We've been there: over thousands of kilometres across New Zealand with our three children (from a baby up to 10 years old) by car, boat, bike, pram, backpack and on foot! They are part of every trip we do in this country.
The key to a successful New Zealand family holiday lies at a pace that suits both parents and children, without too much packing and unpacking each day. We recommend staying 2 or 3 nights per accommodation to discover the greatest areas, and allow time for specific activities, not to mention all the playgrounds you find everywhere you look.
Self-contained accommodation will keep your meal budget under control and allow for more space and privacy, as long as you don’t mind cooking and managing groceries and dishes. If such chores are a no-no on holiday, we have selected child-friendly B&B’s for you.
Over the last six years, we have organised many trips for families with older children and we propose a different itinerary if you’re travelling with teenagers who can do activities that are not an option for younger ones. But then again, no two families are the same. You know your children better than anyone so let us know about your family and we can put together the ideal holiday formula for you.
Read our articles below to find out more about the family adventures New Zealand has to offer - all experienced by us!
The "Twin Coast Cycle Trail" is 87km long and crosses Northland from Opua to Hokianga Harbour. It can be divided in 4 sections and ridden in both directions. Due to its sub-tropical climate, it is available all year round and suitable for most riders as it is mostly flat with gentle climbs.Find out more
Samoa is our firm favourite when it comes to the Pacific Islands, it’s not as well-known as other South Pacific Islands, but it is brimming with beautiful beaches and other unique places just waiting to be explored. If you are looking for the postcard perfect destination that is a little more off thFind out more
Nestled within the deep hidden valleys of New Zealand’s Forgotten World Highway is the ultimate way to explore rural New Zealand. Travel along decommissioned railway lines, through tunnels, over bridges and rivers and to townships that time forgot.Find out more
You can’t get much more off the beaten path in New Zealand than the Catlins Coast and its remoteness is a huge part of its charm. It’s a reasonably small and fairly isolated region tucked away down in the south east corner of the South Island, below Dunedin and to the east of InvercargillFind out more
This 9 day kiwi adventure is great for families – especially with children from 8 years and up as this means everyone can take part in the activities we have chosen.Discover More
The perfect family holiday without a tablet screen in sight! Experience the best of the South Island with a whole heap of wildlife and the outdoors included.Discover More
Every detail was just right. Once Upon A Trip made our New Zealand experience an absolute delight. All of the places we over-nighted, the camper we rented and the excursions the... - Shelley Sweeney, USARead all reviews