Iconic New Zealand

  • Over 90 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 $315
  • Recipients can choose one of the listed experiences in this pre-paid gift

Iconic New Zealand

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$309.00 NZD

Iconic New Zealand is the perfect Gift for anyone in, or out of New Zealand that you think deserves to spend some time enjoying what this amazing country has to offer!

  • Over 90 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 $315
  • 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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Traditional Māori Massage and Bathing package at Wai Ariki Spa Rotorua
$299 NZD

Unwind with this restorative massage & bathing package!

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Rotorua
2 Hours 30 minutes
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.

This 90 minute massage and 60 minute bathing helps to induce a calm balance between your mauri (vital energy) and your wairua (spirit). Your choice of signature oil blends, infused with rongoā (plant remedies) further enhance this restorative massage.

Highlights:

  • Wai Ariki Signature Mirimiri - spiritual and physical Māori healing massage
  • Signature oil blends infused with rongoā rākau (plant remedies)
  • Luxury within a multi award-winning cultural and architecturally designed building
  • 3 exclusive bathing including geothermally heated sky/stargaze pool with stunning views of Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island
  • Adults only (16 years and above

Facilities:

  • Outdoor loungers and indoor relaxation lounge with herbal tea and water
  • Wheelchair accessible shower changing room / wheelchair lift into bathing pools
  • Private showers and changing areas with hair dryers
Auckland Harbour Jet Ski Tour
$299 NZD

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

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Auckland
1 hour 30 minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Sea Auckland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kaikoura Ziplining Experience!
$299 NZD

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

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Kaikoura
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Ecozip Kaikoura

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A beautiful day exploring the very best of the Wanaka wine scene!
$299 NZD

A tour to visit up to six boutique Wanaka vineyard, including a beautiful gourmet platter lunch!

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Wanaka
6 Hours 30 Minutes
Adult
Experience Provider: Wanaka Wine Tours

The accent is on leisure as you immerse yourself into the flavours and sights of this vineyard paradise.

Wanaka Wine Tours will pick you up from your accommodation at a leisurely 11am, and take you to the little places that are quietly making a big name for themselves with their dedication to producing the best possible wine.

Here you’ll get up close and personal with the vineyard owners. This tour is an unhurried amble through up to six of the regions finest, pausing only to admire the ever-present views.

Savour the unique atmosphere of the arts, crafts and history of Old Cromwell Town and enjoy the indulgence of an award-winning gourmet platter lunch, made from local fresh produce.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hawkes Bay
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Heretaunga Wine Studio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Northland
8 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Paihia Mountain Bikes

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy? 

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

Queenstown Jet Boat Blast
$299 NZD

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

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Queenstown
1 Hour
Adults
Experience Provider: Real NZ

60 minutes of exhilarating adventure starting right in the heart of Queenstown’s town centre.

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

  • Speeds up to 95kmph & epic 360-degree spins
  • 60 minute exciting ride to the Kawarau River
  • Expert and passionate guides
  • Travel 44km up the historic Kawarau River
  • Twin V8 engines delivering 820 horsepower
Motuara Island Bird Watch Cruise in Marlborough Sounds and World War Aviation Showcase
$299 NZD

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

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

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

 

Beachcomber Cruise in the Marlborough Sounds

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Aviation showcase at Omaka

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

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

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

Epic 10,000ft Skydive at Franz Josef & Fox Glacier
$299 NZD

Go on an epic skydiving adventure 10,000 feet in the air with spectacular South Island views of mountains, glaciers, lakes, rivers and ocean.

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Franz Joseph
3 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Skydive Franz Josef & Fox Glacier

Experience a Tandem Skydive from 10,000 feet in the air with the most astonishing views of the South Island amongst mountains, glaciers, lakes, rivers and ocean views.

Skydive Franz & Fox has New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki/Mount Cook and the biggest glaciers Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers immediately on the right and the wide blue ocean on the left. On this spectacular skydive you'll see mountains, the Tasman Sea, glowing glaciers, mirror lakes and braided river beds - Franz Josef Glacier has been described as one of the most beautiful place on earth!

Tandem skydiving is the fastest, easiest and safest way for an inexperienced skydiver to enjoy the thrill of jumping out of a plane, free falling through the sky at 200kph/120mph and floating safely to the ground under a parachute. The system includes a harness and parachute system for both the passenger and the instructor to share, so you can simply enjoy the thrill of the experience knowing your instructor has everything under control.

You will experience a huge rush leaving the aircraft – but just as quickly notice that the sensation of the roaring wind below you actually cushions you as you travel speeds of 200kph (120mph). Then wow – the rush turns to extraordinary peace when your parachute opens, and you gently drift over the South Island with breathtakingly beautiful mountainous views. At this point, you’ll either be stunned to silence or screaming for joy! It’s an indescribable feeling that you will never forget. You won't be able to wipe the smile off your face!

The 10,000ft skydive is best suited for those wanting a shorter experience or it is also a great place to start for those who are under 18 due to the less pressure changes.

  • Up to 30 seconds freefall!
  • 10 minute flight to altitude
  • 3-4 minute flight under canopy
  • Amazing views of Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers

 

Epic 10,000ft Skydive at Mount Cook
$299 NZD

Go on an epic skydiving adventure 10,000 feet in the air with stunning views over the South Island.

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Mount Cook
3 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Skydive Mount Cook

Experience a Tandem Skydive from 10,000 feet in the air with the most astonishing views of Aoraki/Mt. Cook & Lakes Ohau, Pukaki & Tekapo.

Located in Pukaki and boasting some of the country’s most epic scenery. Skydive Mt Cook offers quintessential South Island views: snow-capped mountains, glaciers, lakes, and Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Freefall from the best piece of sky this beautiful country has to offer.

