New Zealand Travel Blog

Start your New Zealand journey by reading about all the amazing places and hidden gems in our amazing country. Kirra Tours is the expert in places where even lots of Kiwis haven't been to. We'll share our travel secrets, destination highlights and travel tips on our New Zealand travel blog.

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New Zealand Bus Tours for Seniors  

By Toma Hawk / 26 February 2024 / 0 Comments

As the premier choice for travellers aged 50 and over, our New Zealand bus tours are designed specifically for seniors allowing you to enjoy a care-free holiday that exceeds your expectations. With over five decades of experience, we are dedicated to curating bus tours that showcase the best of New Zealand’s landscapes, heritage, and culture. […]

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Experience the amazing colours of Autumn in New Zealand

Visit New Zealand in Autumn and enjoy the fabulous colours and experiences of this beautiful season

By Mike / 13 October 2023 / 0 Comments

Aotearoa is an amazing destination to visit at any time of year, but for a truly unique experience, you should definitely visit New Zealand in Autumn. You may have heard of New England in the Fall or even Autumn in New York, but New Zealand in Autumn is right up there with the best places […]

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What to expect at a Māori cultural experience

By Kirra Crew / 12 May 2022 / 0 Comments

One of the most highly recommended things to do on your trip to New Zealand is to enjoy a Māori cultural experience. The Māori people and culture are truly unique to New Zealand so this is something you can only experience when visiting Aotearoa, the Māori name for NZ.

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Short Bushwalks in New Zealand with Amazing Sights. Get Your Walking Boots on!

By Kirra Crew / 5 May 2022 / 0 Comments

The Land of the Long White Cloud has plenty of opportunities to get your walking boots on. This is our guide to New Zealand’s top short bushwalks.

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Enjoying crayfish on the coast at Kaikoura

Eat this, foodies: the best local seafood for a tasty culinary trip through NZ

By Kirra Crew / 2 May 2022 / 0 Comments

If you are planning your trip to New Zealand and are looking forward to some delicious seafood, we’ve created a bucket list for seafood lovers.

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Rydges Latimer Breakfast

New Zealand Restaurants: Spotlight on Auckland

By Kirra Crew / 29 April 2022 / 0 Comments

You’ll enjoy some free time in the City of Sails on your Kirra Tour of North Island New Zealand, so here’s a guide to some of  Auckland’s best restaurants.

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Milford Sound vs Doubtful Sound: Which one Should I Visit?

By Kirra Crew / 28 April 2022 / 2 Comments

Should I visit Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound? This is one of the big questions travellers ask when touring the Fiordland region in New Zealand. Both offer spectacular and awe-inspiring scenery that takes your breath away. Both are part of the World Heritage-listed Fiordland National Park. Both offer visitors a truly unique experience.

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Amazing sights on the Tranzalpine Train

Make Tracks on These New Zealand Rail Experiences

By Kirra Crew / 22 April 2022 / 2 Comments

All aboard! As part of your epic tour of the South Island, make tracks on these New Zealand rail experiences.

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From ocean cruise to land cruise | photo: Alonso Reyes

Why an Escorted Coach Tour is the Perfect Addition to a New Zealand Cruise

By Kirra Crew / 15 April 2022 / 0 Comments

Pick up your passport, load your luggage and get ready for a Kiwi adventure, by land AND sea! Yes, we’ll say it, no cruise is complete without a little extra something – no traveller is ever satisfied with just one side of the geographical narrative, particularly when shore excursions only last for a few hours […]

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Taking a guided walk in South Island

4 Things You Need to Know About Hiking in New Zealand

By Kirra Crew / 14 April 2022 / 0 Comments

Hiking in New Zealand is almost like an unofficial national sport. Here are our top 4 things you need to know about hiking in New Zealand.

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Pukaha National Wildlife Centre Wairarapa | photo: Miles-Holden

Meet the Snuggly Side of New Zealand: Spotlight on our Wildlife

By Kirra Crew / 5 April 2022 / 0 Comments

It should come as no surprise New Zealand has a cute and cuddly side hidden in the undergrowth of its ancient forests, so let’s take a moment to meet Aotearoa’s wild residents. Join us as we count down our favourite wildlife residents.

