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
Main Islands: North Island, South Island, Stewart Island
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.

The Squeeze by NZ Riverjet: Rotorua’s Best Tourist Experience?

The perfect balance of adrenaline, nature and pure fun, The Squeeze by New Zealand Riverjet in Rotorua seriously hits the spot!  Find out why we just can’t speak highly enough of this fantastic activity. Having recently returned from an action-packed weekend in Rotorua, the North Island’s adventure capital, we came back with lots of incredible […]

Top Things To Do in Rotorua at Night

A hub of adventure, adrenaline and culture, Rotorua should be right at the top of any New Zealand bucket list!  With so much to do there, the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down! Rotorua is equally suited to a weekend getaway as it is to a longer stay and with a wealth of […]

10 Incredible Things To Do in New Zealand: South Island in Focus

When potential visitors to New Zealand dream of our beautiful land, it is generally images of the South Island that will come to mind. Towering mountain ranges, raging rivers and picture-postcard scenery – this is the New Zealand that people travel from all around the world to see, and for good reason! Along with plenty […]

Duder Regional Park – A Rural Beachside Paradise on Auckland’s Doorstep

Though New Zealand is world-renowned for its beautiful hiking, it’s seldom Auckland that springs to mind.  With a number of fantastic hikes in the City of Sails, it’s definitely worth throwing your hiking boots or sneakers on though and getting out onto our clean, green trails; just prepare for our largest city to surprise you! The […]

Hiking New Zealand: South Island Treasures That Are Worth the Effort

New Zealand is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world; towering mountain ranges, crystal-clear waterways, lush forestry and echoing birdsong, travellers are spoilt for choice in Aotearoa. How better to see New Zealand’s beauty than to slip on your hiking boots and get out exploring? Having recently returned home to the […]

Blade and Shade Eyebrows: Beauty Made Easy (& Where to Find the Best Microblading in Auckland!)

Having considered microblading for months, I decided to finally take the plunge and have Amanda Guerin sort me out with a set of gorgeous semi-permanent eyebrows.  To share my experience, I’ve jotted down all of my thoughts and have done my best to answer all of the questions that I had prior to my treatment.  […]

Why Are New Zealanders Called Kiwis? (And Why You Shouldn’t Eat a Kiwi!)

Why are New Zealanders called Kiwis? What is a kiwi?  Join these kiwis as we figure out exactly what’s going on down under… Put your fork down and back away from the kiwi. I mean it! As we’re travelled more and more, it’s come to our attention that the majority of the world doesn’t really […]

Anything But a Light Paddle: White Water Rafting Down the Kaituna River (and the Largest Commercially Rafted Waterfall in the World!)

Rafting the Kaituna River, Rotorua New Zealand

Kiwis sort of have a track record of being a little crazy, and white water rapids seem to bring out the worst of us as seen here and here, however could I really call myself a travel blogger if I didn’t jump on every opportunity to try out as many of the activities New Zealand […]

Taking on Taupo: A Two Day Itinerary – Prawn Fishing and Huka Falls (Day One)

When you live in a place like New Zealand, it’s all too easy to over-look its beauty.  Don’t get me wrong – I’ve been to Taupo before and enjoyed it but mostly when I was a child (and would’ve enjoyed anything). As I grew older, I would generally drive through it, as a way to get […]

Not All Those Who Visit Matamata Are Lost: A Visit to Hobbiton

Exploring Kiwis Hobbiton review Matamata

What better way to kick off my debut travel here on Exploring Kiwis than with Hobbiton? After all, for many foreigners, Lord of the Rings is probably the first thing that springs to mind when they think of New Zealand – and I don’t blame them. In truth, this isn’t my first visit to Hobbiton either […]