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Haka ToursHaka Tours 24 Day Epic NZ Tour

Haka Tours most comprehensive New Zealand wide tour starts and ends in Auckland, with 24 unforgettable days touring the country you will see it all! Secluded beaches, jaw dropping scenery, Maori culture, mountainous ranges, lush rain forests and more adventure activities than you could ever wish for. As with all Haka Tours, there are a few must-do activities included, ranging from an evening of Maori culture, to a stunning Queenstown gondola ride. There's even the chance to create your own traditional necklace with a Maori pendant carving experience!

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Auckland
 24 days/ 23 nights
 Backpacker Accommodation
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At a glance - Haka Tours 24 Day Epic NZ Tour

Day 1: Meet your group and head north to the Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Haka Lodge Paihia

Day 2: Explore the Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Haka Lodge Paihia

Day 3: Travel back to Auckland via the Kauri Coast. Accommodation: Haka Lodge Auckland

Day 4: Auckland to the Coromandel Peninsula. Accommodation: Turtle Cove Backpacker Accommodation

Day 5: Cross country to Waitomo. Accommodation: Kiwi Paka Waitomo Accommodation

Day 6: After a morning of caving adventures head to Rotorua. Accommodation: YHA Rotorua

Day 7: Leave Rotorua behind as you head to Great Lake Taupo. Accommodation: Haka Lodge Taupo

Day 8: Chill out in Taupo for the day. Accommodation: Haka Lodge Taupo

Day 9: Continue heading south to the capital city of Wellington. Accommodation: YHA Wellington

Day 10: Explore the museums and cafes of Wellington. Accommodation: YHA Wellington

Day 11: Cross the Cook Strait to the South Island then down the coast to Kaikoura. Accommodation: Dusky Lodge Accommodation

Day 12: Experience the local wildlife, then carry on to Christchurch. Accommodation: Haka Lodge Christchurch

Day 13: Journey inland to the Mackenzie District and Lake Tekapo. Accommodation: YHA Lake Tekapo

Day 14: Cross the Lindis Pass into Otago and onto Queenstown. Accommodation: Haka Lodge Queenstown

Day 15: Take your pick of the many adventures on offer in Queenstown. Accommodation: Haka Lodge Queenstown

Day 16: A short trip over the Crown Range to Wanaka. Accommodation: YHA Wanaka Purple Cow

Day 17: Head west to the rugged coastline and glaciers of Franz Josef. Accommodation: Chateau Franz Backpackers

Day 18: Today is free to explore the glacier or maybe kayak or quad bike. Accommodation: Chateau Franz Backpackers

Day 19: Follow the coast road north to Punakaiki. Accommodation: Te Nikau Retreat

Day 20: Explore the Pancake Rocks of Punakaiki. Accommodation: Te Nikau Retreat

Day 21: Follow the Buller River inland then head north to the Tasman Region. Accommodation: The Barn Backpackers

Day 22: Relax in the idyllic Abel Tasman National Park. Accommodation: Aquapackers Abel Tasman National Park

Day 23: Crossing the top of the South Island, you then catch the ferry to Wellington. Accommodation: YHA Wellington

Day 24: Travel north back to Auckland where this tour ends.

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Haka Tours 24 Day Epic NZ Tour - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Meet your group and head north to the Bay of Islands

Haka Tours 24 Day Epic NZ Tour - Day 1

Haka Tours 24 Day Epic New Zealand Tour

Haka Tours most comprehensive New Zealand wide tour starts and ends in Auckland; over 24 unforgettable days you will experience it all: secluded beaches, jaw dropping scenery, Maori culture, mountainous ranges, lush rain forests and more adventure activities than you could ever wish for.  As with all Haka Tours there are a few 'must-do' inclusions, ranging from a Maori cultural night to a Queenstown gondola ride, and even a Maori pendant carving experience.

Auckland to Paihia

After kicking things off in Auckland, NZ's largest city, your tour heads north to the Bay of Islands, exploring Northland and Paihia. The most tropical and hottest part of New Zealand, Northland is home to some of the North Island's best beaches and scenery. So sit back, relax and leave the planning and surprises to your guides. Enjoy bonding with the group and getting to know each other whilst taking in your first glimpses of the lush New Zealand landscape including volcanic islands, turquoise waters and perfect beaches; this is where the locals go on holiday. Apart from having some of the best weather in New Zealand, Northland's tropical climate and plentiful beaches leave all travellers with a smile on their faces.

