New Zealand: Travel Writers Wanted!

This writing opportunity is now closed! Keep your eye out for our latest Insider’s Guides here, and be sure to check back on the homepage for new opportunities!

We’re looking for well-traveled New Zealanders to reveal the best outdoor escapes, city guides, and ways to explore the land of the long white cloud. This opportunity is also open to travelers, but we’re really on the look out for local writers and photographers.

In your application we want to hear about authentic and interesting things to see and do, beyond the usual top attractions. Think adventure, not luxury. Think sensible, not stupid.

Have a look through the titles and let us know in the submission form below which ones you’re an expert at, and why you are perfect to write the story.

Please note – we have a specific brief, with specific requirements for style, tone and approach. DO NOT SEND COMPLETED WORKS THROUGH MOJOS. You must apply to be awarded the commissions, where you should include links to published work or your own travel blog, and we will be in touch if you are successful with more details regarding the assignment.

Deadlines: Applications by Wednesday 1st November (Applications now closed)

First draft by Monday 13th November

Payment: 50 cents (USD) per word. If you’re a blogger, writer, or author, we’re also happy to put a backlink in the author bio. For photo stories, payment will be discussed separately.

For content audit (briefs 22 and 23), we will pay US $100 per article audit/re-write.

Expertise required: Professional writers and photographers wanted. See individual stories for more details.

The Brief:

Select one or more of the following stories about New Zealand. Please note, though the experiences mentioned in the brief of each story are mandatory, we also welcome your personal tips and additions – you’re the insider!

1. Where & When to Travel New Zealand (500 words)

Looking for a writer who can cover off the best times to visit New Zealand, including a brief summary of the climate. This article should help travelers identify how to choose which island is right for them – and how much time is required depending on the itinerary. Is North Island better for culture and sight-seeing, and South Island better for road-tripping and adventure activities? We want to hear from you!

2. Accommodation & Getting Around New Zealand (500 words)

Write about sustainable tourism, ecologically friendly options aside from hiring vehicles, the best way to pick the right camper vans, or is it better for travelers to hire a car and camping gear to lower costs?

Chat about free DOCs campsites, hostels and hotels, AirBnb, homestays, couchsurfing options, and the things to consider before moving to New Zealand for work.

We will pay to 500 words maximum for this article, but these new words should be worked into this existing article. The chosen writer will also be required to edit the old piece.

3. Road Tripping New Zealand (700 words)

This article must include various itinerary ideas, tips for hiring vans (e.g. get a diesel van to avoid petrol tax – what about the environmental impact), top things to see along the way, what to pack. The writer must be able to write about road-tripping both North and South Island, plus tips on crossing from South to North (where to get the ferry etc).

In your application, please identify what itineraries you’d like to feature in the article. The better the story that goes into the submission, the more likely you’re the writer for us.

4. Cultural Highlights of New Zealand (700 words)

This article will discuss the different cultural makeup of New Zealand, but most importantly be written to highlight experiences for travelers to immerse themselves into the local culture – as well as a few facts. In your pitch, please identify what you can bring to the piece. The article must include the key cultural backgrounds: Maori culture, Pakeha culture, Waitaha People. As well as discuss national pride and the New Zealander’s fierce love of sports. Are there cultural differences between North and South?

Write about art, festivals and events to experience throughout the year. How has travel to New Zealand has changed since Lord of the Rings came onto the scene?

We’re specifically looking for a New Zealand local for this piece.

5. Food and Nightlife in New Zealand (500 words)

Think you’ve sampled New Zealand’s best foodie destinations? We want to hear your verdict on Fergburger and Fergbakery, but we’d love to hear some great small-town places to stop off in on a road-trip, and food foraging experiences that you’ve tried out.

We’d love for the writer to highlight unique nightlife experiences, including where and when to find the best ski town atmosphere, and unique ways that Christchurch has woven quirky bars into their nightlife scene (to bring the city back to life since the earthquake – the vintage bus bar, for example, and the shipping containers that come to life at night).

6. Auckland & Surrounds (700 words)

We’re looking for a local to uncover Auckland’s unique experiences off the tourist trail, including things to see and do, great vantage points (aside from Auckland tower), day tips and a round-up of things to squeeze into a 24hr stopover, plus festivals/events (such as sport). This guide should cover off the best activities for adventurers and cultural experience seekers around Auckland too.

Keywords to include: Bungee jumping Auckland bridge, Waiheke Island, Rangitoto Island Scenic Reserve, Piha , Hobbiton, One Tree Hill, Waitakere Ranges, Motutapu Island.

7. Wellington & Surrounds (700 Words)

We’re looking for a local to uncover Wellington’s unique experiences off the tourist trail, including things to see and do, day trips or multi day adventures, day hikes and festivals/events to keep an eye out for. This guide should be written with both adventurous travelers and cultural experience seekers in mind.

