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14 Day New Zealand Family Guided Tour

Tour Highlights

 Package Includes: Private Tour Guide/Driver & Vehicle
 Excellent 4* Family Accommodation 14 Nights,15 Days Touring - All Inclusive & Customisable
 Included NZ South Island Tours: TSS Earnslaw Cruise, Lunch & Farm Tour Shotover Jet Milford Sound Cruise Catlins Nature Tour Larnach Castle & Grounds Entry Franz Josef Glacier Heli Flight with Snow Landing Tranz Alpine Train
Included NZ North Island Tours: Rotorua Mud Pools & Spa Maori Hangi & Culture Evening Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Whale Watching Tour New Zealand
•• Special Deal: Includes FREE Auckland Sky Tower Admission ••

Experience the best of both islands on this top New Zealand family vacation. We offer the best flexible New Zealand escorted tours with no date or itinerary restrictions. Book the best for your family on this privately guided tour of New Zealand inclusive of a private tour guide and chauffeur plus private touring vehicle. This New Zealand family vacation can be customised to suit your interests and budget.

14 Day New Zealand Family Vacation Itinerary

Day 1 Queenstown

Your intriguing guided holiday begins in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. Surrounded by rugged mountains and bordered by the turquoise waters of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is a vibrant, buzzing mountain paradise.

Explore Queenstown with your guide, with the option to take a stroll along the lake, or ride the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for panoramic views over Queenstown and beyond.

Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 TSS Earnslaw Cruise, Lunch + Farm Tour

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TSS Earnslaw Cruise, Lunch + Farm Tour

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 3 Shotover Jet

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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 4 Te Anau

Travel time Queenstown to Te Anau – 2 hours

Tick off any last wish list activities in Queenstown in the morning, before following Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. Te Anau is the hub of Fiordland National Park and offers visitors a great base for visiting Milford Sound.

Discuss with your guide what you would like to do in the afternoon, recommendations include a once in a lifetime helicopter flight to see this sights of this dramatic landscape or a lake cruise across Lake Manapouri to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

Stay 2 nights in Te Anau.

Day 5 Milford Sound Boat Cruise

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Milford Sound Boat Cruise

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 6 Catlins Coast + Dunedin

Travel time Te Anau to Dunedin via the Catlins – 5 hours (direct route available if preferred – 3 hours)

Along the way to Dunedin, your guide will take you on a tour of the remote Catlins coast, where you will find pounding waterfalls, an iconic lighthouse, lush native bush, a petrified forest, and maybe even penguins and dolphins! Stop for a number of nature walks and photo opportunities along the way, and soak in the wild natural beauty.

In the evening, relax in Dunedin, where you will find a number of striking historic buildings in the compact town centre.

Stay 2 nights in Dunedin.

Day 7 Larnach Castle Dunedin

Taieri Gorge Railway

Today, venture to Larnach Castle which is situated on the spectacular Otago Peninsula. This castle was built by William Larnach in 1871 offering scandalous and tragic stories, incredible tower views and a exquisite Victorian interiors complete this magical castle. 

The gardens at Larnach Castle have been rated by the New Zealand Gardens Trust as a Garden of International Significance. This garden makes up 7 acres of the grounds and with that in mind is well worth exploring! Enjoy the sheer beauty that has been put into this magical venue!

In the afternoon, your guide will show you around Dunedin – you have the option to visit the Otago Settlers Museum, Speight’s Brewery, or the Otago Peninsula.

Day 8 Wanaka

Travel time Dunedin to Wanaka – 4 hours

Your scenic tour will continue as you enjoy the drive through rolling green farmland, then through moon-like valleys where glacial rock lies scattered over mountains. Drive through orchards and fruit farms where you can stop to taste fresh fruit and real fruit ice creams. The next feature includes patchwork vineyards, if you are interested in New Zealand wines, make the most of your guide’s local knowledge and stop off at some of the best wineries in New Zealand.

Explore the alpine town of Wanaka in the afternoon – your guide could take you to Puzzling World or the Toy and Transport Museum, or you could simply relax on the lakefront and stroll around the great selection of boutique shops.

Stay 1 night in Wanaka.

Day 9 Franz Josef Glacier + Heli Flight with Snow Landing

Travel time Wanaka to Franz Josef – 4 hours 

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Franz Josef Glacier Heli Flight with Snow Landing

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.

Continuing along the West Coast, your guide will take you to Lake Matheson, where you can take a 20 minute walk (one-way) to the jetty, to admire the reflected views of the Southern Alps on the surface of the lake.

