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HIGH COUNTRY DISCOVERY TOUR - Queenstown

Location: Queenstown - Queenstown Town

Visit the heart of Middle-earth and explore one of the most geographically diverse regions of New Zealand on a small group, personal, wildlife and scenic tour. LOTR and the Hobbit movie location viewing. Small group. Toyota Landcruiser or Land Rover 4WD transport. Visit Mount Earnslaw Station, a 130-year-old working farm...(more)

STEWART ISLAND EXPERIENCE - Ulva Island Explorer

Location: Southland - Stewart Island

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)

SCENIC PACIFIC - Auckland

Location: Taupo - Taupo Town

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)

CHRISTCHURCH CITY TOUR BY TRAM

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 Botanic Gardens Tour...(more)

CHRISTCHURCH ATTRACTIONS - Grand Tour

Location: Christchurch Central

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)

MOLESWORTH TOUR COMPANY - Marlborough

Location: Canterbury

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)

GREATSIGHTS NEW ZEALAND - Nationwide

Location: New Zealand

Operating the most comprehensive range of premium day sightseeing tours in New Zealand is the team at GreatSights New Zealand. Our nationwide network provides luxury sightseeing tours to destinations throughout New Zealand including the Bay of Islands, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, Christchurch, Mount Cook, Queenstown and Milford Sound...(more)

BLACK SHEEP TOURING CO. - New Zealand Wide

Location: North Island

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)

PERFECT DAY CRUISES - Tutukaka

Location: Northland - Tutukaka Coast

Come on board our purpose built multi-deck cruise boat with all facilities - Perfect Day. We'll take you on a tour to show you the splendour of the Poor Knights Islands, including a visit right inside the world's largest sea cave. Enjoy snorkelling and kayaking whilst a delicious buffet lunch is prepared...(more)

SOARING KIWI HOP ON HOP OFF TOURS - Christchurch City

Location: Sumner

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)

ALPINE LUXURY TOURS - Queenstown

Location: Queenstown Airport

We'd love to help you create an unforgettable experience while visiting Queenstown. Offering luxury tours with private guide. We offer Sightseeing Tours to explore Queenstown, Glenorchy and Arrowtown, Wine Tours in Central Otago and Day Tours to experience Milford Sound, Mt Cook or Wanaka. Our privately guided Hikes & Heli Hikes will take you to spectacular locations...(more)

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TOUR NAPIER - Napier

Location: Hawkes Bay

Tour Napier invite you to view beautiful Art Deco Napier and Hawkes Bay in a modern air-conditioned minibus with one of our friendly, knowledgeable local guides. For Independent travellers the "Grand Day Out" all-day leisurely tour is perfect; for cruise passengers "Best of Napier" includes all the highlights and guarantees to get you back to your ship on time...(more)

SKIPPERS CANYON JET - Queenstown

Location: Queenstown - Skippers Canyon

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)

WAITANGI TREATY GROUNDS - Waitangi

Location: Waitangi

Panoramic views over 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 award winning Museum of Waitangi, Treaty House, carved Meeting House, and world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. Daily guided tours and cultural performances. Hangi & Concert available, October to April...(more)

SAIL FEARLESS - Taupo

Location: Lake Taupo

Sail Fearless has got to be the not-so-buried treasure of Great Lake Taupo. "Be Fearless" and take an amazing pirate-themed sailing trip on Great Lake Taupo, sailing to the Maori Rock carvings. It's a great affordable and family friendly cruise...(more)

QUEENSTOWN EXPEDITIONS - Glenorchy, Queenstown - Otago

Location: Queenstown - Queenstown Town

Queenstown Expeditions provide a glass-roof 4WD tour vehicle has been made for your comfort on our New Zealand roads. In the morning discover The Old Gold Trail in Central Otago. In the afternoon visit the paradise of Glenorchy with the best scenery in the world. Locally owned and operated, our staff are all Kiwis with local knowledge...(more)

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SOARING KIWI HOP ON HOP OFF TOURS - Auckland City

