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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)

WEKA PASS RAILWAY - Waipara, North Canterbury

Location: Canterbury

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)

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)

NAPIER PRISON - Napier, Hawkes Bay

Location: Hawkes Bay

Napier Prison is New Zealand's oldest prison having operated from 1862 to 1993. Currently open daily for self-guided audio tours, guided tours, school trips, and scary night tours – last Friday each month. This historical site can also be booked for group functions including office parties, birthdays, and off-the-wall weddings. Now featuring 2 active escape rooms...(more)

WEST COAST TOURS - Greymouth

Location: West Coast

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)

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)

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)

CHRISTCHURCH ATTRACTIONS - Avon River Punting

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)

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. Daily guided tours and cultural performances. Hangi & Concert available, October to April...(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)

RICCARTON BUSH & DEANS COTTAGE - Christchurch

Location: Riccarton

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)

SKIPPERS CANYON JET - Queenstown

Location: Queenstown - Skippers Canyon

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)

WORLD OF WEARABLEART & CLASSIC CARS MUSEUM - Nelson

Location: Nelson - Nelson City

The World of WearableArt™ and Classic Cars Museum is an iconic 'must see' visitor attraction in Nelson, New Zealand. The museum celebrates two distinctly different passions - a world class collection of classic cars as well as incredible wearable works of art from all around the world. The car museum is one of Australasia's largest private collections...(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)

RICCARTON HOUSE & BUSH TOURS - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch West

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)

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)

BURIED VILLAGE - Rotorua

Location: Rotorua - Lake Tarawera

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

CHRISTCHURCH ATTRACTIONS - Tramway Restaurant

Location: Christchurch

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)

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 MILL HOUSE - Oamaru

Location: Otago

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)

DARRYL'S DINNER CRUISE - Bay of Islands

Location: Northland - Bay of Islands

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)

OMAKA CLASSIC CARS - Blenheim

Location: Marlborough - Blenheim

Showcasing vehicles from 1950's - 1980's, a time of carefree, wild, individual design with charisma, chrome and large grilles. Austins, Holdens, Jaguars, Zodiacs, Fords, and much more offer insight into Marlborough and New Zealand motoring. Revisit an era through the cars on display. 4th June until 30th September open Friday/Saturday/Sunday from 12pm–4pm. Otherwise by arrangement for Groups...(more)

SEDDONVILLE HOTEL - Seddonville

Location: West Coast - Mokihinui

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)

HOWICK HISTORICAL VILLAGE - East Auckland

Location: Auckland

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)

CHRISTCHURCH CITY TOUR BY TRAM

Location: Christchurch

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)

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)

THE GREAT WAR EXHIBITION - Wellington

Location: Wellington

This exhibition tells the story in brilliant colour, evaporating 100 years, so we can understand and empathise with those who lived through this terrible war...which is so important now and into the future...(more)

AUCKLAND MUSEUM - Auckland

Location: Auckland - Auckland City

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)

PONGAROA HOTEL - Pongaroa, Wairarapa

Location: Wairarapa

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)

INTERNATIONAL ANTARCTIC CENTRE - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch Airport

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)

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)