NewZealand Sightseeing

Auckland Sightseeing
No Image Americas Cup Sailing Experience (NZA2) 2:00 PM
The America&#146s Cup is the world&#146s oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy and ultimate yachting regatta. Join us for an unforgettable two hours sailing. A unique opportunity to participate as crew on an actual America&#146s Cup yacht. Take the helm, exert energy on the grinders OR simply sit back and enjoy the ride as we sail the beautiful Waitemata Harbour. Participate as crew or sit back and relax. No experience necessary. Times may vary due to tide conditions. Flat, rubber soled shoes, Sun glasses, hat, sunblock and layered clothing are suggested. Departs from Explore NZ office in Viaduct Harbour &#150 opposite Cargo Restaurant. Please report 30 minutes prior to departure.
No Image Auckland Harbour Cruise (NZA3) 10:30 AM
Escape the city and cruise the sparkling waters of Auckland&#146s beautiful harbour. Sit back, relax and let the crew look after you. Have your camera&#146s ready as you cruise past the Viaduct Basin, historic Devonport, the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Bean Rock Lighthouse and the Devonport Naval Base. Your cruise includes full commentary on board, hot beverage & cookie are served. A stop in Devonport, the wonderful seaside village is also included, along with your return ticket from Devonport to Auckland. Departs from Fullers Counter &#150 Pier 2, Ferry Terminal, 99 Quay Street, Downtown. Please report 30 minutes prior to departure
No Image Full Day Bay of Islands with Lunch (NZA12) 6:45 AM
Travel by coach to the popular Bay of Islands region, upon arrival you will have a guided tour of the historical Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where in 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. Uncover the history that played a significant part in shaping a nation. Enjoy the popular Cape Brett cruise, past many secluded islands to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and through the famous Hole in the Rock (conditions permitting), before returning to Auckland by coach. This full day tour brings together the historic highlights and stunning scenery of this impressive region. Pick-up from hotel 30 minutes prior to departure
No Image Full Day Coast & Rainforest Walk (NZA7) 10:00 AM
Today&#146s full day excursion first stop is at the Arataki Visitor Information Centre situated within Auckland&#146s largest Regional Park, Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. The breathtaking panoramic views from the sweeping decks extend from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the area&#146s history and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there. Continue further west to the wild and rugged west coast where you get to experience the isolation area. The guides will walk you through an area of Auckland&#146s coastal rainforest where they explain the local flora and fauna with its giant ferns growing alongside picturesque streams. You will have the opportunity to stroll on an awe-inspiring beach and experience the uniqueness of the black sand and the clear ocean breeze. Your journey will take you to an area of untouched original rainforest with mature 1000 year old kauri trees. Included in tour is a picnic lunch. Comfortable Walking Shoes & suitable outdoor clothing are suggested. Pick-up from hotel 30 minutes prior to departure.
No Image Half Day Auckland City Tour (NZA5) 8:45 AM
This morning enjoy an Auckland city sights tour. You will be able to see why Auckland is known as the &#145City of Sails&#148 as you travel over the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Visit the famous Auckland landmark of Mount Eden, a dormant volcano whose summit offers excellent panoramic views of the city and harbours. From this fantastic vantage point you will see evidence of Auckland&#146s volcanic history, the most significant being the youngest volcano of Rangitoto Island at the entrance to the Waitemata harbour. The sightseeing tour also takes in the Auckland Domain, the city&#146s oldest park which is situated on a 62,000 year old volcano. In addition to these natural features the city sights tour takes you down the trendy shopping area of Parnell Village with its historic buildings that have been transformed into boutiques, antique, craft and specialty shops. Lastly you will journey along the scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Drive before returning to Downtown. Pick-up from hotel 1 hour prior to departure.
No Image Half Day Rangitoto Island Volcanic Explorer (NZA11) 12:15 PM
On your arrival at the Island you will be met by a Rangitoto Guide for a journey of discovery. Along the way you&#146ll learn of Rangitoto&#146s fiery past and the amazing climate that has allowed lush growth to flourish amongst the lava on the island. Journey through the largest Pohutukawa forest in the world, a treasured fern glen and rugged lava terrain as you make your way to the base of the summit of Rangitoto. From here it&#146s a short walk along a scenic boardwalk to the top. Here you will be awarded with 360 degree view Departs from Fullers Counter &#150 Pier 2, Ferry Terminal, 99 Quay Street, Downtown. Please report 30 minutes prior to departure.
