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Inspiring New Zealand

10 Day Inspiring Journey | Auckland to Queenstown

Inspiring New Zealand

10 Day Inspiring Journey | Auckland to Queenstown | Travel Period: 1 Apr 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Inspiring New Zealand

10 Day Inspiring Journey

Auckland to Queenstown

A tale of two great islands, of epic natural beauty and ancient rituals and traditions – yours to explore on this Inspiring Journey across the length and breadth of New Zealand. Embrace the sophistication of its cities and the soulful expanse of its stunning untamed landscapes.

Why you'll love this trip:

  • Begin your trip with a wine tour on Waiheke Island
  • Step into the truly untouched wilderness of Doubtful Sound in the UNESCO Fiordland National Park
  • Gain an insight into Wellington's Food and Culture scene on a walking tour of the city
  • The perfect combination of North and South Island highlights

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Indulge

Indulge in the Polynesian Spa’s healing waters. Join your local guide and embrace the essence of Waiheke as you savour the local wines while visiting the islands award-wining vineyards.

Explore

Escape the crowds and explore the Footwhistle Glow-worm Caves on an intimate small group cave experience. Discover the stunning waterfront to the hidden laneways in the bohemian area of Wellington with your local guide.

Immerse

Immerse yourself into Maori culture as you are swept away by master storytellers who will share customs, traditions and their way of life at Tamaki Maori Village.

Relax

Relax at Polynesian Spa, New Zealand’s original and iconic geothermal bathing experience, the ultimate relaxation experience.

Upon arrival at Auckland Airport you'll be transferred to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. This evening, join your Journey Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner.

Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Following a city sights tour of Auckland this morning we board the ferry to Waiheke Island. With pristine beaches, world class wines, and fantastic cuisine it’s easy to see why Waiheke Island is considered the jewel in the Hauraki Gulfs crown. Just 35 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland you’ll feel like you’re a world away as we embrace the essence of Waiheke with our local guide. Enjoy wine tasting at some of Waiheke’s award-winning vineyards, including a light lunch before we cruise the Hauraki Gulf back to the city. Tonight, enjoy a free evening; why not try one of the many restaurants in Wynyard Quarter or the Viaduct.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

 Your leisurely discovery of New Zealand’s North Island continues as you follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River to the famous Waitomo Caves for an exclusive 5-star Eco Glow Worm experience. Your guide sets the scene for a cave experience where you will see glow worms, cave formations and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Journey to the volatile landscapes of Rotorua, where Maori culture takes centre stage. Visit the Tamaki Maori Village for insights into the local rituals and traditions of this fascinating culture. Embrace their gracious Hongi greeting, experience the heart-pounding wero challenge and enjoy a Local Dining Experience, the delicious flavours of the Hangi cooked in the earth with geothermal steam.

Hotel: Pullman Rotorua, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast and Local Dining Experience

Today, visit Whakarewarewa Living Village where you’ll be accompanied by a Local Guide to view New Zealand’s biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs. Later, the day is all yours to explore the sacred lands, thermal marvels and Maori traditions of Rotorua. You could indulge in a spa treatment at the Polynesian Thermal Spa or if you’re up for a challenge, take the native forest zipline adventure tour with Canopy Tours.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

This morning visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a guided tour of the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, the national leader in kiwi husbandry. Learn about the work being done to save New Zealand’s national bird, see kiwi eggs being incubated, the hatching process and newly hatched kiwi chicks.  Later, fly to Wellington.  Spend the evening at your leisure, enjoying dinner at one of the quirky cafes at Courtney Place or Cuba Street.

