Since 2001, travellers have trusted First Light Travel to deliver Self Drive and Independent Coach itineraries that exceeded their expectations. We are your gateway to premiere New Zealand self drive and group touring experiences.
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Our award winning team can create a self-drive or privately escorted New Zealand Tour that’s tailored just for you, with absolutely no compromise - Isn’t it time you had a holiday that’s exactly how you want it.
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We know New Zealand because we are Kiwis and we live here, so who better to help you plan. We pride ourselves on being able to offer unique New Zealand tours that are perfectly tailored to your interests at absolutely no extra cost. As a full-service agency we offer competitively priced flights, insurance, accommodation, and more importantly we have a massive selection of tried and tested adventures that you will just love.
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Explore the length of New Zealand on this comprehensive tour of both the North and South Islands. You’ll enjoy wildlife tours, train journey, glacier adventures, cruises and so much more. Your surroundings vary from cosmopolitan cities to national parks and everything in between. Plenty of 2 night stops gives you time to explore the area or sit back and relax.
Spend 31 days exploring New Zealand from tip to toe, discovering the hidden corners that most visitors miss out on. With plenty of multi-night stays there is no rushing from city to city - you'll visit all your bucket list spots plus so much more. From Cape Reinga in the Far North to Stewart Island in the very south, the trip of a lifetime awaits you.
Experience the many New Zealand highlights during this splendid 31day journey covering the North, South and Stewart Island. You’ll experience an amazing diversity in scenery, landscape and geography. This tour includes a great range of activities such as wildlife tours to view seals, albatross, penguins, dolphins and bird life plus must see destinations such as Milford Sound.
Sun-soaked beaches, mountain splendour, marine wonderlands, towering glaciers and fantastic fiords... how can one country contain so much goodness? The Classic NZ Driving Tour shows off our unique landscapes in 28 fabulous days. Visiting the North and South Island's standout locations, you'll experience New Zealand at its best.
The New Zealand Grand Tour is a comprehensive look at both the North and South Island of New Zealand. Spend a relaxing 2 or 3 nights in those must-see locations – after all, you are on holiday. Experience the must-do activities and excursions on this very popular 26-day easygoing and fun self drive itinerary.
Easy Going Pace, Experiencing those Must See and Must Do Excursions.
Go off-grid and discover the joys of spontaneous, independent campervan touring! Our 25 day New Zealand Motorhome itinerary transports you to scenic wonders you can only imagine: forest-fringed white sand beaches, eerie volcanic landscapes, icy glacial wonderlands and caves of glittering glow worms. Flexible, budget-friendly and perfect for adventure-loving families.
Explore the Western Australian coast and the South Island of New Zealand: wildly different, yet equally stunning. In W.A., drive along the iconic Coral Coast to the Pinnacles Desert, Coral Bay, Monkey Mia and the world famous Ningaloo Reef. Flying to Christchurch, you'll be treated to NZ's rugged coastlines, snow-capped peaks, jewel-toned lakes, and towering fiords.
Our New Zealand Motorhome itinerary delivers the perfect balance of freedom and comfort, immersing you in New Zealand's great outdoors like no other travel method can. Travelling the length of New Zealand by Motorhome, each night you'll sleep within a stone's throw of our unspoiled beaches, ferny rainforests, geothermal landscapes, and stunning mountainscapes.
Experience many of the must see and do highlights on our spectacular 23 day New Zealand journey while enjoying many multi-day stopovers. Enjoy an Island and dolphin cruise, visit the beautiful Hawkes Bay and visit their top vineyards, experience a Maori Cultural evening, be thrilled on the Queenstown’s Shotover Jet Boat, cruise and walk beautiful Abel Tasman National Park and explore Franz Josef Glacier. These are only a few of the many unforgettable experiences waiting for you on this independent coach tour.
The 'Ultimate New Zealand Self Drive Golf Tour' caters for golfers and non-golfing alike. It is perfect for lovers of world-class golf courses set amongst magnificent landscapes. Off the fairways you’ll enjoy the top highlights of the country at a relaxing pace.
Begin your luxury New Zealand self-drive odyssey among the snow-capped mountains of Queenstown, and end your stay on the white sand beaches of the Bay of Islands. The finest luxury lodges of the North and South Islands host you during your 3-week road trip, so prepare to be pampered while you enjoy the diverse scenic wonders of our beautiful country.
Where can you find BUBBLING MUD pools, STINKY GAS, and gushing geysers? Meet cheeky dolphins and GIANT whales? See where the HAIRY HOBBITS live? Welcome to New Zealand! Have epic adventures every day, then soak in LAVA heated hotpools until you are as wrinkly as grandma – and much more!
Embrace your wild side on this unforgettable journey to the South Island's isolated hidden gems. Be awed by the Marlborough Sound's secluded bays, the rugged Catlins Coast, and the majestic fiords of Milford Sound.
Featuring three New Zealand Great Walks tracks, hand picked for their unsurpassed beauty, your itinerary includes a 5 Day hike along the famous Milford Track with expert guides by your side.
