Head to Hobsonville Point these School Holidays
Oct 3 2018 Community
The school holidays are upon us once again, and you know what that means – operation ‘keep the kids occupied’ has commenced. If you’re falling short of ideas for daytime activities, why not head over to Hobsonville Point? There’s plenty of activities for the kids to enjoy, and hey, while you’re there, why not check out an open home or two and see what all the fuss is about?
1. Bike along the Te Ara Manawa Hobsonville Point (Coastal Walkway)
If you’re a stickler for the scenic route, the Coastal Walkway should be top of your school holiday list. The Coastal Walkway is a 5km loop that traces the picturesque peninsula, taking in parks, playgrounds and cafes along the way.
The walkway is designed to be family friendly. For the most part, it’s flat, off-road, and sealed – perfect for all ages. And despite its name, it’s not just for walking either: bikes, scooters, prams or skates are welcome too, as are our four-legged friends (but don’t forget the leash).
Pro tip: On your way around the walkway, be sure to stop by Fabric, a gorgeous new cafe at Catalina Bay, with plenty of outdoor waterfront seating. It’s the perfect pitstop for a well deserved fluffy (and a much needed coffee).
2. Find yourself a Feast at the Catalina Bay Farmers Market
The Catalina Bay Farmers Market is the ultimate vice for fussy eaters and ravenous teens alike. Tuck into a mussel fritter or devour a donut; the market is brimming with delicious food options to please everyone’s taste buds. There’s also fresh produce, a butcher, a cheese stall and more, so you can get the groceries done at the same time. For a full list of artisan produce, head to the Catalina Bay Farmers Market website.
And heads up – the Catalina Farmers Market are putting on some fun activities for the kids over the course of the school holidays. Join Milly Vanilla for some cupcake decorating and Salty River Farms for some DIY vegetable creations on Friday the 5th and 12th October between 12-3pm.
The Catalina Bay Farmers Market is open every Friday, 11am-5pm, and Saturday and Sunday 8.30am-2pm.
3. Fly through Harrier Park and enjoy the scenery
From Catalina Bay, head up the hill to the gorgeous Harrier Point park. It’s surrounded by beautiful established trees and has water views to die for. It features a huge, 360-degree bucket swing, BBQs, a separate exercise area - and a most excellent flying fox.
It also has a large grassed area – the ideal setup for a late afternoon picnic. Pick up some produce from the farmers market, slap some saussies on the barbie and relax in the sun while the children play.
4. Get out on the water with the Fullers ferry
The Fullers Ferry runs between Hobsonville Point and Auckland City every weekday from downtown Quay Street ferry terminal and Hobsonville Point Wharf. Make a day of it and enjoy a boat trip with the kids to take in the picturesque Waitemata Harbour in all its glory.
For the full ferry timetable, head over the Fullers website here.
5. Make a splash at the Catalina Water Park
It’s springtime, and that means it’s getting warmer. Luckily Hobsonville Point has no shortage of water, even away from the coastal fringes. Located on the corner of Onekiritea and Tuatua Road is the Catalina Water Park. Here you’ll find an array of water features which move the water from A to B in mesmerizing fashion – through moats, over and under water features. And it’s all fun size! Designed for kids to run, jump and generally make a splash, so be sure to pack a towel.
6. Hobsonville Point Playground
The Hobsonville Point playground is like no other. Inspired by seed pods found on the New Zealand coast, the playground dubs as sculptural landmark – a welcome spin on the classic ‘slide and two swing’ playground set. There are climbing nets, plenty of swings (no queuing here), wobbly wooden steps and more. Suitable for ages and abilities, and conveniently placed near the Catalina Cafe along the Coastal Walkway. How handy.