Travel with Tots in New Zealand

Planning a holiday with your family to New Zealand? From Auckland to Queenstown, touring the country with your tots is easy to do. Here are some of our favourite places to stay and explore as well as a few travel tips to ensure you get the most out of your family holiday.


If you’re like most visitors, your family will be buckling in for what may feel like a relatively long time. While finding affordable tickets might be a no-brainer, it pays to compare flights to New Zealand from and other providers, keeping other considerations in mind as well. Minimizing layovers and paying a bit extra for better seats can make a world of difference, cutting hassle and saving your energy for the holiday. If you’re travelling with an infant, many airlines offer bassinet seating, allowing you to install or borrow one for the duration of the flight. These seats are usually limited and on a first-come basis, so be sure to plan accordingly.


Queeenstown View

If you’re exploring the heart of the South Island’s wilderness, why not treat your family to a stay at the Wanaka Lake House? Featuring breath-taking panoramas, an indoor chemical-free swimming pool and countless activities to entertain the kids, the Sky Penthouse has it all. Suitable all year round, the lake house accommodates up to seven, while providing ample space for cooking, dining and relaxing.

Visitors to the North Island’s popular Tongariro National Park will find the Bayview Chateau Tongariro a real treat. There are many easy to moderate walks that start right from the hotel, while the Whakapapa ski area is a short 15 minute drive away for both winter and summer recreation. Other nearby fun includes the Tokaanu Thermal Hot Pools and the Tongariro Trout Hatchery. In addition to the numerous child-orientated diversions, the hotel also offers babysitting services should you want to slip away for some adult time.



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With access to infinite wilderness, endless attractions and a wealth of culture, your family will never be at a loss for things to do. Brave enough to attempt one of New Zealand’s extreme sports? Why not try your hand at bungee jumping off a bridge in Queenstown or tumbling down a hill inside of a massive Zorb ball in Rotorua? Maybe you’d prefer swimming with dolphins in the Bay of Islands, sailing in Milford Sounds or taking a bike ride on the Otago Rail Trail. Be sure to take advantage of the miles of stunning beaches and warm lakes, as you’re never very far from water in New Zealand.

Travelling with your family has never been so much fun! What’s more there are plenty of activities for all ages, so it doesn’t matter how old your kids might be.