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CHRISTCHURCH ATTRACTIONS - Avon River Punting

Location: Christchurch

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)

SEDDONVILLE HOTEL - Seddonville

Location: West Coast - Seddonville

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 South Island's 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)

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

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)

HOWICK HISTORICAL VILLAGE - East Auckland

Location: Auckland - East

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 Tuesday-Sunday 10am–5pm...(more)

KIWI SEGWAY TOURS - Auckland

Location: Auckland - Auckland Harbour

Our Segway sightseeing tours are guaranteed one of the best things to do in Auckland. The beauty of riding a Segway is they're eco-friendly, quiet, and you stand above the crowds. They are perfect for both young and old. That makes for great views and photos. Our mission is to provide safe, fun and unforgettable experiences that last a lifetime...(more)

WEST COAST TOURS - Greymouth

Location: West Coast - Punakaiki

Centrally located in the historic Greymouth Railway Station home of the famous Tranz Alpine Train is the Greymouth i-SITE West Coast Travel Centre. Our friendly and helpful team of travel experts are genuine 'Coasters' with local 'insider knowledge' of the stunning West Coast of New Zealand's South Island...(more)

TE AWAHOU NIEUWE STROOM - Foxton

Location: Manawatu - Foxton and Foxton Beach

Discover our Māori, Dutch and pioneering history, in beautiful experience. Explore our nation's stories in an exquisite setting. Reflect on your own heritage and your family’s roots while exploring our Museums, gallery, and exhibitions. Here, different strands of culture and language are woven together into one homely, exceptional place. Experience stories that reflect the beauty of our diverse nation...(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)

CHRISTCHURCH ATTRACTIONS - Tramway Restaurant

Location: Christchurch Central

Christchurch City is famous for its fabulous dining, entertainment, breath-taking scenery and cultural heritage. Combine all of the above onboard the Christchurch Tramway Restaurant where dining is not only a culinary delight but also a trip back into history. Luxury air-conditioned, colonial style, dining tram. The finest service, cuisine and beverages that New Zealand has to offer...(more)

DIVE TUTUKAKA - Northland

Location: Northland - Whangarei

Our helpful team tailors the day to suit you; air-fills, full equipment hire, equipment and retail sales, professional crews and 364-day-a-year operations. PADI training for all levels available. Our purpose-built dive-boats take you to a site matching your ability. With dramatic landscape, passionate people and stories that entwine the two, we offer a comprehensive New Zealand diving experience...(more)

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)

TAIRAWHITI MUSEUM - Gisborne, East Coast North Island NZ

Location: Eastland

Taku pōhiri e rere atu rā. Nau mai e hika mā ki tēnei te paetukutuku a Te Whare Taonga o Te Tairāwhiti. Nau mai, haere mai, rā. Welcome to Tairāwhiti Museum and Art Gallery...(more)

WAITANGI TREATY GROUNDS - Waitangi

Location: Waitangi

Panoramic views over 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 award winning Museum of Waitangi, Treaty House, carved Meeting House, and world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. Get the all-inclusive Experience Pass...(more)

FLY DC3 NEW ZEALAND - Auckland

Location: Auckland - Auckland City

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)

NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM WAIOURU - North Island

Location: Ruapehu - Taihape

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)

OLVESTON - Dunedin

Location: Dunedin - Dunedin City

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)

KIWI NORTH - Whangarei

Location: Northland

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)

CHRISTCHURCH CITY TOUR BY TRAM

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 Botanic Gardens Tour...(more)

BURIED VILLAGE - Rotorua

Location: Bay of Plenty

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)

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)

RICCARTON HOUSE & BUSH TOURS - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch Central

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)

AIR FORCE MUSEUM OF NEW ZEALAND - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch

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)

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)

TE MANAWA MUSEUM OF ART, SCIENCE AND HERITAGE - Palmerston North

Location: Manawatu

The cultural heart of Palmerston North, Te Manawa Museum, brings art, science and history together, recognising the uniqueness of each area and reflecting the growing Manawatu region and its people. View the changing art exhibitions featuring national and international artists. Enjoy the unique children's house and garden and explore our interactive exhibition Te Awa—The River, Heart of Manawatu...(more)

NAPIER PRISON - Napier, Hawkes Bay

Location: Hawkes Bay - Napier

Featuring four active escape rooms. Operated from 1862 to 1993, Napier Prison is New Zealand's oldest penal complex and the only prison with heritage status. Open daily for self-guided audio tours, guided tours, school trips. The historical site can be booked for group functions including office parties, birthdays, and off-the-wall weddings in Napier, art deco centre of New Zealand...(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)

FERRYMEAD HERITAGE PARK - Christchurch

Location: Canterbury

Ferrymead Heritage Park takes you back into New Zealand's past. Visit the Edwardian Township complete with houses, school classroom, church, picture theatre, jail, railway station, trains, post office, printers, tobacconist, general store, lawyer’s office and more. View the fascinating array of museum and heritage collections. Close to the Port Hills, Sumner, Redcliffs, Heathcote Valley and the port of Lyttleton...(more)

THE CLASSIC VILLA - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch

This tastefully refurbished, 5 star Italian-style boutique hotel is situated in the heart of Christchurch's central-city visitor area, just steps away from the Art Gallery, Museum, Botanical Gardens, public hospital, punting on the Avon River and golf course. Our excellent facilities include luxurious beds, wood-fire effect heaters, LCD flatscreen TVs and free WiFi...(more)