Considering New Zealand travel destinations for your family. There sure are lots of actions adventure locations especially around places like Queenstown on the south island, but the activities are mainly aimed at adults.
Then how do these and other locations translate into family vacation opportunities and where are the best family friendly destinations. What's the best way to see the best of the New Zealand Tourist Attractions while keeping the whole family satisfied?
Let's Start with the official New Zealand travel site lists in it's video sequence of the top New Zealand tourist attractions for families.
One of the first questions you will need to ask your family is should they go to the South Island? Before the hobbits and the Lord of the Rings many families opted to give this whole island a miss opting instead to stay closer to the major center son the North Island with all their child friendly activities. In a way you can even do this from the North Island by visiting Hobbiton which is not far out of Auckland.
Hobbiton, Middle Earth locations for The Hobbit
But by constraining yourself to the North Island then you would miss out on all the spectacular landscapes associated with the movie, and which more generally the South island has to offer. Then let's explore the opportunities for each island starting with the more popular North.
If you would simply like to do things easy and are restricted by time than sticking to the big (by New Zealand standards) locations of Auckland and Rotorua is a fair option.
You will more than likely start our journey around New Zealand after landing in Auckland. There is enough to do her to keep kids busy for a few days and visits to the Sky Tower to walk on the glass floor and enjoy views across the city is a popular choice many families take to get their bearings and become familiar with the lay of the land. Other Tourist Attractions in Auckland Include:
Rotorua sure has a lot to offer families. The most famous attraction here are the hot springs, but there are plenty of other attractions kids will enjoy as well is the stench of sulfur from the springs and the kids reactions to it start to drive you batty.
The Hot Springs:
The Skyline complex has a host of kids friendly offerings from Gondola rides, a luge and a zipline.
More Rotorua Tourist Atttractions:
Agrodome has long been a family friendly New Zealand attraction for visitors looking to learn more about the farm culture. You get to see farm creatures in action and there are opportunities for the little ones to cuddle baby animals available .
At the Polynesian Spa family fun enjoy a the warm, 33˚C waters including a toddler’s section with small hydro slide . Elsewhere warmer mineral pools allow families to relax together. Children under twelve need to have your supervision.
Wellington is often these days touted as a trendy city, but that doesn't mean it is not kid friendly New Zealand travel destination. It is!
Nelson is usually your destination if you are only popping over the Cook Strait to the South Island. Fun parks, beaches, zoos and a Wearable art Complex invite families to visit. This creative hub surrounded by rugged mountains also has opportunities fo explore the local Maori culture
Visit : Tahunanui Beach
The amazing clear water views over Lake Wakatipu and the amazing journey over the mountains to get here are almost enough to justify some of the less family friendly attributes of this modern tourist city.
If the kids like skiing, or mountain biking you will love it, but it's unlikely AT ALL that you will want to take them bungy jumping. There are also many Lord of the Rings locations here.
There are a couple of big companies that offer big discounts if you buy a pass. Intercity and Nelsons have hop and off flexible passes.
While bus travel in New Zealand is certainly an option an exciting and predictable way to take your family across the wonders of the South are via the rail links.
The TranzAlpine train starts in the East coast at Christchurch and tackles the vast Southern.
Packaged Tours of New Zealand are another good option. This particular tour runs for a huge 24 day and delivers the "most immersive NZ experience possible". A few activities to enjoys include volcanoes, national parks, sustainable farms, kayak, surf lessons and fishing the Bay of Islands.
See also the Highlights of New Zealand Tour
Note: that the list includes serviced apartments which are a good choice as it's accommodation preference. But New Zealand also has excellent family friendly campgrounds, and really quite affordable transportable motor homes compared to many other countries.
New Zealand Holiday Homes at TripAdvisor