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New Zealand Tours With Topdeck
Describe New Zealand in one word? SPECTACULAR. In fact, this place is so packed full of adventure they had to split the island in two.
For unique landscapes, the North Island has the game, set and match. Ever heard of Waitomo? A glowworm-studded labyrinth of underground caves and rivers – this place is something out of a sci-fi movie. Not to mention the out-of-this-world scenery awaiting you at Tongariro National Park. Then: there’s the intense geothermal activity of Rotorua feat. hot springs and mud pools galore. Even the rolling green hills of Matamata look like something out of Lord of the Rings – hello Hobbiton.
Landscapes aside, the foodie scene here is redic. Fact: Wellington has more places to eat per capita than NYC. Pack your fat pants! And if you’re ready to immerse yourself in Māoritanga (the Māori way of life), you’ll feel it the moment you arrive at our marae stay.
Things in the South Island (aka the self-confessed adventure capital of the world) are on a whole other level. From jaw-dropping hikes to snow-capped mountain ranges, Queenstown lives up to the rep. And don’t even get us started on the list of adrenalin-pumping activities on offer here – it’s never-ending.
Franz Josef. Milford Sound. Fox Glacier. Yep, the scenery is on steroids – 100% bigger and better than you could ever have imagined. Then to top it all off, you’ve got the wildlife. Swimming with wild dolphins, anyone? It’s not just about Marlborough Sauv Blancs here, the foodie culture is thriving in post-earthquake Christchurch – and you can’t resist Kaikoura’s seafood. Even Lonely Planet thought it was the sh*t.
Whether you’re sticking with the South Island or going the whole kit-and-caboodle – our New Zealand tours = incredible moments by the bucket-load. Time to see what all the fuss is about.
Things to do in New Zealand
Discover a new world
30 million years in the making, this place has to be bloody special. No joke. One of New Zealand’s top sights – Waitomo Caves are an underground maze of limestone caves where time simply seems to stand still. Add a touch of Mother Nature’s magic (insert: glowworms) – and this place feels like another planet. Drift under the starry wonderland and learn the legends behind these New Zealand caves. Descend into the abyss and experience the jaw-dropping beauty of Ruakuri Cave. Or get your heart pumping with a black water rafting experience. Think: underground rapids, jumping off waterfalls and tubing down rivers 80-metres below ground. Epic doesn’t even cover it.
Overnight marae stay
Kick off your 17 Day Kiwi Encounter with a Māori cultural experience like no other: an overnight stay in a traditional Māori meeting house. Marae = a complex of carved building and sacred grounds belonging to a tribe or family used for celebrations and important events. HEAR the Elders pass on their ancient mythologies. SEE a hypnotising Poi dance. TASTE a delicious Māori dinner. And to cap it all off? Get down with the tongue-thrusting moves of the Haka. Māori people see their marae as tūrangawaewae – their place to stand and belong. Here, we’ll have the chance to experience it for ourselves.
The locals aren’t lying when they yell about Queenstown being the adventure capital of the world – and they take the title very seriously. Trust us. The white-knuckle Shotover Jet will have you wishing you wore an extra pair of underwear. And if you want to take the saying literally, the Shotover Canyon swing is your chance to jump off a cliff. Want to give New Zealand’s highest bungy a crack? It’s here. Take to the skies with a Queenstown skydive. Or take to the track with a thrilling luge ride – overlooking the city's top sights. Whether you’re a newbie or total adrenalin junkie, it’s time to throw your inhibitions out the window (read: out of a plane) and embrace all the top sights.
Nature at its best
Love a good landscape? So does New Zealand. Here’s the proof: a cruise through Milford Sound’s towering peaks and cascading waterfalls is nothing short of stunning – plus, there’s plenty of cheeky kea, seals and dolphins that call this place home. And don’t get us started on Tongariro’s otherworldly Alpine Crossing – hiking this New Zealand top sight feels like you landed on Mars. With 19 snow-capped peaks over 3,000 metres high, Mount Cook National Park is straight-up magical. It’s not just the mountains that’ll have you coming back for more. Abel Tasman’s bluer-than-blue bays and tumbling native forest is coastal paradise in all its glory. Not to mention the icy wilderness of Fox Glacier or intense geothermal activity of Rotorua. You sold yet? Cos we are.
Floating through a glowworm-studded labyrinth of underground caves. Sharing a hāngī with your trip mates surrounded steaming geysers. Catapulting out of your comfort zone in the adventure capital of the world. Immersing yourself in Māoritanga (the Māori way of life). Completing the jaw-dropping Tongariro Alpine hike. Cruising the mesmerising Milford Sound. Or kayaking the picture-perfect Abel Tasman. This is your chance to see New Zealand without the filter – to swim, fly, explore, embrace it all. From Auckland to Queenstown: go deeper. Don’t just skim the surface, experience every moment to the fullest. That’s what makes the memories.