South Island Day Tours

List of all South Island Day Tours & Attractions

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Fox Trail: Fox Glacier Guided Walk

Fox Glacier, West Coast, Photo Credit: Miles Holden   Operating out of Fox Glacier, this is an informative and leisurely trip to the dynamic face of the glacier. It is here that the Fox River emerges from the ice and where ice collapses are often heard and seen. This trip is for people with limited time or for those who would find the walks onto the glacier too strenuous. Although you will not walk on the glacier your guide will take you to the final resting place of the ice that has travelled 13 kilometres from the base of the Southern Alps, all the way to the river valley floor. Your guide may take you closer to the ice than the unguided public (if it is safe to do....
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‘Fox Trot’ Guided Walk

  'Fox Trot' Guided Walk For those with a half-day available this popular trip operating out of Fox Glacier, is a great eco-adventure and full of variety and interest. Walkers are kitted out with sturdy leather boots and other equipment, before boarding one of our buses for the short drive through the rainforest and into the glacial valley. This valley was carved out by the ice during past ice ages and shows dramatic evidence of the power of the ice. Your guide leads you on a walk beside the river bed to the glacier terminus; from here you will walk uphill for around 30 minutes to access the edge of the ice. At this point you are outfitted with instep crampons specially designed for these ice conditions, and you follow the ice steps cut by th....
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Abel Tasman Scenic Cruise

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A scenic cruise with Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles is a trip you will never forget. Our water taxis depart up to four times a day, seven days a week from Kaiteriteri Beach. Abel Tasman Scenic Boat Cruise from Kaiteriteri Departs Summer (peak) 9.00am 10.30am 12.30pm 2.15pm Winter 9.00am 12.30pm Sit back and relax as we depart from picturesque Kaiteriteri Beach on a scenic cruise into the majestic Abel Tasman National Park. View world-famous Split Apple Rock, fur seals, golden sands and the crystal-clear waters of Torrent, Bark, Tonga, Awaroa and Totaranui Beaches before you return to Kaiteriteri. A great 3 or 4 hour cruise for all ages.....
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AJ Hackett Kawarau Bridge Bungy Jum


The Kawarau Bridge Bungy (bungee) - home to the original 43 metre Bungy Jump. If you've heard of Bungy, you've heard of the Kawarau... it is where Bungy founders AJ Hackett and Henry van Ash started it all. The world's first and most infamous of leaps is still going strong, with tens of thousands Bungy jumping each year. At the world's best-loved Bungy site, the choice is yours: tandem or solo, then you can decide whether to bob above the water, touch it, or be fully immersed. Bungy Stats: • World's 1st Commercial Bungy Jump • 43m Jump off the historic Kawarau Bridge • Queenstown's Only Tandem Bungy • Bob above the water, touch it or get dunked! • free Jumper T-shirt Age: Min 10 yrs (Children 15 and under need to be accompanied by an adult) Max 110 yrs Weight: Min 35kg - Max 235kg Self-Drive (allow 1 hour): Located on SH6 in the Gibbson Valley just 20 minutes from Queenstown....
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Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise


The historic French Village of Akaroa and its spectacular harbour is just a 90 minutes drive from Christchurch. Here you can cruise around an extinct volcanic crater and experience majestic scenery and stunning wildlife on daily harbour cruises. Your cruise is packed with highlights including the rare, NZ native dolphin - the Hector's Dolphin, as well as penguins and other sea birds. And you'll see giant volcanic sea cliffs and hear about Akaroa's fascinating past. Cruises depart every day, weather permitting. Your modern catamaran, the 60 foot /20 metre Black Cat (previously the Canterbury Cat), is perfect for viewing the natural wonders of Akaroa Harbour. Our vessel is the largest and most luxurious on the harbour. Each cruise is fully narrated by your skipper who has extensive knowledge of the nature, wildlife and history of the harbour. The highlight of this trip is undoubtedly the sighting ....
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Akaroa Swim with Dolphins

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Akaroa Harbour is the flooded crater of an extinct volcano. Apart from the huge and awe-inspiring volcanic cliffs, this also means that the harbour is very sheltered. A lot of the time, especially in summer, your dolphin swim will be inside the sheltered harbour. With Black Cat Cruises you will enjoy an incredible experience, swimming with some of the world’s smallest, friendliest and rarest dolphins. Hector’s Dolphins are protected in Akaroa Harbour by a marine mammal sanctuary and our cruise gives you the chance to see these beautiful marine mammals close up. Black Cat’s Dolphin Swimming adventure allows only 12 swimmers per vessel, so you’ll have more chances to come face to face with the dolphins We operate up to 16 cruises per day November – March (Summer), up to 8 per day in April and October and 1 per day May – September (Winter) With only 12 swimmers allowed per vessel, cruises are frequently sold out, w....
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Arthur’s Pass Day Tour from Christchurch

New Zealand Day Tours - Arthur's Pass National Park   We want to invite you to join us on an exciting discovery tour showcasing some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery. The journey begins in Christchurch, from where we'll take a road trip to Springfield, located at the foothills of the Southern Alps.

