The snow-capped mountains, lush forests, and waterfalls of the Mount Aspiring National Park lie along the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. This action-packed tour lets you explore the park by plane, boat, and on foot. Soar overhead on a scenic flight, hike along the banks of the Siberia River, then hop aboard for a thrilling jet boat ride along the Wilkin River.
Take a journey with us deep into Middle Earth and explore unique Lord of the Rings filming locations from Queenstown to Glenorchy and Mt Aspiring World Heritage National Park
Feel the trilogy come to life as you visit the breathtaking and magical landscape that inspired Peter Jackson’s film locations for The Lord of the Rings movies.
Travel in small groups with local guides who have a real passion and knowledge of the area. Take in the diverse landscape of ancient beech forest, braided rivers and glacier carved valleys. Explore the unique flora and fauna and get up close to the New Zealand animals and birdlife.
Have piece of mind knowing you are booking a quality local tour as Pure Glenorchy has been running quality Lord of the Rings and Scenic tours since 2005.
Local family owned & operated tour company that offer the real experience.
We are one of the few companies that hold Department of Conservation Concessionaire permits to access Mt Aspiring National park.
The Otago Peninsula is renowned for its diverse wildlife and rich Maori heritage. Discover both on this shore excursion from Dunedin, which takes in the highlights of Dunedin town, as well as the coastal scenery. Set sail on a boat cruise to Taiaroa Head and look out for wildlife including albatross, penguins, seals, and sea lions; visit Maori landmarks and learn about traditional Maori foods and medicines; and enjoy a picnic lunch in a local beauty spot.
Journey out to Wellington’s south coast, looking out over the Cook Strait, and visit the region’s only fur seal colony. Journey out to Karori Rock’s ‘leaning lighthouse’ to meet this thriving community of once-endangered critters. Tea, coffee, and snacks are provided so you can relax and watch the seals in this isolated area that even many Wellingtonians don't know about.
The gannets at Cape Kidnappers are well known to conservationists and Hawkes Bay locals but, because their colony is situated on a private station, it can be difficult to get up close to say hello. With permits to cross the land, this tour offers an experience of the bay that most visitors to Napier miss out on. Cross Cape Kidnappers Station's riverbeds, gullies and pasture in comfort and style; your journey is operated using rugged, air-conditioned vehicles.
Combine a Monarch Wildlife Cruise with its excellent display of marine wildlife and a guided tour of a Yellow-eyed Penguin Colony located in an isolated cove on the Otago Peninsula. While your cruise ship is berthed at Port Chalmers, enjoy an informative and entertaining sightseeing tour of Dunedin City before joining your wildlife cruise where you can see fur seals, little blue penguins, albatross, and more. Following your cruise make a stop for a quick lunch break and then make your way to the unique and isolated Yellow-eyed Penguin breeding colony with Nature Wonders.
This tour combines some of the North Island’s most majestic volcanic alpine scenery with a remote landing in the Kaimanawa wilderness area. This truly amazing experience includes up close and stunning views of our World Heritage volcanoes; Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe. Bring a camera to photograph Ruapehu’s steaming Crater Lake, historic lava flows, inspiring glacial valleys and dramatic volcanic formations, some of which are only visible from the air. Continuing on, experience a remote wilderness landing to enjoy the beauty and solitude of the crystal clear Rangitikei River; home to trophy-sized Rainbow trout. Flights to and from this spectacular area take in breathtaking views of Lake Taupo and its surrounding environment.
Wanaka is surrounded by rolling alpine farmland, but most of it is privately owned and inaccessible. This half-day tour opens the gate to one of those farms, the massive West Wanaka Station. Explore the Otago back-country in a private four wheel drive vehicle, stopping for astonishing photo opportunities against the backdrop of Lake Wanaka, the Southern Alps and Mount Aspiring National Park.
Hop aboard our sturdy vessel for a one hour Wildlife Cruise.
You'll travel out through the Otago Harbour to the world's only mainland colony of royal albatross. Have your camera ready as these huge birds soar in from sea, flying past a historic lighthouse as they return to their hillside nests. The skipper will expertly maneuver the boat close to rocky outcrops for great views of the local fur seal population. A short way out to sea and you'll see other albatross and seabird species. Our cruises also frequently spot blue penguins, sea lions and occasionally dolphins!
The crew will provide a full commentary during your cruise about the local history, scenery and wildlife spotted along the way.
Don't be put off by cool & windy weather. These are often the best conditions for wildlife viewing. Especially when it comes to albatross, they love a brisk southerly wind. Binoculars and warm jackets are provided during your cruise.
Enjoy two unforgettable experiences combined into one exciting activity: whale watching plus a scenic flight. Kaikoura is famous as a place to go on whale-watching tours, and this tour from the air is a thrilling twist on the more conventional activity. From the air you can really appreciate the size of Sperm whales. Also spot other marine life, like dolphins, while checking out the spectacular coastal and mountain scenery.
On the wildlife cruise part of your tour we go in search of albatross, seals, penguins and many other species. We usually see between 12 and 18 species of animal. You will be given a wildlife sheet before you leave us so you can remember all ofthe animals youve seen.
We aim to get close and low with the animals.
The vessel is fast, comfortable and a custom build.
There is a bathroom onboard and a heated cabin.
Your free time in Portobello can be spent however you like. By hiring an electric bicycle to explore the area more fully, a museum visit, shopping in the local village or by strolling and picnicking. You have plenty of time to enjoy it.