Your Accommodation: Haka Lodge Paihia

Check out this location! Haka Lodge in Paihia occupies the best spot in town with views over the waterfront, so you’re just a short walk to the marina for all the fantastic Bay of Islands attractions.

Haka Lodge Paihia

Day 2: Explore the Bay of Islands

Haka Tours 24 Day Epic NZ Tour - Day 2

Explore Paihia

Paihia is the perfect base to explore the Northland region and Bay of Islands. Just off shore is the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ and there are plenty of boat trips that will take you to this iconic feature. You can also swim with dolphins, skydive, go sailing or just chill out with new friends and take it all in. Nearby Waitangi is one of the most historically important areas of New Zealand, rich in Maori heritage and culture.  You’ll also have the chance to visit some spectacular waterfalls, take scenic walks or ferry over to one of the islands. If you would like to visit the very top of New Zealand, you can choose to do an optional extra day tour to Cape Reinga, where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet. During this coach tour you’ll drive along 90 Mile Beach and have the opportunity to try your skills at sand boarding on the dunes.  If you’re still recovering from jet lag or just want to relax, try one of the easy scenic walks from the town centre or go explore the quaint village of Russell, just a short ferry ride from Paihia.

Your Accommodation: Haka Lodge Paihia

Check out this location! Haka Lodge in Paihia occupies the best spot in town with views over the waterfront, so you’re just a short walk to the marina for all the fantastic Bay of Islands attractions.

Meals included: Breakfast

Haka Lodge Paihia

Day 3: Travel back to Auckland via the Kauri Coast

Haka Tours 24 Day Epic NZ Tour - Day 3

Paihia to Auckland

Today’s highlight is a tree!  Not just any old tree mind you, this is the mighty Tane Mahuta, “The Lord of the Forest”, in the Waipoua Forest.  Tane Mahuta is the largest known kauri tree standing today at 47 metres and estimates put his age between 1,250 and 2,500 years old.   Your guide will lead you to a few more secret spots during the day before heading back to Auckland to spend the evening in New Zealand’s biggest city.

Your Accommodation: Haka Lodge Auckland

Huka Lodge Auckland is brand spanking new and takes hostel accommodation to a whole new luxurious level. Enjoy the cool vibe of the hostel and the nearby cafes, bars and boutique shopping of K’ Road.

Meals included: Breakfast

Haka Lodge Auckland

Day 4: Auckland to the Coromandel Peninsula

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Auckland to Coromandel

Leaving the big smoke of Auckland behind you’ll hit the road heading south to the North Island’s best-kept secret, the Coromandel Peninsula. Beautiful remote beaches, dense rainforest and clear blue coastal waters make the Coromandel one of New Zealand’s favorite getaways. You’ll make your way to the world-famous Hot Water Beach where at low tide, you can dig a hole in the sand allowing the natural hot springs to bubble up creating your own personal hot tub – the perfect spot to relax after all that digging!  At Hot Water you’ll also carve your own tiki pendant from bone, a very special and unique Kiwi experience and souvenir to cherish.  As an optional extra you can also take to the water on a sea kayaking trip.

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: Turtle Cove Backpacker Accommodation

Turtle Cove in Whitianga offers clean and welcoming accommodation just a short walk to beautiful Coromandel beaches and the local amenities in town.

Meals included: Breakfast

Turtle Cove Backpacker Accommodation

Day 5: Cross country to Waitomo

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Coromandel to Waitomo

Today you’ll step out to discover the beaches and bays along the east coast including the beautiful Cathedral Cove. This perfect beach with its massive rock arches and columns could have come directly from your imagination, but it’s real we promise! From the Coromandel  head west through beautiful green countryside, populated by cows and sheep more than humans, before making your way to Waitomo, home to a remarkable labyrinth of underground caves with resident glowworms.

Your Accommodation: Kiwi Paka Waitomo Accommodation

Kiwi Paka Waitomo is located within walking distance of the iconic glow worm caves and the great dining options located in this rural village.

