New Zealand - Day Touring & Sightseeing
We feature a variety of day touring and sightseeing options in each location across New Zealand you would like to visit from local attractions and day
tours to hiking, cycling, river rafting,sailing, cruising and wildlife viewing experiences. This also includes many opportunities to visit famous Lord
of the Rings movie sets.
Our most searched and selected day touring and sightseeing options are listed below.
You can also refine your search by using the sub region list for more detailed information on each of our preferred sightseeing options in each destination
we have on offer.
Once you have found the experiences that are just for you, contact one of our destination experts to provide a customised quotation just for you.
New Zealand's finest coastal National Park is awaiting you, basking under the most sunshine hours in the country. You choose how much walking or kayaking you want to do on a journey between beachfront lodges - Torrent Bay Lodge and Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa. Suitable for all levels, you don't need previous sea kayaking experience as you will be accompanied by our Guides at all times on the water and there is no heavy pack to carry. Enjoy inspired menus & wines in a landscape full of stories. Your expert guide shares the Wilson family's eight generations of experience in the region. Let them help you design each day to suit your desire for relaxation or adventure. Find time on your own or discover new friendships. Come home to a hot shower in your own twin or double ensuite room. Be lulled to sleep by the tides, then awake to birdsong with breakfast served overlooking a golden beach.
Kiwi Dundee Adventures has designed several three-day tours to give visitors an inside experience of New Zealand's natural beauty.
There is so much to see and do: drive down the Seabird Coast and visit Kiwi Dundee Adventures' private conservation land for forest and birds. Walk among
giant Kauri trees and ferns 25 metres high. Step out on walks to the stunning coastal scenery, white sandy beaches, magnificent cliffs, old Maori Pa
site, Hot Water Beach and offshore islands. Walk to stunning waterfalls where you sometimes see kayaks and rafters cascading over the edge. Make the
most of the chance to see your guide's collection of minerals with rocks embedded with gold, crystals, petrified wood and kauri gum, and visit New
Zealand's mural town, a kiwi plantation and an export flower nursery.
Welcome aboard the Vista cruising catamaran. Relax with comfortable seating around tables and panoramic views from open or enclosed viewing decks and enjoy the onboard café and bar. With your flexible cruise and walk day pass, choose to spend from three to eight hours exploring the spectacular granite coast. Stay on board or disembark at a golden beach fringed by lush forest and azure waters, ideal for swimming. Enjoy quality beach time with walking options up to four hours. Your friendly crew takes care of your comfort and safety with interpretative commentary and maps.
Cruise Abel Tasman National Park's South Island coastline on a catamaran and enjoy scenic sailing with gentle sea breezes. The only scheduled full-day sailing tour of this coastal paradise explores shallow lagoons and crystal clear waters. It includes beach stops, walks and optional swimming. Enjoy the antics of the local fur seals. Get involved with the sailing or sit back and relax. Join a full-day sailing tour, or a combined sailing and walking tour. Private personalised tours are also available. Sailing tours depart Kaiteriteri Beach with coach transfers available
Depart Christchurch and journey along an extinct volcanic rim with stunning views of Banks Peninsula, Akaroa Harbour, the Pacific Ocean and remote bays. Explore the picturesque village of Akaroa, the only French settlement to be established in New Zealand, before enjoying lunch at an award-winning café. Take a nature cruise or swim option in search of the rare Hector dolphins, fur seals and penguins. Return to Christchurch via Barry's Bay Cheese Factory. Nature cruise, lunch, informative commentary, picnic teas, cheese tasting and transfers are included.
This is your opportunity to participate as crew on an actual America’s Cup yacht. Take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or simply sit back and enjoy
the action as you sail the beautiful Waitemata Harbour.
Feel the thrill of the wind in your face as you tack and jibe. Experience the excitement of sailing, no experience necessary - the professional crew will
teach you all you need to know. Relax with the wind in your face as you sit back and chat to our professional crew about the techniques, tactics and
principles of sailing these boats.
The America’s Cup is the world’s oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy and ultimate yachting regatta. Usually the domain of billionaires and elite
professional yachties, the America’s Cup yachts offer the unique opportunity for everyone to participate in sailing on these grand-prix racing machines.
