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The Essential Middle Earth Tour of the North Island

10 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Wellington
Accommodation style: Motels

The Ultimate Middle Earth Tour

17 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Queenstown
Accommodation style: Apartments

13 day Southern Family Adventure

13 days starting in Christchurch, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Motels

14 Day Journey to Middle Earth

14 days starting in Christchurch, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Hotel 4 star

Behind The Scenes Experience

14 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Queenstown
Accommodation style: Hotel 4 star

10 Day Northern Adventure

10 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Auckland
Accommodation style: Apartments

30 day North to South Ultimate Adventure

30 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

16 Day North Island Family Adventure

16 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Wellington
Accommodation style: Apartments

The Southern Circuit

13 days starting in Christchurch, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Motels

21 day Discover New Zealand

21 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Motels

 

Family Touring

Planning a self-drive New Zealand family vacation? New Zealand offers a huge range of family-friendly activities.

Experienced in travelling with families ourselves, we can create your perfect New Zealand family self-drive itinerary for you. We will help you pick destinations, vehicles and accommodation that will make for a fun and memorable vacation for your whole family.

Choose from selected family activities and follow links to see itineraries that include attractions you are interested in ...

Activity ideas: Hobbiton tour from Matamata
Hobbiton tour from Matamata

Become immersed in The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films when you visit the actual Hobbiton movie set. Located just outside of Matamata - in the heart the lush Waikato farming region, your two hour tour will begin with a drive through a picturesque sheep farm. You'll then be taken through Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill and the Party Tree while your guide shares behind-the-scenes tales and facinating insight into the making of the films. More »

Activity ideas: Middle Earth Film Locations Half Day Tour
Middle Earth Film Locations Half Day Tour

On this half-day tour explore key Lord of the Rings filming locations all within an hour of central Wellington. Highlights include the outskirts of the Shire, the Gardens of Isengard, the River Anduin and the sites of Helm’s Deep and Minas Tirith. Stroll where the hobbits raced to the Buckleberry Ferry and see where the infamous 'get off the road' scene was shot. You'll also stop and overlook the site of the Dunharrow Rohirrim encampment. More »

Activity ideas: Weta Cave and Workshop Tour
Weta Cave and Workshop Tour

Visit The Weta Cave, a mini-museum filled with props, characters and displays from well known movies including Avatar, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Hear stories of how these figures were brought to life and learn about the artists who created them. Watch behind-the-scenes interviews from Weta co-founders Sir Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Tania Rodger and Jamie Selkirk - and gain insight into the creativity and imagination that comes with crafting the art of Weta.

You'll also take a guided tour through the inner workings of Weta Workshop and learn about its processes and design elements. Please keep in mind that many of the projects Weta Workshop has been involved in contain graphic scenes and special effects that may not be suitable for everyone. More »

Activity ideas: Lord of the Rings Edoras Tour
Lord of the Rings Edoras Tour

Journey to the remote and beautiful Mt Potts high country station, home of Mt Sunday. See how this spectacular mountain was transformed into Edoras - the capital city of the Rohan people from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Marvel at its rugged unspoilt beauty and breathe in the clear mountain air, while you indulge in a gourmet champagne picnic. More »

Activity ideas: Nomad Safaris, Safari of the Scenes
Nomad Safaris, Safari of the Scenes

Are you interested in the epic Lord of the Rings films and Tolkien's books? Perhaps you just want to experience the type of stunning alpine scenery that is a feature of the films? This scenic adventure through the locations used in the filming near Queenstown is for you. Travel in safari-equipped 4WD vehicles for a true off-road adventure.

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Activity ideas: Day tour to Hobbiton movie set
Day tour to Hobbiton movie set

Discover the real Middle-earth when you take this two hour guided tour of Hobbiton. Beginning with a drive through a picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm, you’ll experience stunning views over the Kaimai Ranges. You’ll then be escorted through the 12 acre movie set learning memorable anecdotes about the shooting of the films. You’ll see Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill and The Party Tree, as well as learning how this piece of Waikato farmland was turned into the Shire. More »

Activity ideas: Lord of the Rings half day tour
Lord of the Rings half day tour

There are two main parts to this tour. The first is exploring the film locations used around Wellington City and then you get to see behind the scenes at Weta Workshop.  You'll start by heading down Courtenay Place, home to the Embassy Movie theatre where they had the world premier of LOTR: Return of the King and more recently The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. See where the stars walked & 100,000 people gathered to watch. Then it's up to Mt Victoria and after a quick stop at the lookout for fabulous views of the City and Harbor you'll drive down to the 'Green Belt'. Here you'll walk through the forest to stand where the actors stood while filming. You'll visit many different scenes here including "Shortcut to Mushrooms", " Get off the Road", "Race to the Ferry", "Dunharrow Plateau" and more. For the second part of the tour, it's off to 'Wellywood' the heart of the Wellington Film industry. At Weta Cave you'll visit the brand new 'Windows into Workshop' exhibition. This is a guided tour of the physical prop-making & make-up side of the Weta Studios. Then you'll see a short film about the Digital side of the productions. Afterwards there is time to allow you to see the mini-museum & souvenir shop. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Fly-Cruise-Fly & Dart River Safari including picnic lunch
Milford Fly-Cruise-Fly & Dart River Safari including picnic lunch

Experience the magic of the south when you choose this spectacular all day excursion. Take a scenic flight from Queenstown to magnificent Milford Sound for awe-inspiring views of the mountains, lakes and forests of Fiordland National Park. You’ll then cruise the length of the sound with its tumbling waterfalls and towering peaks before returning by plane to Glenorchy. Break for lunch before joining Dart River Safaris on an adventure through the untouched wilderness of a World Heritage Area. End your day with a scenic coach trip back to Queenstown. More »

Activity ideas: Hobbit Barrel Run Kayak Trip
Hobbit Barrel Run Kayak Trip

Immerse yourself in Sir Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ when you take this Hobbit Barrel Run River Kayaking trip. Journeying down the Beautiful Pelorus River you’ll see actual filming locations including the rocks where Bilbo Baggins stood, the place where the dwarfs exited the barrels and the exact location where Kili was shot. Not just for Lord of the Rings fans, this spectacular kayaking trip will enthral anyone wanting to experience the beauty of New Zealand’s rivers. More »

Activity ideas: Lord of the Rings day tour
Lord of the Rings day tour

One of the most comprehensive Lord of the Rings tours available the Wellington Rover day tour covers a lot of ground but with enough time to explore, recreate scenes (over 25 different ones) for yourself and work out how the movies were made. The morning is spent exploring the city locations of Mount Victoria (for spectacular views) and the 'greenbelt' with a 40 min walk through the 'outer shire'. This location includes 'get off the road' and 'shortcut to mushrooms' among others. Then drive the southern suburbs, including Seatoun and Miramar and the South Coast where many of the big name stars lived, looking at Bree and Dunharrow locations. A stop is included at the Weta Cave (except Public Holidays) and Scorch o Rama cafe (food at own expense) on the Wellywood Coast. We usually coffee with hoards of the hungry Weta crew. Knowledgeable guides will discuss past, current and future Peter Jackson/Weta creations including who is currently in town from Hollywood at the moment. The afternoon is spent exploring the Hutt Valley. Stops include the Hutt River (Great River Anduin) and Harcourt Park (Gardens of Isengard and the famous Orc trees). In Kaitoke Regional Park enjoy a picnic lunch under the elvish trees of the Rivendell location (and a 45min walk through the NZ native forest). More »

Activity ideas: Lord of the Rings 2 hour Gondor tour
Lord of the Rings 2 hour Gondor tour

This classic tour is the tour of choice whether you’re a LOTR fan or just want to learn more about movie making, from finding locations, setting up stunts, visual effects, and finding extras for large armies! This tour takes in all of the major scenes filmed in and around Twizel. Could you wear this Gondorian Helm all day? Find out on the LOTR tour.  Get behind the locked gates and stand in the footsteps of the actors surrounded by the stunning scenery of Middle-earth! Use official LOTR replica swords and wear a limited edition Gondorian helmet, experiencing for yourself the physical effort the actors went through while in costume.  Discover how the battle scene was created, turning Twizel into Middle Earth and experience for yourself the speed of the charge into battle as you're driven down the LOTR constructed film road.  You'll also learn all about the film making techniques, stunts and special effects and your guide will use your camera from their secret photo spot to get fantastic footage of you in Gondor.  This great value tour will give you an insight into making a motion picture. The tour is limited to 9 people for a personalised experience. More »

Activity ideas: Misty Mountains Traverse Heli-Hike
Misty Mountains Traverse Heli-Hike

Experience an exclusive 5 hour guided tour over Lord of the Rings country. Get an Eagle's eye view of Middle Earth! Your Helicopter follows the Eagles flight with a landing on glaciated Fog Peak, to admire Mt Aspiring (3033m) and its surrounding glacial panorama of the breath-taking Southern Alps. From this vantage point you’ll see 3 Trilogy film sites. Skimming the razor back ridges, you’ll fly and land on Treble Cone's "The Towers Ridge."   Soak in the view between the Towers and then walk the very footsteps that the legendary Dwarves, Wizard, and little heroic Ring carrier traversed in their quest over the top of the Misty Mountains, as seen in the Hobbiton movie. On your quest, you will descend 2 hours of guided hike from 2000m, traversing the ridge line, revealing huge rock pillars, canyons, cliffs and glaciers thundering into rivers which join the beautiful jewel blue Lake far below. This downhill walk has amazing diversity, revealing unexpected wonders and is home to the fearless Falcon, and the curious Kea, a unique and inquisitive mountain parrot.  Turn your fantasy into reality and traverse the Misty Mountains! This is a truly alpine experience made easily accessible, a real adventure! More »

Activity ideas: Hairy Feet Scenic Film Location Tour
Hairy Feet Scenic Film Location Tour

Visit the stunning farm location at Mangaotaki Rocks Piopio - near Waitomo - where the troll and campfire scenes in ‘The Hobbit’ were filmed. You’ll see the towering limestone cliffs, massive rock formations and primeval forest that make up the location for Staddle Farm and Trollshaws. You can also have your photo taken in the exact spot where Bilbo received his magical sword ‘Sting,’ from Gandalf.  You’ll join a personally guided tour of several key filming locations  including the site where the Orcs and Wargs began attacking and the 'exit from the cave' containing the troll hoard. More »

Activity ideas: Middle Earth Filming Locations Full Day Tour
Middle Earth Filming Locations Full Day Tour

This full day tour visits the Wellington film locations used for the Shire, the Gardens of Isengard, the River Anduin, Helm’s Deep and Minas Tirith, and where the hobbits raced to the ferry and hid from the Nazgul. Be spellbound at the site of Lothlorien - the majestic Fernside Lodge. In 2000 Fernside’s lake was transformed into part of Lothlorien, and then to the Gladden fields. Fernside’s white bridge remains as a reminder of the bridge of Lothlorien. Explore Rivendell and the riverside spot where Aragorn was washed ashore. You'll also visit Miramar, home to the production studios and to many of the stars while they were filming and the new Weta Cave with souvenirs and a virtual tour of Weta Workshop. Includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea. More »

Activity ideas: Hobbiton tour from Shires Rest
Hobbiton tour from Shires Rest

Become immersed in the The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films when you visit the actual Hobbiton movie set. Located just outside of Matamata - in the heart the lush Waikato farming region, your two hour tour will begin with a drive through a picturesque sheep farm. You'll then be taken through Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill and the Party Tree while your guide shares behind-the-scenes tales and facinating insight into the making of the films. More »

Activity ideas: Trails of Middle Earth Full day tour
Trails of Middle Earth Full day tour

This full day guided tour will take you deep into Lord of the Rings country to explore the sights and scenes at a number of key filming locations.  Along the way you’ll enjoy some of the finest scenery in the world and have fun acting out your favourite scenes from the movies.  Your guide will share their passion for the Lord of the Rings as well as the spectacular landscape you pass through.  You’ll also get to examine a range of fascinating weapons and costumes.   Lunch is included. More »

Activity ideas: Hobbiton Evening Dinner Tour
Hobbiton Evening Dinner Tour

Begin your Hobbiton evening experience with a enjoyable wonder through the twelve acre life-like Hobbiton Village set as you guide shares the fascinating details of how the village was created for the movies. Your walking tour finishes at The Green Dragon Inn where you can relax in front of the open fires enjoying a complimentary drink from the Hobbit Southfarthing range of unique beverages. After pre-dinner drinks you’re treated to a magnificent banquet feast fit for a Hobbit at the Green Dragon dining room. The tables will be laid out with everything a happy Hobbit would expect at a feast and as is the tradition in The Shire, second helpings are expected! After dinner you guide will take you on a magical walk back through the shire, holding your own lantern that helps light your way you’ll peak through windows of the living village as chimney smoke and light give the illusion of Hobbits tucked up inside More »

Activity ideas: Touching Middle Earth LOTR tour
Touching Middle Earth LOTR tour

The ultimate tour for those passionate about Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit.  You will visit locations from the movies and handle rare weapons and costume items.  Learn the histories of the weapons from knowledgeable guides and take as many photos as you like. You’ll also travel through spectacular scenery with your knowledgeable guide providing fun facts and all the latest LOTR gossip and stories. More »

Activity ideas: Hobbiton Express Tour
Hobbiton Express Tour

Travel south from Auckland over the Bombay Hills to the rich farmland of the Waikato region.  On arrival at Shire’s Rest you embark on your Hobbiton movie set tour. This location is the largest “green set” in the world and the only place where you get an emotional response with a movie set in a natural setting. You see 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge, the party tree and visit the Green Dragon Inn. At this stunning location you can take a photo at the door of Bilbo’s house, “Bag End”, looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance.  After the tour your lunch is included at Shire’s Rest Café before heading back to Auckland. More »

Activity ideas: Scenic Lord of the Rings Tour
Scenic Lord of the Rings Tour

This half-day Lord of the Rings tour starts from Queenstown and visits Glenorchy, Paradise, The Dart River Valley and Mt Aspiring World Heritage Area. Take a journey deep into Middle Earth and visit Lord of the Rings filming locations. On your scenic guided tour, you will explore Isengard, Amon Hen, Lothlorien Forest, The Misty Mountains and Ithilien.  You will also visit a location from the recently filmed, The Hobbit! Stories and secrets will be shared by guides who have great insight into the filming. More »

Activity ideas: Private Hobbiton tour
Private Hobbiton tour

Join your private guide for an exclusive Middle-Earth encounter at Hobbiton Movie Set.  Your tour starts with a drive through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the twelve acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie set was created for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbiton movies. The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, Mill and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films can be viewed with some allowing you to enter this magical world.    With beautiful Hobbit gardens and laundry on the line, this life-like village is enchanting.  After the tour you can enjoy some Hobbiton brews in the Green Dragon Inn in front of a roaring fire. More »

Activity ideas: Blue Pools Nature Experience
Blue Pools Nature Experience

Explore nature, by air, land and water in Mt Aspiring World Heritage National Park.Glaciers, waterfalls rugged wilderness. Fish, birdlife and a rich pioneering history. More »

Activity ideas: Christchurch City Scenic Helicopter Flight
Christchurch City Scenic Helicopter Flight

Christchurch city is changing rapidly and daily as the city recovers from the earthquakes of 2010/11. Hundreds of Buildings are coming down and rebuilding is starting to occur. This 20 minute flight over the city will give you the best perspective of just how much the city has changed. Your pilot will inform and entertain you on the interesting facts and points of interest such as the Cathedral, new sports stadium and the vision for the future of this battered but beautiful city. You will also fly over the Port of Lyttelton showing the spectacular scenery of Banks Peninsula and back via the suburbs of Sumner and Redcliffs. You will be astounded by the effect the earthquake has had on these affluent parts of Christchurch. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound Fly-Over
Milford Sound Fly-Over

Board one of the Real Journeys small planes and be amazed as you experience one of the world’s most stunning alpine flights.  Flying between Queenstown and Milford Sound allows you to enjoy spectacular views of the snow-capped Southern Alps, lakes and of course the world famous Milford Sound. If you do not have time to complete a cruise, this convenient fly-over option allows you to still see Milford Sound, from the air. You can fly-over this magnificent region and return to Queenstown in just 45 minutes, allowing you time to experience other activities in the area. The Real Journeys aeroplanes are specially selected for the mountainous terrain of Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks and offer excellent viewing due to their high wing configuration. Your pilot is meticulously trained and highly experienced. More »

Activity ideas: Dart River Wilderness Safari
Dart River Wilderness Safari

Take a one and a half hour jet boat safari through the remote wilderness of Mt Aspiring National Park. Home to towering mountains, alpine bush, glacial lakes and icy rivers, this spectacular trip is considered one of the most scenic in the world. Following your boat journey, take a 40 minute walk through ancient beech forests over 80 million years old. Learn about the area and its history before taking a  four wheel drive coach on a 50 minute journey to the isolated hamlet of Paradise - home to many Lord of the Rings filming locations. More »

Activity ideas: Shotover Jet - Canyon Jet Boat Ride
Shotover Jet - Canyon Jet Boat Ride

Shotover Jet is the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons.  It's a thrilling ride - skimming past rocky outcrops at close range in your Shotover Jet 'Big Red', as you twist and turn through the narrow canyons at breath taking speeds.  And a major highlight - hold tight for the world famous Shotover Jet full 360º spins! More »

Activity ideas: Huka Jet Boat Ride
Huka Jet Boat Ride

The Huka Jet is 30 minutes of pure fun and exhilaration, skimming close to cliffs, sliding past trees, feeling the adrenalin of our full 360 degree spins.

The excitement continues right up to the base of the foaming Huka Falls, where you get a spectacular water level view to New Zealand's most visited natural attraction. Nothing compares to watching 220,000 litres per second tumbling over the cliff face towards you. More »

Activity ideas: Tasman Valley 4WD & Argo Tours
Tasman Valley 4WD & Argo Tours

See New Zealand’s longest glacier when you embark on this 90 minute four wheel drive adventure in Mount Cook National Park. Travelling by Argo - an eight wheel all terrain vehicle - you’ll get to see some of the most spectacular scenery in the park including a short hike to see the Tasman Glacier. During the spring and summer an abundance of local flora such as Mount Cook Lilies, Celmesia Daisies, Golden Spaniard Speargrass and many more delicate mountain flowers can be seen. You may also see the Kea, New Zealand's native alpine parrot. More »

Activity ideas: Macetown 4WD adventure tour
Macetown 4WD adventure tour

A true four wheel drive off road adventure exploring the abandoned historic gold mining settlement - Macetown. Deserted shortly after the gold rush decline, Macetown has now been transformed into a Department of Conservation reserve. Learn about the tumultuous history of the region as you take in the town remnants and spectacular scenery. More »

Activity ideas: Wild Hills 4WD Safari
Wild Hills 4WD Safari

Experience the rugged beauty and solitude of the spectacular high country, bordering a World Heritage Area with this exclusive 4WD journey exploring the private farm tracks on an historic Wanaka sheep, cattle and deer station. From the site of Nehenehe, an ancient Maori settlement abandoned in the 1830’s, to the ruins of one of Wanaka’s first European settler’s farmhouses (1880’s). This journey offers an unique insight into Wanaka’s rich history, heritage and modern-day farming life. This trip is a photographers dream. More »

Activity ideas: Across Country Quad Bikes
Across Country Quad Bikes

Depart the "quad base" and head across stony braided riverbeds, see glacial fed rivers and listen to our guides tell you about local history. Drive though dense rain forest and soak up the atmosphere as you pass by ferns, mosses and mature podocarp trees in this lush watery world.

Ride out to 10,000 year old moraine left by ancient glacial pathways and enjoy enough space to roam. View snow capped peaks and "Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere" otherwise known as the Franz Josef glacier as it plunges from around 2500 metres into the green canopy of the forest a mere 230 metres above sea level. More »

Activity ideas: Dart Stables Horse Treks
Dart Stables Horse Treks

A horse riding experience in and around the beautiful Glenorchy scenery with Dart Stables is an incredible experience. Dart Stables' variety of horses ensures all riding abilities are catered for. Whether you're a complete beginner or lifetime rider, their professional, dedicated, horse loving team will match you with a suitable mount. Leading you across rivers, along valleys and through tranquil beech forests, their enthusiastic guides guarantee an unforgettable riding experience. More »

Activity ideas: KJet Queenstown 1 hour jet boat ride
KJet Queenstown 1 hour jet boat ride

Enjoy an exhilarating 60 minute adventure as you speed across Lake Wakatipu to the deep turquoise waters of the Kawarau River then onto the narrow shallow braided waters of the gold rich Shotover River, it's an unforgettable journey. Throughout your adventure you’ll be surrounded by spectacular alpine scenery as the powerful twin engine jet boat takes you on this thrilling ride, with the odd 360 degree spin thrown in for good measure.  Returning to Queenstown you’ll also gain complimentary entry to the Queenstown Underwater Observatory. More »

Activity ideas: High Country Discovery Tour
High Country Discovery Tour

Private Discovery Tours has exclusive access to Mount Earnslaw Station, the best kept secret in the Glenorchy area. The High Country Discovery Tour takes you on a half -day rural discovery of Mount Earnslaw Station, in the heart of New Zealand's high country. Reaching an altitude of 1300 feet you will be captivated by the majestic views and the bush walk through massive schist outcrops leading to an amphitheatre that peers into the valley below. Many scenes for the Lord of the Rings movies where filmed here and you will recognise Isengard, Lothlorien, Amon Hen and Ithilien Camp to name a few.  Driving along the Mount Alfred 4WD track provides sweeping views over Diamond Lake and Paradise Valley before emerging through the beech forest to an open high altitude pasture where wild deer still graze and alpine plant species survive extreme seasonal variations. Abundant birdlife frequent Lake Reid and Diamond Lake; a favourite spot for black swans, paradise, mallard and grey ducks and the occasional blue heron. Mount Earnslaw High Country Station is a 130-year-old working farm set in the spectacular alpine environment of Glenorchy at the head of Lake Wakatipu. Its remote location is simply breathtaking. To the north lies the glacier-capped Mount Earnslaw, 2,820m above sea level, to the west stands Mount Alfred at 1,375m and the station is flanked by the Rees and Dart Rivers. As part of a small group guided 4WD tour, you will explore this unique high country station. Mount Earnslaw Station runs around 5,500 perendale sheep, 550 Angus breeding cows on 16,465 acres. Your kiwi guide transports you in a late model Toyota or Land Rover 4WD and offers commentary on the history, geography and the operation of the station. More »

Activity ideas: Jet Boating Fiordland National Park
Jet Boating Fiordland National Park

Luxmore Jet offers a one hour jet boat tour down the Upper Waiau River to beautiful Lake Manapouri in the Fiordland National Park World Heritage Area.  During the tour your boat driver tells you about the history and geography of the area and you also have the opportunity to view 3 Lord of the Rings film locations, as the Waiau River was used to depict the River Anduin. Once on Lake Manapouri you experience the peace, tranquility and breathtaking beauty of the lake and snow-capped mountains. On the return journey you may see both brown and rainbow trout in the deep clear pools of the river. More »

Activity ideas: River Journeys Jet Boat & Walk
River Journeys Jet Boat & Walk

The Matukituki River is one of New Zealand's great jet boating rivers. Powerful and braided, the Matukituki flows from the glaciers and mountains of the Mount Aspiring National Park, part of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage area.  Travel past Lord of The Rings film locations beneath stunning views of Mount Aspiring and Glaciers on this half day, glacier focused jet boat journey. During several photo stops on the river, learn from your guide how this amazing landscape was carved by ice and of Maori heritage special to this area. Deep in the mountains, disembark for a 50 minute wilderness walk into native beech forest, beneath the towering mountains and waterfalls of the Matukituki Valley. This is a great introduction to the New Zealand wilderness while walking easy terrain suitable for people of all ages. More »

Activity ideas: Natures Wonders Wildlife Tour
Natures Wonders Wildlife Tour

The Otago Peninsula headland is arguably the most precious wildlife habitat in New Zealand and the farm owned by the Reid family is right on the forefront of this headland.

Here, amidst truly spectacular scenery, the world's rarest penguins, Hoiho the yellow-eyed, the little blue penguins, the New Zealand fur seals and the Stewart Island Shags all live in harmony. More »

Activity ideas: Mackenzie Alpine Horse Trekking
Mackenzie Alpine Horse Trekking

Mackenzie Alpine Horse Trekking is owned and operated by Sarah Kerr. Sarah lives on Balmoral Station which is where the Horse Trekking is based.

She adores showing off this spectacular landscape and it's breathtaking views to those who visit. More »

Activity ideas: Riverjet Thermal Safari
Riverjet Thermal Safari

The New Zealand Riverjet Thermal Safari incorporates a fantastic geothermal wonderland and a thrilling jet boating experience. All this and more is packed into an absolute Must See Must Do 2 ½ to 3 hour trip. You begin with a Jet Boat ride down the Waikato River through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge. See abundant bird life, pine forests, steaming volcanic river banks and trout feeding areas on your way down to Orakei Korako; one of New Zealand’s most popular geothermal attractions. Walk around this magnificent thermal reserve, see boiling mud, geysers and silica terraces. The stunning scenery of the mighty Waikato River makes you feel like time stood still as you gently cruise through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge where the canyon walls rise dramatically up to 50 metres above the water. The stunning native bush and abundant wildlife you’ll encounter will leave you with a lasting impression. Along the way your driver will explain about the rich history of the area and its unique wildlife. You’re also in for a few thrills on the river, as the jet boat takes you close to obstacles in the water and shoot at full speed towards the river banks. And of course you’ll experience the legendary Hamilton spins. All rides are tailored to suit the needs and adventure feel of all passengers, making sure it is a safe and enjoyable experience for all ages. More »

Activity ideas: Auckland Adventure Jet
Auckland Adventure Jet

Climb aboard Auckland Adventure Jet's purpose built boat and get your heart thumping during a supercharged 35 minute trip upon Auckland's stunning harbour, with fantastic views of the city skyline.  The jet boat travels at high speeds in excess of 50 knots under the iconic harbour bridge stopping beneath the Bridge Bungy pod to wave at the fellow adrenalin junkies suspended high above. Auckland Adventure Jet makes a few stops at significant landmarks including the Chelsea Sugar Factory and the tree lined cliffs of Kauri Point to take in the sights and catch a breath. More »

Activity ideas: Nomad Quad Safaris
Nomad Quad Safaris

The Ride with The View. In comfort and safety, ride your way around exclusive off-road terrain and take in some of the most awesome, panoramic views Queenstown has to offer. Drive your own fully automatic 400cc Honda quad bike on Nomad Safaris exclusive trails. With full training on the bikes from experienced guides, you are assured of a safe and enjoyable ride and will be rewarded with awesome views. More »

Activity ideas: Bridge to Nowhere Jet Boat Tour
Bridge to Nowhere Jet Boat Tour

This return Jet Boat trip takes you into the middle reaches of the Whanganui River. Pristine native bush cloaks the banks and you will see deep gorges covered with ferns, caves, rapids and other unique and amazing scenery.  Your guide will share stories of the Awa (Maori for “river”) with you and show you some of the secrets of this historic and cultural icon. Along the way you will stop at the Mangaio Gorge and the Manganui-O-Te-Au River, home to the endangered Blue Duck.  Continuing on deeper into this wilderness area you'll arrive at the Mangapurua Landing.  Hear the native tui and bellbirds and catch a glimpse of the woodpigeon.  A 40 minute walk through the bush takes you to the historic Bridge to Nowhere - gateway to the Valley of Abandoned Dreams. More »

Activity ideas: Riverjet The Squeeze - jet boat ride and thermal hotpools
Riverjet The Squeeze - jet boat ride and thermal hotpools

Experience the thrills of a jet boat ride along New Zealand’s Waikato River, a pure New Zealand nature experience, squeezing through rock passages revealed by time, culminating in a magical hot water spring waterfall dip. You’ll begin with a scenic jet boat ride through Tutukau Gorge. Sit back and take in the remarkable landscape, learn the history and legends of the area and enjoy an abundance of unique wildlife. Just when you thought you had an easy day ahead, your driver asks you to disembark the boat in knee deep warm water. You head towards a narrow gap in the cliff face ahead of you and start the challenge of The Squeeze. After manoeuvring your way through narrow crevasses, climbing boulders, and wading through warm waist deep water you emerge in stunning native New Zealand bush. Immerse yourself in the environment and take the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere while relaxing in the thermal waters of a naturally heated bathing pool.

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Activity ideas: Skippers Canyon 4WD adventure tour
Skippers Canyon 4WD adventure tour

Nomad Safaris offers a complete 4WD tour into the historic Skippers Canyon. The Nomad Safaris Skippers Canyon adventure is a half-day heritage tour that follows the rugged and once treacherous Skippers Road. Travel the road that was hacked by hand into the sheer cliff sides of the Shotover River Valley making this an exciting adventure the whole family will enjoy. As your guide navigates this awe-inspiring canyon you will visit many historic sites such as the Skippers Suspension Bridge and the township of Skippers. Visit the restored school house where you will gain a real insight into the local heritage through photos and histories of life in this tough environment. British Automobile Association voted Skippers Canyon Road as one of the 25 most scenic roads in the world. More »

Activity ideas: Jet Boating Hanmer Springs
Jet Boating Hanmer Springs

Experience the adrenaline rush of going 80km per hour, skimming the river below!  Cut corners as turquoise snow melt churns out behind you. White knuckles as the landscape spins 360°. Our experienced drivers will twirl the boat around in just milliseconds. Thrillseekers jet boating is the ultimate way to rocket through the beautiful Canterbury plains whilst absorbing adventure. Buckle up your life jacket, strap in to the boat and get ready to feel exhilarated.  Travelling up the stunning Waiau Gorge, there’s no shortage of excitement on this ride. The boat only needs inches of water and the power of the engine thrusts forward. Drama and action are the stuff of movies – until you ride in a jet boat. This is the perfect adventure for those who like a challenge or want to push their limits. More »

Activity ideas: Paradise Discovery Tour
Paradise Discovery Tour

Take the time to explore all that the Glenorchy region has to offer including magnificent scenes from the Lord of the Rings films.  Begin with a relaxing morning pick up from Queenstown and scenic drive along Lake Wakatipu.  You will explore the stunning Dart River Valley and aptly named Paradise Valley, the ultimate photography locations.  Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch either on Mount Alfred with a backdrop of mountains, or a traditional homestead lunch at Kinloch Lodge. From there you go beyond the locked gate with exclusive access to Mount Earnslaw Station, the best kept secret in the Glenorchy area.  You will discover the rural heritage of this 130 year old high country station, which farms 5,500 perendale sheep and 550 Angus cattle organically.  Mt Earnslaw station is set in one of the most spectacular locations, to the north lies the glacier-capped Mount Earnslaw, 2,820m above sea level and to the west stands Mount Alfred at 1,375m and the station is flanked by the Rees and Dart Rivers. As part of a small group guided 4WD tour, you will explore this unique high country station with plenty of opportunities to walk amongst the mountains and take in this pristine environment.  There is an optional extra of combining the Dart River jet boat ride with the Middle Earth Discovery Tour, with pick up at Chinamans Bluff. More »

Activity ideas: Mt Nicholas Farm Experience and Scenic Cruise
Mt Nicholas Farm Experience and Scenic Cruise

Begin with a spectacular cruise across Lake Wakatipu to the isolated Mt Nicholas High Country Station.  You’ll travel on the luxurious and modern Spirit of Queenstown catamaran.  Enjoy breath-taking views of Mt. Earnslaw, Bob’s Cove, Cecil Peak, Mt. Nicholas and the Remarkables. Upon reaching Mt Nicholas High Country Farm, you will hop off for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes visit to a truly authentic, family-run merino sheep farm.

