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Keen to visit the Land of the Long White Cloud but want to avoid all the planning? Book a New Zealand tour and let someone else do all the decision making for you. Taking in various destinations, and with all your accommodation and most of your meals included, tours are a great, hassle-free way to see this incredible country.

Despite its relatively small size – which is pretty similar to that of the UK – New Zealand packs a hell of lot into its borders. The North Island is home to vibrant cities like Auckland and Wellington, as well as sprawling farmlands, spectacular beaches and ancient kauri forests. The surrounding waters, meanwhile, allow for loads of aquatic adventures, while volcanic Rotorua is famed for its geothermal attractions. And if you’re interested in history, you’ll definitely want to include the North Island on your New Zealand tour as the Maori influence is especially evident here.

The South Island rocks a slightly different vibe and is all about the drama. A tapestry of craggy mountains, blue-hued glaciers, alpine fields and hillside vineyards, it’s bagged some of the most spectacular natural landscapes you could ever dream of seeing. There’ll be plenty of opportunities for walking during your New Zealand tour – this is, after all, one of the world’s best hiking destinations – but that’s by no means the only activity available. Biking, boating, skydiving, rafting, heli-hiking, kayaking and bungee jumping are all popular here and, if you’re game, you’ll be able to enjoy at least some of these during your tour. Relaxing activities like wine tasting, whale-watching and visits to the Hobbiton™ Movie Set can also be arranged.

While it’s not possible to tick off absolutely everything during a New Zealand tour, you’ll certainly visit a lot of the hotspots. And because we offer tours of various lengths, we can find you one which takes in even more highlights if time allows. So whether you’re a solo traveller looking to meet like-minded people, or you’re planning to travel with friends or family, our travel specialists can help you choose the tour that’s right for you.

North Island tours

South Island tours

Activities and excursions

Best time to go

North Island tours

Most tours of New Zealand’s North Island kick off in Auckland – the country’s most populous city. Here, you’ll have the chance to explore the glittering waterfront and also climb volcanic Mount Eden, which offers spectacular panoramic views. Your next stop is then likely to be the beautiful Bay of Islands, where you can learn about Maori history at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, spend some time out on the water, or even journey to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s most northerly accessible point.

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Rotorua and Wellington are other hotspots that usually feature on a North Island tour. Geothermal Rotorua is a fascinating place, packed full of boiling mud pools, steam vents and active geysers – and it’s also possible to take in an authentic Maori performance or enjoy a traditional hangi feast. Wellington, meanwhile, is a little different. New Zealand’s compact capital, it’s got endless bars and restaurants, heaps of cultural attractions, lovely botanic gardens, and a delightful setting overlooking the Cook Strait. There’s even the odd beach or two where you might be able to squeeze in a bit of downtime during your New Zealand tour.

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South Island tours

New Zealand’s South Island’s a real scene stealer, delivering jaw-dropping views round every corner. On the east coast lie the island’s biggest cities – artsy Christchurch, the most English of all New Zealand’s urban centres, and historic Dunedin, famed for its Edwardian and Victorian architecture. And between the two, you’ll find the lush vineyards and braided rivers of the pastoral Canterbury Plains.

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Things get more dramatic on the west side, though, and – depending on the length of your New Zealand tour – this is likely where you’ll spend most of your time. The Southern Alps run like a spine from north to south, providing a magnificent backdrop for many a photo. In Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, snow-dusted peaks are surrounded by mirror-like lakes, while over on the coast you can get up close and personal with Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier – the two most accessible glaciers in the country. Also on this side of the South Island, you’re likely to visit the unusual Pancake Rocks near Punakaiki; the resort of Queenstown, which offers up endless adventure activities; and majestic Milford Sound – which is actually a fjord, surrounded by craggy cliffs and thundering waterfalls.

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Activities and excursions

Most New Zealand tours include a range of activities, but you’ll also have the option to add on extras. On the North Island, you might cruise the Bay of Islands and sail out to the iconic Hole in the Rock, or take a boat trip through the magical glowworm caves in Waitomo. In Rotorua, you can ride in a gondola, watch a farm show at the Agrodome or tour the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, before unwinding at the Polynesian Spa. And Lord of the Rings fans won’t want to skip the nearby Hobbiton™ Movie Set. If your New Zealand tour passes through Taupo, you could spend a day hiking the incredible Tongariro Alpine Crossing, or take a thrilling ride on the Huka Falls jet.

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On the South Island, Queenstown in particular offers heaps of adrenaline-inducing activities. Bungee jumping, skydiving and white-water rafting are all possibilities, while in Glacier Country you can go heli-hiking, if you fancy it. In Fiordland National Park, there’s the chance to cruise across Milford Sound, while in Aoraki Mount Cook you can take a scenic flight above the mountains. And if your New Zealand tour takes you to Kaikoura, why not find time to go whale-watching?

