The road less travelled is calling

Discover the hidden secrets of New Zealand, and do it together

Close your eyes and picture your dream journey in New Zealand with your partner. Are you swimming in the clear blue sea? Wandering through ancient rainforests? Learning the Maori peoples' stories shared through word of mouth over centuries? Kayaking through the fjords? Spotting the elusive Kiwi bird? Walking hand in hand through cosy villages? Doing anything your heart desires? The possibilities are limitless.

New Zealand, a trip out of the ordinary

Your well-organised holiday to New Zealand should represent who you are as a couple - and that can't be found in a guidebook. Stay in small-scale accommodations that offer the perfect blend of solitude to connect with one another, and the chance to have authentic local experiences. 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 partner, and yourself in turn. Let’s put your dreams on paper.

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Create memories that will last a lifetime
Create memories that will last a lifetime
Fly and dine at Waiheke Island
Fly and dine at Waiheke Island
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Our local knowledge makes the difference.

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. 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 yourself 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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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 relax on the beach? Explore the cities? Discover the wilderness? Since the options are endless, click below to get a glimpse of what each season in New Zealand has in store for your holiday.

Hike the stunning Hooker Valley Track, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
Hike the stunning Hooker Valley Track, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
Enjoy a picnic together next to New Zealand's many rivers
Enjoy a picnic together next to New Zealand's many rivers
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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 together?". The more time you have, the more great things you can see at a relaxed pace. No need to rush from highlight to highlight.

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.

Stargaze in Lake Tekapo's spectacular dark sky reserve
Stargaze in Lake Tekapo's spectacular dark sky reserve
Discover hidden waterfalls in the Mount Aspiring National Park
Discover hidden waterfalls in the Mount Aspiring National Park

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 environmentally friendly 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.

Start your day off with a thrilling jet boat ride through glacial waters
Start your day off with a thrilling jet boat ride through glacial waters
Find the best views in Wanaka with a local guide
Find the best views in Wanaka with a local guide

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. Where you can connect with your partner and the world around you. 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 couples, from comfortable to luxurious.

Spend a few nights in the remote Te Urewera Rainforest
Spend a few nights in the remote Te Urewera Rainforest
Be treated to pure luxury in our small-scale accommodations
Be treated to pure luxury in our small-scale accommodations

How do we travel around?

From coastal roads, to panoramic mountain passes, and awe-inspiring rocky landscapes, New Zealand is best explored by car. 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 enjoy the views in the Canterbury High Country
Travel at a relaxed pace and enjoy the views in the Canterbury High Country
Watch out for penguins on the Otago Peninsula!
Watch out for penguins on the Otago Peninsula!

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.

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Premium Economy offers you that extra bit of comfort
Premium Economy offers you that extra bit of comfort
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Complete relaxation on a romantic stopover in Bali

Sample itineraries

Your trip to New Zealand will represent you as a couple. 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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Be enchanted by nature in the Marlborough Sounds

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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