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It’s time to GO Play this summer!


Following a weekend of sunshine, it feels as though summer is just around the corner – yay! We are super excited for the start of the summer season. It’s so exciting to see so many visitors arriving to our shores to explore our beautiful country.

With so much to think about when you’re planning your trip, including potentially expensive flights to get here, it makes sense that you would want to save a bit of money once you arrive, right?

Well, well you rent your car with GO Rentals, you can do just that.

Our fantastic (and exclusive!) GO Play programme has seen us partner up with over 170 of New Zealand’s top activities and attractions as well as some fantastic accommodation options to offer discounts to anyone who hires a car from us. Boom!

Our discounts are available on a whole range of activities and attractions from the far north to the deep south. From bungy to eco-tours, skydiving to kayaking and everything in between.

With so many activities and attractions to choose from, we thought we’d give you a helping hand and pick out some of our favourites:

Whale and Dolphin Safari – Auckland

Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari 640px

The Hauraki Gulf is home to some amazing marine life and the guys at Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari (AWADS) have been treating visitors to extraordinary experiences on the water for a number of years.

GO Play discount: 10%

Find more discounts in Auckland

Dune Rider – Cape Reinga

Discover the far North with Explore's Dune Rider-Cape Reinga Tour

We have some amazing discounts up in Northland and around the Bay of Islands in particular so if you are planning a trip up there, it pays to rent with GO. Experience 90 Mile Beach, visit Cape Reinga and get involved in some dune surfing – all in one day with the Dune Rider experience.

GO Play discount: 10%

Find more discounts in the Bay of Islands

River Rats – Rafting and Kayaking – Rotorua

River Rats rafting on the Kaituna River waterfall

Another place where you are spoilt for choice is Rotorua. You may choose Wai-O-Tapu or maybe a spot of zorbing, however, our top tip is River Rats rafting. You will get the opportunity to raft New Zealand’s highest commercially rafted waterfall at nearly 7 metres.

GO Play discount: 10%

Find more discounts in Rotorua

AJ Hackett Nevis Swing and Bungy – Queenstown

AJ Hackett The Nevis Bungy

It would be remiss of us to miss out one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist attractions from our list. AJ Hackett was the original bungy pioneer and with three sites in Queenstown alone, it’s an awesome place to give it a go!

GO Play discount: 5%

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Shark Experience – Bluff


Shark Experience, Bluff New Zealand

A shark selife. Photo credit: Jimmy Britnell c/o

Have you always wanted to go cage diving with great white sharks? Join Shark Experience, one of our newest GO Play partners, for a shark diving trip of a lifetime! This is one of the most exciting activities in our programme and it’s worth the trip south to give this one a go!

GO Play discount: 10%

Find more discounts in Invercargill, Bluff and Stewart Island

Dolphin Encounter – Kaikoura

Encounter Kaikoura Swim with Dolphins

Another activity close to the top of people’s bucket list when they visit New Zealand is to swim with dolphins. There are a few places in the country you can do it but Kaikoura is one of the most popular and when you book with Encounter Kaikoura, you will save $10. Yippee!

GO Play discount: $10

Find more discounts in Kaikoura

Book your rental car today and get planning your trip!

We have only just scratched the surface of activities and attractions here. The best thing to do is to head over to our GO Play pages, check out some of the places you are planning on visiting and see what discounts are available.

Once you have put a ring around the ones you like the look of, don’t forget to book your rental car with GO to secure your exclusive GO Play card and unlock these amazing discounts at 170+ activities and attractions (and counting!).

If you are looking for some travel inspiration, make sure you check out our awesome Trip Planner section where you will find 80+ itineraries which also include details of GO Play partners along the way.

We can’t wait for summer and we hope to see you soon!

GO Play activities in this area

  • 10% Off

    Dophin Swim Cruises

    Kaikoura is a picturesque place, famous for the spectacular marine life that inhabits the coastline including whales, dolphins, albatross, penguins, fur seals and orca. Dolphin Encounter specialises in providing an exhilarating experience of swimming or watching wild dusky dolphins in their natural environment.

    96 Esplanade, Kaikoura. Tel : 03 319 6777

  • 10% Off

    Rafting & Kayaking Trips

    River Rats Raft & Kayak have been offering quality adventures for over 30 years. There’s something for everyone, from a gentle scenic raft trip suitable for kids, through to the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall. There are also plenty of Kayaking options available. Paddle the local lakes to a secluded beach or enjoy a hot water swim.

    391, SH 33, between Lakes Rotorua and Rotoiti. Tel : 07 345 6543