Itinerary Highlights

  • Create the perfect family holiday by adding exciting and inspiring experiences from a comprehensive selection
  • Embark on a magical journey through Middle-earth to the Hobbiton Movie Set from Lord of the Rings film trilogy
  • Add unique experiences such as bungee jumping, jet boating or stargazing
  • Best time to travel Nov - Mar

What's Included

  • Accommodation Throughout
  • Domestic Flights
  • International Flights
13 nights from £3,780 per person
All of our holidays are tailor-made to your requirements by an expert Travel Specialist
The Inspiring Travel Company Team
01244 435 806

This family focused two-week holiday covers New Zealand’s North and South Island. Explore the captivating cities of Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, and Queenstown. We have hand-picked destinations that offer a diverse array of experiences and activities that will suit any family, whether you are seeking an adrenaline filled holiday or a more cultural experience. We have highlighted a selection of activities in each destination which we can incorporate in your New Zealand holiday to create a fun-packed and fulfilling experience for every member of your family.

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Itinerary

On your arrival at Auckland, you will be met and transported to your city centre hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the city and the waterfront. For the best views of the city and harbour, head to the Sky Tower where you visit the observation deck on the 51st floor.
With 135,000 registered boats, or one boat for every 11 Auckland residents, it is not surprising that it is known as the “City of Sails”. Many of the city’s activities are based around water. We suggest taking an afternoon whale and dolphin safari out on the beautiful Hauraki Gulf. Those families with children aged 10yrs+ may wish to consider an America’s Cup Sailing Experience, sailing on an authentic America’s Cup Yacht. Other activities include adrenaline-pumping Auckland Bridge Climb.
The harbour and Hauraki Gulf is dotted with islands, with Waiheke Island being a favourite with families. Catch a ferry or seaplane to start your island adventure. There are a whole host of different activities and touring options on the island, including private guided e-bike tours, car, and bike rentals, or explore the island using the local bus network. The island is renowned for its vineyards, arts & crafts and of course its beautiful beaches
Today you leave Auckland behind and embark on a magical journey through Middle-earth to the Hobbiton Movie Set from Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Your tour will take you through rich farmland and across undulating green hills. On arrival at Shire’s Rest you embark on your Hobbiton movie set tour. You will see 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge, all part of the largest “green set” in the world. The tour ends with a drink at the Green Dragon Inn before you continue your journey to Rotorua.
Rotorua is renowned for its geothermal parks, lakes, and volcanic landscapes as well its Maori Culture. Family friendly activities include the Agrodome Leisure Park where you can watch the Sheep Show and visit the Eco Farm. Visit Rainbow Springs for a self-guided tour with displays of Rainbow Trout, and aviaries showcasing native birdlife including the nocturnal Kiwi. Other activities include walking high in the trees at the Redwood Treewalk, soaking in geothermal pools and watching geysers gush into the air at one of the geothermal parks.
Rotorua is the perfect destination for adventurous families. Visit Mt Tarawera by 4X4 vehicle or helicopter for an exhilarating tour of volcanic craters, hiking or a remote hot pools experience. Plummet down the craziest 350m H2OGO Zorb track at ZORB Rotorua or white-water raft the Kaituna, Rangitaiki or Wairoa Rivers, graded between 3-5. There are mountain-biking trails galore as well as several Jet Boating locations for those that really want to get the adrenaline running.
You may choose to fly from Rotorua to Queenstown or visit Waitomo Caves and then fly from Auckland to Queenstown. Waitomo Caves is an extensive underground cave network, including the famous glow-worm caves. Tours from Rotorua to Auckland include a 45-minute guided tour and boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto. More adventurous families can visit the caves independently and enjoy adrenaline pumping activities such as black-water rafting, zip-lining, canyoning or rappelling throughout the cave network.
The adventure capital of the world; Jetboating, white-water rafting, bungy jumping, catapults, zip-lining, heli-skiing, mountain-biking, paragliding, and Heli-hiking, you name it, in Queenstown you can do it. There are adventures for all ages, whether you are travelling with younger children or teenagers++. Join a supported half day cycle ride along the breath-taking Arrow River Trail, step aboard the TSS Earnslaw for Lake Wakatipu cruise and High-Country Farm Tour and BBQ. The adrenaline junkie in the family might want to combine a Bungy, giant canyon swing and catapult all in one and book the AJ Hackett Nevis Thrillogy.
Queenstown’s setting is mesmerising, set on Lake Wakatipu, and surrounded by snow-capped mountains. You can explore the region by on a variety of tours or hire a bike or car and explore at your own pace. Further afield you can take helicopter or scenic flight tours to the dream like Milford Sound or take a tour to Dart River where you can race upriver on an exhilarating jetboat tour and then gently drift back down river in an inflatable canoe.
Mount Cook
Today you pick up a rental vehicle (private transfers can be arranged) and head across country to Aoraki/Mount Cook, at 3,724m it is the highest mountain in New Zealand. Here you are surrounding in outstanding natural beauty, with towering mountain peaks, glaciers, and permanent snowfields. Here we recommend taking one of several helicopter tours, there are simple 20-minute scenic flights, flights that also take in the west coast glaciers, Fox & Franz. Some flights include a glacier landing and others take you on a 3-hour glacier hike. Continue to Lake Tekapo. Staying at: Peppers Bluewater Resort
Lake Tekapo
One of the most photographed scenes in all New Zealand is the tiny Church of Good Shepherd that sits on the edge of Lake Tekapo with Mount Cook in the background, simply breath-taking. Lake Tekapo is part of a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve. Visit the Mt John Observatory where you can join a night-time guided tour to gaze at the skies at the most southern research observatory in the world. View distant galaxies, planets and star clusters using power telescopes at the observatory. Staying at: Peppers Bluewater Resort
Continue your journey to Christchurch, a quaint city on the east coast of the South Island where you can punt on the River Avon, tour the city by tram or visit the International Antarctic Centre, an inter-active exhibit with snow and ice experiences, survive a snowstorm and 4D simulations
Staying at  The George
Today could include one of two unique experiences. Board the Alpine express for a full day excursion by train that takes you across the Canterbury plains and up over the Southern Alps, taking you through spectacular mountain passes to the west coast town of Greymouth, before returning to Christchurch via the same route. Alternatively take a tour north to the Pacific Ocean seaside town of Kaikoura. Visit a fur seal colony before heading out on the water to spot dolphins and hopefully Giant Sperm Whales.
Staying at  The George
Check-out of your hotel and transfer to Christchurch for your departure flight.
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