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Top New Zealand Trips & Tours in January 2025

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Discover New Zealand in January 2025 on one of these 12 tours hand-selected by the travel experts at Adventure Life. Explore the best of Auckland, Milford Sound, Dunedin, Doubtful Sound, and Te Anau during January 2025 as you enjoy wildlife viewing, cruises, small ship cruises, kayaking, and hiking. Prices for trips in January 2025 range from $2,765 to $186,640 for a vacation of 5 to 24 days. Choose any of the below 12 itineraries in January 2025 and customize it when you contact one of Adventure Life's expert New Zealand trip planners.
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Mt. Cook
$8,570
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New Zealand Uncut: North & South Islands

New Zealand Small Group Tour - 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 small group 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 …
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Mt. Aspiring National Park
$5,483
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Southern Slice: Nelson to Queenstown

New Zealand Small Group Tour - 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

New Zealand Small Group Tour - 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 small group 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 …
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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:
Variable
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:
Variable
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:
Variable
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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New Zealand landscape
$5,275
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New Zealand Sounds and Steward Island

Bluff Roundtrip - 9 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Explore Fiordland National Park
  • Cruise through Dusky Sound,
  • Experience Doubtful Sound's fjords
  • Enjoy Zodiac/Xplorer excursions
Starts / Ends:
Port of Bluff / Port of Bluff
Activities:
Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Sailing, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Set sail with Coral Adventurer to explore the breathtaking natural wonders of New Zealand's South Island and Fiords. Starting from Bluff, you'll spend three days exploring the famous Fiordland National Park, where you'll be amazed by the landscapes of Milford Sound, Dusky Sound, and …
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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:
Variable
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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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:
Variable
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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$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:
Variable
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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Adelie penguins
$74,690
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Antarctica's Ross Sea: Majestic Ice & Wildlife

Dunedin - Dunedin - 24 Day Itinerary aboard Scenic Eclipse II
  • Experience Antarctica's Ross Sea
  • Discover Macquarie Island
  • Experience Balleny Islands
  • Explore Sturge Island
Starts / Ends:
Dunedin / Dunedin
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a 24-day cruise to and from Dunedin aboard the Scenic Eclipse II. This expedition takes you to the Ross Sea Region of Antarctica, a place that will take your breath away. You can witness stunning landscapes, including glaciers, icebergs, and mountain ranges, and experience some of the …
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Adelie penguins
$70,890
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Antarctica's Ross Sea: Majestic Ice & Wildlife

Hobart - Dunedin - 24 Day Itinerary aboard Scenic Eclipse II
  • Explore Hobart
  • Discover Macquarie Island
  • Experience Balleny Islands
  • Explore Sturge Island
Starts / Ends:
Hobart / Dunedin
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a 24-day cruise from Hobart to Dunedin aboard the Scenic Eclipse II. This expedition takes you to the Ross Sea Region of Antarctica, a place that will take your breath away. You can witness stunning landscapes, including glaciers, icebergs, and mountain ranges, and experience some of the …
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