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  • Experience New Zealand's spectacular scenery on your New Zealand vacation
  • Go for a hike and enjoy the view of Lake Wanaka and Mt Aspiring - both great photo opportunities on New Zealand vacations
  • You will be impressed with Auckland's skyline, including Sky Tower, when booking one of our New Zealand vacation packages that includes Auckland.
  • See Lady Knox geyser "spouting off" in Rotorua - a must inclusion for all New Zealand tours.
  • Immerse yourself in New Zealand's Maori culture and ask us when its the best time to visit New Zealand
  • Enjoy a cruise on spectacular Milford Sound
  • Relax in lush setting along some of New Zealands walking track
  • Home to 39 million sheep - nearly 10 sheep for every person

What would be the major reasons for booking a New Zealand vacation? This makes for a long list. One has to say that one reason is nature at her best 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. The country also has history, culture and, not least, winelands producing excellent wines. 

The size of New Zealand is comparable with that of Great Britain or Japan. The coastline in its entirety measures 1500 kilometres/900 miles in length strangely enough, the same distance that separates New Zealand from Australia across the Tasman Sea. 20% of the country is covered in national parks, forests and reserves. An interesting fact is that 80% of the flora here is native. 

New Zealand is a country made up of two major islands, simply called the North and South Islands which are separated by the Cook Strait which is 22 kilometres/14 miles in width at its narrowest point. They contrast in not only terrain and physical features but also in character and attractions. 

The North Island is volcanic and thermal .The South Island is two thirds mountains and one third plains. The North Island offers lush sub-tropical vegetation, exotic flora and fauna, beaches and attractive small friendly towns. Approximately 75% of Maori culture exists on the North Island although only 15% of the total New Zealand population is Maori. The Polynesians from whom the Maoris are descended, settled here many centuries ago. 

The South Island has spectacular scenery consisting of sweeping plains, snow-covered mountains and rugged coasts and abounds in natural breath-taking landscapes all to be experienced on New Zealand tours. The Southern Alps mountain chain which runs through the centre, divides the South Island. It is also the location of New Zealand’s highest peak, Mount Cook at 3750 metres/12,315 feet and highly visible from a long distance away. 

For enthusiasts of outdoor pursuits and activities on a New Zealand vacation, one can find in abundance any of the following – hiking, swimming, snorkeling, rafting, jet boating, skydiving, paragliding and hang gliding, parasailing, sailing, bungee jumping, climbing, hunting, fishing, caving, skiing and hot air ballooning. 

As mentioned, the two major islands are very different and have unique features. Starting with the North Island, the largest city is Auckland known as the “City of Sails” due to having around 135,000 registered sailboats bobbing in its harbour. The city sits on a volcanic field and the nearby Rangitoto Island is an unpopulated land mass formed by volcanic activity. Auckland is fortunate to have a beautiful harbour which provides some attractive beaches some located in the suburbs of Kohimarama, Devonport and Mission Bay to name a few. The harbour is also home to the Auckland Bridge which connects the centre of the city with its northern suburbs and is the gateway to the far north of the island. A landmark is the Sky Tower, the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere which provides excellent panoramic views of Auckland and just one of the many photo opportunities available while on your New Zealand vacation.Auckland's Westhaven Marina

The harbour area teems with life both in the daytime and the evening with its many cafes, restaurants and bars and other entertainments. A popular pastime is to take a harbour cruise for a different visual perspective of Auckland. The city has several green areas and parks. The best known is the Auckland Domain, the oldest and one of the largest here with its remains of a volcanic crater.  Other major parks are Mount Eden and One Tree Hill which both afford great views. Culturally, one can choose from a number of venues such as the Auckland Art Gallery with its 15,000 works of art, the War Memorial Museum which not only depicts life during World Wars and others but also has an excellent exhibition of Maori and Polynesian people’s arts and crafts.  A very popular attraction is Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World where one comes close up to a diverse collection of aquatic life which includes penguins, stingrays, sharks and jellyfish. 

Wellington is the national capital and is a very attractive city renowned for its natural beauty and also for its arts and culture. It is ringed by mountains and rolling hills and has a rugged coastline. A vibrant city, it offers trendy cafes, restaurants, boutiques and several art galleries. To discover the city, take the cable car to Mount Victoria or Mount Kaukau to enjoy a panoramic view of Wellington and its surroundings. 

