The Long White Cloud

22 Day Inspiring Journey | Christchurch to Auckland

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The Long White Cloud

22 Day Inspiring Journey | Christchurch to Auckland

The Long White Cloud

22 Day Inspiring Journey

Christchurch to Auckland

Embark on an enchanting expedition through New Zealand’s North and South. This Inspiring Journey provides the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure, from the hot pools of Franz Josef to the brave depths of Queenstown, the adventure capital. Explore extraordinary landscapes and the age-old legends of the Māori as you come face to face with exhilarating New Zealand as few have seen it before.

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Discover
  • Stunning Milford Sound in the heart of Fiordland National Park
  • New Zealand’s capital Wellington
  • Experience Franz Josef Glacier
Explore
  • Journey on the iconic TranzAlpine Train
  • Historic goldrush Arrowtown
Immerse
  • Visit a jade factory and see artists at work
  • Experience the Redwoods Treewalk
  • Gain an insight into Māori life at Whakarewarewa Living Village
Relax
  • Cruise in the Bay of Islands
  • Stay in chalets and cruise on sparkling Milford Sound

Your New Zealand adventure begins in Christchurch, the Garden City. Spend the afternoon at leisure, before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink and dinner to kick-off your journey of a lifetime.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Christchurch

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Traverse the Canterbury Plains on board the TranzAlpine train. The gentle chug-chug in extraordinary surrounds gives way to more epic scenery as you board the coach at Arthur’s Pass and travel to Punakaiki to see the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Your home tonight is in an eco-friendly resort on the waterfront.

Hotel: Punakaiki Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Admire the vivid hues of greenstone (jade) on a visit to Hokitika for a jewellery carving demonstration. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier. Spend tonight in the pristine wildernerss. Your only priority – relaxing in Franz Josef’s geothermal hot pools.

Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Today, meander through the Haast Pass and along the pebble-laden shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, stopping in Makarora and the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown. The adventure capital of Queenstown awaits and you’ll have an opportunity to explore it during an orientation tour.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Queenstown, 3 nights

Included Meals: breakfast, dinner with wine

Calling all thrill seekers! Today’s the day to earn your adventurer stripes braving some of Queenstown’s most daring activities. Or indulge your more serene side with a round of golf or relaxing spa treatment. This evening, enjoy a memorable Highlight Dinner at one of Queenstown’s fine dining restaurants.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Queenstown

Included Meals: Breakfast and highlight dinner

Another daring day awaits in New Zealand’s adrenalin capital. Consider a day indulging in the region’s vintages at the Gibbston Valley Winery, or board a jet boat for an exhilarating ride

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Queenstown

Included Meals: Breakfast

Venture to Te Anau and then deep within the Fiordland National Park. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel and emerge into a photographer’s paradise where glaciers and peaks give way to the unexpected beauty of Mirror Lake. You’ll stop to explore the wonder of the Chasm Walk before arriving at Milford Sound Lodge, with its exquisite views of the Cleddau Valley.

Hotel: Milford Sound Lodge, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Wake up to the startling beauty of Milford Sound. This morning, board the Southern Discoveries vessel for a half day exploration of Milford Sound. Sail out to the Tasman sea looking for wildlife and an opportunity to go sea kayaking in Harrisons Cove.

Hotel: Milford Sound Lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine

This morning, embark on a journey from the rainforests of Fiordland through Te Anau and the rolling hill country of Southland to the hills of Central Otago. Arrive in Wedderburn and head out to a high country farm to learn about life on the plains. Finish your day with dinner at the local pub.

Hotel: Wedderburn Cottages

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Today explore the town of Naseby to learn the history of this gold mining town. From here it’s on towards the spectacular scenery of the Southern Alps and Lake Pukaki before arriving in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Enjoy dinner against the backdrop of the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere.

Hotel: The Hermitage Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, dinner with wine

Discover the shores of Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd today, before returning to Christchurch for an indepth sightseeing tour.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Christchurch

Included Meals: Breakfast

Against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks, you’ll arrive in the whale-watching capital of Kaikoura. Consider a scenic whalewatching flight (own expense). Continue to the picturesque port town of Picton, the launch pad for a serene sailing across the Cook Strait to trendy Wellington.

