Which Trip Is Right For Me

All New Zealand Trails trips include:

With five incredible trips to choose from, you might be wondering which to pick. Each tour offers a unique experience in our beautiful little country, however, you’ll find there are the same fine finishing touches, integral to any New Zealand Trails Trip.

Each New Zealand Trails trip has been handcrafted by our team of local experts to ensure that your time in New Zealand is everything you want it to be. Expert guides, warm hospitality, delicious meals, excellent accommodation and clean, spacious transport are essential to every New Zealand Trails trip. Whichever trip (or trips!) you decide on, you can look forward to an outstanding and truly relaxing vacation.

  • Incredible New Zealand guides sharing their local knowledge
  • Famous warm kiwi hospitality 
  • Handpicked locations, experiences and activities to make the most of your time 
  • Impeccable service from the moment you book and throughout your time in New Zealand

Explore the differences between our trips

You’ll see that each itinerary varies slightly in terms of level of physical activity, the pace, length of time spent in each place and the level of accommodation and activities on offer. Scroll down to find out more about what we had in mind for you when we designed each trip and hopefully you’ll find your perfect match. This page is arranged by subject, so find the area you are interested in exploring and click the heading to expand it and compare our trips side by side.

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SOUTH ISLAND

13 Days
Activity Level
Starts
Christchurch
Finishes
Christchurch
Price
US$5999 +tax
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Masterpiece New Zealand adventure tour

SOUTH ISLAND

14 Days
Activity Level
Starts
Queenstown
Finishes
Queenstown
Price
US$4999 +tax
READ ABOUT THE Masterpiece
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SOUTH ISLAND

14 Days
Activity Level
Starts
Queenstown
Finishes
Queenstown
Price
US$4799 +tax
READ ABOUT THE Kiwi Classic
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SOUTH ISLAND

8 Days
Activity Level
Starts
Queenstown
Finishes
Christchurch
Price
US$3699 +tax
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NORTH ISLAND

5 Days
Activity Level
Starts
Auckland
Finishes
Auckland
Price
US$2599 +tax
READ ABOUT THE Sweet North

Combine this trip with any of our South Island trips to see both islands

Fiordland & Milford Sound

Queenstown, Wanaka & Glenorchy

Mt Cook & Lake Tekapo

Arthur's Pass

Mackenzie Country & Christchurch

West Coast & the glaciers

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Fiordland & Milford Sound

Queenstown, Wanaka & Mt Aspiring

Mt Cook & Lake Tekapo

East Coast & Kaikoura

Marlborough & Queen Charlotte Sound

West Coast & the glaciers

Nelson & Abel Tasman

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Fiordland & Milford Sound

Queenstown, Wanaka & Central Otago

Mt Cook & Lake Tekapo

East Coast & Kaikoura

West Coast & the glaciers

Nelson, Nelson Lakes & Abel Tasman

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Fiordland & Milford Sound

Queenstown & Wanaka

Mt Cook & Lake Pukaki

Mt Aspiring & Siberia Valley

Mackenzie Country

Akaroa & Christchurch

 

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Auckland

Waiheke Island

Rotorua

Lake Taupo

Tongariro

Waitomo Caves

 

 

 

 

*Combine this trip with any of our South Island trips to see both islands*

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Hike on the Milford Track

Hike on the Routeburn Track

Visit glowworm caves & wineries

Kayak on the West Coast

Hike to Fox Glacier

Nature hikes, wildlife walks & boat cruise

Helicopter & jet boat ride

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Overnight on Milford Sound

Hike on the Routeburn Track

Hike on the Hollyford Track

Kayak on the West Coast

Historic Bike Trail

Swim with dolphins

High country sheep station 4x4 experience

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Overnight on Milford Sound

Hike on the Routeburn Track

Bike in Central Otago

Kayak on the West Coast

Multi-day hiking or sea kayaking adventure

Swim with dolphins

Hike in Mt Cook NP, Wanaka & the glaciers

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Overnight on Milford Sound

Hike on the Routeburn Track

Bike in Central Otago

Hike & bike Wanaka & Mt Cook

Bike Alps to Ocean Trail

Swim with dolphins

Scenic flight, hike & backcountry jet boat ride

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Walks & wineries on Waiheke Island

Tongariro Crossing full day-hike

Discover thermal activity and geysers

Share in a Maori feast

Kayaking & mountain biking adventures

Black water rafting

*Combine this trip with any of our South Island trips*

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Enjoy a blissful night’s rest in outstanding 4-star accommodation.

We’ve handpicked a range of impeccable accommodations in incredible locations. Relax in a variety of beautifully appointed hotel rooms, our very best lakeside lodgings and our most famous mountain hotel, the Hermitage at Mount Cook!

SEE WHERE WE STAY: World Heritage
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Relax in a variety of fantastic accommodations chosen for their location, charm and comfort.

