Southern Spirit

14 Day Guided Vacation | Christchurch to Wellington

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Southern Spirit

14 Day Guided Vacation | Christchurch to Wellington

Southern Spirit

14 Day Guided Vacation

Christchurch to Wellington

Discover the most pristine landscapes on the planet and gain an understanding of the rich Māori culture on this remarkable journey through New Zealand’s South Island. From the drama of plunging glacial valleys and rugged snowcapped peaks to the serenity of silent, crystalclear lakes, the traveller is awed at every turn. The small but vibrant cosmopolitan cities studded throughout the Island are the human face of this natural wonderland.

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  • View the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo
  • Spend the night cruising on magical Milford Sound
  • Explore the Glowworm caves at Te Anau by boat
  • Let loose in the adventure capital, Queenstown
  • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Watch artisans carving native greenstone (jade) in Hokitika
  • Punakaiki, home to Pancake Rocks and Blowholes
  • Set sail on Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Explore Te Papa Museum of New Zealand“Maori
  • Discover New Zealand’s capital Wellington on a city tour
  • Tour through Christchurch to witness the incredible rebuild of the city
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

This evening, enjoy the company of your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception and dinner.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Included Meals: Dinner

Christchurch is known for its English heritage. Tour the city sights this morning, then travel over the fertile Canterbury Plains to serene Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo and view the Church of the Good Shepherd before continuing to the awe-inspiring Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park. You may choose to take an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting).

Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Your day begins with a visit to the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme, an intricate series of lakes and canals, and the monumental spillway of the Benmore Dam. Then travel to the historic town of Oamaru, with its tree-lined streets and celebrated white limestone buildings. Continue to Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city.

Hotel: Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel this morning over the tortuous stretch of highway known as the Devil’s Staircase before descending to the towering beeches and rainforest of World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park, catching glimpses of glaciers and soaring mountain ranges. Continue through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel before arriving in Milford Sound for your overnight cruise. This unforgettable journey takes in cascading waterfalls, hanging glacial valleys, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak.

(Cruise does not operate 21 May-15 September. During this period there will be a day cruise on Milford Sound and accommodation in Te Anau or Queenstown.)

Hotel: Cruise Overnight Milford Sound

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Depart this morning for the town of Te Anau, on the shores of the magnificent lake which shares its name and is the largest in the South Island. Explore the famous Te Anau Glowworm Caves by boat with a local guide before travelling on to New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown, for an extended 3-night stay.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown , 3 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today is free for you to explore exciting Queenstown at your own pace. Plan your own day, or you may like to choose one of our optional experiences, including riding the Shotover Jet boat, joining a tour of the region’s popular wineries or enjoying a popular 4WD minibus excursion through rugged Skippers Canyon. This evening, consider a cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the iconic vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw for a gourmet barbecue dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Another full day in Queenstown to either relax or tailor your own action-packed agenda.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Your destination today is the wild west coast of the South Island. Stop to visit the gold mining settlement of Arrowtown, where more than 70 original buildings from the gold-rush era are still preserved. Sample luscious stone fruit in Cromwell and enjoy the serenity of the region’s vivid blue lakes, the most famous of which is tranquil Lake Wanaka. Drive over spectacular Haast Pass, passing the 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls and stopping for a leisurely rainforest walk on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore the glacier from the air or take a glacier hike (both optional). Travel on to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Pounamu (its Māori name) is of great cultural significance in Māori culture and was prized for its strength, durability and beauty. Continue to Punakaiki to view the intriguing Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.

Hotel: Punakaiki Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning the Heritage Highway leads you through a scenic wilderness to the plunging Buller Gorge and pristine Kahurangi National Park. This afternoon in Nelson you’ll visit the quirky World of Wearable Arts and Classic Cars Museum.

Hotel: Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel and Resort , 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On this day at leisure, you’ll have the option to journey to the top of the South Island and embark on a scenic cruise in the Abel Tasman National Park. Or perhaps take a short bushwalk, relax in sunny Nelson or explore the town’s many art and craft galleries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Visit the seaside village of Picton and cruise on tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound before heading across Cook Strait to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital.“Maori Enjoy a city sights tour before a guided tour of Māori cultural icon Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll explore New Zealand’s nature, art, history and cultural heritage.