Location: Auckland

Join us for a unique City Sightseeing Experience unlike any other! Unique Double Decker buses. Hop-on Hop-off Tours in Auckland, Christchurch & Queenstown...(more)

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NAPIER PRISON - Napier, Hawkes Bay

Location: Hawkes Bay

Napier Prison is New Zealand's oldest prison having operated from 1862 to 1993. Currently open daily for self-guided audio tours, guided tours, school trips, and scary night tours - last Friday each month. This historical site can also be booked for group functions including office parties, birthdays, and off-the-wall weddings. Now featuring 2 active escape rooms...(more)

AUCKLAND MUSEUM - Auckland

Location: Auckland

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)

YOUR LOCAL CHAUFFEUR - Blenheim

Location: Marlborough - Blenheim

Your Local Chauffeur offers full day delights of the Marlborough wine region of New Zealand. Experience sensational wines, stunning landscapes and seriously delicious gourmet cuisine and heritage and seaside options too. Custom tours are Your Local Chauffeur's speciality for small group and private tours, including onshore cruise ship tours from Picton. Chauffeur services welcome. Depart Blenheim or Picton everyday...(more)

DARRYL'S DINNER CRUISE - Bay of Islands

Location: Northland - Bay of Islands

Relax and enjoy a 2 1/2 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)

OLVESTON - Dunedin

Location: Otago

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)

SCENIC PACIFIC TOURS - Milford Sound, Fiordland

Location: Fiordland

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)

FORGOTTEN WORLD JET WHANGANUI RIVER TOURS - Taumarunui

Location: Ruapehu

See the breathtaking landscape of the upper reaches of the mighty Whanganui River on our Forgotten World Jet boat. Departing from Taumarunui, in the Ruapehu region, there are half and full-day tour options to enjoy the best of both worlds, travelling by RailCart on the Forgotten World Railway through 10 tunnels and via Jetboat along 23km of the Whanganui River...(more)

PURE GLENORCHY LORD OF THE RINGS SCENIC TOURS - Glenorchy

Location: Queenstown - Queenstown Town

Small personalised groups and a picnic to satisfy a Hobbit makes 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)

MITAI MAORI VILLAGE - Rotorua

Location: Rotorua

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)

SCENIC PACIFIC - Christchurch, Queenstown, Nationwide

Location: New Zealand

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)

AUDIO TOURIST - Napier

Location: New Zealand

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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KARAMANA HOMESTEAD 1872 - Coromandel Town

Location: Waikato

Karamana Homestead is one of NZ's oldest homesteads to offer hosted accommodation. Sir Alfred Jerome Cadman, probably Coromandel's best known and most influential citizen, built this Category 2 historic place in 1872, a unique boutique homestead with guest bedrooms and a self-catering Stables Cottage (converted barn). Historic walking tours of Coromandel Town and authentic gold panning experiences...(more)

RICCARTON BUSH & DEANS COTTAGE - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch

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 ATTRACTIONS - Tramway Restaurant

Location: Christchurch Central

Christchurch City is famous for its fabulous dining, entertainment, breath-taking scenery and cultural heritage. Combine all of the above onboard the Christchurch Tramway Restaurant where dining is not only a culinary delight but also a trip back into history. Luxury air-conditioned, colonial style, dining tram. The finest service, cuisine and beverages that New Zealand has to offer...(more)

AWESOME TOURS - Dunedin

Location: Dunedin

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

WEST COAST TOURS - Greymouth

Location: West Coast - Hokitika

Centrally located in the historic Greymouth Railway Station home of the famous Tranz Alpine Train is the Greymouth i-SITE West Coast Travel Centre. Our friendly and helpful team of travel experts are genuine 'Coasters' with local 'insider knowledge' of the stunning West Coast of New Zealand's South Island...(more)

HAWKE'S BAY SCENIC TOURS - Napier

Location: Hawkes Bay - Hastings

Enjoy the scenic splendor of the beautiful (Art Deco) Hawke's Bay. Our scenic sightseeing tours are the most popular options, with three options to choose from. 1: Napier Whirl Wind Tour, two hours. 2: Napier Scenic Tour, four hours. 3: Hawke's Bay Scenic Tour, eight hours. We also offer unique wine tour experiences...(more)