Hotel: Sofitel Wellington, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, dinner with wine

Spend your day delving into the coffee culture and gourmet delights of Wellington – consider a cable car ride for a bird’s-eye view of the city – today is yours to enjoy the city on your terms.

Hotel: Sofitel Wellington

Included Meals: Breakfast

Follow the spectacular Kapiti Coast to Tongariro National Park, home to remarkable volcanic peaks. Departing the caldera, stop to admire the raging Huka Falls before arriving in Taupo.

Hotel: Hilton Lake Taupo

Included Meals: Breakfast, dinner with wine

Continue to nearby Rotorua to gain insights into the fascinating rituals and traditions of the Māori people. Tonight, indulge in the mouthwatering flavours of a traditional Hangi Highlight Dinner cooked in the ground using geothermal steam.

Hotel: Princes Gate Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, highlight dinner

Ascending to the Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated bird’s eye view of these redwood giants. Next up is Rotorua’s natural splendour – revealed in the crystal clear mineral springs and native flora of Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Visit Whakarewarewa Living Village for insights into the lives of the Māori community and their special bond with this ancient land.

Hotel: Princes Gate Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast

Begin your day with a dazzling show during an exclusive five-star Eco Glowworm experience. Later, visit Matamata, of The Lord of the Rings fame. This epic journey continues to Coromandel, where you’ll stay in Tree Hut Chalets.

Hotel: Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, dinner with wine

Enjoy a relaxed start before heading to Auckland. Get your bearings during a city tour, then spend the rest of the day discovering why it’s deemed one of the world’s most livable cities.

Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast

The golden sands of Orewa seem to stretch endlessly heading north to the native forest of Waipoua. Join a local Māori guide and head deep into the forest, immersing yourself in the fascinating legends behind these giant trees. Finally, journey to your waterfront resort in the Bay of Islands.

Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, dinner with wine

Set off by ferry to Russell. Embark on a guided walking tour of the town and explore its centuries-old seafaring heritage.

Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms

Included Meals: Breakfast

Set forth across the Bay of Islands, cruising to the Māori’s sacred Hole in the Rock to witness how it resists the power of the sea. Return to Auckland for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, dinner with wine

Bid a fond farewell to your newfound friends as your epic New Zealand Inspiring Journey has come to an end.

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

Across from Victoria Square in the city centre, this polished hotel in a sleek multi-storey concrete building is a 12-minute walk from the Canterbury Museum and 10 km from Christchurch Airport.

    Features

  • Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Gym facilities
 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

A haven from the city rush, a foray into New Zealand’s pristine wilderness – Te Waonui Forest Retreat is truly a place to relax and refresh. All focus has been on creating a healthy, environmentally safe habitat to maximise guests’ wellbeing. With a natural, earthy ambience and attentive service, there’s no better place to take a deep breath and simply unwind.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat seamlessly incorporates measures that greatly reduce its environmental impact. Designed to stand the test of time, Te Waonui’s durable, New Zealand building design blends in with its stunning natural setting. Management and staff at Te Waonui actively support community-based projects to preserve our outstanding natural heritage in Franz Josef Glacier Town.

    Features

  • In-room safe
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Pillow Menu (Choice of pillows)
  • Luxurious bed linen
  • Private balcony or courtyard
  • Electronic security key system
  • Air-conditioning
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Mini Bar
  • TV
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Crowne Plaza Queenstown Hotel is an award-winning hotel overlooking the breathtaking Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range. Conveniently located just minutes from Queenstown town centre, across the road is the popular Steamer Wharf – home to great dining, bars and entertainment.

    Features

  • Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Bathrobe
  • Air-conditioning
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Laundry facilities (Self-Service)
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Crowne Plaza Queenstown Hotel is an award-winning hotel overlooking the breathtaking Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range. Conveniently located just minutes from Queenstown town centre, across the road is the popular Steamer Wharf – home to great dining, bars and entertainment.

    Features

  • Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Bathrobe
  • Air-conditioning
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Laundry facilities (Self-Service)
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Crowne Plaza Queenstown Hotel is an award-winning hotel overlooking the breathtaking Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range. Conveniently located just minutes from Queenstown town centre, across the road is the popular Steamer Wharf – home to great dining, bars and entertainment.

