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Sailing in the Bay of Islands
Departing from the Russell Wharf at 10am, we will sail out to one of the 144 islands that are only accessible by boat. On the way there we will do our best to spot our local wildlife; dolphins, penguins, sharks and our wonderful array of seabirds. Once on the island, we will spend an hour or two beach combing, hiking, kayaking, snorkelling or simply lounging in the sun! Since the Islands are bird conservation sites we will hopefully even spot a few native rare birds! After having a fresh lunch on board, we will then sail back to the Russell wharf to arrive around 330pm. Other things to note We need you to be at the Russell wharf at 9:45am for the safety briefing. Departure is at 10am, please don't be late. Like the saying "the ship has sailed", it will!
Packrafting Queenstown- License to chill
Our day hiking and paddling through the NZ backcountry starts in Queenstown. After picking you guys up, we'll set off on a gorgeous drive towards the rural town of Glenorchy. After a quick pit stop we'll leave civilisation behind and disappear down a dirt road into the Rees Valley. The road less travelled if you like. Once the road runs out, we'll start hiking. I'll provide you with a backpack and all the gear you'll need for our packrafting adventure. The hike itself is flat, very easy going and jaw dropingly beautiful. We'll hike beneath glacier cover peaks, flanked by waterfalls and through an alluvial river valley where we often see more deer than humans. We're fortunate enough to have exclusive access to this working farm for our trips. We're a long way from the madding crowds. We'll walk for around 2hrs. Expect to get your feet wet as we cross the river a few times. We'll stop for hearty lunch at a small creek where our paddling journey starts. After a inflating our packrafts, we'll spend some time exploring canyons and practicing our paddling before taking to the main river. Packrafting along the Rees river is a relaxing and liberating experience. The river is reasonably flat and extremely beginner friendly. Everyone has their own packraft to explore and drift down stream. After an hour or so we'll be back where we started, ready to roll our boats up and head home. Other things to note No experience is required, you'll be with fully qualified instructors all day who can teach you everything you'll need to know.
Gibbston Valley Half Day Canyon
Meet downtown Queenstown for your pick up and drive out to the canyon through the Gibbston Valley wine country Get dressed into all the necessary canyoning equipment Walk minutes to the start of the canyon Enjoy multiple slides and abseils down waterfalls, trying your hand at abseiling yourself and learning the sport of canyoning Walk minutes back to our van to get changed Drive back into downtown Queenstown for your drop off Other things to note This experience is suitable for persons 10 years and older only 48 hour cancellation policy applies
Meet the Alpacas at Five Gates Farm
Your experience at Five Gates Farm gives you the opportunity to relax and unwind in a beautiful coastal setting with stunning views of Mount Arthur and the Kahurangi mountain range. You will learn how we manage our 6 acre small holding to grow sustainable produce, our cut flower garden and care for our animals. Learn the history of our 1890's homestead and how the land has been farmed for generations since the early pioneering days in Aotearoa. Get up close and personal to hand-feed our herd of alpacas in their paddocks, spending time to get to know these amazing animals and learn all about their history, habits and how each of them have their own unique and quirky personalities. On arrival you'll be welcomed by Julie and Paul your hosts and owners of Five Gates Farm, have a safety briefing, then meet the herd. There's some great photo opportunities with stunning views in the background. A tour of the farm will include meeting all the animals at the farm and playing with our three beagles Oscar, Henry and Sam. The experience ends with a soft drink and delicious home-baking from the farm kitchen.
Wine Tour with the Wine Doctor
We depart from the Station Building, in the city centre at 2:00 PM. We will set off for the heart of Gibbston on a small group half-day tour to visit three cellar doors and journey into the ‘valley of the vines’ to discover these vineyards nestled amongst the spectacular mountain ranges and dramatic river gorges. In one of the wineries, we will savour a vineyard platter or a cheeseboard to pair with the wines. We will visit boutique wineries that are off the beaten path. There is no set routine, so every day is an adventure. The choice of the wineries visited will vary each day based on your individual group's dynamics. The overall focus is on high-quality wines and friendly and informative staff. As I am also passionate about photography, I will take photos of the whole experience and will send you all the images by email after the tour, at no additional cost. I offer the tours in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Other things to note A minimum of 3 people is required for this activity to take place. If no others book for the day, we will get in touch with you and full refunds will be made or alternative dates offered.

