New Zealand Travels with Teens
Having lived and travelled in New Zealand as a teen, and now the mother of two teenage boys, Southern Crossings’ Auckland-based Sarah Farag truly understands the challenges – and the rewards – of travelling with teens. Sarah’s unparalleled insight and expertise was recently recognised in leading US travel publication, Travel+Leisure magazine’s “Life-changing trips for teenagers” feature that provides an introduction to the endless options for luxury New Zealand travels with teens.
New Zealand’s world-renowned natural beauty and world-class luxury lodges draw discerning travellers Down Under, but the country also boasts a long-list of boredom busters and memory-making experiences that will excite even the trickiest of teenage travellers.
Whether your teen is arty or an adrenalin-junkie, a wildlife enthusiast or water-baby; we can curate New Zealand luxury travel itineraries that are sure to engage and delight every member of the family.
Endless family adventures for travelling with teens in New Zealand
Whether you’re after a gentle family friendly-adventure or adrenalin-pumping action, a father-son fishing safari, some mother-daughter natural hot spa pampering or simply an opportunity to get the whole family together again; we have that place and we understand your preferred pace.
Great Walks and epic family road trips to over-the-top heli adventures showcase the very best of New Zealand; and our team of expert Travel Designers know just the experiences to get your teenager off their devices and bouncing out of bed each morning!
Swim with wild New Zealand fur seals in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura coast or with tiny Hector dolphins on the Banks Peninsula. In itineraries carefully crafted for New Zealand travels with teens we can get you up close and personal with a wide range of ethical wildlife encounters!
Learn how the sets and special effects, costumes and creatures of movies such as Lord of the Rings, Avatar, King Kong and Thunderbirds were made with hands-on workshops at the Academy award-winning WETA workshops in Wellington and Auckland.
Propel yourself off a bridge or down a hill with kiwi-invented adventures from bungee jumping to zorbing; there are action-packed adventures for every level of thrill-seeker right across the country: ride or raft, hike or bike, swim, sail or surf.
Whilst we can curate teen-tempting itineraries across New Zealand, Queenstown and Taupo/Rotorua really steal the show when it comes to action and activities for all ages and interests:
Queenstown: New Zealand’s snow-capped adventure capital
Bungee, jet-boat, sky-dive, hike, climb, raft and ride in and around Queenstown; and, in the Southern Hemisphere winter months (June-August), add other cool experiences such as snowboarding, snow-shoeing, back-country snowmobiling and heli-skiing untracked powder runs into the mix.
From here we can also curate heli-adventures to explore the remote reaches of Fiordland (with your choice of adventure thrown in: SUPping, white-water-rafting, mountain-biking and more) or to whisk you away to hike on sparkling ancient glaciers. New Zealand luxury travel adventures, limited only by the imagination!
And at the end of the day, there is a collection of New Zealand’s luxury lodges that will ensure you are well rested and well fed for the day that lies ahead. Our team of Travel Advisors also know exactly how to escape the crowds and where to find the best local burgers!
Taupo / Rotorua also has plenty to offer teens:
Bubbling mud pools and steaming geysers, tranquil lakes and thundering waterfalls are the backdrop for all kinds of adventures and luxury New Zealand travels with teens in the North Island's neighbouring Taupo and Rotorua regions. Jet boat to the foot of the mighty Huka Falls or bungee over the crystal-clear waters of the Waikato River. Sky-diving, white water rafting, fly-fishing, zip-lining and zorbing: it’s all here! Breath-taking adventures in the most awe-inspiring surrounds.
During your stay in the area, don’t miss the opportunity to combine culture and adventure: spend the morning mountain-biking the scenic W2K section of the Great Lake Trail before kayaking on Lake Taupo’s tranquil waters to marvel at towering Maori rock carvings.
Not far from here, Hobbiton offers the opportunity to tour the tiny Hobbit Holes and dine at the Green Dragon Inn but true Lord of the Rings fans should also take the opportunity to hike the Tongariro, traversing spectacular volcanic landscapes more familiar as Middle Earth’s Mordor and Mount Doom.
New Zealand luxury accommodation for teens - and their parents!
Wherever the road takes you, we can also make sure your itinerary balances time to disconnect so you can all reconnect, and time for your teens to get on-line for some down time (after all, New Zealand’s instaworthy landscapes and experiences will provide plenty of material to post about! #southerncrossings).
And it goes without saying that we’ll make sure that mum and dad (and perhaps the grandparents too?) are well taken care of. Many of New Zealand’s most iconic luxury lodges not only accept, but welcome teens – and also offer a collection of family-friendly activities of their own: archery and clay-bird shooting, CanAm adventures and wildlife encounters. Whilst a collection of spectacular private villas also offer the perfect combination of space to spend time together, and space to call your own.
So, what are you waiting for?
Start planning your luxury New Zealand travels with teens
Contact Sarah and her team (email@example.com) to start planning your luxury New Zealand travels with teens; because it's never too soon to have something to look forward to!
Southern Crossings’ Sarah Farag is a Travel+Leiure A-List Travel Advisor for New Zealand and Fiji. The Travel+Leisure A-List is a collection of the top luxury travel advisors that represent the world’s best destination specialists. These are the editors' handpicked (and carefully vetted) travel experts; the people you can rely on for “incredible insight and unparalleled access that gives you value you couldn’t get any other way”.