Disability tourism information New Zealand
For disability tourism information New Zealand, Ability Adventures has put together this useful list of links to New Zealand organisations and websites to help you access information and support during your travels or as a handy reference for New Zealanders with a disability.
Mobility Parking Permits – CCS Disability Action
Dept of Conservation – easy access tracks
Getting into the wilderness is an inclusive experience
Ability Adventures Accessible Travel partners
As accessible travel specialists, Ability Adventures chooses carefully on behalf of our clients to find accommodation providers, transport companies and tourism operators that offer great service for all travellers. Here is a list of our preferred accessible travel partners:
- Millennium Hotels NZ
- 538 Great King Motel, Dunedin
- Drifters Inn, Hanmer Springs
- QT Museum Hotel Wellington
- Sudima Hotels
- Top 10 Holiday Parks
- Rydges Latimer Christchurch
- Real Journeys
- Southern Discoveries
- Royal Albatross Centre
Other useful disability information sites include:
- disABILITY Leisure, Arts, Sports and Lifestyle Web Guide
- Blind Foundation – New Zealand
- First Port – New Zealand Disability Information and Support Services
- Enable New Zealand
- Pam MacNeill Consulting
- Attitude TV – engaging stories of people who live with a disability
- Enabling Love and Friendship
- The New Zealand Government Office for Disability Issues
- NZ Spinal Trust
General information on travel to and within New Zealand
- Air New Zealand
- Destination NZ
- New Zealand Tourism Guide
- Metservice New Zealand weather today
- Universal currency converter
- Tourism New Zealand
- Travel time and distance calculator for within New Zealand
- New Zealand visitor information
Worldwide tourism for the disabled
- Travel Quest directory for worldwide tourism opportunities for people with a disability
- Wheelchair Traveling – directory
- Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality
- Easy Access Travel – USA
- Aspire Supported Holidays – Australia
- Discovery Holidays – Australia
- Planet Abled – India
- Enable Holidays – UK
- Handicap World Travel – Germany
What our guests are saying
Wonderful Self-drive Tour
We have just come back from a 21 day self-drive tour around New Zealand perfectly organized by Ability Adventures. We got married two months ago and being two wheelchair users we chose this tour operator to organize our honeymoon. We wanted to visit the country by ourselves and Marina organized for us a wonderful self-drive tour caring about every aspect: from renting a car with hand controls to booking wheelchair accessible accommodation and activities. All was fantastic
Alessandra - Italy, Dec 2019 (private self-drive tour)
Thank you for an amazing journey through New Zealand. You have outdone our expectations and we have enjoyed an exceptional experience.
Debra Kerper - Easy Access Travel, USA, 2019 (group tour)
"With my wife and I being dependent on electric wheelchairs for mobility we thought a dream holiday to NZ's South Island was impossible, or completely inaccessible for our family. We then enlisted Marina's support and she made it all happen - an amazing action-packed holiday for my family. From the moment we arrived at the airport we were in Marina's safe hands and we were able to completely relax without having to worry about a thing."
Kevin, Australia, Sept 2018 (private guided tour)
Thank you so much for a fabulous, fun, physical and exciting week.
"It exceeded our expectations. The organisation has been brilliant."
Sue Thoms, NZ, February 2018 (tailored tandem cycling adventure)
We had the most amazing time
"Your input has enabled us to have the most wonderful holiday. You certainly live up to your name of "Ability Adventures". Many, MANY thanks!"
M & M Gates, UK, February 2018 (tailored, accessible self-drive tour)
Five stars - Ability Adventures provided us with the holiday of a lifetime.
"Our 2.5 week tour surpassed our expectations and took our family on adventures we never thought were possible or achievable. We would recommend Ability Adventures to anyone wanting a fully inclusive holiday experience."
Silberstein Family, Sydney, Australia, Dec/Jan 2018 (guided, accessible, multi day tour)
"We can't thank you enough for the amazing time."
USA guests, Nov 2017 (guided, accessible, multi-day tour)
Highly recommend to anyone needing assistance. Making the impossible possible!
"We had an amazing experience with Marina and would highly recommend her to anyone needing assistance. Her background as an occupational therapist and her love of the outdoors are a winning combination!!!"
Barbara Starr, USA April 2017 (guided, accessible, multi-day tour)
"Good choice of venues visited, great access and very interesting. Tour manager, Marina, was excellent as was tour guide Gary. Very friendly and helpful. We had a wonderful day."
Ros Wallace, Assist Travel, Nov 2016 (cruise ship excursion)
Thanks for your professionalism
"I really enjoyed working with you. Thank you for your professionalism and all your help."
Carol, Travel Agent, Germany, Nov 2016 (Self-drive tour)
"I can't thank you enough for the tour you planned and executed for me. The trip exceeded my expectations."
Joy, South Australia, Jan 2016 (guided multi-day tour)
"My clients where very happy with the journey! Thank you very much! "
Patricia, Travel Agent from Switzerland, Dec 2015 (self-drive tour)
Recommend Ability Adventures
"Kay loved her time in Queenstown and would recommend Ability Adventures to her friends"
Kay - Auckland, 2014 (Self-drive tour)