New Zealand Trails Travel Blog

Find the latest news about what we're up to, how-to guides, and stories from our adventures around this glorious country.

We’ve included information about our favourite places to visit around New Zealand, Kiwi culture, kai (our food), expert travel tips, recommended gear, and much, much more to come. So settle in with a cuppa and deep dive into all things Kiwi.

Top 10 lesser known walks of New Zealand

The top 10 lesser known walks of New Zealand

February 201910 minute read

While researching your New Zealand trip you’ll probably hear a lot about our Great Walks and rightfully so as they offer a truly world-class hiking ex...

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Kiwi Hospitality

Kiwi hospitality and the New Zealand way

February 20197 minute read

New Zealand is famous for many things including, but not limited to, our rugby team, our beautiful landscape, our hiking trails, our friendly rivalry ...

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Qualmark Gold Award

The Qualmark Gold Standard Award – what does it mean for you?

January 20196 minute read

In December 2018, the team at New Zealand Trails were beyond delighted to receive a Gold Award from Qualmark, which you’ll see we’re now proudly displ...

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Hiking New Zealand

What’s the best time for hiking in New Zealand?

January 201930 minute read

New Zealand is known as a hiker’s paradise with a network of amazing tracks and trails weaving their way up and down the country. With thousands of ki...

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Great Walks New Zealand

The Great Walks of New Zealand

December 201810 minute read

Most, if not all of New Zealand’s walking tracks and trails are great, fantastic even. But there’s only a select few that hold the coveted title of be...

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New Zealand Wine Regions

A guide to New Zealand's wine regions

December 201810 minute read

If you’re planning a trip to New Zealand, perhaps you’ve been drawn by the vast natural beauty on offer and the wealth of experiences and activities a...

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australia vs new zealand

Australia vs New Zealand - A Traveller's Guide

October 20189 minute read

Australia and New Zealand have long enjoyed a good-natured rivalry, with little brother New Zealand often playing second fiddle to the big and bold Au...

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North Island vs South Island

North vs South: Which Island of New Zealand Should I Visit?

October 201810 minute read

Why choose one or the other? If you have the time, explore both islands. If that’s not an option for you and you have to choose between visiting eithe...

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New Zealand Small Group Tours

Small Group Tours - The Unbeatable Way To See New Zealand

September 20188 minute read

There are many ways to see New Zealand and no matter which way you decide to go, you’re likely to have an incredible time because New Zealand is, for ...

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What to pack for New Zealand

September 20189 minute read

Packing for a New Zealand adventure doesn't need to be daunting. To make life a little easier for you, we have compiled an Ultimate Packing Guide. Dep...

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Coffee Culture New Zealand

Guide to New Zealand’s Coffee Culture

August 20185 minute read

Since that first recorded sip of this aromatic brown liquid in the fourteenth century, through to today’s café culture, coffee has become a staple (an...

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Spring in New Zealand

Spring in New Zealand – A Special Time of Year!

August 20188 minute read

What makes springtime so special in New Zealand, why it’s one of our favourite times of year down here and why you should plan to visit New Zealand du...

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World Heritage Walking Tour - is this the trip for me?

August 20187 minute read

Have you seen heaps of stunning pictures of New Zealand?! Does the beauty of our country have you mentally packing your bags for an epic hiking holida...

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Hiking Preparation

Hiking preparation - 5 tips for getting trail-ready

July 201811 minute read

The great outdoors runs through our veins here in New Zealand. We grow up running around in bare feet, exploring the nature that is never far away, ev...

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Abel Tasman National Park - An adventure on the high seas

July 201816 minute read

My name's Shona and I'm a guide at New Zealand Trails. After finding out that I was going on a three-day kayaking trip in New Zealand's Abel Tasman Na...

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Queenstown - The Adventure Capital of the World

July 201813 minute read

Picture steam drifting up from your freshly brewed coffee, as you sit at a table on the waterfront of Lake Wakatipu. Snow glistens as the first sunlig...

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Flights to New Zealand

Flights to New Zealand - how to get to here

July 201815 minute read

Have you been thinking about or made the decision to travel to New Zealand? Great choice! Now, how are you going to get here? With so many options ava...

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new zealand seasons

New Zealand seasons - which one suits you best?

June 20187 minute read

It’s always the dilemma of traveling to a new country – when is the best time of the year to visit? Well, you can’t really go wrong travelling to New ...

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