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IN STYLE TRAVEL Executive Transport - Wellington

Location: Wellington

In Style Travel Ltd provides luxury car hire in Wellington. Our modern fleet of air-conditioned, unmarked cars, vans and limousines are operated by a team of professional owner-operators. Our Wellington car hire offers an efficient, personalised service. Uniformed, chauffeur-style drivers are able to meet and greet your guests when you can't be there yourself. Airport transfers available...(more)

MOLESWORTH TOUR COMPANY - Marlborough

Location: Nelson

Experience the amazing landscapes of the Marlborough high country. Options include day tours, guided cycle tours, cruise ship shore excursions, small-group multiday heritage tours, Marlborough winery tours and self-drive 4WD tours. With 30 years' experience owners Geoff and Lee, and their local guides offer a variety of excursions that explore the beautiful Blenheim, Marlborough, Nelson, Canterbury and West Coast regions...(more)

AOTEAROA LODGE AND TOURS - Whitianga

Location: Coromandel - Whitianga

Aotearoa Lodge in the Coromandel offers friendly, genuine kiwi hospitality and relaxed accommodation in quiet garden setting with semi-rural surroundings. Short stroll from Buffalo Beach, Whitianga town centre three minutes drive. Perfect base to explore the Coromandel Peninsula, with Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach, New Chums Beach and the magnificent Coromandel bush nearby. Join our day tour to Northern Coromandel...(more)

DISCOVERY ADVENTURES - West Coast

Location: West Coast - Franz Josef Glacier

Guided walks on New Zealand's Gold Coast west of the Southern Alps, South Island from 2 hours to 6 days. Options to suit all abilities and durations in a spectacular part of New Zealand. Includes walking holidays coming back to town every night after doing short walks that suit your ability or "Easy Hike" and overnight at lodges. Luggage transported...(more)

ART DECO TRUST - Napier

Location: Hawkes Bay

Explore Napier, the Art Deco Capital of the World! Take a tour of the city's iconic Art Deco heritage which is beautifully preserved. Your friendly, local guide will entertain you with stories of the earthquake that destroyed the city and the remarkable recovery. With a tour to suit everyone, you will see a new side to Napier's beauty and charm...(more)

LARNACH CASTLE - Dunedin

Location: Dunedin

New Zealand's only castle set on the spectacular Otago Peninsula, and a 'Must Visit'. Features magnificent architecture, superb craftsmanship, and a unique collection of NZ antiques. Learn about the tragic and scandalous story of William Larnach. Enjoy tea or lunch in the beautiful Ballroom. Explore the 'Garden of International significance', rated by NZGT. Enquire about accommodation at Larnach Lodge...(more)

AWESOME TOURS - Dunedin

Location: Dunedin - Otago Peninsula

Experience the awesome sights and beauty of Southern New Zealand. Showcasing the Heritage and Wildlife capital of NZ – Dunedin. You can choose between the many small-group package tours, one of the daily scheduled tours or even design your own tour. Experienced and knowledgeable driver/guides will look after all your needs. Recipient of Trip Advisors Certificate of Excellent..(more)

WAITANGI TREATY GROUNDS - Waitangi

Location: Paihia

Panoramic views over the Bay of Islands from New Zealand's most important historic site. The Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document, was signed here in 1840. The Treaty Grounds include the new Museum of Waitangi, Treaty House, carved Meeting House, and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. Daily guided tours and cultural performances. Hangi & Concert available from December-April...(more)

SCENIC PACIFIC TOURS - Mt Cook, Canterbury

Location: Canterbury

Comprehensive scenic tours that feature Mount Cook, Australasia's highest peak at 3,754 metres, surrounded by 200 square kilometres of alpine beauty featuring 12 glaciers. Take an overnight tour to the Mt Cook National Park. Excellent tours of Christchurch, Queenstown, Milford Sound, West Coast Glaciers, Auckland, Rotorua, Taupo, Waitomo Caves, the Bay of Islands and other locations are also available...(more)

CHRISTCHURCH GRAND TOUR - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch

Welcome to the delights of our Christchurch attractions! Cruise in comfort aboard our luxury coach. Fully guided by our knowledgeable host, our Grand Tour shows off the best things to do in Christchurch in the most comfortable and convenient way. If you’re on a tight schedule, get the flavour of our city without fuss...(more)

TE PAPA - NEW ZEALAND'S NATIONAL MUSEUM - Wellington

Location: Wellington

Te Papa, New Zealand's national museum, tells the wonderful stories of our past, present and future. Over 20 galleries are home to imaginative exhibitions and interactive experiences that explore NZ's unique natural environment, dynamic art heritage, interesting history and the vitality of Maori culture. Open 365 days a year from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (9:00 pm Thursdays). Free admission...(more)

