5 adventures to liven up the School Holidays

Get up close to this neat scale model

The School Holidays are creeping up. With winter’s chill biting at the door you might be shrieking, “what the heck are we going to do with the kiddies for two weeks!”

Hold off on the panic, there's plenty on offer here. Check out these for starters:

1. Main Street Model at Cobblestones Museum, Greytown: Being from Greytown need not be a prerequisite to enjoying Thomas Nieuwenhuis’ architectural scale-model of the business precinct as it was in 1918. The model and the accompanying exhibition – 38 Sections, 38 Stories - provide a fascinating insight into Greytown 100 years ago. Kids will be wowed by the detail and the lights which flash to show what buildings remain today,which don’t, plus others that have been relocated. After Cobblestones, pop over to Schoc Chocolates right next door, and it’s a Greytown must-do!

Pukaha National Wildlife Centre  

2.Weta Wonderland: On the matter of scale, get yourselves to Pukaha and check out the new resident lurking in the bush. The 5 metre long weta sculpture is part of Te Wahi Weta, (weta place) and a must see. Over the school holidays Pukaha run their awesome Junior Rangers programme, when kids experiene heaps of activities. To book contact Kyleigh: info@pukaha.org.nz or ph 06 375-8004.

Wairarapa Coast

3.Coastal Cappers: Staying outside,  let the kids run free at Castlepoint. Yes, the iconic lighthouse is a picture postcard, but the only way to truly enjoy it is up close and personal. Let the kids loose on the beach, wet their feet in the surf and maybe even chance their luck with a fishing rod. 

4.Star-struck:  Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art & History in Masterton boast some stunning exhibitions and it’s also a great place for kids. Their fun and interactive school holiday programme - for 8-12 year olds - will be exploring Matariki, the stories and the science behind it. To book ph 06 370 0001, or email info@aratoi.co.nz. Aratoi is next door to beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park, The Wool Shed and the Trust House Recreation Centre, all great Masterton family places. 

Martinborough Manor

5.Fabulous Farm Fun: It’s not all wine and olive oil in Martinborough, there's loads of fun to have down on the farm at Martinborough Manor. The 6 acre working farmlet and orchard, (on the outskirts of town), is a great place to feed and pet animals. Hear how the animals are actually working for a living.  The animals are very tame and most love to eat from your hand. The tour takes about 90-minutes and can be tailored to big people or little people.  Bookings essential, call 027-2493369.

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