New Zealand

New Zealand is a perfect destination for families, flying time is short, English is spoken, the climate is similar to Oz. The time difference is minimal, getting around is a synch, and there is so much to do in a land of stunning natural beauty. Whether you want to ski, laze on some breathtakingly beautiful beaches, hike national parks, soak in a thermal hot spring, go whale watching or just cruise around sightseeing; New Zealand offers it all.

Make sure you read our readers articles and travel tales below!

Where to start: 

New Zealand's official visitor website has a huge wealth of information to get you inspired as well as a great travel planner that you can personalise and save. New Zealands official visitor website

What is there to see and do: 

New Zealand has so much going on that it is impossible to list all of its family attractions but here are a few we have picked out.

In Auckland you can take a harbour cruise, check out Auckland Museum or the Zoo. The kids will love a visit to Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World Kelly Tarltons or Rainbows End theme park Rainbows End

In Rotorua Visit one of the many hot springs or take in a Maori Cultural show or do both at Whakarewarewa

Hastings has Splash Planet

In Napier visit Marine Land

If you are in Christchurch The International Antarctic Centre is an interesting day out http://www.iceberg.co.nz/

Te Papa, New Zealand's national museum located in Wellington, offers a range of activities for kids including Story Place, an area for small children. http://www.tepapa.govt.nz

Indoor playgrounds, such as Chipmunks and Lollipops are great on rainy days and are located in a number of locations throughout the country.

For Skiing and Snow fun try Mt Ruapehu on the North Island or on the South Island base yourself at Queenstown to have access to a number of ski fields including Coronet Peak and the Remarkables.

For beaches hire a car and head north of Auckland to the Coromandel area or the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Where to stay: 

New Zealand has a huge range of accommodation options to suit families from cabins in caravan parks to farm stays, camping, B&B’s and hotels. A good place to start is New Zealand's official visitor website or the Holiday Parks Association of New Zealand website http://www.holidayparks.co.nz/

Country Facts

Currency:
NZ Dollar
Flying Time:
From the Eastern states flying times are approximately 3 to 3 and a half hours. From the West coast direct flights take approximately 6.5 hours.
Official Tourism Site:
www.newzealand.com/travel/
Phone Details:
111 (The international number 112 also works from mobiles), International code +64
Time Zone:
New Zealand is two hours ahead of Australia’s Eastern states.

Food & Supplies

Baby Food Brands:
Heinz/Watties, Only Organic, Natureland, Farex, Green Monkey Organic
Formula:
Karicare, S26, Nurture, NAN, Novolac, SMA
Nappies:
Huggies, Sealer, Dry Kids, Softkids
Where to shop:
Convenience stores, pharmacies and supermarkets such as Woolworths, New World and Foodtown

Travelling

Getting There:

Air NZ, Jetstar, Freedom air, Virgin Blue, Emirates and Qantas all fly to various airports in New Zealand.

Airport Facilities:
  • Auckland Airport

    Baby facilities

    Auckland Airport has a number of ‘nursery rooms’ which have cots and baby change facilities.

    There are also change tables in the female toilets throughout the international and domestic terminals.

    For entertainment:

    Airspace entertainment centre and Time Out

    Located on the first floor of the international terminal and the ground floor arrivals area of the international terminal respectively, have a range of arcade games.

    Airport website http://www.aucklandairport.co.nz

Safety

Car Seat Regs:

A child doesn't have to be in an approved child restraint if they're travelling in a passenger service vehicle (for example a taxi, airport shuttle or bus) when no appropriate child restraint is available. However, where a safety belt is available in any of these vehicles, the child must be restrained, and where an approved child restraint is available, it must be used.

For more information see the New Zealand Transport Agency Website http://www.nzta.govt.nz

Most car rental companies can also hire you a baby car seat (but make sure you check and reserve the seat ahead of time.)

Hiring Baby and Children's Equipment:

If you wish to hire car seats or other baby equipment there are a number of companies that can help such as http://www.babyonthemove.co.nz/ or http://www.babysunshine.co.nz