New Zealand Tours & Trips 2020

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Style Style 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Retreats Similar to a self guided tour but staying in one location only with activities and day outings included as a part of the stay.

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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.

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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Travel Style Travel Style Flexible schedule A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full schedule 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.
Balanced schedule You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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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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Queenstown Southern Loop

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
6 days
$ 308 / day
$ 1,845
From : $ 2,491
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 : Array Full on
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. 3- 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 nights and one full day 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:
Milford Sound, Queenstown, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
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Walk Abel Tasman National Park

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
5 days
$ 291 / day
$ 1,455
From : $ 1,964
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 : Array Full on
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. 3- Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Spend three full days exploring the picturesque Abel Tasman National Park, discovering golden-sand beaches and secluded bays only accessible by boat or on foot.
  • Experience Abel Tasman’s most classic hike without lugging all your stuff, thanks to daily water taxis from your accommodations to the trail start points.
  • Kick up your weary walking feet at the end of each day with stays in cosy cabins and lodges right inside the park grounds.
  • Cross the challenging Awaroa Inlet and navigate the fast-changing tide under the expert guidance of a local leader.
Visits:
Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson, Tasman National Park, New Zealand
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Australia and New Zealand Uncovered - 2022

Collette
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
22 days
$ 277 / day
$ 6,099
From : $ 7,502
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 : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. 3- 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
  • 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:
Cairns, Milford Sound, Nelson, Queenstown, Sydney, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Wellington
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Thermal Wonders

5 days
$ 276 / day
$ 1,380
From : $ 1,697
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 : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. 3- 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
  • DAY 1 - ARRIVE AUCKLAND
  • On arrival in Auckland, 'The City of Sails', you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
  • DAY 2 - AUCKLAND / ROTORUA
  • Farewell the 'City of Sails' as you travel south to reach the market garden area of Pukekohe. Continue through Hamilton - New Zealand's fourth largest city and the fertile Waikato region to the 'Thermal City' of Rotorua. This afternoon is at leisure. This evening enjoy an authentic Maori Hangi (feast) & Concert. (BD)
  • DAY 3 - ROTORUA & HOBBITON
  • Visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see boiling mudpools and roaring geysers. Following this, visit Rainbow Springs to see New Zealand's trout, birds and wildlife before continuing to the Agrodome for a New Zealand farm show. This afternoon, visit Hobbiton Movie Set for a 2 hour guided tour of 'Middle Earth'. Return to Rotorua for the evening at leisure. (B)
  • DAY 4 - ROTORUA / WAITOMO / AUCKLAND
  • Travel over the forested Mamaku Ranges to reach Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour of the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves including an underground boat ride viewing the millions of glow worms on the cavern roof. On completion continue through the fertile Waikato area to reach Auckland. (B)
  • DAY 5 - DEPART AUCKLAND
  • Transfer to the airport for your departing flight. (B)
  • * This tour is also available on self-drive basis
  • * This tour is also available on self-drive basis
Visits:
New Zealand
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Bay of Islands Adventure

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
5 days
$ 379 / day
$ 1,895
From : $ 2,558
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 : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Chill out in the coastal settlement of Hokianga, then catch a boat to the Opononi sand dunes, enjoy the peace and quiet of this remote location or surf down the giant dunes.
  • Spend a morning uncovering fascinating history in the little seaside town of Russell, New Zealand’s original capital and the first place Europeans settled.
  • Experience the natural beauty of the Bay of Islands, from forests of ancient kauri trees and clear blue lakes to mystical waterfalls and caves filled with glow worms.
  • Enjoy an afternoon to explore Paihia as you please – learn about New Zealand’s history at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, go on a cruise in search of dolphins or hit the mountain biking trails.
  • Discover the Poor Knights Islands during a full-day boat cruise. Snorkel, swim, kayak or just sit back and relax on deck, watching the “fish cam” to see what’s going on beneath the boat.
Visits:
New Zealand
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Australia’s Outback to New Zealand’s South Is ...

Collette
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
20 days
$ 230 / day
$ 4,599
From : $ 5,657
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 : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. 3- 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.
  • Cruise Milford Sound, taking in the natural beauty that surrounds you.
  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Discover the origins of the Arrernte 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 Splendor

