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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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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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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Walking the Hollyford Track

April 20156 minute read

You may know the Milford and Routeburn, but what about the Hollyford Track? Visitors to the Fiordland region of New Zealand are spoilt for choice when...

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Ode to New Zealand Trails

December 20141 minute read

Here at New Zealand Trails we receive a lot of reviews and feedback from guests on our World Heritage Walking tours, but this one is hard to beat. Aft...

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Walking Holidays in New Zealand – an introduction

October 20147 minute read

Home to a compelling mix of breath taking, diverse landscapes and an outdoor-loving culture, a walking holiday in New Zealand is hard to beat. Here, t...

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Hiking the Routeburn Track

September 20146 minute read

The Routeburn Track has a well-deserved reputation as one of New Zealand's 'Great Walks' and is a favourite hiking experience for both Kiwis and overs...

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What’s the best time to walk the Milford Track?

September 20146 minute read

Many people (including some of us here at Trails!) believe that the best time to walk the Milford Track is when huge waterfalls tumble off the cliff t...

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Luxury Hiking in New Zealand

August 20147 minute read

The combination of opulent travel and exploring New Zealand’s great outdoors on foot makes for an unforgettable Kiwi holiday. Start your day with a hi...

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Best Walks in New Zealand

June 20147 minute read

Looking for the best walks in New Zealand? Here's our pick of the best walking tracks in the country - a compelling range of experiences and environme...

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How to find the best hiking tour in New Zealand

April 20143 minute read

Use our easy guide to compare New Zealand hiking tours and find the one that suits you best.Finding the best hiking tour in an adventure travel paradi...

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My New Zealand Trails 'World Heritage Walking Tour' – Part 5

March 20146 minute read

Join Tom and Susan Patterson for the last few days of their New Zealand hiking adventure. After hiking, helicoptering and jetboating in Fiordland they...

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My New Zealand Trails 'World Heritage Walking Tour' – Part 4

March 20144 minute read

Fiordland and the world-famous Milford Track, a helicopter flight to remember and the Hollyford Valley - join Susan and Tom as they continue their New...

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My New Zealand Trails 'World Heritage Walking Tour' – Part 2

February 20145 minute read

The ‘underworld’, kayaking the ‘heart of darkness’ and the ‘river of ice’, Susan Patterson continues her journey with husband Tom and shares with us t...

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My New Zealand Trails 'World Heritage Walking Tour' – Part 3

February 201410 minute read

Naturalists, Weka eating Wetas and some fine Central Otago wine - Susan Patterson continues her journey with husband Tom and shares with us their expe...

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My New Zealand Trails 'World Heritage Walking Tour' – Part 1

February 201411 minute read

Susan Patterson shares her candid and often witty experiences while on our 13-Day New Zealand 'World Heritage Walking Tour'. Hailing from Vermont in t...

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New Zealand Hiking for the Solo Traveler

January 20144 minute read

When joining New Zealand Trails for a trip around New Zealand, you may want to travel solo, but you will never be alone! We have travellers spending t...

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Routeburn and Milford Track – the best one day hiking options

December 20137 minute read

Many people do not have the several days needed to walk the famous Milford and Routeburn Tracks in their entireties. Read on for the best options for ...

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