We are a small boutique centre, licensed for 30 children (8 under 2 year olds and the balance over 2).

Opening hours are: 7:30am - 5:00pm. We are open all year round apart from Public Holidays.

Mud-237-368 Our 'Kaitiakitanga: Walking with Tane' programme is unique in Northland. Located on a 133 acre farm with a significant part being native forest, our tamariki have the opportunity to spend time in nature everyday. There are Puriri trees over 400 years old, friendly Tuna, streams to explore, trees to climb, and a maze of old trails to lead us on adventure and discovery.

Learning experienced in the bush is brought back to our centre where our connections to papatūānuku are deeply embedded in our daily practice.

Our practises are influenced by two current childcare philosophies: the 'children are their own best risk managers' practice as promoted by Claire Warden of Mindstretchers in Scotland, and in our Under 2 area, the Magda Gerber (RIE) philosophy.

The heart of our programme at Open Spaces is our walks to The Wild Woods.
Tamariki access The Wild Woods – a paddock with several stands of native bush, plus a track down to the creek at the back of the farm where there are REAL BIG EELS!

The children are able to climb, explore, build huts and learn to respect our natural environment. All part of our philosophy of Kaitiakitanga.

 The under two children also have the opportunity to spend as much time as possible in nature, and often come along on walks to The Wild Woods.


Contact Us

09 437 5718



592 Ngunguru Road, RD3 Kiripaka
Whangarei, New Zealand