Southern Pioneer

10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour

Fall in love with the highlights of the South Island on this 10-day tour that takes you on a circuit of spectacular mountains, lakes, rivers, glaciers, waterfalls and rainforests and gives you the opportunity to enjoy all the bucket list adventures you could wish for.

Created for travellers in their mid-thirties and upwards, on this tour you’ll visit Christchurch, Queenstown, Lake Wanaka, Lake Tekapo (and Lake Wakatipu, Lake Mapourika, Lake Hawea, plus more lakes!), the Mackenzie Country, and Franz Josef, plus you’ll get to take one of the world’s greatest train rides! Your comfortable 3–4 accommodation on tour includes a boutique hotel, a rainforest retreat and even a night of ‘glamping’ on a historic deer station.

We’ll travel from the wide plains of Canterbury, through the mountains and lakes of Central Otago, to the glaciers and pristine rainforest of the West Coast via the spectacular Haast Pass. At the end of this tour, you will have lost count of the number of times you’ve uttered the words: “Wow!”, “So beautiful!” and “It’s breathtaking!”.

You’ll have the opportunity to swim, kayak, jet boat, skydive, hike, bike, horse ride, see kiwis, relax in hot pools, eat and drink like a local, and more.

But only if you want to; this is your trip, and it’s designed to be flexible. We include some of the things that we reckon are absolute essentials, but rather than force you into activities you’re not so sure of, we leave the choice up to you. You can pre-book activities that you definitely want to do before the trip starts, and then add more while you’re on tour.

Tour highlights

One of the world’s most scenic Rail Journeys (Guide Pick)

Take in the stunning Southern Alps and the vast Canterbury Plains aboard the TranzAlpine train.

‘Glamping’ under the southern skies plus mouth-watering dinner! (included)

Stay overnight at a historic high country station with views across Lake Wanaka and the mountains beyond.

An aerobatic flight in a Tiger Moth (Add On)

Take to the skies on a Tiger Moth flight over Lake Wanaka – it’s a spectacular way to admire the landscape.

Tour itinerary

  • What’s included?

    What's included on every Haka Plus tour:

    • Passionate and knowledgeable local Kiwi guide
    • Comfortable and air-conditioned bus transport
    • Orientation tour of each and every location
    • Small groups of maximum 16 people
    • Experiences to teach you about our unique Māori culture
    • Stay each night in twin-share 3–4 star accommodation: a mix of hotels, motels, lodges, and rainforest retreats.

    What's also included on this tour:

    • Stay 9 nights in twin-share 3–4 star accommodation: a mix of hotels, motels, lodges, and rainforest retreats.
    • Feast on 6 continental breakfasts and 2 dinners.
    • Take in the stunning Southern Alps and the vast Canterbury Plains aboard the TranzAlpine, New Zealand’s finest inland rail journey.
    • Spend one night glamping (luxury camping) on Criffel Station - a working deer farm.
    • Cruise along Wanaka’s lakeside on a guided e-bike (bicycle with electric motor) tour.
    • Carve your own pounamu (jade) pendant in Franz Josef.
    • Plus, many more surprise stops along the way!

    Available dates

    Only $99 to secure your seat unless you book within 45 days of departure. Once your spot is booked, you can log in and customise your tour with any extra experiences or activities up to 45 days before departure.

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