Mt Nicholas produces the highest quality wool for world-renowned clothing company Icebreaker. Soak in the surrounding panoramic views in one of New Zealand’s most rugged and remote high country farms. Enjoy a Ploughman's lunch with morning or afternoon tea of freshly baked pikelets/pancakes/scones with jam and cream at the woolshed before boarding the vessel for the return cruise to Queenstown. More »

Activity ideas: Clutha River Jet Boat
Clutha River Jet Boat

This exciting 60 minute adventure begins at right on the water front of Lake Wanaka. Relax and enjoy the 15 minute jaunt across the lake with unsurpassed views and an informative commentary, before entering the mighty Clutha River. Here, this New Zealand designed and built craft is truly at its magnificent best, skimming over rocks and sandbars, powering through rapids and giant pressure waves of one of New Zealand's largest rivers. Along the way, the driver will stop for that once in a lifetime 'snap shot' or perhaps spot some of the huge trout lurking in the deep pools. More »

Activity ideas: Quad Biking Hanmer Springs
Quad Biking Hanmer Springs

Get muddy on a 4WD quad bike! Plough through streams, mud, forest and rocks - drive over just about every terrain Canterbury has to offer – all on a two hour trip. Follow the guide on an exciting adventure ride through the scenic backyard of Hanmer Springs.  Experienced Thrillseeker guides will lead you on a fun and safe trip suitable for all ages. Even if you’ve never ridden before, quad bikes are easy to get the hang of and you’ll be away in no time. The specially designed track through the landscape will ensure non-stop thrills and enjoyment. More »

Activity ideas: Punakaiki Horse Treks
Punakaiki Horse Treks

Punakaiki Horse Treks run a 2.5 hour horse trek into the Punakaiki Valley and along the beach to the Pancake Rocks. Begin by fording the Punakaiki River and then take the scenic route to view the stunning scenery of the Paparoa National Park. You’ll ride through native bush to view huge limestone bluffs capped with lush temperate rainforest. Native Kereru wood pigeon can sometimes be seen swooping low through forest corridors. Paradise duck, the nosy weka and gorgeous-plumaged pukeko are common onlookers, and oyster catchers, spur-winged plovers and harrier hawks are also visible. Birdlife is a stunning feature of the New Zealand native rainforest and riders can quietly observe the bird life from horseback. There’s time for a stop on the river flat at a bush hut for a stretch and photographs, before wending your way back to the coast. This scenic feast is rounded off with a stroll down Punakaiki beach. Riders can experience the powerful sea rolling onto the famous Pancake Rocks, as they sit on horseback with the horses snorting at the salt spray from the waves. More »

Activity ideas: Wilkins River Jet
Wilkins River Jet

Jet boating within the World Heritage listed Mt Aspiring National Park. Experience the ultimate in shallow water jet boating, skimming along in just inches of water on the mighty Wilkin and Makarora Rivers. Learn about the history and geology of the stunning Makarora and Wanaka region with an informative commentary from our experienced drivers. Enjoy 50km of New Zealand wilderness river jet boating amidst native beech forest, pristine river valleys and rugged ice capped mountains. More »

Activity ideas: Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour and Jet boat
Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour and Jet boat

This premium trip is the best way to see it all, a small group scenic tour of Skippers Canyon, gold claim tour and refreshments with 5th generation locals, as well as the thrills of 30 minutes Jet boating on the Shotover river through Skipper Canyon. Journey slowly down the historic and stunning Skippers road, with ample opportunity for photos with all the stops along the way as you weave your way through the Southern Alps to the Shotover river at Deep Creek. Arriving at Deep creek, gear up with life jackets and spray jackets then sit back, hold on, and try to relax as your experienced boat driver navigates the sheer canyon walls along the Shotover River as well as the mining dredges and sheet piles left by the miners through Skippers Canyon over a century ago. This is a truly uniquely Queenstown ½ day experience, combining Queenstown’s rich gold history and the sheer thrills of Jet boating on the Shotover river. More »

Activity ideas: 4WD and Shotover Jet Boat
4WD and Shotover Jet Boat

The action filled 3 hour trip features the full Shotover Jet experience - World famous as the ultimate jet boat experience. Take a unique breath-taking ride through dramatic and narrow canyons, and hold on tight for Queenstown’s only exhilarating full 360 degree spins. Billed as ‘The World’s Most Exciting Jet Boat Ride’ and the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular River Canyons. Next you climb on board for a custom Nomad Safaris 4WD off road tour. Experience a personalised adventure tour in the New Zealand backcountry with Nomad Safaris in their specialised 4x4 vehicles. One of New Zealand’s most established and awarded tour operators with over 20 years’ experience. More »

Activity ideas: Alpine Safari, jet boating, 4WD farm tour and TranzAlpine scenic train
Alpine Safari, jet boating, 4WD farm tour and TranzAlpine scenic train

This tour has it all! Four types of transport, three unique adventures, a two course café lunch, and one entertaining Kiwi tour guide. All together this equals the ultimate Alpine experience! Your day begins with a scenic tour over the Canterbury Plains to the Waimakariri Gorge for a jetboat ride and 4-wheel-drive adventure across Mt Torlesse Station before lunch and your return to Christchurch on the world-famous TranzAlpine train. More »

Activity ideas: Jet boat and Floatplane tour
Jet boat and Floatplane tour

A scenic floatplane ride, a visit to Orakei Korako Thermal Valley and a Jet boat trip with New Zealand Riverjet. Makes this one of the most exciting activity combinations available. Take off from Taupo lakefront and fly over the volcanic region on your way to Orakei Korako Thermal Valley with mud pools, steaming cliffs, hot pools, silica terraces and the amazing Aladdin’s Cave. Then the thrilling return trip on the Jet Boat down the mighty Waikato River, through the Tutukau Gorge, rural farmland and pine forests experiencing the handling ability of the Hamilton Jet Boat and its famous 360 spins. You then board the Float Plane for your return trip back to Taupo Lake Front. More »

Activity ideas: Glenstrae Farm 4WD Adventures
Glenstrae Farm 4WD Adventures

Exciting 4WD bike experience and guided ATV tours through beautiful, hill-country farmland, with native bush & songbirds. Tracks and quad bikes well maintained, no experience required, full tuition given and guaranteed memorable views of the Kaikoura coastline rugged reefs, beaches and even seals! More »

Activity ideas: High Country Overnight Horse Trek
High Country Overnight Horse Trek

Step back in time and explore the magnificent South Island high country on horseback.  You’ll cross alpine rivers, ride over mountain ranges and through untouched forests.  Each evening experience a different piece of history as you stay in old Musterers huts and station cottages.  Along the way your guide will share their knowledge of the history of gold mining and high country farming in the area. You’ll travel light as all your personal gear is transported between huts by 4WD vehicle, allowing you freedom to ride and in the evening you’ll enjoy the delicious meal prepared by your host. More »

Activity ideas: Nomad Safaris Wakatipu Tour and Dart River Jet Safari Combo
Nomad Safaris Wakatipu Tour and Dart River Jet Safari Combo

This morning you’ll be collected from your Queenstown accommodation and driven on a scenic journey to Glenorchy.  From there you travel by jet boat deep into Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area, skimming along the aqua waters of the Dart River past primeval forests and snow-capped mountains, following the route early Maori navigated to find the highly valued Greenstone which they traded with the North Island tribes. In the afternoon you’ll then follow in the footsteps of the European pioneers on their quest for gold in Skippers Canyon, Arrowtown and other remarkable locations in the Wakatipu Basin. During you journey you’ll take in magical vistas used to depict Middle Earth in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbiton movies, learn about the flora and fauna from your friendly guide and try your luck at gold panning. More »

Activity ideas: Molesworth Station Express Tour
Molesworth Station Express Tour

Molesworth Station is New Zealand’s largest high country station, covering almost half a million acres (185,000 hectares).  From October to May you can enjoy exclusive entry to parts of this unique and remote region where the topography varies from River Valleys to towering Mountains. During this full day tour into the beautiful Marlborough rural back country you’ll discover the fabulous unspoilt scenery, see towering mountains and rolling farmland, hear about the rich farming history, and stories of another generation, visit the original Molesworth cob cottage where the first pioneer sheep farmers lived, visit a modern shearing shed for smoko, with home cooked treats. The tour includes a picnic lunch and award winning coffee and travel in comfortable air conditioned 4WD mini coaches. From December on, there also is new life being introduced to the station with new born calves with their proud mothers scattered throughout the station.  More »

Activity ideas: Ahipara Adventure
Ahipara Adventure

Ahipara Adventure Centre offers an extensive range of adventure-oriented hire equipment suitable for all ages, interests and levels of adventurous spirit. Quad bikes, blokarts, surfboards, mountain bikes, sand toboggans, boogie boards and wetsuits are all for hire and lessons are provided when required. More »

Activity ideas: Skippers Canyon Discovery Tour
Skippers Canyon Discovery Tour

Take the narrow road through the rugged historic landscape of Skippers Canyon, a road carved from rock cliffs and terraces. The Shotover River was one of the richest gold bearing rivers in the world, now only gold mining relics remain to tell the stories of hardship experienced in this unique environment. Visit the Mount Aurum homestead and restored Skippers school. Step back into a bygone era as you view historic buildings, hear the amazing stories, feel and appreciate the encounters of men driven by riches. Your local kiwi guides will provide you with a wealth of knowledge about Skippers Canyon and the small group size makes this the perfect tour for those wanting a personalised experience.  Travel in luxury in a late model 4WD.  Tours depart 8.30am or 1.30pm and take approximately 4 hours. More »

Activity ideas: Skippers Canyon Photography Tour
Skippers Canyon Photography Tour

Queenstown Photography Tours will show you why Queenstown, New Zealand offers some of the best scenery in the country, if not the world. Photographers travel from around the globe to photograph this amazing place. Travel in the safety and comfort of our Toyota Hilux 4WD's, so no matter where you want to get that jaw dropping image from, your guide will get you there! More »

Activity ideas: Tua Tua Quad Bike Tours
Tua Tua Quad Bike Tours

The adventure of a lifetime with you in control.  Tuatua’s ATV quad bike tours take you through the ‘wild wild west’ of the Far North.  The rides are guided so you can visit places most locals don’t know about.  This is an untouched land waiting for your discovery.  The tour takes you into the Gumfields to check out an original gum digger’s hut and spectacular views of both coasts of New Zealand.  Then into the sand dunes – ride the ‘Indianapolis Bowl’ if you dare.  Check out archaeological sites and Tanutanu Beach.  Ride around the ‘reef’ and into Shipwreck Bay. Before you start, your guide will assess your ability and provide some basic riding skills.  Even if you’ve never been on a bike before, you’ll know what you’re doing. More »

Activity ideas: Petuna Farm River Ride Horse Trek
Petuna Farm River Ride Horse Trek

Petuna Farm near Martinborough offers amazing horse trekking opportunities including the River Ride.  Meander through the crystal clear Ruakok River and stop for a well deserved river-side break during this two hour horse trek. More »

Activity ideas: Cardrona Horse Trekking
Cardrona Horse Trekking

Come and experience the thrill of horse trekking on beautiful Appaloosas in the stunning Cardrona Valley, near Wanaka.  Your 2 hour trek takes you through this historic gold mining valley and high country farm plateaus with the towering mountains as your backdrop.   Back in the late 1800s the area was home to thousands of gold miners and even now the ruins of their accommodation and mine workings abound.  As Backcountry Saddles is a family operation children are well catered for.  Debbie your guide will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all. The western saddles used offer comfort and security, especially for children or beginner riders. It is a saddle designed to be sat in for long periods of time. The horn on the front of the saddle (although built for an entirely different purpose) is great to either balance on or hold when the terrain gets challenging or you’re moving into a faster pace.  Backcountry Saddles supplies helmets and if required, wet weather gear. More »

Activity ideas: Thunder Jet
Thunder Jet

The Thunder Jet will take you on a 1 hour adventure down the world famous Kawarau River, delivering a jet experience with individuality, flair and impact. The highly skilled driver will include some on-water thrills (360 degree spins) and their own personalised commentary. Leave with a renewed sense of energy and knowing you’ve enjoyed a true kiwi experience, a must do activity on your Queenstown agenda. More »

Activity ideas: River Journeys Jet Boat, Walk and Helicopter Adventure
River Journeys Jet Boat, Walk and Helicopter Adventure

The Matukituki River is one of New Zealand's great jet boating rivers. Powerful and braided, the Matukituki flows from the glaciers and mountains of the Mount Aspiring National Park, part of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage area.  On boarding your jet boat you’ll travel past Lord of The Rings film locations beneath stunning views of Mount Aspiring and Glaciers. During several photo stops on the river, learn from your guide how this amazing landscape was carved by ice and the Maori heritage in the area. Deep in the national park you’ll leave the jet boat and be met by your helicopter.  You’ll take off for Avalanche Glacier, along the way enjoying a bird’s eye view of hanging valleys, spectacular mountains and glacier fed waterfalls.  Your helicopter will also land on high altitude snow for some stunning photos before returning to the river.  Here you’ll join a 50 minute wilderness walk into native beech forest, beneath the towering mountains and waterfalls of the Matukituki Valley. This is a great introduction to the New Zealand wilderness while walking easy terrain suitable for people of all ages. More »

Activity ideas: Kjet Jet Boat Ride
Kjet Jet Boat Ride

KJet offer a great range of Jet Boat tours in and around Lake Rotorua. More »

Activity ideas: Haast River Jet Boat Safari
Haast River Jet Boat Safari

A 90 minute return trip showcases unique characteristics within the ancient glacier formed Haast River Valley, while the safari boat design ensures your warmth and comfort.

In complete contrast to many jet boating activities focusing on speed and exhilaration, this is a leisurely, scenic and informative trip where jet boat design is utilised as New Zealand inventor Bill Hamilton originally intended - to explore the back country. More »

Activity ideas: Kiwi 360
Kiwi 360

A unique celebration of the Kwifruit, this Te Puke attraction is all about the furry brown 'Chinese Gooseberry'. Complete with lush kiwifruit orchards, a cafe and shop - Kiwi360 is a great day out for the whole family. Climb aboard the Kiwikart to tour the Horticultural Theme Park, and hear about the growing process and the phenomena of this fruit. Relax in the cafe, and end your trip by climbing to the top of the giant kiwi! More »

Activity ideas: The Thrill Seeker Adventure Combo
The Thrill Seeker Adventure Combo

Oxbow The Adventure Company is located in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, and is proud to exist as a passionate provider of one hundred percent super-charged, pure Kiwi fun - all set in a private paradise. During the Thrill Seeker combo you will take a ride in the Ultimate Off Roader, the Jet Sprint Boat and shoot some targets at the Oxbow Gun Club. More »

Activity ideas: Wild West U-Drive 4 x 4 tours
Wild West U-Drive 4 x 4 tours

U-Drive 4x4. Choose your trail - relaxed or full on nail biter. Drive through tunnels, down canyons & rivers, see glow-worms & rainforest. Your guide can drive for you when you wish. A thrilling 4x4 adventure with a Glow-worm Cave, drive-thru tunnels, gold & gemstone hunting & a short guided rainforest walk with a swing bridge. Drive yourself to the limit, (or we will drive for you), on one of the West Coast's stage coach trails, over Mountain Passes, rainforests, across rivers and thru tunnels cut by 1860's goldminers. More »

Activity ideas: Johnnys Journey - 4WD Tour
Johnnys Journey - 4WD Tour

Outwest Tours is the only company with access to the privately-owned Awakari Valley. You will meet local legend Johnny Currie, the owner of the property, observe the wild red deer, the pancake rock formations, see the ancient Maori cave and much more. Make sure you have your camera! More »

Activity ideas: Glen Affric Working Farm Tour
Glen Affric Working Farm Tour

Experience an authentic working New Zealand sheep and beef farm in the heart of rural Southland.  You’ll receive a warm welcome to Glen Affric Station by the Heslip family before beginning your tour of this authentic working farm.  Your tour will include whatever the farmers are doing that day, which varies depending on the time of year and could range from sheep shearing to making hay.  After your busy morning out on the farm you’ll enjoy a hearty lunch a10nd good company.  More »

Activity ideas: The Blast Adventure Combo
The Blast Adventure Combo

Oxbow The Adventure Company is located in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, and is proud to exist as a passionate provider of one hundred percent super-charged, pure Kiwi fun - all set in a private paradise. During The Blast combo you will take a ride in the River Jet Boat, the Ultimate Off Roader and shoot some targets at the Oxbow Gun Club. More »

Activity ideas: NZ Horse Treks -  McConnochies Creek Trek
NZ Horse Treks - McConnochies Creek Trek

A trek with a view! Climb high over the Moonlight Valley passing historical Gold Mining sites ( try to spot the old stone cottages among the landscape) Like going back in time to when the main mode of transport was on horseback.  Multiple river crossings on the way back down the canyon with ample opportunity to go for a canter. Due to the high mountain pass this trek is only suitable for intermediate to advanced riders. This trek will leave you with a lasting impression.

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Activity ideas: Glacier Hot Pools
Glacier Hot Pools

Nestled within the lush rainforest surrounds, the Glacier Hot Pools is a haven of tranquility. Unwind in one of the three main pools or relax in a secluded private oasis. Temperatures range from 36 to 40 degrees and the water comes directly from a glacial stream. Wash off the day and rejuvenate in this unique forest paradise. More »

Activity ideas: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

This thermal area around 30 kilometres south of Rotorua has many walking tracks to take you through this strange landscape. Bubbling mud pools, simmering waters rising from the depths and colourful sulphurous pools make this a fascinating insight into the geothermal activity that goes on below Rotorua's surface. Lady Knox Geyser can be seen erupting at 10:15am daily, shooting water up to 10 metres into the air.

There are 3 well signposted walking tracks and an informative brochure tells you about each feature. A gift shop and cafe are also on site.

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Activity ideas: Big Sky Stargazing
Big Sky Stargazing

Mount Cook is far from the city lights and therefore has some of the darkest skies in New Zealand - perfect for viewing the night sky! The new Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, including Aoraki Mt Cook village, is only the 4th reserve in the world and the 2nd in the Southern Hemisphere. The biggest of the reserves, it is also a "gold-rated" reserve, meaning the darkness of our night skies is almost unbeatable! Begin with an introduction and orientation in the comfort of our Theatre Planetarium using a special live Digital Sky presentation highlighting unique features in our southern sky. The informative astronomy guides then take you on a short drive (transport provided) to our outdoor stargazing site.  Use state-of-the-art telescopes, high powered binoculars and the naked eye to put your newly acquired knowledge into practice, identifying and exploring different elements of the spectacular southern sky. More »

Activity ideas: Lost World Caving tour
Lost World Caving tour

Abseil 100m into a spectacular world of prehistoric forest, glow-worms, rivers, flowstone formations and massive caverns. Explore the depths before ascending a gigantic ladder through the craggy upper levels of the 'Spider Hole'. Nothing short of sensational, this underground adventure is 4 hours in length. More »

Activity ideas: Polynesian Spa
Polynesian Spa

Rotorua's Polynesian Spa offers a unique thermal spa experience on the shore of Lake Rotorua. You can relax in a wonderful array of hot mineral spring pools, indulge in sumptuous spa therapies and all the time enjoying superb lake views. Voted a World Top Ten Spa (medical and thermal spas) by readers of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveller magazine 2004-2007, this is a "must do" activity when in Rotorua.

Hot Mineral Bathing - 26 hot mineral spring pools are offered in four areas - you simply choose an area to suit individual requirements: deluxe, adult, private or family pools. There is also one large freshwater chlorinated family pool. More »

Activity ideas: Driving Creek Railway & Potteries
Driving Creek Railway & Potteries

Driving Creek Railway and Potteries has become a Coromandel icon. The dream of Barry Brickell was to establish a pottery workshop on his land. Using a railway he would have access to the clay on the land and the pine kiln fuel.

Over the next 15 years the railway developed until in 1990 it was finally licensed to carry fare paying passengers and ever since thousands of visitors have made the trip to Coromandel to experience this unique attraction. More »

Activity ideas: Craters of the Moon Geothermal Walk
Craters of the Moon Geothermal Walk

Located a few minutes north of Taupo this geothermal park known as Craters of the Moon has a great self guided 30 minute walk through steaming craters and bubbling mud pools. Well marked walkways with interpretive boards guide you through one of the regions many active volcanic parks.

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Activity ideas: Taieri Gorge Railway
Taieri Gorge Railway

The Taieri Gorge train is Dunedin's prestige tourist train operating from the historic Railway Station. The trip takes you on a journey through the rugged and spectacular Taieri River Gorge, across wrought iron viaducts and through tunnels carved by hand more than 100 years ago. With full commentary, photographic stops, comfortable heating in winter and on board refreshments the train offers year round, all-weather entertainment. More »

Activity ideas: Earth & Sky Mt John Night Observatory Tour
Earth & Sky Mt John Night Observatory Tour

Earth and Sky Stargazing tours depart nightly from the office in the Lake Tekapo township. Travel to the observatory high above the village where you will explore features of the majestic Southern Sky. Earth and Sky provide the equipment and the guidance, all you need to bring are keen eyes, warm clothes and a desire to see, learn, and experience.

Navigating your way through the Southern Sky using various telescopes and the naked eye, you will see amazing sights such as our own Milky Way Galaxy, the Southern Cross, Alpha-Centauri - our closest neighbouring star at only 4.3 light years away, and Sirius - the brightest star in our sky. More »

Activity ideas: Orakei Korako Hidden Valley
Orakei Korako Hidden Valley

Orakei Korako is situated on the Waikato River at Lake Ohakuri, which is a Hydro-Electric power plant. The name Orakei Korako can be interpreted as “Place of Adorning”. Maori women used the pool to bath and beautify themselves for ceremonies. More »

Activity ideas: Hells Gate Geothermal Park
Hells Gate Geothermal Park

Hells Gate geothermal attraction is Rotorua's most active geothermal park and features boiling hot pools and erupting waters with temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Celsius.  You will also see hot water lakes and sulphur crystals, New Zealand's largest active mud volcano, land coral and the Southern Hemisphere's largest hot water fall. See, feel and understand the awe of Irish Playwright, George Bernard Shaw as he gazed upon the land and gave it the English name "Hellsgate" as he believed he had arrived at the gates to Hell. You can follow the footsteps of warriors old, through the swirling clouds of steam, past the pool where the Maori Princess "Hurutini" lost her life for her people; and on to the "Kakahi Hot Water Fall, where warriors would return after battle to remove the "Tapu" of war and heal their wounds. Hells Gate is also home to a unique spa experience – once which Maori have been bathing in for more than 700 years. Hellsgate Spa features the geothermal mud baths that replicate the historic mud baths of years ago and still uses the silky smooth grey geothermal grey mud from the geothermal park and the sulphur spas using water from 'Hurutini" pool. This historic spa experience is unique in the world and will leave your skin clean and soft to touch for up to 6 weeks due to the amazing properties of the geothermal mud and sulphur water.  You will enjoy entry to Hells Gate Geothermal Park to explore this natural phenomenon including the interactive carving area.  To finish you can relax in a restorative mud bath followed by a sulphur spa. More »

Activity ideas: Waimangu Volcanic Valley Walk and Boat Cruise Combo
Waimangu Volcanic Valley Walk and Boat Cruise Combo

Take an eco-focused nature walk or hike through beautiful Waimangu Volcanic Valley thermal park, followed by a relaxing boat cruise on Lake Rotomahana, exploring its geothermal system. This combined walk and boat cruise is a wonderful and relaxing journey through the world's youngest geothermal area. Sit back and relax on your boat cruise. Your skipper will highlight points of interest and the history of this iconic Rotorua geothermal attraction. Following your cruise, you will be transported back to the beginning of the walk by bus. More »

Activity ideas: Hanmer Springs Thermals Pools Admission
Hanmer Springs Thermals Pools Admission

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa is set in the charming alpine village of Hanmer Springs and offers 15 thermal pools of various temperatures, so there’s a perfect pool for everyone. For families there is a large family activity pool where the kids can burn off excess energy. Set amongst alpine scenery the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pool is great fun and the ideal way to enjoy a day in Hanmer Springs. More »

Activity ideas: Underworld Adventures - black water rafting
Underworld Adventures - black water rafting

A superb 4 hour Black Water Rafting adventure in the Paparoa National Park. You meander through a paradise of stalactites and stalagmites in the upper dry levels of the cave.  You then enter a slow moving underground river on which you float in your tube using only the natural light of an awe inspiring display of glow worms for navigation. You emerge from the cave into a remote and untouched world before leaving its tranquility for the rushing bubbling waters of the low grade Nile River Rapids. More »

Activity ideas: Black Water Rafting
Black Water Rafting

Black Abyss is an exhilarating caving experience blending the magic of abseiling, climbing and floating through a unique underground river system. Slip spider-like down into the black, seemingly bottomless depths of Ruakuri Cave and ride a roller coaster of everything caving has to offer.Abseil into the awesome limestone tomo to experience the adrenaline rush as you clamber and slide through squeezes, zip into the black water filled abyss and scramble up waterfalls in your pursuit of daylight. Inside the cave naturally occurring decorations such as stalactites and stalagmites will amaze while the resident glowworms promise to provide a spectacular visual exhibition as you traverse through the subterraneous playground. More »

Activity ideas: Tekapo Springs Hot Pools
Tekapo Springs Hot Pools

Tekapo Springs offers three adjoining main Hot Pools for you to sit back, relax and enjoy yourself while looking out to the beautiful Two Thumb range and stunning Lake Tekapo. Pool temperatures range from forty degrees celsius to thirty-six degrees celsius and each pool offers something different - massage jets to assist in taking away any aches and pains and fountains to splash under.  More »

Activity ideas: Waimangu Volcanic Valley Walk
Waimangu Volcanic Valley Walk

In 1886, Mount Tarawera in Rotorua erupted, and destroyed the surrounding area. The eruption opened the earth along a 17km rift, splitting Mount Tarawera in two, exploding Lake Rotomahana to 20 times its original size, and forming the seven craters that today make up the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Within 15 years of the Eruption, the hot springs of the Waimangu Geothermal System were established within the newly formed craters, making this the world's newest geothermal eco-system. Plant life returned to the devastated land 30 years after the 1886 eruption. Today Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Lake Rotomahana are wholly protected as a Scenic Reserve and Wildlife Refuge. Here you can enjoy a range of easy walking to advanced hiking.  As an optional extra you can also take a boat cruise on Lake Rotomahana. More »

Activity ideas: Polynesian Spa Mud Polish & Aix Spa Massage
Polynesian Spa Mud Polish & Aix Spa Massage

Rotorua's Polynesian Spa offers a unique thermal spa experience on the shore of Lake Rotorua. Voted a World Top Ten Spa (medical and thermal spas) by readers of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveller magazine 2004-2007, this is the ultimate in relaxation and regeneration. Begin your spa treatment with a pre-therapy soak in the deluxe lake spa. Enjoy tranquil bathing and lake views in four shallow alkaline rock pools, each with different temperatures (36˚C to 42˚C). Here you are surrounded by revitalising native New Zealand flora, natural rocks, the sound of two waterfalls and a grotto. The pools are filled with soothing alkaline mineral water leaving your skin soft and supple.  You will then be treated to the popular 'mud massage' a signature service of Polynesian Spa. Your therapist will exfoliate your body with the unique Rotorua mud polish to remove dry skin. You'll then rinse off the polish under a warm shower followed by a massage using organic coconut oil while the water is running, leaving your skin feeling soft and hydrated and your body relaxed.  You can then return to the deluxe lake spa for a post treatment soak.

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Activity ideas: Onsen Hot Pools Queenstown
Onsen Hot Pools Queenstown

Onsen Hot Pools is located high on a cliffside overlooking the magnificent Shotover River canyon, providing views over breathtaking alpine scenery and the perfect vantage point to watch the Shotover Jet jetboats on the river below. The experience is all about unwinding and soaking-up Queenstown's spectacular scenery, enjoying the pure waters and the fresh mountain air as your mind and body surrenders to the deep penetrating warmth and gentle massage of the private pools. At the touch of a button you can have complete privacy. Water temperature is set according to the day - generally between 37.8C on a hot day, to 39.8C during a snow-storm. If you have a temperature preference, tell us when you book and your pool will be just right when you arrive! If you find yourself overheating, add cold water to your pool with the push of a button. Alternatively, in the summer we keep one of our pools cold for those who relish the thought of a cold plunge! More »

Activity ideas: Lost World Epic tour
Lost World Epic tour

This is Waitomo's Ultimate Adventure. Abseil 100m into the surreal Lost World. Descend slowly bouncing and turning as the mist filtered light gives unreal qualities to the strange plants and formations. The abseil into the Lost World is at least twice the height of any other cave at Waitomo and the beauty of this iconic cavern is unsurpassed.  The descent takes about 30 minutes. Then after lunch take the wet way out! In probably the strangest setting you have ever eaten, you’ll head upstream, walking, swimming and climbing through cathedral-size vaults. You’ll see waterfalls, ancient whalebones and oyster fossils as well as the magnificent glowworms. Emerge several hours later and enjoy a hot shower & well-earned dinner BBQ meal near the cave before heading back to Waitomo. Includes all drinks and meals. More »

Activity ideas: Gondola, Stargazing and Buffet Dinner
Gondola, Stargazing and Buffet Dinner

Overlooking Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu from 450 metres up is the Skyline complex. A breathtaking gondola ride makes the steady climb from the town and delivers you to the viewing decks and restaurant. Enjoy dining at the Skyline Restaurant, one of Queenstown’s highlights and a perfect place to celebrate with family and friends! The buffet menu offers a wide variety of New Zealand's best cuisine.

From here you are taken to a specially-constructed area high above the Gondola, where there is no trespassing light, allowing for an unbelievably clear view of the night sky, enhanced by Queenstown's naturally clear and unpolluted skies.  Perched high above Queenstown, and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, keen stargazers have the opportunity to access a 'hidden world' not seen by the naked eye, and impossible to see in many other locations around the world.  Top-of-the line telescopes give stargazers the chance to view an amazing array of stunning sights, from the iconic Southern Cross, to nebulas, planets, the Milky Way and other galaxies. More »

Activity ideas: Wairakei Terraces Walkway and Thermal Pools
Wairakei Terraces Walkway and Thermal Pools

Journey into the mysterious world of the Wairakei Terraces, described by early explorers as a natural phenomenon unlikely to be found anywhere else.  You’ll wander past the Terraces along the geothermal and Maori cultural walkway where you will discover intricate carvings that depict the history of New Zealand Maori and in particular the local tribe Ngati Tuwharetoa.  Observe the geyser as it expels boiling water heated at the Earth’s core, this silica rich water flows away into the startling blue pools and cascades over the terraces contributing to their spectacular form.  After your walk you’ll have time to relax in the therapeutic waters of the Wairakei Thermal Pools and soak up the unique atmosphere.  More »

Activity ideas: Private Pool - Glacier Hot Pools
Private Pool - Glacier Hot Pools

Nestled in lush rainforest, the Glacier Hot Pools is a haven of natural tranquility and the perfect way for visitors to unwind and experience a blissful state of pure relaxation after travelling along the coast or enjoying one of its many attractions. Your Private Pool will be surrounded by majestic rainforest and offer total seclusion, naturally. This experience includes private changing facilities with towels and complimentary entry into the Main Pools. The fresh glacier water for the Private Pools is re-filtered after every use. More »

Activity ideas: The Black Labyrinth Subterranean Adventure
The Black Labyrinth Subterranean Adventure

The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company has been guiding adventurous visitors through Ruakuri Cave since 1987.  They’ve found the very best underground location for their unique style of adventure which will see you black water tubing, clambering, jumping and serenely floating through the subterranean waterways of Ruakuri Cave. Over three hours you'll take leaps of faith over cascading waterfalls, gaze up at limestone ceilings awash with glowworms and lazily float through the dark Ruakuri river.  At the end of your caving adventure you’ll emerge into the daylight of the Waitomo forest. More »

Activity ideas: Waitomo Adventures Tumu Tumu Toobing
Waitomo Adventures Tumu Tumu Toobing

Tumu Tumu Toobing combines the very best bits of blackwater rafting with swimming, climbing, walking and of course tubing all through the amazing underground caverns of TumuTumu Cave.   You’ll have heaps of fun and see awesome cave formations as well as some of New Zealand’s fascinating glowworms. More »

Activity ideas: Tekapo Springs Hot Pools & Trippo Waterslide
Tekapo Springs Hot Pools & Trippo Waterslide

Tekapo Springs offers three adjoining main Hot Pools for you to sit back, relax and enjoy yourself while looking out to the beautiful Two Thumb range and stunning Lake Tekapo. Pool temperatures range from forty degrees celsius to thirty-six degrees celsius and each pool offers something different - massage jets to assist in taking away any aches and pains and fountains to splash under.  For an adrenalin rush you can also experience the only Trippo Water Slide outside of the United States.  This oversized inflatable water slide, with three slide chutes, is 11 metres high and 53 metres long. More »

Activity ideas: Hells Gate Mud Bath and Sulphur Spa
Hells Gate Mud Bath and Sulphur Spa

Hells Gate geothermal attraction is Rotorua's most active geothermal park and features boiling hot pools and erupting waters with temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Celsius.  You will also see hot water lakes and sulphur crystals, New Zealand's largest active mud volcano, land coral and the Southern Hemisphere's largest hot water fall. See, feel and understand the awe of Irish Playwright, George Bernard Shaw as he gazed upon the land and gave it the English name "Hellsgate" as he believed he had arrived at the gates to Hell.

