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Explore with Real Journeys – A GO Play Partner


Here at GO Rentals, we like to make your trip around New Zealand as easy and as much fun as possible. From our awesome road trip itineraries to our informative blog posts (like this one!), we like to give you as much information as we can to make planning your trip of a lifetime as easy as possible. That’s also why we created our GO Play programme. We’ve partnered with over 100 of New Zealand’s best attractions to give all our GO Rentals customers exclusive discounts no matter where you are travelling.

If you are in the South Island, one of the big tour operators down there is Real Journeys. These guys run some pretty incredible tours to some of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations from the thrills and spills of Queenstown to the serene beauty of Milford Sound to the unspoilt magic of Stewart Island. That’s why we were pretty stoked when they joined our GO Play programme and that’s why you will be pretty stoked if you rent a car from us.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the tours you can take with Real Journeys:

Walter Peak Horse Treks – Queenstown

Horse Trekking with Real Journeys at Walter Peak High Country Park

This is a super popular activity down in Queenstown as not only do you get to go on a stunning 40 minute horse trek through the Walter Peak Country Park, you also get a cruise on the historic TSS Earnslaw. Two for the price of one! You will start your adventure in downtown Queenstown where you will catch a ride on the magnificent TSS Earnslaw. Head out onto the beautiful Lake Wakatipu for a scenic cruise before arriving at the Walter Peak Country Park. Here you will head out on a leisurely 40 minute horse trek before enjoying a morning or afternoon tea with fresh scones, cakes and slices (this trip keeps getting better!). Then enjoy the cruise back to Queenstown with a full belly and a camera load of amazing photos.

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GO Play discount: 10%

Glowworm Caves – Te Anau

The magnificent glowworm caves at Te Anau with Real Journeys

If you’re down in Southland, the chances are you’re planning a trip to the beautiful Milford Sound. On your way, you will pass through the quaint little town of Te Anau and if you’ve got time in your itinerary, we definitely recommend a stop over here. One of the best activities down here is to go and check out the glowworm caves. New Zealand has a few of these dotted around but the trip at Te Anau is pretty special as you will first head out onto Lake Te Anau before arriving at the Cavern House. From here you will head underground to discover a magical place, sculpted by the force of the river that flows down there. Explore the twisting limestone passages, discover swirling whirlpools and be wowed by the roaring underground waterfall. All this before you enter the grotto which is inhabited by thousands of glowworms, unique to New Zealand. This is definitely a trip not to be missed.

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GO Play discount: 10%

Ferry or Cruise to Stewart Island

Cruising Stewart Island with Real Journeys

If you are planning a trip to Stewart Island as part of your New Zealand itinerary, then look no further than Real Journeys. Whether you are looking to catch the ferry across to the main settlement of Oban for a day trip or you want to head out on a cruise for a few days, these guys have got you covered. Real Journeys have been tourism pioneers since 1954 – they are family owned and they are local experts. All perfect traits for ensuring you have an awesome experience down on Stewart Island. They run a number of cruises down there from the Paterson Inlet Cruise which is done in a day to the 5-6 day Discovery Expeditions. They also run a ferry service across to New Zealand’s third island which is perfect if you are happy to find your own way.

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GO Play discount: 10%

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    Horse Treks

    A return scenic cruise from Queenstown to Walter Peak on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and a leisurely 40 minute guided horse trek. Ride along a peninsular trail across beautiful rolling terraces to a lookout with spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains. Suitable for those with no previous riding experience.

    Real Journeys Visitor Center, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown. Tel : 03 442 7500

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    Ferry or Cruise to Stewart Island

    Picturesque Stewart Island is well off the beaten track, but just 30 kms from the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island. Most of the Island is part of the Rakiura National Park. The island’s densely forested hills, tiny population and untouched coastline of rocky outcrops and creamy golden sand beaches make it a natural refuge for marine and bird life and a wonderful destination for people who value nature and wild places.

    24 Foreshore Road, Bluff. Tel : 03 212 7660