Refreshing Moments

Refreshing Moments

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$209.00 NZD

Know some that lives for those ‘ahhhh’ moments? Refreshing Moments is the perfect gift for those who enjoy the more relaxed style of experiences!
  • Over 70 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 $212
  • 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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Daytime Canyon Kayak Tour on Lake Karapiro
$199 NZD

A unique experience in the Waikato not to be missed!

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Waikato
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Riverside Adventures Waikato

A relaxing family-friendly adventure where you paddle slowly up the Pokaiwhenua Stream, through the spectacular canyon that has been carved out by water over hundreds of years, and over the submerged Horahora village.

This guided kayak tour begins at our base on Horahora Road as we paddle along the southern edge of Lake Karāpiro and over the submerged village and power station that produced electricity for the early Waihi goldfields.

Enjoy the serenity as your guide explains Horahora’s unique history, before entering the canyon where ferns and trees drape over you and birdsong surrounds.

Need to know

  • We recommend that you bring layers of clothing, preferably merino. We do not recommend wearing jeans as they get very cold when wet.
  • To make your experience as comfortable as possible, the operator will provide you with overpants, splash jackets and wet shoes.
  • There is a changing area at the base where you can layer up before embarking on the guided kayak tour tour. There is also have secure storage facilities where you can leave any additional belongings.
  • Cameras / phones are okay.
Experience the Te Puia geyser field at night!
$189 NZD

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

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Rotorua
1 hour 30 minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Te Puia

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

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

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

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

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

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Rotorua
1 hour 30 minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Te Puia

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

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

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

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

Unwind with this restorative 2 hour cultural wellness journey!

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

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

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

The Restorative Journey involves five stages:

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

Highlights:

  • Multisensory experience for the body, mind and spirit
  • Luxury within a supreme multi-award winning architecturally designed building
  • 2-hour wellness journey incorporating thermal heat, water, mud and steam
  • Adults only (16 years and above)
  • An all-weather experience - sheltered from rain and sun
  • Stunning vista of Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island
Explore Rotoroa Island Sanctuary in the Hauraki Gulf
$189 NZD

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

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Auckland
5 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Explore Group Auckland

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

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

Highlights:

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

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

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Auckland
5 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Explore Group Auckland

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

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

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

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

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

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

See the best of Queenstown on this scenic tour
$199 NZD

See Queenstown like a local. Visit iconic scenic viewpoints, walk the quaint streets of Arrowtown, see people Bungy jump, taste wine, and take a cruise on the lake.

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Queenstown
4 Hours 30 Minutes
Adult
Experience Provider: Altitude Tours

Welcome to Tāhuna Queenstown. The four season town sitting on the edge of the mighty Lake Whakatipu. With a name fit for a Queen, it boasts an incredible mountain landscape, thrilling adventure activities, rich gold mining history and world-famous wines.

See more with Altitude Tours and let them show you around Queenstown like a local. Visit iconic scenic viewpoints, walk the quaint streets of Arrowtown, watch the fearless Bungy jump, taste Pinot in Gibbston, and take a cruise on the lake - all in an easy half day adventure. Let us take you to the best spots and experience more with Altitude Tours.

Half day Sea Kayaking tour to Browns Island in the Waitemata Harbour
$149 NZD

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

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Auckland
4 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Auckland Sea Kayaks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Auckland
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Waiheke Distilling Co

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

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

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

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

Hobbiton Movie Set 'Second Breakfast' Tour
$199 NZD

Enjoy the first tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set of the Day, before a Hobbit-style breakfast meal served in the Millhouse!

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Waikato
3 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Hobbiton Movie Set

You've already had breakfast, but what about second breakfast? Enjoy a shared tour of the Movie Set followed by a hearty breakfast spread served inside the Millhouse.

Make the first footsteps in the morning dew on the Movie Set as part of our first tour of the day. Your tour guide will escort you through the 12 acre movie set, recounting fascinating details from filming the trilogies and pointing out the most iconic sites and scenes. You will arrive in to The Green Dragon™ Inn where you will be offered a complimentary beverage from our exclusive Hobbit™ Southfarthing™ range. Explore the intricately detailed Inn and relax in front of the crackling fireplace while we prepare your second breakfast feast.

Follow your guide back over the double arch stone bridge to The Millhouse, just across the water from The Green Dragon Inn, where you will be treated to a breakfast spread fit for a Hobbit. The breakfast table will be heaped with seasonal fresh fruit, breads, pastries, preserves and cold meats. A hot breakfast selection featuring an assortment of a Hobbit's favourite breakfast staples including fluffy scrambled eggs, streaky bacon, potatoes, grilled sausages and rosemary mushrooms will be available.

Coffee and tea will be available throughout, as you enjoy the rustic, intimate interiors of the Old Mill. After you've had your fill, it's time to make your way back through the wandering paths of The Shire and return to The Shire's Rest, after all, this is only the second of a Hobbit's seven daily meals!

