Experience Gift for Two

  • Over 60 experiences from across New Zealand for them to choose from. (scroll down to see all experience options)
  • Valid for 2 full years from date of purchase
  • Experiences in this gift are for 2 people
  • The average retail price of the experiences offered in this gift is $191
  • Recipients can choose one of the listed experiences in this pre-paid gift

Experience Gift for Two

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$189.00 NZD

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Our most popular gift, this gift will impress two lucky people with an exciting experience of their choosing. Perfect for everyone, this gift is all about creating cherished memories with a friend or loved one.

  • Over 60 experiences from across New Zealand for them to choose from. (scroll down to see all experience options)
  • Valid for 2 full years from date of purchase
  • Experiences in this gift are for 2 people
  • The average retail price of the experiences offered in this gift is $191
  • Recipients can choose one of the listed experiences in this pre-paid gift

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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Bay of Islands Sundowner Evening Cruise
$159 NZD

See out the day in the Bay from a totally unique & relaxing perspective!

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Northland
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Barefoot Sailing Adventures

Departing from Paihia beach, you’ll set off for a stunning swim destination. When we arrive at a sheltered anchorage, the choice is yours. You can take dip or dive, make a splash or do a bomb in the sea or just kick back, relax and be entertained by the view!

Enjoy the beauty of the anchorage and take in the scenery while sipping on a refreshing cold drink. Afterwards, set sail and enjoy the last of the Bay of Islands summer sea breeze for the evening as you meander back to Paihia.

As you sail the inner bays of the Bay of Islands: Paihia, Opua, Russel and Waitangi, you’ll experience the landscape from a different perspective, on the water. Be sure to take it all in as you cruise alongside the water’s edge and meander through peaceful anchorages, catching a glimpse of prime real estate perched on the hilltops.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Snap beautiful shots of the Bay of Islands as the sun goes down
  • Watch the wind fill the sails, kick back and enjoy the tranquillity
  • Sail the inner bays of Paihia, Waitangi, Russell or Opua
  • See the landmarks in the Bay of Islands from a different perspective
  • Enjoy a refreshing swim stop at a sheltered anchorage
  • Sip on a refreshing cold drink and take in the stunning scenery
Experience the Te Puia geyser field at night!
$189 NZD

Visit Te Puia to experiences the power of its incredible Geysers by night!

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Rotorua
1 hour 30 minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Te Puia

When darkness falls the true love story of Rotorua’s geothermal wonderland comes to life…

Until now, the magic hidden within Te Puia has remained a secret that only Mother Nature has truly been exposed to. For the first time, the geothermal valley is revealed under night skies, providing a multi-sensory experience that can not be replicated anywhere else in the world.

Meet with your guide at the Main Entrance to Te Puia under our waharoa (gateway). After a brief kōrero (talk), you will be escorted to Te Heketanga-ā-Rangi, our superbly carved and architecturally designed, Māori feature.

Enjoy a delicious Hāngī Buffet Dinner overlooking the Pohutu Geyser at Te Puia
$189 NZD

Visit Te Puia for a buffet meal in Pātaka Kai Restaurant overlooking the incredible geysers!

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Rotorua
1 hour 30 minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Te Puia

Enjoy a delicious Hāngī Buffet Dinner at Te Puia's Pātaka Kai Restaurant, Bar, & Café - the only restaurant in the world that overlooks the magnificent Pōhutu Geyser.
Dine on the deck or inside, while enjoying the full view through floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

Each dish has a twist of authentic Māori cuisine then crafted with locally sourced and freshly prepared ingredients by our award-winning chefs. From Steamed Puddings to Kai Moana (Seafood), Manuka Smoked Ham, Hāngī Chicken, Pātaka Kai has something to tempt all taste buds with their tantalizing dishes.

The menus are smartly sophisticated – infusing Māori flavours, with an array of global cuisines and cooking styles. From our popular corn & watercress soup, served alongside fresh homemade bread to a range of kai moana (seafood) with a crisp salad buffet, your meal will begin with a light entrée, to prepare you for the main course to follow.

Explore Rotoroa Island Sanctuary in the Hauraki Gulf
$189 NZD

Discover beautiful beaches, endless views and native wildlife just an hour from Auckland.

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Auckland
5 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Explore Group Auckland

Enjoy a cruise through Tikapa Moana, the Hauraki Gulf, and discover Rotoroa Island sanctuary. This pretty little island is perfect for a summer escape from the city for the day or longer.

Rotoroa Island has been predator free since 2014 and is now home to a number of native birds and wildlife free ranging across the island. With a unique history as a rehabilitation centre you will uncover the history of Rotoroa through the award-winning museum and exhibition. Enjoy quiet sandy beaches for picnics and swimming and take in the views from Waiheke to Coromandel. There really is something here for everyone.

Highlights:

  • Enjoy an 75 minute cruise each way through Tikapa Moana, the Hauraki Gulf, to Rotoroa Island
  • Discover the unique history of the island through the award-winning muesum exhibition and heritage buildings around the island
  • Explore the island on foot via established walking tracks across open fields, native bush and sandy shorelines
  • A 90 minute guided nature walk is available to book with one of the islands' knowledgeable and passionate rangers. Find out more here.
  • Spot iconic native species free ranging across the island including kiwi, takahē and tīeke
  • Enjoy the sheltered sandy bays and clear waters for relaxing, swimming and snorkelling.
  • Facilities on the island include a gift shop (open 90 minutes prior to the ferry departing the island), freshwater drinking fountain, toilets and electric barbeques
  • There is no café so please pack your own snacks and lunch to take with you or purchase from onboard
  • Various holiday homes are available on the island for those who wish to stay a bit longer, these can booked at rotoroa.org.nz
Ferry from Auckland direct to Waiheke's Man O' War Vineyard!
$189 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
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 

Bioluminescence evening Kayaking tour on Auckland's North Shore
$299 NZD

This kayak tour is an exhilarating night paddle. Experience the magical light show put on by the smallest of living sea creatures.

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Auckland
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Canoe & Kayak Albany

This Bioluminescence kayak tour is an exhilarating night paddle where you can experience the magical phenomena of a light show put on by the smallest of these living sea creatures. Be one of the few to see this natural phenomenon known as ‘Sea Sparkle’ or ‘Marine Aurora’.

At night Auckland’s bioluminescence waters around Okura come alive in bright glowing hues. Glide through the sea and watch as your kayak leaves a glittering wake behind you. Dip your hands in and see the sparkles latch to your hand as you withdraw it from the water.

The swirling of your hand, every paddle stroke, and the rolling wake off of your kayak will all sparkle throughout the darkness. Many of our customers describe bioluminescence as an underwater laser show and liken it to Avatar’s ‘Pandora’!

The bioluminescence kayak tour is peaceful, breathtaking, and somewhat otherworldly! Come on an adventure with us to discover bioluminescence up close and personal! Enjoy a most wonderful 1.5-hour tour with friends or family or come along yourself, your friendly guides will make you feel comfortable and ensure you have a magical evening out on the water.

The All Black's Experience and Rangitoto Island Return Ferry
$189 NZD

Experience an interactive guided tour showcasing New Zealand’s All Black rugby heritage, achievements and culture, then explore a volcanic Auckland icon with return ferry tickets to Rangitoto Island from Downtown Auckland.

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Auckland
6 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Fullers 360 and All Blacks Experience

Experience two great Auckland activities with the legendary All Blacks Experience and explore the volcanic icon of Auckland, Rangitoto Island with a return ferry.

 

The All Blacks Experience

Opened in 2019, this experience is based at at the Sky City Precinct in Auckland and is designed to give you the most in-depth appreciation of what it is like to be a New Zealand All Black.

The experience itself is a 90 minute state-of the art guided encounter that showcases the All Blacks through the latest innovation and technology. This full sensory and interactive experience allows New Zealanders to celebrate and understand New Zealand’s rugby heritage, achievements and culture.

We thought the best way to highlight the best parts of the experience was to take the words of  Ed Burak, the All Blacks Experience designer as to what her thought the top  highlights are for visitors:

  1. The Haka – take in the full force of the Haka through a 4 metre high screen experience that draws you in from the first moment. As close as you will come to facing the real thing.
  2. Test your rugby skills – In a hands on interactive zone you’ll be able to match your kicking, passing, lineout and accuracy skills against those of actual All Blacks – and discover where your talents truly lie.
  3. New Zealand’s Rugby Story – you’ll immerse yourself in the history, culture and people that have made the All Blacks such an icon in New Zealand and the world
  4. Legends of the Game – Hear directly from past and present legends of the game and discover their stories, moments and matches.
  5. Performing under pressure – through the use of technology and innovation you will get insights and direction from coaches and players to understand what it is like to perform under pressure in a high performance team
  6. Black Ferns, Maori All Blacks and All Blacks Sevens – this experience is not just about the All Blacks – but a homage to all those that wear the black jersey and represent New Zealand with dignity, strength and skill to be the best of the best.

 

Rangitoto Island Return Ferry

Sail out to one of the most iconic landmarks in the Hauraki Gulf - Rangitoto Island, and spend the day exploring.

Rangitoto erupted from the sea approximately 600 years ago in a series of dramatic explosions. Two episodes 10 to 50 years apart are thought to have lasted for several years each. This makes Rangitoto the youngest island in the Hauraki Gulf and the last and largest volcano to be formed in the Auckland volcanic field.

Exploring Rangitoto is a fantastic day adventure. A gentle climb through lava fields will lead you to the summit in approximately one hour. Allow extra time to explore the lava caves on the way back, or see the historic bach community near the wharf.

Ferry takes approximately 25 minutes from downtown Auckland.

Full Day Bike Hire plus Wine Tasting and Cheese Board for two in Gisborne
$149 NZD

Explore Gisborne at your own pace with the ease of a bike hire and enjoy a delicious cheese board and wine tasting amongst the vines at Matawhero Wines.

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Gisborne
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Matawhero Wines and Experience Gisborne

Enjoy the perfect Gisborne day out with bike hire as well as a wine tasting and delicious cheese platter.

Matawhero Winery

Imagine yourself surrounded by vines and olive trees under the shade of a glorious walnut tree as you sample wines and enjoy a delicious cheese board for two.

You'll discover another side to New Zealand wines at the Matawhero Winery in Gisborne with their bold, distinct and vibrant wines. This New Zealand winery is one of the oldest and their first vintage was 1975.

The vineyards are 100% naturally dry farmed and only grow their grapes using natural rainfall and no irrigation. What they love about dry farming is they are saving a precious resource like water and it also explains the style of wine you get in the glass with superior fruit flavours and a lovely weight and texture!

 

Bike Hire

Cycle Gisborne provides everything you need for a day exploring Gisborne city & its surrounding beaches, museums cafe's & more!

Tairāwhiti Gisborne, with its easy flat terrain, is the perfect town to explore via bike!

Here are a few top picks for a day of exploring on bike:

Kat’s top pic | Explore the river cycle ways and Oneroa beach cycle ways. Take in the museum, cafes, and sights along the way. There’s heaps of history on the trail, and beautiful beaches, so a swimsuit and sunscreen are a must!

Anelia’s top pick | Cycle to Wainui Beach on the Wainui cycleway. It’s off-road most of the way and there’s delicious ice cream at the Okitu stores to enjoy on the beautiful golden beaches. Freshen up between the flags near Wainui Surf Club afterward.

Tour the vineyards | Grab a Gisborne wine map and follow safe roads out of town. Visit some of Tairāwhiti Gisborne’s boutique cellar doors and enjoy a delicious Tairāwhiti Gisborne Chardonnay and a vineyard platter along the way.

Bike out to Gray’s Bush, take a picnic, and wander around this stand of original podocarp forest on the Poverty Bay flats. If you’ve got more energy left, head further inland to the Waihirere Domain and take a wander to the waterfalls.

Bike rental is available from the Gisborne i-Site or the office at Cycle Gisborne. Office is open by appointment only so please phone in advance.

Bike Hire in Gisborne with Matawhero Wine Tasting and Platter
$189 NZD

Explore Gisborne at your own pace with the ease of a bike hire and enjoy a Cellar Door wine tasting and platter experience at Matawhero Wines.

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Gisborne
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Matawhero Wines and Experience Gisborne

Enjoy the ultimate Gisborne experience with a premium wine tasting and full day bike hire to explore Gisborne's beautiful surroundings. These two experiences can be enjoyed separately on different days or combined.

Matawhero Wine Tasting

Imagine yourself surrounded by vines and olive trees under the shade of a glorious walnut tree as you sample wines and enjoy a gourmet antipasto platter.

