The Hunter Valley is warming up, school holidays are in full swing and we’ve got our minds switched to ‘holiday’ mode. Here are our picks for things to do for the whole family to relax, explore and have fun this summer.

Christmas Lights Spectacular

4th November – 26th January 2017 (Closed 25th December)

The Christmas Lights Spectacular is back and brighter than ever as the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest and most breathtaking display. From November 4th 2016 to January 26th 2017, the Hunter Valley Gardens will be lit up with over 2 million lights and include several new additions such as Santa’s Workshop, the new Christmas Lights Fun Zone and an ‘Around The World’ display with some of the world’s most iconic landmarks. Check out the website for tickets and more details as there are new things happening in the garden each day.

Hunter Valley Horse Riding Adventures

Giddy up and explore the Hunter Valley on horseback during the warmer months. Guests can experience the spectacular views of wine country during the day or enjoy a sunset ride through picturesque trails. Hunter Valley Horse Riding & Adventures have trail rides to suit any skill level, including pony rides for the little ones. Full details are available on their website.

Flavours of the Hunter

Don’t forget to fuel up on food and drink while you’re out having fun. The Lovedale’s Flavours of the Hunter will sort you and the family out with a quick afternoon snack. Enjoy a cheese board for the family with a Lovedale Lager or house wine for two grown ups at just $29.

Water Dragon Kids Club

The Water Dragons Kids Club is a miniature resort for your little ones and will be in action all holidays. Leave the kids here with a peace of mind as our team of experienced childcare professionals will ensure maximum fun in a safe environment. The club is ideal for children between the ages of 3 and 12, and boasts a range of activities to suit all ages. The club runs two sessions everyday during the school holiday period. To book your Water Dragons Kids Club session, please call +61 2 4991 0000, e-mail us or speak to our friendly concierge team.

Ubika Spa

Now that you’ve dropped the kids off, it’s time to spoil yourself with some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Rejuvenate yourself for 2017 at Ubika Spa, our own in-house sanctuary set against picturesque vineyards and our golf greens. Ubika has an extensive menu to cater to all manner of massages, facial treatments and spa rituals sure to engage all the senses and to invigorate your mind, body and spirit. Check out our Pamper and Paddle summer special which gives mum a relaxing spa bath and dad a Lovedale beer paddle from our very own brewery. For more information and bookings, contact Ubika Spa on +61 2 4991 0959.