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MoaTrek Kakariki 16 Day Tour
16 day Escorted small group starting in Auckland
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MoaTrek Kakariki 16 Day Tour

The Far North is a land of ancient kauri forests, pristine coastlines and the beauty of the Hokianga and Bay of Islands. As the birthplace of the nation, the links to early Maori and European culture are clearly visible and you will hear many fascinating stories from our local guides. Discover geothermal Rotorua and explore Tongariro and Abel Tasman National Parks before reaching the magnificent alpine scenery of Aoraki/Mount Cook, Queenstown and Fiordland.

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This Escorted small group tour idea includes:

4 Lunches

All breakfasts

Abel Tasman National Park cruise and walk

Exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise

Kawiti Glowworm Caves Tour

Seal spotting in Kaikoura

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Day 1 - Begin your MoaTrek Tour from Auckland
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Kakariki 16 day small group tour

Experience country life and leisurely touring on this small group New Zealand tour. In the North Island explore the beautiful Bay of Islands, enjoy the warmth of Maori culture and explore the volcanic Tongariro National Park. In the South Island relax on the golden beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park before encountering the magnificent alpine scenery of Mount Cook and Fiordland's Milford Sound.

Your adventure starts in Auckland

Your adventure begins with a stroll to the gannet colony above Muriwai Beach on the West Coast. You'll visit the Kauri Museum at Matakohe and in Waipoua Forest, accompanied by our Maori guide, see the greatest kauri of all, Tane Mahuta, Lord of the Forest. Tonight your waterside hotel Copthorne Omapere has stunning views over the Hokianga Harbour.

Your accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga (or similar)

Situated at Omapere, right on the waters edge of the Hokianga Harbour with a stunning view to huge sand dunes across the bay the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga is a perfect place to discover the rich history and beauty of the Hokianga Harbour.
Day 2 - Waitangi, Bay of Islands
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Omapere to Waitangi via Hokianga Harbour

You cruise across the harbour to the magnificent golden sand dunes, the perfect place to try sandboarding or walk along the deserted beach. Then cross to the East Coast to visit Kerikeri's historic Stone Store and Waitangi where Maori signed the Treaty with Queen Victoria's representatives in 1840.

Your accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands (or similar)

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands is located within the Waitangi Treaty grounds, surrounded by native bush and the beautiful Bay of Islands Harbour.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Will you spot a dolphin this morning on the Hole in the Rock Cruise?
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A day exploring around Waitangi

Look out for dolphins on your relaxed cruise among the islands to Cape Brett and the famous "Hole in the Rock" We come ashore at Russell, a pretty town with a rollicking 19th century past, once known as the "Hell Hole of the Pacific" and the first capital of New Zealand. Later return by ferry to Paihia and Waitangi.

Your accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands (or similar)

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands is located within the Waitangi Treaty grounds, surrounded by native bush and the beautiful Bay of Islands Harbour.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Check out the glowworms at the Kawiti Caves
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Bay of Islands to Auckland via the Kawiti Caves

At Kawiti Caves thousands of twinkling glow worms are a breath-taking sight on our guided walk through the limestone cave. Still owned today by descendants of Maori chief Kawiti, the first visitors were shown through the caves in the 1950s. This afternoon you call into Whangarei and continue down the East Coast to stay at the Grand Mecure, Auckland.

Your accommodation: Grand Mercure Auckland (or similar)

Located in the heart of the Auckland Waterfront district the Mercure Auckland overlooks the spectacular harbour and bustling city. Within walking distance of downtown shopping and attractions it is the ideal hotel for your Auckland stay.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Today includes a wonderful cruise on Lake Rotoiti
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Auckland to Rotorua via the Karangahake Gorge

Your Karangahake Gorge walk combines dramatic river scenery, native bush and relics of early goldmines. At a Kiwifruit orchard, you'll hear all about this famous fruit. This afternoon enjoys a private cruise aboard a 53ft catamaran on Lake Rotoiti, a special highlight, calling into secluded bays and hot pools reached only by water.

Your accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Novotel Lakeside Rotorua is a 4.5 star property located on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua and set in park surroundings. Just minutes from the city centre, cafes and restaurants plus the numerous tourist attractions including water activities on the lake, a golf course, museum, and thermal reserves.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Lunch is included at a homestead in Lake Tarawera on the way to Rotorua
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Activities in Rotorua then lunch at Lake Tarawera

There’s time to enjoy one of Rotorua’s unique optional activities or simply wander beside Lake Rotorua near your hotel. Drive out to beautiful Lake Tarawera for lunch with the Walmsley family who have many stories to tell of their Maori and Pakeha (European) history in this region once famous for the Pink and White Terraces.

Your accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Novotel Lakeside Rotorua is a 4.5 star property located on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua and set in park surroundings. Just minutes from the city centre, cafes and restaurants plus the numerous tourist attractions including water activities on the lake, a golf course, museum, and thermal reserves.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 - Check out the bubbling mud pools in Rotorua
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Rotorua to the Tongariro National Park

The surreal, geothermal reserve Wai-O-Tapu is alive with bubbling mud pools, silica terraces and deep pools of unforgettable colours. Stop at thundering Huka Falls and Lake Taupo and stay the night in the World Heritage Tongariro National Park. Relax at the Chateau Tongariro Hotel or walk the gentle trail to Taranaki Falls to enjoy the alpine views.

