Ultimate New Zealand

 

Ultimate New Zealand Guided Tour

Welcome to the 24-Day Ultimate New Zealand Haka Plus Tour!

Created for travellers in their mid-thirties and upwards, on this tour you will discover New Zealand’s unmissable highlights in just over three weeks: geothermal wonders, other-worldly glaciers, sublime beaches, lush forests, lofty mountains, secluded swimming spots, UNESCO World Heritage Areas, flora, fauna, heritage and culture.

This New Zealand tour includes special activities such as one of the world’s most scenic train journeys, boat cruise on Lake Wanaka to the remote Mou Waho Island nature reserve, a fully guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set, a traditional Māori meal, tour of Zealandia Nature Reserve in Wellington and a full-day sailing trip to Poor Knights Islands. You can also choose to select some tour add-ons such as hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, kayaking to a natural hot pool, climbing a glacier, visiting an off-shore eco-sanctuary, or flying over snow-capped mountains!

You’ll have the chance to swim, kayak, hike a glacier, skydive, see kiwis, relax in hot pools, roll down a hill in a giant ball, eat and drink like a local, and more! This is your trip, and it’s designed to be flexible. The choice is yours – pick the activities that appeal to you.

We'll fill your days with the best things to see and do in the North Island and the South Island and also give you a great insight into New Zealand life and culture. At the end of the day, you can relax in comfortable 3–4 star accommodation to ensure you have a great night’s sleep ready for the following day’s activities.

On this tour you’ll encounter an array of landscapes: lush, green rolling hills; beautiful golden sand beaches, tumbling waterfalls, geothermal valleys filled with bubbling mud and sulphuric lakes, magnificent mountains, icy glaciers, jurassic rainforests, cosy laid-back surf towns and vibrant cities. Prepare your camera and get ready to make some magical memories!

As our tours are made up of a combination of tours, the composition of your group may change throughout your tour (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch are the hubs where the group may change).

Tour highlights

Explore rare bird species at Zealandia

Zealandia is a groundbreaking conservation project and the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary. It has successfully reintroduced over 20 species of native wildlife into this area, some of which were previously absent from mainland New Zealand for over 100 years.

An Unmissable Māori Cultural Experience and Hāngi

You’ll visit a living Māori village within a geothermal area for an evening of performances featuring the breathtaking haka.

Full-day sailing trip to Poor Knights Islands

Discover this stunning marine reserve featuring spectacular drop-offs, walls, caves, arches and rich biodiversity.

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:

    • 23 nights in twin-share 3–4 star accommodation: a mix of hotels, motels, lodges and rainforest retreats.
    • Feast on hearty breakfasts provided for you each morning.
    • Enjoy 5 dinners, including a traditional Māori hāngī cooked in an underground oven.
    • Discover the stunning Whangarei Falls – a 26m cascading waterfall
    • Enjoy a full-day sailing trip to Poor Knights Islands and spot marine wildlife
    • Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the birthplace of New Zealand
    • Walk a stunning coastal track to Cathedral Cove (as seen in the Chronicles of Narnia movies).
    • A fully guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set.
    • Ride one of the most scenic ferry journeys in the world, over the Cook Strait.
    • Take in the stunning Southern Alps and the vast Canterbury Plains aboard the TranzAlpine, New Zealand’s finest inland rail journey.
    • Watch a Māori cultural performance and check out a geothermal valley of bubbling mud pools including the famous Pōhutu Geyser in Rotorua.
    • See endangered kiwi birds up close and personal.
    • Soak up a sunset boat cruise in the West Coast surf town of Raglan – the fish and chips are on us!
    • Brave the Redwoods Treewalk, crossing 23 raised suspension bridges.
    • Hike through the forested gorge of Ruakuri (45 minutes) – bring your camera for this one.
    • Taste some of the world’s best sauvignon blanc at a Marlborough wine tasting.
    • Discover rare animal species tour of Zealandia Nature Reserve in Wellington.
    • Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Wanaka to the remote Mou Waho Island nature reserve.
    • Carve your own pounamu (jade) pendant in Franz Josef.
    • Plus, many more surprise stops along the way!

    ENHANCE YOUR TRIP WITH ADD-ON ACTIVITIES AND UPGRADES

    Your tour includes all the essentials but you can add extra wow-factor to your tour by adding on the activities and accommodation upgrades that suit you best.

    Optional activities you can add to this trip at checkout:

    Optional accommodation upgrades and add-ons for this trip:

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    Available dates

    Only $99 to secure your seat unless you book within 60 days of departure. Once your spot is booked, you can log in and customise your tour with any extra experiences or activities up to 60 days before departure.

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