No Image Half Day West Coast Wilderness Experience Bush & Beach (NZA1) 12:30 PM
In just 30 minutes you leave behind the bustle of the city and step into the tranquility of the rainforest of the Waitakere Ranges. Travel to the Arataki Centre perched high on the ridge of the Waitakere Ranges and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Learn about and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings. Continue on to the lush rainforest where you can walk the easy bush tracks amongst New Zealand&#146s famous kauri trees and giant tree ferns. Experience the power of the wild and rugged West Coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer. Hotel pick up and off provided. Comfortable Walking Shoes & suitable outdoor clothing are suggested. Pick-up from hotel 30 minutes prior to departure.
No Image Half Day Wine Tasting on Waiheke (NZA4) 1:00 PM
Following your cruise to Waiheke Island you will be met and taken to picturesque Mudbrick vineyard overlooking the sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf where you will enjoy premium wine tasting. Next, you will travel to Ridgeview Estate with breathtaking views across the water to Auckland City and the Coromandel. Your experience extends to a tour of the vineyard as well as tastings and a platter of nibbles. The last vineyard to visit is Te Whau, acclaimed for its restaurant, as well as stunning 360 views and outstanding architecture. Your tour concludes at the ferry terminal for your return ferry back to Auckland, or you may choose to stay on and further explore this beautiful island. Departs from Fullers Counter &#150 Pier 2, Ferry Terminal, 99 Quay Street, Downtown. Please report 30 minutes prior to departure.
No Image Pride of Auckland Dinner Cruise (NZA4)
The Pride of Auckland operates its fleet of purpose-built sailboats on the sheltered inner waters of the sparkling Waitemata Harbour. Tie up at a sheltered anchorage within the largest yacht marina in the southern hemisphere where you will be invited to your table below decks and served your Seafood Dinner (alternative menus confirmed upon booking) along with an offering from the ships bar. After Dinner the sails are set and we pass under the Harbour Bridge to Chelsea sugar works, Devonport Naval Base and the Citys waterfront. Guests are welcome to participate in sailing the yacht or just sit back, relax and enjoy the sail. Tour departs at 5:30 pm May 1 - Oct 31 7:00 pm Nov 1 - Apr 30 from the Explore Kiosk in the viaduct. Please be advised that there are no hotel pick-up or -off services included with this tour. Please report 20-30 minutes prior to sailing. Tour Duration is approximately 2.5 hours
No Image Waiheke Island Tour
Afternoon departure from the downtown Auckland Ferry Terminal on a cruise to Waiheke Island, a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and gorgeous beaches. Youíll be welcomed by your Private Driver-Guide who will lead you on a tour of the island. Highlights include a visit to a local vineyard with wine tasting, an olive oil tour and time to swim or sun on one of the white sandy beaches gently sloping down into the Hauraki Gulf. Explore the beautiful galleries and craft boutiques in this homeland of artists and enjoy a tasty lunch, on your own, of the delicious New Zealand fresh Pacific Rim cuisine. Return to Auckland on the early evening ferry
Christchurch Sightseeing
No Image Christchurch Tramway Dinner
Christchurch is famous for its fabulous dining, entertainment, breathtaking scenery and cultural heritage. Combine all of these splendid features and you have the Christchurch Tramway Restaurant, where dining is not only a culinary delight but also a trip back into history. We invite you to sit back in the luxury of our air-conditioned, colonial style, dining tram and be treated to the finest service, cuisine and beverages that New Zealand has to offer. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal in an elegant, unique setting.
No Image Day Trip to Kaikoura (NZC3) 7:30 AM
Spend your day getting close to nature. Travel by road through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury, enjoying the beauty of its rural pastoral scenes, to Kaikoura where mountains meet sea. Kaikoura is world renowned for the variety of marine mammals which can be seen, not least of all the giant sperm whales and the acrobatic Dusk Dolphins. On your arrival in Kaikoura you will be transferred to a whale watch tour by boat. In the afternoon you will visit a seal colony where fur seals may be viewed at close quarters. On your return to Christchurch a stop will be made at a North Canterbury vineyard where a wine tasting has been arranged. Pick-up from hotel 30 minutes prior to departure.
