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Our accessible vacation packaged are perfect for individual couples and families wanting everything a barrier free vacations should include

handicapped travel ideasThe hongi is a traditional Maori greeting. Noses are pressed together and the ha, or breath of life, is exchanged and intermingled. The hongi is an integral part of the powhiri (welcoming ceremony).
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New Zealand is one of the safest destinations in the world and handicapped friendly is more telling of the Kiwis themselves than their terrain






More than a third of New Zealand is protected in parks and reserves where there's no dangerous animals, no poisonous reptiles, and no nuclear sources.


Wheelchair Accessible vacations
in New Zealand

Our wheelchair accessible vacations in New Zealand are the very best of all possibilities. Our first hand knowledge about access and accessibility in New Zealand and our collaboration with the world's best accessible travel planners in New Zealand make almost any New Zealand travel dream come true.

Our travel planners know access and accessibility in New Zealand first hand and we pride ourselves on designing individual travel packages for individual travelers.

Our wheelchair accessible vacations explore
  • Outdoor Activities, Nature, Flora, Fauna
  • Maori Culture
  • Art and Lifestyle & Kiwi Culture
  • Sightseeing Attractions & Planned Events
  • Foods, culinary instruction & Wines
  • Urban & rural sightseeing

wheelchair accessible vacations
barrier free holidays in New Zealand

If it's luxury you're after, a luxury vacation is not far away in New Zealand. Luxurious accommodation is plentiful featuring million-dollar sceneries of mountain peaks, crystal-clear lakes and rivers, and miles of sparkling blue sea. Many luxury hotels are found in picturesque settings, some in remote areas accessible only by helicopter and are known as wilderness lodges. New Zealand's luxury hotels feature world-class cuisine and typically friendly and attentive Kiwi staff.
Luxury options including superyacht and helicopter charters or cruise liner reservations to arrive in New Zealand as thousands of visitors do every year.



North Island Vacation Overview: This sample itinerary spawns our most popular accessible circle around the North Island. An itinerary similar to this is our natural choice for a pre-cruise itinerary leaving or arriving in Auckland. Based from Auckland this program focuses on Mauri and Kiwi cultures around Auckland city and traveles to Rotorua. Around Tototue there'splenty of visits at the regions thermal hot spot and NZ's center of Maori Culture. For details on pricing your visit contact Accessible Journeys

Day 1: Arrive Auckland International Airport
Meet your accessible mini bus and your driver. Drive into Auckland city and be checked into your fully accessible central city luxury hotel complex adjacent to the stunning Sky tower and Casino. Overnight Auckland

Day 2: Auckland Sightseeing
We pick you up from your hotel with our driver and accessible minibus. Visit the Americas cup village, Auckland waterfront with a visit to Kelly Tarltons Undersea World. Overnight Auckland

Day 3:  Day Trip North
From your Auckland hotel we travel North via the grand Auckland Harbour bridge past the rugged West Coast surf beach at Murawai. At Wellesford we return via the beautiful Whangaparoa (Wh pronounced f) peninsular, and can stop at the Waiwera thermal pools before returning to Auckland through the North Shore Bays. Overnight Auckland

Day 4: Rotorua
Leave Auckland for the start of your cultural native Maori experience. Travel through farmland river gorges and beautiful beaches via the city of Tauranga to Rotorua where you settle into your Lakeside Resort. In the evening have a traditional Maori concert and hangi. Overnight Rotorua.

Day 5: Rotorua
Today explore the Whangarewarewa thermal reserve with bubbling mud, geysers, and sulphur. Spend time visiting the traditional Maori village and geyser hot springs. Continue the afternoon with visits to nearby lakes before returning to your luxury lakeside hotel. Thermal Pool baths and treatments are available. Overnight Rotorua.

Day 6: Day trip to Lake Taupo
Driver South to beautiful Lake Taupo, famed for fishing and the Volcano
Mt Tongariro at its head. Visit the amazing Huka Falls, and wheel above the chasm and rushing waters. Stop at the beautiful lake side village with opportunities for Lake cruises or try your luck at the "hole in one" on the lake! Overnight Rotorua.

Day 7: Auckland
Good-bye to Rotorua and return to Auckland via the city of Hamilton, passing through forest parks and meeting the great Waikato river. Our transport will deliver you to the Auckland International Airport, or the passenger cruise ship terminal. Assist with check in at the airport or cruise dock and farewell to New Zealand.

Included in tour rate:
First class accessible accommodation throughout. Private driver and accessible minibus. Daily breakfast and lunch. All admissions per itinerary. Luggage assistance, taxes and local fees.
Total capacity of up to 7 persons including a maximum of 2 travelers seated in wheelchairs or electric scooters.

NOT included in rate:
International airfare, travel insurance, items of personal nature, gratuities.



South Island Overview: Sample of our most accessible sightseeing vacation on the South Island visiting many of the scenes from Lord of the Rings and filled with stunning views from the Chronicles of Narnia. For details on pricing your visit contact Accessible Journeys

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch International Airport
Meet your accessible mini bus and your driver. City and orientation tour.
Check into your fully accessible central city luxury hotel within rolling or strolling distance of the central square, restaurants, casino, cafes, art centre, botanical garden and many accessible attractions. Christchurch has two scenic rivers, two universities, a very accessible Central Business District, and an accessible public transport system. It sponsors the largest spinal cord injury unit in NZ and has an accessibility focused City Council.

