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Kakariki 18 day small group tour with MoaTrek

Experience country life and leisurely touring on this small group New Zealand tour. In the North Island explore the beautiful Bay of Islands, enjoy the warmth of Maori culture and explore the volcanic Tongariro National Park. In the South Island relax on the golden beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park before encountering the magnificent alpine scenery of Mount Cook and Fiordland’s Milford Sound.

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 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Queenstown
 18 days/ 17 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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Hokianga Harbour, New Zealand
Rotorua, New Zealand

At a glance - Kakariki 18 day small group tour with MoaTrek

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland. Accommodation: The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Day 2: Auckland to Hokianga. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga

Day 3: Hokianga to Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Day 4: Explore Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Day 5: Bay of Islands to Auckland. Accommodation: The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Day 6: Auckland to Rotorua. Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Day 7: Explore Rotorua. Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Day 8: Rotorua to Tongariro National Park. Accommodation: Bayview Chateau Tongariro

Day 9: Tongariro National Park to Napier. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Day 10: Napier to Wellington. Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 11: Wellington to Blenheim to Nelson. Accommodation: Century Park Motor Lodge

Day 12: Explore Abel Tasman National Park. Accommodation: Century Park Motor Lodge

Day 13: Nelson to Kaikoura. Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura

Day 14: Kaikoura to Mt Cook National Park. Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel standard room Mount Cook view

Day 15: Mt Cook National Park to Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 16: Queenstown to Milford Sound to Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 17: Explore Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 18: Depart Queenstown.

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Kakariki 18 day small group tour with MoaTrek - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland

Arrive into Auckland

Your tour starts from Auckland, New Zealand’s "City of Sails" and one of the friendly MoaTrek team will meet you at the airport today (or whenever you arrive) and will drop you off at your hotel. Your home for the night is just a short stroll away from the cafes and restaurants of Viaduct Harbour, Wynyard Quarter, Princes Wharf and the downtown shopping district. Can’t wait to get out into that New Zealand fresh air?  Ferries to Devonport or the Hauraki Gulf islands are right there too!

There’s no better way to get your bearings than to take the stunning view from the Sky Tower, or a short ride to the Auckland Museum, watching over the city from the Auckland Domain.

Your Accommodation: The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is a central city 4.5 star apartment hotel situated within one of the City Of Sails most exciting locations, directly on the Auckland Viaduct Harbour, adjacent to many restaurants and bars and inner city shopping.

The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Day 2: Auckland to Hokianga

Auckland to Waipoua Forest to Hokianga

Your New Zealand adventure begins with a real local’s treat, Muriwai Beach on the West Coast, a Kiwi favourite. Follow your guide for a short stroll along the headland for stunning views of the Tasman Sea and gannet colony on the nearby clifftops.

From Muriwai you'll head for Northland, the "birthplace of the nation". Skirting the Kaipara Harbour you'll continue to the excellent Matakohe Kauri Museum to learn the history and significance of the mighty kauri tree. In the ancient Waipoua Kauri forest you'll meet our members of Ngapuhi, the northernmost Maori tribe. Ngapuhi are the guardians of the Hokianga harbour where Kupe "the great navigator" became the first person to set foot on Aotearoa. You will be welcomed with a special "Karakia" from your hosts and then walk to the magnificent kauri tree "Tane Mahuta". You'll relax over dinner in your beachside accommodation with new friends.

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga

Situated at Omapere, right on the waters edge of the Hokianga Harbour with a stunning view to huge sand dunes across the bay the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga is a perfect place to discover the rich history and beauty of the Hokianga.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga

Day 3: Hokianga to Bay of Islands

Hokianga to Bay of Islands

Your day starts with a harbour cruise with another one of Ngapuhi friends, Pete. He’ll tell you why all Kiwis have heard of Opononi and take you on your first foray off the beaten track, across the harbour for a walk along the deserted beach and for the adventurous, the chance to try sand boarding!

