October school holiday activities

Looking for some structured activities for the kids these holidays? Here's a list of some of the fun things on offer around Kāpiti.

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October is Save Kiwi Month at Ngā Manu

School Holiday workshops - Monday 4th - Fri 15th October 2021

We will have a variety of School Holiday workshops throughout the holidays and these will soon be listed on our website. The details will be confirmed in the week after the government’s next alert level announcement.

Saturday 2nd October 10 am to 5 pm: Kiwi for a Kiwi – Gold Coin Entry to Ngā Manu
(Please note – this event will only go ahead if we are in level 1).

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th October: Spring Sale of Clothing and Accessories
This will take place in our Robin’s Nest building to raise money for our kiwi. 


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El Rancho Spring Camp

Monday 11th - Fri 15th October 2021

This is a week-long, Day Camp with no overnight stay - the kids will need to be dropped off and picked up each day.

The camp fee includes exciting activities like Horse Riding, Rock Climbing, Archery, Kayaks & Waterslide, along with Morning & Afternoon Teas and Lunch every day!


Fun Zone Holiday Programmes

4-8 and 11 - 15 Oct 2021

Ready to say see-ya to school holiday stress? Look no further - the Fun Zone holiday programmes are in HUGE demand and provide great value, at a great price. Programmes are on offer in Otaki, Waikanae and Paraparaumu.

Enrol at www.funzone.co.nz or call 0800 5439696 or email [email protected]


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SKIDS Holiday Programmes

 4-8 and 11 - 15 Oct 2021

SKIDS holiday programmes are safe, loads of fun and jam-packed with a variety of activities. Every day is different, with lots of fun things to do.

For more information, contact Jools Da Silva on 021 0254 3249, or email [email protected]


SwimBegin Holiday Programme

Monday 11 – Friday 15 October

Council's new 90-minute programme includes learn to swim lessons, water safety skills and snorkelling activities, all designed to accelerate your child’s learning and give them confidence in the water. 

Held at both Coastlands Aquatic Centre and Otaki Pool these sessions help your child gain practical water safety skills designed to accelerate your child’s learning and give them confidence in the water.

For more information contact SwimKāpiti:

Ōtaki Pool: 06 364 5542
Coastlands Aquatic Centre: 04 296 4746
Email: [email protected]

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Kapiti Learn to Swim

Monday 11 - Friday 15 October

Kapiti Learn To Swim is once again running their October School Holiday block course. Lessons will take place from Monday 11th October through to Friday 15th October inclusive. These lessons are for school-aged swimmers at any level, with 5 lessons in total. These blocks are very popular and they would love you to join them.

Call 042972465 or book through the website.


Kāpiti Equestrian Centre Horsey Holiday Programme

4th - 14th October 2021

At this Horsey Holiday Programme, kids will ride horses, try vaulting, learn circus skills on our aerial silks and hoops, do trampolining, learn about animal care, go on walks, do crafts, play games and have heaps of fun.

Runs 9am-3pm, Monday - Thursday for both weeks for children aged 7yrs - 12yrs. There is a special programme from 9am-12pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the younger ones aged 5-7yrs.

To book, email [email protected]

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Te Horo Equestrian

These school holidays Te Horo Equestrian are offering Pony Rides, Beginner Lessons, Short Treks, Obstacles in the Arena and Pony Care Half Days.

To book your session please call or text Mandy on 0274 486764


Trekking with Beachbrook Stables

Monday 4 - Friday 8 October 2021

Beachbrook Stables are offering our standard treks during the first week of the school holidays. They are one-hour beach treks that are suited to complete novices that have never even ridden a horse before. 

To book email [email protected] or call Gillian Hayes 027 244 8121



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Creative Kids Art Lab

In these holiday classes for children ages 5 - 12, Helen Savage draws from her 30 years of teaching children to offer classes around favourite art and craft activities, from construction and painting to science and sewing.

Children attend for the whole 4 hours. There are three activities each day. A large morning tea is provided at 10.00am with art games to play. The classes are limited to 7 participants per day.

Email [email protected] or phone 0225054058


Coastlands Colouring Competition

50 prizes to be won
Each winner receives a 2MS Deal - a movie pass, a swim pass to the Coastlands Aquatic Centre and a kids meal at LJ's! Get colouring!

2 age groups: Up to 5 years old and 6 to 15 years old. All entries will be displayed in Coastlands Garden Court.

Winners announced October 6.
Download your colouring page on the Coastlands website  www.coastlands.co.nz/whats-happening

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