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RICCARTON BUSH & DEANS COTTAGE - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch West

Stroll through a rare and ancient native forest in the heart of Christchurch city - Canterbury's sole remnant of kahikatea floodplain forest. The 600-year-old kahikatea trees are the latest generation of a forest that established on this site 3000 years ago. Visit Deans pioneering cottage...(more)

FEILDING SALEYARD GUIDED TOURS - Feilding, Manawatu

Location: Manawatu - Feilding

Come and learn the fascinating history of selling livestock, dating back to the 1880s and one of New Zealand's oldest traditions. Wander through 330 sheep pens and watch the auction process. Take a seat in state of the art cattle rostrum and view the latest computer technology used. Twice weekly sales see 15,000 sheep and 1,400 head of cattle sold...(more)

SEDDONVILLE HOTEL - Seddonville

Location: West Coast - Westport

If you need a break away away from it all then prepare to be charmed and enchanted by one of New Zealand's best kept secrets - the wild West Coast. The Seddonville Hotel is surrounded by untouched, lush native bush, rugged mountains and beautiful rivers. Your hosts look forward to sharing their little corner of paradise with you...(more)

AIR FORCE MUSEUM OF NEW ZEALAND - Christchurch

Location: New Zealand

Experience one of the world's best military aviation collections at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand; from aircraft, engines and assorted parts to medals and personal war stories. Come and explore our collection, fly a simulator, take a guided tour and enjoy our children's activities. FREE ADMISSION, open daily...(more)

PONGAROA HOTEL - Pongaroa, Wairarapa

Location: Wairarapa - Pongaroa

Pongaroa Hotel is set in the historic 1911 BNZ building right in the centre of town. The hotel showcases the character of the past whilst providing a family friendly environment for locals and visitors alike. Enjoy country hospitality at its best at the Pongaroa Hotel!..(more)

OTAGO MUSEUM - Dunedin

Location: Dunedin - North Dunedin

Welcome to one of the world's best museums! Discover the richness and vibrancy of the southern region through outstanding collections covering culture, nature and science. Whether you have an hour to spare or a day to enjoy, you'll find something to inspire, enlighten or excite you...(more)

SHANTYTOWN HERITAGE PARK - West Coast

Location: West Coast

Welcome to Shantytown, one of New Zealand's premier Heritage Park attractions. Shantytown is a faithfully restored 1900s pioneer town on the West Coast based on the gold rushes of the 1860s. This is a leading attraction that offers wedding and conference facilities, as well as boasting a steam train ride through beautiful native bush to a gold claim...(more)

NAIRN STREET COTTAGE - Wellington

Location: Wellington

Built in 1858, central Wellington's oldest identified building is beautifully presented and rich with history. Displays show the ways in which the first colonials blended their lives from their Victorian homeland with the dictates of a new country. Enjoy the garden, the remaining portion of an 1840 New Zealand Company Town Acre, on which the Cottage was built...(more)

ART DECO TRUST - Napier

Location: Hawkes Bay

Explore Napier, the Art Deco Capital of the World! Take a tour of the city's iconic Art Deco heritage which is beautifully preserved. Your friendly, local guide will entertain you with stories of the earthquake that destroyed the city and the remarkable recovery. With a tour to suit everyone, you will see a new side to Napier's beauty and charm...(more)

DARRYL'S DINNER CRUISE - Bay of Islands

Location: Paihia

Relax and enjoy a 2-½ hour cruise along the Waitangi River with Darryl’s Dinner Cruises to the gorgeous Haruru Falls. Experience the tranquil surroundings as we take you on a journey rich with abundant bird life and historical points of interest. Dine on a delicious meal as the sun goes down and experience our unique dinner cruise...(more)

INTERNATIONAL ANTARCTIC CENTRE - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch

The International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch is one of New Zealand’s best tourist attractions. Offering an exciting for visitors of all ages. Experience the snow room, chill out with the Little Blue Penguins, or learn about life in modern day Antarctica. Take an exhilarating Hagglund ride and experience a 4D movie. It’s the coolest fun in town!..(more)

RICCARTON HOUSE & BUSH TOURS - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch

Our guided tours offer you a glimpse of days gone by around every corner, taking you through a world of Victorian and Edwardian splendour. Begun in 1856, this grand homestead was the home of Canterbury's pioneering Deans family for 91 years. Take a walk through the last surviving remnant of ancient kahikatea forest that once covered the Canterbury Plains...(more)

NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM WAIOURU - North Island

Location: Ruapehu - Waiouru

Visitors will be inspired by real life soldier's stories as they discover New Zealand's military history, and reflect on how conflict has shaped our nation. The Museum is open daily 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (except Christmas Day). Facilities include the Museum Cafe, gift shop, research centre, guided tours, Memorial Greenstone Wall, educational programmes and picnic area...(more)

KIWI NORTH - Whangarei

Location: Northland - Whangarei

Welcome to Kiwi North, a site that features a museum, a nocturnal kiwi house, gift store, and unique Victorian heritage buildings. We're set on 25 hectares of rolling, volcanic farmland, forest and bush, with views that overlook the city of Whangarei and the Whangarei Heads. Our specialty is with Family-friendly Event Days...(more)

BURIED VILLAGE - Rotorua

Location: Rotorua

Around the fascinating remains of a settlement buried by the eruption of Mount Tarawera, a place of exceptional beauty has been created. A world-class museum houses many hundreds of objects dug from the ruins of the village. Be escorted though the excavated sites with a walk to the base of one of NZ's most stunning waterfalls—not to be missed...(more)

NAPIER PRISON - Napier, Hawkes Bay

Location: Hawkes Bay - Napier

Located on Napier's Bluff Hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean is the Napier Prison. The prison is now open to the public for both guided day and night tours as well as daily self-guided audio tours and is ideally located just a few minutes from the town centre. It's been restored to its present state and used as a backpackers...(more)

THE MILL HOUSE - Oamaru

Location: Otago - Oamaru

An iconic and well-known building, the Mill House is steeped in history and, whilst recently renovated, still has many of the original features. Rooms available in historic lodge or motel units. Situated alongside the Waianakarua River in well-developed gardens, which gives access to the historic Otepopo Bridge, famous for its graceful, tapered stone arches...(more)

TAMAKI MAORI VILLAGE - Rotorua

Location: Rotorua

Share in the Powhiri; an ancient ceremony of welcome. Enter our village, as it comes alive with the sights, sounds and activities of days gone by. See the lifting of the Hangi. Enter into our ancestral meeting house, relax as our family entertain you with a powerful cultural performance. Dine on a traditional hangi buffet feast, before a farewell ceremony...(more)

FLY DC3 NEW ZEALAND - Auckland

Location: Auckland

The elegant 30-seat DC-3 provides a nostalgic way to fly. Every Saturday and Sunday, the DC-3 is a familiar sight and sound in the skies above Auckland, operating scheduled 30-minute scenic flights from Ardmore Airfield. Both day and overnight charters are available Monday-Sunday. (Wine tours, air shows, concerts, sports and more). See our Web site for more detailed flight information...(more)

PUNTING ON THE AVON - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch Central

Punting on the Avon is one of the iconic tourist attractions in Christchurch. Glide along the peaceful Avon River in Christchurch, summer or winter, wrapped in luxury as a skilled boatperson propels you through a romantic wonderland. "Welcome aboard," says your punter. We supply blankets, umbrellas and even hot water bottles, so you feel snug if it gets chilly...(more)

OLVESTON - Dunedin

Location: Dunedin - North Dunedin

The Olveston experience is a very personal one and few historic houses can offer such integrity through their originality. We like to involve the visitor in feeling very much a part of the experience as a guest in the family home...(more)

HOWICK HISTORICAL VILLAGE - East Auckland

Location: Auckland - Eastern Bays

Experience the tranquil and rustic surroundings of an 1850s settlement. Wander at your own pace while you explore this museum, located on a five-acre site, including 30 buildings set up to show life as it was in early Auckland. Chat to our costumed staff, and savour the home cooked food at the Homestead Cafe & souvenir shop. Open seven days...(more)

WEKA PASS RAILWAY - Waipara, North Canterbury

Location: Canterbury - Waipara Valley

A historic rural railway that uses both vintage steam and diesel-electric locomotives on 12.8 km of scenic line through the unique and stunning limestone beauty of the Weka Pass. We operate out of Waipara, approximately 60km north of Christchurch. Public trains run every first and third Sunday of each month, every Sunday in January and most public holidays...(more)

