Take a journey back in time and explore an ancient world with this, the South Island's only Māori cultural experience. An interactive, fun-filled performance designed to welcome, educate and entertain people of all ages and from all parts of the world, gain a lively and personal insight into the hunter-gatherer society of New Zealand’s Indigenous people.
This is a great option for a Christchurch day trip that combines nature, local wildlife, and delicious food experiences too. Save time planning transfers by having round-trip transport in a luxury vehicle included. You won’t have to worry about bringing snacks with you as light refreshments, drinks, and a delicious lunch are all included. Travel in comfort between dispersed sites including Banks Peninsula, Barrys Bay Cheese Factory, and the Wild Side Conservation Area to spot wild penguins.
Standing just 1 foot (30 centimeters) tall, little penguins, or fairy penguins, are the world’s smallest penguin species. Get up close and personal with these adorable birds on a penguin encounter at Napier’s National Aquarium of New Zealand. Meet a keeper, tour the penguin conservation facility, learn about their rehabilitation program, and help feed the penguins a breakfast or lunch of fish.
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.
Your Half Day Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise begins as you’re welcomed aboard the Bay Explorer at Tauranga waterfront jetty. You will explore the Bay of Plenty coastline where we will showcase the amazing diversity of marine wildlife including dolphins swimming along side our vessel. Watch seasonal seabirds, penguins, seals, whales, sunfish, school fish, sharks, orca...even turtles!
Our dolphin & wildlife cruise is tailored to those wanting a genuine kiwi experience in nature. It’s a story about our human intrigue with amazing marine animals and their habitat. Participate by searching on the large top deck for that once in a lifetime wildlife encounter. We have limited our passenger numbers for comfort and to enable a more personal experience. Our large spacious boat is also ideal for families.
The Captain and experienced crew lust to share their marine knowledge with you. Don’t forget your camera as we are able to get up close to wildlife, making it a photographer’s dream.
Spend time at the EcoWorld Aquarium & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre when your cruise ship pulls into port in Picton. You’ll see ancient reptiles called tuataras and get acquainted with little blue penguins rescued from the Marlborough Sounds. On-site staff take you behind the scenes to discover New Zealand’s conservation in action.
Observe more than 20 native bird species —including New Zealand’s namesake, the kiwi — with admission to Kiwi Birdlife Park in central Queenstown. See wildlife shows, nature exhibits and daily keeper presentations, and catch a rare sight of the flightless kiwi in a nocturnal enclosure. In addition to these feathered stars, take a look at critters such as the Auckland green gecko, the kea and a prehistoric tuatara. Your admission ticket is valid for the entire day so you can explore the park at your own pace.
Only a few kilometers west of the busy Wellington CBD, an assortment of Aotearoa’s rarest wildlife is thriving behind an 8.6 kilometer predator-proof fence. In this wildlife sanctuary, enjoy a glimpse into New Zealand before human arrival. Hear birdsong that has disappeared from all but the most remote bush on the New Zealand mainland and meet some of the country’s native fauna.
Skip admission lines and save time and money by pre-booking a ticket to the Auckland Zoo. This option will leave you a bit more time to enjoy a day spent visiting the dozens of species and hundreds of animals at the zoo, one of New Zealand’s largest. A convenient way to check off one of Auckland’s “must-visit” attractions.
Use your all-day admission ticket to the Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre to see the world’s only white kiwi in human care. Enjoy one of six daily talks and feedings of takahe (rare flightless birds), tuataras, geckos, long-fin eels and kokako, among other animals. Located north of Masterton on New Zealand’s North Island, the stunning surroundings include a 2-hour bush walk.
Enjoy wet and wild adventure in Skippers Canyon on this 4.5-hour Queenstown rafting and sightseeing adventure. Take a scenic drive into Skippers Canyon as a guide sheds light on the region’s rich gold-mining heritage. On arrival at base, strap into your safety kit and paddle onto the Shotover River’s swirling Class I and II rapids. During your descent, tackle the river’s swirling twists and turns with a guide and enjoy sweeping views over New Zealand’s beautiful countryside. Then, finish your adventure with a swim or a rock-jump.
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.
Combine an adventurous zipline tour with admission to Kiwi Birdlife Park with a Queenstown experience that explores spectacular native forest from the air and on the ground. When booking, you'll have the choice between two zipline courses that range from beginner-friendly to high-adrenaline, and independent time at the Kiwi Birdlife Park means you can explore the destination on your own schedule, without being limited by a group itinerary.
Entertain and inform the entire family at EcoWorld Aquarium & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, conveniently located next to the Interislander ferry terminal. On this Picton shore excursion you'll go behind the scenes with on-site staff. Get acquainted with some of the extraordinary creatures of the Marlborough Sounds, such as tuataras and little blue penguins.
Ultimate Kiwi Farm Experience !!
A Trip to Rotorua, New Zealand is not complete without a traditional farm experience.
The Farm Tour is an hour long guided tour, travelling through 35 acres of farm environment in a covered trailer.
You will love interacting with all the friendly animals - make sure you have your camera ready to snap a selfie! There are so many different varieties, you will be spoiled for choice see alpacas, lamas,goat, sheep,cattle,ponies,deer, pigs, chicken,rabbits, ostriches and more.
Your friendly guide will provide information, and you can hand feed the animals.
To top off the experience, you will be entertained by an amusing sheepdog show conducted under the instruction of an experienced dog handler- it really is a must see !
This is a fantastic ideas for all ages, and a must do Kiwi experience !
A visit to our farm and guided tour of our animals provides you with unique insight to rural life in New Zealand. We are excited to enable you to interact with animals you may not otherwise meet and reveal where food comes from