New Zealand South Island Family Journey

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We have four words for you: Lord of the Rings. The movies were shot on New Zealand’s spectacular South Island. While you won’t spot any Hobbits, your local guides will lead the whole family to plenty of miraculous discoveries. You'll walk on amazing beaches and explore a parrot-filled jungle with its own glacier. At a high country sheep station, you’ll spend ...
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Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Luxury - 5 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • Walking from a rain forest on to Fox Glacier
    • Panning for gold
    • Cruising though spectacular Fiordland National Park

What's this trip about?

    We have four words for you: Lord of the Rings. The movies were shot on New Zealand’s spectacular South Island. While you won’t spot any Hobbits, your local guides will lead the whole family to plenty of miraculous discoveries. You'll walk on amazing beaches and explore a parrot-filled jungle with its own glacier. At a high country sheep station, you’ll spend the day checking on baby lambs and watching the sheepdogs do their work. There’s even a jet boat ride on the Dart River. The adults will enjoy sipping their way through award-winning wineries as well as some of the most scenic walks on earth and fine shopping in Queenstown. New Zealand is a friendly country that captures the imaginations of all ages.

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Itinerary focusActive and Outdoor Sports
Group sizeSmall Group - 24 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityChristchurch
End CityQueenstown

Travel Themes

  • Culinary & Wine
  • Family Friendly
  • High Adventure
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Rafting, Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Relaxing Retreats
  • Train & Rail Journeys
  • Sailing


  • New Zealand


  • Christchurch
  • Queenstown


  • Adventure & Adrenaline
  • Bird watching
  • Canoeing
  • Culture
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Kid-friendly activities
  • Nature
  • Relaxing Retreat
  • River cruise

Trip includes

    • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
    • Support vehicle(s)
    • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
    • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
    • Trip literature
    • All land transportation during the trip
    • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 7 dinners

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Price From $4,995
Price per day$555
Last Updated: 7/16/2018

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