The Best New Zealand Private Tours

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From the rugged mountains to the cascading glaciers, New Zealand has no shortage of adventurous travel opportunities. Take a peek at the landscape and you’ll see what makes New Zealand easily one of the most stunning places in the world.

And if you want to see everything this amazing country has to offer, then private tours are your best bet. Make the most of your holidays by letting a New Zealand local show you around some of the best sights and attractions.

Whether you’re exploring Auckland for a few days or the venturing around the entire south island for a few weeks, traveling around New Zealand is guaranteed to be a memorable trip.

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Take a behind the scenes look into Middle Earth with a movie set tour of The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. In between the rolling hills and grazing sheep farms is Hobbiton, a picturesque village filled ripped right from the pages of J.R.R. Tolkien’s imagination.

During your special private tour, you’ll have the chance to visit Hobbit holes, the Mill, and even the Green Dragon Inn (where you can sip on a pint of brewed ginger beer). The guides will show you the different filming locations and point out small details around Hobbiton that you might miss on your own.

When it comes to guided tours, New Zealand is guaranteed to delight Tolkien fans and Lord of the Rings movie buffs alike.

Marlborough Wine Tour

Situated on the northern tip of the South Island is Marlborough, New Zealand’s largest wine region. With over 500 different growers and wineries, the area grows more than 2/3 of New Zealand’s wine production. Most importantly, Marlborough is known for producing the zesty Sauvignon Blanc grape, making it a must-see destination for any wine lover.

On this gourmet private guided tour, your driver will take you to several boutique wineries where you’ll have the opportunity to sample some of New Zealand’s finest wines. You might even get to meet the owners and winemakers themselves on the tour!

After wine tasting, you’ll enjoy a mouthwatering three-course lunch at a local winery. The tour ends with a shopping trip to The Marlborough Farmers Market, where you’ll be able to purchase fresh produce and other local handicrafts.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Tour

No trip to New Zealand would be complete without touring the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Located on the north island, these majestic caves are dotted with millions of tiny blue glowworms. The bioluminescent larvae glow to attract unsuspecting flies and moths, which get stuck on the sticky webs at the top of the caves.

A private guided boat will take you through the caves so you can get up close and personal with these majestic twinkling creatures. As you silently glide through the river, look up at the ceiling to see the glowworms illuminating the cave like stars in the night sky.

A tour through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves will be one of the most amazing experiences you’ll have in New Zealand.

Rotorua Mud Pools & Geysers Tour

With bubbling mud pools and shooting geysers, Rotorua is considered the geothermal capital of New Zealand. Although there are dozens of outdoor adventures for you to enjoy in Rotorua, most people come to unwind in one of the many spas and thermal baths.

During your stay, your New Zealand tour guides will take you for a relaxing spa day at Hell’s Gate Geothermal Reserve. Hell’s Gate is home to over 50 acres of mud pools, geysers, hot springs and even the largest hot waterfall in the southern hemisphere!

At the reserve, treat yourself to a soak in the sulfur springs, private massage, or even a soothing mud bath. With a few days of accommodation in Rotorua, you’ll be well-rested and ready to tackle the rest of your holiday!

Taieri Gorge Railway Tour

As one of the most spectacular New Zealand private tours, take a train ride through the heart of the Taieri Gorge. Located on the south island in Central Otago, the Taieri Gorge Railway is a fascinating 4.5 hour journey through one of the country’s most stunning canyons.

Travel along the banks of the Taieri River, venture over the Deep Stream viaduct, and take a few photos at the historic Hindon crossing station. The train makes several stops throughout the trip so you can get a breath of fresh air and take photographs of the beautiful surroundings.

Or, you can just sit back, relax, and admire the other-worldly scenery right outside your window. Because when it comes to scenic escorted tours, New Zealand has you covered.

Shotover Jet Tour

Not for the faint of heart, a ride on Shotover Jet is a thrilling adventure through the rocky outcrops of Queenstown. This high-speed boat whizzes through the Shotover River at 55 mph, dodging the narrow canyon walls and splashing everyone on board in the process.

And if that’s not enough, then hold on tight for the boat’s high-powered 360-degree spins!

Ideal for adrenaline and adventure junkies, the Shotover Jet will be the highlight of your holiday. This wild ride will probably have your heart pounding and your head spinning for the next few days!

Where to Book New Zealand Tours

Now that you have an idea of what awaits you in New Zealand, it’s time to book your trip. All of these private tours are available to book online at New Zealand Guided Tours. They offer a wide range of trips and packages whether you plan on visiting New Zealand for a few days, one week or one month!

All private tours include accommodation for the entirety of your stay. And with your local guide and driver, you’ll be able to make the most of your New Zealand holiday.

So go ahead and book your next adventure with a private tour of New Zealand!

Jeremy Scott Foster
Jeremy Scott Foster
Jeremy Scott Foster is an adventure-junkie, gear expert and travel photographer based in Southern California. Previously nomadic, he’s been to ~50 countries and loves spending time outdoors. You can usually find him on the trail, on the road, jumping from bridges or hustling on his laptop working to produce the best travel and outdoors content today.

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