Explore roads less travelled on this special small group New Zealand tour and discover country hospitality and nature in the wild. In the North Island we discover authentic Maori culture around Rotorua and visit Tongariro National Park, in the South Island we tour the Mount Cook region and visit famous Milford Sound by land, sea and air. Meet the locals over private lunches at Lake Tarawera, a Marlborough vineyard and a mid-Canterbury farmhouse.
What Tanya loves about this tour:
With a spectacular flight out of Milford Sound and private lunches with wonderful Kiwi hosts along the way, I can't think of a better way to see New Zealand. My favourite experiences include a catamaran cruise on a geothermal lake and lunch with Di and Ian Mackenzie on a South Island farm.
Auckland Pre Tour Day - Tiritiri Matangi Island Wildlife Discovery Cruise
Combine a cruise out on the Hauraki Gulf, a short walk to stretch the legs and learn all about our unique native wildlife. Tiritiri Matangi Island is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary for New Zealand's native and coastal birds situated in the Hauraki Gulf only a 75 minute ferry ride away from downtown Auckland. The island is a protected haven for native and endangered species, and is a nature lover’s paradise, particularly for avid birdwatchers. From the moment you step onto the island to the moment you leave, you’ll be serenaded by bird song while exploring walking tracks through native bush and coastal forests. Amazing views too! Perfect for people who arrive a few days early, you’ll need a full day before your trip starts for this one.
Auckland Pre Tour Day - Essence of Waiheke Wine Tour
Discover for yourself why Waiheke is world-renowned for its wines. Visit three of the Island’s fine vineyards with one of our local guides. On the way, stunning scenery is around every corner, and you will be entertained by your guide’s commentary on the history, geography, culture, people and produce of Waiheke. The Essence of Waiheke Wine Tour includes a one course lunch and a glass of Waiheke wine or beer. You'll need a full day in Auckland before your MoaTrek tour starts for this one too.
Auckland Pre Tour Day - Hobbiton Day Tour
Take a magical journey through Middle-earth to the Hobbiton Movie Set from "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films for a fascinating guided tour. You see 44 hobbit holes including Bilbo’s house, "Bag End", the Mill and double arch bridge and the Party Tree. Grab your own photo at the gate to Bag End, looking out over the whole of Hobbiton to the hills in the distance, then go home and watch the DVDs to compare notes! You'll need a full day in Auckland before your MoaTrek tour starts for this one too.
Auckland Pre Tour Day - Auckland City Revealed
Auckland is set on 53 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. You'll get the best view of the city, from one of our own volcanic peaks! You'll need a full day in Auckland before your MoaTrek tour starts for this one too.
Auckland Pre Tour Day - Harbour Dinner Cruise
Getting out on the water in the 'City of Sails' is an absolute must, and what better way to do it than a harbour cruise with dinner. Glide past the city as it lights up and watch the sun set over the inner harbour on this 2.5 hour cruise on the Waitemata. You'll be treated to canapés and a drink as you set off towards Westhaven Marina. Your choice of a formal dinner in the downstairs cabin or take in the iconic sights of the Auckland while you eat on deck.
Auckland Pre Tour Day - America's Cup Sailing
Feel the thrill of sailing an authentic America’s Cup yacht. Take the helm to help steer on course or work hard on the grinders to hoist the mainsail during this hands on sailing adventure on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour.
This 2 hour sailing experience is a unique opportunity to participate as crew on an actual America's Cup yacht. Take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or sit back, relax and enjoy the sail. With guidance from the professional crew onboard, there is no sailing experience necessary.
Rotorua - Treetop Canopy Tour
Take on the sights, smells and sounds of the forest on a tour where you will spot tree and bird species not seen on any other country on earth – centuries old giant trees, monster tree ferns and perching plants dominate the landscape that has never been modified by human beings. If you are lucky you may even hand feed wild native birds. The journey traverses a 1.2 km network of ziplines, walking trails, suspended bridges and treetop platforms up to 22 metres above the ground. Your friendly guide will show you the way and bring the forest to life as you learn about its history, inhabitants and the conservation dream driving it all. We've all done this tour and loved it!
