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Kaka Tour - Premium New Zealand Touring Experience

The Kaka offers the perfect mix of exciting excursions and plenty of relaxing free time. Discover spectacular alpine scenery and the warmth of Rotorua’s Maori Culture and have close encounters with rare native wildlife on this unforgettable kiwi holiday. This is a leisurely holiday in the company of like-minded people on this truly unique touring experience.

Thermal Hot Springs, Cruise Abel Tasman National Park, Sailing Lake Rotoiti, Private Art Deco Tour Napier, Marlborough Wine, NZ Fur Seals Kaikoura, Milford Sound Cruise, Flight Over Fiordland.

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welcome to Auckland New Zealand

‘Haere Mai’ … welcome to New Zealand. Now you can relax - you are officially on holiday. Everything has been taken care of, we will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation.

Enjoy a leisurely day exploring central Auckland, also fondly known as the “City of Sails”. Within walking distance is the vibrant central shopping district, boutique cafes and gourmet restaurants right on the edge of the Viaduct Harbour. Head to the Britomart Precinct, Wynyard Quarter and Princes Wharf to experience the heart of the city. 

New Zealand’s tallest man-made structure, the Sky Tower, is home to spectacular views over the city and beyond. For an insight into the country’s colourful history, don’t miss visiting the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Some Activities and Sightseeing Options Available are:

Explore Waiheke Island Island Kayaking Adventure America’s Cup Sailing
Auckland's Sky Tower Relax on the Beach Rangitoto Island Cruise & Walk
West Coast Wine Tour Whale and Dolphin Safari Muriwai Surf Beach

Accommodation Auckland - 1 night

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SAILING LAKE ROTOITI, NATURAL HOT POOLS & ROTORUA

We head southeast through the lush dairy farmlands of the Waikato. Touring New Zealand’s dramatic Karangahake Gorge we take a stroll alongside the Ohinemuri River through native bush to the relics and ruins of this region's gold-mining past. We pass through Te Puke, the Kiwifruit capital of the world, the landscape dotted with Kiwifruit orchards before continuing on to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Along the way, at Okawa Bay, we board "Tiua", a 53ft catamaran for a relaxing sail on serene Lake Rotoiti to secluded coves and natural hot pools reached only by boat - a great way to finish your day.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Rotorua - 2 nights

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ROTORUA AT LEISURE | LODGE DINNER

This morning there’s time to enjoy one of Rotorua’s many unique attractions before driving out to beautiful Pounamu Lodge above Lake Tarawera. Share your experiences over an exclusive lunch with hosts David and Karen, Rotorua locals, who have many stories to tell of their historic links to this region. 

Recommended excursions in and around Rotorua:

See Geysers & Boiling Mud Polynesian Hot Springs Whirinaki Forest Walk
Thermally Active Golf Biking the Mighty Forests Flight to Volcanic Island
Museum of Art & History Evening Cultural Experience White Water Rafting

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner 

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GEOTHERMAL WONDER | TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK

Today we visit the surreal, geothermal reserve, Wai-O-Tapu. The bubbling mud pools and incredibly colourful silica terraces are unforgettable. 

On the road to Lake Taupo we view the turbulent Huka Falls where the Waikato River thunders through a narrow chasm. From Taupo there are magnificent views across the lake to the three active volcanoes - Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu (2,797 metres), the highest mountain in the North Island.These mountains of the volcanic plateau are our next destination, the World Heritage Tongariro National Park. Take a walk in the park this afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation National Park - 1 Night

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HAWKES BAY - ART DECO & WINERIES

From Taupo, look out towards the three active volcanoes of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu, all standing sentinel over a desolate landscape. Winding over the ranges we drive the Taupo – Napier road, arriving in the seaside town of Napier, here we wine taste at a premier vineyard in this acclaimed wine region before a guide joins our coach to take us on a tour of the Art Deco Tour.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Napier - 1 night

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WELLINGTON - Our Cool Little Capital

