Great Kiwi Experiences

  • Over 120 incredible 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 1 or 2 people
  • The average retail price of the experiences offered in this gift is $162
  • Recipients can choose one of the listed experiences in this pre-paid gift

Great Kiwi Experiences

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$159.00 NZD

Great Kiwi Adventures is the perfect gift for people who enjoy experiences and like to make the most of what New Zealand has to offer!

  • Over 120 of the best 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 1 or 2 people
  • The average retail price of the experiences offered in this gift is $162
  • Gift 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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Glow Worm Kayaking on Lake Karapiro!
$149 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
Adult
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.
Enjoy a delicious Hāngī Buffet Lunch overlooking the Pohutu Geyser at Te Puia
$149 NZD

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

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Rotorua
1 Hour
Adults
Experience Provider: Te Puia

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

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

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

Two Hour Restorative Wellness Journey at Wai Ariki Spa Rotorua
$149 NZD

Unwind with this restorative 2 hour cultural wellness journey!

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Rotorua
2 Hours
Adult
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
The Ultimate Zorb Day Out
$149 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
Adult
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; Big Air, the latest thrill ride. Ride with water or without water, the choice is yours!

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.

Full day Self-Guided Eco tour on Kapiti Island
$149 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
Adult
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.

Ride the Paihia Trails with a Full Day Electric Mountain Bike Hire!
$149 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
Adult
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
$149 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
Adult
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
Jet boating on the Hurunui to your own riverside Beach Barbecue!
$149 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
Adult
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.

Head to Franz Josef for a cruise on Lake Mapourika & nature walk
$149 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
Adult
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
$149 NZD

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

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Franz Joseph
3 Hours
Adult
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
$149 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
Adult
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
$149 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
Adult
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.

Bay of Islands & Hole in the Rock Discovery Cruise
$149 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
Adult
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
$149 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
Adult
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
$149 NZD

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

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Coromandel
4 Hours
Adult
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
Sea-Kayak Tour of Raglan harbour followed by Coffee & a snack
$149 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
Adult
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.

The Full Weta Workshop Experience & Wellington Waterfront Kai (Lunch)
$149 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
Adult
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.

 

Queenstown sightseeing adventure on Segway
$149 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
Adult
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!

Rugged Coromandel coastal walkway tour
$149 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
Adult
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.

Hanmer Springs Jet Boat Ride
$149 NZD

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

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Hanmer Springs
1 Hour
Adult
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
$149 NZD

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

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Christchurch
2 Hours 30 Minutes
Adult
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
$149 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
Adult
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
$149 NZD

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

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Te Anau
3 Hours
Adult
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
$149 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
Adult
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
$149 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
Adult
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)
Tour to Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach
$149 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
Adult
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
$149 NZD

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

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Auckland
2 Hours 30 Minutes
Adult
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.

Cruise Marlborough Sounds & Enjoy Greenshell Mussels
$149 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
Adult
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.

 

Shotover River Jet Boat
$149 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
Adult
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.

Rail Trail Bike Tour
$149 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
Adult
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
$149 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
Adult
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
$149 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
Adult
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
$149 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
Adult
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.

Scenic Lake McLaren Kayaking tour
$149 NZD

A fantastic & relaxing kayaking experience on Lake McClaren near Tauranga

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Tauranga
3 hours
Adult
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.

Waiheke Island Scenic Plane Flight
$149 NZD

Take off from the Waiheke Island runway for a scenic flight over the island of wine, taking in unique views of vineyards, Auckland city & the Hauraki Gulf.

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Auckland
30 minutes
Adult
Experience Provider: Waiheke Wings

You're in for a treat with breathtaking views and a flying experience high above beautiful Waiheke Island.

Passengers will check in at Waiheke Wings base 10 minutes prior to the scheduled flight departure time. A safety briefing will commence prior to flight.

After take-off from Waiheke Aerodrome you will immediately begin to enjoy incredible views. This flight allows you to soak up some of the local beauty right from the get-go, including the local beaches, coastline and many vineyards.

The flightpath allows you to see some of the most popular locations of Waiheke from a bird’s eye view. Heading out over the majestic beach and quaint town of Oneroa, you will see views of New Zealand’s youngest volcano – Rangitoto, with the Auckland CBD in the backdrop.

Flying from the southern side of the Island over to the eastern side, lookout over of the local oyster beds and mussel farms, that provide many restaurants on the island with these seafood delicacies.

This flight also offers views of Ponui, Pakatoa and Rotoroa Island which is just one of the country’s many beautiful nature reserves.

The last views on your descent will be of Onetangi Beach and its surrounding vineyards, leaving you wanting to try some of the locally produced wines that the island is globally recognised for.

 

Full Day Sailing Adventure
$149 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
Adult
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.

Easy and Popular Cape Winery Tour
$149 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
Adult
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.

 

Rotorua Canopy Tours - Original Experience
$149 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
Adult
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/

Guided Kayak to Hot Pools on the edge of Lake Rotoiti
$149 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
Adult
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!

Jetboat Adventure Through Whitewater Rapids
$149 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
Adult
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!

West Coast Canyoning Adventure
$149 NZD

Guided canyoning adventure through the Karioi Canyon near Raglan.