Rotorua - Te Ra Experience
Come face to face with Pohutu Geyser, jumping mudpools, and live kiwi birds; watch master carvers and weavers at work, and hear our guides share stories passed down from their ancestors. Te Puia is a must-do activity in Rotorua. With a 90 minute tour you can explore Whakarewarewa geothermal valley, visit New Zealand’s native kiwi birds, and learn about Maori history & culture. Highlights of the tour include Te Whakarewarewa, a 60 hectare geothermal valley with famous Rotorua mud pools and over 500 geothermal wonders, including the Pohutu Geyser, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest active geyser! A Kiwi house featuring two iconic native New Zealand kiwi birds. Traditional Māori carving and weaving performed before your eyes and a model Pre-European Maori village and sacred Marae giving you a rare glimpse into how Māori people lived prior to European settlement, and our two Marae (sacred meeting houses).
Rotorua - Te Pō Māori Evening Hangi/Dinner
The Te Pō Tour is a one of a kind feast of storytelling, entertainment and Māori cuisine. Be enriched with a deeper understanding of Māori traditions and absorb the unforgettable sights of this top Rotorua attraction at nightfall. Highlights of the evening include tasting an exquisite Māori feast prepared in the traditional Hangi style. After dinner you will be invited to board the motorised waka for a journey Through the Valley Under Lights. Be awed by the magical evening sights of Te Puia's geothermal valley. You'll disembark the waka (vehicle) right in front of the Pohutu Geyser illuminated in its full glory beneath a starry sky. Marvel at the sight of this glorious natural wonder, while your tour guide entertains you with traditional Māori mythology and stories. Be enthralled by Maori cultural experiences featuring traditional storytelling and entertainment. You even get the opportunity to participate in the graceful poi dance or ferocious haka, for a more intimate Maori cultural experience.
Wellington - Guided Electric Bike Tour of Wellington
Wellington is surrounded by beautiful hills and a stunning harbour. This eBike guided 4 hour tour introduces you to Wellington and shows off many of it's natural gems. The modern electric bikes take the hard work out of the hills and any wind along the way. The local guide will share insights into Wellington's vibrant city and rich culture. Saddle up for a fun bike tour of Wellington's bays and follow your guide along the Wellington Waterfront. Glide along the seafront, passing the lively harbour and the beaches of Oriental Bay- filled with swimmers and sun-bathers in the summer. Continue along the Miramar Peninsula and leave the bustle of the city behind as you cycle along the scenic coast. Pause along the way at a local café before looping back towards the city. Finally, set the bikes to 'turbo' to climb up to the lookout point of Mt Victoria for an unforgettable view over Wellington, the Miramar Peninsula, and the ocean harbour entrance.
Wellington - Lord of the Rings Full Day Tour
This full day tour encompasses the best Lord of the Rings locations the Wellington Region has to offer. Combining our half day and locations tours, this is a great day for any Middle-earth fanatic, general film fan or someone looking for a fun activity.
Wellington - Weta Studios Tour - There and Back Again
If you are a film and television buff this one's for you. Enjoy the incredible creativity on offer at Weta Studio Tours with There and Back Again: The Full Experience the two most popular tours with return transfers included! Guided from start to finish, you’ll get an incredible insight into Weta Workshop’s creativity for film & television. Highlights include The famous Weta Cave Shop home to an incredible range of Weta-designed collectibles and movie merchandise. While you're there snap photos with our life-sized sculptures and check out the mini museum. Take a seat in the Weta Cave to learn about the history of the Weta Group and hear from our co-founders, Richard Taylor and Peter Jackson. Get up close to the props, weapons and costumes crafted for The Lord of the Rings, District 9, The Chronicles of Narnia and more. Check out authentic Weta Workshop miniatures and learn how a TV show is brought to life!
