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Top New Zealand Trips & Tours in December 2022

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Discover New Zealand in December 2022 on one of these 13 tours hand-selected by the travel experts at Adventure Life. Explore the best of Auckland, Campbell Island, The Snares, Milford Sound, and Dunedin during December 2022 as you enjoy cruises, small ship cruises, wildlife viewing, cultural, and beaches. Prices for trips in December 2022 range from $3,180 to $113,410 for a vacation of 7 to 34 days. Choose any of the below 13 amazing itineraries in December 2022 and customize it to make it your own with the help of one of Adventure Life's expert New Zealand trip planners.
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Coastal beauty of Dunedin
$29,370
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Southern Odyssey

Auckland to Dunedin - 20 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • See New Zealand’s cultural riches
  • Explore Fiordlands National Park
  • Watch vibrant wildlife
  • Spot unique species
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Dunedin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Navigate New Zealand’s verdant coastlines to encounter pristine beaches, quiet coves, and waters filled with whales, dolphins, and seals. The soaring peaks and countless waterfalls of the country’s dazzling fjords are at their jaw-dropping best in Fiordlands National Park, where …
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Sea lion nestled in the seaweed.
$8,450
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Galapagos of the Southern Ocean: New Zealand and Australia's Subantarctic Islands

12 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Explore Macquarie Island
  • Venture on Zodiac excursions
  • View a vast array of endemic birds
  • Appreciate the rich biodiversity
  • Enjoy additional discovery by kayak
Starts / Ends:
Invercargill / Invercargill
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Set sail on one of the most inspirational and educational expeditions into the Southern Ocean ecosystem that one may undertake around the globe. The Subantarctic Islands, located south of New Zealand, have long been recognized for their extraordinary biodiversity. They are UNESCO World Heritage …
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$7,590
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Natural treasures of New Zealand

Auckland - Dunedin - 13 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Discover New Zealand landscapes
  • Explore the Fiordland National Park
  • Meet the Maori people's culture
  • Visit Te Papa Tongarewa museum
  • Explore the Marlborough region
Starts / Ends:
Dunedin / Auckland
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Urban Exploration, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail from Auckland to Dunedin aboard Le Soléal for a 13-day cruise. From Tauranga, discover Rotorua's many wonders, including volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, rivers, gorges, and lakes ranging from deep blue to orange-tinged. Sail to Wellington, New Zealand's capital, to discover …
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New Zealand's remotest island.
$7,995
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Beyond Fiordland - New Zealand's Wildest Islands

12 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Explore Campbell Island
  • Visit Carnley Harbor
  • Zodiac cruise along Adams Island
  • Admire Stewart Island's beauty
Starts / Ends:
Invercargill / Invercargill
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The Spirit of Enderby is a one-of-a-kind journey to a remote region of New Zealand's wilderness. Visit Fiordland's lonely ice-carved mountains, beautiful forests, and flowing fiords; this incredible place inspires your desire to travel responsibly. Travel alone, away from the crowds, …
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Marlborough Sounds
$3,180
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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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Lake and mountains in Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand
$9,999
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New Zealand & Australia II

17 Day Itinerary aboard Seabourn Odyssey
  • Explore Tauranga's volcanic feature
  • Tour Dunedin's historic buildings
  • Cruise Fiordland National Park
  • Explore Milford Sound
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Sydney
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, Rainforest Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Take a stroll through the glow-worm caves and under the ancient kauri trees. Enjoy geothermal hot springs and a white-knuckle jet boat ride through a spectacular river gorge. Explore picturesque arcades and alleys, observe Australian shepherds herding sheep, and shuck your own rock oysters. A trip …
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Cityscape image of Sydney, Australia with Harbour Bridge and Sydney skyline during sunset
$8,499
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Australia & New Zealand

