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12 Day Haka Plus Christchurch to Wellington Adventure Tour

Join us on this incredible 12-Day Haka Plus Tour from Christchurch to Wellington!

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Overview

Kicking off in Christchurch, the Haka Plus Christchurch to Wellington Adventure Tour ends on Day 12 in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. As you journey through Aotearoa New Zealand over the course of 1½ weeks, you’ll encounter some of the most captivating scenery that is truly once in a lifetime. Experience mountain ranges, national parks, UNESCO World Heritage Areas, and rainforests, to mention but a few. Wherever you look, expect to see something that will totally blow you away.

Nowhere else can you engage in a variety of activities that will let you surf, swim, jet boat, kayak, quad bike, bungy jump, hike, bike, canyon swing, heli hike, horse ride, luge and spy on kiwis and a host of marine bird and wildlife such as albatrosses, dolphins and whales. Float in a hot air balloon, play golf, dip into relaxing hot pools, dine and drink as locals do, and more!

Your trip is designed to be flexible so you have the freedom to engage only in activities that you want. After all, this is your trip! We highly suggest you try out some of the must-dos we have on offer, but it’s your call to include activities that truly appeal to you. If you’ve already made up your mind to try something, we suggest you pre-book those before the trip begins, and simply add on other activities along the way.

Haka Plus Christchurch to Wellington Adventure Tour

Glacier helihike, Franz Josef

Haka Plus Christchurch to Wellington Adventure Tour

Skydiving over the Remarkables, Queenstown

Haka Plus Christchurch to Wellington Adventure Tour

Horsetrekking in Glenorchy

Haka Plus Christchurch to Wellington Adventure Tour

Swimming with dolphins, Kaikoura

Haka Plus Christchurch to Wellington Adventure Tour

Grand Traverse Scenic Flight, Tekapo

Haka Plus Christchurch to Wellington Adventure Tour

Routeburn day hike from Queenstown

Itinerary

Open All
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 12Wellington

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

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!

Itinerary

Open All
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 12Wellington

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

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!

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