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AAT Kings 18 Day Essence of New Zealand

This 18 day tour starts in Christchurch and finishes in Auckland.


Create your perfect New Zealand holiday that will leave you a lifetime of golden memories. In the North Island, it may be the spirit and energy of a Māori cultural performance or thermal wonderland of Rotorua. Or in the South Island, the breathtaking beauty of its snow-capped mountain ranges and fiords and waterfalls of Milford Sound. Whatever your delight, there are many memories to take away and treasure.

All bookings for this tour require an additional NZD$500 per person deposit to secure the room on the overnight cruise.


Accommodation type on this tour is: Hotel 3 star.


This tour also features:

11 dinners

17 breakfasts

Airport transfers

Interislander ferry crossing

Tamaki Maori Village show and dinner, Rotorua

Entrance to Agrodome and show

Te Puia Maori Arts & Crafts

Huka Falls Taupo

Te Anau Glow Worm Caves

Real Journeys Milford Sound overnight cruise

Punakaiki Rocks

Greenstone Jade craft experience

Dunedin City Sights tour

Te Papa Museum of New Zealand

Wellington City Sights Tour

Napier City Sights Tour

Auckland City Sights Tour


Itinerary summary for: AAT Kings 18 Day Essence of New Zealand

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch
Accommodation: Hotel Ibis, Christchurch

Day 2: Head through the Mackenzie Basin and see turquoise lakes Pukaki and Tekapo before arriving in Omarama
Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Day 3: Leaving Omarama you'll stop at the Benmore Dam and Oamaru before crossing into the rugged hills of Dunedin
Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

Day 4: Leaving the rugged hills of Dunedin travel to Te Anau, then on to Milford Sound for an overnight cruise
Accommodation: Milford Mariner

Day 5: Return along the spectacular Milford Road before crossing grassy plains to Queenstown
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 6: Experience the delights of this pristine alpine town on your free day
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 7: Today you'll have another day to relax in beautiful Queenstown
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 8: You'll see Lakes Hawea, Wanaka and the Haast Pass, ending your drive in Franz Josef Glacier
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 9: Travel up the wild West Coast to reach your destination, Punakaiki
Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort

Day 10: Follow the Heritage Highway today through the Buller Gorge to arrive in Nelson
Accommodation: Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco

Day 11: Explore the best of this seaside town or venture into the Abel Tasman National Park
Accommodation: Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco

Day 12: Travel to Picton where you'll catch the ferry across the Cook Strait to Wellington
Accommodation: Travelodge Wellington

Day 13: A day to explore New Zealand's capital city
Accommodation: Travelodge Wellington

Day 14: Head through classic NZ dairy country to arrive in Art Deco Napier
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Day 15: Travel through to Lake Taupo today - stopping at Huka Falls - before continuing on to geothermal Rotorua
Accommodation: Ibis Rotorua

Day 16: Take a day to experience the thermal and cultural delights of Rotorua
Accommodation: Ibis Rotorua

Day 17: See the Agrodome Sheep Show before traveling though the dairy district of Waikato and on to Auckland
Accommodation: VR Queen Street

Day 18: Depart Auckland