special announcement !
If you are concerned that kids are spending excessive amounts of time in front of the television, or online on laptops, tablets, mobiles etc -- and less time climbing trees, riding bikes and creative play in the backyard, you're not alone. It's a global problem and we're doing our bit to start a network to combat it in New Zealand.
It is so brand-new, we've hardly torn off the wrapper. We are not anti-technology by any stretch of the imagination. We love technology in fact, otherwise you wouldn’t have found us.
Weekly Pixels, Week #48
A moody Sunday morning on North Shore's Milford Beach marks the first day of summer. See Gallery of Weekly Images
So many things to do you'll be 'spoilt as'. Check out our Top Spot recommendations for Waikato.
Blue Springs Putaruru
Have you visited yet? Make sure you do. Last year's PlanMyPlay 'Walk of Fame' winner.
#8 best region in the world!
Congratulations West Coast! Lonely Planet finally worked it out, but we've known it for a while. Read more
The sounds reverberating from the bush at Tiritiri Matangi are a cacophony of nature's best bird life, and must be heard in all its purity. Read more
Family-friendly activities in Raglan
Fun and free too may we add! We chat to Andrew Urquhart about our recent road trip. Read more
Weekly PixelsThe Clan Mcleod Pipe Band take a breather after the opening festivities at the 38th Auckland Highland Games. Read more
Mobile devices are brilliant for sharing, unless you're in a place so delightfully remote there is no service. Read more
Calling all schools, playgroups, early learning centres, sports groups and any organisations with an interest in encouraging alternatives to screen-time for kids - WE NEED YOUR VOICE! Join Us.
Enjoy hours of screen-free fun with 'real life' play ideas. The winners of our survival kit competition are: Read more
The Making of Leo
100 reasons to swap screen time for fun stuff
We remind ourselves that the best things in life are free. Fresh air, an adventurous spirit plus some old fashioned sense of fun is all it takes. We've compiled a list of 100 family-friendly experiences that will bring a smile, and create some very special memories. We'll be ticking them off week by week.
Read our 100
The humble Pea Shooter
One of the simplest toys to make. Every child has made one at some point – or have they? Read more
What do you do with an unused, broken- down Sky TV dish dangling precariously from the roof?
Let's reintroduce you to the classic footbag.
This bundle of beans has been a classic outdoor play tool for decades. Read more
Rediscovering vinyl records we found Bobby Vinton: owner of fluffy jumpers and some classic songs! Read more
Play without Technology
Has this generation lost the ability to play? Is technology turning us into glassy-eyed zombies? Read more
Find things to do: for free, on rainy days, for an adventure, child friendly, or just the thrill of it. NZ is one big Kiwi playground so, go play!
Our recommended top spots, road trips, and reviews of selected commercial experiences. Podcasts available too.
We bring you thousands of things to do in New Zealand.
PlanMyPlay and Rediscover is about a lifestyle away from the television. We bring you more than 2000 things to do and places to see in NZ, plus numerous ideas to keep you entertained and occupied at home.
There is nothing new here. We haven't discovered a single thing. But we do rediscover the hidden and forgotten past-times, hobbies and activities taken for granted by previous generations. If you suspect there is more to life than TV, hang out with us. Read more