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Spirit of New Zealand

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Fully Guided Coach Group Scenic / Sightseeing
Our Price From 9,197 Per Person
Exclusive Savings 203 Per Person
 Trip Length
21 Days
 Trip Starts
Christchurch
 Trip Finishes
Auckland
21 Day Spirit of New Zealand Itinerary (AAT Kings)
Countries Explored: New Zealand
Our Price From 9,197 Per Person
Exclusive Savings 203 Per Person
 Trip Length
21 Days
 Trip Starts
Christchurch
 Trip Finishes
Auckland
21 Day Spirit of New Zealand Itinerary (AAT Kings)
Countries Explored: New Zealand
Accommodation
3 - 4 Star
Max. Group Size
49
Trip Style
Best Buys
Trip Code
LCQB
Accommodation
3 - 4 Star
Max. Group Size
49
Trip Style
Best Buys
Trip Code
LCQB

Overview

Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on AAT Kings 21 Day Spirit of New Zealand. Indulge in a little star-gazing before retiring to your private cabin for your overnight stay on Milford Sound. Journey out to Abel Tasman National Park and take a stroll along seemingly untouched golden beaches. Hear how the coastal city of Napier was rebuilt in Art Deco style after the earthquake of 1931.
Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on AAT Kings 21 Day Spirit of New Zealand. Indulge in a little star-gazing before retiring to your private cabin for your overnight stay on Milford Sound. Journey out to Abel Tasman National Park and take a stroll along seemingly untouched golden beaches. Hear how the coastal city of Napier was rebuilt in Art Deco style after the earthquake of 1931.

Itinerary

Welcome to Christchurch, New Zealand's Garden City. Flights can arrive any time prior to 4.00pm. After you check in, you can head out and explore Christchurch. This evening, meet your fellow travellers and your Travel Director at a welcome reception at your hotel. Stay: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

After a Christchurch city sights tour, you will head out over the patchwork Canterbury Plains for spectacular sightseeing across turquoise Lake Tekapo, rugged hills and snow-capped mountains. You will view the little stone-hewn Church of the Good Shepherd, and there is the chance to take a scenic flight out over New Zealand's highest peak, the Southern Alps and on to Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers (optional experience - at own expense). Your day finishes in the heart of the Mackenzie Country at Omarama. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B/D) Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Your day starts with a journey along the Waitaki River, and a photo stop at the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. You will then travel through to Oamaru, with its stately tree-lined streets and famous white limestone buildings. This afternoon you will reach the country's southernmost city, Dunedin. With the rest of your free afternoon you may choose an optional excursion to see more of the region: take a wildlife cruise out to Otago Peninsula, visit the famous Speights Brewery, or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. (B) Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

This morning we leave Dunedin and travel through lush green pastures, crossing sheep-filled farming land through to Gore, the country music capital of New Zealand for a lunch stop. As your journey continues, you arrive in Invercargill, New Zealand's southernmost city. This commercial hub is full of grand architecture and gardens. A city obsessed with motoring history, there are tributes to speed legends across town, from the famous Burt Munro to Bill Richardson and his shed full of classic vehicles – the largest private collection of its type in the world. This afternoon you will have some free time to explore this city and its offerings. (B) Stay Two Nights: Kelvin Hotel Invercargill

Board a ferry at Bluff and cruise to Stewart Island. Stewart Island is known by locals as Rakiura which is the Maori reference to Glowing Skies. It has been described as rugged, pristine and tranquil – and rightly so as 97% of the island is designated National Park and Conservation Estate. This means the birdlife, native flora & fauna and other natural environmental features have been able to thrive. Once you arrive, you will gain an entertaining insight into New Zealand's southernmost community and learn about the history and environment of Stewart Island on a Village and Bays tour.

Later, enjoy some free time. Join a guided sail around Paterson Inlet that will take you past unique places including Acker's Cottage before docking at Ulva Island to admire the bird life and native flora. For a more active option you could hire an E-bike and explore the Island for yourself. Travel back to Bluff by ferry before arriving back to your accommodation in Invercargill. (B)

Enjoy a relaxed start in Invercargill before departing for Queenstown. Known for its adventure you will have a free afternoon to explore. Take the opportunity to encounter a Queenstown legend and ride the Shotover Jet Boat or venture out on a Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour. If laid-back and relaxed is more your idea of fun, then join a Wine Tour and sample some of Central Otago's award-winning wines. Your AAT Kings Travel Director will assist you in booking all your chosen optional experiences.

