Experiences for families – Explore

With a Chuffed Gift, a lucky family has over 45 activity and adventure options to choose from

Experiences for families – Explore

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$299.00 NZD

  • 45 experience options to choose from
  • Two year validity
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Gift an amazing experience the whole family can enjoy.  The family can choose from an adventure ziplining or a relaxing sailing trip – there is something for every family in this unique gift and it is bound to be one they will remember forever.  They get to choose from over 45 family experiences.  The great thing about Chuffed Gifts is that they are valid for 2 years.  The family can choose a local experience and do it immediately, plan a weekend away to another region, or redeem the gift on their planned holiday next year to the North/South Island.  There is so much flexibility.

Below are all the experience options included in this gift. You can sort regionally or view the whole nationwide list by selecting "All Regions".

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Ferry from Auckland direct to Waiheke's Man O' War Vineyard!
$299 NZD

Travel to Man O’ War Bay from Auckland Viaduct and visit this beachfront cellar door and restaurant for a relaxed afternoon.

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Auckland
5 Hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Explore Group Auckland

Travel in comfort and style on a premium Hauraki Gulf cruise vessel direct to Man O' War Bay, Waiheke Island and experience this relaxed beachfront cellar door and restaurant.

Enjoy a glass of their exceptional wine in this spectacular location - from Bordeaux blends to their renowned Rose - and watch the waves lap the shore.

Man O' War offers private tastings for wine lovers and a unique dining experience at their Tasting Room restaurant. Bookings are advised to avoid disappointment.

For a more laid back outing you can grab a spot on their expansive lawn with a playground to entertain the kids and a beach to explore - walk ins are always welcome. A pop-up kitchen and bar will also operate on select dates over summer.

Man O' War also has a number of DJs playing select dates in summer months. Visit manowar.co.nz for full details.

Please note this experience includes return ferry travel only, please book all restaurant reservations and wine tastings direct with Man O' War 

Private Lakefront Sauna Session at The Sauna Wanaka
$299 NZD

Relax with a private & guided Sauna session in an incredible Lakefront Sauna near Wanaka!

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Wanaka
1 Hour
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: The Sauna Wanaka

The Sauna Wānaka is a mobile sauna that gets people warm and toasty out in nature. The sauna features a traditional wood-burning Finnish fireplace, all-natural build materials, upper and lower-level seating, and a large panoramic window to enjoy the mountainous views. This package entitles you (and up to 11 friends!!) to a private, guided 1 hour Sauna session.

From a friend group get-together to a family holiday experience to a romantic date night - the private sessions give you the whole sauna to yourself. Lie back and relax, add the steam when you want to, and jump in and out as you please. The perfect addition to your trip to Wānaka, where you experience heat, cold, and stunning mountainous views.

Most people find they enjoy the guidance of an instructor while they sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey. Your session will include aufguss/steam and music, essential oils, connection to breath, and meditation - depending on your instructor and the day!

30 minute Jet Boat blast on the Hurunui River
$299 NZD

Feel the wind in your hair as you glide along the Hurunui River in a Jet boat expertly driven by your born & bred local guide!

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Canterbury
30 Minutes
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Tawanui Farm / Energy Jet

The Hurunui River is the smallest volume river commercially jet boated in the Canterbury. This results in a stunning combination of shallow river braids, beautiful canyons and large boulder fields that you will experience on every Energising trip. You will pass under 3 bridges, enjoy numerous spins and pause to enjoy the serenity and history of the area. Experience all that the beautiful Hurunui has to offer with Energy Jet.

Energy Jet is passionate about helping people experience this hidden gem of a river and our surrounding environment. They are a small family owned business that offers you a real local New Zealand jet boating experience.

As the only jet-boat operator on the Hurunui river, they have exclusive access to over 100km of the river and its amazing variety. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of stunning North Canterbury farmland and pristine alpine snowfed waters as your skipper expertly navigates the shallow river braids & narrow canyons.

Take the family for double the fun at Zorb Rotorua!
$299 NZD

Two straight track rides for 4 people at the world-famous Zorb Rotorua.

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Rotorua
1 - 2 Hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Zorb

Superman dive into a giant inflatable ball and roll down Mt Ngongotaha with ZORB, where the fun will have you laughing uncontrollably.

With two 250m straight tracks, and the ability to have multiple people in each Zorb, this is the perfect option for a bit of friendly family competition!  Think of it like a giant water slide, 40 litres of water (warm in winter, cool in summer) with no tumbling involved, just full on belly laughs from top to bottom. To this day, Rotorua is the ONLY location in New Zealand where you can experience this amazingly fun and bizarre bucket list activity.

Don’t let the cold weather rain on your parade. There are three hot tubs on site to keep toasty in after your ride, as well as a brand spanking new sauna at the bottom of the hill, heated changing rooms with hairdryers and even blankets!

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

The team who started Chuffed did so after working as near neighbors to the Zorb team, at Rotorua Canopy Tours. After years of working closely with the Zorb team, seeing first hand their amazing experiences & fun & professional customer service style, it was a no brainer for us to bring Zorb on as one of our first partner businesses!

Explore the Island Wildlife Sanctuary of Tiritiri Matangi
$299 NZD

Return ferry travel from Auckland City to Tiritiri Matangi Island in the Hauraki Gulf

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Auckland
8 Hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Explore

Take the family and head out for a day in the Hauraki Gulf, exploring one of the area's most famous wildlife sanctuary islands, Tiritiri Matangi. After arriving via ferry from downtown Auckland, you'll head off on a self guided visit of the island. Choose to seek out the islands unique birdlife, native plants and rich history, or find a beautiful secluded spot to enjoy a relaxing day away from the city, the choice is all yours.

2 Hour family surf lesson in Mount Maunganui
$299 NZD

A Two hour family surf lesson with friendly instructors at one of NZ’s most famously beautiful beaches!

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Tauranga
2 Hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Hibiscus Surf School

Take part in a family activity that Mum, Dad and the kids will all love and talk about for months after!  Join a Small-Group Lesson with Hibiscus Surf School at Mt Maunganui!  You’ll enjoy personalized instruction, because they only operate their groups with up to 6 participants.

It’s common for surf schools to put everyone into one big group, but from 15 years experience teaching beginners, Hibiscus know that’s not ideal for learning.  Small groups are safer, more fun, and you’ll understand how to surf faster.

Your equipment hire is included – a soft-top beginner surfboard and full length wetsuit, correctly fitted to you.

The class begins with a 20 minute beach theory, where you’ll learn ocean safety, paddling and pop-up.  Then you’ll be taken into the water, where your instructor will help you onto small waves and cheer you on.

Before you know it, you’ll be riding waves with a huge smile on your face!

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

With kids ourselves in the Chuffed head office we know how finding a family activity that caters for all family members, allows each family member to progress at their own speed but make great memories and huge laugher all at once is the holy grail of family activities. And a family surf lesson achieves all of this in spades!

Queenstown sightseeing on Segway
$299 NZD

An hour of hands-on fun for a taste of how enjoyable these machines are to ride.

