New Zealand packs a lot of variety into a small area, making this a great family friendly destination. Whether your family have a sense of adventure or prefer something a little more sedate, there’s sure to be plenty that will make a holiday down under one to remember. Fill your itinerary with these great kid friendly New Zealand attractions.
Kid Friendly New Zealand Attractions
Have a wildlife encounter
Kids of all ages love a wildlife encounter and there are plenty of opportunities to get up close to some of New Zealand’s critters. So long as your child is over the age of three, they’ll be welcomed on a dolphin or whale watching cruise; head for Kaikoura for the pick of the bunch. If you’re worried about seasickness ruining a good trip, then stay on land and travel a bit further south to Dunedin where there are several places to watch penguins do their thing. For something a little different, take the children to see the glowworms at Waitomo – there’s no lower age limit.
Be wowed by nature
There’s nothing like a bit of drama to entertain the youngsters and where better to find it than at Rotorua. Kids will be fascinated by the plop of the mud and awed by the force of the water as Pohutu Geyser shoots boiling water and steam thirty metres into the air. Don’t worry about staving off boredom – with around twenty eruptions every day, you don’t have to hang around long to get some action. While you’re there don’t miss the Maori show: hugely entertaining and very interactive.
Learn to ski or surf
Whatever the time of year, there is a sporting activity just waiting to be mastered. In winter, base your family at Queenstown and take skiing lessons in the nearby resort of Cardrona where a plethora of runs for beginners makes it ideal for families. In summer, hit the waves. Try Mount Maunganui near Tauranga on North Island’s east coast or Raglan on its west to join a surf school.
Get the adrenaline pumping
New Zealand is synonymous with adrenaline fuelled activities and if you’re travelling with older children, then you’ll be able to participate as a family. Many bungy jump operators have a lower age limit of ten years old, and if your child meets the minimum weight requirement there’s no reason they can’t scream with you.
Pass the bucket and spade
If all you’re looking for is a relaxing beach holiday, then when summer comes head to one of New Zealand’s many fabulous beaches. Rent a bach or holiday home for maximum freedom to explore the country’s extensive coastline. You can even lie back in nature’s own hot tub at Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel, but make sure you supervise your children to ensure that the water isn’t too hot for them.