Top 10 Things To Do In Pakiri – Family Edition

April 10, 2019

Horse Riding

Pakiri Beach is famous for its horse treks – whether you choose a 1 or 2 hour ride, a half day or a full day ride, or an overnight trek, horse riding is one of the most relaxing yet exciting ways to really see this beautiful wild place. Pakiri Beach Horse Rides are a handy 11 min drive from the park.

WebsitePakiri Beach Horse Rides

Ti Point Reptile Park

If your kids are lovers of all things reptilian they will love NZ’s only specialist reptile zoo – based in Leigh you’ll see tuatara, turtles, alligators, water dragons and more!

The park is approx. 20 mins drive away from Pakiri Holiday Park.

WebsiteReptile Park


The Sculptureum in Matakana is a favourite with kids and adults alike – kids love spotting all the new and different sculptures in the three sculpture-filled gardens and the parents will love the six themed art galleries and sampling the wine from the vineyard at beautiful Rothko restaurant!

The Sculptureum is approx. 30mins from Pakiri Holiday Park.

Website: Sculptureum


Hire kayaks and take your pick of awesome kayaking experiences: kayak around pretty Leigh Harbour and its rocky coastline; head to Matheson Bay and cruise around the small island off the beach; or kayak the long beautiful beach at Pakiri if calm.

Glass Bottom Boat at Goat Island

Don’t miss this special experience viewing a variety of beautiful fish and fauna at the Goat Island Marine Reserve through the clear glass bottom of your boat! See fish, rays and other marine life while you cruise through this special reserve.

The Glass Bottom Boat is approx. 17 mins drive from Pakiri Beach.


Get the kids snorkelling lessons and give them the keys to a whole new world . . . Once they’ve got the basics they will love exploring and learning more about the area’s unique marine environment.

Salt Water Eco is approx. 30mins from Pakiri Beach.

Matakana Country Park

Matakana Country Park has endless family activities – meet and feed the farm animals, ride the miniature train, take a horse and carriage ride, play on the adventure playground, have a pony ride and visit the art gallery. And if you need refreshments after all that, there’s a cafe, a restaurant and a bar onsite.

The Park is approx. 30mins from Pakiri Beach.

Goat Island SnorkellingGoat Island Snorkelling

Once they know how, hire snorkels and spend hours cruising around in the waters at Goat Island getting a “fish-eye’s view”. See if you can spot one of the reserve’s famous one metre long snappers!

The Glass Bottom Boat is approx. 17 mins drive from Pakiri Beach.

The Leigh Sawmill Cafe

The Sawmill Cafe is a great relaxed option for families – try their excellent pizzas in the covered courtyard or the garden, and relax while the kids play on the old boat and the swings.

The Cafe is approx. 15 mins drive from Pakiri Beach.


For keen little fisher people, Pakiri is a popular spot for throwing a line in off the beach. Take lunch and settle in on this beautiful undeveloped slice of paradise (and take home a snapper!)