Sensational South

11 Day Guided Vacation | Wellington to Queenstown

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Sensational South

11 Day Guided Vacation | Wellington to Queenstown

Sensational South

11 Day Guided Vacation | Wellington to Queenstown | Travel Period: 1 Oct 2020 – 31 Mar 2021

Sensational South

11 Day Guided Vacation

Wellington to Queenstown

A plethora of natural wonders and iconic landscapes await when you embark on a journey through New Zealand’s South Island. Join a local expert as they share with you the wonder of Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s longest glacier, before embarking on a scenic journey through the forests, flats and meadows of Fiordland National Park and out to the unmissable Milford Sound. Indulge in the culinary and cultural delights of the South as you enjoy a Be My Guest lunch at Morelea.

Choose This Trip If You'd Love To:

  • Enjoy the pace of two-night stays and more relaxed starts
  • Encounter glacial ice, icebergs & centuries-old ice crystals
  • Experience signature food and wine experiences
  • Discover the culinary and cultural delights of Wellington

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Local Connection

Learn about life on a New Zealand sheep farm in Tekapo, then be treated to a Kiwi barbecue lunch.

Insider Knowledge

Join a local expert for an opportunity to view New Zealand's longest glacier: the Tasman in Mt. Cook.

Cultural Immersion

A local expert delivers in-depth insights into the key attractions and hidden gems of Wellington, New Zealand's capital.

Sustainable Footprints

Your visit to Fiordland National Park will contribute to protecting New Zealand wilderness and native birdlife in the area.

After settling into your hotel, you'll have time to explore Wellington independently. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception at your hotel.

Hotel: Novotel Wellington Hotel, 2 nights

This morning, join a local guide for a walking tour to discover Wellington’s vibrant culture and food scene. The afternoon is free for you to spend as you please.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Board the Interislander for a cruise across the Cook Strait, to the seaside village of Picton. Later it’s on to Blenheim for an orientation tour before heading to your accommodation. Later, visit one of the Marlborough region’s famous wineries, Hans Herzog Estate, for a tasting and 3-course Highlight Dinner.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Marlborough, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

Choose from either land or sea sightseeing experiences: indulge in a half-day winery tour, or take the Greenshell Mussel Cruise into magnificent Marlborough Sounds, where you will learn about local history of the area and visit a mussel farm.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Travel to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore. Travel along the Pacific Ocean coast and across the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. See how Christchurch is rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, and pop into the incredible Transitional Cathedral in Latimer Square, the world’s only cathedral made substantially of cardboard.

Hotel: Novotel Christchurch

Included Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy some warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea, the home of Angie and Stan Taylor, indulge in a Be My Guest barbecue lunch and hear about a lifetime spent farming in New Zealand. You’ll also get to witness Angie preparing her famous dessert pavlova. From here it’s on towards the spectacular Southern Alps and then alongside majestic Lake Pukaki, before arriving in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park to see Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in Australasia. Tonight, enjoy dinner with a breathtaking mountain view.

Hotel: Hermitage Hotel Mt Cook View Rooms, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest lunch, Dinner with wine

First up, you’ll experience the melting ice face and icebergs of eerie, magical Tasman Glacier, New Zealand's largest, on a gently paced one-hour cruise guided by a local expert, against an awesome backdrop of New Zealand's highest and most spectacular mountains. Later, you will have time to enjoy your surroundings back at the Hermitage. A stargazing optional experience is available after dinner.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Today is another scenic day, travelling over the Lindis Pass through Central Otago. Visit Cromwell, next to pristine Lake Dunstan, and taste delicious stone fruit at a local orchard, then stop at the perfectly restored gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown. The town’s beautiful tree-lined avenues and 19thcentury wooden buildings feel like a movie set. Afterwards, make your way to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park. This afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to try jet boating down the majestic Waiau River, to the serene Lake Manapouri, stepping into ancient beech forests and learning all about this unique location.

