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. 

16 Night / 17 Day New Zealand Tour - Both Islands

Tongariro National Park
Abel Tasman National Park
Mount Cook
Milford Sound
Franz Josef Glacier
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2019/20 Season

$9390.00 pp twin
$11690.00 pp single

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Auckland Pre Tour Day - Tiritiri Matangi Island Wildlife Discovery Cruise

Tiritiri Matangi Island, beautiful bay and beach in the sunny day

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

vineyard with a sea view, 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. You'll need a full day in Auckland before your MoaTrek tour starts for this one too.

Auckland Pre Tour Day - Hobbiton Day Tour

Hobbiton valley in the evening, Auckland 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

Stunning view over Auckland city

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 - Half Day Wilderness Experience

Walking barefoot on Piha beach, Lion Rock in the background - Auckland Optinonal Activities

Auckland’s coastal rainforest and the Waitakere Ranges are only 30 kilometres from downtown Auckland. In just 30 minutes you leave behind the bustle of the city and step into the tranquillity of the rainforest. Our experienced guides unfold the story of the forest that covers this land with its unique flora and fauna. During the afternoon we also include a New Zealand style afternoon tea including Anzac biscuits and tea and coffee or juice. Please note: lunch is not included but there is the opportunity to purchase it enroute (cash is required to buy lunch). Departure at 12.30 pm every day.

Auckland Pre Tour Day - Essence of Waiheke Wine Tour

vineyard with a sea view, 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. You'll need a full day in Auckland before your MoaTrek tour starts for this one too.

Auckland Pre Tour Day - Harbour Dinner Cruise

A sail boat on the sea during sunset, Auckland 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.

Rotorua - Treetop Canopy Tour

climbing the trees, Rotorua 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 - Maori Culture Evening & Hangi Dinner

Culture Maori performance on the stage, Rotorua Culture evening

Situated in the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, Te Puia’s 60 hectare site is home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, a live kiwi enclosure, the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, and more than 500 geothermal wonders. This is the centre of the universe for Maori, rich in ancestral history, and a guiding legacy that stretches back to the 1800s, Te Puia extend their unique hospitality and rich cultural heritage to all visitors. The Te Pō Cultrual Evening at Te Puia is a unique Rotorua experience that will leave you with a deeper understanding of Māori culture and traditions, a full puku (stomach) and many great memories to take home.

Rotorua - Mt Tarawera / White Island Floatplane Adventure

Helicopter and Floatplane flying above the White Island volcano - Rotorua Optional Tour

Experience the beauty of our 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. Our stunning coastline features as do aerial views of orchards where much of the regions Kiwifruit are grown.

Rotorua - Mt Tarawera Volcano Helicopter Landing

Helicopter Landing on Mount Tarawera - Rotorua Optional Activities

Fly to the site of the largest eruption in New Zealand’s living memory. Landing on Mount Tarawera offers a privileged view of spectacular craters and domes formed by the 1886 eruption. Here you will enjoy an interesting commentary based on the region’s history, culture and geology. Flights to and from the volcano take in expansive views of our stunning Lakes District, National Parks and a view of Mount Tarawera from above!

Rotorua - White Island Active Volcano Helicopter Landing

Tourists visiting White Island volcano

Walk to the edge of an active crater lake, over hot streams, past steaming volcanic vents and colourful sulphur formations, before viewing this privately-owned volcano’s long abandoned mining ruins. This somewhat lunar experience on New Zealand’s only permanently active offshore volcano is breathtaking and when combined with helicopter flights above our lakes district and the Bay of Plenty is a unique and surreal lifetime experience.

Wellington - Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary by Night

a kiwi bird at night, Wellington Zealandia wildlife sanctuary

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!

Kaikoura - Whale Watching Cruise

a whale tale above water during 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 Helicopter Flight

A whale jumping over the water in Kaikoura

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.

Kaikoura - Whale Watching Fixed Wing Flight

aeroplane watching in Kaikoura

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!

Mount Cook - Tasman Glacier and Terminal Lake Cruise

A cruise boat on the Tasman Glacier lake, Mount Cook

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!


