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  • Takou River Lodge

    Kerikeri, Bay of Islands

    Takou River Lodge

    Anna & Ian Sizer
    +64 9 407 8065 / M: 027 545 7633
    / www.takouriver.com

    Romantic and secluded, self-contained accommodation on the banks of Takou River. Luxury eco resort comprising individual cottages and a new luxury glamping site on a 150 acre certified organic farm.  Kayak to a sandy beach, enjoy pampering massages and a twilight hot tub. Takou River is just a short car journey from Kerikeri, 3 1/2 hours drive, or a 30 minute flight, from Auckland. Perfect for exploring the Bay of Islands.

    MEALS Self-catering or gourmet packages by prior arrangement.

    COMPLIMENTARY Kayaks & canoes, outdoor baths, fishing, swimming, onsite walks, WiFi.

    PROPERTY FEATURES 5 acre sub tropical gardens, native bush, river front, kayaking, fishing and beach access. Alfresco baths and Hot Tub, Massages & Spa Treatments.  Eco certified. 

    COTTAGES 5 | LUXURY TENT 1 | MAX GUESTS 26

    Price: $300 to $600

  • Sailing with Dolphins

    Paihia, Bay of Islands

    Carino Sailing

    Vanessa McKay
    +64 9 402 8040 / M: 027 493 3872
    / www.sailingdolphins.co.nz

    Carino is a purpose built 50ft catamaran that sails amongst the 144 islands that make up the beautiful Bay of Islands, just north of Auckland. A local family-run business.

    TOURS Six hour sailing trip, including island stop, barbeque lunch and the opportunity to view or swim with dolphins, snorkel or just relax and soak up the wonderful scenery and abundant sea life. Departs Paihia 9.15am, Russell 9.45am, returns around 3.45pm. Charters also available. $130pp

    Price: $130

  • The Boatshed

    Waiheke Island, Auckland

    The Boatshed

    Jonathan Scott
    +64 9 372 3242 / M: 021 512 127
    / www.boatshed.co.nz

    Small, personally hosted, luxury hotel on Waiheke Island, Auckland. The causal chic architecture comprises 5 guest suites (3 Boatsheds, the Lighthouse and the Bridge Suite) and 2 bungalows offering privacy, spacious living and perfect sea views. Located 5 minutes uphill from sandy Little Oneroa beach. Guests can take advantage of all day dining and extensive grounds.

    MEALS Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, on-island transfers.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Private onsite indoor and enchanting garden dining spaces, perfect romantic setting, walk to local wineries or the beach. Two adjacent bungalow cottages also available.

    ROOMS 5 | COTTAGES 2 | MAX GUESTS 14

    Price: $685 to $1,120

  • Wine & Gourmet Tours

    Waiheke Island, Auckland

    Ananda Tours

    Jenny McDonald & Brooke Robinson
    +64 9 372 7530 / M: 027 233 4565
    / www.ananda.co.nz

    Waiheke Island is a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland but a world away. Ananda Tours offers a perfect introduction to its, wine, art and gourmet scene.

    GOURMET FOOD & WINE TOUR Artisan producers and wineries. Small group full day tour. 9.30am-3.30pm. $170pp

    EXCLUSIVE WINE TOURS Tailored itineraries to three of the best vineyards. Bookings essential. 10am–4pm $278pp

    Price: $170 to $278

  • Private Guided Nature Tours

    North Island & Nationwide

    Kiwi Dundee Companion Tours

    Doug Johansen & Jan Poole
    +64 7 865 8809 / M: 0274 746 219
    / www.kiwidundee.co.nz

    NZ Eco Tourism Award winners & Queen's Medal recipients for their work in tourism. Doug and Jan have guided visitors all over New Zealand for many years.

    COMPANION TOURS are customised private tours with Doug and Jan as your personal companions. Every tour is tailormade to your special interests and to suit all ages and fitness levels. Their specialty is soft adventure tours and walks, sharing in-depth knowledge, a passion for nature and personal favorite destinations. Luxury travel at your own pace in air-conditioned vehicles.

    PRICE $POA

  • America's Cup Sailing

    Auckland & Waiheke Island

    Explore Group

    Bookings
    + 64 9 359 5987 / FP: 0800 397 567
    / www.exploregroup.co.nz

    Explore Group specialises in cruising and sailing in Auckland and the Bay of Islands.  Select America's Cup Sailing in Auckland harbour, match sailing or evening dinner cruises.

    AMERICA’S CUP SAILING Unique, professional, no experience required, original Cup yacht. 2 hour trips 11am & 2pm $170pp

    Price: $160

  • Great Ponsonby Art Hotel

    Ponsonby, Auckland

    Great Ponsonby Art Hotel

    Patrick & Barbara Sunthey
    +64 9 376 5989 / FP: 0800 766 792
    / www.greatpons.co.nz

    Bed and breakfast accommodation perfectly located in the Auckland inner-city suburb of Ponsonby. Just two minutes stroll to vibrant caf?s, restaurants,?shops and?galleries and five minutes by taxi to the harbour and the city centre. Walk to Eden Park. A characterful inner city oasis blending in with local heritage style in the heart of?Auckland's hippest neighbourhood.

    MEALS Breakfast.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, wifi, off-street parking.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Friendly hosts, local knowledge, central location in an inner city suburb on the edge of the CBD, heritage character and pacifica design.

    ROOMS 6 | APARTMENTS 3 | MAX GUESTS 24

    Price: $260 to $400

  • TIME Unlimited Tours

    Neill & Ceillhe Sperath
    +64 9 846 3469 / M: 0274 846 369 / FP 0800 868 463 / SK time.unlimited
    / www.newzealandtours.travel

    Extensive range of small group and private tours. Based in Auckland but with one way, return tours or multi-day tours that connect to accommodation in the Bay of Islands, Coromandel, Rotorua, Taupo or elsewhere.

    PRIVATE TOURS One day, one-way or multi-day to Hobbiton, Rotorua, Bay of Islands, Turangi etc. $495+pp

    AUCKLAND HIGHLIGHTS HALF DAY TOUR, Mt Eden, Auckland harbour views, Devonport cafes and shops. Optional return cruise. $165pp

    Price: $295 to $495

  • TIME Unlimited Tours

    Neill & Ceillhe Sperath
    +64 9 846 3469 / M: 0274 846 369 / FP 0800 868 463 / SK time.unlimited
    / www.newzealandtours.travel

  • TIME Unlimited Tours

    Neill & Ceillhe Sperath
    +64 9 846 3469 / M: 0274 846 369 / FP 0800 868 463 / SK time.unlimited
    / www.newzealandtours.travel

  • Colleith Lodge

    Tairua, Eastern Coromandel

    Colleith Lodge

    Helen Bissett and Wayne Tourell
    +64 7 864 7970 / M: 027 493 7290
    / www.colleithlodge.co.nz

    Situated in Tairua, the gateway to the Coromandel, this 5 star luxury lodge is set in a breath-taking location overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The silence is broken only by the sound of birdsong. This boutique lodge is set amidst native bush and tropical planting and is built for guest comfort. All rooms overlook Tairua Estuary, Pauanui and the Pacific Ocean. Conveniently located for access to Hot Water and Hahei beaches and Cathedral Cove.

    MEALS Breakfast.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, evening wine and canapes, tea/coffee.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Central Coromandel Peninsula location, views, pool, restaurants & cafes within walking distance, 1.5 acres native bush setting.

    ROOMS 3 | MAX GUESTS 6

    Price: $495 to $525

  • Harley Motorbike Tours

    Major Cities & Waihi

    Bularangi Motorbikes

    Ali Howie
    +64 7 863 6069 / M: 021 223 5844 / FP: 0800 787 980 / SK: bularangi
    / www.motorbikesnz.co.nz

    Harley Davidson rentals, guided or self-guided tours, chauffeured tours. Choose from a large fleet of late model Harley Davidsons. Depots throughout New Zealand.

    CHAUFFERED PASSENGER TOUR Spectacular tour of the Coromandel, fully escorted, side-car tour, including lunch. $650pp

    DAILY RENTAL Fully equipped for life on the road. 1-14 day rental rates available. Guided or unguided. From $210 per day

    Price: $210 to $650

  • Kayaking at Cathedral Cove

    Hahei, Eastern Coromandel

    Cathedral Cove Kayaks

    Mike Grogan
    +64 7 866 3877 / M: 0274 430 266 / FP 0800 529 258
    / www.seakayaktours.co.nz

    Superb scenery, sheltered waters, professional guides and top equipment. The area has beautiful beaches and marine sanctuaries so offers excellent wildlife viewing.

    CATHEDRAL COVE CLASSIC 3 hours exploring beaches, caves, rock gardens and the famous cove. 8.45 & 1.30pm daily. $105pp

    BIG DAY IN THE BAY Full 6 hour day, coastal kayaking and landing at Mahurangi Island. 8.45am. $170pp

    Price: $105 to $170

  • Guided Walks & Tours

    Coromandel Peninsula

    Kiwi Dundee Adventures

    Doug Johansen & Jan Poole
    +64 7 865 8809 / M: 0274 746 219
    / www.kiwidundee.co.nz

    Personalised small groups or private customised tours, walks and soft adventure on the Coromandel Peninsula and New Zealand-wide.

    NATURE & COAST A sample of Coromandel Peninsula’s heritage and scenic beauty, glowworms, rainforest, famous Hot Water Beach & Cathedral Cove. $260pp 

    COROMANDEL CIRCUIT One day tour of the Peninsula: giant kauri forest, historic Coromandel town, Driving Creek Railway. From $325pp

    Price: $260 to $325

  • Scenic Train Ride, Pottery & Sanctuary

    Coromandel, Coromandel Peninsula

    Driving Creek Railway

    Booking Office
    +64 7 866 8703
    / www.drivingcreekrailway.co.nz

    New Zealand's only narrow-gauge mountain railway, incorporates a working pottery in summer and a wildlife sanctuary.  Located 3km north of Coromandel town center.

    SCENIC TRAIN RIDE Enjoy a one hour return trip on a narrow gauge railway. Travel through regenerating native and re-planted native kauri forest traversing viaducts and tunnels with amazing views from the EyeFull Tower.  Up to 7 daily departures; 9am - 5:45 summer /10.15 am to 3.15pm off-peak.  Book ahead to avoid disappointment. Adults $35pp

    Price: $35

  • Manawa Ridge

    Waihi, Southern Coromandel

    Manawa Ridge

    Willem & Carla Van de Veen
    +64 7 863 9400 / M: 021 22 99 400
    / www.manawaridge.co.nz

    Manawa Ridge Lodge offers spectacular 360 degree views over Waihi Beach, the Pacific Ocean and Coromandel coast and breathtaking views from every room. The lodge is artistically designed using recycled beams, warm mud brick and deep feature straw bale walls. Set at the southern base of the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand, this accommodation is just 10kms from Waihi.