Wellington - Capital Taste Walking Tour
This tour is the perfect morning walking tour, running until approximately 1pm, with around 90 minutes of walking. Throughout the tour, you will be introduced to New Zealand’s ‘culinary, coffee and craft beer capital’.
In three hours we learned a lot about the development of Wellington's foodie scene and the festival and cultural activities in a great city. For us, the really great element was the opportunity to meet local influencers of the food scene, to understand the background to their businesses and, of course to sample good food, from cookies, honey, chocolate and gelato to a range of savoury products.' - Greg, Trip Advisor
Wellington - Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary by Night
See New Zealand's rarest birds, reptiles and insects living wild in their natural environment, including hihi, tuatara, saddleback, kākā and little spotted kiwi. Indoors, New Zealand’s incredible natural history and world-renowned conservation movement are brought to life in a state-of-the-art exhibition. The Zealandia by NightExperience is also known as Te Māra a Tāne - The garden of Tāne. Tāne is the Māori creator of trees and plants. Main reason for going at night? That's when our little friends the kiwi are active!
Wellington - Martinborough Gourmet Wine Tour
The rolling green hills of the Wairarapa Valley have enticed visitors for years, and now it’s your turn to see why. Just over an hour from Wellington City, Martinborough seems a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Capital city. Enjoy a scenic train journey with spectacular views of the Wellington Harbour along the way. Disembark at Featherston Railway Station and have an unforgettable experience with your local guide. Tour highlights include wine tastings at four award-winning vineyards, relax in comfortable, air-conditioned travel by train and coach, enjoy mouth-watering, local gourmet cuisine and sweet delights, see stunning scenic country views and meet some of the families behind the wineries.
Kaikoura - Whale Watching Cruise
Kaikoura is the one of the only places in the world where the world’s largest toothed predator the Giant Sperm Whale lives year round, and the vistas of the snow capped Kaikoura mountains make the trip out on the water even better. Sperm whales, blue whales, humpback whales, dolphins and sea birds are just some of the wildlife you may see. Your guides will also tell you the great story of the four Maori families who started the whale watching tours which turned the fortunes of the whole town.
Kaikoura - Whale Watching Fixed Wing Flight
Go whale watching by aeroplane. On your half hour flight you will see the Sperm Whale preparing for his next dive and up to 500 Dusky Dolphins playfully swimming. Flying over Kaikoura Peninsula, you can see evidence of Maori fortifications (Pa sites), the township of Kaikoura and New Zealand Fur Seals relaxing on the rocks as well as spectacular views of the 2800m high Seaward Kaikoura Ranges. Your experienced pilot will look after you all the way and tell you a few local stories too!
Kaikoura - Sunset Evening Classic Kayak
Kaikoura is world famous for its Sunsets and marine life, so what better way to experience this than by sea kayak. Guaranteed viewing of Fur Seals and surreal visuals of the seaward Kaikoura Mountains as the light changes towards the end of the day. Watch seals dive and manoeuvre around and under your kayak as the sunsets, paddle with them as they swim around the Peninsula hunting for octopus! Along your way keep an eye out for Blue Penguins or Albatross then have chance encounters with Dusky Dolphins. Using only top of the line real sea Kayaks be ready for a true kiwi experience you won't forget!
Kaikoura - Whale Watching Helicopter Flight
Only by helicopters will get to see the entire whale from head to tail as the you hover above and slowly orbit. Put yourself in the ultimate vantage point, as you fly for 30 minutes in the spectacular environment that plays host to one of the world’s largest marine mammals, the Sperm Whale. Gain knowledge of the mighty Sperm Whale during a personal 20 minute briefing, before departing from beachfront heli pads. You will get a remarkable view and photo opportunity of the entire whale from head to tail as the helicopter hovers and flies slow orbits without disturbing the giants at all.
