Our new online tool makes finding and sharing about accessible venues easier than ever

With New Zealand’s tourism industry set to boost post-COVID-19, it’s never been more important for local attractions, venues and activities to cater to people with disabilities.

We created the Great Accessible Day Out library to make it easier for people to find and share about great accessible venues and activities in New Zealand. 

This innovative online tool showcases venues and activities around New Zealand with a focus on their accessibility features. 

"The term 'accessibility' means something different to everyone," Firstport's Marketing and Communications Manager, Rhi Galpin, says.

“The great thing about this library is that you can filter venues by your accessibility needs, not by someone else’s definition of accessibility.” 

The Accessible Day Out library already features more than 30 listings of venues and activities around New Zealand, and our local communities can help it grow. 

Helping people know where to go 

Susan Evans, a below-knee amputee from Feilding, says having a library of accessible venues helps people find places that suit their needs. 

“As a recent disabled person, it was quite hard to know where to start. 

“Like when you’re wanting to go out and meet a friend at a café and you’ve not been out in a wheelchair before, or maybe you’re visiting at a new town, to know where might work sets it up to be a positive experience,” she says. 

Susan nominated the Makino Aquatic Centre in Feilding for the library because the venue made it easy for her to get back into swimming. 

“For me as an amputee, the key one for swimming is if I want to have a shower afterwards. If there’s not disabled change rooms and a way for me to get from the pool to them, that makes a huge difference. 

“And the other thing that made a huge difference here as well was the staff, because they were more than willing to help out with anything and make sure it wasn’t a stressful exercise.” 

How to use, build and share the Accessible Day Out library 

We designed the Accessible Day Out library to make it easy to find great accessible venues based on specific needs and preferences. Users can search the library by: 

  • Type of accessible features (physical & sensory) 

  • Type of venue (e.g. museum, park, paid attraction) 

  • Location within New Zealand 

  • Keyword search 

This makes it quick and easy find exactly what you’re looking forAnd because all the reviews are written by people with access needs who’ve been there and experienced it first-hand, you can plan your trips with confidence.  

You can also help build the Accessible Day Out library by submitting reviews of places you’ve been and sharing the library with your community. 

The review process is simple—just answer a few questions about the experience and what accessible features were valuable, along with some photos. 

Your reviews will help other people plan their ideal day out and promote venues that are working hard to make their spaces accessible. 

Businesses or venues can add their own listings to the library with details of their accessibility features, which can then be reviewed by the community. 

You can check out reviews of places on the Accessible Day Out here: https://firstport.co.nz/resources-tools/find-accessible-places/ (external website)