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Your VBT Trip Leaders are passionate about travel and devoted to sharing new discoveries with you. Each is a multi-lingual resident of your destination who intimately knows the history, cultural heritage, and traditions of your surroundings.

Your Trip Leaders also bring insiders’ knowledge of the best places to explore, dine, and shop—along with insight into local customs and lifestyles to help you make the most of your cultural experience. With keen organizational skills, a splendid sense of humor, and a talent for making you and your fellow travelers thrive within your group dynamic, your VBT Trip Leaders will be invaluable resources—and treasured friends!


New Zealand is a bucket list destination. It’s like seeing 20 different countries in one. Every corner provides a new adventure.

A New Zealand native, Elysia ended up living permanently on the South Island by accident! After buying a ski pass and intending to only stay the winter, she loved it so much she’s made it her home for 18 years.


Within a very small area you can see temperate rainforest that is unchanged since dinosaurs ruled the earth, glaciers down to sea level, and the wide open stark landscape of central Otago.

George was born, and has lived his whole life, on the South Island of New Zealand. As a former high school science teacher, he loves to share his knowledge of New Zealand's unique geology, flora and fauna with travelers.

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We loved our hiking/biking/kayaking trip to New Zealand South Island. The guides were amazing, there are incredible vistas around every turn and the trip coordination was flawless. Also, because VBT hires all local guides, we received great recommendations for restaurants and optional tours on our extension. We also learned some new Kiwi phrases. A gob-smacking adventure!

JanJan, St Louis

New Zealand: Bike & Walk the South Island

A wonderful introduction to a marvelous country that left us hungry for more. The trip was a smorgasbord of sights and experiences that comprised a very rich reward for the accompanying travel. The knowledge and insights on cultural and geological history shared by our experienced, enthusiastic guides took each segment to a another level. Auckland (pre) is great while Queenstown (post) is off the charts.

chrisw, Boston

New Zealand: Bike & Walk the South Island

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VBT Recipe: Lauren's Anzac Biscuits

December 18, 2020

Check out VBT trip leader Lauren’s recipe for Anzac biscuits below, and join her on our New Zealand: The South Island tour to sample other local favorites! The Anzac biscuit is a...

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What Does Coffee Look Like Around the World?

September 23, 2019

Your morning cup of joe may look a little different when you’re enjoying it in a foreign country. Check out some of our favorite ways to drink coffee on our...

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Exploring New Zealand's White Wine Regions

October 24, 2018

New Zealand is famous the world over for its wine. Eastern coastal climates for both the North and South Islands are remarkably conducive to winemaking. Travelers enjoying the New Zealand: Bike...

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