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E-Bike

E-Bike: Switzerland, Austria & Germany 2022

17 Active Days
Departs 21 August, 2022
Cycling from St Moritz, Switzerland to Innsbruck, Austria and past romantic lakes in Bavaria.
E-Bike

E-Bike: Lakes of Austria & Slovenia 2022

18 Active Days
Departs 25 August, 2022
Cycling along idyllic alpine lakes in Austria’s Carinthia region and northern Slovenia.
E-Bike

E-Bike: Southern France 2022

18 Active Days
Departs 3 September, 2022
Cycling in the wonderful French countryside.
Walking

Way of St James 2022

24 Refreshing Days
Departs 7 September, 2022
A walking tour with a difference; follow the Camino for an inner and outer journey.
Cultural

South Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan 2022

20 Convivial Days
Departs 27 September, 2022
New experiences every day. Explore this fascinating part of the world, rich in history, culture and amazing cuisine.
Med Cruising

Cruising the East Mediterranean – 2022

11 days/10 nights
10 November, 2022
Escorted by Mandy Page. From the sun soaked charms of Crete & Mykonos to shore excursions in Nazareth, Acre, Jerusalem & Ephesus, this cruise will float you there in comfort & style.
E-Bike
Alps to Ocean Group

E-Bike: Alps to Ocean & Lake Dunstan Trail

9 days/8 nights
Departs 12 November, 2022
Enjoy breathtaking South Island scenery on the amazing Alps to Ocean cycle journey. Plus the spectacular Lake Dunstan Trail.
NZ Cruising

New Zealand Coastal Odyssey

11 days / 10 nights
Departs 14 November, 2022
Discover the hidden gems of New Zealand on this unforgettable 11-day expedition cruise of coastal New Zealand.
2023 Antarctica

In the Wake of Scott and Shackleton 2023

28 days / 27 nights
7 January, 2023
Visit Antarctica's Ross Sea plus the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands and Macquarie Island
NZ Cruising

Unseen Fiordland, Stewart Island and The Snares

8 days / 7 nights
28 February, 2023
Explore New Zealand's remote southern backyard on this special 8-day voyage.
NZ Cruising

The Best of New Zealand

15 days / 14 nights
6 March, 2023

Cruise Dates:
6 – 20 March, 2023

Discover the best of New Zealand exploring its three main islands on this unforgettable 15-day New Zealand cruise.

Tours Direct is 100% New Zealand owned and operated, specialising in escorted tours to some of the world's most exotic and intriguing destinations.

We have been in business for over 21 years and honed our skills crafting unique tours to delight the adventurous traveller. Our small group escorted tours are limited to a maximum of 20 travellers. So come on board for a fun, safe and exotic adventure with like-minded people.

Tour Reviews

  • The itinerary was excellent, allowing us to go places and see things we could not have managed on our own in the time available. At the same time there was some free time to rest or go shopping.

    Russia & the Baltics
  • The itinerary was very comprehensive. The extra things we managed to fit in such as white water rafting and archery were the cherry on the top. There was enough culture fitted in and we were lucky enough to see a dance practice in the Dzong in Punakha.

    Bhutan: East & West
  • We saw and experienced so much and not only the major highlights. All the extras made the tour for me.

    Central Asia
  • Great – really liked that it was a small group, that we travelled almost always in same vehicle with same driver. The game parks etc were all different and contrasting, saw wonderful selection of animals and scenery – all we hoped for and more. Zanzibar was totally different, a great experience, definitely worthwhile

    African Safari
  • A good mix of travel and walking without hopping from one tourist site to the next which allowed us to explore and experience the local character, eg the visits to the ceramic workshops, the delta cruise, the Uros Island/Lake Titicaca experiences, the diversity of La Paz to name a few.

    South America
  • For me personally, excellent. Kept us on our toes, always something different to see round every corner, giving us a great range of experiences. Just enough down time for a quick nap and laundry duty

    Way of St James
  • A very full itinerary which had been meticulously planned. Every day was varied and interesting. Flexibility was appreciated on days when the pace got a bit too much.

    Walking in Japan
  • Wow, such a great tour – I loved being so close to the birds and animals. Highly recommend.

    Galapagos

Fully Vaccinated Requirement

All travellers joining this tour must be fully vaccinated. Your 'My Vaccine Pass' must be brought on the tour as proof of full Covid 19 vaccination.

It is important that the date of your final dose is at least 14 days before the tour departure date.

Fully Vaccinated Requirement

All travellers joining this cruise must be fully vaccinated. Your 'My Vaccine Pass' must be brought on the cruise as proof of full Covid 19 vaccination.

It is important that the date of your final dose is at least 14 days before the cruise departure date.

