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New Zealand may be a small country but it’s absolutely packed with natural wonders, dynamic culture, and world-class cuisine. A treasure trove of unique experiences, this scenic playground is renowned for capturing the hearts of everyone who visits.

Made up of a North and South Island full of friendly locals, the country is easily navigated by car, making for an unforgettable road trip.

As you wind along scenic roads, the dramatic landscape can be quite surreal, and it’s no wonder that New Zealand was the filming location for many famous scenes from The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie series.

From towering volcanoes and bubbling geysers, to rugged mountain ranges and lush forests, to golden beaches and ethereal fjords, the country will take you on an otherworldly journey.

New Zealand’s history dates back at least 700 years, when the Maori people settled on the islands, naming it Aotearoa ('Land of the Long White Cloud’). In 1642 the country was discovered by the British.

The country has retained its diverse culture and Maori customs, and you can visit historical sites such as the Waitangi treaty grounds, and take part in sacred Maori traditions such as a Powhiri (Maori welcome).

With two islands that are equally packed with extraordinary experiences, it can be overwhelming when choosing the must-see destinations for your trip to New Zealand. Wayfairer’s trip itineraries will help get you started, and our New Zealand travel specialists can create a bespoke tour that’s perfect for you.

Discovering New Zealand's highlights can include cruising the breathtaking Milford Sound; swimming with dolphins in Kaikoura; mountain bike or hiking the spectacular volcanic terrain of Tongariro; sailing the Bay of Islands on a private boat; roaming the hills of Hobbiton; the stunning TranzAlpine train journey; private tours and wine tasting on Waiheke Island; a scenic helicopter flight to beautiful glaciers; and a sumptuous soak in natural hot springs and thermal pools.

All that adventure will work up an appetite and luckily, New Zealand is home to world-class cuisine and wineries. You can indulge in the freshest produce with locally-sourced seafood and lamb, and try out the superb coffee and thriving craft beer scene.

There truly is something for everyone in New Zealand. Our luxury holiday specialists will work with you, listening to your specific requests to create your ultimate New Zealand private guided tour, catered to you and your partner, family or friends.

Start curating your exclusive luxury tour of New Zealand today by contacting our team of New Zealand travel experts.

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Where to go in New Zealand

New Zealand’s cities are surrounded by beautiful scenery and filled with excellent wining and dining and cultural attractions. Sophisticated Auckland and eclectic Wellington on the North Island, and relaxed Christchurch and lively Queenstown on the South Island, all offer something unique, including world class museums, gorgeous botanical gardens, and thrilling adventure sports.

Further afield you’ll find smaller towns brimming with culture, action, and breathtaking landscapes. The North Island features Taupo, an adventure playground with thundering waterfalls, Rotorua, home to Hobbiton and a geothermal wonderland, Tongariro, an iconic volcanic region, and the Bay of Islands, offering stunning sailing, golden shores, and sacred Maori sites. In the South Island, the magic of the Marlborough Sounds and Abel Tasman National Park, the wildlife and coastline of Kaikoura, and the spectacular sites of Milford Sound and the Fiordland National Park are simply unmissable.

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