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12 Day Wanderer Haka Plus Tour!

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Day 1: Auckland

Stop At: Haka Hotel Newmarket, 9 Manukau Road, Epsom, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
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!

Duration: 8 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at our very own 3-star Haka Hotel in Newmarket

Day 2: Auckland - Coromandel

Stop At: Coromandel Forest Park, Coromandel New Zealand
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.

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Whitianga at Albert No. 6 Motel

Day 3: Coromandel - Raglan

Stop At: Raglan Wharf, Wallis St North, Raglan 2051 New Zealand
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?

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Dinner: Enjoy a traditional fish and chips meal on a sunset cruise at Raglan Harbour.
Accommodation included: Palm Beach Motel

Day 4: Raglan to Rotorua

Stop At: Rotorua lakes, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
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.

Duration: 1 day

Stop At: Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, Long Mile Road The Redwoods, Rotorua 3046 New Zealand
Redwood Forest Canopy Walk is a 700m walkway at 20m above the the ground - a walk among the amazing giant Redwood Trees!
Duration: 3 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Lake Rotorua Hotel

Day 5: Rotorua

Stop At: Lake Rotorua, Rotorua New Zealand
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.

Duration: 1 day

Stop At: Te Puia, Hemo Road, Rotorua 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.

It is a cultural evening with performance and traditional hāngī dinner cooked in an underground oven.

Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner: A traditional hāngī dinner cooked in an underground oven.
Accommodation included: Lake Rotorua Hotel

Day 6: Rotorua to National Park (via Taupō)

Stop At: Lake Taupo, Lake Terrace, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
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.

Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at the amazing Park Hotel

Day 7: National Park

Stop At: Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre (Whakapapa Visitor Centre), State Highway 48, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park New Zealand
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.

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: the Park Hotel

Day 8: National Park to Wellington

Stop At: Hotel Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman, 169 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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.

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman

Day 9: Wellington

Stop At: Hotel Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman, 169 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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.

Duration: 1 day

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman

Day 10: Wellington to Kaikōura

Stop At: Interislander, Picton 7281 New Zealand
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.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Marlborough Sounds, Picton New Zealand
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.

Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, 40 Fyffe Quay West End, Kaikoura 7300 New Zealand
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.

Duration: 8 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: The Lobster Inn

Day 11: Kaikōura to Christchurch

Stop At: Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, 40 Fyffe Quay West End, Kaikoura 7300 New Zealand
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
Duration: 12 hours

Stop At: Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Square, Christchurch New Zealand
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.

Duration: 12 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at boutique Hotel 115 in Christchurch

Day 12: Christchurch

Stop At: Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Square, Christchurch New Zealand
Today is the final day of tour, where we exchange photos and stories over breakfast before saying our goodbyes and parting ways.

Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Haka Hotel Newmarket, 9 Manukau Road, Epsom, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
Duration
12 days
Return Details
Christchurch, New Zealand
Inclusions
  • 6x Breakfast
  • 2x Dinner
  • Accommodation included: 11 nights
  • Stay each night in twin-share 3–4 star accommodation: a mix of hotels, motels and lodges.
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Ride one of the most scenic ferry journeys in the world, the Cook Strait Interislander.
  • Watch a Māori cultural performance in Rotorua
  • Soak up a sunset cruise in the West Coast surf town of Raglan – the fish and chips are on us!
  • Brave the Redwoods Treewalk, crossing 23 raised suspension bridges.
  • Taste some of the world’s best sauvignon blanc at a Marlborough wine tasting.
  • Orientation tour of each and every location
  • Small groups of maximum 11 people
Exclusions
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinners are at own expenses - unless specified
  • Optional activities - e.g. swimming with dolphins
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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By: Haka Tours
202 reviews
Certificate of Excellence
damiand10
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Fabulous Tour
I did the 16 day tour that starts in Christchurch and ends in Auckland. I had a wonderful time and everything
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Roiska
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Beautiful country, but a mixed tour and cheaper alternatives
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10
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Throngil
Singapore, Singapore
74
7-Days of fun
Great tour! Customer service (by Mary and Marie) were excellent from start to end, be it it terms of enquiring
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helloblaise
Sydney
4114
Great intro to the beautiful North Island
We had a really enjoyable time on our North Island tour over the summer holidays and NYE. This was a great way to
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Lacey R
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Highly recommend this tour - had a great time and the guide was fantastic. The length of the tour was 7 days which
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232albelev
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700222
It is a trap
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mattcroft1
Wellington, New Zealand
10
Best bang for your buck
Truly enjoyed every experience of this 2 week excursion. I would highly recommend Haka for any tour of New
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pvc231986
10
Too expensive for what you get
I did the 20 days adventure tour in both the north and south island with tour guide Louisa. I had an overall good
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Jonathancsimon
30
A éviter absolument !!!!
Ce commentaire est en anglais afin que tout le monde puisse le lire : To avoid absolutly !! Avis sur Tour
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alessandramariag2019
20
Worst tour ever! Don't go!
If you're young and looking for adventure, and especially if you travel solo and you want to meet people, don't
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dcweeks97
Darwin, Australia
30
Must do!
Absolutely amazing, cannot recommend this tour enough! We did the 7 day north island Adventure tour and we had a
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toni96taylor
10
Just Amazing!
Tour guide and trainees were amazing! Always helpful and can’t wait to book North island with Haka tours!
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seleenacrowe
Adelaide, Australia
51
Helpful staff
Staff were super helpful when I needed help getting to a GP. Room was clean and refreshing. Bed was comfortable
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JillBossche
Ryde, United Kingdom
62
New Zealand
The 16 day tour was the most amazing time I have had on holiday. The other 15 tour members were really good fun
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