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South Island Activities

Although motorcycling around New Zealand is an adventure itself, sometimes you need a break from the road, and a chance to squeeze that extra bit out of your adrenalin glands!

Any one of these activities are guaranteed to put a smile on your face and increase the heart rate, all have been checked out by staff members of NZMR and come highly recommended! Just indicate your requirements on our booking form. These are just some of the activities used on our tours:


Canterbury

Black Cat Cruises – Akaroa

Black Cat Cruises helps create some of the most memorable experiences to be had on the water anywhere on New Zealand’s Canterbury coastline. If you are looking for a Christchurch tour or things to do in Christchurch and you’ve always wanted to swim with dolphins, get an insider’s view of marine wildlife or charter an unforgettable trip with friends, you are in the right place. Black Cat has been cruising the waters of Banks Peninsula for more than 25 years and is a must see Christchurch attraction. We know all there is to know about the harbours of Lyttelton and Akaroa – their volcanic origins and their marine inhabitants.

http://www.blackcat.co.nz
Mount Cook Alpine Salmon – Aoraki Mount Cook

Self-guided tour of a unique salmon farm. Feed the fish – buy pottles of salmon food and feed the various salmon types on the farm. Purchase fresh salmon, prepared to order and packed in insulated bins on ice to take away. With truly magnificent views of Mount Cook and the Southern Alps and salmon on hand, what else could you ask for!

http://www.mtcooksalmon.co.nz
Air Force Museum – Christchurch

With collection items numbers in the millions – from aircraft, engines and assorted parts to medals, weapons, pin-ups and parachute-silk wedding dresses. At the Air Force Museum you can marvel at our collection of 28 classic aircraft, be inspired by the bravery of present and past servicemen, servicewomen and their families, fly a simulator, experience life in the Air Force and step back in time into a replica 1940’s home. Your journey through the Air Force Museum of New Zealand will be something very special.

http://www.airforcemuseum.co.nz
Balloon Adventures Up Up & Away – Christchurch

Fly in Christchurch / Canterbury, New Zealand with one of the world's most experienced ballooning companies. Canterbury's geography and climate are ideal for ballooning, they provide a unique situation where passengers can experience Canterbury's landscape as only a few have seen it from a gently floating hot air balloon.

http://www.ballooning.co.nz
Tamaki Heritage Village ‘Lost in Our Own Land’ – Christchurch

Join Tamaki Heritage Experiences in Christchurch, 1818 AD. Sit back and enjoy as you experience the art of Maori storytelling and cultural education, combined to create a Maori cultural experience to rival all others. Trams, old steam trains and historic buildings fill amazing sets.

http://www.tamakitours.co.nz
Rangitata Rafts – Christchurch

Few other rivers can offer you New Zealand’s most amazing scenery paired with the thrill and excitement of some of the most exciting New Zealand white water rafting action. We are proud of the stunning and unique valley in which we work, and love sharing its magic with others. The view alone is worth a million dollars: or so Peter Jackson thought, as these mountains not only form the backdrop for our Gorge trip but also for the scene of Edoras in The Lord of the Rings.

http://www.rafts.co.nz
International Antarctica Centre – Christchurch

Explore our Gallery area which is packed full of informative displays showcasing modern day Antarctica, including the Antarctic Treaty partners, the human impact on the continent, the wildlife and plant systems and Antarctica’s effect on the globe. Our Gallery area encourages ‘touching’ of most of the exhibits to ensure visitors experience Antarctica in a fun and interactive way. Visitors conclude their Antarctic journey with a 17 minute sound and light show "Beyond the Frozen Sunset". Filmed by Emmy award winning film maker, Mike Single, it follows a seasonal arc from sunset to sunrise, weaving in stunning footage shot by mounting a camera to the underside of a helicopter.

http://www.iceberg.co.nz
Punting on the Avon - Christchurch

Experience life the way it should be – relaxed, tranquil and thoroughly enjoyable! Sink back into the velvet cushions of your boat as the Edwardian punter gently glides you down the Avon River, through the beautiful historic inner city of Christchurch. They offer 30 minute guided punt tours through your choice of three locations - City, Park or Mona Vale. From their Park landing site, sit back and let your troubles melt away as you pass the trailing willows and leafy banks of the stunning Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

http://www.punting.co.nz
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa – Christchurch

