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Ideas to get your family outdoors this summer

Get the family active with ideas from our wide range of sports & outdoor equipment.

Explore your surrounds on a bike

Biking is a great way to explore your area, or the surrounds of your summer holiday spot. The more adventurous of the family would push a new mountain bike to the test but they can just as easily be used for day-to-day cruising. 

An electric bike might be the perfect way to get the effort conscious family member along for the ride, and cruisers are great for checking out the local markets and riding along the waterfront. 

Don't forget the kids. A balance bike for the young beginner or a new kids bike make great gifts. Bike trailers and kids seats mean the the young ones can join in the exploring without any effort! 

Hanmer Springs is a great spot to bike!

Ideas for water-lovers

Kiwis are spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches and bays – why not get an item that motivates them to explore them all?!

Stand up paddle boards

stand up paddle board is an item with mass appeal. They’re easy to master, are great for improving balance and will allow you to explore your favourite New Zealand headlands and coastlines from a new perspective.

Great for the core too!

Group activities

Why not split the cost of some expensive water equipment with your friends or family? Whether it’s a couple of kayaks or some surfing and bodyboarding gear, you’ll commit yourselves to spending quality time together for a fraction of the cost – and maybe learn a new skill, too.

Water safety & comfort

Depending on the activity, being equipped with a good wetsuit will mean everybody is kept warm and more buoyant in the water. Lifejackets for yourself, your kids and even your dog are essential when out boating or can even be helpful for people new to the water. 

Inspiration for family camping

The key to a great kiwi camping trip is in creating a home away from home – make your family holiday easy and fun with these camping items.

Nothing beats the outdoors with family.

Kids camping ideas

A colourful chair or their own set of cutlery will get the kids extra excited for their outdoors adventure. They'll feel the part with their own camping drink bottle, and some new clothing & gear will mean they're ready for any adventure!  

Family tents & shelters

Have somewhere spacious to hang out during wet or windy spells with a large, multi-room family tent. Day rooms and shelters are perfect for setting up a relaxing space or to take to the beach for shady refuge during the hottest part of the day.

The view from a tent often beats the view from home!

Family-friendly activities

A cricket set, giant Jenga and swingball are outdoor game ideas that the whole family can enjoy. We also rate these extendable roasting sticks as an awesome and safe way to share marshmallows (and bedtime stories) around the campfire.  

Any item that gets your friends and family more connected with nature is money well spent. Whether it’s to catch waves, climb mountains or discover a new hobby altogether, you’ll find all the outdoor sports equipment you need to make this summer an active, fun and healthy one.

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