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Top things to do in New Zealand with kids

23rd Sep 2020

When it comes to the ultimate family holiday destination, New Zealand is certainly up there with the best.

No matter which island you land on exploring, there is plenty to see and do. With incredible outdoor experiences and landmarks, marine life galore and unique cultural experiences there is something for everyone.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite things to do in New Zealand with kids.

See marine life at Kaikōura (South Island)

Located a short two-hour car trip from Christchurch, the small coastal town of Kaikōura is a great place to take your kids to see some marine animals. Home to whales, dolphins and fur seals all year round, some of the fun activities include whale watching or kayaking among the dolphins.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves (North Island)

If your kids are into all things creepy crawlies, you have to include the Waitomo Glowworm Caves on your travel itinerary. The caves are in the small village of Waitomo. Accessible only by boat, kids will love to look at the thousands of glowworms that adorn the caves walls in the ‘glowworm grotto’.

Check out the adventure activities in Queenstown (South Island)

Known as the ‘adventure capital of the world’, Queenstown is a great place to take your kids to experience some ultimate adrenaline pumping activities. From jetboating to ziplining and bike trails galore, there is plenty to do in Queenstown for people of all ages. In winter, Queenstown turns into a winter wonderland so is perfect if your family has never experienced the snow.

Explore one of the many geothermal areas (both North and South Island)

New Zealand is well known for its geothermal experiences and natural hot pools. From Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland’s incredible coloured lakes, to Hell’s Gate, home to the only geothermal mud baths in New Zealand kids will love experiencing all of these natural wonders.

Experience Maori culture at Tamaki Māori Village (North Island)

If you want to show your kids the heart of New Zealand, don’t go past a visit to Tamaki Māori Village. This tourism destination is designed to share the Māori culture with tourists, by using unique storytellers and real-life experiences. Visitors can participate in cultural experiences, enjoy a traditional dinner and dessert feast and witness a Traditional Māori welcome.