New Zealand is by far one of the most spectacular places one can visit. After all, this is the country where one of the most magical movie series The Lord of the Rings was filmed. Packed with gorgeous rainforests, mountain ranges and a whole lot of adventure, this is the go-to place for thrill seekers as well a part of every travel junkie’s travel bucket-list.
But that’s not all, because this beautiful country is also considered great for families, whether with grown-up kids or young little ones. So if you’re trying to decide a destination for your next trip then book airline tickets to New Zealand and have fun with the whole family.
But why New Zealand?
Well, there are many other beautiful places, that’s true, but New Zealand offers a more unique experience. The scenery alone is reason enough to visit this place. And it’s not just one kind of landscape, but a whole variety of them. This diversity allows people to have all kind of fun. Besides, I personally think that a more outdoorsy type of vacation is the best because it truly allows us to have a break from our fast-paced lifestyles.
It’s also very tourist-friendly. The local people are a friendly bunch while the whole place has an excellent road network which allows you to move around with ease. Simply rent a car or hop on a bus to get wherever you wish. Then each location here as a help center that can guide you and even suggest the best and most affordable places to stay at. This friendly environment is not only great for travelers but it also leaves a very positive impact on young impressionable kids.
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When is the best time to visit New Zealand?
If I’m being honest, then New Zealand is one of those places that are perfect all-year-round so basically, you can visit it any time of the year and still have a great trip. Of course, it’s always adventurous there but some activities are only seasonal, like skiing for example. However, being on the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are a bit different. Like the months that are considered summer months in most places are winter months here.
Summer (December, January, and February) is the busiest time here so you can expect a spike in prices but it is also an amazing time for most activities here, especially if you wish to go on a hike or such. For, lower prices but still great weather, consider going in the fall season.
If you’re a skiing fan then head to Queenstown, also considered one of the top ski locations in the world for an amazing skiing experience. Lastly, if you wish to see everything at its most beautiful then visit in spring.
Top places for a family visit to New Zealand
Sea-life and the beach
This one may sound obvious but that’s the very reason it’s a part of the list. Not only are the beaches here very family-friendly but they’re amazing no matter which season you visit New Zealand in. The best beaches to visit are the ones near Auckland or on the Coromandel Peninsula because these two happens to be the most family-friendly ones. And if you arrive during winter then head to the beaches on the west coast for a nice black sandy beach experience. While we’re talking about the sea, aquariums are also great for children. For a lovely time viewing the sea-life then head to Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium located in Auckland. It’s home to over 30 live animal exhibits including the largest Antarctic penguin colony exhibit. You can also hop in a cage and view sharks and stingrays up close. With a very interactive atmosphere and a lovely kids area, it’s is a great place to visit.
Yes, I know it basically sounds like a dream come true for any chocolate lover. Sadly, this isn’t available all-year-round but for one week in summer, hosted by Cadbury, this carnival is a delight for everyone who enjoys chocolate. There are fun tours available with amazing chocolate decorations and of course the iconic Cadbury Crunchie Train! A strange and unique race also takes place here called the Cadbury Jaffa Race, where countless orange sugar-coated balls are spread on the steepest road and well you see which balls reach the end first. But hey they fun lively atmosphere is there to make it seem interesting enough. There are also many activities available for kids and the iconic train itself is enough to attract visitors. On the train, you can enjoy the lovely views between Dunedin and Hindon on the Taieri Gorge Railway while your kids enjoy fun stories being narrated out loud.
Live in the world of Lord of the Rings
This activity is best enjoyed with kids. The famous film trilogy was filmed in over 150 locations all in New Zealand and it’ll be a shame to miss out on them. Don’t let the big number worry you because most of them are near major landmarks or tourist help centers so they’re very easy to visit. For a more detailed tour, join a guided tour group. Some of them even take you to the famous glowworm cave, unique to only New Zealand and the cute Hobbiton movie set, all in one day. The glowing worms are a wonder of nature while the movie set provides a fun scenery. You can also visit other iconic places from the movie like the Green Dragon Inn.
Hobbiton Movie Set
Say hi to the dolphins or the rare Kiwi bird
New Zealand is home to a wide variety of wildlife. The waters near New Zealand are home to the common types of dolphins as well as the super rare the Hector dolphin. And this is the best place to swim with the dolphins is because the tour is very well managed. The tour operators are very vigilant about the dolphin’s safety. So if your child is above eight and can swim then head over to Akaroa Harbour, as this is the only place in the world where one can swim and be playful with the Hector Dolphin. Or you can head to the Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park, to see the endangered Kiwi bird up close. In fact, that is the only place where you can see the biggest one of the species, the spotted kiwi. There are also other bird species you can see, and nocturnal enclosures only add to the numbers. The keepers are available if you need information on the birds and this place is open daily as well.
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Have you visited any of these places? What other family-friendly places or activities in New Zealand can you suggest? Let me know in the comments below.
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Booking a Flight. When finding cheap flights, we try a combination of search engines to ensure we’re not missing out on the best deals. We use SkyScanner, Expedia, Kiwi.com, Kayak, and Google Flights, then compare them to the prices shown on the airlines’ website.
Booking an Accommodation. We prefer staying in hotels. Booking.com is our favorite when it comes to finding the cheapest rate. Again, it won’t hurt to check the hotel’s main website. They usually offer discounts for booking directly with them. For last-minute booking, check out HotelTonight. There are also other types of accommodation like Airbnb, hostel (Hostelworld has the largest inventory), and Couchsurfing.
Sightseeing & Tours. We like DIY tours – it gives you freedom and flexibility. You can take advantage of the CityPass and Sightseeing Pass. But we have joined in several tours that maximized our time and made our trip easier. Feel free to check out Intrepid, and Trusted Tours & Attractions for discounted offers.
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