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New Zealand

Land of the long white cloud, Aotearoa

The last land mass to be inhabited, the isolated country of New Zealand truly is a remarkable place, from the sub tropical north to the soaring alpine ranges of the South Island, you will definitely want to return to see more of this stunning country.

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Akaroa-Christchurch

The small enchanting settlement of Akaroa is a 90 minute drive from Christchurch and is now the port of call since the 2010/11 earthquake, replacing Lyttelton. Please note that tour places are very limited so you should book your ....


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Auckland

A bustling city of 1.4 million people, Auckland offers many things to see and do. Cruise Ships berth in the centre of town so its easy to get around, by foot or taking one of the tourist buses. Join a tour to see more of the area ....


Hole in the Rock

Bay of Islands

An internationally renowned destination is a mecca for boating enthusiasts as well as tourists. Explore the many bays and islands, take the ferry to historic Russell, walk to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. For a little more adventur ....


The Port of Bluff

Bluff

Bluff is New Zealand mainland's most southerly town and port, it is home to a large fishing fleet and an array of seafood including crayfish, blue cod and the world famous and delectable Bluff oyster. Few cruise ships visit though ....


Otago University

Dunedin

Settled in the 1840's by Scottish immigrants, Dunedin retains its Gaelic character, with impressive stone buildings and is home to Otago University. The cruise ships berth at Port Chalmers, a short distance from the city centre. W ....


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Gisborne

Gisborne is located at the north end of Poverty Bay on the east coast of New Zealands north island. Cliffs at the southern end of the bay were the first part of New Zealand sighted by the crew of Captain Cook's ship Endeavour and ....


Kaikoura Dolphins

Kaikoura

Few places in the world can boast of such natural wonders as those offered by land and sea in Kaikoura. The seaside settlement is the most northern district in the Canterbury region located on the east coast of the South Island. N ....



Art Deco Napier

Napier

Famous for its Art Deco architecture, Napier sits at the heart of the Hawkes Bay wine region. Devastated in 1931 by Earthquake and a subsequent fire, the city was rebuilt in the architectural style of the day, Art Deco. Try some o ....


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New Plymouth

New Plymouth lies on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand, it is named after Plymouth, Devon, England, from where the first English settlers migrated. Few cruise ships visit this port as most navigate down the east si ....


Picton Harbour

Picton

Located in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds, this small town at the top of the South Island, is the port for the Inter Island ferry, as well as a few visiting cruise ships. Take a local small boat cruise to some of the more ina ....


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Stewart Island

Stewart Island offers a special experience - a glimpse into a simpler, slower lifestyle, in rhythm with the sea and the tides, attuned to the natural world of bush and beach. The Rakiura National Park covers 85% of the island's 15 ....


Mount Maunganui

Tauranga-Rotorua

Always one of the most popular stops on any cruise, Tauranga has a great climate, golden sand beaches, an extensive harbour and an amazing outdoors lifestyle. Cruise ships berth in Mount Maunganui, a popular beach suburb with shop ....


Timaru Heritage

Timaru

Timaru is a major port in the southern Canterbury region of New Zealand, 160 kilometres southwest of Christchurch. Its Caroline Bay is a popular beach area located close to the town centre. Timaru is built on rolling hills created ....


Wellington Aerial View

Wellington

Capital of New Zealand and one of its first major settlements, Wellington is now a bustling commercial centre being the seat of the Government and many other institutions. Its dramatic location, clinging to steep hillsides along t ....

    Whay side of the road do you drive on?

New Zealand drives on the left side of the road, just like England.

    What currency is accepted in New Zealand

The local currency is New Zealand dollars. Some tourism destinations accept other currencies [usually just US dollars or Australian dollars, but this is rare. Credit cards can be used for all transactions though. Local currency can be bought at the local banks or ATM machines.

    Are there any things i should know when taking a taxi?

All passengers services are heavily regulated in New Zealand for the benefit of the client. A taxi can only charge you the rate as shown on his taxi meter, this is for the whole trip, not per person. They can charge extra for airport collection or drop off, payment with credit cards, or service on public holiday. If you have any issues take a note of the drivers ID card [which must be on display] and also the cab number, your complaint can then be taken up with the New Zealand Transport Agency. All tour and shuttle vehicles also have similar rules to follow.

    I see that some companies display a Qualmark logo, what is this?

Qualmark is the official organisation in New Zealand that monitors the quality of any business involved in the tourism or accommodation industry. It is not compulsory but companies can apply for this and will only be issued with the certification if they pass an annual assessment which covers all aspects of their business. So its a good idae to use a Qualmarked business if you can as you should be assured of good service.

    The cruise lines are always saying not to use independant tour providers, why?

The cruise lines want to dissuade their passengers from booking with other tour providers as they are obviously loosing business, they say that there is no guarantee the ship will wait if you get back late. More and more passengers are now finding smaller independent Tour providers who can provide great tours in smaller groups and usually at much lower cost. Its down to you to find a reputable company, in our case we have runs tours for 12 years and never missed a boat.

    Are we expected to give gratuities to guides or in restaurants?

Its not expected in New Zealand to offer gratuities, but if you feel the person has offered exceptional service it is fine to offer a gesture of thanks. If you do or don't, nobody will be offended either way.

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