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Queenstown
1 Hour
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Segway on Q

Looking for fun things to do in Queenstown? Feel the pure joy of a Segway ride with your family or friends.

Once you’ve mastered the simple control of the Segway, you’re off for your Queenstown sightseeing ride. Start with a lakeside photo stop then onwards for a spin around Queenstown Bay. You’ll take in the beautiful scenic views along St Omer Park, Earnslaw Park, Marine Parade and the Queenstown Gardens. Look around over the beautiful Lake Wakatipu to see Cecil Peak, Walter Peak and the aptly named Remarkables Mountain Range. All of this whilst riding on this fascinating transporter.

You'll get a taste of how much fun these machines are to ride, while seeing some of the beauty that Queenstown has to offer.

Hanmer Springs Jet Boat Ride
$299 NZD

Feel the rush as you skim over the Waiau River at 90km per hour!

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Hanmer Springs
1 Hour
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Hanmer Springs Attractions

Power through the spectacular Waiau River canyon with spins and thrills galore on this action-packed Hanmer Springs Jet Boat ride.

Experience travelling across just centimetres of water and rotating through a 360-degree spin as your qualified and professional driver navigates you through narrow gorges and over white water rapids.

A must-do activity suited to both adventure-seekers and families alike.

Waitemata Harbour Sailing Cruise
$299 NZD

Sail where the wind takes you and take in Auckland’s city highlights on a relaxing sailing experience.

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Auckland
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Explore Group Auckland

Enjoy the unique Auckland landscape from the water on this relaxed harbour sailing experience. Take in Auckland’s city highlights; sail under the Harbour Bridge, see volcanic peaks and the iconic city skyline from the best view in town.

Sit back and relax or get involved and help the friendly, knowledgeable crew sail a purpose built 50 foot yacht. Enjoy the afternoon on the water with your choice of fresh coffee, tea or a hot chocolate plus a delicious sweet treat.

Includes:

  • 1.5 hour sailing experience on Auckland’s Waitematā Harbour
  • Listen to an informative commentary from our knowledgeable crew about the harbour and its history
  • View the iconic Auckland city skyline from the water and sail under the Harbour Bridge
  • Take the opportunity to help our friendly, knowledgeable crew sail our purpose built 50 foot yachts
  • Enjoy your choice of fresh coffee, tea or a hot chocolate served with a cookie
V8 Trike Ride around Mt Maunganui & Papamoa
$299 NZD

60 minute cruise around Mt Maunganui & Papamoa on a NZ built V8 Chevrolet powered trike.

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Tauranga
1 Hour
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: V8 Trike Tours

Join V8 Trike Tours for a unique and thrilling experience on a V8 Chevrolet trike as you explore the beautiful Bay of Plenty.

Designed and built in New Zealand, these awesome trikes are powered by 5700cc Chevrolet motors. It’s the ultimate in power and excitement. With a low centre of gravity, the trikes provide a smooth ride with an impressive grip around corners. Registered as cars not motorbikes, therefore seatbelts are compulsory not helmets.

Grab some friends and strap in for a drive around Mount Maunganui and along New Zealand’s ‘Best Beach’, Mount Maunganui. It’s been ranked one of the top beaches in the World for a reason, and you’ll get to see why.

Then, head out towards Papamoa, and back to the Mount along the flowy & twisty  roads of Welcome Bay. There’s plenty of highlights along the way, making it the perfect introduction to the area.

This is an experience for up to four people to enjoy together.

 

Private Axe Throwing Session in Auckland
$299 NZD

Try this new, crazy craze that is Axe-Throwing. Learn the techniques before playing some fun games with your new found skills, and take a T-shirt home as a momento!

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Auckland
1 Hour
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Sweet Axe Throwing Co Auckland

This is a new one – head on into Sweet Axe Auckland and try your hand at Axe Throwing!! The axe-perts will show you how it’s done before you learn how to throw for yourself & dive into a couple of fun games using your new found skills. Take your choice of Sweet-Axe T-Shirt home to remember the experience by!

This is basically what happens… A coach will take you through correct and safe throwing techniques one on one, to ensure you are ready. After a bit of practice you then  put your new skills to the test in a tournament. All very light hearted FUN.

 

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

At Chuffed we believe that gifting experiences is so powerful as it opens people up to experiencing something completely new... Like Axe Throwing! As soon as we heard about Sweet Axe, we knew their unique experiences had a place in our gifts, and the awesome team were stoked to come on board & give it a go.

Wellington Private Axe Throwing Fun
$299 NZD

Learn the art of Axe-Throwing before playing some fun tournament games with your new found skills, and take a T-shirt home as a momento!

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Wellington
1 Hour
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Sweet Axe Throwing Co Wellington

This is a new one – head on into Sweet Axe Wellington and try your hand at Axe Throwing!! The axe-perts will show you how it’s done before you learn how to throw for yourself & dive into a couple of fun games using your new found skills. Take your choice of Sweet-Axe T-Shirt home to remember the experience by!

This is basically what happens… A coach will take you through correct and safe throwing techniques one on one, to ensure you are ready. After a bit of practice you then  put your new skills to the test in a tournament. All very light hearted FUN.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

At Chuffed we believe that gifting experiences is so powerful as it opens people up to experiencing something completely new... Like Axe Throwing! As soon as we heard about Sweet Axe, we knew their unique experiences had a place in our gifts, and the awesome team were stoked to come on board & give it a go.

Wellington Full Day E-Bike Hire
$299 NZD

On an e-bike head east from the Wellington Harbor and discover Pencorrow Headline, lighthouse and the rest of this incredible coastline.

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Wellington
8 Hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Wildfinder

Do as much or as little pedaling as you like, and let your eBike take the wind and fitness (or motivation!) levels out of the equation. Discover Pencarrow Head's lighthouses and lakes, along with amazing views of Wellington's coastline and the Kaikoura Ranges on an amazing eBike adventure.

This package is for a full day e-bike hire to explore the coastline to the east of Wellington. Pack a picnic lunch and make the most of a full day out. Explore Eastbourne’s cafes and galleries, before heading out to Pencarrow Head’s lighthouses and lakes, and further around the bay to the SS Paiaka wreck.

Hire comes with helmet, repair kit and carrier rack.

Stewart Island Bird Sanctuary Tour
$299 NZD

Board your boat at Stewart Island Wharf, with an expert nature guide, visit Ulva Island – a pest free bird sanctuary rich in bird life and rare plants.

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Stewart Island
3 Hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Real NZ

Departing Stewart Island Wharf, cruise through Paterson Inlet to Ulva Island. While on board, keep a lookout for fur seals, penguins and other wildlife, as sightings are common.

Then disembark at Ulva Island, a renowned wildlife sanctuary for a 45-minute guided walk with a specialist nature guide.

View rare plants and rich birdlife, including the inquisitive weka, which are often seen on the beach.

For the remainder of the cruise around Paterson Inlet, relax on board a modern catamaran and enjoy the coastal scenery before heading back to base.

