Excursions in North Island

Excursions perfectly enhance your holiday and offer excellent value. Prices are per person.

Waitomo Glowworm Cave excursion
Waitomo Glowworm Cave

This ticket entitles you to enter the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, where thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light. Walk through Cathedral Cave and hear the amazing acoustics in this vast space. Then join a 45 minute tour by boat (which depart every 15-30 minutes) and glide silently through the caves. Available daily from Waitomo.

FROM £35
Interislander Ferry excursion
Interislander Ferry

The Interislander ferry is one of the unmissable great journeys of New Zealand, as it sails between Wellington and Picton. It’s a truly iconic experience. There is the option to travel as a foot passenger, with upgrades available to the Plus Lounge for a more refined journey. There is also the option to travel with your car (some car rental companies require you to drop your vehicle off and pick up another on arrival). Each vessel has stacks to keep you busy with a family lounge, a cafe and bar. Journey is available in reverse. Wellington (North Island) to Picton (South Island) takes around 3½ hours. Three ferries depart daily from both Wellington and Picton with departures throughout the day.

FROM £47 (Wellington to Picton one way)
Weta There & Back Again Experience excursion
Weta There & Back Again Experience

Take a journey from Middle Earth to Tracy Island and beyond as you explore 25 years of award-winning creativity at Weta Workshop. Learn about the practical effects created for Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, the record-breaking Gallipoli and more. There’s also a chance to visit the authentic Thunderbirds Are Go shooting stage and discover the monumental miniature environments built for the popular television series. Available daily from Wellington (excluding 25 Dec).

FROM £57
Classic Afternoon Wine Tour excursion
Classic Afternoon Wine Tour

During this fun-filled and informative afternoon tour, visit some of Hawke’s Bay’s most exciting wineries, ranging from household names you might recognise to boutique producers selling mainly from their cellar door. Also included is a vineyard experience to learn about the ‘roots’ of wine making from the soil up. Plus, you’ll enjoy a mid-afternoon cheese platter at one of the wineries. Available daily from Napier (excluding selected dates). Minimum age 18 years.

FROM £65
Auckland City Sights & Harbour Cruise excursion
Auckland City Sights & Harbour Cruise

Get to know Auckland with a half day city highlights tour followed by a Hauraki Gulf harbour cruise. Travel through the city and over the Auckland Harbour Bridge enjoying views back to the city from the North Shore. Visit the Viaduct Harbour and Auckland’s famous Queen Street before continuing to the Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park. During the cruise the crew provide a commentary about the city and its landmarks. Available daily from Auckland.

FROM £66
Dolphin Nature Cruise excursion
Dolphin Nature Cruise

Join a 4 hour scenic cruise through the picturesque Bay of Islands to search for dolphins living in the wild. Full commentary is given from the knowledgeable skipper about marine mammals and the conservation efforts being made. There is also an option to snorkel in the beautiful clear waters and if time permits you will also visit Otehi Bay on Urupukapuka Island afterwards, with the option to return on a later ferry at no extra cost. Available daily between Oct-Apr from Paihia.

FROM £75
Te Po Evening Experience excursion
Te Po Evening Experience

The Te Po Tour is a one of a kind feast of storytelling, entertainment and Maori cuisine. Be enriched with a deeper understanding of Maori traditions and absorb the unforgettable sights of this top Rotorua attraction at nightfall. After a traditional welcome enjoy a Maori feast prepared in the traditional Hangi style. Then, board the motorised waka for a journey through the Valley Under Lights, disembarking at Pohutu Geyser to see it illuminated in all its full glory. Available every evening from Rotorua.

FROM £78
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour excursion
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Your guide will escort you through the 10-acre site recounting fascinating details on how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created. Hobbit holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill and other structures can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth. Upon completion of the tour you will return to Rotorua. Available daily from Rotorua (excluding 25 Dec).

FROM £79
Northern Explorer Train excursion
Northern Explorer Train

The Northern Explorer rumbles through the heart of the North Island on an epic journey that allows you to experience the extremes of New Zealand’s scenery, from the fertile farmlands of Waikato to the volcanic peaks of the Central Plateau and the sparkling Kapiti coast. Carriages have spacious reclining seats with generous leg room and panoramic windows The train also has an open-air carriage for uninterrupted views and a licensed cafe. All journeys are available in reverse. Auckland to Wellington which takes around 10½ hours; or Auckland to National Park which is 5½ hours. Departures Monday, Thursday & Saturday.

FROM £85 (Auckland to National Park one way) or £139 (Auckland to Wellington one way)
Cape Reinga via 90 Mile Beach (inc lunch) excursion
Cape Reinga via 90 Mile Beach (inc lunch)

This full day tour begins with a visit to ancient Puketi Kauri Forest for a short walk. On arrival at Cape Reinga stand on the northern most tip of New Zealand and watch the Pacific Ocean collide with the Tasman Sea. Try sandboarding down the massive sand dunes on boogie boards at Te Paki Stream before journeying along empty 90 Mile Beach which will provide striking contrasts to the busy and populated East Coast. Available daily from Paihia.

FROM £89
Auckland Luxury Maori Tour (inc lunch) excursion
Auckland Luxury Maori Tour (inc lunch)

Experience Auckland and its fascinating Maori culture on a very personal small group tour by exploring some important historic sites and learn more about the fascinating Maori culture and history along the way. Accompanied by an indigenous guide, the tour also features culturally significant locations in the Auckland area as well as its numerous volcanoes and amazing west coast scenery. Available daily from Auckland (excluding 25 Dec). Minimum age 4 years.

FROM £175

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