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How to go camping in New Zealand with a baby

Travelling in New Zealand with a baby is easy. At Spaceships, we like to make it even easier for you. We have several child seat options, so you can hire a campervan with a baby and enjoy this beautiful country.

A beautiful country that is perfect for your family holiday. Or as the Kidspot blog says: "New Zealand ticks all the family-friendly boxes when it comes to a holiday".

Campervan hire with a baby

Travelling in a Spaceship campervan with your baby is easy. The rear seating system provides the extra seating required and we have anchor points installed for the child seats. There are two child seat options available for hire with your camper from Spaceships. 

  1. For infants to approximately four-year-old children, we provide the Baby Seat. The cost is $50 for the duration of your hire.
  2. For children 15-34 kg or approximately 4-8 years, we have a booster seat option for $50 for the duration of your hire. 

Our seats meet New Zealand and Australian safety standards. A baby/child seat needs to be pre-booked. You can add a child seat to your booking via our Online Check-in Portal.

Which Spaceships campervan is suitable for a child seat?

The only Spaceships campervan category that is suitable for fitting a child/baby seat is the Beta campervan, a maximum of 1 child or baby seat can be used in this campervan. All other Spaceships campervans in New Zealand don't have a backseat so they cannot be fitted with a child or baby seat. Compare all campervans to see the specifications and features of each campervan.

Baby seat

  • Suitable from birth to approx 4 years
  • Shoulder height markers provide guidance on age use
  • Deep Contour wings to provide added protection in the event of a crash
  • Grows with your child from baby car seat to toddler car seat
  • Cushioned baby insert for additional support
  • Retractable stabilising bar
  • Head pillow
  • Shoulder Pads
  • Messy Mat
  • Storage Pockets

Add baby car seat to your booking

Once you have booked your Spaceships Beta campervan, you can add the baby car seat to your booking!

Booster Seat - Child Seat

  • Tested and Approved to the AS/NZ Standard
  • Suitable from 4 to 8 years of age approx
  • Lightweight design under 2kgs
  • No teether Strap required
  • Ideal Travel Booster Seat - Energy Absorption for enhanced seat protection

Add booster seat to your booking

Once you have booked your Spaceships Beta campervan, you can add the booster car seat to your booking!  

Fitting a baby/child seat into a campervan is easy

We can help fit but the responsibility of fitting the seat correctly is with the parents or person hiring the vehicle. In the video below, you can see what the Beta campervan looks like from the inside and where the baby/child seat will be placed. 

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"Traveled in a Spaceship for 30 days in New Zealand's South Island. Two adults and one baby fit really nicely in this home on wheels."

Customers about camping with a baby in New Zealand

Katalin & Karol travelled with their 13-months old baby in a Spaceships Beta campervan for a month: "Next, to the bed, we could still fit our stroller and backpack carrier, not to mention the camping table and chairs we rented as extras. We were surprised how well everything fit into our Spaceship." Read the full story about their road trip: One month with a toddler in a Spaceship.

Also, the Ardent Traveler (travel bloggers) travelled with a baby in a Spaceships campervan. Here's a quote from their travel experience: "Additionally, the MPV had many compartments for diapers and other baby gear and curtains to block the sun out when he was having his morning and afternoon naps. The spacious luggage storage at the back of the vehicle was also big enough for us to put away a medium-size trolley bag, a 60-litre backpack and other baby paraphernalia, and still had extra space for at least one more bag."