Founded from a deep passion for the kiwi outdoors, and an intense desire to share it with others, Tuatara Tours has been running incredible walking and cycling tours across New Zealand and the world for almost 2 decades.
We are – among other things – keen walkers, runners, cyclists, road bikers and we have occasionally organised multi-sport adventure races. We’re not champions, but we’re out there!
Our mission is to help as many people as possible experience the outdoors in the same way we love to.
Our team has decades of combined experience in walking and cycling and travel in New Zealand and across the world, and in helping travellers get the most out of their experiences.
All of our guides hold current first aid certificates and passenger driving licenses.
Tuatara Tours is proud to be the sponsor of a real life tuatara!
His name is BP, and he is a juvenile tuatara who lives at Orana Wildlife Park in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is part of the conservation programme for these ancient reptiles, and features prominently in education and awareness efforts.
In the wild, Tuatara live in sanctuaries on islands in the Cook Straight, Marlborough Sounds, Hauraki Gulf, off Northland, Coromandel Peninsula and the Bay of Plenty.
When Europeans arrived in NZ, Tuatara were found only on offshore islands. These islands are occupied by colonies of breeding seabirds whose presence greatly attributes to the number of food sources for the Tuatara. There is estimated to be around 100,000 surviving Tuatara, found only on islands that are free of introduced predators.
To deliver on this vision, the tourism industry must achieve ambitious economic goals while sharing the overwhelming benefits with supportive host communities, contributing to restoring, protecting and enhancing our natural environment, and continuing to be a high quality destination of choice for international and domestic travellers.
The safety of all clients and staff is our number one priority
Tuatara Tours has an impeccable safety record, using externally audited and approved procedures, with which all personnel are familiar.
All guides are trained in first aid and carry first aid kits – weather patterns are also monitored and no area will be entered if there is deemed to be any risk.
Guides may have to adapt the day’s activity in certain situations, while they will make every effort to meet your needs, please adhere to their professional decisions if circumstances demand this.
All of our tours are tracked at all times by SPOT GPS trackers, meaning assistance is always at the ready if needed.