Experience the best of New Zealand on this top family guided tour. Your private guide will meet your family at the airport and take you on an insider’s tour of New Zealand, visiting iconic landmarks and local secrets alike.
Offering New Zealand’s top escorted tour operators and highly experienced tour guides, we cater for groups between 1-20 people. With no date or itinerary restrictions, your New Zealand family tour can be fully customised.
21 Day New Zealand Family Guided Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Auckland
Your family guided holiday begins in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. Auckland is a thriving, diverse city surrounded by natural wonders.
Explore Auckland with your guide, visiting top attractions such as the Sky Tower, Mt Eden’s volcanic crater, and Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World.
Stay 1 night in Auckland.
Day 2 Bay of Islands + Dolphin Cruise
Travel time Auckland to Bay of Islands – 3 hours
Leave the city behind as your tour continues north to the Bay of Islands, a stunning stretch of coastline with secluded beaches, forested hills, and fantastic marine wildlife.
In the afternoon, cruise among the 144 islands in the bay and keep an eye out for dolphins, whales, and penguins!
Stay 2 nights in Paihia.
Day 3 Northland + Ninety Mile Beach
Discover the wild northern reaches of New Zealand today with your guide – venture past forests and farmland and windswept beaches on the journey to Cape Reinga, where a lighthouse marks the northernmost tip of New Zealand.
On the way, take in the vast expanse of 90 Mile Beach and visit an ancient Kauri grove hidden within lush native bush.
Day 4 Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
Travel time Bay of Islands to Hobbiton – 5 hours
Embark on a scenic tour to Hobbiton, taking in views of the lush rainforest and idyllic beaches.
Experience the magic of Middle-Earth as you tour the Hobbiton Movie Set, where the charming village from The Lord of the Rings has been brought to life.
Travel time Hobbiton to Hamilton – 45 minutes
Hamilton offers a diverse range of family activities and attractions. Make a plan with your tour guide for the afternoon choose from; Leap Indoor Trampoline Park, Go Karts and Indoor Raceway, Extreme Edge Indoor Rock Climbing, Ice Age Mini Golf, Hamilton Zoo, Hamilton Gardens and the Classic Car Museum.
Stay 1 night in Hamilton.
Day 5 Waitomo Glowworm Caves + Maori Culture
Travel time Hamilton to Waitomo Caves – 1 hour
Venture off the beaten track as your guide takes you on a scenic drive to the Waitomo Caves. The land is wilder around here, with limestone outcroppings emerging from farmland and densely forested hills rising all around, but the wildest landscape of all lies underground.
Witness the marvels of these vast caverns as you tour the Waitomo Glowworm Caves! You will be dazzled by a galaxy of glowworms overhead.
Travel time Waitomo Caves to Rotorua – 2 hours
Enjoy the scenic drive through rolling farmland to Rotorua, the geothermal capital of New Zealand.
In the evening, experience a unique insight into Māori culture. Participlate in the graceful poi dance or ferocious haka. Taste an exquisite three course Māori feast prepared in the traditional Hangi fire pit. After dinner visit Pohutu Geyser, illuminated in its full glory beneath a starry sky. Marvel at the sight of this glorious natural wonder, while your tour guide entertains you with traditional Māori mythology and stories.
Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.
Day 6 Rotorua + Skyline Gondola Lunch + Luge
Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at Rotorua’s most spectacular location – the top of the Skyline Gondola! After lunch enjoy the thrill of the Luge, select from one of the three exciting Luge trails. Take off downhill on your luge through twists and turns to a backdrop of dramatic scenery and through Redwood forests. Option to enjoy beautiful nature walks, visit the Jelly Belly shop or the Volcanic Hills winery and tasting room.
Discuss with your guide what you would like to do for the afternoon, recommendations include visiting Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where you can view New Zealand wildlife and the famous ‘Kiwi’ or for a unique New Zealand farm experience visit Agrodome Rotorua.
Day 7 Taupo + Huka Falls
Travel time Rotorua to Taupo – 1 hour
Enjoy the scenic drive to Taupo, a small town set beside New Zealand’s largest lake.
Visit the majestic Huka Falls with your guide in the morning.
Then venture to the Huka Prawn Park, offering fun and excitement for all ages. Hand feed the baby prawns, play on adventure playgrounds, feed the Rainbow Trout, experience a Geothermal Foot Bath and fish for the feisty prawn!
Discuss with your guide what you would like to do for the afternoon, our top recommendation is a visit to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.
Stay 1 night in Taupo.
Day 8 Wellington
Travel time Taupo to Wellington – 4.5 hours
Continue your scenic tour as your guide takes you south to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city.
Stay 2 nights in Wellington.
