Why New Zealand?     Aspiring
Keepler Track
Fiordland National Park.
Why New Zealand?     Adventure!
Shotover River.
Why New Zealand?     Tranquillity & Relaxation
South Island.
Why New Zealand?     Culture
Traditional Maori welcome.
Whale Watching New Zealand
Why New Zealand?     Nature
Humpback Whale.
beautiful New Zealand Scenery
Why New Zealand?     Really? Do you really need another reason?
New Zealand
Nature at it's best.
Abel Tasman National Park
Why New Zealand?     OK, I give up! I am going to the beach!
Abel Tasman National Park.
Having started this site 23 years ago I have given up on the backpacking side of things - hostel, tours etc as it is too time consuming keeping up with latest prices and closures. Although I'm keeping the site up, I've removed all hostel and business listings. I will keep some of the articles up since some things never change. Furthermore, I'll continue to focus on the mapping aspect and have recently added a database of all LINZ tracks or a sortable table limited to tracks over 800m, complete with links to each of their maps.

I will give my final tip for travellers to New Zealand - Go Tramping! It is the best way and cheapest way to see the real New Zealand, the natural side of New Zealand. It's what I miss most about home since I have been living in Europe, no where in the world comes close to the network of hiking tracks and huts we have.

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Abel Tasman Coastal Map

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Map of New Zealand with photos highlighting some awesome places.