How to Have the Best Family Holiday in New Zealand

New Zealand

So 2018 is finally upon us and with the festive season all but over you can combat the January blues by thinking about this year’s travel plans. Thinking of a holiday in New Zealand with the family? Here’s 10 reasons why New Zealand drive holidays are the way to go.

There’s plenty of room to let the kids run amok

New Zealand is just a smidgen bigger than the UK, but with a population of just over 4 million (that’s half of London’s residents) and some of the most spectacular countryside in the world, there’s plenty of space to explore with the kids. Hit up the many gorgeous uncrowded sandy beaches or head up into the hills to walk along the winding trails.

Kids can go at a discount

The country is quickly establishing themselves as the go to place for families. With much of the entry fees on tours and attractions discounted (or even free) for children, it’s no wonder that people are starting to flock to the Land of Kiwis. Typical discounts can be as much as 50 percent for under 12 years old.

Don’t miss out on eating out

Families with children are welcome in almost all New Zealand restaurants. Whether you’re looking for fine dining or local eateries, kids can usually benefit from specially designed menus that are both healthy and fun. If you’re bringing the really little ones, you’ll also find most provide high chairs and nappy changing facilities.

Accommodation geared towards families

Nearly all the accommodation has been designed with families in mind. Whether you’re staying at a budget motel or a luxurious city hotel, you’ll find facilities like swimming pools and kids’ play spots to keep everyone happy. This is particularly true at the campsites and holiday parks which have the added benefit of kid-friendly activities and supervised play groups.

Activities for all ages

New Zealand is the world’s capital of outdoor activities. Whatever the ages in your family, there’s always something to do. Zip-line down through the canopy treetops, hike along the winding trails, swim in the sea, bath in natural hot springs, explore the Hobbiton film set, the possibilities are simply endless. If you’re staying in the larger cities, most have interactive museums that are fascinating for both parents and children.

Road tripping in New Zealand

There are few things as fun for everyone in the family as a road trip, and New Zealand is just the place to do it. It couldn’t be easier to rent a campervan and drive down through the gorgeous landscape, stopping en route to spend days on the beach or taking part in the many activities on both the North and South Island. Pack up supplies, bundle everyone into the camper and hit the road for days of fun.

Some of the most fascinating wildlife on the planet

New Zealand is blessed with an incredible array of wildlife species. If you’re bringing the family, everyone’s going to love getting up close to the iconic kiwi bird or donning flippers and masks to swim with wild dolphins and experience the colourful underwater world of marine life. If that’s not enough, the country has some top zoos where you can see myriad fauna from around the world.