Tour Shop Talk 

Hello! Welcome to our blog; here you can learn more about the Tour Shop family and hear our latest news and updates. 

March 9, 2019

Goat Island is New Zealand's first marine reserve, created in 1975 and officially opened in 1977. Extending from Cape Rodney to Okakari Point, the marine reserve includes the waters 800 m from shore including Te Hāwere-a-Maki/Goat Island.

Marine life now flourishes in...

February 26, 2019

After a busy day on the Matakana Market & Wine Tasting Tour, we offer the opportunity to quench your thirst and top the day off by visiting the Sawmill Brewery. 

The Sawmill Brewery is an independent, New Zealand owned brewery sat in the heart of the Matakana Regio...

December 3, 2018

Māori have strong spiritual bonds to the land and 'Papatuanuku', the Earth Mother. In the Māori world view, people are closely connected to the land and nature. Kaitiakitanga is based on this idea of humans as part of the natural world, and the feeling of guardianship...

October 8, 2018

On our Matakana Market & Wine Tasting tour, we are delighted to share with you the 'Sculptureum' experience - a world of art, food and wine. 

Wondering how to say the name? It is an amalgamation of Sculpture and Museum - 'Sculp-chur-re-um' - perfectly unique, just...

October 2, 2018

We are thrilled to announce that one of our acitivities Clearyak has been awarded a Trip

Advisor 'Certificate of Excellence'.

This is amazing that they have been recognized by TripAdvisor, as they are the absolute authority on all things tourism-related.

Here's what they...

October 2, 2018

"Well done Tour Shop, this is a trip that will always be remembered!" 

We couldn't be happier with our latest TripAdvisor feedback from our recent guests to the Matakana region.

Spring has sprung in New Zealand, which means longer days of sunshine and warmer te...

October 2, 2018

Sarah and Brook McRae are the husband and wife team who founded the business in 2016. With a passion for New Zealand, marine life and sustainable tourism; the concept of Tour Shop was born. Having lived in the local area for a number of years, they wanted to be able to...

April 29, 2017

Guided Snorkel Experience     $69 investment

- All equipment provided (wetsuit, fins, snorkel, mask)

- Education on how to snorkel & breathe

- Marine biologist guide who you can ask any questions as you wish! 

- Guide provides full safety briefing, knows Goat Isl...

April 29, 2017

100% clear kayaks, known as a 'Clearyak’, are a brand new way to explore New Zealand marine life up close and one of our favourite activities on our trips up north to the Matakana region.

They offer a pure, peaceful experience and the vision beneath you is amazingl...