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<p>With over 22,000 custom New Zealand trips designed, the unparalleled expertise of Zicasso’s local specialists will create the most immersive experience just for you. From fjords and pastures to its unique cultural history, the stunning natural beauty will come to life. For inspiration on this mystical destination, explore our wonderful array of sample itineraries and visit our guide for helpful information.</p>

With over 22,000 custom New Zealand trips designed, the unparalleled expertise...

With over 22,000 custom New Zealand trips designed, the unparalleled expertise of Zicasso’s local specialists will create the most immersive experience just for you. From fjords and pastures to its unique cultural history, the stunning natural beauty will come to life. For inspiration on this mystical destination, explore our wonderful array of sample itineraries and visit our guide for helpful information.

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Mount Cook landscape on the South Island of New Zealand.
Endless Natural Splendors of New Zealand Vacation

19 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $6,911

Step off the well-trodden and beaten path on a getaway into New Zealand’s breathtaking countrysides on this exquisite 19-day tour from the North Island to the South Island. Your adventures, brimming with moments amongst picturesque landscapes capped in snow and others drenched in olive-green forests, will be richly rewarding and topped off with absorbing experiences in these spectacularly scenic parts of the country.

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The Wharf of Glenorchy, Queenstown, New Zealand
A Scenic North and South Island New Zealand Discovery

17 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $5,095

Capture immense scenic beauty comprising diverse landscapes and cultural wonders on this 17-Day Scenic North and South Island New Zealand Discovery tour. Spend time in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch; embrace lush forests; explore pristine beaches; and wander sharp-tipped mountains as you self-drive through the dramatic landscape. Experience majestic Milford Sound and ride the skyline gondola in Queenstown as you discover the grandeur of New Zealand at your pace.

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Family veiwing the gothermal lake and geyser at Te Puia in Rotorua, New Zealand
Ultimate New Zealand Family Vacation

12 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $3,895

Dramatic landscapes will lure you into adventure during your ultimate 12-day New Zealand family vacation. The spectacular journey will take you deep into the caves to view glowworms and have you speed upriver on a jet boat safari, lounge on scenic beaches and traverse undulating hills. Your New Zealand tour celebrates the stunning scenery and exciting excursions of New Zealand perfect for the young and young at heart.

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New Zealand Getaway for Honeymooners

14 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $4,545

Natural splendor and endless adventure will highlight the romance of your 14-day New Zealand honeymoon tour custom-tailored to your tastes. You will enjoy elegant views of the Southern Alps on a scenic train and sample delicate wines on a private island vineyard. You can bask in a candlelit dinner or an exceptional starry sky. You will share the experience hand-in-hand as you explore the tender heart of New Zealand.

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Mount Ngauruhoe (aka Mt Doom) on the Central Plateau of the North Island, New Zealand.
Scenic Lord of the Rings Exploration of New Zealand

18 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $6,439

After the popularity of the Lord of the Rings films, New Zealand has become a land of myth and legend. This 18-day tour of both the North and South Islands will allow you to follow in the footsteps of the characters and immerse yourself in the settings of the films' most memorable scenes. By the end of the tour, you will have an entirely new appreciation for this unparalleled landscape and the films that helped popularize it.

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Darran Mountain Milford Sounds Fiordland. Photo courtesy of Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters
Best of New Zealand: Private Two-Week Tour

14 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $12,735

Luxury and exploration will highlight diverse landscapes and timeless adventures during your 14-day best of New Zealand tour. Tropical islands in the north will juxtapose the mist-covered fiords of the south. Vineyards will blanket the hills leading to dramatic coastlines. Glaciers will tumble through mountain passes and calve into glassy lakes. Maori culture and remarkable scenery will highlight history as you discover the best of the North and South islands.

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Adventurous Two-Week South Island Family Vacation

14 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $6,281

Your epic two-week family-friendly New Zealand tour will create unforgettable memories of timeless adventures on the South Island. You can swim with dolphins and cycle down winding hilltop trails. Kayaking on clear turquoise waters will provide surprising wildlife sightings. Cruise through the pristine wilderness of Doubtful Sound and immerse the family in Middle Earth by visiting Lord of the Rings filming locations for a dynamic New Zealand family excursion.

