Best 9-Day Private South Island Tour with Kids

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

New Zealand

Places Visited

Queenstown, Lake Tekapo, Akaroa, Christchurch

Suggested Duration

9 Days

During this 9-day family adventure, New Zealand’s South Island creates an idyllic family vacation mix. There are so many incredible moments that are cultivated by fjords, glaciers, and swimming with dolphins. You can be active and share the outdoor adventure with New Zealand’s wildlife with experiences that include horseback riding, kayaking, and a 4WD adventure into Middle Earth. The island is also wonderfully laid-back and inviting, so your vacation can be hassle-free.

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore the wonders of Fiordland on a scenic helicopter flight that includes a stunning glacier landing
  • Cruise past floating icebergs on a wilderness expedition to Terminal Lake
  • Swim with wild dolphins during an intimate experience near Akaroa
  • Gasp in delight at the Southern Alps on a scenic air safari above New Zealand’s highest peaks
  • Discover the most famous Lord of the Rings filming locations on a 4WD tour into Middle Earth
  • Customize your Queenstown outdoor adventure with family rafting, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, and more
  • Uncover the nighttime sky with guided stargazing at Lake Tekapo and an evening with telescopes in an observatory
  • Feel the thrill of a jetboat ride on the Shotover River and bask in the tranquility of four nights on the shores of Lake Wakatipu
  • Ride horses around the alpine wilderness, which is a great way to explore the mountains without your kids needing to walk too far

Detailed Description

The best thing about New Zealand’s South Island is that there is so much to share as a family. Adventures will push your boundaries and provide something completely new, while landscapes present tranquility and a chance to be together without the bustle of the metropolis. Unique wildlife creates stunning family moments, and a wide range of activities means that everyone can follow their interests. This is an island where you can explore and discover together, from cruising past icebergs to landing on a glacier and from sublime Lake Tekapo to a quiet beach beneath majestic cliffs.

You are not even required to have a sense of adventure because New Zealand instills this in all its visitors. The first thing that you will do as you get off the plane is gaze in wonder at the wilderness. While the activities may seem very adventurous, they are all very safe for all ages. The South Island is also a place of serenity, and can still be incredibly active during the day. Overall, this is a laid-back destination, and everybody can enjoy their perfect blend of relaxing evenings and active exploration.

Handcrafted as an idyllic mix of downtime and adventure, this 9-day family adventure is based in three destinations. Four nights in Queenstown will offer you jetboating, Lord of the Rings filming locations, and a customizable set of outdoor activities. Here, you will also soar above Fiordland on a private helicopter tour that includes a glacier landing. Next will be Lake Tekapo, which is a blissful and remote destination in the Southern Alps. You will be able to indulge in guided stargazing, a horseback trek, and spectacular views of Terminal Lake and its icebergs. You will conclude your nine days on the coast in Akaroa. Here, you will swim with dolphins and bask in the beach vibes as this iconic vacation draws to a close.

Starting Price

$2,245 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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