Booking Conditions
Cancellations
Inclusions
Variations
Travel Insurance
General Information
Health & Fitness
Covid 19 Vaccinations
Terms & Conditions

  • Booking Deposit of $750 per person
  • Final Payment Date: 16 December, 2021

  • Between 44 – 31 days, 50% of tour cost
  • Less than 30 days, 100% of tour cost
  • No refunds will be made after travel has commenced

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Accommodation in 4.5 star boutique hotels
  • 2 wine tastings
  • E-Bike and a helmet
  • Full technical and back up support with a vehicle and an experienced driver/guide
  • All shuttles as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfers
  • Services of a Tours Direct Tour Leader
  • Airport transfers

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

To safeguard your deposit and tour payment in the event of you having to cancel your reservation or curtail your tour, we highly recommend you take out travel insurance.

call us on 0800 868 748 if you like a travel insurance quote

The bike trails in the Hawke’s Bay are easy to ride and generally flat and smooth. Introductory Level.

If you have never ridden an E-Bike before we can help you learn, usually in 15 minutes. These trails are great to build confidence and increase your riding skills.

Needless to say the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the rides. Most days, 2 – 3 hours on an E-Bike (with frequent breaks).

All clients and support crew are required to be fully vaccinated.

Extensive Terms and Conditions are outlined in the free Information Pack

Booking Conditions
Cancellations
Inclusions
Variations
Travel Insurance
General Information
Health & Fitness
Covid 19 Vaccinations
Terms & Conditions

  • Booking Deposit of $750 per person
  • Final Payment Date: 31 January, 2022

  • Between 44 – 31 days, 50% of tour cost
  • Less than 30 days, 100% of tour cost
  • No refunds will be made after travel has commenced

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Accommodation in 4.5 star boutique hotels
  • 2 wine tastings
  • E-Bike and a helmet
  • Full technical and back up support with a vehicle and an experienced driver/guide
  • All shuttles as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfers
  • Services of a Tours Direct Tour Leader
  • Airport transfers

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

To safeguard your deposit and tour payment in the event of you having to cancel your reservation or curtail your tour, we highly recommend you take out travel insurance.

call us on 0800 868 748 if you like a travel insurance quote

The bike trails in the Hawke’s Bay are easy to ride and generally flat and smooth. Introductory Level.

If you have never ridden an E-Bike before we can help you learn, usually in 15 minutes. These trails are great to build confidence and increase your riding skills.

Needless to say the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the rides. Most days, 2 – 3 hours on an E-Bike (with frequent breaks).

All clients and support crew are required to be fully vaccinated.

Extensive Terms and Conditions are outlined in the free Information Pack

Inclusions
Variations
Booking Conditions
Cancellations
Travel Insurance
General Information
Health & Fitness
Covid 19 Vaccinations
Terms & Conditions

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TAANZ Member

Tours Direct Ltd is a member of the Travel Agent’s Association of New Zealand (TAANZ).

All members must meet strict membership and financial criteria for the protection of you, the consumer.

Small group tour experts

We want to make sure that we provide a personalised service to each one of our tour members and keep a friendly atmosphere during the trip. We keep the group size small – a maximum of 20 tour members.

Our tour leaders are all kiwis and are committed to sharing fun and memorable experiences with all our tour members.

Carefully Crafted Itineraries

Richard works with Mandy on planning a portfolio of magical new travel experiences. They both take to the road researching new and interesting places.

Each of our itineraries is a culmination of vigorous research, tapping into our local knowledge experts in each new destination, seeking out comfortable, good value accommodation and finding those local secret highlights along the way... making each tour a cultural, fulfilling and fun experience.

Good Value

We are a small NZ owned and operated travel company with minimal overhead costs. We offer fully escorted, inclusive tours which are good value for money.

Inclusions

  • All meals, including a pre-show dinner at Dockside Restaurant on the Wellington waterfront
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”

Variations

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

Inclusions

  • Return airfares from Auckland (please ask us about flights from other airports – there could be a price adjustment).
  • All meals
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”

Variations

  • Land Only price on application
  • Travel Insurance

Inclusions

  • All meals
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”

Variations

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

Flexibility is our motto: The quoted cycling distances for each day are based on the expected riding. An individual can adjust the cycling according to their needs and weather conditions on the day.

GRADE: Introductory. Easy cycling on well formed trails.

