Discover New Zealand: Your Ultimate Travel Destination

Welcome to New Zealand, a land of diverse landscapes, including mountains, glaciers, rainforests, beaches, and volcanoes. New Zealand is also home to a unique culture and a friendly people. At Aspire Down Under we specialize in custom travel experiences that let you discover New Zealand in all its glory. Our expert team is dedicated to making sure that your journey Down Under is nothing short of unforgettable.

Reasons to Visit New Zealand

Choosing New Zealand as your vacation destination opens up a world of experiences. Here's why New Zealand should be on your travel bucket list:

Stunning natural beauty: New Zealand is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. From the towering mountains of the Southern Alps to the pristine beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Adventure: New Zealand is a paradise for adventure seekers. There are opportunities to go bungy jumping, white water rafting, hiking, skiing, and snowboarding, among other activities.

Unique wildlife: New Zealand is home to a variety of unique wildlife, including the kiwi, the kakapo, and the kea. You can also see whales, dolphins, seals, and penguins in the wild.

Friendly people: New Zealanders are known for being friendly and welcoming. You're sure to feel safe and at home in this laid-back country.

Diverse culture: New Zealand is a multicultural society with a rich Maori heritage. You can learn about Maori culture at museums, cultural centers, and festivals.

World-class food and wine: New Zealand has a thriving food and wine scene. There are restaurants to suit all budgets and tastes, and the local wines are some of the best in the world.

Geothermal wonders: New Zealand is home to a number of geothermal attractions, including hot springs, mud pools, and geysers. You can even take a dip in one of the many natural hot pools.

Lord of the Rings and Hobbit filming locations: New Zealand is the home of Middle-earth, the fictional setting for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. You can visit many of the filming locations, such as Hobbiton and Mount Doom.

 

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! Queenstown, New Zealand's premier visitor destination. Franz Josef, New Zealand's largest glacier. Relax on the scenic TranzAlpine scenic rail journey to Christchurch. The central north island, bubbling mud pools and Maori culture, conclude in 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. From Queenston through via the West Coast, the South Alps running alongside you. Onward to the north island, the capital Wellington, the immense cobalt-blue Lake Taupo and end in Auckland.

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Start Planning Your New Zealand Travel Adventure

At Aspire Down Under we solely specialize in vacations to New Zealand and the South Pacific. We have curated an amazing collection of packages showcasing the best of New Zealand - including reduced airfares, free nights, and value touring. If you’ve been dreaming of luxury lodge indulgence, sampling your favorite wine at source, a jetboat adventure, boarding a fjord cruise, walking the majestic trails or interacting with New Zealand’s unique wildlife and fauna, the time to travel is now!

 

We offer a variety of New Zealand Vacation Packages that let you explore the best of New Zealand.

For those seeking a romantic getaway, our New Zealand Honeymoon and Romance packages offer unforgettable experiences for couples.

Want the the best levels of comfort and service, our Luxury, Lodges and Experiences guarantee the ultimate New Zealand vacation.

If you're interested in our top picks, visit Aspire Recommends to see our recommended travel experiences and destinations in New Zealand.

Perfer a fully escorted group itinerary, visit Escorted Touring to view options.

New Zealand Entry Requirements

Before your New Zealand adventure, it's crucial to understand the entry requirements. US travelers need an approved Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA), pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy, and your passport should have at least six months validity from your planned return date to the USA.

An ETA, valid for 24 months, allows multiple entries into New Zealand with a maximum stay of 3 months per visit. Valid US passport holders can apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) and pay the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy using the New Zealand ETA app. For full details, view the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs click here.

We advise processing your Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) and paying the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy when purchasing your airline tickets to secure your entry. Also, be aware of New Zealand's strict customs and quarantine regulations to protect its unique environment. Declare any food, plant material, and animal products upon arrival to avoid fines.

Lastly, we recommend purchasing travel insurance for your trip to cover unexpected incidents, and familiarize yourself with local driving laws if you plan to drive in Australia.

 

Combine New Zealand with another destination

Want to experience New Zealand and one of our destinations, no problem. Whether you're time poor or time is no issue, an Aspire expert will provide honest advice on what you can realistically experience. View our itinerary suggestions, but there's more, contact us, or if you'd prefer, arrange a virtual appointment with one of our team. Together we can customize an itinerary to fit your time, budget and interests.

 

From Kia Ora to G'Day - Contrasts of New Zealand & Australia from $7,999 per person including international flights

23 Days/20 nights: Covering Mountains, Fjords, Glaciers, thermal geysers, harbors, wildlife, Reef and much more! If you have been waiting to find the perfect bucket list trip for New Zealand & Australia this one covers it all! This exciting itinerary is crafted to flow seamlessly traveling by plane and tour bus with amazing experiences and outstanding value.

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Best of Australia & New Zealand Vacation Package, Honeymoon Travel from $6,999 per person including international flights

23 Days/20 nights - Experience the best of Australia & New Zealand in this three weeks package. Experience the multicultural city of Melbourne, the Great Barrier Reef resort area of Port Douglas before flying directly from Cairns to Auckland for 3 days exploring the harbour city of Auckland and Rotorua's thermal activity & Maori culture; Flying directly from Rotorua to Queenstown you will continue

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Cook Islands, Rarotonga & Aitutaki and New Zealand from $6,399 per person including international flights

19 Days/16 nights - Cook Islands and New Zealand - a prefect combination. Stay at the Pacific resort nestled discreetly on the white sands of Rarotonga and the Pacific resort Aitutaki with panoramic view of Aitutaki’s world-famous lagoon . Cook Islands a place where simple, lazy days meet luxurious evenings. Onto New Zealand and experience the cities of Auckland, Wellington And Queenstown and all they have to offer.

