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14 Day New Zealand Family Adventure Holiday

Tour Highlights

Family NZ$22,099
• 14 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation
• Car Hire: Premium Toyota RAV4 with Full Insurance
• Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
• Rotorua Canopy Tour
• Waitomo Caves Adventure Tour
• Kawarau River Rafting
• Milford Sound Nature Cruise
• Franz Josef Heli Hike

Our family adventure holidays in New Zealand are perfect for active families. Enjoy the best outdoor activities around the country, with rafting, jet-boating, glacier heli hiking, caving, and much more.

These adventure holidays of New Zealand are suited for families with teenagers. However, alternatives are available for younger children unable to participate in certain activities.

14 Day New Zealand Family Adventure Holidays

Day 1 Arrive Auckland

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Auckland Sky Tower

Arrive in Auckland – the “City of Sails” is New Zealand’s largest city, bordered by two stunning harbours. Collect your rental car from the airport, explore the city, then make your way to your accommodation.

This evening, if you would like to dine with a spectacular view, you might like to visit the Sky Tower. You are spoilt for choice with three restaurants and cafés up the Sky Tower, including the Orbit 360-degree dining revolving restaurant; The Sugar Club, which is superbly chic and elegant; or the Sky Café, where you can relax with a coffee, cheese board or ice cream. You will have the opportunity to view the city from 328 metres high above street level and take in the beautiful views, up to 80 kilometres in every direction. Spot the key landmarks, including a number of volcanoes and historical locations within the greater Auckland area.

Stay 1 night in Auckland City.

Day 2 Matamata > Rotorua

Driving time Auckland to Matamata 159 km / 98  miles, 2.5 hours

Hobbiton Movie Tours

Make your way to Matamata to discover the real Middle-Earth on the most picturesque private farmland. Near Matamata, visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from the Lord of the Rings films in a fascinating two-hour guided tour. The set has been completely rebuilt and will remain as it was seen in the films. There are spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges from the rolling green hills of the movie set, which is still a working sheep and beef farm. You can relax and soak up the unique atmosphere with a great cup of coffee or a light meal in The Shire’s Rest Café.

Driving time Matamata to Rotorua 68 km / 42 miles, 1 hour

Enjoy the scenic journey to Rotorua, distinguished by Maori culture and geothermal activity. This diverse city will put on a display as you encounter geysers, mud pools, steaming craters and 16 beautiful lakes.

Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.

Day 3 Rotorua

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Rotorua Canopy Tours

Embark on a wholly unique NZ adventure today—“ The Original Canopy Tour is an unforgettable and enlightening adventure, perfect for all ages. Journey deep into ancient New Zealand forest in small groups, of up to 10 people. Experience New Zealand like it once was from the top of the forest canopy. Your amazing kiwi guides will lead your personal and unforgettable adventure. They are highly trained to keep you safe, make you smile, teach you amazing things and create memories that last you a lifetime. They will even hold your hand if required…. Total 600 m zip-lines.

Day 4 Waitomo Caves > Hamilton

Driving time Rotorua to Waitomo Caves 139 km / 86 miles, 2 hours 

Waitomo Caves Lost World Tour

Make your way to Waitomo Caves, where you will venture underground on a thrilling Lost World Tour. Abseil down into one of the most spectacular abysses in the world before exploring the otherworldly reaches of the Lost World caves. See glowworms, fantastic limestone formations, and massive caverns as you make your way through the underground world.

* Ages 10 and up only. An alternative option will be provided for younger children.

Driving time Waitomo Caves to Hamilton 71 km / 44 miles, 1 hour 

After your Waitomo Caves adventures journey to Hamilton, New Zealand’s largest inland city, situated on the banks of the Waikato River. As Hamilton is located in the hub of the central North Island, visitors have easy access to iconic attractions such as Raglan’s surf coast and Te Aroha Mineral Pools. For fun, visit the chocolate and candy factory, the Hamilton Gardens, or the weekly markets. From cafés, art galleries, and shopping through to an ever-changing calendar of high profile events, Hamilton is a great holiday destination.

Stay 1 night in Hamilton.

Day 5 Auckland

Driving time Hamilton to Auckland 125 km / 78 miles, 2 hours

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America’s Cup Sailing Auckland

Drive back to Auckland at your leisure. Relax in Auckland for the afternoon or join the crew and enjoy an America’s Cup sailing trip, a must-do experience where you get a chance to spend 2 hours out on the harbour on an actual America’s Cup yacht!

Stay 1 night in Auckland.

Day 6 Auckland > Queenstown

Today, depart Auckland airport for Queenstown on a domestic flight (cost of flight not included in holiday package). Please enquire for flight options and approximate costs.

Arrive in Queenstown, collect your new rental car and make your way to your Queenstown accommodation.

Relax and explore downtown Queenstown in the afternoon and evening. You have the option to visit the Kiwi Birdlife Park, the Underwater Observatory, ride the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for panoramic views over the Wakatipu Basin; or simply enjoy a lakefront stroll or a bit of boutique shopping.

Stay 4 nights in Queenstown.

Day 7 Queenstown

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White Water Rafting Queenstown

Today you can increase your activity level and conquer one of Queenstown’s rivers today with a thrilling whitewater rafting trip! Choose from the Kawarau River (grade 2-3, beginner) or the Shotover River (grade 3-5, advanced).

