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Our 16 day NZ adventure tour is our most popular tour, and it offers you a stunning experience across all of New Zealand’s top destinations.

Our most popular trip offers you a jam-packed experience across New Zealand’s top destinations in just over two weeks. Golden beaches, Maori culture, surreal landscapes and a big dose of adventure is all yours.

ALL HAKA ADVENTURE TOURS INCLUDE

– ORIENTATION TOURS – we give you the low-down on every location

– COMFORTABLE TRANSPORT – with plenty of room to spread out

– CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST EVERY DAY – heaps of options for everyone (you too, vegans!)

– HIGH-END HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION – dorm share, upgrades available

– EXPERIENCED LOCAL GUIDE – friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about NZ

– SMALL GROUPS – MAXIMUM 16 – because you’re more than just a number!

Tour Inclusions

– Walk up Maungawhau/Mt Eden for stunning 360 degree views of all of Auckland
– Stunning walk to the spectacular arched cavern of Coromandel’s Cathedral Cove
– Experience a Maori cultural performance in Rotorua
– Learn a haka and poi performance with a local iwi (tribe)
– Visit Te Puia – a local cultural centre – to learn more about traditional Maori culture and discover Rotorua’s geothermal wonders
– Traditional Maori hangi meal cooked in an underground oven
– Follow your nose to Rotorua’s bubbling mud pools
– Discover what makes Huka Falls the most visited natural attraction in NZ
– Check out the views from Matairangi/Mount Victoria, Wellington
– Fall in love with Wellington’s cafe and craft beer culture
– Iconic ferry ride between the North and South Islands across the Cook Strait
– Get up close to Kaikoura’s cutest residents at a local seal colony
– Explore downtown Christchurch and see its inspiring regeneration since the 2011 earthquake
– Visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, nestled by the shores of Lake Tekapo
– Unparalleled stargazing opportunities in Tekapo’s Dark Sky Reserve
– Two nights in Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of the World
– Visit the charming, historic gold rush village of Arrowtown
– Carve your own pounamu (jade) pendant in Franz Josef
– Visit the Mountain Jade Factory in Hokitika
– Plus many surprise stops along the way

DAY 1 – CHRISTCHURCH TO MACKENZIE COUNTRY

This morning 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.

After lunch we leave the city behind and head for Lake Tekapo. 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 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! Tekapo has been declared an International Dark Sky Reserve and the super clear skies make it the best place in New Zealand to see the stars and galaxies on a clear night. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

Please note: Private accommodation upgrades are not available for this night of the tour due to the limited availability of accommodation in the area. In special circumstances other arrangements may be possible – please contact info@hakatours.com for more information.

DAY 2 – MACKENZIE COUNTRY TO QUEENSTOWN

This morning if you’re feeling energetic, hike up to the summit of Mt John. With awesome views of the Southern Alps, you’ll feel on top of the world. Speaking of views, today’s scenic drive to Queenstown is a show-stopper. 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 through the gorge! Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, an avid hiker, wine taster or scenery lover, Queenstown has something for absolutely everyone. With two nights and plenty of daylight hours here, get ready – this town certainly knows how to live life to the max!

DAY 3 – 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, sailing beneath thundering waterfalls and towering cliff faces, you’ll understand why some call it the ‚Äú8th Wonder of the World‚Äù Tonight you have around 40 bars to choose from – your guide will fill you in on their favourites – to share your adventures with your travel buddies, and party the night away.

DAY 4 – QUEENSTOWN TO WANAKA

After the excitement of Queenstown, today is a chance to chill. Wanaka is Queenstown’s slightly quieter little sister, a mere one hour drive away. On the way we’ll stop in at 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 stunning hikes and bike rides all around for a welcome chance to chill. 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, or if you prefer to keep your feet closer to the ground, stroll or bike around the lake and check out the famous Wanaka Tree, standing all alone in the water. As always, it’s your trip and your choice: you do you.

