OFF BEATEN TRACK

Welling­ton Four of the best-kept se­crets for fam­ily fun this sum­mer.

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the great scav­enger hunt

One of Welling­ton’s favourite an­nual events re­turns in Jan­uary 2016. With new des­ti­na­tions to find, clues to solve and chal­lenges to com­plete, The Great Scav­enger Hunt is a fun fam­ily day out for scav­engers of all ages.

Scav­engers start the day by pick­ing up a map from Cap­i­tal E Cen­tral, 4 Queens Wharf, or down­load­ing it in ad­vance from cap­i­tale.org.nz. Don’t for­get to dress up on the day for spot prizes.

Sun­day, 24 Jan­uary (Wet weather day – Mon­day 25 Jan­uary)

Goblin For­est

Set on ma­jes­tic Mount Taranaki is a bush­walk that will cap­ture your kids’ imag­i­na­tions and have them look­ing out for fairies, goblins, elves and hob­bits. A pop­u­lar choice for vis­i­tors is the Goblin For­est, also known as the Kamahi Walk. The trip to Wilkies Pools is an­other great one for fam­i­lies, and the track is pushchair-friendly. Af­ter a 15 minute stroll, you’ll find a se­ries of nat­u­ral plunge pools and slides. Be sure to take your togs. Start­ing at the top of Pem­broke Road in the Taranaki town of Strat­ford (half an hour from New Ply­mouth), you can choose from many dif­fer­ent walks.

Govett-brew­ster Art Gallery/ Len Lye Cen­tre

With its curvy walls made of mir­ror-like stain­less steel, New Ply­mouth’s newly-opened Govett-brew­ster Art Gallery/len Lye Cen­tre is quickly be­com­ing New Zealand’s most pho­tographed build­ing. The art gallery of­fers fan­tas­tic school hol­i­day pro­grammes and drop-in in­ter­ac­tive art-mak­ing ses­sions on top of its ev­er­chang­ing art and film ex­hi­bi­tions. While you’re there, New Ply­mouth has a lot of other at­trac­tions for the fam­ily to see and do. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to visit.taranaki.info

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