Excursions in New Zealand for all cruise lines - Day Tours in Auckland, and Christchurch shore excursions
Most Popular Tauranga New Zealand Excursions and Tours
We have private, exclusive guided shore
in New Zealand for all travelers who want their own,
private tour and for all Australia cruise ships in major ports. You will have a
much more intimate experience, your guide being able to access locations the
large cruise ship tour groups miss.Have only a few hours to spend and want to
cover the highlights or a special itinerary? Enjoy your private car tour or
shore excursion in New Zealand and Australia. Let us create a tour itinerary to
suit your interests, we have a range of vehicles suitable for groups from 2 to
50 persons, from luxury limousines, modern sedans, minibuses and coaches. Any
destination or activity can be incorporated into your plan, your own personal
guide/driver will take you to the best destinations and will run the tour at a
pace to suit you. Decide how long you want the tour to last [minimum of 4
hours] and where to go. Customized itineraries are available for cruise
New Zealand Shore excursions for
or any other cruise line to Australia
and New Zealand.
- Princess Cruises, Diamond Princess, Dawn Princess, Sun
- Silversea, Silver Shadow, Silver Spirit private shore excursions
- Holland America, Volendam,
- Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Journey
- Royal Caribbean, Rhapsody of the Seas
- Cunard, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth
- Crystal Cruises, Crystal Serenity Australia shore excursions
- Oceania Regatta
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your hotel or cruise ship and return you in time for your sailing. Please give
us your ship name, arrival and departure times from port. Travel by chauffeured
car, limousine or minibus. If you don't see exactly what you want here, please
ask. We are experts at planning unusual itineraries. If you don't see a port
mentioned here, please ask.
These are our mostpopular itineraries. New Zealand Shore
North Island Tours Bay of Islands cruise tours Auckland cruise tours Tauranga
& Rotorua cruise tours Gisborne cruise tours Napier cruise tours Wellington
cruise tours South Island Tours Picton cruise tours Kaikoura tours Christchurch
& Akaroa cruise tours Dunedin cruise tours Fiordland cruise tours Stewart
Island cruise tours
View the famous Auckland landmark Mt Eden. From this fantastic vantage point
you will see evidence of Auckland's volcanic history. See Auckland Domain - the
city's oldest park, situated on a 62,000 year old volcano with fabulous views
of the harbor and across to Rangitoto Island. Visit the shopping area of
Parnell Village with its historic buildings that have been transformed into
boutique, antique, craft and specialty shops. Continue onto Kelly Tarlton's
Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World and see King and Gentoo penguins on
your snow cat ride through the Antarctic Encounter. In the Underwater World
come face-to-face with giant stingrays, moray eels, schools of fish and sharks.
All these creatures are only centimeters away, on the other side of the unique
acrylic underwater tunnel. The Native New Zealand Encounter Show at Auckland
Zoo will showcase New Zealand's unique wildlife. Next stop is the famous
Waitemata Harbor. Enjoy a cruise aboard a Pride of Auckland sailing yacht. Sit
back, relax or try your hand at sailing. Complimentary tea or coffee and
homemade muffins are included. Finish your Auckland experience at the top of
the Sky Tower. At 328 meters (more than 1000 feet), it's the tallest building
in the Southern Hemisphere. On a clear day it offers breathtaking views for
more than 80 kms in every direction.
BAY OF ISLANDS
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You'll see spectacular rural and coastal scenery en route, visit historic
Waitangi, cruise from Paihia and have free time to enjoy the cafes, museums and
shops of Russell, New Zealand's early capital. Visit the Waitangi Treaty House
and grounds, and see a traditional Maori meeting house and a huge waka (war
canoe). Next you'll board the Bay Belle ferry to cruise from Paihia to historic
Russell, a lovely town that retains the charm of its early whaling port days.
At Russell, you'll join a fascinating mini-tour of the area with a local guide.
After the tour you'll have free time to wander and enjoy the cafes, museums and
craft shops along the waterfront.
- FULL DAY OTAGO PENINSULA CASTLE, PENGUINS AND ALBATROSS TOUR Dunedin
is situated at the head of Otago Harbour, a 21 km long fiord-like inlet with
its many lake and mountain resorts spread over the hills which almost surround
the city. Depart Port Chalmers for a private Otago Peninsula & Wildlife
Tour. Your tour includes a drive past a superb collection of classic Victorian
and Edwardian buildings including cathedrals, the University of Otago, Dunedin
Railway Station and the court house. Admissions & Visits are included to:
-Larnach Castle, with magnificents views of Dunedin & Otago Harbour.
Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens, set in 30 acres of mature woodland gardens with
its historic homestead (1871), the garden has a superb collection of
Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Azeleas, Fushias, Roses & Peonies. (During your
visit to the gardens, take the opportunity to purchase lunch at the Glenfalloch
Café.) At Penguin Place, you will experience a unique guided tour of the
Yellow Eyed Penguin Conservation Reserve, the worlds most endangered penguin
species. Visit the Royal Albatross Colony - the only place in the world where
the Royal Albatross nests on a mainland, close to a town or city. See the
magnificent "Royals", one of the world's largest seabirds, with a
wingspan of up to 3. 5 metres (11 feet).The main colony observatory is closed
during the mating season (17 September to 23 November) but if flying birds can
be seen from the pathway to Fort Taiaroa.
City Sights, Natures Wonder & Larnach Castle Tour This 6 hour tour
includes Larnach Castle as well as City sights and wildlife that the Otago
Peninsula is renowned for. After collection from the cruise ship at 9am we head
to the City of Dunedin to the Visitor Information Centre. You have some free
time here until 10.45am when the tour begins. We visit some city sights such as
Baldwin Street (the steepest St. in the World) and Otago University, before we
venture out to the Otago Peninsula to Natures Wonders for a close up view of
the Penguins from their all-terrain ARGO 8 wheel drive vehicles. Time for lunch
[your cost] before continuing to the Larnach Castle for a guided tour.
DUNEDIN DAY EXCURSION The ship berths at Port Chalmers.Depart on a full
day tour which will include a short tour of the city centre, before driving out
to the Otago Peninsula for a visit to Larnarch Castle New Zealands only
castle where a tour of the castle and the gardens is included. Afterwards drive
on down the Peninsula to visit the Royal Albatross Sanctuary at Taiaroa Heads,
which is one of the few mainland nesting grounds in the world for these giant
seabirds which can have a wing span of over 11ft and also visit Penguin Place
to see the rare Yellow Eyed Penguins and the colony of fur seals here. (L)
Lunch is included today.
The Otago Peninsula is a scenic treat and home to some of the rarest wildlife
in NZ. Get up close to the endangered Yellow-Eyed Penguin, fur seals, Royal
Albatross and other common visitors. We take you to the places the big buses
can't. Learn about the forest plants of NZ as we stroll around the 'temperate
rainforest' garden at Larnach Castle. We also show you the City of Dunedin,
giving you a taste of the wonderful Edwardian and Victorian buildings such as
The Dunedin Railway Station, Otago University and Baldwin Street.
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- FULL DAY
SIGHTSEEING & SHOPPING TOUR Christchurch, "The Garden City"
has many well-tended parks, reserves and squares, fresh lawns and burgeoning
gardens of the suburban streets.Much of the charm of this city surrounds the
beautiful Avon River. Drive over the Port Hills & down through the seaside
suburbs of Sumner & New Brighton towards he centre of the Christchurch.
Enroute stop & enjoy Devonshire Tea at the historic Sign of The Takahe
Restaurant on the Cashmere hills with views overlooking Christchurch & the
Canterbury Plains. Upon your arrival in Christchurch, visit the Christchurch
Cathedral located in Cathedral Square, the Arts Centre & Canterbury Museum.
Your tour will also visit Hagely Park & the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
through which the Avon River flows. You will have the afternoon to explore
Christchurch on foot for shopping, lunch & sightseeing at your leisure. A
one hour Tram Pass is included for you to tour around inner city Christchurch
on the Christchurch Tramway. Your driver will meet you in Cathedral Square for
your return transfer to your Cruise Ship.
Hanmer Springs Day Tour Leaving the port, we travel first through the garden
city of Christchurch, then head north along the coast to Hanmer Springs.
Situated in the foothills of the mighty snow capped Southern Alps, Hanmer
Springs is an attractive year-round destination for adventure, relaxation and
indulgence. Famous for its naturally heated hot thermal springs & spas,
this picturesque and tranquil Alpine resort of Hanmer Springs also embraces
various adventure activities including famous Jet-boating, Bungy jumping,
Mountain biking, many forest walks and lots more. Finally we visit a winery
before returning to the ship.
CHRISTCHURCH - AKAROA DAY TOUR Leaving the Port, we head out to the
stunningly beautiful and tranquil village of Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula,
past the many bays and coves ideal for swimming, fishing, kayaking and
windsurfing. Akaroa, with its local Arts & Craft shops has a unique French
feel to it, a heritage of the first European settlers who arrived here from
France in the 1830's. Visit a 100 year old Cheese factory, Rapaki Bay, a Maori
settlement. During the tour you will see the typical lush New Zealand
landscape. You also take a harbour cruise to see some of the marine wildlife,
such as the rare Hector Dolphin before returning to the ship.
