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MoaTrekMoaTrek Kaka 17 Day Tour

Get to know Maori culture and Kiwi hospitality relaxing over private lunches with the locals. Stroll gentle trails through our National Parks and get close up to our scenic wonders from the volcanoes of the north to the breath-taking high country, lakes, fiords and coastline of the south. You’ll be amazed it’s all the same country.

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Christchurch
 17 days/ 16 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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At a glance - MoaTrek Kaka 17 Day Tour

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland. Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Day 2: Auckland to Rotorua with lunch at Tarawera. Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Day 3: Rotorua to the National Park. Accommodation: Bayview Chateau Tongariro (or similar)

Day 4: Arrive in the "cool" little capital. Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington (or similar)

Day 5: Leisure time in Wellington. Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington (or similar)

Day 6: Cruise to the South Island. Accommodation: Trailways Hotel (or similar)

Day 7: Explore Abel Tasman National Park. Accommodation: Trailways Hotel (or similar)

Day 8: Spot the bountiful marine life in Kaikoura. Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura (or similar)

Day 9: Travel inland to Mt Cook. Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel (or similar)

Day 10: Cross over the mountains to Queenstown. Accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Day 11: Fly from Queenstown to Milford for a spectacular cruise. Accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Day 12: Enjoy some free time in Queenstown. Accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Day 13: From Queenstown visit Arrowtown then on to Wanaka. Accommodation: Edgewater (or similar)

Day 14: Weave up the West coast to Franz Josef. Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites (or similar)

Day 15: There's time today for an optional helihike on one of the local glaciers. Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort (or similar)

Day 16: Check out some natural wonders like the Pancake Rocks near Punakaiki. Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort (or similar)

Day 17: This afternoon finish your 17 day adventure in Christchurch.

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MoaTrek Kaka 17 Day Tour - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland

MoaTrek Kaka 17 Day Tour - Day 1

Auckland to Rotorua via the Karangahake Gorge

Your Karangahake Gorge walk combines dramatic river scenery, native bush and relics of early goldmines. At a Kiwifruit orchard, you'll hear all about this famous fruit. This afternoon enjoys a private cruise aboard a 53ft catamaran on Lake Rotoiti, a special highlight, calling into secluded bays and hot pools reached only by water.

Your Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Novotel Lakeside Rotorua is a 4.5 star property located on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua and set in park surroundings. Just minutes from the city centre, cafes and restaurants plus the numerous tourist attractions including water activities on the lake, a golf course, museum, and thermal reserves.

Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Day 2: Auckland to Rotorua with lunch at Tarawera

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Activities in Rotorua then lunch at Lake Tarawera

There’s time to enjoy one of Rotorua’s unique optional activities or simply wander beside Lake Rotorua near your hotel. Drive out to beautiful Lake Tarawera for lunch with the Walmsley family who have many stories to tell of their Maori and Pakeha (European) history in this region once famous for the Pink and White Terraces.

Your Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Novotel Lakeside Rotorua is a 4.5 star property located on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua and set in park surroundings. Just minutes from the city centre, cafes and restaurants plus the numerous tourist attractions including water activities on the lake, a golf course, museum, and thermal reserves.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Day 3: Rotorua to the National Park

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Rotorua to the Tongariro National Park

The surreal, geothermal reserve Wai-O-Tapu is alive with bubbling mud pools, silica terraces and deep pools of unforgettable colours. Stop at thundering Huka Falls and Lake Taupo and stay the night in the World Heritage Tongariro National Park. Relax at the Chateau Tongariro Hotel or walk the gentle trail to Taranaki Falls to enjoy the alpine views.

Your Accommodation: Bayview Chateau Tongariro (or similar)

Bayview Chateau Tongariro, nestled at the foot of Mount Ruapehu, was completed in 1929 and still retains many of its original features. It is one of New Zealand's few hotels located in a World Heritage Park and offers the most prestigious accommodation in the region.

Meals included: Breakfast

Bayview Chateau Tongariro (or similar)

Day 4: Arrive in the "cool" little capital

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Tongariro National Park to Wellington

Drive-up Mt Ruapehu to the Top o’ the Bruce for panoramic views of Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro before continuing down the centre of the island to Wellington. Tour the city and check out the sights from Mt Victoria, stay two nights at The Bolton Hotel in “the coolest little capital in the world”.

Your Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington (or similar)

The Bolton Hotel offers contemporary apartment-style accommodation in the heart of Wellington. Just steps from the Parliament buildings and central business district, Bolton Hotel is conveniently close to the best of the city's shops, cafes and restaurants and is within walking distance of Wellington's vibrant waterfront.