Cruise, Walk & Sail in Abel Tasman National Park
$199 NZD

Enjoy the best the Abel Tasman has to offer on this awesome day out!

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

Departing Kaiteriteri Beach cruise on your pre-arranged water taxi to Anchorage Bay. Enjoy a 1.5 hour self-guided walk around the Pitt Head loop track with panoramic views over the Park, taking you to one of our favourite beaches at Te Pukatea Bay, and then back to Anchorage.

Join your sailing catamaran at 1:30 pm for your afternoon sailing, enjoying the antics of New Zealand fur seals along the way. Catch the sea breeze, sail out to sea and back to Kaiteriteri Beach by 4:30pm

  • As a sailing vessel this is one of the most peaceful, quiet & tranquil ways to experience the National Park.
  • Engines are only used if there is no wind or for up close manoeuvring (where only low emission 4-stroke engines are used).
  • Self-serve tea and coffee available on board.
  • Toilet, bag storage area, and galley (kitchen area) on board.
  • This sailing adventure is a guided activity and sailing experience, not just transport into the park.
  • Immerse yourself in the national park, listen to the birdsong & view the NZ fur seals and wildlife up close.
  • It’s all about having the most scenic experience possible.
  • Suitable for all ages – no minimum age restrictions.

 

10 Guided Lakefront Sauna sessions at The Sauna Wanaka
$199 NZD

Relax with some guided Sauna sessions in an incredible Lakefront Sauna near Wanaka!

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Wanaka
1 Hour
Adult
Experience Provider: The Sauna Wanaka

The Sauna Wānaka is a mobile 15-person sauna that gets people warm and toasty out in nature. The sauna features a traditional wood-burning Finnish fireplace, all-natural build materials, upper and lower-level seating, and a large panoramic window to enjoy the mountainous views. This package entitles you to ten guided Sauna Sessions.

Each session includes three 12 to 15-minute rounds of sauna by an instructor. There is a break between each round if you want to dip in the lake, and the session lasts for an hour. The Guided experience is the recommended option if this is your first sauna or if you like to get the most out of each session.

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

Ultimate Indulgence with a day spa that comes to you in Queenstown!
$199 NZD

Ultimate 90 minute Indulgence treatment in your Queenstown home or accommodation

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

Indulge Mobile Spa introduces therapeutic style massage and a range of professional spa services that come to you. This boutique 5 star service has been created for guests that appreciate an expert therapist and enjoy an indulgent experience with the quality of service you expect from a 5 star day spa.

They are delighted to use signature aromatherapy oils, Organicspa profesional spa products, luxurious linens, hot towels, heated tables and oils, completed with the smells and sounds of a day spa. The best part is, the drive home is taken care of!

This treatment includes a 90 minute Relaxing Massage, a light to medium pressure, soothing, rhythmic, full body massage that helps to relieve muscular tension, improve circulation, and relax the body and mind.

Walter Peak BBQ Dinner & Lake Wakatipu Cruise
$199 NZD

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

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Queenstown
4 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Real NZ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Matawhero Wine Tasting

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

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

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

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

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

 

Gisborne Bike Hire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Luxurious day retreat with lunch at Maruia Hot Springs
$189 NZD

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

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Canterbury
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Maruia Hot Springs

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

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

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

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

This indulgent half day package includes:

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

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

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Northland
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: R Tucker Thompson

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

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

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

A Sundowner Sail includes:

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

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

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

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Gisborne
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Experience Gisborne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cycling Winery tour of Gisborne with Lunch & Wine Tastings Included
$199 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
Adult
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHAT TO BRING:

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

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Free high-quality digital photos
  • Dry bags
  • Splash Jackets or wet weather gear
  • Quality SUP equipment
  • Courtesy transport (if required)
  • Sunscreen / insect repellent
Lake Wanaka Cruise & Nature Walk on Stevensons Island
$149 NZD

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

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Wanaka
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Lake Wanaka Cruises

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 45 minute cruise each way
  • Friendly knowledgeable guide & crew
  • Spectacular mountain scenery
  • Luxury 57 foot catamaran
  • Complimentary afternoon tea
  • Short Island walk (optional)
  • Licensed bar with $6 drinks
Whale Watch Tour
$149 NZD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Half day bike ride from Thames to Matatoki Cheese Barn for lunch
$189 NZD

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

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Coromandel
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Jolly Bikes

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

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

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

Included Services:

  • Bike Hire incl. instructions for full day
  • Helmet & Lock Hire
  • Map and travel tips
  • Meal voucher for Matatoki Cheese Barn
  • Panniers are included on request
Day Sail on Historic Ship in the Bay of Islands
$199 NZD

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

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Northland
8 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: R Tucker Thompson

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

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

Your day sailing includes:

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Sunset Kayaking tour to Rangitoto Island including BBQ Dinner
$199 NZD

An incredible, unique opportunity to sea Auckland from a different perspective & enjoy a Kiwi BBQ meal on the waters edge!

