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.
Please Note: - For all departures from April 2020 onwards, there are some minor changes to the tour itinerary. Your Relaxing Journeys consultant will advise of changes at time of booking.
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|Tour Type:||Low Cost Coach Tour|
|From:||Christchurch to Auckland|
|Departures:||Oct 2019 to Mar 2021|
|Price:||From (NZD) $4155 per person|
|Tour Operator:||AAT Kings Tours|
|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|
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Day by Day Tour ItineraryView Tour PDF
On arrival in Christchurch there’s time for relaxing or exploring. Perhaps you might take a leisurely stroll along the banks of the picturesque Avon River. This evening, your holiday begins at a Welcome Reception
with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.
Stay: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch
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)
Drive over the spectacular Haast Pass, passing the 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls, and serene Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Stop at the town of Cromwell and enjoy delicious stone fruit. Next, you’ll visit the historic gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown, where over seventy buildings from the gold-rush era are still beautifully preserved. You’ll arrive in Queenstown in time for an orientation tour of the town, which sits on the shore of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu.
Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Queenstown (2 nights) (B)
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)
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)
Journey through lush green sheep-grazing country on your way to Dunedin this morning. The afternoon is yours to enjoy as you please. Sit back and relax, or consider an optional experience. Perhaps ride the historic Taieri
Gorge Railway, or take a wildlife cruise to spot penguins and Royal Albatross.
Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City, Dunedin (B, D)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Explore Auckland at your leisure before being transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight. (B)
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