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AATKings

Bringing Australia & New Zealand to life

& New Zealand to life

2016 -2017

NEW ZEALAND Smile with us in the Land of the Long White Cloud

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Your dream holiday map New Zealand is blessed with diverse landscapes filled with many amazing experiences. Choose a destination or experience below and go straight to that page.

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Experience the majesty of SPECTACULAR LIVING GLACIERS

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Be inspired by the magical underground realm of the WAITOMO GLOWWORM GROTTO

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Relax on the beautiful beaches of the ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK

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View mighty MT. COOK

Feel the thrill of high speed JET BOATING in adventure capital Queenstown

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Cruise the pristine grandeur of MAGICAL FIORDS

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Explore wild STEWART ISLAND


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Dolphins and whales in THE BAY OF ISLANDS

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Maori culture in ROTORUA

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Steaming geysers and thermal wonders in ROTORUA

Dazzling rugged coastline SCENIC DRIVES

CHRISTCHURCH gateway to the South Island

Savour New Zealand’s fresh and unique FOOD & WINE

First Hongi greeting for Anthony’s son Sam

Kia ora!

Welcome to our AAT Kings family. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to share our fabulous new catalogue of holidays with you. We hope you are inspired to come and share your dream holiday with us. We are very conscious of the fact that your holiday is your precious time with your friends and loved ones, and you are giving us permission to be involved, to bring Australia and New Zealand to life for you. We take this responsibility very seriously, and we know it is absolutely vital that we provide the best possible experience and a truly wonderful level of friendly Aussie and Kiwi service.

Thanks to all of our guests who have written to me over the past twelve months to provide feedback and ideas on your previous AAT Kings holidays. We have taken so many of your ideas on board, the list of new experiences and itinerary enhancements contained in the pages of this brochure is quite exciting. New destinations, new experiences, an increased focus on food and wine, culture, nature…even a casual bike ride or bush walk if you want it. It’s all here waiting for you to explore. Our goal, every day, is to share our home with our guests, to bring Australia and New Zealand to life. So what are you waiting for? Your dream New Zealand holiday starts right now. Happy holiday. Anthony Hayes  Managing Director


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Our holiday options Guided Holidays

We offer two standards of Guided Holiday to suit your budget. From 7 to 22 days, an AAT Kings Guided Holiday fully explores a destination, so you can immerse yourself in its landscape, history and culture. Guided Holidays feature quality hotels, with porterage included. All breakfasts are included, plus up to half of your dinners, using quality local produce, and all feature a ‘welcome reception’ and a ‘farewell dinner’.* For other meals, we offer tips on where the locals eat.

Our fully-guided holiday experiences

Look out for these symbols on itinerary pages First Choice holidays offer premium accommodation in central locations, more meals and sightseeing inclusions, plus unique ‘You’re invited’ dining experiences. Best Buys holidays offer great value, comfortable accommodation with easy access to city centres and more free time. *Welcome receptions & farewell dinners vary by Guided Holiday. Refer to itinerary page for inclusions.


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AAT Kings offers a huge range of holidays. No matter which way you choose to travel, we’ll bring each destination to life. A holiday is your time to relax, and at AAT Kings we’ve included just about everything, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Expert commentary, stress-free travel, luxury airconditioned vehicles, and all the must-see highlights. Our friendly Travel Directors and Driver Guides will enhance your experience with stories, local knowledge and a sense of fun. Select from our famous complete-package Guided Holidays, flexible Short Breaks with your choice of accommodation, and our immersive small group Inspiring Journeys which take you off the beaten track.

Inspiring Journeys

Immersive & boutique small group journeys On an Inspiring Journey we’ll introduce you to rich and immersive experiences in an intimate small group setting. You’ll travel in luxury coaches and stay in boutique retreats, lodges and resorts with great cuisine to match. Our fascinating Travel Directors will take care of everything, leaving you free from the stress of holiday planning but also allowing you the flexibility to choose from a wide range of hands-on experiences. Best of all, you’ll share your holiday with a small-sized group of up to 20 likeminded travellers, giving you the chance to really get to know each other and create incredible holiday memories together.

Short Breaks

4-7 day breaks with your choice of accommodation Discover some of New Zealand’s fascinating cities and spectacular landscapes with AAT Kings Short Breaks. You can take one standalone, combine them together to create you very own travel experience or add them as a pre/post to any of our Guided Holidays. Short Breaks combine the must-see highlights of a destination with your choice of accommodation, plus selected meals. You’ll travel with a different Driver Guide each day, so you’ll benefit from their combined knowledge and experience. Plus, you’ll meet a new group of like-minded travellers each day. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels to suit all kinds of budgets. Choose from two accommodation standards. Please see page 13 for more details.

You’re in the very best of hands. Our team work tirelessly to ensure yo ur holiday will be one yo u’ll remember for years to come! Anna  Product and Systems Manager New Zealand


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Why do so many people choose to travel with AAT Kings on their Guided Holiday? With more than 100 years experience, we’re highly regarded within our industry for great guest service, professionalism, safety and of course, amazing holidays. We’re committed to maintaining our high standards and creating a memorable experience for our guests.

Our people and our service

At AAT Kings we pride ourselves on having the friendliest, happiest and most experienced Travel Directors and Driver Guides. We’ll tell fascinating stories and offer insights that will bring each destination you visit to life. We’ll provide advice, recommendations and directions and reveal ‘Hidden Gems’ you simply couldn’t experience if travelling on your own. Our number one goal, every day, is to share our love of travel and put a smile on your face.

A stress-free holiday

We take care of absolutely everything, so there’s no detailed planning required on your behalf, other than finding the time to go and choosing the right holiday for you.

Our history

AAT Kings’ story began in 1912 when the Pyke family pioneered coach touring in Australia. Starting with self-drive car-hire in 7 seater vehicles in Sydney, we expanded to guided sightseeing tours. By the 1960s, the company, then known as AAT, had become Sydney’s largest tour operator and in the 1980s we teamed up with pioneering adventurer Bill King’s Northern Safaris, which ultimately led to the creation of what we know today as AAT Kings. Connect to our history page: aatkings.com/history

AAT Kings cares

At AAT Kings we’re serious about our commitment to the community and the environment. See page 75 for more information or visit: treadright.org


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Northern Discovery Northern Wonders Northern Spotlight The Endless Shores Spectacular Bay of Islands Rotorua Discovery Bay of Islands & Rotorua Unearthed East Meets West Adventure to Middle-Earth

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Great service

When you’re away from home, you need to know you can rely on someone with all the answers; someone who will look after all your needs. Our fantastic team of Travel Directors, Driver Guides and operations experts work together to ensure your trip runs smoothly from beginning to end. They have years of experience in ensuring our guests have a comfortable and smooth journey aboard an AAT Kings coach. They provide door-to-door service from your hotel to major sights and destinations along the way.

Come & meet the team – they’ll put a smile on your face!

Milford Sound

Meet Kevin

Queenstown

Travel Director

I have a fun-filled passion for bringing to life New Zealand’s culture, history and landscape. From the sea to the sky with a love of the many majestic places such as Queenstown and Milford Sound, the journey for every guest with us has been a life-changing experience.

Rainbow Springs

Meet Trent

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The Bay of Islands is my favourite place – and I’m not just saying that because I was born there! You’ll see why Paihia means ‘good here’ in Maori. It’s a great place for those wanting some down time, or as they say in the Bay, ‘Bay Time’. I often get asked one question when we leave: ‘Can we stay longer Trent?’

I feel proud to be an ambassador for my beautiful country. I have Maori heritage and I enjoy sharing with guests a deeper insight and understanding of my culture. The Tamaki Maori Village dinner, where guests feel and taste the ‘Manakitanga’, which means the warm hospitality of my people, makes me feel so privileged.

Driver Guide

Travel Director

Indigenous experiences What an absolute honour it is for our team to have the opportunity to forge such strong relationships with indigenous communities throughout New Zealand. In New Zealand the Maori culture is ever present throughout all our holidays, but a visit to the Tamaki Family Marae is an opportunity to get truly hands-on. Get a taste of weaving, carving, dancing and even train to be a Maori warrior, then whet your appetite with a traditional Maori hangi feast of food cooked in the ground. Tamaki Family Marae


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New experiences in 2016 Adventure Group Photo to Middle Earth

Food & Wine Yes, the sense of history and unique olde-worlde architecture in Arrowtown is a hit, but we’ll take you to the real star of the town – the Arrowtown bakery’s famous pies…mmmmmm!

Uniquely Kiwi

With so many opportunities for stunning photo stops around the country, we’ll ensure you get together with your travelling companions for a happy snap to show your family and friends.

Local Specialists

Our team are all locals who delight in sharing their home with you. They’ll also enjoy introducing you to the local wildlife – Kiwi, Kakapo & Kea!

We’ll introduce you to local specialists like jade carvers, Maori elders & kiwi bird raisers to really get beneath the skin of the places we visit – you’ll really feel like an honorary New Zealander.

Included meals

AAT Kings’ included meals feature quality local produce, with many breakfasts, lunches and dinners included, depending on the itinerary.

Breakfast daily on all holidays On all AAT Kings Guided Holidays & Inspiring Journeys a hearty breakfast is included every day.

Lunches & dinners On Guided Holidays & Inspiring Journeys some lunches and many dinners are included. On selected First Choice Guided Holidays dinners include wine. Check itinerary pages for details.

‘Highlight dinners’ & ‘You’re invited’ AAT Kings ‘First Choice’ Guided Holidays include special dining occasions like our ‘Highlight dinners’ and ‘You’re invited’

local dining experiences. Encounters that capture the essence of a place through its history, its locals and its unique cuisine.

‘Welcome receptions’ & ‘Farewell dinners’ At the start of a Guided Holiday, your Travel Director gathers the group together to outline your holiday and introduce everyone. When travelling with people from around the world, it’s a great way to get to know your travelling companions. And at the end of your holiday, you’ll also want to celebrate after experiencing so much together, with many laughs and smiles. It’s also a chance to exchange contact details, as many people make lifelong friends on an AAT Kings holiday.


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I ncluded Choice

Bay of Islands

Rotorua

Dolphin Eco Encounter

Rotorua Skyline & Luge

Discover Kerikeri

Rainbow Springs Kiwi Encounter

The Bay of Islands has captivated explorers and travellers for hundreds of years. Once considered ‘the edge of the world’, Captain James Cook gave the bay its name in 1769. With white sandy beaches, sky blue waters and abundant marine life, the Bay of Islands is a traveller’s paradise.

Watch or take the plunge and swim in the beautiful waters of the Bay of Islands for an up-close and personal dolphin encounter of your own.

Tall Ship Sailing

Russell Mini Tour

Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing tour of Kerikeri. Sample organic wines at a boutique vineyard, visit the historic Stone Store and Kemp House, and taste delicious chocolates!

Sail on the R Tucker Thompson viewing secluded islands as the ship sails across the sheltered waters of the inner harbour and enjoy an antipasto platter and glass of wine as the sun starts to set.

Take a mini tour of Russell and visit many of the town’s iconic locations including Flagstaff Hill, Christ Church and the Pompallier Mission House.

Relax on a scenic cruise down the Waitangi River winding through to Haruru Falls with dinner and drinks served aboard the Ratanui.

Rotorua put New Zealand on the world traveller’s map. Since the 1800s people have flocked to its geothermal valley seeking rejuvenation from the therapeutic springs. It also boasts incredible Maori cultural experiences, beautiful countryside, fascinating cave systems and welcoming locals.

Take a Gondola ride 487 metres above sea level and enjoy panoramic views of Rotorua. At the top the Luge awaits. Part go-cart, part toboggan you’ll descend with tracks winding through Redwood Forest.

Te Puia

Visit Rainbow Springs, a conservation and breeding haven for endangered wildlife. Take a tour to see New Zealand’s only ‘open to view’ kiwi hatchery, and a range of wildlife including trout, tuatara and native birds. Take a range of 30-75 minute walks through New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction, sculptured out of volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making.

Agrodome Sheep Show

Witness a live sheep shearing demonstration, auction and farm dog demonstrations at the Agrodome Farm Show. Plus access the Farmyard Nursery and meet 19 breeds of sheep!

Rotorua Duck

Jump on a fully restored amphibious vehicle that travels on land and water on a scenic journey that ventures onto the Rotorua’s three lakes – fun, entertaining and informative.

Exclusive North Island Rural Homestay If your First Choice Guided Holiday visits Rotorua, you can choose to stay a night with a nearby New Zealand family at no extra cost. Enjoy a wholesome dinner and breakfast and comfortable accommodation in the home or cottages. Tour the property, meet the animals, and relax with your friendly Kiwi hosts in the pristine countryside. Please make your choice at time of booking,


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AAT Kings offers a range of Included Choice options on selected First Choice Guided Holidays. At certain destinations, just choose an experience and our Travel Directors will tailor your itinerary at no additional expense. Look for this symbol

on itinerary pages for Included Choice options.

Dunedin

Queenstown

Larnach Castle Tour

Shotover Jet

Taieri Gorge Railway

Wine Tastings

Monarch Wildlife Cruise

Golf in Queenstown

Cadbury World Tour

Skyline Restaurant

Speight’s Brewery Tour

Skippers Canyon

Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin was founded by Scottish settlers in 1848. This historic South Island city is surrounded by beautiful Otago Harbour and is home to some of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian architecture in the Southern Hemisphere.

Visit Larnach Castle, learn about its colourful history and take in the breathtaking views from the Tower including a 360° view of Dunedin, Otago Peninsula and out to the Pacific Ocean.

Take the Taieri Gorge Railway from Dunedin to the rugged mountain interior of Central Otago and back across magnificent stone and wrought iron viaducts and through narrow rock wall tunnels.

Cruise the beautiful Otago Harbour via the fishing village of Carey’s Bay and Port Chalmers and see what can’t be seen from the land – Albatross, Fur Seals and up to 20 species of bird and marine life.

Jump on a chocolate-lover’s dream tour of the Cadbury Factory. See the amazing one tonne chocolate waterfall while your taste buds take a tour of chocolate heaven.

Take the award-winning and interactive tour of Speight’s Brewery and discover their brewing secrets. You’ll see, smell, touch and taste the ingredients that go into making Speight’s legendary ales.

Queenstown is undoubtedly the adventure capital of New Zealand with a huge range of activities on offer to get your adrenalin pumping. Beautifully set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by dramatic mountain ranges, this scenic city is a must-see for any traveller.

Hold on tight and experience a thrilling, high-speed adventure skimming on the Shotover River with its backdrop of spectacular mountains before plunging between dramatic high cliffs.

Take a tour of vineyards and wineries in New Zealand’s premier wine regions – Queenstown and Central Otago. Taste a variety of wines at four Queenstown wineries and sample local cheeses.

Play a 9-hole round at one of three Queenstown courses. Choose from Millbrook Resort, Queenstown Golf Club or Arrowtown Golf Club. Green fees, cart hire and club hire are all included.

Ride the Skyline Gondola cableway 450 metres above Queenstown to Bob’s Peak for breathtaking views. Afterwards enjoy a buffet dinner with views to die for.

Travelling via 4WD mini-bus, you’ll be thrilled by Skippers Canyon – an incredible canyon that impresses with its grandeur. A photographer’s delight, it’s not to be missed.

A choice of breakfasts AAT Kings offers ‘Included Choice’ on breakfasts at selected hotels. Just look for BC on the inclusions section of each itinerary or at the end of each day description. On these days, you may enjoy a full buffet or continental breakfast, choose from the à-la-carte menu, or even order room service.


