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Russell, New Zealand

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3 HRS

Moderate

boating

sightseeing

essentials
Russell, Bay of Islands Hole in the Rock Cruise
Board a high-speed catamaran to experience the natural wonders, stunning scenery and learn about the cultural significance of this unique part of New Zealand, on this spectacular cruise to Cape Brett and the iconic ‘Hole in the Rock.’ The cruise will whisk you away through the outer islands of the Bay of Islands to the beautiful lighthouse on weather-beaten Cape Brett, passing secluded bays and sandy beaches on the islands along the way.  From here you will travel to Motukokako and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ where, if conditions are suitable, the skillful Captain will navigate through the hole shaped slowly over time by the wind and waves, and on to Grand Cathedral Cave.  After the excitement of passing through the gap, your cruise will continue at a more leisurely pace. Explore the inner islands and identify the abundance of birds and sea life that inhabit the area with the help of the knowledgeable crew.  There will be a brief stop at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island to stretch your legs.  Zane Grey, the noted author and angler, was based here in the 1920’s and it later became the headquarters for deep-sea fishing. On the return journey you could view the visual displays which contain local natural and cultural history information or simply sit back, relax and take advantage of the onboard bar.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, wind/rain proof jacket, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and bring local currency (NZD).

price $189
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

boating

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Russell, Discover Russel
A short drive from the pier will take you to the seaside resort of Paihia, to join the passenger ferry across to Russell. Upon arrival, embark on a guided walking tour to discover the town’s rich history. Your guide will bring alive the stories of New Zealand’s first capital as you relive the drama of its colonial days. A stop will be made at a charming local venue where you’ll enjoy a delicious scone and tea, before visiting the Pompallier Mission Printery. Follow the footsteps of the French missionaries and discover how they translated religious texts into Maori and then printed and bound them into beautiful books. Afterwards, there will be some free time to wander through the town and perhaps browse the local artisan shops. To round off your tour, re-join the ferry for the return journey back to the pier.  

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, wind/rain proof jacket, flat-soled walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and bring local currency (NZD).


price $79
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5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

culture

essentials
Russell, Glow Worm Cave & Puketi Kauri Forest
Your half-day tour will begin as you board your motor coach for a scenic 30-minute drive to the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves. The caves, located on private property, are owned by descendants of Maori chieftain Kawiti who fought against the British in 1846. New Zealand’s most famous fly, the glow worm belongs to the gnat family and is not related to the European glow worm, a beetle. Get your camera ready for a galaxy of glow worm lights, impressive limestone walls and magnificent delicate stalactites and stalagmites that took thousands of years to form. A small stream flows through the cave in which a pet eel resides. After an exploration of these natural wonders, you’ll make your way to Kawakawa. This quaint town is known as "Train Town" for the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway that runs down the middle of its main street, and celebrated for its public toilets designed by Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, a former resident of the town. You’ll have free time to enjoy this town before departing for Puketi Forest. The Puketi Forest once covered most of the Bay of Islands with massive kauri trees. Now protected in reserves, these magnificent trees rival California's redwoods in height and girth. A guided walk through the forest on a boardwalk will afford you the opportunity to marvel at these imposing trees. Nearly 50,000 visitors annually use the elevated wooden walkway which protects the kauris' sensitive feeding roots, yet allows visitors to get up close to the ancient trees of the forest.
Your tour will continue with a drive to Kerikeri. You’ll snap a photo or two as you travel past the oldest wooden building, Kemp House, and the oldest stone building, the Stone Store, both part of the Church Mission Settlement established in 1819. Also within sight is Rewa’s Village, a reconstruction of a Maori fishing village. Your tour will conclude with a scenic drive back to the wharf. With the Bay of Islands behind you, you'll take home a myriad of unforgettable memories of a lifetime.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, wind/rain proof jacket, flat-soled walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and bring local currency (NZD).


price $149
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3 HRS

Strenuous

sightseeing

refreshments

essentials
Russell, Haruru Falls by Kayak
Depart the Waitangi pier with your kayaking guide and walk across the Waitangi Bridge to your waiting kayak. After receiving safety instructions, commence your kayaking tour of the beautiful Waitangi Estuary. Along the way you will see a proliferation of mangroves, whose extensive root systems extend both above and below the waterline. These unique trees are the lifeblood of this estuary and a favorite breeding ground for many small fish. At the end of the Waitangi Estuary you will reach Haruru Falls, at the edge of the Waitangi Forest. Although not especially high, the Haruru Falls are still a spectacular sight—especially after recent rainfall. Light refreshments will be served near the falls before you kayak back to Waitangi.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, wind/rain proof jacket, flat-soled walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and bring local currency (NZD).


price $115
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3.5 HRS

Easy

boating

sightseeing

dining

essentials
Russell, Relaxing Russel Lunch Cruise
Join Darryl and his friendly crew on this calm-water boat cruise to explore some of the historic sites in the beautiful Bay of Islands. Departing from Waitangi pier, you will travel along the coast towards Opua before heading over to Okiato. Watch for the Omata Estate Vineyard and Kororareka Oyster Farm along the way.  Sit back and relax while you enjoy a New Zealand-inspired lunch as you explore the Bay of Islands.  It’s hard to believe that the gorgeous town of Russell was dubbed the ‘Hell Hole of the Pacific’ by whalers, traders, and sealers. Russell was the original port in the North Island and today is a picturesque waterfront village full of old homesteads, historic churches, and wooden cottages. Disembark in Russell to explore the township on your own for approximately one hour, before re-boarding the boat to cruise back to Paihia Wharf.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, wind/rain proof jacket, flat-soled walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and bring local currency (NZD).


price $99
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

culture

essentials
Russell, Waitangi & Kauri Forest
Your half-day tour will begin as you board your motor coach for a scenic drive to Kerikeri, a popular tourist attraction in the Bay of Islands. You’ll visit the oldest wooden building, Kemp House, and the oldest stone building, the Stone Store, both part of the Church Mission Settlement established in 1819. Keep your camera ready as you explore inside Kemp House and witness its period furniture and personal items owned by the missionary families who lived here. The dwelling and gardens passed down through the Kemp family until it was gifted to the New Zealand Historic Places Trust in 1974. The Stone Store was also passed into Kemp family ownership, and from 1929 onwards was used mainly as a general store. You’ll marvel at its authentic reproductions of goods from the 1820's to 1860's. Also within sight are Rewa’s Village, a reconstruction of a Maori fishing village, and Kororipo Pa, a path leading to Kororipo Pa, the fortified headquarters of Chief Hongi Hika, (chief) and war leader of the Ngapuhi iwi (tribe).
You’ll enjoy tea at a local venue near the Stone Store. After 30 relaxing minutes, you’ll depart for the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the site where both Maori and the British Crown joined in signing the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. During your self-guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, you’ll view New Zealand history through a Maori perspective, and discover what impact the treaty and the English missions made on Maori history and culture. Visit the Georgian-style Waitangi Treaty House that was the home to James Busby from 1832 to 1840. A huge waka, or war canoe, is drawn up on the beach below the house. Before calling it a day, you’ll visit the gift shop for locally made jewelry, ceramics and New Zealand-themed souvenirs. Your tour will conclude with a relaxing drive to the wharf. With the Bay of Islands behind you, you’ll take home a myriad of unforgettable memories of a lifetime.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, wind/rain proof jacket, flat-soled walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and bring local currency (NZD).


price $169
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2 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Russell, Waitangi Walking Tour
Gain a deeper understanding of the area’s early history with a tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, acclaimed as New Zealand’s most historic site as the “Birthplace of a Nation.”  Discover what impact the treaty and the English missions made on Maori history and culture as you view the carved Meeting House, built in 1940 by highly skilled Maori craftsmen and the Georgian-style Treaty House.  Built in 1834 for James Busby, the structure is one of New Zealand's oldest surviving buildings.  Marvel at the scale of Ngatokimatawhaorua, one of the world’s largest carved war canoes, and enjoy a short bushwalk to the Whare Waka Café for tea and biscuits while admiring the breathtaking views.  As you wind your way back to the wharf, stop at the Waitangi Visitor Center, which features an impressive audio-visual presentation about Waitangi’s history, a gift shop and an artifacts gallery.  Bring a souvenir back to preserve the memories.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, wind/rain proof jacket, flat-soled walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and bring local currency (NZD).


price $69
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Wellington, New Zealand



4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

culture

essentials
Wellington, Best of Wellington
Experience the best of Wellington at Te Papa Museum followed by a trip to Mount Victoria and to downtown Wellington! Discover Te Papa’s taonga Maori (cultural treasures) and hear the stories of how these taonga are a living part of Maori history and culture. The tour will include a mihimihi (greeting) and a waiata (song) on the Marae. Visit a living, growing exhibition that brings New Zealand’s great outdoors into the city, where the Host will explain how early Maori gathered food, medicines, and materials for clothing from the forest. The tour will conclude with a kaputi (hot drink) and traditionally inspired food. Then take in the city sights from Mount Victoria, undoubtedly the capital city’s favorite lookout and popular with tourists for its spectacular 360 degree bird’s eye view of the city and surrounds. Travel to Wellington’s famous Beehive, Parliament building, for a photo stop before returning to your ship.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, and bring a hat, sunglasses, and a camera.


price $139
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking
Wellington, Concierge Collection: Flavors of Wellington
Wellington is a city for food-lovers, and is a wonderful place to experience the urban delights of New Zealand.  Walk at a leisurely pace, enjoy delicious food tastes with a friendly local guide on this up-close welcome to lively, walkable Wellington. Taste typical local treats, from home-style baking to regional cheeses, seasonal fruit, chocolate, and local coffee. As you pass Wellington’s less-traveled city sights, listen to interesting local stories from your guide.  You’ll also have a 25-minute panoramic drive by minivan for a great overview before the walking component of the tour commences. This tour was voted one of the world's 'top ten walking tours for globetrotting foodies' by Lonely Planet, and 'a real hit with foodies' by Frommer's Guide. 

