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Kiwi Family Adventure - Kids 8 to 14

We find that kids aged between 8 -14 are eager to get out and connect with nature and keen for opportunities to actively engage in anything new and exciting. We have put together a host of tried and tested (by our kids) outdoor experiences that the whole family can enjoy. Your family will love the New Zealand Family Adventure Tour.

Wonderful Beach’s, Waitomo Caves, Kids Rafting, Geothermal Activity & Hotpools, Walking Tongariro, Kayaking & Camping Abel Tasman, Fox Glacier Landing, Jet Boat Safari Mt Aspiring, Queenstown.

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Itinerary

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Auckland

Haere Mai and Welcome to New Zealand

Welcome to the 'City of Sails' - Auckland. Relax, you are officially on holiday!  We have arranged everything, you to be met by us and transferred to your central city accommodation. The remainder of the day is yours to do as you please. There is plenty to see and do or you can chill out with the kids, take a stroll around our Viaduct Harbour because tomorrow is the beginning of your awesome New Zealand Family Adventure Tour.

Accommodation Auckland - 1 night

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Coromandel Peninsula - Relax you're at the Beach!

The Coromandel Peninsula lies east of Auckland, on the other side of the Hauraki Gulf. An impressive, heavily forested mountain range runs right up the middle of this peninsula - it’s bordered on each side by miles of spectacular coastline. The idyllic seaside village of Hahei, (HA-hey) is a small settlement situated on the eastern side of the Peninsula.  Yes there are a couple of restaurants, cafes and fish and chippy but essentially this is a secret hideaway where Kiwi families take their holidays, with a sheltered and safe for swimming white-sand beach. Its resident population is only around 300, but in peak holiday periods the population can swell to 3,000.

Approximate Distance: 170 kms | 105 miles  Total Driving Time: 2 hours 15 mins

Accommodation Hahei - 2 nights

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Cathedral Cove - New Zealands most beautiful Beach

Your kids are going to love this…

Last year Cathedral Cove was voted by New Zealanders as the most scenic beach in the country - and we're sure you'll agree. Stunning Cathedral Cove is a small, intimate cove enclosed by steep cliffs. At one end of the beach is the famous cathedral rock formation that creates a spectacular passageway to the neighboring cove. The other end of the beach has a magnificent waterfall that cascades directly onto the sand and is a great way to rinse off the salt water after a refreshing swim. You can either opt for a very scenic one hour walk to the cove or take a 20 minute boat that leaves a nearby beach every half an hour.

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Waitomo - Cave Country

It’s hard to believe when you drive through the idyllic peaceful countryside of the Waikato that hidden beneath its surface lies a labyrinth of Glowworm Cave networks that house formations and creatures that are simply out of this world. Both educational and thrilling your kids will LOVE.

Approximate Distance: 222 kms | 138 miles  Total Driving Time: 3 hours

Accommodation Waitomo - 1 night

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Kids Rafting the Rangitaiki & Maori Cultural Evening - Rotorua

Scenic Rafting the Lower Rangitaiki River
Enjoy spectacular scenery with cascading waterfalls tumbling into the river, beautiful native forest views and sheer rock gorges clad in native bush. Ideal for families this is a relaxed rafting adventure, the Lower Rangitaiki Scenic trip offers gentle rolling rapids that never rise above Grade 2. Although this is a calm rafting experience and is suitable for families you still need to be physically active as there is a step-like rock formation to walk down to the raft itself - But dont worry we will be there to help out.      

Note: If your children are a little older, let us know and we can easily upgrade the rafting to a grade 3 to make it more exciting.

Maori Cultural Evening - Village, Hangi & Music
Spend an evening sharing and feasting on a selection of foods cooked the traditional Maori way - on hot stones in an authentic earthen oven (a Hangi). Understand the spiritual significance of the moko (facial tattoo) as warriors demonstrate with tools made of fine bird bone and sharpened greenstone and then perform a concert including the world famous ‘Haka’. An educational and enlightening experience, coupled with a ‘good feed’ and sing-a-long makes for a unique and entertaining experience!

Not for you? Well maybe it is? - Read our full review Tamaki Māori Village Experience.

Approximate Distance: 137 kms | 85 miles  Total Driving Time: 1 hour 50 mins

​Accommodation Rotorua - 2 nights

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Awesome Geothermal Fields & Natural Hotpools Soak

Wai-O-tapu Thermal Wonderland
Just south of Rotorua lies Wai-O-tapu, a wonderland of stunning geothermal activity and a really exciting place for both kids and adults to visit. Wai-O-Tapu means 'Sacred Water' and it is easy to see why as the hot pools range in colour from turquoise blue, rich green and gold to an almost olive/yellow, make the water at Wai-O-Tapu a dazzling kaleidoscope of natural colour caused by the many mineral salts in the water including arsenic, gold and silver. This is the home to the world famous Champagne Pool, seen by many as the most beautiful example of geothermal activity around. The steaming vents with New Zealand’s largest bubbling mud pool while being surrounded by huge volcanic craters make the experience very other worldly - but wait, there is more... the Highlight is the Lady Knox Geyser that spectacularly erupts daily at around 10.15am (ish) - The kids will love that.

Natural Hot Pools
This afternoon take the family and relax in the acclaimed Polynesian Natural Hot Pools.