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Sailing in the Bay of Islands
Departing from the Russell Wharf at 10am, we will sail out to one of the 144 islands that are only accessible by boat. On the way there we will do our best to spot our local wildlife; dolphins, penguins, sharks and our wonderful array of seabirds. Once on the island, we will spend an hour or two beach combing, hiking, kayaking, snorkelling or simply lounging in the sun! Since the Islands are bird conservation sites we will hopefully even spot a few native rare birds! After having a fresh lunch on board, we will then sail back to the Russell wharf to arrive around 330pm. Other things to note We need you to be at the Russell wharf at 9:45am for the safety briefing. Departure is at 10am, please don't be late. Like the saying "the ship has sailed", it will!
Marlborough Wine tour with a winemaker
Guests will be collected from their Airbnb in a modern air conditioned vehicle. (Please let us know your AirBnb or accommodation address). Guests will be taken to a private winery for a vineyard talk and a behind the scenes tour and explanation of the winemaking process. This is very special and unique. Guests are offered tastings of all the different wines made including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and world famous Sauvignon Blanc. We will also show guests how to appreciate wine, how to hold the wine glass and enjoy the smell of the wine, so they look like professionals. After a private tasting and tour guests will be driven around Marlborough and enjoy the wonderful wine tasting rooms, they will have the opportunity to purchase lunch at one of the world class restaurants (lunch cost is not included). The tour takes 6 hours and includes 4-5 wineries. We may also visit an additional brewery on occasions if requested. After the tour guests will be dropped back to their accommodation. (Free pick up within 15km of Blenheim, small transfer charge for remote pickups) The tours are run by a team of different Winemakers and wine trained specialists. The wine tour business is called Hop n Grape Tours Marlborough.
Packrafting Queenstown- License to chill
Our day hiking and paddling through the NZ backcountry starts in Queenstown. After picking you guys up, we'll set off on a gorgeous drive towards the rural town of Glenorchy. After a quick pit stop we'll leave civilisation behind and disappear down a dirt road into the Rees Valley. The road less travelled if you like. Once the road runs out, we'll start hiking. I'll provide you with a backpack and all the gear you'll need for our packrafting adventure. The hike itself is flat, very easy going and jaw dropingly beautiful. We'll hike beneath glacier cover peaks, flanked by waterfalls and through an alluvial river valley where we often see more deer than humans. We're fortunate enough to have exclusive access to this working farm for our trips. We're a long way from the madding crowds. We'll walk for around 2hrs. Expect to get your feet wet as we cross the river a few times. We'll stop for hearty lunch at a small creek where our paddling journey starts. After a inflating our packrafts, we'll spend some time exploring canyons and practicing our paddling before taking to the main river. Packrafting along the Rees river is a relaxing and liberating experience. The river is reasonably flat and extremely beginner friendly. Everyone has their own packraft to explore and drift down stream. After an hour or so we'll be back where we started, ready to roll our boats up and head home. Other things to note No experience is required, you'll be with fully qualified instructors all day who can teach you everything you'll need to know.
Piha Expedition
The aim of this tour is to promote health and wellbeing through a fun experience exploring nature. We start the day at our meeting place cafe where we will play some fun icebreaker games to get to know each other. Then we enjoy scenic transport in our Mercedes tour bus travelling through the Waitakere ranges to Piha, stopping at a lookout along the way. Snacks and warm up stretches on arrival at South Piha. This adventure consists of four very different walks in different areas of Piha ranging from 20 minutes to 1.5 hours to really get you familiar with the best spots you'd miss otherwise. Explore the many lookouts, caves, cliffs tunnels, native forest, rivers, hidden tracks, and waterfalls over the 7 hours. Listen to the Tui's and watch the colourful Rosellas in the forest, then discover Little Blue Penguins deep in the caves. If we are lucky we will spot a Seal or Sea Lion! Professionally guided by your passionate, qualified and safety conscious tour guide. This is the only way to get the most out of your visit to the wild Piha beach! Full transport between all locations, Healthy snacks, fresh fruit and cold water are included. Up to 10km total walking split up throughout the day. Some of which is Barefoot optional. The black sand can be hot during summer! Bring beach shoes if you have them.
Walking Tour of Wellingtons Goverment Quarter
Join me on this one and a half hour tour that covers the early European history of Wellington right through to the modern era. The tour starts at NZ’s oldest pub, its colonial architeture will impress and stories enthral. Our halfway point is the house of Katherine Mansfield a famous poet and story teller. Along our walk we will encounter the site of NZ bloodiest protest, a pub know for its politicians and much morea. We will finish our trip at parliament grounds and admire among others the worlds first smoke free building. This trip is not just about the landmarks but about the people of wellington, both past and present. Our Guides will bid you farewell at the gates to parliament and leave you to discover the worlds coolest little capital on your own.
