Hidden Gems

Really discover New Zealand by hitting all these off-the-beaten-track places! This section is complete with guides to even the tiniest towns in New Zealand.

18 Amazing Attractions You Can’t Miss in The Catlins

Awesome attractions in The Catlins. Did someone say waterfall? The Catlins Coast, […]

20 Places Off the Beaten Track in the North Island

Discover something special away from the tourist crowds. The great thing about being […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

The Republic of Whangamomona

Whangamomona: not part of New Zealand. This quirky little town in the […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

15 Places You Can’t Miss on the Forgotten World Highway

Rediscover New Zealand’s oldest heritage trail. How can you not be intrigued […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

20 Places Off the Beaten Track in the South Island

Find the Hidden Gems of the South Island. Adventures are not adventures […]

Avenue on Wikipedia

Guide to Rangitoto Island and Motutapu Island

One of Auckland’s best day trips! Ironically, the youngest island in the […]

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5 Fun Things to Do in Omarama

What to do in Omarama, the “Place of Light”. Omarama sits in […]

Ville Miettinen on Wikipedia

6 Epic Things to Do in Fox Glacier

What to do in Fox Glacier, the heart of Glacier country. An […]

ChristchurchNZ

10 Excellent Things to Do in Geraldine

What to do in Geraldine, Canterbury’s adventure capital! Most would describe Geraldine […]

JUCY

10 Queenstown Travel Tips for First-Timers

Tips for visiting Queenstown Queenstown is its own little bubble. The buzzing […]

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10 Awesome Things to Do in Fairlie

What to do in Fairlie, the Gateway to the MacKenzie District. A […]

Matt on Flickr

7 Fun Things to Do in Cheviot

What to do in Cheviot, a classic Kiwi rural town. Surrounded by […]

ChristchurchNZ

10 Amazing Things to Do in Oxford

What to do in Oxford, the Hidden Gem of Canterbury. Travellers are […]

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6 Fun Things to Do in Temuka

What to do in Temuka, A classic Kiwi country town. Locals flock […]

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10 Amazing Things to Do in Timaru

What to do in Timaru, the hub of South Canterbury. Located right […]

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7 Fun Things to Do in Milton

What to do in Milton, “the town of opportunities”. When leaving or […]

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6 Fun Things to Do in Balclutha

What to do in Balclutha, the Big River Town. Welcome to Balclutha! […]

Graeme Murray - Tourism NZ

7 Amazing Things to Do in Tuatapere

What to do in Tuatapere, the gateway to southern Fiordland National Park. […]

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5 Amazing Day Trips from Invercargill

… or longer trips from Invercargill. The Southland region’s main hub and […]

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10 Fun Things to Do in Alexandra

What to do in Alexandra, the sunny hub of Central Otago. Located […]

ChristchurchNZ

10 Incredible Things to Do in Kaikoura

What to do in Kaikoura, the marine wildlife mecca of New Zealand. […]

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10 Incredible Things to Do in Fiordland National Park

What to do in Fiordland National Park. Where do you begin to […]

10 Amazing Things to Do in Invercargill

What to do in Invercargill, New Zealand’s southernmost city! You’ll hear that […]

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10 Amazing Things to Do in Waitomo

What to do in Waitomo, a Subterranean Adventure like no other! Let’s […]

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10 Amazing Things to Do in Picton

What to do in Picton, the gateway to the South Island. Welcome […]

russellstreet on Flickr

10 Fun Things to Do in Piopio

What to do in Piopio, a quaint village in the Waikato. Named […]

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5 Fun Things to Do in Whangamata

What to do in Whangamata. Surf, sun, sea and sand… This is […]

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6 Fun Things to Do in Te Aroha

What to do in Te Aroha, New Zealand’s historic Hot spring town! […]

Ulrich Lange on Wikipedia

10 Excellent Things to Do in Havelock North

What to Do in Havelock North Swap the hustle and bustle of […]

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What to Do for 5 Days in Gisborne

5 Day Gisborne Itinerary Make the most of your venture to New […]

russellstreet on Flickr

6 Priceless Things to Do in Piha

Piha activities and attractions you can’t miss! Situated on the rugged coast […]

Justjenine on Wikipedia

10 Amazing Things to Do in Leigh

Leigh activities and attractions you can’t Miss! Nature, adventure, sports and food: […]

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10 Wonderful Things to Do in Warkworth

Warkworth activities and attractions you can’t miss! It’s a town that everyone […]

