AAT Kings 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand
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AAT Kings

AAT Kings 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand

Experience the contrasts of New Zealand's distinct islands. From Auckland's sparkling Harbour to Rotorua's geothermal wonderland, the rugged beauty of Lake Tekapo to the untouched serenity of Milford Sound, new facets of New Zealand's splendour will reveal themselves each day as you explore the Land of the Long White Cloud.

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Escorted coach tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$6,011 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Auckland, finishes in Christchurch

10 days/9 nights

Hotel 4 star

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Tour Inclusions

Auckland City Tour
Entrance to Rainbow Springs and Kiwi Encounter
Te Puia Maori Hangi & Concert
Breakfast at Hobbiton
Milford Sound Cruise
9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners, 2 special dinners
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Day 1: Prepare for your trip in Auckland
Accommodation: Skycity Grand Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Sightsee in Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city
Accommodation: Skycity Grand Hotel (or similar)

Day 3: Head south to Rotorua
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua (or similar)

Day 4: Today fly to the South Island, Queenstown
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Day 5: Tour highlight, Milford Sound Cruise
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Day 6: Choose what you experience in Queenstown
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Day 7: Journey north to Lake Tekapo
Accommodation: Peppers Bluewater Resort (or similar)

Day 8: Cross South Canterbury to your final destination Christchurch
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch (or similar)

Day 9: Explore Christchurch
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch (or similar)

Day 10: Farewell from Christchurch

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Detailed itinerary: 10 day tour starting in Auckland

Day 1 - Prepare for your trip in Auckland
AAT Kings 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand - Day 1
AAT Kings 10 day Contrasts of New Zealand

Welcome to the City of Sails. On arrival in Auckland you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). Take some time to relax or venture out and start exploring New Zealand’s largest city before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner.

Arrival into Auckland airport

On arrival into Auckland, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Your accommodation: Skycity Grand Hotel (or similar)

Ideally situated in the heart of Auckland’s CBD, with many of the city's most impressive attractions and eateries literally on your doorstep, the Skycity Grand Hotel offers guests a truly five-star experience. The friendly and attentive team is here to attend to your every need.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 - Sightsee in Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city
AAT Kings 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand - Day 2
Auckland

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. This afternoon is at leisure. 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 Zealand’s famous Sauvignon Blancs and watch the maritime activity on Waitemata Harbour.

Your accommodation: Skycity Grand Hotel (or similar)

Ideally situated in the heart of Auckland’s CBD, with many of the city's most impressive attractions and eateries literally on your doorstep, the Skycity Grand Hotel offers guests a truly five-star experience. The friendly and attentive team is here to attend to your every need.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Head south to Rotorua
AAT Kings 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand - Day 3
AAT Kings Auckland to Rotorua

Today, you’ll venture through the King Country region which was at the centre of the New Zealand Wars in the 1860s on your way to Rotorua. On arrival embark on an orientation of the area before visiting Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Discover native flora that grows around the crystal-clear mineral water springs and you might even spot a kiwi or two! This evening enjoy a traditional Hangi Highlight Dinner and cultural performance at the Tamaki Family Marae.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua (or similar)

Rotorua's largest 4 star deluxe hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the city overlooking Lake Rotorua. Five levels of accommodation offer guests a wide variety of scenic views.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Day 4 - Today fly to the South Island, Queenstown
AAT Kings 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand - Day 4
Rotorua to Hobbiton to Auckland

Your day starts with breakfast at Hobbiton, experience the iconic rolling hills and green pastures of the Hobbiton Movie Set as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies before continuing to Auckland to board your flight to Queenstown.

AAT Kings Flight to Queenstown

Today, board your flight to Queenstown. Speak with your Travel Director about dining recommendations in Queenstown.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Tour highlight, Milford Sound Cruise
AAT Kings 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand - Day 5
Milford Sound Cruise

Journey over the Devil’s Staircase and along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake, the largest in the South Island. Travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to the numerous photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, Mitre Peak and the Bowen Falls before reaching Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch and a cruise on this wonder of nature. Later, return to Queenstown for the evening.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 - Choose what you experience in Queenstown
AAT Kings 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand - Day 6
Queenstown

Spend time in Queenstown either relaxing or exploring on an optional experience. Venture out on a Scenic Tour visiting the many filming locations of the Lord of the Rings, alternatively sit back and enjoy a peaceful cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand's oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station. Indulge in a gourmet BBQ Highlight Lunch at Walter Peaks; Colonel's Homestead overlooking the lake. This evening, join your Travel Director for dinner at Queenstown's Boatshed. Set in the restored historic Railway Shipping Office and relocated to its lakefront setting in 1936, The Boatshed with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, it is the perfect venue for your exclusive dinner with wine.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Day 7 - Journey north to Lake Tekapo
AAT Kings 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand - Day 7
Queenstown to Lake Tekapo

This morning you'll leave the alpine wonderland of Queenstown behind, and begin the passage through Central Otago and out to Westland. On the way, you will stop and visit the faithfully restored gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. From here you will travel over to Cromwell, on the banks of Lake Dunstan to taste some of the town's delicious stone fruit.
Continue over the Lindis Pass and on the world-renowned UNESCO Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. Enjoy views of Mt Cook before heading to the Church of the Good Shepherd. Later join a local expert on an incredible voyage of discovery through the Southern Hemisphere's night sky, including the Southern Cross, Magellanic Cloud and the Milky Way. Your guide will enhance your knowledge and understanding of our southern skies as you admire and ponder the possibilities through powerful optical telescopes.

Your accommodation: Peppers Bluewater Resort (or similar)

Peppers Bluewater sits overlooking stunning Lake Tekapo and the Southern Alps and is just a short walk to the small towns facilities. Also close by is the Tekapo Springs Day Spa, a great place to relax after a day exploring. Facilities include an on site restaurant and bar.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Cross South Canterbury to your final destination Christchurch
AAT Kings 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand - Day 8
Journey north to Christchurch

Journey through South Canterbury, visiting the charming village of Geraldine on your way to Christchurch.

Your accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch (or similar)

This 4.5 star hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square. Ideally positioned, only a few minutes walk from the brand new Christchurch Convention Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Explore Christchurch
AAT Kings 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand - Day 9
Day in Christchurch

This morning 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 world’s only cathedral made substantially of cardboard! After a Christchurch city sights tour, You’re invited to a Be My Guest morning tea at the home of Tim and Isabelle Weston, owners of Britten Stables. Formerly a horse stables for nearby Mona Vale Gardens and following that, the birthplace of the world-record-setting Britten V1000 motorcycle designed and built in the garage by Isabelle's late father, John Britten. The couple restored the original charm of The Britten Stables and transformed it into the exquisite home that it is today. This evening join your AAT Kings Travel Director and Driver, and your new-found friends for a farewell dinner.

Your accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch (or similar)

This 4.5 star hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square. Ideally positioned, only a few minutes walk from the brand new Christchurch Convention Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 - Farewell from Christchurch
AAT Kings 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand - Day 10
Farewell from AAT

Thank you for touring with AAT Kings and New Zealand Coach Tours.

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