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School Holiday Activities

Looking for some great ideas to encourage the whānau to stay active these school holidays? We've got you covered! Explore below and find out what activities our Play in the Bay recreation team are organising these school holidays.

Explore your Backyard

Spring school holidays, 2019

Discover local parks and reserves across the Bay of Plenty at free Explore Your Backyard open days.

Eastern Bay of Plenty - Ōhope

10:00am to 3:30pm, Friday 4 October

Discover the hidden treasures in the Mahy Reserve, Ōhope these school holidays with a day of free activities for the whole whānau including two nearby ranger-guided walks.

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  • Meet the rangers and learn more about the natural wonders of the Fairbrother Loop and Tauwhare Pa site, Ōhope.
  • Kids’ activities (Mahy Reserve, 10am to 2pm)
  • Picnic facilities

Guided walks

Fairbrother Loop

10:30am to 12:30pm

Take a guided walk with a DOC ranger through the Fairbrother Loop and learn about the environment, ecosystems, plants, birds and medicinal plants. Create your own journal to collect mementos along the way and write about your experience through the Fairbrother Loop.

Meet at the entrance to Fairbrother Loop, bottom of Ōhope Hill.

Tauwhare Pa Site

1:30 to 3:30pm

Take a guided walk with a DOC ranger through the Tauwhare Pa site and learn about the significant historical and cultural aspects of the area. Create your own journal to collect mementos along the way and write about your experience through the Tauwhare Pa site.

Meet at the site on the left leaving Ōhope on the road to Ōpōtiki.

Western Bay of Plenty - TECT All Terrain Park

1:30pm, Tuesday 8 October

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Gather your whānau and bring the family dog for a fun afternoon exploring that the TECT All Terrain Park has to offer. Meet at the equestrian hub

  • Meet the rangers and learn more about the natural wonders of TECT All Terrain Park
  • Ranger-guided walks
  • Picnic facilities
  • Dogs welcome

Central Bay of Plenty - Lake Okataina Scenic Reserve

1 to 4pm, Thursday 10 October

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Explore the walks of the beautiful Lake Okataina Scenic Reserve and try the multiple kids' activities on offer.

  • Meet the rangers and discover more about the natural wonders of Lake Okataina Scenic Reserve
  • Ranger-guided walks
  • Kids' activities
  • Bring a picnic

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