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21 Day Spirit of NZ With Overnight Milford Sound Cruise

$6,499
Per Person

Typically $7,060
Slumber under a star-studded sky in your private cabin on a Milford Sound cruiser, and stroll along deserted golden beaches in New Zealand’s only coastal national park. This comprehensive journey takes you through both North and South Islands.

the tour

Our 21 day package tour of New Zealand comes with a comprehensive list of inclusions. As an escorted coach tour, you will have the services of a professional tour director throughout. Plus every date listed is guaranteed to depart. The tour is operated by AAT Kings and will give you a deep and memorable insight into the spirit of New Zealand.

A highlight is an overnight cruise on Milford Sound. Slumber under a star-studded sky in your private cabin aboard the iconic Milford Mariner. Wake up to dawn in one of the most beautiful places on earth. The cruise style is relaxed, allowing plenty of time to view the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. It’s the ultimate Milford Sound experience!

You will stroll along deserted golden beaches in New Zealand’s only coastal national park. This comprehensive journey takes you through both North and South Islands to a wonderland of towering snowcapped mountains, ice-blue glaciers, pristine lakes and World Heritage sites of extraordinary volcanic activity, and reveals fascinating insights into the intriguing culture of the original inhabitants, the Māori.

INCLUSIONS

Our 21 day package tour of New Zealand has fixed dates until March 2022. All guaranteed to depart. It includes 20 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels. 20 breakfasts and 8 dinners. Airport transfers and heaps of exciting sightseeing tours throughout. Choose from a variety of interest free payment plans. Please contact us for any more information. See tabs below for a full list of inclusions. 

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive Christchurch

On arrival into Christchurch airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Welcome to Christchurch, New Zealand’s Garden City. Flights can arrive any time prior to 4.00pm and you will be transferred from the airport to your Christchurch hotel. After you check-in, you can head out and explore Christchurch. Step back in time to a grand era of transport and relax as the Christchurch Tram takes you around the ‘must-see’ central attractions. The tram drivers provide a live commentary throughout the loop, identifying points of interest, historic architecture and the changes the city is under-going since the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. (Optional Experience – own expense).

MEALS: None

OVERNIGHT: Hote Ibis, Christchurch

DAY 2: Christchurch ~ Lake Tekapo ~ Omarama

After a Christchurch city sights tour, you will head out over the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains to soak up some spectacular sightseeing. Sweeping views across the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo framed by a backdrop of rugged hills and snow-capped mountains provide stunning alpine photography opportunities. You will visit the little stone-hewn Church of the Good Shepherd, and stop for a quick photo with the bronze statue of a collie dog, the touching tribute to the sheepdogs which helped develop the Mackenzie Country. You may want to take in Mount Cook National Park from the air this afternoon, on a scenic flight out over New Zealand’s highest peak, the Southern Alps and on to Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers (Optional Experience – at own expense). Your day finishes in the heart of the Mackenzie Country at Omarama. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Heritage Gateway, Omarama

DAY 3: Omarama ~ Oamaru ~ Dunedin

Your day starts along the Waitaki River, and a photo stop at the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. From the Waitaki Valley you will then travel through to the township of Oamaru, with its stately tree-lined streets and its famous white limestone buildings. This afternoon you will make your way down to the Southernmost New Zealand city, Dunedin. With the rest of your free afternoon you may wish to take part in an optional excursion to see more of the region. Take a Wildlife Cruise out to Otago Peninsula, or a visit the Speights Brewery – a New Zealand institution. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Kingsgate Hotel, Dunedin

DAY 4: Dunedin ~ Milford Sound ~ Overnight Cruise

Today is one of those days where you will want to have your camera battery charged, and ready to go. You will journey through the Fiordland National Park and out to Milford Sound on one of the most scenic roads you could hope for. Travel through native rainforests, beech forests, alluvial flats and meadows. You will stop at Mirror Lakes where, you can see the stunning mountain scenery perfectly reflected in the waters of the lakes. Then on to the Homer Tunnel, man’s attempt to master the sheer rocky ranges, still left rough-hewn around the edges. You will have a stop at the Chasm, where the roaring Cleddau River has carved its way through solid rock, and then it’s on to Milford Sound, where you will cruise the waters of this natural wonder. Your cruise meanders down the sound, taking in the Bowen and Stirling Falls as these plummet from glacial hanging valleys sharply into the sea, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak, rising from the deep waters of the fiord for your magical overnight cruise on Milford Sound. (Overnight cruise does not operate 21 May – 15 September. During this period there will be a day cruise on Milford Sound and accommodation in Queenstown or Te Anau).