9 days
$ 288 / day
$ 2,595
From : $ 3,192
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 : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. 3- 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
  • DAY 1 - ARRIVE AUCKLANDOn arrival in Auckland, 'The City of Sails', you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
  • DAY 2 - AUCKLAND / WAITOMO / HOBBITON / ROTORUATravel south through the Waikato region to arrive at Waitomo for a guided tour of the glowworm caves. Continue to Rotorua this afternoon via Hobbiton Movie Set for a guided tour of this world-class attraction. (B)
  • DAY 3 - ROTORUAVisit Te Puia Thermal Reserve, the Agrodome for a sheep and farm show and Rainbow Springs to view trout and wildlife. This afternoon is at leisure. (B)
  • DAY 4 - ROTORUA / QUEENSTOWNTransfer to the airport for your domestic flight from Rotorua to Queenstown (airfare additional). Arrive and transfer to your hotel. (B)
  • DAY 5 - QUEENSTOWN - MILFORD SOUNDTravel through Lumsden and Te Anau to the Fiordland National Park. Enter the Eglinton Valley and travel through the man made Homer Tunnel to arrive in Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on the fiord before returning to Queenstown. (B)
  • DAY 6 - QUEENSTOWNA free day to explore the endless optional attractions available. Queenstown offers bungy jumping, jetboating, white water rafting, gondola rides and much more. (B)
  • DAY 7 - QUEENSTOWN / GLACIER REGIONJourney past Lakes Wanaka and Hawea before turning into the Haast Past and the World Heritage Westland National Park. Continue north to arrive in Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. (B)
  • DAY 8 - GLACIER REGION / GREYMOUTH / TRANZ ALPINE TRAIN / CHRISTCHURCHTravel north to Greymouth and board the world famous Tranz Alpine train (seat in coach passengers only). Ascend through lush beech forests past the alpine village of Arthur's Pass before crossing the spectacular Southern Alps. Travel over the fertile Canterbury Plains to arrive in the 'garden city' of Christchurch. (B)
  • DAY 9 - DEPART CHRISTCHURCHTransfer to the airport for your departing flight. (B)
  • * This tour is also available on self-drive basis
Visits:
New Zealand
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Wonders of Australia and New Zealand

15 days
$ 532 / day
$ 8,479
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- 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
  • Discover Brisbane, Sydney, Rotorua and Queenstown
  • Explore Sydney Opera House, and Ruakuri Cave in Waitomo with a Local Specialist
  • Scenic Cruise in the Whitsundays and on Sydney Harbour
  • View native Australian and New Zealand animals at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and Rainbow Springs Nature Park
  • Visit the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, a geothermal valley at Whakarewarewa in Rotorua
  • Connect with Locals
  • Dive into Culture
  • Dive into Culture
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visits:
Auckland, Brisbane, Great Barrier Reef, Queenstown, Rotorua, Sydney, Australia, New Zealand
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The Big Tiki (Auckland to Queenstown - From Oct 2 ...

Contiki
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
19 days
$ 176 / day
$ 3,339
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip. 0- Wheelchair accessible
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
Highlights
  • Cross Aucklands Harbour Bridge
  • See the City of Sails harbour made famous by the Americas Cup
  • Tuck into coffee and cake in one of Wellington's cafes, including a 'Heart parcels' brownie with proceeds going towards supporting the homeless
  • Check out the cafe & restaurant scene in Wellington, voted the coolest little capital in the world
Visits:
Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Rotorua, Wellington, New Zealand
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Naturally New Zealand with Sydney, the Great Barr ...

22 days
$ 253 / day
$ 5,569
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. 1- Very easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Visit the Hobbiton movie set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films
  • Visit Waitomo, where you will take a boat trip through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Visits to Te Puia, Rainbow Springs Nature Park, and the Agrodome
  • Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, where interactive displays tell the story of the country’s great heritage and natural wonders
  • Visit a local winery, or tour some of the sights used to film The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • Visit a wildlife park to see crocodiles, kangaroos, and koalas, or to the quiet mountain village of Kuranda via the Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Visit stunning Bondi Beach, considered the most beautiful beach in Sydney by many
Visits:
Auckland, Cairns, Christchurch, Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Rotorua, Sydney, Wellington, Mount Cook, Australia, New Zealand
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Great Adventure Down Under with the Legendary Gha ...

28 days
$ 399 / day
$ 9,469
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. 1- Very 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
  • Melbourne: Welcome dinner; sightseeing tour; visit Fitzroy Gardens; Colonial Tramcar Restaurant lunch
  • Hobart: Guided walking tour of the waterfront district; excursion to Port Arthur; visit the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park
  • Adelaide: Orientation tour; excursion to Kangaroo Island
  • Uluru (ayers rock) : Sunset toast; sightseeing tour around the base of the rock; Outback barbecue; visit to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Alice springs-darwin: Travel in Gold Service on the legendary Ghan train
  • Katherine gorge : Choice of included sightseeing
  • Darwin: Orientation tour; visit the botanic gardens and art gallery
  • Kakadu national park: Sightseeing tour; wetlands cruise; Nourlangie Rock; Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre & Bowali Visitor Centre
  • Cairns: Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities; visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
  • Sydney: Sightseeing tour; visit the Opera House, botanic gardens, and Bondi Beach; Sydney Harbour cruise; dinner at a waterfront restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour
  • Mount cook: Sightseeing in Mount Cook National Park; visit Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center
  • Queenstown: Visit Fiordland National Park and cruise on Milford Sound; cruise on Lake Wakatipu; dinner & farm demonstration at Walter Peak High Country Farm
  • Rotorua: Enjoy a Maori cultural performance and Hangi dinner; visit the Agrodome, Rainbow Springs, and Te Puia
  • Waitomo : Visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Auckland: Farewell dinner atop Sky Tower
  • When you think of a fantastic vacation, what comes to mind? Cosmopolitan cities with sumptuous cuisine, fantastic shopping, and intimate cafés? Perhaps you think of spectacular scenery and unique wildlife
  • Or maybe you want to learn about native cultures
Visits:
Adelaide, Alice Springs, Auckland, Cairns, Christchurch, Darwin, Great Barrier Reef, Hobart, Melbourne, Milford Sound, Mount Cook, Queenstown, Rotorua, Sydney, Australia, New Zealand
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Highlights of New Zealand with Fiji

