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Portacot Hire Queenstown

portacot hire queenstown

Portacot Hire Queenstown

When it comes to portacot hire Queenstown Tots on Tour are leading the way. We can all sleep well at night knowing your children are in a safe and comfortable portable cot. Tots on Tour portacot hire Queenstown introduced a portacot set up that meets international safety standards.

In 2009 retailers in Australia stopped selling portacot foam mattresses and for very good reason. Until Standard AS/NZS 8811.1:2013 was introduced there wasn’t a mattress firmness specification. It’s a sad reality that infants have suffocated whilst sleeping in portacots. Asphyxiation can happen if a child’s head becomes wedged between a foam mattress or other non approved padding and the cot base. Non breathable material on the side of the portacot can cause an infant to suffocate. This is especially dangerous for very young babies that have not developed sufficient head control.

Justin Swales was 5 months old and being looked after by his grandmother. She put an extra mattress in the cot to make him more comfortable. Fifteen minutes later he was dead. Reading stories like this strengthened our resolve. Tots on Tour set up a  safe and comfortable hire portacot set up for our travelling families. For this reason Portacot hire Queenstown has never been safer.

portacot hire queenstown


The first step to improving the safety of portacot hire Queenstown was to update our stock. The latest safety standards advocate portacots should have breathable material on all four sides of the portacot. In 2010, the joint Australian/New Zealand Standard for cots was altered. It now includes a new safety feature to reduce suffocation hazards in portacots – ‘the breathability zone’ and breathable fabric must go to the base of the cot.

Sleeping Bags

Babies and young children can also become tangled in bedding which poses a strangulation risk. Using an approved infant sleeping bag can be significantly reduce risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Therefore the Baby Studio Sleeping Bag by Cruisy Baby is the perfect solution. Tots on Tour provide a complimentary Baby Studio Sleeping Bag which are available in three sizes from new born to approx 3 years.


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car seats

Car Seats Hire Rental Tots on Tour Queenstown New Zealand

Car Seats, Boosters & Capsules for Hire in Queenstown, New Zealand

Car seats can also be called capsules, car restraints and boosters.  There are many things to consider when choosing what to hire.  Tots on Tour’s Registered Child Restraint Technician can help you make the right choice. Infants and toddlers should remain rear facing as long as possible.  Compared to rear impact accidents vehicles are usually travelling a lot faster when front impact accidents occur.  Objects and people in the car will move towards the direction of impact.  Babies large heads make up approximately 25% of their body weight. Bones and muscle stretch but their spinal cord does not.  This results in horrific injuries for forward facing children in front impact car accidents.

Hire Car Seats fromTots on Tour Queenstown New Zealand

Head Proportions

When 8 month Prince George visited New Zealand his car seat was installed forward facing.  The New Zealand Herald wrote an article about this controversial decision.  Tots on Tour were asked to comment.  We agreed there was a need to educate parents regarding safe installation of car seats.  There is no legal requirement on which direction to install car seats. It is ultimately the parents choice. People were outraged Prince George’s car seat was installed forward facing.  Many felt it conveyed the wrong message to parents.  On the positive side the adverse publicity stirred public debate and increased awareness on correctly fitting car seats.

You can find more information regarding car seat law changes by reading a previous post.


Capsules are a great option for babies.  These car seats are fitted rear facing.  They can be lifted in and out of the car easily and have a convenient carry handle.  Some capsules have a base that remain in the vehicle. Capsules are suitable up to 13kg depending on the brand.

