From wildlife experiences to interactive cultural activities and unforgettable adventures, there are so many family-friendly experiences to be had in Aotearoa New Zealand in the next school holidays.
Here’s some inspiration for shared experiences that will keep on giving long after your family holiday ends.
Be an All Black for a day
We all know the power and excitement of watching the All Blacks play live. Now, you can get up close to these Kiwi legends on your holiday to Tāmaki Makaurau at the All Blacks Experience in Sky City.
The interactive experience explores the history, culture and people behind New Zealand rugby. Experience a haka right up close, hear stories from All Blacks legends, and find out how your skills compare to the best in the game. You can even pick up a personalized All Blacks jersey at the All Blacks Experience Store.
For 25% off a Family of 4 Pass, use promo code SPRING22 when booking here.
Cycle Hawke’s Bay
An easy cycling holiday in sunny Hawke’s Bay with Napier City Bike Hire & Tours is a great way to explore the region’s many treasures as a family.
Enjoy the waterfront on a cycle along Marine Parade, stopping off at the bike park and children’s playgrounds along the way. Other slightly longer loops can be done over a half or full day, with the option to stop off for a cheeky platter (and glass of wine for the adults!) at one of the many world-class wineries en route.
You can choose from e-bikes, tandem bikes and everything in between, and for every paying adult one child under 16 goes free. Book your ride here.
Get competitive in Queenstown
Is your family always up for some friendly competition? If so, then Game Over Queenstown is the place to go if you’re in the adventure capital next school holidays.
This place is indoor entertainment at its best, and a great way to while away an afternoon when the weather outside is average. There are so many fun activities for the whole family to enjoy, including electric karting, laser tag and arcade games. Book here.
Paddle the Abel Tasman
There’s no better way to experience the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park than on board a waka (Māori canoe). Waka Abel Tasman offers inclusive experiences where everyone – even the littlest of family members – will feel a part of the team.
Waka were used by Māori to explore the Pacific Ocean for thousands of years, and as part of the tour you’ll learn more about how they were used. Paddle to the iconic Split Apple Rock, and your little ones can help out with their own little paddles. A family of 2 adults and 2 children is $270 – book here.
Go penguin spotting
Make your way to Ōtautahi Christchurch these school holidays and pay a visit to Pohatu Penguins, home to the largest Australasian Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand.
An evening penguin safari is $250 for families, and involves a guided walk around the colony to discover nesting sites and watch the cute little creatures returning to shore at dusk through binoculars. Book your tour here.
Discover secret spots in Rotorua
Rotorua is a family favorite holiday destination thanks to its many attractions, and what better way to finish up a day of sightseeing than with a visit to a secret hot tub in the forest? Secret Spot Hot Tubs Rotorua is a lush, tranquil space in the Waipa Valley with 12 secluded tubs surrounded by tree ferns. It’s a great way to relax after a day of mountain biking to ease those sore legs.
Book your family hot tub now using promo code FamilySecret3 for 10% off.
Cruise Lake Wanaka
Make some memories to last a lifetime with a Lake Wanaka Cruises adventure to Mou Waho Island. This predator-free Department of Conservation nature reserve is home to the rare flightless Buff Weka, Mountain Stone Weta and many other native birds.
You’ll get morning tea on board and go on a 1.5 hour guided nature walk up to a natural glacier lake at the top of the island.
Kids under 5 are always free, and with the promo code MWFREE kids under 16 can travel free as well. Book your cruise here.
Harvest your own honey
Family-run business Huka Honey Hive in Taupō is home to the largest range of manuka and honey products in New Zealand, and offers a guided 75-minute Honey Shack Tour for ages 5 and up.
Learn all about bees and their role in the hive, how honey is made and collected, and walk away with your very own jar of the stuff. Book your tour here.
Enter to win a family holiday
Want to be in to win 1 of 5 holidays worth up to $5,000? Let the kids get creative by drawing their dream New Zealand family holiday and you could experience it this year!
Imagications is all about letting your child’s imagination run wild, dreaming and drawing all the fun and wonderful activities they’d love to share on a family holiday in New Zealand.
Encourage your little ones to dream big for the chance to win 1 of 5 House of Travel vouchers up to the value of $5,000 to spend on a family holiday in New Zealand.
Download the entry form, read the Terms and Conditions, and enter at newzealand.com/Imagications.
Entries are open to children 12 years and under and a responsible adult.
If you’re after more inspiration on where to make some family memories next school holidays, you’ll find plenty at newzealand.com.