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We make the plans. You make the memories.

Discover New Zealand's secrets on a care-free family holiday

Close your eyes and picture your perfect family holiday to New Zealand. Are you swimming with the world’s smallest dolphin? Building sandcastles on the beach? Cycling from mountains to oceans? Wandering through ancient rainforests? Smiling with your loved ones all day long? The possibilities are limitless.

New Zealand, an outdoor playground.

Your holiday to New Zealand should represent who you are as a family - and it needs to be well organised at that. Whether you have young children who love the outdoors, older kids who crave adventure, or grandma and grandpa coming along for the ride, time together in New Zealand will create memories to talk about for years to come.

Stay in small-scale accommodations with multiple bedrooms that offer the perfect blend of Kiwi hospitality and authentic local experiences. Short drives and mapped-out routes make sure you hit all the family-friendly experiences you could hope for while travelling at a relaxed pace. Surrounding nature provides the perfect backdrop to relax, explore, and learn just what New Zealand has to offer. Let’s put your dreams on paper.

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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

It's the small details that make your holiday extraordinary.

We'll take the time to get to know you to match your fully bespoke holiday with your family's pace, interests, and anything desired. Do you need a pram? A car seat? Easy to access cooking facilities? Consider it taken care of. Combining the small details with first-hand local knowledge, you'll receive a mapped out itinerary from us - but the process isn't done until you are 100% satisfied. Then we take care of every detail, so you can focus on relaxing, rejuvenating and reconnecting with your family and the world around you. Get in touch to get started now.

"At A Journey DownUnder, we don’t just plan your dream holiday to New Zealand. We are with you every step of the way, from the moment you leave your front door to the moment you arrive home a changed person. We take care of every detail so you can focus on having the journey of a lifetime.”

Andrew Morten, Founder and New Zealander

What do you get from us?

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When is the best travel time?

New Zealand is a beautifully diverse country that is great for travel at any time of the year. It has a far warmer climate than Northern Europe. The sun's rays feel hot even in the winter. During the shoulder seasons, spring and autumn, the temperatures are ideal for enjoying the outdoors. Spring brings baby lambs and the first dip in the sea. The summer warmth still lingers in Autumn, for a perfect day hiking or kayaking.

Are you looking to relax on the beach? Explore the cities? Discover the wilderness? The options are endless. Based on your family's interests and availability, we can advise you on the best time to travel. Do you need to book around work and school schedules? We've got you covered on that, too. Click below to get a glimpse of what each season in New Zealand has in store for your holiday.

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Sit back and relax while your kids play on the beach
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Enjoy a scenic flight over the mighty Southern Alps with your family

How long do we need in New Zealand?

You could spend months travelling the ever-changing landscape of New Zealand and not see the same place twice. For your holiday, the question becomes, "How long do we have together?". The more time you have, the more great things you can see at a relaxed pace. We highly recommend travelling slower as a family - stay in each place for two to five nights, drive less, and explore more. No need to rush from highlight to highlight.

To truly experience the essence of New Zealand, we recommend travelling at a relaxed pace for a minimum of three weeks. Or, if you have slightly less time, you can visit a few places in-depth and come back again one day. 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.

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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 we see and do?

With the diversity of New Zealand, you can see and do just about anything your family desires - from snow-capped mountains, to deserted white sandy beaches, and ancient rainforests - all within a few short hours of each other. Spot the rare yellow-eyed penguin on a hike to the Caitlin Coast of South Island. Cycle along an old railway line, through tunnels and over bridges between Dunedin and Central Otago. Sail the waters as you spot whales, dolphins and albatrosses.

Your options are endless, with family-friendly private or small-group local activities, ranging from easy-going to adventurous. Let us know your interests and discover what is best for you. We can schedule all your activities and take care of every detail, so you just have to show up and have fun.

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 we stay?

Trust us, you don't want to spend your holiday in a stuffy hotel room with cheap wooden furniture and mass-produced paisley carpets. We know the places you're envisioning, because they are our vision too. A unique spot to experience the natural wonders of New Zealand. A place that feels welcoming; like home. Where you can truly unwind while the kids explore. Staying in small-scale accommodations with multiple bedrooms, local hosts and renowned Kiwi hospitality is the greatest way to see New Zealand as a family.

From waking up to sea views in a charming village, to enjoying a barbecue on the veranda at sunset, and picking pears from your backyard where a herd of sheep roam, experience what these unique places have in store for you. Click below to get a glimpse of the best accommodations for families, from comfortable to luxurious.

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

How do we travel around?

From coastal roads, to panoramic mountain passes, and awe-inspiring rocky landscapes, New Zealand is best explored by car or SUV. New Zealanders drive on the left side of the road - the same as you. The roads are safe and the views from your car are often magnificent.

Driving your family in a roomy vehicle means you're able to reach places that group trips and public transport cannot. You can go at your own pace and stop when necessary. With only a short distance between each location, you'll have more time to relax and explore, which is what you should be doing on your holiday.

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Lewis Pass wiggles through mountains and dense beech forest
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Pack a picnic lunch and sit by the river in the Arthur's Pass

Flying to New Zealand

A comfortable flight makes all the difference, no matter which class you fly. Travelling to New Zealand with children may seem as though it's a bit of a mission. But it isn’t. At A Journey DownUnder, 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?

Our hard work and connections with airlines ensure you the best flight schedule, the most spacious seats in each class, a private HD display, delicious food and drinks for the journey, and of course, the best price. All of your flights are carbon neutral.

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

Sample itineraries

Your trip to New Zealand will represent you as a family. Take a look at some favourite past trips to get inspired for your own journey. With holidays ranging from three to seven weeks based on various themes, you can change comfort levels, and add activities, rental cars, and flights to sense the possibilities that await.

Bring your ideas to us, take advantage of our local knowledge, and together we will create your unique, personalised holiday that is yours and yours alone. Get in touch with us here.

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Go whale watching in Kaikoura

Why book with us?

When you book with us, your travel specialist has only one goal: to create your dream holiday through New Zealand, and to do it properly. You want someone local, someone with experience, someone well-versed in expertise and service. You want a travel nerd that believes small details lead to big differences. That’s us! Get in touch to experience the difference.

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Frequently asked questions

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Specialist knowledge means the details that need specific attention are always taken care of - you don't have to worry about anything. But of course, you may have a lot of questions right now as you get an idea of the possibilities that await you. Find the answers to common questions here.

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