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15 Day New Zealand Splendour

Auckland

Blenheim

Christchurch

Dunedin

Franz Josef

Queenstown

Rotorua

Te Anau

Wellington

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Auckland
  • Highlights: Welcome to Auckland, New Zealands City of Sails. Flights can arrive any time prior to 4.00pm and you will be transferred from the airport to your Auckland hotel in your private car. After you check in, you can head out and explore Auckland. Take a walk down Queen Street, to the main shopping precinct by the Viaduct Harbour and the Auckland Waterfront region. This recently developed area of central Auckland has cafes and restaurants galore. Take a seat in the sunshine, enjoy a glass of one of New Zealands famous Sauvignon Blancs and watch the maritime activity on Waitemata Harbour. Tonights Welcome Reception and Highlight Dinner is at The Langham. Your personal degustation menu is made from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and desserts. Meet your fellow passengers and your AAT Kings Travel Director.

    Hotel: The Langham Hotel Auckland
    Included Meals:
    Welcome Reception and Highlight dinner
Day 2: Auckland - Rotorua
  • Highlights: A city sights tour will start your morning in Auckland. Travel around the waterfront from central city out to Mission Bay. Prepare your camera for the stop at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, as you will get stunning shots of Auckland, the North Shore and the Waitemata Harbour. After leaving Auckland you will follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River to Waitomo Caves. Tour the amazing limestone caverns and sail through the still waters of the sparkling Glow Worm Grotto. From Waitomo to Rotorua you will venture through the King Country region which was at the centre of the New Zealand Wars in the 1860s. On arrival in Rotorua an orientation tour takes in views of Lake Rotorua

    Tonight an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at the Tamaki Family Marae. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a concert featuring local performers. Experience an authentic Maori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.
Day 3: Rotorua
  • Highlights: Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to join the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, discover Maori culture at Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, see the Agrodome Farm Show, relax in the seclusion of your own hot mineral pool or unwind with a facial treatment in the Lake Spa Retreat at the Polynesian Spa. Maybe ride the amphibious Rotorua Duck or take a scenic flight out over Lake Rotorua for a bird’s eye view of the region. You may even want to stop at the top of Mt Tarawera, the site of the largest eruption in New Zealand’s living memory! Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen Included Choice experiences.

    Tonight you have the option of staying at your hotel or on a nearby farm.
    Rural Home Stay: A warm welcome awaits you on your New Zealand rural homestay and your hosts will provide you with the wonderful Kiwi hospitality that really makes you feel at home. Enjoy dinner and breakfast, a tour to introduce you to their way of life and comfortable accommodation in their home or cottages. You may choose to meet the animals, which may include sheep, cows, deer and many others, or simply relax and enjoy the company of your hosts and the scenic surroundings.

    Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights
    Included Meals:
    Day 2: Full buffet breakfast, highlight dinner.
    Day 3: Breakfast of choice
Day 4: Rotorua - Wellington
  • Highlights: Say Haere Ra (goodbye) to Rotorua this morning and journey out through pine forests and farmland to a little hidden spot, the turquoise torrent of rapids known as Huka Falls. The road ahead unfolds in a broad panorama of Lake Taupo, New Zealands largest lake. The stunningly blue fresh water of Lake Taupo is home to some of the best trout fishing in the world. You will then journey south over the Central Plateau, New Zealands main volcanic area. In a country of contrasts, perhaps nothing is more striking than the three peaks of Tongariro National Park rising starkly from the surrounding plateau of tussock and near-desert. Pass through a number of small towns along the road to Wellington, each with their own personality and quirks. Probably the quirkiest of all would have to be Taihape, the self-proclaimed gumboot capital of the world.

    This afternoon You are invited to Shenandoah for a unique experience. The historic villas owners, Simon and Claudia, will show you around their property, which includes a unique private collection of Harley Davidson motorcycles. Enjoy afternoon tea in their garden then take a short tour to see the local wildlife including friendly Highland cows. Continue along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington.Tonight dinner is included at our hotel. with wine at your hotel.

    Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
    Included Meals:
    Breakfast of choice, You Are invited afternoon tea, dinner with wine
Day 5: Wellington - Blenheim
  • Highlights: Why not discover more of Wellington this morning. There is time to visit the Parliament buildings and the Beehive, home to New Zealands politicians.

    Later, you will visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand and explore the fascinating exhibits at your leisure, including their unique Marae (Meeting House). Indulge in Wellingtons renowned coffee culture, take a walk along Lambton Quay or join a tour out to Weta Studio in Miramar, home to the special effects wizards behind Sir Peter Jacksons Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. This afternoon, we cruise the Cook Strait into tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound. The village of Picton is next, then it is on to Blenheim. Tonight enjoy a 5-course Highlight Dinner prepared from local produce and matched with wines of the Marlborough region, including selections from Villa Maria and Saint Clair wineries.

    Hotel: Chateau Marlborough, Blenheim
    Included Meals:
    Full buffet breakfast, highlight dinner
Day 6: Blenheim - Christchurch
  • Highlights: Today we venture inland through the Wairau Valley, home to some of the Marlborough regions most well-known wineries and world famous Sauvignon Blancs. Continue through the rugged Buller Gorge and to the Alpine village of Murchison before travelling over the Lewis Pass and Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

    Hotel: Novotel Christchurch
    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast
Day 7: Christchurch - Twizel
  • 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, we travel over the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains to soak up some spectacular sightseeing. You Are invited to Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep farm, where you will get a taste of traditional New Zealand country life. You will be welcomed into the home of Angie and Stan Taylor and their 240 hectare garden. You will have the chance to experience sheep shearing and farming demonstrations before enjoying a BBQ lunch, and wait until you try Angies famous pavlova dessert! Listen to the familys story of growing up in rural New Zealand and their challenges of farming in the foothills of New Zealands Southern Alps. 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 experience – own expense). Your day finishes in the heart of the Mackenzie Country in Twizel. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

    Hotel: MacKenzie Country Hotel, Twizel
    Included Meals:
    Full buffet breakfast, You Are Invited lunch, dinner with wine
Day 8: Twizel - 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 Southern Cross, Dunedin
    Included Meals:
    Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
Day 9: Dunedin - Te Anau
  • Highlights: This morning choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to tour Larnach Castle, New Zealands only castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway or take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise. Or choose a tour of Cadbury World or Speights Brewery. Later, travel across farming land to the village of Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the South Islands largest lake. This evening enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel. 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 our drive continues, the rolling, grassy hills once again turn back into heavily forested, rugged mountains, and you meander your way into the Fiordland National Park to the South Islands biggest lake and the town of Te Anau. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

    Hotel: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
    Included Meals:
    Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
Day 10: Te Anau - 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, we will journey 119km through the Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, one of the most scenic roads in the world. Travel through native rainforests, beech forests, alluvial flats and meadows. We visit 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 we emerge out the other side of the tunnel, we are presented with one of the worlds most dramatic alpine drives, down through the Cleddau Valley. Time to rest 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. Tonight you may want to take a gondola up Bobs Peak, and dine at the Skyline Restaurant, Stratosfare, (optional experience, own expense) overlooking Queenstown, the ultimate way to end a highlight day!
Day 11: Queenstown - 'Free Time'
  • Highlights: Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to ride the Shotover Jet, join a wine tour, play 9 holes of golf or take the gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. Perhaps take a 4WD minibus through Skippers Canyon, relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort or go horse riding. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner at the Colonels Homestead. An entertaining farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. Why not join in a sing-a-long on your way back to Queenstown?

    Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights
    Included Meals:
    Day 10: Full buffet breakfast.
    Day 11: Breakfast of choice, highlight dinner
Day 12: Queenstown - Franz Josef
  • Highlights: This morning you will leave the alpine wonderland of Queenstown behind, and begin the passage through Central Otago to Westland. On the way out of the Queenstown region, we 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 travel to Cromwell, situated next to the sparkling pristine waters of Lake Dunstan. Sample 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 experience, own expense). Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

    Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing), Franz Josef
    Included Meals:
    Breakfast of choice, dinner with wine
Day 13: Franz Josef - Punakaiki
  • Highlights: It is time for an exhilarating adventure among temperate rainforest giants on the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Explore Franz Josef Glacier, take a scenic flight or a glacier hike (both own expense). Then you will depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade) 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. This evening enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel, while watching the surf thundering at your doorstep!