17 Day Itinerary aboard Seabourn Odyssey
  • Explore Dunedin
  • Admire the Milford Sound fjord
  • Visit Wellington
  • Explore Fiordland National Park
Starts / Ends:
Sydney / Auckland
Activities:
Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Visit famous Australian landmarks and explore New Zealand’s volcanic landscapes and glaciers on this 17-day exploration cruise. Experience the cosmopolitan and multicultural city of Sydney. See some Koalas on Phillip Island. Proceed to Melbourne, a center for commerce, industry, and culture. …
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Hiking in Antarctica is rewarded with spectacular views
$52,990
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Epic Antarctica: From the Peninsula to the Ross Sea & Beyond

34 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Endurance
  • Discpver four different regions
  • Encounter the big tabular icebergs
  • Explore New Zealand & Australia
  • Kayak in pristine bays
  • Observe abundant wildlife
Starts / Ends:
Buenos Aires / Auckland
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This extraordinary new 34-day voyage is like a blockbuster film—the star is the seventh continent. And the co-stars are the big ice of remote West Antarctica, where we are sure to set foot on ice where no other humans ever have; the prolific wildlife and impressive ice shelf of the Ross Sea …
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Clear Water and Tropical Island
$15,160
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Under the Southern Cross: New Zealand to Melanesia

16 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Experience culture of Maori
  • Venture to the Norfolk Island
  • Visit New Caledonia, Isle of Pines
  • Meet the people of Utupua
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Honiara
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Uncover the tropical beauty and important cultural history of the South Seas. Following in the wake of Captain Cook, we will journey from New Zealand’s North Island to the Solomon Sea. Delve into a fascinating history of intrepid explorers, convicts, and traders, and learn about the rich …
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$12,875
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Birding Down Under: Subantarctic and Chatham Islands

17 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Visit the best islands for birding
  • See the Albatross Latitudes
  • Marvel at diverse seabird colonies
  • Learn about nature and history
Starts / Ends:
Queenstown / Invercargill
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Snares, Bounty, Antipodes, Auckland, Campbell, Macquarie, and the Chatham Islands are only a few of the names. They are a delight to 'Birders.' Except for the Chathams, these islands are probably more isolated than they were when they were discovered in the late 1700s and early 1800s and …
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Explore the stunning Milford Sound
$12,940
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Expedition to New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands

Dunedin - Dunedin - 15 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Explore the Snares Islands
  • Enjoy a guided walk on Ulva Island
  • View fur seals, sea lions, & seals
  • See Fiordland Crested penguins
Starts / Ends:
Dunedin / Dunedin
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Le Soleal hosts this 15-day New Zealand Subantarctic Islands cruise expedition that immerses you in an incredible world of wildlife and introduces you to the pristine grandeur of New Zealand's Fiordlands and Subantarctic Islands. This journey begins in Dunedin, New Zealand's Edinburgh, a …
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Explore the wonder of coral reefs
$11,565
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An Expeditionary Voyage to Wallis and Futuna

22 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Learn culture and traditions
  • Enjoy water voyages
  • See local traditions
  • See the atolls of Niue
Starts / Ends:
Cairns / Auckland
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore Australia and New Zealand aboard the Coral Adventurer. The cruise ship will be cast off from Cairns for an inaugural expeditionary voyage to the remote islands of Wallis and Futuna, located 2,000 nautical miles into the South Pacific. Follow in the footsteps of ancient Samoan traders, …
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Queenstown, New Zealand
$4,875
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Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific: Subantarctic Islands

8 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Discover remote New Zealand
  • Hike through windswept Rata forests
  • Visit abandoned WWII huts
  • Explore amazing wildlife reserves
  • Witness flowering megaherbs
Starts / Ends:
Queenstown / Invercargill
Activities:
Adventure Options, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
You won't find them featured in a travel brochure, you won't find them in most guidebooks, you're unlikely to know anybody who has visited, and they don't even appear on some South Pacific maps - these are the 'forgotten islands'. Despite their modest profile, they are some …
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