Wellington, Kapiti & South Wairarapa
Private Tours for the
Discerning Traveller

Nau Mai Haere Mai. A very warm welcome to Kaewa Tours.

Why the name Kaewa Tours? The word Kaewa in Te Reo Māori (verb) means ‘to wander, roam’.  From a noun perspective: ‘ wanderer, traveller, drifter, rover, rambler, adventurer’. Kaewa strongly resonated with us as we like to travel, wander and discover new countries and cultures as well as places in our own country.  The word Kaewa also resonates strongly with us as this is the name of a town in Kenya, a country we visited in 2015 which created very fond memories for us.

Kaewa Tours is a family owned company established late 2020. We are solely dedicated to private tours of up to 10 people therefore your tour will be precisely your own tour.  However, larger groups can be catered for upon enquiry.

Popular tours

Your memory creator…
Wellington Scenic Full Day Tour

Enjoy a 7 hour private tour capturing key Wellington sites and activities such as Oriental Bay, Mt Victoria, Evans Bay, Weta Cave & Workshop, majestic monuments, scenic drive of Eastern and Southern bays, Brooklyn Wind Turbine, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Cable Car, Parliament Buildings and Old St Pauls Cathedral.  Your tour includes refreshments, lunch and entry fees.

Creative Wellington

Enjoy a 7 hour private guided tour where you will have a hands on creative experience learning to paint your own masterpiece by a very talented Wellington artist followed by a visit to Weta Cave & Workshop where you will discover how incredibly talented and creative the Weta team are. Lunch and a scenic drive around the eastern and southern bays is also included in your tour.

Scenic South Wairarapa Full Day Tour

Enjoy a 11 hour private guided tour where we spend the day in the majestic South Wairarapa region where we cover a wide range of activities from cheese, chocolate and wine tastings to a scenic drive out to Cape Palliser lighthouse the southern most point in the North Island. On our scenic drive we also visit the Cape Palliser seal colony, the small fishing villages of Ngawi and Lake Ferry. A scrumptuous platter lunch at a winery along with dinner is also included in your tour. 

A Taste of Kapiti

Enjoy a 7 hour private guided tour covering scenic look outs, take in a coffee roastery, cheese sampling, lunch at a local restaurant, chocolate tasting, Limoncello/Gin/Vodka tastings and a visit to one of Kapiti’s craft beer breweries.

If you want to cover off Martinborough for value and time look no further than booking a private tour with Tom from Kaewa Tours. He took us to the top wineries and we got to go to an olive tasting as well. He is professional, on time and knowledgeable about the area and happy to accommodate all of our requests. We will be joining him again for another tour, all and all a great day out!! Book him he is great!

Vanessa and Colin - Palmerston North, New Zealand. 
Vanessa and Colin - Palmerston North, New Zealand.

“Tom was a highly knowledgeable and all-round amazing guide. The level of guest services was exceptional, right from before the tour started, throughout and after the tour ended. Bringing us along family owned wineries, we had the privilege to converse with the owners and wine makers, making the experience extremely special. Must also express the appreciation for sustainability, providing us with water bottles made out of plant matter. The experiences shared throughout the day will definitely be a great memory and one I will be sharing with others. Highly recommend and will book again in a heartbeat. Thank you again to Tom for such an amazing experience, and also Jill for baking beautiful orange muffins to enjoy on the ride back!”

Ling Y - Christchurch 
Ling Y - Christchurch

Patricia and I have visited New Zealand for five weeks in February 2020 and we were lucky to be referred to Tom for a one day visit of the Martinborough vineyards and Cape Palliser. Our day trip was very well organized, included visits of four reputable vineyards, a drive down to Cape Palliser and excellent lunch and early dinner. We enjoyed very much Tom’s company, his comments about NZ, his safe driving and friendliness and we highly recommend using Tom’s services to visit New Zealand.

Eric and Patricia, Barcelona Spain. 
Eric and Patricia, Barcelona Spain.

If you really want a memorable, fun and informative guide to help you experience New Zealand – use Tom Collier! My wife and I have been on two trips with Tom, and thoroughly enjoyed his expertise, passion and…sense of humour! Tom loves New Zealand, his pride evident as he explains his country’s history, traditions and culture – as only a true Kiwi can! When these Canucks return to New Zealand (and we will) Tom will be the first Kiwi we call. The best.

Jean and Al – Whitby, Ontario, Canada 
Jean and Al – Whitby, Ontario, Canada

I had friends from Barcelona visit New Zealand and Tom very kindly made up a custom package to the Wairarapa. What a fantastic day it was. Tom is very knowledgeable with the area and has a wonderful sense of humour. We visited C’est Cheese in Featherston, lunch at Poppies winery which was certainly a highlight, two other wineries, finishing off with a delightful dinner at the Martinborough Hotel.  I would have no hesitation in recommending Tom’s Kaewa tours.  A first class tour.

Ali – Waikanae, New Zealand 
Ali – Waikanae, New Zealand

From wineries to Wellington treasures; From Maori culture to Manuka honeybee hives; From Hahei Hot Water Beach to Hobbiton and all points in between… We are sure we experienced  every inch of North Island, New Zealand with Tom’s and Jill’s Kaewa Tours. Cities, villages, farms, forests, islands, breweries, historic places, gardens, waterfalls, lakes, vistas, galleries and even a secret public restroom with the art of a famous Kiwi.  Tom’s sense of humor, his sense of history, his sense of timing and penchant for the perfect itinerary, made for days of fun and no glitches. Every day we ran into someone Tom knew. It was the trip of a lifetime with memories and photos to last a lifetime. Thank you, Kaewa Tours.

Barb and Mike - San Diego, California, USA 
Barb and Mike - San Diego, California, USA

“We booked a wine tour with Tom, who picked us up from our hotel in central Wellington.

From booking the tour Tom was great at communicating.

Tom chose four amazing family run vineyards which offered an amazing selection of wines. We were able to meet the owners and wine makers at all of the vineyards which made for a much more personal tour.”

Steven B - Christchurch 
Steven B - Christchurch
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Private Tours around Wellington, Kapiti & the South Wairarapa

Our tours cover a wide variety of activities such as Wellington day tours (Scenic and Foodie tours) – half and full day options are available, Craft Brewery tours, Craft Beer Bar Walking/Tasting tours, Kapiti Coast (Scenic and Foodie tours) and the South Wairarapa including Martinborough/Gladstone winery visits and tastings, Scenic and Foodie tours.

We can also plan wider, bespoke tours throughout New Zealand where you will have your personal driver/guide for the duration of your tour. Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements.

We also offer combo tours (2-3 days) of Wellington-Kapiti, South Wairarapa-Kapiti or Wellington-Kapiti-South Wairarapa with a homestay which includes continental breakfast at our home. 

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