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, comfortable closed-toe walking shoes, and bring a hat, sunglasses, raincoat, day pack, water bottle, local currency, and a camera.


price $199
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Wellington, Lord of the Rings & Weta Workshop
Join a Lord of the Rings expert guide and visit locations featured in the film trilogy and learn how the magic of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy was created.  Visit Wellington’s best look-out with 360° views of Wellington city and harbor. Then drive to where the filming of the Lord of the Rings first started. Take a gentle stroll through the picturesque forest of the ‘Outer Shire’ where Frodo and the Hobbits began their journey. There were many scenes filmed here including the ‘Race to the Ferry’ and the famous ‘Get off the Road’ scene. Learn how the films were made while visiting scenes and locations right in the heart of Wellington City. Next you’ll experience Wellington’s film making genius at Peter Jackson’s Weta Cave - a shrine to Wellington’s movie creations including the Lord of the Rings. This mini-museum and shop has original props from the movies and displays that change all the time showcasing the latest offerings from the Weta Studios, such as the recent ‘The Hobbit” movies. Driving through Miramar or otherwise known as ‘Wellywood,’ you’ll stop off at an iconic theatre for morning tea and for a screening of the first ever behind the scenes look at Weta Workshop and an insight into the creativity that goes into crafting the art that is Weta. You will see interviews with co-founders Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Tania Rodger and Jamie Selkirk.

Please note: Bring local currency, a camera, hat, sunscreen, and a light jacket. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $99
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

wildlife

walking

essentials
Wellington, Nocturnal Native Wildlife Evening Experience
Discover New Zealand’s unique native wildlife during a nocturnal excursion to Zealandia. The islands of New Zealand were isolated for millions of years and were one of the last areas on Earth to be colonized by humans. The result is that New Zealand displays a singular and astonishingly varied endemic wildlife. Take a short coach drive to Zealandia, where a restoration project is bringing the island’s flora and fauna back to life. Explore the Zealandia Valley forest by torchlight, as your guide will lead you in search of New Zealand’s distinctive nighttime sounds and sights. Take a peek at some of the rare and endangered species that are protected here and maybe hear the evening birdsong, which was not heard on the main islands for more than a century. Gain insight into New Zealand’s natural history and the significance of these species to the indigenous Māori culture before returning to your ship.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, sturdy footwear (closed toe), warm jacket, and local currency. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.


price $149
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

wildlife

essentials
Wellington, Seal Coast Safari
For interesting landmarks, breathtaking views and a herd of adorable seals nothing beats the 4WD Seal Coast Safari excursion to Wellington's rugged South Coast, commonly known as the Seal Coast. You'll climb aboard your air-conditioned 4WD vehicle at the pier and set out on a 3.5- hour adventure that will take you only 12 miles out of Wellington but will feel like another world. After winding your way through the city streets and past Parliament Buildings, you'll travel over farmland with fabulous views of Cook Straight and the South Islands off in the distance (weather permitting). As you get closer to the Seal Colony at Tongue Point, you'll see the famous Leaning Lighthouse come into view. Built in 1915, the decommissioned 65-foot tall tower was one of New Zealand's first automated lighthouses and, yes, it does lean a little. You'll continue along the beach, over some rough terrain until you reach Tongue Point, home to 600 native fur seals (fewer during the summer months). As your guide leads you to the best spot for pictures, he'll share his knowledge of these heart-warming mammals. Go ahead and walk through their natural habitat; although the seals are familiar with human interaction, we do have to be cautious and not approach too close - a fully grown male Fur Seal can reach 10 feet tall and weigh up to 700 pounds! After tea or coffee and a muffin, you'll board your 4WD vehicle once again for the ride back to the ship, En route you'll cross farmland and fault lines before passing through the quaint village of Makara.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, comfortable closed-toe walking shoes, and bring a hat, sunglasses, raincoat, local currency, and a camera.


price $149
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3.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Wellington, Storm Coast Drive
Take a scenic drive along Wellington Harbour’s magnificent coastline that has claimed many shipwrecks and is dotted with quaint villages and quiet bays. From Wellington you will follow the harbor past Petone, where Wellington’s first settlers landed. Your coach will climb the rugged hills to reach Pencarrow Station situated at the entrance to the harbor. Stop to enjoy the Kiwi-style hospitality at the magnificently located Pencarrow Lodge. Here, you will be treated to a farm dog demonstration, a talk about the property itself plus morning or afternoon tea. Enjoy the scenery and make sure to bring a camera on this tour. Continue on to see Wellington’s hidden lakes, New Zealand’s oldest lighthouse and historic Maori sites. 

Please note: Bring local currency, a camera and a light jacket.


price $119
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

wildlife

essentials
Wellington, Zealandia Santurary & Cable Car Experience
Board your motor coach and drive to Lambton Quay in the central business district, home of the 111-year-old Wellington Cable Car. You’ll have a vertical climb in this funicular of over 390 feet in the air and travel a length of 2,000 feet; 3 minutes later, you’re at the top and overlooking the city. From this commanding location, you have a ringside seat to some of Wellington’s most breathtaking views including the city’s rolling hills, the downtown area, Te Whanganui-a-Tara (the Mâori name for the Wellington Harbour, also known as the great harbor of Tara) and beyond. Then, travel to the Zealandia for a 2-hour guided tour. Just minutes from downtown Wellington, the 550-acre eco-sanctuary is tucked in a forested valley and protected by a unique 5-mile predator-proof fence. Join your Zealandia tour guide and discover the story of New Zealand’s natural history and conservation movement in a world class interactive museum.  Your guide will then lead you through this extraordinary conservation area and show you some of New Zealand’s rarest species such as the saddleback and hihi birds, back from the brink of extinction, and the country’s national mascot, the little spotted kiwi. Another scenic drive will take you through the heart of the city and back to your ship.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, comfortable closed-toe walking shoes, and bring a hat, sunglasses, raincoat, local currency, bottled water, and a camera. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.


price $129
book tour


4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

culture

essentials
Wellington, Best of Wellington
Experience the best of Wellington at Te Papa Museum followed by a trip to Mount Victoria and to downtown Wellington! Discover Te Papa’s taonga Maori (cultural treasures) and hear the stories of how these taonga are a living part of Maori history and culture. The tour will include a mihimihi (greeting) and a waiata (song) on the Marae. Visit a living, growing exhibition that brings New Zealand’s great outdoors into the city, where the Host will explain how early Maori gathered food, medicines, and materials for clothing from the forest. The tour will conclude with a kaputi (hot drink) and traditionally inspired food. Then take in the city sights from Mount Victoria, undoubtedly the capital city’s favorite lookout and popular with tourists for its spectacular 360 degree bird’s eye view of the city and surrounds. Travel to Wellington’s famous Beehive, Parliament building, for a photo stop before returning to your ship.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, and bring a hat, sunglasses, and a camera.


price $139
book tour


4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking
Wellington, Concierge Collection: Flavors of Wellington
Wellington is a city for food-lovers, and is a wonderful place to experience the urban delights of New Zealand.  Walk at a leisurely pace, enjoy delicious food tastes with a friendly local guide on this up-close welcome to lively, walkable Wellington. Taste typical local treats, from home-style baking to regional cheeses, seasonal fruit, chocolate, and local coffee. As you pass Wellington’s less-traveled city sights, listen to interesting local stories from your guide.  You’ll also have a 25-minute panoramic drive by minivan for a great overview before the walking component of the tour commences. This tour was voted one of the world's 'top ten walking tours for globetrotting foodies' by Lonely Planet, and 'a real hit with foodies' by Frommer's Guide. 

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, comfortable closed-toe walking shoes, and bring a hat, sunglasses, raincoat, day pack, water bottle, local currency, and a camera.


price $199
book tour


3.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Wellington, Lord of the Rings & Weta Workshop
Join a Lord of the Rings expert guide and visit locations featured in the film trilogy and learn how the magic of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy was created.  Visit Wellington’s best look-out with 360° views of Wellington city and harbor. Then drive to where the filming of the Lord of the Rings first started. Take a gentle stroll through the picturesque forest of the ‘Outer Shire’ where Frodo and the Hobbits began their journey. There were many scenes filmed here including the ‘Race to the Ferry’ and the famous ‘Get off the Road’ scene. Learn how the films were made while visiting scenes and locations right in the heart of Wellington City. Next you’ll experience Wellington’s film making genius at Peter Jackson’s Weta Cave - a shrine to Wellington’s movie creations including the Lord of the Rings. This mini-museum and shop has original props from the movies and displays that change all the time showcasing the latest offerings from the Weta Studios, such as the recent ‘The Hobbit” movies. Driving through Miramar or otherwise known as ‘Wellywood,’ you’ll stop off at an iconic theatre for morning tea and for a screening of the first ever behind the scenes look at Weta Workshop and an insight into the creativity that goes into crafting the art that is Weta. You will see interviews with co-founders Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Tania Rodger and Jamie Selkirk.

Please note: Bring local currency, a camera, hat, sunscreen, and a light jacket. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $99
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6.5 HRS

Strenuous

sightseeing

outdoors

biking

dining

essentials
Wellington, Quad Bike Adventure
Spend your day in Wellington on a guided off-road quad bike expedition over one of New Zealand’s most rugged coastal environments. Covering 12 miles of coastline and more than 60 miles of tracks, the excursion will take you from sea level up to 2,952 feet, where the views are breathtaking.  The mountaintop trails are often shrouded in mist, giving you a sense of riding through the clouds. Wellington’s lush native bush, windswept alpine environment, and magnificent views will make this trip truly unforgettable. The photo opportunities are endless.

