Go Off The Beaten Track Around New Zealand

Nov 30, -0001
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Secluded beaches and bush. Authentic Kiwi culture. Chats with locals. Come to Aotearoa and be a TRAVLR, not a tourist. 


The NZ beaten track is tried and true, while amazing and boasting some must-see locations, we highly recommend getting off that beaten track. Less tourists, more locals, and phenomenal places to experience.


How you choose to travel in NZ will largely determine when, and how far off the beaten track you can go. Tour buses are a great option to see parts of NZ, some will offer more flexibility than others. Self-drive and campervans offer more flexibility and allow you to stray from the path when you see something that peaks the interest. A few topics include...


Venture off the track to explore Doubtless Bay in the far north. A stunning unspoilt haven of white sand, tranquil beaches and coastline, with an abundance of water activities, fishing and wildlife to experience.



Jump aboard a ferry in Auckland to the less well known Tiritiri Matangi Island, an exciting wildlife project that has seen the replanting of over 250,000 trees and the introduction of endangered birds and reptiles including the flightless Takahe and the Tuatara.


Take time to visit unique Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula. Arguably one of the most picturesque spots in NZ. A short track hugs the land, and provides dramatic views of spectacular coastal scenery, finishing at the beach beneath an impressive rock cathedral.



Encounter geothermal activity at its best on White Island in the Bay of Plenty. One of the most accessible live volcanoes in the world. Get up close and personal with roaring steam vents, bubbling mud and hot volcanic streams.


Go bush on the outskirts of Rotorua at Kerosene Creek, where you can relax in a natural hot-springs area with a waterfall, surrounded by dense forest & primitive trails.


Take a road trip to explore East Cape! There are beaches galore, horses a plenty, and Maori culture waiting to be discovered. Not to mention the infamous Rere Rock Slide, a 200-foot natural slide made slick by its moss-covered rocks. 



Detour to Taranaki where you’ll find world-class surf breaks, a picture perfect volcanic peak, and countless opportunities for adventure.


Journey out to see dramatic caves, islands and arches of Wharariki Beach on the northern tip of the South Island. Located close to NZ’s longest sand spit (25km) and internationally-renowned bird sanctuary, Farewell Spit.


Experience the clearest natural fresh water in the world! Enjoy The Blue Lake in Nelson Lakes National Park, sacred to local Maori and with visibility of over 80 meters - it is simply stunning.



Take a dip with our playful Hector’s dolphin, the world’s smallest and rarest species in Akaroa, NZ’s most French orientated town. You will be enchanted and entranced by historic buildings, fine food and beautiful harbour.


Stand and stare at the Moeraki Boulders. Mysterious and spherical, these giant stones scattered across Koekohe Beach in North Otago, each weigh several tonnes and stand up to 6ft tall.


Be humbled by Milford Sounds little sister Doubtful Sound. Vast, imposing and unspoilt this fiord will blow you away with its physical grandeur, the deepest and second longest of NZ's fiords.


Immerse yourself in the dramatic beauty of the Catlins in the southeast corner of the South Island. Strike viewing gold at Nugget Point, with epic views of these wave-eroded “nugget” rocks from the lighthouse 76 meters above sea level!


Cross Foveaux Strait to NZ’s third largest island, Stewart Island. A hiking and bird watching haven, spot Brown Kiwi or Tokoeka which are active day and night on this predator free sanctuary, or spy Aurora Australis which often appears in these southern skies.


There are no wrong turns off the beaten track, only places that will offer peace, perspective, and stories to write home about.