22 - 26 May, 2022

Sun 22 May  Auckland - Ngaruwahia - Hamilton Gardens - Cambridge (27km)

This morning we depart Auckland from the Greenlane Countdown Carpark.
First stop is historic Ngaruawahia, and the place where two rivers meet. The newly developed cycle trail is a joy to ride as we follow the mighty Waikato River. A highlight along the way is the iconic Perry Bridge, one of the longest walk/cycle bridges in New Zealand!
Waikato River TrailBefore we start we will have bike fittings and a practice in the rotunda area; also morning tea and a toilet opportunity. Then, its off and away along the river trail. Our destination is the award-winning Hamilton Gardens; a great place for an independent lunch and an opportunity to stretch your leg muscles as you walk around the themed areas in the gardens. When we are ready we take our private transport to the Cambridge accommodation. Here you will have some leisure time to visit the Cambridge town centre.
We have an early independent dinner and then we gather together to take our transport to the start of the Kayaking adventure. We start from the Epworth camp and kayak our way down a truly beautiful section of the Waikato River to the Pokaiwhenua stream. With stunning twilight lake views, we head under the Pokaiwhenua Bridge and into the glowworm canyon.
Draped with native ferns, the canyon offers a true slice of New Zealand Beauty, and as the light fades away, the unique incandescence of the glowworms starts to shine from the surrounding walls. After a quick glass of some of New Zealand’s finest wines complemented with some tasty cheeses, we can enjoy over the warmth of a campfire, it’s back in the boats, as we drift slowly downstream using only the light from the glowworms. Viewing glowworms from a kayak on the surface of the world is a whole different experience from seeing them inside a cave, like at Waitomo.
Accommodation at the Hidden Lake Hotel, Cambridge

Mon 23 May  Cambridge - Lake Karapiro - Matamata - Te Aroha (B) 43km

Waikato River Trail

This morning we cycle from Cambridge to Lake Karapiro.
We have a coffee stop at the Podium Café, with amazing views over the Lake, and then travel by van to Matamata. Whilst we may be on the look-out for hobbits (I don’t think bicycles are featured in Tolkien's books), we are also going to be cycling on the newly finished cycleway from Matamata to Te Aroha. This is a lovely easy ride past lush Waikato farmland and horse studs.
Along the way we plan to have an independent lunch at the delicious Café 77, Manawaru, nicely situated right by the trail. After lunch its off and away on our bikes to Te Aroha (The Mountain of Love). Te Aroha is a small rural town with historic mineral spas, a lovely domain, quirky art and cafes. This town is full of interesting bits and pieces from the colonial days of New Zealand and the gold days. If there is time, Mandy will take you on a walk to see some of the unique sculptures.
Then it's back in the van to travel to our accommodation for the next two nights in Paeroa.
Recommended dinner spot: One3One Restaurant (a 2 minute walk from our accommodation).
Accommodation at Pedlars Motel, Paeroa

Tue 24 May  Te Aroha - Waihi - Paeroa (B) 47km

Pareoa

This morning the van delivers us back to Te Aroha and we aim to cycle two sectors of the Hauraki Rail Trail. The day begins with a leisurely ride through serene country landscapes beside the Kaimai Ranges. 
Morning tea is at Paeroa and when we are ready, it's off to Waihi. Some say this is the most beautiful part of the Hauraki Rail Trail as it passes through the dramatic and stunning Karangahake Gorge; a deep canyon cut through the Kaimai Ranges. This distinctly different landscape includes the cascading Owharoa waterfall, photogenic gold mining sites, the charmingly old-fashioned Victoria Battery museum, and a 1.1 km long railway tunnel (it is lit but carrying a light will make it easier for you). Halfway along the trail is the Waikino Station where there’s a charming railway cafe. This is the terminus of the Goldfields Railway vintage train which runs between Waikino and Waihi.
Our goal is to have a late lunch at the Ti Tree café, Waihi. After a rest and nourishment we will walk on to Martha Mine to look at this great hole in the ground.
When we are ready we will take our private transport back to Paeroa for the night.
Late afternoon if you have the energy there will be the opportunity to get that iconic picture of you with the huge Lemon & Paeroa Bottle (very close to our accommodation).
Accommodation at Pedlars Motel, Paeroa

Wed 25 May  Paeroa - Thames (B, D) 34km

Cheese Barn

Today we tackle the Paeroa to Thames section of the Rail Trail. Our aim is to reach Thames township, rich in pioneering and gold-mining history. Along the way we suggest you pop into The Cheese Barn café at Matatoki.
This section of the trail is through rural tranquillity with views of the Hauraki Plains and Coromandel Ranges.
Tonight we will have a farewell dinner together at Grahamstown Bar & Diner (The GBD).
Accommodation at Rolleston Motel, Thames

Thu 26 May  Thames - Miranda - Auckland (B,L) 35km

Today we are going to cycle from Thames to Miranda, the trail following the curve of the Firth of Thames. We should have glorious views of the water and the birds.
As we leave Thames you may like to stop and enjoy the many sculptures along the community’s Arts Trail.
We are cycling to the Miranda bird hide to play ‘spot the godwit’.
We visit the Pukorokoro-Miranda Shorebird Centre, where we will enjoy a picnic lunch and then travel back to Auckland.