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New Zealand for Families

Hong Kong, Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Abel Tasman & Queenstown

From $8700 per family in low season
From $10700 per family in high season

based on 17 nights & selected experiences

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Price based on a family of 4 sharing.

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At a Glance

  • Combining Hong Kong and New Zealand allows you to break the journey and take in a different culture - perfect for families

  • Properties chosen for their family friendly accommodation and unique experiences

  • Dolphin watching, sailing, walking, riding, zip lining and jet boating are just a few activities you can enjoy

  • Family-friendly accommodation is available at all locations to suit your needs

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Hong Kong has a tropical climate and can be visited year round. October to April are the driest months although December to February are cooler. May to September is hot, humid with the most rainfall during these months.

New Zealand can be enjoyed year round, but this itinerary is particularly enjoyed during the warmer spring and summer months of September through to April.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation.

Itinerary

A once in a lifetime family adventure exploring Hong Kong and New Zealand from the land, air and sea. Go whale watching whilst in Kaikoura, explore the beautiful beaches in the Bay of Islands and enjoy action-packed family experiences in the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown.

  1. Days 1-5: Hong Kong

    Breaking up your journey to Aotearoa in Hong Kong allows your family time to adjust to the different time zones and offers a glimpse into life in a fast-paced modern Asian city – very much the antithesis of the rolling hills and mountainous landscape of New Zealand. Explore the bustling colorful markets that line the streets of this cultural city or relax in your chosen accommodation before you continue your journey to the land of the long white cloud.

    Accommodation: Peninsula Hong Kong (4 nights)

  2. Days 5-8: Russell

    Your first destination in New Zealand is the coastal town of Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Here the scenery, friendly locals and slow pace of life will enthuse you and your journey will be long forgotten. Whether you opt to reside in a family-friendly private villa overlooking one of the picturesque bays or choose to stay in a hotel with multiple facilities here you will want to spend your time outside in nature. Head off on a family foraging adventure and collect scallops and mussels to throw onto the barbecue for your lunch or hire a skippered boat and tailor a day in the bay all to yourselves. We have included a boat trip around the Bay of Islands where you will have the chance to spend time with the inquisitive dolphins that play in the bays calm waters – if the conditions are right you might even get the opportunity to swim with these magnificent creatures in the wild.

    Accommodation: Eagles Nest (3 nights)

  3. Days 8-11: Rotorua

    Heading south from Paihia, drive through Auckland and the heart of the Bay of Plenty to the geothermal heartland of New Zealand – Rotorua for a three-night stay. We’ve included a guided tour around Te Puia – a Maori run experience the whole family can enjoy. Together with your guide explore the geothermal wonderland by car-train, marvelling at the bubbling mud pools and volcanic rocks that litter the landscape here. Children will love watching the small but mighty geysers explode and it’s a great way to get the whole family excited by nature. You will also get the opportunity to visit the resident Kiwi house where you can look out for the nocturnal Kiwi before heading to a marae (meeting house) where your family will enjoy a traditional Maori welcome. The rest of your time in Rotorua is at leisure – you might want to take the gondola up to the sky park and enjoy wide range of family-friendly activities on offer there or take a day trip to Hobbiton in nearby Mata Mata where you family will love climbing in the hobbit houses and exploring the impressive living film set.

    Accommodation: Treetops Lodge & Estate (3 nights)

  4. Days 11-14: Marlborough and Nelson

    Continue to the South Island and fly from Rotorua to Nelson, one of New Zealand’s sunniest regions. Favoured by locals as a Kiwi vacation destination Nelson and the neighboring Abel Tasman National Park offer fun for the whole family. Hire bikes and cycle along the Great Taste Trail, sampling locally produced chocolate or wine as you explore the region by bike or find a deserted beach in Abel Tasman National Park and enjoy a family picnic as you play in the sand and sea.  We have included a full day exploration of Abel Tasman’s magnificent coastline by boat as part of this itinerary. See marine wildlife as you circumnavigate the coastline before enjoying a freshly prepared light lunch in one of the parks sheltered bays. In the afternoon take out kayaks or snorkeling equipment or simply relax on the boat taking in the glorious scenery.

    Accommodation: Te Koi the Lodge at Bronte (3 nights)

  5. Days 14-18: Queenstown

    To finish off this fabulous family vacation, fly south to Queenstown ( via Christchurch), New Zealand’s largest playground for all ages. Take a jet boat ride down narrow river gorges, bungy jump off a bridge, enjoy a stunning helicopter flight over the beautiful glaciers or take a more sedate boat trip on Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu. If your family are fans of Hobbiton or Lord of the Rings you can even enjoy a guided tour showing you the various film sights or take to the hills around Glenorchy for an exhilarating off road 4WD adventure. On your first day we have included a guided tour of Queenstown and the surrounding area, showcasing the various highlights and must-do experiences allowing you the chance to return at your leisure to enjoy for yourselves. Queenstown defines the word adventure and is the perfect place to end your own family adventure to New Zealand.

    Accommodation: Eichardt’s Private Hotel (4 nights)

Experiences

  • A private tour of Hobbiton - A Tolkien Day Out

    Enter the world of Tolkien and discover the magical setting made famous by The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. Once quoted by Peter Jackson as being 'a slice of ancient England', discover the hobbit holes on a guided tour of the movie set.

  • Dart River Jet Boat Safari (Shared)

    The Dart River Jet Boat Wilderness Safari is a spectacular Jet Boat journey through the Dart River located at the foot of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by breathtaking snow-capped mountains, waterfalls and glacial valleys frozen in time.

  • Discover the Waitomo Glowworm Caves (Shared)

    Sail under a canopy of the thousands of tiny glow-worms that illuminate the Waitomo Caves, their incredible luminescence creating a magical serenity as you glide through the waters of the Waitomo River.

  • Dolphin Discovery in the Bay of Islands - Shared

    A chance to encounter native dolphins up close in the warm waters of Northland’s Bay of Islands. Admire these playful creatures as you join them in the water, a truly once in a lifetime experience.

  • Private Queenstown Full Day Sightseeing

    Discover the South Island in a full day’s expedition in luxury SUV. Explore the regions varied attractions on this private tour with experienced guide.

  • Sailing on Cool Change - Private Day Sailing Charter

    Cool Change is a stunning 54 ft sailing catamaran, offering you a totally unique way to experience New Zealand's world famous Bay of Islands. Your private charter will explore the beautiful bays and islands, with a delicious lunch onboard.

  • Te Puia Daytime Experience (Shared)

    Home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Te Puia is a cultural center just 5-minutes from the center of Rotorua. Immerse yourself in Maori culture and visit the Pohutu Geyser during your visit to the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley.

  • The Best Abel Tasman Day Trip (Shared)

    Abel Tasman National Park is home to fur seals, dolphins and breathtaking stretches of golden sands and sheltered bays. Enjoy the wildlife on a day’s cruise, with a picnic lunch and a chance to snorkel or explore the landscape on a bush walk.

Location

Hong Kong, Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Abel Tasman & Queenstown

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation.

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