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New Zealand Nature Explorer

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Whether you're preparing for your upcoming New Zealand Adventure or just want to learn more about the scenic splendors of this island, we've got you covered. We've rounded up an array of useful resources, from wildlife guides and packing tips to compelling first-hand accounts written by Nat Hab travelers and staff.

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Wildlife Guide

Wildlife Guide

Learn about kiwis, yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals and more wildlife you'll encounter on your New Zealand adventure.
New Zealand Nature Trivia

New Zealand Nature Trivia

Take our quiz to put your knowledge to the test, then share it with friends to see who knows the most about New Zealand's natural wonders!
Weather & Climate

Weather & Climate

Find out what the typical weather conditions in New Zealand in this month by month breakdown of average temperatures and precipitation.
Packing List

Packing List

We’ve made a comprehensive list of all the clothing and gear you’ll want to pack so you'll be well prepared for your New Zealand trip.
Travel Stories & Articles
Traveling in New Zealand: Separated by the Same Language

Traveling in New Zealand: Separated by the Same Language

—By Candice Gaukel Andrews
The New Zealand forests spoke to me in a way I could comprehend. Dripping green and spongy, they reminded me of Wisconsin’s Northwoods after a rainstorm. Yet...
Steward Island: New Zealand’s Isle of Glowing Skies

Steward Island: New Zealand’s Isle of Glowing Skies

—Lisa Poppleton
In Maori, Rakiura means “Land of Glowing Skies.” Brilliant sunrises and sunsets demarcate the tranquil days on Rakiura–also known as Stewart–Island, while its location...
New Zealand: Immerse Yourself in the Scenic Wonders of the South Island

New Zealand: Immerse Yourself in the Scenic Wonders of the South Island

—Natural Habitat Adventures
If you’re a Tolkien fan, you might know it as Middle-Earth. For nature travelers, it’s called New Zealand. And there’s no better way to experience it than on our itinerary...
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