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Auckland
7 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Auckland Sea Kayaks

This Sunset tour to Rangitoto was rated the 'Best guided tour in New Zealand by the Wilderness Magazine June 2020'.

After your safety briefing and paddling instruction you will kayak across the Waitemata harbour, meaning ‘sparkling waters’, where you may see wildlife such as Little Blue Penguins and Cooks Petrels.

You'll pull your kayaks up to Rangitoto wharf before embarking on a one-hour explorative, fun and informative trek to the summit, viewing the spectacular sites and learning all about the history of the region. Upon reaching the top you will be treated to the finest 360 degree views that the Auckland region has to offer.

At the return to the water’s edge, a healthy Kiwi-style BBQ dinner will be awaiting you. With your guide, you will paddle back in the dark watching the city lights sparkle like stars.

The guides are very experienced and skilled sea kayakers with a personal commitment and passion for conservation and kayaking. Their knowledge of the area, understanding of the weather systems and catering abilities will ensure your trip is both enjoyable and safe.

A beautiful boutique wine tour of Wanaka
$199 NZD

A tour to visit four boutique Wanaka vineyards & sample the goods!

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

Discover some of Wanaka and Central Otago’s wonderful vineyards and scenery, while meeting some of the numerous characters that produce these gorgeous, award winning wines.

You'll visit the little gems that are quietly making a big name for themselves with their dedication to produce the best possible wine. Here you’ll get up close and personal with the vineyard owners and wine makers.

This Boutique Wine Tour includes tastings at 4 vineyards, a gourmet food and wine match, and a knowledgeable friendly guide. Whether you are a complete wine novice, or a dedicated wine connoisseur, Wanaka Wine Tours will ensure you have an enjoyable time!

Guided night time tour of Zealandia Ecosanctuary Wellington
$189 NZD

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

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Wellington
2 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Zealandia Ecosanctuary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sweet:

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

Savoury:

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

coffee or tea

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

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

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Christchurch
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Melton Estate Winery

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Marlborough
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Explore Marlborough

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

The Full Waimangu Volcanic Experience
$189 NZD

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

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Rotorua
3 - 4 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Waimangu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wanaka
1 Day
Adults
Experience Provider: LandEscape Wanaka

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Take a floatplane flight from the Rotorua Lakefront
$199 NZD

Take off from Rotorua Lakefront for a seaplane flight, landing at Lake Rotoiti for a relaxing hot pool soak

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Rotorua
25 Minutes
Adult
Experience Provider: Volcanic Air

Embark with Volcanic Air on this relaxing two hour floatplane experience, departing from the Rotorua City lakefront.

After taking to the skies from the water in a floatplane, you’ll get to view Rotorua beyond the caldera rim. Enjoy spectacular views of the hidden lakes district, local geothermal activity and distant volcanoes in this captivating scenic flight over this stunning area!

Enjoy a magical half day exploring the famously beautiful Glenorchy, enjoying a Kiwi morning or afternoon tea & visit iconic filming locations.
$199 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
Adult
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! 

 

Break away from Wine & take on a Queenstown Gin Tour!
$199 NZD

Join the Gin revolution by visiting three unique locations & sampling some of the Gins this Alpine environment is becoming famous for!

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Queenstown
6 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Altitude Tours

Start your day by meeting your friendly guide at or near your Queenstown accommodation. From here, we will explore Cardrona, Arrowtown, and Queenstown, showcasing a talented range of distillers who use our unique environment to produce some of the smoothest and top award-winning spirits in New Zealand and around the world

Throughout the afternoon, you'll enjoy three separate gin and spirit tasting experiences, with each location offering something special, including a distillery tour at the famous Cardrona Distillery. Enjoy a gin and tonic upon arrival, shared platters at two of the locations, and be hosted by an Altitude Tours guide and the tasting room staff, all of whom will educate and entertain you with distilling facts and stories.

This gin experience has been designed to offer a good mix of education, sightseeing, and fun. There is also flexibility to try other spirits such as vodka, whiskey, and wines throughout, if you want to balance your gin-take. Let us take you on New Zealand’s first gin tour 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! 

 

Queenstown Twilight Wine & Craft Beer Tour
$199 NZD

Enjoy your choice of delicious wine or hoppy craft beers from three unique Queenstown locations on this fun & friendly twilight experience!

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Queenstown
4 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Altitude Tours

Meet your friendly local guide in the Queenstown town centre outside The Station Building on Camp Street. From here you travel out and enjoy exploring the Gibbston wine region and Queenstown, visiting a diverse range of cellar doors offering unique collections of both local wines and craft beers.

Throughout the afternoon, you will enjoy three unique tasting experiences at a mix of both wineries and breweries, finishing off with shared antipasto platters. Prefer a Pale Ale over a Pinot Noir? As we move around you are welcome to choose between either wine, or beer tastings, switching it up between locations.

