Amplified New Zealand
Destinations Destinations
Queenstown, Lake Tekapo, Rotorua, Coromandel, Kaikoura, Wanaka, Auckland, Franz Josef Glacier, Lake Taupo, Christchurch, Wellington
Activity Activity
Nature & Wildlife, Culture, Active
Tour Type Tour Type
Group tour
Physical Level Physical Level
Easy
Season Season
January - December

Start your New Zealand trip by exploring Auckland's architecture, before travelling to the nearby Coromandel for beaches, kayaking and coves. Continue your north island adventure with the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, alongside learning more about traditional Maori culture. Next, experience the tranquility of Lake Taupo and the adventure of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, before ending in foodie Wellington. The next leg of your trip takes you across the Cook Strait to Kaikoura for whale-watching and wine-tasting, before star-gazing at Lake Tekapo. Then, it's time to get adventurous in the adrenaline hotspots of Queenstown and Wanaka, before heading onto the ice at the Franz Josef Glacier. End your trip in Christchurch.

This tour can also be completed in reverse. Departure dates listed include both directions. Enquire for more details.

Tour itinerary

What you'll see and do

Auckland to Coromandel

Leaving Auckland behind, you'll head to the Coromandel Peninsula, a veritable paradise of beautiful beaches and misty rainforests.

You'll get a chance to visit the famous Hot Water Beach before arriving in Whitianga where you can sample the sandy beaches, take a surf lesson with the locals or simply enjoy the relaxed vibe.

Includes: breakfast
Coromandel to Rotorua

This morning walk along the cliffs and down to Cathedral Cove. With perfect beaches and massive rock arches and columns, it’s one of the most popular spots in the Coromandel. Alternatively, take an optional guided Cathedral Cove kayak trip and check out this stunning coastline from a different angle.

In the afternoon you will head towards Rotorua; stopping en route at Matamata, best known for being the home of the Hobbiton movie set. For Lord of the Rings fans a fully guided tour of the 12 acre Middle-earth set is a must-do — you will see Hobbit Holes, the Mill, and even enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn.

Includes: breakfast
Rotorua

Today is a free day to explore Rotorua and its surrounding area. 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.

If adrenaline is your thing, you can take a rafting trip on the Kaituna river — the highest commercial waterfall drop in the world. Another option is a day trip to the famous Waitomo Gloworm Caves, which offer a number of ways to experience the twinking creatures up close.

Includes: breakfast
Rotorua to Murupara

This morning you will visit Te Puia Maori Village, where you’ll learn more about Māori history and culture, come face to face with the Pohutu Geyser, see jumping mud pools and get up close and personal with kiwi birds.

Later this afternoon you'll head to Kohutapu Lodge in Murupara — a living Māori village — where you will experience 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). Dinner will be a traditional hāngi meal, which is cooked in an underground earth oven.

The best part about spending the evening at Kohutapu Lodge? The majority of proceeds from this activity go back to the local community.

Includes: breakfast, dinner
Murupara to Lake Taupō

It’s only a short drive to your next destination, Lake Taupō, and there’s plenty to discover along the way. From mesmerising mud pools to the thundering rapids of the Huka Falls and Aratiatia Dam, your guide will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Lake Taupō is New Zealand’s largest lake — believe it or not, it’s roughly the same size as Singapore. This place is all about the thrills and spills, and there are plenty of options in store this afternoon. Get your hair wet with a water touch bungy jump, take an unforgettable skydive or a sunset lake cruise for amazing lake and mountain views.

Includes: breakfast
Lake Taupō and the Tongariro Crossing

You can spend today either relaxing around Lake Taupō or hiking the Tongariro Crossing — often classed as one of the best full-day walks in the world. This 19.4-kilometre mountain trek in Tongariro National Park boasts emerald green lakes, venting steam, lava flows and craters.

If you’d prefer to take it easy, 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.

Includes: breakfast
Lake Taupō to Wellington

It’s a big drive from Taupō to Wellington, but there’s some unmissable scenery on offer. You'll journey through Tongariro National Park and the Rangipo Desert, which is home to three active volcanic peaks — Mount Tongariro, Mount Ngauruhoe, and Mount Ruapehu. You'll also pass through two of the North Island’s quirkier towns which you'll get a chance to explore.

After a quick afternoon orientation from your guide, head up Mount Victoria for some of the best views in town, before heading out to enjoy the capital's fantastic food and craft beer scene.

Includes: breakfast
Wellington to Kaikōura

Soak up the atmosphere of vibrant Wellington.

Your guide will introduce you to the city with an orientation tour — including a drive around the bays through central Wellington to the Botanic Gardens and Parliament Buildings. If there wasn’t a chance yesterday we’ll take a trip up Mount Victoria for the best views in town.

Later on you'll say farewell to the North Island with a scenic ferry across the Cook Strait. The South Island has a stunning welcome in store for us — gliding through the Marlborough Sounds as we approach Picton Harbour, you’ll feel like you’re in another world.

