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20 Day Haka Plus Christchurch to Auckland Adventure Tour

Embark on this epic journey departing Christchurch and finishing in Auckland 20 days later!

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Overview

The activities on our epic Haka Plus Christchurch to Auckland Adventure Tour that await you in New Zealand are equally mind-blowing! Swim, surf, kayak, cave tube, jet boat, rock climb, white-water raft, quad bike, canyon swing, bungy jump, skydive, heli hike, hike, luge, bike, horse ride, and view kiwis and other popular New Zealand marine life like dolphins, whales and albatrosses. Make the most of your opportunity to play golf, soak in a hot pool, look down at the landscape from a hot air balloon, dine and drink like a local, and a whole lot more!

Enjoy the freedom to do only the activities you want. This is your trip, after all, and we want you to have a good time! If you’ve already made up your mind as to which activities to do, we suggest you pre-book them and simply add on activities that interest you while you’re on tour.

Haka Plus Christchurch to Auckland Adventure Tour

Grand Traverse Scenic Flight, Tekapo

Haka Plus Christchurch to Auckland Adventure Tour

Horse trekking, Glenorchy

Haka Plus Christchurch to Auckland Adventure Tour

White water rafting, Queenstown

Haka Plus Christchurch to Auckland Adventure Tour

Quad biking, Franz Josef

Haka Plus Christchurch to Auckland Adventure Tour

Coromandel sea kayaking

Haka Plus Christchurch to Auckland Adventure Tour

Raglan surf school

Haka Plus Christchurch to Auckland Adventure Tour

Lost World caving, Waitomo

Haka Plus Christchurch to Auckland Adventure Tour

Mt. Tarawera Crater Hike, Rotorua

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Day 1Arrive Christchurch

Kia ora (hello!) and welcome to Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Settle into your accommodation and be ready for the 6pm pre-tour meeting. Here you will get to know your Tour Manager and be introduced to your new roadtrip friends.

Afterwards, the evening is yours to enjoy. We recommend a good night’s sleep to be ready for tomorrow’s early start, but you may want to experience Christchurch’s exciting nightlife - the choice is yours!

Day 2Christchurch to Ohau via Lake Tekapo

Rise and shine! After a continental breakfast we’ll explore iconic downtown Christchurch and your guide will show you the cool and creative ways the city is being rebuilt after the life-changing 2011 earthquake here. Christchurch folk are an innovative and creative bunch – the Transitional Cathedral, created from cardboard, is totally inspirational.

Mid-morning we head for Lake Tekapo. Ready your camera – the lake’s breathtaking turquoise colour and mountain backdrop is a photographer’s dream come true.

The tiny Church of the Good Shepherd stands right at the water’s edge, proving that small is bold and definitely beautiful. Grab some confetti and congratulate any passing brides – couples travel from all over the world for wedding shots in front of the chapel!

Day 3Ohau to Queenstown

From the golden tussocklands of Mackenzie country – where epic battles of Return of the King were filmed – to the dramatic peaks of the Southern Alps, it’s like you’re driving into a postcard.

We’ll pause for lots of photo stops en route to give your camera a workout, including a stop at the spectacular Kawarau Gorge. This also happens to be the world home of bungy! Give it a go or enjoy watching the jumpers scream their way into the gorge.

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, an avid hiker, wine taster or scenery lover, Queenstown has something for absolutely everyone. With 2 nights and plenty of daylight hours here, get ready – this town certainly knows how to live life to the max.

Available activities
Bungy | Kawarau Bridge - Extra Cost
As you shuffle out to the edge of the bridge, heart pounding and mind racing, remember this – you’ve found yourself at the World Home of Bungy. This is the original. Many people have come and gone, on a mission to push the limits and test themselves, why not join them?

Bungy | Nevis - NZs Highest! - Extra Cost
The ultimate boast for your friends back home (though you might not want to tell your mother...)

The experience kicks off with a rugged 35 minute back-blocks 4x4 drive before you get harnessed up and board a shuttle which ferries you to the Bungy Pod.

The bungy itself is the highest in the Southern Hemisphere at 134m (8.5 seconds of freefall). 100% pure adrenalin, get yourself out there and do it!

Day 4Explore Queenstown

With a full day in Queenstown, let’s work on that bucket list!

There are heaps of options to choose from: paragliding over the lake, mountain bike parks and trails to die for, bungy jumping while your Haka friends cheer you on, horse riding through Lord of the Rings scenery, and swinging through a canyon are just a few of our favourites.

Hikers: the Ben Lomond day walk (not for the faint-hearted) will be right up your alley. This is a firm tour guide favourite, and they can recommend great shorter walks too.

For scenery lovers, Milford Sound is a must-see. Whether you fly or drive, the scenery en route is as awesome as the destination. Once on the Sound, as you sail beneath thundering waterfalls and towering cliff faces you’ll understand why we call it the “8th Wonder of the World”.

Available activities
Horse Trekking in Glenorchy - Extra Cost
Bungy | Kawarau Bridge - Extra Cost
Canyon Swing - Extra Cost
Canyoning - Extra Cost
Extreme Jet Boating - Extra Cost
Heli-Mountain Biking - Extra Cost
Bungy | Nevis - NZs Highest! - Extra Cost
Milford Sound Full Day (Coach / Cruise / Coach) - Extra Cost
Milford Sound Half Day (Fly/Cruise/Fly) - Extra Cost
Milford Sound Nature Cruise - Extra Cost
Skydive - Extra Cost
White Water Rafting - Extra Cost

Day 5Queenstown to Wanaka

After one last morning in Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of the World, this afternoon is your chance to relax in stunning Wanaka.

Wanaka is Queenstown’s slightly quieter little sister, a mere one hour drive away. En route we’ll stop in charming Arrowtown, a historic gold rush village with heaps of old world character.

Blessed with towering peaks and a glacial blue lake, you’ll soon see why Wanaka’s considered to be one of New Zealand’s most beautiful mountain towns.

There are breathtaking hikes and easy bike rides for a welcome chance to relax.

Available activities
Lord of the Rings 4WD Safari - Extra Cost
Horse Trekking - Extra Cost
Bungy | Kawarau Bridge - Extra Cost
Canyon Swing - Extra Cost
Canyoning (Available October to April only) - Extra Cost
Extreme Jet Boating - Extra Cost
Heli-Mountain Biking (Available November to May) - Extra Cost
Bungy | Nevis - NZs Highest! - Extra Cost
Milford Sound Half Day (Fly/Cruise/Fly) - Extra Cost
Skydive - Extra Cost
White Water Rafting - Extra Cost

Day 6Explore Wanaka

Today is your chance to explore one of the most beautiful towns in the southern lakes region with plenty of activities to tempt every lover of the outdoors.

You can visit Mou Waho Island – accessible only by boat from Wanaka and famous for being home to an (unnamed) island, in a lake (Arethusa Pool), on an island (Mou Waho), in a lake (Lake Wanaka), on an island (the South Island) in the ocean (the Pacific!). Sounds complicated, but once you are there it will all make sense!

In Wanaka there are many walks, hikes and biking trails to choose from – check out the famous “Wanaka Tree” while making your way around the lake! Or, if you feel like relaxing, ask your guide to recommend their favourite secret spots to enjoy the surrounding scenery.

One of the best ways to admire Wanaka is from the air. Treat yourself to a skydive or a scenic flight in a vintage plane – you can even take a flying lesson. As always, it’s your trip and your choice: you do you!

We mix things up tonight by heading to the stunning Criffel Station for a night of glamping (AKA glamorous camping)! Think fancy canvas tents with decadently comfortable beds and the great outdoors right on your doorstep. The views from Criffel are sublime… to get the real experience, you’ll have to see it for yourself!

