9 Day North Island Family Adventure in NZ

9 Days

Even if you have a limited time in New Zealand we can still put you together an itinerary with a huge variety of scenery and activities and all within a 4 hour radius.

This tour starts off aquatic-themed with whale and dolphin watching in Auckland and kayaking on the Coromandel Peninsula. You then head to Rotorua where you can experience the wonders of geothermal activity and get up close with native wildlife. Last on the programme is an underground discovery of the Waitomo Caves. 

The number of kayakers on the Coromandel is limited as it’s a marine reserve and in Waitomo we work with a small family run business whose tour groups are 12 people max - we are all about selecting authentic, small-group experiences. Booking in advance is highly recommended.   

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    Day 1 & 2: Auckland

    Two days to explore New Zealand’s largest city - a half-day Auckland whale and dolphin watching excursion in the Hauraki Gulf is on the programme and a detour via the Skytower will enthrall young and old.


    A self-contained apartment in the central city. 

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    Day 3 - 5: Coromandel Peninsula

    The Coromandel is very well known for its beaches but we’d advise against heading to Cook’s Beach which can be quite noisy and crowded in summer. Instead, we have some great suggestions for much more secluded spots. We recommend doing the Driving Creek Railway, visiting the Waterworks theme park with its eclectic water features and kayaking in the Cathedral Cove marine reserve. Hot Water Beach can be really busy but if low tide falls happens in the evening you’ll have more space to enjoy yourselves.


    Self-contained villa with your own private spa on the deck

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    Day 6 & 7: Rotorua

    New Zealand’s ultimate geothermal destination! You’ll find the best geothermal parks to the south of Rotorua, the ones closer to town can be a bit touristy. Rainbow Springs gives you the opportunity to discover New Zealand’s native fauna and flora including the flightless kiwi bird and the Big Splash ride will no doubt be a hit with the whole family. If you want to learn all about New Zealand’s other national emblem that is the humble sheep, then head to the Agrodome. 


    A centrally located motel with a pool, tennis court and mini golf for the kids. 

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    Day 8: Waitomo

    You definitely can’t go to Waitomo without seeing the glow worms, and better yet we book small group Waitomo Cave tours with a max of 12 people. You will get to test your guide’s knowledge by asking them any questions and you will even be allowed to take photos in the cave. With a more limited number of people coming through this particular cave it is not harmful for the environment. The cherry on top is the chance to check out some moa bones, relics of the enormous birds that once roamed this land!


    A unique motel where you can choose between staying in a boat, plane, train or hobbit house. 

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    Day 9: Auckland Airport

    Drop off your rental car at the airport and catch your flight home. We hope you and your family have had an unforgettable adventure in New Zealand and come back soon to explore the South Island!

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