7 Stunning Places Kids Will Love in New Zealand - Family Traveller (USA)

From pristine beaches to ancient rain forests, glaciers and bubbling mud — plus kiwis, penguins and a whole lot of sheep — New Zealand is a place where it’s easy to step out of your comfort zone and encounter the unexpected.


Travel to the Shire with a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata to experience the magic of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. Families can meander along pathways on the emerald green hillside to visit 44 miniature Hobbit holes — complete with round wooden doors, tiny mailboxes and flower-filled front gardens — or relax in the cozy, thatch-roofed Green Dragon Inn, where you can hoist a tankard of Southfarthing ale, cider or nonalcoholic ginger beer for a real Middle Earth moment.