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Haka ToursHaka Plus Tour 12 Day Wanderer Auckland to Christchurch

Get to know some of the most stunning parts of the North island and a peek at some of the perks of the South Island too on this 12-day tour.  Kicking of in Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city, and wrapping up in Christchurch on day 12.  From cultural activities to adrenaline pumping adventures to sights you'll have to see to believe, Haka Plus Tours are the way to see Aotearoa New Zealand.
Stay each night in twin-share 3-4 star accommodation: a mix of hotels, motels, lodges and rainforest retreats.

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Christchurch
 12 days/ 11 nights
 Hotel 3 star
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
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Kaikoura, New Zealand

At a glance - Haka Plus Tour 12 Day Wanderer Auckland to Christchurch

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland and meet your travel team. Accommodation: Haka Hotel Newmarket (or similar)

Day 2: Auckland to the Coromandel. Accommodation: Haka Tour Coromandel

Day 3: The Coromandel to Raglan. Accommodation: Raglan Palm Beach Motel (or similar)

Day 4: Ragland to Rotorua via Waitomo. Accommodation: Ibis Rotorua (or similar)

Day 5: A day to enjoy Rotorua. Accommodation: Ibis Rotorua (or similar)

Day 6: Rotorua to the Tongariro National Park via Taupo. Accommodation: The Park Hotel Ruapehu (or similar)

Day 7: Adventure in the Tongariro National Park. Accommodation: The Park Hotel Ruapehu (or similar)

Day 8: Tongariro National Park to Wellington. Accommodation: Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman (or similar)

Day 9: A day in the city of Wellington. Accommodation: Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman (or similar)

Day 10: Sail to the otherside Wellington to Kaikoura. Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Kaikoura

Day 11: Kaikoura to Christchurch. Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Christchurch

Day 12: Say goodbye to your unforgettable Haka Tour.

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Haka Plus Tour 12 Day Wanderer Auckland to Christchurch - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland and meet your travel team

Haka Plus Tour 12 Day Wanderer Auckland to Christchurch - Day 1

Haka Plus Tours - Auckland arrival

Settle in to your Auckland accommodation and be ready for a 6pm pre-tour meeting.  Here you will get to know your Tour manager and be introduced to your roadtrip friends.
Afterwards, the evening is yours to enjoy.  It is recommended that you get a good night sleep before tomorrows early start but you may prefer to experience Auckland exciting night-life.

Your Accommodation: Haka Hotel Newmarket (or similar)

Auckland’s first 3-star rated hybrid hotel! Expect all the hotel essentials but none of the fuss! With a range of chic accommodation options and add to this sunny style-led interiors, shared work space and an in-house coffee hub, and you have Auckland’s most forward-thinking hotel.

Haka Hotel Newmarket (or similar)

Day 2: Auckland to the Coromandel

Haka Plus Tour 12 Day Wanderer Auckland to Christchurch - Day 2

Auckland to the Coromandel

This morning join your travel companions for breakfast before heading out of Auckland towards the Coromandel Peninsula a paradise of beautiful beaches and misty rainforests. The drive here is truly spectacular, cameras ready. The coach arrives with plenty of time to be shown around, sample the sandy beaches and even surf with the locals.  If the tide allows a stop will be made at the famous Hot Water Beach.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Cathedral Cove Classic Sea Kayak Tour

Considered one of the best sea kayaking trips in the country the “Cathedral Cove Classic” has got it all.  The Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve opens up a sea kayaking paradise full of beaches, islands and rock gardens that are just waiting to be explored.  Paddle through sea caves, interact with the local marine life and discover the thrill of kayak sailing with the wind on your back. To top it off you land at Cathedral Cove where you will be treated to the 'world famous' cappuccinos and hot chocolates on the beach! Cathedral Cove Sea Kayaking use very stable double sea kayaks and quality safety equipment. No experience is necessary and a qualified guide accompanies throughout and offers full instructions and assistance.

Your Accommodation: Haka Tour Coromandel

Brush the sand away tonight as you unwind to the sound of the lapping Pacific ocean.

Meals included: Breakfast

Haka Tour Coromandel

Day 3: The Coromandel to Raglan

Haka Plus Tour 12 Day Wanderer Auckland to Christchurch - Day 3

Coromandel to Raglan including Sunset Cruise

Today you travel to the arty surf mecca of Raglan.  You will pass through the North Island's rolling tree-lined hills and valleys stopping at some great sights, including the 55-metre high Bridal Veil Falls. Raglan is a surfers paradise but if that is not your thing there's plenty more this little town has to offer.  With an awesome blend of cafes, bars, surf shops and galleries, the streets here ooze character and creativity. Relax on the beach, or enjoy a variety of bush and coastal scenery on Raglan’s walking trails. Dinner tonight is a kiwi classic "fush and chups" to be enjoyed on an included sunset cruise from Raglan Harbour.

Your Accommodation: Raglan Palm Beach Motel (or similar)

Set on the water's edge, a short drive from shopping, cafes and restaurants. Within a 10-minute drive you reach some of the best surf in the world. Each unit offers outstanding views and a very relaxed atmosphere.

