- Bay of Plenty
- North Canterbury
- Hawkes Bay
- South Canterbury
- Nelson & Golden Bay
- Marlborough Sounds
- Central Otago
- West Coast
- Bay of Islands
- Palmerston North
- New Plymouth
- Te Anau
- Mt Cook
- Abel Tasman
- Nelson Lakes
- Stewart Island
- Central Plateau
Our favourite destinations…
New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!
Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.
With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.
With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.
Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting pools of mud!
The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi. Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.
Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City. The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities. Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!
Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.
Animal Farm - Upper Moutere, Nelson
Animal Farm is located only 30 minutes from Nelson and 15 minutes from Motueka and provides an ultimate hands-on animal experience! You and your family will be given the opportunit... read more
Natureland Zoo - Nelson
Go WILD at Natureland! Located next to the beautiful Tahunanui Beach in Nelson, Natureland Zoo enables visitors to meet exotic, native and domestic animals in a fun, family-friendl... read more
Kaiteriteri Kayak - Abel Tasman National Park
We are the only kayak company in the Abel Tasman to specialise in family kayak trips. It's simply a fabulous way to explore a stunning environment in peace and tranquility and it m... read more
Kiwi Guardian Outdoor Adventures
Get the kids outside to have some FREE family fun connecting with nature at Toyota Kiwi Guardians sites nationwide.
Toyota Kiwi Guardians highlights family-friendly, treasure hunt style activities at specific Department of Conservation sites that encourage kids to engage with the outdoors and, ultimately, earn themselves a medal for their efforts.
The goal of the conservation programme is to turn Kiwi kids into guardians of the land and sea.
A total of 50 sites are operational nationwide. Families can get started on their adventure by downloading the appropriate “treasure hunt” map from: www.kiwiguardians.co.nz
Click on the area of New Zealand nearest to where you are to find the choices available closest to home.read more
Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures
Skippered sailing tours of Abel Tasman National Park waters. Full Day Sailing tours or combine with walking, kayaking or water taxi activities.The peaceful, quiet and relaxing way to experience The Park.read more
Buller Canyon Jet - Murchison
Before your jet boating adventure starts you'll walk over NZ's longest swing bridge then enjoy a thrilling 40 minute jet boat ride on the Buller River as it carves it's way through the pink granite rock of the canyons, past waterfalls and over earthquake rapids, right in the heart of historic gold mining country.read more
Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles
Abel Tasman National Park is one of New Zealand's great treasures and its picture-perfect coastline is a sub-tropical paradise for you to explore! The national park has no road access but is home to a gorgeous 63km coastal walking track. Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles provide comfortable transport to any part of the track and its golden beaches so you can take a walk, swim a deserted beach and spend a day exploring, then they'll pick you up from your chosen location. They also offer half and full day scenic cruises where you can discover the coastline, spot seals and dolphins, and stretch your legs on a beach walk too.read more
Wild Rivers Rafting - Murchison
Raft the legendary Buller River Earthquake Rapids, the section with the most whitewater in the breath taking Buller Gorge. Adventurers will experience plenty of white water action and your guides will give you full rafting safety instruction before you begin. Minimum age 10 years or 13 when the river is running high.read more
- Phone: 0508 467 238
- Location: SH 6 at the Iron Bridge between Murchison and Westport
Anatoki Salmon Farm - Golden Bay
A great family fun day out to be had and only a 1.5 hour drive from Nelson. Here you will find a unique freshwater fishing experience on the banks of the Anatoki River. Your entry and the use of fishing rods is free. You only pay for what you catch! There is a great cafe and picnicking options for your family to enjoy too.read more
- Phone: 03 525 7251
- Location: 230 McCallum Rd, Takaka, Golden Bay
Catamaran Sailing and Launch Charters
Take this opportunity to explore the stunning coastline of Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park on one of our Sailing Catamarans or Launches. Scheduled trips run daily, from a few hours for those short on time, to overnight or multi-day adventures into the National Park. Our Skipper and Crew take care of all the boaty stuff, so your family gets to relax and enjoy all the extras we provide, like kayaking from the boat, swimming, beach walks, fishing for your tea, snorkelling, watersports or just sunning it on deck!read more
- Phone: 03 547 6666 mobile 0274 414853
- Location: 46 Martin Street, Monaco, Nelson
Chipmunks - Nelson
Welcome to Chipmunks, the pay for play indoor children’s adventure playground and café. Our playland consists of specialised play equipment of an extremely high standard, with protective matting and padding. We also have mazes, inflatable slides, flying fox, play stations, ball pools and a separate area for under 3's. Birthday Parties and after school care available.read more
- Phone: 03 548 7055
- Location: 311 Hardy St, Nelson, New Zealand
Vortex Wind Karting
A power craze on wheels! Fun to learn and with full tuition provided you will be enjoying your cruise along on their purpose built track. Great for groups and kids birthday parties. Suitable for 8+ years, but for those that are younger you can hire a side seat attachment that fixes onto the main blokart making it just as ideal for them to participate and enjoy too.read more
- Phone: 03 547 2197
- Location: Richmond Park, 384 Lower Queen Street, Richmond