- Since 2019 -

New Zealand
the ultimate active
family travel experience

Epic Destinations

A showcase of the best things that New Zealand has to offer.  And you…. yes you! You can go there too

Travel Planning

Traveling with a family can be a logistical challenge (not a nightmare, just needs a bit of planning)  We have you covered with all the practical advice you need to know 

The Inside Word

Do you want to travel like a local?  Are you looking for an authentic kiwi experience?  Find the best itineraries, local treats, kids playgrounds and more hot tips here

Join our family

Hey, Jen from Backyard Travel Family here.  We are a family of 5, with 3 active kids who love to explore New Zealand.  We provide you with local advice so you too can have your dream holiday in New Zealand

Coffee break searching Backyard Travel Family on Ipad

Be Organised

We are not just another website showing you pretty pictures, well yes, we do that too.  Our difference is we give you practical advice for every adventure

  • How long does the track take to walk with kids?
  • Are there any other hidden gems in the area?
  • Is there shade to have a picnic?
  • Hungry? We will let you know the best places for that celebratory ice cream or well needed coffee

Be Inspired

New Zealand has a vast array of landscapes and activities, but how will you choose?

Enter our showcase and we will show you our top choices and a first hand account of how to do it with your kids

Be Smart

We offer a comprehensive list of tips and tricks for your travel around New Zealand.  But how do we know?  We are a local kiwi family, born and bred.  We have traveled overseas and know it requires a bit more planning with kids.  So no more extensive research! We have the best websites to use, local itineraries,   weather tips and where to find the tastiest New Zealand treats

"Don't waste family time researching, when your
local guide is right here"

Sunset over Mt Cook and Mt Tasman, with orange hues lighting up the mountains taken from Gillespies Beach Fox Glacier West Coast NZ
Tips and Advice

Best Things to do on the West Coast

Things to do on the West Coast, New Zealand   From Fox Glacier to Punakaiki The West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand is a rugged and rough rainforest area that is unlike any other part of New

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View up Lake Wanaka from Roys Peak New Zealand
Tips and Advice

The Best Things to Do in Wanaka New Zealand

Things to do in Wanaka New Zealand One of my favourite places in New Zealand, Wanaka is an awesome lakeside holiday destination that is incredible all year around.  Wanaka in Winter and Wanaka in Summer are both amazing, and vastly

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Backyard Travel Family stand in front of a rhino on the Rhino Way aka Childrens Bay Walkway Akaroa
Tips and Advice

15 Incredible Things to Do in Akaroa

Akaroa for Foodies, Family, Nature Lovers and History Buff Itineraries for Best Things to do in Akaroa, New Zealand Akaroa is a beautiful seaside settlement, just 80 minutes from Christchurch.  It is the main township in Banks Peninsula and is

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I’m Jen, Captain of Backyard Travel Family.  I’m so excited you are keen to check out the    BEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD with us

We really want everyone to enjoy looking around New Zealand as much as we do, so feel free to contact us for advice, or check out more below.


All of Backyard Travel Family sitting in front of Dog Stream Waterfall, Hanmer Springs after the 1 hour walk
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