Keywords to include: Zealandia, Weta Cave, Red Rocks, Mount Kakau, Otari Wilton’s Bush, Wairarapa, Kapiti Island.

8. Rotorua (500 words)

Write about the best experiences in Rotorua, including hiking, trekking, Marae, Earthovens/hangi, the lost natural wonder: Lake Rotomahana, the hot pools, and off-the-beaten-track experiences to seek out.

Think Rotorua is overrated and want to suggest an article focusing on a different region of the North Island? Let us know in your application!

9. Top Adventure Activities on North Island (700 words)

Looking for a writer to detail the best adventure activities on the North Island of New Zealand. The article should be structured by the regions, followed by activities to check out: Northland, Western North Island, Central North Island (must include Lake Taupo), Coromandel and Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay and the Wairarapa, Wellington and surrounds.

In your article pitch, please list the best adventure activities to do in each region, which could range from any of the following: sea kayaking, camping, cycling, white water rafting, stand up paddle boarding, climbing, caving. Please note we have a separate article specifically for hiking (below).

10. Top Hikes on the North Island of New Zealand (500 words)

We’re looking for a writer who’s taken on the best multi-day or single day hikes on the North Island. Specifically, we’re looking for applications that go well beyond the known trails listed below, but we’d still like these to be covered off.

Key hikes to include: Cape Brett Walkway, Putangirua Pinnacles, Coromandel Coastal Walk, Blue Lake Track, Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

11. Off the Beaten Track North Island (700 words)

With a huge lift in tourism to New Zealand, we want to uncover the best destinations that can’t be found in the guide books. In your pitch, list the best off-the-beaten-track experiences on the North Island – from cultural experiences to adventure activities and sights to see on a road-trip.

We’ve identified the following places, but want to hear your ideas: White Island, Waitomo region (beyond the caves), Piha, Karangahake Gorge, Waipu, Tiritiri Matangi Island, Lake Waikaremoana, Comorandel Hot Water Beach/region, Tawharanui Peninsula, Rere Falls, Doubtless Bay, Hawkes Bay, Lake Rotorua, Kapiti Island, Haruru Falls, Cathedral Cove.

12. Queenstown & Surrounds (700 words)

We’re looking for a local to uncover Queenstown’s unique experiences off the tourist trail, including things to see and do, day trips or multi day adventures, day hikes and festivals/events to keep an eye out for.

The article must include: Fergburger and bakery, bungee jumping, day trip to Glenorchy, day hikes (Ben Lomond, Queenstown Hill), Lake Hayes, other experiences like riding the luge, taking a jet boat, taking a trip to Arrowtown or other smaller nearby towns.

13. Christchurch & Surrounds (700 words)

We’d love this article to focus on the creative ways the locals are bringing Christchurch back to life (such as the vintage bus bar, brightly colored shipping containers converted into shops, bright street art to replace dull buildings etc), as well as earthquake recovery efforts.

Many people who visit Christchurch leave quickly because they get the feel it’s a ghost town. This article should focus on the reasons why travelers should stick around for a few days to take day hikes, see the beaches surrounding the city, get to know the locals to hear stories, seek out unique experiences, and explore the region a little further.

A few keywords we’re seeking include: Arthur’s Pass and Castle Hill, where to go fly fishing, visit Waipara Valley for vineyards, Lyttleton, Taylors Mistake.

14. Top Adventure Activities on the South Island (700 words)

Write about the best adventure activities and experiences to get the adrenalin pumping on the South Island of New Zealand. The article should be structured by the regions: West Coast, Nelson and Marlborough, Canterbury, Otago, Dunedin, Southland, Fiordland, Queenstown and Wanaka.

Please include: skiing/snowboarding locations, where to go sea kayaking, camping, cycling, white water rafting, stand up paddle boarding, climbing, glacier walks (Fox Glacier heli hiking), bungee jumping, quad bike riding, mountain biking. Please note we have a separate article about hikes (below).

15. Top Hikes on the South Island of New Zealand (500 words)

We need a writer who’s tramped their way across the South Island, including multi day and one day hikes. In your application, please list the hikes you’d like to write about.

Some key tracks we’re looking for include: Routeburn Track, Avalanche Peak, Bealey Spur, Hooker Valley, Blue Pools Walk, Lake Marian, Doubtful Sound, Hollyford Track, Kepler Track, Rakiura Track (Stewart Island), Milford Track.

16. Kaikoura & Surrounds (300 words)

Write about why a trip to Kaikoura will be worth it – despite the current road closures and issues getting there, travel to Kaikoura will not only help the community re-build after the recent earthquakes, but there are plenty of things to see and do here. In your pitch, please write about the best wildlife (seals, whale watching) encounters, hot springs, local hikes, adventure tours, and experiences in the local community that you’d like to highlight.

