If you want to travel Aotearoa New Zealand and you have the time, we do recommend at least 3-4 weeks. This will allow you to truly get to grips with what our beautiful country has to offer you. We have designed our EPIC NZ tour with this in mind, and the route has gradually evolved according to both our tour managers' and our previous groups' feedback.
Starting and ending in Auckland, the tour descends down the middle of the North Island, crosses the Cook Strait at Wellington, and then circles the South Island in a clockwise direction before returning to the North. It is not so much of a tour as a journey, and one that we would like to think opens your eyes to our culture whilst ensuring every day is a fresh adventure to challenge and inspire you.
Day 1 - Auckland
Kia Ora and welcome to New Zealand! We begin our tour in the country’s largest city Auckland. It is unsurprising that a quarter of the population reside here when you consider a region of stunning beaches, enchanted holiday islands, a sunny climate, and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping!
The metropolitan area of Auckland sits on the narrow sliver of land where the Northland peninsula tapers south to meet the rest of the North Island. Therefore the sea is ever present, and it isn’t difficult to guess the origin of its nickname ‘City of Sails’!
After meeting the group at our centrally-situated accommodation, we set off for an orientation tour to let you get acquainted with all that the city has to offer. The range of activities is immense, and this morning you can go shark diving, canyoning in Piha or climb Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower - with the added option of jumping off! If you are not conducting any activities you can escape the city with your guide and admire the beautiful surroundings with a walk at Piha on the west coast.
After a stop for lunch, you can choose to Sail an America’s Cup Yacht, climb or bungy jump off Auckland’s Harbour Bridge, take advantage of the city’s shopping, or relax along the Viaduct quayside with a drink in one of the bars. The afternoon is up to you!
Throughout your tour your Haka Tour Guide will be on hand to help you plan your time and ensure things are as hassle-free as possible. In the evening we like to invite everyone out for dinner in order to get better acquainted as a group – although we promise no cheesy introductions! There is nothing compulsory on our tours.
Day 2 - Auckland to Coromandel
We depart from Auckland early and set off for the Coromandel peninsula. One thing that is great about travelling with Haka Tours is that your Tour Manager will break up each journey with unique stops along the way. These off-the-beaten-track places give you an inside look to New Zealand that the other tour companies miss out on! Some of the stops are written about in this itinerary, others we like to keep as surprises!
Volcanoes dominate much of the land between the Coromandel and Auckland. Remnants of this volcanic activity can be found in the form of natural hot pools and one of the highlights of the region is Hot Water Beach, where around low tide you can dig in the sand and make your own hot tub! Conditions permitting, the surf can also be pretty good in this area.
We reach the gorgeous Mercury Bay and Whitianga, and check into our accommodation before taking a quick tour about town. Included in the tour this afternoon is the opportunity to carve your very own kiwi pendant from bone – a souvenir that many of our group members choose to wear for the rest of their trip!
In the evening your guide will take you to the Lost Springs, a luxury spa resort where you are able to have dinner and relax with a drink in the natural hot pools.
Day 3 – Coromandel to Rotorua
Experience the gorgeous coastal scenery of the area with a walk along the cliff top to Cathedral Cove, a bay made famous by films such as The Chronicles of Narnia. Pure New Zealand! Snorkelling is also available for all at Hahei.
After lunch we make the short journey down the coastline and inland to the Bay of Plenty and Rotorua, one of the longest standing tourist destinations in New Zealand. Geothermal activity first attracted tourists to this inland region in the 19th century. Volcanic landscapes and thermal wonders dominate the landscape – geysers, hot springs, mud pools and silica terraces and colourful cliffs and slopes. Rotorua is consequently accompanied by the distinctive smell of sulphur.
One of our favourite activities located just outside the city is the Zorb – undoubtedly a kiwi invention! Roll down the hill whilst inside a giant air-cushioned ball! For an alternative experience, the Agrodome is located just over the road where you can watch sheep shearing, sheep dog shows and a variety of other farm-related goings-on.
The therapeutic qualities of geothermal springs were recognised early on by Maori settlers, and so Rotorua is also a town steeped in Maori culture and history. This evening we are all invited to a "marae" (meeting ground) for a Maori cultural performance and "hangi" feast, where the food is cooked below the ground and tastes absolutely delicious!
Day 4 – Rotorua to Waitomo Caves
It is an early start for white-water rafting and sledging on the Kaituna River, including the 7 metre Tutua Falls! This activity is a definite highlight for many of our tour members, but if it doesn’t sound like your thing then your tour guide will show you around Rotorua, or you can visit one of the rather inexpensive geothermal hot spring baths in the area.
