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New Zealand holidays

New Zealand holidays

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

New Zealand has the kind of scenery that demands a standing ovation — and it’s all in such close proximity. Our specialists are passionate about helping you get out to explore it all. There are Milford Sound’s arrow-headed peaks, and stretches of sand so vast they earn outlandish names (‘Ninety Mile Beach’). Caves spangle with glow-worms like a million fairy lights. Stratovolcanoes rise above grassy plains. Ice fields career down almost to the edge of the Tasman Sea. And that’s just for starters.

Whether you’re keen to explore on foot or by car, bicycle or even helicopter (or a combination of them all), our specialists can help. They’ll devise a New Zealand holiday that allows you to take in the major destinations, as well as more out-of-the-way spots or lesser-known activities. They can recommend everything from the best Maori guides to the best places for viewing New Zealand’s unique panoply of birdlife.

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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 favourite 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 travelling. 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.

Champagne Pool, 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 tram
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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 traveller’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 travelling 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.

New Plymouth & Taranaki, 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.

Road to Glenorchy, Queenstown
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New Zealand self-drive holidays: 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.

Travelling by campervan, New Zealand
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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 holidays [vacations] in this most outdoorsy of countries, including the most scenic (and often little-known) pitches and campsites.

Milford Sound, New Zealand
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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.

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 holidays in New Zealand, whether you are looking to incorporate short day walks or multi-day treks into your tailor-made itinerary.

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.

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

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

Sperm whale, Kaikoura
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Family holidays in New Zealand

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

Picton & The Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
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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.

Esther on Hahei Beach, New Zealand
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