join in on one of the many art workshops on offer or browse the locally made artwork for sale.


Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 2pm

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