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New Zealand vacations

New Zealand vacations

Self-drive across epic landscapes on your tailor-made New Zealand tour

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or are making a return trip, the sheer majesty of New Zealand’s landscapes are a wonder to behold. What’s more, there’s excellent local food, wine and accommodations, and the people who make up the tiny population are a model of hospitality.

Flight Time

17 hours upwards dependent on airline (Toronto to Wellington)

Time Zone

UTC +12

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Audley Travel specialist Brian

Start planning your tailor-made trip by
calling one of our New Zealand specialists at 1-844-250-3440

Suggested itineraries for New Zealand

These itineraries will give you a starting point for what your trip to New Zealand could entail. They cover routes that we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favorite places to stay. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.

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Guides to New Zealand's regions

To help you decide where to focus your time in New Zealand, our region guides describe the areas that you're most likely to visit when traveling. Each guide highlights the types of experiences the region can offer.

Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland & Northland

Known as the ‘winter-less north’, Northland has a lot to offer, including the historical Bay of Islands and the cosmopolitan city of Auckland.

Ballooning over the Canterbury Plains, New Zealand
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Christchurch & Canterbury

Stretching out like a patchwork quilt, the Canterbury Plains cradle the South Island’s largest city, Christchurch. Discover the diversity of the region by visiting Waipara, Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura and Mount Cook National Park.

The Catlins coast, New Zealand
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Coastal Otago & Southland

Whether it is birdwatching on Stewart Island, traversing through the wild wetlands of the south, monitoring marine life on the Otago Peninsula or indulging in the local fare served in Dunedin’s fine restaurants, this region presents a host of contrasting experiences.

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel Peninsula
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Coromandel & Pacific Coast

Stretching out into the Pacific both to the north and to the east, the sprawling Coromandel and Pacific Coast is where Aucklanders flock to enjoy the sun, surf and sand, and to relax into the region’s laid-back lifestyle.

The Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
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Nelson & Marlborough

The Marlborough region, sitting at the topmost point of the South Island, is the home to fine wines, quality hikes, and a network of navigable waterways.

View from Mou Waho Island, Lake Wanaka
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Southern Lakes

Clear air, crystal waters, imposing peaks and ancient forests: these are the elements that make up the majority of the scenery in the Southern Lakes.

Pohutu geyser, Rotorua
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The Thermal Plateau

Covering Rotorua, Taupo and Tongariro National Park, the Thermal Plateau is both geologically fascinating and culturally exciting.

Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington & Wairarapa

Home to New Zealand’s capital city and the rolling vineyards of the Wairarapa, the region of Wellington and Wairarapa is a delight.

Lake Matheson, West Coast
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New Zealand's West Coast

With surreal rock formations at Punakaiki, creeping glaciers at Fox and Franz Josef and the immaculate reflection of Mount Cook on the crystal waters of Lake Matheson, the West Coast leaves a firm imprint on any traveler’s mind.

Bridge to Nowhere, Whanganui National Park
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Western North Island

Known for its black sand, wide beaches and annual festivals, the most defining feature of the Western North Island is Mount Taranaki.

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Our expert guides to traveling in New Zealand

Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to New Zealand. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate New Zealand at its best.

Road to Glenorchy, Queenstown
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Driving vacations in New Zealand: 3 great routes

Audley country specialist John explains why, for him, self-drive is the best way to explore New Zealand. He recommends three very different routes, from mountain passes in the South Island to forest roads in the North Island.

Milford Sound, Fiordland
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Cruising in New Zealand

A New Zealand cruise offers the opportunity to explore some of the country's diverse and dramatic scenery, such as Milford and Doubtful Sound and the Bay of Islands, at a relaxed and enjoyable pace.

The Coastal Pacific train, New Zealand
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New Zealand railway journeys

Without question, New Zealand has some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the world, which is why a train journey through it is a must for any visitor.

Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand
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Honeymoons in New Zealand

Plan your perfect honeymoon to New Zealand with Audley. Discover some of the beautiful boutique properties available and how you can make your honeymoon in New Zealand extra special.

Rafting on the Tongariro River near Taupo
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Activity vacations in New Zealand

There is such a vast range of activities available on a tailor-made trip to New Zealand. We'll ensure your vacation is exactly what you want it to be by including activities you know you will enjoy.

Walking through the forest, Ulva Island
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Walking and trekking in New Zealand

The beautiful landscapes and abundant national parks make for perfect walking vacations in New Zealand, whether you are looking to incorporate short day walks or multi-day treks into your tailor-made itinerary.

Lake Waikaremoana, New Zealand
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What to do in New Zealand: our highlights guide

Enjoy New Zealand’s north and south islands with this travel guide that looks at cruising the Bay of Islands and Doubtful Sound, Rotarua’s thermal springs, the Coromandel Peninsula, whale spotting in Kaikoura, and Mount Cook and Abel Tasman national parks.

Lodge room, Huntaway Lodge, Cavalli Coast & The Bay of Islands
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Luxury vacations in New Zealand

If you're planning a luxury vacation to New Zealand we have a huge choice of accommodations available, from luxury hotels and lodges to beach houses and country estates offering top class accommodation.

Sperm whale, Kaikoura
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Family vacations in New Zealand

Tailor-made family vacations in New Zealand. Realistically the only aspect of travel to New Zealand which is not family-friendly is the long flight. Clean and safe, New Zealand is a stress-free destination perfect for families.

Milford Sound flight

Start planning your trip

Provide us with a few starting details about your travel plans, and one of our New Zealand specialists will be in touch to give you suggestions and ideas.

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