    MEALS Breakfast, picnic lunches, dinner.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Individually crafted & artistic design, artist on site, spectacular views, romantic rooms, convivial dining.

    ROOMS 3 | MAX GUESTS 8

    Price: $950

  • Koura Lodge

    Rotorua, Central Plateau

    Koura Lodge

    David & Gina Wells
    +64 7 348 5868
    / www.kouralodge.co.nz

    An unrivalled lakefront location and tranquil surroundings just five minutes’ drive from Rotorua town centre. Offering a variety of room styles, all featuring magnificent lake views. Guests can enjoy a range of onsite facilities; charter fishing, scenic flights, tennis, canoeing, and relaxing in the lakeside hot tub and sauna. 

    MEALS Buffet & Cooked Breakfast

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, Wi-fi, parking, sauna/hot-tub, canoes, room amenities

    PROPERTY FEATURES Private lake edge property with all rooms offering stunning lake views, waterfront access, surrounded by native gardens and birdlife.

    ROOMS 4 | SUITES 2 | APARTMENT 1 | MAX GUESTS 17

    Price: $495 to $625

  • Hot Pools & Spa Therapies

    Rotorua, Central Plateau

    Polynesian Spa

    Bookings
    +64 7 348 1328 / FP: 0508 POLY SPA
    / www.polynesianspa.co.nz

    Right on the edge of Lake Rotorua with stunning lake views, multiple geothermal bathing areas, private mineral pools and a full range of rejuvenating spa and massage therapies. Facilities include cafe and shop, premium area, family area, private and adult-only pools.

    LAKE SPA & ADULT POOLS Relaxing and therapeutic lakeside pools of natural mineral water with a range of geothermal temperatures and stunning lake views. $29 - $48pp

    SPA THERAPY Massage, facials, body wraps and treatment menu available. FROM $99pp

    Price: $29 to $340

  • White Island & Moutohora Island

    Whakatane, Bay of Plenty

    White Island Tours

    Bookings
    +64 7 308 9588 / FP: 0800 733 529
    / www.whiteIsland.co.nz

    White Island offers outstanding geothermal activity. Get up close to roaring steam vents, bubbling pits of mud, hot volcanic streams and a spectacular main crater. Include in a Coromandel/Rotorua/Hawkes Bay circuit.

    WHITE ISLAND TOUR Boat transfer and 1 1/2 hour exploration of this dramatic island. $219pp (ex Whakatane) or $349pp (ex Rotorua)

    MOUTOHORA ISLAND SANCTUARY Nature walk to view endangered birdlife and a chance to swim at a hotwater beach. 10am-1.30pm. $99pp

    Price: $99 to $349

  • Cruise Lake Tarawera

    Rotorua, Central Plateau

    Cruise & Fish

    John Hamill
    +64 21 951 959 / M: 021 951 959
    / www.cruiseandfish.co.nz

    Cruise and Fish Rotorua offer fly fishing adventures and fishing charter packages for rainbow and brown trout. Fish and explore Lake Tarawera’s natural hot water springs, bush walks, the Tarawera river and falls. Swim and relax.

    TROUT FISHING CHARTER Explore the lake cruising, swimming, fishing, cook your catch! 3 hour charters recommended, $275 per hour

    FLY FISHING Full day guided fly fishing on the region's rivers, streams and lakes. 4WD or remote heli-access for the best fishing spots. From $950 (1-2 people)

    Price: $825 to $2,200

  • Fly Fishing

    Rotorua, Central Plateau

    Cruise & Fish

    John Hamill
    +64 21 951 959 / M: 021 951 959
    / www.cruiseandfish.co.nz

  • Maori Arts & Thermal Valley

    Rotorua, Central Plateau

    Te Puia

    Bookings
    +64 7 348 9047 / FP: 0800 837842 (0800 TEPUIA)
    / www.tepuia.com

    Te Puia is 5 mins from Rotorua, in the Whakarewarea Valley. Home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, kiwi enclosure and 60ha of geothermal wonders.

    TE PUIA VALLEY ENTRY Explore the geothermal valley, visit the kiwi house, view the largest natural geyser in the Southern Hemisphere. $51pp

    GUIDED TOUR & STEAMBOX LUNCH Your tour of the valley and crafts school finishes with lunch cooked by geothermal steam. $99pp

    EVENING BANQUET Visit the maori marae, see a haka, enjoy a traditional banquet. $153pp

    Price: $51 to $153

  • White Island & Tawawera Flights

    Rotorua, Central Plateau

    Volcanic Air

    Bookings
    +64 7 348 9984 / FP: 0800 800 848
    / www.volcanicair.co.nz

    Volcanic Air is Rotorua’s longest established and most experienced helicopter and floatplane operator.

    ERUPTION TRAIL TOUR Take off from the lakefront by floatplane to soar over a majestic landscape of lakes, thermal reserves and volcanoes. 30 mins $215pp

    WHITE ISLAND Fly and land on White Island, New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano. Take a guided tour of the island’s crater floor, active steam vents, vibrant sulphur formations and steaming crater 2.5-3 hrs. $865pp

    Price: $215 to $865

  • Acacia Cliffs Lodge

    Taupo, Central Plateau

    Acacia Cliffs Lodge

    Linda & Rick Whitlock
    +64 7 378 1551 / M: 021 821 338
    / www.acaciacliffslodge.co.nz

    Perched high on a ridge above Lake Taupo, this luxury lodge offers an uninterrupted panorama of Lake Taupo, Mount Tauhara and the Kaimanawa Ranges. Enjoy one of Taupo’s most magnificent views from the lodge bedrooms and living areas. Private and luxurious rooms, superb food and wine from the chef host and owner. Guests generally dine together but private dining can be pre-arranged.

    MEALS Breakfast, dinner.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, in-room refreshments, bottle of wine on arrival, pre-dinner canapes/drinks, wifi, Taupo airport transfers.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Stunning views, contemporary stylish design, superb cuisine (dinner is a must-do).

    ROOMS 4 | MAX GUESTS 9

    Price: $595 to $750

  • Geothermal Park Tour

    between Rotorua and Taupo

    Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park

    Bookings
    +64 7 378 3131
    / www.orakeikorako.co.nz

    Orakei Korako is one of the best thermal areas to visit in New Zealand, located close to half-way between Rotorua and Taupo.

    ORAKEI KORAKO CAVE & THERMAL PARK TOURS New Zealand’s largest geyser field. Mudpools, emerald terraces, springs and the sacred Ruatapu Cave. Cafe onsite. Ferry access 8am-4/4.30pm. By car 45 minutes from Rotorua or 25 mins from Taupo, or take a scenic flight there with Taupo Float Plane. Adult $36pp Child $15pp

    Price: $36

  • Floatplane Scenic Flights

    Taupo, Central Plateau

    Taupo's Floatplane

    Neil Kemp
    +64 7 378 7500
    / www.tauposfloatplane.co.nz

    Sight-seeing tours over New Zealand’s central volcanic plateau taking off from Australasia’s largest lake.

    MT RUAPEHU VISTA Fly over World Heritage Tongariro National Park, Mt Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe, red crater and the blue and emerald lakes. $415pp

    OREKEI KORAKO Taupo to Orekei Korako thermal park, visit, and return via the Huka Falls. $345pp

    Price: $345 to $415

  • Cruises on Lake Taupo

    Lake Taupo, Central Plateau

    Sail Barbary & Ranui

    Jamie & Sarah Looner
    +64 7 378 5879
    / www.sailbarbary.com

    Take a spectacular scenic cruise across Great Lake Taupo to the Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings on board one of two historic white sailing yachts or charter the beautifully renovated 1940s launch Ranui.

    MAORI ROCK CARVINGS CRUISE Sail Barbary to Lake Taupo’s iconic Maori Rock Carvings. 2.5 hour sailing, 10:30 & 2pm departures daily plus 5pm in summer. From $44pp

    LAKE TAUPO PRIVATE CHARTERS Private skippered 2.5-hour sail boat charter or 3+ hour motor launch charter. BYO food and beverage. From $489-$740 per boat (up to 10 people)

    Price: $44 to $740

  • Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary

    Taupo, Central Plateau

    Wairakei International Golf Course

    Pro Shop for bookings
    +64 7 374 8152
    / www.wairakeigolfcourse.co.nz

    An international 18 hole championship course that sprawls over 450 acres, skillfully designed to blend with the natural surroundings of native bush, prolific bird song and picturesque scenery. Club house and Pro Shop, coaching, cart, club and equipment hire available.

    GREEN FEES

    $155pp NZ MEMBERS

    $210pp INTERNATIONAL

    Price: $155 to $210

  • River Birches Lodge

    Turangi, Central Plateau

    River Birches Lodge

    Jason & Rebeca Bleibtreu
    +64 7 386 0445 / M: 027 406 3650 / FP 0800 10 20 25
    / www.riverbirches.co.nz

    Nestled in an idyllic peaceful garden, alongside the Tongariro River, this small luxury lodge is in the heart of an area renowned for its fishing and hiking, a perfect retreat after accomplishing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Enjoy guided walks, white water rafting, mountain biking, skiing and fishing or just relax in the lodge’s private surroundings and shady riverside garden.

    MEALS Breakfast, dinner.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, WIFI , tea/coffee facilities.

    PROPERTY FEATURES A quiet riverside haven, close to the Tongariro National Park, Tongariro Crossing, fishing and rafting. Relaxing outdoor areas and private hot tub in the Admiral’s Room.

    ROOMS 3 | COTTAGE 1 | MAX GUESTS 13

    Price: $457 to $765

  • Tongariro National Park Scenic Flights

    Tongariro National Park

    Mountain Air Volcanic Flights

    Bhrent Guy
    +64 7 892 2812 / FP: 0800 922 812
    / www.mountainair.co.nz

    Breath-taking scenic flights from early morning until twilight, outstanding photographic opportunities and informed commentary.

    VOLCANIC EXPLORER Climb to 10,000 feet to fly over all three volcanoes in the Tongariro National Park, including Lord of the Rings locations, the blue and ermald lakes and some of the Tongariro Crossing. 45-65 minutes ex Taupo or Turangi airports. $295-365pp

    Price: $195 to $365

  • White Water Rafting

    Tongariro River, Turangi

    Rafting New Zealand

    Pianika Boddington
    +64 7 386 0352 / M: 027 579 7838 / FP 0800 865 226 (VOLCANO)
    / www.raftingnewzealand.com

    One of the most exhilerating river rides you can do. Excellent equipment and guiding. Multiple rafting options to suit all interests. Ex Taupo or Turangi.

