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12 Day Haka Plus Auckland to Christchurch Adventure Tour

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Overview

Experience Aotearoa New Zealand  like never before on a Haka Plus Auckland to Christchurch Adventure Tour departing Auckland, the largest city of New Zealand. The tour finishes in Christchurch, the biggest city in New Zealand’s South Island, on Day 12.  Enjoy a range of activities that will take you to cultural encounters and adrenaline-charged adventures, and incredible sights iconic to New Zealand.

Make the most of your opportunity to kayak, swim, rock climb, surf, white-water raft, cave tube, skydive, bungy jump, luge, bike, hike, and spot kiwis and a host of other marine life such as dolphins, whales and albatrosses. This is also your chance to float in a hot air balloon, soak up in hot pools, and eat and drink as locals do, and so much more!

We love to see our guests having a great time, so it’s up to you to pack in as many activities on offer as you want – or as few. After all, this is your tour, so while we recommend you try the must-dos, we leave it for you to decide whether to bungy jump or mountain hike.

Haka Plus Auckland to Christchurch Adventure Tour

Hobbiton Movie Set

Haka Plus Auckland to Christchurch Adventure Tour

Coromandel Sea Kayaking

Haka Plus Auckland to Christchurch Adventure Tour

Rafting at Kaituna River

Haka Plus Auckland to Christchurch Adventure Tour

Mt. Tarawera Crater Hike, Rotorua

Haka Plus Auckland to Christchurch Adventure Tour

Hot Air Ballooning, Christchurch

Haka Plus Auckland to Christchurch Adventure Tour

Swimming with dolphins, Kaikoura

Itinerary

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Day 1Arrive Auckland

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 Auckland’s exciting nightlife - the choice is yours!

Day 2Auckland to Coromandel

Rise and shine! After a continental breakfast this morning, it’s time to board our comfortable air-conditioned vehicle and leave the big city behind.

The Coromandel Peninsula is a paradise of beautiful beaches and misty rainforests. The drive here is truly spectacular – the road twists and turns dramatically round the coastline and the ocean gets clearer and more pristine before your eyes. Cameras ready – the views are magnificent.

The Coromandel is 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.

We arrive in Whitianga with 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.

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 3Coromandel to Raglan

Today’s road trip to the arty surf mecca of Raglan will give you a first glimpse of the North Island’s rolling tree-lined hills and valleys. Your Haka guide has some great sights to show you en route, including the 55-metre high Bridal Veil Falls.

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 and leave any lingering jet-lag behind, or enjoy a variety of bush and coastal scenery on Raglan’s walking trails.

For dinner tonight, 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?

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.

Day 4Raglan to Rotorua (via Waitomo)

Our first stop of the day is the Waitomo Caves 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.

This afternoon we’ll make our way to Rotorua, famous for its geothermal activity and Māori culture.

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 5Explore 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.

Guided Kayak to Hot Pools, Rotorua - 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, Rotorua - 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, Rotorua - 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, Rotorua - 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, Rotorua - 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, Rotorua - 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, Rotorua - 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 6Rotorua to National Park (via Taupo)

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!

From Rotorua it’s a quick drive to Taupō; a beautiful lakeside town with a stunning mountain backdrop. It’s a short drive but we’ll take our time, checking out bubbling mud pools and thundering waterfalls en route.

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.

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 7Explore 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.

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 8National Park to Wellington

Today we head to the coolest little capital city in the world, the hip and happening 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.

After a quick afternoon orientation from your guide, head up Mount Victoria for some of the best views in 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.

Day 9Explore 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 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.

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 10Wellington to Kaikoura

This morning we say farewell to the North Island and take one of the world’s most scenic ferry journeys as we cross the Cook Strait.

The South Island has a stunning welcome in store for us – gliding through the Marlborough Sounds as we approach Picton Harbour, you’ll feel like you’re in another world.

One of the best ways to explore Marlborough, the region at the top of the South Island, is with your tastebuds. That’s why we jump straight on a wine tasting, to sample some of the best vineyards in the country.

After lunch, 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.

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 11Kaikoura to Christchurch

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.

