WALKABOUT WITH TASSIES, AUSSIES & KIWIS

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Walkabout with Tassies, Aussies & Kiwis

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Melbourne, Australia

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5.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

wine

dining

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Melbourne, Beyond Ordinary: Decadent Wine & Foodie Experience by Helicopter
Indulge in an inspiring day with Ezard @ Levantine Hill. This experience combines helicopter flight with a gastronomic experience and critically acclaimed wines from this exciting Yarra Valley destination. Transfer from the Melbourne city helipad landing in the Yarra Valley at the renowned Ezard @ Levantine Hill. Sample a tasting of five Levantine Hill wines followed by a 5-course degustation lunch and matched wines in the Signature Restaurant. Your tastebuds will be singing with delight as you savor the tastes of local food and premium wines in the chic and stylish Wine Bar restaurant.  You'll find out just why the Yarra Valley has earned its place as one of Australia's premium wine and food districts.

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. Must be 21 to participate in wine tasting.


price $699
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7 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

wildlife

dining

walking

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Melbourne, Concierge Collection: In the Wild with Kangaroos & Koalas
See the majestic, native Australian animals in the wild on this eco-tour, which showcases the wildlife and wonders of the Australian bush. Your knowledgeable guide will lead this tour with the support of experienced wildlife scouts who ensure you have the best possible sightings of wildlife in the wild. Head across the great Western Plains and into an exclusive open-range sanctuary, set against the beautiful backdrop of the You Yangs Range. You’ll venture into the You Yang Ranges National Park to walk among the gum trees and search for koalas in a natural eucalyptus forest. Spend time on the savannah grasslands and in the bush around billabongs (waterways) in the company of wild kangaroos, emus and many species of birds.  During the visit a picnic lunch will be served under the Australian gum trees.  The wildlife guide will explain the history and recipe for the traditional tea of swagmen. Visit a wild koala study area where research is being carried out into the behavior of these beautiful, charismatic marsupials. Part of your tour cost supports this important research. On short, easy strolls, your guide will share with you the habits and habitats of Australia's gentle wildlife in the unique Australian bush. You'll witness these famous Australian animals going about their daily lives in the wild--a world away from zoos.

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


price $299
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8 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

wildlife

wine

dining

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Melbourne, Concierge Collection: The Best of Yarra Valley
As you leave the suburban limits of busy Melbourne, the undulating hills of the Yarra Valley seem the perfect antidote. The first stop will be the award-winning Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary in the heart of the valley. Set in stunning bush surrounds and specializing in Australia’s unique and diverse native fauna, the sanctuary will delight young and old. It wouldn’t be a trip to the Yarra Valley without indulging in a wine tasting or two, purely for quality control reasons of course! Arriving at TarraWarra Estate feels like a trip to see the Hobbits, with the stone cellar door carved out of the hillside. Visit the impressive art museum and snap the perfect pic at what must surely be one of the most scenic vineyards in the country. The valley is also renowned for its fine winery-based restaurants. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch in picturesque settings of an acclaimed Yarra Valley Restaurant; the perfect point to pause and reflect on your journey so far. From there it’s all down to the impeccable tastes this region has to offer. Explore some of the best loved farm gates and producers of the area. Moving at a pace suitable to the group will determine how many glorious tastes are discovered on the day. Your visit may include such delights as artisanal cheese at Yarra Valley Dairy, bubbles at Domaine Chandon, or perhaps Gin tasting from the Four Pillars Gin distillery.  Please allow for a little flexibility of taste on the day as your experienced driver/guide will lead you to uncover those farm gates and tastings that are in season. Return to the pier having sampled the best the Yarra Valley has to offer.

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. Must be 21 to participate in wine tasting.


price $499
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

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Melbourne, Full Day Private Car with Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $1499
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Melbourne, Full Day Private Van with Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. 

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $1599
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

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Melbourne, Half Day Private Car with Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $699
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Melbourne, Half Day Private Van with Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $799
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Melbourne, Insiders Melbourne
Melbourne offers magnificent riches for the curious willing to lose themselves in hidden laneways and behind unmarked doors. Benefitting from an insider’s view, uncover unforgettable surprises tucked around every corner. From intricately detailed Victorian arcades to the technicolored graffiti daubed on the brick walls of cobbled Hosier Lane, there’s so much to see and do. Grab an espresso while meandering Melbourne’s cosmopolitan laneways, then duck into cutting-edge art galleries and independent boutiques. Learn fascinating insights about the city’s storied history, from gold rush fever to renegade bushrangers. Admire the impressive dome of the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens, the oldest surviving example of its kind. Taste the finest the city has to offer while perusing the rich and varied stalls of Queen Victoria Market then be whisked away to the bohemian seaside haven of St Kilda, where anything goes. Snap yourself posing by the iconic bathing boxes of Brighton Beach before your return to the pier.

