Trafalgar Tours 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand (2020/21)
Escorted coach tour from Auckland to Christchurch
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Trafalgar Tours 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand (2020/21)

Experience the contrasts of New Zealand's distinct islands. From Auckland's sparkling Harbour to Rotorua's geothermal wonderland, from the rugged beauty of the West Coast 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.
*Please note. A domestic flight from Rotorua to Christchurch is needed with this tour. This is not included in the cost but we can book this on your behalf.

Tour summary and feature

Escorted coach tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$3,768 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

 Viewed 16 times in the last 7 days

9 breakfasts

5 dinners

1 Lunch

Entrance to Rainbow Springs

Greenstone Jade craft experience

Tour at a glance

At a glance - Trafalgar Tours 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand (2020/21)

Day 1: Prepare for your trip in Auckland. Accommodation: Stamford Plaza (or similar)

Day 2: Sightsee in Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city. Accommodation: Stamford Plaza (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

Day 5: Tour highlight, Milford Sound Cruise. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 6: Choose what you experience in Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 7: Journey up the west coast to Franz Josef. Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat (or similar)

Day 8: Cross the country 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.

Tour full itinerary

Detailed itinerary: 10 day tour starting in Auckland

Day 1 - Prepare for your trip in Auckland

Trafalgar Tours 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand (2020/21) - Day 1
AAT Kings 10 day Contrasts of New Zealand 2020/21

Visit the major cities and locations with time to explore and some great activities included. Experience a Maori cultural show and Hangi and sample rural life at the Agrodome. Fly to Queenstown before exploring the dramatic and very different mountain scenery of the South Island. A cruise on Milford Sound is a highlight and you also get to take one of New Zealand's famous scenic trains as part of your tour, The Tranz Alpine train between Arthurs Pass and Christchurch.

Arrival into Auckland airport

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

Your accommodation: Stamford Plaza (or similar)

Located just a few minutes stroll from Auckland's vibrant waterfront the Stamford Plaza Hotel offers 5 star accommodation and services.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 - Sightsee in Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city

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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: Stamford Plaza (or similar)

Located just a few minutes stroll from Auckland's vibrant waterfront the Stamford Plaza Hotel offers 5 star accommodation and services.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Head south to Rotorua

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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

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AAT Kings Flight to Queenstown

Today, board your flight to Queenstown. Speak with your Travel Director about dining recommendations in Queenstown.
The airfare is not included but we can help you organise this! We have a list of suggested flight departures to make sure you make it to Queenstown on time. 

Flight Rotorua to Queenstown

Fly from Rotorua to Queenstown.  The cost for this is additional to your tour, we can book this flight for you.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

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

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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

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

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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

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 up the west coast to Franz Josef

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Queenstown to Franz Josef

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 town’s 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 makeup 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 with wine at your hotel.

Your accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat (or similar)

Nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest at Franz Josef is a very special five-star retreat. Designed with utmost care of its precious environment, guests at Te Waonui Forest Retreat will find themselves encircled by rainforest and accommodated in natural and sustainable luxury.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Cross the country to your final destination Christchurch

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Franz Josef to Christchurch

If weather conditions are unfavourable the previous day, you will get another chance to fly up to the glaciers this morning or 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 Christchurch city. This spectacular train journey dates back to 1914, and is rated as one of the world'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. 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

Day 9 - Explore Christchurch

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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

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