Available activities
Mou Waho Island Cruise & Nature Walk - Extra Cost
Boat cruise to the remote and magical Mou Waho Island nature reserve, which is predator–free and home to the rare flightless Buff Weka (extinct on the mainland since 1920).

A one hour return guided bush walk is included, which takes you up to reveal the island’s secret – a lake right on top of the island! Unique and very photogenic (Optional). Or you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the birdlife at the beach and shelter at the island base with your own morning or afternoon tea.

Puzzling World - Extra Cost
For over forty-five years Puzzling World has been messing with people’s heads no matter what age, nationality or experience. With a mix of bizarre buildings, rooms of illusion and the world-famous Great Maze this attraction is designed to baffle your brain and challenge your perceptions of reality.

Skydive - Extra Cost
If you want unbeatable views of Wanaka's world-famous lakes and mountains, this it the ultimate way to get them! Strap yourself to a beautiful stranger and leap out of a plane, right into the heart of Lord of the Rings country.

Scared? Believe it or not, 15,000 feet is recommended over 12,000 feet because you have more time to adjust to the freefall.

Tiger Moth Romance Package - Extra Cost
Experience the romance and nostalgia for which these biplanes were renowned in this unique experience.

The flight will take you over the Wanaka township before heading up the lake to land at a remote location on a high country station. Enjoy a private picnic lunch in this tranquil setting beside the lake, while enjoying a bottle of our favorite Central Otago wine. Relax and unwind before the Pilot/s returns to fly you back to Wanaka Airport taking in yet more of the majestic scenery of this area.

Day 7Wanaka to Franz Josef

After a relaxing morning in Wanaka, the journey to Franz is an another stunner – many of our Haka Guides rate it as their most favourite drive in New Zealand.

As we hit the road, we’ll stop at one of our most popular lakeside lookout points at Lake Hawea or Lake Wanaka. Your guide will keep an eye on the weather and pick the best option.

From the cascading waterfalls of Haast Pass to classic Kiwi coastal views, you won’t want to nap on the bus in case you miss anything. Your guide will have some epic surprise photo stops and short walks along the way.

Between September and December it’s whitebait season (a small fish that’s a delicacy in New Zealand). Fried up with eggs and served on toast, it’s a local treat and shouldn’t be missed. We’ll stop at one of the local spots for a taste during the season.

We roll into Franz Josef around late afternoon/early evening. This UNESCO World Heritage area is famous for its spectacular glacier, just 5km from town, which is begging to be explored tomorrow.

Day 8Explore Franz Josef

With Aoraki/Mount Cook (New Zealand’s highest mountain) twinkling behind the glaciers, Franz Josef is about as beautiful a setting as you can find in New Zealand.

Te Wahi Pounamu (which means ‘the place of greenstone’ in Māori) is the name given to the this part of the West Coast because of the abundance of pounamu (greenstone/jade) to be found here. Included in your tour today is a special opportunity to carve your very own pounamu pendant at a local gallery.

There are heaps of ways to enjoy Franz Josef Glacier; weather permitting, to get up onto the bluest ice you can take a scenic helicopter flight and hike onto the glaciers. Maybe you’d prefer to kayak on a glacial lake; or just relax in the steamy hot springs down below.

As well as the awesome glacier activities, you could also try out quad biking, horseback riding and even a bit of group karaoke tonight in Franz Josef!

Available activities
Glacier Heli Hike - Extra Cost
Glacier trekking is considered an absolute #nzmustdo, and is actually suitable for all abilities. We recommend the heli-hike as a quick way to reach the bluer ice of the glacier.

Glacier Heli Ice Climb - Extra Cost
Your day begins with a full briefing at our base. Your guide will then get you kitted up and ready for your scenic helicopter transfer up onto the glacier; a great chance to take in the full panoramic majesty of the glacier and surrounding mountains. Once on the ice, your guide will lead you on a short hike to the best available climbing spot and your ice climb begins.

Glacier Kayaking - Extra Cost
A gorgeous way to enjoy the snowy peaks and mirror-like waters as you glide along the glassy waters of Lake Mapourika. You'll take in stunning panoramic views of the Southern Alps and up to 10 different Glaciers, including the Franz Josef Neve.

On the far side of the Lake follow your guide deep into the rainforest and Kiwi Sanctuary, via a rainforest creek. Simply an awesome way to enjoy the unique Franz Josef landscape up close.

Heli Experience with Snow Landing - Extra Cost
Within seconds of lifting off from the Franz Helipad at the foot of the Southern Alps, the scenic views have already started. Fly over the world famous Franz Josef Glacier as you climb above and beyond to reveal the real heart of the truly magnificent Southern Alps. Take a deep breath as the highest Mountain in New Zealand comes into view: Mount Cook, shouldered by Mt Tasman and the Southern Alps.

Quad Biking - Extra Cost
A ton of fun as you embark on a 4WD adventure and head across stony braided riverbeds, see glacial fed rivers and listen to your guide tell you about local history.

The vehicles are incredibly easy to ride. There is a passenger option if you would prefer not to drive.

Skydive - Extra Cost
Experience New Zealand's Highest Freefall in one of the most beautiful places on earth - Franz Josef Glacier! Nestled between New Zealand’s highest mountains, the Tasman Sea, stunning temperate rainforest, glowing glaciers, mirror lakes and braided river beds, Franz Josef Glacier is THE place to skydive!

Day 9Franz Josef to Christchurch

After breakfast we head further along the beautiful west coast on another of the most spectacular drives in the country (and, some would say, the world): a rugged, primeval landscape of luxuriant rainforest juxtaposed against breathtaking beach and ocean waves.

We stop at Hokitika and visit a greenstone factory, a great place to stock up on souvenirs for your friends and family back home.

Time permitting, we may also visit the National Kiwi Centre, where there is guaranteed viewing of rare kiwi birds in their nocturnal house.

On the way back to Christchurch, you'll traverse the South Island on the stunning TranzAlpine train crossing. Travelling across the Southern Alps through Arthur’s Pass, you'll arrive in Christchurch around 6.30pm before transferring to your accommodation.

Day 10Christchurch to Kaikoura

Wakey wakey! Our next destination is Kaikōura which literally means “to eat crayfish” – and the area is teeming with them. The nutrient-rich waters of this area attract a wide variety of marine wildlife including the stars of the show – the whales and dolphins.

The chance to swim with dolphins in the wild is a massive New Zealand highlight for many travellers, and Kaikōura is one of the best places to find them, with pods of up to 300 of these playful creatures hanging out here at any one time.

If you want to get up close to the giants of the ocean, a whale watching tour here is the way to do it. Humpbacks, sperm whales and orca all stop by at various times of year, so this is a great chance to meet some of them.

Available activities
Dolphin Encounter - Extra Cost
Get up close and personal with the Dusky - regarded as the worlds most playful Dolphin. The dusky dolphins inhabit the coastal waters off Kaikoura all year round, making Kaikoura a unique place in the world where wild dolphins can be encountered every day, weather permitting.

Guided Seal Kayaking - Extra Cost
Experience the excitement of watching Fur Seals ducking, weaving and diving around your kayak. Paddle gently along with them as they swim around the Kaikoura Peninsula hunting for their favourite feed of Octopus.

Seal Swim - Extra Cost
Snorkelling with wild New Zealand Fur Seals, in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula, truly is a unique experience. It's one of those simple nature experiences that opens your mind to the sheer magnificence of our natural environment and its amazing inhabitants. A breath taking nature activity and recently listed as one of the world's 'Top 10 Marine Encounters' by Lonely Planet.

