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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What to expect at a Māori cultural experience

By Kirra Crew / 12 May 2022

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

The Land of the Long White Cloud is a destination with 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

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

You’ll enjoy some free time in the City of Sails on your Kirra Tour of North Island, 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

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

All aboard! As part of your epic tour of 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

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

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

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

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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