The Places You’ll Go
Wherever the road takes you, Aotearoa delivers activities and adventure, stunning scenery, culture and history. Here are some great places to explore this summer with the kids.
Wellington is a great city to explore with the kids. The capital is home to the country’s national museum, Te Papa, with exhibitions to captivate everyone, including the interactive ‘Let’s Go Build: A Festival for Lego’ exhibition which opens December 9, 2017. The urban ecosanctuary, Zealandia, is home to some of New Zealand’s rarest wildlife; and the kids can get ‘wild’ with animals great and small at the Zoo. Don’t leave without riding the historic cable car from downtown to the Botanic Gardens.
Nelson & Malborough
Nelson is famous for its sunny climate, golden beaches, easily accessible hiking in Abel Tasman National Park, and vibrant community of artists and craftspeople. Marlborough includes the bush-clad Marlborough Sounds, where you can encounter the local wildlife, including dolphins and seals, when you board a scenic cruise. For something totally different, the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in Blenheim presents the fascinating story of aviation through two World Wars.
Christchurch & Canterbury
Framed by the Southern Alps and the ocean, and with large expanses of greenery, the urban regeneration of the Garden City is exciting. Ride the tram or gondola, or paddle down the Avon River. A short drive away, you can soak in the hot pools at Hanmer or discover the charming French township of Akaroa, where you and the kids can enjoy a magical cruise on the Harbour to visit the Hector’s dolphins.
Queenstown & Central Otago
Queenstown offers a plethora of activities and attractions for families, from easy and gentle to out-there and adventurous. From Queenstown, take the kids to the picturesque former goldmining village of Arrowtown. Or, if you’re keen to get right away and enjoy a slice of paradise, head up to the tiny frontier town of Glenorchy. You can also take a day trip to Milford Sound by road or air, or explore Lord of the Rings filming locations by 4WD or even on horseback.