Meals included: Breakfast

Kiwi Paka Waitomo Accommodation

Day 6: After a morning of caving adventures head to Rotorua

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Waitomo to Rotorua

Make the most of your time in Waitomo and experience a caving adventure underneath the glittering light of blue glowworms.  There is a range of ways to experience the caves, so regardless of your thirst for adventure you’ll find a trip to suit.  One of the most popular options is black water rafting, you’ll don a wetsuit, jump in your vessel (inner tube) and float through the caverns of this underground maze.  A more adrenalin packed adventure sees you abseiling into the caverns, ziplining and climbing waterfalls.  For those looking for a dry option you can walk through a massive cavern before boarding a small boat for a scenic cruise like no other.  After lunch you head to Rotorua, affectionately known as Rotovegas by locals.  As well as being a mecca for Maori culture it’s also home to a huge range of adventure activities, from your standard white water rafting to the weird and wacky Zorbing.  An evening of traditional Maori culture and heritage is another tour highlight.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Lost World Caving Tour

Abseil (rappel) 100m slowly into the Lost World, secured by your guide who abseils alongside. After the approximately 30 minute decent, you embark on your journey back to the surface though another spectacular dry cavern.  The abseil is at least twice the height of any other cave at Waitomo and the beauty of this iconic cavern is unsurpassed. Descend slowly bouncing and turning as the mist filtered light gives unreal qualities to the strange plants and formations.

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 - Black Water Rafting - The Black Labyrinth

The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company has been guiding adventurous visitors through Ruakuri Cave since 1987.  They’ve found the very best underground location for their unique style of adventure which will see you black water tubing, clambering, jumping and serenely floating through the subterranean waterways of Ruakuri Cave. Over three hours you'll take leaps of faith over cascading waterfalls, gaze up at limestone ceilings awash with glowworms and lazily float through the dark Ruakuri river.  At the end of your caving adventure you’ll emerge into the daylight of the Waitomo forest.

 

Your Accommodation: YHA Rotorua

YHA Rotorua has a spacious, modern kitchen and outdoor deck and BBQ for cooking up a great dinner for your group. With a range of bedding configurations to suit most groups this is a great base for exploring the region.

Meals included: Breakfast

YHA Rotorua

Day 7: Leave Rotorua behind as you head to Great Lake Taupo

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Rotorua to Taupo

If you’re up for it your day will start with an optional white water rafting or sledging adventure on the Kaituna River, famous for its 7 metre waterfall drop!  If this doesn’t sound like you, there is plenty more going on in Rotorua to suit every style, including a range of hot springs and baths to rest your weary bones.  Alternatively you could head over to Matamata and tour the Hobbiton film set from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbiton movies, step into the Green Dragon and sample some of the Hobbiton brews while you’re there.  The group will regroup and ride up the Rotorua cable car for great views of the area, as an optional extra why not add on a luge so you can race your friends to the bottom.  Rotorua is exceptional for its geothermal activity, with fluorescent coloured lakes, steaming rivers and geysers galore.  On the way to Taupo you’ll stop and see for yourself some of these natural wonders and well as gaining an understanding of where the rotten egg smell has been emanating from and no - it’s not your guide.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Kaituna White Water Rafting

The Kaituna River is home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world - 7m Tutea Falls. On your Kaituna white water rafting trip you’ll pass through steep bush canyons and raft over 13 awesome drops. Blended with a touch of culture, this trip offers it all- with the best gear and guides coupled with a unique mix of history, culture, and adrenaline overload – it’s a must.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Kaituna White Water Sledging

There is something for everyone on this excursion; beautiful scenery, play holes and awesome rapids to negotiate your way through as you are in charge of your own vessel propelled by the flippers on your feet. The guides are there to encourage and motivate you and help where necessary, awesome family fun. No experience necessary.

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: Haka Lodge Taupo

Haka Lodge Taupo offers a variety of up-market dormitory rooms for those travelling on a budget, and a wide range of private rooms for those who like their own space on the road. You never know who you might get chatting to in the large comfortable lounge, sunny outdoor patio, and newly renovated modern kitchen.

