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If you and your brood are fans of the great outdoors, a New Zealand family holiday will be right up your street. With two distinct islands – each packed with dramatic scenery and exceptional attractions – this spectacular country allows for endless family-friendly adventures.
New Zealand’s a real walker’s paradise, so active kids and grownups alike will appreciate all the opportunities for hiking. With thousands of kilometres of trails, you can enjoy everything from gentle coastal strolls to multi-day treks through vast areas of untouched wilderness. Or, if mountain biking’s more your thing, you’ll find the cycling tracks just as diverse. Older kids partial to something a little more extreme are equally well catered for. Bungee jumping, skydiving, white-water rafting, jet-boating, canyoning and heli-hiking are just some of the things you can try on a family holiday in New Zealand. And if you’re visiting in winter, you might want to give skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing a go.
However, your entire trip needn’t be about chasing the next adrenaline rush. There are also plenty of chances for some relaxing downtime on a New Zealand family holiday – particularly if you visit during summer. It may be small but, because it’s made up of multiple islands, New Zealand has a pretty extensive coastline. So you won’t have any trouble finding a beach. While there are sandy spots on the South Island – those in The Catlins and Abel Tasman being the most notable – they’re far more plentiful on the North Island. You’ll find some with white sand, some with gold and others with black – and even one where you can dig your own hot pool, which children of all ages are bound to love.
In addition to all its natural attractions, New Zealand spoils visitors with its lively cities, like Auckland and Wellington, and fascinating Maori culture, which you’ll be immersed in almost everywhere you go. And on top of that, there’s a heap of exciting wildlife to discover. Everyone from tots to teens will delight in spotting native critters like whales, dolphins, sea lions, penguins and, of course, the elusive kiwi bird.
So if you’re tempted by a New Zealand family holiday, give our travel specialists a call. They’ll put together an itinerary that everyone will enjoy.
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20 nights including hotel stays, campervan hire and interislander ferry
A New Zealand campervan holiday is one of the best ways to discover everything this incredible Pacific nation has to offer, while allowing you total freedom – you can travel at your own pace and design your own itinerary.
9 nights room only including flights and campervan hire
New Zealand’s North Island offers so much to see and explore – so hiring a campervan and hitting the open road is the best way to take it all in. You can travel at your own pace and adapt your itinerary to suit you
14 nights including hotel stay, campervan and flights
There’s an endless amount of things to see and do in New Zealand’s South Island – and taking to the open road is the best way to discover it all. When you hire a campervan, you’ll have total freedom to travel at your own pace and our experts will help you tailor-make the perfect itinerary.
17 nights room only including hotel stays, campervan hire, ferry and flights
Between them, New Zealand and Fiji cover off pretty much every kind of natural wonder. Snow-capped mountains, ancient glaciers, bright coral reefs – you name it, they’ve got it.
Located just across the road from Christchurch Cathedral, Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square is a great central base. It’s a 20-minute drive from Christchurch International Airport and close to some of the city’s most popular destinations.
Cordis Hotel Auckland can be found on Upper Queen Street, so you’ll have easy access to the city’s best cafés, boutiques and galleries. You can walk to the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland Art Gallery, Civic Theatre and Sky Tower – all are less than 25 minutes’ away.
Rydges Auckland makes sure you always have a comfortable stay – everything’s been thought of here. Every room has a king-size Dreams bed with triple-layered sheets and feather and down duvets.
Located in the heart of the city, Pullman Auckland Hotel and Apartments is just minutes from the iconic Viaduct Harbour. You’ll find a wide range of dining options here – enjoy a lazy lunch by the water or a top-class dinner in a swanky restaurant.
You’ll find Chateau on the Park – a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel – just outside the centre of Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island. It’s in a great spot, just across the street from Hagley Park, where you can explore Christchurch Botanical Gardens and the Canterbury Museum.
The George Hotel in Christchurch has everything you need for a luxurious stay, from the top-notch facilities and first-class service, to excellent attention to detail. The plush comforts and laidback ambiance are matched only by the stunning location, as the hotel overlooks Hagley Park and the River Avon.
You’ll find all sorts of dining delights at The Rees Hotel. You can tuck into elegant dishes at the award-winning True South Dining Room – one of Queenstown’s best restaurants – and try a variety of local produce.
Looking for a sumptuous space where you can relax and soak up the awe-inspiring views? Then Heritage Queenstown is the right place for you. From an Executive Deluxe Room with a funky sofa and private balcony, to a spacious Lake View Studio Suite with glorious vistas
Set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside boasts a great central location in Queenstown. This four-star hotel is the ideal base for a stay in New Zealand’s adventure capital, as you’ll have easy access to popular attractions like Coronet Peak ski area and Queenstown’s world-famous Shotover Jet and Canyon Swing.
Pullman Rotorua is surrounded by the surreal scenery for which Rotorua is so famous. The hotel’s in a great central location and is also just minutes from the lake – so you’ll have the best of both worlds. This five-star hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the region’s geothermal wonders.