Congratulations for planning a holiday with your kids.
It is important to enjoy Quality time with your family as Families that play together stay together.
Holidays with the family are a great way to connect with the kids.
But choosing the right activity can be a challenge especially if you are on a budget and need value for money.
If you have children of varying ages in your family, make sure you choose an activity that you can all enjoy. Teenagers often love to have some challenge but at the same time you don't want to do an activity that is not so good for the younger children.
We have a selection of activities for families
that can cater for mixed age family groups and ones that are suitable for specific ages. If you would like to see the selection now, click here.
Having a relaxing and stress free holiday with your kids needs some planning but is achievable. If you would like some family holiday planning advice then click here
And you can
do a family holiday on a budget. There are plenty of FREE
and low cost activities that kids love to do as you travel around New Zealand. If you would like advice on free things to do, give a me a phone calll or email me here or scroll down to see some suggestions.
I'm happy to help with your itinerary planning so email it to me and I can give you some suggestions.
We also have a family holiday house at Franz Josef Glacier
that is ideal for family groups. if you want to see more information about it click here.
Places to enjoy with your kids for FREE.
- Most towns in New Zealand have a Visitor Information Office. Watch out for signs with a large green or blue letter i These are staffed by experts on what to do in the area and the service is free. They will give you brochures on kid friendly facilities.
- Parks & Reserves. Every town and city has a multitude of parks and reserves, and many are hidden away or off the main routes. The Information Centre will provide you with a complete list of reserves in each area, and can also supply information about what facilities are at each. If you are taking small children, you’ll definitely need to know if there are toilets, but they can also tell you if there are playgrounds, barbeques, water access, skateboard ramps and the like.
- Kids Holiday Programmes. If you are travelling in the School Holidays, most towns hold Holiday Activities for kids from teenagers down and these are often free. Ask about these at the Information Centre of any town you are staying in.
- Geocaching: Kids love this and so will you. One cheap way to get your kids learning about places as they travel and to leave something for the next traveller.
- Walks for kids must have some interesting features on the walk that they can interact with to keep them interested. Here are some short but good ones on the Main Highway down the South Islands West Coast SH 6
- Punakaiki Pancake Rocks walk.-sea geysers and amazing stacked rocks
- Nelson Creek Domain and Swing Bridge, swimming hole & rope swing
- Woods Creek Walk inland from Greymouth with amazing tunnels
- Hokitika Gorge & swing bridge walk
- Haast Pass Thunder Creek Falls walk is an amazing water fall with a short walk.
And on the South Island’s East Coast near Oamaru are the Moeraki Boulders. There is a short walk along the beach to see these huge boulders that are perfectly round. Ask your kids to find out…How did they get there? Kids love the challenge of climbing onto them.
Cheaper, but good things to do with your kids.
- Antarctic Centre in Christchurch
- Shantytown in Greymouth
- Bushman's Centre in Pukekura south of Ross on the West Coast
- Puzzling World in Wanaka
- The Luge in Queenstown (it's getting expensive but it's worth it.)
- Te Papa Museum in Wellington has a great Kids Programme
- Karori/Zelandia Wildlife Sanctuary just north of Wellington
- The Prawn Centre in Taupo. Hire a rod and go fishing together.
- Aquatic Centres in most towns are affordable for families