Hotel: Travelodge Wellington, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Celebrated as the country’s creative and culinary capital, Wellington is nestled between two of New Zealand’s finest wine regions. Today is yours to explore the city at your own pace. You might like to take a tour of Parliament or the Weta Workshop, creators of special effects for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Ask your Travel Director for details.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when 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

Ibis Christchurch is ready to welcome you. Adjacent to the new shopping heart of Christchurch, Cashell Mall. The "pop up" shopping precinct is the new vibrant heart of the city, featuring many new designer shops and modern cafes. Ibis Hotel Christchurch is very close to the famous Cathedral Square, the historic heart of the city providing easy access to the outer lying attractions and the airport. The Ibis features 155 contemporary rooms, restaurant OOPEN, a bar and meeting room.

    Features

  • 220/240 V AC
  • Data port in room
  • Air-conditioning
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Satellite/cable colour TV
  • Work Desk
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Manual temperature control
  • Wi-Fi in room (Pay)
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Ensuite
  • Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Security peephole
  • Automatic wake up call
  • Operator wake up call
  • Alarm Clock
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Located in the heart of the Mackenzie/Waitaki region, a unique area of New Zealand's South Island. Set amongst landscaped gardens with views of the surrounding mountains, the Heritage Gateway Hotel is a peaceful place to stay.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Phone
  • TV
  • Electric blankets
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Hairdryer
  • Refrigerator
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Located right in the heart of the city, Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin is ideal for business or leisure. When it is true hospitality and a convenient location that you desire on your travels, then this is your perfect hotel. Dunedin has few destinations to match the stylish Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin, where the accommodation reflects a total dedication to excellence in guest service, modern comfort and attention to detail.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Broadband Internet access
  • Sky TV
  • Mini Bar
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Direct Dial Telephone
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

For a unique experience cruise overnight on Milford Sound on a fully equipped vessel.

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront is located on Frankton Road, just five minutes stroll to the heart of Queenstown.

The hotel resort is close to many wonderful activities, from the town's world famous jet boat rides to radical white water rafting, bungee jumping, vineyards, international golf courses and ski fields.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • TV
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Telephone - Voice Mail
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Hairdryer
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, and is just moments from one of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier makes the most of its alpine location and offers quality accommodation in two separate hotel ‘wings’. Stay in either the Douglas or Graham wing, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings within Franz Josef village. Our hotel is in a premium location, making it the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the magnificent Westland region.

    Features

  • Hair Dryer
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Work Desk
  • Mini Bar
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Four Spa Pools
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Situated on New Zealand's wild West Coast, the Punakaiki Resort is surrounded by the Paparoa National Park and is only a stone's throw from the beach. The hotel rooms are designed in harmony with the local environment to maintain a sense of privacy and seclusion and have either ocean or rainforest views.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Shower and toilet facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Phone
  • Hairdryer
  • Wireless Internet access
  • TV
  • Satellite/cable colour TV
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel and Resort provides luxury boutique accommodation by the water in Nelson, New Zealand - the ideal vacation destination.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Sky TV
  • Phone
  • Free wireless internet access
  • Iron / Ironing Board
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

With close proximity to the city’s financial hub as well as many Wellington attractions, such as Wellington Zoo, the Wellington Cable Car, the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, and the Wellington Botanic Gardens, Travelodge Hotel Wellington is perfectly located for both business and leisure travel.

    Features

  • Hair Dryer
  • Pay TV
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Individual heater control
  • LCD TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Internet Access
  • Microwave
Need accommodation?

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
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Excursions for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. The excursions can be booked on tour through your Travel Director.

NZ$150 Adult NZ$56 Child

Monarch Wildlife Cruise

Cruise the length of the beautiful Otago Harbour, passing by the historic fishing village of Careys Bay and the working port of Port Chalmers. Then continue your tour out to the tip of the Otago Peninsula, enjoying unrivalled wildlife viewing. See what cannot be seen from land – Albatross, New Zealand Fur Seals and up to 20 species of bird and marine life in their undisturbed and otherwise inaccessible environment.

