Kakariki 16 Day Tour

16 days / 15 nights
From NZ$9,190 per person Twin Share. NZ$11,290 Single.
Twin Share. NZ$11,290 Single.

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. While in the South Island relax on the golden beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park before encountering the magnificent alpine scenery of Mt Cook and Fiordland National Park.

Starts in Auckland
Ends in Queenstown

 

Highlights

  • Enjoy a visit to Russell’s historic waterfront
  • Travel the dramatic highway through the Karangahake Gorge
  • Immerse yourself in the history of Rotorua’s Lake Tarawera
  • Explore Rotorua and learn more about the surrounding geothermal region
  • View the powerful Huka Falls and learn about the importance of the Wairakei
    geothermal power station
  • Look across Lake Taupo to see views of three active volcanoes
  • Enjoy the wilderness of the Tongariro National Park in the central North Island
  • Explore the small, but perfectly formed, capital city of Wellington
  • Visit Lake Tekapo and the picturesque ‘Church of the Good Shepherd'
  • Explore the breathtaking scenery of the Aoraki/Mt Cook region
  • Watch landscapes transform before your eyes as we drive through the stark beauty
    of the Lindis Pass and Kawarau Gorge
  • Take time to explore Queenstown’s stunning Lake Wakatipu

Departure Dates

2019: 14 Nov, 12 Dec. 2020: 16 Feb, 19 Mar, 26 Mar, 22 Oct, 5 Nov, 12 Nov, 10 Dec. Contact us for 2021 departure dates.

Day 1: Auckland's West Coast - Northland Kauri Forest - Hokianga Harbour
After meeting everybody in Auckland 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 we head for Northland, the "birthplace of the nation". Skirting the Kaipara Harbour we continue to the excellent Matakohe Kauri Museum to learn the history and significance of the mighty kauri tree. In the ancient Waipoua Kauri forest we meet our friends from 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. We’re welcomed with a special "Karakia" from our hosts and then walk to the magnificent kauri tree "Tane Mahuta". We relax over a drink in our beachside accommodation with new friends.

Accommodation:  Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga


Day 2: Hokianga Harbour - Bay of Islands

Our day starts with a harbour cruise with another of our Ngapuhi friends, Pete (a real hard case!). He’ll tell you why all Kiwis have heard of Opononi and take us on our first foray off the beaten track, across the harbour for a walk along the deserted beach and for the adventurous, the chance to try sandboarding!
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". We’re in no rush, there’s time for plenty of stops along the way like Rainbow and Haruru Falls and the famous Stone Store in Kerikeri, New Zealand’s oldest stone building. We’re now in the beautiful Bay of Islands, where we continue onto our home for the next two nights. Our hotel is next to the Waitangi Treaty House where we take a guided tour. You’re standing on the spot where in 1840 Maori chiefs and Queen Victoria’s representatives signed the treaty which gave birth to the nation.

Accommodation:  Copthorne Hotel and Resort Waitangi x 2 nights


Day 3: Bay of Islands
Getting out on the pristine waters of the Bay of Islands is an absolute must! Take a relaxed cruise to Cape Brett and the famous "Hole in the Rock". You’ll see why we loved coming on holiday here so much as kids 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.  


Day 4: Bay of Islands – Auckland
Today’s another chance to get off the beaten track, one of the real advantages of travelling in a small group. Our 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 we head back to Auckland.

Accommodation:  Grand Mercure 


Day 5: Auckland – Rotorua
From Auckland our tour continues to Rotorua via the lush pastures of the Waikato and fruit basket of the Bay of Plenty. Our 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, we'll visit a working Kiwifruit orchard before continuing on to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Along the way, at Okawa Bay, we board "Tiua", a 53ft catamaran for our own private sail on serene Lake Rotoiti to secluded coves and natural hot pools reached only by boat - a memorable end to an awesome day.

