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New Zealand - Day Touring & Sightseeing

We feature a variety of day touring and sightseeing options in each location across New Zealand you would like to visit from local attractions and day tours to hiking, cycling, river rafting,sailing, cruising and wildlife viewing experiences. This also includes many opportunities to visit famous Lord of the Rings movie sets. Our most searched and selected day touring and sightseeing options are listed below. You can also refine your search by using the sub region list for more detailed information on each of our preferred sightseeing options in each destination we have on offer. Once you have found the experiences that are just for you, contact one of our destination experts to provide a customised quotation just for you.

Bush and Beach


Bush and Beach offer enjoyable and innovative fully guided tours in small groups in and around Auckland. Bush and Beach have been operating tours for over 35 years with a special focus on North American clientele. They operate a fleet of late-model vehicles and have been certified carboNZero making them one of the leaders in sustainable tourism.
Bush and Beach’ tours from Auckland include:
• Best of Both Worlds – Discover the contrasts of Auckland with a city tour in the morning and a nature tour in the afternoon where you will see Auckland’s wild black sand beaches and lush rainforest.
• Coromandel Peninsula – Explore Coromandel – its mountainous forest-covered backbone, sheltered bays and stunning coastlines make it a place where New Zealanders love to holiday.
• Hobbiton™ Movie Set – Visit the Hobbiton™ movie set as seen in Lord of the Rings™ and The Hobbit™ trilogies”. This small-group tour includes a sumptuous lunch. One-way transfer options to Rotorua available (lunch not included for this option).

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Skyline Queenstown


One of the first sights to captivate visitors on their arrival to Queenstown is the distinctive outline of the Skyline complex, perched high above the town on Bob’s Peak. Exclusively accessed by a scenic Gondola ride rising 450 vertical meters, Skyline Queenstown is a ‘must-do’ attraction during your visit to Queenstown, New Zealand. The 220-degree panoramic views from Coronet Peak to The Remarkables and across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil and Walter Peak, are truly breathtaking.

Skyline features a world-class restaurant and bar – Stratosfare – offering premium cuisine with views to match. For something more casual, enjoy delicious tastes from around the world made fresh by our talented chefs in the market kitchen.

Take a chairlift from the Skyline complex to access the start of the scenic and advanced Luge tracks where the young and young-at-heart, can experience the thrill of the downhill Luge in our gravity-fuelled Luge carts. Explore the beauty of the night sky with our Stargazing tours, for a unique and awe-inspiring experience.

With almost 50 years of operation, Skyline Queenstown has welcomed over 10 million visitors since the original Gondola was installed in 1967. From humble beginnings, the proudly New Zealand owned and operated company has evolved into a world-class facility, offering guests a unique and fun-filled experience.

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InterCity provides New Zealand’s largest passenger transportation network, with coaches taking people to more than 600 destinations around the country.

The network is designed for independent travellers to experience New Zealand like a local. With InterCity, you get access to more than 130 daily bus services to take you between towns and cities. With economic fares and frequent and reliable services, travelling with InterCity offers great value.

InterCity’s high level of service and comfort, breadth of network, the frequency of service and flexibility makes it the ideal New Zealand transport choice. Its modern coach fleet offers a comfortable trip between destinations, experienced drivers, good seating and free WiFi.

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Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand's smallest national park - but it's perfectly formed for relaxation and adventure. A coastal paradise that you can walk through or explore by cruise boat, sailing catamaran, water taxi or sea kayak, visitors love the way the Abel Tasman National Park mixes physical exertion with beach life. Bursts of hiking or paddling are punctuated by sun bathing, swimming and sedate snorkeling.

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Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and main transport hub. Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping.

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Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region known for its stunning beauty & history. For those that love beaches and water activities, it's paradise. A three hour drive or 35 minute flight north of Auckland, the Bay of Islands encompasses 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula and includes the boutique towns of Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri.

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Christchurch & Canterbury

Christchurch, New Zealand is interwoven by two rivers linking parks, gardens and avenues. Bordered by the Port Hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps as a majestic backdrop. Funky Christchurch city and the vast Canterbury region have plenty to keep you busy, whether you're a shopaholic, wild adventurer or history buff.

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The Coromandel, with its pristine beaches, native forests and laid-back vibe, is one of New Zealand’s most popular and best-loved holiday destinations. A binocular’s view across the gulf from Auckland, the Coromandel is everything that a big city isn’t. Cloaked in native rainforest with dazzling white sand beaches, it is rustic, unspoiled and relaxed.

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Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin is the country's city of the south, wearing its Scottish heritage with pride. Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long, picturesque harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. The accommodation is good and plentiful; the nightlife buzzes with funky bars and delicious restaurants and the natural attractions are unique and fascinating.

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Hawkes Bay

Hawke’s Bay is one of New Zealand’s warmest, driest regions and this has made it one of the country’s leading producers of wine; notably red wines – cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah – but also with some quite stunning whites. The region is the first stop on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, and it's a popular place for bicycle wine tours.

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Located at the top of the South Island, Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region and the home of world-renowned sauvignon blanc. Marlborough enjoys high sunshine hours and a temperate climate so that visitors can experience all of Marlborough’s diversity through the season. No matter what time of year, there is always something going on in Marlborough, New Zealand.

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Nelson is a lifestyle; that’s the best way to describe it. Situated at the top north-west of the South Island, it is the sunniest region in New Zealand. Perhaps it’s the sun, perhaps it’s the location, but Nelson, New Zealand, has long been a magnet for creative people. There are more than 350 working artists and craftspeople living in Nelson, traditional, contemporary and Maori. Visit their studios and find a unique piece to take home with you.

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Captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers, it’s rumored that gold prospectors gave this now cosmopolitan town its name. Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges. World famous for its iconic scenery, friendly people, golf courses, wineries and smorgasbord of outdoor activities, you'll never be short of things to do in Queenstown.

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Sitting within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland with bubbling mud pools, clouds of steam, and natural hot springs perfect for bathing and relaxing in. After marvelling at the distinctive landscapes and volcanic activity within a geothermal park, enjoy a simple soak in a natural hot stream or indulge in a wellness getaway at a luxurious spa.

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Stewart Island

Stewart Island is New Zealand's third largest island, situated 30 kilometers south of the South Island, across the Foveaux Straight. In the Māori language, it’s known as Rakiura which means ‘the land of glowing skies’. The Aurora Australis which often appears in these southern skies will show inkling why.

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Taupo was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption so big it darkened the skies in Europe and China. Visit the Craters of the Moon and you'll see evidence of the lake's fiery birth in the geysers, steaming craters and boiling mud pools. At some of Lake Taupo's beaches, swimmers and paddlers can enjoy warm, geothermal water currents.

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Nestled between a sparkling harbor and rolling green hills, New Zealand's capital city is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty. Wellington buzzes with delicatessens, cafes and restaurants – it’s a city that enjoys gourmet food and fine wine. Known as the culinary capital of New Zealand, Wellington is famous for its tucked-away bars, quirky cafes, award-winning restaurants and great coffee.

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West Coast

The West Coast, or ‘the Coast’ as locals call it, is a wild place of rivers and rainforests, glaciers and geological treasures. Never more than 50 kilometres wide, the whole stretch down the West Coast of the South Island - of which Greymouth is the largest town - is home to only 31,000 people. It’s good if you’ve got your own transport because this is a long region and there’s a lot to see. In fact, the Great Coast Road stretching from Westport to Greymouth was recently voted one of the top 10 coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet.

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