New Zealand: Untamed Landscapes

15 days Nature & Wildlife
This island nation is known for its stunningly varied range of natural landscapes; you’ll understand why when you cruise through the fjords of Milford Sound or ascend the peaks of the Southern Alps. Amid these spectacular untamed settings, you’ll get a taste of the welcoming Kiwi culture.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about about 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including unpaved trails, with few hills and steep stairs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 12 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 1 wine tasting

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of tour of New Zealand

Overnight Flight 2 nights

Day 1: Travel day

Cross the International Date Line in flight and “lose” a day.

Day 2: Travel day

Your flight continues to New Zealand.

Queenstown 3 nights Hotel info

Day 3: Arrival in Queenstown

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Queenstown! Transfer to your hotel, then meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 4: Milford Sound

  Included meals: Breakfast

Head out to explore the breathtaking Milford Sound in New Zealand’s Fiordland, home to some of the most memorable scenery in the world.

• Travel through the Five Rivers farming region and past Lake Te’Anau

• Pass through beautiful beech forests and stop at the glittering Mirror Lakes

• Cruise around Milford Sound, in view of Mitre Peak

Day 5: Free day in Queenstown

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a day at your leisure in Queenstown or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Walter Peak: Lake Cruise & Lunch $89pp* Details

Board the steam-powered TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown for a cruise across Lake Wakatipu. Your destination is Walter Peak, one of New Zealand’s most famous sheep and cattle stations. There, you'll enjoy a barbecue lunch and watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and sheep dog show before heading back to Queenstown. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from May through September. In June and July, the TSS Earnslaw undergoes routine maintenance and is replaced by a launch boat for the cruise. A weatherproof jacket and comfortable shoes are recommended.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Optional Excursion - Walter Peak: Lake Cruise & Dinner $99pp* Details

Board the steam-powered TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown for a cruise across Lake Wakatipu. Your destination is Walter Peak, one of New Zealand’s most famous sheep and cattle stations. There, you'll enjoy a barbecue dinner and watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and sheep dog show before heading back to Queenstown. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from October through April. A weatherproof jacket and comfortable shoes are recommended.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Fox Glacier 1 night Hotel info

Day 6: Transfer to Fox Glacier

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a scenic drive through the island’s Southern Alps to Fox Glacier, stopping at Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka, Knight’s Point and Thunder Creek Falls along the way.

Hokitika 1 night Hotel info

Day 7: Transfer to Hokitika

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free morning at Fox Glacier or add an excursion.

Then, transfer to Hokitika for the night.

Optional Excursion - Fox Glacier Helicopter Ride $209pp* Details

Get close to the ice falls of Fox Glacier and experience the solitude of a snow landing in this natural alpine wonderland.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $219)

Nelson 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Transfer to Nelson via Punakaiki

  Included meals: Breakfast

Leave Hokitika behind as you set out for Nelson, making scenic stops en route.

• Stop at the Cape Foulwind Seal Colony to see the area’s famous residents

• Visit the distinctive “pancake” rocks and tidal blowholes of Punakaiki

• Pass through the dramatic Buller Gorge before arriving in Nelson

Day 9: Abel Tasman National Park & Cruise

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Head out to explore Abel Tasman National Park and Kaiteriteri Beach, where you’ll embark on a scenic cruise. 

• Journey by boat through the South Island’s pristine coves and turquoise waters

• Visit breathtaking Kaiteriteri Beach

Tonight, dine with a Kiwi family at a traditional home-hosted dinner.

Wellington 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Transfer to Wellington

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

On your way to Wellington, stop for a wine tasting in Marlborough, a region renowned for its sauvignon blanc. Then, board a ferry for a scenic cruise across the Cook Strait to the city of Wellington on the North Island.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Wellington

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know Wellington, the southernmost capital city of any sovereign state, on a guided tour led by your Tour Director.

• Explore the interactive exhibitions at Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum

• Take in views of the city from soaring Mount Victoria

• Wander along the Wellington waterfront

Rotorua 2 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Transfer to Rotorua

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Head to Rotorua, in the heart of the North Island’s Maori country. 

