New Zealand Marvel

14 Day Best Buys Tour from Christchurch to Auckland with AAT Kings

Read 10 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on AAT Kings 14 Day New Zealand Marvel. From the impressive display of the glaciers of the West Coast, to the sensational alpine landscape of Lake Tekapo and Mt. Cook National Park, right up to the extraordinary geysers of Rotorua...read more

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Best Buys Tour Starts In
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Christchurch
Best Buys Tour Ends In
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Auckland
Accomodation
Accomodation
3 - 4 Star
50
Max Group Size
50
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
New Zealand
Trip Operated By:
AAT Kings
AAT Kings
408 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.7 out of 5
10 Reviews
Trip Code:
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Itinerary

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1 Welcome to Christchurch
Welcome to Christchurch, New Zealand's Garden City. Flights can arrive any time prior to 4.00pm and you will be transferred from the airport to your Christchurch hotel. After you check in, you can head out and explore Christchurch. This evening, meet your fellow travelling companions and your Travel Director at a welcome reception at your hotel. Stay: Ibis Hotel Christchurch
2 Christchurch - Franz Josef Glacier
First up this morning you will board the historic TranzAlpine train and head out through the spectacular Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass. Then you head off to the drift-wood strewn beaches of Hokitika, to visit a pounamu factory (native greenstone or jade), to see master carvers at work. Maori tradition says it is bad luck to buy pounamu for yourself, so make sure you have someone there to purchase it for you. Your final destination for today is the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier. You may want to get up close to the icy glaciers on an optional helicopter flight. (weather permitting). Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B/D) Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)
3 Franz Josef Glacier - Queenstown
If weather conditions are unfavourable on Day 2, you will get another chance to fly to the glaciers this morning. Then you will head out of Franz following an ancient greenstone trail. View the sheer drop of Thunder Creek Falls and the grand sight of Mt Hooker, flanked on three sides by extensive glaciers. Travel over Haast Pass, marking a change from the rainforest of the wild West Coast to alpine scenery. From here you will travel further into Central Otago for a day of gorgeous lakes: charming Lake Wanaka, the vivid blue Lake Hawea, then Cromwell, on pristine Lake Dunstan. Taste stonefruit at a local orchard, then visit the faithfully restored gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown, wth its beautiful tree-lined avenues and 19th century wooden buildings. Then it's on to Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand! (B) Stay Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown
4 Queenstown at Leisure
Explore exciting Queenstown your way! Ride the Shotover Jet Boat or venture on a Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour; join a Central Otago wine tour, or visit Queenstown's Kiwi Birdlife Park. Your Travel Director will assist in booking your optional experiences. After a day of activity, enjoy a peaceful evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand's oldest steamship, TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station. Partake in a gourmet BBQ Highlight Dinner at Walter Peaks' Colonel's Homestead and then enjoy an entertaining after-dinner farm show. On the cruise back, join a vintage sing-a-long or grab your partner for a dance. (B/D)
5 Queenstown - Te Anau
Have your camera battery charged: today will be spectacular as you journey to Milford Sound. You will stop at Mirror Lakes, with stunning mountain scenery perfectly reflected in the waters, through rough-hewn Homer Tunnel, to be presented with one of the world's most dramatic alpine drives, down through the Cleddau Valley and its Chasm. Then it's on to cruise Milford Sound, taking in Bowen and Stirling Falls as these plummet from glacial hanging valleys sharply into the sea, and the sheer Mitre Peak, rising from the fiord. After leaving Milford Sound, you will take the stunning journey through the Fiordland National Park and out to Te Anau. This evening you have the opportunity to head across the lake to tour the Glow Worm Caves (optional experience - at own expense). Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B/D) Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel
6 Te Anau - Dunedin
Depart Te Anau this morning, and watch the forested, rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park turn into rolling, grassy hills as you head for the city of Dunedin - the Edinburgh of the South. This afternoon, you may wish to see more of the region. Take an optional wildlife cruise out to Otago Peninsula, visit the famous Speights Brewery or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. (B) Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
7 Dunedin - Omarama
After a free morning exploring Dunedin, you will then travel through to the township of Oamaru, with its stately tree-lined streets and famous white limestone buildings. Then you will journey along the Waitaki River, for a photo stop at the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Your day finishes in the heart of the Mackenzie Country at Omarama. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B/D) Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel
8 Omarama - Christchurch
You may want to take in Mount Cook, the Southern Alps and Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers on an optional scenic flight this morning (at own expense). Then you will visit the little stone-hewn Church of the Good Shepherd and, this afternoon, head out over the patchwork Canterbury Plains into Christchurch. Enjoy a city sights tour and see how Christchurch is rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Pop into the Transitional Cathedral in Latimer Square, the world's only cathedral made substantially of cardboard! Tonight, enjoy a dinner at your hotel. (B/D) Stay: Ibis Hotel Christchurch
9 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 ponds of the Lake Grassmere Salt Works, then travel to pretty seaside fishing village of Picton. Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B/D) Stay: Picton, Beachcomber Inn
10 Picton - Wellington
Enjoy a quiet start to the day, before you board the Interislander for a scenic cruise north across the Cook Strait. Upon arrival, you will head out on a city sights tour of Wellington taking in New Zealand's parliament buildings, and a visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, then enjoy some time at leisure. (B) Stay: Travelodge Wellington
11 Wellington - Rotorua
Travel along the Kapiti Coast, a traditional summer playground, then enjoy lunch provided by ‘Eat My Lunch', a charity that provides lunch for school children who otherwise would go without. The road unfolds in a broad panorama of stunning Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. An orientation tour of Rotorua takes in views of Lake Rotorua. Later, an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at the Tamaki Family Marae. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art and traditions, followed by a concert and an authentic Maori Hangi meal. (B/L/D) Stay Two Nights: Ibis Rotorua Hotel
12 Rotorua
Today is your chance to experience the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua: perhaps explore Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, and tour ‘behind the scenes' through the kiwi nursery and hatchery; visit Te Puia and join a guided tour through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, home to famous Pohutu Geyser and bubbling mud pools; and later, perhaps have a soak in the hot mineral waters of the Polynesian Spas. Your Travel Director will assist in booking optional experiences. (B)
13 Rotorua - Auckland
This morning you will travel through King Country to Waitomo Caves, to cruise the amazing underground Glow Worm Grotto and walk through the limestone caverns. This afternoon you will follow the meandering Waikato River past the lush farmlands through to the heart of New Zealand's largest city. You will stop at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial for stunning shots of Auckland, the North Shore and the Waitemata Harbour. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. (B/D) Stay: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites
14 Farewell from Auckland
Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. Your flights can depart any time today, and you will be transferred to Auckland Airport. (B)