Departing in the afternoon, this wine and beer tour allows you to make the most of your time in Queenstown. Whether you've just arrived in town that day or spent the morning exploring the many sights or activities, this tour easily fits into your afternoon while still getting you back to Queenstown early enough to enjoy the evening.

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! 

 

3 course seasonal meal for Two at Hapuku Kitchen Kaikoura
$189 NZD

Enjoy a delicious 3 course meal of locally sourced, seasonal fare inspired by the rugged land & ocean scapes of Kaikoura

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Kaikoura
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Hapuku Kitchen

The Supper Club at Hapuku Kitchen offers a unique dining experience in the home of chef Fiona Read, inspired by Kaikoura's natural surroundings.  This three-course, set menu meal is a celebration of the seasons and everything the wild, rugged region has to offer.

At its heart, Hapuku Kitchen is focused on reconnecting the kitchen to the land and sea, celebrating the abundant larder nature has to offer - taking inspiration from the wild Kaikōura landscape. You are hosted in the home of Fiona & Chris Read, located between the soaring peaks of the Kaikōura mountains and the wild Pacific coast of Aotearoa New Zealand, for a culinary adventure that celebrates the season.

The dining table seats ten guests and while you're savouring the flavours of Kaikoura, you'll hear stories about how Hapuku Kitchen grow the food, how they forage from the mountains to the sea and the people behind locally sourced ingredients.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

While we haven't yet had a chance to experience Hapuku Kitchen first-hand, we were so inspired hearing the story of Fiona & Chris & their passion for using locally sourced, seasonally fresh ingredients in all of their experiences, we knew we had to get them on board for our customers for experience themselves. The Chuffed team are arguing over who gets to go and 'quality control' this experience first!

Queenstown sightseeing on Segway
$189 NZD

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

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Queenstown
1 Hour
Adults
Experience Provider: Segway on Q

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

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

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

Explore Devonport on a Segway Sampler Tour!
$149 NZD

Explore the seaside village of Devonport & on Segway!

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Auckland
1 Hour
Adults
Experience Provider: Magic Broomstick Tours

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

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Make your own clay items in a Taupo pottery workshop
$199 NZD

Make your own clay pieces in a intimate pottery workshop near Taupo.

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Taupo
2 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Camo Chicken Ceramics

Make your own pieces out of clay!

This is a 2 hour studio workshop, held in a private rural setting in the hills of Lake Taupo, using modern equipment and multiple hand building techniques.

Whether you’re a total beginner or a more experienced clay hound this is a chance for you to get your hands dirty in a beautiful and supportive setting under the guidance of an experienced tutor. Limited spots available (8 per course) which ensures plenty of individual attention.

This workshop is all about going clayzee with clay. You choose what to make!

All materials and tools provided. Hosted by Potter - Ani Rowell at the Camo Chicken Studio in the hills of Lake Taupo, just 12 mins from Town.

Each person gets their 3 best pieces to take home once fired and glazed.

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

The ultimate Christchurch must-do combo!

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Christchurch
1 Day
Adults
Experience Provider: Christchurch Attractions

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

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

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

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

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

Stargazing Experience at World Class Centre
$199 NZD

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

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Tekapo
2 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Dark Sky Project

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

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

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

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

 

Waitemata Harbour Sailing Cruise
$189 NZD

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

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

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

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

Includes:

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

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

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Auckland
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Batch Winery

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Historic Steamship Cruise on Lake Wakatipu
$189 NZD

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

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Queenstown
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: RealNZ

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Twilight Tane Mahuta Experience
$189 NZD

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

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Northland
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Footprints Waipoua

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

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

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

  • Witness forest transition from day to night
  • Meet the oldest and largest Kauri trees in the world.
  • Giant trees include Te Matua Ngāhere & Tane Mahuta
Lake Tarawera Duck Tour
$189 NZD

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

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Rotorua
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Rotorua Duck Tours

The Tarawera and Lakes Eco-Tour takes you on a deeper journey through the Rotorua Lakes District with the highlight being a visit to Lake Tarawera, not only a stunning setting, but home to Mt Tarawera which changed our entire history in 1886. On the journey to Tarawera, visit the stunning Lake Okareka for our first splashdown. A small lakeside community within a bird sanctuary. We discover Tikitapu (Blue Lake) with its incredible colours and natural surrounds. After that you'll pass the most sacred Lake in the area Rotokakahi, along with the Buried Village of Te Wairoa before engaging in the spectacular view of Mount Tarawera.

