The Journeys are complete itineraries designed to show you the best New Zealand has to offer. Each journey focuses on a particular theme or interest and between them we have covered some spectacular and iconic New Zealand touring routes.
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New Zealand’s natural landscape, raw and dynamic, with rivers, lakes and mountains of epic proportions, is still wild, very unpopulated and refuge for a rich variety of marine and birdlife. Our journey takes you from the Kaikoura Coast, up to Blenheim, across to the west coast and Punakaiki Rocks, the glaciers and coastal wilderness and through the Southern Alps to the West Coast and on to Lake Wanaka.
The far south of New Zealand has some of the most remote and wildlife-rich landscapes in the country. The Otago Peninsula is famous for marine life, penguins, seals and albatross, and for bird lovers. The drive through the Catlins with a stop at a Curio Bay to see Hectors Dolphins surfing and then to Stewart Island which is a must and will be your best chance to see kiwi in the wild. The Fiordland experiences included here are some of the best with a an overnight cruises on Doubtful Sound and a guided mountain hike. You can add this journey or elements from it to most of our journeys further north.
This journey is a birders' epic. A guided walk with legendary conservationist, volcanic island sanctuary, gannet colony, kiwis at the National Birding Centre and finally a trip to Kapiti Island where you encounter Maori culture and stories whilst visiting this very special island reserve...
Our North Island Green Gourmet Journey provides an opportunity to explore and indulge in New Zealand’s best food and wine regions, whilst enjoying local fare and a high standard of cuisine at specially chosen accommodations along the way. Several lodges are hosted by professional chefs who will cook for you personally and offer an insider’s guide to their local wine and food providers. Green Gourmet Journeys also allow you insights into our history and Maori culture. On this itinerary you start from Auckland, catching the short ferry ride out to the glorious and relaxing haven of Waiheke Island for your first two nights. Visit Taupo, Hawkes Bay wineries and orchards and end your journey in vibrant Wellington.
The Green Gourmet Journey through the South Island provides an opportunity to explore and indulge in New Zealand’s best food and wine regions, whilst enjoying local fare and a high standard of cuisine at specially chosen accommodations along the way. Our lodges offer you with an insider’s view of local wine and food providers. Blenheim is New Zealand’s best known wine region, the home of sauvignon blanc. Oamaru is a hidden food-lovers delight, full of small artisan producers and wonderful pioneers such as Fleur’s at Moeraki. Near Queenstown, the Gibbston Valley is famous for its pinot noir and Arrowtown’s chefs are passionate about sharing their wild local produce, orchard fruits and game meats.
This was the first itinerary built by Green Journeys. Following one of the world's most scenic routes, State Highway 6, through the scenic Motueka Valley and Buller Gorge and along the wild West Coast to Central Otago and finally Queenstown surrounded by the peaks of the Southern Alps. Discover accommodations in stunning settings, freshest food from farm to table and dine with your hosts. During the day experience our favourite things to do which makes this a very special trip.
This trip includes one of the North Island’s beach paradises, the Coromandel, with its Hot Water Beach and distinctive rock formations as well as the dramatic volcanic centre of the North Island that is Rotorua, Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park. Both are regions where there are a plenitude of outdoor activities, hiking, biking, kayaking and rafting. However their volcanic landscapes are very different. In the Coromandel, White and Mayor Islands lie far out to sea, their activity a distant and occasional plume. In Rotorua sulphur is in the air and in the Tongariro National Park you get close to the active craters of Ngarahoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu.
The best hikes and bike rides and day long adventures in the country. You leave New Zealand fitter, healthier, with unique memories and experiences. On this itinerary you start from Nelson continue down the West Coast and your itinerary ends in Queenstown.
Romantic Short Breaks
Never far from the sea, and perfect for a romantic short holiday or New Zealand honeymoon. We have tried to include a mixture of activity, relaxation, good food and wine and a slower pace with time to explore and savour.
