Your Summer must-do list!

A beach shot with a pohutukawa flower on the right hand sideHow fast has the year gone?! Summer is already in full swing and the holidays are about to begin. So to save you the hassle, we have put together a list of Platinum and Gold rated places for you to visit and enjoy across Aotearoa over the warm holiday period.

1. Te Papa

Aotearoa’s Gold rated national museum is conveniently located on Wellington’s waterfront. Aside from the stunning harbor views and unique artifacts, exhibitions also have audio-descriptive tours and there are six wheelchairs available for visitor use. If you’re in the capital over summer, make sure you check it out!

2. Bayfair Shopping Centre

This Platinum rated shopping centre is in beautiful Mount Maunganui – not only, perfect for Christmas shopping, but also for all those escaping the cities over summer. Bayfair Shopping Centre is also equipped with an assistant dog park for our furry friends to enjoy the sun in.

3. The Palms Shopping Centre

Cantabrians are lucky to have a Platinum rating mall to head over to for all their Christmas shopping. Being one of New Zealand’s two Platinum rated malls, visitors will be sure to enjoy a fully accessible shopping experience, minimizing an already hectic time for everyone!

4. Coastlands Aquatic Centre

New Zealand’s only Platinum rated aquatic centre is ready for all to enjoy and cool down in this summer. Coastlands Aquatic Centre in Paraparaumu are fully equipped with hoists and ramps into the pool, NZSL trained staff, braille and tactile indicators, and an adjustable changing bed.

5. Karori Pool

Gold rated Karori Pool is perfect for Wellingtonians to enjoy during the hot summer days. Owned by Wellington City Council, the pool has friendly staff who are ready to look after assistance dogs while their owners go for a swim. There is also an aqua chair available.

6. Hanmer Springs

The super popular Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa have been awarded a Gold rating, just in time for summer! They have two pools with chair lifts to get in and out. There are four wheelchairs available – two for the pools and two to be kept dry.

7. Sudima Christchurch

The Sudima Christchurch is Gold rated and great for anyone heading to the beautiful South Island over summer. Located less than a kilometer from Christchurch Airport,

the Sudima is the perfect option for anyone exploring Christchurch, or simply wanting to springboard into the rest of the region.

8. CQ Hotel

Wellington’s Gold rated CQ Hotel is the accommodation of choice for anyone going to our little capital. Not only is it conveniently right in the heart of the city on Cuba Street, staff are also trained in NZSL and guests can also order their meals in NZSL.