Tips for little explorers

With its sparkling beaches, magical forests, and endless fun, Horowhenua is the perfect playground for young adventurers and families to explore.

Journey through time

Immerse your little explorers in the rich culture of Horowhenua by visiting historical sites and community centres. Places like Tokomaru Steam Engine Museum and Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom offer fascinating insights into the district’s history and traditions, providing valuable and interactive learning experiences for tamariki (children).

Discover the magic

Embark on a whimsical adventure at Foxton Beach’s Te Wharangi Holben Reserve, where tiny, colourful fairy doors are hidden in the forest, waiting for little explorers to discover. As you wander through the trees, keep your eyes peeled for these enchanting surprises. Occasionally, fairy door crafting classes are available, where you can create your own magical doors and hide them in the forest for others to find. Happy hunting!

Playgrounds galore

Horowhenua is a treasure trove of play spaces, each one a perfect setting for little explorers.

Dive into the rainbow of colours at Levin Adventure Park, where every slide, swing, and climbing frame promises boundless fun and excitement.

Embark on a magical journey through the enchanting Fairy Garden to Middle Earth playground, tucked away in the private south forest of Waitārere Beach. Unlike any other, this once-secret haven invites young adventurers to explore its recycled wonders. From rope swings to wooden structures, every piece of equipment is a creative masterpiece, repurposed from items like old quad bikes, boats, and jet skis found around the seaside settlement.

Let the good times roll

Check out the skatepark and pump tracks, designed especially for young thrill-seekers. These vibrant spaces offer young adventurers the opportunity to hone their skills, conquer new challenges, and experience the exhilarating rush of speed and freedom on wheels. Whether they're mastering tricks on a skateboard, scooter, or bike, children are sure to find endless excitement and fun at one of Horowhenua’s recreational hot spots like Foxton Beach Pump Track and Kennedy Park Pump Track.

Nature’s wonderland

Embark on an adventure to Lake Papaitonga Scenic Reserve, where Lake Waiwiri sparkles like a hidden gem waiting to be discovered! It's not just any lake – it's a haven for incredible wetland birds, soaring through the sky and dancing on its shimmering surface.

Get ready for a beach day like no other! Pack your snacks and head to Waitārere Beach for a picnic with your awesome crew of little explorers. Race along the sandy shores, building sandcastles and splashing in the waves. With so many beaches to choose from in our district, the adventures are endless.

Stay prepared for adventure

Make sure to pack essential supplies for your exploration, such as water bottles, snacks, sunscreen, hats, and comfortable walking shoes. The weather in Horowhenua can vary, so it's essential to be prepared for whatever conditions you might encounter during your adventures.

Quiet activities

Horowhenua boasts a range of options that offer both entertainment and tranquillity. One such spot is Focal Point Cinema, where young ones can get cosy and enjoy a movie. For those who prefer the peaceful ambiance of books, a visit to the library at Te Takeretang o Kura-hau-pō is a perfect choice. Here, children can find a cosy nook and unwind with a good read – keep an eye out during school holidays, as days are often jam packed full of free activities for tamariki of all ages to enjoy. These activities not only provide a break from the hustle and bustle but also offer valuable opportunities for learning and imagination.

With so much to see and do, Horowhenua truly is a paradise for little explorers and their families. So pack your bags, create new memories, and set off on your next family adventure!