Your accommodation: Bayview Chateau Tongariro (or similar)

Bayview Chateau Tongariro, nestled at the foot of Mount Ruapehu, was completed in 1929 and still retains many of its original features. It is one of New Zealand's few hotels located in a World Heritage Park and offers the most prestigious accommodation in the region.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Check out the view of the mountains on the way to Wellington
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Tongariro National Park to Wellington

Drive-up Mt Ruapehu to the Top o’ the Bruce for panoramic views of Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro before continuing down the centre of the island to Wellington. Tour the city and check out the sights from Mt Victoria, stay two nights at The Bolton Hotel in “the coolest little capital in the world”.

Your accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington (or similar)

The Bolton Hotel offers contemporary apartment-style accommodation in the heart of Wellington. Just steps from the Parliament buildings and central business district, Bolton Hotel is conveniently close to the best of the city's shops, cafes and restaurants and is within walking distance of Wellington's vibrant waterfront.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 - A day at leisure in Wellington
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A day at leisure in Wellington

The day is yours to enjoy. The waterfront is just a short walk away and Te Papa National Museum. There's a selection of activities to choose from plus great cafes and boutique breweries. Wellington is also the spiritual home of The Lord of the Rings and you can visit Weta Workshop too.

Your accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington (or similar)

The Bolton Hotel offers contemporary apartment-style accommodation in the heart of Wellington. Just steps from the Parliament buildings and central business district, Bolton Hotel is conveniently close to the best of the city's shops, cafes and restaurants and is within walking distance of Wellington's vibrant waterfront.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 - Wellington to Nelson on the Interislander ferry
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Wellington to Nelson via the Cook Strait

You cruise across Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry and up to the stunning Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton to step ashore on the South Island. At Forrest Estate Wines you call in for a tasting and lunch in this premier wine region before continuing to Nelson and Trailways Hotel.

Your accommodation: Trailways Hotel (or similar)

Centrally located within a few minutes walk of Nelson’s central shopping precinct, theatres, eateries, the information centre, and close to the scenic waterfront. Located right on the river, many of the rooms open onto a river view. Also overlooking the river is their award-winning restaurant: The Tides Restaurant and Bar.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 - Explore Abel Tasman National Park
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Cruise through the Abel Tasman National Park

At Kaiteriteri Beach meet a local guide and cruise by catamaran and walk, as much or as little as you choose, along the stunning Abel Tasman coastline of islands, sheltered bays, estuaries and golden, sandy beaches. There’s time to relax on the beach with a picnic lunch and take a swim before returning to Nelson.

Your accommodation: Trailways Hotel (or similar)

Centrally located within a few minutes walk of Nelson’s central shopping precinct, theatres, eateries, the information centre, and close to the scenic waterfront. Located right on the river, many of the rooms open onto a river view. Also overlooking the river is their award-winning restaurant: The Tides Restaurant and Bar.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 - Explore Abel Tasman National Park
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Nelson to Kaikoura

The road hugs the spectacular coastline between the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura Ranges. Your afternoon is free to see Kaikoura’s bountiful marine life, the result of the ocean canyon close offshore. Optional excursions include whale watching cruises, flights and kayaking at sunset. You'll stay not far from the seal colony at The White Morph.

Your accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura (or similar)

Set on the Esplanade in Kaikōura, The White Morph enjoys commanding views of the ocean and mountains. Just a 10-minute walk into town, The White Morph has been beautifully placed so that you can take in the spectacular scenery of Kaikoura while enjoying the variety of attractions on offer.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13 - Head inland toward Mt Cook today
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Kaikoura to Mt Cook

From Kaikoura, the Hunderlee Hills lead to the Canterbury Plains where you join hosts Di and Ian Mackenzie for a memorable lunch at their Akaunui farm homestead set amid beautiful gardens. The turquoise-coloured lakes, Tekapo and Pukaki, are unforgettable photo stops on your way to stay at The Hermitage Hotel in the alps.

Your accommodation: Hermitage Hotel (or similar)

The Hermitage Hotel ringed by magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, is a world-renowned tourist destination and has been an icon of superior accommodation and dining since 1884.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14 - Today reach Queenstown the capital of adventure
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Mt. Cook National Park south to Queenstown

Explore the magnificent landscape crowned by Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain, on an easy walking track from the village or treat yourself to a scenic flight or cruise on a glacial lake. Later drive over the golden tussock lands of the Lindis Pass and onto Queenstown your home for three nights.

Your accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Scenic Suites Queenstown offers guests exquisite style, comfort and spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu and the Southern Alps. The hotel prides itself on its four star hospitality that will make your stay in Queenstown even more memorable.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15 - A tour highlight today, a scenic flight to Milford Sound
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Queenstown to Milford Sound

From Queenstown, follow the shores of the great lakes Wakatipu and Te Anau into the mountains and waterfalls of Fiordland National Park. Cruise on Milford Sound dominated by iconic Mitre Peak and home to seal colonies and dolphins. After this enjoy a magnificent scenic flight back over the Southern Alps to Queenstown concluding the most fantastic day.

Your accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Scenic Suites Queenstown offers guests exquisite style, comfort and spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu and the Southern Alps. The hotel prides itself on its four star hospitality that will make your stay in Queenstown even more memorable.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 16 - Depart your MoaTrek tour today from Queenstown
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Depart Queenstown

Today is yours to make the most of the infinite number of activities Queenstown has to offer and your Kiwi Guide is right there to help you choose. Fly out in the evening or do what many of our travellers do and extend your stay a day or two. The­ MoaTrek team is happy to arrange additional accommodation in Queenstown.

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