August 23

Kids Holiday Programme Ideas: Mt Maunganui, Papamoa & Tauranga


If you're a working parent, or holidaying in and around Mount Maunganui, and you're looking for a holiday programme to keep your kids entertained, then you're in luck.

As we're spoilt for options in the area.

We've put together a list of the best kids holiday programmes for you to check out below:



PROVIDER: House of Surf

WHERE: Mount Maunganui Main Beach

AGES: 7 -12

Surfing has got to be one of (if not the) healthiest sports on the planet. 

Immersed in nature, surrounded by the salt air, sun and waves, it’s a great option for kids looking for something extra fun and exciting over the holidays.

At the end of each school term the team the House of Surf runs a Holiday Surf Camp for young kids.

The surf camp is for complete beginners looking to learn how to surf for the first time, through to experienced kids that surf on a regular basis.

*School Of Excellence Holiday Program for advanced kids here.

The surf camp teaches kids how to surf - and get better for sure, teaching water safety and awareness, but most importantly it’s all about the fun.

Beach games, challenges, competitions, snorkelling, body surfing and more.


PROVIDER: House of Skate

WHERE: Arataki Skate Park

AGES: 7 -12

If you’re a kid that loves skateboarding, you’re going to love this one - a holiday programme focused entirely around skating.

Run by professional coaches the holiday program will be an immersive event with coaches guiding the kids through the motions. 

Supervised throughout, the group will be challenged to improve, and supported by the group.

Plus, with access to some incredible facilities - Rugby pitches, Basketball courts, Playgrounds, Pump track, and even the swimming pool in case of bad weather.

This is a great option for high energy kids, that love extreme sports and want something a little different.



WHERE: Tauranga

AGES: 5 -13

If your kid is nuts about rugby, then the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union could be the place for you.

They run a holiday program for kids full of fun activities, all focused around the sport of Rugby.

Team games, drills, fitness, and more.


PROVIDER: Otumoetai Football

WHERE: Otumoetai

AGES: 5 -12

Soccer is definitely a growing sport in the Tauranga area, and as such it’s great to see some options popping up for kids in the holidays.

A chance for youngsters to hone in their skills, kick about, and have fun with other soccer loving kids in the process.



PROVIDER: Nature Library

WHERE: Mount Maunganui

AGES: 7 -12

It’s great to see a holiday option for kids focused entirely around nature right here in the Bay of Plenty.

Muddy hands, and free range kids, this holiday programme is all about immersing kids in nature and learning the magic of what’s around them.

From planting seeds, making dens, tree climbing and more.

A great opportunity for kids to be kids, ditch their devices, go get muddy and run amok.



WHERE: Tauranga

AGES: 5 -14

Skids is an after-school care service that also offers holiday programme options for kids too.

A full service operation, they offer a solution for working parents in Mount Maunganui and the wider area.

From arts and crafts, to music and DIY, a great all-round option.

PROVIDER: Coast Kids

WHERE: Tauranga

AGES: 5 -14

This is a mobile holiday programme taking a group of young kids on daily outings doing fun activities.

Being mobile, they can make the most of what the Bay of Plenty has to offer.

PROVIDER: Schools Out

WHERE: Tauranga

AGES: 4 -14

Specialising in after-school care, these guys also offer options for the holidays too.

From face painting lessons, to puppeteering, box building, tea parties and more.


We're spoilt for options here in the Bay of Plenty, with kids holiday programmes catering for every interest imaginable.

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