    TONGARIRO WHITE WATER Rapids, sparkling clear water, forested surroundings, hot drinks and professional guiding and equipment. $169pp

    TONGARIRO FAMILY FUN Softer trip designed for families or less venturesome rafters. $89pp

    Price: $90 to $169

  • Tongariro Crossing Guided Walks

    Turangi, Central Plateau

    Tongariro Guided Walks

    Terry Blumhardt
    +64 27 308 9689 / M: 027 308 9689 / FP 0800 4 A WALK
    / www.tongariroguidedwalks.nz

    Exclusive private group guiding by knowledgable, caring guides. Spectacular scenery and many hiking options to take advantage of this World Heritage region.

    TONGARIRO ALPINE CROSSING Challenging but rewarding hiking over 19kms of active volcanic terrain, amazing views all the way. $300pp (private) $215pp (small group)

    TONGARIRO ALPINE EXPERIENCE A half day option taking in the first section of the Alpine Crossing. $155pp (private) $110pp (small group)

    Price: $110 to $300

  • Breckenridge Lodge

    Napier, Hawke's Bay

    Breckenridge Lodge

    Malcolm Redmond & Ellie Zugel
    +64 6 844 9411
    / www.breckenridgelodge.co.nz

    Renowned chef, Malcolm Redmond provides superb kiwi hospitality and gourmet garden-grown food, accompanied by the best hand-picked Hawkes Bay wines. Breckenridge Lodge is nestled in the picturesque valley of Omarunui close to Napier and Hastings in the sunny Hawke’s Bay, overlooking a valley of vines. Enjoy the garden, the good books and music and superb cuisine.

    MEALS Breakfast, dinner.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, evening drinks.

    PROPERTY FEATURES A true gourmet lodge owned and run by a passionate chef, perfectly matched to the foodie region in which it is located.

    ROOMS 5 | MAX GUESTS 10

    Price: $625 to $895

  • Gannet Safari

    Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay

    Gannet Safaris Overland

    John Worley & Sophie Phillips
    +64 6 875 0888
    / www.gannetsafaris.co.nz

    Experience an overland safari through spectacular coastal scenery and Cape Kidnappers farm to visit the world’s largest accessible mainland Gannet nesting site.

    OVERLAND SAFARI The 20,000 gannets at the cape are members of the Booby family, with distinctive black eye markings and a pale gold crown. Visit the adults and young nesting in serried rows carrying out their daily routine. The birds can be seen Sept-April. Individual, group or private Range Rover tours. From $80pp

    Price: $80

  • Long Island Guides

    Edward Gordon
    +64 6 561 1214 / M: 027 224 3040
    / www.longislandtoursnz.com

    Personally guided and customised tours of Hawkes Bay. Choose from farm, forest, maori history and culture, arts and crafts, wine or gourmet experiences, cycling or garden tours designed to suit your time and interests.

    BEST OF THE BAY Put yourself in your guide’s hands and discover the best experiences in the region. Tours can be varied to include special interests. From $199 per hour

    WINE & FOOD LOVERS TOUR Tailor-made full or half day tours experiencing local wineries and talking to local artisans and wine-makers. From $199 per hour

    Price: $996 to $1,592

  • Odyssey New Zealand

    Bookings
    +64 6 211 3116 / FP: 0508 639 773
    / www.odysseynz.co.nz

    Odyssey New Zealand Tours Hawke’s Bay’s wine and gourmet specialists. Tour wineries enjoying lunch and superb local cuisine. Exclusive tailor made Range Rover tours or cycle options also available.

    HAWKES BAY ODYSSEY EXPERIENCE A full day tour of the best large and small wineries including visiting a wine museum and a gourmet lunch. $279pp

    TWILIGHT ODYSSEY Indulge in a 3 course progressive winery dinner enjoyed at a selection of NZ’s top winery restaurants, including a champagne sunset from Te Mata Peak. $269pp

    Price: $149 to $279

  • Personal Maori Experience

    Havelock North, Hawkes Bay

    Waimarama Maori Tours

    Robert MacDonald
    +64 21 057 0935 / M: 021 057 0935
    / www.waimaramamaori.co.nz

    A Maori experience packed with local history, conversations and insights. Range of half and full day tours also available.

    DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MAORI ELDER Walk ancestral lands where people lived over 700 years ago. Visit a plant nursery where the family strives to restore native bush. Understand the challenges of combining this in a contemporary farming business. Visit the family at their ancestral home and marae. Share a meal at a local Hawke’s Bay restaurant. $325pp

    Price: $325

  • Atahuri Lodge

    Peka Peka Beach, Kapiti Coast

    Atahuri Lodge

    Robyn Renouf
    +64 4 293 5555
    / www.atahuri.co.nz

    Architecturally designed to blend with its seaside environment, the private suites have views of Kapiti Island.  The central hub includes cosy seating and a dining area that leads out to the sand-dunes and beach.  The sheltered courtyard has an open fire and BBQ, swimming pool and spa and a rooftop deck with breathtaking views. Meals include the best of gourmet offerings from the Kapiti Coast.

    MEALS Breakfast, Dinners by prior arrangement

    COMPLIMENTARY Bottle of wine on arrival, use of bikes, kites, pool & spa

    PROPERTY FEATURES Sea views, beach access, art by owner, private suites in a garden setting.

    ROOMS 4 | MAX GUESTS 8

    Price: $500 to $600

  • Island Bird Sanctuary Tour

    Kapiti Island, near Wellington

    Kapiti Island Nature Tours

    Minnie Clark
    +64 21 126 7525 / M: 021 126 7525 / FP 0800 527 484 / SK minnie-kapitiisland
    / www.kapitiisland.com

    Kapiti Island offers one of New Zealand’s premier nature experiences, interacting with highly endangered wildlife in a predator/pest free island environment.

    DAY TOUR An introduction and one hour guided walk on this forested island discovering New Zealand birdlife, history, Maori culture and unsurpassed hospitality. Lunch included. Approx 9am-3pm. Short ferry access. Allow one hour to drive to Paraparaumu Beach north of Wellington. $173pp

    Price: $173

  • Te Papa

    Private Tour Bookings
    +64 4 381 7000
    / tepapa.govt.nz

    New Zealand’s outstanding and innovative national museum, spanning Maori, Pacific and European history and culture, our natural environment and much more. Well-located on Wellington’s waterfront.

    TE PAPA TOUR Experience an in-depth tour for an overview of what makes New Zealand unique. Explore our diverse natural environment, Maori culture and taonga (treasures) and our art and colonial history. Discover this vibrant land, its dynamic culture, and the spirit of its people. 90mins $175 (private rate 1-7 adults)

    Price: $112 to $175

  • Flat Earth

    Bookings
    +64 4 472 9635 / FP: 0800 775 805
    / flatearth.co.nz

    Choose from a wide selection of cultural, Maori, arts, Lord of the Rings and history or nature tours. Perfect to orient yourself in Wellington.

    CAPITAL ARTS TOUR A half day tour of local galleries and the Wellington arts and crafts scene. $225pp

    MIDDLE EARTH EXTENDED EDITION Immerse yourself in Middle Earth, from local film locations to Weta workshops, alfresco lunch. Full day 8 hour tour, 9am pick-up. $385pp

  • Hobbit & LOTR Tours

    Wellington

    Flat Earth

    Bookings
    +64 4 472 9635 / FP: 0800 775 805
    / flatearth.co.nz

  • Flat Earth

    Bookings
    +64 4 472 9635 / FP: 0800 775 805
    / flatearth.co.nz

  • Ohtel

    Wellington

    Ohtel

    Reservations
    +64 4 803 0600 / M: 027 446 9636
    / www.ohtel.com

    Perfectly located in Oriental Bay, just along from Te Papa Museum and the galleries and restaurants of Wellington’s harbour frontage. With 10 spacious rooms (most with views) Ohtel offers unpretentious award-winning service in an inspirational environment. Enjoy Ohtel’s harbourside location, free wifi, 50+ SKY channels, and mid-century furnishings. An owner-run boutique property.

    MEALS Breakfast.

    COMPLIMENTARY Wifi, tea/coffee making.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Original and stylish architectural design, true boutique hotel and great location on Oriental Parade with access to harbour and Te Papa museum.

    ROOMS 10 | MAX GUESTS 24

    Price: $365 to $635

  • Nationwide Private Tours & Transfers

    North Island & South Island

    TIME Unlimited Tours.

    Neill & Ceillhe Sperath
    +64 9 846 3469 / M: 0274 846 369 / FP 0800 868 463 / SK time.unlimited
    / www.newzealandtours.travel

    Travel in luxurious comfort with an award-winning tour operator. Personalised and bespoke tours and transfers. Exceptional service with a unique blend of Kiwi and Maori hospitality and a strong eco-focus.

    MULTI-DAY TOURS Your knowledgeable guides will ensure you experience New Zealand’s people, cultures, cuisine, diverse cities, coastlines, flora and fauna.

    LUXURY TRANSFERS Connect to your next accommodation with a one-way tour from Auckland.

    PRICE from $495 - $POA

  • Tour NZ on a Harley Davidson

    Nationwide Tours & Rental

    Bularangi Motorbike Tours

    Ali Howie
    +64 7 863 6069 / M: 021 223 5844 / FP 0800 787 980 / SK bularangi
    / www.motorbikesnz.co.nz

    Harley Davidson specialists with rentals and tours throughout New Zealand. Five depots cover the North and South Island; in Auckland, Waihi, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.

    Bularangi offer by Harley Davidson rental, independent motorbike tours, fully guided self ride motorbike tours or chauffeured passenger tours (for those without a motorbike license.) Local New Zealand guides and support vehicles available for non-riders. Guided trips run October to May and include guide late model Harley Davidson motorcycles, fuel, lunches, insurance, accommodation, dinners and selected excursions.

    PRICE $POA

  • The Resurgence

    Abel Tasman, Nelson Region

    The Resurgence

    Clare de Carteret-Bisson & Peter Adams
    +64 3 528 4664
    / www.resurgence.co.nz

    Surrounded by birds, this relaxed and friendly lodge is just 15 minutes from the Abel Tasman National Park, an easy day-trip to Nelson or Golden Bay and a perfect base for exploring the Nelson area. Accommodation comprises private luxury chalets all with wide bush views, and lodge rooms. Enjoy in-house dining showcasing local produce or guests can self-cater. Voted one of the world’s 25 best eco-lodges.

    MEALS Breakfast, picnics, dinner.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, wifi, pool/spa/gym/sauna, mountain bikes.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Luxury eco lodge set in 50 acres of native bush with walking trails, superb cuisine, close by Abel Tasman National Park.

    ROOMS 4 | COTTAGES 6 | MAX GUESTS 20

    Price: $595 to $945

  • Abel Tasman Luxury Boat Cruise

    Abel Tasman, Nelson Region

    Abel Tasman Charters

    Rod Stuart
    +64 3 528 8112 / M: 027 441 8588 / FP 0800 22 35 22
    / www.abeltasmancharters.com

    Abel Tasman Charters Luxurious boats offering exclusive daily tours into the Abel Tasman National Park and Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Small numbers only, private charters also available.

