Ultimate Heli Tour (7 Day)

Group Tour

7 Days / 6 Nights, Christchurch – Queenstown

Product Code: PPCWB2
Priced Per: Person
Ages: 18-80 Years

The ultimate guided heli-ski tour across the South Island of New Zealand.

Welcome to New Zealand???s Ultimate Heli Ski Tour! Over 7 days we will heli 3 different mountain ranges and head deep into the backcountry of Treble Cone in Wanaka on a guided tour. Make no mistake, on this snow tour you will be skiing and boarding some of the longest and deepest heli runs in the Southern Hemisphere!


South Island Snow Safari - Christchurch to Queenstown (7 Day)

Group Tour

7 Days / 6 Nights, Christchurch – Queenstown

Product Code: PAAGCU
Priced Per: Person
Ages: 18-80 Years

Welcome to NZ’s ultimate guided ski and snowboard tour. We hit 6 different mountains over 7 days and our expert guide shows you the best runs and powder-stashes.

Welcome to NZ’s ultimate guided ski and snowboard tour. We hit 6 different mountains over 7 days and our expert guide shows you the best runs and powder-stashes.

ALL HAKA SNOW TOURS INCLUDE

ORIENTATION TOUR OF EVERY MOUNTAIN – We give you the low-down on every location

ALL TRANSPORT AND MOUNTAIN TRANSFERS – Taking you to our favourite snow locations

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

HIGH-END HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION – Dorm share, Upgrades available

EXPERT TOUR MANAGER – Friendly snow experts who are passion about NZ

SMALL GROUPS – Because you’re more than just a number!

AWESOME INCLUSIONS

  • 6 lift passes to 6 different mountains
  • Advice to improve your skiing or snowboarding technique
  • Hot pools in Tekapo
  • Lessons and equipment hire (if selecting the Beginner Pack)
  • Equipment hire (if selecting Lift Pass + Hire Pack)

DAY 1  – CHRISTCHURCH TO TEKAPO – MT HUTT

Kia ora and welcome to Christchurch! Your tour starts bright and early at 6am, so we promise no cheesy introductions! With a whole day on the slopes ahead of us, we waste no time driving to Mt Hutt. On the way, your guide will make a stop at the ski/board hire shop to collect any equipment required.

Located high in the Southern Alps, Canterbury’s Mt Hutt Ski Area receives some of the lightest and driest powder in Australasia. A big mountain (365 skiable hectares) with great terrain, this ski field is an awesome winter experience for first timers and seasoned powder hounds.

There are plenty of adrenalin-pumping black diamond runs on the South Face, presenting extreme skiers and boarders with as many different challenges as they can handle. The wide, open trails provide easy learning for novice skiers and excellent terrain to build on your existing skills. Tonight, we overnight at beautiful Lake Tekapo.

SLOPE INFO

Mt Hutt

Levels: 25% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 25% Advanced

Height: 2075m

Vertical: 683m

Skiable Area: 365ha

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

Ski clothing and gear hire

DAY 2 – TEKAPO TO WANAKA – OHAU

Today we take you to Ohau, a remote ski field that can be found midway between Christchurch and Queenstown.

Ohau caters for all abilities, with snow ratings of 20% beginner, 50% intermediate and 30% advanced. From the highest point of 1825m, there is a 400m vertical fall to the base via ‘The Boulevard’, which is a wonderful ride for beginners on a safe, groomed trail as wide as a highway. Intermediates can choose the zig-zag ‘Luge’, and experts can push the limits on the ‘High Traverse’ and ‘Escalator’.

Ohau can offer exquisite dry powder snow and epic terrain – and will get you away from the tourist trail to experience an awesome range of ski fields.

Day2 also has alternative field options in order to make sure that all experience levels are catered for, with Mount Dobson and Roundhill also offering amazing skiing and boarding.

In the evening we drive to Wanaka, ready to start Day 3 bright and early.

SLOPE INFO

Ohau

Difficulty: 20% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 30% Advanced

Height:1825m

Vertical:400m

Skiable Area:125ha

DAY 3 – WANAKA – TREBLECONE | CARDONA

Treble Cone lies within the heart of the Southern Alps, with amazing views across the beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka.

It is also the largest ski area in the South Island with plenty of varied terrain. Spread over three large basins, there are trails to suit all ages and abilities. For those newer to snow sports, there is a purpose-built learner area and long, groomed beginner and intermediate trails. And for the more experienced skiers and boarders, there are numerous natural half pipes on the upper mountain as well as challenging advanced runs and ungroomed powder.

Treble Cone is notable for its Home Basin Express chairlift, so you can enjoy more runs per day than anywhere else. The saddle quad chair lift offers the highest lift-accessed terrain, longest groomed intermediate runs, and highest vertical drop in the South Island.

Renowned for dry powder and plenty of it, Treble Cone receives an average annual snowfall of 5.5m and has an average maximum snow depth of 3.25m. Its proximity to the Southern Alps means reliable snow conditions and weather, and just as importantly, its geography means it is protected from the bitterly cold southerly winds.

In the evening, Wanaka is an apre`s-ski haven, with a huge number of places to dine, drink and dance the night away.

SLOPE INFO

Treble Cone

Levels: 10% Beginner, 45% Intermediate, 45% Advanced

Height: 1960m

Vertical: 700m

Skiable Area: 550ha

DAY 4 – WANAKA TO QUEENSTOWN – CARDRONA

Cardrona is renowned among skiers and boarders for inspiring terrain and dry natural snow. With 345 hectares of wide, undulating trails, open slopes, steep chutes and awesome terrain parks, there’s something here for all to enjoy.

A wide area of the mountain is serviced by chair lifts, so access is easy. Cardrona’s three basins offer wide-open spaces and a mixture of terrains that are suitable for snowboarders and skiers of all abilities. On-mountain facilities include five cafes, a shop, hire facilities and a workshop.

With over 20 national and international skiing and snowboarding events held at Cardrona each year, it’s definitely one of the top mountains in New Zealand.

SLOPE INFO

Cardrona

Levels: 25% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 25% Advanced

Height: 1860m

Vertical: 600m

Skiable Area: 345ha

DAY 5 – QUEENSTOWN – THE REMARKABLES

Day 5 is the day to catch our breath and see Queenstown, take part in some adventure activities, or go heli-skiing. You are welcome to hit the slopes again but your lift pass for today is not included in the tour price.

If you can’t bear to be away from the snow for a day, there are a number of highly recommended heli-ski options. These will take you to untouched powder in the area. A trip to the Milford Sound is also a great way to spend the day. Either way, your bucket list is about to take a serious hit!

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

Heli-skiing

Canyoning

Horse trekking

Canyon swing

Bungy (Kawarau or Nevis)

Paragliding

Skydiving

Milford Sound trip

Extreme jet boating

DAY 6 – QUEENSTOWN – THE REMARKABLES

Wide open trails, native kea, powder snow, spectacular views, sun-drenched terrain and unforgettable runs. There’s terrain here like you have never seen and if you’re willing to work your legs a little, you’ll discover super long off-piste runs.

The Remarks (as it’s known to the locals) is set in a vast natural amphitheatre high in the rugged ranges at the eastern end of Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu. Being so far up is a major plus, giving the ski field a long, reliable season – and the north facing aspect makes it a natural sun-trap. The highest ski field in Queenstown at 1943m, the Remarks has something for everyone, including one of the most memorable runs in New Zealand – the long, fast sweep called ‘Homeward Bound’.

The Remarkables ski area boasts a new international standard Super Pipe for advanced level riders and skiers. The 150m long, 22m wide pipe is triple the size of the existing terrain park at the top of Sugar Bowl Basin. The expanded Xbox Terrain and Rail Park and other features, combined with the big mountain possibilities, make The Remarkables the logical choice for the freeriders out there.

SLOPE INFO

The Remarkables

Levels: 30% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 30% Advanced

Height: 1943m

Vertical: 357m

Skiable Area: 220ha

DAY 7 – QUEENSTOWN – CORONET PEAK

Coronet Peak is the oldest and most developed ski area in the South Island. Spread across a broad mountain, the field is wide and sunny with an astounding variety of runs, and the on-field facilities are some of the best around. Everything is designed to ensure you make the most of skiing and boarding. Everyone can ski like a pro at Coronet Peak – there are dedicated slopes for first-timers, long, wide groomed trails and plenty of choice for more experienced skiers. Once you know the ropes, you’ll enjoy the vertical off the express quad, or exploring the rolling terrain with plenty of dips and drops for great variety. For boarders, Coronet Peak is a natural terrain park, full of endless hits and powder stashes.

Exclusive night skiing is available on Fridays and Saturdays until 10pm. As the sun sinks slowly in the west, the lights come on and the fun begins – again!

You have the option of booking an extra night’s accommodation in Queenstown post-tour.

SLOPE INFO

Coronet Peak

Levels: 30% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 30% Advanced

Height: 1649m

Vertical: 462m

Skiable Area: 280ha

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

Extra night accommodation in Queenstown

FAQ

WHAT IS THE TOUR BUS LIKE?

We normally use a 22-seater Mitsubishi Rosa, with a trailer for all your gear. As we only fill the bus to a maximum of 16 people, there are always some extra seats to spread out!

WHO ARE THE TOUR GUIDES?

Our tour managers are all passionate snow enthusiasts with heaps of experience in guiding. They are there to ensure you have the best time possible. Head guide Mike Burton is a current international snowboard judge and was the guide for the Quiksilver Team when they travelled NZ with us – and as for the rest of the team, you can check out their profiles online to get to know them.

