One of the most exciting things about what we do here at MoaTours is creating (and unveiling) new tours for our guests to enjoy. Even for us, having grown up and travelled all over New Zealand as kids, we still find new corners of the country which amaze us and nothing makes us happier than seeing our guests enjoy them as much as we did.

We’re very happy to announce three new additions to our New Zealand Small Group tour programme for 2019. Starting with the central North Island and historical Whanganui River region to following the footsteps of the early European explorers to New Zealand and a quick sunny Christmas getaway.

We hope you enjoy discovering these new trips and if there’s anything you’d like to know or to reserve your spot please get in touch.

1. The Bridge to Nowhere and Forgotten Worlds

We follow rail, river and walking tracks, once the lifeblood of the Central North Island. Ride rail carts and cruise the Whanganui River by jet boat up to the landing to the Bridge to Nowhere. Then the delights of Hawkes Bay await, reached via the historic “Gentle Annie” high country route.

Even as Kiwis we’ve learnt a lot about our own country putting this trip together. Before the completion of the Desert Road, the Whanganui River was on the main travel route between Auckland and Wellington, putting it right at centre stage in a very formative and colourful stage of our history.

Tour details:

7 days / 6 nights departing Auckland with stays in Taumarunui, Taihape, Whanganui and Napier.

Tour Highlights:

Visit the Rangiriri Cultural and Heritage Centre.
Ride the rail carts on a Forgotten World adventure.
Visit Lauren’s Lavender Farm beside the Whanganui River.
Bridge to Nowhere Jet Boat up the Whanganui River.
Cruise on the restored Hatrick Paddle Steamer,”Waimarie”.
Included Sightseeing & Exploring
Explore the Forgotten World Highway.
Drive beside the Whanganui River from Pipiriki to Jerusalem and on to Whanganui.
Climb the Gentle Annie road over the Central Plateau.
Follow Napier’s Art Deco Trail with a local guide.
Check out the stalls at the Hawkes Bay Farmers’ Market.

2019 Bridge to Nowhere Tour Price & Dates:

Departs Auckland Tuesday 29 October 2019, returns Monday 4th November 2019. Update: This tour is now SOLD OUT, so we've added another:
SECOND DATE: Departs Auckland Sunday 1 December 2019, returns Saturday 7th December 2019. Filling fast!
Twin Share NZD $3190, Single NZD $3790.

See the full Bridge to Nowhere & Forgotten World tour itinerary, details and pictures here.

Walkers waiting for a water taxi in the Marlborough Sounds

2. Early Explorers from Queen Charlotte Sound to Akaroa

In this, the 250th anniversary year of Captain Cook’s arrival to New Zealand, we visit the South Island destinations which were so important to Cook and the early French explorers. We take a private cruise out on the Sound to visit Ship Cove, hear the stories of the Polynesian voyagers’ settlement at Wairau Boulder Bank and discover the history of the eastern coastline at Kaikoura and Akaroa.

Tour details:

7 days / 6 nights departing Auckland with stays in Picton, Kaikoura and Akaroa.

Tour Highlights:

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre’s WW1 & WW2 exhibitions.
Private cruise out on Queen Charlotte Sound to Ship Cove.
Visit the “Edwin Fox” on the Picton waterfront.
Hear the history of the Wairau Bar at Marlborough Museum.
Guided tour of Fyffe House.
Kaikoura Museum’s the “New Normal” Earthquake Exhibition.
Visit Okains Bay Maori & Colonial Museum.
Wander Josie Martin’s mosaic garden at Giant’s House.
Explore the Marlborough Sounds.
From Seaview Vineyard enjoy panoramic views of Cook Strait.
Tour the Kaikoura coastline.
Christchurch inner city touring.
Drive over Banks Peninsula to stay two nights in Akaroa.

2019 Early Explorer Tour Price & Dates:

Departs Auckland Thursday 28 November 2019, returns Wednesday 4th December 2019.
Twin Share NZD $3790, Single NZD $4390.

See the full Early Explorers tour itinerary, details and pictures here.

The "Tuia" yacht on her moorings, Lake Rotoiti

3. Christmas in the Bay

Leave Auckland for the delights of the Bay of Plenty staying two nights on Lake Rotoiti with a celebratory special Christmas lunch at the hotel. In Tauranga we stay at Trinity Wharf on the harbour’s edge. Special off-the-beaten-track highlights include a cruise on a luxury catamaran on Lake Rotoiti and riding the rail carts at Awakeri.

Tour details:

5 days / 4 nights departing Auckland with stays at Lake Rotoiti and Tauranga.

Tour Highlights:

Visit Wingspan to see and hear about our native birds of prey
Relax on a private cruise sailing across Lake Rotoiti on the 16m catamaran “Tiua”
Stroll around the beautiful Waterlily Gardens with our host Rachael
A guided tour of The Elms historic Mission house and gardens in Tauranga
Take a ride on the Awakeri rail carts for an adventure on the tracks
A guided visit with George at the Victoria Battery Museum in the Karangahake Gorge
Take time out in Tirau and Cambridge as we travel through the Waikato countryside.
Visit Ohinemutu, Kuirau Park and Rotorua’s Government Gardens
Take a picturesque drive around the top of Lake Rotorua and through Paradise Valley
Tauranga town centre is on your doorstep for a gentle stroll by the harbour’s edge
Explore the beautiful white sandy beaches of the Bay of Plenty coastline
Travel the pretty back country road leading to the Waterlily Gardens
Explore the remnants of the gold mining era at the site of the Karangahake mines

2019 Christmas in the Bay Tour Price & Dates:

Departs Auckland Tuesday 24 December 2019, returns Saturday 28th December 2019.
Twin Share NZD $2690, Single NZD $3190.

See the full Christmas in the Bay tour itinerary, details and pictures here.

Over the past few years our small group tours have really grown in popularity with New Zealanders discovering their own country and we’ve enjoyed adding more adventures to our tour programme.

See a full list of our tours here, or explore by tour category like Garden tours, Christmas & New Year tours or Summer Holiday escapes.

Any questions, please drop us a line and we’d be happy to help.

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