Whale Watching Flight - Extra Cost
Whale watching by aeroplane offers a unique perspective and the opportunity to view whales and dolphins in their natural environment. From the air passengers can experience the true magnitude of the world’s largest mammal, the whale. These animals can reach an impressive 18 metres in length and weigh up to 60 tonne!

Wings Over Whales Kaikoura operate high-winged aircraft, which allows each person their own window seat and optimal, unobstructed viewing.

Whale Watching - Extra Cost
Every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience, with sightings of whales varying all the time. Giant Sperm Whales are the stars of the show and year round residents of this area, with Humpback Whales often making an appearance between May and August.

Day 11Kaikoura to Wellington

The first part of the day is the stunning drive up the coast to Marlborough, the region at the top of the South Island. One of the best ways to explore Marlborough is with your tastebuds. So before heading on to Picton, there’s a crucial stop for a wine tasting, to sample some of the best vineyards in the country.

Today we say goodbye to the South Island and take one of the world’s most scenic ferry journeys as we cross the Cook Strait. It’s a stunning farewell – gliding through the Marlborough Sounds as we depart Picton Harbour, you’ll feel like you’re in another world.

And then… Wellington!

Perched on the edge of a spectacular harbour, encircled by green, towering hills, Wellington is a stunning and compact city. Vibrant, exciting and cultured, the nation’s capital combines the stimulation and sophistication of a big city with the quirkiness and personality of a much smaller town.

This evening, the city lights are yours to enjoy. Discover why Wellington is celebrated for its foodie culture – you are truly spoilt for dining choices tonight.

Wellington is also widely regarded as the craft beer capital of New Zealand. Want to test this for yourself? Talk to your Haka guide to find the hidden gems.

Available activities
Guided Seal Kayaking, Kaikoura - Extra Cost
Experience the excitement of watching Fur Seals ducking, weaving and diving around your kayak. Paddle gently along with them as they swim around the Kaikoura Peninsula hunting for their favourite feed of Octopus.

Day 12Explore Wellington

Soak up the atmosphere of vibrant Wellington. Famous for being a bit on the windy side, be prepared to ditch the hairspray and go with the flow.

As always, your guide will introduce you to the city with an orientation tour – including a drive around the bays through central Wellington to the Botanic Gardens and Parliament Buildings. You’ll also get the chance to head up Mount Victoria for some of the best views in town.

You will also stop by Weta Workshop, most famous for its creative contribution to all things Lord of the Rings. Take an optional tour to see prop-makers in action and learn about the immersive world of filmmaking.

Wellington has a feast of cultural attractions and its crowning glory is Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand. Situated on Wellington’s magnificent waterfront, this internationally acclaimed museum combines leading edge technology with traditional exhibits to tell the stories of New Zealand’s land and people. The museum is free for all.

If being outdoors is more your thing, head off to Kapiti Island for an optional nature tour. Here you can see endangered birds up close and learn more about New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna.

Available activities
Kapiti Island Eco Experience - Extra Cost
A day trip to the stunningly beautiful Kapiti Island. Walk the tracks, picnic on the beach, swim in the bay or just sit in solitude surrounded by rare and endangered birds, flora and fauna.

Te Papa Museum Tour - Extra Cost
The perfect way to get an overview of Te Papa’s highlights, Māori taongataonga treasures, and New Zealand history. Ideal for visitors with limited time.

Weta Workshop - Extra Cost
Join the Weta Workshop crew on an exclusive Weta Cave Workshop Tour: a unique behind-the-scenes look at how Weta Workshop helps craft some of the world’s biggest films. Get up close with movie props, costumes and armour, and learn the secrets behind the movie magic!

Day 13Wellington to National Park

This morning is your last chance to soak up Wellington – hit Cuba Street for brunch or take a quick stroll around the City Gallery, perhaps? Then it’s time to hop on the bus again, for the drive up north to Tongariro National Park.

Our drive will take us through all kinds of scenery, from rolling hills to the spectacular peaks of the North Island’s volcanic plateau – Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. If some of the mountains look familiar, it’s for good reason – Mount Ngauruhoe gained international fame as the real life version of Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings.

We finish our day nestled in the Tongariro National Park, where we’ll spend the next 2 nights, home to one of the 10 best one-day walks in the world – the Tongariro Crossing.

Day 14Explore National Park

Decision time – is today the day you brave the Tongariro Crossing?

Considered one of the world’s top 10 best one-day walks, this 19.4km mountain trek boasts emerald green lakes, venting steam, lava flows, craters and rich green bush.

Not for the faint-hearted – it’s a challenging day! But every step of the way the views are spectacular. Our Haka guides highly recommend this activity, it’s definitely a highlight.

If 19.4km is a little too far for you, there are plenty of shorter walks and hikes to enjoy. However you choose to spend today in this UNESCO World Heritage Area, we guarantee you won’t forget it.

Available activities
The Tongariro Crossing, Taupo - Extra Cost
Rated as the best one day trek in New Zealand and listed by many as one of top 10 day treks in the world, the Tongariro Crossing is a challenging hike taking 7 - 8 hours covering a distance of 19.4 km.

Day 15National Park to Rotorua via Taupo

We wave goodbye to National Park as we continue northwards – first stop, Taupō. It’s a beautiful lakeside town with a stunning mountain backdrop. There are options here to get your bungy on, or to skydive!

Then, we head onward to Rotorua. It’s a short drive but we’ll take our time, checking out bubbling mud pools and thundering waterfalls en route. One not-to-be-missed highlight is Huka Falls – the most visited natural attraction in New Zealand! With its roaring rapids and turquoise colour, it’s not hard to see why.

To make an awesome evening even more incredible, tonight we take on the Redwood Forest Canopy Walk – the ultimate way to get amongst these giants of the forest.

Available activities
Bungy Water Touch, Taupo - Extra Cost
Located in the stunning volcanic Waikato River Valley, Taupo Bungy is considered one of the world’s most spectacular jump sites and also boasts NZ’s highest water touch bungy!

(Water touching is optional)

Skydive,Taupo - Extra Cost
With expert tandem skydive instructors; you’ll jump out of an aircraft from up to 15,000ft and into an incredible free-fall over the worlds most stunning drop zone, surrounded by snow tipped peaks and the clean, fresh blue of lake Taupo, you’ll slow from a 200KM/H descent to a safe, controlled canopy landing.

Day 16Explore Rotorua

Rotorua has it all: natural beauty, unique geothermal landscapes, iconic Lord of The Rings destinations, and heaps of adventure activities. We stay here a full day to make the very most of it.

This area is world-renowned for its geothermal activity, with neon blue and red lakes, steaming rivers, violent geysers, and bubbling mud pools galore.

A visit to the picturesque Hobbiton movie set is a must-do activity for many. Even if you haven’t seen the films, it’s impossible not to be charmed by this gorgeous hobbit village set amongst the lush green hills of Matamata.

For a truly epic brush with nature, fly high through through the lush ancient forest canopy on a zipline tour complete with swing bridges crossings and treetop platforms. What better way to get to know the native plants and birds –many of which unique to New Zealand?

This evening we are welcomed to a Māori village for an unmissable cultural experience featuring combat demonstrations and – of course – the breathtaking haka. This experience extends beyond the performance – you’ll have the chance to see magnificent geothermal activity and get to spot kiwi birds.

Available activities
Guided Kayak to Hot Pools - Extra Cost
Enjoy a leisurely paddle across scenic Lake Rotoiti to the hot pools. On the way learn about some of the history and the local stories. Paddling time is around 1 hour each way. There is plenty of time to relax and enjoy the hot pools or swim in the lake before paddling back.

