Ultimate Family Holiday to New Zealand

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What we came up with

Jam-packed full of adventure activities, weird and wonderful wildlife, seriously good sport and a whole heap of culture, New Zealand is one of our favourite family holiday destinations to undertake with teens. Don't let the distance put you off, this is a trip not to be missed.

— Miranda, Original Travel Expert

Itinerary Highlights

  • Auckland - 2 days
    Landing in the North Island hub spend your first two days acclimatising and throwing yourself into the action packed Kiwi culture. New for 2017, the All Blacks Experience lets rugby-mad-Dad's fangirl over memorabilia and stories from rugby giants, while the rest of the family can practice their haka and learn all about it's fascinating heritage. Entry tickets are included.

  • Rotorua - 3 days
    Bubbling, boiling and bursting with cultural experiences, your next stop, Rotorua, is one of New Zealand's most interesting destinations. The fantastic Treetops Lodge & Estate makes a great base to explore from; nestled in a mere 2,500 acres of forest and surrounded by lakes and waterfalls you could easily spend three days never leaving the lodge grounds. During your stay you will take part in the Wild Food Cooking School on a private basis, a unique opportunity to help the chefs prepare a traditional Maori feast in the heart of the forest - the family are sure to love the camp out cooking vibe.

    Venturing out of Treetops, we will also arrange a for a private catamaran cruise on Lake Rotoiti; dive in the lake and explore the hidden caves and toasty geothermal pools which Rotorua is so famous for.

  • Hawke's Bay - 2 days
    Next up on this family adventure is Hawke's Bay and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers; a luxuriously converted old farmhouse with panoramic views out across the Pacific Ocean. Spend your days here getting out and enjoying the spectacular clifftop views and rugged coastal scenery. During your stay you'll enjoy a Cam Am Tour, where you'll be taken out in dune buggy style jeeps and led by a guide as you speed around the estate - parents, you're designated drivers.

    Another must-do activity we've included here is the Kiwi Discovery Walk which takes you around the grounds in search of the native Kiwi bird. These adorable furry little creatures are perhaps the most iconic of New Zealand quirks and watching your guide carefully monitor, weigh and measure the birds you find is a great way to get up close and personal with this endangered species.

  • Wharekauhau Lodge - 3 days
    As your last stop in the North Island, a stay at Wharekauhau Lodge will ensure you leave on a high. In the midst of sloping pastures, ancient forest and the wild coast of Palliser Bay you'll find a world class lodge with a plethora of activities to keep the whole family entertained. Take quad bikes out and race each other across the black sandy beaches (over 16's only), perhaps play a round of golf on one of the two nearby courses, or just relax at the tranquil spa with a large glass of New Zealand's finest wine - parents only, of course.

    We have also included a must-do trip to nearby Wellington. Take a private VIP tour to see Frodos ring and Peter Jacksons Oscar statuettes up close on a behind the scenes tour of the WETA Studios in Wellington, where the special effects for the Rings trilogy, King Kong and Avatar were created. Transform the teens into orcs using special FX make-up and even try your hand (or voice) at a Hobbit voiceover.

  • Marlborough Sounds - 3 days
    Just off the northern tip of the South Island, The Bay of Many Coves in the heart of Marlborough Sounds is the ultimate family escape. Set away from the mainland and only accessible by boat or plane your next stop offers you some seriously cool experiences; from swimming with dolphins to spotting Glow Worms in the bush, a wine tour for Mum and Dad and water sports for the kids. This is a little oasis with big appeal.

  • Queenstown - 3 days
    The adventure capital of the world is a sure winner with parents and kids alike thanks to the sheer number of adventure, gastronomic and scenic treats on offer here.

    End your trip in style at beautiful Blanket Bay, which sits at the north end of Lake Wakatipu, just 45 minutes out of central Queenstown. As you wander out of the main lodge building and find yourself gazing across the mirror like water and spotting the snow-capped mountains reflecting on it's surface, you'll quickly join the masses and fall in love with this part of the world. If that doesn't quite convince the kids, we've included a trip on the Dart River Wilderness Jet. Start by speeding across the river surface screaming with joy, before calming things down a little with a 'Funyak' tour - essentially kayaking in inflatable canoes through the dramatic caves and turquoise waters of Mount Aspiring National Park.

A rough idea of price

A similar itinerary would cost in the region of £14,250 per person which includes all flights, luxury hotels, transfers and activities.

A note about prices

The guide prices shown are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip. Prices are generally for private arrangements using economy flights based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. There are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, the class of flights, the airline used and the level of private guiding versus shared excursions.

Key Stats

Where
New Zealand
When
November to April
Who
Families
Price PP (Inc Flights)
£14,250

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