Surrender to your sense of adventure
From the peak of Mount Cook to its pristine coastal bays, New Zealand boasts some of the most extraordinary and exquisite scenery on the planet.
With Scenic, you will walk into spectacular sets from The Lord of the Rings film, observe fjords and forests, learn about the Maori people and explore many other cultural and natural treasures in the South and North Islands.
Our 5-star all-inclusive service allows you to make the most of your journey. Leave the transfers, hotel stays, porterage, tipping and gratuities to us as you explore the wonders of this magnificent country. During your enviable adventures, you will also benefit from the services of a professional Tour Director who will ensure that your every need is considered.
And when it is time to return to your evening destinations, you can expect a comfortable stay in some of New Zealand’s finest hotels, such as Auckland’s award-winning Langham Hotel or Queenstown’s elegant M Gallery Hotel St Moritz.
Destinations to discover
With itineraries spanning both the North and the South Islands, you will have a range of exceptional destinations to explore.
Departing from Auckland, our North Island tours feature a visit to the Waipoua Forest to see the ancient kauri trees, the northernmost tip of New Zealand, the unique geothermal pools of Rotorua, the art deco architecture and vineyards of Napier and the cosmopolitan capital, Wellington. Along the way, you will enter the charming Hobbiton film set and have the opportunity to admire Lake Taupo, Australasia’s largest freshwater lake.
If you select one of our tours traversing the North and South Islands, you will enjoy an included cruise through the magnificent waterways of the Marlborough Sounds. Alternatively, your South Island expedition will commence in the increasingly vibrant city Christchurch. Having re-emerged from the devastating earthquake of 2011, the city invites visitors to explore a fascinating tale of recovery. From Christchurch, you will visit Mount Cook National Park, home to the highest mountain in New Zealand, travel to port Bluff and then explore the west coast up to Arthur’s Pass. Expect to see the majesty of the Southern Island come to life as you take a Milford Sound cruise in Lake Te Anau and observe the grandeur of the Franz Josef glacier.
The finale of our South Island tours is a train journey on the TranzAlpine from Arthur’s Pass to Christchurch. This breathtaking tour through the Southern Alps will have you viewing expansive mountain ranges, untouched gorges and picturesque rivers.
Our journeys take you beyond the tourist sites and into the heart and soul of the nation.
During our Scenic Enrich program, you could learn about the Treaty of Waitangi from your Maori guide, discover the cultural gems in Wellington’s Te Papa museum and experience life on a working dairy farm at Longlands, among other highlights.
Our Scenic FreeChoice options allow you to customise your itinerary with a selection of included activities. Make the most of New Zealand by partaking in our cruising and sailing tours in Auckland, punting on the River Avon or exploring the Lord of the Rings scenery on a 4WD. Or perhaps your idea of optimising your journey simply involves a Polynesian day spa in Rotorua followed by a wine tasting experience in Napier?