9 Day AAT Kings Southern Spotlight 24/25
Christchurch to Christchurch
Breadcrumb
New Zealand tour itinerary name and information
AAT Kings

9 Day AAT Kings Southern Spotlight 24/25

The South Island of New Zealand dials up the natural drama, whether you’re enjoying a Milford Sound/Piopiotahi tour through World Heritage listed wilderness or basking in the beauty of Fox or Franz Josef glacier/Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere on a tour. And in between are cities that take your breath away. Queenstown tour, anyone?

Currency selector
All prices are in
Tour summary and feature
Quick Itinerary Details

Escorted Coach Touring

This suggested tour costs from NZD$4,315 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch

9 days/8 nights

Hotel 3 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

 Viewed 155 times in the last 7 days

Tour Inclusions

Christchurch City Tour
Christchurch Tram
Milford Sound Cruise
Tekapo Dark Sky Experience
TranzAlpine Train from Arthur's Pass to Christchurch
TSS Earnslaw cruise and dinner at Walter Peak high country farm, Queenstown
Visit a Local Orchard
Visit a Pounamu Factory
8 breakfasts, 4 dinners, 1 special dinner
Tour at a glance

Day 1: Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch - Omarama

Day 3: Omarama - Dunedin

Day 4: Dunedin - Te Anau

Day 5: Te Anau - Queenstown

Day 6: Queenstown Free Time

Day 7: Queenstown - Franz Josef/Waiau

Day 8: Franz Josef/Waiau - Christchurch

Day 9: Farewell from Christchurch

Tour full itinerary
Detailed Itinerary
Christchurch City Tram

Since its 2010/11 earthquakes, Christchurch has reinvented itself in more ways than one. Discover how when you step back in time aboard the Christchurch Tram tour, linking some of the city’s most legendary attractions. Expect quite the commentary – your conductors are a hoot.

Staying in:

  • Ibis Hotel Christchurch (1 night)
View of Lake Tekapo

Christchurch is not only rebuilding itself after the devastating 2010/11 earthquakes, but is changing the way architects think about design. Case in point the mind-bending Transitional Cathedral, made largely of cardboard, and Turanga, the gold-clad central library. After your Christchurch tour, your outlook is the Canterbury Plains: the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo, the quaint Church of the Good Shepherd, snow-capped mountains and atmospheric towns. If you wish (and you should wish) take it in on an optional scenic flight for added perspective of the Southern Alps and on to Franz Josef Glacier/Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere.

Staying in:

  • Heritage Gateway Hotel (1 night)
Dunedin Railway Station

If you’ve ever wanted to see New Zealand’s oldest public gardens, today you’re in luck. Oamaru, with its stately tree-lined streets and limestone buildings, stands proud before you journey further south toward the Edinburgh of the South: Dunedin. It’s easy to while away the afternoon in the city’s atmospheric art-lined alleys. Or venture further afield to discover the wildlife that thrives in this pretty pocket of the country – fur seals and penguins among them. Thirsty? Visit Speights Brewery, a New Zealand institution.

Staying in:

  • Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (1 night)
View of Te Anau Lake

There are some days when you’re travelling, that all you want to do is sleep in. Go for it. Or channel your inner royalty on a visit to Dunedin’s grand Larnach Castle – the only one of its kind in the country. Dunedin’s Scottish ancestry is everywhere you look, from the manicured grounds of Otago University to the city’s main George Street. Rolling green hills dotted with doe-eyed sheep are replaced by soaring mountains as you weave your way into Fiordland National Park and the South Island’s biggest lake and the town of Te Anau. Soak up the serenity – it doesn’t get any better than this.

Staying in:

  • Distinction Luxmore Hotel (1 night)
Milford Sound Cruise

From the moment you step outside today, nature rules. Your route through Fiordland National Park is an intoxicating union of beech forests, alluvial flats, meadows and mirror-like lakes. Gin-clear rivers carve the countryside, with all roads leading to your Milford Sound/Piopiotahi tour. Cruising this World Heritage listed expanse will give you goosebumps, a string of waterfalls creating a misty curtain across sheer escarpments. Look out for dolphins – they’re a common sight here.

Staying in:

  • Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown (1 night)
View of Queenstown

Take today at your own pace. Like things fast and furious? Feel the wind in your hair on the high-octane Shotover Jet, perhaps. There’s a reason why Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of the country. Nature lover? Discover some of New Zealand’s feathered friends at a wildlife centre. Wherever you wander, make sure you’re back in time to glide across Lake Wakatipu aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner.

Staying in:

  • Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown (1 night)
Road to Franz Josef

Try and keep count of today’s lakes. Leaving Lake Wakatipu behind, Arrowtown appears on the horizon. We know you’ll want to linger in the movie-set-like streets, lined with trees and character-filled boutiques. But Lake Dunstan awaits, as do its orchards. Pause to refuel on flavour-packed stone fruit. Then there’s Lake Hawea followed by Lake Wanaka, with its Instagrammable shoreline of poplars and willows. Over the Haast Pass, Franz Josef Glacier/Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere sparkles like a gem. You don’t get many chances in life to land and walk on a glacier. This afternoon is one. How cool is that?

TranzAlpine Train at the Station

Swap snow for pounamu (native greenstone or jade) in Hokitika. In Māori tradition, it’s bad luck to buy this sacred stone for yourself; flutter your eyelids at your loved one. Just when you thought your adventure couldn’t get any better, you’ll aboard the TranzAlpine train bound for Christchurch, through tunnels and over viaducts with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, icy rivers, beech forests, gorges and river valleys.

Staying in:

  • Ibis Hotel Christchurch (1 night)
AAT Coach Crew

New Zealand’s South Island never fails to wow. We hope you find the words to describe this epic New Zealand tour to your family back home.

Tour quick quote rework

Get an Instant Quote or Book this Tour

9 Day AAT Kings Southern Spotlight 24/25

Step 1:
Step 2: Select number of passengers and room configuration

Enter phone number to get a call from a travel planning expert within in 24 hours

Enter email address to receive your instant quote

Tick this box if you do not wish to receive emails about special offers
No pricing loaded - please choose another date or contact us

Your quote for this tour:

Start date:
End date:
Guests:
Rooms:

Total cost for ALL guests on this tour package is:

NZD$0

or
This quote is based on vehicles to accommodate your party in the vehicle type. We suggest changing the car type or contacting us for the best options.
The package cost above excludes rental vehicle hire as you are requesting a price for a vehicle outside of our designated season. Please reach out direct for rental vehicle rates.

NOTE: Quotes are subject to availability of specific accommodation and other inclusions. Our NZ touring experts will be in touch with you regarding this. Costs quoted in currencies other than New Zealand dollars (NZ$) are based on todays exchange rate and is subject to change.Terms and Conditions apply

Remember - we can create this itinerary with any style of accommodation or customise to suit your interests and timeframe. Just contact us here.

Tour departure list
See all departure dates & prices
Departure dates and prices
This tour has 9 departure dates.
All prices are in
Go to dates in
Starts Status Twin/Double Single occupancy  
Sep 15, 2024
(Sunday)
Guaranteed
departure date
was NZD$4,407
now NZD$4,325
was NZD$5,797
now NZD$5,715
Enquire Book
Sep 29, 2024
(Sunday)
Guaranteed
departure date
was NZD$4,667
now NZD$4,575
was NZD$6,138
now NZD$6,046
Enquire Book
Oct 20, 2024
(Sunday)
Guaranteed
departure date
was NZD$5,185
now NZD$5,093
was NZD$6,820
now NZD$6,728
Enquire Book
Nov 3, 2024
(Sunday)
Guaranteed
departure date
was NZD$4,667
now NZD$4,575
was NZD$6,138
now NZD$6,046
Enquire Book
Nov 17, 2024
(Sunday)
Guaranteed
departure date
was NZD$4,667
now NZD$4,575
was NZD$6,138
now NZD$6,046
Enquire Book
Dec 8, 2024
(Sunday)
Guaranteed
departure date
was NZD$4,407
now NZD$4,315
was NZD$5,797
now NZD$5,705
Enquire Book
Dec 15, 2024
(Sunday)
Sold out
was NZD$4,407
now NZD$4,325
was NZD$5,797
now NZD$5,715
Dec 29, 2024
(Sunday)
Sold out
was NZD$4,407
now NZD$4,325
was NZD$5,797
now NZD$5,715
Jan 19, 2025
(Sunday)
Guaranteed
departure date
was NZD$5,345
now NZD$5,065
was NZD$7,030
now NZD$6,750
Enquire Book
Feb 2, 2025
(Sunday)
Sold out
was NZD$5,345
now NZD$5,070
was NZD$7,030
now NZD$6,755
Feb 16, 2025
(Sunday)
Guaranteed
departure date
was NZD$5,345
now NZD$5,065
was NZD$7,030
now NZD$6,750
Enquire Book
Mar 2, 2025
(Sunday)
Sold out
was NZD$5,345
now NZD$5,070
was NZD$7,030
now NZD$6,755
Mar 16, 2025
(Sunday)
Guaranteed
departure date
was NZD$5,345
now NZD$5,065
was NZD$7,030
now NZD$6,750
Enquire Book
Mar 30, 2025
(Sunday)
Sold out
was NZD$5,345
now NZD$5,070
was NZD$7,030
now NZD$6,755
All prices are in
Go to dates in
Contact form
Send enquiry about this tour
Your contact information
Subscribe to our Regular Newsletter for Inspiring Holiday Ideas
Tour recommendation

Some similar tours to this one

9 days Map
9 Day AAT Kings Southern Wonders 24/25
View Tour
 
9 days Map
9 Day AAT Kings Southern Wonders
View Tour
 
9 days Map
9 Day AAT Kings Southern Spotlight
View Tour