Been There. Done It.

On a tight time-frame? There’s always time to enjoy unique New Zealand experiences and some of the best of what the country has to offer. Below are some suggestions for those looking to get the absolute most out of their short trip.

Essential Experiences

The Essential Experiences

Minimum Length Two weeks
Highlights Waitomo Caves; Maori culture; Wildlife experiences; Wine tasting; Historic cities; Milford Sound; Glaciers.

Less time to spare, but still want to experience iconic sights and activities you’ve heard so much about? Tick off the essential New Zealand highlights in this fast-paced journey around the North and South Islands. You’ll discover fascinating culture galore and enough unforgettable landscapes to fill your camera’s memory card to the brim.

Scenery Galore

Scenery Galore

Minimum Length Two weeks
Highlights Bay of Islands; Waitomo Caves; Geysers and mud pools; Lake Taupo; Wildlife experiences; Mount Cook; Glaciers and national parks.

Does the natural beauty of wild landscapes send you weak at the knees? Prepare to get very wobbly indeed on this journey around the very best of New Zealand’s famous scenery. Along the way you’ll find plenty of opportunities to get in among it; hiking, boating or encountering rare native wildlife.

 

Natural Wonderland

Natural Wonderland

Minimum Length One week
Highlights Geothermal activity; Lake Taupo; Caving adventures.

New Zealand has a landscape that’s out of this world and this journey shows you around some of the most unique sights. From an enormous lake to a triad of volcanoes on a barren plateau, from bubbling mud pools and geysers to an intricate cave network, you’ll be reaching for superlatives every step of the way.

 

Far North

Far North

Minimum Length Four days
Highlights Bay of Islands; Ninety Mile Beach; Cape Reinga.

The subtropical far north of New Zealand is easily accessible from the gateway city of Auckland, making it an excellent place to explore on a short visit. Combining glorious maritime landscapes, rich culture and history, and an abundance of outdoor activities, it’s a great introduction to Aotearoa.

 

Southern Splendor

Southern Splendour

Minimum Length One week
Highlights Mount Cook; Adventure activities; Glaciers.

Over the course of just a few days, you’ll experience places that will be seared on your memory for the rest of your life. This quick encounter with the South Island’s highlights will introduce you to some of the best landscapes New Zealand has to offer.

 

Wildlife & Wellbeing

Wildlife & Wellbeing

Minimum Length Four days
Highlights Wildlife encounters; Thermal spa; Wine tasting.

An ultra-quick trip that puts you on the fast track to relaxation, this itinerary offers the out-of-this-world experience of encountering marine wildlife in Kaikoura and the indulgence of bathing in geothermal hot pools at Hanmer Springs.