DAY 5 – WANAKA 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 favourite drive in New Zealand.

As we hit the road, we’ll stop at one of our favourite 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 5 kilometres from town, which is begging to be explored tomorrow.

DAY 6 – 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 ‚Äòthe place of greenstone’ in MƒÅori) 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!

DAY 7 – FRANZ 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, we’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 8 РCHRISTCHURCH TO KAIKŌURA

You can have a lie in this morning if you want! Alternatively, there is an opportunity for hot air ballooning, surf lessons and tank driving. There is also a chance to explore the city and do some shopping before we leave for Kaikōura.

Rugged snowcapped mountains drop right down to the beach in Kaik≈çura, making it an incredible backdrop to experience the famous sea life in the area. There’s something for every traveler in Kaik≈çura: go giant whale watching, take a surf lesson, go fishing, kayak, play mini-golf or swim with hundreds of friendly and curious wild dolphins in the bright blue water; how often do you get to swim with dolphins in the wild? Be sure to have your camera ready for a visit to the fur seal colonies (there may even be even baby seals!) and for all of the great sea life you’re going to spot.

DAY 9 РKAIKŌURA TO WELLINGTON

After kicking off the morning with some final exploration of Kaikōura, we head north. Upon arriving into Picton there is a short break to explore the port and get something to eat before catching the ferry to Wellington.

One of the most iconic and classic New Zealand activities is sailing the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands. From the decks of the ferry, you’ll enjoy beautiful views of the Marlborough Sounds before heading out into the open waters of the Cook Strait. The city skyline of New Zealand’s capital will stretch our in front of you for the final stretch through Wellington Harbour. If you’d prefer to stay inside, the ferries have amenities to enjoy – from TV and cinema rooms to free Wi-Fi to various food and drink options.

DAY 10 РWELLINGTON TO TAUPŌ

In the morning your tour guide will give you a tour of Wellington city and the surrounding bays. This can include a trip to Weta Workshop, where films like Lord of the Rings have been made. We also may visit the parliament buildings, cable car and Mount Victoria.

On the way to Taup≈ç we drive along the Desert Road that divides the Rangipo Desert (an area with poor vegetation because of bad soil conditions and drying winds). The climate is harsh and in winter it is not unusual to see snow. However, the biggest attractions on this road are that of Mount Ruapehu, Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe, the volcano better known as Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings. On the other side of the road is the lesser noticed Kaimanawa Range, home to a breed of wild horses that can be spotted on rare occasions. We arrive at the accommodation by evening. With a whole day to explore Taup≈ç tomorrow, feel free to relax at the hostel or go out to experience some of the town’s best nightlife!

DAY 11 РTAUPŌ

Lake Taup≈ç is actually a giant volcanic crater created 70,000 years ago in one of the biggest eruptions in history. Nowadays, it’s one of NZ’s best spots for a holiday escape. And being New Zealand, there are plenty of adventure sports to be found there too!

If you’re looking for a thrill, we suggest skydiving over the lake or bungy jumping over New Zealand’s longest river (and, for the really brave, getting dunked in). There are heaps of other activities on offer such as quad biking, cruising the lake to see MƒÅori rock carvings, hiking along the shores, mountain biking and even the chance to soak in some of the local geothermal pools. New Zealand’s most famous day hike is also in the area. The 19.4 km Tongariro Crossing is an alpine crossing around Tongariro, one of the country’s most famous and most beautiful volcanoes. It’s a serious leg workout, but but it’s worth every minute for the incredible views and landscape. Turquoise and green lakes greet you at the top, along with vistas that stretch all the way to the coast.

DAY 12 РTAUPŌ TO MURUPARA

After our morning in Taupō we head to Kohutapu Lodge in Murupara Рa living Māori village Рwhere you will be taken on a tribal tour by a village elder.

