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9 Cool Things to Do with Your Kids During the School Holidays in Ōtaki

School holidays are the perfect opportunity to create lasting memories with your kids. Instead of hearing the familiar "I'm bored" refrain, why not embark on exciting and enriching activities together?

Here's a guide to cool things you can do with your little ones during the school break in Ōtaki.

Ōtaki Kids Market

School holidays

The Ōtaki Kids Market is a delightful showcase of youthful entrepreneurship and creativity. This unique event transforms the young people into stallholders, allowing them to unleash their imagination and business savvy. From handcrafted arts and crafts to homemade treats, the market buzzes with the enthusiasm of these budding entrepreneurs. It's a heartwarming sight to witness kids confidently showcasing their talents, interacting with customers, and experiencing the thrill of running their mini-businesses. See the website for more details

Ōtaki Swimming Pool and Splash Pad

Monday - Friday 5.30am – 8pm & Saturday - Sunday 8am – 6pm

Check out the ultimate aquatic escapade at the Otaki swimming pool and splash pad! The pool offers refreshing coolness on hot summer days. The splash pad adds an extra dimension of excitement, perfect for the little ones to frolic and play amidst bursts of water jets and laughter. With lifeguards on duty and a vibrant, family-friendly atmosphere, our swimming pool and splash pad are not just places to beat the heat – they're hubs of joy and shared memories. Come join the splashy adventure! Follow them on Facebook for pool parties and fun activities

Ōtaki Museum

Discover the rich tapestry of Ōtaki's history at the Ōtaki Museum – a treasure trove of local heritage and culture. Nestled in the heart of the community, the museum invites visitors to embark on a journey through time, showcasing artifacts, photographs, and exhibits that weave the story of Ōtaki's past. From Maori heritage to early European settlement, the museum provides a captivating glimpse into the town's evolution. With its welcoming ambiance and engaging displays, the Ōtaki Museum stands as a small yet significant window into the vibrant narrative of this charming town.

Ōtaki Playgrounds

Ōtaki's playgrounds are vibrant hubs of laughter and adventure, catering to the boundless energy of our youngest residents and visitors. From the whimsical play structures at Marine Parade Playground, to the family-friendly amenities at Haruatai Park Playground. Swings, slides, and climbing frames beckon children to explore and play, while shaded areas provide respite for parents and caregivers.

Tasman Road Playground, Otaki Main Street Playground Totara Park, Centennial Park, the Skate Park and Haruatai park. - check out the KCDC website for all playground information.

The Pine Forest

The pine forest stands as a serene retreat, offering a peaceful escape into nature's embrace. The scent of pine needles fills the air as towering trees create a majestic canopy, providing shade and tranquility. This woodland haven invites visitors to wander through its winding trails, where dappled sunlight filters through the branches. The ideal spot for family fun.

Ōtaki Beach

Framed by the Tasman Sea, this expansive stretch of shoreline offers a summer escape for locals and visitors alike. Whether you're strolling along the water's edge, collecting seashells, building a sandcastle, going for a swim (between the flags) or simply basking in the breathtaking views of Kapiti Island. The vast expanse of the beach, coupled with the ever-changing hues of the sky, makes it an ideal spot for quiet contemplation, family picnics, or capturing the beauty of nature in its purest form.


Don't miss a visit to Maoriland, a cultural and artistic hub that celebrates rich heritage and creativity. Home to the renowned Māoriland Film Festival, it serves as a focal point for indigenous storytelling through the medium of film. Beyond cinema, Maoriland embraces the arts, music, and traditional crafts, contributing to the vibrant cultural tapestry of Ōtaki. Check out their Facebook page for upcoming events and activities.


A vibrant tapestry of local flavors, crafts, and community spirit. Every Sunday (during the summer and fortnightly in the Winter) the market invites both locals and visitors to explore its diverse stalls. From fresh produce and homemade treats to unique handcrafted goods, the market showcases the talents and offerings of Ōtaki's community. With a lively atmosphere, the market becomes a place for socializing, discovering hidden gems, and supporting local businesses. Check out the Facebook page.

Ōtaki Walks and trails

Ōtaki's tracks and trails weave a tapestry of natural wonders, beckoning outdoor enthusiasts to explore the town's scenic beauty. The tracks cater to varying levels of fitness and interests, promising hikers, walkers, and nature lovers an immersive experience. With each step, the murmur of flowing streams and the whisper of rustling leaves create a harmonious symphony, enhancing the sense of escape into the pristine landscapes. Ōtaki's tracks and trails aren't just routes; they're invitations to connect with nature, providing a peaceful sanctuary for those seeking solace and adventure in the great outdoors. Check out the KCDC website for all the details.

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