Recommended New Zealand Experiences

Offering breathtaking landscapes of stunning and diverse natural beauty which include majestic and dramatic fjords, spectacular glaciers, rugged mountains, vast plains and farmland, long coastlines, wonderful sandy beaches and active geothermal regions plus so much more. Our iconic itineraries provide a selection of what New Zealand can offer, in partnership with an Aspire Down Under consultant customize an itinerary to fit your time, budget and interests. All our iconic New Zealand itineraries include car rental. If you do not want to self drive, no problem. Contact us and discuss coach schedules as well as shared and private transfers.

Explore New Zealand by car, train & tour vacation package from $3,999 including International flights

14 Days/11 nights: Start in Queenstown, New Zealand's premier visitor destination, self-drive to Franz Josef, New Zealand's largest glacier. Relax on the scenic TranzAlpine scenic rail journey to Christchurch. Venture to the Central North Island and experience the fascinating geothermal and Maori culture in Rotorua. Conclude with two nights in the beautiful harbour city of Auckland.

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The Best of New Zealand with small group touring from $4,699 per person including international flights

14 Days/11 nights: Experience the best New Zealand has to offer! Visit Queenstown, the adventure capital & Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain and base for glacier exploration. Enjoy the Garden City of Christchurch. Then, travel to the central north island with its bubbling mud pools and Maori culture in Rotorua before concluding in the beautiful harbour city of Auckland.

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New Zealand Self Drive Tour, Ultimate Roadtrip Vacation Package from $3,899 per person including international flights

18 days/15 nights: A classic New Zealand self-drive itinerary. It starts in Queenstown and follows the rugged West Coast, with the South Alps running alongside you. The itinerary then moves on to the Abel Tasman National Park, the North Island and capital city of Wellington, Tongariro National Park, the immense cobalt-blue Lake Taupo, the thermal and Maori cultural center of Rotorua and ends in the harbour city of Auckland.

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North Island Explorer from $3,499 per person including international flights

12 days/9 nights: Explore Auckland, it's amazing harbor, islands and city life. Head north to the bay of islands, learn about the Maori and European history. Visit Waipoua forest and the massive Kauri trees, Rotorua for geothermal attractions and finish at Napier, relax or sample one of the region's fine wines.

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South Island Explorer from $3,499 per person including international flights

11 days/8 nights: From Christchurch in the east traverse the Southern Alps by rail. Self-drive the west coast's national parks, rugged coastline, and glaciers. Arrive in Queenstown, explore Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park. Head north to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park and the highest peak in Australasia.

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4 Day Walks of New Zealand from $4,999 per person including international flights

16 days/13 nights - A haven for many outdoor activities, diverse day walks as well as other highlights for those who want to get out and explore the country. The 4 walks - Tongariro Alpine Crossing, mountainous and volcanic; Abel Tasman National Park, coastal and wildlife; Franz Josef, glacier hiking; Te Anau, sample part of the famous Milford Track.

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Journey to Middle Earth in style from $4,949 per person including international flights

14 days/11 nights: Journey beneath southern skies on this independent itinerary and discover a land reminiscent of JRR Tolkien's fantasy world of lush lowlands barren wastelands, deep valleys and mystical mountains. Enjoy luxury accommodations and small group touring experiences as you navigate the most scenic Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit sights across the North & South Islands.

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Storytelling trail of New Zealand from $5,999 per person including international flights

13 days/10 nights: Enjoy your time exploring the history of New Zealand, its culture and its native inhabitants, the Maori people. This self-drive itinerary is designed to allow you to make your way through New Zealand by car, allowing you plenty of time to take in the beautiful scenery and landscape. Rest your head at night at a series of country estates, lodges and boutique hotels.

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South Island Golf Trail from $6,499 per person including international flights

12 Days/9 Nights - Combining breathtaking scenery, world class golf, adventure and relaxation at unique accommodation offering superb Kiwi hospitality in Christchurch and Queenstown. Highlights include golf at Clearwater Resort, Pegasus Golf Club, Terrace Downs, Millbrook Resort and Kelvin Height or Jack's Point Golf Course.

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Feathers & Footprints from $8,999 per person including international flights

24 days/21 nights: In addition to both the North and South islands, this package will deliver you to the much smaller and charming third island of New Zealand, Stewart Island. Enjoy a series of wildlife encounters throughout your journey and more than one occasion to be up close and personal with New Zealand's favorite bird, the Kiwi.

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Why Choose Aspire Down Under for Your New Zealand Vacation?

At Aspire Down Under, our international team of travel professionals is dedicated to providing you the best possible New Zealand vacation experience with vacation packages customized to fit your schedule, interests, and budget. We specialize in curating unique experiences, whether it's an adventure travel experience, a cultural journey through New Zealand's rich history, a tour of unique geothermal winders, or a self-drive itinerary to view New Zealand's stunning natural landscapes.

A New Zealand vacation is an adventure from start to finish - a flight halfway around the world to ‘Aeoteroa’, or ‘The Land of the Long White Cloud’. So if you want to get the full New Zealand experience, there will be plenty to do, plenty to see, and plenty of travel - even after your arrival. That's why we always recommend a vacation package to all those who are curious and who come to us for help with their New Zealand vacation.