E-Bike the most scenic and fun trail in the area
This tour is a beautiful way to see and learn about our amazing countryside. It is also perfect for a beginner starting out on their eBike adventures. I will show you hidden secrets on the trail and tell you the history of the Queenstown area. You will discover local nature and meet its habitats. The magnificent landscape around Queenstown makes Ride to the Lake Guided eBike Tour comfortable for riding and does not require special skills. It's enough for the experienced rider to keep interested but also great for not-so-experienced riders to push themselves and learn new skills.
Winery hop in a vintage V W Kombi - Queenstown
Explore the wineries of the Gibbston wine region in a vintage VW Kombi, with your experienced Queenstown host and driver, Chika. Discover the wine-making traditions of Central Otago and savour the views across the Kawarau Gorge during this wine tasting tour. If you love to travel in style and you love wine, then this is the tour for you! Many people love to visit beautiful Queenstown and there are a lot of tours on offer. Why not take a more inexpensive and nostalgic version? Let’s make your wine tour that little bit more unique and memorable. Central Otago is regarded as the NZ home of Pinot Noir. Queenstown scenery, vintage travel and wine combine for an unforgettable day out with friends and loved ones. Check out Instagram for more photos @queenstownkombi
Kindred Spirit- Maori Rock Carvings Tour
We take our guests to experience the beauty of a scenic sailing tour to the Māori Rock Carvings, one of the most extraordinary contemporary carvings in the world. Only viewable from the water, the likeness of Ngātoroirangi towers 14-meters above Lake Taupō. In the summer we offer trips at 10am, 1pm and a sunset cruise at 6.30pm. On Kindred Spirit you cruise in superior comfort with large deck space and a lounge under the main deck. We have a fridge and a freezer aboard as well as a high quality sound system. The boat has just been completely restored and is up to the newest standards, fully equipped for safety and enjoyment. The experienced skipper shares his knowledge about the history of the lake. You can give the crew a hand hoisting the sails and take a turn on the wheel or just snuggle under some blankets and enjoy the wide selection of drinks. With Dave as the skipper you get the most experienced sailing skipper on the lake as captain. For us it is all about passion. Dave grew up around boats and is sailing on Lake Taupo for over 20 years. For us you are not just a number, we want to share our passion with friends. Other things to note Sailing trips are subject to minimum numbers, lake and weather conditions. Please be at the boat at least 15min before departure time for check in. People failing to show up for check in will not be refunded.
Gibbston Valley Half Day Canyon
Meet downtown Queenstown for your pick up and drive out to the canyon through the Gibbston Valley wine country Get dressed into all the necessary canyoning equipment Walk minutes to the start of the canyon Enjoy multiple slides and abseils down waterfalls, trying your hand at abseiling yourself and learning the sport of canyoning Walk minutes back to our van to get changed Drive back into downtown Queenstown for your drop off Other things to note This experience is suitable for persons 10 years and older only 48 hour cancellation policy applies
Meet the Alpacas at Five Gates Farm
Your experience at Five Gates Farm gives you the opportunity to relax and unwind in a beautiful coastal setting with stunning views of Mount Arthur and the Kahurangi mountain range. You will learn how we manage our 6 acre small holding to grow sustainable produce, our cut flower garden and care for our animals. Learn the history of our 1890's homestead and how the land has been farmed for generations since the early pioneering days in Aotearoa. Get up close and personal to hand-feed our herd of alpacas in their paddocks, spending time to get to know these amazing animals and learn all about their history, habits and how each of them have their own unique and quirky personalities. On arrival you'll be welcomed by Julie and Paul your hosts and owners of Five Gates Farm, have a safety briefing, then meet the herd. There's some great photo opportunities with stunning views in the background. A tour of the farm will include meeting all the animals at the farm and playing with our three beagles Oscar, Henry and Sam. The experience ends with a soft drink and delicious home-baking from the farm kitchen.
