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Dunedin Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing with Olveston House Tour

See the central sights of Dunedin and visit the Olveston Historic Home on a shore excursion of Dunedin attractions. When your ship pulls into port, a professional guide escorts you through the city by coach. View the University of Otago, Dunedin Botanic Garden and stately historic buildings before a 1-hour guided tour of Olveston, which includes the mansion and its landscaped gardens.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Tramway Restaurant Dinner Tour of Christchurch

Enjoy a 4-course dinner aboard the Christchurch Tramway Restaurant and travel in heritage style through the city center, round-trip from Cathedral Junction. Relax and enjoy views of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Avon River from your window-side table. The 2.5-hour journey in this elegant restaurant on wheels includes a welcome drink upon arrival, with tea and coffee to accompany your gourmet meal, served by professional waitstaff.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Arrowtown and Wanaka Tour from Queenstown

Tucked in beneath the soaring peaks and serene lakes of New Zealand’s South Island, Arrowtown and Wanaka offer outdoor adventure with a strong sense of history. On this tour, hit both destinations in one day and enjoy a drink in the famous Cardrona Hotel. Spin into the Gibbston Valley with your guide and stroll through the 19th-century gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown. Pass the fertile vineyards of Kawarau Gorge, admire spectacular views along the Crown Range road, and enjoy free time to explore Wanaka at your leisure.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Classic Two Hour Electric Tuk-Tuk Private Heritage and Cultural Tour

Discover Auckland in a fun way on a 1- or 2-hour private tour by tuk-tuk. You'll see the sights of the city as you travel aboard an eco-friendly electric tuk-tuk, checking out open spaces such as the Auckland Domain, Judges Bay, and the Parnell Rose Gardens. On the classic 2-hour tour you can get out of the tuk-tuk to walk around a bit; on the 1-hour sprint tour, you'll stay in the tuk-tuk.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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2-Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Discover the otherworldly beauty of New Zealand’s North Island, from Rotorua’s geothermal pools and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to the Shire at the Hobbiton Movie Set. On this 2-day coach tour from Auckland, you’ll experience ancient Maori traditions with a ‘hangi’ dinner, the filmmaking history of ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ a duck tour and a visit to the Agrodome. Enjoy standard (3 star hotel) or superior (4 star hotel) overnight accommodation in Rotorua.
  • Duration: 2 days
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Half-Day Historical Arrowtown and Wanaka Tour from Queenstown

Visit Arrowtown and Wanaka on a half-day tour from Queenstown that explores local history and one of New Zealand’s most exciting adventure destinations. You’ll have time to stroll Arrowtown’s charming main street, built during the town’s 19th-century gold rush, then enjoy an hour of free time to see Wanaka. Walk the gorgeous lake path with views of the Southern Alps, then return to Queenstown through the Crown Range, winding through towering peaks and high passes.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Christchurch Sheep Farm Visit

Visit a working sheep farm in the heart of the Canterbury Region on this day trip from Christchurch. Enjoy New Zealand hospitality with morning or afternoon tea and then watch a sheep shearing demonstration. You can upgrade your tour to include a thrilling jet-boat ride on the Waimakariri River or go wine tasting at Waipara Valley vineyard, where you can sip various vintages. Hotel pickup and drop-off from centrally located hotels is included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Small Group Larnach Castle Tour

Enjoy a fully guided tour of Larnach Castle during a day of sightseeing in Dunedin with a small group. See key landmarks such as the Larnach family tomb in Dunedin's old Northern Cemetery. Visit the University of Otago, Dunedin Botanic Garden, Baldwin Street and the Dunedin Railway Station. Then head to the hills of the Otago Peninsula to explore the famous century-old castle. Pickup and drop-off is available from hotels or the cruise port.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Guided Tour

Get a personal introduction to Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s premier museum based in Wellington. This 1-hour guided tour provides an overview of the museum’s interactive exhibits, artifacts, fine art and natural history displays so that you can better explore the collection on your own. You’ll get a deeper look at Maori cultural heritage and colonial history with an expert guide who share insights and offers suggestions for galleries that might suit your interests.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Queenstown Local Scenic Half-Day Small-Group Tour

Get to know Queenstown's highlights, history, culture, and scenery on this half-day tour. With a small group limited to just 11 people or fewer, travel in a minivan to locales such as Crown Terrace Viewpoint, the Shotover River, Lake Hayes, Arrowtown, and others. Pickup and drop-off in central Queenstown included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Maori Highlights Tour

