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New Zealand - Sightseeing Tours and Activities

New Zealand - Sightseeing Tours and Activities

New Zealand has been rocked by several earthquakes in the past years, but this hasn’t dimmed the country’s beauty. In fact, it continues to attract tourists who want to enjoy the gorgeous scenery and mild weather and experience the unique Maori culture. One of the top things to do here involves learning more about the local wildlife, such as visiting the Goat Island Marine Reserve and watching penguins waddle ashore at Oamaru. You’ll also want to go on sightseeing tours and activities and check out popular landmarks like Te Papa (NZ’s national museum), One Tree Hill, and the Victorian Precinct.

Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip

(359) Reviews

See two magical places come to life on this day tour from Auckland. First explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and be entranced by the thousands of twinkling lights in the glowworm grotto. Then visit th

Duration
11 hours

Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip

(127) Reviews

Experience this exciting tour of Hobbiton that is perfect for anyone looking to add a little fantasy to their holiday. You will visit three amazing destinations in one day. This tour will bring you to

Duration
13 hours

Full-Day Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park Tour including Milford Sound Cruise and BBQ Lunch from Queenstown

(259) Reviews

Milford Sound is arguably the most scenic destination in New Zealand, a must-see for any traveler. This is a small group tour for travelers seeking a personalized trip to Milford Sound. You will be

Duration
13 hours

Food and Wine-Tasting Tour of Waiheke Island from Auckland

(181) Reviews

Sample the bounty of Waiheke Island on a 4-hour food and wine tour that visits Casita Miro, Dellows Waiheke and the Rangihoua Estate. Hop off your ferry from Auckland for lunch, followed by a sampling

Duration
5 hours 30 minutes

Milford Sound Tour with Flight, Cruise and Jet Boat Adventure from Queenstown

(8) Reviews

Fly from Queenstown to magnificent Milford Sound, to enjoy a 2-hour cruise traveling the full length of the fiord. Then board your Aircraft for a scenic flight over the Southern Alps to Glenorchy. Joi

Duration
10 hours

Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

(227) Reviews

The fascinating Te Anau caves system on the western shore of Lake Te Anau offers an underground adventure that charms visitors of all ages. This tour takes you to a mysterious underground world of

Duration
2 hours 30 minutes

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau

(157) Reviews

Your Doubtful Sound adventure begins as you cruise the crystal clear waters of Lake Manapouri. Then it's over Wilmot Pass, stopping along the way to experience some of Fiordland's densest rainfores

Duration
9 hours

Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance

(347) Reviews

Complete your adventure through Rotorua with a traditional Maori "hangi" feast. You'll travel by coach to Tamaki Maori Village where your local guide will escort you on a cultural journey to the "m

Duration
3 hours 30 minutes

Heli Hiking Franz Josef

(158) Reviews

Combine a scenic helicopter flight over Franz Josef Glacier with a 2-hour guided walk on glacial terrain during this exhilarating tour from Franz Josef. Find out why New Zealand's South Island is famo

Duration
3 hours

Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise

(40) Reviews

Join this tour for an uncrowded boutique small boat cruise on Milford Sound. With limited passenger numbers, comfortable luxury lounge style seating and superb customer service, a memorable experience

Duration
105 minutes

Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown

(9) Reviews

Fly from Queenstown to Milford Sound and enjoy a spectacular view of the mountains, lakes and waterfalls of Fiordland National Park. Surrounded by some of the most magnificent scenery in the world, yo

Duration
5 hours

5-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch

(42) Reviews

See all the highlights of New Zealand's scenic South Island on this five-day guided sightseeing tour. Travel by coach from Christchurch to Queenstown, experience the majesty of Milford Sound, view

Duration
5 days

Heli-Hike Franz Josef Glacier Walk

(194) Reviews

Discover the best of New Zealand’s natural beauty on this small-group 4-hour Franz Joseph Glacier walk. Travel by helicopter to the Pinnacles area of the glacier with your guide. Navigate your way thr

Duration
4 hours

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown

(205) Reviews

Discover Milford Sound on a full-day trip from Queenstown. You'll travel through beautiful Fiordland in a luxury coach with panoramic windows and take an unforgettable scenic cruise on majestic Milfor

Duration
12 hours 30 minutes

Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

(342) Reviews

See all the highlights of the Waitomo Caves and Rotorua in one day. You'll take a guided tour of Waitomo Caves stalactites and glowworms, and see Rotorua's bubbling mud pools and geysers, and make man

Duration
13 hours

Queenstown Skyline Gondola and Restaurant

(375) Reviews

Take in Queenstown's stunning lake and mountain views over lunch or dinner at Queenstown Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar. A scenic gondola ride will take you high above Queenstown where a unique dining

Duration
90 minutes

Dart River 'Funyak' Canoe and Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown

(22) Reviews

Discover the untamed beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mount Aspiring National Park on this full-day Dart River 'funyak' (inflatable canoe) and jet boat tour from Queenstown! Travel by coach

Duration
9 hours

Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

(9) Reviews

Milford Sound is an area of extraordinary natural beauty. It offers a majestic fiord, dramatic and awe inspiring scenery and prolific flora and fauna. This tour allows you to combine the stunning flig

Duration
4 hours

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway Tour and City Sightseeing

(253) Reviews

When your cruise ship docks in Dunedin, take a trip through the spectacular scenery surrounding the Taieri River on board the Taieri Gorge Railway. Travel through tunnels and over viaducts on this tra