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Stay in comfort

AAT Kings’ accommodation has been selected for comfort, location and facilities. Comfort means a clean room with a soft bed and an en suite. Plus extras like a bar, often a pool and guest laundry. Our hotel range includes brands like Millennium, Copthorne, Scenic and Novotel and feature hotels like Punakaiki Resort and Millbrook Resort in Queenstown to name but a few.

Upon arrival When you travel with AAT Kings, we look after everything. So when you arrive at your hotel for the night on our signature Guided Holidays and Inspiring Journeys, there’s no need to check-in. Your luggage will be taken straight to your room. Plus, we’ve already taken care of porterage and housekeeping tips as well.

Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Bay of Islands

Guided Holidays Style, ease & comfort We look for great locations, great views and great service when choosing our Guided Holiday hotels. We are constantly reviewing our guest feedback to ensure experiences meet our high expectations. We need to know you are waking up refreshed and relaxed to ensure you make the most of your day with us.

Commanding a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, this welcoming resort offers uninterrupted bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens. Each room offers a serene escape with designs inspired by nature.

The Langham, Auckland

You are located within walking distance to the many local cafés and restaurants of central Auckland, but once you’ve seen the amazing ‘Eight at The Langham’ restaurant, you may not wander far. With eight interactive kitchens, every dish is prepared using the freshest produce, seafood and meats.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef Encircled by a touch of New Zealand’s pristine wilderness, this five star eco-friendly retreat is truly a place to relax and refresh. Enhanced by soft timbered detailing, natural light and colour schemes and recycled local material, this hotel is at one with its magical surroundings.

Beachcomber, Picton

Picturesque and relaxing are adjectives used repeatedly to describe the sleepy seaside village of Picton and this friendly inn. A blend of stunning views of Queen Charlotte Sound, a genuine, warm-hearted welcome, and a central, waterfront location.

Millennium Hotel, Queenstown

Spellbinding luxury and an air of timeless elegance awaits you in Queenstown. This warm, relaxing hotel captures the essence of a truly unique region and is the perfect restful haven after a day in the adventure capital of New Zealand.

Punakaiki Resort

Wake up to the sounds of the roaring surf of the wild West Coast, pounding on the sands of Punakaiki Beach, right outside your doorstep. The resort is environmentally friendly and the rooms are designed in harmony with the local environment accompanied by either ocean or rainforest views.


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Millbrook Resort, Queenstown

Inspiring Journeys Boutique, unique, luxurious Hand-picked for unique elements available at each property, with personalisation of experiences at the fore, we have chosen the absolute best available accommodation option in each location.

Short Breaks

Your choice of accommodation Whether you’re looking for something clean and comfortable or something a little more luxurious, you can choose from standard or superior options. Whichever way you go, you’ll get a great night’s sleep and be ready for a day jam-packed with fantastic sightseeing experiences.

Millbrook Resort, Queenstown

Set amid sparkling streams and rolling hills, framed by the Remarkables mountain range, is this internationally renowned resort. The peaceful and private setting is the ultimate in five star comfort and the beautifully appointed suites complement the history and character of Central Otago.

Milford Mariner, Milford Sound

A once in a lifetime overnight experience awaits you out on Milford Sound! Cruise the length of the fiord, then anchor in a sheltered cove. Join a nature expedition or kayak around the bay. Indulge in some star-gazing before sinking into a peaceful sleep on the still waters of the sound.

Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort, Coromandel

Boasting a majestic mountainside location, each chalet offers picture-perfect luxury seclusion. Take a wander along the golden sands of the famous Pauanui Beach, dip your toes in the swirling surf and feel yourself unwind.

Scenic Hotel, Auckland (Standard) In the heart of Auckland’s central business district, this landmark art deco hotel is conveniently located to offer the best access to the vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment precincts of the city.

Hermitage Hotel, Mt. Cook (Standard or Superior)

Imagine yourself waking up to 3724 metres of sparkling beauty as the rising sun reflects off Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain. Will any other ‘room with a view’ ever measure up?

Millennium Hotel, Rotorua (Superior) You are only a stone’s throw from one of New Zealand’s true natural wonders, the tranquil, mineral waters of the geothermal region of Rotorua. Soak in the soothing alkaline pools, or indulge in a relaxing spa treatment at the hotel’s spa.


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Travel in style

Lake Brunner, South Island

Throughout your holiday your mode of transport will vary depending on the area we’re travelling to. The most common mode of transport will be luxury coach. This allows us to explore the core of each destination in style and comfort. All AAT Kings’ itineraries include scheduled and regular rest breaks.

Our fleet Our fleet of luxurious vehicles is the newest in New Zealand. All our fully air-conditioned coaches feature reclining seats with seat belts and footrests, panoramic windows, an on-board restroom, two-door access and state-of-the-art technologies, including DVD player, GPS and PA. With an extensive network of depots across New Zealand, our holidays are fully supported.

Our fleet is the newest in New Zealand with state-of-theart technology, including ‘kneeling’ coaches that can be lowered to the ground at the front to ensure the step in and out is minimised.

WiFi

All AAT Kings’ coaches are equipped with charging points and free WiFi, to keep you in touch with the outside world (WiFi speed and reception may vary in remote areas).

Jimi  Head of Coach

More ways to travel

Over the course of your holiday, depending on the itinerary or optional experience, you could also find yourself on scenic train rides and flights, helicopter and boat rides, river and ocean cruises, on foot or maybe even a jet boat.

Airport transfers

All guests receive complimentary transfers between designated airports and AAT Kings’ hotels on the scheduled start and end day of Guided Holidays, Inspiring Journeys and Short Breaks; and on other days in conjunction with pre and post holiday accommodation when booked with AAT Kings.

The finishing touches

All guests on AAT Kings Guided Holidays receive a complimentary travel wallet and luggage tag. Plus, we’ll give you a map of New Zealand to follow your journey as a memento of your holiday.

Milford Mariner

TranzAlpine Train

Scenic flight over Mt. Cook and Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers


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Ways to save

Combine an early payment 7 discount with your Kings Club past guest discount & save more! Ask us how.

Early payment discounts

Jan  Head of Reservations

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Save 10%

when you pay in full by 26 April 2016

Save 5%

when you pay in full by 4 July 2016

Available on selected Guided Holidays (First Choice, Best Buys) or Inspiring Journeys – see itinerary pages. Discount applies only to the land content portion of the holiday. 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. For more info: aatkings.com/booking-conditions

Kings Club past guest discount

Save 5%

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Kings Club is for guests who have previously travelled with AAT Kings and our family of companies including Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Contiki and Uniworld. Membership is free and you are automatically entitled to our Kings Club Past Guest Discount of 5% off your next Guided Holiday.

2nd holiday discount

Concession cards

3 sharing a room

Travelling alone?

2.5% off

Save when you book 2 or more holidays at the same time.

5% off

Save 5% on the twin share price 4 when you book a triple room.

Pensioners (Australia or New Zealand) and Seniors Card holders (Australia) save with our concession discounts.

If you don’t want to pay the single supplement on Guided Holidays you can share with a guest of the same gender at no extra cost. If we fail to match you, we will accommodate you in a single room.

Young travellers

Children 5-15 years of age get a discount when sharing a room with an adult (limit of one discount per room).

Group Travel

5-16 people – everybody saves 5% | 17 people – one guest goes free

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We can also tailor an itinerary for you and your group. For specialised group bookings (15 people or more) email: groups@aatkings.com.au Conditions

1.  Discounts only apply to the land component of the holiday (do not apply to pre or post accommodation, holidays incorporating rail or cruise components, or third party operated holidays/day tours). 2.  Kings Club Past Guest Discount – one discount will be available per person, per Guided Holiday.

You must have travelled with us before you can redeem the discount. 3.  2nd holiday discount applies to AAT Kings operated guided holidays (First Choice, Best Buys & Inspiring Journeys). Holidays must be booked at the same time and the discount is per person off the Land Only portion of the holiday with the shortest duration.

4.  The triple share discount is available when 3 guests share a twin or double room with an extra bed (foldaway, sofabed or rollaway). Triple share is not available at all hotels. 5.  Travelling alone discount applies only to AAT Kings operated Guided Holidays (First Choice & Best Buys). It does not apply to Inspiring Journeys

Gold Seal Additional Protection Coverage for Cancellation & Return Flight Security only $100 per person

Most guided holiday companies are interested in their guests only after they reach their destination. But with AAT Kings, you get a great deal even before you leave home with our Gold Seal Additional Protection plan for only $100 per person (payable at time of booking).

Gold Seal Additional Protection includes: Pre-paid Cancellation Option Your deposit and/or payment to AAT Kings will be refunded should you cancel your AAT Kings operated Guided Holiday or Inspiring Journey* for any reason prior to departure. This cancellation option covers the land arrangements made by AAT Kings only. The Cancellation Option fee is not refundable for any reason.

and Short Breaks. 6.  Group Travel option applies to only to AAT Kings operated holidays. 7.  Refer to aatkings.com/combined or call AAT Kings for a full list of which discounts can be combined.

*Excludes Short Breaks

†Medical certificates must be supplied as proof of all illness claims

On Your Guided Holiday or Inspiring Journey

Return Flight Security

If you or a member of your direct family in New Zealand should fall sick† while Should you or your travel companion you are on your AAT Kings Guided leave at any time during the Guided Holiday or Inspiring Journey, we will take Holiday or Inspiring Journey for personal care of the additional cost of tickets sickness reasons or be required to for your earlier or later return home return home due to injury, sickness or in the same booking class of air travel death, you and your companion will on the first available flight, provided be refunded $40 per person per day you hold round-trip airline tickets on for the unused portion of the itinerary. AAT Kings recommended airline/s (Please note that in some cases hotels booked through AAT Kings Pty Ltd. require a one-night cancellation fee.) A Doctor’s certificate is required.

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New Zealand

Overlooking Queenstown


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Words like ‘spectacular’, ‘epic’ & ‘awe-inspiring’ are regularly used to describe the scenery and experiences in New Zealand. But they don’t do the place justice. It is so hard to put into words the experience of alighting from a helicopter on the top of a rugged mountain overlooking lakes and snow-capped mountains, and then to be handed a glass of wine….well, let’s just say it will be something I remember for a long time. Come to New Zealand with us and allow our team to make some amazing memories for you too. David  Head of Sales


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Best of New Zealand

18 days

FlyFree

Tamaki Maori Village

Ask about our free return airfare from Australia ex. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Launceston & Adelaide.

• Cruise through ‘Hole in the Rock’ in the spectacular Bay of Islands

• Discover Waitomo and its famous Glowworm Grotto

• Immerse yourself in rich Maori culture with the Tamaki family over dinner • Journey through the magnificent scenery of Mt. Ruapehu Tongariro National Park

• ‘You’re invited’ to Shenandoah for a unique private afternoon tea experience

• Explore Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand

• Savour a delicious Kiwi BBQ at Morelea Farm • Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains and magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound • Taste Central Otago stone fruits at a local orchard • Discover fascinating Franz Josef Glacier

• Visit a jade factory and marvel at artists at work • Walk around Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

• Travel the TranzAlpine Train

• Included Choice experiences

• Private car airport transfers on arrival and departure

• Airport meet & greet on arrival • Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Call us for details  (conditions apply) Day 1: Welcome to Auckland On arrival at Auckland Airport you’ll be met and transferred by private car to your city hotel. After you check-in, why not visit the Sky Tower for amazing views of the city and surrounding volcanic hills? Amble down Queen Street, to the main shopping precinct or on to the Viaduct Harbour. Take a seat in the sunshine and enjoy the sights on Waitemata Harbour. This evening, meet your fellow passengers and your Travel Director at a welcome reception at your hotel. Hotel: The Langham, Auckland. Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands This morning depart Auckland City and travel north over the Harbour Bridge. Journey through Orewa and along the scenic Hibiscus Coast, the birthplace of Sir Edmund Hillary. Enjoy a stop at Parry Kauri Park, then it’s on to Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand. This afternoon you’ll travel into the 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 trip to Paihia cruises through picturesque islands. Keep your eyes peeled for marine life. This evening enjoy dinner with wine at the hotel. Hotel: Copthorne Resort (Water View), Bay of Islands, 2 nights. B DW Day 3: Bay of Islands Included Choice This morning relax with your Breakfast of Choice. Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Perhaps go on a dolphin watching cruise, journey around Kerikeri on a wine tasting tour, or take a guided walk through Russell – New Zealand’s first capital. This evening sail aboard a historic tall ship as the sun sets, or glide down the Waitangi River for a sumptuous

dinner cruise. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences. BC

Day 4: Bay of Islands – Auckland Before departing the Bay of Islands today, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Waitangi Treaty Reserve, where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed (own expense). This afternoon sit back and relax as you make your way down through Northland’s lush farmland scenery. From fresh sushi to mouthwatering seafood, from authentic Indian curries to decadent desserts, your highlight dinner tonight at Eight Restaurant at The Langham will satisfy any and all dining cravings. Hotel: The Langham, Auckland. BC HD Day 5: Auckland – Rotorua A city sights tour will start your morning in Auckland. Travel around the waterfront to Mission Bay, with a stop at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, for stunning photos of Auckland and surrounds. Follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River to Waitomo Caves. Tour the amazing limestone caverns and sail through the still waters of the sparkling Glowworm Grotto.  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. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD Day 6: Rotorua Included Choice This morning relax with your Breakfast of Choice. Today choose one from a range of Included Choice

sightseeing experiences. Perhaps visit a hilarious, interactive sheep show, or wander through a nature park, and take a ‘behind the scenes’ tour through a working kiwi nursery and hatchery. Visit Te Puia and tour through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. Or if you are looking for adventure, you could take a ride in the Rotorua Skyline Gondola and jump in a luge to speed back down to the bottom. Or tour around Rotorua in an amphibious WW2 era Duck. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences. BC

Day 7: Rotorua – Wellington Say Haere Ra (goodbye) to Rotorua this morning and journey out through pine forests and farmland to a little hidden spot, Huka Falls. From here the road unfolds in a broad panorama of Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. You’ll then journey south over the Central Plateau, New Zealand’s main volcanic area. Travel along the Kapiti Coast, to the gorgeous historic villa, Shenandoah. ‘You’re invited’ to join Simon and Claudia for an afternoon tea with a ‘Kiwi twist’. Take a walk around their beautiful property to meet the animal members of the family and stop in at the big red barn and marvel at their collection of Harley Davidson motorcycles and memorabilia. The AAT Kings team will have a tough time getting you to leave. This evening, as you follow the state highway, the Kapiti Coast becomes New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Tonight dinner with wine is included at your hotel. Hotel: James Cook Grand Chancellor, Wellington. BC YA DW Day 8: Wellington – Blenheim Why not discover more of Wellington this morning. There’s time to visit the Parliament buildings and the


From the blue waters and sandy white beaches of the North Island, to the snow-capped mountains and rugged coastlines of the South Island, explore every nook of New Zealand. A heart-pounding haka welcomes you to Rotorua for a taste of Maori culture. A worldrenowned train journey tops-off your time in New Zealand with scenic splendour.