Ulva Island

The island sanctuary is located within Paterson Inlet and offers the opportunity to view rarer native species including weka, kākā, kākāriki, tūī, bellbirds, pigeons  fantails , tomtit and brown creeper, Tui, saddleback, yellowhead, Stewart Island robin and rifleman have all been successfully reintroduced to Ulva Island.

Some lucky visitors to the sanctuary have also seen the Stewart Island brown kiwi during the day.

Ulva Island is part of the Rakiura National Park and covers an approximate 269 hectares which are mostly managed by the Department of Conservation.

The island, which has no permanent human population, is supported by the Ulva Island Charitable Trust, a group of Stewart Islanders, who raise funds for research, maintain the tracks and infrastructure, and help with bird releases.

Since the eradication of rats, Ulva Island has offered a predator-free environment for the birds and plant life.

In 2005, common skinks were transferred to the island from the other side of Paterson Inlet.  A rodent dog ensures that the predator free status is maintained and traps are located across the island to minimise the chance of re-evasion.

The rainforest on Ulva Island consists of rimu, southern rātā and kamahi, and also diverse varieties of broadleaf and ferns.

Ulva Island has easy walking tracks and is an aspiring place to visit for anyone interested in native birds or plants.

Lake Wakatipu Cruise
$299 NZD

See Queenstown from the lake onboard the historic steamship the TSS Earnslaw. Queen Elizabeth and Bill Clinton have both taken this trip!

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Queenstown
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Real NZ

It’s New Zealand’s most iconic boat and one of Queenstown’s most historic destinations. The leisurely 90 minute cruise across Lake Wakatipu showcases some of Queenstown’s spectacular alpine scenery while offering you plenty of time to explore a piece of Queenstown’s living history – the over one hundred year-old TSS Earnslaw.

Inside, a visit to the engine room reveals the giant steam engines at work. Close by you’ll be able to view the collection of historical photos in the mini-museum, check out the bridge or, if you’d rather, kick back and enjoy a wine or beer or some café food at the on-board Promenade Café and Bar.

Your trip will take you across the lake, past the Remarkables mountain range and Cecil Peak, to Walter Peak High Country Farm. You can choose to add a Walter Peak Farm Tour or our famous gourmet long lunch, or cruise back to Queenstown Bay.

Twilight Tane Mahuta Experience
$299 NZD

A spine tingling experience as day turns to night and you experience the forest through a Maori lens. This is a highly recommended experience.

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Northland
4 Hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Footprints Waipoua

Join the world acclaimed Footprints Waipoua night tour to the Waipoua Forest with a local Māori guide for an unforgettable encounter with another world. You will be introduced to the oldest and largest known kauri trees in the world!

Experience the affinity that Maori have with the forest and the deep spiritual respect they have for these sentinels who have stood silently witnessing the passing of time. Your guide will share thought-provoking information, humorous banter, stories and legends before respectfully greeting the oldest and largest known kauri trees in the world with spine-tingling chants and song.

Your experience will start with a karakia (prayer) seeking permission from Tāne Mahuta (the Māori God of the Forest) to enter his domain. As the transition from day to night seamlessly occurs it will become noticeable that Māori have a very unique connection with the environment and the stately giant kauri trees that have stood silently witnessing the passing of time. As you enjoy the easy walking tracks that wind through an evergreen maze of unique flora you will enjoy intermittent stops to connect with thought provoking information, stories, song and much more...

  • Witness forest transition from day to night
  • Meet the oldest and largest Kauri trees in the world.
  • Giant trees include Te Matua Ngāhere & Tane Mahuta
Lake Tarawera Duck Tour
$299 NZD

Splashdown on the Rotorua Lakes with a informative guided tour in a amphibious WW2 landing vehicle. You’ll get as far as the stunning Lake Tarawera and splashdown on 2 lakes.

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Rotorua
2 Hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Rotorua Duck Tours

Hop aboard this iconic WW2 Landing vehicle that has been lovingly turned into a vehicle for touring the Rotorua Lakes. The Tarawera and Lakes Eco-Tour takes you on a deeper journey through the Rotorua Lakes District with the highlight being a visit to Lake Tarawera, not only a stunning setting, but home to Mt Tarawera which changed our entire history in 1886 when it erupted.

On the journey to Tarawera, visit the stunning Lake Okareka for the first splashdown – a small lakeside community within a bird sanctuary. You'll discover Tikitapu (Blue Lake) with its incredible colours and natural surrounds. After that you'll pass the most sacred Lake in the area Rotokakahi, along with the Buried Village of Te Wairoa before engaging in the spectacular view of Mount Tarawera.

Riding on New Zealand’s ONLY genuine WW2 landing crafts through these spectacular lake settings, volcanic craters and natural landscapes is something that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

 

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

The idea of Rotorua Duck Tours kicked off across the Weir family Christmas table one year, and brothers Peter & Trevor decided to put their money where their mouths were & see it to fruition! Since their first tour in 2003, thousands of visitors & locals alike have enjoyed the entertaining & unique tours. Still family owned & operated today, the Duck tours are an iconic Rotorua activity that we think everyone needs to experience at least once!

Glowworm Cave Tour
$299 NZD

Enjoy a scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau, and disappear deep into a cave on a guided tour and discover phenomenal glowworm limestone passages, sculpted rock and a roaring underground waterfall.

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Te Anau
2 Hours 15 Minutes
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Real NZ

Experience a mysterious underground world with a guided cave tour past the rushing water of an underground stream before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of hundreds of glowworms.

Your trip to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves begins with a cruise to the western shores of Lake Te Anau on one of our purpose-built scenic cruise vessels.

At the entry to the caves at Cavern House, view the informative displays and learn about this geological wonder before you join your guide underground. On the tour of the caves, our friendly guides will point out the highlights and share their knowledge of the caves and its history.

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 hundreds of glowworms, unique to New Zealand. In the subterranean darkness, they produce a glittering display that is nothing short of extraordinary.

This experience is conducted in small groups of no more than 14 led by a qualified guide.

You’ll return to Te Anau via boat.

 

What’s included:

  • Scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau
  • Guided tour of the caves by path and by small boat
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
Learn the Magic of Hollywood Film making
$299 NZD

See first hand where movie magic comes to life, with a guided tour of Weta Workshop.

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Wellington
3 Hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Weta Workshop Wellington

Dive head-first into a world of creativity, physical effects, and movie-making magic. Located in Miramar, only five minutes from Wellington Airport and 20 minutes from the Central Business District.

From The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to Avatar and District 9: learn about the making of props, costumes, and creatures created for your favorite films. Interact with cool stuff from Weta's creative departments and, if you’re lucky, catch an artist at work on the tour stage.

