Short Holiday Ideas for Families in New Zealand

Even though New Zealand is nothing but vast fields, some sheep, and a few mountains, this beautiful country has so much more to offer, especially for families. It has fairly decent weather, many outdoor activities, as well as a ton to see. 

If you need a few ideas for a short holiday to this amazing country, here are a few of the best that should be on everyone’s itinerary. 



Ever since the Lord of the Rings movies came out, a trip to New Zealand wouldn’t be complete without visiting the home of Frodo Baggins himself, Hobbiton. The movie set was turned into a tourist attraction a few years back and now welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Pack your bags, women’s shoes, and camera; Hobbiton awaits.

Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay is the perfect spot for a weekend away or a short holiday. It has sun and sea, vineyards for wine tasting and a delicious meal, and a ton of natural sights to discover while adventuring around this wonderful city. 

You can enjoy a hike, have a glass of wine and a freshly cooked meal, explore the beautiful vineyards, or simply watch the waves crash or go for a swim, depending on the weather. 


Turangi is the place to be if you are a family that loves the outdoors and loves to be in nature. In the Summer, there are several lakes to take a relaxing swim in, and in Winter, you can warm up in one of the many hot springs. 

You can also go kayaking on one of the many rivers, fish, camp out, and simply be one with the majestic New Zealand wilderness. 


Voted as one of Lonely Planet’s best areas to visit in 2017, Taranaki is a favourite amongst both locals and tourists in New Zealand. The area has museums, adventure centres, boat charters if you want to enjoy an afternoon on the water, and so much more. 

Taranaki is also one of the best places to cycle, as the Coastal Walkway Trail is arguably one of the most beautiful cycling routes in the country. 



Finally, a trip to New Zealand has to include a visit to the brilliant capital, Wellington. Found on the South coast of the North Island and a short boat ride from the North of the South Island, Wellington has everything you need for a family holiday. 

It has the sights and the sounds of a city mixed with its amazing coast and is surrounded by trees and greenery for as far as the eye can see; you will be surprised by how lost you can get in this beautiful city. 

What to Remember for a Holiday in New Zealand

There are a few things you should remember before visiting New Zealand that will help you plan and, in some cases, improve your holiday and your experience. 

There are No Poisonous or Predatory Animals

Even though they are close neighbours, New Zealand doesn’t have any of the poisonous and dangerous creatures and animals that Australia does. While they have a ton of sheep and a large variety of birds, there is nothing that can cause any major harm. 

Because of this, hikes and walks, and camping in the wilderness, are far safer as you don’t to have to worry about a dangerous critter crawling into your tent. 

Camper Van Holiday 

New Zealand is perfect for camper van holidays, considering how small it is. To get around the island will take between 30 and 40 hours of driving, making it ideal for a camper van holiday that lets you see everything the country has to offer. 

Tons of Outdoor Activities 

Even though New Zealand doesn’t always have the best weather, locals and visitors alike both love many outdoor sports and activities. You can do everything from long hikes to mountain biking, lake swimming in the Summer, and relaxing in hot springs in the Winter. 

Sun Safety

One thing to remember that many visitors have experienced is how strong the sun can get. Especially on days without much cloud cover, the New Zealand sun can burn you in no time, even though you think you have covered yourself with sunscreen. 

If you are susceptible to burning, it is best to wear clothing and a hat that keeps you protected, as well as to spend as much time in the shade as you can, especially if you are spending the day outdoors. 

Prepare Properly for Walks/Hikes

When it comes to walking and hikes, locals will always tell you that it is better to be prepared than to wing it. Always ensure you have the right shoes on, water, food, and warm clothing in case the weather changes. 

It is also important to familiarise yourself with any and all emergency numbers, as there are many hiking spots that are very difficult to get out of in the event of an injury or accident. 

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Research Camping Sites

Finally, New Zealand has fairly strict camping laws, and you aren’t allowed to camp wherever there is space. It is important to research which camping areas are available to you to avoid being fined.

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