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.

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Best time to visit New Zealand

February 20183 minute read

When is the best time to visit New Zealand? We examine each of New Zealand's four seasons and talk about what you can expect in each one.

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Scenic flight into the New Zealand Wilderness

September 20177 minute read

Into the Wild. Read one of our guests' account of their trip flying in, hiking and jet boating through Mount Aspiring National Park, part of a UNESCO World Heritage area, for a breathtaking taste of the New Zealand backcountry. This trip features on our Short South 8 day trip across the South Island of New Zealand.

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5 reasons to visit New Zealand in Spring

September 20173 minute read

Here are 5 reasons why travelling to New Zealand in our spring (your autumn/fall) is a great idea.

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Successful season around New Zealand

May 20171 minute read

We've had the most amazing season here at New Zealand Trails. To celebrate we've put together this little video of some of our season's highlights.

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New Video – Summer Hiking in New Zealand

December 20161 minute read

We’ve had so much great feedback on our trips down here in New Zealand this season that we wanted to bottle up some good summer feels and send it up t...

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Hiking in New Zealand 2016 season – part 2

November 20161 minute read

We promised you more updates from the trail and we’re excited to be able to share our latest video with you.This one focuses on a place that’s close t...

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Hiking in New Zealand 2016 season

October 20161 minute read

Right now, our fabulous guide team is on the road gearing up for the coming season. They’re busy checking out the routes and the locations you’ll be v...

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New Zealand Trails – Summer fun!

August 20163 minute read

We are so excited to be so close to our new season here at New Zealand Trails. We have put our heads of hiking knowledge together to build some amazin...

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Our Season So Far

January 20161 minute read

Here's a little inspiration to brighten you day, the best pics from our 'World Heritage Walking Tour' season so far.  This is guaranteed to make you s...

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How to use Trekking Poles Video

December 20152 minute read

How to use Trekking PolesGidday, I'm Andrew from New Zealand Trails.  When you're hiking, using trekking poles can be really helpful in lots of ways -...

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How to choose Hiking Boots Video

October 20153 minute read

How to choose Hiking Boots - Your boots are the most important piece of hiking equipment and there are a few things you need to know about choosing th...

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Stories from the Trail – Sep 2015

September 20151 minute read

Down here in New Zealand, we're so excited to be in springtime!  The days are longer and warmer, but most importantly we're only weeks away from our f...

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What to Bring for Walking in New Zealand Video

September 20153 minute read

What to bring for walking in New Zealand (Part 2) - Gidday, I'm Andrew from New Zealand Trails. Back again with the second of our handy videos to help...

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How to get to New Zealand – Tips for Hikers

August 20157 minute read

Planning a trip to New Zealand and looking for the best way to get here? Here's everything you need to know about how to get to New Zealand from the U...

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What to Wear Hiking in New Zealand Video

August 20153 minute read

What to wear hiking in New Zealand (Part 1) - Gidday, I'm Andrew from New Zealand Trails and here are my tips to help you get ready for your 'World He...

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Hiking the Milford Track

June 20159 minute read

Is hiking the Milford Track in New Zealand on your bucket list? Here are some handy tips to help you enjoy 'the finest walk in the world', including a...

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New Zealand Trails Newsletter May 2015

May 20153 minute read

• The best 'World Heritage Walking Tour' photos from last season• Introducing Jodi Narbey• Spring Special Offer Gidday from New Zealand, it's that tim...

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Why you’ll love Spring Hiking in New Zealand

April 20153 minute read

There’s nothing like spring hiking in New Zealand, particularly in the months of October and November. Spring is our favourite season! It’s an incredi...

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