After lunch in town we take a trip up the Rotorua gondola (cable car) to another stunning panoramic view and the chance to ride down on the luge – heaps of fun!
At Waitomo there is a distinctive limestone region where surface water and underground streams have dissolved the rock over tens of thousands of years, creating an amazing system of underground caves. As the small town is only two hours from Rotorua, we reach our accommodation by late afternoon, via a couple of surprise stops! In the evening your guide may take you on an exciting torch lit trek around some of the area’s caves.
Day 5 – Waitomo Caves to Taupo
You cannot visit Waitomo without experiencing its main attraction – the glow-worm caves, which have attracted people for over 100 years. The moment you enter this subterranean wonderland you'll discover an ancient underground labyrinth of limestone caves and grottos, with its amazing stalactites and stalagmites - mother nature's decorations.
There is a choice of various ways to journey underground through the caves and limestone chambers and passages – our particular favourites are black-water rafting and a wicked four hour caving trip which starts with an awesome abseil!
If the caves really don’t appeal, then there are choice of walks around the area, or go watch the Angorian rabbit shearing – a sight to be believed with your own eyes!
On the way to Taupo we make a stop at Orakei Korako, an extraordinary geyserland and thermal park included within your tour price. The park is the ideal way to see some great examples of the thermal activity in the North Island and you can walk around at your own pace. Don’t forget your camera – there are some stunning ranges of kaleidoscope colours and truly unique sights to be seen!
We reach our accommodation and check in by the late afternoon. With a whole day to explore Taupo tomorrow, feel free to relax at the hostel or experience some of the town’s best nightlife in the evening.
Day 6 - Free Day Taupo
Lake Taupo was created a few thousand years ago in what was the largest volcanic eruption in 5,000 years. The eruption was so dramatic that records report the sun became hazy in places as far as China. What is left today is a fresh-water lake the size of Singapore and the largest in Australasia.
You can start off the morning with an epic skydive over the lake, and on a clear day you can see both the west and east coast of the North Island. Skydiving is the ultimate thrill and never fails to get great feedback from all those who do it!
Alternatively, go quad biking, play golf or bungy jump over New Zealand’s longest river, the mighty Waikato. In the afternoon we offer the option to take a cruise on The Barbary sailing boat to see Maori rock carvings alongside Lake Taupo at Mine Bay. Or you can find a secluded beach, indulge in boutique shopping, or enjoy a good feed at one of the many restaurants or cafes.
In the evening your guide will treat you to a soak in some naturally-heated thermal rock pools situated in a local park. It will keep you warm for hours!
We have all your options covered and you are spoilt for choice. As always, a large number of our suggestions and activities are free of charge.
Day 7 - Taupo to Wellington
On the way to Wellington we drive along the Desert Road that divides the Rangipo Desert, an area with poor vegetation because of bad soil conditions and drying winds. The climate is harsh and in winter it is not unusual to see snow. However, the biggest attractions on this road is that of Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe, the volcano better known for Mt Doom in Lord of the Rings. On the other side of the road is the lesser noticed Kaimanawa Range, home to a breed of wild horses that can be spotted on rare occasions.
We make a stop at Mokai Gravity Canyon, an extreme adventure park including the world’s most extreme flying fox and New Zealand’s second largest bungy. Tour members are welcome to do the bungy, flying fox or canyon swing and do not have pre-book.
After this we pass through the towns of Bulls and Levin, before briefly touching upon the west coastline. In the summertime we like to pause along the Kapiti Coast and have a BBQ on one of the beaches in front of the dying sun. Unfortunately in the winter the weather is usually too cold or the sun has already set. Either way, we reach Wellington by nightfall and head straight for our central accommodation. The evening is free for your own leisure time.
Day 8 - Wellington to Kaikoura
It is an early wakeup call today as we have to catch the morning Inter-islander ferry to the South Island (we will be back in Wellington on day 20 to explore properly). The ferry crossing is one of the most beautiful in the world, and passes through the Cook Strait into the Marlborough Sounds, with views of the Kaikoura Ranges in the distance.
Upon arriving into Picton we have a short break to explore the port and get something to eat before travelling on to Kaikoura. Meaning "to eat crayfish", this coastal settlement is rich in marine activity, with its deep sea trench allowing sea creatures such as whales, dolphins and seals to come up close and personal. The water here is as deep as the mountains surrounding it are high, a concept some find hard to get their heads around!
