This non-exclusive escorted group tour
with MoaTrek ventures off the beaten
track to offer a truly unique experience
of New Zealand. Travel in spacious,
comfortable coaches with up to 18
people, accompanied by knowledgeable
and friendly local guides who share
insights into their country and its culture
and introduce you to the locals.
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Arrive in Auckland and transfer to the Sebel Suites
for 1 night. (N)
Morning departure to Hokianga in the Northland
region. Afternoon Maori guided walk into the
Waipoua forest, home to ancient kauri trees.
Stay 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. If dolphins are
found, there may be an opportunity to swim with
them (subject to weather conditions) or watch
from the boat. Afternoon visit to Russell, New
Zealand’s first capital. (B)
Visit the ancient Kawiti glow-worm caves, then 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 while strolling along the Ohinemuri river.
Afternoon cruise by catamaran on Lake Rotoiti to
visit otherwise inaccessible hot pools. Stay 2 nights
at Novotel Rotorua Lakeside. (B)
Morning at leisure to explore Rotorua; a visit to
the Rotorua museum is recommended. In the
afternoon visit the beautiful Lake Tarawera and
the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park.
Enjoy a private lunch at the Buried Village Rotorua.
See the thermal bubbling mud pools at Wai-OTapu,
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)
Drive to the seaside town of Napier for a guided
walking tour of the town’s art deco architecture.
Afternoon drive to Havelock North. Stay overnight
at the Scenic Hotel Te Pania. (B)
Pass through small farming towns and stop at the
historic Greytown with its antique and craft shops.
Continue to New Zealand’s capital and take a city
tour including views over the harbour from Mount
Victoria. Overnight at the Bolton Hotel. (B)
Morning ferry crossing of the Cook Strait and the
beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound to South Island.
On arrival, drive into the Marlborough wine region
for a wine-tasting at Forrest Estate vineyard,
including the area’s famous sauvignon blanc, and
a private light lunch. Continue on to Nelson Lakes
National Park and Nelson, where you will stay
2 nights at Century Park Motor Lodge. (B)
Explore the Abel Tasman National Park with a
choice of a full-day scenic cruise or a shorter
cruise with a coastal walk. New Zealand’s smallest
national park protects 23,000 hectares of coastline
with offshore islands, sandy beaches, estuaries and
sheltered bays home to abundant wildlife including
seals and dolphins. (B)
Drive south into the Southern Alps and on to the alpine
hamlet of Methven. Stay overnight at The Ski Time
Travel south to Aoraki / Mount Cook Village. En
route, visit a homestead for lunch and 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) . Then travel through
alpine scenery to Queenstown. On arrival, board
the Skyline Gondola for a scenic view of the town.
Stay 3 nights at the Scenic Suites Queenstown. (B)
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. (B)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon visit to Lake Wanaka
via the former gold-mining 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 2 nights at Punga
This morning visit the isolated settlement of
Okarito (with the opportunity to cruise or kayak
on the lagoon) and the Waitangi Roto Nature
Reserve. Afternoon at leisure with optional
excursions including heli-hikes onto the glacier or
soak in hot pools fed by pure glacier water. (B)
Travel to Punakaiki via Hokitika. On arrival, visit the
Pancake Rocks and blowholes before transferring to Punakaiki Resort for 1 night. (B, D)
Travel across the Southern Alps to Christchurch,
visiting Arthur’s Pass en route (optional ride on
the TranzAlpine train at an additional cost). Stay
overnight at Chateau on the Park. The next day,
transfer to Christchurch airport for your flight
home, or continue your holiday. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from your
arrival in Auckland.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star
International flights are not included with
The tour operates with a maximum
group size of 18 passengers. Passengers may or
may not be Cox & Kings clients.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
KPO2018: 22 Nights
Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is poised between two large harbours...
The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch is an entertaining mixture of refined lifestyle and cultural excitement. The tranquil...
Located in the Hawke's Bay wine region, Napier is a coastal town renowned for...
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...
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...