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AAT Kings

21 Day AAT Kings Spirit of New Zealand 24/25

History and nature, food and wine, adventure and bliss… these are the whiplash moments you can anticipate with this South Island tour. One day you may be chugging across the island on the TranzAlpine, the next landing on Franz Josef Glacier in a helicopter. Then, perhaps, exploring ‘Little Edinburgh’ in Dunedin, before cruising Milford Sound. Diverse, dynamic and to-die-for.

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New Zealand Guided Tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$9,608 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Auckland

21 days/20 nights

Hotel 3 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

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This tour also includes
All Blacks Experience
Christchurch City Tour
Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
Day trip to Stewart Island
Huka Falls
Maori Village Experience & Hangi (dinner), Rotorua
Napier City Tour
Punakaiki Rocks
Te Puia Maori Arts & Crafts
Visit a Local Orchard
Visit a Pounamu Factory
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Wellington City Tour
Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve
20 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners, 1 special dinner
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Christchurch City Tram

Community spirit is strong in Christchurch, as you’ll discover exploring its streets at your leisure. We recommend jumping on the tram to tour Christchurch and discover how the city has rebuilt itself since the 2010/11 earthquakes. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception.

Staying in:

  • Wyndham Garden (1 night)

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Church of Good Shepherd

More of Christchurch is revealed before the colours of the Canterbury Plains spread before you: the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo, snowcapped mountains and atmospheric towns. Your Indoor Dark Sky Astronomy Experience at Tekapo, hosted by passionate guides, will forever change the way you see the night sky. You'll see for yourself it may be one of the quietest spots on the planet, yet it has one of the busiest skies in the universe.

Staying in:

  • Heritage Gateway Hotel (1 night)

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Larnach Castle

Architectural drama awaits in Dunedin. While away the afternoon in atmospheric art-lined alleys or sipping a lager or two in Speight’s Brewery (a national institution). Or venture further afield to discover Larnach Castle, fur seals and penguins.

Staying in:

  • Dunedin Leisure Lodge (1 night)

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Otago Peninsula at Sunset

Rolling green pastures dotted with wide-eyed sheep are your backdrop to Gore, the country music capital of New Zealand. Invercargill is obsessed with something else: motor vehicles. Tributes to speed legends colour the city. So it's only fitting that you visit Classic Motorcycle Mecca for a tour and Highlight Dinner.

Staying in:

  • Kelvin Hotel (1 night)

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Weka at Stewart Island

Wild, wide and wonderful, Stewart Island’s rugged coastline cuts a dramatic form in the Southern Ocean. It’s largely untouched, which means that endemic flora and fauna thrive. But don’t take our word for it. Meet the locals on a tour through the Village and Bays.

Staying in:

  • Kelvin Hotel (1 night)

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View of Wakatipu Lake

The Real Country Farm Show, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, offers an authentic taste of what rural New Zealand is like. For every guest, we donate funds to The Fairlight Foundation, Advancing Women in Agriculture. Continue to Queenstown and take the afternoon at your own pace.

Staying in:

  • Copthorne Hotel and Resort (1 night)

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View of Queenstown

A spot of bungy jumping at the place it was born? Or an epic journey through Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound/Piopiotahi, carved by waterfalls and a playground for dolphins and seals? There’s a reason why this part of the island has World Heritage status. You choose today’s path.

Staying in:

  • Copthorne Hotel and Resort (1 night)

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Glacial Lake near Franz Josef

Around the next bend is the Alpine countryside of the Southern Lakes. Over the Haast Pass, the pretty town of Franz Josef/Waiau, at the edge of Westland World Heritage Park, awaits.

Staying in:

  • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (1 night)

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Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki

Wander Hokitika’s windswept coast before discovering the town’s other beauty: pounamu (native greenstone or jade). Prepare yourself for Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks and blowholes; they owe their existence to the thundering surf that will lull you to sleep.

Staying in:

  • Scenic Hotel Punakaiki (1 night)

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Bell Tower in Nelson

Ease along the Heritage Highway toward Nelson. Press your nose against the glass as your coach weaves through Buller Gorge and Kahurangi National Park.

Staying in:

  • The Rutherford Hotel (1 night)

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Wooden Church in Founders Heritage Park in Nelson

Lace up your hiking shoes and head off on a bushwalk, or cruise through Abel Tasman National Park. This pocket in the north of the island inspires calm, its golden beaches framed by sculpted granite cliffs.

Staying in:

  • The Rutherford Hotel (1 night)

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Interislander Ferry

All aboard the Interislander for a cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound to Wellington.

Staying in:

  • Travelodge Wellington (1 night)

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Wellington Cable Car

Your city sights tour will end at Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. After the opportunity to visit, travel to the Art Deco mecca, Napier.

Staying in:

  • Scenic Hotel Te Pania (1 night)

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Napier City Centre

Experience The Daily Deco Tour for an insight into how Napier City became the Art Deco capital of the world. This comprehensive tour takes you on an historic timeline, sharing stories and showcasing the transformation and how Napier City and its people were resilient after the infamous 1931 Hawke's Bay Earthquake, rebuilding the city they love into a fabulous and stylish 'time warp' Art Deco!

Staying in:

  • Scenic Hotel Te Pania (1 night)

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Maori Cultural Experience in Rotorua

This evening, explore Te Puia's geothermal valley, and learn about Maori history and culture on this guided experience, including a dinner of hangi-inspired cuisine and a cultural performance in a finely carved meeting house, Te Aronui a Rua. It ends on a high at the Pohutu Geyser, where, armed with a hot chocolate, you'll view one of New Zealand's geothermal wonderlands.

Staying in:

  • Sudima Lake Rotorua (1 night)

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Rotorua Town Hall

Today is one of decisions. Bliss out at Wai Araki Hot Springs & Spa; visit the Hobbiton movie set; or board a scenic flight for a bird’s-eye view.

Staying in:

  • Sudima Lake Rotorua (1 night)

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Auckland Harbour

Today your sights are firmly set on Auckland's main love: rugby. The interactive All Blacks Experience explores an introduction to the game as a part of New Zealand culture.

Staying in:

  • Holiday Inn Express Auckland City Centre (1 night)

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds

The Bay of Islands is undeniably beautiful, but it also holds a special historical secret: this is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840. Your guide, perhaps a descendent of one of the original signatories, will explain the significance.

Staying in:

  • Copthorne Hotel and Resort (1 night)

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Aerial View of Bay of Islands

Trip the light fantastic and head off in whatever direction you please. Perhaps travel up to Cape Reinga/Te Rerenga Wairua via idyllic Ninety Mile Beach. Or glide around on an historic tall ship, cruise to the Hole in the Rock or join a tour of Russell.

Staying in:

  • Copthorne Hotel and Resort (1 night)

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Whangarei Marina

For a little more northern exposure, make your way to Whangarei, the island’s most northerly outpost and a place where waterfalls meet beaches, galleries meet museums. Explore at your leisure before the commute back to Auckland for your Farewell Dinner.

Staying in:

  • Holiday Inn Express Auckland City Centre (1 night)

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Aerial View of Auckland

Over three weeks, we hope you’ve packed your address book with the names of new friends and your camera with photos. But at the end of the day, it’s the memories that will fuel your flight home.

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