COVID 19 IMPORTANT NOTICE
Effective 1st December 2021
With the majority of our tour guests being 50+ and to assist keeping safe and for your peace-of-mind when travelling on tour with us, effective 1st December 2021, all of our tour guests MUST be fully vaccinated (2 x vaccinations) and provide us with a copy of your Ministry of Health vaccination card/letter.
The only exception is for those holding a vaccination waiver letter from their doctor confirming a medical vaccination waiver. We have given until 1st December to implement this change, allowing time for everyone in New Zealand, no matter your region, to have time to receive a full vaccination.
This vaccination requirement change is already in place with many airlines, tour companies, businesses and also entry to overseas countries, with the list growing longer day-by-day and no doubt will eventually become a normal requirement for all international and most domestic travel.
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New Date TBA
Our leisurely country roads tour is sure to delight those who love the countryside. Leaving the main highways behind as we tour through the scenic Manawatu & Rangitikei countryside.
Enjoying picturesque bushwalks, beautiful gardens, farmers markets, stockyard sales, river cruising and guided farm walks. Our wonderfully off the beaten track tour lets you experience all of this and more as we journey through these often underappreciated yet beautiful regions.
OTAGO & CATLINS WITH MOUNT COOK
Optional non hosted extension to Stewart Island available
8 November 2021
Join us over 10 days exploring everything Central Otago with a little bit of McKenzie Country & Mt Cook thrown in for good measure, before travelling further south to discover the unspoilt Catlins. From Oamaru to Omarama, from Cromwell to Dunedin with a touch of everything in between, from remote sites and fascinating history to incredible scenery and from rocky outcrops, Otago is sure to delight, before venturing onwards discovering the penguins, fur seals, dramatic waterfalls, lush rain forests and pristine beaches in the truly remarkable Catlins.
NELSON & FAREWELL SPIT
Partner Operated Tour
30 November 2021
Farewell Spit is an area of outstanding natural beauty stretching 30 kilometres into the Tasman Sea. Designated as a bird sanctuary since the 1930s, Farewell Spit is a haven for over 90 birdlife species. Not accessible to the public, the only way to access this hidden gem is by a tour. On this six-day trip, we also enjoy some time in Nelson and the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park, before travelling to the garden city of Christchurch via the alpine village of Hanmer Springs.
SOUTH ISLAND CENTRAL WANDERER
8 February 2022
Walk at a relaxed pace on our South Island Wanderer Tour and take the time to rediscover life’s simple pleasures as you walk tracks and trails and discover parts of the South Island that many visitors don’t get to see.
Starting our journey in Christchurch we cross the Southern Alps to the West Coast taking in the breath-taking scenery of Arthurs Pass, onto Punakaiki before travelling south to Franz Josef. Travelling inland we navigate pathways through beautiful native forests, traverse swing bridges to a viewing platform over the Blue Pools, all before heading to Wanaka.
GENTLE ANNIE &
28 February 2022
Join us on our tour featuring two of our lessor travelled internal routes through extremely interesting and historical areas and not often travelled by independent travellers. We travel South-East of Rotorua to the Kaingaroa Plain, then onto the centre of the region to Te Urewera National Park, which encompasses Lake Waikaremoana in the southeast and reaches towards the Bay of Plenty. Experience a wonderful Gannet Safari at Cape Kidnappers Station, to within a few metres of these remarkable birds. Travel over the Gentle Annie Route, to two high-country sheep stations, all before spending our final night in the Gumboot Capital of New Zealand. This tour is sure to delight those who are looking for something a little bit different.
MOLESWORTH & RAINBOW STATIONS
25 March 2022
We begin our 5-day adventure travelling south to Marlborough and onto Molesworth Station. After our stop in Hanmer Springs, we then head towards Nelson, via Rainbow Station with magnificent pristine beauty the South Island has to offer.
After our overnight stay in Nelson, we visit the seaside town of Havelock to enjoy an afternoon cruise on Pelorus Sound and Kenepuru Sound, before heading to Blenheim for the night. The end of our journey sees us leaving Blenheim behind, before heading back to Picton and onto the Kapiti Region.
