Summer break

Your child needs the summer break to recharge their batteries and get ready for the next year. Holidays are a great chance to spend time with your child and have fun together.

Summer holiday ideas

Make time with your child count. Enjoy the long summer days:

  • get out and about and be active – summer is a great time for water play in the back yard, going to the beach, having a picnic, going for walks, and going to the park or playground
  • pitch a tent in the backyard
  • choose two or three special trips or outings that you want to do together as a family over the holiday time – involve your child in choosing and give them choices that don’t cost much
  • find out about what your local council and community groups are doing for families where you live.

Holiday activities

Local councils often have lists of things to do on their websites:

Events(external link) — Our Auckland 
Events (external link)— The Mighty Waikato NZ
Events calendar(external link) — New Plymouth District Council
What's on in Hawke's Bay (external link)— Napier City Council
What's happening in Palmy?(external link) — Palmerston North City Council
Summer City(external link) — Wellington City Council
Summer events in Nelson(external link) — Nelson City Council
What's on(external link) — Christchurch City Council
Events(external link) — Dunedin City Council

For other councils, see the list of council websites on the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) website:

Council maps and websites(external link) — Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ)

For more ideas, check out the Eventfinda website(external link) to find out what's on in your area.

Keep up their learning during the break

  1. Encourage your child to read throughout the holidays - they might like to read in the mornings before they get up, at night before they go to bed, or help you by reading to their younger family members.
  2. Keeping a holiday journal can be fun - plans, drawings, photos, and stories of things they do all help their literacy skills over the holidays, and kids love to read and re-read them in the future.
  3. Helping out with cooking and baking makes use of their maths skills and shows them how maths is all around them.
  4. Tell them about your work, and how your work day was. You might even be able to show them your work and share more about your work life with them.

Supporting learning at home for early learning

Supporting learning at home for primary school

Supporting learning at home for secondary school


It’s also important to remember that your child can’t be left on their own if they are under 14 years old. This also means they can’t be dropped off at the mall, the library, or swimming pool on their own without reasonable supervision or care. You can be fined under Section 10B of the Summary Offences Act 1981(external link).


The New Zealand sun is really strong, so remember to slip, slop, slap and wrap whenever you’re outside over the summer months.

SunSmart(external link) 

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