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Milford Mariner Cruise Ship

DAY 5: Milford Sound ~ Te Anau ~ Queenstown

This morning depart for the township of Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake on the South Island. Explore the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves by boat with a local guide, before continuing to the adventure capital, Queenstown.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown

DAY 6: Explore Queenstown at leisure

Explore exciting Queenstown your way! Take the opportunity to encounter a Queenstown legend and ride the Shotover Jet Boat or venture out on a 4WD Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour. If laid-back and relaxed is more your idea of fun then join a Wine Tour and sample some of Central Otago’s award-winning wines, or visit our native birds at Queenstown’s Kiwi Birdlife Park. Your AAT Kings Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences. After a day of activity, why not sit back and enjoy a peaceful evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station (Optional Experience, own expense). Launched in 1912, the TSS Earnslaw is the largest and grandest vessel ever to ply Lake Wakatipu. Today, the TSS Earnslaw is believed to be the only coal-fired passenger carrying vessel still operating in the southern hemisphere. Partake in a gourmet BBQ Highlight Dinner at Walter Peaks Colonel’s Homestead and then enjoy an entertaining after-dinner farm show providing a glimpse into high-country farm life. On the cruise back to Queenstown, join in a vintage sing-a-long or grab your partner for a dance across the polished wooden floors of the Earnslaw.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown

DAY 7: Explore Queenstown at leisure

While Queenstown wears its Global Adventure badge proudly, it’s also the perfect place to relax and explore. The town boasts great shopping with luxury brands, iconic New Zealand design stores and boutique fashion.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown

DAY 8: Queenstown ~ Arrowtown ~ Wanaka ~ Franz Josef

This morning you will leave the alpine wonderland of Queenstown behind, and begin the passage through Central Otago and out to Westland. On the way out of the Queenstown region, you will stop and visit the faithfully restored gold mining settlement of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, previously one of the world’s richest rivers. From here you will travel over to Cromwell, situated next to the sparkling pristine waters of Lake Dunstan, where you will stop in at a local orchard for a taste of some of the town’s delicious stone fruit. It is a day of gorgeous lakes, as after Dunstan, you will travel further into Central Otago and view the vivid blue waters of Lake Hawea, followed by Lake Wanaka, where the shoreline is charmingly lined by poplars and willows. Following an ancient greenstone trail, you will travel over Haast Pass, marking a change from the alpine scenery of the Southern Lakes, to the rainforest marvel of the wild West Coast. View the sheer drop of Thunder Creek Falls and the grand sight of Mt Hooker, flanked on three sides by extensive glaciers. Your final destination for today is the extraordinary rivers of ice that make up Franz Josef Glacier. You may want to get up close and personal with the glaciers on a helicopter flight. Your flight will hover over the snow face, and may land high up in the valley so that you can walk across the ice fall – subject to weather conditions (optional – at own expense). Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Scenic Hotel, Franz Josef

DAY 9: Franz Josef ~ Punakaiki

If weather conditions are unfavourable the previous day, you will get another chance to fly up to the glaciers this morning or you might want to take a stroll through the small but lively Franz Josef village. Then you head off to the drift-wood strewn beaches of Hokitika. As well as being one of the few West Coast communities to embrace its coastal landscape, Hokitika struck it rich in the resources stakes. Here you will visit a pounamu factory (native greenstone or jade), for the chance to see master carvers at work creating intricate pieces of jewellery and art. Maori tradition says it is bad luck to buy pounamu for yourself, so if you fancy a trinket of your own, make sure you have someone there to purchase it for you. Then, continue to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Tonight you’ll stay in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Enjoy dinner while watching the thundering surf at your doorstep!

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki

DAY 10: Punakaiki to Nelson via the Buller Gorge

The Heritage Highway leads you through a scenic wilderness to the plunging Buller Gorge and pristine Kahurangi National Park.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Rutherford Hotel, Nelson

DAY 11: Explore Nelson or venture to Abel Tasman National Park

On this day at leisure, you’ll have the opportunity to journey to the top of the South Island and enjoy a relaxing cruise in the Abel Tasman National Park, or perhaps take a short bush walk, relax in sunny Nelson or explore the many arts and craft shops. The choice is yours!

