• Wanaka.
  • Otago Central Rail Trail.
  • Rotorua - White Water Rafting.
  • Waitomo Caves.

Not all classrooms have four walls

There are plenty of opportunities to do something new with the family during weekends and school holidays with the wide selection of activities and natural attractions New Zealand has to offer.

New Zealand is a great destination for family-friendly holidays, and no matter where you travel, you will find plenty of things for kids to do.

Helloworld Travel Milford can package together a fun-filled family holiday or road trip. These are our recommendations for activities to add to your next family getaway:

Family-friendly activities in the North Island

Waikato:  Hamilton Zoo; Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari; Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park; Waikato’s many cycling trails; Hobbiton movie set tour and Waitomo Caves.

Rotorua: Skyline Luge; Polynesian Spa; Canopy Zipline Tours; Redwoods Treewalk, Kaitaki Rafting Adventures and Mountain Bike Rotorua.

Taupo: Huka Prawn Park; Huka Falls & Rapids Jet; Orakei Korako thermal park; hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing; raft the mighty Tongariro River and cruise on Lake Taupo.

Family-friendly activities in the South Island

Nelson Tasman: Cable Bay Adventure Park; Brook Waimarama Sanctuary; Abel Tasman or Kahurangi National Park (walk, cruise or kayak); Nelson Classic Car Museum and Cycle Tasman’s Great Taste Trail.

Christchurch:  Enjoy shopping, art, great food and wine, and stunning scenery in Christchurch:  Punting down Avon River; Antarctic Centre; Lyttleton Harbour cruise; Orana Wildlife Park and Port Hills by foot or bike.

West Coast: Rugged natural beauty, unique experiences and gold mining history of the West Coast: The Blue Pools; Hokitika Gorge; Fox Glacier and Franz Josef guided walks; Punakaiki pancake rocks; cycle on the West Coast Wilderness Trail; visit Shantytown Heritage Park.

Queenstown: Adventure capital of New Zealand: Kawarau bungy jump; Skyline Luge; TSS Earnslaw cruise to Walter Peak farm; cycle along one of the many lake-side trails; visit Arrowtown (stunning in autumn) or take a day trip to Milford Sound.

Wanaka: Outdoor activities aplenty: Hike in Mt Aspiring National Park; climb the world’s highest waterfall cable climb with Wildwire; Wheels at Wanaka featuring classic and vintage cars, earthmovers and steam trains; and, of course, Puzzling World.

Dunedin: Wildlife and Hheritage: Royal Albatross Centre; Wildlife cruise; Larnach Castle; Dunedin street art walk; Otago Settlers Museum and the steepest street in the world.

For details on these and even more ideas, support local and contact Helloworld Travel Milford for a copy of 'The New Zealand Book' which is the most comprehensive New Zealand brochure that makes planning your holiday easy. Our experienced team will help you plan and book your next family holiday:

Phone (09) 489 2597 or email: milford@helloworld.co.nz

Issue 118 April 2021