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  1. Pohatu Penguins - 2 Hour Nature Tour

    Pohatu Penguins - 2 Hour Nature Tour

    By 4WD mini-van and with many photo-stops en route, view Akaroa Harbour in its entirety, stand on crater rim at our 700m view point and learn about the history of this beautiful area by local guides who have lived here for up to 5 generations. Visit Pohatu Bay on the outercoast, panoramic views all the way down, working sheep farm and penguin colony. Get great photos of our friendly pet sheep which you can also feed by hand for a real kiwi experience. Then come with us as we monitor penguin nesting sites (only in season) and learn of the conservation work we do in the largest colony of Little penguins on mainland NZ. Other native species are seen on the tour so great option for the...
  2. Pohatu Penguins - 24 hour Pohatu Package Farmstay

    Pohatu Penguins - 24 hour Pohatu Package Farmstay

    Only an hour and half away from Christchurch is Akaroa & the departure of our package tour to spend a night in the tranquil bay of Pohatu. Our guides drive you to and from the bay by comfortable 4WD vans. You get plenty of free time to swim, explore or relax in our beautiful area with plenty to see and do. Get a free evening penguin tour in season to learn about the White Flippered penguin and the conservation to preserve penguins & other species. The next morning you have the possibility to kayak & discover the wildlife in the sheltered bay and the spectacular outer coast of Pohatu Marine Reserve. Our accommodations includes full cooking and eating facilities, all bedding, linen and...
  3. Pohatu Penguins - 4WD Scenic Sea-kayaking Safari

    Pohatu Penguins - 4WD Scenic Sea-kayaking Safari

    After a scenic 4WD van trip over the 2nd highest pass on Banks Peninsula to Pohatu Marine Reserve our large fleet of safe stable doubles and some singles will give you the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful location in a way that only kayaking can allow. You will be taken on a wildlife adventure to find various seabirds, see curious New Zealand fur seals with pups playing in rocks pools, Little penguins and possibly even spot the world's smallest dolphin gliding under your kayak. There is much to see and explore, even the inexperienced can enjoy under the guidance of our experienced knowledgeable guides. On very calm days, deep sea-caves can be explored and for the more fit the wild...
  4. Pohatu Penguins - Evening Penguins Safaris

    Pohatu Penguins - Evening Penguins Safaris

    After a 4WD van trip and stunning photo stops en route you will discover Pohatu Marine reserve & the largest Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. View the penguins returning to the bay in the wild, in a natural and undisturbed way. Take part in our monitoring program of nesting sites giving you great insight into their lives and an opportunity to see the birds up-close. Then, you will have the opportunity to spot the penguins undisturbed from our hides, socializing on the water with our binoculars and telescope and at dusk a very high likelihood of some returning to shore. Note that artificial lighting is not used as this is disturbing for the penguins. Join one of our tour...
  5. Pohatu Penguins - Hike and Sea-kayaking Combo

    Pohatu Penguins - Hike and Sea-kayaking Combo

    Perfect option for those who have a good level of fitness and wish to spend more time in Pohatu bay natural environment. Departure in Akaroa by our booking office, be transported by 4WD mini-van to the beginning of a 3 hours hiking trail (regular to relaxed pace). With a map and instructions from your guide you will, at your leisure, walk down part of the famous Banks Track through ancient red beech tree forest and tree ferns to Pohatu Bay. Along the way discover many waterfalls and listen to native bird songs and visit the prehistoric forest of Tutakakahikura Scenic Reserve with trees over 400 years old. Once arrived at the bay you have access to a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom...
  6. Pohatu Penguins - Wildside Discovery Tour

    Pohatu Penguins - Wildside Discovery Tour

    Our Nature safari offers stunning views of Akaroa Harbour, the outer coast, the endless Pacific ocean, farm land, forested hillsides and scenic reserves. Visit the prehistoric forest of Tutakakahikura reserve and the spectacular cliff-tops of Akaroa Heads Lighthouse Reserve. After complimentary afternoon tea you will be greeted by sheep that you can feed by hand for a real kiwi experience. Learn about the inspiring self funded conservation effort that saved the penguins from extinction from the area. In season see white-flippered penguins up close as we monitor nesting sites and from December to February you might even be able to witness rehabilitation program as Pohatu Penguins have...
  7. Private Picnic in the Alps