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Waitomo Caves

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Mt. Ruapehu

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Picton

Hokitika

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TranzAlpine Train FRANZ JOSEF Mt. GLACIER 1 Cook 1 1 CHRISTCHURCH Haast 1 TWIZEL

Milford Sound

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TE ANAU 1

1 DUNEDIN

Day 9: Blenheim – Christchurch This morning stop to meet some New Zealand fur seals at Ohau Point, and watch as they frolic and play in the tidal currents. Take a helicopter flight out

of Kaikoura (own expense) for whale and dolphin viewing. Or stop in at one of many local eateries and sample a Kaikoura seafood delight, crayfish. This afternoon’s journey follows the Pacific Ocean coastline where roaring sea meets enormous bush-clad mountains. Travel across the Northern Canterbury Plains and into Christchurch. Tonight, speak with your Travel Director about dining recommendations in Christchurch’s inner city. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B

Day 10: Christchurch – Twizel ‘You’re invited’ to Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep farm, where you’ll get a taste of traditional New Zealand country life. You’ll be welcomed into the home of Angie and Stan Taylor and their 240 hectare

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Meet with real Kiwi country folk, who welcome you into their homes & family. Celeste  Operations Manager

Rural Homestay: Day 6

A warm welcome awaits you on your New Zealand rural homestay and your hosts will provide you with the wonderful Kiwi hospitality that really makes you feel ‘at home’. Enjoy dinner and breakfast, a tour to introduce you to their way of life and comfortable accommodation in their home or cottages. You may choose to meet the animals, which may include sheep, cows, deer and many others, or simply relax and enjoy the company of your hosts and the scenic surroundings.

• Breakfast of choice (6)  BC • Full buffet breakfasts (11)  B • ‘You’re invited’ lunch (1)  YL • ‘You’re invited’ afternoon tea (1)  YA • Dinners with wine (7)  DW • Highlight dinners (4)  HD • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Flight Information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport Day 18 – Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Waitomo Limestone Caves Beehive, home to New Zealand’s politicians.  Later you’ll visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand and explore the fascinating exhibits at your leisure, including their unique Marae (Meeting House). Cruise the Cook Strait into tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound. The village of Picton is next, then it’s on to Blenheim for a city sightseeing tour. Tonight enjoy a 5-course highlight dinner prepared from local produce and matched with wines of the Marlborough region, including selections from Villa Maria and Saint Clair wineries. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Marlborough, Blenheim. B HD

Dining

Franz Josef Glacier

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Queenstown wine country garden. You’ll have the chance to experience sheep shearing and farming demonstrations before enjoying a BBQ lunch, and wait until you try Angie’s famous Pavlova dessert! Listen to the family’s story of growing up in rural New Zealand and their challenges of farming in the foothills of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. See Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, and visit the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd on your way to Twizel. Hotel: MacKenzie Country Inn, Twizel. B YL DW

Hokitika Jade Factory TranzAlpine train journey

Day 11: Twizel – Dunedin Your day starts with a photo stop at the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. From the Waitaki Valley you’ll then travel through to the township of Oamaru, with its stately tree-lined streets and its famous white limestone buildings. This afternoon you’ll make your way down to the southern-most New Zealand city, Dunedin. With the rest of your afternoon at leisure why not take part in an optional experience to see more

of the region. Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin. B DW

Day 12: Dunedin Included Choice –   Te Anau This morning choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to tour Larnach Castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway or take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise. Or choose a tour of Cadbury World or the Speight’s Brewery. This afternoon travel through lush green pastures, crossing sheepfilled farming land. Meander your way up into the Fiordland National Park to the South Island’s biggest lake and the town of Te Anau. Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel. Hotel: Distinction Hotel, Te Anau. B DW Day 13: Te Anau – Queenstown Today you will want to have your camera battery charged, and ready to go! Journey out to Milford Sound on one of the most scenic roads you will ever see, travelling through

native rainforests, alluvial flats and meadows. You will stop at Mirror Lakes and then it’s on to the Homer Tunnel, man’s attempt to master the sheer rocky ranges. Marvel at the stunning Cleddau Valley, stop for a little walk to the Chasm, and then it’s on to Milford Sound, where you will cruise the waters of this natural wonder. Your cruise takes in the Bowen and Stirling Falls, glacial hanging valleys, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak. From Milford Sound, you will travel on to the beautiful sights of Queenstown. An orientation tour skirts around the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Tonight you may want to take a gondola up Bob’s Peak, and dine at the Skyline Restaurant, Stratosfare, (own expense) overlooking Queenstown – the ultimate way to end a highlight day! Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights. B

Day 14: Queenstown Included Choice This morning relax with your Breakfast of Choice. Today choose one from a range of Included Choice


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Maori Hangi at the Tamaki Family Marae sightseeing experiences. You have the option to ride the Shotover Jet, join a wine tour, or play 9 holes of golf. Take a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner, or take a 4WD minibus through spectacular Skippers Canyon. After a day of activity, enjoy a peaceful evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. 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 singa-long or a dance across the polished wooden floors of the Earnslaw. BC HD

Day 15: Queenstown – Franz Josef This morning you will begin the passage out to wild West Coast. Stop and visit the faithfully restored gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. Then travel over to Cromwell, where you will stop in at a local orchard for a taste of the town’s delicious stone

fruit. It is a day of gorgeous lakes, as you will see the vivid blue waters of Lakes Dunstan, Hawea, then Wanaka. You will then travel over Haast Pass and view the sheer drop of Thunder Creek Falls. Our final destination for today is the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier. You may want to view the glacier on a helicopter flight (own expense). Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing), Franz Josef. BC DW

Day 16: Franz Josef – Punakaiki This morning explore Franz Josef Glacier. Then it’s time for an exhilarating adventure among temperate rainforest giants on the West Coast Treetop Walkway, followed by a visit to Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade) for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Later, travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and blowholes. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort, right

TSS Earnslaw cruise

on the waterfront. This evening enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel, while watching the surf thundering at your doorstep. Hotel: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki. B DW

Day 17: Punakaiki – Christchurch Travel to the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass where you’ll board the TranzAlpine. This spectacular train journey dates back to 1914, and is rated as one of the world’s most scenic train trips. The train forges through tunnels and over viaducts with panoramic views of snowcapped peaks, icy rivers, beech forests, gorges and river valleys. This evening join your Travel Director and Driver Guide, and your new-found friends for a farewell dinner with wine. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B FD Day 18: Farewell from Christchurch Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred by private car to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. B

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• Travel on the TranzAlpine Train

• Walk around Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

• Visit a jade factory and marvel at artists at work • Discover fascinating Franz Josef Glacier

• Taste Central Otago stone fruits at a local orchard

• Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains and magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound

• Savour a delicious Kiwi BBQ at Morelea Farm

• Explore Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand

• ‘You’re invited’ to Shenandoah for a unique private afternoon tea experience • Journey through the magnificent scenery of Mt. Ruapehu Tongariro National Park

• Immerse yourself in rich Maori culture with the Tamaki family over dinner

• Discover Waitomo and its famous Glowworm Grotto

• Cruise through ‘Hole in the Rock’ in the spectacular Bay of Islands

• Included Choice experiences

• Private car airport transfers on arrival and departure

• Airport meet & greet on arrival • Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Call us for details  (conditions apply)

Bay of Islands Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch On arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be met and transferred by private car to your hotel. You may want to stretch your legs and take a walk around Cathedral Square, or the newly-developed Re:Start Mall. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a welcome reception and then enjoy dinner together at your hotel. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. DW Day 2: Christchurch – Punakaiki Start the day with a spectacular train journey on the TranzAlpine departing from Christchurch. Forge your way through tunnels and over viaducts across the Southern Alps to the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass. Then journey up the West Coast to Punakaiki, where you’ll view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Tonight dinner with wine is included at your hotel, then fall asleep to the sound of the surf crashing on the beach, as you overnight in the eco-friendly Punakaiki Resort. Hotel: Punakaiki Resort. B DW Day 3: Punakaiki – Franz Josef This morning travel down the West Coast to Hokitika to visit a New Zealand greenstone (jade) factory for a jewellery demonstration. Explore life among New Zealand’s native giants with a stroll along the board walks of the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Your final destination today is the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier. You may want to view the glacier on a helicopter flight (own expense). Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing). B DW Day 4: Franz Josef – Queenstown Some spectacular sights are in store for you today. Travel over the Haast

Pass. Then take a short rainforest walk to view the sheer drop of Thunder Creek Falls. A shoreline charmingly edged by poplars and willows marks the first of a trio of lakes - Wanaka, followed by Hawea and then Dunstan. Enjoy the tastes of delicious locally-grown stone fruit at an orchard in Cromwell, then visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. Follow the Kawarau River, through striking Central Otago wineries, to Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights. B

Marvel at the stunning Cleddau Valley, stop for a little walk to the Chasm, and then it’s on to Milford Sound, where you’ll cruise the waters of this natural wonder. Your cruise takes in the Bowen and Stirling Falls, glacial hanging valleys, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak. From Milford Sound travel back through the steep, rocky mountain crags of Fiordland National Park to the South Island’s biggest lake and the town of Te Anau. Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel. Hotel: Distinction Hotel, Te Anau. BC DW

Day 5: Queenstown Included Choice This morning relax with your Breakfast of Choice. Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to ride the Shotover Jet, join a wine tour, or play 9 holes of golf. Take a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner, or take a 4WD minibus through spectacular Skippers Canyon. After a day of activity, enjoy a peaceful evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. 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 singa-long or a dance across the polished wooden floors of the Earnslaw. BC HD

Day 7: Te Anau – Dunedin Included Choice Travel past lush green pastures, crossing the sheep-filled farming lands of South Otago. Make your way down to the southern-most New Zealand city, Dunedin, also known as the Edinburgh of the South. This afternoon choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to tour Larnach Castle, or perhaps take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise to see penguins and albatross. Chocolate lovers will want to visit Cadbury World, you could sample a local brew at Speight’s Brewery or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at Your hotel. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin. B DW

Day 6: Queenstown – Te Anau Today you’ll want to have your camera battery charged, and ready to go! Journey out to Milford Sound, travelling through native rainforests, alluvial flats and meadows. You will stop at Mirror Lakes and then it’s on to the Homer Tunnel, man’s attempt to master the sheer rocky ranges.

Day 8: Dunedin – Twizel Enjoy a slower start to the day before departing Dunedin. Travel through to the township of Oamaru, with its stately tree-lined streets and its famous white limestone buildings. Take in a photo stop at the visually impressive Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. The Waitaki River marks the boundary between the regions of Canterbury


Take your New Zealand bucket list and tick off all of your must-sees and must-dos, as you travel from the bottom of the South Island to the top of the North. Have you always had a hankering to journey on a world-renowned train, meet a kiwi bird, to swim in the Pacific Ocean, or to learn the haka? This is your chance!

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AUCKLAND Fiordland National Park

Waitomo Caves

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Picton

Hokitika

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PUNAKAIKI 1

1 WELLINGTON 1 BLENHEIM Kaikoura

TranzAlpine Train FRANZ JOSEF Mt. GLACIER 1 Cook 1 1 CHRISTCHURCH Haast 1 TWIZEL

Milford Sound

TE ANAU 1

2 QUEENSTOWN 1 DUNEDIN

Day 9: Twizel – Christchurch Mount Cook National Park is today’s highlight. Weather permitting, there is an opportunity for a scenic flight over Mount Cook (own expense). Enjoy amazing photo opportunities of sweeping views across the turquoise waters of Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo. Wander along the lake edge and visit the little stone-hewn Church of the Good Shepherd. ‘You’re invited’ to enjoy a taste of country life at a barbecue lunch on a working farm. You’ll be welcomed into the home and 240 hectare garden of Angie

and Stan Taylor to gain an insight into the day to day operation of farm life. Later, travel over the colourful patchwork of the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Tonight, speak with your Travel Director about dining recommendations in Christchurch’s inner city. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B YL

Day 10: Christchurch – Blenheim This morning travel across the Northern Canterbury Plains out of Christchurch, and along the Pacific Ocean coastline where roaring sea meets enormous bushclad mountains. You will have the chance to soar over the Pacific Ocean on a helicopter flight from Kaikoura, for whale and dolphin Continued over page >

Get out of the city and spend some time on a little slice of Kiwi paradise! Nathan  Driver Guide

Rural Homestay: Day 13

A warm welcome awaits you on your New Zealand rural homestay and your hosts will provide you with the wonderful Kiwi hospitality that really makes you feel ‘at home’. Enjoy dinner and breakfast, a tour to introduce you to their way of life and comfortable accommodation in their home or cottages. You may choose to meet the animals, which may include sheep, cows, deer and many others, or simply relax and enjoy the company of your hosts and the scenic surroundings.

• Breakfast of choice (6)  BC • Full buffet breakfasts (11)  B • ‘You’re invited’ lunch (1)  YL • ‘You’re invited’ afternoon tea (1)  YA • Dinners with wine (7)  DW • Highlight dinners (4)  HD • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Flight Information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport Day 18 – Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Franz Josef Glacier and Otago. Travel into the heart of the Mackenzie Country, to Twizel. Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel. Hotel: MacKenzie Country Hotel, Twizel. B DW

Dining

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown


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Mirror Lakes viewing (own expense). Further up the East Coast, watch as New Zealand fur seals frolic and play in the tidal currents, and sun themselves on the rocks at Ohau Point. Tonight indulge in the local tastes and unique flavours of the Marlborough region with a special wine-matched highlight dinner. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Marlborough, Blenheim. B HD

Maori Hongi greeting, Rotorua

Christchurch

Day 11: Blenheim – Wellington Venture across Marlborough, to the sleepy seaside village of Picton, where your AAT Kings crew and coach will join you on board the Interislander. Cruise through tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound, across the Cook Strait to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. A city sights tour taking in New Zealand’s parliament buildings, leads into some free time. Why not indulge in Wellington’s renowned coffee culture, or take a walk along Lambton Quay? Then visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, with time to explore the many interactive

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

displays depicting Maori and modern New Zealand culture. Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel. Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington. B DW

Day 12: Wellington – Rotorua After departing Wellington, this morning You’ll travel north up the Kapiti Coast to the gorgeous historic villa, Shenandoah. ‘You’re invited’ to join Simon and Claudia, who will show you their home, which includes a unique private collection of Harley Davidson motor cycles. Enjoy morning tea in their garden, then take a walk around the property to meet the animal members of the family. Journey north over the tussock plains of the Central Plateau through Tongariro National Park, view Lake Taupo and Huka Falls on your way to 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. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B YM HD

Day 13: Rotorua Included Choice This morning relax with your Breakfast of Choice. Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Perhaps visit a hilarious, interactive sheep show, or wander through a nature park, and take a ‘behind the scenes’ tour through a working kiwi nursery and hatchery. Visit Te Puia and tour through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. Or if you are looking for adventure, you could take a ride in the Rotorua Skyline Gondola and jump in a Luge to speed back down to the bottom. Or tour around Rotorua in an amphibious WW2 era Duck. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences. BC


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Hole in the Rock Day 14: Rotorua – Auckland Say Haere Ra (goodbye) to Rotorua this morning and journey to the amazing limestone caverns that make up the Waitomo Caves. After a guided walk through the caves, board your little boat and glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River to New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, where your city sights tour takes in Bastion Point, Viaduct Harbour and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. From fresh sushi to mouthwatering seafood, from authentic Indian curries to decadent desserts, your highlight dinner at Eight Restaurant at The Langham will satisfy any and all dining cravings. Hotel: The Langham, Auckland. BC HD Day 15: Auckland – Bay of Islands This morning depart Auckland City and travel north over the Harbour Bridge. Journey through Orewa and along the scenic Hibiscus Coast, the

birthplace of Sir Edmund Hillary. Enjoy a stop at Parry Kauri Park, then it’s on to Whangarei, the northernmost city in New Zealand. This afternoon you will travel into the 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 trip to Paihia cruises through picturesque islands. Keep your eyes peeled for marine life. This evening enjoy dinner with wine at the hotel. Hotel: Copthorne Resort (Water View), Bay of Islands, 2 nights. B DW

Day 16: Bay of Islands Included Choice This morning relax with your Breakfast of Choice. Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Perhaps go on a dolphin watching cruise, journey around Kerikeri on a wine tasting tour, or take a guided walk through Russell – New Zealand’s first capital.

