Travel Tips

On a working holiday visa or just visiting, find all the information you need about your backpacking experience in New Zealand. Loads of practical tips, plenty of inspirational articles, and an introduction to the Kiwi culture, these pages have all the advice you need throughout your trip.

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12 Dramatic Photos Showing Everyday Life in New Zealand

New Zealand in a different light. Ondrej Lednicky’s photos he brought home […]

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9 Things We Love About the New Sleeper Buses

Why you should definitely try the Sleeper Bus from Auckland to Wellington. […]

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11 Bloggers Share Their Favourite Place in New Zealand

What full-time travellers like about New Zealand. New Zealand is often described […]

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The Best Way to Spend 7 Days in the South Island

How to make the most of a week on New Zealand’s South […]

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Should You Travel the North Island or South Island?

North Island vs. South Island. Active volcanoes, bubbling mud pools, happening cities, […]

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20 Ways To Save Money on Car Rental in New Zealand

The secrets to save big on car and campervan hire Travelling New […]

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Guide to Renting a Car/Campervan in New Zealand

How to get started with the best the road trip of your […]

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What is the Best Type of Vehicle to Rent in New Zealand?

Should you rent a car or campervan or something else? It is […]

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Medical and Travel Insurance for New Zealand

How to pick the best cover for your trip to New Zealand? […]

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How to Compare Car and Campervan Rental Companies in New Zealand

What makes a car and campervan rental company better than another? Picking […]

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How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Car in New Zealand?

How to budget for a car and campervan rental in New Zealand. […]

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10 Things We Love About Renting a Car in New Zealand

Why renting a car in New Zealand is freaking awesome! Every trip […]

Should You Rent a Campervan or Car in New Zealand?

Road trip in New Zealand: Car or Campervan? The image is in […]

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How to Transfer Money to Your New Zealand Bank Account

Transferring money from overseas to a New Zealand bank account. The trip […]

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8 Reasons to Choose a Prepay Phone Plan in New Zealand

The best phone plan for a gap year in New Zealand When […]

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What are the Best Phone Networks in New Zealand

Select the best phone network for your New Zealand gap year If […]

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Cellphone Networks in New Zealand

What are your mobile phone Network options in New Zealand? Staying connected […]

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13 Inspirational New Zealand Travel Blogs

… OR What we consider the Best New Zealand Bloggers It is […]

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Where to Buy a Backpacker Vehicle in New Zealand

Get your road trip started! You all know the score: if you […]

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Contiki Vs. G Adventures: Comparison for New Zealand

What’s the difference between Contiki and G Adventures? Contiki and G Adventures: […]

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Cheapest Airport Transfer Options for Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport Transfer Comparison. Auckland Airport: as the busiest international transport hub […]

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30 Tips for Backpacking in New Zealand

Everything You need to know about Backpacking in New Zealand … New Zealand […]

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How to Sell Your Car in New Zealand

What to do when you sell your car. Selling your road trip […]

What are Your Consumer Rights in New Zealand?

We all buy stuff. Despite trying to avoid it because we are […]

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How Car Insurance Works in New Zealand

Understand Your New Zealand car insurance. In New Zealand, although it is […]

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21 Travel Gadgets for Your Gap Year in New Zealand

All those clever little things… You probably won’t know you need half […]

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10 Facts You Did Not Know About New Zealand’s Glaciers

Gotta love those glaciers! Thousands of tons of snowfall compacted over hundreds […]

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9 Ways to Meet People When Travelling Alone in New Zealand

How to meet people when travelling! “Just because you are travelling alone […]

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The Best (and Worst) Seafood to Eat When in New Zealand

Make good choices! Getting some classic New Zealand  fish and chips and […]

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Why is New Zealand so Fascinated with Kauri?

