About Haka Educational Tours

Haka Educational Tours focuses solely on tours and camps for schools, universities groups and individual students. We run tailored, curriculum-aligned academic tours for students from all over the globe. Our aim is to provide inspirational tours that motivate students in every aspect of learning by offering unique, engaging and practical experiences.

Offering school and academic tours within New Zealand and across the globe, Haka Educational Tours is a part of the Haka Tourism Group which comprises of Haka Tours, Haka Educational Tours, Haka Lodges and Haka Hotels.

Established in 2006, Haka Tours is the brainchild of Ryan Sanders – a keen and experienced Kiwi traveller who wished to escape his dull corporate life. Ryan’s love for his country and adrenaline led him to a vision: to create awesome small group adventure tours immersing travellers in the real life travel experiences. The company then expanded into accommodation with 5 upmarket backpacker lodges across New Zealand in Auckland, Paihia, Taupo, Queenstown and Christchurch and two hotels in Auckland. Find out why we are called Haka Tours here.

Initially, Haka Tours was approached by schools to create custom tours for student groups, but as demand grew, and we continued to receive outstanding feedback, we decided to really focus on the educational division and launch Haka Educational Tours.

Ryan and Eleri, the founders of Haka Educational Tours give a quick intro to the world-class Educational Tours we offer.>

On every tour we provide students with an environment where they can build confidence, develop skills, knowledge and, of course, lifelong memories. We create an experiential learning environment where students learn about the environment, culture and history which, in turn, gives them a greater understanding of themselves, their abilities and boundaries and builds on their teamwork skills.

We have a team of dedicated and passionate adventurers ready to set you off on a trip of a lifetime. Get to know us a little more here… MEET THE TEAM

Our mission

Our aim is to provide inspirational tours that motivate students in every aspect of learning by offering unique, engaging and practical experiences. We sum this up with a simple truth, that we want to be in the business of “Broadening young minds through real life travel experiences”.

Why you should plan & book your educational tour through us

  • Inspiring, bespoke educational trips and school camps: Our website contains a great deal of information and sample itineraries, but If you have a particular subject, learning objective, or destination in mind, contact us and we’ll work with you to create a one-off tour that will truly captivate your students.

  • Stress-free planning: Let us create and develop a bespoke itinerary based on your specific learning outcomes. Tours are fully inclusive and our precision planning and support makes your journey totally stress free!

  • Safety & support: Our business rests on our reputation, and we take seriously our legal and moral obligation to look after the health and safety of everyone on our tours, so we take a systematic approach to its management. Our Health & Safety Management System covers policy, organisation, planning and setting standards, monitoring, and audit and review. We undertake regular reviews of our health and safety procedures internally.

Our partners

We have established key partnerships with organisations that support and share our mission across the globe.


When you travel with us you can feel secure in the knowledge that we take our role very seriously and do everything we can to ensure that students stay safe, healthy and happy.

Qualmark Endorsed – New Zealand’s Official Mark of Quality

Qualmark is New Zealand tourism’s official quality assurance organisation, providing a trusted guide to quality travel experiences. The rigorous annual assessment means you can be assured that we’ve met stringent quality standards and environmental criteria – earning tourism’s official quality mark.

Liability Insurance

To protect both our company and our customers, Haka Educational Tours Limited has combined liability insurance incorporating public and products liability and professional indemnity cover. Our underwriters are QBE Insurance (International) Ltd.

Tourism Industry Association

Not only do we ensure we pass stringent quality standards, we are also members of the Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand which is the largest representative body of tourism operators in the country. This means we take a proactive role in both protecting and growing New Zealand tourism’s health and profile.

Bus and Coach Association

Haka Educational Tours are unique in that we operate our own fleet of tour buses which means we can offer more competitive pricing than those companies who need to include expensive bus hire costs into their quote. This also ensures we provide a quality transport service to your school or university. We are members of the Bus and Coach Association which is the authoritative voice of the bus and coach industry in New Zealand and ensures operators adhere to specific quality measures.


The Haka Tours brand continues to win highly sought after industry awards, often beating out much larger competitors. These awards reflect our commitment to our clients, our guests, as well as the passion each of our team members has for producing the best possible product. One of our most recent wins for Haka Educational Tours was the the Best Emerging Business Award at the Export New Zealand Awards. See more of our recent awards here.