Day 9 Wellington City Tour
Your guide will help you become acquainted with this charming city today – you could visit Te Papa Museum, ride the Wellington Cable Car, visit Weta Workshop, Zealandia, Wellington Zoo or take in the views from the top of Mt Victoria.
Day 10 Scenic Interislander Ferry + Kaikoura
Sailing time Wellington to Picton – 3 hours
Begin your day with a majestic cruise across the windswept Cook Strait to reach the South Island.
Travel time Picton to Kaikoura – 2 hours
Upon reaching the South Island, your guide will take you on a scenic drive through the Marlborough wine region, with the option to stop at a winery along the way for samples of the award-winning wines.
Spend the evening in Kaikoura, a stunning coastal town with a backdrop of majestic mountains. Be sure to sample the superb local seafood at dinner! Option to add a Whale Watch Flight or Cruise.
Stay 1 night in Kaikoura.
Day 11 Christchurch
Travel time Kaikoura to Christchurch – 2.5 hours
With a thriving restaurant scene, a string of beautiful parks, and a historic town centre, Christchurch is an excellent holiday destination.
Explore Christchurch with your guide, visiting the botanic gardens for a guided tour, the Christchurch Cathedral and the RE:Start Container Mall.
Stay 2 nights in Christchurch.
Day 12 Christchurch Gondola + Tram
Today discover the true beauty of Christchurch as you board Christchurch Gondola. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Christchurch cityscape, over the Canterbury Plains and the dramatic hills of Banks Peninsula. At the summit, experience the Time Tunnel ride, a dramatic reconstruction of the history of the region.
Spend the afternoon taking a tour of the city on the Christchurch Tram. Your day-long ticket allows you to get on and off the Tram as often as you please. The journey begins at Cathedral Junction and travels through Cathedral Square before passing the Avon river, Re:START Mall and High Street. From there the tram passes the Canterbury Museum, Hagley Park, Victoria Square and New Regent Street.
Day 13 Arthurs Pass Highway + Wild West Coast
Travel time Christchurch to Greymouth – 4 hours
The Arthurs Pass Highway is a piece of extreme engineering involving viaducts, bridges, rock shelters and waterfalls redirected into chutes – an amazing journey from east to west!
Greymouth is the largest town on the South Island’s west coast. The area has a history of gold mining, which can be appreciated at the local museum and nearby Shantytown. Local brewery Monteiths is something of a New Zealand legend; it runs tours that include a tasting session.
Stay 1 night in Greymouth.
Day 14 Franz Josef Glacier + Heli Flight with Snow Landing
Travel time Greymouth to Franz Josef – 2.5 hours
Journey through thick rainforest to reach your destination, Franz Josef.
In the afternoon, take an unforgettable helicopter flight over Franz Josef Glacier, where you will land in the snow to enjoy incredible views of the majestic Southern Alps.
Stay 1 night in Franz Josef.
Day 15 Haast Pass + Wanaka
Travel time Franz Josef to Wanaka – 4 hours
The scenery remains just as spectacular as ever while you continue your tour south to Wanaka. The Haast Pass Highway is one of the most scenic alpine routes in New Zealand. Explore the pass with your guide, stopping to view cascading waterfalls, broad alpine meadows, craggy snowcapped mountains, and the turquoise depths of the Blue Pools.
Explore the alpine town of Wanaka in the afternoon – your guide could take you to Puzzling World or Rippon Winery, or you could simply relax on the lakefront and do a bit of boutique shopping.
Stay 2 nights in Wanaka.
Day 16 Puzzling World
Explore Wanaka with your guide today. You could take a scenic drive into Mt Aspiring National Park, visit the Warbirds and Wheels museum, try the maze and experience the illusions at Puzzling World, or simply relax in town and stroll along the lakefront.
Day 17 Te Anau + Fiordland National Park
Travel time Wanaka to Te Anau – 3 hours
Your scenic tour will continue as you enjoy the drive over the Crown Range to Wanaka. Your guide will stop along the way for photos at fantastic viewing points.
Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park.
Stay 2 nights in Te Anau.
Day 18 Milford Sound Tour
Embark on a fantastic journey along the Milford Highway today to New Zealand’s most iconic fiord – Milford Sound. Travel with a small tour group on this extended day trip to Milford Sound, stopping along the way for countless scenic photo opportunities and short walks plus a delicious morning tea. At Milford Sound, enjoy a scenic nature cruise that takes you up close to the majesty of the fiord – you might even spot keas, seals, dolphins, or the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin!
Day 19 Queenstown – The Adventure Capital of New Zealand!
Travel time Te Anau to Queenstown – 2 hours
Your adventure continues through the green pastures of Southland. Take in the scenic views as you navigate around Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu.