WHAT HAPPENS IF A MOUNTAIN IS SHUT?

We make amendments to our tour route on the rare occasions that any mountains are shut or have poor conditions – going to a different mountain when possible. If not possible, we will refund the wholesale rate for your day lift pass.

I’M A BEGINNER. IS THIS TOUR SUITABLE FOR ME?

Yes. If after your two initial lesson days you still feel you would like more instruction, we can organise this for you on the day. The price is from approximately NZ$55 per person for a group lesson.

WHAT IS THE HIRE GEAR LIKE?

Skis are from 4FRNT, Atomic and Salomon. Boards are from Burton and Academy. Poles are from Scott. Clothing is from Aggression and ski boots are from Nordica. Equipment/gear will be hired on the morning of day one and you will have the same gear for the duration of the tour, which means you can get used to it and progress much quicker. Your gear will be matched to suit your ability and experience.

CAN YOU HELP ME OUT FOR EXTRA DAYS BEFORE AND AFTER THE TOUR?

Yes, we can arrange trips to Mt Hutt near Christchurch with accommodation in Methven, or time at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables, with accommodation in Queenstown.

WHAT IS THE SIZE OF A SNOW TOUR GROUP?

The maximum size of a Snow Safari tour is 16 people.


South Island Snow Safari - Queenstown to Christchurch (7 Day)

Group Tour

7 Days / 6 Nights, Queenstown – Christchurch

Product Code: PKVJYY
Priced Per: Person
Ages: 18-80 Years

Welcome to NZ’s ultimate guided ski and snowboard tour. We hit 6 different mountains over 7 days and our expert guide shows you the best runs and powder-stashes.

Welcome to NZ’s ultimate guided ski and snowboard tour. We hit 6 different mountains over 7 days and our expert guide shows you the best runs and powder-stashes.

ALL HAKA SNOW TOURS INCLUDE

ORIENTATION TOUR OF EVERY MOUNTAIN – We give you the low-down on every location

ALL TRANSPORT AND MOUNTAIN TRANSFERS – Taking you to our favourite snow locations

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

HIGH-END HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION – Dorm share, Upgrades available

EXPERT TOUR MANAGER – Friendly snow experts who are passion about NZ

SMALL GROUPS – Because you’re more than just a number!

AWESOME INCLUSIONS

  • 6 lift passes to 6 different mountains
  • Advice to improve your skiing or snowboarding technique
  • Hot pools in Tekapo
  • Lessons and equipment hire (if selecting the Beginner Pack)
  • Equipment hire (if selecting Lift Pass + Hire Pack)

DAY 1 – QUEENSTOWN – THE REMARKABLES

Kia ora and welcome to Queenstown! Your tour starts bright and early at 6am, so we promise no cheesy introductions! With a whole day on the slopes ahead of us, we waste no time driving to The Remarkables. On the way, your guide will make a stop at the ski/board hire shop to collect any equipment required.

On offer today for your delight: wide open trails, native Keas, powder snow, spectacular views, sun drenched terrain and unforgettable runs. There’s terrain here like you have never seen before, and, if you’re prepared to exercise the legs a little, you will discover some of the longest off-piste runs around.

The Remarks (as it’s known to the locals) is set in a vast natural amphitheatre high in the rugged ranges at the eastern end of Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu. Being so far up is a major plus, giving the ski field a long, reliable season – and the north-facing aspect makes it a natural sun-trap.

The highest ski field in Queenstown at 1935 metres, The Remarks has something for everyone as the terrain offers challenges for skiers of all abilities, including one of the most memorable runs in New Zealand: the long, fast sweep called Homeward Bound.

The Remarks is a great place to learn to ski, with a series of sheltered bowls all accessed by chair lifts; nearly three quarters of the slopes are rated beginner to intermediate. There are also plenty of off-piste challenges if you’re more inclined towards the extreme.

The Remarkables ski area boasts a new international standard Super Pipe for advanced level riders and skiers. The 150m long, 22m wide pipe is triple the size of the existing terrain park at the top of Sugar Bowl Basin. The expanded Xbox Terrain and Rail Park and other features, combined with the big mountain possibilities, make The Remarkables the logical choice for the free riders out there.

SLOPE INFO

The Remarkables

Levels: 30% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 30% Advanced

Height: 1943m

Vertical: 357m

Skiable Area: 220ha

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

Ski clothing and gear hire

DAY 2 QUEENSTOWN – CORONET PEAK

Coronet Peak is the oldest and most developed ski area in the South Island. Spread across a broad mountain, the field is wide and sunny with an astounding variety of runs, and the on-field facilities are some of the best around. Everything is designed to ensure you make the most of skiing and boarding.

Everyone can ski like a pro at Coronet Peak – there are dedicated slopes for first timers and long, wide groomed trails with plenty of choice for more experienced skiers. Once you know the ropes, you’ll enjoy the vertical off the express quad, or exploring the rolling terrain with plenty of dips and drops for great variety.

For boarders, Coronet Peak is a natural terrain park, full of endless hits and powder stashes.

SLOPE INFO

Coronet Peak

Levels: 30% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 30% Advanced

Height: 1649m

Vertical: 462m

Skiable Area: 280ha

DAY 3 QUEENSTOWN

Today is a chance to catch your breath and see Queenstown, take part in some adventure activities, or go heli-skiing. You are welcome to continue skiing or boarding but your lift pass is not included in the tour price.

There are several well-recommended heli-ski options: 4 runs or 8 runs (see our website for pricing). These will take you to untouched powder in the area. A trip to the Milford Sound is likewise a great way to spend the day. Either way, your bucket list is about to take a serious hit!

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

Heli-skiing

Canyoning

Horse trekking

Canyon swing

Bungy (Kawarau or Nevis)

Paragliding

Skydiving

Milford Sound trip

Extreme jet boating

DAY 4 WANAKA – CARDRONA

Cardrona is renowned among skiers and boarders for inspiring terrain and dry natural snow. With 345 hectares of wide, undulating trails, open slopes, steep chutes and awesome terrain parks, there’s something here for all to enjoy.

A wide area of the mountain is serviced by chair lifts, so access is easy. Cardrona’s three basins offer wide-open spaces and a mixture of terrains that are suitable for snowboarders and skiers of all abilities. On-mountain facilities include five cafes, a shop, hire facilities and a workshop.  With over 20 national and international skiing and snowboarding events held at Cardrona each year, it’s definitely one of the top mountains in New Zealand.

SLOPE INFO

Cardrona

Levels: 25% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 25% Advanced

Height: 1860m

Vertical: 600m

Skiable Area: 345ha

DAY 5 WANAKA – TREBLE CONE

Treble Cone lies within the heart of the Southern Alps. It has amazing views across the beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka.

Treble Cone is the largest ski area in the South Island, with plenty of exhilarating skiing and snowboarding terrain. Spread over three large basins, there are trails to suit all ages and abilities.

From the purpose-built learner area and long, groomed beginner and intermediate trails, to numerous natural half pipes on the upper mountain, challenging advanced runs and ungroomed powder, there’s plenty for everyone.

Treble Cone boasts New Zealand’s fastest quad chairlift, so you can enjoy more runs per day than anywhere else. The saddle quad chairlift offers the highest lift-accessed terrain, longest groomed intermediate runs, and highest vertical drop in the South Island.

Renowned for dry powder, and plenty of it, Treble Cone receives an average annual snowfall of 5.5 metres and has an average maximum snow depth of 3.25 metres. Its proximity to the Southern Alps means reliable snow conditions and weather, and, just as importantly, its geography means it is protected from the bitterly cold southerly winds. In the evening, Wanaka is an après-ski haven, with a huge number of places to dine, drink and dance the night away.

SLOPE INFO

Treble Cone

Levels: 10% Beginner, 45% Intermediate, 45% Advanced

Height: 1960m

Vertical: 700m

Skiable Area: 550ha

DAY 6 TEKAPO – OHAU

Today we take you to Ohau, a remote ski field which can be found midway between Christchurch and Queenstown.

Ohau caters for all abilities, with snow ratings of 20% beginner, 50% intermediate and 30% advanced. From the highest point of 1,925 metres, there is a 400-metre vertical fall to the base via ‘The Boulevard’ (a wonderful ride for beginners on a safe, groomed trail as wide as a highway).

Intermediates can choose the zig-zag ‘Luge’, and experts can push the limits on the ‘High Traverse’ and the ‘Escalator’.

Ohau offers exquisite dry powder snow terrain and gets you off the tourist trail to experience the awesome range of ski fields available in the South Island of New Zealand.

In the evening we drive to Tekapo and here we get to soak in the relaxing Tekapo Springs so we are ready to start day seven with fresh legs.

SLOPE INFO

Ohau

Difficulty: 20% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 30% Advanced

Height:1825m

Vertical:400m

Skiable Area:125ha

DAY 7 CHRISTCHURCH – ROUNDHILL

Today we head to one of the Mackenzie Country’s best kept secret. Roundhill has the highest vertical drop in Australasia 783M. Also boasts one of NZ’s widest pistes and offers terrain to suit all capabilities

We ski / snowboard until approx. 3pm when we then make the journey back to Christchurch, aiming to arrive by approximately 8pm where you are welcome to book an extra night’s accommodation.

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

Extra night accommodation in Christchurch

SLOPE INFO

Roundhill

Levels: 20% Beginner, 45% Intermediate, 35% Advanced

Height: 2133m

Vertical: 783m

Skiable Area: 550ha

FAQ

WHAT IS THE TOUR BUS LIKE?

