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Heli-Hike Franz Josef Glacier Walk

On this Franz Josef Glacier helicopter tour and hike, you’ll land atop the glacier and explore ice caves and pinnacles with a small group. Soar above New Zealand’s Southern Alps during a scenic flight, then grab your crampons and make your way through dramatic ice formations during a moderately difficult 3-hour hike. After your return flight, rejuvenate with a complimentary blissful soak at Glacier Hot Pools. Numbers are limited to 11 to ensure personalized attention from your expert guide.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Waiheke Island Exploration and Zipline Day Trip from Auckland

Soar through the treetops of Waiheke Island on a three-course zipline tour with aerial views of Hauraki Gulf. After a quick ferry from Auckland, your half-day tour of Waiheke starts with a brief overview of the idyllic island by minivan and ends with an interpretive bushland walk. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 12 participants to ensure a more personalized experience in a small group.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Glowworm Caving Adventure Tour in Waitomo

Experience one of the wonders of New Zealand’s natural world on this 3-hour glowworm caving adventure in Waitomo. Choose a morning or afternoon tour, then pult on your boots and helmet before heading through the pretty Mangapu Gorge to the Mangarongapu Cave with a guide. With your headlamp to light the way, hike around huge boulders and through shallow streams, and marvel at the millions of bright green glowworms illuminating the rocky limestone. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to six people.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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The Best of Waiheke: Ziplining, Wine Tasting and Vineyard Lunch

See the best of Waiheke Island in one day that combines a zipline adventure with lunch, wine tasting, and sampling the island’s olive oil and wine. Expert guides show your small group, limited to 12, how to soar among the treetops. Then join a max of 33 for lunch and a wine tour at Stonyridge Vineyard, followed by two additional wine tastings and visits to Rangihoua Estate and a local premium Vineyard. Explore the island on your own with a complimentary bus pass, or return together by ferry to Auckland.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga

Experience the magic of New Zealand’s North Island on this 3.5-hour evening glow-worm kayak tour in Tauranga. Begin your tour with refreshments including wine from the award-winning Mills Reef Winery and delicious New Zealand cheeses on the banks of Lake McLaren. As day turns to night, hop into your kayak and paddle with your guide to the glow-worm canyon at the head of Lake McLaren. Marvel at the millions of bright green glow-worms clinging to the towering cliff sides, and gain insight into the life cycle of these fascinating creatures.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Original Rotorua Forest Zip Line Canopy Adventure

This Rotorua zipline tour takes you soaring through a centuries-old forest canopy as you switch between the six zipline cables suspended 72 feet (22 meters) above the ground. Get a bird’s-eye view as two expert guides suit you up with safety equipment and teach you about the forest environment. Bonus: you can later download photos taken of you during your treetops adventure. Round-trip hotel transport is included on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Franz Josef Glacier Valley Eco Tour

One of the most protected natural sites in New Zealand, the Franz Joseph Glacier is a wilderness of deep crevasses and frozen ice. On this round-trip eco-tour from Franz Joseph, travel lightly through the native rainforest with all equipment provided and admire uninterrupted views over the Waiho River and the Franz Josef Glacier. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to six people.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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White Island Volcano Helicopter Flight and Crater Tour

Discover New Zealand’s most active volcanoe on a White Island helicopter flight from Tauranga. Fly over to White Island, one of the islands in the Pacific Ring of Fire off the Bay of Plenty. With the blades of your helicopter whirring overhead, hear live commentary from your pilot via your headset earphones. Fly along the island’s rugged coastline. See flocks of birds flying over the sulfur-yellow landscape and watch the waves for marine life.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are among the most visited attractions of New Zealand’s North Island and Ruakuri Cave is the longest of the underground caves. Explore the magnificent cave on this 75-minute guided walking tour and marvel at the unique rock formations, subterranean rivers, and thousands of glittering glowworms.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Ultimate Rotorua Forest Zipline Canopy Adventure

Soar through the trees and experience New Zealand’s ancient forest like never before. Go higher, see further and get deeper with the Ultimate Canopy Tour. Journey with authentic Kiwi guides through this beautiful land the way it once was, come face to face with New Zealand native birds, and find out how we can make our forest great again.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Nocturnal adventure Glow-worm tour

Glow-worms are the highlight of any night-time stroll in New Zealand, and when found in abundance they can be as breathtaking as our clearest night sky. Join our experienced guides on a trip into the native bush at dusk to witness this phenomenon for yourself. Learn about the life-cycle of this fascinating insect, experience New Zealand’s wildlife by night and top off this stellar evening by relaxing under the stars. An unique experience for all your senses.Highlights • Glow-worm, waterfalls, wildlife and star gazing. • New Zealand Native Forest - all by the cover of darkness. • Small group, relaxed atmosphere.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Half-Day Dolphin Viewing Eco-Tour from Picton

The sunken river valleys, forested cliffs, and sandy bays of the Marlborough Sounds are one of the best places in New Zealand to spot dolphins in their natural environment, but increased tourism can often put wildlife at risk. This 4-hour cruise from Picton is run by certified Department of Conservation operators, allowing you to interact with dusky, bottlenose, and orca dolphins in a safe, fun, and eco-friendly way.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Lake Matheson Eco Tour