OLVESTON - Dunedin

Location: Dunedin - Dunedin City

The Olveston experience is a very personal one and few historic houses can offer such integrity through their originality. We like to involve the visitor in feeling very much a part of the experience as a guest in the family home...(more)

THE KAURI MUSEUM - Matakohe, Northland

Location: Northland - West Coast

The Kauri Museum in Matakohe tells the fascinating story of pioneering settlers through the theme of kauri. Experience the history of the mighty kauri, its lovely timber and kauri gum. The Kauri Museum is located en route to the giant kauri trees in Waipoua Forest. One of Northland's best heritage attractions. An excellent place for the whole family to visit...(more)

PURE GLENORCHY LORD OF THE RINGS SCENIC TOURS - Glenorchy

Location: Queenstown - Queenstown Town

Small personalised groups, with a picnic to satisfy a Hobbit and free photo CD make this trip complete. Go deep into Middle Earth, see the landscape that inspired Peter Jackson's film locations for The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. Local Kiwi guides complement this family operated business, a truly New Zealand experience. Departs Queenstown 8:00am and 1:45pm..(more)

NZ TRAVEL AND TOUR - Wellington and New Zealand Wide

Location: North Island

We offer bespoke private tours and small group journeys throughout New Zealand and Iran, NZ Travel and Tour offers expertly handcrafted itineraries focusing on the authentic culture, history, beauty and cuisine of the region and we're NZ owned. We take you on a journey of discovery and exploration of the less visited gems, delivering unique Persian and Kiwi experiences...(more)

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WHANGANUI TOURS - Whanganui

Location: North Island

Offering adventure and sightseeing tours along the beautiful Whanganui River are the team from Whanganui Tours. Tours vary from jetboat, cycling the Whanganui River Road, and trampers transport to and from all tracks in the area. Join them on the Whanganui River Road Mail Tour, and experience the amazing rural scenery...(more)

FEILDING SALEYARD GUIDED TOURS - Feilding, Manawatu

Location: Manawatu

Come and learn the fascinating history of selling livestock, dating back to the 1880s and one of New Zealand's oldest traditions. Wander through 330 sheep pens and watch the auction process. Take a seat in state of the art cattle rostrum and view the latest computer technology used. Twice weekly sales see 15,000 sheep and 1,400 head of cattle sold...(more)

NAPIER PRISON - Napier, Hawkes Bay

Location: Hawkes Bay - Napier

Located on Napier's Bluff Hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean is the Napier Prison. The prison is now open to the public for both guided day and night tours as well as daily self-guided audio tours and is ideally located just a few minutes from the town centre. It's been restored to its present state and used as a backpackers...(more)

STONEHENGE AOTEAROA - Wairarapa

Location: Wairarapa - Featherston

Stonehenge Aotearoa was built by members of The Phoenix Astronomical Society with the support of the Royal Society of New Zealand the purpose of Stonehenge Aotearoa is to encourage people of all ages to rediscover the knowledge of their ancestors. It's a unique place of science and wonder in New Zealand & they offer a wide range of touring options...(more)

SPELLBOUND GLOWWORM AND CAVE TOURS - Waitomo

Location: Waikato - Waitomo

Enjoy the best glowworm experience in Waitomo at the Spellbound Glowworm Cave. See glowworms close up, ask questions, then take a gentle 30-minute raft ride beneath galaxies of lights will leave you totally amazed. A scenic gorge walk to The Cave of the Spirit follows, where soft lighting and sweeping pathways lead to discoveries of this cave's ancient past...(more)

DARRYL'S DINNER CRUISE - Bay of Islands

Location: Paihia

Relax and enjoy a 2-½ hour cruise along the Waitangi River with Darryl’s Dinner Cruises to the gorgeous Haruru Falls. Experience the tranquil surroundings as we take you on a journey rich with abundant bird life and historical points of interest. Dine on a delicious meal as the sun goes down and experience our unique dinner cruise...(more)

OTAGO MUSEUM - Dunedin

Location: South Island

Welcome to one of the world's best museums! Discover the richness and vibrancy of the southern region through outstanding collections covering culture, nature and science. Whether you have an hour to spare or a day to enjoy, you'll find something to inspire, enlighten or excite you...(more)

TAMAKI MAORI VILLAGE - Rotorua

Location: Rotorua

Share in the Powhiri; an ancient ceremony of welcome. Enter our village, as it comes alive with the sights, sounds and activities of days gone by. See the lifting of the Hangi. Enter into our ancestral meeting house, relax as our family entertain you with a powerful cultural performance. Dine on a traditional hangi buffet feast, before a farewell ceremony...(more)