Hells Gate is also home to a unique spa experience – once which Maori have been bathing in for more than 700 years. Hellsgate Spa features the geothermal mud baths that replicate the historic mud baths of years ago and still uses the silky smooth grey geothermal grey mud from the geothermal park and the sulphur spas using water from 'Hurutini" pool. This historic spa experience is unique in the world and will leave your skin clean and soft to touch for up to 6 weeks due to the amazing properties of the geothermal mud and sulphur water. More »

Activity ideas: Onsen Hot Pools Experience with Lanterns - Evening Session
Onsen Hot Pools Experience with Lanterns - Evening Session

Enjoy the most memorable experience in Queenstown and surround youself with a sky of stars and 14 Japanese lanterns as you soak up the warm waters of the Onsen Hot Pools. Nestled high into a cliff-side overlooking the magnificent Shotover River canyon, relax and breathe in the fresh mountain air as your mind and body surrender to the deep, penetrating warm and gentle massage of the private pools. More »

Activity ideas: Huka Prawn Park Lunch Combo
Huka Prawn Park Lunch Combo

On the banks of the beautiful Waikato River, just minutes from Taupo town centre, you will find the iconic and unique family playground, of Huka Prawn Park. With acres of land dedicated to the production of New Zealand fresh water prawns, and pure family fun, Huka Prawn Park offers a day of fun and excitement for all ages. More »

Activity ideas: Harrisons Cape Runner - Cape Reinga tour
Harrisons Cape Runner - Cape Reinga tour

Harrison’s Cape Runner is an exciting & informative informal tour with personal service and is locally owned & operated. Our purpose built coaches range in size from 12-45 seats. Our coaches are modern, comfortable and air conditioned. Our local Coach Captains (Guides) are courteous informative and cheerful, and are the best in the business, receiving fan mail from all around the world! This is a full-day comprehensive tour with many stops including Aupouri Forest, Ninety Mile Beach, Te Paki Stream & Sand Dunes, Cape Reinga, Tapotupotu Bay, Rarawa Beach, Te Kao, Houhora Heads and The Ancient Kauri Kingdom More »

Activity ideas: Haggas Honking Holes
Haggas Honking Holes

This is Waitomo’s most concentrated Action Adventure. Feel like Indiana Jones in a washing machine. Do a series of abseils, rock climbs, crawling and cruising as you explore this fabulous cave. Haggas Honking Holes is very exciting fast moving action. It’s an adventure that crams lots of action into only 4 hours. See unique formations and glowworms close up.  Participants should be fit and brave but no prior experience is required. Full training & equipment is supplied. Allow 4 hours for this trip, including 2 hours underground.  Enjoy a hot shower before heading back to Waitomo. More »

Activity ideas: The Seasider
The Seasider

Run by the Taieri Gorge Railway, The Seasider train is Dunedin's scenic coastal tourist train operating from the historic Railway Station in Dunedin New Zealand. Departing selected Tuesdays and Saturdays, it takes you on a coastal journey from Dunedin to Palmerston and return. The seasider travels high on the cliffs of coastal Otago giving you stunning views of the sea and is one of the "must do" train trips in New Zealand. Take in picturesque West Harbout suburbs, Otago Harbour rail causeway, Mihiwaka Tunnel and spectacular cliff-top coastal scenery before reaching Palmerston, a busy highway town. Visit the museum, famous pie shop, cafes and shops. More »

Activity ideas: Hot Pools, Ice Skating & Snow Tubing Combo
Hot Pools, Ice Skating & Snow Tubing Combo

The ultimate winter experience, ice skating, hot pools and the snow tubing park. Tekapo Springs offers three adjoining main Hot Pools for you to sit back, relax and enjoy yourself while looking out to the beautiful Two Thumb range and stunning Lake Tekapo. Pool temperatures range from forty degrees celsius to thirty-six degrees celsius and each pool offers something different - massage jets to assist in taking away any aches and pains and fountains to splash under.  Also included is ice skating at Tekapo Springs scenic outdoor skating rink. The outdoor rink is full sized and operates over winter. Skate hire is included and helmets are provided free of charge for those less experienced skaters. For an adrenalin pumping ride, you'll also get an hour of snow tubing.  Snow tubing involves you, a tube, and a 150 metre downhill snow slope. Put these together and you get great fun for all ages and a must do for any trip to Tekapo Springs. The magic carpet will take you from the bottom of the park to the top in no time to do it all again! (Snow tubing available mid June to mid September) More »

Activity ideas: Glacier Hot Pools Massage
Glacier Hot Pools Massage

Secluded within the rainforest sits the Glacier Hot Pools massage facility. Relax and rejuvenate within the most natural setting. A highly skilled and professional Massage Therapist will create an experience specifically designed to suit your needs and requirements. All massage products are made from high quality, 100% natural, organic New Zealand beeswax. All massage services include a complimentary entry to the Main Pools and complimentary robe and towel. More »

Activity ideas: Tranz Alpine Scenic train
Tranz Alpine Scenic train

Considered one of the worlds great train journeys, the Tranz Alpine scenic train trip operates between Christchurch and Greynouth and vice versa. Crossing from the Tasman Sea through Arthur's Pass National Park to the Pacific Ocean. From your carriage enjoy views of the lush rain forest of the West Coast to the spectacular mountains of the Southern Alps. Travel through gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. More »

Activity ideas: The Northern Explorer Scenic Train
The Northern Explorer Scenic Train

The Northern Explorer is a journey through the heart of the North Island, travelling between Auckland -- New Zealand's largest city -- and Wellington - New Zealand's arts, culture and political capital. Travelling in specially designed carriages you'll enjoy wonderful views of magnificent North Island scenery. You'll travel through rugged gorges inaccessible to cars, see characteristic New Zealand farm land and experience world famous engineering wonders.
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Activity ideas: Eco Thermal Park - Geothermal Rotorua Tour
Eco Thermal Park - Geothermal Rotorua Tour

See it all, the ultimate volcanic and geothermal Rotorua Tour. Learn about the huge colourful hot springs, erupting geysers and active boiling mud pools, spectacular volcanoes and lush native forest. All on a fully guided 1/2 day tour in Rotorua. Departing daily  you'll travel through forestry and farmland to NZ’s largest boiling mud pool and a series of colourful hot springs at Wai-o-tapu. Then see the Lady Knox geyser erupt. Next a short drive to the Waimangu Volcanic valley where your guide will explain the Mt Tarawera eruption which blew open this spectacular, bush covered, geothermal park. More »

Activity ideas: Coastal Pacific Scenic Train
Coastal Pacific Scenic Train

Enjoy this scenic feast with the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of your train and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. Operating between Picton and Christchurch experience farmland, wineries, beaches, mountains and cities. Modern purpose built carriages ensure a great view and a commentary keeps you informed. More »

Activity ideas: Polynesian Spa Deluxe Package
Polynesian Spa Deluxe Package

Rotorua's Polynesian Spa offers a unique thermal spa experience on the shore of Lake Rotorua. Voted a World Top Ten Spa (medical and thermal spas) by readers of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveller magazine 2004-2007, this is the ultimate in relaxation and regeneration. Begin your spa treatment with a pre-therapy soak in the deluxe lake spa. Enjoy tranquil bathing and lake views in four shallow alkaline rock pools, each with different temperatures (36˚C to 42˚C). Here you are surrounded by revitalising native New Zealand flora, natural rocks, the sound of two waterfalls and a grotto. The pools are filled with soothing alkaline mineral water leaving your skin soft and supple.

You will then be treated to a 60 minute relaxation massage, followed by a 60 minute signature mud wrap. Relax with a full body polish exfoliation followed by a full body mud mask, while letting go completely with a scalp massage and a final moisturiser application. Finish your therapy in the relaxation room to continue unwinding in comfort with herbal teas. More »

Activity ideas: Tube Park - Tekapo Springs
Tube Park - Tekapo Springs

Grab your tube and head to the top of Tekapo Springs Tube Park for a fun activity the whole family will enjoy. Spend an hour sliding down the 150 metre high, snow-covered slope with friends and family, or head up the hill alone if you're feeling extra brave! More »

Activity ideas: TSS Earnslaw Gourmet BBQ Dinner Cruise
TSS Earnslaw Gourmet BBQ Dinner Cruise

Go back in time on this return trip to Walter Peak High Country Farm aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw steamship. On disembarking, you’ll be escorted through the beautiful lakeside gardens to the charming Colonel's Homestead. Here you’ll enjoy a Gourmet BBQ dinner which your chef will prepare in front of you. The seasonal menu includes an expansive array of local produce, including succulent meats cooked on the outdoor rotisserie and a selection of delicious vegetables and salads.

Finish your meal with an irresistible dessert, New Zealand cheeses and freshly brewed tea & coffee. After dinner, an entertaining and informative demonstration gives you a glimpse of life in the high country. On your cruise home, enjoy the camaraderie of a singalong with the ship’s pianist or breathe in the fresh night air  as you watch the lights of Queenstown draw nearer. More »

Activity ideas: Glacier Explorers Tasman Glacier Experience
Glacier Explorers Tasman Glacier Experience

Experience 500 year old icebergs up-close on the Mt Cook terminal lake. The Glacier Explorers tour is the only one of its kind in New Zealand - and one of only three in the world! Very few glaciers terminate into lakes and even fewer of them are accessible. See towering ice cliffs and floating icebergs from the safety of a specially designed boat.  These boats provide a safe way to view unseen and inaccessible areas of New Zealand's largest glacier - The Tasman. More »

Activity ideas: Whale Watch Kaikoura
Whale Watch Kaikoura

New Zealand's only marine based whale watching company, Whale Watch Kaikoura offer visitors a once-in-a-lifetime up close encounter with the giant sperm Whale. You are also likely to encounter New Zealand fur seals, dusky dolphins and albatross. Depending on the season you may also see pilot, blue and southern right whales as well as migrating humpbacks. Often orcas can be spotted here and the world's smallest dolphin, the Hectors, is sometimes seen.
 
You’ll be taken out in modern catamarans specifically designed for whale watching - featuring large passenger cabins and outside viewing decks. Passenger numbers for each tour are kept below the vessel carrying capacity to ensure your tour experience remains a personal one. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound Nature Cruise
Milford Sound Nature Cruise

 A two and a half hour nature cruise of spectacular Milford Sound. On board one of three purpose built vessels you'll experience tumbling waterfalls, towering peaks, lush rainforest and native wildlife. Learn about the region, its history and natural surroundings while enjoying a delicious picnic lunch. As you cruise, keep an eye out for dolphins, seals and penguins - frequent visitors to the fiord. More »

Activity ideas: Hole in the Rock Cruise
Hole in the Rock Cruise

Take in the bay’s serenity as you cruise the 144 islands dotting the natural harbour. See the world renowned Piercy Island ‘Hole in the Rock’ and marvel at the abundant marine life through the underwater cameras - custom built for dolphin and whale watching. Have lunch in Otehi Bay on Urupukapuka Island - with the option to explore - before catching your ride back to the mainland. More »

Activity ideas: West Coast and Rainforest guided walk
West Coast and Rainforest guided walk

Your full day excursion takes you first to the  Arataki Visitor Centre – gateway to the Waitakere Ranges and a short drive from Auckland Central. Enjoy panoramic views - extending from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean - as you absorb the area’s history and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings. Walk the regenerating rainforest where your experienced guide will detail local flora and fauna. Take in the giant tree ferns, bubbling streams and cascading waterfalls before venturing onto a wild west coast beach. Enjoy a picnic lunch before your eco-tour ends in an area of untamed original rainforest. Here, mature 1,000 year old kauri trees have developed separately from the rest of the world for millions of years and this part of the rainforest is particularly rich in bird life due to a successful programme to eradicate pests. More »

Activity ideas: Wildlife Cruise and Yellow Eyed Penguins Tour
Wildlife Cruise and Yellow Eyed Penguins Tour

A half day tour of the Otago Peninsula and its unique wildlife including a cruise through Dunedin Harbour. A unique environment, this tour includes a visit to The Penguin Place to view the rare and unique yellow eyed penguin. The tour also includes a scenic bus tour and the wading bird wetlands. More »

Activity ideas: Akaroa Harbour Nature cruise
Akaroa Harbour Nature cruise

A leisurely 2 hour cruise in the sheltered Akaroa Harbour. Cruising aboard a modern catamaran, the 60 feet / 20 meter Black Cat is perfect for viewing the natural wonders of the harbour. The vessel is the largest and most luxurious on the harbour. There's lots of space on the 2 decks for unimpeded viewing and inside you will find a bar and toilets. The vessel offers comfortable, safe and stable comfort.

The highlight of this trip is undoubtedly the sighting of one of the world's smallest and rarest dolphins, the Hector's or New Zealand Dolphin. These friendly and inquisitive mammals meet the boat most days throughout the year and their calves can be seen between October and March. More »

Activity ideas: Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Take in the tranquility of remote Doubtful Sound on this unique overnight wilderness cruise. Beginning in Manapouri with a short boat ride across the lake, you’ll be taken by coach over the Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove, Doubtful Sound.  

Board the Fiordland Navigator, a purpose-built vessel designed like a traditional coastal trading scow. Be accommodated in a private cabin with an ensuite bathroom or a quad-share bunk room with shared bathroom facilities. The Navigator has a large spacious deck for viewing the scenery and wildlife as well as a dining saloon, bar and observation lounge.

As you take in the stunning scenery of the Fiord, you’ll be provided a running commentary of the area and its history, points of interest and wildlife. You'll have the opportunity to see dolphins, fur seals and - if you’re lucky - rare Fiordland penguins. After anchoring in a sheltered cove, choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or stabicraft, or if you’re really brave - take a dip in the water. In the evening enjoy a three course buffet dinner prepared on board and served in the dining saloon. Enjoy beer and fine wines from the licensed bar, and spend time star gazing on the upper deck.

Following hearty cooked breakfast the next morning you will spend your remaining time exploring other parts of the fiord before returning to Deep Cove for the trip back to Manapouri. More »

Activity ideas: Otago Peninsula Wildlife tour and Larnach Castle
Otago Peninsula Wildlife tour and Larnach Castle

This premier package includes the full Otago Harbour and Taiaroa Head wildlife cruise, scenic Otago Peninsula bus tour, and guided tours of the Royal Albatross Colony, the Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve and a visit to wading bird habitats. Also includes either a tour of Larnach Castle, one of Dunedin’s great landmarks or a visit to the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre with its absorbing display of local sea life. More »

Activity ideas: Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary Night Tour
Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary Night Tour

Taking a night tour of Zealandia wildlife eco-sanctuary is an unforgettable experience and one that comes highly recommended. A conservation success and safe haven for some of New Zealand's rarest native animals, Zealandia is home to many remarkable species of birds, reptiles and insects living wild within a beautiful 225 hectare (one square mile) valley – just 10 minutes from the central city.

Your tour begins with an interactive exhibition before you walk through the gates of Zealandia predator-exclusion fence into the sanctuary. Your guide will then lead you on a torch-light walk through the native New Zealand bush. Possible sights include Kiwi foraging on the forest floor, tuatara hunting for food, glowworms shining, tiny Maud Island frogs in their enclosure, pateke (brown teal) ducks feeding at night and kaka (parrots) coming in to roost.

Zealandia is one of the best places to see kiwi in the wild. Over 100 of these nocturnal birds live freely in their natural environment inside the safety of the sanctuary valley – so your chances of seeing one is very good. More »

Activity ideas: Gannet Safaris
Gannet Safaris

Drive along the scenic coast from Napier to Te Awanga and join Gannet Safaris Overland and the world’s largest, most accessible gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers. Gannet Safaris has been guiding visitors over Cape Kidnappers for over 35 years and their safaris are the only way to be driven right to within a few feet of these remarkable birds. You will travel in comfort in air conditioned 4 x 4 wheeled vehicles, through Cape Kidnappers Station - traversing riverbeds, broad rolling pastures, through stands of native bush, steep gullies and breath-taking inclines. There is a stop on the way at a spectacular cliff top with panoramic views of Hawke Bay right across to Mahia peninsular. The 36km, three hour trip includes a commentary by your tour guide / driver on the farming operation on Cape Kidnappers Station and an introduction to the gannets. On arrival at the gannets you can stretch your legs and take in the scenery from your position at the brink of the cliffs edge - 100 metres above the ocean. Here your driver / guide will serve you refreshments whilst you enjoy watching the gannets perform around you. More »

Activity ideas: Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruise
Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruise

Explore the volcanic coastline with its many caves, blowholes and golden beaches all from the comfort and safety of an ex coastguard 28 ft cruiser. Departing from Whitianga Wharf journey past the towering Shakespeare's Cliffs and historic Cooks Beach. Visit Cathedral Cove and the islands in the marine reserve. There is also a chance to swim with the abundant fish in the reserve (on board snorkel gear provided - dont forget your swimsuit and towel). For those who prefer to stay dry an underwater camera relays images to an onboard TV. More »

Activity ideas: Abel Tasman National Park Cruise and Walk Open Day Pass
Abel Tasman National Park Cruise and Walk Open Day Pass

Abel Tasman Cruises combined with short bush walks are a great way to experience this beautiful national park. Join Abel Tasman Wilson's Experiences' boat at Kaiteriteri for your Abel Tasman National Park Cruise. The boat hugs the shore, travelling in close to the idyllic beaches. Your skipper provides a full commentary of the trip. Take you own lunch or pre - order a prepared lunch the night before. More »

Activity ideas: Swimming with the dolphins
Swimming with the dolphins

Akaroa Harbour formed as a result of an extinct volcanic crater being flooded by the Pacific Ocean. It's a beautiful place with sheer cliffs and the picturesque township of Akaroa at its heart. New Zealand's only native dolphin, Hectors dolphin, makes this sheltered harbour its home and its here you can take a 2 ½ tour to see and if you wish actually swim with these incredible creatures. Following a ½ hour briefing you depart on a 2 hour cruise of which around 1 hour is spent in the water with the dolphins. Black Cat Cruises has been operating since 1985 and their success rate at sighting dolphins is over 98%. Swimming with dolphins is not always possible either due to sea conditions, the dolphins' willingness to stay and play and other environmental reasons such as not swimming when there are babies around. They still manage to swim though on over 80% of their tours. All equipment is provided and all you need to bring along is your swimming costume and a towel. More »

Activity ideas: Fullers Auckland Harbour cruises
Fullers Auckland Harbour cruises

Today Cruise the sparkling waters of Aucklands Waitemata harbour. You’ll learn about the most well-known city landmarks, including a stopover on dormant volcano Rangitoto. You’ll see spectacular views of the Harbour Bridge, the city skyline and Devonport’s historic naval base as well as enjoying the Bean Rock Lighthouse with a complimentary hot drink and sandwich. Each tour includes a complimentary return ticket to Devonport, that can be used on a day and time convenient to you. More »

Activity ideas: Penguin Place
Penguin Place

Learn about the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguin when you visit Penguin Place, a private conservation reserve dedicated to ensuring the survival of this unique species. The project is entirely funded by guided tours which allows the conservation team to engage in habitat restoration, predator control, a research program and on-site rehabilitation care for the sick starving and wounded birds. More »

Activity ideas: Wilderness Experience Tour
Wilderness Experience Tour

Just 30 kilometres from central Auckland lies the city's largest regional park - the Waitakere Ranges. Leave behind the bustle of suburbia and step into the tranquility of its deserted beaches, lush rainforest and New Zealand native bush. More »

Activity ideas: The Cream Trip including lunch
The Cream Trip including lunch

Designed for nature lovers and those wanting to see all the highlights of the Bay in one day. This day trip is the most extensive historical cruise offered in the Bay of Islands.

Island deliveries – This cruise follows the path of the original 1927 'Cream Trip' and will take you on a journey back in time as you cruise past the secluded islands of the Bay, delivering essential supplies and mail to island residents. More »

Activity ideas: Dolphin Encounter
Dolphin Encounter

On this tour you will have the opportunity to experience dolphins in their natural habitat. Cruise the picturesque islands dotting the harbour as your crew keeps a lookout for dolphin pods. Once a pod has been spotted, If you’re lucky and Department of Conservation regulations allow, you may have the opportunity to swim with these inquisitive mammals. Swimming is optional, but you do need to be a confident swimmer. More »

Activity ideas: Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

The drive from Te Anau to Manapouri is just 30 minutes but allow at least one hour to include check in time for your cruise.

From Pearl Harbour, Manapouri, you cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri to West Arm and then travel by coach over Wilmot Pass through dense rainforest. There are opportunities along the way to examine the plant life and view the spectacular scenery. Once at Doubtful Sound you board the catamaran, Commander Peak, for a 3 hour cruise of beautiful Doubtful Sound to the Tasman Sea. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Mariner Overnight cruise
Milford Mariner Overnight cruise

The Milford Mariner offers you a very special dinner, bed and breakfast experience on Milford Sound. On board the Milford Mariner you will cruise the full length of this spectacular fiord to the Tasman Sea before anchoring for the night in sheltered Harrison Cove. Accompanied by a nature guide you can go exploring in the tender craft and kayaks or simply relax on deck. After the days activities you enjoy a delicious evening buffet in the spacious saloon before retiring to your private cabin.

The vessel itself was designed along the lines of a traditional New Zealand coastal trading scow to reflect Fiordland’s heritage. Departing from the Milford Wharf, the Milford Mariner cruises the length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea leisurely exploring on the way many points of interest, There is plenty of time to view the waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife and the experienced nature guide on board will be able to answer any questions you may have. After reaching the open sea, subject to weather and favourable conditions the sails are hoisted for a period. The vessel returns to the calm and shelter of Harrison Cove for your overnight stay. More »

Activity ideas: Twilight encounter
Twilight encounter

Experience the Waipoua Forest at night on this spectacular 4 hour tour. Learn about the rich birdlife and fauna that inhabit the forest, including the carnivorous kauri snail. You’ll also get to experience the deep spiritual respect the Maori people have for this place. Your Maori guide will brief you on the protocols for your visit and you once formal greetings have been made you will be allowed to meet the giant Tane Mahuta, or ‘Lord of the Forest’ - the oldest Kauri tree in the world. More »

Activity ideas: Swimming with the Dolphins
Swimming with the Dolphins

Experience a magical swimming encounter with dusky dolphins off the coast Kaikoura. You’ll be taken out in the catamaran and have the chance to swim in the water with these wild mammals in an completely natural environment. The dusky dolphin inhabits the waters around Kaikoura for most of the year - making it one of the only places in the world where dolphins can be encountered every day. More »

Activity ideas: Monarch Wildlife Cruise from Wellers Rock
Monarch Wildlife Cruise from Wellers Rock

An unforgettable experience viewing rare and fascinating wildlife. Board the Monarch Boat and take in the fascinating sight of the Northern Royal Albatross as it comes in to nest on spectacular cliffs of Taiaroa, Otago Peninsula. You’ll also see eight other species of birds including sooty shearwaters and petrels as well as sea lions and fur seals  - and if youre really lucky - dolphins and whales. More »

Activity ideas: Seal Swim Kaikoura
Seal Swim Kaikoura

As well as its whale population, Kaikoura is also famous for its resident seals. Established colonies can be found along the entire length of the Kaikoura Coastline and a large population can be found at the tip of the peninsular. Seal Swim Kaikoura is the original Seal Swim company offering an exciting and adventurous encounter with these curious animals. Part of a small group you are provided with warm wetsuits and guided on either a land based or boat based snorkelling tour. You are guided on this unique experience is guided by qualified operators who ensure you enjoy a safe environment and who ensure that the activity doesn’t interfere or disturb with the natural behaviour patterns of the seals. More »

Activity ideas: Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony Premium Evening Viewing
Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony Premium Evening Viewing

Oamaru's Blue Penguins nest close to town under the cliffs along the Historic Harbour foreshore. The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony is just beyond the Victorian Heritage Precinct and you are within walking distance of the town centre, close to shops, restaurants and accommodation. More »

Activity ideas: Tiritiri Matangi Island and guided walk
Tiritiri Matangi Island and guided walk

Situated in the middle of the Hauraki Gulf only a 75 minute ferry trip from Auckland is Tiritiri Matangi Island. One of the world’s most successful volunteer conservation projects, it has been re-vegetated with over 300,000 native trees as well as several different species of endangered birds and reptiles. Tiritiri Matangi meaning ‘tossed by wind’ is an open scientific reserve managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) in partnership with the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi. More »

Activity ideas: Dolphin Cruise to Hole in the Rock
Dolphin Cruise to Hole in the Rock

Take a glimpse into New Zealand's earliest European history as your luxury catamaran passes by the township of Russell (Kororareka) and many of the historic and culturally significant islands in the Bay, before heading out into open sea.

Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the stunning Motukokako Island, home of the majestic Hole in the Rock. As we venture into the dramatic Hole in the Rock (conditions permitting) – hold your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space and admire the rock walls which soar above you. Watch out for water drops if you’re seated on the top deck! Take in the Grand Cathedral Cave before heading back into the sheltered waters of the Bay. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins along the way. More »

Activity ideas: Zealandia - Karori Sanctuary
Zealandia - Karori Sanctuary

Welcome to the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary – a conservation success and safe haven for some of New Zealand’s rarest native animals. Remarkable species of birds, reptiles, insects and more are living wild within a beautiful 225ha (one square mile) valley – just 10 minutes from central Wellington.   Around 40 native and endemic species of birds can be found at Zealandia. Kākā – the playful forest parrots – have made an impressive comeback to the area and are lots of fun to watch at their supplementary feeder stations. Endangered hihi (stitchbird), tīeke (saddleback), kākāriki and kiwi are flourishing here and the pair of critically threatened takahē are often seen at the wetlands. Zealandia provides routes for everyone from wheelchair-users to all-day trampers. You can choose from various fascinating guided tours and feeding talks (all free with admission), or simply roam at your leisure to find the valley’s remarkable native wildlife living free.  The scenic café Rata, is a great place refreshments before or after your walk.  Zealandia is open every day except Christmas Day from 10am to 5pm, last entry is at 4pm.  You can catch the free shuttle from various Wellington locations including outside the i-SITE and Te Papa. More »

Activity ideas: Wings over Whales Kaikoura
Wings over Whales Kaikoura

In a typical 30 minute flight you will see the majestic Sperm Whale preparing for his next dive and up to 500 Dusky Dolphins cavorting with each other. On occasion sightings include Southern Right, Humpback, Fin, Sei, Brydes, Pilot, Southern Bottlenose and the mighty Blue Whales, and also Common, Hectors, Risso's and Southern Right Whale Dolphins and of course, Orca, although these are all less frequent visitors to the area.

You may also fly over the Kaikoura Peninsula and see evidence of Maori fortifications (Pa sites), New Zealand Fur Seals resting and the Kaikoura township itself. More »

Activity ideas: Maori Rock Carving Cruise
Maori Rock Carving Cruise

Sit back and relax in luxury bean bags on board the yacht Barbary as you enjoy a scenic sail across Lake Taupo to the 10-metre high Maori rock art, only accessible by boat. You’re guaranteed amazing photo opportunities as you experience one of life’s postcard moments on this Maori tour. Glide across a smooth lake as you soak up the warming sun or go for a swim before you enjoy free light refreshments at the rock carvings. If you’re looking for a little more activity you can help hoist the sails or take a turn at the wheel. Taupo’s Maori rock carvings may look like the remains of a 1,000-year-old Maori village, but these rock carvings were created in the late 70s by local artists lead by John Randall. More »

Activity ideas: Seal Coast Safari
Seal Coast Safari

Your guide for the day will introduce you to the other guests, check he has enough gourmet muffins to satisfy your hunger pangs, and set off, pointing the powerful Landcruiser in the direction of the ocean.  Within minutes you have left the city behind and your 4WD adventure has begun!  You traverse a private farm to access the sea, enjoying spectacular views and scenery along the way. The highlight of the safari is the New Zealand Fur Seals, Arctocephelous forsteri, or Kekeno as they are known in MaoriThese large, furry marine mammals used to be common all around the coastline of New Zealand , but with human impact their numbers dwindled.   But the good news is that they are increasing in numbers every year. Fur seals spend a lot of their time on rocky shores, at sites called haul-outs. Every year, these sociable animals return to the same area for the breeding season. More »

Activity ideas: Fullers Rangitoto Volcanic Explorer
Fullers Rangitoto Volcanic Explorer

A short 25 minute cruise through the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf delivers you to Rangitoto Island, the largest and youngest of Auckland's volcanic field. It last erupted around 600 years ago but is considered extinct and safe to explore. During your trip to and from the island you’ll enjoy fantastic views of the volcano and the urban backdrop of Auckland.

Upon arrival you’ll be greeted by your guide and taken to waiting four wheel drive vehicles nearby. Once on board - journey through rugged lava crops and native bush while you learn about the fiery history and geology of the island. You'll then be dropped of at the base of the summit, only a short climb along a wooden boardwalk to the top.  After taking in the 360 degree panoramic views, rejoin the tour vehicle for the return trip to the wharf. More »

Activity ideas: Elm Wildlife Peninsula Encounter
Elm Wildlife Peninsula Encounter

This multi-award winning, scheduled, daily, 'small group' tour departs from Dunedin city in the mid-afternoon for the Otago Peninsula wildlife 'hotspots'. The tour combines tourism and conservation in a symbiotic relationship and provides absolutely unrivaled viewing of estuarine and marine wildlife. Your knowledgeable guides will inform you of activity being viewed and visit places where the best possible viewing of Hooker's Sea lions, Yellow-eyed Penguins, Blue Penguins, a breeding colony of New Zealand Fur Seals and Royal Albatross can be had. A further 25-30 other estuarine and marine bird species are seen during the experience. Close up unobtrusive viewing from beach locations and strategically placed observation hides is guaranteed . More »

Activity ideas: Seals, Beach cruise and walk
Seals, Beach cruise and walk

Experience the best of Abel Tasman on this combined beach cruise and walk tour. You’ll first take a cruise into the Tonga Island Marine reserve, where you’ll pause to watch the antics of the Resident Fur Seal Colony. After landing at the historic Tonga Quarry Beach, take a two hour fifteen minute walk over forested land and around the spectacular Bark Bay Estuary - renowned for its cascading waterfalls. You’ll then region the cruise at the sheltered golden cove on Medlands Beach.

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Activity ideas: Akaroa day tour and cruise
Akaroa day tour and cruise

Take a full day tour of Akaroa with Canterbury Leisure tours. Be picked up from your accommodation, then travel the scenic route to Akaroa via Governors Bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Forsyth and Little River. Stop for spectacular views over the Akaroa Harbour then visit the cheese factory at Barry’s Bay and sample some of New Zealand's finest cheese.  

You’ll then take a two hour cruise through Akaroa Harbour for a chance to see this quaint french settlement from the sea as well as dolphins, penguins and seals. On the return journey to Christchurch you be able to stretch your legs at Birdling Flat for a commanding view of the Banks Peninsula cliffs, before being dropped at your accommodation by 5pm. More »

Activity ideas: West Coast Treetops Walkway
West Coast Treetops Walkway

Come and enjoy a leisurely 45 minute to one hour stroll through the beautiful West Coast rainforest tree tops. Experience an exhilarating tree top adventure amongst temperate tree top giants. Experience life with the birds high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree Canopy. There is easy access for all to enjoy along a steel platform 20 metres high and over 450 metres long.

Following your walk, relax in their alfresco dining area, where you can enjoy the view with a wide selection of meal choices off the menu for lunch. More »

Activity ideas: White Heron Sanctuary Tours
White Heron Sanctuary Tours

View the magnificent Kotuku (White Heron), the Kotuku Ngutu Papa (Royal Spoonbill), the Kawapaka (Little Black Shag) and other Bird life - all in their natural environment.

Tours to the White Heron Colony open late October and the Kotuku disperse from the colony about the end of February/Early March each year.  A unique experience to New Zealand's only Kotuku (White Heron) nesting site, in the Waitangi Roto Nature reserve, the Kotuku Ngutu Papa (Royal Spoonbill) also nests here. More »

Activity ideas: Farewell Spit Eco Tour including picnic lunch
Farewell Spit Eco Tour including picnic lunch

Farewell Spit Nature Reserve is a bird sanctuary and wetland of international importance, around 35km long and public access is restricted to the first 4km. More strictly protected than a national park, vehicle access is granted only to supervised tours. Onetahua is the Maori name for Farewell Spit and translated means "heaped up sand".

The Farewell Spit Eco Tour which, as well as exploring the spit, stops in Puponga and at the most northern point on the South island, Cape Farewell. From the cliff top, seals and their pups can be seen all year basking on the rocks below. More »

Activity ideas: Akaroa day tour, lunch and cruise
Akaroa day tour, lunch and cruise

Enjoy a full day tour to Akaroa with Canterbury Leisure Tours, Following a pick up from your accommodation travel to Akaroa via Sign of Takahe, Sign of Kiwi, Governers bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Forsyth and Little River . Stop at the Hill Top to experience panoramic views of Akaroa Harbour. Then visit the cheese factory at Barry's Bay and sample some fine New Zealand cheese. This afternoon you take a two hour cruise on the Canterbury Cat exploring the delights of Akaroa Harbour and sighting dolphins, penguins and seals. On the return journey to Christchurch a stop will be made at Birdling Flat on the Kaitorete Spit. This stony beach at the entrance to Lake Forsyth provides a commanding view of the southern facing cliffs of Banks Peninsula. An interesting selection of pebbles and semi-precious stones can be found on the beach. Return to Christchurch approximately 5pm.

Lunch at the popular waterfront restaurant 'Bully Hayes' is included - offering a wide choice of New Zealand cuisine. More »

Activity ideas: Underwater Observatory
Underwater Observatory

Engage with the history and hardships of those who built the Milford Road and Homer Tunnel, and the struggles of Milford’s first settlers. Find out more about our Sinbad Sanctuary project – how Southern Discoveries is working to preserve and enhance our environment for generations to come and other environmental initiatives underway in the fiord. Then descend 10m underwater into a spacious viewing chamber with uninterrupted 360-degree views of a rich marine ecosystem unparalleled anywhere else in the world. It’s a world of primeval creatures and exotic habitats, including rare Black Coral. Due to its unique underwater environment, Milford Sound is home to species of Black Coral usually found at depths of 500m or more, including magnificent 300-year-old coral ‘trees’. More »

Activity ideas: Matiu Somes Island Tour
Matiu Somes Island Tour

Discover Wellington’s extraordinary natural features and contrasts. On this small group tour you will visit the summit of one of Wellington’s central peaks for 360 degree views of the city, harbour and coastline, then take a 20 minute ferry trip to the wildlife sanctuary Matiu Somes Island.  Here learn of the island's rich Maori and European history and current role as a wildlife sanctuary for rare native birds and reptiles.  Matiu Somes was once a traditional pa site of Te Whanganui-a-Tara Maori, the island then became a quarantine station, an internment camp, and a military defence position, it now seeks to protect and preserve New Zealand native flora and fauna.  Your guide will bring the history alive and help you find the shy wildlife including North Island Robins, Fluttering Shearwaters and Kakariki. More »

Activity ideas: Coronet Peak Ski Field
Coronet Peak Ski Field

Want to challenge yourself on exciting terrain in some of the best conditions in the Southern Hemisphere?  Then Coronet Peak should be top of your list.   This theme park created by mother nature offers gripping trails and the extensive snowmaking facilities, makes for complete snow coverage on multiple trails. Coronet is also home to night skiing for a different take on these roller coaster trails try it under lights. For those just getting to know the snow the dedicated learner and novice areas make finding your snow feet easy and all gear can be hired on the mountain. With 25% beginners, 45% intermediate and 30% advanced, Coronet Peak has the trail for you.  For a break from the snow, enjoy live music at the base building, or wet your whistle with a hot chocolate or cold beverage at Heidi's Hut. The pizza and pasta meals are great for warming you up and giving you an energy boost for the afternoon. For the little ones there are supervised kids' programmes for 3 months upwards and snow sport school for kids and big kids alike. There are regular shuttles to and from Queenstown, which is only a 20 minute drive away.  More »

Activity ideas: The Remarkables Ski Field
The Remarkables Ski Field

The Remarkables offers a laid-back atmosphere which is fantastic for families and those new to skiing or snowboarding.  Located just 45 minutes from Queenstown, the Remarkables features a fantastic network of trails with wide, gentle slopes for beginners of all ages and big mountain runs for the experts in the family. With 30% beginners, 40% intermediate and 30% advanced, the Remarkables offers challenges for all levels and for those wanting to progress quickly, the friendly team of instructors can be with you every step of the way.  While you're up there don't forget to check out the purpose-built snow tubing lanes before you round off with a steaming hot chocolate or drink at Remarkables café.  With regular shuttles from Queenstown, childcare for 3 months onwards and lessons for 3yrs+ and complete gear hire on the mountain, this is a fun and easy day out for visitors to the South Island. More »

Activity ideas: Otago Peninsula Wildlife Premier Tour
Otago Peninsula Wildlife Premier Tour

This premier package includes the full Otago Harbour and Taiaroa Head wildlife cruise, scenic Otago Peninsula bus tour, and guided tours of the Royal Albatross Colony, the Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve and a visit to wading bird habitats. More »

Activity ideas: Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

From Pearl Harbour, Manapouri, you cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri to West Arm and then travel by coach over Wilmot Pass through dense rainforest. There are opportunities along the way to examine the plant life and view the spectacular scenery. Once at Doubtful Sound you board the catamaran, Commander Peak, for a 3 hour cruise of beautiful Doubtful Sound to the Tasman Sea.

