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16-Day Amplified New Zealand Tour

Starting from Auckland, we take our time making our way down the beautiful and volcanic North Island to New Zealand's capital, Wellington, before catching a ferry to cross the Cook Strait to get up close and personal with the best of the South Island.

(Note: this tour can also be done from south to north – Christchurch to Auckland)

If you are arriving in Auckland with a few days to spare, we have a great 3 day tour going to the Bay of Islands which shows the Northland region.

Our Amplified tour comes complete with some very special inclusions: experiencing a Māori cultural night traditional hāngī meal, learning haka and flax weaving, and carving your very own pounamu (jade) pendant!

Activities can also be purchased on the road – just let your tour guide know. We can't always guarantee availability when booking on the road, so we suggest pre-booking any activities you especially want to do.


16 days 12 hours


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  • What's included :
    • Breakfast - Every day continental Breakfast
    • Comfortable Bus transport
    • Traverse the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train
    • Cross the Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry
    • Visit to Te Puia to learn about traditional Māori culture and Rotorua's geothermal wonders
    • Carve your own pounamu/jade pendant in Franz Josef
    • Cultural Experience Night in Murupara, including a traditional Māori hāngī dinner
    • Small groups - maximum 16 people
    • Accommodation in high-end hostels - dorm share, upgrades available
    • Discover NZ's most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas
    What's excluded :
    • Dinner and lunch are at own expenses (unless specified)
    • Extra Activities such as Skydive or Bungy Jumping
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Auckland, Auckland, North Island

    After breakfast in Auckland, we kick off the tour in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland. Have you noticed that it's pretty hilly? Those aren’t just hills, they are actually 48 volcanic cones!

    Before we leave town we will walk up one of the most famous ones – Maungawhau, also

    known as Mount Eden – for 360 degree views of both city and sea.

    The Coromandel Peninsula is a paradise of beautiful beaches and misty rainforests. The drive here is epic – the road twists and turns dramatically round the coastline and the ocean gets clearer and more pristine before your eyes. Cameras ready – the views are magnificent!

    The Coromandel is home to the famous Hot Water Beach – thousands visit each year to dig their own personal hot tub here. If the tide times allow, we’ll definitely grab our buckets and spades and get busy!

    We arrive in Whitianga with plenty of time for your guide to show you around. Sample the sandy beaches, take a surf lesson with the locals, or simply enjoy the vibes.

    Duration: 1 day

    Stop At: Cathedral Cove Walk, 65 Grange Rd S, Hahei 3591 New Zealand

    This morning we’ll walk out together along the cliffs and down to Cathedral Cove (which you

    might recognize from the Chronicles of Narnia). With perfect beaches and massive rock

    arches and columns, it’s one of the most popular spots in the Coromandel.

    Alternatively, take an optional guided Cathedral Cove kayak trip and check out this stunning

    coastline from a different angle, accompanied by a local dolphin or two if you’re lucky!

    Later today we say goodbye to the east coast and hello to the west as we head for the tiny

    town of Waitomo. If you can’t wait until tomorrow to meet the resident glow worms, tonight’s

    optional cave- walking tour is a must. Or kick back with a beer and admire the stars – they

    put on a great show here when the skies are clear.

    Duration: 1 day

    Stop At: Lake Rotorua, Hannahs Bay, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

    Have you been caving in a place with twinkling glow worms on the ceiling? Now’s your


    Daredevils can abseil 100 metres into the caverns on an epic 4-hour caving adventure. Or

    float along on an underground river on an optional Cave Tubing trip as the glow worms light

    your way. There are also excellent guided walking tours of the caves available if heights or

    wet feet aren’t your thing.

    Later this afternoon we head to Rotorua (or Rotovegas as it is locally known).

    While the majority of the North Island is volcanic in some way, Rotorua is exceptional for its

    geothermal activity. With neon blue and red lakes, steaming rivers, active volcanoes and

    geysers galore, there are more unique natural wonders to be found in Rotorua than many

    other places in the world.

    Here you will visit Te Puia - a well-known Maori culture centre. At Te Puia you can explore

    Whakarewarewa geothermal valley, visit New Zealand’s native kiwi birds, and learn about

    Maori history & culture.