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Best time to visit New Zealand

Like the UK, New Zealand has four distinct seasons. And although there isn’t actually a bad time of year for a New Zealand tour, most people prefer to go when it’s warm. Summer here runs from December to February, and during these months most of the country sees highs of low- to mid-twenties – although in subtropical Northland things can get up to 30°C.

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Unsurprisingly, summer’s the most popular time of year for a New Zealand tour. So while you’re likely to have good weather, it’s also when visitor numbers are at their highest. If you’d prefer to travel when it’s a little quieter, you might want to wait until autumn, when the crowds tend to thin out, or you could always book your New Zealand tour in spring. From September to November, the days are warm and the nights are cool nights – and it’s also when calves, lambs and daffodils start making an appearance. But whichever month you choose for your New Zealand tour, you’ll generally find that things get slightly cooler the further south you go. And it’s worth noting that rain is common throughout the year, so it’s always a good idea to pack a waterproof.

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North Island tours

North Island tours

Most tours of New Zealand’s North Island kick off in Auckland – the country’s most populous city. Here, you’ll have the chance to explore the glittering waterfront and also climb volcanic Mount Eden, which offers spectacular panoramic views. Your next stop is then likely to be the beautiful Bay of Islands, where you can learn about Maori history at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, spend some time out on the water, or even journey to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s most northerly accessible point.

Show More
Show Less

Rotorua and Wellington are other hotspots that usually feature on a North Island tour. Geothermal Rotorua is a fascinating place, packed full of boiling mud pools, steam vents and active geysers – and it’s also possible to take in an authentic Maori performance or enjoy a traditional hangi feast. Wellington, meanwhile, is a little different. New Zealand’s compact capital, it’s got endless bars and restaurants, heaps of cultural attractions, lovely botanic gardens, and a delightful setting overlooking the Cook Strait. There’s even the odd beach or two where you might be able to squeeze in a bit of downtime during your New Zealand tour.

Show More
Show Less

South Island tours

South Island tours

New Zealand’s South Island’s a real scene stealer, delivering jaw-dropping views round every corner. On the east coast lie the island’s biggest cities – artsy Christchurch, the most English of all New Zealand’s urban centres, and historic Dunedin, famed for its Edwardian and Victorian architecture. And between the two, you’ll find the lush vineyards and braided rivers of the pastoral Canterbury Plains.

Show More
Show Less

Things get more dramatic on the west side, though, and – depending on the length of your New Zealand tour – this is likely where you’ll spend most of your time. The Southern Alps run like a spine from north to south, providing a magnificent backdrop for many a photo. In Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, snow-dusted peaks are surrounded by mirror-like lakes, while over on the coast you can get up close and personal with Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier – the two most accessible glaciers in the country. Also on this side of the South Island, you’re likely to visit the unusual Pancake Rocks near Punakaiki; the resort of Queenstown, which offers up endless adventure activities; and majestic Milford Sound – which is actually a fjord, surrounded by craggy cliffs and thundering waterfalls.

Show More
Show Less

Activities and excursions

Activities and excursions

Most New Zealand tours include a range of activities, but you’ll also have the option to add on extras. On the North Island, you might cruise the Bay of Islands and sail out to the iconic Hole in the Rock, or take a boat trip through the magical glowworm caves in Waitomo. In Rotorua, you can ride in a gondola, watch a farm show at the Agrodome or tour the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, before unwinding at the Polynesian Spa. And Lord of the Rings fans won’t want to skip the nearby Hobbiton™ Movie Set. If your New Zealand tour passes through Taupo, you could spend a day hiking the incredible Tongariro Alpine Crossing, or take a thrilling ride on the Huka Falls jet.

Show More
Show Less

On the South Island, Queenstown in particular offers heaps of adrenaline-inducing activities. Bungee jumping, skydiving and white-water rafting are all possibilities, while in Glacier Country you can go heli-hiking, if you fancy it. In Fiordland National Park, there’s the chance to cruise across Milford Sound, while in Aoraki Mount Cook you can take a scenic flight above the mountains. And if your New Zealand tour takes you to Kaikoura, why not find time to go whale-watching?

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit New Zealand

Like the UK, New Zealand has four distinct seasons. And although there isn’t actually a bad time of year for a New Zealand tour, most people prefer to go when it’s warm. Summer here runs from December to February, and during these months most of the country sees highs of low- to mid-twenties – although in subtropical Northland things can get up to 30°C.

Show More
Show Less

Unsurprisingly, summer’s the most popular time of year for a New Zealand tour. So while you’re likely to have good weather, it’s also when visitor numbers are at their highest. If you’d prefer to travel when it’s a little quieter, you might want to wait until autumn, when the crowds tend to thin out, or you could always book your New Zealand tour in spring. From September to November, the days are warm and the nights are cool nights – and it’s also when calves, lambs and daffodils start making an appearance. But whichever month you choose for your New Zealand tour, you’ll generally find that things get slightly cooler the further south you go. And it’s worth noting that rain is common throughout the year, so it’s always a good idea to pack a waterproof.

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