Meals included: Breakfast

Haka Lodge Taupo

Day 8: Chill out in Taupo for the day

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Explore Taupo

Don’t be alarmed but that beautiful lake you’re looking at - Lake Taupo is actually a giant volcanic crater created 70,000 years ago in one of the biggest eruptions in history.   That was a long time ago and now Taupo is a peaceful holiday destination, except for the screams of tourists throwing themselves out of planes and off bungy ledges. There are heaps of other activities on offer such as quad biking, cruising the lake to see Maori rock carvings, hiking along the shores, mountain biking and even the chance to soak in some of the local geothermal pools. There is definitely an activity for everyone in Taupo and your guide will certainly have plenty of tips and suggestions.  For an epic adventure and something to cross of your bucket list, why not tackle the Tongariro Crossing, considered to be one of the greatest one day hikes in the world.  This 19.4km alpine crossing may be a calf burner but it’s worth every minute for the great views and volcanic landscape. Turquoise and green volcanic lakes greet you at the top, along with vistas that stretch on for miles to the coast. If you’re up for the challenge, you can even scramble up Mt. Ngauruhoe, which depicted Mt. Doom in the Lord of the Rings movies.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Tongariro Crossing

Today you will be provided with a return shuttle to the famous Tongariro Crossing; New Zealand's best 1 day walk. Taking your 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. Total walking time is 7 - 8 hours, so a medium to high level of fitness is required.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Taupo Bungy

The North Island's most popular bungy jump is a real blast. The unique cantilever platform projects out from the cliff-top, above the inviting waters of the Waikato River below.
Whether you choose to bungy solo or tandem, the highly trained crew pride themselves in providing you with an exhilarating and safe bungy experience.  If you want to add even more thrills to your jump, why not try a water touch? Taupo Bungy specialise in getting people wet, whether you'd rather a hand touch or full body submersion, the team will endeavour to deliver a refreshing adventure.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Skydive Taupo 15000 ft jump

With your expert tandem skydive instructor, you'll jump out of Skydive Taupo's pink aircraft from 15,000 feet and into an incredible freefall over the world's most stunning drop zone. 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: Haka Lodge Taupo

Haka Lodge Taupo offers a variety of up-market dormitory rooms for those travelling on a budget, and a wide range of private rooms for those who like their own space on the road. You never know who you might get chatting to in the large comfortable lounge, sunny outdoor patio, and newly renovated modern kitchen.

Meals included: Breakfast

Haka Lodge Taupo

Day 9: Continue heading south to the capital city of Wellington

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Taupo to Wellington

Today you’ll cross the Central Plateau on your way south.  On the Desert Road you’ll get spectacular views of Tongariro National Park’s volcanoes, including Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe.  Your tour also stops at Mokai Gravity Canyon, an extreme adventure park which offers New Zealand’s second largest bungy and the world’s most extreme Flying Fox.  As an optional extra you can pair up with a new buddy and fly down the canyon together!  When you arrive in Wellington you can relax as your guide in the know sorts out the plan for an exciting night on the town.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Taupo Bungy

The North Island's most popular bungy jump is a real blast. The unique cantilever platform projects out from the cliff-top, above the inviting waters of the Waikato River below.
Whether you choose to bungy solo or tandem, the highly trained crew pride themselves in providing you with an exhilarating and safe bungy experience.  If you want to add even more thrills to your jump, why not try a water touch? Taupo Bungy specialise in getting people wet, whether you'd rather a hand touch or full body submersion, the team will endeavour to deliver a refreshing adventure.

Your Accommodation: YHA Wellington

Ultra clean, modern, bright, fun and friendly. YHA Wellington is one of the most centrally located hostels in Wellington and ideal for everything that Wellington has to offer.

Meals included: Breakfast

YHA Wellington

Day 10: Explore the museums and cafes of Wellington

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Explore Wellington

Often cited as the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ Wellington is a funky destination with plenty to explore from museums, to quirky cafes and bars, street art, a fabulous waterfront and relaxing green spaces. The group will head up Mt. Victoria for the best views in town, then you’re free to immerse yourself in the city.

Your Accommodation: YHA Wellington

Ultra clean, modern, bright, fun and friendly. YHA Wellington is one of the most centrally located hostels in Wellington and ideal for everything that Wellington has to offer.

