New Zealand Tours & Trips 2020

219 trips to New Zealand tours from 108 tour companies. 7,294 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Solo Friendly Solo Friendly Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
No Single Supplement Trips where single supplement is usually not required for solo travelers.

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Exploring New Zealand featuring the North & S ...

Collette
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22 days
$ 245 / day
$ 5,399
From : $ 6,641
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Experience an authentic Hangi dinner and learn about Maori culture.
  • Sample local specialties of the South Island at a “Taste of Fiordland” dinner.
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner on the shores of stunning Lake Wakatipu.
  • Cruise through the Bay of Islands’ famous “Hole in the Rock.”
  • Overnight in the spectacular Mt. Cook region where permanent ice fields and glaciers blanket the ragged peaks.
  • Visit a working, family-owned farm and learn about daily life in New Zealand’s high country.
  • Explore Te Puia, a Maori cultural and geothermal experience.
  • Take in the well-preserved Art Deco architecture of Napier.
  • Relish a breathtaking cruise through Milford Sound fjord.
Visits:
Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Milford Sound, Mount Cook, Queenstown, Rotorua, Wellington, New Zealand
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Highlights of Australia and New Zealand tour
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Highlights of Australia and New Zealand

22 days
$ 375 / day
$ 8,250
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Unique dining experience on board Melbourne’s Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
  • Discover Melbourne’s colourful hidden laneways and arcades
  • Indulge in a unique Aussie BBQ experience at Earth Sanctuary
  • Toast an Uluru sunset with gourmet canapés and wine
  • Discover rock art at Uluru and learn about sacred sites
  • Hike through Walpa Gorge at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Create your own dot painting
  • Cruise and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • View Darling Harbour from your Sydney hotel room
  • Dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean on Bondi Beach
  • Experience Sydney Opera House on a guided tour
  • Discover the glowworms of Waitomo Glowworm Grotto
  • Immerse yourself in rich Maori arts and culture at an exclusive cultural dinner
  • Travel on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Discover spectacular Milford Sound on a lunch cruise
  • Experience warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea Farm
Visits:
Auckland, Cairns, Christchurch, Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne, Mount Cook, Queenstown, Sydney, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia, New Zealand
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New Zealand Uncovered

Trafalgar
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
17 days
$ 346 / day
$ 5,875
From : $ 7,226
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Auckland, Blenheim and Wellington
  • VISIT a kiwifruit orchard in Te Puke, a geothermal valley in Rotorua and the Museum of New Zealand
  • VIEW the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train
  • CRUISE the Cook Strait, on Lake Wakatipu and Milford Sound
Visits:
Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, Rotorua, Wellington, New Zealand
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Queenstown Southern Loop

Intrepid Travel
Premier
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6 days
$ 312 / day
$ 1,870
From : $ 2,525
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Soak up the silence of Milford Sound on a cruise across its waters – you’ll be left speechless by the hundreds of tumbling cascades and deeply forested mountains.
  • Explore the Cathedral Caves of the Catlins, an untamed coastal wilderness home to rugged cliffs, dense forest, and spectacular hidden waterfalls.
  • Cross the Foveaux Strait to unspoilt Stewart Island, a haven for hikers and birdwatches and the place to spot a wild kiwi.
  • Enjoy two days to explore the wilderness of Stewart Island, cruising the bays and inlets to spot penguins and seabirds and walking along its forested coastal tracks.
Visits:
Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Queenstown, New Zealand
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Classic Cook Islands: Rarotonga & Aitutaki

Audley Travel
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
13 days
$ 238 / day
$ 3,100
From : $ 4,185
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • The Punanga Nui Market on a Saturday is a great place to find some local arts and craft.
  • Snorkeling on the north-western side of Rarotonga, where you can walk out among the coral.
  • The flight between Rarotonga and Aitutaki gives you superb views of the reefs weaving their way through the Pacific Ocean.
  • Relaxing in Aitutaki - if ever there was a place to find picture perfect desert island scenery, this is it.
Visits:
Rarotonga, New Zealand
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From the Outback to the Glaciers