You'll discover another side to New Zealand wines at the Matawhero Winery in Gisborne with their bold, distinct and vibrant wines. This New Zealand winery is one of the oldest and their first vintage was 1975.

The vineyards are 100% naturally dry farmed and only grow their grapes using natural rainfall and no irrigation. What they love about dry farming is they are saving a precious resource like water and it also explains the style of wine you get in the glass with superior fruit flavours and a lovely weight and texture!

A highlight when visiting this Cellar Door is to explore the underground cellar which is home to many older vintage Matawhero wines, as well as other iconic New Zealand wine producers.

After your experience you'll also get to take home a Matawhero bottle of wine.

 

Gisborne Bike Hire

Cycle Gisborne provides everything you need for a day exploring Gisborne city & its surrounding beaches, museums cafe's & more!

Tairāwhiti Gisborne, with its easy flat terrain, is the perfect town to explore via bike!

Here are a few top picks for a day of exploring on bike:

Kat’s top pic | Explore the river cycle ways and Oneroa beach cycle ways. Take in the museum, cafes, and sights along the way. There’s heaps of history on the trail, and beautiful beaches, so a swimsuit and sunscreen are a must!

Anelia’s top pick | Cycle to Wainui Beach on the Wainui cycleway. It’s off-road most of the way and there’s delicious ice cream at the Okitu stores to enjoy on the beautiful golden beaches. Freshen up between the flags near Wainui Surf Club afterward.

Tour the vineyards | Grab a Gisborne wine map and follow safe roads out of town. Visit some of Tairāwhiti Gisborne’s boutique cellar doors and enjoy a delicious Tairāwhiti Gisborne Chardonnay and a vineyard platter along the way.

Bike out to Gray’s Bush, take a picnic, and wander around this stand of original podocarp forest on the Poverty Bay flats. If you’ve got more energy left, head further inland to the Waihirere Domain and take a wander to the waterfalls.

Bike rental is available from the Gisborne i-Site or the office at Cycle Gisborne. Office is open by appointment only so please phone in advance.

Luxurious day retreat at Maruia Hot Springs
$149 NZD

Spend a half day indulging in natural mineral hot water at Maruia Hot Springs!

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Canterbury
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Maruia Hot Springs

Maruia Hot Springs is an award-winning natural hot springs, day spa and wellness destination tucked among the snow-capped Southern Alps on the picturesque Lewis Pass national reserve.

Instantly feel connected to the mountainous landscape and nature surrounding you whilst you relax in natural geothermal mineral pools, nourish your soul with organic food (at additional cost) and relax your body & mind.

Immerse yourself in geothermal waters that have naturally risen to the earth’s surface on the site for centuries. The water is infused with natural minerals and trace elements which detoxify the body and rejuvenate the spirit.

The average source temperature of the water is 56℃ and is classified as true artesian mineral springs. Then the water is cooled to between 37℃ and 42℃ for bathing. The pool water is always fresh as on average 500,000 litres of natural geothermal water flows through the pools daily and is never recirculated.

This indulgent half day package includes:

  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Be invigorated by the powers of hot & cold therapy at the daily guided 'signature sauna infusion' led by the resident sauna master
  • Unlimited access to all bathing facilities and relaxation lounges 8:00am-20:30pm (saunas and natural mineral hot pools)
  • Includes locker, towel, and robe for the ultimate relaxation
Luxurious day retreat with lunch at Maruia Hot Springs
$189 NZD

Spend a half day indulging at Maruia Hot Springs with a gourmet lunch!

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Canterbury
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Maruia Hot Springs

Maruia Hot Springs is an award-winning natural hot springs, day spa and wellness destination tucked among the snow-capped Southern Alps on the picturesque Lewis Pass national reserve.

Instantly feel connected to the mountainous landscape and nature surrounding you whilst you relax in natural geothermal mineral pools, nourish your soul with organic food and relax your body & mind.

Immerse yourself in geothermal waters that have naturally risen to the earth’s surface on the site for centuries. The water is infused with natural minerals and trace elements which detoxify the body and rejuvenate the spirit.

The average source temperature of the water is 56℃ and is classified as true artesian mineral springs. Then the water is cooled to between 37℃ and 42℃ for bathing. The pool water is always fresh as on average 500,000 litres of natural geothermal water flows through the pools daily and is never recirculated.

This indulgent half day package includes:

  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Enjoy a delicious 2 course gourmet meal
  • Be invigorated by the powers of hot & cold therapy at our daily guided 'signature sauna infusion' led by the resident sauna master
  • Unlimited access to all bathing facilities and relaxation lounges 8:00am-20:30pm (saunas and natural mineral hot pools)
  • Includes locker, towel, and robe for the ultimate relaxation
Sundowner Sailing Trip in the Bay of Islands
$189 NZD

Sailing on a classic tall ship, depart from Russell & spend an afternoon enjoying the beautiful Bay of Island waters

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Northland
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: R Tucker Thompson

This short Sundowner sail on board the tall ship R.Tucker Thompson is perfect if you want a unique sailing experience. Departing from Russell wharf at 4.00pm, the trip is a relaxing sail through the Inner Bay around the area of Paihia, Waitangi and the Black Rocks.

Use your included ferry tickets and head over to Russell earlier in the day to explore this historic village before boarding the ship at 4.00 pm. After the sailing, you can choose to dine at one of the restaurants in Russell before heading home.

Scheduled trips are offered on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 14 December until Easter weekend

A Sundowner Sail includes:

  • Free return ferry transfers to Russell from Paihia
  • Shared antipasto platter
  • Licensed cash bar on board with local wines and beers
  • Chance to take the helm, help hoist the sails or ride the bowsprit
  • Plenty of room to relax

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Part of Chuffed's mission is to use gift giving to support New Zealand's most unique experiences through the fallout of Covid-19. Not only is the R Tucker Thompson a world class visitor experience, it is also a not-for profit trust which runs youth development voyages. It offers life changing experiences to young New Zealanders aged 13-18, so you can feel great in the knowledge that not only you are having an amazing day on the water, but choosing this experience allows a kiwi teenager to do the same!

30 minute Jet Boat blast on the Hurunui River
$149 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
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.

Cycle Gisborne with a full day E-Bike Hire for Two!
$189 NZD

Explore Gisborne at your own pace with the ease of a Bike Hire from the experts!

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Gisborne
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Experience Gisborne

Cycle Gisborne provides everything you need for a day exploring Gisborne city & its surrounding beaches, museums cafe's & more!

Tairāwhiti Gisborne, with its easy flat terrain, is the perfect town to explore via bike!

Here are a few top picks for a day of exploring on bike:

Kat’s top pic | Explore the river cycle ways and Oneroa beach cycle ways. Take in the museum, cafes, and sights along the way. There’s heaps of history on the trail, and beautiful beaches, so a swimsuit and sunscreen are a must!

Anelia’s top pick | Cycle to Wainui Beach on the Wainui cycleway. It’s off-road most of the way and there’s delicious ice cream at the Okitu stores to enjoy on the beautiful golden beaches. Freshen up between the flags near Wainui Surf Club afterward.

Tour the vineyards | Grab a Gisborne wine map and follow safe roads out of town. Visit some of Tairāwhiti Gisborne’s boutique cellar doors and enjoy a delicious Tairāwhiti Gisborne Chardonnay and a vineyard platter along the way.

Bike out to Gray’s Bush, take a picnic, and wander around this stand of original podocarp forest on the Poverty Bay flats. If you’ve got more energy left, head further inland to the Waihirere Domain and take a wander to the waterfalls.

Bike rental is available from the Gisborne i-Site or the office at Cycle Gisborne. Office is open by appointment only so please phone in advance.

Stand up Paddleboard adventure on Lake Mapourika in Franz Josef
$189 NZD

Undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s most awe inspiring Paddleboarding locations!

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Franz Joseph
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Franz Josef Wilderness Tours

Join Franz Josef Wilderness Tours for a Paddleboard trip on one of New Zealand’s most scenic SUP venues!

Lake Mapourika’s calm reflective waters and scenic backdrop make for one of the best spots to hop on a paddleboard. Explore the Jurassic rainforest and sheltered bays with your experienced SUP instructor.

Glide effortlessly across the water taking in the panoramic views of the Southern Alps and Glaciers – the scenery is world-class!

No experience required. Most people comment on how incredibly stable, and safe they felt on these inflatable paddleboards!

WHAT TO BRING:

  • No denim please!
  • Cap or sunglasses
  • Camera (optional, as operator also provide FREE photos)
  • Towel / swimwear or thermals depending on season

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Free high-quality digital photos
  • Dry bags
  • Splash Jackets or wet weather gear
  • Quality SUP equipment
  • Courtesy transport (if required)
  • Sunscreen / insect repellent
Napier National Aquarium Entry & Half Day E-Bike Hire combo
$149 NZD

These awesome Napier experiences can be enjoyed across multiple dates!

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Napier
Adults
Experience Provider: National Aquarium & Takaro Trails

Heading to Napier for a visit? Or looking to experience your home town in a new way? This combo of Napier activities is bound to please!

National Aquarium:

The Aquarium is home to New Zealand's largest display of aquatic life. Experience sharks, stingrays, living coral, a huge range of fish species and native wildlife. Visit Penguin Cove and watch the little penguins swim, feed and play. Spot New Zealand native wildlife including the Kiwi and Tuatara.

Half Day E-Bike Hire:

There is no doubt that Hawke's Bay is becoming one of New Zealand's  year round cycling destinations.

The weather is friendly, the terrain is easy and the trails meander through local villages, vineyards, along rivers, past orchards, through regional parks and along beaches- there is no doubt that this is friendly, relaxing cycle country. In fact there are over 200 kilometres of trail.

And because of that Hawke's Bay as a cycling destination is suitable for everybody. Beginners, families, keen riders and very social riders.

This package allows you half day e-bike hire from Takaro Trails Hire company. The bikes are well maintained and you'll have them on call for total support while you are out riding.

Lake Wanaka Cruise & Nature Walk on Stevensons Island
$149 NZD

A beautiful cruise on Lake Wanaka including a nature Walk on Stevensons Island, bring your camera!

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Wanaka
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Lake Wanaka Cruises

This luxury boat cruise is the most relaxing way to experience the scenery of Lake Wanaka and frequently rates in the top ten things to do in Wanaka!

Take a leisurely 45 minute cruise out to Stevensons Arm, home to Mount Burke high country sheep station. Verdant green pastures precede Mount Gold which rises majestically into the Northern skyline.

Relax in comfort as you cruise up the arm to Stevensons Island where Dual Image will make a beach landing. Your guide will take you ashore via the front loading ramp for a short hike to the summit to view the Minaret Peaks with some excellent photo opportunities.

Learn about the conservation efforts to revive the nearly extinct Buff Weka, along with the interesting Maori and colonial history of the island.

Stevensons Island is an inspiration for photographers - shaped by glaciation and eons of winds that funnel down the arm, rock and twisted trunks meld into a patina of nature's finest backdrops.

Your island adventure is complete with afternoon tea on return to Dual Image and another 45 minute scenic cruise back to the Wanaka waterfront.

Independent customer reviews rate this experience as one of Wanaka's favorite afternoon activities.

  • 45 minute cruise each way
  • Friendly knowledgeable guide & crew
  • Spectacular mountain scenery
  • Luxury 57 foot catamaran
  • Complimentary afternoon tea
  • Short Island walk (optional)
  • Licensed bar with $6 drinks
Half day bike ride from Thames to Matatoki Cheese Barn for lunch
$189 NZD

½ Day Cycling Adventure from Thames to the award winning Matatoki Cheese Barn.

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Coromandel
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Jolly Bikes

Embark on a delightful half-day cycling adventure along the Hauraki Rail Trail from Thames to the renowned Matatoki Cheese Barn—a journey suitable for all.

Savor a leisurely ride through the picturesque Hauraki countryside, culminating in a delightful lunch at the Matatoki Cheese Barn, where you can relish your meal while observing their charming Alpacas and a variety of birds.

Indulge in a light lunch, with options ranging from delectable pizzas to enticing cheese platters. Following this, enjoy a relaxed return ride back to Thames along the same scenic route.

Included Services:

  • Bike Hire incl. instructions for full day
  • Helmet & Lock Hire
  • Map and travel tips
  • Meal voucher for Matatoki Cheese Barn
  • Panniers are included on request
2 Go Kart races for two people at Taupo International Motorsport Park
$149 NZD

Exhilarating go kart racing on this 400 metre outdoor Go Kart circuit near Taupo!

