"New Zealand is a scenic stunner, an island nation defined by dramatic mountains, steep fjords and gently rolling hills."

Escorted Tours and Holidays in New Zealand

New Zealand is a scenic stunner, an island nation defined by dramatic mountains, steep fjords and gently rolling hills. Fans of the great outdoors will love New Zealand’s big skies, deep lakes and long walks; this is a place where the air is cleaner, the water is clearer and the grass is greener. The temperate climate and verdant hills scattered with sheep are reminiscent of Britain, though the ancient Polynesian culture of the Maori adds another dimension to this fascinating country.

New Zealand’s laid-back cities are well worth getting to know, but you’ll be spending the majority of your time communing with nature. The incredible landscapes of Fiordland draw the biggest gasps, while Rotorua’s sulphurous springs and bubbling mud pools give clues to the geological forces still shaping the scenery. Walk in the footsteps of Frodo and Gandalf with a ‘Lord of the Rings’ tour, spot whales off the coast of Kaikoura or scale the icy heights of the Franz Josef Glacier. New Zealand isn’t all high-octane adventure, however, and a tour of the Marlborough winelands allows you to appreciate the natural beauty of the South Island with a chilled glass of Sauvignon blanc in hand.

 

Touring Highlights of New Zealand

  • The South Island’s spectacular Fiordland National Park wows visitors with some of New Zealand’s most iconic landscapes, including the dramatic Milford Sound.
  • Revered by the Maori as a sacred place, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland where geysers explode from the earth and bubbling mud pools fill the air with the stink of sulphur.
  • The twin harbours of Auckland provide a wonderful natural setting for this cosmopolitan yet outdoorsy city, centred on the buzzing waterfront.
  • The arty town of Nelson is an excellent base for exploring the sunny Marlborough wine region, a must-visit for those who enjoy a crisp Sauvignon blanc.
  • Take a hiking tour of the Franz Josef Glacier to see this icy behemoth up close, or admire the view from on high with a scenic helicopter flight.
  • Wellington is New Zealand’s capital and arguably its most appealing city, enriched with cultural treasures such as the excellent Te Papa national museum.
  • The best way to get a feel for Maori culture is by visiting a marae, a tribal meeting ground, where you can hear traditional songs and marvel at the intricately carved meeting houses.
  • Take a Tolkienesque tour of the locations where Peter Jackson filmed his epic ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, including Hobbiton, Rohan and Fangorn Forest.
  • Queenstown, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, is the adventure capital of the world, where you can try adrenaline-pumping activities including bungee jumping, skydiving and white water rafting.
  • Christchurch is still recovering from the devastating earthquake of 2011, but the ongoing reconstruction of the city is an inspiring sight, and the friendly locals will be glad to see you.
  • Dunedin puts its Scottish heritage to the fore, a place where it’s not unusual to come across shops selling kilts and haggis, and where the sound of bagpipes often reverberates around the handsome Victorian streets.
  • The Bay of Islands is renowned for its natural beauty and abundant marine life, including several species of whale and dolphin.
  • Abel Tasman National Park is a top destination for hikers, with popular trails that wind through thick forest and along beautiful sandy beaches.
  • The South Island town of Kaikoura is renowned as a whale watching hotspot, and you’ll also find dolphins, fur seals and penguins frolicking amongst the waters off the coast.
  • Wild and wonderful Stewart Island, New Zealand’s third largest island, is one of the best places to see the iconic kiwi in the wild.
  • The Mackenzie Country is a stunning region of the South Island where you’ll find Mount Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain, and the beautiful glacial lakes of Pukaki, Ohau and Tekapo.
  • The town of Napier was struck by a catastrophic earthquake in 1931, and was rebuilt as a model Art Deco city which remains remarkably well preserved.
  • Akaroa was the only French settlement in New Zealand, and still has a discernible Gallic flavour, from the street names to the charming colonial architecture.
  • The splendid scenery of the Coromandel Peninsula makes it a popular getaway for Aucklanders. On the east coast you’ll find a string of lovely white sand beaches, while the west coast is littered with faded former gold rush towns.
  • New Zealand is all about the great outdoors, and there are nine Great Walks that pass through some of the country’s most awe-inspiring scenery, including Milford Sound, the Southern Alps and Te Urewera National Park.

 

Tour Types in New Zealand


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20 Nights

Best of New Zealand: Maori Culture & Mountain Coastlines

explore the Mountain Coastlines and experience the Maori Culture on this tour.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £44pp
Starts:Auckland
Ends:Wellington
Group Size:16- 20
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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14 Nights

New Zealand – South Island Multisport

Discover wild New Zealand Trek through National Parks, sea kayak in the Tonga Island Marine Reserve white water raft the Bullier River.

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Starts:Christchurch
Ends:Christchurch
Group Size:12- 16
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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11 Nights

New Zealand Journey

Explore the natural and cultural of New Zealand's North and South Islands, including magnificent landscapes and geological features.

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Starts:Auckland
Ends:Queenstown
Group Size:12- 16
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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7 Nights

New Zealand – North Island Multisport

Explore North Island Multisport. Auckland to Auckland. Happy looks toward the camera as she hikes through the Tongariro.

