For the Family

Active New Zealand

From North to South

Active Family North to South

For the active family wishing to go beyond the ordinary and connect with New Zealand in a way that most visitors do not manage with special experiences both North and South.

Starting in Auckland you’ll spend a night at a luxurious waterfront hotel providing the perfect base to explore all that this fascinating city has to offer with its superb cuisine, world class wines and numerous activities.

Float down an underground river with glowworm displays above and jump in cascading waterfalls before ending in laid back luxury perched high above Lake Taupo. 4WD out to Tamau Pa and share the magic of the magnificent wilderness surrounded by native flora and fauna in a sub-Alpine forest as you hunt, gather, cook and hike with your specialist tracker, Maori chef and custodian of the land.

After a day in the wilderness relax on the shores of Lake Rotorua with its magnificent views canoeing, fishing, and playing tennis. For nature lovers and thrill seekers zipline through ancient forest. Combine spectacular scenery and great rapids for an awesome whitewater rafting adventure. You’ll then journey to your accommodation hidden in the heart of Te Anau, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its native beech forests, towering mountains, and crystal-clear lakes, rivers, and waterfalls. Explore New Zealand’s back country with special access to a wilderness sanctuary.

Heading South you’ll drive through some of the country’s most stunning unspoiled mountain scenery and rainforest-carpeted valleys to kayak the crystal waters of Milford Sound learning about the environment and history of this spectacular region. Immerse yourself in the vineyards of Queenstown wine country on the outskirts of New Zealand’s adventure capital. Hike and bike as you explore some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery with it’s longest lake cradled by steep and craggy mountains, indented by numerous inlets and bays. Experience the Siberian Valley from air, land and water as you take in ice carved mountains, glaciers and the icy blue waters of the rivers that run between.

This is the perfect family escape for nature lovers and adventure seekers with fun for everyone!

You will love

  • Outdoor adventure and activities
  • Scenery more dramatic than a Hobbit filmset
  • Exclusive access and one-off experiences
  • Native flora and fauna
  • Cultural interactions



This itinerary provides the perfect framework for a spectacular journey but it is an example only. All journeys will be individually designed and quoted on a case by case basis.


Arrive in Auckland and spend time exploring the city. Explore all that this fantastic city has to offer with world class wines, superb cuisine and numerous leisure activities on your doorstep.


Explore a stunning underworld with your experienced guide as you float down an underground river in a rubber tube while admiring the glowworm displays above and jump in cascading waterfalls before ending in laid back luxury perched high above Lake Taupo.


Journey to Mount Titiraupenga where you will be received by a Maori welcome/powhiri, followed by a ‘sharing session’ in a mystical and totally private setting. 4WD out to the Tamau Pa where you will spend the night on Maori Trust land with a Maori chef and custodian of the land with exclusive access to magnificent wilderness boasting native flora and fauna.


Spend the day with your experienced Maori chef, outdoorsman, search and rescue specialist (tracker) as you share the magic of the New Zealand bush and his deep knowledge about Maori relationships with the land. Hunt, gather, cultivate, prepare, cook and hike across a 5,000 acre block of Maori land up in the Kaimanawa Ranges before leaving the wilderness behind you to relax on the shores of Lake Rotorua.

Here you’ll have two adventures beginning with the Rotorua Canopy Tour as you get up close and personal with one of New Zealand’s most intact native ecosystems, the ancient forest in Rotorua. Experience and learn about the history and conservation efforts surrounding native New Zealand forests while you zipline through them with your knowledgeable Kiwi guide. This is the ultimate interactive adventure for nature lovers and thrill seekers alike. Combine spectacular scenery and great rapids for an awesome whitewater rafting adventure. From the buzz of ‘Geoff’s Joy’, a torrent of Whitewater, to stunning native and plantation forest, the Rangitaiki River has it all!


Meet your guides for a special back country experience. Ride a water taxi across the lake, hike narrow trails surrounded by pristine bush, hop in a hidden ‘tinnie’ as you scan the shores for deer, watch trout dart in the clear water below as you float through a scene more dramatic than a Hobbit filmset. Stop. Let the peace sink in.


Drive through unspoiled mountain scenery and rainforest-carpeted valleys to kayak through the crystal clear waters of Milford Sound finishing in the Valley of the Vines to soak up the pioneering history and romance of a working vineyard. The next two days are yours to hike or borrow a bike and explore Lake Wakatipu and the charming historic Arrowtown, a New Zealand treasure.


You will make your way to Queenstown where your journey will end.


10 nights in New Zealand

10 nights in New Zealand

START: Auckland, New Zealand     |     Finish: Queenstown, New Zealand

This itinerary provides the perfect framework for a spectacular journey but it is an example only. All journeys will be individually designed and quoted on a case by case basis.

Exellent and wonderful, reaching way above expectations.

Elizabeth Mackintosh

Julia you did a fantastic job - everything was first class. Well organised, efficient and stress free. We all agreed it was the best holiday we've ever had. Cant wait to travel with CSC again.

Milford family

We are so happy we put our trust in CSC, we had an amazing adventure and would recommend them to anyone.

Kim & Brad Balance

The trip exceeded my expectations and was the best family holiday I have ever had. Our children simply loved it and now I know more about African wildlife than they do about our own farm animals.

Rowntree family

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Melanie McMillan & Iain Jones

We loved it all. Our son wants to go back tomorrow. We would ALL go back again!

Laurence & Remi Cunningham

An amazing experience - the best family holiday we have ever had. We were extremely impressed by the meticulous attention to our itinerary. I can't speak highly enough of all the elements of this exciting journey!

Sheryl & Robert Taylor

Thank you for making our trip to Africa so spectacular. The attention to detail really made it special. It really was the trip of a lifetime.

Paul Cozzi

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Tim Bradley

You can't improve on perfection. I had my best birthday and holiday with my family celebrating my 80th birthday in Africa. Everything that Julia organised was perfect and the whole trip was a highlight!

Buckingham Family

The trip of a lifetime, couldn't have dreamt of a better adventure if I tried.

Emma Jeffcoat

Absolutely everything was first class & so well organised.

Simon & Jackie Adams

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Ros Wheeler

Their experience and knowledge of Africa is evident and we couldn't have been happier with the total package. This has given us a taste for Africa - now we are ready for more.

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Di & Kingsley Yates

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It certainly was the best trip we have EVER had. The experiences were mind blowing.  We want everyone we know to experience Africa - the animals, the people - magical.

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Would do it all again and not change a moment. Best holiday ever!

The McGowan Tribe

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