Accommodation:  Novotel Lakeside x 2 nights


Day 6: At Rotorua
We’ve got 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.  We'll head to the famous Lake Tarawera for a hosted lunch with our friends David and Karen, you’ll love them and their stories from their Maori and European histories.


Day 7: Rotorua - 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. We continue on our adventure to "Great Lake" Taupo and stroll to view the famous Huka Falls.

We’ll stop around the lake on our way to Tongariro National Park. You can either relax in your hotel, the Chateau Tongariro, and enjoy the close up views of the mountains - Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu or walk to the Taranaki Falls. This is a classic North Island walking trail with gentle terrain, great views and unique native plants.

Accommodation:  Chateau Tongariro


Day 8: Tongariro National Park – Wellington
After a relaxed breakfast at the historic Chateau Tongariro we drive up the mountain road to the Top of the Bruce to enjoy panoramic views over the volcanic plateau. We drive around the slopes of Mt Ruapehu before we make our way down the centre of the island to our capital Wellington. 

We stay two nights in Wellington as we reckon you can’t miss "the coolest little capital in the world". We’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. We’re right in the heart of Wellington's vibrant hub of museums, theatres, galleries, boutiques and cafes. 

Accommodation:  The Bolton Hotel x 2 nights


Day 9: At Wellington
The day is yours to enjoy, you are at the heart of the action at The Bolton Hotel a short walk to the waterfront and Te Papa National Museum. Wellington is the food lovers' capital of New Zealand with a huge selection of cafes and boutique breweries to choose from. Ask your MoaTrek Kiwi guide their favourites.

Wellington is also the spiritual home of "The Lord of Rings" where you can visit Weta Workshop and see how all the props are made. 


Day 10: Wellington - Cook Strait Crossing - Nelson
We cruise on the Interislander ferry across Cook Strait and into beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton to plant our feet firmly on “Te Waka a Maui”, the South Island. Our first port of call is Forrest Wines for tasting and lunch with a local right in the heart of the world famous Marlborough sauvignon blanc region.

From wine country we 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 we 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.

Accommodation:  Trailways Hotel x 2 nights


Day 11: Nelson - 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 walk a section of the coastal track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. 

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. After your magical day out we'll return to Nelson for another night.


Day 12: Nelson – Kaikoura
Heading towards Kaikoura the road hugs the rugged coastline between the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura Ranges 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. One of the many highlights is viewing the seal colony with a backdrop of the Kaikoura mountains and coastline.

There are many optional excursions including whale watching cruises and flights. For those keen on an easy walk the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway offers a chance to explore the headland and enjoy the Pacific Ocean views with some interesting Maori history along the way.

Accommodation:  White Morph Inn


Day 13: Kaikoura - Aoraki / Mt Cook
Leaving the coast we drive over the Hunderlee Hills to the Canterbury Plains. We stop for a special lunch at Akaunui, a 100-year-old homestead surrounded by large gardens and dine on wonderful fresh produce prepared by your warm hosts Di and Ian Mackenzie. Get a great insight into life on a working sheep and dairy farm.

After lunch we continue through Burke's Pass to the spectacular Mackenzie Country for sweeping vistas of tussock lands and the Southern Alps. We’ll make plenty of stops en route, we can’t miss the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo and the unreal turquoise blue of glacier fed Lake Pukaki.

Accommodation:  Mt Cook Village Accommodation


Day 14: Aoraki/Mt Cook – 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. Kea Point is our favourite, a gentle undulating track with incredible close up views of the valley and the mountain itself. Alternatively take a boat cruise on a glacier lake, scenic flight or heli-hike on the Tasman glacier!

After lunch we head over the Lindis Pass and through the rugged Kawarau Gorge onto Queenstown - the adventure capital of New Zealand and our home for two nights. 

Accommodation:  Scenic Suites x 2 nights


Day 15: Queenstown - Milford Sound
Today is all about the one and only Milford Sound. From Queenstown we follow the shores of the great southern lakes Wakatipu and Te Anau 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 returns us to Queenstown at the end of a fantastic day of touring by land, sea and air. 