AUCKLAND MUSEUM - Auckland

Location: Auckland - Auckland City

Welcome to Auckland War Memorial Museum, where exciting stories of the Pacific and New Zealand are told within a memorial dedicated to those who have sacrificed their lives for our country. This Auckland museum also has exhibits featuring the flora, fauna and landforms of our unique islands...(more)

AUDIO TOURIST - Napier

Location: Marlborough

Audio Tourist offers affordable, self-guided walking audio tours for locations all over the globe including New Zealand. Available for download directly from the tours.audio website, these tours give you the flexibility to begin whenever you like and take as long as you want. Listen to the fun, fact-filled and entertaining tours both online or offline. Your Tour. Your Way...(more)

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BLACK SHEEP TOURING CO. - New Zealand Wide

Location: Auckland

Black Sheep Touring Co. is one of the world's leading travel specialists in small, flexible guided tours and self-drive trips around New Zealand, from all-inclusive luxury tours to walking adventures to custom itineraries just for you. Let us immerse you in the adventure, wildlife, and culture that New Zealand has to offer, while enjoying quality lodgings and fabulous dining nightly...(more)

KAWAU CRUISES - Sandspit, Auckland

Location: Auckland - Hauraki Gulf

Kawau Cruises invite you to enjoy a romantic weekend away, corporate retreat, wedding destination, holiday with the family or a short break with friends. It doesn't matter what excuse you use to spend more time on the truly unique, scenic and historic wonderland of Kawau Island, or destinations in the Hauraki Gulf - Kawau Cruises ensure a hassle-free occasion...(more)

OFF THE RAILS CYCLE TOURS - Central Otago

Location: Otago - Central Otago

Cycle the Otago Central Rail Trail in comfort with Off The Rails. Our first-class cycle tour packages include top quality bikes, accommodation and transfers. We will show you the real character of Central Otago, in New Zealand's scenic South Island. All you need to do is turn the pedals on this fun, achievable Otago adventure for you and your family...(more)

PUNTING ON THE AVON - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch Central

Punting on the Avon is one of the iconic tourist attractions in Christchurch. Glide along the peaceful Avon River in Christchurch, summer or winter, wrapped in luxury as a skilled boatperson propels you through a romantic wonderland. "Welcome aboard," says your punter. We supply blankets, umbrellas and even hot water bottles, so you feel snug if it gets chilly...(more)

FLY DC3 NEW ZEALAND - Auckland

Location: Auckland - Auckland City

The elegant 30-seat DC-3 provides a nostalgic way to fly. Every Saturday and Sunday, the DC-3 is a familiar sight and sound in the skies above Auckland, operating scheduled 30-minute scenic flights from Ardmore Airfield. Both day and overnight charters are available Monday-Sunday. (Wine tours, air shows, concerts, sports and more). See our Web site for more detailed flight information...(more)

STEWART ISLAND EXPERIENCE - Village and Bays Tours

Location: Southland

Come on our Village and Bays Tours on Stewart Island, explore Oban and surrounding bays in our modern mini-buses. Gain an entertaining insight into the community, its history and environment. We also operate Stewart Island Ferry services, Paterson Inlet Cruises and car and mountain bike rentals..(more)

RICCARTON HOUSE & BUSH TOURS - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch

Our guided tours offer you a glimpse of days gone by around every corner, taking you through a world of Victorian and Edwardian splendour. Begun in 1856, this grand homestead was the home of Canterbury's pioneering Deans family for 91 years. Take a walk through the last surviving remnant of ancient kahikatea forest that once covered the Canterbury Plains...(more)

RICCARTON BUSH & DEANS COTTAGE - Christchurch

Location: Riccarton

Stroll through a rare and ancient native forest in the heart of Christchurch city - Canterbury's sole remnant of kahikatea floodplain forest. The 600-year-old kahikatea trees are the latest generation of a forest that established on this site 3000 years ago. Visit Deans pioneering cottage...(more)

CHRISTCHURCH TRAMWAY - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch Central

Enjoy a unique journey on board a beautifully restored vintage tram through the changing face of Christchurch's city centre. Our Christchurch tram rides offer a unique experience of history and sightseeing, and links the stops for Punting on the Avon and the Caterpillar Tour of Christchurch's Botanic Gardens. Stage 2 is planned to open in 2014...(more)

SCENIC PACIFIC - Auckland

Location: Waikato - Waitomo

Half-day and full-day tours of the Auckland region, tour to the Maori heartland of Rotorua or visit the Bay of Islands, rich in New Zealand pioneering history. Choose between 120 deluxe coach tours from two of New Zealand's top coach tour companies. Stunning tours of Taupo, Waitomo Caves, Christchurch, Queenstown, Mt Cook, Milford Sound and West Coast Glaciers also available...(more)

