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Moa Tours New Zealand

MoaTours holidays are designed especially for mature travellers who want to explore our beautiful countryside, enjoy special annual events and get to know the locals over relaxed lunches in their homes.

The difference between MoaTours and other small group tours is the all inclusive costs. From the moment you step on board their coach (maximum 18 travellers) everything is taken care of by their knowledgeable and helpful Kiwi guide. All meals, sightseeing, entrance fees and activities are included in your tour cost. All South Island tours include return Auckland/Auckland airfares and flights are arranged for travellers joining from other regions.

Moa's leisurely paced itineraries are four to nine days in length and cover the country from Cape Reinga in the North to Stewart Island in the South. Each tour focuses on just one or two regions so you will have time to enjoy their special attractions and discover those off the beaten track places. And you’ll end each day in quality, en suite accommodation with a great “sense of place”.

They’re a family owned business and have been running unforgettable small group tours of New Zealand since 1971. Their mission is to make travelling around our beautiful country the best travelling experience you’ve ever had.

2023-2024 Moa Tour Schedule

*** Tours fill fast - enquire today to reserve your place ***

Aotea Great Barrier Island Escape - 5 days: This is a real escape to a stunning part of our country many Kiwis haven't been and somewhere everyone who goes falls in love with. A five day adventure from Auckland to stunning Aotea Great Barrier Island, one of the Hauraki Gulf's real gems. The tour includes the wonderful return scenic flight to Aotea Great Barrier Island. Enjoy a leisurely holiday exploring the bush lined roads, coastline and harbours in our own MoaTours coach. You'll love the opportunity to meet local artisans, guides and island personalities.  $2,990pp twin share; $3,490pp single; Departures - 29Nov23, 4Dec23, 10Dec23, 10Apr24

Back Country Tracks: Rakaia to Kaikoura - 7 days: Explore the back roads of Canterbury, the Hurunui, Kaikoura Ranges and Clarence River Valley and onto Marlborough. Visit historic sheep stations in the foothills of  the Alps, meet the gardeners and hear the stories of high country life. On our final day in Marlborough we take a private cruise out to the mussel and salmon farms on Queen Charlotte Sound. $3,890pp twin share; $4,490pp single; Departures - 22Oct23 (almost full), 19Nov23, 17Mar24, 21Apr24

Canterbury Springtime Gardens & Hanmer Springs Fete - 7 days:  On this springtime New Zealand garden tour the blooms are at their very best. You'll enjoy private farmhouse lunches with country hospitality from the Hurunui to Banks Peninsula. Among the numerous highlights are lunches at Flaxmere Farm, Akaunui Farmhouse and Fishermans Bay and the gardens at Giant’s House and Ohinetahi.  $3,890pp twin or $4,490pp single; Departure 25Oct23 (almost full)

Christmas in Marlborough - 6 days:  Travel up the Kaikoura Coast to lunch in a Marlborough vineyard and visit Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. Celebrate Christmas on Endeavour Inlet at Furneaux Lodge, reached only by water from Picton. Check out the sights and stay a night in Nelson and a final night in Punakaiki on the edge of the Tasman Sea. $3,590pp twin share; $3,990pp single; Departure 23Dec23

Christmas in Northland - 6 days: Long, lazy summer days are classic Northland. Relax in waterfront hotels at Omapere, Taipa and Waitangi. We explore the Far North driving to Cape Reinga with time to enjoy the magnificent views and call into Ninety Mile Beach. On Christmas Day in the Bay of Islands we cruise from Paihia out to Cape Brett and lunch at Otehei Bay Cafe on Urupukapuka Island. $3,190pp twin share; $3,790pp single; Departure 21Dec23 (almost full)

Christmas in Taranaki - 6 days: Take a relaxing break, staying three nights at the Millennium Hotel New Plymouth Waterfront and two nights on the lakeside at the Millennium Hotel & Resort, Manuels in Taupo. Celebrate Christmas day with lunch at the Nice Hotel and visit the Festival of Lights at Pukekura Park. Drive the Forgotten World Highway and lunch at the Whangamomona Hotel. $3,190pp twin share; $3,790pp single; Departure 22Dec23

Coromandel Caper - 6 days: The Peninsula is packed tight with great attractions and wonderful views – from the beauty of Rapaura Watergardens and Barry Brickell’s legacy, quirky Driving Creek railway to historic Coromandel township and the sandy eastern beaches of Whangapoua, Hot Water Beach, Hahei and Whangamata. $2,690pp twin share; $3,090pp single; Departures 3Dec23, 14Apr24

