Jasmijn and Julia explore Hobbiton Middle Earth

Jasmijn and Julia two of First Light Travel’s latest interns venture into the Waikato to explore Hobbiton Middle Earth the now famous movie set to see what all the fuss is about. Jasmijn is from Elst in the Eastern part of Holland near the German boarder and Julia is from Munich in Germany so both like the hobbits are no strangers to the delights of beer – but will the Hobbit village and especially the Green Dragon Inn meet their high expectations.

Hobbiton, Matamata New Zealand

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Travelling Safely in New Zealand

It’s fair to say New Zealand’s a pretty safe place to travel, we have no poisonous snakes or dangerous animals and are populated by a small group of pretty laid back, genuinely friendly people. Hell our police don’t even carry guns! – We have nothing to worry about!

But ‘Keeping it Real’ there are few things you do need to be aware of, especially if you are planning to get out into the great outdoors. This post is dedicated to travelling safely in New Zealand, the possible problems you may encounter, some practical solutions on how to preempt the unforeseen so you can breath easy and enjoy your time in our wonderful country.

A sign warning of the dangers of driving in New Zealand.

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Top Tourist Attractions in the North Island New Zealand

Our little country packs quite a punch for its size -­ around every corner you’ll find diverse culture, unbelievable landscapes and colorful history – so we’ve handpicked the top tourist attractions in the North Island to give you a hand planning the most unforgettable New Zealand adventure.

boat sheds on Waiheke Island

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Best Day Hikes in the South Island

The South Island is the ‘crown jewel’ when it comes to hiking, offering an overwhelming amount of the best New Zealand day hikes set amongst an untouched wilderness. We’ve put in the miles for you and come up with six world-­class day walks to consider conquering on your South Island New Zealand vacation.

Seals in New Zealand

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Top Tourist Attractions in the South Island of New Zealand

The South Island is the jewel of New Zealand, showcasing some of the most contrasting natural environments you’ll ever see. There’s everything from ancient glaciers to vast golden beaches, majestic sounds carving through sky-­scraping mountains to lush rolling farmland. Below, Top Tourist Attractions in the South Island of New Zealand to help you plan the best itinerary for your journey ‘down under’.

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Best New Zealand Itinerary for a Honeymoon

In New Zealand romance greets you at every turn – on a secluded beach; as the sun sets on the alps; under the clearest of starry nights – so what better place to spend one of the most wonderful times of your life? Here are some of the most romantic places that together make up the Best New Zealand Itinerary for a Honeymoon…

Couple taking a romantic walk during their New Zealand honeymoon.

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Ashley & Jordi Dive the Poor Knights

We are Ashley & Jordi, Canadian & Dutch Tourism Management students in Amsterdam. As part of our studies we needed to complete a five month internship which we chose to do at First Light Travel in New Zealand. During our time there we were able to explore much of the beautiful country and one of our most unforgettable experiences was to dive the Knights Islands. A protected nature reserve with a rich Maori history, these uninhabited islands off the East coast of New Zealand’s North Island have now been labeled ‘tapu’ or sacred.

Our intrepid interns exploring Northland

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Rosa and Juuso Hike the Tongariro Northern Circuit

We are Juuso and Rosa, Tourism Management students from Finland. As a part of our studies we need to complete five months of internship, and we decided to do that at First Light Travel in New Zealand.  During our stay we have explored the country, and one of our trips was to take 3-days and Hike the Tongariro Northern Circuit in the beautiful Tongariro National Park. For us it was something very special as we don’t have anything like that in Finland…

A hiker enjoying the clear morning in Tongariro National Park

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Best New Zealand Day Hikes – North Island

What first comes to mind when you think of New Zealand? Our soaring Southern Alps? Windswept coastlines? Glistening lakes? Our country was made to be explored on foot – it’s the only way to experience the full extent of NZ’s striking wilderness. To show you how to incorporate a little hiking into your New Zealand itinerary, we’ve put together a couple of posts about our favourite day hikes. Here’s the Best New Zealand Day Hikes – The North Island instalment.

Hiking in the rainforests of the North Island

 

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Best Small group tours of North Island New Zealand

For most, travelling ‘down-under’ is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – and that is why it is so important to get it right the first time. On a small group tour is one of our most popular holiday options; a Kiwi expert will do all the hard yards for you. Visit world-famous destinations as well as New Zealand’s best-kept secrets and share stories of the country’s compelling past while you only have one job… to enjoy our beautiful country!

We’ve put together some of the Best Small group tours of North Island New Zealand – see what you think.

A happy group of people enjoying a tour of the South Island New Zealand

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