AAT Kings 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand 23/24
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AAT Kings

AAT Kings 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand 23/24

New Zealand will set your heart racing, while you take the country’s pulse. From its unexpected city sights – who knew you could construct a church from cardboard? – to its culinary delights, this voyage is as thrilling as it is tasty. And then there are the natural wonders: gem-like glaciers, soaring fiords, snow-dusted mountains, and bubbling geysers among them. On this NZ holiday, drop in on Christchurch, soak your limbs in Rotorua, eat your way around Queenstown and feel the full force of nature at Milford Sound/Piopiotahi. Trips to New Zealand don’t get much better than this.

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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

 Pre and post tour options? YES

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Tour Inclusions

Auckland City Tour
Be My Guest BBQ Lunch
Breakfast at Hobbiton
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
Maori Village Experience & Hangi (dinner), Rotorua
Milford Sound Cruise
9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, 2 special dinners
Tour at a glance

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland

Day 2: Auckland

Day 3: Auckland – Rotorua

Day 4: Rotorua – Auckland – Queenstown

Day 5: Milford Sound Cruise

Day 6: Queenstown Free Time

Day 7: Queenstown – Lake Tekapo

Day 8: Lake Tekapo – Christchurch

Day 9: Christchurch

Day 10: Farewell from Christchurch

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Detailed itinerary: 10 day tour starting in Auckland

Day 1 - Welcome to Auckland
Auckland Harbour

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.

Staying in:

  • The Grand by SkyCity (1 night)
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2 - Auckland
Aerial View of Auckland

Embark on a city sightseeing tour this morning. 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.

Staying in:

  • The Grand by SkyCity (1 night)
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 3 - Auckland – Rotorua
Maori Cultural Performance in Rotorua

Today, you’ll venture through Waikato region passing through Cambridge known as ‘The Town of Trees and Champions’ on your way to Rotorua. On arrival embark on an orientation of the area before visiting Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a guided tour of the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, the national leader in kiwi husbandry. Learn about the work being done to save New Zealand’s national bird, see kiwi eggs being incubated, the hatching process and newly hatched kiwi chicks. This evening enjoys a traditional Hangi Highlight Dinner and cultural performance at the Tamaki Maori Village.

Staying in:

  • Millennium Hotel, Rotorua (1 night)
Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner
Day 4 - Rotorua – Auckland – Queenstown
Hobitton Movie Set

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. Tonight, speak with your Travel Director about dining recommendations in Queenstown.

Staying in:

  • Millennium Hotel, Queenstown (1 night)
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 5 - Milford Sound Cruise
Milford Sound Cruise

Journey along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, over the Devil’s Staircase and along to Te Anau and its lake, the largest in the South Island. Experience magnificent scenery as you continue along this alpine highway to Fiordland National Park. Enjoy numerous photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat, Hollyford Valley lookout (Pop’s view), Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel towards the iconic Mitre Peak and the Bowen Falls and Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch and a cruise on this wonder of nature. Later, return to Queenstown for the evening.

Staying in:

  • Millennium Hotel, Queenstown (1 night)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 - Queenstown Free Time
Skyline Lookout over Queenstown

Today choose from a range of optional sightseeing experiences. You could ride the world famous’ Shotover Jet or enjoy a cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue lunch at the Colonel’s Homestead. This evening, join your Travel Director for dinner at the Postmasters Café. The historic cottage was once home to the town’s postmaster and has been a main street feature since the 1860s. Its old-world charm, complete with horse-hitching post, picket fence, beautiful gardens and hanging wisteria, has made it one of Arrowtown’s most photographed buildings and is the perfect venue for your highlight dinner.

Staying in:

  • Millennium Hotel, Queenstown (1 night)
Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner
Day 7 - Queenstown – Lake Tekapo
Church of the Good Shephard

Today you will leave the alpine wonderland of Queenstown behind, traveling through Central Otago to the Mackenzie region with time along the way to stop in Cromwell, situated next to the pristine Lake Dunstan and taste delicious stone fruit at a local orchard. Continue over the dramatic Lindis Pass before reaching the Starlight Highway and Tekapo's world renowned UNESCO Aoraki McKenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. This afternoon enjoys the views of Mt Cook before heading to the iconic Church of the Good Shephard. This evening, see amazing constellations that can only be seen in the southern hemisphere, including the Southern Cross, to the Magellanic Clouds and the Milky Way. Your local specialist expert astronomy guide will enhance your knowledge and understanding of our Southern Skies as you admire and ponder the possibilities through our powerful optical telescopes.

Staying in:

  • Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo (1 night)
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Lake Tekapo – Christchurch
View of Lake Tekapo

Enjoy a relaxed start before heading north through South Canterbury, visit the charming boutique village of Geraldine as you travel through to Christchurch.

Staying in:

  • Distinction Christchurch Hotel (1 night)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 - Christchurch
Christchurch Cathedral

This morning see how Christchurch is rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, 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 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.

Staying in:

  • Distinction Christchurch Hotel (1 night)
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 - Farewell from Christchurch
Christchurch Tram

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.

Meals included: Breakfast
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