Meals included: Breakfast

YHA Wellington

Day 11: Cross the Cook Strait to the South Island then down the coast to Kaikoura

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Wellington to Kaikoura

Today see's you cruising across the Cook Strait from the North Island to the South Island, before entering the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, the highlight of this journey. Landing in Picton your tour heads south along the rugged coast with the Pacific Ocean on your left and towering mountains to your right. Just north of Kaikoura you'll stop at the wild New Zealand fur seal colonies, if you're lucky you might even spot some seal pups so have your camera at the ready. This evening if the weather is balmy you'll join your new found friends for a bonfire on the beach and a Haka BBQ.

Your Accommodation: Dusky Lodge Accommodation

Dusky Lodge in Kaikoura offers a few extras that will make it hard to leave from the heated swimming pool to the spa pool to the 3 log fires perfect for relaxing by in winter, this is the best place to relax after a day encountering Kaikoura’s wildlife.

Meals included: Breakfast

Dusky Lodge Accommodation

Day 12: Experience the local wildlife, then carry on to Christchurch

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Kaikoura to Christchurch

You have much of today to explore the wildlife that Kaikoura is renowned for.  Whether you’re getting up close to seals, swimming with dolphins or whale spotting, the stunning snowcapped mountains, that come crashing down to the coast, make for a magnificent backdrop.  After your day’s adventure the group will head south to Christchurch, an evolving city with beautiful parks and gardens.

Your Accommodation: Haka Lodge Christchurch

Haka Lodge Christchurch is a welcoming sanctuary with friendly staff who are ready to help you make the most of your stay in the Garden City. Relax in the comfortable lounge areas or outside in the lush garden.

Meals included: Breakfast

Haka Lodge Christchurch

Day 13: Journey inland to the Mackenzie District and Lake Tekapo

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Christchurch to Lake Tekapo

The city of Christchurch is undergoing a transformation as it rebuilds from the earthquakes that hit the city a few years back.  Your tour leader will take you on a fascinating tour of the city, exploring the history as well as the revitalisation that is taking place, from public art spaces, repurposed buildings, eclectic shops and funky cafes and bars.  After exploring Christchurch you’ll head inland towards the Southern Alps and the alpine lake village of Tekapo, during spring the roadside is awash with colour as flowering lupins line the road.  Arriving into Tekapo, the turquoise waters of the lake have to be seen to be believed, glacier minerals give it a distinct colour so have your camera handy.  Tonight you’re in for a treat as you’re staying in the best place in New Zealand, possibly the world, for magnificent stargazing.

Your Accommodation: YHA Lake Tekapo

YHA Lake Tekapo offers a million dollar view of the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo and surrounding mountains with a homely feel that will make it hard to leave.

Meals included: Breakfast

YHA Lake Tekapo

Day 14: Cross the Lindis Pass into Otago and onto Queenstown

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Lake Tekapo to Queenstown

Continuing south through the MacKenzie Country you’ll pass more glacier blue lakes, always with the Southern Alps as a constant backdrop.  If the skies are clear you’ll also get breathtaking views across Lake Pukaki to New Zealand’s largest mountain Mt Cook.  Crossing the Lindis Pass you enter the Otago region famed for adventure and fine wine, a winning combination!  Arriving into the Adventure Capital of Queenstown you’ll take the gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak to witness a beautiful sunset over the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu.  Tonight share a cooked meal with your new friends, then head into town to sample the nightlife – but remember you have a big day tomorrow so make sure you get some sleep!

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Kawarau Bridge Bungy Jump

Queenstown is where bungy jumping was pioneered by AJ Hackett and the first commercial jump started in 1988 at the Kawarau Bridge (on the main road into Queenstown from the east). If a bungy jump is on your 'to do' list them Queenstown is the place and the Kawarau Bridge  is a 43 metre jump from an historic bridge with an optional 'dip' in the Kawarau River.

Your Accommodation: Haka Lodge Queenstown

Set back a few streets from the action, Haka Lodge Queenstown is a short walk to the centre of Queenstown but far enough away you’re ensured a quiet night’s sleep when you’ve left the party behind.

