New Zealand Travel Blog

News, Humor, Updates and Inspiring Stories.

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • Jul 08, 2020

    New Zealand and COVID-19 Virus. UPDATE June 26

    In this blog we provide updates on the New Zealand response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and some news stories about what's happening in New Zealand after an easing of their travel restrictions. [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • Jul 07, 2020

    Inspiring ideas for vacation planning during COVID19 - Erewhon

    Visits to our website suggest that many people are still planning to visit New Zealand when COVID-19 has been beaten and the world returned to some semblance of normality. In this series of blogs, we look beyond the iconic favorite destinations, to lesser known places that are often the highlight of a New Zealand vacation. Today, it's the stunning high country sheep station of Erewhon. [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • Jun 07, 2020

    Inspiring ideas for vacation planning during COVID19 - The Alpine Pacific Touring Route, South Island.

    The many visits to our website suggest that many people are still planning to visit New Zealand when COVID-19 has been beaten and the world returned to some semblance of normality. In the coming weeks, our blogs will look beyond iconic favorites like Milford Sound and Rotorua, to lesser known places that are often the highlight of a New Zealand vacation. Today, The Alpine Pacific Touring Route. [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • Jun 07, 2020

    Inspiring ideas for vacation planning during COVID19 - The Port of Lyttelton

    The Christchurch port of Lyttelton is a favorite hang-out for the people of Christchurch, with a tunnel under the Port Hills providing an easy 20-minute connection between the two. On Saturday's it's Farmers Market Day when the town bristles with activity as city dwellers and locals enjoy a coffee, browsing through one of the many quirky gift shops in the town or enjoying a relaxing lunch. [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • May 29, 2020

    Inspiring ideas for vacation planning during COVID19 - East Cape, North Island. PART 2

    Jane & Steve ended their East Cape visit with a visit to the Mahia Peninsula, and they were in for a surprise! Because on this remote peninsula of beautiful beaches and peaceful holiday villages, a natural playground for people who like to surf, fish, dive, kayak, hike and swim, they found some 21st century technology that they would have expected to find at Cape Canaveral or Vandenberg AFB. [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • May 27, 2020

    Inspiring ideas for vacation planning during COVID19 - East Cape, North Island.

    Visits to our website suggest that many people are still planning to visit New Zealand when COVID-19 has been beaten and the world returned to some semblance of normality. In the coming weeks, our blogs will look beyond the iconic favorites like Milford Sound, to lesser known places that are often the highlight of a New Zealand vacation. Today, East Cape, North Island. Dream, be inspired and plan! [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • Apr 29, 2020

    Inspiring ideas for vacation planning during COVID19 - The Best Hiking Trails in New Zealand, Kahurangi National Park.

    Visits to our website suggest that many people are still planning to visit New Zealand when COVID-19 has been beaten and the world returned to some semblance of normality. In the coming weeks, our blogs will look beyond the iconic favorites like Milford Sound, to lesser known places that are often the highlight of a New Zealand vacation. Today, Kahurangi National Park. Dream, be inspired and plan. [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • Apr 28, 2020

    Inspiring ideas for vacation planning during COVID19: The Orongorongo Trail

    Visits to our website suggest that many people are still planning to visit New Zealand when COVID-19 has been beaten and the world returned to some semblance of normality. In the coming weeks, our blogs will look beyond the iconic favorites like Milford Sound, to lesser known places that are often the highlight of a New Zealand vacation. Today, The Orongorongo Trail. Dream, be inspired and plan! [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • Apr 28, 2020

    Inspiring ideas for vacation planning during COVID19 - Bethells Beach.

    Visits to our website suggest that many people are still planning to visit New Zealand when COVID-19 has been beaten and the world returned to some semblance of normality. In the coming weeks, our blogs will look beyond the iconic favorites like Milford Sound, to lesser known places that are often the highlight of a New Zealand vacation. Today, Bethell's Beach. Dream, be inspired and plan! [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • Apr 28, 2020

    Inspiring ideas for vacation planning during COVID19 - The Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound Expedition Cruise.

    Visits to our website suggest that many people are still planning to visit New Zealand when COVID-19 has been beaten and the world returned to some semblance of normality. In the coming weeks, our blogs will look beyond the iconic favorites like Milford Sound, to lesser known places that are often the highlight of a New Zealand vacation. Today, Dusky Sound. Dream, be inspired and plan! [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • Apr 28, 2020

    Inspiring ideas for vacation planning during COVID19 - The Pouakai Crossing

    Visits to our website suggest that many people are still planning to visit New Zealand when COVID-19 has been beaten and the world returned to some semblance of normality. In the coming weeks, our blogs will look beyond the iconic favorites like Milford Sound, to lesser known places that are often the highlight of a New Zealand vacation. Today, The Pouakai Crossing. Dream, be inspired and plan! [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • Apr 27, 2020

    Classical Music New Zealand (and COVID-19)

    One of the advantages of writing our blogs, is that from time to time I can "indulge" myself with the blog content. This entry is one such example. I've chosen to feature the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, not only because it's a fine orchestra, but also because I have a personal family connection with two of the orchestra players. We also explain what the orchestra is doing during COVID-19. [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • Apr 27, 2020

    Raglan - the best surf break in New Zealand and much more!