Queenstown - Bike the Bridges Half Day Tour

Queenstown Bike the Bridges

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

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 - Boutique Wine Tour

tasting wine in Queenstown

An afternoon among the boutique vineyards perfectly captures the flavour of the region, in more ways than one! Your friendly guide will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the 'new world' wines of New Zealand, you'll be an expert in no time.  Visit and try the wines at 4 vineyards in Gibbston Valley, Cromwell and Bannockburn, and enjoy a delightful platter lunch at Carrick Winery restaurant before visiting Old Cromwell Town. You'll see both sides of the stunning Kawarau Gorge and get a glimpse of the early pioneering history of this rugged region. If you like the idea of spending a day with friends enjoying fine wine, great food and amazing scenery (who doesn't?!), then this is for you.

Queenstown - Dart River Jet Boat Wilderness Experience

Dart River Jet Boat wilderness experience ride with amazing scenic view, Queenstown

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 - Glenorchy Lord of the Rings Scenic Tour

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 - Routeburn Track Day Hiking

Hiking the beautiful Routeburn track, Queenstown

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 - Moa 4 Line Tour

Queenstown Ziptrek

Ziptrek Ecotours is NZ's #1 Original Zipline tour company. The multi award winning company offers a spectacular and fun zipline eco-adventure through the forest canopy high above Queenstown, on Skyline Gondola hill, situated minutes walk from the CBD.The Moa 4 Line Tour is the perfect starter to your adventure experience in Queenstown. Journey through the forest on four incredible ziplines with stunning views across Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkables mountain range. The ziplines start low and slow and gradually build your confidence as they get progressively longer, higher and faster. This tour is fun for everyone! All ages love the interaction this guided aerial tour has to offer!  

Queenstown - TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise with BBQ Lunch

TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise ride with a scenic view, Queenstown

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

Queenstown Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ

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 - Station to Station Mt Nicholas Farm Experience & Bike Hire

Queenstown Station to Station Mt Nicholas Farm Experience & Bike Hire

The perfect half day, independent cycling trip experiencing the best that Queenstown has to offer. Enjoy a Spirit of Queenstown cruise to Mt Nicholas High Country Farm, stopping at Bob’s Cove to view flora and fauna up close and spectacular views towards Glenorchy, Mt Earnslaw, the Southern Alps and The Remarkables mountain range. Disembark the vessel at Mt Nicholas for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes visit to a truly authentic, family-run merino sheep farm. Enjoy a farmers platter lunch before hopping on your bike and cycling the 14kms between Mt Nicholas and Walter Peak (both high country farms) located on the western shores of Lake Wakatipu. Then step aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw for the return cruise to Queenstown.

Queenstown - Kawarau River Rafting

Queenstown Kawarau River Rafting

Super scenic, playful & fun for all!  The Kawarau River / ideal for first time rafters or suited to those looking for a more relaxed rafting experience, or groups of mixed ability/ages. There is plenty of white water action, but also time to sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Keep an eye on the other rafts though, as there is a good chance of a water fight! 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. Enjoy the unforgettable 400m long Dog Leg rapid - New Zealand's longest commercially rafted rapid before returning to Queenstown for a sauna and shower at Rafting Base.

Queenstown - Kawarau & Shotover Rivers Jet Boat Ride

Queenstown Kawarau & Shotover Rivers Jet Boat Ride

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

Wanaka cruise and Mou Waho Island 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

Hiking in the snow, Franz Josef Glacier

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

Playing in the snow, Franz Josef glacier 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

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.

Franz Josef - Okarito Guided Kayak Trip

Okarito Guided Kayak Tour

Explore the waterways of the Okarito Lagoon by Kayak. These 2 hour guided kayak trips are run on demand, not to a scheduled time with big groups. The guided kayak trips are customised for you, personal and intimate. They'll talk with you to organise the best time to go, to work with the lagoon tides and conditions. Great for those who might be a little less confident on the water, or those who just want more information on the flora, fauna and local history of Okarito.

Punakaiki - Underworld Rafting

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

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 - TranzAlpine Train Arthurs Pass to Christchurch

Punakaiki TranzAlpine Train Arthurs Pass to Christchurch

Experience the South Island’s striking natural landscape by taking a train between Christchurch and Greymouth. Along this journey you’ll see epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps, and see miles of native beech forest. The TranzAlpine is one of the world's great train journeys covering 223 kilometres (139 miles) one-way, taking just under 5 hours. You’ll traverse the majestic Canterbury Plains, to the backdrop of the mighty Southern Alps - the journey of a lifetime.


Christchurch - Akaroa Harbour Day Cruise

Christchurch - Akaroa Harbour Cruise with Black Cat or Dolphins

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

Christchurch Akaroa Swim with Dolphins with Black Cat

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.

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