Day 2: Christchurch Sights
We pick you up from your hotel with our driver and accessible minibus. Sightsee and visit trendy Sumner beach cafes, New Brighton pier, Maori Marae cultural visit, and the Antarctic Centre. Sightseeing is at your leisure and we have many recommendations. Overnight Christchurch.

Day 3: Option 1, Akaroa day trip
From your Christchurch hotel travel via Lyttelton Port town and around the beautiful harbour in the extinct volcano. We top the rim of another extinct volcano and drop down to Akaroa Harbour and the old French town of Akaroa. Here there is art and crafts galore and lovely restaurants with spectacular sea views. Overnight Christchurch.

Option 2, Hanmer Thermal Springs day trip
Soak off the aches and pains at this world class sub alpine thermal spa. Travel out of Christchurch over the Waimakariri, Ashley and Waipara rivers to the Weka Pass. Drive between stunning limestone formations including "the Frog". Heading on through rich farmland we stop to view the 1860 historic Hurunui Pub before passing through Balmoral forest and following the beautiful Waiau river to the historic Ferry bridge where you have the opportunity to jet boat ride or even bungy.
On to Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve, accessible thermal pool complex with forest and mountain backdrop. Here you can relax in the hot pools, get a massage, eat at the restaurant, or roll and stroll in the great surrounding forest. Returning to Christchurch there are a number of world class wineries to visit along the way. Overnight Christchurch.

Day 4: Mt Cook
Leave Christchurch for the start of your Lord of the Rings country experience. Travel through farmland [sheep, not so much dairy!] then past Lord of the Rings Lakes like Lake Tekapo where we stop at the famous stone Church of the Lonely Shepherd with its fantastic lake and mountain backdrop.
Next travel to NZ's biggest mountain Mount Cook where you are made welcome in a totally accessible super luxury hotel complex high in the mountains with incredible high mountain views. The fully accessible Panorama restaurant looks out into an alpine wilderness otherwise only experienced by only mountaineers. Overnight Mt Cook.

Day 5: Queenstown
Leave Mt cook and travel via spectacular lakes, desert terrain, and river gorges, past the amazing original AK Hackett Bungy Jump, down the Kawarau gorge to Queenstown.
Queenstown was the center of the filming for Lord of the Rings and is surrounded by staunch mountain, lake countryside, and breathtaking scenery. Overnight at our especially selected world class lake resort.

Day 6: Queenstown
Transferred to the lakeside village you board a classic steamer "the Earnslaw" and chuff over the lake to Walter Peak station where with a bit of rustic access we see how NZ farms work. The rest of the day is free for adventure activities, hanging out, shopping or just wheeling around the very accessible lakefront.

Day 7: Option 1, Franz Joseph Glacier
Depart Queenstown for a drive through the most rugged Haast Pass· (Lord of the Rings territory here) to the West Coast where we change seas to the Tasman sea, and drive up the NZ rainforest coastline to Franz Joseph Glacier and your fully accessible hotel.
Here you have opportunities for scenic chopper and regular flights and glacial landings.

Day 7: Option 2, Queenstown - Paradise- Queenstown
Paradise, past Glenorchy, is a truly magical spot on the national heritage list boasting spectacular views of glaciated rocky peaks of the barrier range. This property belongs to a trust and was used extensively in the filming of the Lord of the Ringsmovie. Not many people get a chance to visit this very special place and we are privileged in being able to get a chance to go there. We will take an accessible stroll through the forests (a bit rocky in some bits, but negotiable) and have a packed lunch. If we get back early enough there is have some free time in the afternoon.

Day 8: Option 1, Christchurch
After departing Franz Joseph we pass through the pioneering gold mining area and source of NZ "Pounamu", jade which is fashioned into Maori design.
Then we cross over the amazing Otira gorge alpine viaduct and through the heart of the Southern mountains to Arthurs Pass with its Mountain museum and then down through the Canterbury farming Plains to your familiar hotel in Christchurch.

Day 8: Option 2, Christchurch
We depart Queenstown and at Omarama head past the huge hydroelectric schemes of Benmore and Aviemore to Waimate and a stop at a fresh berry farm. After smoothies and real fruit ice cream we pass through the port town of Timaru and the farming center of Ashburton before returning to Christchurch and your hotel adjacent to attractive Victoria Square. We will choose a nice venue for dinner for your final night.

Day 9: Christchurch Departure
We transport you to the Christchurch International Airport, assist with check in and say farewell.

For more details about the South Island Explorer, call or email Accessible Journeys HERE

Our tour rates include:
First class accessible accommodation throughout. Private driver and accessible minibus. Daily breakfast and lunch. All admissions per itinerary. Luggage assistance, taxes and local fees.
Total capacity of up to 7 persons including a maximum of 2 travelers seated in wheelchairs or electric scooters.

Our tour rates DO NOT included:
International airfare, Domestic airfare in USA or NZ, travel insurance, items of personal nature, gratuities.


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