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9 Day Southern Spotlight

Christchurch

Dunedin

Queenstown

Te Anau

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch
  • Highlights: Welcome to Christchurch, New Zealands Garden City. Flights can arrive any time prior to 4.00pm and you will be transferred from the airport to your Christchurch hotel. After you check in, you can head out and explore Christchurch. Step back in time to a grand era of transport and relax as the Christchurch Tram takes you around the must-see central attractions. The tram drivers provide a live commentary throughout the loop, identifying points of interest, historic architecture and the changes the city is under going since the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. This evening, meet your fellow passengers and your AAT Kings Travel Director at a Welcome Reception at your hotel.

    Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch
    Included Meals: Welcome Reception
Day 2: Mount Cook - Omarama
  • Highlights: This morning you may wish to take a brief walk around the city centre and Cathedral Square before departure. See how Christchurch is rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, and pop into the Transitional Cathedral in Latimer Square, the temporary home of the ChristChurch Cathedral. It is the worlds only cathedral made substantially of cardboard! After a Christchurch city sights tour, you will head out over the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains to soak up some spectacular sightseeing. Sweeping views across the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo framed by a backdrop of rugged hills and snow capped mountains provide stunning alpine photography opportunities. You will visit the little stone hewn Church of the Good Shepherd, and stop for a quick photo with the bronze statue of a collie dog, the touching tribute to the sheepdogs which helped develop the Mackenzie Country. You may want to take in Mount Cook National Park from the air this afternoon, on a scenic flight out over New Zealands highest peak, the Southern Alps and on to Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers (optional, at own expense). Your day finishes in the heart of the Mackenzie Country at Omarama. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

    Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama
    Included Meals: Full buffet Breakfast and Dinner
Day 3: Omarama - Dunedin
  • Highlights: Your day starts with a journey along the Waitaki River, and a photo stop at the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. The Waitaki River marks the boundary between the regions of Canterbury and Otago, and with its large catchment it is an ideal source of hydro electric power. The Benmore Dam holds back New Zealands largest artificial lake, and when the Benmore Power Station was opened in 1965 it was the largest power station in New Zealand. Even today, it is still the second largest, and generates enough electricity each year for about 298,000 average New Zealand homes. From the Waitaki Valley you will then travel through to the township of Oamaru, with its stately tree lined streets and its famous white limestone buildings. As well as shipping limestone to the bigger cities of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin for construction of their Town Halls and various churches, Oamaru locals made sure that their own town represented the best in limestone building the mid-late 1800s had to offer. This afternoon you will make your way down to the Southernmost New Zealand city, Dunedin. With the rest of your free afternoon you may wish to take part in an optional excursion to see more of the region. Take a Wildlife Cruise out to Otago Peninsula, visit the Speights Brewery, a New Zealand institution or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

    Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
    Included Meals: Full buffet Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4: Dunedin - Te Anau
  • Highlights: This morning you have some free time in Dunedin. You may want to visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory, or journey out to the gorgeous Larnach Castle, New Zealands only castle. Or you may just wish to roam around the beautiful grounds of New Zealand’s first university, Otago University. Dunedin, also known as the Edinburgh of the Sough, has strong connections to its northern hemisphere sister city, even down to sharing many of the same street names, so take a wander down George Street, noting Dunedins Scottish ancestry. This afternoon travel through lush green pastures, crossing sheep filled farming land. New Zealand is internationally known for its sheep farming, and these are sights many visitors to this country recognise as typically New Zealand. You are sure to find the perfect sheep photo here! As your excursion continues, the rolling, grassy hills once again turn back into heavily forested, rugged mountains, and you meander your way up into the Fiordland National Park to the South Islands biggest lake and the town of Te Anau. This evening you have the opportunity to head out across the lake to the Glow Worm Caves for a tour (optional, at own expense). Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