On board there is excellent viewing of waterfalls, rainforest and mountains. Of particular interest, if sighted, are fur seals basking on the rocks, or a resident pod of bottlenose dolphins. Rare Fiordland crested penguins are sometimes encountered in the right season. More »

Activity ideas: Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise - Southern Secret
Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise - Southern Secret

At Manapouri you will board a scenic cruise across Lake Manapouri (45 min cruise) to West Arm. At West Arm you will see the above ground sections of the Manapouri Power Station, an underground hydroelectric power station which is capable of generating up to 850 MW using water from Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri. It is the largest hydroelectric power station in New Zealand. At West Arm you will meet your crew, who will take you by courtesy bus over the Wilmot Pass where you will capture breathtaking vistas of Doubtful Sound and the surrounding mountains. You will arrive at the Southern Secret and Doubtful Sound around midday, welcome refreshments will be served as you begin to explore the environs of Doubtful Sound such as Hall Arm, Crooked Arm, Bradshaw Sound and more, all the while keep watch for inhabitants such as bottlenosed dolphins, penguins sea birds and seals.  Onboard the Southern Secret, your Doubtful Sound Overnight adventure includes sightseeing and exploring the history and splendor, pause at features for photographs and to observe marine mammals, cast a line for fishing, check our crayfish traps and savor the spectacular scenery and wildlife.  Conditions allowing, the skipper will select locations for fishing, and placing "pots" to capture Fiordland Lobster. Cruises may include a visit to the entrance of Doubtful Sound where, you may visit the Shelter Islands, home to a colony of Southern Fur Seals. Typical overnight anchorages in Doubtful Sound include Crooked Arm, First Arm, Hall Arm and Precipice cove in Bradshaw Sound or on the eastern tip of Secretary Island. The MV Southern Secret caters exclusively for 12 passengers who are seeking a personalised style of cruise. Each cabin includes its own private ensuite and the cruise includes a picnic lunch and dinner on day one and breakfast on the second day. More »

Activity ideas: 1 Day Taste The Trail - Otago Central Rail Trail ex Dunedin
1 Day Taste The Trail - Otago Central Rail Trail ex Dunedin

This 1 day cycle tour has you cycling through parts of the Taieri Gorge on the famous Otago Central Rail Trail. Cycling on a vehicle free trail with an easy gradient you will cycle through amazing scenery whilst riding over viaducts, bridges and through tunnels. Our driver will transport you from Dunedin highlighting points of interest along the way before arriving at Ranfurly where you can start the mainly downhill ride back to Hyde.
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Activity ideas: Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari
Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari

Leave the hustle and bustle of the city and discover the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Depart from central Auckland and you'll be amazed at the array of marine mammals and other marine life to be seen a short boat ride away from the CBD. More »

Activity ideas: Huka Falls River Cruise
Huka Falls River Cruise

Experience amazing views of Huka Falls (New Zealand's highest volume waterfall) from the purpose built riverboat, Maid of the Falls.  Your vessel has comfortable inside seating, a large rear deck and front viewing platform. This is a real New Zealand experience with crystal clear water, birdlife and native bush lined riverbanks. See natural hot streams and the earth's energy that drives Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee while cruising on water that is always calm and watch New Zealand's largest rapids (Aratiatia Rapids). This is an excellent cruise for photography and operates in all weather. More »

Activity ideas: Pelorus Mail Boat
Pelorus Mail Boat

Join the world famous Pelorus Mail Run in the Marlborough Sounds and visit isolated homesteads nestled in quiet secluded bays, delivering crucial supplies and mail the same way it has been done for decades. View mussel farms and see why Pelorus Sound is the mussel capital of the world. Old timers row out in dinghies to meet the boat, while some receive their supplies on tiny, unspoilt beaches. Mail was first delivered to the Marlborough Sounds by Government Steamer in 1912.  The Steamer put the mail ashore at various small Post Offices throughout the area and the residents had to row to these points to pick their mail up. In 1925 the Government decided to put the Service out to Private Operators and the Mail Run, as it is today, was born. In the early years most of the goods carried were farming supplies and a few tourists.  These days as most of the farms have ceased operating, tourists are the only passengers as well as the mail. More »

Activity ideas: Walter Peak Guided Cycling tour
Walter Peak Guided Cycling tour

Cruise across Lake Wakatipu on board the TSS Earnslaw vintage steamship to Walter Peak and then join this small group guided cycling tour. Cycle along a quiet country road through beautiful tussock high country and enjoy stunning views of the Von River, surrounding mountains and snow covered Mount Earnslaw at the head of Lake Wakatipu.  You are accompanied by a van with cycle trailer which allows you to cycle as little or as much as you choose. An experienced guide is on hand to provide assistance and answer questions. Along the way visit Mavora Lakes, traditional musterers’ huts and learn about the neighbouring high country sheep and cattle stations.  On arrival back at Walter Peak visit the Colonel’s Homestead before boarding the TSS Earnslaw for the return cruise back to Queenstown. Maximum group size is 9 per guide with 2-3 hours or 15-35 kms of riding available. Includes picnic lunch, hot drinks and afternoon tea. Bike and helmets are supplied. You need small backpack, sunscreen, cool drinks, snacks etc, sunglasses, sunhat, suitable clothing for the day. More »

Activity ideas: Christchurch Bike Tour
Christchurch Bike Tour

Take a two hour cycle tour around the top Christchurch attractions.You’ll be guided at a relaxed pace to the Arts Centre, Antigua Boatsheds, Christ's College, Hagley Park, Riccarton House and Deans Bush, Deans Cottage and Mona Vale Garden. You’ll also visit the Re:Start project in the Cashel street Mall. A predominantly flat city with many purpose built cycle-ways, Christchurch is perfect for biking. More »

Activity ideas: Discover More Cruise
Discover More Cruise

A three hour Milford Sound boat cruise which explores parts of the fiord where other boats simply don’t go on board a modern vessel limited to just 95 passengers.
Two on-board Nature Guides are experts on sights, sounds and wildlife, roving the boat with microphones. You’re welcome to ask questions, delve deeper, learn and experience more. More »

Activity ideas: 42nd Traverse Mountain Biking Trail
42nd Traverse Mountain Biking Trail

The 42nd Traverse is one of the premier rides in the North Island. Renowned for the long and often rutted down-hills, the track will test the most experienced riders. Also known as the Tongariro Forest Crossing the track is 46km taking between 4 and 7 hours to complete. Terrain is old logging tracks through remote native bush and the surface varies from gravel to mud, some stream crossings, and there are inevitable up-hills. The scenery is outstanding! From wide vistas of all three volcanoes to lush unspoiled New Zealand bush. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound Coach, Cruise and Walks
Milford Sound Coach, Cruise and Walks

Enjoy a leisurely small group day excursion to Milford Sound from Te Anau, including a Boat Cruise along the full length of the fiord. You then select either a series or short walks with your experienced nature guide, or 2.5 hours unguided hike on the renowned Routeburn Track, to Key Summit. Includes picnic lunch and wilderness tea break. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
Milford Sound Scenic Cruise

A 1 hour, 40 minute Scenic Cruise along the full length of the fiord on board the Milford Mariner for a leisurely cruise of the fiord. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife with extensive commentary by the on board nature guide. More »

Activity ideas: Greenshell Mussell Cruise
Greenshell Mussell Cruise

Enjoy an informative, relaxing and fun afternoon cruising the inner Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds, two of the main Sounds that make up the Marlborough Sounds. Take in the natural beauty of this tranquil environment and learn about the history of the Marlborough Sounds and the pioneering families who have settled here. Visit a Greenshell Mussel farm where your launch captain will explain how and why this delicacy grows so well in the Marlborough Sounds.  While at the mussel farm enjoy freshly steamed mussels with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, a wonderful wine and food match in a beautiful part of Marlborough. More »

Activity ideas: Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park
Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park

Paradise Valley Springs is a beautifully presented wildlife park, featuring wild trout, animals and birdlife. All set amongst native bush and ferns with many sparkling pools, springs and a natural wetland for New Zealand's water birds. At Paradise Valley Springs, visitors can interact with a variety of introduced and native wildlife that is found throughout New Zealand.  Animals such as Deer, Pigs, Thar and Wallabies may be hand fed. See Rainbow and Brown Trout in the crystal-clear pools and wild in the Ngongotaha Stream that winds through the park. Get up close to friendly farm animals including Alpacas, Goats and Sheep to name a few. View native New Zealand birds, waterfowl on the beautiful wetlands and walk-through with the native alpine parrot enclosure to meet the cheeky Kea. Experience the elevated rainforest treetops walkway, hidden six metres high amongst bush and huge native trees. Paradise Valley is also home to a pride of lions and the park allows you to get very close to these fascinating animals.  You can also view the lion feeding which takes place at 2.30pm every day. More »

Activity ideas: Kapiti Island Tour
Kapiti Island Tour

Enjoy a day trip from Wellington to one of New Zealand's most iconic nature reserves, Kapiti Island, home to some of the world's rarest and most endangered birds. You will be collected from Wellington city centre and driven north to the balmy Kapiti Coast, from there you will take a ferry to Kapiti Island. The boat journey to the island is about 10 minutes and passes through a Department of Conservation Marine Reserve where dolphins, whales, seals and seabirds can sometimes be seen.  Once on this pest and predator free island, you will be guided along the bush trails and coastal tracks amongst rare native birds and bush. You will enjoy lunch at the remote Kapiti Nature Lodge with your host, and will have time to explore the lowlands of the Waiorua Valley. You will be amazed by the number and variety of birds that cannot be experienced anywhere else in New Zealand. Your return ferry trip leaves from nearby the Lodge, a 10 minute trip that takes you back to the mainland ready for the transfer to your Wellington city accommodation. More »

Activity ideas: TSS Earnslaw Walter Peak Christmas cruise and dinner
TSS Earnslaw Walter Peak Christmas cruise and dinner

Celebrate Christmas in style beginning with a cruise across Lake Wakatipu on board the TSS Earnslaw before arriving at Walter Peak High Country Station. On disembarking at Walter Peak you are warmly welcomed and escorted through the beautiful lakeside gardens to the charming Colonel's Homestead. Relax in the unique ambience of the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant, the heart of the stately homestead at Walter Peak.  Here, you’ll enjoy a magnificent Christmas dinner including all the trimmings and a glass of champagne. After dinner, an entertaining and informative demonstration gives you a glimpse of life in the high country. On the magical night-time cruise home, you can enjoy the camaraderie of a sing-a-long with the ship’s pianist or breathe in the fresh night air on the moonlit decks as you watch the lights of Queenstown draw nearer. More »

Activity ideas: Cardrona ski field
Cardrona ski field

Cardrona ski field is located between Wanaka and Queenstown so it’s handy to both alpine resorts.  Set over 345 hectares with 20% beginner, 55% intermediate and 25% advanced there are runs to suit all abilities.  Cardrona offers parks and pipes of different levels for those that enjoy jumps and freestyle snow fun.  If you’re bringing the family, Cardrona has the best facilities for kids with a nursery for 3 months to 3yrs, ski kindy for 3-4 yrs and kids ski school for 5yr+.  There’s also ski school for the big kids no matter your skill level.  With onsite full ski and snowboard gear rental available you don’t have to worry about packing gear and when you need to rest the legs or fuel your fire, there are 5 cafes on the mountain so you’ll find whatever you’re craving. More »

Activity ideas: Bike the Vineyards
Bike the Vineyards

Spend an afternoon pedaling at your leisure between award winning vineyards, meandering along country roads and exploring the quaint wine village of Martinborough. Sample boutique wines and linger somewhere special with the delicious picnic of local deli fare which is included in your self-guided tour. March Hare Cycling provide an easy to follow map and there are a wide variety of lovely vineyards nearby to choose from. With flat, easy roads you can cycle as much, or as little, as you like. Although the experience could be completed in as little as 2 hours, most visitors prefer to stretch it over about 4 to 6 hours.

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Activity ideas: Wild Kiwi Encounter
Wild Kiwi Encounter

This is your chance to view the iconic Kiwi in its natural habitat. These rare birds are a symbol of New Zealand and Stewart Island is the best place to view them in the wild. Depart Oban on the Foveaux Express from Halfmoon Bay at dusk and cruise across Paterson Inlet to Little Glory Cove. Cruise past historic settlement sites on The Neck and learn about Stewart Island’s rich history and nature along the way. More »

Activity ideas: Stewart Island Ferry
Stewart Island Ferry

Stewart Island is perfect for a day excursion or an extended stay. Experience Foveaux Strait in comfort and style on board The Stewart island Experience express catamarans. During the one-hour crossing between Bluff and Stewart Island keep a look out for wildlife, including seals, dolphins and sea birds. Ferry schedules allow for almost a full day to explore Stewart Islands wonderful scenery and nature. More »

Activity ideas: Treble Cone Ski Field
Treble Cone Ski Field

Treble Cone Ski Field was awarded ‘New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort’ for 2013 and 2014 at the World Ski Awards, so make the trip to Wanaka to check out why. Just a 35 minute drive from Wanaka, Treble Cone offers 550ha of exciting ski area for both skiing and snowboarding as well as spectacular views of Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps.  TC as it’s known by the locals has the longest ski and snowboard runs in the Queenstown Lakes area, the longest being 4km with a 700m vertical drop – ski to your heart’s content.  With 10% beginner terrain, 45% intermediate terrain and 45% advanced terrain Treble Cone is a fantastic ski field for those wanting to challenge themselves and make the most of their gnarly skills.  When you're not out on the slopes you can enjoy the fare on offer at the café and bar while sitting on the sun deck enjoying the views.  Learner ski and snowboarding packages are available, along with the onsite gear rental, this makes for a hassle free snow experience for visitors to New Zealand.  There are childcare facilities for 3-6yr olds and group kid’s lessons suitable for all abilities.  You can catch the shuttle service from Wanaka and Queenstown, or from the bottom Treble Cone carpark. More »

Activity ideas: Fullers Ferry Waiheke Island
Fullers Ferry Waiheke Island

A scenic 40 minute cruise through the Hauraki Gulf between the Auckland down town ferry terminal and Matiatia Wharf on Waiheke Island More »

Activity ideas: Mt Ruapehu ski field - Whakapapa and Turoa
Mt Ruapehu ski field - Whakapapa and Turoa

Mt Ruapehu is the only ski field in the North Island of New Zealand, it also provides the unique experience of skiing on an active volcano and within a World Heritage Area. There are two ski areas, Whakapapa, which covers 1050 hectares with more than 65 trails of varied levels, while Turoa has Australasia’s longest vertical descent and New Zealand’s highest lift.  Both ski areas are approximately 25% beginner, 50% intermediate and 25% advanced with a total of 52 groomed trails across both mountains. Both mountains have terrain parks to hone your tricks and are a short drive from the alpine villages of Ohakune and Whakapapa village. The roads to the mountains can be easily driven in your rental car, and from the lower carpark you can take advantage of the free shuttles to the ski areas. Turoa’s kids centre is a licensed childcare facility for 2-5yrs, with the option of including beginner ski lessons for the youngsters.  Whatever your experience there are snow school lessons available to take you the next level and beginners packages which include everything for a great first day on the snow.  The latest gear can be hired on the mountain, perfect for visitors travelling light and when you need a break there are a variety of on mountain cafes and bars to refuel at. More »

Activity ideas: Arrow River Half Day Supported Bike Tour
Arrow River Half Day Supported Bike Tour

Your four hour adventure begins with a transfer from your Queenstown accommodation through the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown to the start of the Arrow River trail. You will cycle along the beautiful Arrow River gorge till it meets the confluence of the Kawarau River, joining the original miners trail that crosses the famous Kawarau suspension bridge and Bungy site. At the end of your bike ride you will be transferred to the Gibbston Valley winery for a relaxing wine tasting before being delivered back to Queenstown. More »

Activity ideas: Lake Matheson Tour
Lake Matheson Tour

Nature has combine three ingredients to create the stunning vista that is Lake Matheson. Explore the crystal clear waters and learn about flora, fauna, glaciation, geology and natural history of this beautiful area. Walk the 3km gentle track that follows the lake edge.  Along the way take in the reflective qualities of the lake and the surrounding lush rainforest which make for fantastic photo opportunities. More »

Activity ideas: Wildfilm Workshops
Wildfilm Workshops

Enjoy a day exploring the Otago Peninsula incorporating photography and South Island wildlife.  The opportunity to see Yellow Eyed Penguins, the Albatross Colony and Sea Lions.  Lunch is included. More »

Activity ideas: Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony Guided Day Tour
Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony Guided Day Tour

Oamaru's Blue Penguins nest close to town under the cliffs along the Historic Harbour foreshore. The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony is just beyond the Victorian Heritage Precinct and you are within walking distance of the town centre, close to shops, restaurants and accommodation. More »

Activity ideas: Lakeland Queen Lunch Cruise
Lakeland Queen Lunch Cruise

This cruise is perfect to take a midday break, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch and a complimentary glass of wine or juice and see the changing scenery as you cruise Lake Rotorua’s unique thermal wonderland. Take in the views of the misty, picturesque peak of Mount Tarawera, the beauty of Kawaha Point and Mokoia Island. See the sparkling lake and Rotorua town from an entirely new angle while enjoying the commentary from the Captain. The elegant Lakeland Queen was built in New Zealand in 1986 specifically for cruising the waters of Lake Rotorua. The Lakeland Queen is a stern wheel paddleboat that is perfect for a scenic cruise in the shallow waters of Rotorua’s iconic lake. More »

Activity ideas: Wildlife Cruise, Larnach Castle Tour and Yellow Eyed Penguins Tour
Wildlife Cruise, Larnach Castle Tour and Yellow Eyed Penguins Tour

Today you’ll explore the wildlife and history of the Otago Peninsula.  You’ll be welcomed the mv Monarch for a wildlife cruise around Taiaroa Head, home to the world’s only mainland nesting site for royal albatross.  Scattered along the rocks you’ll also see New Zealand fur seals basking in the sun and possibly New Zealand sealions on the beach.  In the water you may also see penguins, dolphins and other marine birds.  Back on land you’ll take a guided tour of New Zealand’s only castle, Larnach Castle built in 1871.  Learn of the scandals and history of the castle and explore the beautiful garden of international significance.  Your final stop of the day is to Penguin Place, a natural nesting site for the rarest penguin in the world, the yellow eyed penguin. More »

Activity ideas: Hauraki Blue Overnight Cruise
Hauraki Blue Overnight Cruise

Step on board the cruise ship Ipipiri, the flagship vessel of Hauraki Blue Cruises, and set off from Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, taking in highlights like the Harbour Bridge and Rangitoto Island as your journey begins. Enjoy afternoon tea – an assortment of freshly baked goods, tea and coffee – as Ipipiri glides through the sparkling waters of the Waitemata Harbour and out into the Hauraki Gulf.  Hauraki Blue Cruises offer a relaxed environment – choose to do as much or as little as you like during your cruise. Try kayaking or snorkelling in the clear Hauraki Gulf waters before relaxing with a refreshing drink on the top deck as the sun sets. Your experienced crew will find a sheltered cove to moor in overnight. Savour top quality local cuisine and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, before retiring to your ocean view cabin for the night. All rooms have private ensuites and uninterrupted sea views, so you can watch the sun set or rise from the privacy of your room. In the morning, enjoy a full cooked and continental breakfast as you cruise back to port, taking in the sights of Auckland’s eastern beaches along the way. More »

Activity ideas: 5 Day Mountains to The Sea Guided Tour ex Queenstown
5 Day Mountains to The Sea Guided Tour ex Queenstown

This guided cycle adventure is a 5 day/4 night guided tour on the Otago Central Railtrail, cycling 4 to 5 hours per day on a vehicle free trail with an easy gradient. Amazing scenery whilst riding over viaducts, through tunnels and encountering old historic hotels staying in twin/double share accommodation. Relax knowing that you have a local experienced tour guide and support vehicle while you are on the trail. Guides are passionate and knowledgeable about the trail and the area and this will all add to making this a tour to remember.
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Activity ideas: Island Walking Adventure
Island Walking Adventure

Hop aboard the Island Adventurer and cruise the warm coastal waters of the Bay of Islands.  During your day you will stop at two of the islands in the bay, first for a short visit to either Roberton or Moturua Island, both of which offer stunning views of the Bay and beyond.  Next, stop off at the northern end of the beautiful Urupukapuka Island with its white sandy beaches and rolling hills. This pest free island is a sanctuary for native birdlife of all kinds. New walking tracks have made the island accessible to hikers of all abilities.  You’ll enjoy a six-kilometre walk through amazing coastal scenery and remote beaches towards Otehei Bay. Along the way there is plenty of time to soak up the views and swim in New Zealand's warmest water. Walking maps are provided. At Otehei Bay catch the Dolphin Seeker catamaran back to Paihia or Russell. With two departure times you can choose make this a half day adventure or bring a picnic and make a day of it. More »

Activity ideas: Kaikoura Tour - Hassle Free Tours
Kaikoura Tour - Hassle Free Tours

Get up and close with the locals in the beautiful seaside town of Kaikoura. This full day tour includes a scenic drive from Christchurch over the Canterbury plains before arriving in Kaikoura. Once in Kaikoura, you will visit a lookout to enjoy the breath-taking views. Next you will make your way around to a Seal colony before heading into Kaikoura for some free time to explore and enjoy lunch. Board a modern catamaran for an exciting Whale Watch tour. This tour offers up-close encounters with the Giant Sperm Whale. A typical Whale Watch encounter may include Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins and endangered Wandering Albatross. To finish the day you will enjoy the scenic drive back to your Christchurch accommodation. More »

Activity ideas: Orokonui Ecosanctuary Forest Explorer Guided Tour
Orokonui Ecosanctuary Forest Explorer Guided Tour

Orokonui Ecosanctuary is the flagship biodiversity project for the South Island where multiple species of plants and animals are protected from predators. A predator fence surrounds 307 hectares of Coastal Otago forest, pests have been removed, habitat enhanced with weed control and planting, and many rare and endangered species re-introduced.

Join one of the ecosanctuary’s expert and friendly guides on this 2 hour forest explorer walking tour. You will experience the sights and sounds of the enchanting native New Zealand forest. Your ticket includes a complimentary self-guided walking permit allowing you to explore the ecosanctuary further at the completion of your tour. More »

Activity ideas: Elm Wildlife Peninsula Encounter MAX Tour
Elm Wildlife Peninsula Encounter MAX Tour

For the wildlife enthusiast, the MAX tour is an 8 hour immersive wildlife experience. Combining a boat cruise aboard the 'Monarch', a Royal Albatross nesting area tour and our award winning peninsula encounter tour into one 'total wildlife' tour. This tour will allow you a unique opportunity to combine the best possible viewing from land and sea. More »

Activity ideas: Queenstown Trails Full Day Supported Bike Tour
Queenstown Trails Full Day Supported Bike Tour

This full day adventure lets you really experience the stunning surround of the Wakatipu Basin and it’s magnificent scenery. Starting at 9am from your Queenstown accommodation you'll be transferred to the Frankton Track where you follow the shores of Lake Wakatipu, after a morning tea stop you are driven to the Old Shotover Bridge to begin the second leg of your trip biking toward Gibbston Valley, stop at one of the many stunning points along the way and enjoy your packed lunch. This trip can be catered to any level and is well supported along the way, distances can be tailored to your needs with vehicle support points along the way allowing you to hitch a ride. Your cycling finishes at the Historic Kawarau Bridge where you will be taken to the Gibbston Valley Winery for a relaxing cave tour and wine tasting being delivered back to your accommodation. More »

Activity ideas: Cruise Milford Sound on the Milford Adventurer
Cruise Milford Sound on the Milford Adventurer

Escape the crowds and experience the magnificence of Milford Sound on board the Milford Adventurer.  This intimate cruise with a maximum of just 70 passengers means you’ll get the best vantage point for the many waterfalls and amazing wildlife that visit the fiord, including the resident fur seals.  The smaller vessel size means the Milford Adventurer can get closer to waterfalls and wildlife and your captain will share their local knowledge of Fiordland, Milford Sound and the flora and fauna.  On board you can enjoy the complimentary coffee, tea and biscuits and lunch can also be ordered in advance. More »

Activity ideas: Taste of Gibbston Valley Bike Ride and Wine Tasting
Taste of Gibbston Valley Bike Ride and Wine Tasting

This half day self guided bike ride and wine tasting will see you riding some of the gentle Queenstown Bike Trails, along the Arrow River then across the Kawarau Gorge Bridge to the vineyards of Gibbston Valley.  Along the way pass idyllic rural countryside, over remarkable swing bridges before arriving at Gibbston Valley Winery.  Here you will enjoy a guided tour through New Zealand’s largest wine cave and taste three current release wines.  After your wine tasting take advantage of the complimentary transfer back to your accommodation.  You will be provided with modern bikes, helmet, panniers and a detailed map of your chosen cycle route as well as transfers to and from your accommodation. More »

Activity ideas: 1 Day Taste The Trail - Otago Central Rail Trail ex Queenstown
1 Day Taste The Trail - Otago Central Rail Trail ex Queenstown

This 1 day cycle tour has you cycling through one of the most spectacular gorges on the famous Otago Central Rail Trail. Cycling on a vehicle free trail with an easy gradient you will cycle through amazing scenery whilst riding over viaducts, bridges and through tunnels. Our driver will transport you from Clyde highlighting points of interest along the way before arriving at Auripo where you can start the mainly downhill ride back to Clyde. More »

Activity ideas: Encounter Nature Small Boat Cruise
Encounter Nature Small Boat Cruise

Explore Milford Sound on this small boat cruise. Specialist nature guides accompany you on the 2 1/4 hour experience offering a detailed insight into the flora, fauna and geology of this unique area. The smaller boat offers a more intimate experience from its 4 viewing decks.  More »

Activity ideas: Roundhill Ski Field
Roundhill Ski Field

Step back in time to the way skiing in New Zealand used to be.  Drive your car right up to the base and pull out your picnic chairs for a relaxed day on the mountain. Roundhill enjoys an enviable position with magnificent views of Mt Cook, the Southern Alps and Lake Tekapo making a perfect backdrop for those ski and snowboard selfies.  Roundhill is a great destination for learners and those who are a bit rusty.  The wide gentle learner’s area is ideal for first-timers young and old, while the intermediate runs offer just the right mix of fun and thrills.  For the experts in the family, challenge yourself with the world’s longest and steepest rope tow, taking you to the top of Australasia’s largest vertical drop at a staggering 783m.  When you need a break either chill out with a picnic at your car or try the food and beverages from one of the two cafes onsite.  For learners or those wishing to progress, there is a dedicated snowsports school and rental equipment can be hired on the mountain.  More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
Milford Sound Scenic Cruise

A 1 hour, 40 minute Scenic Cruise along the full length of the fiord on board the Milford Mariner for a leisurely cruise of the fiord. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife with extensive commentary by the on board nature guide. More »

Activity ideas: Private Guided Tour of Palliser Bay with gourmet picnic lunch
Private Guided Tour of Palliser Bay with gourmet picnic lunch

You'll be driven in a luxury 4WD Land Rover Discovery to the south eastern coastline at the bottom of the North Island.  Here you will visit the unique Ngawi Fishing village and meet Babe the Pink Bull Dozer and hear how she plays a vital part in the fishing fleet. Marvel at the weird and wonderful rock formations caused by the strong Cook Strait winds and weather and take advantage of the great photo opportunities all along the coast.  At Cape Palliser you'll meet the resident seal population and climb to the iconic light house where you're treated to fantastic views over Cook Straight to the South Island.  Your gourmet picnic lunch will be enjoyed on the beach (weather permitting) or in a sheltered valley with a glass of local Martinborough wine.  On the journey back to Martinborough there's time for a quick coffee or beer at the historic Lake Ferry Hotel where you'll look out over lake and surf views. More »

Activity ideas: Mt Hutt Ski Field
Mt Hutt Ski Field

Mt Hutt is the most popular ski field in the Canterbury region, and a firm favourite with Christchurch locals.  We recommend you stay near the village of Methven which is just a short 40 minute drive to the ski field or take one of the regular shuttles from the village.  Mt Hutt offers 365 hectares of skiable terrain for you to explore, with the longest run a lengthy 2km.  With its mixture of 25% beginners, 50% intermediate and 25% advanced terrain there are a range of trails for everyone to conquer.  Food and beverages are available at Huber’s Hut and Ski High Café where you can recharge your batteries for your next run.  For visitors to the South Island it’s easy to hire all the gear you need on the mountain, so all you need to bring is your enthusiasm.  For the littlies there is a licensed child’s creche for 3 months to 5yrs and a snow sports school for both kids and adults who are finding their snow legs. More »

Activity ideas: Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

The Fiordland Navigator offers a very special dinner, bed and breakfast wilderness experience. Real Journeys Doubtful Sound overnight vessel, the Fiordland Navigator, is designed along the lines of a traditional New Zealand coastal trading scow to reflect Fiordland's heritage. The purpose built vessel accommodates passengers either in private cabins with ensuite bathrooms or in quad-share bunk style compartments with shared bathroom facilities. The vessel has spacious deck areas for viewing the wilderness scenery and wildlife of Doubtful Sound. Of particular interest, if sighted, are fur seals, dolphins, and in season, rare penguins.

Activities include kayaking and excursions in the tender vessels (stabicraft) to explore the coastline. More »

Activity ideas: 1 Day Roxburgh Gorge Taster ex Queenstown
1 Day Roxburgh Gorge Taster ex Queenstown

With stunningly rugged scenery, plenty of bends, switch-backs, hills, and even a jet boat ride thrown in, the Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Trail is New Zealand's best one day Cycle Trail. It has enough surface variety and interest to satisfy all types of bikers, from a relative novice to an expert and enough breathtaking scenery to satisfy everyone. More »

Activity ideas: Interislander ferry - Cook Straight
Interislander ferry - Cook Straight

The 92 km journey between Picton and Wellington takes around 3 hours and has been described as 'one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world'. Around one hour of the cruise takes you through the Marlborough Sounds. This region of bush covered mountains, small islands, crystal clear waters and secluded bays is a true photographic opportunity. From the Cook Strait spectacular views of the Kaikoura Ranges on the South Island can be enjoyed and dolphins and many sea birds are often seen. After crossing the strait you approach Wellington Harbour and pass many interesting points such as Pencarrow Head on top of which is New Zealand's oldest lighthouse (1859). Red Rocks is home to a seal colony and Oterangi Bay is the site which recorded the countries highest ever wind speed of 268 kph (167 mph). More »

Activity ideas: Island Adventurer Heritage Cruise
Island Adventurer Heritage Cruise

Explore the history and spectacular scenery of the Bay of Island on a small group adventure cruise.  Departing from Paihia or Russell you'll cruise past the Black Rocks to the Marsden Cross, the site of New Zealand's first planned European settlement.  From there you'll cruise up the Kerikeri inlet into the Kerikeri Basin, home to New Zealand's oldest stone building, the aptly named Stone Store.   Upon landing at the Kerikeri Basin you'll have an hour and a half to explore the history and heritage of the area, included is entry into the Stone Store which displays many historic artefacts.  The basin is an idyllic location and you can also walk to Kororipo Pa or along the river to the old power station or visit Rewa's village.  This is also a great place to have lunch, so either bring your own picnic or visit one of the riverside cafes.  After exploring the basin, you'll return to Paihia by coach, along the way stopping at Makana Chocolate Factory and Ake Ake Vineyard for chocolate and wine tasting. More »

Activity ideas: Monarch Otago Peninsula Wildlife Half Day Tour
Monarch Otago Peninsula Wildlife Half Day Tour

Cruise the length of the beautiful Otago Harbour, passing by the historic fishing village of Careys Bay and the working port of Port Chalmers. Continue your tour to the tip of the Otago Peninsula for the One Hour Wildlife Cruise. Enjoy unrivalled wildlife viewing. See what cannot be seen from land: Albatross, New Zealand Fur Seals and up to 20 species of bird and marine life in their undisturbed and otherwise inaccessible environment. Learn the fascinating history and geology of the area. Take a scenic drive along the Otago Peninsula, enjoying spectacular harbour and ocean views. More »

Activity ideas: 3 Day Roxburgh Clutha Cycling Experience ex Queenstown
3 Day Roxburgh Clutha Cycling Experience ex Queenstown

Explore New Zealand’s largest river by bike. Every twist and turn reveals stunning landscape with giant rocks, canyons and willow lined riverbanks and glimpses into the history of one of the worlds biggest gold rushes. Trail Journeys provide transport to and from Queenstown, accommodation with continental breakfast, cycle hire, luggage transfers, boat transfer in Roxburgh Gorge.
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Activity ideas: Milford Sound Winter Coach and Cruise
Milford Sound Winter Coach and Cruise

Enjoy a leisurely small group day excursion to Milford Sound from Te Anau during the winter months, including a Boat Cruise along the full length of the fiord.  The relaxed timetable allows more stops to enjoy this winter wonderland, with plenty of opportunities for photographs and short walks.  Your tour is also the local mail delivery service, so you’ll get a glimpse of everyday life in the National Park. There will also be a stop for a true wilderness tea-break with complimentary tea, coffee and home style biscuits. More »

Activity ideas: Fox Glacier and Lake Matheson Tour
Fox Glacier and Lake Matheson Tour

Explore the remarkable Fox Glacier and the crystal clear waters of Lake Matheson during this enjoyable half day tour.  You’ll be collected from your accommodation and drive towards Fox Glacier.  You’ll then walk the track to the front of the glacier (1.5km) with your experienced nature guide sharing knowledge and stories of the flora and fauna you’ll encounter.  After your Fox experience you’ll drive to Lake Matheson where you’ll walk the 3km gentle track the follows the lake edge.  Along the way take in the reflective qualities of the lake and the surrounding lush rainforest which make for fantastic photo opportunities.  After exploring the lake and glaciers you’ll be returned to your accommodation. More »

Activity ideas: Mitre Peak Milford Sound Cruise
Mitre Peak Milford Sound Cruise

Mitre Peak Cruises operates two purpose built small boats for cruising on Milford Sound. This leisurely 2 hour cruises take you all the way out to the Tasman Sea and back with frequent stops along the way that allow you to get up close and personal with the rugged  splendour that is Milford Sound the towering cliffs, cascading waterfalls and abundant flora.