    LUXURY DAY CRUISE Cruise the coast of Abel Tasman National Park, relax, kayak, walk, swim, view native birds and sea life and enjoy a delicious gourmet picnic. Max 10 people, full day. $265pp

    PRIVATE CHARTER Luxury do-as-you-please day out exploring the glorious Abel Tasman coastline, swim, cruise, walk. 6 hours. $2120

    Price: $265

  • Clifftop & Beach Horse Treks

    Golden Bay, Nelson Region

    Cape Farewell Horse Treks

    Pamela & James
    +64 3 524 8031
    / www.horsetreksnz.co.nz

    At one of the most remote points of the South Island, Cape Farewell Horsetreks offer a unique riding experience. Lots of riding options across a range of terrain from beaches to hill climbes and overland treks.

    OLD MAN RANGE & TRIANGLE VALLEY Favourite trek with views in every direction and a variety of terrain. Children 10 years or over. 2.5 hrs. $125pp

    WHARARIKI BEACH TREK Canter down the beach with the sea breeze in your face, spot seals and enjoy views of Kahurangi National Park. 3 hours. $160pp

    Price: $140 to $160

  • Reid Helicopters Nelson

    Toby & Rachael Reid
    +64 3 541 9530 / M: 021 273 5023
    / www.helicoptersnelson.co.nz

    Locally owned helicopter company offering exhilarating experiences in the Nelson and Marlborough regions. Choose from a wide range of scenic flights and private charters into the three spectacular national parks.

    ABEL TASMAN EXPERIENCE Overfly the golden sand beaches and pristine waters of the Abel Tasman with a landing at Awaroa Bay. From $450pp

    LORD OF THE RINGS TOUR Fly to Mt Owen, Dimrill Dale and/or Mt Olympus, South of Rivendell. From $375pp

    Price: $250 to $975

  • Fly, Gather, Dine

    Nelson Region

    Reid Helicopters Nelson

    Toby & Rachael Reid
    +64 3 541 9530 / M: 021 273 5023
    / www.helicoptersnelson.co.nz

  • Abel Tasman Kayak Trips

    Abel Tasman, Nelson Region

    The Sea Kayak Company

    Paul & Andrea Kerwin
    +64 3 528 7251 / FP: 0508 25 29 25
    / www.seakayaknz.co.nz

    A locally owned and operated boutique sea kayaking operation guiding the beautiful coastline of Abel Tasman National Park.

    KAYAK & HIKE Full day guided kayak in the marine reserve visiting Tonga Island and its flourishing seal colony or half day guided kayak tour with either 3 hour hike or relaxed 90-minute unguided hike. Scenic boat cruises at the start and end of the day visiting beautiful beaches in Abel Tasman National Park. From $170-205pp

    Price: $205

  • Abel Tasman Cruise & Walk

    Abel Tasman, Nelson Region

    Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle

    Bookings
    +64 3 527 8688 / FP: 0800 732 748
    / www.abeltasmanseashuttles.co.nz

    A superb family owned service taking you in and out of the bays and coves of Abel Tasman National Park. Allows for regular access to the track for day walkers and hikers. Hop off at one bay and rejoin at an another.

    SEALS & HIKE Regular departures, enjoy a cruise to a seal colony then a self-guided 1.5 hour or 5.5 hour hike along the idyllic coast of Abel Tasman National Park. $66pp

    FULL SCENIC 3-4 hour cruise the length of the park, seals, island bird sanctuary, beautiful beaches. $76pp

    Price: $45 to $260

  • Wine Art and Wilderness

    Noel Kennedy
    +64 3 545 8485 / M: 027 577 6975 / FP 0800 326 868
    / www.wineartandwilderness.co.nz

    Nelson’s premier private tour and luxury transfer provider offers a diverse range of tours using luxury Mercedes vehicles. Each day will be fun, informative and inspiring.

    EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE TOUR Explore Nelson’s jewels; wineries, artists’ studios or three beautiful national parks. The flexibility only a private tour allows. From $600pp

    HOBBIT LOCATION TOUR Small group full day tour visiting the maker of the ring and locations around Chetwood Forest or Rivendell. $285pp

    Price: $600

  • Wine Art and Wilderness

    Noel Kennedy
    +64 3 545 8485 / M: 027 577 6975 / FP 0800 326 868
    / www.wineartandwilderness.co.nz

  • Great Taste Trail & Bike Tours

    Mapua, Nelson Region

    Trail Journeys Nelson

    Andrew Schwass & Sean Doherty
    +64 3 540 3095 / FP: 0800 292 538
    / www.trailjourneysnelson.co.nz

    Trail Journeys offer leisurely tours of stunning coastal and inland Nelson,vineyards and the craft beer trail. New Nelson e-bike tours are also available. 

    MOUTERE HILLS WINERY TOUR - BY E-BIKE Explore the picturesque countryside of the Moutere valley. All equipment provided with our awesome guide. Includes return transport and wine tastings. $365pp

    THE GREAT TASTE TRAIL allows for day or multi-day rides, guided or self-guided options. $POA

    Price: $129 to $365

  • Boat & Guided Walk Eco Tours

    Abel Tasman, Nelson Region

    Abel Tasman Eco Tours

    Stew Robertson
    +64 21 546 916 / FP: 0800 223 538 / M: 021 546 916
    / www.abeltasmanecotours.co.nz

    Wildlife and conservation-oriented boat and walking adventures offering daily tours into coastal and inland Abel Tasman National Park and Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Small numbers only, private charters available.

    GOLDEN FUTURE TOUR From Marahau take a guided boat and walking tour, visiting all the best locations in the Abel Tasman park. Full day Max 14 people. $187pp

    PROMISED LAND TOUR From the top of Takaka Hill take a guided 4 hour walk to Wainui Hut through native beech forest filled with wildlife. Max 8 people, full day. $187pp

    Price: $187

  • McCormick House

    Picton, Marlborough

    McCormick House

    Jeanne & Carl Beaumont
    +64 3 573 5253 / M: 021 298 9106
    / www.mccormickhouse.co.nz

    Eco accredited 5 star bed and breakfast just 5 minutes from Picton ferries and train station. Historic house in large mature native gardens with 3 ensuite bedrooms featuring hand-crafted furniture. Ideal base for Queen Charlotte activities, hiking, kayaking or mountain biking or local dolphin tours and nature trips. Easy day trips to Blenheim to visit Marlborough's vineyards and cafés.

    MEALS Breakfast and antipasto platters

    COMPLIMENTARY Gourmet breakfasts, unlimited wifi & mountain bikes

    PROPERTY FEATURES Extensive grounds, historic house, kiwi hosts, native birds

    3 ROOMS | 6 GUESTS

    Price: $350 to $470

  • Birding & Photography Tours

    Blenheim, Marlborough

    Driftwood Ecotours

    Will & Rose Parsons
    +64 3 577 7651 / M: 021 620 030 / SK willrose.parsons
    / www.driftwoodecotours.co.nz

    Not just a tour but an experience and a chance to connect with others. Your guide will share their knowledge of the local wildlife and stories of early settlers to the area.

    WAIRAU LAGOON BY KAYAK Four hour kayak tour of the lagoon highlighting wildlife, history and photography. $195pp

    WAIRAU LAGOON BY VEHICLE Four hour tour with optional walking, history, photography and wildlife. $220pp

    Price: $195 to $220

  • Marlborough Wine & Gourmet Tours

    Blenheim, Picton & Havelock

    Marlborough Tour Company

    Campbell Brown
    +64 3 577 9997 / FP: 0800 990 800
    / www.marlboroughtourcompany.co.nz

    Explore Pelorus, Kenepuru and Queen Charlotte Sounds, beautiful calm cruising and local seafood washed down with a glass of wine. Or tour the Blenheim wine country.

    GREENSHELL MUSSEL CRUISE Afternoon tour sampling local seafood on the Sound. Havelock marina, 3 hrs from 1.30pm. $125pp

    MARLBOROUGH ICONS TOUR The very best Marlborough has to offer in wine, scenery and seafood. Tours can also be tailored to suit you. Full day $210pp

    Price: $210 to $650

  • Tarquin Luxury Boat Charter

    Blenheim, Picton & Havelock

    Marlborough Tour Company

    Campbell Brown
    +64 3 577 9997 / FP: 0800 990 800
    / www.marlboroughtourcompany.co.nz

  • Marlborough Sounds Cruise

    Blenheim, Picton & Havelock

    Marlborough Tour Company

    Campbell Brown
    +64 3 577 9997 / FP: 0800 990 800
    / www.marlboroughtourcompany.co.nz

  • Molesworth 4WD Farm Tour Express

    Blenheim, Marlborough

    Molesworth Tour Company

    Lee & Geoff Swift
    +64 3 572 8025 / M: 027 435 1955
    / www.molesworthtours.co.nz

    Discover the Marlborough high country with a range of day tours, bike tours and multi-day 4WD safaris. Molesworth is one of New Zealand's largest farms, covering 185,000 ha.

    MOLESWORTH STATION EXPRESS One day tour of a high country sheep and cattle farm, historic cottages, a shearing shed visit and picnic lunch. From 8am-5pm. $220pp

    BIKE, WINE & DINE Escorted tour through the wineries with lunch included. $185pp

    Price: $220

  • Bike, Wine & Dine Private Tours

    Blenheim, Marlborough

    Molesworth Tour Company

    Lee & Geoff Swift
    +64 3 572 8025 / M: 027 435 1955
    / www.molesworthtours.co.nz

  • Aviation Museum & Biplane Joyrides

    Blenheim, Marlborough

    Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

    Bookings
    +64 3 579 1305
    / www.omaka.org.nz

    Omaka is a centre for heritage aviation including an unparalleled collection of aircraft and rare memorabilia. Joy flights available by request.

    KNIGHTS OF THE SKY Outstanding! Featuring Sir Peter Jackson’s collection of WWI aircraft and artifacts brought to life by Wingnut Films and Weta Workshops. $25pp

    DANGEROUS SKIES New exhibition. The story of aviation’s increasingly critical role through WWII. Entry between 10am-4pm or by arrangement. 5kms from Blenheim. $20pp

    Price: $30 to $390

  • Queen Charlotte Track

    Marlborough Sounds

    Wilderness Guides - multi-day

    Juliet & Steve Gibbons
    +64 3 573 5432 / FP: 0800 266 266
    / www.wildernessguidesnz.com

    Join Steve, Juliet and their small, friendly team for guided/independent, standard/luxury, sea kayaking, mountain biking and hiking tours along the Queen Charlotte Track. Or combine all three for a Marlborough multisport adventure tour. Independent walks, luxury boutique lodge stays and 1, 2 or 3 day options.