Pohutu Geyser

This evening sail aboard a historic tall ship as the sun sets, or glide down the Waitangi River for a sumptuous dinner cruise. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences. BC

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Day 17: Bay of Islands – Auckland Before departing the Bay of Islands today, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Waitangi Treaty Reserve, where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed (own expense). This afternoon sit back and relax as you make your way down through Northland’s lush farmland scenery and past the sprawling suburbs of the North Shore back into Auckland. Hotel: The Langham, Auckland. BC Day 18: Farewell from Auckland Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred by private car to Auckland Airport for your onward flight. B Auckland

TranzAlpine train journey

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• Discover Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto

• Take your pick of a selection of included local highlight experiences at Rotorua • ‘You’re invited’ to Shenandoah Estate for a unique private afternoon tea experience

• Wellington’s city sights and Mt. Victoria • Sail the Cook Strait to beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound

• Indulge in a 5 course dinner with matching wines in Blenheim

• Savour a delicious Kiwi BBQ at Morelea Farm

• Marvel at the crystal clear waters of Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki • Discover truly spectacular Milford Sound on a cruise • Tailor your trip with a selection of included enriching experiences in Queenstown

• Taste Central Otago stone fruit at a local orchard

• Discover Franz Josef Glacier • Visit a jade factory and marvel at artists at work • Walk around Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

• Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train • Included Choice experiences

• Private car airport transfers on arrival and departure

• Airport meet & greet on arrival • Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Rotorua thermal reserve Day 1: Welcome to Auckland On arrival at Auckland Airport you’ll be met by private car and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. You could visit the Sky Tower for spectacular views of the city, picturesque Viaduct Harbour and surrounding lush volcanic hills. Perhaps visit the Auckland Museum or go shopping in stylish Parnell. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a welcome reception and highlight dinner at The Langham. Your indulgent degustation is prepared for you from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious desserts. Hotel: The Langham, Auckland. HD Day 2: Auckland – Rotorua After a sightseeing tour of Auckland, trace the Waikato River to the Waitomo Caves to sail through the fascinating Glowworm Grotto and discover the limestone formations. From Waitomo to Rotorua you’ll venture through the King Country. This area was at the centre of the New Zealand Wars in the 1860s, when colonial forces invaded the Waikato region. On arrival in Rotorua an orientation tour takes in views of Lake Rotorua. Tonight enjoy a Maori Hangi feast highlight dinner and concert for an insight into Maori culture at the Tamaki Family Marae. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD Day 3: Rotorua Included Choice Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to join the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, discover Maori culture at Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, see the Agrodome Farm

Show, relax in the seclusion of your own hot mineral pool to relieve your tired muscles or unwind with a facial treatment in the Lake Spa Retreat at the Polynesian Spa. Maybe ride the amphibious Rotorua Duck or the luge at Rotorua Skyline. Tonight you have the option of staying at your hotel or on a nearby farm – see previous page. BC

Day 4: Rotorua – Wellington View the mighty Huka Falls and drive along the shores of Lake Taupo. Discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu. This afternoon ‘You’re invited’ to Shenandoah for a unique experience. The historic villa’s owners, Simon and Claudia, will show you around their property, which includes a unique private collection of Harley Davidson motorcycles. Enjoy afternoon tea in their garden then take a short tour to see the local wildlife including friendly Highland cows. Continue along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington. This evening enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel. Hotel: James Cook Grand Chancellor, Wellington. BC YA DW Day 5: Wellington – Blenheim Why not discover more of Wellington this morning. There’s time to visit the Parliament buildings and the Beehive, home to New Zealand’s politicians.  Later, you’ll visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Explore the exhibits at your leisure, including their unique Marae (Meeting House). Cruise the Cook Strait into Queen Charlotte Sound. The village of Picton is next, then it’s on to Blenheim for a city sightseeing tour. Tonight enjoy a 5-course highlight dinner prepared from local produce matched with wines of the Marlborough region, including selections from Villa Maria

and Saint Clair wineries. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Marlborough, Blenheim. B HD

Day 6: Blenheim – Christchurch En route to the whale-watching haven of Kaikoura, you’ll pass the Grassmere Salt Works and see New Zealand fur seals up close at Ohau Point. Travel to Christchurch and see the extensive work carried out to rebuild the city after the earthquake of February 2011. Stop in and visit the Re:Start Mall, a project designed to breathe life back into the devastated Christchurch city centre. The mall is entirely constructed from shipping containers and as it was able to be built quickly, retail shopping was re-established several years before it would have otherwise taken place. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B Day 7: Christchurch – Twizel ‘You’re invited’ to Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep farm, where you’ll get a taste of traditional New Zealand country life. You’ll be welcomed into the home of Angie and Stan Taylor and their beautiful 240 hectare garden. You’ll have the chance to see sheep shearing and farming demonstrations before enjoying a barbecue lunch and wait until you try Angie’s famous pavlova dessert! Listen to the family’s story of growing up in rural New Zealand and their challenges of farming in the foothills of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Later, see spectacular Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki and visit the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd on your way to Twizel. Hotel: MacKenzie Country Inn, Twizel. B YL DW Day 8: Twizel – Dunedin View the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam located on the shores of New Zealand’s largest man-made lake, Lake Benmore. You’ll


So many adventures to be had from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South. Venture down into the depths of a glowworm grotto, experience the fun and frivolity of a sing-along on a cruise in Queenstown, then fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing on the beach outside your hotel in Punakaiki.

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$5475

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

AUCKLAND 1

Auckland to Christchurch

Queenstown

• Breakfast of choice (4)  BC • Full buffet breakfasts (10)  B • ‘You’re invited’ lunch (1)  YL • ‘You’re invited’ afternoon tea (1)  YA • Dinners with wine (6)  DW • Highlight dinners (4)  HD • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Flight Information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport Day 15 – Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price.

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Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Mt. Ruapehu

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1 WELLINGTON

PUNAKAIKI 1

1 BLENHEIM Kaikoura TranzAlpine Train

FRANZ JOSEF 1 Mt. GLACIER Cook 1 1 CHRISTCHURCH Haast 1 TWIZEL

Milford Sound

TE ANAU 1

$5475

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2017

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End Oct 25 Nov 01 Nov 08 Nov 15 Nov 22 Dec 06 Dec 20 Jan 03

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$1755

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Oct 10 Oct 17 Oct 24 Oct 31 Nov 07 Nov 21 Dec 05 Dec 19

Oct 24 Oct 31 Nov 07 Nov 14 Nov 21 Dec 05 Dec 19 Jan 02

$5675

2 QUEENSTOWN 1

$5875

2016

Picton

Hokitika

Code: ZAAC

Single Supplement Option

A Pa rth ss ur’ s

Dining

Waitomo Caves

Per Person Twin Share

$1655

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Apr 25

May 09

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stop in at the gorgeous harbour town of Oamaru. Most well-known for its stunning 19th century white limestone architecture, Oamaru is also home to potters, painters, cheese-makers and many other artisans. And you may even spot an Oamaru Blue Penguin! On arrival in Dunedin, you may wish to take a wander around the beautiful grounds of New Zealand’s first university, Otago University. Dunedin, also known as the Edinburgh of the south, has strong connections to its northern hemisphere sister city, even down to sharing many of the street names. This evening enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin. B DW

Day 9: Dunedin Included Choice –   Te Anau This morning choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to tour Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway or take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise. Or choose a tour of Cadbury World or Speight’s Brewery. Later, travel across farming land to the village of Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the South Island’s largest lake. This evening enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel. Hotel: Distinction Hotel, Te Anau. B DW Day 10: Te Anau – Queenstown You’ll be awestruck by the magnificence of the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park. Amazing photo opportunities await you today as you see rainforest, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and the hand-made Homer Tunnel. Pass the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm. Your cruise on Milford Sound will take you past Bowen Falls and Mitre

Peak. Afterwards, travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu on your way to Queenstown, where an orientation tour finishes this highlight day. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights. B

Day 11: Queenstown Included Choice Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to ride the Shotover Jet, join a wine tour, play 9 holes of golf or take the gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. Perhaps take a 4WD minibus 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 at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. Why not join in a sing-a-long on your way back to Queenstown? BC HD Day 12: Queenstown – Franz Josef Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown then enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell. See lakes Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Travel over the Haast Pass and view Thunder Creek Falls. Our final destination for today is the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier. You may want to view the glacier on a helicopter flight (own expense). This evening enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing), Franz Josef. BC DW Day 13: Franz Josef – Punakaiki It’s time for an exhilarating adventure among temperate rainforest giants on the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Explore Franz Josef Glacier – take a scenic flight or a glacier hike (both

own expense). Then you’ll depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade) for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Later, travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort, right on the waterfront. This evening enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel, while watching the surf thundering at your doorstep! Hotel: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki. B DW

Day 14: Punakaiki – Christchurch Travel to the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine. This spectacular train journey dates back to 1914, and is rated as one of the word’s most scenic train trips. The train forges through tunnels and over viaducts with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, icy rivers, beech forests, gorges and river valleys. Join your Travel Director this evening for a farewell dinner with wine. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B FD Day 15: Farewell from Christchurch Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred by private car to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. B

Church of the Good Shepherd

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New Zealand Experience

15 days

• Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train • Walk around Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

• Visit a jade factory and marvel at artists at work

• Discover Franz Josef Glacier • Taste Central Otago stone fruit at a local orchard

• Tailor your trip with a selection of included enriching experiences in Queenstown • Discover truly spectacular Milford Sound on a cruise

• Marvel at the crystal clear waters of Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki

• Savour a delicious Kiwi BBQ at Morelea Farm

• Indulge in a 5 course dinner with matching wines in Blenheim

• Sail the Cook Strait to beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound • Wellington’s city sights and Mt. Victoria

• ‘You’re invited’ to Shenandoah Estate for a unique private afternoon tea experience

• Take your pick of a selection of included local highlight experiences at Rotorua • Discover Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto • Included Choice experiences

• Private car airport transfers on arrival and departure

• Airport meet & greet on arrival • Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Lake Wakatipu Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch On arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be met and transferred by private car to your hotel. You may want to stretch your legs and take a walk around Cathedral Square, or the newly- developed Re:Start Mall. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a welcome reception and then enjoy dinner together at your hotel. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. DW Day 2: Christchurch – Punakaiki Start the day with a spectacular train journey on the TranzAlpine departing from Christchurch. Forge your way through tunnels and over viaducts across Southern Alps to the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass. Then journey up the West Coast to Punakaiki where you’ll view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Tonight dinner with wine is included at your hotel, then fall asleep to the sound of the surf crashing on the beach, as you overnight in the eco-friendly Punakaiki Resort. Hotel: Punakaiki Resort. B DW Day 3: Punakaiki – Franz Josef Glacier This morning travel down the West Coast to Hokitika to visit a New Zealand greenstone (jade) factory for a jewellery demonstration. Explore life among New Zealand’s native giants with a stroll along the board walks of the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Your final destination today is the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier. You may want to view the glacier on a helicopter flight (own expense). Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing), Franz Josef. B DW Day 4: Franz Josef – Queenstown Some spectacular sights are in store

for you today. Travel over the Haast Pass. Then take a short rainforest walk, to view the sheer drop of Thunder Creek Falls. A shoreline charmingly edged by poplars and willows marks the first of a trio of lakes - Wanaka, followed by Hawea and then Dunstan. Enjoy the tastes of delicious locally-grown stone fruit at an orchard in Cromwell, then visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. Follow the Kawarau River, through striking Central Otago wineries, to Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights. B

Day 5: Queenstown Included Choice This morning relax with your Breakfast of Choice. Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to ride the Shotover Jet, join a wine tour, or play 9 holes of golf. Take a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner, or take a 4WD minibus through spectacular Skippers Canyon. After a day of activity, enjoy a peaceful evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. Then enjoy an entertaining afterdinner farm show providing a glimpse into high-country farm life. BC HD Day 6: Queenstown – Te Anau Today you’ll want to have your camera battery charged, and ready to go! You will stop at Mirror Lakes and then it’s on to the Homer Tunnel, man’s attempt to master the sheer rocky ranges. Marvel at the stunning Cleddau Valley, stop for a little walk to the Chasm, and then it’s on to Milford Sound, where you’ll cruise the waters of this natural wonder. Your cruise

takes in the Bowen and Stirling Falls, glacial hanging valleys, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak. Travel back through the steep, rocky mountain crags of Fiordland National Park to the South Island’s biggest lake and the town of Te Anau. Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel. Hotel: Distinction Hotel, Te Anau. BC DW

Day 7: Te Anau – Dunedin Included Choice Cross the rich, fertile farming land of South Otago, through to Dunedin, a City founded by Scottish settlers. This afternoon choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to tour Larnach Castle, or perhaps take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise to see penguins and albatross. Chocolate lovers will want to visit Cadbury World, you could sample a local brew at Speight’s Brewery or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin. BC DW Day 8: Dunedin – Twizel Enjoy a slower start to the day, before travelling to the township of Oamaru, with its stately tree-lined streets and its famous white limestone buildings. Take in a photo stop at the visually impressive Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel into the heart of the Mackenzie Country, to Twizel. Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel. Hotel: MacKenzie Country Inn, Twizel. B DW Day 9: Twizel – Christchurch Mount Cook National Park is today’s highlight. Weather permitting, there is an opportunity for a scenic flight over Mount Cook (own expense). Enjoy sweeping views across the turquoise


Enjoy a moment of tranquillity on a New Zealand lakeshore, or a simple soak in therapeutic mineral waters. Take a heart-stopping leap of faith off a bungy bridge or a white-knuckle rafting journey down turbulent rapids. The choice is yours – exhilarating adventure or relaxation and rejuvenation.

