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 Type:||Premium Coach Tour|
|From:||Christchurch to Christchurch|
|Departures:||Sep 2019 to Mar 2020|
|Price:||From (NZD) $3995 per person|
|Tour Operator:||AAT Kings Tours|
|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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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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Your tour concludes after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. (B)
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