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    Lake Marian, Fiordland National Park

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    Cathedral Cove

Tour code: NZFLY

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This epic New Zealand journey spans both islands revealing cosmopolitan cities, majestic snow-capped mountains, pristine coastlines, as you indulge your taste buds along the way. In the North Island, explore vibrant Auckland, experience the history and traditions of Maori culture in Rotorua, and discover cosmopolitan Wellington. And in the spectacular South Island, let your hair down in alpine adventure capital Queenstown and marvel at awesome Doubtful Sound.


1 October 2018 - 30 September 2019 ?
Day 1 - 2
Welcome to Auckland

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland

Upon arrival in Auckland spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. This evening meet your Travel Director for dinner and a welcome drink.

Day 2: Auckland

A city sights tour will start your morning in Auckland. Travel around the city waterfront to Mission Bay. Prepare your camera for Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, with stunning shots of Auckland, the North Shore and the Waitemata Harbour. Next up we take a ferry over to Waiheke Island. At Stonyridge Vineyard, enjoy a tour and tastings, plus a light lunch over views of the vineyard. Depart for Rangihoua Estate, which introduces you to Waiheke’s olive growing industry, including tasting award winning olive oils. A stop at Casita Miro will leave you enchanted with the tastes of the Mediterranean. Your tour finishes with wine tastings at the beautiful Mudbrick Vineyard, with spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf, before returning to Auckland by ferry. Tonight enjoy a free evening; why not try one of the many restaurants in Wynyard Quarter or the Viaduct? 

Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 1: Dinners with wine. Day 2: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3 - 4

Day 3: Auckland to Rotorua

Be my guest dining experienceFollow the meandering Waikato River to our Be My Guest Experience at the home of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan – New Zealand horse racing royalty. Enjoy a sumptuous country style lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato Farm. After lunch we travel to Rotorua, for an orientation tour with views of Lake Rotorua. Tonight enjoy a Maori Cultural Experience at Tamaki Maori Village; you’ll gain an insight into local Maori culture and history with our special Maori show and traditional Hangi. Experience the heart-pounding wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior during a Powhiri, a ceremonial Maori welcome. In the village, see how Maori lived prior to European settlement. Experience customs like the Hongi greeting, as well as learn some customary phrases. Feast on succulent meats and vegetables cooked in a Hangi, the Maori method of cooking in the earth with geothermal steam.

Day 4: Rotorua

Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Perhaps unwind with a spa treatment at the Polynesian Spa, take a tour of the Hobbiton movie set, or why not try zip lining with Canopy Tours. Tonight, dinner is at your restaurant of choice – ask your Travel Director for more details.

Hotel: Princes Gate Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 3: Breakfast, be my guest lunch and highlight dinner. Day 4: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 5 - 6

Day 5: Rotorua – Wellington

This morning visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Discover native flora that grows around the crystal clear mineral water springs. You might even spot a kiwi! Next visit Whakawerawera Living Village, where a local guide will show you New Zealand’s biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs before flying to Wellington. This evening why not venture down to Courtenay Place or Cuba Street and dine at one of Wellington’s tucked away bars or quirky cafés?

Day 6: Wellington

This morning venture out into Wellington’s laneways, enjoy culinary experiences as well as the city’s history and architecture. Discover fresh tastes in New Zealand’s cafe and culinary capital, as we introduce you to local tastes, products and people. With a personal guide to tell the local stories, you will taste gourmet products such as coffee, chocolate, gelato, cheeses and other specialties in top food places the locals know. This afternoon we travel to Zealandia, the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary. The 225 hectare park is a ground-breaking conservation project that has reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife back into the area, six of which were previously absent from mainland New Zealand for over 100 years. Tonight it is dinner of your choice at one of the local restaurants – ask your Travel Director for details.

Hotel: Sofitel Wellington, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 5: Breakfast. Day 6: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 7 - 9
Queenstown & Doubtful Sound

Day 7: Wellington – Queenstown

A visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand will complete your time here in Wellington. Discover New Zealand’s nature, history, art and heritage on a guided walk through its many exhibitions. Later we travel to New Zealand’s adventure capital Queenstown. Airfare is not included and must be booked by you or your travel agent. Upon arrival you’ll board your coach and travel to the delightful gold rush village of Arrowtown, on the sparkling Arrow River, once one of the world’s richest rivers. Afterwards you’ll get a feel for Queenstown and surrounds on an orientation tour. See Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables mountain range and home of the Bungy Jump at Kawarau Bridge.

