New Zealand Travel Guides for Backpackers

Golden Bay: Adventure playground for all

Panorama of Golden Bay from Tata Beach A little history of Golden Bay On a frosty winters morning, we set out to drive, via the Lewis Pass, to Golden Bay. Abel Tasman first came across this circularly indented bay area in 1642, and in the 1770s Captain Cook visited this area. Names such as Murderer’s Bay and Massacre Bay—due to the death of sailors in a fight with the local Maori—and Coal Bay lasted between the visits of the various explorers such as Tasman, Cook and D’Urville. However, it was during the gold digging days, around 1857, Golden Bay was given […]
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5 Road Trips from Christchurch

The South Island of New Zealand is an incredible place to enjoy a road trip adventure. On pretty much any road on the island you are guaranteed wide open spaces with little or no traffic and a beautiful backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Discover our five favourite road trips from Christchurch, the South Island’s main city, and get a taste for the very best parts of New Zealand. Kaikoura A 2-hour 30-minute drive from Christchurch, Kaikoura is a beautiful and quiet coastal town. We recommend you visit in the summer and take a whale watching tour. Choose from a boat trip […]
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Budget Friendly Ways to Explore Hokitika, New Zealand

Hokitika is a cool, little town situated on the West Coast of South Island in New Zealand. My partner and I were supposed to be here for a week and ended up staying for two months. Hokitika (affectionately known as Hoki) has this energy that draws you in- it is a magical spot on the beach ideal for recharging your soul, taking in some jaw-dropping scenery and meeting some great people along the way. Free Things to Do in and Around Hokitika Snag a Photo with the Hokitika Beach Letters Have you actually visited Hokitika if you haven’t gotten your […]
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Lyttleton: Magical seaport town

Port town of Lyttleton This stunning ‘Lyttle’ town, situated on the northern aspect of the crater rim, shadows the Port of Lyttleton Harbour. Hidden behind the Port Hills, it could easily be bypassed on your journey around New Zealand. Indeed, its splendour cannot be appreciated until you arrive into the sheltered cove where it is located. Ships sail up from the harbour entrance; and cars, buses, and cyclists arrive from Governors Bay or Sumner having enjoyed the views as they cross the hilltops and zig-zag down into the bay. In the days before roads were established, people had to climb […]
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The Best Of Wellington In One Day

Wellington is known as the world’s coolest “little” capital where is no missing the big-city culture – politics, arts, museums, festivals, film industry, dining and more. I love it because is compact and nice, surrounded by green hillsides and beautiful harbour and beaches. So there is a lot to see and the best is that you can climb two top hills just in a day and cross all the downtown, see the administrative buildings and visit museums, beach, Botanic garden and harbour.   Cable Car and Kelburn Hill You can start your wonderful day from the downtown main shopping street […]
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Wellington, the Windy City of Artists

Tucked away at the bottom of New Zealand’s North Island, Wellington is easily overlooked. Yet Wellington is a vibrant hub for artists and activists, for dreamers and lovers and poets. When I decided to move to Wellington for university, I had no idea that I was set to fall for the place. It’s home. It’s this free city where one can be whoever they want to be.  When I explore the hidden cafes, galleries, and walkways, I feel on the cusp of my life, on the cusp of every art project I’ve ever wanted to do. Wellington is a city […]
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5 Things To Do in Queenstown

New Zealand’s South Island is home to many fabulous places to explore, the most exciting of which is arguably Queenstown. A popular hub for travellers from around the globe, a visit to Queenstown is about adrenaline, the outdoors and meeting new people. No matter what type of traveller you are, you’ll love this wicked town. From backpackers to honeymoon couples, there’s a side of Queenstown for you. If you are short on time in this wonderful place, we’ll help you uncover our top 5 things to do in Queenstown so that you don’t leave disappointed. We can’t, however, guarantee, that […]
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New Zealand's Must-See Spots

So you’ve bought the ticket and have been bottling up your excitement for months. Or maybe you’re still deciding between us and Australia (yuck). You’re ready to step onto the fine shores of little ol’ New Zealand but you have no idea where to start. But whether you’re the sort to lounge on a sun-soaked beach or tramp deep into lush forest, NZ is sure to please. Below are some of our hottest tourist spots, as well as a few that are a little more off the grid. Kia Ora bro, and have a blast while you’re here.   1. […]
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What To Do in Nelson City, New Zealand

