A family vacation in New Zealand is full of adventure. The island nation is known for adventure sports, extreme wilderness, amazing hiking, friendly residents and more recently as the backdrop for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The more populous North Island is home to the nation’s capital, Auckland, which offers museums and activities for families and easy day trips to rainforests and wildlife preserves. On the rugged South Island, Christchurch is a laidback town and a good base for exploring the surrounding lakes and mountains which are ideal for bungee jumping, jet boating, kayaking and rafting. Auckland International Airport (AKL) on the North Island is the main airport.
New Zealand family hotels come in all sizes and budgets on the North Island and are decidedly more casual on the South Island with smaller motels and lodges.