Northland is one of the narrowest spots in the North Island which makes for an easy day from the Hokianga to the Bay of Islands on the "other side". There’s time for plenty of stops along the way, like the famous Stone Store in Kerikeri, New Zealand’s oldest stone building. Arriving in the beautiful Bay of Islands, you'll continue onto your home for the next two nights. From your hotel walk just across the lawn to the Waitangi Treaty House for the guided tour. You'll be standing on the spot where in 1840 Maori chiefs and Queen Victoria’s representatives signed the treaty which gave birth to the nation.

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands is located within the Waitangi Treaty grounds, surrounded by native bush and the beautiful Bay of Islands Harbour.

Meals included: Breakfast

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Day 4: Explore Bay of Islands

Explore Bay of Islands

Getting out on the pristine waters of the Bay of Islands is an absolute must! Take your pick from swimming with dolphins or a relaxed cruise to Cape Brett and the famous "Hole in the Rock". Whichever you choose, you’ll see why locals love coming on holiday here so much and how two nights here is the perfect start to your tour.

Your fun on the water finishes at Russell (Kororareka), the very first capital of New Zealand, a small town with a rollicking 19th century past. It’s come a long way since it was a favourite haunt of whalers and sealers, with no police or laws you can imagine what went on! Visit the colonial buildings, walk the waterfront or climb Flagstaff Hill for spectacular views before the short ferry ride back to Paihia.  

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands is located within the Waitangi Treaty grounds, surrounded by native bush and the beautiful Bay of Islands Harbour.

Meals included: Breakfast

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Day 5: Bay of Islands to Auckland

Bay of Islands to Auckland

Today’s another chance to get off the beaten track, one of the real advantages of travelling in a small group. Your first port of call are the Kawiti Glowworm Caves. The caves are named after the famous Maori chief of the area Kawiti and still belong to his family. His great grandson Te Tawai Kawiti showed the first visitors through the caves in the 1950s.

Glowworms are something most Kiwis grew up with but are surprised to learn that they’re extremely rare in other countries. The ancient limestone caves are home to millions of twinkling glowworms including the famous Milky Way cavern that you’ll learn all about from your friendly guide.

This afternoon you’ll head back to Auckland for the night, right in the heart of it all in the viaduct.

Your Accommodation: The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is a central city 4.5 star apartment hotel situated within one of the City Of Sails most exciting locations, directly on the Auckland Viaduct Harbour, adjacent to many restaurants and bars and inner city shopping.

Meals included: Breakfast

The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Day 6: Auckland to Rotorua

Auckland to Rotorua

From Auckland you'll travel to Rotorua via the lush pastures of the Waikato and fruit basket of the Bay of Plenty. Your first stop is the dramatic Karangahake Gorge for a stroll alongside the Ohinemuri River through native bush to the relics and ruins of this region's gold-mining past.

Near Te Puke, the Kiwifruit capital of the world, you'll visit a working Kiwifruit orchard before continuing on to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Along the way, at Okawa Bay, you'll board "Tiua", a 53ft catamaran for a relaxing sail on serene Lake Rotoiti to secluded coves and natural hot pools reached only by boat - a memorable end to an awesome day.

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

Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Day 7: Explore Rotorua

Explore Rotorua

You have two nights in Rotorua, so take it easy this morning! Perhaps stroll down to the lakeside, just minutes from your hotel, or enjoy one of Rotorua's many guided tours and attractions. Don’t miss nearby Ohinemutu marae, one of only two living Maori villages left in New Zealand. You'll head to the famous 'Buried Village of Te Wairoa' for a hosted lunch with your new friends David and Karen, you’ll love them and their stories from their Maori and European histories.

After lunch you'll take a walk around the village itself before learning all about New Zealand's national icon (the Kiwi bird) and the amazing efforts that go into ensuring their survival at the Rotorua Kiwi Encounter.  When you see a live Kiwi you'll be amazed at how big they are!

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 8: Rotorua to Tongariro National Park

Rotorua to Tongariro National Park

No Kiwi holiday would be complete without a visit to the surreal, geothermal reserve of Wai-O-Tapu. The bubbling mud pools and incredibly colourful silica terraces are unforgettable.

You'll continue on to "Great Lake" Taupo, for a stop at the famous Huka Falls. There will be plenty of stops around the lake to enjoy the magnificent views of the three volcanoes - Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. The lunar landscape of the volcanic plateau is your next stop at Tongariro National Park. You’ll love the grandeur of your home for the night Chateau Tongariro at the foot of Mt Ruapehu, the perfect spot to stretch your legs on a short walk before dinner.

