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New Zealand Explorer NZL

Visiting: New Zealand
Trip Duration 20 Days

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New Zealand ExplorerScores 9.2 out of 10 based on 19 reviews
(8 out of 10)


The tour was very diverse and I felt that we saw a lot of the country and learnt a lot about its history, wildlife, vegetation and agriculture. Highlights for me were the Coromandel peninsula, the penguin-spotting trip and the west coast of the south island, which was spectacular. Although I enjoyed Hobbiton and the Maori feast, I would have preferred it if other activities had been included instead. Our trip to Milford Sound was somewhat marred by the food provided on the boat. It was not labelled and I had to wait some time for a chef to come out to advise which dishes did not contain meat. He suggested eating the Indian food, which I did, but this did not seem to be readily accessible and another member of the group was prevented from entering the area where it was being served. I would suggest either a boat trip without the lunch or ensuring that arrangements are made for any dietary requirements. The accommodation was generally of a good standard and the Admiralty Lodge in Whitianga was particularly impressive. I was also impressed by the efficiency of the local tour operator in making alternative arrangements after the earthquake affected our itinerary.
Confirmed traveller: 26 November 2016
Published on: 28 November 2016
(9 out of 10)


Great trip - Herbie tour leader was great and looked after us and made sure we all ok, and gave us talks and tips on different aspects of New Zealand whilst we were driving to next destination. Got really good feel for New Zealand and saw loads during the 3 weeks. Could have done with bit more time in Wellington and Dunedin. Highlights for me apart from former 2 cities were Sea Kayaking, helicopter ride over Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers, and Jet boating. We didn't get to see penguins and might be worth thinking if an evening could be fitted into schedule for this as seems that is best time to see them. Was a brilliant trip and group I was with were fantastic group people.
Confirmed traveller: 02 April 2016
Published on: 04 April 2016
(9 out of 10)


Highlights Napier, Queenstown and Oamaru. I would suggest two nights in Napier and a night in Oamaru even if it is just for passing through. Aukland does not need two nights, I would suggest one of the evenings can be aligned to Napier.
Excellent guide with a passion for the country and guiding.
Accommodation in Christchurch - awful - treated as a commodity and not as a guest.
Confirmed traveller: 11 March 2016
Published on: 16 March 2016
(9 out of 10)


Covering north and south islands in the 20 or so days means a lot of driving, maybe an option to do a slighter longer tour given the distance to NZ. Highlights were helicopter and jet boat rides. Scenery is magnificent... Milford sound. I added days at front to see Bay of Islands which tour would benefit from. Worth doing.
Confirmed traveller: 13 February 2016
Published on: 28 February 2016
(9 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

To get the most out of NZ in such a short time,one has to travel long distances. A lot of the time is taken up travelling, there's no doubt. But this is travelling with a difference. The scenery is just gorgeous and quite different between North and South Island. Too many highlights to mention but Queenstown must be up there and the scenery and beauty on the Dart river jet boat ride. Yellow eyed penguins, cute little blue penguins not forgetting the ever retreating Glaciers of Franz Josef and Fox. Go now before they disappear forever! Smelly Rotorua with the grumbling earth beneath. Wellington and the cable car ride with a lovely stroll through the botanical gardens on the way back. The rebirth of Christchurch. The list of highlights is endless. Every day was a highlight. NZ does not disappoint.
Confirmed traveller: 21 December 2015
Published on: 15 April 2016
(10 out of 10)


Visiting the Coromandel Beaches, Wellington Museum, South island, - particularly the West coast and Milford Sound.
Confirmed traveller: 21 November 2015
Published on: 18 December 2015
(10 out of 10)


South Devon
Amazing day every day, so different. Could not have done all we did if not joined the group.
Confirmed traveller: 20 November 2015
Published on: 25 November 2015
(9 out of 10)


This trip provides travellers with an excellent overview of both islands. The itinerary is flexible and varied so there is ample opportunity to experience the beautiful landscapes opt for added adventure and or simply relax and enjoy the island's delicious food and remarkable wines. The hospitality of our Kiwi hosts was simply the best!
Confirmed traveller: 20 November 2015
Published on: 24 November 2015
(9 out of 10)


The experiences I have had since travelling with Explore have given me a more in depth knowledge of the various countries I have visited compared to the tours I had done previously with other companies, although a good standard of fitness and mobility is required to participate in the tours.
Confirmed traveller: 18 April 2015
Published on: 01 October 2015
(9 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

How do you select a favourite from a tour with daily highlights? Looking at the Milky Way at Omerama? Standing on top of Fox Glacier? contrasting Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch? Getting a suntan sailing in Milford Sounds? The Tranzalpine train views? Whale watching in Kaikoura? Fine dining in Dunedin? Jet boating in Queenstown? Ticking the cultural boxes with Art Deco in Napier and vineyards in Hawkes Bay? It's a beautiful country and it was a great way to see and do so much there.Herbie has an obvious love of New Zealand's environment, flora and fauna which was frequently apparent. His daily commentaries were interesting and informative and he was a pleasure to travel with.
Confirmed traveller: 01 April 2015
Published on: 07 November 2015