The best jour­neys you can take as a fam­ily by trans­port – plane, ship, car, train

Fam­ily hol­i­days should be fun, ad­ven­tur­ous and a time of bond­ing and ex­plor­ing. We show you four dif­fer­ent jour­neys guaranteed to make ev­ery­one happy. By Nawaf Rah­man and Dou­glas David

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Visit the Land of the Long White Cloud

New Zealand is quite a trip away, but don’t let dis­tance or jet lag stand in the way of one of the world’s best fam­ily hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions. Famed for stun­ning land­scapes, cul­tural vi­brancy, good food and the very im­por­tant fact that the ‘Lord Of The Rings’ movies were made here, this is a dream fam­ily des­ti­na­tion.

HOW TO GET THERE The jour­ney from Kuala Lumpur to New Zealand takes 11 hours and most in­ter­na­tional flights land in Auck­land. Air Asia X flies to Auck­land daily via the Gold Coast.

WHAT TO DO Auck­land is a great city to ex­plore for the fam­ily and you can start by vis­it­ing Wai­heke Is­land ( wai­heke.co.nz), which is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble by fast ferry. With its vine­yards, restau­rants and in­cred­i­ble coast, Wai­heke is ideal for the fam­ily to visit. For a fam­ily-friendly art fix, visit the Auck­land Art Gallery ( auck­lan­dart­gallery.com) and the Auck­land Mu­seum ( auck­land­mu­seum.com). You can’t come to New Zealand and not see sheep – ra­tio of peo­ple to sheep is 1:7 – and Sheep World ( sheep­world­farm.co.nz) ticks off all the sheep ex­pe­ri­ence boxes; it’s only 45 min­utes drive from the city.

The clean air and stun­ning land­scapes of New Zealand will en­tice you to do as much out­door ac­tiv­i­ties as pos­si­ble, so pack hik­ing gear and head for the hills of the Waitakere Ranges or the black sand surf beaches of Whatipu, Karekare and Bethells Beach.

In the cap­i­tal of Welling­ton – on the south­ern­most tip of the North Is­land – do the cul­tural thing and visit Te Papa Ton­garewa (Mu­seum of New Zealand; tepapa.govt.nz) which show­cases the coun­try’s his­tory from the great mi­gra­tions of the Maori to ge­ol­ogy and nat­u­ral his­tory in a very in­ter­ac­tive way, en­sur­ing kids will ac­tu­ally be in­ter­ested! Take the ferry, cross the Cook Strait, and hit the South Is­land run­ning as you’re now en­ter­ing a world of end­less blue skies, roads where you may not see any­one else driv­ing for hours, and enough sheep to make you want lamb chops for ev­ery meal!

We sug­gest rent­ing a camper­van par­tic­u­larly if you have older kids – tod­dlers and lit­tle ones will prob­a­bly drive you nuts with in­ces­sant ‘Are we there yet?’ queries. There are sev­eral rental com­pa­nies so shop around for the best deals. Roads are well main­tained and sign­posted, and there are camper­van parks with good fa­cil­i­ties near all the touris­tic ar­eas. Fjords, lakes, forests, farms and quaint towns await; or go bungee jump­ing, moun­tain bik­ing or fish­ing.

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