Rotorua Duck Tours is the first, and still, the only company in New Zealand to provide the unique and exciting opportunity to explore a special part of New Zealand in an authentic amphibious WWII landing craft. Experience the thrill of riding in New Zealand’s only genuine operating WW2 landing crafts through these spectacular lake settings, volcanic craters and natural landscapes is something that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

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

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

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Wellington
5 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Wildfinder

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

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

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

 

Comfort Electric Mountain Bike

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Te Anau Glow Worm Cave Tour
$189 NZD

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

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

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

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

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

This underground world is astonishingly beautiful. By geological standards, the caves are very young (12,000 years) and are still being carved out by the force of the river that flows through them. The result is a twisting network of limestone passages filled with sculpted rock, whirlpools and a roaring underground waterfall.

Deep inside the caves, beyond the roar of the water, you will be taken by small boat into a silent hidden grotto inhabited by hundreds of glowworms, unique to New Zealand. In the subterranean darkness, they produce a glittering display that is nothing short of extraordinary.

Stewart Island Bird Sanctuary Tour
$189 NZD

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

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Stewart Island
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Real NZ

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

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

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

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

 

Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara

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

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

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

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

Stewart Island Wild Kiwi Encounter
$199 NZD

A chance to spot Kiwi in the wild with a night time tour departing from Oban to the famous Ocean Beach

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Stewart Island
4 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Real NZ

At dusk depart from Stewart Island's Halfmoon Bay in a catamaran for a cruise across Paterson Inlet to Little Glory Cove. During the cruise pass Ulva Island (a predator-free sanctuary) and learn about Stewart Island's rich history. Once at Little Glory Cove, disembark onto a wharf at the southern part of the peninsula known as The Neck.

The walk, led by your nature guide, is on a well-formed track across the peninsula, through spectacular coastal forest to a secluded sandy beach.

As dusk sets in and daylight diminishes, venture by torchlight through the native forest with the stars and forest night sounds around you. The walk will take about 45 minutes one-way and the track emerges on to Ocean Beach.  This wide sandy beach is where kiwi are often found feeding among the grasses and seaweed.

Here in the darkness you will get to see the Southern brown kiwi (Rakiura Tokoeka) - often searching for food.

Afterwards retrace your steps through the forest to Little Glory Wharf for your catamaran ride back to Oban township on Stewart Island.

Includes:

  • Scenic evening cruise across Paterson Inlet
  • Experienced nature guide
  • Guided walk (approx. 2 hours)
  • Complimentary tea & coffee on board

 

About Rakiura Tokoeka/Southern Brown Kiwi

The Rakiura Tokoeka is found on Stewart Island. They stand approximately 40cm tall, weigh 4kg and their beak is 18-20cm long. Stewart Island tokoeka are stocky round birds and one of the largest variants of the Southern brown kiwi, with females reaching weights of over 4kg. Tokoeka means "weka with a walking stick" which references their long beak.

 

Important information

A reasonable level of fitness is required (total walking time approximately 2 hours depending on kiwi behaviour). The walking track can be uneven and muddy at times, therefore please ensure you wear adequate footwear and are dressed for warmth including a wind and waterproof jacket.  On occasions we may need to cancel a trip due to weather - please ensure that you provide contact information, so that we can keep you updated.

This experience aims to discover wild kiwis in their natural habitat. While you have a higher chance of finding them with our expert staff, wild animals are unpredictable, and there is no 100% guarantee kiwis will appear. Their rareness, their wild nature, and the thrill of searching are what makes the experience special and enjoyable, so we cannot offer refunds if there is no sighting.

Stunning Abel Tasman Kayaking
$199 NZD

Enjoy a day of freedom in paradise with kayak rental and water taxi transport to explore the Abel Tasman coast from Marahau to Anchorage.

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Abel Tasman
1 day
Adult
Experience Provider: RnR Kayaks

Pack your bags & head to Marahau for an awesome day exploring the Abel Tasman!

With a full briefing on directions and safety you will begin at Marahau, then kayak north through the Astrolabe Roadstead. Visit the seals and enjoy the birdsong at Adele Island before continuing your paddle to Anchorage. Explore the tidal lagoon or go for a short walk before your water taxi back to Marahau. Total kayak time is approximately 4 hours.

  • Check in: 8.30am (and *10.30am subject to availability)
  • Departs: Daily (closed 1st May - 30th Sep)
  • Included: Kayak hire, gear, kayak retrieval, water taxi fares & safety briefing
  • Water taxi: 1 taxi ride
  • Kayaking time: Approx 4 hours
  • Walking time: Nil
  • Food: Packed lunch available (day one only) $15pp

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! 

Whale & Dolphin Safari
$199 NZD

Jump on board & enjoy an ocean safari to see whales & dolphins right on Auckland’s doorstep in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

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Auckland
4 Hours 30 Minutes
Adult
Experience Provider: Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari

New Zealand’s most unique whale and dolphin watching safari departs direct from downtown Auckland. Enjoy a 4.5-hour cruise on board the luxurious ‘Dolphin Explorer’ as you explore the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park in search of encounters with its amazing and diverse marine wildlife.