• Stop at Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site

• Sample pavlova, a traditional dessert, at tonight’s traditional hangi feast

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Rotorua & Kiwi Wildlife Park

  Included meals: Breakfast

See the sights in Rotorua on a guided tour with your Tour Director, then pay a visit to a Kiwi Wildlife Park.

• Visit the Government Gardens, a public park and site of great historical importance to the local Maori people

• Learn about Operation Nest Egg at Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, New Zealand’s largest kiwi hatchery

Enjoy a free afternoon in Rotorua or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Maori Cultural Tour $99pp* Details

Discover the indigenous roots of New Zealand culture with a half-day visit to the Maori village of Whakarewarewa, in the heart of the Rotorua Region. Originally the site of a Maori fortress, the geothermal landscape has long been utilized by the Maori people for cooking and heating. A local guide will introduce you to the unique traditions of the Maori people, who continue to live in harmony with nature. After a walk around the village, the tour continues with a scenic drive around the lakes district that surrounds the spectacular volcanic Mount Tarawera.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Auckland 1 night Hotel info

Day 14: Transfer to Auckland via Waitomo

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

En route to Auckland, stop at Waitomo Caves to try your hand at spelunking. Then, take a subterranean cruise to view the remarkable Glowworm Grotto on a guided tour. Later, stop by Auckland Harbour and walk to the Harbour Bridge with your Tour Director leading the way.

Tonight, raise a toast to your trip at a farewell dinner with your group.

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Fiji.

Add Fiji Starting from $749 pp

Conjure up your fantasy of paradise on earth: you’re probably imagining Fiji. Gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, crystal-clear lagoons, colorful coral reefs, lush tropical rainforests and majestic mountains—that’s what makes this island nation in the South Pacific one of the most enticing places on Earth. Paradise, aside, perhaps the true allure of Fiji lies with the warmth of the people and the fascinating blend of cultures that has endured for centuries.

Fiji 3 nights Hotel info

Day 15: Arrival in Fiji

  Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Nadi, Fiji, where you’ll be escorted to your seaside hotel.

Day 16: Free day in Fiji

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Fiji to spend at your leisure.

Day 17: Free day in Fiji

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy another free day in Fiji or add an excursion. Then gather with your group for a  delicious seafood dinner.

Optional Excursion - Fiji Village Visit: Indigenous Culture & Traditions $75pp* Details

Set off to Viseisei Village, one of the oldest settlements in Fiji. On the way, stop at Nadi Market for a guided walk through its fruit and vegetable stalls. Then proceed to your destination where you’ll be greeted with a traditional welcome ritual, including a taste of kava, a ceremonial beverage. After a walking tour of the village, learn to collect, husk and extract milk from coconuts during a hands-on demonstration. Finish your day with a farewell drink before you return to your hotel.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Day 18: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Hokitika, New Zealand
  • Nelson, New Zealand
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Auckland, New Zealand
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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter New Zealand (and the Republic of Fiji on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter New Zealand.
  • U.S. and Canadian citizens are automatically issued a visa upon arrival in Fiji (on the tour extension).
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including unpaved trails, with few hills and steep stairs. 
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats. 
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Queenstown and depart from Auckland (or Nadi on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • A boat ride to the Milford Sound and Able Tasman as well as a ferry from Picton to Wellington, are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a flight from Auckland to Nadi.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing. Hiking boots might come in handy if you plan to do any extensive walking or hiking. 
  • Pack sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Bug repellent is also useful, as there can be flies during certain times of year.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • Take particular care of sun exposure and drink plenty of liquids. If you choose to go swimming, be careful of powerful surf. Make sure to obey signs and lifeguards’ orders, and always swim between the marked flags.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • In New Zealand, there are many good local varieties of fish and seafood, excellent lamb and fresh fruits, including kiwi and passion fruits. For lunch, tea rooms serve savory meat pies, quiche and desserts.
  • On the tour extension, Fijian cuisine is traditionally healthy and fresh, incorporating local seafood, coconut, pineapple and tubers such as taro. 