In tandem skydiving, you are paired with a professional tandem master who looks after you every step of the way. You will experience a huge rush leaving the aircraft – but just as quickly notice that the sensation of the roaring wind below you actually cushions you as you travel speeds of 200kph (120mph).

Then wow – the rush turns to extraordinary peace when your parachute opens, and you gently drift over the South Island with breathtakingly beautiful mountainous views. You'll feel the freedom of flying over the beautiful South Island - some of the most incredible scenery on earth is found right here. At this point, you’ll either be stunned to silence or screaming for joy! It’s an indescribable feeling that you will never forget. You won't be able to wipe the smile off your face!

The 10,000ft skydive is best suited for those wanting a shorter experience or it is also a great place to start for those who are under 18 due to the less pressure changes.

  • Up to 20 seconds freefall!
  • 10 minute flight to altitude
  • 3-4 minute flight under canopy
  • Spectacular views of Aoraki/Mt. Cook & Lakes Ohau, Pukaki & Tekapo

 

Epic 10,000ft Skydive over Abel Tasman
$299 NZD

Go on an epic skydiving adventure 10,000 feet in the air with stunning views over the Abel Tasman.

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Abel Tasman
3 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Skydive Abel Tasman

Experience a Tandem Skydive from 10,000 feet in the air with the most astonishing views over mountains, beaches, and the ocean.

Located in central Motueka and boasting the country’s most epic scenery, this is the only drop zone in NZ that can show you the mind-blowing views of both islands. Freefall from the best piece of sky this beautiful country has to offer!

In tandem skydiving, you are paired with a professional tandem master who looks after you every step of the way. You will experience a huge rush leaving the aircraft – but just as quickly notice that the sensation of the roaring wind below you actually cushions you as you travel speeds of 200kph (120mph).

Then wow – the rush turns to extraordinary peace when at approximately 5,000 feet, your parachute opens, and you gently drift over the Abel Tasman with breathtakingly beautiful views. You'll feel the freedom of flying over turquoise oceans, snow-capped mountains and three national parks – some of the most beautiful scenery on earth is found right at the centre of New Zealand. At this point, you’ll either be stunned to silence or screaming for joy! It’s an indescribable feeling that you will never forget. You won't be able to wipe the smile off your face!

The 10,000ft skydive is best suited for those wanting a shorter experience or it is also a great place to start for those who are under 18 due to the less pressure changes.

  • Up to 30 seconds freefall!
  • 10 minute flight to altitude
  • 3-4 minute flight under canopy
  • Breathtaking views of the Abel Tasman

 

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

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

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

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

Matawhero Wine Tasting

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

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

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

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

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

 

Gisborne E-bike Hire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full Day E-bike Hire and Weta Workshop Tour in Wellington
$299 NZD

Explore beautiful Wellington via E-bike to your hearts content and lose yourself in a world of creativity with a full guided experience of Weta Workshop.

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Wellington
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Switched on Bikes and Weta Workshop Wellington

What better way to enjoy Wellington than with an e-bike hire and amazing Weta Workshop experience. These activities can be enjoyed across separate days or combined.

E-bike Hire

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

From the Wellington Waterfront to the quiet bays and panoramic lookouts, you'll be enthralled from start to finish. These quality electric bikes are easy to use and suitable for any level of fitness. You can ride the bays to take in the best viewpoints or use your E-Bike as your transport between the Wellington must-see attractions such as Weta Workshop, Zealandia Sanctuary, Te Papa Museum or the Wellington Cable Car located only 5-minutes away.

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

Weta Cave Workshop Tour

Want to experience the many sides of Weta Workshop's creativity?

The Weta Workshop experience will see you immerse yourself in the two most popular tours at Weta Workshop Wellington - the Miniature Effects Tour and the Weta Cave Workshop Tour.

Meet your guide at the Weta Cave store to begin your journey through the movie-magic world of Weta Workshop!

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

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

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

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

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

E-bike Hire

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

From the Wellington Waterfront to the quiet bays and panoramic lookouts, you'll be enthralled from start to finish. These quality electric bikes are easy to use and suitable for any level of fitness. You can ride the bays to take in the best viewpoints or use your E-Bike as your transport between the Wellington must-see attractions such as Weta Workshop, Zealandia Sanctuary, Te Papa Museum or the Wellington Cable Car located only 5-minutes away.

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

Zealandia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Canterbury
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Tawanui Farm / Energy Jet

The Hurunui River is the smallest volume river commercially jet boated in the Canterbury. This results in a stunning combination of shallow river braids, beautiful canyons and large boulder fields that you will experience on every Energising trip.

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

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

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

Head out from Queenstown for a fishing trip targeting Trout & Salmon!
$299 NZD

Join local fisherman for an extremely scenic & memorable fishing experience!

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Queenstown
3 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Queenstown Fishing

A lot can happen in 3 hours... and joining a small group on this charter, fishing alongside seasoned fishermen, will prove just that. With local knowledge of target areas, our crew are excellent fishing mentors to any visitor. Relax, laugh, catch, and make the most of your time on Lake Wakatipu.

Get familiarized with the exciting world of fishing. Catch up with fishing mates or beginners can look to improve your fishing skills alongside expert fishermen. Hit some hot spots close to Queenstown, featuring stunning mountain scenery and lots of chances to hookup!

If you're into fly fishing, spinning, trolling or drift fishing Queenstown Fishing has the means and the know how to get you onto the fish!

Queenstown Fishing offers one of a kind boat and fishing charters or guided fly fishing experiences on the spectacular alpine lakes Wakatipu, Wanaka and Hawea plus the world renowned rivers of the Southern Lakes region.

Your guides Trevor and Simon are a dynamic father and son team who between them have over 70 years fishing experience in the region. Well known for their sense of fun and adventure, this duo are sure to meet your expectations with a day of fun and surprises coupled with generous helpings of advice and pointers to ensure you end the day with a smile on your face and ideally a fish in hand!