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Taupo
40 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Taupo International Motorsport Park

Take on a friend or loved one in an exhilarating  Go-Kart session at Taupo International Motorsport Park.

The track is 400 meters long, and the karts are capable of going up to 50km/hr. Challenge a friend or loved one & see who has the edge on this fantastic, newly developed Kart Track!

This experience includes two races for two people, so you can both get accustomed to the Kart & track in the first, then battle it out in the second to find a winner!

 

Take off in an electrified Porsche Taycan at Highlands Racetrack!
$149 NZD

Have a seat in an electrified Porsche Taycan & experience the G forces of 3 take offs as you reach 100 km/h in under 3 seconds!

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Cromwell
15 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Highlands Motorsports Park

Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell is located only 45 minutes away from the adventure capital of the world – Queenstown – and offers exceptional fun for the whole family.

Experience electrified speed with the Porsche Taycan Takeoff. No other car in the Highlands fleet will take you from 0 to 100 in 2.4 seconds. This incredible machine has Dual electric motors producing 1050Nm of Torque and 750 HP.

This experience is professionally driven with you as passengers, and includes three 'Takes off's'  on different sections of the famous course at Highlands.

After your ride, you could opt to enjoy another of Highlands world class experiences, like the 650m outdoor Go Kart circuit with Single and Tandem Karts; the National Motorsport Museum, the famous Loo with a View and a fully licensed Café.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

During our South Island recruitment roadie, we stopped in at Highlands so Alex could catch up with his ex colleague Paula. She showed us around the incredible facility & talked us through the experiences on offer there. We were so pleased when Paula agreed to share the Highland's experiences with Chuffed's customers, as they really are world class & have been hugely popular amongst Chuffed Gift recipients!

Guided night time tour of Zealandia Ecosanctuary Wellington
$189 NZD

Keep your eyes peeled for Kiwi, Glowworms, Tuatara & many more species as you explore the worlds first fenced sanctuary, just 10 minutes from the Wellington CBD

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Wellington
2 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Zealandia Ecosanctuary

Discover ZEALANDIA, the world’s first fenced eco-sanctuary, located only a ten-minute drive from Wellington’s CBD. Visit the picturesque sanctuary and award-winning interactive exhibition and learn about how we are protecting New Zealand’s unique native species and ecosystems.

Explore the sanctuary by torchlight as your guide leads you in search of some of the more distinctive sights and sounds of New Zealand’s native forest. Experience many of the rare and endangered species and see those which only come out at night.

See unique species such as wētā, glow worms, and tuatara. Your group may see some of the 150 little spotted kiwi who call ZEALANDIA home - sightings of kiwi are common on these tours (circa 80%) but are not guaranteed. Gain insights into New Zealand’s natural history and the significance of the unique species within Māori culture.
The tour will end with a replenishing cup of hot kawakawa tea in the Visitors Centre.

Indulge in High Tea with Bollinger Champagne at The George Hotel Christchurch
$189 NZD

A sumptious sitting of delecately prepared high tea paired with champagne, at the luxurious George Hotel Christchurch

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Christchurch
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: The George Christchurch

Indulge in a sophisticated and elegant high tea at The George - Christchurch's favourite 5-star boutique hotel!

Perfect for celebrating with friends and ideal for special occasions like Father-Daughter dates, proposals, bridal showers, birthdays and anniversaries or simply a catch up with friends

An example of the high tea menu is below, and this comes with a glass of beautiful Bollinger Champagne!

Sweet:

  • date scones with chantilly cream, jam
  • seasonal inspired macarons
  • tiramisu
  • mini carrot cake with cream cheese
  • lemon tartlet
  • nutella cream puff

Savoury:

  • crispy chicken slider, japanese mayo, coleslaw
  • beef cheek toastie
  • classic ham & cheese sandwich
  • falafel stick with tzatziki

coffee or tea

Indulge in High Tea with Bubbles at The George Hotel Christchurch
$149 NZD

A sumptious sitting of delecately prepared high tea, at the luxurious George Hotel Christchurch

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Christchurch
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: The George Christchurch

Indulge in a sophisticated and elegant high tea at The George - Christchurch's favourite 5-star boutique hotel!

Perfect for celebrating with friends and ideal for special occasions like Father-Daughter dates, proposals, bridal showers, birthdays and anniversaries or simply a catch up with friends

An example of the high tea menu is below, and this comes with a glass of Nautilus Cuvee bubbles!

Sweet:

  • date scones with chantilly cream, jam
  • seasonal inspired macarons
  • tiramisu
  • mini carrot cake with cream cheese
  • lemon tartlet
  • nutella cream puff

Savoury:

  • crispy chicken slider, japanese mayo, coleslaw
  • beef cheek toastie
  • classic ham & cheese sandwich
  • falafel stick with tzatziki

coffee or tea

5 Wine Tasting & Three Course Lunch at Melton Estate Winery
$189 NZD

Enjoy tasting 5 Wines followed by a delicious 3 course lunch of your choosing at Melton Estate, just a short drive from Christchurch

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Christchurch
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Melton Estate Winery

This one's for your tastebuds! Just 20 minutes from the Garden City, Melton Estate is a boutique winery featuring a modern restaurant set amongst vines on 12 acres in West Melton, Christchurch.

The winery restaurant is surrounded by Pinot Noir vines, with multiple indoor / outdoor options, including an expansive deck overlooking the vineyards and a new games lawn. Sample local wines that include: Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, and the acclaimed Sparkling Riesling known as “Summer Love”. The popular restaurant serves great food that is matched to these handcrafted boutique wines.

After your tasting, enjoy a sumptuous Three course lunch, including your choice of entree, main & desert from the restaurant lunch menu!

Pick a friend or loved one to accompany with you & enjoy a delicious day amongst the vines!

 

5 Wine Tasting & Two Course Lunch at Melton Estate Winery
$149 NZD

Enjoy tasting 5 Wines followed by a delicious 2 course lunch of your choosing at Melton Estate, just a short drive from Christchurch

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Christchurch
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Melton Estate Winery

This one's for your tastebuds! Just 20 minutes from the Garden City, Melton Estate is a boutique winery featuring a modern restaurant set amongst vines on 12 acres in West Melton, Christchurch.

The winery restaurant is surrounded by Pinot Noir vines, with multiple indoor / outdoor options, including an expansive deck overlooking the vineyards and a new games lawn. Sample local wines that include: Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, and the acclaimed Sparkling Riesling known as “Summer Love”. The popular restaurant serves great food that is matched to these handcrafted boutique wines.

After your tasting, enjoy a sumptious 2 course lunch, including your choice of entree & main, or main & desert from the restaurant lunch menu!

Pick a friend or loved one to accompany with you & enjoy a delicious day amongst the vines!

Raglan Harbour Daytime Nature Cruise with Fish & Chips!
$149 NZD

Sit back & relax as you explore Whaingaroa Harbour on a purpose built catamaran, keeping your eyes peeled for nature & incredible natural formations.

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Raglan
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Raglan Boat Charters

Explore the spectacular Raglan Harbour & it's wildlife onboard the Waihinemoe, all the while enjoying a feed of Raglan Fish & Chips!

Your 90 minute Cruise starts from Raglan Wharf heading off to explore the beauty of the Whaingaroa Harbour..

With over 122 kilometres of coastline the Whaingaroa (Raglan Harbour) is a nationally recognised conservation area with more than 2 million trees planted over the past 10 years, a designated bird sanctuary and stunning geologic features ranging from limestone formations overlain by volcanic basalts, clays and pumices.  The skipper and crew are extremely knowledgeable and present all the local history.  Relax and be at one with the bird and marine life in their habitat.

The boat you are onboard is the Wahinemoe, a purpose built 14 x 4.8m catamaran with all the comforts and an experienced local crew. Extremely stable and maneuverable in the shallows make it easy to access many of the harbours’ hidden bays and gets deep into the upper reaches of  Whaingaroa

Why is this Chuffed Worthy

The team at Raglan Boat Charters contacted us at Chuffed and asked to be part of the gift offerings. It didn't take us long to figure out they were really passionate about delivering an outstanding experience for their clients - and everyone loves cruising on NZ waterways. So we are really thrilled to have partnered with them.

The Full Waimangu Volcanic Experience
$189 NZD

At your own walking pace explore the amazing sights of the youngest geothermal valley in the world including a lake cruise on Lake Rotomahana

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Rotorua
3 - 4 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Waimangu

This half-day geothermal experience completely immerses you in the unique environment of Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

You can explore the world’s youngest geothermal valley at your own pace, with walking trails for all abilities and ambitions. Walks vary in length from 1.5km to 4.5km, covering a range of geothermal activity, hot springs, volcanic craters, nature and wildlife. Some highlights to look out for include the world's largest hot spring, the Mt Haszard trail, and the brilliant blue Inferno Crater.

The trails ultimately lead you down to the lake, where you’ll enjoy relaxing 45 minute cruise around the tranquil waters of Lake Rotomahana. Throughout the cruise, you'll encounter stunning geothermal activity only accessible by boat, as well as rare native birdlife. You can also listen to the historic stories of the lake, the Pink and White Terraces and the Mount Tarawera eruption from the onboard commentary.

This experience allows you to explore every corner of the world's youngest volcanic valley.

We've combined two of Tauranga's most iconic on water experiences!
$149 NZD

Enjoy Tauranga from the water with a one hour harbour cruise & an all day pass to Waimarino to enjoy a day of fun on the river!

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Tauranga
Adults
Experience Provider: Kewpie Cruises & Waimarino Water & Adventure Park

Enjoy a scenic one hour cruise on the Tauranga Harbour with the iconic Kewpie cruises, along with a supreme all day pass to visit Waimarino water & adventure park!

Experience a full day at the ultimate water and adventure park, Waimarino. Your supreme pass gives you full access to all activities. Have fun on the blob, rock climbing, kayaking, playing beach volleyball, challenging yourself on the low ropes course and so much more. The park is situated on the banks of the beautiful Wairoa River where you can enjoy any down time between activities under the palm trees.

 

Board a cruise from Pilot Bay in Mt Maunganui to get out on the idyllic Tauranga Harbour.

Launched in 1953 as one of Fullers first charter boats doing the world famous 'cream trip'  in Bay of islands. The iconic KEWPIE has a massive history in NZ waters.

On this experience, you'll cruise past the Statue of Tangaroa, a diversity of landscapes from untouched white sandy beaches, lush green forests, islands and small village settlements, contrasted by the massive highly developed port infrastructure.

Keep your eyes peeled as it's not uncommon to spot seasonal wildlife on your cruise like blue penguins, sea birds, NZ fur seals and even Dolphin & Orca from time to time!

Stay on board or choose to hop off at Matakana Island. You are picked up on the same day at no extra cost. Spend an hour or a day on this beautiful island. This is an idyllic beach visit. Beautiful beach walks, fishing, swimming and picnics are popular.

Overnight Motorhome site with Hot Tub at Land Escape Farm
$189 NZD

Enjoy a stunningly scenic motorhome site on the outskirts of Wanaka with your own private hot tub right next to your motorhome!

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Wanaka
1 Day
Adults
Experience Provider: LandEscape Wanaka

Got plans to travel in a motorhome, or always wanted to? Here's an opportunity to incorporate some incredible scenery & hot tub goodness into your next motorhome adventure!

Just a short drive from Wanaka is LandEscape Farm, the perfect place to park up your camper and enjoy a relaxing evening under the stars & in and out of the Hot Tub. With uninterrupted mountain vistas, no roads or cars in sight, you will feel completely in awe of your stunning surroundings.

For an additional cost, E-Bikes are available here for hire, and LandEscape farm is well connected to some of the countrys most scenic cycle trail networks, so you can explore the region with the comfort & ease of a modern E-Bike.

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! 

Group Surf Lesson at Mount Maunganui Beach
$189 NZD

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

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Tauranga
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Hibiscus Surf School

Take a friend (included in this gift) and join a small-group lesson with Hibiscus Surf School!  You’ll enjoy personalised instruction at fantastic value, with just 2-6 participants allowed per class.

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. So they operate with small groups that make it 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?

After your lesson you will receive a free 1 hour surfboard hire to practice your new surfing skills! Hibiscus reckons 90% of customers are standing up by the end of the first lesson, so we say just do it.

Queenstown sightseeing on Segway
$189 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
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.

Explore Devonport on a Segway Sampler Tour!
$149 NZD

Explore the seaside village of Devonport & on Segway!

