14 Day New Zealand Vista

AAT Kings Guided Tour starting in Auckland and finishing in Christchurch

Read 10 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on AAT Kings's 14 Day New Zealand Vista. Venture up one of the forty eight volcanic cones that make up the rolling landscape of Auckland for spectacular panoramic city views. Relax at Oriental Bay, Wellington's golden-sand inner...read more
Overview
Operator: AAT Kings
Type: Guided Tour (Affordable)
Style: Best Buys
Max Group Size: 49
Duration: 14 Days
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Tour Code: LAAC
Visits: New Zealand
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1
Welcome to Auckland
After settling into your hotel, you’ll have time to explore Auckland independently. This evening, a Welcome Reception is followed by dinner with your Travel Director. (D) Stay: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites
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Auckland - Rotorua
Begin your day with a city tour, then trace the path of the Waikato River to the Waitomo Caves to explore the amazing Glowworm Grotto. Travel on to Rotorua and take an orientation tour of the city, where you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Lake Rotorua. (B) Stay: Ibis Rotorua Hotel (2 nights)
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Rotorua
Relax or explore Rotorua at your own pace. Perhaps visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where you can observe many species of the native fauna of New Zealand, including the country’s iconic kiwi. Another option is Te Puia thermal reserve. Later, experience the multi-awarding-winning Agrodome Farm Show. Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter and gain insight into traditional Māori culture followed by a delicious Hangi Highlight Dinner at the Tamaki Māori Village. (B/D)
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Rotorua - Wellington
Journey through tall pine forests and verdant farmland to spectacular Huka Falls and serene Lake Taupo. Drive along the shores of New Zealand’s biggest lake through the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu. Next, follow the Kapiti Coast to Wellington for a city orientation tour. (B/D) Stay: Travelodge Wellington
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Wellington - Picton
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington, and then visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll have time to explore its nature, art, history and cultural heritage. Cruise across the Cook Strait and explore the maze of inlets of Queen Charlotte Sound. Later you’ll travel to the seaside village of Picton and take a tour of the city before dinner. (B/D) Stay: Picton Beachcomber Inn
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Picton - Christchurch
Travel to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore (an optional whale-watching flight is available). Continue along the Pacific Ocean coast, then across fertile farmlands to Christchurch. (B) Stay: Ibis Hotel Christchurch
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Christchurch - Omarama
After a morning at leisure, travel through verdant countryside to serene Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, and view the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd before continuing to the awe-inspiring Aoraki/ Mt. Cook National Park. (B/D) Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel
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Omarama - Dunedin
Visit the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme, an intricate series of interconnected lakes and canals, and the monumental spillway of the nearby Benmore Dam. Then travel to the historic town of Oamaru en route to Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city, where your afternoon is at leisure. You may like to take a wildlife cruise, or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. (B/D) Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
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Dunedin - Te Anau
This morning you’re free to explore Dunedin at your own pace: you might like to visit stately Larnach Castle. This afternoon, travel through lush green sheep-grazing country on your way to Fiordland National Park and the town of Te Anau. Tonight, why not consider an optional experience and take a boat tour of the mysterious Te Anau Glowworm Caves. (B/D) Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel
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Te Anau - Queenstown
Your experience in magnificent Milford Sound is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip. Travel through tall native rainforests and rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park, then cruise the serene waters of this natural wonder. On the way to Queenstown see Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls, then travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy an informative orientation tour on arrival. (B) Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown (2 nights)
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Queenstown Free Time
Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital at your own pace today. There are jet boat rides, white water rafting and 4WD safaris for the thrill-seekers, and wine tours or intimate cafés for those who enjoy a more leisurely experience. Later this afternoon, enjoy a cruise across peaceful Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner. (B/D)
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Queenstown - Franz Josef
Your first destination today is the faithfullyrestored gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown. Sample luscious stone fruit in Cromwell, and enjoy the serenity of the region’s vivid blue lakes. Drive over spectacular Haast Pass, passing the 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls and stopping for a tranquil rainforest walk on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier (an optional scenic flight is available). (B/D) Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)
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Franz Josef - Christchurch
Travel on this morning 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. It was used for weapons, tools and personal ornaments, and also denoted great status. Continue to Arthur’s Pass to board the iconic TranzAlpine train and embark on one of the world’s most renowned rail journeys. Pass through magnificent landscapes ranging from the rugged gorges and pristine ice-fed streams and lakes of the Southern Alps, to the lush pastureland of the Canterbury Plains. This evening in Christchurch, join your Travel Director and new-found friends for a Farewell Dinner. (B/D) Stay: Ibis Hotel Christchurch
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Farewell from Christchurch
Bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. (B)
AAT Kings Inclusions
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Journey Highlights
  • Feast on a Māori Hangi at a unique dinner experience at the Tamaki Māori Village
  • Discover the arts and traditions of New Zealand’s Māori culture
  • Cruise through Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto
  • Cruise tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound
  • View the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo
  • Cruise on mystical Milford Sound
  • Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains and magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound
  • Sail across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak for a unique Highlight Dinner
  • Let loose in the ‘adventure capital’, Queenstown
  • Visit the old gold mining village of Arrowtown
  • Travel through the magnificent rainforest of Haast Pass
  • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Visit a green stone (jade) factory
  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
Trip Inclusions
  • 'Best Buys' Inclusions & Accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
Included Meals
  • 13 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 2 Highlight Dinners
  • 7 Dinners
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
What To Bring
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months
Arrival & Departure
  • Day 1 - Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport
  • Day 14 - Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport
Activity Level
  • Low level fitness required
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.
AAT Kings
AAT Kings Reviews: (382)
Tours on Sale: 59
Accommodation: 3.5-4.5 Star
Average Age: 55-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours & Short Breaks
Max Group Size(s): 49 & 20
Budget: Premium & Low Cost
Destinations: Australia, New Zealand
Reviews (10)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on New Zealand Vista with AAT Kings.
SA, Australia
Mar 2018
1 Helpful Vote
1 Trip
“AAT Kings New Zealand 14 day trip”
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Our first time traveling with AAT Kings, and found the tour well organized, with an excellent bus driver and tour guide. The accommodation was very good for all but one night where we found the room not as clean as the other rooms had been.

