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Sleeping Bag Choice

Sleeping Bag Choice Sleeping bags are a relatively big-ticket item in your personal outdoor equipmen...

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Meet our Guide: Marios Gavalas

Marios Gavalas:   What do you get up to when you are not guiding?My greatest pleasure is hanging out...

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Meet our guide: Jessi Meyer

Jessi Meyer: Jessi is enthusiastic and passionate about the outdoors and being surrounded by nature....

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Top 5 views from Last Summer

  Top 5 Views from Last SummerThe office coffee table chat is at fever pitch as we share the adventu...

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Meet our Guide: Mitch Hutchings

Mitch Hutchings:  Mitch lives for exploring the outdoors and immersing himself in different cult...

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Ultimate North Adventure

For someone who has worshiped The Lord of The Rings their entire life, a tourism internship in New Z...

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Skin care tips for hikers

Nature is beautiful, and hiking is one of the best ways you can explore and enjoy it. It may also be...

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Environmental Care Code

Whilst hiking and travelling around New Zealand's it is important to follow a few simple steps to he...

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Tailor-made Holidays

Talk to us. You won’t get lost in a big organisation because we are small enough to really look afte...

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Meet our Guide: Jeremy Martin

Jeremy Martin: Growing up on the foothills of the Southern Alps of New Zealand with active hikers fo...

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Scenic Day Walks in the Port Hills

 The Port Hills is a great location for scenic day walks that aren't too physically demanding. We ha...

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How much water to take on a hike?

When we’re out hiking, getting in enough fluids to replace those lost to perspiration and exposure t...

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One of the best jobs in the world!

Dan Murphy One of Hiking New Zealand's directors, Dan Murphy, sat down with Great Walks Magazine to ...

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Meet our Guide: Kathryn

Kathryn Richards: Kathryn almost has a love of the outdoors imprinted in her DNA. Her upbringing on ...

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How to Dress for Hiking

An old Scandinavian proverb tells us “there’s no bad weather, only bad clothing.” While there are su...

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Top tips for booking flights

When it comes to booking airline flights, we’re all after a bargain as flight costs can be a signifi...

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Evolution of Christchurch

Christchurch is no longer a ‘land and leave’ location. It is now a ‘stop and drop’ destination! The ...

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Meet our Guide: Sarah Akers

Sarah Akers: With a professional background in environmental planning and consulting Sarah brings bo...

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Tips on hiking with a slower hiking partner

So you love the outdoors and cannot wait to climb that next mountain or tackle that next trail - but...

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New Zealand Souvenirs and Maori designs

Don’t fight it. Deep inside your brain you know that you are a tourist. Eventually, a huge force of ...

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Meet our Guide: Chai Pyle

Chai Pyle:  Having grown up in the outdoors, Chai feels very much in his element guiding guests thro...

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NZeTA and IVL

New Zealand has enforced a new law for entering the country which may apply to you. It is important ...

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Best time to hike

Sometimes you wonder if the weather actually cares what season it is in New Zealand. We have compile...

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Stop your headlamp batteries going flat

Most headlamps can turn on when bumped, flattening the battery. Critical to outdoor hiking safety, s...

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Photo competition winners for 2019

Winners of the 2019 #myadventure #mypeople photo competition Our Hiking New Zealand and Active Earth...

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End of Season Weekend 2019

Hiking Guides Celebrate Successful Season That’s a wrap! The tents are rolled up and sleeping bags h...

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Project Island Song

Project Island Song - Bay of Islands, Northland At the beginning of 2016 we became a corporate membe...

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Leave No Trace...

...tune in to the right music and be mindful when you pee! “Take only photos, leave only footprints”...

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Meet our Staff: Elena Jonsson

Get the low down on the Hiking New Zealand and Active Earth Adventures team. We asked Elena Jonsson ...

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Take only photographs, leave only footprints

Hiking is the perfect way to be immersed in the stunning wilderness. Nature can be very delicate so ...

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Kiwi Sponsorship

Thanks to all the people who have booked through us we have been able to keep supporting various env...

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Gaiters - Why wear them?

“Gaiters” aka - puttees, chaps or half boots  Why?There are several reasons someone might choose to ...

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How to choose a tent for a multi-day hiking trip

One of the best things about trekking adventures is waking up each morning with wondrous views in pl...