Day 16: At Queenstown
Today is yours to make the most of the infinite choice of day tours and activities Queenstown has to offer. What do we love in Queenstown?  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. 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". 

After your activity fly out in the evening or do what many of our travellers do and extend your stay a day or two in Queenstown ­the Kiwi Travel team will be happy to make additional accommodation arrangements in Queenstown.

 

  • All transport provided in comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers).
  • Daily Breakfasts
  • A selection of special lunches - Lake Tarawera, Vineyard lunch, Akaunui Farm homestead,
    Picnic lunch in Abel Tasman National Park.
  • Services and knowledge of your experienced kiwi guide
  • Fantastic accommodation expertly chosen for its ‘sense of place’
  • 1 Scenic flight - Milford Sound to Queenstown
  • 6 Cruises - Hokianga Harbour; Hole in the Rock & Cape Brett, Bay of Islands;
    Lake Rotoiti; Interislander Cook Strait & Queen Charlotte Sound; Abel Tasman National Park;
    Milford Sound 

Included Activities & Entrance Fees

  • Explore the history of Northland at the Kauri Museum, Matakohe.
  • Walk with authentic Maori guides to visit Tane Mahuta, the giant kauri tree in the Waipoua Forest
  • Cruise across the beautiful Hokianga Harbour to explore the impressive sand dunes.
  • Visit the iconic Stone Store in Kerikeri
  • Learn about the evolution of modern New Zealand at the Waitangi Treaty House in the Bay of Islands
  • Enjoy a dolphin cruise out to the Hole in the Rock and Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands
  • Be awe-inspired by thousands of twinkling glowworms at the Kawiti Caves
  • Visit a working Kiwifruit orchard, meet the growers and taste the fruit fresh off the vine
  • Have the option of taking the helm of a luxury yacht as we cruise Lake Rotoiti’s secluded bays
    and mineral hot pools
  • Meet the locals and learn about their Maori and European ancestors at Lake Tarawera.
  • Visit the hidden gem and thermal wonderland of Wai-O-Tapu.
  • Cross from the North Island to the South Island on a scenic ferry cruise as we cross the Cook Strait
  • Feast on fresh produce and delectable wines in Marlborough, New Zealand’s premier wine-growing region
  • Take a cruise to the golden sands of the Abel Tasman National Park.
  • Meet a South Island farming family on a working sheep and beef farm and enjoy their warm hospitality
  • Explore the breathtaking Milford Sound with a 2.5 hour nature and wildlife cruise
  • Be inspired by one of the world’s greatest scenic flights from Milford Sound, over the Southern Alps and
    back to Queenstown

 

Description & Highlights

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. While in the South Island relax on the golden beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park before encountering the magnificent alpine scenery of Mt Cook and Fiordland National Park.

Starts in Auckland
Ends in Queenstown

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Auckland's West Coast - Northland Kauri Forest - Hokianga Harbour
After meeting everybody in Auckland 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 we head for Northland, the "birthplace of the nation". Skirting the Kaipara Harbour we continue to the excellent Matakohe Kauri Museum to learn the history and significance of the mighty kauri tree. In the ancient Waipoua Kauri forest we meet our friends from 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. We’re welcomed with a special "Karakia" from our hosts and then walk to the magnificent kauri tree "Tane Mahuta". We relax over a drink in our beachside accommodation with new friends.

Accommodation:  Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga


Day 2: Hokianga Harbour - Bay of Islands

Our day starts with a harbour cruise with another of our Ngapuhi friends, Pete (a real hard case!). He’ll tell you why all Kiwis have heard of Opononi and take us on our first foray off the beaten track, across the harbour for a walk along the deserted beach and for the adventurous, the chance to try sandboarding!
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". We’re in no rush, there’s time for plenty of stops along the way like Rainbow and Haruru Falls and the famous Stone Store in Kerikeri, New Zealand’s oldest stone building. We’re now in the beautiful Bay of Islands, where we continue onto our home for the next two nights. Our hotel is next to the Waitangi Treaty House where we take a guided tour. You’re standing on the spot where in 1840 Maori chiefs and Queen Victoria’s representatives signed the treaty which gave birth to the nation.

