New Zealand Escorted Tours4 tours available
AU2 Australia And New Zealand Tours
31 days from Melbourne to Christchurch
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AU4 Australia & New Zealand Tour
17 days from Sydney to Queenstown
This is an excellent alternative to our much longer combination of Australia & New Zealand tour, covering the main highlights of both in an… Read more
MCUP Untouched Pacific Islands Tour
19 days from Honolulu to Auckland
When it comes to tourism, there are always those countries that get most of the fame. There are those destinations that top the list of the 'most… Read more
More About New Zealand
Due to its remote location, New Zealand was one of the last islands on earth to be settled, allowing it to retain a feeling of being wild. Tucked away far west in the South Pacific Ocean, our New Zealand escorted tours explore the two main islands rich with Maori Culture, British influence, soaring mountains, hot volcanic activity, and some of the best scenery in the world. It's a country where the people are both easy going and outnumbered by sheep.
It wasn't until the 13th century that the Polynesians discovered New Zealand, developing a distinct culture known as the Maori. A fierce warrior tradition emerged, with tribes creating war dances called haka and face tattooing to intimidate their enemies. The trade of greenstone and the carving of the jade coloured rock became both a spiritual protector and an emblem of prestige. With a stronger presence on the North Island, our New Zealand escorted tours take in a cultural performance as well as learn details about their traditions while enjoying a Maori hangi feast.
For nearly four hundred years the Maori lived isolated from the world, until the arrival of Dutch explorer Abel Tasman in 1642 followed by the English James Cook in 1769. Straight at the initial encounter between the Dutch, the Maori were hostile and ready to protect their lands. A century later, the British as well as Americans and Europeans were able to court favour with the Maori to exchange and trade goods. Soon the waters of New Zealand became important whaling and sealing destinations as well. Trade for the musket guns would forever change the warring nature of the Maori, leading to what is known as the Musket Wars between tribes and eventually the chiefs requesting intervention from the British at the end of the 19th century. A stop at the Parliament and Te Papa National Museum in Wellington allows the chance to understand the agreement between the Maori and British better.
While the British extended their political and social influence, there was one thing about New Zealand that would remain: its spectacular landscape. Despite the vast transformation of land into pasture grounds for sheep farming, New Zealand has thirteen national parks showcasing its natural beauty. In the South Island, our New Zealand tours take a guided boat trip to Doubtful Sound or Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park. Steep sided mountains rise out of the sea to dizzying heights while misty waterfalls crash back down to the ocean and beaches. Mt Cook soars as New Zealand's highest peak, with the attached Southern Icefield feeding into glaciers such as Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. Throughout the protected forests some of New Zealand's most famous residents hide, from the kiwi bird to the takahe.
With less than five million people mostly living in urban areas such as Christchurch, Auckland, and Wellington, New Zealand escorted tours appeal to those with an affinity for nature, an intrigue to island culture, and a passion for adventure. Learn more about this fantastic nation.