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Per Person Twin Share Land Only

AUCKLAND 1

Christchurch to Auckland

Auckland

• Breakfast of choice (4)  BC • Full buffet breakfasts (10)  B • ‘You’re invited’ lunch (1)  YL • ‘You’re invited’ afternoon tea (1)  YA • Dinners with wine (6)  DW • Highlight dinners (4)  HD • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Flight Information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport Day 15 – Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price.

waters of Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo and wander along the lake edge to the Church of the Good Shepherd. ‘You’re invited’ to enjoy a barbecue lunch on a working Canterbury farm. You’ll be welcomed into Angie and Stan’s home to gain an insight into the day to day operation of farm life. Later, travel over the colourful patchwork of the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Tonight, speak with your Travel Director about dining recommendations in Christchurch’s inner city. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B YL

Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Mt. Ruapehu

2 ROTORUA Taupo

Code: ZCCA

$5875

$5875

$1730

$1730

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2016

Start Nov 13 Dec 18

Picton

End Nov 27 Jan 01

1 WELLINGTON

PUNAKAIKI 1 Hokitika

A Pa rth ss ur’ s

Dining

Waitomo Caves

TE ANAU 1

Kaikoura TranzAlpine Train

2 QUEENSTOWN 1

Day 10: Christchurch – Blenheim This morning travel along the Pacific Ocean coastline, where roaring sea meets enormous bush-clad mountains. You will have the chance to soar over the Pacific Ocean on a helicopter flight from Kaikoura, for whale and dolphin viewing (own expense). Further up the East Coast, watch as New Zealand fur seals frolic and play in the tidal currents, and sun themselves on the rocks at Ohau Point. Tonight indulge in the local tastes and unique flavours of the Marlborough region with a special wine-matched highlight dinner. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Marlborough, Blenheim. B HD

Day 12: Wellington – Rotorua After departing Wellington, this morning we travel north up the Kapiti Coast to the gorgeous historic villa, Shenandoah. ‘You’re invited’ to join Simon and Claudia, who will show you their home which includes a unique private collection of Harley Davidson motor cycles. Enjoy morning tea in their garden, then take a walk around the property to meet the animal members of the family. Journey north over the tussock plains of the Central Plateau through Tongariro National Park, view Lake Taupo and Huka Falls on your way to Rotorua. Tonight an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at a highlight dinner 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. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B YM HD

Day 11: Blenheim – Wellington Venture across Marlborough, to the sleepy seaside village of Picton. Cruise on the Interislander through tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound, across the Cook Strait to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. A city sights tour takes in New Zealand’s parliament buildings, then enjoy some free time. Sample Wellington’s renowned coffee culture, or take a walk along Lambton Quay and visit Te Papa, the Museum of New

Day 13: Rotorua Included Choice This morning relax with your Breakfast of Choice. Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Perhaps visit a hilarious, interactive sheep show, or wander through a nature park, and tour through a working kiwi nursery and hatchery. Visit Te Puia and view the amazing geothermal mud pools and geysers. You could take a ride in the Rotorua Skyline Gondola and jump in a luge to speed

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End Jan 29 Feb 26 Mar 12 Mar 26

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Zealand, with time to explore the many interactive displays depicting Maori and modern New Zealand culture. Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel. Hotel: James Cook Grand Chancellor, Wellington. B DW

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FRANZ JOSEF 1 Mt. GLACIER Cook 1 1 CHRISTCHURCH Haast 1 TWIZEL

Milford Sound

Per Person Twin Share

Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

back down to the bottom. Or tour around Rotorua in an amphibious WW2 era Duck. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences. BC

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Day 14: Rotorua – Auckland Say Haere Ra (goodbye) to Rotorua this morning and journey to the amazing limestone caverns that make up the Waitomo Caves. After a guided walk through the caves, board your little boat and glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River to New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, where your city sights tour takes in Bastion Point, Viaduct Harbour and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. From fresh sushi to mouth-watering seafood, from authentic Indian curries to decadent desserts, your highlight dinner at Eight Restaurant at The Langham will satisfy any and all dining cravings. Hotel: The Langham, Auckland. BC HD Day 15: Farewell from Auckland Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight. B

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Hongi greeting, Tamaki Maori Village

• Cruise in the stunning Bay of Islands and through ‘Hole in the Rock’

• Cruise through Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto

• Feast on a Maori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family

• Discover the arts and traditions of New Zealand’s Maori culture • Explore New Zealand’s capital Wellington

• Visit Te Papa the Museum of New Zealand

• Set sail on Queen Charlotte Sound

• Marvel at Fur Seals at Ohau Point and Whales at Kaikoura • See spectacular Lake Tekapo and Lake Te Anau

• Cruise on breath-taking Milford Sound

• Let loose in the adventure capital Queenstown

• Sail across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak for a unique highlight dinner

• See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier

• Visit a green stone factory and watch the jade artists at work • Tour through Christchurch to witness the incredible rebuild of the city

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland After your airport transfer to your hotel, explore Auckland your way. This evening enjoy a welcome reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland. Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands Depart Auckland and travel along the Hibiscus Coast to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Take a scenic 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. Hotel: Copthorne Resort (Garden View), Bay of Islands, 2 nights. B D Day 3: Bay of Islands ‘Free Time’ Explore the Bay of Islands. Perhaps take a ferry to Russell, go sailing on a tall ship, dolphin-watching on the bay or play a round of golf or enjoy a dinner cruise on the Waitangi River. B Day 4: Bay of Islands – Auckland Enjoy a leisurely morning before

travelling through lush farmlands on your way back to Auckland. Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland. B D

Day 5: Auckland – Rotorua After an Auckland city sights tour you’ll trace the Waikato River to Waitomo Caves. Tour the amazing Glowworm Grotto by boat. Then arrive in Rotorua for an orientation tour. Tonight enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi feast highlight dinner and concert, for an insight into Maori culture, at the Tamaki Family Marae. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD Day 6: Rotorua Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show, then enjoy an afternoon of ‘Free Time’ – visit Rainbow Springs, abundant with Rainbow Trout and native fauna including the kiwi or Te Puia, where a local Maori will guide you through the Geothermal valley with its mud pools and geysers. B Day 7: Rotorua – Wellington

This morning depart Rotorua travelling south to Wairakei and on to Taupo, in the very heart of the North Island. Stop to view mighty Huka Falls before following the

Rural Homestay Option: Day 6

A warm welcome awaits you on your New Zealand rural homestay and your hosts will provide you with the wonderful Kiwi hospitality that really makes you feel ‘at home’. Enjoy dinner and breakfast, a tour to introduce you to their way of life and comfortable accommodation in their home or cottages. You may choose to meet the animals, which may include sheep, cows, deer and many others, or simply relax and enjoy the company of your hosts and the scenic surroundings. Additional cost per person $65.

eastern shoreline of Lake Taupo. Continue through rich farming lands into the capital city Wellington. This evening celebrate your holiday at dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends. Hotel: Travelodge, Wellington. B D

Day 8: Wellington – Picton This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington. Take in the panoramic views from the top of Mt. Victoria. There will be time to explore the Parliament buildings and the Beehive, home to New Zealand’s politicians. Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand and explore the fascinating exhibits at your leisure, including their unique Marae or Maori Meeting House. Cruise the Cook Strait into Queen Charlotte Sound and Picton. Hotel: Beachcomber, Picton. B D Day 9: Picton – Christchurch Get up close and personal with some New Zealand fur seals at Ohau Point, watch whales at Kaikoura, (optional scenic whale-watching flight is available) and travel across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. B


Begin your New Zealand story with a cruise in the stunning Bay of Islands. Continue the narrative with the arts and traditions of Maori culture, and the sweeping vistas of the Marlborough Sounds. Conclude your epic narrative with tales of intrepid settlers in Central Otago, and thrills in Queenstown, the adventure capital.

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BAY OF ISLANDS

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PICTON

• Full buffet breakfasts (16)  B • Highlight dinners (2)  HD • Dinners (9)  D

Flight Information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport Day 17 – Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Day 10: Christchurch – Omarama Free time to relax this morning. Later see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the alpine scenery of Mt. Cook National Park (optional Mt. Cook scenic flight is available). Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama. B D Day 11: Omarama – Dunedin Your day starts along the Waitaki River with the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru with its famous white limestone buildings to Dunedin, where you’ll tour the city. Then you’ve got the afternoon to yourself – perhaps take a Wildlife Cruise, visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City. B D Day 12: Dunedin – Te Anau After a free morning, you’ll cross sheep-filled farming land to the South Island’s biggest lake and the town of Te Anau, where tonight you can take a Glowworm Caves tour (own expense). Hotel: Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau. B D

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2 ROTORUA

Mt. Ruapehu

Dining

Hokitika

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER 1 Haast

Milford Sound

TE ANAU 1

Arthur’s Pass

1

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Auckland to Christchurch

Waitomo Caves

Bay of Islands

$4375

Taupo

1 WELLINGTON

$4875

$4625

$1545

$1500

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2016

Start Oct 01 Oct 15 Oct 29 Nov 12 Dec 10 Dec 24 Dec 31

2017

Kaikoura

TranzAlpine Train Mt. Cook 1 1 CHRISTCHURCH

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Jan 23 Feb 06 Feb 13 Feb 20 Feb 27 Mar 06 Mar 13 Mar 20 Apr 10

1 OMARAMA

2 QUEENSTOWN

Oamaru

1 DUNEDIN Day 13: Te Anau – Queenstown Journey through Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, where you will cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. See Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown for a sightseeing tour on arrival. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown, 2 nights. B Day 14: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Explore thrilling Queenstown your way – from wine tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into highcountry farm life. Why not join in a sing-a-long on your cruise back to Queenstown? B HD Day 15: Queenstown – Franz Josef The first stop is historic Arrowtown. Next is Cromwell to taste its

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sensational stone fruit. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Lake Dunstan, Hawea, Wanaka before you travel through Haast Pass, view Thunder Creek Falls and take a rainforest walk. Our final destination today is the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier (an optional scenic flight is available). Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing), Franz Josef. B D

Day 16: Franz Josef – Christchurch You’ll visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration first up then travel to Arthur’s Pass to board the TranzAlpine, one of the top 6 train journeys in the world. This spectacular journey takes you through the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. This evening celebrate your holiday at a dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. B D

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$4375

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$1455

Single Supplement Option

Jun 03 Sep 09 Sep 30

Jun 19 Sep 25 Oct 16

$5000

Per Person Twin Share

$1570

Single Supplement Option

Oct 14 Oct 28 Nov 11 Dec 09 Dec 23 Dec 30

Oct 30 Nov 13 Nov 27 Dec 25 Jan 08 Jan 15

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Ways to Save

Early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $490 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $245 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $735 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $490 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $490 Save up to $245 Save up to $245 Save $90

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15.

Day 17: Farewell from Christchurch Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. B Milford Sound

Not your typical jet boat ride. Stay warm and dry and soak up the incredible stories of the Haast region.

Optional Experience Day 15: Haast River Safari

JP  Driver Guide

Complete your New Zealand holiday with the Haast River jet boating experience! Your boat is fully enclosed so you remain warm and dry, yet visibility is ensured. Learn from your experienced jet boat driver about this remarkable glacial valley. Hear stories of the Kiwi spirit that enabled the Haast community to survive on the edge of the wilderness. Ask your Travel Director for details.


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New Zealand Magic

17 days

Airffordable

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Magical countryside

• Tour through Christchurch to witness the incredible rebuild of the city

• Visit a green stone factory and watch the jade artists at work • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier

• Sail across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak for a unique highlight dinner

• Let loose in the adventure capital Queenstown

• Cruise on breath-taking Milford Sound

• See spectacular Lake Tekapo and Lake Te Anau

• Marvel at Fur Seals at Ohau Point and Whales at Kaikoura • Set sail on Queen Charlotte Sound

• Visit Te Papa the Museum of New Zealand

• Explore New Zealand’s capital Wellington

• Discover the arts and traditions of New Zealand’s Maori culture

• Feast on a Maori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family • Cruise through Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto

• Cruise in the stunning Bay of Islands and through ‘Hole in the Rock’

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch On arrival in Christchurch you’ll be transferred from the airport to your hotel. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. D Day 2: Christchurch – Franz Josef First up this morning you’ll board the TranzAlpine, one of the top six train journeys in the world. This spectacular journey takes you across the Canterbury Plains and through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. Later, visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade) for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Next stop is Franz Josef Glacier (optional Franz Josef Glacier scenic flight is available). Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing), Franz Josef. B D Day 3: Franz Josef – Queenstown Travel through the Haast Pass, view Thunder Creek Falls and take a rainforest walk. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan. Next is Cromwell and its stone fruit and Arrowtown on the Arrow River. On arrival in Queenstown, the adventurecapital, an orientation tour completes your day. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown, 2 nights. B

Day 4: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Explore exciting Queenstown your way – from wine tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into highcountry farm life. Why not join in a sing-a-long on your cruise back to Queenstown? B HD Day 5: Queenstown – Te Anau Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. You’ll be awestruck by great sights from Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, one of the world’s most amazing places, where you’ll cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. En route you’ll drive through the hand-made Homer Tunnel to the abundant photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Then return to Te Anau. Tonight you have the option to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Hotel: Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau. B D

Rural Homestay Option: Day 12 A warm welcome awaits you on your New Zealand rural homestay and your hosts will provide you with the wonderful Kiwi hospitality that really makes you feel ‘at home’. Enjoy dinner and breakfast, a tour to introduce you to their way of life and comfortable accommodation in their home or cottages. You may choose to meet the animals, which may include sheep, cows, deer and many others, or simply relax and enjoy the company of your hosts and the scenic surroundings. Additional cost per person $65.

Day 6: Te Anau – Dunedin Cross sheep-filled farming land to Dunedin for a city tour. Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon – consider a wildlife cruise, visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City. B D Day 7: Dunedin – Omarama Free time to relax this morning – perhaps visit Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Then travel through Oamaru, with its limestone buildings, passing the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam en route to Omarama. Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama. B D Day 8: Omarama – Christchurch Soak up the alpine scenery of Mt. Cook National Park (optional scenic flight is available). See Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo, visit the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd and travel across the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. B Day 9: Christchurch – Picton Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast to Kaikoura, famous for its whales (optional whale-watching flight is available). See New Zealand’s fur seals at Ohau Point. Pass the


Take a journey across patchwork plains, over shimmering blue waters, through mistshrouded forests and along roads hand-carved into sheer mountainsides. Travel through almost every type of natural landscape you could imagine, as you make your way from Christchurch in the South Island to Auckland in the North Island.

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Guided  Holidays 17 days from

2

$4375

BAY OF ISLANDS

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

1 1 AUCKLAND

Christchurch to Auckland

Waitomo Caves Mt. Ruapehu

Tamaki Maori Village

• Full buffet breakfasts (16)  B • Highlight dinners (2)  HD • Dinners (9)  D

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport Day 17 – Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Grassmere Salt Works then travel to the seaside town of Picton. Hotel: Beachcomber, Picton. B D

Day 10: Picton – Wellington Cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound and across Cook Strait to Wellington for a city tour. There’s some time at leisure before visiting Te Papa, to discover New Zealand’s nature, history, art and heritage. Hotel: Travelodge, Wellington. B D Day 11: Wellington – Rotorua Travel along the Kapiti Coast, through the dairy farms of Manawatu to Tongariro National Park and discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu. Visit Taupo and drive along the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake. View Huka Falls and pass the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter and gain an insight into traditional Maori culture followed by a delicious buffet highlight dinner at the Tamaki Family Marae. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD Day 12: Rotorua Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show for a sample of farm life then enjoy an afternoon at leisure – perhaps visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park, abundant with Rainbow Trout and

Taupo

Code: LCBA

$4875

$4625

$1545

$1500

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2016

Dining

Flight Information

2 ROTORUA

PICTON Hokitika

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER 1 Haast

Milford Sound

TE ANAU 1

Arthur’s Pass

1

1 WELLINGTON

Start Oct 03 Oct 17 Oct 31 Nov 14 Dec 12 Dec 19

2017

Jan 02 Jan 09 Jan 16 Jan 30 Feb 06 Feb 13 Feb 27 Mar 13

Kaikoura

TranzAlpine Train Mt. Cook 1 1 CHRISTCHURCH

End Oct 19 Nov 02 Nov 16 Nov 30 Dec 28 Jan 04

Oamaru

Day 13: Rotorua – Auckland Travel through the Waikato region to the Waitomo Caves. Tour the amazing Glowworm Grotto by boat. Then you’ll follow the Waikato River to Auckland for a sightseeing tour of the city. Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland. B D Day 14: Auckland – Bay of Islands Over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, through Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast, birth place of Sir Edmund Hillary. Walk amongst Kauri trees at Parry Kauri Park. There’s time to explore Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand then it’s off to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Take a scenic 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. Hotel: Copthorne Resort (Garden View), Bay of Islands, 2 nights. B D

2017 continued Start Apr 10

Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

End Apr 26

$4375

Per Person Twin Share

$1455

Jun 19 Aug 28

Jul 05 Sep 13

$5000

Per Person Twin Share

$1570

Single Supplement Option

Oct 02 Oct 16 Oct 30 Nov 13 Dec 11 Dec 18

2 QUEENSTOWN

native fauna including the kiwi, or Te Puia, where a local Maori will guide you through the geothermal valley with its mud pools and geysers. B

Single Supplement Option

Single Supplement Option

Jan 18 Jan 25 Feb 01 Feb 15 Feb 22 Mar 01 Mar 15 Mar 29

1 OMARAMA

1 DUNEDIN

Per Person Twin Share

Oct 18 Nov 01 Nov 15 Nov 29 Dec 27 Jan 03

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Day 15: Bay of Islands ‘Free Time’ You have a free day to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps go dolphin-watching, take a coach trip to Cape Reinga via idyllic 90 Mile Beach, a day of sailing on a tall ship or take a tour to historic Russell. Ask your Travel Director about optional activities. B Day 16: Bay of Islands – Auckland You have the opportunity to visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve, where New Zealand’s founding document was signed. You’ll have time on your own to take in highlights such as the magnificent Maori War Canoe (Waka) and Marae or Meeting House (own expense). This afternoon enjoy the farmland scenery as you return to Auckland. Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland. B

Early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $490 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $245 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $735 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $490 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $490 Save up to $245 Save up to $245 Save $90

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15.

