Created in partnership with Tourism New Zealand
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!
Below are a just a few of the epic holiday packages available to make it simple for you to enjoy family-friendly experiences as you explore New Zealand. Many of the packages can be extended or tweaked to suit – just get in touch with the operators for more information.
Please note: Venue information was correct at the time of publication. Please check with individual operators for availability, amenities, prices, etc, before making plans. Terms and conditions apply to all packages and deals.
1. Tarawera Riverbug Tour, Bay of Plenty
Grade 2 rapids for an easy and fun whitewater experience for first-timers and families
Spend 1.5 hours on the water (2.5 to 3 hours for the total tour)
Suitable for participants 1.25m or taller (maximum weight 120kg)
All equipment and safety personnel provided
Free entry into the Maurie Kjar Memorial Thermal Baths for a post-experience soak
The rural town of Kawerau in the Bay of Plenty is the location of this family-friendly Tarawera Riverbug Tour. Get a great introduction to riverbugging on crystal clear waters that are ideal for beginners to learn the basics. Then challenge yourself on the fun slalom course rapids. To finish your day, enjoy a warming and relaxing soak at the Maurie Kjar Memorial Thermal Baths (free entry).
- Special family price of $85 per person
2. Novotel Wellington & Weta Workshop Movie-making Experience
Experience movie magic on a Weta Workshop Combo Tour for up to two adults & two children (under 16 years)
One night’s accommodation at Novotel Wellington in a superior room with two double beds
Full cooked breakfast included
Stay with the family at Novotel in Wellington and experience the joys of a Weta Workshop magical movie-making combination tour. The Weta Workshop Combo tour gives you access to dive head-first into a world of creativity, physical effects and movie-making magic! At Novotel accommodation and breakfast are free for two children under 16 when using existing bedding, or if you need more room you can book a second interconnecting family room at half-price.
- Package price from $370.00 per family of 4. To book simply add promocode: 18P
3. Highlands Family Deal, Central Otago
Adrenaline-packed fun at Highlands Motorsport & Tourism Park with something for everyone
Two single or tandem go-karts (any additional go-kart only $35)
One ride in the famous Highlands taxi
Family entry to the museum (2 Adults & 3 Children under 16 yrs old) including the Virtual Reality Room and Mini Golf
Highlands Motorsport & Tourism Park is the venue for a great family day out! Start with a race around the Highlands world-class outdoor go-kart track – go solo or younger kids can team up with an adult in the tandem go-karts. Next up is the Highlands taxi – a taxi ride like no other! Sit back and enjoy an exhilarating high-speed ride around the racing circuit, chauffeured by a professional driver. When it’s time to turn down the pace a little, the Highlands Museum is home to the some of the rarest cars in NZ motorsport history and some hidden gems (including a larger than life Transformer’s Bumblebee action figure!).
- Package is from $199 for a family of four
4. The White Morph & Top Catch Family Fishing Package, Kaikōura
Two nights in a two-bedroom family apartment with kitchen at Kaikōura’s The White Morph Heritage Collection
Explore Kaikōura and its surrounds from your perfectly placed accommodation
- Two hour fishing trip with Top Catch Charters Kaikōura
Create memories with the family on a two night Kaikōura getaway. Set on the Esplanade just a 10 minute walk from downtown Kaikōura, The White Morph is perfectly placed for all that the region has to offer and is your base for two nights. On the Top Catch Charters Kaikōura fishing trip your experienced skipper Malcolm will treat you to two hours of fun, fishing and spectacular scenery. At the end of your trip you’ll be rewarded by taking home your catch of New Zealand’s best seafood.
- Family package from $799 for a family of 4
5. Rotorua Family Adventure Package
Full day of family fun in Rotorua
Rotorua city and lake tour with Rotorua Duck Tours
Family 6 ride share package with Velocity Valley (select a total of 6 rides to share, from Shweeb, Freefall Xtreme, V-Force, Agrojet & Swoop)
Family pool entry at Polynesian Spa with a choice of heated pools (alkaline and freshwater chlorinated)
Experience the very best family fun that Rotorua has to offer. Start your day with a spectacular city and lake tour onboard Rotorua Duck Tour’s amphibious WW2 landing craft that takes you from land to water for a unique ride the kids (and adults) will love! Then it’s on to Velocity Valley where the family can fly, swing, race or rocket into the air on the thrilling rides that will have you screaming and laughing all at once. Finish your day with a soak in the warm waters of the Polynesian Spa.
- Package from $395 for family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children aged 5-15 years). Available Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.
6. Whenuakura/Donut Island Guided Excursion, The Coromandel
2 hour guided kayak tour to The Coromandel’s best kept secret
Visit to nearby Hauturu Island before returning to shore
Cost includes kayak and paddle, lifejacket, dry bag and seats
Let the Surfsup guides let you in on The Coromandel’s best kept secret! Enjoy a two hour guided kayak experience to the outstanding Whenuakura Island – or Donut Island to the locals. Kayaks are perfectly suited to gain access to the beautiful inner lagoon of the wildlife sanctuary status island. The guides will accompany you and ensure that tikanga and kaitiakitanga protocols are followed.
- Price from $220 for family of 4
7. Mercure Queenstown Resort & iFLY Package
Two nights’ accommodation at Mercure Queenstown Resort with welcome drinks on arrival and breakfast included
Get the thrill of skydiving indoors with two amazing kickstart iFLY packages (two flights per package)
Take the family to Queenstown and fly like a hero with two tickets to experience indoor skydiving with iFLY when you stay at Mercure Queenstown Resort. Stay a minimum of two nights to enjoy accommodation for up to two adults and two children, a welcome drink on arrival, and breakfast with views over the lake. It’s the perfect base for a family adventure.
- Packages from $575.00 (two adults and two children 5-16 years of age). To book simply add promocode: HERO
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Written by Kidspot New Zealand in partnership with Tourism New Zealand.