Meals included: Dinner

Raglan Palm Beach Motel (or similar)

Day 4: Ragland to Rotorua via Waitomo

Haka Plus Tour 12 Day Wanderer Auckland to Christchurch - Day 4

Raglan to Rotorua via Waitomo

The first stop on today's journey is to the famous glow worm caves of Waitomo.  Enjoy these twinkling cave-dwellers up close on a 4hour caving adventure, tubing or an informative walking tour where you'll learn more about the history, geology and Maori mythology of this unique area. 
For those who'd rather stay above ground, there is the opportunity to visit the tree-studded gorges and limestone arches of the nearby Ruakuri Forest Walk.  After you have had time to explore Waitomo the coach heads to Rotorua where you stay tonight.

Your Accommodation: Ibis Rotorua (or similar)

Hotel Ibis Rotorua is located on the shores of Lake Rotorua and a short walk to city centre shops and restaurants. The government gardens and museum are also close by.

Ibis Rotorua (or similar)

Day 5: A day to enjoy Rotorua

Haka Plus Tour 12 Day Wanderer Auckland to Christchurch - Day 5

Full day in Rotorua, including cultural evening with traditional hangi dinner

Today is left free for you to fill with your own adventures. Rotorua has it all, natural beauty, unique geothermal landscapes, iconic Lord of the Rings destinations and heaps of adventure activities. Your guide will help you plan your day and in the evening the group will gather together to be welcomed into a Maori village for an unmissable cultural experience. The evening's activities are included in the tour and showcase a breathtaking haka performance, traditional hangi dinner and the chance to spot kiwi birds.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Hobbiton Tour

Discover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland, where you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films in a fascinating  2 hour guided tour. Your tour starts with a drive through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the twelve acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie set was created. The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, Mill and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-Earth.

Your Accommodation: Ibis Rotorua (or similar)

Hotel Ibis Rotorua is located on the shores of Lake Rotorua and a short walk to city centre shops and restaurants. The government gardens and museum are also close by.

Meals included: Breakfast

Ibis Rotorua (or similar)

Day 6: Rotorua to the Tongariro National Park via Taupo

Haka Plus Tour 12 Day Wanderer Auckland to Christchurch - Day 6

Rotorua to the Tongariro National Park via Taupo

This morning will be spent in Rotorua squeezing in one last activity: perhaps relaxing in the Polynesian Spa or visiting the naturally-impressive Kuirau Park - full of steaming, hissing and boiling geothermal pools.  For the ultimate thrill seekers, you can raft the highest commercial waterfall drop in the world, the 7-meter Tutea Falls on the Kaituna River.

Late morning you will travel the short drive to Taupo, a beautiful lakeside town with a stunning mountain backdrop. On the way, your guide will stop and show you the bubbling mud pools and thundering waterfalls.  After a short time in Taupo, it's back on the road to the final destination of the day the Tongariro National Park.  You will spend two nights here and have the opportunity to enjoy one of the 10 best one-day walks in the world - The Tongariro Crossing.

Your Accommodation: The Park Hotel Ruapehu (or similar)

Located in the centre of National Park and is the ideal base for exploring New Zealand's Tongariro Crossing. The on-site Spiral Restaurant & Bar is full of character and is open daily. The outdoor hot tubs, courtyard hammocks & open fireplaces are complimentary for guests and offer the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind after a day of adventure in the Ruapehu region.

Meals included: Breakfast

The Park Hotel Ruapehu (or similar)

Day 7: Adventure in the Tongariro National Park

Haka Plus Tour 12 Day Wanderer Auckland to Christchurch - Day 7

A day to Explore the Tongariro National Park

Today you have the opportunity to undertake the Tongariro Crossing, considered one of the world’s top 10 best one-day walks, this 19.4km mountain trek boasts emerald green lakes, venting steam, lava flows, craters and rich green bush. Not for the faint-hearted – it’s a challenging day! But every step of the way the views are spectacular. This experience is recommended but if 19.4km is a little too far for you, there are plenty of shorter walks and hikes to enjoy. However you choose to spend today in this UNESCO World Heritage Area, we guarantee you won’t forget it.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Tongariro Crossing

You will be provided with a return shuttle to the famous Tongariro Crossing; New Zealand's best 1 day walk. This walk takes you through the Tongariro National Park and World Heritage Area, dominated by three majestic volcanoes, Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu.  During your 19 km hike, you'll follow a well-formed track leading up the saddle between Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro. The landscape on Tongariro is peppered with the different coloured and shaped craters, scoured volcanic rocks, mountain springs, and brightly coloured emerald lakes.

Your Accommodation: The Park Hotel Ruapehu (or similar)

Located in the centre of National Park and is the ideal base for exploring New Zealand's Tongariro Crossing. The on-site Spiral Restaurant & Bar is full of character and is open daily. The outdoor hot tubs, courtyard hammocks & open fireplaces are complimentary for guests and offer the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind after a day of adventure in the Ruapehu region.