Journey from Christchurch into Arthur's Pass National Park on the TranzAlpine train to view spectacular mountains and the impressive Otira Gorge. Explore native bush, forests and waterfalls on foot before lunching at a country hotel. Visit the mysterious and sacred site of Kura Tawhiti (Castle Hill), comprised of limestone cliffs and weatherworn, rain-smoothed rocks. Cross over Porter's Pass and the Canterbury Plains before returning to Christchurch. TranzAlpine train, guided walks, informative commentary, lunch, picnic teas and transfers are included.
Experience the very best of Auckland City, the marine village of Devonport, Auckland's glorious west coast and Waitakere Ranges on this full-day tour.
This tour provides the chance to admire stunning views from the top of several volcanoes and discover untamed coastline, Auckland's renowned black sand
beaches, sub-tropical rainforest with Kauri trees and indigenous flora and fauna. It also includes the Arataki Visitor Centre at the gateway to the beautiful
Waitakere Ranges on Auckland's west coast. The outstanding 360 degree views and spectacular crater at the top of the volcano Maungawhau (Mount Eden) are
This is a very special small-group experience using luxury transport, as only a few tour companies are allowed access to the top of Mount Eden, Auckland
City's highest natural point. A gourmet picnic lunch is also included on this personal tour with global tourism award-winner TIME Unlimited Tours.
See the very best sights of Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) and the wild West Coast with a Maori guide. Explore some of Auckland's amazing volcanoes, historic Devonport and the Waitakere Ranges with its sub-tropical rainforest and black sand beaches, all through the eyes of an indigenous Maori. Visit Maungawhau (Mount Eden) plus Takarunga (Mount Victoria) to see Auckland from the top of ancient volcanoes. Learn about Maori culture, myths and legends as well as the ancestors who shaped this land. The tour includes a gourmet picnic lunch and luxury transport.
See two world-famous visitor attractions all in one wonderful day. Experience NZ in style in Mercedes luxury vehicle, private tours from Auckland. See
the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves and continue to the Hobbiton Movie Set for a tour of one of the most famous movie sets worldwide, made famous by
the movie trilogies ''The Lord of the Rings'' and now ''The Hobbit''. See the Hobbit holes and Bag End, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and the famous Party
Tree that were created for "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films. At the end of the tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, you will be dropped off at
The Shire's Rest Café, where your guide will be waiting for you.
The tour includes free pick up from Auckland central, all transport, a fully guided Private Luxury Tour, lunch, snacks and hot/cold drinks! Also includes
all taxes and park fees where applicable.
Experience natural wonders and enjoy excellent, up-close viewing of wildlife on your Milford Sound cruise, where specialist nature guides share lively and informative commentary. Disembark at the Discovery Centre and descend 64 steps to 10 metres beneath the water and view rare black coral and colourful sea creatures such as blue cod and butterfly perch. Gaze through crystal clear waters as you kayak around serene Harrison Cove with a specialist kayak and nature guide in an intimate nature experience before returning to Milford wharf. Lunch options are available.
A Wilderness Jet journey takes you deep into the World Heritage area of Mt Aspiring National Park by exciting wilderness jet-boating on a braided, glacier-fed
river. Learn from your guide about the area's history and the Greenstone trail. Walk amongst the ancient beech forest, unchanged for 80 million years,
and view the scenic backgrounds for many Middle Earth movies. Discover New Zealand's heart.
Dart River's Funyak day trip is an amazing journey deep into the Mt Aspiring National Park. Get involved with nature. Combine wilderness jet boating with
unique 'Funyak' inflatable canoes for a fun way to explore the Dart River as well as hidden side streams, rock pools and dramatic chasms. Stop and
enjoy a delicious wilderness buffet lunch before continuing in your 'Funyak' downstream to 'Paradise'. Then travel a back-country route back to Glenorchy.
Go with the flow, leave with the memories.
Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas is surrounded by colourful gardens and set on the shore of picturesque Lake Te Anau, a short stroll from the Te Anau town centre. The 112 modern and well-appointed rooms and villas offer stunning lake or garden views. You will taste impressive South Island cuisine in the MacKinnon Room Restaurant and enjoy uninterrupted views of Lake Te Anau from The Explorer Bar and Lakefront Terrace. After a day of sightseeing in Fiordland, guests can relax and unwind in the outdoor heated swimming pool, spa and sauna.
Don't compromise - get the best of both trips with this full day Dolphin Sail Adventure Combo.
