About Us

Based in the Bay of Plenty township of Katikati, our welcoming team prides itself on excellent service and an intimate knowledge of everything our special little corner of New Zealand has to offer.

Based in the Bay of Plenty township of Katikati, our welcoming team prides itself on excellent service and an intimate knowledge of everything our special little corner of New Zealand has to offer

Owner Kate Pfennig moved back to New Zealand from the USA in 2011 after years of farming and more than two decades travelling the world with her husband and their three boys.

Kate purchased the Katikati Motel, which she ran for four and a half years, and launched ND Kiwi Tours to share her passion for travel and New Zealand with others. Her time working on a sheep and beef farm in North Dakota gave rise to the ‘ND’ in the ‘ND Kiwi Tours’ name. The farm was near the state capital, Bismarck, and she calls herself a North Dakota Kiwi.

Our tour company has grown and we now have three expert guides operating two comfortable air-conditioned vans. Our spacious 11-seater is ideal for larger groups, while our nine-seat wheelchair-accessible van ensures we can offer a tour experience everyone can enjoy. All of our team is committed to sustainable tourism and we are proud to hold Qualmark accreditation recognising our consistent service standards and consideration for the environment.

During the cruise ship season we make regular trips to the Port of Tauranga to pick up cruise passengers for day tours exploring some of the most exciting attractions in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions. Small group day trips are run throughout the year, as well as specialised tours outside the region and to lesser-known spots that are off the beaten track.

We also provide a range of services for the local Western Bay of Plenty community. These include our Kate’s Kabs taxi service and Town Connector bus service, self-contained RV parking in Katikati, wheelchair-accessible van hire, and Specialised School Transport Assistance to help students with mobility or safety needs get to and from school.

Get in touch today to discuss your dream holiday in New Zealand or your local transport needs.

Our Tours:
Hobbiton Movie Set

Tours start from just $159 per adult and $118 per child (5-17 years). 
Children aged under five years old are free. Prices may vary by season. 

Tour duration: 5-6 hours. 


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Day Tours: Hobbiton Movie Set

Te Puia cultural and geothermal experience

Tours start from just $145 per adult and $125 per child (5-17 years). 
Children aged under five years old are free. Prices vary by season. 

Tour duration: 5-6 hours. 


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Day Tours: Te Puia cultural and geothermal experience

Whakarewarewa Living Geothermal Village

Tours start from just $135 per adult and $118 per child (5-17 years). 
Children aged under five years old are free. Prices vary by season. 

Tour duration: 5-6 hours. 


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Day Tours: Whakarewarewa Living Geothermal Village

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Tours start from just $145 per adult and $130 per child (5-17 years). 
Children aged under five years old are free. Prices vary by season. 

Tour duration: 5-6 hours. 


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Day Tours: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Private Charter Tours

The options are limitless, so get in touch today to discuss your ultimate day out. 

Price: $125 an hour (minimum five hours)


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Private Charter Tours

Other Services:
Kate's Kabs

Get around the Western Bay of Plenty in style with Kate’s Kabs – the safe, affordable and professional taxi service for Katikati, Waihi, Waihi Beach, Omokoroa the surrounding area. 
 

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Kate's Kabs

Town Connector Bus Service

The Town Connector is your friendly local bus service linking Katikati, Waihi and Waihi Beach. Operating on Thursdays.
 

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Town Connector Bus Service

Wheelchair Accessible Van Hire

To make things easier for those with disabilities, we offer a wheelchair accessible van for hire. The van is a nine seat Toyota Hiace equipped with an easy to operate wheelchair lift.

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Wheelchair Accessible Van Hire

Customers say:

Kate & Kent run a Tour/Shuttle/Taxi service in Katikati. They will take you on Day Trips to local Bay of Plenty and Waikato tourist attractions. Airport Transfers, Charters, Companion Driver Service. They can take your wheel chair so that’s not a worry. We use them all the time for our family when they visit from Australia, Try them you won't be sorry. Happy Touring

Anonymous

Just a short note to thank for your time whilst QM2 was docked at Tarangua earlier this week. Our trip to Rorotua was super and we thoroughly enjoyed our day.  As I mentioned to you before, Keith particularly enjoyed our outing as you were able to go at his pace; so many tours do not.
We were grateful for your suggestion of the alternative route back -which enabled us to see a little more of the countryside in our short visit.
Your driving and narrative were super; again, a most enjoyable day.  Thank you.

 

Mandy and Keith
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