76 Rankers Reviews
3 Snow and Ice
Haka Tours provides the ultimate in NZ ski and snowboard experiences, with 5, 7 and 12 day tours available.
Watch the video as we take a group on our flagship tour - it sums up exactly what our tours are all about: http://hakatours.com/snow
Shot in full HD, this is epic footage.
Departing from Christchurch or Queenstown, our fully guided snow adventures are all inclusive, meaning you can relax and focus on the snow. Thus all our tours include:
Expert local guide - our guides know these mountains better than anyone, and are highly skilled
Accommodation and Breakfast (super hard to find in peak season!)
Small groups (16 Max)
Optional activities available as part of your tour (e.g. Bungy jumping)
Our guests rave about our small personal groups, our dedication to finding the best snow possible, and our super passionate kiwi tour managers who act not only as a guide but as a good friend to you whilst on tour.
Haka Tours is an award-winning New Zealand tour operator based in Christchurch. You can also check out our Adventure Tours Reviews under "Bus and Van Tour" category.
South Island ▷ Canterbury ▷ Christchurch
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Loved our tour guide, Willow. Loved my other traveling companions. Wish the snow safari were longer...like maybe 12 days to give us either extra free days or extra ski days (i.e. ski one of the resorts more than once). Awesome scenery. Great ski terrain. I so hope I have a chance to do it again sometime.
Thank you Haka for creating such an awesome tour!! I could not have asked for a better week. My tour group was awesome and we all got along great. Our tour guide Chris was super knowledgable on and off the mountain suggesting runs or places to eat. I am so glad I booked with you guys!
I've done 2 South Island Snow Safaris with these guys.
Really well organised company, great guides. Everything is A1.
Did the South Island snow safari and it was a truly amazing experience. The haka staff at the lodges, and of course our tour guide Hygi, were fantastic. I would definitely recommend to anyone who is looking for adventure and the best NZ has to offer. The itinerary is perfect and I would do it all again in a heartbeat! 10/10
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7 day Southern Alps Tour. Aug 9 - Aug 16. Started in Christchurch, finished in Queenstown.
We were fortunate to get some snowfall at the start of our tour, which made the conditions quite nice.
Our tour guide Haygi has been shredding the southern alps since '92 and has plenty of connections to prove it. He is a top notch guy who knows where to find the best runs on the mountain as well as the coldest brews and best slice of pizza après-ski. Don't hesitate to ask him for anything, he will help you.
I insist that you finish this tour by staying in Queenstown for an extra day and experiencing the plethora of adventure activities that surround you. You have to try the Canyon Swing. Make sure to book all your extra curricular activities through your tour guide, it makes it seamless.
After this premiere visit to NZ, it has me jonesing to come back in the summer.
This review is for the 12 day tour completed in August 2015.......
I travelled out from the UK for the trip. Holly and Nicola based in the office handled all the pre departure questions and queries really well given it was by email and a 12 hour time difference (the Haka paper work from the website is excellent and covers virtually all the bases). I went for the optional extra of having my own room on the tour and this turned out really well (nothing against the rest of the "team" on the tour - you know who you are).
Jamie our guide (and driver) had the organisation down to a tee and had the complication of looking at the weather to decide the forward plan...... Given the weather and the snow conditions Jamie did an excellent job (tour was 9th to 20th August). Obviously the weather is a big variable and the 12 day is not 12 days of skiing every day. There are some part days - travelling and skiing and transfer days between ski fields. Overall the itinerary is flexible to cope with weather and snow conditions and the state of the various fields (and the access roads). The itinerary as on the website is not firm and fixed.
I can't fault Jamie and the Haka team on the organisation of the tour. For instance they are obviously trying different accommodation to improve the experience and are not resting on their "laurels" which is refreshing - a continuous improvement culture! I didn't partake in the optional extras at Wanaka (heliskiing, skydiving) but those that did seemed to have successful days.
Overall a great experience and measured up to expectation - see a good part of the South Island and experience New Zealand skiing.
Not quite a 10 out of 10 as Haka were let down right at the last minute by the shuttle company in Christchurch - not following instructions for transferring bags and completing an airport transfer at the end of the last day..... this is being changed!!!
All in all if you want to do the South Island ski experience do it with Haka!!
I loved travelling with Haka snow tours. I went on the 7 day snow tour. Booking was easy. Nic was wonderful with answering any questions I had and nothing was too much of a problem. Even at the end of the tour when my flight was changed and I needed more accommodation the ladies in the office were wonderful.
Travelling on my own, it was my first time on a board and I hadn't even skied for years. Burto was our guide and a legend. He knows the best runs and terrains for both skiers and boarders (he does both) and willing to accommodate anyone's skill level/style. As the weather in NZ changes so quickly sometimes the itinerary will change. Burto knew exactly where to go and was skilled at predicting how the snow would change so everyone got the most out of their day. Ask him anything about the local area and he could probably answer it.
The dorm accommodation is great especially the Haka lodges. The tour is social and really well organised, Burto let us know the best places to eat and drink in Wanaka, Queenstown and Tekapo.
Can't wait to come back next year!
I did the 12 day Odyssey with Jamie D. We were the first group to do this tour. Jamie was an outstanding guide and professional driver. I felt very safe on the roads to the ski fields despite our vehicle being a two wheel drive (I heard they have since upgraded to 4x4). The group was small and adaptable to some of the changes we had to make due to conditions and weather. Jamie's experience and knowledge made these changes effortless. The nut-cracker rope tows can be challenging . They are pretty easy to learn on skis, but if you snowboard you should be reasonably comfortable with riding switch as the side you have to ride on can change.
Haka tours was very responsive and easy to work with. They helped me with shuttle connections, lodging and hiring ski equipment when the airline lost my skis. It is hard to find a company with such consistently high ratings and good reviews online, but in my experience Haka tours has earned them many times over.
I went on the snow tours with Burto as the tour leader. Had a fantastic trip :)
Awesome snow tour for a solo traveller and a love for the snow! Felt like I was on tour with a pro snow boarder and a bunch of mates travelling the ski fields of nz! Loved every minute of it and my skills have improved heaps.. I will be back for sure!
Well organised tour to a variety of ski resorts in the south island - the group leader was excellent and very effective. Most of the group was fun and easygoing. There were heaps of activities. Perhaps trying to get up to the slopes early would be good. I would highly recommend.
Burto was our tour guide and his knowledge and passion for NZ made the tour even more memorable. His enthusiasm got me more excited about NZ and I want to go back again.
I felt that I was well taken care of. Burto checked the weather before we went to the ski fields to make sure we would go to the ones with the best conditions that day. Even though dinners were not provided in the tour, Burto would suggest restaurants and join the group. The restaurants he recommended were very tasty and good value. Not only did I have a fun snow boarding experience, I really enjoyed the food in NZ as well.
I stayed in a single room, so I found the accommodation very comfortable- especially at Lake Tekapo.
I just wanted to thank everyone at Haka Tours for the great seven-day ski tour I participated in from July 24 to 31, 2015. Conditions were generally terrific; our tour guide, Cameron, did a great job and everything he could to help ensure the trip went well. I was completely happy with it, and made some new friends I hope to see again.