Backpack around the natural playground of New Zealand, filled with epic scenery, unique cultural experiences and amazing outdoor activities everywhere you turn.

First thing’s first, there are no rules when it comes to backpacking in New Zealand because with so many incredible activities and experiences in one small country, you’ll never find yourself far from something fun to tick off your bucket list. Trust us. In fact, you could easily find yourself on the beach in the morning and on a glacier in the afternoon via a short two to four-hour drive – and you would probably make new friends at some point along the way.

Transport is flexible and affordable, quality camping and backpacker accommodation are located everywhere, and no matter where you turn there’ll be amazing experiences waiting to be had. Whether you’re visiting on holiday or want to work while you’re here, get excited for some Kiwi hospitality and the adventure of a lifetime.

Still needing a bit of direction? We’ve put together some itineraries (with video) for you, to provide a wee bit of extra inspiration for your backpacking travels, as well as a handy Backpacking Guide (pdf) and Backpacking Map (pdf).

Getting around while backpacking in New Zealand

Self-drive tours

Campervans give you a huge amount of freedom; they can also save you a lot of money.

The great Kiwi road trip is a popular adventure for visitors & locals alike, & when you get here you’ll see why. There are adventures around every corner.

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Hop-on hop-off buses

Backpacker bus services are a fun and economical way to explore New Zealand.

The legendary backpacker bus is a fun and flexible way to get the best out of New Zealand while still having the freedom to explore at your own pace.

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Guided adventure tours

No matter how many friends you start your holiday with, you’re sure to go home with even more

Guided adventure tours make it easy to plan an awesome New Zealand holiday. Choose the tour you like the sound of, book it and get ready to have fun.

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