Accommodation:  Copthorne Hotel and Resort Waitangi x 2 nights


Day 3: Bay of Islands
Getting out on the pristine waters of the Bay of Islands is an absolute must! Take a relaxed cruise to Cape Brett and the famous "Hole in the Rock". You’ll see why we loved coming on holiday here so much as kids 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.  


Day 4: Bay of Islands – Auckland
Today’s another chance to get off the beaten track, one of the real advantages of travelling in a small group. Our 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 we head back to Auckland.

Accommodation:  Grand Mercure 


Day 5: Auckland – Rotorua
From Auckland our tour continues to Rotorua via the lush pastures of the Waikato and fruit basket of the Bay of Plenty. Our 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, we'll visit a working Kiwifruit orchard before continuing on to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Along the way, at Okawa Bay, we board "Tiua", a 53ft catamaran for our own private sail on serene Lake Rotoiti to secluded coves and natural hot pools reached only by boat - a memorable end to an awesome day.

Accommodation:  Novotel Lakeside x 2 nights


Day 6: At Rotorua
We’ve got 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.  We'll head to the famous Lake Tarawera for a hosted lunch with our friends David and Karen, you’ll love them and their stories from their Maori and European histories.


Day 7: Rotorua - 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. We continue on our adventure to "Great Lake" Taupo and stroll to view the famous Huka Falls.

We’ll stop around the lake on our way to Tongariro National Park. You can either relax in your hotel, the Chateau Tongariro, and enjoy the close up views of the mountains - Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu or walk to the Taranaki Falls. This is a classic North Island walking trail with gentle terrain, great views and unique native plants.

Accommodation:  Chateau Tongariro


Day 8: Tongariro National Park – Wellington
After a relaxed breakfast at the historic Chateau Tongariro we drive up the mountain road to the Top of the Bruce to enjoy panoramic views over the volcanic plateau. We drive around the slopes of Mt Ruapehu before we make our way down the centre of the island to our capital Wellington. 

We stay two nights in Wellington as we reckon you can’t miss "the coolest little capital in the world". We’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. We’re right in the heart of Wellington's vibrant hub of museums, theatres, galleries, boutiques and cafes. 

Accommodation:  The Bolton Hotel x 2 nights


Day 9: At Wellington
The day is yours to enjoy, you are at the heart of the action at The Bolton Hotel a short walk to the waterfront and Te Papa National Museum. Wellington is the food lovers' capital of New Zealand with a huge selection of cafes and boutique breweries to choose from. Ask your MoaTrek Kiwi guide their favourites.

Wellington is also the spiritual home of "The Lord of Rings" where you can visit Weta Workshop and see how all the props are made. 


Day 10: Wellington - Cook Strait Crossing - Nelson
We cruise on the Interislander ferry across Cook Strait and into beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton to plant our feet firmly on “Te Waka a Maui”, the South Island. Our first port of call is Forrest Wines for tasting and lunch with a local right in the heart of the world famous Marlborough sauvignon blanc region.

From wine country we 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 we 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.

Accommodation:  Trailways Hotel x 2 nights


Day 11: Nelson - 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 walk a section of the coastal track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. 

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. After your magical day out we'll return to Nelson for another night.


Day 12: Nelson – Kaikoura
Heading towards Kaikoura the road hugs the rugged coastline between the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura Ranges 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. One of the many highlights is viewing the seal colony with a backdrop of the Kaikoura mountains and coastline.

There are many optional excursions including whale watching cruises and flights. For those keen on an easy walk the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway offers a chance to explore the headland and enjoy the Pacific Ocean views with some interesting Maori history along the way.

