New Zealand isn’t the first place you think of when you think about vacationing with the kids. It’s more often than not a really long flight, as well many families just can’t see themselves trekking up active craters and through fjords with babies in tow. Luckily New Zealand doesn’t have to be all outdoor extreme adventures and there is in fact plenty of things to see and do that will cater to all types of families. Here are our picks for the six best things to do with kids in NZ, both indoors and out.
It may seem obvious but that doesn’t mean we should exclude it from this list as hitting the beach is one of the best family friendly activities in New Zealand. It doesn’t matter what season you visit; the beaches here are always beautiful. If you happen to be visiting in the summer head to the golden east coast beaches near Auckland or the Coromandel Peninsula where families can swim, paddle, camp and play. If you are here in the wintertime the best places are on the west coast where volcanic black sand and driftwood awaits you. Sun, sand, waves, a picnic lunch and a couple bathing suits are all you need to enjoy this awesome activity.
Head to Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium located in Auckland for a fun-filled day of underwater discovery. This aquarium showcases over 30 live animal exhibits in habitat displays including the worlds largest Antarctic penguin colony exhibit. Kids will love the underwater viewing areas where they can come face to face with exciting creatures such as mammoth sharks. One of the most popular activities here is the shark cage snorkel experience where visitors can enter a cage that is submerged into the predator shark tank, filled with a variety of sharks. Through the cage’s Plexiglas floor, you can marvel at the sharks, stingrays and other fish that are just mere inches away. With plenty of interactive zones, an awesome new kids play zone and an abundance of sea life to discover, it is easy to spend the whole day here.
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