Feel at home as you put your feet up at the end of the day in these delightful places. From a waterfront retreat in the Marlborough Sounds, to having exclusive use of the lakefront lodge nestled at the base of a spectacular high-country station, and a stunning lakeside resort in Wanaka.

SEE WHERE WE STAY: Masterpiece
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At the end of an exciting day, rest up in comfortable, and carefully chosen accommodation and get ready for your next adventure!

You will stay overnight in your own private cabin, on-board a luxurious boat and cruise the magnificent Milford Sound, going far beyond the ordinary visitor experience. Enjoy exclusive use of the lakefront lodge nestled at the base of a spectacular high-country station, and other equally well chosen and excellent places throughout your trip.

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Compliment the day’s experience with a great night’s sleep in very comfortable, welcoming and spacious accommodations.

Stay overnight in your own private cabin, on-board a luxurious boat and cruise the magnificent Milford Sound, going far beyond the ordinary visitor experience. Sleep soundly in your own room at Mount Cook National Park with the most incredible glacier views from your doorstep, and wakeup to swim with the dolphins in your unit on the water’s edge in Akaroa. 

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Soak up the North Island views and rest up in smart, comfortable accommodation.

Stay on the shores of stunning Lake Rotorua and Taupo. Complete your journey with a centrally located hotel in cosmopolitan downtown Auckland.

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Activity Level
Length of walking day
2-4hrs
Average distance
7km
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Activity Level
Length of walking day
3-5hrs
Average distance
9km
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Activity Level
Length of walking day
4-8hrs
Average distance
10km
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Activity Level
Length of walking day
3-5hrs
Average distance
8km
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Activity Level
Length of walking day
3-5hrs
Average distance
9km
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Prepare to have your taste buds delighted! Enjoy fresh local produce and outstanding cuisine on our World Heritage tour.

We’ll eat out at a variety of restaurants offering mouth-watering fare to complete your New Zealand experience. Your restaurant meals are included, with wine or beer available to purchase each night.

GET A TASTE FOR THE World Heritage
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Traditional Kiwi cuisine is heart-warming, nutritious and delicious. Food is fuel, so it’s an important part of any New Zealand Trails trip.

On our Masterpiece, Kiwi Classic, Short South and Sweet North trips, you’ll enjoy a varied and tasty range of home-cooked meals prepared by our expert super-guides, freshly prepared picnic lunches and the occasional stop at a local café or restaurant for a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner out.

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GET A TASTE FOR THE Short South
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12 nights’ accommodation, services of two professional local guides, ground transportation, heli-transfer, snacks and 34 meals, and all activities as described.

Price
US$5999 5999 +tax
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13 nights’ accommodation, services of two professional local guides, ground transportation, snacks and 36 meals, and all activities as described.

Price
US$4999 4999 +tax
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13 nights’ accommodation, services of two professional local guides, ground transportation, snacks and 36 meals, and all activities as described.

Price
US$4799 4799 +tax
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7 nights’ accommodation, services of two professional local guides, ground transportation, snacks and 22 meals, and all activities as described.

Price
US$3699 3699 +tax
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4 nights’ accommodation, services of two professional local guides, ground transportation, snacks and 13 meals, and all activities as described.

Price
US$2599 2599 +tax
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Click on the links to see our traveller’s albums providing a unique and personal insight into each trip.

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“Our World Heritage Walking Tour was absolutely perfect in every way, every detail arranged with care and thoughtfulness, and the best customer service we have experienced in our worldwide travels. Our trip exceeded everything we expected. The food, accommodations and activities were unbelievable but by far the most amazing was the hospitality and support of our guides.”

Katherine & Paul Becker, USA

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“Thank you for showing us as much of the South Island as possible in our time there and we never felt rushed. The beauty of the land and the people of New Zealand will stay with me always! It was such an Incredible variety of experiences… all beautiful and worth seeing! The Masterpiece, truly is just that! Our Guides were knowledgeable, personable, SO much fun and went out of their way to help us have a wonderful time!”

Kevin Waits, USA

READ MORE REVIEWS... Masterpiece

“New Zealand Trails was my first group tour, and they have set the bar so high I wonder if any other tour company can live up to this standard. On the Kiwi Classic, experiencing New Zealand by hiking is the core focus, supplemented with a variety of other fun activities. We found this mix just right. The guides were fabulous, some of the hikes were challenging. I was gently pushed, I accomplished and experienced so much more than I would have alone. Loved it!”

Jessica Poon

READ MORE REVIEWS... Kiwi Classic

“I've been on guided tours before where I'm a number, and we move in a herd. This is not that kind of trip. It didn't feel like we were on a guided tour. This was an adventure. It felt that I was a visiting a magical land with some friends who just happen to be locals. I cannot recommend the Short South trip enough!”

David & Tera Nelson, USA

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“We were so glad we extended our stay and saw the North Island too! The culture, the heritage, and of course the scenery – it’s a whole different New Zealand up there! We loved every minute of our Sweet North trip.”

Linda & Joe Miller, USA

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