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Insider Tips Into The NZ Music Scene

How’s your knowledge of the NZ music scene? Not great? Thought so. Having grown up in New Zealand @AnnaCoddingtonMusic knows where to go to get off the beaten track. Read her New Zealand insider tips and what festivals you should be heading to this year:

What home grown Kiwi Anna Coddington thinks

Anna’s number one place has to be Raglan (her home town so maybe she’s a little biased). It has excellent surf spots, cute cafes, quirky shops and family-friendly black sand beaches. There’s a strong creative community for both music and visual arts. Sunday Sessions down at the Yotty Club are not to be missed!

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9 Amazing New Zealand Experiences

New Zealand is not a country that does things by halves. So much more than just a nice backdrop to Ian Mckellen’s horse riding antics, it’s a wild, seeking, joyful, seemingly limitless land stuffed full of adventures just for you. Which ones specifically? Read on for a glimpse into everything waiting for you when you turn left at Australia and go straight on till morning…

And while your on the road why not add some of our freshest unsigned musical talent from around the world to your playlist – with STA Travel Sounds. Check out the artists here

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5 New Zealand Travel Myths Busted

New Zealand has been on the backpacker map since backpacking became a thing. Who knows why, probably something to do with landscapes out of a storybook, buzzing cities, ridiculously nice people and more adrenaline activities than you can shake a massive stick at.

However, just because lots of backpackers make the journey, doesn’t mean there aren’t still myths floating around about travelling in New Zealand. We don’t mean that old worry about whether you’ll meet Orlando Bloom hiding behind a tree on your forest trek (you won’t, we checked), but some slightly more sensible questions you may have about an antipodean adventure.


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10 Insider Tips for the Perfect New Zealand Trip

This year we launched STA Travel Sounds, a platform to discover unsigned singers, groups and DJs making waves around the world! We asked our latest artist Rei who hails from New Zealand to let us in on his top tips for exploring his home country.


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From the Kiwi’s Mouth: The Kiwi Experience Driver’s Guide to New Zealand

Have you heard of Kiwi Experience? We wouldn’t be surprised if you have, especially if a trip to New Zealand is on your travel wish list. At a basic level, it’s a hop on hop off bus that can take you all over New Zealand, to hard to reach spots and party hubs, and help you meet like minded travellers on your journey.

But Kiwi Experience is more than that. In their own words: “We know when to stop the bus and soak it in, and when to keep on driving and leave the tourist traps behind. We’ll show you New Zealand’s big highlights, and incredible places so hidden even Peter Jackson couldn’t find them.”

At the heart of Kiwi Experience are their amazing driver guides who are passionate about sharing the best of New Zealand with you. We asked one of them to spill the beans on their top tips for New Zealand travel, their favourite overnight stops and what where to find the best pies. That’s right, we ask the right questions.

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