CHRISTCHURCH DAY TOUR The Ship berths at the port of Lyttelton . Depart
on a short sightseeing tour of the Garden City of Christchurch which will
include the Gothic style Cathedral in the centre of the City, and the lovely
Botanic Gardens before driving out into the Canterbury countryside and north to
Hanmer Springs for lunch (included). (L) This pretty alpine village is situated
in a high country basin 385 m above sea level and is one of New
Zealands favourite retreats perfect for rest, as a get away or for
adventure. The outdoor thermal pools in the Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve are
popular year round. Sit back and relax in the natural thermal water of these
pools surrounded by towering trees and a magnificent mountain backdrop.
(admission included) bring your swim wear and towels). Hanmer Springs
has something for everyone from a variety of walking trails, golf and dining to
thrill seeking adventure in jet boats, mountain bikes, 4WD drive safaris, horse
trekking and even a bungy site.
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- MARINE WILDLIFE & MOTUARA ISLAND MORNING
TOUR Picton is a principal gateway to the South Island, on the eastern arm
of Queen Charlotte Sound and is the main centre of the Marlborough Sounds.
Depart Picton on your Marine Wildlife & Motuara Island Tour. The fully
guided cruise departs the scenic town of Picton and begins working its way
through the breathtaking and sheltered waters of the Marlborough Sounds. Learn
about the wildlife from qualified marine biologists and their staff. You will
see dolphins (according to season), fur seals and a variety of seabirds from
the 13 metre catamaran. After cruising nearly the full length of the Queen
Charlotte Sound, step ashore for approximately one hour and provide a guided
walk to the top of Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary where you will be blown away
by the fearless birds as well as the spectacular view of the North Island from
the Cook Strait lookout. Birds include the endangered South Island Saddleback,
South Island Robins & Little Blue Penguins. After returning to the boat,
sit back and relax with a complimentary cup of tea, coffee or juice and
biscuits as the cruise will briefly stop at the historic Ship Cove before
returning to Picton. After your tour, the afternoon is free to explore Picton
at your leisure on foot for sightseeing or shopping. .
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- SIGHTSEEING TOUR The capital of
New Zealand is a cosmopolitan city at the southern end of the North Island,
surrounded by the rugged beauty of green hills, and has the most spectacular
skyline of all major cities in New Zealand with modern and the strong Victorian
influence. Your sightseeing tour will include the following:- -Te Papa -The
National Museum of New Zealand brings to life the stories of people who live
here in New Zealand. There are stunning perspectives on the country's
environment, history and culture. -Visit the waterfront to Oriental Bay and Mt
Victoria look-out & the rugged Southern coastline to the Wahine Memorial.
-Courtenay Place, Wellington's famous restaurant, cafe & bar area &
catch the famous Cable Car to Kelburn. -Stroll through the Wellington Botanical
Gardens, Begonia House & Rose Gardens. -Parliament, Beehive, General
Assembly Library & Government Building. -Visit Otari Native Bush Reserve to
stroll across the Tree Top Walk Way. -Visit Lambton Quay for pure indulgence in
New Zealand's premier shopping mile or head to the Cuba Quarter for quirky,
innovative and alternative shops. Your tour will terminate at your cruise ship.
The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore the Wellington at
your leisure on foot for sightseeing or shopping.
IN WELLINGTON Depart on a sightseeing tour of New Zealands
capital city (4 hours), which will include the downtown business district, New
Zealands Parliament Buildings and Government Centre, Victoria University
and the views from the Kelburn Cable Car Terminal. Also includes a visit to
Zealandia - the Karori Sanctuary, which has been ring fenced from rodents,
stoats, cats and other predators in an effort to allow rare and endangered
native birds to inhabit the area in relative safety.
WELLINGTON WALKING & FOOD TOUR Wellington is so compact,
its ideal for walking. Experience coffee roasting, explore our top
specialty food stores, sampling cheese and fruit as you go, and enjoy a light,
three course tasting lunch with wines at a top Wellington restaurant or
café. We explore this city known for its love of great coffee and food,
finding culinary treasures visitors often miss. Connect with like-minded local
food lovers, meet top Wellington restaurant and food professionals and uncover
(for 2-7 persons) Let us design a
special day tour for your shore excursion in Wellington, or for a unique day
trip. A food tour, a Maori led visit to Te Papa, or Lord of the Rings movie
sites. Te Papa is New Zealand's bold and innovative national museum and a
recognised world leader in interactive and visitor-focused museum experiences.
Stroll at a leisurely pace, sampling delicious food tastes with a friendly
local guide for an ideal up-close welcome to lively, walkable Wellington. Taste
typical local treats, from home-style baking to regional cheeses, seasonal
fruit, chocolate and local coffee, as you pass Wellingtons less-traveled
city sights, with local stories from your personal guide.