We normally use a Mitsubishi Rosa, with a trailer for all your gear. As we only fill the bus to a maximum of 16 people, there are always some extra seats to spread out!

WHO ARE THE TOUR GUIDES?

Our tour managers are all passionate snow enthusiasts and they are there to ensure you have the best time possible. Each one as awesome as the next, you can check out their profiles on our website to get to know them.

WHAT HAPPENS IF A MOUNTAIN IS SHUT?

We make amendments to our tour route on the rare occasions that any mountains are shut or have poor conditions – going to a different mountain when possible. If not possible, we will refund the wholesale rate for your day lift pass.

I’M A BEGINNER. IS THIS TOUR SUITABLE FOR ME?

Yes. If after your two initial lesson days you still feel you would like more instruction, we can organise this for you on the day. The price is from approximately NZ$55 per person for a group lesson.

WHAT IS THE HIRE GEAR LIKE?

Skis are from 4FRNT, Atomic and Salomon. Boards are from Burton and Academy. Poles are from Scott. Clothing is from Aggression and ski boots are from Nordica. Equipment/gear will be hired on the morning of day one and you will have the same gear for the duration of the tour, which means you can get used to it and progress much quicker. Your gear will be matched to suit your ability and experience.

CAN YOU HELP ME OUT FOR EXTRA DAYS BEFORE AND AFTER THE TOUR?

Yes, we can arrange trips to Mt Hutt near Christchurch with accommodation in Methven, or time at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables, with accommodation in Queenstown.

WHAT IS THE SIZE OF A SNOW TOUR GROUP?

The maximum size of a Snow Safari tour is 16 people.


South Island Snow Odyssey (12 Day)

Group Tour

12 Days / 11 Nights, Queenstown – Christchurch

Product Code: PLWUVM
Priced Per: Person
Ages: 18-80 Years

This is it: the ultimate guided New Zealand snow tour that will take you to the best South Island ski resorts and club fields!

This is it: the ultimate guided New Zealand snow tour that will take you to the best South Island ski resorts and club fields! We have the South Island’s ski and snowboard highlights and hidden gems all packaged up for you. Our expert snow guides will show you the slopes and the tow ropes on this twelve-day snow tour.

This extensive tour samples New Zealand’s most popular ski fields before heading off the beaten track to lesser known club ski fields in New Zealand, loved by locals and pros alike. We’ll enjoy eleven mountains: The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Porters, Cardrona, Ohau, Treble Cone, Roundhill, Broken River, Mt Olympus/Temple Basin and Craigieburn; and we’ll visit New Zealand’s favourite winter destinations: Queenstown, Wanaka, Christchurch and Lake Tekapo.

With only a handful of departures through the season (end of July through to September), places are limited. Reserve your spot to shred the New Zealand club ski field slopes with just a $99 deposit! It’s best suited to intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders as you’ll be using nutcrackers and rope tows to climb the slopes at most locations. But don’t let this put you off – our expert snow guides are on hand to help, and most people adjust to using these tools after just a couple of runs.

The Snow Odyssey is a combination of our Snow Safari and Snow Explorer tours and is best suited for intermediate to advanced skiers/snowboarders as you’ll be using nutcrackers and rope tows to climb a handful of the slopes. Never heard of a nutcracker? Don’t let this put you off! Most people adjust to using these tools after just a couple of runs and our guides are on hand to help.

ALL HAKA SNOW TOURS INCLUDE

ORIENTATION TOUR OF EVERY MOUNTAIN – We give you the low-down on every location

ALL TRANSPORT AND MOUNTAIN TRANSFERS – Taking you to our favourite snow locations

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

HIGH-END HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION – Dorm share, Upgrades available

EXPERT TOUR MANAGER – Friendly snow experts who are passion about NZ

SMALL GROUPS – Because you’re more than just a number!

AWESOME INCLUSIONS

  • 11 lift passes to 10 different mountains
  • All on-tour transport and mountain transport
  • Advice to improve your skiing or snowboarding technique
  • Hot pools in Tekapo
  • Rope tow gloves and nutcrackers

Day One*Queenstown | The Remarkables*

Welcome to Queenstown! Your tour starts bright and early at 6am where we waste no time heading off to The Remarkables with a whole day on the slopes ahead of us. En route, we’ll stop to pick up any equipment you may have hired.

Today offers wide open trails, native Keas (parrots!), spectacular views, sun drenched landscapes and unforgettable runs. There’s terrain here like you have never seen before.

The highest ski field in Queenstown at 1935 metres, The Remarks has something for everyone as the terrain offers challenges for skiers of all abilities, including one of the most memorable runs in New Zealand: the long, fast sweep named Homeward Bound.

**INCLUDED**

Breakfast, Lift Pass

**SLOPE INFO**

The Remarkables

Levels: 30% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 30% Advanced

Height: 1943m

Vertical: 357m

Skiable Area: 220ha

Day Two: Queenstown | Coronet Peak

Everyone can ski like a pro at Coronet Peak – there are dedicated slopes for first timers and long, wide groomed trails with plenty of choice for more experienced skiers. Once you know the ropes, you’ll enjoy the vertical off the express quad, or exploring the rolling terrain with plenty of dips and drops for great variety.

Coronet Peak is the oldest ski area in the South Island. Spread across a broad mountain, the field is wide and sunny with an impressive variety of runs, and the facilities are some of the best around.

Everything is designed to ensure you make the most of skiing and boarding. For boarders, Coronet Peak is a natural terrain park, full of endless hits and powder stashes.

**INCLUDED**

Breakfast, Lift Pass, Dinner

**SLOPE INFO**

Coronet Peak

Levels: 30% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 30% Advanced

Height: 1649m

Vertical: 462m

Skiable Area: 280ha

Day Three: Queenstown

Today is a chance to rest your legs and get to know the Adventure Capital of the World – Queenstown. From bungy jumping to skydiving, jet boating to visiting the world-famous Milford Sound, you really can complete your bucket list in a day.

Of course, you are most welcome to continue skiing or boarding but this is a scheduled rest day, so your lift pass isn’t included.

For anyone wanting to try heli-skiing there are several well-recommended heli-ski options: 4 runs or 8 runs (see our website for pricing). These will take you to untouched powder in the area.

**INCLUDED**

Breakfast

Day Four: Wanaka | Cardrona

With over 20 national and international skiing and snowboarding events held at Cardrona each year, it’s considered amongst pros as one of the top mountains in New Zealand.

Renowned among skiers and boarders for inspiring terrain and dry natural snow, Cardrona is 345 hectares of wide and packed with undulating trails, open slopes, steep chutes and awesome terrain parks. There’s something here for all to enjoy.

Most of the mountain is serviced by chair lifts, so access is easy. Cardrona’s three basins offer wide-open spaces and a mixture of terrains that are suitable for snowboarders and skiers of all abilities.

Facilities include five cafes, a shop, equipment hire and a workshop.

**INCLUDED**

Breakfast, Lift Pass

**SLOPE INFO**

Cardrona

Levels: 25% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 25% Advanced

Height: 1860m

Vertical: 600m

Skiable Area: 345ha

Day Five:*Wanaka | Treble Cone*

Hidden in the heart of the Southern Alps, Treble Cone has amazing views across the beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka. It’s also the largest ski area in the South Island with plenty of exhilarating skiing and snowboarding terrain.

Treble Cone boasts New Zealand’s fastest quad chairlift, so you can enjoy more runs per day than anywhere else. The saddle quad chairlift offers the highest lift-accessed terrain, longest groomed intermediate runs, and highest vertical drop in the South Island.

From the purpose-built learner area and long groomed intermediate trails, to numerous natural half pipes on the upper mountain, there’s plenty for everyone here.

Treble Cone’s proximity to the Southern Alps means reliable snow conditions and weather, and, just as importantly, it is protected from the bitterly cold southerly winds. Renowned for plenty of dry powder, Treble Cone receives an average annual snowfall of 5.5 metres and has an average maximum snow depth of 3.25 metres.

In the evening, Wanaka is an après-ski haven, with a vast number of places to dine, drink and dance the night away.

**INCLUDED**

Breakfast, Lift Pass

**SLOPE INFO**

Treble Cone

Levels: 10% Beginner, 45% Intermediate, 45% Advanced

Height: 1960m

Vertical: 700m

Skiable Area: 550ha

Day Six: Tekapo | Ohau

Today head to Ohau, a remote ski field located between Christchurch and Queenstown.

With snow ratings of 20% beginner, 50% intermediate and 30% advanced, Ohau caters for all abilities. From the highest point of 1,925 metres, there is a 400-metre vertical fall to the base via ‘The Boulevard’ (an epic ride for beginners on a safe trail as wide as a highway). Intermediates can choose the zig-zag ‘Luge’, and experts can push the limits on the ‘High Traverse’ and the ‘Escalator’.

Ohau offers unrivalled dry powder snow and gets you off the tourist trail to experience the awesome range of ski fields available in the South Island of New Zealand.

**INCLUDED**

Breakfast, Lift Pass

**SLOPE INFO**

Ohau

Difficulty: 20% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 30% Advanced

Height:1825m

Vertical:400m

Skiable Area:125ha

Day Seven:*Christchurch | Roundhill/Mt Dobson*

Today we’ll head to either Roundhill or Mt Dobson, depending on weather conditions.

Roundhill is one of Mackenzie Country’s best kept secrets.With the highest vertical drop in Australasia (at 783 meters), breath-taking views of Aoraki Mt Cook, and boasting one of NZ’s widest runs, the ski field offers an awesome day on the slopes with terrain to suit all capabilities.

