HOBBITON TOUR MATAMATA:
This day tour from Auckland offers you the unique opportunity to visit the Hobbiton movie set located in a farm near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand. The Hobbiton Village was part of one of the greatest movies ever: The Lord of Rings film trilogy, which was shot about 10 years ago. You can see the village on the first 10 minutes of the first Lord of the Rings movie and also on the last 10 minutes of the third movie. More recently the set was used for the next 2 movies about the Hobbits. One to be released on December 2012 and the second one on December 2013. Peter Jackson and his team finished the work in the movie set in July 2011. If you are in Auckland you will have time to visit the entire set in a guided tour, which lasts for about an hour and a half. We leave Auckland at 8:00am. After the tour we head back to our departure point: The Shire’s Rest, where you can experience a little bit of the rural New Zealand’s stunning views and sheep are waiting for you.
AUCKLAND WEST COAST WINE TOUR:
Your personalised Auckland Wine Tour of Kumeu wine country & our West Coast area starts with a talk about the type of wines you are most interested in to enable us to customise our selection of wineries to best suit your tastes. Guests with limited time, and Kiwis alike, can relax and get out of the city away from the crowds to enjoy the wines and the beauty of the west coast of Auckland city. Included in this tour is a sightseeing visit to the wild west Tasman coast overlooking magnificent Muriwai black sand beach and the world renown ‘Takapu’ gannet colony where you can easily get up close to these large sea birds & their nests (birds nesting July/August to April/May), two or three winery stops depending on season and availability, and hotel pick up and drop off.
AUCKLAND WILDERNESS ADVENTURE:
Runs every day (except Christmas Day), minimum 2 passengers, moderate level of fitness required for native forest walks. Our full day excursion goes first to the Arataki Visitor Information Centre situated within the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. The out of this world panoramic views from the sweeping decks extend from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Take in the area’s history and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there. We then walk you through an area of Auckland’s coastal rainforest where you will learn about the local flora and fauna with its giant tree ferns growing alongside picturesque streams in regenerating rainforest, and also experience an area of untouched original rainforest with mature 1,000-year-old kauri trees. Our tour then continue further west with our Kiwi guide to the wild and rugged west coast where you get to experience the remoteness of the area. You then get the opportunity to stroll on a stunning beach and experience the uniqueness of the soft black sand and the clear ocean breeze. After this we shall make a quick stop for a late lunch at a local café and try some traditional Kiwi treats. Before our tour has concluded we will stop at one of the many wonderful wineries in the area for a cheeky wine tasting before we head back into Auckland city.
AUCKLAND MOUNTAIN BIKE ADVENTURE:
Visits Mt Eden Volcano, orchard, a winery and Muriwai beach gannet colony. 1-2 hours EASY downhill riding. (Scenic & Instructional) Beach discovery tour with a short native bush walk & time to relax at the beach. This tour begins with approximately 9.00am pick-ups from Auckland central hotels, hostels or a pre-arranged pick-up point. First of all we travel to the summit of Mt Eden volcano. We take in a view of the city, pointing out the sights of the city of sails, with an optional walk down into the volcanic crater. We break up the 35-minute journey to Muriwai beach by visiting a winery, at the winery visitors can sample a range of award winning wines for FREE, and have each wine individually explained to them. When they arrive at Muriwai beach our mountain bikers are dropped off at the top of a hill, the group will be provided with quality mountain bikes, helmets and gloves. We provide full instructions and tailor each days riding to the groups fitness. They will join our experienced guide riding through pine and native forest, across farms, and past natural lakes and streams. All levels of fitness and ability are provided for, beginner, intermediate and advanced. Most of the rides are downhill and all rides are tailored to the groups fitness.
