Tour Provider: AAT Kings
Region: Australia/NZ/South Pacific
Duration: 17 Days
Day 1 / Welcome to Auckland
On arrival in Auckland you'll have time at leisure to explore or relax. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director.
Day 2 / Auckland
After a city sights tour enjoy time at leisure.
Day 3 / Auckland – Tauranga
You’re invited to a Be My Guest lunch at the Red Barn on the Waikato farm of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Later, travel to Tauranga, in the Bay of Plenty.
Day 4 / Tauranga – Rotorua
Travel through Te Puke to visit Kiwifruit Country, then on to Rotorua for an orientation tour. This afternoon explore Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Then an evening of culture, history and a Hangi feast Highlight Dinner awaits you at the Tamaki Māori Village.
Day 5 / Rotorua Included Choice
Embark on one of your Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Glide through the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto, take an ancient forest zipline adventure with Canopy Tours, visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, or explore Rotorua and its lakes in an amphibious WWll-era Duck.
Day 6 / Rotorua – Wellington
Journey through forests and farmland to the turquoise torrent known as Huka Falls. The road unfolds in a broad panorama of stunning Lake Taupo. Continue south and along the Kapiti Coast to the capital city, Wellington.
Day 7 / Wellington – Blenheim
Explore Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. This afternoon cruise the Cook Strait into tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound. The village of Picton is next, then it’s on to Blenheim for a city sightseeing tour. Tonight, enjoy a 3-course Highlight Dinner celebrating local produce and the wines of the Marlborough region.
Day 8 / Blenheim – Christchurch
Travel to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore. Travel along the Pacific coast and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.
Day 9 / Christchurch – Twizel
This morning, join our Sustainable Tourism Commitment by planting a native tree in the Port Hills of Christchurch, an area recovering from wildfire. Next, visit the home of Angie and Stan Taylor at Lake Tekapo, for a Be My Guest afternoon tea and to learn about a lifetime spent farming. Later, view the little stone-hewn Church of the Good Shepherd on your way to Twizel.
Day 10 / Twizel – Dunedin Included Choice
Journey along the Waitaki River, with a photo stop at the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through to Oamaru and on to Dunedin. Choose an Included Choice sightseeing experience. Take a wildlife cruise out to Otago Peninsula, visit the famous Speight's Brewery or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.
Day 11 / Dunedin – Te Anau
After free time, travel through lush sheepfarming land. Then the rolling, grassy hills turn back into forested, rugged mountains, as you meander your way up into Fiordland National Park to Te Anau.
Day 12 / Te Anau – Queenstown
You will take the scenic journey through the rainforests, beech forests and meadows of Fiordland National Park and out to Milford Sound to cruise on this natural wonder. Afterwards, travel to Queenstown for an orientation tour.
Day 13 / Queenstown Included Choice
Choose an Included Choice sightseeing experience. Ride the Shotover Jet, take a gondola to Bob’s Peak and visit Kiwi Birdlife Park or a minibus tour through Skippers Canyon. This evening, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner.
Day 14 / Queenstown – Franz Josef
Visit the gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. From here you will travel to Cromwell to taste delicious stone fruit at a local orchard. It is a day of gorgeous lakes, as you travel further into Central Otago. Cross over the Haast Pass as the landscape changes from alpine scenery to the rainforest marvels of the wild West Coast. Your destination is the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier.
Day 15 / Franz Josef – Punakaiki
Visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Later, travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.
Day 16 / Punakaiki - Christchurch
Travel to Greymouth to visit the iconic Monteith’s Brewery and taste some of their innovative brews before a pub-style lunch. Later you will journey aboard the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch. This evening, join your Travel Director and new-found friends for a Farewell Dinner.
Day 17 / Farewell from Christchurch
Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday concludes after breakfast.
Discover the sights of New Zealand in this epic 17 Day Guided Holiday and experience the contrasts of both the North and South Islands. Enjoy a local connection in picturesque Hinuera Valley, journey through farmland to the turquoise torrent known as Huka Falls and immerse yourself in New Zealand’s Maori culture at Tamaki Maori Village. Each destination offers something unique and charming.
Your Guided Holiday Includes:
Fly Free valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Launceston & Hobart only. conditions apply
Discover New Zealand's horse-racing traditions, visiting a former famous jockey’s farm in the picturesque Hinuera Valley.
Explore Milford Sound on a nature cruise with a specialist guide, and discover the area’s spectacular wildlife and natural landscapes.
Delve into New Zealand’s national identity, exploring an expansive collection related to this country's culture and history at Te Papa.
Contribute to AAT King's Sustainable Tourism Commitment to planting indigenous trees in the wildfire-affected Port Hills.
Conditions apply. Subject to availability and change without notice. Full supplier conditions apply. Valid for new bookings only. Prices valid at the time of publication. Prices are per person based on twin share occupancy unless otherwise stated and displayed in $AUD. Member savings are calculated using the original advertised price.
For new bookings only made by 30 April 2020 or until sold out. Subject to availability. Available on selected itineraries and departure dates for travel up to 31 March 2021. Fly Free valid from selected departure cities only: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Launceston & Hobart. Surcharges may apply for regional airport departures. Price is per person twin share including return economy airfare. Offer only valid in conjunction with Kings Club Past Guest & Seniors Card Discounts and not valid in conjunction with any other special offer or promotion. Excludes group bookings. These conditions may be subject to change.