New Zealand Tours

Small Group New Zealand Tours

Isolated wilderness, skyscraping mountains, gilded beaches. New Zealand hides in seclusion from the rest of the world, storing its secrets for travellers with an adventurous spirit and an eye for beauty.
Antique buildings and Pacific shores clamber for the spotlight from Auckland’s Polynesian streets. Rotorua’s Volcanic Zone hiccups hot steam from semi-silent volcanoes, leading you past bubbling mud pools. Tour Blenheim’s overgrown vineyards enfolded by snow-capped mountains, and inhale the sweet scent of beech trees while hiking Glenorchy’s rustic trails.
Our small group New Zealand tours take you from the garden-lined streets of Christchurch to the southern Alps of Mt Cook. Get 360 degrees of...   Read More
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Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.

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Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides

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Escape the beaten path
Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.
All-inclusive comfort
Get more value with all-inclusive trips featuring top-rated restaurants and hotels.
Expert local guides
Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides
Safe Travels
Adventures Abroad has implemented new safety measures and has received the World Travel and Tourism Council's Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with the assurance that we have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so you can experience 'Safe Travels'.

 

 

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Our New Zealand Tour Leaders

Our small group New Zealand tours offer personalized attention at a leisurely pace. Enjoy touring New Zealand’s beautiful countryside with a maximum of 18 people.

Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Melissa Nevison
With a background in history and museums I have worked with groups and given tours for years. I love to travel, to experience the thrill of discovering a…
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Serra Hughes
Currently based in Stockholm, Serra has been leading tours all over the world for Adventures Abroad for the past 15 years. She is currently balancing tour…
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Martin Charlton
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.
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Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a…
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Where To Go In New Zealand
Our New Zealand group tours lead you through multicultural cities and hidden harbours. Walk Auckland’s Polynesian streets then head to the geyser-strewn fields of Rotorua. Look down the steep walls of Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain, and dip your toes into the balmy waters of Queenstown’s beaches. Visit glacier-cut forests in Te Anau, then cross the fjord to Milford Sound’s unbroken preserves.

 

Auckland
Known as the ‘City of Sails’, Auckland lies wrapped by sapphire harbours, ashy volcanoes, and shallow mountains. Experience the fervor of Queen Street then stroll the serenity of Parnell Rose Garden.
Christchurch
South of Blenheim lies the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch. Stretched along the Pacific shores and Kaikoura Ranges, it feeds off a diversity of cultures, blending ancient with contemporary.
Rotorua
Centered in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, Rotorua is a hub of geothermal activity. View steamy geysers and travel the Thermal Explorer Highway, where volcanic plateaus dare you for a closer look.
Blenheim
Stroll the sun-kissed streets of Blenheim and tour the mountainside vineyards. Taste the crisp notes of winter and the warmth of summer in every sip from this Marlborough wine region.
Queenstown
Pinched between Alpine mountains and Lake Wakatipu, this exclusive resort is blanketed in mountain scenery and crystalline waters. Take a cruise or walk the harbour-tucked streets of downtown.
Te Anau
Te Anau is the passageway to the glacier-cut forests of Fiordland National Park, and the soul-stirring peaks of Milford Sound. Spy on rare takahē birds and take in views of Mitre Peak.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Do you need a visa to travel to New Zealand?

Yes, most travellers entering New Zealand are required to have a tourist visa in addition to their passport. Countries with visa waivers will need an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa. Both are valid for up to 9 months from the date of entry. Australian and UK citizens with a valid passport are the only ones not required to have a visa.

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Is New Zealand safe?

In general, New Zealand is a safe country to visit and travel around. Crime rates are lower than many more heavily populated countries, though tourists are a prime target for car break-ins. When parking your car, take the proper precautions by storing your valuables out of sight and locking the doors, just as you would at home.

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When is the best time to visit New Zealand

New Zealand’s spring runs September through November and is a great time to see the foliage blossom. Winter sports end, and warm weather sports begin. Summer runs December through February and provides the best overall weather for travellers seeking sunny adventure. Tourism runs high during these months.

