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New Zealand trip ideas

New Zealand trip ideas

All of the itinerary ideas below can be tailored just for you

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 holiday.

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Ideas for your trip to 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.

New Zealand's North Island self-drive

  • 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.

19 Days from £4,335pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Cultural New Zealand self-drive

  • 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 on Waiheke Island which have helped put New Zealand wines on the map.

  • Enjoy a Maori cultural evening in Rotorua with traditional dance and feast.

  • Take a guided food tour in Wellington, the place where food and culture go hand in hand.

  • Visit the observatory at Lake Tekapo to view the sparkling night skies in this UNESCO dark sky reserve.

23 Days from £5,670pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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New Zealand's South Island self-drive

  • 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.

21 Days from £5,685pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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New Zealand's Wildlife self-drive

  • 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.

25 Days from £7,295pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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New Zealand's Food & Wine Trail self-drive

  • Explore the less famous wineries of the Central Otago region.

  • Visit Marlborough, where you are sure to find an excellent Sauvignon Blanc.

  • Spend time in Martinborough meeting some of the local producers.

  • Take a bike ride through the vines of Hawkes Bay.

  • Relax on Waiheke Island, surrounded by beautiful beaches and simply excellent food and wine.

21 Days from £8,100pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Australia & New Zealand Uncovered

  • 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.

23 Days from £8,835pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Luxury New Zealand self-drive

  • 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.

17 Days from £14,365pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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