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Xmas gifts that will get the kids out and about this summer

Give Santa a break from hauling all that stuff around, so this year gift more experiences than things. You’ll get the kids out and about, open their eyes to new hobbies, and squeeze some family time in there too. This is your kid’s Christmas wish-list sorted.

1. Go Kart racing at Highlands (priced from $45/session)

The thrill of racing go karts at Highlands Motorsport Park is an activity that kids will want to do over and over again. Because it’s not every day you get to go all out and race Mum and Dad trackside – engines revving, helmets on, it’s a fast dash to the finish line with super happy smiley faces. With a range of gift vouchers and combos available, this experience is an easy win to score you some extra cool points. You can refuel at the delicious Highlands café onsite that serves up fresh local fare with spectacular views. And just when you think the day couldn’t get any better, keep the good times rolling with a bonus visit to the outdoor mini golf course designed as the renowned Bathurst race track and finally the Highland’s Museum – home to some of the rarest cars in NZ motorsport. #bestdayever

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There’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy at Highlands – a go-kart voucher makes an awesome Christmas gift!


2. PYO cherries (priced from $12/kg)

Nothing says Christmas like fresh picked cherries. Super sweet, juicy, export quality cherries handpicked from the tree is an outing everyone in the family will enjoy. Cheeki Cherries is a family owned and operated orchard in Cromwell where you can pick cherries to your hearts content. It’s a popular spot for pick your own during cherry season – which ranges from late December to February depending on weather conditions, so make sure you double check availability.

3. Digging for gold (priced from $10 for kids, $25 for adults)

The lure of striking it rich appeals to all ages – so this gift idea is perfect for kids of all ages and grown-ups alike. Goldfields Mining Centre is a historic reserve that offers an authentic, gold panning experience, great insight to this region’s mining history as well as the must-visit Wild Earth – an award-winning winery and restaurant on-site. Make it a great family day out with a Goldfield’s Triple Gold Pass voucher where you can mine, jet and wine all in one, fun-filled day.

The thrill of striking gold is an activity all kids enjoy. Photo credit: Sara Orme


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. Camping gear for the great outdoors 

Camping out in the great outdoors is definitely one of the highlights of summer. A rite of passage for kids that includes roasting marshmallows around the fire pit, playing spotlight in the dark, playing cards inside the tent – it’s all part of the charm of camp life. From sleeping bags, to camping chairs, and handy little torches, there’s a few must-haves that will help your family camp run smoothly and maybe even become an annual must-do. Places like Kathmandu, Torpedo7 or the Warehouse have great, good value gear selections.

5. Time to fly high 

The Southern Hemisphere combines the magic of Christmas with summertime fun so you can let the kids imaginations run high. Think kites, flying rings, and drones – anything aerial that lets the little daydreamers reach for the skies. Plenty of fresh air and running around with friends is always a good thing to keep kids happy, active and entertained.

November 15, 2018

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