This includes guided transport from the CBD to Weta & Back. An ideal option if you require return city transport. Your driver will point out iconic landmarks along the way. Discover how imaginary worlds are brought to life during a 90-minute tour, with a guided transfer that will take you ‘There and Back Again’ (please allow up to three hours from pick up to drop off, which also gives you ample time to explore the famous Wētā Cave).
Pick up and drop off are from the Wellington i-SITE visitor center -

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Weta Workshop is one of Chuffed's most popular recipient choices. And we love have having this option which demonstrates and inspires people on how little old New Zealand can deliver on the world stage! So from our point of view - this is an exceptional experience.

Luxury Lakeside Hot Pool Experience
$299 NZD

Enjoy Rotorua’s most famous spa, in their beautifully landscaped and luxurious Lake Front Deluxe Spa area, with five different pools & amazing views, there’s something for everyone!

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Rotorua
1 hour 30 minutes
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Polynesian Spa

Embrace nature’s sanctuary and slip into five mineral hot pools overlooking Lake Rotorua. Try the cold plunge pool, lounge on geothermal recliners and enjoy deluxe changing rooms.

• Four shallow Rachel Spring alkaline mineral hot pools

• One Priest Spring acidic mineral hot pool
• 36oC – 41oC
• Cold plunge pool for hot-cold hydrotherapy to detoxify –alternate between hot and cold pools three times for best results
• Geothermally-heated poolside recliners
• Large indoor relaxation lounge

It doesn't get much more relaxing than this!

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Polynesian Spa is the most well know of all the Rotorua geothermal hot pool spas and this package is absolute indulgence. How could we not have this in our packages because this has to be one of the most relaxing experiences you can have!

Harbour Guided Kayak Tour
$299 NZD

Take a guided kayaking tour on the Raglan Harbour, exploring impressively sculpted Limestone formations from the water.

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Raglan
2 hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Raglan Kayak

Explore the famous Pancake Rocks and the Limestone Coastline in all it's beauty on a Guided Tour and learn about the flora, fauna, ecology and history of the area! 

You'll see Raglan from a different perspective exploring the Harbour on this guided kayak excursion.

This tour takes you straight into the heart of the famous Limestone Coast. Famous for it’s impressive pancake rocks and unspoiled beauty, you'll see all the highlights of the Limestone Coast on this exciting and intimate adventure.

Explore the majestic pancake rocks as you paddle right into this ancient seabed labyrinth. This unique coastline is a hidden gem filled with a colourful history and is accessible only by water. It's a unique guided tour like no other.

No Experience Necessary - Accessible to anyone with a sense of adventure.

 

What to bring:

  • Active wear
  • Cell phone
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm jacket
  • Towel
  • Water bottle
Full Day E-Bike Hire
$ NZD

Napier has some of the countries greatest cycleways, and a full day E-Bike hire is a leisurely way to see as much or as little of those trails as you please.

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Napier
8 Hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Takaro Trails

** Unfortunately, Takaro Trails have been heavily impacted by the Hawkes Bay floods of February 2023, and their experiences are currently unavailable. We encourage you to support this operator when they do reopen. Therefor any vouchers issued to Takaro Trails will be available for an additional 12 month extension to ensure you have time to get to Napier, have an awesome experience & support this awesome locally owned & operated kiwi business! **

Enjoy the fabulous cycle trails of Napier your way, ride as far as you want, wherever you want in your four hours. With completely professional service and total support from Takaro Trails Napier, you can ride without a worry.

This package includes bike hire for 4 people for a full day.

 

Included: 

E-bike hire, helmet, lock, pannier bag, trail map and recommendation on suitable rides.

Options: 

We offer a bike drop off and pick up service to your accommodation from $10/bike.

We can also provide a pick up from Te Awanga (Cape kidnapers) at 4pm each day for $20 per person

We also have a range of kids bikes,  baby/ toddler seats, chariot trailers and tag along bikes to cater for kids from 6mths old.

Children's bikes are available in 12", 16", 18", 20" or 24".

Babyseat: This is suitable for children 6 months and up (must be able to sit up unassisted).

Tagalong: This is suitable for children 3 years and up, and up to 38kg.

Chariot: This is suitable for children 6 months and up, and up to 45kg.

 

Why is this Chuffed Worthy:

We really love working with Takaro Trails who are proving themselves to be a very professional and high service focused partner. Their knowledge of the area, quality of bikes and range of shuttle and tour options have made them a real hit with Chuffed Gift recipients. 

And as for the trails there are so many recommendations and highlights. Most popular seems to be winery visits for lazy lunches, but equally there are so many beautiful spots for picnics or just a great day out riding and enjoying the expanse of the Hawke's Bay.

Skywire Experience
$299 NZD

A unique experience flying high above the forest floor for over 1 kilometer on the Skywire at speeds up to 100km/h.

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Nelson
1 Hour
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Cable Bay Adventure Park

This adventure starts at the Cable Bay Adventure Park near Nelson.

Your tour starts with a 4km ride in a 4-wheel drive vehicle, passing through pristine native forest while your guides entertain you with facts about the park’s diverse native environment, cultural aspects and fun stories.

The Skywire is set 300m above the base café and has incredible views of Cable and Delaware Bays, the western ranges and north towards D’urville island. One a clear day you can even see the snow-capped peak of Mount Taranaki.

Strapped securely into the ride with a 5-point harnesses, the Skywire seats up to four “flyers” at a time, with around 1000m of gravity assisted free-wheeling, reaching speeds of up to 100 kph, followed by 600m at a more leisurely pace – ideal for taking in the incredible scenery. Then you do it all again – BACKWARDS!!

Why is this Chuffed Worthy:

Beyond providing fantastic activities for the entire family, Cable Bay Adventure Park is actively contributing to the regeneration of their natural environment, through the removal of invasive pest species and replanting of native flora & fauna. They are also committed to acknowledging the cultural significance of the area, and work alongside the local Tangata Whenua to ensure park development is aligned with this. We think this is an awesome example of responsible tourism, and are proud to offer their experiences to our customers!

Full Day E-Bike Hire
$299 NZD

Explore Wellington’s waterfront bays, cityscapes & panoramic viewpoints with a full day E-Bike hire from the waterfront. You’ll be surprised how much ground you can cover in a day on these wicked, modern E-Bikes.

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Wellington
8 hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Switched on Bikes

Ride at your own pace by hiring an E-bike to explore Wellington city and the surrounding bays. From the Wellington Waterfront to the quiet bays and panoramic lookouts, you’ll be enthralled from start to finish. These bikes are easy to use and suitable for any level of rider.

You can ride the bays to take in the best viewpoints or use your bike as your transport between the Wellington must-see attractions such as Weta Workshop, Zealandia Sanctuary, Te Papa Museum or the Wellington Cable Car located only 5-minutes away. Maps are provided to make getting around the city easy.

This package is a full day E-Bike hire.

Dolphin Discover Adventure
$299 NZD

Watch the acrobatic displays of the Dusky Dolphin from a custom built dolphin viewing boat. Don’t forget your camera on this one.

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Kaikoura
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Encounter Kaikoura

Get out on the water with Kaikoura’s Dolphin experts to see and hear about these awesome creatures.