Car Seats Hire Rental Tots on Tour Queenstown New Zealand

Evenflo Discovery Capsule with Base


Convertible Car Seats

Convertible car seats are suitable from new born to approx 18kg.  It’s important to always check manufacturers’ weight and size guidelines.  A child may exceed the recommended height before exceeding the weight limit or vice versa.  These car seats can be installed rear or forward facing.  Again, check manufacturers’ instructions for weight recommendations on rear and forward facing installations.  Evenflo’s Tribute car seat can be rear facing up to 18kg. Some car seats have tethers that are attached to anchor bolts in the vehicle.  It is important to correctly identify these anchor bolts.  There can be cargo holds which are mistaken for anchor bolts.  The cargo holds are not strong enough to secure the tether in a high impact accident.  If in doubt seek advise from your Tots on Tour Registered Child Restraint Technician.  If your car seat has a tether you must use a vehicle that has anchor bolts. Check with your hire car company. Evenflo’s Tribute car seat is designed to only use it’s tether in the forward facing position.  This car seat is a great option for rear facing when there are no anchor bolts in the vehicle.

Car Seats Hire Rental Tots on Tour Queenstown New Zealand

Evenflo Tribute Convertible Car Seat

Safe n Sound’s Safekeeper car seat has deep contoured side wings to provide added protection in the event of a crash. This car seat has a tether which must be used both rear and forward facing.

Car Seats Hire Rental Tots on Tour Queenstown New Zealand

Safe n Sound Safekeeper

Diono Olympia car seats have been crash tested to use with or without it’s tether.  If an anchor bolt is present it is recommended to use the tether. For rear facing the Swedish tether method is used. The tether is attached to the track of the front seat for the Swedish tether method.

Car Seats Hire Rental Tots on Tour Queenstown New Zealand

Diono Olympia

Edinburgh’s Roadstar car seats have been designed without a tether.  These car seats can be used both rear and forward facing in vehicles that do not have anchor bolts.


Car Seats Hire Rental Tots on Tour Queenstown New Zealand

Edinburgh Roadstar Convertible Car Seat


Booster Seats

Fisher Price Beline SP Booster with Harness.  This seat is installed forward facing only.  There is no tether.  Manufacturer’s instructions recommend using with the harness from 9kg to 18kg.   It is preferable to use a rear facing car seat as long as possible.   This car seat is a good option for older toddlers and when there are no anchor bolts. At approximately 4 years the harness can be removed.  The child out grows the harness when they reach 18kg or the top of the harness strap is below their shoulders when using the highest slots. When using with a seat belt make sure the lap belt rests over the child’s lap and not their abdomen.  Make sure the head rest is adjusted to the correct height.  The sash belt is placed over the child’s shoulder using the booster seat shoulder guide.  This booster seat can be used up to 36kg (approximately 12yrs). The child’s eye level should be below the top of the car seat.

Car Seats Hire Rental Tots on Tour Queenstown New Zealand

Fisher Price Beline SP Booster Seat

The Adventure booster seat is suitable for children over 4 years.  The car seat is installed forward facing.  There is no tether.  Suitable from 15kg to 36kg.

Car Seats Hire Rental Tots on Tour Queenstown New Zealand

Adventure Booster Seat

This is a brief overview of some car seats available for hire from Tots on Tour. Please note that this does not cover all aspects and we recommend you seek advice from our Registered Child Restraint Technician to select the most appropriate car seat. When possible our Registered Child Restraint Technician will fit the seat for you. If this is not possible please follow the manufacturer’s instructions.


Strollers for Hire in Queenstown, New Zealand

Whether you call them strollers, pushchairs, prams or buggies Tots on Tour have a wide selection to meet your needs.  We have single and double strollers with many versatile options available for hire.  Capsules and carrycots can be fitted for babies.  Buggy boards and scooters can be attached to the stroller for preschoolers.  You can even tow one of our strollers behind a bike.

Mountain Buggy and Phil & Teds make strollers that are particularly suited to the terrain of Queenstown .

Mountain Buggy’s Swift stroller is more narrow than the Urban and Terrain strollers. This is great for using about town and off road.  The Swift stroller has 10 inch wheels and packs down nicely to fit into your vehicle.  Mountain Buggy’s Urban Jungle stroller has 12 inch wheels. These are particularly suited to off road conditions.  With it’s large rear wheels the Terrain Buggy is great for jogging.  The Swift, Urban Jungle and Terrain buggies all have swivel wheels that offer great maneuverability. These can be locked in place for more rugged conditions.