    Duration: 1 day

    Stop At: Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours, 3836 Galatea Road, Galatea 3079, New Zealand

    There’s heaps of time to get amongst Rotorua’s diverse attractions while you're here.

    Lord of the Rings fans, channel your inner hobbit with an optional visit to picturesque

    Hobbiton – have a ginger beer at the Green Dragon pub for us!

    If adrenalin’s your thing, the highest commercial waterfall drop in the world, on the Kaituna

    River, is begging to be conquered on an exhilarating rafting trip.

    Or let your guide coax you into thundering down grassy hills in a giant air-cushioned

    inflatable ball (or OGO) – you won't regret it!

    Later this afternoon we head to Kohutapu Lodge in Murupara - a living Māori village - where

    you will be taken on a tribal tour by a village elder.

    Here you’ll also have a chance to learn the world-famous haka dance, and weave your own

    dinner plate using flax (a type of plant).

    Tonight’s dinner is a traditional hāngi meal. Cooked in an underground earth oven you can

    expect tender meat and delicious vegetables infused with a smoky, earthy fragrance – it will

    fill your puku (belly) right up!

    The best part about spending the evening at Kohutapu Lodge? The majority of proceeds

    from this activity go back to the local community.

    Duration: 1 day

    Stop At: Lake Taupo, Taupo Marina New Zealand

    It’s only a short drive to our next destination, Taupō, and there’s plenty to discover along the

    way. From mesmerising mud pools to the thundering rapids of the Huka Falls and Aratiatia

    Dam, your trusty Haka Guide will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

    Taupō is a beautiful lakeside town with a stunning mountain backdrop. Lake Taupō is New

    Zealand’s largest lake – believe it or not, it’s roughly the same size as Singapore!

    This place is all about the thrills and spills, and there are plenty of options in store this

    afternoon. Get your hair wet with a water touch bungy jump, take an unforgettable skydive or

    a sunset lake cruise for amazing lake and mountain views.

    Psst – bring your swimwear today, one of our favourite secret stops is on the cards!

    Duration: 1 day

    Stop At: Lake Taupo, Taupo Marina New Zealand

    A full day in Taupō... are you in the mood for peaceful lakeside tranquillity or unlimited adrenalin and adventure? Either way, Taupō’s got you covered. For many, the ultimate adventure on offer here is the hiking (or tramping, as we Kiwis know it). The

    Tongariro Crossing is among the top 10 full-day walks in the world. This 19.4-kilometre mountain trek boasts emerald green lakes, venting steam, lava flows and craters. You’ll come back grinning from ear to ear before falling into bed and sleeping like a baby.

    If you’d prefer to relax, jump on a boat for a sailing trip to view Māori rock carvings. Or head to Spa Park and soak until your fingers are wrinkly. However you choose to spend today we guarantee you won’t forget it.

    Duration: 1 day

    Stop At: YHA Wellington Backpacker Hostel, 292 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

    It’s a big drive from Taupō to Wellington, but there’s some unmissable scenery on offer. Lord of the Rings junkies, you’re in for a treat!

    Our journey takes us through Tongariro National Park via the Rangipo Desert (bet you didn’t know New Zealand had one of those!). Some of your favourite Lord of the Rings battle scenes were filmed right here.

    The Desert Road boasts incredible views of three active volcanic peaks – Mount Tongariro, Mount Ngauruhoe, and Mount Ruapehu. You may know Mount Ngauruhoe as Mount Doom, so be sure to snap a Mordor selfie!

    We pass through two of the North Island’s quirkier towns – as ever, your Haka Guide has a couple of surprises up their sleeve...

    We pull into Wellington in the afternoon, with just enough time for film buffs make a trip to Weta Workshop, where the special effects of Lord of the Rings and Avatar were produced.

    New Zealand’s capital is famous for its bars and eateries, and is a paradise for lovers of craft beer – you’ll be spoilt for choice tonight!

    Duration: 1 day

    Stop At: Dusky Lodge & Backpackers - TBG, 67 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand

    Packed with quirky cafes and beautiful street art, and famous for its wind, Wellington will blow you away in more ways than one! Your guide will introduce you to some of our favourite spots this morning. We take a trip up Mount Victoria for the best views in town.

