Kaiwharawhara A childcare centre your family will love

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Centrally located just outside of Wellington’s CBD, and boasting stunning harbour views, Active Explorers Kaiwharawhara provides an environment that’s safe and happy, nurturing and inspiring. Our team of passionate, innovative educators strive to build children’s confidence and unique capabilities, each bringing different backgrounds and interests that enrich interactions and boost learning opportunities.

Relationships are at the heart of everything we do here at Active Explorers Kaiwharawhara. Our primary caregiving approach fosters strong bonds between teachers, children and whanau, and we actively encourage family involvement. We know that children learn best through strong relationships with key adults. That’s why we appoint a primary and secondary carer to every child who joins us.

If you are looking for a centre where children are celebrated for their individuality, and encouraged to reach their full potential, you’ve found it here at Active Explorers Kaiwharawhara.


172 Hutt Road, Kaiwharawhara, Wellington 6035

Centre Hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday & public holidays

Ages Catered For:

3 months – 5 years

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3 Rooms
20 Hours Free ECE
Transition to School Programme
Extended Hours
Large outdoor area

Active Explorers Kaiwharawhara has been such a good choice for our little boy! The staff are all so friendly and welcoming and from day one we have felt comfortable and reassured. It really feels like our little boy is loved and valued as the individual that he is. Kimberley responds promptly to emails and is always happy to answer questions. The infants room always has a calm and peaceful atmosphere and our little boy is always happy to be there. Being at Active Explorers Kaiwharawhara has helped our little boy to become more confident and sociable, and we are confident that he will continue to thrive there.

Vicky Ryan

I am so pleased we found Active Explorers Kaiwharawhara. After initially enrolling our son into another childcare facility and finding that we were not comfortable with him in there, it was really refreshing to meet the Centre Manager and to find a centre that shares similar values and ideas about childcare as our own. Anne-Marie couldn't have been more accommodating - not only did she have a place for our son almost immediately but she was very reassuring when answering the tone of questions that I had as an anxious first time mum!

The teachers in the infants room are great and our son seems really happy there. I can leave him for the day and not worry about him as I know they do a great job. He even sleeps and eats better at Active Explorers than he does at home! A sure sign that he has settled well.

Tash & Adam

Our daughter has been very, very happy in the Infants Room and we have the greatest respect and affection for the whole team. She is noticeably more social, settled and confident than other babies in our antenatal group which tells me I made the right choice.

The entire infants room team, and the wider staff, have been incredibly kind and patient. The teachers hold very genuine affection for our the kids and go to great lengths to ensure they are happy, secure and receiving appropriate developmental opportunities. Every morning our daughter shrieks with delight when she sees her teachers and we've never, ever had tears at drop-off time.

We've shared our daughter’s Storypark content with our extended families - the grandparents in particular have appreciated seeing these lovely updates as both my parents and my husband's parents live out of town. Thank you for this.



Active Explorers Kaiwharawhara Juniors Room

As part of our latest programme planning at Active Explorers Kaiwharawhara we invited parents to speak in front of our tamariki in the Juniors Room.


Childcare Assistance Update

Effective 1 April 2023, more people will be eligible for subsidy and the hourly subsidy rates will increase.