14 Day Southern Spirit
14 Day Southern Spirit
Experience the southern spirit on a 14 day AAT Kings Best Buys guided expedition. Explore Christchurch, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Franz Josef Glacier, Nelson, Wellington, and more.
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|Tour Type:||Low Cost Coach Tour|
|From:||Christchurch to Wellington|
|Departures:||Oct 2020 to Mar 2021|
|Price:||From (NZD) $4605 per person|
|Tour Operator:||AAT Kings Tours|
|12 nights accommodation in superior hotels and 1 night on an overnight cruise|
|13 fully cooked breakfasts (B) and 7 dinners (D)|
|See mighty Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain|
|Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo|
|Tour the sights of Dunedin|
|Explore New Zealand's only castle – Larnach Castle|
|Overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner|
|Explore the Te Anau Glowworm Caves|
|Two days at leisure in Queenstown, the 'adventure capital of New Zealand'|
|Skyline Gondola ride and dinner at Stratosfare Restaurant on Bob's Peak with spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu|
|Visit historic Arrowtown|
|Stay at spectacular Franz Josef Glacier|
|View the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes at Punakaiki|
|Watch artisans carving native pounamu (jade) in Hokitika|
|Free time in Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park|
|Cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound from Picton to Wellington|
|Visit Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand|
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You’ll have time at leisure this afternoon; you may like to take a stroll along the banks of the Avon River before a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.
Stay: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch
Board your coach to see the extensive work carried out to rebuild Christchurch after the devastating earthquake of February 2011. Later, see Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before soaking up the sensational alpine landscape of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.
Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Ōmarama (B, D)
Your day begins with a visit to the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme, an intricate series of lakes and canals on the mighty Waitaki River, and the monumental spillway of the Benmore Dam. Next, travel to the historic town of Oamaru, with its tree-lined streets and celebrated white limestone buildings. Continue to Dunedin, New Zealand’s
Stay: Kingsgate Hotel, Dunedin (B)
Today is a feast for the senses. Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. You’ll be awestruck by the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, New Zealand’s largest national park. See rainforest, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges, and drive through the Homer Tunnel. Pass Lake Matheson, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and The Chasm, before arriving in Milford Sound for your overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner.
Overnight Cruise: Milford Mariner, Milford Sound (B, D)
Note: Milford Mariner does not operate 21 May – 15 September. During this period there will be a day cruise on Milford Sound and accommodation in Queenstown.
Depart this morning for the town of Te Anau. Cruise to the western shores of Lake Te Anau to the entry of the famous Glowworm Caves to meet your guide. Deep inside you’ll be taken by small boat into a silent hidden grotto inhabited by thousands of glowworms. Later, travel on to New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown.
Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Queenstown (3 nights) (B)
Today is free for you to explore exciting Queenstown at your own pace. Plan your own day or you may like to choose one of our optional experiences, including riding the Shotover Jet boat, joining a tour of the region’s
popular wineries, or enjoying a popular minibus excursion through rugged Skippers Canyon. This evening, consider a cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the iconic vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw for a gourmet barbecue dinner
at Walter Peak High Country Farm. (B)
Another action-packed day or time to relax. (B)
First stop this morning is the gold mining village of Arrowtown, a colourful township steeped in local history. Next is Cromwell and its sensational stone fruit. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Travel through Haast Pass which winds its way through Mount Aspiring National Park and dramatic mountain and forest scenery. View the amazing Thunder Creek Falls and continue north along the coastal road to Franz Josef Glacier – a rare, still advancing glacier.
Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing) (B, D)
You can see Franz Josef Glacier from the air or take a glacier hike (both optional). Depart for Hokitika, home of the native pounamu (jade), for a studio visit and demonstration. Later travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll stay in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Enjoy dinner while watching the thundering surf at your doorstep!
Stay: Punakaiki Resort (B, D)
The Heritage Highway leads you through scenic wilderness to the plunging Buller Gorge and pristine Kahurangi National Park.
Stay: Rutherford Hotel, Nelson (2 nights) (B)
You’ll have the option to journey to the top of the South Island and enjoy a relaxing cruise in the Abel Tasman National Park or perhaps take a short bush walk, relax in sunny Nelson, or explore the many arts and craft shops. (B)
Visit the seaside village of Picton with free time to explore and purchase lunch. Cruise on tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound before heading across Cook Strait to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Enjoy a city sights tour, then visit the Maori cultural icon Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll explore New Zealand’s nature, art, history and cultural heritage.
Stay: Travelodge, Wellington (2 nights) (B)
Celebrated as the country’s creative and culinary capital, Wellington is nestled between two of New Zealands finest wine regions. Today is yours to explore the city at your own pace. You might like to take an optional experience tour of Parliament or the Weta Workshop, where the special effects for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films were created. Celebrate your holiday at a Farewell Dinner with your new-found friends. (B, D)
Your tour concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Wellington Airport for your onward flight. (B)
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