Day Trips

Hobbiton Tour Matamata


Destinations: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Duration: Full day tour

Trip dates: Suitable to customer

The low down:  This day tour from Auckland offers you the unique opportunity to visit the Hobbiton movie set located in a farm near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand. The Hobbiton Village was part of one of the greatest movies ever: The Lord of Rings film trilogy, which was shot about 10 years ago. You can see the village on the first 10 minutes of the first Lord of the Rings movie and also on the last 10 minutes of the third movie. More recently the set was used for the next 2 movies about the Hobbits. One to be released on December 2012 and the second one on December 2013. Peter Jackson and his team finished the work in the movie set in July 2011.  If you are in Auckland you will have time to visit the entire set in a guided tour, which lasts for about an hour and a half. We leave Auckland at 8:00am. After the tour we head back to our departure point: The Shire’s Rest, where you can experience a little bit of the rural New Zealand’s stunning views and sheep are waiting for you.

Optional Extra:

  • Picnic style lunch – P.O.A
  • Kiwi BBQ style lunch – P.O.A

What to bring: Very good walking shoes, Warm clothes, Sunscreen and lip balm, Sun Glasses, Swim suit and towel (Just in case), Camera, personal items, Day backpack,  & Lots of energy!

from $175 per person*


Based on availability and previous bookings, please contact us to make your booking today. This trip included return transport from Auckland and entry into Hobbiton Movie Set.


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Auckland West Coast Wine Tour


Destinations: Auckland’s west coast wine region

Duration: Half day tour/ Full day tour

Trip dates: Suitable to customer

The low down:

Your personalised Auckland Wine Tour of Kumeu wine country & our West Coast area starts with a talk about the type of wines you are most interested in to enable us to customise our selection of wineries to best suit your tastes. 
Guests with limited time, and Kiwis alike, can relax and get out of the city away from the crowds to enjoy the wines and the beauty of the west coast of Auckland city. Included in this tour is a sightseeing visit to the wild west Tasman coast overlooking magnificent Muriwai black sand beach and the world renown ‘Takapu’ gannet colony where you can easily get up close to these large sea birds & their nests (birds nesting July/August to April/May), two or three winery stops depending on season and availability, and hotel pick up and drop off.

Optional Extra:

  • Extend to full day tour – P.O.A
  • Afternoon Auckland city tour – P.O.A
  • Picnic style lunch – P.O.A
  • Kiwi BBQ style lunch – P.O.A

What to bring:

Very good walking shoes, Warm clothes, Sunscreen and lip balm, Sun Glasses, Swim suit and towel (Just in case), Camera, personal items, Day backpack,  & Lots of energy!

 

 

from $120 per person*


Based on availability and previous bookings, please contact us to make your booking today. Group bookings, staff functions, bucks and also hens parties catered for.


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Auckland Wilderness Adventure


Destinations: Auckland’s rough and rugged west coast

Duration: Full day tour or half-day tour

Trip dates: Suitable to customer

The low down:

Runs every day (except Christmas Day), 
minimum 2 passengers, moderate level of fitness required for native forest walks. Our full day excursion goes first to the Arataki Visitor Information Centre situated within the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. The out of this world panoramic views from the sweeping decks extend from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Take in the area’s history and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there. We then walk you through an area of Auckland’s coastal rainforest where you will learn about the local flora and fauna with its giant tree ferns growing alongside picturesque streams in regenerating rainforest, and also experience an area of untouched original rainforest with mature 1,000-year-old kauri trees. Our tour then continue further west with our Kiwi guide to the wild and rugged west coast where you get to experience the remoteness of the area.  You then get the opportunity to stroll on a stunning beach and experience the uniqueness of the soft black sand and the clear ocean breeze. After this we shall make a quick stop for a late lunch at a local café and try some traditional Kiwi treats. Before our tour has concluded we will stop at one of the many wonderful wineries in the area for a cheeky wine tasting before we head back into Auckland city.

 

Optional extras:

  • Skydiving
  • Bungy Jumping
  • Auckland harbour bridge climb
  • Harbour Cruise
  • America’s cup sailing experience
  • Fishing charter

What to bring:

Very good walking shoes, Sunscreen and lip balm, Sun Glasses, Swim suit and towel, Camera, 
Personal items, Day backpack, Lots of energy!

