Accessible tours around New Zealand
New Zealand is an amazing travel destination for visitors of all levels of ability. Whether your ideal experience includes rest and relaxation, adrenalin pumping activities, sightseeing, adventure, people and culture, enjoying nature or any combination of the above, Ability Adventures offers a whole range of accessible tour options to suit you. We organise everything for you, and make this fully tailored to your wishes and personal requirements.
Private guided tours for disabled travellers and seniors and special needs holidays
Ability Adventures can help you experience it all, delivered at your pace and catered to your particular needs, including mobility support, sighted guiding and a sign language interpreter for travellers with sensory impairments.
We can introduce you to the unique and exciting sights, tastes, textures, fragrances and sounds of New Zealand – from the distinctive tuneful calls of the native tui bird, through to a mouth-watering kiwi pavlova dessert.
Our tandem cycling tours are a favourite for people who are blind or vision impaired wanting to take advantage of the new network of New Zealand Cycle Trails.
Share with us your holiday wishes and together we will plan your tailored New Zealand holiday itinerary according to your preferences and accessibility requirements. We also have a number of sample itineraries from which you can choose.
Self-drive itineraries for accessible tours
If you prefer to go it alone, then a self-drive tour is a great option that is backed by our expertise in accessible travel, local knowledge, and connections. Ability Adventures will handle all your booking arrangements according to your requirements – accessible accommodation, preferred vehicle type, activities of choice, as well as personal care support and equipment as may be needed.
Enjoy the freedom of independent travel with the assurance that we are always available for you – before, during, and after your trip.
Do what you want to do! Here are some ideas of things we can organise for you:
- Marae stay
- National parks
- Rain forests
- Scenic train trips
- Auto parks
- Heritage sites
- Cycle trails
- Bungy jumping
- Bird watching
- Farm visits
- Health and beauty
- Fiord cruises
- Art galleries
- and so much more
- Cuisine & wine
- Garden tours
- Marine excursions
- River rafting
- Jet boating
- Flight seeing
Organised group tours for disability and senior travel groups
Ability Adventures is an agent for international tour groups, and tours for conference delegates where accessible or special needs criteria apply. We also cater to senior tour groups looking for accessible tours of New Zealand.
We are a New Zealand Qualmark tourism service provider.
What our guests are saying
I'm very glad I found you!!
I am very glad I found you, 😊, it has made these Group arrangements much less stressful having the expert at the other end
Claire, Tour Wholesaler, Australia/New Zealand, March 2023 (private self-drive group tour)
The planning, accommodation, and itinerary were superb!!
Thank you so so much for a really wonderful trip. The planning, accommodation, and itinerary were superb. I really appreciate the work you put into making everything work for me, and will definitely recommend you to others. Take care and heartfelt thanks
Bernadine, New Zealand, October 2022 (private guided tour)
Our guys had such a wonderful holiday!!
I absolutely loved looking through the photos! Thank you for being so easy to contact and supporting our guys to have such a wonderful holiday. You can see the joy in these photos! I would definitely recommend Ability Adventures to anyone looking for this kind of service.
Service Manager, Idea Services New Zealand, September 2022 (private guided group tour)
Thanks for going the extra mile!!
Thanks for going the extra mile at every stage! You delivered great support from beginning to end, and I would highly recommend Ability Adventures, unreservedly.
Niz - New Zealand, November 2021 (private self-guided tour)
We had an awesome time!!
Thank you so much. We had an awesome time and appreciate your fab organizational skills.
Sue - New Zealand, March 2021 (private guided tour)
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)