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.
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
Queenstown - The Adventure Capital of the World
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