Superior vessels Kathleen II and Nikita are comfortable and plentiful, offering toilets on board and protection from the weather ensuring your satisfaction and enjoyment.

Enjoy a relaxing Wine touring afternoon in Gisborne with tastings & platter
$299 NZD

Enjoy Gisbornes famous wine scene with this well planned, guided winery tour!

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Gisborne
4 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Experience Gisborne

Discover the wine flavours of Tairāwhiti Gisborne on this fully guided wine tour!

Relax and unwind as you visit three boutique wineries each with their own unique laidback atmosphere. Enjoy a vineyard platter overlooking the vines.

Gisborne’s wine region is also known as the “Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand” due to the quality of its Chardonnay grapes. The Gisborne wine region is relatively small, with around 2000 hectares of vineyards. The region has a mild maritime climate, with warm summers and cool winters, which is ideal for growing grapes. The soils in the region are mostly alluvial, which are fertile and well draining. The most widely planted grape variety in the Gisborne region is Chardonnay, followed by Gewürztraminer, Viognier, and Pinot Gris. Other grape varieties grown in the region include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Syrah.

Indulge in the delights of Tairāwhiti Gisborne Wine Country on this exclusive four hour wine tour! Visit three boutique wineries that truly reflect the Tairāwhiti Gisborne wine varieties.

Experience Gisborne take care of the driving so you can relax and enjoy the aroma and flavours that this stunning region has to offer

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

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

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

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

E- Bike Hire:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dive Tatapouri:

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

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

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

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

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

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Gisborne
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Experience Gisborne

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

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

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

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

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

Franz Josef off Road Buggy Adventure!
$299 NZD

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

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

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

Ride your own Buggy through the rainforest track & trails!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kayaking tour on Lake Mapourika in Franz Josef
$299 NZD

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHAT TO BRING:

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

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

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

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

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Napier
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: National Aquarium Napier

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

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

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

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

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

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Wanaka
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Lake Wanaka Cruises

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

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

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

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

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

Grade 2 Rafting trip on Waiau River
$299 NZD

An epic guided rafting trip on the Waiau River!

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Hanmer Springs
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Hanmer Springs Attractions

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

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

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

Tour Canterbury Forests & Rivers on Quad Bike
$299 NZD

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

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Hanmer Springs
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Hanmer Springs Attractions

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

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

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

Epic tandem whitewater kayaking on the Kaituna River
$299 NZD

Grade 4/5 Tandem whitewater kayaking down the one and only Kaituna River in Rotorua!

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Rotorua
Adult
Experience Provider: NZ Whitewater Academy

NZ Whitewater Academy offers tandem kayak trips to anyone who  wants to experience the amazing world of whitewater, head-on, for themselves or side-by-side with friends. No prior experience is required! In fact, this tour is the BEST whitewater kayaking excursion in the world for someone with no experience.

Choose this experience for a one-on-one trip down the famous Kaituna River, off the worlds highest commercially kayaked waterfall and through 14 exciting rapids – all through an amazing river gorge, surrounded by subtropical native forest. (Average trip time is 45 minutes to one hour on the water.)

Tandem kayak tours are 1:1 ratio, (one instructor per one client) and include an additional kayaker alongside the tour for extra safety.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

Includes:

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

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

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Waikato
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Hobbiton Movie Set

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

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

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

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

Two hours of Mountain Carting including lift passes on Cardrona Mountain!
$299 NZD

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

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Queenstown
2 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Cardrona Alpine Resort

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

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

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

Glacier Flight and Snow Landing
$299 NZD

Only accessible by helicopter, view Franz Josef Glacier from above before making a snow landing high in the Southern Alps.

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Franz Joseph
20 Minutes
Adult
Experience Provider: Glacier Helicopters

See what most people never get the chance to and journey into the largely inaccessible heart of the majestic Southern Alps.

Taking off from Frans Josef township fly up and over the Frans Josef Glacier. In retreat since 2012 when a giant slab of the glacier face collapsed, helicopter is now the only way to get up close and experience this amazing piece of mother nature.

Explore the ice falls from above and experience a 6 - 8 minute snow landing before returning to Franz Josef township.

This helicopter flight lasts 20 minutes and includes time on the snow high in the mountains.

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

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

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Auckland
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Auckland Sea Kayaks

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

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

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

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

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

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

The perfect day of cruising, snorkeling, watersports & lunch at Poor Knights Islands!
$299 NZD

A fun day out at the Poor Knights Islands, including snorkeling, sightseeing & a delicious lunch!

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Northland
6 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Dive Tutukaka

An epic day awaits you at the world famous Poor Knights Islands marine reserve!

On the ride over, one of the crew will have a chat with you about your experience level and how they can tailor the day to suit you. The snorkeling at the Knights is simply fantastic and don’t feel like you will see less than the divers, because, oh my goodness, that is simply not true!

The life in the top 5 meter's is probably the most prolific, and the light makes it the most colorful area. The kayaks are yours to use for the day, and the bottom is often seen from the surface.
The crew will anchor up and serve lunch and stay in one spot for about two and a half hours. Here you can bomb off the boat, try kayaking and SUP, go snorkeling, have lunch, grab a hot shower, jump back in the crystal waters, and eat some more!! The time is yours, the crew are there to help you enjoy the time in this magical place.

Worried about the water? Can't swim as well as you would like? There are life jackets, reef boards, noodles, and flotation devices - as well as a camera that screens the fish action from below. You don't have to get wet to see the fish! There is an onboard photographer, so jump in front of the lens if you want to capture some memories. The photos are yours for free.

