Accessible travel in New Zealand for seniors and disabled people

Accessible travel in New Zealand for seniors and disabled people

Ability Adventures are New Zealand's premier disability travel operator, specialising in accessible holidays for disabled travellers.

With our innovative ideas, expertise in accessible travel and intimate knowledge of New Zealand, we can create the holiday experience of your dreams.

Trusted      Experienced      Qualified

  • Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Service - New Zealand tourism's official mark of quality.
  • Suitable for mobility impaired, wheelchair travellers, those who are blind or vision impaired, slow walkers, hearing impaired, those with a learning disability, or anyone that may need that bit of extra support along the way.
  • Tailored holidays - to suit your ability, interests, time and budget.
  • Accessible tour options; private guided multi-day tours, independent self-drive tours, Dunedin day tours/shore excursions, supported holidays and New Zealand group tours.
  • We can arrange everything you need with style - guiding, transport, accommodation, entry to attractions, pick ups and set downs to suit your requirements
  • Small group travel (normally 2-6 people), couples, families, groups of friends and individuals. Larger groups by arrangement.
  • Specialist ground agency services for overseas travel companies and disability groups.

Wheelchair traveller exploring geothermal
attractions of the Central North Island

Ability Adventures have been operating awesome New Zealand tours for senior and disabled travellers since 2008. Check out our tour options and read what our clients have to say.

Begin planning your New Zealand adventure

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Exploration adventures discovery - disability holidays

Exploration adventure discovery

Our tour options

Go where you want to go

New Zealand is renowned for its diverse and spectacular scenery, world class attractions and welcoming and friendly people. Such diversity and the compact nature of the country make New Zealand an ideal travel destination. Whether your preference is to experience rest and relaxation, adrenalin pumping activities, sightseeing, adventure, people and culture, nature or any combination of the above, New Zealand offers a whole range of options to suit you.

Do what you want to do. Here's some ideas of things we can organise for you:

  • Marae stay
  • Bungy jumping
  • Fishing
  • National parks
  • Vineyards
  • Kayaking
  • Photography
  • Bird watching
  • Cuisine & wine
  • Rain forests
  • Mountains
  • Garden tours
  • Museums
  • Farm visits
  • Beaches
  • Trekking
  • Shopping
  • Marine excursions
  • Scenic train trips
  • Health and beauty
  • River rafting
  • Auto parks
  • Fiord cruises
  • Volcanoes
  • Skiing
  • Caving
  • Camping
  • Heritage sites
  • Art galleries
  • Jet boating
  • Sailing
  • Paragliding
  • Flight seeing
  • Cycle trails
  • and so much more

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Reach for the sky - disability travel

Reach for the Sky

Travellers with a mobility impairment

Mobility impairment

Ability Adventures can design a New Zealand holiday adventure to suit your level of mobility, whether you are a slow walker, or use a walking aid or wheelchair. Let us help you ‘reach for the sky’.

Improved access infrastructure throughout New Zealand makes a myriad of activities and adventures possible – kayaking, rafting, flying and boating. What about being driven on a race track at over 200kph?

Accommodation, transport and activities are carefully chosen according to your accessibility requirements. We can organise mobility and personal care support, and equipment, if required.

Travellers with a sensory impairment

Sensory impairment

New Zealand is a country for all senses and Ability Adventures can design a spectacular multi-sensory accessible holiday adventure, guiding you all the way. Our emphasis on small group travel also helps ensure your holiday is a totally enjoyable and inclusive experience.

We can introduce you to the unique and exciting sights, tastes, textures, fragrances and sounds of New Zealand – from the distinctive tuneful calls of the native tui bird, through to a mouthwatering kiwi pavlova dessert. Ability Adventures is experienced at tandem cycling giving people with blindness or visual impairment the opportunity to take advantage of the new network of New Zealand Cycle Trails.

We can help you experience it all, delivered at your pace and catered to your particular needs, including sighted guiding and a sign language interpreter.

Senior travellers

Senior travellers

Everyone has a wish list and you shouldn’t let age get in your way. Now is your chance to go places you have never been and do things you have never done before. Or perhaps revisit somewhere special where you haven’t been for years.

Ability Adventures has a wealth of holiday ideas for people in their senior years. It may be a relaxed holiday or a full-on physical adventure – Ability Adventures can take you there in style. As a senior traveller we understand you may have a range of considerations, e.g. pace of holiday, accessibility, mobility equipment and personal care support. Let us know and we will cater for your particular needs.

Travellers with a learning disability

Learning disability

Ability Adventures designs supported holidays for individuals or small groups of adults who have a mild to moderate learning disability.

The emphasis is on a fun and relaxed holiday in safe and comfortable settings.

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Reach for the Sky - disability travel

Ability Adventures can provide a range of support services, facilities and equipment. Please let us know what you require when we begin planning your holiday adventure.

Personal care support: we can provide assistance with your daily health and wellbeing needs. Support people are agency-trained.

Equipment hire: a selection of mobility and personal care equipment can be hired. This can alleviate the need to bring your own and the possibility of any damage to your personal property en route.

Personal mobility support: for wheelchair assistance, sighted guiding or other specific support that may be required. This can provide that extra peace of mind and convenience, maximising your holiday enjoyment.

Specialised vehicles: including hand-control vehicles, those with swing-out seats and vans with wheelchair hoists, tracks and tie-downs.

Accommodation: let us know your accessibility requirements and we will ensure each facility used meets your needs.

