Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand

Amazing Family Friendly Tour of New Zealand: Queenstown, Rotorua, Pauanui, Tairua, and More

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Countries Visited

New Zealand

Places Visited

Christchurch, Akaroa, Mount Cook Village, Queenstown...

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Suggested Duration

11 Days

The Remarkables Mountains frame the South Island and reflect in the pristine waters of glacial lakes. Turquoise waves lap at gold sand beaches. Forests decorate the hills and valleys. You can hear the cultural songs of the Maori echoing from a long tradition. Your amazing family friendly tour of New Zealand through Queenstown, Rotorua, Pauanui, Tairua and more is tailored to provide family adventure and cultural discoveries. View the smoldering crater lake of a volcanic island and watch penguins...

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Trip Highlights

  • Swim with dolphins and watch for whales in off the coast of Akaroa
  • Fly to a volcanic island and touch down near the simmering crater
  • Cruise along a glacial lake and touch an ancient glacier
  • Tour the Dart River on a jet boat excursion
  • Kayak the pristine waters around Cathedral Cove Marine Park
  • Journey around the celebrated waters and landscape of Milford Sound
  • Experience traditional Maori cuisine and dancing

Detailed Description

New Zealand is filled with majesty. From exhilarating activities to unparalleled landscapes, this 11-day journey will sweep the entire family away to the exceptional countryside and charming cities of both the North and South Island. Experience the spine-tingling haka performed by Maori warriors. Travel up the Dart River on a jetboat excursion. Witness the natural landscape featured in the imaginary world of Lord of the Rings. Whales swim offshore and glaciers tower over the hillsides. New Zealand will enchant you and provide endless adventure for the entire family.

Arrive in the Garden City of Christchurch at the start of your New Zealand vacation and settle into the friendly environment and refurbished cityscape. Alpine peaks line the horizon and punters journey down the meandering river in the city center. Explore the nearby seaside town of Akaroa. The fishing village character blends with its French heritage to create a unique and delicate atmosphere. Cruise through the harbor and swim with the local playful Hector’s Dolphins. Mount Cook Village is an alpine area bordered by glacier lakes and panoramic views. Journey across tranquil waters on a guided boat excursion to view the glacial walls up close.

Venture south of Queenstown to Fiordland National Park and step aboard a boat for a full day exploration of Milford Sound. See the towering mountains and vibrant wildlife. Step aboard a jetboat and speed upriver for a magnificent view of snowcapped mountaintops and ancient beech forest. The location was also used as a setting in the Lord of the Rings movies. A quick flight, arranged by one of Zicasso's New Zealand tour operators will take you to Rotorua, the cultural capital of the country, located on the North Island. The family will get acquainted with the local customs of the Maori tribes, dining on a traditional meal and participating in the cultural songs, including the famed war dance.

Tour over the volcanic landscape around the city and White Island located off the Pacific coast. Relax in the seaside twin cities of Pauanui and Tairua. Visit the beaches and kayak in the Cathedral Cove Marine Park to visit the hard to reach corners of the precious landscape. Venture to Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand. Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium provides a view into the arctic and subaquatic world. The family will explore the far reaches of the country discover the exceptional and ineffable splendor of natural beauty and human-made charm. 

Starting Price

$3,570 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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