    Features

  • Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Bathrobe
  • Air-conditioning
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Laundry facilities (Self-Service)
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Nestled beneath the towering peaks of the Darran Mountains, Milford Sound Lodge provides a fantastic base to experience the beauty and majesty of Fiordland National Park / Te Wahipounamu. To experience this World Heritage destination in a more authentic, relaxed way, stay a night or two. There are so many inspiring possibilities for outdoor adventure right on our doorstep.

    Features

  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Flat Screen TV
  • DVD players
  • Wi-Fi (additional cost)
  • Ensuite
  • Heater
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Nestled beneath the towering peaks of the Darran Mountains, Milford Sound Lodge provides a fantastic base to experience the beauty and majesty of Fiordland National Park / Te Wahipounamu. To experience this World Heritage destination in a more authentic, relaxed way, stay a night or two. There are so many inspiring possibilities for outdoor adventure right on our doorstep.

    Features

  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Flat Screen TV
  • DVD players
  • Wi-Fi (additional cost)
  • Ensuite
  • Heater
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Wedderburn is steeped in history; your stay at Wedderburn Cottages provides a chance to explore our heritage and the rural farming lifestyle of Central Otago. Wedderburn Cottages have been operating since the inception of the Rail Trail, and are perfectly placed at the exact halfway point, with the actual Rail Trail going through the centre of the complex.

    Features

  • Hair Dryer
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry facilities (Self-Service)
  • Heater
 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 (additional cost)
  • Refrigerator
  • Binoculars
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Telephone - Voice Mail
  • IDD Phones
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Across from Victoria Square in the city centre, this polished hotel in a sleek multi-storey concrete building is a 12-minute walk from the Canterbury Museum and 10 km from Christchurch Airport.

    Features

  • Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Gym facilities
 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

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

Nestled amongst the epic scenery of Taupo on New Zealand’s North Island, Hilton Lake Taupo was originally built in 1889 as The Terraces Hotel. The beautifully updated Hilton Lake Taupo is a short drive to the charming Taupo town center.

    Features

  • 32-inch flat-screen TV
  • Shower
  • Work Desk
  • Wireless Internet access
  • In-house movies
  • Air-conditioning
  • Clock Radio
  • In-room safe
  • Hairdryer
  • High-speed internet access
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Mini Bar
  • Telephone - Voice Mail
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation 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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation 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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort is a secluded hideaway located at Pauanui Beach. Situated 800m away from the 3km long sandy beach and nestled into the slopes of Mt. Pauanui select from 48 romantic chalets surrounded by native bush. Our Restaurant offers an intimate ambience, superb local cuisine and beautiful views, while other facilites include an outdoor swimming and spa pool, gym, tennis court and bikes for hire, with an international 18-hole golf course and excellent fishing nearby.

    Features

  • 220/240 V AC
  • Phone
  • Satellite/cable colour TV
  • Iron
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Data port in room
  • In-room safe
  • Radio
  • Work Desk
  • High speed transmission line (pay)
  • Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Alarm Clock
  • Operator wake up call
  • Ensuite
 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

This welcoming Bay of Islands hotel commands a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, offering uninterrupted bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens as part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

    Features

  • 42" flat screen TV with Sky channels
  • Wi-Fi
  • Refrigerator
  • Mini Bar
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • In-room safe
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Phone
  • Work Desk
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

This welcoming Bay of Islands hotel commands a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, offering uninterrupted bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens as part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

    Features

  • 42" flat screen TV with Sky channels
  • Wi-Fi
  • Refrigerator
  • Mini Bar
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • In-room safe
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Phone
  • Work Desk
 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
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)

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$60 Adult NZ$30 Child

Discover Kerikeri

Enjoy a relaxing tour of Kerikeri, showcasing the rich history of the North. This tour takes a look at the importance of wine-growing in the region and visits a small family-run boutique vineyard, Ake Ake to sample some of their organic wine. And then take a step back in time with visits to the Historic Stone Store and Kemp House. And then conclude the tour with a stop-off at the local chocolate factory – Makana – where you can watch the delicious chocolates being made, and of course, taste a few samples!

