Enjoy the delights of New Zealand on one of our New Zealand tours. New Zealand is a colourful tapestry of culture and nature. Colonial influences have integrated with a Maori heritage that remains very prominent, particularly in Rotorua. Visitors are routinely spellbound by the Maori show at Tamaki Village, while the Rotorua Museum and Maori Arts Institute bring people into the heart of 1,000 years of Maori tradition.
North Island’s Rotorua also boasts a geothermal landscape of active volcanoes, hot springs, mud pools and geysers, while beaches do not come better than at the Bay of Islands. The South Island is dominated by the snow-capped Southern Alps, which are flanked by the west coast rain forests. Also on South Island, Franz Josef Glacier and the Milford Sound fiord are not to be missed.
Award-winning New Zealand holidays
In recognition of our innovative, unique, luxurious and flexible escorted New Zealand tours, Scenic Tours has been a winner at the prestigious Tourism New Zealand Awards on four occasions. No other escorted tour operator has ever won even one of these awards, which really makes Scenic Tours stand out from the crowd.
This year we also won the 2012 British Travel Award for 'Best Small Tour Operator to Australasia' demonstrating that our unique approach to flexible, spectacular and fully-inclusive holidays to Australia and New Zealand offer something out of the ordinary.
One of the outstanding features of a tour in New Zealand with Scenic Tours is the incredible amount of flexibility you have to build your own holiday. With a choice of five world class airlines (Air New Zealand, Emirates, QANTAS, Malaysian Airlines and Singapore Airlines) and six UK departure airports, you can choose arrangements to suit you. What’s more, you can choose from Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Los Angeles or San Francisco for your included three night outbound stopover.
And our award-winning Scenic FreeChoice activities offer you the freedom to choose from an incredible range of included excursions at no extra cost. Why not take a relaxing garden or winery tour, sail an authentic America’s Cup yacht or visit the famous Yellow-eyed Penguins in their natural environment?
Our New Zealand tours are packed with a range of unforgettable experiences, many of which are exclusive to Scenic Tours: from private dining in an award-winning Hawkes Bay winery, and a jet boat ride on the mighty Haast River, to activities that are included in our Scenic FreeChoice programme, such as America’s Cup sailing or a relaxing day in a Polynesian Spa.
In addition to these many remarkable experiences, our Scenic Enrich programme offers an exclusive range of additional activities that take our guests one step further, and enable them to experience a destination in a spectacular fashion or to truly immerse themselves in unique local cultures and to be part of the experience rather than simply being an observer.
Free to choose at no extra cost
In addition to everything that is included in the price of a Scenic Tours holiday to New Zealand, we offer guests the opportunity to tailor their touring experience to suit their personal preferences - at no extra cost. From the flexibility that comes with a choice of airline on and included three night outbound stopover on all our New Zealand tours, to our extensive range of flexible excursions, and a selection of dining options at many destinations.
Scenic Enrich is a range of truly exceptional activities, all of which are included in the price of a Scenic Tours holiday. This programme enables guests to experience a destination in the most spectacular fashion imaginable, or immerses them in local culture, rather than simply observing like a passer-by. Many Scenic Enrich experiences are exclusive to guests of Scenic Tours.
For a profound and personal insight into local customs, a Maori guide will take guests to the sacred Tane Mahuta – meaning ‘lord of the Forest’ – which is the largest Kauri Tree in New Zealand, standing at a height of just over 51 metres. Then Longlands Homestead is a working farm, at which guests will be given a first-hand insight into New Zealand’s famous agricultural tradition, before sitting down to a classic North Island farmhouse roast lunch.
The quality of cuisine throughout a Scenic Tours holiday is always of the highest calibre, but there are a number of opportunities for guests to enjoy a culinary experience that will enliven all the senses. New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay wines are world renowned, following an afternoon stroll around an award-winning winery, guests will be treated to a private dinner in the winery’s restaurant.
For an escorted tour to be the successful, enriching and unforgettable experience our guests expect, Scenic Tours’ flexibility is vital. In addition to all the included sightseeing and attractions, our flexible approach provides guests with more choice than other escorted tour operators.
Our exclusive Scenic FreeChoice concept offers our guests the freedom to personalise their touring experiences to suit their individual tastes. We understand that the interests of one guest may be different from another, which is why we offer our guests the opportunity to tailor their holiday. Our guests simply select the excursion or dining option they would like, and we take care of the rest.
Scenic FreeChoice offers a range of excursions that vary in pace, from a relaxing cruise around Auckland Harbour to an exhilarating jet boat ride in Queenstown. So, if guests have a particular interest or hobby - whether it is food and wine, scenery and horticulture, wildlife or rambling - there’s something to suit everyone.
Whether guests enjoy a fabulous view of the Bay of Islands from the Copthorne Hotel and Resort or the luxurious Te Waonui Forest Retreat in Franz Josef, all our accommodation options have been carefully selected to ensure they meet our peerless standards.
Fantastic cuisine is an integral part of any great holiday, and at Scenic Tours we aim to provide an array of culinary experiences and gourmet delights. We include an extensive selection of meals during our tours, and great attention to detail is devoted to the variety and quality of our cuisine.
Accommodation with Scenic Tours is always of the highest calibre, and always in a great location in each destination. Our expert team has researched all our destinations in comprehensive detail to ensure we provide luxurious accommodation when available, and accommodation of the highest possible standard in destinations where hotel options are more limited.
Our hotels have been selected for their distinctive character, from elegant resorts to intimate hotels in remote settings. Whichever hotel you stay in, we ensure our guests are perfectly placed to explore the local area, and also to relax and completely unwind.
When travelling with Scenic Tours, a large selection of meals are included in the overall price of a holiday, so guests do not need to be concerned with spiralling restaurant bills while they are away. Our guests start every day with a full buffet breakfast, featuring several hot selections, and many lunches and dinners are also included on our tours.
A selection of highlight meals feature on all Scenic Tours itineraries in New Zealand. These are dining experiences not to be missed; on some occasions this is due to a restaurant’s exceptional setting, sometimes because of its local specialities, or at other times simply because of a restaurant’s first class cuisine.