* Note: Ages 13 and up only. An alternative option will be provided for younger children.

Day 8 Queenstown

Relax and explore Queenstown today, or choose from an exciting range of optional adventure activities including scenic flights4WD safariswinery tours, jet boat rides, and more.

If you are searching for information regarding the best New Zealand hikes to add to your holiday, check out our Comprehensive List of New Zealand’s Greatest Hikes.

Day 9 Queenstown > Milford Sound

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Milford Sound Nature Cruise

Enjoy a scenic coach journey through heartland New Zealand to reach Milford Sound. The Milford Road (between Te Anau and Milford) is one of the finest alpine drives in the world. The scenery is exceptional, ranging from broad grassy flats, dense rainforest, and towering mountains through to glacial lakes and alpine herb fields. No other road in Fiordland offers such a diverse glimpse into New Zealand’s alpine zone. Your luxury coach has been purpose-built for travelling the Milford Road, incorporating the latest technology for comfort and safety. The seats are tiered and angled towards the windows to maximise your views, and the expansive glass roof provides breathtaking sights of the snow-capped peaks. The schedule includes plenty of time for short nature walks and photo opportunities along the way.

Upon reaching Milford Sound, you will enjoy a 2.5 hour Milford Sound Nature Cruise. With specialist nature guides on board, Real Journeys Nature Cruises offer a close-up experience of Milford Sound’s rainforest, soaring rock walls, towering snow capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, hanging valleys and wildlife… words just don’t do it justice, you have to see it for yourself! Throughout the cruise, the guides share stories of the fiord’s history and are happy to answer your questions. After your cruise, relax while your coach delivers you back to your Queenstown accommodation.

Day 10 Wanaka

Driving time Queenstown to Wanaka 70 km / 43 miles, 1 hour

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Lake Wanaka

Drive over the beautiful Crown Range, one of New Zealand’s highest alpine roads, and admire the fantastic views along the way. Be sure to stop at the historic Cardrona Hotel for a refreshment before your arrival into Wanaka, an alpine town boasting panoramic views, a relaxed atmosphere and myriad walking tracks.

Stay 1 night in Wanaka.

Day 11 Franz Josef

Driving time Wanaka to Franz Josef 285 km / 177 miles, 4 hours

Enjoy the journey up the West Coast to reach Franz Josef. There are many short walks and viewing points to take in along the Haast Pass Highway, which will help break up the journey—a scenic walk to the Blue Pools is highly recommended. Other points of interest along the way are Ship Cove and Bruce Bay. Continuing along the West Coast, you may like to visit Lake Matheson near Fox Glacier, where you can take a 20 minute walk (one-way) to the jetty, to admire the reflected views of the Southern Alps on the surface of the lake.

Stay 2 nights in Franz Josef.

Day 12 Franz Josef

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Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike

Take a short helicopter flight onto Franz Josef Glacier today, where you will explore the spectacular ice formations on a heli hike!

Afterwards, soak in the Glacier Hot Pools to warm up after an exciting day on the ice.

* Note: Ages 8 and up only. An alternative option will be provided for younger children.

Day 13 Hokitika

Driving time Franz Josef to Hokitika 136 km / 85 miles, 1.5 hours

Enjoy your journey along the West Coast to Hokitika, famous for its arts and crafts. Watch a masterpiece being crafted from gold, molten glass, paua or bone, or carve your own creation from wood or jade (“pounamu”). Take in Hokitika’s natural beauty, enjoy its expansive beach, or venture down one of the many walking and mountain biking tracks.

Stay 1 night in Hokitika.

Day 14 Christchurch

Driving time Hokitika to Christchurch 240 km / 152 miles, 3.5 hours

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Christchurch Tramway Restaurant

Make your way through the Southern Alps on your way to Christchurch. The trip through Arthur’s Pass will take you past towering mountains, snaking rivers, and rolling farmland. Along the way, be sure to stop at Cave Stream, where you can walk through a cave gouged into the hillside by the road, and Castle Hill, where you can scramble on a number of fascinating rock formations.

In the evening, you have the option to add on a nostalgic dinner on the Christchurch Tramway.

Stay 1 night in Christchurch.

Day 15 Depart Christchurch

Drop your rental car off at Christchurch Airport and depart Christchurch at your leisure.

Plan Family Adventure Holidays to New Zealand

Our adventure holidays to New Zealand are fully customisable. In other words, we can change the itinerary, add or swap out activities, or upgrade your accommodation level if you wish.

We also offer a 14 Day North Island Family Adventure Holiday and a 14 Day South Island Family Adventure Holiday.

Here at New Zealand Travel Organiser, our team is dedicated to ensuring your New Zealand holiday will be unforgettable. We will work with you to craft the perfect itinerary to match exactly what you want from your time in New Zealand.

Contact New Zealand Travel Organiser today to plan your family adventure holidays to New Zealand.

Tour Prices

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Family: NZ$22,099 or AU$20,699
Twin/Double: NZ$6599 or AU$6099 PP
Child: NZ$4499 or AU$4099 PP

* Family: 2 Adults and 2 Children (14 years or under)
* Child rate applies (5-14 years) when accompanied by two adults, under 5 years FOC
* AUD conversions may vary
* A peak season surcharge may apply

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