Tots on Tour Swift Mountain Buggy Strollers Queenstown New Zealand

Mountain Buggy Swift Stroller


Urban Jungle Mountain Buggy Pram

Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle Stroller


Terrain Mountain Buggy Strollers

Mountain Buggy Terrain Stroller


Phil & Teds’ Vibe Buggy is also great for the many Queenstown walking tracks.  The Vibe stroller can recline flat for babies.  It has a very comfortable soft liner.  All Tots on Tour’s Phil & Ted strollers have the option of an extra seat attachment for a second child.


Phil & Teds Vibe Strollers

Tots On Tour Phil & Teds Vibe Stroller Queenstown New Zealand

Tots on Tour Phil & Teds Extra Stroller Seat Attachment Queenstown New Zealand

Tots on Tour Phil & Teds Extra Stroller Seat Attachment Queenstown New Zealand

One of my favourite strollers is the Chariot Cougar 1.  It is extremely lightweight and versatile.  The Chariot comes with jogging wheel.  It also has an attachment for towing behind a bike.  The stroller wheels are fantastic for about town. This allows the buggy to turn on itself 360 degrees making the supermarket isles a breeze!  All attachments are quick release. They can be stored on the stroller when not in use.  The Chariot can be used for babies 1-10 months with the baby sling inserted. Remove the sling and it’s good for children up to 34kg’s.


Chariot Cougar 1 Stroller

Tots on Tour Chariot Cougar 1 Stroller Queenstown New Zealand

Tots on Tour also hire ‘about town’ strollers. These are great if you want something that folds down quite small.  We also hire double ‘about town’ strollers.


Steelcraft Profile Layback Stroller

Steelcraft Profile Layback Stroller



If your toddler or preschooler wants a bit more action, hire a Mountain Buggy Freerider scooter.  On longer walks the scooter can be attached to the stroller.  Your child can hop on for a ‘free’ ride.  The scooter will attach to any of our Mountain Buggy strollers or Phil & Ted strollers.  Another option is Lascal’s Maxi Board which can be attached to our Swift stroller.


Tots on Tour Freerider Scooter and Maxi Board Attach to Stroller Queenstown New Zealand

Tots on Tour Freerider Scooter and Maxi Board Attach to Stroller Queenstown New Zealand

Younger visitors to Queenstown will sleep soundly in Phil & Teds Snug Baby Carrycot.  This attaches to all our Phil & Teds strollers.  It comes complete with storm cover.


Tots on Tour Phil & Teds Snug Baby Carrycot Attach to Stroller Queenstown New Zealand

Tots on Tour Phil & Teds Snug Baby Carrycot
Attach to Stroller Queenstown New Zeaqland



 The Clip 2 Travel System converts the Terrain Mountain Buggy stroller to hold Evenflo’s Discovery Capsule.  Both are available for hire from Tots on Tour.


Travel system for strollers

Clip 2 Travel System and
Discovery Capsule


Queenstown is 45 degrees south and can get quite cold.  Most winters will see snow fall to town on one or two occasions.  Temperatures can fall to zero or below.  Be prepared by hiring a sleeping bag for your stroller from Tots on Tour.  We also hire Phil & Teds Cocoons which fastens into all our Phil & Ted strollers.


Tots on Tour Sleeping Bag and Cocoon for Stroller Queenstown New Zealand

Tots on Tour Sleeping Bag and Cocoon for Stroller Queenstown New Zealand

That’s quite a lot of information to take in about the most suitable stroller to meet your needs!  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.






Highchair Queenstown New Zealand

Highchairs, Booster Seat and Bumbo Floor Seat – Hire in Queenstown, New Zealand

Tots on Tour in Queenstown, New Zealand hire quality highchairs. Our rental equipment also includes chair boosters and Bumbo Baby seats.