Mount Cook - Tasman Glacier & Terminal Lake Cruise
Visit New Zealand's Tasman Glacier terminal lake for a fascinating glacial encounter. Cruise the rapidly growing terminal lake taking in spectacular mountain views and scenery. Icebergs of every shape and size periodically tear away from the glacier allowing you to touch and taste the 300-500 year old glacial crystals. This is New Zealand’s largest glacier and terminal lake, the surrounding alpine scenery and icebergs are awesome, it's a lot of fun buzzing around in our inflatable boat too!
Mount Cook - Glacier Helicopter Flight & Snow Landing
The very best way to see Mt Cook National Park and its vast glaciers and snowfields. See the ancient waters of the Tasman Glacier lake before flying the length of the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s longest at 27 km (17 miles). Experience what it feels like to stand in snow amongst the mountains as you take in a spectacular view of New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook during your snow landing. Cross to the West Coast and view the formidable Franz Josef and Fox glaciers before completing your journey with uninterrupted views of the summit ridge of Aoraki/Mt Cook. There's no better way to see the 'Cloud Piercer', you'll be buzzing for days after this!
Queenstown - Bike the Bridges Half Day Tour
Your four hour supported adventure biking the Queenstown Trails begins at either 9am or 1pm with a scenic transfer from your Queenstown accommodation through to the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. From here you will follow the beautiful Arrow River Trail down stream to where it meets the Kawarau River. You’ll ride across 2 spectacular suspension bridges and then join the original miners trail that crosses the famous Kawarau suspension bridge, home of the the worlds first Bungy jump. You’ll finish your ride with a relaxed and complimentary wine tasting in the Gibbston Valley, before being delivered back to Queenstown. E-bike available.
Queenstown - The Basin Explorer - Full Day Bike Tour
See it all… This is more than just a ride. Ride through lakes, river gorges, suspension bridges, the famous Kawarau bungy jump bridge and finish off at beautiful Queenstown vineyards. Explore the stunning Tuckers Beach Trail Head, Shotover river trail, Lake Hayes, Wakatipu Basin and the beautiful Arrow and Kawarau Rivers. In the afternoon enjoy a well deserved wine at the Gibbston Wine Vineyard. This trip can be catered to any level of rider and is well supported along the way by your dedicated tour guide. The distance can be altered to suit the group. Don’t be intimidated by the distances, this tour is about more than just the ride. Ebike available.
Queenstown - Wine & Food Tour
This half day guided wine and food experience delivers an unforgettable taste of the Central Otago wine region, showcasing its superb local produce. Your winery lunch consists of several dishes, each perfectly matched with estate wines. An underground wine cave tour and tastings gives you an insight into our great wines and the Central Otago wine industry. A relaxed and leisurely tour amongst picturesque surroundings.
Queenstown - Dart River Jet Boat Wilderness Experience
The 'head of the lake' around Glenorchy and the Dart River is so amazing, you simply cannot miss this! A breathtaking drive along the famous Glenorcy road for your thrilling jet boat ride on braided, glacier-fed rivers into the heart of Mount Aspiring National Park. Your friendly driver adds the personal touch, looking after you all the way and sharing the area’s history, the Greenstone trail and Maori legends. Break up the ride for a walk through ancient beech forest unchanged for 80 million years and view the scenic backgrounds for many Middle Earth movie scenes. The river is the only way to get up here, this is the New Zealand you've come to see!
Queenstown - Routeburn Track Day Hiking
One of New Zealand's 'Great Walks', the Routeburn Track is one of the crown jewels of Kiwi walking tracks. The Glenorchy end of the track is easily accessed from Queenstown, your guided tour picks you up and drops you back at your accommodation and will provide everything you need. The walk to Routeburn Flats or Falls is on a beautifully graded track, through the most beautiful section of red beech forest in the country, follows the emerald Routeburn river up to the alpine sanctuary of Routeburn Flast. The best day walk in the entire country, according to one very biased ex Routeburn guide who wrote this! You be the judge, it's day you'll never forget.