    Hotel: Punakaiki Resort
    Included Meals:
    Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
Day 14: Punakaiki - Christchurch
  • Highlights: Travel to the alpine village of Arthurs Pass and board the TranzAlpine. This spectacular train journey dates back to 1914, and is rated as one of the word’s 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. Join your Travel Director this evening for a farewell dinner with wine.

    Hotel: Novotel Christchurch
    Included Meals:
    Full buffet breakfast, farewell dinner
Day 15 - Depart Christchurch
  • Highlights: Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred by private car to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.

    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast
Fares and Pricing
Guaranteed Departure Dates
Tour code: ZAAC Brochure Price Our Discount Discounted Price Brochure Price Our Discount Discounted Price
Start: Auckland Finish: Christchurch Share Twin (NZD) Single (NZD)
06 Jun 2017 20 Jun 2017 $5475 $140 $5335 $7045 $175 $6870 Enquire
12 Sep 2017 26 Sep 2017 $5475 $140 $5335 $7045 $175 $6870 Enquire
10 Oct 2017 24 Oct 2017 $6125 $615 $5510 $8000 $615 $7385 Enquire
17 Oct 2017 31 Oct 2017 $6125 $615 $5510 $8000 $615 $7385 Enquire
24 Oct 2017 07 Nov 2017 $6125 $615 $5510 $8000 $615 $7385 Enquire
31 Oct 2017 14 Nov 2017 $6125 $615 $5510 $8000 $615 $7385 Enquire
07 Nov 2017 21 Nov 2017 $6125 $615 $5510 $8000 $615 $7385 Enquire
21 Nov 2017 05 Dec 2017 $6125 $615 $5510 $8000 $615 $7385 Enquire
05 Dec 2017 19 Dec 2017 $6125 $615 $5510 $8000 $615 $7385 Enquire
19 Dec 2017 02 Jan 2018 $6125 $615 $5510 $8000 $615 $7385 Enquire
09 Jan 2018 23 Jan 2018 $6125 $615 $5510 $8000 $615 $7385 Enquire
23 Jan 2018 06 Feb 2018 $6125 $615 $5510 $8000 $615 $7385 Enquire
30 Jan 2018 13 Feb 2018 $6125 $615 $5510 $8000 $615 $7385 Enquire
06 Feb 2018 20 Feb 2018 $6125 $615 $5510 $8000 $615 $7385 Enquire
13 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 $6125 $615 $5510 $8000 $615 $7385 Enquire
20 Feb 2018 06 Mar 2018 $6125 $615 $5510 $8000 $615 $7385 Enquire
06 Mar 2018 20 Mar 2018 $6125 $615 $5510 $8000 $615 $7385 Enquire
13 Mar 2018 27 Mar 2018 $6125 $615 $5510 $8000 $615 $7385 Enquire
20 Mar 2018 03 Apr 2018 $6125 $615 $5510 $8000 $615 $7385 Enquire
27 Mar 2018 10 Apr 2018 $6125 $615 $5510 $8000 $615 $7385 Enquire
24 Apr 2018 08 May 2018 $5895 $590 $5305 $7680 $590 $7090 Enquire
05 Jun 2018 19 Jun 2018 $5675 $570 $5105 $7365 $570 $6795 Enquire
11 Sep 2018 25 Sep 2018 $5675 $570 $5105 $7365 $570 $6795 Enquire
Prices valid from 01 Oct 2017 to 30 Sep 2018 and are priced per person


