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Discover New Zealand in 2025 on one of these trips hand selected by the travel experts at Adventure Life. Select any of the below 20 top-rated trips where you will explore Auckland, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, and Hauraki Gulf with an exceptional bilingual guide on a small group or customizable private tour. The most popular things to do in New Zealand in are wildlife viewing, cruises, small ship cruises, wildlife & safari exploration, and cultural. Our New Zealand trips in 2025 range in price from $2,595 to $74,420 for trips of 5 to 28 days. Contact one of Adventure Life's expert New Zealand trip planners for help planning a seamless experience.
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Mt. Cook
$8,570
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New Zealand Uncut: North & South Islands

Small Group Trek - 15 Day Itinerary
  • See the Waitomo glow worm caves
  • Learn about Māori culture
  • Hike Tongariro National Park
  • Experience the Abel Tasman Coast
  • See coastal limestone canyons
  • Hike Aoraki /Mt. Cook
  • See stunning view of Fiordland NP
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Queenstown
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, Rainforest Exploration, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Moderate
Set out on a 15-day hiking adventure across New Zealand, from the geothermal wonders of Rotorua to the diverse and rich terrain of the adventure capital, Queenstown. Start your adventure in the stunning Waitomo glow worm caves, leading you to the geothermal wonders of Rotorua. Next, the dramatic …
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Mt. Aspiring National Park
$5,483
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Southern Slice: Nelson to Queenstown

Small Group Trek - 10 Day Itinerary
  • Experience the Abel Tasman Coast
  • Explore limestone canyons
  • Hike the Aoraki/Mount Cook
  • Float in a terminal glacier lake
  • See stunning views of Fiordland NP
Starts / Ends:
Nelson / Queenstown
Activities:
Hiking, Rainforest Exploration, Village Visits, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Moderate
Set out on a 10-day small group hiking adventure exploring the diverse landscapes of New Zealand's South Island, from the views of Tasman Bay and Nelson City to the unique and rich terrain of the adventure capital, Queenstown. Start your adventure by exploring the lively towns of Nelson and …
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Mt. Tongariro, Mt. Ngauruhoe, and Mt. Ruapehu
$2,764
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Northern Portion: Auckland to Wellington

Small Group Trek - 5 Day Itinerary
  • See the Waitomo glow worm caves
  • Learn about Māori culture
  • Hike the Tongariro National Park
  • Learn about New Zealand history
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Wellington
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Moderate
Discover the Northern Island of New Zealand on a 5-day hiking adventure. From the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, explore the lakeside town of Taupo and hike the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Start your adventure in the majestic Waitomo glow worm caves, which will lead you to the geothermal …
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Cascading waterfall in the Milford Sound
$8,700
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Expedition to the heart of New Zealand

Auckland - Dunedin - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Explore Auckland
  • Discover Tauranga
  • Discover Marlborough Sounds
  • Experience Gisborne
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Dunedin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 12-day expedition cruise aboard Le Soléal and unveil the treasures of New Zealand, a land of diverse landscapes and natural wonders. Explore Rotorua's volcanic marvels, discover Gisborne's Maori culture and local history, and indulge in the beauty of Napier's Art Deco …
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A quiet morning near Dunedin
$8,212
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New Zealand's North and South Islands by Sea – with Smithsonian Journeys

Lyttelton - Auckland - 10 Day Itinerary aboard Le Jacques Cartier
  • Discover Fiordland Park
  • Marvel at fjords and cliffs
  • Witness diverse marine & bird life
  • Explore Maori culture in Napier
Starts / Ends:
Port of Lyttelton / Auckland
Activities:
Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 10-day cruise of New Zealand's North and South Islands by sea with Smithsonian Journeys aboard Le Jacques Cartier. Remote and rich in biodiversity, these islands boast unique flora and fauna shaped by centuries of isolation. Departing from Lyttleton, navigate to Dunedin to …
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Auckland, the City of Sails
$6,960
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The best of New Zealand

Auckland - Lyttelton - 10 Day Itinerary aboard Le Jacques Cartier
  • Explore Auckland
  • Experience Tauranga
  • Explore Gisborne
  • Discover Waiheke Island
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Port of Lyttelton
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore New Zealand on a 10-day cruise from the North Island to the South Island aboard Le Jacques-Cartier. Discover wild landscapes, charming cities, and ancient civilizations. Enjoy included excursions in each port, such as whale watching in Akaroa, Maori traditions in Napier, and volcanic …
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$3,750
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Unseen Fiordland and Stewart Island: Exploring New Zealand's Remote Backyard

6 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Explore Stewart Island
  • See different bird species
  • Discover Ulva Island.
  • Tour the stunning fiords
Starts / Ends:
Queenstown / Invercargill
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The Heritage Adventurer is a one-of-a-kind adventure to a remote part of New Zealand's wilderness. Visit Fiordland's lonely ice-carved mountains, beautiful forests, and flowing fiords. In isolation, away from the crowds, cruise the quiet seas of Fiordland and Stewart Island in search of …
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Queen Charlotte Sound
$2,595
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Unseen Queen Charlotte Sound

Picton roundtrip - 5 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Explorer
  • Learn the history of Tory Channel
  • Experience Queen Charlotte Walkway
  • Discover Motuara and Blumine Island
  • Trek to Arapawa Island's lookout
Starts / Ends:
Blenheim / Blenheim
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a 5-day expedition through Queen Charlotte Sound and its islands, starting with a warm welcome aboard the Heritage Explorer in Blenheim. Sail along the scenic waterways, exploring Tory Channel's whaling history and Ship Cove's rich heritage. Trek through native bush to Ship Cove …
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Explore the stunning Milford Sound
$5,295
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All of the Fiords: The Ultimate Fiordland Experience