Rotorua is the centre of most of the geothermal activity in New Zealand. It is known as a thermal wonderland due to its many gushing hot springs and geysers and because of these natural phenonmen, Rotorua is usually included on a New Zealand vacation. There is a distinct smell of sulphur in the air here but don’t let that put you off discovering these natural phenomena. Also in Rotorua are other attractions such as the Rainbow Springs National Park, beautiful landscaped gardens featuring fish and birds including the flightless Kiwi bird and the Agrodome with its exhibition of rural New Zealand life including sheep shearing demonstrations. Nearby are the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves with their interesting limestone formations. 

 The subtropical Bay of Islands is a very pretty region made up of around 150 islands and a wonderful destination to both relax and explore on New Zealand tours – a good place to see dolphins, whales and penguins. The main centre is Pahia with its superb beaches and the site of the Waitangi Treaty signed in 1840 to unite the country. Russell is a short ferry ride from Pahia and is a charming township with an interesting history.Russell in the Bay Of Islands North Island New Zealand

Hawkes Bay is one of the major centres of New Zealand’s wine producing regions. It is also home to the cities of Napier and Hastings which offer unusual architecture. An earthquake destroyed much of the unique Art Deco buildings here in 1931 but they have now been restored to their original structures. 

The South Island boasts many choices to confirm its overwhelming natural beauty that makes up this region. Starting with the largest city, Christchurch, one finds a very “English” metropolis with its buildings, gardens and Avon River which flows through the heart of the city. Stroll along the banks of the tree-lined Avon River and observe the neo-gothic architecture. Largely rebuilt after the devastating recent earthquake, the city has not lost its charm. Take in Christchurch Cathedral, the Botanical Gardens and the Christchurch Art Gallery as well as simply stroll its streets and parks. One can take a cable car up to the Port Hills for a panoramic view of both Christchurch and the port of Lyttelton on the coast. 

Probably the most visited destination on a New Zealand vacation is the city of Queenstown in the South Island, a charming and scenic resort town located on Lake Wakatipu surrounded by mountains called the Remarkables. Apart from its natural beauty, it is also a centre for many sporting activities.  It also has a lively nightlife. One iconic excursion is to take a cruise on a restored steamship on Lake Wakatipu. Also one can take the gondola to Bob’s Peak for great views of the region.    Aerial view of Queenstown New Zealand   

Not too far from Queenstown is the Fjordland National Park with its sheer rock walls rising straight out of the sea. The best known natural attraction is Milford Sound, an amazingly dramatic and striking fjord and a must inclusion on all New Zealand tours. One can take a cruise on the Sound watching seals, dolphins and penguins while sailing past flowing and cascading waterfalls. Te Anau is a small town which is the gateway to the Fjordland National Park nestled on the edge of a lake and the perfect location for setting off on hikes or walks or simply relax and take in the surrounding beauty. The famous Milford Track running from Te Anau to Milford Sound offers 500 kilometres/ 300 miles of walking trails to satisfy the most energetic. 

The city of Dunedin in the south of the island is known as the Edinburgh of the South due to its Scottish heritage. Stately architecture and steep streets give the city its character. It is also home to the largest and oldest university in New Zealand. 

The Marlborough Region on the north coast is the gateway to the South Island and is where the ferries arrive from the North Island.  It is an important wine producing region and is known for its wine festivals. It is also a great place to watch dolphins and to go sailing. Picton is an attractive seafront town with a number of arts and crafts centres. Blenheim has one of the sunniest climates in the country and has a rugged coastline suitable for interesting walks. Nelson is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, lush green forests, rolling vineyards and golden beaches. The sea here is a beautiful turquoise colour. 

To sum up, New Zealand is truly a paradise and a country in which to invest a good deal of time to discover its magical and unique charms on New Zealand tours. 

 

"Globetrotting with Goway" blog articles

For some additional reading, the following articles are from our blog “Globetrotting with Goway”….. a great source of information for those people who are, or who want to be, world travellers!

Unveiling Lonely Planet’s Top Attractions of the World

Enjoy Cruising in Australia and the South Pacific

Unique Wildlife in Australia and New Zealand

World's Best Family Destinations

Waltzing Downunder on a Holiday of a Lifetime!

