14 Day New Zealand Marvel

14 Day New Zealand Marvel

Visit the must-see sights of New Zealand on the AAT Kings low cost New Zealand Marvel tour. See Christchurch, Queenstown, Franz Josef, Rotorua, Auckland, and more.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Low Cost Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Auckland
Departures: Jun 2018 to Sep 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $4215 per person
Tour Operator: AAT Kings Tours
Duration: 14 Days
Tour Code: LCCA

Inclusions

13 nights accommodation in comfortable hotels
13 fully cooked breakfasts (B) and 10 dinners (D)
Tour through Christchurch to witness the incredible rebuild of this fascinating city
Journey on the TranzAlpine train
Visit a pounamu (jade) studio and watch the artists at work
See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
Visit serene, crystal clear Lake Wanaka
Sail across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station on the TSS Earnslaw for a unique highlight dinner
Let loose in the adventure capital Queenstown
Cruise on breathtaking Milford Sound
See spectacular Lake Tekapo and Lake Te Anau
Marvel at fur seals at Ohau Point and whales at Kaikōura
Cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound from Picton to Wellington
Visit Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand
Explore Wellington, New Zealand's capital city
Discover the arts and traditions of New Zealand's Māori culture
Enjoy a hāngī feast at Tamaki Māori Village
Cruise through Waitomo 's famous Glowworm Grotto
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation and activity vouchers, and local travel guides

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

On arrival in Christchurch you will be transferred from the airport to your hotel. Meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink and dinner.

Stay: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch (D)

Day 2
Christchurch - Franz Josef

First up this morning you’ll board the TranzAlpine, one of the top scenic train journeys in the world. This spectacular journey takes you across the Canterbury Plains and through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. Later visit Hokitika, home of pounamu (jade) for a studio visit and jewellery demonstration. Next stop is Franz Josef Glacier – a rare, still advancing glacier (optional scenic flight available).

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

Day 3
Franz Josef - Queenstown

Travel through Haast Pass, view Thunder Creek Falls, take a rainforest walk. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan. Next is Cromwell and its stone fruit and Arrowtown on the Arrow River. On arrival in Queenstown, the ‘adventure capital of New Zealand’, an orientation tour completes your day.

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

Day 4
Queenstown (Free Day)

Explore exciting Queenstown your way – from wine and garden tours to jetboat rides and white water rafting. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station for a highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high country life. Why not join in a sing-along on your cruise back to Queenstown. (B, D)

Day 5
Queenstown - Milford Sound Cruise - Te Anau

Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. You’ll be awestruck by great sights from Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, one of the world’s most amazing places, where you’ll cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. En route you’ll drive through the handmade Homer Tunnel to the abundant photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lakes, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, The Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Then return to Te Anau. Tonight you have the option to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

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

Day 6
Te Anau - Dunedin

We’ll cross sheep-filled farming land to Dunedin, founded by Scottish settlers, for a city tour. The afternoon is yours to explore Dunedin as you wish – take a wildlife cruise, visit Cadbury World, or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City, Dunedin (B, D)

Day 7
Dunedin - Ōmarama

Enjoy a morning of time to yourself and the opportunity to visit historic Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only authentic castle. Travel through Ōamaru, famous for its limestone buildings. Follow the Waitaki River, passing hydro-electric dams at Waitaki and Aviemore, on to Ōmarama.

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

Day 8
Ōmarama - Christchurch

Soak up the alpine scenery of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, home to New Zealand’s highest mountain. You may wish to take an optional scenic flight (weather permitting). This afternoon stop at Lake Tekapo and view the Church of the Good Shepherd, then continue over the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Stay: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch (B)

Day 9
Christchurch - Picton

Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast to Kaikōura, famous for its whales (optional whale watching flight). We’ll get up close and personal with some New Zealand fur seals at Ohau Point. Pass the Grassmere Salt Works then travel to the pretty seaside town of Picton.

Stay: Beachcomber Inn, Picton (B, D)

Day 10
Picton - Wellington

We’ll cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound and across Cook Strait to Wellington for a city tour with views from Mount Victoria. Enjoy time at leisure and then we visit Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand. Tonight experience the local cuisine for yourself.

Stay: Travelodge, Wellington (B, D)

Day 11
Wellington - Rotorua

Travel along the Kapiti Coast, through the dairy farms of Manawatu to Tongariro National Park and discover the alpine scenery of Mount Ruapehu. Visit Taupō and drive along the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake. View Huka Falls and pass the Wairakei geothermal power station.