Your safari departs from the Viaduct Basin, just a short walk from all the major hotels in Auckland Central. Jump on board the 65-foot (20-metre) catamaran and settle in as you head out to explore the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, one of the most abundant and diverse marine parks in the world.

From the large open deck, enjoy views of famous Auckland landmarks like the Harbour Bridge, North Head and Devonport, and volcanic Rangitoto Island, as you watch out for orca and dolphins known to frequent the inner Waitematā Harbour.

As the crew provides knowledgeable commentary, marine science experts conduct biological studies and invite you to join interactive research activities.

Because you’re venturing into a wild, natural environment, every trip is different and the marine wildlife encountered varies from day to day. Typically, you will encounter Bryde’s whales and common dolphins, but you may also meet pygmy blue whales, New Zealand fur seals, sharks, manta rays, turtles and up to 26 species of seabirds – including the little blue penguin.

As you return to Auckland, sit back, take advantage of the licensed café and bar, and enjoy the island views. And if you’re ready to learn more, there’s an optional research presentation so you can learn more about the wildlife you’ve encountered during your safari.

The Historic Cream Boat Cruise
$199 NZD

Historical full day cruise in the Bay of Islands. Stop off at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island to swim, eat lunch and explore.

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Northland
7 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Fullers Greatsights

See it all on the Bay’s most iconic cruise! This full-day experience has something for everyone, from island stops to dolphin watching.

Explore the inner Bay of Islands on the most extensive historical cruise in the Bay. Enjoy lunch, a swim or a coastal walk on Urupukapuka Island during your island stop at Otehei Bay. Then set off in search of dolphins and other marine life on our Hole in the Rock Cruise. Enjoy the spectacular views as we journey right to the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula, to the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island.

Back in 1927, Albert Fuller acquired a contract to deliver cream and other goods between island farms and the mainland. Visitors began to come along for the ride, and ‘the Cream Trip’ became a must-do activity. Today we still follow the original route, delivering mail and supplies to the islands while we show you the very best of the Bay, from its historical highlights to its most scenic spots. Ninety years on, the Cream Trip cruise is still the best way to see the Bay.

 

Highlights

  • Historical cruise and island deliveries
  • The Black Rocks and Marsden Cross
  • 1.5 hour island stopover at Otehei Bay
  • See the Hole in the Rock and Cape Brett Peninsular
  • Dolphin and whale viewing
Half day Self-Guided Eco tour on Kapiti Island
$189 NZD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You’ll learn about

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

 

Riding Level: Easy

Duration: 2-2.5 hrs

Distance: Short < 10km

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Split Apple Kayak Tour
$189 NZD

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

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Abel Tasman
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: RnR Kayaks

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

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

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

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

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Akaroa
2 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Akaroa Dolphins

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

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

Evening Penguin Tour near Akaroa
$189 NZD

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

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

The tour includes:

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

 

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

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

 

Craft Beer & Food Tour
$199 NZD

Jump on a craft beer tour and escape central Queenstown to visit some of the area’s best spots for a craft beer, sit back & enjoy lunch over a glass or two!

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Queenstown
4.5 hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Queenstown Beer Tours

Get picked up around 11:50am and take a trip outside of Queenstown’s CBD to try award winning locally brewed beers in this up and coming craft beer scene. This award winning fully guided tour will take you to historic Arrowtown, before going passed scenic Lake Hayes and heading back towards Queenstown while driving along the beautiful shores of Lake Wakatipu and the Shotover River.

Visit local breweries and try the best craft beers they have to offer. After each tasting, feel free to purchase any drinks you like to enjoy or take home. Your guide Lewis is a Kiwi, Queenstown born and raised local who takes pride in his town and will show you a personal and great day out.

With 3 stops including an interactive brewery tour, 13 tastings and a delicious and exclusive food and beer matched lunch, Queenstown Beer Tours is the best way to spend your afternoon! After your big day out they can return you to your accommodation or to one of Queenstown’s favourite craft beer bars for more deals and savings.

If craft beer isn't your thing, don't worry as other alcoholic alternatives are available at each stop. If this sounds like your ideal day out then book today with Queenstown’s favourite beer tour to jump on board and enjoy a brew with a view!

The Tour includes: 

  • Pickup from Queenstown accommodation
  • In-depth interactive brewery tour where you can try the raw ingredients
  • Delicious (exclusive for this tour) food and beer matched lunch
  • 13+ Craft Beer tastings
  • Visit 3 small locally owned breweries
  • Great detail about the beer and in-depth info about the area and its history with great views
  • Allocated free time spent at Arrowtown, photo stops and a Cheesery visit
  • Discounted rates on take home beer & merchandise
  • Air-conditioned comfortable van
  • Beer can be substituted for cider or wine

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

Chuffed has made it our mission to partner with loads of owner operated businesses all over NZ, the ones that started as a passion & flourished into a business. We find these businesses tend to deliver the most authentic experiences you can find, and Queenstown Beer Tours is certainly one of them! Lewis Benseman is the owner/operator/guide at QBT. He's born & raised fourth generation Queenstown, and has a passion for all things craft beer & fun! 

