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The Best Family Holiday Destinations in Australia and New Zealand

If you're travelling with the family, picking the best accommodation and activities can be challenging, don’t let this be the reason for letting go of family time, self-care and pampering. If you're dreaming of picturesque locations, pool side relaxation and activities that will excite the kids, make your next holiday an experience to remember with our top picks across Australia and New Zealand. Make holiday planning easy, choose from breathtaking views, unique activities, and ultimate relaxation worth cherishing.

Serenity Falls in Buderim, Sunshine Coast
Serenity Falls in Buderim, Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast, Australia

The Sunshine Coast never disappoints when it comes to a family holiday! The name itself screams sunshine excitement for the kids and beachside relaxation to enjoy some "me" or couple time. Home to some of the best family attractions including Sea Life Aquarium and Australia Zoo, the kids can go on a wildlife discovery adventure. Explore the Sunshine Coast’s natural beauty from unique natural swimming holes such as Wappa Falls to the rugged coastline of King's Beach with unforgettable sunsets and rises. 
Complete your tropical beachside escape with accommodation at the Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort. The whole family can enjoy this beautiful resort with recently renovated spacious rooms and over-water bungalows. Discover the blessing of hotel facilities and room service taking away the staycation hassles we all worry about. Sit back and enjoy the ultimate perks of hotel service like breakfast and serviced rooms. With mouth-watering breakfast offering your favourites, to expansive quality time that can be spent with the family, enjoy the best onsite facilities including pool and exclusive access to the saltwater lagoon. 
Self-indulge in some relaxation at Twin Waters Spa with a range of lush rejuvenating treatments to choose from whilst the kids explore the resort activities, including mini golf course, fish feeding experience, and water activities like kayaking on the lagoon. With so much to love about the Sunshine Coast, you’ll be hiding under the bed come check out time.
Family enjoying the resort pool at Mantra Crown Towers Surfers Paradise
Family enjoying the resort pool at Mantra Crown Towers Surfers Paradise

Gold Coast, Australia

Explore the eternally popular Gold Coast and "play the day away" with the best beach fun, outdoor adventures, and world-class theme parks on your next family holiday. Explore the city and iconic Surfers Paradise beach or any of the incredible stretches of sand along the golden coastline. Immerse yourself in spectacular scenery in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia famed for evolutionary history, impressive waterfalls and breathtaking mountain views. Wow the kids with a traditional Australian wildlife adventure at Paradise Country or experience the amazing energy of dolphin shows and polar bears at Sea World. If you're a family of thrill seekers perhaps you'll want to jump aboard hair-rasing roller coasters at Warner Bros Movie World. 
Relax with a beachside escape at Mantra Sun City Surfers Paradise. Feel confident your accommodation will meet your needs, with a range of spacious hotel suites, serviced apartments and penthouses offering ocean and hinterland views. Enjoy family fun with onsite pools, waterslides and tennis courts, as well as the iconic Surfer's Paradise Beach at your doorstep. Enjoy the ease of cooking your favourite family meals and stressing less about making dinner reservations with kitchenettes located in all serviced apartments, bringing you the ease and comfort of being home. With open balconies available with most serviced apartments and penthouses, sit back and relax and enjoy the best of your coastal escape. 
Also located in Surfers Paradise, the Mantra Crown Towers serviced apartments is the perfect accommodation to complete your family holiday. With two and three-bedroom spacious apartments available, unwind from a day of fun with room for everyone. Enjoy prepping your favourite family meals as you please with kitchenette facilities, or find the perfect place to eat. Relax by the tropical lagoon pool, where the kids will have a blast on the resort sandy beach and in the water - making use of the waterslide and pirate ship. With plenty to do and see, you won't want your seaside escape to end.
View of the coral reef, Great Barrier Reef
View of coral reef, Great Barrier Reef

