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A Family Kiwi Getaway

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Valentin Puech

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A Family Kiwi Getaway

New Zealand is known for the abundance of its nature and its variety in scenery. With no natural predators to humans or dangerous wildlife, the country can be perfect for a family trip with kids of any age! Explore together the wonders of the land of the long cloud and make this an unforgettable experience by doing all sorts of activities together!

DAY 1

Auckland

This day will be dedicated to your arrival in the "City of Sails". Auckland is the biggest city in New Zealand and in the Pacific Islands! It is often mistakenly assumed to be the capital of the country (the capital is actually Wellington). You will be transferred to your accommodation and depending on your mood and the time of your arrival, you can have a first look at the city. Read more

One night in Auckland
DAY 2

Auckland

Today, you will have more time to visit the city. Being the biggest city of the country, Auckland is the business centre of New Zealand. Despite this, there are many things to see and do here, such as visiting Waiheke Island for a tour of the vineyards and to check out some of its numerous beaches, or going on a scenic flight in a seaplane, kayaking to Rangitoto Island, or kiwi spotting! Read more

One night in Auckland
DAY 3

Auckland

During this third day in the city, you can explore more and see what you didn't have time to earlier, or perhaps check out the outskirts : to the West you will find the Waikatere Ranges for example which are a regional park full of nature and isolated from civilisation, a nice change from the city.

One night in Auckland
DAY 4

Coromandel

Once you have picked up your rental car, you will leave Auckland to head for Coromandel. This is the favourite holiday destination for Aucklanders, with its lovely coastlines and great beaches. While you are here, you can check out many different places around the peninsula, it takes time though as the roads are quite windy. This is why we always recommend staying at least a couple nights here. Read more

One night in Coromandel
DAY 5

Coromandel

Check out Coromandel Town, In 1852 the discovery of gold at Driving Creek brought a boom to Coromandel town. A lot of history dating from that time is still evident in the town today with the old buildings, antiques and just the general atmosphere. Driving Creek Railway is New Zealand's only narrow-gauge mountain railway along with a working pottery workshop and wild life sanctuary. A fun activity to do with the kids. Cathedral Cove is very popular with tourists and is a good spot for swimming as it’s a marine reserve. There is a walking track (1hr30 return) from the northern end of Hahei Beach, and it’s also possible to walk from the local council car park at the top of the headland between Hahei and Gemstone Bay. You can also get there by boat or kayak. Read more

One night in Coromandel
DAY 6

Coromandel

You can have a wander through the lily garden at Rapaura Water gardens (take the bumpy road on the right at Tapu village). This is also a very good place for a lunch break. Check out the Hot Water Beach, a unique beach where you can dig your own hot pool in the sand!

One night in Coromandel
DAY 7

Coromandel - Rotorua

Once you have picked up your rental car, you will leave Auckland to head for Rotorua. Rotorua is the most touristic city in the North Island, and is known for being right in the middle of the geothermal region of New Zealand. Here you will find multiple geothermal sites where you will see colourful thermal pools and geysers, and during the evening, maybe go relax in the hot Polynesian spas! You can also check out Redwood forest where you can go for a walk through the trees lit with many different coloured lanterns, or, if you are looking for something more active, you can go for a bike ride through the forest. Read more

One night in Rotorua
DAY 8

Rotorua

For your second day here, you can continue exploring the area. In the South of Rotorua is where you will find the geothermal areas like Wai O Tapu and Orakei Korako: Wai O Tapu is more colourful, but Orakei Korako is less touristic so the choice will be up to you!

One night in Rotorua
DAY 9

Rotorua

For more suggestions of activities here, you can do some white water rafting for example on Kaituna River, where you will go down a 7 metre waterfall! This is unique in the fact that it is the highest waterfall in the world used in a commercial river-rafting activity. For families, there are some places that would be very interesting : Rainbow Springs is where you can see some kiwis in a protected habitat, or perhaps you could check out Agrodome with its farm shows and learn about the animals you would typically find in New Zealand's farms. Read more

One night in Rotorua
DAY 10

Tongariro

Next you will be driving to Tongariro. The region is also famous for featuring in the Lord of the Rigs trilogy, representing Mordor and Mount Doom: if you are a fan, this is definitely a must-see! The region is also known for its famous full-day hike: The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, but you can also go hiking to various areas, such as Taranaki Falls and the Tama Lakes. You can choose to stop and turn around whenever you want if you the walks are too long! Read more

One night in Tongariro
DAY 11

Tongariro - Wellington

After a long drive from Tongariro, you arrive in Wellington: the little capital of New Zealand! It is a smaller city than Auckland, but also known for being more colourful and artistic. This is where you will find the Te Papa Museum (national museum) which contains many Maori artefacts and is highly recommended if you want to learn of New Zealand’s history. Read more

One night in Wellington
DAY 12

Wellington

In Wellington it is possible to go on some Lord of the Rings - themed tours if you are a fan, and check out the various places in the city whether it be shops, restaurants or the coast on the outskirts! Wellington's colours really pop on a sunny day.

