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Haka Tours10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour

Travel from the wide plains of Canterbury through the mountains and lakes of Central Otago to the glaciers and pristine rainforest of the West Coast via the spectacular Haast Pass.  The South Island of New Zealand is truly magical and you will see it all on this 10-day loop.  Whether you are an adrenaline seeker, hiker or keen to relax you can easily customise each stop on this tour to suit your needs and desires.
Stay each night in twin-share 3-4 star accommodation: a mix of hotels, motels and lodges.

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch
 10 days/ 9 nights
 Hotel 3 star
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
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Wanaka, South Island NZ
Glacier, South Island New Zealand

At a glance - 10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour

Day 1: Meet the team in Christchurch. Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch to Ohau via Lake Tekapo. Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Ohau

Day 3: Ohau to Queenstown. Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Queenstown

Day 4: A day of leisure in Queenstown. Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Queenstown

Day 5: Queenstown to Wanaka. Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Wanaka

Day 6: Explore Wanaka with a night glamping. Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Criffel Station

Day 7: Wanaka to Franz Josef. Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Franz Josef

Day 8: Adventure in Franz Josef. Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Franz Josef

Day 9: Franz Josef to Christchuch including the TranzAlpine Scenic Train. Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Christchurch

Day 10: Say farewell as you finish your 10 day Haka Tour.

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10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Meet the team in Christchurch

10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour - Day 1

Haka Plus Tours Arrive in Christchurch

Settle into your accommodation and be ready for the 6pm pre-tour meeting. It is here you will be introduced to your tour manager and meet your new roadtrip friends. 
After the meet the evening is yours a good night sleep is recommended ready for your early start tomorrow morning but you may prefer to enjoy the Christchurch nightlife instead. 

Your Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Christchurch

Enjoy a comfortable nights stay in the city Haka calls home.

Haka Plus Tours Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch to Ohau via Lake Tekapo

10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour - Day 2

Christchurch to Ohau via Lake Tekapo

Before heading to lake Tekapo mid-morning spend some time exploring downtown Christchurch.  Your guide can show you the cool and creative ways the city has rebuilt after the life-changing 2011 earthquake. 
As you head into Lake Tekapo you'll be greeted by it's beautiful turquoise blue waters and shown a panoramic views of the Mackenzie basin from Mount John. Dinner tonight is included in your tour.

Your Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Ohau

Sleep amongst the mountains in this beautiful alpine village.

Haka Plus Tours Ohau

Day 3: Ohau to Queenstown

10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour - Day 3

Ohau to Queenstown

Notice the landscape change as you leave the tussock lands of the Mackenzie country and head further south through to the dramatic peaks of the Southern Alps.  There is plenty of spectacular photo opportunities on this journey including the Kawarau Gorge, home of the bungy! Give it a go or enjoy watching the adrenalin seekers jump. Finally reach Queenstown, home for the next two nights, with plenty to see and do you will be spoilt for choice.

Your Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Queenstown

Sleep peacefully tonight surrounded by New Zealand's city that never sleeps.

Haka Plus Tours Queenstown

Day 4: A day of leisure in Queenstown

10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour - Day 4

Queenstown Exploration Day

The activities are endless in Queenstown; 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 the 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, you sail beneath thundering waterfalls when you see the towering cliff faces you’ll understand why we call it the “8th Wonder of the World”.

Your Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Queenstown

Sleep peacefully tonight surrounded by New Zealand's city that never sleeps.

Haka Plus Tours Queenstown

Day 5: Queenstown to Wanaka

10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour - Day 5

Queenstown to Wanaka via historic Arrowtown

After a morning in Queenstown today it is time to relax in Wanaka.  The journey time is only one hour but broken down with a trip through Arrowtown. This charming town was home to settlers during the gold rush and has heaps of character. Arriving in Wanaka you are blessed with the visual of towering peaks popping up from glacial blue lake waters. On arrival your guide will take you to see the world famous "That Wanaka Tree".

Your Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Wanaka

Queenstown's smaller sister town provides fresh air great views and much time to explore, adventure and relax.

Haka Plus Tours Wanaka

Day 6: Explore Wanaka with a night glamping

10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour - Day 6

Wanaka

Spend the day in Wanaka enjoying the outdoors, bike riding, on a boat trip or on one of the wonderful walks.  If you just want to relax you can do that too.  Tonight you will mix things up by heading to the stunning Criffel Station for a night of glamping (aka glamorous camping)! Think fancy canvas tents with decadently comfortable beds and the great outdoors right on your doorstep. The views from Criffel are sublime, to get the real experience, you’ll have to see it for yourself!

Your Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Criffel Station

Nestled in the hills this accommodation is camping on a whole new level with a view to die for you will certainly not forget this in a hurry.

Haka Plus Tours Criffel Station

Day 7: Wanaka to Franz Josef

10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour - Day 7

Wanaka to Franz Josef

Many Haka guides rate today's journey as their most favourite.  You leave the alpine lakes and head along the coast until finally travelling through the rainforest until you arrive into Franz Josef, a UNESCO World Heritage area. 
Along with this journey, your guide will stop and let you enjoy some fantastic short walks and photo stops. Between September and December, it's whitebait season, a small fish fried up with eggs and served on toast, a delicacy not to be missed.

Your Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Franz Josef

Possibly one of the most tranquil places in New Zealand you'll spend tonight under the rainforest canopy.

Haka Plus Tours Franz Josef

Day 8: Adventure in Franz Josef

10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour - Day 8

A day to enjoy 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 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!

Your Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Franz Josef

Possibly one of the most tranquil places in New Zealand you'll spend tonight under the rainforest canopy.

Haka Plus Tours Franz Josef

Day 9: Franz Josef to Christchuch including the TranzAlpine Scenic Train

10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour - Day 9

Franz Josef to Christchurch via Hokitika including TranzAlpine Train

After breakfast head further along the beautiful west coast, through rugged primaeval landscapes and along the ocean roads. Stopping in Hokitika for a break and visit to the greenstone factory.  Time permitting there may also be the chance to visit the National Kiwi Centre where you are guaranteed to see the Kiwi, New Zealand's national bird. The final leg of the journey is on the TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth.  This train ride is world famous and traverses through the stunning south island, arriving into Christchurch you will be transferred to your accommodation.

Your Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Christchurch

Enjoy a comfortable nights stay in the city Haka calls home.

Haka Plus Tours Christchurch

Day 10: Say farewell as you finish your 10 day Haka Tour

10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour - Day 10

Christchurch departure

Today is the final day of your tour.  You will have the oppurtunity to swap photos, contact details and share memories of your trip with your travel companions over breakfast then you say good bye and enjoy your onward adventures!

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