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School Holiday Activites

A Kiwi guide to your family getaway

Whether you are away for the weekend or on a longer family getaway, there is an array of fun, and activities to keep the little ones busy these school holidays. We have compiled our top three destinations, guaranteed to give you a memorable getaway.

Queenstown

There are many activities in Queenstown that are suitable for children, as we head into Spring why not take the little ones on a farm adventure and meet newborn lambs and calves – even feed gigantic Highland cattle. You would even just drive around the district and experience new life finding its feet in the paddocks. 
As the weather gets warmer, why not try jet boating, paddle boarding or kayaking in a quiet cove, then go beneath the water’s surface and see the trout and salmon that gather at Queenstown Pier for regular feeds. You can also watch ducks dive down and grab at the fish food too.
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Rotorua

Travelling with the family is exciting and loads of fun – especially when the best family attractions, cafes and free things to do are all easy to find. Rotorua's a place to create memories that you'll be talking about for years to come. 
Rotorua has an all-weather itinerary with tonnes of exciting indoor fun to check out – with everything from Motion Entertainment (ten pin bowling, mini golf, trampoline park, laser tag, escape rooms, Chipmunks Playland) to a 3D Trick Art Gallery and a WWII amphibious duck vehicle tour on offer to keep everyone entertained! 
If adventure is at the top of your list, roll downhill in a giant inflatable ball with Zorb, race each other on the luge at Skyline Rotorua, feel the rush of adrenalin at Off Road NZ or zipline through native rainforest with Rotorua Canopy Tours.
There are plenty of natural wonders to explore as well. Discover our exciting volcanic story, bike our forest trails or enjoy a different lake each day of your holiday - there are plenty here to choose from!
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Christchurch has some fantastic scenery and nature waiting to be discovered. Best of all, it's all free and a great excuse to get the camera out and snapping. Complete the Godley Head Coastal Walk - mostly flat and very scenic, rich in history and nature, kids love this popular coastal walk
Explore Lyttelton...and Beyond- a New Zealand timewarp with great walks (including the spectacular Crater Rim walk), or if that's too much of a challenge, take a (paid) boat to the mysterious Quail Island. Go bike riding - both McLeans Forest and Bottle Lake Forest offer mountain bike trails, and are within a 15-20 minute drive from Christchurch. 
Get Geocaching - guaranteed to get the kids out of the house and into the (urban) wilderness, this guide details how to get involved and what you need to head off.
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