Your holiday starts the second you lock the front door, not once you get to your destination.
If you’re staying near the airport before your flight leaves, start enjoying that relaxed feeling and check out some of these fantastic local attractions:
1. Butterfly Creek
This unmissable family activity is only minutes’ drive from both Auckland Airport and Holiday Inn Auckland Airport. With everything from a butterfly house, reptiles, a farm and even a dinosaur kingdom, the kids are sure to be entertained for hours. The wide variety of experiences means that Butterfly Creek is perfect for children of any age and you can spend as much or as little time as like there. Make sure to visit their website and check out any special encounters that may be happening.
2. Rainbow’s End
If you have a whole day to spend in Auckland, your family will love a trip to New Zealand’s most popular theme park. Experience thrills and spills on famous rides such as the Enchanted Forest Log Flume, Stratosfear and Power Surge. Rainbow’s End provides great family fun that is guaranteed to get your holiday off to the perfect start.
3. Formula E
Do you have teenagers that need to be entertained for a few hours? Go Karting is a great activity for older children that will give them a fun experience, build their confidence and encourage a little friendly competition. Because this course is indoors, you can have a fun time even if the pre-flight weather isn’t what you were hoping for.
4. Treasure Island Golf Course
Mini Golf seems like the perfect summer holiday activity, especially if the winner has to treat the whole family to ice cream afterwards! Enjoy wandering through the course, which features obstacles such as pirate ships and shark infested waters go to this site. This activity is great for when you’re short on time but still feel like exploring the local area a little.
5. Rocket Ropes
Start your high flying adventure at Rocket Ropes. Although you’ll be a lot closer to the ground than you would in a plane, it still takes guts to get through the challenging obstacles. With tons of aerial activities, your family will love doing something a little different and blowing off some steam before you head off on the next big adventure.
Your long awaited family holiday has finally arrived.
With the whole brood looking forward to a fun and relaxing time away, a little bit of planning goes a long way to ensure the holiday runs smoothly for everyone- including parents! As seasoned travel experts, we’ve put together some top tips to help your holiday be everything you dreamed of.
1. Involve the whole family
Right from the moment you first book the holiday, it’s important to communicate with your children. During the build-up, spend time researching and showing them what can be expected in terms of activities, climate, and staying in the hotel. This is also the time to share your expectations about airport and hotel behaviour and what to do if they get lost. This will build their confidence and allow them to give input in what they would like to do during the trip.
2. Pack smart
By involving the children in the planning stage, they should be able to help with their own packing. Again, talk about what is appropriate to bring, and remember to include some activities for down time. It’s a good idea to invest in activity books and card games if you can. When it comes to putting things in suitcases, children love the idea of looking after their own things and particularly like to choose what toys and games to put in their hand luggage. However, try to spread each person’s clothes throughout your various pieces of check in luggage, so that if something happens, each family member still has a few outfits.
3. Adopt a positive attitude
The idea of getting your family through a busy airport and trying to catch a flight on time doesn’t need to give you sleepless nights. Children will mirror your attitude, so if you appear relaxed and happy, they are more likely to keep calm as well. Remember if things go wrong, keep a smile on your face – you’re on holiday after all! You will find that there are always people willing to help if you look around.
4. Pace yourselves
The key to a relaxing holiday is planning your activities ahead of time. It can be tempting to cram as much into your time away as possible, but especially with young children this won’t work. Plan one big activity or trip each day, with plenty of down time to relax by the pool, beach or wherever you may be. This means you won’t be in a rush to see everything, and that downtime has been planned for. A fun idea for making memories is to give each of your kids a disposable camera for the duration of the trip. Don’t forget that as you are in a new, exciting environment, children will often get more tired than usual, so make sure they get to bed on time wherever possible so that they don’t get cranky.
Are you familiar with the term ‘hangry’? Being so hungry you get angry? This one will hit the whole family hard if snacks haven’t been pre-planned. From the moment you leave your house have something available in the car, something handy on the plane and snacks for when you’re out and about. It’s a long time between mealtimes for small tummies! Also plan your restaurant meals. If you’re having a late evening plan a low key lunch and afternoon downtime.