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Amplified NZ Tour

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 Trip Length
17 Days
 Trip Starts
Christchurch
 Trip Finishes
Auckland
17 Day Amplified NZ Tour Itinerary (Haka Tours)
Countries Explored: New Zealand
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AMPR

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Haka Tours 17 Day Amplified NZ Tour. Our most popular trip is a New Zealand 16 day itinerary jam-packed with New Zealand's top destinations and experiences. We’ll take you to the scenic highlights of the North and South Islands where you’ll discover golden beaches, majestic mountains, Māori culture, surreal landscapes and a big dose of adventure!

From Auckland to Christchurch (or, from Christchurch to Auckland – please see the reverse New Zealand two week itinerary), you’ll soon see that New Zealand is filled with many different landscapes and...read more opportunities for adventure!

This small-group guided tour of the North and South Island will visit Coromandel, Rotorua, Taupō, Wellington, Kaikōura, Wanaka, Queenstown, Lake Tekapo (an International Dark Sky Reserve), and Franz Josef Glacier, with the option to visit Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves, The Tongariro Crossing and Milford Sound along the way.

Our Amplified tour comes complete with some very special inclusions: experiencing a Māori cultural night traditional hāngī meal, learning haka and poi dance, and carving your very own pounamu (greenstone/jade) pendant in Franz Josef.

Itinerary

Welcome to your New Zealand Adventure! 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 . 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.

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Christchurch City Tour
  • Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Experience Tekapo's Dark Sky Reserve

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 adrenaline 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!

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Hike up Mt John (optional)
  • Visit Kawarau Gorge

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. For scenery lovers, 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.

Included
  • Breakfast

One last morning in Queenstown to work on that bucket list. What will it be today – a canyoning experience, Lord of the Rings 4x4 safari, or a jet boat ride along the Shotover River? There are so many options. You decide. After the excitement of Queenstown, this afternoon is a chance to chill. 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 relax.

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Visit Arrowtown – a charming and historic gold rush village

This morning is about exploring Wanaka. How, exactly, is up to you! Optional activities include a flying lesson, skydiving, a bike tour along Wanaka's lakeside, or a lake cruise and nature walk on Mou Waho Island. If none of those appeal, there are lots of scenic short walks in the area – including a visit to #thatwanakatree. Talk to your guide for the best options. 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 top 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. We roll into 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.

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lake Hawea Lookout
  • Haast Pass

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 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 and even a bit of group karaoke tonight in Franz Josef!

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Carve your own pounamu necklace

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.

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Visit Hokitika Greenstone Factory
  • Tranz Alpine Train Journey

You can have a lie in this morning if you want! Alternatively, there is an opportunity for hot air ballooning, surf lessons and tank driving. There is also a chance to explore the city and do some shopping before we leave for Kaikōura. Rugged snowcapped mountains drop right down to
the beach in Kaikōura, making it an incredible backdrop to experience the famous sea life in the area. There's something for every traveler in Kaikōura: go giant whale watching, take a surf lesson, go fishing, kayak, play mini-golf or swim with hundreds of friendly and curious wild dolphins in the bright blue water; how often do you get to swim with dolphins in the wild? Be sure to have your camera ready for a visit to the fur seal colonies (there may even be even baby seals!) and for all of the great sea life you're going to spot.

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Visit a seal colony

After kicking off the morning with some final exploration of Kaikōura, we head north. Upon arriving into Picton there is a short break to explore the port and get something to eat before catching the ferry to Wellington. One of the most iconic and classic New Zealand activities is sailing the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands. From the decks of the ferry, you'll enjoy beautiful views of the Marlborough Sounds before heading out into the open waters of the Cook Strait. The city skyline of New Zealand's capital will stretch our in front of you for the final stretch through Wellington Harbour. If you'd prefer to stay inside, the ferries have amenities to enjoy – from TV and cinema rooms to free Wi-Fi to various food and drink options . 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!

