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New Zealand is the perfect destination for families wishing to introduce their children to the joy of travel. The country’s friendly locals and endearing culture will ensure your family feels warmly welcomed, while the superb transport systems and well-maintained scenic roads make it a delight to move around the country’s North and South Island.
With its breathtaking landscapes ranging from beaches to mountains, your children will be blown away by the stunning landscapes and the action-packed adventures they hold. In New Zealand, you can try it all: kayaking, rafting, hiking, mountain biking, sailing, and snowboarding.
Children will love cruising through the stunning Milford Sound and playing in the thermal pool resort at Hanmer Springs, while teenagers will get an adrenaline kick out of rafting the Huka Falls or skiing the slopes in Queenstown.
Families will be amazed at New Zealand’s vibrant wildlife and there’s plenty of special activities to do from kayaking with seals in the Abel Tasman, to swimming with dolphins and whale watching in Kaikoura, to wandering through a magical glowworm cave in Waitomo.
New Zealand’s dynamic Maori culture offers families the opportunity to engage in authentic, local experiences, and children will be fascinated by a Powhiri (Maori welcome) and sacred Maori historical sites such as Cape Reinga.
Fans of the Lord of the Rings will be thrilled with New Zealand’s filming locations, and your family will be whisked away by the magic of Hobbiton and iconic sites such as Mt Doom in the spectacular Tongariro National Park.
Wayfairer works with a host of luxury, family-friendly accommodations, so parents can relax and recuperate after action-packed days.
Stay at Lochmara Lodge in the Marlborough Sounds, where kids can learn about the native wildlife and hand-feed wild stingrays, while you put your feet up at the sumptuous spa. Visit Te Koi Lodge near Nelson, where your family can take a private boat to a secluded beach or take a cycling tour around the beautiful region.
Wayfairer can customise any of our New Zealand itineraries to create a family holiday catered to your family’s interests and requirements.
Browse our suggested itineraries or contact us for New Zealand family holiday ideas and any questions you may have about travelling to New Zealand with children.
Swim with dolphins, cruise the Milford Sound & explore spectacular scenery on this luxury two-week New Zealand tour, customised to your requirements.
Embark on a journey through Middle Earth as you explore the stunning New Zealand landscapes made famous in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
This luxury & adventure New Zealand trip includes helicopter rides around epic glaciers, Maori cultural encounters and tours of world-class wineries.
Encounter New Zealand’s endemic bird populations and majestic marine mammals and explore some the country’s most beautiful wildlife habitats.