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Your far-flung New Zealand vacation can embody thrilling adventures, an array of mesmerizing ecosystems, and unexpected city comforts. Discover magical New Zealand vacation ideas in the inspirational itineraries below made possible by one of Zicasso’s exceptional destination specialists. Fjords, glaciers, and endless fields of green await.

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Hang glider over Queenstown South Island, New Zealand

Best of New Zealand Nature Vacation: Mountains & Coastline

10 Day Custom Tour

From $6,995

Experience nature like nowhere else in the world during your 10-day best of New Zealand tour. You will venture into the outdoors to find tumbling glaciers and remarkable rainforest. You will travel beneath dramatic volcanic peaks and along shimmering fiord waters for adventures across six national parks. From heli-hiking along rugged glacial surfaces to trekking over rolling hills, your New Zealand adventure will highlight the marvels of the great outdoors.

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Explore the wildlife on a boat trip outside Christchurch in New Zealand

Luxury New Zealand Family Vacation

16 Day Custom Tour

From $11,195

Effortlessly blending natural superlatives with child friendly adventure, this custom tailored luxury vacation brings New Zealand to life for the whole family. Tranquility merges with exhilaration, sumptuous lodges hide amongst inspiring landscapes, and every activity holds the attention of both children and adults. Travel time is kept to a bare minimum and each of your four destinations burst with endless opportunity to explore New Zealand at its most authentic.

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Queenstown under the rays of the setting sun

12 Day Best of New Zealand Tour

12 Day Custom Tour

From $8,395

You don’t have to ask for the best to know that the best is what you’re getting. The silence of Milford Sound surrounds you. The vista of the Panorama Restaurant stretches before you. The steam from the crater on White Island rises into the sky. From the Art Deco architecture of Napier to the extraordinary culture of Rotorua, New Zealand is filled with the unique, the diverse, and nothing less than the exceptional. This is New Zealand at its best and it never settles for less.

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Savor great taste while wine tasting in Otago, Wanaka region.

Best New Zealand South Island Vacation in 9 Days

9 Day Custom Tour

From $2,245

Handcrafted with South Island’s most iconic and exclusive experiences, this exciting 9-day adventure will reveal glaciers, icebergs, fjords, caves, vineyards, lakes, mountains, and charming towns. New Zealand’s South Island is a canvas of dramatic landscapes, invigorating adventure, and natural wonders. Indulge in wine tasting, spend a night on Milford Sound, and explore the Fiordland from a helicopter.

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Relax in the southernmost wine-growing region of the world, Lake Wanaka

Off the Beaten Track New Zealand Adventure

14 Day Custom Tour

From $11,755

So much of New Zealand is so blissfully off the beaten track. This two-week tour will take you to many of the country’s most secret places and hidden destinations, where silence and adventure showcase a country untamed. You will be indulging in helicopter rides to active volcanoes, rafting through the private Maori land, escaping to remote vineyards, and hiking through the wilderness. Handpicked lodges elevate your sense of getting away from the crowds, and there will be many beautiful ways to explore this marvelous country.

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Maori carving and meeting house in Rotorua, New Zealand

“The Real Thing” New Zealand Tour: Auckland, Rotorua & Much More

15 Day Custom Tour

From $3,745

Explore spectacular beauty from the northern beaches of the North Island to the southern fiords of the South Island on your 15-day New Zealand tour. The wonder of New Zealand not only lies in its dramatic landscapes, but also beats in the soul-stirring preservation of the country’s culture. From jet boat safaris to feasts beneath the stars, discover New Zealand’s heart by experiencing New Zealand’s culture.

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Lake and volcanic landscape in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Vineyards to Volcanoes Best of New Zealand’s North Island Luxury Tour

14 Day Custom Tour

From $3,495

Handcrafted with the ultimate North Island highlights, this adventurous two-week excursion will lead you to Auckland, Wellington, Northland, Rotorua, Taupo, and Napier. Wonders abound on New Zealand’s North Island, volcanos stand sentinel, and Pacific waters cascade around kauri forests. Experiential highlights include a volcanic landing, a Maori tradition immersion, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and the serene atmosphere for which New Zealand is known.

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Misty morning on the Southern Island New Zealand

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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Milford Sound at sunset in New Zealand

Amazing North & South Islands Tour of New Zealand

14 Day Custom Tour

From $3,495

The serene blue and white of the Franz Joseph glacier stretches between two mountains. The cry of the haka echoes through the sky. A kiwi’s outline blurs before your eyes as the bird runs swiftly away. And the wondrous shine of New Zealand’s famous glowworms give a guiding light in the dark caves. Witness the amazing beauty of both the North and South Islands of New Zealand. You be the judge of how decidedly gorgeous they are, and how decidedly different they can be.  New Zealand vacations don't get any better than this!

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Resort Town and Famous Visitor Center Queenstown, New Zealand

Best of New Zealand Vacation in 10-Days

10 Day Custom Tour

From $2,495

From exploding geysers to glaciers and fjords, over these ten days, you can discover many of New Zealand’s most iconic highlights. You will bask on a tropical island, connect with Maori culture, explore Milford Sound, and discover the country’s most famous roads and train route. This privately chauffeured tour will reveal the highlights of both islands, including Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, and Franz Josef Glacier. Expect to be surrounded by natural wonder every step of the way as you are immersed in the immutable grandeur of New Zealand.

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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

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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Queenstown aerial view in New Zealand

Amazing Family Friendly Tour of New Zealand: Queenstown, Rotorua, Pauanui, Tairua, and More

11 Day Custom Tour

From $2,745

The Remarkables Mountains frame the South Island and reflect in the pristine waters of glacial lakes. Turquoise waves lap at gold sand beaches. Forests decorate the hills and valleys. You can hear the cultural songs of the Maori echoing from a long tradition. Your amazing family friendly tour of New Zealand through Queenstown, Rotorua, Pauanui, Tairua and more is tailored to provide family adventure and cultural discoveries. View the smoldering crater lake of a volcanic island and watch penguins dive into the frigid waters of a breathtaking fiord. The family will find exploration of land, air, and sea along the treasured landscape and heritage of New Zealand.

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