Please note: This expedition includes a safety briefing, 3 hours of riding, a light lunch, and scenic stops along the trail. Wear suitable closed-toe shoes, bring a light jacket, sunscreen, and a camera.


price $249
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

wildlife

essentials
Wellington, Seal Coast Safari
For interesting landmarks, breathtaking views and a herd of adorable seals nothing beats the 4WD Seal Coast Safari excursion to Wellington's rugged South Coast, commonly known as the Seal Coast. You'll climb aboard your air-conditioned 4WD vehicle at the pier and set out on a 3.5- hour adventure that will take you only 12 miles out of Wellington but will feel like another world. After winding your way through the city streets and past Parliament Buildings, you'll travel over farmland with fabulous views of Cook Straight and the South Islands off in the distance (weather permitting). As you get closer to the Seal Colony at Tongue Point, you'll see the famous Leaning Lighthouse come into view. Built in 1915, the decommissioned 65-foot tall tower was one of New Zealand's first automated lighthouses and, yes, it does lean a little. You'll continue along the beach, over some rough terrain until you reach Tongue Point, home to 600 native fur seals (fewer during the summer months). As your guide leads you to the best spot for pictures, he'll share his knowledge of these heart-warming mammals. Go ahead and walk through their natural habitat; although the seals are familiar with human interaction, we do have to be cautious and not approach too close - a fully grown male Fur Seal can reach 10 feet tall and weigh up to 700 pounds! After tea or coffee and a muffin, you'll board your 4WD vehicle once again for the ride back to the ship, En route you'll cross farmland and fault lines before passing through the quaint village of Makara.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, comfortable closed-toe walking shoes, and bring a hat, sunglasses, raincoat, local currency, and a camera.


price $149
book tour


3.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Wellington, Storm Coast Drive
Take a scenic drive along Wellington Harbour’s magnificent coastline that has claimed many shipwrecks and is dotted with quaint villages and quiet bays. From Wellington you will follow the harbor past Petone, where Wellington’s first settlers landed. Your coach will climb the rugged hills to reach Pencarrow Station situated at the entrance to the harbor. Stop to enjoy the Kiwi-style hospitality at the magnificently located Pencarrow Lodge. Here, you will be treated to a farm dog demonstration, a talk about the property itself plus morning or afternoon tea. Enjoy the scenery and make sure to bring a camera on this tour. Continue on to see Wellington’s hidden lakes, New Zealand’s oldest lighthouse and historic Maori sites. 

Please note: Bring local currency, a camera and a light jacket.


price $119
book tour


4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

wildlife

essentials
Wellington, Zealandia Santurary & Cable Car Experience
Board your motor coach and drive to Lambton Quay in the central business district, home of the 111-year-old Wellington Cable Car. You’ll have a vertical climb in this funicular of over 390 feet in the air and travel a length of 2,000 feet; 3 minutes later, you’re at the top and overlooking the city. From this commanding location, you have a ringside seat to some of Wellington’s most breathtaking views including the city’s rolling hills, the downtown area, Te Whanganui-a-Tara (the Mâori name for the Wellington Harbour, also known as the great harbor of Tara) and beyond. Then, travel to the Zealandia for a 2-hour guided tour. Just minutes from downtown Wellington, the 550-acre eco-sanctuary is tucked in a forested valley and protected by a unique 5-mile predator-proof fence. Join your Zealandia tour guide and discover the story of New Zealand’s natural history and conservation movement in a world class interactive museum.  Your guide will then lead you through this extraordinary conservation area and show you some of New Zealand’s rarest species such as the saddleback and hihi birds, back from the brink of extinction, and the country’s national mascot, the little spotted kiwi. Another scenic drive will take you through the heart of the city and back to your ship.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, comfortable closed-toe walking shoes, and bring a hat, sunglasses, raincoat, local currency, bottled water, and a camera. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.


price $129
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Lyttlelton, (Christchurch), New Zealand



5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Lyttelton, Antarctic Ice & Airforce Wings
Discover how the US and New Zealand have explored Antarctica together since the 1950s and learn about the Kiwis' aviation history at the Air Force Museum. In Christchurch lies a rich and once concealed history of Antarctic exploration and military involvement. Antarctic explorers began sailing from this area in the early 1900s, and since the 1950s Christchurch has been the main staging center for Operation Deep Freeze, the US government's Antarctic project. It's all explained in revealing detail at the International Antarctic Center, a one-of-a-kind with fascinating exhibits, audio-visual shows and even rescued baby penguins. During your self-guided tour, you'll gain a deep insight into the challenges of exploring the frozen frontier and have the opportunity to participate in some interactive activities. Included in your tour ticket is a Hägglund ride, an amazing all-terrain amphibious Antarctic vehicle that’s been built to conquer the rough terrain on the ice. You can also purchase a bite or snack at the café. You’ll visit the Royal New Zealand Air Force Museum, where the country's aviation history has been preserved. Inside, you'll find dozens of historic aircrafts including the world's only Vickers Vildebeest biplane, aviation barracks dating back to World War I, rare military uniforms and medals. Your guide will show you the highlights of this world-renowned museum and give you the inside stories of the ‘people behind the planes’. Afterwards feel free to wander the Museum at your own pace and view the diverse collection on display.

Please note: Wear comfortable flat shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Bring local currency.


price $179
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

culture
Lyttelton, Willowbank Wildlife & Kotane Maori Experience
A wonderful way to start your day is by traveling along through Christchurch to the Willowbank Nature Reserve. Willowbank is a special place which combines native wildlife, conservation and Maori culture.  Your guide will show you a wonderful collection of beautiful birds and animals, including the Kiwi, a flightless nocturnal bird native only to New Zealand and the Kea, the world’s only mountain parrot and one of the most intelligent, cheeky birds you will meet.  Both Birds are considered endangered and very special to the New Zealand people. Willow bank is also home to many other rare species including Kune Kune pigs, Arapawa Island goat & Zebu cattle just to name a few. “Ko Tane” is Maori for “the Garden of Tane” … the god of the forest. You’ll be treated to an interactive Maori Cultural Experience that gives an interesting look into New Zealand History from past to the present day.  First you will be welcomed into the village with a powerful challenge by a fearsome Maori warrior. Your Maori hosts will share their culture and heritage through traditional song and dance. You will not soon forget the sight and sound of the Maori warriors as they perform their famous battle dance, the “haka”. A light lunch in the restaurant can be purchased at your own cost.

Please note: Wear comfortable flat shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Bring local currency, hat, sunscreen, bottle of water, and a warm jacket. Walking is involved in this tour over gravel pathways and wooden bridges.  


price $179
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

dining

essentials
Lyttleton, Christchurch Restaurant Tram & Botanical Gardens
Board your motor coach for a 30-minute narrated drive to Christchurch where you will have the chance to experience a unique Christchurch activity which is not to be missed. Enjoy a journey in style through the changing face of Christchurch’s city center on board the beautifully restored heritage restaurant tram, the only one of its kind in New Zealand. Incorporate a delicious morning tea with a sightseeing tour showcasing Christchurch’s inner city vibrancy and heritage – truly a mix of the old and the new. Your friendly and knowledgeable driver will provide information about the city, its landmarks and local sights. Cathedral Junction, the Gothic-style Arts Centre, the Canterbury Museum and New Regent Street are just some of sights to be seen from the comfort of your tram. Continuing your Christchurch experience, you will join the “Caterpillar,” an electric open-sided trolley bus that will take you on a guided tour through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Admire these wonderfully impressive gardens with their mixture of seasonal colors and array of plant life. You will have the opportunity to view some of the best examples of native and exotic flora in New Zealand as well as New Zealand’s only World Peace Bell. At the end of your guided tour enjoy some free time before re-boarding your coach for the return drive to your ship in Lyttelton.

Please note: Wear comfortable flat shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Bring local currency, hat, sunscreen, bottle of water, and a warm jacket. Order of sites visited may vary.


price $149
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2.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

boating

essentials
Lyttleton, Waimakariri Jet Boat Experience
Get some excitement into your day with 30 minutes of jet boating on one of New Zealand's most challenging and exciting rivers - the Waimakariri. Experience the thrill and excitement that only jet boating can offer - skim over the shallow waters and experience the world famous Hamilton jet spin. Your trip will begin from the pier for a short trip to the Waimakariri River, one of Canterbury’s famous braided river systems. Braided rivers are rivers with a very wide river bed and the water crisscrosses it in a braided like manner.  Only a small percentage of the world’s river systems are braided, and the jet boat was specifically invented for these types of rivers.  On arriving at the river base you will be met by one of the friendly team at Alpine Jet, fitted with a life jacket before boarding your jetboat. You will then get to experience an incredible 30-minute jet boat blast, skimming over the water at times only inches deep. At the end of your thrilling jetboat experience you will be returned back to your cruise ship in Lyttelton.

Please note: Wear comfortable flat shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Bring local currency, hat, sunscreen, bottle of water, and a warm jacket. Guests will be required to walk down a small incline to get to the boat on the river, and step into and out of the boat.  This tour is not recommended for anyone with back issues or limited mobility.


price $129
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6 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

wine

dining

essentials
Lyttleton, Waipara Wine Tasting
Just over an hour’s drive north of Christchurch you will find the Waipara Wine region, consisting of over 75 vineyards in the Waipara Valley covering more than 1,200 hectares of planting.  The Waipara wine region is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing wine regions.  Waipara’s wineries are internationally renowned for producing pinot noirs, pinot gris, rieslings, chardonnays, and sauvignon blancs.  The regions long hot autumns provide each vineyard with unique characteristics that contribute to a range of wine styles.  Your tour will begin with a coach pick up from your cruise ship at the Port of Lyttelton as we head north making our way to the Waipara wine region, you will visit three different wineries where you will get to taste many different wine styles and options as well as enjoying a platter-style lunch at one of the wineries.  Your driver/guide will provide an interesting and informative commentary throughout the day as you travel through one of New Zealand’s most internationally renowned wine regions.