Mt Dobson is best known for natural dry powder snow, trails for all abilities, all day sun and wide open uncrowded runs.

We ski/snowboard until around 3pm before setting off to New Zealand’s largest South Island city, Christchurch.

**INCLUDED**

Breakfast, Lift Pass

Day Eight: Christchurch –*Springfield | Porters Alpine Lodge*

Rise and shine! We depart Christchurch at 6am and head straight to Porters Alpine Lodge, best known for its friendly and relaxed atmosphere. You can expect to find fewer people on these slopes and lots of untouched trails.

Porter’s lifts run up two distinct valleys: Bluff Face (which towers above the right of the base area) and Big Mama (which towers above the left).

At 620m, Big Mama boasts one of the largest vertical drops in one lift-accessed runs in New Zealand. Easy back-country riding is available from the top of the T3T-Bar.

For the next two nights we stay at Springfield Lodge, a snow sports enthusiast’s haven, complete with an outdoor spa pool and majestic views to enjoy after a busy day on the slopes.

**INCLUDED**

Breakfast, Lift Pass

**SLOPE INFO**

Porters Alpine Lodge

Difficulty: 15% Beginner, 35% Intermediate, 50% Advanced

Height:1950m

Vertical: 610m

Skiable Area: 350ha

Day Nine:*Springfield | Broken River*

Ready yourself for an epic adventure at Broken River.

Born in the early 1950s when the founding members were just 20 and 28 years old, this ski field is a testament to people who are truly passionate about creating amazing snow experiences.

The terrain consists of a large open basin serviced by five electrically driven rope tows. Yes, it’s time to learn how to use those nutcrackers!

Don’t worry if you are new to rope tows – our Tour Manager will help you with your technique. Most people take a few tries to get it right; it’s all part of the fun! Tow protection gloves are provided.

The highest point is 1820 metres and the total vertical is 420 metres, with lots of off-piste terrain available.

**INCLUDED**

Breakfast, Lift Pass, Harness & Nutcracker

**SLOPE INFO**

Broken River

Difficulty: 10% Beginner, 30% Intermediate, 60% Advanced

Height: 1920m

Vertical: 420m

Skiable Area: 300ha

Day Ten: Springfield –*Craigieburn | Mt Olympus/Temple Basin*

Today we’ll head to either Temple Basin or Mt Olympus, depending on weather conditions.

Temple Basin, the club, was founded in 1929 and still has that pioneering feel and represents a true alpine environment at the heart of Arthur’s Pass National Park. We leave those who prefer groomed slopes, a chairlift and lattes at home.

Mt Olympus ski area is also known as ‘the playground of the gods’. The area is a south-facing basin set high in the Craigieburn Range – perfect for trapping powder dumps. 450m of vertical drops over 60 hectares of varied terrain provide skiing and riding from beginner to extreme.

When you come off the slopes at the end of a big day we will grab a well-earned drink and dinner (included) at the ultra-cosy Craigieburn Lodge which is our accommodation for the next two nights.

**INCLUDED**

Breakfast, Dinner, Lift Pass, Harness & Nutcracker

**SLOPE INFO**

Temple Basin:

Difficulty: 10% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 25% Advanced

Height: 1753m

Vertical: 427m

Skiable Area: 320ha

Mt Olympus:

Difficulty: 10% Beginner, 55% Intermediate, 35% Advanced

Height: 2096m

Vertical: 450m

Skiable Area: 60ha

Day Eleven: Craigieburn

Craigieburn has a cult following among locals who love big mountain skiing.

Terrain at Craigieburn Valley is varied, exciting and challenging, with the infamous 600m vertical descent of Middle Basin (which is often compared to a heli-skiing experience) accessible by a short traverse from the tow. Craigieburn Valley offers something for everyone – except beginners.

Steep and deep, with wide open powder bowls and lofty narrow chutes accessed by three high-capacity rope tows servicing a vertical rise of 503m, Craigieburn leaves little to be desired.

Dinner tonight at the Craigieburn Lodge is also included.

**INCLUDED**

Breakfast, Dinner, Lift Pass, Harness & Nutcracker

Day Twelve: Craigieburn –*Christchurch*

One last snow day mastering the slopes of Craigieburn before blazing a trail back to Christchurch where your tour ends at around 8pm.

You’re more than welcome to book an additional night of accommodation with us to extend your stay in Christchurch.

**INCLUDED**

Breakfast, Lift Pass, Harness & Nutcracker

**SLOPE INFO**

Craigieburn:

Difficulty: 20% Beginner, 55% Intermediate, 25% Advanced

Height: 1811m

Vertical: 503m

Skiable Area: 400ha

FAQs

What is the tour bus like?

The first 7 days of the tour we use a 22-seater Toyota Coaster, with a trailer for all your gear. As we only fill the bus to a maximum of 16 people, there are always some extra seats to lounge about! For the last 5 days we use a customised four-wheel-drive van, with a maximum of 8 people.

Rope Tow. What’s that?

A “rope tow” is a type of ski lift in which skiers/boarders are pulled up a slope while grasping a looped, endless rope some driven by a motor and other with the use of a nutcracker. Watch this video to see a rope tow in action.

It may take a couple of attempts to get the hang of it but you should be able to get to grips with it fairly quickly. Snowboarders tend to take a bit longer but our Tour Manager will stay with you until you get it nailed!

What happens if a mountain is closed?

We make amendments to our tour route on the rare occasions that any mountains are shut or have very poor conditions going to a different mountain, if possible. If not possible, we will refund the wholesale rate for your lift pass.

How does the $99 deposit work?

Secure your seat for a $99 deposit, then pay it off over time – the balance is due 45 days prior to departure. During this time you can also add more activities or customise your tour in any other way.

I’m a beginner, is this tour suitable for me?

Not really. This tour is only appropriate for skiers and boarders with at least an intermediate level ability. If you are new to skiing, check out our 7 Day Snow Safari!

What is the standard of accommodation?

Regardless of where we go, accommodation absolutely has to meet our standards and we have hand-picked every place we use. Standard accommodation is quad share, with the option to upgrade to a private room.

Do I need any specialist gear?

No – just your normal ski wear and equipment. You can hire ski equipment through us for the 12 days. Rope tow gloves and nut-crackers are included for everyone in the tour price.

I have never used a rope tow before – will I be OK?

Yes! A small group tour like this is perfect for people that have not used nut-crackers and rope tows before because our Tour Manager can spend the time with you to give you loads of instruction and advice.

Everyone struggles at the start using rope tows so it’s just a matter of being persistent – we have all been in the same situation before and it is expected it will take you at least a few attempts until you get the feel for it. It is all part of the experience!

What is the size of a snow tour group?

Since this tour is a combination of our Snow Safari and Snow Explorer tours, the first 7 days has a maximum of 16 people and the last 5 days a maximum of 8 people.


South Island Snow Explorer (5 Day)

Group Tour

5 Days / 6 Nights, Christchurch

Product Code: PW70VN
Priced Per: Person
Ages: 18-80 Years

The Snow Explorer really is off-piste heaven. Escape the crowds of Queenstown and get a taste of New Zealand’s best club fields on this five-day snow tour of the South Island.

Escape the crowds of Queenstown and get a taste of New Zealand’s best club fields on this five-day snow tour of the South Island.

The Snow Explorer really is off-piste heaven – leave the beaten track behind and sample four epic mountains considered by locals as NZ’s best-kept-secrets: Porters, Broken River, Mt Olympus/Temple Basin and Craigieburn.

Whilst these names may not ring a bell now, we guarantee by the end of your trip they will be the only thing you’ll want to talk about.

Starting and ending in Christchurch, this tour best suits intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders as you’ll be using nutcrackers and rope tows to climb the slopes at most locations. But don’t let this put you off – our expert guides are on hand to help, and most people adjust to using these tools after just a couple of runs.

You can book additional nights’ accommodation in Christchurch before your tour starts, or an extra night on the last day to make things easy.

If you’d prefer room to yourself, you can upgrade to a private room (available for the first two nights of the tour only). Upgrading your first two nights of accommodation to a private room starts from $199.

Please note that due to unforeseen weather conditions changes may need to be made to the itinerary. Luckily, our tour guides are super flexible pros, so they’ll make sure you have the very best time no matter where the trip takes you.

ALL HAKA SNOW TOURS INCLUDE

  • ORIENTATION TOUR OF EVERY MOUNTAIN – We give you the low-down on every
    location
  • ALL TRANSPORT AND MOUNTAIN TRANSFERS – Taking you to our favourite snow
    locations
  • BREAKFAST EVERY DAY – Heaps of options for everyone (you too, vegans!)
  • HIGH-END HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION – Dorm share, Upgrades available
  • EXPERT TOUR MANAGER – Friendly snow experts who are passion
    about NZ
  • SMALL GROUPS – Because you’re more than just a number!

AWESOME INCLUSIONS

  • 5 lift passes to 4 different mountains
  • Continental breakfasts every day
  • Two dinners
  • Tow protection gloves
  • Lessons and equipment hire (if you
    choose this add-on)
  • Equipment hire (if you choose this
    add-on)

DAY 1 CHRISTCHURCH TO SPRINGFIELD – PORTERS

We depart Christchurch at 6am and pick up our hire gear (for those that need it) en-route to Porters, best known for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Porter’s lifts run up two distinct valleys: Big Mama (which towers above the right of the base area) and Bluff Face (which towers above the left). At 620m, Big Mama boasts one of the largest vertical drops in one lift-accessed run in New Zealand. Easy back country riding is available from the top of the T3T-Bar.

