This New Zealand Family Vacation was planned for a family from Texas. It was the kids’ spring break trip, so they had a limited amount of time and wanted to hit the highlights of New Zealand. We sent them to Queenstown, which is surrounded by that gorgeous Lord of the Rings scenery that makes New Zealand so unique. Queenstown is also the adventure capital of New Zealand, and they certainly had tons of fun here!
They started their New Zealand Family Vacation in Auckland, the City of Sails. They enjoyed 2 nights in New Zealand’s largest city and stayed in the luxurious SkyCity Auckland. The next day, they did the exhilarating SkyWalk 328 meters above the air! They also ventured out to the Auckland surrounds to see the untamed forests and black sand beaches.
Next on their New Zealand Family Vacation, they flew to Queenstown on the South Island. This gorgeous town on the shores of Lake Wakatipu has the feel of a small frontier town, but with plenty of luxury accommodations, incredible restaurants (New Zealand is quite the foodie country!), and adventure activities.
The next day, they took the Skyline Gondola up to the top of Bob’s Peak, where they were treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the lake and the Remarkables mountain range. Then, they went on a fun zipline tour where they were able to fly through the air on a safe, yet utterly thrilling and gravity-defying ride.
For the remainder of their New Zealand Family Vacation, they took a jet boat ride and Funyak safari on Dart River, complete with a 4WD tour of the Queenstown surrounds. They also took a day trip to Arrowtown and Macetown to learn about New Zealand’s gold mining past while driving through beautiful, rugged scenery.
On the last day, the family took helicopter flight to Milford Sound flight and a Mitre Peak Cruise to experience the Fiordland National Park from the sky, land and water. A remote alpine landing topped off their up close exploration of a UNESCO World Heritage wilderness.
After a week packed with adventure, it was time to say goodbye to New Zealand. They enjoyed a private transfer to the airport and caught their flight back to the States, filled with fun stories to share back at home!