Welcome to Your Ultimate New Zealand Travel Guide

Discover the Heart of New Zealand

Welcome to your ultimate resource for exploring New Zealand! Our mission is to ensure every visitor has the most memorable travel experience possible in this stunning country.

With years of dedicated exploration—not just quick visits—we have traversed New Zealand year-round to uncover its hidden gems. Our recent 30-day early winter trip to the South Island proved that June is an exceptional time to visit, even if you’re not into skiing. Don’t miss our latest insights on our June/July 2023 page for a detailed look at our winter adventure through New Zealand.

Up Close and Personal with New Zealand

New Zealand offers a unique blend of urban and rural experiences. While 80% of the population resides in cities, the vast countryside, composed of 50% pasture and 28% forest, remains largely free for exploration. This balance provides a multitude of breathtaking sights.

The rich cultural tapestry of New Zealand began over a thousand years ago with the Māori, followed by European settlers, and now includes diverse Pacific and Asian influences. This vibrant mix enhances the country’s dynamic culture.

Travel writers often use words like “stunning” and “awesome” to describe New Zealand, and for good reason. Comparable in size to Colorado, New Zealand boasts over 15,000 kilometers of coastline—more than the entire United States. Its landscape features a mountainous backbone, coastal plains, and a temperate climate that ranges from subtropical in the north to Antarctic chills in the south.

Explore Nature’s Masterpiece

New Zealand’s natural beauty is awe-inspiring. From the Southern Alps to the fjords, penguin-filled beaches, and rocky shorelines with seals, the wildlife here is mesmerizing. You can visit an albatross colony, walk famous tracks, bungy jump, jet boat, scuba dive, surf, climb mountains, or even walk on glaciers. Anglers will find the lakes and streams teeming with trophy trout and salmon, while hunters can seek out the elusive tahr in the alpine regions.

Culinary Delights and World-Class Wines

New Zealand is not just about natural beauty; it also offers some of the finest wines and culinary experiences. Savor fresh Bluff oysters, green-lip mussels, farm-raised venison, and ostrich. Visit world-class wine regions for tastings, and enjoy fresh produce from roadside stands.

Accommodation for Every Traveler

Whether you’re backpacking and staying at one of the many hostels, enjoying a homestay or B&B, or traveling by camper van, New Zealand has accommodation options for every type of traveler. Holiday parks and Department of Conservation campsites abound, providing the freedom to explore at your own pace. For those seeking luxury, New Zealand offers an array of five-star lodges and hotels.

Local Knowledge for a Richer Experience

Often, the best travel experiences come from knowing what lies off the beaten path. Our books provide valuable local insights, guiding you to hidden gems and lesser-known spots that typical travel brochures might miss. Gain the advantage of local knowledge to make the most of your time on the road.

Comprehensive Travel Information

While initially planning to list every golf course, B&B, picnic spot, and public convenience, we realized the scope was too vast. However, rest assured that almost every town has a golf course and public toilets, with many B&Bs and backpacker accommodations available. Holiday parks in natural settings, equipped with modern amenities, are also plentiful.

After years of continuous exploration, our books compile detailed information on accommodations, parks, activities, events, and off-the-beaten-path locations. We recommend these places to ensure you get the best value for your holiday.


Embark on Your New Zealand Adventure

Ready to explore New Zealand like never before? Let our expert insights and comprehensive guides help you plan the perfect trip. Discover the beauty, culture, and adventures that await you in this magnificent country.