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour - Extra Cost
Leaving from Rotorua, this half day tour lets you see, visit and explore the set from The Lord of the Rings. Your guide is an expert and will be able to tell you interesting stories, details and facts about the creation of the set, bringing the production to life. You will see the famous Hobbit Holes, Mill, Green Dragon Inn and more. Each of these sets were lovingly created for the film and you will see how the production team transformed farmland into one of the most famous sets in the world.

Mt Tarawera Crater Hike - Extra Cost
Experience the unique landscape and history of Mt Tarawera on this fully guided walking experience, which encompasses the unique landscape and history of the area. With unmatched scenic vistas and 360 panoramic views this experience is ideal for all ages and includes an optional run in to the heart of the volcanic crater.

OGO - Extra Cost
Dive into a giant inflatable ball and roll down Mt Ngongotaha with OGO Rotorua, where the fun will have you laughing uncontrollably.

Visitors are rewarded with spectacular views over Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island as they Superman-dive into the OGO ride of their choice.

Slip and slide with 40 litres of water (warm in the winter, cool in the summer) down the world’s longest H2OGO Sidewinder track, or race one another down the two-double straight H2OGO tracks or try out their latest creation the DRYGO.

White Island Scenic Flight - Extra Cost
A scenic flight over White Island is an unforgettable experience. Fy over Moutohora, Whale Island, an extinct volcano that is now a wildlife refuge. Then on to White Island. You'll smell volcanic gasses as we fly over the mud & ash soaked crater. Looking down into the volcano offers an incredible view of the sulphur vents, bubbling mud and acid lakes which must be seen from above to be appreciated.

White Water Rafting - Extra Cost
The Kaituna River is home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall, the 7 metre Tutea falls.

This trip is a fantastic introduction to white water rafting for those who have never or barely rafted before.

A unique mix of history, culture and adrenalin overload.

Forest Ziplining - Extra Cost
New Zealand zipline adventure activity is the experience of a lifetime. It’s a magnificent environment we’ll take you to – a long forgotten ancient forest just like the whole of New Zealand once was. But we have a very fun way of moving through it – a low impact mode of transport to get you high in the ancient canopy!

Day 17Rotorua to Raglan via Waitomo

Rotorua is a spectacular whitewater rafting destination, and with expert guidance it can be experienced by first timers and pro-paddlers alike. For the ultimate thrill this morning you can raft the highest commercial waterfall drop in the world – the 7-metre Tutea Falls, on the Kaituna River.

If that’s not your cup of tea, spend the morning exploring Rotorua’s many attractions such as the ultra-relaxing Polynesian Spa, or perhaps the naturally-impressive Kuirau Park full of steaming, hissing, and boiling geothermal pools.

There are also some fantastic cafes and bakeries in the area. Why not grab a sweet treat for the road – a ginger slice is as Kiwi as it gets!

Once we’ve departed Rotorua, we head to Raglan, via Waitomo – famous for its glow worms. There are a number of ways to enjoy these twinkling cave-dwellers up close – here are some of our favourites:

For the ultimate adrenaline rush, join an epic 4-hour caving adventure, beginning with a 100-metre abseil into the caverns.

Or how about an cave tubing trip? Also known as black water rafting, this awesome activity will see you grabbing your inflatable tube and float along an underground river as glowworms twinkle above.

Alternatively, there are fantastic and informative walking tours of the caves where you can learn more about the history, geology and Māori mythology of this unique area of New Zealand.

For those who prefer to stay above ground, we highly recommend exploring the tree-studded gorges and limestone arches of the nearby Ruakuri Forest Walk; definitely a favourite amongst the Haka guides.

For dinner tonight, once we’ve arrived in Raglan you’ll have a chance to tuck into New Zealand’s unofficial dish – fish and chips (or fush and chups, as it tends to sound in a Kiwi accent). And what better way to enjoy a tasty meal than on a sunset cruise of Raglan Harbour?

Available activities
Black Water Rafting, Waitomo - Extra Cost
Waitomo is world famous for the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. New Zealanders being New Zealanders, we could not just observe this spectacular natural phenomenon onboard a simple observation deck, so enter Black Water Rafting!

This takes approximately three hours with one hour underground and involves a combination of walking and floating on an inner tube through a unique underground river system.

Glowworm Cave Tour, Waitomo - Extra Cost
Enjoy the beauty of Footwhistle Cave (also known to local Maori as Te Anaroa Cave) where you will see the magnificent glowworms and cave formations up close and learn about the rich history of Waitomo and it's caves and about the animal life deep down in the caves.

After enjoying a relaxed stroll through the cave, you'll be seated in Footwhistle's Cathedral to see it lit up by a dazzling magnesium torch. Although the display only lasts a few seconds, your memories of the Footwhistle Cave will last a lifetime.

Complete the tour by enjoying a Kawa Kawa tea whilst you relax in our punga hut nestled in native forest and surrounds.

Lost World Caving, Waitomo - Extra Cost
Enjoy the best caving adventure tour on a four hour expedition that combines abseiling the breathtaking tomo, with climbing and tight rock squeezes!

Abseil 100m into this unique and spectacular chasm alongside your instructor. The beauty of this iconic cavern is unsurpassed.

Day 18Raglan to Coromandel

Welcome to the arty surf mecca of Raglan!

If you have always wanted to try surfing, or if you’re dying to get back on your board, Raglan is the perfect destination both for beginners and experienced surfers. Its world famous surf breaks are unmissable and your Haka guide will take care of everything you need to get in the water – whether it’s your first or fiftieth time.

Not keen on surfing? There’s plenty to enjoy in this laid-back township. With an awesome blend of cafes, bars, surf shops and galleries, the streets here ooze character and creativity. Relax on the beach, or enjoy a variety of bush and coastal scenery on Raglan’s walking trails.

As you make the trip across the North Island to the Coromandel Peninsula, your Haka guide has some great sights to show you en route, including the 55-metre high Bridal Veil Falls.

The Coromandel Peninsula is a paradise of beautiful beaches and misty rainforests. The drive here takes in plenty of quintessential North Island rolling farmland. It’s also home to famous Hot Water Beach – thousands visit each year to dig their own personal hot tub. If the tide times allow, we’ll grab our buckets and spades and get busy.

Available activities
Bone Carving, Whitianga - Extra Cost
Carve your very own unique bone pendant in this 2 hour class.

Caving or Rock Climbing, Raglan - Extra Cost
Get amongst New Zealand nature with a professionally guided 2 hour Caving or Rock Climbing experience.

Kayak or Paddleboard, Raglan - Extra Cost
Raglan Harbour has endless nooks and crannies to discover, not to mention the famous Limestone Coast and its quirky pancake rock formations. Book a guided kayak tour, or hire a paddleboard/kayak and go explore!

Surf Lesson, Raglan - Extra Cost
Book a surf lesson in one of New Zealand's top surf spots. Lessons are designed for the complete beginner and those wanting to improve their skills.

The Lost Spring, Whitianga - Extra Cost
Come and soak in geo-thermal hot pools with temperatures ranging from 32°C to 41°C. The natural heat will soak away the stress of the real world, giving gentle rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul.

Duration:1.5 hours.**

Day 19Coromandel to Auckland

In beautiful Whitianga, you’ll have plenty of time for your guide to show you around. Sample the sandy beaches, take a surf lesson with the locals, or simply enjoy the vibes. There are all sorts of ways to enjoy the Coromandel, whether you want one last adrenaline kick or some wind-down time on this, the last full day of your tour!

Then, we hit the road for the final stretch of our journey together. The drive to Auckland is truly spectacular – the road twists and turns dramatically round the coastline as the skyline of New Zealand’s largest city gradually comes into view.