Please note: Wear comfortable flat shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Bring local currency.

price $139
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Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand



3.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Dunedin, City Drive, Olvestron House & Botanical Gardens
Built by David Theomin in 1906 and bequeathed, with all its contents, to the city of Dunedin in 1966, the beautiful 35-room Olveston House is a stunning example of the stately architecture created for the privileged families of Dunedin’s high society. Your tour will provide an intimate glimpse of an era’s elegant lifestyle and the dreams and achievements of the family who lived out its days in this graceful Jacobean-style brick and plaster mansion. Also featured on this intriguing half-day excursion will be the glorious gardens, ponds and meandering paths of the internationally renowned Dunedin Botanic Garden. Let your imagination run wild as you explore New Zealand’s oldest public garden, sited next to New Zealand’s oldest college, the prestigious Otago University. Established in 1863 and extensively enlarged during the early years of the 20th century, this 72-acre oasis forms part of Dunedin’s Town Belt, a circle of green that surrounds the inner city. The lower gardens feature rose and herb plots, a duck pond, band rotunda, Japanese garden and the rippling waters of Lindsay Creek. Split by Lovelock Avenue, a winding public road, the upper gardens are home to the famed Rhododendron Dell, which has graced the southeast corner of the garden from its earliest days. Also found are an African garden, wetlands garden, and small aviary. In addition to your house and garden tour, a narrated scenic drive will showcase expansive views of lovely Otago Harbour and its colorful beach communities plus photo stops at two of the city’s most notable attractions. Visit the Octagon, an 8-sided plaza that forms the core of Dunedin’s imposing business district, and the Dunedin Railway Station, a jewel in New Zealand’s architectural crown.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, and comfortable walking shoes and bring local currency, and your camera. There is no elevator access to Olveston House’s upper stories. Guests with limited mobility may be unable to access these levels and may view a DVD tour of those floors. Photography is not permitted in Olveston House.


price $99
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3.5 HRS

Strenuous

sightseeing

hiking

essentials
Dunedin, Guided Walk to Mount Cargill & the Organ Pipes
Suitable for outdoorsy types, this excursion features a hike on Mount Cargill--the most prominent peak in Dunedin. For a limited few, this hiking adventure will offer a look at the natural wonders of southern New Zealand, for it is home to the amazing Organ Pipes. These are basalt columns, a famous landmark. 
Board a minivan and transfer to the Mount Cargill Walkway, the starting point of your hike. Climb through a forest of secondary growth to be rewarded with views of Otago Harbour, Mihiwaka, Mount Kettle, Blueskin Bay and the Silver Peaks. Head into Mount Cargill’s native bush, containing broadleaf, tree fuchsia, pepperwood, mountain cedar, emergent totara, and many lush ferns.  A highlight of your guided walk will be a stop to see the incredible Organ Pipes--10-million-year-old basalt formations created during the volcanic activity that formed Otago’s harbor. Once past the Organ Pipes, you will notice the vegetation becomes sparser and stunted as you ascend the pathway, which provides ever-expanding views. Wander through manuka, kanuka and dracophyllum scrub, finally emerging at Buttars Peak at an elevation of more than 2,000 feet above sea level. Savor light refreshments as you take in the panoramic views around you, before descending down the same track and returning to the pier.

Please note: Wear good hiking boots or shoes, warm clothing, and bring bottled water, waterproof jacket, day back pack, sun hat, sunglasses, sun block, and a camera. This excursion involves extensive walking over steep and uneven terrain. It is suitable only for guests who are physically fit. Please realistically assess your physical fitness and ability prior to booking. Minimum age is 10 years.


price $159
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Dunedin, Larnach Castle & City Sights
An orientation drive through Dunedin will introduce you to a well-preserved Victorian city. Soak up the grandeur of its architecture, from the classical ANZ Bank to the buildings surrounding the Octagon, an 8-sided plaza that forms the core of Dunedin's lively business district. Pause for photos of such notable landmarks as the Town Hall, the Municipal Chambers and St Paul's Cathedral, all watched over by the statue of poet Robert Burns.  Center stage on your half-day excursion will be a guided tour of Larnach Castle, beautifully situated in the tranquil countryside. This magnificent neo-Gothic estate was built for William and Eliza Larnach and their six children, and commands the highest point on the Otago Peninsula.  As you explore New Zealand's only castle, your knowledgeable guide will impart stories of William Larnach and his colorful life. You'll hear about the castle's architect, Robert Arthur Larson, whose fame hung upon his previous design for Dunedin's First Church. Learn about the Barker family, who bought the castle as their home in 1967 and have spent more than 40 years restoring it, filling it with original New Zealand period furniture and antiques, and gracing it with a Garden of International Significance.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes and bring local currency. Photography is not permitted inside Larnach Castle.


price $99
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7.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

boating

wildlife

dining

refreshments
Dunedin, Natures Wonders: Wildlife Cruise & Penguins
Discover the unique bird and sea life around the Otago Peninsula from the sea and from a specially designed all-terrain Argo vehicle. Begin with a walk along the pier to board a 55-foot wooden launch with a walk-around deck. It’s a 1.5-hour scenic cruise to Taiaroa Head and you’ll spend time viewing the great albatross--one of the world’s largest birds with a wingspan of up to 10 feet. Watch for fur seals and other species including the little shag, spotted shag, and the pied oystercatcher. A snack of tea, coffee and cookies is served during the cruise. Transfer to the top of the Otago Peninsula to Nature’s Wonder. Enjoy lunch before taking a spectacular tour on board an 8x8-wheel-drive Argo vehicle which heads out off-road over rolling farmland. You will approach a fur seal colony and a yellow-eyed penguin nesting area. See the remains of old gun fortifications dating back to the 1880s. Enter a genuine sheep-shearing shed (barn) for a demonstration of the workings of a real shearing shed. Drive the length of the Otago Peninsula along the Highcliff Road for panoramic views across Otago Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. Your tour will end with a brief orientation tour of charming Dunedin city, renowned for its fine Edwardian-era stone buildings.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, and comfortable walking shoes and bring local currency, a light jacket, and your binoculars or camera.Wildlife sightings are likely but not guaranteed.


price $339
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7.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

wildlife

essentials
Dunedin, Oamaru & Moeraki Boulders
North of Dunedin is a land of enchantment where grand 19th century Victorian buildings sit comfortably next to fun and funky modern art, where cute little penguins, Maori legends, and spectacular vistas all vie for attention. Spend the day surrounded by such beauty with an excursion to Oamaru, a quaint seaside town on the east coast about 90 minutes north of Dunedin.  After boarding your coach you’ll begin your journey north to Oamaru’s historic harbor, the site of the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, a world leading conservation and research facility. Penguins can be seen around the colony mainly at night, but if you’re lucky you may be able to see this nocturnal bird during the day at the “blue wing,” a viewing facility that allows you to look into the top of ten nesting boxes. Then, you’ll drive back into town for a short walking tour of its historic precinct, a 2015 winner of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Take a step back in time as you stroll past some of New Zealand’s most acclaimed 19th century structures. Amid this noted architecture sits the Steampunk Train. Steampunk, inspired by the writing of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, and in TV shows such as Dr. Who, is a quirky and fun genre of science fiction that features steam-powered technology. You’ll have the option to enjoy lunch (at your own cost), our driver can recommend some local favorites before heading off to your next stop. You’ll continue on to the Otago Coast, a dramatic stretch of coastline through some of the country’s most diverse landscapes.  Then, you’ll stop for a look at the geological wonders known as the Moeraki Boulders. Measuring nine feet in circumference, six feet tall and weighing several tons, the gigantic spherical stones, according to Mâori legend, are the washed-up remains of food baskets from a large canoe that sailed from Hawaii and perished at sea. But the unusual rocks were created about 60 million years ago and are the result of erosion, time and concretion. At the end of your day-long journey, you’ll rejoin your coach for the scenic drive back to your waiting ship.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, and comfortable walking shoes and bring local currency, a light jacket, and your camera. Penguin sightings during the day are rare and cannot be guaranteed. Tour may operate in reverse order, is dependent on the weather and tides on the day. The beach walk is 15 minutes each way to view the Moeraki Boulders. All meals are at guest's expense.


price $169
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6 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

dining

essentials
Dunedin, Taieri Gorge Railway
For a memorable expedition and a change from motor coach touring, take a ride on the exclusively chartered Taieri Gorge Railway--a superb example of Victorian railway engineering with its soaring iron latticework viaducts, hand-built tunnels, and splendid stonework and masonry. The train itself is made up of vintage or contemporary carriages, which bring to life Dunedin’s unique heritage, as well as offering you some truly spectacular sightseeing. Board the train at Dunedin’s exuberant Railway Station and travel across the fertile Taieri Plains and through the breathtaking Taieri Gorge. A stop at Hindon will allow you to enjoy the views and take photographs. Morning tea and a snack boxed lunch will be served on board, along with unlimited beverages. At Pukerangi, there will be time to stretch your legs while the train engine is switched into position for the journey back to Dunedin. At Dunedin’s gorgeous Edwardian-era railway station you’ll have a chance to snap some photos. Don’t miss the stunning stonework on the outside of the building and the custom-designed New Zealand Railways mosaic tiles in the main lobby. This station is truly a work of art. 

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, and comfortable walking shoes and bring local currency, a light jacket, and your camera. Passengers may be required to walk to board the train. There are four steep steps up into carriages. The train is not air-conditioned.



price $159
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Oban, Stewart Island, New Zealand



1.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Oban, Halfmoon Bay Highlights
Explore Oban Village and its surrounding bays. Join your friendly local guide on a 90-minute tour exploring Oban Village and its surrounding bays. Unspoiled, incredibly beautiful and steeped in stories of Maori legend, Stewart Island is well worth this informative introduction. There will be plenty of time to get off the bus to enjoy the scenery and short walks along the way. Highlights include Rakiura National Park entrance at Lee Bay, Halfmoon, and Horseshoe Bays and views of Paterson Inlet from Observation Rock.

Please note: Wear comfortable weather appropriate clothing and walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Bring your camera, local currency and a waterproof jacket.


price $79
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2 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

boating

wildlife

essentials
Oban, Paterson Inlet Cruise
Paterson Inlet is one of the most beautiful harbors in New Zealand. Native forest extends down to the waterline in many places, while the coastline is a rugged mix of rock and sandy beaches. Its pristine condition is evident in the clarity of the water, where it is possible to see the bottom on the harbor, about 33 feet (10 meters) below. Enjoy a leisurely cruise of beautiful Paterson Inlet as your local guide provides informative commentary of stunning surrounding scenery. Your cruise will include a visit to the historic whaler’s base at Prices Inlet and the hidden coves and unspoiled beaches of Paterson Inlet. While on board, keep a lookout for fur seals and penguins.

