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9 Day Southern Wonders

AAT Kings Tour starting in Christchurch and finishing in Christchurch

Read 17 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on AAT Kings's 9 Day Southern Wonders. Fresh air, magnificent scenery and outdoor activities are just some of the attractions that await you in 'the land of the long white cloud'. Sample the delicious fresh stone fruit of Cromwell....read more


Operator: AAT Kings
Type: Tour (Affordable)
Style: Best Buys
Max Group Size: 49
Duration: 9 Days
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Tour Code: LRQC
Visits: New Zealand
Our Price From:
$ 2,517
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day


Arrive Christchurch

On arrival in Christchurch you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Christchurch. This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner. Stay: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch (WR/D)

Christchurch – TranzAlpine - Franz Josef

First up this morning you'll board the TranzAlpine, one of the top 6 train journeys in the world, to journey through the Southern Alps to Arthur's Pass. Later, visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit before continuing south along the rugged coastal road to Franz Josef Glacier (optional scenic Franz Josef Glacier flight is available). Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing) (B/D)

Franz Josef - Queenstown

Climb over the Haast Pass to view Thunder Creek Falls and travel through dramatic mountain and forest scenery. Pass Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Journey through the Kawarau Gorge. Stop at Cromwell with its sensational stone fruit. Enjoy a visit to Arrowtown before continuing to Queenstown. Stay Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown (B)


Today is at leisure for you to enjoy the many scenic delights of Queenstown. Perhaps take an optional jet boat ride or try white water rafting. For the less adventurous there are garden and wine tours. 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 after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. (B/HD)

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 great sights from Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, where you'll cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. En route you'll drive through the hand-made Homer Tunnel to the abundant photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop's Lookout, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. This afternoon return to Te Anau. Tonight you have the option to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves. Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau (B/D)

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 (B/D)

Dunedin - Omarama

This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour around Dunedin with the opportunity to visit Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only authentic castle (own expense). Travel through Oamaru, then follow the Waitaki River, passing hydro electric dams at Waitaki and Aviemore, to Omarama. Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama (B/D)

Omarama - Christchurch

Travel past Mt Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's highest mountain. This afternoon stop at Lake Tekapo and view the Church of the Good Shepherd, then continue over the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Stay: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch (B)

Depart Christchurch

Your Holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Christchurch 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 (8) (B)
  • Exciting Highlight Dinners (1) (HD)
  • Hotel Dinners (5) (D)


  • 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 9 to Christchurch Airport - Flights to depart 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 (17)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Southern Wonders with AAT Kings.
SA, Australia
Mar 2017
1 Trip
“Beautiful scenery”
Booking With Global Journeys
Have booked online with Global Journeys on 2 occasions and cannot believe how simple and easy it has been. Documents have always been sent to us well before the departure date with no holdups. Global Journeys have always been prompt with their responses to emails. Love the way we can go online and view our booking.

This was our first trip with AATKings and found the bus very clean and comfortable. Overnight accommodation was excellent as was the breakfast and dinners. We found the bus driver to be quite aloof who did not interact with the group very much. The tour guide was good but tended to rubbish the Australians quite a bit. On the first day or 2 it came across as a joke but as the week progressed this became quite tiresome to listen to.

Were surprised to see that we were expected to give a large tip to the driver and the tour guide as New Zealand is not a country that ususally promotes tipping as a custom.
NSW, Australia
Mar 2017
1 Trip
“South Island of New Zealand - Ahhh!”
Booking With Global Journeys
I travelled with Isobel (Guide) and Paul (driver), who were both professional, knowledgeable, and attended to all details of the trip. I would travel with AAT Kings and book with Global Journeys again. Both guides knew the country and were able to contribute interesting stories of the places we passed through. Accommodation was a mixture of 'to be expected' and 'better than usual'. Meals were well done and hotel staff were prepared for large coach loads. My fellow passengers were from different parts of the world and this made it interesting. My outstanding memory was of the coach being driven perfectly to the canyon floor on what appeared to be one lane, twisting roads very, very close to steep drops. The scenery there was magnificent - towering alps down to pristine waterways.
NSW, Australia
Jan 2017
4 Helpful Votes
“Great holiday”
Booking With Global Journeys
We had a wonderful time! This was our first extended coach tour, as we normally like to do our own thing. AAT Kings were excellent; Mel our tour guide and Rob our driver made the trip memorable. We met and enjoyed the company of many fellow travellers from around the world and we all had lots of fun together and great memories to share. All the accommodation was excellent as well.

The scenery in the South Island of New Zealand is stunning and we miss the freshness and cool temperatures since coming back to the sweltering heat in Sydney. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and would love to visit the North Island now, probably how we did this trip - on a coach tour, with AAT Kings and then some time with a car.
QLD, Australia
Nov 2016
1 Helpful Vote
“Scenic South Island NZ Tour ”
Booking With Global Journeys
We really enjoyed the tour content, the comfortable coach, the friendly Tour Guide and Coach Driver, and the varied age range and Nationalities of our fellow travellers. The weather was great, not too cold, and mostly sunny days, so a good time of the year for NZ. They day trip to Milford Sound was awesome, again great weather, and the scenery was incredible. Another highlight was Lake Tekapo where the lupins in bloom provided an awesome sight. All in all, we saw a lot in 9 days - obviously a longer tour would be even better, however we would certainly recommend this tour for a good insight into the South Island.
VIC, Australia
Oct 2016
1 Helpful Vote
“Wonderful trip through the South Island”
Booking With Global Journeys
Everything happened without a hitch. AAT Kings are a good tour group. Very impressed. The weather was kind for the two places l really wanted to see - Queenstown and Milford Sound.
2017-18 SEASON
Jan 2018 - Aug 2018

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