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.
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.
Explore the thermal wonderland of Rotorua.
Visit the excellent Te Papa Museum in Wellington.
Journey through the picturesque Marlborough Sounds.
Enjoy a memorable journey on board the TranzAlpine train.
Take a thrilling jet boat ride on the Dart River.
Explore the beaches, caves and Maori sites of the Coromandel Peninsula.
Bathe in natural alpine hot springs in Hanmer Springs.
Take the TranzAlpine Railway through the Southern Alps to New Zealand's West Coast.
Enjoy a scenic nature cruise on Doubtful Sound.
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.
Visit Te Papa Museum in Wellington, where you can learn all about New Zealand's Maori Culture amongst other fascinating exhibits.
Visit the observatory at Lake Tekapo to view the sparkling night skies in this UNESCO dark sky reserve.
Explore Rotorua's geothermal delights.
Experience the famous Blenheim winelands.
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of New Zealand's South Island.
Take an overnight cruise around the spectacular Doubtful Sound.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Experience the vibrant Maori culture on the Kauri Coast.
Cook with a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef.
Cruise on Lake Rotoiti on a private catamaran.
Explore the Fiordland National Park by helicopter.
Some of our favorite travel guides
Covering Rotorua, Taupo and Tongariro National Park, the Thermal Plateau is both geologically fascinating and culturally exciting.View this travel guide
Known for its black sand, wide beaches and annual festivals, the most defining feature of the Western North Island is Mount Taranaki.View this travel guide
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 this travel guide
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.View this travel guide
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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
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
A Q&A with Holly and Sarah-Jane from our New Zealand team, who are experts in walking in New Zealand. They cover the scenery you’ll experience on New Zealand’s walking trails, where to stay en route, and what to consider when planning your trip.View this travel guide
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.View this travel 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
- The Thermal Plateau
- Western North Island
- Nelson & Marlborough
- New Zealand's West Coast
- Hidden New Zealand
- What to do in New Zealand: our highlights guide
- Coastal Otago & Southland
- Ask the experts: where to go walking and trekking in New Zealand
- Honeymoons in New Zealand
- Exploring New Zealand by campervan: an all-you-need-to-know guide