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12 Day New Zealand Kiwi

Auckland

Kaikoura

Queenstown

Rotorua

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 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 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: 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 Rotoruas many guided tours and attractions. Dont miss nearby Ohinemutu marae, one of only two living Maori villages left in New Zealand. We 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 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. We check out the citys 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 Wellington' 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, 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: The 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 cant miss the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo and the unreal turquoise blue of glacier fed Lake Pukaki.

    Stay: The Hermitage Hotel
Day 10: 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 two 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. 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.

    After your activity fly out in the evening or do what many of our travellers do and extend your stay a day or two in Queenstown.
Fares and Pricing
Guaranteed Departure Dates
Tour code: Brochure Price Our Discount Discounted Price Brochure Price Our Discount Discounted Price
Start: Auckland Finish: Queenstown Share Twin (NZD) Single (NZD)
28 Oct 2019 08 Nov 2019 $7490 $374 $7116 $9390 $374 $9016 Enquire
11 Nov 2019 22 Nov 2019 $7490 $374 $7116 $9390 $374 $9016 Enquire
18 Nov 2019 29 Nov 2019 $7490 $749 $6741 $9390 $749 $8641 Enquire
25 Nov 2019 06 Dec 2019 $7490 $749 $6741 $9390 $749 $8641 Enquire
16 Dec 2019 27 Dec 2019 $7490 $749 $6741 $9390 $749 $8641 Enquire
23 Dec 2019 03 Jan 2020 $7490 $749 $6741 $9390 $749 $8641 Enquire
06 Jan 2020 17 Jan 2020 $7490 $374 $7116 $9390 $374 $9016 Enquire
09 Jan 2020 20 Jan 2020 $7490 $374 $7116 $9390 $374 $9016 Enquire
16 Jan 2020 27 Jan 2020 $7490 $374 $7116 $9390 $374 $9016 Enquire
23 Jan 2020 03 Feb 2020 $7490 $374 $7116 $9390 $374 $9016 Enquire
30 Jan 2020 10 Feb 2020 $7490 $374 $7116 $9390 $374 $9016 Enquire
06 Feb 2020 17 Feb 2020 $7490 $374 $7116 $9390 $374 $9016 Enquire
13 Feb 2020 24 Feb 2020 $7490 $374 $7116 $9390 $374 $9016 Enquire
17 Feb 2020 28 Feb 2020 $7490 $374 $7116 $9390 $374 $9016 Enquire
20 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 $7490 $374 $7116 $9390 $374 $9016 Enquire
27 Feb 2020 09 Mar 2020 $7490 $374 $7116 $9390 $374 $9016 Enquire
02 Mar 2020 13 Mar 2020 $7490 $374 $7116 $9390 $374 $9016 Enquire
05 Mar 2020 16 Mar 2020 $7490 $374 $7116 $9390 $374 $9016 Enquire
16 Mar 2020 27 Mar 2020 $7490 $374 $7116 $9390 $374 $9016 Enquire
23 Mar 2020 03 Apr 2020 $7490 $374 $7116 $9390 $374 $9016 Enquire
30 Mar 2020 10 Apr 2020 $7490 $374 $7116 $9390 $374 $9016 Enquire
06 Apr 2020 17 Apr 2020 $7490 $374 $7116 $9390 $374 $9016 Enquire
Prices valid from Prices valid from 01 Oct 2019 to 30 Apr 2020 and are priced per person in NZ$


Terms and conditions for Moa Trek Tours
Includes:
  • All transport provided in comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your MoaTrek Kiwi guide who is passionate about showcasing the best of New Zealand
  • Wonderfully appointed accommodation, chosen for its location and accessibility to attractions
  • 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(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
  • Visit a working Kiwifruit orchard, meet the growers and taste the fruit fresh off the vine
  • Cruise Lake Rotoiti on the luxury yacht Tiua and soak in the mineral hot pools on the edge of the lake, only reached by boat
  • Meet the locals and learn about their Maori and European ancestors at Lake Tarawera
  • Learn about geothermal history with a visit to Wai O Tapu
  • Cross the Cook Strait from the North to the South Island on the Interislander ferry
  • Enjoy a wine
  • tasting tour 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 Milford Sound, once called the eighth wonder of the world on a scenic 2.5 hour nature cruise
  • Take flight over the Southern Alps with a scenic flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown
  • Travel the dramatic highway through the Karangahake Gorge
  • Discover Rotoruas impressive lakes of Rotoiti and Tarawera
  • Explore Maori cultural connections in Rotorua
  • Watch in awe as the powerful Huka Falls surge and visit the Wairakei geothermal power station, the first of its kind in the world
  • Enjoy views of three active volcanoes from across Lake Taupo
  • Take a gentle walk in the wilderness of the Tongariro National Park in the central North Island
  • Explore the eclectic cafe scene, bars and restaurants in Wellington, New Zealands capital city
  • Visit the exquisite Lake Tekapo and the stunning Church of the Good Shepard located on the edge of the lake
  • Explore the diverse the flora, fauna and sights of the Aoraki/Mt Cook region
  • Learn more about New Zealands gold mining history as we pass through the beautiful Kawarau Gorge
  • Explore Lake Wakatipu, one of the Great Southern Lakes
Includes:
  • All transport provided in comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your MoaTrek Kiwi guide who is passionate about showcasing the best of New Zealand
  • Wonderfully appointed accommodation, chosen for its location and accessibility to attractions
  • 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(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
  • Visit a working Kiwifruit orchard, meet the growers and taste the fruit fresh off the vine
  • Cruise Lake Rotoiti on the luxury yacht Tiua and soak in the mineral hot pools on the edge of the lake, only reached by boat
  • Meet the locals and learn about their Maori and European ancestors at Lake Tarawera
  • Learn about geothermal history with a visit to Wai O Tapu
  • Cross the Cook Strait from the North to the South Island on the Interislander ferry
  • Enjoy a wine
  • tasting tour 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 Milford Sound, once called the eighth wonder of the world on a scenic 2.5 hour nature cruise
  • Take flight over the Southern Alps with a scenic flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown
  • Travel the dramatic highway through the Karangahake Gorge
  • Discover Rotoruas impressive lakes of Rotoiti and Tarawera
  • Explore Maori cultural connections in Rotorua
  • Watch in awe as the powerful Huka Falls surge and visit the Wairakei geothermal power station, the first of its kind in the world
  • Enjoy views of three active volcanoes from across Lake Taupo
  • Take a gentle walk in the wilderness of the Tongariro National Park in the central North Island
  • Explore the eclectic cafe scene, bars and restaurants in Wellington, New Zealands capital city
  • Visit the exquisite Lake Tekapo and the stunning Church of the Good Shepard located on the edge of the lake
  • Explore the diverse the flora, fauna and sights of the Aoraki/Mt Cook region
  • Learn more about New Zealands gold mining history as we pass through the beautiful Kawarau Gorge
  • Explore Lake Wakatipu, one of the Great Southern Lakes