Explore the area around Lake Matheson on a guided nature walk. With a guide in the lead, you can focus on the scenery and listening to the guided commentary about the area's flora, fauna, and unique ecosystem. Get the chance to snap photos of Mt. Tasman and Mt. Cook reflected in the glassy surface of the lake. Early morning or late evening departures give the best possible reflections and ensure there is plenty of time in the day for other activities.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Wildlife Island Sanctuary (Motuara ) and Dolphin Cruise from Picton

Search for rare seabirds and several species of marine mammals, such as Hector's, bottlenose and dusky dolphins along with New Zealand fur seals, during a 4-hour sightseeing cruise in the Marlborough Sounds. Cruise to Queen Charlotte Sound and take a nature walk on Motuara Island, where a predator-free landscape allows for plentiful birdlife. Listen to commentary from enthusiastic marine biologists, and treat yourself to tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Auckland's Rainforest, Black Sand Beaches and Wilderness Trilogy Eco Tour

Experience the natural beauty of the wilderness near Auckland on a half-day tour to the Waitakere Ranges and West Coast Beaches. Cover more ground in a short time with a guide who takes you to the best beaches and pristine rainforest spots where New Zealand's native birds, fauna, and flora can be found. Includes live commentary from the guide, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Mt Drury and Moturiki Island Walking Tour including Mount Hot Pools Admission

Just steps from your cruise ship lies a coastal path to Mt Drury and Moturiki Island. Embark on an easy 2.5-hour walking tour while you’re in port at Tauranga, exploring sacred Maori sites and natural history with an informative guide who points out a petrel colony and breeding little blue penguins. After your walk, rejuvenate in the outdoor saltwater pools at Mount Hot Pools in Mount Maunganui.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Bird Watching and Dolphin Eco-Tour from Picton

Benefit from the wildlife-spotting skills of marine biologists on this small-group ecotour from the Picton waterfront. You’ll cruise to Motuara Island, a bird sanctuary in the Marlborough Sounds, and search the sheltered waters for wild dolphins along the way. See rare seabirds, marine mammals, and endangered land birds protected in their natural environment.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Evening Sunset Eco Tour to Muriwai Beach and Gannet Colony

Muriwai Beach is renowned for its stunning black sands, great surf, and large colony of gannets. On this tour, soak up the scenery along Auckland’s West Coast and arrive at the beach in time to watch the sunset. Stroll along the coastal cliffs, enjoy incredible views of the gannets, then walk on the beach, watch the surfers, or try sandboarding in the sand dunes.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Full Day Hiking in Whirinaki forest

Explore one of New Zealand’s finest forest trails on this 7-hour hiking tour in the Whirinaki Forest from Rotorua. Travel from your accommodation in Rotorua into the Whirinaki Forest, widely considered among the world’s greatest rainforests. Follow your guide along hiking trails beneath the leafy canopy and marvel at mighty native trees such as ‘kahikatea’, ‘matai’, ‘miro’, ‘rimu’ and ‘totara’. Along the way, discover rich flora and fauna for which the forest is famous, and hear birdsong from the many different species of birds flying among the branches above.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Criffel Station Explore Tour

Visit different parts of our deer farm and take in some of our stunning mountain views.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Okarito Eco Tour

Explore the old gold mining village of Okarito - one of New Zealand's unique hidden gems.  Reknown for New Zealand's longest natural wetland and feeding ground to the Kotuku (White Heron), home to Royal Spoonbills and 74 other species of birds including many seabirds like the Eastern Bar-tailed Godwit, pied Stilts and Oyster Catchers.   The village itself has rich gold mining and flax (harakeke) export history, with an old wharf shed now converted into a mini museum.   Well known for it's beautiful picturesque sunsets, 360 degree stunning views of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman (NZ's highest mountains) as well as views of the Franz Josef Glacier, lagoon, kiwi sanctuary/forest and beach and Okarito township.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Coast to Coast Luxury Private Eco Tour

Pick up & Drop off at Cruise Port or City Hotel.Complimentary snacks & water.Free Wi-fiMuriwai Beach & the Gannet Colony (seasonal).Lunch at River Head Historic Tavern.Bastion Point (Mj Savage Memorial)Mission Bay Seaside Suburb.Achilles Point.Winter Gardens (Auckland Domain)
  • Duration: 1 day
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Fox Trail: Terminal Face Walk

This informative guided walk winds its way up the Fox Valley to a viewpoint where you can see the ever-changing face of the Te Moeka o Tuawe/Fox Glacier. You are now standing in a dynamic and changeable environment where nature is at its most powerful and raw. Listen as your guide provides a fascinating commentary, interpreting what you can see and hear. Your guide will bring the walk alive with their amazing knowledge of the terrain, of ice that has travelled 12 kilometres from the base of the Southern Alps. The Fox Trail requires moderate fitness.  You’ll spend up to two hours walking over valley terrain that can be challenging in some places.   If your time is limited or you prefer not to walk on the glacier, this trip is for you.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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