Electricity & air conditioning

  • New Zealand (plus Fiji on the tour extension) operate on the standard 220-240 volts and use Types I plugs with three large, flat pins set on an angle.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • You’ll travel through New Zealand Central Standard Time (17 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time)
  • Fiji is 16 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time.
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5am in Queenstown (plus 4am in Fiji on the tour extension).

Currency

  • You will use the New Zealand dollar (plus the Fiji dollar on the tour extension).
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/20/2016

Number of Past Tours: 10

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A must do trip!

The itinerary is well paced and takes you to just about all the places you would want to see in New Zealand. The flight didn't feel as long as I thought it would. The scenery is DROP DEAD gorgeous! As the description says there is walking on gravel paths or trails almost every day. This trip is for those who want to get off the coach and see the country. For a tour, there is a surprising amount of free time at nearly every location to poke around and explore. The hotels are well placed and the destinations selected make for a very nice trip. The optional excursion offerings are well done and worth your time. The Maori (native peoples) story is fascinating and is woven throughout the trip. There is a great variety of settings. You are in cities, the countryside, vineyards, seaside, on a glacier, and in a cave. The Fiji extension is SO worth the price (remember it includes a 3 hour plane flight to get there AND your seaside accommodations) Fiji was the perfect ending to our trip. We came home feeling relaxed and it put an exclamation point on a great trip!

 

Hi Carol! We’re glad you feel that this tour covers the best of New Zealand. We completely agree that the natural beauty of both islands is awe-inspiring, and we’re glad you could soak it up! You’re right that this itinerary is for those looking to optimize their time, while also providing a good amount of free time for those seeking a bit of independent exploration. We’re happy you feel that the optionals were worthwhile and that the itinerary provides a wide variety of experiences. We’re also glad that you recommend the Fiji extension, as many of our travelers find this a great way to wind down a breathtaking tour. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, Carol. We can’t wait to see where you’ll go next!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | December 05, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/20/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

New Zealand trip

Great trip. TD and bus driver were perfect for this tour. They were very knowledgeable and added much to the places and activities that were seen and done on tour. NZ is a beautiful country to travel through and should be on the bucket list of anyone who likes to travel.

 

Hi Dennis! Thank you for your delightful feedback. We’re glad that you enjoyed your time exploring New Zealand and that you feel your Tour Director and bus driver contributed to the success of your tour. We agree that New Zealand should be on everyone’s bucket list. Let us know when you’re ready to hit the road again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 28, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 2/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

Erica was our tour director on the February 2016 New Zealand tour. She was excellent. She knew the culture very well, and immersed the group into it by explaining it very well, talking in Maori tongue and teaching us the language, words and customs. Erica was also very customer oriented, and made sure anyone's concerns were addressed. At the end of the trip, she was very dedicated in making sure I got to the airport since I was traveling alone.

 

Hi Jean! Welcome home, and thank you for your glowing review! We’re so glad to hear your Tour Director made a positive impact on your experience. It sounds like her expertise and knowledge of the region really added to the tour. It’s also great to know that she addressed your concerns and that you felt she was dedicated to the group. Again, we thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | March 08, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 2/13/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: AL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Tour of a Lifetime

Our recent tour of New Zealand was the vacation of a lifetime! For decades, pictures of New Zealand enticed us. But pictures pale compared to the reality of New Zealand’s awesome beauty. The people are very friendly and helpful. Our tour director, Erica, was excellent! She made everything work flawlessly; buses, meals, hotels, etc. Karen and Doug, our bus drivers on the south and north islands respectively, made sure we were always on time and even managed to sneak in a few extras. The Shotover Jet ride was great! Although the itinerary includes many places, there was always time for water activities, shopping and relaxing. This is not a Lord of the Rings tour, but we had time for several side trips related to the films, coordinated by Erica. Highlights on the trip were many, but the traditional lamb dinner cooked by and served in the home of a New Zealand family and the Maori village visit and feast stand out for me. The sheep farm visit was a fun surprise. We’ve been all over Europe and many other places, but New Zealand is the most beautiful and amazing place by far. Our grateful thanks to Erica, Karen and Doug for providing us the most magical vacation!

