Holidays

Kids DIY Pinecone Christmas Trees 

Getting out and about to collect pinecones is step one in our Christmassy art project made with Resene Testpot colours. We found our cones alongside the bike tracks at Bottle Lake Forest.  You’ll need:  Pinecones  Small terracotta pots  Paint brushes  Resene Testpots  Pom poms for …

Adventures in nature

Whether your child prefers their adventures adrenalin-fuelled or more laid-back, there is something to satisfy every youngster, from toddlers through to teens at the Christchurch Adventure Park (CAP). Thrill seekers will get the excitement they desire in the form of a downhill mountain bike ride …

Catch some family time

KALEB DOCKERILL was introduced to freshwater fishing by his dad ANDY at a young age, and he has been a big fan ever since. We chatted to Kaleb about what he likes about his outdoorsy hobby. How did you get into freshwater fishing? I have always liked …

Taking to the hills

Seven-year-old RUBY ROMANO and friends trek into Canterbury’s hill country to hunt for deer, pigs, rabbits and possums as often as they can. Ruby shared her success at a recent hunting competition with Family Times and told us what she loves about hunting. In July, Lincoln …

Avoiding road trip rows

Families heading off on a road trip these school holidays might want to take some earplugs. New research reveals it takes just 31 minutes into a car journey for arguments to start. The most common reasons arguments break out in the car are incorrect directions …

Tūhura Science Centre, Otago Museum

Make sure Otago Museum is in the plan on your next trip to Dunedin! The biggest science centre in New Zealand is at Otago Museum. There is a Tropical Forest with hundreds of exotic butterflies, an indoor waterfall, and many other rainforest creatures. Kept to the humidity and warmth of a …

Visit the albatross

A firm favourite with families, the Royal Albatross Centre on the Otago Peninsula is the only mainland breeding colony of the Northern Royal Albatross in the world. The Royal Albatross Centre is a twitcher’s paradise, and perhaps surprisingly to some, it has been a firm …

Dunedin Sci-fest

What do the moon, running with dinosaurs, and explosive science have in common? They’re all part of this year’s New Zealand International Science Festival!  The festival is thrilled to be launching its largest and most dynamic festival to date. Usually a biennial event, participants are …