Your next destination, Kaikōura literally means “to eat crayfish”, and the area is teeming with them. The nutrient-rich waters of this area attract a wide variety of marine wildlife including the stars of the show — the whales and dolphins.

Includes: breakfast
Kaikoura to Christchurch

The chance to swim with dolphins in the wild is a massive New Zealand highlight for many travellers, and Kaikōura is one of the best places to find them, with pods of up to 300 of these playful creatures hanging out here at any one time.

If you want to get up close to the giants of the ocean, a whale watching tour here is the way to do it. Humpbacks, sperm whales and orca all stop by at various times of year, so this is a great chance to meet some of them.

After visiting the local seals on your way out of town, the road trip continues to your home for the night – Christchurch, known as the “Garden City” for its peaceful parklands and lazy rivers.

Includes: breakfast
Christchurch to Ohau, via Lake Tekapo

This morning you’ll explore iconic downtown Christchurch and your guide will show you the creative ways the city is being rebuilt after the life-changing 2011 earthquake here.

After lunch you'll leave the city behind and head for Lake Tekapo. The lake’s breathtaking turquoise colour and mountain backdrop is a photographer’s dream come true.

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.

Includes: breakfast
Ohau to Queenstown

This morning if you’re feeling energetic, hike up to the summit of Mt John, which has incredible views of the Southern Alps.

The drive to Queenstown will take you through the golden tussocklands of Mackenzie country and bungee-jumper favourite Kawarau Gorge to the dramatic peaks of the Southern Alps.

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, an avid hiker, wine taster or scenery lover, Queenstown has something for absolutely everyone. You'll have two nights here to enjoy the many options the city has to offer.

Includes: breakfast
Queenstown

With a full day in Queenstown, you'll have plenty of activities to choose from: paragliding over the lake, mountain bike parks and trails, bungy jumping, horse riding through Lord of the Rings scenery, and swinging through a canyon are just a few options on offer.

For scenery lovers, a trip to Milford Sound is a must-see. Whether you fly or drive, the scenery en route is as amazing 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.

Includes: breakfast
Queenstown to Wanaka

One last morning in Queenstown with a number of options to choose from, including a canyoning experience, Lord of the Rings 4x4 safari, or a jet boat ride along the Shotover River.

After the excitement of Queenstown, this afternoon is a chance to relax. Wanaka 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 plenty 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.

Includes: breakfast
Wanaka to Franz Josef

This morning is about exploring Wanaka. 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.

The journey to Franz Josef is another stunner — many of our guides rate it as their favourite drive in New Zealand. You’ll stop at one of our favourite 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 fantastic surprise photo stops and short walks along the way.

You will arrive in Franz Josef 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

Includes: breakfast
Franz Josef

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 plenty 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.

Includes: breakfast
Franz Josef to Christchurch

Before you know it, it’s your last day. After breakfast you'll head further along the beautiful west coast on another of the most spectacular drives in the country: a rugged, primeval landscape of luxuriant rainforest juxtaposed against breathtaking beach and ocean waves.

You'll 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, you 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.

Includes: breakfast

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Where to stay

Sample accommodation suggested by our New Zealand experts.

Accommodation is in dorm share hostels (4-6 per room), upgrades to private rooms available on request.

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Haka Lodge Taupo
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Haka Lodge Taupo

Haka Lodge Taupo offers a variety of up-market dormitory rooms for those travelling on a budget, and a wide range of private rooms for those who enjoy their own space...

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Haka Lodge Queenstown
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Haka Lodge Queenstown

Haka Lodge Queenstown opened just a few years ago, close to the city centre and kitted out with top of the line facilities...

Tour inclusions

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Included Some meals

Continental breakfasts every day, as well as a traditional Māori hāngī meal cooked in an underground oven.

Included Accommodation

All accommodation is included in the tour price.

Included Guided excursions

All tours include a passionate Kiwi guide.

Testimonials

What people are saying about Haka Tours

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Kristina
24/09/2020

Don't give it a second thought — visit New Zealand and sign up for a Haka Tour! I just got back from the South Island Haka tour and definitely have to say it was one of the best vacations ever. The trip was entirely stress-free and fun, every city we visited was amazing, scenery unbeatable, accommodation was clean and nice and I made lifelong friends that I hope to travel with again in the future. Worth every penny!

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Wade
24/09/2020

Best tour ever! Did the Amplified New Zealand Tour from Auckland to Christchurch. It was an amazing experience from front to back, enabled by the flexibility and experience of Andy advising where and when to do activities. Would absolutely recommend this as a great way to see and experience New Zealand quickly!

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Helena Anne
24/09/2020

Amazing trip last week with Haka Tours. Perfectly paced and flawlessly organised thanks to Andy. Nice size group, good accommodation and long drives were never frustrating. It's lovely to be on an organised tour and still have independence. Very impressed with Haka, I'll certainly be back to explore the North island!

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