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.

10 Day New Zealand Family Guided Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive 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 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 3 Milford Sound Tour

Embark on a scenic coach journey to Milford Sound, known as the “eighth wonder of the world.” As you venture deep into the heart of Fiordland National Park, you will get the chance to stop and view a number of must-see destinations along the way.

At Milford Sound, witness the grandeur of this mighty fiord up close on a 2.5-hour nature cruise.

Day 4 Wanaka

Travel time Queenstown to Wanaka – 1 hour

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.

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 5 Franz Josef Glacier + Heli Flight with Snow Landing

Travel time Wanaka to Franz Josef – 4 hours 

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 the base of Fox Glacier, where you have the option to enjoy a 1-hour return walk to a viewing point over the mighty glacier.

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 6 TranzAlpine Train Journey

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 7 Hobbiton + Rotorua

In the morning catch a domestic flight from Christchurch to Auckland to start your North Island adventure. Arrive at Auckland Airport and get on the road, first stop hobbiton!

Travel time Auckland to Matamata – 2.5 hours

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 Rotorua – 1 hour 

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 8 Geothermal Wonders + Skyline Lunch + Maori Culture

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

As your building up an appetite, head to the Skyline Gondola where you will enjoy a sumptuous lunch while taking in the most amazing views over Rotorua. After lunch option to enjoy luge rides, the skyswing, zoom zipline and finish with a visit to the Jelly Bean shop.

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 9 Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Travel time Rotorua to Waitomo Caves – 2 hours 

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 explore two fantastic caves – the Ruakuri Cave, home to a dizzying array of cave formations, and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, where you will be dazzled by a galaxy of glowworms overhead.

Travel time Waitomo Caves 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 1/4 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 10 Auckland

Enjoy a free day in Auckland with your tour guide.

Suggestions include visiting Waiheke Island, venturing to Auckland’s black sand surf beaches, visiting surrounding wineries, or visiting the sights of Auckland City, such as Viaduct Harbour, Sky Tower and the Britomart Shopping Precinct.

Day 11 Depart Auckland

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

Highlights Include: 

  • Staying in Queenstown, the vibrant adventure capital of New Zealand.

Family in Queenstown, New Zealand guided tour

  • Reliving the elegance of turn-of-the-century travel with a steamship cruise across Lake Wakatipu.

TSS Earnslaw Walter Peak Queenstown

  • Exploring the quaint historic mining settlement of Arrowtown.

Arrowtown Queenstown

  • Driving the incredible Milford Highway and experiencing the grandeur of Milford Sound on an unforgettable nature cruise.

Milford Sound boat tour New Zealand

  • Driving over the lofty Crown Range and stopping for sweeping views of the valley below.
  • Travelling through Haast Pass, past hanging glaciers and pounding waterfalls and turquoise rivers.
  • Flying over the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier on a helicopter tour, and landing in the pristine snow!

Glacier helicopter guided tour New Zealand with snow landing

  • Riding the TranzAlpine Train through the spectacular Arthurs Pass and Southern Alps.

TranzAlpine Train New Zealand

  • Visiting Hobbiton the movie set for the famous Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films – venture to middle earth.

Hobbiton movie set tour New Zealand

  • Relaxing in a sulphur pool and experiencing Maori culture at the Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve.

Te Puia geothermal reserve and Maori cultural preserve, New Zealand

  • Dining in style atop the Skyline Gondola, with views of Rotorua spread out below.
  • Experience a touching Maori welcome and the fierce kiwi haka, plus enjoy a delicious three course dinner cooked in a traditonal hangi fire pit.

Te Puia Rotorua New Zealand

  • Witnessing a fantastic galaxy of glowworms at Waitomo Caves.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves guided tour New Zealand

  • Exploring the beautiful Ruakuri Cave, filled with delicate formations and echoing waterfalls.

Ruakuri Cave family guided tour, Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

Your privately guided tour includes:

  • All transportation within New Zealand – you will be collected at the arrivals hall of Queenstown Airport and dropped off at the departures hall of Auckland Airport
  • Excellent 4-star accommodation
  • Private tour guide
  • Sightseeing and Photo Stops En Route
  • TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise and High Country Farm BBQ Lunch
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise ex Queenstown by Scenic Coach
  • Scenic Heli Flight over Franz Josef Glacier with Snow Landing
  • TranzAlpine Train Journey
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve Walk and Sulphur Spa
  • Skyline Gondola and Buffet Lunch Rotorua
  • Te Puia Maori Cultural Evening with Three Course Hangi Dinner
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Cave Combo Tour

** Your privately guided tour does NOT include flights, food (except where included in activities) or travel insurance.

 

Pricing

As guide prices are split between travellers, the pricing will vary depending on the number of travellers on your tour.

1 Traveller:    NZD$18,199

2 Travellers:  NZD$9949 per adult | NZD$9249 per child

3 Travellers:  NZD$7599 per adult | NZD$6899 per child

4 Travellers:  NZD$6399 per adult | NZD$5699 per child

5 Travellers:  NZD$5699 per adult | NZD$4999 per child

6 Travellers:  NZD$5249 per adult | NZD$4549 per child

7 Travellers:  NZD$4899 per adult | NZD$4199 per child

8 Travellers:  NZD$4649 per adult | NZD$3949 per child

9 Travellers:  NZD$4649 per adult | NZD$3899 per child

10 Travellers: NZD$4449 per adult | NZD$3749 per child

11 + Travellers:  Please enquire for your custom quote