Hotel: Sofitel Wellington, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

A harbourside city, Wellington is rich in natural beauty, but the wild wind has driven an exciting indoor life too, there’s a world-leading café culture, great multicultural restaurants, contemporary art and live music. This is your chance to know it like a local on a guided walking tour. Discover the stunning waterfront to the hidden laneways in the bohemian area: the heritage Cuba Street precinct. Once dimly-lit back alleys, these newly rejuvenated laneways are now home to some of the country’s funkiest bars, boutiques and breweries. Experience premium batch peanut butter tasting from an artisan supplier, and a taste of the Capital’s very own chocolate and you’ll see for yourself that Wellington really is the coffee and craft beer capital of New Zealand! This afternoon, we continue to the urban eco-sanctuary of Zealandia, admiring the extraordinary efforts of conservationists who have reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife that were absent from mainland New Zealand for over a century.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

This morning, explore New Zealand’s fascinating culture, nature, heritage and art at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, Then it’s time to prime yourselves for a few days of adventure, flying to Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital. On arrival, journey to the goldrush village of Arrowtown. Enjoy a tour of Queenstown, and gaze at the natural splendour in its midst – from the peaks of the Remarkables to beautiful Lake Wakatipu.

Hotel: Hotel St Moritz Queenstown, 3 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, over the Devil’s Staircase and along to Manapouri on the edge of Fiordland National Park. Here your journey to the breath-taking pristine wilderness scenery of Doubtful Sound begins. Cruise across Lake Manapouri then take a coach trip over Wilmot Pass before you immerse yourself in the beauty and vastness of remote Doubtful Sound on a Wilderness Cruise. Keep a look out for wildlife including dolphins, fur seals and even occasionally penguins. Later enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and wine

Explore exciting Queenstown your way! Perhaps take a minibus tour through spectacular Skippers Canyon or immerse yourself among the boutique vineyards and spectacular scenery of Central Otago on a Boutique Wine tour. Your Journey Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences. As your final day ends enjoy a Celebration Dinner at one of the local restaurants with your Journey Director and new-found friends.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Celebration Dinner

For now, all that’s left to say is a fond farewell as your inspiring journey comes to an end after breakfast. Throughout today you will be transferred to Queenstown Airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is located in the heart of Auckland, a unique maritime experience between vibrant Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter. Inspired by New Zealand's landscape and boasting panoramic views of Waitemata Harbour, this beautifully designed hotel is a true landmark destination. All luxury appointed bedrooms and suites have private Juliet balconies, floor to ceiling windows and feature oversized bathrooms with separate rain showers and deep soaking bathtubs

    Features

  • 32-inch flat-screen TV
  • High-speed internet access
  • Juliet Balcony
  • Phone
  • Security peephole
  • Marble bathroom with deep soaking bath & separate rain shower
  • Hair Dryer
  • Bathtub and shower
  • Air-conditioning
  • Mini Bar
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Work Desk
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Pullman Rotorua is expected to be popular with international and domestic business and leisure travellers, due to its exclusive 5-star offering and prime central CBD location and within 500metres from the Rotorua lakefront.

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Ideally positioned in the Central Business District and government hub, Sofitel Wellington is within walking distance from the major tourist attractions, with many restaurants and cafes nearby. The hotel provides great views of lush hillsides and the Botanical Gardens.

    Features

  • Wi-Fi
  • Air-conditioning
  • Gym facilities
  • Dry cleaning service
  • TV
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Idyllically situated in the heart of Queenstown and with wonderful views overlooking Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables mountain range, Hotel St Moritz embodies the spirit of its location. Blending understated luxury with warmth, and genuine hospitality, Hotel St Moritz offers a choice of rooms and suites, each handsomely appointed to cleverly blend timeless classics with modern essentials.Offering unparalleled views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain ranges, Hotel St Moritz Queenstown is perfectly positioned for sightseeing and adventure.

    Features

  • WiFi / Internet Access
  • Mini Bar
  • Bathroom Facilities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Satellite/Cable Colour TV
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Find out more

  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport Transfers (see flight information below)

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months

Fitness Requirements

  • Low level of fitness required

Dining

Flight Information

  • Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport
  • Day 10 – Flights to depart anytime from Queenstown Airport
  • Required Internal Flights: are to be purchased in order to fulfil the itinerary and are not included in the land content price
  • Day 5 – Rotorua to Wellington (required internal flight)
  • Day 7 – Wellington to Queenstown (required internal flight)

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