In the evening your tour guide will take you downtown to show you the sights of New Zealand’s adventure capital!
Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.
Day 20 Steamship Cruise + High Country Farm Lunch
Enjoy a quintessential Kiwi experience – a delicious gourmet BBQ lunch and a farm tour in a stunning lakeside setting. Your experience starts with a cruise aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw across to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Once there, you can sit back on the lakeside terrace of the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant and savour the delicious aromas as our chef has the best of local produce, sizzling away on the grill. After lunch, you can join an entertaining farm demonstration or explore the beautiful lakeside gardens.
In the afternoon, visit Arrowtown with your tour guide. This charming gold rush village sits in a natural paradise. A Queenstown “must-do.” Arrowtown is a lively, quirky, historic village. So many pleasures to choose from – Arrowtown satisfies many sides of your personality. The nature lover, photographer, the museum visitor, the shop browser. The charm of historic Buckingham Street, while savouring a coffee.
Day 21 Shotover Jet
Prepare yourself for the ultimate Jet Boating experience with Shotover Jet – the unique, breathtaking white water ride and adrenaline rush you’ll never forget. From the moment the accelerator hits the floor, your adrenaline hits the roof. You’ll speed over 10cm deep water, along the famous Shotover River and deep into the spectacular Shotover River Canyons.
Continue your quest for adventure and choose from any adventure activity on offer in Queenstown; bungy jumping, skydiving, paragliding, quad biking, zip lining, heli flights, 4WD off-roading, you name it we can book it.
Day 22 Depart Queenstown
Your guide will deliver you to Queenstown Airport for your departing flight.
- Spotting dolphins as you cruise through the stunning Bay of Islands.
- Visiting the remote northern tip of New Zealand at Cape Reinga, and exploring 90 Mile Beach.
- Experience the magic of Middle-Earth as you tour the Hobbiton Movie Set.
- Visiting the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, view a galaxy of glowworms overhead.
- Exploring the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua – see geysers and bubbling mud pools.
- Experience a unique insight into Māori culture plus a three course traditional Māori dinner.
- Try luging and dine in style atop the Skyline Gondola, with views of Rotorua spread out below.
- Visiting the magnificent Huka Falls and Huka Prawn Park.
- Cruising the stunning Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry.
- Taking a scenic drive through the rolling Marlborough wine region.
- Sampling the famous crayfish, blue cod, and paua in Kaikoura.
- Take a ride aboard the Christchurch Gondola and Tramway.
- Traverse the Arthurs Pass Highway with its viaducts, bridges, rock shelters and waterfalls.
- Flying over Franz Josef, landing on the glacier in the snow.
- Incredible journey along the Milford Highway and an unforgettable Milford Sound nature cruise.
- Staying in Queenstown, the vibrant adventure capital of New Zealand.
- Exploring the quaint historic mining settlement of Arrowtown.
- Farm tour on a New Zealand high country farm.
- Hurtling through the gorges of the Shotover Canyon on a thrilling jet boat ride!
Your privately guided tour includes:
- All transportation within New Zealand including airport transfers
- Excellent 4-star accommodation
- Private tour guide
- Sightseeing and Photo Stops En Route
- Bay of Islands Hole in the Rock Cruise
- Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
- Waitomo Caves Tour
- Maori Culture Evening plus three course traditional dinner
- Skyline Gondola, Luge and Buffet Lunch Rotorua
- Interislander Wellington to Picton Ferry
- Christchurch Gondola and Tram
- Scenic Heli Flight over Franz Josef Glacier with Snow Landing
- Milford Sound Nature Cruise
- TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak High Country Gourmet BBQ Lunch
- Shotover Jet – the world’s most exciting jet boat ride!
** Your privately guided tour does NOT include flights, food (except where included in activities) or travel insurance.
As guide prices are split between travellers, the pricing will vary depending on the number of travellers on your tour.
1 Traveller: NZD$33,799
2 Travellers: NZD$18,049 per adult | NZD$17,199 per child
3 Travellers: NZD$13,599 per adult | NZD$12,749 per child
4 Travellers: NZD$11,349 per adult | NZD$10,549 per child
5 Travellers: NZD$10,049 per adult | NZD$9199 per child
6 Travellers: NZD$9149 per adult | NZD$8299 per child
7 Travellers: NZD$8499 per adult | NZD$7699 per child
8 Travellers: NZD$8049 per adult | NZD$7199 per child
9 Travellers: NZD$8049 per adult | NZD$7199 per child
10 Travellers: NZD$7699 per adult | NZD$6949 per child
11 + Travellers: Please enquire for your custom quote