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Tasman Glacier Tour, Mt Cook

Tasman Glacier Aoraki, Mount Cook - Image: David Wall

Tasman Glacier Tour, Mt Cook

A picture, they say, tells a thousand words and if the one above doesn’t inspire you to take a cruise on the Tasman Glacier, then nothing will. This is where the water mirrors the ice as the landscape reflects upon the Glacier. Icebergs of all sizes often crack into the water, enabling the crew to touch and even taste the watery crystal shapes.

St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool, Dunedin

Saint Clair Dunedin - Image: David Wall

St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool, Dunedin

Set aside a day to explore Dunedin and its array of family-friendly attractions. Located on the head of Otago Harbour, Dunedin has a rich Scottish and Maori history. After a brief wander of the Edwardian architecturally styled streets and a classic fish and chip shop feast, head to St Clair beach. This is where the ever-inviting Hot Salt Water Pool sits regally along the sea. At a meagre $14 NZD per family for entry, it’s an affordable adventure too.

Cycle at Lake Dunstan, Central Otago

Lake Dunstan Central Otago - Image: David Wall

Cycle at Lake Dunstan, Central Otago

The gorgeous Otago region is renowned for its plentiful vineyards and placid lakes. And, though we highly recommend adults find time to sample some of the country’s finest wine while here, we thought we’d add a kid-friendly suggestion for this region too. Ergo - some casual bike riding fun around the dramatic beauty of Lake Dunstan!

Redwoods Forest, Rotorua

Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua - Image: Tourism New Zealand

Redwoods Forest, Rotorua

Honestly, what could be nicer than a family stroll through the canopy of a towering Redwood Forest? The dense foliage underneath the suspended bridge walks are home to all sorts of forest critters. Whilst high above the birds sing-a-long in a harmonising display of unorchestrated unison.

Visit Hobbiton, Waikato

Hobbiton Matamata, Waikato - Image: Sara Orme

Visit Hobbiton, Waikato

Straight out of middle earth! Fantasy fans of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ book and movie series are transported to a hobbit village on a day tour to this iconic film set site. Pose for photos in front of a hobbit’s home and keep them as a treasured NZ memento.

Triple the Fun at Treble Cone

Treble Cone Lake, Wanaka - Image: Martyn Williams

Triple the Fun at Treble Cone

Seeing the world famous Treble Cone up close and personal is a very special family experience. It’s a major tourist attraction on the South Island (not too far out from Queenstown). Local and international powder hounds are drawn here to ski, snowboard and admire the 360 degree jaw dropping scenery of the mountain peaks. Even if you’re not a family of powder hounds, this is a special place to spend some quality family time.

Dine out in Queenstown

Queenstown - Image: Adam Bryce

Dine out in Queenstown

There’s many family friendly places to eat in the cosmopolitan streets of Queenstown. Here’s a couple of favourites for you and the crew to chow down at…

  • Taco Medic - for the best nachos and tacos in town.
  • Fergburger - tasty burgers and ice-cream equals win, win.
  • The Ballarat Trading Company - A steakhouse with excellent kids menu selections.

Learn to Surf at Sumner Beach, Christchurch

Image: Paul Abbitt

Learn to Surf at Sumner Beach, Christchurch

Sumner is a super pretty cove beach in Christchurch and if conditions are right it’s an ideal wave for a family that wants to learn to surf. Saltwater is a cure all for sure! Get ready, get wet and get out there.

Catch a Rugby Match

Westpac Stadium, Wellington - Image: Tourism New Zealand

Catch a Rugby Match

New Zealand is a proud sporting nation where rugby is almost a religion. Whether it’s Rugby Union or Rugby League, New Zealand teams are always near or at the pinnacle of the international ladder. Secure tickets to a see a match live and the whole family is bound to have a great time. Tip: lock in your tickets for high-profile games such as internationals in advance as these are very popular.

Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves - Image: Tourism Holdings

Waitomo Caves

Explore the underground passageways of Waitomo Caves led by knowledgeable guides. The detailed limestone catacombs are a natural marvel to see up close. A historical family NZ adventure indeed.