New Zealand is one of the top countries to spread out tourism across the world but also it has become one of the favourite destinations for families and groups of friends.
Great Outdoors - New Zealand is an untouched, unexploited and a spectacular country. Its landscapes are just stunning. It is a country that has a perfect blend of outdoor beauty and urban city-life. So embrace some of these beautiful landscapes by yourself and visit some of the best destinations in the country. There are plenty of options waiting for you where you can get access to some of the private beaches, dense forests, stunning lakes and rivers. New Zealand is filled with easy accessible tracks to gushing waterfalls, lakes, oceans and so on.
This easy tracks are specially for kids if they want to explore a place on their foot. New Zealand is not only known for landscapes but also for nightscapes. The nights here are just magnificent filled with twinkling lights and stars. You can opt to camp at one place to get the experience of star-gazing. Do visit ‘the Dark Sky Reserve’ which is recognized to be the best star-gazing spot in New Zealand
Geothermal Adventures - Rotorua consists of natural hot pools which becomes a highlight of this place. Travellers from all around the world visit this place just to get the experience of hot spring water. Kerosene Creek & Waiotapu Stream is also too popular among tourists. Travellers come here to take a dive into the water which can make you feel relax anytime. Hell’s Gate is the only destination in New Zealand that consists of geothermal mud baths while Polynesia Spa becomes the only place to have world-famous mineral springs. Also in the lands of geothermal delights, you can find ‘thermal pool complexes’ near the Waiwera River in the north.
Other Adventures - If you think adventure activities in New Zealand are only meant for adults, then you’re wrong. It doesn’t really matter if you’re young or old, there are tons of adventure activities which are family friendly. Jet-boating is one which is ideal for youngsters. Then you have bungy jumping which is only for those who are 10years & above. Zorbing for children who are 6years & above. So these activities are made family oriented under which extreme support and guidance is provided.
Family Activities in the South Island –
South Island of New Zealand can be the best option to visit because there are spectacular things to do. This Island will leave you amazed by its landscapes & outdoor beauty.
Here are the destinations that you can visit in South Island –
Marlborough - If you’re boarding a scenic cruise, then you may get to see some stunning views in the Marlborough Sounds. Dolphins & seals can be easily spotted from the boat and when you land ashore you may get to see some of the endangered species of birds & animals. Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre is the highlight of Marlborough where displays of WWI & WWII aircrafts and materials are showcased.
Kaikoura - Situated at the foothills of South Island, this place is perfect for eco-tourism. It is also considered to be the ‘sea-food’ capital of Kaikoura. This place is blessed with marine wonderland & animals like dolphins, whales, seals and seabirds. Also, there are world-class cafes & restaurants where you can cherish some of the delicious food. Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway is the highlight of this place that gives you a tour of seal & seabird colony.
Lake Tekapo - New Zealand is known for magnificent nightscapes and to experience such nights you have to visit Lake Tekapo. Dark Sky Reserve is the best place to get captivating views of lightning skies and blinking stars. It almost covers the entire area of Aoraki/Mount Cook Mackenzie. This place also becomes a photographer’s paradise. Family trip to Lake Tekapo can be the best option if you’re thinking to relax and enjoy.
Family Activities in the North Island –
It doesn’t matter at which destination you are in the North Island, the whole island itself is filled with loads of fun activities and adventure thrill.
Here are the destinations that you can visit in the North Island –
Auckland – Auckland is considered to be the most cosmopolitan city of New Zealand. It’s impossible to tour the whole of Auckland in one day. Spend some days here and visit some of the best attraction spots – Mt Eden, Sky Tower, Mission Bay, Ponsonby market and local cafes & restaurants. In Auckland, there are plenty of gardens and parks that can be an ideal visit for a family. You can also think of visiting some of the stunning beaches that Auckland provides.
Wellington - Wellington is well-known for its art & culture. It is home to numerous museums and galleries that keeps art-lovers engrossed in for hours. The rarest wildlife that is the ‘kiwi’ and ‘tuatara’ can be found here in Zealandia. For those travellers who are animal lovers can visit New Zealand’s oldest zoological park that is the Wellington Zoo. Here too you can spend hours watching various animals & birds. There are botanic gardens and parks from where you can catch captivating views of the whole city.
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