At about 2.30pm, you up anchor, and start a tour of the Islands, including the World’s largest sea cave, huge arches, and majestic cliffs. The knowledgeable and passionate crew will tell you stories and educate you about the Islands as we travel. There is a tragic Maori history that unfolds around you, the dramatic cliffs and breath-taking scenery lend itself to the tale, and the birdlife is unique to the Island. Granted full marine reserve status and being a nature reserve as well, the islands are well protected and very special. Giant weta, 1000 tuatara, 2.5 million Buller shearwater birds, dolphins, gannet colonies, whales, sting rays, teeming schools of fish.....an awesome and unforgettable experience!

There is plenty of time to use the kayaks provided, to go for a snorkel, and to relax in the sun and eat your yummy buffet lunch. Then you are headed for home and back inside the harbor at around 4pm

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

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

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Marlborough
6 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Marlborough Tour Company

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Waikato
6 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Riverside Adventures Waikato

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

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

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

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Taupo
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: 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.

Skydive above Great Lake Taupo from 12,000ft!
$299 NZD

Take a thrilling leap of faith & enjoy freefalling & then floating back to earth from 12000ft above Lake Taupo

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Taupo
2 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Taupo Tandem Skydiving

Although skydiving is obviously the best part of this adventure, the plane ride up to 12,000 ft is nothing short of extraordinary. Going skydiving in Taupo is extra special, as you get incredible views of Lake Taupo, Mount Ruapehu and Mount Ngauruhoe – also known as Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings!

After reaching the altitude, the plane doors will open. You’ll be getting ready for the big jump, with your tandem master right behind you. There is an indescribable thrill in the moments between the plane doors opening and you jumping off it. Your heart starts pounding so fast you can almost hear it. You will see how small yet beautiful the world looks from 12,000 ft. Then finally, you jump!

Free falling for almost 40 seconds, you’ll experience an adrenaline rush like never before. Flying through the NZ’s skies, reaching speeds up to 200 km/hr is going to be an experience that is going to be with you for the rest of your life.

After the free fall, the parachute comes out and you’ll begin floating back to earth, soaking in the pristine beauty of Lake Taupo. The parachute ride with your tandem master is going to be an adventure in itself.

Skydive from 9000ft over the Bay of Islands!
$299 NZD

Take a thrilling leap of faith & enjoy freefalling & then floating back to earth from 9000ft above the Bay of Islands

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Northland
2 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Skydive Bay of Islands

First, you'll cruise up to 9,000ft and soak up scenery of all 144 islands that make up the Bay of Islands. The spectacular views of turquoise water, golden beaches and lush countryside are guaranteed to take your breath away.

You’ll sit on the edge of the plane, the anticipation will build as you prepare to exit and then jump! Reaching speeds of up to 200km per hour, experiencing the thrill of freefall is something you’ll never forget.

After an insane 20 seconds of freefall you’ll then float under canopy before landing back at the drop zone, or at an alternative landing area. You’ll be buzzing long after your feet touch the ground!

Fly over the Mount Tarawera Eruption Trail in a Floatplane!
$299 NZD

Take off from Rotorua Lakefront for a seaplane flight, taking in the trail of the Tarawera Eruption!

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Rotorua
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adult
Experience Provider: Volcanic Air

Fly over Mount Tarawera, the site of the largest eruption in New Zealand’s living memory and gain an appreciation of how the 1886 eruption changed this stunning landscape.

From Mount Tarawera to Waimangu Volcanic Valley, view the eruption trail and surrounding lakes district. Enjoy informed commentary from your experienced local pilot/guide - all combined with the thrill of taking off and landing on water at the Rotorua City Lakefront.

This is a flight that will etch itself into your memory, leaving you with a profound appreciation for this unique combination of volcanic, geothermal and city landscapes that can be found nowhere else in the world.

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

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

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Wellington
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Weta Workshop Wellington

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

Here's what you can expect:

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

 

13000 foot Skydive with stunning West Auckland views
$299 NZD

Take the leap at 13000ft, enjoying 45 seconds of freefall before a beautiful float back to earth under the expert care & skills of your tandem jump master!

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Auckland
3 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Skydive Auckland

Ready to throw yourself out of a perfectly good plane?

Redefine freedom and escape reality at Skydive Auckland with a thrilling skydive from 13000 feet, thats 45 seconds of free fall!

Imagine the excitement of freefalling at a speed of 200+ km/hr with a spectacular and unique backdrop of both the east and west coasts of New Zealand. After freefall you will enjoy the serenity of a beautiful parachute ride and see stunning views in every direction. As soon as you are down, you will want to do it all over again!

With over 20 years in the industry, the Skydive Auckland team are committed to providing you with an exhilarating, fun and safe skydiving experience.

 

Explore the magic of Paradise & Glenorchy
$299 NZD

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

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Queenstown
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Altitude Tours

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy? 

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

 

Full day of Wine and Food touring in Central Otago
$299 NZD

Enjoy tastings at four unique locations around Central Otago, with a delicious lunch and platters enjoyed at locally renowned locations.

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Queenstown
8 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Altitude Tours

Within one hour from Queenstown lies Central Otago and its sub wine regions of Gibbston, Cromwell and Bannockburn, well known for top class wineries and award-winning wines, including Central Otago’s world-famous Pinot Noirs.

Join Altitude Tours on a full day food and wine tour and explore, taste and savour at four separate wine tasting experiences around Central Otago, with a delicious lunch and platters enjoyed at locally renowned locations. This day is designed for those who love and appreciate wine and the wine-making process, allowing them to venture further into the depths of Central Otago wine and its fascinating history.

Sample itinerary: Carrick, Te Kano, Bannockburn Hotel (lunch), Misha’s and The Church Tasting Room (Mt Edwards Wines and a cheese board).

Why is this Chuffed Worthy? 