Day 8: Doubtful Sound

Travel to an untouched world deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park. The beauty and vastness of Doubtful Sound will take your breath away as you experience its deep wilderness. Your day begins in Manapouri with a cruise across the picturesque Lake Manapouri followed by a trip across New Zealand’s most expensive road over Wilmot Pass, pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. In Doubtful Sound cruise through this pristine fiord; look out for the varied wildlife you may encounter like dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin. Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 9: Queenstown Included Choice

Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to join a wine tour, take a guided walk through native beech forest or travel on a 4WD minibus tour through spectacular Skippers Canyon. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen Included Choice experiences. This evening join your AAT Kings Travel Director and your new-found friends for a Farewell Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Heritage Hotel Auckland, 3 nights

Included Meals: Day 7: Breakfast. Day 8: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine. Day 9: Breakfast and farewell dinner

Day 10
Farewell from Queenstown

Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your journey comes to an end this morning after breakfast. 

Included Meals: Breakfast

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10 Day Inspiring Journey

Tour departs from Auckland and returns to Queenstown


  • Stunning Doubtful Sound in the heart of Fiordland National Park
  • Beautiful Lake Rotorua
  • Stunning scenery in ‘Adventure capital’ Queenstown
  • Visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park
  • Historic goldrush Arrowtown
  • Queenstown Included Choice experiences
  • Visit Te Papa the Museum of New Zealand
  • Experience Maori culture at the Tamaki Maori Village
  • Zealandia, the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary
  • In cosmopolitan Auckland & Wellington
  • Rotorua Included Choice experiences
  • On Waiheke Island sample olive oils & visit 3 vineyardsBe my guest dining experience
  • Join the O’Sullivans for lunch on their Waikato farm
  • A Maori Hangi with the Tamaki family


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


  • 9 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Be my Guest lunch
  • 2 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Highlight Dinner
  • 1 Farewell Dinner 

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

Day 1 flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport
Day 10 flights to depart anytime from Queenstown Airport

Required Internal Flights

These internal holiday flights must be purchased separately in order to fulfill the holiday itinerary.

Day 5 Rotorua to Wellington: NZ 8235
Day 7 Wellington to Queenstown: NZ 605

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months

Ways to Save

Departures from 1 April 2018
Early Payment Discount – 10% saving

when you pay in full by 31 January 2018

Pay by 31 Jan 2018   10% saving
Pay by 27 Apr 2018   7.5% saving
Pay by 29 Jun 2018   5% saving
Kings Club   5% saving
2nd vacation discount   2.5% saving
Groups (5 people or more)   5% saving

* All savings are per person, apply only to the land component. Conditions apply.


Find your applicable discounts as many discounts are combinable. More Information

Quality accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel
    21 Viaduct Harbour Ave, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

    2 nights

    • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour - Superior Room

    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
  • Princes Gate Hotel
    1057 Arawa St, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand

    2 nights

    • Princes Gate Hotel

    Offering style & sophistication that depicts a bygone era & a time honored commitment to service, the Historically Boutique Princes Gate Hotel Rotorua is not just a hotel but also a Rotorua attraction in its own right.

    Built in 1897 and masterfully restored through passionate attention to detail, the property is situated at one of Rotorua’s finest addresses, in the heart of the city and on the doorstep of the picturesque Government Gardens and Rotorua Museum.

    The Princes Gate Hotel's beautifully appointed Rotorua accommodation are individually decorated blending timeless elegance and modern luxury, that reflects the traditional style of the hotel.

    • Features
    • Flat Screen TV
    • Sky TV
    • Ensuite
    • Mini Bar
    • Refrigerator
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Sofitel Wellington
    11 Bolton St, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand

    2 nights

    • Sofitel Wellington - Room

    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)
  • Heritage Hotel Auckland
    35 Hobson St, Auckland, 6001, New Zealand

    3 nights

    • Heritage Hotel Auckland - Hotel Room

    Whether it be for one night or an extended stay, every guest needs a home away from home. Heritage Auckland provides that and much more. Set within one of the city's most recognisable historic landmark buildings, the iconic Farmers department store building, it’s an Auckland hotel accommodation experience without peer.

    • Features
    • Wi-Fi
    • In-room safe
    • LCD TV
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Bathrobe
    • Hair Dryer