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South Island

New Zealand is a place high on everyone’s must-see list. But it’s not just about seeing – it’s about experiencing. On an AAT Kings’ holiday, you can explore this great country from top to bottom and experience all of its iconic natural beauty and ancient cultures. Our friendly and engaging guides will share their knowledge and stories with you, bringing your holiday to life.

  • Kaikoura Whale Watching
    The charming sea-side town of Kaikoura is one of the leading eco-tourism destinations in New Zealand. Surrounded by towering mountain peaks the picturesque town remains like a page out of a history book with many of the towns old buildings restored and now housing a number of cafes and restaurants.
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  • Doubtful Sound
    In the far south west of New Zealand in Fiordland National Park is a very large and naturally imposing fiord, Doubtful Sound. The untouched wilderness framed by rugged peaks, lush rainforest and home to abundant wildlife is guaranteed to take your breath away.
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  • Mitre Peak
    The towering Mitre Peak stands at a near vertical 1,690 metres and is located in the world heritage area of the Fiordland National Park in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island. Positioned on the shore of Milford Sound, the peak offers onlookers a breath-taking vista and as result is one of the most photographed peaks in the country.
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  • Te Anau
    The peaceful lakeside town of Te Anau is located on the boarder of the Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area and is commonly known at the ‘gateway to the Fiords’. Lake Te Anau is the largest lake in the South Island and offers a pristine vista and great photo opportunities.
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  • Christchurch Tram
    All aboard! Take a trip back in time with a ride on one of Christchurch’s iconic heritage restored trams. The tramway reopened in 1995 and operates a central city heritage loop, with a 1.4km extension that opened in February 2015.
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  • Cathedral Square
    Cathedral Square is located in the centre of Christchurch and is home to the city’s Anglican Christchurch Cathedral. The Cathedral features gothic styling and was built between 1864 and 1904. Cathedral Square hosts a number of events such as arts and crafts markets, performances and as a result is often referred to as the cultural heart of the city.
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  • Blenheim
    Situated in Marlborough wine country Blenheim is one of New Zealand’s most well-known wine destinations.  With over 20 wineries within close proximity it is the perfect destination for food and wine lovers looking to please the palate with artisan foods and elegant wines.  
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  • Dunedin Railway Station
    Dunedin Railway Station is situated in Anzac Square and was designed by George Troup. After opening in 1906 the station was quick to become one of the country’s busiest handling up to 100 trains a day. The station features Flemish renaissance styling with mosaic flooring and the building’s exterior consisting of dark basalt and softer limestone, giving the station its name as “Gingerbread George”. As a result of its exquisite architecture and design and well-kept grounds the building has been...
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  • Ulva Island
    While touring with us you will be taken on a lunch cruise on Paterson Inlet, where you will stop at Ulva Island. As a result of its isolation Ulva Island has become an important wild life sanctuary for both plants and a number of endangered birds. In 1997 the island was declared pest free after an eradication program was implemented.
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  • Larnach Castle
    Visit the beautiful Larnach Castle in Dunedin and discover its colourful history. The castle was built in 1877 by William Larnach, taking more than 3 years to build and a further 12 years for the extravagant decorations to be complete. The castle features an astonishing 43 rooms, a 3000 square foot Grand Ballroom and 35 acres of exquisite gardens.
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