Tranz Alpine Train Journey

At Springfield, we'll board the world-famous TranzAlpine train, which will take us on a breathtaking journey through the Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass. The train offers panoramic views of the alpine scenery and has been recognized as one of the top ten train journeys in the world. After reaching Arthurs Pass, we'll continue our tour by road, driving over the s....
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Bay Tours – ‘Explore the Plains’


Taste wine from four vineyards on the Waimea Plains. There is a superb lunch stop on every tour where you can use your $5 discount voucher. Stafford Lane (Oct to April) where you will sample their range of wines with a central platter of bread for dipping into locally grown and produced olive oil, olives, dukkahs and chutneys. And between April to Oct with a central cheese platter at the first stop. If beer is your passion, we will visit a brewery on request when booking. We will give you an informative but fun afternoon. Departure: 12.30pm returning approximately 5.30-6.00pm (winter hours may vary) five hour tour No. of vineyards: Four vineyards or three vineyards and a brewery (depends on first booking of the day)....
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Bay Tours – Wine and Art Tour


Can't decide between the wineries and studios? Do it all and appreciate the artistic life of Nelson as your explore studios and wineries - glass, pottery, beads, and woodturning, complemented by breathtaking scenery and award-winning wines. Departure:12.30pm returning 5.30pm or by arrangement Number of Vineyards: Two Art: Pottery, paintings, glass, sculptures, dried flowers, ceramics, jewellery, woodturning, and more....
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Bluff to Stewart Island Ferry

Stewart Island Ferry between Bluff and Oban   Bluff to Stewart Island Ferry: A one-hour ferry ride from Bluff across Foveaux Strait lies Stewart Island; one of New Zealand’s largely undiscovered eco-tourism destinations. With its network of stunning bays, inlets, golden sand beaches, and densely forested hills, Stewart Island combines a spectacular mix of breathtaking landscapes.....
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Cadbury World Tour Dunedin

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Chocolate Lover’s Dream

The Cadbury World tour is a chocolate lover’s dream that overwhelms the senses! As you enter the factory, the enticing scent of Jaffas, Turkish Delight, or cocoa welcomes you in. But that’s nothing compared to the all-encompassing chocolate scent wafting through the kitchen. Not only will your nose be working overtime, but with hundreds of buttons being made as you walk by, thousands of Roses being packaged, and one tonne of melted chocolate cascading down five stories, your eyes will also have a feast to gaze upon. But don’t worry, your taste buds will have their chance too! In addition to receiving a bag full of samples, you’ll have the pure liquid joy of tasting melted, still-warm chocolate.

Cadbury Factory Site Location

Cadbury World is located in the center of Dunedin at the Cadbury factory site. The Visitor Centre is a colorful and educational environment with chocolate-themed displays where y....
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Christchurch Sightseeing Tour

  On tour we will view some of the areas affected by the earthquakes, see how Christchurch is preserving some of its iconic heritage buildings and hear about the exciting vision to rebuild and restore the inner city. Your experience includes a tour around central Christchurch on New Zealand’s only Open Top Double Decker and a 2 hour Tour on a closed top Double Decker visiting places of interest in greater Christchurch. During the winter months (May-October) the Open Top bus may not be operating on Tour due to weather. The Central City Tour will continue to run on the closed roof Double Decker bus. Open Top Bus highlights Hagley Park and Antigua Boatsheds Botanic Gardens and The River Avon Canterbury Museum and Arts Centre Christchurch Art Gallery Provincial Chambers Catholic Basilica Bridge of Remembrance and Friendship Corner Cashel St ReStart Shipping Container Mall Christchurch Cathedral and new Cardboard Cathedral Art....
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Coastal Pacific Train


This memorable journey between Christchurch and Picton stops at Blenheim and the renowned whale watching town of Kaikoura. Along 98 kilometres of ruggedly beautiful coastline you’ll get astonishingly close to the surging Pacific Ocean and steeply rising Kaikoura Ranges. You’ll also travel through beautiful wine growing regions, across broad, braided rivers and the rich patchwork farming landscape of the Canterbury Plains. The Coastal Pacific will operate a winter timetable dates of this service are as follows: Operates 7 days a week (Monday to Sunday) to Thursday 10 May 2012 Operates 4 days a week (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday) from Friday 11 May 2012 to Monday 10 September 2012 Operates 7 days a week (Monday to Sunday) from Tuesday 11 September 2012 to Sunday 30 September 2013 excluding Christmas Day. Christchurch - Picton via Kaikoura Christchurch depart 7.00 am / Kaikoura dep....
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Dart River Wilderness Safari


The 'Wilderness Safari' is a diverse adventure exploring spectacular 'World Heritage' wilderness within Mt Aspiring National Park through a combination of exhilarating wilderness jet boating, informative guided ancient forest walk and back-country 4WD safari vehicle. Surrounded by awe-inspiring peaks and mysterious hidden valleys shrouded in native Beech forest, your specialist guides will bring to life the variety of landscapes, vegetation and wildlife within this unique area, as well the captivating stories of the original Maori and early pioneers. The highlights of the Wilderness Safari include: • Exhilarating wilderness jet boating along the Dart River • Informative guided walk through ancient native beech forest • Back-country 4WD through spectacular scener ....
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Doubtful Sound Day Cruise

Doubtful Sound Day Cruise deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park

Doubtful Sound is a massive wilderness area of rugged peaks, rainforests & twisting, hidden inlets - all deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park. Known for its pristine beauty and wildlife, Doubtful Sound is the second largest of the 14 fiords in Fiordland National Park and is three times longer and 10 times larger than Milford Sound. It is home to bottlenose dolphins and fur seals - both of which are often seen. In season, you may also catch a glimpse of the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin.

Day Cruise Highlights

A day excursion into this pristine fiord begins with a cruise across beautiful Lake Manapouri to West Arm. You will then board a ....
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Doubtful Sound ex Queenstown


Doubtful Sound is a massive wilderness area of rugged peaks, rainforest and twisting, hidden inlets - all deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park. Known for its pristine beauty and wildlife, Doubtful Sound is the second largest of the 14 fiords in Fiordland National Park and is three times longer and 10 times larger than Milford Sound. It is home to bottlenose dolphins and fur seals - both of which are often seen. In season, you may also catch a glimpse of the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin. A day excursion into this pristine fiord begins with a cruise across beautiful Lake Manapouri to West Arm. You will then board a coach and travel the sub-alpine road over Wilmot Pass, pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. On arrival in Doubtful Sound, board our spacious catamaran Patea Explorer for a three-hour cruise through som....
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Doubtful Sounds Overnight Cruise