Available activities
Bone Carving, Whitianga - Extra Cost
Carve your very own unique bone pendant in this 2 hour class.

Cathedral Cove Kayaking, Coromandel - Extra Cost
This is what we consider one of the best kayaking trips in the country - paddle through amazing sea caves, explore volcanic islands in the marine reserve and enjoy a cappuccino at the exclusive Cathedral Cove beachfront cafe.

The Lost Spring, Whitianga - Extra Cost
Come and soak in geo-thermal hot pools with temperatures ranging from 32°C to 41°C. The natural heat will soak away the stress of the real world, giving gentle rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul.

Duration:1.5 hours.**

Day 20Auckland

Today is the final day of tour, where we exchange photos and stories over breakfast before saying our goodbyes and parting ways.

Itinerary

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Day 1Arrive Christchurch

Kia ora (hello!) and welcome to Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Settle into your accommodation and be ready for the 6pm pre-tour meeting. Here you will get to know your Tour Manager and be introduced to your new roadtrip friends.

Afterwards, the evening is yours to enjoy. We recommend a good night’s sleep to be ready for tomorrow’s early start, but you may want to experience Christchurch’s exciting nightlife - the choice is yours!

Day 2Christchurch to Ohau via Lake Tekapo

Rise and shine! After a continental breakfast we’ll explore iconic downtown Christchurch and your guide will show you the cool and creative ways the city is being rebuilt after the life-changing 2011 earthquake here. Christchurch folk are an innovative and creative bunch – the Transitional Cathedral, created from cardboard, is totally inspirational.

Mid-morning we head for Lake Tekapo. Ready your camera – the lake’s breathtaking turquoise colour and mountain backdrop is a photographer’s dream come true.

The tiny Church of the Good Shepherd stands right at the water’s edge, proving that small is bold and definitely beautiful. Grab some confetti and congratulate any passing brides – couples travel from all over the world for wedding shots in front of the chapel!

Day 3Ohau to Queenstown

From the golden tussocklands of Mackenzie country – where epic battles of Return of the King were filmed – to the dramatic peaks of the Southern Alps, it’s like you’re driving into a postcard.

We’ll pause for lots of photo stops en route to give your camera a workout, including a stop at the spectacular Kawarau Gorge. This also happens to be the world home of bungy! Give it a go or enjoy watching the jumpers scream their way into the gorge.

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, an avid hiker, wine taster or scenery lover, Queenstown has something for absolutely everyone. With 2 nights and plenty of daylight hours here, get ready – this town certainly knows how to live life to the max.

Available activities
Bungy | Kawarau Bridge - Extra Cost
As you shuffle out to the edge of the bridge, heart pounding and mind racing, remember this – you’ve found yourself at the World Home of Bungy. This is the original. Many people have come and gone, on a mission to push the limits and test themselves, why not join them?

Bungy | Nevis - NZs Highest! - Extra Cost
The ultimate boast for your friends back home (though you might not want to tell your mother...)

The experience kicks off with a rugged 35 minute back-blocks 4x4 drive before you get harnessed up and board a shuttle which ferries you to the Bungy Pod.

The bungy itself is the highest in the Southern Hemisphere at 134m (8.5 seconds of freefall). 100% pure adrenalin, get yourself out there and do it!

Day 4Explore Queenstown

With a full day in Queenstown, let’s work on that bucket list!

There are heaps of options to choose from: paragliding over the lake, mountain bike parks and trails to die for, bungy jumping while your Haka friends cheer you on, horse riding through Lord of the Rings scenery, and swinging through a canyon are just a few of our favourites.

Hikers: the Ben Lomond day walk (not for the faint-hearted) will be right up your alley. This is a firm tour guide favourite, and they can recommend great shorter walks too.

For scenery lovers, Milford Sound is a must-see. Whether you fly or drive, the scenery en route is as awesome as the destination. Once on the Sound, as you sail beneath thundering waterfalls and towering cliff faces you’ll understand why we call it the “8th Wonder of the World”.

Available activities
Horse Trekking in Glenorchy - Extra Cost
Bungy | Kawarau Bridge - Extra Cost
Canyon Swing - Extra Cost
Canyoning - Extra Cost
Extreme Jet Boating - Extra Cost
Heli-Mountain Biking - Extra Cost
Bungy | Nevis - NZs Highest! - Extra Cost
Milford Sound Full Day (Coach / Cruise / Coach) - Extra Cost
Milford Sound Half Day (Fly/Cruise/Fly) - Extra Cost
Milford Sound Nature Cruise - Extra Cost
Skydive - Extra Cost
White Water Rafting - Extra Cost

Day 5Queenstown to Wanaka

After one last morning in Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of the World, this afternoon is your chance to relax in stunning Wanaka.

Wanaka is Queenstown’s slightly quieter little sister, a mere one hour drive away. En route we’ll stop in charming Arrowtown, a historic gold rush village with heaps of old world character.

Blessed with towering peaks and a glacial blue lake, you’ll soon see why Wanaka’s considered to be one of New Zealand’s most beautiful mountain towns.

There are breathtaking hikes and easy bike rides for a welcome chance to relax.

Available activities
Lord of the Rings 4WD Safari - Extra Cost
Horse Trekking - Extra Cost
Bungy | Kawarau Bridge - Extra Cost
Canyon Swing - Extra Cost
Canyoning (Available October to April only) - Extra Cost
Extreme Jet Boating - Extra Cost
Heli-Mountain Biking (Available November to May) - Extra Cost
Bungy | Nevis - NZs Highest! - Extra Cost
Milford Sound Half Day (Fly/Cruise/Fly) - Extra Cost
Skydive - Extra Cost
White Water Rafting - Extra Cost

Day 6Explore Wanaka

Today is your chance to explore one of the most beautiful towns in the southern lakes region with plenty of activities to tempt every lover of the outdoors.

You can visit Mou Waho Island – accessible only by boat from Wanaka and famous for being home to an (unnamed) island, in a lake (Arethusa Pool), on an island (Mou Waho), in a lake (Lake Wanaka), on an island (the South Island) in the ocean (the Pacific!). Sounds complicated, but once you are there it will all make sense!

In Wanaka there are many walks, hikes and biking trails to choose from – check out the famous “Wanaka Tree” while making your way around the lake! Or, if you feel like relaxing, ask your guide to recommend their favourite secret spots to enjoy the surrounding scenery.

One of the best ways to admire Wanaka is from the air. Treat yourself to a skydive or a scenic flight in a vintage plane – you can even take a flying lesson. As always, it’s your trip and your choice: you do you!

We mix things up tonight by heading to the stunning Criffel Station for a night of glamping (AKA glamorous camping)! Think fancy canvas tents with decadently comfortable beds and the great outdoors right on your doorstep. The views from Criffel are sublime… to get the real experience, you’ll have to see it for yourself!

Available activities
Mou Waho Island Cruise & Nature Walk - Extra Cost
Boat cruise to the remote and magical Mou Waho Island nature reserve, which is predator–free and home to the rare flightless Buff Weka (extinct on the mainland since 1920).

A one hour return guided bush walk is included, which takes you up to reveal the island’s secret – a lake right on top of the island! Unique and very photogenic (Optional). Or you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the birdlife at the beach and shelter at the island base with your own morning or afternoon tea.

Puzzling World - Extra Cost
For over forty-five years Puzzling World has been messing with people’s heads no matter what age, nationality or experience. With a mix of bizarre buildings, rooms of illusion and the world-famous Great Maze this attraction is designed to baffle your brain and challenge your perceptions of reality.

