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Nelson, New Zealand

Kids in Nelson, New Zealand

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Touch the Sea Aquarium

Mapua

Aquariums

‘Touch the Sea’ brings you eye to goggly eye with some of New Zealand’s sea and shoreline critters. Watch octopus, eels, sharks, rays and sea-horses do their thing in watery confinement and learn just how bizarre some creatures can be. Brilliant for kids.

  • Prices: Child $4.50, adult $7.50, family entry $16.
  • Contact: 8 Aranui Rd, Mapua Wharf
  • Tel: 03-540-3557
  • Fax: 03-540-3557
  • Email: info@seatouchaquarium.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Mapua Adventures

Mapua

Boat trips

Royal spoonbills, Hamilton spins, Rabbit Island, an abandoned submarine and ornithologist Dr George Bennett-Wilkinson...? Intrigued? Mapua Adventures offers every flavour of boat tour, all to an exceptional standard. Those big on birds will love the specialised expert-commentated tour throughout the Waimea Estuary where pied shag, variable oystercatcher and spoonbill colonies reside. If you’re after some white-knuckle, jet boating opt for the ‘Wild Water Rush’ or try the kid-friendly all-rounder ‘Estuary Explorer’. They can even drop you and your picnic off in style at Rabbit Island.

Mapua Adventures
  • Prices: Discovery Tour; adults $89, children $39. Estuary Tour; adults $59, children $39. Spoonbill colony tour $35 pp. Wild Water Rush jetboat ride $59 pp. Bird-watching tour $99 - $150 pp. Open 15th October to 31st March.
  • Contact: 8 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf, Mapua/Nelson
  • Tel: 03-540-3833
  • Fax: 03-540-3833
  • Email: info@mapuaadventures.co.nz
  • Web: www.mapuaadventures.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Bencarri Nature Park

Golden Bay

Nature & wildlife

Perfect for family expeditions, Bencarri Nature Park offers a gold blend of animals, history, nature and eats. They do a ripping gourmet burger and home-made soups and cater brilliantly for kids with child-friendly healthy snacks.

  • Contact: McCallum Road, Kotinga, Takaka
  • Tel: 03-525-8261
  • Fax: 03-525-9741
  • Email: leithal@xtra.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Te Mania and Richmond Plains Cellar Door and The Grape Escape

Richmond

Restaurants

The cellar door for Te Mania and Richmond Plains wines is set in a delightful 130-year-old settlers' cottage that forms part of ‘The Grape Escape’. The wide balcony, sweeping lawns and cottage gardens, complete with children’s playground (and Rosie the old tractor), spell fun for all, particularly those supping the various award-winning wines. Browse the arts, crafts and local labels then indulge in one of the Grape Escape café’s ‘exceedingly good cakes'. The café and wine bar offer morning and afternoon tea and lunch (which have all been known to blend seamlessly together in the past).

Te Mania and Richmond Plains Cellar Door and The Grape Escape
  • Prices: Wine prices range from $16 - $30 a bottle. Small fee for tasting refundable upon purchase.
  • Contact: Mc Shane Road, Richmond, Nelson
  • Tel: 03-544-4054
  • Email: cellardoor@temania.co.nz
  • Web: www.grapeescape.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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