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Head Office team Winter Highlights

If it is winter and you happen to tell people you are in the tourism industry the inevitable respons...

Photo Shoe Review Blog

La Sportiva BUSHIDO Review

Over the coming months I will be looking at a range of La Sportiva trail running and hiking shoes. T...

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Hiking Guide Training

I’m relieved it’s an unusually warm night as I hide out in the manuka trees wearing nothing but my u...

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Meet our Staff: Anika Zwaan

Get the low down on the Hiking New Zealand and Active Earth Adventures team. We asked Anika Zwaan wh...

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Meet our Staff: Magan McKenna

Get the low down on the Hiking New Zealand and Active Earth Adventures team. We asked Magan McKenna ...

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Meet our Staff: Martin Leslie

Get the low down on the Hiking New Zealand and Active Earth Adventures team. We asked Martin Leslie ...

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Why camping is becoming popular in the US

According to the 2017 North American Camping Report, over six million new households have started ca...

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New Zealand Coffees

Long black or Americano? As travellers we know that coffees have different names in different countr...

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The Absolute Best Aquatic Adventures Around New Zealand

New Zealand is the perfect adventure holiday destination for a nature-loving thrill-seeker. Surfing,...

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Health Benefits of Hiking

After a hike, you might have sore legs and be physically tired, but we all know getting outside is g...

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Australia and New Zealand’s “Best Kept Secret Tours”

Hiking New Zealand is Rated One of Australia and New Zealand’s “Best Kept Secret Tours” New Zealand,...

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Photo competition winners for 2018

Our Hiking New Zealand  and Active Earth Adventures  photo competition is now in its fourth successf...

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Exploring New Zealand’s South Island

My journey as an Intern at Hiking New Zealand continues: 7 days, 10 Australian ladies, one never-end...

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New Zealand Landscape

Five amazing facts about the New Zealand landscape you probably never thought to ask Where can I see...

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Flora and Fauna

Four Strange NZ Flora and Fauna You’ve Probably Never Heard Of New Zealand is famous for its diversi...

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Perfect Gap Year: Finding a home away from home

Where to head when wanderlust hits?I was about to finish my Masters degree in Sport Management when ...

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Let Hiking New Zealand round out your solo travel

I love solo travel. I get to do what I want, when I want. But I also know myself – I’m not that orga...

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Coastal Day Walk

A wonderful day walk in the Bay of Islands I had only just arrived in New Zealand to start my intern...

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Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day is a public holiday held on the 6th February every year. We have this public holiday to...

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Nelson Lakes National Park

As the end of my internship here at Hiking New Zealand drew closer, I was asked to join a weekend hi...

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Surviving a Long-Haul Flight

You’ll most likely be taking a long-haul flight (or two!) when you are traveling to New Zealand - he...

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Craft Beer in New Zealand

Craft Beer in New ZealandOver the past couple of decades, New Zealand, like the other “new world” co...

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Emergency Items List

Make sure you have what it takes What to bringWe have just had our annual guide training which focus...

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Hiking With Kids

If hiking is an important part of your life - and you probably wouldn’t be reading this if it wasn’t...

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School Group Adventure

Hiking New Zealand recently guided a school group from Beijing around some of the splendid nature on...

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Meet our Staff: Malcolm O'Neill

Home Town?Ha, I say I come from the mid Hutt Valley which is the Bronx of New Zealand, a veritable c...

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Family Fun - The Why and the Where

The beauty of New Zealand’s great outdoors is best explored on foot. There is simply no better way t...

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How to keep energy levels high abroad

When travelling, it’s easy to feel a bit groggy and tired at times. Don’t fret, though – it’s easy t...

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How to care for your sleeping bag

Your sleeping bag is one of your key pieces of camping equipment. Learn how to care for it - when yo...

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What Is A Flat White?

New Zealand may be a tiny country at the very bottom of the world, but it has many claims to punchin...

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Meet our Staff: Ange Janes

Home Town? I grew up in Oxford, just up the road from Rangiora, and like a true Cantabrian have work...

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Why go guided

Take the stress out of your holiday and all the work, research, and uncertainty that goes into plann...

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Photo competition winners for 2017

Our Hiking New Zealand and Active Earth Adventures photo competition is in its third year now. Durin...

