Nau Mai New Plymouth Tours

An exclusive, small group tour provider with full time local guides

See the best of New Plymouth, and the wider Taranaki region with your very own local guide and driver. Our tour guide will take you where coach tours can’t and make sure you see the best bits. We specialise in all things Taranaki and love to share our piece of paradise with our guests. Nau Mai Tours are perfect for couples, families or small groups and can accommodate anywhere from 2-14 people.

Our packages include activities as well as accommodation. We have a tour package to suit everyone. Are you interested in adventure and surfing? Or do you prefer something more laid back like arts and crafts, or culture and heritage? Whatever your interests are, we have them covered with our amazing packages. They can even be customized to suit you completely.


Meet our team:

Our small family team are Tama Blackburn, Gina Blackburn and Eli MacDonald. We are passionate about all things Taranaki and sharing our slice of paradise with our guests.

Tama and Eli specialise in Adventure Tours and have a special affinity with the sea, enjoying surfing and all things water related. Being keen outdoorsmen, getting you out into the great outdoors and having fun is their number 1 goal.

Gina enjoys the finer things revelling in the stunning natural environment of Taranaki, the beautiful gardens, art and wineries making for a fabulous Taranaki day. Learning about the history of Taranaki and sharing this is is something special and makes for a truly unique experience.

Because we love what we do, we want this enthusiasm to catch on with every person who comes on tour with us.


Nau Mai (pronounced know my) means welcome in the local maori language, come as our guest and leave as our friends. We welcome you to New Plymouth and we certainly Know My Tours!


Most of our itineraries are designed for people with an average level of fitness, but some involve a little bit of huff and puff. Every trip has been given a physical activity rating on a scale of 1-5.


Physical ratings

Obviously a tour focused on walking or cycling will require a decent level of fitness, but there are other physical factors to consider before you book your trip. The Pouakai Tarns trail, for example, has more stairs to navigate than other walks. In summer the heat can make even a short walk a lot more challenging. You may also be faced with some uneven ground, especially on bush trails and when we venture a little more off the beaten track.

A rating of 1 out of 5 = these trips are a relaxing break. You don’t have to worry about doing anything physically demanding unless you want to.

A rating of 2 out of 5 = Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.

A rating of 3 out of 5 = This trip will raise your heartbeat. Moderate physical activities are included and a good level of fitness is required.

A rating of 4 out of 5 = Be prepared for some serious physical activity. The fitter you are, the more you’ll enjoy it, as most activities will be challenging.

A rating of 5 out of 5 = Get ready for a heart-pumping adventure with plenty of challenges and some extreme conditions. You’ll be required to be seriously fit for this trip as difficult activities are included.

Should you have any questions about a specific trip please contact us and we would be more than happy to give you more details.