The Greenwood Guide to New Zealand
New Zealand

To browse our Kids recommendations click on one of the following areas:

Auckland (Auckland & islands, West Auckland coast) :: Bay of Plenty (Rotorua, White Island) :: Canterbury (Christchurch, Kaikoura) :: Coromandel (Coromandel Town, Whitianga) :: Hawke's Bay (Napier, Hastings) :: Marlborough (Picton, Blenheim) :: Nelson (Nelson, Abel Tasman Nat Pk) :: Northland (Bay of Islands, Whangarei) :: Otago (Queenstown, Dunedin, Wanaka) :: Southland (Fiordland Nat Pk, Stewart Island) :: Taranaki (New Plymouth, Mt Taranaki) :: Waikato and King Country (Waitomo, Raglan) :: Wairarapa (Martinborough) :: Wanganui and Manawatu (Taihape, Palmerston North) :: Wellington (Wellington, Kapiti Coast) :: West Coast (Fox & Franz Josef glaciers, Greymouth)


As you can see from the entries, children are pretty well catered for in the guide, although the establishments chosen are not necessarily solely set up to entertain children. Instead, we have tried to include only activities that will appeal to both parents and their offspring.


Captain Cook took his first steps onto New Zealand soil in Gisborne on the 9th October 1769. Both a monument to Cook and a statue of 'Young Nick' (Cook's cabin boy, Nicholas Young, who spotted New Zealand first on the horizon) are found in Gisborne.

Things To Do
Places To Eat

Or select Kids by area by clicking on the list below.

Travel Information

Here's some more specific information about travelling in New Zealand: when to go, getting around (car hire, inter-island ferries, train journeys) and distances.

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