The Dusky Dolphins around Kaikoura are extremely playful & acrobatic, and set against Kaikoura’s stunning backdrop, keep that camera handy to snap a wall-worthy photo. Their exhilarating displays of jumps, leaps, tail slapping and somersaults provide the most incredible dolphin show on earth!

The team at Encounter Kaikoura will make sure you’re comfortable & entertained until you start to spot the energetic leaps & somersaults of the Dolphins around you.

The boat is specifically built with optimum viewing in mind and have upstairs decks as well as walk around bows to enable you to capture perfect images of your experience.

This tour is 3.5 hours duration.

If you want, there is the opportunity to upgrade to swimming with the dolphins.

Dolphin Spotting Cruise in Akaroa
$299 NZD

Jump onboard a luxury catamaran and take in the dramatic coastal scenery in search of Hectors dolphins, dramatic scenery and local history. There are even expert dolphin spotting dogs onboard.

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Akaroa
2 Hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Akaroa Dolphins

Head out on the water with Akaroa Dolphins for a two-hour cruise on their luxurious catamaran, around the Akaroa Harbour and Banks Peninsula. With small group sizes & plenty of room on board, this tour offers you awesome opportunities to get closer to the incredible scenery, rich history and abundant marine life! Akaroa Dolphins have a 98% success rate of spotting the Hectors dolphin.

The Hector's dolphin are only found around the inshore waters of the South Island, with Akaroa Harbour and Bank's Peninsula hosting the highest population in one area. They are easily spotted by their distinguishable rounded black dorsal fin which is shaped like a Mickey Mouse ear. They are classified as nationally endangered with a national population thought to be around 10,000. But over 1,000 call Akaroa and Bank's Peninsula home.

You may even  get to meet Akaroa Dolphin’s famous crew, the Dolphin spotting dogs, who play an important role in locating the Hector’s Dolphins each day. You’ll also enjoy a complimentary NZ Beer or Wine, and some delicious home baking along the way, this really is a luxurious way to spot some of the world's rarest Dolphins!

As well as dolphins, you’ll see and get close to the dramatic coastline of Banks Peninsula, including sea caves, high cliffs, and volcanic rock formations.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy? 

Akaroa Dolphins captures all the things we love about seriously good tourism operators - it's family run, has a small passionate team, focused on a high quality intimate experience and is heavily involved in enhancing and conserving the marine environment.  And who doesn't love a dolphin dog.....

Wood fired Hot Tub soak on a rural farm property near Lake Wanaka!
$299 NZD

Enjoy soaking in a private hot tub, established to take in the magnificent views of Wanaka’s mountain scenery.

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Wanaka
4 Hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: LandEscape Wanaka

Nestled amongst the rolling hills, crystal clear waters and snow-capped peaks of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, the home of gentle adventure and serene relaxation is emerging. Why not lose your mind & come to your senses at LandEscape Wanaka!

The LandEscape Farm hot tub experience includes spring-fed wood-fired hot tubs set in magnificent locations around the farm. Incredible scenery by day, dazzling stars at night. Sunsets like you have never seen paint the sky, the full moon explodes from the mountains, lenticular clouds arc overhead while lambs frolic beside you.

Immerse yourself in stunning natural surroundings in a wood-fired hot tub, aptly named 'Spagazers'. Each tub is positioned for your viewing pleasure, with its own unique outlook of majestic mountains, farms and valleys for as far as the eye can see. Visit during the day & breathe in the majesty of your surroundings, or enjoy a sunset soak and relax in awe of the impressive night sky above you, the choice is yours!

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

The Deaton family have owned their slice of rural paradise near Wanaka since the 1990's. Refusing to succumb to the growing pressure to subdivide their property, and acknowledging the land wasn't viable as a working farm, the Deaton's embarked on a much bolder vision for the land! Driven by their passion for renewable energy, Rik, Juliet & family have developed a scattering of Hot Tub sites across their property, along with a network of E-Bike trails in what they call their ' Rustic Phase'. Watch this space, as in years to come the progress at LandEsacape farm will blow your mind, as it has ours! 

Walk a section of the famous Queen Charlotte Track - including boat transfers!
$299 NZD

Pick which section of the Queen Charlotte Track walk is best suited to your families abilities & go at it! Beachcomber cruises will drop you off at the beginning & pick you up from the end of your walk via water taxi.

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Marlborough
2 - 7.5 Hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Beachcomber Cruises

Your adventure will begin as you cruise north from Picton on one of our fleet through the drowned river valleys of the Queen Charlotte Sound and past idyllic bays. As we head towards Ship Cove your skipper will talk about the history, geology, flora and fauna of the area and – if there is time- will get closer to any passing wildlife, including dolphins who like to play in the wake of the boat.

In the 1770s, sheltered Ship Cove provided safe anchorage, food, water and timber for explorer Captain James Cook and his ship crews on five separate occasions and saw some of the earliest sustained contact between Mäori and Europeans.

There is plenty of historical information at Ship Cove before you climb away from the beach through native forest regenerating beneath a high canopy of trees. The forest includes manuka, kanuka, five finger and tree ferns and is home to many native New Zealand bird species: tui, fantails, silvereyes and tomtits. If you stop for a break, a curious weka may come to check you out.

When you reach Tawa Saddle, stunning views of the Queen Charlotte Sound spread out before you. The track then drops into Resolution Bay and follows an old bridle path into Endeavour Inlet.

Furneaux Lodge at the head of the Endeavor Inlet is your destination. Here you can buy drinks and meals and relax before boarding your cruise vessel at approximately 4-4.30pm for your return to Picton. Arriving back at approximately 5.30-6pm.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Beachcomber cruises exemplify everything we look for in a partner business! Family owned & operated, with three generations of family often seen at the office at a time. Mind you, walking into their office on the Picton waterfront, you would be forgiven for thinking the whole team are family, such is the strength of the family values behind the business! Also, did we mention how stunning the backyard is? The ultimate way to see one of NZ's great 'backyards' is with Beachcomber Cruises!

Cruise from Picton to Ship Cove on the Marlborough Sounds
$299 NZD

Cruise on the Marlborough Sounds and spend half a day on land exploring stunning Ship Cove

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Marlborough
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Beachcomber Cruises

Cruise from Picton, up through the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound to historical Ship Cove. Along the way your skipper will provide a commentary on the surrounds, history and the wildlife be it bird, fish or mammal!

As the name would suggest the highlight of this tour is a 30 minute stopover at Ship Cove. Named by Captain James Cook in 1770 when his ship The Endeavour anchored here to replenish supplies of food, water and wood. It became a favourite anchorage of Captain Cook and he returned here a futher four times between 1770 and 1777.

Take the opportunity to dabble in the creek where Captain Cook made home brew for his crew and share the beach with the resident wildlife. Have your photo taken beside the Captain Cook Monument commemorating his visits to this area or just relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.

Upon re-joining your vessel cruise via Endeavour Inlet to view Furneaux Lodge and Punga Cove Resort before returning to Picton.