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 10 TranzAlpine Train

Travel time Franz Josef to Greymouth – 2.5 hours 

Train travel time Greymouth to Christchurch – 4.5 hours 

Leave the rugged West Coast behind today as you board the TranzAlpine Train for a fantastic journey through Arthurs Pass. Travel past the soaring peaks and braided rivers of the Southern Alps, through the gorges of the Waimakariri River, and past the rolling Canterbury Plains.

Your guide will meet you at the train station and bring you to your accommodation.

Stay 1 night in Christchurch.

Day 11 Auckland – Rotorua

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Skyline Rotorua

In the morning catch a domestic flight from Christchurch to Auckland to start your North Island adventure. (Cost of flight not included in package, please enquire for indicative pricing).

Arrive at Auckland Airport and get on the road, first stop Rotorua!

Travel time Auckland to Rotorua – 3 hours

Enjoy the scenic drive through rolling farmland to Rotorua, the geothermal capital of New Zealand. Tour the exciting geothermal attractions with your guide, visiting sulphur springs, mud pools, geysers, and sinter terraces.

Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.

Day 12 Rotorua Mud Pools & Spa + Maori Hangi & Culture Evening

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Te Puia Maori Hangi & Culture Evening

In the morning stroll through Hell’s Gate Geothermal Reserve, where you will have the opportunity to experience the rich Maori culture and soak in a relaxing sulphur spa.

There is more to see! In the evening experience New Zealand’s cultural side with a evening of Maori Culture and delicacies. See a real life haka and be touched by a traditional Maori welcome. Then feast on the three course meal cooked in the traditional hangi pits. Finish your evening next to a fascinating geyser watching it erupt under the night sky.

Day 13 Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Travel time Rotorua to Matamata – 1 hour 

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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 Matamata to Auckland – 2.5 hours

Sit back and relax as your guide drives through unique landscapes before entering the bustle of Auckland streets. Home to one quarter of New Zealand’s population and bordered by two stunning harbours, Auckland is a thriving, diverse city surrounded by natural wonders.

In the evening, explore Auckland with your guide, visiting top attractions such as the Sky Tower.

Stay 2 nights in Auckland.

Day 14 Auckland + Whale Watching New Zealand

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Whale Watching New Zealand

Explore Auckland with your guide, visiting top attractions such as Mt Eden’s volcanic crater, Waiheke Island or Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium.

At midday head to sea as you finish your New Zealand holiday with a very memorable Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari! Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is home to resident populations of whales, dolphins and seabirds and visited by a staggering one third of all marine mammal species found on earth. Departing directly from the Viaduct Harbour in down-town Auckland, be welcomed aboard a purpose-built research vessel the ‘Dolphin Explorer’ for an unforgettable 4.5hr eco-safari of whale watching, dolphin watching and seabird spotting on the sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf.

Day 15 Depart Auckland

Your guide will deliver you to Auckland Airport for your departing flight.

Plan a New Zealand Family Vacation

Guided tours are the perfect choice for your New Zealand family vacation. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Hassle-Free Planning: We take care of every detail as you plan your holiday, from designing your itinerary to booking each component.
  • Enhance your Experience: Your private guide adds value to your New Zealand family vacation in every way. For example, your guide will share stories, local knowledge, and history along the way. In addition, they will handle every part of your holiday, from timing to navigation.
  • Child-Friendly Options: Everywhere you go, ask your guide for child-friendly recommendations. Young children will have a great time exploring the many playgrounds around New Zealand. Meanwhile, older children might need to burn off energy with a range of activities on offer.

Contact New Zealand Guided Tours to begin planning.


As our Guided Tour prices are split between travellers, pricing will vary depending on the number of travellers on the tour. Please make a tour enquiry to receive your personal quote.

11 + Travellers: Please enquire for your custom quote
10 Travellers: NZD$6599 per adult | NZD$5649 per child
9 Travellers: NZD$6849 per adult | NZD$5949 per child
8 Travellers: NZD$6999 per adult | NZD$6049 per child
7 Travellers: NZD$7399 per adult | NZD$6449 per child
6 Travellers: NZD$7899 per adult | NZD$6999 per child
5 Travellers: NZD$8649 per adult | NZD$7749 per child
4 Travellers: NZD$9749 per adult | NZD$8849 per child
3 Travellers: NZD$11,599 per adult | NZD$10,699 per child
2 Travellers: NZD$15,299 per adult | NZD$14,399 per child
1 Traveller: NZD$28,299

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