Coach & Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises & Coach - from Queenstown Your excursion begins with a short cruise across island-studded Lake Manapouri and a coach trip over Wilmot Pass. You will then descend to Doubtful Sound to meet the crew of the Fiordland Navigator awaiting you in Deep Cove. The Fiordland Navigator is designed along the lines of a traditional sailing vessel, combining the charm of a bygone era with all modern comforts including spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon/fully licensed bar and an observation lounge. During the afternoon, you will cruise the full length of the fiord, weaving through hidden coves and waterways. Bottlenose dolphins are often encountered, fur seals bask on the rocks and, at times, rare penguins can be seen. As evening draws near, the crew will drop anchor in a sheltered cove, allowing you to explore the shoreline by kayak or tender craft (small boat) with a ....
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Glacier Explorers


An up close amazing encounter with icebergs, on a glacial terminal lake. Depart from Mount Cook Village outside The Hermitage Hotel. The bus will take you on a pleasant trip to the Tasman Valley, followed by an easy 1/2hr stroll through the National Park. Then board your MAC boat, and enjoy the ever changing ice face of theTasman Glacier icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. Commentary throughout the trip by your experienced guide From late August to 31st May Daily departures at : 8.00am, 9.30am, 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3.30pm & 5pm. Glacier Explorers generally operates from mid August to late May - the glacier lake freezes over winter so the start of the season is subject to the lake thawing. Duration: 2.5 Hours total per trip - (1 hour on the lake)....
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Glacier Hot Pools – Private Pools


Nestled in lush rainforest, the Glacier Hot Pools is a haven of natural tranquillity and the perfect way for visitors to unwind and experience a blissful state of pure relaxation after travelling along Te Tai o Poutini (The West Coast) or enjoying one of its many attractions. The Glacier Hot Pools are fed by the waters of Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere, the frozen tears of Hinehukatere for her lost love. According to the legends of Ngai Tahu (the local Maori tribe), these tears of aroha (love) were frozen by the gods, forming what is known worldwide as the Franz Josef Glacier, or to Ngai Tahu as Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere – The Frozen Tears of Hinehukatere. The three invitingly warm main pools and three secluded private pools are nestled within the bosom of Tane Mahuta – Guardian of the Forest with his children, the native bush and birdlife creating a tranquil space to revive your tinana (body), hineng....
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Glacier Scenic Flight, West Coast


The scenic flights from Franz Josef and Fox Glacier locations will take your breath away as you discover that the stunning views of New Zealand's National Parks, glaciers, mountains and lakes are always best from above! The rugged West Coast is hemmed between the Tasman Sea and the imposing Southern Alps, making for spectacular contrasts in the surrounding scenery. The scenic flights fly from both Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier villages, with an operating base situated on the main road of each. A 30 minute drive separates the Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier villages. The perfect opportunity to get up close to the glaciers and touch snow. You'll be captivated as you lift off and fly up and over the Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier and experience the solitude of a landing in this natural alpine wonderland. The fleet consists predominantly of European AS355 Twin Engine Squirrels, and AS350 ....
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Greenshell Mussel Cruise Marlborough

[wonderplugin_gallery id="163"]   Departing from Picton Wharf, enjoy the natural beauty of the Marlborough Sounds featuring freshly steamed mussels paired with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc for the ultimate wine/food match. Greenshell Mussel Cruise Take in the natural beauty of this stunning environment, and learn about the history of the Marlborough Sounds and the pioneering families who have settled here. Visit a Greenshell Mussel farm where your launch captain will explain how and why this delicacy grows so well in the Marlborough Sounds. While at the mussel farm, we serve freshly steamed mussels with a glass of Marlborough Sauvig....
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Helicopter Scenic Flights Queenstown


Queenstown is a picture perfect alpine paradise set against a backdrop of The Remarkables mountain range and nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. The Helicopter Line's Queenstown base operates from the Queenstown Airport, located just 8 kilometres from the downtown area. Choose from either The Remarkables or Queenstown Panorama, both flights are Duration 20 Minutes: The Remarkables - Soar to the top! You will appreciate first-hand how these peaks have earned their name when you stand on the spur of The Remarkables 1538 metres above Queenstown. During winter you can stand in snow as you take in the stunning views across Lake Wakatipu to the Southern Alps Queenstown Panorama- Designed to surprise, this flight is relaxed and leisurely whilst exposing a dramatic panorama of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown Township. You'll appreciate first hand how Queenstown earned its name - fit for a Que....
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Interislander Ferry from Picton

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Interislander is a renowned ferry service in New Zealand that offers a captivating voyage across the Cook Strait, connecting the North and South Islands. Covering a distance of approximately 92 km, the journey takes around three hours to complete. It is considered one of the most spectacular cruises in the world and an iconic tourist experience in New Zealand. Interislander has three elegant ships - Arahura, Aratere, and Kaitaki - that can comfortably accommodate both passengers and their vehicles. Each ship is designed to ensure a safe, comfortable, and affordable journey, with a complete range of onboard services available. With up to 11 sailings a day, passengers can conveniently choose a travel time that suits them best. Whether you're a tourist or a local, your journey aboard Interislander will be an enjoyable and unforgettable experience. Picton to Wellington Timetable Departure time / Ship / Notes 2:30 am Kaitaki Does not....
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International Antarctic Centre


Explore our Gallery area which is packed full of informative displays showcasing modern day Antarctica, including the Antarctic Treaty partners, the human impact on the continent, the wildlife and plant systems and Antarctica’s effect on the globe. Our Gallery area encourages ‘touching’ of most of the exhibits to ensure visitors experience Antarctica in a fun and interactive way. Visitors conclude their Antarctic journey with a 17 minute sound and light show "Beyond the Frozen Sunset". Filmed by Emmy award winning film maker, Mike Single, it follows a seasonal arc from sunset to sunrise, weaving in stunning footage shot by mounting a camera to the underside of a helicopter. This majestic audio visual show captivates its audience and leaves visitors with a moving experience of “having been there”. The nocturnal nature of the Little Blue penguin means that most people miss out on sharing in....
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Kaikoura Day Tour incl. Whale Watch