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Certificate of Excellence – Trip Advisor

  Consistently achieving outstanding traveller reviews means Hiking New Zealand has received the Cer...

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Hiking Tips for Newbies

There's a first time for everything!We looked back on our first days of hiking and thought of a few ...

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What to Pack for Kiwi-style Hiking Trips

It is not always easy packing for a hiking trip – what is necessary and what is just a luxury? We ha...

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Tips for Hiking in the Rain

Hiking in the rain It might sound like a miserable experience, but it doesn't need to be that way. M...

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Things to do in Kaikoura

Struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in November last year, it might leave you wondering whether you...

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End of Season Weekend 2017

The Best New Zealand Hiking Guides Our end of season weekend gets guides and partners and crew toget...

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West Coast Wilderness

Hiking New Zealand – West Coast Wilderness The objective was to have a true New Zealand adventure, s...

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A perfect day

When we are in the Hiking New Zealand office we love reading Trip Advisor reviews and all the emails...

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Your last chance to enter the #myparadise photo competition

Entries are still open, however, be quick as they are closing on the 10 May 2017 for the Hiking New ...

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The Old Ghost Road

Bike it, hike it or run it? This purpose built 85km single track is fast becoming one of the best ba...

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Money Matters

Life has at least two certainties – bank fees and tax…… both of which are disliked. Bank fees can be...

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Finding the right backpack

Surfing the internet to find the most suitable backpack for your next hiking adventure?Malcolm, Hiki...

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Meet our Staff: Anne van der Landen

Get the low down on the Hiking New Zealand and Active Earth Adventures team. We asked Anne van der L...

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5 Safety Tips for Trail Running

Safety TipsTrail running is appealing for so many reasons; being in the outdoors is empowering, your...

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Day Walks Around Christchurch

The recent fire in the Port Hills of Christchurch means we need to think a little more creatively ab...

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The home of adventure tourism

Are you a lover of thrills and excitement? Then New Zealand is the right spot for you!  SwingWhen ch...

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Things to do in Auckland

Visiting the largest city in New Zealand? Don’t miss out on the must see attractions in Tamaki Makau...

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Taking a Bath with a Princess

My son was pestering me that it was time I took him hiking again, and while it’s great to have kids ...

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Top Instagram pictures of 2016

Well we are certainly not claiming our Instagram accounts to be anywhere near as popular as Selena G...

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Getting around in New Zealand

About travel distance miscalculations, low speed limits and the perks of being stuck behind a slow v...

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Happy Feet Make Happy Hikers

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New Zealand Travel FAQs

Arranging numerous trips for people from all over the world we have come across the same questions o...

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Be inspired

The Hiking New Zealand team shares a passion for travelling and visiting beautiful places. To share ...

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Outdoor Safety Code

The New Zealand wilderness is a great place to explore. To stay safe on your next outdoor adventure ...

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Things to do in Wellington

Explore New Zealand’s constitutional and cultural capital, infamous for its windy weather and was vo...

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Kaikoura Earthquake November 2016 - Update

Following the New Zealand earthquakes in North Canterbury, we would like to reassure families and fr...

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Meet our Staff: Eva Starostka

Get the low down on the Hiking New Zealand and Active Earth Adventures team. Today we asked Eva Star...

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Photo Competition 2016-17

 Share a photo of #myparadise and WIN!  Don't forget to bring your camera when going on one of our ...

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Top Apps for Travellers

Smartphones and apps come in handy in everyday life, but can be especially helpful when you are trav...

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Happy Feet - Foot care when hiking

“When you see someone putting on big boots, you can be sure adventure is about to happen” (Winnie th...

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Young Man's Country

 Definition of ‘Young Man’s Country’ – a term that may have been overused by rural real estate agent...

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Things to do in Christchurch

Heading to Christchurch for a weekend away, visiting a friend or family, or as part of your backpack...

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Backpacking in New Zealand is different

Backpacking in New Zealand (hiking - trekking - tramping) Hiker with lost mind   Hiking New Zealand...

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Adventure Racing

We sometimes take our training seriously We, team Hiking New Zealand (Anne, Michelle and myself- Cl...

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Meet our Staff: Anne Murphy

 Get the low down on the Hiking New Zealand and Active Earth Adventures team. We asked Anne Murphy w...

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Whale and Dolphin Trust

Hiking New Zealand is committed to putting something back into the New Zealand wilderness.  For many...