What’s the deal with this kauri tree? Travel up north of Auckland […]

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4 Super Rare Whales and Dolphins Seen in New Zealand

The rarest marine mammal sightings in New Zealand. It’s no secret that […]

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5 Ways to Find a Car for Sale in New Zealand

Where to find a car to buy for your backpacker road trip! So, […]

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How to Check if Your Car is Safe For a Road Trip

check your car or campervan! It’s not unusual for the paranoia to […]

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5 Traditional New Zealand Recipes

Traditional Kiwi recipes! Food is just another way, if not the most […]

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How to Photograph Aurora Australis (The Southern Lights)

capture the perfect photograph of the Auroras! Seeing the Aurora Australis is so […]

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11 Life Hacks to Make Travelling in New Zealand So Much Easier

All those little life hacks for travelling New Zealand. Our favourite type of […]

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What’s the Difference Between InterCity Backpacker Bus Passes?

FlexiPass and TravelPass: Budget-friendly travel around New Zealand! How are you going […]

How to Budget for a Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Trip Around New Zealand

Those damn clipboards! You start off with good intentions: “Ok, I’ve got my […]

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5 Tips to Get a Better Deal on a Backpacker Bus Pass in New Zealand

Save money on your New Zealand bus pass. What? We’re backpackers! Don’t […]

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What is the Difference Between Hop-on Hop-off and National Coach

Kiwi Experience Vs Stray Vs Intercity Vs Naked Bus. How are you […]

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10 Things We Like About the Hop-on Hop-off Buses

Why take a hop-on hop-off bus to travel New Zealand? “It’s about the […]

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A Day in the Life of a Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Passenger

What it is like to travel with Stray and Kiwi Experience. Hop-on hop-off: it […]

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What is a Hop-On Hop-Off Bus?

Taking a backpacker bus in New Zealand. If you have done any […]

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What is the Difference Between Stray and Kiwi Experience

Stray and Kiwi Experience comparison. “Two epic hop-on hop-off bus companies; one […]

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15 Ways to Cut Down Your Expenses So You Can Afford to Travel

Even you can afford to traveL! I wise man once said: “Travel […]

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New Zealand Gap Year: Use a Working Holiday Program or Do It Yourself?

DO you need a support service for your working holiday? So you […]

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How to Save Money for a Gap Year in New Zealand

Afford to take a gap year abroad! What’s stopping most people from […]

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How to Book a Cheap Flight to New Zealand

Save money on flight tickets to New Zealand. The start of your […]

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What is the Cost of Backpacking in New Zealand?

All those expenses to consider for your big trip. We all need […]

Flight to New Zealand: Return Vs. Open Return Vs. One Way

Book your flight to NEw Zealand the smart way! This is where […]

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10 Ways to Not Look Like a Tourist in New Zealand

Put the selfie stick away! Kiwi are a fascinating species in New Zealand […]

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What is the Cost of a Working Holiday in New Zealand?

How much will your New Zealand gap year cost? Dreaming of travelling […]

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10 Breathtaking Photos of New Zealand

Through the camera lens of Ally McFarlane. New Zealand is a photographer’s dream. […]

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How Does the Hop-on Hop-off Bus Network in New Zealand Work?

Flexible bus tours to experience the true New Zealand. Hop-on hop-off: it’s as […]

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How to Choose a Good Pair of Hiking Boots

A backpacking essential! Hiking: there’s a lot of that to do in […]

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Which Airport to Arrive in New Zealand

New Zealand airports: where to fly to? All great adventures to New […]

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10 Reasons to Travel Alone in New Zealand

Travel solo like the brave so-and-so you are! If the only thing that […]

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Why Air New Zealand is Awesome

The fantastically Kiwi airline! At some point since air travel began more than […]

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28 Travel Gifts for Any Backpacker

The perfect gift for a Gap Year! What do you get for the […]

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15 Tips to Make the Most of Your Backpacker Bus Trip

Golden rules for a trip to remember. Never miss a spectacular glacier, […]

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TV Channels in New Zealand

What’s on the box? You didn’t come all the way to New […]

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9 Best Air New Zealand Safety Videos

Since when did airline safety get so hilarious? If there is one […]

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7 Ways to Get Rid of Your Excess Luggage Before You Leave New Zealand

What to do with all your extra stuff?! It’s hard to leave […]

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The Backpacker 12 Days of Christmas