When travelling with a young family there are lots of things to think about. One consideration is what your infant or toddler will sit on? Many accommodation providers will provide highchairs but some will not. Some restaurants will provide but there is not always enough and sometimes none. It’s a bit hit and miss really! There also comes a point when your toddler decides he or she is far too old for a highchair! A booster seat could come in handy at this point? Or perhaps a wooden highchair. These highchairs have the appeal of looking quite grown up. Your preschooler will love sitting at the table at the same height as everyone else!

Tots on Tour have a wide selection of highchairs to meet your needs. We clean them thoroughly after each hire with eco friendly products. The trays are removable which makes cleaning a breeze and easy access for your child.



Highchairs Queenstown New Zealand

Tots on Tour Milano Highchair on wheels Queenstown New Zealand


Milano Highchairs on Wheels – Adjustable Height


Highchairs Queenstown New Zealand

Tots on Tour Milano Highchair Queenstown New Zealand

Milano Highchair

The Babywise highchair is slim-line and great when space is an issue.

Highchairs Queenstown New Zealand

Tots on Tour Babywise Highchair Queenstown New Zealand


The Mocka Soho Highchair has no tray but instead a safety rail is used for younger children. For older children you can remove the safety rail and position the highchair at the table. Your child will feel very grown up! This is a great option for children that have outgrown a highchair but are still too small for a regular seat.


Highchairs Queenstown New Zealand

Tots on Tour Mocka Soho Highchair Queenstown New Zealand



 Another way for your child to join you at the table is to use a booster seat. These are attached to a regular chair and the infant is held safely in place with a harness. Tots on Tour have two options available. The Fisher Price Healthy Care Booster Seat has a removable tray that is dishwasher safe. You can also remove the tray entirely if you prefer your child to use the table. Our inflatable booster seat is a great option when you’re out and about. It packs down small with a handy carry handle.


Chair booster Queenstown New Zealand

Tots on Tour Fisher Price Chair Booster Queenstown New Zealand

Chair Booster seat Queenstown New Zealand

Tots on Tour Inflatable Chair Booster Seat Queenstown New Zealand


The Bumbo Floor Seat is designed for babies who can hold up their head but cannot sit up yet. It’s a great way for them to interact with their surroundings whilst holding their posture correctly. The Bumbo Floor Seat has won many awards for it’s innovative design. Be sure to use only on the floor and always with the safety harness done up.

Bumbo Floor Seat Queenstown New Zealand

Tots on Tour Bumbo Floor Seat Seat Queenstown New Zealand

Bumbo Floor Seat Safety Queenstown New Zealand

Bumbo Floor Seat Safety Queenstown New Zealand


Remember that babies and children should never be left unattended in Highchairs, Booster Seats and Bumbo Floor Seats





Portacot, Bassinet and Cot Hire in Queenstown New Zealand

Portacot hire for infants and toddlers is available from Tots on Tour in Queenstown. When you take your kids on vacation in Queenstown we can make your life a lot easier! Why carry lots of bulky infant, baby and children’s equipment when you can hire everything from Tots on Tour.

You have enough to think about without the stress of bringing all your baby, toddler and children’s equipment. We have everything covered. Imagine arriving in Queenstown and the children’s car seat and capsule are already installed in your rental car. You get to your accommodation and pop baby down to sleep in the portacot which has been set up and made up with bedding. Leave baby to sleep and turn on the monitor for piece of mind. Our port a cot set up includes complimentary sleeping bags and a fleece blanket.

One our most popular hire items is the portacot. Some people prefer to call them port a cots or porta cots or travel cots. The French word for carry or transport is porter. I guess port could also be short for portable? Wikipedia has more information on portacots and also refers to them as infant beds.


Hire Portacots from Tots on Tour Queenstown


Of course babies and infants don’t just sleep in portacots. We also hire BabyBliss and Cariboo bassinets. For on the move there is the option of our Phil & Teds Dot pram with detachable Carrycot. All of our Phil &Ted Buggies can adapt to carry the Phil & Ted Snug Carrycot. The Phil & Teds Cocoon Carrycot is a lightweight, soft-shelled baby carrycot with a zip away top cover, cocoon will keep your baby snug & warm in their stroller. Carry handles and a firm base allow you to lift baby in & out of the stroller without disturbing their rest. The Cocoon carry cot lies flat in our Phil & Ted Buggies and our Mountain Buggy range too.



