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17 day New Zealand Kaka

Franz Josef

Kaikoura

Queenstown

Rotorua

Wanaka

Wellington

ITINERARY

Day 1: Auckland - Rotorua
  • Highlights: After connecting with your travel companions in Auckland our tour continues to Rotorua, via the lush pastures of the Waikato and fruit basket of the Bay of Plenty. Our first stop is the dramatic Karangahake Gorge for a stroll alongside the Ohinemuri River through native bush to the relics and ruins of this regions gold-mining past.

    We pass through Te Puke, the Kiwifruit capital of the world, where we'll visit a working Kiwifruit orchard before continuing on to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Along the way, at Okawa Bay, we board a 53ft catamaran for a relaxing sail on serene Lake Rotoiti to secluded coves and natural hot pools reached only by boat
  • a memorable end to an awesome day.

    Stay: Hotel Novotel Lakeside
Day 2: Rotorua tours and activities
  • Highlights: We have two nights in Rotorua, so take it easy this morning! Perhaps stroll down to the lakeside, just minutes from your hotel, or enjoy one of Rotorua's many guided tours and attractions. Don’t miss nearby Ohinemutu marae, one of only two living Maori villages left in New Zealand. We'll head to the famous Lake Tarawera for a hosted lunch with our friends David and Karen, you will love them and their stories from their Maori and European histories.

    Stay: Hotel Novotel Lakeside
Day 3: Rotorua - Tongariro National Park
  • Highlights: No Kiwi holiday would be complete without a visit to the surreal, geothermal reserve of Wai-O-Tapu. The bubbling mud pools and incredibly colourful silica terraces are unforgettable. We continue on our adventure to Great Lake Taupo and stroll to view the famous Huka Falls.

    We stop around the lake on our way to Tongariro National Park. You can either relax in your hotel, the Chateau Tongariro, and enjoy the close up views of the mountains
  • Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu or walk to the Taranaki Falls. This is a classic North Island walking trail with gentle terrain, great views and unique native plants.

    Stay: Chateau Tongariro
Day 4: Tongariro National Park - Wellington
  • Highlights: After a relaxed breakfast at the historic Chateau Tongariro we drive up the mountain road to the Top of the Bruce to enjoy panoramic views over the volcanic plateau. We drive around the slopes of Mt Ruapehu before we make our way down the centre of the island to our capital Wellington.

    We stay two nights in Wellington as we reckon you cant miss the coolest little capital in the world. Check out the city sights and head up Mt Victoria for the stunning views over the harbour before getting settled for the night. We’re right in the heart of Wellingtons vibrant hub of museums, theatres, galleries, boutiques and cafes.

    Stay: The Bolton Hotel
Day 5: Wellington
  • Highlights: The day is yours to enjoy, you are at the heart of the action at The Bolton Hotel a short walk to the waterfront and Te Papa National Museum. Wellington is the food lovers capital of New Zealand with a huge selection of cafes and boutique breweries to choose from. Ask your MoaTrek Kiwi guide his favourites.

    Wellington is also the spiritual home of The Lord of Rings where you can visit Weta Workshop and see how all the props are made.

    Stay: The Bolton Hotel
Day 6: Wellington - Cook Strait Crossing - Picton - Blenheim - Nelson
  • Highlights: We cruise on the Interislander ferry across Cook Strait and into beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton to plant our feet firmly on Te Waka a Maui, the South Island. Our first port of call is Forrest Wines for tasting and lunch with a local right in the heart of the world famous Marlborough sauvignon blanc region.

    From wine country we head through the heart of Marlborough toward Nelson, the sunshine capital of New Zealand and gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park. Along the way we cross the Pelorus River bridge, scene of the Barrel Run from the Hobbit movies. In Nelson relax and unpack, this is home for two nights.

    Stay: Trailways Hotel
Day 7: Nelson - Abel Tasman National Park
  • Highlights: Today is a highlight of the tour for many people. Everyone has seen stunning photos of Abel Tasman National Park and now you’re here. Take your pick from a full scenic cruise or a cruise/walk combo to walk a section of the coastal track, one of New Zealands Great Walks.

    The coast is dotted with islands just offshore, sheltered bays, estuaries and golden sand beaches. Lie on the beach, or go for a swim, keeping your eye out for dolphins who often make an appearance. After your magical day out we'll return to Nelson for another night.

    Stay: Trailways Hotel
Day 8: Nelson - Kaikoura
  • Highlights: Heading towards Kaikoura the road hugs the rugged coastline between the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura Ranges and the views are truly spectacular. Your afternoon is free to explore Kaikouras bountiful marine wildlife, a result of the ocean canyon close offshore. One of the many highlights is viewing the seal colony with a backdrop of the Kaikoura mountains and coastline.