 Savour Quality Wines on a New Zealand Tour

Fiordland National Park – A New Zealand Vacation Wonderland

Feel the Heat in New Zealand’s Rotorua!

Bay of Islands – A Tropical Paradise to Discover on Your New Zealand Vacation

Unique Places for Wildlife Spotting on Your New Zealand Vacation

Ecotourism Destinations: New Zealand

How To Get the Most Out of Your New Zealand Vacation

Scenic Self-Drives Are a Great Way to Explore New Zealand

Queenstown – New Zealand’s Most Popular Destination

Explore the Artistic Beauty of Napier, in New Zealand


 

New Zealand Vacation Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to a New Zealand vacation. 

Learn about the history and culture of New Zealand, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about New Zealand's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering New Zealand for yourself. Start exploring...book one of our New Zealand vacations today!

 

Extend Your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your New Zealand vacation at one of Goway's South Pacific destinations. You can choose from  our selection of Australian vacationsTahiti vacation packages or stay at one of our Fiji resorts or perhaps take a Cook Island vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from New Zealand.

 

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  • Waltzing Matilda: Holiday of a Lifetime

    Our fully escorted Waltzing Matilda tour is very different to the other programs we offer to Australia and the South Pacific. It is one of Goway's specifically designated escorted HOLIDAYS OF A LIFETIME that carry a promise of something special! Our professional Tour Director will take care of all the day to day details allowing you to enjoy the history, culture and natural beauty of each of the countries visited on this trip.
    Duration:
    20 Days
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    US$ 8,759
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  • Best of New Zealand: Holiday of a Lifetime

    This very special Holiday of a Lifetime in New Zealand starts with a city orientation tour, special welcome dinner and a stay in the Garden City of Christchurch, New Zealand. Continue on the Alpine Village of Queenstown and visit Milford Sound. Fly to Rotorua with its natural geothermal activity and then on to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Travel on Goway's Best of New Zealand HOLIDAY OF A LIFETIME and return with a lifetime of memories.
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  • Classic Downunder from Melbourne to Auckland

    Get to know the true Downunder by experiencing the best of both Australia and New Zealand. Visit Australia's iconic sites and cities before commencing a journey through New Zealand’s incredible islands.
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  • Classic Downunder: Auckland to Melbourne

    Get to know the true Downunder by experiencing the best of both Australia and New Zealand. Journey through New Zealand’s incredible islands before embarking on a tour of Australia.
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  • Classic New Zealand

    This is the ultimate classic New Zealand tour. Begin in Auckland and then it’s on to Rotorua, next head south to the capital, Wellington before embarking on the scenic South Island.
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  • Classic South Pacific

    Enjoy the Classic South Pacific by encountering Fijian, Maori and Aboriginal cultures. Travel from Fiji to New Zealand to Australia taking in fantastic sights and experiences on route.
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  • Essential New Zealand (Coach)

    Get to know both of New Zealand’s islands by taking in some of their most popular sites. Travel from Auckland to Christchurch, visiting Rotorua, Queenstown and Milford Sound in between.
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  • Essential New Zealand (Self Drive)

    Get to know both of New Zealand’s islands by driving through their most popular sites. Travel from Auckland to Christchurch, visiting Rotorua, Queenstown and Milford Sound in between.
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  • Classic South Pacific & South America

    Discover four unique destinations with the spectacular scenery of Santiago, Chile, the bustling tropical city of Papeete, Tahiti, the beautiful lagoons of Bora Bora and Auckland, the city of sails.
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  • 13 Day Australia & New Zealand Cruise: Auckland to Sydney

    Escape on a New Zealand cruise from Auckland to Sydney. Begin on the North Island with its abundance of geothermal areas and Maori history before passing onto the South Island to cruise fjords and tour vineyards before closing out your vacation in Australia’s largest city, Sydney.
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  • Akaroa: City Sights with Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Cruise Ship Full Day Tour

    Discover the wonders of the Banks Peninsula with a full day tour of Christchurch and the surrounding countryside. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Christchurch's main landmarks including the botanical gardens and explore the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, where you'll find a bounty of New Zealand's native flora and fauna.
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  • Alpine Explorer