Backpacker problems in the form of a Christmas carol! Christmas is an […]

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Toll Roads in New Zealand

Where are the New Zealand toll roads? As a backpacker trying to […]

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Why Every Backpacker in New Zealand Should Cook With Kumara

Sweet as Sweet potatoes! New Zealanders love their sweet potatoes, or as […]

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What to Pack for a Gap Year in New Zealand: Predeparture Checklist

The packing mission. The working holiday/gap year/backpacking mission: pack a year’s worth […]

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16 Airport Hacks That Will Change The Way You Travel Forever

Airport: nailed it! Following our popular 18 Backpacker Hacks that Everyone Should […]

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Arriving in Auckland Airport, New Zealand

Welcome to New Zealand! After a long gruelling flight, you have finally […]

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Sending Mail Overseas from New Zealand

Sending parcels home from your awesome gap year. So it is Christmas-time […]

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Why New Zealand is the Best Backpacking Country

Yes, it really is! It might be a strong statement to make, […]

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Why New Zealand hates possums

“One of the greatest threats to our natural environment.” Something that shocks […]

Backpacker’s Guide to the Maori Language: te reo Maori

Kia Ora! New Zealand has three official languages: English, New Zealand sign […]

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Health Tips For Travelling in New Zealand

Tips for the health-conscious traveller. Don’t let something silly like “poor health” […]

The Passenger Arrival Card

What does the passenger arrival card look like? Part of your in-flight […]

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Arrival Advice: Biosecurity and Customs in New Zealand

What to declare when arriving in New Zealand. Once you start exploring […]

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Arrival Advice: Passport Control and Immigration

Pass through immigration. After a lengthy flight to get to New Zealand, […]

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Care Packages: Restrictions on Imports and Courier Packages into New Zealand

Receive presents from home! When you are away from home for a year, […]

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Can a Girl Travel Alone in New Zealand?

Your best travel partner is you! When browsing the world wide web on […]

How to Get an ID Card in New Zealand

The Hospitality New Zealand 18+ Card. Do you get an overwhelming feeling of […]

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The Maori Culture in New Zealand

Traditions meet contemporary life in this fascinating New Zealand culture. During your […]

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The Maori History in New Zealand

The history of Aotearoa New Zealand has a shorter human history than […]

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8 Fun Ways to Document Your Travels in New Zealand

How will you remember your gap year? Prepare for the busiest trip […]

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Visitor Visa: Do You Need a Visa to Visit New Zealand?

Holiday and travel in NEw Zealand on a visitor visa! Just because […]

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17 Lessons that Only Backpacking in New Zealand Can Teach You

The more you travel, the better you will understand life… and yourself. […]

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Tipping in New Zealand

Should you tip people or expect tips for services in New Zealand? […]

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Bus Networks in New Zealand

Coach travel in New Zealand. There is no lack of buses in New […]

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15 Backpacking Myths Busted!

Don’t believe the hype! Backpackers do some pretty strange things: some bond […]

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Is New Zealand Safe?

Keep safe when travelling in New Zealand. Good news! New Zealand is […]

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10 Reasons Why Bus Travel is Actually Awesome in New Zealand

Sit back, relax and take the bus. Travelling by the “peasant wagon” […]

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Duty Free Shopping in New Zealand

Grab a bargain! We’re backpackers. We can’t resist a bargain! So if […]

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Car Relocation in New Zealand

Save money on car and campervan rentals! The concept is simple: relocate […]

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15 Amazing Rainbow Pictures Taken in New Zealand

The Shire under the rainbow. New Zealand is a pretty magical place. […]

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Different Types of Campervans in New Zealand

Backpackers on the road. Such variety in a small country makes New […]

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16 Classic Backpacker Problems

Backpacker problems: a step below first-world problems. Living out of a backpack, […]

Interview: This Year’s Most Inspirational Hikers in New Zealand

Hiking through Middle Earth with Nans and Taylor. A Frenchman and a Canadian […]

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7 Ways to Protect New Zealand’s Lakes and Rivers