Meals included: Breakfast

The Park Hotel Ruapehu (or similar)

Day 8: Tongariro National Park to Wellington

Haka Plus Tour 12 Day Wanderer Auckland to Christchurch - Day 8

Tongariro National Park to the capital city

This morning leave the National Park behind as you head to the capital city of Wellington. Wellington is a compact city encircled by green, towering hills and situated in a harbour. As you arrive your guide will give you a quick orientation before you all head up Mount Victoria for some of the best views in town.  You can fill the evening with your own exploration and possibly discover why Wellington has such a reputation for good food and craft beer.  Ask your Haka guide to help you find the hidden gems.

Your Accommodation: Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman (or similar)

Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman is Wellington's best choice for travellers wanting to combine both business and leisure. It is perfectly located between Cuba street and Victoria University, in the heart of Wellington's business and entertainment districts. The 3.5 star hotel provides easy access to some of New Zealand's best bars, restaurants, cafes and main tourist attractions including the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Parliament buildings and the Interislander ferry terminal. Facilities include an indoor heated pool, gym and sauna.

Meals included: Breakfast

Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman (or similar)

Day 9: A day in the city of Wellington

Haka Plus Tour 12 Day Wanderer Auckland to Christchurch - Day 9

A day to Explore Wellington

Soak up the atmosphere of vibrant Wellington. Famous for being a bit on the windy side, be prepared to ditch the hairspray and go with the flow. Your guide will introduce you to the city with an orientation tour – including a drive around the bays through central Wellington to the Botanic Gardens and Parliament Buildings.
You will also stop by Weta Studios, most famous for its creative contribution to all things Lord of the Rings. Take an optional tour to see prop-makers in action and learn about the immersive world of filmmaking. Wellington has a feast of cultural attractions and its crowning glory is Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand. Situated on Wellington’s magnificent waterfront, this internationally acclaimed museum combines leading-edge technology with traditional exhibits to tell the stories of New Zealand’s land and people. The museum is free for all.
If being outdoors is more your thing, head off to Kapiti Island for an optional nature tour. Here you can see endangered birds up close and learn more about New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Weta Cave Windows into the Workshop Tour

Visit The Weta Cave, a mini-museum filled with props, characters and displays from well known movies including Avatar, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Hear stories of how these figures were brought to life and learn about the artists who created them. Watch behind-the-scenes interviews from Weta co-founders Sir Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Tania Rodger and Jamie Selkirk - and gain insight into the creativity and imagination that comes with crafting the art of Weta.

You'll also take a guided tour through the inner workings of Weta Workshop and learn about its processes and design elements. Please keep in mind that many of the projects Weta Workshop has been involved in contain graphic scenes and special effects that may not be suitable for everyone.

Your Accommodation: Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman (or similar)

Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman is Wellington's best choice for travellers wanting to combine both business and leisure. It is perfectly located between Cuba street and Victoria University, in the heart of Wellington's business and entertainment districts. The 3.5 star hotel provides easy access to some of New Zealand's best bars, restaurants, cafes and main tourist attractions including the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Parliament buildings and the Interislander ferry terminal. Facilities include an indoor heated pool, gym and sauna.

Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman (or similar)

Day 10: Sail to the otherside Wellington to Kaikoura

Haka Plus Tour 12 Day Wanderer Auckland to Christchurch - Day 10

Wellington to Kaikoura including the Interislander ferry

This morning you say farewell to the North Island and take the incredibly scenic ferry ride across the Cook Strait. Arriving in Marlborough, an iconic region known for its fantastic wine industry.  You can make the most of this by partaking in the inclusive wine tasting.
After sampling some of New Zealand's best wines journey on to Kaikoura which literally means "to eat crayfish".  The nutrient-rich waters of this area attract a wide variety of marine wildlife including crayfish (of course), seals, dolphins and if you're lucky you'll even spot a whale. 

Your Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Kaikoura

This accommodation is close to the ocean and ideally located for seeing the best Kaikoura has to offer.

Haka Plus Tours Kaikoura

Day 11: Kaikoura to Christchurch

Haka Plus Tour 12 Day Wanderer Auckland to Christchurch - Day 11

Kaikoura to Christchurch

A morning in Kaikoura allows you the chance to swim with dolphins in the wild.  This is a massive highlight for many travellers with pods of up to 300 of these playful creatures hanging out in Kaikoura at one time. If you'd prefer not to get wet and see the ocean giants instead, a boat trip searching for humpbacks, sperm whales or even orca is the optional activity for you. As a tour inclusion, your guide will take you to see the seal colony before you head south to Haka's home the "Garden City", Christchurch.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Dolphin Encounter - Suggested activity

Experience a magical swimming encounter with dusky dolphins off the coast Kaikoura. You’ll be taken out in the catamaran and have the chance to swim in the water with these wild mammals in an completely natural environment. The dusky dolphin inhabits the waters around Kaikoura for most of the year - making it one of the only places in the world where dolphins can be encountered every day.

Your Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Christchurch

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

Haka Plus Tours Christchurch

Day 12: Say goodbye to your unforgettable Haka Tour

Haka Plus Tour 12 Day Wanderer Auckland to Christchurch - Day 12

Christchurch departure

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

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