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Auckland
1 Hour
Adults
Experience Provider: Magic Broomstick Tours

Have you ever seen groups of people zipping past you on a Segway and thought to yourself…That looks like fun?! If so, our Taste of Segway Auckland Segway ride is just for you!

Once we’ve showed you the basics and you’ve honed your Segway skills on our training ground, you’ll be off to experience the awesome sense of fun and adventure that we like to call the ‘Segway Sensation’.

Glide around the beautiful waterfront of  Devonport, Auckland’s historic seaside village, until you reach Cheltenham Beach.  From there you’ll have a superb view of Rangitoto Island, our youngest volcanic cone,  rising majestically out of the sea.

You’ll also have a chance to put the Segway through its paces in a local park. Race your friends and family, set up a fun course or just spend more time exploring the area. On our way back, you’ll glide uphill and down dale through the back streets as you admire the charming Victorian villas and make your way back to Devonport Wharf.

This Auckland Segway ride goes for one hour and is the perfect fun Auckland activity to entertain teenagers and adults. You’re sure to have the Segway smile after this ride!

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Here at Chuffed, we want you to open your gifts & see experience options you didnt know you could do in your own backyard - here's a classic example! Pauline Baker runs Magic Broomstick Segway Tours. Paulines late husband found a passion for Segways during a guided segway tour in Paris, and decided to set up a similar visitor experience back home in Devonport. What started as a passion project in 2008 has flourished to one of Auckland's top activities. 

Christchurch City Gondola & Punting Combo
$149 NZD

Two of Christchurch’s most iconic experiences, Punting on the Avon & the Port Hills Gondola!

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Christchurch
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Christchurch Attractions

This is your opportunity to experience two iconic Christchurch City attractions. Whether you are from far afield or a Canterbury local, these two awesome experiences are sure to give you a unique perspective on the Garden City.

An unmissable Christchurch experience, the Gondola offers stunning unique views of the city, Lyttelton Harbour and beyond from our summit station situated atop the Port Hills. A great family-friendly spot to explore for locals and visitors, a visit to the Gondola is a must-do activity. Take in the spectacular 360-degree views and see Christchurch from a different perspective: gaze at the snow-capped Southern Alps, sprawling Canterbury Plains and the sparkling waters of Pegasus Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The summit station offers plenty to entertain: explore the many walking tracks and wide open spaces amidst fresh air, learn about the history of the area on the Christchurch Discovery ride (entry is free with your Gondola ticket or Annual Pass), and indulge in a spot of shopping at our well-priced gift shop. Sit back and take in the fantastic views with a snack from the licensed Red Rock Café.

Punting is an iconic Christchurch activity not to be missed. Admire the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens as you are expertly guided gently along the Avon River on the Edwardian-style Punting tour.v

Departing from the Antigua Boat Sheds, glide through the tranquil Botanic Gardens. Punting tours are set aboard handcrafted flat-bottomed boats, poled along by your Punter from the platformed till at the rear end of the boat. An ideal group or family activity, Punting on the Avon is an eco-friendly way to relax and enjoy Christchurch from a different perspective.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

The Green & White Antigua boat sheds in Christchurch are far more than just a departure point & a spot for a pretty picture, they're a Christchurch icon, that have stood the test of time, and mother nature, to remain stoic & standing today. The Sheds were built in 1882, and are the perfect base for your leisurely punt on the Avon River. Enjoy the Garden City from a unique & utterly relaxing perspective as you effortlessly (for you anyway) glide along the clear waters. 

Christchurch Triple pass: Tram, Punting & Gondola combo
$189 NZD

The ultimate Christchurch must-do combo!

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Christchurch
1 Day
Adults
Experience Provider: Christchurch Attractions

The ultimate opportunity to tick off three of Christchurch's most famous attractions, this combo includes an all day tram ticket, 30 minute Avon river punt ride & a return trip on the Port Hill Gondola.

The Christchurch Trams offer a unique experience combining history and sightseeing. An all-day hop-on hop-off ticket allows you to visit the central city sights at your leisure and the friendly and knowledgeable drivers will keep you updated about the latest city changes in their informative live commentaries.

An iconic Christchurch activity not to be missed. Admire the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens as you are expertly guided gently along the Avon River. Punting tours are set aboard handcrafted flat-bottomed boats, poled along by your Punter from the platformed till at the rear end of the boat. An ideal group or family activity, Punting on the Avon is an eco-friendly way to relax and enjoy Christchurch from a different perspective.

An unmissable Christchurch experience, the Gondola offers stunning unique views of the city, Lyttelton Harbour and beyond from the summit station situated atop the Port Hills. A great family-friendly spot to explore for locals and visitors, a visit to the Gondola is a must-do activity.

Take in the spectacular 360-degree views and see Christchurch from a different perspective: gaze at the snow-capped Southern Alps, sprawling Canterbury Plains and the sparkling waters of Pegasus Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Velocity Valley Adrenaline Activities
$189 NZD

Choose 2 rides from 4 crazy adventures – the Schweeb, the Freefall Extreme, the Swoop and the Agrojet. All are guaranteed to get the heart racing.

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Rotorua
1 Hour
Adults
Experience Provider: Velocity Valley

Get a double dip of fun at Velocity Valley and experience your choice of 2 rides from the Swoop, Freefall Xtreme, Shweeb and Agrojet - you'll want to do them all over again!

The 4 experiences to choose from are:

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 - e driven through a jetboat sprint course by a professional driver.

 

Why is it 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 every person who steps foot on the park has a ball!

 

Soak at Rotorua's famous Polynesian Spa
$149 NZD

Take a load off & unwind with a hot pool soak at the world famous Polynesian spa Rotorua.

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Rotorua
2 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Polynesian Spa

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

Polynesian Spa is New Zealand’s original and iconic geothermal bathing experience, with exclusive access to both acidic and alkaline natural mineral springs, and unique spa therapies for the ultimate in rest and relaxation.

Polynesian Spa’s geothermal hot mineral waters are sourced from two natural springs and feed into 28 hot mineral pools.

The slightly acidic Priest Spring waters relieve tired muscles, aches and pains while the alkaline waters of the Rachel Spring will nourish your skin.

Includes access to:

  • Four shallow Rachel Spring alkaline mineral hot pools ranging from 36-41 degrees
  • One Priest Spring acidic mineral hot pool
  • 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 overlooking the lake and gardens
  • Premium changing facilities with towels, secure lockers, beautiful soap, shampoo and hairdryers provided

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Established in 1972, the Polynesian Spa is NZ's original & most iconic geothermal bathing experience. It is internationally renowned & recognised as one of the top 10 spas in the world. These waters have been flocked to for their relaxing & healing qualities since the 1800's. If you haven't had a soak at the Polynesian Spa before, it's high-time you did. If you have, we probably don't need to convince you to come back for another visit!

Waitemata Harbour Sailing Cruise
$189 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
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 Waitemata Harbour
  • Coffee, tea or hot chocolate and cookie served on board
  • Informative commentary from our knowledgeable crew
  • Views of the iconic Auckland city skyline from the water and sail under the Harbour Bridge
Winery tour, tastings & Picnic on Waiheke Island
$189 NZD

Enjoy a tour, tasting and platter at a premium Waiheke Island Vineyard including return ferry & island transfers.

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Auckland
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Batch Winery

Start your experience catching the Auckland CBD ferry (tickets included in this experience). Enjoy the 38 minute ride with beautiful views from Rangitoto island, Motutapo island, Browns Island and Motuihe Island.

After making your way to Batch Winery, you will be welcomed by a wine ambassador and enjoy a walk through the winery, vineyard and barrel hall, whilst enjoying some of the estate wines. Then, sit down either inside the restaurant, or picnic style outside & enjoy a delicious cheese platter while you soak in beautiful views over the Waitemata Harbour toward Auckland city.

After all that, you are welcome to explore the trails of the Whakanewha Regional Park, which borders Batch Winery, at your own leisure before departing.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

We couldn't call ourselves experience experts if we didn't have a wine experience on Waiheke Island, right? Batch Winery itself, along with its team, are progressive, forward thinking, and the perfect Winery for us to have partnered with. Sustainability is high on the priority list for Batch, with the winery itself designed to utilize the natural slope of the land & gravity to move wine through the making process, they also steam sanitize the winery, removing the need for harmful cleaning chemicals, and all vineyard & winery waste is composted on site. For a delicious, insightful & stunning experience on the Island of Wine, look no further!

Waiheke Island Wine Tasting, Winery Tour & Platter
$149 NZD

Enjoy a tour, tasting and picnic at a premium Waiheke Island Vineyard.

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Auckland
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Batch Winery

Make your way to Batch Winery on Waiheke Island, and begin your experience by joining a Wine Ambassador for a walk through the winery, vineyard and barrel hall, whilst enjoying some of the estate wines. Then, sit down either inside the restaurant, or picnic style outside & enjoy a delicious platter while you soak in beautiful views over the Waitemata Harbour toward Auckland city.

After all that, you are welcome to explore the trails of the Whakanewha Regional Park, which boarders Batch Winery, at your own leisure before departing.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

We couldn't call ourselves experience experts if we didn't have a wine experience on Waiheke Island, right? Batch Winery itself, along with its team, are progressive, forward thinking, and the perfect Winery for us to have partnered with. Sustainability is high on the priority list for Batch, with the winery itself designed to utilise the natural slope of the land & gravity to move wine through the making process, they also steam sanitise the winery, removing the need for harmful cleaning chemicals, and all vineyard & winery waste is composted on site. For a delicious, insightful & stunning experience on the Island of Wine, look no further!

V8 Trike Ride around Mt Maunganui
$149 NZD

25 Minute cruise around Mt Maunganui on an impressive NZ built V8 Chevrolet powered trike.

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Tauranga
25 Minutes
Adults
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. There’s plenty of highlights along the way, making it the perfect introduction to the area.

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

As locals to Tauranga & the Mount, the Chuffed team have been seeing these V8 beasts entertaining visitors & showing off our local beauty & history in a unique way for years! When we approached the team at V8 Trike Tours, the team were more than happy to offer their experiences in our gifts, and we're thrilled they were, because now you get to hit that little button to the right & choose this experience for yourself!

 

Fly NZ's Longest Zipline
$189 NZD

Experience the thrill of Ziplining on New Zealand’s longest Zipline. Take in awesome views of Christchurch City from the Hills above, before taking the leap & speeding down the 1.5km Zipline!

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Christchurch
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Christchurch Adventure Park

Experience the adrenaline rush of racing through the forest while you fly down the longest zipline in New Zealand!

"The Long Ride" will take you down one zipline - The longest zipline at Christchurch Adventure Park at a total whooping distance of 1.1 kilometres.

You'll be surrounded by incredible views from the city and Port Hills - on a good day you can see all the way from the ocean to the spectacular Southern Alps!

This is one exciting adventure you'll never forget.

The experience runs for about 1.5 hours and is subject to weather conditions.

Half day Bike Hire in Wellington - choose from Electric or mountain bike!
$189 NZD

Wellington is best explored by bike – so why not hire one and spend the day exploring.

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Wellington
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Switched on Bikes

There's no better way to see Wellington than by bike. Ride at your own pace by hiring either a mountain or electric 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.

The 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, or take your mountain bike to some of the trails located near the city centre! Maps provided

This package is a half day electric or Mountain Bike hire for 2

Raglan Harbour Sunset Cruise with Fish & Chips
$149 NZD

Watch the sun set over the Tasman sea from the comfort of a purpose built catamaran on Raglan Harbour.

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Raglan
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Raglan Boat Charters

Experience a spectacular Raglan sunset onboard the Waihinemoe with fish and chips as you see the sun go down.

Your 90 minute Sunset Cruise starts from Raglan Wharf heading off to explore the beauty of the Whaingaroa Harbour.

With over 122 kilometres of coastline the Whaingaroa (Raglan Harbour) is a nationally recognised conservation area with more than 2 million trees planted over the past 10 years, a designated bird sanctuary and stunning geologic features ranging from limestone formations overlain by volcanic basalts, clays and pumices.  The skipper and crew are extremely knowledgeable and present all the local history. Relax and be at one with the bird and marine life in their habitat.

The boat you are onboard is the Wahinemoe, a purpose built 14 x 4.8m catamaran with all the comforts and an experienced local crew. Extremely stable and maneuverable in the shallows make it easy to access many of the harbours’ hidden bays and gets deep into the upper reaches of  Whaingaroa.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy

The team at Raglan Boat Charters contacted us at Chuffed and asked to be part of the gift offerings. It didn’t take us long to figure out they were really passionate about delivering an outstanding experience for their clients – and everyone loves a sunset and some fish n chips!  So we are really thrilled to have partnered with them.

