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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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 20135 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 20136 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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'Wild about New Zealand – Fiordland'

September 20135 minute read

It's not every nature documentary that gets us as excited about our homeland but this one - Wild about New Zealand by Wanaka / Los Angeles based produ...

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World Heritage New Zealand – See What All the Fuss is About

August 20135 minute read

The South West New Zealand World Heritage Site takes up a massive ten percent of New Zealand’s total land area, that is a whopping 2.6 million hectare...

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Alps to ocean on the TranzAlpine

August 20135 minute read

From alps to ocean on the TranzAlpine, the subtropical paradise of Punakaiki and stepping into an iconic New Zealand work of art - highlights of day o...

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Castle Hill and Arthur's Pass hiking

August 20136 minute read

Our 13 day World Heritage Tour is packed full of highlights, so in true New Zealand Trails style, we'd like to slow things down and take some time to ...

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Looking for a tour with the best hikes New Zealand has to offer?

August 20135 minute read

Are you planning an active vacation to New Zealand? Looking for a fully guided walking tour with the best hikes New Zealand has to offer? Want to stay...

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Hiking in New Zealand for your bucket list

July 20134 minute read

Like all Kiwis, we love our backyard and reckon you will too.  The New Zealand Southern Alps and surrounds offer an amazing natural environment that m...

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