Ideal for tweens & teens, we’ve road-tested an adventure-packed trip on New Zealand’s North Island.
Movie director Peter Jackson may have put New Zealand on many families’ bucket lists when he set the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies in this country, but New Zealand has more to offer than stunning scenery and real hobbit holes. I’d go so far as to call New Zealand the “adventure sport capital of the world.” And because of all the unique, adrenaline-filled activities here, I strongly believe that you should wait to venture down under until your children are tweens or teens and old enough to participate in some truly brag-worthy activities.
So go. Explore. Find your real Middle Earth.
Photo courtesy: Skyline Rotorua
Where to visit?
That’s a tough question. New Zealand is made up to two islands - the North Island and the South Island - which are connected by either air or ferry. Both are worthy destinations. To visit both and do them justice, you’d need close to three weeks - really. But knowing that few families have three weeks at their disposal (including my family), you may have to choose which island to visit. Most international flights will fly into Auckland on the North Island. The North Island has a mix of attractions: Maori culture, geothermal features, beach scene, plus adventure sports galore. My son described it as a cross between Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest.
New Zealanders, also known as Kiwis, will tell you that the South Island offers the more stunning scenery with snow-capped mountain ranges and aquamarine alpine lakes. If your family loves to hike, the South Island offers epic trails. And there are plenty of adventure sports here, too, including the country’s famed bungy jump off Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown. The South Island is more rural than the North Island (which is pretty rural to begin with), and it's landscape is often compared to Alaska.
For this trip, we focused on the North Island. You’ll notice that our itinerary flies into Auckland but then leaves straightaway. I think the attractions that are most likely to please kids (and parents) are situated outside of the big city. I’ve centered this itinerary around the town of Rotorua. Yes, it’s a bit touristy, but I think it serves as the most ideal home base.
When to go?
Located in the Southern Hemisphere, New Zealand enjoys summer during December, January, and February. The average high temperature is in the upper 60s and low 70s on the North Island; temperatures run a little cooler on the South Island. Summer is likely the time of year that you’ll choose to visit. However, if you’re looking to avoid the crowds and maybe get a better rate, early fall is also a good choice.
Photo courtesy: Delphine Ducaruge
What to know about driving?
Before you plot an itinerary in New Zealand, there are a few things to know about driving here. First, New Zealanders drive on the left. Stepping off a 13-hour flight and directly into a car where you’re forced to “stay left” can be a little disconcerting for Americans. However, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you adapt.
Outside of Auckland, there are really no major highways. Most of the roads are what Americans would describe as two-lane country highways. The speed limit is 100 kilometers, or 62 miles, per hour most of the time, but you won't be going that fast because of the windy roads. Simply put, driving in New Zealand is slow-going. If you’re mapping app says two hours, add at least 20 minutes.
Where to stay?
Outside of Auckland, you’ll find most hotels are best described as 3-star properties. Since we planned to stay in one spot and do day trips, we opted for an Airbnb property instead. It was a good choice. After a day of togetherness, each of us - my two sons, my husband, and I - would retreat to our own corner of the condo to recharge. Our well-appointed condo was located at the Ramanda Resort Rotorua Marama. It was positioned on the canal that connects Lake Rotorua and Lake Rotoiti. The condo was about a 20-minute drive to Rotorua on the south end of the lake. In retrospect, I wish that we’d been closer to town to cut down on some of the driving.
Now, after understanding how long the drives can be in New Zealand, I’d actually recommend renting a campervan. Campervans are what Americans refer to as Class B sleeper vans or Class C RVs with a sleeping bunk over the cab. They’re typically smaller than the average size camper in the USA, but don’t let that dissuade you. There’s a strong campervan culture in New Zealand. Campgrounds are plentiful, and parking isn’t difficult. If you’re willing to rough it, I actually think that you’ll see more of the country this way. Ideally, you’d plan your vacation to drive a bit in the morning hours, take part in some adventure activity, and then arrive at your next campground to rest and recuperate during the evening. Don’t worry, no one here is judging you; no one cares if you get a shower every day! There are plenty of companies that rent campervans in New Zealand, including Britz, Jucy, and Maui.
For my recommendations about what to do in New Zealand, read on. This is the fun stuff! Know that the days are arranged with the assumption that you’re staying at a central location in Rotorua. However, if you opt for a campervan, you can easily rearrange the days (and add others) to fit a mapped driving route.