The guide had great knowledge of New Zealand, and was fun to be with. The bus driver had the bus clean and sanitized every morning to have a clean germ free environment to travel in. The only thing is a stay of two nights in spots where there are a lot of activities would had made the journey better. Overall the tour was excellent and would recommend AAT Kings to other people.
QLD, Australia
Sep 2015
“Perfect New Zealand Vista”
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Perfect time of year, perfect length, awesome accommodation, great guide and driver, there is nothing at all I would recommend or improve about this trip. I would do it again for sure.
QLD, Australia
Sep 2015
1 Trip
“Great tour and you definitely see a lot of New Zealand”
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I loved this tour, although I didn't like the fact that there were two coaches of AAT Kings and one coach with Trafalgar. Yes it did work but we didn't like that the others got to see things we didn't and we got to see things they didn't. It was a great tour and you definitely see a lot of New Zealand, the only thing I didn't like was getting to the hotels a bit late and on the travel days not much to see or do, probably needs to be longer. I would have rather spent more time in Dunedin instead of Queenstown.
Australia
Nov 2013
1 Trip
“Well paced tour, no hassles”
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My experience with Global Journeys was great, considering the trouble I had with cancellations of the seats twice by AAT Kings. The tour was excellent with fantastic service by staff members all round. Accommodation was excellent, the staff members were all very friendly. Well paced tour, no hassles and great driver and guide.
Australia
Oct 2013
1 Trip
“Tour satisfied all aspects of what we wanted from the holiday”
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Our holiday in New Zealand was memorable and awe inspiring. The tour satisfied all aspects of what we wanted from the holiday. The tour director and bus driver were full of information and made us feel like family with a friendly and humorous manner. I would recommend this tour to all my friends and family.
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