Australia & New Zealand's scenic highlights are waiting for you. Drive the Great Ocean Road, see magnificent Uluru, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, explore geothermal Rotorua and marvel at NZ's fiords & glaciers... in just 21 days.
Start with a sensational coastal journey from Sydney to Melbourne: laid-back beach towns, soft white sands and Australia's unique native wildlife greet you around every bend. Then fly to New Zealand for alpine beauty beyond your wildest dreams: magnificent Mt Cook, peaceful Milford Sound, and towering Franz Josef Glacier will take your breath away.
For those who enjoy easy adventure and outstanding sightseeing, with the comforts of home. This exclusive privately guided NZ tour showcases the very best parts of the country at a relaxing pace with multi-night stopovers along the way. This New Zealand Wide Tour stretches north to south showcasing the very best of what the country has to offer.
Using client feedback we have combined 21 days of what we have been told are the most exhilarating or rewarding activities to do while in New Zealand. Designed with the outdoor lover in mind, this is the sort of trip that you'll tell your friends about for years to come.
New Zealand's Best Adventures! - We Can Customize to Suit.
Stalk giant brown and rainbow trout around New Zealand and discover our luxury lodges, sensational local food and wine, and breathtaking wilderness scenery. We have put together ultimate New Zealand fly fishing expedition for anglers of every level.
Our trout are huge and worthy opponents - they have even been known to eat mice! With our hand-picked expert local guides to show you the ropes, you will be sneaking up on them like a pro in no time.
Experience New Zealand like never before on the 20 Day New Zealand Odyssey. This Luxury Self-Drive tour showcases New Zealand in a more relaxed and less structured way. This tour combines the ‘must-see’ highlights with many unique and exclusive activities. Stay in premium hotels and lodges and enjoy dining at some of New Zealand’s leading wineries.
Welcome to 19 days of pure untouched New Zealand wilderness. White sand beaches and golden bays, mountain adventures and giant glaciers all await you. We have handpicked the finest remote luxury lodges and hideaways just for you: surrounded by beautiful birdsong, towering trees and secluded beaches, this is a dream honeymoon you'll never want to wake up from.
This 19 Day adventurous journey includes many highlights on the North and South Island of New Zealand. Enjoy a 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise, experience a Maori cultural evening, explore different Lord of the Rings Movie Set Locations, have a Jet Boat Ride, a Dart River Safari and enjoy a scenic Glacier helicopter flight at Franz Josef. Unforgettable experiences are waiting for you!
If kayaking, hiking, canyoning, and caving sounds good, and you are keen on the LoTR’s & Hobbit Trilogies then the New Zealand's Northbound Trilogy Adventure could be just the ticket. You need to be in good shape but don't require any special training or equipment to enjoy kayaking in Milford Sound, canyoning in Wanaka, hiking Fox Glacier, Abel Tasman and the Tongariro Crossing and try caving in Waitomo.
New Zealand is home to some of the rarest and most unique birds on earth. With a stunning backdrop of golden bays, vast wetlands, mountain ranges, and ancient forests, you'll travel the full length of the South Island for unforgettable encounters with our best-loved and most endangered species in their natural habitats.
Follow in the footsteps of the first Maori explorers. Visit living forests thousands of years older than the first New Zealanders. See how Maori and early European settlers came to live side by side, and how gold rush fever brought prosperity to our towns. All this and more, while you soak up some of the most beautiful scenery on Earth.
Explore Aotearoa New Zealand on the 18 Day New Zealand Grandeur, Luxury Self Drive Tour. Highlights include the TranzAlpine Train journey, a Stargazing experience in Mount Cook National Park, high tea at Larnach Castle, Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise and hotpools, an authentic Maori Hangi & Cultural Performance and a spectacular overnight Wilderness Cruise in Doubtful Sound.
Your excursions will be privately guided whether it is a helicopter mountain top picnic or private wine tour on the fabulous Waiheke Island. Accommodation has been hand picked to provide the ultimate in luxury and privacy with attentive and personable hosts.
This classic South Island Road Trip is what Motorhomes were made for. Wind your way through scenery as pretty as a postcard, bedding down in your comfortable campervan with New Zealand's natural wonders at your door. Wake up to mountain landscapes, ice-carved fiords, golden bays and vast blue lakes: you'll be pinching yourself to check if it's real.
Spectacular yet down to earth, New Zealand's South Island is a land of many contrasts. Discover the best of them with our Motorhome Southern Circuit itinerary: snow-covered Mt Cook, bustling Queenstown, isolated Doubtful Sound and Abel Tasman National Park are among the many highlights. Hit the open road with us and uncover the real New Zealand at your own pace.
Enjoy the highlights of the South & North Island during this 17 Day journey. Enjoy a 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise, View the famous 'Cape Reinga', experience a Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, a Middle Earth Lord of the Rings Locations Tour, cruise on the Milford Sound and travel deep into Middle Earth by 4WD in Glenorchy. These are only a few of the many unforgettable experiences waiting for you on this trip!