Queenstown - Glenorchy Lord of the Rings Scenic Tour
Visit Lord of the Rings locations and take a journey with us deep into Middle Earth. On your scenic LOTR guided tour, you will explore Isengard, Amon Hen, Lothlorien Forest, The Misty Mountains and Ithilien! Stories and secrets will be shared by guides who have great insight into the filming. Visit our closest world heritage area – encounter stunning ancient beech forest, braided rivers and glacier carved valleys. Explore the unique flora and fauna and get up close to birdlife and animals. Discover the absolute beauty of the Dart River Valley, Paradise and The Mt Aspiring National Park. Take the opportunity to dress up in Lord of the Rings costume in Lothlorien Forest. Come away with amazing photos and lasting memories from this unforgettable experience.
Queenstown - TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise with BBQ Lunch
You'll love this iconic South Island experience, the perfect combination of taking it easy and seeing a bit more of the Queenstown area. Head off from the Steamer Wharf right downtown on your cruise aboard the historic 100 year old TSS Earnslaw across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Sit back on the lakeside terrace of the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant and leave the cooking to our chef, with the best local produce sizzling away on the grill for your delicious gourmet BBQ lunch before seeing first hand how these high country farmers and their dogs used to work the land. You can see why the early settler families chose this side of the lake, it's pretty special!
Queenstown - TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise with BBQ Dinner
This four hour cruise will take you to a dining experience unlike any other in Queenstown, the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant at Walter Peak High Country Farm. Head off from the Steamer Wharf right downtown and cruise aboard the historic 100 year old TSS Earnslaw across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Enjoy a delicious gourmet barbeque buffet dinner with an array of New Zealand and local produce, from succulent meats to delicious vegetables and salads, while taking in a farming demonstration from the local high country farmers.
Queenstown - Kawarau Jet to Raft
Pair two of Queenstown’s most iconic experiences in one, with high speed jet boating and those famous 360 spins and whitewater rafting action on the Kawarau River.
The Jet Boat will race down Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau river through spectacular scenery to your next mode of transport. Jump straight into a raft with the team to complete the last section of river through grade 2-3 whitewater rapids. Paddle through the historic Kawarau gorge, famous for its gold mining, wineries and its apperances in The Lord of the Rings movies. Complete your journey by tackling the famous 400m Dog Leg rapid – the longest commercially rafted rapid in New Zealand.
If you're looking for adventure this one's for you! Take on the mighty Shotover and Kawarau rivers. Only KJet offers over 60 minutes of unforgettable thrills, spins and exhilaration across three waterways in one of the world’s most stunning locations. Firstly, your twin engine Jet boat roars across crystal clear Lake Wakatipu at breath-taking speed. You’ll be surrounded by majestic mountains and mesmerising scenery. Then you zoom under the Kawarau Dam onto the deep green waters of The Kawarau River for lots of 360° spins. Next the adventure heightens as your driver navigates the fast –moving currents of the narrow braided Shotover River. Your Big Yellow will race up the shallow channels at speeds of up to 95KPH. All the while skimming across water that’s less than 10cm deep in places. Finally, return to the Pier for a complimentary view from Queenstown’s Underwater Observatory. Then get up close and personal with fascinating rainbow trout and lake-life.
Wanaka - Lake Cruise and Island Nature Walk
Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Wanaka followed by a unique nature walk on Mou Waho Island. Boat cruise to the remote and magical Mou Waho Island nature reserve, which is predator–free and home to the rare flightless Buff Weka (extinct on the mainland since 1920). A one hour return guided bush walk is included, which takes you up to reveal the island’s secret – a lake right on top of the island! Unique and very photogenic. Or you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the birdlife at the beach and shelter at the island base with your own morning or afternoon tea.
Franz Josef - Glacier Heli Hike
A Heli Hike is simply the ultimate Glacier experience and now the only way to walk on the ice in New Zealand! Take in the Franz Josef Glacier by helicopter before descending onto the ice itself for an adventure like no other. Follow your guide from the crevasses and ice caves to the splendour of the clean blue ice, immerse yourself in the unique surroundings and touch the ice, breath the fresh air and enjoy one of the world’s most exhilarating experiences.
