New Zealand

New Zealand Itineraries

New Zealand is a surprisingly large country and it can be hard to know how to divide your time between North and South Islands. Generally speaking, the North Island is a little ‘busier’ (we use this term very loosely though!) with comfortable connections between the main centres of Auckland, Rotorua and Wellington.

Most international flights arrive into Auckland (on North Island) so both of our sample itineraries begin here. The South Island is more rugged and wild with vast areas inaccessible by road (yes kids, you will have to use those legs!) and with rather more sheep than humans. Most visitors will want to take in both islands but active families may want to concentrate their time in the dramatic South Island.

Our sample itineraries encompass both islands, on a self-drive basis. The two-week trip ticks off all the main highlights, whereas the three-week ‘Grand Tour’ allows for a little more time to explore some of the hidden delights. Both trips finish in Christchurch which provides useful connections for your international flight home.

New Zealand itineraries Otago Peninsula Dunedin

15 Days

Visit Auckland, Hobbiton, Rotorua, Kaikoura, Tekapo, Wanaka, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau, Dunedin and Christchurch

From £3,750 per person

Plus international flights starting at £1,300

New Zealand itineraries - horse riding in Mount Cook National Park

22 Days

Visit Auckland, Coromandel, Rotorua, Kaikoura, Queenstown, Doubtful Sound, West Coast Glaciers, Dunedin, Christchurch, plus

From £5,625 per person

Plus international flights starting at £1,300

All our New Zealand itineraries are completely bespoke. These example holidays are designed to give you an idea of the kind of thing you could do on a family trip to New Zealand. We will then tailor the itinerary to ensure that it is perfect for you and your family.

Family on tree walk in Rotorua - New Zealand itineraries for families

Rotorua tree walk, Highlights of New Zealand and New Zealand Grand Tour

Please bear in mind that seasons in New Zealand are of course opposite to the Northern Hemisphere. Peak season is Christmas with the Easter holidays coming a close second. Also allow for flight times as these can sometimes add 3-4 days to your overall itinerary – longer if you choose to stopover in places such as Singapore, Hong Kong or Los Angeles.

Franz-Josef-Glacier Heli Hike - New Zealand itineraries for families

Franz Josef Glacier Heli-hike, South West Glaciers (photo thanks to Fraser-Clements)


Call us and we will be happy to provide you with a free-of-charge no obligation itinerary and quotation designed for you.

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