A New Zealand Road Trip

Kylie has just spent 3 weeks in the South Island of New Zealand with her husband and 9 month old daughter Maddison, we caught up with them to hear about the experience and Kylie talked us through her trip.

We flew to Christchurch which took just under 3 hours and spent a few days exploring the city and did some day trips from there to Hammer Springs and Lyttelton. Then we hired a campervan (we brought our own car seat from home, but could have hired one) and headed off up to Nelson and Picton then down to The Abel Tasman National Park, Franz Josef Glacier, Milford Sound , Wanaka and Queenstown.

Having Maddison with us really didn’t limit our experience and what we got up to, we were still able to see all the sights. We took her hiking to see glaciers, blowholes and waterfalls. We went on a cruise which she didn’t like so much because it was a bit rough, we played mini golf, visited wineries and went on a Gondola ride. Maddi slept well in the camper, we made up the 3rd bed in the van and used a bed rail to keep her safe. We could have hired a travel cot from the campervan hire company (they also hire out carseats), but Maddi was really comfy the way we had her bed set up. She did wake from the cold a little at night so we used powered sites so we could run the heater overnight.

Maddison wasn’t bothered by all the changes, she just took it all in her stride, but that’s her nature. Her routine was a bit out of whack on the way home because of the time difference but nothing too serious, she adjusted back quite quickly.

She was just perfect the whole time, I couldn’t have asked for any better. The holiday was a wonderful experience, it was so relaxed and I came home feeling so refreshed with so much energy. I’ll definitely go back and I would recommend every one do it!

Thanks for sharing your story with us you gorgeous girls, it’s great to hear such positive stories about travelling with little ones! Make sure you fill us in when you head off on your next adventure.

I Couldn’t have lived without: A Snug as a bug (wrap with legs) we used it everyday because we could use it in the stroller, carseat and baby carrier. A small lightweight stroller (with reclining back.) Deuter backpack for carrying Maddi when we were hiking.

I wish I’d brought with me: A waterproof onesie suit for Maddison.