South Island New Zealand


Aurelie Laugraud

Mom of 3

Age : 9 year old girl, 7 year old boy and 5 year old boy

Resident for : 3.5 years

Profession: Scientist

#1 Travel Tip: Think about 'time' when you drive around here , not kilometers. Some roads are not sealed and others are very winding...or both.

About South Island :

New Zealand really came into prominence with the Lord of the Rings series. The South Island, arguably the more picturesque of the two is renowned for its mountains, lakes, fjords and glaciers, and ski fields. Adventure enthusiasts have a range of activities to indulge in: sight-seeing, glacier climbing, hiking, kayaking, bungee jumping and camping are only a few of them. South Islanders are down-to-earth locals and a trip to the area is always an adventure, with great scenery, food and wine to boot!


Tell us about living in your region:

The south Island is a great place for people who like outdoors, ocean, beaches, sounds, glaciers and mountains. You can bike, walk kayak, fly, ski…there’s so many activities to do !

What’s one cultural quirk?

People like to walk barefoot, even when they go to the supermarket.

Why is traveling important for a family?

It is very useful as a mind-opener, for the kids and for us . It creates great memories for the whole family.

What’s the hardest thing about traveling with kids?

When you have to stop, not even 10 minutes after you started the trip!

What’s your favorite family travel destination?

It probably depends on who you ask in the family. The consensus will probably be the beach at sunset.

What’s on your travel wish list?

Hawaii, Andaloucia, Canada, South America…and so many more places.

What’s the one thing you do that makes traveling with kids easier? 

When we relax, they relax!

Give us a song from your road trip playlist:

‘Lilly’ by Pink Martini