New Zealand tours
New Zealand's diverse landscapes and Maori culture offer a wealth of experiences, from scenic walks along magnificent fjords to canoeing around national parks and wine tasting in the vineyards. The islands’ manageable size allows visitors to cover a diverse range of attractions in one trip and our itinerary ideas include novel ways to explore popular destinations as well as hidden spots well off the beaten track.
Based on routes they’ve loved, these travel suggestions rely on our specialists' expert knowledge of New Zealand gained through frequent visits to the country. This has allowed them to hand-pick the best range of hotels, tours and transport for your tailor-made vacation.
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Our recommended tours in New Zealand
These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in New Zealand, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.
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Visit the Waitangi Treaty Ground in the Bay of Islands, a symbolic place where Maori and European culture have historically entwined.
Visit some of the vineyards around Warkworth which have helped put New Zealand wines on the map.
Visit Te Papa Museum in Wellington, where you can learn all about New Zealand's Maori Culture amongst other fascinating exhibits.
Visit Kapiti Island, an island off the coast that is home to native bird species and Maori culture.
Experience rainforest and black sand beaches, just outside of Auckland.
Take in the sweeping coastlines of the Bay of Plenty and around Gisborne, and try your hand at surfing here.
Walk on a volcano and enjoy the views in Tongariro and Egmont National Parks.
Visit the famous glow-worm caves at Waitomo.
Stay in some lovely two bedroom apartments suitable for the family.
Visit the scenic Abel Tasman National Park and keep your eyes peeled for seals.
Behind the scenes tour of Rainbow Springs to see a kiwi up-close and personal.
Learn about The Lord of the Rings and its filming regions.
Swim with the playful dolphins in the warm waters of the Bay of Islands.
Hear the call of the birds on Tiritiri Matangi.
Spot rare kiwi at Zealandia.
Encounter huge sperm whales at Kaikoura.
Watch the cheeky penguins on the Otago Peninsula.
Sail to hidden bays in the Abel Tasman National Park.
Watch native sperm whales breach in Kaikoura.
Sleep under the stars in a Dark Sky Reserve.
E-bike around the Clutha River and stunning Lake Wanaka.
Stay aboard an overnight cruise to explore the Doubtful Sound.
New Zealand and Australia
Enjoy fantastic service and a luxurious Club Balcony Stateroom cabin on Azamara Club Cruises.
Visit many of New Zealand's key highlights, and a few key destinations in Australia, during your 15-night cruise.
Explore the highlights of Auckland and wine tasting at nearby Waiheke Island prior to your cruise departure.
Finish your Australasia tour, with visits to the Blue Mountains and a scenic seaplane flight and luncheon experience.
Stroll along surf beaches around Christchurch - New Brighton and Sumner - then enjoy the view from a nearby coffee shop.
Experience the golden sands and turquoise waters of the Abel Tasman National Park.
Enjoy the scenic drive all the way down the west coast - from Westport to Haast, where the forest meets the ocean - this rugged coastline is atmospheric and beautiful.
Australia and New Zealand
Explore Sydney's iconic highlights.
Watch the sunset over the magnificent Uluru/Ayers Rock.
Snorkel the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef.
Explore New Zealand's rugged and mountainous landscape.
Visit world famous wineries in the Blenheim winelands.
Cruise the beautiful Doubtful Sound.
Explore the less famous wineries of the Central Otago region.
Visit Hawke's Bay, where you are sure to find an excellent Merlot, Cabernet or Syrah.
Spend time in Martinborough meeting some of the local producers.
Take a bike ride through the vines of Blenheim.
Relax on Waiheke Island, surrounded by beautiful beaches and simply excellent food and wine.
Play a round of golf at Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers.
Spend the day exploring the wine on Waiheke Island.
Taste the local produce and cheeses of the wine country of Napier.
Helicopter to Milford Sound to take in Fiordland National Park.
Australia and New Zealand
Enjoy fantastic service and full board in a luxurious Club Veranda Suite on Silversea Cruises.
Visit many of New Zealand's key highlights, and a few key destinations in Australia, during your 14-day cruise.
Get to know Sydney through the eyes of a local as well as tours of its main icons: Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Take in a Maori performance and shared full day tour from Auckland.
Stay in some of the most luxurious accommodation in New Zealand.
Enjoy a gourmet wine tour in the Marlborough region.
Experience a stunning helicopter trip over Fiordland National Park and the Southern Lakes region, including a snow landing on the return journey.
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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.View this travel guide
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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.View this travel guide
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Home to New Zealand’s capital city and the rolling vineyards of the Wairarapa, the region of Wellington and Wairarapa is a delight.View this travel guide
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.View this travel guide
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.View this travel guide
A guide to New Zealand’s glaciers: tours, hikes and scenic flights
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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.View this travel guide
The Thermal Plateau
Covering Rotorua, Taupo and Tongariro National Park, the Thermal Plateau is both geologically fascinating and culturally exciting.View this travel guide
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.View this travel guide