Rotorua and Taupo

Rotorua is the star of most North Island itineraries. It is a geothermal wonderland set at the heart of Maori culture. Fill your day with bubbling mud, shooting geysers, swimmable hot pools and rivers, and luxurious lakeside spas. Take a scenic flight over an active volcano. Then eat your fill at a Maori feast (called a Hangi) and catch an unforgettable cultural dance performance.

Got more energy? Go zorbing, mountain biking or whitewater rafting. Head to Taupo for world class fly fishing and kayaking to Maori rock carvings. Or head further south to Tongariro (known as Mordor and Mt. Doom of Lord of the Rings) for the best and most challenging day hike in all of New Zealand (and probably of Earth).

Top Activities in Rotorua and Taupo, NZ:

Visiting steaming, bubbling geothermal sites
Maori cultural performances
Zorbing

Self-Driving the New Zealand Wine Trail. Image: Tourism New Zealand
Cycling Among the Vines in Marlborough. Image: Tourism New Zealand
Scenic Walks in Mt Cook and Aoraki. Image: Tourism New Zealand
The Iconic Kauri Cliffs Golf Course, Bay of Islands
Starting at $2,749

New Zealand Fiji Package: New Zealand and Fijian Ancient Cultures

For this New Zealand Fiji Package, we had a very intellectual couple from Washington DC that wanted to get to know the history and culture of 2 of the South Pacific’s most storied peoples, the Fijians and the Kiwis/Maori. We started their New Zealand Fiji Package with some time on Castaway Island Resort, where they were hosted Read More…

Trip Type: Heritage and Culture

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New Zealand Adventure: Penguins, Fiordlands, and Wilderness

This New Zealand Adventure package was planned for a young couple from Milwaukee. They were fascinated with wildlife and beautiful scenery, so we created this New Zealand Adventure package to take them to some of New Zealand’s most scenic areas. They started their adventure in pristine Arthur’s Pass for a private nature hike and beautiful mountain views. From Read More…

Trip Type: Wildlife & Wilderness, Highlights, Outdoor Adventure, Family Travel, Romantic Getaways

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Active Nature Retreat: New Zealand and Fiji Explorer Package

This active nature retreat brings you to some of the most picturesque, remote regions of New Zealand and Fiji, where the natural beauty that surrounds you will rejuvenate body and soul. In New Zealand, explore the Hollyford Track by foot, jetboat, and helicopter; cycle along tranquil Lake Wakatipu; and hike the dramatic Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Finish with a week in beautiful Fiji, where you can relax or explore endless island adventures at your own pace.

Trip Type: Outdoor Adventure, Islands, Beaches & Reefs, Spa & Relaxation, Wildlife & Wilderness, Romantic Getaways

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South Pacific Vacation Packages: Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti

This lucky honeymoon couple from Canada had a full month for their Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti journey. So we selected one of our favorite South Pacific Vacation Packages. We sent them on an epic month-long journey guiding them through the highlights of the South Pacific experiencing the culture and landscape of New Zealand, Australia, Read More…

Trip Type: Heritage and Culture, Romantic Getaways

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Romantic Luxury Vacation: Fly, Sail, and Savor New Zealand

Discover New Zealand’s pristine wilderness with the utmost luxury and exclusivity. Enjoy private boat charters and helicopter excursions to explore some of New Zealand’s most dazzling scenery, from active volcanoes to icy blue glaciers to golden beaches.

Trip Type: Highlights, Romantic Getaways, Outdoor Adventure, Wildlife & Wilderness, Spa & Relaxation, Food and Wine