Collette
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
20 days
$ 235 / day
$ 4,699
From : $ 5,780
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Witness Ayers Rock at sunset while you sip champagne.
  • Take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour.
  • Dine with a Kiwi family in their home.
  • Overnight in the majestic Mt. Cook National Park.
  • Take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House – an architectural wonder.
  • Visit Hartley’s Croc Farm for a chance to get up close and personal with crocodiles.
  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Discover the origins of the Aboriginal people on a "Dreamtime Tour."
  • Explore Kata Tjuta and the base of Ayers Rock (Uluru).
Visits:
Alice Springs, Cairns, Christchurch, Melbourne, Milford Sound, Mount Cook, Queenstown, Sydney, Uluru (Ayers Rock)
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Exploring New Zealand featuring the North & S ...

Collette
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
19 days
$ 268 / day
$ 5,099
From : $ 6,272
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Experience an authentic Hangi dinner and learn about Maori culture.
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner on the shores of stunning Lake Wakatipu.
  • Cruise through the Bay of Islands’ famous “Hole in the Rock.”
  • Visit spectacular Mt. Cook National Park where permanent ice fields and glaciers blanket the ragged peaks.
  • Visit a working, family-owned sheep farm and learn about daily life in New Zealand’s high country.
  • Explore Te Puia, a Maori cultural and geothermal experience.
  • Enjoy intimate wine tastings in the famous Marlborough wine region.
  • Relish a breathtaking cruise through Milford Sound fjord.
Visits:
Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Milford Sound, Mount Cook, Queenstown, Rotorua, Wellington, New Zealand
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From the Outback to the Glaciers

Collette
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
21 days
$ 281 / day
$ 5,899
From : $ 7,256
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Witness Ayers Rock at sunset while you sip champagne.
  • Take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour.
  • Meet the young Aboriginal group, Drum Atweme.*
  • Take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House – an architectural wonder.
  • Visit Hartley’s Croc Farm for a chance to get up-close and personal with crocodiles.
  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Discover the origins of the Aboriginal people on a "Dreamtime Tour."
  • Explore Kata Tjuta and the base of Ayers Rock (Uluru).
Visits:
Alice Springs, Cairns, Christchurch, Melbourne, Milford Sound, Mount Cook, Queenstown, Sydney, Uluru (Ayers Rock)
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New Zealand South Island Explorer

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 278 / day
$ 3,055
From : $ 4,124
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • From the striking contrasts of the Canterbury Plains to New Zealand’s highest point at Mt Cook, the South Island’s west coast is full of spectacular sights. You’ll definitely want a window seat.
  • Spend three nights in Queenstown – New Zealand's adventure capital – where you'll have tonnes of time for optional activities, from thrill-seeking jaunts to some chilled-out haunts.
  • Set sail on an included cruise through the Milford Sound on the south-western coast. Passing by glacial waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and marine life, be sure to have your camera ready.
  • Franz Josef Glacier is every adventurer's dream, and that’s why you’ve got the power to choose your own adventure. A guided trek across the glacier, a quad bike ride or a scenic heli-hike? It’s up to you.
  • Beginning and ending in Christchurch means you’re at an ideal gateway to explore the rest of New Zealand. Better yet, why not spend more time before or after your adventure to see this city in full swing?
Visits:
Milford Sound, Queenstown, Christchurch, New Zealand
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South Pacific Wonders

Collette
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 263 / day
$ 3,949
From : $ 4,857
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Take in the sights during a dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour.
  • Dine with a Kiwi family in their home.
  • Come to know Australia’s people at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center.
  • Get up close and personal with koalas and native crocodiles at Hartley’s Croc Farm.
  • Take a guided tour of the fascinating Sydney Opera House.
  • Board a catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef.
  • See where the original colonists first settled during a city tour of Sydney.
Visits:
Cairns, Christchurch, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Sydney
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Cook Islands: Rarotonga, Aitutaki & Atiu