Your Accommodation: Bayview Chateau Tongariro

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

Day 9: Tongariro National Park to Napier

Tongariro National Park to Napier

Your day starts in style, with breakfast at the historic Chateau Tongariro nestled at the base of the mountains. This is the heart of New Zealand’s North Island, from this volcanic plateau you'll make your way across the high country and down to the seaside holiday spot of Hawke’s Bay. There won’t be many Kiwis who don’t have awesome summer holiday memories from ‘the Bay’! You'll slip right into holiday mode as you pass through the idyllic Hawke's Bay patchwork of orchards, pasture, vineyards and of course the sweeping coastline. On to Napier, where the afternoon is yours to explore the town at your leisure.

Renowned for its Art Deco architecture, Napier was rebuilt in this style after an earthquake in 1931 and nowadays the whole community embraces Art Deco, there’s definitely a ‘Great Gatsby’ feel to the place! On arrival, take your pick of a guided walking tour of the Napier's impressive Art Deco buildings, or you may prefer a cocktail overlooking the ocean, you’re in the best spot possible tonight!

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Scenic Hotel Te Pania offers 4-star accommodation of a truly international standard. The hotel's slender curved form echoes the shape of the bay, and guests enjoy sweeping views out over the water from a premium waterfront location on Marine Parade.

Meals included: Breakfast

Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Day 10: Napier to Wellington

Napier to Wellington

With Napier firmly tucked within your heart, say goodbye as you travel through the countryside and vineyards, through the small towns of Norsewood and Dannevirke before heading down the Wairarapa Plains to historic, arty Greytown. Its picturesque main street is lined with antique, craft and gift shops, it’s also at the centre of the Wairarapa's premium wine-growing region, go on, grab a glass with lunch, you’re on holiday!

Something different about this tour is the overnight stay in Wellington, you can’t miss ’the coolest little capital in the world'. You’ll check out the city's sights and head up Mt Victoria for the stunning views over the harbour before getting settled for the night. You’re right in the heart of Wellington's vibrant hub of museums, theatres, galleries, boutiques and cafes.  Looking for some local flavour? Ask for one of Wellington’s trendy craft beers with your dinner.

Your Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

The Bolton Hotel is a contemporary apartment hotel in the heart of Wellington's CBD. This hotel has 142 guest rooms and suites are furnished in a contemporary style and feature Sky Digital television, movies on demand, high-speed Internet (including WiFi), a personal bar, and air-conditioning.

Meals included: Breakfast

Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 11: Wellington to Blenheim to Nelson

Wellington to Blenheim to Nelson

This morning you'll cruise on the Interislander ferry for three hours across Cook Strait and up beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton. With your feet firmly planted on “Te Waka a Maui”, Maori for the South Island, your first stop is Forrest Wines for tasting and lunch, right in the heart of the world famous Marlborough sauvignon blanc region.

From wine country you'll head through the heart of Marlborough toward Nelson, the sunshine capital of New Zealand and gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park. Along the way you'll cross the Pelorus River bridge, scene of the Barrel Run from the Hobbit movies. In Nelson relax and unpack, this is home for two nights.

Your Accommodation: Century Park Motor Lodge

Located in the heart of Nelson close to great restaurants, Century Park Motor Lodge offers outstanding apartment style accommodation. You’ll enjoy modern facilities and a high level of customer service from your friendly hosts.

Meals included: Breakfast

Century Park Motor Lodge

Day 12: Explore Abel Tasman National Park

Explore Abel Tasman National Park

Today is a highlight of the tour for many people – everyone has seen stunning photos of Abel Tasman National Park and now you’re here. Take your pick from a full scenic cruise or a cruise/walk combo to hike a section of the coastal track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. Find out how a recent crowd funded initiative increased the area our country's smallest national park to protect even more of this iconic landscape.

The coast is dotted with islands just offshore, sheltered bays, estuaries and golden sand beaches. Lie on the beach, or go for a swim, keeping your eye out for dolphins who often make an appearance. The park is sheltered from ocean swells and enjoys fantastic weather all year round. After your magical day out you'll return to Nelson for another night.

