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Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife journey to New Zealand with Adventure Life. With 38 Wildlife Viewing Tours offered for 2024 and 2025, you can experience the awe-inspiring biodiversity of the country up close. From majestic whales, dolphins, penguins, seals, and albatrosses to unique species like the kiwi bird and tuatara lizard, New Zealand's diverse wildlife will captivate your senses. Explore spectacular landscapes ranging from lush rainforests, rugged mountains, and tranquil beaches. Our tours start at $2,765 for trips lasting 5 to 25 days, so contact one of Adventure Life's tour specialists today to plan your seamless trip!
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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. 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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Amazing aerial view of Fiordland National Park on scenic flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown, NZ
$27,390
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Pure New Zealand: North & South Islands

Auckland - Queenstown - 13 Day Itinerary aboard Scenic Eclipse II
  • Explore Wellington
  • Experience Gisborne
  • Discover Tauranga
  • Explore Auckland
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Queenstown
Activities:
Helicopter Tours, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a 13-day cruise aboard the Scenic Eclipse II. Discover New Zealand's World Heritage-listed natural wonders, award-winning wineries, exceptional cuisine, and charming towns. Travel from the North to the South Island, immersing yourself in the diverse beauty of the Land of the Long …
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Coastal beauty of Dunedin
$24,030
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Coastal New Zealand: Dunedin to Auckland

Northbound - 14 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Explore New Zealand’s diverse coast
  • See botanical gardens
  • Learn about Maori culture
  • Admire Napier's architecture
Starts / Ends:
Queenstown / Auckland
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Variable
Board the National Geographic Orion on this unforgettable 14-day expedition. New Zealand’s unparalleled natural beauty beckons with soaring peaks, crystal-clear lakes, and swathes of white-sand beaches. Travel through scenic fjords, bays, and sounds, witness plunging waterfalls and an …
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Lake and mountains in Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand
$7,430
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South Island & Fiords of New Zealand

13 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Spot Solander Island's Wildlife
  • Explore Fiordland National Park
  • Sight whales at Kaikoura
  • See Mitre Peak and Stirling Falls
Starts / Ends:
Port of Bluff / Wellington
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Sailing, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a 13-day expedition cruise aboard Coral Adventurer to explore the stunning Fiordland of New Zealand and its surrounding islands. Set sail from Bluff and cruise past Solander Island, an Important Bird Area rich in wildlife, including penguins and albatrosses. Explore Fiordland's iconic …
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Explore the stunning Milford Sound
$26,490
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New Zealand Delights

Dunedin - Auckland - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Scenic Eclipse II
  • Explore Kaikoura
  • Experience Akaroa
  • Discover Dusky Sound
  • Explore Milford Sound
Starts / Ends:
Dunedin / Auckland
Activities:
Helicopter Tours, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a 12-day cruise from Dunedin to Auckland aboard the Scenic Eclipse II. Experience the wonders of New Zealand, from World Heritage-listed sites to award-winning wineries, exceptional cuisine, and charming towns. Travel from the South to the North Island, immersing yourself in this …
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Amazing aerial view of Fiordland National Park on scenic flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown, NZ
$24,990
2for1
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Pure New Zealand: North & South Islands

Auckland - Queenstown - 13 Day Itinerary aboard Scenic Eclipse II
  • Explore Wellington
  • Experience Gisborne
  • Discover Tauranga
  • Explore Auckland
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Queenstown
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a 13-day cruise aboard the Scenic Eclipse II. Discover New Zealand's World Heritage-listed natural wonders, award-winning wineries, exceptional cuisine, and charming towns. Travel from the North to the South Island, immersing yourself in the diverse beauty of the Land of the Long …
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Great Barrier Island
$19,615
Savings
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Coastal New Zealand: Scenic Fjords, Maori History, and Abundant Wildlife

Auckland - Dunedin - 14 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Explore fjords, bays, and sounds
  • Explore diverse marine life
  • Visit New Zealand
  • See world’s smallest penguin
  • Observe the royal albatross
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Dunedin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Variable
On this14-day Coastal New Zealand: Scenic Fjords, Maori History, and Abundant Wildlife cruise from Auckland to Dunedin aboard National Geographic Orion, exploreNew Zealand’s natural beauty beckons with its soaring peaks, crystal-clear lakes, and expanses of white-sand beaches. Travel through …
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Coastal beauty of Dunedin
$19,419
Savings
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Coastal New Zealand: Scenic Fjords, Maori History, and Abundant Wildlife

Roundtrip Auckland - 14 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Visit Doubtful Sound
  • Discover Māori's culture
  • Visit Abel Tasman National Park
  • Trek Stewart and Ulva Islands
  • Explore New Zealand's food and wine
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Auckland
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Variable
14-day Coastal New Zealand: Scenic Fjords, Maori History, and Abundant Wildlife cruise roundtrip Auckland aboard National Geographic Orion, exploreNew Zealand’s natural beauty beckons with its soaring peaks, crystal-clear lakes, and expanses of white-sand beaches. Travel through scenic …
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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
EBD
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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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Explore the stunning Milford Sound
$23,330
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Coastal New Zealand: Auckland to Milford Sound

14 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Explore New Zealand’s diverse coast
  • See botanical gardens
  • Learn about Maori culture
  • Admire Napier's architecture
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Queenstown
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Variable
Board the National Geographic Orion on this unforgettable 14-day expedition. New Zealand’s unparalleled natural beauty beckons with soaring peaks, crystal-clear lakes, and swathes of white-sand beaches. Travel through scenic fjords, bays, and sounds, witness plunging waterfalls and an …
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Explore the stunning Milford Sound
$10,800
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New Zealand Mosaic

Dunedin - Auckland - 16 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Explore Dunedin
  • Discover Dusky Sound
  • Experience Doubtful Sound
  • Discover Oban
  • Explore Milford Sound
Starts / Ends:
Dunedin / Auckland
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a 16-day cruise aboard Le Soléal to explore the stunning beauty of New Zealand, from the majestic mountains of the South Island to the lush forests and volcanoes of the North Island. Immerse yourself in the rich Maori culture and enjoy guided excursions such as whale watching in …
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New Zealand's remotest island.
$9,500
EBD
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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:
Variable
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, through the tranquil waters of Fiordland and Stewart Island, on the search for marine life, elusive birds, …
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$15,250
EBD
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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 / Queenstown
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
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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