We visited New Zealand a couple of years ago. We flew into Christchurch and did an overnight stay in a Christchurch hotel. The next day we took the train for a beautiful scenic ride to Greymouth where we picked up our rental car. We routed ourselves south towards Queenstown where we checked out Queenstown hotels and stayed for a few days.
Queenstown, situated by a beautiful lake and below majestic mountains, would make a fantastic family destination. Between boats and bikes, hiking and skiing, museums and nature, it looks like there are enough choices to keep everyone in the family happy. On the trip we made there was just the two of us. Maybe one day we'll be able to return with our grandchildren.