For the next two nights we stay at Springfield Lodge, a snow sports enthusiast’s haven, complete with unrivalled views and an outdoor spa pool to enjoy after a big day on the slopes.

SLOPE INFO

Porters

Difficulty: 15%
Beginner, 35% Intermediate, 50% Advanced

Height:1950m

Vertical: 610m

Skiable Area:
350ha

DAY 2 SPRINGFIELD – BROKEN RIVER

Get ready for a true adventure at Broken River. This ski field was born in the early 1950s when the founding members were only 20 and 28 years old. Now well-established, this ski field is a testament to their years of effort and dedication.  You’ll earn your turns at Broken River! After a 15 to 20-minute hike to the first rope tow, learn the techniques you’ll need to get started on these slopes. The terrain here consists of a large open basin serviced by five electrically driven, high capacity rope tows. This mountain has the perfect platform to learn to ride nut crackers, making it a great spot for our second day of riding.

Don’t worry if you have not ridden tows before – our Tour Manager will help you with your technique and most people take a few times to get it right; it’s all part of the experience! Tow protection gloves are provided. The highest point is 1820 metres and the total vertical is 420 metres, with lots of off-piste terrain available. A short trek offers access to the back basins, Craigieburn Valley and some incredible terrain.

SLOPE INFO

Broken River

Difficulty: 10%
Beginner, 30% Intermediate, 60% Advanced

Height: 1920m

Vertical: 420m

Skiable Area:
300ha

DAY 3 – SPRINGFIELD TO CRAIGIEBURN – MT OLYMPUS/TEMPLE BASIN

Today, depending on weather conditions, we’ll head to either Mt Olympus or Temple Basin.

Mt Olympus ski area is also known as ‘the playground of the gods’. The area is a south-facing basin set high in the Craigieburn Range – perfect for trapping powder dumps. 450m of vertical drops over 60 hectares of varied terrain provide skiing and riding from beginner to extreme.  From the top of the Main Tow and the Top Tow there are plenty of choices with terrain to suit intermediates or the most advanced skiers. A little walking from the Top Tow opens up even more terrain in this wide, open bowl. With the relatively low skier numbers and the choice of terrain, it can take up to a week to get tracks on some slopes!

Temple Basin, the club, was founded in 1929 and still has that pioneering feel and represents a true alpine environment at the heart of Arthur’s Pass National Park. We leave those who prefer groomed slopes, a chairlift and lattes at home.  Renowned for its steep and big mountain terrain, you have the choice of three tows: Cassidy (sunny smooth runs), Temple (faster and steeper) and Downhill (ridgeline and advanced terrain).

We can also check out the awesome chutes at Bills Basin and the popular back country area of Mingha Valley.

And when you come off the hill at the end of a big day, we will grab a well-earned drink and dinner (included) at the ultra-cosy Craigieburn Lodge which is also our accommodation for the next two nights.

SLOPE INFO

Mt Olympus

Difficulty: 10% Beginner,
55% Intermediate, 35% Advanced

Height: 2096m

Vertical: 450m

Skiable Area: 60ha

Temple Basin

Difficulty: 10% Beginner,
50% Intermediate, 25% Advanced

Height: 1753m

Vertical: 427m

Skiable Area: 320ha

DAY 4 – CRAIGIEBURN

For big mountain skiing, Craigieburn has a well-deserved cult following among Kiwis.

Steep and deep, with wide open powder bowls and lofty narrow chutes accessed by three high-capacity rope tows servicing a vertical rise of 503m, Craigieburn leaves little to be desired.

Terrain at Craigieburn Valley is varied, exciting and challenging, with the infamous 600m
vertical descent of Middle Basin (which is often compared to a heli-skiing experience) accessible by a short traverse from the tow. Craigieburn Valley offers something for everyone – except beginners.

Your dinner tonight at the Craigieburn Lodge is also included.

SLOPE INFO

Craigieburn

Difficulty: 20%
Beginner, 55% Intermediate, 25% Advanced

Height: 1811m

Vertical: 503m

Skiable Area:
400ha

DAY 5 – CRAIGIEBURN TO CHRISTCHURCH

One last snow day mastering the slopes of
Craigieburn before blazing a trail back to Christchurch where your tour ends at
around 8pm.

You’re more than welcome to book an additional
night of accommodation with us in Christchurch.

SLOPE INFO

Craigieburn

Difficulty: 20%
Beginner, 55% Intermediate, 25% Advanced

Height: 1811m

Vertical: 503m

Skiable Area:
400ha


South Island Lick Tour - (7 Day)

Group Tour

7 Days / 7 Nights, Christchurch

Priced Per: Person
Ages: 18-80 Years

Be awed by stunning mountains, fantastic views, and the amazing Queenstown on this South Island trip where you’ll experience unbeatable scenery coupled with a massive range of optional activities.

Starting and ending in the “Garden City” of Christchurch, we show you the ultimate highlights of New Zealand’s stunning South Island over 7 action-packed days.

From turquoise lakes to towering mountains and glaciers, the South Island’s scenery will blow your mind, and the nation’s adventure capital, Queenstown, has all the adrenalin activities on offer that you could possibly wish for. As the tour starts early in the morning, you can opt to stay at our Haka accommodation in Christchurch the night before the tour – only having to walk downstairs on the day the tour starts makes for a stress free morning. Accommodation is included on the last night of your tour, but we can also book a few extra nights for you if you would like to extend your stay.

The tour price includes dorm share accommodation but if you would prefer your own space you have the option to upgrade to a private room for the duration of your tour.

In this itinerary, you’ll find descriptions of the places you’ll be visiting and the inclusions that you’ll experience. We’ve also provided an example timetable for each day to help give you a sense of what your days on tour may look like. Keep in mind though, that every tour is unique, with each guide bringing their own special flavour to the trip.

Each day also has a list of our favourite Haka Highlights, and the add-on activities and experiences that are available in that location.

Tour Inclusions

  • Explore downtown Christchurch and see its inspiring regeneration since the 2011 quake
  • 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
  • Relax for two nights at a West Coast rainforest retreat in Paparoa National Park
  • Plus many surprise stops along the way

*Itinerary Summary *

  • Day 1 – Christchurch To Mackenzie Country
  • Day 2 – Mackenzie Country To Queenstown
  • Day 3 – Queenstown
  • Day 4 – Queenstown To Wanaka
  • Day 5 – Wanaka To Franz Josef
  • Day 6 – Franz Josef
  • Day 7 – Franz Josef To Christchurch
  • Day 8 – Christchurch

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.

Morning Meet your Guide and group for breakfast and introductions Explore Christchurch Afternoon Head off in the Haka bus to stunning Lake Tekapo Check out the Southern Alps from above in a scenic helicopter ride (not included) Evening Wander the beautiful lakeshore of Tekapo Go out for dinner with your tour group (not included) Haka Highlights (Included) Explore downtown Christchurch and see its inspiring regeneration since the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes Visit The Church of the Good Shepherd nestled by the shore of Lake Tekapo Reach for the stars with unparalleled stargazing opportunities in Tekapo’s Dark Sky Reserve Epic Add-Ons Scenic Flight

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 adrenalin 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!

Morning Breakfast Hike up Mt John Drive through the starkly beautiful Mackenzie country to Queenstown Afternoon Optional bridge bungy at Kawarau Gorge en route (not included) Get to know vibrant Queenstown with an orientation from your guide Explore Queenstown your own way! Evening Grab dinner with your Haka crew (not included) Haka Highlights (Included) A scenic drive to die for with mountain passes and gorgeous gorges Welcome to Queenstown the Adventure Capital of New Zealand! Epic Add-Ons Scenic Flight Bungy Jump Paragliding

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 “8th Wonder of the World”

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.

Morning Breakfast Tackle your chosen activities for the day Afternoon Further time for exploring and add-on activities Evening Return to Queenstown from your day of adrenalin Head to your accommodation to relax before a night on the town. Make a night of it at one (or several) of Queenstown’s many bars! Haka Highlights (Included) Full day in Queenstown to scratch your adrenalin itch or soak up the scenery Epic Add-Ons Visit Milford Sound Canyon Swing Bungy Jumping Skydiving Paragliding Shotover Jet Boat Canyoning Horse Trekking Middle Earth 4WD Tour Heli-Mountain Biking

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.

Morning Breakfast Explore charming historic Arrowtown Check out Cardrona en route to Wanaka Afternoon Explore Lake Wanaka and the township by foot, bike or boat Head up in the air or out on the water with an add-on activity (not included) Evening Take a walk around the shores of Lake Wanaka Up your Insta cred with a snap of #thatwanakatree Haka Highlights (Included) Visit Arrowtown and experience this charming and historic gold rush village Soak Up The beauty of Lake Wanaka while getting to know this stellar town Epic Add-Ons Skydiving Tiger Moth Aerobatic Plane Ride Wanaka Bike Tours Lake Cruise & Island Nature Walk

DAY 5 – WANAKA TO FRANZ JOSEF After a relaxing morning in Wanaka, the journey to Franz is 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.

Morning Breakfast Spend the morning exploring Wanaka or trying any last minute activities Afternoon Hit the road on the Haka bus for the most magical drive of your whole tour Special stops en route to gaze out at Lake Hawea and check out some short walks Arrive at our glacier stop for the night – Franz Josef Evening Grab some Kiwi kai (food) with your team (not included) Haka Highlights (Included) Super scenic drive through the Fiordland, Mt Aspiring and Tai Poutini (Westland) National Parks Wondrous waterfall walks as we hit the Haast Pass Try local delicacy whitebait when it’s in season (September to December) Epic Add-Ons Wanaka Bike Tours Lake Cruise & Island Nature Walk

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 ‘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!

