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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.

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

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.

Maori dancers, Rotorua
New Zealand

Maori culture in New Zealand

The influence of Maori culture can be seen all over New Zealand, from traditional song and dance to local carvings and structures. Discover some of the Maori experiences available through Audley.


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

Rafting on the Tongariro River near Taupo
New Zealand

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.

Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand

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.


Walking through the forest, Ulva Island
New Zealand

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.

View from Mou Waho Island, Lake Wanaka
New Zealand

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.

Wellington tram
New Zealand

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.


The Catlins coast, New Zealand
New Zealand

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
New Zealand

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
New Zealand

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.


Ballooning over the Canterbury Plains, New Zealand
New Zealand

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.

Bridge to Nowhere, Whanganui National Park
New Zealand

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.

Picton & The Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
New Zealand

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.


The Coastal Pacific train, New Zealand
New Zealand

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
New Zealand

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.

Cycling on the Banks Peninsula
New Zealand

Cycling in New Zealand

Cycling in New Zealand is incredibly rewarding and there is perhaps no better way to immerse yourself in the landscapes and magnificent scenery than from the seat of a bicycle.


Champagne Pool, Rotorua
New Zealand

The Thermal Plateau

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

Milford Sound, New Zealand
New Zealand

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.

Lake Matheson, West Coast
New Zealand

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.


Dolphin pod, Kaikoura
New Zealand

Observing New Zealand’s wildlife by land, sea and starlight

Yes, you can increase your chances of seeing a wild kiwi, and no, you don’t necessarily need to get on a boat to go whale-watching. Specialists Holly and Lucy share the how, why, what and where of New Zealand’s wildlife highlights.

Road to Glenorchy, Queenstown
New Zealand

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
New Zealand

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.


Sperm whale, Kaikoura
New Zealand

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.