    QUEEN CHARLOTTE TRACK FOUR DAY BOUTIQUE INDEPENDENT WALK Hike along the beautiful Queen Charlotte Track from Ship Cove to Anakiwa staying in small luxury bed and breakfasts and comfortable lodges with good food, lunches, luggage transfers and excellent guides. Three nights and four days to complete the track. From $1,395pp

    ONE DAY QUEEN CHARLOTTE TRACK GUIDED WALK / MOUNTAIN BIKING / MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS SEA KAYAK TRIPS Experience the beauty and seclusion of the sheltered coves, beautiful beaches, azure blue waters and lush native bush – stopping at a secluded beach for a yummy lunch. Learn about the history of the area from knowledgeable, relaxed and friendly guides. From $135pp

  • Queen Charlotte by Mountain Bike

    Picton, Marlborough Sounds

    Wilderness Guides

    Juliet & Steve Gibbons
    +64 3 573 5432 / FP: 0800 266 266
    / www.wildernessguidesnz.com

    Price: $145 to $157

  • Marlborough Sounds Sea Kayaking

    Picton, Marlborough Sounds

    Wilderness Guides

    Juliet & Steve Gibbons
    +64 3 573 5432 / FP: 0800 266 266
    / www.wildernessguidesnz.com

  • The Peppertree

    Blenheim, Marlborough

    The Peppertree

    Heidi & Werner Pluss
    +64 3 520 9200
    / www.thepeppertree.co.nz

    A gracious Edwardian villa built in 1901 and surrounded by 10 acres of farmland, vineyard, olive grove and beautiful gardens, nestled quietly amid the world famous Marlborough wine region. Enjoy a beautifully preserved piece of New Zealand heritage as well as the opportunity to speak to a passionate winemaker. Your host Werner makes ‘The Peppertree Chardonnay’ grown on the Peppertree vineyard.

    MEALS Breakfast, platters, dinner by prior arrangement (minimum of 4).

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, coffee/tea/fruit & refreshments, wifi.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Edwardian villa set in 10 acres of gardens and the Peppertree vineyard, orchard and olive grove. Hosts will share their passion for winemaking and viticulture.

    ROOMS 5 | MAX GUESTS 10

    Price: $540 to $690

  • Birds Ferry Lodge

    near Punakaiki, West Coast

    Birds Ferry Lodge

    Alison & Andre Gygax
    +64 3 429 1604 / M: 021 337 217 / FP 0800 212 207
    / www.birdsferrylodge.co.nz

    Private 33 acre oasis, located just north of Punakaiki and south of Westport. A stay here is a luxury escape into heartland wilderness. The lodge looks out over uninterrupted native forest and a river valley towards the ocean. Enjoy organic vegetables and fresh eggs from Alison’s garden. Holistic massages available in-house. Two lodge rooms and a beautiful self-contained cottage nearby that sleeps five.

    MEALS Breakfast, dinner.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, refreshments, spa, 500mb of wifi, laundry load.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Sea, bush and mountain views, remote location, abundant wildlife, sustainable eco-design and self-sufficient ethos.

    2 ROOMS | 1 COTTAGE | MAX GUESTS 9

    Price: $329 to $597

  • Glowworms and Cave Rafting

    Charleston, West Coast

    Underworld Adventures

    Bookings
    +64 3 788 8168 / FP: 0800 11 66 86
    / www.caverafting.com

    Magnificent rainforest, underworld river and glowworm cave system. Access via rainforest train ride. Based at Charleston near Westport. Trips for a range of abilities.

    UNDERWORLD RAFTING Explore a world of stalactites and stalagmites, float through galaxies of glowworms along an underground river. 4 hours. $185pp

    GLOWWORM CAVE TOUR A dry 3 1/2 hr excursion through the upper levels of the caves. $120pp

    ADVENTURE CAVING Expedition style caving Explore a superb sporty cave with abseils, squeezes, cascading waterfalls and climbs. $350pp

    Price: $120 to $350

  • The Factory

    Kaikoura, Canterbury

    The Factory

    Paul & Janet Boocock
    +64 3 319 3034 / M: 022 011 5233
    / www.hapukufactory.com

    Uniquely designed self-contained accommodation in a glamorously renovated historic factory 10 mins north of Kaikoura. Single party bookings only, private courtyard, outside spa, and choice of full breakfasts or self-catering. The Factory accommodates up to 6 people in 3 king bedrooms and suits couples, families or friends travelling together. Whale watching, dolphin, seal, albatross and birdlife viewing.

    MEALS Breakfast.

    COMPLIMENTARY Wifi, laundry, self-catering facilities.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Exclusive luxury accommodation adjacent to Hapuku Beach, ‘industrial chic’ decor, underfloor heating, full kitchen facilities, log burner, outdoor spa, blu-ray tv and barbecue. Single party bookings only.

    APARTMENTS 1 | MAX GUESTS 6

    Price: $480 to $600

  • Whale Watching Flights

    Kaikoura, Canterbury

    Wings Over Whales

    Bookings
    +64 3 319 6580
    / www.whales.co.nz

    Take a thirty minute flight and experience Kaikoura’s majestic sperm whales from above.

    THE FLIGHTS Comfortable and informative flights in a 4 or 8 seater aircraft. On a typical 30 minute flight you will see sperm whale, Dusky dolphins and occasionally humpback, pilot and blue whales. All passengers have their own window seat and each aircraft is equipped with high wings for unobstructed viewing. $180pp

    Price: $180

  • Whale Watch Cruise

    Kaikoura, Canterbury

    Whale Watch Kaikoura

    Bookings
    +64 3 319 6767 / FP: 0800 655 121
    / www.whalewatch.co.nz

    Take a cruise off the Kaikoura coast with the legendary Whale Watch company. Year round whale encounters. Specially designed vessels and a 95% success rate.

    WHALE WATCH TOURS 7.15am, 10am and 12.45am departures with additional timings over the summer season. In addition to the whales, fur seals, dolphins and albatross are also frequent viewing. Allow 3 1/2 hours including 2 1/2 hours on the water. $150pp

    Price: $150

  • Dolphin Encounter

    Kaikoura, Canterbury

    Encounter Kaikoura

    Bookings
    +64 3 319 6777 / FP: 0800 733 365
    / www.encounterkaikoura.co.nz

    Dolphins and albatross are resident year round in the marine-rich Kaikoura coastal waters. Your guides are dedicated to providing an authentic wildlife experience.

    DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER Watch or swim with wild Dusky dolphins off the Kaikoura coast. 3 1/2 hrs. Departs 2-3 times daily. $95-$175pp

    ALBATROSS ENCOUNTER A 2 1/2 hour coastal cruise to view albatross, petrels, shearwaters, shags, terns and gulls, just 15mins from the shore. Departs 2-3 times daily. $125pp

    Price: $90 to $170

  • Albatross Encounter

    Kaikoura, Canterbury

    Encounter Kaikoura

    Bookings
    +64 3 319 6777 / FP: 0800 733 365
    / www.encounterkaikoura.co.nz

  • South Island Private Tours & Transfers

    Christchurch & South Island

    Canterbury Trails Tours

    Irene Hayward & Chris Platt
    +64 3 384 6148 / M: 021 384 614
    / www.canterburytrails.co.nz

    Every tour is different. Tailor-made private and small group tours anywhere in South Island. An intimate New Zealand experience with owner-operator guides sharing their favourite places.

    TRANSFER TOURS from Christchurch to Queenstown (or reverse) via the West Coast and glaciers, Central Otago or Mt Cook.

    TAILOR-MADE TOURS Specializing in walking, photography, wine, art, golf, fishing or just relaxing.

    PRICE $POA

  • Fyffe Country Lodge

    Kaikoura, Canterbury

    Fyffe Country Lodge

    Chris Rye
    +64 3 318 6869 / M: 027 768 0468
    / www.fyffecountrylodge.com

    Fyffe Country Lodge in Kaikoura is a magnificent 5-star 6-room accommodation 300 metres from the shoreline of the stunning Kaikoura coast. This architecturally designed Kaikoura accommodation is surrounded by manicured gardens with stunning alpine views to Mt Fyffe and the Kaikoura Seaward Range.  The on-site restaurant specializes in seafood. 

    MEALS breakfast and licenced dining, dinner reservations essential.

    COMPLIMENTARY breakfast, wifi.

    FEATURES mature gardens, on-site restaurant, mud-brick construction, spectacular mountain views.

    ROOMS 6 | MAX GUESTS 12

    Price: $295 to $675

  • Rimu Lodge

    Hokitika, West Coast

    Rimu Lodge

    Sue-Ellen Bowden
    +64 3 755 5255
    / www.rimulodge.co.nz

    High on a ridge behind the township of Hokitika, the lodge enjoys magnificent views over the Hokitika River valley and farmland rising up towards the Southern Alps.  Spacious decks and indoor-outdoor living areas allow you to relax and enjoy complete luxury and rest in the midst of a busy holiday or as a private honeymoon retreat.  Hokitika restaurants are a short 5-10 minute drive away and your hosts can advise you.

    MEALS Breakfast

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, refreshments, wifi.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Located on the edge of town overlooking a sweeping bush-clad valley and mountains, spacious and elegant luxury.

    ROOMS 4 | MAX GUESTS 8

    Price: $300 to $375

  • Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass

    Arthur's Pass, Canterbury

    Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass

    Michael McSweeney
    +64 3 318 9246
    / www.wildernesslodge.co.nz

    A purpose built eco-lodge surrounded by native forest on a 2,400 ha farm in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Owned by renowned New Zealand conservationists with exclusive onsite wildlife and farm tours, this is a destination for wildlife enthusiasts, hikers, or those wanting to experience a New Zealand high country farm. The lodge is a natural stop between Christchurch and the West Coast.

    MEALS Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, dinner, two shorter guided activities daily, onsite walks, farm access, wifi, laundry facilities, natural history library.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Large high country farm, extensive hiking and wildlife options and in-house guided tours. Spectacular location.

    ROOMS 24 | MAX GUESTS 48

    Price: $898 to $1,178

  • Holly Homestead

    Franz Josef, West Coast

    Holly Homestead

    Bernie & Gerard Oudemans
    +64 3 752 0299
    / www.hollyhomestead.co.nz

    Holly Homestead is located on the outskirts of Franz Josef township with a lovely rural setting and some of the best views of the Southern Alps. Built in 1926 this luxury bed and breakfast is an excellent example of “Arts & Crafts” architecture mixed with country design and beautiful native timbers. Personally hosted by passionate locals who can advise you on local history, activities and dining.

    MEALS Breakfast.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, refreshments on arrival, port in the evening, wifi.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Restored historic homestead, native rimu timber throughout, cosy lounge, views and peaceful location on the outskirts of Franz Josef township.