Kaikoura Whale Watching Tour   Spend your day getting close to nature. Travel by road from Christchurch through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury, enjoying the beauty of its rural pastoral scenes, to Kaikoura where mountains meet sea. Kaikoura is world renowned for the variety of marine mammals which can be seen, not least of all the giant sperm whales and the acrobatic Dusky Dolphins. On your arrival in Kaikoura you will be transferred to a whale watch tour; by boat, light aircraft or helicopter, the choice is yours. In the afternoon you will visit a seal colony where fur seals may be viewed at close quarters. On your return to Christchurch a stop ....
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Kawarau River Rafting


The Kawarau river is ideal for first time rafters or suited to those looking for a more relaxed rafting experience. There’s plenty of white water action, but also time to sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular New Zealand scenery. Keep an eye on the other rafts though, as there’s 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. Whether you are a Lord of The Rings fan or not, this rafting trip offers an insight into the beauty of the New Zealand wilderness. Enjoy the unforgettable 400m long Dog Leg rapid. New Zealand’s longest commercially rafted rapid. Before returning to Queenstown, enjoy a sauna and hot shower at Cavell's Rafting base and perhaps treat yourself to a well earned hot chocolate, beer or snack at the licensed cafe. ....
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Larnach Castle Tour, Dunedin


Bottom Bus provide a scheduled coach service and fully guided tour to Larnach Castle twice daily (except Christmas Day). This service leaves the Dunedin Visitor Centre (in the Octagon) at 9am and 3.00pm. Arrangements can be made to be picked up from and returned to your accommodation on request. A full commentary of local landmarks is given on the journey to the Castle. New Zealand's only Castle. Unique architecture, a Neo-Gothic Castle with Colonial veranda. Fascinating history, of William Larnach, his three wives, his career in politics and banking, and his eventual scandalous suicide. Castle's history, periods of neglect, abandonment and restoration Ghostly presence. Magnificent carved ceilings carved by the best European craftsmen. Breathtaking views from the Tower, 360° Views of Dunedin, Otago Peninsula, Harbour & Pacific Ocean. Antiques, a superb collection of New Zealand antiques, includi....
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Milford Day Tour ex Queenstown


Take an unforgettable journey into the heart of Milford Sound. You'll experience the world famous fiord - rich in dense rainforest, glacier carved valleys and beautiful waterfalls. Journey across the Southern Alps and travel deep into the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km tunnel drilled through solid rock. Uncover Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls, take photos of the stunning Mirror Lakes, then walk across The Chasm. At the deep waters of Milford Sound, board your 1 3/4 hour Southern Discoveries Scenic Cruise. See the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls that tumble through valleys and crash into the sea far below. Departs - 7:20 am, Athol Street in the middle of the car park Returns - 7:45 pm, Athol Street in the middle of the car park ....
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Milford Day Tour ex Te Anau


Journey across the Southern Alps and travel deep into the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km tunnel drilled through solid rock. Uncover Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls, take photos of the stunning Mirror Lakes, then walk across The Chasm. At the deep waters of Milford Sound, board your 1 3/4 hour Southern Discoveries Scenic Cruise. See the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls that tumble through valleys and crash into the sea far below. After your cruise return to Te Anau by coach. Highlights: • Te Anau • Eglinton Valley - ancient alpine beech forest, stunning waterfalls • Mirror Lakes - photo opportunity • Homer Tunnel - • Fiordland National Park • Knobs Flat • Christie Falls • The Chasm (subject to road and weather conditions) • Southern Discoveries Scenic Cruise DEPARTS: 10:15 am, Kiwi Country, 2 Miro St or....
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Milford Fly Cruise Helicopter


Milford Sound is often described as the eighth wonder of the world. It is set in the Fiordland National Park, on the west coast of the South Island. Helicopter flights into Milford Sound operate from The Helicopter Line's Queenstown base, located at the Queenstown Airport, just 6km from downtown Queenstown. Fly from Queenstown to Milford Sound by plane, enjoy views of mountains, lakes and fiords of Fiordland National Park. Connect with Mitre Peak Cruises for your relaxing cruise. Return to Queenstown by helicopter with an alpine landing for the ultimate experience. Duration - 4 Hours Optional lunch - Gourmet picnic hampers and champagne can be arranged on request.....
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Milford Mariner Overnight Cruise


Coach & Milford Mariner Overnight Cruises & Coach - from Queenstown An overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner is the ultimate dinner, bed and breakfast experience. Depart from the Milford Sound wharf in the late afternoon and cruise the full length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea accompanied by a specialist nature guide. The cruise style is relaxed, allowing plenty of time to view the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. The Milford Mariner then anchors in a sheltered cove, where you can join the nature guide and explore in the vessel’s tender craft (small boat) and kayaks. Or, if you prefer, you can simply relax on deck. As evening falls, enjoy a lavish carvery buffet in the dining saloon. Then relax in the company of fellow travellers or indulge in some star-gazing before retiring to your private cabin. • Spacious viewing decks, dining saloon/fully l....
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Milford Sound Cruise from Te Anau

Milford Sound Cruise from Te Anau Get up close & personal with Milford Sound on our leisurely Nature Cruise

Milford Sound Cruise from Te Anau: As you cruise the length of the fiord, learn about the history of the region and benefit from the knowledge of your specialist nature guide. 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. Our Nature Cruises have a flexible, extended itinerary which gives you plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and take in the highlights. Our experienced skippers will tailor the cruise route on the day depending on the weather and wildlife sightings to ensure you get to see the best that Milf....
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Milford Sound National Park Tour

