It’s also possible to start your guided tour in the Queenstown, South Island. This buzzing hub is enveloped by the aptly named majestic mountains and is the thrill-seeker capital of the world. From skydiving to luging, bungee jumping to hang-gliding, you’ll find something to get the pulse racing, all the while surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery. If that all sounds a bit intense, Queenstown has plenty of famed bars and cafes where you can kick back and relax.
A tour of New Zealand wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Milford sound. Guided tours can offer some fascinating knowledge about the Maori mythology that surrounds this landscape. This ‘sound’ is actually a fjord, formed from glaciers that have created some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. Patterned with winding waterfalls and packed with a wondrous array of wildlife, this is the kind of place where a waterproof camera would serve you well. Your tour bus can then take you up the west coast, where glaciers, springs and even more waterfalls make for some of the most beautiful drives you’ll ever experience. Whatever your dream itinerary, a guided tour of New Zealand is a perfect way to uncover its wonders, and if you’re looking for the best in the business, look no further than Contiki.