Last Updated: April 2018
New Zealand Travel Guide
The greatest danger of visiting New Zealand is not wanting to leave. In no time at all, you’ll fall in love with the country’s diverse landscapes, endless trails, exceptional wine and friendly people.
Ultimately, it’s New Zealand’s scenery that’ll leave the most indelible impression. Some environments feel enchanted, while others bleak. Each landscape seems to sing a unique song, whisper a different story, and ask a new question.
And so, New Zealand is best discovered on foot. From multi-day hikes to short walks, there are no shortage of hiking options. There’s also a network of backcountry huts at your disposal. Some require online booking ahead of time, while others are first come first serve. If you’re interested in hiking one of the famous Great Walks (e.g. Milford Sound Track, Routeburn Track), we urge you to plan ahead. Due to their popularity, you must secure your overnight spot(s) well in advance of your hiking date.
We traveled throughout New Zealand for three months (mid-January to mid-April). Our choice of transport was a converted minivan. Camping allowed us maximum flexibility, since we could plan around bad weather and change our plans easily.