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family trip for 10 days

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family trip for 10 days

we are planning a 10 to 11 day trip in end october ( 2 adults and 2 kids both 6 year old). we are mainly interested in sightseeing and family activities.

for logistic reasons we are planning to fly into auckland and then fly out of christchurch. this could be changed.

can we visit both islands or should we stick to one island(if then which one)?

we plan to rent a car and drive around. what are the places that we should be able to visit?

any inputs would be great


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1. Re: family trip for 10 days

Hi sanjoy,

With a young family, you are probably going to gain more by remaining on the North Island, and also at this time of year.

Arrive Auckland - explore city and harbour attractions - 2 N

Coromandel (west and eastern coastlines) - 2/3 N

Matamata (Hobbiton farm tour) - Rotorua thermals & activiites - 2/3 N

Taupo (lake, Huka Falls, thermal pools) - 1 N

Waitomo Caves tour 1N

return Auckland.

The above will enable you to enjoy the attractions and activities at a steady pace. During your visit to Rotorua you could drive to the Bay of Plenty and enjoy a dolphin cruise from either Tauranga or Whakatane.

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2. Re: family trip for 10 days

I would recommend sticking with 1 island, so I would probably try to re-arrange your flight to fly in and out of Auckland, and stick with the North Island.

The itinerary that Frangipana suggests makes good sense - you could also consider including Northland area as an alternative to the Coromandel.

With 2 young kids it is definitely wise not to try and cram too much in, and definitely good to avoid long driving days if possible.

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3. Re: family trip for 10 days

Being from the South Island and having travelled all over NZ I have to say that if you want scenic beauty then the South Island has it over the north by a mile. But to do both islands justice you really would need two weeks when travelling with small kids. One good thing about NZ is that the distances to travel are not too great and the scenery is ever changing. If you were to opt for the south island then a south island only tour could be in and out of Christchurch. Head south from Christchurch to Queenstown via Mount Cook. I would stay a night in Mount Cook as it really is an amazing place. Lots of short walks for wee legs. Stay in Queenstown for good few days. Lots to do gondola, luge ,Earnslaw to Walter Peak station, jetboating etc.From here you can go to Milford for a day trip but it is a long day for little ones.Then head to West Coast with a stop for a night in Wanaka. There is a great place called puzzle world there for kids. Over the Haast pass to Coast Stop in Franz Joseph to view glacier head back to Christchurch via Arthurs Pass or if you still had time you could head up towards Westport then have the option of going onto Nelson or drive back to Christchurch via Lewis Pass with a stop in Hamner for a night, great hot pools and kids pools here. The weather will be warming up by late October. Good luck and enjoy.

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