HOW TO KEEP THE KIDS HAPPY IN NZ
Wanaka River Journeys
We went on the half-day Jetboat and Wilderness Walk. This was a very fast trip up the Matukituki River, including some very fast spins, which our son adored. Our guide also took us on a 40-minute walk in the Mount Aspiring forest. wanakariverjourneys.co.nz (Adults Dh565; children Dh330)
We went with Whale Watch Kaikoura, which has a 95 per cent success rate in finding whales. If your tour does not see a whale, they guarantee to refund 80 per cent of your fare. whalewatch.co.nz (Adult tickets from Dh353; children from Dh140; under-threes not allowed).
We did the Islands of Anchorage half-day trip with Kaiteriteri Kayak Abel Tasman. This includes a guide, picnic and the possibility of seeing seals, penguins and stingrays. Safe, easy and totally beautiful. seakayak.co.nz (Adults Dh350; children Dh226).
Milford Sound overnight cruise
We sailed on the Milford Mariner from Milford Sound, leaving at 4pm, with afternoon tea, the chance to go kayaking and then a three-course meal. We saw seals and dolphins. Cooked breakfast and wonderful cabins. realjourneys.co.nz (From pounds 166 to pounds 216 per adult twin share.
Hobbiton Movie Set
Step into the Shire and be guided around the 12-acre set; past Bag End and the Green Dragon. Totally magical. hobbitontours.com (Adults 17+ Dh197; children 8 to 16 Dh75; under-8s free).