New Zealand is a land of extremes and so big that you need a few months to see everything. Tramping for a long time in the outdoors of New Zealand or go bungee jumping isn’t always the best option if you travel with your family. That is why we made an overview of the most beautiful places – which are also easy to visit with children.
Bay of Islands
This tropical island is located in the northern tip of New Zealand (about two hours of Auckland) and is surrounded by bright blue sea water. You can enjoy cycling, hiking and diving, as well as kayaking with dolphins and fantastic sailing trips.
Versatile and for many people the starting point of their trip. The skyline is dominated by the 328 meter high Sky Tower and the center is a good mix of culture, restaurants and shopping streets. That said the city is not a concrete jungle. Due to its location close to beach and nature, a visit to Auckland is ideal for families, boasting many child friendly activities.
This is one of the most famous sights, because the village was used as a film set for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. You can visit the typical Hobbit cottages in Hobbiton and have a beer at The Green Dragon Inn. There are organized tours starting in Auckland, but it is even better to set out with your own rental car. Pictured below, image courtesy of the Canvas Factory, is the lovely Hobbiton replete with Hobbit cottages. A truly magical experience for kids of all ages.
Did your children always wanted to see whales? It’s possible in Kaikoura. During a boat trip you also have a chance to encounter dolphins, penguins and albatrosses.It’s a town you don’t want to miss, boasting incredible scenery and the chance to meet a whale!
Musuem Of New Zealand
If you ever wanted to know and learn everything about new Zealand without visiting every single region of the country, then the national musuem in Wellington is a godsend. Te Papa is innovative, mesmerising and a deep insightful musuem which is not only interactive but also culturally enriching. From far off tales to treasures of this beautiful country, you can witness it all in one massive building. The fascinating history, heritage, maori culture, unique natural environment, and everything else this spectacular country could offer. Located on the waterfronts of wellington, the musuem is open everyday and offers free entry.
The tallest structure in southern hemisphere measuring over 300 metres, Auckland’s sky tower is an architectural marvel and truly a sight to behold. Offering amazing panoromic views apart from being lined with renowned restaurants, gift shops and high octane adventure activities like virwing platforms and bungee jumps, sky tower is truly an unmissable tourist spot in new zealand.
Lake Wanaka is about an hour’s drive from Queenstown and is surrounded by high peaks. It is one of the most beautiful places to camp during a trip through New Zealand, because you wake up with great views.
Abel Tasman National Park
In this place, green hills are effortlessly interspersed with golden-yellow sandy beaches and the landscape consists of forests, caves and waterfalls: enough space for your child to enjoy. You can make challenging hikes, but it is also fun to paddle along the coast with a kayak.
Located a two hours drive from Auckland, you will find this peninsula full of beautiful nature. You can make great hikes over the hills, through the forests or along the splendid beaches. Visit picturesque villages such as Coromandel, Colville and Port Jackson or spend some time in Totara Valley, a wine region where you have the chances to taste the delicious wines. In Coromandel State Forest park you can see mighty Kauri trees or relax on Hot Water beach, where you can make your own natural pool.
Cape Reinga is situated on the northernmost tip of North Island. At the lighthouse you have a magical view of the location where two oceans come together: the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea. Here you can also drive the famous 90 Mile Beach and go sandboarding the sand dunes. Absolutely recommended is Doubtless Bay, a true paradise with pearly white beaches, an azure blue ocean and wonderful places to camp in the wild.