You may even get to see some of the local wildlife such as NZ fur seals, dolphins and occasionally the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin. Your skipper will provide an informative commentary while the boat hosts will ensure that all guests are happy and will provide free tea, coffee and hot chocolate throughout the cruise. More »

Activity ideas: The Cream Trip
The Cream Trip

Designed for nature lovers and those wanting to see all the highlights of the Bay in one day. This day trip is the most extensive historical cruise offered in the Bay of Islands.

Island deliveries – This cruise follows the path of the original 1927 'Cream Trip' and will take you on a journey back in time as you cruise past the secluded islands of the Bay, delivering essential supplies and mail to island residents. More »

Activity ideas: Lakeland Queen Twilight Dinner Cruise
Lakeland Queen Twilight Dinner Cruise

This cruise is perfect to take an evening break, enjoy a delicious meal and drink and see the changing scenery as you cruise Lake Rotorua’s unique thermal wonderland. Take in the views of the misty, picturesque peak of Mount Tarawera, the beauty of Kawaha Point and Mokoia Island. See the sparkling lake and Rotorua town from an entirely new angle while enjoying the commentary from the Captain. The elegant Lakeland Queen was built in New Zealand in 1986 specifically for cruising the waters of Lake Rotorua. The Lakeland Queen is a stern wheel paddleboat that is perfect for a scenic cruise in the shallow waters of Rotorua’s iconic lake. More »

Activity ideas: Spirit of Queenstown Scenic Cruise
Spirit of Queenstown Scenic Cruise

Spirit of Queenstown offers the longest, premium cruising experience on Lake Wakatipu. Board the vessel and enjoy a 1 hour 45 minute return cruise to Mt Nicholas High Country Farm on the western shores of the lake on a modern, spacious, purpose-built catamaran. Cruise through Bob's Cove and view flora and fauna up close, and enjoy spectacular views towards Glenorchy, Mt Earnslaw, the Southern Alps and Remarkables mountain range. The vessel design ensures unobstructed views out either side of the vessel, large tall viewing windows and spacious outdoor decks. An informative commentary is provided, and the wheelhouse is open to join and speak with the skipper. There's an onboard café with a selection of hot and cold beverages and snacks available for purchase. Complimentary tea and coffee is provided on the cruise. More »

Activity ideas: Ohau Snow Fields - Lift Pass
Ohau Snow Fields - Lift Pass

Ohau Ski Area caters for all skiing and snowboarding abilities and offers a breath-taking backdrop of the Southern Alps and Lake Ohau below.   This full day lift pass gives access to all lifts, all day.  For the beginners, the snow mat takes you to gentle slopes for learning and you can book lessons with the friendly Ohau instructors.  Intermediate skiers and boarders are well looked after with 50% of the terrain graded intermediate.  Take the double chair lift to the top of the mountain where you’ll ride wide flat slopes down the Boulevard with style.  For those looking for more of a challenge, hiking around the tops to access the best powder snow is definitely worth it, not to mention the unbelievable views.  Wanting to practice your tricks there are 2 terrain parks, 1 for beginners and an intermediate/advanced park.  When you’re ready for a break the day lodge is a cosy space with a log burner, large social tables and the onsite café offers great food and coffee. More »

Activity ideas: Ohau Snow Fields - Ski/Snowboard Hire
Ohau Snow Fields - Ski/Snowboard Hire

Full day hire of skis or a snowboard, boots and poles. More »

Activity ideas: Walter Peak Electric Trail bikes tour
Walter Peak Electric Trail bikes tour

A return scenic cruise from Queenstown to Walter Peak across Lake Wakatipu on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw with a tour of Walter Peak Farm and the surrounding land on electric trail bikes. Arrive at Walter Peak for an important bike safety briefing, including operating instructions. All riders are required to show that they can follow safe operating practices and undertake a short manoeuvring practice before beginning the tour. Cruise the farm tracks and head uphill to experience the spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu, the surrounding mountains, Walter Peak Farm and the Colonels Homestead. Local guides will provide insight into the rich history of Walter Peak and high country farming, the native environment and the unique Electric Farm Bikes. Return to Walter Peak Farm and then back to Queenstown on the TSS Earnslaw. More »

Activity ideas: Bark Bay Falls Swingbridge Cruise and Walk
Bark Bay Falls Swingbridge Cruise and Walk

Cruise to Medlands Beach in the heart of the Park, then relax or take a walk to Bark Bay (10 minutes) and further along the Waterfall Trail to the new Swing Bridge.  Both Medlands Beach and Bark Bay beaches offer you the choices of relax in the sun,find a shady picnic spot, stroll along the sand,swim in the calm, azure waters.  If you are feeling energetic you can walk the forested track around Bark Bay Inlet to see Bark Bay Falls and Swing Bridge. 4 kms (2.5 miles), approx. 1 hr return or walk to the impressively high Swing Bridge over Falls River, then return to Medlands Beach. 5 kms (3 miles) approx 1.5 hrs return

There is a containment toilet at Medlands Beach.  Facilities at Bark Bay include Dept. of Conservation shelter, flush toilets, picnic tables and filtered drinking water (look for the tap labelled "drinking water only").


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Activity ideas: Wildlife Cruise and Larnach Castle Tour
Wildlife Cruise and Larnach Castle Tour

Journey back in time into the rich, turbulent and scandalous lives of the Larnach family. Enjoy the beauty and craftsmanship of NZ’s only castle. Climb to the parapets for 360 degree views and explore the lovely gardens of international significance. Enjoy Monarch's fascinating Wildlife Cruise . More »

Activity ideas: Giants & Glow Worms
Giants & Glow Worms

Journey into a unique part of New Zealand, first discovered by Kupe the voyager. Visit the Waipoua Forest and meet a national icon, the mighty kauri tree Tāne Mahuta. Spend time in seaside towns and inside glowworm caves on a full-day tour from Paihia. More »

Activity ideas: Discover Christchurch Double-Decker City Tour
Discover Christchurch Double-Decker City Tour

Learn about Christchurch’s fascinating history from the back of a 1960’s London open top double decker bus. You’ll hear about the pioneering days right through to present time, including the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. On the tour you will view some of the areas affected by the earthquakes and see how Christchurch is preserving some of its iconic heritage buildings, as well as hearing about the city’s rebuild and vision for the future. More »

Activity ideas: Christchurch Grand Tour
Christchurch Grand Tour

Hop aboard the Grand Tour luxury coach for an interactive guided journey around Christchurch. See the best of this port city including beautiful parks, gardens, seaside suburbs and hills. You’ll learn about its history and future plans for the well under way multi-billion dollar rebuild following the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.

Included in the tour are four of Christchurch’s premier attractions – punting on the Avon, the Caterpillar Botanic Gardens tour,  the Christchurch Gondola and a hop-on hop-off ticket for the heritage Tram. More »

Activity ideas: Art Deco Tour of Napier
Art Deco Tour of Napier

Join Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours for a journey of architectural and historical discovery in the Art Deco Capital of the world.  Your knowledgeable local guide will share the heritage and history of this unique Art Deco city, explaining the devastating natural disaster that led to the city’s magnificent appearance.  As well as exploring the famous, including the National Tobacco Building, you’ll also see the hidden architectural gems, beautiful public gardens, and New Zealand’s oldest winery.  This is a great introduction to this remarkable city. More »

Activity ideas: Waiheke Island Explorer Tour
Waiheke Island Explorer Tour

Hop aboard the ferry from the downtown Auckland Ferry Terminal and enjoy a 40 minute cruise to beautiful Waiheke Island.  On arrival, you'll be greeted and directed to an air conditioned coach. As you traverse the island you'll learn about it's history and culture and see stunning coastal vistas, including some of the island's hottest properties, sweeping sandy beaches and secluded hillside vineyards. You'll get a inside view of island life and when the tour is over - take advantage of the complimentary All Day Bus Pass allowing you to further explore . More »

Activity ideas: City Highlights tour
City Highlights tour

An unforgettable journey around the city’s dramatic highlights where guests will travel around the earthquake-scarred South Coast to see the site of the Wahine ferry disaster and the distant ranges of the South Island, overlooked by coastal houses perched on the steep, rocky hills. On the Half day tour, enjoy views of the harbour from the top of Mount Victoria and ride the steep cable car up to an incredible, far - reaching panorama. Visit the magnificent Parliament buildings and the famous Beehive; see the gorgeous, timber-built Old St. Paul’s cathedral and enjoy a tea or coffee at a delightful coastal cafe. More »

Activity ideas: River Rats White Water Rafting
River Rats White Water Rafting

River Rats has been operating for over 30 years. The company takes pride in knowing that their attention to detail and safety first culture has earned them the lowest risk assessment rating in New Zealand (for any company operating on Grade 5 white water) in their annual audit by New Zealand’s Maritime Safety Authority (MSA). More »

Activity ideas: Napier Whirlwind Tour
Napier Whirlwind Tour

This 2 1/2 hour tour takes in all the history, from early settlement, through to the huge 1931 earthquake and the rebuilding of the City to the Art Deco Capital of the World to what it is today. You also visit the historic area of Ahuriri, National Tobacco Building and the famous Mission Estate Winery. As you return to Napier City, you will also tour an Art Deco Housing Estate. Experience many stops for photos from lookouts to famous landmarks etc. This is a  compact tour, it is really for those that are spending the one night here in Napier and still wish to see the City highlights. More »

Activity ideas: Shotover River Helirafting
Shotover River Helirafting

A roller coaster helicopter ride to Deep Creek or Boulder Beach before an exhilarating White Water Raft trip. Deep river canyons cut through golden tussock-covered mountain ranges. Encounter the white water action of 'Rock Garden', 'Sharks Fin', 'Toilet', 'Pinball', 'Jaws' and 'Sequel' rapids. Frenetic excitement alternates with idyllic moments. The unforgettable 170m 'Oxenbridge tunnel' and 'Cascade' rapid provide an exciting finish (grade 3-4+ rapids). More »

Activity ideas: Shotover River Rafting
Shotover River Rafting

Whether you drive, or helicopter into historic Skippers Canyon, the approach is magnificent. Deep river canyons cut through golden tussock-covered mountain ranges. Encounter the white water action of 'Rock Garden', 'Sharks Fin', 'Toilet', 'Pinball', 'Jaws' and 'Sequel' rapids.

Frenetic excitement alternates with idyllic moments. The unforgettable 170m 'Oxenbridge tunnel' and 'Cascade' rapid provide an exciting finish (grade 3-4+ rapids). More »

Activity ideas: Auckland Morning Highlights Tour plus Sky Tower
Auckland Morning Highlights Tour plus Sky Tower

See the best of Auckland city with this half-day scenic highlights tour -  including a trip up New Zealand's tallest building, the Sky Tower.  Be guided through the city and over the Auckland Harbour Bridge as you take in stunning skyline views. Visit the yachting precinct - the Viaduct Harbour - then wander up Queen Street. Enjoy the lush grounds of the Domain, the city's oldest park and stop for morning tea in charming Parnell Village, a historic suburb transformed by boutique shop and cafes.

As the tour continues, make your way along the waterfront to the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, named after a New Zealand prime minister. With its panoramic views of the harbour and beautiful formal gardens this is great spot to take photos. Finish your tour up Auckland's Sky Tower, the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand standing 328 metres high. On a clear day you'll be able to gaze as far as 80 kilometres in all directions and is the perfect way to get to know the city of Auckland and its surroundings. More »

Activity ideas: The Triple Challenge
The Triple Challenge

Shotover Jet is the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons.  It's a thrilling ride - skimming past rocky outcrops at close range in your Shotover Jet 'Big Red', as you twist and turn through the narrow canyons at breath taking speeds.  And a major highlight - hold tight for the world famous Shotover Jet full 360 degree spins! Following your thrilling ride walk you’ll enjoy a roller coaster helicopter ride to Deep Creek or Boulder Beach before an exhilarating White Water Raft trip on either the Shotover River (grade 3-5) or gentle Kawarau River (grade 2-3). More »

Activity ideas: Auckland Explorer Bus
Auckland Explorer Bus

This hop on - hop off all day bus takes you via 14 of Aucklands most popular locations and attractions. More »

Activity ideas: Rotorua Morning Sights Tour and lunch
Rotorua Morning Sights Tour and lunch

Experience Te Puia, a place of Maori culture and a thermal wonderland of impressive geysers and boiling mud pools. Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park, which showcases native flora and fauna as well as the New Zealand Kiwi. Then see NZ's agricultural industry in action with a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials at the Agrodome.

Next take a trip up the Skyline Gondola and enjoy fantastic views of the city and lake before enjoying a wonderful buffet lunch as you soak in the scenery. More »

Activity ideas: Eastern Bay Harbour Mail Run
Eastern Bay Harbour Mail Run

Enjoy four and a half hours amongst some of the most stunning scenery you'll ever see.  Join Robin and Jo on the remote rural mail delivery. Banks Peninsula is one of the most beautiful volcanic areas in the world. More »

Activity ideas: Auckland City Revealed half day tour
Auckland City Revealed half day tour

Your morning city highlights tour is a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play. Auckland is set on 48 dormant volcanic cones and between two harbours, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Known as the City of Sails, it’s New Zealand’s largest and busiest city. After the pick up from your city accommodation you travel up Queen St, through Auckland’s central business district, past Auckland University and through the inner city park, known as The Domain. We continue on through the picturesque suburb of Ponsonby, known for its historic buildings, before heading over the Harbour Bridge to the North Shore. You stroll on Narrow Neck Beach in historic Devonport. There is time for a coffee here before continuing up to the summit of Mt Victoria where there are stunning panoramic views of Auckland city and the Waitemata Harbour. Then travel back over the Harbour Bridge to Westhaven Marina, one of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere. Visit the Auckland Fish Market before continuing on to the Viaduct Harbour. More »

Activity ideas: Kawarau River White Water Rafting
Kawarau River White Water Rafting

The Kawarau river is ideal for first time rafters or those looking for a more relaxed rafting experience.  There’s plenty of white water action, but also time to sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular New Zealand scenery.  It’s the Kawarau River that starred as the River Anduin in Lord of the Rings.  The grandeur of the canyons imparts a feeling of paddling through the heart of Middle Earth.  Whether you are a Lord of The Rings fan or not, this rafting trip offers an insight into the beauty of the New Zealand wilderness. More »

Activity ideas: Tarata Fishaway Rafting
Tarata Fishaway Rafting

Tarata Fishaway Lodge is set in a remarkable location with views of the Rangitikei River and the Ruahine Ranges towering above.   The rafting trip departs from Tarata, rafting through gentle rapids, crystal clear waters, vertical gorges and unbelievable scenery of the Rangitikei River. You'll raft under the Bungy bridge to visit a secret waterfall, stop for picnic lunch and swim and float quietly through Middle Earth, scenes from the movie Lord of the Rings. Suitable for all ages. More »

Activity ideas: Christchurch City half day tour
Christchurch City half day tour

You will be collected from your accommodation and then your tour commences by covering the central city highlights including the botanical gardens, Museum and Art Centre, the Avon river, Bridge of Remembrance, the cities new pop up container mall and many other CBD highlights. Please note that the tour of the CBD can change daily due to road closures and new areas re-opening. On leaving the inner city, the tour travels to Mona Vale an historic homestead and gardens. Up to the Sign of the Takahe, an historic building providing spectacular views over the city, Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps, then over the Port Hills to the Port of Lyttleton, through the harbour tunnel to the seaside suburb of Sumner and cave rock before returning to the central city where the tour will conclude. More »

Activity ideas: Morning Sights Tour
Morning Sights Tour

Experience Te Puia, a place of Maori culture and a thermal wonderland of impressive geysers and boiling mud pools. Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park, which showcases native flora and fauna as well as the New Zealand Kiwi. Then see NZ's agricultural industry in action with a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials at the Agrodome. More »

Activity ideas: Thrillseekers Rafting Hanmer Springs
Thrillseekers Rafting Hanmer Springs

Thrillseekers Rafting is the perfect introduction to the excitement of white water rafting, you'll journey down the Waiau River with its beautiful mountain and rural scenery and mixture of serene stretches of water and gentle grade 2 rapids, perfect for the whole family. More »

Activity ideas: Glacier Valley Shuttle
Glacier Valley Shuttle

You will be met at your accommodation by a representative from Glacier Valley Eco Tours and taken on a short tour to view the glacier. Your shuttle vehicle will transfer you up the Franz Josef valley to the road end. Here you will have the opportunity to walk to view the glacier from a viewing platform. Or enjoy one of the short walks available in this area. You will be returned to your accommodation by the Glacier Valley Eco Tours shuttle. More »

Activity ideas: Russell Mini Tour
Russell Mini Tour

A personal insight into New Zealand’s earliest European history... all in one memorable hour. Your blue and white mini bus departs Russell Wharf on a tour which visits areas of historic interest which cannot be easily covered on foot … see sights such as the Giant Sundial, Long Beach, Queen's View, Tapeka Point and the Flagstaff with stunning 360 degree vistas. Share in the local history through your drivers entertaining and informative commentary. More »

Activity ideas: Akaroa day tour
Akaroa day tour

Enjoy a full day tour to Akaroa with Canterbury Leisure Tours, Following a pick up from your accommodation travel to Akaroa via Sign of Takahe, Sign of Kiwi, Governers bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Forsyth and Little River . Stop at the Hill Top to experience panoramic views of Akaroa Harbour. Then visit the cheese factory at Barry's Bay and sample some fine New Zealand cheese. This afternoon some free time to explore this delightful harbour town. On the return journey to Christchurch a stop will be made at Birdling Flat on the Kaitorete Spit. This stony beach at the entrance to Lake Forsyth provides a commanding view of the southern facing cliffs of Banks Peninsula. An interesting selection of pebbles and semi-precious stones can be found on the beach. Return to Christchurch approximately 5pm. More »

Activity ideas: Art, Wine and Heritage Tour
Art, Wine and Heritage Tour

Cruise in style in a 1937 convertible soft-top Chevrolet bus, taking in spectacular mountain and lake vistas.  You’ll also visit historic areas in Queenstown and Arrowtown and sample some of the local cuisine.  You will also get the chance to view the personal galleries of some amazing local artists. Travelling with the unique, convertible top down you can enjoy an open-air view of the magnificent surroundings and alluring beauty of the region. Rich and golden, moody and blue or full of sunshine and glory, bright and crisp with snowy peaks on craggy mountaintops, each day and season offers a fresh new scene. You have the opportunity to view fine art, carefully crafted and created by renowned artists of New Zealand in their personal galleries. Paintings of various styles and beautifully crafted wood sculptures are among the mediums. You’ll complete a circuit from Queenstown, along rolling hills of the clear countryside and drive through the picturesque gold-mining town of Arrowtown. Travelling on to the final stop you can enjoy and taste wines grown from grapes onsite and indulge in mouth-watering cuisine in the cosy gallery or al fresco. Wander around delightful grounds of terraced gardens and ponds over-looking the beautiful Lake Hayes. The journey winds back to Queenstown over the gold filled Shotover River, through pastures and around the mighty sleeping giant, Lake Wakatipu.

The 1937 Chevrolet bus arrived in New Zealand in 1942 and was in service for three decades. This was originally one of six buses operated by Routeburn Valley Motors, transporting passengers from Kinloch, at the head of Lake Wakatipu, to the Routeburn track. More »

Activity ideas: Christchurch City Must See 3 Tour
Christchurch City Must See 3 Tour

The tour visits three of Christchurch's top attractions. First stop is the International Antarctic Centre, a winner of the New Zealand Tourism Board's award for 'Best Visitor Attraction'. The Centre recreates the atmosphere of Antarctica providing an interactive experience of the Southern Continent. The tour then moves on to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve which contains a large variety of birds and animal life both native and introduced. You will view the kiwis in their natural habitat and can feed and pet the animals through the reserve.  Following Willobank, the tour heads to the Air Force Museum at Wigram, New Zealand’s original Air Force base. The Attraction has 28 fully restored aircraft together with newly refurbished static and interactive displays that dramatically enhance the visitors experience.  More »

Activity ideas: Auckland City Sights half day tour
Auckland City Sights half day tour

Discover first-hand why Auckland is regarded as one of the best places in the world to live! This half day tour takes you around the central city, experiencing many of its best and most scenic sights. The tour continues on through the Auckland Domain. With its classic charm it is the city's oldest and one of its largest parks, situated on a 62,000 year old volcano. Parnell Village is where the tour will break for morning tea. The historic buildings of Parnell have been transformed in to a chic shopping area featuring many boutique art galleries, design and specialty shops. You continue on through the Auckland Domain, the city's oldest park, situated on a 62,000 year old volcano. Following this, your tour will then take you along the stunningly scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Drive to the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, in Mission Bay. Michael Savage is often regarded as one of New Zealand's greatest and revered Prime Ministers, and was given the title of 'New Zealander of the Century' by the New Zealand Herald in 1999. The memorial Park has beautiful panoramic views over Whenua Rangatira, Auckland city and Waitemata Harbour. This park is a popular wedding venue, with its formal gardens and tranquil atmosphere. The tour will then take you back along the waterfront before returning to downtown Auckland. More »

Activity ideas: Nelson City Snapshot Tour
Nelson City Snapshot Tour

Walk, walk ‘n’ ride or just ride. A quick look at city highlights and historic points of interest including Queens Gardens, some historic buildings and the site of New Zealand’s first official rugby game. More »

Activity ideas: River Surfing
River Surfing

This trip will blow your mind with the beauty of the scenery and intensity of the river surfing. Pristine waters, sheer drop cliffs, fast flowing rapids, and wicked rock jumps will challenge your nerves and keep you amused for an entire morning or afternoon of river surfing. You will be led by the world’s best trained and qualified guides as you surf standing waves, ride whirlpools or try some wicked rock jumps.  Operating on two sections of the historic Kawarau River – The Chinese Dog Leg and the Roaring Meg, you will surf the best section on the day. More »

Activity ideas: Segway tour of Queenstown
Segway tour of Queenstown

Explore Queenstown with the amazing Segway Personal Transporter (PT).  A quick training session gets you used to the unique motion of the Segway before you embark on an adventure around Queenstown’s best locations.  Your friendly guide will share some information along the way while you take in the scenic lakeside views riding on this fascinating transporter.  The tour takes you a little out of town and up a hill or two before taking a cruise through the beautiful Queenstown Gardens and enjoying what’s on offer there.  On the way back you have the option to experience a higher speed setting, leaving you in awe of the amazing technology that is the eco-friendly Segway PT. Riding an eco-friendly Segway Personal Transporter is quite a unique experience.  Segway Smart Motion technology keeps you balanced and in control. To propel the vehicle forwards, you simply lean forwards. To stop, just put your weight back. This sensation, while a little weird at first, is a thrill that everyone really enjoys. The duration of this tour is 2 hours. More »

Activity ideas: Rangitata Rafting
Rangitata Rafting

Self drive to our rafting lodge by 10.30am located 13km from Peel Forest. An early appetising lunch/brunch is served on arrival at our lodge.All safety and comfort equipment is supplied. With 2.5 hours on the river there is time for safety training and plenty of fun and excitement. Optional swimming, playing and leaping from a jump rock.Exhilarating grade 5 rapids.Option to walk around any rapids with the photographer if preferred. Hot refreshing showers welcome you back to our lodge.Delicious BBQ meal. View your action photos of the day. CD available to purchase. All you need to bring is your swimsuit, towel and sense of adventure More »

Activity ideas: Queenstown Highlights tour
Queenstown Highlights tour

See Queenstown’s 5 best sights and activities in one very affordable fun packed morning. Group sizes are small, vehicles are luxurious, friendly local driver-guides plus hotel pick ups all ensure that Queenstown Highlights is the best tour on offer. Visit Queenstown Hill with spectacular birds eye views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables and Lord of the Rings locations. Then onto the AJ Hackett Bungy Bridge and Discover the Secrets of Bungy with a behind the scenes tour. Watch intrepid jumpers from the viewing deck.  Relax at Gibbston Valley Winery and enjoy a selection of wines produced on site. Enjoy the wineries well stocked gift shop and the region’s only cheesery. Experience the Lord of the Rings Film Sites–Pillars of the Kings: Be transported to Middle Earth at the Kawarau Gorge, film location for the Pillars of the Kings. Lastly, visit Arrowtown and discover the golden history and colonial architecture. Highlights are the Lakes District Museum and Chinese Miners’ settlement. More »

Activity ideas: Auckland Morning highlights plus Waiheke Wine Tour
Auckland Morning highlights plus Waiheke Wine Tour

Begin your day with a tour of Auckland's scenic city highlights, followed by an afternoon tasting world-class wines amid the beautiful surroundings of Waiheke Island. More »

Activity ideas: Tongariro White Water Rafting
Tongariro White Water Rafting

You’ll start your unforgettable adventure with an on-shore safety briefing and paddle instructions with your experienced guide. You and the rest of the crew will then begin your white water rafting journey on grade 3 rapids – an ideal grade for experienced paddlers or first-time rafters. In 2.5 hours you navigate over 60 heart-pounding, roller coaster rapids with an expert guide at the helm. Throughout the trip you’ll be treated to sights only accessed by raft. Rafting the Tongariro River offers spectacular unspoilt wilderness and adrenalin-pumping action! More »

Activity ideas: Grade 5 Half Day White Water Rafting
Grade 5 Half Day White Water Rafting

Often recognised as one of the top half day Grade 5 Rafting Trips in the world, your trip on the Rangitikei starts off easier, with sections of fun Grade 2 and Grade 3 rapids, great practice for what lies ahead!  Over a two to three hour period, and 12 kms of river, you will experience rapids that start at that easy end, and culminate in the gorge, a section of the river where 10 major rapids, from Grade 3+ to Grade 5, line up one after the other to thrill and excite you. Some of these rapids are short and sharp, while others carry on for several hundred meters. More »

Activity ideas: Queenstown Local Area Tour
Queenstown Local Area Tour

See the highlights of the basin, spectacular views, local haunts and must see’s of Queenstown.  You will be picked up from your Queenstown accommodation for an in depth exploration of the Wakatipu Basin.  Travel to the Shotover Gorge, Skippers Canyon Saddle and the Wakatipu Basin lookout at Coronet Peak for spectacular views.  Take a break in historic and charming Arrowtown for a tea or coffee at one of the great local cafes, then wander the streets as you learn about the gold mining history and the Chinese settlement in the area.  Next along to view those dare devils who enjoy jumping off bridges with only a bungy to keep them safe.  You will also visit Kawarau Gorge and one of the vineyards in the renowned Gibbston Valley.  Your local kiwi guides will provide you with a wealth of knowledge about Queenstown and the small group size gives flexibility, the perfect tour for those wanting a personalised experience.  Tours depart 8.30am or 1.30pm and take approximately 4 hours. More »

Activity ideas: Magic Broomstick Tour
Magic Broomstick Tour

The tour takes you around the village and beaches of Devonport noting some points of historic interest, visits North Head to enjoy the views and to learn about the fort and the network of tunnels, finally gliding to the top of Mt. Victoria, one of Devonport’s extinct volcanoes, to enjoy the panoramic views of Auckland City and the Hauraki Gulf. More »

Activity ideas: Best of the Bay - Hole in the Rock & Kerikeri Tour
Best of the Bay - Hole in the Rock & Kerikeri Tour

A day experience that takes in the best of the Bay of Islands from both land and sea - the Best of the Bay Tour including Cape Brett Morning Hole in the Rock Cruise and the afternoon Kerikeri Tour.. More »

Activity ideas: Tongariro Family Float Rafting
Tongariro Family Float Rafting

This leisurely two-hour trip down the soft, tumbling waters of the Lower Tongariro brings the magic alive for first time rafters and especially children. For those who want to experience white water rafting but prefer a gentler pace.  You still get to paddle and there are some small rapids to navigate but nothing too wet or wild. More »

Activity ideas: Discover Kerikeri Tour
Discover Kerikeri Tour

Visit a place of rich history complimented by lots of character. Known for its fresh local produce, Keri Keri is a place to indulge and have fun. Experience some of New Zealand's earliest European history at historic Kemp House and the Stone Store, and taste quality wines and chocolates. Tour departs Paihia. More »

Activity ideas: Auckland Adventure Duck
Auckland Adventure Duck

Auckland Adventure Duck is the first and only amphibious vehicle to touch down in Auckland. Drive along the road in the Duck bus enjoying a City tour along Auckland's waterfront before the Duck bus splashes into the water. More »

Activity ideas: Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

A tribute to New Zealand's Sir Edmund Hillary - humanitarian, ambassador and one of the world's greatest explorers - the centre showcases the Aoraki Mount Cook region and its people within a comprehensive museum as well as a 126-seat custom-designed theatre and Digital Dome Planetarium. More »

Activity ideas: Americas Cup Yacht Sailing
Americas Cup Yacht Sailing

Enjoy an opportunity to sail an authentic America’s Cup yacht. The America's Cup is the world's oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy and the ultimate yachting regatta. Getting on board one of the purpose built yachts is usually the domain of billionaires and elite professional yachties. Now you can experience sailing on of these amazing boats on a 2 hour sailing adventure on Auckland's beautiful harbour ... A must, if you have an interest in sailing! More »

Activity ideas: The Buried Village
The Buried Village

The Buried Village with its award-winning museum, recreated pioneer cottage, Maori whare and excavated sites is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Rotorua. The scenic nature trail, which includes a walk to the stunning Wairere waterfall, and Vi's Teahouse onsite are attractions in their own right.

The excavated village offers a first-hand insight into the chaos and mayhem that transpired on the night Mount Tarawera erupted. It is an authentic appreciation of the people of Te Wairoa, both Maori and European, on how they lived… and died.  On June 10 1886, spewing rock, ash and mud killed more than 150 people, engulfed several settlements and destroyed the marble-like terraces at Lake Rotomahana, which were internationally regarded as "the eighth wonder of the world". More »

Activity ideas: Larnach Castle and Gardens
Larnach Castle and Gardens

Larnach is New Zealand's only Castle, built in 1871 by politician and merchant, William Larnach, a man of great vision who helped shape New Zealand’s early history.  It was built for William's beloved first wife Eliza, it took 200 workmen three years to build the shell and a further twelve years were spent by master craftsman to embellish the interior.   It's located high up on the Otago Peninsula and looks down on Dunedin city giving beautiful views. The gardens have International Garden of Significance status and have a unique collection of specialised areas for you to explore.  The Ballroom cafe is a fantastic place to rest and reflect on all you have seen while enjoying a delicious range of refreshments.  As with the entire castle, the ballroom had an interesting and varied history prior to its beautiful restoration, uses ranged from a lunatic asylum, antique sales room to the penning of sheep. More »

Activity ideas: Harbour Dinner Cruise Sailing Experience
Harbour Dinner Cruise Sailing Experience

This unique on-water dining experience is not to be missed while you're in Auckland.  Enjoy smooth sailing on the Waitemata Harbour - then watch this photogenic city come alive with twinkling lights. Your experienced crew will talk about Auckland’s highlights and there will opportunity try your hand at steering.