AAT Kings Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Choose from a wide variety of sightseeing options – there is something to suit all tastes and travel styles
  • Explore famous Milford Sound and the spectacular Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Feel free to explore, with two nights in Rotorua and Queenstown to wine and TIME dine where you choose
  • Lunch is supplied through Eat My Lunch, supporting New Zealand children that may have gone to school without lunch
Trip Inclusions
  • 'Best Buys' Inclusions & Accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
Included Meals
  • 13 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 2 Highlight dinners
  • 5 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 of 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

Reviews (10)

14 Day New Zealand Marvel reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“New Zealand Marvel”
- WA, Australia Dec 2019

Our tour of New Zealand was really great although we found the pace a little bit rushed and would more than likely drive ourselves next time, allowing for longer stops along the way. The accommodation was good in most cases except for the last place we stayed in Auckland the VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites. We found the room to be not up to the standard for which we paid for in particular the bathroom was really small and would only fit one person at a time in it. The Tour Leader and coach driver...read more

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“New Zealand Marvel”
- VIC, Australia Feb 2018 1 Helpful Vote

Excellent tour, guide and driver. The hotels and food were excellent. Great sightseeing and highlight events. Some great included trips. Highly recommend.

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“Wonderful trip to New Zealand ”
- Australia Jan 2016 2 Helpful Votes

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.

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“Would do it again”
- WA, Australia Aug 2015

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.

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“An absolute bargain”
- TAS, Australia Mar 2015 2 Helpful Votes

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...read more

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