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This 7 day North Island family vacation package is the perfect self-drive option for an unforgettable New Zealand holiday with kids. This is a great way for you and your family to visit some of New Zealand’s best vacation spots. With fun activities to entertain the kids, and the planning stress taken away for you, this vacation package will offer a unique family vacation.
Comfortably paced for families with children of all ages, this family holiday package offers the perfect introduction to New Zealand.
Read on for more details on the 7 Day North Island Family Package.
Arrive in Auckland – the “City of Sails” is New Zealand’s largest city and is bordered by two stunning harbours. Collect your rental car from the airport then make your way to your accommodation.
Relax in Auckland this afternoon. Your options include visiting the Sky Tower, the Auckland Zoo, or Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World; venturing to one of Auckland’s stunning beaches or West Auckland wineries; or doing a spot of shopping.
Stay 1 night in Auckland City.
Driving time Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula 191 km / 119 miles, 3 hours
Renowned worldwide as a holiday destination, with warm white-sand beaches, misty rainforest and wilderness aplenty, the Coromandel is the ideal place to relax and unwind. Dig your own hot pool at Hot Water Beach or sea kayak the coastline, exploring beaches, caves and the world
Stay 2 nights in Whitianga, Coromandel.
Today, join the Glass Bottom Boat for a unique cruise. Depart from the Whitianga Wharf to explore the volcanic coastline, including the famous Cathedral Cove. See the stunning Champagne Bay, plus a range of blow holes and sea caves, including Orua’s Sea Cave, the second largest sea cave in New Zealand! See what lies above and below the surface in the Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve and be amazed by all the marine life. You can choose your own level of fun. Either sit back and enjoy the amazing marine life through the glass boat, or take the plunge and snorkel amongst the fish. All equipment supplied and no experience necessary. Blue penguins are a common sight year-round.
Driving time Coromandel Peninsula to Matamata 162 km / 101 miles, 2.5 hours
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 film trilogy 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
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 view geysers, mud pools, steaming craters and 16 lakes.
Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.
Relax in Rotorua for the day. You might like to take a wander through Rotorua’s public Kuirau Park and discover the steaming, hissing and bubbling geothermal activity.
You also have the option to visit the Redwoods Treewalk, which features 23 suspension bridges through 115-year-old redwood trees, or explore the Government Gardens and Museum, located on the waterfront of Lake Rotorua.
In the evening, enjoy dinner at Rotorua’s most spectacular location – Skyline Restaurant. Sit back and relax as the views from the gondola unfold on your journey to the Skyline complex. The Skyline Restaurant will then serve you a mouthwatering taste of New Zealand, a buffet of legendary proportions.
Feast on fresh soups, salads and seafood specialties such as mussels, queen scallops, sushi and sashimi. Enjoy carvery roasts of beef, lamb or pork with specialty sauces to match, with live cooking from your friendly chefs. The legendary Art of the Grill menu will tempt your taste buds even further, with a selection of fillet steak, prawn and Morten Bay Bugs – all cooked on the grill to your liking. Add to that a range of desserts, and you’ve got yourself a unique dining experience not to be missed. Tiered seating guarantees stunning views from every table! After dinner, enjoy the scenic ride back down on the gondola.
At the top of the gondola you also have the option to add on a thrilling Luge Ride, enjoy nature walks, and visit the Jelly Belly Shop and Volcanic Hills winery and tasting room.
Driving time Rotorua to Taupo 82 km / 51 miles, 1 hour
Enjoy the short drive south to Taupo, rich in natural beauty and filled with family attractions such as the Huka Falls, boat cruises, and bungy jumping. Enjoy a Taste of Taupo Scenic Floatplane Flight, with highlights that include flying over the ‘Craters of the Moon,’ something the whole family will enjoy!
Stay 1 night in Taupo.
Driving time Taupo to Auckland 273 km / 170 miles, 4 hours
Drive back to Auckland at your leisure. Relax in Auckland for the afternoon or join the crew and enjoy an America’s Cup Sailing experience, 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 City.
Drop your rental car off at Auckland Airport and depart Auckland.
Travelling as a family can be difficult. That’s why we have done the work for you, making planning and booking your family getaway as easy as possible.
From small details like car seats and infant cots to catering for your family’s interests, we oversee every detail. In addition, we are based in New Zealand and ready to help in case you need any assistance during your holiday. It’s never been easier to plan a New Zealand holiday with kids.
Contact New Zealand Travel Organiser today to begin planning your unforgettable family holiday!