A family day out in the Marlborough Sounds!
$299 NZD

Enjoy a fun day in the Marlborough Sounds, visiting bird sanctuaries, historic monuments & passing many bays & coves, on your way to a Marlborough Sounds lodge for a relaxing afternoon before cruising back to Picton.

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Marlborough
9 Hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Beachcomber Cruises

8:00am departure from Picton out to the stunning Motuara Island bird sanctuary. Enjoy approx 1 hour of native birdlife and immerse yourself in the natural surroundings and stunning views.

On arrival at this magnificent island you will hear a chorus of songs from the local inhabitants. Sit and enjoy the bird viewing station approx 5 minute walk from jetty before following the moderate gradient track approx 800m one way around the hill with several lookout points along the way before reaching the highest point of the island (128m) there awaits fantastic views across to Ship Cove. There is a spectacular view to the North Island from the Cook Straight Lookout. Lift the lid on one of many wooden nestling boxes along the track and a sleepy Little Blue Penguin (and possibly even Kiwi!) may just glance up to see who is watching over him.

The vessel will come and pick you up from Motuara Island then transport to historic Ship Cove for a visit to this historic site, before having you arrive at your chosen location for the day either Furneaux Lodge or Punga Cove. There you can relax, take a short walk on the Queen Charlotte Track, have a bite to eat, play games, kayak or swim, the choice is yours! (additional chares may apply).

Rested and relaxed after your day in the Queen Charlotte Sounds, rejoin our Beachcomber Cruises vessel and make your way your way back to Picton for approx. 5:30pm

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Beachcomber cruises exemplify everything we look for in a partner business! Family owned & operated, with three generations of family often seen at the office at a time. Mind you, walking into their office on the Picton waterfront, you would be forgiven for thinking the whole team are family, such is the strength of the family values behind the business! Also, did we mention how stunning the backyard is? The ultimate way to see one of NZ's great 'backyards' is with Beachcomber Cruises!

Waiheke Island Zipline Tour
$299 NZD

3 Zipline tour with educational forest walk

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Auckland
2 Hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Ecozip

Embark on a journey of discovery on Waiheke Island, just 35 minutes from downtown Auckland, with the 3-hour EcoZip Adventure. After being picked up at the ferry terminal you'll enjoy a fully commentated ‘Waiheke Highlights’ tour showcasing what Lonely Planet named ‘the playground of the gods’.

Once you arrive at EcoZip HQ, which is located high on a hill with spectacular sea views to Auckland City, you’ll take to the skies on their unique giant ziplines. With dual cables each over 200m long, fly side-by-side with a friend in an unforgettable shared experience. Across three separate lines, you’ll zip high above a working vineyard and lush, ancient forest canopies, soaking up incredible views back to the city and beyond.

Descending from the final landing deck, you’ll exchange your birds-eye forest view for the cool, sun-dappled forest floor – home to geckos and skinks, weta, eels and even glow-worms. The ancient trees are a treasure-trove of stories and legend. Your guides will share Maori myths, and explain how your visit helps EcoZip Adventures preserve and restore, not only this beautiful and important Site of Environmental Significance, but other extensive wetland restoration projects across Waiheke Island.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Ecozip was born out of the desire of two friends to share the wonders of our natural environment with visitors & kiwis, in a safe, fun & environmentally friendly way. Gavin & Chris, founders of Ecozip, decided that Ziplines were the perfect way to showcase the native forests of Auckland in such a way. The result is a course of three dual-ziplines, each with a unique stunning outlook & long-range views, followed by an enchanting forest walk back to base, where you learn about your surroundings & your contribution to their protection!

Adventure Park Excitement
$299 NZD

The Swoop, the Freefall Extreme, the Shweeb, the Agrojet – you choose! 8 rides to choose from, the hardest part will be picking which to do!

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Rotorua
2 Hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Velocity Valley

Velocity Valley is Rotorua’s home of speed and adrenaline. The only place where you can sample all of New Zealand’s favourite adventure activities in one place. Founded in 1998, Velocity Valley is New Zealand’s leading adventure hub, offering the world’s most exciting and unique activities ranging from a low to high adrenaline buzz in one beautiful location in Rotorua.

Your Rotorua adventure starts here! At Velocity Valley, there’s something for everyone –from 5 to 105, from novice to seasoned pro. Pedal, free fall, launch, propel, swoop or splash – we make fast fun for everyone!

This package includes 8 individual rides for your family, choosing from the four options below:

  • Swoop - Drop from 40 metres on this giant swing - sure to test your nerves
  • Freefall Extreme - feel the thrill of flight stepping into the wind tunnel and trying to hold you body stable while flying
  • Shweeb - a unique peddle powered monorail where you dictate the speed. Thrilling speeds can be achieved.
  • Agrojet - be driven through a jetboat sprint course by a professional driver

 

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

If you're looking for a good time, it's pretty hard to look past Velocity Valley! There is an activity on offer for everyone, and the crew are dedicated to ensuring that everyone that steps foot on the park has a ball!

Big Kanu Glowworm Adventure on Lake McLaren!
$299 NZD

Arrive at Lake Maclaren late in the day for a peaceful paddle across to a narrow-sided river Canyon, where, as the sun sets, the bush above you comes alight with Glowworm formations.

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Tauranga
2 Hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Waimarino

Start your Evening Glowworm Tour at Waimarino alongside the Wairoa River. Enjoy delicious refreshments while watching the sun set over the rolling hills. At twilight your guides will lead you into the calm waters to discover the magic of the enchanting Glowworm canyon.

This tour is great fun allowing you to appreciate the beautiful scenery, birdlife and glow worms from your seat in the Big Kanu.

Taking place at Lake McLaren, it is only a 25 minute drive from Tauranga’s CBD. Launch the Big Kanu from the lakes edge and paddle together through the calm waters towards the head of the lake.

A narrow, high-sided canyon is the home to thousands of glow worms scattered like the night stars. Learn about the life cycle and peculiarities of the glow worms from our knowledgeable guides. The tour departs once a day before sunset so you are able to admire the luminescent glow in full darkness.

Waiheke Island Hop on Hop Off explorer pass
$299 NZD

Explore Waiheke Island with return ferry travel & a Hop On Hop Off Explorer bus pass which will take you from one famous Waiheke attraction to the next, all day, your way!

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Auckland
8 Hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Fullers 360

Head across the waters to Waiheke Island and take the day to explore with an all day Explorer Bus Pass, the most flexible way to experience the island's top spots. The hop-on hop-off bus tour gives you the freedom to visit popular vineyards, beaches and seaside villages full of galleries, shops and cafes at your own pace.

  • Your adventure starts as soon as you board your Fullers360 ferry to Waiheke Island from downtown Auckland, your return ferry ticket is included in the tour price.
  • Your Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus will be waiting for you right outside Matiatia Ferry Terminal as you arrive on the island.
  • Explore the island at your own pace, hop off at one of the 16 stops or stay on for a scenic 1.5 hour loop tour of the island.
  • Stops include vineyards, restaurants, shops, art galleries, beaches and nature walks.
  • Listen to commentary and local tips from your onboard host.
Formula E-Karts 2 Races
$299 NZD

Electric Karts Race on 200 metre indoor track, feel the instant speed of these electric engines

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Auckland
30 Minutes
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Game Over Auckland

Enjoy a great family day out at one of Auckland's premier family entertainment venues with TWO electric kart races.

