Adventure Parks for Kids

Get in the trees!

Are you looking for a challenge for the whole family? Why not take the kids to an adventure park this weekend?

Adventure parks are like outdoor obstacle courses with a number of activities for kids designed to physically test even the fittest and strongest of children.

Usually located in bushland or woods, an adventure park differs from a theme park in that rather than having rides or amusements, it has a number of physical challenges laid out in a sequence.

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Will Your Kids Enjoy an Adventure Park?

Do your kids like adventure sports? If they are into outdoor activities and like to challenge themselves physically, they will love visiting an adventure park. Adventure parks are fun and a great way to get outdoors and experience the New Zealand bush. They are usually packed full of kids' activities which make for a great day out for the entire family.

Most typical adventure parks offer some or all of the following attractions:

  • Rope bridges - bridges made of rope strung between trees
  • Flying foxes - small handheld cable car used to get down from heights
  • Obstacle courses - challenges such as ditches and fences which participants have to overcome to reach the end
  • Rope swings - a way to get across water by swinging from a rope suspended from a tree.

Some adventure parks also provide optional activities such as kayaking, horse riding and dirt bike riding. Most parks have souvenir shops and food outlets as well as toilets.

There may be age limitations on some activities, particularly those that require a certain level of co-ordination and balance. Very young children can usually find specially tailored activities for their age group.

How to Organise an Adventure Park Visit with Your Kids

There are a number of adventure parks located throughout the country, often in country areas where there are a lot of trees or interesting landscape features. Many are only open during the tourist season and they may be closed during bad weather, so it is a good idea to check first if you are not sure. An adventure fun park usually has an entry fee which can be anything from $50 per adult, although there are often discounts for families and season ticket holders.

Check the ActiveActivities directory for details!

Before you go, check whether or not you can take your own food into the fun park and make sure you have weather appropriate clothing and plenty of sunscreen. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.

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