 

Name:
Melissa Nevison

EDUCATION:
Bachelor of Arts: Liberal Studies (History, Cultural Studies, Languages, Literature)
Diploma in Fashion Design and Technology

LANGUAGE:
English, Emergency Spanish/ German (good in a pinch)

TOURS LED:
Iceland, Italy, Switzerland, Malta, Cuba, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Australia & New Zealand.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Very hard to choose! I love something about everywhere I’ve been, but I definitely have a soft-spot for Cuba and Ireland.

ABOUT:
With a background in history and museums I have worked with groups and given tours for years. I love to travel, to experience the thrill of discovering a new place and to witness its differences. For me, traveling is all about the people, those connections you make with locals and fellow travellers along the way. I prefer to truly immerse myself in the culture! My feeling is that travel is one of the few things in life you can buy that truly enriches you.

Name:
Serra Hughes

EDUCATION:
Middle Eastern and Islamic History and English Literature.

LANGUAGE:
English, French and Mandarin.

TOURS LED:
Throughout Southeast and East Asia, the South Pacific, the Middle East, East Africa, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Israel, Greece, Italy, Malta, Cuba, Iceland & Atlantic Canada!

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Tej honey wine in Lalibela, Ethiopia; the vast, supernatural beauty of Wadi Rum, Jordan; sailing down the Nile on a felucca; the jaw-dropping futuristic skylines of Hong Kong and Shanghai.....and whatever/wherever is next!

ABOUT:
Currently based in Stockholm, Serra has been leading tours all over the world for Adventures Abroad for the past 15 years. She is currently balancing tour leading part-time while pursuing a graduate degree in Sweden.

Name:
Martin Charlton

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Geography; further studies in Archaeology & Anthropology. Life's real education happens outside the classroom.

LANGUAGE:
English and some French & Spanish.

TOURS LED:
Having led tours for Adventures Abroad for almost 25 years, there are few corners of the globe where Martin’s left a stone unturned: everywhere from North Korea to Nauru, Saudi Arabia to Sudan, Guinea-Bissau to French Guiana. With over 200 tours through over 125 countries under his belt, it might be faster to list the regions where he hasn’t led a tour.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
"My love of travel and infectious enthusiasm for different cultures has taken me to over 155 countries. The further off the beaten path, the better. For a favourite place: perhaps South Georgia Island, the Canadian Arctic, or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. World's best city = Istanbul!"

ABOUT:
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.

Name:
Jonathan Hodgson

EDUCATION:
BA in Psychology at McGill University; MBA at the University of British Columbia; self-educated passion for history and culture.

LANGUAGE:
English; conversational French; improving Spanish and Russian. And a decent Scottish accent.

TOURS LED:
I have led tours in over 100 countries over the last 14 years of working for Adventures Abroad on all of the continents except for Antarctica.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Where to begin? Each place has something that makes it a special destination. A few that spring to mind: Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; the snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, India; sipping tea in a chaikhana of the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan; and watching the changing colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

ABOUT:
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography.

Isolated wilderness, skyscraping mountains, gilded beaches. New Zealand hides in seclusion from the rest of the world, storing its secrets for travellers with an adventurous spirit and an eye for beauty.
Antique buildings and Pacific shores clamber for the spotlight from Auckland’s Polynesian streets. Rotorua’s Volcanic Zone hiccups hot steam from semi-silent volcanoes, leading you past bubbling mud pools. Tour Blenheim’s overgrown vineyards enfolded by snow-capped mountains, and inhale the sweet scent of beech trees while hiking Glenorchy’s rustic trails.
Our small group New Zealand tours take you from the garden-lined streets of Christchurch to the southern Alps of Mt Cook. Get 360 degrees of aerial beauty from the cloud-kissed mountains of Queenstown, and float in the teal waters of Lake Wanaka. New Zealand’s whirligig cities, solitary countryside, and sun-soaked sands will mesmerize you.
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