My birthday was coming up and my youngest, Starling, was well overdue for our special one-on-one time, so I found what could be a special treat for the both of us - a cruise!
Auckland is bursting with fun family activities and experiences, so no matter if you're visiting or having a staycation, Auckland is the place to be this summer! With a huge coastline, stunning beaches, volcanic cones and lush hinterland, as well as an urban vibe, the variety of experiences on offer in Auckland is stunning! Join us as we take a look at some of the best things to do, places to go, and experiences to have in Tāmaki Makaurau this summer.
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.
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.
The Waikato region's rolling green hills, bush-clad mountains, and surf beaches are host to amazing attractions for families to enjoy. Whether you're exploring underground wonders, Middle-earth movie magic, Hamilton city or the mighty Waikato River, there's plenty on offer.
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.
To celebrate the wonderfully nostalgic moments of Kiwi family holidays in years gone by, we asked Kidspot readers to share their favourite memories from their own childhood. And what a walk down memory lane it was! Your stories made us smile, laugh, shed a tear or two, and sweetly reminisce about our own holidays from when we were kids.
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.
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.
Throughout New Zealand there are wonderful things to see and do, so wherever you choose to base yourself for your holiday you're going to have plenty of options for your bucket list. To help you choose where you want to go (and what you can do when you get there), we've picked out our classic Kiwi holiday essentials for some of our favourite regions.
Family reunions can be a joyous way to reconnect with your relatives. Whether you make it a regular occurence or just for special occasions, we've got tips to help you organise and enjoy a stress-free and memorable reunion.
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.
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 Coromandel, bursting with dramatic gorges, stunning beaches, green valleys, misty rainforests all wrapped up in a relaxed vibe, is the destination for a nature packed family holiday. Beaches, walks, bike trails, waterfalls, and underwater adventures are waiting for you.
Make the most of the school holidays and plan a camping trip to one of the DOC conservation campsites. Reasonably priced and located in a beautiful setting, they are a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors before winter sets in. There are more than 200 conservation campsites dotted in scenic locations throughout New Zealand and we have picked some of our favourites for you to check out.
Kidspot caught up with Lisa Boltman, mum of three, to talk about her family's first campervan trip. Find out what to expect for your first trip and what the Boltmans found surprising about campervanning.
New Zealand is full of opportunities to explore the great outdoors. With the Toyota Kiwi Guardians activity programme, the kids will be begging to go on their next adventure!