Editor’s note: All prices listed in this article are given in U.S. dollars; they are approximations and vary given the exchange rate with the New Zealand dollar.
Photo courtesy: Eugene Quek
If you’re flying from either San Francisco or Los Angeles, you’ll arrive in Auckland in the morning. Get your rental car and then hit the road… on the left! Stay left!
KidTripster Tip: When reserving your car, make sure to request an automatic, if you don’t drive a manual transmission. Also if you want built-in GPS, you’ll have to request that, too, as it’s not standard. With my cell phone plan, it was actually cheaper for me to pay $10/day for international coverage (and access to my mapping app) than to pay the daily GPS fee. If you don't want to pay at all, download offline Google maps when you're connected to WiFi. The maps are pretty complete, but make sure you get the entire area that you are traveling to; it may require more than one download.
KidTripster Tip: If you’re flying from the USA to New Zealand, you will cross the International Date Line, meaning you lose a day. Make sure to take this change into account when planning your itinerary. The good news? On the way home, you gain a day; meaning if you leave on a Saturday in New Zealand, you arrive on a Saturday in the USA.
What to do?
On your way to Rotorua in the central part of the North Island, you’ll be tempted to stop at Hobbiton (501 Buckland Rd., Hinuera, Matamata). This family farm-turned-movie set is the location of The Shire in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movie trilogies. The only way to access these 12 acres is on a guided tour. You’ll have plenty of photo ops in front of hobbit holes (disappointingly, there are no interior sets), the Party Tree, and the Green Dragon Inn, while your guide gives you some behind-the-scene details on how director Peter Jackson made the Hobbits looks so short and Gandalf so tall. Your tour ends at the inn with a complimentary drink - either a traditional ale, hard cider or non-alcoholic ginger beer. The beef and ale pies here are also pretty tasty. It’s imperative that you book this tour in advance, as it can sell out. Cost: Youth (0-8) Free with paying adult; Youth (9-16) $29; Adult $59. Tours depart every 30 minutes between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.; tours run two hours in length.
That all being said, unless you’re a diehard fan, I’d skip Hobbiton. It’s a pricey tour that often drags because of the large number of photo-taking tourists that you’re grouped with. While the hobbit holes are Instagram-worthy, you don’t really see much more than you do on the online videos at the Hobbiton website.
KidTripster Tip: If you are a Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit superfan, know that there are more than 150 locations throughout the country that were used in the filming of the movies. Many companies offer tours to see these locations.
Where to eat?
If you have a condo with a kitchen or are renting a campervan, I’d recommend stopping at a local grocery and stocking up. There are several chains in the Rotorua area: Pack’n Save, Countdown, and my favorite, FreshChoice.
Where to eat?
You’ve got lots of adventuring to do today, so start off with a good breakfast at Capers Epicurean (1181 Eruera St.). French toast, eggs Benedict, and Kiwi offerings like sultana and apple bircher (muesli) - it will be hard to choose! This airy cafe, which also serves lunch and dinner, is located in downtown Rotorua. If you have any dietary restrictions - gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, vegetarian or vegan - you’ll find plenty of options. The smoothies and coffees are good choices, too!
What to do?
New Zealanders are risk-takers who relish living on the edge. So on your first full day in New Zealand, I’d recommend jumping in with both feet at Velocity Valley, previously called Agroventures Adventure Park (1335 Paradise Valley Rd., Ngongotaha). Think of this place as a mini amusement park for adrenaline junkies. If you have younger kids (ages 3 and up) in your family, a spin in the mini jet boats will provide them with some excitement, though tweens and teens likely will find these rides too tame. Or fly in the Freefall Xtreme wind tunnel (ages 6 and up), similar to the iFly experience in the USA. Also younger ones can try Shweeb Racer, the world’s first, human-powered monorail racetrack. You climb in a transparent pod with pedals and then race against another pedaler. You need to be 6 years old (and meet the height requirements) to pedal on your own; kids who are 5 and under can ride with a parent.
But the draw for my teenaged sons and husband was Swoop, a giant rope swing that fits one, two or three passengers who ride in a superman-style position. You’re slowly raised to a height of 141 feet; then you release the rip cord, sending you and your screaming mates plummeting toward the ground at speeds of up to 81 mph! Watch and you’ll see what I mean. Of all the adventure activities that we did in New Zealand, this ride was my husband’s favorite. Riders need to be older than 6 (and meet the height requirements).