Meals included: Breakfast

Haka Lodge Queenstown

Day 15: Take your pick of the many adventures on offer in Queenstown

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Explore Queenstown

So much to do and try, make sure you get an early start! Choose your own adventure in Queenstown or further afield. If you stay in Queenstown there's jet boating, bungy jumping, skydiving, shopping and so much more! Venture further along the lake and Glenorchy is the place to go if you want to hike a section of the famous Routeburn Track. For the ultimate day trip, journey to the spectacular Milford Sound, the drive there is one of the most amazing road trips you'll ever do. Once there you'll be surrounded by waterfalls, pristine rainforest and glacier carved peaks. Explore the fiord by scenic cruise or kayak to get up close to these natural wonders. Your tour guide will help you make the most of this fun filled destination.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Shotover Jet - Canyon Jet Boat Ride

Shotover Jet is the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons.  It's a thrilling ride - skimming past rocky outcrops at close range in your Shotover Jet 'Big Red', as you twist and turn through the narrow canyons at breath taking speeds.  And a major highlight - hold tight for the world famous Shotover Jet full 360º spins!

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Dart Stables Glenorchy Horse Trek

A horse riding experience in and around the beautiful Glenorchy scenery with Dart Stables is an incredible experience. Dart Stables' variety of horses ensures all riding abilities are catered for. Whether you're a complete beginner or lifetime rider, their professional, dedicated, horse loving team will match you with a suitable mount. Leading you across rivers, along valleys and through tranquil beech forests, their enthusiastic guides guarantee an unforgettable riding experience. The River Wild is a beautiful 2 hour ride beside glacier fed rivers with magnificent views of scenery made famous in the Lord of the Rings movies, including the Misty Mountains and Wizards Vale.

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Shotover Canyon Swing

Located 109 metres (360 feet) high above the Shotover River the Canyon Swing is the ultimate in adrenalin adventure. After careful fitting of a purpose designed harness you are free to launch yourself into the abyss. Freefall for around 60 metres to reach around 150kph before the te ropes swing you smoothly across the canyon. There are over 10 different jump styles to choose from on the day, some more scary than others.

Your Accommodation: Haka Lodge Queenstown

Set back a few streets from the action, Haka Lodge Queenstown is a short walk to the centre of Queenstown but far enough away you’re ensured a quiet night’s sleep when you’ve left the party behind.

Meals included: Breakfast

Haka Lodge Queenstown

Day 16: A short trip over the Crown Range to Wanaka

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Queenstown to Wanaka

Today it’s a short scenic drive to Wanaka.  Along the way stopping at Arrowtown a cute historic gold mining village, set in a beautiful location on the edge of the Arrow River.  You’ll then travel New Zealand’s highest sealed road, the Crown Range Road stopping at the Cardrona Hotel, New Zealand’s oldest pub for a drink or two.  From there it’s a short drive to the alpine village of Wanaka.  Wanaka is a laid back town sitting on the shores of Lake Wanaka and surrounded by mountains, some of which are epic ski destinations during winter.  During summer you can explore by mountain bike or walk the lake trails.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Nevis Bungy Jump

Queenstown is where bungy jumping was pioneered by AJ Hackett and the first commercial jump started in 1988 at the Kawarau Bridge (on the main road into Queenstown from the east). If a bungy jump is on your 'to do' list them Queenstown is the place. AJ Hackett operates 3 sites in Queenstown. The Nevis Bungy is New Zealand's highest bungy at 134 metres and 8 1/2 seconds of freefall. Located in the Nevis Valley high above the Nevis River this is the ultimate adrenalin experience.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - NZONE Skydive Queenstown 15000 ft jump

NZONE skydive are New Zealand's premier skydiving outfit located in the Adventure Capital of Queenstown. Experience the thrill of a lifetime with a Tandem Skydive over some of the most breath taking scenery in the world. On the ride to altitude, take in the magnificent scenery of this world heritage area with snow capped mountains all year round surrounded by beach forests, sheer rock faces and winding rivers which promise an amazing flight and an exhilarating and breathtaking descent over Lake Wakatipu.

Your Accommodation: YHA Wanaka Purple Cow

The Purple Cow is set a short distance from the restaurants and bars of Wanaka with an outstanding view over the lake and surrounding mountains. During winter you can relax in front of a roaring fire in the lounge and dining area.

