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This non-exclusive group tour offers a
comprehensive tour of New Zealand,
taking in highlights across the length
and breadth of the country, from thermal
pools and Maori culture in North Island
to dramatic fiord cruises and rainforest
walks in South Island.
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On arrival in Auckland, you will be met and
transferred to the Cordis Hotel for 1 night. Evening
welcome dinner with the rest of the group. (D)
Morning tour of Auckland’s city sights before
travelling south towards Rotorua. En route, visit
the glow-worm caves at Waitomo. Stay 2 nights
at the Millennium Hotel Rotorua. (B)
Choose from a selection of included tours:
unwind at the Polynesian Spa, visit Te Puia
and explore the Whakarewarewa Thermal
Reserve, take a tour of the Hobbiton movie
set or explore Rotorua and its three lakes in
an amphibious second world war-era ‘Duck’. Tonight, gain an insight into Maori culture with
a Maori hangi feast (food cooked using hot
stones) and concert. (B, D)
Travel south to New Zealand’s capital city,
Wellington. En route, drive along the shores of
Lake Taupo and pass Tongariro National Park.
Enjoy an exclusive after-hours guided tour of
Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Stay at James
Cook Grand Chancellor for 1 night. (B, D)
Morning at leisure to explore Wellington before
a visit to Te Papa, the National Museum of New
Zealand. In the afternoon, board the Interislander
ferry for a scenic cruise to South Island. On arrival,
take a panoramic city tour of Blenheim before
transferring to the Chateau Marlborough for
1 night. Tonight, dinner will be accompanied by
wines of the region, which have been paired with
the meal. (B, D)
Morning drive south to Christchurch, visiting
the whale-watching town of Kaikoura en route,
where there will be time to join an optional
whale-watching cruise. On arrival, transfer to
the Distinction Christchurch for 1 night. (B)
In the morning, travel to a working farm for a
barbecue lunch before travelling south to Twizel.
En route, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd
at Lake Tekapo and see the spectacular Mount
Cook National Park. Stay overnight at MacKenzie
Country Inn. (B, L, D)
Travel from Twizel to Dunedin, passing the Waitaki
Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore dam. On
arrival in Dunedin, there will be a short orientation
tour before spending the remainder of the
afternoon at leisure. Stay overnight at the Scenic
Hotel Southern Cross. (B, D)
In the morning, choose from a selection of
included tours such as a visit to New Zealand’s
only castle, Larnach Castle, a ride on the historic
Taieri Gorge Railway, a wildlife cruise or a tour of
Speight’s Brewery. In the afternoon, travel to the
lakeside town of Te Anau. Stay overnight at the
Distinction Hotel. (B, D)
Morning drive to Milford Sound and join a scenic
cruise. Continue to Queenstown for an orientation
tour. Stay 2 nights at the Millennium Hotel. (B)
Choose from a selection of included excursions:
ride the Shotover Jet, take a gondola to Bob’s Peak
for thrilling luge rides, take a 4x4 minibus tour
through spectacular Skippers Canyon, visit Kiwi
Birdlife Park or journey deep into the mountains
to Mount Nicholas High Country Farm for lunch.
Evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu Walter Peak
Station with an after-dinner farm show providing
an insight into country farm life. (B, D)
In the morning, travel to Franz Josef, home to
the world’s most accessible glacier. En route,
pass spectacular scenery, stop at the historic
gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown and
take a short rainforest walk. Stay overnight at
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef. (B, D)
This morning enjoy an exhilarating adventure
among the temperate rainforest on the West
Coast Treetop Walk. Travel north to Punakaiki,
the Pancake Rocks and blowhole. Overnight at
Punakaiki Resort. (B, D)
Morning at leisure before travelling to
Arthur’s Pass, where you will join the
TranzAlpine train for a spectacular journey
across the dramatic Southern Alps to
Christchurch, considered one of the most
spectacular rail journeys in the world. On
arrival, transfer to the Distinction Christchurch
for 1 night. (B, D)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to
Christchurch airport to fly home or continue your
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival
This tour is based in 4-star
International and internal flights are
not included with this itinerary. For flight options
and prices, please speak to your Cox & Kings
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 1 October
2019. For more information and prices, please
contact your Cox & Kings tour consultant.
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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NZX2019: 14 Nights
To my friends I describe holidays with Cox & Kings as like 'floating along in a protected bubble without a care in the world!' Knowing that mundane travel matters will be taken care of, accommodation will be of a high standard and the advice given prior to the holiday by your travel consultants will be excellent is the essence of your appeal.Mrs Tooley
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