    This tour offers a unique opportunity to see some of New Zealand’s most incredible landscapes. Visit Mount Cook National Park, cruise Milford Sound ride the Skyline Gondola and more.
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  • Alps & Ice

    New Zealand’s South Island is an astonishing land filled with dramatic gorges and powerful glaciers.
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  • Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park: Heli Hiking on the Tasman Glacier

    Combine the excitement of walking on New Zealand's biggest glacier with the thrill of breathtaking helicopter fly-bys of New Zealand's largest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook. Explore a remote area of the glacier where every journey is unique because the glacier is in constant motion.
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  • Art Deco Napier

    Discover the unique flavours and architecture of Napier on this stylish addition to any New Zealand vacation. Enjoy a tour of the city’s best Art Deco buildings, and a wine and food experience.
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  • Auckland & Rotorua Explorer

    Combine a stay in New Zealand’s largest metropolis, a city located on a beautiful harbour with a further stay in unique Rotorua, home of natural wonders such as geysers, thermal springs and boiling mud pools.
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  • Auckland and Hawaii Escape

    Say aloha to Honolulu and Auckland on this escape across the Pacific. In Honolulu, visit Pearl Harbor to get a sober reminder of World War II history. Then head on to Auckland to explore the gorgeous harbour and experience one of the world’s most livable cities. This vacation showcases two cities in one incredible trip.
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  • Auckland City of Sails

    Spend three days exploring Auckland, known as the “City of Sails” because of the many yachts in the harbour. See the sights and scenery that have made this city a favourite with tourists.
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  • Auckland to Bay of Islands including Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    Head from Auckland to the Bay of Islands for a full-day tour, passing over the Harbour Bridge as you journey north along the Hibiscus Coast. Stop off to admire mighty Kauri trees along the way before reaching the Bay of Islands and visiting the Waitangi Treaty House.
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  • Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton or vice versa

    Travel south from Auckland over the Bombay Hills to the rich farmland of the Waikato region. You travel through the heritage town of Cambridge where tree-lined streets add to the English-style atmosphere. From here your journey takes you through undulating green hills reminding you that you are approaching Hobbiton Shire. On arrival at Shire's Rest you embark on your Hobbiton movie set tour. This location is the largest "green set" in the world and the only place where you get an emotional response to a movie set in a natural setting. You see 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge and the party tree. At this stunning location you can take a photo at the door of Bilbo's house, "Bag End", looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance. The tour ends with a visit to the Green Dragon Inn for a drink. After the tour at Hobbiton board the shuttle at Shire's Rest Cafe for your journey to Rotorua.
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  • Auckland, Queenstown and Hawaii Escape

    Escape to Hawaii and say aloha to Auckland on this journey across the Pacific. Begin in Honolulu, where you can explore history and savour the island’s tropical climate. Continue on to New Zealand, where you’ll cruise Auckland’s famous natural harbour and get your adrenaline kick in Queenstown, the nation’s adventure capital.
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  • Auckland: A Taste of Auckland

    Explore Auckland’s city sights and experience some of New Zealand’s best food and drink with this small group tour along the west coast. First, explore city highlights in the company of an expert guide. Afterwards, head to the Kumeu Wine Country to visit wineries, sample local vintages, and enjoy some of the best food in the country.
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  • Auckland: America's Cup Sailing Experience

    Participate as crew on an authentic America's Cup yacht. Take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or just sit back and enjoy the action and scenery as you sail the beautiful Waitemata Harbour. Experience the excitement of sailing, no experience necessary.
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  • Auckland: Auckland Maori & Cultural Performance Full Day Tour

    Join a local Maori guide for an unforgettable exploration of Auckland and its surrounding countryside. On this full day guided tour, you’ll traverse breathtaking scenery, learn about Maori history and culture, and visit the Auckland Museum where you’ll enjoy a Maori performance complete with a Haka war dance.
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    8 Hours
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  • Auckland: Black Water Rafting and Kiwi

    Explore the stunning landscape and exciting underground world of the North Island on this full-day tour. After admiring the tranquil farmland and Maori historical sites of Waikato, you’ll embark on a black-water rafting adventure through the Waitomo Caves, riding down underground rivers illuminated by thousands of glowworms. Finish with a visit to a native bird park to see the iconic kiwi.
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    11.5 Hours
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