Cairns, Australia

Make your dreams of a tropical escape a reality with a holiday on unique Cairn’s terrain. Filled with natural beauty, recharge and regenerate whilst exploring breathtaking reefs teeming with ocean life and ancient rainforests with statement waterfalls. With no other place quite like it, choose your adventure in paradise and amaze the family by immersing yourself in nature, seeking out awesome day trips, and unforgettable adventures.  Dive in and discover a picturesque underwater garden filled with the brightest coral and colourful sea life at the Great Barrier Reef. Uncover a land of relaxation and serenity beneath an ancient canopy, find rare plants and animals in the world’s oldest tropical rainforest.
Relax with the ultimate home away from home experience in Cairn's prime waterfront location at Mantra Esplanade Cairns. Stay with confidence, knowing there is "room for everyone" to Indulge in those must-have home comforts. Enjoy contemporary resort accommodation with a self-contained two-bedroom apartment, including a kitchenette containing the cooking essentials, a spacious lounge room, and a plush open balcony to dine on.  Enjoy panoramic ocean views as you soak up the sunshine on sun lounges, before enjoying your favorite family movies from the comfort of your couch. With a washer and dryer included, there is no need to stress about getting things dirty or running out of clean clothes with adventurous kids. With the freedom to explore resort life on your own terms, enjoy the comfort of doing as you please, when you please. 
Soak up the sun on the poolside lounges whilst the kids enjoy a splash in the pool. With childminding services available, indulge in some "me" or couples time and enjoy a cocktail by the Spa, work out in the onsite gym, or enjoy a romantic dining experience at a restaurant close by. Enjoy the feel of an offshore island getaway within the stunning tropics of Australia. Simply relax, rejuvenate and cherish those important moments. 
View of the scenery in Queenstown
Queenstown scenery

Queenstown, New Zealand

Reflecting the best of every season from fresh winter blue-sky days and snow lasting to spring, summer days full of sunshine and unforgettable sunsets that fade into the warm earth tones of autumn, lies a Queenstown escape. 
From ticking off the adventure bucket list, enjoying the land’s natural sights, or indulgent spa treatments, boutique shopping, and remarkable food and wine there is something to satisfy the whole family. Enjoy the best of winter with word class ski resorts at Coronet Peak and the Remarkables ski ranges with exclusive views of Queenstown’s landscape. With dedicated areas for learners and experienced snow sports enthusiasts, everyone can enjoy the best of winter’s magic. Explore the rich culture with a gold panning experience unpacking Arrowtown’s unique history, or take in the natural beauties of Queenstown from 450 meters high in the steepest cable car in the southern hemisphere with Skyline Queenstown.  
Relax and rejuvenate before your day’s adventure with a tranquil oasis at Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Hotel. Enjoy the fresh mountain air from your hotel balcony and indulgent buffet breakfasts available daily. Dig into eggs prepared your way, fresh croissants, and a choice of bread alongside sweet jams and spreads. With fresh juices, coffee, and an array of quality teas to choose from, sit back as you soak up the unique natural beauty of the world around you. Invest in some "you" time with an exclusive onsite In-Balance gym or refreshing walk in nearby Queenstown Gardens. With dedicated activities for the kids to enjoy, such as age-appropriate TV channels and a children’s library, as well as a one-of-a-kind video game and play area. Enjoy dinner at Elements Lounge before heading out to enjoy a casual drink at one of the many local pubs. Enjoy the paradise you’ve been searching for with an unforgettable Queenstown family escape.
Pohutu geyser at Te puia village near Rotorua
Pohutu geyser at Te puia village near Rotorua

Rotorua, New Zealand

Discover the best of Rotorua’s thrilling family adventures and relaxing wellness sanctuaries creating family memories that will last a lifetime. Take in the breathtaking geothermal landscapes and sparkling lakes as you immerse yourself in picturesque terrain within the Whakarewarewa Forest
Explore one of the deepest points of the north island famous for its crystal-clear freshwater springs. Visit Hamurana nature reserve and embark on a guided tour led by a descendant of the Ngati Rangiwewhi people as you discover the historical natural elements and cultural stories that add to the magic of the land’s significance. Get your adrenaline pumping with a zip line passing three waterfalls or a night paddle board experience through glow worm lit tunnels with the kids. 
Feel grounded and relaxed knowing you can experience the best hotel services and facilities with a stay at Pullman Rotorua. Immerse yourself in a family paradise whilst you enjoy the comforts of a contemporary superior suite overlooking the mountains of Rotorua. With fast Wi-Fi and plug-and-play options, the kids will be entertained whilst you sit back and enjoy the comforts of your room. With hotel services including housekeeping and room service, we’ve taken the hard work away so you can cherish family moments throughout your stay. 
Know the kids are in the best care with onsite babysitting services so you can enjoy some peace and the ultimate relaxation experience at Massage Eden day spa, with indulgent spa packages to choose from. Continue your day of relaxation with some couple time and enjoy guilty pleasures at the Barrel & Co bar and grill, with decedent food and drinks menu.

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