Whale-watching is a popular pastime for visitors to Kaikoura, which means that the town’s many whale-watching cruises can get crowded. On this private helicopter tour, see Kaikoura’s year-round whale populations without jostling for a spot to see them. Fly over the migratory routes for sperm whales, humpback whales and more, seeing the whales from tail to tip. After your whale-watching, take in the rest of the dramatic Kaikoura scenery with a flight over the Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges and the Kaikoura Peninsula.
Sail in the crater of an extinct volcano with the rarest dolphins in the world. Long encounters and beautiful scenery. 3 hour trip on a quiet sailboat in nature. You can also see penguins, seals and albatross. The Fox II is a vintage sailboat, almost 100 years old! Made from wood, 2 masts and 6 sails. It is the oldes ketch in New Zealand. Has been in movies, TV shows and is famous all over the world. Visit amazing sea caves, cliffs, waterfalls and venture out into the pacific on this safe, quiet, truely memorable experience. Eco friendly, with minimal carbon footprint. Make the choice for a better future.
There’s much more to see in the South Island than what you can get to on the State Highways. This exciting off-road adventure gives you the chance to experience some of what this dramatic landscape has to offer. Drive around the Mackenzie Country for half a day and get exclusive access to back-country stations. Take in dramatic views of landmarks like Lake Pukaki, Mount Tasman and Aoraki Mount Cook, and learn about life on New Zealand’s high-country farming stations from your guide.
Get out of your comfort zone on this challenging Bush Safari from Rotorua. This self-drive experience by 4-passenger 4WD vehicle takes you over steep climbs and descents, with guided instruction via two-way radio as you navigate waterfalls, lunges and tunnels. Upgrade to include a 4x4 Monster Thrill Ride or Raceline Karting, or do all three. Safety briefing and equipment are provided.
Explore the rivers and rainforests of New Zealand’s beautiful South Westland region on this 2-hour Waitato River safari from Haast. Hop aboard your boat and cruise up the mighty Waitato River with your guide. Admire attractive flora and fauna thriving on the riverbanks and learn of the rainforest’s varied animal and bird life. Take an optional hike into the rainforest, and enjoy thrilling spins and turns over the waves. Watch the skies for native white heron and fantails, and look out for flounder, whitebait and trout in the clear waters.
A must-do for nature lovers! While your cruise ship is berthed in Port Chalmers, join us for a tour of Dunedin City and the Otago Peninsula followed by a wildlife cruise of the Otago Harbour which showcases a host of marine animals along with a fully guided tour of the Royal Albatross Centre with viewings of the rare Royal Albatross.
Skippers Canyon is a dramatic slice of Otago high country, with steep cliffs and incredible views. Instead of joining a group of strangers, experience the Canyon the way you want on this private tour in a luxury 4WD. Drive down the precarious Skippers Canyon Road and take your time exploring scenic highlights like Hell’s and Heaven’s Gates, Lighthouse Rock and the Shotover River. Learn about the Canyon’s rich gold rush history from your certified driver/guide.
Larnach castle and the gardens that surround are the most popular attraction for cruise ship passengers in Dunedin.
So is the albatross and the other rare and unique wildlife.
See the best of Dunedin and spend your time wisely.
This is the only tour in Dunedin that does not double back, to travel the same route on its return.
You will travel by road one way and by ferry the other.
Experience the majesty of Milford Sound in the clear morning hours with a daybreak kayaking trip from Te Anau. Relax and enjoy the scenery along spectacular Milford Road as your driver approaches the launch point, and then embark on the popular Sunriser Classic kayak tour that highlights the sound’s best waterfalls, wildlife, and peaks.
A breathtaing scenic 4WD Tour through a stunning alpine braided river valley in Lake Tekapo's Backcountry. The Cass Valley is situated on the western side of Lake Tekapo, offering a world of Natural wonder and beauty. Access to this stunning alpine valley is solely through our private access and expert driver guides. This scenic 4WD Tour encompasses a large block of mountainous country, containing high inherent landscape values of The Mackenzie Country. Travel through pristine rivers and Merino Sheep. The overall naturalness of the rocky steep scree slides, the U-shaped valleys carved by glaciation, waterfalls, glaciers, lateral moraines and tussock- clad terraces, overwhelm the senses and ignite the wonder of such a supremely stunning and unique landscape. An authentic High Country scenic tour awaits you.
Explore the art of the Bay of Islands in a luxury, late model Jeep Wrangler with a maximum of 4 passengers in your group. On your private 5-hour tour you will be guided by a local conceptual visual artist and experience local Maori and international art works, local galleries and outdoor installations. Your tour is adaptable with no fixed schedule, allowing you to stop for photos, ask questions, take your time or relax and talk with your local driver.
While jet boat tours are common in New Zealand, this is the only one that takes passengers from mountain to sea. Enjoy this exclusive boat ride down Haast’s beautiful Waiatoto River in comfort with a private tour that accommodates up to eight people and flexible booking options that allow you to choose the duration of the trip.
Travel over New Zealand's largest privately owned wildlife sanctuary, learn about a working farm, local history, legends and the geology of the area. Stop at lookout point with spectacular views.
Be within a few feet of the remarkable gannet birds with stunning golden crowns where 20,000 gannets nest - its the largest accessible mainland colony in the world.