Experience Gift for Two

  • Over 90 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 $300
  • Recipients can choose one of the listed experiences in this pre-paid gift

Experience Gift for Two

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$299.00 NZD

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Give a unique gift for two that will brighten their day! With this Chuffed Gift, they choose an experience to enjoy together, from vineyard cycling to sunset cruises, or maybe a zipline tour – there is something for all interests!

  • Over 90 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 $300
  • 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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Rotorua Lakes Glowworm Kayaking
$299 NZD

A premium evening Kayaking experience to see Glowworms on a Lake near Rotorua!

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Rotorua
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Taiao Adventures

Come and explore the Rotorua Lakes on a truly unique and magical kayaking experience. This amazing evening adventure takes you along the lake shorelines in a guided scenic kayak tour as you discover small caverns home to a galaxy of glow-worms. One of New Zealand's premium glow worm experiences this tour is designed to create a magical and special trip for every customer.

Highlights:
• Sunset/Dusk/Night Kayaking
• Incredible Glow Worms
• Star Gazing (if clear skies)
• Only 15 minutes from Rotorua
• Perfect for all ages (5 years and over)
• Pick-up and return transfer from Rotorua Information Centre
• No experience needed

Your friendly guide will pick you up and shuttle you from Rotorua, past the iconic Redwood forest as you make your way to our base on the lake shorelines. Upon arrival you will gear-up and prepare for an epic night out with all activity equipment provided. Your guide will then run through safety and basic kayak instruction before you take the helm on the water. You will then begin exploring the shoreline and embracing the last light of the evening as you follow your guide around the lake edge. Once it’s dark, discover your adventurous side as your guide leads you inside small hidden caves home to galaxies of glow worms. Take ample time to enjoy the magical moments inside the caves before returning along your course in the dark. If it is a clear night the magic continues as the stars come out and the cloudy appearance of the milky-way fills the sky. Upon returning to the base you will feel like you have been in another world for the past few hours and will likely have made some new friends through the wonder of this shared experience.

Gisborne Glamping - Slow down and watch the first world's sunrise
$299 NZD

Take some time for yourselves & enjoy a luxurious Glamping escape out East!

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Gisborne
1 day
Adults
Experience Provider: Tatapouri Bay Oceanside Accommodation

Slow down and sink in to the beauty of nature in a cosy Lotus Belle tent at Tatapouri Bay, a short drive from Gisborne.

Resting right on the water’s edge, you’ll have front row seats to the first sunrise on earth  in beautiful Tatapouri Bay, where the land meets the sea and the good times roll.
Surrounded by rolling hills, golden sands and crystal clear waters.

Other facilities on site include: complimentary oceanfront Spa and Sauna (Book your 45-min spot), shared glamping facilities, kitchen equipped with cooking utensils, Tata cafe (open weekends through Summer), Rise and Shine Yoga (Weekends through summer, $10 additional per person).

What are you waiting for, redeem this experience now & start planning your perfect night of luxury followed by a morning to remember with the worlds first sunrise!

Two Hour Restorative Wellness Journey at Wai Ariki Spa Rotorua
$299 NZD

Unwind with this restorative 2 hour cultural wellness journey!

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Rotorua
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa

Step into Wai Ariki, a place where Ngāti Whakaue culture, healing traditions, and warm hospitality converge. Nestled by the captivating Lake Rotorua, its name, ‘Chiefly Waters,’ reflects the majesty it holds. Experience a world of uniqueness that transcends borders and touches hearts. Wai Ariki awaits to embrace you with its magic.

Drawing mineral rich, deeply restorative waters directly from the earth, Restorative Journey (Wai Whakaora) delivers a unique therapeutic, relaxing and rejuvenating experience, with every element drawing on the centuries-old legacy of Ngāti Whakaue practices and culture.

The Restorative Journey involves five stages:

  1. Waterfall Showers: Pass through a series of soft streams of water to energise the body and open awareness to the present before continuing on your cultural wellness journey.
  2. Tongariro Fire and Ice Caves: Enjoy a series of hot and cold, wet and dry experiences to invigorate body and soul and provide transformative wellbeing.
  3. Geothermal Pools: Soak up the healing properties of the Geothermal Waters in five pools including herbal, hydrotherapy, mineral alkaline, and cold plunge. With pool temperatures between 12-41 degrees, senses continue to be revitalised through the transformative effect of hot and cold experiences.
  4. Geothermal Mud Lounge: The Geothermal Mud Lounge experience represents Papatuanuku, using naturally occuring mud to nourish the skin and connect with the land.
  5. Steam Room: Make your way to the steam room and recline on heated stones in a misty cave to relax and reflect

Highlights:

  • Multisensory experience for the body, mind and spirit
  • Luxury within a supreme multi-award winning architecturally designed building
  • 2-hour wellness journey incorporating thermal heat, water, mud and steam
  • Adults only (16 years and above)
  • An all-weather experience - sheltered from rain and sun
  • Stunning vista of Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island
Auckland Harbour Jet Ski Tour
$299 NZD

A completely unique, fun and safe way to see Auckland City from the water!

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Auckland
1 hour 30 minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Sea Auckland

Discover Auckland's unique harbour asset all within viewing distance of downtown Auckland City on this awesome guided Jet Ski Tour.

This tour will have you experience the unforgettable feeling of riding beneath the Auckland Harbour Bridge with a photo to remember it by.

Then, you'll find yourself in a calm part of the harbour to enjoy the jetski.

Perfect for a first time rider or those looking for a quick, fast blast on a Wave Runner Jetski. 

Lake Wakatipu Cruise & Walter Peak Eco Experience
$299 NZD
Fall in love with nature and immerse yourself in a unique experience where conservation, horticulture, and eco-tourism meet.
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Queenstown
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Real NZ

Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Whakatipu, with a colonial homestead and beautiful lakeside gardens, Walter Peak High Country Farm is the perfect place to spend a relaxing few hours. The Walter Peak Eco Experience allows you to immerse yourself in nature and learn more about conservation throughout New Zealand.

Begin your trip with a 45 minute cruise across Lake Whakatipu aboard the Vintage TSS Earnslaw, an integral part of Queenstown’s pioneering history and to this day a Queenstown icon. You will be greeted by a rural host upon disembarking the vessel, who will welcome you, and give you a tour of the stunning Restaurant Garden and showcase the beautiful native plants. You will then have the opportunity to have a hands on role in Walter Peaks land restoration project by planting a native tree or shrub from the nursery.

As a visitor and contributor, you will learn about the removal of wilding pines and the importance of planting natives into the area to bring back bird life, create habitats and develop natural vistas. Time at the farm comes to an end after savouring a delicious light lunch with home-baked breads and local ingredients in the old charming woolshed. The Eco Tour is the perfect adventure for those who want to give back to the environment while immersing themselves in New Zealand’s native scenery.

Kaikoura Ziplining Experience!
$299 NZD

An incredible Eco experience high above Kaikoura featuring a Unimog transfer, nature walks & 5 ziplines!

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Kaikoura
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Ecozip Kaikoura

Experience Kaikōura like you’ve never seen it before. Your 3.5-hour adventure and eco-tourism experience starts in central Kaikōura. At EcoZip’s homebase, you’ll meet some of the legendary crew, who will prep you for your 15-minute scenic shuttle ride south, in airconditioned comfort, to the “gear up” and staging location.

From there, you’ll be transferred to a custom-built Unimog 4X4 that will carry you through the intertwined freshwater streams of the Kahutara river, then onto Rakanui Station. Rakanui Station is blessed with spectacular 360° views. Leaving the Unimog at the top lookout with breathtaking views of the plains and the incredible seaward Kaikōura mountain ranges, you’ll follow a short natural trail through native New Zealand Forest to where the adventure stage of your zipline experience begins!

Five, epic ziplines, ranging from 250m to 610m in length await. All up, you’ll ‘zip’ over 2.2km on a series of ziplines that deliver increasingly spectacular sea and mountain views. And the twin lines make this side-by-side adventure an exhilarating, shared experience.

Through all stages of your experience you’ll be accompanied by two expert, local guides, who will describe the history of the region, share stories of the local people and explain how your participation in the EcoZip experience is helping to restore sections of Rakanui Station’s farmland back to native forest.

Please ensure you copy and paste the URL shown here to read the Risks Associated with Ziplining prior to completing your booking. https://www.ecozipadventures.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/Risks-Associated-with-Ziplining-2023-Final.pdf

Full day Self-Guided Eco tour on Kapiti Island
$299 NZD

Take a ferry trip to Kapiti Island to explore at your own pace, you’ll be given Island information so you know the best spots to visit!

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Wellington
6 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Kapiti Island Nature Tours

Want to tick Kapiti Island off your bucket list? We've got you covered with return ferry travel, doc permits & an island introduction from a Kapiti Island Nature Tours guide.

Arriving at Rangatira Point, you’ll enjoy a day of exploring the forest track, with the option of a more challenging summit walk.

Rangatira Loop - Family favourite
Easy walk from Rangatira Point through regenerating forest and coastal shrubland. See whaling station artefacts and the historic whare. Explore the wetlands via a boardwalk. Approx 1 hour.

Wilkinson Track - Most popular
A more challenging climb to the island’s highest point to see stunning panoramic views. A picnic area and hīhī (stitchbird) feeding station is on the way up, offering a chance to see one of New Zealand’s rarest birds. Approx 2 hours.

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.

Enjoy a unique Wine Tasting Studio experience in Havelock North
$299 NZD

“The Heretaunga Wine Studio is an amazing adventure that engages all the senses.”

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Hawkes Bay
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Heretaunga Wine Studio

Truly a one-of-kind tasting experience, the Heretaunga Studio is a space full of stories that becomes a portal through which you are taken on a sensory journey.

You'll begin by meeting your wine guide at the Oenotheque (wine library), where you will connect & break the ice over a glass of Champagne.

With your own personal sommelier and storyteller to guide you, you’ll be taken on an exploration of three New Zealand wine regions sampling limited production wines from our family of fine wine brands — Smith & Sheth CRU, Pyramid Valley and Lowburn Ferry. These wines become the vehicle for this adventure, and together we dive headfirst into the world of wine.

It is our place to share with you the story of who we are. The stories of the land. The people. The history. The culture. The craft. And the pleasure of wine held in every bottle.

The beauty of the studio is that for 2.5 hours, it becomes your space. To ask, to taste, to learn, to laugh, to share…the Heretaunga studio becomes a space removed from the everyday “busyness” of the world. Where you can stop, listen, taste and smell. Here, you will enjoy a deep dive into around 7 wines from Heretaunga, Waikari & Lowburn.

It is a theatre. It is a barrel hall. It is Aotearoa like you’ve never experienced before.

Once the formalities of the session are over, you are invited back to the Oenotheque to wind down, here a wine list & bar menu are available at your own cost.

Private Lakefront Sauna Session at The Sauna Wanaka
$299 NZD

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

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Wanaka
1 Hour
Adults
Experience Provider: The Sauna Wanaka

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

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

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

Ride the Paihia Trails with a Full Day Electric Mountain Bike Hire!
$299 NZD

Explore over 50kms of mountain bike trails with a full day hire of two full suspension electric 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! 

Queenstown Jet Boat Blast
$299 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
1 Hour
Adults
Experience Provider: Real NZ

60 minutes of exhilarating 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
  • 60 minute exciting ride to the Kawarau River
  • Expert and passionate guides
  • Travel 44km up the historic Kawarau River
  • Twin V8 engines delivering 820 horsepower
Motuara Island Bird Watch Cruise in Marlborough Sounds and World War Aviation Showcase
$299 NZD

Cruise on the Marlborough Sounds and explore bird sanctuary Motuara Island, then check out Sir Peter Jackson’s WW1 collection of aircraft and artifacts and the WW2 Dangerous Skies Exhibition.

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Marlborough
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Beach Comber Cruises and Omaka

See the best of Marlborough region with a beautiful cruise in the Marlborough Sounds to the predator free Motuara Island and check out the incredible WW1 and WW2 aviation exhibits at Omaka Aviation Centre.

 

Beachcomber Cruise in the Marlborough Sounds

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.

 

Aviation showcase at Omaka

This experience gives you and a friend access to the Knights of the Sky' and the Dangerous Skies' exhibits at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Center.

Knights of the Sky features Sir Peter Jackson's collection of WW1 aircraft and artefacts, and in true Peter Jackson fashion, thousands of hours have gone into the displays around each aircraft, many of which depict events that took place during the war.

Dangerous Skies is a display of WW2 craft, with some infamous warbirds on display, again in cinematic quality scenes, including an impression Lockheed Hudson plane accurately recreated to appear crashed in the depths of a jungle, as the plane was during the war! This is an incredible experience for Aviation Buffs and non Buffs alike!

E-bike Hire in Gisborne with Matawhero Wine Tasting and Platter for two
$299 NZD

Explore Gisborne at your own pace with the ease of an e-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 E-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 E-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.

Full Day E-bike Hire and Guided Tour of Zealandia
$299 NZD

Explore Wellington via E-Bike and enjoy Zealandia eco-sanctuary on a guided tour.

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Wellington
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Switched on Bikes and Zealandia Ecosanctuary

A great way to explore Wellington via E-bike and see the amazing Zealandia eco-sanctuary. The two experiences can be enjoyed across separate days or combined.

E-bike Hire

With it's compact CBD, nestled amongst a hilly backdrop & surrounded by coastline, there is no better way to explore Wellington at your own pace then by E-Bike.

From the Wellington Waterfront to the quiet bays and panoramic lookouts, you'll be enthralled from start to finish. These quality electric bikes are easy to use and suitable for any level of fitness. You can ride the bays to take in the best viewpoints or use your E-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.

Whether you're a fixed itinerary sort, or a' lets just wing it & see what happens' sort of person, the flexibility of a full day E-bike hire will allow you to make the most of exploring the capital from a locals perspective.

Zealandia

Imagine a lush forest, home to over 40 rare species of native wildlife. Discover Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne – an ecosanctuary in the heart of Wellington.

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 they are protecting New Zealand’s unique native species and ecosystems.

The ultimate way to experience New Zealand's rare and amazing wildlife! Join an experienced guide on an engaging and informative walk through the picturesque sanctuary to witness the native wildlife that is once again living on the mainland. With everything in ZEALANDIA living wild, your nature-guru guides will use their knowledge of birdsong, habitats, and local flora to track down even the rarest of these unique animals.

New Zealand has some of the most unique biodiversity and advanced conservation techniques in the world. Soak up the beautiful scenery while learning more about our unique ecological history.

Jet boating on the Hurunui to your own riverside Beach Barbecue!
$299 NZD

Feel the wind in your hair as you glide along the Hurunui River before a relaxing riverside Kiwi beach BBQ!

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Canterbury
2 Hours
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.

Your chance to enjoy a true local NZ experience. Enjoy a thrilling jet-boat ride to your very own secluded river beach where you will disembark into a feeling of pure nature and remoteness. Relax with some music, take a walk or even a swim as you are cooked a delicious selection of local produce on the river’s edge. This is your chance to really experience how many New Zealanders enjoy their spare time. Finish your river experience with an Energising blast back to civilisation. Please remember to let us know if there are any special dietary requirements in your group.

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.

A full day E-Bike hire from Gisborne & a Guided Reef Walk & Stingray Feeding Experience
$299 NZD

Explore Gisborne City & coastline via E-Bike before wading out & feeding Stingrays & Kingfish by hand!

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Gisborne
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Experience Gisborne & Dive Tatapouri

Planning a trip to Gisborne? This experience option has you covered with two incredible experiences that can be enjoyed across seperate days, or combined into one for an epic, iconic & memorable East Coast experience!

E- 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.

Dive Tatapouri:

Dive Tatapouri located 15 minutes from Tairawhiti Gisborne, and offers a world famous interactive marine experience with Stingrays and other sea life.  You'll get to discover the Tamariki (Children) of Tangaroa (the Maori God of the Sea), whilst taking in the magical marine surroundings of Tatapouri on the East Coast of the North Island, where the first light touches NZ shores.