Hire Bassinets from Tots on Tour Queenstown


Adapts to hold carrycot

Phil & Teds Dot Pram Adapts to hold Carrycot



Hire Phil and Ted Carry Cot from Tots on Tour Queenstown New Zealand



Hire Phil and Ted Cocoon from Tots on Tour Queenstown New Zealand



Phil &Ted Traveller Cot

For a really lightweight option there is the Phil & Ted Traveller Cot. This is a great option if you want to put baby down to sleep when you’re out and about on a picnic for example. This travel cot is perfect if space is limited in your car as it packs down very small.



Hire Phil and Ted Traveller Cot from Tots on Tour Queenstown, New Zealand


Babywise Wooden Cot

If you are on holiday for more than a few days you may wish to consider hiring our Babywise wooden cot. This comes with an innersprung mattress. As with all our portacots, cots, bassinets, carry cots and travel cots it comes with linen and blanket/duvet.


Wooden cot


All our equipment can be viewed, availability checked, priced, booked and paid for online. It doesn’t get any easier than that! If you have any questions or require assistance in your selection we are available to help. Just send an email or give us a call. We can also book equipment on your behalf.

If you have read this far here’s a question for you, what sleeping system do you like to use for young children when traveling?

Childrens Toys

Childrens Toys




Children’s Toys for Hire – Queenstown, New Zealand

Childrens Toys on vacation can be very helpful on days where you need some extra entertainment to keep the kids happy …… but what to bring. Actually don’t bring any childrens toys just rent them from Tots on Tour in Queenstown.

We have a great selection of childrens toys to suit infants, toddlers and pre schoolers. We have made it easy for you by having a pre-selected box made up for you, just choose the box full of great toys that is most appropriate for your child and book and pay for it online or call or email us and we can take care of the booking for you.

We also have scooters and glide bikes for hire, these come with helmets and can be great for your kids around Queenstown and on our family friendly biking trails.


Infants Toy Box A

Childrens Toys

Infant Toy Box A



Infants Toy Box B

Childrens Toys

Infant Toy Box B

Toddlers Toy Box A

Childrens Toys

Toddler Toy Box A

Toddlers Toy Box B

Childrens Toys

Toddler Toy Box B

Pre-Schoolers Toy Box A

Chilrdrens Toys

Preschooler Toy Box A

Pre-Schoolers Toy Box B

Childrens Toys

Preschooler Toy Box B

Book your childrens toys and other baby and children’s equipment for your Queeenstown holiday.

 Childrens Toys at the Lakes Hayes A&P Show

On another note we went to the recent A&P Show at Lakes Hayes which was a great family outing with something for everybody. The children especially loved the magic show. We got many comments from other parents about our kids wearing hydration packs …. they could drink whenever they wanted and we didn’t have to carry their drink bottles! There was plenty of childrens toys and nick knacks to buy for cheap as well.

Childrens Toys

Childrens Hydration packs



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Sun Safety for kids

Sun Safety

Sun Safety while visiting Queenstown is hugely important as our sun is super strong.  New Zealand has the highest rate of melanoma skin cancer in the world. But the good news is it’s easy to reduce your chances of developing skin cancer – you only have to be Sun Safe. Make sure your children are regularly covered with a good quality sunscreen (we use Banana Boat, Sport SPF 30+ and find it great), wear a hat and also suitable clothing to cover up …. Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap. Even in the dappled shade of a tree your kids can burn if not well covered with sun screen and clothing ….. good sun safety on your Queenstown holiday will make life better for you and your kids.

Tots on Tour has a Phil and Teds travel cot which is great for hanging out in the outdoors with your young one while they have a sleep in a well ventilated cot and provides good sun safety. It’s easy to set up and the kids seem to love them too. We just hang a sarong wrap over them to create darkness and down they go!


