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These non-exclusive escorted group tours
with MoaTrek venture off the beaten track.
Travel in spacious, comfortable coaches
with up to 18 people, accompanied by
knowledgeable local guides who share
insights into their country and its culture,
and introduce you to the locals.
The following itinerary can be booked in full
as the Kakapo tour, or shorter versions are
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Depart Auckland and travel to the headland at
Muriwai Beach before departing to Hokianga in
the Northland region. Afternoon Maori guided
walk into the Waipoua forest. Overnight at the
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga. (B, D)
Morning cruise in Hokianga Harbour, a
significant and spiritual place for the Maori.
In the afternoon, travel to the east coast
visiting Kerikeri en route and the historic
Waitangi Treaty House, the site where Maori
chiefs signed a treaty with Queen Victoria’s
representatives in 1840, giving birth to the
nation. Stay 2 nights at the Copthorne Hotel
& Resort Bay of Islands in Paihia. (B)
Morning dolphin cruise in the spectacular
Bay of Islands or visit the Hole in the Rock.
Afternoon visit to Russell, New Zealand’s
first capital. (B)
Visit the ancient Kawiti glow-worm caves, then
continue on to Auckland and overnight at the
Sebel Suites. (B)
Travel south-east to Rotorua through Waikato’s
farmlands and discover the area’s gold-mining
past. Visit a working kiwifruit orchard then take an afternoon cruise by catamaran on Lake
Rotoiti to visit otherwise inaccessible hot pools.
Stay 2 nights at Novotel Rotorua Lakeside. (B)
Morning at leisure. Lunch at the Buried
Village Rotorua, where your hosts will share
stories from their Maori and European
histories. (B, L)
See the bubbling mud pools at Wai-O-Tapu,
then drive to Tongariro via Huka Falls. On
arrival in Tongariro you may like to take a
walk in Tongariro National Park for some
magnificent views over the area’s active
volcanoes. Stay overnight at Chateau
Tongariro Hotel. (B)
Travel to the country’s capital, Wellington. Take
a city tour, including stunning views over the
harbour from Mount Victoria, and stay 2 nights
at the Bolton Hotel. (B)
Today is at leisure for you to explore the city
further. You may wish to visit Te Papa National
Museum, some of the boutique breweries or
see how Hollywood props are made at Weta
Morning ferry crossing of the Cook Strait
and Queen Charlotte Sound to South Island.
On arrival, drive into the Marlborough wine
region for a wine tasting and light lunch
at Forrest Estate vineyard. Continue on to
Nelson, where you will stay 2 nights at The
Beachcomber. (B, L)
Explore the Abel Tasman National Park with a
choice of a full-day scenic cruise or a shorter
cruise with a coastal walk. (B)
Travel along the rugged coastline between the
Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura ranges, with
the afternoon at leisure on arrival. There are
several optional excursions this afternoon
including whale-watching cruises and flights
(at own expense). Stay 1 night at The White
Drive over the Hunderlee Hills to the
Canterbury Plains and visit a 100-yearold homestead for lunch. Continue to the
spectacular scenery of Mackenzie country, with
a stop at the Church of the Good Shepherd beside Lake Tekapo. Stay overnight at the
Hermitage Hotel. (B, L)
Morning at leisure. Join an optional walk
through the valleys around Mount Cook or a
cruise on a glacial lake (payable locally).
This afternoon, travel south over the
Lindis Pass and through Alpine scenery to
Queenstown. Stay 3 nights at the Scenic Suites
Full-day tour to the Fiordland National Park
for a relaxing cruise on the magnificent
Milford Sound. Return to Queenstown via a
scenic flight over the Southern Alps (weather
permitting). Following day at leisure with
optional excursions such as a jet boat ride,
wine tasting and walking on the Routeburn
Track (all at own expense). (B)
Drive to Lake Wanaka via the former goldmining town of Arrowtown, with lunch and
local wine at a homestead near Wanaka.
Overnight at Edgewater Resort. (B, L)
Travel to the glacier town of Franz Josef,
stopping en route at Ship Creek for a walk
along the beach and through the rainforest.
Stay 1 night at Punga Grove. (B)
Morning at leisure with optional excursions including walks to the face of Franz Josef
glacier or heli-hikes onto the glacier itself (at
own expense). Travel to Punakaiki via Hokitika.
Stay 2 nights at Punakaiki Resort. (B)
Day at leisure to discover the area. Your ‘Kiwi
guide’ will provide options such as the Nile
River glow-worm caves and the Pancake Rocks.
Travel across the Southern Alps to
Christchurch, visiting Arthur’s Pass en route
(optional ride on the TranzAlpine train at an
additional cost). Upon arrival in Christchurch,
make your way to the airport for your flight home, or continue your holiday. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
International flights are not included
with this itinerary. For flight options and
prices, please contact your Cox & Kings travel
Please note that
this tour is operated by MoaTrek on a nonexclusive basis. Therefore other passengers
may or may not be Cox & Kings clients.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
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Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is poised between two large harbours...
Kaikoura is a base for wildlife experiences of all kinds. It is also a great...
Nelson Located close to the Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson is a great base for the...
Rotorua Located on North Island's volcanic plateau, the town of Rotorua is the...
The village is the gateway to the Franz Josef Glacier. This glacier was first documented by Abel Tasman in 1642...
Wellington New Zealand's capital city, Wellington is set on a magnificent harbour...
The resort town of Queenstown is sophisticated and fantastically scenic. Its lake and mountain landscape is suited...