This self drive holiday that makes you feel like you have really had a holiday – no rushing around on this itinerary. The North Island’s Relaxing Journey is designed for those needing space and relaxation. Enjoy exceptional scenery, stunning beaches and experience our great outdoors.
This private guided tour of New Zealand offers the perfect mix of exciting excursions and plenty of relaxing free time. Discover spectacular alpine scenery and the warmth of Rotorua’s Maori Culture and have close encounters with rare native wildlife on this unforgettable kiwi holiday. This is a leisurely holiday and a truly unique touring experience.
An Easygoing New Zealand Self Drive Adventure. Enjoy a touch of hiking, cycling and glacier walking. Get the best views from trains, boats and automobiles - we will make sure you have time to enjoy a drop of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc on the way.
The North and South Island's finest highlights are showcased on this 16-day Campervan tour of New Zealand. You'll visit our glow worm caves, bask on our beaches, cycle our vineyards and zipline through our forests, with as many spontaneous stops as you please. Forget checking in & out of hotels: 100% of your time is your own, in true Kiwi Road Trip style.
Our wonderful guests have given us feedback on their best-loved New Zealand honeymoon spots for two decades. We listened, and created the Hot Pools and Waterfalls Honeymoon itinerary just for you. Soak away your cares in mother nature's very own thermal pools and waterfalls, scattered in the most scenic corners of the North and South Island. We just know you'll never want to leave.
The best of the North and the Best of the South joined together to create the pinnacle of mountain biking in New Zealand! Experience the lush forests and epic, adventurous trails of the North Island, and complement them with the high country tracks and purpose built parks of the South Island.
Sample the Best of New Zealand's Mountain Bike Trails.
Tour the finest Luxury Lodges of New Zealand's South Island, where you will bask in outstanding locations with onsite and local activities to delight any luxury-lover. World-class cuisine and exceptional Kiwi hospitality will greet you wherever you go. With plenty of time in the itinerary to relax and enjoy our beautiful country, you'll never want this sensational self-drive holiday to end.
Embark on an extraordinary journey through the very heart of New Zealand on one of our most popular tours. This Best of NZ Luxury Tour offers the perfect mix of exciting excursions and plenty of relaxing free time. Discover spectacular alpine scenery and the warmth of Rotorua’s Maori Culture and have close encounters with rare native wildlife on this unforgettable kiwi holiday.
First, you'll be awed by Australia's natural marvels & stylish cities. When you've had your fill, venture onwards to the geothermal & glacial wonders of New Zealand. With Uluru (Ayers Rock), Rotorua & Milford Sound as highlights, this 15 Day Fly/Drive Itinerary leaves you with unforgettable memories and an empty bucket list.
Cross Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers and Jacks Point off your golf course bucket list, and discover many more. This fifteen day golf-filled luxury journey visits the North and South Island's premier destinations and attractions. There's ample time off the green to soak up New Zealand's epic scenery too, including a scenic flight and cruise to Milford Sound.
We find that kids aged between 8 -14 are eager to get out and connect with nature and keen for opportunities to actively engage in anything new and exciting. We have put together a host of tried and tested (by our kids) outdoor experiences that the whole family can enjoy.
If your teens are happy, then everyone’s happy! These guys are often enthusiastic travelers but their interests and schedules aren't often aligned with their younger siblings or parents - right. We have wrestled with the 'sleep in' and mosey to around noon scenario so we have thrown in some inspirational incentives to get them out and about.
A two weeks tour visiting and experiencing a combination of unique activities and leisure time in the most beautiful spots. Enjoy the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Te Puia, a Milford Sound Day Tour and many other highlights of New Zealand on this independent tour.
This is an active adventure honeymoon without compromising on the highlights of New Zealand or the romance! Hike the Tongariro Crossing, kayak remote bays in the Abel Tasman National Park and get up close and personal with glacial icebergs at Mt Cook.
This sumptuous self-drive itinerary transports you to iconic North Island locations, with the finest Luxury Lodges welcoming you each night. Secluded away in stunning settings like native Rotorua forests, a Bay of Islands clifftop paradise and a classic Hawkes Bay country estate, you'll have exclusive access to outstanding areas of scenic beauty. This itinerary is perfect for families, couples and honeymooners alike.
New Zealand's Cultural and Heritage Tour celebrates the architecture, art, history, and culture of our Kiwi nation. Historic accommodation has been selected to provide a sense of place, and you'll visit landmark locations selected to invoke a sense of bygone eras that will both fascinate and delight. The itinerary is peppered with informative excursions to immerse you in Kiwi history and culture from the day you arrive.
The 'Relaxing New Zealand Self Drive Itinerary' is designed for those for the need to relax and revitalize - to reset their relaxation compass whilst still incorporating the best of our slice of paradise. Plenty of time for reading, walking on beaches, soaking in geothermal hot pools, and restful massages, including some slivers of excitement to spice things up.
Planned by those with families, the New Zealand Family Adventure Holiday opens your child’s mind to a world of endless possibilities and wonder, while experiencing the best New Zealand has to offer. A seamless mixture of adventure and education that both you and you're kids will love. Activities are age appropriate and accommodations are family friendly.
