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Viva Expeditions New Zealand Small Group Tours

Viva Expeditions want travellers to enjoy a richer, deeper, and more meaningful travel experiences. Our trips are intimate, environmentally friendly, community focussed, and designed to offer a real connection with the cultures and landscapes in which you are travelling. Viva believe strongly in sustainability and engage with local communities to ensure our presence in their lives has a positive impact, and support many local initiatives.

Their domestic NZ range is selling extremely well.  This includes Southern Lights by Flight which has been a huge success. They also currently have availability on our 4 flights for March / April 2022. Other great sellers have been their Stewart Island & Chatham Islands small group tours, their Dark Sky Tours and our Auckland based exclusive Heli-tours.

Chatham Islands Small Group Tours 

Join a small group tour of the Chatham Islands departing Auckland. With expert local guides, you will explore this remote corner of New Zealand to its fullest, over 7 days. 

The Chatham Islands are one of the first places in the world to welcome in each new day. Sitting approximately 800 km off the coast of mainland New Zealand the Chatham’s archipelago consists of 11 islands, most uninhabited except for the vast numbers of birds who call the islands their home. The unique mix of breath-taking scenery, diverse birdlife, unique history and rich culture makes the Chatham Islands a destination like no other.

On this Chatham Island tour; taste the local cuisine (including the crayfish of course!), walk the gardens, forests and wetlands, witness the unique living kōpī trees carved by Moriori, explore local culture at a moriori marae and at local community clubs, visit seal colonies, explore the Basalt Columns and Nunuku's cave, hear stories of the past at Mount Manganui Stone Cottage, visit Port Hutt fishing village, Orenga fishing village and some unique experiences - how about shark teeth hunting??!!

During your time in the Chatham's, we will be staying in central Waitangi, in the new Forget Get Me Not Suites. These nine spacious five-star suites offer luxury, space and views for your ultimate island holiday. This will certainly be a unique New Zealand experience!

Stewart Island Small Group Tours

Have you seen a kiwi in the wild? Watched as an albatross swoops to fish? Woken up to the antics of a Kākā bird? If you have not discovered Rakiura, Stewart Island yet, then join this group tour on a Stewart Island Adventure.

This delightful small group tour gives you plenty of time to experience this charming, quirky and beautiful island. Your tour escort will ensure the details are taken care of, while the locals take you to some of the islands magical spots. Explore around the village and the bays to gain an entertaining insight into New Zealand’s southernmost community. Venture out at night, when kiwis are feeding, in the hopes of having the unique opportunity to observe them in their natural habitat. Another day enjoys cruising the bays and inlets, looking for seals, penguins, albatross (mollymawk), and learning about the islands fascinating past. Walk the trails of renowned Ulva Island - a great chance to spot some endemic birds, and simply just a beautiful place to be!

In your free time, you can kayak, fish, hike, e-bike, bridwatch, have a pint with the locals at the pub and eat some delicious seafood. Come and see Stewart Island for yourself. 

Dark Sky Experience: Tekapo and Mount John

Viva's nights under the dark sky...one billion stars, the moon, planets and galaxies far, far away! 

Starting from Christchurch, join then group and travel to Lake Tekapo (Takapō) and Mt John Observatory on a 3 day, 2 night Dark Sky Experience; star gazing, astronomy and astrophotography. 

Staying near the shores of Lake Tekapo, there is time to explore, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, go for a walk, or soak in the Tekapo hot springs. At the Dark Sky Project we take a thought provoking guided tour. Enjoy nightly dinners as a group before heading up Mt John, to the world-renowned astronomical centre; UC Mt John Observatory each night. Here expert guides will educate you on the night sky, as you gaze through telescopes, try hands at astrophotography or simply grab a bean bag and enjoy a prime view on the mountain top under the stars. 

Nā te pō, ko te ao, ko te ao mārama.  From the darkest depths of the night we become enlightened

This bespoke astronomy tour at the observatory at Tekapo is bought to you by Viva Expeditions in conjunction with the Dark Sky Project. 

*Tekapo has its own unique alpine micro-climate and can change without notice. Weather predictions are often inaccurate. What you see is weather dependent. Guides tailor content to what is visible on a given night.

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