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

Day 12
Rotorua Sights

This morning we visit the Agrodome to enjoy an entertaining look at life on a New Zealand farm. The afternoon is free for you to take in all the other activities Rotorua has on offer. Perhaps visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park, abundant with rainbow trout and native fauna including the kiwi, or Te Puia where you can join a tour of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley with a local guide (own expense). Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter and gain an insight into traditional Māori culture followed by a delicious buffet dinner at Tamaki Māori Village. (B, D)

Day 13
Rotorua - Waitomo Caves - Auckland

This morning travel through lush Waikato farmland to Waitomo Caves. See the amazing underground Glowworm Grotto by boat and walk through the limestone caves. Later you’ll follow the Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river, into Auckland. Enjoy picturesque views of the cityscape and of Auckland’s North Shore from Bastion Point. This evening celebrate your holiday at a dinner with your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Stay: VR Queen Street, Auckland (B, D)

Day 14
Depart Auckland

Explore Auckland at your leisure before being transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight. (B)

4.6/5.0

There are 55 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.6 out of 5.

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5
27/08/2018
I had a fabulous time, our tour guide and driver were just brilliant. I couldn't fault anything, accommodation was wonderful, food amazing, everything ran smoothly. I would have liked to have spent more time in certain places (like Oamaru, Arrowtown and Wellington and would have loved to have included Napier), but overall I had the best time, a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday, would recommended it to anyone who wants a good overall taste of your fantastically beautiful country. Loved it! Thank you to everyone involved for making it so special.
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12/03/2018
We were very happy with AAT Kings the holiday was fabulous. Did not have to do anything. The tour guides Susie and Monica were excellent. I was very happy with Toni and excellent communication from the onset of inquiry to booking through the process. Certainly will travel again with you guys and would recommend you. The only thing was I forgot that I was staying the first night in Christchurch post tour and fronted the first evening at drinks to be told we were starting on the next night/days tour. That was my mistake.
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12/03/2018
Everything was GREAT !! Toni with Relaxing Journeys did a great job in helping us put things together. She kept us informed of everything we needed to know from our initial inquiry in late July '17 until our departure from Texas to New Zealand on March 10th. The AAT Kings tour was great in selection of what it covered, in the selection of lodging and meals, and most of all in the selection and training of our Tour Director, Susie Ferkins and our coach driver Monica Bonji. They both were very knowledgeable and were great at handling all things related all activities relater to daily activities.
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26/02/2018
Unfortunately the weather was not so kind and we didn't get to see some of the main attractions, but that's not your fault. Thought the 2 day trip from Dunedin to Christchurch via Omarama was a waist of time and that it would be better to do Dunedin to Christchurch direct and use the extra time to include Bay of Islands as part of the trip.
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11/12/2017
Mani was very helpful and the tour was very well organised. Everything went smoothly.
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30/10/2017
We enjoyed the itinerary that you set out for us. Katie Lupton did a very good job and well organised. She has a good personality and always taking good care of us. We were impressed with her knowledge and tour guide. Our coach driver, Mark also was a good driver and took good care of elderly people every time they stepping off the bus. We really had a wonderful time.
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16/10/2017
The journey was long and landscape becomes somewhat monotonous after a while, although still lovely to look at. Tour director's voice becomes monotonous when he speaks at great lengths and dulls the tired mind. There are too many optional tours that one would have thought some of them should have been included in the tour package. The Tour director was thoughtful about planning path to be accessible by wheelchair on and off boats and events to participate in activities.
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19/06/2017
This tour was a great introductory tour to New Zealand. It allowed us to see a huge amount of the country and get a taste of almost everywhere. We got the opportunity to do some things I know we'd not have done if we planned the trip all on our own. It was also great having someone else drive us around on those unfamiliar roads. Cons: It was a lot of time on the bus, and there were quite a few places we'd have liked to have more time at. We also arrived later in the day to almost every city, so the shops and stores where closed. But, we did the tour in winter, so it might not be the case in summer.
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19/06/2017
Had a great time with the 46 others on the South Island tour and the 20+ on the North Island. Travel Director Kevin (and driver Geoff) soon had us all gelling well as a group. It was great to see so much and get a lot of information as well but some of the starts were very early and some of the days had very long journeys.
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02/01/2017
Our tour guide and driver were a little quiet the first 2-3 days and some of us discussed whether to complain as there was no \"personality\" from our hosts at front of the bus, however, we decided to give it time as we learned they didn't know each other. As the tour went along things improved and all was well. The tour itself e.g. hotels, meals, bus & driver, tour guide and commentary, scenery, meals, lunch stops and the like were mostly very good. Many of us said there wasn't enough time in the small towns to look around, sometimes just grab a quick lunch and get back on the bus as we had much mileage to cover, understandable. Much of the South Island was cold, rainy and covered in fog during our trip so flights booked didn't happen, but the scenery was absolutely amazing everywhere we went and included tours were all great. My fellow travellers were a fabulous group of people from the world over and everyone got on well and spent time with each other, no matter who they were, so that made the trip very enjoyable as well. I would certainly recommend everyone should take an AAT Kings Tour at least once in their lifetime!
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14 Day New Zealand Marvel
Low Cost Coach Tour
Tour Code: LCCA
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Departures: Jun 2018 to Sep 2019
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