Country Roads & Cross Hills Garden Fair - 7 days: Discover the beautiful country gardens of the Waikato, Hawke's Bay, Northern Wairarapa and Manawatu. Stay in Masterton and Feilding, both winners of town beauty contests, and wander the fair and acres of rhododendron and azalea gardens at Cross Hills. $3,390pp twin share; $3,990pp single; Departure 13Nov23

Doubtful Sound & West Coast Odyssey - 7 days: You’ll never forget the beauty of remote Doubtful Sound reached by a launch ride across Lake Manapouri and coach over Wilmot Pass. It’s a unique 24 hour excursion, staying overnight in en suite cabins and exploring the Sound’s many arms. Other special memories include a night at historic Cardrona Hotel and a private Eco Safari on the Waiatoto River near Haast, followed by a BBQ lunch with the locals. $4,590pp twin; $5,290pp single; Departures: 22Nov23 (almost full), 3Apr24

Early Explorers from Queen Charlotte Sound to Akaroa - 7 days: We take a private cruise out on the Sound to visit Meretoto Ship Cove that gave shelter to early Maori and Captain Cook who visited five times. Hear the stories of the Polynesian voyagers’ settlement at Wairau Boulder Bank and discover the history of the eastern coastline at Kaikoura and Akaroa. $3,880pp twin share; $4,490pp single; Departure: 2Dec23

East Cape Caper - 6 days: Enjoy the warmth of local hospitality along the road less travelled around East Cape from Whakatane to Waihau Bay and Hicks Bay. We lunch in beautiful Anaura Bay and stroll out along Tologa Bay Wharf. We stay two night in Gisborne and visit Eastwood Hill Arboretum then drive through the Waioeka Gorge to Rotorua. $2,690pp twin share; $3,090pp single; Departures 4Nov23, 15Apr24

Hawke's Bay Art Deco Festival - 6 days: Stay four nights in Napier near the heart of the action to enjoy all this renowned festival has to offer – parades, big bands, jazz bands, fairs and lunch at acclaimed Mission Vineyard. Additional treats are the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers and a cruise on Lake Taupo. $3,090pp twin share; $3,690pp single; Departure 15Feb24 (almost full)

High Country Stations, Gardens & Goldfields - 7 days: Come and explore the back roads from Canterbury to Central Otago visiting historic sheep stations and meeting the gardeners. From Aoraki/Mt Cook we head down the Waitaki Valley to Danseys Pass following the old route taken by stockmen and miners over to the Maniototo and the goldfields. $3,890pp twin share; $4,490pp single; Departures: 4Nov23, 12Nov23, 3Jan24, 26Mar24

Kaikoura and Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow - 5 days: Our Easter escape heads north from Christchurch to lunch with Vicki and Andrew at Coldstream Farm on the way to Kaikoura. Drive the  coastal highway to Blenheim and enjoy Gold Passes to the Airshow at Omaka. Discover the beauty of Queen Charlotte Sound on a private lunch cruise. $3,590pp twin share; $3,990pp single; **Only Departure 17Apr2025**

Karamea & Wild West Coast Trails - 7 days: Discover the byways, history and stories of the West Coast as you travel along miners’ trails to coal and gold rush towns and to where precious pounamu is found. Karamea, Kahurangi National Park and Okarito Lagoon are special highlights. $3,690pp twin share; $4,290pp single; Departures 30Nov23, 24Mar24, 3May24

Molesworth Station, Abel Tasman & Golden Bay - 7 days: Enjoy the unique history of New Zealand’s largest farm the Molesworth Station, the world famous Abel Tasman National Park, the charms of sunny Nelson, Farewell Spit and the delights of Golden Bay. $3,990pp twin share; $4,590pp single; Departures 2Nov23, 23Nov23, 14Mar24, 28Apr24

Northland Odyssey:  Cape Reinga & Bay of Islands - 6 days: Relax in waterfront hotels at The Heads, Hokianga, Taipa Resort and Copthorne Waitangi. Take a leisurely drive to Cape Reinga where the Tasman and Pacific Ocean meet. Cruise out to Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands watching for dolphins and call in for lunch at Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka Island. $2,990pp twin share; $3,690pp single; Departures 12Mar24, 5May24