Once you have donned all the appropriate gear & been briefed on the beach front, the guides will walk you out onto the reef, where you will interact with Wild Short Tail  Stingrays, Eagle Rays and other reef dwellers in their natural habitat. Let Pancake and Waffle, two Short Tail stingrays sit on your feet and wait for a gentle stroke, hard to imagine that Stingrays are perceived to be dangerous. The Reef Ecology Tour is a truly amazing and unforgettable experience.

Helping to create memories for adults and children of all ages, this fun and fascinating adventure to meet the Stingrays is also an educational experience that will have you walking away appreciating Stingrays and ocean life, along with gaining insights into the Stingrays some of which the Dive Tatapouri crew has been working with since they were born on the reef.

Cycling Winery tour of Gisborne with Lunch & Wine Tastings Included
$299 NZD

Enjoy Gisbornes famous wine scene at your own pace with this well planned, self guided cycling winery tour!

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Gisborne
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Experience Gisborne

A great way to spend your day cycling and sampling some of the best wines the region has to offer.

This vineyard cycle tour takes you to a selection of the best wineries in our region. Traveling along quieter country roads, you’ll meander through the Poverty Bay flats discovering the wealth of produce and flavour that is produced in this popular aromatic wine region.

Meet and greet at the Cycle Gisborne shop. They will set up your bike to ensure optimum comfort on your ride. You’ll be provided with a safety brief, a local area map, and information on the wineries that you will be visiting.

Sample local wines as you cycle between wineries and enjoy a vineyard lunch at one of the cellar doors along the way.

This tour offers easy riding and you will cycle +/- 30 kilometers.

Franz Josef off Road Buggy Adventure!
$299 NZD

Get down & dirty on Franz Josef’s best off road adventure!

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

When it comes to this tour, the operators have a saying "The Wetter the Better!". This off-road adventure tour is Franz Josef Glacier’s ultimate rainy day activity!  Get down and dirty in the mud, splash through puddles and experience the rainforest in all it’s glory.  Franz Josef Wilderness Tours provide all the equipment you need to stay warm & dry throughout…

Ride your own Buggy through the rainforest track & trails!

These three seater buggies are Can-am Defender’s, which provide a comfortable journey over rough terrain featuring independent suspension and power steering!

Your trained and knowledgeable bike guides will let you learn the ropes on a test track before you head out on the tracks – so even if you’ve never driven a buggy before this is a great opportunity to learn!

A West coast fishing Charter catching Salmon & Trout
$299 NZD

Experience the beauty of Lake Mapourika and have some fun catching Salmon & Trout under expert guidance!

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

Whether you’ve been trout fishing for years, or you just want to dip your toe in the water, come experience some of the best brown trout or salmon fishing on the West Coast.  Set amongst a breathtaking landscape, every Franz Josef Glacier fishing charter is an opportunity to experience something truly unique.

Experience catching brown trout or salmon fishing on Lake Mapourika’s calm scenic water.  The beauty of Lake Mapourika can be enjoyed by everyone on this comfortable fishing charter boat, which is fully covered for fishing in all weather conditions.  Your knowledgeable fishing guide Dale is passionate about fishing and has been trout and salmon fishing in the region for over 15 years.

Sit back and unwind while trolling silently past 900 year old Kahikatea trees, or spot feeding White heron while you wait for a nibble on the line!

Lake Mapourika is part of the wild sea-run salmon spawning route from the Tasman sea in the lake via the Okarito river.  Introduced lake salmon are present all year round, however the West Coast salmon fishing season runs from October to March 31st annually.  Luckily, here you can fish for brown trout all year.

A fishing charter is one of the best things to do in the rain in Franz Josef, and the trout fishing can be excellent on wet days.

Fishing techniques include trolling, harling and spinning. You may keep your catch if it’s legal and in season, otherwise you will catch and release.

All fishing equipment is provided, and no experience is necessary.  All of fishing charters are shared small group tours.

Head to Franz Josef for a cruise on Lake Mapourika & nature walk
$299 NZD

Experience the beauty of Lake Mapourika on ascenic cruise with some of the West Coast’s finest scenery and the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary.

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Franz Joseph
2 Hours 30 minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Franz Josef Wilderness Tours

Journey across Lake Mapourika and enjoy exclusive access to a private rainforest trail through the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary.

Discover the true beauty of the West Coast in a personalised scenic cruise on Lake Mapourika.  The Jurassic rainforest fringed bays which reflect the surrounding Alps and Glaciers will leave you in awe of its beauty.

Dale, your knowledgeable skipper (owner & operator) has been passionately guiding in the region for the last 15 years, from glacier guiding on the Franz Josef Glacier to guiding eco tours on the West Coast’s Lake Mapourika!  He’ll take you on a journey, through the Rowi Kiwi Sanctuary & much more.  Enjoy a great cup of tea or coffee while you watch curious native birdlife in the surrounding rainforest shoreline.  You might even get lucky and spot one of the region’s legendary locals – the White Heron.

Lake Mapourika’s scenic cruises are a landscape photographer’s dream!

Step off the boat and into a Jurassic rainforest that feels like another world!

The track you'll follow on the nature walk was carved by your skipper Dale & his team with care, taking effort to keep the area as untouched as possible.  On this eco-tour you will experience the old growth rainforest in its pristine state!  This is some of Westland’s oldest untouched rainforest full of abundant birdlife – including white herons and native bush birds.

The Cruise & Nature Walk is a premium West Coast experience, suitable for all ages.

Kayaking tour on Lake Mapourika in Franz Josef
$299 NZD

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

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

Explore further in Franz Josef on this top-rated guided kayak tour adventure.

Lake Mapourika’s calm water and scenery make it one of New Zealand’s finest kayaking destinations.  Free photographs are included, so you can focus on the incredible scenery that surrounds you.

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

Follow your guide into a hidden creek through the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary and experience some of the region’s untouched Jurassic rainforest and pristine wilderness.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • No denim please!
  • Cap or sunglasses
  • Camera (optional, as operator also provide FREE photos)

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Free high-quality digital photos
  • Dry bags
  • Splash Jackets or wet weather gear
  • Quality kayak equipment
  • Courtesy transport (if required)
  • Sunscreen / insect repellent
Little Penguin Close Encounter at National Aquarium Napier
$299 NZD

The closest you’ll likely ever get to these character-filled little Penguins, plus admission to view the rest of the wildlife at National Aquarium!

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Napier
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: National Aquarium Napier

The National Aquarium in Napier is one of the only places in New Zealand where you can have a Close Encounter with these entertaining little birds. Little Penguins (also referred to as Little Blue Penguins) are only found in New Zealand and South Australia (where they're called Fairy Penguins).

Witness for yourself their individual personalities as they run, waddle and race around like aeroplanes across the sand and underwater. As part of your encounter, you'll also experience what goes on behind the scenes, discovering all about the day-to-day care of these character-filled little birds and take part in hand-feeding them. Learn about their rescue and rehabilitation and also what you can do to help preserve this special species and their environment.

The National Aquarium is home to New Zealand's largest display of aquatic life. Experience 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.

Lake Wanaka Cruise & Guided Nature Walk on Mou Waho Island
$299 NZD

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

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Wanaka
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Lake Wanaka Cruises

Cruise to the remote Mou Waho Island nature reserve, home of the lake, on an island, in a lake (on an island). Enjoy a velvet smooth ride as you cruise among the majestic mountains of Lake Wanaka.
Mou Waho Island is a predator free Department of Conservation nature reserve with a natural glacial formed lake at its summit. Here you can see first-hand results of conservation efforts including the rare flightless Buff Weka (extinct on the mainland since 1920), the Mountain Stone Weta and many other native birds.

Wanaka Cruises are a Department of Conservation Concession holder for Mou Waho Island. Fees are paid to DOC for each visitor to the island and this contributes to the ongoing conservation efforts.

A two hour guided nature walk is included in this option. This will take you up to the natural glacial lake right on top of the island and magnificent mountain and lake scenery in every direction. This is rated as one of the top activities by visitors to Wanaka and rated among the best Wanaka walks and hikes.

From there your guide will take you even higher to the lookout rock for some of the regions most spectacular views and the outstanding photo opportunities.

Your guides have extensive knowledge of the local flora and fauna, geology and both colonial and Māori history.

Grade 2 Rafting trip on Waiau River
$299 NZD

An epic guided rafting trip on the Waiau River!

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Hanmer Springs
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Hanmer Springs Attractions

Get set for a 2-hour fully guided Hanmer Springs Rafting trip along the gentle rapids of the Grade 2 Waiau River. This fun-filled activity is action packed with rock jump and Jet Boat ride back to base included.

Your qualified and professional guide will give you all the training required, and the 9-seat rafts allow plenty of room. Wetsuits, booties and helmets are provided, but don’t forget to bring your swimsuit and a towel!

With the scenic Waiau River canyon set amongst stunning mountains and marble land formations, you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable experience. A must-do adventure perfect for all ages, especially families and small groups.

Tour Canterbury Forests & Rivers on Quad Bike
$299 NZD

Head off road in Hanmer & test your quad biking skills on different terrains.

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Hanmer Springs
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Hanmer Springs Attractions

Plow through streams, mud, forest and over rocks – drive over just about every terrain Canterbury has to offer – all on a two-hour quad biking trip. Follow your expert guide on an exciting adventure ride through the scenic alpine backyard of Hanmer Springs.

Your experienced guides will lead you on a fun and safe quad biking trip suitable for ages 16 and above. Even if you’ve never ridden before, the quad bikes are easy to get the hang of and you’ll be away in no time.

The specially-designed track which winds through the rugged Hanmer Springs landscape will ensure non-stop thrills and enjoyment for the whole family.

Bay of Islands & Hole in the Rock Discovery Cruise
$299 NZD

Discover the spectacular scenery, captivating wildlife and rich history of this New Zealand paradise on a quintessential Bay of Islands cruise

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Northland
4 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Explore Group Bay of Islands

Discover the spectacular scenery of this New Zealand paradise and learn about the area’s rich culture and history with full commentary from a local skipper. When conditions permit, get up close to the dramatic cliffs at Cape Brett and travel through the iconic Hole in the Rock on Motukōkako.

Encounter diverse wildlife in their natural surroundings and keep an eye out for dolphins, whales, birdlife and seals during your cruise.

Your trip will also include a stop at Otehei Bay on the Department of Conservation’s Urupukapuka Island. You will have time to explore the island, swim at the sandy bay or enjoy a drink or bite to eat in the sun from the fully licensed café.

Includes:

  • 3 hours scenic cruising
  • Getting up close to Cape Brett and travel through the Hole in the Rock on Motukōkako, when conditions permit
  • Opportunity to view marine mammals including dolphins, whales, seals, birdlife and more
  • 1.5 hour stop at Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka Island
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour & Buffet Lunch
$299 NZD

Experience the magic of Hobbiton™ Movie Set with a tour departing from The Shire’s Rest followed by a delicious buffet lunch served inside the festive Party Marquee.

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Waikato
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Hobbiton Movie Set

Experience the taste of the Shire™ with a delicious buffet lunch served in the Party Marquee. The painted canvas exterior, vibrant bunting and colourful lanterns will have you immersed in the festive magic of the movies. The Party Marquee is adjacent to The Green Dragon™ Inn, with the garden bar seating overlooking the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, providing an exquisite view. Your meal is served buffet style from a specially themed table, bursting with hobbit fare, with shared table seating to dine family style with your group.

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

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

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

Half day E-bike adventure from Thames to Matatoki Cheese Barn for lunch
$299 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
Two hours of Mountain Carting including lift passes on Cardrona Mountain!
$299 NZD

Cardrona is the only place in New Zealand where you can go mountain carting… this is the one for your summer bucket list!

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Queenstown
2 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Cardrona Alpine Resort

You’ll feel alive when you ride these three-wheeled mountain carts! Cardrona's most accessible gravity-fuelled activity, this is the only place in the country you can have a mountain carting experience. Don’t get FOMO... this is your shot to make everyone on your friends list jealous while you take on a new thrill with stunning New Zealand scenery everywhere you look (we recommend stopping before taking it all in though!).

There are up to three awesome mountain cart tracks to choose from, and no prior experience is required, this is a fun filled activity for all ages!

ABOUT THE MOUNTAIN CARTS
• Alpine specialised, German-made, designed for performance, comfort and safety
• Low centre of gravity and wide wheelbase enabling high stability
• Ergonomic design allows for relaxed and comfortable sitting position
INCLUSIONS
• Cart session lift pass and cart rental
• Carting suit, helmet, goggles and gloves

Half day Sea Kayaking tour to Browns Island in the Waitemata Harbour
$299 NZD

See Auckland from a unique perspective as you paddle to Motukorea Island & explore on foot!

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Auckland
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Auckland Sea Kayaks

This  / Browns Island kayak tour is the perfect trip for anyone who wants an exciting and informative day on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbor.

Once called Browns Island and known by its original name of Motukorea (island of the pied oyster catcher bird), is one of the best-preserved volcanoes in the Auckland Volcanic Field. Private boats and sea kayaks are the only means of access to this untouched island.

Motukorea / Browns Island has a fascinating history. It was heavily cultivated by local Maori pre-European arrival and was the first home of Sir Logan Campbell (mayor of Auckland) and William Brown (1st Auckland member of parliament). These men are considered the founders of Auckland city.

On arriving at Motukorea, you'll trek to the summit, taking in the panoramic views along the way and learning about the island’s history. There are three ancient pa sites (Maori fortified village) on the island. The largest occupying the slopes of the main scoria cone.

Light refreshments are provided on the island before we head back into the Auckland skyline.

Tour consists of approx 1 hour each way of sea kayaking with informative stops and interpretation along the way.

Arrowtown To Queenstown on E-Bikes - 2 Adults
$299 NZD

An epic adventure riding on the stunning Queenstown Trail from Arrowtown to Queenstown.

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

This is one of our favourite days out in the Queenstown area, and made all the more enjoyable with the inclusion of an upgrade to an E-Bike!

From the Queenstown base (9 Duke Street), head out on a scenic 25 minute drive to Arrowtown. Be fitted to your E-bike, given trail tips, a map and safety briefing, before departing on your independent adventure ride.

Explore Arrowtown and grab a coffee before setting off to ride along the Arrow River Bridges Trail toward Morven Ferry Intersection. From here follow the Twin Rivers Trail, along the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers, to the shores of Lake Whakatipu, and onward to Queenstown where you can return your E-bike.

All of this is mountain bike ride is on Grade 1-2 (easy gravel) trail as in the images, though recommended for experienced riders.

Why if 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 opened in 2012, they're heavily involved in community clubs promoting a healthy outdoors lifestyle and all round good folk! When some of the Chuffed Team rode part of the Queenstown Trail it was obvious we needed to introduce our customers to this beautiful cycling experience.

The ultimate day out at Highlands Motorsport Park!
$299 NZD

Experience all the best bits of Highlands Motorsports Park in Cromwell, including Go Karts, a High speed Porsche ride and the Car museum!

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Cromwell
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Highlands Motorsports Park

This experience option combines three awesome activities at the famous Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell!

Start with a Go Kart competition on their outdoor Go Kart track. The track is 650 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, custom build Kart Track!

Then switch into the Highlands Taxi with their pro driver for a commentary lap and fast lap of their main racetrack. 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.

After that, head through the Highlands museum to check out a fantastic collection of cars. Package includes Museum entry which includes the Reaction Test, Virtual Reality Room and Selectrix set!

And of course, you can head to the Highlands Cafe for an equally fantastic selection of food (at your own cost) coupled with a view looking out over the Highlands Race Track, the perfect wind down after a fun & full on day at Highlands!

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!

Sea-Kayak Tour of Raglan harbour followed by Coffee & a snack
$299 NZD

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

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Raglan
3 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Raglan Kayak

A boutique excursion perfect for those who love a little extra touch! Famous for it’s impressive pancake rocks and unspoiled beauty, the limestone coast is the jewel of the crown!