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Top 10 most photographed locations

Instagram has made a list of the top 10 Instagram locations in New Zealand by collecting the geo-tag...

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Paddling the Whanganui River

Adventure awaits We needed an adventure, something different - not a typical get together for a bunc...

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Active Relaxers

The line between work and play is pretty blurred here at Hiking New Zealand. Michelle and I put tog...

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Meet our Staff: Daniel Murphy

Get the low down on the Hiking New Zealand and Active Earth Adventures team. We asked Daniel Murphy ...

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Health tips for travellers

Know the RisksAs with any other country, there are certain risks associated with being active outdoo...

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Meet our Staff: Michelle McConnon

Get the low down on the Hiking New Zealand and Active Earth Adventures team. We asked Michelle McCon...

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Winter Hiking

The Chamois buck (or Chammie as us Kiwis like to affectionately call them) eyed us from his high pe...

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Rediscovering the Far North

The day finally dawned and we were on a roadie heading north out of Auckland; our destination - the ...

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Tongariro Crossing

Traversing the volcanic moonscape of contorted lava flows and ash fields as you climb to the emerald...

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Jump in a Lake

Hiking NZ director Malcolm witnessed a near accident at his local swimming hole recently so decided ...

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Avoiding severe gales

The Hiking New Zealand team consider Claire an honorary member. Not only did we first meet Claire wh...

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Hiking the Gillespie and Rabbit Passes

Michelle walked the 8-day Gillespie and Rabbit Pass and rates it as a trip of a lifetime. It wasn’t ...

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The 2016 photo competition winners are...

Once again this year we were so impressed with the wonderful photos that were entered into our photo...

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3 tips for better outdoor photos

You’re off into the majestic outdoors for a day of exercise and relaxation. You’re taking your came...

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Winter Hiking, take a book - or your love?

Winter trampingWinter tramping is a little different, because so is winter. However, if you're adequ...

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Young Man's Country

  Daniel, co-owner of Hiking New Zealand, ensures he gets into the backcountry (Young Man's Countr...

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Basic facts about New Zealand

Before stepping into an airplane to New Zealand, there are a few facts you should know:   What will ...

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Travel Photography

We have been well and truly impressed by the photographic skills of so many people that have hiked w...

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Moose hunting in young man's country

Guide and Director, Dan Murphy, gives his account of the Dusky Track Expedition run by Hiking New Z...

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Majestic Far North

Caroline kept her friends and family updated with a blog as she travelled through NZ and by the end...

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Things to do between trips

Some ideas of things to do before, after or in between our trips. In most cases we have done these a...

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Captured Moment

This summer season's photo competition is in full swing...a month ago we announced our first monthly...

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Hiking Boot Guide

Hiking boots can make or break our outdoors adventures Good quality hiking boots are an integral par...

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Stopover in Dubai - Kingdom of Bling

Break a long haul flight in Dubai (do buy)? Director Malcolm likes hiking, exploring, and talking to...

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Lake Waikaremoana - a wild journey

Glenys enjoys a journey through some of the North Island's forgotten wilderness - Lake Waikaremoana...

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Kiwis for kiwi

Our New Zealand Wildlife Fund Each of us gets to make a case for a cause we are passionate about and...

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Conservation in Arthur's Pass

From every Kiwi-style trip booked, we make a donation on our client’s behalf to our Wildlife Fund. D...

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New Zealand's Geology

Karst landscape The tablelands of the north-west South Island are a remnant of once extensive sea-le...

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About New Zealand

  The Story of the Land The landscape of New Zealand is diverse and dramatic. There are steep mount...

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Saint James Conservation Park

Dan Murphy gets together with a group of old school mates each year and heads into the wilderness. ...

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Blurring the lines between work and play

Five things I learned about Hiking New Zealand a week after my first day in the office - Angela Jane...

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Abel Tasman - will it beat her... yes!

  Who would of thought this was the middle of winter Talk in the office..The talk in the office wa...

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My amazing time on the Northland Discovery *Part 5*

Guest Blog by Chase M. This April (2015), Chase joined the Northland Discovery with his dad Jimmy af...

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My amazing time on the Northland Discovery *Part 4*

Guest Blog by Chase M.    This April (2015), Chase joined the Northland Discovery with his dad Jimmy...

