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Planning a New Zealand family holiday? Choosing kid-friendly accommodation that caters for your family’s needs can be a huge factor in how relaxed and enjoyable your holiday is.
When planning a holiday with your children you will need to ensure that your accommodation has the bed configurations and amenities that make for a relaxing and easy stay. To help you, we’ve featured some of the best motels and hotels across Aotearoa that welcome and cater for families with children. Check out their websites as many are advertising excellent family deals.
Please note: Accommodation and 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. Larnach Castle Stable Stay, Dunedin
Affordable family accommodation within the historic stables
Complimentary entry to Larnach Castle and Gardens
Opportunity to have dinner in a Castle dining room
Who could say no to a holiday at a castle? In the grounds of Larnach Castle, the historic 140 year old stables offer a memory-making holiday experience. Stable Stay family rooms sleep a family of five with shared bathroom facilities, linen and towels, TV, and room service. There are lounge and dining areas and breakfast is included as well as a self-guided tour of the castle and gardens. Dinner in the castle is also available!
For a brilliant Dunedin adventure, book an awesome Kids Mini Break Package for $590. The package includes two nights in a family room at Larnach Castle’s historic stable with a cooked breakfast for two adults and two children (under 14 years), entry to Larnach Castle, a family tour of the famous Royal Albatross colony, and family entry to the Tūhura Science Centre at the Otago Museum.
2. Karu ō te Kiwi, Golden Bay
Stunning hillside home and tree-top suite amongst native bush and birdsong
Kitchen, dining area and BBQ facilities for self-catering
Walking tracks and stunning vistas
Golden Bay is the beautiful setting for this stunning hillside home and tree-top suite with amazing views. Wake to birdsong and beautiful sunrises, enjoy the private walking tracks throughout the property’s 20 acres of native bush, or simply sit by the fire and relax. With accommodation for up to nine people, full kitchen facilities, two bathrooms and three bedrooms, there’s room for everyone.
Book a Spring Family Escape for $299 per person and enjoy two nights’ accommodation for a family of four, a $100 dinner voucher at The Mussel Inn, and an unforgettable Farewell Spit Tour for four to the most northern point of the South Island. See amazing views of the sand dunes, a lighthouse, Fossil Point, Cape Farewell, and seals.
3. The Pear Orchard Lodge, Nelson Tasman
Peaceful lodge on working orchard with sun, space and views
Idyllic spot for a large group of family or friends to relax and explore
Play on the tyre swing, explore the orchard, feed the ducks and geese, and collect free-range eggs
Everything you need for a memorable getaway
There’s so much to love about The Pear Orchard Lodge in a peaceful, rural Nelson Tasman location. The lodge sleeps up to 16 making it the perfect location for a large gathering of family or friends. There are seven bedrooms with ample bathrooms, a modern kitchen, wood burner, BBQ, Wi-Fi, and multiple dining areas inside and out. A separate self-contained cottage sleeps four and the small family room offers rustic bunk-style accommodation with shared facilities. Relax in the garden hammocks and bean bags on the lawn while the kids play. Take in the sweeping views or a soak in the outdoor bath!
For a holiday to remember, combine your stay at this fantastic destination with exploration of part of Nelson Tasman’s Great Taste Cycle Trail. Kiwi Journeys and The Pear Orchard Lodge offer a two night package with accommodation, full day cycle hire and free return Mapua Ferry trips to Rabbit Island. Explore the island and beaches at your own pace. From $780 for two adults and two children.
4. Holiday Inn Rotorua
Comfortable and modern accommodation for families
Geothermal heated pool
Kids stay and eat free*
Free shuttle to town centre
Just minutes from the Redwood forest and Whakarewarewa Geothermal Reserve, Holiday Inn Rotorua offers comfortable accommodation for your family’s Rotorua adventure where kids stay and eat for free (*terms and conditions apply). Rooms sleep up to four and include a TV with kids channels and unlimited Wi-Fi. The geothermally heated pool is open year round and you can hire a bike or bring your own with storage facilities on site. Locally famous Chapmans Restaurant features an all you can eat buffet or a la carte options. The exclusive V.I.K. (Very Important Kids Programme) offers discounts at family-friendly local attractions.
Book your Rotorua adventure now with the Family Getaway Hotel Package which includes accommodation for two adults and two children, V.I.K. wristbands, a Kids Welcome Pack on arrival, parking and so much more.
5. Rainforest Retreat, Franz Josef
Range of cosy accommodation options
Unique stay amongst the trees
Fun family accommodation including budget-friendly bunk rooms and two to five bedroom houses (some with with spa pools) nestled in beautiful native bush but right in the Franz Josef Village. There’s a popular onsite restaurant and bar and you might enjoy an onsite spa, sauna or massage. With their kids stay and eat for free offer, you can get back to nature with the whole family.
6. Wairakei Resort Taupō
A destination in itself with leisure facilities among the tranquil location
Two geothermally heated swimming pools
Comfortable rooms and suites with en-suite bathrooms and geothermally sourced heating
Wairakei Resort offers tranquil 4-star accommodation set amidst a stunning thermal valley. There’s something for everyone with a 9-hole golf course, tennis on floodlit courts, squash in the fitness centre as well as two geothermally heated swimming pools, outdoor hot tubs and an on-site spa. There’s a range of accommodation with Wi-Fi and 24 hour room service. Options include spacious family villas with an open-plan living room, full kitchen and separate bedroom, or twin rooms for up to four guests.
Families staying in a villa or twin accommodation at Wairakei Resort Taupō can enjoy a free buffet breakfast each morning of their stay. The free breakfast deal is available for up to two adults and two children from $176 per night.
7. Plateau Lodge, National Park Village
Spacious self-contained family apartments
Children under 2 stay free
Flexible cancellation policy
Located on the edge of a Dual World Heritage site, Tongariro National Park, Plateau Lodge is handily located for all the region has to offer – walks, tramps, bike trails, snow sports in season and of course, amazing volcano views. Offering a range of family-friendly apartments that can sleep up to six, ensuite rooms and lodge rooms.
Check out the Family Spring Ski Package for fun in the snow from $717 per family of four. The package includes one night’s accommodation, Wi-Fi, hire of ski boots and poles, breakfast, a $150 Schnapps Bar and restaurant voucher, a spa pool soak, and a mini golf pass at Schnapps in National Park Village.
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Written by Kidspot New Zealand in partnership with Tourism New Zealand.