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Bespoke family journeys downunder

Discover New Zealand. A carefree family holiday

Take a moment, close your eyes and imagine your family on holiday. Are you swimming with the world’s smallest dolphin? Building sandcastles on the beach? Cycling from mountains to oceans? Or wandering through ancient rainforests?

Whether your young kids just enjoy the outdoors, or older kids who love adventures, maybe even grandma and grandpa along for the trip, family time together in New Zealand will create memories to talk about for years to come.

New Zealand, an outdoor playground, filled with unique nature and wildlife.

An ideal destination for every type of family, from children under five to multi-generational. Endless family-friendly experiences. Right there in your backyard, or just down the road. We will create a well-organised family holiday for you. We know because we have done it ourselves with our own families.

Explore the hidden gems with a local guide | New Zealand nature
Explore the hidden gems with a local guide
Enjoy the views on the Tongariro River Trail | New Zealand holiday with kids
Enjoy the views on the Tongariro River Trail

Our local knowledge makes a difference.

Whether you require a pram, car seats, easy access to cooking facilities, we will ensure you have everything you need. We can advise you on the best regions, scenic drives, climates and match you up with the most suitable local hosts. Please get in touch to discuss your wishes. We have lots of things that we can recommend from our first-hand local experience.

"We are an independent, owner-operated New Zealand travel specialist. I would like you to experience my home as I love it. Welcome"

Andrew Morten, Founder, and New Zealander

What do you get from us?

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Tourism can be great for the environment, and, with us, you make a positive difference

Let's accentuate the positive, reduce the negative and offset what's left

Sustainability in action

When is the best travel time?

The best time to travel New Zealand is different for everybody. It completely depends on your family's interests. Do you have the flexibility to travel at any time or will you need to work around the school holidays? Either way, New Zealand is a country you can travel any time of the year.

Beautiful beach Coromandel | New Zealand holiday with kids
Sit back and relax while your kids play on the beach
Scenic flight over the mighty Southern Alps | New Zealand holiday
Enjoy a scenic flight over the mighty Southern Alps with your family

How long do I need in New Zealand?

At least three weeks are required to explore New Zealand at a relaxed pace. When travelling with children, we highly recommend a slower pace of travel. Staying in each place for two to five nights, driving less and exploring more. Focus on one island or take a domestic flight and visit a few regions on both islands. If you have more than five weeks, you can comfortably visit both islands and spend extra time in the Bay of Islands.

Unique wildlife of New Zealand | New Zealand holiday with kids
Your kids will love the unique wildlife of New Zealand
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Sheep in the Glenorchy Mountains | New Zealand holiday
New Zealand is home to approximately 26 million sheep

What can I see and do?

Whether your children are five, fifteen or adults, New Zealand is a world-class destination for a family holiday. With an abundance of family-friendly outdoor activities, your options of things to do and see are unlimited. Either together with your kids or take turns. We have carefully selected environmentally-friendly and small-scale activities, from easy-going, to active, and on to adventurous.

Explore the Poor Knights Islands by kayak | New Zealand active holiday
Explore the Poor Knights Islands by kayak
Cycle the Tongariro River Trail | New Zealand active holiday
Cycle the Tongariro River Trail

Where can I stay?

Immerse yourselves in ‘real’ Kiwi hospitality. Away from the crowds. And never too far away from the beach! A cottage nestled on five acres of gardens and native bush. The kids will have plenty of places to go and explore, while you relax. Take a look at a selection of our accommodation for families, from comfortable to luxury.

Boutique accommodation on the Coromandel Peninsula | New Zealand holiday
Enjoy quality family time on the Coromandel Peninsula
Feel at home staying in a classic Bach | New Zealand holiday
Feel at home staying in a classic 'Bach' - a Kiwi holiday house

How do I travel around?

The best way to explore New Zealand is by car. Driving through untouched wilderness, quirky towns and past rugged coastlines and alpine lakes. Travel at a relaxed pace and see the scenic routes of New Zealand. We know it's important to spend less time in the car. That’s what makes New Zealand a perfect destination for families. You don’t need to spend hours in the car to reach the next spectacular destination.

Lewis Pass wiggles through mountains | New Zealand nature
Lewis Pass wiggles through mountains and dense beech forest
Picnic lunch by the river in the Arthur's Pass | New Zealand holiday
Pack a picnic lunch and sit by the river in the Arthur's Pass

Flying to New Zealand

Travelling to New Zealand with children may seem at first thought, a bit of a mission. But it isn’t. We can organise a relaxed travel schedule with comfortable flying times and connections, the best flight routes and stopover locations. Are you flying with a baby? Would you like to sit together as a family or in two rows? Or would you prefer first-class flights with extra privacy? We can arrange the best flights for the best prices.

How comfortable would you like to fly?

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Enjoyable and comfortable flights | New Zealand holiday with kids
Flying with young kids? We can make sure it's an enjoyable experience
Variety of food and wine on your flight | New Zealand holiday
Indulge in a variety of food and wine on your flight to New Zealand

Sample itineraries

Your holiday will be designed just for you, but to give you ideas of what’s possible, here you can find many suggestions. There are various themes with holidays from 3 to 7 weeks. You can change comfort levels, add activities and flights, or change your car to get an idea of prices. To start creating your best ever holiday, we suggest you contact us.

Have a close encounter with the elusive Kiwi bird
Go whale watching in Kaikoura | New Zealand holiday
Go whale watching in Kaikoura

Why book with us?

We are New Zealand travel nerds. We believe small details lead to big differences. As locals, our aim is simple - to create with you, for you, your best holiday through New Zealand. When you get in touch, you will experience our level of expertise and service. We take the time to do everything properly, which is why we don't need a complaints department. Experience the difference.

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Frequently asked questions

More frequently asked questions

Small details lead to big differences. And specialist knowledge means we know which details need specific attention. But of course, to help you make your choices, you will have lots of questions. Here you can find answers to many of them.

All the things you love

and none of the things you don't

Our local knowledge makes the difference for your bespoke holiday through New Zealand or Australia. Your Journey Down Under starts here.