Get behind the wheel of an electric kart and experience first-hand the unrivaled torque and power! Game Over is Auckland's top go karting track. The 200m track challenges drivers of all levels; smooth steering, throttle, and brake control are essential for achieving a good lap time. Each race is 15 laps and you'll reach speeds of up to 65kph - it will really get you into the swing of things and confident as you take on the rest of the family.

Adults (13+) and juniors (7 - 12 years old) race separately. Juniors race up to 10 laps.

You might want to consider the other activities Game Over offers to enjoy a longer family excursion - Laser Tag and Miniputt.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Went we were seeking partners for Chuffed we were talking with the operators of Hampton Downs Racetrack. They offer a variety of track experiences including go karts and supercar racing. They actually suggested we look at Game Over as a softer indoor version for families, for those short of time, or those just wanting a softer introduction to a track experience than a full on outdoor racetrack experience. We took their advice, took a look and liked what we saw.

Ultimate Experience Pass
$299 NZD

15 Laps of E-kart racing, followed by a game of laser tag & $30 of arcade credit at Game Over Auckland

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Auckland
2 Hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Game Over Auckland

Unlock all attractions at Game over Auckland with the ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE PASS!

Start with a 15 lap race around the karting track, then strap on your phaser and step into the deepest of jungles for your laser tag missions! Then take your $30 of arcade credit & have a blast there, and finally, cap off the day with a round of Jurassic Mini Putt.

Bring the family & make a day of it - you'll have an absolute blast!

  • Auckland's top go karting track
    Get behind the wheel of one of an electric kart and experience first-hand the unrivaled torque and power! The 200m track challenges drivers of all levels; smooth steering, throttle, and brake control are essential for achieving a good lap time.
  • Action-packed laser battle
    Game Over Laser Tag is a live action packed, laser arena with the latest technology, lighting and sound. Watch out for the opposition players and the interactive targets hidden throughout the arena – zap them before they get you!
  • The most popular games in town
    Game Over is absolutely packed with arcade games galore!
  • Jurassic mini putt golf
    Take a trip back to the Jurassic period and see if you have the skills to avoid gigantic dinosaurs while you putt.

 

 

Adventure to Cape Kidnappers, NZ’s largest gannet colony
$299 NZD

An exciting 3 hour adventure through Cape Kidnappers Station to get within metre’s of the worlds largest Gannet nesting site.

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Napier
3 Hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Gannet Safaris Overland

Take a journey with Gannet Safaris to visit the world’s largest most accessible Gannet Colony, right here in little old NZ!

Gannet Safaris has been guiding visitors over Cape Kidnappers for over 35 years. The safaris are the only way to be driven right to within a few feet of these remarkable birds. There is absolutely no walking required.

You will travel in comfort in  air conditioned 4WD vehicles, through Cape Kidnappers Station – traversing riverbeds, broad rolling pastures, through stands of native bush, steep gullies and breathtaking inclines. There is a stop on the way at a spectacular cliff top with panoramic views of Hawke's Bay right across to the Mahia Peninsula. The amazing geology of the area can also be taken in.

The 36km, three hour trip includes a commentary by your tour guide/driver on the farming operation on Cape Kidnappers Station and an introduction to the gannets.

On arrival at the gannets you can stretch your legs and take in the stunning scenery from your position at the cliff’s edge – 100 metres above the ocean. Here your driver/guide will serve you refreshments whilst you enjoy watching the gannets perform around you.

Explore Coromandel's famous Cathedral Cove on this stunning boat tour!
$299 NZD

This highly rated boat tour takes in a marine reserve, stunning volcanic coastline and magnificent sea caves, plus the famous Cathedral Cove.

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Coromandel
1 Hour
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Hahei Explorer

The Hahei Explorer is an hour long, travels up to 14kms, and takes the visitor into coastal islands of the marine reserve, reefs, massive sea caves and bays, including the world famous Cathedral Cove.

The magnificence of this natural volcanic scenery is legendary and the approach by sea, combined with an insightful yet relaxed commentary further enhances the experience. Seating only ten passengers, this personalised tour caters for all age groups.

A rare opportunity to experience an unspoilt marine environment. Te Whanganui a hei (Cathedral Cove) marine reserve is a protected area where recreational and commercial fishing is prohibited. The reserve begins off the coast of Hahei, covering a 9 square kilometre area of ocean. The marine ecosystem has flourished since it’s protection in 1992, and is now a thriving home to a range of marine plants and animals, taonga (treasure) protected now and for future generations. This tour will take you to special places and your guide will share their extensive ecotourism knowledge with you.

This tour departs from the Sandy beaches at the Southern end of Haihei Beach.

The Hells Gate Experience
$299 NZD

Enjoy a walk in a heavily active geothermal reserve followed by a mud bath and sulphur spa.

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Rotorua
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Hells Gate

Start with a guided walk of the geothermal valley at Hells Gate, before indulging in a geothermal mud bath and a soak in healing properties of the sulphur spas, this is an incredible relaxing experience you'll never forget.

This experience combines the Hell’s Gate’s Mud Bath and Spa and a geothermal walk  for a uniquely Rotorua experience.

  1. Mud Bath and Spa: The healing properties of the geothermal mud and sulphur mineral water have been used by local Māori for over 800 years. Open and clean your skin by lathering it in our unique mud, before exfoliating and cleansing with a soak in the sulphur spa. Your body and soul will feel revitalised after this soothing experience. Includes bathing in the world-famous mud baths, then soaking in the sulphur spas and cool plunge pool.
  2. Take a guided or self-guided interactive tour of New Zealand’s most active geothermal reserve, see erupting waters, an active mud volcano, land coral and a hot waterfall. Experience getting your hands and feet dirty in our healing mud foot pool or try your hand at Māori carving. You’ll soon discover the legends and myths behind Hell’s Gate.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Some of the Chuffed team took a visit to Hells Gate to walk through the Geothermal Reserve before trying out the Mud Bath & Sulphur Spa. We found it to be an incredibly unique & relaxing experience and were blown away by the Kaitiakitanga & Manaakitanga of the Hells Gate team.  This site is extremely significant to Maori Culture, which makes us all the more lucky to be able to experience it! Pro tip - take old swimwear or rent some on site, as the Sulpher can be tricky to get out of clothing!

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
$299 NZD

Explore the Shire, visit the Party Tree, Bag End & the have a drink in the Green Dragon Pub, all the while learning fascinating insights about the filming process at the set.

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Waikato
2 Hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Hobbiton Movie Set

Experience the real Middle-earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set, where, in the heart of the Waikato region, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did, as you journey through the unequivocal beauty of the land, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance. Your guide will then escort you around the set, showing the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made.

