- 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
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The Kepler Track, New Zealand Great Walk: Whoa this was epic! Off the bat I’m going to say that this track was long. Most days were 16-18km but they were pretty awesome. Incredible lake views, mountain vistas, the greenest bush
Tramping with Kids: A Guide on how to plan and keep safe
Tips for Hiking with Kids Tramping with kids is the best! I’m so excited that you’re looking into this and considering taking your kids into the outdoors and exploring. This article will cover how to plan your trips and include
Tramping Gear List: Hiking Gear for Kids and Families
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Outdoor Gear Recommendations: What Backyard Travel Family use
Outdoor Gear: What we use at Backyard Travel Family We often get asked what gear we recommend for getting our family into the outdoors. I know there is so much choice out there and I trust my friends recommendations more
Mt Robert Circuit Hike: Nelson Lakes National Park
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Isthmus Peak, Wanaka: An alternative to Roys Peak
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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
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