"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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19 Nights

New Zealand

For us in the United Kingdom, visiting New Zealand is rather like entering a parallel universe.

Starts:London Heathrow
Ends:London, UK
Group Size:6- 25
Operator:Brightwater Holidays

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£6695pp including flights £352 per night
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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

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

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£985pp excluding flights £328 per night
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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

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

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16 Nights

New Zealand Amplified (Northbound)

Get ready for an adventure of epic proportions – the best of New Zealand is waiting! Spend 17 days discovering the South Island and North Island with the guidance of a passionate local leader

Starts:Christchurch
Ends:Auckland
Group Size:6- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£1885pp excluding flights £118 per night
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4 Nights

Bay of Islands Adventure

Bay of Islands – the name alone conjures up images of sunny days and spectacular scenery, and the real thing does not disappoint

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

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£1080pp excluding flights £270 per night
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22 Nights

Iconic Australia and New Zealand

Enjoy walks through the Daintree Rainforest, Doubtful Sound day-cruises in Fiordland National Park.

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

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£7299pp excluding flights £332 per night
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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

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

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£1415pp excluding flights £236 per night
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18 Nights

Trekking in New Zealand

Explore New Zealand's incredible landscapes, predominantly on foot in this tour.

Starts:Auckland
Ends:Christchurch
Group Size:4- 15
Difficulty:Moderate / Challenging
Operator:Exodus

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£5499pp excluding flights £306 per night
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9 Nights

New Zealand Southern Pioneer

New Zealand’s South Island has a reputation as one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth, yet it still manages to defy expectations

Starts:Christchurch
Ends:Christchurch
Group Size:6- 16
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

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

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37 Nights

Best of Down Under: Australia & New Zealand

Enjoy Cruise around the fjords of Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park.

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

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£6999pp excluding flights £189 per night
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6 Nights

New Zealand: Best of the North Island

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

Starts:Auckland
Ends:Wellington
Group Size:16- 20
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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£699pp excluding flights £117 per night
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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.

Starts:Cairns
Ends:Christchurch
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.

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

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£1257pp excluding flights £180 per night
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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.

Starts:Auckland
Ends:Wellington
Group Size:16- 20
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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11 Nights

Ski New Zealand: South Island Snow Odyssey

If you’re an intermediate to advanced skier or snowboarder looking for an epic and diverse guided snow tour in New Zealand, we have the South Island's winter wonders all packaged up for you

Starts:Queenstown
Ends:Christchurch
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£1990pp excluding flights £181 per night
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20 Nights

Legendary New Zealand

Refreshing landscapes made up of snowy peaks, icy glaciers, clear waters and golden beaches – it’s all one big treat for the senses

Starts:Auckland
Ends:Wellington
Group Size:6- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£2395pp excluding flights £120 per night
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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

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

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£1270pp excluding flights £254 per night
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9 Nights

Premium New Zealand South Island

Taking you from Christchurch to Queenstown via glaciers, wineries, lakes, and an overnight cruise on Milford Sound, this 10-day tour showcases the natural beauty and thriving food and wine scene in the South Island of New Zealand

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

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23 Nights

Hidden Treasures of New Zealand

Explore New Zealand's lovely hidden treasures on one of our exciting new tours. Kicking off in our capital city with Weta Studios and Zealandia Ecosanctuary.

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

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£8090pp including flights £352 per night
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