This evening, why not sit back and enjoy a peaceful evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand's oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station (Optional Experience, own expense). Launched in 1912, the TSS Earnslaw is the largest and grandest vessel ever to ply Lake Wakatipu. Today, the TSS Earnslaw is believed to be the only coal-fired passenger carrying vessel still operating in the southern hemisphere. Partake in a gourmet BBQ Highlight Dinner at Walter Peaks' Colonel's Homestead and then enjoy an entertaining after-dinner farm show providing a glimpse into high-country farm life. On the cruise back to Queenstown, join in a vintage sing-along or grab your partner for a dance across the polished wooden floors of the Earnslaw . (B) Stay Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown

While Queenstown wears its Global Adventure badge proudly, it's also the perfect place to relax and explore. The town boasts great shopping with luxury brands, iconic New Zealand design stores and boutique fashion. If bungy jumping or tree-to-tree ziplining aren't your cup of tea, consider an Optional Experience to spectacular Milford Sound, travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Fiordland National Park. Experience magnificent scenery and many photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat, Hollyford Valley lookout (Pop's view), Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel towards the iconic Mitre Peak and the Bowen Falls before reaching Milford Sound for your cruise. (B)

This morning you will begin the passage through Central Otago and out to Westland, stopping along the way to visit the faithfully restored gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. From here you will travel to Cromwell, alongside the sparkling waters of Lake Dunstan, to taste delicious stonefruit at a local orchard. It is a day of gorgeous lakes, as you travel further into Central Otago to view the vivid blue Lake Hawea, followed by charming Lake Wanaka. You will travel over Haast Pass, changing from alpine scenery to the rainforest marvels of the wild West Coast. View the sheer drop of Thunder Creek Falls and grand Mt Hooker, flanked on three sides by extensive glaciers. Our final destination 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)

If weather conditions are unfavourable on Day 15, you will get another chance to fly to the glaciers this morning. 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. Then, continue to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Tonight you will stay in an eco-friendly, waterfront resort. Enjoy dinner while watching the thundering surf at your doorstep. (B/D) Stay: The Ocean View Retreat - Punakaiki

Soak up the scenic wilderness of the Heritage Highway through the impressive Buller Gorge and the Kahurangi National Park before arriving in Nelson. (B) Stay Two Nights: The Rutherford Hotel

Perhaps enjoy a relaxing cruise in the Abel Tasman National Park, take a short bush walk, relax in sunny Nelson or explore the many arts and craft shops. The choice is yours! (B)

This morning, we travel to the pretty seaside fishing village of Picton where you will have some free time before you board the Interislander for a scenic cruise north across the Cook Strait. Once in Wellington enjoy an evening of leisure, dining as you wish in Wellington. (B) Stay Two Nights: Travelodge Wellington

You have a day at leisure to see the sights of your choice. Perhaps take a tour of Parliament or one of the Lord of the Rings movie tours. Enjoy the cafés or shop till you drop! This evening, enjoy a dinner at your hotel. (B/D)

You'll have lunch today provided by ‘Eat My Lunch', a charity that provides lunch for school children who otherwise would go without. Travel through dairy-farming land to Napier - levelled by earthquake and fire in 1931 but rebuilt in just two years. Nowhere else in the world can you see such a concentration of buildings in the styles of the 1930s. A Local Guide will accompany you on a walking tour. (B/L) Stay: Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Enjoy a leisurely start before journeying to Lake Taupo, the country's largest lake. Visit spectacular Huka Falls, then it's on to Rotorua for an orientation tour. Tonight 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/D) Stay Two Nights : Sudima Hotel

Today is your chance to experience the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua: perhaps 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)

Today you will follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River, New Zealand's longest river, past the lush farmlands of the Waikato Region. As you journey over the Bombay Hills, the landscape changes from green, grassy meadowlands to the edges of suburbia.