[wonderplugin_gallery id="170"] Milford Sound National Park Tour (with Flight): Take an unforgettable journey into the heart of Milford Sound and Mount Aspiring National Park. You’ll experience the world-famous fiord – rich in dense rainforest, glacier-carved valleys, and beautiful waterfalls. Departing from Queenstown by seat in coach, journey across the Southern Alps and travel deep into the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km tunnel drilled through solid rock. Uncover Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls, take photos of the stunning Mirror Lakes, then walk across The Chasm. At the deep waters of Milford Sound, board your 1 3/4 hour Southern Discoveries Scenic Cruise. See the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier-scarred rock walls, and waterfalls that tumble through valleys and crash into the sea far below.  
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Mount Cook & Tasman Glacier Helicopter Tour

[wonderplugin_gallery id="125"]   Mount Cook & Tasman Glacier Helicopter Tour: A trip to the South Island is incomplete without experiencing a Helicopter & Glacier Tour. Take a breathtaking scenic helicopter flight to explore the highlights of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park and enjoy a snow landing on New Zealand's longest glacier. Get up close to hanging glaciers, blue ice, and deep crevasses, and feel connected to the alpine environment with 600 meters of glacier ice beneath your feet. The tour duration is 35 minutes. Mt Cook & Tasman Glacier Helicopter Tour   Aoraki/Mount Cook, spanning 70,696 hectares, is the greatest alpine park in New Zealand, with t....
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Mt Cook Scenic Flight


This short scenic option is the ideal opportunity to touch snow and experience the thrill of a helicopter flight. Sweep through the rugged high country landscape of the Ben Ohau Mountain Range to a landing site on a snow field high in the mountains. Enjoy the fantastic vista from this alpine setting as you look out to the mountains and glaciers, and down into the valleys that were carved out by glaciers centuries ago. Duration - 20 Minutes....
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Nomad Quad Safaris Tours, Queenstown


Experience a unique quad bike tour from Nomad Safaris, the professional adventurers. Nomad Quad Safaris operate fully automatic 400cc Honda quad bikes with 4WD ensuring an experience that is adventurous yet safe. Full training on the quad bike ensures that all levels are catered for. All weather waterproof clothing is also provided along with all safety gear in order to ensure a fun yet safe quad bike tour. Nomad Safaris has exclusive use of Queenstown Hill ensuring that on your Quad Bike tour you get breathtaking panoramic views that are exclusively yours. Don't forget your camera as the viewpoints provide stunning photo opportunities. As Nomad Safaris has exclusive use of Queenstown Hill this ensures access to a wealth of trails covering different types of terrain allowing a Quad Bike tour that is tailored to the ability of the group. 3.5 hours in duration including transfers and training and all ....
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Nomad Safaris Half Day Tours


Safari of the Scenes: Explore the magical side of New Zealand and understand why this beautiful country was chosen to portray Middle-earth. The Queenstown area featured prominently in the filming of the incredibly popular Lord of the Rings trilogy. Nomad Safaris operate two different Lord of the Rings tours. The Safari of the Scenes - Wakatipu (Tour A) combines a true 4WD tour with film locations from the LOTR trilogy. The Safari of the Scenes - Glenorchy (Tour B) is the perfect sightseeing trip through the valleys beyond Glenorchy encompassing pivotal Lord of the Rings Scenes. Both Safaris of the Scenes can be done in one day for a truly exciting experience. Details for Wakatipu Basin (Tour A) Departs 8.30 am and 1.30 pm Duration Allow 4 hours Includes Refreshments and Goldpanning Details for Glenorchy (tour B) Departs 8.15 am and 1.30 pm Duration Allow 4 1/4 hours Includes Refre....
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Nzone Skydiving Queenstown 12,000 ft/15,000 ft


Expect sensory overload as your mind and soul fight against every natural self preservatory urge. The challenge is immense. Immense because the only thing preventing you from enjoying this, one of the most primal life shaping experiences, is your own mind. You must choose. To go through life able to say 'yes I did it', or to go through life knowing that you had the opportunity, but turned it down and walked away from becoming the complete person you could have been. You will experience a 5 minute parachute ride, landing safely back at the skydive dropzone. Transport Courtesy transport to our Dropzone is inlcuded in the price Conditions 100kg weight limit, those under 18 require parental/guardian consent. Please be aware that skydiving is a very weather dependant activity and cancellations due to unsuitable weather conditions may occur, full refunds will be given if this occurs. ....
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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre Blenheim

[wonderplugin_gallery id="165"]   Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre houses a display like no other and you don’t have to be an aviation buff to enjoy it! Human stories from the Great War come to life in a theatrical treatment, which is innovative and Etrich Taube Dogfight visually stunning. Captivating scenes depict the aircraft in context, some recreating actual incidents. The rare memorabilia is worthy of any national collection and ranges from beautifully crafted ‘trench art’ through to personal items belonging to the famous Red Baron himself. Located in Marlborough just minutes from the centre of Blenheim we are open daily, (except for Christmas and Boxing Days) and promise an enthralling experience for all. Omaka is one of Marlborough's major visitor attractions - offering a captivating experience for the whole family. Guided tours are available on request, or you can self-guide at your leisure. FavoriteLoadingAdd to Wishlist
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Paterson Inlet Cruise, Stewart Island

Discover Stewart Island from the water. Enjoy a leisurely cruise of beautiful Paterson Inlet and visit Ulva Island - an internationally acclaimed open wildlife sanctuary. During the guided walk (45 mins) with our nature guide, see native bird life and plants flourishing in a predator-free environment. Though now rare on the mainland, the inquisitive flightless weka thrives and is usually encountered. Following your visit to Ulva Island, discover hidden coves and unspoilt beaches as you cruise further into Paterson Inlet to view the historic Whalers’ Base at Prices Inlet. Our skipper provides an interesting commentary. While on board, keep a lookout for fur seals, penguins and other wildlife, as sightings are common. • Delicious picnic lunches are available (if pre-ordered; extra cost) • Duration 2 hours 30 mins • Departs from Stewart Island Visitor Terminal, Main Wharf • Suitable for most ages and fitness levels • Small group size What to Bring: Waterproof jacke....
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Penguin and Seal Tour