Skydive - Extra Cost
If you want unbeatable views of Wanaka's world-famous lakes and mountains, this it the ultimate way to get them! Strap yourself to a beautiful stranger and leap out of a plane, right into the heart of Lord of the Rings country.

Scared? Believe it or not, 15,000 feet is recommended over 12,000 feet because you have more time to adjust to the freefall.

Tiger Moth Romance Package - Extra Cost
Experience the romance and nostalgia for which these biplanes were renowned in this unique experience.

The flight will take you over the Wanaka township before heading up the lake to land at a remote location on a high country station. Enjoy a private picnic lunch in this tranquil setting beside the lake, while enjoying a bottle of our favorite Central Otago wine. Relax and unwind before the Pilot/s returns to fly you back to Wanaka Airport taking in yet more of the majestic scenery of this area.

Day 7Wanaka to Franz Josef

After a relaxing morning in Wanaka, the journey to Franz is an another stunner – many of our Haka Guides rate it as their most favourite drive in New Zealand.

As we hit the road, we’ll stop at one of our most popular lakeside lookout points at Lake Hawea or Lake Wanaka. Your guide will keep an eye on the weather and pick the best option.

From the cascading waterfalls of Haast Pass to classic Kiwi coastal views, you won’t want to nap on the bus in case you miss anything. Your guide will have some epic surprise photo stops and short walks along the way.

Between September and December it’s whitebait season (a small fish that’s a delicacy in New Zealand). Fried up with eggs and served on toast, it’s a local treat and shouldn’t be missed. We’ll stop at one of the local spots for a taste during the season.

We roll into Franz Josef around late afternoon/early evening. This UNESCO World Heritage area is famous for its spectacular glacier, just 5km from town, which is begging to be explored tomorrow.

Day 8Explore Franz Josef

With Aoraki/Mount Cook (New Zealand’s highest mountain) twinkling behind the glaciers, Franz Josef is about as beautiful a setting as you can find in New Zealand.

Te Wahi Pounamu (which means ‘the place of greenstone’ in Māori) is the name given to the this part of the West Coast because of the abundance of pounamu (greenstone/jade) to be found here. Included in your tour today is a special opportunity to carve your very own pounamu pendant at a local gallery.

There are heaps of ways to enjoy Franz Josef Glacier; weather permitting, to get up onto the bluest ice you can take a scenic helicopter flight and hike onto the glaciers. Maybe you’d prefer to kayak on a glacial lake; or just relax in the steamy hot springs down below.

As well as the awesome glacier activities, you could also try out quad biking, horseback riding and even a bit of group karaoke tonight in Franz Josef!

Available activities
Glacier Heli Hike - Extra Cost
Glacier trekking is considered an absolute #nzmustdo, and is actually suitable for all abilities. We recommend the heli-hike as a quick way to reach the bluer ice of the glacier.

Glacier Heli Ice Climb - Extra Cost
Your day begins with a full briefing at our base. Your guide will then get you kitted up and ready for your scenic helicopter transfer up onto the glacier; a great chance to take in the full panoramic majesty of the glacier and surrounding mountains. Once on the ice, your guide will lead you on a short hike to the best available climbing spot and your ice climb begins.

Glacier Kayaking - Extra Cost
A gorgeous way to enjoy the snowy peaks and mirror-like waters as you glide along the glassy waters of Lake Mapourika. You'll take in stunning panoramic views of the Southern Alps and up to 10 different Glaciers, including the Franz Josef Neve.

On the far side of the Lake follow your guide deep into the rainforest and Kiwi Sanctuary, via a rainforest creek. Simply an awesome way to enjoy the unique Franz Josef landscape up close.

Heli Experience with Snow Landing - Extra Cost
Within seconds of lifting off from the Franz Helipad at the foot of the Southern Alps, the scenic views have already started. Fly over the world famous Franz Josef Glacier as you climb above and beyond to reveal the real heart of the truly magnificent Southern Alps. Take a deep breath as the highest Mountain in New Zealand comes into view: Mount Cook, shouldered by Mt Tasman and the Southern Alps.

Quad Biking - Extra Cost
A ton of fun as you embark on a 4WD adventure and head across stony braided riverbeds, see glacial fed rivers and listen to your guide tell you about local history.

The vehicles are incredibly easy to ride. There is a passenger option if you would prefer not to drive.

Skydive - Extra Cost
Experience New Zealand's Highest Freefall in one of the most beautiful places on earth - Franz Josef Glacier! Nestled between New Zealand’s highest mountains, the Tasman Sea, stunning temperate rainforest, glowing glaciers, mirror lakes and braided river beds, Franz Josef Glacier is THE place to skydive!

Day 9Franz Josef to Christchurch

After breakfast we head further along the beautiful west coast on another of the most spectacular drives in the country (and, some would say, the world): a rugged, primeval landscape of luxuriant rainforest juxtaposed against breathtaking beach and ocean waves.

We stop at Hokitika and visit a greenstone factory, a great place to stock up on souvenirs for your friends and family back home.

Time permitting, we may also visit the National Kiwi Centre, where there is guaranteed viewing of rare kiwi birds in their nocturnal house.

On the way back to Christchurch, you'll traverse the South Island on the stunning TranzAlpine train crossing. Travelling across the Southern Alps through Arthur’s Pass, you'll arrive in Christchurch around 6.30pm before transferring to your accommodation.

Day 10Christchurch to Kaikoura

Wakey wakey! Our next destination is Kaikōura which literally means “to eat crayfish” – and the area is teeming with them. The nutrient-rich waters of this area attract a wide variety of marine wildlife including the stars of the show – the whales and dolphins.

The chance to swim with dolphins in the wild is a massive New Zealand highlight for many travellers, and Kaikōura is one of the best places to find them, with pods of up to 300 of these playful creatures hanging out here at any one time.

If you want to get up close to the giants of the ocean, a whale watching tour here is the way to do it. Humpbacks, sperm whales and orca all stop by at various times of year, so this is a great chance to meet some of them.

Available activities
Dolphin Encounter - Extra Cost
Get up close and personal with the Dusky - regarded as the worlds most playful Dolphin. The dusky dolphins inhabit the coastal waters off Kaikoura all year round, making Kaikoura a unique place in the world where wild dolphins can be encountered every day, weather permitting.

Guided Seal Kayaking - Extra Cost
Experience the excitement of watching Fur Seals ducking, weaving and diving around your kayak. Paddle gently along with them as they swim around the Kaikoura Peninsula hunting for their favourite feed of Octopus.

Seal Swim - Extra Cost
Snorkelling with wild New Zealand Fur Seals, in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula, truly is a unique experience. It's one of those simple nature experiences that opens your mind to the sheer magnificence of our natural environment and its amazing inhabitants. A breath taking nature activity and recently listed as one of the world's 'Top 10 Marine Encounters' by Lonely Planet.

Whale Watching Flight - Extra Cost
Whale watching by aeroplane offers a unique perspective and the opportunity to view whales and dolphins in their natural environment. From the air passengers can experience the true magnitude of the world’s largest mammal, the whale. These animals can reach an impressive 18 metres in length and weigh up to 60 tonne!

Wings Over Whales Kaikoura operate high-winged aircraft, which allows each person their own window seat and optimal, unobstructed viewing.

Whale Watching - Extra Cost
Every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience, with sightings of whales varying all the time. Giant Sperm Whales are the stars of the show and year round residents of this area, with Humpback Whales often making an appearance between May and August.

Day 11Kaikoura to Wellington

The first part of the day is the stunning drive up the coast to Marlborough, the region at the top of the South Island. One of the best ways to explore Marlborough is with your tastebuds. So before heading on to Picton, there’s a crucial stop for a wine tasting, to sample some of the best vineyards in the country.