Hotel: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Leaving Te Anau, you will take the scenic journey through the forests, flats and meadows of Fiordland National Park and out to Milford Sound. You will stop at Mirror Lakes where the stunning mountain scenery is perfectly reflected in the waters, then on to rough-hewn Homer Tunnel, and after, to one of the world’s most dramatic alpine drives, down through the Cleddau Valley and its impressive Chasm. Then it’s on to cruise the waters of the unmissable Milford Sound. Your cruise will take in the Bowen and Stirling Falls plummeting from glacial hanging valleys sharply into the sea, and sheer Mitre Peak, rising from the fiord’s depths. Finally, you will travel on to the adventure capital, Queenstown. An orientation tour around Lake Wakatipu takes you into the city before arriving at your hotel.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Choose an Included Choice sightseeing experience today: venture out on a scenic tour visiting the many filming locations of the Lord of the Rings, or cruise Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm, for a gourmet Barbecue lunch at the Colonel’s Homestead. This evening, join your Travel Director for dinner at The Boatshed, set in the historic New Zealand Railway Shipping Office built in 1936. Restored and relocated to its lakeside setting, The Boatshed, with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables is the perfect for your exclusive Farewell Dinner.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Farewell your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Queenstown Airport for your onward flight.

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

Novotel Wellington is a 4.5 star hotel located in the heart of the CBD, close to iconic attractions - Te Papa, Cable Car, Botanical Gardens and the Waterfront. All rooms feature smart flat screen televisions, working desks and plenty of natural light.

With sweeping City views and direct access to Lambton Quay by lift, you can't beat a relaxing stay at Novotel Wellington in New Zealand's cultural capital. You will be surrounded by exceptional dining, entertainment and shopping options. Take a walk down to Te Papa or the iconic Beehive Parliament building, attend an event at Westpac Stadium, or enjoy the views from the top of the cable car.

    Features

  • Food And Beverage Facilities
  • Bathroom Facilities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Wireless internet
  • Multimedia Hub
  • Satellite/cable colour TV
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Located in the heart of sunny Marlborough, the hotel is just minutes walk from the centre of Blenheim and puts some of New Zealand's finest food and wine virtually on your doorstep. Scenic Hotel Marlborough offers guests the ultimate in modern comfort and service. Whether you are here for business or leisure, long or short stays, you're sure to feel refreshed with a visit to Scenic Hotel Marlborough.

    Features

  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air-conditioning
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Work Desk
  • Safety deposit box (laptop size)
  • Mini Bar
  • Wine Tasting with a selection of regional wines
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Novotel Christchurch is a premium, landmark hotel located in the heart of Christchurch. Featuring 154 contemporary rooms, high-end amenities and WIFI internet (surcharge). Hotel facilities include gym, guest laundry, restaurant, bar and meeting rooms, catering for up to 250 delegates. The Novotel Christchurch is only moments to main attractions, Cathedral Square, Cashel St Pop-Up Mall, Hagley Park, Christchurch Business District and 30min from Christchurch Airport.

    Features

  • Hair Dryer
  • Satellite/cable colour TV
  • Mini Bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Room service
  • In-room safe
  • Wireless Internet access
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

From an intrepid journey through glacial valleys to a mouth-watering culinary dining adventure, The Hermitage Hotel is the perfect place to base your adventure and discover why this region has endeared itself to Kiwi adventure seekers for so long. Choose from premium hotel rooms, motel units or cozy chalets. Add world-class activities such as Glacier Explorers, Tasman Valley 4WD and Argo Tours, Big Sky Stargazing, Encounter Day Walks, scenic flights or the visual extravaganza of the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and you have a unique, year-round alpine adventure perfect for the family holiday or your next romantic getaway.

    Features

  • Sky TV
  • Wi-Fi
  • Binoculars
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Telephone - Voice Mail
  • Refrigerator
  • Mt Cook Views
  • Mini Bar
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Shower and toilet facilities
  • Outdoor Patio
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Located on the Te Anau lake front, a short stroll from the Te Anau town centre, Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas is perfectly situated for you to make the most of this beautiful area. If you need an escape from everyday life and a chance to indulge yourself with a relaxing holiday, this is the place for you.

    Features

  • 2 Queen Beds
  • Individual heater control
  • Flat Screen TV
  • In-house movies
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron / Ironing Board
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Millennium Hotel Queenstown is only minutes from Queenstown shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities such as bungee jumping, white water rafting and jet boating.

    Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Colour TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Mini Bar
  • Phone
  • In-room safe
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Electric blankets
  • Broadband Internet access
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

  • Comfortable 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
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months

Fitness Requirements

  • Low level of fitness required

Dining

  • 10 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Be My Guest Lunch
  • 1 Highlight Dinner
  • 4 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Farewell dinner

Flight Information

  • Day 1 - Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm to Wellington Airport
  • Day 11 - Flights to depart anytime from Queenstown Airport
  • Airport transfers included – please provide flight information at time of booking.

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