New Zealand

Natural beauty, adventure and romance abounds on tailor-made, self-drive itineraries or guided tours
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Let Journey Pacific help you create your personalized dream vacation to New Zealand. See for yourself the splendid diversity among the various regions and cities on one of many offered day tours. There are so many attractions to explore on North Island and South Island.

Contact Dawn Sansom Myers, Journey Pacific’s own New Zealand travel specialist, to find out if  there’s an adventure package that you would take, like her amazing 14 day self-drive tour from Auckland to Christchurch in February 2013.

We can suggest several itineraries for a trip to either or both islands. We can tailor-make your vacation to ensure you get the perfect trip with as much or as little time in each place, making the most of your time overseas. As all itineraries are created specifically for you, we suggest our guests take a look at available day tours in each area to see what there is to do there and help them decide how long they will need in each area.

Self-Guided Driving Tours by Car or Motorhome

Have your entire self-drive tour organized before you depart or decide when you get there – we can help find you the perfect car or motorhome, as well as your nightly accommodations and the best driving routes! Whether you want to tour the South Islands’ mountain and fiords, visit the beaches and bays of the North Island, have a special interest in wildlife, food and wine or local culture or you simply want to relax and soak up the spectacular scenery and atmosphere, we can create a tour to suit.

Coach Tours

If you’re looking at touring New Zealand, we can assist you with small group tours as well as independent and escorted coach tours throughout the country. New Zealand coach tours provide a great way to see and travel the country. Take a coach trip around New Zealand and relax in comfort while taking in the beautiful surroundings.

Travel by Train

Each of the three scenic rail journeys travel through New Zealand’s unique geography including spectacular gorges, rugged marine coastline and mountain alpine scenery. There’s no more romantic way of traveling than by train – and while you can’t cross the length and breadth of New Zealand by rail, you can still see a fair bit of the country, and some of the world’s best scenery, relaxing in a train carriage, taking a break from driving. Ask Dawn for more information.

Special Interest Tours

If you are looking for an experience, which not only shows you the known highlights of New Zealand but also delivers an insight into life away from the normal tourist tracks, you would be well served by choosing one of our Special Interest Tours. We provide detailed driving instructions to guide you to your daily destination and accommodation. Some of the accommodations are unique and you will experience true Kiwi hospitality first hand. Apart from our packages, we are happy to design a personalized, flexible, tailor-made holiday experience, sharing our experience and the experiences of many previous clients with you.

Or mix it all up with a tailor-made itinerary just for you, maybe also including some of New Zealand’s exclusive Unique Lodges!

New Zealand Highlights

If adventure sports press all your buttons, get ready for the trip of a lifetime. Bungy, sky diving, caving, canyoning – New Zealand has every adventure activity you can think of – and some you’ve never even heard of! All set to the backdrop of jaw-dropping landscapes. Click here to check out an example of a 7 night self-drive Adventure Tour or here to see Dawn’s Itinerary.

Cultural Experience

For a totally unique Kiwi experience, immerse yourself in the local arts and culture. New Zealand may be a young country, but the diverse wealth of Maori culture, performing arts, literature, museums and galleries will leave even the most fervent arts and culture buffs completely satisfied.

Hot Pools and Health Spas

There’s no better way to click into holiday mode than to soak in a naturally-heated thermal pool or indulge in a relaxing therapeutic treatment. New Zealand is located where two tectonic plates of the earth’s crust meet. This causes a large amount of geothermal activity, allowing warm water to bubble up through the earth’s crust to form hot pools. These pools often contain minerals dissolved from the rocks they seeped through. Since the 19th century kiwis have enjoyed these hot pools, with some believing that sitting in mineral water helps with medical problems. Others simply enjoy the luxurious feeling of naturally-heated water helping to relax weary bodies.

Walking and Hiking

Hiking New Zealand is the best way to see beautiful landscapes and explore some of the vast wilderness areas. So grab a pack and put on your walking boots. New Zealand has thousands of kilometres of walks covering all kinds of magnificent terrain. Walk for half an hour, a day, a week or a month! Choose the track that suits your ability and schedule. If you like a challenge, try one the nine Great Walks; these last 2-4 days and take you to see some of New Zealand’s most iconic scenery. If you’re short on time, try out one of our famous day walks, like the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. You can walk the tracks independently or with a walking and hiking tour provider. There’s no better way to experience the nature of New Zealand than by walking.

Food and Wine

Indulging in local food and wine is a must-do for many travellers. If gastronomy and the odd tipple are high on your agenda, New Zealand won’t disappoint. New Zealand is a food and wine lover’s paradise. Vineyards stretch throughout every region, chefs put playful local twists on fine cuisine and festivals serve up taste sensations with a side of local music.

Water Activities

Thousands of kilometres of coastline, lakes and rivers herald New Zealand as a water sports mecca. Sailing, surfing, diving, fishing – Kiwi’s love the water and we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to water activities. Indulging your passion for the water is easy to do and limited only by your imagination.
Contact Dawn at Journey Pacific for some further information on a tailor made tour to New Zealand.