    Private Picnic in the Alps

    Breath-taking from any angle, our private picnic spot sits high in the Southern Alps. Perfect for a proposal, a touch of romance or a special occasion, and certain to get the heart a-flutter. Leave the Mackenzie Helicopters base at Lake Tekapo to soar over a magnificent landscape of shimmering turquoise lakes, past majestic Aoraki/Mount Cook, the snowcapped peaks and longest glaciers of the Southern Alps. Touch down at a secluded picnic spot, feast your eyes on the panoramic views and raise a toast while your pilot lays out a delicious picnic spread. Your pilot will design your scenic flight to create the perfect experience to match your heart’s desire. A private picnic can be...
  8. Punting on the Avon

    Punting on the Avon

    Punting on the Avon is Christchurch's iconic river tour and one of the city's most loved attractions. Sink back into the seats of your punt, relax and let your thoughts drift away as you travel slowly along the river propelled by a skilled punter in Edwardian attire. Take in the stunning scenery of the Botanic Gardens, get up close to the river's wildlife and listen to the thoughtful commentary from your punter. This eco-friendly attraction is a luxurious way to see the city from a new perspective. The 30-minute tour departs from and ends at the historic Antigua Boat Sheds in the central city. Perfect for all ages, this blissful activity is not to be missed by locals or visitors....
  9. PureTrails New Zealand cycling tours

    PureTrails New Zealand cycling tours

    Our biking trips are on dedicated cycle trails including the Otago Rail Trail, and quiet rural roads featuring stunning scenery. During the days your tour guide & vehicle are there to support you during the bike ride, often appearing around a stretch of trail with a welcome cup of tea & snack. If you need a break your support vehicle is always available as ‘back up'. We utilise high quality locally hosted accommodation and the cuisine provided is locally sourced, wholesome and plentiful. With a small group size of 10 – 14 people, the sense of camaraderie that builds during a tour adds a special feel to the experience. Come with your friends or come alone and make new friends -...
  10. Quail Island Ferries (Black Cat Cruises)

    Quail Island Ferries (Black Cat Cruises)

    Spend a fascinating full day or half-day exploring picturesque and historic Quail Island by taking Black Cat Cruises Quail Island ferry - a short 15 minute ferry ride from Lyttelton. The island's scenic walkway passes by shipwrecks, a former leper colony and a former quarantine station used by the early European settlers. The Antarctica explorers, Scott and Shackleton, trained their sled dogs and ponies there. Today the island is home to native birds including the fantail, kingfisher, silvereye and many sea birds. The ferry leaves from Lyttelton Harbour, just 15 minutes’ drive from Christchurch CBD.
  11. Road Cycling | Adventure South NZ

    Road Cycling | Adventure South NZ

    Drop the panniers and forget about route planning, we’ve got you covered. Our extensive range of fully supported Road Cycling tours will allow you to put all of your energy into quality cycling and focus on the great adventure ahead. As New Zealand cycling experts, our trips have been designed to take you away from the busy roads and show you the very best scenery as well as taking you to hidden spots you’d struggle to find on your own. Some of our road tours allow you to cycle point to point, and others will have the opportunity for you to ride extra kilometers to maximise your journey. Start your road cycling adventure by finding the perfect tour for you.
  12. Scenic Helicopter Flights from Lake Tekapo

    Scenic Helicopter Flights from Lake Tekapo

    Experience the thrill of a helicopter flight and see the very best of the Mackenzie with stunning views of Lake Tekapo, snowy mountain ranges, Aoraki Mt Cook, beautiful braided rivers, and turquoise glacial lakes. Why fly with us? Our helicopter flights will show you some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery. Snow or alpine landings with panoramic views, and the beautiful silence and tranquility of being high in the mountains. Safe, modern helicopters with experienced local pilots. Flights range from 15 to 60 minutes. Wedding and engagement packages available. Helicopter and fixed wing aircraft combo deal, including our renowned Grand Traverse flight. Family-owned business with...
  13. South Island Mountain Bike Tour | Adventure South NZ

    South Island Mountain Bike Tour | Adventure South NZ

    Our fully supported South Island Mountain Bike Adventure offers the perfect mix of smooth flowing trails and technical backcountry riding through some of our favourite parts of New Zealand. Take on the sweeping alpine tracks of the Craigieburn Ranges, the rugged single track of the Old Ghost Road, the West Coast's Blue Spur, and the outback trails of the St James trails before relaxing in a thermal wonderland. Join a great crew complete with qualified driver and guide so that transport logistics, accommodation and most meals are sorted.
  14. South Pacific Helicopters