Nelson city, located on the northern part of the South Island of New Zealand, is the perfect break if you’re travelling through the country. It gets pretty touristic in the summer, but still has a nice atmosphere and quite laid back vibes. Like most of the places of this beautiful country, there are many amazing spots to see, things to do and loads of events going on throughout the year. Beach, river, parks, and the surroundings are beautiful and will fill your days, in surplus the town got its charm. You can stop for a craft beer or a glass of local […]
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Ten Things to do in Auckland CBD

New Zealand is a country on many people’s travel bucket list. Now, when you think of visiting New Zealand, your mind may wander to rolling hills covered in sheep, scenic mountains, and lakes like mirrors. Less of your attention may be paid to the few cities in New Zealand like Auckland. Yet, they are likely to be your first or last destination on your trip. Auckland doesn’t just have to be a quick stopover where you twiddle your thumbs. It has a lot to offer and I’m going to share with you my top ten things to do in the […]
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The Mini New Zealand of Malaysia: Desa Cattle Dairy Farm

With Malaysia – both Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia – located near the equator, the climate falls under the equatorial climate which is calculated to be hot and humid throughout the year. Take a break from the awful and sweat-inducing weather and pamper yourself and your family with a short getaway to this mini paradise in Sabah. Desa Cattle Dairy Farm in Kundasang is one of the blessings for the hot-humid climate country like Malaysia. With only a 2-hour drive from the city capital, Kota Kinabalu, you can experience a Mini New Zealand with it’s cool and refreshing surrounding. This […]
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5 Backpacker Must-Dos in Dunedin

Kia ora! New Zealand may be best known as the land of hobbits and elves, but there’s more to see beyond the mountains. If you’re on the South Island and want to detour off the breakneck pace of the backpacker circuit, Dunedin will satisfy all your city-life needs! Home of the University of Otago, New Zealand’s first institution of higher learning, the student population keeps this small town vibrant. Feel tiny against Tunnel Beach and appreciate the bay below at Signal Hill lookout, but there’s a few more can’t-misses just outside the college campus lifestyle. See the top five must-dos […]
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Whangarei – Beaches, Bush Walks and Sightseeing

When I first arrived in New Zealand I started working as an Au Pair on a dairy farm just north of a city called Whangarei. With around 40,000 people Whangarei is one of the smaller cities in the North Island. While the provincial character might not sound very appealing to some, I have come to love the tranquility, the closeness to countless beaches and the fact that, should I ever need a bit more adventure, metropolitan Auckland is only a 2-hour drive away. Things to do in Whangarei Whangarei is in the heart of the winterless north and with 2000 […]
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Touring the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island

How do you plan your route around the famous West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand? What are the must-sees? Must-stops? Must-dos? If these are the questions on your mind, you’re in the best place! Nelson to Queenstown – that’s the tour You will do well to start from the northernmost city of the beautiful South island. That’s Nelson… which in fact lies in the geographic center of the country of NZ. The exact central point is marked by a little hill that is fun to climb for an averagely adventurous person. And locals say that hill has […]
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Wellington, New Zealand. Things to do that are free

It’s been almost three months that one day, I decide to give a spin to my life and travel from Buenos Aires, Argentina (Place where I was born) To Wellington, New Zealand. “The World Coolest Little Capital”, as everyone like to call this city, and that phrase fits really well with this city. I remember, the first time that I arrive here with my girlfriend, we decide to take a taxi to go to the hotel. And one of the things that the driver told us were words that never get out of my mind: “Wellington is a city to […]
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One Year in Queenstown New Zealand

After taking the plunge and moving overseas for a year, here’s a short guide on how I set myself up in my new second home – Queenstown, New Zealand. Wye Creek Hike, Queenstown, NZ 1. Applying for the Working Holiday Visa My love for travel started in 2014 when I decided enough was enough for now with the 9-5, packed my bags and went on a 5 month trip around the world. One of the places that had always been on my list was New Zealand – so far away, so beautiful and where LOTR was filmed! How could I […]
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Zealandia Park: Wellington’s jewel of life.

