Category Archives: New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Location: Located in the Southern Hemisphere, south-east of Australia.
Continent:  Oceania/Australasia
Capital City: Wellington
Main International Airport: Auckland
Supporting Airports: Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown
Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD) – check current exchange rates.
Electrical plugs: Type I.  Voltage – 230V. Standard frequency – 50Hz
Known for:
Beautiful countryside, adventure activities, nature, hiking, peaceful/safe travel.
Weather: Settled and temperate.  Read our guide sharing information about the seasons and the best time to travel to New Zealand.

New Zealand Travel Tips For First-Time Visitors: The Ultimate Guide to Aotearoa

New Zealand is a bucket list destination for many but planning a trip to the bottom of the world is a big task.  It’s for this very reason that having access to a great set of top New Zealand travel tips is essential! As kiwis born and bred, we’re excited to bring you this conclusive […]

12 Christchurch Activities You Can’t Miss – As Shared by a Local

With so many amazing Christchurch activities on offer, we’ve roped in Jennifer of Backyard Travel Family to help with this amazing guide.  She is a real expert in all things Canterbury so you know you can trust her tried and tested recommendations. Christchurch, the gateway to the South Island, celebrates its English heritage like nowhere […]

When Is The Best Time to Visit New Zealand? Plan Your Dream Vacation to Aotearoa

For the most part, New Zealand has a mild climate that makes travelling at any time of year possible.  With that said though, if you’re planning a trip to Aotearoa, you’ll want to know; when is the best time to visit New Zealand? Nobody wants bad weather to get in the way of their plans […]

60+ Fun Things to do in Auckland: The City of Sails, Uncovered!

New Zealand’s largest city, the City of Sails, may not jump straight to the top of everyone’s travel wishlist but it really does pack a punch.  With a little insider knowledge, you’ll find there are plenty of fun things to do in Auckland. Surrounded by oceans, the city lives on the water.  With one third […]

18 Amazing Things To Do in the Coromandel: New Zealand’s Own Tropical Paradise

Easily accessible from Auckland, the Coromandel is a real favourite amongst New Zealanders and travellers alike.  There are just so many things to do in the Coromandel region! Packed full of tropical, palm-tree lined beaches, stunning native bush and unique Kiwi experiences, the peninsula really packs a punch.  With temperate weather and beautiful coastlines, there […]

Lake Alta Hike: Queenstown’s Top-Secret Alpine Day Track

The Lake Alta hike is a favourite amongst locals, but very few tourists have ever heard of it. If you’re looking for amazing alpine scenery, views to die for and a good little workout, all without having to drive far from Queenstown, this Lake Alta hiking guide is for you! Not only does the Lake […]

Queenstown to Christchurch: Drive Yourself Happy with Our Inspired Itinerary

The Queenstown to Christchuch drive is, without doubt, one of the most incredible quick-drive vacation offerings for visitors to New Zealand. With amazing scenery, adrenaline-inducing adventures, immersive nature and world-renowned Kiwi hospitality, a South Island road trip really is the pinnacle of any trip to Aotearoa.  If you’re short on time, or just want to […]

Goldie Bush Walkway (+ Mokoroa Falls): Auckland’s Most Unique Hike

Auckland is home to many amazing hiking tracks (or as we Kiwis like to call them, bush walks), including a secret spot best known by locals; the Goldie Bush Walkway which adjoins the Mokoroa Stream Track and Mokoroa Falls Track.  A great example of natural beauty, this accessible spot makes an excellent Auckland day hike.  […]

How to Get to New Chums Beach: New Zealand’s Most Scenic Bay

New Chums Beach

With one of the world’s top 10 beaches (and our favourite in New Zealand) an easy drive from Auckland, there’s no need to fly to a tropical island for a taste of paradise!  This guide will help you get to New Chums Beach, and, perhaps most importantly, to find that incredible lookout that I know […]

New Zealand South Island Itinerary: A 10 Day Highlights Road Trip

The pinnacle of travel dreams for many, we’re excited to bring you this New Zealand South Island itinerary; 10 days of Kiwi highlights for the busiest of travellers. With incredible mountain ranges, crystal clear lakes, braided rivers and native flora and fauna, New Zealand’s South Island really does need to be seen to be believed. […]

The Ultimate Guide to Taking INCREDIBLE Glow Worm Pictures

Taking incredible glow worm pictures in New Zealand relies on two key factors – knowing the right place to go and having a solid understanding of the techniques and settings required to effectively capture them ‘on film’.  We’ve taken the hard work out of both and are pleased to bring you the following guide. Known for […]

The Franz Josef Heli Hike – The Pinnacle of Your New Zealand Bucket-List

Having recently returned to New Zealand, we knew there was one final bucket-list activity that we just had to try – taking to the ice on a Franz Josef heli hike whilst we visited the West Coast. We’d seen the photos.  We’d heard people rave about their experiences.  I’d dreamed of walking on a glacier for […]

Rotorua Adventure Activities (for the Brave and Slightly-More-Cautious)

Rotorua is the adventure capital of the North Island of New Zealand and for good reason – there’s a whole host of fun just waiting for you! Whether you’re a massive adrenaline-seeker or are a little more cautious (maybe just looking to test your boundaries), these activities will cater to everyone in your group. Serious […]

The Ultimate West Coast Itinerary – Exploring New Zealand’s South Island

The West Coast is exactly what you’d hope for when visiting New Zealand – it’s imposing, rugged and above all else, beautiful. Wedged between towering mountains and the crashing sea, the West Coast is the region forgotten by the rest of its country. Our trees are skyscrapers that touch the sky, our rivers and lakes […]

Where to Feed Wild Eels for Free in New Zealand: Hokitika Uncovered

The perfect New Zealand holiday to me is one that strikes the ideal balance. Nature and city. People and animals. Fast and slow. Bucket-list-worthy and cheap-n-cheerful. It’s authentically Kiwi and leaves you reminiscing about all the fun you had. The West Coast of New Zealand offers exactly that! In particular, we fell head over heels […]

TranzAlpine Train Review: One of the Most Scenic Railways in the World, Right Here in Aotearoa

The TranzAlpine train is widely recognised as one of the most scenic in the world and having recently undertaken this incredible journey, we couldn’t agree more.  Connecting Christchurch with Greymouth, it glides up and over the Southern Alps, taking in a stunning array of scenery all whilst offering world-renowned Kiwi hospitality. To make life easy, […]