EAST CAPE EXPLORER
2 May 2022
Our 7-day East Cape Explorer tour takes us to the lessor known corner of the North Island, with wild & remote coastlines, along with plenty of culture and history.
With striking scenery along the way, from sprawling farming landscapes, to Te Apiti Windfarm high on the hills overlooking the Manawatu, as we head over to Napier in the gorgeous Hawkes Bay region.
Our dramatic coastal drive north from Napier, through Gisborne and onwards to Hicks Bay is a journey of beauty, as we discover the remote East Cape, its nature, history and culture, with time allowed to also explore Gisborne at your leisure.
HURUNUI & MARLBOROUGH GARDEN FESTIVALS TOUR
Including Hurunui Garden Festival and Marlborough Garden Festival
LIMITED SPACE - Only 2 rooms now available
29 October 2021
Travel south to Hanmer Springs taking part in the fabulous Hurunui Garden Festival over 2 enjoyable days before heading north to the Nelson region for a spot of relaxation, sunshine and perhaps just a little shopping at one of those delightful artisan craft shops. All this before we experience one of New Zealand’s premier garden events “Bloom in the Boom” Marlborough Garden Festival, dreamt up by gardeners for gardeners.
This delightful tour is designed for garden lovers and is sure to be one not to be missed.
FORGOTTEN WORLD & BRIDGE TO NOWHERE
LIMITED SPACE - Only 1 room now available
9 November 2021
This journey takes us to two of New Zealand’s most stunning “forgotten” destinations. Ruapehu’s largest town, Taumarunui, is where we experience the sights of the Forgotten World as we head by rail cart through 10 unique tunnels deep in a region where both civilisation and glory have long faded. Continuing on, we travel upstream by jetboat into the middle reaches of the Whanganui River and walk to the Bridge to Nowhere, with time spent taking in that feeling of time standing still.
SOUTH ISLAND CHRISTMAS Partner Operated Tour
23 December 2021
Celebrate Christmas in style on this wonderful tour that features amazing activities. A scenic rail journey from Christchurch on the Tranz-Alpine takes you through spectacular valleys. Enjoy Christmas Lunch in Hokitika before an awe-inspiring helicopter flight over the West Coast with a glacier landing! Enjoy a guided 4WD experience in Wanaka, and a Haggis ceremony accompanied by bagpipes in Dunedin!
TOP OF THE SOUTH
10 February 2022
Showing-casing some of the best of everything found in the area, we explore the nooks and crannies of the Marlborough sounds, the alpine village of Hanmer Springs, to the beautiful Nelson & Tasman regions.
From gardens, wineries and aviation heritage, to the shores and marine wildlife of the Kaikoura Coast. Enjoy the vintage Weka Pass Railway and relax as we cruise and discover all things Abel Tasman on our private charter before returning to Marlborough to explore more of this fabulous region.
SOUTH ISLAND DOWN THE MIDDLE
Including Mount Cook, Wanaka Station & Doubtful Sound
14 March 2022
Discover the middle of the South Island on this scenic journey through the mainland, with each day bringing something new. Those seeking incredible scenery, hidden gems and some of the best kept secrets the South Island has to offer, this is the journey for you.
Enjoy a back country 4WD safari as we discover Wanaka Station, before sampling the local artisan delights at Cardrona Distillery. Our adventure continues with a visit to the famed Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, before we head to majestic and serene Doubtful Sound. Experience all this and more on this fabulous South Island tour.
WEST COAST ADVENTURE
4 April 2022
Journey with us this autumn down to the wild West Coast, isolated from the rest of the country by the Southern Alps, with its untamed natural wilderness of rivers and rainforests, glaciers, and geological treasures is sure to delight. From surreal scenery and hair-raising history to the thrilling Haast river jetboat safari and exhilarating Treetop Walks, our tour showcases everything the West Coast has to offer and so much more.
ENCHANTING FAR NORTH
10 May 2022
Journey with us this autumn up to the beautiful Hibiscus Coast, Bay of Islands and Northland regions, rich in culture, tradition and blessed with breath-taking coastal views, stunning landscapes, and rolling countryside. Discovering everything from coastal spots of interest to our historic past, as we explore from the west coast to the east coast with fascinating stops along the way.
