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AAT KIngs Southern Spectacular

10 Day Southern Spectacular

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Route:Christchurch to Christchurch
Tour Operator: AAT Kings

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10 Day Southern Spectacular (ZCQR)

Tour Inclusions

Group Size

  • Maximum 48 people


  • Airport transfers
  • Luxury Coach Transport
  • TranzAlpine Train Journey


  • 9 nights in premium 4 star hotels


  • 9 breakfasts (B)
  • 1 lunch (L)
  • 7 dinners (D)


  • Discover Christchurch and witness the incredible rebuild of the fascinating city
  • Immerse yourself in farm life on a working sheep farm
  • Experience warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea Farm with a BBQ lunch
  • Marvel at the magnificent clear waters of Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki
  • Take your pick of s selection of included local highlight experiences at Dunedin
  • Journey through spectacular Fiordland National Park with its magnificent scenery
  • Discover thrilling Queenstown on the banks of Lake Wakatipu
  • Let your hair down and get adventurous in Queenstown
  • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Visit a green stone factory and watch the jade artists at work

Featured Experiences

  • Milford Sounds Day Cruise
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey

Iconic Sights

  • Visit Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Stay on the shores of Lake Te Anau
  • Sail on Lake Wakatipu aboard steamship TSS Earnslaw
  • Visit historic Arrowtown
  • Savour Central Otago stone fruit at a local orchard
  • Walk around Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks




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Day 1Welcome to Christchurch
On arrival at Christchurch Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Meet your Tour Director this evening for a Welcome Reception.

Novotel Christchurch, 1 night

Day 2Christchurch – Twizel
You’re Invited to enjoy a taste of country life at a barbecue lunch on Morelea Farm, a working sheep farm. You’ll be welcomed into the home of your hosts Angie & Stan Taylor and their 240 hectare garden. Later, see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, the alpine scenery of Mount Cook National Park and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on your way to Twizel.

MacKenzie Country Inn, Twizel. 1 night
Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd

Day 3Twizel – Dunedin
View the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru to Dunedin for a tour of the city. Your afternoon is at leisure.

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin. 1 night
Explore Dunedin

Day 4Dunedin – Te Anau
This morning choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to tour Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway or take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise. Or choose a tour of Cadbury World or the Speight’s Brewery. Later, travel across farming land to the village of Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau.

Distinction Hotel, Te Anau. 1 night
Choice of Dunedin site seeing options

Day 5Te Anau - 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 Lake, 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.

Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights
Milford Sounds Day Cruise

Day 6Queenstown
Today is a full day to explore Queenstown at your leisure. Choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to ride the Thunder Jet on Lake Wakatipu, join a wine tour, play 9 holes of golf or take a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. Perhaps take a 4WD minibus through Skippers Canyon, relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort, go horse riding or explore Queensown on a Segway. This evening, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station for a gourmet BBQ at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life.

TSS Earnslaw Cruise

Day 7Queenstown – Franz Josef Glacier
Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell. See lakes, Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Travel over the Haast Pass and view amazing Thunder Creek Falls. Then it’s on to Franz Josef Glacier, the world’s most accessible glacier.

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, 1 night

Day 8Franz Josef Glacier - Punakaiki
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 greenstone (jade) for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Later, travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and blowholes. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort, right on the waterfront.

Punakaiki Resort, 1 night
View the Pancake Rocks and blowholes

Day 9Punakaiki – Christchurch
Travel to Arthur’s Pass where you’ll board the TranzAlpine train, one of the top six train journeys in the world, to travel through the Southern Alps to Christchurch. Join your Tour Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Farewell Dinner.

Novotel, Christchurch, 1 night
TranzAlpine Train Journey

Day 10Depart Christchurch
Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.







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