Terms & Conditions

Standard terms and conditions:

Your acceptance of the terms and conditions outlined are required to process your reservation.

Prepayment by credit card and subsequent confirmation by RealNZ Ltd is accepted as confirmation of your booking. 

All transactions are conducted in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). Due to exchange rate fluctuations, at times there may be some variance in the amounts refunded compared to the amount initially charged. RealNZ Ltd (and associated companies) does not accept any liability for these variances or any subsequent credit card/bank charges relating to these transfers to customers' accounts. 

RealNZ (and associated companies) reserve the right to amend timetables, cancel departures, substitute plant and equipment, amend specials or offers and alter ticket prices at any time.

All agreements and contracts shall be subject solely to New Zealand law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the New Zealand courts. In the event of a cancellation or amendment to your booking, the notification period is in NZ time (NZST).

We strongly recommend travel insurance for all our experiences, especially for those that require longer notification periods for cancellation (see below).

By making a booking and consenting to our terms & conditions, you are agreeing to receive emails from us. These emails are only for internal improvement purposes and will never be passed to third parties for any mailing lists. Please ensure you have read and understand our Privacy Policy.

The majority of our vessels and all coaches are smoke-free zones, no smoking will be permitted onboard. Smoking is only allowed in the designated area on our overnight and multi-day cruises. 


In the event of a cancellation or amendment to your booking, refunds will only be granted when RealNZ receives notification at least 24 hours prior (NZ time) to departure date EXCEPT:

  • Milford Sound Overnight Cruises: 14 days prior to departure
  • Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises: 14 days prior to departure
  • Stewart Island Lodge: 14 days prior to arrival date.
  • Selected Special Events: Refer below * 

CLICK HERE for our COVID-19 Cancellation terms.

Please note the different and additional bookings terms and conditions detailed below for Stewart Island Wild Kiwi Encounter, Discovery Expeditions, Locals' Specials and promo code promotions.  

Additional terms and conditions:

Stewart Island Wild Kiwi Encounter - Kiwi guarantee

  • If you don’t see a kiwi we will refund you 20% of your ticket price.

Discovery Expeditions - Terms and Conditions:

Age: If you are over 70 years, please consult your doctor to check your physical fitness.

Cancellations: All cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellation fees are not negotiable - we recommend travel insurance. 

Web bookings require full payment at the time of booking.

Phone and all other booking methods require a non-refundable deposit at the time of booking and full payment 120 days prior to departure.

Cancellation fees are charged on the following basis for all bookings: 

  • Outside 90 days prior to departure: NZ$100.00 per person + 20% of your ticket price
  • 89 - 60 days prior to departure: NZ$200.00 per person + 20% of your ticket price
  • Within 59 days prior to departure: 100% of your ticket price

Once the expedition has departed, no portion of the package payment is refundable in the event of the individual or group being unable to proceed.

A $50 fee is charged for amendments to a confirmed reservation. Please note we cannot accept any amendments within 59 days prior to travel.

Promo Code promotions - Terms and Conditions:

Standard terms and conditions apply, plus any relevant additional terms as mentioned above:
- Bookings made on the RealNZ website will require the promo code to be entered in the “promo code” field during the booking process - then the discount will be applied.
- The promo code is case sensitive and must be exact
- Full payment must be made at time of booking
- Offer cannot be transferred to another product nor redeemable for cash
- This offer is valid for the specified travel dates only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offer or discount
- Bookings must be made direct with RealNZ and are subject to availability
- RealNZ has the right to amend timetables, cancel departures, amend specials or offers, alter ticket prices and substitute plant at any time.