No Image Discover Christchurch Tour (NZC4) 9:00 AM
This morning or afternoon, enjoy a Christchurch city sights tour. We will be covering the central city highlights, including Cathedral Square, Victoria Square, Thomas Edmonds former band rotunda and the Avon River, Town Hall, the floral clock, Law Courts, Provincial Chambers, Christs College, Museum, Botanical Gardens, Arts Centre, Worcester Boulevard, and the Bridge of Remembrance. On leaving the inner city, the tour includes several parks and gardens including Mona Vale Gardens and Hagley Park. The tour then moves on to Riccarton House, Riccarton Bush, and the University of Canterbury. We then travel to the Sign of the Takahe, an historic building providing spectacular views over the city, Canterbury Plains and to the Southern Alps. The tour concludes with a off in the central city or a return to the original pickup points. Pick-up from hotel 30 minutes prior to departure.
No Image Half Day Christchurch City Tour (NZC1)
Depart your hotel this afternoon and travel to the award winning International Antarctic Centre. Tour through the Centre which showcases New Zealands close relationship with the great White Continent, view the resident penguins and enjoy a Hagglund (snow mobile) ride. On completion travel back into the city for a 1 hour tour by motorized Catipillar through the citites stunning botanic gardens. Discover why Christchurch is known as the "garden city." Return to your hotel on completion. A perfect extension tour to the included morning city sightseeing tour of Christchurch. Hotel pick up and off is provided. Please be in the hotel lobby at 12:.45 pm. Tour duration is 3.5 hours
No Image Willowbank & Christchurch by Night Tour (NZC4)
Travel to Willowbank Wildlife reserve for a Maori Cultural performance consisting of a traditional Maori greeting, action songs, poi dances and hakas. On completion enjoy a buffet carvery dinner. After dinner join a guided tour of the Reserve where you will see Kiwi in their natural habitat, eels, keas, deer, possums and other birds and animals both native and introduced to New Zealand. On returning to the central city you will be given a guided tour of the central city at night prior to being returned to your accommodation. Hotel pick up and off is provided. Time to be advised locally. Tour duration is 4 hours
Queenstown Sightseeing
No Image Full Day Gourmet Wine Tour
Take a relaxed journey around four or five of Centrals premier vineyards. Tour New Zealands largest underground wine cave and enjoy an in-depth discovery of your own senses at The Big Picture, the worlds first visual and sensory wine experience. Vineyards are ed by your guide from the following: Gibbston Valley, Peregrine, Chard Farm, Carrick, Mt. Difficulty, Felton Road, Akarua, Olssens, Waitiri Creek, Wooing Tree, Aurum, Rockburn, the Winehouse, and Amisfield Cellars. Your tour also includes a mid-morning cheese tasting and a delightful gourmet platter lunch. Arrival/departure details to be advised locally.
No Image Full Day Milford Sound Cruise with lunch (GS76L)
Travel by coach on an unforgettable journey from Queenstown to Milford Sound. Located within the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, this region is rich with dense rainforest, lakes and waterfalls cascading from rugged mountain peaks. En route to the Milford Sound stop for a morning tea break at Te Anau, the largest lake in the South Island, then pass through the glacier-hewn Eglinton Valley and stop for a photo op at Mirror Lakes. Upon arrival, enjoy a cruise on the fjord, with scenic views of the temperate rainforest, the stunningly renowned Mitre Peak, and Bowen Falls, as well as an array of wildlife such as seals, birds, and occasionally dolphins and penguins. Later this afternoon, travel back to Queenstown and view waterfalls Christie Falls and The Chasm (subject to road and weather conditions) on the way. Pick up and off details to be advised locally. Tour begins at 7:20 am. Tour Duration is approximately 12 hours
No Image Half Day Queenstown Garden Tour
A relaxed tour which visits 3 local private Queenstown gardens with lovely locations. Your hosts are local gardening enthusiasts and will be happy to share their knowledge and gardening tips. Nestled in the heart of the rural Wakatipu, each gardener draws their inspiration from the spectacular alpine landscape. A Devonshire morning tea is also included at the delightful Millbrook Golf and Country resort at Lake Hayes. Hotel pick up and off is provided. Please be in the hotel lobby at 8:20 AM
No Image Half Day Wine Tour (NZQ4)
Enjoy a fun, informative, friendly wine tour with tasting at four local wineries including a platter style lunch. The Queenstown region has become one of New Zealands most exciting wine regions winning regular awards throughout the world. The regions Pinot Noir in particular is regarded as world class. Discover the Kawarau Gorge and visit old Cromwell Town and AK Hackett bungy bridge. Hotel pick up and off is provided. Please be in the hotel lobby at 11.45 am. Tour duration is 5 hours
No Image Safari of the Scenes - Skippers Canyon 4WD Adventure
