Five of the Best Spots in New Zealand to Relax With the Family!
The September school holidays may be over, but Christmas holidays will creep up on you before you know it!
Christmas holidays mean rejoicing kids and parents probably doing anything but! It’s true that children can be a handful when they’re free and unconstrained by boring homework and strict teachers. Luckily, there’s good news for mums and dads who are dreading the prospect of running around after their kids. You can kill two birds with one stone by embarking on a family holiday to some of New Zealand’s choicest locations. That way, you can promise adventure and excitement for the little ones, and enjoy a much-deserved break yourself.
Check out our top 5 picks of New Zealand’s most family-friendly holiday destinations, which all provide hours of fun and entertainment for teens, tots, and everything in between.
If you’re visiting New Zealand’s beautiful capital city, there’s no end to the number of fantastic activities that will thrill the whole family. Te Papa is an ever-popular tourist destination – this national museum always has something (or more likely, several things) going on to entertain the whole family, such as scintillating cultural exhibitions, interactive educational displays, and creative arts and crafts workshops. If the sun’s out, consider spending a relaxing afternoon on one of Wellington’s beaches with a pre-packed picnic – just don’t forget your sunscreen and swim gear! Meanwhile, animal lovers will be delighted by all the cute and quirky creatures capering about at Wellington Zoo, which is only a cool ten minutes from the city by car.
Bundle up in your warmest winter gear in preparation for an amazing holiday on the ice! Queenstown is always a hit with New Zealand locals and international tourists, and it’s not hard to see why – the range of fun activities for children, teenagers and adults is wonderfully diverse. If you’re keen to hit the slopes, head to one of the many nearby ski areas, which include The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Treble Cone. Otherwise, if you’re seeking something a little more laidback, there’s plenty to do in the city itself. Families can spend a fun day spotting beautiful native birds at the Kiwi Birdlife Park, ride the exhilarating Skyline Gondola and Luge, or pop around all the great activities at the Queenstown Gardens, which house tennis courts, mini golf and an ice rink.
As New Zealand’s largest city, it’s not a surprise that Auckland also features a large range of delightful entertainment ideas for visiting families. Keen to ogle some penguins? You can do so at Kelly Tarlton’s, Auckland’s premier sea life aquarium. Feeling in need of some R&R? Indulge in a soothing soak at Miranda Hot Springs. Want to scream your head off? Get on one (or three, or five) of the enthralling rides at the ever-popular Rainbow’s End amusement park. There’s also great shopping on Queen Street for the ladies, and numerous amazing restaurants and cafés in Auckland’s CBD area.
Taupo is the perfect holiday spot to just kick back, relax and truly unwind. This tranquil area is great for kids to splash around in the lake all day, and for parents to catch up on their reading and soak in the sun. There’s also a number of other fantastic outdoor adventures for families to enjoy, including lake cruises, kayaking, horse treks and scenic day walks. If you’re planning a North Island road trip, Taupo is a prime location from which to jumpstart your journey – only 4.5 hours from the Wellington, and just over 3 hours from Auckland.
Dunedin is well known within New Zealand as a bit of a student city, thanks to the University of Otago, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t offer a lot of options for family members of all ages! For those who want to enjoy the outdoors, the Natures Wonders tour features adorable yellow-eyed penguins and fur seals in their natural habitat, and the Taieri Gorge Railway winds its way through some truly spectacular scenery. Meanwhile, parents and teenagers who are old enough to appreciate a pint will definitely enjoy a tour of the legendary Speights Brewery.
New Zealand may be a tiny country, but it’s certainly not lacking when it comes to entertainment options for the entire family. Whether you’re visiting the bustling North Island or the laidback South Island, you’re guaranteed an amazing holiday with a range of great activities and attractions to suit every age.
If you’re planning a family holiday, let Europcar help you get around from one of our many rental car locations around New Zealand so you can start your journey today.