Audley Travel
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
13 days
$ 306 / day
$ 3,975
From : $ 5,366
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Learn about the Polynesian history of the Cook Islands on a guided tour of Rarotonga.
  • Discover the beautiful underwater world of the Aitutaki Lagoon.
  • Visit the tiny, peaceful island of Atiu, where you will be greeted by the warmest of smiles.
Visits:
Rarotonga, New Zealand
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Australia and New Zealand Uncovered

Collette
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
22 days
$ 282 / day
$ 6,199
From : $ 7,625
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Taste Maori culture at a Hangi lunch.
  • Join a local Kiwi family for a home cooked dinner.
  • At a memorable Sounds of Silence dinner, dine under the stars overlooking Uluru (Ayers Rock).
  • Sip lavender tea and enjoy culinary treats at a lavender farm in Barossa Valley.
  • Explore New Zealand’s pristine wilderness and coastlines on several easy walks.
  • Walk amongst the history and heritage of Maori culture.
  • Spend the day at the Great Barrier Reef at leisure – with included options to snorkel, hike, or chat with a marine biologist.
  • Set sail through the graceful natural beauty of Abel Tasman National Park.
  • Cruise through the dramatic Milford Sound.
  • Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sydney Opera House.
Visits:
Adelaide, Cairns, Milford Sound, Nelson, Queenstown, Sydney, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Wellington, Australia, New Zealand
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South Pacific Wonders including New Zealand's Nor ...

Collette
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
18 days
$ 267 / day
$ 4,799
From : $ 5,903
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Take in the sights during a dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour.
  • Dine with a Kiwi family in their home.
  • Experience a memorable authentic Hangi dinner celebration.
  • Come to know Australia’s people at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center.
  • Get up close and personal with koalas and native crocodiles at Hartley’s Croc Farm.
  • Take a guided tour of the fascinating Sydney Opera House.
  • Board a catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef.
  • See where the original colonists first settled during a city tour of Sydney.
Visits:
Auckland, Cairns, Christchurch, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Rotorua, Sydney
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Cook Islands and Society Islands cruise on the Pa ...

Audley Travel
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
13 days
$ 815 / day
$ 10,590
From : $ 14,297
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Visit the small and beautiful island of Aitutaki.
  • Spend the day relaxing on the private island of Paul Gauguin, Motu Mahana.
  • Snorkel the stunning waters of Moorea.
  • Explore and learn about black pearl farms.
Visits:
New Zealand
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New Zealand North Island Explorer Southbound

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 277 / day
$ 3,325
From : $ 4,489
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Be welcomed to Whakarewarewa by the Maori people who have lived there for over 700 years and wonder at the area’s steaming Te Puia geysers, bubbling mud pits and lakes.
  • Feel the rush of Huka Falls, where a 100-metre-wide river is forced through a narrow volcanic chamber, causing a torrent of incredible speed.
  • Explore the Abel Tasman National Park independently or on an optional tour, hiking through thick native forest and emerging on deserted sandy beaches.
  • Choose to join the group for a full-day trek over the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, hiking past aqua coloured lakes, craters and volcanos.
  • Cruise in between green islands Marlborough Sounds, where the hilly islands were once towering mountains and the channels were once dry valleys.
Visits:
Abel Tasman National Park, Auckland, Christchurch, Nelson, Rotorua, Tasman National Park, Wellington, New Zealand
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Top New Zealand Experiences and Attractions

Top New Zealand Experiences

Exploring the quaint shores, coffee shops, and restaurants as well as an adventure activity or two in beautiful Queenstown.

Hiking one or more of New Zealand’s world-famous “tracks” -- Milford, Routeburn or others -- to challenge yourself on mountain terrain while enjoying panoramic views.

Going on a thrilling white water rafting adventure tour down Buller Gorge.

Making your way through a dark glow-worm cave on New Zealand’s South Island, with the worms glowing like stars on a cave-roof “sky.”

