Category: Road Trips

Posts for surviving car trip with kids including some suggestions of places to stop on some routes around New Zealand

Heading North from Auckland to Whangarei and beyond (SH1)

If you get stuck in traffic getting out of Auckland or you’ve started your journey further south, you might need to stop early on in your journey. Straight over the bridge at Takapuna, there’s a great, albeit small playground right next to the beach on The Strand. Parking at the weekends, especially if it’s sunny,… Read more »

Top Tips for avoiding car journey hell!

Before you go: Check the traffic and weather for your trip, can you avoid potential traffic hotspots? A bit of a detour can be quicker than crawling in slow moving traffic. Plan stops according to the weather and don’t forget to keep gumboots and raincoats handy so you can still get out of the car… Read more »

Games to counter car boredom

Travelling in the car is tedious. Games that need nothing other than your voice, sometimes eyes and always imagination work best for road trips, especially if you have kids that get carsick! Lots of games can be adapted to suit younger/older kids. If competitions are liable to start in-car-fighting, eliminate this aspect (suggestions below). NOTE… Read more »

Wellington – Taupo (SH1) or Taranaki (SH3)

The road between Wellington and Taupo can become very congested over the summer period. Plan your trip so that you can all get out of the car and stretch your legs and feel refreshed getting back in to continue your journey. As with all activities listed on Kids On Board, the suggestions made here are based… Read more »

SH2 Wellington – Wairarapa – Hawke’s Bay

This route between Hawke’s Bay and Wellington has so many playgrounds and parks to choose from that it’s only a case of when and how often you choose to stop that might help you decide which to go to. If the weather isn’t really good enough for an outdoor activity, there are some rainy day… Read more »