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Starts:Auckland
Ends:Auckland
Group Size:12- 16
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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14 Nights

Highlights of New Zealand

Explore the thermal wonderland of Rotorua. Experience a helicopter flight over the mountains before hiking on a glacier.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £36pp
Starts:Auckland
Ends:Christchurch
Group Size:12- 16
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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16 Nights

Kiwi Encounter 2021-22

Is this trip for you? ADVENTUROUS. NATURAL. SPECTACULAR.
Home of Lord of the Rings, Crowded House and the World's Sexiest Accent - there's no doubt this little country has a BIG reputation for being jam-packed with pure awesomeness. Don't waste time choosing between North and South, adventure or chill, culture or landscapes - bungy out of boring and dive headfirst into the best 17 days of your life. We're waiting.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £50pp
Starts:Auckland
Ends:Christchurch
Group Size:10- 30
Operator:Topdeck

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22 Nights

Explore Australia & New Zealand

Discover the highlights of Australia and New Zealand on this epic adventure, exploring vibrant cities, breathtaking natural wonders, and unique cultural traditions.

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Starts:Sydney
Ends:Queenstown
Group Size:1- 16
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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6 Nights

New Zealand: Best of the North Island

Now's the time to explore New Zealand on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. New Zealand’s North Island may be the smaller of the two, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in adventure. Over this seven-day tour, you'll hop in a sea kayak to explore a secluded harbour, learn about Maori culture from the source, and learn how to surf. There's no better way to live, breathe, and paddle the New Zealand experience.

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Starts:Auckland
Ends:Wellington
Group Size:1- 20
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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15 Nights

New Zealand: South Island Encompassed

Now's the time to explore New Zealand on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. If you prefer your travel experiences paired with adrenaline-pumping activities, then look no further than the South Island of New Zealand. Action is the common thread throughout this trip that features hiking, cycling, and even bungee jumping across a variety of landscapes — think rainforests, glaciers, and some of the most gorgeous coastline you’ll ever see. This trip is a, um, trip even when you’re not moving; accommodations include a wilderness hostel deep in the rainforest itself. Do people still say rad? Well, this is rad.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £32pp
Starts:Wellington
Ends:Wellington
Group Size:1- 20
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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28 Nights

Highlights of Australia and New Zealand

No one should ever have to choose between adventuring across Australia or New Zealand — so we created this 29-day tour that hits the highlights of both. Featuring guided walks through the Daintree Rainforest, Doubtful Sound day-cruises in Fiordland National Park, overnight stays in a Maori village, and heaps of other awesome experiences, this tour is proof you really can have the best of both worlds. Well, countries. But you get what we mean.

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Starts:Cairns
Ends:Christchurch
Group Size:1- 16
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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17 Nights

Trails of New Zealand

An active adventure exploring the Land of the Long White Cloud

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £104pp
Starts:Auckland
Ends:Christchurch
Group Size:6- 14
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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21 Nights

New Zealand Multisport

Travelling to New Zealand? Don't worry, you won't have to choose between the two islands. With all the activities available on each island, we'll keep things exciting but also give you some space to catch your breath — you're gonna need it. Across three weeks you can hike, kayak, and cycle across this diverse land. There's also time for boat cruises and local culture, just to be sure you don't miss out on anything.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £70pp
Starts:Auckland
Ends:Christchurch
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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5 Nights

Forgotten World Adventure

King Country in New Zealand is a land of picturesque landscapes, perfectly fit for the noble explorer

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £30pp
Starts:Taupo
Ends:New Plymouth
Group Size:4- 12
Difficulty:Medium
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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6 Nights

Queenstown Southern Loop

Explore the rugged reaches of the South Island on this six-day trip with Intrepid, beginning and ending in Queenstown

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £27pp
Starts:Queenstown
Ends:Queenstown
Group Size:1- 12
Difficulty:Medium
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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6 Nights

Cycle New Zealand: Alps to Ocean

If there’s a land made for cycling, this is it

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Starts:Christchurch
Ends:Oamaru
Group Size:4- 11
Difficulty:Medium
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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3 Nights

New Zealand Retreat: Wanaka

Take the time to slow down, explore, and get to know the Otago region with this three-day Intrepid Retreat: Urban List Editor’s Pick experience in Wanaka

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £13pp
Starts:Queenstown
Ends:Wanaka
Group Size:1- 12
Difficulty:Medium
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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7 Nights

New Zealand West Coast Adventure

Explore the narrow strip of South Island land sandwiched between the mountains and the Tasman Sea that’s home to some of the country’s most beautiful places

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Starts:Greymouth
Ends:Greymouth
Group Size:1- 12
Difficulty:Medium
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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7 Nights

New Zealand South Island Family Holiday

It’s time to explore the marvellous sights and sounds of New Zealand’s South Island with the kids, and this seven-day family adventure is just the ticket

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £28pp
Starts:Queenstown
Ends:Queenstown
Group Size:2- 12
Difficulty:Medium
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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4 Nights

Hawke's Bay Adventure

Make for the mild climate, lush vineyards, long stretches of beautiful beach, picturesque peaks and coastal plains of Hawke’s Bay with this five-day Intrepid local adventure on the North Island

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £15pp
Starts:Napier
Ends:Napier
Group Size:1- 10
Difficulty:Medium
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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4 Nights

Cycle New Zealand: Wilderness Trail

Feel the fresh West Coast wind in your hair (well, in your helmet) as you cycle through some of the South Island’s most spectacular scenery

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £15pp
Starts:Hokitika
Ends:Greymouth
Group Size:1- 12
Difficulty:Medium
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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