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The world's best travel blogs to follow...

If you surf the internet today there is one thing you can find everywhere:  Blogs - or more precisel...

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My amazing time on the Northland Discovery *Part 3*

Guest Blog by Chase M.  This April (2015), Chase joined the Northland Discovery with his dad Jimmy a...

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Navigation Skills Tested

The problem when you are married to a hiking guide is you find yourself passing over all responsibil...

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The photo competition winners are...

We were completely amazed and blown away by how many inspiring and evocative photos were entered int...

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My amazing time on the Northland Discovery *Part 2*

 Guest Blog by Chase M.  This April (2015), Chase joined the Northland Discovery with his dad Jimmy ...

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The addition of bikes to the mix - #midweekmission

In what has quickly become a mid-week tradition we took for the hills once again. Mt Grey is a lit...

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Pimp my shopping list

Unleash the Neanderthal within by using this tip for shopping. Does anyone else under-achieve when t...

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A midweek run for the school Mums - #midweekmission

  A quick mission to run to the top of Mt Isobel in Hanmer Springs, North Canterbury, between sch...

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Hiking and taking photos in New Zealand

Advice for travellers taking a camera on their New Zealand hiking holidayWe talked to travel photogr...

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My amazing time on the Northland Discovery *Part 1*

Guest Blog by Chase M.  Read the first part of his Northland Discovery adventure "Cow piles are the ...

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Hiking into New Zealand's folklore

Discover more than just rivers, wilderness and high mountains when you explore New Zealand’s nationa...

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A wonderful hike at the top of New Zealand

Cape Reinga WalkwayTapotupotu Bay to Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga)    LocationYou will find the st...

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Walking the Hump Ridge Track

Glenys Erskine reflects on walking the Hump Ridge Track It has been over a year since I walked t...

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Essential forums to visit before you travel

Are you ready for adventure? Do you have questions about the country that you want to travel to? Did...

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My conversion to lightweight backpacking - Part 2

  School mate carries a heave load. What has to stay at home? A whole summer and what feels like a ...

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Best Inspirational Travel Quotes - Part 2

The team here at Hiking New Zealand have a real passion for active travel and wild places. Like you,...

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New headlamps for penguins

Hiking New Zealand uses its wildlife fund to support Penguins Plus It is a little known fact that b...

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Electronic Waste Collection

A money raising idea that cares for the planet and is easy to set up… This is one of those tasks th...

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Part 2 - 13 days in the life of a Hiking New Zealand guide...

A "selfie" of Grum HNZ DAY 9We are early up, and away with the first stop at Roaring Billy Falls. T...

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Office to Outdoors - on the Job - Part 2

German-born Eva Starostka is a tourism student from The Netherlands, in New Zealand to write her the...

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Our own winter fun and games for the team

We are all in this business for a reason, and that’s because we love adventure, the outdoors and doi...

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Heaphy Track - Three Worlds in One

  If you want a hiking trip overflowing with varied habitats, great company and food then this is t...

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Day walk from Christchurch for the family

Mt Richardson - via Blowhard Track and Richardson Track Location: The Blowhard Track starts from th...

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Office to Outdoors - on the Job - Part 1

German-born Eva Starostka is a tourism student from The Netherlands, in New Zealand to write her the...

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Abel Tasman - Fun Mums Only

 BUS MANS HOLIDAYThere is no denying we are a hiking family. You can’t own a business called Hiking ...

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Images to inspire us to see more of the world...Pinterest

Pinterest is the master of time consumption. It can suck me in for hours and hours, as I discover an...

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13 Days in the life of a Hiking New Zealand Guide - Part 1

One of our most experienced guides Graham Frith aka "Grum" has a love of the outdoors and sharing th...

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The New Zealand Cycle Trail

  Cycling around the world is growing rapidly in popularity. It is no longer an activity only for ...

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Stop dreaming, make it happen - Mongolia Expedition

Join me (Dan) in Mongolia!   Our inaugural  exploratory hiking expedition to the Altai Mountains of...

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Multi Day Hiking

Multi-day hiking - its as simple as - food + clothes + pack + shoes or boots made for walking! It's ...

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Top swimming spots throughout New Zealand

With summer fast approaching we have put together our top ten swimming holes in no particular order ...