NZ$30 Adult / NZ$15 Child

Discover Russell - Mini Tour

This intimate one-hour coach tour visits many of Russell’s iconic locations that make it so significant in New Zealand’s early history. See Christ Church (the oldest church in New Zealand, famed for the bullet-holes in its walls); historic Pompallier House, home to Bishop Pompallier’s Catholic Mission and the oldest industrial building in New Zealand; and even the country's oldest licensed pub! Your tour will be led by an engaging guide whose combination of historical knowledge and local insight will bring the culture and history of the area to life.

NZ$155 Adult / NZ$110 Child

Dune Rider

This is a full day to explore the magnificent natural wonders of the North. Visit the ancient Kauri Kingdom workshop, Cape Reinga lighthouse and the magnificent 90 Mile Beach. Experience the rush of speed as you sandboard down white sand dunes at Te Paki stream on a boogie board. Includes a lunch.

NZ$45 Adult, Under 18 years are free of charge

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Take a wander through the grounds of New Zealand’s most important historic site, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, rich in history and stories of the momentous events which shaped a nation. The grounds are where Maori chiefs first signed their accord with the British Crown – the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document. Visit treasures such as the Treaty House, Meeting House, Flagstaff and Ceremonial War Canoe. Roam the grounds on your own, or enhance your visit with a guided tour. Many of the guides descend from signatories to the Treaty which will give your visit a personal connection to Waitangi.

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$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$149 Adult / NZ$119 Child

Canopy Tours

Canopy tours zipline adventure activity is an experience of a lifetime. You’ll be transported to a long forgotten ancient forest just like the whole of New Zealand once was. Experience a low impact mode of transport to get you high in the ancient canopy! In total there are 6 ziplines totalling more than 650 metres, the highlight for most being the jawdropping 220 metre tui song zipline that departs from 22 metres up a 1000 year old tree. Beat that for a setting! There are numerous treetop platforms at varying heights above the forest floor where you can observe and take in the magic of the environment around you.

NZ$119 Adult NZ$77 Child

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Discover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand, where you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour.

NZ$89 Adult NZ$55 Child

Tarawera and Lakes Tour on the Rotorua Duck

Discover Rotorua’s spectacular lakes area from the comfort of a fully restored World War II amphibious vehicle, able to travel on land and water. A 90 minute fun-filled and scenic journey that ventures onto the three Rotorua lakes, and is accompanied by an entertaining and informative commentary.

NZ$56 Adult NZ$28 Child

Te Puia

Take a wander through Te Puia, New Zealand’s Maori Culture Centre, where you will have the opportunity to view the awesome power of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley… and much more!

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. Please see your Travel Director for a full list of experiences.

What to Bring

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

Fitness Requirements

Dining

  • 21 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 12 Dinners with wine
  • 2 Highlight Dinners
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

Flight Information

Day 1   Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport
Day 22   Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport

The Long White Cloud

22 Day Inspiring Journey

Christchurch to Auckland

Early Payment Discounts Available

Embark on an enchanting expedition through the North and South Islands that provides the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure. Explore extraordinary landscapes and the age-old legends of the Māori as you encounter exhilarating New Zealand as few have seen it before.

This itinerary is valid from 1 October 2019.

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Discover
  • Franz Josef with a Glacier Valley Walk
  • The buzzing resort town of Queenstown
  • New Zealand’s vibrant capital Wellington
Explore
  • Glowworm Caves in Waitomo
  • Milford Sound with a nature cruise and kayak
Immerse
  • In traditional Māori Life at Whakarewarewa Living Village
  • Take a guided walk through the sacred Waipoua Forest
  • Tour the grounds and castle of the Larnach Family in Dunedin
Relax
  • Spa treatment in Queenstown
  • In the beauty of the Bay of Islands
  • With a soak in Rotorua’s healing waters

Your New Zealand adventure begins in Christchurch, the Garden City. Spend the afternoon at leisure, before joining your Journey Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to kick-off your journey of a lifetime.

Hotel: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch

Traverse the Canterbury Plains on board the TranzAlpine train. The gentle chug-chug in extraordinary surrounds gives way to more epic scenery as you board the coach at Arthur’s Pass. Admire the vivid hues of greenstone (jade) on a visit to Hokitika to meet a local artisan for a jewellery carving demonstration. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier. Your eco-friendly accommodation for the next two nights is set in pristine wilderness, with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. Your only priority – relaxing in Franz Josef’s geothermal hot pools.

Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, 2 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine

After a relaxed start, you’ll explore the area with a local guide, who’ll explain the history behind Franz Josef Glacier.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine

It’s time for adventure as you board a purpose-built fully enclosed river jet boat and journey down the Haast River. After a lunch stop in Makarora and later the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown, the adventure capital of Queenstown awaits and you’ll have an opportunity to explore it during an orientation tour.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Queenstown, 3 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine

Today, select your choice of sightseeing: consider a day indulging in the region’s vintages on a wine tour. View the Lord of the Rings film locations and scenery of Queenstown and Glenorchy on a scenic tour or spend time in the spa indulging in a relaxing massage.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Calling all thrill seekers! Today’s the day to earn your adventurer stripes braving some of Queenstown’s most daring activities. This evening, enjoy a memorable Local Dining Experience at one of Queenstown’s fine dining restaurants.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Local Dining Experience

Venture to Te Anau and then deep within the Fiordland National Park. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel and emerge into a photographer’s paradise where glaciers and peaks give way to the unexpected beauty of Mirror Lake. You’ll stop to explore the wonder of the Chasm Walk before arriving at Milford Sound Lodge, with its exquisite views of the Cleddau Valley.

Hotel: Milford Sound Lodge, 2 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine

Wake up to the startling beauty of Milford Sound. This morning, before boarding the Southern Discoveries vessel for a half day exploration of Milford Sound a nature guide will share their knowledge of the fiordland and the wildlife that call it home Sail out to the Tasman sea looking for wildlife and an opportunity to go sea kayaking in Harrison Cove.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine

This morning, embark on a journey from the rainforests of Fiordland National Park through the fertile sheep-dotted pastures of South Otago and Te Anau, known for its beautiful lake. Stop in the country musical town of Gore at lunchtime before arriving in Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city.

Hotel: Distinction Dunedin Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine

This morning, join an exclusive tour of Larnach Castle. Your afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway or take a wildlife cruise.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Discover the shores of Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd today, before returning to Christchurch for an in-depth sightseeing tour.

Hotel: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine

Against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks, you’ll arrive in the whale-watching capital of Kaikoura. Consider an optional experience scenic whale-watching flight. Continue to the picturesque port town of Picton, the launch pad for a serene sailing across the Cook Strait to trendy Wellington.

Hotel: Sofitel Wellington, 2 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine

Today, select your choice of sightseeing: you may wish to experience Weta Cave, home of the creative wizards behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Take a walking tour around Wellington with a local guide or a guided tour of Te Papa Museum of New Zealand.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Travel through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawke’s Bay. Enjoy time to relax after the day’s adventures before joining your Journey Director for dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Porters Boutique Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine

Enjoy a relaxed start before you venture out to explore Napier. Join a local guide for a city tour where you’ll see several types of Art Deco architecture, the style in which Napier was rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1931. This evening, enjoy wine-tasting and dinner at one of the region’s renowned wineries.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Local Dining Experience

You’ll travel past Lake Taupo and visit Huka Falls before you arrive in Rotorua, the cultural capital, for a sightseeing tour. Visit Whakarewarewa Living Village for insights into the lives of the Māori community and their special bond with this ancient land. This evening, enjoy a Māori Hangi feast and concert at the Tamaki Māori Marae.

Hotel: Pullman Rotorua, 2 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Local Dining Experience

Your first stop is Rotorua’s natural splendour – revealed in the crystal clear mineral springs and native flora of Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Later, ascending to the Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated bird’s-eye view of these redwood giants. Your afternoon is at leisure.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Begin your day with a dazzling show during an exclusive five-star Eco Glowworm experience. Later in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, get your bearings during a city tour, then spend the rest of the day discovering why it’s deemed one of the world’s most liveable cities.

Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

The golden sands of Orewa seem to stretch endlessly heading north to the native forest of Waipoua. Join a local Māori guide and head deep into the forest, immersing yourself in the fascinating legends behind these giant trees. Finally, journey to your waterfront resort in the Bay of Islands.

Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms, 2 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine

Make the most of your extended stay in the Bay of Islands. Why not sail aboard a historic tall ship, enjoy wine tasting around Kerikeri, or discover Russell on a highlights tour of this small township. Your Journey Director can assist you in booking your choice of activity.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Set forth through the Bay of Islands Maritime Park, and explore some the 144 islands in the bay. Return to Auckland for a memorable Celebration Dinner this evening.

Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Celebration Dinner

Bid a fond farewell to your newfound friends as your epic New Zealand Inspiring Journey has come to an end.

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

A 4-minute walk from the sprawling Hagley Park, this upscale, all-suite hotel with an old-word, European vibe is an 11-minute walk from Cathedral Square in Christchurch centre.

    Features

  • Wi-Fi
  • Kitchenette
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Plasma television
  • iPod/iPhone docking station
  • In-room safe
  • Iron / Ironing Board
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

A haven from the city rush, a foray into New Zealand’s pristine wilderness – Te Waonui Forest Retreat is truly a place to relax and refresh. All focus has been on creating a healthy, environmentally safe habitat to maximise guests’ wellbeing. With a natural, earthy ambience and attentive service, there’s no better place to take a deep breath and simply unwind.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat seamlessly incorporates measures that greatly reduce its environmental impact. Designed to stand the test of time, Te Waonui’s durable, New Zealand building design blends in with its stunning natural setting. Management and staff at Te Waonui actively support community-based projects to preserve our outstanding natural heritage in Franz Josef Glacier Town.

    Features

  • In-room safe
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Pillow Menu (Choice of pillows)
  • Luxurious bed linen
  • Private balcony or courtyard
  • Electronic security key system
  • Air-conditioning
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Mini Bar
  • TV
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Crowne Plaza Queenstown Hotel is an award-winning hotel overlooking the breathtaking Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range. Conveniently located just minutes from Queenstown town centre, across the road is the popular Steamer Wharf – home to great dining, bars and entertainment.

    Features

  • Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Bathrobe
  • Air-conditioning
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Laundry facilities (Self-Service)
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Nestled beneath the towering peaks of the Darran Mountains, Milford Sound Lodge provides a fantastic base to experience the beauty and majesty of Fiordland National Park / Te Wahipounamu. To experience this World Heritage destination in a more authentic, relaxed way, stay a night or two. There are so many inspiring possibilities for outdoor adventure right on our doorstep.

    Features

  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Flat Screen TV
  • DVD players
  • Wi-Fi (additional cost)
  • Ensuite
  • Heater
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Distinction Hotels Group has transformed the 1937 former Chief Post Office in Dunedin into an elegant 4 1/2 star luxury hotel, located in the rejuvenated and vibrant Warehouse Precinct in the heart of the city. The modern Distinction Dunedin Hotel consists of 121 elegant suites and studio rooms. Offering a variety of premier accommodation to suit everyone from the businesses traveller requiring spacious and modern facilities to those wanting a relaxing weekend away.

    Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hair Dryer
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

A 4-minute walk from the sprawling Hagley Park, this upscale, all-suite hotel with an old-word, European vibe is an 11-minute walk from Cathedral Square in Christchurch centre.

    Features

  • Wi-Fi
  • Kitchenette
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Plasma television
  • iPod/iPhone docking station
  • In-room safe
  • Iron / Ironing Board
 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

Step into a world of luxury, comfort, and relaxation. Nestled in the heart of the charming Havelock North village and surrounded by the majestic hills of Hawke’s Bay, Porters Boutique Hotel offers unique luxury accommodation. Relax in elegantly appointed guest rooms, complete with plush, classic furnishings and adorned with original local artwork. Enjoy attentive luxury service and full amenities within a stylish, intimate space that reflects the beauty and grandeur of the breathtaking Hawke’s Bay region.

    Features

  • Wi-Fi
  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • TV
  • Desk & chair
 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

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

This welcoming Bay of Islands hotel commands a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, offering uninterrupted bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens as part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

    Features

  • 42" flat screen TV with Sky channels
  • Wi-Fi
  • Refrigerator
  • Mini Bar
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • In-room safe
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Phone
  • Work Desk
 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
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

  • 21 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 10 Dinners with wine
  • 3 Local Dining Experiences
  • 1 Celebration Dinner

Flight Information

  • Day 1: flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport
  • Day 22: flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport

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