50 Things to do in Wainuiomata

1 December 2021


Wainuiomata was once a swampy landmass that transformed through a large earthquake in 1855 and became a place of settlement for an influx of young whānau after World War II.   

Now Wainui, as regarded by locals, is where wild, dense forests meet jagged coastlines that extend out over to the sea. It is truly the great outdoors situated in the backyard of Lower Hutt. 

The Wainuiomata Primary Schools Sports Clusters believe Wainui is an amazing place to live, learn and thrive for tamariki. Not only this, they want more children and families to 'get up, get out' and experience it for themselves. To help make this happen, they have created a list of '50 things to do in Wainuiomata' packed with fun, active adventures. You can view it here.

The rugged geography of the Wainuiomata is perfect for trekking and overnight camping. Ideas from the list include: roasting S'mores over a campfire and sleeping in a tent, take a walk along the Wainui Coast beach after a southerly storm, participate in a hangi meal, ride the Wainui BMX track at The Strand, or just skim stones on the lake. To keep memories of each adventure alive why not encourage tamariki to write in a journal, take photos or videos, or simply collect and press leaves. Possibilities are endless if you have an appetite for the wilderness! 

The experiences on the list have been designed to be completed over time, while tamariki are at primary school. The aim is to get students physically active, not just within the boundaries of school, but also through community-focused recreational experiences.

Take a scroll through the interactive, adventure-packed 50 things to do in Wainuiomata map here and see what you and your tamariki could be getting up to.


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