    Hotel: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau
    Included Meals: Full buffet Breakfast and Dinner
Day 5: Milford Sound - Queenstown
  • Highlights: Today is one of those days where you will want to have your camera battery charged, and ready to go. And you will probably want to have a spare battery or two on hand, just in case. After leaving Te Anau, you will journey 119km through the Fiordland National Park and out to Milford Sound on one of the most scenic roads you could hope for. Travel through native rainforests, beech forests, alluvial flats and meadows. You will stop at Mirror Lakes where, as the name suggests, you can see the stunning mountain scenery perfectly reflected in the waters of the lakes. Then on to the Homer Tunnel, mans attempt to master the sheer rocky ranges, still left rough hewn around the edges. As you emerge out the other side of the tunnel, you are presented with one of the worlds most dramatic alpine drives, down through the Cleddau Valley. You will have a stop at the Chasm, where the roaring Cleddau River has carved its way through solid rock, and then it is on to Milford Sound, where you will cruise the waters of this natural wonder. Your cruise meanders down the sound, taking in the Bowen and Stirling Falls as these plummet from glacial hanging valleys sharply into the sea, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak, rising from the deep waters of the fiord. From the spectacular scenes of Milford Sound, you will travel on to the beautiful sights of Queenstown. An orientation tour skirting around the shores of Lake Wakatipu, takes you into the city centre.
Day 6: Queenstown 'Free Time'
  • Highlights: Explore exciting Queenstown your way! Why not soar through the trees on a Ziptrek Ecotour, or raft the mighty white water rapids of the Kawarau River? Take the opportunity to encounter a Queenstown legend and ride the Shotover Jet Boat or venture out onto the Dart River for a longer jet safari. If laid back and relaxed is more your idea of fun then join a Queenstown Original Wine Tour and sample some Central Otago award winning wines, or play a round of golf at one of the spectacular alpine courses around Queenstown. Your AAT Kings Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences. After a day of activity, sit back and enjoy a peaceful evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station. Launched in 1912, the TSS Earnslaw is the largest and grandest vessel ever to ply Lake Wakatipu. Today, the TSS Earnslaw is believed to be the only coal-fired passenger carrying vessel still operating in the southern hemisphere. Partake in a gourmet BBQ Highlight Dinner at Walter Peaks Colonel’ Homestead and then enjoy an entertaining after dinner farm show providing a glimpse into high country farm life. On the cruise back to Queenstown, join in a vintage sing a long or grab your partner for a dance across the polished wooden floors of the Earnslaw.

    Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown , 2 nights
    Included Meals:
    Day 5: Full buffet Breakfast
    Day 6: Full buffet Breakfast and Highlight dinner
Day 7: Queenstown - Franz Josef Glacier
  • Highlights: This morning you will leave the alpine wonderland of Queenstown behind, and begin the passage through Central Otago and out to Westland. On the way out of the Queenstown region, you will stop and visit the faithfully restored gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. As you amble down the beautiful tree lined avenues, past the 19th century wooden buildings, you will feel like you have stepped into a movie set. From here you will travel over to Cromwell, situated next to the sparkling pristine waters of Lake Dunstan, where you will stop in at a local orchard for a taste of some of the towns delicious stone fruit. It is a day of gorgeous lakes, as after Dunstan, you will travel further into Central Otago and view the vivid blue waters of Lake Hawea, followed by Lake Wanaka, where the shoreline is charmingly lined by poplars and willows. Following an ancient greenstone trail, you will travel over Haast Pass, marking a change from the alpine scenery of the Southern Lakes, to the rainforest marvel of the wild West Coast. View the sheer drop of Thunder Creek Falls and the grand sight of Mt Hooker, flanked on three sides by extensive glaciers. Our final destination for today is the extraordinary rivers of ice that make up Franz Josef Glacier. You may want to get up close and personal with the glaciers on a helicopter flight. Your flight will hover over the snow face, and may land high up in the valley so that you can walk across the ice fall, subject to weather conditions (optional, at own expense). Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

    Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)
    Included Meals: Full buffet Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8: Franz Josef - Christchurch
  • Highlights: If weather conditions are unfavourable on Day 15, you will get another chance to fly up to the glaciers this morning. If you are not flying, you might want to take a stroll through the small but lively Franz Josef village. Then you head off to the drift wood strewn beaches of Hokitika. As well as being one of the few West Coast communities to embrace its coastal landscape, Hokitika struck it rich in the resources stakes. Here you will visit a pounamu factory (native greenstone or jade), for the chance to see master carvers at work creating intricate pieces of jewellery and art. Maori tradition says it is bad luck to buy pounamu for yourself, so if you fancy a trinket of your own, make sure you have someone there to purchase it for you. From Hokitika, you will travel inland to the small settlement of Arthur’s Pass. Here you will board the TranzAlpine train to head back to the East Coast, to Christchurch city. This spectacular train journey dates back to 1914, and is rated as one of the worlds most scenic train trips. The train forges through tunnels and over viaducts with panoramic views of snow capped peaks, icy rivers, beech forests, gorges and river valleys. This evening join your AAT Kings Travel Director and Driver, and your new found friends for a Farewell Dinner.

    Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch
    Included Meals: Full buffet Breakfast and Dinner
Day 9: Depart Christchurch
  • Highlights: Your AAT Kings New Zealand holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. Your flights can depart any time today, and you will be transferred to Christchurch Airport.

    Included Meals: Full buffet Breakfast
Fares and Pricing
Guaranteed Departure Dates
Tour code: LCQR Brochure Price Our Discount Discounted Price Brochure Price Our Discount Discounted Price
Start: Christchurch Finish: Christchurch Share Twin (NZD) Single (NZD)
17 Sep 2017 25 Sep 2017 $2395 $175 $2220 $3150 $175 $2975 Enquire
22 Oct 2017 30 Oct 2017 $2925 $145 $2780 $3900 $145 $3755 Enquire
05 Nov 2017 13 Nov 2017 $2925 $145 $2780 $3900 $145 $3755 Enquire
19 Nov 2017 27 Nov 2017 $2925 $145 $2780 $3900 $145 $3755 Enquire
17 Dec 2017 25 Dec 2017 $2925 $145 $2780 $3900 $145 $3755 Enquire
31 Dec 2017 08 Jan 2018 $2925 $145 $2780 $3900 $145 $3755 Enquire
07 Jan 2018 15 Jan 2018 $2925 $145 $2780 $3900 $145 $3755 Enquire
14 Jan 2018 22 Jan 2018 $2925 $145 $2780 $3900 $145 $3755 Enquire
28 Jan 2018 05 Feb 2018 $2925 $145 $2780 $3900 $145 $3755 Enquire
04 Feb 2018 12 Feb 2018 $2925 $145 $2780 $3900 $145 $3755 Enquire
11 Feb 2018 19 Feb 2018 $2925 $145 $2780 $3900 $145 $3755 Enquire
18 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 $2925 $145 $2780 $3900 $145 $3755 Enquire
25 Feb 2018 05 Mar 2018 $2925 $145 $2780 $3900 $145 $3755 Enquire
04 Mar 2018 12 Mar 2018 $2925 $145 $2780 $3900 $145 $3755 Enquire
11 Mar 2018 19 Mar 2018 $2925 $145 $2780 $3900 $145 $3755 Enquire
01 Apr 2018 09 Apr 2018 $2795 $140 $2655 $3710 $140 $3570 Enquire
29 Apr 2018 07 May 2018 $2795 $140 $2655 $3710 $140 $3570 Enquire
10 Jun 2018 18 Jun 2018 $2650 $130 $2520 $3505 $130 $3375 Enquire
16 Sep 2018 24 Sep 2018 $2650 $130 $2520 $3505 $130 $3375 Enquire
Prices valid from 01 Mar 2017 to 30 Sept 2018 and are priced per person


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Save up to $295 when sharing with an adult in the same room. Limit of one Young Traveller Discount per room.
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PrePaid Cancellation Option
$129 per person.
Your deposit and/or payment to AAT Kings will be refunded should you cancel your AAT Kings operated Guided Holiday for any reason up to one day prior to the commencement date of any travel arrangements booked through AAT Kings. This cancellation policy option covers all the land tour arrangements made by AAT Kings only.
Should you or your travel companion leave at any time during the AAT Kings guided holiday for personal sickness reasons or be required to return home due to injury, sickness or death, you and your companion will be refunded $90 per person per day for the unused portion of the itinerary. Please note that in some cases hotels require a one-night cancellation fee. A doctor's certificate is required.
The Cancellation Option fee is not refundable for any reason.

Includes:
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Comfortable quality accommodation
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Full buffet breakfasts (8) B
  • Highlight dinner (1) HD
  • Hotel dinners (4) D
  • Farewell dinner (1) FD
  • Journey through Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
  • Visit Church of the Good Shepherd on Lake Tekapo
  • Stay on the shores of Lake Te Anau
  • Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains and magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound
  • Cruise on mystical Milford Sound
  • Let loose in the adventure capital Queenstown
  • Sail on Lake Wakatipu aboard steamship TSS Earnslaw
  • Indulge in a unique dinner experience in Colonel's Homestead at Walter Peak
  • Visit the old gold mining village of Arrowtown
  • Travel through the magnificent rainforest of Haast Pass
  • Discover fascinating Franz Josef Glacier
  • Visit a green stone factory and watch the jade artists at work
  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train
  • Day 1 airport transfer (flights to arrive before 4pm)
  • Day 9 airport transfer (flights any time)
Includes:
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Comfortable quality accommodation
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Full buffet breakfasts (8) B
  • Highlight dinner (1) HD
  • Hotel dinners (4) D
  • Farewell dinner (1) FD
  • Journey through Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
  • Visit Church of the Good Shepherd on Lake Tekapo
  • Stay on the shores of Lake Te Anau
  • Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains and magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound
  • Cruise on mystical Milford Sound
  • Let loose in the adventure capital Queenstown
  • Sail on Lake Wakatipu aboard steamship TSS Earnslaw
  • Indulge in a unique dinner experience in Colonel's Homestead at Walter Peak
  • Visit the old gold mining village of Arrowtown
  • Travel through the magnificent rainforest of Haast Pass
  • Discover fascinating Franz Josef Glacier
  • Visit a green stone factory and watch the jade artists at work
  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train
  • Day 1 airport transfer (flights to arrive before 4pm)
  • Day 9 airport transfer (flights any time)