From Auckland fly to a magical luxury cottage retreat in Northland's Bay of Islands, New Zealand’s marine playground for sailing, diving, snorkelling and marine life discovery. Your trip then takes you south to one of New Zealand's best boutique lodges on Auckland's Waiheke Island famous for its gourmet pleasures and on to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula, staying at Manawa Ridge luxury accommodation with unique architecture and views which go on forever.
A perfect week long honeymoon through the centre of the South Island. You explore both sides of the Southern Alps on this route, visit the Southern Lakes and take in the densely forested West Coast wilderness. Starting from Queenstown, drive north to beautiful Lake Wanaka. Then take the magnificent route north up the West Coast through Glacier Country along the wild west coast, returning to Christchurch over the Arthur's Pass. We've selected boutique hotels and romantic cottages or luxury bed and breakfast accommodation.
This perfect honeymoon itinerary includes the very best of the top of the South Island. Starting in Christchurch you cross Arthur's Pass to the West Coast where the mountains of the Southern Alps meet the crashing waves. From here, a scenic drive north via Punakaiki Rocks and your first stop near Charleston. Heading north brings you to the golden sand beaches of the Abel Tasman and finally through Marlborough's wineries to the magnificent Kaikoura Coast, famed for its whales, dolphins, seals and birds and great views. Stay at 3 romantic cottages and enjoy romantic seclusion.
New Zealand Icons
Director Peter Jackson made inspired use of the huge variety in New Zealand’s landscape in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies; from the rural bliss of Matamata’s Hobbit Town, to the remote sands of Farewell Spit and wild splendour of Fiordland. This Journey includes locations from the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies.
This is a long itinerary but it can be shortened if time is tight. All the accommodations are family friendly so this journey suits couples or those travelling with children.
It is ideal for a first trip to New Zealand as you visit the iconic attractions but also get off the beaten track to explore the wilder side. Plenty of time on the beaches to make this a real holiday.
A 11 day New Zealand holiday. Your itinerary includes well-known places but also some magical less visited destinations in the North and South Island, beautiful landscapes, small boutique luxury accommodations some of the best things to do in the country. New Zealand is a small country but it has a a multitude of lakes, big mountain ranges and a varied coastline and visitors need to allow time to discover it.
Activities include beaches, thermal areas, wine tasting, lakes and Milford Sound. Golfers will be able to add a round at all of these locations. Accommodations are all small boutique luxury lodges and bed and breakfasts where you can relax in comfort enjoying good design, lovely surroundings, a selection of good food and wine, and welcoming hosts.
Best time to travel on this trip? October - April. Peak summer months are January-March so book well in advance.
Fishing & Golf Collection
New Zealand fly fishing, with its pristine clear waters, is all about spotting and stalking your fish before enticing it with a dry fly or nymph. Experience the famous fisheries of the Rotorua and Tongariro regions. These are destinations with a wide variety of activities for non-fishing companions; everything from thermal spa treatments to hiking and biking and scenic flights. The guides are some of the best in the country and will make a huge difference to your experience. They are patient, informative about the environment, expert in techniques to suit the fishery and very used to working both with beginners and experienced clients.
For fishing, golf & wine enthusiasts, this itinerary offers a short break in North Island of New Zealand and an opportunity to explore and indulge in New Zealand’s best food and wine at three very special luxury lodges, on Waiheke Island, Lake Taupo and Napier. Play golf at Wairakei and Cape Kidnappers golf courses. Relax on Waiheke Island and then pick up your car in Auckland to drive to Taupo, drive to Hawkes Bay and fly out from Napier airport at the end of the week.
A fly fishing holiday that samples South Island's. Explore Arthur's Pass Wilderness Lodge is set high in the Southern Alps and offers excellent high country fishing. Drive to Lake Moeraki for lowland rivers fed by alpine streams. Further south, Wanaka gives you access to Otago's great rivers.