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Raglan
3 hours
Adult
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.

Glowworm Canyoning near Raglan
$149 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
Adult
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.

 

Day Sail on Historic Ship
$149 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
Adult
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!

Akaroa Hiking & Kayaking Adventure
$149 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
Adult
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! 

Professional Clay Target Shooting Experience
$149 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
Adult
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.

Ultimate Off Roading Adventure
$149 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
Adult
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!

Experience the worlds first 4 seater Jet Boat with the pioneers at Oxbow Adventures Queenstown!
$149 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
Adult
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.

Seafood Discovery Cruise
$149 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
Adult
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!

Self Guided Waikato River Adventure
$149 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
Adult
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 Wildlife or Sunset Kayak
$149 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
Adult
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!

Morning Guided Bike Wine Tour
$149 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
Adult
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. After visiting three wineries in the morning, your guide will talk you through the map and give you some ideas of where to have lunch, other wineries to visit and the best places to bike your afternoon of self-guided touring.

This experience is small and personal with a maximum of eight people per bike tour. Your guide will be with you in the morning 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. 9:30 am) and drop off (approx. 4:30 pm) is included, so that you are free to enjoy the day to the full.

Morning Guided Bike Wine Tour
$149 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
Adult
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. After visiting three wineries in the morning, your guide will talk you through the map and give you some ideas of where to have lunch, other wineries to visit and the best places to bike your afternoon of self-guided touring.

This experience is small and personal with a maximum of eight people per bike tour. Your guide will be with you in the morning 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. 9:30 am) and drop off (approx. 4:30 pm) is included, so that you are free to enjoy the day to the full.

Encounter Wild Albatross on the Ocean
$149 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
Adult
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.

 

Waiheke Island Zipline Tour
$149 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
Adult
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

Coromandel Zipline Tour
$149 NZD

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

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Coromandel
3 Hours
Adult
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.

Guided Self Drive Quad Bike Adventure
$149 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
Adult
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.

Full Day E-Bike Tour of Wineries
$149 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
Adult
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.

Sails Seals & Walk Tour
$149 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
Adult
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.

Visit the Galleries and Gardens & Enjoy Wine Tasting at Sculptureum Matakana
$159 NZD

A unique experience, just 45 minutes from central Auckland!

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Auckland
2 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Sculptureum

After 10 years of development, Anthony & Sandra Grant opened Sculptureum Galleries & Gardens and Rothko Restaurant on their 25-acre property at Matakana in April 2017. Many more years have been spent collecting a vast array of artwork from around the world to display.

Begin your Sculptureum Experience in the Garden of Creative Diversity which has 1.4km of paths leading through the Classical and Reflective gardens. Then move into the galleries and wind your way through the first five art galleries, all of which follow a different theme.

You'll then discover the two rear gardens which will delight, with their interesting mix of sculpture, artwork and stunning palm trees. Finish off with the sixth gallery which contains the stunning glass chandelier by American artist, Dale Chihuly.

On a sun-soaked hill overlooking the Sculptureum is a 14-acre vineyard from which is produced a range of premium Matakana wines. Here, you will sample four wines produced under the Art and Garden Series range and learn the flavours and characteristics of current vintages.

 

Glacier Country Guided Adventure
$149 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
Adult
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.

Kaikoura Ziplining Experience!
$149 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
Adult
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

Virtual Stargazing Experience in Tekapo
$149 NZD

An indoor, daytime virtual astronomy experience taking you on a journey into the night sky!

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Tekapo
45 minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Dark Sky Project

Ever wondered what it would be like to stand inside the rings of Saturn? Or how to find the stars of the southern cross? This 45-minute tour will reveal the universe through the unparalleled lens of science and technology.

Presented by knowledgeable astronomy guides and captivating virtual renditions of the universe, you truly feel like you are amongst the stars.
Explore the sky with your very own astronomer, learn about the southern-hemisphere constellations and objects, and come out with a renewed understanding and appreciation of our place within the universe.

Educational and entertaining, the Virtual Stargazing Experience highlights the science behind our night sky. Using state-of-the-art space rendering technology explore and learn about the secrets of the night sky.

What to expect:

  • All weather indoor virtual astronomy experience using state-of-the-art technology.
  • Educational and entertaining experience showcasing the night sky and wider universe.
  • Highly knowledgeable and passionate guides deliver this spectacular tour.
Two hours of Mountain Carting including lift passes on Cardrona Mountain!
$149 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
Adult
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
$149 NZD

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

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Auckland
4 Hours
Adult
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.

Craft Spirit tasting experience at Waiheke Distilling Co with take home gift
$149 NZD

Try something new & exciting on Waiheke Island with this awesome taster experience at Waiheke Distilling Co!

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Auckland
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Waiheke Distilling Co

Dive into the realm of craft spirits and treat yourself to a Craft Gin or Botanical Vodka tasting experience while enjoying some of the best views Waiheke has to offer.

Start with a Gin or Vodka tasting board, indulge in a curated cheese platter, sourdough bread with an olive oil and balsamic reduction and top off your visit with a cocktail of your choice.

Plus, select a 200ml bottle of your favourite Gin to take home with you.

