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  • Hokitika: West Coast Treetop Walkway Entrance Ticket

    1. Hokitika: West Coast Treetop Walkway Entrance Ticket

    Experience an exhilarating treetop adventure among temperate rainforest giants at the Hokitika West Coast Treetop Walkway. Begin the adventure when you arrive at the Treetops Cafe. Embark on a 5-minute walk through the beautiful Rainforest that will lead you to the start of the treetop walk (a shuttle is available for people with impaired mobility). There is easy access for all to enjoy along a steel platform that is 20 meters high and over 450 meters long. Then, enjoy a 45-minute and 1-hour stroll through the amazing West Coast Rainforest Tree Tops, listening to the birds and taking in incredible views. For the more adventurous travelers, opt to climb up to the top of the Hokitika Tower that will take you 40 meters above the forest floor. Be inspired by the sensational views over majestic snow-capped mountains, ancient rainforest and the Tasman Sea. Finish your experience back at Tree...

    It was a beautiful scenic walk that truly captured the canopies. i would recommend that if you are after adventure amongst the treetops without all the scratches and callus' that this is just right. Its a short trip and the 360-degree views really capture what is not often seen. This is an experience to remember

  • Franz Josef Glacier: 2-Hour Scenic Lake Mapourika Cruise

    2. Franz Josef Glacier: 2-Hour Scenic Lake Mapourika Cruise

    Soak up panoramic views of the Southern Alps and glaciers reflecting on the mirror-like waters of Lake Mapourika on this 2-hour scenic cruise. The lake was created by the Franz Josef Glacier as it retreated 14,000 years ago and now sits calm and reflective between the Southern Alps and the sea. Meet your experienced skipper and small group at the office in Franz Josef and take a complimentary transfer out to Lake Mapourika. Board the boat, then sit back and relax onboard the Hanna-k in the comfortable enclosed cabin or on the covered back deck. Your skipper will take you through to the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary on the far shorelines of the lake and will help you spot New Zealand's native birds. Enjoy informative commentary and fascinating stories as you cruise past untouched Jurassic rainforest and 900-year-old Kahikatea trees. Sip on a cup of complimentary tea or coffee as you unwind in...

    Blessed with perfect morning weather we had an exceptionally beautiful still lake and scenery.

  • Franz Josef: Kayak & Walking Tour to Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary

    3. Franz Josef: Kayak & Walking Tour to Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary

    Enjoy a scenic kayaking tour across Lake Mapourika and onto the ancient soils of the protected Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary. Begin your adventure by meeting your experienced team at the local partner's office in Franz Josef. Join them and your small group on a complimentary transfer out to Lake Mapourika. Head out onto the water and take in panoramic views of the Southern Alps, glaciers, and untouched Jurassic rainforest reflected on the glassy waters of Lake Mapourika. Paddle into the heart of the Okarito Kiwi Bird Sanctuary, exploring the protected area with your knowledgeable guide. Discover a prehistoric rainforest, abundant birdlife, and the home of the rarest Kiwi on the planet. Throughout your tour, enjoy complimentary tea and coffee. Enjoy multiple fantastic photo opportunities, and have your guide take complimentary photos of you as you paddle and hike to the sanctuary.

    The cruise was nice and perfectly relaxing. Looking back the alpine background as you paddle towards the peninsula gives a unique tranquility base. The guide is very knowlegeable about the wildlife and the environment. I would not have appreciated a lot of local knowledge and fieldcraft survival if she did not show us. The guide looked after not only our comfort and safety but also in making sure the whole trip was recorded in digital photo without a charge. It very unique experience worth the time and the price.

  • Greymouth: Hokitika Gorge and Tree Top Walkway Half-Day Tour

    4. Greymouth: Hokitika Gorge and Tree Top Walkway Half-Day Tour

    Enjoy a scenic one-hour drive to Hokitika Gorge and follow the coastline before heading inland through farmland and native bush.  Walk across the swing bridge and spend time enjoying this magical place. Take in its vivid turquoise waters surrounded by lush native bush and see for yourself why it is a key photo stop on the West Coast must-do list.  Explore Tree Top Walkway and experience life with the birds high up in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy. Gain easy access to the steel platform, which is 20 meters high and over 450 meters long.  Gently sway in harmony with the forest on the Mahinapua Springboard. View the exquisite Lake Mahinapua through the richly diverse forest foliage.  If you’re a thrill-seeker, feel your heart pump as you climb to the top of Hokitika Tower, which is about 40 meters above the forest floor. Be inspired by a sensational vista of the majestic snow-...

  • Franz Josef Glacier: 2.5-Hour Lake Mapourika Cruise and Walk

    5. Franz Josef Glacier: 2.5-Hour Lake Mapourika Cruise and Walk

    Begin your adventure at the meeting point in Franz Josef to join your small group and transfer out to Lake Mapourika with your guide. Cruise across the lake in the comfort of the boat and enjoy a stunning vista of Southern Alps and glaciers. On a clear day enjoy views as far as Mount Cook.   Sit back as you arrive into the calm estuary of the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary. Your local knowledgeable skipper will provide you with exclusive access and will guide you through a private rainforest trail.   Follow your skipper through the Jurassic rainforest track and get local insight on the region. Spot native birds as you find your way to the scenic lookout, the perfect spot for a cup or tea or coffee made on the spot.

    Our guide was excellent, we were a small group and everything was explained to us.

  • Greymouth: Day Tour to Lake Brunner and Historic Mine Site

    6. Greymouth: Day Tour to Lake Brunner and Historic Mine Site

    Visit the Historic Brunner Mine Site and explore a place of historical significance on the West Coast of New Zealand. The Brunner suspension footbridge spans the Grey River and links both sides of the mine site. This site was one of the country’s earliest industrial sites where coal was mined and coke, firebricks, and other products manufactured from the 1860s until the 1940s. Discover the area with a short walk around the historic coke ovens, brick factory, and remains of the tunnel entrances. Choose between multiple walking tracks, the Rakaitane track. Your guide will bring you across the bridge where you can enjoy the view of the Arnold River. Spend time down on the lakeshore before you drive around the village taking in the views of the stunning nature.  Enjoy lunch at a restaurant and enjoy your meal while overlooking the views of Lake Brunner. Relax at a warm fire on cooler days...

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 16 reviews

The cruise was nice and perfectly relaxing. Looking back the alpine background as you paddle towards the peninsula gives a unique tranquility base. The guide is very knowlegeable about the wildlife and the environment. I would not have appreciated a lot of local knowledge and fieldcraft survival if she did not show us. The guide looked after not only our comfort and safety but also in making sure the whole trip was recorded in digital photo without a charge. It very unique experience worth the time and the price.

It was a beautiful scenic walk that truly captured the canopies. i would recommend that if you are after adventure amongst the treetops without all the scratches and callus' that this is just right. Its a short trip and the 360-degree views really capture what is not often seen. This is an experience to remember

Our guide was excellent, we were a small group and everything was explained to us.

Awesome opportunity to learn about New Zealand bush, birds and insects

Beautiful scenery, awesome guide and great weather. Easy walk.