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Maori carving against Volcano Taranaki

New Zealand travel guides

Though dwarfed by its closest neighbor, New Zealand packs an awful lot of experiences into its two moderately sized islands and our travel guides can help you decide which to include in your own trip.

Blessed with some of the world’s most iconic scenery, there are a number of ways to explore. Walking is a national pastime, while the more adventurous traveler will be spoiled for choice with white water rafting, heli-hiking and bungee jumping all readily available. Well maintained roads with little traffic run through spectacular terrain, meaning self-drive vacations in New Zealand are a real pleasure. Alternatively, two wheels provide an invigorating way to discover areas inaccessible by car.

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Ideas for how to explore New Zealand

Our travel guides share our specialists’ passion and knowledge for New Zealand. We travel here regularly to discover new experiences, explore untried areas and dig deeper into the better-known places and attractions. At the same time, we gather advice and up-to-date information on the best-quality guides, new hotels and restaurants, and the most memorable forms of transportation.

  • Travelling by campervan, New Zealand

    Exploring New Zealand by campervan: an all-you-need-to-know guide

    If you have ever fancied roaming New Zealand by campervan, read on. Audley specialist James shares his do’s and don’ts for campervan vacations in this most outdoorsy of countries, including the most scenic (and often little-known) pitches and campsites.

  • Queenstown, Queenstown

    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.

  • Jet boat on the Dart River

    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, Rotorua’s thermal springs, the Coromandel Peninsula, whale spotting in Kaikoura, and Mount Cook and Abel Tasman national parks.

  • Dolphins in The Bay of Islands, New Zealand

    Cruising in New Zealand

    There’s a lot to love about day cruises in New Zealand, says specialist Ophelia. She shares her pick of the best from across the North and South Islands. Expect dolphins, hot springs, Maori rock art and a weka (or three).

  • Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

    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.

  • Beach, Queen Charlotte Sound

    Hidden New Zealand

    Audley specialists Holly, James and Lindsay recommend things to do in New Zealand that won’t be on most visitors’ radars. They include kiwi-spotting on Stewart Island, going behind the scenes at the nation’s most prestigious museum, and lesser-known winery stays.

  • Tranz Alpine Train

    New Zealand railway journeys

    New Zealand has a triumvirate of great rail journeys across North and South Islands. They’re windows onto the country’s scenic splendor, but they’re also civil engineering masterpieces, says Audley New Zealand specialist (and train aficionado) Joe.

  • Hone Mihaka, Maori guide, Northland

    Experiencing New Zealand through Maori eyes

    Maori culture is multi-layered and an indelible part of New Zealand’s fabric. Here, Audley’s country specialists share their recommendations for the best Maori experiences to include in your New Zealand tour, ranging from intimate family dinners to guided forest walks.

  • Lake Wanaka - Wanaka Tree

    Honeymoons in New Zealand

    Looking for New Zealand honeymoon ideas? Audley specialist Lucy explains why the country makes for a fulfilling honeymoon destination. She cherry-picks the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that New Zealand does so well, from glacier trekking to scenic flights and Doubtful Sound cruises.

  • Sperm whale, Kaikoura

    Family vacations in New Zealand

    New Zealand specialist James gives his tried-and-tested advice on what makes a family trip to New Zealand fulfilling. He shares his ground rules for travel as a family in this country, and offers suggestions on child-friendly activities across both islands.

  • Kawarau River Valley, Queenstown

    Combining Australia and New Zealand: questions to ask yourself

    Trip duration, timing, your appetite for flying — these are some of the things to think about if you’re planning a joint Australia-New Zealand trip. But Audley specialist James says it really comes down to what kind of experiences you’re after.