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

 

Lake Te Anau Sunset Cruise on heritage yacht
$299 NZD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rugged Coromandel coastal walkway tour
$299 NZD

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

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Coromandel
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Hike and Bike Coromandel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hanmer Springs
2 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Hanmer Springs Attractions

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

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

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

Hanmer Springs Jet Boat Ride
$299 NZD

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

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Hanmer Springs
1 Hour
Adults
Experience Provider: Hanmer Springs Attractions

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

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

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

Unique Christchurch Tramway Restaurant Experience
$299 NZD

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

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Christchurch
2 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Christchurch Attractions

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

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

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

 

Zipline Ecotour high above Queenstown
$299 NZD

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

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Queenstown
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Ziptrek Ecotours

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

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

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

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Te Anau
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Fiordland Historic Cruises

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

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

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

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

Choose between a morning or afternoon scenic cruise

Wine & Dine on Waiheke Island
$299 NZD

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

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

The Heke:

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

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

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

Batch Winery:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Includes:

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

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

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Northland
11 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Fullers Greatsights

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

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

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

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

Highlights:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Half Day Wanaka Foodie Experience
$299 NZD

Taste Wanaka with a Half Day Foodie Tour Experience.

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Wanaka
5 Hours 30 Minutes
Adult
Experience Provider: Forage & Feast

This half day immersive food adventure will see you explore some incredible food providers in Wanaka or Hawea taking you on a journey of the senses. It combines a wild walk and commercial foraging with interactive food discovery sessions and grazing from morning to early afternoon, leaving you plenty of time to continue your food journey on your own or pack in more Wanaka activities.

From paddock to plate and everything in-between, you will be immersed in the stories of the local people who grow, produce and make our food. Hear from local foodies and sample their delights in a feast of the senses. This is an immersive experience with some light walking involved.

Forage & Feast is a celebration of food, and our food is a celebration of our people. Behind the local food, home-grown food, wild food and fresh food lie the unique stories of our people. Our mission is to share our local food stories with our guests -be they local or from far away shores.

Adventure Includes:
  • Half day food adventure with ample tastings of local food, produce and beverages

  • Five food experiences

  • Lunch at a local venue utilizing ingredients  collected throughout the morning

  • Air-conditioned private transport

  • Water and refreshments onboard and onsite

  • Return pick-up from three designated Wanaka cafes

  • Tour runs from 9am-2.30pm and starts and ends at a local food destination. Pick-ups will be from 8.40am.

  • Ideal for small groups and special occasions

  • Choose to add on a five-course degustation, dinner and wine match using locally-produced ingredients. Perfect for a special occasion or the foodie fiend. Dinner is 6.30-9.30pm.

Cruise Marlborough Sounds & Enjoy Greenshell Mussels
$299 NZD

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

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Marlborough
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Marlborough Tour Company

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

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

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

 

Marlborough Sounds cruise & lodge lunch
$299 NZD

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

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Marlborough
6 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Marlborough Tour Company

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

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

Ferneaux Lodge:

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

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

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

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Punga Cove:

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

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

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

See the Punga Cove set menu

Mt Aspiring National Park Jet Boat Adventure
$299 NZD

Two hours of thrilling high-speed wilderness jet boating, skimming across the crystal waters of the Dart River into the Mt Aspiring National Park.

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Queenstown
2 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Dart River Wilderness Jet

This is one of the truly spectacular jet boat adventures in the world, where the adventure is not so much about the jetboat - but where it is able to take you.

After driving to their base in Glenorchy at the head of Lake Wakatipu, you'll journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park, where myth, heritage and fantasy come to life.

You’ll experience a unique combination of breath-taking scenery and an exhilarating ride as you follow the braided, glacier-fed rivers by jet boat with exciting 360 degree spins along the way. Your guides give you their authentic touch, talking about the area’s rich history, the Greenstone trail and countless Maori legends.

This jet boat experience lasts 2 hours.

 

Shotover River Jet Boat Blast
$299 NZD

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

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Queenstown
Adults
Experience Provider: Shotover Jet

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

Rail Trail Bike Tour
$299 NZD

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

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Wellington
6 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Wildfinder

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

Take advantage of a complimentary shuttle from Wellington Station to either Te Marua (for a 27-37km, slightly more challenging ride) or Kaitoke (for an 18-28km easy ride), where you start your adventure with a very gradual incline through native bush. Pass through tunnels (headlights provided!) and over bridges, while checking out information boards detailing the enormous task of constructing the old fell railway system. Reach the summit - a large grassy plateau perfect for a picnic or cold drink - then enjoy a fun (but easily controllable!) descent to Cross Creek in the Wairarapa, surrounded by some of NZ's most scenic farmland. You can either wait for the shuttle at Cross Creek, or continue biking up to the cafes and pubs at Featherston (a further 10km) and we'll pick you up before driving you back to Wellington Station.

Walter Peak BBQ Lunch & Lake Wakatipu Cruise
$299 NZD

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

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Queenstown
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Real NZ

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

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

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

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

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

Lake Wakatipu Cruise and Farm Tour
$299 NZD

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

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Queenstown
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Real NZ

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

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

Learn Special Effects at Weta Workshop
$299 NZD

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

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

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

Includes 90 minutes guided tour plus workshop.

What To Expect

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

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

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

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

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

Glacier Country Guided Adventure
$299 NZD

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

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Fox Glacier
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Fox Glacier Guiding

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

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

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

Crater Night Sky Experience
$299 NZD

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

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Tekapo
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Dark Sky Project

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

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

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

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

Why is it Chuffed Worthy?

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

Stewart Island Bird Sanctuary Tour
$189 NZD

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

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Stewart Island
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Real NZ

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

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

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

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

 

Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara

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

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

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

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

Milford Sound Cruise
$299 NZD

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

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Milford Sound
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Real NZ

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

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

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

Extra information

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

Head to the Shotover Canyon for an epic rafting experience on the Shotover River, with rapids ranging from grade 3 to 5.