Note: If you are interested in visiting some of New Zealand's Wild Hot-Pools - visit our Blog

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Fancy a Walk on the Moon - Tongariro National Park

Tongariro is New Zealand's oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area. This special place has outstanding volcanic features and is easy for the family to explore. It is a place of extremes and surprises ranging from herb fields to lush native forests, from tranquil lakes to desert-like plateau and active volcanoes - Tongariro has them all, an unforgettable place your family will remember.. The park also offers many hiking options from shorter walks to waterfalls and fascinating volcanic features, including the crater of Ruapehu or the eight hour Tongariro Crossing, features phenomenal volcanic scenery and fine views of Lake Taupo and Mt Taranaki. Many natural hot-pools are found through-out the park, free for those wanting a soothing spa.

Alternatives: Hiking, biking, kayaking, kids canyoning and rafting are some of the activities available for those needing some adrenalin. Just let us know, after all this is your New Zealand Family Adventure Tour.

Approximate Distance: 185 kms | 115 miles  Total Driving Time: 2 hours 20 mins

Accommodation National Park - 1 night

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Fly to Sunny Nelson

Nelson, with a Mediterranean Climate and the highest sunshine hours in the country, all at a laid back pace – sound good? The area is known for growing excellent produce and artists! 

Nelson is your gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park, as well as having other golden sand beaches to enjoy at Kaiteriteri and Tahuna. The area is known as a good place to bring up a family so there are plenty of things to see and do. 

Accommodation Nelson - 1 night

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Kayaking/Walking - Abel Tasman Overnight Camping Adventure

It is rare to find coastline as beautiful as that of the pristine and unspoiled Abel Tasman National Park. Explore this magical, sunbathed slice of the upper South Island with a fully-guided overnight tour that takes you along an inviting shoreline jewelled with small Islands, seawater in azure shades of green and blue, hidden coves and some of the top beaches in New Zealand. Following a trail into paradise, we peruse the landscapes and shoreline on foot, surveying spectacular views from the high vantage points and discovering secret coves that are sheltered from the elements by sculpted cliffs and native forest. Beckoning seas are best met with kayaks, so we take to the pristine waters of Abel Tasman and enjoy our exploration of the coast in the most wonderful way possible.

NOTE: Kids under 12 (depending on their ability) will have the option of some kayaking in sheltered waters, water taxi for a section and a pleasant beach walk. * We this has been priced for the fully catered option.

Approximate Distance: 64 kms | 40 miles  Total Driving Time: 1 hour 05 mins

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Return to Marahau

At the end of your overnight camping trip we highly recommend  trip to the Fat Tui burger cafe. Outstanding and tonight the kids will happily finish their meals!

Accommodation Marahau - 1 night

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The West Coast & Beautiful Fox Glacier

The rugged West Coast is hemmed between the Tasman Sea and the imposing Southern Alps, making for spectacular contrasts in the surrounding scenery. Fox Glacier, found in the stunning Westland National Park, is one of the most spectacular glaciers in this region. Sub-tropical forest and snow-covered glaciers vie for space on this narrow strip of land sandwiched between the Tasman Sea and the Southern Alps on the West Coast of the South Island. 

Approximate Distance: 505 kms | 314 miles  Total Driving Time: 6 hours 25 mins

Accommodation Fox Glacier - 1 night

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Helicopter Flight with Glacier Landing - Have a Snow Fight!

This is the ultimate glacial and mountain experience and this flight covers it all! You get close and see glacial icefalls, crevasses and neves, views from ocean to Alps - A must on a New Zealand family adventure tour. Get your camera ready for the spectacular snow landing and with rotors turned off, the silence is deafening. These frozen rivers of ice can travel up to 3 metres (10 feet) per day down the mountain valleys and when the rotor is off listen for the book of the glacier inching forward. 

As you farewell the beech forests of th Mt Aspiring National Park and traverse the Haast Pass - be prepared to view lakes and rivers coloured like rare jewels - emerald and sapphire hued, intensified by the contrast of the surrounding mountain and tussock clad hillsides. Eventually arriving in Queenstown, the centre of adventure in New Zealand, there truly is something here for everyone. Every possible mode of transport and adventure is available to explore Central  Otagos lakes (Wakatipu & Hawea), rivers (Shotover, Kawerau, Dart) and mountains (Coronet Peak, Remarkables, Ben Lomond)

Approximate Distance: 330 kms | 205 miles  Total Driving Time: 4 hours 10 mins

Accommodation Queenstown - 2 nights

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Dart River Wilderness Safari into Mt Aspiring National Park

 1¼ hours of Jet Boating to the upper reaches of the Dart River, deep into Mt Aspiring National Park. After a full safety and paddling instruction, your Funyak journey begins. Paddle downstream on a crystal clear river amidst rocky peaks and dense rainforests.  After a wilderness buffet lunch, explore the Rock Burn Chasm and ancient beech forests.

NOTE: “Funyak” is an inflatable whitewater craft, appearing and functioning similar to a white water river kayak – a “fun” kayak. They are built for fun and stability for whitewater trips and are very stable. This trip is suitable for any child 1 meter (3.2 ft) tall and above - each child will be in a ‘Funyak’ with an adult. All safety gear is supplied.

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Free Morning Queenstown | fly back to Auckland

"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage!

The morning is yours to relax with a mid afternoon flight back to Auckland to connect to your flight home. We know you and your kids will love the New Zealand Family Adventure Tour and our promise to you is to make your travels in New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smiles when recalling your time in New Zealand! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

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