Family Holiday Overview

It might take two flights and a herculean effort to get there but when you do ‘boy’ are you in for a treat! The landscapes of New Zealand are truly magnificent. They are enchanted and ethereal, forbidding and intimidating. The perfect location to create J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. It takes little imagination to conjure up images of dragons, dwarves, elves and hobbits roaming these lands.

There are spectacular vistas around every corner; wild surf beaches, glacial lakes, smoking volcanoes, bubbling hot springs, picturesque vineyards, deep ravines, snow-capped mountains and raging rivers all jostling for attention. Prepare to slap yourselves on the cheek several times a day to check the vistas before your eyes are certifiably real. Add in exotic and unique wildlife such as the flightless kiwi, rare Hector’s dolphins, yellow-eyed penguins, the ancient tuatara lizard and the brilliantly coloured kea and you know you are in the land of the ‘long, white cloud’.

Kiwis are notorious thrill-seekers, so you'll have any number of opportunities to try crazy, adrenalin-filled action sports including jet boating, zorbing, kayaking, rafting, bungee swings, heli-hikes or even ice picking up a glacier. Expect many “this is the way life should be” epiphanies along the way.

The scale and majesty of New Zealand will quite literally blow you away. This is a country that packs a huge family adventure holiday punch.

Our 'Craters & Coves' and 'Summits & Sounds' tours can be combined to create an amazing 21 night experience. Please contact us for details!

Interesting Facts

  • New Zealand is part of the Pacific Rim of Fire and its most active volcano is Mount Ruapehu, found in the middle of the North Island.
  • This 85-letter town in Hawke’s Bay is in the Guinness World Records for the longest place name in the world 'Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu' - try pronouncing that one!
  • In 1990, the prime minister of New Zealand appointed Ian Brackenbury Channell as the official Wizard of New Zealand
  • The world’s first commercial bungee jump was a 43 metre leap off the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown in 1988. AJ Hackett was inspired by the cultural “bungee” jumps performed in Vanuatu with just tree vines tied to their feet.
  • The beer drunk during the filming of The Hobbit was a 1% dark stout, a custom NZ brew called ''Sobering Thought'.
  • The kiwi fruit is not native from New Zealand. It’s actually from China, but it was named after the kiwi bird.
  • The Palmerston North-Gisborne railway line passes right through the middle of Gisborne Airport even crossing the runway.

Choose Your New Zealand Adventure Holiday