- 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.
Accommodation in New Zealand
New Zealand offers fantastic variety in accommodation styles. Check out our descriptions below to give you an idea of the type of accommodation that will suit your family.
Increasingly popular, holiday apartment accommodation tends to be modern and often very luxurious. We believe apartments offer great value to the family – you’re set up with one, two or more bedrooms, living area and fully-equipped kitchen. Extras can include such amenities as dvd or surround-sound stereo, laundry, swimming pool, patio, bbq area, baby furniture and daily servicing. Most holiday apartment owners welcome families and you’ll find the ones listed here have been set up to accommodate families in comfort and with maximum convenience.
Motels used to be very simple, all-in-one rooms with a drive-up front door (hence ‘motor hotel’ – ‘motel’). NZ motels do still provide these ‘studio’ rooms, but most also now provide apartment style accommodation in the form of one or more bedroom units with kitchen. We’ve ensured that all motels listed here do have family units. (Studios are cheaper however, and most have pull-out sofa beds or cots available for children). A feature of any motel will be ample parking, usually with your dedicated space at or near your front door and generally you'll find WiFi, often free. You’ll also often find extras such as newspapers, breakfast available, playground, swimming pool and SKY or Freeview TV. All our motels have baby furniture available and many welcome pets (by arrangement). Another advantage of motels is that you’ll always find a reception on-site and can usually organise sightseeing, transport and childminding.
Hotels make things easy for families by having everything at your fingertips. Room service, restaurant and bar on-site plus extras such as spa, pool or gym can make life that much more comfortable. Many hotels offer babysitting services and some even have children’s clubs. Single hotel rooms may offer sofa or rollaway beds, but our listed hotels also have interconnected rooms available, to give family visitors that much more space. Look out for incentives such as kids under a certain age dining or staying for free.
A real Kiwi experience, this is a wonderful way to experience friendly kiwi hospitality. Our family farmstays tend to offer self-contained accommodation such as a holiday cottage or apartment, next door or on the land of your host family. This gives you a bit of freedom and privacy, whilst still experiencing a slice of life on a Kiwi farm. Farms may be large, working cattle and sheep farms, alpaca farms or ‘hobby farms’ with friendly animals wandering about. Most farms offer breakfast, often with home grown produce, and other great extras may include farm tour, sheep shearing demonstration, quad bike rides, horse riding, interacting with farmyard animals and plenty of space to run about!
Bed & Breakfast
A popular option for couples and independent travellers, Kiwi B&Bs can also be an ideal family choice. Those listed will have a variety of room types to suit you and the kids. Breakfast is usually a choice of continental (eg: cereals, toast, croissants, fruit, fruit juice, tea/coffee) or cooked. Bed and Breakfast style accommodation tends to be a very individual choice and our options include house in the city, manor house, and farms.
Holiday Park or Campsite
The kiwi favourite holiday style – holiday parks are great value and offer a huge range of amenities. They double as motor camps, campgrounds or campsites but offer more than just tent or campervan sites. Most Kiwi parks include a range of accommodation from powered or unpowered sites for your van, to motel units, tourist flats or group lodges. Other extra goodies may include adventure playground, swimming or toddlers’ pool, trampoline, beach access, bike or kayak hire, on-site shop and activity booking service.
Holiday House, Bach or Crib
Your home away from home – kiwi holiday houses come in all shapes and sizes and you’ll find choices throughout NZ. Often owners will require a minimum stay, which may be two or three nights. Your holiday house will be equipped with full kitchens, bedding, and generally everything you’ll need but your clothes!