Kaka 7-Day Tour

KaKa – New Zealand

Discover the beauty of the Coromandel Peninsula. Walk the Rotorua bush and experience the warmth of Maori culture, their songs and legends. Take a catamaran cruise on thermal Lake Rotoiti. Relax over a private lunch with your hosts at picture-perfect Lake Tarawera.

6 Nights/7 Days:

Auckland – Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula – Rotorua – Napier – Wellington

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$1926 USD  /$2260 USD

Per Person Twin or Double Share Accommodation.

Ultimate Vacations
650 Iwilei Road, Suite 400
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

Open Monday thru Friday
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM (Hawaii Standard Time)
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We went to fantastic places and saw amazing scenery we wouldn’t have known about. My travel agent asked me for my comments. I gave a “glowing” report.

DALLAS OMEARA – UK 
KAKA TOUR – NOVEMBER 2012

  • All transport provided in air conditioned, comfortable coaches (maximum of 18 travellers).

  • Your friendly and knowledgeable MoaTrek kiwi guide.

  • Relax in quality accommodation chosen for its scenery and accessibility.

  • Airport transfers pre and post tour.

All breakfasts included (B).

Two special lunches (L) – Rapaura Water Garden, Coromandel Peninsula; Pounamu Lodge, Lake Tarawera, Rotorua.

  • Catch the ferry from Whitianga to Cooks Beach.

  • Enjoy a cruise across Rotorua’s Lake Rotoiti on-board the 16-metre luxury yacht “Tiua”.

  • Visit Rotorua’s Museum for evocative exhibitions and films of earlier times.

  • Visit the geothermal wonderland and ancient caverns of Wai-O-Tapu.

  • Meet native New Zealand wildlife at Pukaha Mt Bruce Wildlife Centre.

  • Explore Napier’s rich architecture with a privately guided tour of the famous Art Deco town.

  • Experience dramatic views as we travel the coastal highway from Thames to the Coromandel.

  • Visit iconic the Coromandel beaches of Whitianga, Hot Water Beach and Hahei.

  • Discover the secluded bays of Rotorua’s Lake Rotoiti and explore the history of Lake Tarawera.

  • Visit the powerful Huka Falls and Wairakei geothermal power station.

  • Take in the stunning views of three active volcanoes from Lake Taupo.

  • Explore the eclectic café scene in New Zealand’s capital city Wellington.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Arrive in Auckland

Auckland Viaduct

Auckland Ferry
On arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your waterside hotel in central Auckland. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the “City of Sails”. Your hotel is close to the central city shopping district.The cafes and restaurants on Viaduct Harbour, Wynyard Quarter, Princes Wharf and the Britomart Precinct are all within easy walking distance. Ferries depart nearby for Devonport, a seaside village 15 minutes across the harbour.
For great views of the city catch the lift to the top of the Sky Tower or take a five minute taxi ride to the Auckland War Memorial Museum where there is an outstanding collection of Maori and Polynesian cultural exhibits.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Auckland Museum is home to the finest collection of taonga(Maori treasures) in the world
Take a ferry to one of the many restaurants in Devonport or perhaps journey a little further to Waiheke Island

DAY 2: Auckland – Thames Coast Highway – Coromandel Peninsula – Whitianga (B, L)

Rapaura Watergardens

Rapaura Watergardens
Drive south over the Bombay Hills and east across the Hauraki Plains to the jagged ranges of the Coromandel Peninsula.
From Thames we drive the western side of the Peninsula to a special lunch at Rapaura Watergardens and walk through native bush to a waterfall and lily ponds.
Further north at Coromandel the town’s gold mining past is visible in the restored wooden buildings lining the main street. Crossing the ranges we visit the stunning east coast beaches of Whangapoua, Matarangi, Kuaotunu and Otama and stay the night in Whitianga on Mercury Bay.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Lunch is included at lovely Rapaura Watergardens
surrounded by Coromandel rainforest
Visit the stunning east coast beaches of Whangapoua (Maori for Harbour of Shellfish), Matarangi (Headland in the Sky), Kuaotunu (Young of Eels) and Otama (of my son)