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Rutherford Hotel, Nelson

DAY 12: Nelson ~ Picton ~ Cruise the Cook Strait to Wellington

This morning, you’ll travel to the pretty seaside fishing village of Picton. Your AAT Kings crew and coach will join you on board the Interislander for a cruise across the Cook Strait, from the South Island to the North. Surprisingly it takes longer to cruise through the Queen Charlotte Sound and up the Tory Channel than it does to cross the open ocean of Cook Strait. You will meander through a maze of arms and inlets out of Picton. Upon arrival, you will head out on a city sights tour of Wellington taking in New Zealand’s parliament buildings, and a visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Discover New Zealand’s nature, history, art and heritage, and then enjoy some time at leisure. Indulge in Wellington’s renowned coffee culture, or take a walk along Lambton Quay. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Travelodge, Wellington

DAY 13: Explore Wellington City at your leisure

You have a day at leisure to see the sights of your choice. Perhaps take a tour of Parliament or one of the Lord of the Rings movie tours, or a cruise to Somes Island in Wellington Harbour. Enjoy the cafe lifestyle in NZ’s capital city or simply shop till you drop, there is something in Wellington for everyone!

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Travelodge, Wellington

DAY 14: Wellington to the art deco city of Napier

Your special packed lunch today won’t only be wholesome it will also feed a Kiwi child who may otherwise go without, through the charity “Eat my Lunch”. Travel through the Wairarapa region and Hawke’s Bay to Napier, a city whose unique concentration of beautiful Art Deco architecture is due to its rebuilding after the 1931 earthquake. Enjoy a walking tour with a local guide.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Scenic Hote, Te Pania

DAY 15: Napier ~ Taupo ~ Rotorua ~ Maori village

Enjoy a leisurely start to your day before continuing on the journey to Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls, the only outlet of water from Lake Taupo and then it’s on to Rotorua. On arrival in Rotorua an orientation tour takes in views of Lake Rotorua. Tonight an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at the Tamaki Family Marae. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a concert featuring local performers. Experience an authentic Maori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Ibis, Rotorua

DAY 16: Explore Rotorua

Today is your chance to experience the scenic wonders of the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Visit Te Puia, the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, where you’ll see demonstrations of wood carving and weaving. Then tour the geothermal valley and hear the importance of the geysers and mud pools to the Maori people. Later, you may wish to travel back to Rotorua township and relax lakeside, or you may prefer to choose from one of the varied Optional Experiences on offer. Take a scenic flight out over Lake Rotorua for a bird’s eye view of the region. You may even want to stop at the top of Mt Tarawera, the site of the largest eruption in New Zealand’s living memory! Explore Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, and take a “behind the scenes” tour through the working kiwi nursery and hatchery. Later, why not spend a little more time experiencing the thermal wonders, with a soak in the hot mineral waters of the Polynesian Spas? Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences.

MEALS: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Ibis, Rotorua

DAY 17: Rotorua ~ Auckland

Travel through the lush dairy-farming district of Waikato en route to Auckland, where you’ll take a tour of the city.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: VR Queen Street, Auckland

DAY 18: Auckland ~ Bay of Islands ~ Cruise to the Hole in the Rock

This morning depart Auckland City and travel north over the Harbour Bridge past the sprawling suburbs of the North Shore of Auckland. Your travels then take you through Nothland’s lush farmland scenery before arriving into the beautiful Bay of Islands. Experience spectacular scenery as you cruise through game fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the famous “Hole in the Rock” formation. The return cruise to Paihia meanders through picturesque islands – see deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays and keep your eyes peeled for the marine life. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel.

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Bay of Islands

DAY 19: Free time to explore and enjoy the Bay of Islands

Today is a completely free day for you to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps head back out on to the water and go on a dolphin watching cruise, and maybe even jump in the water for a swim with these magnificent creatures. Or take a coach trip up to Cape Reinga – the very top of New Zealand, via idyllic Ninety Mile Beach. Experience a day of sailing aboard a historic tall ship, enjoy wine tasting around Kerikeri, or join a jet boat Heritage Cruise and learn a little more about the settling of the Bay of Islands. Tonight you are free to dine as you wish. You may want to experience a ‘Kiwi tradition’ – fish and chips on the beach, or glide down the Waitangi River on board the Ratanui for a sumptuous dinner cruise. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Bay of Islands

DAY 20: Paihia ~ Auckland

After a leisurely morning, travel back to Auckland. Your journey south takes you to Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand, where you can wander around the art galleries and through the marina in the Town Basin. Later, enjoy a stop at Parry Kauri Park and take a walk among New Zealand’s native forest giants, the Kauri trees before arriving into Auckland late afternoon. Celebrate your holiday at a farewell dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends.