Join the morning Swim with the Dolphins Cruise and swim with dolphins in their natural habitat from the purpose-built black and yellow catamaran. All equipment
In the afternoon, jump onboard the legendary yacht Lion New Zealand for lunch and island activities, finishing the day with a sail back to shore, where
you can help trim the sails, take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or relax and take in the scenery.
Indulge in an overnight cruise in the long southern twilight and savour dinner, bed and breakfast with a difference. From Manapouri, cruise across Lake Manapouri to West Arm before crossing the alpine route of Wilmot Pass through some of Fiordland's most dense rainforest. The overnight vessel, Fiordland Navigator, is purpose-built for cruising Doubtful Sound and features private cabins with ensuite bathrooms. Cruise the fiord, weaving through hidden coves and mystical waterways. Knowledgeable nature guides will share their passion for the region. This fiord is home to Bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland Crested and Little Blue penguins. As evening draws near, you'll drop anchor at a sheltered mooring. Take the opportunity to explore the shoreline by kayak or small boat. In the evening, relax in the saloon and enjoy a delicious meal prepared by the chef. Coach transport is available from Te Anau and Queenstown.
Board a luxury coach in Queenstown and travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Manapouri township. Cruise across the crystal waters of Lake Manapouri to West Arm before boarding a coach and crossing the alpine route of Wilmot Pass through some of Fiordland's most dense rainforest. On reaching Deep Cove, passengers explore the waterways of this serene and isolated fiord on a modern catamaran for a three-hour cruise. On return, the vessel's engines are turn off and guests are treated to the 'Sound of Silence'. Keep an eye out for dolphins, fur seals and penguins.
Take this full-day tour in our unique Dune Rider vehicle to experience the Far North of New Zealand. Let the driver/guides immerse you in the culture and
history of the area, while taking in the amazing scenery.
The Dune Rider vehicle is purpose built to go off-road in comfort with air-conditioning, reclining seats, plenty of leg room and sloping floors for great
The tour begins with an early morning pick-up at your accommodation and includes a sit down buffet lunch, entrance to Gumdigger’s Park, a visit to Cape
Reinga lighthouse to view the meeting of the two oceans, stop off on 90 Mile Beach, boogie board down huge sand dunes at Te Paki stream and the Ancient
Kauri Kingdom. Finish the day with fresh fish and chips at the iconic Mangonui Fish Shop. Lunch is included and dinner is an optional extra, with tours
departing 7am daily year-round.
Dine on the Waitemata Harbour, an experience not to be missed in Auckland, the City of Sails.
Enjoy great sailing and as the sun sets and watch the night lights of the cityscape come alive. Your experienced crew talk about Auckland's unique features
and there is plenty of opportunity to participate in the sailing or sit back and enjoy the sights. Soak up the city atmosphere from the peace of the
harbour waters. Glide past the city as it lights up and watch the sun set over the inner harbour.
Dinner is served during a sheltered mooring below deck in the well-appointed dining saloon. The menu is supplied by top viaduct restaurant Snapdragon.
Complement your meal with our selection of locally produced wine or beer. Cash bar onboard.
Discover the real Middle-Earth at the Hobbiton™ Movie Set near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand.
On the most picturesque private farmland you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies in a fascinating
two-hour guided tour. The set has been completely rebuilt for The Hobbit and will remain as it was seen in these films and The Lord of the Rings film
During your tour you will see Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill, double arched bridge and other structures and gardens built for the films.
The Hobbiton Movie set has more than 44 unique hobbit holes, including Bag End (Bilbo's house). As you wander through the heart of the Shire, you'll
get to hear the fascinating commentary about how it was all created.
Tours leave daily from The Shires Rest™ Cafe, 501 Buckland Rd, Hinuera or Matamata and Rotorua Information Centres.
Alternatively, experience the beauty of Hobbiton Movie Set at dusk with a guided tour through the Shire™. The journey finishes at the Green Dragon™
Inn with an ale and a banquet feast fit for a Hobbit.
After dinner you will be guided by lantern light through the Shire which will be lit up and glowing in the night sky.
Evening dinner tours operate every Wednesday and are limited to 48 people.
Depart Christchurch and journey through rural North Canterbury and the Waipara wine region to Kaikoura, where the mountains meet the sea. Join a whale-watch cruise or flight and experience the magic of seeing magnificent sperm whales and dusky dolphins up close. Enjoy a café lunch, discover the glorious vistas from the Kaikoura Peninsula and view playful New Zealand fur seals. Sample local wines before returning to Christchurch. Your tour includes a whale-watch cruise or flight, lunch, guided walks with informative commentary, picnic teas, wine tastings and transfers.