Plus any additional services you require, e.g. sign language interpreters and special dietary requirements.

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Meet Marina Hanger, director of disability travel company Ability Adventures

Meet Marina Hanger

Marina Hanger is the owner, adventure planner and head guide for Ability Adventures.

Marina established Ability Adventures in 2008 and has over thirty years’ experience as an occupational therapist working with people with a wide range of disabilities. In recent years she was involved in researching, planning and leading wilderness, adventure and personal development programmes within New Zealand for blind and visually impaired people of all ages.

In addition, Marina has 15 years’ experience in the tourism industry. She co-founded one of New Zealand’s first eco-tourism companies providing quality natural history tours for national and international clients.

Raised in rural New Zealand, Marina is passionate about her homeland, its outdoors and the value of adventure in our lives. She takes great pride in providing unforgettable accessible holiday adventures for all.

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Check out what some of our customers have to say about their Ability Adventures holiday.

Oamaru Tandem Ride for the Vision impaired cyclists
Vision impaired cyclists and their support riders on completing their 300km tandem ride

Thank you so much for a fabulous, fun, physical and exciting week.
"It exceeded our expectations. The organisation has been brilliant."
Sue Thoms, NZ, February 2018 (tailored tandem cycling adventure)

We had the most amazing time
"Your input has enabled us to have the most wonderful holiday. You certainly live up to your name of "Ability Adventures". Many, MANY thanks!"
M & M Gates, UK, February 2018 (tailored, accessible self-drive tour)

Wheelchair Friendly Holidays New Zealand
Getting into the wilderness is an inclusive experience

Five stars - Ability Adventures provided us with the holiday of a lifetime. "Our 2.5 week tour surpassed our expectations and took our family on adventures we never thought were possible or achievable. We would recommend Ability Adventures to anyone wanting a fully inclusive holiday experience."
Silberstein Family, Sydney, Australia, Dec/Jan 2018 (guided, accessible, multi day tour)

Wheelchair accessible trails give access to fantastic views

Amazing time
"We can't thank you enough for the amazing time."
USA guests, Nov 2017 (guided, accessible, multi-day tour)

Highly recommend to anyone needing assistance. Making the impossible possible!
"We had an amazing experience with Marina and would highly recommend her to anyone needing assistance. Her background as an occupational therapist and her love of the outdoors are a winning combination!!!"
Barbara Starr, USA April 2017 (guided, accessible, multi-day tour)

Choosing Ability Adventures was the right move
"Marina gave my aunt and I a lovely day in Dunedin, despite the awful weather on Tuesday 7 March. We got to see and enjoy Dunedin through the eyes of a local. The only downside was the cold. Marina was very informative and got us in and out of places easily. Choosing Ability Adventures was the right move for my 85 year old legally blind and mobility challenged aunt and myself. We both enjoyed our time in Dunedin thoroughly. Thanks Marina"
Louise and Una, Australia, March 2017 (cruise ship excursion)

Just great!
"Good choice of venues visited, great access and very interesting. Tour manager, Marina, was excellent as was tour guide Gary. Very friendly and helpful. We had a wonderful day."
Ros Wallace, Assist Travel, Nov 2016 (cruise ship excursion)

Thanks for your professionalism
"I really enjoyed working with you. Thank you for your professionalism and all your help."
Carol, Travel Agent, Germany, Nov 2016 (Self-drive tour)

Exceeded all expectations
"Thank you Marina! You have truly exceeded all expectations. After scouring the internet looking for a suitable tour for a disability, I found Marina. She tailor-made the tour, included special interests, was flexible, and preempted needs whilst on tour. This was all delivered with warmth and great hospitality, humor, nothing was too much trouble. This is the feedback from my client, as I am a Travel Agent from Australia. Perfect work Marina, very well deserved!"
Tanya, Travel Agent, Adelaide, Australia, Jan 2016 (guided multi-day tour)

Joy from South Australia enjoying Mt Cook in her wheelchair
Being at one with nature in the alpine
environment of Mt Cook Village

Exceeded expectations
"I can't thank you enough for the tour you planned and executed for me. The trip exceeded my expectations."
Joy, South Australia, Jan 2016 (guided multi-day tour)

Thank you
"My clients where very happy with the journey! Thank you very much! "
Patricia, Travel Agent from Switzerland, Dec 2015 (self-drive tour)

Recommend Ability Adventures
"Kay loved her time in Queenstown and would recommend Ability Adventures to her friends"
Kay - Auckland, 2014 (Self-drive tour)

Jody and Ann from USA enjoying her trip with Ability Adventures Wheelchair travel is no barrier to this traveller enjoying a jet boating adventure in one of New Zealand's national parks

A ten out of 10 Gold Star Experience
"Overall Marina's Ability Adventures in New Zealand was a 100%, 10 out of 10, Gold Star experience. She is very experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Marina is a licensed Occupational Therapist who has knowledge and expertise in working with disabled clients. This increases trust and safety. We covered vast distances and experiences in both the north and south islands - kayaking, boating, flying, learning about the uniqueness of the environment and the culture. The highlight was the backwoods - away from the tourist-traps - and the intimacy of the adventure. Anne and I so enjoyed our New Zealand adventure. Thanks so much for making it a 10 out of 10 experience."
Jody and Ann - USA, Jan 2010 (guided multi-day tour)

Begin planning your New Zealand adventure, contact Ability Adventures now.

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Don’t wait – contact Ability Adventures now to begin planning your accessible New Zealand holiday adventure. We would love to hear from you.

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