 

Hi Richard! Thank you for your fantastic review! We’re so glad to hear this was the tour of a lifetime. New Zealand is truly an amazing place. Between the friendly locals and the indescribably beautiful landscapes, it makes for an awesome destination. We’re pleased to hear your Tour Director orchestrated your tour flawlessly and that your bus drivers were able to show you some extra sights. We’re glad that, despite covering quite a bit of ground, you still felt like you had enough time for shopping, relaxing, and visiting some Lord of the Rings sites (how cool!). We strive to design our itineraries so that they balance structured time with down time. It’s great to know you enjoyed the activities on tour, such as the lamb dinner with the local family and the Maori village visit. Again, we thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | March 16, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

New Zealand/Fiji

Our trip was a huge success. Even though the weather was iffy, mostly cloudy and drizzly, the scenery was amazing!! The weather never slowed us down and I believe even enhanced the beautiful waterfalls and flora. If you are a Lord of the Rings fan and you do some pre-research you can easily during your free time see some wonderful side tours. Fiji should be a must. The Sofitel is THE place to do a relaxing wind down and some great side activities. We really enjoyed the Cultural Tour of the Fiji Marketplace and Village. Needless to say Luke (NZ) and Dan (Fiji) were the best tour directors. Hope to see the Go Ahead family again soon.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/5/2015

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic Landscapes

New Zealand is called the end of the earth. It certainly is one of the most beautiful places on earth. We arrived in Queenstown on the first day to find our hotel on a beautiful lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains. As an avid gardener, the flowers (roses, peonies, lavender) were some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Driving across the countryside we saw unusual geographical features of the landscape, rolling meadows with sheep, cattle and deer. This is one of the most relaxing vacations I have taken. The people New Zealand are very friendly. The food is delicious. We ended the trip with the extension to Fiji. Four days of relaxation at a beautiful beach resort. Highly recommend this trip to everyone. Enjoy!

 

Hi Van! Thank you so much for your thoughtful and descriptive review. It sounds like you had a magical time in the always lovely New Zealand! We’re very happy to hear you relaxed and soaked up the picturesque surroundings. Great idea to end your adventure in Fiji! You can’t go wrong with sunny skies and pristine beaches. We’re honored to have your recommendation, and we hope to see you on another Go Ahead tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | December 29, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/3/2015

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: FL

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

So big and so beautiful!

I didn’t realize just how big New Zealand really us until going on this GoAhead adventure. You see a lot of beautiful scenery throughout the trip and there is a lot of time on the bus getting from one destination to another, as well as a long ferry ride from the south island to the north. Being able to see all of the amazing places and wide open spaces up close, rather than just flying over it all made it worthwhile. Queenstown, on the south island, was my favorite, and that is where the trip began. My husband and I arrived a couple of days before the start of the tour to be able to adjust to the time change, and I was very glad we did. The scenery is stunning there and the sunrises over the mountains were spectacular. Our hotel was located right on Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by mountains. Be sure to take the gondola up on Bob’s Peak which overlooks the lake where you’ll be able to see the numerous paragliders as they take off. Also, allow at least an hour to walk through the city botanical gardens where the flowers were so colorful and the grounds are beautifully maintained. We thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the trip, but we didn’t always have great weather. It rained during our boat ride through Milford Sound, so the waterfalls were gushing, but we didn’t have the “post card perfect” view. At Fox Glacier, the weather was so socked in that we couldn’t take the helicopter ride, but instead our guide, Luke, arranged for a hike along the run-off bed to the base of the glacier. I was amazed to be able to walk through a dense rain forest setting that same night after dinner, just down the street from our hotel. We couldn’t stop taking pictures of all the beautiful views, from the mountains, lakes, rugged coastline, water falls, vineyards and fields dotted with sheep, cows and even herds of deer. The home hosted dinner in Nelson was a nice experience and the whole extended family was there to welcome us. The Maori culture was fascinating, and I have developed a new appreciation for the sport of Rugby. New Zealander’s love the “All Blacks,” their national team, so check out their Haka ritual (just google Haka) and see the spectacle for yourself!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/6/2014