Travel on an 8-wheel drive all terrain vehicle for an exhilarating cross country tour. First stop is the mythical "Maori's Footprint" location which offers 720-degree panoramic views (because you will look around twice). Descending from 189 meters above sea level, we stop during the nesting season at a breeding colony of Cormorants (Spotted Shag) nestled on a rugged cliff face rising from the crashing Pacific below. Continuing on we arrive at a hide for a very close encounter with a breeding colony of New Zealand fur seals and their pups basking on the rocks and swimming in natural pools in front of you. From here a beach-front ride takes us to a covered, all weather track leading down a purpose built hide on Penguin Beach to view little blue penguins in their nests (in season) and spot the rare and shy yellow eyed penguin in the nest or on the beach any time of the day. Then return to the ....
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Punakaiki (Pancake) Rocks

Punakaiki, view the Pancake Rocks, magnificent limestone formations carved over millions of years

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Queenstown Highlights


There’s so many reasons to choose Queenstown Highlights. See Queenstown’s 5 best sights and activities in one very affordable fun packed morning. Group sizes are small, vehicles are luxurious, friendly local driver-guides plus hotel pick ups all ensure that Queenstown Highlights is the best tour on offer. Family friendly option. Tour Itinerary • Queenstown Hill Views: Spectacular birds eye views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables and Lord of the Rings locations. Great photo opportunity. • AJ Hackett Bungy Bridge: Discover the thrill of Bungy. Watch intrepid jumpers from the viewing deck. Maybe even jump yourself! • Gibbston Valley Winery: Enjoy a selection of three wines produced on site. Enjoy the winery’s fine gift shop and the region’s only cheesery. • Lord of the Rings Film Sites–Pillars of the Kings: Be transported to Middle Earth at the Kawarau Gorge, film loca....
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Shantytown Heritage Park


Shantytown Heritage Park is set on 500 acres of native rainforest. The town and surrounding buildings consists of 30 shops and buildings to explore. Children are well catered for at Shantytown with flying fox (zip wire) playground, treasure hunts to complete (available for Reuben Waite's General Store) bush walks and of course The Beehive packed with delicious old fashioned lollies (including the famous Remarkables Sweet Shop range) We recommend at least 1.5 hours to fully appreciate all of the attractions and activities that are available at Shantytown Shantytown is located on Rutherglen Road, Paroa (suburb), just 10Km south of Greymouth, on the West Coast of the South Island. Opening Hours: We are open everyday 8:30am to 5.00pm (Closed Christmas Day only) First Steam Train leaves the Shantytown Railway station at 9:45 am last train leaves at 4pm. Extra train trips may operate. Train t....
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Shotover Canyon Swing


The rush starts at the platform as you leap or launch from the 109 metre high cliff edge. Gravity accelerates you for 60 metres of freefall just metres from the vertical cliff face. Reaching speeds of 150kph as the canyonous rocks rush towards you before the ropes smoothly swing you past. Whatever your jumpstyle this is 200 metres of very scary CANYON RUSH Launching yourself from 109 metres into a canyon is a scary move. With over 70 different solo and tandem jumpstyles we can expertly manage the scariness for everyone – from knitting nana’s to adrenalin junkies! All these different styles are made possible by the unique combination of our chest and seat safety harness, cliff top platform, special release mechanism and a whole lot of product sampling!! To share in this experience you can join us on one of our many trips (Allow 2.5hr return including transfer from downtown Queenstown); 8:30 9....
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Shotover Jet Queenstown


Get ready for the World's most exciting Jet Boat ride! Acknowledged as the World’s most famous Jet Boat operation, many imitate Shotover Jet – but for sheer excitement, no one comes close. Shotover Jet is the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons. It's a thrilling ride - skimming past rocky outcrops at close range in your Shotover Jet 'Big Red', as you twist and turn through the narrow canyons at breath taking speeds. And a major highlight - hold tight for the world famous Shotover Jet full 360º spins! Duration / Trip Times • Allow 1 hour 30 minutes Queenstown return including Jet Boat ride • ‘Big Red’ Jet Boats depart up to every 15 minutes and operate every day (weather and river conditions permitting) except Christmas day • Complimentary shuttles depart ‘The Station’ Information Centre (corner Camp and Shotover Streets) up to every 1....
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Sir Edmond Hilary Alpine Centre


A tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary, humanitarian, ambassador and one of the world's greatest explorers, the centre showcases the Aoraki Mount Cook region, its people and its place in the universe. Designed to educate and entertain, the centre features a spectacular state-of-the-art 3D movie, New Zealand's first full dome digital Planetarium and Museum which documents the pioneering heart of the region and features the impressive Hillary Gallery. Located adjacent to The Hermitage Hotel in the majestic Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre is an opportunity to explore and connect to the national identity and celebrate the cultural characteristics New Zealanders hold dear.....
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Skyline Gondola & Buffet Dinner Queenstown


Marvel at the stunning views as you ride the Skyline Queenstown Gondola - the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere! Sit back and relax as the best views in the region unfold before your eyes and the Gondola carries you 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob's Peak. En route you will enjoy a spectacular 220 degree panorama, with breath taking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Walter Peak, Cecil Peak and over Queenstown. Queenstown has many place to eat, but none quite like this! Feast on delicious New Zealand fare for dinner, served up with the best views in town at Skyline Queenstown Restaurant. The famous Taste of New Zealand buffet offers delectable fresh seafood, salads, roast meats and delicious desserts, while the panoramic view from our windows will captivate you day or night. It's the ideal place for that special night out and the best place in Queenst....
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Speights Brewery Tour