    South Pacific Helicopters

    We are the only owner operator in Kaikōura and you get to fly with him. Our goal is to share the beauty of Kaikōura, as well as the local our local residents, whales, dolphins & deals, which makes this place the best in the world for marine wildlife encounters. With every tour we convey our passion for this beautiful place and offer exceptional customer service to provide one-of-a-kind and unforgettable experiences. From Whale watching by air, Mountain landings, Marine biologist, Heli-rafting, Heli-picnic, Heli-hunting, Heli-weddings, and the most amazing luxury experience Matai Peak.
  15. South Pacific Helicopters - Heli Gin - Meet Mt Fyffe Distillery

    South Pacific Helicopters - Heli Gin - Meet Mt Fyffe Distillery

    Relax & enjoy a scenic flight while Daniel, our chief pilot and CEO, will educate you on the surroundings and land you on Mt Fyffe. Here you can inhale the fresh mountain air and meet New Zealand's newest gin maker, Justine Schroder, owner of Mt Fyffe Distillery. Justine will pour her premium gin and tell you the story as to how the award-winning gin was launched. Mt Fyffe Distillery is a small boutique distillery set on the foothills of Mt Fyffe, Kaikōura. Using botanics sourced from around their family farm and the local environment, led Justine to create two distinct blends of small batch artisan London dry gin; Woolshed Gin & Shearwater Gin. This package also includes a complimentary...
  16. South Pacific Helicopters - Heli Hunting

    South Pacific Helicopters - Heli Hunting

    The Kaikōura region offers premier high-country alpine hunting for red deer, chamois, wild pigs and goats. Utilising South Pacific Helicopters EC130 we are able to take up to 6 hunters. Drop off and pick ups are available from a variety of different locations. We recommend that each party carries a personal locator beacon (PLB) or a Garmin in reach. Unsure of where to go? Our pilots have extensive local knowledge and flying experience providing safe access to remote wilderness areas. We are more than happy to advise you on the best hunting locations during each season and can recommend experienced local guides with confidence.
  17. South Pacific Helicopters - Heli Rafting

    South Pacific Helicopters - Heli Rafting

    This half day heli-rafting tour starts at our helipads in Kaikōura then heads deep into the Clarence river reserve where you will get to experience parts of the Clarence river seldom explored. After weaving your way through the mountains the helicopter will then make a landing beside the river bed where you will meet your raft guides, who will guide you through the next part of your adventure. Following natures own highway, the rafting trip promises picturesque and ever changing scenery as you float on down through the gaping valleys of the reserve. Along the way you will get to experience gentle but fun grade 2 rapids, making it a perfect adventure for any family or group of friends of all...
  18. South Pacific Helicopters - Heli Weddings

    South Pacific Helicopters - Heli Weddings

    The sky is the limit. Based in Kaikōura we are available for charter all over the Canterbury region, all year round. Our modern fleet consists of a 4 seater Airbus H120 and a 6 seater Airbus H130 which allows us to cater for groups large & small. We can guarantee a unique and memorable experience every time.
  19. South Pacific Helicopters - Matai Peak Experience

    South Pacific Helicopters - Matai Peak Experience

    Nestled amongst the coastline of the Pacific Ocean and native forest valleys, bordered by the Conway River, on New Zealand's most iconic Angus stud farm, sits Matai Peak – Luxury Kaikoura coastal experience. Take a 15 minute heli flight from Kaikoura to this stunning location. Upgrade to a whale watching experience along the way. Land at a private and secluded hut on New Zealand’s largest Angus stud farm, the iconic Te Mania then enjoy a lunch of locally sourced and produced delicacies Climb aboard a 4x4 buggy with the farmer for a full tour of the extraordinary pastures and incredible vistas. At the end of the tour, drop into Te Mania’s ‘Saloon Bar’ for a well-deserved refreshment...
  20. South Pacific Helicopters - Middlehurst Experience

    South Pacific Helicopters - Middlehurst Experience

    Located in the Awatere Valley, enjoy a scenic flight through both the Seaward and Inland Kaikōura ranges on route. Sit down to a beautiful lunch, made using local and farm produce, catered by Middlehurst's professionally trained private chef who has years of industry experience, working in acclaimed restaurants around the world. To top off your special day, enjoy a wool shed experience and Can-Am tour of the farm taking in the views from the top of the mountains and learning how Willie & Sue operate the cattle and day to day working of the farm. Enquire about upgrading to an overnight experience including afternoon platter after your farm tour, dinner with 2 complimentary drinks, amazing...
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