Here’s why you should book a New Zealand adventure for the fam ASAP!
With the stress of the festive season behind us (not to mention the Chinese New Year long weekend just around the corner), we need a holiday! There are few better places on Earth to stoke wanderlust than New Zealand, and with a bevy of direct flights, not to mention perfectly cool and comfortable “summer” temps over the next few months, it’s pretty much the perfect time to go, mama.
From skydiving to blackwater rafting to once-in-a-lifetime animal encounters, adventure awaits you and your kiddos. Check out our gallery of cool stuff you can only do in New Zealand!
Who knew you could visit Antarctica from the comfort of cosmopolitan Christchurch?! The International Antarctic Centre is a must-do experience for all ages: your little tropical kids can experience a snow and ice storm and see cute Little Blue Penguins, while everyone will love the magical simulated Antarctic Cruise in the 4D Extreme Theatre.
Cute, cuddly, and unique to New Zealand (they’re flightless after all), the Kiwi Bird is the international symbol of New Zealand. They’re also nocturnal and notoriously shy, so your best bet for meeting them is at one of the country’s numerous wildlife parks and reserves.
On the North Island, try Rainbow Springs Nature Park in Rotorua, New Zealand’s most successful Kiwi hatchery. While the birds technically only come out at night, the park’s nocturnal kiwi enclosure allows daytime visitors to come back to catch a glimpse.
On the South Island, the non-profit Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park has been breeding Kiwi since 1971. Here you’ll have the chance to view three different Kiwi species – Great Spotted Kiwi, Little Spotted Kiwi and Brown Kiwi – in their specialised nocturnal houses. Families will also enjoy strolling the park’s ponds, wetland areas and walk-through aviaries. This is a visit you can truly feel good about, mama: all ticket sales are reinvested in the park’s wildlife and conservation work.
Daredevils will looooove SkyWalk and SkyJump, which allow you to either walk around or base jump (by wire), off Auckland’s Sky Tower, which at 328 meters high is the tallest building in the entire Southern Hemisphere! It’s all completely safe, of course, and both activities are available for kids as young as 10!
Famous the world over for their Haka war dance, the indigenous Maori people make up 14% of New Zealand’s population and their history, language, and culture are central to New Zealand’s identity. If you venture to the oh-so beautiful Bay of Islands north of Auckland, be sure to visit Taiamai Tours – home to the Ngapuhi (New Zealand’s largest Maori tribe) – to take a once-in-a-lifetime voyage on one of their 50-ft war canoes. While exploring the Waitangi River and its tidal estuaries, you’ll learn about the tribe’s ancient history and customs through traditional storytelling. It’s a truly amazing journey for parents and kiddos alike.
Blackwater rafting is just like whitewater rafting – except you’re paddling (and swimming) in the dark. Underground. Through a labyrinth of glowworm studded caves. Fancy putting yourself through this terrifying ordeal? Venture to the North Island’s Waitomo Caves, home of the white-knuckle ‘Black Labyrinth’ tour. It feels like something out of a movie and – wouldn’t you know? – it turns out New Zealand’s famous Hobbiton movie set is nearby as well!
Ready to get booking with Flight Centre? Simply call (+65) 6692 9765 or email [email protected] to begin planning your adventure!
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