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Kia Ora Whanau
Hello family! If this is your first time to the site, or will be your first time in New Zealand, here is the best place to start!
Firstly, I’m Jen! My family and I are born and bred here in New Zealand. While we have travelled extensively overseas, I’m so proud to call New Zealand home.
The thing we love the most about New Zealand is that we have everything here: Mountains, lakes, beaches, volcanoes, glaciers, rainforest, giant sand dunes, islands, wildlife… we have it all! So come and look around!
First time in New Zealand
If you are planning your first trip to New Zealand, or you have just arrived.. AHHH! I’m so excited for you!
This page has some great places to start if you’re not quite sure what to see, where to stay or how to get around.
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We are super passionate about exploring something new and getting off the beaten track. So if you haven’t been to some of the top spots around New Zealand, you might find these “top articles” useful, but if you are looking for something a bit different…
New Zealand Itineraries
The very best New Zealand South Island Road Trip Itinerary for families with kids updated September 2023 If you are planning a road trip around New Zealand’s South Island, then you have come to the right place! Just think of
New Zealand North Island Itinerary l lived in the North Island of New Zealand for the majority of my childhood and as I look back now, I’m amazed at all the things opportunities we had and all the amazing things
An itinerary is a great way to find out the highlights of New Zealand and also take a look at some common routes. They will help you decide whether to stop along the way, or bypass pass it for another option.
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New Zealand Trip Planning Tools
What it’s really like to hire a campervan in New Zealand: Tips, Tricks and why we chose Wendekreisen One of the things we get asked the most is: “Whats the best campervan to take?” and how can we make
Tips for Flying with a baby and kids Taking a long haul flight with kids may be some parent’s worst nightmare. There are a million things that could go wrong, the disapproving stares, the fear of forgetting something or that
Everything you need to know about planning a Family Campervan Holiday in New Zealand (Updated April 2022) It’s everyone family’s dream to hire a campervan and travel around New Zealand, going where the wind takes you. Stumbling across hidden gems,
How much does it cost? Can I afford to travel in New Zealand? Surely, creating a budget for travel is one of the most difficult things about planning. To give you an idea, here is a list of basic costs,
Travelling with a family can be expensive, especially when you compare to more budget friendly travel destinations such as Asia. But travelling around New Zealand doesn’t have to cost the Earth. If you follow these tips for some of your
If you are planning your trip around New Zealand, here are some resources that may help you and reduce your time researching
- Campervanning in New Zealand: Best Campervans for families, rules for freedom camping and all the tips you need
- Basic Costs in New Zealand: Is food expensive? How much is a dinner out? What is a bus fare like?
- Budget Tips and Discounts: How to save money travelling in New Zealand – the best websites and tips to get it cheaper
- Cook Strait Ferry: Yes if you don’t fly, you must take a ferry between the North and South Island. Hot tips for making the best of it as a family
- Weather in New Zealand: Weather is changeable and will make a difference to what you pack. Read more to plan your trip
Best Things to do in NZ Articles
Things to do in Ashburton with Kids and around the Mid Canterbury Region If you are like me, you are
Rotorua Family Travel Guide: The Many Things to Do in Rotorua with Kids Why visit Rotorua? Rotorua is
What to do in Christchurch, New Zealand Welcome to Christchurch, the Garden City and a place I used to call
Things to Do in the Catlins New Zealand Wow, the Catlins, where do I start? A bit rugged, a bit
Best things to do in Christchurch for Free Updated September 2023 There are many things to do in Christchurch with
The Best Things to do in Northland with Kids: Your Northland Bucket List If you love beaches, warm weather, watersports
If you haven’t been to New Zealand before, you might be wondering where on earth do I start? How do I know where I want to go?
These articles will highlight some of the best things to do around the country
Here are 8 of our favourite hidden gems to whet your appetite. Scroll down to check them out, or click here for the next section
The Truman Track on the West Coast The Truman Track is an absolute gem of a track. I have to say, when I read that it was a 15 minute walk to a lookout point, I was a little underwhelmed
Magical Fairy Door Walk, McHughs Forest, Canterbury The Magical Fairy Door Walk in Darfield’s McHughs Forest is just the most beautiful Canterbury walk for toddlers. In saying that, my 4 and 6 year old boys also loved it too. It
Deep Stream Track near Lake Aviemore The Deep Stream Track was the first walk I have completed without doing any research in particular. We came across the track travelling on the scenic drive around Lake Aviemore and the unassuming track
Ashburton Lakes The Ashburton Lakes are the epitome of a hidden gem. If you are looking for the quintessential back country experience of what remote locations looked like from yesteryear, then this is the place to come. Its sheer magnificent
Hiking the Paekakariki Escarpment Track with Kids: New Zealand’s Stairway to Heaven on the Te Araroa Trail
Paekakariki Escarpment Track: Wellington’s Stairway to Heaven The Paekakariki Escarpment Track is part of the Te Araroa Trail: The Walkway covering the length of New Zealand. Pretty cool huh? You can actually walk from the top to the bottom of
Tasman Glacier Viewpoint: Easy Short Walk in Mt Cook National Park updated September 2023 The Tasman Glacier is home to a couple of great short walks in the Mt Cook National Park. If you aren’t wanting to tackle the longer
Hokitika Gorge Walk, West Coast updated March 2023 The stunning turquoise waters and epic swing bridge is what drove us to visit the Hokitika Gorge. Located about 30 minutes inland from Hokitika, if you only do one thing in this
How we can help you plan the very best New Zealand holiday or weekend away
Okay so where to from here? We have a lot more information on our New Zealand travel blog
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