Four adventurous school holiday escape themes

Mount Ruapehu is the highest point on the North Island.
Mount Ruapehu is the highest point on the North Island. Photo credit: Getty

The school holidays are not far and now is a good time to start planning. While a few lucky families will be jetting offshore, most of us will be having adventures in the confines of Aotearoa. 

We're here to say you don't need to get on a plane to give kids a great holiday, as our own backyards are bursting with stellar things to do.

We've put together four different adventure themes you and your whanau could be having these school holidays. 

Road sign with skiing Kiwi on it, Mt Ngaruhoe on the background, Ruapehu region, New Zealand
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Online booking company Bookabach has listed their choice of Kiwi school holiday destinations. 

Auckland escapades 

If you're kids are wanting to give snowsports a try then Silverdale's Snowplanet is the perfect place to start. And if skiing or snowboarding's not their thing, snowtubing is certainly an exhilarating rush - all of which can be witnessed from the comfort of the cosy 7 Summits Restaurant and Bar. 

Snowplanet is tailor made for kids wanting to try skiing or boarding for the first time.
Snowplanet is tailor made for kids wanting to try skiing or boarding for the first time. Photo credit: Snowplanet

A little more central is the Auckland War Memorial Museum which boasts a new family-friendly exhibition. The Secret World of Butterflies has fluttered its way into the building and features thousands of butterflies from collector Ray Shannon.

The Auckland Museum is offering late night tours.
The Auckland Museum is offering late night tours. Photo credit: File

And if your kids want to feel like Ben Stiller the museum is running several Night at the Museum events which gives you a chance to explore the buildings' iconic history after dark. 

 

Wellington escapes

If you're Wellington based or fancy a bit of a trip to the capital then Te Papa always makes for a great educational experience. But don't forget the Wellington Museum too. This will be sure to transport you to the 1800s, allowing you to discover the weird and wonderful past of our capital city. 

There's a lot to be learned from Te Papa, our national museum.
There's a lot to be learned from Te Papa, our national museum. Photo credit: Getty

And if anyone's a bit of a film buff the Weta Cave is the tourist hub of the legendary Weta Workshop. Behind the scenes tours offer an in depth look at the phenomenal work of Weta's internationally renowned special effects art.

Mt Victoria offers great views of Wellington city.
Mt Victoria offers great views of Wellington city. Photo credit: Getty

Down on the farm

There's no shortage of family friendly experiences to be found outside the main urban centres. The stunning Hawkes Bay is an idyllic rural setting perfect for young kids. 

Te Mata Peak in the Hawkes Bay is well worth exploring.
Te Mata Peak in the Hawkes Bay is well worth exploring. Photo credit: ISTOCK

Explore Te Mata peak by foot or bike and then enjoy a picnic at the top with stellar views of the Heretaunga Plains. But watch for the grazing sheep.

There's also the Ranui Farm Park, a working sheep and beef farm that can be visited in the Central Hawkes Bay. While the kids enjoy the flying fox or obstacle course you can sit back and relax with a coffee in the cafe. 

Hitting the slopes

If your family is after a snow adventure then Mount Ruapehu's Happy Valley is a superb place to start. With its own chairlift, cafe and ski school, this special family zone will keep kids safe from the expert skiiers that speed the slopes above. This means there's always the option of building a snowman too.

Mount Ruapehu offers family friendly skiing at "Happy Valley".
Mount Ruapehu offers family friendly skiing at "Happy Valley". Photo credit: Supplied

By the sea

Don't let the winter gloom put you off heading to the seaside in winter - our rugged coastlines are a great getaway regardless of season. 

Akaroa is a restful and idyllic getaway spot.
Akaroa is a restful and idyllic getaway spot. Photo credit: AAP

Canterbury's Akaroa, an hour and a bits drive from Christchurch, is a sheltered and secluded harbourside town perfect for the family to unwind. 

The Bay of Islands is apart of a region known as the "winterless north".
The Bay of Islands is apart of a region known as the "winterless north". Photo credit: Getty

If you're a little further north then the Bay of Islands offer a similar experience, with plenty of sunshine still bound to show in the "winterless north". Paihia and Russell are the hotspots but you'll also find Te Tii Bay is great for kids with its popular playground. 

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