Northland Inc

7 Kick-Ass Things to Do in Kawakawa

What to do in Kawakawa. Kawakawa is the gateway to the Bay […]

Sids1 on Flickr

10 Damn Good Things to Do in Dargaville

Dargaville activities you can’t miss! Forest, mountains, beach, lakes… Whatever outdoor adventure […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

10 Outstanding Things to Do in Opononi & Omapere

Explore Opononi and Omapere in the Hokianga Harbour. The Hokianga Harbour is […]

Nataliej44 on Wikipedia

5 Fun Things to Do in Pukekohe

Pukekohe Activities and attractions you can’t miss! Every traveller road tripping around […]

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6 Fun Things to Do in Howick & Half Moon Bay

Howick activities and attractions you can’t miss! A southwestern suburb of Auckland, […]

Auckland Photo News on Flickr

10 Wonderful Things to Do in Waiuku

Waiuku activities you can’t miss! When heading south from Auckland, don’t leave […]

Auckland Tourism - Todd Eyre

6 Magical Things to Do in Muriwai

Muriwai activities and attractions you can’t miss! Want to explore some of […]

eutrophication&hypoxia on Flickr

7 Wonderful Things to Do in Wellsford

Wellsford Activities and attractions you can’t miss! Situated on State Highway 1 […]

Sids1 on Flickr

10 Outstanding Things to Do in Orewa

Orewa Activities and attractions you can’t miss! Just 25 minutes up the […]

Tourism New Zealand

10 Damn Good Things to Do in Devonport

Devonport activities and attractions you Can’t miss! Just a 12-minute ferry trip […]

Angela Cosgrove - Tourism Bay of Plenty

7 Awesome Things to Do in Papamoa

Papamoa Activities You Can’t Miss! Papamoa is the largest suburb of Tauranga […]

Air55 on Wikipedia

7 Top Things to Do in Te Puke

What to do in the Kiwifruit capital! Just a 25-minute drive from […]

Northland Inc

6 Incredible Things to Do at Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga Activities You Can’t miss! If you really want to say […]

Tourism NZ

10 Wonderful Things to Do in Waihi

What to do in Waihi. Waihi is a town of wonder that’s […]

DXR on Wikipedia

5 Excellent Things to Do in Kaikohe

Kaikohe activities you can’t miss! Located in between the coast of Hokianga […]

PerPlex on Wikipedia

5 Fantastic Things to Do in Norsewood

Norsewood activities you can’t miss! Norsewood is not your typical New Zealand […]

Tourism NZ Alistair Guthrie

5 Epic Things to Do in Whangaroa

Discover the Whangaroa Harbour. The Whangaroa Harbour is a true hidden gem […]

Michal Klajban on Wikipedia

8 Damn Good Things to Do in Dannevirke

Dannevirke activities you can’t miss! Yes, there is a “Dannevirke” in New […]

Pxhere

10 Brilliant Things to Do in Waipu & Bream Bay

Awesome activities in Bream Bay! Just south of Whangarei, Bream Bay is […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

8 Exceptional Things to Do in Eketahuna

Eketahuna activities you can’t miss! It doesn’t get more “rural New Zealand” […]

Sids1 on Wikipedia

5 Kick-Ass Things to Do in Kaitaia

Kaitaia activities you can’t miss! Often described as “The Capital of the […]

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6 Fun Things to Do in Pahiatua

Pahiatua activities you can’t miss! Want to experience a piece of classic […]

russellstreet on Flickr

10 Magical Things to Do in Mangawhai

Activities in Mangawhai and Mangawhai Heads you can’t miss! If you’re looking […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

6 Awesome Things to Do in Ahipara

Activities in Ahipara you can’t miss! Situated at the southern end of […]

www.ManawatuNZ.co.nz

5 Great Things to Do in Hunterville

Hunterville activities you can’t miss! The small rural town on State Highway […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

10 Exceptional Things to Do in Doubtless Bay

Doubtless Bay Activities You Can’t Miss! Beaches! So many beaches! If the […]

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7 Fun Things to Do in Feilding

Feilding Activities You Can’t miss! Feilding couldn’t be more of a farm […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

12 Fantastic Things to Do at Whangarei Heads

Whangarei HEads activities you can’t miss! Just a mere 20-minutes drive out […]

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7 Wonderful Things to Do in Woodville