Waiheke Distilling Co is set on the ridge above Cowes Bay (formerly Pikau Bay). The distillery has been respectfully established to sit alongside and meld within structures that resonate the farming history of the area. Former pasture land has been painstakingly developed into a garden that exemplifies the botanical story of the product produced, bottled and served onsite.

Bioluminescence evening Kayaking tour on Auckland's North Shore
$149 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
Adult
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.

Experience two of Invercargill's world-class attractions
$149 NZD

Two iconic Invercargill attractions rolled into one experience pass!

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Invercargill
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Transport World

Are you looking for an unforgettable adventure in Invercargill? Get ready to make your journey to the South an absolute blast! Our exclusive Turbo Pass brings you face-to-face with two of Invercargill's most iconic attractions, offering a captivating blend of history, innovation, and entertainment.

Bill Richardson Transport World: Create Memories 

  • One man's passion started it all.
  • Don't be mistaken – Bill Richardson Transport World isn't just for petrolheads.
  • Captivating for the entire family, it's the world's largest private automotive museum.
  • Over 300 classic vehicles, ranging from Ford letter cars to pastel-perfect Kombis.
  • Immerse in a cinematic experience at the on-site movie theatre.
  • Delight in wearable arts and a treasure trove of retro memorabilia.
  • Engage in endless fun at the Construction Zone LEGO room.
  • Experience the whimsy of quirky-themed bathrooms.
  • A place where there's truly something for everyone to discover.

 

Classic Motorcycle Mecca: Ride Into Yesterday 

  • Journey back in time and unearth the Southern Hemisphere's premier classic motorcycle collection.
  • Immerse yourself in over 300 bikes from 1902 - 2011, each telling a unique story.
  • Explore the world's most extensive collection of John Britten bikes.
  • Find a homage to hometown hero Burt Munro.
  • Find the Southern Hemispheres' largest collection of Brough Superiors bikes.
  • Housed within two thoughtfully restored period buildings.
  • Encounter a captivating artwork display that leaves enthusiasts and newcomers in awe.

 

Book Your Unmissable Experience Today!

Don't miss out on this opportunity to explore Bill Richardson Transport World and Classic Motorcycle Mecca – the gems that make Invercargill shine. Secure your spot now and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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

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

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

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

Matawhero Winery

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

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

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

 

Bike Hire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guided Albatross wildlife tour and visit to Taiaroa Head Nature Reserve
$149 NZD

A 90 minute guided wildlife tour seeing majestic Albatross and learning about the exciting history of Taiaroa Head Nature Reserve.

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Dunedin
90 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Royal Albatross Centre

The ultimate experience – a 90 minute guided tour telling the story of the Northern Royal Albatross and the People history of Pukekura/Taiaroa Head.

This 90-minute fully-guided tour includes a short film, presentation on the albatross breeding cycle and a short walk up the hill for viewing from an exclusive glassed observatory to view the albatross and then continuing through the underground fort tunnels to see the fully restored Armstrong Disappearing Gun.

Learn about the exciting history. From a small Maori camp in the 1300s to a fortified Pa where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840; from a wooden flagstaff to an 1864 lighthouse at the entrance to Otago Harbour; from an 1880s underground fort to a large defence base in WWII. Taiaroa Head is today a Nature Reserve and iconic wildlife attraction.

  • Visit the only mainland breeding colony of Northern Royal Albatross in the world.
  • Learn fascinating insights into these majestic monarchs of the sea from our passionate and knowledgeable guides.
  • Explore a hidden underground tunnel system underneath the albatross colony and view the world’s only fully restored Armstrong Disappearing gun
  • Come into the exclusive observatory and have the chance to view these charismatic birds raising their young.
  • On a breezy day, you may even see them fly by with their huge 3-metre wingspan – a sight you’ll always remember.

 

The Royal Albatross Centre is operated by the Otago Peninsula Trust, New Zealand’s first private charitable conservation trust. A proportion of every ticket sold at the centre goes directly towards the fostering and protection of the Northern Royal Albatross.

Luxurious day retreat at Maruia Hot Springs
$149 NZD

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

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Canterbury
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Maruia Hot Springs

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

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

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

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

This indulgent half day package includes:

  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Be invigorated by the powers of hot & cold therapy at the daily guided 'signature sauna infusion' led by the resident sauna master
  • Unlimited access to all bathing facilities and relaxation lounges 8:00am-20:30pm (saunas and natural mineral hot pools)
  • Includes locker, towel, and robe for the ultimate relaxation
Take a ferry from Paihia to Otehei Bay for a day enjoying Urupukapuka Island
$149 NZD

Relax, explore, swim, tan, kayak, eat, have it your way with this flexible day out in the Bay of Islands!

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Northland
6 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Explore Group Bay of Islands

Jump on a quick ferry transfer to Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island from Paihia or Russell. Explore this beautiful island recreational reserve with teeming birdlife, native bush and extensive walking tracks...

Experience a slice of island paradise at Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka Island and discover one of Northlands best kept secrets. Relax and listen to the soundtrack of waves and bird song or get busy with a day of activities in this stunning island setting.

