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About backpackerboard

So who are backpackerboard? we let you in on a bit of insider information on our small friendly team.

Well hello there...

Chris started backpackerboard from a gottage in Whangarei Heads back in 2002 when he was on a work placement. He just wanted to sell his car and couldn't find anywhere he could do this - so BBNZ was born. We are now the largest online portal devoted to backpacking in New Zealand. As well as plenty of travel information, we also offer live job listings and special deals for backpackers. We receive over 100,000 unique visitors to the site each month, pushing through a whopping 2.5 million hits. We pride ourselves on providing extensive information on all areas relating to backpacking in NZ and we are on hand through the forum to answer any other questions you may have. All of this is free of charge.


Where is backpackerboard based?

backpackerboard was started in New Zealand but is now run out of the United Kingdom by a family company called Square Kiwi Ltd. Why are we not in NZ? Well, we had to return home after backpacking! Having been backpackers ourselves, traveling around NZ, we are able to provide a true traveller’s opinion and we have extensive first-hand knowledge of visas, backpacker transport and accommodation which many locals in NZ don't. We visit NZ regularly to keep our information up to date and we have lots of friends and partners over there to help us out.


How is backpackerboard funded?

backpackerboard doesn't charge backpackers anything to use our site - all the information and services are provided free of charge. We cover our costs by allowing reputable travel companies to advertise on our site. This does not bias our information and we only work with companies who we believe offer a great product or service to travellers in NZ. If you would like to advertise on our site please get in touch here.


Meet The Team



Most loved food: Cake...of any kind
Favourite place in NZ: The Coromandel & Queenstown
Where I’d like to visit next: Petra, Jordan


Most loved drink: Coke and loads of it
Favourite place in NZ: Abel Tasman
Where I’d like to visit next: Great Barrier Island, NZ


Most loved food: Anything! But especially a dog bone
Favourite place to go: The beach to dig in the sand & swim in the sea
Most loved thing to do: Sniff and eat,eat,eat!


backpackerboard is a Trading Name of Square Kiwi Ltd
Registered in England & Wales | Company Reg No. 10094103