Day 17: Farewell from Auckland Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight. B

Rotorua thermal reserve

A glass of wine in hand as the sun sets over still river waters. A wonderful way to end our guests’ day!

Optional Experience Day 15: Darryl's Dinner Cruise

Ngarie  Travel Director

Enjoy a leisurely 2V hour cruise up the Waitangi River to the gorgeous Haruru Falls. As the sun sets over calm waters, dine on a scrumptious meal full of local produce. Sit back and soak up the tranquil surroundings as the crew provide snippets of information on the abundant bird life and the historical points of interest down the river.


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New Zealand Vista

14 days

Airffordable

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Skyline Restaurant, Queenstown

• Discover the arts and traditions of New Zealand’s Maori culture

• Feast on a Maori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family • Cruise through Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto

• Marvel at Fur Seals at Ohau Point and Whales at Kaikoura

• Visit Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo • Cruise on mystical Milford Sound

• Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains and magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound • Sail across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak for a unique highlight dinner

• Let loose in the adventure capital Queenstown

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland Transfer from the airport to your hotel for check-in, then you’re free to see Auckland for yourself. An evening welcome reception is followed by dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland. D Day 2: Auckland – Rotorua See Auckland on a city sights tour. Later, tracing the Waikato River travel to Waitomo Caves to tour the amazing Glow Worm Grotto. At Rotorua, you’ll take in views of Lake Rotorua and more on your orientation tour. Tonight enjoy a Maori Hangi feast highlight dinner and concert for an insight into Maori culture at the Tamaki Family Marae. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD Day 3: Rotorua Watch the Agrodome sheep Show to gain an insight into agriculture in New Zealand. Then the afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park, abundant with Rainbow Trout and native

• Visit the old gold mining village of Arrowtown

• Travel through the magnificent rainforest of Haast Pass

• See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier

• Visit a green stone factory & watch the jade artists at work

• Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Arrowtown

fauna including the kiwi, or Te Puia where you can join a tour of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve with a local guide. B

Day 4: Rotorua – Wellington Heading south, you’ll view the Huka Falls. Visit Taupo and drive along the shores of New Zealand’s biggest lake through the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu. Then it’s along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington for a city sights tour. Hotel: Travelodge, Wellington. B D Day 5: Wellington – Picton It’s a morning at leisure in Wellington, then visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll have time to explore New Zealand’s nature, art, history and cultural heritage. There’s time for a photo at Parliament House. Then cruise across the Cook Strait and meander down the maze of inlets of Queen Charlotte Sound. Later you’ll travel to the seaside village of Picton for an orientation tour. Hotel: Beachcomber, Picton. B D

Day 6: Picton – Christchurch It’s your chance to get up close and personal with some New Zealand fur seals at Ohau Point and watch whales at Kaikoura, (optional scenic whale-watching flight is available). Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast and across the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. B Day 7: Christchurch – Omarama After a free morning travel over the patchwork countryside, where the spectacular sightseeing begins. Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki are first up. Next you’ll visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before soaking up the sensational alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park (optional scenic flight is available). Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama. B D Day 8: Omarama – Dunedin Your day starts along the Waitaki River with the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru with its famous white limestone buildings to Dunedin, for a city tour. Then you’ve


Wander up one of the forty eight volcanic cones that make up the rolling landscape of Auckland for panoramic city views. Relax at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden-sand inner city beach. Amble alongside the Avon River, as it runs through the heart of Christchurch. Each of New Zealand’s major cities offers up something just a little unexpected.

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Guided  Holidays 14 days from

$3625

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

AUCKLAND 1

Waitomo Caves

Auckland to Christchurch 2 ROTORUA Taupo

Pohutu Geyser, Rotorua

Dining

Start

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

End

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport Day 14 – Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport

Arthur’s Pass

Hokitika

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER 1 Haast Milford Sound

TE ANAU 1

1 WELLINGTON

$3850

$1255

$1220

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

Start Oct 04 Oct 18 Nov 01 Nov 15 Dec 13 Dec 27

2017

Kaikoura

TranzAlpine Train Mt. Cook 1 1 CHRISTCHURCH

1 OMARAMA

Jan 03 Jan 10 Jan 24 Jan 31 Feb 07 Feb 14 Feb 21 Feb 28 Mar 07 Mar 28

End Oct 17 Oct 31 Nov 14 Nov 28 Dec 26 Jan 09

Oamaru

1 DUNEDIN

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017 continued Start Apr 25

End May 08

$3625

Per Person Twin Share

$1185

Single Supplement Option

Jan 16 Jan 23 Feb 06 Feb 13 Feb 20 Feb 27 Mar 06 Mar 13 Mar 20 Apr 10

2 QUEENSTOWN

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

got the afternoon to yourself – perhaps take a Wildlife Cruise, visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City. B D

$4075

2016

PICTON 1

• Full buffet breakfasts (13)  B • Highlight dinners (2)  HD • Dinners (8)  D

Flight information

Mt. Ruapehu

Code: LAAC

Jun 06 Sep 12

Jun 19 Sep 25

$4175

Per Person Twin Share

$1275

Single Supplement Option

Oct 03 Oct 17 Oct 31 Nov 14 Dec 12 Dec 26

Oct 16 Oct 30 Nov 13 Nov 27 Dec 25 Jan 08

Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Ways to Save highlight day. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown, 2 nights. B

Day 9: Dunedin – Te Anau It’s a morning at leisure, during which you might like to tour New Zealand’s Larnach Castle. Head off across South Otago’s fertile sheep-filled farming land en route to Te Anau, on the shores of the largest lake in the South Island. Tonight you may choose to travel by boat through the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (own expense). Hotel: Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau. B D

Day 11: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Explore exciting Queenstown your way, all day – from wine tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting – Queenstown will surprise and exhilarate. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. B HD

Day 10: Te Anau – Queenstown You’ll be awestruck by great sights from Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, where you’ll cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. On the way to Queenstown see the Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, then travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu. In Queenstown, an orientation tour on arrival will complete your

Day 12: Queenstown – Franz Josef First stop, Arrowtown, on the Arrow River. Second stop is Cromwell and its sensational stone fruit. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Through the Haast Pass, view Thunder Creek Falls and enjoy a rainforest walk. Our final destination for today is the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing), Franz Josef. B D

Day 13: Franz Josef – Christchurch Visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Travel to Arthur’s Pass to board the TranzAlpine, one of the top six train journeys in the world. This spectacular journey takes you through the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. This evening celebrate your holiday at dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. B D

Visit aatkings.com for all Definite Departure dates. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $410 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $205 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $615 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $410 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $410 Save up to $205 Save up to $205 Save $90

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15.

Day 14: Farewell from Christchurch Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. B

Franz Josef Glacier

Enjoy an evening of good food and conversation in the home of a local.

Rural Homestay Option: Day 3 A warm welcome awaits you on your New Zealand rural homestay and your hosts will provide you with the wonderful Kiwi hospitality that really makes you feel ‘at home’. Enjoy dinner and breakfast, a tour to introduce you to their way of life and comfortable accommodation in their home or cottages. You may choose to meet the animals, which may include sheep, cows, deer and many others, or simply relax and enjoy the company of your hosts and the scenic surroundings. Additional cost per person $65.


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New Zealand Marvel

14 days

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Mirror Lakes

• Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train

• Visit a green stone factory & watch the jade artists at work • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier

• Travel through the magnificent rainforest of Haast Pass

• Visit the old gold mining village of Arrowtown

• Let loose in the adventure capital Queenstown • Sail across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak for a unique highlight dinner

• Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains and magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch On arrival in Christchurch you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Perhaps take a walk along the Avon River before a welcome reception and dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. D Day 2: Christchurch – Franz Josef This morning you’ll board the TranzAlpine, one of the top 6 train journeys in the world. This spectacular railway takes you across the Canterbury Plains and through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. Later, visit Hokitika home of the native greenstone (jade) for a factory visit to see local artists at work. Next stop is Franz Josef Glacier (optional scenic Franz Josef Glacier flight available). Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing), Franz Josef. B D

• Cruise on mystical Milford Sound

• Visit Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo

• Marvel at Fur Seals at Ohau Point and Whales at Kaikoura

• Cruise through Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto

• Feast on a Maori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family

• Discover the arts and traditions of New Zealand’s Maori culture • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

TSS Earnslaw

Day 3: Franz Josef – Queenstown Travel through the Haast Pass. See Thunder Creek Falls, take a rainforest walk and then it’s a trio of lakes – Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan. Next up try sumptuous stone fruit at a Cromwell orchard. Later, you’ll visit historic gold mining Arrowtown on the Arrow River, previously one of the world’s richest rivers. On arrival in Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure-capital, you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown, 2 nights. B Day 4: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Explore exciting Queenstown your way, all day. From wine tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting, Queenstown will surprise and exhilarate! This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the

TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining afterdinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. B HD

Day 5: Queenstown – Te Anau Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. You’ll be awe-struck by the great sights of Fiordland National Park on your journey to Milford Sound, one of the world’s most amazing places, where you’ll take a spectacular cruise on this natural wonder. En route you’ll have abundant photo opportunities at the Chasm, Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Return to lakeside Te Anau, where this evening you’ll have the option to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Hotel: Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau. B D


From the impressive display of the glaciers of the West Coast, to the sensational alpine landscape of Lake Tekapo and Mt. Cook National Park, right up to the extraordinary geysers of Rotorua and the dramatic underground caverns of the Waitomo Caves, there is an abundance of spectacular natural sights to take your breath away.

$3625

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

AUCKLAND 1

Waitomo Caves

Christchurch to Auckland 2 ROTORUA Taupo

Mt. Ruapehu

Start

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

End

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport Day 14 – Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport

Hokitika

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER 1 Haast Milford Sound

Arthur’s Pass

1 WELLINGTON

Day 7: Dunedin – Omarama This morning, you have the opportunity to visit Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Later, travel through Oamaru, famous for its limestone buildings, passing the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and the Benmore Dam on your way to Omarama. Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama. B D Day 8: Omarama – Christchurch Soak up the scenery of Mt. Cook National Park (optional scenic flight available). See Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and travel across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch to explore the rebuild of this fascinating city. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. B Day 9: Christchurch – Picton Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast to Kaikoura, famous for its whales (optional whale watching

$4075

$3850

$1255

$1220

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

Start Oct 03 Oct 17 Oct 31 Nov 14 Dec 12 Dec 19

2017

Kaikoura

TranzAlpine Train Mt. Cook 1 1 CHRISTCHURCH

Jan 02 Jan 09 Jan 16 Jan 30 Feb 06 Feb 13 Feb 27 Mar 13

End Oct 16 Oct 30 Nov 13 Nov 27 Dec 25 Jan 01

Oamaru

1 DUNEDIN

Single Supplement Option

2017 continued Start Apr 10

End Apr 23

$3625

Per Person Twin Share

$1185

Jun 19 Aug 28

Jul 02 Sep 10

$4175

Per Person Twin Share

$1275

Single Supplement Option

Oct 02 Oct 16 Oct 30 Nov 13 Dec 11 Dec 18

2 QUEENSTOWN

TE ANAU 1

Per Person Twin Share

Single Supplement Option

Jan 15 Jan 22 Jan 29 Feb 12 Feb 19 Feb 26 Mar 12 Mar 26

1 OMARAMA

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Day 6: Te Anau – Dunedin Cross sheep-filled farming land to Dunedin for a city tour. With ‘Free Time’ this afternoon, consider a wildlife cruise to see Penguins and Royal Albatross, a visit to the Cadbury Factory or ride the Taieri Gorge Railway. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City. B D

Code: LCCA

2016

PICTON 1

• Full buffet breakfasts (13)  B • Highlight dinners (2)  HD • Dinners (8)  D

Flight Information

Guided  Holidays 14 days from

Tamaki Family Village

Dining

37

Oct 15 Oct 29 Nov 12 Nov 26 Dec 24 Dec 31

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Ways to Save flight is available). Get up close and personal with some New Zealand fur seals at Ohau Point. Pass the Grassmere Salt Works then travel to the pretty seaside fishing village of Picton for an orientation tour. Hotel: Beachcomber, Picton. B D

Day 10: Picton – Wellington Cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound and across Cook Strait to Wellington for a city tour before ‘Free Time’ and then you’ll visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll have time to explore New Zealand’s nature, art, history and cultural heritage. Hotel: Travelodge, Wellington. B D Day 11: Wellington – Rotorua Travel along the Kapiti Coast, past the dairy farms of Manawatu to Tongariro National Park and discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu. Visit Taupo and drive along the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake. View Huka Falls and pass the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. Tonight enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi feast and concert and gain an insight into Maori culture. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD Day 12: Rotorua Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show, the multi-award-winning stage

show, for a sample of farm life where you’ll gain an exciting and informative insight into agriculture in New Zealand. See the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle feeding of lambs and an exciting sheep auction. Then enjoy an afternoon of ‘Free Time’ – perhaps visit Rainbow Springs, abundant with Rainbow Trout and native fauna including the kiwi, or Te Puia, where a local Maori will guide you through the geothermal valley with its mud pools and geysers. B

Early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $410 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $205 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $615 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $410 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $410 Save up to $205 Save up to $205 Save $90

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15.

Day 13: Rotorua – Auckland This morning travel through lush Waikato farmland to Waitomo Caves. See the amazing underground Glowworm Grotto by boat and walk through the limestone caves. Later you’ll follow the Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river, into Auckland, to enjoy a sightseeing tour of New Zealand’s largest city. This evening celebrate your holiday at a dinner with your Travel Director. Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland. B D Day 14: Farewell from Auckland Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight. B

Milford Sound

Rural Homestay Option: Day 12 A warm welcome awaits you on your New Zealand rural homestay and your hosts will provide you with the wonderful Kiwi hospitality that really makes you feel ‘at home’. Enjoy dinner and breakfast, a tour to introduce you to their way of life and comfortable accommodation in their home or cottages. You may choose to meet the animals, which may include sheep, cows, deer and many others, or simply relax and enjoy the company of your hosts and the scenic surroundings. Additional cost per person $65.


