10 Day Southern Spectacular

10 Day Southern Spectacular

Enjoy New Zealand's South Island on AAT Kings' brand new 10 day Southern Spectacular itinerary. Based on their most popular tour, it's been tweaked to include a premium level of accommodation. See the mighty Aoraki Mount Cook, Queenstown and Franz Josef Glacier, and cruise on the TSS Earnslaw with a day at leisure in Queenstown.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Premium Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departures: Jun 2018 to Dec 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $4095 per person
Tour Operator: AAT Kings Tours
Duration: 10 Days
Tour Code: ZCQR

Inclusions

9 nights accommodation in superior hotels
9 fully cooked breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 7 dinners (D)
View Aoraki Mount Cook National Park
Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo
Tour the sights of Dunedin
Take your pick of a selection of included experiences in Dunedin and Queenstown
Cruise on Milford Sound
Full day at leisure in Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital
Cruise on the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station
Visit historic Arrowtown
Discover fascinating Franz Josef Glacier
Stay at Punakaiki and discover the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes
Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train
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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

Christchurch’s energy is evident wherever you go. The city has bounced back after the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 and is now thriving once again. Contemporary art galleries, boutiques and open-air markets add to the city’s creative vibe. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a welcome reception.

Stay: Distinction Hotel, Christchurch

Day 2
Christchurch - Twizel

Visit Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep farm where you’ll get a taste of traditional New Zealand country life. You will be welcomed into the home of Angie and Stan Taylor and their 240 hectare garden, and have the chance to experience sheep shearing and farming demonstrations before enjoying a barbecue lunch. Wait until you try Angie’s famous pavlova dessert! Listen to the family’s story of growing up in rural New Zealand and their challenges of farming in the foothills of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Later see Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd. Continue to Twizel, a base for mountain climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, horse trekking and hiking.

Stay: Mackenzie Country Inn, Twizel (B, L, D)

Day 3
Twizel - Dunedin (Included Choice)

View the Waitaki hydro scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Ōamaru, with its limestone buildings, to Dunedin. Choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences – tour stately Larnach Castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway, take a wildlife cruise, or enjoy an interactive tour of Speight’s Brewery. This evening enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin (B, D)

Day 4
Dunedin - Te Anau

Today, travel across farming land to the village of Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the South Island’s largest lake. This evening enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel.

Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas (B, D)

Day 5
Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown

You’ll be awestruck by the magnificence of the World Heritage-listed Fiordland National Park. Amazing photo opportunities await you today as you see rainforest, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and the hand-made Homer Tunnel. Pass the Mirror Lakes, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and The Chasm. Your cruise on Milford Sound will take you past Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Afterwards, travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu on your way to Queenstown, where an orientation tour finishes this highlight day.

Stay: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown (2 nights) (B)

Day 6
Queenstown (Included Choice)

Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to ride the Shotover Jet, experience farm life in the high country or take the gondola to Stratosfare Restaurant for dinner. Perhaps take a 4WD minibus through Skippers Canyon or go to a wildlife park and see New Zealand’s own kiwi bird. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining farm show provides a glimpse into high country farm life. (B, D)

Day 7
Queenstown - Franz Josef Glacier

Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, on the Arrow River, previously one of the world’s richest rivers. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell, New Zealand’s stone fruit capital. See a trio of lakes – Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Travel over the Haast Pass, view amazing Thunder Creek Falls, and take a small rainforest walk. Then it’s on to Franz Josef Glacier, the world’s most accessible glacier.

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

Day 8
Franz Josef - Punakaiki

There is time this morning to explore Franz Josef Glacier. You can see it from the air on an optional flight (weather permitting) or take a glacier hike! (Both optional.) It’s time for an exhilarating adventure among temperate rainforest giants on the West Coast Treetop Walk. Then depart for Hokitika, home of the native pounamu (jade), for a studio visit and jewellery demonstration. Later, travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll stay in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.