Then there’s the Rotorua Bungy. Contrary to popular belief, the first bungy jump was not in New Zealand (it was England), but the country is synonymous with the death-defying dive. At Velocity Valley, you’re outfitted with a 3-point harness around your waist and ankles before diving 143 feet. My family and I enjoyed watching others take the plunge while we firmly stood on the ground. Personally, I’m not a fan of hanging upside-down for that long. But if you’ve always wanted to bungy, here’s your chance! In New Zealand, the legal age to bungy jump is 10 years old and a minimum of 77 pounds; kids (age 10 to 16) need parental or guardian consent before jumping.
Velocity Valley cost: Single rides $34; Family pass (10 credits) $175; activities cost one credit per person, but the bungy jump counts as 4 credits. Video is recorded on all the rides; you can purchase it for a fee to share your adventures with friends.
Want more thrills? Then roll over to OGO Rotorua (525 Ngongotaha Rd., Fairy Springs), home of the two guys who invented this activity. Here, you (and up to two friends) can jump inside a giant inflatable ball and roll down the world’s longest, fastest, steepest straight track or the longest zigzag course. In the summer, you do this activity with water inside the ball, giving you the sensation of riding a water slide. In the cooler months, it’s done dry. And no worries, there’s no tumbling upside down while in the ball. Watch here. Cost: $34-$105/person, depending on the number of rides, courses, and whether you opt for video; know that you can take your own GoPro camera. Bring swimsuits and towels, if you plan to ride in the warmer months.
KidTripster Tip: It can get a bit nippy between runs, but OGO Rotorua has installed hot tubs at the top and bottom of the tracks to keep you warm.
KidTripster Tip: According to our KidTripster Teens, trying to run inside the ball while going downhill is the most fun. I’m just going to take their word for it!
Photo courtesy: OGO Rotorua
What to do?
Granted, if you’re staying in Rotorua and not in a campervan, you’ll probably end up driving a bit more today than you’d like, as it’s a full 2-hour drive west to one of New Zealand’s most popular natural wonders, Waitomo Caves, known for its glowworms. We opted for the 4-hour Lost World Epic tour with Waitomo Adventures (654 Waitomo Caves Rd.). The tour starts with your family doing a collective, 328-foot abseil down into a massive cavern; it’s the longest, free-standing, commercial abseil in the world. Don’t worry if you’ve never abseiled before; it’s not hard to learn, and the guide lowers down next to you on a separate rope, talking you through the entire process while clutching a back-up safety tether. It’s a long way down! As you descend, make sure to take it all in - the giant spagatites (large, green, hand-like plants) hanging for above and the roaring Mangapu River flowing below. You then scramble over lots of rocks, making your way through various rooms of the cave until finally arriving in the glowworm cavern. Spoiler alert: the glowworms are really maggots, and it’s their feces that glow. Don’t worry, you don’t actually touch them. Then comes my least favorite part: the climb out. The first ladder is about 100 feet, straight up. Yes, you’re harnessed, and yes, you can stop to take a break, but I’m not going to lie; it’s strenuous. The remaining four ladders are at an angle, making them easier to climb. You then navigate the ledges of the craggy, upper level called the Spider Hole and emerge into a jungle-like setting.
The guides do an excellent job of ensuring your safety on this tour. All the equipment and lines are double-checked before you embark, and you’re clipped into a safety line whenever there’s a risk of falling. The guides are vigilant about watching everyone to make sure that they’re following all the safety rules. To do this tour, you need to be at least 10 years old. However, I’d actually recommend at least 13 years old. Holding your rope while abseiling and certainly the climb out require strength that some 10-year-olds may not have.
KidTripster Tip: Wear shorts, thick socks, and a warm top; no jeans. The guides will provide you with coveralls and boots. If you have climbing gloves, bring those, too, as they’re not provided. Otherwise, slip your sleeve over the palm of your hand when working the rope on the abseil.
KidTripster Tip: Know that no cameras or GoPros are allowed on the trip. The rule is strictly enforced. The guide does take photos that are included in the price. However, make sure you’re asking for photos when you want them. We didn’t walk away with as many photos as we’d have liked.
