New Zealand Tours & Trips
New Zealand. The Land of the Long White Cloud. Middle Earth. A land of Maori traditions and jaw dropping natural wonders. See it all with On The Go Tours.
From quintessentially English Christchurch to beachside Auckland. From the beautiful Bay of Islands to rugged Mount Cook. New Zealand is a land of extremes, and with our small group tours, you can take in the best of this destination from top to bottom.
Our New Zealand tours range in length from 10 days to 23, covering the best of both the North Island and the South Island. Fully escorted by a local guide, staying in well-located 4-star hotels and packed with incredible experiences, our New Zealand packages have everything you need to discover the country.
With guided tours of all the main cities and an array of optional activities to suit you, these trips are the best way to discover this most otherworldly of destinations. Whether it's a tour of Bilbo Baggins' Hobbit-hole or a helicopter ride over Fox Glacier, you'll come away from New Zealand with memories to last a lifetime.
Our New Zealand group tours cover the North Island and the South Island. Embracing Maori cultural traditions, seeing the sights and discovering incredible natural wonders, you'll travel in a small group of just 16 travellers, fully escorted by an expert local guide. Staying in great quality 4-star hotels and with lots of included activities, you'll uncover the best of New Zealand.
Frequently asked questions about our New Zealand tours
I want to visit both the North Island and South Island, can I do this on your tours?
You can! We have 11 New Zealand itineraries to choose from, ranging in length from 10 days to 23. The majority of tours cover both the North and South Islands, with either a Cook Strait ferry or an included flight taking you from north to south.
Our shorter itineraries also include trips to just the North and South islands, perfect if you're short on time or have already visited one part of the country and just want to explore the other!
When is the best time to visit New Zealand?
New Zealand can be visited year-round, but the summer months from December - February are the country's peak season, characterized by warm temperatures and little rainfall - perfect for sightseeing! There's more detail in our guide on when to visit.
What transport do you use in New Zealand?
We travel across New Zealand in private, air-conditioned mini-buses and mini-vans. There are sailing experiences too, including a ferry across the Cook Straight, a cruise on Milford Sound and a sailing trip in Abel Tasman National Park. Some tours also include internal flights - these are in economy class and are clearly labelled on our itineraries.
How big are your New Zealand tour groups and what is the age of your travellers?
All of our departures in New Zealand are guaranteed, so you can book with confidence! And the maximum group size is 16, so we can promise you an intimate small group experience.
The average age on our New Zealand trips is around 60, but there are no upper age restrictions and plenty of younger people join us on tour too. Children under 18 are unfortunately not permitted to travel on our New Zealand tours.
Will I be escorted by a tour guide?
Yes - in New Zealand we offer escorted tours. Your English-speaking local tour leader will travel on the minibus with you and will act as the tour guide for your trip.
What is the accommodation like on these New Zealand trips?
We use a selection of well-located 4-star hotels with plenty of amenities in New Zealand. You can find a summary of the hotels we typically use on each tour page, though we do reserve the right to substitute these for another hotel of a similar standard should the need arise.
Is New Zealand a safe destination for travellers from the LGBTQ+ community?
According to the 2023 LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index, New Zealand scores an A- rating for LGBTQ+ traveller safety, ranking 24th out of 203 countries.
Same sex marriage is legal, and there are constitutional and worker protections in place for people of all sexual orientations. Hate crimes against members of the LGBTQ+ community are criminalized and 76 - 100% of consulted citizens consider New Zealand a good place to live for gay and lesbian people. There are no legal punishments for same sex relations. Most trips for LGBTQ+ travellers to New Zealand are trouble-free.
The LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index is designed to provide a good overall picture of attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community in each country and may not reflect the experience of foreign travellers to the country.
Can I drink the tap water?
The tap water in New Zealand is high quality and safe to drink. We recommend bringing a reusable water bottle on tour. This will save you money and help to reduce your environmental footprint - a win all round!
What is the currency in New Zealand?
The currency of New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). Check OANDA for current exchange rates.
What is the current travel advice for New Zealand?
The Best of New Zealand
New Zealand is a land of extremes, home to glistening lakes, rumbling volcanoes, towering peaks and ancient glaciers. The country's cities are mostly coastal and all ooze charm, from Christchurch to Wellington and New Zealand. It's difficult to choose the top highlights, but we've given it a go. These are the best places to visit on our New Zealand tours.
Bay of Islands
Nestled in New Zealand's north, the Bay of Islands is a captivating haven of 144 idyllic islands, each adorned with pristine beaches and clear waters. Visitors flock to this maritime gem for an array of activities, from scenic cruises to snorkelling, kayaking, and fishing. Historical significance abounds with a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the historic 1840 treaty between the British Crown and Maori chiefs was signed. Nature enthusiasts revel in the diverse wildlife, from dolphin watching to exploring the lush surroundings. Additionally, cultural experiences offer an insight into Maori heritage through traditional performances and rituals.