AUCKLAND CITY TOUR:
Your city highlights tour is a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play. Auckland is set on 48 dormant volcanic cones and between two harbours, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Known as the City of Sails, it’s New Zealand’s largest and busiest city. After the pick up from your city accommodation you travel up Queen St, through Auckland’s central business district, past Auckland University and through the inner city park, known as The Domain. We continue on through the picturesque suburb of Ponsonby, known for its historic buildings, before heading over the Harbour Bridge to the North Shore. You stroll on Narrow Neck Beach in historic Devonport. There is time for a coffee here before continuing up to the summit of Mt Victoria where there are stunning panoramic views of Auckland city and the Waitemata Harbour. Then travel back over the Harbour Bridge to Westhaven Marina, one of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere. Visit the Auckland Fish Market before continuing on to the Viaduct Harbour.
RAGLAN SURF TRIP:
Situated on the West Coast of New Zealand’s North Island our Raglan Surf Trip is just a 45-minute drive west of Hamilton or a two-hour drive south of Auckland, Raglan offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Package includes: Kiwi driver/guide, 1 night accommodation (shared dormitory), 1 breakfast, transport and sightseeing.
ROTORUA, TAUPO & WAITOMO CAVES ADVENTURE:
Rotorua is a unique blend of Maori culture and geothermal activity, and is considered the adventure capital of the north island that makes this amazing city making it one of the most unique places that you will ever visit. New Zealand’s very first tourist destination! Tourism started in the Rotorua area over 160 years ago by the local Maori tribe “Te Arawa”. On this exciting trip away you can try many different activities and experience many weird and wonderful sights, sounds and even smells.
COROMANDEL COAST ADVENTURE:
With 400kms of coastline, there are more ‘golden sandy’ beaches than you can throw a sack of kumara at. The Coromandel peninsula is one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand, and in summertime is a favourite for many Kiwis. This presents the perfect opportunity to enjoy a quick escape from Auckland, where you can relax and bask in glorious places, such as Cathedral Cove. Why not grab a spade and head on down to Hot Water Beach to soak in the bizarre hot water springs as you dig your own spa. Either way, no matter what you do, the Coromandel is an iconic part of New Zealand and can only be described as a ‘slice of heaven’.
BAY OF ISLANDS ESCAPE:
The Bay of Islands is often called the birthplace of our nation, due to the historic and memorable events that took place there! Located in northern New Zealand, the Bay of Islands is internationally renowned for its beautiful coastal landscape. This area is rich in aquatic wildlife and offers the chance for you to have a unique experience, not just to see these creatures but to actually go swimming with dolphins. It doesn’t stop there!!! There are two incredibly fast jet boats that travel to the iconic ‘Hole in the Rock’, which always proves to be an incredibly popular attraction. Still not enough? Well, try hiring a kayak and exploring the area yourself, or enjoy some of the best fishing in New Zealand. No matter what you do, the Bay of Island is an absolute paradise and should not be missed in your time in New Zealand.
NORTH ISLAND SNOW ADVENTURE:
Whether a professional skier or complete novice, this package can be tailored to suite you. We travel from Auckland down to Mt Ruapehu where we will stay the first night. The next day we head up first thing to Whakapapa or Turoa ski field where you will enjoy New Zealand’s largest lift accessed ski field. After a day ‘hitting the slopes’ we head back down and travel to nearby Taupo on the edge of New Zealand’s largest lake, where you will stay the night. Let the adventure begin, as the next day it is all go! At Taupo, there is plenty of adrenaline pumping activities at your disposal, including bungy jumping and jet boating. So come on down, hit the powder and jump of a bridge. This will turn out to be a weekend you will never forget.
TONGARIRO CROSSING (SUMMER):
We depart from Auckland at 2:30pm for National Park arrival at 8pm, we will stop along the way to get snacks beer etc. Early start Saturday morning, jump on the one of the D.O.C. approved transport to the crossing. The track runs up the Mangatepopo Valley to Soda Springs, then up The Devils Staircase to the saddle between Tongariro and Ngauruhoe Mountains. Then climbs to The Red Crater (1886m), then down the scree slope to The Emerald Lakes. After passing the Green and Blue lakes the track sides around the northern slope of Tongariro, the track then winds its way down to the Ketetahi Hut, then to a gentle downhill track through lovely native bush to the pick up point at Ketetahi car park. After we pick you up we are off to Taupo for the night to party away all your pains after a long day hiking.