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AAT KingsAAT Kings 9 Day Contrasts of New Zealand

Experience the contrasts of New Zealand's distinct islands.  From Auckland's sparkling Harbour to Rotorua's geothermal wonderland, from the rugged beauty of the West Coast to the untouched serenity of Milford Sound, new facets of New Zealand's splendour will reveal themselves each day as you explore the Land of the Long White Cloud.
*Please note. A domestic flight from Rotorua to Christchurch is needed with this tour. This is not included in the cost but we can book this on your behalf.


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 New Zealand escorted tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Queenstown
 9 days/ 8 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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At a glance - AAT Kings 9 Day Contrasts of New Zealand

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland. Accommodation: Stamford Plaza, Auckland

Day 2: See the best of New Zealand's 'City of Sails'. Accommodation: Stamford Plaza, Auckland

Day 3: Travel to Rotorua today stopping for a farm lunch in Waikato. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Day 4: Fly from Rotorua to Christchurch. Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 5: Travel the spectacular Arthur's Pass via Tranz Alpine train before heading down the West Coast to arrive in Franz Josef Glacier. Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 6: Take the Haast Pass road to see Lakes Hawea and Wanaka before ending your drive in Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 7: Drive to the lakeside town of Te Anau then take an awe-inspiring journey to Milford Sound. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 8: Experience the delights of this pristine alpine town on your free day. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 9: Depart Queenstown.

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AAT Kings 9 Day Contrasts of New Zealand - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland

AAT Kings 9 Day Contrasts of New Zealand - Day 1

On arrival into Auckland airport you will be transferred to your hotel.

On arrival in Auckland, you are transferred to your hotel.

Your Accommodation: Stamford Plaza, Auckland

Located just a few minutes stroll from Auckland's vibrant waterfront the Stamford Plaza Hotel offers 5 star accommodation and services including 4 on site restaurants to choose from.

Meals included: Dinner

Stamford Plaza, Auckland

Day 2: See the best of New Zealand's 'City of Sails'

AAT Kings 9 Day Contrasts of New Zealand - Day 2

Auckland

Start the day with a morning cruise on Waitemata Harbour followed by a sightseeing tour including Bastion Point, the War Memorial and Viaduct Harbour. Later, spend some free time exploring on your own or relaxing at your hotel.

Your Accommodation: Stamford Plaza, Auckland

Located just a few minutes stroll from Auckland's vibrant waterfront the Stamford Plaza Hotel offers 5 star accommodation and services including 4 on site restaurants to choose from.

Meals included: Breakfast

Stamford Plaza, Auckland

Day 3: Travel to Rotorua today stopping for a farm lunch in Waikato

AAT Kings 9 Day Contrasts of New Zealand - Day 3

Auckland to Rotorua

You're invited to a Be My Guest lunch at the home of Lance and Bridgette O'Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Enjoy a sumptuous country-style lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato farm. This evening enjoya traditional Hangi Highlight Dinner and cultural performance at the Tamaki Family Marae.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Rotorua's largest 4 star deluxe hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the city overlooking Lake Rotorua. Five levels of accommodation offer guests a wide variety of scenic views.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Speciality Dinner

Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Day 4: Fly from Rotorua to Christchurch

AAT Kings 9 Day Contrasts of New Zealand - Day 4

Rotorua to Christchurch

This morning visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Discover native flora that grows around the crystal clear mineral water springs and you might even spot a kiwi or two! Next visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve where you'll be accompanied by a Local Guide to view New Zealand's biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs before flying to Christchurch. On arrival, board your coach for a tour to see how the city is slowly being rebuilt as a consequence of the devastating earthquake of February 2011. Later, continue to your hotel. Tonight, speak with your Travel Director about dining recommendations in Christchurch's inner city.

(Your airfare is not included and must be booked by you or your travel agent).

Air New Zealand flight Rotorua to Christchurch

Fly from Rotorua to Christchurch.  The cost for this is additional to your tour, we can book this flight for you.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

This 4.5 star hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square. Ideally positioned, only a few minutes walk from the brand new Christchurch Convention Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast

Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 5: Travel the spectacular Arthur's Pass via Tranz Alpine train before heading down the West Coast to arrive in Franz Josef Glacier

AAT Kings 9 Day Contrasts of New Zealand - Day 5

Christchurch to Franz Josef

Start the day with a spectacular train journey on the TranzAlpine through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. At Hokitika visit a New Zealand greenstone (jade) factory. Arrive in Franz Josef Glacier, where you’ll have the option to see it from the air on an scenic flight (weather permitting).

Your Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest at Franz Josef is a very special five-star retreat. Designed with utmost care of its precious environment, guests at Te Waonui Forest Retreat will find themselves encircled by rainforest and accommodated in natural and sustainable luxury.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 6: Take the Haast Pass road to see Lakes Hawea and Wanaka before ending your drive in Queenstown

AAT Kings 9 Day Contrasts of New Zealand - Day 6

Franz Josef to Queenstown

Enjoy a coastal drive with views of the Tasman Sea. Climb over the Haast Pass winding through Mount Aspiring National Park. Then your journey takes you past Lakes Wanaka and Hawea and heads along the Kawarau River through the Kawarau Gorge. Finally, you will visit the historic village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, previously one of the world's richest rivers, before arriving in Queenstown.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 7: Drive to the lakeside town of Te Anau then take an awe-inspiring journey to Milford Sound

AAT Kings 9 Day Contrasts of New Zealand - Day 7

Milford Sound cruise

Journey over the Devil’s Staircase and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake, the largest in the South Island. Travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to the numerous photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls before reaching Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch while you cruise on this wonder of nature.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 8: Experience the delights of this pristine alpine town on your free day

AAT Kings 9 Day Contrasts of New Zealand - Day 8

Queenstown free day

Today is a full day to explore Queenstown at your leisure. Choose from a range of optional experiences. You have the option to ride the Shotover Jet, join a wine tour, play 9 holes of golf or take a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. Perhaps take a 4WD through Skippers Canyon, relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort, or go horse riding.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 9: Depart Queenstown

Queenstown final day and transfer to airport

Your tour arrangements conclude after breakfast today. A transfer will deliver you to Queenstown airport for your onward journey.

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