Swim at the safe secluded beaches, go for a walk, hire a kayak or perhaps enjoy lunch, dinner or a cold drink from our fully licensed café.

Island activities include:

  • Relax on island time - find a quiet spot to soak up the scenery
  • Enjoy a swim at the safe sandy bay
  • Explore on foot - take one of the many walks on the island, listen to all the different bird song and take in the stunning vista from numerous different look out spots.
  • Hire a kayak or SUP - subject to availability & additional costs
  • Spot the birds - listen to the prolific birdsong and find out about the project Island Songconservation programme at our conservation centre
  • Refuel - enjoy a bite to eat or a drink from the fully licensed cafe onsite
  • Stay longer and camp at one of the designated campsites
30 minute Jet Boat blast on the Hurunui River
$149 NZD

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

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

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

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

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

Napier National Aquarium Entry & Half Day E-Bike Hire combo
$149 NZD

These awesome Napier experiences can be enjoyed across multiple dates!

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Napier
Adults
Experience Provider: National Aquarium & Takaro Trails

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

National Aquarium:

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

Half Day E-Bike Hire:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wanaka
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Lake Wanaka Cruises

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 45 minute cruise each way
  • Friendly knowledgeable guide & crew
  • Spectacular mountain scenery
  • Luxury 57 foot catamaran
  • Complimentary afternoon tea
  • Short Island walk (optional)
  • Licensed bar with $6 drinks
A relaxing & inspiring 60 minute float session!
$149 NZD
Auckland
1 hour
Adult
Experience Provider: Float Culture

Build peace, mindfulness and complete physical relaxation into your lifestyle with this 60 minute float at Float Culture Auckland

What is Floating? Floatation involves lying in a super-saturated Epsom-salt solution about 30cm deep. The salt water solution is heated to skin temperature 35.5C. Once you are settled, it is almost impossible to tell which parts of your body are in the water and which aren’t. The high density of the saline solution will make you feel completely weightless, letting every single muscle in your body fully relax. The float pods are specifically designed to block out all external distractions, such as sights, sounds, tactile sensations and gravity.

Why Float?

  • Muscle relaxation: Float to release muscle tension, flush lactic acid, promote muscle growth, relieve pain and recover faster.
  • Creativity & Mindfulness: Float to unlock the power of your mind – creativity, super learning and powerful recall.
  • Fast-acting stress relief: Float to rest, relief stress, pain and depression or simply improve wellbeing.

Floatation session includes:

  • 60 minutes in the pod.
  • 30 minutes to take a shower before and after the float.
  • Bath towel provided.
  • Skin care products are available for use after the float
Otago Harbour Albatross Viewing Trip!
$149 NZD

Encounter Albatross up close on a custom built for purpose catamaran on the Otago Harbour!

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Dunedin
1 Hour
Adults
Experience Provider: Natures Wonders

Experience world-acclaimed wildlife from the sea onboard the catamaran Albatross Express.

Cruise Otago Harbour past Aramoana sand spit, the Mole and Taiaroa Head with its historic lighthouse before venturing into the open ocean. You will have a wonderful opportunity to experience ocean wildlife up close and personal.

Northern royal albatross, mollymawks, petrels, terns, cormorants, shearwaters, royal spoonbills, red-billed gulls and much more.

The Albatross Express is a custom-built twin engined catamaran with two viewing decks - the open top deck and enclosed lower deck where two toilets are located.

This is all weather viewing at its very best!

Whale Watch Tour
$149 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
Adult
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.

 

Cruise the Pelorus Sound on the world famous Mail Run cruise!
$149 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
Adult
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.

2 Go Kart races for two people at Taupo International Motorsport Park
$149 NZD

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

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Taupo
40 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Taupo International Motorsport Park

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Cromwell
15 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Highlands Motorsports Park

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Guided tour of Zealandia Ecosanctuary Wellington
$149 NZD

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

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Wellington
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Zealandia Ecosanctuary

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sweet:

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

Savoury:

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

coffee or tea

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

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

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Christchurch
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Melton Estate Winery

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

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

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

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

Visit the Wineries of Marlborough on an E-Bike
$149 NZD

Explore the most famous of Marlborough’s wineries with a 3 hour e-bike hire & all the local knowledge you need!

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Marlborough
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Explore Marlborough

Enjoy exploring Marlborough's Wineries at your own pace by E-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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy

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

Blackwater Rafting Adventure
$149 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
Adult
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.

 

Depart Kinloch & explore the hidden gems on the Western side of Lake Taup
$149 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
Adult
Experience Provider: Taxicat Adventures

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.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Explore Devonport on a Segway Sampler Tour!
$149 NZD

Explore the seaside village of Devonport & on Segway!

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Auckland
1 Hour
Adults
Experience Provider: Magic Broomstick Tours

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

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Grade 2 Rafting trip on Waiau River
$149 NZD

An epic guided rafting trip on the Waiau River!

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Hanmer Springs
2 Hours
Adult
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.

Christchurch City Gondola & Punting Combo
$149 NZD

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

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Christchurch
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Christchurch Attractions

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

E-Bike Hire 2 Hour
$149 NZD

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

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Waikato
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Riverside Adventures Waikato

Grab a mate, get on the bikes and enjoy the incredible views along the Waikato River Trail. The team at Riverside Adventures Waikato will give you all the info you need for an epic ride.

