We’ve been showing off New Zealand to visitors on our small group tours since 1971, and, as a result, there are a number of quintessentially ‘kiwi’ experiences throughout the country that are unmissable. Some are on the tourist trail, some are hidden local secrets – but all are absolutely unforgettable. Read on to learn more.

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moatrek

The sunniest region in New Zealand, Nelson’s laid-back culture, creative locals and delicious food and wine cast a spell over all those who visit. We were captivated by the sun-drenched sands and diverse landscapes of Nelson long ago. Home to a quintessentially kiwi, relaxed lifestyle; it’s a part of New Zealand that holds a special place in the hearts of kiwis and visitors alike.

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moatrek

The deep south of New Zealand is a place like no other. Here, time moves slower; the un-crowded, rugged natural beauty and old school kiwi hospitality of the region charming all who visit. Southland is a little-known part of New Zealand, but it’s one of our best-kept secrets – the rare wildlife, untouched landscapes and fascinating history captivating the imagination. We think Southland makes for a unique kiwi holiday – here’s why.

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moatrek

A pretty town steeped in gold rush history, Arrowtown’s historic streets and restored cottages have many stories to tell. A short drive from Queenstown, this pretty settlement captures the imagination; transporting visitors back to the exciting gold rush days of the mid 1800’s.

Arrowtown is a highlight on many of our small group tours – read on to find out why.

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moatrek

A wild region of extreme diversity and natural treasures, the South Island’s West Coast is home to ancient glaciers, gold mining heritage and spectacular blowholes. The geographic isolation and friendly, down-to-earth locals only add to the region’s charms.

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moatrek

Sitting between dramatic mountain ranges and bright-blue Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is one of the prettiest towns in New Zealand – gaining its name because it was deemed ‘fit for a Queen’. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur, someone who’s keen on a little adventure or a Lord of the Rings fan, visiting Queenstown is sure to be a highlight of a vacation in New Zealand. Read on to learn more about Queenstown’s history and MoaTrek’s suggestions for enjoying the very best of what this area has to offer.

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moatrek

The mountains meet the sea in dramatic fashion in the coastal town of Kaikoura, creating an environment that supports a fascinating array of wildlife. Albatross, whales, dolphins, fur seals and more call Kaikoura home, making it heaven for lovers of unique marine and birdlife. Read on, and we’ll explain why so many rare animals call this place home...

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moatrek

Thousands of years ago New Zealand was a world of birds and forests. An isolated island nation, New Zealand is home to some of the world’s most unique and rare birdlife.

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moatrek