Historic Steamship Cruise on Lake Wakatipu
$189 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
Experience Provider: RealNZ

If you want a unique view of Queenstown's stunning scenery a 90 minute cruise on the historic TSS Earnslaw might be just the ticket for you!

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.

As an interesting fact - the TSS Earnslaw is the oldest passenger carrying steamship in the Southern Hemisphere.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

We think this experience is so iconic to Queenstown that it just had to be part of our offering so we were thrilled when Real NZ agreed to become a partner with Chuffed and offer not just the Earnslaw but there whole range of lower South Island  activities from Queenstown, to Milford Sound to Stewart Island.

Twilight Tane Mahuta Experience
$189 NZD

Experience the Northland Forest at night & pay visit to Tane Mahuta, the oldest Kauri Tree in the world

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Northland
4 Hours
Adults
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
$189 NZD

Travel in an old WW2 landing craft turned visitor experience vehicle for a tour onto some of the lakes surrounding Rotorua.

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Rotorua
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Rotorua Duck Tours

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. On the journey to Tarawera, visit the stunning Lake Okareka for our first splashdown. A small lakeside community within a bird sanctuary. We 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.

Rotorua Duck Tours is the first, and still, the only company in New Zealand to provide the unique and exciting opportunity to explore a special part of New Zealand in an authentic amphibious WWII landing craft. Experience the thrill of riding in New Zealand’s only genuine operating 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!

Explore the Remutaka Rail Trail on E-Bike
$189 NZD

Enjoy half a day exploring the Remutaka Rail Trail on E-Bikes including return shuttle transfers to/from the trail

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Wellington
5 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Wildfinder

Experience the entire Remutaka Incline from Kaitoke to the Wairarapa, then take a shuttle back to the start. Start anytime between 10am and 12pm, then bike through to Cross Creek for 2pm pickup or Featherston 2.15pm (returns approx 2.45).

Simply make your way to base at the Kaitoke carpark (it's about a 45 minute drive from Wellington). You'll get set you up with capable and comfortable electric mountain bikes, then get a quick briefing on what to expect for the day. You'll start your adventure with a very gradual incline through beautiful native bush. Pass through tunnels (headlights provided!) and over bridges, while checking out information boards detailing the enormous task of constructing the old fell railway system. Reach the summit - a large grassy plateau perfect for a picnic or cold drink - then enjoy a fun (but easily controllable!) descent to Cross Creek for a 2pm pickup or Featherston for a 2.15pm pickup, from where you'll be taken you back to Kaitoke.

The bikes are specifically for local trail conditions, and only use modern electric mountain bikes, complete with comfy gel seats, front suspension, and quality components. All bikes are then customised to rider height and preferences. In short, the equipment won't let you down.

 

Comfort Electric Mountain Bike

  • 27.5 - 29 inch wheels  |  Roll over rougher terrain easily and comfortably, maintain great control.
  • Hydraulic disc brakes  |  Reliable, powerful, stop in a hurry if you need to.
  • 8-9 speed drivetrain with 3-6 power assist levels  |  Essentially 24-48 speed - never get caught "between gears"!
  • 40-80km per charge  |  Assisted riding all day long (depending on weight, wind, usage)
  • Front suspension  |  Smooths out the rough bits.
  • Rear carrier rack  |  Lightweight and sturdy, allows you to transport essentials without carrying them on your back.
  • Quality lightweight helmet  |  Safe, comfortable.
  • Repair kit  |  Be prepared! Spare tube, pump, essential tools and step by step instructions in case of puncture.
Experience the Rotorua Lakes in an Amphibious WW2 Vehicle
$149 NZD

Discover the Lakes District of Rotorua in an amphibious WW2 vehicle. Includes two ‘splashdowns’ in the Blue Lake and Lake Okareka plus hilarious commentary.

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Rotorua
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Rotorua Duck Tours

The Duck is a truly magnificent vehicle able to travel on land and water. Come and experience Rotorua and its lakes from a totally unique perspective.

This tour is broken into two parts which includes a tour through the city, it’s amazing gardens, iconic buildings, and geothermal areas before heading out for Splashdown into two of Rotorua’s most stunning lakes. The lakes part of the tour includes splashdown onto Lakes Tikitapu and Okareka, magnificent views of Mt Tarawera and lush native forests.

Rotorua Duck Tours is the first, and still, the only company in New Zealand to provide the unique and exciting opportunity to explore a special part of New Zealand in an authentic amphibious WWII landing craft. Experience the thrill of riding in New Zealand’s only genuine operating WW2 landing crafts and seeing beautiful scenery en route, it promises to be a real highlight of your time in Rotorua.

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!

Full Day Exploring Wellington's Rugged Coast on E-Bikes
$149 NZD

Pick up your E-Bike, map a route & pack lunch in preparation for an awesome day exploring Wellingtons rugged & wild coastline!

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Wellington
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Wildfinder

See what the eBikes buzz is all about! 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.

Wildfinder's range of bikes are sourced specifically for local trail conditions, and only use modern reliable eBikes, complete with front suspension, disc brakes, and quality components. All bikes are then customized to rider height and preferences. In short, their equipment won't let you down as you explore Wellingtons rugged coastline!

Pack a picnic lunch and make the most of a full day out on this incredible coastline. 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.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

"Wildfinder is owned and operated by Dave and Alice Woulfe - a husband and wife team looking to get more people into some outdoorsy awesomeness, and to create a lifestyle where we spend more time adventuring with our friends and whānau" . It may seem lazy that we have copy & pasted this directly from their website.. but this sentence illustrates why Wildfinder are exactly what we look for in an experience provider. 

Te Anau Glow Worm Cave Tour
$189 NZD

Explore this underground world near Te Anau with a guided Glowworm Cave tour, including a boat ride deep under the Earth’s surface to view the amazing formations.

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Te Anau
2 Hours 15 Minutes
Adults
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 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, your 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.

Stewart Island Bird Sanctuary Tour
$189 NZD

Cruise & guided wildlife walk on Ulva Island, one of the most untouched pieces of New Zealand & teeming with life

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Stewart Island
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Real NZ

Discover Stewart Island from the water on a leisurely cruise of beautiful Paterson Inlet and a guided walk in Ulva Island Wildlife Sanctuary.

The cruise will showcase some of Paterson Inlet’s stunning scenery with its hidden coves and unspoilt beaches. You’ll hear fascinating stories of early Maori history and European settlement from your guide as we pass various landmarks. Your guide is passionate about this area, provides informative commentary and is more than happy to answer questions. While on board, keep a look out for fur seals and penguins – we see a lot of them around this area.

Paterson Inlet is home to renowned wildlife sanctuary Ulva Island and you’ll stop there for a 45 minute guided walk. The island is home to weka (native woodhen), bush robins, rare saddlebacks and yellowheads amongst other species. It is also a protected habitat for some of New Zealand’s rarest plant species. A regular highlight is to encounter an inquisitive weka on the beach.

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

 

Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara

The island sanctuary is located within Paterson Inlet (Whaka a Te Wera) and offers the opportunity to view rarer native species including weka, kākā, kākāriki, tūī, bellbirds (korimako), pigeons (kereru), fantails (piwakawaka), tomtit (miromiro) and brown creeper (pīpipi).

The saddleback (tieke), yellowhead (mohua), Stewart Island robin (toutouwai) and rifleman (titipounamu) have all been successfully reintroduced to Ulva Island. Some lucky visitors to the sanctuary have also seen the Stewart Island brown kiwi (tokoeka) 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.

Queenstown Jet Boat Blast
$189 NZD

Jump on a jet boat on Lake Wakatipu for a thrilling jet boat blast featuring 360 degree spins, immense take off power & skimming right past the lakes edge.

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Queenstown
25 minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Real NZ

Exhilarating jet boat adventure starting right in the heart of Queenstown’s town centre.

Meet your jet boat driver and your chosen vessel for an adrenaline rush like no other, filled with speed, thrills and even more of those famous 360 degree spins. Hold on as you race faster than ever before down Lake Wakatipu. Get you up close and personal with the lakes edge, skimming past trees and any obstacles in our way and be sure to hold on to your hats as you navigate under not one, but two bridges at speed.

  • Speeds up to 95kmph & epic 360-degree spins
  • 25 minute exciting ride to the Kawarau River
  • Expert and passionate guides
  • Twin V8 engines delivering 820 horsepower
Exclusive Penguin Habitat Access at International Antarctic Center
$149 NZD

Visit the International Antarctic Centre and get behind the scenes in this exclusive guided access into the penguin habitats.

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Christchurch
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: International Antarctic Centre

Want to see just what it takes to keep the stars of the International Antarctic Centre healthy and happy? We’ve got the exclusive tour just for you! This popular tour programme gives you the chance to see up close all the fascinating work done ‘backstage’ in the penguin habitat and penguin welfare centre.

Limited to just 8 visitors per tour, the exclusive pass takes you into the areas not accessible to other visitors. It is hosted by an Antarctic Guides, who will share their experience and expertise taking you through the daily routines and long-term goals of our penguin habitat and programme. You’ll see how a Penguin quarantine area works, learn about penguin feeding and husbandry and take your penguin knowledge to the next level!

This experience also includes general admission to the International Antarctic Centre, including the Storm Dome, Hagglund Ride, Penguin Rescue, Hd & 4D Theatres, and if you go Thursday-Monday, Huskies!

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

The iconic International Antarctic Center is an award winning visitor experience and will open your eyes to the historical & modern day struggles of life on the ice. The Icey continent is extremely fascinating to us all. Unfortunately, most of us wont get to explore it, but this is the next best thing we reckon! 

Wellington Axe-Throwing Session
$189 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
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.

Intro to Wellington Cycle Tour
$189 NZD
Wellington is best explored by bike – so why not go for a short guided biking tour of our capital city & see it from a new perspective!
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Wellington
2 Hours 30 minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Switched on Bikes

The essential introduction to Wellington! Jump on a bike and your guide will show you around the Wellington Waterfront and introduce you to some fascinating past and present figures who have made Wellington the creative capital it is today.

This tour is perfect for those with just a couple of hours to spare or who prefer to ride only on cycle paths. Introduction to Wellington is set at an easy pace with plenty of time for questions and taking photos at each of the tour stops. Your tour focuses on six city shaping people and will introduce you to some key Wellington landmarks including the New Zealand Parliament, Wellington Stadium, Te Papa Museum, Cuba St, Oriental Bay, Wellington Railway Station and the historic Wellington Waterfront. You will use regular bikes for this tour as it's mostly flat, but you can upgrade to an electric bike if you like.

Meet your guide at Switched On Bikes on Queens Wharf in central Wellington in time for a 10:30am departure. After listening to the safety briefing, enjoy time to practice in a car-free space before heading out. The tour is light hearted and fun. This business is Wellington based and has been running bike tours for more than seven years so you can have confidence riding with them.  Your tour ends back at Switched on Bikes in Central Wellington.

You’ll learn about

  • First country to give women the right to vote
  • Wellington’s Maori culture and history
  • Film making in the capital
  • The windiest city in the world!
  • Cuba St, Wellington’s progressive heart

 

Riding Level: Easy

Duration: 2-2.5 hrs

Distance: Short < 10km

Start Time: 10:30am, afternoon departure available upon request

Hands on creative Workshop at Weta Studios Wellington
$189 NZD

With the guidance of Wētā Workshop’s experienced technicians, you will create your own movie magic.

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Wellington
1 Hour
Adults
Experience Provider: Weta Workshop Wellington

Enjoy a hands-on workshop to introduce you to the magic behind Hollywood Movies.

You can choose 1 of the following workshops:

Intro to Sculpting: Enjoy a hands-on introduction to sculpting. The sculpting room is where many Weta creations come to life for the first time. Roll up your sleeves for an introduction to the magic of sculpture!  Bring a fantastical character to life: Be led through sculpting basics by the Wētā Workshop crew & bring a 3D character
to life! Learn how to craft a sculpture: From household materials and modeling clay. Take your sculpture home to finish and display!

Intro to SFX: No humans were harmed in the making of this workshop! Learn the art of crafting convincing special effects by mixing blood and sculpting your own scars and scrapes at our ‘Intro to SFX’ workshop.  Begin your journey as a special effects makeup artist: In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to make fake blood, apply a custom fake wound to yourself using silicon and paint it to look like the real thing.

