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Top 10 family adventures in New Zealand

10th February 2021

With New Zealand coming out top in the Bloomberg Covid Resilience Ranking for the third month in a row, it’s a good excuse to take a closer look at the Land of the Long White Cloud. Family Traveller reader and mum of two, Caroline Hickman, was lucky enough to live there for over 10 years, so take a look at her top 10 favourite New Zealand experiences for families and think about adding a few to your family’s travel wish list.

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Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula

Dig your own hot pool on Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula

Thanks to its unique position right over hot, bubbling, underground springs, Hot Water Beach has become a Kiwi location with a cult-like status, attracting thousands of tourists and locals every year. Once there, grab a spade from one of the huts and start digging, because for two magical hours, either side of low tide, it’s possible to create your own personal hot pool in the sand. The hot water is just below the area of sand near the rocks at the end of the beach and filters up to the surface as you dig. This is a delight for little ones and makes for an exciting treasure hunt as you search for a spot with just the right temperature.

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