As you make your way into the heart of New Zealand's largest city, you will discover what it takes to make shape and become an All Black at The All-Blacks Experience. This interactive experience celebrates New Zealand's rugby heritage, achievements, and culture through exceptional innovation and technology. Your guided tour will feature the jaw-dropping, knee-trembling haka on a four-metre-high screen and entry to the interactive Step-Up zone where you can compare your kicking, catching, and lineout skills to current All Blacks and Black Ferns players. (B) Stay: Holiday Inn Express Auckland City

This morning depart Auckland City over the Harbour Bridge and through Northland's lush farmland before arriving into the beautiful Bay of Islands. Your guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds discovers the stories, people and events that shaped the past, present and future of Aotearoa New Zealand. During your visit you will view the world's largest ceremonial war canoe, the historic Treaty House and carved Meeting House. Stand on the spot where Māori chiefs first signed their accord with the British Crown, the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B/D) Stay Two Nights: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms

Today is completely free for you to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands: perhaps take a coach trip up to Cape Reinga, the very top of New Zealand via idyllic Ninety Mile Beach, sail aboard a historic tall ship, enjoy a wine tour of the region, or join a tour of Russell and learn more about the region's history. Tonight, you are free to dine as you wish. Your Travel Director will assist in booking optional experiences. (B)

Enjoy a leisurely morning before you travel back to Auckland. You will journey south to Whangarei, the northernmost city in New Zealand, to wander around the art galleries and through the marina in the Town Basin. Celebrate your holiday at a farewell dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends. (B/D) Stay: Holiday Inn Express Auckland City

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. (B)

Welcome to Christchurch, New Zealand's Garden City. Flights can arrive any time prior to 4.00pm. After you check in, you can head out and explore Christchurch. This evening, meet your fellow travellers and your Travel Director at a welcome reception at your hotel. Stay: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

After a Christchurch city sights tour, you will head out over the patchwork Canterbury Plains for spectacular sightseeing across turquoise Lake Tekapo, rugged hills and snow-capped mountains. You will view the little stone-hewn Church of the Good Shepherd, and there is the chance to take a scenic flight out over New Zealand's highest peak, the Southern Alps and on to Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers (optional experience - at own expense). Your day finishes in the heart of the Mackenzie Country at Omarama. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B/D) Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Your day starts with a journey along the Waitaki River, and a photo stop at the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. You will then travel through to Oamaru, with its stately tree-lined streets and famous white limestone buildings. This afternoon you will reach the country's southernmost city, Dunedin. With the rest of your free afternoon you may choose an optional excursion to see more of the region: take a wildlife cruise out to Otago Peninsula, visit the famous Speights Brewery, or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. (B) Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

This morning we leave Dunedin and travel through lush green pastures, crossing sheep-filled farming land through to Gore, the country music capital of New Zealand for a lunch stop. As your journey continues, you arrive in Invercargill, New Zealand's southernmost city. This commercial hub is full of grand architecture and gardens. A city obsessed with motoring history, there are tributes to speed legends across town, from the famous Burt Munro to Bill Richardson and his shed full of classic vehicles – the largest private collection of its type in the world. This afternoon you will have some free time to explore this city and its offerings. (B) Stay Two Nights: Kelvin Hotel Invercargill

Board a ferry at Bluff and cruise to Stewart Island. Stewart Island is known by locals as Rakiura which is the Maori reference to Glowing Skies. It has been described as rugged, pristine and tranquil – and rightly so as 97% of the island is designated National Park and Conservation Estate. This means the birdlife, native flora & fauna and other natural environmental features have been able to thrive. Once you arrive, you will gain an entertaining insight into New Zealand's southernmost community and learn about the history and environment of Stewart Island on a Village and Bays tour.

Later, enjoy some free time. Join a guided sail around Paterson Inlet that will take you past unique places including Acker's Cottage before docking at Ulva Island to admire the bird life and native flora. For a more active option you could hire an E-bike and explore the Island for yourself. Travel back to Bluff by ferry before arriving back to your accommodation in Invercargill. (B)

Enjoy a relaxed start in Invercargill before departing for Queenstown. Known for its adventure you will have a free afternoon to explore. Take the opportunity to encounter a Queenstown legend and ride the Shotover Jet Boat or venture out on a Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour. If laid-back and relaxed is more your idea of fun, then join a Wine Tour and sample some of Central Otago's award-winning wines. Your AAT Kings Travel Director will assist you in booking all your chosen optional experiences.

