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Get some fresh air! 7 accessible outdoor attractions

Now that summer's here, it's a great time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Here’s seven (of New Zealand's many) accessible outdoor attractions you can enjoy.

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1. Auckland Zoo

Home to over 1,400 animals, this is a must visit venue for those who love getting up close and personal with nature!

Accessible features:

  • Accessible walkways
  • Accessible toilets
  • Mobility parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • Sensory features
  • Spacious areas
  • Mobility scooter hire
  • Wheelchair hire
  • Assistance and mobility dogs allowed

Auckland Zoo in the Accessible Day Out Library (external website)

2. Hamilton Gardens

The Hamilton Gardens explore the history, context, and meaning of gardens. Each tells a story and offers an insight into a different civilisation. The venue features an array of accessibility features including mobility scooter hire and a Changing Places accessible bathroom.

Accessible features:

  • Accessible walkways
  • Accessible toilets
  • Changing Places bathroom
  • Accessible eating areas
  • Mobility parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobility scooter hire
  • Assistance and mobility dogs allowed

Hamilton Gardens in the Accessible Day Out Library (external website)

3. Wellington Botanic Gardens

Photo of the Wellington Botanic Gardens

Source: Wikipedia/Pear285

25 hectares of beautiful garden and 150 years of history, the Wellington Botanic Gardens have been recognised as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, as well as an important Heritage Area by Historic Places Trust.

Accessible features:

  • Accessible walkways
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible eating areas
  • Mobility parking
  • Spacious areas
  • Assistance and mobility dogs allowed

Wellington Botanic Gardens in the Accessible Day Out Library

4. Waihi Beach

Beach wheelchair on a beach

Visit Waihi Beach and take advantage of two beach wheelchairs that are available to use for free. The wheelchairs have been donated to the community and are stored at Waihi Beach Top 10 Holiday Resort.

Accessible features:

  • Beach or aquatic wheelchairs

Waihi Beach in the Accessible Day Out Library

5. Punakaiki - Pancake Rocks and Blowholes

Punakaiki rocks

Explore a limestone landscape of pancake-shaped rock formations, blowholes and surge pools on this short, paved walk that's great for children.

Accessible features:

  • Accessible walkways
  • Wheelchair access

Punakaiki in the Accessible Day Out Library

6. Victoria Esplanade

Victoria Esplanade

Source: Geoff McKay/Flickr

Palmerston North’s premier park with bush walks, rose gardens, miniature railway, paddling pool, aviary, café, and the Wildbase Recovery centre.

Accessible features:

  • Accessible walkways
  • Accessible toilets
  • Mobility parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • Spacious areas
  • Assistance and mobility dogs allowed

Victoria Esplanade in the Accessible Day Out Library

7. Rainbow Springs

A fun day out for the whole family, with animals, kiwi hatchery, guided tours and more to explore!

Accessible features:

  • Accessible walkways
  • Accessible toilets
  • Grab rails

Rainbow Springs in the Accessible Day Out Library

Explore the Accessible Day Out Library for more accessible places to go.