It is little wonder that Peter Jackson selected New Zealand to bring Tolkien's Middle-earth to the big screen. Gentle streams dissect emerald green valleys as giant mountains stand sentinel and ancient glaciers tumble to the sea. Embark on an unexpected journey and get ready for an awesome self drive LoTR (Hobbit) filming locations tour.
This Self Drive Tour of New Zealand is a perfect tour for golf enthusiasts. The schedule is not too tough, with plenty of time to soak up our Antipodean paradise. Covering both Islands you visit the vineyards, sail in the Bay of Islands and cruise Milford Sound. You’ll experience unforgettable rounds amidst some of the grandest scenery around.
Our former Prime Minister, Helen Clark spent time in the company of Peter Greenberg, chief correspondent for the Travel Channel. Helen's mission was to show Peter the best of New Zealand, this tour follows the path taken by the pair.
Beginning with 4 fabulous days on the Coromandel's glorious beaches, our North Island Motorhome Circuit puts relaxation first. In the comfort of your fully-equipped Campervan you'll journey to Rotorua for a memorable Maori feast, hike on a volcano in Tongariro National Park, and discover Waitomo's magical Glow Worm Caves.
Our South Island Fly Fishing Itinerary is every angler's dream come true. Spend your days stalking our king-sized brown and rainbow trout in remote backcountry rivers, winding down each night in luxurious lodges with views to die for. Hand-picked local guides reveal the secrets of our remote Fiordland rivers, Otago alpine streams, and the legendary sighted brown trout fisheries of the Upper South Island.
Wanting to see New Zealand's highlights, then join one of our independent coach tours. Explore the North & South Island during this 13 day journey. Enjoy the Waitomo Caves, a Milford Sound Day Tour & Cruise, Te Puia Geothermal Experience, a TranzAlpine journey and many other unforgettable places!
This 13 Day independent coach tour brings you the most beautiful spots of the South Island. Experience wide beaches, lakes and the majestic Southern Alps & Glaciers. Cruise on the Milford Sound and in the Abel Tasman National Park and enjoy a three night stopover in the adventurous Queenstown. Many unforgettable highlights on this journey are waiting for you on this journey!
This premium Self-Drive tour highlights the extraordinary treasures and dramatic extremes of the South Island. Enjoy a Queen Charlotte Sound Seafood Cruise. Experience the whales off Kaikoura. Get up close to icebergs on your Tasman Glacier boat expedition in Mt Cook National Park. Further South discover Milford Sound - and much much more...
Explore the wonderful natural environment of both the South and North Islands. Your highlights will be many, including the wildlife of Kaikoura and the sheltered waters of the Queen Charlotte Sound. The Central Plateau to Rotorua and its bubbling mud pools and unique Maori culture before arriving into Auckland the ‘City of Sails’
Travel should not be measured in miles but in experiences that make the journey memorable. This luxurious New Zealand tour includes bespoke accommodation private, expert led experiences like sailing, visiting with local artists and vintners.
This relaxed tour of New Zealand will have you marvelling at the glorious scenery, vineyards, cuisine, arts and crafts that are packed in to a our big, little country. This tour gives you time to savour your New Zealand self drive experience - with multiple night stays in most locations, while Wine Touring New Zealand.
Embark on an unexpected journey, a magical tour of Middle Earth New Zealand... but even better you do not have to self drive! This tour includes the scenes and battlegrounds filmed for the retelling of J.R.R. Tolkiens masterpieces. Travel in comfort by way of coach, ferry, train and plane. We have scheduled this tour perfectly - the best mix of the highlights of New Zealand for a postcard perfect adventure.
Come and experience the marine mammal watching hotspots on an inspiring New Zealand whale & dolphin tour. You have a chance of encountering up to ten species of cetaceans while also experiencing New Zealand’s ‘on land’ natural beauty.
The diversity of scenery within a relatively small geographic area is what makes New Zealand such an interesting country to explore. The Naturally New Zealand Self Drive Tour provides some of the most scenic driving routes in the country.
In June as the summer in South East Asia starts to heat up, it's time to adventure down to New Zealand’s South Island and enjoy our exhilarating pristine powder paradise. If you really want diversity when carving up the white stuff, it is here you will undoubtedly experience heaven.
Off-Piste Back Country, Snow-Shoeing, Boarding with APRES-SKI
Indulge in a sensational 13 Day New Zealand food and wine tour that offers a variety of unspoiled landscapes combined with great New Zealand wine and food and accommodation and activities to enhance your whole experience.
New Zealand’s best-kept secret is out! Winter is truly a spectacular time to visit New Zealand! More and more people are visiting New Zealand in the wintertime to experience its breathtaking alpine scenery, snow-capped mountains, and pristine lakes.
A Kiwi Winter Wonderland - A Privately Guided Sightseeing Tour
Enjoy this independent coach tour to explore the 'Must See' highlights of the North and South Island. Enjoy the Waitomo Caves, a Maori Cultural Experience, a Milford Sound Nature Cruise, a Dart River Safari Tour, a TSS Earnslaw Cruise and a TranzAlpine Rail journey. Many highlights are waiting for you on this 12 Day journey!