 

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Custom Journeys

Aspire Down Under is dedicated to crafting custom journeys that will live long in the memory and that compliment your individual wants and needs. We understand planning a trip can be overwhelming. Our vision and goal is to offer journeys which reflect our spirit. Every day we strive to offer authenticity, service and advice.

 

Aspire Difference

As destination experts we want your trip reality to exceed expectation, our destinations, transfers, tours and accommodation reflect our expert knowledge and our client feedback.

 

Planning Your Journey

We will answer your questions, offer plenty of advice and start planning your itinerary outline. You will work with the same dedicated travel expert for all your dealings with Aspire to ensure consistency and knowledge of your information.

 

What Makes Our New Zealand Vacation Packages Unique?

With two unique islands, 14 national parks, and dozens of diverse cities, there are plenty of New Zealand attractions and activities to choose from. Explore golden coastlines fringed with native pohutakawa trees, follow walking trails to waterfalls hidden in beech forests, cycle through gently rolling vineyards, sample New Zealand's famous adventure activities and extreme sports. Or relax and take it easy at beautiful hot pools, cultural attractions and art galleries. We at Aspire Down Under strive to find the very best New Zealand vacation experiences to craft our premade and custom vacation packages. Our packages are designed to offer a range of experiences, including adventure travel, cultural experiences, food and wine experiences, and outdoor activities. No matter what your passions, interests, or the items on your bucket list are, New Zealand has so much in store for you - and our vacation packages make your New Zealand adventure easy, convenient, and efficient.

Why be forced to choose between the hassle of booking an itinerary that includes multiple in-country flights, hotels and experiences, or missing out on a single bit of your dream New Zealand vacation? Our New Zealand vacation packages take away all the stress and uncertainty of international travel and provide you with a clear, efficient itinerary that makes the most of your time Down Under.

 

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The Benefits of a Customized New Zealand Vacation Package

Best of all, all our vacation packages are 100% customizable! Want to spend a few extra days in any one or more of the incredible locales New Zealand has to offer? No problem! A quick switcheroo from one or more activities to others? We've got ya! Got a special bucket list item that you've just got to check off? We can add it, or build your entire New Zealand adventure around it with a vacation package made just for you! Whether you're interested in adventure travel, cultural experiences, food and wine experiences, or outdoor activities, we can customize your vacation package to include your desired experiences. At Aspire Down Under, we're with you for every step of your New Zealand vacation, with the best-researched, customized, and managed vacation packages around.

 

 

Client Testimonials

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Our best vacation ever - we didn't want to get on the plane in Auckland. We can't pick one favorite place - they all had something special!

Highly recommend! Great suggestions and reworked our itinerary multiple times to help us include the activities we wanted within our budget!

 

New Zealand Vacation Frequently Asked Questions

Please find answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions please contact us.

Some of the most popular places to visit in New Zealand include:

Milford Sound: This iconic fiord to dramatic waterfalls, towering mountains, and lush rainforest.

Abel Tasman National Park: This national park is known for its golden sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush native bush.

Queenstown: This bustling town is known as the adventure capital of New Zealand.

Rotorua: This town is known for its geothermal activity and Maori culture.

Tongariro National Park: Home to three active volcanoes, as well as stunning alpine scenery. Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, one of New Zealand's most popular day hikes.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves: These caves are home to thousands of glowworms, which create a magical spectacle.

Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier: These two glaciers are some of the most accessible in the world.

Mount Cook National Park: New Zealand's highest mountain, Mount Cook. Hooker Valley, which offers stunning views of Mount Cook and Hooker Glacier.

The best time of year to visit New Zealand depends on what you want to do and see.

Summer (December to February) is the most popular time to visit New Zealand, as the weather is warm and sunny. This is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities.

Spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) are also good times to visit New Zealand, as the weather is mild and there are fewer crowds. This is a good time to hike, bike, and visit the country's many national parks.

Winter (June to August) is the least popular time to visit New Zealand, as the weather can be cold and rainy. However, this is a good time to visit to avoid crowds.

New Zealand offers a wide range of accommodation options, from budget-friendly hostels and campsites to luxury hotels and lodges. You can also stay in holiday apartments, bed and breakfasts, farmstays or private villas, depending on your preferences and budget. We can recommend the best accommodations based on your travel style and itinerary.

The ideal length of stay in New Zealanbd depends on how much of the country you want to see and what activities you want to do. For a comprehensive tour of the country, we recommend at least two weeks, but you can still have a fantastic experience in one to two weeks if you focus on a specific region or activity. We can help you plan your itinerary and suggest the best length of stay for your vacation.

New Zealand is a manageable size to explore on your vacation, so the best way to travel around depends on your itinerary and preferences. Some popular options include renting a car, taking domestic flights, or traveling by train or coach. We can help you plan your transportation and suggest the best options based on your travel plans.

New Zealand offers plenty of exciting activities for all types of travelers. Some popular activities include hiking with trails to suit all levels of experience, swimming off one of the Coromandel beaches, self drive the majestic west coast, and whale watching, with a variety of whale species spotted in the country's waters. We can help you plan your itinerary to include your top activity choices.

New Zealand is generally a safe country for travelers, but it's still important to take precautions and stay aware of your surroundings. Some tips for staying safe in New Zealand include carrying a copy of your passport and other important documents, staying in well-lit areas at night, avoiding carrying large sums of cash, and being aware of potential scams or pickpocketing. We can provide you with more detailed safety tips and advice for your New Zealand vacation.