We introduce you to the town with a walk over the peninsula from South Bay to the northern seal colony, where many fur seals choose to bask lazily along the rocks. If the conditions permit, there may be a chance to go snorkelling along this area and your guide may catch something for dinner! In the evening we cook and have a bonfire on the beach when the conditions permit us.
Day 9 – Kaikoura to Christchurch
This morning is for activities and you have the chance to swim with dolphins, watch for whales, learn to surf or even play mini golf. Dolphin swimming is incredibly popular, with groups often seeing hundreds of dolphins at a time!
We have lunch from a seafood cart along the esplanade, allowing you to admire the stunning view of turquoise ocean met with snow-capped mountains. This is the true New Zealand living that we love! Afterwards we set off on the short drive to Christchurch, aiming to arrive by late afternoon.
As the internationally famed 'Garden City', Christchurch's well-established expansive parks and public gardens are guaranteed to impress. Wide tree-lined avenues, beautifully maintained gardens, ambling inner-city rivers and restored heritage buildings make this a picture-perfect city with a definite English feel. At the centre of the inner city, the neo-Gothic Cathedral is a well-depicted Canterbury icon.
Out of the city lies the suburbs of Sumner and Taylor’s Mistake, Christchurch’s surfing capitals. Both have a small town feel ideal for a break from the relative hustle and bustle of Christchurch and your guide will give you a tour here tomorrow morning.
For when we arrive, the bars, cafés and nightclubs here are some of the best in New Zealand and are hugely popular with the locals. Located along Oxford Terrace against the Avon River and near to our accommodation, there is a selection of restaurants and bars for all tastes, aligned against a serene backdrop. Alternatively, the hostel as always has kitchen facilities for anyone wanting to cook.
Day 10 – Christchurch to Lake Tekapo
Escape the city with Extreme Jet Boating or a Hot Air Balloon ride this morning. There also may be another chance to go surfing at Sumner for anyone interested.
For those not participating in activities, your day begins with an orientation tour of Christchurch’s surrounding area, including Sumner, Lyttleton, Castle Rock and up and around the Port Hills, before heading back into the city and along the cultural precinct where the Art Gallery, Museum, Botanic Gardens and Arts Centre are to be found.
After lunch we leave New Zealand’s ‘Garden City’ and head south. The jewel of the Mackenzie Country, Lake Tekapo is an alpine village in the heart of the South Island high country. A ski resort in winter and aquatic playground in summer, it sits at the edge of its 20 kilometre glacial lake namesake, completely surrounded by the impressive Southern Alps.
The landscape is outstanding, sculpted by successive Ice Age glaciers, the remnants of which continue to discharge fine ‘rock flour’ giving the lake its intense turquoise hue. The sky is huge and of extraordinary clarity, making this one of the world’s best locations to probe the heavens from its observatories atop Mt John.
This striking landform of solid rock, overlooking the town, has stood firm against the onslaught of glacial action over thousands of years and now shelters a camping ground, ice-skating rink and a launching bay for boaties to enjoy family fun, fishing and waterskiing. It also provides us with 360° views of the uplands, lakes and mountains from its summit. Weather permitting we take a trip up to the top to admire the view.
Our accommodation is situated right along the edge of the lake.
Day 11 – Lake Tekapo to Queenstown
We have time to enjoy Lake Tekapo before leaving for Queenstown in the mid-morning. Consider experiencing the region on a one hour scenic flight, one of our highest reviewed activities!
Your guide will take a break at one of the many salmon farms along the drive to allow you to feed the salmon and taste some sashimi. After heading past Lake Pukaki and Mt Cook (the highest in New Zealand at 3,764 metres) and through the village of Omarama there is a chance to experience some wine tasting just outside of Queenstown. In particular the Otago region is known for its excellent Pinot Noir.
Queenstown, named in honour of Queen Victoria, is well-established as the "jewel in NZ's tourism crown", with more adventure options per square metre than any other similarly-sized town across the globe by far. It is also one of the most beautiful settings on earth, nestled beside Lake Wakatipu in the Southern Lakes district.
Your guide will begin by giving you an orientation tour around the town centre, before checking into our accommodation. We are situated a five minute walk from the centre of town – allowing great accessibility but also a quiet night’s sleep.
In the evening we take the Queenstown gondola (included in tour price) to view our spectacular surroundings. There is also an awesome luge track and restaurant. Something that shouldn’t be missed, however, is a visit to the infamous Fergburger café where you can try one of the numerous different delicious burgers. The nightlife in the town is also second to none and there is always something going on no matter what day it is.
