Your Adventure Awaits

Select from one of our 4 exciting tours, ranging between 1 - 7 days, where you get the opportunity to get close to New Zealand’s stunning natural environment and to enjoy the experience with local people.  Along with the adventure of a lifetime, you will leave with a sense of all New Zealand has to offer in terms of rowing, tourism, food, wine and culture.  You'll also leave with lifetime memories and new friends.

The wonderful thing about travelling in NZ, is that everything is close.  So you get to see a lot without travelling far.  In fact, we call Nelson Region (top of the South Island) the '5 minute wonder' - 5 mins to the beach, 5 mins to rivers, 5 mins to the coast, 5 mins to mountains, 5 mins to vineyards, 5 mins to National Park ..... it's just so easy to get around.  The Southern Lakes corner of New Zealand has achieved legendary status for its superb scenery - its simply stunning throughout all seasons.

The tour price includes equipment, luxury accommodation, breakfast, lunches and most evening meals along with road transfers once on tour.  Your personal cost is alcohol & other beverages.  We've got your safety in mind by using Swift Coxed Coastal Quads, known for their safety, comfort and stability.  It's also about a shared experience - so everyone takes a turn at coxing. 


We are setting the benchmark in providing quality, safe adventures; respecting the local environment and culture.  

You'll find answers to your frequently asked questions here.

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We intend to run this tour in March or April 2021.  Dates to be advised.

Please Register Your Interest below and you'll be kept up to date.


We will run this iconic tour every Autumn - so March or April 2021, 2022, etc. If you are planning long-term, please get in touch so we can keep you on our trip planning database. 

Row in the unbelievable beauty of the McKenzie District with rowing trips on assorted lakes; Lakes Pukaki, Ohau, Benmore, Tekapo, and Ruataniwha.  The scenic route over the Lindis Pass includes a row on Cromwell Gorge.  Enjoy being based in the resort town of Queenstown which sits on the shores of the crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, rowing among dramatic alpine ranges.  

NZD $3,700


October 9-11, 2020 - Covid-19 allowing*

3 days rowing, 2 nights at Hopewell Lodge


Email Sally our Tour Manager to register your interest.

NB Payments for this tour can be made directly into NZ Rowing Tours bank account.  Register your interest and you will be sent details.

With 150km of New Zealand's coastline, Marlborough Sounds is a collection of ancient sunken river valleys filled with the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Farmed and forested hills rise steeply from the sea around an intricate coastline of sheltered inlets and sandy bays. We row on two of the main bodies of water - Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds. 

NZD  $620.00




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If you've got an interested group we've got you covered.  We’re very open to working with you to develop a Rowing Tour Plan combining your interests and availability with our equipment and experience. 


Thank you so much for all you did to make the tour happen, and such a success. It was my first experience of coastal rowing, but hopefully won’t be my last. And thanks for showing us what a treasure the north of the South Island is.

I want to thank you for this great week. I really enjoyed it.


I hope I can join a future tour because I had a fabulous time.


What can I say...  The food, the accommodation, the scenery - just fantastic.  And everything taken care of in a relaxed, friendly way. 

I really enjoyed spending time with a great bunch of people.  When can I sign up for another? 


What wonderful memories I have of a wonderful country, fabulous hospitality and a very well organised tour.


"I know it says rowing tours on the ticket, but I think you'll find that by the time you've rowed a while, dined a lot, made a few new friends and taken in a bit more scenery, that you will have had the time of your life". 




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