Starting from Auckland, we make 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. As with all our tours, we do include a few 'must-do' events, ranging from a Māori Cultural night, a pounamu (greenstone/jade) pendant carving experience, and learning to paddle a waka (Māori canoe) with your group. We have a massive range of optional activities available to add, from bungy jumping and dolphin swimming to jet boating and scenic flights. None of these are compulsory; just add the ones you want. Activities can also be purchased on the road - just let your tour guide know. As the tour starts early in the morning, you can opt to stay at our Haka accommodation in Auckland the night before the tour - only having to walk downstairs on the day the tour starts makes for a stress free morning.
1 Auckland to Coromandel Take in the oh so perfect coastal views on an epic scenic drive to the Coromandel. 2 Coromandel to Waitomo Explore majestic Cathedral Cove, dig your own hot tub before heading to Waitomo, home of the glow worms 3 Waitomo to Murupara Discover underground caves illuminated by thousands of glowworms and journey to Murupara for an unforgettable cultural experience 4 Murupara to Rotorua A day in Rotorua with options galore 5 Rotorua to Taupō A free morning in Rotorua and a short drive to Taupō, with mud pools and thundering waterfalls along the way 6 Taupō Explore the Taupō region, home of Australasia’s largest lake and the world-famous Tongariro Crossing 7 Taupō to Wellington After road-tripping past Mordor and Mt Doom we hit New Zealand’s “cool little capital”, Wellington. 8 Wellington to Kaikōura Sail to the South Island and discover the stunning Kaikōura coast. 9 Kaikōura to Christchurch A paradise for marine wildlife, Kaikōura is home to playful dolphins and beautiful whales 10 Christchurch to Lake Tekapo Explore downtown Christchurch before heading to the striking lakes and mountains of Tekapo. 11 Lake Tekapo to Queenstown A stunning drive through mountain landscapes to the jewel of the South Island: Queenstown 12 Queenstown Indulge your inner adrenaline junkie in Queenstown or take a day trip to the spectacular Milford Sound 13 Queenstown to Wanaka Cross the mountains from Queenstown into wondrous Wanaka. 14 Wanaka to Franz Josef Our favourite scenic New Zealand drive from the Southern Alps to the West Coast. 15 Franz Josef Take in the stunning Franz Josef Glacier. 16 Franz Josef to Punakaiki Road trip up the South Island’s wild West Coast, and sleep at a hidden retreat set in a peaceful rainforest. 17 Punakaiki Hear the roars of the crashing waves on the Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki. 18 Punakaiki to Abel Tasman Journey to the top of New Zealand’s South Island. 19 Abel Tasman Prepare to fall in love with Abel Tasman National Park. 20 Abel Tasman to Wellington Discover azure skies and wide open spaces around our sunniest location – Nelson. 21 Wellington to Auckland Say goodbye to your new Haka friends on the journey back up to Auckland.