Leaving Napier we drive through the countryside of farmland and vineyards then pass through the small farming towns of Norsewood and Dannevirke before heading down the Wairarapa Plains to historic, arty Greytown. Its picturesque main street is lined with antique, craft and gift shops. It's also at the centre of the Wairarapa's premium wine-growing region. We continue south to the quirky capital city of Wellington where you can enjoy the city’s bustling food and wine scene.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Wellington - 1 night

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COOK STRAIT CRUISE | Wine Country

This morning’s three-hour cruise across the Cook Strait and into the beautiful Marlborough Sounds is magical. From here, we explore the ‘Sauvignon Blanc capital of the world’ that is Marlborough – don’t miss tasting a glass or two of the local drop during the vineyard tour. We ascend gradually to St Arnaud village and Lake Rotoiti, a scenic gem nestled in the beech forested mountain range of the stunning Nelson Lakes National Park. We visit the Department of Conservation Centre before driving down to Nelson, the sunshine capital of New Zealand and gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Nelson - 2 Nights

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Cruise Abel Tasman National Park

Today you have a choice of a full scenic cruise or a cruise and walk from Marahau along the stunning Abel Tasman coastline. Abel Tasman National Park is our country's smallest national park. It protects 23,000 hectares of the most natural stretch of easily accessible coastline in New Zealand. The coastline is characterised by islands just offshore, sheltered waters, estuaries and golden, sandy beaches. Lie on a beach, or even go for a swim if the weather is warm. The park is sheltered from ocean swells, and enjoys a mild climate. After your cruise or walk we return to Nelson.

Meals: Breakfast

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EXPLORE THE KAIKOURA COAST

From Nelson we drive to Pelorus Bridge, Havelock and Blenheim then down the spectacular Kaikoura coastline where big seas pound the rocks. Kaikoura is a small hamlet beside the ocean and beneath the towering Kaikoura Mountains. Seafood, especially crayfish, is a specialty. We stay right on the waterfront. Enjoy relaxing for the afternoon in Kaikours. Take an optional boat cruise or scenic flight to view whales, or stroll along the coastline for encounters with the cheeky fur seals that live here.

Suggested Wildlife Encounters in Kaikoura

Whale Watching Cruise Swim with the Seals in Kaikoura
Whale Watching Flight Kaikoura Dusky Dolphin Viewing or Swimming
Kayaking with Fur Seals Albatross & Pelagic Bird Watching Kaikoura

Meals: Breakfast

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AKAUNUI FARM HOMESTEAD Meal - AORAKI/MT COOK

This morning we continue south down the coast, driving inland over the Hunderlee Hills before heading down into the Canterbury Plains. Today’s lunch is very special – we enjoy the warm, kiwi hospitality of Di and Ian Mackenzie at Akanui Farm Homestead, dining on fresh produce from their bountiful veggie garden and chatting about country life in New Zealand. In the afternoon we head towards the foothills of the Southern Alps, driving past fields of golden tussock and jewel-hued alpine lakes to reach our accommodation for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation Mt. Cook - 1 night

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QUEENSTOWN

Take time for an early morning stroll in the pretty mountain valley on the doorstep of our hotel before we begin our drive to Queenstown. The road in this part of the country is spectacular – golden hills, bright blue lakes, towering mountains and a dramatic gorge make it one of our most scenic drives. When we arrive in the famous resort town of Queenstown we take the gondola up to Bob’s Peak for panoramic views of the surrounding alpine scenery. Tonight’s accommodation is only a few minutes’ walk from the bustling restaurants and nightlife of central Queenstown.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Queenstown - 3 nights

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MILFORD SOUND CRUISE, SCENIC FLIGHT - QUEENSTOWN

Today promises to be one of the most unforgettable of your entire New Zealand holiday. We begin with travelling by coach along the Milford Road; a stunningly scenic drive full of dramatic mountains, deep valleys, still lakes and waterfalls. On our arrival into Milford Sound we board a boat and cruise the waters of the sound itself, spotting penguins, dolphins and seals with the help of our onboard nature guide. Rounding off an unforgettable day we return to Queenstown by Scenic Flight – soaring over the rugged mountains and fiords of this part of the country is unforgettable.

