New Zealand Self Drive Adventures

Hiking in New Zealand

October 24, 2020

Walking/Hiking is synonymous with NZ culture. In New Zealand we refer to multi day hikes as tramps and as a kiwi it is a right of passage to tramp in the bush. Hiking is a large drawcard for tourism in New Zealand with people travelling from all over the world to experience the famous great walks, however there is an endless number of walks in all corners of New Zealand which are well worth exploring, leaving you feeling like a character from The Lord of the Rings exploring middle earth.

How do I plan a New Zealand Holiday

July 09, 2020

If you have an unlimited budget, its easy. Decide what you want to do, where you want to do it and then book flights, hotels and a rental car. If your budget is not unlimited then you are going to have to make some compromises.

Are trout Native to New Zealand

July 07, 2020

Trout were introduced to New Zealand in the late 1800’s. Brown trout were introduced into Tasmania in Australia first and then once established there were brought to the South Island of New Zealand. In the late 1860’s the first browns were released in the south and began to take hold.

Budget Road trips 2020

July 02, 2020

Budget NZ Road trips 2020

Best Fly-fishing lodges in New Zealand

February 29, 2020

There are a large number of fishing lodges in New Zealand with a wide variety of fishing quality, accommodation and availability of equipment and guides etc.

Where can I find big trout

February 27, 2020

The short answer is New Zealand.

Why are New Zealand Trout so Big

February 05, 2020

Why are New Zealand Trout so Big

Can you fish for trout in New Zealand with a spinning reel

November 26, 2019

Can you fish for trout with a spinning reel?

Do you need a fishing license in New Zealand

November 26, 2019

A license is required for freshwater fishing in New Zealand but not for saltwater fishing.

What is the best trout fly for New Zealand

November 26, 2019

The most versatile fly for New Zealand is probably the pheasant tail nymph closely followed by the hare and copper nymph. A green beetle imitation during the time when they are prevalent is always a good option. Nymphing is the most widely used and most successful fly- fishing method in New Zealand.

What fish do you catch in New Zealand

November 23, 2019

What fish do you catch in New Zealand?

How do you catch Trout in New Zealand

September 15, 2019

Catching trout in New Zealand is possible for fishermen of all skill levels and is permissible using most of the common methods.

Where is the best fly fishing in New Zealand?

August 08, 2019

Where is the best fly fishing in New Zealand?

Trout feasting on mice

June 07, 2019

The Beech mast (seeding) this season is predicted to be one of the larger and more widespread in recent times. Additionally, this is the second year in a row where this has occurred. Normally this only occurs once every 4 to 5 years. The result will be an excess of food available to mice and other rodents whose population increased last year and should soar this year. The biggest concentration of Beech is in Southland and some parts of Canterbury but there are Beech forests throughout the Central North Island as well.

Best ever Golf tip

January 13, 2019

Best Golf tip of all time

Is New Zealand a safe country

December 18, 2018

Is it safe to travel in New Zealand? By global standards, New Zealand is a very safe country. New Zealand is a westernised country with modern infrastructure, Democratic government, low crime rates, friendly people and a moderate climate. Some things to consider are:

New Zealand Brown Trout

December 05, 2018

Brown trout in New Zealand: Where they are, what they eat, when they spawn and how to target them.

Best Hiking trails in New Zealand

November 29, 2018

There are a massive number of famous and not so well-known hiking trails in NZ. Most of the famous walks take between 2 and 5 days to complete but there are also hundreds of well- maintained trails that can be walked in 2- 8 hours.

Where is Hobbiton in New Zealand

November 21, 2018

This popular tourist attraction is located near the small rural town of Matamata approximately 2.5 hours’ drive from the main international airport in Auckland NZ. The route from Auckland to Matamata is relatively straightforward following State Highway 1 and State Highway 2.

Fly-fishing New Zealand on a budget

November 11, 2018

New Zealand as a trout fishing destination is very affordable, if you know how to go about it. The main items that can make it expensive are staying at fishing lodge style accommodation and using fishing guides. For visitors to New Zealand that don’t have any local knowledge, guides and lodges might seem like the only realistic solution. After all you wouldn’t want to spend the time, money and effort to get here and then not know what to do or where to do it.

Are the Waitomo caves worth visiting?

November 02, 2018

In a one-word answer, Absolutely!

Fly fishing season in New Zealand

October 30, 2018

There are three regions in New Zealand that have differences in the length of their fly-fishing season. Most of the North island runs from 1 October to 30 June. Some North Island rivers remain open all year but any area that is a potential spawning ground is closed from the end of June to the beginning of October. The waters that remain open are generally the lower reaches of the large rivers. The lower reaches do hold resident trout during that time of year but, often the water is clouded due to rain and the majority of fish have moved upstream or into tributaries to spawn.

Is golf expensive in New Zealand

October 29, 2018

I have golfed in several countries including; Canada, USA, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and of course NZ. I have also been employed as the General Manager of one of New Zealand’s major metropolitain golf courses. I would rate New Zealand as one of the most affordable and accessible places to play golf in the World (especially if you take the exchange rate for the New Zealand dollar into account.)