The Lost World Epic tour is a dry caving experience. There’s also a 7-hour wet version of this tour that includes black water tubing inside the cave for ages 15 and up. However, four hours was pushing it for my family; seven hours would have been way too long. Waitomo Adventures also offers other wet tours, but know this - there are eels in the water inside the caves. While you’re wearing a wetsuit, this fact was enough for me to thank my lucky stars that I’d booked a dry experience. I’m not a fan of eels!
Cost: $227/person, if you book the early bird rate; otherwise it’s $290/person. Reservations are essential.
KidTripster Tip: Book the morning tour. Why? After you finish, you’re going to need some time to recover. Grab some lunch and a coffee in Otorohanga before making the 2-hour drive back to Rotorua, if that’s where you’re staying.
What to do?
My youngest son had been greatly anticipating this day’s activity: mountain biking in Whakarewarewa Redwoods Mountain Biking Park, home of one of the world’s top trail networks. We geared up with Mountain Bike Rotorua (Waipa State Mill Rd.). My son, who’s an avid mountain biker, was pretty impressed with the full-suspension Giant Trance bikes. For the record, the rest of the family are complete novices, but the beauty of this park is that it caters to all skill levels. The folks at Mountain Bike Rotorua directed us to trails that challenged my son without putting me in a leg cast. To get to some of the higher trails, there’s a fair amount of climbing; if you’re not physically able, stick to the lower trails, which still provide plenty of challenge. Full suspension bike rental cost: $43/2 hours; $65/4 hours; front suspension and kids bikes available for less. Front or full suspension e-bikes are also available. If you’re feeling a bit apprehensive, you also can opt for a mountain biking tour through MTB.
KidTripster Tip: For an extra fee, you can ride a shuttle to the top of the trails and then bike down. But if you only have a few hours, there’s plenty of good biking easily assessed from MTB.
KidTripster Tip: If you’re traveling in a campervan, know that there’s plenty of parking here. Also, the facilities have nice private showers to use after your ride.
After you grab some lunch, drive 20 minutes east to Lake Tarawera. Here you can board the Lake Tarawera Water Taxi for a ride to Hot Water Beach, a place where you can dig your own hot tubs along the lakeshore due to all the geothermal features in the area. In fact, the sand is warm enough for fishermen to cook freshly-caught trout! Taxi cost: Youth (under 5) Free; Youth (5-12) $11; Adult $18; advanced bookings are recommended.
When you return, dine at The Landing Cafe (1064B Tarawera Rd.). You’ll enjoy uninterrupted views of Mount Tarawera and a surprisingly diverse menu. The wait staff is attentive, and the portions are satisfying, but be sure to save room for dessert!
End the evening by experiencing the Whakarewarewa Forest in a different way. At night, the Redwoods Treewalk - 22 Californian coastal redwoods linked by 21 suspension bridges - is illuminated with 30 suspended lanterns and dozens of colored spotlights, giving the forest a truly magical feel. This walk is a good one if you have younger kids in your family; encourage your older kids to read the placards that explain more about New Zealand’s flora and fauna at each tree station. The Treewalk starts outside the visitor center. Cost: Youth (under 5) Free; Youth (5-15) $11; Adult $18; Family (2 adults + 3 kids) $50.
KidTripster Tip: You’ll want to do the walk after dusk. In December, that means starting around 8:45 p.m.
KidTripster Tip: If you’ve visited Redwoods National Park, you can probably skip this attraction, as the Redwoods here are not as large as the ones in California.
Photo courtesy: Visit Rotorua
What to do?
With an abundance of rivers, rafting is a popular activity in New Zealand. It’s possible to raft in the Rotorua area. River Rats will even take you down the world’s highest, commercially-rafted waterfall, Kaituna Falls.
But if you want to see more of the North Island, head south to Tongariro River Rafting (95 Atirau Rd.) in Turangi. This company is run by a local husband-wife team. Don’t worry if you’ve never been whitewater rafting; you’ll get a crash course. Plus your guide will be at the helm during your 2-1/2 hours on the river. Our Aussie guide Paul did a great job of coaching us through all 52 rapids. Along the way, there’s time to take in plenty of unspoiled wilderness. The flotilla of rafts also makes a stop at a cliff, where you can opt to jump into the river below. Of course, my sons couldn’t resist. We did the grade 3 rapids trip; there’s also a family float (ages 3 and up), which most tweens and teens probably would find too subdued. Cost: Youth (10 & up) $90; Adult $100.
