FAMILY TOURS

New Zealand is a great destination for family-friendly holidays and no matter where you travel, there is always plenty of things for the kids (and the parents!) to do. Our carefully, and tested, selection of activities and tours for families range from farm-stays, wildlife experiences, thrill seeking adventures to movie set tours, including the Lord of the Rings- and Hobbit trilogy.

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Exclusive Waitomo Glowworm Cave

May 27, 2019

Step into mysterious world of Te Anaroa Cave, the only family owned glowworm cave in Waitomo, North Island. Imagine the moment your guide lights the candles, setting the scene for an intimate cave experience without any other tourists. Your guide tells you all about the ‘titiwai’, the glow worm, that brings life into this otherwise dark underground world. Be seated in Te Anaroa’s “Cathedral” to see it lit up by a dazzling magnesium torch.  Although the display only lasts a few seconds, your memories of the Footwhistle Cave will last a lifetime. This is the only Waitomo cave that allows its visitor to take photos.

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Roy's Peak Exclusive Experience, Wanaka

May 27, 2019

On-board your own private, comfortable 4WD pass Wanaka’s spectacular lakeside scenery before your local guide takes you high up into the mountains, exploring life behind the scenes on an authentic high country farm. Relax with your own picnic at an exclusive mountain-top viewpoint looking over Lake Wanaka and the snow-capped peaks of Mt Aspiring National Park. Your helicopter whisks you then off for a scenic flight to land at a private viewpoint on Wanaka’s iconic Coromandel Peak – Mt Roy.

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Tasman Glacier Explorer

April 30, 2019

 

Cruise Tasman Glacier’s terminal lake for a fascinating glacial encounter. The lake is growing rapidly due to global warming and offers spectacular mountain views and scenery. Your private skipper-guide will expertly explain you about the history and future of one of the most accessible glaciers in the world. Icebergs of every shape and size periodically tear away from the glacier, allowing you to touch and taste the 300-500 year old glacial crystals

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Doubtful Sound Helicopter & Kayaking Exclusive

April 10, 2019

This trips whisks you away on a scenic helicopter flight to enjoy a full day kayaking in Doubtful Sound! This is a magical way to experience the stillness of Doubtful Sound and appreciate the scale of the surrounding mountains. With helicopter flights to and from Deep Cove, you are transported straight into the heart of this remote area of Fiordland. After a morning spent kayaking the fiord, a gourmet picnic lunch is served on board of your private boat before you will be transferred back to Deep Cove and then experience another stunning helicopter flight back to Te Anau

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TranzAlpine Scenic Rail Journey

June 07, 2018

Climb aboard one of the world’s most famous train journeys between Christchurch and Greymouth. Pass the fruitful farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, travel along Waimakariri River and stunning gorges. You traverse the highly scenic and mighty Southern Alps with spectacular views at every turn. When descending towards the West Coast the scenery changes to lush green and native beech forests before you arrive in Greymouth 5hours later. This is an ideal day-trip from Christchurch or an almost essential part of any round trip program while touring the South Island.

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Kiwi Encounter, Rotorua

October 12, 2017

Ever wanted to see a Kiwi close up? The team at Kiwi Encounter is doing a fantastic job preventing these unique, flightless birds from extinction. Join us on an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ tour and learn how the experts at Kiwi Encounter work through the different phases of the birth of a kiwi chick. Kiwi’s don’t survive in the wild due to predators. The incubated eggs in the wild are being lifted from the burrows and brought to the Kiwi Encounter team to complete incubation artificially. The hatching takes between 3 to 4 days and the baby kiwis are then carefully monitored and given a special diet until the chicks reach around 1kg in weight. They are then returned to the wild under carefully monitoring of the Department of Conservation. Kiwi Encounter is now the largest and most successful kiwi hatching facility in the world. Since the opening of the center in 2004, over 1500 kiwi chicks have hatched here. Contact us today for more information and book your exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ tour.

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Pete's Farm Stay, Rangiora

March 01, 2017

Enjoy a typical Kiwi experience on a working sheep- and cattle farm, located in Canterbury, 30min from Christchurch airport. Watch a sheep shearing and sheep dog demo, feed the animals and visit new lambs (July-October). Kids are encouraged to hand feed sheep and calves and pet the friendly alpacas and visit the herd of over 500 cows and see them milked. A true Kiwi experience for the whole family while taking in the magnificent panorama of the Southern Alps. The farm offers accommodation in modern and spacious guest rooms (in the main house) or in comfortable and spacious one- and two bedroom cottages (adjacent to the main house). A hearty, homemade breakfast is included and someone from the owner family is always around for a friendly chat!

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Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike, West Coast

February 26, 2017

An experience not to be missed for anyone visiting Franz Josef Glacier on the West Coast. Your experienced and skilled helicopter pilot takes you on thrilling flight and lands you right on the glacier where you start a three-hour guided glacier hike. Your friendly guide will lead you through some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring glacier scenery in the world. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains with plenty of photo opportunities. This hike is suitable for anyone with a moderate level of fitness. We truly believe this will certainly one of your most memorable experience in New Zealand.

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Swim with Dolphins Eco Cruise, Bay of Islands

February 07, 2017

Dolphins are fascinating creatures, and in the Bay of Islands (Northland), they can be seen all year around. This Eco Cruise offers the unique opportunity to get into the water and swim with dolphins as they play in their natural environment. In addition visitors can often see bottlenose, baleen whales, orca, seals and penguins. This cruise uses a custom-built vessel with a low viewing deck and an underwater microphone for a maximum number of 35 passengers.

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Farmtour, Rotorua

January 25, 2017

In the heart of 350 acres of lush farmland, only 10 minutes from Rotorua, you will find one of New Zealand’s ‘must visits’ for families. Enjoy their world-famous Farm Show, starring a cast of talented animals. Join a guided tour on all-terrain vehicles and visit the heart of a real working farm, learn all about New Zealand farming and have the opportunity to hand-feed animals and meet sheep, cattle, deer, llamas and pigs. This is a hands-on, entertaining and educational experience for the whole family.

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Middle Earth Tour

January 24, 2017

This exciting and insightful day tour is all about the Lord of The Rings filming locations. You will see first-hand the original locations for Rivendell where Frodo recovered from his knife attack. You will also see the Gardens of Isengard, the site of the Orcs Felling the Trees, and where Gandalf rode to see Saruman and many other sites. A visit and ‘behind the scenes’ tour at the famous Weta Studious (outside Wellington) who was responsible for making LOTR and many other blockbuster movies is included as well.

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Mitai Maori Village, Rotorua

January 24, 2017

A visit to Mitai Maori Village will give you an authentic introduction to the Maori culture leaving you amazed and in awe.  Be enthralled by the natural bush setting; see warriors in traditional attire paddle in an ancient canoe.

Marvel at crystal clear water flowing directly from earth, view glow worms in their natural habitat.  See traditional cooked hangi meal being lifted from the ground.  During a cultural performance, you’ll be captivated by the displays of weaponry and combat, coupled with the grace and beauty of the poi dance.  A sacred and spiritual place that offers an indigenous cultural experience like no other

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Martinborough Family Fun

January 19, 2017

Bring the kids! While cellar visits tend to be boring for the kids, this family tour is different – you visit 2 renowned wineries and then head to a local olive oil producer and a small farm with animals and local produce. Our knowledgeable and family friendly guide will entertain the kids while the parents get some serious tasting done. A delicious picnic lunch is included and the bikes are packed full of fun and games.

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