After visiting the local seals on our way out of town, our road trip continues to our home for the night – Christchurch, known as the “Garden City” for its peaceful parklands and lazy rivers.

Dolphin Encounter, Kaikoura - 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, 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.

Seal Swim, Kaikoura - 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.

Surf Lesson, Kaikoura - Extra Cost
“Meatworks” is the most famous beach in Kaikoura which has consistent waves whilst 16km north there is a right-hand point break that you’ll be reluctant to leave with a wave that peels along an extensive boulder reef.

Whale Watching Flight, Kaikoura - 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, Kaikoura - 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 12Christchurch

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

Hot Air Ballooning, Christchurch - Extra Cost
Take a ride of a lifetime and admire the beauty of Christchurch and its surrounding region from a hot air balloon.

This is the only place in the world where it is possible to fly from the centre of the city in view of the ocean and toward snow-capped mountains

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Arrive Auckland

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 Auckland’s exciting nightlife - the choice is yours!

Day 2Auckland to Coromandel

Rise and shine! After a continental breakfast this morning, it’s time to board our comfortable air-conditioned vehicle and leave the big city behind.

The Coromandel Peninsula is a paradise of beautiful beaches and misty rainforests. The drive here is truly spectacular – the road twists and turns dramatically round the coastline and the ocean gets clearer and more pristine before your eyes. Cameras ready – the views are magnificent.

The Coromandel is 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.

We arrive in Whitianga with 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.

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 3Coromandel to Raglan

Today’s road trip to the arty surf mecca of Raglan will give you a first glimpse of the North Island’s rolling tree-lined hills and valleys. Your Haka guide has some great sights to show you en route, including the 55-metre high Bridal Veil Falls.

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 and leave any lingering jet-lag behind, or enjoy a variety of bush and coastal scenery on Raglan’s walking trails.

For dinner tonight, 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?

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.

Day 4Raglan to Rotorua (via Waitomo)

Our first stop of the day is the Waitomo Caves 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.

This afternoon we’ll make our way to Rotorua, famous for its geothermal activity and Māori culture.

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 5Explore 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.

Guided Kayak to Hot Pools, Rotorua - 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, Rotorua - 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, Rotorua - 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, Rotorua - 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, Rotorua - 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, Rotorua - 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, Rotorua - 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 6Rotorua to National Park (via Taupo)

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!

From Rotorua it’s a quick drive to Taupō; a beautiful lakeside town with a stunning mountain backdrop. It’s a short drive but we’ll take our time, checking out bubbling mud pools and thundering waterfalls en route.

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.

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 7Explore 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.

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 8National Park to Wellington

Today we head to the coolest little capital city in the world, the hip and happening 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.

After a quick afternoon orientation from your guide, head up Mount Victoria for some of the best views in 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.

Day 9Explore 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 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.

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 10Wellington to Kaikoura

This morning we say farewell to the North Island and take one of the world’s most scenic ferry journeys as we cross the Cook Strait.

The South Island has a stunning welcome in store for us – gliding through the Marlborough Sounds as we approach Picton Harbour, you’ll feel like you’re in another world.

One of the best ways to explore Marlborough, the region at the top of the South Island, is with your tastebuds. That’s why we jump straight on a wine tasting, to sample some of the best vineyards in the country.

After lunch, 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.

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 11Kaikoura to Christchurch

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.

After visiting the local seals on our way out of town, our road trip continues to our home for the night – Christchurch, known as the “Garden City” for its peaceful parklands and lazy rivers.

Dolphin Encounter, Kaikoura - 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, 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.

Seal Swim, Kaikoura - 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.

Surf Lesson, Kaikoura - Extra Cost
“Meatworks” is the most famous beach in Kaikoura which has consistent waves whilst 16km north there is a right-hand point break that you’ll be reluctant to leave with a wave that peels along an extensive boulder reef.

Whale Watching Flight, Kaikoura - 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, Kaikoura - 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 12Christchurch

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

Hot Air Ballooning, Christchurch - Extra Cost
Take a ride of a lifetime and admire the beauty of Christchurch and its surrounding region from a hot air balloon.

This is the only place in the world where it is possible to fly from the centre of the city in view of the ocean and toward snow-capped mountains

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