Awards and Accolades

Since we commenced in 2007, Haka Tourism Group has won some of New Zealands most sought after and prestigious business awards. These awards reflect our commitment to our guests, as well as the dedication our expert team put in to achieve world class tourism experiences.

2020: Haka Lodge Auckland Ranked Worlds 4th Best Hostel!

HostelWorld used data from more than 1.1 million traveler reviews and determined the most-booked and highest-rated hostels that people visited globally in 2019 and we came in at #4 in the world! You can view this property here. We currently have 6 Haka Lodges across New Zealand and aim to have a nationwide network of 10 properties in the next few years as well as growing our Haka Hotel network to 10 by 2025, totally 20 commercial accommodation properties nationwide.

2019: Fast 50 – Named as New Zealand’s Fastest Growing Tourism Business

Over the last two years, we have experienced a growth rate of 270% and were rated the 21st fastest growing business in New Zealand across all industries and the #1 fastest growing tourism business.  We do not see our growth rate slowing as new lodge and hotel developments are planned, new guided tourism products are scheduled as well as strong growth across our core offerings. Though even with our industry leading annual growth, we are committed to upholding our world class NPS score of 82!

2019: Cultural Tourism Award National Winner

This award celebrates a tourism business that endorse greater knowledge and understanding of New Zealand culture, heritage and history. At Haka Tourism Group, we have a cultural advisor and the purpose of his role is to enhance the cultural capability of our all staff and to ensure our tours and services are an example of cultural best practice. Eru is also responsible for providing cultural best practice policies, Te Reo language skills and developing a scholarship for future Māori Tour Managers. Furthermore, the New Zealand School of Tourism use Haka Tourism Group as a case study in their yearly curriculum to show how businesses can incorporate cultural protocol into there business practices and use the instructional videos we developed here.

2019: Category & Supreme Winner ExportNZ Awards

These awards celebrate the success of New Zealand businesses on the world stage, recognising professional excellence, innovative practice and leadership through vision, commitment and success, not just tourism businesses, but business across all industries. To be named NZ’s top medium sized business ($5 – $40 mill) across all industries and then be named the Overall Supreme Winner for all business sizes was a huge honour!

Newmarket Business Award
2019: Newmarket Business Excellence Awards: Best Medium / Large Business

We’re delighted to be recognised as the best medium to large business within the Newmarket Auckland precinct. Our Head Office and one of our Hotels are located within this busy Auckland suburb. Read our blog post about the award night here.   

2018: TINYaward for Company Wins in Hospitality

This award from our anonymous staff engagement platform, TinyPulse, benchmarks employee data across 10,000 companies globally. We were really humbled when we were named as one of the worlds top companies in turning employee feedback into actioned continuous improvement “wins”. Less than 1% of eligible organisations are recognised which means a huge amount to this NZ grass-roots company competing on the world-stage.

Adventure Tourism Awards
2018: Adventure Tourism Awards, NZ’s Best Tour or Activity Winner

We won the award for New Zealand’s Best Tour / Activity at Australasia’s largest tourism awards. We were up against some amazing competition and were thrilled to be recognised for our world-class customer service and running the best guided tours of New Zealand. Our NPS (Net Promoter Score) of 82 is exceptional and we have been unable to find a higher score globally for another tour operator.

2018: Canterbury Business Awards, Emerging Leader Award

Our founder, Ryan Sanders, was named as Canterbury’s Emerging Leader at the Canterbury Business Awards. Ryan was born and bred in Canterbury (Christchurch) and it’s where Haka Tours first started, so it has a very special place in our hearts to be recognised.

Emerging Leader Award
Auckland Business Awards
2018: Auckland Business Awards, Marketing Winner

As proud dual finalists in the Auckland Business Awards in Customer Service Delivery and Marketing, we went on to win the Excellence in Marketing Award. 

2017: New Zealand Tourism Awards Supreme Winner

The night we took home not just one, but four New Zealand Tourism Awards – the highest accolades to be won in New Zealand Tourism! We won the Business Excellence Award for Large Tourism Businesses; Tourism Marketing Award; Our Founder, Ryan Sanders, won the Tourism Champion Award; and best of all – the overall Supreme Award. Yes, we’re still pinching ourselves. And all happened on our 10th anniversary.

NZ Tourism Awards

Other Awards & Accolades

100% New Zealand Tourism Awards Finalist
Trip Advisor Certificate Of Excellence for Haka Lodges, Tours and Hotels
Entrepreneurs Organisation NZ – ’Boldly Go’ Award

Adventure Tourism Awards – NZ’s Best Accommodation Winner

Auckland Airport – $50,000 Tourism Development Grant Winner
Hoscar Awards – Top 3 Hostel in Oceania
Entrepreneurs Organisation NZ – ’Boldly Go’ Award

New Zealand International Business Awards – Best Emerging Business
New Zealand Innovation Awards – Marketing National Winner
Golden Backpack Awards – NZ’s Best Tour/Activity
Canterbury Business Awards – Best Large Tourism Operator
Rankers – Supreme Award Winner

TNT Golden Backpacker Awards – NZ’s Best Accommodation Brand
Rankers – Supreme Award Winner
New Zealand Tourism Awards – Business Excellence Award and Emerging Tourism Leader
Westpac Business Growth – Grant Winner of $50,000
Auckland Business Awards – Excellence in Marketing

Canterbury Business Awards – Supreme Winner
HostelBookers – Best Accommodation in Oceania
TNT Golden Backpacker Awards – Best Tour/Activity
Rankers – Supreme Award Winner

Rankers  – Supreme Award Winner
Ernst and Young – Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist
HostelBookers – Best Staff Award (Haka Lodge Queenstown)
Golden Backpack Awards Finalist – Tours
Canterbury Business Awards Finalist – Tourism, Events, Promotions and Hospitality
Tripadvisor Top 10% Award (Haka Lodge Christchurch)

2012: Rankers – Supreme Award Winner

2011: Rankers – NZ Wide Bus and Van Tour Winner

2010: New Zealand Tourism Awards – Young Entrepreneur of the Year