Morning Breakfast Learn to carve a pounamu pendant with your group (included) Set out on one of the many glacial activities on offer – see our Epic Add-ons section below for ideas Evening Head back to your accommodation to get changed and give your muscles a rest! Dine out with your Haka pals (not included) Sing your heart out at karaoke! Haka Highlights (Included) Take in the staggering beauty of the West Coast’s natural features Carve your own pendant from pounamu (greenstone/jade) Epic Add-Ons Glacier Heli Hike Scenic Helicopter Flight With Snow Landing Kayak in Glacier Country

DAY 7 – FRANZ JOSEF TO CHRISTCHURCH Before you know it, it’s your last day! 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.

Your tour officially ends in Christchurch, so feel free to party on with your new travel buddies for as long as you like – your accommodation tonight is included so you can treat yourself to a lie-in in the morning!

Morning Breakfast Drive further up the wild west coast to Hokitika Visit the Hokitika Mountain Jade Factory Get face-to-face with a kiwi at the National Kiwi Centre (not included) Afternoon Board the TranzAlpine train for scenic journey across to Christchurch through Arthur’s Pass Evening Pull into Christchurch at around 6:30pm Head to your final night accommodation (included) Haka Highlights (Included) Visit the mountain jade factory in Hokitika Traverse The Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train journey

DAY 8 – CHRISTCHURCH Your tour ends after breakfast on Day 8. 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 tū atu, hoki tū mai.


North Island Adventure Tour - Auckland to Wellington (7 Day)

Group Tour

7 Days / 7 Nights, Wellington – Auckland

Product Code: PSAENA
Priced Per: Person
Ages: 18-80 Years

Experience the very best of the North Island with Haka. Our 7 day North Island tour combines mind-blowing scenery and fascinating Maori culture with adventure.

You will see it all in the ultimate week-long North Island holiday; volcanoes, beautiful beaches, glow-worm caves, Lord of the Rings locations, bubbling mud pools and rich forests whilst learning about our proud Maori culture.

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 learn to weave flax 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
  • Plus many surprise stops along the way

DAY 1 – AUCKLAND TO COROMANDEL

After breakfast, we kick off the tour in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. Have you noticed that it’s pretty hilly? Those aren’t just hills, they are actually 48 volcanic cones! Before we leave town we will walk up one of the most famous ones – Maungawhau, also known as Mount Eden – for 360 degree views of both city and sea.

The Coromandel Peninsula is a paradise of beautiful beaches and misty rainforests. The drive here is epic – 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 the famous Hot Water Beach – thousands visit each year to dig their own personal hot tub here. If the tide times allow, we’ll definitely 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.

DAY 2 – COROMANDEL TO WAITOMO

This morning we’ll walk out together along the cliffs and down to Cathedral Cove (which you might recognize from the Chronicles of Narnia). With perfect beaches and massive rock arches and columns, it’s one of the most popular spots in the Coromandel.

Alternatively, take an optional guided Cathedral Cove kayak trip and check out this stunning coastline from a different angle, accompanied by a local dolphin or two if you’re lucky!

Later today we say goodbye to the east coast and hello to the west as we head for the tiny town of Waitomo. If you can’t wait until tomorrow to meet the resident glow worms, tonight’s optional cave- walking tour is a must. Or kick back with a beer and admire the stars – they put on a great show here when the skies are clear.

DAY 3 – WAITOMO TO ROTORUA

Have you been caving in a place with twinkling glow worms 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 glow worms light your way. There are also excellent guided walking tours of the caves available if heights or wet feet aren’t your thing. Later this afternoon we head to Rotorua (or Rotovegas as it is locally known).

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!

This evening is a major tour highlight – we are welcomed to a Māori community for an unmissable cultural performance featuring combat demonstrations, beautiful poi performance, and – of course – the breathtaking haka. You will also have the privilege of learning a haka or poi dance from local Māori. A traditional hāngī meal, cooked in an earth oven, will fill your puku (belly) right up.

DAY 4 – ROTORUA TO MURUPARA

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.

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. 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.

Later this afternoon we head to Kohutapu Lodge in Murupara – a living Māori village – where 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 hāngi 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 5 – MURUPARA TO TAUPŌ This morning you will visit 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.. It’s only a short drive to our next destination, Taupō, and there’s plenty to discover along the way. From mesmerising mud pools to the thundering rapids of the Huka Falls and Aratiatia Dam, your trusty Haka Guide will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

This place is all about the thrills and spills, and there are plenty of options in store this afternoon. Get your hair wet with a water touch bungy jump, take an unforgettable skydive or a sunset lake cruise for amazing lake and mountain views.

DAY 6 – TAUPŌ

A full day in Taupō… are you in the mood for peaceful lakeside tranquillity or unlimited adrenalin and adventure? Either way, Taupō’s got you covered. For many, the ultimate adventure on offer here is the hiking (or tramping, as we Kiwis know it). The

Tongariro Crossing is among the top 10 full-day walks in the world. This 19.4-kilometre mountain trek boasts emerald green lakes, venting steam, lava flows and craters. You’ll come back grinning from ear to ear before falling into bed and sleeping like a baby.

If you’d prefer to relax, jump on a boat for a sailing trip to view Māori rock carvings. Or head to Spa Park and soak until your fingers are wrinkly. However you choose to spend today we guarantee you won’t forget it.

DAY 7 – TAUPŌ TO WELLINGTON

It’s a big drive from Taupō to Wellington, but there’s some unmissable scenery on offer. Lord of the Rings junkies, you’re in for a treat!

Our journey takes us through Tongariro National Park via the Rangipo Desert (bet you didn’t know New Zealand had one of those!). Some of your favourite Lord of the Rings battle scenes were filmed right here.

The Desert Road boasts incredible views of three active volcanic peaks – Mount Tongariro, Mount Ngauruhoe, and Mount Ruapehu. You may know Mount Ngauruhoe as Mount Doom, so be sure to snap a Mordor selfie!

We pass through two of the North Island’s quirkier towns – as ever, your Haka Guide has a couple of surprises up their sleeve…

We pull into Wellington in the afternoon, with just enough time for film buffs make a trip to Weta Workshop, where the special effects of Lord of the Rings and Avatar were produced.

New Zealand’s capital is famous for its bars and eateries, and is a paradise for lovers of craft beer – you’ll be spoilt for choice tonight!

DAY 8 – WELLINGTON

Your tour ends after breakfast on Day 8.

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 tū atu, hoki tū mai.


North Island Adventure Tour - Wellington to Auckland (7 Day)

Group Tour

7 Days / 7 Nights, Wellington – Auckland

Product Code: PSAENA
Priced Per: Person
Ages: 18-80 Years

Experience the very best of the North Island with Haka. Our 7 day North Island tour combines mind-blowing scenery and fascinating Maori culture with adventure.

You will see it all in the ultimate week-long North Island holiday; volcanoes, beautiful beaches, glow-worm caves, Lord of the Rings locations, bubbling mud pools and rich forests whilst learning about our proud Maori culture.

Tour Inclusions

  • Check out the views from Matairangi/Mount Victoria, Wellington
  • Fall in love with Wellington’s cafe and craft beer culture
  • Discover what makes Huka Falls the most visited natural attraction in NZ
  • Experience a Maori cultural performance
  • Learn a haka and poi performancelearn to weave flax 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
  • Stunning walk to the spectacular arched cavern of Coromandel’s Cathedral Cove
  • Walk up Maungawhau/Mt Eden for stunning 360 degree views of all of Auckland
  • Plus many surprise stops along the way

PLEASE NOTE – THERE IS 1 NIGHT ON THIS TOUR WHERE PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION UPGRADES ARE NOT AVAILABLE DUE TO LIMITED AVAILABILITY. THIS IS DAY 3 IN MURUPARA. IN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES ARRANGEMENTS MAY BE POSSIBLE – PLEASE CONTACT AGENTS@HAKATOURS.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION

DAY 1 – WELLINGTON 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 Taupō 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 Taupō tomorrow, feel free to relax at the hostel or go out to experience some of the town’s best nightlife!

DAY 2 – TAUPŌ

Lake Taupō 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 Māori 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 3 – TAUPŌ TO MURUPARA

After our morning in Taupō we head to Kohutapu Lodge in Murupara – a living Māori village – where 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 hāngi 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 4 – 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 5 – 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 6 – 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 7 – 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 ‘City 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 8 – AUCKLAND

Your tour ends after breakfast on Day 8.

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 tū atu, hoki tū mai.


Legendary NZ Tour (21 Day)

Group Tour

21 Days / 21 Nights, Auckland

Product Code: PLTUXR
Priced Per: Person
Ages: 18-80 Years

Get ready for three weeks of Aotearoa (New Zealand) awesomeness. Soak up the beauty of our stunning landscapes, experience Maori culture, and let Queenstown take your breath away. This tour has it all.