At our sheltered mooring you'll be served delicious New Zealand fare - choose from a delectable three course menu catered for by Snapdragon, a renowned Viaduct Restaurant. More »

Activity ideas: Shantytown Heritage Park
Shantytown Heritage Park

Located just 10 kilometres south of Greymouth is one of New Zealand's leading tourist attractions. Shantytown is a faithfully restored replica of an 1860's West Coast gold mining town. It is a living monument to the hardy pioneers who forded the wildly exotic rivers and streams, and scrambled through the rugged subtropical rainforest in search of their fortunes. A 20 minute ride on one of the original bush steam trains takes you deep into gold country. Amongst the collection of pioneer relics and Kiwiana that has come to comprise Shantytown's unique and valuable collection are some true gems. This vast and significant collection is housed in over 30 historic buildings, enabling you to wander your way through the town as interlopers into a bygone era.   You'll also get to try your hand at gold-panning under the helpful tuition of the highly experienced gold claim staff. More »

Activity ideas: White Island tour with Pee Jay
White Island tour with Pee Jay

White Island Tours with PeeJay gives you an in-depth guided tour of one of the world’s most interesting volcanoes. The island’s history is related in an informative way, with scientific information explained in an easy-to-understand manner. Shortly after check-in at the White Island Rendezvous, the tour departs from the Whakatane Wharf. You will find yourself aboard PeeJay, a luxury launch specifically built for the tours to White Island. The trip out to the island is approximately 80 minutes, depending on conditions, so there is plenty of time to take in the scenery and marine life and enjoy our commentary through the excellent microphone system on board. More »

Activity ideas: Sail the R Tucker Thompson tall ship
Sail the R Tucker Thompson tall ship

Experience the unique opportunity of sailing on a working tall ship, in one of the most spectacularly beautiful parts of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands.  You don’t often get the chance to sail on a working tall ship, help set the sails or take the helm, but on the Tucker, you are welcome! With harnesses provided if you want the challenge of climbing the rigging or out on the bowsprit to ride the waves. If you’d like to relax, that’s fine too – enjoy the delicious food and chat with our friendly crew.  Enjoy complimentary freshly baked scones from the galley, a lunchtime swim and island stopover in a sheltered bay and a delicious BBQ lunch served on board. More »

Activity ideas: Harbour Sailing Cruise with lunch
Harbour Sailing Cruise with lunch

The Pride of Auckland Company operates its fleet of large purpose-built sailboats on the sheltered waters of the Waitemata Harbour. Enjoy the view from the deck of a 50ft sailing monohull yacht. Take in the Auckland landscape as you enjoy your picnic lunch and see the harbour bridge from below as you try your hand steering the helm. Relax and settle in for unforgettable 90 minute experience. More »

Activity ideas: Guided Tour of Te Papa The Museum of New Zealand
Guided Tour of Te Papa The Museum of New Zealand

New Zealand’s national museum tells the great stories of New Zealand’s past, present and future. Over 20 galleries house imaginative exhibitions and interactive experiences that explore New Zealand’s unique natural environment, the triumphs and tragedies of colonial history, and the warmth and vitality of the Maori people. More »

Activity ideas: Sailing Adventures
Sailing Adventures

The Abel Tasman National Park coastline offers some of the best sailing in New Zealand. Almost daily through summer the sea breeze fills in from the North mid morning and gradually builds through the afternoon. Peaceful relaxing sailing early in the day is the ideal time to cruise North exploring the native bush clad coastline and golden beaches. The afternoon offers the thrill and excitement of fast sailing, a great opportunity to ride the waves back down the coast. Shelter and calm water can still be found in most bays when the breeze is up, offering a great balance for cruising sailors.

All the yachts Sailing Adventures operate are modern, safe and very well equipped. Skippers are MSA qualified, with years of local knowledge and experience sailing the Abel Tasman coastline. So hear the history of the National Park, learn how to sail, or just sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery you decide. More »

Activity ideas: Stewart Island Village and Bays Tour
Stewart Island Village and Bays Tour

The Village and Bays tour is a must for any visitor to Stewart Island. An informative insight into island life, culture and history, the 1 1/2 hour tour takes in Lee Bay, Horseshoe Bay and Observation Rock amongst others. With photo opportunities and some great tales along the way the tour is not to be missed. More »

Activity ideas: Historic Olveston House Guided Tour
Historic Olveston House Guided Tour

Olveston House is a special place. It offers visitors a glimpse of a lifestyle long gone that can never be recreated.   Visitors feel very much like a guest in the family home as they move through the eighteen rooms open for viewing during the course of the one hour guided tour.  There are few historic houses that can offer such originality and integrity as Olveston. It has only ever had one family in residence. Miss Dorothy Theomin, the sole surviving member of the family who built the house, died in 1966 and the property, complete with all its contents, was passed into the care of Dunedin City. Constructed between 1904 and 1906, the Neo-Jacobean style grace and grandeur of Olveston is distinguished by a wealth of decorative detail.  The Theomin family decorated their home with irreplaceable artifacts and priceless treasures.  Bronze, cloisonné and ivory from Japan and Chinese jade and ceramics reflect David Theomin's interest in decorative art from East Asia. In total, some 240 paintings and graphics grace the rooms. More »

Activity ideas: Unforgettable Skippers Canyon tour
Unforgettable Skippers Canyon tour

Enjoy all that this breathtaking area has to offer: stunning scenery, peace and quiet and an exciting history. Located in Queenstown's backcountry, Skippers Canyon is one of New Zealand's best kept secrets. You will travel on Skippers Canyon Road alongside the Shotover River at a leisurely pace. Built between 1883 and 1890 in four sections, the historic road was considered an engineering feat in its day. Your guide will stop for photos when ever you want and explain this former goldmining area. It is your choice to experience this living history by walking short distances and get in touch with Queenstown's heritage.  One of the highlights of your tour will be the crossing of Skippers Canyon Bridge. The bridge is 100m long and suspended 90m above the Shotover River by its original 14 wire ropes. You then reach Skippers Point in the Mount Aurum Conservation Area and enjoy a lovely morning tea of home-made cheese, crackers, biscuits and refreshments.  You will travel in small groups of maximum 9 passengers in comfortable 4WD minibuses with a guarantee of a forward facing seat. Plenty of photo stops and short walks on this historic mountain road keep you busy during this 65 km return trip. More »

Activity ideas: Beviamo Yacht Charter Marlborough Sounds
Beviamo Yacht Charter Marlborough Sounds

At the tip of the South Island, lies one of the world’s best kept secrets – The Marlborough Sounds. Pristine waters and bush clad hills provide a serenity rarely found these days. The Marlborough Sounds are the perfect holiday location, providing walks, boating, gourmet restaurants, wildlife and most of all tranquility. Imagine yourself cruising your way around 4000 square kilometres of idyllic scenery that make up the beautiful Sounds.   Well you don't have to imagine, you can now charter the Beviamo, a 42 foot (12.9 metre) luxury yacht built in Germany. Hire of Beviamo comes complete with its qualified skipper who is licensed by the NZ Maritime Safety Authority. Your skipper has been sailing in the Marlborough Sounds for over 45 years.  His long association with the area means he can show you the many exciting places that make the Marlborough Sounds so special.  Beviamo has a twin helm, meaning it has two steering wheels, making it ideal for people who want to try their hand at sailing, in the knowledge that support is close at hand. There are a range of cruise options, depending on your interests and time available, including overnight cruising. More »

Activity ideas: Knights of the Sky - The Great War Exhibition
Knights of the Sky - The Great War Exhibition

The Knights of the Sky exhibition is a unique visitor experience featuring Sir Peter Jackson’s own collection of WW1 aircraft and artifacts. The story of aviation in the Great War is brought to life in sensational sets created by the internationally acclaimed talent of WingNut Films and Weta Workshop. A must-do for all visitors to Marlborough, you don’t have to be an aviation enthusiast to be swept up in the displays and stories of a bygone era including the exploits of the Red Baron. More »

Activity ideas: Sail NZ Bay of Islands
Sail NZ Bay of Islands

Sail NZ is the largest sailing operator in New Zealand with an impressive fleet of high performance yachts and is an industry leader providing once in a lifetime sailing opportunities in Auckland and the Bay of Islands

America Cup Sailing Experience More »

Activity ideas: Fair Wind Charters
Fair Wind Charters

Explore the wonderful Bay of Islands with a Fairwind Yacht Charter. The fleet includes yachts from 28-feet to 45-feet and their boats boast a high standard of their maintenance and presentation. Secluded beaches, island walks, fishing, dolphins and penguins; the Bay of Islands has all of this - and the best way to experience it is by boat. The charter area of the Fairwind fleet extends from Cape Karikari, 60 miles north of the Bay of Islands to Cape Colville in the south. This is 170 miles of the best sailing that New Zealand has to offer. More »

Activity ideas: Larnach Castle tour
Larnach Castle tour

Experience panoramic views of Dunedin, Otago Harbour and the Otago Peninsula. Personally guided tour of the Castle, a magnificent 19th century heritage home, with time to browse at your leisure. Travel to the Castle along the Harbour Drive and High Road, taking in spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, Otago Harbour and Dunedin City, stopping for photo opportunities. Your driver becomes your personal guide at Larnach Castle and will take you on a 45 minute tour. Another 45 minutes to wander the gardens or explore the Castle in more detail. Learn of William Larnach triumphs and tragedies and enjoy the sheer decadence of the day, be astounded to learn it took 200 craftsmen 15 years to build their 'castle'. More »

Activity ideas: Christchurch Botanic Gardens tour
Christchurch Botanic Gardens tour

Established in 1863, Christchurch's 75 acre Botanic Gardens host the finest collection of exotic and indigenous plants to be found anywhere in New Zealand. Operating a continuous daily service, Caterpillar Garden Tours allows you to discover the natural beauty, history and culture of this central city oasis while at the same time being taken around the gardens in all weather, comfort and style. The professionally-guided tours allow you the flexibility of staying on the shuttles for the full circuit or alternatively you can choose to "hop on or hop off" at any of the clearly-identified stops around the Gardens. More »

Activity ideas: Hamilton Gardens Guided Tour and Gourmet Picnic Basket
Hamilton Gardens Guided Tour and Gourmet Picnic Basket

Telling the story of gardens through themed collections, Hamilton Gardens explores different civilisations, and recreates historically important garden styles from all over the world. Your guide will share the ‘inside story’ of how Hamilton Gardens was transformed from a rubbish dump into an internationally significant garden. Around every corner there is something different.

Pick up your gourmet picnic basket at the completion of your tour and choose your favourite garden to relax and have lunch. More »

Activity ideas: Pukeiti Gardens Taranaki
Pukeiti Gardens Taranaki

Established in 1951 by Douglas Cook (of Eastwoodhill Arboretum), and others forming the Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust, the garden is located adjacent to the National Park-on the slopes of Taranaki.  Wonder at the beauty of a world-class rhododendron collection within a rainforest and sense the history and learn the stories of the land. More »

Activity ideas: Ayrlies Garden
Ayrlies Garden

Situated in the gently rolling country of east Auckland, this is one of New Zealand's best known gardens, characterised by sweeping lawns and informal but detailed paintings by ponds and waterways. More »

Activity ideas: Hamilton Gardens Guided Tour
Hamilton Gardens Guided Tour

Telling the story of gardens through themed collections, Hamilton Gardens explores different civilisations, and recreates historically important garden styles from all over the world. Your guide will share the ‘inside story’ of how Hamilton Gardens was transformed from a rubbish dump into an internationally significant garden. Around every corner there is something different. More »

Activity ideas: Tarata Fishaway Lodge
Tarata Fishaway Lodge

Tarata Fishaway Lodge is set in a remarkable location with views of the Rangitikei River and the Ruahine Ranges towering above.   Choose from four unique and very private, fully self-contained retreats.  These are the ideal choice for guests seeking to relax, fish or just to unwind. Tarata Fishaway Lodge offers something special for everyone. 

Onsite activities – enquire for pricing.

Scenic rafting - Departing from Tarata, rafting through gentle rapids, crystal clear waters, vertical gorges and unbelievable scenery of the Rangitikei River. Rafting under the Bungy bridge to visit a secret waterfall. Stop for Picnic lunch and swim. Float quietly through Middle Earth, scenes from the movie Lord of the Rings. Suitable for all ages.

Farm animal fun – Tarata are always looking for help to collect the eggs, feed the chickens, pigs, deer, goats, cow, dogs, rabbits, possums, sheep, llama, alpaca and turtles.  In spring there might be the opportunity to help bottle feed the orphan lambs.

Farm adventures -4WD tour, spotlight safari, lama and alpaca walks, bush walks, clay bird shooting, mini golf with a difference and ‘magic carpet rides’.

Guided Fishing - Raft Fishing with your guide. Raft to secluded pools and runs on the magnificent Rangitikei River. Some of New Zealand's best trout fishing only accessible by raft.  On foot fishing with your guide also available.  Multi-day fishing trips also available with all camping gear and food provided.

Family campouts – combine the scenic rafting with an overnight New Zealand camping experience.  All camping gear and food provided. More »

Activity ideas: Lavendyl Lavender Farm
Lavendyl Lavender Farm

Lavendyl farm grows over 50 different varieties of lavender plants on the 5 acre Lavender farm.  A visit to the farm is a sensory experience.  Stroll through the gardens while admiring lavender and native New Zealand plants and flowers, meet the friendly sheep and take in the spectacular views.  From January to February, when the flowers are at their peak for oil production, the distilling process can be observed on site.  All year round a wide range of lavender products are available to purchase from the unique onsite gift store and gallery.  Finish your visit with a relaxing cup of tea or coffee inside the tearoom or out in the gardens. More »

Activity ideas: The Point Sheep Shearing Show
The Point Sheep Shearing Show

Get up close to The Point's Drysdale Ram - "Ram-Man" - and let him eat out of the palm of your hand. Taking place in an authentic Kiwi shearing shed you will get a taste of traditional sheep shearing including information on wool types, sheep breeds, tools and the techniques & equipment of the past.   You'll also meet the working dogs Jed, Sam & Todd, Jed even performs in the show. Between August and January you will even get the opportunity to hold and feed the pet lambs. The Point lambs are eager for visitors as they know they will get a bottle of milk and lots of attention!

Suitable for all ages, the show is full of fun and interesting information and is a "hands on" experience that the whole family will enjoy and remember to bring your camera for all the photo opportunities. More »

Activity ideas: Billy Blacks Kiwi Culture Show
Billy Blacks Kiwi Culture Show

Hosted by the legendary "Billy Black" or one of his team, Woodlyn Parks NZ Sheep Shearing Farm Show, near Waitomo Caves is the New Zealand experience of a life time! See New Zealand's pioneer history combined with a farm show. New Zealand's first Kiwi Culture Show with audience participation includes sheep shearing, bush animals, the kiwi bear and the dancing pig. This show will have you in fits of laughter as you watch or even participate in anything from log sawing & log explosions to helping shear the sheep. Farm animals and working sheep dogs complete this unique story. More »

Activity ideas: Skippers Canyon
Skippers Canyon

This was one of the major mining areas in the region and the road to Skippers Canyon took 8 years to build. A levy placed on the gold mined in the area funded the construction and when you see the road you will understand why it took so long to complete. The twisting turning narrow track has drops of over 100 metres to the canyon floor below in places. Relics of the old township including the schoolhouse remain at the head of the canyon. If you intend rafting the Shotover River then the starting point is Skippers Canyon and if you feel like bungy jumping 72 metres into the canyon then this is the place. More »

Activity ideas: Mt. John
Mt. John

Just west of Tekapo is Mt. John and located on top is the University of Canterbury's astronomical observatory. Located here due to the large number of clear night skies the region enjoys. As well as offering tours of the Observatory during the day you can also enjoy an evening tour to view the night skies. See earth and sky.A detour from the main road to take the steep windy road to the top is well worth the effort with incredible 360 degree views of Lakes Tekapo, Alexandrina and McGregor as well as the vast Mackenzie high country and the Tekapo basin. The Astro Cafe is a great place to enjoy coffee and the best views in the region. If you have the time then the Mt John walkway is a enjoyable short hike starting in Tekapo. More »

Activity ideas: The Lost Springs
The Lost Springs

Experience luxury and relaxation in Whitianga’s beautifully hand sculpted pools filled with natural thermal spring waters and surrounded by luscious native bush. The Lost Spring therapeutic thermal pools offer a range in temperatures and depth to suit everyone. Sit back and relax in the natural spring mineral waters ranging from a cool 32degrees to a warm 38degrees. The Lost Springs Crater Lake Hot Pool is the warmest pool with temperatures maintained at a toasty 40degrees you can enjoy a truly New Zealand thermal experience. With running waterfalls from pool to pool you can settle back and listen to the sounds of nature entwined with soothing Pacifica music. Whilst you soak you can enjoy delicious cocktails and platters from the poolside menu, served to you by your friendly TLS Café staff.

If you feel like more pampering, there is also a day spa on site with tailored treatments to suit individual needs.  The team of professional therapists have blended years of experience, mixing Eastern traditions with modern Western th07 866 0456erapies and a sprinkle of Pacifica charm to create a boutique spa menu just for you.

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Activity ideas: Muriwai Beach
Muriwai Beach

Muriwai Beach is located about 40km north west of Auckland City. The black sand found on the west coast beaches is a result of the volcanic activity that formed the region.

The Muriwai coastline stretches approximately 60km from Maori Bay in the South to the Kaipara Harbour in the north inviting a wide range of activities. People enjoying surfing, horse riding, 4 wheel driving, land yachting, picnics, swimming and parapenting are common sights along the beach. More »

Activity ideas: Piha Beach
Piha Beach

Piha is considered New Zealand's most famous surf beach and is about 40 kilometres west of Auckland City. First surfed in the 1950's by Californians, the beach quickly gained a reputation for its difficult and ever-changing breaks.  Previously, the area was occupied by Te Kawarau a Maki, the Maori tribe of the west coast and the remains of their settlements and pas can still be seen on the headlands and in the cliffs around Piha. In the 1850's the area was purchased from the Maori and the European settlers moved in. Soon after, and continuing for almost 90 years, the area was logged for its Kauri timber. Using bullock teams, huge logs would be pulled from the bush and then taken to Karekare and then by purpose built railway to Whatipu wharf.  Many remnants of this industry can still be seen today. In the late 1800's Piha reputation as a popular holiday destination was building, encouraging many families to make the long and arduous trip from Auckland to the seaside. Today there are many holiday bachs located in the hills and the 40 minute drive from the city brings many visitors during the summer months. More »

Activity ideas: Goldfields Railway, Waihi
Goldfields Railway, Waihi

In the early 1900's the expansion of the Waihi mine meant that more materials and people were needed in the region and so the government of the day linked Waihi to the main trunk line in 1905. Further expansion 23 years later and Waihi connected with the east coast and the port of Tauranga. The steep gradients, the tight curves and the 9km long tunnel on this section of track became difficult and expensive to maintain for the ever increasing freight traffic and so in the early 1980's the track was dismantled leaving just a short section between Waihi and Waikino.

Soon after  the Goldfields Steam Train Society purchased the track with the objective to run a passenger service using heritage machinery and preserving this districts railway history for the enjoyment of future generations. Today you can enjoy a relaxing trip on the Goldfields Railway pulled by one the many restored engines as you travel along the Ohinemuri River. More »

Activity ideas: Bay of Islands Vintage Railway
Bay of Islands Vintage Railway

The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway Trust is a heritage Steam railway in Kawakawa, home of the world famous Hundertwasser toilets, in the Bay of Islands region of Northland, New Zealand. The railway at Kawakawa was the North Island’s first railway to be opened and the first to run a rail passenger service in the North Island. The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway is unique in the world as it is the only working railway in the world where the trains travel down the middle of a State Highway and right through the middle of the town. The star attraction Gabriel, built in 1927 is a fine example of a working steam engine and is the only one in her class left in the world. Today the railway operates on part of the former Opua track and offers train rides to visitors using both steam and diesel locomotives. See a working vintage steam engine and enjoy a ride through scenic countryside for a unique experience and a great family day out! More »

Activity ideas: Ninety Mile Beach
Ninety Mile Beach

Situated on the west coast of Northland, Ninety Mile Beach runs from Ahipara in the south to near Cape Reinga at the northern tip of New Zealand. Interestingly, it's accurate length is about 30 miles shorter than its name would have us believe. At low tide 4WD vehicles can drive the length of the beach with many access points along the coastline. At the northern end the Te Paki stream is the most popular access point. More »

Activity ideas: Karekare
Karekare

The earliest occupants of the Karekare valley were the Ngaoho people who lived here in the 13th century for about 300 years. The years following saw the Te Kawerau a Maki tribe inhabit in the area, but in 1825 they were attacked by the musket wielding Ngapuhi tribe who consequently slaughtered all but one of the occupants. For a while the area became known as Mauaharanui – ‘the place of great wrongdoing’. Today's name, Karekare means 'surf' or 'rippling waters' and is a far more apt description of this quiet village.

1845 saw the arrival of the first Europeans to the area and inevitably logging and farming soon started to make its mark on the dramatic landscape. The early 1900's saw the first tourists arriving at Karekare with many staying at Winchelsea House. This luxurious accommodation home had electricity 10 years before Auckland City officially became connected and was just what the travellers needed after a day long horse and cart ride along rough winding tracks. More »

Activity ideas: Pleasant Point Museum & Railway
Pleasant Point Museum & Railway

Pleasant Point Museum and Railway is an award winning homage to the region's past.  Board the Fully restored steam train at the original Railway Station, built in 1875, which is in the centre of the quaint country town of Pleasant Point. Travel down the track to the Keanes Crossing complex where there is vintage railway rolling stock; including steam locomotives an 85 ton Ab699 built in 1922 and a 16 ton D16 built in 1878.  One of the worlds only Model T Ford Railcars runs daily throughout the summer months (check the timetables).  At the historic museum you can walk through and marvel at the interesting displays of railway memorabilia. Also have a look at the displays of old computers and at the vintage printery see how newspapers were printed in years gone by.  Many of the machines here are more than 100 years old.  Some of the unique features of this award winning attraction include New Zealand's only restored half-birdcage carriage built in 1895, locomotive and wagon turntables and the former 1912 Washdyke signal box. See more details and timetables here. More »

Activity ideas: Doubtless Bay
Doubtless Bay

The small settlement on Doubtless Bay (now known as Taipa) was the site of the first Maori landing. Navigator Kupe explored this area around 900 AD before returning to Hawaiiki to boast of his discovery. Nearly 900 years later Captain James Cook sailed past the entrance to the harbour and recorded that it was "doubtless a harbour". The name eventually became Doubtless Bay.The Maori tribes that inhabited the area made great use of the bay's abundant shellfish and also travelled in the summer to the fishing villages established in the Rangaunu Harbour on the other side of Karikari Peninsular. Mangonui, at the entrance to the harbour, grew from whaling with the first ship arriving in 1792. The port became extraordinarily busy housing up to 30 ships at any one time. More »

Activity ideas: Karikari Peninsula
Karikari Peninsula

The Karikari peninsula sits on the western side of Doubtless Bay in the Far North. Stretching out in the South Pacific Ocean the peninsular is famous for its golden beaches and spectacular summer camping spots. Tokerau Beach is 18 kilometres long and runs from Whatuwhiwhi to Aurere. Probably the most famous of the bays and beaches is Matai Bay. This mecca has drawn New Zealanders along with their caravans and tents for many years. A short detour from the main road takes you to Lake Ohia, a drowned kauri forest that is estimated to be 40,000 years old. Though a large amount of stumps were removed in the early years' search for kauri gum, some still remain and can be seen.  More »

Activity ideas: Matauri Bay
Matauri Bay

This idyllic bay of golden sand and deep green bush lies just 30 km from Kerikeri. It was here that Samuel Marsden first set foot on New Zealand soil on 20th December 1814. Five days later he preached his first sermon to Maori.From the headland you can clearly see the Cavalli Islands about 5 km offshore and it is here that the Rainbow Warrior lies as an artificial reef for divers to explore. The Greenpeace ship was in Auckland Harbour being readied to lead a flotilla into the Pacific to protest French nuclear testing when on July 10 1985, two French secret service agents planted explosives on the hull and sank her. One crewman died trying to retrieve equipment. The ship was later towed to Matauri Bay and scuttled. More »

Activity ideas: Te Paki Stream
Te Paki Stream

This is the northern most access point for ninety mile beach. As the name suggests access is via a stream bed and can only be achieved safely in a 4WD vehicle. A popular pastime in the area is to find a suitable piece of wood or similar and slide down the huge sand dunes in the area. More »

Activity ideas: Parengarenga Harbour
Parengarenga Harbour

Parengarenga Harbour on the east coast of the Aupouri Peninsular, is home to thousands of Godwits between February and March, as they congregate before their lengthy migration to Siberia and Alaska. The white sand dunes seen in the distance are the planet’s purest source of silica, exported worldwide from Whangarei. More »

Activity ideas: Houhora
Houhora

Houhora is a small town situated on a harbour about 45 km north of Kaitaia. Literally meaning 'feathers spread out' the name probably originated from the activities of the Maori who made a summer camp at Mt. Camel just on the other side of the harbour. Mt. Camel is one of New Zealand's oldest archaeological sites and access is restricted. Today Houhora makes a living from fishing and tourism including big game fishing charters. It's also the home of New Zealand's northernmost pub, the Houhora Tavern.  

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Activity ideas: Whangaroa Harbour
Whangaroa Harbour

Whangaroa Harbour is a pleasant detour off State Highway 10 as you head south from Mangonui. Ancient volcanic cones rise above the bush, a testament to its violent birth. Almost completely enclosed, the harbour is now a base for deep sea fishing expeditions. Its peace and tranquility belies its past though. In 1809 the harbour was the scene of a massacre when the Boyd, a 395 ton brigantine convict ship arrived to collect kauri logs to ship to England. The shore party was killed by Maori who then dressed as crewmen and boarded the ship in the night. They killed all but four of the remaining crew and passengers and many of the victims were also eaten. During the struggle a gunpowder barrel ignited and the ship was burned to the waterline. The Whangaroa museum still has some relics from the Boyd on display. More »

Activity ideas: Whatipu
Whatipu

Whatipu, situated in the lower south west corner of the Waitakere Ranges is a rugged and desolate area with an remarkable history. Its abundance of wildfowl, fish and eels enticed early Maori to visit regularly in their quest for food. Large caves, about a 40 minute walk from and back to the car park, can be explored. These were inevitably used as shelter for weary travellers, and, strangely, a dance hall for local revellers. In 1867 a timber mill was built at Whatipu to service the kauri logging trade and a tramline built stretching up to Piha and Anawhata in the north. The mill closed in 1886 when the timber ran out. Whatipu is also where New Zealand's worst shipwreck occurred when, on 7th February 1863, H.M.S. Orpheus ran aground with the loss of an estimated 189 lives.

The sea is constantly changing the landscape here and since 1940 over 600 hectares of sand have been added to the beach. The area is now a scientific reserve with the wetlands providing a sanctuary for many endangered species such as the New Zealand Dotterel. More »

Activity ideas: Huia and Little Huia
Huia and Little Huia

The Huia, and just a little further along the road, Little Huia are situated on the Manukau Harbour in the south west corner of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. How the name originates is unclear but one probable source is that the Maori chief, Te Huia, camped here for the fishing season and so liked the placed that he remained. Europeans first set foot in the area some time in the early 1800's, but only temporarily, and were probably gangs sent ashore to cut timber for ship repairs or opportunistic cargo seekers.

The settlement of The Huia began in earnest with the arrival of the Kilgour family in 1853. Logging and farming the land was the primary occupation for the settlers of The Huia and in the late 1800's the Manukau Timber Company built a mill and wharf at Hinges Bay.In the early 1900's the settlement steadily grew to cope with the demand for timber. More »

Activity ideas: Dunedin Railway Station
Dunedin Railway Station

Dunedin railway station is considered are of the finest buildings of its type anywhere in the world. Built in 1906 to serve the what was then New Zealand's commercial centre it was listed in 2006 amongst the ‘200 must see places in the world' by prominent travel publisher DK Eyewitness Travel. Located within easy walking distance of the Octagon, the building is indeed impressive with its classic architecture and impeccably maintained gardens. The station is also where you begin the famous Taieri Gorge Scenic Train journey. More »

Activity ideas: Tranz Alpine Scenic Train
Tranz Alpine Scenic Train

Considered one of the world's greatest train journeys, the TranzAlpine scenic train travels both ways between Christchurch and Greymouth,from one coast of New Zealand to the other. From your carriage you'll see the vast windswept Canterbury Plains, spectacular gorges, river valleys and native beech rainforest. A highlight for many is the crossing of the Southern Alps, passing through Arthur's Pass National Park. More »

Activity ideas: Huka Falls
Huka Falls

Lake Taupo has a massive capacity of approximately 59 cubic kilometres and its only outlet is the Waikato River. At Huka, just north of the town centre the Waikato River is forced through a narrow volcanic rock chasm. The resulting spectacle is compounded as this massive volume of water surges towards the falls. A jet boat ride is a fun and thrilling way to see this geographic wonder or a short walk from the car park will position you onto a viewing platform. Close to the falls (look for the signs) is the Prawn Farm and here you can enjoy a prawn feast. More »

Activity ideas: Kiwi Birdlife Park
Kiwi Birdlife Park

The Kiwi Birdlife Park offers live conservation shows. This New Zealand first features the country’s native stars alongside qualified and experienced zoologists.At the live conservation show we give you the opportunity to meet the birds and creatures who have roamed the country’s forests and shorelines for thousands of years, in a close-up environment where their comfort is paramount, and your access is unparalleled. More »

Activity ideas: Te Anau Wildlife Centre
Te Anau Wildlife Centre

Fiordland is home to a wonderful variety of native birds, whose habitat ranges from the rugged mountain and forest environments to the wild west coast seashore. The Te Anau Wildlife Centre is the ideal setting to learn about some of Fiordland's wildlife. The centre offers the opportunity to view the rare flightless takahē, now restricted to the tussock grasslands of the Murchison Mountains of Fiordland. Native waterfowl, weka, parakeets, tui, kea, kākā and pigeons are all part of the setting. The centre's main aviary houses a number of native birds. The native pigeon, tui, kea and kaka or bush parrot can be seen here. Another aviary houses native parakeets. More »

Activity ideas: Moeraki Boulders
Moeraki Boulders

The Moeraki Boulders can be found along a short access road, signposted to the coast, around 21 kilometres north of the town of Palmerston and just north of the small and beautiful township of Moeraki. These large spherical stones are scattered along the beach and were formed over 60 million years ago. Some of the stones have been found to contain dinosaur bones and in some cases complete skeletons of extinct marine reptiles. Some stones weigh over 2 tonnes and are over 2 metres in diameter. Maori legend tells that they were the food baskets of a wrecked ancestral canoe. More »

Activity ideas: National Aquarium of New Zealand
National Aquarium of New Zealand

New Zealand's largest display of aquatic life and unique New Zealand wildlife, including sharks, stingrays, living coral, kiwi, tuatara and a huge range of fish species.  An underwater travelator takes you beneath the massive oceanarium as hundreds of fish swim and feed above and around you. Almost within touching distance are kiwi foraging on the forest floor of their enclosure and tuatara, the unique New Zealand lizard considered a living dinosaur found only in islands off the New Zealand mainland.

There is also the opportunity to swim with the sharks and other amazing marine life in the oceanarium. This is a snorkelling experience that is fully supervised at all times.

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Activity ideas: Cape Palliser and the South Coast
Cape Palliser and the South Coast

Just around 45 minutes south of the town of Martinborough will bring you to one of the most spectacular coastlines in the country. Rocky shores and tiny settlements feature as you head towards the magnificent views from the Cape Palliser lighthouse. New Zealand fur seals make these rocky shores and outcrops their home and offer some great photo opportunities. The small township of Ngawi is also quite a unique spot. As you approach you will be forgiven for thinking it's a massive graveyard for old tractors but in fact it's a bustling fishing community. Crayfish are the main catch and massive tractors and bulldozers are used to haul the boats from the water and over the pebble beach. Heading back towards Martinborough a detour to the Lake Ferry Hotel and some local seafood is highly recommended. More »

Activity ideas: Tarawera Falls
Tarawera Falls

The Tarawera Falls are just a short drive through forest and bush from the small town of Kawerau. The river disappears underground and reappears gushing out of the rock face at the falls. A short walk through bush along the river delivers you to a viewing area. More »

Activity ideas: Kiwi House Otorohanga
Kiwi House Otorohanga

The Kiwi House and native bird park in Otorohanga is owned and operated by the Otorohanga Zoological Society, Inc., a non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of New Zealand's native wildlife through education, display and breeding programs. Within the park you will find nocturnal kiwi houses, New Zealand's largest aviary, Live Tuataras and many of New Zealand native and endangered birds. You could encounter kiwi, morepork, pukeko and wekas. Also New Zealand's native parrots such as kea, kaka and kakariki. The park offers a chance to see many native animals you might not necessarily get to encounter in the wild. More »

Activity ideas: Tasman Glacier
Tasman Glacier

The Tasman Glacier is New Zealand's largest at around 27 kilometres long. Easy access to the moraine wall is via the Tasman Valley road and then a short climb up onto the hill. You are rewarded with a view of a desolate rock strewn landscape sitting on top of hundreds of metres of ice. Back down the valley the river eventually flows into Lake Pukaki and its hard to imagine the colour of the water in the Tasman Glacier lake eventually becoming the bright turquoise of Lake Pukaki.The best way to experience the glacier though is to take a Mt. Cook Ski Plane and actually land on the snow fields at the top. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. More »

Activity ideas: Orana Wildlife Park
Orana Wildlife Park

Set in 80 hectares of tranquil grounds, within a 15 minute drive from Christchurch Airport, Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand’s only open range zoo. Orana specialises in providing unique animal encounters in an open range setting. Get up close and personal with the wonderful animals! Experience the thrill of hand feeding a majestic giraffe, seeing a tiger search for food, or travelling through a pride of lions (for ticket prices and conditions of the Lion Encounter click here). Visitors can meet endangered New Zealand native wildlife such as kiwi (New Zealand’s national icon), tuatara (a unique native reptile) and kea (the world’s only mountain parrot). View a wide range of native gecko species and pet friendly domestic animals in the Farmyard area. Fifteen scheduled animal feeds occur daily and each presentation is accompanied by a talk from a wildlife guide. At Orana Wildlife Park there is something to entertain everyone. For admission prices and hours, visit www.oranawildlifepark.co.nz. More »

Activity ideas: Pukaha Mount Bruce
Pukaha Mount Bruce

Pukaha Mount Bruce is New Zealand's National Wildlife Centre for conservation of some of our most endangered wildlife. It is also a centre for environmental education and an eco tourism destination. Kiwi, kokako, kaka and other wildlife are now being restored to the forest with the support of the local community. It is here that you will become knowledgeable about New Zealand's unique conservation history. The National Wildlife Centre at Pukaha Mount Bruce is a nationally and internationally recognized captive breeding facility for a number of threatened bird species. It has worked successfully to save some of the rarest bird species in the world. More »

Activity ideas: Tawharanui Marine Reserve
Tawharanui Marine Reserve

The abundance of fish and edible plants in Tawharanui has provided food to its occupants for the last 1000 years. When Europeans purchased the land in 1873 the timber was milled and the land farmed as well as some parts of it quarried. The parks boundaries were extended in 1981 to create New Zealand's first Marine Protected Area. This prohibits the taking of any marine life from the region and provides a unique environment for snorkellers and divers to experience the many and varied forms of wildlife in this environment. The New Zealand dotterel nests in the sand dunes here and there are many other birds such as the coastal reef heron and spotless crake that also make this place home. More »

Activity ideas: Ohau Snow Fields
Ohau Snow Fields

Ohau Ski Area caters for all skiing and snowboarding abilities and offers a breath-taking backdrop of the Southern Alps and Lake Ohau below.   For the beginners, the snow mat takes you to gentle slopes for learning and you can book lessons with the friendly Ohau instructors.  Intermediate skiers and boarders are well looked after with 50% of the terrain graded intermediate.  Take the double chair lift to the top of the mountain where you’ll ride wide flat slopes down the Boulevard with style.  For those looking for more of a challenge, hiking around the tops to access the best powder snow is definitely worth it, not to mention the unbelievable views.  Wanting to practice your tricks there are 2 terrain parks, 1 for beginners and an intermediate/advanced park.  When you’re ready for a break the day lodge is a cosy space with a log burner, large social tables and the onsite café offers great food and coffee. More »

Activity ideas: Haruru Falls
Haruru Falls

Meaning 'big noise' the falls are a horseshoe shape and legend states that a taniwha, the Maori mythical water monster, lives in the water below. More »

Activity ideas: Rainbow Falls
Rainbow Falls

Just a few kilometres drive from Kerikeri are the Rainbow Falls. A spectacular 27 metre drop over a huge lava bluff is easily sighted from the viewing platform. You can also take a short walk to the base of the falls. More »

Activity ideas: TSS Earnslaw
TSS Earnslaw

Cruising upon Lake Wakatipu is one of the last remaining coal fired passenger ships operating in the southern hemisphere. The vintage steamship was originally built in Dunedin and once completed it was dismantled, shipped by rail to Kingston and then reassembled before being launched onto the lake where it has been transporting goods and passengers since 1912.