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Queenstown
4 Hours 30 Minutes
Adult
Experience Provider: Real NZ

Start with an unforgettable coach trip through Skippers Canyon, famous for it's exciting cliff edges, enough to get your adrenaline pumping before you hit the water.

Experience grade 3–5 whitewater rapids in one of the most scenic environments in the world. The rapids can change on a daily basis, but be assured your guides are expertly trained and have a keen sense of adventure. They will guide you through canyons, navigate the rapids and the famous 170m Oxenbridge tunnel to finish.

Full Day Sailing Adventure
$299 NZD

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

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Northland
6 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Vigilant Yacht Charters

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

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

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

Whale Watch Tour
$299 NZD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Incredible Canyoning in Abel Tasman
$299 NZD

Take on the challenge of a full day canyoning tour in Abel Tasman, abseiling, jumping rock sliding, this ones got it all!

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Abel Tasman
8 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Abel Tasman Canyons

This Torrent River adventure has it all - Jumps, slides, floats, abseils, you name it……Torrent’s got it. All this exciting stuff takes place in a gorgeous granite canyon filled with some of the purest water you can find and wrapped in mind-blowing, unspoiled rain forest. This is a great place to start your canyoning adventures.

 From Marahau you’ll join us on an exhilarating water taxi ride through the Astrolabe Roadstead into Anchorage. You then leave the golden sand beaches of the coast for a stunning 1.5 hour walk up and further into the Abel Tasman National Park. Along the way the guides will keep you entertained with endless amounts of stories about the history, culture, flora and fauna of the park. Delicious lunch is served before the action starts. At the top of the canyon you’ll jump into your rubber suit, crank your harness tight and pop your helmet on. After a clear safety briefing by the guides you enter the truly remote environment of the canyon. You’ll be jumping, sliding, abseiling, scrambling, floating and ziplining through this canyon for about 3.5 hours. The trip finishes with a royal slide into Cleopatras Pool…From the pool it is a 30 minute stroll along the river and the beach back to Anchorage where your water taxi awaits to zip you back to Marahau.

Location: Abel Tasman National Park – Start at Marahau
Access: Water taxi (included)
Meet: Aqua Taxi base in Marahau
Free pick up: Motueka, Riwaka, Kaiteriteri, Marahau
Nelson transport: $35 pp one way
Duration: Full day
Included: Professional guides, gear, delicious lunch, photos and two-way water taxi rides between Marahau and Anchorage

Guided Self Drive Quad Bike Adventure
$299 NZD

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guided Sea Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park
$299 NZD

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

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Abel Tasman
1 day
Adults
Experience Provider: RnR Kayaks

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Encounter Wild Albatross on the Ocean
$299 NZD

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

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Kaikoura
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Encounter Kaikoura

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

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

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

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

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

Why is this this Chuffed Worthy?

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

 

Guided Wildlife or Sunset Kayak
$299 NZD

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

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Kaikoura
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Kaikoura Kayaks

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

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

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

Rainforest Train and Guided Glowworm Cave Tour
$299 NZD

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

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West Coast
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Underworld Adventures

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seafood Discovery Cruise
$299 NZD

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

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Wild Thing Waterfall Climb
$299 NZD

Epic climb up the side of a sheer waterfall face with stunning views back over the southern landscapes.

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Wanaka
5 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Wild Wire Wanaka

Take on an epic waterfall climb that just keeps getting better. With great views, and some steeper sections, you are guaranteed a climb you will remember.

Drive through stunning scenery to the base of the Twin Falls Waterfall. Your guide will teach you and your small group everything you need to know before starting your climb and you’ll be supported by these great guides for the entire trip.

It offers breath-taking photo opportunities as you go higher. To make the adventure even more thrilling, you get an amazing 3 hours to climb, see the views and reach those amazing highs!

This climb is suitable for adventurous, active beginners. Having completed the lower climb section, you'll climb higher, crossing 2 more suspension bridges including a 3-wire bridge before finishing at the base of a spectacular 60m waterfall.

This section of the climb is steeper and more exposed, offering a perfect balance of challenge and achievability, and opening up fantastic views.

Highlights:

  • Climb 320m (1050ft) vertical alongside beautiful waterfalls

  • Exceptional lake and mountain views

  • Exciting vertical climbing

  • Cross 6 suspension bridges

  • Get up close and personal with huge waterfalls

  • Stay dry! (your feet may get a little wet.)

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

At Chuffed, we believe NZ is home to the World's most unique, and epic adventure experiences, and part of our mission is to share these with Kiwis. Wild Wire Wanaka certainly fits this description, tackling the world's highest waterfall cable climb under the safe & experienced hands of guides. The guides have experience in climbing all over the world, but have chosen our little splice of paradise to live and lead customers on epic adventures. Don't miss this spectacular & unique adventure experience!

 

Stunning riverside Mountain Biking tour in Wanaka!
$299 NZD

Guided bike tour alongside the undulating riverside mountain bike trails of Wanaka & surrounds.

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Wanaka
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Adult
Experience Provider: Discover Wanaka

A stunning guided bike ride along the banks of one of NZ's most beautiful and powerful rivers. Varied riding, beautiful vistas and plenty of photo opportunities make this a must do trip for those who appreciate exercise and scenery.

This great bike tour winds along the banks of New Zealand’s largest and most powerful river, getting your heart rate up without the trail being too technical. You’ll learn about the power, history and importance of the river to Wanaka and to New Zealand – all while taking in the dramatic scenery.

A great way for a couple, family or small group to fill a morning or afternoon.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Scott & Megan Williams are a local Wanaka couple with a passion for all things outdoors, tourism, sustainability & of course, Wanaka! Scott has been a professional guide for over 20 years, and ensures his team always go the extra mile to ensure you have a fantastic, safe & enjoyable time exploring the hidden secrets of the area!