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Save up to $615 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
*Premium 4 star hotel accommodation
*Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
*Breakfast of Choice (4) BC
*Full Buffet Breakfasts (10) B
*Be My Guest Lunch (1) BG
*Be My Guest Afternoon Tea (1) BG
*Highlight Dinners (4) HD
*Dinners with Wine (6) DW
*Farewell Dinner (1) FD
*Discover famous Waitomo Glowworm Grotto
*Take your pick of a selection of included local highlight experiences at Rotorua
*Maori dinner at the Tamaki Family Marae
*Be My Guest private afternoon tea experience at the historic Shenanoah Estate
*Wellington's city sights and Mt Victoria
*Sail the Cook Strait to beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound
*Indulge in a 5 course dinner with matching wines in Blenheim
*Delicious Kiwi BBQ at Morelea Farm
*Marvel at the crystal clear waters of Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki
*Colonels Homestead BBQ Dinner
*Discover truly spectacular Milford Sound on a cruise
*Tailor your trip with a selection of included enriching experiences in Queenstown
*Taste Central Otago stone fruit at a local orchard
*Discover Franz Josef Glacier
*Jade Factory Visit and Artists Demonstration
*Walk around Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
*Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
*Included Choice Experience in Rotorua, Dunedin and Queenstown
*Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners
  • *Travel by luxury coach
    *Premium 4 star hotel accommodation
    *Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
    *Breakfast of Choice (4) BC
    *Full Buffet Breakfasts (10) B
    *Be My Guest Lunch (1) BG
    *Be My Guest Afternoon Tea (1) BG
    *Highlight Dinners (4) HD
    *Dinners with Wine (6) DW
    *Farewell Dinner (1) FD
    *Discover famous Waitomo Glowworm Grotto
    *Take your pick of a selection of included local highlight experiences at Rotorua
    *Maori dinner at the Tamaki Family Marae
    *Be My Guest private afternoon tea experience at the historic Shenanoah Estate
    *Wellington's city sights and Mt Victoria
    *Sail the Cook Strait to beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound
    *Indulge in a 5 course dinner with matching wines in Blenheim
    *Delicious Kiwi BBQ at Morelea Farm
    *Marvel at the crystal clear waters of Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki
    *Colonels Homestead BBQ Dinner
    *Discover truly spectacular Milford Sound on a cruise
    *Tailor your trip with a selection of included enriching experiences in Queenstown
    *Taste Central Otago stone fruit at a local orchard
    *Discover Franz Josef Glacier
    *Jade Factory Visit and Artists Demonstration
    *Walk around Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
    *Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
    *Included Choice Experience in Rotorua, Dunedin and Queenstown
    *Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners
  • Day 1 private car airport transfer (flights to arrive before 4pm)
  • Day 15 private car airport transfer (flights any time)

Includes:
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Premium 4 star hotel accommodation
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Breakfast of Choice (4) BC
  • Full Buffet Breakfasts (10) B
  • Be My Guest Lunch (1) BG
  • Be My Guest Afternoon Tea (1) BG
  • Highlight Dinners (4) HD
  • Dinners with Wine (6) DW
  • Farewell Dinner (1) FD
  • Discover famous Waitomo Glowworm Grotto
  • Take your pick of a selection of included local highlight experiences at Rotorua
  • Maori dinner at the Tamaki Family Marae
  • Be My Guest private afternoon tea experience at the historic Shenanoah Estate
  • Wellington's city sights and Mt Victoria
  • Sail the Cook Strait to beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Indulge in a 5 course dinner with matching wines in Blenheim
  • Delicious Kiwi BBQ at Morelea Farm
  • Marvel at the crystal clear waters of Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki
  • Colonels Homestead BBQ Dinner
  • Discover truly spectacular Milford Sound on a cruise
  • Tailor your trip with a selection of included enriching experiences in Queenstown
  • Taste Central Otago stone fruit at a local orchard
  • Discover Franz Josef Glacier
  • Jade Factory Visit and Artists Demonstration
  • Walk around Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Included Choice Experience in Rotorua, Dunedin and Queenstown
  • Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners
  • Day 1 private car airport transfer (flights to arrive before 4pm)
  • Day 15 private car airport transfer (flights any time)