Duration
7 hours 30 minutes

Full-Day Hobbiton Tour from Auckland

(48) Reviews

Explore the home of Bilbo Baggins and friends on this full-day Hobbiton tour from Auckland. Travel into Matamata with a guide and admire panoramic views over the rolling hillsides. During your 2-ho

Duration
1 day

Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Kayak Tour

(41) Reviews

Experience the majesty of Milford Sound on a boat cruise that stops at the Milford Sound Discovery Center and Underwater Observatory. The smaller boat travels outside of peak hours, offering better vi

Duration
Flexible

Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

(70) Reviews

Marvel at some of New Zealand’s most amazing scenery on this once-in-a-lifetime 30-minute helicopter flight over the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Enjoy panoramic views of the glaciers’ natural beauty

Duration
30 minutes

Arthur's Pass Day Tour including TranzAlpine Express Train from Christchurch

(17) Reviews

Enjoy a Sightseeing tour to Arthur’s Pass through the spectacular scenery of the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps. Journey on one of the world’s greatest train journeys, lunch in an Alp

Duration
9 hours 30 minutes

Auckland Hop-on Hop-off Tour

(518) Reviews

Auckland Explorer Bus is best way to see all that Auckland has to offer!   Visit Auckland's top attractions on two different tour routes and explore the historic suburb of Devonport wit

Duration
Flexible

Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland

(12) Reviews

Join this tour to visit two of New Zealand’s most famous attractions, Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves, in one easy day trip from Auckland. Be fascinated as the magical world of Hobbiton comes to

Duration
11 hours

Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown

(68) Reviews

Feel a rush of adrenaline as you skim the surface of the Shotover River by jet boat! Hold on tight as you do fishtail turns and 360-degree spins at high speeds through the narrow canyon walls. This ul

Duration
25 minutes

2-Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

(59) Reviews

Immerse yourself in the otherworldly beauty of New Zealand’s North Island on a two-day escape from Auckland. From Rotorua’s famous geysers and the glowing Waitomo Caves to the re-creation of Middle-ea

Duration
2 days

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua and Hobbiton

(19) Reviews

We pick you up just a short walk from your ship at the end of the wharf, and board one of our modern 2016/17 small group minivan/bus vehicles, which allows us to move about more flexibly and effici

Duration
7 hours 30 minutes

Hobbiton Shore Excursion Including Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Movies Set Tour

(53) Reviews

This wonderful tour to Hobbiton, a short drive from Tauranga, takes us to the farm selected by Peter Jackson as a setting for his Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie masterpieces. A guided tour will br

Duration
5 hours 30 minutes

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing

(54) Reviews

Enter a world of hobbits and hot pools when your cruise ship is in port in Tauranga. This shore excursion to Middle Earth takes you on a tour of the Hobbiton movie set, which featured in 'The Hobbit'

Duration
7 hours 30 minutes

New Zealand - Sightseeing Tours and Activities

New Zealand is the fifth-largest wholly island country in the world, consisting of two main islands, which are imaginatively named the North Island and the South Island, as well as many other smaller islets in the South Pacific Ocean. If you are thinking of your next holiday, then this country is one of the best options you could have.

Sightseeing destinations in New Zealand

New Zealand offers a diverse and stunning natural beauty, with rolling pasture lands, jagged mountains, pristine trout-filled lakes, steep fiords, scenic beaches, raging rivers and active volcanic zones. As one of the planet’s most peculiar bio-regions, the country will offer you a lot of great sightseeing opportunities. From the North to the South Island, there are sparklingly modern visitor facilities and transport networks that will take you to the best sightseeing spots. You will be able to understand and experience Maori culture and life, which play an important part of what the country is all about. Just be sure to allow sufficient time to travel it, as distances would be larger than you probably think.

Top tour activities in New Zealand

The country is jam-packed with things to do. , which would make it difficult what to do first. Well, you can consider the following:

  • Abseiling - Commonly known as rappelling, this is an adventure activity that suits all skill levels. Experience the thrill abseiling down a waterfall, rock face or even into a cave. This is popular especially in Egmont National Park and the Queenstown Hill.
  • Canyoning - If you are looking for the ultimate adrenaline adventure, then this activity is your best option. It requires you to slide down rocks, leap off waterfalls and traverse through forest and river areas that not many people have ever got to see. Together with a guide, you will be able to journey down natural terrains the country is famous for.
  • Taking a Hot-Air Balloon Ride - This is a peaceful way to do some sightseeing in New Zealand. Except for Queenstown, this activity is usually found in the flatter parts of the country, such as North Auckland, Canterbury, Hawke’s Bay, Waikato and Wairarapa.

Top tour attractions in New Zealand

New Zealand boasts of a plethora of great attractions, so it would be difficult to make your ultimate list. However, you can just prioritize the best to ensure you will get the best experience.

  • Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound - This World Heritage Site protects some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Its dramatic landscape is sculpted with glaciers and carves the famous fjords of Dusky, Milford and Doubtful Sounds. While here, you can explore offshore islands, gushing cascades, virgin rainforests, craggy mountain peaks and vast lakes.
  • Bay of Islands - This is one of the most popular destinations in the country, with more than 144 islands dotting the glittering bay that is crawling with yachts and sail boats.
  • Tongariro National Park - Situated near Lake Taupo, this largest lake in New Zealand is a dual World Heritage Site due to its importance to the Maori culture and its spectacular volcanic features.

New Zealand sightseeing tours and activities

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