New Zealand is arguably the best touring destination in the world for Australian travellers.
For starters, it’s just a three-hour flight from the east coast, but a world away in terms of the stunning landscapes, cultural experiences, and First Nations traditions you’ll encounter during your holiday.
Secondly, the distances between attractions and key points of interest are generally relatively short — meaning you’ll spend less time sitting on a bus or coach and more time sightseeing.
Thirdly, New Zealand tours are usually excellent value for Australian travellers. Look for options where key activities and at least some meals (ideally breakfast, but also a couple of dinners) are included in the tour price.
And of course, no one can show you New Zealand like a Kiwi! Travelling with a local guide will give you more insights about this vibrant nation than you would get doing a self-drive trip.
Convinced? Here are ten of the best New Zealand multi-day tours and trips. Browse our full range of tours here.
Top Oz Tours now offers an incredible range of multi-day guided tours, walking holidays, and river cruises from many of the world's leading operators. And to celebrate, we're giving away a $500 AUD tour voucher, which can be put towards any experience of three or more days on our website!
1. Highlights of New Zealand Tour from Auckland
Two weeks to explore the whole of New Zealand is a big call, but needs must! Those on a time-tight budget will love this 15-day moderately priced, fully guided experience, which wraps all the must-sees up into one manageable package. Explore bustling Auckland, splash down on the Coromandel Peninsula’s gorgeous beaches, visit a traditional Māori village in Rotorua, and get your adrenaline fix in Queenstown. What are you waiting for? Let’s roll! 15 days | Operator: G Adventures
Myriad natural wonders await you on this loop of the epic South Island. Travel in style and stay in quality hotels as you visit Punakaiki, Hokitika, Franz Josef, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Dunedin, and Christchurch. There’ll be ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ aplenty along the way. 10 days | Operator: AAT Kings
If you like your holidays wild and woolly, then the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island is the destination for you! Watch the waves of the Tasman Sea pound the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki, visit epic Hokitika Gorge, view the mighty Franz Josef glacier, bushwalk in Mount Aspiring National Park, bike along the shores of Lake Wanaka, and much more. 7 days | Operator: Intrepid Travel
Calling all thrill seekers! New Zealand is the spiritual home of extreme sports and adventure activities, and this South Island tour is packed with adrenalin-fuelled highlights. Go hiking, white water rafting, ziplining, jet boating, mountain biking, and more (some activities incur an additional cost). And the abundance of free time means you can squeeze in extra bone-jarring fun — if you’re up for it! 10 days | Operator: Adventure Junkies
Looking for a great all-round introduction to the North Island? One where you stay in good hotels, travel in comfort, and just sit back, relax, and enjoy the experience? This is it! You’ll visit Auckland, the sublime Bay of Islands, geo-thermal wonderland Rotorua, and one of the coolest capitals on the planet — Wellington. 8 days | Operator: AAT Kings
Top Oz Tours now offers a great range of fully escorted multi-day tours in New Zealand. And we're offering $100 AUD per person off all new bookings placed via our new tour concierge line. Browse the available options, find the tour of your choice, and contact us to make your booking. It's that easy!
6. Bay of Islands Tour from Auckland
There are few places on earth as all-round delightful as the Bay of Islands in the north-eastern corner of the North Island. Shimmering waterways, sub-tropical islands, characterful towns and villages, and historically significant sights come together to wow visitors, and you’ll see the best of the Bay on this four-day guided adventure. Note: accommodation on this tour is in mixed-gender multi-share dormitory style hostels with shared facilities. 4 days | Operator: Intrepid Travel/Haka Tours
The North Island is defined by a wide variety of landscapes and lends itself to endless outdoor pursuits. Get amongst it on this popular adventure tour, which combines traditional sightseeing with hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, and more. Explore pristine marine reserves, stretches of dazzling coastline, ancient volcanic terrain, geothermal zones, and sprawling cave systems, and undertake arguably the best mountain hike in the country! 11 days | Operator: Active Adventures
If your boots were made for walking, lace up for the experience of a lifetime on the South Island. Over the course of five days, you’ll complete several guided walks in Fiordland National Park — part of the extraordinarily beautiful UNESCO World Heritage-listed Te Wahipounamu region. You’ll hike the Routeburn Track, part of the famed Milford Track, the Kepler Track, and complete an open alpine walk on Ben Lomond. The latter reveals panoramic views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and the snow-capped alps. Stu-nning! 5 days | Operator: Active Adventures
Are you an active holidaymaker with energy to burn? If so, blow the bus and explore the South Island under your own steam on this epic two-week tour. Featuring a mix of hiking and biking, and utilising various accommodation options (hotels, lodges, chalets, and inns), no two days on this trip are ever the same — except for the sense of achievement you’ll feel each night falling into bed! And there’s plenty of flexibility in the itinerary: meaning if you want to ride a little further or a little less, you’re covered! 14 days | Operator: Active Adventures
Those who enjoy the finer things in life will love this all-inclusive, fully escorted tour, which travels the length and breadth of New Zealand. No stone has been left unturned crafting the holiday of a lifetime for discerning guests. From the standard of your luxury touring vehicle and centrally located hotels, to the array of included activities and experiences, you’ll be wowed at every turn. Travel in style and make treasured holiday memories on a minute-by-minute basis! 24 days | Operator: Scenic Luxury Tours and Cruises