- Since 2019 -
the ultimate active
family travel experience
A showcase of the best things that New Zealand has to offer. And you…. yes you! You can go there too
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
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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
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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
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
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
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"
The Best Christchurch Family Accommodation
From budget to luxury, we’ve found the best locations, those with fab kitchen facilities even playgrounds. Find the best family friendly accommodation in Christchurch here
Kiwi Burn Hut: Easy family friendly tramp in Fiordland
Kiwi Burn Hut Kiwi Burn Hut is a great beginners hut for new trampers or families with kids. It’s a beautiful forest track in the Snowden Forest Conservation Area of Southland, not far from Te Anau. It’s in the
Rod Donald Hut: Easy Family Friendly Hut Adventure
Rod Donald Hut, Banks Peninsula Wow this little hut is absolutely fantastic and really makes the outdoors accessible for practically everyone. It has a cute cosy feel and is perfect for families with kids and beginner trampers who are getting
Best things to do in Ashburton and Mid Canterbury with Kids
Things to do in Ashburton with Kids and around the Mid Canterbury Region If you are like me, you are always looking for interesting things to do with kids in Ashburton, or what to do in the Mid Canterbury Region.
Hooker Valley Track: The Best Day Walk in New Zealand
Hooker Valley Track, Mt Cook National Park updated November 2021 The Hooker Valley Track in the Mount Cook National Park has to be one of the most stunning and easiest day walks in the country. When I first moved to
Comprehensive Guide: Things to Do in Te Anau, Day Trips from Te Anau and Great Places to Stay
Things to do in Te Anau, New Zealand I really feel for Te Anau. A small town, sitting on a beautiful lake in any other setting and people would be flocking to stay here for weeks. Instead, people hightail it
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
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