14 days
$ 228 / day
$ 3,139
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. 3- Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
Visits:
Auckland, Christchurch, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Rotorua, Wellington, Fiji, New Zealand
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New Zealand's South Island self-drive

Audley Travel
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
21 days
$ 462 / day
$ 9,705
From : $ 13,102
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 : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Visits:
Abel Tasman National Park, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Grand Australia & New Zealand 2021

20 days
$ 695 / day
$ 13,890
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. 3- 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
  • Explore desert Outback
  • tropical rainforests
  • coral reefs
  • glacier-capped mountains
  • dramatic fjords
  • and some of the worlds most popular cosmopolitan cities on our in-depth exploration of Australia and New Zealand... Keep your camera at the ready to capture the amazing sights of the Great Barrier Reef
  • the dramatic waters of Milford Sound
  • and the setting sun on Uluru (Ayers Rock). From a 'Foodie Tour' of Sydney to a green-lipped mussel cruise
  • jet boat
  • sky tram and helicopter rides
  • a day in the Outback and a special Maori cultural experience
  • this comprehensive trip 'down under' – enhanced by exclusive charter flights in Australia and New Zealand – creates memories of a lifetime.
Visits:
Auckland, Melbourne, Queenstown, Sydney, Australia, New Zealand
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Australian Explorer with Queenstown

13 days
$ 226 / day
$ 2,759
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. 1- Very easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Visit stunning Bondi Beach, considered by many to be the most beautiful beach in Sydney
  • Visit a local winery, or tour some of the sites used to film The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Visits:
Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Sydney, Australia, New Zealand
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Top New Zealand Attractions & Experiences

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.



2,107 New Zealand Tour Reviews - Summary 94% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 1,707
Great 283
Average 36
Disappointing 22
Terrible 59
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

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Outstading

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

Attention to detail outstanding. Accommodations outstanding as well. Optional tours very good although we added a trip to the opera since a great opera showing while we were in Sydney. Something management might consider in the future and skip farm stay in NZ. Overall it was a great tour!!! Highly recommend to all.

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Operator SmarTours

landscape is stunning

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Certainly a whirlwind trip and happy memories. NZ landscape is stunning and people we met were so welcoming. The farm stay in Fairlie was a high point. Stays in Australia also gave us new experiences. Betty's role was adequate but not outstanding. A number of us felt that she was condescending a few times. I have toured with other companies so I do have a comparison to guides. Due to weather, we were unable to go on the Kuranda Skyrail. We paid $172 for the the days activities so I understand that we would receive only a partial refund to compensate for the skyrail. However, I did expect that it would be more than $45. As you may be aware, we had some travel challenges with Qantas. I am not sure I would elect individually to ever travel with them again. Of course, SmarTours is not responsible for that. Finally, I would suggest that the tour start in Australia then go to New Zealand. It would be better to do the busy cities and activities at the beginning then, as one's energy level wanes, go to NZ which was more relaxing.

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Operator SmarTours

Amazing Trip

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

The trip to New Zealand and Australia were amazing! I would suggest adding a day to each location to be able to explore more. Going that distance from the USA and all the different places to see in country there is just not enough time. So instead of 19 days it would be 25 or so!

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Operator SmarTours

unhelpful and confusing

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

There were many airport delays with Qantas. At one point they gave all our seats away. We lost 1/2 day in Auckland. They landed in Townsville instead of Cairns. We had to sit there 8 hours and lost another 1/2 day. Our tour director was unpleasant. She spoke rudely to many people on the tour. She was unhelpful and confusing. She couldn't be reached in an emergency as she didn't share contact information. We enjoyed both countries and the people on our tour.

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Operator SmarTours

enlightening tour

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

The tour of New Zealand and Australia were enlightening. Betty, our tour director, was excellent with directions and keeping us all informed about each days events and times. Betty even arranged scuba diving for me in Cairns and Ziplining in Queenstown, New Zealand. The homestay in New Zealand was a bonus to this trip. I could have stayed longer. Our hotels were excellent and in central locations for easy walking. This was my 11th Smartours trip and I have already booked two more.

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Operator SmarTours

suggestions

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

I was surprised the transportation to the optional tours was not included in the cost of that tour. I also would’ve liked to of had a guide from Australia or New Zealand instead of an American.

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Operator SmarTours

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