Intro to Leatherwork: Create your own movie magic with the Weta Workshop crew. Learn techniques used by the costume department and refine, design, and dye your very own leather keepsake! It’s an intro into leatherwork, and you’ll be guided through a process of creativity by the Weta team. Create your own keepsake: Stamp or emboss your pattern on genuine leather, then dye and finish your sample.

Craft in small groups: Allowing for one on-one time with the crew. No creative experience necessary. Just bring yourself and your enthusiasm. These workshops are 1 hour long.

Auckland Axe-Throwing Session
$189 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
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!! Throwing an axe is an exhilarating experience, one which you can feel for yourself in this safe & supportive space. It's an activity that rewards form over force, it's a leveler; anyone can do it!

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!

Here's 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.

Split Apple Kayak Tour
$189 NZD

Paddle your way to the famous Split Apple Rock and get a taster of the Abel Tasman National Park. Take in the sights of nesting seabirds, caves and golden sand beaches.

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Abel Tasman
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: RnR Kayaks

Join the crew from R&R Kayaks for a half-day kayak adventure on the water. Departing from Marahau Beach, the adventure begins with a paddle to the famous Split Apple Rock. On your way, keep a keen eye out for marine wildlife, check out the sea caves, and you can’t miss the beautiful golden sand beaches that Abel Tasman is world renown for!
At Split Apple Rock, jump out and stretch your legs, go for a swim, or relax on the beach. This is a stunning way to get a taste for the beauty of Abel Tasman National Park at a easy and leisurely pace, and tick Split Apple Rock off your Kiwi Bucket List!

R n R Kayaks will provide top quality double sea kayak, buoyancy aid, spray skirt, paddle jacket, paddle, waterproof map, all safety gear required, dry bag for cameras and of course superstar guides.

Great Track & Pack Pass
$199 NZD

Explore the Queen Charlotte Track at your pace with water taxi to/from the track & daily luggage transfers to your chosen accomodation.

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Marlborough
3-5 Days
Adults
Experience Provider: Beachcomber Cruises

The Great Track and Pack Pass is the best option for transport to and from the Queen Charlotte Track.

There is no time limit on the pass so it allows you to walk or bike the track in however many or few days you choose. Most people complete the track in 4 days, 3 nights although there is no standard way to complete the track, some people like to take their time and spend up to 7 days or some complete it in 2 or 3. Please ask our reservations office for advice if you are not sure how to plan your trip.

The Queen Charlotte Track is rated one of the Great Walks of New Zealand. This panoramic track offers virgin New Zealand bush, exceptional views and accommodation to cater for everyone's budget which is made up of camping grounds, backpackers and five star resorts.

We recommend that the track is walked or biked from north to south and your accommodation booked prior to your departure from Picton.

The Great Track and Pack Pass includes the following:

A drop-off at Ship Cove (the beginning of the track) on one of our scheduled departures
8:00am (1st Oct - 30th Apr), 9:00am or *1:30pm departures from Picton (1:30pm please enquire via email office@mailboat.co.nz)
A pick-up from Anakiwa at 3:30pm with an approximate arrival back in Picton of 4:30pm other pick up points are available
Luggage transfers along the track - maximum 20kg per person
*Please note that the 1:30pm will arrive at Ship Cove at approximately 3:30-4:00pm

If you choose to transport between accommodation and not walk sections, this is an additional cost to the Great Track and Pack Pass, please ask the reservations team for options and pricing.

Excludes: Accommodation, QCTLC Pass, Mountain Bike transportation ($5 each way), Motuara Island $5 visit fee, anything not specified above.

Queen Charlotte Track Land Cooperative (Q.C.T.L.C.) Pass
Private land fees: Sections of the track cross private land and track users are required to have a Queen Charlotte Track Land Cooperative (Q.C.T.L.C.) Pass for all Q.C.T.L.C. private land between Kenepuru Saddle, Torea Saddle, Te Mahia Saddle and Anakiwa. The pass fee contributes to track maintenance, enhancement and access. Please respect the owners’ property and do not use vehicles or take firearms or dogs on the track.

Pass fees: $12.00 for a 1 day pass. $25.00 for up to 5 consecutive days. $35.00 for an annual pass. Schoolchildren are free.
Passes can be purchased when booking or in office on day of departure.

 

Cruise from Picton to Ship Cove on the Marlborough Sounds
$159 NZD

Cruise on the Marlborough Sounds to the famous Captain Cook landing at Ships Cove, then cruise the waterways of the Sounds, keeping an eye out for marine life on your return journey.

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Marlborough
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Beach Comber 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 further 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.

 

Motuara Island Bird Watch Cruise in the Marlborough Sounds
$159 NZD

Cruise on the Marlborough Sounds & time to explore bird sanctuary Motuara Island, keep your eyes out for the rare & endangered species that call this Island home.

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Marlborough
4 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Beach Comber Cruises

Depart from Picton out to the stunning Motuara bird Island. Immerse yourself in the natural surroundings, native birdlife and stunning views for approximately 1 hour.

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 (or even a Kiwi) may just glance up to see who is watching over him.

Motuara Bird Sanctuary Island attracts bird lovers from all over the world. All introduced pests were removed in the early 1990's and the island is now home to a variety of native species having struggled to survive or died out on the mainland. Many of these are critically endangered and this Island provides them with a secure future.

Some of the wildlife you will see includes, Saddleback (tieke), NZ Robin (toutouwai), Bellbird (korimako), Tui, Grey Warbler (riroriro), NZ Pigeon (kereru), Silver Eye (tauhou), Fantail (piwakawaka), the endangered South Island Saddleback, the very rare King Shag, Maud Island Frog and the Marlborough Green Gecko.

The vessel will come and pick you up from Motuara island then transport to historic Ship Cove for a site visit before having you arrive back in Picton approx 12:30pm

* Motuara Island is a predator free island administered by the Department of Conservation.

 

Skywire Experience
$159 NZD

Experience the world’s longest flying fox, Skywire at Nelson’s Cable Bay Adventure Park.

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Nelson
1 Hour
Adults
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 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!

World's Smallest and Rarest Dolphin's
$189 NZD

With trained dolphin spotting dogs onboard a luxury catamaran, head out to seek the Hector Dolphin, on this intimate nature experience – 98% dolphin spotting success!

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Akaroa
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Akaroa Dolphins

Akaroa is an area of incredible scenery, rich history & an abundance of marine life! Head out on the water with Akaroa Dolphins for a two-hour cruise on their luxurious catamaran, with small group sizes & plenty of room on board, this tour allows you awesome opportunities to get closer to the action & get those all-important snaps to share with the world!

You may get to meet Akaroa Dolphin's Insta-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!

Dolphin Watch
$189 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
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.

Evening Penguin Tour near Akaroa
$189 NZD

Guided tour to visit the largest mainland colony of Australasion Little Penguins in New Zealand. Tour across private land for an exclusive viewing of these creatures.

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Akaroa
2-3 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Pohatu Penguins
Pohatu is the largest Australasian Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand where this family owned business has worked over the last three decades protecting White-flippered Penguins, Canterbury's own variant of Australasian Little Penguin, from introduced predators.
This is a wonderful option for people who wish to take part in the monitoring program and discover more, in depth, about the conservation efforts. This gives you great insight into the life of a penguin and the chance to see the birds up-close and a unique opportunity to watch them socialising on the water.
After a breathtaking scenic drive over Akaroa extinct volcano and photo opportunities you will discover tranquil Pohatu Bay where you will set off for a walk around the colony to monitor nesting sites and make sure that the Little Penguins are doing well. Then, you will have the unique opportunity to spot some undisturbed from hidden hides, socializing on the water with provided binoculars and telescope.
With night falling there is a high likelihood to see some penguins returning to shore and relaxing on the rocks before heading to their nests. As they have to walk so far to feed chicks you will leave before dark and leave them in peace.
In addition, tours booked late November to February may have the opportunity to see up-close rehabilitation efforts such as feedings and swim therapy.

The tour includes:

  • 4WD transportation from Akaroa by 4WD minibus to and from Pohatu bay on some of Banks peninsula back country road,
  • Welcome by rare sheep breeds that can be hand fed,
  • A conservation walk and talk within the penguin habitat,
  • Monitoring of penguin nesting homes to check on the colony,
  • With camouflage gear and through binoculars and scope, watch penguin(s) in the middle of the bay, preening, resting and socialising,
  • A likelihood of some birds coming ashore just under the hides as it get darker

 

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

We love this business. This is an exemplar  of how, when done well tourism is such a powerful force. Pohutu Penguins is a family run business with a long standing history of protecting the Little Penguin in Pohatu Bay. When Shireen and Francis Helps first started their penguin conservation work the penguins faced massive challenges via predation by rats, cats, ferrets and stoats. The colonies around Bank's Peninsula were disappearing at an alarming rate.

Through predator trapping, monitoring, rehabilitation and creating awareness the Pohutu Colony stabilized and has now grown into the largest colony of Little Penguins  on mainland New Zealand. Today, the conservation work continues, and the tourism business has created jobs, raises marine conservation awareness and in short is simply a fantastic story!

 

Visit Cape Kidnappers, NZ’s largest gannet colony
$189 NZD

Tour to World’s largest mainland Gannet colony.

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Napier
3 Hours
Adults
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.

Visit Coromandel's famous Cathedral Cove on this stunning boat tour!
$189 NZD

Explorer boat cruise on the Coromandel Peninsula, passing bays, cliffs & caves to get to Cathedral Cove.

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Coromandel
1 Hour
Adults
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.

Art Deco Vintage Car Tour
$189 NZD

A one hour luxury tour of Napier’s Art Deco highlights.

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Napier
1 Hour
Adults
Experience Provider: Art Deco Trust

Climb aboard a vintage car for a guided tour of Napier's world famous Art Deco Heritage districts. It's informative, unique and may have you feeling like your living in another era!

The original town of Napier was levelled by a dramatic and devastating earthquake in 1931 but was completely rebuilt within a remarkable 2 year period in the contemporary style of the times; Art Deco.  Relive the glamour and style of the jazz era with a luxurious vintage car tour.

You’ll be met your driver, in Art Deco costume, who will provide a fascinating commentary as you are driven in style, through Napier and surrounding areas. You’ll learn about the earthquake that destroyed the city, hear stories of the people that led the rebuild, and discover the Art Deco style. En route you will stop in Ahuriri and visit one of the most photographed buildings in New Zealand, the National Tobacco Company building. 

You’ll return to the Art Deco Centre or your central Napier hotel filled with a new appreciation for the city and the people who survived New Zealand’s worst natural disaster in modern times.

Includes a complimentary viewing of a 20 minute earthquake movie "The Day that Changed the Bay".

Why is it Chuffed Worthy?

Many people aren't aware of Napier's Art Deco Heritage or the story of why it came about. Alex from Chuffed has experienced a tour with the team at Art Deco Trust and was blown away by the insights & history shared. If you are looking for a unique Art Deco Napier experience, this is it!

Exclusive Tour to Visit Seals and Penguins
$189 NZD

At the far end of the Otago Peninsula sit tight for an Eight Wheel-Drive Argo tour visiting the penguins & seals that call this headland home.

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Dunedin
1 Hour
Adults
Experience Provider: Natures Wonders

Experience a unique guided wildlife adventure, travelling on an all-terrain Argo 8 wheel drive.

Take an exhilarating ride across the Reid family farm to the breeding habitat of Yellow-eyed Penguins, Blue penguins, and New Zealand Fur Seals. Enjoy the spectacular coastal views, private beaches and up close and personal encounters with nature. An unforgettable journey into nature's wonders!

The Otago Peninsula headland is arguably the most precious wildlife habitat in New Zealand, and has been described by David Bellamy as "one of the finest examples of eco-tourism in the world". Natures Wonders is located right on the forefront of this headland, and is a self-funded conservation effort to ensure that this land is preserved for all future generations to enjoy, by protecting the penguins, fur seals and other wildlife.

It is a real experience, owned by real people. Wildlife is living in natural environments the way nature intended it to be. The team at Natures Wonders don't feed the wildlife, and the wildlife is not subjected to tagging, handling or any form of testing. This is as real as it gets when it comes to wildlife habitats.

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

Hawkes Bay Cycling Winery Tour
$189 NZD

Visit six Hawkes Bay wineries on this guided biking tour, which follows easy riding & beautiful cycle trails along river banks, through small towns & out to the coast.

