Home to just 4.5 million people scattered across an area larger than the UK, New Zealand's open spaces are filled with forests, mountains, lakes, beaches, and fjords. These beautiful and often unique landscapes are yours to explore either by foot, bike, car, helicopter, boat, or on horseback.
Both the North and South Islands offer such dramatic scenery that it comes as no surprise that the country has played host to numerous fantasy film sets such as "The Hobbit" and " The Lord of the Rings". The scenery also lends itself to numerous activities perfect for the intrepid family looking for adventure.
Your New Zealand adventure will encompass many wonderful activities and experiences. Meet with the local Maori tribe and learn about their long, rich culture and watch in amazement as they perform a traditional Haka. We invite you to explore the fascinating natural environment and discover the unique flora and fauna of the islands including the indigenous Kiwi Bird.
We have a number of handpicked, exceptional properties in some of the most beautiful secluded locations in New Zealand which will offer you chance to recharge the batteries and truly relax, ready for the next action packed day.
New Zealand has so much to offer and due the vast number of possibilities, we think it's very important that you get the perfect holiday that revolves around you and your family's requirements. The itinerary below is comprised of just some of the many suggestions to give you food for thought when planning your trip to New Zealand.
Arrival into New Zealand
Upon arrival into Auckland you will be met and transferred to the Domestic Terminal for your departing flight to Queenstown. On arriving in Queenstown you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure to relax and settle into your beautiful surroundings. Why not take the time to explore the centre of Queenstown?
Day 2 - 4
Queenstown has a wealth of activities to keep you busy over the next three days. If you're feeling really adventurous why not take to the sky in an exciting tandem paragliding flight over the pine forest? Moving from sky to ground, visit the country's national icon, the Kiwi Bird, on a nature walk, or board a jet boat which takes you speeding through Shotover Canyon.
Day 5 - 7
After a busy few days, hop on a short flight to Nelson where you have the opportunity to enjoy some of New Zealand's more sedate pursuits. First off is a full day boating excursion in the Abel Tasman National Park where the bush meets golden sands and crystal clear waters alive with dolphins and seal colonies. Lunch is served in a sheltered cove, with the opportunity to use the onboard kayaks and snorkelling gear.
Day 8 - 10
From Nelson fly to Napier and then transfer onwards to Hawke's Bay. Hawke's Bay is home to an extraordinary Maori elder, Orine. Experience a formal welcome and delve into Maori life, both past and contemporary. For the naturalists, take a visit with the Department of Conservation to the largest gannet colonies in the world at Cape Kidnappers for the opportunity to observe the gannet in its natural environment.
Day 11 - 12
In the morning you will be driven two hours to Taupo where your time will be both active and relaxing. Spend time using your hotel's wonderful facilities along with mountain biking on the 100kms of track in the Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest in Rotorua. Top that off with a white water rafting adventure on the Kaituna River. The Kaituna provides an incredible journey, perfect for rafters of all confidence levels.
Auckland and Home
Today is departure day you will fly from Taupo Airport to Auckland before being transfer to the international terminal in time for you flight home. There is also the option to spend an extra night in Auckland if you wish to not do all your travelling at once.
Because our adventure itineraries are completely bespoke we can tailor the experiences you'll enjoy to your exact specifications. Below you'll find just a few suggestions to personalise your itinerary.
New Zealand boasts countless extreme sports to get your adrenaline going. Skydiving, bungee jumping, canyon swings, white water rafting, caving, zip lines, and paragliding all await you.
Breathtaking Helicopter Trip
The Fiordlander Helicopter Excursion. Fly across Lake Wakatipu into the heart of Fiordland National Park to the breathtaking Lake Quill and the Sutherland Falls. View the famous Milford Track en route to the Tasman Sea and West Coast for a landing on an isolated beach, before flying the length of Milford Sound past sheer cliffs and gushing waterfalls.
New Zealand's Wine
New Zealand is known worldwide for its delicious wines. With grapes being grown on both the North and South Islands, the different soils, climates, and water give each area a very distinct and unique taste. Why not visit the Clearview Estate, where you will meet the owner Tim Turvey? Tim is an award winning winemaker with character to match! Clearview Estate is a small boutique winery famous for its Chardonnays, big reds, and dessert wines.
New Zealand's Maori culture is an integral part of Kiwi life with their history, language and traditions at the heart of New Zealand’s identity. Originating from Polynesia the first Maori settlers are thought to have arrived in New Zealand around 3,000 years ago. Find yourself immersed in the history, culture and learn from the elders how their traditions are kept alive.
Hobbits & Middle Earth
Dramatic scenery and untouched wildness made New Zealand the perfect fit for the filming for both "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" blockbusters. Otherwise known as Middle Earth, visit the movie set near Matamata for a firsthand tour of the studios. Make sure to keep an eye out for those Orcs!
Our dedicated Adventure consultant will be able to put together a bespoke quote for your perfect adventure holiday. The prices below include accommodation, a complete itinerary of activities, luxury transfers between destinations and any English speaking guides that you'll need along the way.