Optional Activities On New Zealand Tours

It is often thought that when you do a tour you are rushed around with no spare time or time to do anything except what's on the itinerary. It's a common misconception. The truth is itineraries are designed to give a balance between included activities, travel between destinations and time for optional activities.

In a country like New Zealand where the driving distances are relatively short, it's often possible to arrive in a new place by early afternoon or leave an overnight stop late in the afternoon. This means time for optional activities. A good example of this is when the tour arrives in Rotorua and you have the afternoon free to try white water rafting, zorbing, the luge or other activities here.

Itineraries often build in multiple nights at destinations where there's a lot to see and do. Queenstown is an example of this where those on tour have two full days to enjoy the town and all the activities on offer at their leisure.

Optional activities are also important because it's not possible to include some activities because necessarily not everyone will want to do them, even if you think it would be great.

Here's a list of all the optional activities included in the New Zealand Accommodated tours:


  • America's Cup Sailing
  • Whale and Dolphin Safari

Hahei (Coromandel)

  • Cathedral Cove Kayaks


  • Kaitiaki Rafting
  • NZONE Skydiving
  • The luge and gondola
  • Zorbing


  • Whale Watching
  • Dolphin Swim

Abel Tasman National Park

  • Sailing or sea kayaking

Franz Josef

  • Guided glacier hike
  • Glacial Valley (included in winter)


  • River Safari Jet Boating (5 people minimum)


  • Helicopter Flights
  • A J Hackett Bungy
  • Horse Riding
  • Canyon Swing
  • NZ Skydive
  • Hang Gliding
  • 4WD Safari - Lord of the Rings


  • Ice curling