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Marlborough Sounds Greenshell Mussel Tasting Cruise from Havelock

Marlborough Sounds Greenshell Mussel Tasting Cruise from Havelock

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Pair superb views of New Zealand’s Marlborough Sound with a glass of the area’s famous Sauvignon Blanc and a bowl of freshly-steamed Greenshell Mussels on this high-end, 3-hour sightseeing cruise. Cruise aboard a high-end luxury launch as you explore Pelorus Sound and Kenepuru Sound, stopping to look for local wildlife and to visit a local mussel farm.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$89.33
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US$89.33

The Hobbit Barrel Run Rafting Tour on the Pelorus River

The Hobbit Barrel Run Rafting Tour on the Pelorus River

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Channel your inner Hobbit and enjoy outdoor adventure in the heart of New Zealand on this 4-hour Hobbit barrel run rafting tour on the Pelorus River. Pull on your wetsuit and hop aboard your raft, then drift onto the Pelorus River — made famous in the 2013 movie ‘The Desolation of Smaug.’ Stop off at filming locations used in the making of the movie to hear of the ways in which the film was shot, and listen as your guide sheds light on the region’s milling and mining heritage.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$135.60
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US$135.60

Waiatoto River Safari

Waiatoto River Safari

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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.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$149.51
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US$149.51
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Private Tour: Waiatoto Jet Boat River Safari from Haast

Private Tour: Waiatoto Jet Boat River Safari from Haast

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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.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$1,126.91
per group
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US$1,126.91
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Shore Excursion: Guided Sea Kayaking through Akaroa Marine Reserve

Shore Excursion: Guided Sea Kayaking through Akaroa Marine Reserve

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Spend your time in port in Akaroa on a small-group shore excursion, sea kayaking around the harbor. Bask in the scenery of remote bays and inlets, and catch a glimpse of local marine life, including penguins, orcas, and endangered Hector’s dolphins. You’ll paddle for three hours with a guide through the basin of an extinct volcano and stop for a snack and swim at a coastal beach. This tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port.
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  • 3 hours
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US$95.29
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US$95.29

Small group guided sea kayaking in Akaroa marine reserve

Small group guided sea kayaking in Akaroa marine reserve

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Swap your cruise ship for a kayak on this 3-hour shore excursion from Akaroa and enjoy a thrilling close encounter with native wildlife. Paddle your way around remote bays, inlets and sandy beaches; admire the dramatic scenery of the once-active volcano basin; then cool off with a swim. Along the way, keep a lookout for some of New Zealand’s rarest wildlife sightings, including Hector Dolphins, penguins and orca whales.
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  • 3 hours
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US$95.29
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US$95.29

Marlborough Sounds Day Visit to Lochmara

Marlborough Sounds Day Visit to Lochmara

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Lochmara Lodge is a luxury getaway nestled in the Queen Charlotte Sound, only accessible by water or by a few hours of hiking. Skip the sweating and the heavy backpacks with this short cruise from Picton across the Sound to Lochmara. Once there, you’re free to explore the Lodge and its surroundings at your own pace – there’s no itinerary or time limit. Walk through the forest, go kayaking in Lochmara Bay, enjoy lunch in the waterfront cafe or see the fish in the Lodge’s Underwater Observatory.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$43.98
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US$43.98

Epic Kepler

Epic Kepler

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Explore Fiordland by Heli, Hike & Boat * Private, full or half day experience * Perfect for people looking to see and do it all in a single day A fantastic Fiordland experience that truly does have it all. Begin with a spectacular helicopter ride to Mount Luxmore, hike the famous Kepler Track and short boat ride on Lake Te Anau.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$651.74
Price varies by group size
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US$651.74
Price varies by group size

Kepler Track Water Taxi

Kepler Track Water Taxi

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The Kepler Track is one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, running from the shores of Lake Te Anau to Lake Manapouri and back via majestic alpine vistas. Start your trek off with this private water taxi across Lake Te Anau to Brod Bay. From there, stroll back to Te Anau along the lake’s limestone bluffs or, for more of a challenge, hike up Mount Luxmore, a summit with impressive views of Te Anau basin.
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$18.81
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US$18.81

Fly Fishing in Fiordland

Fly Fishing in Fiordland

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Join us for a distinctly Fiordland fishing experience on the Waiau River you won’t forget in a hurry. • Perfect chance to battle bountiful, aggressive Fiordland rainbow and wily brown trout. • Using our boat provides us with superior maneuverability for top results drift fishing the river or accessing beaches and islands on the river you can’t get to on foot. • Experience the outstanding evening rises and Mayfly hatches that can occur on the Upper Waiau. • Our professional kiwi guides are true Fiordland locals and great people to spend time with – they know the Waiau River like the back of their hand. • Enjoy kiwi hospitality at its very best; our BBQ lunch with locally sourced produce tops off an epic day on the water.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$535.97
per group
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US$535.97
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Jet Boat Trout Fishing in Fiordland

Jet Boat Trout Fishing in Fiordland

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Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Waiau River on this full-day jet boat fishing adventure from Te Anau. Delve deep into New Zealand’s beautiful Fiordland region with your guide. Cruise along the mighty Waiau River and, when you’ve found your spot, cast your line into the crystal-clear waters. Wait for the trout to bite and enjoy panoramic views over the spectacular Fiordland National Park. This fishing trip requires no previous experience whatsoever, just a desire to enjoy a relaxing day in the heart of rural New Zealand!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$535.97
per group
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US$535.97
per group

