Five Family-Friendly Adventures on New Zealand’s South Island

by Sherri McClary | June 25, 2018 2:15 pm

There are very few countries that have so many exciting places to visit in such a small area. The country is loaded with beautiful scenery that will take your breath away. If you’re planning an outdoorsy adventure with your family, then you really can’t pick a better location than New Zealand. Here are some of the places under New Zealand South Island tours where you and your family can indulge in a bit of friendly adventure. We love to curate the places for you, so have a look:

1 Hike along Tongariro Crossing

If you plan to take a hike while in New Zealand, then make sure to check out Tongariro Crossing. This is one of the best hikes in New Zealand and it spans a distance of 12 miles. This place is unique as it has crater lakes and volcanic terrain all up and down the hike. It’s located in the heart of North Island and is very accessible. There is no shortage of transport that operates to and from the location.

2 Visit Milford Sound

Located on the South Island, this place has been dubbed heaven on earth for its mesmerizing beauty and is one location you should never miss. Treat your eyes to the glaciers, vertical cliffs, and a grand fiord. If you plan to visit during the rainy season then you’ll come across fabulous waterfalls. You can also explore the area by getting on a boat and having the time of your life with your family.

3 Take a rafting trip in Waitomo

Want to experience something trippy? Then make your way to Waitomo caves and be amazed at the glow worms that light up the interiors of this cave. Your kids will be mesmerized by the glow worm’s gorgeous neon colors. You can go on an easy boat ride, kayaks, or even rock climbing. Whatever you choose, this is sure to be an experience of their lifetime!

4 Watch the whales or go swimming with the dolphins in Kaikoura

This is another beautiful location where the mountains meet the sea for some spectacular views. You have the liberty to simply jump of the boat and join a few dolphins with a camera in your hand. Do not forget to carry your snorkel and wetsuit with you! You can also indulge in watching the whales splash around with seals. Take things a bit further and catch your own crayfish and enjoy a delicious home-cooked dinner.

5 Visit Hobbiton

If you happen to be a fan of the Lord of the Rings films, then a visit to Hobbiton on the North Island is something you definitely want to check out. This is one of the spots that is left from the film set and is now exclusively for tourists. You can also enact your favorite scenes from the movie just for fun and create memories.

So there’s our list of of family-friendly activities to check out in New Zealand[1]! However before you book your flights, do some research on the places and the climatic conditions that prevail in the season that you plan to visit. Also get a hold of a good travel agent and find out more about the accomodation options there.

Endnotes:
  1. family-friendly activities to check out in New Zealand: http://www.newzealandguidedtours.com/category/south-island-guided-tours

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