Top 10 School Holiday Activities in the Hunter Valley
School holidays are just around the corner, and it’s the perfect opportunity for some family time in the Hunter Valley. Although it’s Winter and the days are certainly cooler, the Hunter Valley still produces the goods, with a variety of activities to keep the whole family entertained these school holidays.
Don't forget that we love kids at Scarborough, so much so that we have a fabulous kids zone with games, a giant blackboard to get creative and lots of lovely grassed areas to keep your kids entertained while you enjoy a tasting. Check out which cellar door you would like to visit here.
Hunter Valley Zoo
Open every day of the school holidays, the Hunter Valley Zoo is home to a wide range of animals: birds, meerkats, kangaroos, alligators, lions, and almost everything in between. The zoo offers daily shows and animal encounters – you can even feed some of the resident kangaroos!
138 Lomas Lane, Nulkaba www.huntervalleyzoo.com.au
Horse Riding Adventures
Keeping with the animal theme, if you’re after something slightly more interactive for the kids, Hunter Valley Horse Riding may be just what you’re looking for. The picturesque Hunter Valley provides the perfect backdrop, and Hunter Valley Horse Riding cater for all ages, even offering a group ride tour so the whole family can get involved.
Mistletoe Lane, Behind Hunter Valley Resort, Pokolbin huntervalley.com.au/horseriding-adventures
Snow Time in the Garden
During the July school holidays, Hunter Valley Gardens transforms into a Winter Wonderland. There’s an ice toboggan, giant ice skating rink, a snow play zone, and this year’s new attraction, the ‘Snow Cave’, filled with arctic creatures and falling ‘snow’. A fun family day out, especially if your little ones have never been to the snow.
2090 Broke Road, Pokolbin www.huntervalleygardens.com.au/event/snow-time-in-the-garden/
Hunter Valley Cheese & Chocolate Festival
If you happen to be in the Hunter Valley on July 6th & 7th, the Cheese & Chocolate Festival is running for the second year. There’s something for everyone; cheese and chocolate for the adults and older kids, beer and wine for Mum & Dad, and a kids zone for the little ones. There’ll also be live entertainment and demonstrations, and children under 12 get free entry to the festival.
2213 Broke Road, Pokolbin www.hopeestate.com.au/cheeseandchocolatefestival
Majors Lane Cooking School
Offering a variety of Chef-lead classes, Majors Lane Cooking School is a fun, hands-on cooking school in the heart of Lovedale. You can select from Thai Street Food, Vietnamese, Mexican, or perhaps a ‘low and slow smoking masterclass’. If you’re travelling to the Hunter Valley with teenaged children and you’re looking for an educational yet fun school holiday activity, be sure to check out what’s on offer.
64 Majors Lane, Keinbah www.majorslane.com/schedule---bookings.html
Hermitage Road Cycleway
If you need a break from all of the food and wine tasting, and the kids need to burn off some energy, the dedicated cycleway is a great way for the family to get some fresh air and admire the Brokenback Mountains from a different angle. Stretching all the way from the New England Highway to Broke Road, you can choose to cycle for as little or as long as you like, and there’s no shortage of bike hire in the area.
Hermitage Road, Pokolbin www.aroundhermitage.com.au/hunter-valley-cycling/
Hunter Valley Segway Tours
Go off the beaten track, with a Segway adventure tour through the Pokolbin vineyards and surrounding bushlands. Described as ‘not just any Segway ride’, you’ll encounter kangaroos, amazing views of the Brokenback Mountains and perhaps a wombat or two. Suitable for kids aged 11 years and over, this is a great experience for the adventure loving family.
Mistletoe Lane, Behind Hunter Valley Resort, Pokolbin huntervalley.com.au/segway-tours/
For the family who aren’t afraid of heights and early mornings, nothing quite compares to witnessing the sunrise from the basket of a hot air balloon. View the magic of the Hunter Valley as it comes to life in the morning light, and once you’re back on solid ground, enjoy a gourmet breakfast at Peterson House. An experience that’s sure to delight the whole family.
Aqua Golf & Putt Putt
You’ll find this fun little golf lovers paradise nestled in the Hunter Valley Gardens Village. For big and little kids alike, the putt putt course is 18 holes of fun. Aqua Golf is a great test of your golf swing, with the chance to win prizes if you’re lucky enough to get your ball in one of the baskets!
Hunter Valley Gardens Village, Broke Road, Pokolbin www.huntervalleygardens.com.au/shopping-village/aqua-golf-putt-putt/
Go Karts Go Hunter Valley
For the thrill seeking family, Go Karts Go is located about a 10 minute drive from Cessnock. With specifically designed Junior Go Karts and Double Carts, they cater for kids as young as 5. The race track is the longest and fastest track in the Hunter Valley region, and it’s sure to get the adrenaline pumping!
202 Neath Road, Kearsley www.gokartsgo.com.au/go-karts-go-track-hunter