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 and you’ll be surrounded by spectacular flora and fauna only found in New Zealand.

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:

  • Gepida Berig & KTM Macina Team mid-drive bikes with Bosch motors
  • Pre-hire safety induction
  • Helmet
  • First aid kit
  • Tube and puncture repair kit

 

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Just tucked off the main road on the side of Lake Karapiro we found Riverside Adventures Waikato. This place is home to some astonishingly beautiful kayaking opportunities and cycle trails, and the family that run Riverside Adventures are committed to making sure you are equipped to safely & confidently explore the very best of it!

Soak at Rotorua's famous Polynesian Spa
$149 NZD

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

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Rotorua
2 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Polynesian Spa

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

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

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

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

Includes access to:

  • Four shallow Rachel Spring alkaline mineral hot pools ranging from 36-41 degrees
  • One Priest Spring acidic mineral hot pool
  • Cold plunge pool for hot-cold hydrotherapy to detoxify –alternate between hot and cold pools three times for best results
  • Geothermally-heated poolside recliners
  • Large indoor relaxation lounge overlooking the lake and gardens
  • Premium changing facilities with towels, secure lockers, beautiful soap, shampoo and hairdryers provided

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Crater Night Sky Experience
$149 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
Adult
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!

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

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

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Auckland
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Batch Winery

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

V8 Trike Ride around Mt Maunganui
$149 NZD

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

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Tauranga
25 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: V8 Trike Tours

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

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

Grab some friends and strap in for a drive around Mount Maunganui and along New Zealand’s ‘Best Beach’, Mount Maunganui.

It’s been ranked one of the top beaches in the World for a reason, and you’ll get to see why. There’s plenty of highlights along the way, making it the perfect introduction to the area.

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

 

Rangitoto Island Return Ferry
$149 NZD

Explore a volcanic Auckland icon with return ferry tickets to Rangitoto Island from Downtown Auckland.

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Auckland
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Fullers 360

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

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

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

Ferry takes approximately 25 minutes from downtown Auckland.

Half day city or Mountain Bike Hire
$149 NZD

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

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Wellington
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Switched on Bikes

There's no better way to see Wellington than by bike. Ride at your own pace by hiring either a mountain or city bike to explore Wellington city and the surrounding bays. From the Wellington Waterfront to the quiet bays and panoramic lookouts, you’ll be enthralled from start to finish.

The bikes are easy to use and suitable for any level of rider. You can ride the bays to take in the best viewpoints or use your Bike as your transport between the Wellington must-see attractions such as Weta Workshop, Zealandia Sanctuary, Te Papa Museum or the Wellington Cable Car located only 5-minutes away, or take your mountain bike to some of the trails located near the city centre! Maps provided

This package is a half day City or Mountain Bike hire.

Raglan Harbour Sunset Cruise with Fish & Chips
$149 NZD

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy

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

The Footprints of Kupe Experience
$149 NZD

A magnificent 75 minute multisensory journey of guided storytelling of Kupe who landed at Hokianga Harbour 950 years ago.

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Northland
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Manea Footprints of Kupe

Located in Opononi, on the edge of the edge of the Hokianga Harbour is this very interesting cultural attraction.

According to some tribal narratives, Kupe was the first Polynesian to discover the islands of New Zealand. Hokianga is uniquely associated with Kupe as the place he secured for his descendants before leaving on his return voyage to our ancient place of origin in the eastern Pacific. Within a generation those descendants, returned to these Hokianga shores. These events and histories are the foundation of local tribal identity.

Manea: Footprints of Kupe was developed from a vision had by local Kaumātua (senior tribal Elders) for preserving their heritage and sharing it with the world.

The actual experience is a 75-minute multisensory journey of guided storytelling – through art, taonga (cultural treasures), film, performance, digital interaction and the splendor of Hokianga’s natural surroundings.

It is split into 3 parts:

Whakapapa / Connect

Meet your guide and begin your journey in the footsteps of Kupe, with descendants of Kupe.

Engage in stories about their ancestors and the ancient realms of Kupe, told through carvings and the surrounding land. Deepen your understanding of Māori customs and the dynamic connections to the natural and spiritual world.

Ruku / Immerse

On your arrival at the Manea whare taonga (house of treasures), you are welcomed with the timeless cultural ceremony of pōwhiri.

You now enter the Manea theatre, where a 20-minute 4D-digital extravaganza and live performance immerses you in a full sensory recreation of the rich and vibrant world of the intrepid adventures of Kupe.

You appreciate in a new way the extraordinary feats of  ocean voyaging.

Toro / Interact

From the theatre, your guide will lead you outside to absorb the full significance of the Hokianga harbour and it's connection.

This was not only where Kupe made his home, but also his final departure point from this land.

You can now continue your journey of discovery at your leisure in the Footprints of Kupe Interactive Gallery, where digital stations reveal more details of our ancestor’s story.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Manea: Footprints of Kupe was developed from a vision had by local Kaumātua (senior tribal Elders) for preserving their heritage and sharing it with the world. Te Hua o Te Kawariki Trust has developed and runs the Manea centre. It is a charitable trust representing a group of local marae and all profits are returned for community projects. We love this, and this captures the amazing power of tourism to bring income and jobs and community benefits to a community, preserve and educate about other cultures and send people away with a greater understanding of the world we live in. What's not to love about this?

