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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.

Heli-Hike Franz Josef Glacier Walk

(198) Reviews

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

Duration
4 hours

Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves from Auckland

(31) 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

Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip

(165) Reviews

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

Duration
13 hours

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound Cruise from Queenstown

(292) 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

(229) Reviews

Sample the bounty of Waiheke Island on a 5-hour food and wine tour that visits Casita Miro, Mudbrick Winery and the Rangihoua Estate. Hop off your ferry from Auckland for lunch at the award wining Sto

Duration
5 hours 30 minutes

Milford Sound with Flight, Cruise, Jet Boat from Queenstown

(14) 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

Milford Sound Cruise with Flight from Queenstown

(12) 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

Waitomo Caves and The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton from Auckland

(401) 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

Queenstown Skyline Gondola and Restaurant

(402) 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

Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance

(362) 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

Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

(357) 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

Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

(237) 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

5-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch

(49) 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

Hobbiton™ Movie Set 2-Hour Walking Tour from Shires Rest

(3) Reviews

Experience the real Middle-earth™ at the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, where, in the heart of the Waikato region, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire™, as seen in The Lord of the Rings a

Duration
2 hours

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown

(220) 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

Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise

(46) 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

Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

(11) 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 with Air Milford allows you to combine

Duration
4 hours

Heli Hiking Franz Josef

(164) 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

Whale Watching in Kaikoura by boat

(0) Reviews

Whale Watch is located in the small coastal town of Kaikōura on the East Coast of New Zealand’s South Island a scenic two and a half-hour drive north from Christchurch and two hour drive south from Pi

Duration
3 hours 30 minutes

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau

(162) 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

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway and City Tour

(296) 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

The Best of Waiheke: Ziplining, Wine Tasting and Vineyard Lunch

(62) Reviews

Experience the best of Waiheke on a full-day tour that combines a morning of high-flying zipline adventure with an afternoon sampling the delicious wines and foods of the fertile island. Expert guides

Duration
7 hours 30 minutes

Taieri Gorge Railway from Dunedin

(59) Reviews

A highlight of your visit to Dunedin is a trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway – one of the world’s great train trips and one of Dunedin’s top attractions. Departing daily from downtown Dun

Duration
4 hours

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruise from Manapouri

(2) Reviews

Experience an 8-hour day trip into the remote wilderness of Doubtful Sound, the heart of Fiordland National Park, while nature guides answer questions and point out landmarks. This fiord is home to bo

Duration
8 hours

Full-Day Hobbiton Tour from Auckland

(64) 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

Bay of Islands Day Tour from Auckland

(160) Reviews

Explore the Bay of Islands on a full day trip from Auckland and discover the historic sites of Waitangi and Russell. You’ll visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, ferry from Paihia to Russell, New Zealand

Duration
12 hours

Arthur’s Pass Tour with Train Ride from Christchurch

(23) 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 Alpine Village

Duration
9 hours 30 minutes

Heli Hike Fox Glacier

(0) Reviews

The fly-in, fly-out helihike combines the excitement of walking on the Fox Glacier with the thrill of helicopter flights. By flying in you are able to access and explore a part of the glacier where it

Duration
4 hours

Milford Sound Scenic Flight and Nature Cruise

(13) Reviews

See Milford Sound by air and water on a half-day tour from Queenstown that includes a round-trip flight and a boat tour through the sound. Save time and enjoy spectacular views as you fly over the bre

Duration
4 hours 30 minutes

Hobbiton Movie Sets Shore Tour: Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit

(67) 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

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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