Don’t think Kaikoura is worth it? We’re open to ideas! Pitch a different destination to us in your application!

17. Is Wanaka the South Island’s Best Alternative to Queenstown? (500 words)

We think Wanaka might be New Zealand’s most under-rated ski town. But, we need a writer to write about it! You must include the best experiences around Wanaka, and focus on why this is a great alternative to crowded and well-known Queenstown.

In your pitch please include your favorite local experiences. A few thought-starters include: Roys Peak hike, Diamond Lake hiking and camping, Lake Haewa hike (quieter option), Isthmus Peak.

18. Exploring Stewart Island (700 words)

Have you explored Stewart Island? This off-the-beaten-track destination isn’t easy to get to, so why should travelers bother going all the way there? Are we avoiding Stewart Island because it’s too expensive? We’re looking for a writer to reveal the best adventures Stewart Island has to offer, as well as logistics on getting there and how much time to give yourself to really explore the island in depth.

19. Off the Beaten Track South Island (700 words)

So you think you’ve really ventured off the South Island’s beaten path? In your pitch we want to hear your top destinations and quieter places to check out on a road trip. Think beyond the west coast, go in depth about local towns and outdoor adventures travelers aren’t aware of – and include local cultural experiences and sights to see.

Some key places we’ve identified include: Oamaru region, Moeraki boulders (otago), Nugget Point (Catlins), Nelson Lakes National Park, Hamner Springs, Kaikoura, Mount Hutt ski field, Mavora Lakes, Doubtful Sound, Golden Bay, Curio Bay, Gillespie Pass, Crucible Lake, Mount Aspiring National Park, Copland Track.

20. Exploring Fiordland National Park, Beyond Milford Sound (500 words)

Everyone goes to Milford for the day-cruise, but let’s be honest, going there to stand on the shore is pretty darn boring if you can’t afford a boat trip. How can travelers better gear up for an adventure to Fiordland National Park? This article should cover off how to explore the region beyond the tourist trail, including the best things to see and do in Doubtful Sound or day hikes near Milford sound and campsites to discover. In your pitch, please reveal the hidden trails and lakes you’ve kayaked or hiked to. This guide should be written with budget backpackers in mind.

21. Abel Tasman National Park (500 words)

Write about the best experiences in Abel Tasman National Park. Include the coastal hiking trail, sandy beaches, kayaking, where to stay, remote campsites, wildlife encounters, and why it’s worth a visit. In your pitch, please share with us why you’re best suited to write about the best experiences this end of the South Island has to offer.

Don’t think Abel Tasman National Park is worth it? We’re open to ideas – let us know in your application below.

We’re also looking for writers who’d like to help update or refresh some of our old Explore blog articles.  

In your application, please identify which articles you’d like to re-write and what you’d like to add to the piece to bring it back to life.  Article refresh payment: US $100 per article audit/re-write.

22. Mountain Biking in New Zealand

It’s an old blog post, so we’ll require an experienced mountain biker to update any information here, and preferably include some better trails we might have failed to mention!

23. WWOOFING in New Zealand

Have the details changed? This article was written a long time ago, we need someone to give it a refresh!

UNPAID

24. 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Going to New Zealand [UNPAID]

Anything you’d like to add to the mix? Send through a short tip in your application to be a part of our new ‘Things I Wish I Knew Before Going to New Zealand” article. We’ll credit you with a link to your blog or website.

25. Connecting Locally in New Zealand [UNPAID] 

New Zealanders are a friendly bunch – arguably some of the friendliest in the world. In your application, share a story about a local encounter that helped you stumble upon an experience you wouldn’t have found out about otherwise. We want to highlight the benefits to travelers when they connect locally and ask for advice on-the-ground, instead of following a guide book.

Perhaps you’ve couchsurfed in New Zealand, or hitch-hiked your way around? Share your positive local encounters with us to be featured!

Tips for applicants:

These stories are designed to be standalone blog posts to be featured on WorldNomads.com, but will also be reformatted to become a downloadable Insider’s Guide.

Please include links to examples of your own work published elsewhere, and explain why you’re best suited to write each article. List the number of the article next to the title above. Due to large numbers of applicants, we select writers based on the amount of extra detail provided around why they are best suited to write for World Nomads.

Take a look at existing content in our Explore blog, and Travel Safety advice, for a better idea on our tone of voice, and what World Nomads are all about.

See below for some examples:

5 Lesser-known Greek Islands You Must Visit

7 Unforgettable Day Trips from Kathmandu

Essentials Guide to Hiking and Trekking in Nepal

The Croatian Neighbor You Must Visit

9 Unforgettable Japanese Festivals to See This Year

Our Guides:

Gap Year Guide

Insider’s Guide to Nepal

Insider’s Guide to Japan

Insider’s Guide to Colombia

Insider’s Guide to India

Insider’s Guide to Cuba