Set in a breathtaking natural landscape, surrounded by forests and mountains, the award-winning Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa offers visitors a wide range of experiences, from soothing indulgence to exciting family fun.The Thermal Pools & Spa has a range of pools - twelve open-air thermal pools, three sulphur pools and six private indoor thermal pools, as well as a sauna/steam room. Our new freshwater, heated swimming pool has “resort style” walk-in beach access and a “Lazy River”. Our popular family activity area of water slides, water toys and picnic area has been enhanced with the addition of the AquaPlay Area and the impressive SuperBowl

http://www.hanmersprings.co.nz
Air Safaris – Lake Tekapo

Air Safaris has operated alpine flight seeing throughout the world heritage national parks of Aoraki Mount Cook and Westland Tai Poutini since 1970. The iconic Air Safaris Grand Traverse scenic flight provides the opportunity to view New Zealand’s highest peaks and longest glaciers. You can catch the Grand Traverse flight from either of Air Safaris’ modern facilities located within the South Island of New Zealand at Lake Tekapo and Franz Josef.

http://www.airsafaris.co.nz

Marlborough

Omaka Aviatiob Heritage Centre - Blenheim

Human stories from the Great War come to life in a theatrical treatment, which is innovative and visually stunning. Captivating scenes depict the aircraft in context, some recreating actual incidents. The rare memorabilia is worthy of any national collection and ranges from beautifully crafted ‘trench art’ through to personal items belonging to the famous Red Baron himself.

http://www.omaka.org.nz
Dolphin Encounter – Kaikoura

Dolphin Encounter takes you to swim with the dusky dolphins in their natural environment, or watch their acrobatic displays from the comfort of our boat. The pod sizes of the resident dusky dolphins range in the hundreds along the Kaikoura coastline and we have an impressive success rate in locating these marine mammals.

http://www.dolphinencounter.co.nz
Albatross Encounter – Kaikoura

The most amazing and unique feature of Kaikoura is the huge range of albatross and pelagic birds that can be sighted within just a 15 minute boat journey from the coast, making many normally inaccessible and elusive species easily reachable.

http://www.albatrossencounter.co.nz
Kaikoura Kayaks – Kaikoura

The curious NZ Fur Seals & Dusky Dolphins are only a few paddle strokes away and the local guides would love to introduce you to them around the Kaikoura Peninsula.Hassle free, Eco Friendly tours offer a safe, enjoyable, interactive trip, with little effort and a whole lot of good fun!

http://www.kaikourakayaks.co.nz
Seal Swim Kaikoura

Snorkelling with wild New Zealand Fur Seals, in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula, truly is a unique experience. It's one of those simple nature experiences that opens your mind to the sheer magnificence of our natural environment and its amazing inhabitants. A breath taking nature activity. You won’t believe how curious, friendly and playful New Zealand Fur Seals can be in the water.

http://www.sealswimkaikoura.co.nz
Whale Watch Kaikoura

Whale Watch is New Zealand's only marine-based whale watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale at all times of the year. Whale Watch scheduled tours operate daily. Our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale.

http://www.whalewatch.co.nz
Wings over Whales – Kaikoura

In a typical 30 minute flight you will see the majestic Sperm Whale preparing for his next dive and up to 500 Dusky Dolphins playfully swimming. Occasional sightings include Southern Right, Humpback, Fin, Sei, Brydes, Pilot, Southern Bottlenose and Blue Whales. Other, less frequent, visitors to the area include Common, Hectors, Risso's and Southern Right Whale Dolphins, and Orca.

http://www.whales.co.nz

Nelson

Wither Hills Vineyard

The iconic Wither Hills Cellar Door and Restaurant is an elegant blend of contemporary design and comfortable sophistication - a great showcase for Wither Hills' superbly crafted wines in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Tantalise all the senses with a truly unique and enjoyable winery experience at Wither Hills.

http://www.witherhills.co.nz
Spy Valley Wines

The brand name 'Spy Valley' is derived from the presence of a satellite communications monitoring station near the winery. Awarded Cellar Door of the Year 2009, Spy Valley is a must-visit winery with a reputation for consistently producing great value, award-winning wines, particularly aromatics and Pinot Noir.

http://www.spyvalleywine.co.nz
Traditional Country Preserves

Traditional Country Preserves offers food lovers the chance to taste a range of exquisitely presented gourmet foods made in our onsite kitchen. Using mainly local produce and following family recipes, we produce chutneys, jams, dressings, dukkahs, mustards, fruit toppings and sauces. Our range also includes great tasting sugar free and/or gluten free products. We do not use artificial preservatives or colours.

http://www.traditionalcountrypreserves.co.nz
Montana Brancott Winery Visitor Centre