Southern Odyssey: Stewart Island & The Catlins - 7 days: Invercargill has fascinating transport museums and Stewart Island/Rakiura and Ulva Island bird sanctuary are a nature lover's playground. See the amazing natural wonders of the South and discover the Scottish heritage of Dunedin and its mainland albatross colony. $4,390pp twin; $4,990pp single; Departures 29Oct23, 20Nov23, 6Dec23, 12Jan24, 5Feb24, 4Mar24, 16Apr24

Taranaki Rhododendron Gardens - 6 days: This garden tour makes the most of New Plymouth while the rhododendrons are blooming. We visit 12 private gardens, meet their passionate gardeners and wander magnificent Pukeiti and Tupare. Other highlights include Whanganui, Cross Hills garden in the Manawatu and Taupo. This small group tour focuses on showcasing the most beautiful gardens of the North Island. $2,990pp twin share; $3,390pp single; Departures 11Oct23, 14Oct23, 17Oct23

Te Urewera, Waikaremoana & Mahia - 7 days: Join us on a special journey into a corner of the North Island travelling an eastward trail to the remote and primeval forests of Te Urewera to meet local guides and hear their stories. Along the way there are close up wildlife encounters as we explore the stunning coastline famous for surf breaks (and rockets at Mahia), visit eco-sanctuaries and have fun at Awakeri riding the railcarts along the tracks.  $3,290pp twin share; $3,890pp single; Departure 21Nov23

The Bridge to Nowhere & Forgotten Worlds - 7 days: We follow rail, river and walking tracks, once the lifeblood of the Central North Island. Ride rail carts and cruise the Whanganui River by jet boat up to the landing to the Bridge to Nowhere. Then the delights of Hawke's Bay await, reached via the historic “Gentle Annie” route. Please note: This tour requires a good standard of fitness and mobility.  $3,290pp twin; $3,890pp single; Departures 4Nov23, 12Nov23, 8Apr24

The Far South: Hidden Treasures - 7 days: Exploring country roads, seaside settlements and undiscovered places of Otago and Southland. Cruise on Lake Hauroko and hear the stories of the lake and mysterious Mary Island. Join a small boat cruise out on Milford Sound to Mitre Peak, Stirling Falls and Bowen Falls. Then take the gravel road to secluded Mavora Lakes and onto Mt Nicholas Station for lunch before catching the boat across Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown. $3,890pp twin share; $4,490pp single; Departures 2Mar24, 23Mar24

Wairarapa Wandering - 7 days: Our Wairarapa Wandering tour has a stay-put holiday feeling with three nights out in the Martinborough countryside at Brackenridge Country Retreat. On the way south we stay in Napier. From Martinborough we explore the Wairarapa coastline out to Cape Palliser lighthouse and Ngawi fishing village. Visit Greytown, where the boutique shops are tempting, and stunning gardens. Stay at the 5 star Bolton Hotel in the heart of Wellington, visit Te Papa and enjoy three private lunches along the way. $3,390pp share twin; $3,990pp single; Departures 28Apr24, 13May24

Wanaka Warbirds & Southern Wheels - 7 days: Our Southern skies and wheels tour begins at Mandeville Airfield and ends at Highlands Motorsport Park, Cromwell. In Invercargill on Burt Munro’s trail we visit Classic Motorcycle Mecca and Transport World. At Te Anau we jet boat the Waiau River and at Wanaka the three-day gold pass gives you the best seats at this iconic air show. $4990pp twin share; $5,490pp single; Departure 26Mar24

World of Wearable Arts - 6 days: Enjoy the best of the World of WearableArt Show in Wellington with dinner at Dockside, Platinum tickets to the show and two nights at Wellington’s boutique 5 star Bolton Hotel. Then travel through the Wairarapa to Hawke's Bay for two nights on Napier's waterfront. Meeting our hosts at private homestead lunches in the spring countryside is a special highlight. $3,190pp twin; $3,790pp single;  Departures 26Sep23 (almost full), 28Sep23 (almost full), 5Oct23 

Important note: updated availability and price at 13 June 2023. 

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Moa Tours all inclusive

Your tour is fully inclusive of all land transport and domestic air fares (Auckland/
South Island/Auckland*).
A main point of difference is that all meals are included, breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.
You’ll love dining in private homes and lodges in beautiful locations.
All activities and entrance fees are included. For each tour’s specific inclusions check the “What’s
Included” tab on our website.
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