14 Day New Zealand Marvel

AAT Kings Guided Tour starting in Christchurch and finishing in Auckland

Read 9 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on AAT Kings's 14 Day New Zealand Marvel. This classic New Zealand itinerary spans both the North and South Islands, leading you through majestic panoramas. Witness the glaciers of the West Coast, the sensational alpine landscapes...read more
Overview
Operator: AAT Kings
Type: Guided Tour (Affordable)
Style: Best Buys
Max Group Size: 49
Duration: 14 Days
From: Christchurch to Auckland
Tour Code: LCCA
Visits: New Zealand
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1
Welcome to Christchurch
On arrival in Christchurch there’s time for relaxing or exploring. Perhaps you might take a leisurely stroll along the banks of the picturesque Avon River. This evening, your holiday begins at a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. Stay: Ibis Hotel Christchurch
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Christchurch - Franz Josef
Board the iconic TranzAlpine train for one the world’s great rail journeys. Pass through the lush pastureland of the Canterbury Plains to the rugged gorges and ice-fed streams and lakes of the Southern Alps. Arrive at Arthur’s Pass and continue to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Continue to 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 - Queenstown
Drive over the spectacular Haast Pass, passing the 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls, and serene Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Stop at the town of Cromwell and enjoy delicious stone fruit. Next, you’ll visit the historic gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown, where over seventy buildings from the gold-rush era are still beautifully preserved. You’ll arrive in Queenstown in time for an orientation tour of the town, which sits on the shore of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu. (B) Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown (2 nights)
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Queenstown Free Time
Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital today. There are jet-boat rides for thrillseekers, and wine tours or intimate cafés for those who enjoy a more leisurely pace. Enjoy a peaceful cruise this evening across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner and an entertaining after-dinner show offering glimpses of high-country farm life. (B/D)
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Queenstown - Te Anau
Travel the highway known as the Devil’s Staircase and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the town of Te Anau. On your journey to Milford Sound you’ll be awestruck by the native rainforests and rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park. Your cruise on the Sound provides views of cascading waterfalls, hanging glacial valleys, and towering Mitre Peak. Return to lakeside Te Anau, where this evening you can consider an optional experience visiting the Te Anau Glowworm Caves. (B/D) Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel
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Te Anau - Dunedin
Journey through lush green sheep-grazing country on your way to Dunedin this morning. The afternoon is yours to enjoy as you please. Sit back and relax, or consider an optional experience. Perhaps ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway, or take a wildlife cruise to spot penguins and Royal Albatross. (B/D) Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
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Dunedin - Omarama
Consider an optional experience to visit Larnach Castle this morning. Then set out for the historic town of Oamaru, with its elegant tree-lined streets and celebrated white limestone buildings. Later, follow the course of the mighty Waitaki River, passing monumental Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and the Benmore Dam on your way to Omarama. (B/D) Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel
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Omarama - Christchurch
Journey through the awe-inspiring Aoraki/ Mt. Cook National Park this morning (an optional scenic flight is available). See majestic Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, and stop to view the famous Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, traverse the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, a vibrant city known for its English heritage. (B/D) Stay: Ibis Hotel Christchurch
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Christchurch - Picton
Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast this morning to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore (an optional whale-watching flight is available). Pass the pink-tinged crystallisation ponds of the Lake Grassmere Salt Works, then travel on to the pretty seaside village of Picton. (B/D) Stay: Picton Beachcomber Inn
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Picton - Wellington
Cruise tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound, then cross the Cook Strait to Wellington on the North Island. Take a city tour before enjoying some free time. Later, visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll have time to explore the many fascinating exhibits. (B/D) Stay: Travelodge Wellington
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Wellington - Rotorua
Travel along the scenic Kapiti Coast through lush dairy-farming country to Tongariro National Park and snow-capped Mt. Ruapehu. Panoramic views of Lake Taupo, the largest lake in Australasia, will unfold around every corner. View mighty Huka Falls and pass the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. Later relax or explore Rotorua independently. (B) Stay: Ibis Rotorua Hotel (2 nights)
