The Best Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in New Zealand

Mount Cook, New Zealand Mount Cook, New Zealand

Prepare yourself for an extraordinary journey with one of these amazing outdoor and nature tours in New Zealand. Our extensive research has led us to uncover the finest journeys available, carefully analyzed from a diverse range of offerings from highly regarded travel companies. Every aspect, from pricing and guest ratings to service quality, destinations, and activities, has been taken into account. Whether you're an experienced explorer or venturing to new places for the first time, these thoughtfully selected outdoor and nature tours promise an unforgettable adventure in New Zealand.


The Top 3:

  • 20 Days, $7779.00

  • 14 Days, $5499.00

  • 7 Days, $1263.41

What are outdoor and nature tours like in New Zealand?

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Here are the important factors:

  • 23 trip options analyzed
  • $405 average price per day (USD)
  • 2 to 20 days in length
  • 4.73 of 5 average rating
  • 18 people or less on average

You'll be surprised at the array of outdoor and nature tours in New Zealand, as there is something for everyone. It's no wonder that visitors can't get enough of these tours, boasting an impressive average guest rating of 4.73 out of 5 stars. Picture yourself joining a group of like-minded adventurers, with an average maximum size of 18 people, ensuring a fantastic blend of social and personalized experiences. The average tour length spans 11 days, with tours ranging from 2 to 20 days long. Regarding physical activity options, you'll find tours marked as easy, moderate, and serious, with the most being easy. Looking at transportation, the tours are self drive and coach / bus, with the most as self drive. With our thorough analysis of 23 outdoor and nature tours, we've found the best. So rest assured that New Zealand has something to captivate every kind of traveler.

(All tour prices are in US Dollars before taxes, and come from a base price that is reported by TourRadar. Peak season prices can vary significantly, particularly in destinations where seasonal travel fluctuates dramatically.)

So, let's get to it and see...

The 10 Best Outdoor and Nature Tours in New Zealand
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
by Globus



20 Days Auckland to Nadi 13 Destinations through New Zealand, Australia, Fiji 46 People at Most Ages 5 to 80 Guest Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars

This fantastic voyage has a rating of 5 out of 5 stars, visiting New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji. Discover a journey that spans 13 destinations, with notable stops in Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Sydney, and Nadi. Your journey will begin in Auckland and end in Nadi. This terrific trip also highights wildlife, family-friendly activities, and safaris. Lasting 20 days, the maximum group size is 46 people, and it's good for guests from 5 to 80 years old. Organized by Globus, this is a great deal because it's only $462 per day.

  • Wildlife
  • Family
  • Safari
$7,779
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  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
by Active Adventures



14 Days Start/End in Christchurch 14 Destinations 14 People at Most Ages 16 to 90 Guest Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars

With a stellar 4.9 out of 5 rating, this extraordinary journey is the perfect choice. This trip takes you on an adventure to 14 destinations, including Fiordland National Park, Haast, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, and Franz Josef. You'll start and end your journey in beautiful Christchurch. Spanning across 14 days, the journey accommodates 14 individuals, and is suitable for guests from 16 to 90 years old. Offered by Active Adventures, this remarkable journey is priced at just $452 per day. Don't miss out on this incredible experience.

  • Kayak & Canoe
  • Hiking & Trekking
  • Ski, Snowboard & Snow
$5,499
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  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for outdoor and nature tours.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
by Discover New Zealand



7 Days Start/End in Christchurch 6 Destinations 10 People at Most Ages 2 to 99 Guest Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars

This exceptional trip offering by Discover New Zealand has received a 5 out of 5 rating. On this 7-day journey you can unwind while also making new memories. With 6 destinations to explore, you'll get the chance to see Mount Cook, Te Anau, Milford Sound, and Dunedin, and more. Christchurch kicks off your expedition, serving as both the starting and finishing point. With a group size of 10 people, it's suitable for guests from 2 and up. You'll love the emphasis on wildlife, local culture, and family-friendly activities, too. This remarkable trip is priced at an unbeatable $180 per day.

  • Wildlife
  • In-depth Cultural
  • Family
  • Self Drive
$1,263
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  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for outdoor and nature tours.
by Haka Tours



8 Days Christchurch to Queenstown 9 Destinations 16 People at Most Ages 18 to 65 Guest Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Check out this trip that has received rave reviews, earning a stellar 4.5 out of 5 rating. Along the way, this journey encompasses 9 destinations, including Mount Hutt, Lake Tekapo, Lake Ohau, and Lake Wanaka. Your journey will begin in Christchurch and end in Queenstown. Spanning across 8 unforgettable days, this voyage offers an intimate group experience with 16 participants, and it's great for guests from 18 to 65 years old. Brought to you by the renowned Haka Tours, this exceptional opportunity is priced at an incredible $207 per day - an unbeatable value.

