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.

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 - 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 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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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 New Zealand - mountain resort extraordinaire

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 - how to get to here

July 201814 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 - 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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Five reasons why Milford Sound is Best in the Rain

June 20189 minute read

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...

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We bet you’ve never heard of these 3 dream places to stay in New Zealand

June 20188 minute read

Aotearoa (New Zealand) has some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world, which still feel remote and untouched. Nestled amongst these landsca...

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Our Best Photos of New Zealand from 2017-2018

June 20184 minute read

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 ...

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3 ways New Zealand nature can improve your well-being

May 20182 minute read

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...

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New Zealand Trails helping to make a positive impact on the local environment

Having a positive impact on the local environment

April 20182 minute read

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...

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