Franz Josef - Twin Glacier Scenic Heli Flight and Snow Landing
Fly over two of New Zealand's most famous glaciers and land at the head of either the Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier. View the incredible natural phenomenon of the glaciers as they wind slowly down the carved valleys from its origin in the mountains high above you. You can see it all from up hear, Mount Cook, Mount Tasman and the heart of the World Heritage Area. Wow!
Franz Josef - Okarito Eco Tour
This 2 hour Eco Tour explores the untouched World Heritage Area, the superb birdlife and serenity of New Zealand’s largest unmodified wetland, over 3000 hectares of lagoons and wildlife-rich waterways, from wading birds to rainforest orchids, tidal lagoon wetlands and ancient plants and trees and river waterways.
Punakaiki - Underworld Rafting
Underworld Rafting’ is a superb 4 hour Black Water Rafting adventure in the enormous Nile River Cave System deep in the ‘Untamed Natural Wilderness’ of the Paparoa National Park. Leaving the daylight behind explore a calcite paradise of stalactites and stalagmites, cross huge chambers, follow a maze like system of passages and wander through the multi-leveled cave system. Enriched with illustrations, explanations and stories you will descend to the bottom level of the cave where the water guides you through magical galaxies of glow-worms. Finsh the tour floating down the tranquil rapids of The Nile River.
Punakaiki - Charleston Glowworm Caves Tour
This 3.5 hr tour is a simply stunning Wilderness Eco-tour through the enormous Nile River Cave System deep in the Paparoa National Park. See lush rainforest, surrounded by uniquely nature carved rock formation and impressive limestone cliffs on the 'Nile River Rainforest Train'. Then explore the enormous Nile River Caves System, seeing, feeling and getting close to an ancient wonderland sculptured by water and decorated with fragile calcite formations and amazing galaxies of glow worms. The guides will enrich your journey with captivating illustrations, explanations and stories. A journey that takes you into one of the few cave systems you can see in its natural untamed wilderness state. This is a simply stunning Eco-tour in a very special place.
Punakaiki - Johnny's Journey
A must do adventure! See the wild red deer roaming freely in the green depths of the Awakari Valley.
The journey with Outwest Tours, the only company with access to the privately owned valley, will delight and captivate the visitor. Here visitors can 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!
Christchurch - Akaroa Harbour Day Cruise
Travel to Akaroa NZ over the beautiful Banks Peninsula with glorious views of farmlands, the Canterbury Plains and the distant Southern Alps as well as remote bays indenting the coastline. Take a Nature Cruise from Akaroa harbour and see Hectors Dolphins, little blue penguins, NZ fur seals and local bird life. Learn more about the local history and wander the charming 175 year old French harbour side village of Akaroa with it’s museum of settlers’ history, art and craft shops and studios before enjoying lunch at an award winning cafe. On the way back to Christchurch visit the Cheese Factory at Barry’s Bay, the Little River Art gallery and Vince’s Gem Stone Museum.
Christchurch - Akaroa Day Tour & Swim with Dolphins
This day tour allows you to explore the beautiful Akaroa area and swim majestic dolphins that love nothing more to play and interact with you in the water. Travel to Akaroa NZ over the beautiful Banks Peninsula with glorious views of farmlands, the Canterbury Plains and the distant Southern Alps as well as remote bays indenting the coastline. Take a Nature Cruise from Akaroa harbour and swim with Hectors Dolphins. Learn more about the local history and wander the charming 175 year old French harbour side village of Akaroa with it’s museum of settlers’ history, art and craft shops and studios before enjoying lunch at an award winning cafe. On the way back to Christchurch visit the Cheese Factory at Barry’s Bay, the Little River Art gallery and Vince’s Gem Stone Museum.