This New Zealand Family Vacation was created for a family of 4 from Chicago. The kids were under 8 years old, so they wanted a fun vacation that was suitable for all ages. Luckily, New Zealand’s natural beauty is perfect for everyone!
Their New Zealand Family Vacation started off in beautiful Queenstown. Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges; it’s rumored that gold prospectors—captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers—gave this town its name. The family stayed at a cozy hotel right on the lake shore, giving them easy access to family-friendly walking paths and bike trails.
In Queenstown, they cruised across the lake in a historic steamship. The kids loved visiting the engine room and seeing the giant steam engines at work! They stopped at Walter’s Peak for a scrumptious BBQ lunch amid quintessential New Zealand farmland. Then they got a farm demo for a behind-the-scenes look at New Zealand farming life.
Next for their New Zealand Family Vacation, they drove the scenic route through the mountains to Franz Josef. Along the way, there were plenty of easy hikes and scenic photo stops to enjoy. In Franz Josef, they visited the West Coast Wildlife Centre to see New Zealand’s adorable national bird, the kiwi. This was one of the highlights for the kids!
Then they drove through more rugged West Coast scenery to Greymouth, where they caught the TranzAlpine Train. This magnificent scenic rail journey took them from one end of the South Island to the other, and they were treated to stunning views of New Zealand’s varied landscapes—from mountains and valleys to pastoral farmland. They spent a night in Christchurch, where they strolled through the Botanical Gardens under a canopy of cherry trees, for the last night of their New Zealand Family Vacation.
Then it was time to say goodbye to New Zealand. They caught a flight in Christchurch and began their journey home with fun family memories to last a lifetime!