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16 Day New Zealand Kakariki

ITINERARY

Day 1: Auckland West Coast - Northland Kauri Forest - 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: 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 are in no 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: 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. Don’t 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 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 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 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 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 their 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’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 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 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 two 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.

    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)
24 Oct 2019 08 Nov 2018 $9190 $459 $8731 $11290 $459 $10831 Enquire
07 Nov 2019 22 Nov 2019 $9190 $459 $8731 $11290 $459 $10831 Enquire
14 Nov 2019 29 Nov 2019 $9190 $459 $8731 $11290 $459 $10831 Enquire
12 Dec 2019 27 Dec 2019 $9190 $919 $8271 $11290 $919 $10371 Enquire
05 Jan 2019 20 Jan 2019 $9190 $459 $8731 $11290 $459 $10831 Enquire
12 Jan 2020 27 Jan 2020 $9190 $459 $8731 $11290 $459 $10831 Enquire
19 Jan 2020 03 Feb 2020 $9190 $459 $8731 $11290 $459 $10831 Enquire
26 Jan 2020 10 Feb 2020 $9190 $459 $8731 $11290 $459 $10831 Enquire
02 Feb 2020 17 Feb 2020 $9190 $459 $8731 $11290 $459 $10831 Enquire
09 Feb 2020 24 Feb 2020 $9190 $459 $8731 $11290 $459 $10831 Enquire
16 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 $9190 $459 $8731 $11290 $459 $10831 Enquire
23 Feb 2020 09 Mar 2020 $9190 $459 $8731 $11290 $459 $10831 Enquire
01 Mar 2020 16 Mar 2020 $9190 $459 $8731 $11290 $459 $10831 Enquire
12 Mar 2020 27 Mar 2020 $9190 $459 $8731 $11290 $459 $10831 Enquire
19 Mar 2020 03 Apr 2020 $9190 $459 $8731 $11290 $459 $10831 Enquire
26 Mar 2020 10 Apr 2020 $9190 $459 $8731 $11290 $459 $10831 Enquire
Prices valid from Prices valid from Prices valid from 01 Oct 2019 to 30 Apr 2020 and are priced per person in NZ$


Terms and conditions for Moa Trek Tours
Includes:
  • All transport provided in comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services and knowledge of your experienced MoaTrek kiwi guide
  • Fantastic accommodation expertly chosen for its sense of place
  • 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(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
  • Explore the history of Northland at the Kauri Museum, Matakohe
  • Walk with authentic Maori guides to visit Tane Mahuta, the giant kauri tree in the Waipoua Forest
  • Cruise across the beautiful Hokianga Harbour to explore the impressive sand dunes
  • Visit the iconic Stone Store in Kerikeri
  • Learn about the evolution of modern New Zealand at the Waitangi Treaty House in the Bay of Islands
    *Enjoy a dolphin cruise out to the Hole in the Rock and Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands
  • Be awe inspired by thousands of twinkling glowworms at the Kawiti Caves
  • Visit a working Kiwifruit orchard, meet the growers and taste the fruit fresh off the vine
  • Have the option of taking the helm of a luxury yacht as we cruise Lake Rotoitis secluded bays and mineral hot pools
  • Meet the locals and learn about their Maori and European ancestors at Lake Tarawera
  • Visit the hidden gem and thermal wonderland of Wai O Tapu
  • Cross from the North Island to the South Island on a scenic ferry cruise as we cross the Cook Strait
  • Feast on fresh produce and delectable 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
  • Explore the breathtaking Milford Sound with a 2.5 hour nature and wildlife cruise
  • Be inspired by one of the worlds greatest scenic flights from Milford Sound, over the Southern Alps and back to Queenstown
  • Enjoy a visit to Russells historic waterfront
  • Travel the dramatic highway through the Karangahake Gorge
  • Immerse yourself in the history of Rotoruas Lake Tarawera
  • Explore Rotorua and learn more about the surrounding geothermal region
  • View the powerful Huka Falls and learn about the importance of the Wairakei geothermal power station
  • Look across Lake Taupo to see views of three active volcanoes
  • Enjoy the wilderness of the Tongariro National Park in the central North Island
  • Explore the small, but perfectly formed, capital city of Wellington
  • Visit Lake Tekapo and the picturesque Church of the Good Shepard
  • Explore the breathtaking scenery of the Aoraki/Mt Cook region
  • Watch landscapes transform before your eyes as we drive through the stark beauty of the Lindis Pass and Kawarau Gorge
  • Take time to explore Queenstowns stunning Lake Wakatipu
Includes:
  • All transport provided in comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services and knowledge of your experienced MoaTrek kiwi guide
  • Fantastic accommodation expertly chosen for its sense of place
  • 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(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
  • Explore the history of Northland at the Kauri Museum, Matakohe
  • Walk with authentic Maori guides to visit Tane Mahuta, the giant kauri tree in the Waipoua Forest
  • Cruise across the beautiful Hokianga Harbour to explore the impressive sand dunes
  • Visit the iconic Stone Store in Kerikeri
  • Learn about the evolution of modern New Zealand at the Waitangi Treaty House in the Bay of Islands
  • Enjoy a dolphin cruise out to the Hole in the Rock and Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands
  • Be awe inspired by thousands of twinkling glowworms at the Kawiti Caves
  • Visit a working Kiwifruit orchard, meet the growers and taste the fruit fresh off the vine
  • Have the option of taking the helm of a luxury yacht as we cruise Lake Rotoitis secluded bays and mineral hot pools
  • Meet the locals and learn about their Maori and European ancestors at Lake Tarawera
  • Visit the hidden gem and thermal wonderland of Wai O Tapu
  • Cross from the North Island to the South Island on a scenic ferry cruise as we cross the Cook Strait
  • Feast on fresh produce and delectable 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
  • Explore the breathtaking Milford Sound with a 2.5 hour nature and wildlife cruise
  • Be inspired by one of the worlds greatest scenic flights from Milford Sound, over the Southern Alps and back to Queenstown
  • Enjoy a visit to Russells historic waterfront
  • Travel the dramatic highway through the Karangahake Gorge
  • Immerse yourself in the history of Rotoruas Lake Tarawera
  • Explore Rotorua and learn more about the surrounding geothermal region
  • View the powerful Huka Falls and learn about the importance of the Wairakei geothermal power station
  • Look across Lake Taupo to see views of three active volcanoes
  • Enjoy the wilderness of the Tongariro National Park in the central North Island
  • Explore the small, but perfectly formed, capital city of Wellington
  • Visit Lake Tekapo and the picturesque Church of the Good Shepard
  • Explore the breathtaking scenery of the Aoraki/Mt Cook region
  • Watch landscapes transform before your eyes as we drive through the stark beauty of the Lindis Pass and Kawarau Gorge
  • Take time to explore Queenstowns stunning Lake Wakatipu