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

Easy

sightseeing

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Melbourne, Melbourne City Highlights
Enjoy the cosmopolitan city centre by coach as you pass many magnificent buildings, including The Treasury, Parliament House, the Windsor Hotel, the Princess Theatre and the marvelous Gothic buildings on Collins Street. There will be a short pause for a photo stop at the Shrine of Remembrance, one of the most stunning and recognizable landmarks of Melbourne built as a memorial to the men and women of Victoria who served in World War I.  Then take to the heights of Melbourne’s tallest attraction, Eureka Skydeck 88 to uncover the city from a whole new perspective.  This magnificent 92-story tower is currently the tallest apartment building in the world.  The fastest lifts in the southern hemisphere will take you from the ground to Level 88 in a mere 40 seconds.  From the Skydeck you will have unparalleled 360 degree views of the city through floor to ceiling glass windows. This is a great way to get an oversight of the whole city sprawled out underneath you. Pass by the Southbank precinct, Melbourne’s waterfront entertainment precinct and enjoy learning the history and heritage of the city from a knowledgeable local guide.

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 $119
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Hobart, Tasmania, Australia



5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

wildlife

culture

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Hobart, Best of Hobart - Half Day
Sample Tasmania's history, wildlife, and culture. Meet some of Australia’s famed creatures, such as the Tasmanian devil, in a wildlife sanctuary and learn about the wealth of the early settlers. At Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, you will observe some of Australia’s most famous native animals, such as the cuddly koalas, Tasmanian devils, wombats, kangaroos, and wallabies. Animals roam free in their natural habitats and you’ll get a chance to interact with kangaroos and hand feed them. The wildlife keepers are on hand to give you information about their important conservation efforts and you might even get a chance to have your picture taken so be sure to bring your camera. In stark contrast is the Shene Estate, a pastoral holding built in 1810.  The stables and homestead reflect the grandeur and early colonialist Gamaliel Butler’s wealth and position in the colony. Explore the heritage component including a historical overview, access to the homestead’s surrounds, original 1850’s Gothic stables, barn, and distillery viewing. Pause for a refreshing light snack of sandwiches and traditional homemade cakes with tea before heading into the 1846 convict-built barn.  Shene Estate is also now a producer of award- winning gin and you can share in the story of their signature gin with a tasting session. Learn about the process of making gin and the botanicals that create a distinct and unique flavor.  Return to the pier having discovered the best that Hobart has to offer.

Please note:  Wear comfortable clothing and flat walking shoes. Bring local currency, camera, hat, sunglasses, water, a light jacket, and photo identification.


price $229
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

boating

essentials
Hobart, Fly to the End of the World
Explore one of the world’s last wilderness frontiers, South West National Park. Comprising over 1,737 square miles (4,500 square kilometers) of pristine wilderness, no roads, no civilization, you’ll see just pure wilderness. Board a small plane to fly over Derwent River and past Bruny Island entering the Heritage area at South East Cape to view the southernmost point of Tasmania from the air. Then travel west where the aircraft will land in the remote wilderness at Melaleuca: in the Southern Tasmanian World Heritage area. Travel via small vessel on the calm water into Bathurst Harbour, Celery Top Islands. Pause to take in the vast wilderness and uncover the history of the region. If unspoiled, breathtaking, and tranquil scenery is what you are looking for then this day is sure to deliver.   Returning by water to Melaleuca  you will participate in the Needwonne Walk, an award winning Aboriginal Interpretive experience with sculptural installations interpreting some of the story of the Aboriginal people of the Melaleuca/Cox Bight region in the remote southwest. Fly back to Hobart taking in the stunning panoramic views.  

Please note:  Wear comfortable clothing and flat walking shoes. Bring local currency, camera, hat, sunglasses, water, a light jacket, and photo identification.


price $499
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Hobart, Half Day Private Car with Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. 

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $799
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Hobart, Half Day Private Van with Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $999
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1 hour

Moderate

sightseeing

outdoors

essentials
Hobart, Hobart by Horse Drawn Carriage
See the best of Hobart from a classic horse-drawn carriage. Starting your tour from the Cruise Ship Terminal you will pass through Hobart's historic Waterfront, the site of Hobart's first settlement in 1804.  Through Constitution Dock, the famous finish point of the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race and with a backdrop of impressive Mt. Wellington and the bustling fishing boats, you then will head to the iconic Salamanca Place.  Fronted with perfectly preserved Georgian warehouses, this precinct has barely changed since the mid-1800's.  Now home to art galleries, specialty craft stores selling Tasmanian wares and eateries showcasing Tasmanian produce, this street is a picture postcard.  From here, you will travel to a highlight of your tour - Battery Point.  Battery Point contains some of the oldest residences still standing in Australia.  Originally home to a gun battery which was to defend the colony, Battery Point was settled by Hobart’s merchants and farmers with their grand sandstone manors. Learn some of the fascinating history of this remarkable area as you wind your way through the narrow streets and easily imagine yourself back in the 1800's. As you leave Battery Point, you will pass by Parliament House and its grand oak trees, and get a further glimpse of the Hobart Waterfront before returning to your cruise ship.