You'll see Raglan from a different perspective exploring the Harbour on a guided Sea-kayak excursion. This tour takes you straight into the heart of the incredible Limestone Coast. Well-known 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 and learn about the flora, fauna, ecology and history of the area. This unique coastline is a hidden gem filled with a colourful history and is accessible only by water.

This excursion is planned with the ultimate tide in mind, making sure to get you exploring up close and deep into the ancient coastline. A spectacular part of New Zealand filled with stunning scenery, colorful history and diverse wildlife.

All you need to bring is your sense of adventure, Raglan Kayak take care of the rest! Indulge on a delicious morning or afternoon tea, featuring Raglan’s finest coffee, decadent treats and fresh fruits as you stop along the way to enjoy the experience. A great little addition to your unforgettable day out! This guided excursion will charm the avid adventurer and newbies alike.

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

Cruise the Pelorus Sound on the world famous Mail Run cruise!
$299 NZD

Explore the beautiful Pelorus Sound/Te Hoiere, hear the stories, see the wildlife and meet the locals along the way, as you deliver the mail to remote locations.

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Marlborough
6 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Marlborough Tour Company

We think being a ‘sea postie’ is one of the best jobs in the world, and it is something you can experience onboard with the Pelorus Mailboat all year round!

Delivering the mail by sea in the Marlborough Sounds is a truly unique experience. This full-day cruise is a chance to see an authentic, fascinating slice of daily life in this remote part of the NZ.

The Pelorus Mail Boat has been operating for more than a century. As a sea postie for a day, you’ll cruise through the largest, quietest and most remote part of the Marlborough Sounds – Pelorus Sound/Te Hoiere and Kenepuru Sound, and experience what we reckon is the best job in the world.

Between deliveries and pick-ups of mail, parcels and supplies, relax on a spacious catamaran and marvel at the stunning scenery of clear blue water in tranquil coves and bush-clad hillsides. Meet some of the residents who await the Pelorus Mail Boat on far-flung jetties, unspoilt beaches or who meet your boat on their boats. A highlight for many passengers is the variety of four-footed furry residents who accompany their owners when you arrive.

The friendly, fun local crew will provide informative and entertainment commentary about life in this isolated part of the Marlborough Sounds. You’ll learn what life far away from the nearest road is really like, along with some of the area’s fascinating history. The crew will also keep an expert eye for local marine wildlife including dolphins, seals, penguins and stingrays.

There is free tea, coffee and hot water onboard - please bring your own lunch. Havelock has several cafes, a bakery and a small supermarket where you can stock up before you check in.

Ride Te Awa, the Great New Zealand River ride on E-Bike!
$299 NZD

Saddle up on your E-bike provided by Riverside Adventures Waikato & take on the Te Awa River Ride, including a return shuttle back to your vehicle at the end!

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Waikato
6 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Riverside Adventures Waikato

The Te Awa River Ride is one of most accessible and scenic cycling and walking trails in New Zealand. It is the longest concrete path in the country winding its way for 65km from Ngaruawahia to Lake Karapiro following New Zealand’s largest river – the mighty Waikato.

With 65kms of grade 1 & 2 trails at your feet, come and explore The Awa River Ride at your own pace & leisure. Park at the Lake Karapiro Domain where your Riverside Adventures Waikato shuttle will meet you with your E-bike and transport you to the northern point of the trail in Ngaaruawahia or in reverse if you prefer.

Bike From lake and river to waterfalls, along bridges and elevated boardwalks, the Te Awa River Ride showcases parts of the Waikato that have never before been seen – a world-class recreation experience right on our backdoor step.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

We've had great customer feedback about the team at Riverside Adventures and what a fantastic time people have had with them. There are many ways to explore the area but we think a combination of walking, riding and kayaking will get the most of it all! Top Tip: The Rhubarb Cafe in Arapuni close to the trails and the Arapuni Swing Bridge is well worth seeking out before you head off on your bikes!

Depart Kinloch & explore the hidden gems on the Western side of Lake Taupo
$299 NZD

Explore the lesser-known Western Bays of Lake Taupo on a purpose built boat with friendly local guides!

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Taupo
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Venture Beyond

Departing from Kinloch, this unique adventure offers you the opportunity to discover some of the Hidden Gems of Lake Taupo only found in the Western Bays.

There are towering cliffs, hidden ravines, waterfalls and sandy bays with crystal clear waters that are just waiting to be discovered.

This is your chance to explore the Northern end of Lake Taupo's Western Bays with Taxicat Adventures.

This 90 minute journey departs from Kinloch Marina just a short 15 minute drive from Taupo township. You'll swing by Kotukutuku landing and onboard any Great Lake Trail riders and their bikes while you take a 2 minute walk into the bush to discover the first of 3 waterfalls.

If weather permits there might even be time for a swim here. From the landing, you will continue on to explore 2 other waterfalls only accessible by boat, then make our scenic journey back to Kinloch.

See the best of Tauranga from Land & Sea!
$299 NZD

Enjoy Tauranga from the water with a one hour harbour cruise, followed by an epic 25 minute cruise around Mt Maunganui on a NZ built V8 Chevrolet powered trike.

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Tauranga
Adults
Experience Provider: Kewpie Cruises & V8 Trike Tours

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.

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.

 

Private guided Wairarapa stargazing for Two at your own property!
$299 NZD

Don’t worry about anything! Under the Stars will bring everything to you for a fun educational & inspirational star gazing experience

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Wairarapa
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Under the Stars

Under The Stars offers the only award winning nomadic astronomy tours in the Wairarapa, providing private stargazing sessions at your place, or at a suitable location nearby if you don't have enough open space. If you are looking for an intimate & unique experience, look no further!

Everything you need for a night of stargazing is supplied: a huge portable telescope, binoculars, star charts and blankets to keep you warm as you look up. Your guide will explain what you can see, stars and constellations and the stories and science they can tell us. Depending on what objects are up that night, take a closer look at the Moon, planets (if they are in the sky) and some nearby deep sky objects like nebulae, clusters and galaxies.

The Moon, planets, stars and constellations differ over the year so every night brings a different view & experience.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy? 

People with a passion they want to share with others are the backbone of New Zealand's visitor experience economy. Under the Stars is a perfect example of this. Owner/operator Becky started her business in 2018 when she moved her family to Wairarapa to be under the Dark Skies. She has a background in space outreach & teaching, and when not taking or arrangeing Astronomy tours, Becky is a strong advocate for the establishment of Wairarapa as a certified Dark Sky Reserve. 

The Full Weta Workshop Experience & Wellington Waterfront Kai (Lunch)
$299 NZD

Lose yourself in a world of creativity with the Weta Workshop Tour – then enjoy a delicious 2 course meal at Karaka Cafe on Wellington Waterfront

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Wellington
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Weta Workshop Wellington

Gain an epic insight into Weta Workshop’s creativity for blockbuster films & hit television shows with their two incredible tours. After working up an appetite, return to the city and taste the best of Aotearoa’s cuisine at Karaka Café on the waterfront.

Here's what you can expect:

  • 45-minute Weta Cave Workshop Tour: From The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to Avatar and District 9: learn about props, costumes and creatures created for your favourite films. Interact with cool stuff from our creative departments and catch an artist at work on our tour stage.
  • Kai (lunch) on the waterfront: Two-course lunch with a New Zealand soft drink at Karaka Café; menu includes dishes unique to Aotearoa, New Zealand. Vegan options available!
  • Guided return transfers: Journey from Wellington City to Weta Workshop in your dedicated shuttle. Your friendly driver will point out iconic landmarks during your 20min journey.
  • Explore the Weta Cave retail store: A cavern of creativity in its own right! Be greeted by giant trolls on arrival, explore our mini-museum and watch a documentary on the history of Weta Workshop’s creativity.

 

Explore the magic of Paradise & Glenorchy
$299 NZD

Enjoy a magical half day exploring the famously beautiful Glenorchy, enjoying a Kiwi morning or afternoon tea & visit iconic filming locations.

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Queenstown
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Altitude Tours

Sitting on the northern shores of Lake Whakatipu is the small picturesque village of Glenorchy, the famous Paradise Valley, and world-famous Middle Earth magic.

Join Altitude Tours  for a magical half day journey to Glenorchy and Paradise. This small settlement is full of characters and charm, and home to some of the most famous and scenic sights found in the region. Tuck into a classic Kiwi morning/afternoon tea and be entertained by the local stories and film history from your expert local guide. Let us take you on a mystical journey to Paradise and experience more with Altitude Tours.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy? 

Altitude Tours are one of our favorite touring companies in Queenstown because they do things differently! A tour with Altitude is a small group experience, with a real focus on delivering a world class, personalized experience tailored as much as possible to the groups tastes & interests. Travel in luxurious vehicles, enjoy complimentary bottled water, Wi-Fi & fun Spotify playlists as you are whisked from one divine location to the next, what's not to love! 

 

Scenic Waikato Horse Trek
$299 NZD

Horse riding experience with a scenic snack stop in the beautiful Hills of Pukeatua, Waikato.

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Waikato
2 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Stone Hill Horse Trek

Make your way to Stone Hill and experience a personal and memorable horse trek. This is a guided ride for all levels of experience. This trek takes you on a journey amongst grand volcanic boulders and infinite green rolling hills including a relaxing snack break beside the stream.

This is a small group ride where you do not have to follow in line. Riding side by side with your friends and family is a lovely way to spend some time on an outing.

Bring your camera to get some stunning pictures of you and your horse, the impressive landscape and the breathtaking views.

Stone Hill Horse Treks cater to all riding abilities from complete beginners to experienced riders, and have a very gentle philosophy in trekking where they prefer to have our horses ridden bitless when possible.

You will be given a full safety briefing prior to the trek. Wear long trousers and fully covered shoes for your protection.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

We'll be honest, when Nicole from Stone Hill contacted us, we'd never heard about their treks before. After speaking with Nicole however, it was clear just how passionate she is about what she does & where she does it. When animals are at the heart of your business, it's important that they are cared for. Nicole's horses seem more like family members than anything, and their health & well-being is put well before anything else. For a trek through beautiful country on happy & healthy companions, we can highly recommend Stone Hill Horse Treks!

Private surf lesson in Mount Maunganui
$299 NZD

A two hour private surf lesson for you &  someone else with a friendly instructor at one of NZ’s most famously beautiful beaches!

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Tauranga
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Hibiscus Surf School

Have you always wanted to learn to surf but don’t know where to start?

For your very own lesson scheduled to suit you, a private lesson package is perfect. Nothing beats personalized surf instruction with a professional coach. Perfect for those wanting to fast track their surfing, for those who learn best one-on-one, or those who want a lesson with just their significant other or buddy. You'll receive everything that’s included in a group lesson, but in addition you'll have your own personal surf instructor.

Because this is a private lesson you'll be matched with a qualified surf coach with experience teaching your level and style of surfing. You might be an absolute beginner, had a 20 year break or just need to sharpen up a few skills.

All equipment hire is included. You’ll receive a quality 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?

Many Chuffed Gift recipients have taken a surf lesson and been absolutely thrilled and what better place to do it than at one of NZ's most beautiful beaches? We love surfing as a option in our gifts as it will leave you with a real sense of achievement - particularly if you have never surfed before. The Hibiscus team are incredible and tell us that 90% of people stand up and ride waves in their first lesson!

 

Queenstown sightseeing adventure on Segway
$299 NZD

Join Segway on Q around beautiful Queenstown on the self-balancing Segway for 2hrs of hands-on fun!

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Queenstown
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Segway on Q

Explore Queenstown with the amazing Segway! A quick training session gets you used to the unique motion of the Segway before you embark on a Queenstown sightseeing adventure. Your friendly guide will share some information along the way while you take in the scenic lakeside views riding on this fascinating transporter.

The tour takes you a little out of town and up a hill or two before taking a cruise through the beautiful Queenstown Gardens and enjoying what’s on offer there. Later in the activity, you have the option to crank up the speed, leaving you in awe of the amazing technology that is the eco-friendly Segway. It’s 2hrs of hands-on fun for all!

Lake Te Anau Sunset Cruise on heritage yacht
$299 NZD

A tranquil sailing aboard an historic ww2 Sailing vessel on the stunning Lake Te Anau.

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Te Anau
1 Hour 30 minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Fiordland Historic Cruises

There’s good reason that Fiordland is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Area. Aboard Faith you sail across the deep waters of Lake Te Anau, between untouched mountains, and into South Fiord. A short, guided walk reveals to you the mystique of Hidden Lakes.

Faith is a 19.7 metre (64.6 foot), wooden motor-sailer, built in 1935 in Scotland. She served in WW2, hosted Sir Winston Churchill, has sailed all over the world and now calls Lake Te Anau and Fiordland National Park her home. There’s no other boat like her in New Zealand and no better way to experience the tranquility of this famous World Heritage Area.

The serenity of sailing across Lake Te Anau and into South Fiord is surprising. You breathe deeply the pristine air during a short, guided walk through an ancient forest. Hidden Lakes reveal their treasures to you.

On Lake Te Anau, the latter part of the day has a special feeling. It’s a sense of winding down, of sitting back, of pausing, reflecting, and enjoying the company of friends new and old. Where better to catch your breath than aboard an elegant sailing ship as it glides across deep, cool waters?

Enjoy drinks and canapés as the sun dips behind Fiordland’s majestic peaks, and the crew share the captivating story of how Faith’s journey started in a Scottish boatyard way back in 1935.

Rugged Coromandel coastal walkway tour
$299 NZD

A full day self guided tour of the remote & wild tip of the Coromandel Peninsula, including vehicle transfers

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Coromandel
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Hike and Bike Coromandel

Experience the beautiful Coromandel Coastal Walkway, an old bridle path once used by early Maori and European Settlers to link east with west at the tip of the remote Northern Coromandel Peninsula.

Check In 8.20 a.m. Meet at Hike & Bike Coromandel, 105 Wharf Road, Coromandel Town, where complimentary, off-street parking is available.  Local Accommodation pickups are available by prior arrangement.

Depart 8.30 a.m. We strike out through the historic town of Coromandel with its heritage buildings and gold mining stories from days gone by.  We’ll point out the iconic Kauri Tree, once decimated by early Settlers for timber, to now being re-established by teams of enthusiastic locals.  A little further north we pass through sleepy, coastal villages with views across the island studded Hauraki Gulf.  Admire the large scale Hereford Beef Studs and the contrasting Tibetan Retreat, Mahamudra with its Stupa, glinting proudly in the morning sun.

Approx 9.05 a.m:  We pause in the laidback town of Colville with its art galleries, a co-operative style general store and Hereford N a Pickle Café, famous for its home grown meats, pickles and burgers.  As the road travels inland we catch glimpses of Mount Moehau with its regenerating forests, home to New Zealand’s Brown Kiwi.  We recall the efforts of local volunteers to rid the area of pests to ensure the repopulation and future of this shy bird. There is the chance of a tea break at Tangiaro Kiwi Retreat, located at the base of a bushclad valley just on the outskirts of Port Charles (seasonal hours apply/own cost).

Approx 10.30 a.m. The Walkway starts with a gradual climb from Stony Bay, as it threads its way through regenerating native bush complete with birdsong, mountain streams and rockpools.  Photo opportunities abound along the way with panoramic sea vistas from Sugarloaf, over the Colville Channel to Great Barrier Island and beyond.

Enjoy lunch at the Lookout with its impressive panoramic views or rest on the heritage seat further on and soak up the blissful peace.  The Walkway concludes with a leisurely downhill section through an impressive beef and sheep farm on the way to Fletcher Bay.  Keen walkers are most welcome to tackle the 3km Muriwai Walk, a stunning hike along the cliff tops and out along the spreading sands of Port Jackson beach.  Here we take a short break for afternoon tea with enough time to enjoy a refreshing swim.

