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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.

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!

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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