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AAT Kings 17 Day Kia Ora New Zealand

This 17 day tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Christchurch.


This epic New Zealand journey spans both Islands of this small, proud nation, revealing majestic snowcapped mountains, rugged coastlines, ice-blue lakes and sweeping rural vistas. Stories of the history and traditions of Māori culture and the intrepid settlers of Central Otago emerge as you travel from the stunning Bay of Islands in the north to the vibrant, multicultural city of Queenstown and awesome Milford Sound in the spectacular South Island.


Accommodation type on this tour is: Hotel 3 star.


This tour also features:

11 dinners

All breakfasts

Airport transfers

Interislander ferry crossing

TranzAlpine Train from Arthur's Pass to Christchurch

Cruise to Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock, Bay of Islands

Tamaki Maori Village show and dinner, Rotorua

Entrance to Agrodome and show

Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

Huka Falls Taupo

TSS Earnslaw cruise and dinner at Walter Peak high country farm, Queenstown

Real Journeys Milford Sound nature cruise

Christchurch City Sights tour

Greenstone Jade craft experience

Wellington City Sights Tour

Te Papa Museum of New Zealand


Itinerary summary for: AAT Kings 17 Day Kia Ora New Zealand

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland
Accommodation: VR Queen Street

Day 2: Pass though lush Northland farm country to reach the tropical Bay of Islands
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Day 3: Enjoy the beauty of this idyllic tropical area with a dolphin cruise, a sailing trip or relaxing on the beach
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Day 4: Return to Auckland via Whangarei and its quirky galleries
Accommodation: VR Queen Street

Day 5: Travel south through lush king country - stopping at Waitomo Caves - before continuing on to geothermal Rotorua
Accommodation: Ibis Rotorua

Day 6: Take a day to experience the thermal delights of Rotorua
Accommodation: Ibis Rotorua

Day 7: Stop at Huka Falls, cross the 'volcanic plateau' then traverse the Kapiti Coast to Wellington
Accommodation: Travelodge Wellington

Day 8: Cross the Cook Strait then cruise through the Marlborough Sounds to arrive in Picton
Accommodation: Hotel Beachcomber Inn Picton

Day 9: Today traverse the Pacific Ocean Road through Kaikoura, then cross Canterbury Plains to Christchurch
Accommodation: Hotel Ibis, Christchurch

Day 10: Head through the Mackenzie Basin to see lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, then arrive in Omarama
Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Day 11: Stop at the Benmore Dam and Oamaru before crossing into the rugged hills of Dunedin
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 12: Leaving Dunedin travel through rolling green farmland to reach Te Anau
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 13: Travel the magical Milford road into the heart of the sound. Cruise this spectacular fiord before making your way to Queenstown
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 14: Experience the delights of this pristine alpine town on your free day
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 15: You'll see Lakes Hawea, Wanaka and the Haast Pass, ending your drive in Franz Josef Glacier
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 16: Travel up the wild West Coast before crossing the spectacular Arthur's Pass via Tranz Alpine train to arrive in Christchurch
Accommodation: Hotel Ibis, Christchurch

Day 17: Depart Christchurch today