Meals included: Breakfast

YHA Wanaka Purple Cow

Day 17: Head west to the rugged coastline and glaciers of Franz Josef

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Wanaka to Franz Josef

This morning there's time to explore a bit more of what makes Wanaka so special. If you're feeling daring why not start the day with a skydive over Wanaka or a unique flight in a Tiger Moth biplane for the very best views. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground and early morning hike up Mt Iron will reward you with magnificent views or for some mind bending fund check out Puzzling World. Leaving Wanaka you'll head to the ruggedly beautiful West Coast, home to rainforests, rivers, waterfalls and glaciers that almost meet the sea.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Skydive Lake Wanaka 12000 ft tandem jump

Experience the jaw dropping scenery of Wanaka, its lakes and mountains as you freefall at 200kph. A tandem skydive with Skydive Lake Wanaka is the ultimate adrenalin rush in the ultimate location. Using the latest custom build plane and operating the best safety standards enjoy the 15-20 minute climb over the Wanaka scenery before exiting the plane securely strapped to a qualified and experienced skydiver. Descend from 15,000 feet (60 seconds of freefall) plus DVD's of your experience you can be sure a Skydive at lake Wanaka will be something you will remember for ever.

Your Accommodation: Chateau Franz Backpackers

Fantastic accommodation in the glacier region with loads of free offerings, including free internet and international phone calls, free breakfast and in the evenings enjoy the free soup and popcorn while you watch DVD’s.

Meals included: Breakfast

Chateau Franz Backpackers

Day 18: Today is free to explore the glacier or maybe kayak or quad bike

Haka Tours 24 Day Epic NZ Tour - Day 18

Explore Franz Josef

While staying in Franz Josef getting up close to the glacier should be top of your list!  Either take a walk to the terminal face, a scenic flight over the glaciers for far reaching views or the ultimate – get onto the blue ice for a heli-hike adventure.  At the end of your busy day a soak in the glacier hot pools is a fantastic way to wind down.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Across Country Quad Bikes, Franz Josef

Depart the "quad base" and head across stony braided riverbeds, see glacial fed rivers and listen to our guides tell you about local history. Drive though dense rain forest and soak up the atmosphere as you pass by ferns, mosses and mature podocarp trees in this lush watery world. Ride out to 10,000 year old moraine left by ancient glacial pathways and enjoy enough space to roam. View snow capped peaks and "Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere" otherwise known as the Franz Josef glacier as it plunges from around 2500 metres into the green canopy of the forest a mere 230 metres above sea level. The Vehicles are incredibly easy to ride. There is a passenger option if you would prefer not to drive.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Heli Ice Explorer with Franz Josef Glacier Guides

Take a short helicopter ride from the township to the remarkable Pinnacles area on the glacier. Your experienced guide will navigate you through a maze of ice and explain the dramatic environmental changes over the last few years. See this unique and fascinating landscape up close spending around 3 hours on the glacier. All equipment is provided and entry to the hot pools is included also to soak and relax following your adventure.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Glacier Heli Hike with Franz Josef Glacier Guides

The Franz Josef Glacier helicopter tour is a once in a lifetime experience that should not be missed. From the moment you step on board our chopper, your experienced and highly trained pilot will whisk you away, up and over the jaw-dropping landscape. After a thrilling flight, high above the rugged terrain, you will land on the glacier, ready to undertake a two hour guided glacier hike. Your friendly guide will lead you through some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring glacier scenery in the world. You'll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, and with plenty of photo opportunities, and the chance to learn more about this magnificent glacier, this will almost certainly be your most memorable New Zealand experience and one you will remember forever.

Your Accommodation: Chateau Franz Backpackers

Fantastic accommodation in the glacier region with loads of free offerings, including free internet and international phone calls, free breakfast and in the evenings enjoy the free soup and popcorn while you watch DVD’s.

Meals included: Breakfast

Chateau Franz Backpackers

Day 19: Follow the coast road north to Punakaiki

Haka Tours 24 Day Epic NZ Tour - Day 19

Franz Josef to Punakaiki

Keep your camera handy today as you travel back in time north along the West Coast, passing ancient forests and plenty of uninhabited space. Your knowledgeable guide will take you off the road to some hidden gems that will give you a real sense of being in an untouched world. In Hokitika you'll gain a great understanding of the importance of pounamu or greenstone to Maori and how the South Island got its name of Te Waipounamu meaning 'the water greenstone'. You'll also watch a master craftsman turning the pounamu into pieces of art. Today's destination is Punakaiki, home to the Pancake Rocks.

