17 Day Kia Ora New Zealand

17 Day Kia Ora New Zealand

One of AAT Kings' most popular coach tours, visiting both the North and South Island. Experience the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, Queenstown, Milford Sound and more.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Low Cost Coach Tour
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departures: Sep 2020 to Mar 2021
Price: From (NZD) $5010 per person
Tour Operator: AAT Kings Tours
Duration: 17 Days
Tour Code: LABC

Inclusions

16 nights accommodation in comfortable hotels
16 fully cooked breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 8 dinners (D)
Cruise through the famous Hole in the Rock
Tour the Glowworm Grotto at Waitomo Caves
Feast on a traditional hāngī at a unique dinner experience at Tamaki Māori Village
Discover the arts and traditions of New Zealand's Māori culture
View the mighty Huka Falls
Visit Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand
Cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound from Wellington to Picton
Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo
Full day at leisure in Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital
Cruise on breathtaking Milford Sound
Cruise Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw for a unique highlight dinner
Visit historic Arrowtown
Stay at spectacular Franz Josef Glacier
Visit a pounamu (jade) studio and watch the artists at work
Journey on the TranzAlpine train
Explore Wellington, New Zealand's capital city
See spectacular Lake Tekapo and Lake Te Anau

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Auckland

After settling in to your hotel, you’ll have time to explore Auckland at your own pace. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director.

Stay: VR Queen Street, Auckland.

Day 2
Auckland - Bay of Islands

Travel along the scenic Hibiscus Coast to the Bay of Islands. Enjoy spectacular scenery as you cruise to Cape Brett, and through the ‘Hole in the Rock’.

Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort (Garden View), Bay of Islands (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 3
Bay of Islands at Leisure

Explore the Bay of Islands at leisure today. (B)

Day 4
Bay of Islands - Auckland

Enjoy a relaxed morning before travelling through lush farmland on your way back to Auckland.

Stay: VR Queen Street, Auckland (B)

Day 5
Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua

After a tour of Auckland’s city highlights, trace the Waikato River to the Waitomo Caves where you’ll explore the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto by boat. Your journey continues to Rotorua for an orientation tour with views of Lake Rotorua. This evening, enjoy a Māori Hangi feast Highlight Dinner and concert at the Tamaki Māori Village.

Stay: Hotel Ibis Rotorua (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 6
Rotorua Free Time

Your morning is free. You might like to visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a glimpse of New Zealand’s iconic kiwi bird, or Te Puia, the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. (B)

Day 7
Rotorua - Wellington

Journey through tall pine forests and verdant farmland to spectacular Huka Falls and serene Lake Taupo. Drive along the shores of New Zealand’s biggest lake through the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National
Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu. Then follow the Kapiti Coast to Wellington for a city orientation tour.

Stay: Travelodge, Wellington (B)

Day 8
Wellington - Picton

This morning enjoy a tour of Wellington, Your special packed lunch today won’t only be wholesome, it will also feed a Kiwi child who may otherwise go without, through the charity ‘Eat My Lunch’. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington, and then visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Cruise across the Cook Strait and explore the maze of inlets of Queen Charlotte Sound. Later you’ll travel to the seaside village of Picton and take a tour of the city before dinner.

Stay: Beachcomber Inn, Picton (B, L, D)

Day 9
Picton - Christchurch

Travel to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore. Travel along the Pacific Ocean coast and across the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Stay: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch (B)

Day 10
Christchurch - Ōmarama

Explore Christchurch at leisure this morning, then travel over the fertile plains to serene Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the scenery of Mt. Cook National Park.

Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Ōmarama (B, D)

Day 11
Ōmarama - Dunedin

Visit the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and the monumental spillway of the nearby Benmore Dam. Then travel to the town of Oamaru, with its celebrated white limestone buildings. Continue to Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City, Dunedin (B)

Day 12
Dunedin - Te Anau

Enjoy free time in Dunedin and then travel across the fertile sheep-dotted pastures of South Otago en route to Te Anau.

Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau (B, D)

Day 13
Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown

Your experience in Milford Sound today is sure to be one of the highlights of your journey. Travel first through tall native rainforests and rugged mountains, then cruise the serene waters of this natural wonder. On the way
to Queenstown see Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls, then travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Queenstown (2 nights) (B)

Day 14
Queenstown

Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital at your own pace today. Later in the afternoon, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner (B, D)

Day 15
Queenstown - Franz Josef

Visit the faithfully-restored gold mining settlement of Arrowtown and travel on to Cromwell to taste its sensational stone fruit. You will then travel over Haast Pass and view the sheer drop of Thunder Creek Falls on your way to Franz Josef Glacier.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing) (B, D)

Day 16
Franz Josef - Christchurch

This morning’s destination is Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Then continue to Arthur’s Pass to board the iconic TranzAlpine train and take one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. This evening, join
your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Stay: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch (B, D)

Day 17
Depart Christchurch

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. (B)

4.6/5.0

There are 47 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.6 out of 5.

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5
30/03/2019
It was a very good tour and got to see lot of the country. Accommodations were comfortable.
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5
24/03/2018
We had very good time touring New Zealand with AAT Kings. The tour was very organized by the tour director, Sarah and an excellent driver Monica to make the road trip fun and exciting. We also lucky that we had good weather and a fantastic group of companions to travel with. The itinerary and hotels met our expectation, but some excursions were expensive. We did only couple excursions and tour the cities on foot by ourselves. We enjoyed every minutes of the tour and have lots of pictures to show for (approximate 6000 pictures.)
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3
24/02/2018
Both the tour director and the driver were incredibly knowledgable and so helpful. They both went above and beyond to make sure everyone had a great holiday. This is definitely a good trip if you want a snap shot of both islands so that you can come back and explore further areas later. We saw a lot of NZ, but didn't get the chance to stay in many areas we'd have liked to for long. However, it was a brilliant way to find the areas that I did like so when I come back I know where to go! Some of the hotels were brilliant and some could do with a little improvement, but you need to remember that this is the cheapest way to tour around NZ and for the price I can not complain! Booking this holiday could not have been made more easy and the whole way through, everything was very clear and everyone went out of their way to make sure your journey was as easy as possible. There are some early starts and some days you spend a lot of time on the coach, so just be prepared for that. Overall, it was a great holiday and i'd recommend NZ to everyone. Amazing place and brilliant people!
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06/01/2018
Really enjoyed our holiday, hotels central and comfortable. Breakfasts plenty of choice for everyone. Evening meals variable, good mixture of ages and nationalities. Driver really helpful and stored all our luggage and good rapport. Guide really informative about all the places we visited. Packed a lot in a short time.
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28/10/2017
Great trip, excellent tour guide and driver!
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25/02/2017
Tour director was great. A couple of the hotels could use a little updating. Should require people to use a hand sanitation wash when coming onto the coach
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07/01/2017
We had a great trip to New Zealand with a good travel director Sarah and Dexter. Driver was Nathan and he was great. Thank you to AAT Kings and Relaxing Journeys (Maria) for making a good trip in New Zealand.
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5
07/01/2017
Good hotels and meals. Excellent new coach and superb driver. Tour guide very knowledgeable and helpful. Very well organised arrangements. Well planned stops and outings. Nice to have baggage handling done. Perfect.
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07/01/2017
The tour was well organised, accommodation great. The driver, Nathan (aka Pumbaa), and tour guide, Dexter, were brilliant. Nathan's driving was second to none and Dexter's knowledge on New Zealand was amazing. Nothing was too much trouble and there was a great atmosphere on the coach.
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01/10/2016
Kia Ora. Overall the tour package is great, the accommodation is very good with some dinners included, the food is quality. Wish we had a longer stay in Picton, it was a bit of a rush to enjoy the beautiful place. The director was friendly & helpful, thumbs up to the only female driver with AAT Kings, Monica, she is an excellent capable driver. Would appreciate if a brief description is available to each city/town we stop over e.g. population, the history, their livelihood etc. Copthorne hotels - need a facelift. Ibis hotels - small rooms. The rest are of excellent standard. Also, self-service laundromat is available in most hotels which is a bonus. And not forgetting our tour consultant, Leanne who was so patient and helpful in organising our trip. I would do it again in a couple of years.
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17 Day Kia Ora New Zealand
Low Cost Coach Tour
Tour Code: LABC
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Departures: Sep 2020 to Mar 2021
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47 reviews (4.6/5)

One of AAT Kings' most popular coach tours, visiting both the North and South Island. Experience the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, ... Read More

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