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Why Choose Aspire Down Under for Your New Zealand Travel Adventure?

At Aspire Down Under, our international team of travel professionals is here to provide you with the best possible New Zealand travel experience with vacation packages customized to fit your schedule, interests, and budget. 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.

Personalized Journeys: At Aspire Down Under we believe in the power of personalized travel. We take the time to understand your unique travel requirements, and we use this to design a customized journey that will create lasting memories. We know that planning a trip can be a daunting task - but with our expertise and guidance, you can look forward to a New Zealand travel experience that truly reflects your spirit.

The Aspire Advantage: As destination specialists, we pride ourselves on our deep understanding of New Zealand. We've spent years discovering the best destinations, transfers, tours, and accommodations that New Zealand has to offer. But we don't just rely on our own experiences. We listen to our clients and use their feedback to continuously refine our offerings. Our goal is to ensure that your New Zealand vacation exceeds your expectations in every way.

Journey Planning: From your first inquiry to your return home you'll work with a dedicated travel expert who will answer your questions, provide advice, and help plan your itinerary. We believe in building strong relationships with our clients, making the entire journey a seamless and personalized planning process. Whether you're interested in our New Zealand vacation packages, honeymoon and romance packages, Luxury Lodges experiences, or our escorted touring, we're here to guide you every step of the way.

 

 

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 Destination Frequently Asked Questions

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

New Zealand’s seasons are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere * Spring is September - November * Summer is December - February * Fall is March - May * Winter is June – August.

While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10°C (14°F) in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures.

The average New Zealand temperature decreases as you travel south. January and February are the warmest months, and July is the coldest month of the year.

At the time of your balance payment, we will request your cell phone details so that we may contact whilst traveling if necessary. We recommend you contact your cell plan provider prior to departure to discuss international calling/texts/data plans. Once in New Zealand for any data usage check for wifi connections at your accommdation. We highly recommend you switch off your data roaming option at all times except when you deem it necessary to download data when not connected to wifi.

There are strict laws prohibiting or restricting the entry of drugs, steroids, weapons, firearms, protected wildlife and associated products. If you are unsure about anything declare it to Customs upon arrival.

English is the common language of New Zealand. However, as New Zealand is a multicultural society, you may hear other languages spoken including Te Reo Maori, the official language of New Zealand. The vast majority of New Zealand place names are of Maori origin.  A Maori phrase you’ll be sure to hear and see is Kia ora which means hello.

New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day, 17 hours ahead of EST or 20 hours ahead of PST.  In summer New Zealand uses ‘daylight saving’, with clocks put forward one hour to EST+18/PST+21. Daylight saving begins on the first Sunday in October and ends on the third Sunday of the following March, when clocks are put back to EST+17/PST+20.

New Zealand's unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). Coins have values of 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, $1 and $2; notes have values of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.

All major credit cards and touchless methods of payment are widely accepted.

New Zealanders do not expect tips for normal service - even in restaurants and bars. However, tipping for extra special service or kindness is at the discretion of the visitor. Hotels and restaurants in New Zealand do not add service charges to their bills.

230/240 volts, 50 Hz, 3 pin plugs. The power supply is 220/240 volts AC. Sockets accept three-flat-pin plugs so an adaptor is needed. 110v appliances will need a voltage converter.

Before your visit you should arrange sufficient medical and travel insurance. Ensure the policy is adequate to cover costs for ambulance or helicopter rescue, emergency surgery, or transportation home. Accidents (but not illnesses) are covered by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), which ensures that residents and tourists alike are not charged for any medical treatment required as a consequence of an accident suffered in New Zealand. This covers both physical and psychological damage. In cases of minor injuries you may have to contribute to the cost of the initial doctor’s visit. The ACC scheme means you can’t sue anybody for damages.

We offer travel insurance policies – ask your Aspire Down Under consultant for more details.

It is safe to drink tap water anywhere in New Zealand. Bottled mineral water is available throughout the country.

New Zealand's clear, unpolluted atmosphere and relatively low latitudes produce sunlight stronger than much of Europe or North America, so be prepared to wear hats and sun block if you plan to be out in the sun for more than 15-20 minutes.

Weather conditions in New Zealand alpine areas can change rapidly. Be prepared for cold wet weather if you plan to walk in our National Parks, whatever the time of year

Beaches with potential hazards are often patrolled by lifeguards, who put up yellow and red flags - Water Safety New Zealand recommend that between these flags is the safest place to swim on these beaches.

New Zealanders drive on the left hand side of the road. The steering wheel is on the right hand side of the car. The maximum speed limit in cities and towns is 50 km/h (30 mph) and on country roads and highways, 100 km/h (62mph) unless signs indicate otherwise. Strict drink-driving laws apply. Drivers and passengers must wear seat belts at all times.

Visitors may drive in New Zealand on a valid overseas driver’s license for the same class of vehicle or an International Driving Permit. Licenses must be carried when driving. If the driver's license is not in the English language, the visitor must carry a translation with the permit.

If you arrive in New Zealand carrying controlled drugs on you or in your luggage, you may import them provided that you declare the controlled drugs on your passenger arrival card to present to New Zealand Customs Service - demonstrate to NZ Customs that the drug:

  • is required for treating a medical condition for you or for someone under your care and control who is traveling with you
  • has been lawfully supplied to you in the country of origin
  • is no more than one month’s supply

To demonstrate that the controlled drug has been lawfully supplied for the treatment of you or someone under your care you should:

  • carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating that you are being treated with the controlled drug(s) and the name and strength of these drugs
  • carry your medicines including controlled drugs in the original labelled containers.

We will provide a listing with your departure documents.

We will provide a listing with your departure documents.