SCENIC PACIFIC TOURS - Milford Sound, Fiordland

Location: Fiordland - Milford Sound

Tour New Zealand's stunning Fiordland National Park and cruise Milford Sound, one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Daily tours from Christchurch and Queenstown. Our Milford Sound tours are exciting, refreshing and memorable - your trip of a lifetime. Explore the world famous Milford Sound in the Fiordland World Heritage Park and enjoy a scenic cruise of Milford Sound...(more)

TOTALLY TARAWERA - Rotorua

Location: Rotorua

Come to New Zealand's best Hot Water Beach and a secluded, natural bush hot pool. Our fully enclosed launch takes you on a guided tour across Lake Tarawera to discover the lake's amazing geothermal and rich Maori history. We ensure you have time to relax in the beautiful, natural geothermal pool surrounded by native New Zealand forest...(more)

SCENIC PACIFIC TOURS - Fox and Franz Glacier, West Coast

Location: West Coast

Cross the Southern Alps through Haast Pass to the West Coast of the South Island. Our scenic tours feature the TranzAlpine Railway, West Coast Rainforest, Franz Josef Glacier, with time to walk/fly over the glacier. Optional tour of Shantytown. Also stunning tours of Queenstown, Milford Sound, Mt Cook, Auckland, Rotorua, Taupo, Waitomo Caves and the Bay of Islands available...(more)

SCENIC PACIFIC - Christchurch, Queenstown, Nationwide

Location: Queenstown - Queenstown Town

120 deluxe coach tours from two of New Zealand's top coach tour companies. Stunning tours of Auckland, Rotorua, Taupo, Waitomo Caves, the Bay of Islands, Christchurch, Queenstown, Mt Cook, Milford Sound and West Coast Glaciers. New Zealand coach tours are a truly exciting, refreshing and memorable trip of a lifetime. Over 70 years service to the NZ tourism industry...(more)

MITAI MAORI VILLAGE - Rotorua

Location: Rotorua - Rotorua City

A sacred place – a spiritual place. An evening at Mitai Maori Village will give you an authentic introduction to Maori culture. Enjoy a traditional hangi meal. See warriors in traditional dress paddling a waka (ancient war canoe). Home of the sacred Rainbow Spring and glow worms. Five minutes from the centre of Rotorua. Nau Mai Haere Mai...(more)

HASSLE-FREE CHRISTCHURCH DOUBLE DECKER TOURS

Location: Christchurch West

Join us on New Zealand's only Open Top Double Decker City Tour! Our classic 1960's London Open Top Double Decker buses offer a fun and informative tour of Christchurch. Learn about Christchurch's fascinating history from the pioneering days through to modern day times and learn how Christchurch is recovering from the devastating February 22 earthquake...(more)

BACKYARD TOURS - Turangi Tongariro

Location: Ruapehu

Tēnā Koutou Katoa, Nau mai Hāere mai. Come and experience our Backyard with all its own natural beauty including our Maori cultural acknowledgements. Make sure to bring your camera and be prepared to take lots of photos along the way. Relax and refuel your body at a café, or bring your own and have a picnic...(more)

WEST COAST ENCOUNTERS - West Coast

Location: West Coast - Franz Josef Glacier

West Coast Encounters, a provider of tours to: Punakaiki - takes you to one of the defining places of the West Coast, Greymouth - a tour with hidden treasures, Franz Josef Glacier - a once in a life time opportunity to experience the glacier first hand, and Shantytown - the West Coasts iconic heritage village...(more)

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RUSSELL MINI TOURS - Bay of Islands

Location: Northland

Take a step back in time and discover the first capital of NZ. Today Russell is a quaint town of arts, crafts and cafes full of history and historical sights of days gone by. There's no better way to explore this historical town than on our one-hour coach tour that visits areas which cannot be easily covered on foot...(more)

SKIPPERS CANYON JET - Queenstown

Location: Queenstown

Skippers Canyon Jet boat tours in Queenstown. 3 great options include Spectacular guided tour of Skippers Canyon via the infamous Skippers Road, with thrilling jetboat ride. A Scenic Tour - a journey taking you into the natural beauty of land rich in gold mining history. Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour Jet boat ride a half-day tour combining both trips above...(more)

STEWART ISLAND EXPERIENCE - Paterson Inlet Cruises

Location: Southland

See Stewart Island from the water. Enjoy a Paterson Inlet Cruise and visit Ulva Island, a renowned wildlife sanctuary on our Stewart Island cruises. We also operate Stewart Island Ferry services and car, scooter and mountain bike rentals...(more)