Day 12 – Queenstown
You have a whole day to spend in Queenstown and you are spoilt for choice! Skydiving, paragliding, rafting, the Shotover Canyon Swing, Nevis and Kawarua Bridge bungys, quad biking, and boat trips are all on the cards!
For a more relaxed day, your guide may take you to Glenorcy where there are multiple half and full day walks. Another awesome and world famous experience that we fully recommend is a day trip to Milford Sound – absolutely gorgeous.
Day 13 – Queenstown to Wanaka
We drive over the Crown Range along the highest inland road in the country. Get your cameras out at the ready for spectacular views! Our first stop for the day is for coffee in the oldest pub in New Zealand, the Cardrona Hotel. Our second is Cardrona Adventure Park, where everyone is invited to drive monster trucks and eight-wheeled argos!
At the end of our journey we are greeted by the shores of picturesque lakes Wanaka and Hawea. Over 1,300 feet deep and an incredible blue, both lakes are fringed by breathtaking mountain ranges. Wanaka is situated on the lake of the same name, facing north and blessed with an incomparable alpine panorama.
During summer, wake-boarding, water-skiing, stunning lake cruises and swimming are always high on the agenda but in the winter Wanaka is a complete snow sports destination. Four alpine resorts (Cardrona, Treble Cone, Snow Park and Snow Farm) cater for everyone’s ski and snowboarding needs, from well-groomed beginner slopes to thrilling off piste chutes & powder bowls; adrenaline-pumping pipes to tranquil cross country skiing trails. For those of you that want to up the ante’ during the winter and spring months, we have a discounted heli-skiing option in either Wanaka or Queenstown which we guarantee will take your Haka experience to a whole new level!
Day 14 – Wanaka to Franz Josef
Wake up with uninterrupted views of the stunning Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps. Anyone is welcome to begin their day with a mind-blowing skydive with views of both Fox Glacier and Mt Cook in the distance!
There is heaps to see and do along our drive today so we set off as early as possible, passing along the shores of Lake Hawea, and back around to Lake Wanaka for the second time. Your guide will stop to allow you to take photos as the scenery here is beautiful.
The road that we travel across is that of the Haast Pass, the lowest crossing of the Southern Alps at 536 metres. The east to west transition of climate is strongly marked by the changes of landscape – from the alpine surrounding of Wanaka to the luxuriant rainforest of the West Coast. The prevailing moisture-laden westerly winds that impinge on the sharp mountain barrier of the Southern Alps result in heavy rainfall for which the whole West Coast is well known. Hence there are many stunning waterfalls on this journey and your tour manager will take you to one of our favourites, the Roaring Billy Falls.
The town of Haast signifies our arrival at the coast and we take our first look at the ocean from the Ships Creek viewing point. Between September and December it is whitebait season and so we will try to find a place to buy some. Whitebait (small fish) are considered a rare delicacy in New Zealand and is best cooked in a fritter with eggs – great for breakfast!
The climate and subsequent rainforest is to account for why this region is so desolate and unpopulated. Between the mountains and the almost unbroken stretch of surf beaches are low hills and broad terraces among which are beautiful forest-fringed lakes, and a surprising number of places of historical interest. Knights Point is another beautiful look out, offering the chance to view the beautiful forest along this coastline.
There is another skydiving opportunity as we reach Fox Glacier in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. We reach Franz Josef by the early evening and check in to our accommodation – a cosy motel with a native bush backdrop.
Day 15 – Free Day Franz Josef
You cannot visit Franz Josef without paying your respects to the glacier. Both the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are world-renowned on account of their relative accessibility and the low level to which they descend, although they no longer extend far enough down their valleys to reach the forest. The most popular way of visiting the glacier is with a half day guided trek, but there are also full day or heli-hike options available.
The Franz Josef glacier is unique in that whereas most glaciers are retreating, Franz still flows almost to sea level. Surrounding the glacier is a stunning landscape of temperate rainforest of ancient podocarp trees and other evergreen species. The combination of ice and temperate rainforest is a unique feature of New Zealand's glacier country and is an ecosystem found nowhere else on the planet.
If you can afford it, we highly recommend reaching the bluest ice via helicopter with a heli-hike. Trekking on the glacier is nowhere as strenuous as it sounds, but if it doesn’t sound like your thing, then your guide will take you as close to the bottom of the glacier as possible. There is some awesome quad biking for the afternoon (booked on the day), horse trekking, or otherwise relax in the hostel’s spa pool, TV lounge or have a drink in one of the cafés or bars. Alternatively, there is some great surfing to be had at nearby Okarito.
