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Share quality time and make lifelong memories

A care-free family holiday

Close your eyes and picture your family on a dream holiday to New Zealand. Are you swimming with the world’s smallest dolphin? Building sandcastles on Awaroa beach? Cycling from mountains to oceans? Wandering through ancient rainforests? Listening to the Maori people's stories passed down from generation to generation? Watching in awe as your kids have a close encounter with a Kiwi? The possibilities are limitless.

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Spot a kiwi
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New Zealand, an outdoor playground

Planning a family trip to the other side of the world is time-consuming, and your time is precious. Let us do the work for you so that you can spend more quality time with your kids and yourself! A well-organised holiday, designed by locals, means that you'll avoid making common travel mistakes and get the most out of your time Down Under. Are you ready to conquer one of the safest and most beautiful countries in the world? Let’s put your dreams on paper.

A journey as unique as you and your family

Whether you have young children who love the outdoors, teenagers who crave adventure and new experiences, or grandma and grandpa coming along for the ride. Time together in New Zealand will create new stories that you'll be talking about for years to come. A trip of a lifetime that represents who you are as a family.

Experience the local warmth of New Zealand

Stay at small-scale accommodations with the perfect blend of space that everyone needs while still being able to bond as a family. Soak up the Kiwi hospitality and meet the friendly local hosts who are happy to help with anything. Short drives and mapped-out routes will ensure that you are travelling at a relaxed pace. While your kids enjoy new and fascinating experiences along the way.

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Explore the hidden gems with a local guide on your family trip
Discover the Rotorua rainforest

It's the small details that make your holiday extraordinary

Do you need a pram? A car seat? Easy to access cooking facilities? Consider it taken care of. We'll take the time to get to know you to match your fully bespoke holiday with your family's pace, interests, and anything desired. Combining the small details with first-hand local knowledge, you'll receive a mapped out itinerary from us - but the process isn't done until you are 100% satisfied.

Tell us what you want and we'll take care of every detail

This means you can focus on relaxing, rejuvenating and reconnecting with your family and the world around you. Get in touch to get started now.

The TravelEssence guarantee:

  • Explore beyond the typical tourist destinations with a tailor-made holiday that is made just for you.
  • Engage and immerse with your welcoming local hosts and gain a deeper understanding of different customs.
  • Discover unique small-scale accommodations and activities.
  • Once in a lifetime kind of experience.
  • Rest assured with a 24/7 network of support for the duration of your holiday should you need us.
  • Speak to a travel expert when convenient for you - our team is available every day until 9 pm at our London office or online.
  • Complete peace of mind as we are full members of ATOL and ABTA.

How long do we need in New Zealand?

You could spend months travelling the ever-changing landscape of New Zealand and not see the same place twice. For your holiday, the question becomes, "How long do we have together?" We highly recommend travelling slower as a family - stay in each place for two to five nights, drive less, and explore more. No need to rush from highlight to highlight with tired, unhappy kids at the end of the day.

Travel at a relaxed pace

To truly experience the essence of New Zealand, a minimum of five weeks would be ideal. However, if you have slightly less time, your travel specialist can help you choose the best regions that suit your wishes. Have a look at some of our favourite trips to get inspired for your own journey.

Holiday ideas for families

Complete New Zealand

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20 days - £6,450

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New Zealand's Highlights

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16 days - £5,750

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Where can we stay?

Experience the Kiwi lifestyle with your family in rare and beautiful places. Enjoy undisturbed nature and discover wildlife at your doorstep. Whether you prefer a farm stay in the Southern Alps or the beach as your backyard, experience hand-selected accommodations that allow you to absorb the local lifestyle.

Enjoy unique family-friendly accommodations and absorb the local lifestyle

Staying at small-scale accommodations with local hosts and renowned Kiwi hospitality is the greatest way to see New Zealand. Whether you need a kitchen for preparing home-cooked meals, a baby bed or an extra bathroom for your teenagers. Your travel specialist will ensure that your needs are catered for so that you can spend more time enjoying your holiday.

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Would you like to find out a little more?

We offer regular online presentations. Get to know New Zealand a little better. And see if you like what we offer and what we can offer you. It’s free, of course, and no obligation. You can find our next online presentations here.

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What can we see and do?

Booking carefully selected, authentically local activities and experiences will engage your children’s curiosity and spark their love for travel. After all, immersing them in a culture different from their own is the best learning experience there is. With the diversity of New Zealand, you can see and do just about anything your family desires. Let us know what excites you and discover the best Kiwi activities for some fun-filled days.

Enjoy authentic cultural experiences and wildlife encounters

Spot the rare yellow-eyed penguin on the Caitlin Coast of South Island. Cycle along an old railway line, through tunnels and over bridges between Dunedin and Central Otago. Learn about the Maori people. Go whale-watching in Kaikoura. Kayak through Fiordland National Park. Your options are endless, with child-friendly private or small-group local activities, ranging from easy-going to adventurous.

Family friendly destinations

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Rotorua
Rotorua is known for its volcanic wonders and rich Maori culture.
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Queenstown
Discover one of New Zealand's most thrilling destinations.
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Wellington
Wellington is a vibrant and compact city, bursting with things to see and do. I
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View of green native forest, blue ocean and rugged cliffs
Auckland
Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and it has a vibrant, colourful flair.
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Lake Taupo
The beautiful Lake Taupo is located in central North Island. Covering a surface area of 616 square kilometres, it is considered more of an inland sea than a lake.
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Ready for the holiday of a lifetime?

Discover a world beyond ordinary

At TravelEssence, we specialise in crafting custom-made holidays that take you off the beaten path and create memories to last a lifetime. We believe in connecting with the heart and soul of a place, introducing you to the locals who call it home. Engage in conversations with fascinating individuals who will share their stories, traditions, and way of life, leaving an indelible mark on your journey.