    ROOMS 3 | SUITES 1 | MAX GUESTS 8

    Price: $265 to $430

  • Okarito Birdlife Tour

    Okarito, West Coast, Franz Josef

    Okarito Boat Tours

    Swade Finch & Paula Sheridan
    +64 3 753 4223
    / www.okaritoboattours.co.nz

    Open-air boat exploring the untouched serenity of New Zealand’s largest unmodified wetland, over 3000 hectares and part of the South Westland World Heritage area.

    EARLY BIRD TOUR Early 7.20am departure, up with the birds and lots of wildlife activity on the lagoons. $80pp

    TWO HOUR ECO TOUR The most interpretive tour, leaving 9 and 11.30am. Guided by Swade, with a wealth of rainforest, plant and bird identification. $90pp

    Price: $50 to $90

  • Guided Glacier Trips

    Franz Josef, West Coast

    Franz Josef Glacier Guides

    Bookings
    +64 3 752 0763 / FP: 0800 484 337
    / www.franzjosefglacier.com

    Get up close to outstanding scenery in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Incredible views, magnificent snow and ice terrain. Challenge yourself and enjoy the reward.

    GLACIER HELI-HIKE Longer heli-scenic flight followed by a moderate hike on the glacier. 3 hours long including 2 hours hike on the glacier. $449-$499pp

    Price: $75 to $449

  • Hot Pools & Massage

    Franz Josef, West Coast

    Glacier Hot Pools

    Bookings
    +64 3 752 0099 / FP: 0800 044 044
    / www.glacierhotpools.co.nz

    Designed for tranquillity and privacy, the pools are surrounded by rainforest but just a short stroll from the centre of town. A nice way to unwind at the end of a day.

    PUBLIC POOLS Combine a visit to the pools with a guided heli-hike. The pools are complimentary if you book a heli-hike with Franz Josef Glaicer guides. $26pp

    PRIVATE POOLS There are 3 private pools. Book in advance. $90 (1-2 people).

    MASSAGES from $140pp

    Price: $26 to $140

  • The George

    Christchurch

    The George

    Reservations
    +64 3 379 4560 / FP: 0800 100 220
    / www.thegeorge.com

    A consistently popular small luxury hotel perfectly situated beside beautiful Hagley Park and the river Avon offering a tranquil city retreat. Impeccable service, spacious rooms overlooking the park and two award winning in-house restaurants. The location is the best in the city; peaceful yet central. Walk or bike to the botanical gardens, cafes and shops. The separate “Residence” accommodates 6 people.

    MEALS Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

    COMPLIMENTARY Wifi, refreshments, parking, laundry, newspaper, mountain bikes and off-site gym.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Small boutique hotel, superb Pescatore Restaurant and more casual 50 Bistro.

    ROOMS 53 | COTTAGE 1 | GUESTS 108

    Price: $505 to $965

  • Arthur's Pass Day Tour

    Christchurch

    Canterbury Trails

    Irene Hayward & Chris Platt
    +64 3 384 6148 / M: 021 384 614
    / www.canterburytrails.co.nz

    Small group guided day trips and private tailor-made tours of the Canterbury region, including Akaroa, Arthur?s Pass and Kaikoura. Multi-day South Island tours also offered.

    AKAROA TOUR Explore the village and take a harbour cruise to see Hectors dolphins, penguins and fur seals. FROM $265pp

    CITY GARDEN TOUR Explore two private and two public gardens, includes morning tea and lunch. 8.30am-4.30pm. FROM $265pp

    Price: $520

  • Kaikoura Day Tour

    Christchurch

    Canterbury Trails

    Irene Hayward & Chris Platt
    +64 3 384 6148 / M: 021 384 614
    / www.canterburytrails.co.nz

  • Akaroa Day Tour

    Christchurch

    Canterbury Trails

    Irene Hayward & Chris Platt
    +64 3 384 6148 / M: 021 384 614
    / www.canterburytrails.co.nz

  • Mahitahi Lodge

    south of Glaciers, West Coast

    Mahitahi Lodge

    John Birchfield & Jacqui Low
    +64 3 751 0095 / FP: 0800 751 009
    / www.mahitahilodge.co.nz

    A real West Coast wilderness experience just 30 minutes south of Fox Glacier, surrounded by magnificent native forest and next to dramatic Bruce Bay. The lodge features beautiful native timbers and offers an intimate experience hosted by genuinely local hosts. Book a Fox Glacier trip or just explore the forest and history of nearby wild West Coast beaches and rivers.

    MEALS Breakfast, dinner.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, wifi.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Intimate modern style, wilderness location 30 mins drive from Fox Glacier, beautiful beach and bush walks, outdoor hot tub.

    ROOMS 3 | MAX GUESTS 8

    Price: $345

  • Glacier Walks & Heli-Hikes

    Fox Glacier, West Coast

    Fox Glacier Guiding

    Bookings
    +64 3 751 0825 / FP: 0800 111 600 / SK foxglacierguiding
    / www.foxguides.co.nz

    Specialist guides offering heli-hikes on the West Coast’s largest glacier, ice climbing and walks to the terminal face.

    FLYING FOX HELI-HIKE Stunning 4 hour trip starting with a heli-transfer and up to 3 hours exploring the amazing ice arches and caves of the upper glacier. $399pp

    CHANCELLOR DOME HELI-TREK Helicopter in to a magnificent full day 5-7 hour trek high amongst the Southern Alps most majestic peaks. Good fitness. $699pp

    Price: $59 to $499

  • Ocean to Mountains Jet Boat

    Haast, West Coast

    Waiatoto River Safari

    Ruth & Wayne Allanson
    +64 3 750 0780 / FP: 0800 538 723
    / www.riversafaris.co.nz

    RIVER SAFARI Explore a remote south westland world heritage river by jetboat. A unique glimpse of true backcountry New Zealand.

    Your river adventure starts at Hannah’s Clearing village just south of Haast. Travel up the river deep into the forested wilderness of Mt Aspiring National Park. Enjoy magnificent scenery, experienced guiding, a short forest ramble and a taste of local history. Finish with a cruise to the river mouth and whitebaiters’ stands. Helicopter transfers available. October-April, 10am, 1pm and 4pm. Winter, 11am only. Duration 2.25 hours. $199pp

    Price: $199

  • Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki

    near Haast, West Coast

    Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki

    Dr Gerry McSweeney & Anne Saunders
    +64 3 750 0881
    / www.wildernesslodge.co.nz

    The lodge is sited on the edge of the Moeraki River as it exits Lake Moeraki. Just a short walk away is the sea and an outstanding coastline for wildlife viewing. Your hosts are renowned wildlife and natural history specialists and you have the opportunity to take a number of exclusive walks with them to view the local bird and sealife. Enjoy tranquil kayaking and a sanctuary surrounded by wilderness.

    MEALS Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

    COMPLIMENTARY All-inclusive dinner, breakfast and guided activities, satellite wifi, guest laundry, kayaks.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Wilderness location, forest trails, wildlife and local experts onsite, superb wildlife viewing opportunities.

    ROOMS 28 | MAX GUESTS 56

    Price: $798 to $1,178

  • Lime Tree Lodge

    Pauline and John Trotter
    +64 3 443 7305
    / www.limetreelodge.co.nz

    Four luxuriously-appointed en-suite guest rooms and two private suites, each with their own French doors that open out to an expansive veranda and gardens with magnificent views of the Southern Alps. Relax in comfortable living areas, 10 acres of beautifully designed gardens, attentive service from your hosts and enjoy the renowned small summer and winter resort town of Wanaka.

    MEALS Breakfast, dinner (pre-booked).

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, evening aperitifs, wifi, onsite 5 hole golf course, petanque, swimming and spa pool.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Wide open spaces, expansive gardens, welcoming hosts, luxury and privacy.

    ROOMS 6 | MAX GUESTS 12

    Price: $350 to $550

  • Rob Roy Glacier Guided Hike

    Wanaka, Southern Lakes

    Eco Wanaka Adventures

    Chris Riley
    +64 3 443 2869 / FP: 0800 926 326
    / www.ecowanaka.co.nz

    The real deal. Superbly guided island eco and birdlife tours as well as some of Wanaka’s best day hikes and heli-hikes. Active or less active, half day or full day adventures.

    MOU WAHO ISLAND CRUISE & WALK Magical half day excursion to an island on the middle of Lake Wanaka. Discover birds, scenery, history, geology... Half day, 9am or 1.30pm. $225pp

    ROB ROY GLACIER GUIDED HIKE One of Mt Aspiring National Park’s best day hikes. Packed with interest and beautiful scenery. Full day, 9-5.30pm. $275pp

    Price: $185 to $275

  • Nature Tour & Lake Cruise

    Wanaka, Southern Lakes

    Eco Wanaka Adventures

    Chris Riley
    +64 3 443 2869 / FP: 0800 926 326
    / www.ecowanaka.co.nz

  • Alpine Heli-Hiking

    Wanaka, Southern Lakes

    Eco Wanaka Adventures

    Chris Riley
    +64 3 443 2869 / FP: 0800 926 326
    / www.ecowanaka.co.nz

  • High Country 4WD Farm Safari

    Wanaka, Southern Lakes

    Ridgeline Adventures

    Mark Orbell
    +64 27 602 4018 / FP: 0800 234 000
    / www.ridgelinenz.com

    Exclusive and small group 4WD New Zealand high country farm adventures, nature safaris and photography tours. Personal, designed around special interests, half or full day.

    WILD HILLS FARM SAFARI Authentic 4WD tour of an iconic alpine farm bordering Lake Wanaka and Mt Aspiring National Park. Nature walks, historic sites, breath-taking scenery. 8.30am or 1.30pm. $229pp

    ESSENTIAL WANAKA COMBO Helicopter + jetboat + 4WD safari through the magnificent Matukituki Valley. 9.45am-4.30pm. $822pp

    Price: $225

  • Southern Lakes Photography Tour

    Wanaka, Southern Lakes

    Ridgeline Adventures

    Mark Orbell
    +64 27 602 4018 / FP: 0800 234 000
    / www.ridgelinenz.com

  • Milford Sound Flight & Cruise

    Wanaka & Makarora

    Southern Alps Air

    Paul & Anne Cooper
    + 64 3 443 4385 / M: 027 404 8442 / FP 0800 345 666
    / www.southernalpsair.co.nz

    Flying from Wanaka across the Southern Alps and down the West Coast to Milford Sound is one of life’s special experiences. Superb customer service and professionalism.