    There are many optional excursions including whale watching cruises and flights. For those keen on an easy walk the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway offers a chance to explore the headland and enjoy the Pacific Ocean views with some interesting Maori history along the way.

    Stay: White Morph Inn
Day 9: Kaikoura - Akaunui Homestead - Aoraki / Mt Cook
  • Highlights: Leaving the coast we drive over the Hunderlee Hills to the Canterbury Plains. We stop for a special lunch at Akaunui, a 100-year-old homestead surrounded by large gardens and dine on wonderful fresh produce prepared by your warm hosts Di and Ian Mackenzie. Get a great insight into life on a working sheep and dairy farm.

    After lunch we continue through Burkes Pass to the spectacular Mackenzie Country for sweeping vistas of tussock lands and the Southern Alps. We make plenty of stops en route, we can’t miss the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo and the unreal turquoise blue of glacier fed Lake Pukaki.

    Stay: Mt Cook Village Accommodation
Day 10: Aoraki/Mt Cook - Queenstown
  • Highlights: Always a memorable time on tour, your day in Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain and home ground of the most famous Kiwi of all, Sir Edmund Hillary. Take your pick from exploring the dramatic landscape on one of the many easy walking tracks around the village. Kea Point is our favourite, a gentle undulating track with incredible close up views of the valley and the mountain itself. Alternatively take a boat cruise on a glacier lake, scenic flight or heli-hike on the Tasman glacier!

    After lunch we head over the Lindis Pass and through the rugged Kawarau Gorge onto Queenstown
  • the adventure capital of New Zealand and our home for three nights.

    Stay: Scenic Suites
Day 11: Queenstown - Milford Sound
  • Highlights: Today is all about the one and only Milford Sound. From Queenstown we follow the shores of the great southern lakes Wakatipu and Te Anau before heading into the heart of Fiordland National Park on the spectacular Milford Road.

    On arrival at Milford cruise by launch out onto the sound dominated by iconic Mitre Peak and home to birdlife, seal colonies and pods of dolphins. A magical flight over the Southern Alps returns us to Queenstown at the end of a fantastic day of touring by land, sea and air.

    Stay: Scenic Suites
Day 12: Queenstown Activities and Day Tours
  • Highlights: Today is yours to make the most of the infinite choice of day tours and activities Queenstown has to offer, your Kiwi Guide will be right there to help.

    What do we love in Queenstown? A jet boat ride on the remote and beautiful Dart River in The Lord of the Rings scenery, walking along the lakeshore and the Botanic Gardens or take a thrilling raft ride on the Kawarau River. Other favourites are wine tasting in the celebrated boutique vineyards of Central Otago, golf on one of the best courses in New Zealand, a day walk on the famous Routeburn Track or cruising Lake Wakatipu on the 1912 Steamship, the TSS Earnslaw.

    Stay: Scenic Suites
Day 13: Queenstown - Arrowtown - Wanaka
  • Highlights: Our day starts with a short hop to leafy Arrowtown, where gold mining history comes alive beside the Arrow River. Then we head into tussock country for the climb up the Crown Range and our last views of the beautiful Wakatipu basin. We call into picture perfect Cardrona Hotel, its history dates back to the colonial era, then continue on to Wanaka.

    Our hotel this evening is right on the lake edge. You have plenty of time after lunch to discover this lovely lakeside town for yourself. Bike the waterfront trail, get out on the lake in a kayak or head next door to Rippon Vineyard for wine tasting with a view!

    Stay: Edgewater Resort
Day 14: Wanaka - Haast Pass - Franz Josef Glacier
  • Highlights: Today is a quintessential kiwi day, where else in the world can you visit the seaside, a rainforest and a glacier all in the same day? In New Zealand, no worries! We start off following the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea before reaching the pristine mountain and river scenery of the Mount Aspiring National Park. Then it is up and over the Haast Pass through beech forests, past cascading waterfalls and clear blue pools before following the Haast River out to the sea. There is plenty of time for short walks and photo stops on the way, we are not in any hurry.

    Head north through the lush, prehistoric Gondwanaland forest of the Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area, stopping at Ship Creek to stroll the beach, keep your eye out for dolphins feeding in the shallows. Get your camera ready for Lake Mathesons famous reflections and our first glimpse of Fox Glacier descending from Aoraki/Mt Cook. Our home for the night is Franz Josef.

    Stay: Punga Grove
Day 15: Franz Josef Glacier - Hokitika - Punakaiki
  • Highlights: Your morning is free to discover Glacier Country and Westland, right in the heart of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. Walk to the Franz Josef Glacier Valley lookout or cruise out on Okarito lagoon on an optional kayak or boat trip in search of the Kotuku
  • White Heron.

