Over the years Travel Time South Pacific has operated a wide variety of special interest and general interest tours including tours for seniors, college students, Rotarians, rail enthusiasts, vintage aviation groups, quilters, orchestras, choirs, dance groups, lawn bowlers, golfers, cricket supporters, gardeners, horticulturalists, bird watchers,and farm study groups.
We can provide experienced English-speaking tour managers and driver-guides; plus foreign-language speaking guides if required.
We are more than happy to tailor make your itinerary to incorporate more than one of our interests and also include the key visitor attractions on offer in New Zealand or Australia ensuring the package for your group is to their exact requirements.
Agricultural and Horticultural
Travel Time South Pacific and our specialist company; Agritravel International, cater for a variety of agricultural and horticultural interests including special interest technical groups such as dairy, beef, sheep, wine, aquaculture, agri-tech and forestry. Learn how New Zealand is a leading innovator in farming practices and technologies and see first-hand, on a technical visit, how these systems and new technologies are applied in practice.
We have access to the country’s top consultants, universities, commercial farmers, processing plants and factories, bio-tech and agri-businesses, allowing you to experience the finest New Zealand has to offer you in this growing sector.
An overnight stay on a rural property can be arranged for clients who have a specific agricultural interest or for leisure clients who wish to meet and interact with friendly Kiwi farming families. Consider incorporating a visit to the Southern Hemisphere’s largest agricultural events: Fieldays, held near Hamilton each year in June.
New Zealand has an extensive network of walking trails for all abilities and is a real treat for lovers of the great outdoors. There are a huge variety of walking opportunities, from more relaxed gentle strolls to challenging day walks through sub-tropical bush or energetic treks into alpine environments. For the serious walkers we can include multi-day walks on some of New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks’ such as the Abel Tasman Coast Track, Tongariro Northern Circuit, and Routeburn Track.
We can incorporate a wide variety of walks ensuring your clients get a tailor made itinerary that focuses on some of New Zealand’s best walking opportunities.
We are proud to be an approved concessionaire with the Department of Conservation (DOC). The Department of Conservation is responsible for administering and promoting the conservation of New Zealand’s National Parks. Holding a DOC concession is a legal requirement to undertake a commercial activity within a National Park – such as a tour leader accompanying their group whilst walking in a National Park. Working with our company gives you piece of mind that your clients are meeting legal DOC regulations.
Take in the stunning beauty of New Zealand with a garden tour of New Zealand’s parks, gardens and reserves. Spend time with gardeners passionate about their craft and learn about their garden design, motivations and plant choice as they introduce you to their private property. New Zealand has a treasure trove of beautiful gardens of national and regional significance – both public and private. Throughout the years Travel Time South Pacific has operated an array of garden tours and has personal connections with gardeners throughout the regions. This allows creation of the perfect itinerary to meet your client’s garden and horticultural interests. Tours can incorporate a garden festival or horticultural event such as the Dunedin Rhododendron Festival; the Ellerslie Flower Show or the Taranaki Garden Spectacular.
Birds & Wildlife
Isolated for eighty million years and only inhabited by humans within the last one thousand years, New Zealand is home to unusual and unique flora and fauna. Known as the seabird capital of the world, New Zealand also has a wealth of forest birds. Meet a diverse array of rare and endangered birds in inland sanctuaries, on islands, cliff tops and rainforests. Encounters with the Kotuku White Heron, giant Albatross, Yellow Eyed Penguin, the Takahe, and the iconic Kiwi bird are a must for ‘twitchers’. Our contacts provide superb opportunities to get up close and personal to nature’s spectacle including its iconic and diverse wildlife. Authentic encounters to view native animals and birds are a must for any wildlife lover.
Fresh and vibrant, New Zealand and Australia’s wine and food is amongst the best in the world. New Zealand is a premier new-world wine country, producing award-winning wines that reflect New Zealand’s characteristic clean air and sunshine. Leading NZ wine regions include West Auckland, Waiheke Island, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay and Martinborough in the North Island and Marlborough, Canterbury and Central Otago in the South Island – each producing different styles.
Customised private tours and small group tours with local experienced winery guides will introduce your clients to a diverse array of wine styles and wineries – both well-known and boutique. Private visits with wine-makers plus wine-matched meals can be arranged for the wine enthusiast.
New Zealand airshows rival other international shows for display content, innovation and colour. With exciting aerial displays and ground programs featuring heritage and vintage aircraft, aviation enthusiasts will be enthralled. New Zealand’s world-class air-shows include the famous Warbirds over Wanaka; Classic Fighters held at Blenheim and the Wings over Wairarapa at Masterton which features a world-class collection of vintage WWI aircraft in flying condition. To complement airshow attendance, Travel Time South Pacific can arrange visits to aviation museums, unique aircraft collections and aircraft restoration experts to ensure a full and exciting aviation focused itinerary.
Luxury / Indulge
New Zealand has a variety of outstanding luxury lodges and resorts in stunning private locations. Perfect for the discerning client, these intimate, exclusive and highly individual properties offer the finest of locations, facilities and personalised service. In city centres boutique hotels provide sophisticated accommodation with a unique flavour coupled with premier service. Exclusive experiences are also a speciality. Tailored to your client’s particular interests, we create unforgettable experiences that embrace local culture, spectacular landscapes and most importantly, encounters with local people. For golfers, several luxury lodges feature spectacular golf courses to challenge even the most experienced player. Fishing lodges provide world-class fly-fishing and hunting opportunities in remote locations. For the ultimate indulgence and relaxation, spa treatments at luxury resorts are an excellent inclusion.
Cultural – Maori, Aboriginal, Polynesian
Learn about the spiritual values, history, language, traditional and modern art during cultural encounters with Maori in New Zealand; Aborigines in Australia or Polynesians in Fiji. Experience genuine indigenous culture, history, traditions and hospitality with local guides. Cultural components that we can incorporate into itineraries include visits with leading indigenous artists; cultural performances; or time with guides that will give in-depth insights into ancient myths and legends and how these influence life today. Gain a greater understanding and learn how the environment is closely intertwined with the lives of Maori, Aboriginal and Polynesians.
New Zealand offers four superb train journeys including the Overlander through the central North Island; the spectacular Coastal Pacific linking Picton and Christchurch; the world-renowned Tranz Alpine from Christchurch through the majestic Southern Alps to Greymouth on the West Coast and the Taieri Gorge Railway which features engineering wonders through the hinterlands of Dunedin.
Educational and School Groups
Educational travel in New Zealand provides students and educators with the perfect learning experience, allowing students to apply, analyse and challenge knowledge that is learnt in the traditional classroom environment. We are experts at designing tours with an educational basis that support student learning and education outside the classroom. Tours may focus upon a specific theme such as history, culture, ecology, indigenous peoples, geography, wildlife, music, geology, sport or a combination of themes. We have experience with high-school students, university and study groups, educators and retired educational professionals. New Zealand is a safe and clean destination with strict national safety standards and regulations controlling tour coaches, drivers, roads and other services used. For affordability, multi-share accommodation at hostels, holiday parks and lodges can be utilised.