But what company should you see New Zealand with and what’s worth paying out for activity wise?

Every year TNT Magazine hosts the Golden Backpack Awards, which recognise those in the travel industry who are working extra hard to make visitors to Australia and New Zealand have the experiences of a lifetime.

Even better? The finalists are voted for by the backpackers themselves, and so you book your tour or activity knowing these companies and experiences across New Zealand have been given the seal of approval from fellow travellers.

Join local tour guides eager to show off their country, meet fellow travellers, and take in the best of what New Zealand has to offer with these top companies. To find out the overall winner, announced November 6, keep an eye on our website.

For the list of finalists covering tours/activities in New Zealand click here