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Wood Pigeon Lodge 

Whakapapa
All year round

A variety of quiet and secluded accommodation options with volcanic, rural and forest views. Wood Pigeon Lodge is an ideal base for all local summer and winter activities in the Tongariro National Park and Whanganui River areas.

Tūī Ridge Cabins

Bay of Plenty, Katikati
All year round

The gorgeous cabins, Tūī Treehouse, The Ark, Morepork Hideout and the The Pines all offer different types of accommodation and great views and privacy and are the perfect escape for some rest and relaxation.

Treehut Whareora

Northland
All year round

Highly recommended on Airbnb. People love its fairytale feel.

Tiny House Raglan

Raglan, Waikato
All year round

Come experience what it’s like to live off-the-grid in a tiny house nestled in nature. Take time to rest and unplug from your everyday with a special person in your life. Stop, breathe fresh air, relax and revive.

The Tree House Hokianga

Hokianga, Northland
All year round. Bookings essential

The Tree House is a retreat style eco lodge catering for up to 20 independent travellers - its gardens inspired by permaculture principles and surrounded by regenerating native bush and wetlands. Cute cabins and dorm rooms.

Treehouse Carterton

Wellington
All year round

The Tree House is a perfect, off-the-grid retreat for nature lovers, where you can listen to birdsong, see the sunrise from the deck and hear the river flowing in the valley.

Riverview Treehouse

Whanganui
All year round

Come and escape at a little slice of Paradise! Located on the Rangitikei River in the remote Mokai Valley, Taihape.

Rainforest Retreat

West Coast
All year round

Nestled amongst the Southern Alps close to Franz Josef Glacier and countless scenic spots, Rainforest is the perfect base to explore New Zealand’s glacier Country and the wild west coast. Gorgeous accommodation options. From a holiday park, flash packers vibe to deluxe retreat options.

Nest Tree Houses

Otago
All year round

In Kurow, North Otago, The Nest is a stylish private tree house perched high in a pine canopy. The cosy wooden interior boasts all the mod cons, floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the surrounds, and an indoor gas fireplace for cool-weather comfort. Guests can soak in the hot tub, order a platter to graze on or cross a swing bridge for a relaxing session in the cedar sauna, surrounded by dreamy forest views.

Kauri Chalet Karekare Beach

Auckland
All year round

Beautiful bush chalet surrounded by mature Kauri trees and native birds. Private and peaceful with a deck overlooking the bush.

Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses

Kaikōura
All year round

For a cool canopy experience, the modern, wood-clad Tree House Rooms, set in a manuka grove remote from the main lodge, are an amazing treat. The five one-bedroom Upper Branch Rooms, perched 10 metres up in the treetops, are the most romantic and private with wraparound windows ensuring stunning views of mountains, sea and roaming deer from the spa bath, seating nook (complete with wood fire) and deck.

Fairytale Treehouse

Northland, Whangārei
All year round

This gorgeous house is built right in the boughs of the trees, reconnecting you with tales like the Lord of the Rings and the Magic Faraway Tree. Take an adventure into this dreamy dwelling that's nestled in its own private stand of native trees.

AWAY Treehouse

Waiheke Island
All year round

Away offers unique treehouse accommodation and a Forest SPA with tailormade treatments in a safari tent as well as an outdoor forest bath.

Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton, Waikato
All year round

The collections of gardens at Hamilton Gardens explore the history, context and meaning of gardens. Each tells a story and offers an insight into a different civilisation.

Canoe & Kayak Taupō Tours

Taupo
Mon-Sat

Let Canoe & Kayak take you on a kayak adventure across stunning Lake Taupō while taking in all the beautiful views of the surrounding coastline and neighbouring mountains.

Sea Kayak Adventures

Marlborough
All year round

This company specialises in nature-based adventuring for the intrepid traveller, with an emphasis on experiencing the environment without interfering with its delicate ecosystems. Walk, kayak, mountain bike, mini golf and combos available.