Still on the same site it has occupied since 1876, Speight’s Brewery has become on of Dunedin and Otago’s biggest icons. Not just the “Pride of the South”, the Speight’s brand is one of New Zealand’s most loved beers. The Speight’s Brewery Tour is an award winning interactive and informative tour guided tour through an historic working brewery. You’ll see, smell, touch and taste the ingredients which go into making Speight’s beers and discover how Speight’s became a legend in the south. Learn about the antiquity of beer in Babylonian times, through to the introduction of beer in New Zealand and then the history of Speight’s Brewery, before entering the brewery itself to learn about our unique brewing process. No tour would be complete without sampling the fine product. Welcome to our brewery bar where you can pour your own and you will enjoy an appreciation session of six Speight�....
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Stewart Island Day Tour

Stewart Island Day Tour Its densely forested hills and untouched coastline of rocky outcrops and creamy golden sand beaches make it a haven for native marine and bird life. Vivid dawn and twilight hues give rise to the island’s Maori name, Rakiura – land of the glowing skies. Cruise to Stewart Island on our modern catamarans. Regular ferry services depart daily from Bluff. On arrival, enjoy a leisurely cruise of beautiful Paterson Inlet, Discover Stewart Island from the water. Enjoy a leisurely cruise of beautiful Paterson Inlet viewing hidden coves and unspoilt beaches. Along the way learn about the early Maori history and European settlement including whaling. Our skipper and nature guide provide detailed commentary thr....
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Stewart Island to Invercargill Flight

Scheduled flights linking Stewart Island and Invercargill as well as a number of exciting alternatives providing access to the more remote reaches of the island. Transport options to Stewart Island are either by ferry or flight. The ferry crossing takes approximately one hour; flights take approximately 15-20 minutes.....
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Taieri Gorge Railway

[wonderplugin_gallery id="135"] Taieri Gorge Railway: Afternoon journey Dunedin/Pukerangi/Dunedin - The Taieri Gorge Limited train is Dunedin's prestige tourist train operating from the historic Railway Station. Departing daily (seats are limited on Christmas day) it takes you on a journey through the rugged and spectacular Taieri River Gorge, across wrought iron viaducts and through tunnels carved by hand more than 100 years ago. With full commentary, photographic stops, and onboard refreshments the train offers year-round, all-weather entertainment. You can make the return journey to Pukerangi, or Middlemarch, or use the train as the one leg of your journey to or from Queenstown and Central Otago on our connecting 'Track & Trail' coach. Ask your Kiwiway consultant for more details.

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Te Anau Glowworms Tour


An evening tour to explore a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms. An excursion to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves begins with a cruise across spectacular Lake Te Anau on a purpose-built scenic cruise vessel. This underground world is astonishingly beautiful. By geological standards the caves are very young (12,000 years) and are still being carved out by the force of the river that flows through them. The result is a twisting network of limestone passages filled with sculpted rock, whirlpools and a roaring underground waterfall. Deep inside the caves, beyond the roar of the water, you will be taken by small boat into a silent hidden grotto inhabited by thousands of glowworms. In the subterranean darkness, they produce a glittering display that is nothing short of extraordinary. Duration: 2hrs 15mins Sui....
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Tekapo Springs – Lake Tekapo

Year Round Destination For The Whole Family

[wonderplugin_gallery id="122"] Located at the foot of Mt John in Lake Tekapo, Tekapo Springs is a destination that can be visited throughout the year and is suitable for the entire family. The place offers breathtaking views of Lake Tekapo and the Mackenzie region. It also has a variety of exciting activities such as Hot Pools, an Ice Skating Rink, a Day Spa, a Snow Park, and the fully licensed Tahr Bar & Café. Tekapo Springs has recently introduced New Zealand's first Summer Tube Ride, making Tubing an all-year-round attraction in Lake Tekapo.

Relax & Enjoy the Beautiful Views over Lake Tekapo

The Hot Pools are open daily from 10 am to 9 pm. They provide a perfect place to relax and enjoy the beautiful views over Lake Tekapo while also offering a wide range of activities. The outdoor Skating Rink, which offers views of Lake Tekapo, is open from 10 am to 9 pm. On Friday and Saturday nights throughout the wint....
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Tranz Alpine Scenic Train Journey – Rail Tour

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TranzAlpine Train - Christchurch to Greymouth Train

Embark on an unforgettable adventure through the breathtaking landscapes of New Zealand's South Island with the Tranzalpine Scenic Train Journey. Renowned as one of the world's most spectacular train journeys, this awe-inspiring experience takes you from coast to coast, unveiling stunning scenery that simply cannot be witnessed from the road. TranzAlpine Train Route Map As you board the Tranzalpine train, get ready to immerse yourself in a visual feast of natural wonders. From towering snow-capped mountains and rugged gorges to pristine rivers and lush forests, every ....
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TSS Earnslaw with Walter Peak Cruise, Queenstown


Relive the elegance of turn-of-the-century travel with a cruise on Queenstown’s iconic vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. Launched in 1912, the TSS Earnslaw is the largest and grandest vessel ever to ply Lake Wakatipu. Today, the TSS Earnslaw is believed to be the only coal-fired passenger-carrying vessel still operating in the southern hemisphere. The TSS Earnslaw makes several trips daily across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm on the western shores. A cruise on this gracious heritage vessel is the perfect way to experience Queenstown’s magnificent alpine scenery. Upon reaching Walter Peak High Country Farm, you can disembark for an insight into New Zealand’s farming lifestyle. Join us for a farm or heritage tour. All Walter Peak excursions include a cruise on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw.....
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Ulva Island Birds & Forest Tour, Stewart Island

