Planning your dream trip to New Zealand
Let us show you Real New Zealand, the world in one. Expect to be wowed and excited, New Zealand has it all.
Tick as much off your “bucket list” as you like! All you need day to day is a smile and a “can do, just do it” attitude.
New Zealand Tourism season
Anytime from late September to the middle of May is the ideal time to visit New Zealand. During winter (June to early September), there is snow on the Southern Alps and around the centre of the North Island where our biggest ski-field, Whakapapa, is located.
Option when not self-drive - your very own private driver tour guide
Will deliver enthusiasm, professionalism, passion, excitement, knowledge, and organisation. All our guides are skilled and experienced in touring New Zealand. Real New Zealand Tours guides work hard to meet and exceed your expectations on a daily basis. Ask as many questions as you like, when your guide doesn’t know something (very rarely happens!) they will find out by the day’s end and advise you. All of our guides have their very own secrets, whether it a beautiful secluded location or a sensational restaurant popular with the locals, and will readily share all of this with you.
Daylight saving time
Starts this summer (2017) from the 24th September and finishes on the third Sunday in March 2018.
Daily start time
We want you to see and experience as must as possible while in our beautiful land, so some mornings we may be up early, for example, our Milford Sound trip. Most mornings breakfast is from 7.30am - 8 am. However, we have ample flexibility with all our itineraries, so we can adjust this to suit your needs. Breakfast each morning is an ideal time for your guide to outline details of your itinerary, expected weather conditions, breaks for lunch, toilet, coffee, shopping, dinner, any organised activities or attractions, the location of banks or post shops and so on.
For lunch and dinner (supper) with drinks included, perhaps allow NZ$200 per couple (tipping is not expected). All breakfasts are included in your itinerary (continental or fully cooked).
Lunches and dinners (suppers) are not included. However, your guide knows each locality intimately and will offer you several choices of cafes and restaurants including their favourite. Some people simply enjoy a picnic lunch beside a beach or a remote lake, maybe "Kiwi" traditional fish and chips! (very popular).
Are exactly that, for you to decide what you would like to do and at what time. Our guides are still available to assist and advise you.
Your guide will endeavour to arrive at each day’s destination in time for you to have some free time to freshen up before your evening meal, at least an hour most days. Usually, you would be in bed by 10 pm..
With all our bookings, wherever possible, we request quiet rooms, and with views when appropriate. Like you, our guides look forward to a good night’s sleep.
Activities and attractions (optional extra)
There is no shortage here! from a sedate lakeside walk to challenging hikes, to hard-out bungy jumping, jet boating, horse trekking, swimming with dolphins, whale watching, sky-diving, white-water rafting, caving, kayaking, hiking on glaciers, canyon swinging, glow-worm caves, penguin watching, quad bike rides and much much more. (refer please to our Activities and Attractions pages).
All activities are weather dependent.
Safety in the outdoors
There are no animals which can harm you in the outdoors of New Zealand, you are very safe. We have no crocodiles, no snakes, and no poisonous insects or spiders.
With personal safety and your personal possessions please be sensible and take the same precautions as you would back home.