Sailing Milford Sound in New Zealand’s southern Fjordland, one of the world’s most spectacular boat trips.

Walking through the Whirinaki rainforest on New Zealand’s North Island in the company of a Maori guide while learning about the flora and fauna and tribal history.



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New Zealand Trip Reviews

7,294 New Zealand Tour Reviews - Summary 95% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 5,415
Great 1,565
Average 195
Disappointing 71
Terrible 48
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

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Alps to Ocean Ride

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our group rode Alps to Ocean last week with Elle and Caleb. We had the most wonderful time with them. Very organised, easy to get on with, full of information and boy can they cook.
Thanks so much for a fun filled, positive week.

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Operator Active Adventures

Why I've been loyal to ACIS since 2014

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I have been using ACIS since 2014, and they are wonderful. Most recently, I was supposed to travel with a group of students in 2020, but the pandemic changed our plans. ACIS was on top of it, and gave us multiple options to adapt without any money lost. We rolled into a 2021 trip, only to find that our destination country was still closed as we were nearing the departure date. Again, ACIS came through for us, rolling us into an alternate trip that was just as exciting and educational as the one when had planned for, and again, no money was lost. They have really gone above and beyond to navigate the "new normal" and keep students traveling in the safest possible way. This is why I am loyal to ACIS. No matter what stumbling blocks life throws out there, ACIS is always prepared with a fantastic backup plan!

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Operator ACIS

Tried and True

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

ACIS always, always, always delivers a top-quality product with top-quality service. I cannot recommend them enough for educational travel. Whether your are a new traveler or highly experienced, they will make your trip accessible, exciting, and as flawless as possible.

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Operator ACIS

Our guides were the best!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

It is simply impossible to write a review that would do justice to our guides, the places we saw, and the amazing animals, but I will do my best.
First of all, the guys from Galakiwi, Pablo and Paolo, were just beyond anything I expected. I thought we'd have a professional guide or two but both Pablo and Paolo were more like family by the end of the trip. Pablo was just astonishing in the completeness of his knowledge, the breadth and depth, and his passion for his beloved Galapagos, especially Isabela. I was spellbound every time he spoke. He knew I wanted to see the Galapagos penguins and the blue-footed boobies because he asked each of us what we most wanted to see at the beginning of our trip. He made sure to take us to places where we were most likely to see them and I did indeed get to see them. I was so touched by his love for the Galapagos. I was prepared to love it before our trip and now will be a lifelong advocate for its conservation. Pablo went way beyond the call of duty by helping my husband buy something he needed at the Farmacia and then going to buy more of it when my husband couldn't find it again. Paolo is a treasure. He schlepped our bags and fitted our gear and handled the logistics so that nobody had to think about any of it. He was joy to spend time with; my husband and I just admired his humor and joyous spirit, his sweetness, his love of his family, and his fun and irreverent facts about life in Ecuador. (They call it CumbaYORK!!! Hilarious and spot on!) My husband and I are very curious and love feeling like we've actually talked to a real person when we travel. I especially appreciated his kindness in helping stay on my feet when walking around Las Tuneles.
The properties were fantastic! We got to stay in the dome room at Casa Blanca on San Cristobal. Hotel Albemarle was lovely (especially after we figured out that the rooms DO have air conditioning. Whew!) and Juliette, who managed it, was helpful and went beyond the call of duty to make coffee at 5am for my husband and me. The Hotel Isla Sol was in a great location and it was actually nice to wrap up our stay in the middle of a developed town after the seclusion of Isabela.
The places we visited were beyond my wildest dreams and there was such a good balance between learning, sheer fun, beauty beyond comparison, fragility of the ecosystems, and immersion in the culture of Galapagos. Kicker Rock (or Leon Dormido) was amazing. The boat cruising all the way around it so we could see its beauty from every side was very nice. The boat captain was also alert for sea life while we were traveling to and from Kicker Rock so we got to see a bunch of dolphins. The San Cristobal Interpretation Center was very interesting and gave a very good history of the Galapagos. This was one of the reasons I felt like I had really learned something about the Islands and their history beyond what I knew about Darwin and his finches.
I think it was actually good that we couldn't go to Floreana. Not having that stop enabled us to go to both Sierra Negra Volcano and Las Tuneles. I can't imagine missing either one of those. Both were majestic. Our whole group was of the opinion that future tours should be just like ours and include the opportunity to go to both. Saving time by taking the plane to Isabela from San Cristobal was a great bonus. I loved the tortoise breeding center and the work they're doing. Kayaking on Isabela was perfect. I saw my beloved penguins and blue-footed boobies. On Santa Cruz, we got to go to the Charles Darwin Research Station and see the important work they are doing. I loved the lava tubes and seeing the giant tortoises in the wild in the Santa Cruz highlands.
Our trip was perfect. It could not have been better!