Welcome to Middle-Earth! Many people have dreamed about Middle Earth, and this Lord of the Rings tour can take you into the dream and it will become reality. Visit Lord of The Rings's film locations, Weta Studios, Hobbiton and enjoy other fascinating guided tours.
Spoil yourself, Enjoy the freedom of our New Zealand Luxury Self Drive Itinerary. Stay at some of the best lodges New Zealand has on offer. Experience truly unique and interesting places and meet genuinely friendly people. Have plenty of time to relax and enjoy being in our beautiful country - wish you didn't have to leave.
This 12 day New Zealand relaxed adventure itinerary will provide you with unspoilt landscapes both at the unique properties chosen and the locations experienced. We purposely keep you away from the tourist traps, allowing you to savour the peace and tranquility that New Zealand is famed for.
This is a world-class scenic landscape and a treasure trove of awesome geology, rare flora and fauna. Walk, fully guided, the Milford Track. Then explore the Wild West Coast experiencing its glaciers, forests and wildlife.
This comprehensive Privately Guided New Zealand tour gets you off the beaten track and gives insights to magnificent natural landscapes. It delivers a one-of-a-kind, quintessentially New Zealand holiday experience visiting some of the more lesser-known destinations.
A perfect mix of day excursions focusing on New Zealand's iconic scenic highlights in both the North and South Islands. Keeping the amount of driving to a minimum, we have also included four 2 night stays giving you the opportunity to relax and get a real sense of the place.
This 12 Day North Island New Zealand adventure tour gets you into some remote and amazing places – from the highest commercially rafted waterfall to Waitomo’s deepest cave, 3 days sailing the beautiful Bay of Islands – something for everyone.
Embark on a journey into some of New Zealand's finest scenic destinations, secluded in the great wilderness areas of the West Coast and mighty Southern Alps of the South Island. This is a camping and adventure tour for intrepid lovers of nature as well as those seeking a unique snapshot of our great outdoors.
Departing from Christchurch, this fully-inclusive 12-day Luxury Self Drive spirits you north to Auckland via coastal Kaikoura, culture-rich Wellington, and the Maori heartland of Rotorua.
See New Zealand like the locals do: a South Island Campervan adventure is as "Kiwi" as it gets. In your comfortable Motorhome you'll sleep under the starry skies of Mt Cook National Park, wake up to Wanaka's astonishing mountainscapes and slumber next to glorious glacier views that no hotel could possibly offer. Pure, untouched New Zealand at its best.
Fall in love with the South Island's magnificent mountains, giant glaciers, untouched wilderness and delectable cuisine. With romantic hideaways, jaw-dropping views and welcoming locals, this unique honeymoon destination is guaranteed to win your heart.
New Zealand was one of the last places on Earth colonised by humans, meaning many of our natural environments and wildlife have been left alone. This independent tour takes you to see those special places to experience New Zealand’s best wildlife encounters. Explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Te Puia, a Milford Sound Nature Cruise, a wildlife cruise of the Otago Peninsula and many other highlights!
We are often asked to create walking itineraries that cover the diverse spectrum of New Zealand's unique and natural environments, within a manageable time frame. Experience the magical Hollyford Valley and the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound – Both considered 'A'-list New Zealand hiking experiences.
This 11 day New Zealand self drive dive tour focuses on the top diving locations in New Zealand's North Island - and they are spectacular! How do we know ... well First Light Travel started and has owned Global Dive in Auckland in 2003 and we know our dive sites. So rest assured our advice will be spot on!
Some Wreck Diving - Need Advanced OW Cert.
This Tour has been designed for the discerning traveler. Experience New Zealand at a relaxed pace while exploring New Zealand's rich cultural heritage, visiting our most dramatic landscapes and sampling the very best food and wine.
Explore the Islands of the upper North Island, swim in seas surrounded by golden sand beaches, soak up the culture and native wildlife. This trip is suitable for couples as well as families with young children. Experience thermal springs, Maori culture and beautiful nature reserves.
Want to bask on secluded beaches in a National Park forest? Sip world-class wines in picturesque Marlborough? Watch whales spouting seawater as they surface in Kaikoura? Marvel at Milford Sound's towering fiords? In ten unforgettable days the incredible variety of this South Island honeymoon is guaranteed to win your heart.
We searched high and low for the North Island's most romantic experiences for this delightful honeymoon. Sip boutique wines on a winery tour, gallop across white sand beaches on horseback, and fly to the very top of New Zealand where the sea and ocean meet and crash together. The lakes and mountains of Rotorua and Taupo round off this stunning ten day trip.
The landscapes of Middle earth will come alive as you travel deep into Middle Earth (New Zealand) and visit the landscape that inspired Peter Jackson’s film locations for The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. Experience the magic of Hobbiton, journey deep into Waitomo Caves and explore the natural beauty and the remote wilderness area of Edoras – and a lot more…
Experience a 10 Day independent coach tour around the wildlife hot spots of the South Island. Explore the mountain scenery, take the TranzAlpine Train, enjoy a Milford Sound Cruise, a Monarch Cruise & Tour, explore Dunedin, Queenstown & Christchurch and many other beautiful places on this trip.
