Best of New Zealand First Choice Guided Vacation

18 days,

17 nights |

from $6875 per person*

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TOUR CODE: ZABC/ZCBA

From the pristine white beaches of the North Island to the snow-capped peaks of the South, you’ll explore every nook of New Zealand on this magnificent journey. A heart-pounding haka welcomes you to Rotorua for a taste of Maori culture, while a world-renowned train journey tops off your time in the land of The Long White Cloud with scenic splendour.

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
  • Travel2 After Hours Emergency Travel Assistance

Tour Highlights

  • Cruise through ‘Hole in the Rock’ in the Bay of Islands
  • Discover Waitomo & its Glowworm Grotto
  • Immerse yourself in Maori culture at the Tamaki Maori Village
  • Journey through Mt. Ruapehu Tongariro National Park
  • Explore Te Papa Museum of New Zealand
  • Savour a BBQ at Morelea
  • Travel past magical glaciers, mountains & rainforest en route to Milford Sound
  • Taste Central Otago stone fruit at a orchard
  • Discover Franz Josef Glacier
  • Visit a jade factory & see artists at work
  • Walk around Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
  • Travel aboard the TranzAlpine Train
  • Included Choice experiences
  • New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

  • Day 1: Flights to arrive prior to 4pm into Auckland
  • Day 18: Flights anytime from Christchurch

All trips include 24-hour emergency travel assistance.

Book by:

March 28, 2020

Valid for travel between:

2020 Departure Dates

JAN: 4, 11, 18, 25
FEB: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
MAR: 7, 14, 21, 28

Tour also operates in reverse (Code: ZCBA) from Christchurch to Auckland; please call for select dates/details.

Additional dates, gateway cities and airlines may be available.

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Map of Best of New Zealand Tour by AAT Kings  

Reverse itinerary also available (Code: ZCBA). Please call for departure dates and tour details. 

Day 1 Welcome to Auckland

On arrival in Auckland you’ll have time at leisure for relaxing or exploring. This evening, meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception at your hotel. Hotel: Stamford Plaza Auckland

Day 2 Auckland – Bay of Islands

Travel through Northland’s lush farmland to the stunning Bay of Islands. Experience spectacular scenery as you cruise to Cape Brett and through the ‘Hole in the Rock’. Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms, 2 nights Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 3 Bay of Islands

Today, choose from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Go sailing aboard a historic tall ship, take a guided tour of Russell with lunch at the local pub, explore the Bay of Islands and visit three wineries for tastings, or see the sights on the Bay of Islands Highlights Tour. Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Day 4 Bay of Islands – Auckland

Enjoy time at leisure before returning to Auckland. Your journey takes you to Whangarei and then Parry Kauri Park to walk among the native forest giants. Hotel: Stamford Plaza Auckland Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 5 Auckland – Rotorua

Join your Travel Director to discover the sights of the city, including panoramic views from the Sky Tower, 328 metres above the city. Visit Te Puia, the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, where students carry on age-old traditions of wood carving and weaving. A tour of Rotorua’s active geothermal fields follows. An evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at a Highlight Dinner at the Tamaki Maori Village. Learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a concert featuring local performers. Then experience an authentic Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Highlight Dinner

Day 6 Rotorua

This morning, embark on one of your Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Glide through the Glowworm Grotto on the Waitomo Caves Tour, take an ancient forest zipline adventure with Canopy Tours, visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, or explore Rotorua and its sparkling lakes in an amphibious WWll-era Duck. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Day 7 Rotorua – Wellington

Journey through dense pine forests and farmland to the hidden gem of Huka Falls. From here the road reveals a broad panorama of Lake Taupo. Continue south over the Central Plateau and along the Kapiti Coast to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, where you’ll enjoy an exclusive guided tour of Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Before leaving the museum, top off the night with a Highlight Dinner. Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Highlight Dinner

Day 8 Wellington – Blenheim

Discover more of Wellington this morning, then cruise the Cook Strait into the tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound and explore the villages of Picton and sunny Blenheim. Tonight, enjoy a Highlight Dinner prepared with local produce and matched with fine Marlborough wines. Hotel: Chateau Marlborough Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Highlight Dinner