Okarito Kayaks

West Coast
All year round

Kayaking on Okarito Lagoon, New Zealand's largest unmodified coastal wetland. Excellent birdwatching and amazing mountain views. Paddle through the Okarito River Delta that leads deep into the rainforest. The kayaks are safe, stable sea kayaks. Prior experience is not necessary and full instruction is given. Okarito is a quaint coastal village backdropped by the Southern Alps, and only 20 minutes drive from Franz Josef Glacier!

Waimarino Kayak Tours 

Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Tauranga
All year round

Their popular kayak and kanu tours depart just before sunset, so you can experience an evening visiting the enchanting glow worms. These can be seen in the Mangapapa Canyon at Lake Mclaren, or in a secret cave on Lake Rotoiti. They also provide daytime kayaking tours on Lake Rotoiti, Lake McLaren and the Wairoa River.

Whale Watching with Air Kaikoura

Canterbury, Kaikōura
All year round

Enjoy two unforgettable experiences combined into one exciting activity: whale watching plus a scenic flight. Kaikoura is famous as a place to go on whale-watching tours, and this tour from the air is a thrilling twist on the more conventional activity. From the air you can really appreciate the size of sperm whales. Also spot other marine life, like dolphins, while checking out the spectacular coastal and mountain scenery.

Carino Wildlife Cruises

Bay of Islands
All year round

Snorkel, swim and explore a beach and island, in one of the world’s most beautiful coastal locations. Be inspired by the amazing wildlife. Dolphins, penguins, gannets and seabirds are frequently sighted. The photo opportunities are spectacular! As the only yacht licensed to view and research dolphins, this is your chance to learn from a passionate crew and be inspired by local wildlife.

Wings Over Whales

Kaikōura
All year round

Take to the skies for a spectacular whale watching experience in Kaikōura. See whales at home in their natural environment.

Explore New Zealand

Auckland
All year round

Explore the Hauraki Gulf and discover the abundant marine wildlife, iconic landscape and cultural footprint of Tāmaki Makaurau.

Diveworks Charter

Bay of Plenty
Summer Months

Dolphin and Seal Encounters, Whale Island Guided Walks, Fishing & Diving trips. Book the boat - team building, a business trip, a family adventure, a nature experience. The tours are small in number, making it feel personal.

Whale Watch

Canterbury, Kaikōura
All year round

Whale Watch is New Zealand's only marine-based whale watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale all year round. A 95% success rate means a guaranteed 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale.

Dolphin Cruises

Bay of Islands
All year round

Discover the beautiful Bay of Islands. Cruise the Bay and discover dolphins and whales, or explore the region on a fantastic day tour.

E-Ko Tours

Picton
All year round

E-Ko Tours is located in Picton, and excursions are run along the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound. They offer a range of guided tours from $49 focused on the local nature and history.

Bay Explorer 

Bay of Plenty, Tauranga
All year round

Bay Explorer offer a half day unique marine experience and wildlife encounters.

Cathedral Cove Jet

Waikato
All year round. Weather dependent

Hit the coast with Cathedral Cove Jet and surrender yourself to the rush of a lifetime! Hold on tight and experience a full throttle, 450 HP jet engine reaching speeds of up to 80kmph with high-speed spins and drifts along the way.

Riverbug

Bay of Plenty
All year round

Connect with nature and experience the river environment from a unique riverbug perspective. Trips near Tauranga, Rotorua & Whakatāne for groups & individuals from age 5+. Support regenerative tourism, community & healthy lifestyles.

Blazing Adventures

Whanganui
All year round. Check for availability

Five years ago the Whanganui River was recognised as a living person in a groundbreaking New Zealand law. Spend some time in this very special place with passionate locals for a variety of experiences. From the serene kayaking trip to zooming about in a jet boat, the quiet skill of fly fishing, the fun of learning claybird shooting with an amazing Paralympian tutor, Tony Brogdan and an elegant garden tour. Something for the entire family.

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