Get a 60-minute introduction to the highlights of Te Papa’s ‘taonga,’ meaning a ‘cultural treasures’ in the Māori language. While admission to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is free, a small-group tour with a museum guide offers more insight on the enrich your understanding of this unique culture.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Olveston Historic Home Guided Tour

Glimpse early 20th-century life in New Zealand during a 1-hour guided tour of the Olveston Historic Home in Dunedin. Follow a knowledgeable docent through the 35-room mansion as you learn about its Jacobean-style architectural design, fine art and furnishings. Discover the history of one of Dunedin’s most prominent families, and stroll through the elegant gardens with views of Otago Harbour.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Small-Group Historical Macetown 4WD Tour from Queenstown

Travel off-road to the former gold mining town of Macetown along roads only accessible by 4WD. With an expert guide at the wheel, all you have to do is hold on for the rugged ride, which includes nearly two dozen river crossings and a backcountry route high above the Arrow Gorge. Pass Arrowtown en route to this historical ghost town protected by the Department of Conservation. Enjoy light refreshments and the opportunity to pan for gold in the Arrow River.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Napier Art Deco Vintage Car Tour from Napier Art Deco Trust

Tour Napier’s distinctive Art Deco heritage in style on this vintage car tour of the city. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to the 1930s as you drive past some of the city’s must-see buildings in a vintage Packard car. Your local guide will tell you all about the earthquake of 1931 and the Art Deco architecture that emerged afterwards, so you can just relax in the back seat.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Full-Day Omaka Aviation Heritage Center and Wine Tasting Tour

Take in the highlights of the Marlborough wine region on this full-day small-group tour from Blenheim or Picton. See Peter Jackson's collection of WWI aircraft on display at the Omaka Heritage Aviation Centre, enjoy wine tasting at two Wairau Valley wineries, and sample delicious gourmet cuisine at a local restaurant (own expense).
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Museum of Te Papa Tongarewa Twilight Express Tour

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, which translates as 'the place of treasures of this land,' is Wellington’s must-visit attraction. Popular with tourists and Kiwis alike, Te Papa — or Our Place — is a treasure trove of New Zealand history and art, Māori culture, the Pacific and the natural environment. On this 45-minute express tour, you’ll explore the museum in the early evening, when the daytime crowds have thinned. Check off the main highlights on each of the museum’s six floors, and gain additional insight into New Zealand’s land and history from your guide’s commentary.
  • Duration: 45 minutes
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  • Duration: 45 minutes
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Napier Prison Audio Tours

Discover the dark history of New Zealand's oldest prison with a self-guided audio tour of the notorious Napier Prison. Hear stories of drug barons, escape attempts and hauntings as you follow your 50-minute audio guide around the historic building and learn about life in a 19th and 20th-century prison. See the hanging yard, solitary confinement area, death row cells and mess hall, and spend as long as you like exploring once your tour has ended.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Knights of the Sky - The Great War Exhibition in Blenheim

Visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in New Zealand, and admire World War I aircraft and artifacts on this ‘Knights of the Sky’ Great War exhibition in Blenheim. Marvel at Sir Peter Jackson’s own collection of planes and memorabilia, and gain insight into the technologies of the time. See the Great War brought back to life in awe-inspiring detail and gain insight into the aircrafts’ capabilities in the context of battle. Upgrade your ticket to explore the site with a guide and learn more about the various exhibits on show.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Private Day Tour from Christchurch

A must see, Akaroa is situated 83 km from Christchurch. The French tried to claim it but the British beat them to it. There are many a story to be told about that! Akaroa is nestled on the eastern edge of two extinct volcanoes. Together these volcanoes make up Banks Peninsula one of the most picturesque areas in New Zealand. This private, very personal tour will go where no bus can go. You can stop when and where-ever you like, unlike in a bus when you must stop where the company tells you. Your experienced local driver/guide will share the history, drama and beauty of the area where the Maori fought for ownership and Captain Cook made probably the biggest mistake of his life.A highlight will be the two hour nature and wildlife cruise of the harbour and sea mouth area on board 'The Black Cat'
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hrs
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  • Duration: 6 to 8 hrs
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Mitai Maori Village Ancient World Experience

Explore the Mitai Maori Village in Rotorua with a native Maori guide on a 75-minute tour that highlights New Zealand's indigenous heritage. Learn about the Ngati Whakaue tribe's cultural practices and beliefs, discover ancient fishing, weapon–making, and natural medicine practices, and sip water from a sacred spring.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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