Experience the Rotorua Lakes in an Amphibious WW2 Vehicle
$149 NZD

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

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

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

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

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Wellington
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Wildfinder

See what the eBikes buzz is all about! Do as much or as little pedaling as you like, and let your eBike take the wind and fitness (or motivation!) levels out of the equation.

Discover Pencarrow Head's lighthouses and lakes, along with amazing views of Wellington's coastline and the Kaikoura Ranges on an amazing eBike adventure.

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

Pack a picnic lunch and make the most of a full day out on this incredible coastline. Explore Eastbourne’s cafes and galleries, before heading out to Pencarrow Head’s lighthouses and lakes, and further around the bay to the SS Paiaka wreck.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Visit the International Antarctic Centre
$149 NZD

Learn about the history, the ecology, the people, the wildlife at the International Antarctic Centre and get a feeling why this icy white continent is so enthralling.

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Christchurch
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: International Antarctic Centre

This is the place to go, short of the Antarctic Shelf itself, where you can immerse yourself in all thing Antarctica!

Be chilled in the incredible Antarctic storm room, thrilled on an all-terrain vehicle tour, make friends with penguins and huskies. Learn about the first expeditions, modern day life on Scott Base and the future of humanity on the ice. With big screen ice tours in an immersive 4D theatre you learn and experience so much about Antarctica.

In just a few hours here, the icy continent will create memories to last a lifetime. It’s cold. It’s cool. It’s waiting to be discovered by you.

The International Antarctic Centre has a huge range of experiences guaranteed to entertain you. You'll love exploring this award-winning visitor destination!

Admission Includes:

  • Hägglunds Field Trip
  • Storm Dome
  • Penguin Rescue
  • HD Theatre
  • 4D Theatre
  • Husky Zone
Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary Tour
$149 NZD

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

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Stewart Island
3 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Real NZ

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

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

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

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

Ulva Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Milford Sound Cruise
$149 NZD

Enjoy a leisurely cruise of Milford Sound, enjoying expert nature commentary and getting up close to it’s famous waterfalls.

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Milford Sound
2 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Real NZ

Take the time to enjoy the best of Milford Sound with a leisurely cruise aboard the Milford Haven, Milford Mariner or M.V. Sinbad. 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.

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 (cash only on-board)
  • Barista coffee and tea available (extra cost)
  • Milford Sound is in remote Fiordland, with no WIFI available, the perfect place to unplug and recharge
  • All ages are welcome on our cruises
Exclusive Penguin Habitat Access at International Antarctic Center
$149 NZD

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

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Christchurch
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: International Antarctic Centre

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Skywire Experience
$159 NZD

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

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Nelson
1 Hour
Adults
Experience Provider: Cable Bay Adventure Park

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy:

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

Full Day Cycle Exploration of Wellington
$149 NZD

Pick up your E-Bike from Wellington waterfront and explore the city to your hearts content – the coastal bays, Weta Workshop, visit Te Papa, cycle into the hills – get lost and explore.

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Wellington
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Switched on Bikes

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.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Switched on Bikes are a small Kiwi owned & run business on a mission. They see a future where Wellington's transport system if accessible, sustainable & healthy, cue the bikes! You can take a guided tour with the crew from Switched on Bikes to explore Wellington like you've never seen before, opt for a day or half day hire & choose your own adventure, or, ask the team about their NZ first subscription based Electric Bike programme, making commuting via E-Bike more accessible than ever before!

Feed Wild Stingrays and Kingfish
$149 NZD

Experience the Reef Ecology Tour at Tatapouri. Wade out on the shallow reef and meet all the residents, including stingrays who will let you gently stroke them.

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Gisborne
1 Hour
Adults
Experience Provider: 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.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

In a previous role, our product manager Alex had sent many hundreds of international tourists to Dive Tatapouri, and had often heard that this was the most unique natural & cultural experience these visitors had here. Chris & Dean Savage run Dive Tatapouri, and their team delivers a true Kiwi experience, where you arrive as a stranger & leave as Whanau. This one has to be experienced to be fully appreciated! 

The Full Weta Workshop Experience
$149 NZD

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

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Wellington
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Weta Workshop Wellington

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

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

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

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Cromwell
15 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Highlands Motorsports Park

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

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

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

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

 

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

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

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

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Wanaka
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: LandEscape Wanaka

Nestled amongst the rolling hills, crystal clear waters and snow-capped peaks of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, the home of gentle adventure and serene relaxation is emerging at LandEscape Wanaka!

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Urban Axe Throwing Experience - Auckland
$149 NZD

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

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

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

The axe-perts will show you how it’s done before you learn how to throw for yourself & dive into a couple of fun games using your new found skills. Plus you get to enjoy some snacks & refreshments while you do it!

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Axe-Throwing Session Wellington
$149 NZD

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

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

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

The axe-perts will show you how it’s done before you learn how to throw for yourself & dive into a couple of fun games using your new found skills. Plus you get to enjoy some snacks & refreshments while you do it!