NZ$76 Adult NZ$38 Child

Monarch Larnach Castle Tour

Let your local driver take you on an exciting Otago Peninsula drive to New Zealand’s only castle. Your guided tour of the Larnach family home will give you insight into not only the architecture and style of the stately building, but also into William Larnach’s family life and the restoration done by the current owners during the past three decades. Enjoy views from the tower and marvel at the immaculate gardens before your return to Dunedin.

NZ$105 Adult NZ$28 Child

Taieri Gorge Railway

Taieri Gorge Railway is one of the world’s great train trips, taking passengers from the hustle and bustle of Dunedin’s city centre to the rugged mountain interior of Central Otago, and back. Travel in comfort, cross magnificent stone and wrought iron viaducts, travel through a series of tunnels with rock walls only inches from the side of the train.

NZ$109 Adult NZ$59

Haast River Safari

Travel on a purpose built fully enclosed river jet boat with front-loading access. Great visibility is ensured, yet you remain warm, dry and comfortable, making this a unique and safe experience suitable for anyone of any age to participate in and enjoy.

NZ$460 Adult NZ$322 Child

The Helicopter Line - Mountain Scenic Spectacular 40min Flight

Discover the gigantic expanse of the Franz Josef and Fox snowfields on this 40-minute scenic flight. Cross the main divide for breathtaking views of Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Highlights include a snow landing, Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and Mt Cook.

NZ$320 Adult NZ$224

The Helicopter Line - Twin Glacier Scenic 30min Flight

From a mantle of pure white snow, massive rivers of ice wind their way down glacier valleys. Explore the glaciers, an incredible natural phenomenon on this 30-minute scenic flight. Highlights include a snow landing at the head of the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier.

NZ$395 Adult NZ$295 Child

Air Safaris - Grand Traverse Scenic Flight

Explore the alpine wonderland of the Southern Alps’ highest peaks and glacial lakes on this 45-minute scenic flight, including Murchison Glacier, Tasman Glacier, Main Divide, Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, westland coastal rainforests and Mount Cook.

NZ$86 Adult NZ$38 Child

Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle Discoverer Day

Discoverer Day is the ultimate boat cruise and walk combination in the Abel Tasman National Park. With two different walk options, the Discoverer Day shows all the best the Abel Tasman has to offer with a Full Scenic Boat Cruise, visits to Split Apple Rock and a Fur Seal colony, golden beaches, forest walking and wildlife encounters all in one superb day out.

NZ$199 Adult NZ$139 Child

Queenstown Boutique Wine Tour

An afternoon amongst the boutique vineyards and splendid alpine scenery of Central Otago. Taste wines at 4 premium vineyards over two contrasting wine regions, learn about the wine and pioneering history and visit the Historic Precinct of Old Cromwell. Includes a delightful platter lunch and a glass of wine with lunch.

NZ$49 Adult NZ$24 Child

Kiwi Birdlife Park

The Kiwi Birdlife Park is a wildlife sanctuary found in the heart of Queenstown. They hold and display over 20 species of native NZ wildlife in our 5 acre Park, all of which are part of nationally managed programmes. Your entry fee supports their conservation work. They offer guaranteed kiwi viewing in our specially constructed nocturnal houses, audio tours (available in English and Japanese; allow 45min), Conservation Shows (11am, 3pm; allow 30min) and Kiwi Feedings (10am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 4.30pm; allow 15min). They offer an all-day pass and the park can be enjoyed in all weather. Experience conservation in action!

NZ$115 Adult / NZ$75 Child

Lakeshore, Forest and Bird Guided Walk

The 'Lakeshore Forest and Bird' guided walk is a unique nature interpretative experience. Taken at a leisurely pace through native beech forest, with morning or afternoon tea/coffee on the lake-shore where you stop and enjoy views across the lake to The Remarkables and Cecil Peak. The walk begins in native shrub and beech forest, and the track leads down through the forest to the edge Lake Wakatipu. Great views can be had looking out through the trees and over the water to the mountains beyond. Return transfers from your Queenstown accommodation are included.