    We head north through countryside dotted with little lakes and boulder strewn rivers. Hokitika is the Pounamu (greenstone) capital of the country and you will have the chance to visit the carvers as well as glass blowing, wood and copper artisans. We arrive at our home for two nights in Punakaiki, right on the beach in the perfect spot to enjoy your last few sunsets in New Zealand.

    Stay: Punakaiki Resort
Day 16: Punakaiki and Paparoa National Park
  • Highlights: The surrounding Paparoa National Park is very different to any other area on the trip, towering limestone cliffs and karst rock formations with beautiful river valleys draped in subtropical forest.

    You have plenty of time to discover the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. There are also some great optional activities here, our favourite is the Glowworm Caves at Charleston but there are also exceptional walking tracks including the Truman track to an isolated beach and the coastal walkway at Cape Foulwind.

    Stay: Punakaiki Resort
Day 17: Punakaiki - Arthurs Pass - Christchurch
  • Highlights: Wake up to the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach, cross New Zealands main divide, traverse the stunning Canterbury High Country and cross the plains into the Garden City of Christchurch.

    Highlights include the Otira Viaduct, a spectacular cantilevered road through towering mountains to Arthurs Pass National Park one of the best places in the country to see the hilarious antics of our alpine parrot, the Kea. Stretch your legs in the beech forests at Arthurs Pass National Park and again at the massive limestone rocks at Castle Hill before we reach Christchurch in the late afternoon. We'll say our goodbyes with drop offs at Christchurch Airport or your city accommodation.
Fares and Pricing
Guaranteed Departure Dates
Tour code: Brochure Price Our Discount Discounted Price Brochure Price Our Discount Discounted Price
Start: Auckland Finish: Christchurch Share Twin (NZD) Single (NZD)
14 Oct 2019 30 Oct 2019 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
28 Oct 2019 13 Nov 2019 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
04 Nov 2019 20 Nov 2019 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
11 Nov 2019 27 Nov 2019 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
18 Nov 2019 04 Dec 2019 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
25 Nov 2019 11 Dec 2019 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
16 Dec 2019 01 Jan 2020 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
23 Dec 2019 08 Jan 2020 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
06 Jan 2020 22 Jan 2020 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
09 Jan 2020 25 Jan 2020 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
16 Jan 2020 01 Feb 2020 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
23 Jan 2020 08 Feb 2020 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
30 Jan 2020 15 Feb 2020 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
06 Feb 2020 22 Feb 2020 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
13 Feb 2020 29 Feb 2020 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
17 Feb 2020 04 Mar 2020 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
20 Feb 2020 07 Mar 2020 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
27 Feb 2020 14 Mar 2020 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
02 Mar 2020 18 Mar 2020 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
05 Mar 2020 21 Mar 2020 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
16 Mar 2020 01 Apr 2020 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
23 Mar 2020 08 Apr 2020 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
30 Mar 2020 15 Apr 2020 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
06 Apr 2020 22 Apr 2020 $9390 $50 $9340 $11690 $50 $11640 Enquire
Prices valid from 01 Oct 2018 to 30 Apr 2020 and are priced per person in NZ$


Terms and conditions for Moa Trek Tours
Includes:
  • Enjoy comfortable transport in air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Know that you are in safe hands with your experienced MoaTrek Kiwi guide
  • Enjoy beautifully appointed accommodation with scenic outlooks and great facilities
  • 1 Scenic flight
  • Milford Sound to Queenstown
  • 4 Cruises
  • Lake Rotoiti; Interislander Cook Strait & Queen Charlotte Sound; Abel Tasman National Park; Milford Sound
  • All breakfasts
  • A selection of special lunches (L)
  • Lake Tarawera, Rotorua; Vineyard lunch, Marlborough; Akaunui Farm homestead, Canterbury
  • A picnic lunch for your day walking in Abel Tasman National Park

  • Visit a working Kiwifruit orchard, meet the growers and taste the fruit fresh off the vine
  • Experience the thrill of a scenic boat
  • cruise across Lake Rotoiti on the luxury 16 metre yacht ‘Tuia'
  • Meet the locals and learn about their Maori and European ancestors at Lake Tarawera
  • Explore an ancient geothermal wonderland at Wai
  • O
  • Tapu
  • Enjoy a breathtaking three hour scenic cruise on the Interislander ferry across the Cook Strait, up the Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton
  • Taste wines in Marlborough, a premier wine
  • growing region in the South Island
  • Take a cruise to the golden sands of the Abel Tasman National Park
  • Meet a South Island farming family on a working sheep and beef farm and enjoy their warm hospitality
  • Explore the world
  • famous Milford Sound on a 2.5 hour nature and wildlife cruise
  • Take flight high above the majestic Southern Alps as we fly from Milford Sound to Queenstown on a fabulous scenic flight
  • Travel the dramatic highway through the Karangahake Gorge
  • Discover Rotorua’s impressive lakes; Rotoiti and Tarawera
  • Enjoy all the highlights of Rotorua, its cultural and geothermal activities
  • See the powerful Huka Falls and the Wairakei geothermal power station
  • See three of New Zealand’s active volcanoes with views across Lake Taupo
  • Explore the sights of Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city
  • Stand on the edge of paradise with a visit to Lake Tekapo and the snow
  • capped, glacier filled Aoraki/Mt Cook region
  • See landscapes change before your eyes as we drive over the Lindis Pass and Kawarau Gorge
  • Explore untouched remote wilderness in Fiordland, Mt Aspiring, Tai Poutini Westland and Arthur’s Pass National Parks
  • Learn about the history of gold
  • mining in leafy Arrowtown
  • Take in sights of the three Great Southern Lakes
  • Wakatipu, Wanaka and Hawea
  • Stroll in Haast Pass’ where the natural wonders of this secluded area of New Zealand will delight
  • View Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier, two of the most easily accessible glaciers in the world
  • Watch as the Tasman Sea meets the Punakaiki Pancake rocks, walk in the rain forests
  • Drive Otira Gorge highway to Arthur’s Pass, where you will be treated to a nature showcase by the cheeky kea birds that have made the towering mountains their home

Includes:
  • Enjoy comfortable transport in air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Know that you are in safe hands with your experienced MoaTrek Kiwi guide
  • Enjoy beautifully appointed accommodation with scenic outlooks and great facilities
  • 1 Scenic flight
  • Milford Sound to Queenstown
  • 4 Cruises
  • Lake Rotoiti; Interislander Cook Strait & Queen Charlotte Sound; Abel Tasman National Park; Milford Sound
  • All breakfasts
  • A selection of special lunches (L)
  • Lake Tarawera, Rotorua; Vineyard lunch, Marlborough; Akaunui Farm homestead, Canterbury
  • A picnic lunch for your day walking in Abel Tasman National Park

  • Visit a working Kiwifruit orchard, meet the growers and taste the fruit fresh off the vine
  • Experience the thrill of a scenic boat
  • cruise across Lake Rotoiti on the luxury 16 metre yacht ‘Tuia'
  • Meet the locals and learn about their Maori and European ancestors at Lake Tarawera
  • Explore an ancient geothermal wonderland at Wai
  • O
  • Tapu
  • Enjoy a breathtaking three hour scenic cruise on the Interislander ferry across the Cook Strait, up the Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton
  • Taste wines in Marlborough, a premier wine
  • growing region in the South Island
  • Take a cruise to the golden sands of the Abel Tasman National Park
  • Meet a South Island farming family on a working sheep and beef farm and enjoy their warm hospitality
  • Explore the world
  • famous Milford Sound on a 2.5 hour nature and wildlife cruise
  • Take flight high above the majestic Southern Alps as we fly from Milford Sound to Queenstown on a fabulous scenic flight
  • Travel the dramatic highway through the Karangahake Gorge
  • Discover Rotorua’s impressive lakes; Rotoiti and Tarawera
  • Enjoy all the highlights of Rotorua, its cultural and geothermal activities
  • See the powerful Huka Falls and the Wairakei geothermal power station
  • See three of New Zealand’s active volcanoes with views across Lake Taupo
  • Explore the sights of Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city
  • Stand on the edge of paradise with a visit to Lake Tekapo and the snow
  • capped, glacier filled Aoraki/Mt Cook region
  • See landscapes change before your eyes as we drive over the Lindis Pass and Kawarau Gorge
  • Explore untouched remote wilderness in Fiordland, Mt Aspiring, Tai Poutini Westland and Arthur’s Pass National Parks
  • Learn about the history of gold
  • mining in leafy Arrowtown
  • Take in sights of the three Great Southern Lakes
  • Wakatipu, Wanaka and Hawea
  • Stroll in Haast Pass’ where the natural wonders of this secluded area of New Zealand will delight
  • View Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier, two of the most easily accessible glaciers in the world
  • Watch as the Tasman Sea meets the Punakaiki Pancake rocks, walk in the rain forests
  • Drive Otira Gorge highway to Arthur’s Pass, where you will be treated to a nature showcase by the cheeky kea birds that have made the towering mountains their home

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