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Rotorua
Relax or explore Rotorua at your own pace. Perhaps you might visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park to observe the native fauna of New Zealand, including the country’s iconic kiwi. Another option is the Te Puia thermal reserve. This afternoon, experience the multi-awarding-winning Agrodome Farm Show. Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter and gain an insight into traditional Māori culture followed by a Hangi Highlight Dinner at the Tamaki Māori Village. (B/D)
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Rotorua - Auckland
This morning, explore the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto by boat, and walk through towering limestone caverns. Later, you’ll follow the noble Waikato, New Zealand’s longest river, into Auckland. Take an orientation tour of the city before joining your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner. (B/D) Stay: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites
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Farewell from Auckland
Say 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
  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Visit a green stone (jade) factory
  • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Travel through the magnificent rainforest of Haast Pass
  • Visit the old gold mining village of Arrowtown
  • Let loose in the ‘adventure capital’, Queenstown
  • Sail across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak for a unique Highlight Dinner
  • Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains and magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound
  • Cruise on mystical Milford Sound
  • View the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo
  • Cruise on tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Cruise through Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto
  • Discover the arts and traditions of New Zealand’s Māori culture
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 Christchurch Airport
  • Day 14 – flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport
Activity Level
  • Low level fitness required
  • Day 14 - Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport
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: (380)
Tours on Sale: 62
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 (9)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on New Zealand Marvel with AAT Kings.
VIC, Australia
Feb 2018
2 Trips
“New Zealand Marvel”
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Excellent tour, guide and driver. The hotels and food were excellent. Great sightseeing and highlight events. Some great included trips. Highly recommend.
Australia
Jan 2016
2 Helpful Votes
1 Trip
“Wonderful trip to New Zealand ”
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Absolutely fantastic holiday from start to finish, everything was so well organised. Our tour guide Mel and our driver Mark were fantastic. Accommodation, food, highlight dinners and all tours were fabulous. Michelle our booking consultant was so helpful even though as I was booking for 8 people, 6 of which were in the UK. We couldn't have asked for a better holiday. We will definitely use Global Journeys and AAT Kings again.
WA, Australia
Aug 2015
1 Trip
“Would do it again”
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There was a lot crammed into a short time-frame, but then I knew what it would be like having checked the map beforehand. Driver and Tour Director were really good. We were very lucky with the weather - two or three wet days but wonderful snow in Milford, Exuberant snowball fights for folk that had never seen snow. Quite cold, but we had the advantage of only a few coaches on the road and at the venues. Would do it again.
TAS, Australia
Mar 2015
2 Helpful Votes
1 Trip
“An absolute bargain”
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My friend and I were very fortunate to have Tania as our tour director and Mark as our coach driver for our 2 week New Zealand Marvel holiday. Everything was taken care off, the rooms, the transport, the meals, the advice on where to go and what to see when we reached our mini destinations along route. Tania was very knowledgeable, professional and a great laugh. She shared her experiences and knowledge with everyone on the trip, this made it a very informative and enlightening trip. Mark was an expert driver, he was proud of his coach and it was immaculate at all times. Mark was knowledgeable, informative and great fun, we had many laughs on our trip with Mark and Tania, they worked so well together. The holiday was an absolute bargain, I have no hesitation recommending this trip to anyone who wants to see the beautiful South and North Island of New Zealand. The package was planned perfectly to see the best of the Island, we were very fortunate to have great weather along our journey. Only wished we could have stayed longer, hopefully one day we will visit again.
Australia
Apr 2014
1 Trip
“This was our BEST tour ever & we have done a few”
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To our Tour Director Alan McEachen, thanks for your friendship, leadership, fabulous commentaries and above all THANK YOU VERY MUCH for all the little things, ensuring everyone got a meal, all the optional tours were on time, checking our luggage. I believe THIS was our BEST tour ever & we have done a few. Alan you made this a wonderful holiday for Helena, Maisie, Maria & I, because you took care of us - thank you! To our Driver Paul Luxmore, thank you for your skill, your friendship, your commentary, and for introducing us to the beautiful music of Howard Morrison. I would also like to commend you on the cleanliness of the coach & the care you took with our luggage.
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