Custom Tour – you are in charge.

For many ‘cruisers’, this is their second or even third visit to Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty. Our custom tours allow you to choose what you want to see, and spend as much, or as little time, at each venue as you want. Let us design your perfect day for you, be it enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the Rotorua Lakes, going to walk in the crater of an active volcano, private flight over Mount Tarawera (the last volcano to have a major eruption in the Rotorua area).
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Perhaps you prefer fishing for monster trout, or visiting a beach with geothermal hot springs bubbling up through it. Maybe a guided walk through native New Zealand rainforest, or just some wine tasting and a picnic lunch. How about jetboating out to an island bird sanctuary? Whatever you want, we will endeavour to make it happen for you.

We use 3 different vehicles, different sizes to accommodate your requirements

  • 4 seat 2016 top of the range Subaru Outback NZ$675 per day
  • 15 seat Ford Transit with lots of room for buckets and spades NZ$950 per day
  • 17 seat Ford Transit which offers great views NZ$950 per day
For larger groups we can hire coaches up to 49 seats. We run tours all year round, our smallest group ever, was a single person who wanted to play golf, our largest was 109 people who enjoyed 3 days with us in the Bay of Islands.

Contact us with your thoughts and let us put a tour together for you.

Take a look at some of the many ideas we have for day tours from Tauranga
  • The Coromandel peninsular with its wonderful Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach. A great day out with a mixture of lounging on the beach and walking along coastal tracks. No entry fees.
  • Hot Water Beach this one is just a short boat ride by water taxi on Lake Tarawera. Enjoy swimming in the lake or just exploring the nearby forest. You will also have a chance to visit Kuirau Park in Rotorua and see the unique boiling pools right in the city centre.
  • Blue and Green Lakes – Free
  • Lake Okataina – Free
  • Government Gardens – Free
  • Rotorua Museum – This is in the old bath house, built after the 1886 Tarawera eruption.
  • Whakerewarewa living geothermal Maori village settled after the 1886 Tarawera eruption.
  • Agrodome – all you ever wanted to know about sheep… Actually a great day out and fun for the whole family.
  • Polynesian Spa- Just relax in the naturally heated geothermal waters.
  • Hell’s Gate-  so called by George Bernard Shaw, the famous Irish playwright, it is a geothermal park with mud and sulphur spas.
  • Redwood Forest – Free, but you can also hire mountain bikes.
  • Wai-o-Tapu – probably the most colourful geothermal park in the country and home to the Lady Knox geyser. Bring your swim wear for an optional dip in a hot stream in the forest.
  • Waimungu Valley – The only geothermal park in the world that we know the exact date it was created - the day of the Tarawera eruption in 1886. The park includes the option of a boat ride on the otherwise inaccessible Lake Rotomahana
  • Jet Boating – your choice of rides. An 80 kph race around the lake, or a 50 mph ride to Mokoia Island, now a bird sanctuary for endangered native birds. It is also the site of one of the most famous battles of the Musket Wars in the 1820s.
  • Zorbing – bouncing down a hillside inside a huge inflatable ball!
  • Trout Fishing – Enjoy a relaxing day fishing by boat for monster brown and rainbow trout on either Lake Rotorua or Lake Tarawera. Licences and fishing tackle are all provided.
These are just a few of the possibilities, contact us to arrange your own one-off unique day out.

Safety - our vehicles have been awarded a 5* safety rating (the maximum) by the New Zealand's government's Transport Agency (NZTA) and our drivers are all First Aid trained and attend refresher course every two years.


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