You can take a cruise aboard this magnificent vessel to Walter Peak High Country Farm to see a sheep station at work, enjoy dinner at the Colonels Homestead or take a high country horse trek. See below for the many options. More »

Activity ideas: Lake Hauroko
Lake Hauroko

Just a 10 minute walk from the road will deliver you to the shores of New Zealand's deepest lake, Lake Hauroko (443 metres). Here, in 1967 a well preserved Maori burial grave was discovered. Believed to be of a prominent female she was buried upright sometime around 1660. More »

Activity ideas: Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu

Lake Wakatipu zig-zag's it's way from Glenorchy to Kingston via Queenstown. A phenomenon known as transverse seiche gives the impression that the lake is tidal, but the changing water levels are due to atmospheric conditions. Today the lake provides enjoyment to sailors, fishermen and divers and with Queenstown sitting on its shores, pleasure cruising and adventure seekers all make use of these beautiful waters. At 293 square kilometres the lake is the second largest of the southern lakes and drops to a depth of 378 metres. More »

Activity ideas: State Highway 73
State Highway 73

State Highway 73 is the main road between Christchurch and the West Coast and the scenery is spectacular - even in the rain - and there is pretty good chance of rain in the high alpine mountains. With hundreds of waterfalls cascading down the bush clad hillsides it's not a road to be rushed. Lakes Pearson and Grasmere are also along this highway.

The Otira Gorge on the Western side of Arthur's Pass features a remarkable piece of engineering with the road passing high on a viaduct through the large valley. There are numerous lookout points giving great views of the valleys. Watch out for the local residents - the kea is the worlds only alpine parrot and can be extremely cheeky. More »

Activity ideas: Lake Kaniere Scenic Reserve
Lake Kaniere Scenic Reserve

Lake Kaniere Scenic Reserve is just around 15 kilometres from Hokitika. This idyllic location offers plenty of opportunity for bush walks. The Kahikatea Forest Walk takes you through virgin kahikatea forest and is just 10 minutes and Canoe Cove, also 10 minutes, takes you through rimu forest. The lake Kaniere Walkway and the Kaniere water Race Walkway are both around 4 hours and are moderate walks. On the eastern side of the lake Dorothy Falls is just a 2 minute walk to the pools. More »

Activity ideas: Lake Mahinapua Scenic Reserve
Lake Mahinapua Scenic Reserve

Lake Mahinapua Scenic Reserve, just south of Hokitika, is a great place to enjoy bush walks, bird life or simply relax and take in the scenery. By the boat ramp is the remains of the Mahinapua Steamer. This 1883 built vessel used to ply the lake and the waterways moving gold and other supplies between Hokitika and Ross. More »

Activity ideas: Curio Bay Walk
Curio Bay Walk Curio Bay is best known as the site of a petrified forest some 180 million years old. It also hosts a yellow-eyed penguin colony, arguably the rarest of penguin species, with approximately 1600 breeding pairs in the extant population. The bay, along with neighbouring Porpoise Bay, is home to the endemic Hector's dolphin. Southern right whales are occasionally observed offshore, as on numerous parts of the country's coast. Located near the southernmost point of the South Island, Curio Bay is one of the major attractions in the Catlins, attracting around 100,000 visitors per year. The town of Waikawa has an information center for tourists.
Activity ideas: Kaka Point Walk
Kaka Point Walk

Kaka Point is a small settlement at the northern edge of The Catlins. It is located 8 km north of the headland of Nugget Point. Kaka Point is named for the New Zealand kākā bird, whose signature call is "ka-aa."

Bush track at the top of Marine Terrace. This 30 minute loop track takes you through a good cross-section of vegetation types, including ferns and perching plants. Most podocarp species are also present.

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Activity ideas: McLean Falls Walk
McLean Falls Walk

The McLean Falls on the Tautuku River in Catlins Forest Park descend a number of steep drop offs and terraces, with the very top of the waterfall, where it meets its first waterpool being 22-metres. It then descends for many more metres over a series of terraces. The McLean Falls are often described as the most spectacular in the region, with its sister waterfall, Purakanui being the most visited, due to it being more easily accessible. The entrance to the McLean Falls River Walk is three kilometres from the Southern Scenic Route on Rewcastle Road. The track from the road to the falls passes through a variety of native forest and shrub types: Rimu, Kamahi, divaricating shrubland, huge tree fuchsia, stands of olearia and podocarp forest. A footbridge then crosses the subsidiary, Duckaday Creek, named by the early settler, Doug McLean, who used to bathe in it from time to time. The walk follows an easy grade along the Tautuku River valley with views of the river and bush. The path, including boardwalks and footbridges, is maintained by the Department of Conservation and is regularly gravelled.

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Activity ideas: Short walks in and around Catlins
Short walks in and around Catlins

A major highlight on the Southern Scenic Route, the Catlins are a walker's paradise offering a variety of walks from waterfalls, hidden lakes and coastal walks over rolling farmland. Don't forget to watch out for the amazing wildlife as well! More »

Activity ideas: Viaduct Harbour
Viaduct Harbour

Auckland's Viaduct Harbour was developed in 1999 following the successful New Zealand campaign to host the America's Cup. There are a variety of restaurants and bars to dine on the waterfront - ranging from street food to gourmet cuisine. The name 'City of Sails' quickly becomes evident as you stroll the boardwalk and many different yachts and small seacraft can be spotted. If you're keen to test your sea legs, you can choose to sail on an authentic America's Cup yacht. Also located here is the Maritime Museum and a unique Hilton Hotel - built to the shape of a cruise ship.

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Activity ideas: Devonport Village
Devonport Village

Devonport is located directly across the harbour from downtown Auckland. The trip by ferry takes around 12 minutes and delivers you to the esplanade, home of the grand Esplanade Hotel. Built in 1864, the North Shore landmark has deservedly reached iconic status.

Bearing witness to its fiery past, the volcanic cones of North Head and Mt. Victoria look down on the village, having last erupted 40, 000 years ago to create the land that Devonport now sits on. There are marvellous 360 degree views from the top of these cones. More »

Activity ideas: Tirau
Tirau

Tirau, originally named Oxford, is the oldest town in the South Waikato and boasts an unusually large number of craft, art and antique stores.

Its most famous landmarks though have to be the corrugated iron sheepdog and sheep. Housing the information centre the massive sheepdog is complimented by an equally large sheep. You can't miss them!  More »

Activity ideas: Parnell
Parnell

Parnell is Auckland's oldest suburb, established almost immediately after the land for Auckland was purchased in the 1840's. Many of the original structures still stand, while Hulme Court on Parnell Road is believed to be the oldest building in Auckland still on its original site.

Today the area is known for its upmarket housing, high-end fashion stores, art galleries, souvenir shops and fine restaurants. One of the most popular attractions in the city is Parnell Rose Gardens. Situated above Judges Bay and overlooking the harbour, it has over 4,500 rose plants to stroll through and enjoy. More »

Activity ideas: Mission Bay and St. Heliers
Mission Bay and St. Heliers

The two best known suburbs on the waterfront heading east from the city are Mission Bay and St. Heliers. The former, as its name suggests, grew from the Melanesian Mission that was built there in 1859. This charming structure still remains and stands mere metres away from the beach.

St. Heliers was named after a similar looking bay on the island of Jersey following the purchase of the land for subdividing in the late 1800's. Close proximity to the city (a 10 minute drive along Auckland's waterfront) and sandy beaches mean they are a popular weekend or after-work spot for many sun worshipers and families. More »

Activity ideas: Ponsonby
Ponsonby

Ponsonby, or more accurately Ponsonby Road, has long been one of the more fashionable areas of Auckland City. Its vast array of bars, cafes and restaurants are complimented by a great choice of fashion, jewellery and luxury goods shops. It's a great place to spend a couple of hours.

The buildings on both sides of the road are worth noting, displaying a quaint character of the Victorian and Edwardian times during which many were constructed. One of the most notable is the old Ponsonby Post office which was built in 1912 and following extensive restoration was turned into an elegant bar and restaurant. More »

Activity ideas: High Street and Vulcan Lane
High Street and Vulcan Lane

The area in and around High Street in Auckland City has a great deal of character. Running parallel to Queen Street, the two couldn't be any more dissimilar. While Queen Street has chain stores and fast-food outlets, High Street has one-off designer clothes stores, possibly the best bookshop in Auckland (Unity Books), and fine cafes and restaurants.

With its distinctive bier-houses in classic old-style structures, Vulcan Lane adds yet another dimension and is always busy, regardless of the time or day of the week. The Chancery is a fairly recent addition bringing yet more designer shops and cafes to the area. More »

Activity ideas: Arrowtown
Arrowtown

Just 20 kilometres north of Queenstown sits Arrowtown - a historical gem renowned for its original and picturesque buildings. Tucked beneath several peaks surrounding the Arrow River, this small gold mining village is a delightful destination. At its peak during the 1860’s gold rush, little remains of its previous gold fever - however there is an opportunity to visit old excavation sites, miners cottages and even try your hand at panning for the precious metal if you wish.

The heart of its history is Buckingham Street, a procession of small town heritage buildings that stretch into a tree lined avenue of tiny miners’ cottages. Visit the Lakes District Museum for fascinating insight and informational displays on its history. Another highlight of this tiny town is its spectacular scenery. Although beautiful in any season, Arrowtown really comes to life in the Autumn - when the entire settlement and surrounding hillside is burnished bronze. Before you leave, be sure to spend some time walking the renowned Arrowtown trails - an extensive network of walking and cycling routes. More »

Activity ideas: Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Waitangi is just 2km north of Paihia in the Bay of Islands and is arguably one of New Zealand's most historic sites. It was here in 1840 that the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between Maori and the British government. Still on the 400 hectare reserve is the Georgian style home of James Busby, a fully-carved Maori meeting house and Ngatokimatawhaorua, a 37 metre kauri waka (canoe). The latter is one of the largest ever carved and was crafted to mark the centenary of the signing of the treaty in 1940.
Also set in the immaculate grounds is a visitor museum which will give the full and remarkable story of Waitangi. More »

Activity ideas: Rotorua Museum and Blue Baths
Rotorua Museum and Blue Baths

Rotorua Museum is an award winning establishment. Located in the world famous Bath House building, the displays on the devastating Mt. Tarawera eruption of 1886 and the excellent cinema film are truly fascinating. The museum also hosts displays on the 28 Maori Battalion of the Second World War. The famous Rotorua Spa or the Great South Seas Spa as it was known was the New Zealand government's first tourism venture and the buildings and equipment are restored to show you how luxury was enjoyed in the early 20th century. Just a few minutes walk away are the Blue Baths, these art deco public baths are a relaxing place to enjoy Rotorua's geothermal waters. More »

Activity ideas: National Transport &Toy Museum
National Transport &Toy Museum

The Wanaka National Transport and Toy Museum is the result of one man’s dream and 50 years of collecting and preserving pieces from the past. The transport collection boasts rare and unusual aircraft, cars, trucks, motorcycles, fire appliances, military vehicles and tractors. A nostalgic selection of toys has something to fascinate the child in everyone, such as clockwork and battery powered toys, porcelain dolls, teddy bears, pedal cars and money boxes. More »

Activity ideas: Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre houses a display like no other and you don't have to be an aviation buff to enjoy it!  Human stories from the Great War come to life in a theatrical treatment, which is innovative and visually stunning. Captivating scenes depict the aircraft in context, some recreating actual incidents. The rare memorabilia is worthy of any national collection and ranges from beautifully crafted ‘trench art' through to personal items belonging to the famous Red Baron himself. More »

Activity ideas: World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum
World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum

The World of WearableArt™ and Classic Cars Museum is an iconic ‘must see’ Nelson visitor attraction that celebrates two distinctly different passions. A world class collection of classic cars can be viewed alongside incredible wearable works of art from all around the globe. More »

Activity ideas: Matakohe Kauri Museum
Matakohe Kauri Museum

The Kauri Museum is located approximately 90 minutes drive north of Auckland, in the rural backdrop of Matakohe. Offering insight into the region's pioneering history, It charts the rise and fall of the great Kauri forests with stunning displays and detailed exhibitions including: The largest collection of Kauri Gum in the world, a fully furnished 1900’s era Kauri house, the largest collection of Kauri furniture in the world, a huge 22 metre long Kauri slab and a magnificent collection of original photographs and pioneering memorabilia.
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Activity ideas: Warbirds and Wheels
Warbirds and Wheels

Warbirds and Wheels showcases a diverse collection of warbirds aircraft, classic cars, visual arts and tales of a local legend. The Classic Car collection is a superb lineup of vehicles dating from early 20th century to the present. The Warbirds trace the evolution of fighting aircraft alongside tales of the men who flew them, the Kiwi Fighter Ace collection. More »

Activity ideas: Quake City - Earthquake Experience
Quake City - Earthquake Experience

Quake City is a unique multi-sensory attraction aimed at informing, engaging and educating visitors about the Canterbury earthquakes.  See an active liquefaction volcano and learn about the science of earthquakes. Hear about the incredible resilience of our communities. Be captivated by the stories and photographs of emergency service teams during the aftermath of Canterbury’s major earthquakes. View iconic objects such as the Cathedral Spire. Open daily from 10am to 6pm. More »

Activity ideas: Goldmine Experience, Thames
Goldmine Experience, Thames

The Goldmine Experience at Thames offers a fascinating insight into a once thriving industry on the Coromandel peninsular - the extraction of gold from the hills. A guided tour takes you through an operational, 19th century Stamper Battery & into one of the richest goldmines of the time. A self-guided tour allows you to explore the photographic museum, view a video presentation, discover mining relics, see steam-powered machines, & become acquainted with a Cave Weta colony. More »

Activity ideas: Air Force Museum of New Zealand
Air Force Museum of New Zealand

Explore one of the world’s premier military aviation collections at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand. Since 1987 the museum has preserved and presented the history of New Zealand Military Aviation for commemoration, inspiration, learning and enjoyment. The collection items number in the millions – from aircraft, engines and assorted parts to medals, weapons, pin-ups and parachute-silk wedding dresses. At the Air Force Museum you can marvel at the collection of 28 classic aircraft, be inspired by the bravery of present and past servicemen, servicewomen and their families, fly a simulator, experience life in the Air Force and step back in time into a replica 1940’s home.  More »

Activity ideas: Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand
Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand

New Zealand’s national museum tells the great stories of New Zealand’s past, present and future. Over 20 galleries house imaginative exhibitions and interactive experiences that explore New Zealand’s unique natural environment, the triumphs and tragedies of colonial history, and the warmth and vitality of the Maori people. More »

Activity ideas: Kemp House
Kemp House

Kemp House also known as Kerikeri Mission House is New Zealand's oldest European building.  Built by the London-based Church Missionary Society in 1821 to 1822 with the help of local Maori, it was situated under Ngapuhi Pa and was under the protection of the local tribal chief Hongi Hika.  The 2 storey Georgian designed building was built primarily from Kauri.  You can visit Kemp House on guided tours, highlights include the garden which has been cultivated since 1820 and is in a similar style to the original garden, as well as furnishings and personal wares from the last missionary family to live here, James Kemp and his wife Charlotte, who went on to purchase Kemp House after the missionary closed and ran a Kauri gum business out of the historic Stone Store.

Guided tours operate daily 10am - 5pm Nov - April and 10am - 4pm May - Oct. Closed Christmas Day. Pay on entry and for more information visit The New Zealand Historic Places Trust. More »

Activity ideas: Stone Store
Stone Store

The Stone Store is New Zealand's oldest stone building and was completed in 1836.  It was designed by Wesleyan missionary John Hobbs and built by William Parrot an ex-convict stonemason from New South Wales.  Originally designed to be the base for the missionaries trading post and for storage of their produce, as this wasn't profitable, the store was used for other purposes.  These included a brief stint as the missionary library and as the magazine and barracks for Governor George Grey's troops during the first Maori war, it eventually was bought by the Kemp family who used it as a kauri gum trading store, then a general store. Today you can see artefacts and displays of its history, and purchase heritage-related gifts.

Open daily 10am - 5pm Nov - April and 10am - 4pm May - Oct. Closed Christmas Day. Pay on entry and for more information visit The New Zealand Historic Places Trust. More »

Activity ideas: Fairlie
Fairlie

Fairlie, at the eastern entrance to the Mackenzie Country offers contrasting landscapes as the rolling hills give way to the open uplands of Mackenzie country. A museum displays the history of the town and the region. In the main street a statue stands of James Mackenzie, a 19th century sheep rustler and renowned rogue after which the region was named. More »

Activity ideas: Highwic Historic Auckland House
Highwic Historic Auckland House

Highwic was originally built by Alfred Buckland, a substantial land owner, for his two wives and 21 children .  One of New Zealand’s finest timber Gothic houses, Highwic was begun in 1862 then extended in 1873, in the Carpenter Gothic style, which was copied from American A.J Downing’s pattern book ‘The Architecture of Country Houses’.  Furnished with antiques, this rare and exceptionally preserved ‘Carpenter Gothic’ style house offers much to interest and delight all visitors.  The large lawns and gardens provide a relaxing haven, with majestic old oaks, Californian redwood, Japanese cedars, as well some of the original Victorian garden design is still apparent. More »

Activity ideas: 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! More »

Activity ideas: North Head Historic Reserve
North Head Historic Reserve

North Head or Maunguika (Mountain of Uika) has played an important part in history for its many occupants. Pre-European times saw Maori settle on the peninsular to take advantage of the rich volcanic soil and its ready access to the sea for food. After the settlement of Auckland was established in 1840, North Head became the base for it's first pilot station, guiding many ships into the harbour.

In 1878 the area was set aside as a public reserve on the understanding that if it was needed for defence purposes it could be. During the 1870's the worldwide concern known as the 'Russian Scares' reached New Zealand and during the flurry of fort building around the coastline three large gun batteries were built at North Head. Prisoners were used to construct and maintain the buildings and fortifications needed to run the battery. By 1900 North Head was defended by three 8 inch disappearing guns which used the force generated by the recoil action to retract underground where they could be safely reloaded. At the time this was the most modern armament of its type and you can still see one of the original guns in place. More »

Activity ideas: Bendigo Goldfields
Bendigo Goldfields

Bendigo was one of Otago’s original gold mining settlements and equally notable as a long running and successful quartz mining area. The settlement lies just 3 kilometres from the main road (Highway 8) and well marked paths will guide you to explore the remains of stone cottages and other buildings from this bygone era. Take care though as there are still some very deep open mine shafts. Access to the Bendigo Historic reserve is on an unsealed road and after heavy rain may be difficult to access in a car. Take care and check the conditions first.   More »

Activity ideas: Christ Church, Russell
Christ Church, Russell

Christ Church in Russell is New Zealand's oldest surviving church. Built in 1836 it still bears bullet holes it received during the fighting and battles in the 1840's. The building itself is very well cared for and is open to view most days of the year. More »

Activity ideas: Acacia Cottage and Huia Lodge
Acacia Cottage and Huia Lodge

Acacia Cottage was built in 1841 by Sir John Logan Campbell and William Brown, and today it is the oldest wooden home in Auckland. This charming structure was originally situated off present day Shortland Street in the city centre, but in 1920 was moved to Cornwall Park, it`s current location.

Today the house is a popular visitors attraction, open during park hours. Huia Lodge was built between 1901 and 1903 and is a fine example of early timber homes. Kauri was predominantly used in construction, but Rimu became the timber of choice when additional rooms were built. From 1903 until the 1980`s the lodge served as accommodation for the park caretaker. Now it houses the Cornwall Park information centre. More »

Activity ideas: Antigua Boatsheds
Antigua Boatsheds

In 1882 two local boat builders erected the large boat sheds near the Antigua Street Bridge and commenced business hiring our boats for visitors to enjoy the peaceful Avon River. Over 120 years later the buildings still stand and they are still used for their original purpose. Here you can hire canoes, row boats and paddle boats to enjoy on the idyllic river that runs through the city centre.

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Activity ideas: Ross
Ross

Ross, just 25 minutes south of Hokitika was founded on gold, much like most of the other West Coast towns. Gold is still extracted here and you can visit a working mine. Pan for gold at the visitors centre and take the heritage trail past reconstructed buildings and mining relices.

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Activity ideas: Alberton Historic Auckland House
Alberton Historic Auckland House

Alberton was a ‘party house’ for the colonial elite.  This romantic timber mansion began as a farmhouse in 1863 and was later expanded to 18 rooms, with fairy-tale decorative verandahs and towers. It was owned by the Kerr Taylors, Allan Kerr Taylor was a landowner, investor and provincial and local body politician. His wife Sophia was an outspoken advocate of the vote for women, as well as a singer, gardener and mother of 10. Alberton was famous in the 19th century for its balls, hunts, garden parties and music. It contains a wealth of original family furniture and other possessions, and several rooms retain their 19th century wallpapers. More »

Activity ideas: The Wool Shed Museum of Sheep & Shearing
The Wool Shed Museum of Sheep & Shearing

The Wool Shed is the New Zealand's National Museum of Sheep and Shearing. The museum prides itself on being hands-on, not your typical museum. You can touch and feel most of the exhibits, watch interactive displays and see physical woolsheds both old and new. Out the back there is even a rebuilt wool shed in the traditional style. Wool has been a backbone of the New Zealand's economy for a century and a half. You'll learn why wool has been so important in New Zealand's history and what makes us one of the best wool producers in the world. The Wool Shed Museum showcases wool in all its forms, from carpet, to clothing, fashion knitwear and other unique uses. There is an extensive gift shop with all manner of sheep and wool related products, great for that unique souvenir.

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Activity ideas: Hamilton Gardens
Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton Gardens offers one of the finest displays in New Zealand. Covering an area of 58 hectares it is a public park owned and managed by the Hamilton City Council. Admission to all areas of Hamilton Gardens is free however you can choose to have a guided tour for a small fee More »

Activity ideas: Whangarei Quarry Gardens
Whangarei Quarry Gardens

Whangarei Quarry Gardens is a garden project created by community volunteers in the forested western hills of Whangarei City. What was once a dilapidated quarry site has now become a subtropical oasis for all to enjoy. Often referred to as the Winterless North, With an annual rainfall of 1500-2000 mm per year and New Zealand's highest average temperatures Northland has a truly subtropical climate. These climatic conditions, coupled with the sheltered and heat-radiating properties of a stone quarry, create an ideal microclimate for growing a plethora of native and exotic subtropical plants. Whangarei Quarry Gardens is a wonderful work in progress - historically fascinating, botanically captivating, and a beautiful reflection of the power of community.

Please note that a gold coin donation is required on entry. More »

Activity ideas: Explore Hamilton Gardens
Explore Hamilton Gardens

Today you will have time to enjoy one of the finest displays of floriculture in New Zealand - Hamilton Gardens. At 58 hectares, its grounds are publicly owned and managed by the Hamilton City Council. Featuring over 21 separate gardens including an Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Italian and English garden, we recommend you take your time to relax and meander through this magnificent property. Originally started in the early 1960's, the Rogers Rose Garden was added in 1971, but most of the expansion and development has occurred since 1982. Today Hamilton Gardens is the most popular visitor attraction in the region with about 600,000 visitors each year, nearly half of them being tourists. The unique theme of Hamilton Gardens is 'the story of gardens' which is explored through a series of five garden collections. Open from 7:30 am until 5pm in the in winter and 8pm in summer the gardens also display a series of season features. A café and restaurant are also on site.
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Activity ideas: Cross Hills Gardens
Cross Hills Gardens

Cross Hills Gardens is a park-like garden that has been partly modelled on the great English gardens and includes one of the world's finest collections of rhododendrons and azaleas, consisting of over 2,000 varieties.    

Cross Hills is situated 540 metres above sea level with a free draining soil and a reliable rainfall, average 1140 millimetres. The water supply for the property comes from a spring, supplying crystal clear water all year round. Winters can be cold with falls of snow quite common. These conditions are similar in some aspects to those found in the Himalayas and China from where the majority of rhododendron species originated. More »

Activity ideas: Paloma Gardens
Paloma Gardens

Paloma Gardens are best explored and interpreted as four distinct gardens. The garden around the house is called the "House Garden". This is the longest established. First started in 1982, some areas have been reorganised since the first plantings and others are about to be reorganised. It is largely a garden of foliage, bamboos, palms, alocasias, ferns and cycads. More »

Activity ideas: Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust
Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust

Pukeiti is a 320 hectare rain forest property located between Mount Egmont/Taranaki and the scenic west coast just south of New Plymouth. Established in 1951, these beautiful grounds are an easy walk along mostly grassed tracks.

Pukeiti's rainforest setting, free draining volcanic soil and mountain air, provide a microclimate for a wide range of plants that complement the magnificent rhododendron collection. More »

Activity ideas: Rapaura Watergardens
Rapaura Watergardens

Rapaura is an example of man in harmony with nature. Abundant native bush and ferns, birds (Tuis, Fantails, Silver Eyes and Wood Pigeons), meandering walks over bridges and streams and a bush walk to a cascading waterfall. There are seasonal displays of native and exotic flowers. Irises and Bog plants in spring, Azaleas and Rhododendrons followed by Orchids, Begonias, Hydrangeas and Water Lilies from November to April. All interspersed with garden art. More »

Activity ideas: Otari Native Botanic Gardens - Wiltons Bush
Otari Native Botanic Gardens - Wiltons Bush

Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve is the only public botanic garden in New Zealand dedicated solely to native plants. The Garden is a unique plant sanctuary and forest reserve and includes 100 hectares of native forest and 5 hectares of plant collections. Some of Wellington's oldest trees are here, including an 800-year-old Rimu. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound Coach & Fly
Milford Sound Coach & Fly

Luxury coach transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound. On reaching Milford Sound, you board the Milford Mariner for a leisurely extended cruise of the fiord. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife with extensive commentary by the on board nature guide. During the sightseeing flight from Milford Sound you enjoy panoramic views of the spectacular alpine scenery and rainforest.

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Activity ideas: Day tour to the Hobbiton Movie set, Matamata
Day tour to the Hobbiton Movie set, Matamata

Take an InterCity coach to the farm in rural Matamata which was used as the film set for "The Shire" as seen in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and the more recent Hobbit Trilogy. On a two hour guided tour of the film set you will get the chance to view Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and many other structures that were created for the films and learn about how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth. The tour includes return intercity coach travel from Auckland, time at leisure to briefly explore the rural town of Matamata, a 2 hour guided tour of The Shire film set including Hobbit holes, The Green Dragon Inn, the Mill, the Party Tree and much more. More »

Activity ideas: White Island tour with Pee Jay
White Island tour with Pee Jay

White Island Tours with PeeJay gives you an in-depth guided tour of one of the world’s most interesting volcanoes. The island’s history is related in an informative way, with scientific information explained in an easy-to-understand manner. Shortly after check-in at the White Island Rendezvous, the tour departs from the Whakatane Wharf. You will find yourself aboard PeeJay, a luxury launch specifically built for the tours to White Island. The trip out to the island is approximately 80 minutes, depending on conditions, so there is plenty of time to take in the scenery and marine life and enjoy our commentary through the excellent microphone system on board. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound Nature Cruise
Milford Sound Nature Cruise

Return luxury coach transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound, with an extended 2½ hour Nature Cruise along the full length of the fiord.On boarding a Real Journeys luxury glass-roofed coach in Queenstown, you will enjoy a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau. The coach driver provides an informative commentary. After a morning tea break in Te Anau, where you have the option of purchasing refreshments, the coach continues along the spectacular Milford Road. There is time for photo stops and short walks along the way. More »

Activity ideas: Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

On boarding the luxury glass-roofed coach in Queenstown, enjoy a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Manapouri. From Pearl Harbour, Manapouri, you cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri to West Arm and then travel by coach over Wilmot Pass through dense rainforest. There are opportunities along the way to examine the plant life and view the spectacular scenery. Once at Doubtful Sound you board the catamaran, Commander Peak, for a 3 hour cruise of beautiful Doubtful Sound to the Tasman Sea. More »

Activity ideas: Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

A coach transfer from Te Anau to Pearl Harbour, Manapouri from where you cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri to West Arm and then travel by coach over Wilmot Pass through dense rainforest. There are opportunities along the way to examine the plant life and view the spectacular scenery. Once at Doubtful Sound you board the catamaran, Commander Peak, for a 3 hour cruise of beautiful Doubtful Sound to the Tasman Sea.

On board there is excellent viewing of waterfalls, rainforest and mountains. Of particular interest, if sighted, are fur seals basking on the rocks, or a resident pod of bottlenose dolphins. Rare Fiordland crested penguins are sometimes encountered in the right season. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound Nature Cruise
Milford Sound Nature Cruise

From Te Anau, you travel by coach along the spectacular Milford Road. Photo stops are made on the way into Milford, with additional photo stops and a short walk on the return journey. Real Journeys experienced drivers enjoy sharing their knowledge of the area. On reaching Milford Sound, you join a Nature Cruise for a leisurely cruise the full-length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. A nature guide provides fascinating interpretation throughout the cruise. Lunch options and complimentary tea and coffee are available on board the vessel.

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Activity ideas: Kaikoura Whale Watch day trip
Kaikoura Whale Watch day trip

Spend your day getting close to nature. Travel by road through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury, enjoying the beauty of its rural pastoral scenes, to Kaikoura where mountains meet sea. Kaikoura is world renowned for the variety of marine mammals which can be seen, not least of all the giant sperm whales and the acrobatic Dusky Dolphins. On your arrival in Kaikoura you will be transferred to a whale watch tour. In the afternoon you will visit a seal colony where fur seals may be viewed at close quarters. Your return journey from Kaikoura to Christchurch is a scenic feast of New Zealand, with the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of your train and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. Your Coastal Pacific train travel will take you through some of New Zealand’s finest horticultural and farmland areas. The Coastal Pacific includes an open air viewing carriage where all your senses are awakened with the clean, fresh, sea air. This service also includes a fully licensed café car and professional Train Managers who provide informative commentary to ensure a totally unique experience. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
Milford Sound Scenic Cruise

Return luxury coach transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound, with a 1 hour 40 minute Scenic Cruise along the full length of the fiord. On boarding a Real Journeys luxury glass-roofed coach in Queenstown or Te Anau, you will enjoy a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau. The coach driver provides an informative commentary. After a morning tea break in Te Anau, where you have the option of purchasing refreshments, the coach continues along the spectacular Milford Road. There is time for photo stops and short walks along the way. On reaching Milford Sound, you board the modern, spacious vessel for a leisurely cruise in the fiord. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and the wildlife.  During the cruise your friendly crew provide commentaries in several languages and point out the sights such as Mitre Peak and the Pembroke Glacier.  Includes picnic boxed lunch. More »

Activity ideas: Doubtful Sound overnight cruise
Doubtful Sound overnight cruise

Travel from Te Anau to Manapouri by Real Journeys coach to board the Fiordland Navigator for a very special dinner, bed and breakfast wilderness experience on Doubtful Sound overnight cruise. Real Journeys Doubtful Sound overnight vessel, the Fiordland Navigator, is designed along the lines of a traditional New Zealand coastal trading scow to reflect Fiordland's heritage. The purpose built vessel accommodates passengers either in private cabins with ensuite bathrooms or in quad-share bunk style compartments with shared bathroom facilities. The vessel has spacious deck areas for viewing the wilderness scenery and wildlife of Doubtful Sound. Of particular interest, if sighted, are fur seals, dolphins, and in season, rare penguins. More »

Activity ideas: Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

On boarding the coach in Queenstown, enjoy a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Manapouri.