Day 16 – Franz Josef to Punakaiki
We head to the beautiful west coast on one of the most spectacular drives in the world. A rugged, primeval landscape of luxuriant rainforest juxtaposed against breathtaking beach and ocean waves.
Along the way from Franz Josef we pass through Ross, a town that arose from gold mining. The gold rush days of the second half of the 19th century were largely responsible for opening up the West Coast for settlement. Before this there was a small number of Maori who searched for greenstone, or Jade. We take a break at Hokitika to visit a Jade factory. This place experienced a massive gold rush in the late 1860s and today remnants can be seen everywhere: in original buildings and in the landscape, altered by excavations and vast mounds of tailings.
We also make a quick stop at the Bushman’s centre where you can taste a Possum pie or sink a drink in the Puke Pub (us kiwis are classy folks!).
Punakaiki is only 40 minutes from Greymouth, another town forged in the rush for gold. Here you have the option of visiting the Monteiths Brewery. From humble beginnings in 1868, Monteiths has become New Zealand’s most popular brewery.
We like to boast that we are the only tour company to stay at the unique Te Nikau Retreat. A firm favourite on tour, the resort is set 3km north of Pancake Rocks; a set of spacious lodges and cabins in peaceful rainforest beside the coast. In the evening we watch the sunset over the ocean and make use of the resort's superb facilities.
Day 17 – Punakaiki
Surfing, horse trekking, kayaking, four wheel driving, walking or simply taking in the view are all great activities in this region! In particular, Punakaiki is world famous for its 'Pancake Rocks', which are huge columns of limestone resembling stacks of pancakes. With a heavy swell running at high tide, seawater is forced upwards through blowholes with an impressive roar.
Alternatively you can spend the day making your very own knife in Barrytown! In this experience you get to forge your own blade from red hot steel, and complete your knife with native timber handle, brass bolsters and pins. And don’t worry about taking it home – hundreds of people have travelled with their knives (allowed in the hold luggage on flights).
Day 18 – Punakaiki to Motueka
Upon leaving Punakaiki we continue north along the State Highway 6. There is a stunning beach beside the Fox River where we can explore some awesome caves. Just ten kilometres west of Westport is Cape Foulwind where there is a fur seal colony accessible by a walking track.
Westport is home to a company that specialises in various adventure activities, including quad biking, extreme jet boating and river rafting along the Buller River. The river is one of the longest in the country and we travel alongside it for much of the day.
Our accommodation tonight is just on the outskirts of Abel Tasman National Park near the town of Motueka. The golden beaches, tranquil lagoons, clear water, native bush, seals and bird life make this an amazing year round destination. When we arrive there should be time for walk to split apple rock – a rock that looks exactly as the name suggests!
Day 19 – Abel Tasman National Park
Today is all about exploring Abel Tamsan National Park – New Zealand’s smallest, but by no means least beautiful, national parks. One way to experience the park is with a half day kayak to the Split Apple. No previous experience is required as qualified guides will teach you all the basic skills to make sure this is a safe, yet awesome activity!
Alternatively, there are numerous half and full day walks, including transport via water taxi. These explore both the inland forest and many stunning secluded beaches, all of which we guarantee will take your breath away!
It is just an hour’s drive to Nelson, the sunshine capital of New Zealand (with over 2,000 hours of sun every year). It is also home to the geographical ‘Centre of Zealand’ on Botanical Hill where we will take a walk before nightfall to witness the superb panoramic views of coast and countryside.
Day 20 – Nelson to Wellington
To visit the Nelson region is to discover azure skies and wide open spaces, beaches and lakes, spectacular national parks and unique landforms, vineyards and gourmet cafés, artists and galleries and boutique shopping experiences. This region expertly combines the finest elements of the New Zealand experience and delivers them across stunning geography, sun-ripened at the perfect latitude under New Zealand’s highest sunshine hours. Even the locals like to holiday here!
On our journey back towards Picton, where we will cross to Wellington once again on the Inter-Islander ferry this evening, we break up the drive by stopping at Havelock, the centre of the New Zealand green-lipped mussel industry. The Mussel Pot Café is a popular stop for seafood fans!
There is more time to explore the small town of Picton, and your guide may take you for a cultural walk to learn more about the area. By the time we reach Wellington it will be around 10pm and so the rest of the evening is up to you!