Wine tourism... at its best! Montana's Brancott Winery features an elegant restaurant, retail store, tasting rooms and wine education facility. Tours of the winery give visitors an insight into the world of wine making and the opportunity to see the revolutionary grape tipper tanks the first of their kind in the world. The stylish restaurant is the perfect place to relax over a glass of wine and in summer diners can enjoy their meals alfresco in the grassy courtyard.

http://www.montana.co.nz
Marlborough Travel

Marlborough Travel operates a well-established land and water based tour business offering a large range of tours of the Marlborough region. This range of tour options include Marlborough wine tours and scenic tours of the Marlborough wine region. (Wine tours are available on a private tour basis or you can join a tour). Marlborough Travel also owns the luxury launch Odyssea for cruises of the Marlborough Sounds and charter boat cruising.

http://www.marlboroughtravel.co.nz
Saint Clair Cellar Door and Café

A selection of Saint Clair wines are available for tasting each day and all of the range, including new vintage releases and a selection of limited release wines, are available for purchase. The Saint Clair café has an extensive menu, which constantly changes to reflect seasonal foods and local delicacies.

http://www.saintclair.co.nz/cellar_door/
Wild West Adventures

These are REAL experiences and you are treated as REAL people. Greymouth is located on the centre of one of the best drives in New Zealand and the turnaround point for the greatest scenic rail journey in New Zealand. We are so proud of the adventures we offer that if you don't enjoy your stay with us then we want you to have your $s back and that is why we offer a '100% money back Enjoyment Guarantee.

http://www.fun-nz.com
Abel Tasman Marahau Water Taxis

Discover the crystal clear waters of Abel Tasman National Park. They have tours to suit all travelers from serious hikes to relaxed sightseeing, short walks, full day trips, multi day hikes, scenic cruises, afternoons on the beach, visit the seals or dine at Awaroa.

http://www.abeltasmancentre.co.nz
Skydive Abel Tasman – Motueka

Skydiving from 12000 or 13000 feet above ground level! Whether you like to experience a tandem skydive, an accelerated freefall parachute jump (AFF) or a sport jump, everyone is welcome at our friendly owner/operator dropzone. We are situated at Motueka Airport, between Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park.

http://www.skydive.co.nz
Buller Gorge Swingbridge

Welcome to a place of excitement and adventure, where visitors can feel the rush of the Cometline ride, experience the thrill of the Jet boat, walk the heights of New Zealand's longest swingbridge, pan for abundant gold treasure, or simply relax and view some of New Zealand's best native flora and fauna on one of the many nature walks.

http://www.bullergorge.co.nz

Nelson Region

Hunter’s Wines

Hunter's Wines offers visitors a total Marlborough experience. Taste world class Hunter's wines in the cellar door, visit resident artist Clarry Neame or stroll through the extensive native Marlborough Garden. The Garden Cafe offers dining under the verandah or in the garden on warm sunny days or, on cooler days, in front of a warm cosy fire.

http://www.hunters.co.nz

Otago

Cadbury World – Dunedin

A sensation in sight, smell and sound. Experience the mystique of a working chocolate factory, sample and purchase Cadbury products and much more. Cadbury World is located in the centre of Dunedin city at the Cadbury Factory site. The Visitors Centre is a colourful and educational environment with chocolate themed displays where you can learn about the history of Cadbury and chocolate through the ages.

http://www.cadburyworld.co.nz
Speight’s Brewery Tours - Dunedin

The Speight’s Brewery Tour is an award winning interactive and informative tour guided tour through an historic working brewery. You’ll see, smell, touch and taste the ingredients which go into making Speight’s beers and discover how Speight’s became a legend in the south. Learn about the antiquity of beer in Babylonian times, through to the introduction of beer in New Zealand and then the history of Speight’s Brewery, before entering the brewery itself to learn about our unique brewing process.

http://www.speights.co.nz
Elm Wildlife Tours – Dunedin

Join Elm Wildlife Tours to experience absolutely unrivalled close-up viewing of rare yellow eyed penguins, Hooker's sea lions, and NZ fur seals within our restricted wildlife conservation sanctuary, see albatross at Tairoa headland and other wildlife around Otago peninsula bay's and lagoons.

http://www.elmwildlifetours.co.nz
Larnach Castle – Dunedin

With its exciting, sometimes scandalous and tragic history, magnificent carved ceilings, New Zealand antiques and breathtaking views, Larnach Castle offers you a vision of the past and present. Today, the Castle is the home of the Barker family, who have spent over forty years lovingly restoring the building and recreating the beauty of the 14 hectares of gardens and grounds.

