Best Buys Guided Holiday with AAT Kings

When traveling to New Zealand, it’s either go big or go home. That’s why AAT Kings has a spectacular 21-day Best Buys Guided Holiday, to make sure you explore the majestic natural and cultural treasures New Zealand has to offer. Highlights include Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukak, Mount Cook National Park, Dunedin, and of course, Auckland!

“I love seeing the expression on our clients’ faces when they come to see the beauty that we have here in New Zealand, just that the whole wow factor that comes out of them,” explains J.P., guide for AAT Kings. “It’s just really inspiring for us to know that they are really getting something from being here.”

Start your tour with a welcome reception and dinner where you’ll meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers. On the first morning you’ll board your coach to take in the extensive rebuild of Christchurch devastated by the 2011 earthquake before heading to breathtaking Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukak. From here you’ll visit the Church of the Good Shepherd. Be sure to soak up the sensational alpine landscape of Mount Cook National Park before traveling through Oamaru to Dunedin where you’ll tour this beautiful city. Visit New Zealand’s only castle, Larnach Castle before traveling to Milford Sound for an awe-inspiring cruise on its pristine waters.

Tour Highlight: You’ll be awe-struck by the magnificence of the World Heritage Fiordland National Park. You’ll see rainforest, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges, and the hand-made Homer Tunnel. Pass Lake Matheson (the Mirror Lake), Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, before arriving in Milford Sound for your magical overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner.

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Fiordland National Park

Fiordland National Park

Discover exciting and adventure filled Queenstown and enjoy some free time before going on to the rare and still advancing Franz Josef Glacier. From here you’ll depart for Nelson where you have free time to explore the historic town before crossing the Cook Strait to Wellington for a day at your leisure. Next, travel north to the art deco city of Napier and then to Rotorua where you’ll enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi feast and concert and discover the sights.

Tour Highlight: Visit the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. See volcanic craters, steaming ground, hot thermal springs and bubbling mud pools on an exclusive guided tour of the geothermal valley. You’ll also see the world-famous Lady Knox Geyser erupt!

Marvel at the skills displayed at the Agrodome Sheep Show before continuing up the panoramic Hibiscus Coast to the Bay of Islands where you have some free time to explore this stunning region.

We travel to Auckland for a farewell dinner with newfound friends prior to the conclusion of your New Zealand vacation.

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AAT Kings Tour Highlight: Walk among the Kauri trees at Parry Kauri Park. Explore Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand, and then it’s off to Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy a scenic cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock formation.

“This is all about showcasing what it was that brought us to New Zealand,” says J.P.

The tours can also be coupled with experiences, such as a Queensland Original Wine Tour, Flat Earth – Middle Earth Tour of Filming; Lake Spa Retreat at Polynesian Spa; Dolphin Eco Encounter; and more!

Tours depart on Oct. 15, Nov. 12, and on Christmas Eve for a holiday excursion.


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