Christmas, aside for this very festive season, is also a chance for spending time with loved ones like families and friends. On the other hand, few Kiwi families are using this holiday season to have a special family vacation, pack up and fly on board a plane.

With the aid of the website, the Stuff has rounded up some of the top spots for a family Christmas this coming December. Here are the five places that surely you and your colleagues will enjoy in New Zealand.

1. Auckland

Auckland, situated in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest urban area in the country. There should be enough reason of exchanging the traditional family lunch to the city of Auckland. Try to explore the area by driving along the Pohutukawa Coast where Christmas trees are covering the road.

2. Queenstown

Tagged as the "Adventure capital of New Zealand", Queenstown have plenty of opportunities to work off that Christmas dinner. You can go hiking up the Ben Lomond and be satisfied with the impressive panoramic views over the Wakatipu Basin.

3. Nelson

Nelson is a well-known holiday spot at the top of the South Island. It takes pride in some of the country's most scenic beaches. If holidaymakers are looking for golden sands and sheltered, blue-green waters, you may head to Kaiteriteri Beach. It is a stunning beach on the doorstep of the campground.

4. Kaikoura

The Kaikoura Bay is described as one of the loveliest and most peacefully stunning holiday destinations. Bounded by scenic mountains and sunbathing on Christmas Day, it is way different from a traditional White Christmas theme. By taking the boat and by kayaking, you'll be able to enjoy eco-tourism and see marine life.

5. Matamata

If you are a fan of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, visiting the Hobbiton movie set is where Matamata can lead you. According to, Matamata also offers the North Island's highest waterfall, Wairere Falls. The scenery can be seen from the walking track and also make sure to view the spectacular valley from the lookout.