Accommodation:  White Morph Inn


Day 13: Kaikoura - Aoraki / Mt Cook
Leaving the coast we drive over the Hunderlee Hills to the Canterbury Plains. We stop for a special lunch at Akaunui, a 100-year-old homestead surrounded by large gardens and dine on wonderful fresh produce prepared by your warm hosts Di and Ian Mackenzie. Get a great insight into life on a working sheep and dairy farm.

After lunch we continue through Burke's Pass to the spectacular Mackenzie Country for sweeping vistas of tussock lands and the Southern Alps. We’ll make plenty of stops en route, we can’t miss the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo and the unreal turquoise blue of glacier fed Lake Pukaki.

Accommodation:  Mt Cook Village Accommodation


Day 14: Aoraki/Mt Cook – 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. Kea Point is our favourite, a gentle undulating track with incredible close up views of the valley and the mountain itself. Alternatively take a boat cruise on a glacier lake, scenic flight or heli-hike on the Tasman glacier!

After lunch we head over the Lindis Pass and through the rugged Kawarau Gorge onto Queenstown - the adventure capital of New Zealand and our home for two nights. 

Accommodation:  Scenic Suites x 2 nights


Day 15: Queenstown - Milford Sound
Today is all about the one and only Milford Sound. From Queenstown we follow the shores of the great southern lakes Wakatipu and Te Anau 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 returns us to Queenstown at the end of a fantastic day of touring by land, sea and air. 


Day 16: At Queenstown
Today is yours to make the most of the infinite choice of day tours and activities Queenstown has to offer. What do we love in Queenstown?  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. 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". 

After your activity fly out in the evening or do what many of our travellers do and extend your stay a day or two in Queenstown ­the Kiwi Travel team will be happy to make additional accommodation arrangements in Queenstown.

 

Included In Package

  • All transport provided in comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers).
  • Daily Breakfasts
  • A selection of special lunches - Lake Tarawera, Vineyard lunch, Akaunui Farm homestead,
    Picnic lunch in Abel Tasman National Park.
  • Services and knowledge of your experienced kiwi guide
  • Fantastic accommodation expertly chosen for its ‘sense of place’
  • 1 Scenic flight - Milford Sound to Queenstown
  • 6 Cruises - Hokianga Harbour; Hole in the Rock & Cape Brett, Bay of Islands;
    Lake Rotoiti; Interislander Cook Strait & Queen Charlotte Sound; Abel Tasman National Park;
    Milford Sound 

Included Activities & Entrance Fees

  • Explore the history of Northland at the Kauri Museum, Matakohe.
  • Walk with authentic Maori guides to visit Tane Mahuta, the giant kauri tree in the Waipoua Forest
  • Cruise across the beautiful Hokianga Harbour to explore the impressive sand dunes.
  • Visit the iconic Stone Store in Kerikeri
  • Learn about the evolution of modern New Zealand at the Waitangi Treaty House in the Bay of Islands
  • Enjoy a dolphin cruise out to the Hole in the Rock and Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands
  • Be awe-inspired by thousands of twinkling glowworms at the Kawiti Caves
  • Visit a working Kiwifruit orchard, meet the growers and taste the fruit fresh off the vine
  • Have the option of taking the helm of a luxury yacht as we cruise Lake Rotoiti’s secluded bays
    and mineral hot pools
  • Meet the locals and learn about their Maori and European ancestors at Lake Tarawera.
  • Visit the hidden gem and thermal wonderland of Wai-O-Tapu.
  • Cross from the North Island to the South Island on a scenic ferry cruise as we cross the Cook Strait
  • Feast on fresh produce and delectable wines in Marlborough, New Zealand’s premier wine-growing region
  • Take a cruise to the golden sands of the Abel Tasman National Park.
  • Meet a South Island farming family on a working sheep and beef farm and enjoy their warm hospitality
  • Explore the breathtaking Milford Sound with a 2.5 hour nature and wildlife cruise
  • Be inspired by one of the world’s greatest scenic flights from Milford Sound, over the Southern Alps and
    back to Queenstown

 

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