http://www.larnachcastle.co.nz
Monarch Wildlife Cruises – Dunedin

Take a One Hour Cruise, Half Day Cruise or a Full Day Premier Peninsula PackageBe fascinated and exhilarated with the wealth of wildlife, dramatic views, so close, so natural – the only way to see it all – Otago Peninsula, Otago Harbour, Taiaroa Head with three time New Zealand Tourism Award winners Monarch Cruises.

http://www.wildlife.co.nz
Taieri Gorge Railway – Dunedin

The Taieri Gorge Limited train is Dunedin's prestige tourist train operating from the historic Railway Station. Departing daily (seats are limited on Christmas day) it takes you on a journey through the rugged and spectacular Taieri River Gorge, across wrought iron viaducts and through tunnels carved by hand more than 100 years ago. With full commentary, photographic stops and on board refreshments the train offers year round, all-weather entertainment.

http://www.taieri.co.nz
Royal Albatross Colony & Centre – Dunedin

The Royal Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head, on the tip of the Otago Peninsula, is the only mainland breeding colony for any albatross species found in the southern hemisphere. The first Taiaroa-reared albatross chick flew in 1938 and this now protected nature reserve has grown into an established colony with a population of around 140 birds. The sight of a soaring albatross is unforgettable - held aloft on slim wings up to 3 metres (9'6") across, the great Albatross is capable of swooping speeds of more than 115kph. Viewing these majestic seabirds in their natural environment is not to be missed.

http://www.albatross.org.nz
Air Milford – Queenstown

Experience New Zealand flightseeing at its best with a Milford Sound flightseeing tour from Air Milford. Or choose from its fun, friendly and exclusive flight seeing tours of Doubtful Sound, Queenstown and Mt Cook. Air Milford is a personalised aviation company, which prides itself on offering visitors to New Zealand personalised flightseeing tours. You can also charter flights and enjoy even more of the dramatic scenery of New Zealand’s Fiordland and Southern Alps.

http://www.airmilford.co.nz
Shotover Jet – Queenstown

World famous as the ultimate jet boating experience, Shotover Jet has thrilled over 2.5 million people since 1970, and now it's your turn! Take a unique breathtaking ride through dramatic and narrow Canyons, and hold on tight for Queenstown's only exhilarating full 360° spins. 'Can you handle the canyons?' with award winning Shotover Jet, 'The World's Most Exciting Jet Boating Ride' and the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons.

http://www.shotoverjet.com
Dart River Jet Safaris – Queenstown/Glenorchy

Queenstown’s Dart River Jet Safaris experiences are unique combinations of breathtaking ‘World Heritage’ scenery, exhilarating wilderness Jet Boating, Maori heritage and inspiring adventure – truly authentic discoveries of everything that makes New Zealand an exceptional destination. Choose the ‘Safari’ option that suits you best and join us, the only operator on the Dart River, on a diverse adventure travelling deep into the pristine Dart River Valley and spectacular Mt Aspiring National Park to explore this awe-inspiring area and experience ‘New Zealand’s Most Sensational Journey'.

http://www.dartriversafaris.com
Dart River Safaris Funyaks – Queenstown/Glenorchy

The 'Funyak Safari' is a truly unique adventure that combines exhilarating wilderness jet boating with unique ‘Funyak’ inflatable canoes for a fun way to intimately explore magnificent ‘World Heritage’ wilderness within Mt Aspiring National Park. Your professional guides will take you on an inspiring adventure through dramatic landscapes where you’ll discover the natural and cultural diversity of this amazing area that make it so rare and special.

http://www.dartriver.co.nz/dartriver/funyaksafari/
Skyline Gondola Restaurant & Luge – Queenstown

One of the first sights to captivate visitors to Queenstown is the distinctive outline of the Skyline complex high above town. Located an easy 5 minute walk from central Queenstown and exclusively accessed by scenic gondola, Skyline Queenstown is a 'must-see' attraction during your visit to Queenstown, New Zealand.

http://www.skyline.co.nz
AJ Hackett Bungy Jumping – Queenstown

To some it's Bungy, others call it Bungee. All we know is that AJ Hackett Bungy pioneered this crazy adrenalin activity called Bungy Jumping in little place called Queenstown, located on the South Island of New Zealand. The madness began at the Kawarau Bridge Bungy in November 1988. Over 20 years later AJ Hackett Bungy is still delivering amazing experiences, with the likes of the Nevis Bungy, Nevis Arc, Ledge Bungy and Ledge Swing.

