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  • Don't Miss these TOP Queenstown Family Bike Rides!

    You don't want to miss these TOP Queenstown family bike rides!Queenstown has never been so well set up for family trips as it is these days. Enjoy 150km+ of purpose-built, non-tech...

  • Queenstown's AMAZING Indoor Activities

    You won't be waiting for a rainy day when you see what AMAZING INDOOR THINGS to do Queenstown has got stored up for you!If the weather isn't so great or even if it is but you just ...

  • Queenstown Adventure Activities - Minimum Age Guide

    Queenstown Adventure: minimum age guideWhen you are discovering what to do with the kids in Queenstown it's great to know also how old the kids have to be to join in!Queenstown has...

  • Glenorchy : a family adventure

    Visit Glenorchy at the head of the lake.  Glenorchy sits at the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu, overlooked by the awe-inspiring Mt Earnslaw and Earnslaw Glacier.  Glenorchy is also ...

  • Central Otago : a Family Guide

    A family guide to Central OtagoAre you planning to go on a vacation in Central Otago with your whanau? If your answer is yes, then you will find the family guide below useful.  Dis...

  • Central Otago - Family Friendly Bike Rides

    Biking with the kids is so much fun!Biking with the kids is so much fun and just got even better with electric bikes keeping all the family together and the introduction of so many...

  • The Best Christchurch Beaches

    Head out of the city this summer, without even going far!  Christchurch is the BEST place to hang with the kids and do beach activities, swim, surf, play, picnic and enjoy a fantas...

  • Aratiatia Dam and Huka Falls

    Aratiatia Dam and Rapids A favourite free attraction 13km from Taupo is the opening and closing of the gates at the Aratiatia Dam.The Aratiatia rapids are one of the river's outsta...

  • The Road from Wellington to Taupo

    State Highway 1 : enjoying the road from Wellington to TaupoThere is lots to see with the kids on the road between Taupo and Wellington.The driving time is around 5 hours (385km). ...

  • Family Adventures in Northland

    Best Days Ever!  In Northland, New Zealandby Rik Leaf“I’m going on a mental pilgrimage now. I’ll talk to you all later.” Our 19-year-old son, Zion, lobbed this lofty pronouncement ...

  • Wellington's top 10 playgrounds

    Wellington has some 50 well-equipped public playgrounds – many located in some of the city's most scenic areas, such as the waterfront, Oriental Bay and Botanic Gardens. Many are a...

  • Palmerston North & Manawatu - things to do

    Here in Palmerston North there are plenty of fun family-friendly things to do, with options that will suit all budgets.First up, the free, outdoor fun with the whanau!14 Family Fri...

Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • North Canterbury
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
  • South Canterbury
  • Taupo
  • Southland
  • Waikato
  • Wanaka
  • West Coast
  • Whangarei
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tauranga
  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.