Please note: Wear comfortable weather appropriate clothing and walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Bring your camera, local currency, insect repellent, and a waterproof jacket.


price $99
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2.5 HRS

Easy

wildlife

sightseeing

boating

essentials
Oban, Stewart Island Pelagic Bird Cruise
On board the chartered vessel, you will cruise out to the Mutton Bird Islands east of Halfmoon Bay to view New Zealand fur seals and a variety of sea birds including Buller's albatross, White-capped albatross, Fiordland crested penguins, Yellow-eyed penguins, Southern skua, several New Zealand shag species, Petrels, Terns, and Sooty Shearwater or Titi/Mutton birds as they are known to local Maori. After viewing the seabirds cruise back in to Paterson Inlet where dolphins often follow the launch up into Big Glory Bay where salmon, mussels and oysters are all farmed in the pristine waters. You will pass Ulva Island, a protected sanctuary for native birds and also visit Whalers Bay at Prices Inlet to view the remains of the former Norwegian Base which flourished for a short time in the 1920's until being closed down in 1932. Some of the Norwegian men married local Stewart Island women and never returned home.

Please note: Wear comfortable weather appropriate clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Bring your camera and a waterproof jacket.


price $115
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1.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

boating

walking

wildlife

essentials
Oban, Ulva Island Guided Walk
Enchanting Ulva Island, just a stone’s throw from Stewart Island, has long been recognized for its special beauty and abundance of birds and plant life. The island is managed by the Department of Conservation as an ‘open sanctuary’ where native birds can be seen at close quarters. Take a ferry ride to the island where your knowledgeable guides will meet you as you step ashore. Commence on your guided walk, which will take you over much of the island. Listen as the guide offers highlights of the rich bird and plant life as well as early Maori and European history. Keep your ears and eyes open for some of New Zealand’s native birds, such as the noisy kaka (forest parrot), the large native kereru wood pigeon whose wings make a distinctive sound almost like a buzz when they are in flight.

Please note: Wear comfortable weather appropriate clothing and walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Bring your camera, local currency, insect repellent, bottled water, and a waterproof jacket.


price $89
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Picton, New Zealand



4.5 HRS

Strenuous

sightseeing

biking

dining

wine

concierge
Picton, Concierge Collection: Guided Biking Wine Tour & Lunch
Travel 30 minutes by van through Koromiko and Tua Marina en route to the Vines Village on Rapaura Rd -- known as the Golden Mile of the Marlborough province. Many world-famous wineries -- Cloudy Bay, Allan Scott, Nautilus, Wairau River -- are just a stone’s throw from the village.  Enjoy your first ‘cellar door’ experience here, with a wine tasting at Whitehaven Wines. This is the perfect way to relax in this lakeside environment, surrounded by boutique shops selling everything from merino clothing to infused olive oils. Next, grab a bike and helmet and ride through the wine country to Seresin Estate. You’ll stop along the way to learn about the vineyards and the Marlborough wine region as a whole, as well as some of the most popular varietals grown here. Seresin is an organic and bio-dynamic winery. Its sprawling property is filled with vines, olive trees, orchards, and animals. Sample a range of their delicious wines. A special treat is a light private lunch made by the on-site chef. Your meal includes fresh produce picked that very day from the Seresin Estate gardens.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. Bring a camera, and local currency (NZD).


price $199
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4 HRS

Strenuous

sightseeing

boating

wildlife

essentials
Picton, Kayak the Queen Charlotte Sounds
The intricate waterways of the Marlborough Sounds create a wonderland for sea kayakers. The Marlborough Sounds consists of 932 miles (1500km) of New Zealand's coastline, so finding a corner to call your own in a sea kayak will not be difficult. The wildlife is testimony to this magnificent environment with seals, dolphins, and penguins a common sight. It is just waiting to be explored - there is no better way than by sea kayak. No previous experience is necessary. All gear is provided though dress for the weather.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. Bring a jacket, camera, bottled water, a towel, and local currency (NZD).


price $179
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

refreshments

essentials
Picton, Knights of the Sky: The Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum
A scenic 30-minute drive through the foothills of the Richmond Range will bring you to the town of Blenheim. Board the miniature railway that runs along the banks of the Taylor River for a 30-minute ride.  The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre is home to a stunning collection of World War I aircraft--a blend of faithful replicas and authentic aircraft. Many of the aircraft are on loan to the museum from Hollywood film director, Peter Jackson. The facility presents lifelike displays comprised of a spectacular collection of static and airworthy aircraft. You will step back into an era when aviation was a gentleman’s sport, and marvel at the early aircraft in which the heroes of yesteryear braved the skies. See rare planes such as the Caproni CA 22 (the last one remaining in the world), the Fokker DR1 tri-plane, and the de Havilland DH4. Part of the memorabilia collection includes items from Germany’s fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen (the Red Baron). Leaving Omaka, don’t miss the chance to taste gourmet chocolate at the Makana Chocolate Factory. View fine chocolates being handmade and sample the finished products.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. Bring a  jacket, camera, and local currency (NZD).


price $149
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5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Picton, Marlborough Flyer Steam Train Tour
Join us on a majestic steam train ride from a bygone era. The WWI Memorial steam locomotive was built in 1915 and later named the “Passchendaele,” in memory of the famous 1917 Battle of Passchendaele. The Steam Train consists of carriages from the same WW1 period. Departure is from Picton Railway Station which is conveniently located across the road from the cruise ship shuttle drop off point. The 50-minute journey from Picton to Blenheim will include the challenging climb out of Picton on a 1 in 37 slope, the fourth steepest rail in New Zealand. Disembark at Blenheim Station and enjoy at least two hours at your leisure to explore Blenheim town center, (shops, gourmet cafes and restaurants). Walks along the river are also recommended. The Steam Train will then depart Blenheim for the 60-minute return journey to Picton where you can spend more time at your leisure until you board your shuttle back to the cruise ship. (Includes return trip Picton-Blenheim-Picton on the Steam Train and approximately 2 hours in Blenheim at your leisure).

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. Bring a camera, and local currency (NZD).


price $159
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2.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

wildlife

boating

essentials
Picton, Scenic Cruising of Queen Charlotte Sounds
Your sightseeing cruise will begin with a short walk from the ship to your catamaran, which features an open deck area, an enclosed salon with large viewing ports, and restrooms. Cruise the waters of Queen Charlotte Sound as your captain recounts the region’s history, from Captain Cook’s visits in the 18th century to tales of pioneer days. Take in views of the sound’s coves, bays, and sandy beaches. The nutrient-rich waters - the sound’s colors range from turquoise to emerald - attract seals, sea birds, and dolphins including common, Bottlenose, and Hector’s dolphins.  Feed the famous pet fish at Double Cove which include Blue Cod, mullet, and also the sneaky paradise ducks. Tea or coffee with light refreshments will be served during the voyage. Your tour will conclude at the Picton Township. Return to the ship via complimentary shuttle service at your leisure.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. Bring a jacket, camera, and local currency (NZD) or credit card.


price $59
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2 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Picton, Seaport Walk
Welcome to Picton--a charming little seaport town, gateway to the Marlborough Sound and the rest of the South Island. Picton has a rich realm of Maori and European history created by its natural environment. Board a shuttle bus for a short ride to Picton township, where you will join a local guide for a 1½-hour, 2-mile walking tour. Walk along the waterfront and shoreline and learn about the history, flora and fauna of the area. Picton was once called Waitohi and, in the early European settlement years, whaling and fishing were its main industries. Today, it is a thriving tourism town. At the marina, see the fishing vessels, pleasure-craft and water taxis; then, pass over the ‘coathanger’ bridge and up to a lookout (about a 10-minute steady incline). Make your way back along the loop track and finish with the flavors of Picton--an ice cream, delicious coffee or refreshment on the waterfront. Return to the ship by shuttle bus.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. Bring a camera, and local currency (NZD).


price $59
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

boating

walking

essentials
Picton, Walk the Queen Charlotte Track & Scenic Cruise
This half-day excursion will begin with a boat cruise aboard Sounds Adventure--a large motor launch
Docking at Mistletoe Bay, you’ll enjoy an hour’s guided trek along the Peninsula Loop, an offshoot of the renowned Queen Charlotte Track. Bask in the dappled light filtering through the canopy of native bush and pause to enjoy spectacular coastal views along the way. As you walk, bellbirds, tuis, and other native birds will serenade you. Finally, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee during the slow cruise back to the harbor in Picton.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, shorts or pants recommended, a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. Bring a jacket, camera, bottled water, and local currency (NZD).


price $129
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Kaikoura, New Zealand



2.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

wildlife

boating

essentials
Kaikoura, Albatross Envounter
Albatross Encounter was established in 1998 by the business owners of Dolphin Encounter. This tour will take you by boat off the Kaikoura Coast to visit the largest wingspan in the world and an incredible range of pelagic (ocean living) birds. Kaikoura is known as the albatross capital of New Zealand - if not the world. It is the vast offshore canyons, with their nutrient rich waters, which are responsible for the variety of sealife off Kaikoura. A travel time of only 15 minutes by boat is required to commence viewing the pelagic birds including; 12 species of albatross, penguins, gannets, skuas, shearwaters, petrels, and terns.  The dedicated Albatross Encounter vessel has been adapted for maximum wildlife viewing opportunities and onboard identification guides. A full species list and souvenir information pack will be provided by the skipper for every tour. For many it is the species of albatross that are the biggest attraction. The great albatross, the wanderings and royals, then the smaller albatross (known as mollymawks in New Zealand), the shy (3 species), black-browed (2 species) and Buller's.  You will see 2 species of giant petrel and up to 10 species of the smaller petrels. There are about 7 species of shearwater including the endemic Hutton's shearwater, which nests in burrows in the Kaikoura Mountains. Various other species can be seen including two species of skua, the blue penguin and of course the gulls, 3 species. Three species of tern, various species of shag and the Australasian gannet can also be seen at various times of the year. On the return to shore it is normal to see two or more species of waders to add that final touch to the tour.