Ulva Island is situated within Paterson Inlet, an easy 8 minutes water taxi ride from Golden Bay, Stewart Island. It has an area of approximately 269 ha, 3.5 km long and 1.5 km wide. Once the site of Stewart Island's first Post Office established in 1872, it is now managed by the Department of Conservation as part of Rakiura National Park. A picturesque, forested island with easy walks, beautiful beaches and interesting coves. During the 1990's, rats were removed from the Island to create a safe haven for native birds and plants, and now the Island's ecology is thriving. We walk the Island's track, at a gentle pace with frequent stops so that we can unravel the Island's many treasures, listen to birdsong, view endemic and native bird species and plants. Enjoy a guided walk and excellent commentary on the primeval rainforest, birds, and plants, Maori and European cultural history. View ancient podocarp trees, lush tree ferns, delicate ground ferns, mosses and orchids in s....
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Village & Bay Tours Stewart Island

Explore Oban and the surrounding bays in our modern mini-buses. Our guides enjoy sharing their local knowledge of the history and environment of Stewart Island. Gain an entertaining insight into New Zealand’s southernmost community. Stewart Islanders are proud of their island, enjoying its simpler, slower pace. During your tour, there is plenty of time available for photo stops and short walks. Highlights include Lee Bay, the gateway to Rakiura National Park; beautiful Horseshoe Bay and stunning views of Paterson Inlet from Observation Rock. • Departs from Oban Visitor Centre, Red Shed • Duration 1 hour 30 mins • Suitable for all ages • Small group sizes What to Bring: Waterproof jacket, woollen sweater or fleece jacket, walking shoes or boots, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and camera. Season: All year, daily departures Duration: 1 hr 30 mins Departs: 11am & 1pm ....
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Wanaka Highlights Safari


Come with us for an insight into Wanaka’s “must see” highlights. Included is a visit to a 30000 acre sheep cattle and deer farm, exclusive hill-top views over Lake Wanaka and beyond to snow-capped mountains. Enjoy refreshments then a stroll in an alpine meadow. This journey offers Wanaka’s best scenic locations and an unique insight into Wanaka’s rich history, heritage and modern-day farming life. A must if your time in Wanaka is limited, perfect family adventure and photographers dream! Dates of Operation: Sept - April – Winter months on demand and subject to weather. Departure: 8:30am, 1pm and 5pm ex Wanaka, Duration: Allow 2.5hrs Included: Wanaka accommodation pick-up, 4WD Landrover tranportation. Private farm access, local guide, interpretation of local fauna and flora and Maori and European history and optional nature walk. Morning or afternoon tea.....
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Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe


The Experience Lake Mahinapua is one of the finest spots around Hokitika for a day out or a quiet afternoon. The scenic reserve was gazetted in 1907 and provides a forested margin around the lake. The lake was once a coastal lagoon, but with the build up of coastal dune systems, became a shallow inland lake. Walkways The Walkways are wheelchair and pram friendly. Parents can let their children roam freely (whilst under direct supervision) as the walkways are completely enclosed to ensure their safety. Tower Thrill seekers will feel their hearts pump and the adrenalin rush as they climb to the top of Hokitika Tower 40 metres above the forest floor. Be inspired by a sensational vista of the majestic snow capped Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea. Cantilever Gently sway in harmony with the forest on the Mahinapua Springboard. View the exquisite Lake Mahinapua through the richly diverse for....
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Whale Watching Cruise Kaikoura – 3 hours

Whale Watch Kaikoura Whale Watch is New Zealand's only marine-based whale-watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale at all times of the year. Whale Watch scheduled tours operate daily. Our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale. Whale Watch tours are extremely popular so we advise to book early.

What is Whale Watching?

Every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience and the sightings vary. Giant Sperm Whales are the stars of the show and year-round residents. A typical Whale Watch tour may encounter New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross. Find out why the Whale Watch t....
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Wither Hills Winery Wine Tasting

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An ideal place to stop, unwind and enjoy our wines in an elegant mix of contemporary design and relaxed sophistication; the Wither Hills Cellar Door is the perfect location to enjoy the full range of our wines at a leisurely pace. Wander amongst the vines in our Vine Library and taste the subtle differences of the 30 different varieties at harvest time or take a moment to visit our Barrel Hall and let your senses absorb the scent of oak and yeast at work. Look out over the valley from our four storey tower or simply laze in the grassed Courtyard on a beanbag.....
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World of WearableArt & Classic Cars


In October 2001 one of WOW®’s dreams came true with the opening of a permanent home and visitor attraction World of WearableArt™ and Classic Cars Museum, which every year welcomes thousands of local, national and international visitors. This unique visitor attraction means people can enjoy the special WOW® experience all year round. The car collection represent years of passionate sourcing from around the world and New Zealand. This is one of Australasia’s largest private collections. The museum’s distinctive building features a six-metre high metallic aluminium ribbon wall that is based on a dynamic wand and silk taper performance in a previous WearableArt™ show. The aluminium fabric flows and twists like the original fabric. Hours Open every day 10am - 5pm (except 25th December) We recommend 60-90 mins to view galleries.....
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Ziptrek Ecotours Queenstown


Ziptrek Ecotours is NZ’s #1 original zipline tour and is a spectacular and exhilarating eco-adventure through the forest canopy high above Queenstown. Tours commence at the Ziptrek Treehouse, at the top of the Skyline gondola. Ziptrek runs all year round and is stunning whatever the weather. With two tours to choose from it is suitable for everyone, whether looking for an introduction into Queenstown adventure (Moa 4-Line Tour) or wanting the latest gripping eco-exhilaration (Kea 6-Line Tour) which includes the steepest tree to tree zipline in the world. Conditions • Minimum weight limit of 30kg (65lbs) for the Kea tour. • Children over 6 years of age but under the minimum weight limit can go can go tandem on the Moa 4-Line tour with a guide. • Maximum weight limit of 125kg (275lbs). • We operate in all weather conditions • Closed toe shoes are essential • Gondola ticket is addi....
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