The Land of the Long White Cloud is one of Mother Nature's true triumphs.
Featuring an organic blend of contemporary culture and tribal tradition, New Zealand’s wondrous wineries, cultured cities and phenomenal peaks will inspire your spirit and stir your soul.
Our New Zealand trips
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22 Days From $5,480
12 Days From $3,095
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11 Days From $2,795
New Zealand tour reviews
Our New Zealand trips score an average of 4.63 out of 5 based on 32 reviews in the last year.
New Zealand North Island Explorer (ex Auckland), March 2017
Always satisfactory for program and arrangement. Have to go different destination for future.
Review submitted 11 Apr 2017
A wonderful way to experience this lovely country. Lots of hikes and other alternate activities so non- bungy jumpers always had options to enjoy. A lot of time in the bus but no other way to see so much of both islands. Accommodations were pretty basic, but we loved mingling with the backpackers. Highly recommend for folks of all ages!
Review submitted 01 Apr 2017
Articles on New Zealand
New Zealand travel highlights
Majesty of mighty Mt Cook
Marvel at the majesty of mighty Mt Cook
Franz Josef Glacier
Admire the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier
Accommodation in New Zealand
Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.
When travelling with us in New Zealand you may find yourself staying in a:
One of the most relaxing ways to experience New Zealand’s natural world is aboard an overnight boat. Spot wildlife and admire the scenery during the day, and drift off to sleep at night.
New Zealand holiday information
At a glance
Best time to visit New Zealand
Culture and customs
Eating and drinking
Top 10 Wine regions of New Zealand
Geography and environment
History and government
Health and Safety
New Zealand travel FAQs
Australia: No - not required
Belgium: No - not required
Canada: No - not required
Germany: No - not required
Ireland: No - not required
Netherlands: No - not required
New Zealand: No - not required
South Africa: No - not required
Switzerland: No - not required
United Kingdom: No - not required
USA: No - not required
For the most up to date information on visa requirements, we recommend you contact the New Zealand embassy in your country or visit http://www.immigration.govt.nz
Tipping isn’t mandatory in New Zealand, however rounding up the bill or leaving spare change is common practice. Restaurant staff, taxi drivers and other service workers welcome tips for good service.
Internet access is widely available in most parts of New Zealand, with internet cafes and Wi-Fi hot spots commonly found in urban areas.
Mobile phone coverage is excellent in most parts of New Zealand, especially in large cities and urban areas. Remote, rural and mountainous places may have limited to no coverage, so be aware of this before venturing away from the city. Ensure global roaming is activated before leaving your home country if you want to use your mobile.
You'll find western-style flushable toilet in most parts of New Zealand.
Cup of coffee = 3 NZD
Jug of beer = 12 NZD
Lunch at a cafe = 10-15 NZD
Dinner at a restaurant = 30 NZD
Drinking water from taps in New Zealand is considered safe, unless otherwise marked. For environmental reasons, try to use a refillable water bottle rather than buying bottled water.
Credit cards are widely accepted by shops, restaurants and cafes in New Zealand. Smaller establishments may only accept cash or require a minimum purchase for credit card use, so be sure to carry enough cash for smaller purchases.
ATMs are commonly found in large cities and regional towns in New Zealand. ATM access will be very limited in remote areas so be aware of this before heading out of the city.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 2 Jan Day after New Year's Day
- 23 Jan Wellington Anniversary Day
- 30 Jan Auckland Anniversary Day
- 30 Jan Nelson Anniversary Day
- 6 Feb Waitangi Day
- 13 Mar Taranaki Anniversary Day
- 20 Mar Otago Anniversary Day
- 14 Apr Good Friday
- 17 Apr Easter Monday
- 18 Apr Southland Anniversary Day
- 25 Apr ANZAC Day
- 5 Jun Queen's Birthday
- 25 Sep Canterbury (South) Anniversary Day
- 20 Oct Hawkes' Bay Anniversary Day
- 23 Oct Labour Day
- 30 Oct Marlborough Anniversary Day
- 17 Nov Canterbury Anniversary Day
- 27 Nov Chatham Islands Anniversary Day
- 4 Dec Westland Anniversary Day
- 25 Dec Christmas Day
- 26 Dec Boxing Day
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in New Zealand go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/new-zealand/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for New Zealand
1. Be considerate of New Zealand’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
4. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
5. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
6. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
7. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
8. Refuse plastic and choose to bring your own reusable shopping bag.