Please note:  Wear weather-appropriate clothing, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and jacket, and bring bottled water, camera and local currency (NZD).


price $139
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1.15 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

wildlife

essentials
Kaikoura, Concierge Collection: Kaikoura Explorer Whale Watch Helicopter Experience
This Whale Watch Explorer flight will be a 30-minute introductory trip enabling you to enjoy the many marine wonders that the Kaikoura area has to offer.  Focusing on the mighty sperm whales who are prevalent in the area year round, you will be able to get that perfect photo as your pilot will slowly orbit around the whale in a way only a helicopter can. You can see the whale in its entirety from tip to tail, and take in some of New Zealand's most beautiful coastal shores.

Please note:  Wear weather-appropriate clothing, sunglasses, and bring a camera and local currency (NZD).


price $349
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3.5 HRS

Strenuous

sightseeing

biking

essentials
Kaikoura, Concierge Collection: Quad Biking Adventure Kaikoura
In the breathtaking surrounds of the Kaikoura Mountains and into the wilderness go for a bike ride.  You will have the ride of your life, through native bush and hill country farm land. The opportunity to see spectacular views of the rugged Kaikoura coastline, Hamuri Bluffs and see the seals.

Please note:  Wear weather-appropriate clothing, flat, comfortable closed-toe shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and jacket, and bring bottled water, camera and local currency (NZD).


price $169
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2.5 HRS

Strenuous

sightseeing

snorkeling

wildlife

boating

essentials
Kaikoura, Concierge Collection: Seal Swim
This will be a totally unique experience - seal swimming/snorkeling with New Zealand Fur Seals in their own spectacular marine environment on the beautiful East Coast of the South Island - truly a unique experience. It will be one of those simple nature experiences that will open your mind to the sheer magnificence of our natural environment and its amazing inhabitants. A breathtaking nature activity and recently listed as one of the world's 'Top 10 Marine Encounters' by Lonely Planet. At check-in you will be introduced to your guides and the other swimmers on your tour. You will also be provided with warm, buoyant wet suits and snorkeling equipment. You will be taken on a short bus trip before a 5 to 15-minute boat trip to one of the favorite seal swimming areas. Along the way you will be given a briefing on New Zealand Fur Seals, aspects of snorkeling, seal swimming etiquette, and safety. One to two experienced guides, equipped with large float boards will then accompany your group in the water.  
From here every tour will be different as the seals are totally wild. Due to the seals natural curiosity swimmers can reasonably expect to get some interactions at different times. When dealing with wildlife in their natural habitat levels of activity do vary but if you do not get to see any seals in the water then you will be refunded back to the spectator rate of 50%, or offered a second tour free of charge if there is availability. The success rate of tours is around 95%. Generally around one hour is spent in the water before returning back to base for hot showers. 

Please note:  Wear weather-appropriate clothing, flat, comfortable closed-toe shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and jacket, and bring a towel, swimsuit, toiletries for shower, wet shoes, bottled water, camera and local currency (NZD).


price $129
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3 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Kaikoura, Kaikoura Overview
The township of Kaikoura boasts a dramatic seaside setting with startling contrasts. Immediately inland lies the Seaward Kaikoura Range, soaring to 8,500 feet, while the Pacific Ocean plunges to great depths just off the coastline.  You will also hear information on the 7.8 Magnitude Kaikoura Earthquake back on November 14th 2016. On this introductory tour you’ll first visit a fragrant lavender farm that grows more than 45 varieties of lavender. Then you will have a short stop and brief talk on the historic whaler’s cottage "Fyffe House" on your way to Point Kean where you will view a large Fur Seal Colony. Your final stop being the spectacular Peninsula Lookout Point with a chance to take some amazing photos.

Please note:  Wear weather-appropriate clothing, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and jacket, and bring bottled water, local currency (NZD).


price $115
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3 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Kaikoura, Peninsula Discovery Walk
The small township of Kaikoura has a magical setting tucked under the shadow of the Seaward Kaikoura Range, which rises steeply from the Pacific Ocean floor to over 7,000 feet. On this 3-hour walking excursion you will get to explore the peninsula and hear about its fascinating past. Originally settled by the Maori people, it wasn't until 1842 that the first European settlers arrived.  After tendering ashore you will begin your walk to the main lookout point on the Kaikoura Peninsula where you will have breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and ocean.  Your guided walk will lead down the side of the peninsula to the Fife Shire homestead where refreshments will be served among the gardens.
After a Devonshire Tea is served you will continue your walk along the coastal area to the Seal colony.
Then transfer back to the wharf.

Please note:  Wear weather-appropriate clothing, flat, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and jacket, and bring bottled water, camera and local currency (NZD).


price $149
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Napier, New Zealand



3.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

wine

refreshments

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Napier, Clearview Estate & Abbey Cellars
Depart the pier for a scenic drive along the picturesque coastline of Hawke’s Bay, bound for Clearview Estate Winery. Founded by Tim Turvey and Helena van den Berg in the early 1980s, this winery is renowned for its friendly staff and quality wines. The rustic, art-filled cafe and tasting room are set in a sunny, sheltered location with views of the sea and Te Mata Peak. Enjoy an informative talk about the history of the winery before a brief guided tour and a wine tasting session accompanied by a tasting platter of delectable local specialties. Clearview wines are bold and forward with plenty of Hawke’s Bay fruity character. Best known are its Reserve Chardonnay and Enigma--a blend of Merlot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc, while the Noble Harvest Chardonnay makes a delicious dessert wine. Proceed to Abbey Cellars--established in 2005 by the Haworth family. Their focus is on small-volume production of Bordeaux-style red blends from selectively picked grapes grown on the red soils of "the triangle." A cheese platter will also be provided. At each winery, you will have the opportunity to sample some of their recent vintages and, of course, purchase some bottles to take home if you wish.

Please note: Be sure to prepare for the tour with flat soled shoes, light clothing, and local currency. 


price $149
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

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Napier, Concierge Collection: Vintage Cars, High Tea & Guided Walk
Experience this exclusive tour in a classic Packard celebrating the Art Deco and Spanish Mission styles of architecture in Napier which in 1931 was almost totally destroyed in a major earthquake. Napier was rebuilt in these eye-catching styles by group of young architects. Few cities in the world have such a collection of rich buildings that display all the styles of the Art Deco form. From the pier, the classic car will take you with your driver-guide through the suburbs of Ahuriri and Marewa where you will pass by some fine examples of domestic Art Deco architecture. The highlight of the area is the wonderfully ornate entrance to the National Tobacco Company building, where a brief stop for photos will be made. The car will continue to the Art Deco Trust Centre. Enjoy a video presentation there, designed to acquaint you with the devastating earthquake. Stop for tea at Port O Call.  Then, begin a 1-hour guided walk of the Napier downtown Art Deco district, with its many wonderful Art Deco buildings including the ASB Bank, the Daily Telegraph, the Municipal Theatre and the Criterion Hotel. Your knowledgeable guide will explain the many different styles and forms of Art Deco architecture.

Please note: Be sure to prepare for the tour with flat soled shoes, light clothing, sunscreen, a hat, local currency, bottled water and photo identification.


price $199
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

wine

refreshments

culture

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Napier, Countryside & Private Home Visit
Puketapu with its lovely rolling hills and picturesque valleys is quintessential Hawke’s Bay countryside at its best, and what better way of exploring it than with local resident Hamish Prins. Hamish, who knows the countryside like the back of his hand, has seen all the land-use changes over the past four decades from sheep farming to the recent development of organic vineyards and orchards. From the ship you will be driven through the picturesque Hawkes Bay countryside to a boutique winery that produces splendid organic wines. Here you will participate in a wine tasting, then be driven through the Puketapu and Dartmoor countryside where you will view the horticulture, farming, and wine growing regions. There will also be an opportunity to visit a historic local church and learn its history and significance to the local community. Now you’ll meet Hamish and his wife Diane as you visit their home and beautifully landscaped garden, called Horsford Downs. Light refreshments will be served in this park-like setting, and there will be time to wander around the garden and adjoining organic orchard. Leaving Horsford Downs, relax for a scenic drive back to Napier via Taradale, with spectacular views of the Heretaunga Plains and the Hawkes Bay coastline. Keep your eyes peeled for the immense, 18-foot-tall wood carving sculpted by chainsaw.

Please note: Be sure to prepare for the tour with flat soled shoes, light clothing, sunglasses, bottled water, and local currency. 


price $99
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

wildlife

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Napier, Explore Cape Kidnappers
Begin your excursion with a drive down Napier’s beautiful Marine Parade with its stand of tall Norfolk pines. Continue along the Hawke’s Bay Coast to Cape Kidnappers Station. From there, the unpaved road crosses rolling pastures, riverbeds, and gullies. Stopping just a few yards from the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers will afford a close-up look at the birds. The gannet is a member of the booby family, and is easily recognized by its distinctive black eye markings and pale gold crown. The birds arrive here at the colony in the latter part of July, and their chicks hatch in late November and December. Migration begins again in March. See gannets swooping and diving into the sea for food, while others preen themselves or perform the ritual dance of recognition. Cape Kidnappers is one of only two known mainland gannet colonies in the world. Enjoy light refreshments; then, relax for the 30-minute journey back to Napier with an orientation drive through the Art Deco district en route to the ship.