Dolphin Watch
$189 NZD

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

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Kaikoura
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Encounter Kaikoura

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

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

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

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

This tour is 3.5 hours duration.

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

Half Day Guided Biking Wine Tour
$199 NZD

Explore wine country by bike in a fun & delicious cycle tour, travelling by bike between the vines to visit three Marlborough cellar doors.

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Marlborough
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Explore Marlborough

An ideal half day biking winery tour for anyone looking for a sample of the stunning views, tastes & flavours of NZ's most iconic wine region. Knowledgeable guides from Explore Marlborough will lead you from one winery to the next, following river banks, vineyard trails & quiet back-country roads. You'll visit three boutique Marlborough wineries along the way, and what better way to justify the wine along the way than getting the legs moving on the bike inbetween! The helpful crew from Explore will even pick you up & drop you off from your local accommodation, so no need to arrange a sober driver!

International Cuisine Cooking Class
$199 NZD

Your choice of internationally themed cooking class in Christchurch City, ending in a three course meal

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Christchurch
3 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Riverside Kitchen

Whether you are looking for a relaxed demonstration style class or a hands-on culinary learning experience, Riverside Kitchen in Christchurch have a class for you.

Classes start with a demonstration at the main bench followed by a chance to create some of the dishes yourself.

Aside from all of the new skills you'll pick up during the class, all classes finish at the table for a three-course meal matched with New Zealand wines!

So will it be Hong Kong street food, French classics, Spanish tapas, homemade pasta or something else? There are so many different culinary classes to choose from that all sound delicious!

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

Tour to World’s largest mainland Gannet colony.

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Napier
3 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Gannet Safaris Overland

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

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

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

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

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

Hawkes Bay Cycling Winery Tour
$189 NZD

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

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Napier
6 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Takaro Trails

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

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

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

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

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

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Coromandel
1 Hour
Adults
Experience Provider: Hahei Explorer

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

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

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

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

Wine Sampler Tour
$199 NZD

A classic Queenstown wine tour tasting 18+ cool-climate wines across four of the finest and boutique cellar door in the Gibbston Region

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Queenstown
5 Hours
Adult
Experience Provider: Altitude Tours

Start your day being met by your wine certified guide at or near your Queenstown accommodation. From there, you'll travel a short distance to the Gibbston wine region, home to top-rated wineries, award-winning winemakers, and, of course, delicious Pinot Noir.

Throughout the day, you'll enjoy four separate wine tasting experiences, visiting both smaller boutique cellar doors and well-known locations, including a tour of the underground wine cave at Gibbston Valley Winery. Be hosted by an Altitude Tours wine guide and cellar staff, who will educate and entertain you with local winemaking facts and stories. You also have the option of indulging in a scrumptious lunch at a local winery (additional cost ordered on the day).

We're all about pairing good people with good wine, whether you're recharging your batteries after endless days of play, an avid sightseer, or a wine enthusiast. Let us take you on a top-rated wine tasting journey and experience more with Altitude Tours.

Bike The Wineries Full Day
$199 NZD

Shuttle to the historic village of Arrowtown, before taking on a self-guided ride to visit the cellar doors in the Gibbston Valley.

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

Enjoy a full day exploring the wineries at your own pace. This experience begins with a shuttle from Queenstown to the quaint, gold-mining village of Arrowtown. Here the team from Around the Basin Bike will cover mountain bike fitting, navigation, bike safety and (very importantly) winery information. There’s the opportunity to explore Arrowtown and visit one of the cafés, or hop on your bike and get straight into your morning ride. From Arrowtown the trail follows the beautiful Arrow and Kawarau rivers to the Kawarau Suspension Bridge – home of the world’s first bungy jump.

From there spend the rest of the day biking at your leisure along the Gibbston River Trail, using an informative winery map to visit as many of the cellar doors linked throughout this easy riding trail.

There are plenty of wineries to call into for tastings or lunch (additional cost) or picnic at along the way, and the crew will stop in with their shuttle to pick up any wine you may purchase, how good is that!

Wineries include: Chard Farm, Gibbston Valley Winery, Rockburn, Gibbston Tavern, Kinross, Brennan and Mt Rosa.

You will be picked up at 4:30 pm from your winery of choice for the shuttle back to Queenstown.

The riding distance to the first winery is 15 km. To get all the way to the end of the wine valley, you’ll end up covering about 25 km.

Full Day Queenstown E-Bike Hire
$199 NZD

A full day electric bike hire to explore the 130km of cycle trails around Queenstown. Wineries, mountains, lakes, history – what a day!

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

What better way to explore this stunning part of NZ than by bike? There are over 130 kilometers of bike trails winding their way through the Queenstown Basin just waiting for you to explore. From vineyards, to suspension bridges and historic goldmining locations, Queenstown is a beautiful place to explore on bike.

