New Zealand is a remote jewel in the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, just east of Australia. Indigenous Maori and Colonial British culture live together, proudly sharing history and tradition in this beautiful island country. Rolling meadows with sheep that outnumber residents 7 to 1, snow capped mountains, rivers and waterfalls, wild beaches and picturesque fjords define New Zealand.
The country is composed of two very distinct regions, North Island and South Island. North Island is best known for Auckland, the Bay of Islands, the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, and Maori culture. South Island boasts more than 40 kilometers of pristine beaches, stunning landscapes dramatic for hiking, skiing, helicopter tours, and photography and boasts Queenstown as the "Adventure Capital of the World."
What’s To Love in New Zealand
Dig into Some Kiwi Delicacies
Get to know Auckland by it's food. Take a walking gourmet foodie tour in historic Ponsonby neighborhood, sampling shellfish, fine produce, cheeses, chocolates, coffee, baked goods, delicacies and wine.
Explore the City of Sails
Explore the city of sails and Polynesian culture, home to the ravishing Cornwall Park, staggering city structures, dormant volcanoes, wildlife sanctuaries, and the charming islands of Waiheke and Rangitoto offering wineries, hikes, and lava caves.
Learn About the Maori Culture
Join a private guide for exploration of Rotorua's local culture and sights, in particular authentic Maori culture encounters. The Rotorua Lakes District also offers some impressive geothermal sites from natural hot springs to volcanic like eruptions shooting water 30 meters in the air
Kayak and Hike in Marlborough Sounds
Hike the virgin forests and kayak in the Marlborough Sounds where you will enjoy beautiful scenery and encounters with seals, dolphins and penguins in the crystal-clear waters.
Find Some Treasures Among the Variety of Wines
Visit North Island’s wine region to experience fabulous cuisine and enjoy a tasting of a nice range of Marlborough wines, including the world-renowned sauvignon blanc.
Experience Hospitality, Fine Cuisine, Golf and Breathtaking Views at Cape Kidnappers
Designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak, the Cape Kidnappers Golf Course been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. Built on a ridge-and-valley landscape with stunning sea views atop dramatic cliffs, CK intimidates golfers with deep cliff top bunkers and sheer drops off the very edge of the earth. If you aren't a golfer, plan to spend a day at the spa and enjoy the fabulous food and lodging in the world class lodge.
Find Your Thrills in Queenstown
You can pamper yourself in one of the town’s many health spas; you can golf, hike, hunt, fish, mountain-bike, paraglide and in the winter months snowboard, ski or even heli-ski. Those activities seem mild in the Adventure Capital of the World as you can also hurl yourself off a bridge on a bungee, or parachute from 20,000 feet.
Take a Shot of Adrenaline
The Queenstown Shotover Jet boat is the ultimate in water sports excitement. Speed over shallow 10cm deep water, along the river and deep into the canyons where your captain will take you on exhilarating full 360° spins and high speed turns just inches away from the cliff walls.
Test the Limits of Your ATV and Your Nerves
Tear across gold soaked sand dunes, cascading into the coastal Ninety Mile Beach stretching to Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of North Island.
Make a Day of It in the Bay of Islands
Made up of 144 islands, the archipelago is teeming with marine life, vibrant emerald landscapes, beautiful beaches, and preserved traditions of the Maori culture who continue to regard the bay as the birthplace of New Zealand.
Tour Milford Sound by Helicopter
Take in the epic scale of the Southern Alps and The Divide on the way to Milford Sound. Fly over secluded alpine lakes, sky-high waterfalls, lush pristine rainforest, ancient glaciers and rugged peaks before the thrill of a remote alpine landing.
Consider a Farm Stay at a Working Ranch
Farm stays are a popular way to immerse into the local culture and a fun way to spend a couple of days with a real Kiwi family.
Parasail Lake Wakatipu
Queenstown's inland fresh water lake offers a number of exciting water sports activities, as well as biking and hiking trails around the lake's perimeter.
Because it is an island, New Zealand weather can be erratic as the mountains and the sea define its climate. Temperatures do not vary widely, but they can change suddenly. The North Island is normally in the 50s during the rainy winter, May through August, with optimal months for warmer temperatures in the 70s and little to no rainfall between October and March. The South can be cooler than the North with summer temperatures in the 60s but we suggest travelling the same time of year, unless you are looking to ski, in which case consider traveling in August or September for peak snowfall.
Typically for the type of Custom Itineraries we build, prices in New Zealand can run from $900 - $1,300 + USD per person per day, primarily dependent upon destinations, lodging, activities, time of year, and single or double occupancy. Quoted Tour prices include accommodations guides, excursions, park entrance and conservation fees, ground transfers, all breakfasts and some meals and beverages while on full day excursions, during wine tastings and cooking classes. Some remote properties may also include full board meals, beverages and activities.
Tour proposals exclude international flights, travel insurance, and gratuities. Each proposal will detail all inclusions and exclusions for clarity.