Keep New Zealand’s lakes and rivers clean. 3,820 lakes are scattered across […]

10 Ways to Protect the Ocean when Backpacking

Simple ways to save the sea. Whether you like dipping into it […]

10 Ways to Protect New Zealand’s Forests

Tree hugging in New Zealand. You’ll hear the phrase “bush walk” a […]

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Be Green When Backpacking in New Zealand

Eco-friendly travelling! New Zealand is environment-conscious. As a nuclear-free country, New Zealand […]

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Converting Your Driver License into a New Zealand Driver License

Get your New Zealand driver license. To be able to drive on […]

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10 Things We Like About a Road Trip in New Zealand

Why take a road trip in New Zealand? Because it’s freakin’ awesome! […]

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Train Network in New Zealand

New Zealand’s Railway services. Are you a bit of a train fiend […]

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Outlet Shopping in New Zealand: Grab a Bargain!

Shopping with a backpacker budget. So, you are backpacking around New Zealand or […]

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6 Reasons to Get Medical and Travel Insurance

Insurance: we don’t like it but we got to have it. We […]

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12 Travel Apps You Need to Have When Backpacking in New Zealand

Solve your problem with an app! Your handiest gadget when travelling abroad […]

How to Drive in New Zealand

Driving rules in New Zealand. Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for […]

5 Ways to Save a Kiwi Bird

You can help protect kiwi too! Not only are kiwi birds unique […]

Saving Smaug the Kiwi Bird

Releasing a Kiwi bird into the wild! Seeing a kiwi bird is […]

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The South Island Scenic Routes

What routes to take on a South Island road trip. Road trips […]

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Buying a Car in New Zealand Step by Step

Road trip Down Under. Lots of backpackers decide to travel by car […]

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Buying a Car in New Zealand Step 3: The Paperwork

You’ve looked at it, tried it, now it’s time to sign for […]

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Buying a Car in New Zealand Step 2: Test Drive

You’ve looked at it, now it is time to try it! You […]

The Kiwi 12 Days of Christmas

Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas! So, you’re backpacking in New Zealand during […]

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Buying a Car in New Zealand Step 1: Car Inspection

Backpacker car and backpacker road trip: it all starts with buying the […]

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Useful Links for a Working Holiday and Backpacking in New Zealand

Websites You need to know about in New Zealand Apart from Backpacker […]

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10 Ways to Convince Your Parents to Let You Take a Gap Year in New Zealand

Time to leave your mum’s house. Are your folks finding it hard […]

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9 Ways to Convince Your Kids to Take a Gap Year in New Zealand

Get rid of your kids in 9 easy steps… Want your offspring […]

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Tax System in New Zealand: What is GST?

Help New Zealand be awesome by paying everyday tax on goods and […]

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The Northern Gateway Toll Road

Shortcuts come at a price! Having to pay NZ$2.30 to save measly […]

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14 Inspiring Movies That Will Get You Pumped to Travel

Travelling isn’t just something that happens in movies. If you are waiting […]

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The North Island Scenic State Highways

Time for a New Zealand road trip! So many different landscapes, so […]

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17 Unique New Zealand Foods

Food, glorious food! Nothing beats a cultural experience than tasting the local […]

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9 Celebrities from New Zealand

Small country: big stars! With only 4 million people in New Zealand, it […]

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What ID is Valid for Buying Alcohol in New Zealand?

Avoid the unintentional sober nights. 150+ breweries and 700 wineries, alcoholic beverages […]

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10 Businesses that are Putting New Zealand on the Map

What? That comes from New Zealand? There is this on-going joke about […]

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How to get Internet and WiFi in New Zealand

Stay connected in New Zealand. With so much epic scenery, wildlife, and […]

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12 Safe Driving Tips for New Zealand

Driving tips you should know in New Zealand. Hitting the road by […]

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11 Backpacker Tips to Save Money on Food

How to save money on groceries. Compared to some other countries, food […]

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How to Choose a Good Backpack

Travel tips 101: Pick the perfect backpack! So, you’ve decided to make […]

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The 12 Worst Travel Advice Ever