DAY 3: Whitianga – Rotorua (B)

Hot Water Beach

Ohinemutu Village
We start the day with a short ferry ride across the Whitianga estuary to Ferry Landing, near Cooks Beach to meet your coach. Alternatively, take a glass bottom boat cruise (optional) to Cathedral Cove, a sublime beach of white sands and limestone outcrops. We visit Hahei Beach and nearby at Hot Water Beach natural thermal hot springs bubble up through the sand. Depending on tide times you can dig your very own hot pool.
We continue south to Whangamata and Waihi and on to Rotorua, our home for two nights. At Ohinemutu village beside Lake Rotorua we meet Shaloh Mitchell and receive a personal introduction to Maori culture.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Hot Water Beach natural thermal hot springs bubble up through the sand. Depending on tide times, you can dig your very own hot pool
Learn about living Maori culture with a private tour of Ohinemutu Village

DAY 4: Rotorua sightseeing (B, L )

A leisurely day in this lakeside town. Our first highlight is a cruise on Lake Rotoiti on a 53ft catamaran “Tiua” exploring secluded coves with the chance to take the helm, swim in the lake or soak in hot pools reached only by water.
Back ashore we relax over an exclusive lunch at Pounamu Lodge with our hosts David and Karen. Karen has stories to tell of her ancestor Guide Sophia who lead visitors to safety when Mt Tarawera erupted in 1886. We visit Rotorua’s exceptional museum in the afternoon.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Cruise across Lake Rotoiti on the luxury 16-metre catamaran Tiua (Maori for ride the wind). Soak in mineral hot pools at the lake’s edge, which are only accessible by boat.
Relax over an exclusive lunch at beautiful Pounamu Lodge hosted by Karen and David Walmsley in a beautiful setting above Lake Tarawera

DAY 5: Rotorua – Napier (B)

Orakei Korako

Huka Falls
Explore our favourite geothermal hideaway, Orakei Korako, crossing the lake to a wonderland of silica terraces, bubbling mud pools and an enchanting Aladdin’s Cave, Ruatapu. See the turbulent Huka Falls and from Taupo the three active volcanoes – Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu are visible across the lake.
The road winds over the ranges to Napier. Renowned for its Art Deco architecture, Napier was rebuilt in this style after an earthquake in 1931. Wine taste at a premier vineyard in this acclaimed wine region before a guide joins our coach to take us on a tour of the Art Deco buildings and suburbs.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Cross the lake to a thermal wonderland at Orakei Korako
Explore the sights with a private guide on an Art Deco tour of Napier

DAY 6: Napier – Wellington (B)

Art Deco Napier

Kokako, Pukaha Mt Bruce Wildlife Centre
This morning we drive to the country town of Havelock North and up Te Mata Peak for fantastic views of the region before heading south through Hawkes Bay’s pastoral landscape of orchards, farms and vineyards to the Wairarapa.
At Pukaha Mt Bruce Wildlife Centre see endangered birds such as kiwi, kaka, kokako and takahe and the tuatara, a “living fossil” reptile that lived at the time of the dinosaurs.
We finish the day by traversing the Rimutaka Ranges to Wellington, the capital city. Your contemporary inner city hotel is at the heart of Wellington’s eclectic cafe scene.
HIGHLIGHTS:
At Pukaha Mt Bruce Wildlife Centre you’ll see kiwi, tuatara and other unique New Zealand wildlife
See the sights of Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city

DAY 7: Depart Wellington

Te Papa

Wellington; Time to say goodbye.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning. You will be picked up from your hotel for transfer to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.
If you have time before your transfer to the airport, catch up on last minute shopping for New Zealand classics such as merino clothing in the Duty Free Stores. Or visit New Zealand’s national museum Te Papa, its shop has an exceptional range of local arts and crafts.
Thank you for travelling with MoaTrek.
Ka kite ano – “See you again”.
HIGHLIGHTS:
At Te Papa Museum you’ll experience history, culture, heritage, geography and much more
Relax and reminisce over your New Zealand experience while we transfer you to the airport