I had so many people asking me about our New Zealand trip while we were away so I thought I would share some details with you on what we did, where we stayed, some of the costs and if I would recommend going there with children (or without). We went to New Zealand for a week with two good friends of ours and their one-year old daughter. New Zealand has never actually been on my bucket list, it was our friends; Kate and Andy who decided on it. I was absolutely blown away with how beautiful it really was. I was shocked, in the best way.
Where we stayed:
We stayed in the newly built holiday house called the ‘mod box’ for the whole trip. It was a 6-minute drive from the airport and a 7-minute drive to Queenstown CBD. It had a stunning view of the lake and hills and was in the perfect location, just away from the hype of Queenstown. I would honestly recommend this place to everyone who might be planning a trip to New Zealand, it was perfect!
What we did:
Bikes around Lake Wanaka- This was a last-minute decision which turned out to be one of the best things we did! We had planned to go to Lake Wanaka for lunch, we arrived quite early so we decided to hire bikes and ride around the edge of the lake which took us to an amazing view. The trail was so easy and the view was defiantly worth it!
Cost: Bikes $30 per person $15 for the baby cart. (4 hour hire)
Two snow days- We spent two days on two different mountains snowboarding on there beautiful fluffy snow! The first day we visited Coronet peak, and the second day we went to the Remarkables skifield. They were both around 30 minutes from where we were staying which was perfect for us! Charlie and Andy said they loved Coronet peak better for snowboarding, but the Remarkables was much better for the kids! (more room to play and fluffier snow!)
Cost: $90 per adult skiing or snowboarding (half day cost)
Skyline in Queenstown- The skyline would have to be the best way to see the view of the Queenstown CBD, the hills and the lake without paying $100s for the helicopter ride! You go up the grondola to get to the top of the hill which is so fun (unless you’re afraid of heights like my Fiancé). There’s plenty of activities to do up there (hikes, bike rides, dinner etc.) we just did the grondola and the luge, the luge is like a race track on the top of the mountain. I would have loved to eat out at the restaurant but it was $100 per person (excluding drinks) and we didn’t think it would be worth it with two crazy kids!
Cost: Grondola- $35 per Adult. Luge- $57 per adult for 3 rides (can buy more or less rides)
Steamship cuise (The Tss Earnslaw)– If I had to choose, I would have to say that this was my favourite! The steamboat itself was amazing, we got to go down to the engine room and watch them at work. The ship took us to Walter peak farm where we experienced a biggest, most delicious buffet lunch and dessert we could have dreamt of. Then, we went over to the shearing shed where Alayna got to feed a lamb a bottle and we watched a sheep shearing show. We bought Alayna a little souvenir from the gift shop then ventured through the beautiful gardens before heading back home on the steamship! It’s the perfect family day out for all ages.
Cost: $105 per person. (3.5 hour round trip)
Free Adventures- We spent a few days going on walks that led to pretty piers, hidden waterfalls and getting lost in a beautiful forest. This was a nice break from spending money, and finding free, kid friendly things to do! The girls absolutely loved exploring the forest, and the drive to all these places were incredible.
Other things we did were:
Visited a beautiful small town called Arrowtown where we had pizza by the water.
Explored out to Moke Lake which had beautiful clear water, lots of ducks and big mountains. On the drive out we got to see some of the country side and all the sheep and cows that roamed the road!
Went to the famous Ferg burger and Ferg bakery, which is a must do! Delicious food and super popular.
Drove through all the mountains and stopped at a gorgeous lake with bright green water which was incredible!
Ate, drank, explored, slept, repeated.
Would I recommend New Zealand with kids?
Yes! New Zealand was breathtaking, there was so much to do and activities for all ages, and families. We went while it was snowing and it was beautiful, it wasn’t too cold and Alayna loved (eating) the snow! I would defiantly recommend going when it’s snowing, the mountains look insane! I would say if you’re traveling with young children you need lots of patience. The airport, flights, lack of naps, time zone changes, long days etc. can be so exhausting for them. But, if you are patient and understanding it’s 100% worth it!
I would recommend taking a small pram or carrier. Both Kate and I took carriers and they were a life saver at times (even just at the airport when you have so much luggage to carry!). Alayna walks everywhere so we didn’t think we would need it, but at times it really did come in handy.
I don’t think I can highlight one part of the trip as every activity was full of pure fun and freedom. Isn’t that the best part about holidays? Indulging in too much food and desserts, having the time to stop on the side of the road just to take in a view, waking up in a fresh unfamiliar environment and knowing each day if going to be full of big adventures and free happy souls?
Here’s a short video of our New Zealand trip!
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Thank you so much for following us on our holiday,