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Napier
6 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Takaro Trails

This has got to be one of the best winery biking experiences!

Start your adventure at the Black Barn winery. Te Mata Estate and Akarangi are very close by so you can start your wine tasting early. From here you enjoy a 16km cycle on the limestone cycle trail following the Tuki Tuki River, to the coastal communities of Haumoana and Te Awanga.

The views are stunning as you cycle the raised stop-bank trail and look out over orchards, vineyards and farmlands. Reaching the coast you'll be ready to taste some more fine wine at Elephant Hill, Clearview Estate and Te Awanga Estate.

Full Suspension Mountain Bike Hire
$189 NZD

Explore over 50kms of mountain bike trails with a full day hire of two modern, full suspension mountain bikes. You’ll receive all the gear & track advice before setting off.

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Northland
8 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Paihia Mountain Bikes

The Waitangi Mountain Bike Park is located in one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Bay of Islands. With heaps of awesome riding, it provides the perfect all round option for mountain biking for any time of the year with a mix of easy, scenic trails that you can take at your own pace as well as some hardcore riding.

It currently offers almost 50km of varying difficulty trails with great flow and features, from downhill riding, jump trails, cross country and beginner trails. The trail network has grown rapidly over the past couple of years and the trails cater to all levels of ability from beginners to advanced riders.

There are plenty of fast, flowing berms, rollers and jumps. Grade 2 and 3 runs are so well built, they’re still fun for more expert riders - some of the best in New Zealand. Come check out all the awesome trails and riding options.

Paihia Mountain Bikes are located right at the start point of these world class trails, and have the perfect bike available for you to explore them!

Why is this Chuffed Worthy? 

The Bay of Islands is one of our favourite parts of NZ, and the world class trails located just out of Paihia are definitely worth checking out on your next visit. Jonny & Georgie are the locals behind Paihia Mountain Bikes. Their friendly crew are full of all the knowledge you need to make the most of your day, and will get you fitted on a modern, high quality ride to make your day all the more enjoyable! 

Ultimate Experience Pass
$189 NZD

Try it all at Game Over – indoor go-karting, mini golf, lazer tag and arcade credit!

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Auckland
2 Hours
Adults
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.

Pick a friend & 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.
Waterfall River Rafting
$189 NZD

After a series of fun rapids & drops, experience the thrill of going over the World’s highest commercially rafted waterfall on this Kaituna River Rafting adventure.

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Rotorua
3 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: River Rats

Enjoy a thrilling mix of dropping down three waterfalls, pushing through 14 rushing rapids, and paddling through calm waters of recovery where you can look back in awe at what you have achieved.

The Kaituna Waterfall Experience is suitable for many ages and stages from nature lovers to adventurous first-timers (13 years and over) and total thrill-seekers. Soak up the calm peacefulness of the lush native bush surrounding the Kaituna River and realise what 100% Pure New Zealand really means. You will appreciate the warmer waters of the North Island as the water splashes over the raft while you take on the rapids with your expert guide.

The area is steeped in Māori history and you will learn about the history and caves where the women and children were hidden and then later used as the burial ground for Chief Tutea – hence the naming of the mighty waterfall the Tutea Falls.

The Tutea Falls on Kaituna (Okere) River, Rotorua is the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall at an almighty 7 metres. There is plenty of time to build up anticipation and practice your newly acquired skills in the rapids and two smaller waterfalls before the big drop.

Mud Bath Experience at Hells Gate
$189 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
Experience Provider: Hells Gate

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 sulphur can be tricky to get out of clothing!

Half Day E-Biking on Waikato Riverside Trails
$189 NZD

With over 100kms of grade 2 & 3 trails at your feet, grab a friend and an E-Bike and explore these at your own pace & leisure, you’ll be surprised how much ground you can cover in half a day on an E-Bike.

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Waikato
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Riverside Adventures Waikato

Get on the bikes and enjoy the incredible views along the Waikato River Trail. The team at Riverside Adventures Waikato will give you all the info you need for an epic few of hours in the saddle. There is over 100kms of grade 2 and 3 riding and you'll be surrounded by spectacular flora and fauna only found in New Zealand. These E-Bikes give you the ability to explore at your leisure

Included:

Avanti SUV's or Focus Jarifa's (or similar) make the hills disappear and give you the extra oomph needed to enjoy you ride along the Trails.
This is one of the highest powered electric mountain bikes with a Bosch motor.

They will give you power to conquer any hill.

  • Helmet included
  • First aid kit
  • Tube & puncture repair kit
  • Bike lock available
  • Carrier rack available
Paddleboarding on the Rotorua Lakes
$189 NZD

With full instruction enjoy this guided adventure to one of the stunning, crystal clear, forest lined lakes in the Rotorua Lakes District.

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Rotorua
2 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Paddleboard Rotorua

This is a great way to experience the beauty of the Rotorua Lakes! Enjoy a two and a half-hour tour (including transport) with Paddleboard Rotorua on one of Rotorua's stunning lakes. You will have the opportunity to swim, explore the shorelines, take photos of the scenery and test your skills on a stand-up paddle board.

The Paddle Board Tour is a unique, relaxing yet adventurous way to experience the scenery of the Rotorua Lakes. Paddle Board Rotorua are specialists at taking their customers to beautiful locations while having a fun and genuine time doing it. Experience the wonders of Lake Tarawera or the secret caves of Lake Okareka while in the competent hands of expert guides. Quality instruction by the guide will have you mastering paddle-boarding quickly allowing you to experience the freedom of gliding over the water. Paddle boarding is such an eco-friendly way to travel around the lakes which makes the experience that much more engaging as you interact with the nature in this unique way.

Tours take place on either Lake Okereka, Lake Tikitapu or Lake Tarawera. Weather conditions determine the best location.

Two Zorb Rides!
$189 NZD

Grab a mate & head to Zorb Rotorua for two rides each down the side of Mt Ngongotaha in an awesome Kiwi creation – the Zorb!

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Rotorua
1 - 2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Zorb

It's been famous for over 25 years since it first launched in Rotorua and it is still the world's biggest ZORB site. Get amongst the fun superman diving into a giant inflatable ball and rolling down Mt Ngongotaha. Try not to laugh, it's impossible.

This package entitles you to two ZORB rides each - the Straight & Sidewinder tracks!

The experience of rolling down a hill inside a giant inflatable ball has been an iconic adventure experience since Andrew and David Akers invented and developed the first ever ZORB site in the world back in 1997 at this very location!

To this day, Rotorua is the ONLY location in New Zealand where you can experience this amazingly fun and bizarre bucket list activity.

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!

Visit the Island Wildlife Sanctuary of Tiritiri Matangi
$189 NZD

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

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Auckland
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Explore

Take a friend and head out for a day in the Hauraki Gulf, exploring one of the area's most famous wildlife sanctuary islands, Tiritiri Matangi. Experience the beauty and birdsong on this island sanctuary, home to an unrivalled range of wildlife following one of the country’s most successful community-led conservation projects.

Enjoy a cruise through Tikapa Moana - the Hauraki Gulf, as we make our way to this island sanctuary. 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. The pest-free island provides a safe haven for a wide range of native species including kōkako, takahē, tīeke and more.

Enjoy the time to explore the island's other walking tracks, quiet beaches and regenerating forest at your leisure.

Wood fired Hot Tub soak on a rural farm property near Lake Wanaka!
$149 NZD

Experience the transition of beautiful afternoon, into sunset and stars overlooking the Southern Alps in your toasty private hot tub.

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Wanaka
4 Hours
Adults
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 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! 

The Full Weta Workshop Experience
$149 NZD

Learn about the making of movie effects and props, from armour to weapons, creatures to costumes, and make-up to miniatures.

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Wellington
3 Hours
Adults
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.

Enjoy some laps on the Highlands Racetrack in a professionally driven Porsche Cayenne
$149 NZD

Let a professional driver show you what can happen on 2 laps of the 4.1.km racing circuit at Highlands – Reach speeds of 180 km/h!

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Cromwell
15 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Highlands Motorsports Park

You can experience the thrill of zooming around a world-class race track without any effort in the Highlands "Taxi Ride".

Perfect if you want to sit back and enjoy an exhilarating chauffeured experience on a purpose built circuit in a high-speed luxury performance vehicle like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

This is 4.1 km of heart-racing, unadulterated fun!

This experience is for two laps - Lap 1 being a scenic and informative lap of the circuit - lap 2 being a high speed as fast as you need experience up to 180km/h.

 

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Highlands Motorsport Park is a world class motorsport park 45 minutes from Queenstown. This high speed taxi is an excellent introduction to the track with a professional driver. There are many offerings at Highlands. We encourage you to check them all out if fast cars is your thing!

Urban Axe Throwing Experience - Auckland
$149 NZD

Axe throwing is growing in popularity and you have to experience it to understand the fun and laughter this brings. Give it a try…

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

This is a new one – head on into Sweet Axe and try your hand at axe throwing!! Throwing an axe is an exhilarating experience, one which you can feel for yourself in this safe & supportive space. It's an activity that rewards form over force, it's a leveler; anyone can do it!

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. Plus you get to enjoy some snacks & refreshments while you do it!

Here's 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.

Axe-Throwing Session Wellington
$149 NZD

Axe throwing is growing in popularity and you have to experience it to understand the fun and laughter this brings. Give it a try…

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

This is a new one – head on into Sweet Axe and try your hand at Axe Throwing!! Throwing an axe is an exhilarating experience, one which you can feel for yourself in this safe & supportive space. It's an activity that rewards form over force, it's a leveler; anyone can do it!

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. Plus you get to enjoy some snacks & refreshments while you do it!

Here's 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.

Ride the Queenstown trails with 2 x Half Day E-Bike Hire from Queenstown
$149 NZD

Explore Queenstowns surrounding trails from the comfort & ease of an E-Bike, hired from a handy central city location!

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Queenstown
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Around the Basin Bike Queenstown

Queenstown is a stunning place to ride a bike. There is a purpose-built gravel trail network that allows for endless riding adventures.

This experience includes 2 half day E-Bike Hires from around the basin bike tours, conveniently located in central Queenstown, so you can get out there and explore the Queenstown Trail networks!

Around the Basin have a fleet of Electric Bikes are mostly made up of the Merida E-Big range. These pedal-assisted E-Bikes are perfectly suited for exploring the Queenstown Trail.

When you collect your E-Bike, the team will explain how to operate them effectively to get the most out of your ride.

They also have a selection of ‘cruiser-style’ E-Bikes, with lower step-through frames, from Norco, and some larger framed E-bike from the kiwi brand Sinch.

Why ride with an E-Bike?

  • Confidence to get out there and tackle the hills with ease
  • Keep up with more experienced bike riders
  • Ride further, faster, with less effort
  • The freedom to choose how hard you want your ride to be

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

We are stoked that Around the Basin Tours was keen to be a partner of Chuffed. They have been providing outstanding service and tours to riders on the Queenstown Trail since it was opened in 2012, heavily involved in community clubs promoting a healthy outdoors lifestyle and all round good folk! And when some of the Chuffed Team rode some of the Queenstown Trail it was obvious we needed to introduce our customers to this beautiful cycling experience.

Walk a section of the famous Queen Charlotte Track - including boat transfers!
$159 NZD

Your chance to experience a section of the Queen Charlotte Track, famously one of New Zealand’s most scenic walks.

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Marlborough
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Beachcomber Cruises

Your adventure will begin as you cruise north from Picton on a boat through the drowned river valleys of the Queen Charlotte Sound and past idyllic bays. As you head towards Ship Cove the skipper will talk about the history, geology, flora and fauna of the area and – if there is time- you'll 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 Maori 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.

 

Coastal Cycle Tour to Popular Wineries
$149 NZD

A leisurely and very relaxed day on a 26 km coastal cycle from Napier to 3 of the the finest Cape Coast wineries. Bike hire and return shuttle included.

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Napier
6 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Takaro Trails

This is a scenic coastal ride of 26kms which includes standard bike hire and return shuttle, finishing at 3 favourite Hawke's Bay wineries. This is a great for those wanting to cycle for 2-4 hours but also enjoy a winery or two!

Departing the port village of Ahuriri you cycle around the port to the Napier CBD, a world renowned Art Deco treasure. Spend some time enjoying the beautiful Art Deco buildings before cycling along the Marine Parade pathway with spectacular views across the Pacific to Cape Kidnappers.