Today we say goodbye to the South Island and take one of the world’s most scenic ferry journeys as we cross the Cook Strait. It’s a stunning farewell – gliding through the Marlborough Sounds as we depart Picton Harbour, you’ll feel like you’re in another world.

And then… Wellington!

Perched on the edge of a spectacular harbour, encircled by green, towering hills, Wellington is a stunning and compact city. Vibrant, exciting and cultured, the nation’s capital combines the stimulation and sophistication of a big city with the quirkiness and personality of a much smaller town.

This evening, the city lights are yours to enjoy. Discover why Wellington is celebrated for its foodie culture – you are truly spoilt for dining choices tonight.

Wellington is also widely regarded as the craft beer capital of New Zealand. Want to test this for yourself? Talk to your Haka guide to find the hidden gems.

Available activities
Guided Seal Kayaking, Kaikoura - Extra Cost
Experience the excitement of watching Fur Seals ducking, weaving and diving around your kayak. Paddle gently along with them as they swim around the Kaikoura Peninsula hunting for their favourite feed of Octopus.

Day 12Explore Wellington

Soak up the atmosphere of vibrant Wellington. Famous for being a bit on the windy side, be prepared to ditch the hairspray and go with the flow.

As always, your guide will introduce you to the city with an orientation tour – including a drive around the bays through central Wellington to the Botanic Gardens and Parliament Buildings. You’ll also get the chance to head up Mount Victoria for some of the best views in town.

You will also stop by Weta Workshop, most famous for its creative contribution to all things Lord of the Rings. Take an optional tour to see prop-makers in action and learn about the immersive world of filmmaking.

Wellington has a feast of cultural attractions and its crowning glory is Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand. Situated on Wellington’s magnificent waterfront, this internationally acclaimed museum combines leading edge technology with traditional exhibits to tell the stories of New Zealand’s land and people. The museum is free for all.

If being outdoors is more your thing, head off to Kapiti Island for an optional nature tour. Here you can see endangered birds up close and learn more about New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna.

Available activities
Kapiti Island Eco Experience - Extra Cost
A day trip to the stunningly beautiful Kapiti Island. Walk the tracks, picnic on the beach, swim in the bay or just sit in solitude surrounded by rare and endangered birds, flora and fauna.

Te Papa Museum Tour - Extra Cost
The perfect way to get an overview of Te Papa’s highlights, Māori taongataonga treasures, and New Zealand history. Ideal for visitors with limited time.

Weta Workshop - Extra Cost
Join the Weta Workshop crew on an exclusive Weta Cave Workshop Tour: a unique behind-the-scenes look at how Weta Workshop helps craft some of the world’s biggest films. Get up close with movie props, costumes and armour, and learn the secrets behind the movie magic!

Day 13Wellington to National Park

This morning is your last chance to soak up Wellington – hit Cuba Street for brunch or take a quick stroll around the City Gallery, perhaps? Then it’s time to hop on the bus again, for the drive up north to Tongariro National Park.

Our drive will take us through all kinds of scenery, from rolling hills to the spectacular peaks of the North Island’s volcanic plateau – Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. If some of the mountains look familiar, it’s for good reason – Mount Ngauruhoe gained international fame as the real life version of Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings.

We finish our day nestled in the Tongariro National Park, where we’ll spend the next 2 nights, home to one of the 10 best one-day walks in the world – the Tongariro Crossing.

Day 14Explore National Park

Decision time – is today the day you brave the Tongariro Crossing?

Considered one of the world’s top 10 best one-day walks, this 19.4km mountain trek boasts emerald green lakes, venting steam, lava flows, craters and rich green bush.

Not for the faint-hearted – it’s a challenging day! But every step of the way the views are spectacular. Our Haka guides highly recommend this activity, it’s definitely a highlight.

If 19.4km is a little too far for you, there are plenty of shorter walks and hikes to enjoy. However you choose to spend today in this UNESCO World Heritage Area, we guarantee you won’t forget it.

Available activities
The Tongariro Crossing, Taupo - Extra Cost
Rated as the best one day trek in New Zealand and listed by many as one of top 10 day treks in the world, the Tongariro Crossing is a challenging hike taking 7 - 8 hours covering a distance of 19.4 km.

Day 15National Park to Rotorua via Taupo

We wave goodbye to National Park as we continue northwards – first stop, Taupō. It’s a beautiful lakeside town with a stunning mountain backdrop. There are options here to get your bungy on, or to skydive!

Then, we head onward to Rotorua. It’s a short drive but we’ll take our time, checking out bubbling mud pools and thundering waterfalls en route. One not-to-be-missed highlight is Huka Falls – the most visited natural attraction in New Zealand! With its roaring rapids and turquoise colour, it’s not hard to see why.

To make an awesome evening even more incredible, tonight we take on the Redwood Forest Canopy Walk – the ultimate way to get amongst these giants of the forest.

Available activities
Bungy Water Touch, Taupo - Extra Cost
Located in the stunning volcanic Waikato River Valley, Taupo Bungy is considered one of the world’s most spectacular jump sites and also boasts NZ’s highest water touch bungy!

(Water touching is optional)

Skydive,Taupo - Extra Cost
With expert tandem skydive instructors; you’ll jump out of an aircraft from up to 15,000ft and into an incredible free-fall over the worlds most stunning drop zone, surrounded by snow tipped peaks and the clean, fresh blue of lake Taupo, you’ll slow from a 200KM/H descent to a safe, controlled canopy landing.

Day 16Explore Rotorua

Rotorua has it all: natural beauty, unique geothermal landscapes, iconic Lord of The Rings destinations, and heaps of adventure activities. We stay here a full day to make the very most of it.

This area is world-renowned for its geothermal activity, with neon blue and red lakes, steaming rivers, violent geysers, and bubbling mud pools galore.

A visit to the picturesque Hobbiton movie set is a must-do activity for many. Even if you haven’t seen the films, it’s impossible not to be charmed by this gorgeous hobbit village set amongst the lush green hills of Matamata.

For a truly epic brush with nature, fly high through through the lush ancient forest canopy on a zipline tour complete with swing bridges crossings and treetop platforms. What better way to get to know the native plants and birds –many of which unique to New Zealand?

This evening we are welcomed to a Māori village for an unmissable cultural experience featuring combat demonstrations and – of course – the breathtaking haka. This experience extends beyond the performance – you’ll have the chance to see magnificent geothermal activity and get to spot kiwi birds.

Available activities
Guided Kayak to Hot Pools - Extra Cost
Enjoy a leisurely paddle across scenic Lake Rotoiti to the hot pools. On the way learn about some of the history and the local stories. Paddling time is around 1 hour each way. There is plenty of time to relax and enjoy the hot pools or swim in the lake before paddling back.

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour - Extra Cost
Leaving from Rotorua, this half day tour lets you see, visit and explore the set from The Lord of the Rings. Your guide is an expert and will be able to tell you interesting stories, details and facts about the creation of the set, bringing the production to life. You will see the famous Hobbit Holes, Mill, Green Dragon Inn and more. Each of these sets were lovingly created for the film and you will see how the production team transformed farmland into one of the most famous sets in the world.

Mt Tarawera Crater Hike - Extra Cost
Experience the unique landscape and history of Mt Tarawera on this fully guided walking experience, which encompasses the unique landscape and history of the area. With unmatched scenic vistas and 360 panoramic views this experience is ideal for all ages and includes an optional run in to the heart of the volcanic crater.

OGO - Extra Cost
Dive into a giant inflatable ball and roll down Mt Ngongotaha with OGO Rotorua, where the fun will have you laughing uncontrollably.

