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Bay of Island Trip

The Bay of Islands is a New Zealand enclave encompassing more than 140 subtropical islands situated in the country’s North Island. It’s known for its undeveloped beaches, marine life such as dolphins and whales and Maori cultural history. It’s also home to the 19th-century whaling port of Russell, whose waterfront promenade is lined with remnants from its days as the country’s first New Zealand capital. Join us for a tour of the Bay of Islands by both land and sea and experience the wonders of Waitangi, Paihia,and the outer islands along with all that these magical spots have to offer.

Fun Fact: We have been running this trip for 5 years and on EVERY single sailing trip we have sighted dolphins everytime. We have also often seen penquins and flying fish. This is the Playschool team’s favourite trip to facilitate as the dolphin sailing is such an amazing day.

The Details

This trip departs Auckland at 8.15am on the Saturday and returns at approx. 7pm on the Sunday. There is no city pick up as this trip heads north not south. This trip includes the glow worm caves, dolphin and hole in the rock sailing cruise, return ferry to historical Russell plus other local sightseeing. It also includes hostel accommodation transport, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches and 1 dinner. Bring a towel, togs, sunscreen, warm clothes, snacks, drinks, covered footwear.

Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th March
Cost $290 pp

Places are limited so to secure your place today! For payment information please email Carissa.

Hobbiton, Raglan & Waitomo caves

This is one of our most sought-after trips because it combines 5 of the NZ must-see attractions – Hobbiton, Waitomo caves, Ragland Beach, Bridal Veil Falls and Hamilton Gardens. After exploring the natural beauty of the Raglan area including the beach and waterfall you will head to Waitomo. Once here not only will you get to see the glow worm caves you will also travel deep inside the earth for the famous TumuTumu Tubing. This combines the best elements of black water rafting with walking, climbing, swimming and tubing through distinctive sections of the spectacular TumuTumu Cave. Sunday sees you explore the huge Hamilton gardens where there is every type of garden you can imagine built over a rubbish dump!

Finish your trip off with a tour of Hobbiton and the world famous shire, home of Bilbo Baggins and location for the filming of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

What to expect
We cannot guarantee the weather so this trip will run rain or shine. TumuTumu tubing requires an average level of fitness, you don’t need to swim but you will get wet. You will be provided with a very warm wetsuit and should not get cold during this trip, however, it will not suit you if you are afraid of small enclosed spaces. Please ensure you bring with you the following; Rainproof coat, warm clothing, long thick socks, swimwear, water bottle, snacks & drinks

Date & Time: Departing Sat 20th July at 7 am sharp. Return Sunday 21st July at approx. 5 pm.
Where to meet: Playschool Office – 112 Bush Rd Albany for transport
Cost: $299pp – Cost includes all transport for the weekend including transport to & from Auckland, 1 nights accommodation at a backpackers, TumuTumum tubing, Hobbiton tour, Raglan, waterfalls, and gardens visits, 2 x lunches, and 1 x breakfast.

RSVP To secure your place contact Deane


Mt Maunganui and Tauranga Trip

Mt Maunganui and Tauranga is a holiday paradise! Beautiful beaches, the home to the famous ‘Mount’, waterfalls, lakes glowworms and more. It is also popular for tourists and the young at heart, with its endless options. We will climb the Mount, visit the Maclaren Falls, try our skills in Blokarting and go Kayaking at night to visit NZ famous glowworms. We will also visit the beaches and have a dip in the Hot Pools. Join us for a fun-filled weekend with all that these magical spots have to offer.

The details: Cost $245 per person

8.00 am Saturday 15th June – approx. 6pm Sunday 16th June.
Meet at Playschool offices, 112 Bush Rd, Albany.

Cost Includes transport, all main meals, accommodation, Blokarting (or if the weather doesn’t permit – drift trikes) Evening Kayaking to the glow worm caves, Hot Pools, beach, waterfalls, and Mt Maunganui climb.

What to bring

Togs, towel, sunscreen, snacks, drinks, warm jacket, and walking shoes. The trip does not include breakfast on the Saturday or dinner on Sunday so please eat before you arrive at 8 am on Saturday.

To secure your place and not miss out please contact Deane as soon as possible on [email protected]

Waikato – Excite Music & Arts Academy

Join Fiona for a creative morning of a taster at the academy with music, art, and crafts.

Date: Wednesday 24th October
Time: 9.45 am
Location: 29 Gilchrist St, Avalon, Hamilton
Bring: Water bottle and morning tea.
Cost: $2.00 on day per Playschool enrolled children.

RSVP by Monday 15th October to [email protected]