Approx 4.30 p.m. Rejoin the minibus as it continues along the pohutukawa lined coast beside the Hauraki Gulf, playground for fishermen, adventure seekers and holidaymakers.  Keep an eye out for dolphins and orca which sometimes frolic just metres from the thin ribbon of road.  We pass back through Colville around 5pm before concluding your day in Coromandel Town at approximately 6pm.

Explore Devonport & Mount Victoria on Segway!
$299 NZD

Explore the seaside village of Devonport & Mount Victoria on Segway!

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Auckland
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Magic Broomstick Tours

As the highest volcanic cone on Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland’s North Shore, Takarunga/Mount Victoria is well worth exploring. You’ll glide effortlessly on your segway to the summit where the views back to the city and the Hauraki Gulf  are spectacular.

This 1 ½ hour Auckland segway tour includes an interesting commentary. As you cruise up and down the mountain and around the village, you’ll hear about the secrets of the vibrant mushroom field and the ‘Disappearing Gun’.

Make sure you bring your phone or your camera, because the views you’ll have on this Auckland segway tour are something else! There are plenty of photo opportunities around the village, beaches and parks and from the summit.  We’ll also make sure you have the opportunity for some ‘free- riding’ time to thoroughly enjoy the excitement of a segway ride and discover what the agile vehicles can do.

Explore Devonport & North Head on Segways
$189 NZD

Explore the seaside village of Devonport & Historic North Head on Segway!

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Auckland
2 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Magic Broomstick Tours

The North Head Tour, whisks you around the easternmost point of Devonport where North Head/Maungauika juts out into the Hauraki Gulf. Can you think of any better way to explore this unique, historic and geographically significant landmark than by zooming around it on a segway?!

The views of Auckland City and the Hauraki Gulf will wow you as you glide around the summit of  North Head/Maungauika. You’ll learn new things about one of Auckland’s most treasured historic reserves which protected Auckland against the perceived Russian invasion of the 1880s. Park your Segway up and take a stroll through the tunnels and bunkers to get up close to the ‘Disappearing Gun’—installed on North Head/Maungauika in 1887.

You’ll  visit the picturesque Cheltenham Beach, see Auckland’s youngest volcanic cone (Rangitoto Island) and have some free time to see what your Segway is really capable of at the local park. On the cruise back to our base on Devonport Wharf we take the back streets of the village, letting you admire the amazing Victorian architecture.

This 2 ½ hour Devonport Segway tour includes an enlightening and entertaining commentary, making it a must-do Auckland activity.

Tour Canterbury Forests & Rivers in an Off Road Buggy
$299 NZD

Explore the forests and riverbed of Hanmer with a loved one in an off-road buggy

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Hanmer Springs
2 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Hanmer Springs Attractions

Jump on board an off road buggy for an exciting outdoor adventure! With seating for two people and fitted with a roll cage for safety, the Polaris Ranger 500 is perfect for a couple to explore in. The two-hour trip takes you through the scenic alpine backyard of Hanmer Springs.

Both want to drive? No problem – just switch over driving duties during the trip. Young children? Perfect – four year olds and older can be seated on board as a passenger while their parent or caregiver drives. Concerned about driving through unfamiliar terrain? No worries – you’ll be following our expert guide along a specially-designed track and will be trained on the buggy operation prior to the trip.

Join us for a guided off road buggy trip through farmland, creeks and the stunning scenery of the Waiau River Gorge for an action-packed trip you won’t forget – great fun for everyone!

Hanmer Springs Jet Boat Ride
$299 NZD

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

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Hanmer Springs
1 Hour
Adults
Experience Provider: Hanmer Springs Attractions

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

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

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

Unique Christchurch Tramway Restaurant Experience
$299 NZD

Enjoy fine quality food & wine aboard a famous Christchurch Tram tour.

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Christchurch
2 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Christchurch Attractions

As New Zealand’s only restaurant tramcar, this is a unique way to view the inner city of Christchurch while enjoying a delicious evening dinner.

Experience the luxury of the 36 seater air-conditioned, heritage dining tram and be treated to premium local cuisine and beverages along with attentive and friendly service. Incorporate fabulous dining with sightseeing showcasing Christchurch’s inner city vibrancy and heritage – truly a mix of the old and the new. The Christchurch Tramway Restaurant dinner tour is a unique dining experience not to be missed.

The package includes a welcome drink, starter, entree, main, dessert and tea or coffee. Our fine dining-style menu changes seasonally and features quality New Zealand produce and includes gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian options.

 

Zipline Ecotour high above Queenstown
$299 NZD

Enjoy the amazing treetop architecture, stunning lake views and thrilling ziplines of New Zealand’s first zipline tour.

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Queenstown
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Ziptrek Ecotours

Deep in the forest and high above Queenstown is an amazing experience that has been thrilling visitors to Queenstown for over 10 years.

This Moa Tour from Zip trek Eco Tours offers 4 ziplines, stunning views of Lake Wakatipu and amazing treehouse architecture as customers fly down the hillside of Bob's Peak.  Ziptrek Ecotours is a sustainability leader in New Zealand and this will become evident through your tour.

This is a fully guided tour with a maximum of 10 people in your tour so the experience is small and intimate.

The tour begins with meeting your tour guides followed by a full safety briefing and gear fitting. This includes a helmet and harness. The ziplines are gravity fed, so you don't need to worry about braking into the platforms - your guides will do this nice and gently. You'll finish where you started with a 10 minute uphill walk after the final zipline.

If your interesting in some details.....the longest zipline is 240 meters and you'll reach speeds of up to 50kph.

Please note: This tour stats near the top terminal of the Queenstown Gondola. This is not included in the package and you'll need to buy your uplift tickets from the gondola terminal.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

We love ziplining adventures as they let you explore environments that you otherwise couldn't get to. Amongst the Chuffed team we have done every ziplining adventure in New Zealand and can't get enough of them.

Elegant & Scenic cruise aboard Faith on Lake Te Anau
$299 NZD

A tranquil sailing aboard an historic ww2 Sailing vessel on the stunning Lake Te Anau.

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Te Anau
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Fiordland Historic Cruises

There’s good reason that Fiordland is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Area. Aboard Faith you sail across the deep waters of Lake Te Anau, between untouched mountains, and into South Fiord. A short, guided walk reveals to you the mystique of Hidden Lakes.

Faith is a 19.7 metre (64.6 foot), wooden motor-sailer, built in 1935 in Scotland. She served in WW2, hosted Sir Winston Churchill, has sailed all over the world and now calls Lake Te Anau and Fiordland National Park her home. There’s no other boat like her in New Zealand and no better way to experience the tranquility of this famous World Heritage Area.

The serenity of sailing across Lake Te Anau and into South Fiord is surprising. You breathe deeply the pristine air during a short, guided walk through an ancient forest. Hidden Lakes reveal their treasures to you.

Drinks and canapés are your reward; relax on deck or in the grand, wood-panelled cabin as Faith carries you home again. Help hoist the sails. Visit the engine room. Learn the remarkable history of this elegant lady.

Choose between a morning or afternoon scenic cruise

Wine & Dine on Waiheke Island
$299 NZD

Catch the ferry from Auckland CBD and enjoy lunch with wine at your choice from 3 famous vineyards before exploring the Waiheke Island.

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Auckland
5 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Fullers 360
Cruise over to Waiheke Island with the Waiheke Wine and Dine package where you’ll enjoy a seasonal selection of food accompanied by a glass of wine at either Stonyridge Vineyard, The Heke or Batch Winery:Stonyridge:Stonyridge Vineyard is a grower of the world-renowned Cabernet-blend, with its flagship blend Larose. The third vintage of Larose 1987 won the trophy for best Bordeaux style blend in New Zealand and was hailed as the greatest red wine ever to be made in New ZealandLocated between Oneroa and Onetangi beach, Stonyridge Vineyard is known for its gorgeous setting that is New Zealand’s very own south of France.As part of the Waiheke Wine and Dine tour, enjoy a platter of cured meats, local cheese, smoked fish pate, prawns, salmon, and more. Also included is a selection of sweet treats and a glass of one of its famous Fallen Angel wines.

The Heke:

Situated amongst 4-acres of gardens on one of Waiheke’s main roads, The Heke is a new local favourite and is home to Waiheke Craft Beer and the award-winning Waiheke Whiskey.

The Heke Kitchen is a vibrant and family-friendly restaurant and bar that serves casual sharing plates – making it the perfect spot to relax on a beautiful sunny day.

As part of the Waiheke Wine and Dine tour you’ll enjoy a glass of wine or beer, and a selection of sharing plates including southern fried chicken, pork ribeye skewers marinated in garlic and black pepper, and roasted carrots.

Batch Winery:

Batch Winery is Waiheke’s highest vineyard with spectacular views over the Hauraki Gulf Islands. Surrounded by picturesque vines, the winery is a popular venue space and offers relaxed dining options and tastings.

Enjoy a gourmet picnic on the Waiheke Wine and Dine tour which is filled with homemade focaccia bread, chicken liver parfait, cold cut steak and chimichurri, hot smoked salmon, New Zealand cheeses, cured meats, and more. Also included is a seasonal dessert and a glass of Thomas Estate wine.

After an afternoon of wining and dining, you’re free to explore the island at your own leisure on the Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus before making your way back to Matiatia Ferry Terminal for your sailing back to Auckland

Take the fastest boat to the Hole in the Rock
$299 NZD

Experience the thrill of Ocean Adventure – the fastest boat to the famous Hole in the Rock.

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Northland
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Explore Group Bay of Islands

Relax in state of the art suspension seating for a safe and comfortable ride as you fast track your journey through the iconic scenery of the Bay of Islands.

Ocean Adventure combines exhilaration and exploration with a balance of speed and thrills, as well as stops to view wildlife, learn about the Bay of Islands and take photos.

Visit the dramatic cliffs at Cape Brett Peninsula and the iconic Hole in the Rock, and when conditions permit enter the amazing Cathedral Cave.

Choose to visit Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island at the end of your cruise and return on one of the later ferries at no extra cost.

Includes:

  • 1.5 hour scenic cruise
  • Informative commentary from your skipper
  • When conditions permit, get up close to Cape Brett and travel through the Hole in the Rock
  • Stop to view wildlife, learn about the Bay of Islands and take photos
  • Life jackets and water protective clothing provided
  • Option to stop at Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka Island at the end of your cruise and return on a later ferries at no extra cost (subject to availability)
Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach
$299 NZD

A full day trip from Paihia to two of Northland’s most famous attractions, head to Cape Reinga, where two oceans meet in front of your eyes. Then head to Ninety Mile Beach where you will drive along the beach & even across a river or two!

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Northland
11 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Fullers Greatsights

Travel along the sand-swept shore of Ninety Mile Beach in a purpose-built coach. Climb the massive sand dunes at Te Paki Stream and experience the thrill of sand-boarding.

In Māori tradition, Cape Reinga or Te Rerenga Wairua is the place where spirits depart on their long journey back to the homeland. Stand at the northernmost point of New Zealand and drink in the panoramic views. As you stand beneath the iconic lighthouse, and watch the Tasman Sea and the mighty Pacific Ocean collide far below, you’ll feel the power of this special place.

Throughout the day your local driver guide will provide an entertaining and thought-provoking insight into the culture, history and natural wonders of the far north.

Your tour also includes a delicious locally-prepared lunch to keep you fueled throughout the day.

Highlights:

  • Travel along Ninety Mile Beach
  • Visit Cape Reinga Lighthouse and views
  • Sandboarding at Te Paki Stream
  • Entertaining Driver Commentary
  • Includes Lunch
Waitemata Harbour Dinner Cruise
$299 NZD

A unique opportunity to dine on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour under sail.

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Auckland
2 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Explore Group Auckland

Immerse yourself in Auckland’s harbour setting with dinner on the water.

Enjoy canapes and a welcome drink as you depart the dock for the open water. Your friendly knowledgeable crew will talk you through Auckland’s unique history as you sail past iconic landmarks. There is plenty of opportunity to participate in sailing, capture the perfect shot or just sit back and enjoy the sights.

Dinner is served above deck as you take in the sea air or optional dining below deck in the well-appointed cabin. Savour dessert from the cockpit as the city lights up during the leisurely sail back to the vibrant Viaduct Basin.

Compliment your meal from our selection of locally produced wine or beer from the fully licensed bar on board.

V8 Trike Ride around Mt Maunganui & Papamoa
$299 NZD

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

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Tauranga
1 Hour
Adults
Experience Provider: V8 Trike Tours

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cruise Marlborough Sounds & Enjoy Greenshell Mussels
$299 NZD

Join the Sounds Nature Cruise to explore some of the most beautiful and fascinating spots in Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui close to Picton.

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Marlborough
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Marlborough Tour Company

Sail out of Havelock Marina to enjoy the natural beauty of the Marlborough Sounds with a relaxing Greenshell Mussel Cruise, featuring freshly steamed mussels paired with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc for the ultimate wine/food match.

Relax and unwind while you cruise the tranquil Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds aboard a well-appointed launch MV Spirit on this half-day exclusive tour, departing Havelock.

Learn about local history and the fascinating aquaculture industry from your knowledgeable crew, cruise past a mussel farm and take in the stunning scenery.

 

Marlborough Sounds cruise & lodge lunch
$299 NZD

Take a scenic cruise from Picton to your choice of two stunning Marlborough Sounds Lodges for Lunch & time to explore before returning to Picton

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Marlborough
6 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Marlborough Tour Company

Departing Picton, cruise with Cougar Line through scenic Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui to a Marlborough Sounds resort for a sumptuous lunch.

Choose from Furneaux Lodge or Punga Cove in stunning Endeavour Inlet. After lunch, Cougar Line will pick you up again for a relaxing boat ride home.

Ferneaux Lodge:

Cruise to Furneaux Lodge through Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui in the morning, arriving in time for lunch at the Furneaux Restaurant.

Choose your delicious lunch from the set menu, and relax on the sweeping lawn overlooking Endeavour Inlet, or inside the cosy restaurant in Furneaux’s historic homestead.

Explore the grounds, do a short walk or simply drink in the views until it’s time to meet us at the jetty for the scenic cruise home - approx 3pm.

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Punga Cove:

Cruise to Punga Cove through Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui in the morning, arriving in time for lunch at the Boatshed Café & Bar.

Relax on the jetty while overlooking Endeavour Inlet, or inside the welcoming café while you enjoy your lunch from the tasty set menu, including stone-baked pizzas.

Explore the grounds, sit on the beach or simply drink in the views until we pick you up again for the scenic boat ride home - at approx 3.15pm.

See the Punga Cove set menu

Shotover River Jet Boat Blast
$299 NZD

Experience 25 minutes of pure adrenaline as you skip over the Shotover River in a jet boat, passing through narrow Canyons, past sheer cliff faces & skimming over just centimeters of water. One of the most beautiful ways you can get your fix of adrenaline.

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Queenstown
Adults
Experience Provider: Shotover Jet

Experience beautiful scenery with a whole heap of adrenaline on the Shotover River. With high-performance jet boats designed specifically for this stretch of river, you'll fly through River Canyons; riding the rapids and performing thrilling, gravity-defying stunts within a hair’s breadth of the awe-inspiring cliff faces. These boats are made for speed, travelling at up to 90 kilometers an hour in as little as 10 centimeters of water. A unique combination of beauty and power, it’s an experience like no other, blending pristine natural landscape with wall to wall action from start to finish.

Wellington Private Axe Throwing Fun
$299 NZD

Enjoy private use of a lane at Sweet Axe Throwing for an hour along with an Axe-pert instructor to make sure you are safe & having fun!

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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.

Private Axe Throwing Session in Auckland
$299 NZD

Enjoy private use of a lane at Sweet Axe Throwing for an hour along with an Axe-pert instructor to make sure you are safe & having fun!

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

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

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

 

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Stargazing Experience at World Class Centre
$299 NZD

Embark on New Zealand’s premier mountaintop stargazing experience. Dark Sky Project is proud to offer exclusive stargazing tours from the summit of Mount John, home to the world renowned astronomical research centre.

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Tekapo
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Dark Sky Project

This is the perfect introductory stargazing experience. Enhance your knowledge of our Southern skies and ponder the possibilities during an evening of discovery.