NZ$145 Adult / NZ$70 Child

Walter Peak BBQ Dinner and Earnslaw

Relive the elegance of turn-of-the-century travel with a cruise on Queenstown’s iconic vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. Launched in 1912, the TSS Earnslaw is the largest and grandest vessel ever to ply Lake Wakatipu. The TSS Earnslaw makes several trips daily across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm on the western shores. A cruise on this gracious heritage vessel is the perfect way to experience Queenstown’s magnificent alpine scenery. Upon reaching Walter Peak High Country Farm, you can disembark for an insight into New Zealand’s farming lifestyle. Enjoy an evening dining at the Colonel’s Homestead followed by an entertaining Sheep Show!

NZ$125 Adult / NZ$50 Child

Walter Peak BBQ Lunch and Earnslaw

Enjoy a quintessential Kiwi experience – a delicious gourmet BBQ lunch and a farm demo in a stunning lakeside setting. Your lunch starts with a cruise aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw across to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Once there, you can sit back on the lakeside terrace of the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant and savour the delicious aromas as our chef has the best of local produce, sizzling away on the grill. After your lunch, you can join an entertaining farm demonstration or explore the beautiful lakeside gardens. Includes cruise, Gourmet BBQ lunch and farm demo. Duration 3hrs 30mins Suitable for all ages

NZ$149 Adult NZ$79 Child

Shotover Jet Boat Ride

Enjoy a 30-minute jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River and through Shotover Canyon with the only company permitted to operate in this area. A major highlight is experiencing the famous “Shotover Jet Turn” where your boat spins through a full 360 degrees turn. Includes return transfers from Queenstown. (Duration: 1.5 hours in total)

NZ$195 Adult NZ$115 Child

Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour & Jet Boat

Skippers Canyon Jet are the only company to offer a complete 4WD tour of Skippers Canyon and access to the unique mining relics available in the Sainsbury gold claim museum. Following the winding, yet majestic Skippers road, which carves its way down from the Coronet Peak ski road, over the saddle and down “Long gully” through to Skippers Canyon; your guide will detail the history of the road, hardships of the miners and how many miners were killed building the road over a century ago.

NZ$65 Adult NZ$40 Child

Weta Wellington

This movie-based experience provides a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse of Weta Workshop, the home of the special effects wizards whose work features in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies. The tour invites you to view the creative processes of a Weta technician and to touch, feel, and hold real props, weapons and models from the films the creative Weta team have worked on. Return transfers from the Wellington i-Site are included.


Optional Experiences indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available.

What to Bring

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

Fitness Requirements

Dining

  • 13 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 9 Dinners

Flight Information

Day 1   Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport
Day 14   Flights to depart anytime from Wellington Airport

Southern Spirit

14 Day Guided Vacation

Christchurch to Wellington

Early Bird Savings Available 

From the dramatic plunging glacial valleys and rugged snow-capped peaks, to the serenity of crystal-clear lakes, be blown away at every turn. The small but vibrant cosmopolitan cities studded throughout the Island bring to life this natural wonderland.

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  • Tour through Christchurch to witness the incredible rebuild of the city
  • View the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo
  • Spend the night cruising on magical Milford Sound
  • Explore the Glowworm Caves at Te Anau by boat
  • Let loose in the ‘adventure capital’, Queenstown
  • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Watch artisans carving native greenstone (jade) in Hokitika
  • Punakaiki, home to Pancake Rocks and Blowholes
  • Explore the World of WearableArt
  • Set sail on Queen Charlotte sound
  • Explore Te Papa Museum of New Zealand
  • Discover New Zealand’s capital Wellington on a city tour

You’ll have time at leisure this afternoon; you may like to take a stroll along the banks of the Avon River before a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

See how Christchurch is has rebuilt itself after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, and pop into the Transitional Cathedral, the temporary home of the Christchurch Cathedral built almost entirely of cardboard! Later, travel over the fertile Canterbury Plains to soak up spectacular scenery. You’ll view the famous Church of the Good Shepherd, and stop for a quick photo with the bronze statue of a collie dog. You may wish to view Mount Cook National Park from the air this afternoon on an optional scenic flight. Your day finishes in the heart of the Mackenzie Country at Omarama.

Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner

Your day begins with a visit to the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme, an intricate series of lakes and canals on the mighty Waitaki River, and the monumental spillway of the Benmore Dam. Next, travel to the historic town of Oamaru, with its tree-lined streets and celebrated white limestone buildings. Continue to Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city.

Hotel: Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Travel this morning over the famed stretch of highway known as the Devil’s Staircase before descending to serene Lake Wakatipu. Drive through the towering beeches and rainforest of World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park, catching glimpses of glaciers and soaring mountain ranges. Continue through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel before arriving in Milford Sound for your overnight cruise. This unforgettable journey takes in cascading waterfalls, hanging glacial valleys, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak*.

Hotel: Cruise Overnight Milford Sound, Overnight Cruise

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner

Depart this morning for the town of Te Anau, on the shores of the magnificent lake which shares its name and is the largest in the South Island. Cruise to the western shores of Lake Te Anau to the entry of the famous Glowworm Caves to meet your guide. Deep inside you’ll be taken by small boat into a silent hidden grotto inhabited by thousands of glowworms. The glittering display is nothing short of extraordinary. Later, travel on to New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown, for an extended 3-night stay.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown , 3 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner

Today is free for you to explore exciting Queenstown at your own pace. Plan your own day or you may like to choose one of our optional experiences, including riding the Shotover Jet boat, joining a tour of the region’s popular wineries, or enjoying a popular minibus excursion through rugged Skippers Canyon. This evening, consider a cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the iconic vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw for a gourmet barbecue dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Another full day in Queenstown to tailor your own action-packed agenda.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Your destination today is the wild west coast of the South Island. Stop to visit the gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown, where more than 70 original buildings from the gold-rush era are faithfully preserved. Sample luscious stone fruit in Cromwell and enjoy the serenity of the region’s vivid blue lakes, the most famous of which is tranquil Lake Wanaka. Drive over spectacular Haast Pass, passing the 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls and stopping for a leisurely rainforest walk on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner

Explore the glacier from the air or take a glacier hike (both optional experiences). Travel on to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Pounamu (its Māori name) is of great cultural significance in Māori culture and is prized for its strength, durability and beauty. Continue to Punakaiki to view the intriguing Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll spend the night in an ecofriendly resort right on the waterfront.

Hotel: Punakaiki Resort

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner

The Heritage Highway leads you through scenic wilderness to the plunging Buller Gorge and pristine Kahurangi National Park. This afternoon in Nelson you’ll visit the quirky World of WearableArt and Classic Cars Museum.

Hotel: Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel and Resort , 2 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner

On this day at leisure, you’ll have the option of journeying to the top of the South Island and embarking on a scenic cruise in the Abel Tasman National Park. You may prefer to take a short bushwalk, relax in sunny Nelson, or explore the town’s many art and craft galleries.

Hotel: Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel and Resort

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Visit the seaside village of Picton with free time to explore and purchase lunch. Cruise on tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound before heading across Cook Strait to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Enjoy a city sights tour, then visit the Māori cultural icon Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll explore New Zealand’s nature, art, history and cultural heritage.

Hotel: Travelodge Wellington, 2 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Celebrated as the country’s creative and culinary capital, Wellington is nestled between two of New Zealand’s finest wine regions. Today is yours to explore the city at your own pace. You might like to take an optional experience tour of Parliament or the Weta Workshop, where the special effects for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films were created. Celebrate your holiday at a Farewell Dinner with your new-found friends.

Hotel: Travelodge Wellington

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Included Meals: Full buffet 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

Ibis Christchurch is ready to welcome you. Adjacent to the new shopping heart of Christchurch, Cashell Mall. The "pop up" shopping precinct is the new vibrant heart of the city, featuring many new designer shops and modern cafes. Ibis Hotel Christchurch is very close to the famous Cathedral Square, the historic heart of the city providing easy access to the outer lying attractions and the airport. The Ibis features 155 contemporary rooms, restaurant OOPEN, a bar and meeting room.

