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Haka ToursHaka Plus Tour 10 Day Northern Trail Auckland to Wellington

Starting in New Zealand's biggest and busiest city this 10-day intimate tour will escort you through rolling farmland, along sandy beaches and rugged mountain ranges to finally reach the compact capital city of Wellington.  You'll be guided every step of the way by one of Haka's knowledgeable drivers, and their constant commentary will teach you so much about this place and its people.
Stay each night in twin-share 3-4 star accommodation: a mix of hotels, motels and lodges.

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Wellington
 10 days/ 9 nights
 Hotel 3 star
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
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Haka Performance Rotorua
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At a glance - Haka Plus Tour 10 Day Northern Trail Auckland to Wellington

Day 1: Arrival into Auckland and meet the team. Accommodation: Haka Hotel Newmarket (or similar)

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

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

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

Day 5: Exploration time in 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: Enjoy the Tongariro National Park. Accommodation: The Park Hotel Ruapehu (or similar)

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

Day 9: Soak up the atmosphere of Wellington. Accommodation: Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman (or similar)

Day 10: Bid farewell to your new friends before you head in your own directions.

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Haka Plus Tour 10 Day Northern Trail Auckland to Wellington - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrival into Auckland and meet the team

Haka Plus Tour 10 Day Northern Trail Auckland to Wellington - 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 Coromandel

Haka Plus Tour 10 Day Northern Trail Auckland to Wellington - 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: Coromandel to Raglan

Haka Plus Tour 10 Day Northern Trail Auckland to Wellington - 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: Raglan to Rotorua via Waitomo

Haka Plus Tour 10 Day Northern Trail Auckland to Wellington - 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: Exploration time in Rotorua

Haka Plus Tour 10 Day Northern Trail Auckland to Wellington - 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 - The Zorb

The Zorb is a home-grown kiwi invention and is another perfect example of adrenaline seeking at its best. Climb into a ZORB globe and slip slide and spin your way down the track. You are sent on your trip down the hill rolling head over heels, heels over head as the ground and sky go whizzing past in a beautiful mosaic of blue and green while your body is subjected to the soft and relaxing feeling of weightlessness and g-force.  If you’re an adventurer, a thrill seeker or a challenger, then this ride is for you!

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, Dinner

Ibis Rotorua (or similar)

Day 6: Rotorua to the Tongariro National Park via Taupo

Haka Plus Tour 10 Day Northern Trail Auckland to Wellington - 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.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Skydive Taupo 12000 ft jump

With your expert tandem skydive instructor, you'll jump out of Skydive Taupo’s pink aircraft from 12,000 feet and into an incredible freefall over the world's most stunning dropzone.  Surrounded by snow tipped peaks and the clean, fresh blue of Lake Taupo, you'll slow from a 200km/h descent to a safe, controlled canopy landing. Skydive Taupo have a great range of tandem skydiving options to choose from, and they'll even pick you up in their own Skydive Taupo limousine to get you smiling early.

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: Enjoy the Tongariro National Park

Haka Plus Tour 10 Day Northern Trail Auckland to Wellington - 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: The Tongariro National Park to Wellington

Haka Plus Tour 10 Day Northern Trail Auckland to Wellington - 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.

Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman (or similar)

Day 9: Soak up the atmosphere of Wellington

Haka Plus Tour 10 Day Northern Trail Auckland to Wellington - 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 - Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand

New Zealand’s national museum tells the great stories of New Zealand’s past, present and future. Over 20 galleries house imaginative exhibitions and interactive experiences that explore New Zealand’s unique natural environment, the triumphs and tragedies of colonial history, and the warmth and vitality of the Maori people.

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: Bid farewell to your new friends before you head in your own directions

Haka Plus Tour 10 Day Northern Trail Auckland to Wellington - Day 10

Wellington 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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