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Broaden your horizons

Take an unforgettable journey to New Zealand with friends

Close your eyes and picture your adventure with friends in New Zealand. Are you conquering New Zealand’s 10 ‘Great Walks’? Floating above the snowy-peaks in a hot air balloon? Boarding a boat to sail through a majestic national park? Kayaking through the fjords? Spotting the elusive Kiwi bird? Doing anything your heart desires? The possibilities are limitless.

Experience New Zealand like a local.

Your well-organised holiday to New Zealand should represent you and your friends - and everything you like to do together. Stay in small-scale accommodations that offer the perfect blend of genuine Kiwi hospitality and authentic local experiences other tourists don't know about. Short drives and mapped-out routes make sure you hit all your bucket-list items while travelling at a relaxed pace. Surrounding nature provides the perfect backdrop to learn new things about the world, your friends, and yourself in turn. Let’s put your dreams on paper.

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New Zealand’s borders are opening early 2022.

We have entered a new era of travel. How can you make sure you're prepared? What will the border experience be like? Will covid impact your holiday? Everything you need to know is found here.

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Kayak the crystal clear waters of Cathedral Cove | New Zealand holiday
Kayak the crystal clear waters of Cathedral Cove
Visit Waipoua Forest with Maori guide Maria | New Zealand holiday
Visit Waipoua Forest with Maori guide - Maria

Let's design your holiday together.

We'll take the time to get to know you to match your fully bespoke holiday with your pace, your interests, and anything you desire - and always at the best value for your money. Combined with first-hand, local knowledge, you'll receive a mapped out itinerary from us - but the process isn't done until you are 100% satisfied. Then we take care of every detail, so you can focus on relaxing, rejuvenating and reconnecting with your friends and the world around you. Get in touch to get started now.

"At A Journey DownUnder, we don’t just plan your dream holiday to New Zealand. We are with you every step of the way, from the moment you leave your front door to the moment you arrive home a changed person. We take care of every detail so you can focus on having the journey of a lifetime.”

Andrew Morten, Founder and New Zealander

What do you get from us?

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Tourism can be great for the environment. With us, you make a positive difference.

Let's accentuate the positive, reduce the negative, and offset what's left.

Sustainability in action

When is the best travel time?

New Zealand is a beautifully diverse country that is great for travel at any time of the year. It has a far warmer climate than Northern Europe. The sun's rays feel hot even in the winter. During the shoulder seasons, spring and autumn, the temperatures are ideal for enjoying the outdoors. Spring brings baby lambs and the first dip in the sea. The summer warmth still lingers in Autumn, for a perfect day hiking or kayaking.

Based on your specific interests, we can advise you on the best time to travel. Do you want to surf? Explore the cities? Discover the wilderness? Since the options are endless, click below to get a glimpse of what each season in New Zealand can offer you on your adventure with friends.

Fiordland National Park is named on the UNESCO World Heritage List
Fiordland National Park is named on the UNESCO World Heritage List
Hike the Abel Tasman Coast Track | New Zealand active holiday
Hike the Abel Tasman Coast Track

How long do we need in New Zealand?

You could spend months travelling the ever-changing landscape of New Zealand and not see the same place twice. For your holiday, the question becomes, "How long do we have?". The more time you have means the more you'll be able to see and do.

To truly experience the essence of New Zealand, we recommend travelling at a relaxed pace for a minimum of three weeks. Or, if you have slightly less time, you can visit a few places in-depth and come back again one day.

Wake up to the views of lush countryside and snow-capped mountains
Wake up to the views of lush countryside and snow-capped mountains
Conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with your friends
Conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with your friends

What can we see and do?

With the diversity of New Zealand, you can see and do just about anything your heart desires - from snow-capped mountains, to deserted white sandy beaches, and ancient rainforests - all within a few short hours of each other. Spot the rare yellow-eyed penguin on a hike to the Caitlin Coast of South Island. Cycle along an old railway line, through tunnels and over bridges between Dunedin and Central Otago. Sail the waters as you spot whales, dolphins and albatrosses.

Your options are endless, with personally selected private or small-group local activities, ranging from easy-going to adventurous. Let us know your interests and discover what is best for you. We can schedule all your activities and take care of every detail, so you just have to show up and have fun.

Experience a thrilling helicopter flight over Mount Cook
Experience a thrilling helicopter flight over Mount Cook
Go quad biking on the South Island's rugged west coast
Go quad biking on the South Island's rugged west coast

Where can we stay?

Trust us, you don't want to spend your holiday in a stuffy hotel room with cheap wooden furniture and mass-produced paisley carpets. We know the places you're envisioning, because they are our vision too. A unique spot to experience the natural wonders of New Zealand. A place that feels welcoming; like home. Where you can truly unwind, and sink into the couch a little bit deeper while laughing with friends. Staying in small-scale accommodations with local hosts and renowned Kiwi hospitality is the greatest way to see New Zealand.

From waking up to sea views in a charming village, to enjoying a barbecue on the veranda at sunset, and picking pears from your backyard where a herd of sheep roam, experience what these unique places have in store for you. Click below to get a glimpse of the best accommodations for friends, from comfortable to luxurious.

Christine & Robert's lodge on the foothills of Mount Hutt
Christine & Robert's lodge on the foothills of Mount Hutt
Stay with locals and experience true New Zealand hospitality
Stay with locals and experience true New Zealand hospitality

How do we travel around?

From coastal roads, to panoramic mountain passes, and awe-inspiring rocky landscapes, New Zealand is best explored by car or SUV. New Zealanders drive on the left side of the road - the same as you. The roads are safe and the views from your car are often magnificent.

Driving yourself means you're able to reach places that group trips and public transport cannot. You can go at your own pace and stop when necessary. With only a couple of hours between each location, you'll have more time to relax and explore, which is what you should be doing on your holiday.

Travel at a relaxed pace and find the hidden gems
Travel at a relaxed pace and find the hidden gems
Go "off the grid" - our rental cars are fully insured for all roads
Go "off the grid" - our rental cars are fully insured for all roads

Flying to New Zealand

A comfortable flight makes all the difference, no matter which class you fly. At A Journey DownUnder, our hard work and connections with airlines ensure you the best flight schedule, the most spacious seats in each class, a private HD display, delicious food and drinks for the journey, and of course, the best price. All of your flights are carbon neutral.

How comfortable would you like to fly?

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Enjoy a variety of food and drinks on your flight
Enjoy a variety of food and drinks on your flight
Treat yourself and fly to New Zealand in First Class
Treat yourself and fly to New Zealand in First Class

Sample itineraries

Your journey to New Zealand represents you and your friends - and everything you like to do together. Take a look at some favourite past trips to get inspired for your own journey. With holidays ranging from three to seven weeks based on various themes, you can change comfort levels, and add activities, rental cars, and flights to sense the possibilities that await.

Bring your ideas to us, take advantage of our local knowledge, and together we will create your unique, personalised holiday that is yours and yours alone. Get in touch with us here.

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Have close encounters with unique wildlife

Why book with us?

When you book with us, your travel specialist has only one goal: to create your dream holiday through New Zealand, and to do it properly. You want someone local, someone with experience, someone well-versed in expertise and service. You want a travel nerd that believes small details lead to big differences. That’s us! Get in touch to experience the difference.

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Frequently asked questions

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Specialist knowledge means the details that need specific attention are always taken care of - you don't have to worry about anything. But of course, you may have a lot of questions right now as you get an idea of the possibilities that await you. Find the answers to common questions here.

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