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Active Adventures Tortuga trip is not to be missed

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I originally planned to take one of the trips to Patagonia but had to change plans due to COVID closures. The Tortuga was offered as an alternative that could still be done in the spring.I always wanted to go to the Galapagos but was put off by the fact that most trips are boat based and I wasn’t excited about living on a boat for a week or more. Once I found the trip was entirely land based I didn’t hesitate for a second. As on previous trips taken through Active, everything was meticulously organized and there was never a dull moment. I saw beautiful pristine landscapes, an incredible variety of wildlife, preservation and protection facilities, gorgeous beaches, and so much more. This trip, I said yes to everything which meant mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, scuba diving and lots of snorkeling - as well as educational visits to scientific facilities and an incredible inter island flight through mist and rainbows. Although I’ve been vaccinated and most in group had, I still appreciated the detailed safety protocols and also appreciated the concern for the safety and welfare of the local residents. Honestly, if I had been able to imagine this trip before I left, my imagination couldn’t have done this good a job. All the group members were fun people from lots of different backgrounds and we even had a couple of avid birders, which was appropriate for this trip. Our naturalist guide Pablo was a veritable encyclopedia of the geology, flora, fauna, and history of the island. His intense love for this place came through in everything he did and said. His main man Paolo, from Galakiwi, worked tirelessly in the background to make sure everything happened in the right place and time from gettIng our luggage to the airport to making sure we all had dessert at dinner. What a team! I cannot thank you enough for giving me this unexpected opportunity. Sometime the unexpected adventures turn out to be the best!

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Operator Active Adventures

The true test of company's ethical…

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

The true test of company's ethical business practices comes when times are tough. Its been tough for the travel industry I realize but the business practices of ACIS are downright appalling.

I have twin daughters both booked on different European trips for last summer. Cancelled due to COVID and extended to this summer which also cancelled.

My one daughter decided in December 2020 to transfer her $200 trip deposit to her sisters trip. They demanded an additional $295 stating that was the minimum they could accept for the other trip. I reluctantly deposited the additional money. 2 months later I had to cancel and they kept $350 of the deposit. So crappy of them to force the deposit of additional funds then keep more than half less than 2 months later. Clearly they are hurting for money but not the way to handle it. its just a money grab.

In addition, when the teacher cancelled the entire trip, they took 30+ days to refund the money and then sent a check made out to my daughter. What a rigmarole to get the check deposited into the rightful account. This company could easily implement refunds via ACH and wouldn't cost them a dime. Although they wouldn't get the float of the funds for which they clearly are banking on. Such a poor business practice. They demand the client provide bank info to pull trip funds but then they send checks for refunds - that's warped !

When asked for their Presidents name and contact info - they refused - multiple times. They kept telling to email the general account and it would directed to the supervisor.
Why would they blatantly refuse to provide such basic info - the President needs to be aware of what's going on.

This company may lead nice trips but their business practices and customer service is sorely lacking.

I have written a similar email to our school board leadership to share my experience which seems to be the experience of many who Ive spoken with as well. Perhaps a new travel partner should be chosen that has a better appreciation for updated cash management and customer service

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Operator ACIS

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