What’s in a name

Our name says it all, really—we strive to be different and to give you unique New Zealand experiences. So what makes us and our tours unlike any others? It’s hard to describe, but there’s just something about our trips—something that, at tour end, inspires poems to be written and songs to be sung, black sheep kitsch to be bought, and guests to come back and travel with us again and again. But there are also some very tangible things that we think make all the difference:

Local Knowledge

For us, New Zealand is not one of many destinations. New Zealand is our home, our passion and our business, so all our resources go into being the best hosts we can be. And because we are the locals, we have our finger on the pulse of what’s new and interesting.

GLOBAL REACH

While New Zealand is home base, we have team members stationed worldwide. That means, with time zone changes, we’re available and thinking of you and your trip around the clock.

Size Matters

When we say small-group tours, we mean it. We limit our Small Group tour size so you can travel around the country unobtrusively, enjoying the freedom and flexibility of small numbers as well as the stress-free benefits of guided travel.

GO YOUR WAY

You choose when and how you see New Zealand. We offer a range of departure dates and trip styles varying in length and budget, from shared or private guided journeys, to personalized self-drive adventures, to fully bespoke tours designed to your specifications. All are meticulously researched, so you can sit back, let go and enjoy the ride of a lifetime.

GUIDES EXTRAORDINAIRE

All Black Sheep guides make their home in New Zealand, providing informed, articulate, entertaining discussion about our country. They also love sharing local knowledge of secret walks, favourite watering holes, hidden bookshops, best coffee carts, etc. Importantly, our guides are world travellers themselves, so can translate cultural nuances through a common lens.

100% PURE BLACK SHEEP

With Black Sheep, what you see (and whom you talk to) is what you get. Unlike many international companies, we do not contract our tours out to third-party operators. We are here and hands-on from start to finish, assuring our high quality standards are maintained throughout your New Zealand experience.

OWNER OPERATED

Black Sheep’s pioneering founders are still actively involved in the company more than 20 years after they first started a fresh new way to travel in New Zealand. This means the core values of the company, to provide the best-quality, best-value trips available, have remained our focus.

BEST TOURING COMPANY WE’VE EVER WORKED WITH—AND THAT’S SAYING A LOT, AS WE TRAVEL WORLDWIDE.

STACEY MILLER ROSE, BRANFORD, CT, USA

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HELP. OUR DAUGHTERS HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME IN NEW ZEALAND, AND SO DID WE!

JULIE KICUCHI, BOISE, ID, USA

BLACK SHEEP IS A TERRIFIC, PROFESSIONAL AND CARING COMPANY. DEAN SHOWED US A NEW ZEALAND THAT WE NEVER WOULD HAVE SEEN ON OUR OWN.

LAURA SCANNEVIN, THE VILLAGES, FL, USA

THIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE TRIPS WE’VE TAKEN AND WE WERE VERY PLEASED WITH ALL THE PREPARATIONS DONE BY BLACK SHEEP.

CHARLIE SCHNELL, ROSEBURG, OR, USA

WORDS CAN’T DESCRIBE HOW PERFECT OUR TRIP WAS.

SHERRI KLIPOWICZ, CORNELIUM, NC, USA

WE CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR PUTTING A FABULOUS TRIP TOGETHER FOR US. WE THINK BLACK SHEEP IS THE BEST!

LAURIE BREWER, KENNETT SQUARE, PA, USA

THE TRIP WAS GREAT! WE PLAN TO VISIT NEW ZEALAND AGAIN AND WILL NOT HESITATE TO USE BLACK SHEEP TOURING CO.

SHONA GALLAGHER, PADDINGTON, AUSTRALIA

THE TRIP WAS BEYOND OUR EXPECTATIONS AND WHILE NEW ZEALAND IS SPECTACULAR, THE BLACK SHEEP TEAM MADE THE DIFFERENCE.

JENNY GULLICKSON, CHANHASSEN, MN, USA

WOW, WHAT AN AMAZING TRIP! KNOW YOU HAVE TWO BLACK SHEEP TOURING CO RAVING FANS IN OMAHA!

AMY BROWN, OMAHA, NE, USA

THE NEW ZEALAND TRIP ORGANIZED BY YOUR TEAM WAS THE BEST HONEYMOON FOR US. NONE HAVE MANAGED A TO Z SO PROFESSIONALLY.

LENIN DANIEL, DOHA, QATAR