Viewing the little-spotted kiwi in its natural habitat is one of the most memorable experiences to be enjoyed in New Zealand. Upon arrival at Waiorua Bay (north end), you will be welcomed over tea/coffee with an introductory talk and briefing. The Kapiti Lodge overnight accommodation provides the chance to enjoy genuine Maori hospitality, great food and wine. A highlight of the tour is the kiwi spotting night walk with an experienced guide which has a very high success rate. Genuine opportunities for interaction with natural and authentic New Zealand are in abundance.
Explore New Zealand's finest coastal National Park, combining kayaking, cruising & walking with this all-in-one experience near Nelson. An easy two-hour guided kayak trip explores the calm, azure waters of the Kaiteriteri coast, including the famous "Split Apple Rock" granite formation. After lunch, farewell your guide and board the Vista Cruise to travel into the heart of Abel Tasman National Park. Pause to view the antics at Tonga Island Seal Colony, then disembark on the mainland at picturesque Tonga Quarry Beach. Enjoy a two-hour, 4.1 km unguided coastal bush walk over the forested Tonga Saddle, around the stunning Bark Bay waterfalls trail with its new swing bridge highlight, then on to the golden sands of Medlands Beach. Rejoin the Vista Cruise for your return. Tour operates daily October-April. Coach transfers available form Nelson.
Enjoy a fabulous full day tour through the Marlborough wine region and the Marlborough Sounds. This is the perfect tour for the person who would like to
experience the whole region in one day. You'll be collected from your accommodation in the morning for a winery tour including the famous Cloudy Bay Winery,
then through to the Marlborough Sounds for lunch (own cost) on the waterfront before departing into the Marlborough Sounds on a seafood cruise. Enjoy the
scenery and tranquillity of the Marlborough Sounds, visit a marine farm and taste the freshest seafood matched to a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
A perfect wine and food match in a beautiful part of Marlborough.
Picton or Blenheim collections and Picton, Blenheim or Nelson drop-offs are also available.
Experience the spray of a waterfall as you cruise close to sheer rock faces or watch out for dolphins, seals and in season, the rare Fiordland crested penguins on this relaxing cruise. The onboard nature guide will share the fiord's natural beauty with you and outline in detail its flora and fauna. From the comfort of the boat, explore points of interest and view stunning scenery including rainforest and towering peaks. Travel by coach from Te Anau or Queenstown or choose a scenic alpine flight from Queenstown (subject to weather conditions).
An overnight cruise is the ultimate way to experience Milford Sound. When all the day visitors have left, the fiord transforms into a peaceful scene of
After boarding the Milford Mariner, guests enjoy a full length cruise of the fiord out to the Tasman Sea. The flexible nature of the cruise means there
is ample time to look out for wildlife such as seals, penguins and dolphins. The nature guide ensures an immersive experience as guests learn about
the history and natural environment of the fiord. Go for a paddle in a kayak or hop on board a tender craft to explore the fiord up close. The boat
will anchor in the shelter of Harrison Cove overnight.
Overnight accommodation is in private ensuite cabins. Enjoy a sumptuous three-course buffet dinner and in the morning a cooked and continental buffet breakfast.
Transport is available in luxury glass-roofed coaches from Te Anau and Queenstown.
Join this full-day guided walk with a small group and explore the first section of the world-renowned Milford Track. Travel by coach from Te Anau or Queenstown and cruise up to the head of Lake Te Anau. Walk beside the Clinton River from Glade Wharf to Glade House for a leisurely lunch, taking in the magnificent views as you walk further up the valley through forest, grassy flats and wetlands. The gradient is gentle with four to five hours' easy walking. Arrive at Neale Burn River and admire the spectacular alpine views before returning along the track to Te Anau.
Experience this magnificent environment with a high alpine helicopter flight over the Ben Ohau Mountains. Watch as the landscape reveals steep, rugged mountains as you rise above scarred ridges left by ancient glaciers. Rise over a mountain pass that reveals superb views out to Aoraki/Mount Cook and its surrounding peaks. Prepare yourself for an amazing alpine landing where you will be able to play in the snow. Enjoy expansive views down the Tasman Valley on your return to base. Choose from a 30 or 45-minute helicopter flight.
