"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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39 Nights

Ultimate Australia and New Zealand

Explore Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific with the Best Premium Cruise Line, experiences all that Auckland, Queenstown, Sydney and Hayman Island.

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Starts:Melbourne
Ends:Christchurch
Group Size:12- 16
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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16 Nights

Premium New Zealand Encompassed

Dramatic peaks, glittering glaciers and geothermal wonders await on a 17-day Premium adventure through New Zealand’s north and south islands

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Starts:Auckland, New Zealand
Ends:Queenstown, New Zealand
Group Size:1- 11
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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28 Nights

Highlights of Australia and New Zealand

Discover remote landscapes, sunny cities, and indigenous cultures. · Carlton Gardens · Great Barrier Reef · Sydney Opera House.

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Starts:Cairns
Ends:Christchurch
Group Size:12- 16
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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3 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 four-day Intrepid local adventure on the North Island

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Starts:Napier
Ends:Napier
Group Size:1- 10
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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5 Nights

Queenstown Southern Loop

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

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Starts:Queenstown
Ends:Queenstown
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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5 Nights

Cook Islands Getaway

Live a life of paradise as you spend six days beach-hopping through the idyllic Cook Islands

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Starts:Rarotonga
Ends:Aitutaki
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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4 Nights

Forgotten World Adventure

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

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Starts:Taupo
Ends:New Plymouth
Group Size:1- 12
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6 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:Hokitika
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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7 Nights

Premium New Zealand North Island

This is natural beauty on the biggest scale – soaring volcanoes, vast lakes and never-ending caves

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Starts:Auckland, New Zealand
Ends:Wellington, New Zealand
Group Size:1- 11
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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5 Nights

Cycle New Zealand: Alps to Ocean

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

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Starts:Christchurch, New Zealand
Ends:Oamaru, New Zealand
Group Size:1- 11
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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3 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

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Starts:Hokitika, New Zealand
Ends:Greymouth, New Zealand
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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13 Nights

New Zealand South Island Adventure

From an ancient world of forests and glaciers to a culture of hospitality that has long defined New Zealand’s people, discover the best of the South Island on a 14-day adventure

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

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6 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

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Starts:Queenstown
Ends:Queenstown
Group Size:2- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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3 Nights

Wanaka Hike, Bike & Kayak

Take a deep dive into the Otago region on a 4-day active adventure in Wanaka

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Starts:Queenstown
Ends:Queenstown
Group Size:1- 11
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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3 Nights

Walk the Queen Charlotte Track

With a soundtrack of bellbirds and a backdrop of the stunning Marlborough Sounds, hiking the Queen Charlotte Track is an experience like no other

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Starts:Picton
Ends:Picton
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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9 Nights

New Zealand North Island Highlights

Discover a place of natural beauty, creativity and rich culture on a 10-day journey through New Zealand’s North Island

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Starts:Auckland
Ends:Wellington
Group Size:1- 11
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12 Nights

Hidden Gems of the North Island

Start with the capital city's fascinating Weta studios and tranquil Zealandia ecosanctuary and then travel north by luxury coach to take in the beautiful vistas of Taranaki and New Plymouth.

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Starts:UK
Ends:UK
Group Size:8- 28
Operator:Wendy Wu

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13 Nights

New Zealand North Island Adventure

As Maori legend goes, New Zealand’s North Island was heaved out of the ocean by the demigod Maori on a fishing trip, then his brothers carved out pieces of their giant catch, creating the peaks, rivers and valleys that make up the island today

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Starts:Auckland
Ends:Wellington
Group Size:1- 11
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3 Nights

Cycle New Zealand: Otago Rail Trail

It’s almost like New Zealand was made for cycling, beautiful country explored by bike.

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Starts:Queenstown
Ends:Queenstown
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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7 Nights

Hike Abel Tasman & West Coast Rainforests

Go beyond the usual suspects on New Zealand’s South Island as you spend eight days discovering alpine wilderness, coastal trails and crystal-clear waters

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Starts:Nelson
Ends:Christchurch
Group Size:4- 11
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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