Looking for ways to make the most out of your holiday in New Zealand? Look no further than the weird and wonderful ideas below, that will ensure you, your family and friends can explore and indulge in all of what this beautiful country has to offer.
Weta Workshop – Enjoy some movie magic in Wellington
New Zealand’s capital offers a unique museum located in the outer suburbs of Wellington – Miramar. Take the family for a tour through this popular facility, gaze at the incredible weaponry and armour from movies like District 9 and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and venture into the prosthetics workshop where they make Hobbit feet!
Need a place to stay? Quality Inn Angus in Lower Hutt offers an idyllic alternative to staying in the busy heart of Wellington, and you’ll be ideally placed to continue your journey north.
Lake Taupo & Huka Prawn Park – Enjoy the great outdoors
With endless options for activity such as charters, cruises, kayaking tours and more, Lake Taupo is the perfect place to take the family on a scenic adventure.
It’s also worth a visit to Huka Falls where you can go jet boating on the Waikato River and take a pitstop to Huka Prawn Park. The park is an aquaculture operation with geothermal heated water. Get educated growing prawns and taste-test the product!
Need a place to stay? Surrounded by seven hectares of gardens, Quality Suits Huka Falls offers plenty of extra space for the family to spread out and enjoy, and you’re just a few minutes’ drive from the Taupo town centre and Huka Falls.
Auckland day trip – Ultimate getaway destination
Auckland is perfect for some widely diverse day trips, boasting black sand beaches of Phia on the West Coast, the hippie arts town, a tour to the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves, or a popular ferry ride to the Waiheke Island, Auckland is a playground of unique activities ideal for all ages and stages!
Need a place to stay? Choice Hotels has several great Auckland hotels to choose from. West Auckland’s Quality Hotel Lincoln Green offers a leafy escape from the CBD and easy access to several top attractions – including Auckland Zoo. This is also a great option if you are continuing on to Northland.
Whangarei – Explore the Northern Wonders of Whangarei
Inundated with many scenic wonders, Whangarei is located up in Northland and showcases a series of beautiful destinations. Drive north to visit Paihia in the Bay of Islands and take a cruise to the Hole in the Rock. Rich with history, you can explore the wonderful heritage sites and venture across the Waitangi One Way Bridge to the Waitangi Treaty Ground, where the Māori and the British Crown signed a treaty back in 1840.
Need a place to stay? Comfort Hotel Flames Whangarei offers a fabulous location overlooking Whangarei Harbour and adjoining rooms that are ideal for accommodating families. Relax by the open fire after a hard day of sightseeing!