Cruise to Mt Nicholas High Country Station on the western shores of Lake Wakatipu and enjoy spectacular views looking up towards Glenorchy, Mt Earnslaw, the Southern Alps as well as the Remarkables mountain range. Disembark and join the farm guide on a walking tour of this truly authentic, remote, working high-country merino sheep station. Watch the farm guide round up sheep, meet working farm animals used on the farm and get up close to merino sheep in the woolshed. Enjoy freshly baked pikelets or pancakes before boarding the vessel for your return cruise to Queenstown.
Experience a day of fun and entertainment with Kiwi Dundee Adventures. Highlights of the day include a walk along the old tracks of Puketui through Kauri forest dense with fern trees, and observing glowworms in an historic, old gold cave. Lunch is either a picnic or at an attractive café, with a chance to view your guide's spectacular collection of quartz, obsidian, old photos of the Coromandel and rocks embedded with gold. Journey from mountains to the contrasting coastal scenery, including Hot Water Beach, offshore islands, old Maori Pa sites and magnificent cliffs.
More than a jet boat ride, this is New Zealand's only jet boat safari which combines spin-thrilling jet boating on the magnificent Waikato River, with geothermal attractions, flora and fauna, hot pools and Maori culture. Choose from two great trips. The Thermal Safari includes jet boating and exploring Orakei Korako geothermal wonderland with gushing geysers, incredible silica terraces, boiling mud pools and a rare geothermal cave. Or try out the Squeeze which includes jet boating, wading and squeezing through a canyon plus swimming in a waterfall-fed natural hot pool.
Experience Marlborough in style and comfort with this three-night Purely Marlborough Package tour. Indulge in excellent accommodation, wonderful wine and food combined with a Seafood Odyssea Cruise through the majestic Marlborough Sounds and a tour through the renowned Marlborough wine region. Spend two nights at the luxurious Bay of Many Coves Resort in the Marlborough Sounds. Enjoy waterfront accommodation in a stunning apartment plus a guided walk on Queen Charlotte Track with wilderness guides. Treat yourself to an evening at Marlborough Vintners Hotel in the heart of the Marlborough wine region and revel in the country's crisp sauvignon blancs on the Taste Marlborough Tour. All accommodation, transfers, water taxis, day tours, breakfasts and dinners are included in the package. It is purely the best that Marlborough has to offer.
The journey begins with a cruise across Lake Te Anau to Cavern House on the western shores onboard the luxury purpose-built catamaran, Luminosa. An experienced nature guide takes you underground in small groups for exploration by path and small boat into a world of rock formations, fossils, waterfalls, whirlpools and a cathedral cavern with rock walls towering high above. Finally, move beyond the roar of the stream to the magical grotto to discover the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms. Take in the glittering display before retracing your steps to Te Anau.
Rotorua Duck Tours has been providing amphibious sightseeing and history tours of Rotorua since 2003. With 16 magnificent lakes in the Rotorua region, there is no shortage of places to visit. These unique tours, which depart at regular intervals throughout the day, provide a great introduction to Rotorua, its history and people. View Rotorua's wondrous lakes region and observe the local flora and fauna as well as the beautiful volcanic domes of Mount Tarawera. The experienced guides provide a wealth of knowledge which ensures that your stay will be a truly memorable one.
With over 25 years' experience operating small, personalized back-country tours in Queenstown, Nomad Safaris will show you New Zealand as you imagine it to be. Travel by 4WD vehicle into the heart of Middle Earth on a half day Safari of the Scenes. These are authentic adventures, rich in Lord of the Rings' locations and local history. Enjoy diverse scenery and entertaining stories with a fun and knowledgeable guide. A maximum limit of six passengers per vehicle ensures a personalised experience. Half or full-day tours are available and include photo stops and refreshments.
Your adventure begins with a briefing before being taken to this exciting jet boat ride, the Shotover Jet near Queenstown. Speed through rocky canyons
and experience the famous 'Hamilton 360' spins. At Cavells Rafting Lodge, change into rafting gear and climb aboard a twin turbine helicopter for a spectacular
rollercoaster flight into Skippers Canyon.