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Wine tasting at Church Road Vineyard in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.  Photo © Tourism New Zealand / Chris McLennan.
Top Tier Food and Wine Tour of New Zealand

11 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $8,575

New Zealand remains a world apart and presents visitors with an abundance of untouched wilderness and pristine landscapes, all of which will be yours to enjoy on this 11-day luxury tour of Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, and Queenstown. From the North Island to the South, the country's fantastic cuisine, unparalleled natural beauty, and warm hospitality will be highlighted with a delightful balance of leisurely and active explorations of the beautiful country.

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Urupukapuka Island, Bay of Islands.
Spectacular Nature to Sparkling Cityscapes New Zealand Tour

17 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $15,465

Every day on this opulent 17-day retreat of New Zealand will provide you with limitless opportunities to discover the country at your own pace and in your own way. Resplendent experiences abound across the hypnotizing destinations of New Zealand, and you will be continuously blown away as you explore the idyllic landscapes and cultural nuances that sweep from Keri Keri to Auckland. The choices will be entirely yours!

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Blooming lupines at Lake Tekapo in New Zealand
Spectacular Sights of New Zealand for Seniors

10 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $3,245

Your private 10-day New Zealand tour for seniors reveals the highlights of the North and South islands from Maori culture in Rotorua to the captivating nature of Marlborough Sound. Sample delicious wines, cruise the stunning Hauraki Gulf, search for enchanting whales, and wander the lively streets of Christchurch. You will experience the mixture of relaxation and adventure, heritage and natural wonder at your preferred pace.

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Couple sitting on the pier at Nelson Lake National Park
Romantic South Island Vacation for Couples

14 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $12,735

Sublime scenery and secluded luxury will create your perfect 14-day romantic New Zealand vacation. You can reach isolated mountainscapes by helicopter for a private picnic and sample delicious wines on celebrated vineyards. An opulent cruise will take you along the sparkling waters of Milford Sound while the charming waters provide exceptional views passing whale pods. You will experience the opulence of New Zealand’s South Island for passionate and spirited couples.

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Moeraki boulders at Koekohe Beach on the Otago coast in New Zealand
Classic Coast to Coast New Zealand Itinerary

13 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $8,874

From coast to coast, you will discover what makes New Zealand tick on this captivating 13-day tour leading you from Christchurch to Franz Josef. The sparkling cityscapes, magnificent Fiordland, and soaring snowy summits of the alps are but a few of the mesmerizing scenes set to sweep you away as you explore New Zealand’s unspoiled wilderness magic like never before.

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Adventures of New Zealand's South Island

9 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $2,983

Soar to New Zealand for nine days of essential exploration through its Southern Alpines. This tour showcases the frosted allure of New Zealand's picturesque landscapes. Beginning in the buzzing city of Christchurch and culminating atop the icy summit of Franz Josef, every second of this tour will bring you closer to the surreal spectacles that sweep New Zealand’s Southern summits.

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The Path Less-Traveled New Zealand Tour

15 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $10,330

Behind New Zealand’s buzzing tourism attractions lies a wealth of hidden gems that you will discover on this luxurious 15-day tour. From the golden beaches of Stewart Island to the magnificent mountains and fabled fiords of Milford Sound, you will explore every inch of untouched New Zealand on this handcrafted tour. Venture behind the scenes and off the beaten path to uncover a side to New Zealand often missed by the hasty traveler.

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Marvels of New Zealand Tour in Three Weeks

21 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $8,185

This self-drive 3-week New Zealand tour immerses you in a seemingly endless adventure through captivating scenery. Experience authentic Maori customs in a cultural village and search for penguins on the stunning Otago Peninsula. The serene waters of Milford Sound highlight nature’s pristine beauty, and the searing pools of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Park reveal nature’s drama. Relax in luxurious accommodations, discover remote corners, and travel at your own pace during this unforgettable New Zealand trip.

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Immersive New Zealand Exploration: Two-Week South Island Tour

14 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $12,735

Reality will blend into a dreamy landscape during your two-week New Zealand tour of the South Island. Specialist guides will lead you on customizable tours that highlight the shimmering waters of captivating fiords and the steep slopes of dramatic coastline. Whether you reveal the secrets of Middle Earth or sail on glacial lakes, you will turn New Zealand’s majestic nature into a spectacular outdoor playground.

