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.
A guide to New Zealand's wine regions
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...READ THIS POST
Australia vs New Zealand - A Traveller's Guide
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...READ THIS POST
North vs South: Which Island of New Zealand Should I Visit?
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...READ THIS POST
Small Group Tours - The Unbeatable Way To See New Zealand
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 ...READ THIS POST
What to pack for New Zealand
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...READ THIS POST
Guide to New Zealand’s Coffee Culture
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...READ THIS POST
Spring in New Zealand – A Special Time of Year!
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...READ THIS POST
World Heritage Walking Tour - is this the trip for me?
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...READ THIS POST
Hiking preparation - 5 tips for getting trail-ready
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...READ THIS POST
Abel Tasman National Park - An adventure on the high seas
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...READ THIS POST
Queenstown New Zealand - mountain resort extraordinaire
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...READ THIS POST
Flights to New Zealand - how to get to here
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...READ THIS POST
New Zealand seasons - which one suits you best?
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 ...READ THIS POST
Five reasons why Milford Sound is Best in the Rain
With an average of 182 days of rain a year, there’s a good chance that a visit to New Zealand’s iconic Milford Sound will involve at least a short sho...READ THIS POST
We bet you’ve never heard of these 3 dream places to stay in New Zealand
Aotearoa (New Zealand) has some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world, which still feel remote and untouched. Nestled amongst these landsca...READ THIS POST
Our Best Photos of New Zealand from 2017-2018
At New Zealand Trails we've just wrapped up our 2017-2018 season - and what a season it was! We believe in using real photos of real trips (we don't ...READ THIS POST
3 ways New Zealand nature can improve your well-being
You probably already know that many people come to New Zealand to spend time in nature, enjoy outdoor adventures, take in the majestic scenery, meet o...READ THIS POST
Having a positive impact on the local environment
Last week Kyle and Jamie from the New Zealand Trails team joined up with the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust to help with the important project of growin...READ THIS POST