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Lake Matheson

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New Zealand is a gorgeous playground suitable for families.  In order to really experience all of New Zealand’s amazing attractions it is necessary for children to either be able to walk reasonable distances on their own or be light enough that a parent can carry them.  We took our child when she was 5 years old and whilst she found some of the walks challenging she was happy to do them as she appreciated the gorgeous landscape.

New Zealand is very safe for families and it is super easy to get around with children, even in prams.  Obviously the age of your children will influence the range of activities you do, but there is certainly plenty to do for all ages.


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I am still busy preparing my material for New Zealand so in the meantime please enjoy some photographs of New Zealand or alternatively you might like to purchase a guide from Lonely Planet (see link below).  If you have any questions for your upcoming trip please don’t hesitate to ask.




Hokitika Gorge

The beautiful Hokitkia Gorge

Child on Fox Glacier

Arthurs Pass - Rock Skimming

Raft on Shot Over River


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Hello fellow traveller!I’m Melissa, the creator of Thrifty Family Travels and I am here to share my passion for travel with you and the rest of the world! Travelling for years now, I have picked up plenty of great tips to pass along to other passionate travellers like yourself. With my thrifty ideas, clever itineraries, and great tips, I can help you to see the beautiful world on a budget as well! I specialize in finding great deals, discovering new tips, and ensuring you get great value for money. Having travelled solo for many years but now travelling with my young daughter and partner, I have discovered ways to travel with small children, a family, and alone, all while staying thrifty! I’m glad you’ve stumbled upon my page- now have a look around and feel free to ask me for some travel advice!Cheers, Melissa.
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