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.

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Queenstown - The Adventure Capital of the World

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 201815 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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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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24 Hours in: Queenstown

February 20184 minute read

A Local’s Guide to QueenstownJodi Narbey tells us how she gets the most out of living in the “Adventure Capital of the World”.I love that there’s so m...

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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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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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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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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...