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New Zealand’s South Island: Leisure Tour for Seniors

14 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $4,545

You can indulge in idyllic vineyards and rugged glacial landscapes during your 14-day New Zealand tour for seniors. You will travel at your preferred pace on a custom-tailored tour perfect for an easy-going exploration that reveals the highlights of South Island. You will cruise the majestic Milford Sound, watch for fascinating whales off the Kaikoura coast, and witness preserved Maori heritage for your perfect New Zealand adventure.

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15 Year Anniversary of New Zealand as Middle-earth Tour

15 Day Custom Tour

Bask in the fantastical world of Hobbits, wizards, and orcs on your 15-day New Zealand as Middle-Earth tour. You will step into the home of Frodo Baggins at Hobbiton and view the models of Helm’s Deep. Magic and reality will converge as you discover the drama of Mordor’s steaming landscape at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and witness the ashen grounds of Mount Doom set beneath the peak of Mount Ngauruhoe.

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New Zealand South Island Itinerary in One Week

8 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $7,275

Adventure, exploration, and unforgettable experiences highlight your perfect 7-day New Zealand tour. Your private tours and specialized guides will immerse you in the splendid landscape around the South Island. The majesty of New Zealand will emerge from Queenstown to Abel Tasman National Park, Milford Sound to Canterbury. Fly over shimmering glaciers, sip celebrated wine in lush vineyards, and cruise down serene fiords in search of waterfalls and wildlife.

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Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, Christchurch & Queenstown Tour

11 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $3,570

Breathtakingly beautiful, New Zealand beckons visitors with its stunning natural scenery and warm hospitality. Take your dream vacation to this unspoiled destination and enjoy an exceptional value. Discover the charming cities, picturesque countryside and awe-inspiring alpine settings that have won many hearts over on this tailored New Zealand tour.

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Luxury New Zealand Tour: The Ultimate Experience

11 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $10,005

Embrace gentle seaspray and snowcapped peaks during your 11-day ultimate New Zealand luxury tour. Five-star accommodations will immerse you in secluded destinations and extreme comfort as you discover Maori culture and witness some of the North and South islands’ tallest peaks. Cross through dramatic alpine scenery on a scenic train and witness inspiring volcanic formations. Rippling lakes, marvelous coastlines, and natural thermal springs will highlight New Zealand’s unique majesty.

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New Zealand Alpine Vacation from Nature to Culture

9 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $8,185

Enter the sensational world of New Zealand, where the culture resounds and the landscapes take your breath away. The rolling mountain ranges are seemingly endless. The ocean is incredibly calm. Waterfalls thunder down mountains as geysers explode into the sky. The saw-toothed mountains pierce the sky. The turquoise glacial lakes glisten in the sunlight. The consuming darkness disappears within the bright luminescence of glowworms. Step into the ineffable world of New Zealand and experience its unparalleled delights.

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Complete Australia and New Zealand Escapade Tour

26 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $9,199

This comprehensive and comfortable 26-day journey through Australia and New Zealand showcases the incredible natural scenery these two island nations have to offer. In addition to witnessing iconic locations, such as as Ayers Rock, the Great Barrier Reef, and Doubtful Sound, you will also be introduced to the rich heritage of the indigenous peoples. Set your own pace and navigate through charming villages, otherworldly landscapes, and imposing mountain vistas.

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Oceania Trip of a Lifetime: Best Australia and New Zealand Tour

22 Day Custom Tour

Captivating tradition, breathtaking landscapes, and welcoming locals define this 22-day Australia and New Zealand luxury tour that most likely will be your trip of a lifetime. Witness the changing colors of Uluru in Australia’s infamous Outback at sunset, search for radiant tropical fish at the Great Barrier Reef, embrace the painted scenery of the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and soar over a glacial ice field in a helicopter. From stories of Dreamtime and cooking in a thermal pool to grand fiords and ancient rainforests, you will experience an unforgettable journey.