Around the Basin Bike Tours in Queenstown will get you equipped and informed of the best trails and lunch spots, for a fun day exploring Queenstown & the surrounding area by pedal!

Art Deco Vintage Car Tour
$189 NZD

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

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Napier
1 Hour
Adults
Experience Provider: Art Deco Trust

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

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

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

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

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

Why is it Chuffed Worthy?

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

Mud Bath Experience at Hells Gate
$189 NZD

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

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Rotorua
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Hells Gate

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

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

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

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Waikato
4 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Riverside Adventures Waikato

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

Included:

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

They will give you power to conquer any hill.

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

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

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Rotorua
2 Hours 30 Minutes
Adults
Experience Provider: Paddleboard Rotorua

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

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

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

Aix mud wrap treatment at Rotorua's Polynesian Spa
$199 NZD

Unwind with this incredibly relaxing Aix Mud Wrap treatment at the world famous Polynesian Spa in Rotorua.

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Rotorua
1 hour
Adult
Experience Provider: Polynesian Spa

Start your day with a soak in the Deluxe Lake Spa at Polynesian Spa. Then unwind with this complete nurturing experience provided in the Aix wet area.

Aix is a hydrotherapy spa treatment, introduced to Rotorua in 1903. The Retreat at Polynesian Spa has specialised Aix therapy rooms with vichy showers and Italian vichy beds.

Unwind with this complete nurturing experience. First energise and nourish with a gentle full body exfoliation. Then calm and nourish the body, cocooned in warm Geothermal Mud mask which cleanses and delivers essential nutrients to the skin, whilst you experience a relaxing La Gaia Pearl Mask scalp treatment massaged into your hair. Refresh with the Aix water therapy to rinse away the Mud mask. A truly blissful sensory escape.

Spa Products used: Pure Source Mud Mask
Choice of Scrubs: Skin Deep Honey & Walnut Polish / Nellie Tier May Chan & Mandarin Body Scrub

All therapies include a soak in the Deluxe Lake Spa mineral pools beforehand to warm up the muscles, soften the skin and relax the mind.

To make the most of an indulgent retreat experience we recommend you allow at least three hours at Polynesian Spa to enjoy a hot mineral soak, your therapy and the relaxation lounge.

Visit the Island Wildlife Sanctuary of Tiritiri Matangi
$189 NZD

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

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Auckland
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Explore

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

Enjoy a cruise through Tikapa Moana - the Hauraki Gulf, as we make our way to this island sanctuary. After arriving via ferry from downtown Auckland, you'll head off on a self guided visit of the island.

Choose to seek out the islands unique birdlife, native plants and rich history, or find a beautiful secluded spot to enjoy a relaxing day away from the city, the choice is all yours. The pest-free island provides a safe haven for a wide range of native species including kōkako, takahē, tīeke and more.

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

Evening Guided Hot Pools Kayak
$199 NZD

Evening guided kayak experience to remote lakeside hot pools followed by cooked BBQ Dinner.

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Rotorua
3 hours
Adult
Experience Provider: River Rats

Join the crew from River Rats for a guided kayak trip to the spectacular Manupirua Springs Hot Pools. Paddle across scenic Lake Rotoiti to this amazing spot which is only accessible by water.

Situated right on the lake edge, there are a range of hot pools of varying temperatures all fed from a natural hot spring. Have a leisurely soak while your guide cooks an appetising Kiwi BBQ dinner. After dinner enjoy a sunset paddle across the lake and a visit to the glow worm caves.

Paddling time is usually around 1 hour each way.

There is no minimum age for kayaking, children may be able to go in the front of a double kayak if accompanied by a competent adult. With young children the adult will need to be able to paddle a double kayak without the assistance of the child and the child needs to have the patience to sit in the front of the kayak. Generally around age 5 is a good guideline but feel free to discuss this with River Rats if you have any questions regarding this.

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!

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

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

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Marlborough
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Beachcomber Cruises

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

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

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

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

Kayak Tour of the Raglan Limestone Coast Formations
$189 NZD

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

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Raglan
2 hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Raglan Kayak

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Auckland
8 Hours
Adults
Experience Provider: Fullers 360

Head across the waters to Waiheke Island and take the day to explore with an all day Explorer Bus Pass, the most flexible way to experience the island's top spots.

The hop-on hop-off bus tour gives you the freedom to visit popular vineyards, beaches and seaside villages full of galleries, shops and cafes at your own pace.

Your adventure starts as soon as you hop on the ferry to Waiheke Island from Downtown Auckland, your return ferry ticket is included in this experience.

Board the modern Explorer Bus waiting right outside the Matiatia Ferry Terminal & explore the island at your own pace, hop off at one of the 16 stops or stay on for a scenic 1.5 hour loop tour of the island & listen to commentary and local tips by on board island host.

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

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

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

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

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