New Zealand Learning Adventures

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Adventures for confidence & wisdom

Attractions concentrate on the toil and achievements of first European generations building their communities in a beautiful unique dinosaur forested environment where gold, coal and timber were plentiful. 

KANES arrange adventures to best meet each group's interests, budget and time available.


Shantytown
 
 

Shantytown     
This living museum brings to life the facilities, homes and industries of our ancestors lived with.  Ride a steam train, pan for gold to take home, pose for some fun pictures and check out the shops.


Wild Coast Exploring   
 

Wild Coast Exploring   
Walking trails to the meeting of the ocean and the land reveal the  jaw dropping sculptures created by the violent storms and lashing waves.  Settlers had to find shelter for ships. 


Jade factory
 

Jade factory
Watch the skilled artists turn the stones into delightful gifts and souvenirs.


Glass factory

 

Glass factory
watch the artists create the stunning gifts you see about.    


Steam Train ride
 

Steam Power 
Real steam energy generated from the coal nearby powers us through the forest on an old gold trail. 


Gold Panning

Gold Panning
Learn the skill then do it and take home the nuggets you find.    


Treetop Walkway

 

Treetop Walkway
Challenge your fear of heights on New Zealand's only treetop walkway 20 metres above the forest floor and among the tops of the forest giants.  Climb the 40m Tower  to view the forests and the nearby lake.  On a clear day the spectacular snow covered Southern Alps are awesome.


Eco Centre
 

Eco Centre
Find a (feathered) kiwi, tuatara, catch a salmon and see other ocean species.

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Black water Rafting
 

Black water Rafting
Professional guides take us through amazing underground worlds of rivers, stunning limestone formations and incredible glow worms.  Tubes carry us out of the silent caverns.


Bushman's Centre
 

Bushman's Centre
Take a light hearted look at our selves, check out the animals that roam in the rainforest and the invaders that cause problems to special unique NZ flora and fauna.


Pancake Rocks
 

Pancake Rocks
A short walking trail leads us through the coastal trees to the spectacular display  of pounding surf a giant swirl pool, blow hole and deadly canyons.

The Blowholes were a breathtaking side trip that more then made up for the lack of pancakes."
 


Limestone
Cavern

 

Limestone Cave
We take the challenge of a climb deep into a limestone cavern and take the chance to learn about their formation
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Guided Caving
Added to an exploration cave there is a train ride into the area glow worms and a tube ride 
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"World's Best Tourist Highway"

 

"The World's Best Tourist Highway"
In this zone we see the destroyed land, struggling farms and some of the the old gold rush communities now doing what the can to stay viable. more> 


Walks

Walks to beautiful sights
Explore old relics, a ghost town, wild coasts, river gorges, vistas, seal colony  and beaches.


"Some boys appeared to be on the verge of being impressed by the surf.  They must have shocked themselves
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Shopping

Shopping
In the towns we find special shops presenting unusual items and the opportunities to learn a little about the locals and feel the special culture of this zone. 


Seals

Seal colony
A  pleasant 15 min coastal walk takes to the their home on a wave swept rocky shore providing pools for the playful pups to enjoy away from the danger of shark attacks.


Mud Mobiles
 

Mud Mobiles
After a lesson, we enjoy an exciting thrill adventure with self-drive farm bikes through mud, hills and forests.


Kayaking

 

Kayaking
A slow gentle river is ideal to escape the land and develop a new skill in charge of your own vessel and comfort.  The challenge is to negotiate the lazy river and enjoy the grandeur of the cascading limestone walls that dominate the narrow gorge.


Coal Town

Coal Town

Take 30+ minutes and see the relics of the zone's most reliable industry.

"Don't miss me too much!  Can't write much 'cos gotta wash up. Having heaps of fun."

 take you there - "The World's Best Tourist Highway"
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