Visitors are rewarded with spectacular views over Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island as they Superman-dive into the OGO ride of their choice.

Slip and slide with 40 litres of water (warm in the winter, cool in the summer) down the world’s longest H2OGO Sidewinder track, or race one another down the two-double straight H2OGO tracks or try out their latest creation the DRYGO.

White Island Scenic Flight - Extra Cost
A scenic flight over White Island is an unforgettable experience. Fy over Moutohora, Whale Island, an extinct volcano that is now a wildlife refuge. Then on to White Island. You'll smell volcanic gasses as we fly over the mud & ash soaked crater. Looking down into the volcano offers an incredible view of the sulphur vents, bubbling mud and acid lakes which must be seen from above to be appreciated.

White Water Rafting - Extra Cost
The Kaituna River is home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall, the 7 metre Tutea falls.

This trip is a fantastic introduction to white water rafting for those who have never or barely rafted before.

A unique mix of history, culture and adrenalin overload.

Forest Ziplining - Extra Cost
New Zealand zipline adventure activity is the experience of a lifetime. It’s a magnificent environment we’ll take you to – a long forgotten ancient forest just like the whole of New Zealand once was. But we have a very fun way of moving through it – a low impact mode of transport to get you high in the ancient canopy!

Day 17Rotorua to Raglan via Waitomo

Rotorua is a spectacular whitewater rafting destination, and with expert guidance it can be experienced by first timers and pro-paddlers alike. For the ultimate thrill this morning you can raft the highest commercial waterfall drop in the world – the 7-metre Tutea Falls, on the Kaituna River.

If that’s not your cup of tea, spend the morning exploring Rotorua’s many attractions such as the ultra-relaxing Polynesian Spa, or perhaps the naturally-impressive Kuirau Park full of steaming, hissing, and boiling geothermal pools.

There are also some fantastic cafes and bakeries in the area. Why not grab a sweet treat for the road – a ginger slice is as Kiwi as it gets!

Once we’ve departed Rotorua, we head to Raglan, via Waitomo – famous for its glow worms. There are a number of ways to enjoy these twinkling cave-dwellers up close – here are some of our favourites:

For the ultimate adrenaline rush, join an epic 4-hour caving adventure, beginning with a 100-metre abseil into the caverns.

Or how about an cave tubing trip? Also known as black water rafting, this awesome activity will see you grabbing your inflatable tube and float along an underground river as glowworms twinkle above.

Alternatively, there are fantastic and informative walking tours of the caves where you can learn more about the history, geology and Māori mythology of this unique area of New Zealand.

For those who prefer to stay above ground, we highly recommend exploring the tree-studded gorges and limestone arches of the nearby Ruakuri Forest Walk; definitely a favourite amongst the Haka guides.

For dinner tonight, once we’ve arrived in Raglan you’ll have a chance to tuck into New Zealand’s unofficial dish – fish and chips (or fush and chups, as it tends to sound in a Kiwi accent). And what better way to enjoy a tasty meal than on a sunset cruise of Raglan Harbour?

Available activities
Black Water Rafting, Waitomo - Extra Cost
Waitomo is world famous for the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. New Zealanders being New Zealanders, we could not just observe this spectacular natural phenomenon onboard a simple observation deck, so enter Black Water Rafting!

This takes approximately three hours with one hour underground and involves a combination of walking and floating on an inner tube through a unique underground river system.

Glowworm Cave Tour, Waitomo - Extra Cost
Enjoy the beauty of Footwhistle Cave (also known to local Maori as Te Anaroa Cave) where you will see the magnificent glowworms and cave formations up close and learn about the rich history of Waitomo and it's caves and about the animal life deep down in the caves.

After enjoying a relaxed stroll through the cave, you'll be seated in Footwhistle's Cathedral to see it lit up by a dazzling magnesium torch. Although the display only lasts a few seconds, your memories of the Footwhistle Cave will last a lifetime.

Complete the tour by enjoying a Kawa Kawa tea whilst you relax in our punga hut nestled in native forest and surrounds.

Lost World Caving, Waitomo - Extra Cost
Enjoy the best caving adventure tour on a four hour expedition that combines abseiling the breathtaking tomo, with climbing and tight rock squeezes!

Abseil 100m into this unique and spectacular chasm alongside your instructor. The beauty of this iconic cavern is unsurpassed.

Day 18Raglan to Coromandel

Welcome to the arty surf mecca of Raglan!

If you have always wanted to try surfing, or if you’re dying to get back on your board, Raglan is the perfect destination both for beginners and experienced surfers. Its world famous surf breaks are unmissable and your Haka guide will take care of everything you need to get in the water – whether it’s your first or fiftieth time.

Not keen on surfing? There’s plenty to enjoy in this laid-back township. With an awesome blend of cafes, bars, surf shops and galleries, the streets here ooze character and creativity. Relax on the beach, or enjoy a variety of bush and coastal scenery on Raglan’s walking trails.

As you make the trip across the North Island to the Coromandel Peninsula, your Haka guide has some great sights to show you en route, including the 55-metre high Bridal Veil Falls.

The Coromandel Peninsula is a paradise of beautiful beaches and misty rainforests. The drive here takes in plenty of quintessential North Island rolling farmland. It’s also home to famous Hot Water Beach – thousands visit each year to dig their own personal hot tub. If the tide times allow, we’ll grab our buckets and spades and get busy.

Available activities
Bone Carving, Whitianga - Extra Cost
Carve your very own unique bone pendant in this 2 hour class.

Caving or Rock Climbing, Raglan - Extra Cost
Get amongst New Zealand nature with a professionally guided 2 hour Caving or Rock Climbing experience.

Kayak or Paddleboard, Raglan - Extra Cost
Raglan Harbour has endless nooks and crannies to discover, not to mention the famous Limestone Coast and its quirky pancake rock formations. Book a guided kayak tour, or hire a paddleboard/kayak and go explore!

Surf Lesson, Raglan - Extra Cost
Book a surf lesson in one of New Zealand's top surf spots. Lessons are designed for the complete beginner and those wanting to improve their skills.

The Lost Spring, Whitianga - Extra Cost
Come and soak in geo-thermal hot pools with temperatures ranging from 32°C to 41°C. The natural heat will soak away the stress of the real world, giving gentle rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul.

Duration:1.5 hours.**

Day 19Coromandel to Auckland

In beautiful Whitianga, you’ll have plenty of time for your guide to show you around. Sample the sandy beaches, take a surf lesson with the locals, or simply enjoy the vibes. There are all sorts of ways to enjoy the Coromandel, whether you want one last adrenaline kick or some wind-down time on this, the last full day of your tour!

Then, we hit the road for the final stretch of our journey together. The drive to Auckland is truly spectacular – the road twists and turns dramatically round the coastline as the skyline of New Zealand’s largest city gradually comes into view.

Available activities
Bone Carving, Whitianga - Extra Cost
Carve your very own unique bone pendant in this 2 hour class.

Cathedral Cove Kayaking, Coromandel - Extra Cost
This is what we consider one of the best kayaking trips in the country - paddle through amazing sea caves, explore volcanic islands in the marine reserve and enjoy a cappuccino at the exclusive Cathedral Cove beachfront cafe.

The Lost Spring, Whitianga - Extra Cost
Come and soak in geo-thermal hot pools with temperatures ranging from 32°C to 41°C. The natural heat will soak away the stress of the real world, giving gentle rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul.

Duration:1.5 hours.**

Day 20Auckland

Today is the final day of tour, where we exchange photos and stories over breakfast before saying our goodbyes and parting ways.

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