Day 21 - Free Day Wellington
Perched on the edge of a spectacular harbour, encircled by green, towering hills, Wellington is a stunning and compact city. Vibrant, exciting and cultured, the nation’s capital combines the stimulation and sophistication of a big city with the quirkiness of a charming village. Extending just two kilometres in diameter, Wellington is a truly 'walking city’.
As always your tour guide will introduce you to the city with an orientation tour – including a drive around the bays, a visit to Weta Studios, up to the lookout point at Mount Victoria and then through central Wellington, up the cable car, through the Botanic Gardens and to the Parliament Buildings.
The afternoon is for your own leisure time.
The city is known as the 'windy city' due to the high winds flowing across Cook Strait. Needless to say, the wakeboarding and windsurfing thrives here. Ask your tour advisor about our one day starter packs which can provide you with all the equipment, coaching and necessary skills to have a good grasp of any one of the sports after the end of day one. Furthermore, scores of walking and mountain-biking tracks around the city give a 360-degree perspective on this sparkling waterway and a view of the original colonial villas that fringe the city’s edge. For those wanting a more rugged perspective, there are four-wheel drive or horseback tours at the head of the Harbour, overlooking Cook Strait.
Wellington has a feast of cultural attractions and its crowning glory is Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand. Situated on Wellington’s magnificent waterfront, this internationally acclaimed museum combines leading edge technology with traditional exhibits to tell the stories of New Zealand’s land and people. The museum is free for all.
With some of the best nightlife in the country, it makes sense to take advantage of Wellington’s great bars and restaurants, mainly centred around Courtney Place and Cuba Street – both within short walking distances of the hostel.
Day 22 – Wellington to River Valley
We leave Wellington early and retrace some of our previous steps up State Highway 1 in the middle of the North Island. Just a short way east from Taihape is one of our favourite locations on tour: the River Valley lodge.
There really is nowhere else like River Valley – this place epitomises tranquillity… with a streak of adrenalin running through its belly! The lodge which offers a complete range of New Zealand adventure activities. This includes world class grade 5 white-water rafting, inflatable kayaking, scenic eco-rafting, horse trekking, guided natural and cultural interpretive bush walks and fly fishing.
Everything here is first-class, set amongst a backdrop of mother nature’s best work. If the scenery of River Valley does not blow your mind, then we will be truly surprised! Most of the activities take place in the morning, so you can relax in the spa pool or play a round of pitch and putt on the nine hole course.
Day 23 – River Valley to Raglan
Raglan is known as the surfing capital of New Zealand, with world famous breaks found at 3 points: Manu Bay, Whale Bay and The Indicators. This is the hottest surfing mecca in NZ, if not just in this part of the planet. Manu Bay (Waireke) is 8 km from Raglan. This famous surf break, also known as The Point, as it is said to have the longest left hand ride in the world. Our adventure lodge accommodation also offers a number of surfing packages for all levels of experience.
If surfing is not high on your agenda, not a problem. Raglan has some stunning geography, and after a short trek down to the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls you will witness a spectacular view of a natural waterfall. Furthermore, artwork is abundant in the cafes of Raglan and a must see is the Aqua Velvet. The only artist's work displayed this year has been of Maori carver Aaron Kereopa. He carves surfboard blanks into traditional Maori designs. These carvings stand out not only for their size, but also for their intricate Polynesian designs and three-dimensional shapes.
Raglan is definitely New Zealand's piece of bohemia and we are sure that it will leave you just like it leaves us: spellbound and reluctant to return to the big city environment of Auckland!
Day 24 - Raglan to Auckland
Before you know it, it’s your final day. After potential surfing and exploring the town of Raglan in the morning, we reach Auckland by 5pm to say our final goodbyes.
Accommodation – quad or 6 share Services of experienced Tour Manager Transport Guided tour at each destination Breakfast every morning An evening’s entertainment at a “marae” View Franz and Fox Glaciers Gondola ride to the top of Queenstown Entrance to the Orakei Korako Geyserland and Thermal Park Explore natural rainforests, hidden canyons & waterfalls Cruise across the Cook Strait in the Marlborough Sounds Visit Mokai Gravity Canyon – an extreme adventure park Two nights in Queenstown – adventure capital of the world! Taste a "hangi" and witness a haka performance View Mt Doom from Lord of the Rings Swim in turquoise lakes, canyon pools and clear mountain rivers Heaps of extra unique adventures along the way that other tour companies miss out on!
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