Your Accommodation: Century Park Motor Lodge

Located in the heart of Nelson close to great restaurants, Century Park Motor Lodge offers outstanding apartment style accommodation. You’ll enjoy modern facilities and a high level of customer service from your friendly hosts.

Meals included: Breakfast

Century Park Motor Lodge

Day 13: Nelson to Kaikoura

Nelson to Kaikoura

We return to Blenheim through Pelorus Bridge and Havelock and leave behind the dry hills of Marlborough for the Kaikoura Peninsula. The road hugs the rugged coastline between the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura Ranges as we head south and the views are truly spectacular. Your afternoon is free to explore Kaikoura’s bountiful marine wildlife - a result of the ocean canyon close offshore. There are many optional excursions from swimming with seals and dolphins to whale watching cruises and flights. One of the many highlights is viewing the seal colony with a backdrop of the Kaikoura mountains and coastline.

Your Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura

The White Morph sits on the sea front close to restaurants and shops. A great range of accommodation from Superior Studios to Luxury Spa rooms all very well equipped including kitchenettes.

Meals included: Breakfast

The White Morph, Kaikoura

Day 14: Kaikoura to Mt Cook National Park

Kaikoura to Mt. Cook National Park

The highway continues down the coast and winds inland over the Hunderlee Hills to the Canterbury Plains. Our special lunch destination is Akaunui Farm homestead where we enjoy the warm hospitality of Di and Ian Mackenzie, picking up farming tips from Ian and lunching on fresh produce from Di’s bountiful garden. After lunch sweeping vistas of tussock lands and mountains open up ahead. The small church on the edge of aquamarine Lake Tekapo and a statue celebrating the high country sheep dog make irresistible photo stops.

Your Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel standard room Mount Cook view

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 standard room Mount Cook view

Day 15: Mt Cook National Park to Queenstown

Mt Cook National Park to Queenstown

Always a memorable time on tour, your day in Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain and ‘home ground’ of the most famous Kiwi of all, Sir Edmund Hillary. Take your pick from exploring the dramatic landscape on one of the many easy walking tracks around the village, or make it an experience you’ll never forget with a boat cruise on the glacial lake, a scenic flight or a heli hike high up on the Tasman Glacier!

After lunch you’ll head south, over the Lindis Pass and through the rugged scenery of the Kawarau Gorge onto Queenstown – the adventure capital of New Zealand. You’ll head up the Gondola to Bob’s Peak for breathtaking views to give you a bird’s eye view of the stunning Wakatipu. Tonight take your pick from the best of Queenstown's restaurants and bars, all an easy walk from your home for the next three nights!

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 16: Queenstown to Milford Sound to Queenstown

Queenstown to Milford Sound for nature cruise, then a scenic flight back to Queenstown

Today is all about the one and only Milford Sound, from Queenstown you'll follow the shores of the great southern lakes before heading into the heart of Fiordland National Park on the spectacular Milford Road.  

On arrival at Milford cruise by launch out onto the sound, dominated by iconic Mitre Peak and home to birdlife, seal colonies and pods of dolphins. A magical flight over the Southern Alps will return you to Queenstown at the end of a fantastic day of touring by land, sea and air. The very best of Milford.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 17: Explore Queenstown

Explore Queenstown at leisure

Today is yours to make the most of the infinite choice of day tours and activities Queenstown has to offer and your "Kiwi Guide" will be right there to help.  

A jet boat ride on the remote and beautiful Dart River in "The Lord of the Rings" scenery, walking along the lakeshore and the Botanic Gardens or take a thrilling raft ride on the Kawarau River. These are some of the famous Queenstown activities. Other favourites are wine tasting in the celebrated boutique vineyards of Central Otago, golf on one of New Zealand’s best courses, a day walk on the famous Routeburn Track or cruising Lake Wakatipu on the 1912 Steamship, the TSS "Earnslaw".

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 18: Depart Queenstown

Depart Queenstown

This morning relax over a leisurely breakfast before being picked up form your hotel for transfer to the airport for your flight home after your memorable tour. Ka kite ano - "See you again".

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