Learn about Napier’s fascinating heritage during this guided walking tour of the city’s colourful Art Deco Quarter. Depart from Napier’s Art Deco Centre and discover striking examples of the city’s distinctive architecture. Hear stories of the 1931 earthquake that destroyed the city, the people that were affected, and how the city made a remarkable recovery and was rebuilt within two years. The walk is followed by an optional short film screening and a tea or coffee.
Join your guide at Princes Wharf to begin a tour of two of Auckland’s most vibrant inner city foodie locations. The Britomart precinct is surrounded by beautiful heritage buildings and full of restaurants, cafés, bars, and a fantastic city farmers’ market (Saturdays only). Stroll to the Viaduct Harbour, where restaurants and bars line the yacht-studded waterfront. The tour includes lunch, a glass of wine and tastings such as seafood, cheese and ice-cream.
Depart from Napier for this private guided tour of Hawke’s Bay which can be customised to suit your interests. Admire Napier's diverse collection of art deco buildings and visit local artists to view their paintings and sculptures. Meet innovative food producers and enjoy tastings of locally grown delicacies. Visit a rural coastal settlement to expeience a traditional welcome and learn about Maori culture and heritage before enjoying tastings at some prestigious wineries.
Depart from Paihia or Keri Keri for a full-day trip to Cape Reinga on the northern tip of the North Island. Stroll through the ancient Puketi Kauri Forest and enjoy the thrill of sand-boarding down massive dunes at Te Paki Stream. Drive along the famous Ninety-Mile Beach to Cape Reinga where you can watch the Pacific Ocean collide with the Tasman Sea and enjoy spectacular views over the ocean.
Enjoy a guided tour through the renowned glow-worm caves, with a boat ride through the grotto itself. Enjoy a picnic lunch before you see New Zealand’s agricultural industry in action with sheep dog trials at the Agrodome, plus an organic farm tour. You will then continue to Te Puia for a Maori cultural performance and a guided tour around the mighty geysers and boiling mud pools for which the area is famed.
Swim and snorkel with dolphins in the wild during this half-day tour in the beautiful Bay of Islands. At Russell Wharf board the purpose-built Tutunui boat, which has a low viewing deck and underwater microphones, and head out to the sheltered waters of the bay in search of playful dolphins. Don a wetsuit and enjoy the experience of interacting with them in their natural environment.
Travel south from Auckland to the Waikato region where you will arrive at the Shire's rest to embark on your Hobbiton film set tour. You will see 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge, the party tree and visit the Green Dragon Inn. You can also get a picture taken at Bilbo's front door at Bag End. After the tour your lunch is included at Shire's Rest Cafe before heading back to Auckland.
Depart from Rotorua for Matamata, home to the Hobbiton Movie Set. Drive through a working sheep farm to the Shire’s rest where you will join a tour of the famous film set. Learn how the set was created as you discover 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge and the party tree. You can also have your picture taken by Bilbo’s front door at Bag End. Finish your tour with a drink at the cosy Green Dragon Inn and take in the view across the lake to the mill and Bag End.
Depart from Wellington and drive through the picturesque Hutt Valley and the Rimutaka Range to Martinborough for this full-day guided tour of the famous wine region. The tour includes tastings at award-winning boutique wineries including Murdoch James, Te Kairanga, Palliser, Muirlea Rise, Tirohana, Alana Estate and Martinborough. Meet local winemakers and have a bistro lunch at a vineyard.
Enjoy a guided tour of Rotorua's Tamaki Maori Village where you will experience a traditional welcome before entering the village. Whilst here you will have the opportunity to learn the haka, try poi, play stick games, experience warrior training, weaving and learn about tattooing and carving. You will also enjoy a traditional performance, hangi buffet feast and a closing ceremony of speeches and songs.
Depart from National Park Village, Whakapapa Village or Taupo for this full-day hiking tour to Mount Ruapehu in Tongariro National Park. Ride the scenic chair lift (weather permitting) to the starting point of your guided walk (approx. 6-7 hours) across the volcanic terrain. Enjoy lunch and spectacular views at the top of the volcano while observing the changing colours of the geothermal lake - it can transform from green to pale blue or grey depending on the temperature.
Immerse yourself in a world of visual effects at the award-winning Weta Workshop, the gateway to filmmaking experiences in New Zealand, famous for creating the costumes, weapons and props for films such as District 9 and King Kong, as well as The Chronicles of Narnia films and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. There are different visiting options available, but we recommend the four-hour ‘There and Back Again: The Full Experience’. It includes two 45-minute guided tours – the Weta Cave Workshop Tour and the Miniatures Stage Tour: Thunderbirds Are Go, showing how a TV show is brought to life. You’ll also have guided return shuttle transfers from central Wellington to the studio in Miramar; access to the incredible Weta Cave shop with life-sized sculptures and mini museum; and a documentary viewing featuring co-founders, Richard Taylor and Peter Jackson.