Please note: Bring local currency, wear comfortable clothing and shoes, bring a camera, hat, sunglasses, and water. The carriage is not enclosed and therefore open to the elements, guests should prepare accordingly with clothing.


price $219
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4 HRS

Moderate

wine

sightseeing

essentials
Hobart, Mona & Moorilla
Wine and art. A match made in the proverbial. The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA; formerly the Moorilla Museum of Antiquities), owned by collector and philanthropist David Walsh, is Australia's largest privately owned museum, and is a gallery of international significance. It houses the permanent 'Monanism' evolving exhibition in addition to a range of changing exhibitions. Explore the subterranean galleries at your leisure (entry is included). After your art fix, continue on the vineyard and winery tour and wine tasting. Follow the trail of grapes as they are handpicked, crushed, pressed, fermented, and matured. Witness how new and old artisan winemaking techniques are used to craft fragrant, elegant, and classical wines. Learn the history of the region and winery, as well as information on the winemaking process and different grape varieties grown on site. Your experience will be finished as you’ll be treated to a tasting of elegant and fragrant Moorilla wines.

Please note:  Bring local currency, camera, hat, sunglasses, water, and photo identification. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Not suitable for guests with mobility issues. Steps are encountered and a moderate walk is expected over a variety of surfaces such as natural earth trails, gravel with some steps to manage. Some exhibits in MONA may be considered offensive. Guests should be forewarned accordingly. Wine tasting not suitable for guests under the age of 21 years.


price $249
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

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Hobart, Mt Wellington & Royal Botanic Gardens
On this tour you will have an opportunity to visit two Hobart main attractions: Mt. Wellington and Royal Botanic Gardens. Start your tour as you drive up to the summit of Mt. Wellington, the highest point around Hobart. Once on the top you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Hobart (on a clear day).  The inlets, bays and hills of this beautiful city make a stunning panorama. Next, drive down the mountain to Royal Botanic Gardens, Australia's premier cool climate Garden. On a guided tour learn historical and botanical stories of the Gardens and explore unique plant collections, both native and exotic. Those who prefer just to pause and take in the peaceful surrounds and wander through the Visitor Centre are welcome to do so.

Please note: Bring local currency, wear comfortable clothing and shoes, bring a camera, hat, sunglasses, and water.


price $139
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

wildlife

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Hobart, Nocturnal Bonorong
At dusk head to Bonorong Wildlife Park where the animals become active as the sun goes down. Many of the park's animals are nocturnal or crepuscular, meaning that they are most active at dusk and dawn. The park will be closed to the general public and you will enjoy an extremely personal experience as you tour the park and have the opportunity to get up close to the animals. Absorb in-depth information from your park guide about the inhabitants, including the Tasmania devil, quolls, wombats, koalas, and friendly free-roaming kangaroos and wallabies. Take advantage of the many photo and feeding opportunities that simply are not available during the day.

Please note:  Wear comfortable clothing and flat walking shoes. Bring local currency, camera, hat, sunglasses, water, a light jacket, and photo identification.


price $199
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

refreshments

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Hobart, Tempting Taste of Tasmania
Indulge your taste buds as you discover Tasmania and sample the best of Tasmania’s finest produce during your travels.  Fresh air, water and fertile soil make Tasmania one of the best producing regions of Australia. Uncover the local tastes starting at a local Abalone and Oyster farm. At Tas Live Abalone you’ll learn about the Premium wild Abalone industry and take a tour through the working factory. Next taste a sample of high quality whisky at a local distillery before making your way to Coal River Farm. Bask in the sweeping rural views before tasting local cheese and chocolate hand made on site by passionate producers.  You'll also take in the historic locations of Salamanca, Battery Point, and Sandy Bay. Best of all you'll be travelling in a small group with a friendly local to show you around this sensational destination.

Please note:  Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes. Bring local currency, camera, hat, sunglasses, water, and photo identification.


price $189
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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

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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

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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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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

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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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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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6.5 HRS

Strenuous

sightseeing

outdoors

biking

dining

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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
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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

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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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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

essentials
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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