Beginning and ending in Christchurch, The highlight of your 10 day South Island luxury self-drive tour will undoubtedly be the Doubtful Sound overnight cruise. Experience a TranzAlpine Train excursion through the Southern Alps. In Dunedin enjoy high tea at Larnach Castle, a wildlife excursion with Monarch Cruises, and a unique star gazing experience at Mount Cook.
This is a moderate to easy 9-day walking and/or kayaking adventure (you have option) with the best accommodation available in these remote regions. Enjoy spectacular scenery & wildlife and the well groomed coastal tracks of the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park and the magnificent Queen Charlotte Sound.
This tour will delight the traveller who is interested in New Zealand's varied alpine and marine environments. Explore the wild West Coast, the top portion of the Southern Alps and the beautiful Marlborough Sounds - and return via Kaikoura to Christchurch.
Who says that the North Island isn't suited to the adventurous? With this off the beaten track action packed 10 day adventure, we aim to set the record straight. Soaring through thin air, abseiling into a subterranean wilderness, cresting volcanic mountain tops, ocean waves & rapids - we get it - you want to be challenged! And when you're finished come back and see the South Island!
An unforgettable 9 day fly fishing odyssey across New Zealand's North Island. Stalk our giant New Zealand wild trout in the crystal clear streams and rivers of Rotorua, Taupo and Hawkes Bay. With snow-capped volcanoes and fern-filled native forests as your backdrop, our untouched North Island backcountry is a paradise you'll never want to leave.
An unforgettable winter wonderland awaits you in Queenstown and Wanaka. You'll play at four of New Zealand's top ski areas by day, coming home to 5-star hotel luxury every night. For the ultimate thrill, take an exhilarating heli-ski trip to find untouched powder in the beautiful backcountry of the Southern Alps.
Enjoy South Island's very best alpine vistas, tranquil towns, and award-winning championship golf courses. From the spring-fed lakes of Clearwater, to the mountain backdrops of Jacks Point, each course is an experience in itself. With a full day in Queenstown, a flight to Milford Sound, and one of the top scenic drives in the country, this nine day tour truly has it all.
This premium self-drive tour combines culture and scenic highlights to show you the best that the North Island has to offer. Throw in some exclusive experiences and you will discover why New Zealand’s North Island is a magical place. Explore Auckland’s Waiheke, the famous Hobbiton movie set. a In Rotorua, where Maori culture thrives in an active geothermal landscape we sail aboard a luxury catamaran on the pristine waters of Lake Rotoiti and much more.
Here is a self drive holiday that makes you feel like you have really had a holiday – no rushing around on this itinerary. Enjoy exceptional scenery, stunning beaches and experience New Zealand great outdoors with easygoing relaxed adventures. Plenty of 2 or 3 night stays in one location ensuring you will return home revived.
Just relax and enjoy, feel like you have really had a holiday – no rushing around on this itinerary. The South Island Relaxing Journey is designed for those needing space and relaxation. Enjoy exceptional scenery, stunning lakes, wild rivers and our remote Southern Alps.
Routeburn and Milford Tracks, Glaciers & More. The South Island of New Zealand is a haven for walkers and hikers. This self-drive New Zealand itinerary focuses on easy going guided walks for hikers of modest fitness who love being in the bush and the natural environment. No hiking experience is necessary.
New Zealand's unique native creatures are the star of the show on our unforgettable North Island Birding and Wildlife Self Drive adventure. From Glowworms to Gannets, and from Kiwi to Kereru, you'll discover a breathtaking array of beautiful birdlife and curious critters in some of the most scenic locations on earth.
If your wish list is long but time is short, this 8 day itinerary is your perfect fit. Explore the mountains and fiords of Queenstown and Milford Sound, cruise Abel Tasman's balmy bays, and marvel at the volcanic landscapes of Rotorua, our Maori heartland. Head on to Waitomo for a spectacular glow worm light show and finish up in Auckland, our glorious City of Sails.
Enjoy Queenstown’s very best alpine vistas, tranquil lakes, and award-winning championship golf courses. From lakeside Jacks Point to the mountain backdrop of Millbrook, each course is an experience in itself. With a full day free in Queenstown, a flight to Milford Sound, and one of the top scenic drives in the country, this tour truly has it all.
Short of time and wanting to see New Zealand's 'Must See' highlights, then join one of our independent coach tours. Explore the highlights of the North & South during this 8 Day independent Coach Tour. Enjoy the Waitomo Caves, a Milford Sound Day Tour & Cruise, Te Puia Geothermal Experience or many other highlights!
This 8 day North Island tour is rich with culture and experiences. Including a visit to the Tamaki Family Marae in Rotorua, Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto, an exploration cruise on the blue waters of the Bay of Islands. Staying in an excellent range of 4 star hotels.
