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7 Day Guided Vacation | Auckland to Queenstown

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7 Day Guided Vacation | Auckland to Queenstown

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7 Day Guided Vacation | Auckland to Queenstown | Travel Period: 1 Apr 2020 – 31 Mar 2021

New Zealand Explorer

7 Day Guided Vacation

Auckland to Queenstown

Start your New Zealand journey in Auckland and venture through the lush landscapes of Rotorua and Queenstown. From the sensational alpine landscape of Lake Tekapo and Mt. Cook National Park, to the extraordinary geysers of Rotorua and the dramatic underground caverns of the Waitomo Caves, there is no shortage of spectacular sights to take your breath away.


Choose This Trip If You'd Love To:

  • Visiting the most iconic cities of New Zealand
  • Flexibility to explore independently
  • Explore Queenstown with three nights in this adventure capital
  • Tucking into Hangi (earth oven) at the Tamaki Maori Village

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Flexible Vacations

A great mix of included experiences and free time makes this trip flexible to make it your own

Time For You

Three nights in Queenstown gives you plenty of time to explore

Iconic Sites

Tamaki Maori Village is a must see

Sustainable Travel

By participating in our rainforest restoration project in Cairns you are helping protect and restore Australia’s wilderness

Welcome to Auckland. This evening meet your Travel Director for a welcome reception at your hotel in Auckland.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

Travel to the Waitomo Caves to see the incredible Glow-worm Grotto and Limestone Caves with a local guide. Glide silently through the subterranean cavern lit by thousands of tiny glowworms. This evening join your travelling companions for a memorable Be My Guest Dinner. Experience the heart pounding wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior during a Powhiri, a ceremonial welcome, at the Tamaki Family Marae. Journey into the village and gain an insight into life in New Zealand before European settlement. Feast on succulent meats and vegetables cooked in a hangi, the traditional Maori method of cooking in the earth.

Hotel: Ibis Rotorua Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Today is your chance to experience the scenic wonders of the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. You could explore Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, and take a ‘behind the scenes’ tour through the working kiwi nursery and hatchery. Visit Te Puia and join a guided tour through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, home to famous Pohutu Geyser and the bubbling beauty of the mud pools. Later, why not spend a little more time experiencing the thermal wonders, with a soak in the hot mineral waters of the Polynesian Spas? Your AAT Kings Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences.

Included Meals: Breakfast

This morning you’ll fly from Rotorua to Queenstown. Airfare is not included and must be booked by you or your travel agent. When you arrive 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.

Included Meals: Breakfast

You have a free day so why not take an optional experience to break taking Milford Sound for an unforgettable cruise on the majestic fiord.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today’s your last chance to soak up the atmosphere in New Zealand’s adventure capital. You could ride the Shotover Jet Boat, take a mini-bus excursion through skipper’s canyon, tempt your tastebuds on a wine tour or just explore Queenstown on your own.

Your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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

A BRAND New 4.5 Qualmark rated apartment Hotel & Suites with an unbeatable location on Queen Street, contemporary styling and well-appointed modern rooms. For the convenience of travellers and visitors to Auckland, VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites is an ideal location, situated on the prime street of Auckland CBD. This brand new hotel offers excellent convenience of being in the heart of the business, shopping and food district of Auckland.


  • Air-conditioning
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua, this hotel offers tranquil surroundings with sensational views. Our central location is easily accessible to cafés, restaurants and the Energy Events Convention Centre. Stunning natural scenery and geothermal wonders makes this the ultimate destination.


  • Ensuite
  • Air-conditioning
  • Telephone - Voice Mail
  • Soundproofed Windows
  • TV
  • In-house movies
  • Pay TV
  • 220/240 V AC
  • Data port in room
  • High speed transmission line (pay)
  • Work Desk
  • Manual temperature control
  • Iron
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Automatic wake up call
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

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months
  • Swimwear and beach towel (if swimming)

Fitness Requirements

  • Low level of fitness required


  • 5 Breakfasts
  • 1 Highlight Dinner

Flight Information

  • Day 1 - Flights arrive by 3pm
  • Day 4 - Rotorua to Queenstown NZ/8152/ NZ/623
  • Day 7 - Flights to depart any time from Queenstown Airport