Beaches & Volcanoes: Best of the North Island for Families

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This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

New Zealand

Places Visited

Helena Bay, Waiheke Island, Coromandel Peninsula, Lake Taupo...

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Suggested Duration

11 Days

Handcrafted with iconic sights and off-the-beaten-track locations, this adventurous, 11-day journey through New Zealand’s provides family luxury in the North Island’s unique locales. You will helicopter between untouched destinations, immerse yourselves in Maori culture, cruise on a private catamaran, and relax on pristine beaches. With Hobbiton and Waiheke, you can discover the North Island legend, while Coromandel and Helena Bay provide you with all the space you need to come together as a family.

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Trip Highlights

  • Indulge in a ride on a catamaran to Lake Rotoiti, where you will enjoy a relaxed family day amid blue waters and hot pools
  • Connect with the local Maori culture in the Bay of Islands’ forests
  • Helicopter between your destinations for spectacular views over the North Island’s volcanic scenery
  • Surprise your kids with visits to Hobbiton, where you can recreate famous scenes from the big screen
  • Relax on pristine beaches, where there is space for your children to run around as you bask in all the tranquility
  • Escape to Waiheke Island, where golden beaches vie for your attention and vineyards provide tailored family activities
  • Enjoy an leisurely hike on the Coromandel Peninsula that is followed by lunch on the beach and the opportunity to partake in Pacific kayaking experience
  • Admire the geothermal wonder near Lake Taupo and search for kiwi birds near Rotorua
  • Ease into your North Island vacation with three nights of hidden paradise at Helena Bay

Detailed Description

New Zealand’s North Island has a little of everything that you need for a family vacation. Famous attractions like Hobbiton can keep your kids excited while the beaches and islands can provide downtime and space to come together away from the crowds. Easy hiking and kayaking will keep your vacation fresh and exciting, and you will also be immersed with the Maori culture before sailing on a private catamaran. The North Island also has far better weather than the South Island, especially with the Bay of Islands and Coromandel Peninsula. This means that you can enjoy Pacific beaches, relax during quiet hours on the coast, and enjoy the North Island’s unique volcanic experiences.

This handcrafted, private adventure connects North Island highlights in a relaxed and efficient manner. You will travel by helicopter between some of the destinations, which will be journeys that save valuable vacation time and offer stunning views over a volcanic landscape. All of your activities will be privately guided and can be adjusted to your family’s interests and energy. For example, on the Coromandel Peninsula, there are various hiking trails, and you can walk to a hidden beach for a picnic. From here, you can kayak to a deserted island or stay on the beach and make sandcastles. Handpicked hotels will add to the luxury, and the premium of this vacation is on escaping the crowds to enjoy intimate family time.

After flying to Auckland, you will clear customs and immigration before taking a helicopter to Helena Bay in the Bay of Islands. Secluded and serene, this Northern area of the North Island is ideal for a first few days in New Zealand. You can ease into your vacation and escape from your everyday along the stunning coastline. Local Maori members will be your guides on day three, and they will introduce you to their culture and landscapes. Waiheke Island has an indulgent atmosphere, and you will spend two days here, checking out bays, beaches, vineyards, and walking trails. Like the Bay of Islands, Waiheke has a tropical Pacific vibe with a warm climate and New Zealand’s laid-back lifestyle.

You will stay on the coast and spend days six and seven on the Coromandel Peninsula, which is a destination of dramatic, natural landscapes and adventures that are far from the road. Here, you can hike and kayak or savor the North Island’s wonderful impression of space. While turquoise waters and surreal rock formations provide two attractions, you can also travel inland to visit bistros, working farms, and the chance for your kids to make their own ice cream. Both Hobbiton and Rotorua can be visited on the drive to Lake Taupo, which will be your final destination. From hobbit holes to exploding geysers and bubbling orange mud pools, these attractions are often the favorite highlights for children who are visiting the North Island.

You will be staying on the quieter side of Lake Taupo at a waterside lodge that is located away from the town. Your three days here are customizable, and there is so much that you can do in the local area. Already scheduled will be a day of private sailing on Lake Rotoiti, visiting a kiwi sanctuary, admiring hot pools and other geothermal activity, and a fishing cruise on Lake Taupo. It is a lovely area for escaping the modern world and enjoying family vacations. Here, space and time to be together as one, and it can be made all the more memorable by new landscapes and experiences.

Zicasso works closely with the top New Zealand travel operators to ensure that you have a fully personalized trip of a lifetime.

Starting Price

$2,745 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

The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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