Expert astronomy guides bring the night sky to life, sharing the science and the stories of our southern skies. Stargaze using the naked eye guided by lasers and then proceed to explore deeper through up to 16" optical telescopes, including in a private observatory dome. Take in the incredible Milky Way, far off planets, star clusters, solar systems, and even distant galaxies; every night sky beholds something different.

Our exclusive Summit Experience runs for 1 hour 45 minutes, includes transport to and from Mt John, use of ECW (extreme cold weather jackets) to keep you warm at the summit (Please note: ECW Jackets are unable to be provided during Covid-19 Framework Red and Orange levels), and the full use of telescopes.

The nature of the terrain on Mount John requires a certain level of fitness, you need to be confident walking 100 meters on a gravel incline and be able to climb a couple of steps in the dark.

 

Rail Trail Bike Tour
$299 NZD

Explore the Remutaka rail trail and take on up to 37 kms of easy going & beautiful riding!

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Wellington
6 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Wildfinder

Discover the Remutaka Ranges' rich rail history & natural beauty. The flagship daytrip of the Remutaka Cycle Trail, this is suitable for riders of all levels, and can be lengthened or shortened to suit you. 18/37km of easy/moderate riding.

Take advantage of a complimentary shuttle from Wellington Station to either Te Marua (for a 27-37km, slightly more challenging ride) or Kaitoke (for an 18-28km easy ride), where you start your adventure with a very gradual incline through 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 in the Wairarapa, surrounded by some of NZ's most scenic farmland. You can either wait for the shuttle at Cross Creek, or continue biking up to the cafes and pubs at Featherston (a further 10km) and we'll pick you up before driving you back to Wellington Station.

Walter Peak BBQ Lunch & Lake Wakatipu Cruise
$299 NZD

Cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the famous TSS Earnslaw steamship to the Walter Peak High Country Station for a gourmet BBQ lunch.

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Queenstown
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Real NZ

For a dining experience like no other, cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the iconic TSS Earnslaw and discover Queenstown’s incomparable fine dining destination.

Cruise aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw across to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Once at the lakeside Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant savour the delicious aromas as your chef has the best of local produce sizzling away on the grill.

Overlooking Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown's alpine scenery, the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm is the perfect place to spend a few hours. Its colonial architecture and sweeping grounds evoke the elegance of a bygone era.

On the menu is salads, vegetables and a variety of succulent meats cooked on the wood-fired BBQ. This is not the typical Kiwi BBQ you may imagine. Instead, the Chef oversees a wood-fired grill empire that’s responsible for an incredible range of delectable cuisine. From sausages prepared by a local butcher and Cardrona merino lamb to locally sourced beef and pork to expertly crafted salads and sides (not to forget an incredible dessert selection), this is a culinary trip not to be missed.

An entertaining farm demonstration is also included or you can explore the beautiful lakeside gardens before enjoying a cruise back to Queenstown on the TSS Earnslaw.

Lake Wakatipu Cruise and Farm Tour
$299 NZD

Cruise on the famous TSS Earnslaw across Lake Wakatipu for a farm tour at the Walter Peak Station.

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Queenstown
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Real NZ

Situated on picturesque Lake Wakatipu’s south-western shores, Walter Peak High Country Farm is an idyllic place to spend a relaxing few hours. The farm tour itself is a wonderful, interactive experience, with something to keep everyone entertained and happy.

The tour begins with a cruise across picturesque Lake Wakatipu. Once you arrive you will be greeted by a rural host upon disembarking the TSS Earnslaw. At the farm you can watch the remarkable skill with which the farm dogs round up sheep from the paddocks. You will have time for a walking tour of the farmyard, visiting the holding pens, where you can help feed the sheep and deer and even get up close to the Scottish Highland Cattle. Then a stroll to the charming old wool shed for delicious morning or afternoon tea.

Learn Special Effects at Weta Workshop
$299 NZD

Learn to create oozy wounds, make movie blood and so much more in this workshop in special effects magic in movies. Includes a 90 minute tour also.

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Auckland
2 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Weta Workshop Unleashed

Enjoy a 90 minute guided tour of "Unleashed", chock-full of eye-popping practical effects from three original films and exploring Weta Workshops Creative Process. Brimming with creative inspiration, learn the art of crafting convincing wounds by sculpting your own scars and scrapes! Perhaps your battle wound was inflicted by one of the Unleashed creatures? No creative experience is necessary for this workshop. Just bring yourself and your enthusiasm!

Includes 90 minutes guided tour plus workshop.

What To Expect

Be Unleashed: Journey through Weta Workshop’s creative process with a 90-minute guided experience.

Learn how to create horror-bly convincing wounds with silicon gels and special-effects make-up.

Whip up a batch of movie blood: See how we make the consistency oh-so-oozy for film and TV - be it human, creature or alien blood!

Gain hands-on tips and techniques from our crew: Spaces are limited in each workshop, allowing for one-on-one time to answer all your questions.

Explore the Weta Cave retail store: Collectibles, keepsakes and tools for your own craft can be picked up in our Weta Cave retail store.

Glacier Country Guided Adventure
$299 NZD

Explore the Fox Glacier Valley on a guided e-bike and hiking tour to the closest accessible point to the glacier –  a West Coast experience that’s not to be missed.

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Fox Glacier
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Fox Glacier Guiding

Explore the untamed natural wilderness of the Fox Glacier Valley, tracing the steps of a retreating glacier, with our Fox Glacier Valley E-Bike & Hike. Ride through ancient podocarp rainforest on E-bikes and hike a secret track. Get some stunning photos of the Fox Glacier that are sure to impress family and friends.

Begin by leaving Fox Glacier Village on E-bikes, enjoying the flowing cycleway. After making easy work up the hills on your E-bike, you’ll park them up and on-foot, slowly gain height as you find our way up Mills Creek past Cone Rock and pass New Zealand’s largest active landslip. The high point is a viewpoint with the closest views of the terminal face of the Fox Glacier. You'll return the same way back to the bikes and enjoy the descent back to the village.

Along the way, your guide will share with you the local natural history and fascinating stories of explorers past. They will coach you with how to use the E-bike equipment and fit you out with walking boots and raincoats.

Crater Night Sky Experience
$299 NZD

Visit the Dark Sky Sanctuary at Lake Tekapo for an informative introductory stargazing experience with expert astrology guides.

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Tekapo
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Dark Sky Project

Discover the depths of the world renowned Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve from purpose-built stargazing observation craters, which are sheltered from the cold wind and light pollution.

Explore the endless Southern skies from a private observatory dome, and through powerful 14” telescopes, observe planets, galaxies and the depths of the Milky Way. Every night sky beholds something different, often visible through the naked eye, your professional astronomy guides use handheld lasers to showcase the best of the evolving night sky.

The Crater Experience runs for 1 hour 15 minutes and includes transport to and from Cowan’s Private Observatory, the use of ECW (Extreme Cold Weather jackets) [Please note: Dark SKY Project are unable to provide ECW Jackets during Covid-19 Red and Orange Framework levels], the direction of expert astronomy guides and guided viewing through powerful telescopes.

The outdoor nature of the Crater Experience makes it a weather dependent activity.

Why is it Chuffed Worthy?

Did you know that millions of people across the world will never see a star, due to the massive amounts of light pollution globally? In New Zealand, we are fortunate enough to be home to some of the worlds darkest skies, and Dark Sky Project is on a mission to help people appreciate this by connecting the sky above them via scientific & cultural experiences. So much more than just looking up at the sky!

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.

Milford Sound Cruise
$299 NZD

Enjoy a cruise on the Milford Sound, get up close to the massive mountain formations & waterfalls that have made Milford famous

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Milford Sound
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Real NZ

Get up close and personal with Milford Sound on a leisurely cruise of this spectacular fiord. From thundering waterfalls to sky-high mountains to lush rainforests, Milford has it all. Experience the spray of a waterfall as you cruise close to sheer rock faces. Informative, participative and relaxed, this is the perfect way to experience Milford Sound to the fullest.

Exploring the length of the fiord you’ll learn about the history of the region and benefit from the knowledge of your specialist nature guide. Experience the cool spray of a waterfall as you move in close to sheer rock faces or watch out for dolphins, seals and, in season, the rare Fiordland crested penguins.

Your experienced skippers tailor the cruise to take into consideration weather and recent wildlife sightings, ensuring you’ll see the best that Milford Sound has to offer on the day. Informative, participative and relaxed, this is the perfect way to experience what’s been called the “eighth wonder of the world”.

Extra information

  • Great viewing from both the outdoor decks and indoor lounge
  • Restaurant quality food & beer on tap (extra cost)
  • Barista coffee and tea available (extra cost)
  • The cruise will be aboard the Milford Haven, Milford Mariner or the M.V. Sinbad
Come to you Couples Relaxation
$299 NZD

Let the spa come to you with this couples relaxation package in your own home or accommodation in Queenstown.

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Queenstown
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Indulge Mobile Spa

Spend some quality relaxing time together with a 90 minute therapeutic style massage and a range of professional spa services that come to you!

Queenstown’s Mobile Massage specialists deliver a truly boutique service – one typically only found in a 5-star day spa. Whether it’s from the comfort of your home, luxury private villa, boutique hotel or lodge suite, it’s about being able to relax in your own environment.

With your chosen oil, your therapist will use carefully applied pressure to stimulate the nervous system, Swedish and neuromuscular techniques to relieve muscular tension, and lymphatic drainage to encourage healthy circulation. This treatment works from your head to your toes, and includes a deeply relaxing face and scalp massage, dissolving away all of your stress and tension.

Using only the finest products from signature aromatherapy oils and Organicspa professional spa products, and providing luxurious linens, hot towels, heated tables, and oils – complete with the smells and sounds of a day spa, the Indulge experience will stay with you even after your therapist has left.

Full Day Sailing Adventure
$299 NZD

A day exploring the Bay of Islands waterways on a classic yacht with a friendly crew & freshly prepared lunch on board.

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Northland
6 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Vigilant Yacht Charters

Your Bay of Islands boat charter will start with a relaxing morning sail onboard the Vigilant. Then choose one of the 144 islands to stop at and explore. You have the option to spend your afternoon strolling along the sandy white shoreline, relaxing on the beach or, if you prefer, taking your pick of the water activities offered. Vigilant carries kayaks and snorkel equipment for you to take full advantage of during your magical Bay of Islands boat charter.

The fully equipped sailing yacht offers you the very best in quality comfort and relaxation. Lunch is hand prepared for you by Chef and Skipper Nik and can be enjoyed on the yacht deck or as a picnic on the beach.

Dolphins, penguins and seabirds are frequently sighted and the scenery while sailing in the Bay of Islands is spectacular so remember to pack your camera.

Discover all of Wellington's Best Spots on this cycling tour
$299 NZD

The hills around Wellington offer a spectacular backdrop for a cycling tour and you don’t need to worry about biking uphill! This is a fully guided E-Bike tour.

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Wellington
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Switched on Bikes

Wellington is surrounded by beautiful hills and a stunning harbour. This eBike Guided Tour introduces you to Wellington and shows off many of it's natural gems. The modern electric bikes take the hard work out of the hills and any wind along the way. Your local guide will share insights into Wellington's vibrant city and rich culture.

Meet your guide on Queens Wharf in central Wellington in time for a 10am departure. After listening to the safety briefing, learn how to operate your electric bike and enjoy time to practice in a car-free space before heading out.

Once you’re comfortable, saddle up for a fun bike tour of Wellington's bays and follow your guide along the Wellington Waterfront. Glide along the seafront, passing the lively harbour and the beaches of Oriental Bay- filled with swimmers and sun-bathers in the summer. Continue along the Miramar Peninsula and leave the bustle of the city behind as you cycle along the scenic coast. Pause along the way at a local café before looping back towards the city.

Finally, set the bikes to 'turbo' to climb up to the lookout point for an unforgettable view over Wellington, the Miramar Peninsula, and the ocean harbour entrance.

Seafood Discovery Cruise
$299 NZD

Cruise the blue waters of the Marlborough Sounds while enjoying freshly prepared seafood paired with Marlborough’s famous wines.

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Marlborough
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Marlborough Tour Company

Relax and enjoy the stunning Marlborough Sounds with the exclusive afternoon Seafood Odyssea Cruise, departing Picton.

As you cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui, sample local seafood such as regal salmon, Cloudy Bay Clams and greenshell mussels, with Marlborough sauvignon blanc for the definitive wine/food match.

Discover the natural beauty of Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui while relaxing aboard a well-appointed catamaran. Cruise near an aquaculture farm, learn about this fascinating industry in the Marlborough Sounds from the knowledgeable crew and take in the picturesque scenery, keeping an eye out for local wildlife including seals, dolphins and birds.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Marlborough Tour Company began offering experiences in the region in 1993, and are now the largest & longest running tour company in the upper South Island! Much expansion has occurred since then, especially in recent years having purchased some other locally famous touring companies. This positions Marlborough Tour Company as a great one stop shop for all things Marlborough, whether you are touring by land or sea, to grapes or great walks!

Encounter Wild Albatross on the Ocean
$299 NZD

On a purpose built boat designed for small groups and wildlife viewing, view the awe inspiring Albatross up close in the wild.

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Kaikoura
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Encounter Kaikoura

Kaikoura is a globally recognised birding hotspot. A short fifteen-minute boat ride out from the Kaikoura Coast and you’re in an entirely new world. It’s a feeling of total freedom and wonder.

The crew will bring the birds in with a bunch of enticing ‘chum’, which will allow you to get a real, wild, up close encounter with these impressive birds!

The list of seabirds sighted off the Kaikoura Coast include five species of great albatross, up to ten species of the smaller lesser albatross (commonly referred to as mollymawks), ten species of shearwaters, fifteen species of petrel, and several other species of seabirds such as shags, prions, penguins, gulls and terns.

You’re on-board a boat designed just for this experience, giving you the best perspectives to watch and take photos. With a maximum of only 13 others on each tour, it’s an intimate and special experience that brings you as close to the wildlife as possible. For those budding photographers it’s a dream come true!

The highly knowledgeable staff, on-board identification guides and souvenir information pack, will help you learn about what you’re seeing – or you can just stand back and let the wonder of nature overwhelm your senses.

Why is this this Chuffed Worthy?

This is definitely unique - to be out on the open ocean with these colossal birds up close is something you will never forget. You will learn as much as you see and we love that in a good tourism experience. We also love that part of every visitor fee contributes to to the Encounter Foundation that aims to enhance and preserve marine environments through tourism. A very worthy cause indeed.

 

Guided Sea Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park
$299 NZD

An awesome day of walking & kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park.

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Abel Tasman
1 day
Adults
Experience Provider: RnR Kayaks

Be mesmerised by the secluded golden sand beaches as you kayak along the Astrolabe Roadstead.

Stop for lunch at one of these beaches and enjoy a swim and a short walk to truly appreciate the breath taking scenery surrounding you.

Visit the very special Adele Island – a protected bird sanctuary that echoes with the sound of a multitude of native birds and home to the playful and curious NZ fur seal (kekeno).

As the afternoon sea breeze builds, conclude your day with by sailing your kayak across the bay back into Mārahau.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

The Abel Tasman National Park is one of New Zealand's most precious landscapes, and the low-impact nature of Kayaking makes this the perfect means to explore its stunning waters. Rohan & Rets from R & R Kayaks are born & bred locals here. They have committed to delivering the best possible experience to their customers, while acknowledging & doing their best to preserve the stunning natural playground they are lucky to call their backyard! 

Morning Guided Bike Wine Tour
$299 NZD

Sample some of the country’s finest wines as you take a guided bike tour from one winery to another, passing through farm roads & vines along the way.

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Marlborough
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Explore Marlborough

Get the best of both worlds. This is an ideal winery tour for those who want a snapshot of the views, tastes and flavours of the Marlborough wine region.

