Articles by: Claire Todd

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After graduating from university, I fell head over heels in love with the South Island and the ever-beautiful Queenstown. A decade or so later and I couldn’t imagine calling anywhere else home.

Having worked in the adventure travel industry for many years, I’m fortunate to be able to share the magic of New Zealand with visitors from around the globe through my writing.

Mt Cook, New Zealand national parks

New Zealand National Parks | A Complete Guide

August 201913 minute read

There are 13 national parks in New Zealand; three in the North Island and 10 in the South. These vast wilderness areas are home to New Zealand’s most ...

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New Zealand Cuisine

New Zealand Cuisine | Food in New Zealand

July 201916 minute read

New Zealand Cuisine 101The first bite of a crunchy apple, the enticing smell of sizzling onions, the sound of a cork popping – food and drink can evok...

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Aoraki/Mt Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand

New Zealand Mountains

July 201910 minute read

Stomping ground of legendary explorers and source of inspiration for countless artists, poets and storytellers, New Zealand’s vast peaks and snow-capp...

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Hiking New Zealand

Hiking New Zealand Guide 2020/21

May 201931 minute read

All you need to know about hiking in New Zealand New Zealand Trails super-guide Miki explains everything you need to know about New Zealand travel. S...

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Milford Track New Zealand

Hiking the Milford Track in New Zealand

April 201926 minute read

Heralded in 1908 by poet Blanche Baughan as the ‘finest walk in the world’, Milford Track in New Zealand has captivated the hearts and minds of hikers...

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Top 10 lesser known walks of New Zealand

The Top 10 Lesser Known Walks of New Zealand

February 201910 minute read

While researching your New Zealand trip you’ll probably hear a lot about our Great Walks and rightfully so as they offer a truly world-class hiking ex...

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Kiwi Hospitality

Kiwi Hospitality and the New Zealand Way

February 20197 minute read

New Zealand is famous for many things including, but not limited to, our rugby team, our beautiful landscape, our hiking trails, our friendly rivalry ...

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Qualmark Gold Award

The Qualmark Gold Standard Award

January 20196 minute read

In December 2018, the team at New Zealand Trails were beyond delighted to receive a Gold Award from Qualmark, which you’ll see we’re now proudly displ...

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Hiking in New Zealand

What’s the Best Time for Hiking in New Zealand?

January 201931 minute read

New Zealand is known as a hiker’s paradise with a network of amazing tracks and trails weaving their way up and down the country. With thousands of ki...

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Great Walks New Zealand

The 10 New Zealand Great Walks

December 201810 minute read

Most, if not all of the New Zealand hiking tracks and trails are great, fantastic even. But there’s only a select few that hold the coveted title of b...

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New Zealand Wine Regions

A Guide to New Zealand Wine Regions

December 201810 minute read

If you’re planning a trip to New Zealand, perhaps you’ve been drawn by the vast natural beauty on offer and the wealth of experiences and activities a...

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Australia vs New Zealand

Australia vs New Zealand | Which is Best?

October 20189 minute read

Australia and New Zealand have long enjoyed a good-natured rivalry, with little brother New Zealand often playing second fiddle to the big and bold Au...

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New Zealand Small Group Tours

The Best New Zealand Small Group Tours

September 20188 minute read

There are many ways to see New Zealand and no matter which way you decide to go, you’re likely to have an incredible time because New Zealand is, for ...

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Kayaking Abel Tasman National Park

Hike and Kayak Abel Tasman National Park

July 201817 minute read

Small but perfectly formed, Abel Tasman National Park is the ideal place to relax, adventure and explore. Renowned for its natural beauty and idyllic ...

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best time to visit new zealand

Best Time to Visit New Zealand

February 201811 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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