OFF THE RAILS CYCLE TOURS - Central Otago

Location: Queenstown

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)

CHRISTCHURCH ATTRACTIONS - Avon River Punting

Location: Canterbury

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)

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)

SCENIC PACIFIC TOURS - Mt Cook, Canterbury

Location: Canterbury - Mt Cook

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)

NOMAD SAFARIS - Queenstown

Location: Queenstown

Nomad Safaris is one of New Zealand's original Lord of The Rings tour companies with over 10 years of experience sharing our passion for Tolkien with visitors to the Queenstown region. Immerse yourself in scenery made famous by the films. This is a dream-like landscape, the embodiment of Middle-earth, woven with fascinating history and legendary stories...(more)

TU TIKA TOURS - Whangarei

Location: Auckland

Experience the warmth of true Maori hospitality with a 5-hour extravaganza of Maori life and practices. Feel welcomed and at ease as part of the family and learn about New Zealand’s beautiful Maori culture directly from knowledgeable and passionate descendants of the land. This is not your normal touristy tour, very personal, very real, very unique. Unforgettable experience...(more)

SPELLBOUND GLOWWORM AND CAVE TOURS - Waitomo

Location: Waikato

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)

IN STYLE TRAVEL Executive Transport - Wellington

Location: Wellington - Wellington City

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)

FLY DC3 NEW ZEALAND - Auckland

Location: Auckland - Hauraki Gulf

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)

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)

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)

DISCOVER NEW ZEALAND - Auckland

Location: Wellington

Discover New Zealand with our fantastic selection of holiday packages. Speak to one of our travel experts today to fully customise your unique New Zealand self drive tour, or choose from our huge variety of top-rated escorted and independent coach tours. Begin your New Zealand adventure now and experience one of the most spectacular and diverse countries in the world!..(more)

LARNACH CASTLE - Dunedin

Location: Otago

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)

NAPIER CLASSIC CAR TOURS - Napier, Hawkes Bay

Location: Hawkes Bay

Napier Classic Cars invite you on a once-in-a lifetime experience! Award-winning vintage car tours of Napier's world-famous Art Deco City and wine-making region with our friendly, knowledgeable local driver/guides. Live availability and simple online booking via our website. Tours range from 1 to 3 hours duration and central Napier pickup & drop-off is included...(more)

RUSSELL MINI TOURS - Bay of Islands

Location: Northland - Bay of Islands

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)

STONEHENGE AOTEAROA - Wairarapa

Location: Wairarapa - Carterton

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)

KAWAU CRUISES - Sandspit, Auckland

Location: Auckland - Matakana Coast

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)

TE PAPA - NEW ZEALAND'S NATIONAL MUSEUM - Wellington

Location: Wellington - Wellington City

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 10am to 6pm (except Christmas Day). Free admission...(more)

uTours - Wellington, Kapiti Coast & Wairarapa NZ

Location: Paekakariki

uTours invite you to explore the spectacular Wellington region with a friendly local on a personalised day tour or shore excursion. Shore excursion timings are matched to your cruise ship schedule. We design private (up to 10 people) or small group (up to five people) sightseeing trips just for you...(more)

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WELLINGTON NATURE TOURS

Location: Wellington - Ohariu Valley

Wellington Nature Tours offer a range of tours that covers both the flora and fauna of the area; some of which found nowhere else in New Zealand or the world. We will transport you out into the wild and the magic of nature, all the while keeping you safe & comfortable. Be captivated by New Zealand's stunning natural beauty...(more)

SAIL BARBARY - Lake Taupo

Location: Waikato

Sail Barbary offers relaxation, fun and adventure. Barbary is equipped for all conditions—if the wind dies down her eco-friendly electric engine kicks in, or if you fancy a real sailing adventure, come aboard when the wind is up, and enjoy sailing Lake Taupo at its best (and quietest!). Barbary has been sailing to Taupo's iconic Maori Rock Carvings since 1983...(more)

BACKYARD TOURS - Turangi Tongariro

Location: Taupo

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)