Something that we figured our kids wouldn’t appreciate quite as much were the renowned vineyards of the nearby Marlborough region. Knowing that we couldn’t subject them to hours of wine tasting, we settled for having lunch at a couple of the better known wineries, which seemed to work for everyone. It truly astonished us that with all the amazing natural beauty we’d already seen here that there’d be room left over for growing grapes for world-class wines. What does this country not have?
Something we knew would suit the boys just fine were some of the adventurous pursuits, like the 4-Wheel ATV quad bike tour through the hills of nearby Happy Valley. We combined the tour with a ride down the world’s longest “flying fox” called the SkyWire. It’s a nearly mile-long zip line that propels you at speeds of up to 60 mph 400 feet above the region's beautiful native forest.