    This afternoon we say farewell to the North Island with a scenic ferry journey across the Cook Strait. The South Island has a stunning welcome in store for us – gliding through the Marlborough Sounds as we approach Picton Harbour, you’ll feel like you’re in another world.

    Our next destination, Kaikōura literally means “to eat crayfish”, and the area is teeming with them. The nutrient-rich waters of this area attract a wide variety of marine wildlife including the stars of the show – the whales and dolphins.

    Duration: 1 day

    Stop At: Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Square, Christchurch New Zealand

    The chance to swim with dolphins in the wild is a massive New Zealand highlight for many travellers, and Kaikōura is one of the best places to find them, with pods of up to 300 of these playful creatures hanging out here at any one time.

    If you want to get up close to the giants of the ocean, a whale watching tour here is the way to do it. Humpbacks, sperm whales and orca all stop by at various times of year, so this is a great chance to meet some of them.

    After visiting the local seals on our way out of town, our road trip continues to our home for the night – Christchurch, known as the “Garden City” for its peaceful parklands and lazy rivers.

    Duration: 1 day

    Stop At: Lake Tekapo 7945 New Zealand

    This morning we’ll explore iconic downtown Christchurch and your guide will show you the cool and creative ways the city is being rebuilt after the life-changing 2011 earthquake here. Christchurch folk are an innovative and creative bunch – the Transitional Cathedral, created from cardboard, is totally inspirational.

    After lunch we leave the city behind and head for Lake Tekapo. The lake’s breathtaking turquoise colour and mountain backdrop is a photographer’s dream come true.

    The tiny Church of the Good Shepherd stands right at the water’s edge, proving that small is definitely beautiful. Grab some confetti and congratulate any passing brides – couples travel from all over the world for wedding shots in front of the chapel!

    Tekapo has been declared an International Dark Sky Reserve and the super clear skies make it the best place in New Zealand to see the stars and galaxies on a clear night. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

    Please note: Private accommodation upgrades are not available for this night of the tour due to the limited availability of accommodation in the area. In special circumstances other arrangements may be possible - please contact us for more information.

    Duration: 1 day

    Stop At: Haka Lodge Queenstown, 6 Henry Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

    This morning if you’re feeling energetic, hike up to the summit of Mt John. With awesome views of the Southern Alps, you’ll feel on top of the world. Speaking of views, today’s scenic drive to Queenstown is a show-stopper.

    From the golden tussocklands of Mackenzie country – where epic battles of Return of the King were filmed – to the dramatic peaks of the Southern Alps, it’s like you’re driving into a postcard.

    We’ll pause for lots of photo stops en route to give your camera a workout, including a stop at the spectacular Kawarau Gorge. This also happens to be the World Home of Bungy, give it a go or enjoy watching the jumpers scream their way through the gorge!

    Whether you’re an adrenalin junkie, an avid hiker, wine taster or scenery lover, Queenstown has something for absolutely everyone. With two nights and plenty of daylight hours here, get ready – this town certainly knows how to live life to the max!

    Duration: 1 day

    Stop At: Haka Lodge Queenstown, 6 Henry Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

    With a full day in Queenstown, let’s work on that bucket list! There are heaps of options to choose from: paragliding over the lake, mountain bike parks and trails to die for, bungy jumping while your Haka friends cheer you on, horse riding through Lord of the Rings scenery, and swinging through a canyon are just a few of our favourites.

    Hikers: the Ben Lomond day walk (not for the faint- hearted) will be right up your alley. This is a firm tour guide favourite, and they can recommend great shorter walks too.

    For scenery lovers, Milford Sound is a must-see. Whether you fly or drive, the scenery en route is as awesome as the destination. Once on the Sound, sailing beneath thundering waterfalls and towering cliff faces, you’ll understand why some call it the “8th Wonder of the World”

    Tonight you have around 40 bars to choose from – your guide will fill you in on their favourites – to share your adventures with your travel buddies, and party the night away.