Here you’ll also have a chance to learn the world-famous haka dance, and weave your own dinner plate using flax (a type of plant).Tonight’s dinner is a traditional hƒÅngi meal. Cooked in an underground earth oven you can expect tender meat and delicious vegetables infused with a smoky, earthy fragrance – it will fill your puku (belly) right up! The best part about spending the evening at Kohutapu Lodge? The majority of proceeds from this activity go back to the local community.

Please note: Private accommodation upgrades are not available for this night of the tour due to the limited availability of accommodation in the area. In special circumstances other arrangements may be possible – please contact info@hakatours.com for more information.

DAY 13 – MURUPARA TO ROTORUA

While the majority of the North Island is volcanic in some way, Rotorua is exceptional for its geothermal activity. With neon blue and red lakes, steaming rivers, active volcanoes and geysers galore, there are more unique natural wonders to be found in Rotorua than many other places in the world.

On the way to Rotorua, we stop at what really makes the town famous, along with giving it its unique smell: one of several extraordinary geyserlands and thermal parks. There’s heaps of time to get amongst Rotorua’s diverse attractions while you’re here. We’ll get you started with an orientation tour, including a stroll through the flower- filled Government Gardens by the lakefront. Lord of the Rings fans, channel your inner hobbit with an optional visit to picturesque Hobbiton – have a ginger beer at the Green Dragon pub for us! If adrenalin’s your thing, the highest commercial waterfall drop in the world, on the Kaituna River, is begging to be conquered on an exhilarating rafting trip. Or let your guide coax you into thundering down grassy hills in a giant air-cushioned inflatable ball (or OGO) – you won’t regret it!

DAY 14 – ROTORUA TO WAITOMO

We’ll start out our day with a visit to Te Puia – a well-known Maori culture centre. At Te Puia you can explore Whakarewarewa geothermal valley, visit New Zealand’s native kiwi birds, and learn about Maori history & culture.

Waitomo is a distinctive limestone region where surface water and underground streams have dissolved the rock over tens of thousands of years, creating an amazing system of underground caves. As the small town is only two hours from Rotorua, we reach our accommodation by late afternoon.

DAY 15 – WAITOMO TO COROMANDEL

Have you been caving in a place with twinkling glowworms on the ceiling? Now’s your chance!

Daredevils can abseil 100 metres into the caverns on an epic 4-hour caving adventure. Or float along on an underground river on an optional Cave Tubing trip as the glowworms light your way. There are also excellent guided walking tours of the caves available if heights or wet feet aren’t your thing. It’s no secret that many blockbuster hits have been filmed in New Zealand due to our incredible landscapes. Around lunchtime, we head of to the Coromandel to discover them first-hand. We’ll walk together out along the cliffs down to Cathedral Cove (which you might recognise from the Chronicles of Narnia films). Beautiful in its own right, with perfect beaches and massive rock arches and columns it’s one of the most popular spots in the Coromandel and for good reason!

DAY 16 – COROMANDEL TO AUCKLAND

Beautiful remote beaches, dense wooded forest and clear blue waters make the Coromandel one of New Zealand’s favourite getaways. At low tide, we’ll make our way out to the world-famous Hot Water Beach.

When the tide’s out, you can dig a hole in the sand where natural hot springs bubble up to create your own personal hot tub! Finally, we head to Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city. Auckland sits on the narrow sliver of land where the Northland peninsula tapers south to meet the rest of the North Island. So the sea is always nearby, and it isn’t difficult to guess the origin of its nickname ‚ÄòCity of Sails’. We arrive around 5pm, where we’ll say our final farewells before a final night of accommodation – you don’t want to pass up the chance to sleep in! Or if you have a few spare days, why not hop on our three day Bay of Islands tour?

DAY 17 – AUCKLAND

Your tour ends after breakfast on Day 17. We’re sure you’ll have a whole lot of incredible memories to take home with you. We’ve shown you our New Zealand – we hope we will see you again.

Haere t≈´ atu, hoki t≈´ mai.

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