Stay: Punakaiki Resort (B, D)

Day 9
Punakaiki - TranzAlpine - Christchurch

Travel to the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine. This spectacular train journey dates back to 1914, and is rated as one of the word’s most scenic train trips. The train forges through tunnels and over viaducts with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, icy rivers, beech forests, gorges and river valleys. Join your Tour Director this evening for a farewell dinner with wine.

Stay: Distinction Hotel, Christchurch (B, D)

Day 10
Depart Christchurch

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

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There are 33 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.8 out of 5.

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5
16/09/2018
Mani provided excellent service. We will not hesitate in recommending Relaxing Journeys to our friends. You have a beautiful country.
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07/02/2016
JP the tour guide and Stu the expert bus driver only enhanced this awesome itinerary. They have amazing personalities and made sure everyone was having a great experience. We were a group of six ( two sisters plus four aunts ) and our vacation was even better than we imagined that it would be. The food and the accommodations were top notch.
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17/01/2016
On a tour it all boils down to, once you've chosen your route/days to your guide and driver who are with you on the daily go! Both in my case were excellent, as was the coach! They were so organised, so informative and funny. The hotels were very well chosen, wines and food a pleasure to eat and drink! Thank you Mani, my consultant, for arranging it all for me and making my trip really memorable!
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27/12/2015
Thoroughly enjoyed my first ever coach tour. Saw many beautiful & interesting parts of the South Island. Everything was well organised by not only Mani, our Tour Consultant, but also by Sarah & Mark who were our Tour Director & Driver. A few dislikes I might mention though. Firstly, I would have liked all the 'included choices' to be 'optional choices'. The Queenstown 'included choices', my husband and I decided to forefeit because we were so tired from the days travel that we opted to use the 'day of leisure' exactly that, day of leisure! Passengers should be given all the options of extra activities. Secondly, the Punakaiki Resorts buffet dinner & breakfast was a joke! Hardly any variety in food and very small quantities also. All other hotels meals offered was excellent. Lastly, Dunedin was a city I felt that needed 'a day at leisure'. Not enough time to fully enjoy this city. Larnach Castle & Milford Sound were my highlights. All in all, a great holiday with spectacular scenery. Definitely worth the trip!
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27/12/2015
I really recommend this tour and we enjoyed every bit of it. It was a great experience as Marie, our tour consultant provided a lot of insights before our trip. We travelled with a small kid and we were completely at ease as everything was so smooth. Sarah, our tour director (AAT Kings) was very informative and she planned day to day activities to perfection. We all were greatly impressed by Mark's driving skill. Although this was a big group from as many as 12 countries, we all became one family for ten days. We made some great friends in the tour. The recommended itinerary suited my family and we definitely have a fabulous vacation in NZ. Looking forward to using Relaxing Journeys for our next trip to NZ.
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01/11/2015
It was a great tour. Enjoyed it everyday. Met lots of nice people. I have already recommended this tour to family and friends already. 1 negative is that there was no Wifi on the coach.
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20/09/2015
The tour was excellent - a great range of activities and the pace was good. The tour director and driver were an excellent team and extremely knowledgeable and informative. All accommodation and food was excellent, and I look forward to a return trip one day
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20/09/2015
Had a great holiday travelling the south island of New Zealand. Would recommend this holiday to everyone!
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05/04/2015
We have nothing to compare this tour with, so objective scales are difficult. We did thoroughly enjoy it and have nothing but praise for the Guide and Driver, who were very flexible and people-centred, as well as being competent. A good range of activities, with the correct pace for a mixed clientele. We are treating this visit as once in a lifetime, so when we say we will not use your services again, it is solely due to age and finance! We would happily travel with you again.
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01/02/2015
Once again AAT Kings excel. Our tour director Cam and driver Trent could not have done more for us. Two excellent guys.
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10 Day Southern Spectacular
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Tour Code: ZCQR
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Departures: Jun 2018 to Dec 2019
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