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Having a staycation is a great holiday option for families, enabling you to enjoy attractions and activities as a tourist while staying close to home. Now is a great time to share the discovery of something new in your local area and make lots of special memories as a family.
The audacious and captivating Hattie and her best friend Linda navigate the social politics of their first school years in the funny, illustrated chapter book Hattie + Olaf, ideal for young readers.
The Thaumagician's Revenge is the second instalment in the crackingly paced, steampunk thrill ride from award-winning master of the genre, Gareth Ward.
The new children’s book from No. 1 bestselling author David Walliams, illustrated by artistic genius Tony Ross, is a timeless adventure. Tony Ross. On a volcanic island, in the middle of shark-infested waters, stands The Cruel School. The lessons are appalling, the school dinners are revolting and the teachers are terrifying!
Northland's long summers and mild winters are ideal for family getaways. Jaw-dropping coastlines, stunning marine life, towering kauri forests, beautiful waterfalls, and stories of New Zealand's history combine to create an unforgettable holiday destination.
The combination of history, cultural heritage, forest and stunning coastal sights means that Northland has a great range of holiday options. To inspire your next holiday, we've curated 5 family escapes to showcase what Northland has to offer.
Always thought you would love to try ziplining, jet boating, or another fun experience, but never quite got organised? Now is the perfect time for you and your family to give something new a try and step out of your comfort zone.try!
Whether you're craving seafood (kaimoana), a traditional hāngī, famous New Zealand lamb and wine, a great pie, or golden fish and chips, there are brilliant ways for you to enjoy NZ's food, beyond the dinner table.
Spring is a great time to get out and about in New Zealand, try new things, share adventures, and make lots of special memories as a family. So why not discover a new passion with our guide to spring activities that you can try as a family.
Richie and Gemma McCaw love exploring New Zealand's fantastic holiday spots and hidden gems. Travelling and exploring are part of their famously active lifestyle and they enjoy showing Charlotte (2) and their new baby Grace, our beautiful country. We chat with them to find out their favourite places, their top family holiday memories, and where they would like to explore next.
Thinking about where to go for your next family getaway? We asked parents about their favourite NZ holiday destinations. These family-endorsed places range from the well-known to unexpected gems. For some local inspiration, check out these amazing Aotearoa family holiday spots.
The resort towns of Queenstown and Wānaka are year round destinations, synonymous with stunning scenery, picturesque lakes, fun and adventure. Find out our top picks for a 5 day holiday that you will never forget.
There's never been a better time to explore our own backyard and with an amazing choice of New Zealand family holiday packages available, it's easy and affordable. So get out there and share some fun with the family!
A delightful story about Mittens' adventures around NZ's capital city, and all the lives he touches! Just as delightfully illustrated by Phoebe Morris, our kiddies will enjoy this happy tale of the much loved celebrity cat whose walkabout leaves no corner of the CBD unexplored!
The arrival of Richie and Gemma McCaw's first child meant making a few changes to their active lifestyle, especially when heading away on family holidays in New Zealand. We chatted with Richie and Gemma to get their best tips for travelling with kids.
It really is true that you don't have to leave this magnificent country to enjoy the best the world has to offer with amazing activities and scenery right on your doorstep. Come with us as we show you that you can "explore the world" without leaving New Zealand.
Formed more than 540 million years ago and with a unique mix of Māori and European culture, New Zealand has a fascinating history and interesting indigenous flora and fauna. Across the country there are fantastic destinations with passionate people that are waiting to greet you and your family, to share their knowledge with you. Spring is a fantastic time of year to be exploring New Zealand. Before the busyness of summer, the spring welcomes you with milder temperatures, few queues, and quieter roads. And the beautiful clear light and spring flowers and growth make for some really special Insta-worthy photos!
Aotearoa New Zealand's location, dramatic and varied landscape, unique native wildlife, and history of human settlement all combine to make the special place we live today. From the amazing geographic features and the spectacular night sky, through to early and modern explorers and current passions, all across the country there are experiences that are designed to share, delight, and educate you and your family about our special place in the world.
The days are getting longer and the best weather is ahead of us, so now is the perfect time to get out and about with the family and experience some of New Zealand's most iconic spots and hidden gems.
Creative kids who love to include dolls in their imaginative play will find hours of fun with Zuru Toys Sparkle Girlz doll range. See what our Junior Toy Analysts thought about these dolls.
Walk in the footsteps of the first fossil researchers to discover the earliest animal life on Earth in this large-format non-fiction picture book. With a lively mix of illustrations, comics and facts it will entrance young readers.
The Last Kids On Earth series is ideal for children 8 years and older, even reluctant readers. Jack Sullivan was an ordinary 13-year-old going to an ordinary school until the zombie apocalypse happened. Now he's a hardened warrior living in a fortified treehouse looking for his lost friends.
Our Junior Toy Analyst, Ruby, was delighted to be able to help her favourites, PAW Patrol's Ryder and the Pups, save the day. A great toy for children who have watched and loved Paw Patrol and even those new to it.
Pull My Finger is a hilarious game that combines two of kids' favourite things - monkeys and farts! It also includes inflating bottoms and pulling the monkey's finger - how much toilet humour can our Junior Toy Reviewers handle?!