WAITANGI TREATY GROUNDS - Waitangi

Location: Northland

Panoramic views over the Bay of Islands from New Zealand's most important historic site. The Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document, was signed here in 1840. The Treaty Grounds include the new Museum of Waitangi, Treaty House, carved Meeting House, and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. Daily guided tours and cultural performances. Hangi & Concert available from December-April...(more)

THE ARTS CENTRE - CHRISTCHURCH

Location: South Island

Once the site of the University of Canterbury, the distinctive Gothic Revival buildings of the Christchurch Arts Centre are today a maze of fun, wonder and delight, and form part of our award-winning tourism attraction. A vibrant and exciting venue for a huge range of New Zealand made art and crafts, shopping, education and..(more)

CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE MECCA - Invercargill

Location: Southland - Invercargill

With over 300 motorcycles and motorcycle related artwork from around the world, this collection is widely regarded as a world-class display. Highlights include three out of four publicly displayed John Britten motorbikes and the largest display of Brough Superior in the Southern Hemisphere. Over 60 manufacturers and brands such as AJS, Ariel, BMW, Harley Davidson, Henderson, Indian, Matchless and Rudge...(more)

BILL RICHARDSON TRANSPORT WORLD - Invercargill

Location: Southland

Richardson Transport World has something for everyone in the largest private collection of its type in the world. Home to over 300 vehicles, a wearable arts collection, children's play zones, The Grille Cafe and themed bathrooms fast becoming as famous as our vehicles...(more)

LARNACH CASTLE - Dunedin

Location: Dunedin - Otago Peninsula

New Zealand's only castle set on the spectacular Otago Peninsula, and a 'Must Visit'. Features magnificent architecture, superb craftsmanship, and a unique collection of NZ antiques. Learn about the tragic and scandalous story of William Larnach. Enjoy tea or lunch in the beautiful Ballroom. Explore the 'Garden of International significance', rated by NZGT. Enquire about accommodation at Larnach Lodge...(more)

CHRISTCHURCH TRAMWAY - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch Central

Enjoy a unique journey on board a beautifully restored vintage tram through the changing face of Christchurch's city centre. Our Christchurch tram rides offer a unique experience of history and sightseeing, and links the stops for Punting on the Avon and the Caterpillar Tour of Christchurch's Botanic Gardens. Stage 2 is planned to open in 2014...(more)

SPELLBOUND GLOWWORM AND CAVE TOURS - Waitomo

Location: Waikato

Enjoy the best glowworm experience in Waitomo at the Spellbound Glowworm Cave. See glowworms close up, ask questions, then take a gentle 30-minute raft ride beneath galaxies of lights will leave you totally amazed. A scenic gorge walk to The Cave of the Spirit follows, where soft lighting and sweeping pathways lead to discoveries of this cave's ancient past...(more)

SKIPPERS CANYON JET - Queenstown

Location: Queenstown

Skippers Canyon Jet boat tours in Queenstown. 3 great options include Spectacular guided tour of Skippers Canyon via the infamous Skippers Road, with thrilling jetboat ride. A Scenic Tour - a journey taking you into the natural beauty of land rich in gold mining history. Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour Jet boat ride a half-day tour combining both trips above...(more)

WELLINGTON MUSEUM - Wellington

Location: Wellington

Housed in the Bond Store, a 1892 heritage building designed by leading architect Frederick de Jersey Clere, is Wellington Museum. Set over four floors, the Museum shares some of the fascinating stories of the Wellington region. Come see the Von Kohorn Room, Wahine Theatre, The Attic, and much more!..(more)

THE KAURI MUSEUM - Matakohe, Northland

Location: Auckland

The Kauri Museum in Matakohe tells the fascinating story of pioneering settlers through the theme of kauri. Experience the history of the mighty kauri, its lovely timber and kauri gum. The Kauri Museum is located en route to the giant kauri trees in Waipoua Forest. One of Northland's best heritage attractions. An excellent place for the whole family to visit...(more)

AUCKLAND MUSEUM - Auckland

Location: Auckland

Welcome to Auckland War Memorial Museum, where exciting stories of the Pacific and New Zealand are told within a memorial dedicated to those who have sacrificed their lives for our country. This Auckland museum also has exhibits featuring the flora, fauna and landforms of our unique islands...(more)