Family Holiday Destinations In New Zealand

We've been there: over thousands of kilometers 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 your New Zealand Family Vacation.

Over the last six years, we have organised many trips for families with older children and we propose a different itinerary if you’re traveling 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 or a New Zealand family holiday itinerary for you.

Read our articles below to find out more about the family adventures New Zealand has to offer - all experienced by us!

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  • Twin Coast Cycle Trail

    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.

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  • Walking with kids in NZ

    5 Amazing Day Walks for Families in New Zealand

    New Zealand is home to some, if not many, of the most stunning hikes in the world. We've selected 5 amazing day walks for families which are perfect for kids from the age of 6 or 7 upwards.

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  • Forgotten World Rail Trail

    The Forgotten World Rail Trail Adventure

    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.

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  • Getting Off The Beaten Track in the Catlins

    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 Invercargill

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  • Kayaking in Cathedral Cove

    If you've been wanting to kayak in North Island, think about the Coromandel, and in particular about Cathedral Cove - it is a fantastic spot and one of the few places where children can kayak too.

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  • Perfect Accommodation for Families

    For families to make the most of the space available, have the flexibility to do what they want for meals, and to allow everyone to have enough sleep, the answer is self-contained accommodation.

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  • Travelling in New Zealand with a Baby

    In our opinion there's no need to wait until your kids grow up to take them travelling in New Zealand with you! Here's our tips.

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    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.

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Carolyn, We would like thank you for all the arrangement for a trip in NZ. We had a busy, fun and wonderful time there. Besides all activities arranged in the trip, we managed t... - Hoc Hua, USA

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