    This week I have to drive from Auckland to Wellington. I'll start with a stop at the coastal town of Raglan, a place that holds many personal memories for me. After that I'll visit the 'Tree Church' at Ohaupo and finally the town of Taumarunui, my last stop before entering the Tongariro National Park. I'd recommend this routing for the scenery and many places of interest along the way. [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • Apr 26, 2020

    Rare New Zealand Occurrences: The Floating Mountain UPDATED MAY 12

    This is a new a blog series that will feature rare occurrences in New Zealand. Our first example of a rare occurrence took place a few days ago (May 8) in the capital city of Wellington. It was a nice autumn afternoon and Lilia Alexander drove to the top of Wrights Hill hoping to get some photos of snow that had recently fallen in the hills behind the city. But then she saw something unexpected. [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • Apr 20, 2020

    Jane and Steve visit the California Redwood Forest in New Zealand

    Over a hundred years ago, New Zealand was test planting imported trees, to see if any would be suitable for commercial forestry. One of the trees they selected was the California Redwood. When our colleague Jane Cousens was in Rotorua last year we asked to find out if the trees they had planted still existed. What she found was very different to what was planned for them a hundred years ago. [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • Apr 19, 2020

    Beautiful Auckland - Inspirational video in the time of COVID-19

    Before the coronavirus, Auckland tourism leaders had been working on the production of a video extolling the beauty of their city. Now, with the virus among us, the video has been adapted to reflect on the times we are living in and the promise of a return to better days. For anyone planning a visit to New Zealand in the future, this video will inspire them to keep their dreams alive. [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • Mar 01, 2020

    Dangerous Animal Attacks New Zealand Residents.

    Another humorous story from our archives. We first published this story in 2017. In these stressful times of the coronavirus, some humor might help us to get through our day, so we've decided to update the story and to run it again. We suspect that the is an example of Dunedin humor at work, possibly at the expense of people living in a local upscale suburb of their city. But you can decide. [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • Mar 01, 2020

    Steve - the cat who thinks he's a lamb

    This is the second story from our archives to hopefully bring a smile to the faces of our readers in this time of the coronavirus. It's about a New Zealand cat that goes by the name of Steve. He lives on a farm near the remote town of Ngamatapouri (nah-mat-a-poori) in New Zealand's North Island. Ngamatapouri's main claim to fame is that it's longest "No Exit" road in New Zealand... [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • Mar 01, 2020

    Massive Moa Bird Thought Extinct for 500 Years, Discovered in New Zealand

    Our third humorous blog from the archives is a hilarious story, one that's become the stuff of New Zealand legend, based on a true event. It starts with the 1993 sighting in the South Island, of a huge Moa bird, thought extinct for over 500 years. In this blog we've had to rely on some second-hand accounts of what took place, but don't let this detract from your enjoyment of this great tale. [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • Feb 19, 2020

    Hidden Gem - Akaroa

    The 50 mile drive from Christchurch to the old French settlement at Akaroa on Banks Peninsula presents some excellent sightseeing and photo opportunities. On our last visit, it was a beautiful summers day that encouraged us to spend a day exploring the region. We'd delved into the history of Akaroa and as you'll see in our story, there were some amusing aspects to what happened here in the 1800's! [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • Jan 16, 2020

    The Whanganui River

    This BBC documentary has to be seen for two reasons. Firstly, for the fascinating story of the Whanganui River and how it was given the same legal identity as a person. Secondly, to see some of the magnificent video camera work that brings this beautiful North Island river alive. We've added some ideas of our own about how you can include a hands-on experience of the river for yourself! [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • Jan 08, 2020

    Hiking the Harbour Cone Trail, Dunedin. A spectacular half-day adventure.

    The South Island university city of Dunedin lies adjacent to the stunning Otago Peninsula where yellow eyed penguin, albatross, seals, sea-lion and other wildlife make their homes. It also offers some of New Zealand's best walking trails, a feature of the city often overlooked by visitors. In this blog we focus on one of our favorites, called the Harbour Cone Trail. [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • Dec 27, 2019

    New Zealand National Anthem - the unofficial one.

    A highlight of any New Zealand visit is the opportunity to see the Māori people sharing their culture through their music and dance. This video is one such example of their music, recorded in 2012 when a New Zealand group competed in a music contest in the USA. It took place outside of the actual competition venue, an impromptu and powerful example of what bringing people together can do. [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • Dec 26, 2019

    Wallabies, Kangaroos in New Zealand

    It's not widely known, even by many New Zealanders, that over the past 140-years, many species of wallaby have been introduced into New Zealand, all from Australia. Some for zoos and others for private collections. Unfortunately, many have escaped and they have bred in the wild, in such large numbers, they are now regarded as a pest, especially to those in the farming community. [...] read more...

  • Lindsay Barron

    Lindsay Barron • Sep 22, 2019

    'Lord of The Ring's TV Series. Avatar 2, Mulan. UPDATE May 20,2020

    Orcs, trolls, and wargs, beware! In 2021 Amazon Studios is bringing audiences back to Middle-earth with a TV series set in The Second Age, thousands of years before the events of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.​ It will be the world's most expensive TV series and filmed entirely in New Zealand. We have an update on the progress of this and other movies currently being shot in New Zealand. [...] read more...