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Spirit of New Zealand

21 days

Amazing landscapes

• Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo

• Spend the night cruising on magical Milford Sound

• Let loose in the adventure capital, Queenstown • Gondola ride and dinner at Skyline Restaurant on Bob’s Peak

• Explore the Glowworm caves at Te Anau by boat • Taste Central Otago stone fruit at a local orchard • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier

• Watch artisans carving native greenstone (jade) in Hokitika

• Punakaiki, home to Pancake Rocks & Blowholes • Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand

• Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi & Concert

• Explore the geothermal valley at Te Puia in Rotorua • Relax in the Bay of Islands

• Visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch On arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Travel Director for a welcome reception and dinner. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. D Day 2: Christchurch – Omarama Board your coach to see the extensive work carried out to rebuild the city after the devastating earthquake of February 2011. Later, travelling over the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains, the spectacular sightseeing begins. Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki are first up. Next you’ll visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before soaking up the sensational alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park – a scenic highlight! You may choose to take an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting). Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama. B D Day 3: Omarama – Dunedin Travel through Oamaru, with its famous white limestone buildings, to Dunedin for a tour of the city. Then you’ll have the opportunity to visit Larnach Castle. Hotel: Kingsgate Hotel, Dunedin. B D Day 4: Dunedin – Milford Sound Be awestruck by the World Heritage Fiordland National Park. You’ll see rainforest, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and drive through the Homer Tunnel. Pass Lake Matheson, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, before arriving in Milford Sound for your overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner. (Milford Mariner does not operate 21 May-15 September. During this period there will be a day cruise on Milford Sound and accommodation in Queenstown). Cruise: Overnight Milford Sound. B D

Day 5: Milford Sound – Queenstown This morning depart for Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau. You’ll explore the Te Anau Glowworm Caves by boat with a local guide, before travelling to the adventure-capital Queenstown. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown, 3 nights. B D Day 6: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Explore exciting Queenstown your way. You may like to consider taking one of our optional experiences. You could ride the Shotover Jet boat, join a wine tour, play a round of golf, take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon or explore Queenstown on your own. This evening why not consider a cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead? An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. Then join in a sing-a-long on your cruise back to Queenstown. B Day 7: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Another action-packed day or time to relax. Tonight you’ll ride the gondola to Bob’s Peak for a highlight dinner at the Skyline Restaurant. B HD Day 8: Queenstown – Franz Josef Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, on the Arrow River. Second stop is Cromwell and its sensational stone fruit. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Lake Dunstan, Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka. Through the Haast Pass, view Thunder Creek Falls and enjoy a rainforest walk. Final stop, majestic Franz Josef Glacier. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing), Franz Josef. B D

Day 9: Franz Josef – Punakaiki You can see Franz Josef Glacier from the air or take a glacier hike (both optional). Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and demonstration. Later travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll stay in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Enjoy dinner while watching the thundering surf at your doorstep! Hotel: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki. B D Day 10: Punakaiki – Nelson Soak up the scenic wilderness of the Heritage Highway through the impressive Buller Gorge and the Kahurangi National Park before arriving in Nelson. This afternoon you’ll visit the amazing World of Wearable Arts and Classic Cars, where you will experience unforgettable garments from the gala award shows held each year. Hotel: Grand Mercure Monaco Resort, Nelson, 2 nights. B D Day 11: Nelson ‘Free Time’ On this day at leisure, you’ll have the option 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 galleries. B Day 12: Nelson – Wellington Visit the seaside village of Picton and cruise on tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound, before you head across Cook Strait to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Enjoy a city sights tour before you visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll explore New Zealand’s nature, art, history and cultural heritage. Hotel: Travelodge, Wellington, 2 nights. B D


Venture into parts less travelled. Indulge in a little star-gazing before retiring to your private cabin for your overnight stay on Milford Sound. Journey out to Abel Tasman National Park and take a stroll along seemingly untouched golden beaches. Hear how the coastal city of Napier rebuilt in Art Deco style after the devastating earthquake of 1931.

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2 BAY OF ISLANDS

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

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ROTORUA 2 Bay of Islands

Start

Taupo

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

End

Dining

NAPIER 1 Picton

• Full buffet breakfasts (20)  B • Lunch (1)  L • Highlight dinners (2)  HD • Dinners (12)  D

Flight Information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport Day 21 – Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport

2

Buller Gorge

2 WELLINGTON

Day 14: Wellington – Napier Travel through the vineyards of the Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay to Napier. Enjoy a city walking tour with a local guide and learn how Napier was rebuilt after a devastating Earthquake in 1931. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Napier. B D Day 15: Napier – Rotorua Travel inland to Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand. Visit the mighty Huka Falls and then it’s on to Rotorua. On arrival a sightseeing tour takes in views of Lake Rotorua. Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter and gain an insight into traditional Maori culture followed by a delicious buffet highlight dinner at the Tamaki Maori Marae. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD Day 16: Rotorua Visit Te Puia, the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, where you’ll

$6425

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$2190

$2075

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2017

Jan 05 Feb 02 Feb 16 Mar 02 Mar 16

End Nov 02 Nov 30 Jan 11

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER 1 Haast

MILFORD SOUND 1

1

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End May 03

$5650

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Jan 25 Feb 22 Mar 08 Mar 22 Apr 05

$1965

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Jun 15 Aug 31

Jul 05 Sep 20

$6595

Per Person Twin Share

Mt. Cook

$2225

1 CHRISTCHURCH

Single Supplement Option

Oct 12 Nov 09 Dec 21

OMARAMA

3 QUEENSTOWN

Te Anau

1 DUNEDIN

Nov 01 Nov 29 Jan 10

Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17. Visit aatkings.com for all Definite Departure dates. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Ways to Save see demonstrations of wood carving and weaving. Then tour the geothermal valley and hear about the importance of the geysers and mud pools to the Maori people. B

Day 17: Rotorua – Auckland Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show to gain an insight into agricultural life in New Zealand. You’ll see the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle feeding of lambs and an exciting sheep auction. Visit the farming community of Matamata to experience a farming demonstration before a delicious lunch at Longlands Farm. Continue to Auckland where your city sightseeing tour takes in Bastion Point, Viaduct Harbour and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland. B L Day 18: Auckland – Bay of Islands Depart Auckland over the Harbour Bridge through Orewa and along the scenic Hibiscus Coast. Walk among the Kauri trees at Parry Kauri Park. Explore Whangarei, the northernmost city in New Zealand, and then it’s off to Paihia in the Bay of Islands.

Enjoy a scenic cruise to Cape Brett and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ . Hotel: Copthorne Resort (Garden View), Bay of Islands, 2 nights. B D

Day 19: Bay of Islands ‘Free Time’ You have a free day to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps go dolphin-watching, take a coach trip to Cape Reinga via idyllic 90 Mile Beach, a day of sailing on a tall ship or take a tour to historic Russell. Ask your Travel Director about optional experiences. B

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Day 21: Farewell from Auckland Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight. B

A warm welcome awaits you on your New Zealand rural homestay and your hosts will provide you with the wonderful Kiwi hospitality that really makes you feel ‘at home’. Enjoy dinner and breakfast, a tour to introduce you to their way of life and comfortable accommodation in their home or cottages. You may choose to meet the animals, which may include sheep, cows, deer and many others, or simply relax and enjoy the company of your hosts and the scenic surroundings. Additional cost per person $65.

Save up to $645 Save up to $320 Save up to $320 Save $90

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Day 20: Bay of Islands – Auckland Visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve, where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed. Later, return to Auckland. Celebrate your holiday at a dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends. Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland. B D

Rural Homestay Option: Day 16

Milford Mariner

Code: LCQB

Hokitika

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Day 13: Wellington ‘Free Time’ You have a day at leisure to see the sights of your choice. Perhaps take a tour of Parliament, a Lord of the Rings movie tour or a cruise to Somes Island in Wellington Harbour. B

Christchurch to Auckland

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Essence of New Zealand

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18 days

Mt. Cook

• Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo

• Spend the night cruising on magical Milford Sound

• Let loose in the adventure capital, Queenstown • Gondola ride and dinner at Skyline Restaurant on Bob’s Peak

• Explore the Glowworm caves at Te Anau by boat • Taste Central Otago stone fruit at a local orchard • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier

• Watch artisans carving native greenstone (jade) in Hokitika

• Punakaiki, home to Pancake Rocks & Blowholes • Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand

• Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi & Concert

• Explore the geothermal valley at Te Puia in Rotorua • Visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch On arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. D Day 2: Christchurch – Omarama Board your coach to see the extensive work carried out to rebuild the city after the devastating earthquake of February 2011. Later, see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the alpine scenery of Mount Cook National Park. Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama. B D Day 3: Omarama – Dunedin Your day starts along the Waitaki River and the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Then travel through Oamaru, with its famous white limestone buildings, to Dunedin where you’ll take a tour of the city. Later, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Larnach Castle and its stunning gardens. Hotel: Kingsgate Hotel, Dunedin. B D Day 4: Dunedin – Milford Sound Today is a feast for the senses. Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the Art Deco Napier

shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. You’ll be awestruck by the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, New Zealand’s largest. See rainforest, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and drive through the Homer Tunnel. Pass Lake Matheson, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, before arriving in Milford Sound for your overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner. (Milford Mariner does not operate 21 May-15 September. During this period there will be a day cruise on Milford Sound and accommodation in Queenstown). Cruise: Overnight Milford Sound. B D

Day 5: Milford Sound – Queenstown This morning depart for Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake on the South Island. You’ll explore the Te Anau Glowworm Caves by boat with a local guide, before travelling to the adventure-capital Queenstown. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown, 3 nights. B D Day 6: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ A full day to see the sights of your choice. Take it easy with a wine tour or walk on the wild Wellington

side with a jet boat ride or white water rafting (all own expense). Whatever you choose, Queenstown will surprise and exhilarate. B

Day 7: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Another action-packed day or time to relax. Tonight ride the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak for a buffet highlight dinner at the Skyline Restaurant. B HD Day 8: Queenstown – Franz Josef Visit the gold mining village of Arrowtown. Then enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell. See a trio of lakes, Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Travel over the Haast Pass, view amazing Thunder Creek Falls then it’s on to majestic Franz Josef Glacier, the world’s most accessible glacier. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing), Franz Josef. B D Day 9: Franz Josef – Punakaiki See Franz Josef Glacier from the air or take a glacier hike (both own expense). Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and demonstration. Later, travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes.


Create your perfect New Zealand memory from a range of essential elements. It may be the spirit and energy of a Maori cultural performance – twirling poi and heart-pounding haka. Or it may be the scenic mountains and fiords of Milford Sound – breath-taking and untouched. So many faultless moments, so many special memories.

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Guided  Holidays 18 days from

$4895

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

AUCKLAND 1 1

Christchurch to Auckland Code: LCQA

Matamata

ROTORUA 2

Taupo

Auckland

Dining

Start End

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport Day 18 – Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport

NAPIER 1 Picton

• Full buffet breakfasts (17)  B • Lunch (1)  L • Highlight dinners (2)  HD • Dinners (10)  D

Flight Information

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Buller Gorge

PUNAKAIKI 1

2

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER 1 Mt. Cook Haast

MILFORD SOUND

1

$1795

Single Supplement Option

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2 WELLINGTON

NELSON

2017

Jan 05 Feb 02 Feb 16 Mar 02 Mar 16

End Oct 30 Nov 27 Jan 08

1

1 DUNEDIN

Day 14: Wellington – Napier Travel through the vineyards of the Wairapa and Hawkes Bay on your way to Napier. Enjoy a city walking tour with a local guide and learn how Napier was rebuilt after a devastating Earthquake in 1931. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Napier. B D Day 15: Napier – Rotorua Travel inland to Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand. Visit the mighty Huka Falls and then it’s on to Rotorua. On arrival a sightseeing tour takes in views of Lake Rotorua. This evening enjoy a Maori Hangi feast highlight dinner and concert at the Tamaki Family Marae. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD

Day 16: 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 about the importance of the geysers and mud pools to the Maori people. B Day 17: Rotorua – Auckland Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show, the multi-award-winning stage show, to gain an insight into agricultural life in New Zealand. You’ll see the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle feeding of lambs and an exciting sheep auction. Visit the farming community of Matamata to experience a farming demonstration before a delicious lunch at Longlands Farm. Continue to Auckland where your city sightseeing tour takes in Bastion Point, Viaduct Harbour and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland. B L Day 18: Farewell from Auckland Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight. B

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$4895 $1690

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Jun 15 Aug 31

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$1930

1 CHRISTCHURCH

3 QUEENSTOWN

Day 13: Wellington ‘Free Time’ A free day to see the sights. Perhaps take a tour of Parliament or one of the Lord of the Rings movie tours, or even cruise to Somes Island in Wellington Harbour (own expense). B

Single Supplement Option

$5695

Te Anau

Day 10: Punakaiki – Nelson Soak up the scenic wilderness of the Heritage Highway through the impressive Buller Gorge and the Kahurangi National Park before arriving in Nelson. This afternoon you’ll visit the World of Wearable Arts and Classic Cars. Hotel: Grand Mercure Monaco Resort, Nelson, 2 nights. B D

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Jan 22 Feb 19 Mar 05 Mar 19 Apr 02

Single Supplement Option

Oct 12 Nov 09 Dec 21

OMARAMA

tour before you visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll explore New Zealand’s nature, art, history and cultural heritage. Hotel: Travelodge, Wellington, 2 nights. B D

Maori culture

$1900

Hokitika

You’ll stay in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Enjoy dinner while watching the thundering surf at your doorstep! Hotel: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki. B D

Day 12: Nelson – Wellington Visit the seaside village of Picton and cruise on tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound, before you head across the Cook Strait to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Enjoy a city sights

$5125

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Start Oct 13 Nov 10 Dec 22

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Day 11: Nelson ‘Free Time’ On this day at leisure, you’ll have the option 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 galleries. B

$5550

A warm welcome awaits you on your New Zealand rural homestay and your hosts will provide you with the wonderful Kiwi hospitality that really makes you feel ‘at home’. Enjoy dinner and breakfast, a tour to introduce you to their way of life and comfortable accommodation in their home or cottages. You may choose to meet the animals, which may include sheep, cows, deer and many others, or simply relax and enjoy the company of your hosts and the scenic surroundings. Additional cost per person $65.