    MILFORD SOUND FLIGHT & CRUISE Fly past Mt Aspiring over the Southern Alps to land at Milford Sound and join a 2hr cruise. Half day. $520pp

    SIBERIA EXPERIENCE Gain access to one of Mt Aspiring National Park’s gems; a great hike plus scenic flight and stunning jetboat ride back out. Half-day, morning departures. $375pp

    Price: $490

  • Southern Alps Air

    Paul & Anne Cooper
    + 64 3 443 4385 / M: 027 404 8442 / FP 0800 345 666
    / www.southernalpsair.co.nz

  • Scenic Flights & Alpine Discovery

    Wanaka, Southern Lakes

    Alpine Helicopters

    Bookings
    +64 3 443 4000 / M: 027 664 7945
    / www.alpineheli.co.nz

    A legend of the Southern Alps, Alpine Helicopters offer a range of unique and memorable experiences, benefiting from superb local access and high performance helicopters.

    MILFORD EXPERIENCE Fly across the Southern Alps and lakes, down the pristine wilderness of the West Coast and in to land at Milford Sound. 3 hours, 2 landings. $1195pp

    MT ASPIRING & GLACIERS An unforgettable hour flying over the magnificent glaciers in the Mt Aspiring region, frozen lakes, icefalls and waterfalls. 2 landings, 1 hour. $540pp

    Price: $195 to $5,500

  • Jet Boat Wilderness Experience

    Wanaka, Southern Lakes

    Wanaka River Journeys

    Brent & Sue Pihama
    +64 3 443 4416 / FP: 0800 544 555
    / www.wanakariverjourneys.co.nz

    Jetboat into the heart of Mt Aspiring National Park along the magnificent Matukituki Valley, and enjoy a remote wilderness walk. Optional add-ons include a 4WD trip or helicopter flight and glacier landing.

    JETBOAT+WILDERNESS WALK Jetboat beneath spectacular views of Mt Aspiring and glaciers. Join local guides for a 50min wilderness walk suitable all ages. Half day, 10am or 1pm. $239pp

    JETBOAT+WALK+HELI Thrilling jet boat ride, wilderness walk plus remote helicopter pick-up and glacier landing high in the Southern Alps. Half day, 10am or 1pm. $639pp

    Price: $239 to $832

  • Bike Tours & Heli Biking Trips

    Wanaka, Southern Lakes

    Wanaka Bike Tours

    Dan McMullan
    +64 3 443 6363
    / www.wanakabiketours.co.nz

    Explore beautiful river and lake trails or go for an ultimate heli-biking adventure with awesome descents. Expert guides, small numbers and a range of bikes tailored to your requirements and experience.

    CLUTHA RIVER RIDE A single track adventure along the magnificent Clutha river to the Luggate Pub. Beautiful scenery and 2 hours of varied riding. Trip 3 1/2 hours total. $249pp

    WANAKA MAX VERT Land at 6,500 ft and prepare to descend the country’s highest bike trail. Magnificent views. Suits intermediate to advanced riders. 5 hours. $599pp

    Price: $199 to $699

  • Arrowtown House Boutique Hotel

    Arrowtown, Queenstown

    Arrowtown House Boutique Hotel

    Steve & Jeanette Brough
    +64 3 441 6008
    / www.arrowtownhouse.com

    Perfectly located in the delightful historic village of Arrowtown, just 10 minutes from Queenstown and walking distance to some superb restaurants, small galleries and craft shops. Arrowtown House is owned by experienced hosts who have anticipated your every need and can advise you on the best Arrowtown has to offer. The leafy garden is an oasis at the end of a busy day sight-seeing.

    MEALS Breakfast.

    COMPLIMENTARY Wifi, bottomless fresh ground coffee, hotels signature cookies, washing machine/dryer.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Peace and quiet in a central Arrowtown location. Ideal retreat, experienced hosts and fine cuisine.

    ROOMS 5 | MAX GUESTS 15

    Price: $530 to $599

  • Winery Tour Central Otago

    Queenstown, Southern Lakes

    Appellation Central Wine Tours

    Sarah Grant
    +64 3 442 6920
    / www.appellationcentral.co.nz

    Enthusiastic wine tour guides, small groups, boutique wineries, gorgeous lunch, stunning views, history and expert local knowledge in a region renowned for pinot noir.

    BOUTIQUE & GOURMET WINE TOURS among spectacular Central Otago scenery visiting boutique vineyards tasting premium cool-climate wines  5-7 hour Wine or Wine & Cheese tour.  All tours include lunch and tastings. $199-$265pp

    PRIVATE WINE TOUR 5 or 7 hour tailored tour. Visit up to 5 vineyards, lunch in Bannockburn, local history and wine. $425-$525pp

    Price: $199 to $525

  • Dart River Funyak & Wilderness Jet

    Glenorchy & Queenstown

    Dart River

    Bookings
    +64 3 442 9992 / FP: 0800 327 853
    / www.dartriver.co.nz

    Explore Glenorchy and the magnificent Dart River Valley by jetboat, with jetboat, funyak and hiking combos. Depart Queenstown or Glenorchy.

    DART RIVER WILDERNESS JET A half-day journey into the Dart River Valley, 1 hour jetboat & 30 min walk. Glenorchy departures 9am or 1.30pm. $239pp

    ASPIRING WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE Full day including 1 1/2 hr jetboat ride, 2-3 hour moderate hike through forest to a beautiful lake and short ride back to base. 8am. $399pp

    Price: $139 to $369

  • Routeburn Track Guided Day Walk

    Queenstown, Southern Lakes

    Guided Walks New Zealand

    Bookings
    +64 3 442 3000 / FP: 0800 832 2266
    / www.nzwalks.com

    Queenstown’s specialist walking guides, offering a wide range of trails, including jetboat and heli-hike combos.

    ROUTEBURN TRACK GUIDED WALK Experience one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks”. Superb forest trails. Full day, 3-5 hours hiking. Exclusive option also available. 8am. $209pp

    REMARKABLES MOUNTAIN HELI-HIKE Exclusive guided alpine walk with outstanding views across Lake Wakatipu and customised hiking options. Half day. $1070pp

    Price: $209

  • 4WD Safari & LOTR Locations

    Queenstown, Southern Lakes

    Nomad Safaris

    Bookings
    +64 3 442 6699 / FP: 0800 688 222
    / www.nomadsafaris.co.nz

    Nomad Safaris has 25 years experience in operating small and personal tours around Queenstown, into Skippers Canyon and Macetown. 4WD vehicle or quad bike.

    SKIPPERS CANYON Rugged half day 4WD tour into this awe-inspiring canyon famous for gold-mining in the 1870s. History, gold panning and adventure. Half day. 8.30am or 1.30pm. $185pp

    SAFARI OF THE SCENES Explore Glenorchy, one of the main locations for LOTR and The Hobbit, Narnia and X-Men. Half day. 8.15am or 1.30pm. $185pp

    Price: $175 to $299

  • Otago Rail Trail & Bike Tours

    Clyde, Dunedin, Queenstown

    Trail Journeys

    Alana Rabbette
    +64 3 449 2150 / FP: 0800 030 381
    / www.trailjourneys.co.nz

    Trail Journeys outfit for the Central Otago Rail Trail as well as newer biking trails in Nelson and Otago.

    TASTE THE TRAIL One day independent tour ex Dunedin, transfer to Ranfurly and bike 30kms back to the old Hyde hotel. Take the historic Tairei Gorge Railway back to Dunedin. 8am departure from Dunedin. Return 6.30pm. $279pp

    WEDDERBURN TO CLYDE TRAIL BLAZER 2 day, 1 night, independent cycle adventure. Wedderburn-Omakau (42kms) Omakau-Clyde (36kms). Ensuite accommodation. Ex Clyde 9am $310pp

    Price: $199 to $315

  • Milford Sound Day Cruise

    Milford Sound, Fiordland

    Mitre Peak Cruises

    Bookings
    +64 3 249 8110 / FP: 0800 744 633
    / www.mitrepeak.com

    Escape the crowds and get up close to experience the beauty of Milford Sound in its true isolation and grandeur. Explore further and enjoy an intimate cruising experience with limited numbers.

    TWO HOUR CRUISE the length of the 16km fiord with informative commentary from the skipper. Includes St Anne's Point lighthouse, the mighty Lady Bowen Falls, Lion Mountain, Copper Point, Seal Rock and Stirling Falls. 7 daily departures (3 in winter).  From $70pp

    Price: $70 to $555

  • Mt Rosa Lodge

    Gibbston Valley, Queenstown

    Mt Rosa Lodge

    Ali and Nic Soper
    +64 3 441 1484 / M: 021 575100
    / mtrosalodge.co.nz

    An intimate 5-star bed and breakfast set on a vineyard in the heart of Gibbston Valley wineries. Well-appointed suites and living areas with panoramic views. Onsite walking tracks.  25 minutes from the centre of Queenstown, 10 minutes to Arrowtown or 30 minutes to Cromwell.

    MEALS Breakfast, picnics & platters, dinner by arrangement.

    COMPLIMENTARY Wifi, Cheese plate and glass of Mt Rosa pinot.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Suites in a vineyard setting close to cellar doors and winery restaurants in the Gibbston valley.

    3 ROOMS | 6 GUESTS

    Price: $480 to $525

  • Pen-y-bryn Lodge

    Oamaru, North Otago

    Pen-y-bryn Lodge

    James Glucksman & James Boussy
    +64 3 434 7939 / SK: Jamesglu
    / www.penybryn.co.nz

    Historic Victorian mansion in the charming port town of Oamaru. Splendid living areas, dedicated hosts, locally sourced food and wine make this a unique experience. Oamaru is known for its blue penguin colony as well as a vibrant artisan “cuisine scene.” 

    MEALS Breakfast, dinner.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, wifi.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Historic house with mature gardens. Hosts with a passion for their region, good food and wine.

    ROOMS 5 | MAX GUESTS 13

    Price: $625 to $1,050

  • Blue Penguin Viewing & Walks

    Oamaru, North Otago

    Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

    Bookings
    +64 3 433 1195
    / www.penguins.co.nz

    Blue Penguins nesting close to town under the cliffs along the historic harbour foreshore and within walking distance of the town centre.

    EVENING TOURS Watch for 2-3 hours in the evening as the penguins cross from the sea to their nesting burrows. Generally after 5.30pm in winter and 9pm in summer. You can also visit the area during the day and see penguins in their nesting boxes. 1-2 hours $28-40pp

    GENERAL ENTRY $10pp

    GUIDED TOUR $16pp

    Price: $10 to $40

  • Vertical Ventures

    Bookings
    +64 3 434 5010 / M 021 894 427
    / www.alps2oceancycletours.co.nz

    Oamaru based adventure company running day and multiday bike tours and guided rock climbing. These are the local experts guiding the popular new Alps 2 Ocean Trail from Mt Cook to Oamaru.