Don’t trust anyone! Thinking of travelling to a faraway land with naught but […]

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Top 10 Flight of the Conchords’ Adverts for New Zealand

New Zealand… It has a band. Forget The Lord of the Rings, we […]

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The 7 Worst Questions to be Asked When You Come Back From a Trip

We all get them. Time for us to all empathise with a TOP […]

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What Clothes to Pack to Travel in New Zealand

How to dress to backpack around New Zealand. Well, we don’t want to […]

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The New Zealand Seasons and Climate

What are the seasons and climate like in New Zealand? “4 seasons […]

25 Awesome New Zealand Beers

New Zealand loves beer. The country is a beer making nation with […]

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18 Backpacker Hacks That Everyone Should Know

Tips and tricks for travelling in New Zealand Here is a collection of […]

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New Zealand’s Firsts

What did New Zealand do first? Despite being the newest populated country, […]

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10 Things You Did Not Know About New Zealand

Random facts about New Zealand. Whether you are preparing a trip and want […]

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New Zealand in Numbers

Facts and Figures about New Zealand New Zealand is a land of firsts: […]

What is Kiwiana?

No, it is not a female kiwi. The question that is on […]

14 questions to ask before buying medical travel insurance

Having proper medical and travel insurance is mandatory when holding a working […]

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The 13 New Zealand National Parks

Visit the most beautiful parts of New Zealand or even the world? […]

The i-SITE

New Zealand’s visitor information centres. With more than 80 i-SITEs in New Zealand, […]

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22 Inspirational Travel Quotes

Get inspired to travel! Need that little push to start travelling in New […]

What is The Difference Between Rugby League and Rugby Union?

The All blacks and the Kiwis are both national New Zealand rugby […]

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12 Movies Shot In New Zealand

It wasn’t just The Lord of the Rings that was filmed in […]

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Disability and Backpacking in New Zealand

You’ll be surprised! With a great emphasis put on physically demanding things […]

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Backpack Vs Suitcase: Which should you take to New Zealand

“Backpacking” in New Zealand: it should be obvious from the name, right? […]

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Talk like a New Zealander / Talk like a Kiwi

Once you leave the hostels, chances are you will bump into a […]

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Backpackers’ Food Shopping List: 10 Must Have Food Items

We all know it’s fun to eat but not so much if […]

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16 Products of New Zealand

When doing a working holiday in New Zealand there is no better […]

11 Ways to Save Money and Stretch those Dollars Further

Make the most of this precious gold! With so many fun adrenalin-pumping […]

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11 New Zealand Souvenirs for your Friends and Family

It’s time to redeem yourself! If you’ve left your friends and family […]

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11 Animals and Birds Unique to New Zealand

New Zealand’s weird and wonderful wildlife! New Zealand was an island free […]

10 Fun Gifts to Bring Back from New Zealand

Maybe this list should be renamed “10 Tacky Gifts”… …but we all […]

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Other countries with a working holiday scheme

Where to next? The working holiday visa is an amazing opportunity for […]

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6 tropical paradises to visit when you are in New Zealand

Need an escape from your escape to New Zealand? Trade your working […]

5 countries easy to visit when you are in New Zealand

No doubt your journey to New Zealand for your working holiday is […]

Ferry Between the North Island and South Island

A ferry ride between Wellington and Picton is the best way to […]

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Fly in New Zealand

Domestic flights are usually a cheap, quick and a convenient way to […]

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Food Shopping in New Zealand

Everyone’s got to eat. When backpacking in New Zealand, it’s cheaper to […]

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Prepare for a Long Haul Flight

Your travels start with being squashed next to a stranger for several […]

How to get a working holiday visa?

A guide to get this famous working holiday visa. The working holiday […]

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The DoC, Department of Conservation in New Zealand

What’s up, DoC? New Zealand’s Department of Conservation, more commonly known as […]

Who are the People on the New Zealand Banknotes?

Who is this guy on my money?! Knowing who is on the […]

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Bringing pets into New Zealand

New Zealand has a fragile ecosystem that we work really hard to […]

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