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Cook Strait Ferry Crossing

In the morning your tour guide will give you a tour of Wellington city and the surrounding bays. This can include a trip to Weta Workshop, where films like Lord of the Rings have been made. We also may visit the parliament buildings, cable car and Mount Victoria. On the way to Taupō 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 are that of Mount Ruapehu, Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe, the volcano better known as Mount 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 arrive at the accommodation by evening. With a whole day to explore Taupō tomorrow, feel free to relax at the hostel or go out to experience some of the town's best nightlife!

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Mt Victoria Lookout
  • Scenic drive through Tongariro National Park

A full day in Taupō... are you in the mood for peaceful lakeside tranquility or unlimited adrenaline 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.

Included
  • Breakfast

After our morning in Taupō 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.

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Find natural hot springs
  • Learn the haka
  • Learn to weave flax
  • Dinner (a hangi cooked in an underground oven)
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.

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. On the way to Rotorua, we stop at what really makes the town famous, along with giving it its unique smell: one of several extraordinary geyserlands and thermal parks. There's heaps of time to get amongst Rotorua's diverse attractions while you're here. We'll get you started with an orientation tour, including a stroll through the flower-filled Government Gardens by the lakefront. 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!

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Visit Te Puia Maori Village
  • See kiwi birds
  • See the Pohutu Geyser

Today is a free day to explore Rotorua and its surrounding area. Talk to your guide for the best free things to see and do in the neighbourhood (Kuirau Park's steaming and hissing mud pools are a great option). There are also a number of optional activities you can choose from: If adrenaline is your thing, the highest commercial waterfall drop in the world, on the Kaituna River, is begging to be conquered on an exhilarating rafting trip. Perhaps you'd like to try thundering down grassy hills in a giant air-cushioned inflatable ball (aka ZORB)? A day trip to is another option today. Famous for its glowworms there are a number of ways to experience these twinking creatures up close. Discover the magic of both the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, as well as the enchanting Ruakuri Cave on a ‘2 cave combo' walking/boat tour. Or you can float along an underground river on a Black Water Rafting trip as the glow worms light your path. However you spend today - be sure to get a good night's sleep as there are more Rotorua adventures tomorrow!

Included
  • Breakfast

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! It's no secret that many blockbuster hits have been filmed in New Zealand due to our incredible landscapes. Around lunchtime, we head of to the Coromandel to discover more of them first-hand. We'll walk together out along the cliffs down to Cathedral Cove (which you might recognise from the Chronicles of Narnia films). Beautiful in its own right, with perfect beaches and massive rock arches and columns it's one of the most popular spots in the Coromandel and for good reason!

Included
  • Breakfast

Beautiful remote beaches, dense wooded forest and clear blue waters make the Coromandel one of New Zealand's favourite getaways. At low tide, we'll make our way out to the world-famous Hot Water Beach. When the tide's out, you can dig a hole in the sand where natural hot springs bubble up to create your own personal hot tub! Finally, we head to Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city. Auckland sits on the narrow sliver of land where the Northland peninsula tapers south to meet the rest of the North Island. So the sea is always nearby, and it isn't difficult to guess the origin of its nickname ‘City of Sails'. We arrive around 5pm, where we'll say our final farewells before a final night of accommodation – you don't want to pass up the chance to sleep in! Or if you have a few spare days, why not hop on our three day tour?

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Visit Hot Water Beach

Trip Inclusions

  • 15 nights in high-end hostel accommodation (dorm share as standard) and 1 night shared cultural experience
  • Stunning walk to the spectacular arched cavern of Coromandel's Cathedral Cove
  • Learn a haka and learn to weave flax with a local iwi (tribe)
  • Visit Te Puia - a local cultural centre - to learn more about traditional Māori culture and discover Rotorua's geothermal wonders
  • See kiwi birds up close and personal
  • Eat a traditional Māori hāngī meal cooked in an underground oven
  • Follow your nose to Rotorua's bubbling mud pools
  • Discover what makes Huka Falls the most visited natural attraction in NZ
  • Check out the views from Matairangi/Mount Victoria, Wellington
  • Fall in love with Wellington's cafe and craft beer culture
  • Iconic ferry ride between the North and South Islands across the Cook Strait
  • Get up close to Kaikōura's cutest residents at a local seal colony
  • Explore downtown Christchurch and see its inspiring regeneration since the 2011 earthquake
  • Visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, nestled by the shores of Lake Tekapo
  • Unparalleled stargazing opportunities in Tekapo's Dark Sky Reserve
  • Two nights in Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of the World
  • Visit the charming, historic gold rush village of Arrowtown
  • Carve your own pounamu (jade) pendant in Franz Josef
  • Visit the Mountain Jade Factory in Hokitika
  • Plus many surprise stops along the way