KidTripster Tip: Try to go out on the morning trip, so you’re not driving back to Rotorua in the evening.
KidTripster Tip: The guides take photos along the way which you can purchase, but you also can take your own GoPro camera. TRR even has helmets with mounts already attached for your use.
KidTripster Tip: Make sure to bring your swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes for after the trip. TRR provides thick wetsuits, wetsuit boots, and windbreakers. You can also opt to wear one of TRR’s polar fleeces under your wetsuit. I did and wasn’t cold at all on the trip. My sons and husband didn’t and weren’t cold either. Your call!
Where to eat?
When you return to Rotorua, head to family-friendly Eat Streat, a collection of restaurants, cafes, and bars at the lake end of Tutaznekai Street. During the summer months, dine al fresco; in the cooler months, the area has a thermally-heated walkway with a retractable roof to ensure that you can still dine outside, if you’d like. You’ll find many ethnic choices here from Italian to Indian. And leave room for dessert at Lady Jane’s Ice Cream Parlour.
KidTripster Tip: Skip the hamburgers in New Zealand! If you love the American classic, you’ll be disappointed by the oddly-textured patties here.
KidTripster Tip: Tipping is not customary in New Zealand. And be aware that you don’t typically pay at your table like in the USA but instead at the cashier or bar.
What to do?
Ok, I admit that I had my reservations about this one. Part go-cart and part toboggan, the luge at Skyline Rotura is fast. But it’s also a complete blast! Three out of my four family members picked luge as their favorite activity in Rotorua. And everyone can participate. Drivers need to be at least 6 years old and 3-feet, 7-inches tall to luge unaccompanied; younger and shorter kids can ride with an adult.
You start by riding the gondola up to the top of the mountain while enjoying expansive views of Lake Rotorua. Depending on the weather, you may be able to see the steam rising from the various geothermal features around Rotorua. At the top, grab a helmet and get in the first-time rider line. But here’s an insider tip: skip the first luge station and walk to the second station with the other gondola. The first-time rider line here will be significantly shorter. To drive your luge sled, you push the handlebars forward to go; you pull them back to stop. That’s it. There are three tracks: scenic, intermediate, and advanced. Do yourself a favor and start on the scenic run to get comfortable with your sled. As you head downhill, you pick up some serious speed, and the track doesn’t have any barriers. Watch here. But once you make it down, I guarantee that you’ll be racing to the gondola line to go up and do it all over again. When you get to the top, head to the rider line for non first-timers; the shorter one will be at the first luge station. You and your kids will want to take a minimum of three rides. Gondola + 3 rides cost: Youth (6-14) $29; Adult $36; family packages also are available.
KidTripster Tip: Skyline Rotorua is extremely popular and can get very crowded. Go early when the gondola opens at 8 a.m. Or during the summer, you can do night luge until 10 p.m.
After you’ve had your fill of downhill excitement, head to Skyline Rotorua’s Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar for lunch. Yes, this buffet restaurant is pricey, but the view from atop Mount Ngongotaha is unmatched, and the cuisine is actually very good. With two insatiable teenaged boys, our family can get our money’s worth out of a buffet! The restaurant caters to an international crowd, so you’ll find many Asian specialities along with New Zealand favorites on the buffet line that stretches for a mile. My favorite station? Yes, the desserts with cooked-to-order crepes, chocolate mousse, and a wide range of ice creams, including New Zealand flavors like Hokie Pokie. It was one of the best meals that we had in New Zealand. Cost: Youth (under 5) Free with paying adult; Youth (5-14) $25; Adult $46.
Rotorua is a good spot to learn about traditional Maori culture. Normally, I’m not a big fan of luau-like meals and long, drawn-out cultural dance performances. But the hangi dinner and performance at Tamaki Maori Village is well done. And even though your teens may initially roll their eyes, I think that it’s important to expose them to the island’s native culture, if only for an evening. To my surprise, my youngest son actually listed this cultural experience as one of his favorite things about his trip to New Zealand.