You'll come to Ātea a Rangi -  Celestial Star Compass at Waitangi Regional Park, a great place to stop and look at this fantastic installation. Learn about how Māori navigators used the stars to sail their wakas (canoes) to New Zealand. Cycle on through the wetlands, home to numerous black swans to the village of Clive, a great place for refreshments. Leaving Clive, you arrive at Black Bridge and the mouth of the Tuki Tuki river. Cycle through these two quaint coastal communities to get to Elephant Hill, Clearview Estate and Te Awanga to indulge in wine tastings at these three fine Cape Coast wineries.

Allow 4-6hrs for this tour - we suggest meeting at Takaro Trails base in Ahuriri between 10am and 11am. At the end of the day you will be collected (around 4pm, time to be confirmed with you at reservation time) and transferred back to Ahuriri or your accommodation.

Included: Bike hire or e-bike hire, pannier bag, helmet, maps and instructions, return shuttle from Te Awanga

Not included: Wine tasting charges

Additional option is available to be picked up from your accommodation. This is $10 additional and can be reserved at your time of booking.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

The cycle trail network through the Hawke's Bay is outstanding and if you have done it yet, don't wait. It's leisurely, relaxed and short distances between points of interest. James from Chuffed did this in 2021 with his family and said we need to find a way to facilitate this for Chuffed customers. So we started working with Takaro Trails and they have been outstanding to our customers. So we are very pleased indeed with how this option is working out for Chuffed Gift recipients.

 

The Ultimate E-Bike Destination
$149 NZD

Explore the Hawke’s Bay’s impressive network of cycle trails linking wineries, beaches, rivers, cute towns, eateries and parks. Package includes full day E-Bike hire.

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Napier
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Takaro Trails

There is no doubt that Hawke's Bay is becoming one of New Zealand's  year round cycling destinations.

The weather is friendly, the terrain is easy and the trails meander through local villages, vineyards, along rivers, past orchards, through regional parks and along beaches- there is no doubt that this is friendly, relaxing cycle country. In fact there are over 200 kilometres of trail.

And because of that Hawke's Bay as a cycling destination is suitable for everybody. Beginners, families, keen riders and very social riders.

This package allows you full day e-bike hire from Takaro Trails Hire company. The bikes are well maintained and you'll have them on call for total support while you are out riding.

There is a full range of sizes from extra small to extra large and the bikes are perfect for the riding surfaces of the Hawke's Bay trails.

There are a few optional add ons to this e-bike package (not included in the gift) that you can request at booking:

  • Bike drop off and pick up service to your accommodation from $10/bike.
  • Pick up from Te Awanga (Cape Kidnappers) at 4pm each day for $20 per person

There is also a range of kids bikes, baby/ toddler seats, chariot trailers and tag along bikes to cater for kids from 6months old - if you want to bring the kids!

 

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.

 

Explore Waitangi Mountain Bike Park
$149 NZD

Half day full suspension mountain bike hire gives you the opportunity to explore the Waitangi Mountain Bike Park with over 50km of trails.

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Northland
4 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Paihia Mountain Bikes

The Waitangi Mountain Bike Park is located in one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Bay of Islands. With heaps of awesome riding, it provides the perfect all round option for mountain biking for any time of the year with a mix of easy, scenic trails that you can take at your own pace as well as some hardcore riding.

It currently offers almost 50km of varying difficulty trails with great flow and features, from downhill riding, jump trails, cross country and beginner trails. The trail network has grown rapidly over the past couple of years and the trails cater to all levels of ability from beginners to advanced riders.

There are plenty of fast, flowing berms, rollers and jumps. Grade 2 and 3 runs are so well built, they’re still fun for more expert riders - some of the best in New Zealand. Come check out all the awesome trails and riding options.

Paihia Mountain Bikes are located right at the start point of these world class trails, and have the perfect bike available for you to explore them!

Why is this Chuffed Worthy? 

The Bay of Islands is one of our favourite parts of NZ, and the world class trails located just out of Paihia are definitely worth checking out on your next visit. Jonny & Georgie are the locals behind Paihia Mountain Bikes. Their friendly crew are full of all the knowledge you need to make the most of your day, and will get you fitted on a modern, high quality ride to make your day all the more enjoyable! 

Private Hot Tub and Zorb Rides
$149 NZD

One Zorb ride each followed by a private hot tub soak on the edge of the Whakarewarewa Forest.

 

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Rotorua
3 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Secret Spot & Zorb

Secret Spot Hot Tubs

You’ll find a relaxed atmosphere and friendly welcome when you discover this secret spot in the forest.

It’s all about connecting you with nature, friends, and family after your day’s adventures. Bathe in your own cedar hot tub surrounded by native trees and ferns, while you receive tub-side bar service at the push of a button.

The fresh (non-geothermal) water comes from a aquifer spring, which is heated to just the right temperature for you to enjoy a relaxing 45-minute soak. The tubs can fit up to six people and come with complimentary drinking water and lockers. You can bring your own swimwear, or there is swimwear, towels, and robes for hire. Check in 15 minutes before your booked soak time.

Explore the unique café and bar in a backyard setting – which has smooth manuka-roasted coffee, Good George craft beer and cider, and Mills Reef wine.

Have a bite to eat, play lawn games and enjoy the outdoor campfires, or unwind with a “Shinny Dip” in the cute foot hot tubs, free with any drinks purchase.

Zorb

One ride down the 250m long straight track at the world famous Zorb site in Rotorua: Superman dive into the ball then slip slide & laugh as you make your way down the 250m slope on Mt Ngongotaha. There is the option of racing alongside someone in another ball next to you on these dual straight tracks, winning will require enough skills to stay upright & run all the way down the hill - good luck!

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! At Secret Spot, Keith, Eric & family have set up a truly epic business, with Kiwi refreshments, hospitality, and nature (literally) running through the property! The Chuffed team love a visit to Secret Spot, especially to enjoy a refreshing beverage or two after a days riding in the forest!

Hell's Gate Mud Bath & Spa Experience
$149 NZD

New Zealand’s only geothermal mud and spa experience. Mud has healed for centuries here so come and enjoy.

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Rotorua
90 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Hells Gate

Thanks to its beauty and healing properties Tikitere has been a destination for spa and nature seekers since 1871. In 1934 noted Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw, visited and cited it as inspiration to change his once atheist beliefs. In awe of the boiling mud and steam billowing into the sky, Shaw is said to have exclaimed “this could be the very gates of hell.” Upon hearing this, local Māori decided the English name for the area would become Hell’s Gate.

Hell’s Gate mud spa is a historic New Zealand experience. 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.

This experience includes bathing in the world-famous mud baths, then soaking in the sulphur spas and cool plunge pool.

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!

 

Astronomy and Stargazing Experience
$149 NZD

Experience the dark southern skies through modern astronomy gazing technology at an exclusive hidden observatory 16 km north of Whitianga.

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Coromandel
1 hour 30 minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Stargazers BnB

Nestled in a protected valley in Kuaotunu 16km north of Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula, Stargazers offers an ideal dark sky site to observe the stunning New Zealand southern night sky in all its dark sky glory with a range of optical tools.

This astronomy tour provides a comprehensive introduction to the NZ southern night sky. Commencing on a elevated stargazing observation deck you will learn to recognise several constellations and bright stars using a green laser pointer.  Then, use the walk-in Pipehenge observing frame to learn how the stars and planets move in the sky and how the great New Zealand Maori and Polynesian voyagers used them for navigation across the Pacific Ocean.

You will continue with the professional 14" Celestron CGE Pro 1400XLT telescope in the rotating 3.5m (11') astronomy dome. View a range of objects including the moon, stars, planets and galaxies depending on availability on the night of your visit. Children can operate the dome rotation during the astronomy tour to give a clear view of the NZ sky.

Back at reception you will have ample time to examine and handle several 4½ billion year old meteorites and learn about the history of the classic Spitz A2 planetarium projector currently undergoing restoration and how it is used. There are several unique hands-on displays about things astronomical, geological and scientific including 150 million year old dinosaur bones. The astronomy tour concludes with a walk through a 25m scale model of the Solar System.

A hot drink is provided while stargazing to ward off the evening chill and a detailed information pack including a sundial kit is supplied to enable you to further your astronomy interests at home!

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

On our first recruitment road trip around the Coromandel, we found Stargazers BnB just beyond the peninsulas traditional holidaymaker route. What we really found was a husband & wife passion project, so authentic & unique that it couldn't be ignored! No wonder it has proven so popular with Chuffed customers to date!

Explore the Coolest Little Capital in the World
$159 NZD

Wellington is best explored by bike – so why not hire one and spend the day exploring.

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Wellington
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Switched on Bikes

Ride at your own pace by hiring a bike for the day 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, or take your mountain bike to some of the trails located near the city centre! Maps provided.

This package is full a full day bike hire for two.

Race at NZ's Premier Go Karting Venue
$149 NZD

Test your nerve, skills and race your partner on this world class go kart racing circuit and reach speeds of up to 100km/h.

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Rotorua
30 minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Off Road NZ

Feel the need for speed as you jump into the driver’s seat for an exhilarating Raceline Karting experience. Concentration, skills and a big dose of brave, will help you make the most of the world-class karting track and give it all you’ve got. The track is 1.2 km long with 11 corners, 6 hairpin turns, 150 metre straight and you'll reach speeds up to 100km/h - this will thrill you.

Test your limits in a safe and controlled environment, at Rotorua’s International Kartsport Raceway high up on the Mamaku Plateau, with top of the line Sodi 390cc 4 stroke karts imported from France. Off Road NZ is the only place in the country where you can race these incredible, state of the art machines on the same track as the professional racers.

Geared up and ready to roll, experience the rush of G-Force as you take on hairpin corners and flowing curves with speeds reaching close to 100 km/hour on the 150-metre straight. Go for a personal best or race each other to beat the clock and cross that finish line.

This experience is the Arrive and Drive Package which gives you 10 minutes of racing time on the track each.

If you love it (which you will) you can upgrade to more tack time when you are there.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

James from Chuffed has visited Off Road NZ at least 20 times in the last 15 years - with his wife, visiting friends and family, groups of friends....the Go Karting never fails to impress. Part of it's charm is it's remote location on a 125 hectare farm 25 minutes drive into the hills from Rotorua.  The fun is addictive, and the competitive spirit against yourself and your friends comes to the fore. So when Chuffed was born - Off Road NZ was one of the first calls James made to see if they wanted to be a partner. And lucky for everyone they said yes.

You might want to consider adding their 4WD bush safari and monster truck experience to you visit also.

 

Discover Waiheke Island with Ferry and Explorer Bus Passes
$189 NZD

Catch the ferry from Auckland CBD and explore Waiheke at your own pace with the hop on hop off bus service and visit all Waiheke’s popular attractions.

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Auckland
8 Hours
Adults
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 hop on the ferry to Waiheke Island from Downtown Auckland, your return ferry ticket is included in this experience.

Board the modern Explorer Bus waiting right outside the Matiatia Ferry Terminal & 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 & listen to commentary and local tips by on board island host.

Stops include top vineyards, restaurants, shops, art galleries, beaches and nature walks.

You can then choose to ferry home the same day, or stay a night on the island & use the return ferry ticket the next day!

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Waiheke Island is the perfect day trip destination from Auckland, and the diverse range of options provided by the explorer bus make it the perfect option for every type of visitor to get around the island. We love that in a single day we encountered white sand beaches, gourmet food & plenty of local wine!

Discover Waiheke Island with Ferry and Explorer Bus Passes
$189 NZD

Catch the ferry from Auckland CBD and explore Waiheke at your own pace with the hop on hop off bus service and visit all Waiheke’s popular attractions.

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Auckland
8 Hours
Adults
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 hop on the ferry to Waiheke Island from Downtown Auckland, your return ferry ticket is included in this experience.

Board the modern Explorer Bus waiting right outside the Matiatia Ferry Terminal & 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 & listen to commentary and local tips by on board island host.

Stops include top vineyards, restaurants, shops, art galleries, beaches and nature walks.

You can then choose to ferry home the same day, or stay a night on the island & use the return ferry ticket the next day!

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Waiheke Island is the perfect day trip destination from Auckland, and the diverse range of options provided by the explorer bus make it the perfect option for every type of visitor to get around the island. We love that in a single day we encountered white sand beaches, gourmet food & plenty of local wine!

Kayak Tour of the Raglan Limestone Coast Formations
$189 NZD

Raglan Harbour has a spectacular hidden secret – the Limestone Coast and you can discover it with this fully guided kayak tour.

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Raglan
2 hours
Adults
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.

Experience Gift for Two

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$189.00 NZD

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