Your Accommodation: Te Nikau Retreat

Te Nikau Retreat is a unique accommodation set amidst lush West Coast rainforest bordering Paparoa National Park. With a range of quirky lodges and cabins this charming spot will have you spellbound.

Meals included: Breakfast

Te Nikau Retreat

Day 20: Explore the Pancake Rocks of Punakaiki

Haka Tours 24 Day Epic NZ Tour - Day 20

Explore Punakaiki

The Pancake Rocks are a natural phenomenon created out of massive basalt columns set along the coast near Punakaiki.  At high tide waves shoot up through the maze of columns creating spectacular blowholes.  Nearby Paparoa National Park is the best place to experience caving and the glowworms that live there, or you could go horse trekking, kayaking or even a bit of surfing on those wild waves.  This evening you’ll join your group for a bonfire on the beach.

Your Accommodation: Te Nikau Retreat

Te Nikau Retreat is a unique accommodation set amidst lush West Coast rainforest bordering Paparoa National Park. With a range of quirky lodges and cabins this charming spot will have you spellbound.

Meals included: Breakfast

Te Nikau Retreat

Day 21: Follow the Buller River inland then head north to the Tasman Region

Haka Tours 24 Day Epic NZ Tour - Day 21

Punakaiki to Abel Tasman

Today you’ll make your way north to the balmy Tasman region, home to the idyllic Abel Tasman National Park.  Here warm turquoise waters lap on golden sandy beaches and you’ll feel like you’re in a different country to the wild West Coast you just left behind.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Skydive Abel Tasman 16500 ft jump

With your expert tandem skydive instructor, you'll jump out of Skydive Abel Tasman's Pilatus Porter PC-6 aircraft from 16500 feet and into an incredible freefall over stunning scenery.  See both Islands, turquoise ocean's and mountains. You'll slow from a 200km/h descent to a safe, controlled canopy landing. Skydive Abel Tasman have a great range of tandem skydiving options to choose from, and their friendly team will give you the best day of your life.

Your Accommodation: The Barn Backpackers

The Barn Backpackers is located in Marahau, gateway to the beaches and aqua waters of Abel Tasman National Park. With clean facilities and loads of character this is a great place to stay in a stunning part of the world.

Meals included: Breakfast

The Barn Backpackers

Day 22: Relax in the idyllic Abel Tasman National Park

Haka Tours 24 Day Epic NZ Tour - Day 22

Explore Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park can be explored by foot, cruising, sailing or kayaking – this last one is a great choice if you fancy seeing some playful seals up close.  One of easiest New Zealand Great Walks, the Abel Tasman follows the coast here and short sections can be walked in a day.  Tonight you’ll spend the night in the National Park on board a boat turned backpackers, enjoy a BBQ with your Haka friends and take in the massive night sky.

Your Accommodation: Aquapackers Abel Tasman National Park

Wake to the sound of lapping water when you spend a night on board the floating Abel Tasman backpackers, Aquapackers! For a very unique Abel Tasman experience you’ll be located in Anchorage Bay with the freedom to explore the park as you like and a fantastic vantage point for wildlife watching.

Meals included: Breakfast

Aquapackers Abel Tasman National Park

Day 23: Crossing the top of the South Island, you then catch the ferry to Wellington

Haka Tours 24 Day Epic NZ Tour - Day 23

Abel Tasman National Park to Wellington

Leaving Abel Tasman you’ll pass through Nelson which frequently claims the ‘sunniest place in New Zealand’ title and is also home to many fine craft breweries and a range of artists creating quirky and cool creations.  It’s then onto Havelock, famous for the green lipped mussels which you should definitely try.  Arriving into Picton you’ll board the ferry to Wellington and the North Island.

Your Accommodation: YHA Wellington

Ultra clean, modern, bright, fun and friendly. YHA Wellington is one of the most centrally located hostels in Wellington and ideal for everything that Wellington has to offer.

Meals included: Breakfast

YHA Wellington

Day 24: Travel north back to Auckland where this tour ends

Wellington to Auckland

Today is a long day on the road back to Auckland, plenty of time to swap photos, stories and contact details with your new friends.

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