Quality Inn Angus
CNR Waterloo Rd. & Cornwall St
Phone: (64) 4 5601100
Fax: (64) 4 5694744
Twenty minutes from the center of Wellington is New Zealand's highest indoor rock climbing venue, Hangdog Climbing Centre. They have experienced guides and full safety equipment and are extremely encouraging to the beginners. There is also a special area for experienced climbers to practice their technique.
A short ride around Wellington harbor to the Hutt Valley will find you at Avalon Park. With a skateboarding ramp, lagoon, mini putt, train rides, and playground this lovely picnic spot provides an ideal outing for the day. Stroll around the manmade lagoon and feed the ducks while the kids play in the wooden fortress. Picnic in the playground or cross over the road and picnic beside the Hutt River. This river meanders down from the hill through the valley to the harbor. It is great for fishing, swimming and canoeing.
With lovely white sand, some challenging rockfaces to climb, and lots of rock pools for the children and you to explore, this is a great place for an all day outing. Sit in the sun, swim and fire up the barbecue, with many other locals, at the end of the day. The swimming is fairly safe in this sheltered cove. It is also a very popular entry point for divers (watch them snorkel out then disappear). There is plenty of parking, changing sheds and fresh water close at hand. Enjoy yourself.
Rip around this course in speedy (but safe) go-carts. Pit yourself against friend or foe on more than 500 metres of snaking indoor track. Feel the adrenaline rush and the power of the engines as you fly around a course even the professionals would find a challenge. You have got to be either 12 years or older to drive, and at least 1.48 metres tall (otherwise you can not reach the pedals) to have your share of fun at Daytona Indoor Raceway.
Framed by the Eastbourne coastline, the harbor heads and Wellington city this long safe swimming beach is a popular spot in the summer months. From the western end you can watch the water-skiers as they whirl around, walk to the wooden wharf popular with fishermen (and women), and picnic in the picnic area (barbecues provided). As you pass along the beach to the eastern end where the children's play area and miniature railway are situated, pause for a moment at the Settlers Museum for a little bit of history.
At Indoor Grand Prix you are promised a lot of excitement when you go-kart on this indoor circuit. Race against friends or foe as you reach speeds of up to 30 kilometers an hour in a safe yet challenging environment. You have to be 9 years old or older and at least 1.2 meters tall (to be able to reach the pedals). There are two-seater bikes for the smaller kids for a lap or two or three or four.
The Wainuiomata pool complex is set in an attractive setting of rose gardens, trees and large grassed areas. The complex comprises pools for toddlers, learners, teaching and a 50 meter main pool. An 80 meter open waterslide winds its way through a native bush hillside to a separate heated landing pool. Snacks and drinks are available from convenient vending machines. Qualified lifeguards are on hand to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
This family orientated four-pool facility has six lanes, is 25 metres long and is ideal for lane swimming. There is also a diving pool, a learners pool (80 centimetres deep), and a baby's pool with a climbing frame and a slide inside it. There are vending machines and numerous chairs and tables in the outside grassed area. Programmes include aqua aerobics (daily), swimming lessons and school holiday activities. Other facilities include an on site spa and sauna.
So much more than a swimming pool, this aquatic centre is a mecca for water lovers. The wave pool, river ride, whirl-pool, hydroslide, water cannon and waterfalls will entertain the children for hours. The more mature can soak in a spa, hot up in a steam room or sauna or just while away the time with a cappucino or espresso from the well-stocked cafe. Whatever your tastes, be prepared to stay for a while.
As the name suggests, Adrenalin Forest ensures the adrenalin rush of coming face-to-face with adventure. It includes a series of obstacles including rope bridges, Tarzan swings and a lot more that will get you sweating in no time. Safety is of prime importance so you needn't worry when flying from platforms as high as 30 meters. A trip to Adrenalin Forest simply makes for an unforgettable experience.
This facility is the most comprehensive of its type in Wellington. The adult go-karts are modern 200cc machines capable of 50 kilometres per hour. The cut down versions for children are quick, safe and carefully monitored. Unique two-seater karts are designed to take children as a passenger in short bursts. These machines have small steering wheels to increase the sensation for preschoolers. Fees include helmets and overalls and an electronically timed lap printout. This facility also caters for company team building.
Views, bush picnic, a park and a pool: what more could you want? Set in 60 acres of native bush in the affluent suburb of Khandallah you will find this outdoor pool. The main Khandallah Summer Pool is 30 meters long and the small children's pool is 30 centimeters deep. This unique facility includes walking tracks, picnic areas, streams and a children's play area. Changing rooms and a small shop are on site and lifeguards patrol the pool during the summer season. Admission and parking are free. The pool is open from November to March. Check website for more details.