Your friendly and knowledgeable guide will be with you for the morning and you will visit three of our favourite wineries on superb wine trails through the vineyards, on river stop-banks, and down quiet country roads. Along the way, you’ll be surrounded by spectacular views of the Richmond Range, Wither Hills, Wairau River and beautiful Marlborough vineyards.

You will learn a little about the history of the area around Blenheim and the background to growing and producing wine in Marlborough.

This experience is small and personal with a maximum of eight people per bike tour. Your guide will be with you to answer your questions and ensure you have the best possible experience.

You do not need to be an experienced cyclist to enjoy this bike tour. The pace is leisurely and the terrain is gentle, ensuring easy riding no matter what your skill level. Don’t worry about the weather – if it rains this switches to a driving wine tour for the morning.

Pick up from your Blenheim or Renwick accommodation (approx. 9:15 am) and drop off (approx. 1 pm) is included.

Rainforest Train and Guided Glowworm Cave Tour
$299 NZD

Take the unique Nile River Rainforest train into the Paparoa National Park and explore the Te Ananui Glowworm Cave

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West Coast
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Underworld Adventures

Experience one of New Zealand’s (if not the world’s) best GlowWorm displays, deep in the Paparoa National Park, near Punakaiki New Zealand. You will journey right into the heart of the West Coast rainforest, exploring the beautiful unmodified Metro Cave System, viewing an ancient "wonderland" of stalactites and stalagmites & gazing at its incredible glowing underground dwellers.

The tour starts with taking the Nile River Rainforest Train into the lush forests of the Paparoa National Park. The Nile River Rainforest Train is a short interpretative train journey through primeval rain forest whilst seated in small open sided carriages. It’s then just a short walk to the Metro / Te Ananui Cave, climbing high above the river to the cave entrance.

Leaving daylight behind you will explore as the first cavers did: with only the light you bring, and not a a handrail or boardwalk to be seen! It’s truly one of the few natural and “real” guided cave experiences left: seeing, feeling and getting close to an ancient wonderland sculpted by water and decorated with fragile calcite formations.

Underground you will visit such famous formations as The Altar, the highly decorated ‘Hall of Refugees’, Pancake Corner and more, before you emerge back to daylight at the awe-inspiring Main Entrance of the Metro / Te Ananui – having journeyed right through the mountain!

Then you’ll head back to find the stars of the show: Arachnocampa luminosa: the New Zealand GlowWorm. One becomes ten, then a hundred, then thousands. Before your eyes, entire galaxies of GlowWorms appear, spanning the ceiling over your head, following the streamway into the distance. Your guides will enrich your journey with captivating illustrations, explanations and stories connecting you with this special place.

This is an unique journey that takes you into one of the few publicly accessible cave systems that remain in its state of natural, unspoiled beauty. It’s a simply stunning Eco-tour in a very special place.

Guided Wildlife or Sunset Kayak
$299 NZD

Explore Kaikoura’s unique marine landscape on a guided kayak tour with the locals, choose from either a wildlife or sunset kayak tour.

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Kaikoura
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Kaikoura Kayaks

Choose between the Wildlife or Sunset Kayak trips with Kaikoura Kayaks!

Experience the excitement of watching seals ducking, weaving and diving around your kayak. Have chance encounters with dolphins, penguins and albatross!

Or watch seals dive and manoeuvre around and under your kayak as the sun sets, paddle with them as they swim around the Peninsula hunting for octopus! Along your way keep an eye out for blue penguins or albatross then have chance encounters with dusky dolphins.

Whichever you opt for, this promises to be a unique & unforgettable adventure!

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Unique? Tick. Kaikoura Kayaks are the only kayak company in Kaikoura with concessions to view dolphins, and the only kayak company in NZ who can view whales! 

Kiwi owned? Yep! Kim & Matt Foy are Kaikoura locals who own & operate Kaikoura Kayaks, alongside 'the boss' - their daughter Samantha!

Kaikoura Kayaks are a classic example of the type of business we set out to feature in our gifts, and we're glad to be sending Chuffed gift recipients their way!

Guided Self Drive Quad Bike Adventure
$299 NZD

With an experienced guide leading the way, hit the off road trails at Cable Bay Adventure Park and explore on this farm and forest tour.

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Nelson
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Cable Bay Adventure Park

Take a quad bike tour at Cable Bay Adventure Park near Nelson! Designed to suit all abilities, this tour follows the forest trails up to the Skywire before descending back to the farm and a trip around the flats.

Combining excitement and adventure the guided quad bike tours are an unforgettable adventure where guests self drive the quad bikes through native forest settings, around areas of the farm and up to the magnificent coastal views of the Cable Bay area.

Full instruction given and all drivers have a chance to hone their skills on the practice track prior to heading out on the tour. Please note that drivers must display a level of competence prior to being allowed on the tour - anyone not meeting a minimum level will only be able to take the tour as a passenger.

Located just 15 minutes drive from the centre of Nelson, The Cable Bay Adventure Park is Nelson's adventure destination.

Whale Watch Tour
$299 NZD

One of New Zealand’s famed attractions, join a whale watching tour off the Kaikoura Peninsula with a 95% chance of spotting a whale.

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Kaikoura
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Whale Watch Kaikoura

Whale Watch is New Zealand's only vessel based whale watching company offering an exciting up-close encounter with the world's largest toothed predator the Giant Sperm Whale. See the whales in their natural environment at all times of the year, boasting a 95% success rate!

The main focus of your tour is to locate and view the Giant Sperm Whale. Whale Watch average between 1 to 2 whale sightings per tour due to the length of time the whales can stay submerged. The whales form loose pods, keeping several miles between each other, so viewing any more than 1 to 2 whales per trip is a real bonus.

Around 80% of the world’s whale and dolphin species migrate past our coastline so at any given time there is the opportunity for other species of marine mammals to be sighted such as Blue, Fin, Sei, Humpback, Minke, Pilot, Orca and Southern Right Whales, Common Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, Southern Right Whale Dolphins, Elephant Seals and Leopard Seals.

Depending on the amount of time available after viewing the Sperm Whales, the captain of the vessel may decide to move in along the coastline and see what other types of marine life can be encountered. This could include Dusky and Hector Dolphins and the New Zealand Fur Seal.

Kaikōura is also home to around 75% of the world’s pelagic sea bird species which include Wandering and Royal Albatross, Mollymawk Albatross, Petrels, Shearwaters, Prions, Fulmars, Gannets, Terns and Herons.

Throughout your tour there is an onboard visual presentation, “World of the Whales” – an experience that takes passengers “virtually” to the bottom of the Kaikōura undersea canyon. The presentation also provides information for a variety of marine life found in Kaikōura waters.

Designed specially for whale watching, the modern catamarans are equipped with engines that minimise underwater noise and toilets that never pollute the sea. The main passenger cabin is enclosed and large outside decks offer great viewing and photo opportunities. Passenger numbers for each tour are kept well below vessel carrying capacity to ensure your tour experience remains a personal one.

 

Experience the worlds first 4 seater Jet Boat with the pioneers at Oxbow Adventures Queenstown!
$299 NZD

Take it from 0-100 in around 2.5 seconds on a purpose built jetboating facility underneath spectacular mountain scenery.

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Wanaka
Allow 40 minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Oxbow Adventure Co

Learn how it feels to fly on the water. Literally.

Take a ride in a unique custom-built 4-seater Jet Sprint Boats. Oxbow’s Jet Sprint Boats are the only four-seaters in the world and are guaranteed to make a screamer out of everyone they have the pleasure of meeting!

Jet Sprints are next level jet boating. It’s the perfect activity in Queenstown for adrenaline seekers. 4-Seater Jet Sprint Boats carry Oxbow’s professional driver and three passengers. Accelerating at an incredible 0 to 100km in only 2.5 seconds and pulling 3-4 G-Forces. Your expert Jet Sprint Boat driver will navigate their way around Oxbow’s very own racetrack before you’ve had a moment to catch your breath.

While Oxbow’s goal is to make sure you have the most epic experience of your life, they always put safety first. The one-of-a-kind Jet Sprint Boats are regularly inspected and maintained to follow the highest safety standards. They also provide sturdy helmets for every passenger and take you through a safety briefing before your ride so you can relax whilst having the time of your life.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy:

Having done this activity before, we can say if you are after a thrill and an adrenaline overload then this ticks the box. We guarantee that! Oh, and the location is spectacular.

Riverside Kitchen Cooking School
$299 NZD

Will it be Persian, Indian, Malay, Thai or many others?  The class is your choice, and finishes with a 3 course meal and wine to match.

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Christchurch
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Riverside Kitchen

Whether you want to brush up on your basic cooking skills, learn to cook simple delicious dishes under the watchful eye of trained chefs, or just want to sit back and enjoy a culinary experience with friends, Riverside Kitchen in Christchurch have a class for you!

With this gift you can choose your class of choice - from homemade pasta, Mediterranean, Japanese, Thai, Indian, Persian, Mexican - the choice is yours.  Aside from all of the new skills you'll pick up during the class, all classes finish at the table for a three-course meal matched with New Zealand wines!

You'll need to check with Riverside Kitchen the dates they are running each of their classes - which is all available on their website - www.riversidekitchen.co.nz

Ultimate Off Roading Adventure
$299 NZD

The ultimate off-road driving experience in the ultimate off road vehicle. With a professional driver – hold on tight.

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Wanaka
Allow 45 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Oxbow Adventure Co

If you’re looking for the best off-roader experience in New Zealand, this may just be it. Take a ride in the Ultimate Off-Roader, a one-of-a-kind, custom-built all-terrain vehicle that goes everywhere. It’s one of the most unique adventure experiences in Queenstown, perfect for adrenaline junkies and thrill-seekers. Note to guests: the only barrier between you and the full force of gravity is your harness!

The Ultimate Off-Roader is a 4-Seater, which carries your trained professional driver and three passengers. The off-roaders are 4WD, 4-wheel steer, and have an extremely low centre of gravity, allowing them to practically go anywhere. You’ll suit up in our off-roader kit, helmet and protective gear before strapping into the custom-designed vehicle for the off-road experience of a lifetime.

The course you travel on is built by 5 times NZ 4x4 trails champion Dan Cowper and is built not just for speed but also sheer agility for this purpose built all terrain vehicle.

Rock climbing, cliff dropping and drifting around a specially designed course of steep gullies, boulders and some ridiculous angles is all in a day’s work for these Ultimate Off-Roaders.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

You can't beat the surrounding mountain scenery and you certainly can't beat this off road adventure for thrills and excitement. We know - we've done it! And it's very very good!

Professional Clay Target Shooting Experience
$299 NZD

With one on one guidance, try the exciting sport of using shotguns to shoot clay targets out of the sky. Compete with your mate!

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Wanaka
Allow 1 hour 15 minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Oxbow Adventure Co

Let us welcome you to the Oxbow Gun Club, where you and your mates can enjoy a spot of healthy competition shooting clay targets out of the sky against one of New Zealand’s most magnificent backdrops.

Enjoy one-on-one guidance from an experienced instructor, ensuring few clays get away alive.

The custom-designed compact sporting field is equipped with eight automatic clay Target throwers to suit all abilities; it also includes the run-away rabbit across the ground (don’t worry, it’s not the real thing!) For the more experienced shooters or those wanting an extra challenge, there is the choice of a 25 or 50 Target ‘Flurry’. Scoring cards are also available.

Oxbow prioritises safety for our Clay Target Shooting adventure. Not only will you go through a thorough safety briefing and gun safety demonstration, but you will also be provided with high-quality protective gear, including earmuffs, glasses and a shooting vest.

Akaroa Hiking & Kayaking Adventure
$299 NZD

Guided hiking and kayaking adventure exploring native forest and the largest mainland Australasian Penguin Colony in New Zealand.

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Akaroa
8 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Pohatu Penguins

Looking for an active day? Join Pohatu Penguins for a full day of adventure combining a morning hike through endemic ancient forest down their private walking track to Pohatu Bay and join a sea-kayaking safari in the afternoon to encounter Pohatu Marine Reserve wildlife.

This is a perfect option for people who have a good level of fitness and wish to spend more time in the natural environment at Pohatu Bay.

After being picked up in Akaroa, you will be transported by 4WD mini-van to the beginning of your 3-hour hike. With a map and instructions from your guide you will, at your leisure, walk down part of the famous Banks Track through ancient Red Beech Tree Forest and tree ferns to Pohatu Bay.

Along the way, discover many waterfalls, listen to native bird songs and visit the prehistoric forest of Tutakakahikura Scenic Reserve with trees over 400 years old.

Once you've arrived at Pohatu Bay you will have access to a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom facilities to relax, eat and get ready for the afternoon sea-kayaking safari starting at 12.45pm.

Explore the outer coast of Pohatu Marine Reserve by kayak, marvel at its spectacular towering cliffs, rock stacks, reefs, and deep sea caves and encounter its unique wildlife.

Flea Bay Island and the impressive island arch make an added exciting attraction in settled sea conditions. Observe the diverse wildlife and marine species such as penguins, seals (and their pups), various sea birds and possibly the world’s smallest and New Zealand endemic dolphin!

Best of all, no kayaking experience necessary! Trips are only run in settled, safe conditions by experienced and knowledgeable guides. Your safety is top priority.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Pohatu Penguins' story is one of passion, resilience & triumph! This family farm has played host to an incredible recovery of Little Blue Penguin numbers over many years. Shireen & Francis have helped this colony overcome the threats to their existence of predators and humans, to now be New Zealand's largest mainland colony of Little Blue Penguins! We highly recommend taking a tour with Pohatu Penguins to see first hand and experience for yourself the power experiences can have on their environment when done responsibly & with passion! 

Lakeside Fine Dining Experience
$299 NZD

A luxurious lodge dining experience at On The Point – Lake Rotorua, including pre-dinner drinks & a four course gourmet meal.

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Rotorua
2 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: On The Point - Lake Rotorua

*Please note this experience is unavailable from 01 May - 31 August 2024 due to renovations*

 

Enjoy an evening of luxury at The Mains restaurant at On The Point - Lake Rotorua (formerly Peppers on the Point), a unique property on the Lake front, converted from 1930's mansion to stunning high end lodge accommodation.

At The Mains Restaurant at On The Point, their vision to is provide you with locally sourced, seasonal fruit and vegetables, combining this with a stunning outlook and location overlooking Lake Rotorua.

The lakeside property has a relaxed and tranquil ambiance, with lavish features and amazing views over the beautiful Lake toward Mokoia Island.

Enjoy some lovely pre-dinner drinks in the courtyard or restaurant before sitting down for an exquisite four-course gourmet meal. This is a unique fine dining experience not to be missed!

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

On The Point is an absolutely iconic luxurious accommodation option right in the heart of suburban Rotorua! For many years the lodge has hosted & wowed international visitors from all corners of the globe, and here's your chance to experience On The Point & it's specialty fine dining for yourself.

Easy and Popular Cape Winery Tour
$299 NZD

With return vehicle transfers and e-bike hire included, enjoy a cruisy day e-biking 16km and visiting six of the regions best rated wineries along the famed Hawkes Bay Cycle Trails.

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Hawkes Bay
6 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Takaro Trails

Meet Takaro Trails at their shop in Ahuriri, Napier or they can pick you you from your accommodation. After being fitted with bikes, information & everything else you need, Takaro Trails will transfer you to the start of 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.

If lunch is on your ‘wish-list’ Takaro Trails are happy to assist with reservations at Clearview Estate. Te Awanga also offer the best pizzas in Hawke’s Bay and you can sit outside on their green lawn.

Allow 6 hours for this tour. At the end of the day you will be collected and transferred back to Ahuriri or your accommodation if required.

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.

 

Full Day E-Bike Tour of Wineries
$299 NZD

A leisurely day out with return transfers included, cycle the easy 25km Gibbston River Trail visiting up to 8 wineries.

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

This full day winery biking trip begins with a scenic shuttle transfer from Queenstown to the quaint gold mining village of Arrowtown. Here, cover bike fitting, navigation, bike safety and very importantly; winery information. Choose to enjoy one of the many great cafes and explore Arrowtown or get straight into your scenic morning ride along the beautiful Arrow and Kawarau Rivers to the Kawarau Suspension Bridge – home of the world famous Bungy jump.