    Features

  • 220/240 V AC
  • Data port in room
  • Air-conditioning
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Satellite/cable colour TV
  • Work Desk
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Manual temperature control
  • Wi-Fi in room (Pay)
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Ensuite
  • Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Security peephole
  • Automatic wake up call
  • Operator wake up call
  • Alarm Clock
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Located in the heart of the Mackenzie/Waitaki region, a unique area of New Zealand's South Island. Set amongst landscaped gardens with views of the surrounding mountains, the Heritage Gateway Hotel is a peaceful place to stay.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Phone
  • TV
  • Electric blankets
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Hairdryer
  • Refrigerator
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Located right in the heart of the city, Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin is ideal for business or leisure. When it is true hospitality and a convenient location that you desire on your travels, then this is your perfect hotel. Dunedin has few destinations to match the stylish Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin, where the accommodation reflects a total dedication to excellence in guest service, modern comfort and attention to detail.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Broadband Internet access
  • Sky TV
  • Mini Bar
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Direct Dial Telephone
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

For a unique experience cruise overnight on Milford Sound on a fully equipped vessel.

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront is located on Frankton Road, just five minutes stroll to the heart of Queenstown.

The hotel resort is close to many wonderful activities, from the town's world famous jet boat rides to radical white water rafting, bungee jumping, vineyards, international golf courses and ski fields.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • TV
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Telephone - Voice Mail
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Hairdryer
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront is located on Frankton Road, just five minutes stroll to the heart of Queenstown.

The hotel resort is close to many wonderful activities, from the town's world famous jet boat rides to radical white water rafting, bungee jumping, vineyards, international golf courses and ski fields.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • TV
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Telephone - Voice Mail
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Hairdryer
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront is located on Frankton Road, just five minutes stroll to the heart of Queenstown.

The hotel resort is close to many wonderful activities, from the town's world famous jet boat rides to radical white water rafting, bungee jumping, vineyards, international golf courses and ski fields.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • TV
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Telephone - Voice Mail
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Hairdryer
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, and is just moments from one of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier makes the most of its alpine location and offers quality accommodation in two separate hotel ‘wings’. Stay in either the Douglas or Graham wing, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings within Franz Josef village. Our hotel is in a premium location, making it the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the magnificent Westland region.

    Features

  • Hair Dryer
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Work Desk
  • Mini Bar
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Four Spa Pools
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Situated on New Zealand's wild West Coast, the Punakaiki Resort is surrounded by the Paparoa National Park and is only a stone's throw from the beach. The hotel rooms are designed in harmony with the local environment to maintain a sense of privacy and seclusion and have either ocean or rainforest views.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Shower and toilet facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Phone
  • Hairdryer
  • Wireless Internet access
  • TV
  • Satellite/cable colour TV
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel and Resort provides luxury boutique accommodation by the water in Nelson, New Zealand - the ideal vacation destination.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Sky TV
  • Phone
  • Free wireless internet access
  • Iron / Ironing Board
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel and Resort provides luxury boutique accommodation by the water in Nelson, New Zealand - the ideal vacation destination.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Sky TV
  • Phone
  • Free wireless internet access
  • Iron / Ironing Board
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

With close proximity to the city’s financial hub as well as many Wellington attractions, such as Wellington Zoo, the Wellington Cable Car, the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, and the Wellington Botanic Gardens, Travelodge Hotel Wellington is perfectly located for both business and leisure travel.

    Features

  • Hair Dryer
  • Pay TV
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Individual heater control
  • LCD TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Internet Access
  • Microwave
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

With close proximity to the city’s financial hub as well as many Wellington attractions, such as Wellington Zoo, the Wellington Cable Car, the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, and the Wellington Botanic Gardens, Travelodge Hotel Wellington is perfectly located for both business and leisure travel.

    Features

  • Hair Dryer
  • Pay TV
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Individual heater control
  • LCD TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Internet Access
  • Microwave
Need accommodation?

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 fitness required

Dining

  • 13 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 6 Dinners
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

Flight Information

  • Day 1 - Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport
  • Day 14 - Flights to depart anytime from Wellington Airport

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