Meals included: Breakfast

Bolton Hotel Wellington (or similar)

Day 5: Leisure time in Wellington

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A day at leisure in Wellington

The day is yours to enjoy. The waterfront is just a short walk away and Te Papa National Museum. There's a selection of activities to choose from plus great cafes and boutique breweries. Wellington is also the spiritual home of The Lord of the Rings and you can visit Weta Workshop too.

Your Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington (or similar)

The Bolton Hotel offers contemporary apartment-style accommodation in the heart of Wellington. Just steps from the Parliament buildings and central business district, Bolton Hotel is conveniently close to the best of the city's shops, cafes and restaurants and is within walking distance of Wellington's vibrant waterfront.

Meals included: Breakfast

Bolton Hotel Wellington (or similar)

Day 6: Cruise to the South Island

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Wellington to Nelson via the Cook Strait

You cruise across Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry and up to the stunning Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton to step ashore on the South Island. At Forrest Estate Wines you call in for a tasting and lunch in this premier wine region before continuing to Nelson and Trailways Hotel.

Your Accommodation: Trailways Hotel (or similar)

Centrally located within a few minutes walk of Nelson’s central shopping precinct, theatres, eateries, the information centre, and close to the scenic waterfront. Located right on the river, many of the rooms open onto a river view. Also overlooking the river is their award-winning restaurant: The Tides Restaurant and Bar.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Trailways Hotel (or similar)

Day 7: Explore Abel Tasman National Park

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Cruise through the Abel Tasman National Park

At Kaiteriteri Beach meet a local guide and cruise by catamaran and walk, as much or as little as you choose, along the stunning Abel Tasman coastline of islands, sheltered bays, estuaries and golden, sandy beaches. There’s time to relax on the beach with a picnic lunch and take a swim before returning to Nelson.

Your Accommodation: Trailways Hotel (or similar)

Centrally located within a few minutes walk of Nelson’s central shopping precinct, theatres, eateries, the information centre, and close to the scenic waterfront. Located right on the river, many of the rooms open onto a river view. Also overlooking the river is their award-winning restaurant: The Tides Restaurant and Bar.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Trailways Hotel (or similar)

Day 8: Spot the bountiful marine life in Kaikoura

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Nelson to Kaikoura

The road hugs the spectacular coastline between the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura Ranges. Your afternoon is free to see Kaikoura’s bountiful marine life, the result of the ocean canyon close offshore. Optional excursions include whale watching cruises, flights and kayaking at sunset. You'll stay not far from the seal colony at The White Morph.

Your Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura (or similar)

Set on the Esplanade in Kaikōura, The White Morph enjoys commanding views of the ocean and mountains. Just a 10-minute walk into town, The White Morph has been beautifully placed so that you can take in the spectacular scenery of Kaikoura while enjoying the variety of attractions on offer.

Meals included: Breakfast

The White Morph, Kaikoura (or similar)

Day 9: Travel inland to Mt Cook

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Kaikoura to Mt Cook

From Kaikoura, the Hunderlee Hills lead to the Canterbury Plains where you join hosts Di and Ian Mackenzie for a memorable lunch at their Akaunui farm homestead set amid beautiful gardens. The turquoise-coloured lakes, Tekapo and Pukaki, are unforgettable photo stops on your way to stay at The Hermitage Hotel in the alps.

Your Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel (or similar)

The Hermitage Hotel ringed by magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, is a world-renowned tourist destination and has been an icon of superior accommodation and dining since 1884.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Hermitage Hotel (or similar)

Day 10: Cross over the mountains to Queenstown

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Mt. Cook National Park south to Queenstown

Explore the magnificent landscape crowned by Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain, on an easy walking track from the village or treat yourself to a scenic flight or cruise on a glacial lake. Later drive over the golden tussock lands of the Lindis Pass and onto Queenstown your home for three nights.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Scenic Suites Queenstown offers guests exquisite style, comfort and spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu and the Southern Alps. The hotel prides itself on its four star hospitality that will make your stay in Queenstown even more memorable.

Meals included: Breakfast

Scenic Suites Queenstown

Day 11: Fly from Queenstown to Milford for a spectacular cruise

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Queenstown to Milford Sound

From Queenstown, follow the shores of the great lakes Wakatipu and Te Anau into the mountains and waterfalls of Fiordland National Park. Cruise on Milford Sound dominated by iconic Mitre Peak and home to seal colonies and dolphins. After this enjoy a magnificent scenic flight back over the Southern Alps to Queenstown concluding the most fantastic day.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Scenic Suites Queenstown offers guests exquisite style, comfort and spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu and the Southern Alps. The hotel prides itself on its four star hospitality that will make your stay in Queenstown even more memorable.

