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Toddler-Friendly New Zealand Tours

by Susan Barnes

May 8, 2018

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Age Specific / Toddlers

When it comes to traveling to New Zealand, even the smallest members of your family will have a blast. Here, we take a look at a few ways your entire family can experience the other Land Down Under and create memories together.


Take a Cruise

One way to travel to New Zealand with your toddler is on a cruise. Not only will you be able to visit different parts of the country in one trip — without having to drive yourselves — but you will only need to unpack once. Family-friendly cruise lines that offer New Zealand itineraries include Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International, ranging 6-16 days.


Take a Tour

Goway offers an 11-day Aussie Kiwi Explorer itinerary highlighting the best of New Zealand before finishing up in Sydney, Australia. Over the course of the 11 days, your family will begin in Auckland and meet penguins, watch glow worms, meet Hobbits of Middle Earth, watch geysers, experience Maori culture, ride on a jet boat, paddle a canoe, fly on a zipline and much, much more. Goway can also customize an itinerary that will suit your family’s interests even more.


Little girl on a yellow Kayak in New Zealand

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Active Adventures New Zealand is another outfitter that offers a family-friendly tour, its 13-day New Zealand Family Adventure. Beginning in Auckland, highlights of this adventure include hiking glaciers, beaches and national parks; kayaking on lakes, river rafting and jet boating; and wildlife viewing that will have your family ooh-ing and ahh-ing.


Icebergs are a part of the eight-day New Zealand North & South Island Family Tours offered by Classic Journeys. Not only are there icebergs, but mountain biking, hiking, panning for gold, watching sheep dogs and even bungee jumping, if you dare. All the while, your family will refresh and recharge in luxurious family-friendly hotels.


If your family would rather go it alone, but with everything set up ahead of time, take a look at the 14-day New Zealand Family Adventure self-drive holiday from First Light Travel, terrific for kids age 4-7. Go at your own pace while still experiencing all of the family-friendly fun the country has to offer, along with pre-arranged car rental (with GPS) and accommodations.


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