Please note: Be sure to prepare for the tour with flat soled shoes, light clothing, sunscreen, a hat, local currency, bottled water and photo identification.


price $159
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1.15 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

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Napier, Hawkes Bay Express
When you’re travelling around the world, it’s the unique things you remember most – and it doesn’t get much more unique than this. On board the Hawkes Bay Express, you’ll connect with Napier’s character in a way you never thought possible. It’s a modern road train that’s styled like an old-fashioned steam engine, but it travels on road, not rail, so you can get up close and personal with the city and the region. Inside, you’ll find romantic, old-time atmosphere with the decadence of the Art Deco era to give you the full experience. As the bell rings and the whistle blows, you’ll be transported back to a time when first class meant swing music, polished wooden floors and crimson-tasseled curtains. With your comfort in mind, we’ve added some unique features to our road train carriages. Your tour will begin with pick up from your ship. Once all are aboard, you will head out along the scenic Marine Parade with seascape views of Cape Kidnappers. Then trundle through the city center of Napier, viewing some of the world’s most stunning examples of Art Deco architecture and hear a commentary outlining the history of the 1931 earthquake and the city’s subsequent Art Deco rebuilding. Head over Bluff Hill, an older area that contains early settlers’ homes and into Ahuriri. Once the old port village, it’s now a haven for summer tourists. You’ll hear all about life and culture in New Zealand and learn about famous Kiwis who’ve made their mark on the world. Going back further in time, you’ll also hear about some fascinating Maori legends, and give you a history of the changes to the Bay over the last 600 years.

Please note: Be sure to prepare for the tour with flat soled shoes, light clothing, sunglasses, bottled water, and local currency. 


price $69
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Gisborne, New Zealand



2.5 HRS

Strenuous

sightseeing

biking

refreshments

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Gisborne, Gisborne City Cycling Tour
Nothing compares to the exhilaration of exploring a city by bicycle. Set off as a group on a fun-filled tour of charming Gisborne, a beloved vacation town known for its rustic charms. Peddle through the well-maintained streets with your host, taking in views of key city landmarks, historical sights and tranquil rivers on a 6.5 mile (10Km) expedition. You’ll ride a comfortable touring cycle, and this adventure is suitable for all age groups. A light refreshment will be served during your tour. Your route is based on the city center. Located at the north end of Poverty Bay, Gisborne is often called the City of Rivers because three different rivers, one of them the country’s shortest, all converge in the center of town; you will see this as you cycle part of the river trail.  You’ll enjoy views of the lively harbor as well as the main beaches, Midway and Waikanae, frequented by surfers who flock to ride the “gnarly” waves. 
Peddle along the historic waterfront, the place where the first Maori explorers set foot in Aotearoa, and see where legendary explorer Captain James Cook met with the Maori people almost 250 years ago. Maori culture is alive throughout Gisborne, and many old traditions are still evident in parts of the city.  
Before returning to the pier, stop for photos at the National Heritage Cooks Landing site to complete this exhilarating day.
 
Please note:  Wear comfortable clothing and flat soled walking shoes, and bring local currency, camera, hat, sunglasses, and water.
Min age 10 yrs

price $129
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

wine

refreshments

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Gisborne, Leading Gisborne Winderies
Nestled on the most easterly tip of New Zealand’s North Island, Gisborne’s wine region is celebrated for classic Chardonnays. Recently, Gisborne has expanded beyond its reputation for mass production, and a number of small, quality producers have begun experimenting with new varieties and organic growing methods. Your half-day tour will visit two family owned businesses, shining examples of Gisborne’s wine renaissance. Board a comfortable motor coach and set off through the verdant hills of Gisborne’s wine region. Located in the Central Valley region of Gisborne, Bushmere Estate is a family-owned winery, growing grapes for over 40 years. This spectacular 42-acre vineyard primarily grows Chardonnay grapes, but smaller plantings of Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Pinot Gris, Montepulciano and Sangrovese can be found on the premises as well.   In addition, the family owns part of a nearby vineyard where they source the grapes for their own full-bodied Merlot. Wander the vineyard, the family estate, and the cellars as you learn about the family’s venture into winemaking.  At your tasting session, take a moment to admire the wine bottle’s label, the logo depicts three elements – earth, water and sun, all vital to the growing of grapes. As you sip and savor, enjoy a delightful antipasto platter as an accompaniment.
Matawhero Wines was established in 1968 by Bill Irwin, it defied convention and made wines of boutique standing and international acclaim and in doing so, changed the face of New Zealand winemaking forever. Since its first vintage in 1975, Matawhero has produced many excellent and often adventurous wines. Following in Bill’s pioneering footsteps, son Denis imparted his colorful style and won fame for his Gewürztraminer – everyone was drinking it, even the Queen of England. Today, revived by the Searle family, Matawhero is true to the founders’ determination, producing individualistic wines of world class standard. Learn more about the family’s commitment to sustainable wine producing as you sample their varietals while nibbling on complimentary cheeses. 
 
Please note:  Wear comfortable clothing and flat soled walking shoes, and bring local currency, camera, hat, sunglasses, and water.
The tour may operate in reverse order
 

price $115
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

wildlife

dining

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Gisborne, Station Life in Rural New Zealand
Just a short drive away, yet worlds apart from Gisborne city life, spend a half-day exploring Waipura Station, a sprawling 2,100-acre working sheep and beef farm in a rural setting. Travel by motor coach to an idyllic destination to experience the lives of a fourth-generation farming family. Your hosts, Graham, Anne, Caroline and Jo welcome you warmly as do the 3,000 sheep and 300 heads of cattle who call this pastoral paradise home. Your hosts are keen to answer any of your questions as they orient you to this lush, hilly property and show you around the 110-year-old homestead built from native New Zealand timber and surrounded by beautiful gardens. An up-close encounter at the woolshed is an opportunity to observe a sheep shearing demonstration. It’s remarkable to see the dexterity and speed with which the shearers expertly and painlessly remove the long woolly coats of the animal.  Sheep farming is a lead industry in this region, and it is fascinating to learn of the wool’s journey from sheep to bale and beyond. Then it’s on to the paddock to observe the shepherd muster a mob of sheep on horseback with his trusty farm dog assistants aiding in this process. Note how the highly trained "eye" dog doesn’t bark but instead stares at the sheep to make them do exactly what he and the shepherd want.  After working up an appetite in the field, your hosts graciously invite you to a classic Kiwi home-baked smoko, a mid-morning break and light meal served to sheep shearers in New Zealand to tide them over between breakfast and lunch. At the conclusion of the day, wish a fond farewell to your new friends and relax on your drive back to Gisborne.  On this tour, you will have the option of disembarking in the city center to explore on your own before returning to the ship independently. Otherwise stay on the motor coach and return to port.
 
Please note: There is some walking involved over the farm on uneven surfaces and including one short staircase.  Wear comfortable clothing and flat soled closed toe walking shoes, and bring local currency, camera, hat, sunglasses, and water.


price $189
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3 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

wildlife

refreshments

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Gisborne, Tatapouri Reef Walk & Stingray Feeding
This interactive reef tour will immerse you in the dynamic marine ecosystem that surrounds the waters of New Zealand’s East Coast. Explore Tatapouri Bay, home to stingrays (whai), eagle rays and other reef dwellers, on this fascinating and educational tour. Board a comfortable motor coach and travel north along the Pacific Coast highway to your coastal destination, Tatapouri Bay, enjoying views of Wainui Beach as you travel. Dive Tatapouri is a family owned operation, and you’ll be greeted warmly by the staff upon your arrival. Once you’ve been outfitted in waders (high-waisted waterproof pants), head out with your knowledgeable guide to explore Tatapouri Bay’s fascinating reef at low tide. Wade comfortably into the water with your knowledgeable guide and learn more about the creatures you may encounter.  Keep a keen eye out for short-tail stingrays, eagle rays, octopus, conger eels, yellowtail kingfish and more. You’ll also learn the history of the Maori people, their ability to use and preserve their natural resources, and their local legends of Tangaroa, the god of the sea. Your experience will include a wild stingray feeding, a high point for all. Stingrays, are graceful swimmers that appear to glide over the ocean floor.  Their color is ideal camouflage, and their unusual anatomy, with their mouth on their belly, allows the species to feed efficiently on shrimp, crabs, small fish, and worms. Stingrays have a very distinct tail with sharp, barb-covered spines which act as a defense against predators. A few handfuls of food will bring the rays right up close to you. You’ll be amazed at the gentleness and beauty of the rays.  The experience is perfectly safe, and a naturalist guide will be with you at all times. At the completion of the day, light refreshments are served, and the naturalist will stay to chat with you further about the environment and about the Maori people and their settlements along the coastline. Relax on the drive back to port.
 
Please note:  Wear comfortable clothing and flat soled walking shoes, and bring local currency, camera, hat, sunglasses, and water. Please bring or wear socks, you will be provided with mid waist waders (these are waterproof with a gumboot attached). They go over the top of your normal clothing so shorts or long pants would be more suitable to wear.

Max Weight to Participate – 265lbs (largest wader boot size is13.5)
 

price $99
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1.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

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Gisborne, Town & Costal Drive
Sunny Gisborne, New Zealand’s most easterly city, played an important role in European history, as it was here that Captain James Cook first set foot in New Zealand in 1769. A popular vacation destination, Gisborne is known for its rustic charms and picturesque scenery. An orientation drive is a pleasant way to spend the day taking in the best of the city’s most popular attractions and coastal sights. Board your comfortable motor coach and set off on a journey of discovery. The shores of Gisborne are legendary for their beauty and history. Your tour will take you past the spot where Captain Cook first landed and met the native Maori people. Then, travel up Titirangi (Kaiti) Hill for a photo opportunity, passing a stately marae, a Maori meeting house, considered to be the largest in New Zealand.  When you reach the top of the hill, you’ll be treated to spectacular views of Poverty Bay, Young Nicks Head, the first piece of land sighted by James Cook’s crew and named for the young lad who spied it - and your anchored ship.
Continue along the shoreline to admire two of the area’s premier beaches. Wainui and Okitu are known for their impressive waves, which draw top surfers to their sands. Keep your camera ready for a stop at the sand dunes of Lysnar Reserve. In just a few miles, the scenery changes dramatically, and you’ll find yourself in Gisborne’s idyllic rural area. Thirty percent of all wines produced in New Zealand come from this region. Enjoy the view as you drive along roads bordered by sweet-smelling orchards, award-winning vineyards, and lush, fertile plains. You’ll also see fields dotted with adorable fluffy sheep happily grazing beside quaint farmhouses. On your return to the city, you’ll travel down the main shopping street, the tree-lined Gladstone Road. Named after former British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, the boulevard houses boutiques, souvenir stores brimming with handcrafted gifts, surf shops and colorful outdoor cafes perfect for a bite to eat and people watching.  You will have the option of disembarking to explore independently, making your own way back to port, or simply remaining on the motor coach and returning to the ship.
 
