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AAT Kings 14 Day Southern Spirit

This 14 day tour starts in Christchurch and finishes in Wellington.


Discover the most pristine landscapes on the planet and gain an understanding of the rich Māori culture on this remarkable journey through New Zealand's South Island. From the drama of plunging glacial valleys and rugged snowcapped peaks to the serenity of silent, crystal-clear lakes, the traveller is awed at every turn. The small but vibrant cosmopolitan cities studded throughout the Island are the human face of this natural wonderland.

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:

9 dinners

All breakfasts

Airport transfers

Interislander ferry crossing

Real Journeys Milford Sound overnight cruise

Te Anau Glow Worm Caves

Wellington City Sights Tour

Te Papa Museum of New Zealand

Christchurch City Sights tour

Greenstone Jade craft experience

Punakaiki Rocks


Itinerary summary for: AAT Kings 14 Day Southern Spirit

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 then 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 before 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 a 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: Depart Wellington