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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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 Trails Newsletter February 2014

February 20145 minute read

• Photos and Feedback from our January 2014 trip• Hiking Quicktips - Fit for hiking (and life) with Yoga• Travel Deal for Trailmates - Free accommodat...

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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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New Zealand Trails Newsletter January 2014

January 20146 minute read

• Our most random hiking encounter of 2013• New Zealand Hiking tips - the best material for outdoor clothing• Travel deals - Earlybird offer extended ...

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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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New Zealand Trails Newsletter December 2013

December 20135 minute read

• Photos and Feedback from our first walking tour of the season• Hiking Quicktips - A lifesaver for any outdoor travel: Drybags• Two great travel deal...

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Spring walking in New Zealand – three lasting memories

December 20136 minute read

Our New Zealand walking tours are underway for the season and we have just finished our first trip, we were absolutely blessed by the weather; we had ...

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New Zealand Wildlife - Seen on Tour

November 20134 minute read

Fresh Water Dolphins, Punk Rock Penguins, Naughty Parrots and the Worlds Deepest Diving Seal - Some of the more curious critters encountered when walk...

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What to bring on your New Zealand walking holiday

November 20134 minute read

So you’ve booked your New Zealand walking holiday and are excited for the trip of a lifetime! Depending on when you’re heading over, your next step ma...

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Visit Six of the Best National Parks in New Zealand

October 20135 minute read

Would you love to experience New Zealand's famous national parks when you visit?  Not sure which area of the country offers the best parks?  Choosing ...

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Visit Mou Waho Island

October 20135 minute read

Where is Mou Waho Island and why should you visit? For starters, it’s one of only five islands found in Lake Wanaka and it is perhaps one of the most ...

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Glacier Hiking in New Zealand – Where is best?

October 20136 minute read

Is glacier hiking in New Zealand on your ‘must-do' travel list? Then read on, to understand how you can experience a glacier hike as part of your New ...

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5 reasons a guided New Zealand hiking tour will be your dream trip

October 20134 minute read

Are you dreaming about a New Zealand hiking holiday? Looking around at different options for your trip of a lifetime? Perhaps you have never been on a...

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'Wild about New Zealand – the West Coast'

October 20135 minute read

Wild about New Zealand, Gus Roxburgh's documentary on New Zealand's national parks, featured the South Island's wIld West Coast - one of our favourite...

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Okarito Lagoon Kayak and the West Coast

September 20134 minute read

Highlights of day three of our small group New Zealand hiking tour - we are into the heart of Southwest New Zealand world heritage area and the 'wild'...

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Wild about New Zealand – Mt Cook

September 20135 minute read

The 'Wild about New Zealand' documentary series continues this week with Gus Roxburgh visiting our most mountainous and possibly best known national p...

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Nile River Glowworm Caves & Punakaiki

September 20137 minute read

Cross the Southern Alps and breathe the air on New Zealand's West Coast; we're now in one of the areas we think will be a favourite with anyone who vi...

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