  • Sightseeing
  • Ski, Snowboard & Snow
$1,844 $1,659
TourRadar
  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for outdoor and nature tours.
by Discover New Zealand



6 Days Start/End in Christchurch 6 Destinations 10 People at Most Ages 2 to 99 Guest Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

This 6-day journey is ideal for guests from 2 and up. And priced at only $208 per day, it's a great value, too. And since the priority is on wildlife, local culture, and family-friendly activities, this tour is a great choice. This itinerary covers 6 captivating destinations, with stops in Wanaka, Franz Josef, Lake Tekapo, and Queenstown, among others. Christchurch will be both the start and end of your journey. It's offered by Discover New Zealand, a very popular company with rave reviews and knowledgeable guides.

  • Wildlife
  • In-depth Cultural
  • Family
  • Self Drive
$1,248
TourRadar
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
by Adventure South



5 Days Start/End in Queenstown 4 Destinations 14 People at Most Ages 16 to 99 Guest Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars

Priced at just $492 per day, this terrific 5-day journey is ideal for guests from 16 and up. Immerse yourself in a travel experience that includes 4 destinations, featuring Te Anau and Fiordland National Park. Your adventure starts and ends in Queenstown. Organized by the reputable Adventure South, this is one of the best tours on this list.

  • Bicycle
  • Kayak & Canoe
  • Hiking & Trekking
$2,460
TourRadar
  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for outdoor and nature tours.
by Discover New Zealand



7 Days Queenstown to Wellington 6 Destinations 10 People at Most Ages 2 to 99 Guest Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

Check out this incredible voyage that has received a 4 out of 5 rating from previous guests. This extraordinary adventure also revolves around wildlife, local culture, and family-friendly activities. With a duration of 7 days, this journey ensures an intimate group size of 10 people, and is good for guests from 2 and up. Uncover the beauty of 6 destinations on this itinerary, with highlights such as Mount Cook, Christchurch, Kaikoura, and Picton. Your journey will begin in Queenstown and end in Wellington. This fantastic option, organized by Discover New Zealand, presents an unbeatable value at just $205 per day.

  • Wildlife
  • In-depth Cultural
  • Family
  • Self Drive
$1,432
TourRadar
  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for outdoor and nature tours.
by Haka Tours



8 Days Queenstown to Christchurch 7 Destinations 16 People at Most Ages 18 to 65 Guest Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Spanning over 8 days, this journey has a maximum size of 16 individuals. Welcoming guests from 18 to 65 years old, it is organized by Haka Tours, a very popular company with plenty of great reviews. Traverse through 7 enchanting destinations, with The Remarkables, Cardrona, Wanaka, and Ohau among the must-see stops along the route. Begin your trip in Queenstown and complete it with a memorable finale in Christchurch. Available at an unbeatable price of only $230 per day, this option also has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from previous guests.

  • Sightseeing
  • Ski, Snowboard & Snow
$1,844
TourRadar
  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for outdoor and nature tours.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
by Discover New Zealand



14 Days Auckland to Christchurch 18 Destinations 4 People at Most Ages 2 to 99 Guest Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars

Here's your chance to take off on an exceptional journey that has garnered a 5 out of 5 rating. With a duration of 14 days, this jouney will have 4 participants, and it warmly welcomes guests from 2 and up. You're in for an epic adventure with a strong emphasis on wildlife and family-friendly activities. Expertly organized by Discover New Zealand, this amazing trip is an incredible value at just $266 per day.

  • Wildlife
  • Family
  • Self Drive
$3,725
TourRadar
  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for outdoor and nature tours.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
by Thrifty Tours



2 Days Start/End in Christchurch 2 Destinations 30 People at Most Ages 2 to 100 Guest Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars

This memorable trip is offered by Thrifty Tours which has received plenty of positive reviews. The trip itself has a guest rating of 5 out of 5 stars, and is priced affordably at $275 per day. Christchurch kicks off your expedition, serving as both the starting and finishing point. You'll love the emphasis on wildlife and family-friendly activities, too. The maximum group size is 30 people, welcoming guests from 2 to 100 years old.

  • Wildlife
  • Family
$550
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How much do Outdoor Tours in New Zealand cost?

Average Daily Price Outdoor and Nature Tours
$405

Visitors will find a large range of terrific options for outdoor and nature tours when planning a visit to New Zealand. The price of these specific trips can vary according to length, destinations, and travel style. The average price of outdoor and nature tours in New Zealand based on data from 23 options is an affordable $405 per day. If you're interested in more information about tours here, see our guide to tour prices in New Zealand.

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