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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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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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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