As I planned a massive North Island road trip with my sister, we kind of expected the worst. It’s a long drive from Auckland to Wellington, especially with four kids, but it was really important to both of us to make the trek to see family we haven’t for some time. Family is important. So starting with a pick up in Auckland at 1am, we hit the road from Hamilton at 1pm the next day. What should have been a 5 hour trip was about 8, and it actually wasn’t the worst. We had a couple of stops on the way for car sickness, and food, and op shopping, but seriously, the kids were AMAZING. Check them out doing their show off of these super cool activity packs my sister put together.
This epic pack consisted of:
Map of North Island
Twisty toy thing
And they were really successful. They used them for the first hour, doing activities and ticking off the bingo. There was some serious competition going on. All practical activities aside, what I think really made it easier was managing expectations. Parenting is hard right? Especially in long, tiring trips in confined spaces. We expected that we would have whinging + crankiness, that we’d have to stop regularly, keep turning around to find lost items in the mounting piles of stuff strewn around the car, and (kind of) expected to have to listen to Marshmello 217 times. We just said yes. Yes to their music, yes to snacks, and yes to having a lot of drinks when we arrived. And it meant my sister and I got to have some awesome chats, made fun memories, and see the beautiful landscape of New Zealand.
Do you have any other tips for travelling with kids? Leave them in the comments.