New Zealand Trails Travel Blog
Welcome to our New Zealand travel tips home page. Planning a trip to New Zealand, joining us on a New Zealand Trails’ tour or just curious about the possibilities? Here’s a place to learn more about New Zealand.
It’s our hope that it will provide you with a handy place to learn more about all things New Zealand, as well as plan your dream trip. It’s a work in progress and our goal over time is to make it the best New Zealand travel guide out there. We want to create a New Zealand travel blog that’s informative, practical, aspirational and a little bit funny. That’s not too much to hope for, right?!
Real people, like me, who love New Zealand, as well as hiking and the great outdoors, write these articles. We’re all based in New Zealand, it’s our home and we’re proud to share our beautiful little country with good sorts like you from around the world. We’ve got years of New Zealand travel experience under our belts, and plenty of passion for the outdoors.
Nestled within the pages of our New Zealand travel tips blog, you’ll discover more about the best places to visit, the best things to do, the finest walking tracks and trails, the weather, our local cuisine, culture, wildlife, nature and of course, essential information about planning your New Zealand adventure.
We’re continually adding to this resource, so if there’s something you want to know and it’s not covered in the blog, just flick us an email and we’ll get right back to you with the answer. We might even write an article just for you.
New Zealand wildlife: Our 14 favourite local residents!
An introduction to New Zealand wildlifeNew Zealand is home to so many species that are found nowhere else on earth! We think that’s pretty awesome and...READ THIS POST
Hiking New Zealand Guide 2019
All you need to know about hiking in New ZealandNew Zealand is a land of striking contrasts in its incredible scenery, from white sand beaches and sle...READ THIS POST
Hiking the Milford Track in New Zealand
Heralded in 1908 by poet Blanche Baughan as the ‘finest walk in the world’, Milford Track in New Zealand has captivated the hearts and minds of hikers...READ THIS POST
The top 10 lesser known walks of New Zealand
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...READ THIS POST
Kiwi hospitality and the New Zealand way
New Zealand is famous for many things including, but not limited to, our rugby team, our beautiful landscape, our hiking trails, our friendly rivalry ...READ THIS POST
The Qualmark Gold Standard Award – what does it mean for you?
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...READ THIS POST
What’s the best time for hiking in New Zealand?
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...READ THIS POST
The Great Walks of New Zealand
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...READ THIS POST
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