Welcome to Woodville, New Zealand! There are many Woodvilles in the world […]

www.ManawatuNZ.co.nz

6 Amazing Things to Do in Ashhurst

Ashhurst Activities You Can’t miss! The quaint little countryside town of Ashhurst […]

www.ManawatuNZ.co.nz

6 Amazing Things to Do in Apiti

Apiti Activities you Can’t miss! Want to experience a true rural town […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

10 Terrific Things to Do in Tutukaka

Activities you Can’t miss on the Tutukaka Coast! With more beaches, surf […]

www.ManawatuNZ.co.nz

14 Best Things to Do in the Pohangina Valley

Pohangina Valley activities you Can’t miss! Want to see the New Zealand […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

7 Terrific Things to Do in Taihape

Taihape activities you can’t miss! Seeing the giant gumboot sculpture at the […]

www.ManawatuNZ.co.nz

7 Brilliant Things to Do in Rangiwahia

Rangiwahia activities you can’t miss! Rangi-where? Rangiwahia is a small rural town […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

6 Fun Things to Do in Mangaweka

Mangaweka activities you can’t miss! Thousands of people drive past the little […]

Michal Klajban on Wikipedia

5 Fun Things to Do in Shannon

Shannon activities you can’t miss! A prime example of a charming New […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

5 Fun Things to Do in Foxton

Activities in Foxton and Foxton Beach. Foxton and Foxton Beach are only […]

alh1 on Flickr

10 Fun Things to Do in Levin

Levin activities YOU Can’T miss! Levin is a large characterful town that’s […]

Tourism NZ

10 Unforgettable Things to Do in the Whanganui National Park

Awesome Whanganui National Park Experiences. You will have seen mind-blowing photos of […]

James Shook on Wikipedia

9 Must-Do Stops on the Whanganui River Road

Amazing sights along the Whanganui River Road! Extending between Punahou, just north […]

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5 Super Things to Do in Paekakariki

Paekakariki Activities You Can’t Miss! Welcome to Paekakariki, the southernmost village on […]

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8 Excellent Things to Do in Paraparaumu

Activities in Paraparaumu and Paraparaumu Beach. As the main hub of the […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

10 Epic Things to Do in National Park Village

National Park Village activities. As the name suggests, National Park Village is […]

Grutness at English Wikipedia.

8 Great Things to Do in Waikanae

Waikanae activities you can’t miss! On Wellington’s coastal district of the Kapiti […]

Phillip Capper on Flickr

10 Thrilling Things to Do in Lower Hutt

Lower Hutt activities you Can’s miss! Get the best of city life […]

Tourism NZ Julian Apse

20 Incredible Things to Do in Wellington

Wellington activities to beat the boredom! How can you possibly get bored […]

Phillip Capper on Flickr

10 Great Things to Do in Miramar

Miramar activities you can’t miss! Whether you’re based in Miramar for work […]

Tourism NZ Tim Bardsley-Smith

11 Excellent Things to Do in the Hutt Valley

Things to do in Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt! Wellington’s story began […]

BackpackerGuide.nZ

14 Outstanding Things to Do in Ohakune

Things you can’t miss in Ohakune! Ohakune is a small town with […]

Bay of Plenty Tourism

11 Amazing Things to Do in Whakatane

Try these Whakatane Activities! On the coast of the Bay of Plenty […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

10 Unmissable Things to Do in Wairoa

What to do in Wairoa. It’s Hawke’s Bay’s coolest little town! Wairoa […]

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8 Awesome Things to Do in Hastings

Hastings activities you can’t miss! In the heart of the wine region […]

Noel O'Riley on Wikipedia

15 Super Fun Things to Do in Napier

Napier Activities you have to try! Some amazing experiences await in Napier! […]

Ildefonse at en.wikipedia

5 Fun Things to Do in Bluff

Activities and things to do in BLuff! At the edge of the […]

Pxhere

12 Things to Do in Matamata (That Doesn’t Involve Hobbits)

What to do in Matamata New Zealand Let’s be honest. You’re here […]

Jocelyn Kinghorn on Flickr

10 Damn Good Things to Do in Cromwell

What to do in Cromwell? Only 50 minutes from Queenstown, the little […]

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9 Glorious Things to Do on Waiheke Island

What to do on Waiheke Island? One of the top day trips […]

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5 Fun Things to Do at Goat Island Marine Reserve

Make the most out of Goat Island! New Zealand’s first and most […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

10 Unmissable Things to Do in Lake Tekapo

What to do in Lake Tekapo. Lake Tekapo is on almost everybody’s […]

Tourism NZ

10 Incredible Things to Do on Stewart Island

What to do in Stewart Island. You haven’t fully explored New Zealand […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

10 Amazing Things to Do in the Abel Tasman National Park

Awesome Activities in Abel Tasman! Golden sand beaches, lush native forest, marine […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

10 Alternative Things To Do in Auckland

Done it all before? What about these? Auckland is the biggest hub […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

20 Awesome Places to Visit in Rotorua

Where to visit in Rotorua. Never underestimate Rotorua. There’s so much to […]

Siyamalan

Te Urewera Rainforest Route: 9 Epic Stops!