One night in Wellington
DAY 13

Wellington - Picton - Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs is great all year round, with a different colour palette depending on the season. Set in a breath-taking natural landscape, surrounded by forests and mountains. A great place to rest and soak in some hot pools and a spa.

One night in Hanmer Springs
DAY 14

Hanmer Springs

Not only are there hot pools to soak in, but there is also a range of walks on offer from short walks like Conical Hill to full day hikes such as climbing Mt Isobel.

One night in Hanmer Springs
DAY 15

Hanmer Springs - Christchurch

Known as a “garden city”, Christchurch was heavily affected by an earthquake in February 2011 but the rebuild is in full swing and has brought a new vibrancy to this ever-changing city. While you stay here, you could take the time to check out the Antarctic Centre, where you will experience snow and ice, a storm, learn about life in modern day Antarctica and Scott base and hang out with Little Blue Penguins! Read more

One night in Christchurch
DAY 16

Christchurch

The area around the city is very interesting: the Banks peninsula is full of picturesque bays, seaside villages, boutique galleries and cafes. The highlight of this peninsula is Akaroa, a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Explore the village with its colonial architecture, galleries, craft stores, and cafés. Akaroa Harbour is the only place on the entire planet where you can get up close and personal with NZ's playful Hector's dolphins. Read more

One night in Christchurch
DAY 17

Christchurch - Tekapo

Lake Tekapo and the Tasman Glacier, the largest glacier in New Zealand. If you have the time you can explore the area, take in the sights, do some hiking or you could go one of many scenic flights which will allow you to see a lot of the surroundings from the air, the longest even going all the way to the West to show you the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers! If you are looking to hike, the Hooker Valley Track is the most popular track in the area. Read more

One night in Tekapo
DAY 18

Tekapo

In Tekapo you will also find some hot pools, great for some relaxation, especially during cooler weather. Tekapo is also known as one of the best places in the world to do some star-gazing as the sky is so clear. If you are lucky, you may even see the southern lights!...

One night in Tekapo
DAY 19

Wanaka

Wanaka, a place where you will find diverse landscapes, lake, forest, mountains and glaciers! You will have the opportunity to do various activities here such as jet-boating, hiking, biking, wine tasting… But we highly recommend staying a couple of nights here even if just for the sights and great places that are ideal for walks in the middle of nature! Read more

One night in Wanaka
DAY 20

Wanaka

If you are a wine connoisseur, Wanaka will be especially interesting to you because it is one of New Zealand’s most important wine regions! You will find many places you can do some wine tasting if you wish, such as Mt Difficulty and Rippon Valley which are outstanding.

One night in Wanaka
DAY 21

Queenstown - Departure

Today is the day you depart from Queenstown, the end of your journey. By now you have hopefully taken lots of pictures and made many new memories in New Zealand that will stay with you forever!

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Auckland
Day 4
Location Coromandel
Day 7
Location Rotorua
Hotel Regal Palms
Day 10
Location Tongariro
Day 11
Location Wellington
Day 13
Location Hanmer Springs
Hotel Clear Ridge
Day 15
Location Christchurch
Hotel Tuscana
Day 17
Location Tekapo
Day 19
Location Wanaka
Hotel Distinction
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Auckland
Day 4
Location Coromandel
Day 7
Location Rotorua
Hotel Regal Palms
Day 10
Location Tongariro
Day 11
Location Wellington
Day 13
Location Hanmer Springs
Hotel Clear RIdge
Day 15
Location Christchurch
Day 17
Location Tekapo
Day 19
Location Wanaka
Hotel Distinction
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Auckland
Hotel Msocial
Day 4
Location Coromandel
Day 7
Location Rotorua
Day 10
Location Tongariro
Day 11
Location Wellington
Hotel Bolton Hotel
Day 13
Location Hanmer Springs
Day 15
Location Christchurch
Day 17
Location Tekapo
Day 19
Location Wanaka

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides for activities
  • 24/7 local assistance in English and French
  • Entrance fees
  • Local SIM card
  • Travel documents including a detailed itinerary, map, vouchers for the activities and accommodations

Package excludes

  • International airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

More information

  • The accommodations shown here for each category are generally possible but not guaranteed as the final itinerary will be dependent on what is available at the time of booking.
  • The prices are based on double/twin beds, other bedding options are possible but prices will change accordingly.
  • When one person wishes to have their own room, a single supplement will be added.
  • The trips are completely customizable, everything can be modified, whether it be the places you visit or the order in which you see them.

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