So much to see and do – take a helicopter ride to the top of a glacier…learn the Maori haka dance during a festive hangi meal…hike the Tongariro Crossing, regarded as the best one day hike in the world…kayak the gorgeous waters of Abel Tasman National Park. Visit world class wineries, swim with dolphins or just kick back and relax on one of the country’s incredible beaches. It’s no wonder New Zealanders call their land God’s Country (Godzone in kiwi speak).
Family Adventure Travel in New Zealand & Australia
Australia is a paradise for beach lovers! Whether it is the vibrant Sydney city beaches such as Bondi and Manly, the world class surfing and swimming beaches all along the coast, the best-in-world sublime transparent waters of Whitehaven Beach or any other of the 11,000 beaches, Australia has it all!
- Warm your legs in the incredible volcanic waters of Hot Water Beach.
- Go jet-boating at thunderous Huka Falls or while negotiating 360 degree spins on the awesome Shotover River.
- Become a human hamster and zorb in Rotorua – one of the most hilarious experiences you’ll ever have!
- See movie making magic when you visit Middle-earth Lord of the Rings filming locations.
- Join the spectacular mail boat run in the Marlborough Sounds and deliver parcels, food and homework to the folks living far out on the water!
- Dive or snorkel the incomparable Great Barrier Reef in Australia!
Australia Sample Itinerary
Arrival in Sydney. Once the extremely remote destination for convicts sentenced to transportation from the UK, Sydney has grown to become the largest city in Australia. A melting pot of cultures and the economic hub of the country.
Full day tour of Sydney – explore the compelling history of the city, and then visit the fabulous Taronga Zoo by ferry, where you’ll learn all about the fascinating animal life of the continent.
Free day to shop, go to world famous Bondi Beach or simply take it easy.
Fly to Uluru, the incredible vast monolith in the center of the country that is so important to the Aborignal people. Learn about their very ancient culture today.
Exploring Uluru. A tour of the circumference, whether by foot or bike, is a wonderful experience. It is hard to fathom how awe inspiring Uluru actually is until you get here.
Early morning hike of Kata Tjuta – another site of great symbolic importance, these massive and magnificent red rock hills make for a wonderful hike through an incredible landscape. Later, collect your rental car and begin your drive through the vast Red Center. Tonight you will stop at Kings Canyon.
Hiking Kings Canyon. One of the great day hikes of Australia, this is easily done by most fit people in about 5 hours, it’s a remarkable hike through the wonderful scenery of Kings Canyon. Later, drive to Alice Springs for overnight.
Fly to Townsville on the alluring Queensland coast. Continue by ferry to Magnetic Island for two nights. This magical island, with it’s incredible undersea life and its wild population of koalas is truly well off the beaten tourist path, and somewhere to savor. Meet the locals, attend a frog jumping race, go snorkeling or diving, and of course hike the koala bear trail.
At leisure on Magnetic Island.
Pick up your rental car and drive to Airlie Beach, the jumping- off spot for what is arguably the most beautiful single sight in Australia – incredible Whitehaven Beach.
Tour by boat to Whitehaven Beach. It is hard to describe the unbelievable miles of virgin sands and pristine azure waters at Whitehaven. Pictures can only try do it justice. Your trip will include several snorkeling spots as well. Take an optional helicopter or light plane ride over the incredible Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef.
Fly to Brisbane and begin your journey back home.
Extend your trip?
Fly to New Zealand, a country seemingly built for adventure travel and great for families of all ages!
Australia & New Zealand Trip Tips & FAQ's
What time of year is best for family travel to Australia & New Zealand?
Australia is truly a year round destination. Summers can be very hot, and we like wintertime best (the southern winter is from around May – September) – it’s less crowded, less expensive, and the weather is amazing in many areas of the country.
New Zealand is more temperate, with milder summers and colder winters. Summer is an excellent time in New Zealand.
Are Australia & New Zealand good destinations for family travel?
For sure. They are modern Western countries with great hotels, great food, great beaches and so much more. Get out into nature, learn first hand about the remarkable history of the indigenous people, and let’s not forget the unique animal life.
What can a family do in Australia & New Zealand?
Enjoy the glorious coastline, the remarkable red desert of the Red Center, the rainforests and the mountains. Spend time on a sheep ranch, or do a multi day hike through the wilderness. See first hand the amazing wildlife of the continent – kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and of course the incredible sealife.
New Zealand is an adventure-lovers paradise, with every kind of adventure activity you could ever imagine.
What are travel accommodations like in Australia & New Zealand?
You can choose between international chains, local boutique hotels or even go glamping on a sheep ranch!
Are Australia & New Zealand expensive travel destinations?
Yes, especially over the Xmas-New Year period. We suggest winter and the shoulder seasons as ideal times to go – it coincides with the Northern hemisphere summer, it’s way less hot, and it’s less expensive as well!
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