Milford Track Water Taxi Transport

Milford Track Water Taxi Transport

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* Fastest Boat to the Milford Track * Small and personal family company offering top notch service and a fun commentary along the way * Get to know your fellow hikers
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$66.46
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US$66.46

2-Hour Scenic Cruise in Lake Mapourika

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2-Hour Scenic Cruise in Lake Mapourika

Discover the true beauty of the West Coast in a small personalized cruise on Lake Mapourika. The Jurassic rainforest fringed bays which reflect the surrounding Alps and Glaciers will leave you in awe of its beauty. Explore a kiwi conservation area with your knowledgeable local skipper and enjoy watching curious native birdlife in the surrounding rainforest shoreline. Evening cruises, with a glass of wine (BYO) in the summer time are a wonderful way to end the day.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$65.75
US$82.18
US$16.43 savings
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US$65.75
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Small-Group Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier

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Small-Group Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier

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Explore the serene waters of Lake Mapourika in New Zealand’s glacier country on this kayak adventure from Franz Joseph Glacier. Paddle with your guide out onto Lake Mapourika, widely considered one of western New Zealand’s most scenic spots. Enjoy uninterrupted views as your guide explains the region’s fascinating geology, and marvel at the way the mighty Southern Alps are mirrored perfectly in the calm waters. Head into the estuaries of the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary, and discover some of the country’s oldest untouched rainforest as native birds sing overhead.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$70.36
US$87.96
US$17.60 savings
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US$70.36
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Akaroa Eco-Safari Full-Day Tour from Christchurch

Akaroa Eco-Safari Full-Day Tour from Christchurch

The best of Banks Peninsula! Enjoy a harbour cruise with Hector dolphins, a nature safari with wild penguins and experience the serenity of tame, friendly Alpacas. Finish off the day with a wine tasting at the very special French Peak vineyard.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$227.96
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US$227.96
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Million Dollar Cruise in Queenstown

Million Dollar Cruise in Queenstown

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Explore Lake Wakatipu by boat on a 1.5-hour cruise from Queenstown. As you travel to the end of the lake, you can see stunning lakeside homes, a variety of bird life, Kawarau Dam, and the magnificent scenery that surrounds Queenstown. Get unobstructed views from the sundeck or stay warm in the heated cabin, and have the option to purchase drinks from the onboard bar.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$35.02
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US$35.02

Day Safari Sea Kayaking Trip from Te Anau

Day Safari Sea Kayaking Trip from Te Anau

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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.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$120.77
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US$120.77

Wilderness Adventure Including Scenic flight Self-guided Hike and Jet Boat Ride

Wilderness Adventure Including Scenic flight Self-guided Hike and Jet Boat Ride

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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.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$318.84
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US$318.84

Milford Sound Glacier Flight & Cruise from Wanaka

Milford Sound Glacier Flight & Cruise from Wanaka

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Experience the rugged beauty of remote Milford Sound from Wanaka, all in half-a-day. With a choice of morning or afternoon flight departures, fly over lush national parks, epic glaciers, and alpine lakes, before touching down in the Sound. Enjoy a scenic cruise, keeping an eye out for some of the local inhabitants including seals, penguins, and dolphins, before returning to Wanaka by plane.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$425.11
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US$425.11

Wanaka Water Taxi Mou Waho Island Tour

Wanaka Water Taxi Mou Waho Island Tour

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A lot of the South Island’s natural hideaways are tough to get to, and that’s definitely the case with Mou Waho Island. This half-day cruise makes it easy; sail from Wanaka Marina to this isolated island in the middle of Lake Wanaka. Walk to the island’s very own lake, the Arethusa Pool, and take panoramic photos of the lake and the nearby Southern Alps, or take a dip at the beach near the island’s only jetty.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$91.62
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US$91.62
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Half-Day Cruise in Marlborough Sounds from Picton

Half-Day Cruise in Marlborough Sounds from Picton

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Take in the sights of Queen Charlotte Sound and visit Ship Cove on a morning boat tour from Picton. The 3.5-hour journey follows a network of waterways as your captain narrates the highlights of the Marlborough Sounds. During free time while anchored at Ship Cove, see Maori wood carvings and a Captain Cook memorial, and explore the sheltered beach. Be on the lookout for marine life and other natural features of this breathtaking region while you sip complimentary tea and coffee on board.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$63.60
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US$63.60
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Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary and Ship Cove Cruise from Picton

Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary and Ship Cove Cruise from Picton

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Cruise Queen Charlotte Sound to Motuara Island and Ship Cove on a 4.5-hour boat tour from Picton. Search for birdlife and marine mammals, such as Hector’s dolphins and bottlenose dolphins, as your captain details the region’s natural and cultural history. Spend time exploring Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary, home to endangered native birds including the South Island saddleback, king shag, little blue penguin and kiwi. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee on board, with free time ashore in Ship Cove.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$66.46
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US$66.46
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Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise

Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise

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Visit the remote communities of Queen Charlotte Sound aboard a working mail boat. This scenic 4-hour boat cruise departs Picton in the afternoon and makes New Zealand Post rural delivery service along different routes each day of the week. Experience the lifestyle of the Marlborough Sounds firsthand as the boat captain shares regional history and stories of these isolated hamlets. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee on board and disembark for a 15-minute stop at Ship Cove (1st Oct to 30th April).
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$75.04
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US$75.04
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Sailing and Wildlife Tour Akaroa Fox II Sailing

Sailing and Wildlife Tour Akaroa Fox II Sailing

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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.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$78.61
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US$78.61

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