Explore New Zealand on a group tour
Soaring mountains, vast lakes, epic glaciers and ominous landscapes – nowhere does dramatic scenery quite like New Zealand. And while this tiny twin-island-nation is only a little bit bigger than the UK, its population is around 14 times less than ours, making it an untouched, untrodden gem, just itching to be explored.
Such an uncharted wilderness is best discovered with an expert guide – so leave your maps (and worries) behind as you’re led through the country’s best bit. Group tours will have you kayaking in Doubtful Sound, hiking Franz Josef or exploring secluded, volcano-fringed beaches. If it’s wildlife you’re looking for, go for a tour that takes in the seals, sperm whales and dolphins of Kaikoura, or visit majestic Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Thrill seekers should make a beeline for Queenstown, while movie fanatics should be sure to include a tour of Tongariro National Park, otherwise recognised as Tolkein’s Mordor.
New Zealand tour highlights
- Discover the Franz Josef Glacier: whether you take an ice hike, embark on a quad bike ride around the frozen sheet or see it from the air on a helicopter tour, nothing will quite prepare you for the sheer size and beauty of Franz Josef.
- Cruise through Milford Sound: look for dolphins below and lofty mountains above as you cruise through this renowned world wonder. Keep an eye out for the towering Mitre Peak and an abundance of waterfalls.
- Kayak around the Bay of Islands: kayak through caves and beneath archways as you navigate the 144 isles – also home to a plethora of marine and birdlife.
- Spot whales in Kaikoura: in this spot where the mountains meet the sea, you can hope to spot seals, whales and sperm whales against a classically snow-capped New Zealand backdrop.
- See the hot springs at Rotorua: spouting geysers and bubbling mud pools are the order of the day at Rotorua. Navigate clouds of steam to gaze upon geothermal sinter terraces and volcanic crater lakes.
Top tip: The trick with New Zealand is to stay as long as your budget/annual leave allocation allows. With two islands and abundant lakes, volcanoes, towns and national parks to explore – visitors always wish they’d stayed that little bit longer. Our advice to opt for a group tour that spends at least two-three weeks exploring both islands or, if you have less time, focus on just one island and come back another time to do the one you missed this time. That way, you won’t have to forgo any of the Land of the Long White Cloud’s best bits.
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As Experts in all things Australasia, at Flight Centre we only work with the best New Zealand tour companies out there. This means that you can rest easy knowing you’re in the hands of people in the know, and can focus all your energy on soaking up this incredible destination. And, if you book a Flight Centre Journey, you’ll also benefit from our great-value airfares and 24/7 emergency assistance service.