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14 Day New Zealand Marvel

AAT Kings Tour starting in Christchurch and finishing in Auckland

Read 8 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on AAT Kings's 14 Day New Zealand Marvel. Visit the must see sights of New Zealand on the low cost New Zealand Marvel tour. See Christchurch, Queenstown, Franz Josef, Rotorua, Auckland & more.

Overview

Operator: AAT Kings
Type: 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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$ 3,795
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Day By Day

1

Arrive Christchurch

On arrival in Christchurch you will be transferred from the airport to your hotel. take a walk along the Avon River before a welcome reception and dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. Stay: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch (D)
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Christchurch - Franz Josef

First up this morning you'll board the TranzAlpine, one of the top 6 train journeys in the world. This spectacular journey takes you across the Canterbury Plains and through the Southern Alps to Arthur's Pass. Later, visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade) for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Next stop is Franz Josef Glacier – a rare, still advancing glacier (optional Franz Josef Glacier scenic flight). Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing), Franz Josef (B/D)
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Franz Josef - Queenstown

Travel through the Haast Pass, view Thunder Creek Falls and take a rainforest walk. Then it's a trio of lakes – Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan. Next up try sumptuous stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital. Later, you'll visit historic gold mining Arrowtown on the Arrow River, previously one of the world's richest rivers. Arrive in Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure-capital for an orientation tour. Stay Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown (B)
4

Queenstown 'Free Time'

Explore exciting Queenstown your way – from wine and garden tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand's oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station for a carvery Highlight Dinner at the Colonel's Homestead. An entertaining afterdinner farm show provides a glimpse into highcountry farm life. Why not join in a sing-a-long on your cruise back to Queenstown. (B/HD)
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Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau

Travel along the Devil's Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. You'll be awe-struck by the great sights from Fiordland National Park, New Zealand's largest, to Milford Sound, one of the world's most amazing places, where you'll cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. En route you'll have abundant photo opportunities at the Chasm, Mirror Lake, Pop's Lookout, Cleddau Valley, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Return to lakeside Te Anau, where this evening you'll have the option to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (own expense). Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau (B/D)
6

Te Anau - Dunedin

We'll cross sheep-filled farming land to Dunedin founded by Scottish settlers, for a city tour. The afternoon is yours to explore Dunedin as you wish – take a wildlife cruise, visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City, Dunedin (B/D)
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Dunedin – Omarama

After a morning of time to yourself and the opportunity to visit historic Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only authentic castle. Travel through Oamaru which is famous for its white stone buildings made of limestone. Follow the Waitaki River, passing hydro-electric dams at Waitaki and Aviemore on to Omarama. Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama (B/D)
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Omarama - Christchurch

Soak up the alpine scenery of Mt Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's highest mountain. You may wish to take an optional scenic flight (weather permitting). This afternoon see Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, then continue over the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Stay: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch (B)
9

Christchurch - Picton

Today we travel over the Canterbury Plains and over the Lewis Pass, stopping at the small Alpine village of Murchison. Known as the 'whitewater capital' of the country due to the many rivers in the region. Later, we enjoy stunning scenery of the Buller Gorge before arriving to the Marlborough region, world-famous for its Sauvignon Blancs amongst other quality wines. This evening you will finish your adventure in the South Island in the pretty seaside fishing village of Picton. Stay: Beachcomber Inn, Picton (B/D)
10

Picton - Wellington

We'll cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound and across Cook Strait to Wellington for a city tour before 'Free Time' and then you'll visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, where you'll have time to explore New Zealand's nature, art, history and cultural heritage. Stay: Travelodge, Wellington (B/D)
11

Wellington - Rotorua

Travel along the Kapiti Coast, past the dairy farms of Manawatu to Tongariro National Park and discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu. Visit Taupo and drive along the shores of New Zealand's largest lake. View Huka Falls and pass the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter and gain an insight into traditional Maori culture followed by a delicious buffet dinner, at the Tamaki Family Marae. Stay Two Nights: Ibis Hotel, Rotorua (B/HD)
12

Rotorua

Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show, the multiaward- winning stage show, for a sample of farm life where you'll gain an exciting and informative insight into agriculture in New Zealand. See the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle feeding of lambs and an exciting sheep auction. Then enjoy an afternoon of 'Free Time' – perhaps visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park, abundant with Rainbow Trout and native fauna including the kiwi, or Te Puia, where a local Maori will guide you through the geothermal valley with its mud pools and geysers. (B)
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Optional Choice Farm Stay

Included Choice Farm StayA warm welcome awaits you on your New Zealand farm stay and your hosts will provide you with the wonderful Kiwi hospitality that really makes you feel 'at home'. Enjoy dinner and breakfast, a farm tour to introduce you to the way of life and comfortable accommodation in the farm home or cottages. You may choose to meet the animals, including sheep, cows, deer and many others, or simply relax and enjoy the the surroundings. Additional cost per person $65.
13

Rotorua - Waitomo Caves - Auckland

This morning travel through lush Waikato farmland to Waitomo Caves. See the amazing underground Glow Worm Grotto by boat and walk through the limestone caves. Later you'll follow the Waikato River, New Zealand's longest river, into Auckland, to enjoy a sightseeing tour of New Zealand's largest city. This evening celebrate your holiday at a farewell dinner with your Travel Director. Stay: VR Queen Street, Auckland (B/FD)
14

Farewell from Auckland

Explore Auckland at your leisure before you will be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Sightseeing Highlights

Best Buy Holiday Tour Inclusions

  • AAT Kings "Best Buys" Coach Holiday
  • Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats, panoramic windows
  • Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver
  • Twin share rooms with private facilities in comfortable hotels
  • Admissions Outlined in the Itinerary
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Included Meals

  • Full Buffet Breakfasts (13) (B)
  • Exciting Highlight Dinners (2) (HD)
  • Hotel Dinners (7) (D)
  • Farewell dinner (1) (FD)

Plus

  • Welcome Reception
  • Travel Wallet & Map of New Zealand
  • Hotel Porterage Included

Arrival & Departure

  • Day 1 from Christchurch Airport - Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm
  • Day 14 to Auckland Airport - Flights anytime

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur

Operator Details

AAT Kings Reviews: (344)
Tours on Sale: 86
Accommodation: 3.5-4.5 Star
Average Age: 55-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours, Small Group Tours & Short Breaks
Max Group Size(s): 49 & 20
Budget: Premium & Low Cost
Destinations: Australia, New Zealand

Reviews (8)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on New Zealand Marvel with AAT Kings.
Australia
Jan 2016
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
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.
Australia
Feb 2014
1 Trip
“A magical fortnight”
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From first contact with Global Journeys, the planning was very easy and Michelle was prompt and attentive. The follow-up and updates together with finer detail in ensuring that all forms were available instilled confidence as to how the tour itself would run. I wasn't disappointed as Ngaire and Chris from AAT Kings cared very well for the passengers on our tour and were very friendly, great sense of humour but very professional. The New Zealand landscape was beautiful and there was so much information that people driving around in their cars wouldn't get to hear. Well done Global Journeys and AAT Kings travel for a magical fortnight.
2017-18 SEASON
Jan 2018 - Aug 2018

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