In February we embarked on a family holiday to New Zealand - and this was baby’s first time on a plane, and her first time overseas.
We share our top recommendations for family friendly travel in New Zealand’s South Island...
Our Top Travel Tips for Travel with Baby
If it is baby’s first time overseas, organise the passport well in advance - and make sure all family members passports are still current!
Breastfeed your baby on takeoff and desend - it helps with the pressure in their ears, it worked for us so much so that our bubba fell asleep! Offering a bottle of formula (or some water if your baby is old enough) would work in the exact same way - fed and sleeping baby for the flight is a win win!
Pack hand sanitizer and antiseptic wipes for the flight so you can wipe the area down and clean little hands before they eat - the last thing you want to deal with on your fun family holiday is illness
Bring on board a change of clothes and spare bibs for baby and a fresh top for yourself
Carry a couple of small books and small toys on the flight if you have the room, they are great for distractions
Pack one of baby’s comfort items to ease the transition to napping and sleeping in a different cot and unfamiliar environment
Try to plan activities and sightseeing around your baby’s routine if a routine is what they are used to
For Mum and Dad, invest in a local pre paid SIM card to pop in your phone, this will come in very handy in the event you get separated from a family member, experience an emergency when out and about or you need to access WiFi to find details of a local doctor. And don’t forget to pack your charger and an international power adapter or two!
Our top picks for baby friendly cafes in South Island NZ
Joe’s Garage in Christchurch
Water Drop in Christchurch
Fergburger in Queenstown
Bespoke Kitchen in Queenstown
The Spice Room in Wanaka
Maggie's Kitchen in Greymouth
Our top picks for family activities in South Island NZ
Hop on the gondola, stroll the bontanical parks or visit the fascinating Orana Wildlife Park or the Antarctic Centre in Christchurch
Stroll around historical Arrowtown, taking a visit to the Lakes District Museum, Dorothy Brown’s Cinema and the famous Remarkable Sweet Lolly Shop
Visit the Kiwi Bird Wildlife Park, take a Jurassic Safari of the Highlands or embark on a scenic family cruise in Queenstown
Stop by the Shantytown Heritage Park in Greymouth
Take in the view of the beautiful Lake Tekapo and visit nearby Mount Cook
Walk around the stunning lake Wanaka with baby in the ergo carrier or pram
Visit the UNESCO world heritage listed Fiordland National Park
Close by - check, stunning scenery - check, plenty of family friendly fun - check...New Zealand certainly is the perfect family friendly destination - especially for those travelling from Australia with baby for the first time!