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why ride with an E-Bike?

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

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

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

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Marlborough
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Beachcomber Cruises

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

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Coastal Cycle Tour to Popular Wineries
$149 NZD

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

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Napier
6 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Takaro Trails

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

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

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

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

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

Not included: Wine tasting charges

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

 

The Ultimate E-Bike Destination
$149 NZD

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

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Napier
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Takaro Trails

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Why is this Chuffed Worthy:

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

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

 

Auckland's Fastest Indoor Adventure Centre
$149 NZD

15 laps of indoor electric go karting track, explore the jungles in a laser tag mission and finish with a mini golf round.

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Auckland
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Game Over Auckland

Unlock all three attractions at Game Over Auckland with the ALL EXPERIENCE PASS!

Start with a 15 lap race around the karting track, then strap on your phaser and step into the deepest of jungles for your laser tag missions, and finally, cap off the day with a round of Jurassic Mini Putt. Pick a friend & make a day of it!

Get behind the wheel of an electric kart and experience first-hand the unrivaled torque and power! The 200m track challenges drivers of all levels; smooth steering, throttle, and brake control are essential for achieving a good lap time.

Game Over Laser Tag is a live action packed, laser arena with the latest technology, lighting and sound. Watch out for the opposition players and the interactive targets hidden throughout the arena – zap them before they get you! All players receive a full mission briefing followed by gearing up where you will strap on your Helios Pro vest and phaser.

Take a trip back to the Jurassic period and see if you have the skills to avoid gigantic dinosaurs while you putt. Weather is irrelevant as this 12-hole mini golf course is indoors. Great fun for everyone!

Why is this Chuffed Worthy? 

We first heard about Game Over Auckland from friends raving about their experience there, and suggested it would be an awesome fit for Chuffed. The crew at Game Over are dedicated to ensuring all of their customers have an absolute blast, and because all of the activities are indoor, they do so rain, hail or shine!

Explore Waitangi Mountain Bike Park
$149 NZD

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

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Northland
4 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Paihia Mountain Bikes

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy? 

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

Private Hot Tub and Zorb Rides
$149 NZD

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

 

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Rotorua
3 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Secret Spot & Zorb

Secret Spot Hot Tubs

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

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

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

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

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

Zorb

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

The team who started Chuffed did so after working as near neighbors to the Zorb team, at Rotorua Canopy Tours. After years of working closely with the Zorb team, seeing first hand their amazing experiences & fun & professional customer service style, it was a no brainer for us to bring Zorb on as one of our first partner businesses! At Secret Spot, Keith, Eric & family have set up a truly epic business, with Kiwi refreshments, hospitality, and nature (literally) running through the property! The Chuffed team love a visit to Secret Spot, especially to enjoy a refreshing beverage or two after a days riding in the forest!

Astronomy and Stargazing Experience
$149 NZD

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

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Coromandel
1 hour 30 minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Stargazers BnB

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

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Dive into the crazy world of Weta Workshop at Unleashed in Auckland
$149 NZD

Step into a fantastical film effects workshop and explore the worlds of horror, sci-fi and fantasy in-the-making. The line becomes blurred between reality and fantasy!!

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Auckland
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Weta Workshop Unleashed

Step into the fantastic film effects workshop and explore the worlds of horror, sci-fi and fantasy in-the-making. It's a journey through Weta Workshop's creative process that needs to be seen to be believed!!

Part 1: Horror
The animatronics and prosthetics department are working on the horror film Fauna. Visitors who dare, may enter the claustrophobic horror film set, where something lingers in the shadows..

Part 2: Fantasy
Enter our very own Artists’ Shed, a peaceful haven that shows the process of fantasy world-building through the imaginations of concept artists, who dream up a world designed for the epic movie Age of the Ever-Clan. Step through the curtain and enter their fantastical world….

Part 3: Sci-fi
It’s time to walk onto a film set of the science fiction adventure movie Origins. Projected light plays across the stage and a stunning light display with an epic intergalactic soundtrack begins. A gigantic robot and epic spaceship immerse you in an atmospheric sci-fi wonder.

Be Unleashed. Your 90-minute guided experience includes:

  • Monsters, giants and robots!
  • Interactive gizmos
  • Discombobulating displays
  • Fantastical set-pieces from the worlds of horror, fantasy and sci-fi
  • Eye-popping practical effects: discover how our crew design, build and bring them to life
Hell's Gate Mud Bath & Spa Experience
$149 NZD

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

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Rotorua
90 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Hells Gate

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

Hell’s Gate mud spa is a historic New Zealand experience. The healing properties of the geothermal mud and sulphur mineral water have been used by local Māori for over 800 years. Open and clean your skin by lathering it in our unique mud, before exfoliating and cleansing with a soak in the sulphur spa. Your body and soul will feel revitalised after this soothing experience.

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

 

The Most Outrageous of all ZORB Rides
$149 NZD

A ride each on the fastest, highest, steepest and longest giant ball rolling track in the WORLD.