Tots on Tour sun safety travel Cot

Tots on Tour Travel Cot


Sun safety is especially important when around the water as the reflection gives even more sun to cope with and don’t forget grey days too ….. the sun is still there behind the clouds and it can be very dangerous to forget to apply that sun cream. Please be super sun safe with your kids this summer.

Child Carrier makes Queenstown family hiking easy

Tots on Tour Child Carrier Queenstown New Zealand





A kids child carrier makes easy hiking with children in Queenstown. Got to the top of the Queenstown Gondola for a stroll with the kids and then carried on up Ben Lomond for a bit. The Tots on Tour child carrier made it an easy and comfortable  stroll.

There are lots of great walks and hikes you can do that are suitable for families in the Queenstown area. One of our favourite hikes using the child carrier is the Kelvin Height to Jacks point track (it is quite a long one, even just one way). It gives amazing views over Lake Wakatipu and into the mountains and if you arrange for someone to meet you at Jacks Point a nice pinot never goes to far astray to finish off a lovely outing.

Lake Hayes Loop track is brilliant and there is a great picnic spot to enjoy and lots of bird life too keep the lids happy with duck feeding …. take some extra bread!

The Loop track in Arrowtown is really good too and dropping into Provisions for a sticky bun will just make your day.

For a slightly more strenuous work out, hike to the basket of dreams on the top of Queenstown hill.

Tots on Tour Child Carrier

Tots on Tour Child Carrier

Toys on vacation

Tots on Tour Toys Queenstown New Zealand

Toys on vacation are a great way to keep your kids amused in Queenstown.

Tots on Tour have a great selection of rental toys for babies, toddlers and children. We make up toy boxes that cater specifically to your child’s age and gender. When you hire toys from Tots on Tour you can be assured they have been cleaned with eco friendly products.  Please feel free to ask for a ball to go in your toy box.

The toys boxes also include a selection of age appropriate books. These are great for bed time stories or those bad weather days when you might want to stay indoors.

Tots on Tour Toys on vacation Queenstown New Zealand

Tots on Tour Toys


Scooter and Bike Hire

We hire scooters and balance bikes which come with helmets. These can be hired on their own or with a toy package. The Toy/Scooter or a Toy/Bike combo package is very reasonably priced and a great way to keep your children amused. We have fantastic family friendly bike trails around the Wakatipu.  While your toddler or child rides or scoots along you can push your baby in one of our great buggies or maybe rent a child backpack carrier? We even have a buggy (Chariot Cougar1) which can be towed behind a bike. Vertigo Bikes have a great selection of adult rental bikes.

Car seat law changes

Tots on Tour Car seat safety

We drove to Jack’s Point with the kids today with the new car seat laws in force.

About five children are killed or injured every week in road accidents in New Zealand.

The age increase from 5 years old aligns New Zealand with the rules in Australia and Japan.

It is now mandatory for children travelling in a motor vehicle to be in a car seat or booster seat until they are 7 years old.

Children aged between 7 and 8 years are also required to be in a child restraint if there is one in the vehicle.

Adult seatbelts are designed for adults – they don’t fit children properly until they are at least 148cm tall. Car seats boost the height of a child so the seat belt fits them across the chest and hips correctly. Without a booster seat, an adult seatbelt sits too high on a child. The lap part of the belt rides up over their tummy and the sash part lies across the neck.

In a crash, this can result in serious head and spinal cord injuries and horrific injuries to the abdomen, including ruptured livers and spleens.

What booster seats do is raise children up and position them so that they get the full safety benefit of the adult seatbelt.

Please read our blog on Car Seats for more information.

Safekids New Zealand is also running a national public awareness campaign for booster seats. Information and resources for parents and caregivers can be found on their website.

Tots on Tour Car Seat

Tots on Tour Car Seat

I am a registered car seat technician and I more than happy to help you select the most appropriate car seat during your stay in Queenstown New Zealand. If you are a local and want some help please drop me a line, I will be glad to help make your kids as safe as possible.


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