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- NAPIER WINE TOUR
Discover the character, atmosphere, rustic charm and hospitality of famous
wineries steeped in history; an insight to winemaking techniques; and taste the
difference of superb hand-crafted wine styles, grown in harmony with nature
from a tapestry of soil in the unique grape-growing region of Hawkes Bay. Your
tour guide has a wealth of experience in the wine industry, a love of Hawke's
Bay and a passion for its history and is delighted to share their knowledge
with you. During your tour you will visit four wineries. This afternoon return
to your cruise ship.
Famous for its Art Deco architecture, Napier sits at the heart of the Hawkes
Bay wine region. Devastated in 1931 by Earthquake and subsequent fire, the city
was rebuilt in the architectural style of the day, Art Deco.
IN NAPIER THE HAWKES BAY Depart on a 4 hour fun and educational
tour designed for casual imbibers and wine aficionados alike exploring the
wineries of the Hawkes Bay. Four to five wineries will be visited. You will
taste classic red varieties such as Syrah/Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Malbec and Pinot Noir; and whites such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc,
Semillon, Pinot Gris and Viognier. In 1931 Napier was devastated by a huge
earthquake and many of the building were rebuilt in an art deco style. Time to
view some of these before returning to the wharf
- FULL DAY ROTORUA & LAKE
TARAWERA TOUR The name "Tauranga" means 'shelter' ' resting place
or anchorage for canoes. Tauranga is the centre of a large citrus and sub
tropical fruit-growing. Tauranga has the lure of its sun-baked sands and
sparkling waters. Travel across the lush farmlands & bushclad hills to
Rotorua. Rotorua is the centre of an extensive thermal region and geysers,
bubbling mud pools and steaming, sulphurous lakes abound. Rotorua and the
surrounding lakes provide some of the world's best trout fishing. The Maori
culture contributes greatly to its charm. Admissions are included to: -Rainbow
Farm Show, experience an animated insight into New Zealand Farming Industry
including demonstrations of sheep shearing & sheep dogs working. During the
show you may be invited to bottle feed baby lambs, ride a bull or make cream
& butter ! -Rainbow Springs for a tour of the springs & streams that
are teeming with wild trout. Many of New Zealand's unique flora & fauna are
featured, including the Tuatara lizard & New Zealand's national icon the
flightless kiwi bird. -The New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute &
Whakarewarewa Geothermal Reserve for a guided tour. Your visit with a tour of
the Maori Pa (village site) & the institute where young Maori are taught
the intricacies of traditional carving & weaving. From there visit the
geothermal reserve to view the boiling mud pools & geysers. -The Rotorua
Museum with its fascination local history & displays on the Mount Tarawera
volcanic eruption of 1886. -A Gondola Ride up Mount Ngongataha for views
overlooking Rotorua City & Lake Rotorua & a Buffet Lunch at the Skyline
Restaurant. Depart Rotorua & travel north through the "Kiwifruit
Capital of The World", Te Puke, which exports huge quantities of kiwifruit
worldwide, onto Tauranga. Your tour will terminate at your cruise ship.
TAURANGA / ROTORUA DAY EXCURSION The ship berths at the port of Mt
Maunganui. 8.00 am Depart on a full day tour to Rotorua first showing you the
beach at Mt Maunganui which is New Zealands most popular beach resort and
then driving through dairy farming country and through Te Puke which is known
for its kiwifruit orchards. Pass lovely Lake Rotoiti and on arrival in Rotorua
sightseeing includes a private guided tour of Te Puia the Whakarewarewa
Thermal Reserve to see the geysers and mud pools, the Maori Arts and Crafts
Centre where young Maori are being taught traditional carving and weaving
skills. This will be followed by a concert of Maori song and dance on the Marae
(Maori Village) at Whakarewarewa. (L) Lunch and in the afternoon visit lovely
Rainbow Springs to see the large trout and rare kiwis and see the popular
Agrodome sheep show where you will see sheep shearing and dogs working the
sheep before driving back to the ship.
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Prices are per person, in USD. Private tours are available for all sized
groups. Book early. Because ,amy ports are small and the number of vehicles
limited, we suggest that you book immediately.
What's Included Most Popular New Zealand Excursions
and Tours 4, 6 or 8 hour tours. Car and driver including chauffeur's
expenses. A sedan is suitable for 1 or 2 persons; Limousine for 3 or 4 people.
People carriers (minivans) and small coaches are available for larger parties.
Ask for rates for 20 or more persons. Tax and service charges. Sightseeing
shown is for descriptive purposes only and admission charges are for the
passengers' own account. Call 1-800-221-2474 9AM - 5PM Mon-Fri Eastern Time or (516) 248-2042 outside USA/Canada
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