9000 feet of the most scenic freefall you may ever encounter!
$299 NZD

Feel anticipation build as you don the gear & take to the skies before making the leap & enjoying a 9,000 foot Skydive over Wanaka

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Wanaka
1 hour
Adult
Experience Provider: Skydive Wanaka

One of the first things that comes to mind when you say bucketlist - a Skydive! Take on this epic 9,000 foot skydive over the beautiful Wanaka area. With up to 25 seconds of free fall you're sure to have plenty of time to adjust to the adrenaline & soak it all in.

Your skydive experience starts with a safety briefing at Skydive Wanaka's very own cabin of adventure!

Once you’ve checked in, you get to meet your skydiving instructor. Your instructor has many thousands of skydives under their belt and is ready to ensure you have the best skydive.

You take to the skies in an orange & white skydive plane – a Cessna Caravan, offering a comfortable, quick flight to altitude and maximum opportunity to take in the jaw-dropping views on the way up to your skydive altitude.

Move toward the plane’s now-open door, securely harnessed to your highly-qualified tandem skydiving instructor… pause on the edge, then… SENSORY OVERLOAD! You’re flying through the air at 200kph! You’re not falling – you’re flying and the view is truly INCREDIBLE. Your adrenalin is flowing as your senses try to process the intensity of the experience.

Your parachute activates. You enjoy the view as you float – exhilarated – toward the ground.

Your feet touch the earth. You’re safely back on the ground after a smooth landing at the Skydive Wanaka dropzone.

Take a moment to take in what you just did…

You just did something that makes no sense – you jumped out of a plane thousands of feet in the air. But now you understand why skydiving is so special, why it actually makes all sorts of sense.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Having done a few skydives in our time, the team at Chuffed agree the rush of jumping out of a plane is one of the most thrilling experiences you can do! Once you have done the hard work & taken the leap, all that is left to do is catch your breathe & soak it all in as you float back down to earth.

Queenstown Panorama Heli Flight
$299 NZD

Take off from Queenstown for a helicopter flight over the stunning Lake Wakatipu & surrounding landscapes then enjoy a snow landing

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Queenstown
25 Minutes
Adult
Experience Provider: The Helicopter Line

Take advantage of complimentary hotel pickup & be driven to the Helicopter Base at Queenstown airport, where the adventure begins!

Fly from Queenstown over the Wakatipu Basin over to Cecil Peak where you will indulge in the stunning birds eye views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and Glenorchy. Make an alpine landing (or snow landing in winter) & get those epic snaps of Queenstown from above.

All the while your pilot will fill your headsets with informative and entertaining flight commentary. An incredible, world renowned Heli experience not to be missed.

 

9,000 Foot Skydive
$299 NZD

What better way to see NZ’s playground than by leaping out of a plane above it? Feel the rush of freefall before your jump master pulls the chord & you enjoy a scenic descent back down to earth!

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Queenstown
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adult
Experience Provider: NZONE Skydive

We think everyone should jump out of a plane at least once in their lives. It's hard to describe the feeling, but you can imagine it, hanging out the side of a plane, attached to a highly experienced instructor and then simply falling away from the plane at up to 200kph. A truly bucket list experience.

It takes a certain kind of person to jump from an aircraft at 9,000ft into thin air. It takes courage.

Expect sensory overload as your mind, body and soul fight against every natural self-preserving urge. The challenge is immense. Harnessed by space age materials to a qualified Jumpmaster, you step out of that aircraft door and for up to  60 seconds freefall at 200 kph - terminal velocity!

After a 15 minute scenic flight to altitude, you will nudge towards the edge of the plane before being thrown out! Keep your head up, smile at your skydive photographer and take in the stunning surroundings. After an exhilarating freefall, you will experience a 4-5 minute parachute ride, floating safely back down to the skydive drop zone.

 

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Spending some time with the friendly & professional NZONE Skydive crew at their base was a good way for the Chuffed team to relax before taking the leap! It was easy to see why these guys are New Zealand's only tandem skydiving company to have won New Zealand's supreme tourism award.

Lakeside Fine Dining Experience
$299 NZD

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Day Sail on Historic Ship
$299 NZD

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

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Northland
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: R Tucker Thompson

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

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

Your day sailing includes:

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Jetboat Adventure Through Whitewater Rapids
$299 NZD

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

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Taupo
35 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Rapids Jet

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

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Hole in the Rock Heli Flight
$299 NZD

After taking off from the Paihia waterfront, you’ll fly over the Bay of Islands to see the famous Hole in the Rock from the skies.

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Northland
20 Minutes
Adult
Experience Provider: Salt Air

The Bay of Islands offers some of the best coastal and island scenery in New Zealand, so this helicopter scenic flight is hard to beat with exceptional views of these beautiful islands leading to the infamous “Hole in the Rock”.

Departing from the beachfront helipad in Paihia, the flight heads across Russell with views over to Opua and surrounds before tracking along the stunning peninsula coastline to Cape Brett and it’s lighthouse where you will experience an exciting turn to fly around the Hole in the Rock.

The return portion of the flight fly's directly over the main islands of the area with birds eye views of their white sandy beaches, inviting turquoise waters and some of the luxurious private residences.

Coming in to land you will fly past the Paihia township. An exciting way to see the must-visit hole in the rock while in the Bay of Islands!

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Salt Air has been flying visitors over the Bay of Islands for 30 years! After beginning with a Seaplane operating tours from the Paihia waterfront, Salt Air has grown into a fleet of Helicopters & fixed wing planes operating from the Paihia heli pad, Haruru falls & Kerikeri airports! We wanted to offer Helicopter flights all over NZ in our gifts, and a trip to see the iconic Hole in the Rock was the perfect experience to add to our repertoire! 

Take a Private Surf Lesson at Raglan
$299 NZD

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

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Waikato
2 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Raglan Surf School

Catch some waves in Raglan with a private surf lesson.