MOLESWORTH, ABEL TASMAN & FAREWELL SPIT & RAINBOW STATIONS
7 November 2021
Showcasing and exploring three of the New Zealand’s “must do” activities. From the stunning landscapes of the historic South Island high country, Molesworth Station, to cruising the around the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park, before travelling over the majestic Takaka Hill to Farewell Spit Nature Reserve.
We are sure you won’t be disappointed when joining us on this “must do” adventure over 10 wonderful days.
23 November 2021
Our 8-day Coromandel Winter Escape incorporates some of the best sights and beaches of the area, including the historic Gold Mining town of Waihi, Whangamata, Cooks Beach & Hahei Beach & Village, Driving Creek Railway, Cathedral Cove, Mercury Bay, Hot Water Beach, and Whitianga, while travelling at a relaxed and leisurely pace. Of course not forgetting our time indulging in the hot springs at the Polynesian Thermal Spa or the delights at the famous “Herd of Cows?”, before travelling on to explore tranquil Sanctuary Mountain and movie magic at Hobbiton, all just part of the fun on this lovely tour. This is a perfect tour for those wanting to enjoy everything the Coromandel and beyond has to offer, at a relaxed and enjoyable pace.
FOUR MOUNTAINS AND A FORGOTTEN HIGHWAY
30 January 2022
This wonderful 5-day tour takes us on a summer adventure around the four mountains of the north island, Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe & Mt Tongariro before venturing west to Mt Taranaki.
Sit back and relax as we journey through to Tongariro National Park, stay at the iconic Chateau Tongariro and take in the sites of the beautiful Taranaki region. There is so much to see and do in this region, before heading home via the majestic Surf Highway and Whanganui.
Including Stewart Island, Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound & Abel Tasman National Park
24 February 2022
From Whale Watching in Kaikoura, Church of the Good Shepard in Tekapo and the Blue Penguins and White Stone City of Oamaru, gigantic Moeraki Boulders, Catlins Forest Park and Burt Munroes famous “Indian”.
Explore Stewart Island, cruise through Paterson Inlet and the renowned Ulva Island. We journey through Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, onto Glenorchy & Queenstown. We head to Franz Josef to explore, before joining the Tranz Alpine Train through the Southern Alps to Christchurch. Heading north to Nelson & Tasman regions to enjoy our private charter cruise of Abel Tasman National Park.
23 March 2022
The island state of Tasmania is on most people's 'must visit' list, boasting unique plants, animals, and history that you won't find in the rest of Australia.
Travel with us on this 10-day fully hosted tour to this beautiful unspoiled area of Australia, covering most of the must-see spots of Tasmania.
4 April 2022
Our 8-day Coromandel Caper incorporates some of the best sights and beaches of the area, including the historic Gold Mining town of Waihi, Whangamata, Cooks Beach & Hahei Beach & Village, Driving Creek Railway, Cathedral Cove, Mercury Bay, Hot Water Beach, and Whitianga, while travelling at a relaxed and leisurely pace. Of course not forgetting our time indulging in the Sulphur Pool at Hell's Gate or the delights at the famous “Herd of Cows?”, before travelling on to explore tranquil Sanctuary Mountain and movie magic at Hobbiton, all just part of the fun on this lovely tour. This is a perfect tour for those wanting to enjoy everything the Coromandel and beyond has to offer, at a relaxed and enjoyable pace.
SOUTHERN GARDENS & HISTORIC HOMES
5 October 2022
Take a journey with us on this 9-day tour as we step inside the captivating mix of inspiring historical homes, renowned gardens of national significance, to some hidden gems that you will never forget. From romantic century old homesteads, to the Victorian and Edwardian craftmanship of the much-loved estates, this tour unveils elegance and nostalgia of the bygone days. Enjoy English inspired formal gardens, private gardens and even to a unique, wonderland known as the Giant’s House. You don't have to be a gardener to appreciate a beautiful garden and the wonderful southern hospitality that this tour offers.