  • Small groups, up to 16 people
  • Passionate Kiwi guides
  • Comfortable bus transport
  • High-end hostel accommodation
  • Tasty continental breakfasts every day and a traditional Māori dinner 'hāngi.
  • Experiences to teach you about our unique Māori culture

  • Shared dorms in hostels & lodges (4 to 6 beds per room). Private room upgrades available.
  • The tour price includes dorm share accommodation (4–6 share) but if you would prefer your own space you have the option to upgrade to a private room for the duration of your tour. You can select this upgrade when you enquire with us. Please note: private room upgrades are not available for the one-night shared cultural experience (Murupara)
  • If you arrive in Auckland with a few days to spare either before or after your tour, we have a great three-day which showcases the Northland region of New Zealand
  • Accommodation is included on the last night of your tour, but we can also book a few extra nights for you if you would like to extend your New Zealand itinerary

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
  • 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

Trip Optionals These optional activities can be pre-booked & included in your trip price.

  • Location: Queenstown.
  • The canyon swing is a bit different to a bungy jump, as you’re secured in a full body harness which lets you to depart from the 109 metre high platform in any position imaginable, plummeting into the spectacular Shotover River Canyon. Duration: half day. Read more.

  • Location: Queenstown.
  • Canyoning the spectacular Queenstown Canyons would have to be one of New Zealand's most exhilarating half-day experiences. Duration: Half Day. Read more.

  • Location: Coromandel.
  • Renowned as one of the best kayaking trips in the NZ - explore amazing sea caves, discover the thrill of kayak sailing, and interact with the local marine life in the pristine Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve. Read more.

  • Location: Lake Tekapo.
  • Embark on a journey through time and space with this ticket to the Dark Sky Experience at Lake Tekapo. No need to wait until after dark to admire the night sky at this indoor exhibition which draws on Māori astronomy and recent discoveries to tell the story of our skies. This kid-friendly attraction is ideal for families, with multimedia exhibits and hands-on activities offering something to do for everyone. Duration: 45 min.

  • Location: Queenstown.
  • Funyaks are inflatable kayaks and an amazing way to explore the Dart River. Your experience starts with an exhilarating jet boat ride up the Dart River into the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park. Duration: 9 hours. Read more.

  • Location: Kaikoura.
  • Add on a beautiful encounter with dusky dolphins off the coast of Kaikoura on your tour of the South Island, New Zealand. Duration: half day. Read more.

  • Location: Wanaka.
  • A wonderful 20 minute of air adventure experience for those who are wanting to experience flying a plane AND want to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Lake Wanaka.

  • Location: Rotorua.
  • Head deep into one of New Zealand’s most ancient forests and let the fun begin on this 3 hour eco canopy adventure. You will experience over 600 meters of ziplines and swing bridges as your expert Kiwi guide leads your small group through the forest. Duration: 3 hrs. Read more.

  • Location: Franz Josef.
  • Glacier Kayaking in Franz Josef | South Island Activities | Haka Tours, NZ Duration: Half day. Read more.

  • Location: Franz Josef.
  • A truly amazing way to experience Franz Josef, this heli hike experience starts with a scenic flight from Franz Josef Village to Franz Josef Glacier where you will land on the ice itself. Once on the glacier you have around 3 hours to explore this exquisite natural icescape. Duration: half day. Read more.
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