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Anazing New Zealand

The beauty of New Zealand takes your breath away. Snow capped mountains, crystal clear lakes, rivers, water falls, glaciers, meadows dotted with sheep and dairy cows and the most beautiful forests. There are birch, redwood, beech, and oak trees but also fern trees and palms And there is the ocean and its beaches. If you are lucky you will see dolphins and wales. One of the prettiest city is Queenstown with its hills, picturesque houses, shops, restaurants and its water front. Our guide, Melissa, is from New Zealand; a Kiwi, as the people of New Zealand are known. She was excellent in explaining the history, culture, topography and the economy of New Zealand. She always tried to take us to places that best represented the country and its culture, which included a hari with the Maori people, the original settlers of new Zealand. A most wonderful experience we participated in, was visiting the Glow worm caves. The inside of those caves feel like Christmas as thousands of little lights coming from the glow worms, pupae of a moth lighten up the space. The Go Ahead tour to New Zealand is worthwhile taking and I recommend it highly..

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/26/2013

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: KY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Changing Landscapes - New Zealand

The New Zealand tour has such a variety of landscapes that it is hard to condense the experience. From beaches to caves with glow worms to thermal fields and small geysers to winefields to rainforests to glaciers to fjords ... and so much more, the landscapes changed daily, or even more often. We covered many miles, mostly by bus but also by boat, and the beauty throughout the north and south islands amazed us. We also came to appreciate Maori culture, including performances and a feast of traditional foods, as well as museums with cultural history and the opportunity to hear stories from individual Maori people. Our tour guide was enthusiastic and very helpful, always working on our behalf. Our two bus drivers, one for the north island and one for the south island, provided the local history and cultural lore. We definitely thought it was worth the long plane ride over and back.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/26/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

post cards

As per the tour guide, Anya, we were assured that any post cards given to the hotel staff at the check-in desk would be promptly mailed. Well, it has been 3 weeks, and not one had arrived. Did they bother? Did they just throw them away? This may sound petty to some people. but it is a big deal for me. So that is only thing that basically soured this wonderful experience for me. Otherwise, fantastic trip.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 10/26/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Nation of Wonderful Sights and People

Do not misunderstand that this tour is very fast paced. It was wonderful, don't get me wrong, and we saw an excellent cross-section of New Zealand, but there was little "Down" time. This was a fantastic way, however, to see some of the countryside and really experience what all of New Zealand looks like, not just the most photographed spots as you fly from point to point.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 3/9/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great Tour -- Once we got there

This tour is fantastic. Erika is extremely knowledgeable and makes it fun to learn about the Maori culture. Doug, our bus driver on the North island, was also a great source of information and fun to be around. Chris, our driver on the South island, tackled those winding roads with ease. A group of us left from Montana. We understand weather delays, but were disappointed with the on call agent when our originating flight to Denver was cancelled. One of our group had to go up to the airport to get us booked the next day for flights. She got very little assistance from the on call person. After we were rebooked, she gave us incorrect information. We spent the travel time thinking that we not only missed the sightseeing in Aukland and the welcome dinner but that we were also going to miss the Glow worm caves. That was something we were really looking forward to. We were pleasantly surprised when Erika met our bus and told us our group was waiting for us! There are a couple tweaks that as a group we thought would make the experience better for subsequent groups, but as we were the first tour with this agenda, that is to be expected. All in all, it was a great group of people on a great adventure!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/27/2012

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Trip!

What an amazing trip! This was my first time to the South Pacific and I am so glad that I chose to dedicate one whole trip to just New Zealand. There is so much that this country has to offer, from snow capped volcanoes and icy glaciers, to sheep-spotted meadows and placid lakes. Each day offered a new array of breathtaking scenery and is worthy of at least a two-week experience. Not only is the nature on this tour unmatched, but the culture is so rich and interesting. You'll learn so much in two weeks about the Maori culture and the modern Kiwis! The highlight on this tour for me was dining at the Kiwi family's house. It gave us insight into a true New Zealander's life and allowed us the opportunity to ask questions in a relaxed setting. I coulnd't have asked for a better experience. The fact that I can tell my family and friends that I walked on a glacier, zip-lined over a gorge, and pet a baby lamb all in one trip is incomparable. I can't wait to take my next trip with Go Ahead!