http://www.bungy.co.nz
Encounter Guided Day Walks – Queenstown

Encounter guided day walks on the Milford and Routeburn Tracks have been designed for people with limited time. All you need is sturdy shoes, bottle of water, warm clothing and your camera and they will provide the rest. Milford Encounter departs from Te Anau and Routeburn from Queenstown. Multi-day walks are also available.

http://www.ultimatehikes.co.nz
Off Road Adventures – Queenstown

Experience the freedom and fresh air as you trail blaze round some of the country’s best off-road trails with our team. Based in Queenstown, we offer a range of all-inclusive guided quad (ATV) and dirt bike adventures. We supply top quality well-maintained late model bikes, along with all the riding gear you need to have a truly exhilarating off-road experience! Plus our passionate local guides accompany each group ensuring that riders of all ability levels have an amazing time.

http://www.offroad.co.nz
Skydive Wanaka

It's not every day that you strap yourself to a beautiful stranger and leap from a perfectly good aircraft ! Welcome to Skydive Lake Wanaka - New Zealand's most spectacular, multi award winning, high altitude tandem skydive ! Your incredible scenic flight to altitude captures 360 degree views of NZ's highest mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers. Freefall from 15,000 feet, capture your massive freefall smile on camera and break the news to your mother in style !

http://www.skydivewanaka.com

West Coast

Underworld Adventures – Charleston

From passive eco-train & cave tours to the sublime Underworld Rafting, or perhaps even full on adventure caving. They are all here at Charleston near Westport on the South Island's West Coast.

http://www.caverafting.co.nz
Fox Glacier Guiding – Fox Glacier

Enjoy a breathtaking guided glacier walk onto the world famous Fox Glacier with New Zealand's most experienced glacier guiding company; Alpine Guides Fox Glacier Ltd trading as Fox Glacier Guiding. We offer a full range of Fox Glacier tours and ice adventures to suit all fitness levels. Fox Glacier is New Zealand's largest commercially guided glacier, situated in Glacier Country, on the West Coast of the South Island, only 21 km's south of Franz Josef.

http://www.foxguides.co.nz
Franz Josef Glacier Guides – Franz Josef

The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand's West Coast Glaciers. Franz Josef Glacier Guides gives you the opportunity to experience the most spectacular glacier environment available to the general public anywhere in the world, offering a range of glacier hiking tours to suit all levels of fitness and ability.

http://www.franzjosefglacier.com
Fox & Franz Heliservices – Franz Josef

The only 100% locally owned and operated helicopter company licensed to land at all designated landing sites within the Westland National Park, Alpine Adventures provides a selection of highly popular Fox & Franz Josef Glacier scenic flights that include a snow landing on a glacier - all year round!

http://www.scenic-flights.co.nz
Across Country Quad Bikes – Franz Josef

Imagine following ancient glacial pathways carved into the landscape by ice and water and the thrill of driving these fun 2-seater ATV quad bikes through this wild place. You will be amazed at what is around every twist and turn as you follow the trail from riverbeds to forests, grasslands sand and mud. Feel the thrill of fresh air in your face and the excitement of riding ATV quads.

http://www.acrosscountryquadbikes.co.nz
Glacier Hot Pools – Franz Josef

Nestled in lush rainforest, the Glacier Hot Pools is a haven of natural tranquility and the perfect way for visitors to unwind and experience a blissful state of pure relaxation after traveling along Te Tai o Poutini (The West Coast) or enjoying one of its many attractions.

http://www.glacierhotpools.co.nz
Shantytown – Greymouth

Shantytown is widely recognised as one of New Zealands leading culture and heritage attractions. Over 30 historic buildings make up the recreated 19th Century pioneer town, inspired by the West Coast gold rushes of the 1860s. Its peaceful setting amongst regenerating native forest gives visitors the opportunity to step back in time, experience a range of activities and view fascinating relics from days gone by. Shantytown’s surrounds and historical theme provide a stunning backdrop for photography enthusiasts.

http://www.shantytown.co.nz
Bonz ‘n’ Stonz – Hokitika

Interested in an experience which will last a life-time? Visit Bonz ‘n Stonz Carving Studio & Gallery. Design and carve your own unique piece of jewellery in Jade, Bone or Shell or you can purchase a one off piece carved by a renowned local artist.

http://www.bonz-n-stonz.co.nz

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