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New Zealand’s Top 6 Water Adventures

By Kirra Crew / 4 April 2022 / 0 Comments

There is plenty to discover on a trip to Aotearoa, but don’t miss the mighty rivers and ocean. Here is our list of New Zealand’s top 6 water adventures.

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Glenorchy Queenstown - Alistair Guthrey

Top 6 things to do in Queenstown

By Kirra Crew / 1 April 2022 / 0 Comments

Queenstown is a must-see destination on your South Island New Zealand tour – especially if you like a bit of an adventure. Here are our top 6 things to do in Queenstown.

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When is the best time to visit New Zealand?

By Kirra Crew / 31 March 2022 / 0 Comments

New Zealand has a temperate climate with lots of summer sun as well as great winter sports. So when is the best time to visit New Zealand?

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Cycling in the Gibston Valley, Queenstown

New Zealand Experiences for All Ages

By Kirra Crew / 31 March 2022 / 0 Comments

A trip to New Zealand offers everybody so much to do, whatever age you are.  So we’ve found some fantastic New Zealand experiences for all ages to enjoy.

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Experience the beautiful power pf Huka Falls

Top 5 North Island Sightseeing Activities

By Kirra Crew / 28 March 2022 / 0 Comments

When you visit New Zealand’s North Island, you will be amazed by just how much breath taking scenery there is to discover. Here are our top 5 North Island sightseeing activities you must not miss.

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Choose the Perfect New Zealand Coach Tour with our Helpful Guide

By Kirra Crew / 22 March 2022 / 0 Comments

There are so many tours, you think, scrolling through our diverse range of potential getaways and special interest coach tours – it’s difficult to say no to wine, cheese and delicious food – where should you start? Who should you travel with? What are you really looking for? These are some great and very common […]

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See the rugged West Coast of the South Island

Top 5 South Island Sightseeing Activities

By Kirra Crew / 22 March 2022 / 0 Comments

New Zealand’s South Island may not be big, but it’s big on experiences. To help you make the most of your tour, here are our top 5 South Island sightseeing activities.

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Kirra Tours - wine Lake Taupo

Top 5 New Zealand Wineries

By Kirra Crew / 18 March 2022 / 0 Comments

A trip to New Zealand wouldn’t be complete without discovering its world class wines. Here we’ll give you our guide to our top 5 New Zealand wineries.

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Hobbiton Waikato - photo: Matt Crawford

Top 5 Spots to Stop in New Zealand’s North Island

By Kirra Crew / 16 March 2022 / 0 Comments

New Zealand’s North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui) is a treasure trove of attractions. But where are the top spots to stop in North Island?

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From sea cruise to land cruise: this is the best cruise alternative

By Marty / 5 January 2021 / 0 Comments

For a stress-free cruise alternative, your next adventure is waiting just around the corner by travelling to some of New Zealand’s top sightseeing spots by five star, luxury coach.

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4 Reasons why you should travel solo next year

By Kirra Crew / 13 December 2020 / 0 Comments

While travelling is often communicated as a group activity, or at least something you do with another person, nothing quite compares to a New Zealand holiday your own way – no exceptions.

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Anapai Beach

The 8 best secluded beaches of New Zealand

By Kirra Crew / 13 December 2020 / 0 Comments

When one travels to New Zealand you don’t normally think of sandy beaches. Instead, you think about mountains, snow and glaciers. As an island country, New Zealand in fact has many secluded beaches and is surrounded by pristine coastlines!

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10 Benefits that make an escorted coach holiday your best choice

By Kirra Crew / 26 November 2020 / 0 Comments

If you are the kind of person who wants to travel but doesn’t want to worry then an escorted coach holiday is just for you. Sit back, relax and soak up all that New Zealand has to offer.

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The hongi - 'breath of life'

You’re never too old to travel and to explore New Zealand

By Kirra Crew / 25 November 2020 / 0 Comments

You’ve been dreaming of an adventure out of the ordinary? Travelling the world in your mind between a growing list of errands and appointments? Now is the time to turn these dreams into a reality. No one is too old to travel.

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