New Zealand

“Nature defines who and what we are, and no more so for any nation than New Zealand, Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud.”

– Al Morrison 

Welcome to middle earth! The land that captivated audiences around the world with the Lord of The Rings movie franchise. Simply put, New Zealand is absolutely stunning! With lush forests, mountains, fjords, beaches and an abundance of wildlife, including more sheep than people, this country will have you feeling like your’e on a movie set.

The land of the Moari people who to this day continue to embrace their Polynesian roots with their distinct language, mythology and of course the intimidating Haka (war dance). Witness the intensity of the Moari warrior as they stomp the ground with great force and slap their bodies, all while wide eyed and tongues sticking out in a high energy performance; goosebumps expected. Another culture that is alive and well is hiking, locally known as “tramping.” New Zealand is easily one of the greatest countries in the world for long distance hikes. The Kiwi take great pride in their land and they have created 9 epic hikes (Great Walks) which pass through forest, along coastlines, fjords, lakes and 3 volcanoes: Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom in the Lord of the Rings trilogy). Hop on a boat and head through the fjordlands where craggy mountains reach to the sky from the glacial born waters which are continually fed by towering waterfalls, some of which ranking among the tallest waterfalls in the world.

Great Earth Expeditions can easily customize a New Zealand adventure just for you! Those with a thirst for adventure can head to Queenstown, renowned as being the birthplace of bungy jumping. Take the leap from the countries highest bungy jump at 440 ft above the Nevis River – what a rush! If soaring through the air isn’t your cup of tea, how about mountain biking, kayaking, hang gliding or river rafting, all offered in this region which is referred to the “adventure capital of the world.”

New Zealand is a land of contrasts above and below the surface. This is quite evident with the many geothermal hot spots around the country with gushing geysers and bubbling mud pools that can be seen along the roadside during your travels. You think the scenery above ground is incredible, wait until you explore the under-world. The Waitomo Caves are a subterranean cave system carved by rushing rivers through limestone. Traveling through the caves with a local rafting guide you will experience one of the most interesting wonders of nature. The New Zealand glowworms, something you have to see in person to believe.

The country is not only an adventure mecca, but it also produces some of the world’s finest wines and the craft beer scene is quickly catching up. The capital city of Wellington offers vibrant arts and a lively social scene. Of course, Auckland is also a must see. Sailing along the gulf coast here you can witness whales and dolphins while enjoying a sail past Rangitoto Island with its’ cone shaped peak or visit Waiheke Island where you will find renowned wineries, restaurants and pleasant beaches.

Slow down your pace and embrace the Kiwi life. You know you want to!


*All our international tour packages are customized to your travel desires and run in partnership with our industry partners which have been hand-selected based on providing superior service and authentic outdoor experiences for solo, couples or small groups of travelers. These packages showcase a countries diversity in terms of both culture and the landscapes which shape the people who call them home. Our partners consist of local-owned accommodations, transportation, eateries and operators to enhance the experience for you, giving you the chance to embrace a place from the eyes of a local.
  • Moderate Overall Difficulty
  • 1-14 Days Tour Length
  • 1-50 Km Walking Distance

About New Zealand

Official languages: Maori, English

*English is spoken throughout the country

Capital: Wellington

Population: Just under 4.5 million

Currency: New Zealand Dollar

When to travel to New Zealand:

High Season (December – February)

Low Season (May – August)

Shoulder Season (March – April)