Day 9 Blenheim – Christchurch

Travel this morning to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore (an optional whale-watching flight is available). On arrival in Christchurch, see the extensive work carried out to rebuild the city after the earthquake of 2011. Hotel: Distinction Christchurch Hotel Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Day 10 Christchurch – Twizel

Visit Morelea, the home of Angie and Stan Taylor, on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Enjoy a Be My Guest barbecue lunch in their garden, and gain an insight into a lifetime of farming. View the Church of the Good Shepherd on your way to Twizel. Hotel: MacKenzie Country Hotel Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Be My Guest Lunch, Dinner with wine

Day 11 Twizel – Dunedin

Make your way through Oamaru to New Zealand’s southernmost city, Dunedin. Choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Tour stately Larnach Castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway, take a wildlife cruise, or enjoy an interactive tour of Speight’s Brewery. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 12 Dunedin – Te Anau

Today, travel through lush green sheepgrazing country on your way to Te Anau. Hotel: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 13 Te Anau – Queenstown

Experience the magnificence of Fiordland National Park as you cruise Milford Sound. Learn about the history of the region and benefit from the knowledge of your specialist guide. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Day 14 Queenstown

Today, choose from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Ride the Shotover Jet, or for a more laid back experience take a gondola to Bob’s Peak for amazing views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu and then visit the Kiwi Birdlife Park, or take an excursion through Skippers Canyon. This evening, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner. An entertaining after-dinner farm show offers glimpses into high country farm life. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 15 Queenstown – Franz Josef

Stop to visit the faithfully-restored gold mining settlement of Arrowtown, and enjoy some succulent stone fruit at Cromwell. You’ll then travel over Haast Pass and view Thunder Creek Falls on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing) Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 16 Franz Josef – Punakaiki

Consider an optional experience helicopter flight over the glaciers, or take a stroll through the small but lively Franz Josef village. Travel to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone, then venture on to Punakaiki. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Hotel: Punakaiki Resort Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 17 Punakaiki – Christchurch

Join your personal guide for a tour of Monteith’s Brewing Company, including tastings at the brewers’ table, before sitting down to lunch. Afterwards, board the iconic TranzAlpine train in Greymouth and embark on one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. Back in Christchurch, join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner to celebrate your epic New Zealand journey. Hotel: Distinction Christchurch Hotel Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner

Day 18 Farewell from Christchurch

Say goodbye to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

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*Terms & Conditions (US):

Discount available on selected Guided Vacations and Inspiring Journeys. Discount applies only to the land content portion of the vacation. Can be combined with other discounts where applicable. The full amount must be paid by the designated date. Subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Prices are land only, ‘from’ per person, based on double occupancy and valid for travel between 26 October 2019 and 28 March 2020. International airfare is not included. Single supplements, black-out dates and seasonal supplements may apply. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting (23 October 2019). All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change. Subject to availability, this offer may be withdrawn at any time. After full payment, prices are guaranteed except only due to an increase in government-imposed taxes or fees. By paying your deposit, you affirmatively agree to the possibility of such increases. Please call for our current prices. Hearing impaired persons may dial 711 (National Relay Service) to contact us at the above number. Tour code: ZABC/ZCBA. CST#2001136-50

*Terms & Conditions (CAD):

Discount available on selected Guided Vacations and Inspiring Journeys. Discount applies only to the land content portion of the vacation. Can be combined with other discounts where applicable. The full amount must be paid by the designated date. Subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Prices are land only, ‘from’ per person, based on double occupancy and valid for travel between 26 October 2019 and 28 March 2020. International airfare is not included. Single supplements, black-out dates and seasonal supplements may apply. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting (23 October 2019). All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change. Subject to availability, this offer may be withdrawn at any time. After full payment, prices are guaranteed except only due to an increase in government-imposed taxes or fees. By paying your deposit, you affirmatively agree to the possibility of such increases. Please call for our current prices. Hearing impaired persons may dial 711 (National Relay Service) to contact us at the above number. Tour code: ZABC/ZCBA. CST#2001136-50

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