OFF BEATEN TRACK
Wellington Four of the best-kept secrets for family fun this summer.
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)
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