We’re often asked what’s the difference between the North and South Islands of New Zealand – well, here’s your chance to find out! We’ll visit all the highlights: secluded beaches, glacier-fed lakes, Maori villages, mountainous ranges, lush rainforests and more adventure activities than you can imagine! The North Island is filled with surprising contrasts: from the idyllic Coromandel where you can soak in a hot pool dug in the sand, venture through a geothermal wonderland of geysers, take a side-trip to Middle Earth-esque countryside, have underground adventures in caves lit by glow worms, and admire lush rainforests and even a volcanic desert – you’ll be amazed by it all. But wait! There’s still the South Island to explore! Sailing between islands, you’ll get a grand entrance into this magnificent part of the world where you’ll get to enjoy marine wildlife, an epic adventure playground, visit the home of bungy, traverse mighty mountain passes, explore glacier country and then forge golden memories in the Abel Tasman area. This small-group guided tour of the North and South Island will visit Coromandel, Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington, Kaikoura, Wanaka, Queenstown, Tekapo (an International Dark Sky Reserve), Abel Tasman National Park, Punakaiki and Franz Josef Glacier, with the option to visit Hobbiton, Waitomo, The Tongariro Crossing and Milford Sound along the way. As with all our tours, we do include a few ‘must-do’ events, ranging from a Maori cultural night to learning to paddle a waka (Maori war canoe), and even a greenstone carving experience. You’ll see a massive range of optional activities available to add, from bungy jumping and dolphin swimming to jet boating and scenic flights. None of these are compulsory; just add the ones you want. Accommodation is included on the last night of your tour, but we can also book a few extra nights for you if you would like to extend your stay.

WHAT’S INCLUDED ON THIS TOUR

  • Stunning walk to the spectacular arched cavern of Coromandel’s Cathedral Cove
  • Learn a haka and learn to weave flax 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
  • See kiwi birds up close and personal
  • Eat a 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 quake
  • Visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, nestled by the shores of Lake Tekapo
  • Unparalleled stargazing opportunities in Tekapo’s Dark Sky Reserve
  • 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
  • Visit the famous Pancake Rocks of Punakaiki
  • Two nights and a full day to play in the coastal paradise of Abel Tasman National Park
  • Learn to paddle a waka (Maori war canoe) along the Abel Tasman coastline
  • Plus many surprise stops along the way

ALL HAKA 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!

DAY 1 – AUCKLAND TO COROMANDEL

Leaving the big smoke behind, we head to the Coromandel Peninsula, a veritable paradise of beautiful beaches and misty rainforests. The drive here is epic – 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 the famous Hot Water Beach – thousands visit each year to dig their own personal hot tub. If the tide times allow, we’ll definitely grab our buckets and spades and get busy! We arrive in Whitianga with plenty of time for your guide to show you around.

DAY 2 – COROMANDEL TO ROTORUA

This morning walk along the cliffs and down to Cathedral Cove (which you might recognize from the Chronicles of Narnia). With perfect beaches and massive rock arches and columns, it’s one of the most popular spots in the Coromandel. Later this afternoon we head towards Rotorua (or Rotovegas as it is locally known). En route, we’ll visit Matamata – best known for being the home of Hobbiton. For Lord of the Rings fans, a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set is an absolute must-do. On a fully guided tour of the 12 acre Middle-earth set you will see Hobbit Holes, the Mill, and even enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn! If hobbits aren’t your thing there are plenty of scenic short walks to enjoy Matamata’s lush green rolling hills.

DAY 3 –*ROTORUA*

Today is a free day to explore Rotorua and its surrounding area. Talk to your guide for the best free things to see and do in the neighbourhood (Kuirau Park’s steaming and hissing mud pools are a great option). There are also a number of optional activities you can choose from: If adrenaline is your thing, the highest commercial waterfall drop in the world, on the Kaituna River, is begging to be conquered on an exhilarating rafting trip. Perhaps you’d like to try thundering down grassy hills in a giant air-cushioned inflatable ball (aka ZORB)? A day trip to Waitomo is another option today. Famous for its glowworms there are a number of ways to experience these twinking creatures up close. Discover the magic of both the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, as well as the enchanting Ruakuri Cave on a ‘2 cave combo’ walking/boat tour.

DAY 4 – ROTORUA TO MURUPARA

This morning we visit Te Puia Maori Village. Here you’ll learn more about Maori history and culture, come face to face with the Pohutu Geyser, see jumping mud pools and get up close and personal with kiwi birds. Later this afternoon we head to Kohutapu Lodge in Murupara – a living Maori village – where you will experience 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 hangi 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.

DAY 5 – MURUPARA TO TAUPO

It’s only a short drive to our next destination, Taupo, and there’s plenty to discover along the way. From mesmerising mud pools to the thundering rapids of the Huka Falls and Aratiatia Dam, your trusty Haka Guide will make sure you don’t miss a thing. Taupo is a beautiful lakeside town with a stunning mountain backdrop. Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest lake – believe it or not, it’s roughly the same size as Singapore! This place is all about the thrills and spills, and there are plenty of options in store this afternoon. Get your hair wet with a water touch bungy jump, take an unforgettable skydive or a sunset lake cruise for amazing lake and mountain views.

DAY 6 – TAUPO

A full day in Taupo… are you in the mood for peaceful lakeside tranquillity or unlimited adrenaline and adventure? Either way, Taupo’s got you covered. For many, the ultimate adventure on offer here is the hiking (or tramping, as we Kiwis know it). The Tongariro Crossing is among the top 10 full-day walks in the world. This 19.4-kilometre mountain trek boasts emerald green lakes, venting steam, lava flows and craters. You’ll come back grinning from ear to ear before falling into bed and sleeping like a baby. If you’d prefer to relax, jump on a boat for a sailing trip to view Maori rock carvings. Or head to Spa Park and soak until your fingers are wrinkly. However you choose to spend today we guarantee you won’t forget it.

DAY 7 – TAUPO TO WELLINGTON

It’s a big drive from Taupo to Wellington, but there’s some unmissable scenery on offer. Lord of the Rings junkies, you’re in for a treat! Our journey takes us through Tongariro National Park via the Rangipo Desert (bet you didn’t know New Zealand had one of those!). Some of your favourite Lord of the Rings battle scenes were filmed right here. You may know Mount Ngauruhoe as Mount Doom, so be sure to snap a Mordor selfie! We pass through two of the North Island’s quirkier towns – as ever, your Haka Guide has a couple of surprises up their sleeve… We pull into Wellington in the afternoon, with just enough time for film buffs make a trip to Weta Workshop, where the special effects of Lord of the Rings and Avatar were produced.

DAY 8 – WELLINGTON TO KAIKOURA

Packed with quirky cafes and beautiful street art, and famous for its wind, Wellington will blow you away in more ways than one! Your guide will introduce you to some of our favourite spots this morning. If there wasn’t a chance yesterday we’ll take a trip up Mount Victoria for the best views in town. Later on we say farewell to the North Island with a scenic ferry journey across 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. Our next destination, Kaikoura 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.

DAY 9 – KAIKOURA TO CHRISTCHURCH

The chance to swim with dolphins in the wild is a massive New Zealand highlight for many travellers, and Kaikoura 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.

DAY 10 – 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.

DAY 11 – 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.

DAY 12 – 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. 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 “8th Wonder of the World”. 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 13 – QUEENSTOWN TO WANAKA

One last morning in Queenstown to work on that bucket list. What will it be today – a canyoning experience, Lord of the Rings 4×4 safari, or a jet boat ride along the Shotover River? There are so many options. You decide. After the excitement of Queenstown, the afternoon 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 relax.

DAY 14 – WANAKA TO FRANZ JOSEF

This morning is about exploring Wanaka. How, exactly, is up to you! Optional activities include an aerobatic plane flight, skydiving, a bike tour along Wanaka’s lakeside, or a lake cruise and nature walk on Mou Waho Island. If none of those appeal, there are lots of scenic short walks in the area – including a visit to #thatwanakatree. Talk to your guide for the best options. The journey to Franz is another stunner – many of our Haka Guides rate it as their favourite drive in New Zealand. Your guide will have some epic surprise photo stops and short walks along the way. 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 15 – 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 Maori) is the name given to 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.

DAY 16 – FRANZ JOSEF TO PUNAKAIKI

Driving along the incredible coastal road and exploring the lush forests around Punakaiki, it almost feels like you’ve stepped back in time. It’s a rare treat to experience such remote prehistoric landscapes, so make the most of this awesome opportunity to unplug from the outside world. Get excited; our trusty guides always have some surprises up their sleeves for this part of the trip, including a spot or two to get your feet wet. We’ll visit one of the famous artisan greenstone factories in Hokitika as we make our way north, as well as passing through some old gold mining towns before arriving in Punakaiki. One of Punakaiki’s many natural wonders is the subtropical rainforest – and we are staying in the heart of it for the next two nights! Cook up a group dinner (not included) in this rainforest paradise, and be sure to end the day watching the sun set over the ocean tonight.

DAY 17 – PUNAKAIKI

Whether you decide to soak up the sun on the unspoilt beaches or stroll through the rainforest to a chorus of birdsong, you’ll shed your cares in this magical place. A short walk to see a giant stack of pancakes is a must-do: Punakaiki’s limestone Pancake Rocks developed over 30 million years ago. You’ll see what water pressure can do when the waves power through some seriously impressive blowholes – watch out for that spray! Today you could try your hand at surfing or exploring the region’s underground caves by tube. Or simply chill by the beach near your rainforest home.

DAY 18 – PUNAKAIKI TO ABEL TASMAN

Cruising up north from Punakaiki, the scenery gets better and better. The powerful, untouched coastline gives way to rivers and gorges before we drive over the hills and down towards the bayside town of Nelson, to stock up on supplies before our next remote hideaway. Marahau, the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park, boasts golden beaches, tranquil lagoons and crystal clear waters. Abel Tasman is the perfect contrast to the wildness of the rainforests and mountains. Why will you fall in love with Abel Tasman? Lush forests, sandy beaches, sheltered bays, and jaw-dropping views… not to mention the resident wildlife. Get ready to lose your heart to the most popular National Park in New Zealand.

DAY 19 – ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK

Abel Tasman… you beauty. Lush forests, golden sandy beaches, sheltered bays, and jaw-dropping views… not to mention the local seals, dolphins and bird life.. You might like to hike part of the Abel Tasman Coast Track – one of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks – or paddle a kayak to Split Apple Rock. You could jump, slide, abseil, float and zipline your way through the park on an awesome canyoning adventure. Fancy a relaxing day instead? Choose yourself a golden beach and make yourself at home.

DAY 20 – ABEL TASMAN TO WELLINGTON

Today is the last day of your tour! You’ll start things off by learning to paddle a traditional waka (Maori war canoe). Experience a karakia (blessing for protection), and learn tikanga (waka etiquette) all while getting out on the water to enjoy this unique included activity. Our road trip continues along the northern edge of the South Island this afternoon. We’ll make a quick stop at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve (a film location for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) and make our way through Havelock as we wind our way towards Picton to catch the afternoon ferry to Wellington. As the lights of Picton Harbour fade into the night, relax on board together for a chilled evening. The tour officially finishes at 8pm today in Wellington, but your accommodation tonight is included.

DAY 21 – WELLINGTON (OR OPTIONAL TRANSFER TO AUCKLAND)

Need to get back to Auckland? Today is an optional transfer day where you can catch a ride on the Haka bus with your tour guide back to Auckland, arriving around 7pm. The cost for this additional service can be found on our website.


Haka Plus Wanderer Tour - Christchurch to Auckland (12 Day)

Group Tour

12 Days, Christchurch – Auckland

Product Code: P1STRE
Priced Per: Person
Ages: 18-80 Years

Get to know some of the most stunning parts of the North Island – and get a peek at some of the perks of the South Island too on this 12-day tour.

Kicking off in Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city, and wrapping up in Christchurch on Day 12, this the experience of a lifetime. From cultural activities to adrenaline-pumping adventures to sights you’ll have to see to believe, Haka Plus Tours are the way to see Aotearoa New Zealand.

AWESOME INCLUSIONS

  • Stay each night in twin-share 3–4 star accommodation: a mix of hotels, motels, and lodges.
  • Feast on 6 continental breakfasts and 2 dinners, including a traditional Maori hangi cooked in an underground oven.
  • Ride one of the most scenic ferry journeys in the world, the Cook Strait Interislander.
  • Taste some of the world’s best sauvignon blanc at a Marlborough wine tasting.
  • Stay in Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Area.
  • Check out the Te Waihou Springs Walkway, often overlooked by tourists.
  • Hike through the forested gorge of Ruakuri – bring your camera for this one.
  • Brave the Redwoods Treewalk, crossing 23 raised suspension bridges.
  • Soak up a sunset cruise in the West Coast surf town of Raglan – the fish and chips are on us!
  • See endangered kiwi birds up close and personal.
  • Watch a Maori cultural performance and check out a geothermal valley of bubbling mud pools including the famous Pohutu Geyser in Rotorua.
  • Walk a stunning coastal track to Cathedral Cove (as seen in the Chronicles of Narnia movies).
  • Plus, many more surprise stops along the way!

ALL HAKA TOURS INCLUDE

  • Passionate and knowledgeable local Kiwi guides
  • Comfortable and air-conditioned bus transport
  • Orientation tour of each and every location
  • Small groups of maximum 11 people

DAY 1: 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 2: CHRISTCHURCH TO KAIKOURA

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. Next it’s time to hit the road. Our destination is Kaikoura 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 Kaikoura 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.

DAY 3: KAIKOURA 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.

DAY 4: WELLINGTON

Soak up the atmosphere of vibrant Wellington. Famous for being a bit on the windy side, be prepared to ditch the hairspray and go with the flow. As always, your guide will introduce you to the city with an orientation tour – including a drive around the bays through central Wellington to the Botanic Gardens and Parliament Buildings. You’ll also get the chance to head up Mount Victoria for some of the best views in town. You will also stop by Weta Workshop, most famous for its creative contribution to all things Lord of the Rings. Take an optional tour to see prop-makers in action and learn about the immersive world of filmmaking. Wellington has a feast of cultural attractions and its crowning glory is Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand. Situated on Wellington’s magnificent waterfront, this internationally acclaimed museum combines leading edge technology with traditional exhibits to tell the stories of New Zealand’s land and people. The museum is free for all. If being outdoors is more your thing, head off to Kapiti Island for an optional nature tour. Here you can see endangered birds up close and learn more about New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna.

DAY 5: WELLINGTON TO NATIONAL PARK

This morning is your last chance to soak up Wellington – hit Cuba Street for brunch or take a quick stroll around the City Gallery, perhaps? Then it’s time to hop on the bus again, for the drive up north to Tongariro National Park. Our drive will take us through all kinds of scenery, from rolling hills to the spectacular peaks of the North Island’s volcanic plateau – Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. If some of the mountains look familiar, it’s for good reason – Mount Ngauruhoe gained international fame as the real life version of Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings. We finish our day nestled in the Tongariro National Park, where we’ll spend the next 2 nights, home to one of the 10 best one-day walks in the world – the Tongariro Crossing.

DAY 6: 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.

DAY 7: NATIONAL PARK TO ROTORUA (VIA TAUPO)

We wave goodbye to National Park as we continue northwards – first stop, Taupo. It’s a beautiful lakeside town with a stunning mountain backdrop. There are options here to get your bungy on, or to skydive! Then, we head onward to Rotorua. It’s a short drive but we’ll take our time, checking out bubbling mud pools and thundering waterfalls en route. One not-to-be-missed highlight is Huka Falls – the most visited natural attraction in New Zealand! With its roaring rapids and turquoise colour, it’s not hard to see why. To make an awesome evening even more incredible, tonight we take on the Redwood Forest Canopy Walk – the ultimate way to get amongst these giants of the forest.

DAY 8:  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 Maori 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.

DAY 9: ROTORUA TO RAGLAN (VIA WAITOMO)

Rotorua is a spectacular whitewater rafting destination, and with expert guidance it can be experienced by first timers and pro-paddlers alike. For the ultimate thrill this morning you can raft the highest commercial waterfall drop in the world – the 7-metre Tutea Falls, on the Kaituna River. If that’s not your cup of tea, spend the morning exploring Rotorua’s many attractions such as the ultra-relaxing Polynesian Spa, or perhaps the naturally-impressive Kuirau Park full of steaming, hissing, and boiling geothermal pools. There are also some fantastic cafes and bakeries in the area. Why not grab a sweet treat for the road – a ginger slice is as Kiwi as it gets! Once we’ve departed Rotorua, we head to Raglan, via Waitomo – famous for its glow worms. There are a number of ways to enjoy these twinkling cave-dwellers up close – here are some of our favourites: For the ultimate adrenaline rush, join an epic 4-hour caving adventure, beginning with a 100-metre abseil into the caverns. Or how about an cave tubing trip? Also known as black water rafting, this awesome activity will see you grabbing your inflatable tube and float along an underground river as glowworms twinkle above. Alternatively, there are fantastic and informative walking tours of the caves where you can learn more about the history, geology and Maori mythology of this unique area of New Zealand. For those who prefer to stay above ground, we highly recommend exploring the tree-studded gorges and limestone arches of the nearby Ruakuri Forest Walk; definitely a favourite amongst the Haka guides. For dinner tonight, once we’ve arrived in Raglan you’ll have a chance to tuck into New Zealand’s unofficial dish – fish and chips (or fush and chups, as it tends to sound in a Kiwi accent). And what better way to enjoy a tasty meal than on a sunset cruise of Raglan Harbour?

DAY 10: RAGLAN TO COROMANDEL

Welcome to the arty surf mecca of Raglan! If you have always wanted to try surfing, or if you’re dying to get back on your board, Raglan is the perfect destination both for beginners and experienced surfers. Its world famous surf breaks are unmissable and your Haka guide will take care of everything you need to get in the water – whether it’s your first or fiftieth time. Not keen on surfing? There’s plenty to enjoy in this laid-back township. With an awesome blend of cafes, bars, surf shops and galleries, the streets here ooze character and creativity. Relax on the beach, or enjoy a variety of bush and coastal scenery on Raglan’s walking trails. As you make the trip across the North Island to the Coromandel Peninsula, your Haka guide has some great sights to show you en route, including the 55-metre high Bridal Veil Falls. The Coromandel Peninsula is a paradise of beautiful beaches and misty rainforests. The drive here takes in plenty of quintessential North Island rolling farmland. It’s also home to famous Hot Water Beach – thousands visit each year to dig their own personal hot tub. If the tide times allow, we’ll grab our buckets and spades and get busy.

DAY 11: COROMANDEL TO AUCKLAND

In beautiful Whitianga, you’ll have plenty of time for your guide to show you around. Sample the sandy beaches, take a surf lesson with the locals, or simply enjoy the vibes. There are all sorts of ways to enjoy the Coromandel, whether you want one last adrenaline kick or some wind-down time on this, the last full day of your tour! Then, we hit the road for the final stretch of our journey together. The drive to Auckland is truly spectacular – the road twists and turns dramatically round the coastline as the skyline of New Zealand’s largest city gradually comes into view.

DAY 12: AUCKLAND POST TOUR DEBRIEF

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