Spend the afternoon biking at your leisure along the Gibbston River Trail using an informative winery map to visit as many of the 8+ wineries linked throughout this easy riding trail. Enjoy a relaxed lunch en-route or picnic at one of the many Wineries.

You'll then be picked up at 4:30pm (4:00pm 1 May – 31 August) from Gibbston Tavern or your winery of choice for your relaxing vehicle transfer back to Queenstown.

The riding distance to the first winery is 15km. To get all the way to the end of the wine valley you’ll end up covering about 25km. This is easy work on an E-Bike!

Why if 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 opened in 2012, they're heavily involved in community clubs promoting a healthy outdoors lifestyle and all round good folk! When some of the Chuffed Team rode part of the Queenstown Trail it was obvious we needed to introduce our customers to this beautiful cycling experience.

Vintage Car Tour
$299 NZD

A luxury tour of Napier’s heritage and Art Deco highlights.

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Hawkes Bay
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Art Deco Trust

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 at the majestic Napier Municipal Theatre - a unique experience available through Art Deco Trust only, where you will get to have a look inside the beautiful interior. Then on to Ahuriri where you will visit one of the most photographed buildings in New Zealand, the National Tobacco Company building.

You’ll then step back in time as you drive through the residential suburb of Marewa, meaning ‘gift from the sea’ in Maori.  This suburb was built entirely on land that rose from the sea in the 1931 earthquake and is filled with 1930s style homes.

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.

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!

Day Sail on Historic Ship
$299 NZD

Sailing on a classic tall ship, depart from Russell & spend the day enjoying the beautiful Bay of Island waters, with fresh lunch included.

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Northland
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: R Tucker Thompson

A day sailing on R Tucker Thompson is one of the few opportunities to go sailing on a working tall ship, in one of the most spectacularly beautiful parts of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands.

With the wind behind you, this is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to see the Bay; you can be sure your carbon footprint is minimal. Better still, with profits made from tourism going to support youth development, your day out is going to a good cause.

Your day sailing includes:

  • Freshly baked scones and cream tea from the galley
  • Chance to take the helm, hoist the sails or climb the rigging
  • Island stopover in sheltered bay (relax, swim, or explore ashore)
  • Delicious BBQ lunch served on board
  • Licensed cash bar on board with local wines and beers
  • Share stories with the friendly crew
  • Free ferry transfers to Russell on any ferry

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!

Jetboat Adventure Through Whitewater Rapids
$299 NZD

A unique and exhilarating jet boat adventure through the tight gorges and the Nga Awa Purua rapids on the upper Waikato River.

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Taupo
35 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Rapids Jet

Rapids Jet operates on the biggest rapids for commercial jetboating in New Zealand. Shoot through a narrow canyon, be exhilarated by spins on crystal clear waters, spot a trout and surf the pressure waves of the awesome Nga Awa Purua rapids. Take time to view the amazing surrounds of Aratiatia Scenic Reserve, and learn about the wildlife and history of the area with your local drivers. This 35 minute blast will take you up to the Aratiatia Power Station to the base of the Aratiatia Rapids, NZ's biggest and longest rapids that spill from the Aratiatia Dam daily and guarantees an adrenaline rush!

Start by getting into a life jacket and into ‘the zone’ for epic jet boating: calm nerves and lots of excitement!

It’s then a few steps down and into the custom, Kiwi-built boats. Your skilled driver settles you in and gives a quick intro to the beautiful part of the Waikato River that you’re floating on. Then – hold on tight! – you’ll take off for every twist and turn imaginable!

You’ll experience the thrill of ‘surfing’ on the pressure waves of the famous Nga Awa Purua Rapids, squeeze through the narrowest spot of the Waikato River and spin multiple times on the stunning clear water! You might even learn something new, like how hot the bubbling geothermal water is at the river’s edge, a bit of history about the Aratiatia Dam, or how many world-famous movies have been filmed here (keep your eyes peeled for clues in the trees and on the shoreline!).

By the time you return to the jetty 35 minutes later, you'll be smiling ear-to-ear for the rest of the day. And the memories will last forever.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

For nearly 30 years, Rapids Jet has been offering their unique, family friendly jet boat rides along this stunning stretch of the Waikato River, and now's your chance to experience it for yourself! Their NZ must, purpose built jet boats are designed to give you the safest, most powerful & most enjoyable experience possible. Their friendly team will go to all lengths to ensure you disembark the boat with a big old smile on your face!

Waiheke Island Zipline Tour
$299 NZD

An epic zipline tour on Waiheke Island with incredible views and an educational forest walk to top it off.

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Auckland
5 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Ecozip

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

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

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

Please ensure you copy and paste the URL shown here to read the Risks Associated with Ziplining prior to redeeming this experience. https://www.ecozipadventures.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/Risks-Associated-with-Ziplining-2023-Final.pdf

Whitewater River Rafting
$299 NZD

Raft the Wairoa River on a grade 5 rafting trip reputed to have some of the best whitewater action in New Zealand.

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Tauranga
3 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: River Rats

Experience the thrill of one of New Zealand's best whitewater rafting trips on the Wairoa River near Tauranga - it's the ultimate full on grade 5 rafting trip.

The Waiora River, which flows out of the Kaimai Ranges into the Bay of Plenty, is a whitewater mecca. In the 1970's the river was earmarked for hydro electricity and the river was dammed. But due to the intense opposition by the Kaimai Canoe Club a compromise was arrived and the dam would release water 26 days a year to bring the river back to it's white water mecca status. So, on 26 Sundays a year this occurs and the rafting is nothing short of grade 5 epic-ness.

This is one of the most technical commercial rafting trips in the country so is not recommended for non swimmers and is graded grade 5.

This fantastic rafting adventure offers a stunning rock and tree lined gorge that combines turbulent rapids with exciting drops to produce top whitewater action. There's no better way to experience New Zealand rivers than this epic rafting adventure.

 

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

The writer (James from Chuffed) experienced this rafting trip over 20 years ago and the thrill, excitement and pure joy of this trip is well etched in the memory. With rapids called Mothers Nightmare, The Rollercoaster and Devils Cauldron, you get the idea. This is a very experienced rafting operator having run trips down the Wairoa river for over 25 years.

Hot Tubs and Zorb Rides
$299 NZD

A private hot tub soak on the edge of the forest and 2 rides in the famous ZORB balls on the twistiest ZORB track in the world!

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Rotorua
3 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Secret Spot & Zorb

Secret Spot:

You get your own tub for just the two of you, no interruptions or rowdy swimmers with you!

The 12 tubs at Secret Spot are secluded and set outside amongst the tree ferns, with optional umbrellas over the tub to shade you from the sun or rain. At night you soak in a magical setting of lanterns amongst the beautifully lit surrounding native bush.

Oh, and what goes well with a hot tub soak after a big day’s adventure? A nice cold craft beer or cider or refreshing beverage of your choice. Just like a journey to our favourite hot stream in the bush, they've built in lots of cool little surprises for you to discover on your visit to Secret Spot. After showering and changing in brand-new cedar facilities, and picking up your flax kete (basket) with craft beverage of your choice, you head down the boardwalk through the ferns to find your secluded hot tub next to the Waipa stream. Relax, share the stories from your day’s adventures, and connect with nature.

ZORB:

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

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.

With an epic 2 ride flexi pass you'll find out why the ZORB is an iconic New Zealand experience with a ride down the Straight Track (a straight 250 metre direct and high speed journey down the hill) and the Sidewinder Track (Claimed to be the twistiest ZORB track ever built and at 350 metres long that's a lot of twists!)

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Two very contrasting activities and that's why we love this combo so much. We recommend hitting ZORB first - try not to laugh and once the adrenaline and laughter passes you'll be ready for a visit across the city for a relaxing soak amongst the forest! 

Adventure Park Excitement
$409 NZD

The Swoop, the Freefall Extreme, the Shweeb, the Agrojet – you choose! 4 rides to blow you away!

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Rotorua
1 Hour
Adults
Experience Provider: Velocity Valley

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

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

This adrenaline overload package includes all four of the below rides:

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

 

Why is 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!

Glowworm Canyoning near Raglan
$299 NZD

Get your heart rate up as you climb and abseil the cascading waterfalls, all whilst under the light of your head torch and the luminescent shine of the glow worms!

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Raglan
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Raglan Rock

As the sun goes down, begin your journey into the ancient stream flowing off Mount Karioi.

Wrapped up in the latest canyoning suits, the fun begins by abseiling into the freshwater pools. As you descend, you’ll climb and abseil the cascading waterfalls all whilst under the light of your head torch, and the luminescent shine of the glow worms!

Feel safe in the company of an experienced guide, as they lead you on a great adventure. Throughout the trip hear the stories, history, and knowledge of the landscape and local area from your passionate guide, all whilst having those photos captured for you to reflect on later!!

Following the stream find yourself in awe of the native flora and fauna surrounding you. As darkness falls, you’ll begin to see the luminescent transformation take place. Witness new worlds of light being created by the glowworms who call this place home. Take a minute to stop for a moment of peace and tranquility, with a hot cup of freshly made Kawakawa tea.

 

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Raglan Rock were one of Chuffed's first partners and they have proven to be one of the most popular experiences. People love discovering new places and experiences that are unique and off the well known tourist routes - and this definitely fits that bill! Plus it's an epic adventure.

 

Take a Private Surf Lesson at Raglan
$299 NZD

At a world famous surf beach, learn to surf with all the attention of the instructor on the two of you.

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Waikato
2 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Raglan Surf School

Catch some waves in Raglan with a private surf lesson.

Learning to surf is a truly unforgettable experience and Raglan is one of the greatest surfing destinations in New Zealand to do so.

If you're a complete novice, or if you’ve already surfed a bit and you’re looking to take your surfing to the next level, maybe venture further out the back to catch green waves; a private lesson is perfect for you.

Raglan's professional instructors can tailor your lesson to suit your ability and will spend every moment teaching just you. They'll get you progressing faster!

A private lesson allows the instructor to understand your needs quicker so they can adapt their teaching methods to your personality, style and level. You’ll get to learn to read the waves and understand the spot.

This coastal town with its magnificent black sand coastline is an absolute surfing mecca. Raglan offers world-class surf breaks and some of the most consistent surf in the country. With a bit of help from your instructor you'll be riding the waves like a pro in no time.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

We've found learning to surf to be a popular choice by Chuffed recipients. We think it's probably one of those things people would like to try but never get around to it. So when you are given a gift with it as an option, suddenly there is a reason. We have found the team at Raglan Surf to be a delight to work with too!

Blackwater Rafting Adventure
$299 NZD

In a fully guided adventure, explore the caves and underground rivers of the Waitomo area with a tyre tube as river transport.

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Waikato
4 hours 30 minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Waitomo Adventures

Get ready for a legendary underground excursion - this is an epic experience.

Heading underground into the Tumu Tumu Cave, you'll be fully equipped with helmet, lights wetsuit and PVC gumboots for this amazing adventure. Journeying through the underground you walk and float your way on tyre tubes through the amazing underground rivers and cave formations, where stalactites and stalagmites columns and amazing glowworm formations are the stars of the show.

This experience is fully guided by highly trained guides and in small groups so there is plenty of laughter and chat.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

It's one of those experiences that is uniquely Kiwi. Pioneered in the 1980's, it has grown to be a activity synonymous with outdoor adventure in New Zealand. Most of the Chuffed team have done this experience and rate it very highly.

 

Self Guided Waikato River Adventure
$299 NZD

Hit the trifecta of activities with a self guided walk, e-bike ride & kayak on the Waikato River Trails & Lake Karapiro.

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Waikato
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Riverside Adventures Waikato

This is a full day self guided adventure along the Waikato River Trails. You'll explore the trails and Lake Karapiro by walking, e-biking and kayaking - with a shuttle pick up to ensure the day flows nicely.

The Waikato River Trails are becoming immensely popular and this package allows you to get the most out of it.

You'll begin with a walk from Jones Landing to Arapuni Dam, from there it's on to the bike for a ride from Arapuni Dam back to Riverside Adventures base, before finally gearing up for a kayak trip up the Pokaiwhenua Stream and it's canyon on Lake Karapiro. What a day out on some of Waikato's best trails, tracks and waterways!

The helpful team at Riverside Adventures will be on hand to provide you with all the information you need for a memorable day out.

Includes: Shuttle, bike & kayak hire.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

We've had great customer feedback about the team at Riverside Adventures and what a fantastic time people have had with them. There are many ways to explore the area but we think a combination of walking, riding and kayaking will get the most of it all! Top Tip: The Rhubarb Cafe in Arapuni close to the trails and the Arapuni Swing Bridge is well worth seeking out before you head off on your bikes!

Guided Kayak to Hot Pools on the edge of Lake Rotoiti
$299 NZD

On a leisurely guided kayak adventure discover the  Manupirua  Hot Pools, hidden on the shores of Lake Rotoiti and only accessible by water. A special kiwi experience.

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Rotorua
3 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: River Rats

Join the crew from River Rats Rotorua for an epic adventure out on and in the water!

Start with a guided kayak trip across Lake Rotoiti to the Manupirua Hot Springs. These springs are naturally fed and are only accessible by water - there is no road access to this location.

There are 8 mineral hot pools to soak in, with varying temperatures & outlooks to the lake. There is a spot for all to enjoy this quintessentially Kiwi experience!

Here you can relax, soak in the water, the views and the atmosphere, and buy refreshments & snacks from the fully licensed cafe on site before enjoying a leisurely guided paddle back across the lake.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

The River Rats crew have been providing world class natural experiences on the rivers & lakes around Rotorua for over 20 years. They acknowledge their work relies completely on the natural environment in which they operate in, and have put measures in place every step of the way to ensure this is respected & cared for for future generations. They have committed to a raft (pun intended) of environmental pledges along the way, including sponsoring predator free Okere Falls, running their own conservation week annually, and committing to being carbon neutral by 2025! For an inspirational experience in a stunning natural environment, with responsible hosts, look no further!

Rotorua Canopy Tours - Original Experience
$299 NZD

Named by TripAdvisor as the #1 Nature Experience in the World, visit and experience this unique combination of adventure, conservation and nature.

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Rotorua
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Rotorua Canopy Tours

In 2021 TripAdvisor, the world's largest traveller review site named Rotorua's Original Canopy Tour the #1 Nature Activity in the world. Thrilling visitors since 2012 with its unique combination of adventure tourism and conservation, this is an experience you will not forget.

Located deep in an ancient native forest only 15 minutes from Rotorua, you'll traverse a magnificent environment via a series of walking trails, suspended forest bridges and ziplines. This unique forest has been painstakingly restored over over the last 10 years into a safe haven for native birds and creatures. It's a truly magnificent experience. If you're lucky you'll even handfeed wild native birds.

Soaring through the trees, you'll experience New Zealand’s ancient forest like never before. Step back in time in this native forest and come face to face with towering trees and native flora untouched for centuries in one of the most intact native eco-systems you’ll find anywhere in New Zealand. Immerse yourself in this breath-taking country the way it once was and hear the beautiful birdsong of New Zealand native birds including Tuis, North Island Robins, Kereru and Tomtits in their natural habitat.

Embark on a network of ziplines, swing bridges, cliff-walks, tree top platforms and more which journey deep into 500 hectares of ancient forest. A uniquely intimate experience, each tour has a limit of 10 people, meaning more time with your authentic Kiwi guides who are highly trained to keep you safe, make you smile and teach you amazing things as they bring the forest to life.

It’s an adventure that puts you at the heart of the forest restoration story, with every ticket purchased contributing to conservation efforts. To date, 220 hectares of the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve have been restored by removing thousands of predators. Together with visitors they are bringing the forest back to life and creating a forest eco-sanctuary for birdlife to flourish.

