Abel Tasman Sailing Tours
Reputedly the best way to enjoy the Abel Tasman Sail glittering waters, stroll beautiful sands, swim in crystal-clear lagoons and delight in the antics of playful fur seals. Experience the highlights of Abel Tasman National Park on a scenic sailing catamaran as you cruise along the coastline. The skipper is your guide as you discover the delights of this spectacular natural area featuring secluded islands. Drop anchor and enjoy a picnic on a golden beach. You can get involved in the sailing or sit back and relax, enjoying the warm sun on your face and the salty sea air. Take a day or overnight tour or request a custom-designed tour be devised especially for you.
Whale Watch Kaikoura
New Zealand’s ultimate year-round marine experience Kaikōura’s semi-resident sperm whales share their unique world with a host of the other whale and dolphin species, seals and albatross – all regular sightings aboard Whale Watch tours. Our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale. Modern purpose-built catamarans are designed especially for whale watching and feature outside decks for great viewing and photo opportunities. Spacious air-conditioned interiors are fitted with comfortable seating while large plasma screens display our award-winning marine wildlife animations.
The Te Puia tradition of guiding in the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley extends back many generations See live kiwi birds, boiling mud pools, native bush and visit the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute as part of this fascinating experience. Exclusive dining options are available for families and small groups in the unique locations such as the Ngararatuatara cooking pool. Imagine being surrounded by native bush, overlooking your menu of New Zealand mussels, king prawns, and vegetables being cooked in flax woven baskets. Te Ra + Kai Ngawha includes a flax weaving workshop, guided tour and a perfectly steamed picnic-style lunch from a natural steam vent. Te Po is an evening feast of cultural storytelling, entertainment, and Maori cuisine. It is an in-depth experience starting with the traditional ‘powhiri’, or welcoming ceremony, a warrior’s challenge and a full ‘kapa haka’, performing arts concert. Your meal incorporates indigenous ingredients, meats, and vegetables that are cooked in a ‘hangi’, or earth oven, along with contemporary Maori dishes. The evening culminates with a hot chocolate under the stars next to Pohutu geyser.
Fox Glacier Walk
Enjoy a breathtaking guided trip on the West Coast’s biggest and less crowded glacier. Fox Glacier Guiding has a long guiding history and through this experience and knowledge are dedicated to showcasing this constantly changing icescape. Join the popular heli-hike, tailor-made ice climbing, adventurous all day heli-hike, informative terminal face walk or in the mountains on a Chancellor heli-trek.
This unique trilogy combines some of the best that the North Island has to offer. Experience the Hobbiton Movie Set, the picturesque setting for the Shire in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, directed by Sir Peter Jackson. Visit Te Puia, the home of Maori culture and cuisine. The kapa haka performance inside the carved meeting house instantly connects visitors with the traditions of the indigenous people. Be mesmerized by a starlit visit to the world-famous Pohutu geyser, following a delicious indigenous meal. Descend into the magical Waitomo Glowworm Caves under a galaxy of glow worms and to ancient Ruakuri Cave, a spectacular place full of legends, tales, and magnificent natural formations. The new Supercharged version of the trilogy is a more active option. The Hobbiton Movie Set remains, however, the Waitomo experience includes tubing, walking and floating through the mysterious Ruakuri Cave (Black Labyrinth). The Steambox at Te Puia includes an extended guided tour and flax weaving workshop before enjoying a perfectly steamed picnic lunch overlooking Pohutu geyser.