The experience starts on the bus ride to the Maori village, which is nestled in a 200-year old Tawa forest outside of Rotorua. Our bus driver gave us a brief history of his people and how they came to discover New Zealand. He then announced that we’d be acting as a tribe for the evening with our own chef; an American dad in our group volunteered for the job. When we arrived at the village, the groups on the other buses acted as individual tribes, as well. Everyone was greeted by the village’s chief and warriors who did their best to intimidate the newcomers. Then each tribe was ushered through a series of stations. Our favorite station was the one where the visiting men - my husband and sons included - learned the traditional Haka, or war dance. Next we watched as our dinner was unearthed and lifted from baking on hot stones underground. After a 20-minute traditional dance performance, the buffet was served. From the time that you’re picked up to the time you return, the experience lasts about four hours. Cost: $244 for a family of four.
KidTripster Tip: Bring an jacket. As the sun goes down, it gets chilly.
Photo courtesy: Amy Dellzell & Skyline Rotorua
What to do?
Jet boats are another Kiwi invention. I’d describe the ride with New Zealand Riverjet as lite adventure, especially good for a family with children of multiple ages. It’s not too intense for little ones but offers enough thrills to keep older kids engaged. Located about 45 minutes south of Rotorua, New Zealand Riverjet (corner of State Highway 5 and Tutukau Rd.) offers several itineraries. We chose The Squeeze. Expert driver Marty zooms you up the Waikato River into the Tutukau Gorge, lands that native Maori tribes once warred over. The boat then anchors at an entrance in the cliff face. As a group, you wade through knee-deep, warm water until you reach The Squeeze, a place where the rock walls are extremely close together. Suck in your gut and proceed. At the end of the crevasse, you emerge into a hot water waterfall, heated by a hot spring. Climb up a small hill above the waterfall to find a secret, natural hot tub. Well, it used to be a secret! We ended up sharing the pool with our group of 17 plus a dozen other people. The ride back has more thrills, as your driver does several 360° turns in the river, coming oh-so-close to the shoreline. That part will be your kids’ favorite, for sure. The entire trip takes about three hours. The Squeeze cost: Youth (15 & under) $64; Adult $121; Family $327; must be at least 6 years old.
KidTripster Tip: The only part of this tour that I didn’t like was the amount of time that we spent at the hot springs. It was close to 45 minutes; my boys got pretty antsy.
KidTripster Tip: The driver takes photos along the way, but I’d recommend bringing your own waterproof camera, as well.
On another note, Rotorua is home to three major geothermal attractions. If you look on review sites, you’ll see them ranked highly. To be honest, I can’t tell you why. These attractions welcome tour buses full of visitors, but for my family, these visits were our least favorite of the entire trip. Especially if you’ve been to Yellowstone National Park and seen Old Faithful and the surrounding thermal pools, I’d recommend skipping these sites and saving yourself some money. The geysers here are not nearly as large as Old Faithful and the thermal pools are not nearly as numerous or colorful. Plus, no one is really a fan of the smell of sulfur in the air.
Photo courtesy: New Zealand Riverjet
What to do?
If you have more time to explore the North Island, head to the ocean. You have countless coastal towns and beaches to choose from. If it’s not a holiday weekend, you may consider heading where Aucklanders love to vacation - the Coromandel Peninsula. It’s three hours from Rotorua, so you may want to overnight here before returning to Auckland.
If you haven’t gotten enough of New Zealand’s hot springs, head to Hot Water Beach near Hahei. Rent a shovel at Hotties Cafe and dig yourself an oceanside hot tub. Best to go two hours before or two hours after low tide.
Then hike to picturesque Cathedral Cove. The parking area is just a 10-minute drive from Hot Water Beach. Here you’ll find a gigantic arched cavern that passes through a white rock headland to join two secluded coves. From the parking lot on Grange Road, it’s about a 1-1/2-hour hike round-trip.
As you drive back to Auckland, you’ll find ourself promising to visit New Zealand again. Next time, the majestic South Island will be your destination. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll decide to take the plunge and add bungy jumping to your list of accomplishments.
Me, not so much.
Editor Shellie Bailey-Shah urges you to ask a local why New Zealanders are called Kiwis. It’s a good story that we’ll let you discover on your trip!
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This writer received some complimentary activities and meals for the purpose of this review. However, all opinions expressed are solely her own.