This evening, why not sit back and enjoy a peaceful evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand's oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station (Optional Experience, own expense). Launched in 1912, the TSS Earnslaw is the largest and grandest vessel ever to ply Lake Wakatipu. Today, the TSS Earnslaw is believed to be the only coal-fired passenger carrying vessel still operating in the southern hemisphere. Partake in a gourmet BBQ Highlight Dinner at Walter Peaks' Colonel's Homestead and then enjoy an entertaining after-dinner farm show providing a glimpse into high-country farm life. On the cruise back to Queenstown, join in a vintage sing-along or grab your partner for a dance across the polished wooden floors of the Earnslaw . (B) Stay Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown

While Queenstown wears its Global Adventure badge proudly, it's also the perfect place to relax and explore. The town boasts great shopping with luxury brands, iconic New Zealand design stores and boutique fashion. If bungy jumping or tree-to-tree ziplining aren't your cup of tea, consider an Optional Experience to spectacular Milford Sound, travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Fiordland National Park. Experience magnificent scenery and many photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat, Hollyford Valley lookout (Pop's view), Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel towards the iconic Mitre Peak and the Bowen Falls before reaching Milford Sound for your cruise. (B)

This morning you will begin the passage through Central Otago and out to Westland, stopping along the way to visit the faithfully restored gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. From here you will travel to Cromwell, alongside the sparkling waters of Lake Dunstan, to taste delicious stonefruit at a local orchard. It is a day of gorgeous lakes, as you travel further into Central Otago to view the vivid blue Lake Hawea, followed by charming Lake Wanaka. You will travel over Haast Pass, changing from alpine scenery to the rainforest marvels of the wild West Coast. View the sheer drop of Thunder Creek Falls and grand Mt Hooker, flanked on three sides by extensive glaciers. Our final destination 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)

If weather conditions are unfavourable on Day 15, you will get another chance to fly to the glaciers this morning. 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. Then, continue to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Tonight you will stay in an eco-friendly, waterfront resort. Enjoy dinner while watching the thundering surf at your doorstep. (B/D) Stay: The Ocean View Retreat - Punakaiki

Soak up the scenic wilderness of the Heritage Highway through the impressive Buller Gorge and the Kahurangi National Park before arriving in Nelson. (B) Stay Two Nights: The Rutherford Hotel

Perhaps enjoy a relaxing cruise in the Abel Tasman National Park, take a short bush walk, relax in sunny Nelson or explore the many arts and craft shops. The choice is yours! (B)

This morning, we travel to the pretty seaside fishing village of Picton where you will have some free time before you board the Interislander for a scenic cruise north across the Cook Strait. Once in Wellington enjoy an evening of leisure, dining as you wish in Wellington. (B) Stay Two Nights: Travelodge Wellington

You have a day at leisure to see the sights of your choice. Perhaps take a tour of Parliament or one of the Lord of the Rings movie tours. Enjoy the cafés or shop till you drop! This evening, enjoy a dinner at your hotel. (B/D)

You'll have lunch today provided by ‘Eat My Lunch', a charity that provides lunch for school children who otherwise would go without. Travel through dairy-farming land to Napier - levelled by earthquake and fire in 1931 but rebuilt in just two years. Nowhere else in the world can you see such a concentration of buildings in the styles of the 1930s. A Local Guide will accompany you on a walking tour. (B/L) Stay: Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Enjoy a leisurely start before journeying to Lake Taupo, the country's largest lake. Visit spectacular Huka Falls, then it's on to Rotorua for an orientation tour. Tonight 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/D) Stay Two Nights : Sudima Hotel

Today is your chance to experience the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua: perhaps 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)

Today you will follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River, New Zealand's longest river, past the lush farmlands of the Waikato Region. As you journey over the Bombay Hills, the landscape changes from green, grassy meadowlands to the edges of suburbia.

As you make your way into the heart of New Zealand's largest city, you will discover what it takes to make shape and become an All Black at The All-Blacks Experience. This interactive experience celebrates New Zealand's rugby heritage, achievements, and culture through exceptional innovation and technology. Your guided tour will feature the jaw-dropping, knee-trembling haka on a four-metre-high screen and entry to the interactive Step-Up zone where you can compare your kicking, catching, and lineout skills to current All Blacks and Black Ferns players. (B) Stay: Holiday Inn Express Auckland City

This morning depart Auckland City over the Harbour Bridge and through Northland's lush farmland before arriving into the beautiful Bay of Islands. Your guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds discovers the stories, people and events that shaped the past, present and future of Aotearoa New Zealand. During your visit you will view the world's largest ceremonial war canoe, the historic Treaty House and carved Meeting House. Stand on the spot where Māori chiefs first signed their accord with the British Crown, the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B/D) Stay Two Nights: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms

Today is completely free for you to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands: perhaps take a coach trip up to Cape Reinga, the very top of New Zealand via idyllic Ninety Mile Beach, sail aboard a historic tall ship, enjoy a wine tour of the region, or join a tour of Russell and learn more about the region's history. Tonight, you are free to dine as you wish. Your Travel Director will assist in booking optional experiences. (B)

Enjoy a leisurely morning before you travel back to Auckland. You will journey south to Whangarei, the northernmost city in New Zealand, to wander around the art galleries and through the marina in the Town Basin. Celebrate your holiday at a farewell dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends. (B/D) Stay: Holiday Inn Express Auckland City

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Explore beautiful Abel Tasman National Park on a full-day walk or a half-day cruise on optional experiences in Nelson
  • Enjoy a great mix of included activities and free time that'll truly make you feel like you're on holiday
  • Lunch is supplied through Eat My Lunch, supporting New Zealand children that may have gone to school without lunch

  • 'Best Buys' Inclusions & Accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

  • 20 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Highlight dinner
  • 5 Dinners
  • 1 Farewell dinner

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months

  • Day 1 - Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport
  • Day 21 - Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport

  • Low level of fitness required

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included
  • Transfers not included

  • Explore beautiful Abel Tasman National Park on a full-day walk or a half-day cruise on optional experiences in Nelson
  • Enjoy a great mix of included activities and free time that'll truly make you feel like you're on holiday
  • Lunch is supplied through Eat My Lunch, supporting New Zealand children that may have gone to school without lunch

  • 'Best Buys' Inclusions & Accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

  • 20 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Highlight dinner
  • 5 Dinners
  • 1 Farewell dinner

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months

  • Day 1 - Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport
  • Day 21 - Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport

  • Low level of fitness required

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included
  • Transfers not included

Trip Reviews (1) Most Recent 'Spirit of New Zealand' Reviews

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The Long White Cloud 6 , United Kingdom, Mar 2016
I have travelled with AAT Kings before and again this holiday was up to expectations. This tour states clearly it does not use five star hotels but hotels were always well equipped and spotlessly clean although some were a little faded in decor. Our tour guide was exceptional, such an enthusiastic, helpful, approachable and friendly person who conveyed to us her passion for her country. She was very knowledgeable and always had a welcoming smile on her face. Our driver too was very experienced and drove very safely leaving his passengers relaxed and comfortable in the very modern and smart coach which he kept immaculately clean. He also personally added a great deal to our trip experience. The tour itinerary was comprehensive covering the major sites of both North and South Islands. Highlights for me were many, staying overnight in a boat on Milford Sound, the Abel Tasman National Park, glow-worm caves, thermal pools, the Bay Of Islands and its beautiful coastline and turquoise sea. I could go on and on. The scenery is stunning and quite variable as you travel through different areas. I think the optional tours were quite expensive but everyone who joined them had an amazing experience.

Queenstown seems to be the adventure capital of the world and I loved staying the extra nights there to really get a feel for the place. The tour pace was good considering the miles we had to travel with obviously some early starts but then with quieter time interspersed and some free days for exploring on ones own. The stops for toilet breaks and coffee were welcome and often included some place of interest. I would definitely say to anyone thinking of joining this tour don't just think about it, do it! You won't be disappointed. I travelled in March and it was a little cooler but if you want to avoid the crowds this is the month to go. I would avoid January because the children from New Zealand I think are still off school and so there are more native people travelling as well as people from abroad. February is a good month to go but may be a little too hot for someone and is definitely busier I am told. It is amazing how you join a tour group with complete strangers. I always travel alone and end up having made some new friends. It is a sociable experience and if you are people friendly and respect one other then you will fit in very well.

As for my experience with booking with Global Journeys I would not hesitate to recommend them and I would certainly use them again. The consultant I dealt with was very efficient and friendly. She responded to my e-mails promptly. I have no complaints in that respect and can only compliment her on her high level of efficiency.
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Thursday 06 Feb 2025
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Thursday 06 Apr 2023
Wednesday 26 Apr 2023
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Thursday 28 Nov 2024
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Thursday 12 Dec 2024
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Thursday 19 Dec 2024
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Thursday 26 Dec 2024
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Thursday 30 Jan 2025
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Thursday 06 Feb 2025
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