Please note:  Wear comfortable clothing and flat soled walking shoes, and bring local currency, camera, hat, sunglasses, and water.
 
price $39
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Tauranga, New Zealand



5.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

culture

dining

essentials
Tauranga, Authentic Living Maori Village Experience
This scenic tour encompasses a visit to an authentic, living Maori village steeped in history and the best of Rotorua’s geothermal activity, at one of New Zealand’s iconic attractions. Enjoy the scenic journey from Tauranga Rotorua passing lakes and forests along the way. Visit Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village.  Here your senses will come alive through a Maori cultural experience and the sight of geothermal wonders; Whakarewarewa’s landscape is alive with bubbling pools, mud pools, spouting geysers, including the spectacular Pohutu and Prince of Wales geysers. Learn how local Maori adapted to the devastation of their home after the 1886 eruption, as well as how they have lived on the land for centuries using geothermal activity for warmth, cooking and bathing.   Appreciate the sweet sound of a Maori cultural performance, which will include the world-famous haka. Dine on hangi, New Zealand’s signature dish with a twist; Whakarewarewa’s hangi is cooked courtesy of Mother Nature’s geothermal steam boxes and mineral pools. This will be a memorable and enjoyable excursion, exploring the rich legacy of the local Maori people.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes and bring local currency, sunscreen, and your camera.


price $199
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8 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

culture

dining

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Tauranga, Hells Gate & Rotorua Highlights
New Zealand is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire and the geo-thermal activity of its volcanic plateau is manifested in erupting geysers, steaming fumaroles, mud pools and hot geothermal waters. Rotorua is the touchstone of Maori culture and is a thermal wonderland of fiery heat, sulfuric air, steam and magical waters. At Hell’s Gate Geothermal Reserve, walk past steaming fumeroles and pools of boiling mud—such proximity to these is both thrilling and unnerving. See the violent geothermal activity of the Inferno and the Kakahi Falls, the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere. Nature’s own warning signs will keep you on the straight and narrow path to Hell’s Gate. Continue to Mitai Village, where you will be welcomed with a challenge by a Maori warrior in traditional dress. You will then be treated to a 30-minute authentic Maori cultural performance. A hangi lunch will be served, cooked in the earth in a manner similar to a Hawaiian luau. Take a bush walk to Fairy Spring, delivering some 24 million liters of crystal clear water daily, and view the awe-inspiring waka war canoe paddled by Maori warriors in traditional costume up the Wai-o-Whiro stream. At Rainbow Springs Nature Park, view New Zealand’s tuatara lizard, trout, native and endemic bird life including New Zealand’s national icon, the flightless kiwi. You will also take a 9-minute boat ride on a 1,400-foot concrete flume following the journey of the ecological evolution of New Zealand.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.


price $259
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5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

culture

refreshments

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Tauranga, Hobbiton Movie Set
Board your motorcoach at the port of Tauranga, and travel towards Matamata and the Hobbiton Movie set, enjoying the beautiful Waikato Scenery along the way. Here on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand, you can visit the original Hobbiton village set from The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy which was built in 1999. After filming the Hobbiton movie set was returned to its natural state. In 2010, the set was completely rebuilt in amazing detail for the Hobbit movies. Statistics show that only 30% of all visitors to Hobbiton have seen one or more of Lord of the Rings movies. The village set features hobbit holes with their wonderful exteriors, including Bag End, the Green Dragon Inn, Mill, bridge and gardens. You’ll enjoy a 2-hour guided tour while exploring the Hobbiton Movie Set and village, where Bilbo Baggins lived and the quest for the ring began. Have your photo taken in front of a hobbit hole or by the pond while your guide entertains you with the stories and insider dish about filming these Hollywood blockbusters in New Zealand. There are spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges from the rolling green hills of the movie set, which is still a working sheep and beef farm. Then relax and soak up this unique atmosphere with a great cup of coffee and a sweet treat at Green Dragon Inn. The gift shop features a number of souvenirs related to the films to remind you of your visit.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes and bring local currency and your camera.


price $215
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

culture

refreshments

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Tauranga, Tauranga Highlights
View Tauranga’s scenic highlights on a narrated scenic drive about the bay. Visit the historic Elms Mission Station, founded in 1835, the oldest European heritage site in the Bay of Plenty. Visit Kiwi 360 and learn about the kiwi fruit growing process. At Kiwi 360, explore this wonderful tourist attraction, which was established in 1987, and celebrates the popular kiwi fruit that was once known as the "Chinese Gooseberry." Take a tour through the lush orchards, before browsing for kiwi-related souvenirs in the gift shop. Here, you will also enjoy a delicious tea. Don’t forget to look out for their giant kiwi fruit, which has to be seen to be believed! From Kiwi 360, you will board your motor coach for the 45-minute scenic drive to Elms Mission Station, a restored traditional English house that was founded in 1835 by New Zealand's pioneer missionary, Archdeacon Brown. This breathtaking and tranquil oasis features large manicured grounds and you will have a chance to wander and enjoy the scenery at your leisure. It was here that the Maori were given the opportunity to learn about Christianity, and were educated in reading and writing, as well as learning agricultural and domestic skills. Touring the house, which is located in the middle of Tauranga, you will also learn many wonderful details of what life was like here hundreds of years ago, including a viewing of the old square piano and delicate ivory spools and threads that were used to create exquisite embroidery. Returning to port through this fertile fruit-growing region, you will drive along Tauranga's lively harbor, past the impressive Maori War Canoe. You will also be able to catch a glimpse of the prestigious 1847 Mission House as you tour through the Te Papa Peninsula.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes and bring local currency and your camera.


price $149
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2 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

wildlife

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Tauranga, White Island Helicopter Flightseeing
Imagine flying around an active volcano…in the middle of the sea! This will be your chance! Located 32 miles or 52 km off the Bay of Plenty coastline, White Island is a link in a chain of volcanoes called the Pacific Ring of Fire. You will fly around the rugged, unspoiled coastline of this giant, viewing moon-like surfaces, steaming craters, flocks of sea birds and sulphur-yellow landscapes. You’ll also see the remains of the old sulphur works, destroyed by a White Island eruption. On the return, keep your eyes peeled for the abundant sea life such as schools of fish and dolphins.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes and bring local currency and your camera.

price $699
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Auckland, New Zealand



4.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Auckland, Auckland Sky Tower, Parnell Village with Airport Transfer
Experience Auckland on a narrated drive about town. First you will visit the Sky Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere and an icon of the Auckland City skyline.  Head up 597 feet (186 meters) to the main observation deck and enjoy 360-degree views of Auckland city. Next, enjoy the short drive to Auckland’s funky Parnell Village via a brief photo stop at Bastian Point. Bastian Point is a coastal piece of land overlooking Auckland Harbor to the North Shore and the Harbor Bridge in the distance. Your final destination is Parnell Village, well known for its upscale boutiques, art galleries and dining options including French bistros and chocolate café’s. Enjoy free time to explore Parnell or have some lunch (at own cost) before heading to the Airport.

Please note: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, and bring your camera, sunglasses, bottled water, local currency (NZD), hat, sunscreen.


price $115
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Auckland, Highlights & Museum
Board your motor coach for a short drive to the Auckland Museum. The neo-classically designed building, overlooking the picturesque Waitemata Harbour, is dedicated to those who sacrificed their lives for their country. The outstanding collection features exhibits on the New Zealand and the Pacific Islands cultures and showcases an extensive collection of Polynesian artifacts. You may choose to view the museum with your knowledgeable guide or explore independently. At the completion of your museum tour, re-board your motor coach for a city drive through Auckland's most popular sights. Nicknamed the "City of Sails," Auckland is one of the few cities in the world to have harbors on two different bodies of water. The waterfront location offers visitors and locals alike beautiful beaches, breathtaking scenery, and a temperate climate in addition to a cosmopolitan city just waiting to be explored. Your narrated tour will take you past many of the city's major points of interest. Drive through the downtown area and note the contrast in architectural style: modern skyscrapers and restored Victorian buildings coexist in harmony. You'll see the colonial-style shops that line the charming streets of Parnell Village, an exclusive shopping district. The Harbour Bridge is a dramatic sight and an impressive structure designed to link Auckland with the fast-growing North Shore. Crossing it is a thrill and an opportunity to see the colorful yachts that sail through the passageway. No tour would be complete without a photo stop at a scenic viewpoint. Be sure to have your camera to commemorate the moment.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring local currency (NZD), and camera.


price $115
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7 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

wildlife

sightseeing

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Auckland, Northshore, Sea Life Aquarium & Sky Tower
Two of Auckland’s premier attractions will be visited on this guided city tour. Board your motorcoach for a narrated drive through the lovely city of Auckland en route to the Sky Tower. Standing 1,072 feet, it offers spectacular views from two observation decks and a revolving restaurant. Zoom to the top in a mere 40 seconds and step outside onto the glass-floored main observation deck. All of Auckland’s beauty is spread out before you… and right under your feet!  Next, visit Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium. Famed New Zealand marine archaeologist Kelly Tarlton created this extraordinary aquarium to share his love of the ocean with the world. A uniquely designed moving walkway transports you through clear acrylic tunnels for a firsthand experience of deep-sea life. See New Zealand’s only sub-Antarctic penguins and get up close and personal with stingrays, sharks, sea turtles and a host of other creatures. Continue your excursion with a drive through Parnell village to see the rose gardens and admire the colonial shops. Visit the North Shore, with free time in one of its charming suburbs. There will be free time to explore and purchase lunch (at your own expense) during the tour.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring local currency (NZD), sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and camera.


price $159
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