Meals included: Breakfast

Scenic Suites Queenstown

Day 12: Enjoy some free time in Queenstown

MoaTrek Kaka 17 Day Tour - Day 12

Queenstown leisure day

Today is yours to make the most of the infinite number of activities Queenstown has to offer. Your Kiwi Guide is right there to help you choose from a jet boat ride on the Dart River in The Lord of the Rings scenery, wine tasting at the vineyards or a day walk on the famous Routeburn Track and many more.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Scenic Suites Queenstown offers guests exquisite style, comfort and spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu and the Southern Alps. The hotel prides itself on its four star hospitality that will make your stay in Queenstown even more memorable.

Meals included: Breakfast

Scenic Suites Queenstown

Day 13: From Queenstown visit Arrowtown then on to Wanaka

MoaTrek Kaka 17 Day Tour - Day 13

Queenstown to Wanaka

In the leafy village of Arrowtown, gold mining history comes alive beside the Arrow River. Drive over the Crown Range and stop for the last views of the Wakatipu basin then call in for refreshments at picture-perfect Cardrona Hotel. From Edgewater, tonight's lakeside hotel, you can bike the waterfront trail or kayak on the lake.

Your Accommodation: Edgewater (or similar)

Edgewater is Wanaka's leading hotel located right on the edge of Lake Wanaka. A short stroll to the town centres shops, cafes and restaurants and close to many walking trails the resort is ideal to explore this wonderful Alpine setting.

Meals included: Breakfast

Edgewater (or similar)

Day 14: Weave up the West coast to Franz Josef

MoaTrek Kaka 17 Day Tour - Day 14

Wanaka to Franz Josef

The pristine Haast Pass in Mt Aspiring National Park has well-maintained short tracks leading to cascading waterfalls and clear blue pools. Discover the beauty of Westland Tai Poutini World Heritage Park’s wild West Coast beaches and lush, primaeval rainforest and stop at Fox Glacier and Lake Matheson before we reach Franz Josef to stay at Punga Grove.

Your Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites (or similar)

Punga Grove is right in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier village and offers affordable and stylish accommodation in a beautiful rainforest setting.

Meals included: Breakfast

Punga Grove Motel & Suites (or similar)

Day 15: There's time today for an optional helihike on one of the local glaciers

MoaTrek Kaka 17 Day Tour - Day 15

Franz Josef to Punakaiki

The morning is free to walk to Franz Josef Glacier lookout or take an optional helihike or flight or cruise out on Okarito lagoon in search of the rare Kotuku, White Heron. In Hokitika, the home of Pounamu (greenstone), meet the carvers of this treasured stone. Your home for two nights is beside the beach at Punakaiki Resort.

Your Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort (or similar)

The Punakaiki Resort is a modern, award-winning hotel complex, architecturally designed to harmonise with the local environment. Nestled in the foothills of Papaproa National Park the resort has spectacular views of the Wild West Coast beaches while all rooms have rainforest and/or ocean views.

Meals included: Breakfast

Punakaiki Resort (or similar)

Day 16: Check out some natural wonders like the Pancake Rocks near Punakaiki

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Punakaiki to Cape Foulwind daytrip

Close to our hotel is the leading local attraction, the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, limestone stacks weathered by the sea. Paparoa Park has towering limestone cliffs and karst rock formations with river valleys draped in a subtropical forest. Walk to an isolated beach or the seal colony at Cape Foulwind. A favourite option is the glow worm cave at Charleston.

Your Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort (or similar)

The Punakaiki Resort is a modern, award-winning hotel complex, architecturally designed to harmonise with the local environment. Nestled in the foothills of Papaproa National Park the resort has spectacular views of the Wild West Coast beaches while all rooms have rainforest and/or ocean views.

Meals included: Breakfast

Punakaiki Resort (or similar)

Day 17: This afternoon finish your 17 day adventure in Christchurch

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Travel back to Christchurch

Leaving the West Coast head eastwards to Christchurch through the alpine beech forests of Arthur's Pass National Park. Stop to enjoy the mischievous antics of the Keas (alpine parrots) and take short walks in the forest and to the rock formations at Castle Hill. The dramatic landscapes make a fitting finale to your adventure with MoaTrek.

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