Short on time but want to maximize your experience in New Zealand, well without going over the top and leaving you breathless at the end of your journey, we have compiled a New Zealand North & South Island Tour that allows you to see and do iconic New Zealand site-seeing and activities that New Zealand is famed for - the MUST-DOs.
Immerse yourself in the heritage and culture of New Zealand's North Island with this fascinating 8 day itinerary. You'll visit a Maori village, tour a rare Art Deco city, discover New Zealand's birthplace, sail a historic island mail delivery route, marvel at our remarkable ancient Kauri trees as you explore the contrasts of this beautiful island to the fullest.
It took two years to film the LoTR trilogy, but many millions of years to build the sets.....This 7 Day LoTR New Zealand Self Drive Itinerary gets you up close and personal with the grand landscapes that inspired Director Peter Jackson to make the majority of the Trilogy in New Zealand's South.
The New Zealand Winter Family Holiday is designed for family fun, with an interesting array of activities and experiences to keep your kids engaged, while also keeping it enjoyable for parents. Family adventures both off and on the snow that have been tried and tested for years by own children.
Watch Kaikoura's whales breach the ocean surface, cruise the golden bays of Abel Tasman National Park, unwind in Punakaiki's coastal rainforests and traverse the Southern Alps by train on the world-renowned TranzAlpine scenic railway. This superb 7 day itinerary showcases the amazing contrasts to be found at the top of New Zealand's South Island.
For a tantalising taste of alpine splendour, you can't go wrong with our 7 Day Southern Alps Circuit Itinerary. Discover two of our most celebrated glaciers, journey through magnificent mountain passes, and bed down in our prettiest alpine towns each night! A spectacular Tasman Glacier flight (complete with snow landing) will make you feel on top of the world, and an included hot pool excursion will warm up your fingers and toes in a flash.
Rugged coastlines, snow-capped peaks, jewel-toned lakes, and towering fiords are a feast for the senses on this scenery-filled 7 day South Island journey. From the harbourside charm of historic Akaroa to the lonely majesty of Milford Sound, every day reveals another facet of New Zealand's astounding natural diversity.
The perfect short stay itinerary for scenery lovers who don't want to miss a thing. This 1 week itinerary lets you cruise Milford Sound, walk on a glacier, visit a glow-worm cave, soak in natural hot springs, admire Mount Cook by helicopter, explore a geothermal wonderland, AND hike on an active island volcano!
Enjoy the most beautiful Glacier on this 7 Day trip. Travel through alpine rainforest, cruise on the TSS Earnslaw, stay in Mount Cook National Park, have dinner at a sheep station and enjoy a TranzAlpine Rail Journey. Many highlights are waiting for you!
Experience the Bay of Islands & Rotorua during this 7 Day journey. Enjoy a Hole in the Rock Cruise, experience the Bay of Islands during a free day and visit the Waitangi Treaty Reserve and the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto. Many highlights are waiting for you!
Explore during this 7 day independent coach tour the Bay of Islands, Waitomo & Rotorua. To ensure that you have enough time at your destination you will have an overnight stay in Rotorua and Bay of Islands. Enjoy a Cape Brett Hole in the Rock Cruise, experience the Maori Culture at Rotorua and enjoy a Cape Reinga Day Tour - many highlights are waiting for you!
Characterised by soaring peaks, pastel-coloured lakes and unspoiled forests, the landscapes of New Zealand’s South Island are nothing short of spectacular. Enjoy stunning scenery and experience some of the south island's most amazing places during this 7 day independent coach tour.
The South Island is renowned for its outstanding beauty and adventures. Plant your feet on your pedals as you take a spin on some of the most thrilling and perfectly crafted trails the mighty South Island has to offer. From exhilarating private tracks in Ohau and impressive full-day adventure rides in Arrowtown, to world famous downhill runs and shuttles on a web of tracks in Christchurch and Queenstown, the South Island has it all.
Short on time, but want to maximize your experience in New Zealand's North Island, without going over the top, leaving you breathless at the end of your journey, we created the Quick Fix New Zealand North Island Tour allowing you to see and do those iconic New Zealand sight seeing and activities that the North Island is famed for - the MUST-DOs.
Short of time but want to maximize your experience in New Zealand's South Island, well without going over the top and leaving you breathless at the end of your journey, we have compiled a couple of New Zealand Short Break self-drive itineraries that allow you to see and do those iconic New Zealand site-seeing and activities New Zealand is famed for - the Must-dos.
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From ancient Maori cave paintings to 19th century Gold Rush towns, the South Island boasts a wealth of New Zealand history and culture. Step back in time with us to pan for gold in Arrowtown, explore New Zealand's only castle, and meander along Queenstown's Lake Wakatipu in a vintage steamship.
Picturesque views, endless snow-capped mountains and world-class resorts – a skier’s paradise! Let your hair down in New Zealand's adventure capital. Cruise Milford Sound, take a gondola ride for panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu and get your adrenaline pumping on a jet boat ride, all with spectacular scenic backdrops.