Wine Tour with the Wine Doctor
We depart from the Station Building, in the city centre at 2:00 PM. We will set off for the heart of Gibbston on a small group half-day tour to visit three cellar doors and journey into the ‘valley of the vines’ to discover these vineyards nestled amongst the spectacular mountain ranges and dramatic river gorges. In one of the wineries, we will savour a vineyard platter or a cheeseboard to pair with the wines. We will visit boutique wineries that are off the beaten path. There is no set routine, so every day is an adventure. The choice of the wineries visited will vary each day based on your individual group's dynamics. The overall focus is on high-quality wines and friendly and informative staff. As I am also passionate about photography, I will take photos of the whole experience and will send you all the images by email after the tour, at no additional cost. I offer the tours in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Other things to note A minimum of 3 people is required for this activity to take place. If no others book for the day, we will get in touch with you and full refunds will be made or alternative dates offered.
Silversmithing Made Easy Jewellery making Class Christchurch
I will welcome you in my home based studio at the beach side suburb North New Brighton. This is a very exclusive, hands on experience in small groups with lots of one to one teaching. While I show you around the studio I will point out any health and safety tips to help create a safe environment for all. This workshop is a great introduction to Silversmithing. Your project will be according to your level. Before you arrive I will message you to hear whether you have a specific project in mind or whether you are open to see what can happen. Its up to you to make a ring, a pendant, a small link bracelet or earrings. You can bring and recycle old broken pieces of jewellery and turn them into new wearable keepsakes You can make use of letters to stamp personalised messages into your work. The hands-on fun part is fire and flames and forging (hammering) the metal. Some of the processes are cleaning the work by hand like filing, sanding and polishing. The final end result is totally up to what ever look you like. Please contact me for any other times and or days available I'm happy to change to suit your itinerary. You don't need any previous knowledge to do this workshop. Up to 4 grams of Silver for your project is included in the price, please bring some extra money in case you need to buy more Silver for your project.
Auckland City Sightseeing
A half day guided scenic tour exploring the city's main points of interest. Your professional tour guide has grown up with this city and has the local knowledge to show off the best bits of Auckland central within a day! Full transport included to each location in our luxurious Mercedes sprinter. You'll be able to get out and explore at ​Points of interest visited: Multiple Viewpoints of Rangitoto volcano and surrounding volcano islands North Head Historic Military Defence Reserve Stokes Point Reserve Auckland Harbour Bridge Westhaven Marina Silo Park Americas Cup Facilities Wynyard Quarter (Lunch break) Queens Wharf Viaduct Harbour Britomart Famous streets including Franklin Road, Ponsonby Road, Queens Street and the famous K Road Albert Park Auckland Domain Auckland Museum Holy Trinity Cathedral Parnell Rose Gardens Okahu Bay Wharf Bastion Point Mount Eden Volcano Summit Your guide will explain the significance of each location as well as history, place names, fun facts and share knowledge only locals know. Cold water, fresh fruit and healthy snacks will be provided throughout the day. ​Full transport to all locations​ with some walking required Approximately 6-6.5 hours
Phantom Sailing Bay of Islands
We leave from Russell at 10am and set sail for a cruise through the Bay of Islands. During the sailing, we will share the history of the bays and our guests can participate in the sailing or just relax and enjoy the views. At our anchorage, you can go ashore for a walk, swim, snorkel or relax on board while a fresh lunch is prepared in the galley. Lunch is served on the boat and is always punctuated by lively conversation. We sail back to Russell to arrive at the wharf at about 3:30pm. Other things to note We have your safety and comfort as our first consideration. It is important that you make phone or email contact before the trip so we can make sure you have the latest information as far as weather goes. We have a toilet and refrigeration on board. No sailing or boating experience necessary.
Sail Barbary - Eco Sailing to the Maori Rock Carvings
Step aboard our classic white eco friendly sailing boat. No noise, no nasty diesel fumes. Our skipper will help make your trip memorable aboard the vessel that has proudly entertained visitors to the region since 1982. After a safety briefing we leave the marina at the beginning of the mighty Waikato River and work our way along the bays of Lake Taupo with an informative and interesting short history of the area, it’s volcanic nature and cultural history. Either sit back and relax on our comfortable seating or have a turn at the wheel. Refreshments like tea coffee or milo ( a kiwi favourite) are available on the trip. Grab a drink and get to know the people around you. As we sail you will enjoy the majestic view of our volcanic mountains, Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. In the Winter they are snowcapped like ice cream cones. Sail Barbary takes you right up close to the face of Ngatoroirangi, for the perfect photo of the 14-metre high rock art, only accessible by water. The skipper will tell you the story of its carving. In the summer we stop for swimming. We are a truly unique and authentic experience. the only sustainable sailing company on the lake.