Views of Mount Cook over Pukaki Lake in Tongariro National Park in New Zealand.

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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 the New Zealand Travel Guide for helpful information.

Sample Itineraries

Get inspired with our sample trips below. You can have any trip tailor made for your private travel. Any number of days.
Any departure date. Any experience you want.

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Highlights of New Zealand Tour

Highlights of New Zealand Tour

13 Day Custom Tour

From $9,095

Experience charm, excitement, and tranquility during your 13-day New Zealand highlights tour. You can indulge in the dreamy natural splendor of the scenery as you travel from coastline to cityscapes, mountain peaks to surreal sounds. Follow hobbits to Middle Earth, sail around the Bay of Islands, and enjoy an aerial view from a hot air balloon as you discover the endless wonders of New Zealand.

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Jet boating in Queenstown, New Zealand

Adventurous Two-Week South Island Family Vacation

Adventurous Two-Week South Island Family Vacation

14 Day Custom Tour

From $4,825

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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Aerial view of National Park River in Australia.  Photo © Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree

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

Oceania Trip of a Lifetime: Best Australia and New...

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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Best of New Zealand: Private Two-Week Tour

Best of New Zealand: Private Two-Week Tour

14 Day Custom Tour

From $9,795

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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Urupukapuka Island, Bay of Islands.

Spectacular Nature to Sparkling Cityscapes New Zealand Tour

Spectacular Nature to Sparkling Cityscapes New Zealand...

17 Day Custom Tour

From $11,895

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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Spectacular Sights of New Zealand for Seniors

Spectacular Sights of New Zealand for Seniors

10 Day Custom Tour

From $2,495

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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Romantic South Island Vacation for Couples

Romantic South Island Vacation for Couples

14 Day Custom Tour

From $9,795

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

Classic Coast to Coast New Zealand Itinerary

13 Day Custom Tour

From $6,820

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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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

Top Tier Food and Wine Tour of New Zealand

11 Day Custom Tour

From $6,595

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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Vineyards on New Zealand's South Island.

Adventures of New Zealand's South Island

Adventures of New Zealand's South Island

9 Day Custom Tour

From $2,290

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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Beach in Otago, New Zealand.

The Path Less-Traveled New Zealand Tour

The Path Less-Traveled New Zealand Tour

15 Day Custom Tour

From $7,945

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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Lighthouse on Nugget Point Path in Otago region, New Zealand.

Marvels of New Zealand Tour in Three Weeks

Marvels of New Zealand Tour in Three Weeks

21 Day Custom Tour

From $6,295

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

Scenic Lord of the Rings Exploration of New Zealand

Scenic Lord of the Rings Exploration of New Zealand...

18 Day Custom Tour

From $4,945

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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Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand.

Endless Natural Splendors of New Zealand Vacation

Endless Natural Splendors of New Zealand Vacation

19 Day Custom Tour

From $5,315

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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Couple kayaking Lake Wanaka in New Zealand

New Zealand Getaway for Honeymooners

New Zealand Getaway for Honeymooners

14 Day Custom Tour

From $3,495

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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The moon above Kata Ttjuta in Australia.

Complete Australia and New Zealand Escapade Tour

Complete Australia and New Zealand Escapade Tour

26 Day Custom Tour

From $7,067

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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Immersive New Zealand Exploration: Two-Week South Island Tour

Immersive New Zealand Exploration: Two-Week South Island...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $9,795

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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Ultimate New Zealand Family Vacation

Ultimate New Zealand Family Vacation

12 Day Custom Tour

From $2,995

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’s South Island: Leisure Tour for Seniors

New Zealand’s South Island: Leisure Tour for Seniors...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $3,495

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 Year Anniversary of New Zealand as Middle-earth...

15 Day Custom Tour

From $5,935

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

New Zealand South Island Itinerary in One Week

8 Day Custom Tour

From $5,595

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

Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, Christchurch &...