10 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Explorer
  • Discover New Zealand
  • Sail through Fiordland's waters
  • Explore North and South Port harbor
  • Visit the majestic fiord
Starts / Ends:
Te Anau / Te Anau
Activities:
Rainforest Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Set sail for a 10-day exploration cruise of New Zealand's Fiordland National Park, now over 1.2 million hectares in size and rightly famous for its epic, grand-scale scenery, untamed wilderness, and unique wildlife, including bottlenose dolphins, Fiordland crested penguins, and New Zealand fur …
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Marlborough Sounds
$3,650
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Discover Marlborough Sounds: An In-Depth Exploration of the Marlborough Sounds

7 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Explorer
  • Explore Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Visit Tory Channel
  • Sail through d’Urville
  • Discover Pelorus Sound
Starts / Ends:
Blenheim / Blenheim
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Spend a week exploring the 1,500-kilometer-long Marlborough Sounds, which were carved out by submerged valleys 10,000 years ago. These destinations are renowned for their breathtaking natural beauty, which includes beautiful cobalt streams, classic vistas, thick indigenous forests, wildlife, and …
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Stewart Island
$4,475
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Unseen Stewart Island: Pristine Wilderness and Wildlife Adventure

8 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Explorer
  • Discover Halfmoon Bay
  • Enjoy the historic views
  • Visit Norwegian whaling station
  • Explore Port Pegasus
Starts / Ends:
Invercargill / Invercargill
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience UnseenStewart Island/Rakiura and Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara on this 8-day adventure with Heritage Explorer, New Zealand's pioneering small ship expedition cruise ship. With only 25 kilometers of road, Stewart Island is best explored by sea, especially Ulva Island, where there are no …
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Breathtaking landscapes of Antarctica
$23,020
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Scott & Shackleton's Antarctica - Ross Sea Expedition

Dunedin - Dunedin - 22 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Spot incredible wildlife
  • Explore unique flora and fauna
  • Follow the paths of explorers
  • Marvel at pristine ice formations
Starts / Ends:
Dunedin / Dunedin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
An exciting voyage awaits those who dare to set foot in the rarely-visited Ross Sea and follow in the footsteps of legendary polar explorers. Set sail from Dunedin, New Zealand, and head south toward Antarctica to cruise the Ross Sea to learn about this interesting region, its history, and its …
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$3,150
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Undiscovered Dusky Sound: Cruising Remote Fiordland

Supper Cove Roundtrip - 5 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Explorer
  • View scenic helicopter transfers
  • See Cooper, Long, & Indian Islands
  • Explore Fiordland's Dusky Sound
  • Spot wildlife and more
Starts / Ends:
Te Anau / Te Anau
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join Heritage Explorer on a 5-day cruise to discover the stunning Fiordland in New Zealand from Supper Cove and back. The adventure begins with a scenic helicopter flight between Te Anau and Supper Cove. Then cruise through Acheron Passage, Breaksea, and Dusky Sounds. One of the largest fiords in …
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$31,500
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In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton: Ross Sea Antarctica

28 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Visit the Ross Sea region
  • Experience nature on a grand scale
  • View relics of early exploration
  • Observe penguins, seals, and whales
  • Enjoy shore landings on islands
Starts / Ends:
Port of Bluff / Port of Bluff
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The Ross Sea region of Antarctica is one of the most remote places on Planet Earth and one of the most fascinating places in the continent's human history. With shipping restricted by impenetrable pack ice to just two brief months each austral summer, few people have ever visited this strange …
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New Zealand Landscape
$4,150
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Southern Fiords Discovery: A Deep Exploration of Fiordland's Southern Fiords

7 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Explorer
  • Experience the grand scale scenery
  • Tour unique parts of New Zealand
  • Explore Preservation Inlet
  • Navigate through Acheron Passage
Starts / Ends:
Doubtful Sound / Te Anau
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On this seven-day journey across the Southern Fiords, take in the breathtaking landscape, untamed nature, ice-carved mountains, forests, sounds, and distinctive wildlife of Fiordland's Preservation and Chalky Inlets, as well as Doubtful and Dusky Sounds. With a wealth of natural history and …
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$4,695
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The Top of the South: Explorations Beyond Marlborough Sounds

9 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Explorer
  • Explore New Zealand's South Island
  • Visit Tory Channel
  • Discover Pelorus Sound
  • Sail through d’Urville
Starts / Ends:
Nelson / Nelson
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on Heritage Explorer for a unique 9-day expedition cruise of Queen Charlotte, Pelorus Sounds, French Pass, and d'Urville Island. Discover an unparalleled exploration of the breath-taking beauty of New Zealand's winding cobalt waterways, iconic landscapes, lush native forests, wildlife, …
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Norfolk Island
$9,995
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Western Pacific Odyssey WPO

15 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Sail through Hauraki Gulf
  • Cruise across New Britain Trench
  • Discover albatrosses
  • Spend five days in Solomon Islands
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Kavieng
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 15-day expedition from Auckland to Kavieng with Heritage Adventurer, a birdwatcher's dream come true. Explore the Mokohinau Islands, Norfolk Island, and New Caledonia, encountering rare seabirds like the New Zealand Storm Petrel and Kagu. Immerse yourself in the rich history of …
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New Caledonia Islands
$9,995
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Grand Pacific Odyssey GPO

15 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Sail through Hauraki Gulf
  • Discover historical Norfolk Island
  • Encounter diverse marine life
  • Explore Kavieng's Malagan culture
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Kavieng
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Set sailon a 15-day cruise with Heritage Adventurer, starting in Auckland, New Zealand. Sail through the Hauraki Gulf, Norfolk Island, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea. Explore diverse landscapes, from tropical islands to historical sites, experiencing the rich biodiversity of …
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