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AAT Kings Southern Spotlight

9 Day Southern Spotlight

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Route: Christchurch to Christchurch
Tour Operator: AAT Kings

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9 Day Southern Spotlight (LCQR)

Tour Inclusions

Group Size

  • Maximum 48 people


  • Airport transfers
  • Luxury Coach Transport
  • TranzAlpine Train Journey


  • 9 nights in superior, centrally located 3.5 star hotels


  • 8 breakfasts (B)
  • 6 dinners (D


  • Discover Christchurch and witness the incredible rebuild of the fascinating city
  • Journey pass crystal clear lakes and towering mountains through Mt. Cook National Park
  • Explore the university town of Dunedin
  • Stay on the shores of Lake Te Anau
  • Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains and magical rainforest en-route to Milford Sound.
  • Let loose in the adventure capital Queenstown
  • Indulge in a unique dinner experience in Colonels Homestead at Walter Peak
  • Journey through the magnificent rainforest of Haast Pass
  • See truly fascinating Franz Josef Glacier
  • Visit a greenstone factory and watch the jade artist at work

Featured Experiences

  • Milford Sounds Day Cruise
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey

Iconic Sights

  • Visit Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Sail on Lake Wakatipu aboard steamship TSS Earnslaw
  • Visit the old gold mining village of Arrowtown
  • Taste Central Otago Stone fruits at a local orchard




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Day 1Welcome to Christchurch
On arrival in Christchurch you’ll be transferred to your hotel. There will be a Welcome Reception with your Tour Director and fellow travellers in the evening.

Ibis Hotel Christchurch, 1 night

Day 2Christchurch – Omarama
You have time at leisure this morning. Later, travelling over the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains, the spectacular sightseeing begins. Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki are first up. Next you’ll visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before soaking up the sensational alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park – a scenic highlight! You may choose to take an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting).

Heritage Gateway Hotel Omarama, 1 night
B, D
Visit Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd

Day 3Omarama – Dunedin
Your day starts along the Waitaki River with the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru with its famous white limestone buildings to Dunedin, for a city tour. Then you’ve got the afternoon to yourself – take a Wildlife Cruise, visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.

Scenic Hotel Dunedin City, 1 night
B, D
Explore the university town of Dunedin

Day 4Dunedin – Te Anau
After a morning of time to yourself, during which you might like to tour New Zealand’s Larnach Castle and its stunning gardens, you’ll head off across South Otago’s fertile, sheep-filled farming land en route to Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake on the South Island. Tonight you may choose to travel by boat to the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves.

Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau, 1 night
B, D

Day 5Te Anau - Queenstown
Today is a feast for the senses. You’ll be awe-struck by great sights from Fiordland National Park, New Zealand’s largest, to Milford Sound, where you’ll cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. Amazing photo opportunities await you as you see rainforests, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel. Along the way you’ll see the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu. At Queenstown you’ll have an orientation tour on arrival.

Mercure Queenstown Resort, 2 nights
Milford Sounds Day Cruise

Day 6Queenstown ‘Day at Leisure’
Explore exciting Queenstown your way – from wine tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting. 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.

TSS Earnslaw Cruise

Day 7Queenstown – Franz Josef
First stop, Arrowtown, on the Arrow River. Second stop Cromwell and its sensational stone fruit. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Lake Dunstan, Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka. Through the Haast Pass, you view Thunder Creek Falls and enjoy a rainforest walk. Final stop, majestic Franz Josef Glacier. Take the opportunity for an optional scenic flight over the glacier.

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, 1 night
Visit Arrowtown

Day 8Franz Josef – Christchurch
You’ll visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Travel through Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast, to Arthur’s Pass to board the TranzAlpine, one of the top six train journeys in the world. This spectacular journey takes you through the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. This evening celebrate your holiday at a Farewell Dinner with your Tour Director and new-found friends.

Ibis Hotel, Christchurch, 1 night
TranzAlpine Train Journey

Day 9Depart Christchurch
Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.







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