 

 

from $125 per person*


Discover lush rainforest, see giant kauri trees, view city of sails from Mt Eden volcano, free wine tasting, visit local orchard and sample free native honey tasting. Experience Muriwai beach, walk on the black sand and see rare gannet bird colony.

*125pp half day or $185 full day


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Auckland Mountain Bike Adventure


 

Destinations: Auckland’s rough and rugged west coast

Duration: Full day tour

Trip dates: Suitable to customer

The low down:

Visits Mt Eden Volcano, orchard, a winery and Muriwai beach gannet colony. 1-2 hours EASY downhill riding. (Scenic & Instructional) Beach discovery tour with a short native bush walk & time to relax at the beach. This tour begins with approximately 9.00am pick-ups from Auckland central hotels, hostels or a pre-arranged pick-up point. First of all we travel to the summit of Mt Eden volcano. We take in a view of the city, pointing out the sights of the city of sails, with an optional walk down into the volcanic crater. We break up the 35-minute journey to Muriwai beach by visiting a winery, at the winery visitors can sample a range of award winning wines for FREE, and have each wine individually explained to them. When they arrive at Muriwai beach our mountain bikers are dropped off at the top of a hill, the group will be provided with quality mountain bikes, helmets and gloves. We provide full instructions and tailor each days riding to the groups fitness. They will join our experienced guide riding through pine and native forest, across farms, and past natural lakes and streams. All levels of fitness and ability are provided for, beginner, intermediate and advanced. Most of the rides are downhill and all rides are tailored to the groups fitness. We tailor the ride to the group by riding downhill in the morning for about 2 hours. We can work out riders level and teach skills along the way. We often include a ride along the beach. Our groups take a lunch break at the local cafeteria at Muriwai Beach. The cafe serves alcohol, espresso, takeaways, ice creams, drinks, burgers, sandwiches, vegetarian options, rolls, and pies. Finally we take a short native bush walk to a lookout, with fantastic views down the rugged coastline. Many visitors often say that it is the ‘most beautiful spot in NZ’. From here we offer some free time for visitors to enjoy the black sand coastline or take a leisurely stroll down the beach. Swimming, unfortunately, is dangerous on this beach and is only possible when the surf lifesavers are operating. We depart Muriwai beach at 4.15 arriving back in the city at 5pm.

Optional extras:

  • Skydiving
  • Bungy Jumping
  • Auckland harbour bridge climb
  • Surf Lesson/Hire

What to bring:

Very good walking shoes, Sunscreen and lip balm, Sun Glasses, Swim suit and towel, Camera, 
Personal items, Day backpack, Lots of energy!

 

from $230 per person*


Discover lush rainforest, see giant kauri trees, view city of sails from Mt Eden volcano, free wine tasting, visit local orchard and sample free native honey tasting, easy scenic downhill bike ride. Experience Muriwai beach, walk on the black sand and see rare gannet bird colony.


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Auckland City Tour


Destinations: Auckland city and Auckland’s north shore

Duration: Half day tour either morning or afternoon city hotel pick up

Trip dates: Suitable to customer

The low down:

Your city highlights tour is a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play. Auckland is set on 48 dormant volcanic cones and between two harbours, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Known as the City of Sails, it’s New Zealand’s largest and busiest city. After the pick up from your city accommodation you travel up Queen St, through Auckland’s central business district, past Auckland University and through the inner city park, known as The Domain. We continue on through the picturesque suburb of Ponsonby, known for its historic buildings, before heading over the Harbour Bridge to the North Shore. You stroll on Narrow Neck Beach in historic Devonport. There is time for a coffee here before continuing up to the summit of Mt Victoria where there are stunning panoramic views of Auckland city and the Waitemata Harbour. Then travel back over the Harbour Bridge to Westhaven Marina, one of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere. Visit the Auckland Fish Market before continuing on to the Viaduct Harbour.

 

Optional extras:

  • Skydiving
  • Bungy Jumping
  • Auckland harbour bridge climb
  • Continue on full day tour
  • Harbour Cruise
  • America’s cup sailing experience
  • Fishing charter

 

 

What to bring:

Very good walking shoes, Sunscreen and lip balm, Sun Glasses, Swim suit and towel (Just in case), Camera, 
Personal items, Day backpack, Lots of energy!

 

 

from $125 per person*


Based on availability and previous bookings


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