    Duration: 1 day

    Stop At: Wanaka New Zealand

    After the excitement of Queenstown, today is a chance to chill. Wanaka is Queenstown’s slightly quieter little sister, a mere one hour drive away. On the way we’ll stop in at charming Arrowtown, a historic gold rush village with heaps of old world character.

    Blessed with towering peaks and a glacial blue lake, you’ll soon see why Wanaka’s considered to be one of New Zealand’s most beautiful mountain towns. There are stunning hikes and bike rides all around for a welcome chance to chill.

    One of the best ways to admire Wanaka is from the air. Treat yourself to a skydive or a scenic flight in a vintage plane – you can even take a flying lesson, or if you prefer to keep your feet closer to the ground, stroll or bike around the lake and check out the famous Wanaka Tree, standing all alone in the water. As always, it’s your trip and your choice: you do you.

    Duration: 1 day

    Stop At: Franz Josef Glacier, Glacier Access Road Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) New Zealand

    After a relaxing morning in Wanaka, the journey to Franz is another stunner – many of our Haka Guides rate it as their favourite drive in New Zealand.

    As we hit the road, we’ll stop at one of our favourite lakeside lookout points at Lake Hawea or Lake Wanaka. Your guide will keep an eye on the weather and pick the best option.

    From the cascading waterfalls of Haast Pass to classic Kiwi coastal views, you won’t want to nap on the bus in case you miss anything. Your guide will have some epic surprise photo stops and short walks along the way.

    Between September and December it’s whitebait season (a small fish that’s a delicacy in New Zealand). Fried up with eggs and served on toast, it’s a local treat and shouldn’t be missed. We’ll stop at one of the local spots for a taste during the season.

    We roll into Franz Josef around late afternoon/early evening. This UNESCO World Heritage area is famous for its spectacular glacier, just 5 kilometres from town, which is begging to be explored tomorrow.

    Duration: 1 day

    Stop At: Franz Josef Glacier, Glacier Access Road Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) New Zealand

    With Aoraki/Mount Cook (New Zealand’s highest mountain) twinkling behind the glaciers, Franz Josef is about as beautiful a setting as you can find in New Zealand.

    Te Wahi Pounamu (which means ‘the place of greenstone’ in Māori) is the name given to the this part of the West Coast because of the abundance of pounamu (greenstone/jade) to be found here. Included in your tour today is a special opportunity to carve your very own pounamu pendant at a local gallery.

    There are heaps of ways to enjoy Franz Josef Glacier; weather permitting, to get up onto the bluest ice you can take a scenic helicopter flight and hike onto the glaciers. Maybe you’d prefer to kayak on a glacial lake; or just relax in the steamy hot springs down below.

    As well as the awesome glacier activities you could also try out quad biking, horseback riding and even a bit of group karaoke tonight in Franz Josef!

    Duration: 1 day

    Stop At: Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Square, Christchurch New Zealand

    Before you know it, it’s your last day! After breakfast we head further along the beautiful west coast on another of the most spectacular drives in the country (and, some would say, the world): a rugged, primeval landscape of luxuriant rainforest juxtaposed against breathtaking beach and ocean waves.

    We stop at Hokitika and visit a greenstone factory, a great place to stock up on souvenirs for your friends and family back home. Time permitting, we may also visit the National Kiwi Centre where there is guaranteed viewing of rare kiwi birds in their nocturnal house.

    On the way back to Christchurch, you'll traverse the South Island on the stunning TranzAlpine Train Crossing. Travelling across the Southern Alps through Arthur’s Pass, you'll arrive in Christchurch around 6.30pm before transferring to your accommodation.

    Your tour officially ends in Christchurch, so feel free to party on with your new travel buddies for as long as you like – your accommodation tonight is included so you can treat yourself to a lie-in in the morning!

    Duration: 1 day

    Stop At: Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Square, Christchurch New Zealand

    Your tour ends after breakfast on Day 17.

    We're sure you'll have a whole lot of incredible memories to take home with you.

    We've shown you our New Zealand – we hope we will see you again.

    Haere tū atu, hoki tū mai.

    Duration: 8 hours

  • Departure Point :
    Haka Hotel Newmarket, 9 Manukau Road, Epsom, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.



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