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As someone who grew up watching Lord of the Rings on repeat, when I finally visited New Zealand I was able to tick a huge dream from my bucket list. The natural landscapes in New Zealand are simply breath taking.

We only spent seven days in New Zealand, but it was enough to cruise in Milford Sound, hike the epic Roy’s Peak and get a feel for this beautiful country. I definitely want to visit again one day and explore North Island.

If you love being outdoors and surrounded by nature, then New Zealand is the place for you. Here you will find all my New Zealand travel tips!

Quick travel facts about New Zealand

Where is New Zealand? New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, composed by two main islands; South Island and North Island.

How to get there: You can find the cheapest flights to New Zealand via SkyScanner.

Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD) – see the latest exchange rate here.

Electrical plugs in New Zealand: Type I (similar to Australia) – I recommend an international adapter so you can use it on multiple trips.

Capital city: Wellington

Best time to visit: New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere, meaning they have opposite seasons compared to Europe and the US. The best time to visit ultimately depends on what you want to do in New Zealand.

New Zealand has some world famous ski slopes, which you will want to visit from June to September to find snow. New Zealand is also home to some incredible hikes, which are easier to do if you visit during the Kiwi summer from November to February.

How to travel around New Zealand: The easiest way to travel around New Zealand is to rent a car or camper van and go on an epic road trip. New Zealand is a stunning country and being on the road will allow you to see it all up close.

New Zealand also has a very efficient bus system. For longer distances or travel between North and South Island you can also find cheap flights on SkyScanner.

Visa requirements: Click here to find out the visa requirements for your passport.

My New Zealand travel guides

  Queenstown, the beautiful town in the South Island, New Zealand, is quite a sight to behold. From the stunning Lake Wakatipu to the views of the Southern Alps, there’s so much natural beauty to explore. One of the best ways to do so is along the Queenstown Hill Walkway. The Queenstown Hill hike was …

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  New Zealand is a wonderland for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts, with many incredible hikes. The Mount John hike in Canterbury is a gem that is definitely worth your time and will spoil you with gorgeous sights. The trail is moderate and accessible all year round and each season offers something special. Sitting atop …

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  The Hooker Valley Track is one of the most awesome hikes in New Zealand. Hooker Valley is within the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park in New Zealand. The national park is on New Zealand’s South Island and is absolutely worth a visit. We did it on a cloudy day, and even with limited visibility we …

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  Located on the west coast of South Island, Milford Sound lies nestled amongst raging waterfalls and plunging cliffs. Unofficially, it’s referred to as the 8th wonder of the world – this slice of heaven is the crowning jewel of New Zealand. Explore the fiord’s towering cliffs and the dark inky blue waters, rocky coasts, …

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  When I started planning my 7 days in New Zealand one of the first things that popped up online were photos of the Roys Peak hike. We didn’t spend long in New Zealand but as avid hikers we knew we couldn’t miss such an iconic and challenging experience. In this post I’ve put together …

Read More about Roys Peak Hike: The Ultimate Guide & Honest Review

  New Zealand has some of the most epic landscapes that you will find. For an outdoors lover like me, it was a dream destination. We spent 7 days in New Zealand and did at least one hike every day. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to do any of the Great Walks, but in New …

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  If like me you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, New Zealand is probably pretty high up on your travel bucket list. Or if you’re not as big a nerd as me you might just want to visit New Zealand regardless of your movie passions. Either way, New Zealand is a beautiful country with …

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