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Best Inspirational Travel Quotes

The team here at Hiking New Zealand have a real passion for active travel and wild places. Like you,...

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Back in the land of predator free New Zealand

Glenys, took some time out from work to immerse herself in the wilderness of Alaska. Here is her blo...

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Stick-em up! Our series of tips...

Another helpful hint for hikers that will make life safer and more comfy in New Zealand's outdoors. ...

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My conversion to lightweight backpacking - Part 1

Lightweight backpacking - it's either the new craze or maybe no one bothered to tell me sooner. I m...

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Musings on Australia, why we love the place

Musings on Australia's wilderness - why we love the place (but can't wait to come home) Hiking NZ Di...

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Scottish weapon travels to Northland incognito

The Dalai Lama was once asked what the secret to being happy was. Apparently he answered “being hap...

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Woodchopping. Our series of tips...

Everyone fancies themselves as a wood chopper. However when you are out in the wilderness it pays to...

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Grum begins training for his world trip

Hanmer Events organiser, co-ordinator and brains trust and Hiking New Zealand guide Graham Frith has...

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Plastic bag/dry bag leaks? Our series of tips...

Here is another in a series of helpful hints for hikers that will make life safer and more comfy in ...

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Inspirational Travel and Walking Quotes

  Here at Hiking New Zealand we chose to work in this industry because we have a passion for travel,...

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Family Adventures

      NEW TOURS - The Family Northern Explorer  includes plenty of swimming in secret coves of turq...

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Eyeballs, Mare's Milk & Bear Poo

Mongolia was everything Daniel hoped it would be. For two weeks he did not see any other tourists, ...

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A clients view on the West Coast Wilderness

Caroline Dugene asked some of her fellow hikers on the West Coast Wilderness about why they chose Hi...

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The first of the tales of old...

This is the first story in a series as we look back over 20 years in business.  Thanks Mike for shar...

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Mark Brabyn reflects on the last 20 years for Hiking New Zeland

As we mark our 20th celebrations for Hiking New Zealand I asked Mark to reflect back over the years ...

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The Secrets of the South

Ryan Holden, of Intrepid Magazine, explore's New Zealand's Secret South with Hiking New Zealand   Ne...

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Queen Charlotte Track - A Family Adventure

  The cool waters of the Queen Charlotte Sounds beckoned this summer and what better way to explore...

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Family Hiking - fun for everyone

    Hiking as a family is great! Walking, talking and discovering cool things with your kids is som...

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Trekking down the West Coast

Our Hiking New Zealand guide, Dave, took a group of intrepid backpackers on the West Coast Wildernes...

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Experience the Secret South for yourself

In November we let the hikers loose with a camera on this Secret South Safari in the South Island of...

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How to light a fire

It is not always as easy as it looks  Pack MatchesNothing like sitting around a crackling fire after...

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Stop that flapping tent. Our series of tips...

Don't let a flapping tent ruin your sleep Can’t stop the bottom edge of your tent flapping noisily i...

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Cowboy Coffee

What is our swing like? Now days it seems like a lot of us can not last 24 hours without a decent c...

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Emergency Rations. Our series of tips...

Always pack something for the unexpected If you are heading off on an overnight hike or exploring ...

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Ball Pass and the Mountaineering Pastry Chef

 Anthony Benson joined the Ball Pass Alpine Trek for a taste of Mt Cook National Park at ChristmasAr...

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Outdoor Adventure 101

 Keri Welham stretches her legs and her confidence on a two-day tramp  over Cass - Lagoon Saddle in ...

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New Zealand's South Island on Foot

  Molly Feltner reviews Hiking New Zealand's Secret South for online magazine, SmarterTravel.com - P...

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Finding the dwellers in your own backyard

Student Anita Lee gets out of the city and into the wild on the West Coast Wilderness.   As a city ...

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Hiking Photo Contest

  Booked an adventure with Active Earth Adventures & Hiking New Zealand? Grab your camera and star...

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Captured Moments December 2015

We were again blown away with the amazing pictures our adventurers submitted... Starting with Alexan...

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Our Wildlife Fund - October 2015 donation to Mauao Area Wildlife Trust

We bumped into these guys about 5 years ago when they were just two students out on the east coast o...

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Look after your health when travelling

Travel is one of the best ways of getting out and seeing the world in style. However, many of us can...

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