Top NZ Winter Destinations During The School Holidays

Top NZ Winter Destinations During The School Holidays

Written by Nicole

The school holidays are the perfect time to get out and get on the road. Rent a campervan for the week, explore the country and see some of the greatest sights. We know that it can be difficult to decide where to travel with the kids too. So, we have put together a list of our favourite winter places in New Zealand. See where the road could take you.


Waitomo Caves

These are some of the world’s most famous caves. Rain or shine, you can discover thousands of illuminating glowworms, both above and below ground. Choose from a boat ride through the caves and uncover thousands of bright lights, or follow the winding spiral entrance into the Ruakuri Cave. This is one of New Zealand’s top attractions, so make sure you don’t miss out.

Waitomo Caves – Glowworms

Hamilton Gardens

Located just 2-minutes from the centre of Hamilton, you will find this garden paradise. Park up your campervan for the day, enjoy the grounds and indulge in a picnic from the Gardens café. The gardens have even won awards and are voted by us as a must-see while on the road.

Hobbiton Movie Set

This is something that the big kids will enjoy too. On this adventure, take a guided tour around the 12 acre set, see the home of the hobbits and visit the world famous movie set. Here, you will experience the real Middle-Earth.

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari 

Get lost in some of New Zealand’s most spectacular wildlife. This sanctuary is home to birds, bats, reptiles and giant weta. It stretches across 3,400 hectares, and has the largest pest-proof fence at 47km in length. There are always plenty of events for the kids to enjoy too!


Gondola and Luge

The Rotorua Gondola offers spectacular views overlooking the city, Lake Rotorua and geysers. There is plenty of room for the entire family and friends in the eight-seater Gondola. Once you arrive at the top, jump onto the world famous luge and glide your way down the scenic track and through the Redwoods Forest. This is plenty of fun for the entire family.

Redwoods Treewalk

If you and the family have a love for the great outdoors, then this is for you! Just a short drive from Rotorua’s city centre, you can spend the day experiencing New Zealand’s greatest tree-walk. The attraction has 28 bridges suspended from the trees, and sits 20-metres above the forest floor. The tree-walk has also been carefully designed to preserve the natural environment. This is a great adventure for the entire family.

Agrodome Show

This is the perfect activity for any weather. Just a short 10-minute drive from the city centre, you will uncover 350-acres of farmland. Here, you can watch the animals perform centre stage, enjoy a guided tour and hand-feed the friendly animals. This is a unique and memorable adventure for all.

Rainbow Springs

When you walk the winding track of the rainbows springs, you will discover some of nature’s best! It is the perfect activity for any weather, with shelter throughout the park. See the birds in their aviaries, trout swimming in the stream, reptiles and maybe a Kiwi or two. For the July school holidays, you can enjoy a Family Flexi Pass for just $85.


National Aquarium of New Zealand

The National Aquarium of New Zealand is home to a diverse range of wildlife. See a showcase of reef fish, deep-sea fish, sharks, penguins, tuatara and Kiwi. Uncover some of the greatest species from New Zealand and across the globe.

Arataki Honey

If you are looking for an activity to keep the kids entertained for the day, this is it. The little adventurers will learn how honey is made, dress like a beekeeper, meet the bees and taste, taste, taste! Entry is free too, so it is a great activity while on the road and on a budget.


What better way to explore the city than by bike? Fishbike offer great rentals including; tandem bikes, electric bikes, kids bikes and trailers. Cruise through the art deco capital in your own time and make your own adventure.

Mount Ruapehu

Whakapapa Ski Field and Happy Valley

Whakapapa Ski Field offers some of the best skiing in New Zealand. It is also a great place for those learning to ski. Happy Valley offers a beginner slope, where adults and children can build their confidence. For the tiny adventurers, they can spend their day sledding the slopes.


Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway and Seal Colony

If you would like to get outdoors and into the fresh air, head to the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. The entire track will take 3 hours and is 11km in length. There are shorter parts of the track if you are stuck for time. Along the way, you will come across some of Kaikoura’s most spectacular views, history on the area, and seal colonies. This great activity is free too!

Kaikoura Farmers Market

The Kaikoura farmers market run every second Sunday, from April through to November each year. This is a great way to spend your morning and interact with the locals, enjoy the fresh produce, seafood, homemade goods and ceramics. Experience Kaikoura like a local.

The school holidays are a great time to rent a campervan in New Zealand. The winter months shouldn’t hold you back either, as there is just so much to see. These are only a few of our favourite places to visit in New Zealand, as there is so much more to uncover.

Now that you have tips on places to visit in New Zealand, see our top kiwi food to try on the road. You will be ready for your next motorhome adventures.