Meals: Breakfast

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AT LEISURE IN QUEENSTOWN

Today is yours to experience the beauty of Queenstown on your own terms. Here, you’ll find everything from extreme adventure activities to wine tasting tours and relaxed fly fishing – the choice is yours.

Recommended excursions in Queenstown:

Routeburn Track Guided Day Walk Explore Historic Arrowtown Highest Bungy Jump
Wine Tasting Tour Central Otago Biking Skippers Canyon Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
TSS Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise Dart River Jetboat Safari Gibbston Valley Wine Trail
 

Queenstown’s Botanic Gardens offer the perfect place for a relaxing walk, while the boutique shops offer the opportunity to pick up a few New Zealand souvenirs.

Meals: Breakfast

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Historical ARROWTOWN, CARDRONA VALLEY and WANAKA

Today we explore the beauty of the Central Otago region. Gold mining heritage comes alive in the pretty village of Arrowtown, where miner’s huts are still visible today. Heading over the Crown Range we enjoy panoramic views of the Gibbston Valley before calling into the historic Cardrona Hotel. Enjoy a private lunch at a homestead in Wanaka before relaxing for the afternoon – soak up the scenery on one of the many walking or biking trails.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation Wanaka - 1 night

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Franz Josef Glacier

The landscapes on show today are awe inspiring, diverse and dramatic. We follow the shore of Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka, heading into the stunning scenery of Haast Pass and Mount Aspiring National Park. A short stroll along a well-maintained track reveals native beech forests, waterfalls and clear blue pools. We then visit the local Department of Conservation Centre where we learn more about the region’s history, flora and fauna. North-bound, we drive through the lush rainforests of Westland World Heritage Park, enjoying a stroll on the beach and through swampland forests at Ship Creek. Lake Matheson is known for its mirror-like reflections of the surrounding mountains, and we view the ancient glacier tumbling down to rainforest at Franz Josef.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Franz Josef - 2 nights

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OKARITO LAGOON - Bird SANCTUARY

A relaxing day awaits. We drive towards the West Coast, arriving at the tiny settlement of Okarito, located between the Tasman Sea and the Southern Alps is the beautiful Okarito Lagoon. Choose to explore the lagoon by kayak (optional); a feeding ground for the rare white heron where you’re sure to catch a glimpse of these ornate creatures. Afterwards, you might like to take a heli-hike on the glacier or a scenic flight over the Southern Alps.

End the day with a relaxing soak in the Franz Josef Hot Pools (optional), fed by pristine glacier water, before enjoying a delicious meal in the village.

Meals: Breakfast

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PUNAKAIKI - WILD COAST AND BEAUTIFUL ROCK FORMATIONS

Today’s drive north encompasses perfect lakes and rugged rivers, with the tops of the Southern Alps peaking through the trees. Enjoy the arty town of Hokitika and enjoy green stone carving, glass blowing and copper creations. Follow part of the old Maori Pounamu trails on the beautiful coastal road to tonight’s accommodation at Punakaiki. We enjoy the show created by nature at these Ancient Rock Formations before celebrating our journey in the delicious Jacob’s Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Punakaiki - 1 night

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On our way to Christchurch we drive the Otira Gorge on a spectacular road that winds through the mountains of Arthur’s Pass National Park. Stopping at a lookout, we watch the mischievous Kea – a colourful native parrot known for its cheeky personality. Stroll the beech forests of Arthur’s Pass village and marvel at the massive limestone formations of Castle Hill. We then drive down through Porter’s Pass and into Christchurch. We reach our accommodation in the late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Christchurch - 1 night 

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Homeward Bound

"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage!

There maybe time for some last minute excursions or shopping before making your way for your outbound flight. Our promise is to make your travels through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your time in New Zealand! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Some Suggested Activities If You Have Time

Easygoing Cycling Tour Punting the Avon River Lyttelton Harbour Wildlife Cruise
Māori Cultural Evening French Akaroa Tour Southern Alps Ballooning
Christchurch Gondola Clearwater Golf Arthur's Pass TranzAlpine Hike

Meals: Breakfast