THE NEW ZEALAND TRAVEL GUIDE -
BY A LOCAL, FOR TRAVELLERS

Welcome to New Zealand Travel Secrets, where you'll find in depth tips, information and reviews for travelling all over Aotearoa New Zealand (aka the 'Land of the Long White Cloud').

This website is for you if you're looking for the 'real New Zealand' and want to experience not only what's in the brochures, but some of the better hidden gems around the country that only the locals know about.

New Zealand Travel tips from a real local

I'm a Kiwi born and raised, and I've travelled around the whole of NZ twice in a campervan, from Cape Reinga in the north to the Bluff in the south and just about everywhere in between. It has often struck me, when meeting foreign travellers in NZ, that they have never heard of some of my favourite spots.

You might know Auckland, Wellington, or Taupo, but what about Te Araroa or Wharariki Beach? This website will help you not only get a better experience from the big tourist spots, but have some more fun getting off the beaten track if you so desire.

Visitors come to this country every year for dozens of reasons. For some, it's about immersing yourself in the natural environment – an environment unparalleled by anything else on Earth.

For some, it's about thrillseeking – bungee jumping, jetboats, skydiving and other adrenaline rushes. Some seek peacefulness and paradise, a hideaway from the world on one of the many hidden beaches that line the coast, far away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world. Some want a combination of unique experience and tranquillity, as you can find in the now famous Waiheke Island wine tours.

Whatever your reason may be, this website is here to give you everything you need to know in order to make your trip the memorable experience you want it to be.

But most importantly, this website is a New Zealand travel guide for people who want to cross the line from being a tourist to being a traveller. It's for people who aren't content to see the world through the window of a tour bus.

If you're looking for authenticity, this website exists to help you find those experiences and enjoy the true wonder of discovery and surprise that travelling can give you like nothing else.

You'll find the answers to all the standard questions here, like:

  • What are the best activities in Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown, PaihiaChristchurch and elsewhere?
  • Where can I hire a car or campervan in New Zealand (and get the best deal)?
  • What are the absolute can't-miss experiences?
  • What are the best tips for New Zealand travel on a budget?
  • Where can I find New Zealand jobs and working holiday information?
  • How do I get a visa for New Zealand?
  • Which are the best New Zealand vacation, holiday and tour companies?
  • Where can I find cheap flights to and around NZ and which are the best airlines?
  • Info on New Zealand hostels, hotels, campgrounds, motels, bed and breakfasts and other accommodation
  • Everything you need to know about New Zealand (and Maori) culture
  • Where to get the most up to date info and forecasts on NZ weather

But on top of all that, I'm here to add something special: the flavour of local knowledge, the key to crafting a trip that's truly your own and not just following the same beaten path laid out by the big tour companies.

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