The spectacular Lake Wakatipu guides you south towards Te Anau and Fiordland. At the southern end of the lake tiny Kingston Township is home to a classic steam train, The Kingston Flyer and rides are offered during the summer months. The rolling farmland of Southland accompanies you as you pass through Garston, Athol and Five Rivers before turning west towards Mossburn and Manapouri. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

On boarding a Real Journeys luxury glass-roofed coach in Queenstown, you will enjoy a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau. The coach driver provides an informative commentary. After a morning tea break in Te Anau, where you have the option of purchasing refreshments, the coach continues along the spectacular Milford Road. There is time for photo stops and short walks along the way. The Milford Mariner offers you a very special dinner, bed and breakfast experience on Milford Sound. On board the Milford Mariner you will cruise the full length of this spectacular fiord to the Tasman Sea before anchoring for the night in sheltered Harrison Cove. Accompanied by a nature guide you can go exploring in the tender craft and kayaks or simply relax on deck. After the days activities you enjoy a delicious evening buffet in the spacious saloon before retiring to your private cabin. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

On boarding a Real Journeys luxury glass-roofed coach in Te Anau, your coach driver provides an informative commentary.as you head along the spectacular Milford Road. There is time for photo stops and short walks along the way. The Milford Mariner offers you a very special dinner, bed and breakfast experience on Milford Sound. On board the Milford Mariner you will cruise the full length of this spectacular fiord to the Tasman Sea before anchoring for the night in sheltered Harrison Cove. Accompanied by a nature guide you can go exploring in the tender craft and kayaks or simply relax on deck. After the days activities you enjoy a delicious evening buffet in the spacious saloon before retiring to your private cabin. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound BBQ Bus and Cruise
Milford Sound BBQ Bus and Cruise

Sit back and relax in a comfortable, modern coach and take in the experience. The beauty of this trip to Milford Sound is that around every corner is something new to wonder at. In the world famous Fiordland National Park, we break for the BBQ lunch. While we prepare your tasty lunch, take a short walk and breathe in the fresh alpine air. Arriving at Milford Sound to link up with the 2:00 pm Milford Sound Cruise operated by Real Journeys. This is an ‘off peak' period of the day therefore the boat is much less crowded. Being a spacious purpose built boat there is a lot of deck area to move about and to allow for uninterrupted views of the spectacular landscape and wilderness of Milford sound. The boat also has large windows for viewing from all parts of the vessel. Keep a look out for seals and dolphins! The cruise lasts approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. There is complimentary tea and coffee on the boat or experience the fresh mountain water available. Return to Queenstown and dropped off at your accommodation in time to enjoy the evening. More »

Activity ideas: Coromandel day tour
Coromandel day tour

Experience Coromandel Peninsula, a favourite holiday destination for many New Zealanders. Its amazing landscape consists of a mountainous, forest-covered backbone, with the Pacific Ocean on the east, and the sheltered bays and coves of the Hauraki Gulf on the west. Spend the day in this unique area steeped in history associated with kauri logging and gold mining and stunning coastlines.  

A 90-minute drive south-east of Auckland is Coromandel's main town, Thames, where you take a short break. More »

Activity ideas: Kaikoura Whale Watch day trip by coach
Kaikoura Whale Watch day trip by coach

Spend your day getting close to nature. Travel by coach through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury, enjoying the beauty of its rural pastoral scenes, to Kaikoura where mountains meet sea. Kaikoura is world renowned for the variety of marine mammals which can be seen, not least of all the giant sperm whales and the acrobatic Dusky Dolphins.  On your arrival in Kaikoura you will be transferred to a whale watch tour with Kaikoura Whale Watch. In the afternoon you will visit a seal colony where fur seals may be viewed at close quarters. On your return to Christchurch a stop will be made at a North Canterbury vineyard where you can enjoy some local wine tasting. More »

Activity ideas: Kaikoura Whale Watching Tour
Kaikoura Whale Watching Tour

This tour takes you on a sightseeing tour north of Christchurch, to Kaikoura, a traditional fishing village nestled between the Southern Alps and the Pacific Ocean, to enjoy the ultimate marine experience - a close encounter with a giant Sperm Whale.  Your Whale Watch Tour by boat is a unique experience and sightings vary.  On a typical Whale Watch Tour, with up to 2.5 hours on the water, you should sight the giant Sperm Whales.  You may also encounter New Zealand Fur Seals and Dusky Dolphins.  Kaikoura also attracts a great concentration of seabirds, including Petrel, Shearwater and the endangered wandering Albatross. More »

Activity ideas: Kaikoura Whale Watch and Coastal Pacific Train Private Tour
Kaikoura Whale Watch and Coastal Pacific Train Private Tour

Spend your day getting close to nature. Travel by road through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury, enjoying the beauty of its rural pastoral scenes, to Kaikoura where mountains meet sea. Kaikoura is world renowned for the variety of marine mammals which can be seen, not least of all the giant sperm whales and the acrobatic Dusky Dolphins. On your arrival in Kaikoura you will be transferred to a whale watch tour. After your whale encounter you’ll visit a local café for lunch (own cost). In the afternoon you will visit a seal colony where fur seals may be viewed at close quarters. Your return journey from Kaikoura to Christchurch is a scenic feast of New Zealand, with the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of your train and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. Your Coastal Pacific train travel will take you through some of New Zealand’s finest horticultural and farmland areas. The Coastal Pacific includes an open air viewing carriage where all your senses are awakened with the clean, fresh, sea air. This service also includes a fully licensed café car and professional Train Managers who provide informative commentary to ensure a totally unique experience. More »

Activity ideas: Twin Glaciers Scenic Helicopter Flight
Twin Glaciers Scenic Helicopter Flight

Take a spectacular scenic flight over two of New Zealand's most famous glaciers. Land at the head of one and view the incredible sight of this frozen river as it winds its way through ancient carved valleys. More »

Activity ideas: Franz Josef Glacier Helihike
Franz Josef Glacier Helihike

Take a scenic flight over all three Franz Josef glacier icefalls. Landing high on the glacier take a two hour guided trip through some of the most beautiful terrain in the country. Your guide will choose the route as you go through a wonderland of blue ice and frozen pinnacles. You’ll have endless views of the surrounding mountains and rainforest as well as plenty of opportunities to take photographs. Sure to be one of the most memorable experiences you have while you are in New Zealand.
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Activity ideas: Volcanic Explorer Scenic Flight by Aeroplane
Volcanic Explorer Scenic Flight by Aeroplane

Take a scenic flight over New Zealand’s oldest National Park and world heritage site for a spectacular view of this unique volcanic landscape. See all three volcanoes  - Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu as well as the iconic Emerald Lakes, the Blue Lake and the Tama lake. Climbing to 10,000 ft, you'll also view the active Mt Ruapehu crater lake, and spot some of the landscapes used in the making of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. More »

Activity ideas: Mt. Cook Ultimate Scenic Helicopter Flight
Mt. Cook Ultimate Scenic Helicopter Flight

View the spectacular Aoraki Mount Cook from above on this 55 minute scenic flight. See the incredible scenery surrounding New Zealand's tallest peak, including hanging glaciers, calved icebergs, rivers of ice, the forests of the West Coast and the renowned Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. You’ll also land on the glacier itself -  a truly unique experience. More »

Activity ideas: Mt. Tarawera Scenic Flight by Floatplane
Mt. Tarawera Scenic Flight by Floatplane

Mt. Tarawera erupted in 1886 creating an 8km long volcanic rift along its summit the magnitude of which is only fully appreciated when viewed from above. From Lake Rotorua over the Crater Lakes District. Fly over Mt.Tarawera’s Crater Rift and wonder at the massive destruction caused by the 1886 eruption. Continue south past the Steaming Cliffs and the hot lakes of Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Return to Rotorua over the Blue and Green Lakes, the geysers of Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, and Rotorua City. More »

Activity ideas: Glacier Highlights Ski Plane Flight
Glacier Highlights Ski Plane Flight

Take in the spectacular Southern Alps - including New Zealand’s highest peak Aoraki Mount Cook - and the constantly changing glacial landscape. See the Hochstetter Icefall as you fly beneath the face of Mount Cook then along the length of the Tasman glacier before landing on the glacier itself. Experience the silence of the mountains, broken only by the rumbling of an avalanche and creaking of the snow and ice beneath your feet. You’ll take off again for another incredible flight over peaks, ice falls, alpine lakes and climbing huts.
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Activity ideas: Cape Reinga Scenic Aeroplane Flight & Guided Tour
Cape Reinga Scenic Aeroplane Flight & Guided Tour

Today experience the beauty of the North from both air and land. Take a spectacular scenic flight to Cape Reinga over Whangaroa Harbour and the Rangaunu Harbour as well as Coopers Beach, Doubtless Bay and Ninety Mile Beach. The tour also includes a visit to the Cape Reinga lighthouse, and the option to slide down giant sand dunes on sleds. More »

Activity ideas: Grand Circle Scenic Ski Plane Flight
Grand Circle Scenic Ski Plane Flight

On this flight you’ll have the chance to experience some of the most breathtaking scenery in New Zealand. View Mount Cook, Westland, Mt Tasman as well as the Fox, Franz Josef and Tasman Glaciers. First traverse the southern alps to the West Coast  then Track North along the Tasman Sea before re-crossing the alps to the Tasman Glacier. If the weather conditions are right, you’ll also experience a glacier landing before taking a final loop through the mountains. More »

Activity ideas: Exclusive Milford Sound Heli Cruise
Exclusive Milford Sound Heli Cruise

Breathtaking, magnificent and truly spectacular, a Milford Sound Heli Tour is a must do when visiting New Zealand. Descend through carved glacial valleys to Milford Sound where you'll join an informative cruise on the fiord itself. The unique character of Milford Sound is due to the huge volume of rainfall this region receives - resulting in a surreal world of moss, rainforest, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. You'll cruise the waterways carved by glaciers all the way to the wild west coast. On your return flight to Queenstown experience an alpine landing where you can step foot on pristine wilderness rarely seen by people. More »

Activity ideas: Mount Tarawera Fly Drive Combo by Floatplane
Mount Tarawera Fly Drive Combo by Floatplane

Combine the experience of a 4WD walking tour on Mount Tarawera by Kaitiaki Adventures, with the thrill of departing from the remote shores of Lake Rerewhakaaitu by Floatplane. Enjoy a spectacular aerial overview of the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Mount Tarawera and our hidden lakes district. This stunning flight completes the Tarawera experience and returns you to your departure point on the shores of Lake Rotorua at our downtown city floatplane pier. More »

Activity ideas: Lord of the Rings Great Forests Scenic Helicopter Flight
Lord of the Rings Great Forests Scenic Helicopter Flight

Today you’ll take a flight with the crew who were exclusively contracted for the filming of The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Trilogies. Learn intimate knowledge about the area from your pilot and take in some of the most memorable sights of Middle-earth on this spectacular 75 minute flight. More »

Activity ideas: The Grand Traverse Scenic Flight by Aeroplane - Lake Tekapo
The Grand Traverse Scenic Flight by Aeroplane - Lake Tekapo

The flight of a lifetime, the "Grand Traverse" is a spectacular scenic flight seeing experience allowing you to explore the Mount Cook and Westland National Parks. This magnificent flight encompasses two World Heritage National Parks and 200 km of New Zealand's most memorable and spectacular scenery. The contrast of colours is beautiful with the turquoise glacial lake against the tussock covered sheep stations. Your journey will bring you over Aoraki Mt Cook National park where you view New Zealand's longest glacier, The Tasman. From there you cross the main divide into the Westland National Park encompassing the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers which spill down to the rainforests of the west coast. Their large and varied fleet especially selected for New Zealand air tour sightseeing ensures that every passenger has a window seat and all aircraft have wings-above to ensure optimum viewing below. Pilots provide a full and informative commentary with multi language commentary brochures supplied. Approximately 50 minutes flight time. Allow for 1 hour total duration. More »

Activity ideas: Mount Tarawera & Orakei Korako Thermal Explorer by Floatplane
Mount Tarawera & Orakei Korako Thermal Explorer by Floatplane

On this spectacular scenic flight you'll take a floatplane over the Crater Lakes District and the volcanic rift of Mt Tarawera. You’ll then continue south via the Waimangu and Waiotapu Thermal Park to land in the Hidden Valley of Orakei Korako. Transfer by boat across the lake to explore the hot springs, gushing geysers and natural beauty of this geothermal wonderland before rejoining your aircraft for the return trip to Rotorua.  More »

Activity ideas: Mountain Scenic Spectacular Heli Flight & Glacier Landing
Mountain Scenic Spectacular Heli Flight & Glacier Landing

The premier flight! Experience two of New Zealand’s finest national parks and encounter the gigantic expanse of both the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers.  Take in the towering ice formations and top it off with a snow landing and the chance to set foot on snow and breath the clean alpine air.  Along the way, get to see the Tasman Glacier and get close to Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak.  Duration of helicopter flight is 40 minutes. More »

Activity ideas: Mountain High Scenic Helicopter Flight
Mountain High Scenic Helicopter Flight

The premier flight over this amazing alpine region with vast snowfields, glaciers and a spectacular view of New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook. Land high above glaciers and experience what it feels like to stand in snow amongst the mountains. Traverse the Southern Alps to view the mighty Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers as they journey slowly down towards the native rainforests and the Tasman Sea on the rugged West Coast. More »

Activity ideas: Earnslaw Burn Scenic Helicopter Flight
Earnslaw Burn Scenic Helicopter Flight

This is the top pick from the Heliworks team. Lift off from Heliworks for a flight across the Richardson Mountains; fly over schist covered slopes and views of historical gold mining sites on your way to this exclusive landing site. Just after the Dart and Rees rivers meet near Lake Wakatipu you will see Mt Earnslaw (also known by its Maori name of Pikirakatahi) with the Earnslaw Glacier its crowning glory! Fly along the valley before the breath-taking vista of cascading waterfalls and the hanging glacier opens up before you. Enjoy a landing at this magnificent spot; explore the valley with the Earnslaw Glacier towering above you and an astounding number of waterfalls spilling down the valley walls. Return to Heliworks with views of Coronet Peak and Queenstown itself. Trip Duration is 1 hour. More »

Activity ideas: Twin Glacier helicopter flight
Twin Glacier helicopter flight

Explore the glacial icefalls of not one but two glaciers - Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. Discover up close their neve and unusual ice formations - landing on the snowfields is a highlight and will make for superb photos, snowballs and memories. A 30 minute flight with snow landing. More »

Activity ideas: Lord of the Rings and Glacier Explorer Helicopter Flight
Lord of the Rings and Glacier Explorer Helicopter Flight

On this Lord of the Rings Glacier Explorers flight you’ll fly over many locations where The Lord of The Rings and Hobbit Trilogies were filmed. If you're really lucky you may even get to fly with Alfie Speight, who was the official pilot for the films.  
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Activity ideas: Milford Sound Scenic Aeroplane Flight and Cruise
Milford Sound Scenic Aeroplane Flight and Cruise

The pinnacle of scenic flights in New Zealand. Enjoy the stunning contrast from Lake Wanaka to magnificent Milford Sound with alpine highlights en route, including Mount Aspiring and Glaciers, Olivine Ice Plateau, lush rain forest and the world famous 580 metre high Sutherland Falls. Your boat cruise is intimate and relaxing on the smaller, personalised Mitre Peak Cruises. More »

Activity ideas: Glacier Encounter Scenic Helicopter Flight
Glacier Encounter Scenic Helicopter Flight

Experience a glacier landing in this stunning mountain environment. Enjoy a scenic 25 minute flight over the Tasman Terminal Lake; pass by the Horchstetter Icefall before landing on the blue ice and moraine rocks of the Tasman Glacier. Encounter the incredible vistas of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, with scenery beyond expectation! More »

Activity ideas: White Island and Mt Tarawera Floatplane Adventure
White Island and Mt Tarawera Floatplane Adventure

This captivating tour combines aerial views of the region’s most renowned scenic highlights from above with the romance of a floatplane flight where you’ll land and take off from the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua. Experience the beauty of the lakes district, the peaks and craters of Mount Tarawera and a flight over New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano “White Island”.  This flight of approximately 1 hour 25 minutes in duration takes in aerial views of the wider Bay of Plenty and in addition to these renowned highlights you will see contrasting landscapes including national parks, fertile farming plains and hill country sheep and beef stations.  Combined with informed and interesting commentary’s this is a fantastic way to overview the Bay of Plenty where time is limited. There is no question that this tour offers exceptional scenic value but also has the added thrill of landing and taking off from the lake in a floatplane this is definitely an experience not to be missed. More »

Activity ideas: Neve Discoverer Scenic Helicopter Flight
Neve Discoverer Scenic Helicopter Flight

The perfect opportunity to get up close to the glaciers and touch snow. You'll be captivated as you lift off and fly up and over the Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier and experience the solitude of a landing in this natural alpine wonderland. Duration - 20 Minutes More »

Activity ideas: The Tasman Glacier Experience Scenic Heli Flight
The Tasman Glacier Experience Scenic Heli Flight

No Trip to New Zealand is complete without seeing Aoraki/ Mt Cook. This 35 minute flight takes in the magnificent scenery of the National Park with vast views of this spectacular region. Enjoy a glacier landing and experience this Alpine environment with 600 metres of glacier ice beneath your feet, an unforgettable experience. More »

Activity ideas: Ultimate Paradise Picnic Scenic Helicopter Flight
Ultimate Paradise Picnic Scenic Helicopter Flight

Relax and enjoy the beauty of Queenstown, as you are flown to a beautiful location on Cecil Peak for a gourmet picnic accompanied by wine or bubbles. The perfect opportunity to indulge! More »

Activity ideas: The Grand Traverse Scenic Flight by Aeroplane - Franz Josef
The Grand Traverse Scenic Flight by Aeroplane - Franz Josef

The flight of a lifetime, the "Grand Traverse" is a spectacular scenic flight seeing experience allowing you to explore the Mount Cook and Westland National Parks. This magnificent flight encompasses two World Heritage National Parks and 200 km of New Zealand's most memorable and spectacular scenery. The contrast of colours is beautiful with the turquoise glacial lake against the tussock covered sheep stations. Your journey will bring you over Aoraki Mt Cook National park where you view New Zealand's longest glacier, The Tasman. From there you cross the main divide into the Westland National Park encompassing the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers which spill down to the rainforests of the west coast. Their large and varied fleet especially selected for New Zealand air tour sightseeing ensures that every passenger has a window seat and all aircraft have wings-above to ensure optimum viewing below. Pilots provide a full and informative commentary with multi language commentary brochures supplied. Approximately 50 minutes flight time. Allow for 1 hour total duration. More »

Activity ideas: Hole in the Rock helicopter flight
Hole in the Rock helicopter flight

This 20 minute scenic flight departs from Paihia and flies over Russell, through the spectacular Bay of Islands and out to the famous Hole in the Rock at Cape Brett. The helicopter departs from Salt Airs heli-pad in central Paihia adjacent to the Paihia wharf and maritime area. More »

Activity ideas: Mini Tasman Scenic Ski Plane Flight
Mini Tasman Scenic Ski Plane Flight

See the best of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park including the magnificent Tasman Glacier and Hochstetter Ice fall. This flight does not land on the glacier. More »

Activity ideas: Mt Aspiring and Glaciers Scenic Flight by Aeroplane
Mt Aspiring and Glaciers Scenic Flight by Aeroplane

Close up views of Mount Aspiring and glaciers. Known as the "Matterhorn of the South", Aspiring is one of our most graceful and striking peaks, standing above the backbone of the Southern Alps. Discover huge glaciers that terminate abruptly into steep icefalls above the native beech forest of Mount Aspiring National Park.  With the vast amount of local knowledge offered by your pilot you will enjoy a very memorable adventure into one of the most glorious parts of the world.   Your aircraft are the well-appointed Cessna aircraft, with high wings for uninterrupted views.  All passengers have window seats with and individual two-way headsets to receive an informative in-flight commentary. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound and Fiordland Grand Circle Scenic Helicopter Flight
Milford Sound and Fiordland Grand Circle Scenic Helicopter Flight

Milford Sound is probably the most sought after destination in NZ, and sometimes acclaimed as 'The 8th wonder of the World'. Milford and Fiordland's mountains rise vertically up out of the sea to a height more than anywhere else in the world. This 3 hour trip will take you over the pristine clear blue waters of Lake Wanaka, up wide braided rivers that drain the Southern Alps snow melt, to mighty Mt. Aspiring. After crossing numerous glaciers valleys, alpine lakes and mountain ranges you fly along the rugged West Coast beaches, seeing seal colonies and bird life in their natural habitat before entering the mouth of Milford Sound from the Tasman Sea. Fly the whole length of the Sound to land at Milford Aerodrome. After a short look around and bush walk you fly deeper into Fiordland to see the impressive World’s 5th highest water fall, the Sutherland Falls. From here you fly back to Wanaka through more of remote Fiordland via Lake Wakatipu, and over the gold rich Shotover River. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound Scenic Helicopter Flight
Milford Sound Scenic Helicopter Flight

As you make your way toward the spectacular Milford Sound along the Southern Alps expect the landscape below to change rapidly. From the alpine features of Mount Aspiring National Park you will fly over the Shotover Valley and Lake Lochnagar out to the Tasman Sea on the West Coast and Fiordland National Park where a plethora of breathtaking views, cascading waterfalls, lush rainforests and wildlife await. Alpine landings are included in this trip. More »

Activity ideas: Middle Earth Scenic Helicopter Flight
Middle Earth Scenic Helicopter Flight

A fantastic scenic flight combining the best of Queenstown and Middle-earth. From Queenstown airport, like a giant eagle you'll fly over the rugged Remarkables to Lake Alta and the crumbly schist slopes used to film Dimrill Dale which the Fellowship fled down towards Lothlórien. As you continue across the Wakatipu basin you can glimpse the Kawarau River before crossing into the historic gold mining valley of Skippers Canyon. Here you land high above the Shotover River which can be recognised as the Ford of Bruinen, the site where Arwen conjured the magical flood to dispel the Nazgûl. You then return over Ben Lomond Saddle for magnificent views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu before passing over Deer Park Heights to view the mountain tarn which featured when the Rohirrim Refugees were led on a clear and pristine winter morning and the view Legolas had of the approaching Wargs. More »

Activity ideas: Glacier Experience Scenic Helicopter Flight
Glacier Experience Scenic Helicopter Flight

See dramatic views of majestic Southern Alps and Aspiring National Park. Discover the ancient icefalls of glaciers before an alpine snow landing.  Stand in snow surrounded by  stunning mountain peaks. See lake Wakatipu's mysterious northern shores, bush covered valleys, unparalleled views of Mount Aspiring and the mighty Rees and Dart River valleys.  Flight duration is 50 minutes. More »

Activity ideas: Crater Lakes Scenic Helicopter Flight
Crater Lakes Scenic Helicopter Flight

The Volcanic Air crater lakes flight offers amazing views of Rotorua's hidden lakes district from above. Departing the city lakefront helipad you'll climb eastbound to view the lakes of Tikitapu (Blue Lake) , Rotokakahi (Green Lake), Okareka, Tarawera and Okataina. These stunning crater lakes are surrounded by native forests and pastoral lands, hidden from the city by our volcanic terrain only an aerial perspective reveals the true beauty of this region. Returning to the Lakefront your descent takes you across the shores of the Lake Rotorua offering views of the city prior to landing. More »

Activity ideas: Mountain Scenic Spectacular Heli Flight & Glacier Landing
Mountain Scenic Spectacular Heli Flight & Glacier Landing

The premier flight over this amazing alpine region with vast snowfields, glaciers and a spectacular view of New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook. Land high above glaciers and experience what it feels like to stand in snow amongst the mountains. More »

Activity ideas: Coastal Discovery Helicopter Flight
Coastal Discovery Helicopter Flight

Explore a little more of the coastline surrounding the Bay of Islands region on this 30 minute flight. Fly north via the picturesque Kerikeri Inlet, to the Cavalli Islands, before wandering down the coast over Matauri Bay, Takou Bay, Tapuataehi Bay, Purerua Peninsula and over the inner and outer Bay of Islands before landing back on the Paihia waterfront. More »

Activity ideas: Fox Glacier and Mt Cook Scenic Heli Flight & Snow Landing
Fox Glacier and Mt Cook Scenic Heli Flight & Snow Landing

Soar above Fox village and head to the stunning Fox Glacier.  Take in the majesty of the longest West Coast Glacier before landing in the snowfield at the top for the most stunning scenery and that perfect holiday photo.  Then explore the west face of Aoraki/Mt Cook before descending into the valleys and returning to Fox.  The duration of this flight is 30 minutes. More »

Activity ideas: Aoraki Paradise Scenic Helicopter Flight
Aoraki Paradise Scenic Helicopter Flight

This 45 minute flight takes you on a journey to discover Aoraki/ Mt Cook National park. Flying the full length of the Tasman Glacier viewing this incredible Alpine region with amazing views of New Zealand’s highest peak Aoraki Mt Cook before landing on the magnificent Tasman Glacier. This majestic flight allows you to discover some of the many hidden treasures within the National Park. “An experience with the X Factor”. More »

Activity ideas: Queenstown Essential Scenic Helicopter Flight
Queenstown Essential Scenic Helicopter Flight

Lift off across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil Peak and enjoy a landing with spectacular views of Queenstown and the Wakatipu, your helicopter will shut down here so you can enjoy this spectacular vista uninterrupted. Continue your flight past Queenstown itself and over Ben Lomond into Moonlight Creek and the famous Skippers Canyon. This area is steeped in the rich history of mining; see the renowned Shotover River winding beneath you through the steep canyon walls as your pilot points out some of the sites and settlements remaining from the gold rush. Returning to the Heliworks base flying past Coronet Peak, with views of the skifield and the Wakatipu basin. Trip duration is 45 minutes. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound Scenic Flight
Milford Sound Scenic Flight

Journey through New Zealand's most dramatic scenery.  This captivating flight takes you over alpine lakes, lush rainforest and past rugged peaks. Experience the grandeur of the Southern Alps en-route and land at The Divide.  Fly into the heart of Fiordland National Park experiencing unparalleled views of world famous Milford Sound and Mitre Peak before landing. Returning, experience an alpine snow landing before returning to Queenstown. More »

Activity ideas: Tiger Moth Classic Flights
Tiger Moth Classic Flights

Take a scenic flight around Wanaka in a vintage aircraft and experience the excitement of the early flyers and their flying machines. Don the old-style leather flying helmet, complete with flying goggles and silk scarf and experience the exhilaration of the open cockpit and the wind in your face. More »

Activity ideas: Glacier Heli-Lake Combo
Glacier Heli-Lake Combo

Glacier Explorers and Heliworks have created this excursion to showcase the very best that Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park as to offer. Discover ice bergs of every shape and size to landing on the Tasman Glacier with 600 meters of glacier ice beneath your feet. An experience that delivers! More »

Activity ideas: Milford Track Heli Hike
Milford Track Heli Hike

On this exclusive product you will see the best that Milford Sound has to offer. Fly from Queenstown airport over the Wakatipu Basin and the Shotover River heading towards Glenorchy and the head of Lake Wakatipu. Fly over Lake McKerrow taking in the grandeur of the Southern Alps, flying deep into the heart of the Fiordland National Park. Sweep the length of Milford Sound where you can take in unparalleled views of the world famous Mitre Peak before landing at Milford Sound Airport. You will meet your private guide for the day, walk into the halfway point of the Milford Track and enjoy a 2 hour cruise on the sound. On your return flight back to Queenstown, you will land a beautiful Lake Quill for a glass of champagne and a cheese platter. More »

Activity ideas: Auckland Seaplanes Waiheke Island transfer
Auckland Seaplanes Waiheke Island transfer

Enjoy a short scenic flight over the Hauraki Gulf to Waiheke Island  aboard a de Havilland Beaver floatplane. Land in one of many locations around the island. More »

Activity ideas: Waipoua Forest with Footprints helicopter flight
Waipoua Forest with Footprints helicopter flight Fly by helicopter across the mid north rural area to the stunning Hokianga Harbour. Your Footprints guide will meet you on landing at the Copthorne Resort Omapere will then take you on a guided walk to the largest Kauri Forest in the world to view Tane Mahuta, “God of the Forest”. Footprints share with you their special relationship with Mother Nature, both spiritually and culturally. Enjoy their knowledge, stories song and music. On returning to Copthorne Omapere you will be served lunch overlooking the entrance to Hokianga Harbour before rejoining your helicopter for a scenic flight of the harbour and return to the Bay of Islands.
Activity ideas: Heli Cruise Island Escape with Hole in the Rock Flight
Heli Cruise Island Escape with Hole in the Rock Flight

Want to experience the best of the Bay of Islands all within one day? Heli Cruise Island Escape package allows you to experience a boat cruise between Paihia and the islands, an island beach stop over and a scenic helicopter flight. You will depart Paihia at 10.00am on the Sea Shuttle boat for a relaxing cruise, taking you on an informative tour of the Islands, stopping at Roberton Island along the wayDisembark on to an island beach to enjoy the beach at your leisure and island activities such as walking tracks, swimming, snorkelling or just relaxing. After 2-3 hours on the island (approx 2.00pm onwards) you'll be picked up again on the Sea Shuttle for the transfer to the custom built Helicopter Barge in the heart of the  Islands. Depart on a stunning 15-minute scenic helicopter flight to the Hole in the Rock and back over the islands before landing in Paihia. More »

Activity ideas: Heli Cruise Island Escape with Coastal Discovery Flight
Heli Cruise Island Escape with Coastal Discovery Flight Want to experience the best of the Bay of Islands all within one day? Heli Cruise Island Escape package allows you to experience a boat cruise between Paihia and the islands, an island beach stop over and a scenic helicopter flight. You will depart Paihia at 10.00am on the Sea Shuttle boat for a relaxing cruise, taking you on an informative tour of the Islands, stopping at Roberton Island along the wayDisembark on to an island beach to enjoy the beach at your leisure and island activities such as walking tracks, swimming, snorkelling or just relaxing. After 2-3 hours on the island (approx 2.00pm onwards) you'll be picked up again on the Sea Shuttle for the transfer to the custom built Helicopter Barge in the heart of the Islands. Depart on a stunning 15-minute scenic helicopter flight to the Hole in the Rock and back over the islands before landing in Paihia.
Activity ideas: Heli Cruise Island Escape with Hole in the Rock Landing Flight
Heli Cruise Island Escape with Hole in the Rock Landing Flight Want to experience the best of the Bay of Islands all within one day? Heli Cruise Island Escape package allows you to experience a boat cruise between Paihia and the islands, an island beach stop over and a scenic helicopter flight. You will depart Paihia at 10.00am on the Sea Shuttle boat for a relaxing cruise, taking you on an informative tour of the Islands, stopping at Roberton Island along the wayDisembark on to an island beach to enjoy the beach at your leisure and island activities such as walking tracks, swimming, snorkelling or just relaxing. After 2-3 hours on the island (approx 2.00pm onwards) you'll be picked up again on the Sea Shuttle for the transfer to the custom built Helicopter Barge in the heart of the Islands. Depart on a stunning 15-minute scenic helicopter flight to the Hole in the Rock and back over the islands before landing in Paihia.
Activity ideas: Land on the Hole in the Rock - Heli Scenic Flight & Landing Time away: 35 minutes
Land on the Hole in the Rock - Heli Scenic Flight & Landing Time away: 35 minutes

For many years visitors have come to the Bay of Islands to venture through this top New Zealand icon the Hole in the Rock on boats, we have flown them over it thousands of times, and it has been admired by many for its unique appearance and history. Now you can experience it up close and on foot, landing by helicopter on our newly built helipad on top of the island. You will have a brief stop on the island helipad and viewing platform for those unique photos to be taken! Very few people in history, including Maori, have ever ventured on the island in this way before. Being surrounded by steep cliffs (over 150 metres high) and stunning scenery looking towards Cape Brett and its surrounds, this unique landing location will no doubt appeal to the adventurous. More »

Activity ideas: Land on the Hole in the Rock - Heli Scenic Flight & Landing Time away: 45 minutes with longer flight
Land on the Hole in the Rock - Heli Scenic Flight & Landing Time away: 45 minutes with longer flight

For many years visitors have come to the Bay of Islands to venture through this top New Zealand icon the Hole in the Rock on boats, we have flown them over it thousands of times, and it has been admired by many for its unique appearance and history. Now you can experience it up close and on foot, landing by helicopter on our newly built helipad on top of the island. You will have a brief stop on the island helipad and viewing platform for those unique photos to be taken! Very few people in history, including Maori, have ever ventured on the island in this way before. Being surrounded by steep cliffs (over 150 metres high) and stunning scenery looking towards Cape Brett and its surrounds, this unique landing location will no doubt appeal to the adventurous. More »

Activity ideas: Land on the Hole in the Rock - Heli Scenic Flight & Landing with Maori Guide
Land on the Hole in the Rock - Heli Scenic Flight & Landing with Maori Guide

For many years visitors have come to the Bay of Islands to venture through this top New Zealand icon the Hole in the Rock on boats, we have flown them over it thousands of times, and it has been admired by many for its unique appearance and history. Now you can experience it up close and on foot, landing by helicopter on our newly built helipad on top of the island. You will have a brief stop on the island helipad and viewing platform for those unique photos to be taken! Very few people in history, including Maori, have ever ventured on the island in this way before. Being surrounded by steep cliffs (over 150 metres high) and stunning scenery looking towards Cape Brett and its surrounds, this unique landing location will no doubt appeal to the adventurous. You will experience a short walk and cultural tour with the guide for approximately 30 minutes. More »

Activity ideas: White Island Helicopter tour
White Island Helicopter tour

Today take an exhilarating helicopter flight north over Hell’s Gate Thermal Valley to active volcano, White Island. Land inside the crater and enjoy an hour long guided tour. See the main erupting crater, active steam vents known as 'fumaroles', hot streams and vibrant sulphur formations. You’ll also be able to view the remains of the old sulphur mine and see the deposits left behind. More »