Equal parts inspiring, fun and educational, this award-winning adventure is a must-do adventure activity perfect for all ages. Lose yourself on this engaging encounter with the natural world and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Please note there are risks associated with this experience which you will need to familiarise yourself with and acknowledge at the time of booking. Read more at https://www.canopytours.co.nz/safety/

Paddleboard Adventure Tour & Lake Spa
$299 NZD

An incredible guided Paddleboard Tour on scenic Rotorua Lakes followed by hot pool soak at Rotorua’s famous Polynesian Spa.

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Rotorua
3-4 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Paddleboard Rotorua & Polynesian Spa

Paddleboard Tour:

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.

 

Lake 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. You'll have 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.

 

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Polynesian Spa is the most well know of all the Rotorua geothermal hot pool spas, and relaxing in the lakefront deluxe spa is absolute indulgence. Especially so after a relaxing & adventurous paddle boarding tour on one of the beautiful lakes this part of the world is famous for! 

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour & E Bike Waikato River Trail Hire
$299 NZD

Take a tour of the Shire, see the movie set & learn insights about the filming process, then head out on the Waikato River trails with two hours on an E-Bike.

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Waikato
5 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Hobbiton Movie Set & Riverside Adventures Waikato

Hobbiton:

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

Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did, as you journey through the unequivocal beauty of the land, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance.

You start your journey being transported by bus down to the movie set where your guide will then escort you around the set, showing the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made.

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

Waikato River Trails E-Bike:

Get on the E-bikes and enjoy the incredible views along the Waikato River Trail.

The team at Riverside Adventures Waikato will give you all the gear and info you need for an epic few hours in the saddle, then it’s over to you to decide where you want to explore at your own pace before returning to base.

There are over 100kms of grade 2 and 3 riding following the river. These trails are perfect for all riding abilities and have become immensely popular over the last few years.

Minutes from Cambridge yet a world of its own, this spot along the Waikato River is surrounded by lush bush and overlooked by the magnificent Maungatautari Mountain.

Includes:

  • pre-hire safety induction
  • Helmet
  • First aid kit
  • Tube and puncture repair kit

 

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

We thought this was a great combination of two experiences that are within 2 hours drive of the majority of NZ's population, making it a great option to include in our gift packages. With the world wide fame of Hobbiton and the gentle trails of the Waikato River Trail we thought this would make a pretty memorable day out in the heart of the Waikato.

Coromandel Sailing and Dark Sky Stargazing
$299 NZD

Enjoy a sailing experience off the Coromandel Coast followed by a night skygazing experience with powerful telescopes at a hidden valley observatory minutes from Whitianga.

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Coromandel
5 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Boom Sailing & Stargazers BnB

This is a combination of 2 great experiences in Whitianga.

Boom Sailing

Depart Whitianga & set sail for 3 hours around the beautiful Coromandel coastline on Boom Sailings Catamaran ‘Fully Charged’. You'll visit local iconic locations and get to see Cathedral Cove up close. Once the crew set anchor, either relax on the boat, or have a swim or snorkel in the marine reserve with the amazing fish life.

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

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

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 night sky. You'll be able to view the southern 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 an 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 a professional 14″ telescope in the rotating 3.5m 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?

We love these two experiences because they are absolute passions that the owners that have turned into businesses - and that feeling when you experience these two activities is obvious. These are two of our most popular activities that Chuffed gift holders like to do in all of New Zealand!
West Coast Canyoning Adventure
$299 NZD

Guided canyoning adventure through the Karioi Canyon near Raglan.

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Raglan
3 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Raglan Rock

Canyoning is an adrenaline-pumping journey that happens rain or shine. This is an adventure that can’t be missed, so come and find out what all the fuss is about.

As soon as you’re wrapped up in warm thick wetsuits and jackets you will be driven through the picturesque town of Raglan and up to the edge of Mt Karioi to begin your descent down the Karioi canyon. Challenge yourself to scramble, rock climb and abseil the cascading waterfalls all whilst experiencing the magic the canyon has to offer. The ancient lava flow is surrounded by native bush and natural beauty. Experience this whilst you’re being immersed in flowing fresh water.

Following your experienced and passionate guide, you will navigate your way through many obstacles, including waterfalls, pools and boulders, ensuring that your adrenaline levels are high. All of the guides are qualified, friendly, professional and highly experienced, guaranteeing you will always feel safe and comfortable. Throughout the trip, the guide will explain to you facts about the flora, fauna and history of the area, also finding some hidden native plants to eat or drink.

The Ultimate Zorb Day Out
$299 NZD

Take on all 4 tracks at Rotorua’s world famous ZORB, NZ’s only downhill ball rolling site!

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Rotorua
2 - 3 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Zorb

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

Discover FOUR different ball rolling tracks – the world’s longest zig-zag Sidewinder Track, the smooth ‘n’ fast double Straight Track, MEGA Track -the longest, fastest and steepest track in all the land, and the newest track; Pipeline, the latest thrill ride.

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.

Coromandel Zipline Tour
$299 NZD

Experience eight amazing ziplines on a forest tour at Driving Creek Coromandel.

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Coromandel
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Driving Creek

Glide through the forest on this unique zipline canopy tour and experience Coromandel’s breath-taking native forest from all levels, as you fly above the trees and walk beneath the ferns.

Knowledgeable guides will lead you on an unforgettable journey, to learn about Driving Creek’s transformation from kauri logging, goldmining and pastural farming, into a lush hand planted native forest, a haven for regenerating kauri trees and kiwi.

Two expert guides will greet and outfit you with the safety equipment you will need for the journey. A spectacular 18 minute train ride will take you up New Zealand’s only mountain railway to the start of your ziplining experience. Your two friendly guides will then lead you along eight ziplines, which span through trees and across gullies and streams, to experience New Zealand’s native trees and birds, including our largest tree species, the Kauri.

Coromandel Zipline Tours is a fully charitable company with all the profits from your tour going towards restoring and preserving New Zealand’s native forests and supporting the New Zealand clay arts.

Half day Self-Guided Eco tour on Kapiti Island
$189 NZD

Take a ferry trip to Kapiti Island to explore at your own pace, you’ll be given Island information so you know the best spots to visit!

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Wellington
4 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Kapiti Island Nature Tours

Want to tick Kapiti Island off your bucket list? We've got you covered with return ferry travel, doc permits & an island introduction from a Kapiti Island Nature Tours guide.

From your landing at Waiorua, enjoy an easy walk to a lookout over picturesque Okupe Lagoon, with the option to explore the coastline track in the off-season.

Okupe Valley Loop Track - Ideal for families
This walk follows a gentle gradient, with picturesque views over Okupe Lagoon and the marine reserve. Open year-round. Approx 1 hour 30 mins.

Boulder Bank Loop Track - Off-season only
Enjoy a coastal walk around the boulder bank. This track is closed from October to March (unless with a guide) to avoid disturbing nesting seabirds. Approx 45 mins.

Scenic Lake McLaren Kayaking tour
$299 NZD

A fantastic & relaxing kayaking experience on Lake McClaren near Tauranga

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Tauranga
3 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Waimarino

The wonderful calm waters of Lake McLaren are where serenity takes a new name.

Enjoy this easy, peaceful tour as you glide past a multitude of birdlife, and watch the winding streams enter the lake’s edge. Learn about the history of the land from the comfort of your kayak as you paddle towards the head of the lake.

Follow your guide into the stunning Mangapapa canyon, where the native bush appears to touch and form a cave.

This tour is led by professional guides and is suitable for all ages.

Waterfall River Rafting
$299 NZD

Kaituna River waterfall rafting adventure including an epic 7 metre waterfall.

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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.

Sails Seals & Walk Tour
$299 NZD

Sail along the Abel Tasman National Park’s coastline before walking one of NZ’s Great Walks, all in one day.

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Abel Tasman
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures

Start your day sailing from Kaiteriteri beach, soaking up the scenery along the stunning Abel Tasman National Park coastline, passing the iconic Split Apple Rock and the playful NZ Fur Seal colony. Take in the golden beaches, bays, islands and birdsong. Learn about the history, marine life flora and fauna from your knowledgeable skipper before arriving at Anchorage Bay around midday.

Enjoy your own packed lunch on the beach (pre-ordered catering available) or take a swim before starting your self guided nature walk back to Marahau along the Abel Tasman Track. Stroll along sandy beaches via picture-perfect lookouts and through native bush and the beautiful scenery the National Park coastal track has to offer (3-4 hour self-guided walk).

Note: Free morning transfers from Marahau (where the walk ends) provided. This provides you with the freedom to walk the coastal track at your own pace. Free all day car parking is available at the track entrance in Marahau.

E-Bike Self Drive to Land Escape Farm
$299 NZD

Explore the Wanaka Bike trails with an E-Bike hire from LandEscape Wanaka. These are ultra comfortable & modern E-Bikes designed to let you explore further!

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Wanaka
1 Day
Adults
Experience Provider: LandEscape Wanaka

Starting from Land Escape farm, get orientated with your E-Bike before heading off for a day on the stunning trials of the Wanaka & Hawea area. Stop for lunch here, a swim there, or whatever takes your fancy! This also includes unlimited battery replacements throughout the day for your bike, so you really can enjoy a full day on the trials!

Lakeside trails, river tracks and paths that weave through valleys and trees, your Swiss-made e-bikes will take you effortlessly through the very best of Wanaka. YouMo bikes derives its name from ‘Your Mobility’, with the unique ergonomic design allowing you to comfortably explore up to 100km, for a day of scenic wonderment and joy you’ll never forget.

YouMo e-bikes are adult-sized bikes, best suited for those twelve years and older. They are built for explorers who seek a relaxed scenic cruise, with raised handlebars for a more comfortable upright position, padded seats and extra suspension for those bumpier spots.

These stylish e-cruisers are a very capable all-rounder and perfect for this scenic offering. You will be enjoying Wanaka’s gentle and well-made riverside and lakeside trails, not the far more challenging true mountain bike trails, so you won’t be needing the advantages or comfort disadvantages of a mountain bike.

Your starting point, LandEscape is situated just 700m from the Hawea River Trail entrance, where the region’s superb cycle system opens up before you. Meander north along a lovely riverside track to majestic Lake Hawea, head south for the longer Newcastle Loop to Luggate, or simply cruise the glorious 25km into Wanaka. Once there, you can bike around the lakefront and out past the famous Wanaka Tree to Waterfall Creek, then explore the wonderful town itself.

Sip Marlborough
$299 NZD

Take a half-day winery tour to visit some of Marlborough’s famous Wineries, including tastings and the opportunity to chat with the folk who produce the wines.

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Marlborough
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Marlborough Tour Company

Marlborough Tour Company is the largest and longest-running touring company in the top of the South Island, offering quality experiences that showcase the very best of Marlborough.

This is their Sip Marlborough Tour, the perfect introduction to Marlborough’s incredible wine region in a fun and relaxed way. The half day tour gives you a taste of some of Marlborough’s beautiful selection of wines, from a mixture of the regions most iconic, & also boutique, wineries. You’ll spend an afternoon tasting the delicious wines, wandering stunning wineries & meeting the people who help to produce the wine.

Grab a friend & enjoy an afternoon together in Wine Country!

World's Smallest and Rarest Dolphin's
$299 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!

Big Kanu Glowworm Adventure on Lake McLaren!
$299 NZD

Head to Lake McLaren for sunset, where you’ll jump in a Big Kanu with some fellow paddlers and enjoy the serenity of paddling under the stars to see Glow Worms in a narrow, high-sided canyon.

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Tauranga
2 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Waimarino

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

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

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

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

Glow Worm Kayaking on Lake Karapiro!
$299 NZD

Paddle across Lake Karapiro to a small stream where you will see a stunning Glow Worm Display in native forest above.

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Waikato
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Riverside Adventures Waikato

Starting late afternoon or early evening, enjoy spectacular sights you can only experience by kayak. Paddle slowly through the Pokaiwhenua canyon and, when darkness falls, be guided by titiwai (NZ glow worms) on either side.

Paddle along the southern edge of Lake Karapiro, over the old submerged Horahora Dam that produced electricity for the early Waihi goldfields. Learn the history of the Horahora village and enjoy the twilight & silence of being on the water as the day draws to an end.

As night arrives over the lake , paddle slowly up the Pokaiwhenua Stream and through the canyon carved out by water over many hundreds of years. Native ferns & trees drape over you, bird life is all around.
When darkness falls, float silently back downstream, being guided by the glow worms on either side sparkling like Christmas lights.
Indoor Skydiving Experience
$299 NZD

Experience the thrill of flying with an introductory session to indoor Skydiving with professional instruction at iFly Queenstown.

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Queenstown
1 hour 30 minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: IFly Queenstown

Ever dream of flying?

Now you can!

iFLY Queenstown is NZ’s only indoor skydiving attraction based in central Queenstown.  iFLY creates a smooth, wall-to-wall cushion of air on which anyone can safely float – no experience necessary. Simply lean into the airflow and that’s it – you’re flying!

You’ll have an instructor by your side through the whole experience – they will give you an orientation on the basics of flying so you can get the most out of your flights. Once you’ve been briefed you’ll receive your full flight gear which includes a helmet and flight-suit.

Once in the wind tunnel, your instructor will be right by your side providing personal instruction and will be able to demonstrate new skills as you improve.

You get 2 flights and each flight lasts 60 seconds – by the time you have had your 2 flights, that is the equivalent to the freefall of 3 skydives from 12,000 feet!

You'll then have a third minute of flight, this time donning virtual reality goggles, so you can get the real Skydiving experience from the wind tunnel!

You should allow 1.5 hours to complete you full experience.

Geothermal Valley, Boat Cruise and Private Hot Pool
$299 NZD

Explore the youngest geothermal valley in the world before taking a boat cruise and viewing steaming cliffs, then head for a private lakeside soak in soothing hot waters.

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Rotorua
Adults
Experience Provider: Polynesian Spa & Waimangu

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Located approximately 20 minutes drive south of Rotorua through winding farmland you'll discover this wonderful hidden valley.

Billed as the youngest geothermal valley in the world, forming after the Mt Tarawera eruption in 1886, you can explore this young 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 viewed 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.

Allow at least 3 hours to get a good taste of Waimangu.

Polynesian Spa

Polynesian Spa is one of the oldest most established visitor attractions located in central Rotorua. It is without doubt the most well known and popular of the hot spring experiences.

With panoramic views of Lake Rotorua, the Lake View Private Pool (38.5°C) offers incredible views over Lake Rotorua to enjoy in peace and quiet. Private pools cannot be booked for longer than 30 minutes at a time for health and safety reasons. Private pools include towels, changing room, drinking fountain and shower.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

What we love about Waimangu is that it feels like you are really off the beaten track - it's uncrowded, it is undoubtedly beautiful and requires a good hike to really appreciate everything it has (it does have uphill shuttles to get you back from the bottom of the valley). We were really impressed with it. 

And then Polynesian Spa is one of our favorites! We thought what better way to finish a day exploring an off the beaten track location than a relaxing spa? So we made it a combo in the gift packages!

 

Morning or Afternoon Coromandel Sailing Cruise
$299 NZD

Departing Whitianga, enjoy a spectacular 3.5 hour cruise off the Coromandel coast aboard a sailing Catamaran.

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Coromandel
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Boom Sailing

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

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

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

 

Self Guided full day Marlborough Winery Cycling
$299 NZD

Explore the most famous of Marlborough’s wineries with this full day self guided winery cycling experience

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Marlborough
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Explore Marlborough

Enjoy a full day exploring Marlborough's Wineries at your own pace by bike! The team at Explore Marlborough will sort you out with all the gear & a detailed map of the wineries you could visit along the way. Make a day of it with a friend or partner, stopping along the way to taste wines & have lunch at one of the stunning wineries, all with a gentle, flat & beautiful bike ride in between, this is an awesome way to sample some of Marlborough's most famous wines!

You will be picked up from your accommodation in either Blenhiem or Renwick at 9.30am and will be dropped back at your accommodation at the end of the day.

Experience Gift for Two

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$299.00 NZD

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