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AAT Kings New Zealand Marvel

14 Day New Zealand Marvel

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Route:Christchurch to Auckland
Tour Operator: AAT Kings

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14 Day New Zealand Marvel (LCCA)

Tour Inclusions

Group Size

  • Maximum 48 people

Transport

  • Airport transfers
  • Luxury Coach Transport
  • TranzAlpine Train Journey
  • Interislander Ferry Crossing

Accommodation

  • 13 nights in superior 3.5 star hotels

Dining

  • 13 breakfasts (B)
  • 10 dinners (D)

Highlights

  • Tour through Christchurch to witness the incredible rebuild of the fascinating city
  • Visit a green stone factory and watch the jade artists at work
  • See awe-inspring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Journey through the magnificent rainforest of Haast Pass
  • Taste Central Otago’s famous stone fruit at an orchard
  • Visit the old gold mining village of Arrowtown
  • Let Loose in the adventure capital Queenstown
  • Sail across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak for a unique highlight dinner
  • Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains and magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound
  • Explore Dunedin’s fascinating sights
  • Visit Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo
  • Discover the arts and traditions of New Zealand’s Maori culture

Featured Experiences

  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Milford Sounds Day Cruise

Iconic Sights

  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Cruise on mystical Milford Sounds
  • Marvel at Fur Seals at Ohau Point and Whales at Kaikoura
  • Cruise through Waitomo’s famous Glow Worm Grotto
  • Feat on a Maori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family

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Day 1Arrive 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.

Ibis Hotel, Christchurch, 1 night
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Day 2Christchurch – Franz Josef Glacier
First up this morning you’ll board the TranzAlpine, one of the top six 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 the native greenstone (jade) for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Next stop is the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier (optional Glacier scenic flight).

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, 1 night
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TranzAlpine Train Journey

Day 3Franz Josef Glacier - Queenstown
Travel through the Haast Pass, view Thunder Creek Falls, take a rainforest walk. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan. Next up try sumptuous stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital. Later, you’ll visit historic gold mining Arrowtown on the Arrow River, previously one of the world’s richest rivers. Arrive in Queenstown, the adventure-capital of New Zealand, for a sightseeing tour.

Mercure Queenstown Resort, 2 nights
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Visit Arrowntown

Day 4Queenstown ‘Day at Leisure’
Explore exciting Queenstown your way, all day. From wine tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting, Queenstown will surprise and exhilarate. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station for a gourmet BBQ Highlight Dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. Why not join in a sing-a-long on your cruise back to Queenstown.

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TSS Earnslaw Cruise

Day 5Queenstown – Te Anau
Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. You’ll be awe-struck 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 hand-made Homer Tunnel to the abundant photo opportunities afforded by Mirror Lake, 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 Glow Worm Caves.

Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau, 1 night
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Milford Sound Day Cruise

Day 6Te Anau - Dunedin
Cross sheep-filled farming land to Dunedin for a city tour. With time at leisure this afternoon, consider a wildlife cruise to see the Penguins and Royal Albatross, a visit to the Cadbury Chocolate Factory or take a ride aboard the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.

Scenic Hotel Dunedin City, 1 night
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Day 7Dunedin - Omarama
Free time to relax this morning – perhaps visit Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Then travel through Oamaru, famous for its limestone buildings, passing the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam en route to Omarama.

Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama, 1 night
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Day 8Omarama – Christchurch
Soak up the alpine scenery of Mt. Cook National Park (optional scenic flight available). See Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and travel across the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Ibis Hotel Christchurch, 1 night
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Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd

Day 9Christchurch – Picton
Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast to Kaikoura, famous for its whales (optional Whale Watching flight). 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 fishing village of Picton.

Beachcomber Hotel Picton, 1 night
B, D
See Fur Seals at Ohau Point

Day 10Picton – Wellington
Cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound and across Cook Strait to Wellington for a city tour. Enjoy some time at leisure before visiting Te Papa, to discover New Zealand’s nature, history, art and heritage.

Travelodge, Wellington 1 night
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Visit Te Papa National Museum

Day 11Wellington – Rotorua
Travel along the Kapiti Coast, through the dairy farms of Manawatu and Tongariro National Park, and discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu. Visit Taupo and drive along the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake. View Huka Falls and pass the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter and gain an insight into traditional Maori culture followed by a delicious buffet dinner, at the Tamaki Family Marae.

Ibis Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights
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Traditional Maori Village, Hangi and Concert

Day 12Rotorua Sights
Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show for a sample of farm life then enjoy an afternoon at leisure – 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 Reserve, a spectacular geothermal valley filled with mud pools and geysers.

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Visit Agrodome

Day 13Rotorua – Auckland
This morning travel through lush Waikato farmland to Waitomo Caves. See the amazing underground Glow Worm 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.

Mercure Hotel, Auckland, 1 night
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Visit Waitomo Caves

Day 14Depart Auckland
Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

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