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SAVE NOW: New Zealand's Natural Splendour

Book by 16 Dec 2021 to save $600 per couple*

Take in the contrasts of two distinct islands. From Auckland’s sparkling harbour, to Rotorua’s geothermal wonderland, across to the rugged beauty of the West Coast and the untouched serenity of Milford Sound, another snapshot of New Zealand’s natural splendour reveals itself around every corner. Save $600 per couple when you pay in full by 16 December 2021 for selected travel departures between 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Mar 2023.

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9 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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About this holiday

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Milford Sound Scenic Cruise

Tour Highlights:

  • Local Connection - Enjoy a Be My Guest morning tea and hear about the world record-setting motorcycle, designed in a local family’s garage.
  • Cultural Immersion - Visit Tamaki Māori Village where Māori culture and traditions take centre stage with an authentic Hangi feast.
  • Insider Knowledge - Cruise Milford Sound on a nature cruise with a specialist guide, and discover the area’s spectacular wildlife and natural landscapes.
  • Sustainable Footprints - Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park and learn about the kiwi breeding program.

Inclusions

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  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 9 Full Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 2 Dinners
  • 1 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Highlight Dinner
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Accommodation

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The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • The Grand by SkyCity
  • Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
  • Millennium Hotel, Queenstown
  • Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo
  • Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Travel dates

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Please note prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may change without notice.

A SAVINGS OF UP TO $600 per couple applies to selected travel dates between 01 Jan 2022 and 31 Mar 2023 when paid in full by 16 December 2021. Ask our team for details!

  • Twin share - from $5740 per person
  • Sole Use - from $7307 per person
  • 22 Apr - 1 May 2022
  • 8 - 17 Jul 2022
  • 9 - 18 Sep 2022
  • 23 Sep - 2 Oct 2022
  • Twin share - from $6344 per person
  • Sole Use - from $8234 per person
  • 7 - 16 Oct 2022
  • 21 - 30 Oct 2022
  • 11 - 20 Nov 2022
  • 25 Nov - 4 Dec 2022
  • 9 - 18 Dec 2022
  • 23 Dec 2022 - 1 Jan 2023
  • 30 Dec 2022 - 8 Jan 2023
  • 27 Jan - 5 Feb 2023
  • 10 - 19 Feb 2023
  • 24 Feb - 5 Mar 2023
  • 17 - 26 Mar 2023
  • 24 Mar - 2 Apr 2023
  • 31 Mar - 9 Apr 2023

Call our local travel team on 1300 414 198 to secure your seat!

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Welcome to Auckland

Welcome to the City of Sails. On arrival in Auckland you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). Take some time to relax or venture out and start exploring New Zealand’s largest city before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner.

  • HotelThe Grand by SkyCity, 2 nights
  • Included MealsDinner with wine

Day 2 - Auckland

Embark on a city sightseeing tour this morning. Travel around the waterfront from central city out to Mission Bay. Prepare your camera for the stop at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, as you will get stunning shots of Auckland, the North Shore and the Waitemata. This afternoon is at leisure.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Auckland - Rotorua

Today, you’ll venture through Waikato region passing through Cambridge known as ‘The Town of Trees and Champions’ on your way to Rotorua. On arrival embark on an orientation of the area before visiting Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a guided tour of the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, the national leader in kiwi husbandry. Learn about the work being done to save New Zealand’s national bird, see kiwi eggs being incubated, the hatching process and newly hatched kiwi chicks. This evening enjoy a traditional Hangi Highlight Dinner and cultural performance at the Tamaki Maori Village.

  • Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

Day 4 - Rotorua - Queenstown

Your day starts with breakfast at Hobbiton, experience the iconic rolling hills and green pastures of the Hobbiton Movie Set as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies before continuing to Auckland to board your flight to Queenstown.Tonight, speak with your Travel Director about dining recommendations in Queenstown.

  • Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 3 nights
  • Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Milford Sound

Journey along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, over the Devil’s Staircase and along to Te Anau and its lake, the largest in theSouth Island. Experience magnificent scenery as you continue along this alpine highway to Fiordland National Park. Enjoy numerous photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat, Hollyford Valley lookout (Pop’s view), Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel towards the iconic Mitre Peak and the Bowen Falls andMilford Sound. Enjoy lunch and a cruise on this wonder of nature. Later, return to Queenstown for the evening.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 - Queenstown

Today choose from a range of optional sightseeing experiences. You could ride the world famous’ Shotover Jet or enjoy a cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue lunch at the Colonel’s Homestead. This evening, join your Travel Director for dinner at the BoatShed. Set in the restored historic Railway Shipping Office and relocated to its lakefront setting in 1936, The Boatshed with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables is the perfect venue for your highlight dinner.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Queenstown - Lake Tekapo

    Today you will leave the alpine wonderland of Queenstown behind, traveling through Central Otago to the Mackenzie region with time along the way to stop in Arrowtown thenCromwell, situated next to the pristine Lake Dunstan and taste delicious stone fruit at a local orchard. Continue over the dramatic Lindis Pass before reaching the Starlight Highway and Tekapo's world renowned UNESCO Aoraki McKenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. This afternoon enjoys the views of Mt Cook before heading to the iconic Church of the Good Shephard. This evening, see amazing constellations that can only be seen in the southern hemisphere, including the Southern Cross, to the Magellanic Clouds and the Milky Way. Your local specialist expert astronomy guide will enhance your knowledge and understanding of our Southern Skies as you admire and ponder the possibilities through our powerful optical telescopes.

    • Hotel: Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo
    • Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Day 8 - Lake Tekapo - Christchurch

    Enjoy a relaxed start before heading north through South Canterbury, visit the charming boutique village of Geraldine as you travel through to Christchurch.

    • Hotel: Distinction Christchurch Hotel, 2 nights
    • Included Meals: Breakfast

    Day 9 - Christchurch

    This morning see how Christchurch is rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, pop into the Transitional Cathedral in Latimer Square, the temporary home of the Christchurch Cathedral. It is the world’s only cathedral made substantially of cardboard! After a Christchurch city sights tour, you’re invited to a Be My Guest morning tea at the home of Tim and Isabelle Weston, owners of Britten Stables. Formerly a horse stables for nearby Mona Vale Gardens and following that, the birthplace of the world-record-setting Britten V1000 motorcycle designed and built in the garage by Isabelle's late father, John Britten. The couple restored the original charm of Britten Stables and transformed it into the exquisite home that it is today. This evening, join your Travel Director and Driver, and your new-found friends for a farewell dinner.

    • Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

    Day 10 - Farewell from Christchurch

    Your New Zealand holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. Your flights can depart any time today, and you will be transferred to Christchurch Airport.

    • Included Meals: Breakfast

    Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.

    Questions

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    Flight Information:

    • Day 1 - Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport
    • Day 4: Internal Flight required AKL – ZQN - Flight number: NZ623
    • Day 10 - Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport

    Fitness Requirements:

    • Low level of fitness required

    What to Bring:

    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
    • Water bottle
    • Camera
    • Jacket in cooler months
    Couldn't find an answer to your question? Ask us!

    Fine print

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    Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply. Valid for new bookings only.

    Pay Final payment by 16 Dec 2021 to receive discounted price.

    Authentic COVID-19 vaccination certificate (electronic or paper showing date and time of vaccination(s)) with final or booster dose given at least 15 days before departing is required for this trip. The wellbeing of our guests is our top priority. That’s why we’ve updated our vaccination policy to require all guests traveling with us through December 31, 2022 be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, which may include a booster shot to keep it current and valid. 

    *Save up to $1,000 per couple ($500 per person) on selected AAT Kings and Inspiring Journeys tours/holidays. Must be booked and paid in full by 16 Dec 2021. Offer valid for sale till 16 Dec 2021 for select travel departures from 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Mar 2023. Not combinable with any other discount. Discounts are subject to availability (for select tours and departures), limited seats, offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. For new bookings only. Excludes group and charter bookings. Other standard booking conditions apply. Please quote WILDAWAITSd at the time of booking. Updated 19 Oct 2021.