This scenic Skippers Canyon tour is an adventure that follows the rugged and once treacherous Skippers Road. You will travel the road that was hacked by hand into the sheer cliff sides of the Shotover River Valley making this an exciting opportunity. During the tour, you will visit many historic sites such as the Skippers Suspension Bridge and historical township of Skippers. The tour will also visit the restored school house where you will gain a real insight into the local heritage through photos and the histories of life from the early days of this settlement. On the return journey, you will stop at Deep Creek where you can immerse yourself in the customs of the local area by trying your hand at gold panning at one of the richest gold bearing rivers in the world. The tour also offers you a view of some of the Lord of the Rings film locations along Skippers Road which was voted as one of the 25 most scenic roads in the world. Hotel pick up and off is provided. Please be in the hotel lobby at 8:15 am. Tour duration is approximately 4 hours
No Image Safari of the Scenes Wakatipu Basin 4WD
This scenic tour offers goldpanning, 4WD river crossing in the Arrow Gorge and a great overview of the diverse scenery of the Queenstown / Arrowtown area. The tour covers scenic towns, to rolling farmland, rugged Skippers Canyon and mountains, to the famous Kawarau Gorge bungy bridge. The tour offers you a view of some of the Lord of the Rings film locations of Minas Tirith, Misty Mountains, the Pillars of the Kings (Argonath), the site of Isildurs fall and the Ford of Bruinen. Youll also overlook Deer Park Heights, where the Rohan refugees and the battle with the Wargs were filmed. A scenic adventure exploring film locations no sets left, just the gorgeous scenery featured in the films. This is a nice, easy 4WD driving journey but those with acute back problems may consider other options. Hotel pick up and off is provided. Please be in the hotel lobby at 8:15 am. Tour duration is approximately 4 hours
No Image Shotover Jet
Experience an adrenaline rush youll never forget on this one-of-a-kind "thrill therapy" ride. From the moment the accelerator hits the floor, your adrenaline hits the roof as you power through the Shotover Canyons in a high-powered speedboat. Your driver will skillfully whip past rocky outcrops, crags and boulders, twisting into the trademark Shotover Jet 360 degree spin (where the driver spins the boat around from bow to stern). Youll stop briefly while your driver points out unique landmarks and similar points of interest. Return shuttle transfers are available from central Queenstown. This tour is not suitable for pregnant women or acute back pain sufferers. Suggested attire: Comfortable walking or boat shoes, shorts/pants, t-shirt, windbreaker, and a change of clothes. Arrival/departure details to be advised locally.
No Image TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Walter Peak Station Gourmet BBQ
Board the TSS Earnslaw and enjoy a cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Onboard, the Captain provides an interesting commentary as you take in the spectacular views of Cecil and Walter Peaks and the western shores of Lake Wakatipu. Upon arrival at Walter Peak, youíll be warmly welcomed and escorted through the beautiful gardens to the charming Colonelís Homestead. Enjoy a Gourmet BBQ dinner prepared in front of you along with background piano music. The menu includes an expansive array of local produce, succulent meats cooked on the outdoor rotisserie or grill, delicious vegetables and salads, ending with irresistible desserts, cheeses and tea and coffee. Following dinner, attend an entertaining farm show or relax in the bar before returning to Queenstown
No Image Walter Peak Evening Dinner Excursion
Begin your evening excursion with a scenic cruise from Queenstown to Walter Peak High Country Farm aboard the vintage steamship TSS Easnslaw. Disembark at Walter Peak and make your way through the gardens to the Colonels Homestead. Dine at a carvery style buffet that features many New Zealand specialties. Following dinner, enjoy a brief farm show before returning to the ship for your return cruise to Queenstown, during which you will have the opportunity to participate in a sing-along around the piano, an old tradition on the Earnslaw.
Rotorua Sightseeing
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
Departing from Rotorua this morning, enjoy a drive through spectacular North Island scenery. Arrive at the Hobbiton movie set, located in Matamata. Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did, as you journey through the undeniable beauty of the land, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance. Experience Middle-earth with a guided tour around the set. Visit some of the most famous locations the hobbit holes, the mill, the party tree and the pond. Listen to fascinating stories of how Hobbiton came to be. Conclude the tour at the world-famous Green Dragon Inn, where you will be presented with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit Southfarthing beverage, before your return to Rotorua. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours