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21 Day New Zealand Kakapo

Auckland

Kaikoura

Queenstown

Rotorua

Wanaka

Wellington

ITINERARY

Day 1: Auckland - Northland - Hokianga Harbour
  • Highlights: After meeting everybody in Auckland your New Zealand adventure begins with a real locals treat, Muriwai Beach on the West Coast, a Kiwi favourite. Follow your guide for a short stroll along the headland for stunning views of the Tasman Sea and gannet colony on the nearby clifftops.

    From Muriwai we head for Northland, the birthplace of the nation. Skirting the Kaipara Harbour we continue to the excellent Matakohe Kauri Museum to learn the history and significance of the mighty kauri tree. In the ancient Waipoua Kauri forest we meet our friends from Ngapuhi, the northernmost Maori tribe. Ngapuhi are the guardians of the Hokianga harbour where Kupe, the great navigator became the first person to set foot on Aotearoa. We are welcomed with a special Karakia from our hosts and then walk to the magnificent kauri tree Tane Mahuta. We relax over a drink in our beachside accommodation with new friends.

    Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga
Day 2: Hokianga Harbour - Bay of Islands
  • Highlights: Our day starts with a harbour cruise with another of our Ngapuhi friends, Pete (a real hard case!). He will tell you why all Kiwis have heard of Opononi and take us on our first foray off the beaten track, across the harbour for a walk along the deserted beach and for the adventurous, the chance to try sandboarding!

    Northland is one of the narrowest spots in the North Island which makes for an easy day from the Hokianga to the Bay of Islands on the other side. We not in a rush, there is time for plenty of stops along the way like Rainbow and Haruru Falls and the famous Stone Store in Kerikeri, New Zealands oldest stone building. We are now in the beautiful Bay of Islands, where we continue onto our home for the next two nights. Our hotel is next to the Waitangi Treaty House where we take a guided tour. You are standing on the spot where in 1840 Maori chiefs and Queen Victorias representatives signed the treaty which gave birth to the nation.

    Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort
Day 3: Bay of Islands
  • Highlights: Getting out on the pristine waters of the Bay of Islands is an absolute must! Take a relaxed cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. You will see why we loved coming on holiday here so much as kids and how two nights here is the perfect start to your tour.

    Your fun on the water finishes at Russell (Kororareka), the very first capital of New Zealand, a small town with a rollicking 19th century past. It has come a long way since it was a favourite haunt of whalers and sealers, with no police or laws you can imagine what went on! Visit the colonial buildings, walk the waterfront or climb Flagstaff Hill for spectacular views before the short ferry ride back to Paihia.

    Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort
Day 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland
  • Highlights: Today is another chance to get off the beaten track, one of the real advantages of travelling in a small group. Our first port of call are the Kawiti Glowworm Caves. The caves are named after the famous Maori chief of the area Kawiti and still belong to his family. His great grandson Te Tawai Kawiti showed the first visitors through the caves in the 1950s.

    Glowworms are something most Kiwis grew up with but are surprised to learn that they’re extremely rare in other countries. The ancient limestone caves are home to millions of twinkling glowworms including the famous Milky Way cavern that you will learn all about from your friendly guide. This afternoon we head back to Auckland.

    Stay: Auckland Grand Mercure
Day 5: Auckland - Rotorua
  • Highlights: From 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.

    Near Te Puke, the Kiwifruit capital of the world, we will visit a working Kiwifruit orchard before continuing on to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Along the way, at Okawa Bay, we board Tiua, a 53ft catamaran for our own private sail on serene Lake Rotoiti to secluded coves and natural hot pools reached only by boat, a memorable end to an awesome day.

    Stay: Novotel Lakeside
Day 6: 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 Rotoruas many guided tours and attractions. Dont 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: Novotel Lakeside
Day 7: 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 will 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 8: 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 can’t miss the coolest little capital in the world. We’ll check out the city's sights and head up Mt Victoria for the stunning views over the harbour before getting settled for the night. We are right in the heart of Wellingtons vibrant hub of museums, theatres, galleries, boutiques and cafes.

    Stay: The Bolton Hotel
Day 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 are 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 12: 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 13: 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 will make plenty of stops en route, we cant 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 14: Aoraki/Mt Cook - Queenstown
  • Highlights: Always a memorable time on tour, your day in Mount Cook, New Zealands 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 15: 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 16: 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.

    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 New Zealands best courses, a day walk on the famous Routeburn Track or cruising Lake Wakatipu on the 1912 Steamship, the TSS Earnslaw.

    Stay: Scenic Suites
Day 17: 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 18: 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 in no 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 19: 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 take a guided wildlife cruise out on Okarito lagoon 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 20: 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 will 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 21: 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 Arthur’s 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)
07 Nov 2019 27 Nov 2019 $11790 $590 $11200 $14890 $590 $14300 Enquire
14 Nov 2019 04 Dec 2019 $11790 $1179 $10611 $14890 $1179 $13711 Enquire
12 Dec 2019 01 Jan 2020 $11790 $1179 $10611 $14890 $1179 $13711 Enquire
05 Jan 2020 25 Jan 2020 $11790 $590 $11200 $14890 $590 $14300 Enquire
12 Jan 2020 01 Feb 2020 $11790 $590 $11200 $14890 $590 $14300 Enquire
19 Jan 2020 08 Feb 2020 $11790 $590 $11200 $14890 $590 $14300 Enquire
26 Jan 2020 15 Feb 2020 $11790 $590 $11200 $14890 $590 $14300 Enquire
02 Feb 2020 22 Feb 2020 $11790 $590 $11200 $14890 $590 $14300 Enquire
09 Feb 2020 29 Feb 2020 $11790 $590 $11200 $14890 $590 $14300 Enquire
16 Feb 2020 07 Mar 2020 $11790 $590 $11200 $14890 $590 $14300 Enquire
23 Feb 2020 14 Mar 2020 $11790 $590 $11200 $14890 $590 $14300 Enquire
01 Mar 2020 21 Mar 2020 $11790 $590 $11200 $14890 $590 $14300 Enquire
12 Mar 2020 01 Apr 2020 $11790 $590 $11200 $14890 $590 $14300 Enquire
19 Mar 2020 08 Apr 2020 $11790 $590 $11200 $14890 $590 $14300 Enquire
26 Mar 2020 15 Apr 2020 $11790 $590 $11200 $14890 $590 $14300 Enquire
Prices valid from 01 Oct 2019 to 30 Apr 2020 and are priced per person in NZ$


Terms and conditions for Moa Trek Tours
Includes:
  • All travel in comfortable, air conditioned coaches (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Your MoaTrek Kiwi Guide is at your service every day of your tour
  • Relax in quality accommodation handpicked for the best views and location, porterage included
  • 1 Scenic flight
  • Milford Sound to Queenstown
  • 6 Cruises
  • Hokianga Harbour; Hole in the Rock and Cape Brett, Bay of Islands; Lake Rotoiti; Interislander Cook Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound; Abel Tasman National Park; Milford Sound
  • All breakfasts are included (B)
  • A selection of special lunches (L)
  • Lake Tarawera, Rotorua; Vineyard lunch, Marlborough; Akaunui Farm homestead, Canterbury
  • A picnic lunch for your day in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Learn about the history of Northland and the mighty Kauri tree at the Kauri Museum, Matakohe
  • Enjoy a spiritual journey with Maori guides to Tane Mahuta, the ancient Lord of the Forest
  • Cruise across the glistening waters of Hokianga Harbour and sand boarding
  • Explore Kerikeri historic Stone Store
  • Learn about the history of New Zealand at the Waitangi Treaty House
  • Enjoy a dolphin cruise out to the famous Hole in the Rock and Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands
  • See thousands of twinkling glowworms on a guided tour through Kawiti Caves
  • Visit a working Kiwifruit orchard, meet the growers and taste the fruit fresh off the vine
  • Cruise across Lake Rotoiti on the luxury yacht Tuia before soaking in mineral hot pools on the edge of the lake
  • Meet the locals and learn about their Maori and European ancestors at Lake Tarawera
  • Wander New Zealand's most colourful geothermal park at Wai O Tapu
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise across the Cook Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound on
  • board the Interislander ferry
  • Taste a selection of wines in Marlborough, New Zealands premier wine growing region
  • 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
  • Experience the pristine landscapes of Milford Sound with a 1.45 hour nature and wildlife cruise
  • Soar high above the Southern Alps from Milford Sound to Queenstown on a scenic flight
  • Explore Russell, the first capital of New Zealand
  • Travel the dramatic highway through the Karangahake Gorge
  • Discover the bush fringed lakes of Rotoruas Lake Rotoiti and Lake Tarawera
  • Experience the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua
  • Visit the thundering Huka Falls and Wairakei geothermal power station
  • Take in the expansive views of three active volcanoes from Lake Taupo
  • njoy the wilderness of the Tongariro National Park in the central North Island
  • Explore New Zealands creative capital, Wellington
  • Take a memorable photograph of the Church of the Good Shepard on the shores of the turquoise hued Lake Tekapo
  • See New Zealands highest mountain in the Aoraki/Mt Cook region
  • Drive through the diverse beauty of the Lindis Pass and Kawarau Gorge
  • Experience pure New Zealand at its finest with a visit to Fiordland, Mt Aspiring, Tai Poutini Westland and Arthurs Pass National Parks
  • Learn about Arrowtowns place in New Zealands gold mining history
  • Explore the shores of the Great Southern Lakes of Wakatipu, Wanaka and Hawea
  • Take a walk through thick beech mountain forests in Haast Pass
  • Get up close and personal with the breath taking Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier
  • Walk through native New Zealand rainforests and experience the powerful blow holes at the Punakaiki Pancake rocks
  • Drive the dramatic Otira Gorge highway to Arthurs Pass and say hello to New Zealands cheeky mountain parrot, the Kea
Includes:
  • All travel in comfortable, air conditioned coaches (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Your MoaTrek Kiwi Guide is at your service every day of your tour
  • Relax in quality accommodation handpicked for the best views and location, porterage included
  • 1 Scenic flight
  • Milford Sound to Queenstown
  • 6 Cruises
  • Hokianga Harbour; Hole in the Rock and Cape Brett, Bay of Islands; Lake Rotoiti; Interislander Cook Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound; Abel Tasman National Park; Milford Sound
  • All breakfasts are included (B)
  • A selection of special lunches (L)
  • Lake Tarawera, Rotorua; Vineyard lunch, Marlborough; Akaunui Farm homestead, Canterbury
  • A picnic lunch for your day in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Learn about the history of Northland and the mighty Kauri tree at the Kauri Museum, Matakohe
  • Enjoy a spiritual journey with Maori guides to Tane Mahuta, the ancient Lord of the Forest
  • Cruise across the glistening waters of Hokianga Harbour and sand boarding
  • Explore Kerikeri historic Stone Store
  • Learn about the history of New Zealand at the Waitangi Treaty House
  • Enjoy a dolphin cruise out to the famous Hole in the Rock and Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands
  • See thousands of twinkling glowworms on a guided tour through Kawiti Caves
  • Visit a working Kiwifruit orchard, meet the growers and taste the fruit fresh off the vine
  • Cruise across Lake Rotoiti on the luxury yacht Tuia before soaking in mineral hot pools on the edge of the lake
  • Meet the locals and learn about their Maori and European ancestors at Lake Tarawera
  • Wander New Zealand's most colourful geothermal park at Wai O Tapu
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise across the Cook Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound on
  • board the Interislander ferry
  • Taste a selection of wines in Marlborough, New Zealands premier wine growing region
  • 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
  • Experience the pristine landscapes of Milford Sound with a 1.45 hour nature and wildlife cruise
  • Soar high above the Southern Alps from Milford Sound to Queenstown on a scenic flight
  • Explore Russell, the first capital of New Zealand
  • Travel the dramatic highway through the Karangahake Gorge
  • Discover the bush fringed lakes of Rotoruas Lake Rotoiti and Lake Tarawera
  • Experience the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua
  • Visit the thundering Huka Falls and Wairakei geothermal power station
  • Take in the expansive views of three active volcanoes from Lake Taupo
  • njoy the wilderness of the Tongariro National Park in the central North Island
  • Explore New Zealands creative capital, Wellington
  • Take a memorable photograph of the Church of the Good Shepard on the shores of the turquoise hued Lake Tekapo
  • See New Zealands highest mountain in the Aoraki/Mt Cook region
  • Drive through the diverse beauty of the Lindis Pass and Kawarau Gorge
  • Experience pure New Zealand at its finest with a visit to Fiordland, Mt Aspiring, Tai Poutini Westland and Arthurs Pass National Parks
  • Learn about Arrowtowns place in New Zealands gold mining history
  • Explore the shores of the Great Southern Lakes of Wakatipu, Wanaka and Hawea
  • Take a walk through thick beech mountain forests in Haast Pass
  • Get up close and personal with the breath taking Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier
  • Walk through native New Zealand rainforests and experience the powerful blow holes at the Punakaiki Pancake rocks
  • Drive the dramatic Otira Gorge highway to Arthurs Pass and say hello to New Zealands cheeky mountain parrot, the Kea