Regional Icons / Ruapehu

The Dinosaur Houselink

Visit Ruapehu
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

The Dinosaur House is a small dinosaur museum located in the historic town Raetihi. See dinosaur skeletons, walk among life-size reconstructions including the always popular T-Rex and Spinosaurus, and learn about the enthralling world that they lived.

Housed in a beautiful 1922 heritage building in the centre of the historic town of Raetihi. It is a traditional museum using the beauty and majesty of more than 100 specimens to show the public the exciting and wonderful world of fossils and dinosaurs.

You’ll be transported back to prehistoric times to explore our carefully curated exhibits which will expand your mind.

Activities and Attractions / Tairāwhiti Gisborne

Cycle Gisborne - Rere Falls Traillink

Katrina Duncan
027 203 4387
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

Tour available guided, supported or for independent travel.
Suitable for year round travel | Spectacular in autumn and spring
Grade 3 – Intermediate | Phone coverage limited
A two to four day escape over rolling and mainly downhill terrain combining nature, food and wine. Starting at Motu Falls and travelling over 115 kilometres of quiet rural roads towards Gisborne. The Rere Falls Trail is a gem of quiet back country roads and includes 27 km of gravel. The three and four day tour takes you via Matawai, Motu, Rere Rockslide and Falls, Eastwoodhill Arboretum, the National Arboretum of New Zealand, and Gisborne’s finest wineries.

Activities and Attractions / Rotorua

Waiotapu Thermal Wonderlandlink

Mericia Waqanimaravu
+6473666333
+6421362051
Groups and Free Independent Travelers
Mandarin, Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portugese, Dutch, Korean, Russian, Czech

Sculptured out of volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland (Sacred Waters), is New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. You are introduced to a uniquely different natural landscape, one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand, extending over 18-sq. km.
Enjoy viewing unique volcanic features as you walk at your own pace along 3 well-defined tracks. Come and see the history and beauty of the Lady Knox Geyser at 10.15am. Relax in the first-class Visitor Centre, home to our Retail and Café facilities.
Visit our website for operating days.
We are a cashless site. All major credit cards and EFTPOS is available.

Activities and Attractions / Tairāwhiti Gisborne

Cycle Gisborne - City Cultural Tour (2-3hrs)link

Katrina Duncan
027 203 4387
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

Year round, Grade 1 – Easy
Our guided historical Gisborne City Cultural Tour with our knowledgeable local guide takes you around the city and along the the rivers Taruheru and Waimata join to form the Tūranganui River. It is here that Kiwa, captain of the Horouta Waka made landfall along with the other migratory canoe the Takitimu.
New Zealand’s first European explorers arrived on 09 October 1769 aboard the Endeavor. Led by explorer Captain James Cook, they first spotted the white cliffs now called Young Nick’s Head. His first landing in New Zealand was on Kaiti Beach.
Taking you back 600yrs to learn about early Maori & European settlement, it is perfect for those who love history and the outdoors.

Activities and Attractions / Taupo

Sail Fearlesslink

Jessica Nesbitt
+64 22 697 1586
Groups and Free Independent Travelers
German

Choose the ecofriendly way and sail to the famous Māori Rock Carvings. Just relax and sunbathe or get involved in hoisting the sails and manning the helm of our unique, pirate flagged sailing boat. This is the perfect fun and adventurous sailing trip for the whole family to discover the fascinating cultural landmark of Lake Taupō. With the most experienced sailing skipper on the lake as captain and the crew working on the lake for many years you are in good hands.
Get away from the crowds and enjoy this more intimate cruise option with a maximum of only 18 passengers.
The trip includes a swimming stop in summer (weather dependent) – we offer the longest swim stop out of any company on the lake.

Activities and Attractions / Taupo

Kindred Spiritlink

Jessica Nesbitt
+64 22 697 1586
Groups and Free Independent Travelers
German

Experience the beauty of a scenic sailing tour to the Māori Rock Carvings, one of the most extraordinary contemporary carvings in the world.
Escape from hectic life for a while and enjoy the breathtaking views around. Listen to our experienced skippers and learn about the history of the lake. Give the crew a hand or just snuggle under some blankets and enjoy the wide selection of drinks. This tour is ideal for everyone with the desire to cruise in superior comfort with a bit more luxury.
As Kindred Spirit offers a faster sailing experience, you will have more time to enjoy the carvings or to take a dip and swim in the crystal-clear waters of the largest freshwater lake in Australasia.

Activities and Attractions / Rotorua

Mountain Jadelink

Ashley Aitken
+64 7 349 1828
+64 27 625 3567
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

Discover the diverse styles and artwork of talented greenstone artists from around New Zealand on one of our free daily tours.

Take a journey into the history of greenstone carving in New Zealand, explore the legends and stories which connect Māori to the stone and uncover the traditional uses and values of pounamu.

Observe the modern-day carving process as our local artists welcome you into their workshop and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and atmosphere of a small greenstone studio. Get to know our artists as they tell you about their passion and inspiration for carving.

Our tours are 20 minute guided experiences which run on-demand, 10 am - 4 pm daily. No bookings required.

Activities and Attractions / Rotorua

Hell's Gate Geothermal Reserve & Mud Spalink

Scott Zhang
+64 7 345 4117
+64 21 741 283
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

More than just a place of myth and legend, this land has the power to heal and excite anyone who meets it, just as it has done for centuries. Come and discover New Zealand’s most unique geothermal experience.

Activities and Attractions / Bay of Plenty

Kiwifruit Country NZ Ltdlink

Amanda or Gavin Fleming
+64 7 573 6340
+64 21 944 592
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

At Kiwifruit Country our expert guides will take you on a journey through a 65 hectare kiwifruit orchard, featuring both gold and green vines, sharing with you the fascinating story of kiwifruit, 'the worlds healthiest fruit'.

Accommodation / Bay of Plenty

Hotel on Devonportlink

Kathrine Brightwell
+64 21 029 83350
+64 21 029 83350
Groups and Free Independent Travelers
Hotel
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The luxurious boutique hotel in the centre of Tauranga city, Hotel on Devonport welcomes you to the perfect fusion of style and comfort. Modern contemporary service will ensure your stay exceeds expectations.
Whether travelling on business or pleasure we have the perfect rooms to meet your needs. Forty-two stylish rooms are designed and appointed with all of the personal and business conveniences expected by today's travellers.
We pride ourselves in excellent service to all of our guests,and delighted to let you know of just a few of our facilities.
Secure undercover carparking, Air con & Fresh Air units in all guest rooms, High speed WIFI, 24 hour reception & breakfast delivered to your room.