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Rotorua
1 - 2 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 MEGA Track -the longest, fastest and steepest track in the world at a full 300 metres! Think of it like a giant water slide, 40 litres of water (warm in winter, cool in summer) with no tumbling involved, just full on belly laughs from top to bottom. To this day, Rotorua is the ONLY location in New Zealand where you can experience this amazingly fun and bizarre bucket list activity.

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Full Day Waikato Kayak Adventure
$149 NZD

An awesome adventure exploring the Waikato River and Lake Karapiro. Picnic, explore, swim. Includes full day hire of 2 Kayaks.

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Waikato
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Riverside Adventures Waikato

Pack some lunch and get ready for an awesome day exploring Lake Karapiro with a friend on a couple of kayaks!

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.

The team at Riverside Adventures Waikato will give you all the gear and info you need for an epic day paddling. Karapiro is known for its calm waters!

Includes:

  • Sit-on top kayaks designed for stability and safety
  • Paddles and leashes
  • Wetshoes
  • Personal Floatation Device (lifejacket)
  • Pre-hire safety briefing & paddling tips
  • Splash pants available on request
  • Dry bags available on request

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Just tucked off the main road on the side of Lake Karapiro we found Riverside Adventures Waikato. This place is home to some astonishingly beautiful kayaking opportunities and cycle trails, and the family that run Riverside Adventures are committed to making sure you are equipped to safely & confidently explore the very best of it!

Muriwai Beach Blokarting experience
$149 NZD

With full instruction provided, this includes 2x Blokart hire and the exhilaration of land sailing along these famous black sand beaches – truly something unique!

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Auckland
1 Hour
Adults
Experience Provider: Muriwai Surf School

Experience Auckland famous west coast beach in an exhilarating and exciting new way, on land based yachts - known as Blokarts.

Only done 2 hours each side of low tide, this is the most unique way to experience Muriwai Beach.

The team from Muriwai Surf School will equip you with everything you need, before you walk to the beach & learn everything you need to get going, then you are ready for the wind in your face and an adventure you'll never forget.

The Blokarts are easy to operate & great fun, plus, the wilder the weather the more exhilarating your Blokarting experience will be, so don't let wind & rain deter you!

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Chuffed loves that our gifts introduce people to new experiences. Not many people can say that they have tried Blokarting before, and who knew it was so accessible just 45 minutes from our biggest city? For a unique experience in a beautiful (& handy) location, with a great team, it's hard to look past this!

 

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

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

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Rotorua
30 minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Off Road NZ

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

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

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

 

Dramatic Coastal Sea Kayak Tour
$99 NZD

Kayak with experienced guides, marvel at spectacular towering cliffs, rock stacks, reefs, and deep sea caves as well as penguins, seals, sea birds – and if your lucky – dolphins. No experience necessary.

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Christchurch
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Adult
Experience Provider: Pohatu Penguins

Explore the outer coast of the Bank Peninsula, and the Pohatu Marine Reserve by kayak on this guided morning kayak adventure that departs at 8am!

The coastline here is rich in marine life, and is jaw droppingly stunning, featuring towering cliffs, rock stacks, reefs & sea caves. Sightings of all sorts of species are common, including plenty of marine birds, penguins, seals, and if you're very lucky, the world's smallest dolphin, the Hectors Dolphin. Flea Bay Island and the impressive island arch make an added exciting attraction in settled sea conditions.

No kayaking experience is necessary, the crew at Pohatu Penguins will provide all the instruction, safety equipment & knowledge you need for a beautiful morning on the water!

Allow 3.5 hours with approximately 1.5 hours on the water.

The Full All Black's Experience
$149 NZD

A hand’s on and interactive state of the art guided tour showcasing New Zealand’s All Black rugby heritage, achievements and culture – followed by the opportunity to test your own skills.

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Auckland
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: All Blacks Experience

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

We think it’s great there is now an experience where New Zealander’s can go and really get a in-depth understanding of our national game and it’s importance in the cultural identity of New Zealanders. So when All Blacks Experience approached Chuffed and asked if they can be part of our gift packages we thought it was a perfect fit. We also like the fact it is in a central Auckland location so you can wrap a day of exploring the CBD around a visit to the All Blacks Experience. 

Morning or Afternoon Coromandel Sailing Cruise
$149 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
Adult
Experience Provider: Boom Sailing

Depart from Flaxmill Bay, near Whitianga & set sail for three and a half hours around the beautiful Coromandel coastline. On board Boom Sailing's 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.

 

Big Kanu Glowworm Adventure on Lake McLaren!
$159 NZD

An enchanting dusk adventure in the “Big Kanu” to visit a steep walled canyon – home to thousands of glowworms scattered like the night sky.

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Tauranga
2 hours
Adult
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.

Self Drive 4WD Forest Adventure
$99 NZD

Hold your nerve and navigate the muddy soak holes, tight turns, sharp drops and steep ascents on this forest 4WD trail.

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Rotorua
1 hour
Adult
Experience Provider: Off Road NZ

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

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

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

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

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

The 4WD Bush Safari Experience

  • Unforgettable self-drive 4WD adventure
  • High-performance 4WD Suzuki Jimny
  • Automatic transmission and power steering
  • From 45 minutes to 1 hour
  • Departures from 9am with last tour at 4pm

Great Kiwi Experiences

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