The 4 Best New Zealand Tours

When traveling to New Zealand, there is no better way to see the country than with a privately guided tour.

But most travelers are pressed for time, so it can be hard to find a balance between seeing as much as possible and still enjoying the pace of travel.

How do you plan the perfect New Zealand tour? Our travel consultants have put together a collection of fantastic itineraries that are perfectly-paced to help you make the most of your time in New Zealand.

To help you start planning your tour, here are some of the very best New Zealand tours.


1. The best whirlwind tours of New Zealand

If you only have one week for your New Zealand tour, you need to decide which island to visit. Even then, it can be hard to fit everything into such a short time frame. These whirlwind itineraries are designed to maximise your limited stay.

7 Day South Island Tour

The South Island is where you will find New Zealand’s highest concentration of natural beauty, so most travelers pick a South Island tour if they have only one week in New Zealand.

This 7 Day South Island Guided Tour includes unmissable highlights such as Aoraki/Mount Cook (New Zealand’s highest mountain), Queenstown, Milford Sound (known as the “eighth wonder of the world”), Franz Josef Glacier, and the iconic TranzAlpine Train Journey.

This is the best New Zealand tour for anyone who wants to see the South Island in a week.

Milford Sound boat tour New Zealand

7 Day North Island Tour

Reasons to choose the North Island over the South Island for your whirlwind tour include geothermal sites, Maori cuture, beautiful beaches–and shorter driving times.

If you want to see the highlights of the North Island in a week, this 7 Day North Island Guided Tour is the best way to do it.

Highlights of this top North Island tour include the Waitomo Caves, Rotorua (the center of geothermal activity and Maori culture in New Zealand), the Hobbiton Movie Set, and the picturesque Coromandel Peninsula.

Rotorua New Zealand

2. The best New Zealand tour for families

Travel with children can be hard. You might want to plan for shorter driving distances, longer stays in each destination, and plenty of kid-friendly activities that appeal to all ages.

Thankfully, you don’t have to leave your schedule up to guesswork. The 10 Day New Zealand Family Guided Tour is the perfect short New Zealand tour for families.

This tour includes highlights from both islands, at a pace comfortable for children. And the activities are great for kids as well!

If you have more than 10 days in New Zealand, you can customize this New Zealand family tour by adding extra nights in top destinations or visiting an additional location.

TSS Earnslaw Walter Peak Queenstown

3. The most comprehensive tour of New Zealand

New Zealand is a large and stunningly diverse country. You could spend years traveling around the mountains and beaches and rolling farmland, and still not see all of its beauty.

If time is on your side, why not take three weeks (or more) to take a deeper look at what makes New Zealand so special?

The 21 Day New Zealand Guided Tour is the best three-week itinerary showcasing our beautiful country. If you have more than 21 days, slow down and spend more time digging into your favorite towns, or add a few off-the-beaten-track destinations.

Piha Beach, Auckland, New Zealand family guided tour

4. The best New Zealand Lord of the Rings tour

If you are coming to New Zealand to see Middle-earth in real life, you’re in for a treat. The charming village of Hobbiton and the dramatic mountains of Gondor, Rohan, and Mordor are even more incredible up close.

ThisĀ 14 Day Lord of the Rings Guided Tour is the best Middle-earth tour in New Zealand. The tour takes you to the most iconic filming locations on both islands, including Hobbiton, Mt Doom, Rivendell, Edoras, Isengard, and Lothlorien, as well as a visit to Weta Workshop.

If you have less time, you may want to choose one island to focus on–or skip a few filming locations to check the big ones off your list.

Green Dragon, Hobbiton movie set tour New Zealand


These top New Zealand guided tours are a good starting point as you begin to plan your own visit to New Zealand. But remember, all New Zealand tours can be customised–and the best New Zealand tour is the one that matches the interests of your family or group.

Get in touch with the team at New Zealand Guided Tours today to start planning your New Zealand tour. Your personal consultant will work with you to create the perfect holiday.