For those looking to taste some of the best New Zealand scuba diving without driving for hours to get from dive site to dive site then this New Zealand Dive Tour is perfect. The Northland Dive Adventure visits all the great dive locations on the upper North Island like the Poor Knights marine reserve, the fantastic Cape Brett and various sites in the Bay of Islands.
We believe the 7 day North Island mounting biking self-guided tour will impress even the most ardent of bikers. Experience incredibly scenic trails into wilderness area's - This tour can be customised to suit your ability.
This South Island tour is jam-packed with magnificent landscapes and great sights. Enjoy the picturesque resort town of Queenstown, be amazed while cruising Milford Sound, experience old mining heritage, rare native birdlife and famous southern hospitality on this leisurely holiday trip.
Be seduced by Fiordland’s most awe-inspiring and diverse landscapes on the ultimate New Zealand walking package. Get to know the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler Tracks plus beautiful Lake Marian on this unforgettable, fully-guided 4 day South Island Great Walk adventure. Our alpine vistas, native forests, giant lakes, roaring rivers and vast fiords will leave you spellbound!
Enjoy Christchurch, Mount Cook and Queenstown during this 6 day journey. View the Church of the Good Shepherd, stay in Mt Cook and walk in the alpine valleys, visit a Queenstown wine cave and have lunch & tastings at a winery. Many highlights are waiting for you!
We're often asked which is best to visit: Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound. Why choose when you can visit BOTH of these magical New Zealand icons in one trip! With our 5 Day Fiordland In Depth itinerary you can unplug your phone and enjoy being unreachable among Fiordland National Park's rugged cliffs, prehistoric forests and inky black waterways.
Welcome to a region of endless beaches, hidden coves, spectacular coastal walks, and ancient forests right at your doorstep. A subtropical wonderland is waiting in the "Winterless North", only three hours from Auckland! This 5-day sun-soaked Bay of Islands mini-break includes a half-day dolphin-spotting cruise, whisking you away to Cape Brett and the iconic "Hole in the Rock" natural archway.
Enjoy and explore the Fiordland during this 5 day trip. Cruise on Doubtful Sound, enjoy an overnight Cruise on Milford Sound, view spectacular waterfalls & wildlife, experience kayaking on Milford Sound. Many highlights are waiting for you!
Enjoy amazing 5 Days in Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier and Christchurch. Cruise on the TSS Earnslaw, have dinner at a sheep station, enjoy a free day in Queenstown, explore Franz Josef Glacier and enjoy a Rail Journey on the TranzAlpine. Many highlights are waiting for you!
Enjoy a 5 Day independent coach tour to the very top of New Zealand. Your journey includes the Bay of Islands, Cape Reinga & a Cape Brett Hole in the Rock Cruise. Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and participate in sand boarding down the sand dunes. Many highlights are waiting for you.
This sophisticated all-season town enjoys the best of both worlds offering bespoke and authentic luxury experiences in beautifully natural settings hosted by our warm and welcoming people. Here is a suggested five days in Queenstown that won't disappoint!
From the middle of June to the end of September there is no better place in the South Pacific to soak up the winter vibe than the 'Adventure Capital of the World''. Ski or board 3 different world-class mountains – The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Cardrona, there's ample time to get your adrenalin rush.
Hit the road and head to Rotorua and immerse yourself in the culture and history of NZ’s traditional Maori heritage. Experience agriculture, adventure, and relaxation as well as a delightful detour via Waitomo Caves to explore the underground tunnels, home to thousands of illuminating glow worms. There’s something of interest for everyone in Rotorua.
Discover the North Island's Coromandel Peninsula, where you can holiday like the locals do. Home to iconic Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach, "Coro" is loved by Kiwis for its white-sand beaches, coastal splendour and forest trails, hidden waterfalls and swimming-holes. All less than 3 hours drive from Auckland!
Don't miss this stunning short-stay South Island wildlife encounter: you'll discover the very best spots to see New Zealand's whales and dolphins frolicking in the wild. Get up close and personal with the ultra-rare Hector's Dolphin in Akaroa and watch giant whales in beautiful Kaikoura, where the mountains meet the sea.
Discover the birthplace of New Zealand as we know it today on this privately guided tour of the North Island. This Northland tour offers a unique view of Northland’s mix of natural beauty and fascinating heritage, making it an unforgettable holiday destination for locals and visitors alike.
Discover the beauty of Australia and New Zealand on a self-drive journey that takes you across vibrant, diverse landscapes and picture-perfect scenery, as well as iconic sights from Auckland to Cairns.
The New Zealand 21 Day Leisurely Discovery Tour is a comprehensive look at both the North and South Island of New Zealand. Spend a relaxing 2 nights in those must-see locations – after all, you are on holiday. Experience the must-do activities and excursions on this very popular 21-day easygoing and fun self-drive itinerary.
On this well-planned family holiday, experience the North Islands Geothermal Wonderland, Rotorua, and fall in love with the South Island's magnificent mountains, giant glaciers, untouched wilderness, and delectable cuisine. With some great hideaways, jaw-dropping views, and welcoming locals, this classic holiday destination is guaranteed to win your heart.