New Zealand: When To Go

When is the Best Time to visit New Zealand?

Best Time to Honeymoon
Year round. Warmer months are November – March, however New Zealand’s temperate climate makes it great to explore any time.

Best Time to See Penguins and Whales
Although both are visible year round, they tend to be more active and in large numbers in New Zealand’s winter months, June – September. Kaikour is the best to enjoy whale watching cruises, swim with dolphins and even seals. Dunedin is home to the only land accessible Royal Albatross breeding colony, as well as the yellow-eyed penguin.

Best Time to Self-Drive the South Island of New Zealand
October – May although it can be enjoyed year round. October/November will still have snow capped mountain peaks in the distance. February is a very busy time to travel and needs to be booked well in advance. They drive on the left hand side of the road, but we always ensure you have an automatic rental car with GPS as an option.

Best Time for Hiking on Glaciers and Black Water Rafting
Year round. In their summer, December – March you can hike in shorts on the glacier. Weather changes hourly in this region. We usually include 2 nights here for maximum chances of heli-hiking on the glaciers. Black water rafting, being underground involves a wetsuit and is great year round.

Best Time to Experience Maori Culture
Year round. How in depth you would like to go, decides the location and the experience we recommend to you. From contemporary art galleries, to traditional Marae visits and modern day Maori wine makers.

Best Time to Golf in New Zealand
November – March. Some of us are avid golfers, visit our blog about our top 10 courses and insider tips on which courses to play.

Best Time for Food and Wine Touring in New Zealand
Year round – harvest time is a great event in New Zealand. Festivals in small towns makes a wonderful self drive exploration. The Classic New Zealand wine trail allows you to meander through the country visiting the best of the local boutique wineries.

Best Time to Ski in New Zealand
August – October. Both North and South Islands offer skiing opportunities. Let us know your ski level and we’ll match the perfect location.

Best Time to Visit New Zealand and Fiji
We like this combination for adventure and beach relaxation. Best done August – November or March – May. But great to do year round, we simply pair resorts and locations you visit by the time of the year you travel.

Best Time to Visit New Zealand and Australia
Year round, we change where you visit in each country depending on the time of year you travel. To see the highlights or for active outdoors, March – May or October – December.

New Zealand: Where to Go

Queenstown and Fiordland – Mountain scenery, nature, and outdoor adventures

Rotorua and Taupo – Geothermal attractions, Maori culture, and Hobbiton Movie Set

Auckland and Surrounds – City living, black sand beaches, and Waiheke Island wineries

Coromandel Peninsula – Beaches, sea kayaking, and Cathedral Cove

Nelson and Surrounds – Abel Tasman National Park, beaches, and wildlife

Wellington and Surrounds – Lord of the Rings workshop, quirky bars, arts, and local culture

Hawke’s Bay – Wine and food, Art Deco architecture, and golf

Marlborough – Wine, Queen Charlotte Track, and cruising Marlborough Sound

Mount Cook – Beautiful mountain scenery and hiking

Northland – Hidden beaches, Maori history, and golf

Christchurch and Surrounds – Local history, city attractions, and swimming with dolphins

Dunedin and Southland – Local bars, rare birds, and Scottish architecture

Starting at $5,199

New Zealand Birthday Vacation: Penguins, Fiordlands, and Wilderness

This New Zealand Birthday Vacation 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. Read More…

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

Starting at $55,899

Romantic Luxury Private 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

Starting at $3,999

New Zealand Highlights Tour: South Island

This New Zealand Highlights Tour of the South Island was planned for a couple from Michigan celebrating their 20th anniversary. For this special trip, they wanted to experience New Zealand’s famously beautiful scenery and go on unique outdoor adventures. They began their New Zealand Highlights Tour in Dunedin, a town with a Scottish feel that’s home to New Read More…

Trip Type: Highlights, Outdoor Adventure, Family Travel

Starting at $4,899

New Zealand Vacation: Off the Beaten Track Adventure

This New Zealand Vacation: Off the Beaten Track Adventure was designed for a honeymoon couple from Los Angeles. They were avid hikers, and they wanted to experience beautiful wilderness and outdoor adventures away from the usual tourist areas. We sent them on a road trip to some of the most breathtaking parts of the South Island Read More…

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

Starting at $5,299

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 at Likuliku Lagoon Resort, where they were hosted Read More…

Trip Type: Heritage and Culture

Starting at $7,835

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

Starting at $15,929

Luxurious New Zealand and Private Island Fiji

This package was planned for two Florida ladies wanting to celebrate 20 years of friendship. They both had a passion for travel and New Zealand was on their bucket list. After a long time traveling, the duo hopped in their rental car where they drove to Fiordland Lodge. Here, they were welcomed with amazing staff Read More…

Trip Type: Escorted Journeys, Food and Wine, Highlights, Romantic Getaways

Starting at $16,049

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