Bucket List for Kiwi Kids

What do you think every child should have the opportunity to experience, see or do before their childhood is over – a bucket list for Kiwi kids?

What would be on your kids’ bucket list?

A bucket list for kids may include:

  • Activities from your own childhood, or things you wish you had done
  • Places that you think would be amazing for kids to visit
  • Experiences that can only really be appreciated before you become an adult

Whatever goes on the bucket list doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Simple things like building a blanket fort under the dining room table, fishing for tadpoles, or baking a cake may have been regular occurrences in your childhood but sometimes we overlook these simple ideas when passing on activity ideas to the kids. Growing up in New Zealand, there are some experiences that are unique to a Kiwi childhood – like eating whitebait fritters, digging a hole in the sand at Hot Water Beach or getting your picture taken with the Ohakune carrot.

What mums and dads say

When we asked for parents’ suggestions on what to include in a Kiwi kids bucket list – here’s some of their favourites.

  1. Visit a marae
  2. Eat hangi food
  3. Go fishing
  4. See a kiwi
  5. Go camping
  6. Toast marshmallows on a fire
  7. Attend an Anzac Day dawn parade
  8. Grow vegetables in your garden
  9. Watch the clouds go by and imagine what they look like
  10. Climb a tree
  11. Make a mud pie
  12. Play in autumn leaves
  13. Learn to swim
  14. Learn Te reo Māori
  15. Go to Rainbow’s End
  16. Go on a sleepover
  17. Play a sport
  18. Ride a horse
  19. Play on a home made-water slide
  20. Play in the snow
  21. Collect shells at the beach
  22. Roll down a grassy hill
  23. Pick your own fruit
  24. Look at the stars at night
  25. Own a pet
  26. Learn how to ride a bike
  27. Go on a plane
  28. Go to the Easter Show
  29. Learn how to roller skate
  30. Build a temporary dam on a stream
  31. Collect eggs from a chicken
  32. Swim in a river
  33. Find the Southern Cross in the night sky
  34. Go to an A&P Show
  35. Visit a farm
  36. Feed calves or lambs
  37. Make a sandcastle
  38. Build a tree hut
  39. Play on a flying fox
  40. Grow your own flowers or herbs
  41. Blow bubbles
  42. Eat candyfloss
  43. Play dressups
  44. Go snorkelling
  45. Read as many books as you can
  46. Draw on the concrete with chalk
  47. Visit Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Adventure
  48. Open a bank account and save some money
  49. Ride in a fire truck
  50. Bake a cake
  51. Cross the Cook Strait on the ferry
  52. Make wishes on dandelions

her world julieWritten by Julie Scanlon

Julie is Editor for Kidspot NZ and our MVP. Her hobbies include laughing uncontrollably at her own jokes, annoying her family by asking questions about movie plots, and never taking anything too seriously. She speaks a little Spanish and a lot of Yorkshire. 

Favourite motto to live by: “It ain’t nothing but a thing”


  1. dawnblyth 31/03/2019 at 10:00 pm

    Not a lot left to add to this comprehensive bucket list! I love that a lot of these activities are free or of little cost. With money at an all time premium these days, it is nice to be reminded that there are things we can do with our children that don’t cost a lot.

  2. kymmage 31/03/2019 at 9:46 pm

    Oh wow! I love this. I have already seen a couple of things in the list that we haven’t done but we totally need to. Having a real hangi is definitely now on my list. Oh and going Berry picking. For me taking my kids to live shows is always a must. I grew up going to pantos and every community event on.

  3. felicity beets 28/03/2019 at 7:28 pm

    I think that the best things on the list are ones that do not cost much – the flying fox, building a fort, camping outside, growing vegetables. I also think doing a family tree is a good one as well as looking through all the old family photographs

  4. Alezandra 27/03/2019 at 12:53 am

    Wow this is a good idea. Sometimes we take for granted that our kids have all the time in the world to do everything, but at the same time not be able to do anything at all. So it’s a good idea to have a list that we all work together towards a goal in mind.

  5. MuddledUpMolly 26/03/2019 at 12:14 pm

    This list is awesome!! Our son has recently got into the whole bucket list concept and has started adding a few ideas of his own. I would love to get him to write these all down and tick off the ones he’s completed. Awesome!

  6. SarahBlair 19/03/2019 at 11:36 am

    I have done all but one of these, im not a morning person and have never attended an ANZAC dawn parade, my kids have done a lot of them but not all, I will have to take them to do more of them!

  7. Mands1980 18/03/2019 at 7:58 pm

    I love this idea so many cool things to do even the simple ones like climb a tree which most kids love. This list suggests that it doesn’t all involve money which I love. What kids don’t love eating candy floss or blowing bubbles so much fun I will be doing this with our kids for sure.

  8. Bevik1971 07/03/2019 at 12:46 pm

    Hmmmmm not sure what my 6 year old would say but I’m going to ask her!! I’m sure she would say go camping as she has never been. Fishing would be another one and we are actually going to do that at the end of the month, my Dad lives in Alexandra sowe are going to stay with him and go fishing 🙂 Another would be to go on a plane and for a holiday as again we have never been on a holiday overseas together, that’s due to budget.

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