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This non-exclusive group tour takes in the enormous variety of scenery across New Zealand, from Auckland’s sparkling harbour to Rotorua’s geothermal activity, across to the rugged beauty of the west coast and the serenity of Milford Sound. Along the way, meet with friendly locals passionate about their culture and lifestyles.
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On arrival in Auckland, you will be met and
transferred to Stamford Plaza Auckland Hotel
for 2 nights. In the evening, join the rest of the
group for a welcome dinner. (D)
Morning tour of Auckland’s city sights before a cruise around Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour, the best way to see the ‘City of Sails’. (B)
Depart from Auckland and enjoy a country
lunch at Waikato Farm, the home of Lance
and Bridgette O’Sullivan – New Zealand horse
racing royalty. Continue to Rotorua. This
evening experience a Maori hangi feast (food
cooked over hot stones) and concert. Stay
overnight at the Millennium Hotel. (B, L, D)
Visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park this morning where you may spot the kiwi bird. Visit Te Puia thermal reserve and see the stunning geysers. This afternoon, fly to Christchurch and stay 1 night at the Distinction Hotel. (B)
Journey across the Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass on the spectacular TranzAlpine train. Visit Hokitika, home to the native greenstone (jade) for a jewellery demonstration. Continue to Franz Josef glacier. Stay overnight at the Te Waonui Forest Retreat. (B, D)
Drive over the Haast Pass, passing lakes Wanaka and Hawea, the town of Cromwell and the historic mining village of Arrowtown. Continue to Queenstown for an orientation tour. This evening join your travel director for dinner at The Boatshed with spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range. Stay at the Millennium Hotel, Queenstown for 3 nights. (B, D)
Journey over the Devil’s Staircase and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake, the largest in South Island. Travel through Fiordland National Park, a world heritage area of glaciers and mountain ranges. Continue to Milford Sound with photo opportunities at scenic sights en route. Join a lunch cruise on Milford Sound before returning to Queenstown this evening. (B, L)
Day at leisure to explore Queenstown; optional
excursions include a ride on the exhilarating
Shotover Jet, a 4x4 excursion through Skippers
Canyon or a wine tour of Gibbston Valley
Winery. This evening join your travel director
for a farewell dinner at The Boatshed, with
spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the
Remarkables mountain range. (B, D)
Morning at leisure before an afternoon
transfer to Christchurch airport to fly home or
continue your holiday. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
International and internal flights are not included with this itinerary. For flight options and prices, speak to your Cox & Kings travel consultant.
Please note that this tour is operated by AAT Kings on a non-exclusive basis. Therefore other passengers may or may not be Cox & Kings clients.
Please note the itinerary is provisional and subject to change. Itinerary and departure dates may change from 1st October 2019. For more information and prices, please contact your Cox & Kings travel consultant.
This tour is based in 4-star accommodation.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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CNZ2019: 8 Nights
Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is poised between two large harbours...
The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch is an entertaining mixture of refined lifestyle and cultural excitement. The tranquil...
Rotorua Located on North Island's volcanic plateau, the town of Rotorua is the...
The village is the gateway to the Franz Josef Glacier. This glacier was first documented by Abel Tasman in 1642...
The resort town of Queenstown is sophisticated and fantastically scenic. Its lake and mountain landscape is suited...