11 Day Custom Tour

From $2,745

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

Luxury New Zealand Tour: The Ultimate Experience

11 Day Custom Tour

From $7,695

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

New Zealand Alpine Vacation from Nature to Culture

9 Day Custom Tour

From $6,295

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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New Zealand at a Glance

2021 New Zealand Travel Updates

Updated: April 7, 2021

To date, New Zealand has not opened yet to American travelers.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that New Zealand will allow Australians to travel to the country quarantine free as part of a travel bubble. While we await opportunities for other international travelers, our travel specialists advise putting plans in motion for 2022 or 2023 as pent up demand will be significant.

Related: Countries Open to American Travelers

Must-See Destinations in New Zealand

Our New Zealand travel specialists have recommendations for any length of trip, as there are many must-see places in New Zealand. Depending on the time of year and who you are traveling with, the islands offer so many spectacular things to do and amazing places to visit.

Queenstown | Auckland | Waiheke | Rotorua | Abel Tasman National Park | Fiordland National Park | Napier | Kaikoura | Bay of Islands | Lake Taupo

Highlights

  • Explore the natural wonders of Waitomo Cave and the glow worm grotto
  • Follow the walking trails or cruise the waters of Lake Wakatipu
  • Take in the spectacular views of the Milford Sound from the sky or the sea
  • Delight in the local wines on both the North and the South Islands
  • Wander through the vineyards, beaches and olive groves of Waiheke
  • Stop by Hot Water Beach on the North Island and enjoy the natural jacuzzi
  • Enjoy an immersive village visit in the geothermal area for deeper insight into traditional New Zealand culture and Maori heritage
  • Learn to weave traditional Maori patterns and designs
  • Watch for whales in the Pacific Ocean around Kaikoura
  • Wander into the fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings in Hobbiton
  • Enjoy the glassy waters of Tasman Bay on kayak and snorkeling excursions
  • Dive the waters of the Tutukaka Coast, the Poor Knights Islands or Milford Sound
  • Experience the preserved heritage and art in endless galleries and museums
  • Trek across the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and explore this UNESCO Heritage site
  • Hike through the Fiordland National Park
  • Spend the night at Milford Sound and enjoy the natural tranquility
  • Hike the rugged trails that wind around the ridges, hills, and bays of Marlborough Sound
  • Savor your time in the Abel Tasman National Park with wildlife and spectacular scenery
  • Wander the wine-growing regions of Marlborough, Hawkes Bay and more
  • Glamp on a secluded riverbank with a private guide and chef

Best Time to Visit New Zeland

The best time to visit New Zealand is between December and February, though New Zealand is a fantastic destination year-round.

December, January, and February are the summer season for the Southern Hemisphere, and offer the perfect escape of winter weather in the United States. March and April offer brisk weather, perfect for outdoor excursions. July and August are winter, and fantastic for skiing, geothermal explorations, whale watching and more. September and October bring the end of the snow season, for an inspiring time to visit.

What to Consider When Traveling Through New Zealand

Is New Zealand Safe for Travel?

New Zealand is very safe for travelers. While you should exercise normal safety precautions, such as not leaving your belongings unattended, New Zealand is incredibly safe and rated in the 2017 Global Peace Index as one of the world’s most peaceful countries.

Is it easy to get around New Zealand?

Your Zicasso travel specialist will ensure that your logistics are as smooth as possible by including private airport transfers, domestic flights, and any necessary helicopter or city transfers between destinations to create a stress-free New Zealand tour.

Which airports should I be looking at?

For most travelers, the most convenient airport is Auckland (AKL) followed by Christchurch’s International Airport (CHC), which will see more direct flights to the South Island in 2020. The busiest airports in New Zealand include:

  • Auckland (AKL)
  • Christchurch (CHC)
  • Wellington (WLG)
  • Queenstown (ZQN)

Can Zicasso help me with flights?

Zicasso Air Desk is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation by employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso. Our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 Service & Support, and Complimentary Consultation of Routing vs. Pricing with an Expert Flight Specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Does Zicasso assist with travel insurance?

You’ve booked your dream vacation, and you will want to protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

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