You will be fully guided on a walking tour around the 12 acre set; past Hobbit Holes, the Mill and into the world-famous Green Dragon™ Inn, where you will be presented with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit™ Southfarthing™ beverage to conclude your own Middle-earth adventure.

Bike & Kayak with Shuttle Combo
$299 NZD

Bike & Kayak Hire Combo on the Waikato River Trails and Lake Karapiro

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Waikato
4 Hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Riverside Adventures Waikato

Discover the Waikato River at your own pace and get ready for an exciting day out exploring the Waikato by bike and kayak.

First get on your bike and enjoy the incredible views along the Waikato River Trail, then, gear up the kayak for a jaunt around Lake Karapiro by paddle. There is over 100kms of grade 2 and 3 riding and a whole lake to explore on kayak. Bike trails weave between the lakeside and surrounding lush bush, while, on the water, kayakers can explore the breathtaking canyon and experience the wonder of glow worms.

The team at Riverside Adventures Waikato will give you all the info you need for an epic day out. They'll get you fitted on a modern bike, plus give you a return shuttle to/from their base so you can cover more distance and take in more of the scenery.

Group Surf Lesson
$299 NZD

Group Surf lesson with Muriwai Surf School

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Auckland
2 Hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Muriwai Surf School

Get ready to hit the waves on Auckland's beautiful West Coast at Muriwai Beach. This popular black sand beach is great place for surfing and after a group lesson your qualified professional instructor will have you surfing like a pro. You'll be in a fun and safe environment with the crew from Muriwai Surf School - perfect for the whole family.

All of the beginner surf lessons take 1.5 - 2 hours (talk to the crew if you have more experience) and include great quality equipment. They are taught by fully qualified, experienced surf instructors in a fun and safe learning environment. The Instructors will be in the water with you at all times.

Muriwai Surf School is located on Auckland's beautiful West Coast only 40 minutes drive from the central city. This unique coastline is famous for its amazing sunsets and rugged landscape. The beach gets consistent waves all year round with the best surf being through the summer months. 

Unique Off Road Wildlife Experience
$299 NZD

An exciting off road ‘Argo’ ride across steep farmland leads you to a private beach teeming with fur seals and penguins and close up viewing huts.

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Dunedin
90 minutes
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Natures Wonders

Visiting Nature's Wonders on the far windswept northern tip of the Otago Peninsula is an adventure in itself and we promise you are in for a delightful experience.

This is a very unique wildlife adventure, travelling on an all-terrain Argo 8 wheel drive along steep farm tracks to reach the most remote beaches on the peninsula.  This ride will take you to a privately accessed breeding habitat of Yellow-eyed Penguins, Blue penguins, and New Zealand Fur Seals.

You will be fully guided with an informative guide who will educate you on these creatures and take you to purpose built viewing hides. You get so close you can literally hear them breathing and come within metres.

Enjoy the spectacular coastal views, private beaches and up close and personal encounters with nature.

This tour suits all ages, and a low level of fitness is required.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

James from Chuffed visited Nature's Wonders with his children in 2020. The visit has remained etched in the memory ever since - and he still can't decide whether the Argo ride to reach the remote beach or the encounter with the seals and penguins was the highlight. Regardless, he highly recommends it as a very educational and adventurous experience - with no effort required!

 

Four wheel Drive Bush Safari
$299 NZD

Self drive 4WD bush safari with guide

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Rotorua
1 hour
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Off Road NZ

Get amongst Rotorua's ultimate 4WD adventure, one that puts you in control!

Buckle up in an off road vehicle for an adventure deep into a native NZ forest. You'll tackle steep climbs, thrilling descents, water holes and mud in this awesome off road adventure.

On arrival you'll be familiarised with your custom built Suzuki Jiminy and then head out to the forest trails, that were originally build by loggers in the area for getting timber out of the ranges. Rugged and remote, there are many obstacles for you to navigate on the way!

With instruction from a professional guide, you tackle the terrain. Tight, twisting bends, deep muddy holes, a seven metre-high luge, steep climbs and thrilling descents – this is uncharted territory with challenges that come thick and fast.

Don’t hold back, get hands on and let the good times roll!

The 4WD Bush Safari Experience

  • Unforgettable self-drive 4WD adventure
  • High-performance 4WD Suzuki Jimny
  • Automatic transmission and power steering
  • From 45 minutes to 1 hour
  • Departures from 9am with last tour at 4pm
Cruise the Coromandel coastline on a racing catamaran
$299 NZD

Enjoy a relaxed sailing experience, including plenty of time for swimming and snorkeling onboard a racing Catamaran.

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Coromandel
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Boom Sailing

Depart from Flaxmill Bay, near Whitianga & set sail for three and a half hours around the beautiful Coromandel coastline on Boom Sailing's Catamaran 'Fully Charged. You'll visit local iconic locations where you'll get to see Cathedral Cove up close. Once the crew set anchor, either relax on the boat, or have a swim or snorkel in the marine reserve with the amazing fish life.

Whether you decide on the morning or afternoon sailing trip, this relaxing coastal sail is sure to delight!

The morning trip includes freshly brewed coffee, chilled organic juice and a delicious baked snack. Not a morning person? Lucky for you the afternoon trip includes a chilled local beer or New Zealand wine along with fresh fruit.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Mat & Natalie are the husband & wife team behind Boom Sailing. After sailing professionally all over the world, Mat decided the Coromandel Peninsula was the place for him, and sharing his passion for the sport & this place with visitors was a great way to fill his time. We love supporting Kiwi owned & operated passion projects, and Boom Sailing is a classic example of this type of business! It's also one of the most popular Chuffed experiences. 

Guided Evening Penguin Spotting Tour
$299 NZD

Be guided through private land to discover the largest mainland penguin colony of Australasian Little Penguins

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Akaroa
2 - 3 hours
Adults
Children
Experience Provider: Pohatu Penguins

Check out the largest mainland colony of Australasian Little Penguins in New Zealand on this evening Penguin tour with Pohatu Penguins Akaroa.

This penguin colony is only accessible to tour groups, plus you'll have super knowledgeable guides who will help you spot the Penguins & feed you interesting info about these cute little creatures!

On this tour you'll discover the wild side of Banks Peninsula, Pōhatu Marine Reserve and encounter its unique wildlife. The guides are all conservationists, friends and family - with years of working in penguin conservation, a passion for sharing their stories and a wealth of local knowledge passed down through generations.

Anticipation builds as you transfer via 4WD vehicle from Akaroa to Pohatu Bay, before a short walk and talk as you arrive at the Penguin habitat. Check the nesting boxes & find the penguins in your binoculars as they preen, rest & socialise in the Bay, what a life!

 

The team at Pohatu Penguins have worked over the last three decades protecting Kororā/White-flippered Penguins (Eudyptula minor albosignata), Canterbury's own variant of Australasian Little Penguin, from introduced predators. By gong on this tour you are helping the preservation of these beautiful birds for future generations.

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