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

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Waiheke Island Zipline Tour
$299 NZD

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

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Auckland
5 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Ecozip

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

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

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

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

Blackwater Rafting Adventure
$299 NZD

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

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Waikato
4 hours 30 minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Waitomo Adventures

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

 

West Coast Canyoning Adventure
$299 NZD

Guided canyoning adventure through the Karioi Canyon near Raglan.

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Raglan
3 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Raglan Rock

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

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

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

The Ultimate Zorb Day Out
$299 NZD

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

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Rotorua
2 - 3 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Zorb

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

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

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 as well as fun & professional customer service style, it was a no brainer for us to bring ZORB on as one of our first partner businesses!

Coromandel Sailing and Dark Sky Stargazing
$299 NZD

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

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

This is a combination of 2 great experiences in Whitianga.

Boom Sailing

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

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

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

Stargazers BnB

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

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

We love these two experiences because they are absolute passions that the owners that have turned into businesses - and that feeling when you experience these two activities is obvious. These are two of our most popular activities that Chuffed gift holders like to do in all of New Zealand!
Guided Kayak to Hot Pools on the edge of Lake Rotoiti
$299 NZD

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

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Rotorua
3 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: River Rats

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Half Day Canyoning Tour
$299 NZD

Take on the Sleeping God Canyon in Coromandel in this epic canyoning adventure, challenge yourself with abseils, jumps & slides in a stunning NZ landscape.

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Coromandel
4 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Canyonz
This is truly Canyoning New Zealand Style!
Perhaps the biggest, most exciting and challenging adventure activity in New Zealand, located near Thames in the dramatic Kauaeranga valley on the Coromandel Peninsula. It is an adventure of a lifetime and is something unforgettable.
The Sleeping God canyon tour is a vertical descent of over 300 metres down a steep set of waterfalls involving abseils/rappels of up to 80 metres, exhilarating water slides and jumps as high as 14 metres into deep dark pools which are guaranteed to thrill the most intrepid explorer!

This North Island guided canyoning takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes New Zealand has to offer. Not just the best canyoning trip in New Zealand, but the best 'true adventure' experience in the country! The Canyonz team's expertise and enthusiasm for outdoor adventure will guarantee your experience is positively mind blowing.

Canyonz is ranked one of New Zealand's top activities on Tripadvisor and has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence every year to date.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Canyonz were one of Chuffed's very first partner businesses. When we launched Chuffed, it was smack in the middle of covid, and we wanted our platform to support the many Kiwi owned & operated businesses whose business had been cut at the knees by the pandemic. Wayne from Canyonz has a lifetime of experience in canyoning all over the world, and jumped at the opportunity to own his own canyoning business operating in the Coromandel valleys out of Thames. This is not a mass tourism experience, this is an educational, fun & inspirational canyoning experience that you will never forget!

Rotorua Canopy Tours - Original Experience
$299 NZD

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

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Rotorua
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Rotorua Canopy Tours

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rotorua
3 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: River Rats

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Coromandel Zipline Tour
$299 NZD

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

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Coromandel
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Driving Creek

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

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

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

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

Kapiti Day Tour
$299 NZD

Ferry to Kapiti Island & join a fully guided day tour with an expert guide who will point out the Island’s Flora & Fauna as you cover off all of the best bits of this Island Sanctuary

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Wellington
6 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Kapiti Island Nature Tours

To experience the richness and wonder of Kapiti Island, take this Classic Guided Day Tour to Waiorua Bay at the North end of Kapiti with Kapiti Island Nature Tours. Here you can learn about the unique balance of conservation, ecology and local human history Kapiti offers.

An experienced nature guide will walk with you and explain the rich human and ecological history, and help you identify the endangered birds, flora and fauna around you.
Then, sit down with the family and enjoy a delicious cooked lunch at the Lodge, surrounded by one of the most rich and diverse nature reserves in New Zealand.

 

Underworld Rafting
$299 NZD

Underground Rafting Adventure in the Paparoa National Park on the West Coast, rafting under the lights of one of the greatest Glowworm displays on earth.

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West Coast
4 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Underworld Adventures

Experience a Cave Rafting adventure like no other – complete with spectacular formations, water-sculpted canyons and one of the World’s best Glowworm displays! Half way between Punakaiki and Westport, in the spectacular Paparoa National Park, lies the untouched Metro Te Ananui cave, your gateway to the adventure of a lifetime: Underworld Rafting.

On this adventure you will meet your guide at our Underworld Adventure Center in Charleston, who will equip you with wet suits, wet suit socks, boots, gloves and helmets. Dressed ready for your adventure, a short drive and the Nile River Rainforest Train will take you into the stunning West Coast Rainforest with towering limestone cliffs that create a magical backdrop for your adventure.

A short walk leads to the cave entrances high above the Nile River. You will enter a hidden subterranean world leaving the daylight behind to explore a calcite paradise of stalactites and stalagmites, cross huge chambers, follow a maze of passages and wander through the heart of an ancient multi-leveled cave system. Enriched with illustrations, explanations and stories you will connect to the fragile precious world you explore and descend to the bottom level of the cave where the water guides you to a magical galaxy of glow-worms.

Astounded by this underground night sky, you will slowly float on an underground river to emerge back into daylight having used only the natural light of the awe inspiring display of glow worms as navigation.

You leave this special place floating in your tube down the fun gentle rapids of the Waitakere / Nile River surrounded by the lush rain forest. Returning with the Rainforest Train back to Charleston this special hidden place stays behind but the memories will stay for a long time.

Sails Seals & Walk Tour
$299 NZD

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

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

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

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

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

Glow Worm Kayaking on Lake Karapiro!
$299 NZD

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

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Waikato
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Riverside Adventures Waikato

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

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

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

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

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Coromandel
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Boom Sailing

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

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

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

 

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