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Travel Tips for Your New Zealand Trip
When is the best time to visit New Zealand?

The Southern Hemisphere’s spring and summer, from October to April, are the best times to visit New Zealand.

These spring and summer months offer great temperatures, making New Zealand an excellent place for summer lovers to visit in the Northern Hemisphere's winter. During these times, you can visit beaches on the North Island or explore fiords on the South Island. The Southern Hemisphere’s winter months from June to August are also a great time to discover New Zealand. Hot springs, snow sports, and shimmering glaciers offer exciting excursions you can enjoy in the colder weather.

The Northern Hemisphere’s summer is New Zealand’s winter, making it a great time for snow lovers but less ideal for travelers wanting a more all-around experience.

Spring and summer may be the best time to visit, but New Zealand is a year-round destination, with dramatic scenery, Maori traditions and history, and adventure activities like hiking and skiing possible on your trip.

Our guide on the best time to visit New Zealand can give you more information to help you find the right time of year for your trip.

Should I visit the North or South Island in New Zealand?

If you are more interested in learning about Maori heritage and visiting vibrant cities, you would prefer the North Island. If you are eager to spend time in nature and explore the lakes, mountain trails, and fiords, consider the South Island.

Both islands share many characteristics, including impressive wine regions, beaches, and mesmerizing landscapes. The north has a geothermal park and the Hobbiton; the south has Milford Sound and Mount Cook National Park. The North Island has Auckland; the South Island has Christchurch.

When considering which island to visit, it depends on the type of experience you want to have. Both islands offer adventure, discovery, and culture but depending on your interests and the number of days you have set aside for your trip, one island may be better than the other, and your travel specialist can help you decide.

Where should I visit in New Zealand?

Whether planning to visit the beaches on the Bay of Islands, interested in touring the Otago Wine Region, or ready for the thrill of ice trekking on Tasman Glacier, the best places to visit in New Zealand include:

  • Queenstown
  • Auckland
  • Rotorua
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • West Coast
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Napier
  • Kaikoura
  • Bay of Islands
  • Lake Taupo
What should I do on New Zealand's North Island?

New Zealand’s North Island is known for its cultural activities and cities, but it has a diverse range of exciting things to do:

  • Explore the Waitomo Cave to find the famous glowworms
  • Lounge in the healing and refreshing geothermal waters in Rotorua
  • Visit Cape Reinga where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet
  • Get an introduction to Maori culture and history
  • Tour Middle Earth at the Hobbiton
  • Snorkel around the caves, arches, and marine tunnels at Knights Islands Marine Reserve, where whales and dolphins often pass
  • Enjoy premium wine and food experiences on Waiheke Island
What should I do in New Zealand's South Island?

New Zealand’s South Island is famous for its adventurous excursions and dramatic landscapes, but the variety of activities to enjoy will surprise you:

  • Enjoy the romantic ambiance of the unfettered starlight viewed in Mount Cook’s International Dark Sky Reserve
  • Look for native birds, including penguins and albatross
  • Cruise the glassy and reflective waters of Milford and Doubtful Sounds in Fiordland National Park
  • Sample the flavorful varietals in the Otago Wine Region
  • Ski, snowboard, or embrace the winter sports around Queenstown
Is New Zealand a good place to visit for adventure?

Whether looking to blend adventure with a romantic getaway or eager to find thrilling activities for children of all ages, New Zealand has adventures for all types of travelers. From stepping onto a trail beneath the snow-capped Southern Alps to taking a ride on a jet boat, bungee jumping, or surfing, New Zealand can fill your adventurous spirit with countless things to do.

Is New Zealand known for hiking?

New Zealand is a paradise for hikers of all skill levels.

Whether embarking on one of the country’s celebrated Great Walks or enjoying a day hike around Rangitōtō Island’s summit, New Zealand’s combination of accessible, traditional, and unconventional routes offers diversity in the ways you can experience nature.

The hikes around New Zealand are also a great way to experience local culture and its connection to wildlife, marine life, and the marvelous scenery.

What else should I know about how to plan a trip to New Zealand?

Find more information for your vacation with our frequently asked questions about planning a trip to New Zealand and inspiration in our New Zealand travel guide.

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