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Things to do in New Zealand


“Not all those who wander are lost.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, Author - Lord of the Rings


From its untamed wilderness to rich Maori culture, New Zealand is a holiday destination unlike any other and offers something for everyone. From heart-pumping adrenaline activities to relaxing wine tastings, cultural tours, snow tours and more, you’re sure to find a New Zealand travel package that speaks to you.


Cast into the Hollywood spotlight when the heart of the mighty Waikato region transformed into the fictional realms of the Shire and Hobbiton, as featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies, this small island in the southwestern Pacific Ocean is unlike anywhere else in the world.


Experience Nature’s Beauty With New Zealand Tours


Almost spellbinding, New Zealand’s natural beauty is dispersed across its two main landmasses—the North Island and the South Island —and over 700 smaller islands.

From towering mountains and mist-cloaked fjords, you can find serenity in golden beaches curled around quiet bays, with a  village-like community feel evident throughout the entire nation.

Take the magnificent Piopiotahi / Milford Sound for example; often described as an immense and dramatic landscape, Milford Sound casts a spell over all who visit, with breathtaking geological formations and a history rich in Maori legends.

Explore this area by sea, land or sky on a Milford Sound tour - with Milford Sound tour packages even available for those looking for the ultimate experience in one of New Zealand’s most picture-perfect locations!

 

New Zealand Wine Tours & Brewery Tours


New Zealand has undergone a wine explosion over the past 25 years, with the country now home to over 600 wineries and more recently, breweries.
Famous for its Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand’s vineyards are widely spread all over the two islands. Enjoy one of many different New Zealand wine tours: from the boutique producers to the Sauvignon and Pinot Gris vines around the Marlborough wine region, which represents 62 per cent of the total vineyard area!

Check out this Gourmet Queenstown Food and Wine Tour to get a taste of what else is on offer.

 

New Zealand Adventure Tours & Adrenaline Activities


Hungry for something a little more thrilling?

Aside from its undeniable natural beauty, New Zealand is the adventure tour capital of the world. New Zealand is home to a huge range of adrenaline activities including jet boating, bungee jumping and white water rafting – all guaranteed to get your blood pumping! 

 

New Zealand Skydiving Tours


Looking for the ultimate New Zealand adrenaline activity? This New Zealand skydiving experience is one of the best ways to see it all and feel it all…at once! 

This tandem skydiving experience is offered by New Zealand’s only skydiving company to have won NZ's Supreme Tourism Award and have jumped with over 300,000 adrenaline junkies to date! 

Jump over New Zealand's most stunning alpine scenery, including the breathtaking Remarkables Mountain Range and Lake Wakatipu. You'll freefall from up to 15,000ft for 20 to 60 seconds at 200kph before your parachute opens up and you begin your incredible descent back down to earth.

With your feet firmly planted back on the ground…it might be time for a drink!

 

The Ultimate New Zealand Adrenaline Tour


What better way to experience it all than on this New Zealand 7 Day Southern Voyager trip?

Experience the South Island with 7 days of adventure and adrenaline as you bungy, skydive, jet boat and kayak your way through the region.

You can also soak up New Zealand’s native bush and explore lakes, rivers, beaches and waterfalls, or, there’s the option to ski in Queenstown during July, August and early September, with accommodation in Queenstown, Franz Joseph and Mount Cook National Park included!

For even more great New Zealand adventure deals, check out the ‘Adrenaline’ tab under Categories further back up this page for some great New Zealand travel deals suited to adventure-seekers on everyone and every budget!

 

New Zealand Lord of the Rings Tours


Fancy something magical on your New Zealand trip?

Your New Zealand adventure wouldn’t be complete without a stop at a Hobbiton Movie Set Tour - one of New Zealand’s most famous attractions.

Here, The Lord of the Rings came to life with some of the story’s most iconic places including the Hobbit holes, the Shire and the Green Dragon Inn, all part of a Hobbiton day tour.

With so much more to see and do, why not start the next chapter of your New Zealand story and book your next tour or activity with us, today!

 

Prepare for Your New Zealand Tour - Learn Maori sayings


To fully immerse yourself in the Maori culture, why not learn a bit of their language pre-trip?

Here’s some common Maori sayings to acquaint yourself with:

“Kia Ora” - Maori saying for “Hello”
“Haere Mai.” – Maori saying for “Welcome”
“Tēnā Koutou” – Maori saying for “Hello,” to a group of people
“Haere Ra” – Maori saying for “Goodby”
“Ka Kite Ano” – Maori saying for “See you tomorrow”
“Kia kaha” – Maori saying for “Be strong”
“Kei te pēhea koe?” – Maori saying for “How are you?

 

Ready to start exploring NZ? Book your New Zealand tour or activity today!

 

Frequently Asked Questions About ​Day Trips In Queenstown

 

What are the best New Zealand tours for singles?

Known for being one of the safest countries for solo travellers, a New Zealand multi-day tour is the best way to meet new people and explore all the beauty on offer! Score a great multi-day New Zealand tour deal by selecting ‘Multi-Day Tour’ in the category section on this page!

 

What New Zealand activities are most popular?

As the adrenaline activity capital of the world, New Zealand has countless activities to get the heart pumping! Check out ‘Adrenaline’ and ‘Adventure’ up in the categories section to find New Zealand activities ranging from ziplining to white water rafting and more!

 

What is New Zealand famous for?

Mention New Zealand and a conversation will generally begin around its prominent rugby team, sheep or ‘fush ‘n’ chups’. What New Zealand is most famous for though is its ruch, Maori culture, which are the tangata whenua (indigenous people) of Aotearoa New Zealand. Check out our Maori activity deals like the Tamaki Maori Village Evening Cultural Experience in Rotorua. 

 

What should I not miss in New Zealand?

When you book a New Zealand travel deal, don’t miss out on making the most of the North and South Island! Covering just 268,021 km², New Zealand is roughly the same size as the USA state of Colorado. In theory, you could drive the North Island from tip to toe in around 14 hours and the South Island in around 12 non-stop.

 

Which part of New Zealand is the most beautiful?

Fortunately for those who call New Zealand home, and for tourists who come to visit, New Zealand is one of the most naturally beautiful travel destinations in the world. New Zealand’s most beautiful locations are: The Bay of Islands, The Coromandel, Hobbiton,Rotorua and Tongariro National Park.

 

What are the best things to do in New Zealand in the winter?

New Zealand is one of the best skiing destinations in the world, but New Zealand winter activities don’t stop there. During the winter, you can also get out and explore natural wonders like the Franz Josef Glacier! With this New Zealand tour package, which is actually available all year-round, enjoy a helicopter ride out to the glacier, then embark on a three- hour guided hike on the ice. That sounds pretty cool to me!

 

What are the best things to do in New Zealand for couples?

Looking for a romantic New Zealand holiday? We offer all sorts of New Zealand tours for couples. Why not embark on a winery tour in the home of NZ’s delicious pinot noir, Queenstown! Or, make your memories all the more remarkable with a scenic flight above some of the country’s most beautiful locations!

 

What is the best time to visit New Zealand?

According to the experts, the best time to visit New Zealand is during the summer months of December to March, which bring long, bright and sunny days and temperatures of 16°C to 24°C. The longer days and shorter nights also make this time of year ideal for visiting the lovely beaches or enjoying the many outdoor activities available, such as hiking and mountain biking.