 How did we get there in the first place? Coming from Vanuatu and the Pacific. I am a professional ship’s engineer, and when I am not elbows deep in a cargo’s engine, I have months of free time in between contracts. I used to travel by myself every once in a while when I got out of a nice mission at sea, but this time around I invited my girlfriend Ariane to New Zealand so that we could enjoy some time together after 6 months apart. When we arrived in Wellington, the city had already earned to our eyes its […]
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Exploring the hidden gems of the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

Welcome to the Bay of Plenty! Plenty of outdoors adventures that is for sure; from the iconic Mount Maunganui to the golden sands of Papamoa Beach or the isolated beauty and grandeur of McLarens Falls, this area of New Zealand is a must do for travellers, photographers and families alike.  Join me on this discovery of highlights from the Bay that are secrets known to locals rather than tourist hotspots! Spectacular glow worms for free! Explore the Great Outdoors at McLaren Falls Park.  This is a huge park with natural features including serene lakes, powerful waterfalls, thousands of tree species and the magic […]
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Queenstown via the McKenzie: The road much travelled

The road wends its way up the valley to the pass The Destination Queenstown offers a host of recreational sports opportunities year round. Lake Wakatipu offers many wonderful sporting features; in summer, boating, sailing, water skiing, hiking, biking, climbing, jet boating, white water rafting, gold panning, 4WD and much more. These summer adventures continue into winter, along with skiing and snowboarding. It is a playground for all and, with its vast wine region, boasts an international reputation for travellers. Spreading in many directions, it can be approached by land and air with an international small airport, […]
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North Island New Zealand: Three Natural Free Hot Springs

There are so many magical things about New Zealand – lush greenery, gorgeous blue waters and picturesque mountain ranges. All of which I adore. However, my most favorite natural wonder from my homeland is the surprising amount of naturally occurring Hot Springs. On all my adventures around New Zealand, I make sure to seek them out for a nice relaxing soak. There are quite a few dotted around the South Island in somewhat unexpected places due to the numerous fault lines that create heat underneath the surface of the land. But the North Island is literally teeming with them due to […]
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New Zealand – Aotearoa – Country of Maoris

New Zealand is such a beautiful country with so many things to do and to see. I spend five months in Auckland working for a Dentist agency, it is worth  to spend a couple of days in Auckland and here is why: Auckland I arrived in the night at the airport in Auckland and got with the bus to the hostel. The Sky bus goes every half an hour from the airport to the city. There are Sky bus stations in the city to get to the airport as well. Bus will be 24 $. The most Sky bus stations […]
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8 Not To Miss Wineries of New Zealand

Know your chards from your pinots? Like to pair and match wine with food? This guide to the best wineries and vineyards of New Zealand is for you. The first wine tour I took was on Waiheke Island. It was 2009 and I had no idea the door I was about to unlock. Waiheke Island, located 18 kms east of Auckland, New Zealand’s capital, is a bit of an anomaly. Blessed with warm, sunny weather and fertile volcanic soil, Waiheke is home to 25 vineyards on 92 sq kms. This means, the island is densely packed with amazing food and wine. While living in New Zealand, I worked […]
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New Zealand's North Island: 5 Amazing Experiences

Most people say that New Zealand's South Island is more beautiful than its North Island. I disagree. I wouldn't even want to compare them. To me, they are both equally amazing and have a beauty to them I haven't found in any other country. And they are very different. The North Island is particularly mesmerizing when it comes to cultural experiences, Lord of the Rings filming locations and beaches. But see for yourself, which 6 Experiences you should not miss out on. 1. Tongariro Alpine Crossing (Mordor) The 19.4 kilometre-long hike within the Tongariro National Park was voted one of […]
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New Zealand South Island: Exploring the Abel Tasman

ABOUT ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK Let me introduce you to the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park, one of the Great Walks in New Zealand. The National Park was established in 1942 and is located on the top of the South Island. It's popular for the Abel Tasman Coast Track which takes about 3 – 5 days stretching over 51 km going from Marahau up to Wainui. Known for its beautiful golden sandy beaches, fascinating rock formations, bright blue waters and rainforest walks it's one of the top tourist attractions in New Zealand. The national park attracts more than 30.000 overnight […]
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