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: VR Queen Street, Auckland

DAY 21: End of Tour ~ Departure

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight. Thank you for booking with MyHoliday2

MEALS: Breakfast

Description

Our 21 day package tour of New Zealand comes with a comprehensive list of inclusions. As an escorted coach tour, you will have the services of a professional tour director throughout. Plus every date listed is guaranteed to depart. The tour is operated by AAT Kings and will give you a deep and memorable insight into the spirit of New Zealand.

A highlight is an overnight cruise on Milford Sound. Slumber under a star-studded sky in your private cabin aboard the iconic Milford Mariner. Wake up to dawn in one of the most beautiful places on earth. The cruise style is relaxed, allowing plenty of time to view the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. It’s the ultimate Milford Sound experience!

You will stroll along deserted golden beaches in New Zealand’s only coastal national park. This comprehensive journey takes you through both North and South Islands to a wonderland of towering snowcapped mountains, ice-blue glaciers, pristine lakes and World Heritage sites of extraordinary volcanic activity, and reveals fascinating insights into the intriguing culture of the original inhabitants, the Māori.

INCLUSIONS

Our 21 day package tour of New Zealand has fixed dates until March 2022. All guaranteed to depart. It includes 20 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels. 20 breakfasts and 8 dinners. Airport transfers and heaps of exciting sightseeing tours throughout. Choose from a variety of interest free payment plans. Please contact us for any more information. See tabs below for a full list of inclusions. 

INCLUSIONS

 

21 Day escorted tour of New Zealand

20 Nights in 3 Star hotel accommodation

20x Breakfasts, 8x Dinners

Services of a Tour Director throughout

Airport transfers

Interislander ferry crossing

Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise

Tamaki Maori Village show and dinner, Rotorua

Te Puia Maori Arts & Crafts

Te Anau Glow Worm Caves

Real Journeys Milford Sound nature cruise

Parry Kauri Park

Te Papa Museum of New Zealand

Wellington City Sights Tour

Napier City Sights Tour

Auckland City Sights Tour

Punakaiki Rocks

Greenstone Jade craft experience

Christchurch City Sights Tour

EXCLUSIONS

 

International Airfares

Other meals not included in itinerary

Beverages for all meals

Personal expenses

Travel insurance

Optional tours

DEPARTURE DATES

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2021:

October: 7

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2022:

January: 27

February: 3, 17

March: 10

 

HOTELS

 

3 STAR HOTELS:

Christchurch: Hotel Ibis

Dunedin: Kingsgate Hotel

Milford Sound: Milford Mariner Cruise Ship

Queenstown: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront

Franz Josef Glacier: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Punakaiki: Punakaiki Resort

Nelson: Rutherford Hotel

Wellington: Travelodge Wellington

Te Pania: Scenic Hotel

Rotorua: Ibis Rotorua

Auckland: VR Queen Street

Bay of Islands: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

 

In the unlikely event that the listed hotels are fully booked, alternative hotels of the same standard will be used

UPGRADES & OPTIONS

 

UPGRADES:

No upgrades available with this package

 

EXTRA NIGHTS:

Extra nights are not available with this package

TOUR INFORMATION

 

VALIDITY:

Voucher valid until 10 March 2022

Voucher valid for 1 person, based on twin/double share

Bookings must be made at least 45 days prior to travel

Bookings are subject to availability

 

RATES:

21 Day Spirit of New Zealand – $6499 per person

 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

– $2299 per person

 

GROUP SIZE:

Minimum 2

Maximum 48

 

CHILDREN POLICY:

This tour is not suited to children

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Travel insurance is recommended. MyHoliday2 takes no responsibility for any travel issues that may arise

International flights are not included in this package. You are required to arrive in Auckland by 4:00pm on Day 1 of the itinerary. 

This itinerary is operated by AAT Kings and is fully escorted.

It is the customers responsibility to obtain the correct visa for their destination and cover all fees associated

It is the customers responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport for travel and must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the period of intended stay.

We offer a 21 Day Money Back Guarantee. See Refund policy for details

Travel vouchers are non-redeemable for cash

Travel vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer/promotion

Travel vouchers must be redeemed within the validity period or will be deemed void

MyHoliday2 pricing reflects current market rates, so package prices may fluctuate from day to day. This is the nature of the tourism industry, and MyHoliday2 is not obliged to refund you to match any subsequent price reductions after purchase

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