Sights you can’t miss on the Te Urewera Rainforest Route. Travel from […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

Opotiki to Gisborne via The Waioeka Gorge: 8 Epic Stops!

Stops you can’t miss in the Waioeka Gorge! Eastland is not just […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

15 Things to Do in Nelson City

What to do in Nelson City. In a city that is wedged […]

Rob Suisted - Tourism New Zealand

10 Awesome Activities in the Marlborough Sounds

Things to do in the Marlborough Sounds. Covering one-fifth of New Zealand’s […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

10 Awesome Things to Do in Kerikeri

Kerikeri activities you can’t miss! There’s no such thing as being stuck […]

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10 Reasons Why Haast has World Heritage Status

Why visit the World Heritage Area of Haast? As the last (or […]

Backapckerguide.nz

15 Awesome Things to Do in Reefton

Activities you have to try in Reefton! Reefton is an intriguing town. This […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

6 Towns You Can’t Miss in South Taranaki

The towns to visit on your South Taranaki Road trip! A road […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

5 Auckland Road Trips You Can’t Miss

Take an Auckland road trip! Sailing, surfing and city life: that’s generally […]

Cecilia Lindqvist

Guide to Milford Sound and the Milford Road

What you need to know about Milford Sound and the Road to […]

Philthy54 on wikipedia

10 Things to Do In and Around Gore

What to do in the brown Trout capital. We bet you never […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

10 Things We Love About Akaroa

Things to do in Akaroa! Dolphins, seals, penguins, big hikes, small hikes […]

Krzysztof Golik on Wikipedia

6 Essential Pitstops for Your South Canterbury Road Trip

Quirky South Canterbury towns worth stopping by! Away from the hustle and […]

Todd Eyre on Auckland Tourism

10 Ways to Enjoy Summer in Auckland

The summer city! When is the best time to be in Auckland? […]

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8 Ways to Make the Most of Summer in Hawke’s Bay

Awesome Things to do in Hawke’s Bay in Summer! Life in Hawke’s […]

BackpackerGuide.Nz

6 Reasons Why Hokitika is Such a Cool Little Town

Plenty of reasons to love the beach town of Hokitika. Located almost […]

Pseudopanax at English Wikipedia

5 Fun Things to Do Katikati

What does New Zealand’s mural town have to offer? Katikati is best […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

7 Bizarre Sights in the Waitaki Valley

Features of the Vanished World Trail. Shark-toothed dolphins, whales, penguins and many […]

Joshua Eckert on Flickr

10 Features That Make The Coromandel Unique

Peninsula paradise! There is no better word to describe the Coromandel region […]

Karora on Wikipedia

10 Damn Good Things to Do in Wairarapa

The great escape! Too often do backpackers drive right through Wairarapa without […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

10 Underrated Places to Visit in Canterbury

The Hidden Gems of the Canterbury region. Stretched between snowcapped mountains and […]

Pxhere

10 Reasons to Stop in Hokianga

Don’t miss some awesome things to do in Hokianga! Sea, sand and […]

18 Places to Stop at on Taranaki’s Surf Highway 45

THE BEST STOPS ON THE SURF HIGHWAY. Any road called “Surf Highway”, is […]

russellstreet on Flickr

9 Places You Can’t Miss on the Matakana Coast

Road trip on the coast of Auckland. One of the great things […]

Phillip Capper on Flickr

10 Fun Things to Do in Porirua

A quick city escape! Tucked alongside two harbours, parks and scenic reserves, Porirua […]

Tourism NZ

7 Tips to Have a Great Time in Christchurch

Tips for backpackers in Christchurch! The city of Christchurch has found a […]

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The 10 Golden Picture Frames in Auckland

Picture perfect views in the Auckland region. Just in case you didn’t […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

10 Token Tourist Photos You Have to Take in the North Island

The photos on the North Island that everyone takes. Well, there’s no […]

BackpackerGuide.NZ

10 Token Tourist Photos You Have to Take in the South Island

Photos of the South Island that you have to take! Do you […]

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