Travelling with Kids – The first overseas holiday
Within the next year or so we are planning on taking our big family holiday. It’s one I’ve been dreaming of and planning for a while. And, while domestic travel is on the cards for us in the short term. For our BIG trip, I’m thinking we might be ready to travel overseas.
One of the best locations that has been recommended to me for first overseas trips, especially travelling with kids, is New Zealand.
The good thing about travelling to New Zealand from Australia is that it’s not too far so you and your kids won’t have to adjust to a massive jump in time zones. The food and culture are very similar, English is the primary language spoken, and the monetary exchange rate is excellent.
There is also a heap of family-friendly activities kids of all ages will love.
For the more adventurous family and perhaps a family with older children, there are some tremendous thrill-seeking activities. Jetboating and zorbing are suitable for kids as young as 6; bungy jumping is open to those 10 and over. But if that’s a little extreme, try ziplining, go-karting or tobogganing.
In the South Island, there are many great outdoor activities to keep the family busy. Being an outdoorsy family, it’s hard to choose just a few activities to do, I’d love to do them all!!
At the top of my list is definitely Marlborough. This area is known for its winemaking so I’d probably sneak a quick visit to a couple of local wineries. As a family, though, nothing sounds more relaxing than a scenic cruise in the Marlborough Sounds. Dolphins and seals can be spotted from the boat, or we can step ashore and search for endangered birds, lizards and insects.
I think my kids would also enjoy the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre which showcases rare WWI and WWII aircraft and memorabilia.
Moving on and Christchurch is a must-see location along with Lake Tekapo. Then we’d probably finish up in Queenstown where we can explore the Lord of the Rings filming locations.
Accommodation in New Zealand
To find the perfect accommodation around New Zealand, save yourself some time and head straight to Villa Finder.
Villa Finder now has many different villa’s available around the Mount Cook area in the South Island of New Zealand and all are large enough to suit travelling with kids.
My favourite – definitely the NOMAC No8. Check out the views from this villa!!! Imagine waking up to this every morning of your stay.
For me, the ideas of staying in a 3 bedroom villa rather than a hotel are much more appealing. It not only gives my rowdy family room to spread out, but they can be noisy without having to worry about disturbing other guests. To keep the budget under control, it’s also essential for me to stay in accommodation that has all the creature comforts of home – a kitchen, laundry and full-sized bathrooms.
Booking a Villa through Villa Finder has many advantages. If I am unsure which villa will best suit my requirements, I can lodge an enquiry and have an expert Travel Consultant contact me.
The Travel Consultant will help me find a suitable villa for me travelling with kids and then once I book they’ll send my details through to the Concierge team. This concierge team takes the hard work out of organising my holiday. Instead of spending hours trawling the Internet looking for information and great deals, the concierge team does all this for me at no extra cost.
Organising travel overseas does not need to be time-consuming or a big hassle when you know the right websites to visit. Villa Finder will definitely take all the hard work out of organising your next family holiday.
Oh, and if New Zealand is not your thing, Villa Finder also has Villas located in many other countries including Cambodia, Fiji, Maldives, Mauritius, Thailand and Vietnam.
So, what about you, what is your pick for a great location for a first overseas holiday travelling with kids?? Let me know in the comments below.
Kirsty is the founder of That Noise Is Mine.
An established blogger, writer and business owner raising 4 children independently. Kirsty is determined to succeed in this new life forced upon her.