Upon landing at Deep Creek, the guide will provide a full safety briefing. Your rafting adventure commences in peaceful waters where it is easy to practice
paddling techniques before hearing the roar of the 'Mother' section. Your heart will be pumping as you paddle through sections such as 'Squeeze', 'Toilet'
and 'Pinball'. Arriving at the Oxenbridge Tunnel, raft 172 metres through darkness before splashing out through the last rapid, 'Cascade'. While no
experience is necessary, confidence in the water is required.
Experience the ancient ceremony of welcome before entering the pre-European Maori village nestled within a native Tawa Forest. With bonfires crackling
in the background, the village comes alive with sights, sounds and activity of days gone by including tattooing, weaving, carving, traditional games and
arts of warrior training. Witness the earth being scraped away from the hangi pit to reveal baskets laden with a mouth-watering feast which has been cooked
on hot stones beneath the ground.
Relax in the ancestral meeting house in the heart of the village and witness a powerful and entertaining cultural performance. The sharing of food is an
important Maori custom so celebrate as you dine on the traditional hangi feast. This magical evening draws to a close with the poroporoaki closing
ceremony with speeches and songs of farewell. Return transfers are included.
Discover the world-renowned wines of Marlborough in this full-day tour. Taste Marlborough has been created for visitors who love great wine and who are keen to learn more about the region, the wineries, the wines and the people who make them. Each winery experience has been specially created and privately hosted to ensure an outstanding tasting experience. Tour through a select number of boutique and iconic wineries, including well-known Cloudy Bay. All wineries have been chosen for their history, excellent service and top range of wines. Guaranteed small group departures.
Enjoy a leisurely return scenic cruise on the 102-year-old, coal-fired steamship TSS Earnslaw from Queenstown Bay to Walter Peak. One of Queenstown's most iconic experiences, go ashore to get a taste of New Zealand's farming lifestyle at Walter Peak High Country Farm. Enjoy a BBQ lunch or dinner overlooking the lake and surrounding mountains. A unique dining experience, the menu showcases food and wine from the wider Central Otago region. Chefs prepare a tasty selection of meats on the outdoor grill while fresh, seasonal salads and vegetables are available inside.
This is the perfect opportunity to get up close to the wondrous glaciers of New Zealand's West Coast and touch snow. You will be captivated as you lift off and fly up and 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 glacier as it winds slowly down the carved valleys from its origin in the mountains high above you. Flight away time: Approximately 30 minutes (including snow landing).
More than 30 million years ago, the legend of Waitomo Caves began with the creation of limestone at the bottom of the ocean. Now these limestone formations
stand as one of New Zealand's most inspiring natural wonders and a must-see destination.
The Waitomo region is home to unforgettable sightseeing attractions. Discover magical glowworms by boat in the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves .
Combine your experience with Ruakuri Cave; see glowworms up close and descend a spectacular spiral entrance. In Aranui Cave be mesmerized by ornate cave
decorations. For NZ rafting adventure, get your blood pumping with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company.
Enjoy a leisurely cycle along a quiet back-country road through tussock high country with beautiful views of the Von River and snow-covered Mount Earnslaw at the head of Lake Wakatipu. Cyclists are accompanied by a van and cycle trailer, enabling them to cycle as much or as little or as they wish. Along the way, learn about surrounding high country stations and Lord of the Rings locations. Enjoy afternoon tea at the Colonel's Homestead before boarding the TSS Earnslaw for the return cruise to Queenstown. Picnic lunch and hot drinks are included.
Experience an unforgettable helicopter tour that is exclusive to HELiPRO. Contrasting volcanoes and landscapes combine to provide the tour of a lifetime.
Walk on the active crater floor of White Island, located off the coast of Bay of Plenty, taking in its lunar landscape. The island's active volcanic vents,
steaming Crater Lake, bubbling hot streams and desolate mining ruins are not to be missed. On the return journey, land high on the inspiring summit of
the sacred mountain, Mt Tarawera, site of the largest eruption in New Zealand's recent memory. Complementing this spellbinding scenery, your pilot/guide
will share informative commentary about the volcano's history including the famous 1886 eruption which destroyed the Pink and White Terraces.
Depart from Rotorua or Taupo.
Enjoy sightseeing with great food in Wellington. Discover the culinary capital and its favourite food haunts, savouring tastings with a knowledgeable guide who will introduce you to the city and its culinary treasures. Choose either the Capital Tastes Tour and receive a bonus voucher to use at three top Wellington eateries, or continue with a guide on the Walking Gourmet Tour to enjoy a delicious lunch with New Zealand wines at an award-winning Restaurant. Zest was rated by 2013 Lonely Planet as one of the world's top ten walking tours for globetrotting foodies.
Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand's smallest national park - but it's perfectly formed for relaxation and adventure. A coastal paradise that you can walk through or explore by cruise boat, sailing catamaran, water taxi or sea kayak, visitors love the way the Abel Tasman National Park mixes physical exertion with beach life. Bursts of hiking or paddling are punctuated by sun bathing, swimming and sedate snorkeling.
Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and main transport hub. Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping.
The Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region known for its stunning beauty & history. For those that love beaches and water activities, it's paradise. A three hour drive or 35 minute flight north of Auckland, the Bay of Islands encompasses 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula and includes the boutique towns of Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri.
Christchurch, New Zealand is interwoven by two rivers linking parks, gardens and avenues. Bordered by the Port Hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps as a majestic backdrop. Funky Christchurch city and the vast Canterbury region have plenty to keep you busy, whether you're a shopaholic, wild adventurer or history buff.
The Coromandel, with its pristine beaches, native forests and laid-back vibe, is one of New Zealand’s most popular and best-loved holiday destinations. A binocular’s view across the gulf from Auckland, the Coromandel is everything that a big city isn’t. Cloaked in native rainforest with dazzling white sand beaches, it is rustic, unspoiled and relaxed.
Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin is the country's city of the south, wearing its Scottish heritage with pride. Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long, picturesque harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. The accommodation is good and plentiful; the nightlife buzzes with funky bars and delicious restaurants and the natural attractions are unique and fascinating.
Hawke’s Bay is one of New Zealand’s warmest, driest regions and this has made it one of the country’s leading producers of wine; notably red wines – cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah – but also with some quite stunning whites. The region is the first stop on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, and it's a popular place for bicycle wine tours.
Located at the top of the South Island, Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region and the home of world-renowned sauvignon blanc. Marlborough enjoys high sunshine hours and a temperate climate so that visitors can experience all of Marlborough’s diversity through the season. No matter what time of year, there is always something going on in Marlborough, New Zealand.
Nelson is a lifestyle; that’s the best way to describe it. Situated at the top north-west of the South Island, it is the sunniest region in New Zealand. Perhaps it’s the sun, perhaps it’s the location, but Nelson, New Zealand, has long been a magnet for creative people. There are more than 350 working artists and craftspeople living in Nelson, traditional, contemporary and Maori. Visit their studios and find a unique piece to take home with you.
Captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers, it’s rumored that gold prospectors gave this now cosmopolitan town its name. Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges. World famous for its iconic scenery, friendly people, golf courses, wineries and smorgasbord of outdoor activities, you'll never be short of things to do in Queenstown.
Sitting within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland with bubbling mud pools, clouds of steam, and natural hot springs perfect for bathing and relaxing in. After marvelling at the distinctive landscapes and volcanic activity within a geothermal park, enjoy a simple soak in a natural hot stream or indulge in a wellness getaway at a luxurious spa.
Stewart Island is New Zealand's third largest island, situated 30 kilometers south of the South Island, across the Foveaux Straight. In the Māori language, it’s known as Rakiura which means ‘the land of glowing skies’. The Aurora Australis which often appears in these southern skies will show inkling why.
Taupo was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption so big it darkened the skies in Europe and China. Visit the Craters of the Moon and you'll see evidence of the lake's fiery birth in the geysers, steaming craters and boiling mud pools. At some of Lake Taupo's beaches, swimmers and paddlers can enjoy warm, geothermal water currents.
Nestled between a sparkling harbor and rolling green hills, New Zealand's capital city is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty. Wellington buzzes with delicatessens, cafes and restaurants – it’s a city that enjoys gourmet food and fine wine. Known as the culinary capital of New Zealand, Wellington is famous for its tucked-away bars, quirky cafes, award-winning restaurants and great coffee.
The West Coast, or ‘the Coast’ as locals call it, is a wild place of rivers and rainforests, glaciers and geological treasures. Never more than 50 kilometres wide, the whole stretch down the West Coast of the South Island - of which Greymouth is the largest town - is home to only 31,000 people. It’s good if you’ve got your own transport because this is a long region and there’s a lot to see. In fact, the Great Coast Road stretching from Westport to Greymouth was recently voted one of the top 10 coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet.