10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand

10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand

Experience New Zealand's North and South Island on this 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand coach tour; AAT Kings' most extensive tour covering the whole country. Highlights include a unique Māori culture experience with the Realm of Tane in Rotorua, cruising on the Milford Sound, and time to discover Franz Josef Glacier in all its glory. The tour will start in Auckland and finish in Christchurch.

Please Note: All internal flights are not included in the tour price and must be booked direct or via a travel agent.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Premium Coach Tour
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departures: Sep 2020 to Mar 2021
Price: From (NZD) $3730 per person
Tour Operator: AAT Kings Tours
Duration: 10 Days
Tour Code: IZANB

Inclusions

9 nights accommodation in superior hotels
9 fully cooked breakfasts (B), 1 lunches (L), and 5 dinners (D)
Enjoy a hāngī feast and cultural experience at Tamaki Māori Village
Experience Rainbow Springs Nature Park & Te Puia thermal reserve
Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train
See Franz Josef Glacier
Taste Central Otago stone fruits at a local orchard
Frolic in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand
Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners
Discover truly spectacular Milford Sound on a lunch cruise
Cruise Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw for a unique highlight dinner
Visit historic Arrowtown

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Auckland

On arrival in Auckland you’ll have time to relax or explore. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and dinner.

Stay: Stamford Plaza, Auckland (2 nights) (D)

Day 2
Auckland

Embark on a city sightseeing tour this morning to Mission Bay. Keep your camera at the ready to capture spectacular panoramic views of the skyline, sprawling North Shore and Waitemata Harbour from Bastion Point and Michael Joseph Savage Memorial. Spend the afternoon as you wish. (B)

Day 3
Auckland - Rotorua

Today, you’ll venture through the King Country region, which was at the centre of the New Zealand Wars in the 1860s. On arrival in Rotorua, 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 Māori Village.

Stay: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua (B, D)

Day 4
Rotorua - Queenstown

Spend time at leisure this morning or consider an optional experience. You could visit Te Puia to meet the local Māori community for an introduction to their gift from the gods – the bubbling geysers, mud pools and thermal springs of Rotorua. Later, you’ll fly to Queenstown. (Airfare is not included and must be booked by you or your travel agent.)

Stay: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown (3 nights) (B)

Day 5
Queenstown - Milford Sound Cruise - Queenstown

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 a cruise on this wonder of nature. Return to Queenstown for the evening. (B, L)

Day 6
Queenstown (Free Time)

Explore exciting Queenstown your way! Your final day in Queenstown could see you take an optional experience ride on the Shotover Jet boat or 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 Boatshed, set in the historic Railway Shipping Office built in 1936. Restored and relocated to its lakefront setting, The Boatshed with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, is the perfect venue for your Highlight Dinner. (B, D)

Day 7
Queenstown - Franz Josef

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, 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 you 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.

Our 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 an optional experience helicopter flight (weather permitting).

Stay: Te Waonui Forest Retreat (B, D)

Day 8
Franz Josef - Christchurch

Head off to the drift-wood strewn beaches of Hokitika. Here you will visit a pounamu (jade) factory for the chance to see master carvers at work creating intricate pieces of jewellery and art. Later, travel inland to the small settlement of Arthur’s Pass. Board the TranzAlpine train and head back to the East Coast and Christchurch.
This spectacular train journey dates to 1914 and is rated as one of the world’s most scenic train trips.

Stay: Distinction Hotel, Christchurch (2 nights) (B)

Day 9
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 horse stables for nearby Mona Vale Gardens and following that, the birth place 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 Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner (B, D)

Day 10
Depart Christchurch

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. (B)

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Departures: Sep 2020 to Mar 2021

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