    CYCLE & TRAIL SUPPORT Bike hire, shuttles, transfers. A2O independent day trip. $95pp

    ALPS 2 OCEAN CYCLE TOURS Fully inclusive guided bespoke tours, excellent bikes, accommodation and food. Mt Cook to Oamaru, 4, 5 or 7 day options to suit all riders. $1500-$2995pp

    Price: $90 to $460

  • Rock Climbing

    Oamaru, North Otago

    Vertical Ventures

    Bookings
    +64 3 434 5010 / M 021 894 427
    / www.alps2oceancycletours.co.nz

  • Maori Rock Art Tours

    Timaru, Canterbury

    Te Ana Maori Rock Art Centre

    Bookings
    +64 3 684 9141 / FP 0800 46 83 262
    / www.teana.co.nz

    The most significant collection of Maori rock art in New Zealand and an entry into the world of Ngai Tahu, the South Island’s largest Maori tribe. Timaru, where the Centre is based is 1 hour from Oamaru enroute to Christchurch.

    TE ANA ROCK ART CENTRE TOUR Visit the Centre in Timaru and take the one hour guided tour, 10-3pm daily. $22pp

    TE ANA ROCK ART SITE TOUR Start from the Centre and then go on to visit the cave sites at Opihi. Nov-April, 3 hours $130pp

    Price: $22 to $130

  • Olivers

    Clyde, Central Otago

    Olivers

    David and Andrea Ritchie
    +64 3 449 2600 / M: 021 220 9560 / FP: 0800 131 070
    / www.oliverscentralotago.co.nz

    Olivers lodge and stables is a distinctive Central Otago property in the heart of Clyde's historic precinct.  The iconic Olivers Restaurant and Bar, the Victoria Store Brewery and the Merchant of Clyde café-bakery-delicatessen make this a unique boutique accommodation and culinary experience.

    MEALS Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, wifi.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Historic rooms with many original features, on-site restaurant, bakery and brewery.

    ROOMS 11 | MAX GUESTS 22

    Price: $235 to $515

  • Hollyford Track

    Katharine Franey
    +64 3 442 3000
    / www.hollyfordtrack.com

    A 2-night / 3-day 37 km trek along the magnificent Hollyford Valley (near Milford Sound) to the sea at remote Martin’s Bay, arriving with time to explore this beautiful coast. The rainforest is dense, the guiding is superb and the private accommodation very comfortable. After a night at Martin’s Bay Lodge you fly out to Milford Sound and “civilisation”. 

    THREE DAY WALK An all inclusive guided wilderness experience, staying in two comfortable private forest lodges and journeying along the densely forested Hollyford River valley to boat across Lake McKerrow and finally reach the sea. The trip is a wonderfully remote alternative to some of the better known New Zealand hikes as well as being suitable for a range of ages and hiking abilities. On your last day enjoy a helicopter return trip back through Milford Sound. 

    Transport options available from either Te Anau or Queenstown.

    Price: $1,795 to $2,045

  • Dock Bay Lodge

    Te Anau, Fiordland

    Dock Bay Lodge

    Dawn Dowling
    +64 3 249 7709
    / www.dockbaylodge.co.nz

    A sumptuous boutique lodge set on the edge of Te Anau Golf Course and looking directly across to the lake and mountains beyond. Dock Bay offers personal hosting, spacious and elegant rooms with gorgeous ensuite bathrooms, private balconies and numerous areas to relax both inside and outside. Just a short stroll from the lakefront and the start of the Kepler Track or a longer but lovely walk into town.

    MEALS Breakfast.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, golf clubs, mountain bikes, gym/sauna/spa.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Looks directly through the golf-course to Lake Te Anau, magnificently spacious rooms and friendly hosts.

    ROOMS 5 | MAX GUESTS 12

    Price: $450 to $600

  • Fiordland Helicopters

    Bookings
    +64 3 249 7575
    / www.fiordlandhelicopters.co.nz

    A magnificent way to explore the wilderness of Fiordland and get away from the tourist routes. Trips can be entirely tailored to you with multiple landings.

    DUSKY & DOUBTFUL GOLD STAR Rich in early history, Fiordland's remote and pristine landscapes, scattered islands and extraordinary coastline with sculpted granite and mountains meeting the sea. Allow 1 hour 40 minutes. $975pp

    MILFORD SOUND GOLD STAR North over Lake Te Anau, Milford Sound and the Murchison Mountains conservation area and beyond to the heart of Fiordland’s grandest mountains. Glacier landing included. Allow 1 hour 40 minutes. $975pp

    Price: $975 to $1,880

  • Milford Cruise, Walk & Coach

    Te Anau, Fiordland

    Trips & Tramps

    Kate & Steve Norris
    +64 3 249 7081 / FP: 0800 305 807
    / www.tripsandtramps.com

    Explore Fiordland and some of New Zealand’s most beautiful hiking trails in a small group with a friendly, local guide. A range of walking and touring options are available.

    KEPLER TRACK GUIDED HELI-HIKE Enjoy a stunning helicopter flight to Luxmore Hut in the alpine area then descend to the sandy shores of Lake Te Anau. Full day, 10am-4.30pm. $555pp

    ROUTEBURN TRACK KEY SUMMIT DAY WALK Hike through forest up to a unique alpine herb field offering panoramic views of mountains, alpine lakes and valleys far below. Full day, 8am-5pm. $190pp

    Price: $178

  • Fiordland Guided Day Walks

    Te Anau, Fiordland

    Trips & Tramps

    Kate & Steve Norris
    +64 3 249 7081 / FP: 0800 305 807
    / www.tripsandtramps.com

  • Fiordland River Adventure

    Tuatapere, Fiordland

    Wairaurahiri Jet

    Johan Groters & Joyce Kolk
    +64 3 225 5677 / M: 027 227 7223 / FP 0800 376 174
    / www.wjet.co.nz

    A truly remote jetboat ride, combined with conservation efforts to protect native birdlife. Heli-jetboat options also.

    Allow 2 hrs to drive Te Anau to the Jetboat departure on Lake Hauroko.

    ALL DAY ADVENTURE Boat across Lake Hauroko to the mouth of the Wairaurahiri River and enjoy 94 kilometres of magnificent grade 3 rapids. You reach one of the most remote coastlines in New Zealand. Stops and short walks are made along the way including a lunch break. Allow 6-7 hours. $1090pp

    Price: $189 to $249

  • Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

    Te Anau & Doubtful Sound

    Fiordland Expeditions

    Mandy
    +64 3 249 9005 / FP: 0508 TUTOKO
    / www.fiordlandexpeditions.co.nz

    Intimate small boat experience on beautiful Doubtful Sound. Your boat takes a maximum of 11 people in 4 cabins (2 with ensuites) and a bunk room. Your crew is dedicated to you. Trips are flexible, fish, kayak, cruise and relax. Champagne and meals provided. Dinner on board generally includes fish and crayfish caught that day. Experience the absolute peace of mooring in a still Fiordland cove at night.

    DOUBTFUL SOUND OVERNIGHT CRUISE Cruise the fiords and spot penguins, seals and dolphins. 9.30am departure from Manapouri, returning by midday the next day. Private cabin from $1420 per couple

    PRIVATE CHARTER CRUISES Charter your vessel for a group of family or friends to explore for as long as you want. $POA

    Price: $1,450 to $1,490

  • Fletcher Lodge

    Dunedin, Otago

    Fletcher Lodge

    Ewa & Keith Rozecka-Pollard & Peter Rozecki-Lewis
    +64 3 477 5552 / FP: 0800 THE LODGE
    / www.fletcherlodge.co.nz

    Built by Dunedin identity Sir James Fletcher in 1924 to serve as his private residence this historic property offers a rare glimpse of New Zealand’s heritage. Stay in the original house or in one of the luxury apartments in the renovated building next door. Outdoor sitting areas for relaxing and a good location from which to wander down-town and explore Dunedin city, museums, shops, restaurants and galleries.

    MEALS Breakfast.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, wifi, newspaper, refreshments, spa.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Choice of historic Dunedin house with original decor or adjacent apartments with access to main lodge. Helpful and knowledgeable hosts, gardens and central city location.

    ROOMS 5 | APARTMENTS 2 | MAX GUESTS 18

    Price: $355 to $795

  • Dunedin Railways

    Bookings
    +64 3 477 4449
    / www.dunedinrailways.co.nz

    This historic train trip is a superb way to discover Otago’s remote backcountry, coastline and small historic townships. Coaches continue through to Queenstown or Wanaka.  Trains connect to A2O or Otago Rail Trail cycle trips.

    TAIERI GORGE TO PUKARANGI OR MIDDLEMARCH travels from Dunedin through the Taieri Gorge to Pukerangi (4 hours return) or Middlemarch (6 hours return including a 1 hour stop over). Sightseeing stops, on board café, viewing platforms. Pukerangi $99pp Middlemarch $113pp

    Price: $91 to $113

  • Otago Peninsula Nature Tour

    Dunedin & Otago Peninsula

    Nature Guides Otago

    Hildegard Lubcke
    +64 3 454 5169
    / www.natureguidesotago.co.nz

    Small, exclusive, away from the crowds! Experience the unique fauna and flora of the Otago Peninsula in the company of a knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide.

    PENINSULA EXPERIENCE Focus on the amazing sealife and birdlife of the Otago Peninsula. Experienced professional guides and a very personal experience to discover the best wildlife this region has to offer. 8 hours including picnic lunch, afternoon tea and all admissions. 10.30am departure. $420pp

    Price: $420

  • Sails Ashore Lodge & Ulva Island Trip

    Peter & Iris Tait
    +64 3 219 1151 / FP: 0800 783 9278 / SK iris.peter.tait
    / www.sailsashore.co.nz

    A small bed and breakfast beautifully designed in New Zealand rimu timber and personally hosted by long-time Stewart Island locals. Rooms are comfortable and private and included in your minimum two night stay is a guided tour of Ulva Island sanctuary, a bird-watcher’s paradise and a home for many endangered species. Experience why Stewart Island is on most New Zealander's bucket list.

    MEALS Breakfast.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, refreshments, wifi, laundry, on-island transfers.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Local hospitality, comfortable rooms, sea views and Stewart Island wildlife and local history tours run by your knowledgeable hosts.

    ROOMS 2 | MAX GUESTS 4

    Price: $490

  • Stewart Island Flights

    Invercargill & Stewart Island

    Stewart Island Flights

    Raymond Hector
    +64 3 218 9129 / M: 0274 355 172
    / www.stewartislandflights.com

    Excellent local flight service offering regular scheduled connections to Stewart Island as well as charter trips.

    STEWART ISLAND FLIGHT A 20 min flight across Foveaux Straight from Invercargill to Oban. Three daily flights. One way $122.50pp return $213pp

    COAST TO COAST Fly in to glorious Masons Bay and then enjoy a four hour hike back across the island to Freshwater Landing and a short taxi-boat ride to Oban. Relatively easy walking. Full day trip. $POA

    Price: $203

  • Stewart Island Day Tours

    Invercargill & Stewart Island

    Stewart Island Flights

    Raymond Hector
    +64 3 218 9129 / M: 0274 355 172
    / www.stewartislandflights.com

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