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Palmerston North

Palmerston North city is the base for NZ's largest university and has many cafes and restaurants. Festivals, parades, galleries will attract your attention while the Dugald MacKenzie Rose Garden was once voted among one of the world's top five prettiest gardens. The Rugby Museum boasts thumbs up from rugby fanatics, and the many bush reserves and tracks that enhance Palmerston North offer pleasant recreation.

Green Trout Fly Fishing Guiding

Green Trout Fly Fishing Guiding

Green Trout Guiding is a fly-fishing guiding service based in the Rangitikei District of the Central North Island of New Zealand; offering fly fishing opportunities targeting both rainbow and brown trout, for inexperienced and experienced anglers alike. The internationally famous Rangitikei River and its tributaries offer a pristine environment with beech forest lining the crystal clear waters.   Jim Rainey has been fly fishing for 30 years and guiding for the last 17 years. Sight fishing to browns and rainbows with a dry fly is the ultimate experience for Jim and he is very keen to take you to those fish. Jim is a member of the NZPFGA (New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association), an association to advocate and protect the interests of members and clients and to promote professionalism, sportsmanship, and conservation in the interests of angling.

New Zealand Rugby Museum

New Zealand Rugby Museum

Newly developed in time for the Rugby World Cup in 2011, the NZ Rugby Museum is the place to learn about New Zealand's rugby history. Why is the national team known as the All Blacks? Why do they wear black? What is the significance of the haka? Why is New Zealand so successful at rugby? Get a feel for the real New Zealand by learning how its rich rugby heritage has shaped and been shaped by our country. It's not every day you can see the nation's treasures in their reality, from the first 'fern', the oldest All Black jersey and the oldest rugby ball to current All Black star Dan Carter's boots! And test out your rugby skills - kicking, tackling, leaping, sprinting or pushing - in the 'Have a Go' area. If the kids are with you, they'll love to imitate their heroes!

Open daily from 10am to 5pm.  For current entry prices visit the Rugby Museum website.

Owls Tour

Owls Tour

Enter the mysterious world of the Native NZ Owl – the morepork, or Ruru. Meet Owl Capone, Owlè MacPherson, Owlvis Presley, and the Owlcatraz babies Owlmo and Owlfalfa. Hear the guides explain the legends of the ruru and feel the breeze as the “Priest of the Forest” glides by you with his 100% soundless flight. This purpose built area has no glass or cages so there are no barriers between you and these magnificent creatures of our NZ bush. Owlcatraz is also home to Little German Owl ‘Owlivia Newton John.

New Zealand touring ideas

A popular style of touring is to take a preplanned self drive road trip.  After a thorough consultation with you we expertly plan and create your self drive tour around New Zealand allows you the freedom to explore at leisure with the comfort and security of pre-booked activities and accommodations. Route suggestions, GPS and APP guidance plus local support mean you are in safe hands. See self drive ideas here

If you prefer to let someone else do the work then an escorted small group tour or a private guided tour might be for you. Our range of hand picked small group itineraries are ideal if you prefer to travel in the company of like minded people. These tours limit the number of participants which means different accommodation options, exclusive activities and of course a knowledgable guide ensures you get to see the best of New Zealand. See our small group tours here. 

A private guided tour offers true flexibility and the security of a knowledgable local guiding you all the way. Well planned itineraries ensure you see exactly what you want to see but with your own driver-guide you can adapt to suit the day or your preference. 100% tailor-made to suit you a private tour is a great option when travelling as a small group. all our self drive itineraries can be replanned and priced using a private driver and guide. Just contact us to discuss your needs.

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