Oct 29 Nov 26 Jan 07

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Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $695 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $415 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $555 Save up to $280 Save up to $280 Save $90

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Milford Mariner


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The Long White Cloud

• Journey on the iconic TranzAlpine Train

• Discover the fascinating Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki • Visit a Pounamu factory & marvel at handcrafted jade

• Walk above the lush rainforest on the Treetop Walkway • Experience mighty Franz Josef Glacier

• Explore historic Arrowtown • Ride a gondola to Bob’s Peak for stunning views

• Cruise on Milford Sound for a once in a lifetime overnight sailing trip • Kayak on mystical Milford Sound

• Immerse yourself in the untouched Stewart Island

• Roam through New Zealand’s capital Wellington on a guided tour

22 days

Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch On arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be transferred by private car to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Perhaps visit the International Antarctic Centre or Orana Wildlife Park, New Zealand’s only open-range zoo. This evening meet your Travel Director for dinner and a welcome drink. Hotel: The George, Christchurch. DW Day 2: Christchurch – Punakaiki All aboard the famous TranzAlpine train! Rated as one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys, you’ll travel across the Canterbury Plains through the Southern Alps. Then re-join your coach at Arthur’s Pass and travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll stay in an ecofriendly resort right on the waterfront. Enjoy dinner while watching the thundering surf at your door step! Hotel: Punakaiki Resort. B DW

Day 3: Punakaiki – Franz Josef Today visit Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast, for a greenstone (jade) jewellery demonstration by a local carver. Then visit the West Coast’s Treetop Walkway, where you may take a stroll through the canopy of this lush rainforest. Stop at the gold-mining town of Ross en route to Franz Josef, where you’ll take a guided tour to the viewing area at the mighty Franz Josef Glacier with a local expert glacier guide. Your eco-friendly accommodation is set amid native bush, with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. This evening, why not treat yourself to Franz Josef’s local geothermal hot pools or perhaps a massage. Dinner is at the retreat. Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef. B DW Day 4: Franz Josef – Queenstown You’ll have the opportunity to see the glacier from the air on an optional

scenic flight. Later today, travel over the Haast Pass and along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, stopping at Makarora at lunchtime. Also stop to explore the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown, followed by an orientation tour of Queenstown. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s scenery is inspiring. Tonight you’ll stay at Millbrook Resort, set amid sparkling streams and rolling hills in the Southern Alps. Hotel: Millbrook Resort, Queenstown, 3 nights. B DW

Day 5: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Today is free for you to explore New Zealand’s adventure-capital. Perhaps play a round of golf or indulge in a spa treatment. Tonight you’ll ride the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak for dinner with a view overlooking stunning Queenstown, the awesome Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu. B HD

• Feast on a Maori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family • Experience farm life at the Agrodome Sheep Show • Discover the fascinating glowworms of Waitomo Glowworm Grotto

• Cruise through the ‘Hole in the Rock’ in the Bay of Islands

• Hand-picked accommodation • Intimate small group experience

• Small vehicle with fewer than 20 guests

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Queenstown


Delve into the scenic delights of New Zealand with a small group of explorers. Combine natural beauty with creature comforts as you overnight in the rainforests of Franz Josef at the foothills of Mt. Cook, sleep among the treetops in the Coromandel Ranges and journey into the deep south to the wild and pristine landscapes of Stewart Island.

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Inspiring  Journeys

2

BAY OF ISLANDS AUCKLAND 1 1 COROMANDEL 1 RANGES 2 ROTORUA

Milford Sound

Waitomo 1 TAUPO Caves

Dining

Flight Information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport Day 22 – Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Day 6: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not take a trip to the Gibbston Valley Winery or take a jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River (both own expense). Tonight you can dine at one of the many restaurants and cafés in town, or simply relax at your resort. B Day 7: Queenstown – Milford Sound Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau on the shores of the South Island’s largest lake. Later you’ll travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges before driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to the amazing Mirror Lake. Afterwards, walk to see the Chasm on your way into Milford Sound and take some time to kayak this majestic fiord, considered by many as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Tonight it’s a magical dinner on

2 WELLINGTON

PUNAKAIKI 1 Hokitika

Kaikoura

TranzAlpine Train FRANZ JOSEF 1 GLACIER 1 1 CHRISTCHURCH Lake Arrowtown 1 Tekapo MT. COOK MILFORD 1 SOUND 3 QUEENSTOWN Te Anau Bluff STEWART ISLAND 2

Lindis Pass

your overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner. You’ll cruise the length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea past waterfalls, mountains and wildlife. Cruise: Overnight Milford Sound. B D

Day 8: Milford Sound – Stewart Island Enjoy the many early morning on-board activities. This afternoon it’s on to the southern-most city in New Zealand, Invercargill. Board a ferry at Bluff and cruise to Stewart Island. With its clear, clean waters, lush rainforest, flora and fauna and unspoilt natural beauty, you’ll get a glimpse of an enviable slower lifestyle. Dine at one of the cafés or meet the locals at the hotel. Hotel: Bay Motel, Stewart Island, 2 nights. B Day 9: Stewart Island This morning you’re off on a Village and Bays tour before taking a lunch cruise on Paterson Inlet, where you’ll see many remote sandy beaches and

From driving across land to splashing through water, you really do get to see it all on a Duck Tour! Ted  Travel Director

Optional Experience Day 16: Rotorua Duck Discover Rotorua’s spectacular lakes area from the comfort of a fully restored World War II amphibious vehicle, able to travel on land and water. A 90 minute fun-filled and scenic journey that ventures onto the three Rotorua lakes, and is accompanied by an entertaining and informative commentary. Ask your Travel Director for details.

Start End

$10750

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Christchurch to Auckland Code: NZIJ

$10750

$10995

$14110

$14405

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2016

Start Oct 17 Dec 12

Picton

A Pa rth ss ur ’s

• Full buffet breakfasts (21)  B • Lunches (3)  L • Dinners with wine (9)  DW • Dinner (1)  D • Highlight dinners (2)  HD • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Mt. Ruapehu

22 days from

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

wildlife. You’ll stop at Ulva Island and tour with the Department of Conservation on Ulva Island’s wildlife sanctuary. Learn about native birds like the Weka and spend time up close to native flora and fauna. Tonight, try your hand at a bit of kiwi-spotting in the native bush near your accommodation. B L

Day 10: Stewart Island – Mt. Cook This morning you’ll board a ferry and journey across Foveaux Strait, making your way back to the New Zealand mainland. Admire the rural farming views of Southland and the spectacular alpine scenery of the Southern Alps as you travel towards Queenstown. Venture over the Lindis Pass and along the shores of Lake Pukaki into the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere, helped Sir Edmund Continued over page >

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End Nov 06 Jan 01

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Ways to Save Early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $1075 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $540 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $1615 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $1075 Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $540 Save $90

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Hole in the Rock Hillary hone his climbing skills in preparation for his conquest of Everest. Tonight enjoy dinner with a breathtaking mountain view. Hotel: The Hermitage, Mt. Cook. B DW

Day 11: Mt. Cook – Christchurch Travel to Lake Tekapo, where you’ll stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, join us at the home of Angie and Stan Taylor to enjoy a barbecue lunch in their 240 hectare garden. Then travel along the Canterbury Plains to the Garden City of Christchurch. On a sightseeing tour see how the city is being rebuilt after the devastating 2011 earthquake. Hotel: The George, Christchurch. B L

Wellington

Day 12: Christchurch – Wellington Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast to Kaikoura, famous for its whales (optional whale-watching flight is available). See New Zealand’s fur seals at Ohau Point, then travel to the seaside town of Picton. Cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound and across Cook Strait to Wellington for a city sightseeing tour. Hotel: Museum Hotel, Wellington, 2 nights. B DW

Day 16: Rotorua You’re off to the highly entertaining Agrodome Sheep Show. Witness the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog trials, cow milking, bottle feeding of lambs and even a sheep auction. Your next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Discover native flora that grows around the crystal clear mineral water springs and you might even spot a kiwi or two! To complete your day you’ll visit the Whakarewarewa Living Village for an insight into Maori life and how they interact with geothermal activity. B

Day 14: Wellington – Taupo Travel the Kapiti Coast, past the dairy farms of Manawatu to Tongariro National Park to the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu. Visit Taupo and drive along the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake. View Huka Falls and pass Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Taupo. B DW

Day 17: Rotorua – Coromandel Make your way to the famous Waitomo Caves for an exclusive 5 star Eco Glowworm experience. Your guide sets the scene for a cave experience where you will see glowworms, cave formations and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Next up is Matamata before a delicious lunch at Longlands Farm country-style restaurant. Now you’re off to the Coromandel to Puka Park Resort, where you’ll stay in Tree Hut Chalets, set among the native bush. Hotel: Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort, Coromandel Ranges. B L DW

Day 15: Taupo – Rotorua There’s time to explore the township of Taupo, or try your hand at trout

Day 18: Coromandel – Auckland After a leisurely breakfast, travel to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest

Day 13: Wellington ‘Free Time’ Today is at leisure. Perhaps join an optional Lord of the Rings movie tour, or even a cruise to Somes Island. B

Rainbow Springs Nature Park

fishing before continuing to nearby Rotorua. Gain an insight into local Maori culture and history with your special Maori show, where you’ll experience the local customs like the Hongi greeting as well as learn some traditional words. Enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi meal cooked in the ground using geothermal steam. Hotel: Regent of Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD

city. After a sightseeing tour, you’re free to explore the town and try out the Auckland restaurant scene. Hotel: Sofitel, Auckland. B

Day 19: Auckland – Bay of Islands Travel to Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast, birthplace of Sir Edmund Hillary. Then continue to the Waipoua Forest, home to the largest Kauri tree in existence, Tane Mahuta (over 2,000 years old). You’ll take a break before a Maori guide walks you through the native bush and explains the history and legend behind the mighty Kauri. Then head to your waterfront resort in the heart of the Bay of Islands and tonight it’s dinner at the resort. Hotel: Copthorne Resort, Bay of Islands, 2 nights. B DW Day 20: Bay of Islands This morning you’ll take a ferry across the harbour to historic Russell and enjoy a guided tour of the first European settlement in New Zealand. A local guide will also take you on a walking tour of the town. The rest of the day is at your leisure. B Day 21: Bay of Islands – Auckland You’re off to the Bay of Islands, where you’ll take a cruise to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’; see historic Cape Brett as you explore some of the 165 islands in the bay. Later, you’ll have some time in Paihia for you to check out the local craft shops, go for a walk along the beachfront or just relax over a coffee with friends. Celebrate tonight at a farewell dinner in Auckland. Hotel: Sofitel, Auckland. B FD Day 22: Farewell from Auckland Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end and we transfer you to Auckland Airport for your onward flight. B


Contrasts of New Zealand 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.

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10 days

Guided  Holidays 10 days from

AUCKLAND 2

Waitomo Caves

Start End

1 ROTORUA

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

$3595

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Auckland to Christchurch

Hokitika

A Pa rth ss u r’s

Code: IZANB

TranzAlpine Train

Haast

Maori Hongi greeting

• Explore Auckland’s city sights • Cruise on Auckland Harbour • Tour the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto

• Experience Maori culture at Tamaki Family Marae

• Spot a kiwi bird in Rotorua

• See the Agrodome Sheep Show • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train • Visit a jade factory

• Marvel at Franz Josef Glacier

• Discover spectacular Milford Sound on a scenic lunch cruise

• Explore the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown

• View the waters of Lake Tekapo

• Visit a working sheep farm • Enjoy a Morelea Farm BBQ lunch

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (9)  B • ‘You’re invited’ lunch (1)  YL • Lunch (1)  L • Dinner with wine (1)  DW • ‘You’re invited’ dinner (1)  YD • Highlight dinners (2)  HD • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

3 QUEENSTOWN

Te Anau

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland On arrival at Auckland Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Travel Director for a welcome reception and highlight dinner at The Langham. Hotel: The Langham, Auckland, 2 nights. HD Day 2: Auckland Start the day with a sightseeing tour then cruise on Waitemata Harbour. B Day 3: Auckland – Rotorua Tour the amazing Glowworm Grotto by boat with a local guide. From here your journey continues to Rotorua, where you’ll visit Te Puia thermal reserve. ‘You’re invited’ to the Tamaki Maori Marae for a very personal and exclusive cultural evening. Enjoy a Maori Hangi feast with local wine and a concert in their private dining room. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua. B YD Day 4: Rotorua – Christchurch Visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park. You may even spot a kiwi! Next up is the Agrodome Sheep Show, the multi-awarding-winning stage show, that offers an insight into agriculture in New Zealand. In the afternoon you’ll fly to Christchurch (airfare is not included and must be booked by you or your travel agent). Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B Day 5: Christchurch – Franz Josef Journey on the TranzAlpine train through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. At Hokitika visit a New Zealand greenstone (jade) factory for a jewellery demonstration. Next you’ll arrive at Franz Josef Glacier. Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef. B DW Day 6: Franz Josef – Queenstown Drive over the Haast Pass, past Thunder Creek Falls, Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell. Next you’ll visit historic gold mining Arrowtown on the Arrow River, before arriving in Queenstown, where an

$3775

$1265

$1240

Per Person Twin Share

FRANZ JOSEF 1 Mt. GLACIER Cook 1 1 CHRISTCHURCH Milford Sound

$3995

orientation tour completes your day. 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 exclusive highlight dinner. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 3 nights. B HD

Day 7: Milford Sound Journey over the Devil’s Staircase and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake, the largest in the South Island. Travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to the numerous photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls before reaching Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch while you cruise on this wonder of nature. B L Day 8: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Explore exciting Queenstown your way, all day. From wine tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting, Queenstown will surprise and exhilarate! B Day 9: Queenstown – Christchurch Be awestruck by the alpine beauty of Mt. Cook National Park. Later, continue to Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, where you’ll stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. ‘You’re invited’ to Morelea Farm, home of Angie and Stan Taylor, to enjoy a barbecue lunch in their 240 hectare garden and to gain insight into farm life. Travel over the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Join your Travel Director and new-found friends this evening for a farewell dinner. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B YL FD Day 10: Farewell from Christchurch You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. B

Single Supplement Option

2016

Start Oct 14 Oct 28 Nov 18 Nov 25 Dec 09 Dec 23 Dec 30

2017

Jan 06 Jan 13 Jan 27 Feb 03 Feb 10 Feb 17 Feb 24 Mar 03 Mar 10 Mar 17 Mar 24

End Oct 23 Nov 06 Nov 27 Dec 04 Dec 18 Jan 01 Jan 08

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017 continued Start Apr 14 Apr 28

End Apr 23 May 07

$3595

Per Person Twin Share

$1220

Single Supplement Option

Jan 15 Jan 22 Feb 05 Feb 12 Feb 19 Feb 26 Mar 05 Mar 12 Mar 19 Mar 26 Apr 02

Jun 16 Jul 14 Sep 15 Sep 29

Jun 25 Jul 23 Sep 24 Oct 08

$4125

Per Person Twin Share

$1285

Single Supplement Option

Oct 13 Oct 27 Nov 17 Nov 24 Dec 08 Dec 22 Dec 29

Oct 22 Nov 05 Nov 26 Dec 03 Dec 17 Dec 31 Jan 07

Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Ways to Save Early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $400 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $200 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $600 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $400 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $400 Save up to $200 Save up to $200 Save $55

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15.

Required flight Airfares are not included in the prices above. Land only price requires the following internalholiday flight to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the holiday itinerary: Day 4 from Rotorua to Christchurch – NZ5379

Flight Information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport Day 10 – Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price.


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Cruise to New Zealand AAT Kings + Princess Cruises

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Highlights At Sea

Combine a cruise from Australia to New Zealand with a land journey through the North and South Islands. It’s an amazing way to experience this pristine country. Choose from a Sydney or Melbourne departure on selected dates.

• Five Star Service • Activities for all ages • Live entertainment, theatre shows & movies under the stars • All meals – world-class dining and formal evenings • Special interest events • Cruise with like-minded world travellers

On Land

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide • Maori culture & exclusive ‘You’re invited’ experiences

Luxury cruising

Enchanted Tasman

15 days | Golden Princess  | ZMC15 Person From $4850 Per Twin Share

AUCKLAND

TASMAN SEA

Start End

Waitomo Caves

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Maori culture

Depart from Melbourne aboard the Golden Princess. Journey across to New Zealand at a relaxed pace and arrive in Auckland, ready to soak in all the sights on your AAT Kings coach holiday. Day 1: Melbourne to Sea Day 2-4: At Sea Enjoy the fabulous range of 5-star shipboard activities, entertainment and restaurants, and meet fellow travellers. Day 5: Disembark in Auckland You will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a free day to explore the city. Hotel: The Langham, Auckland, 3 nights. Day 6: Auckland ‘Free Time’ After a free day in Auckland, this evening meet your Travel Director for a welcome reception and highlight dinner at The Langham. B HD Day 7: Auckland Start the day with a sightseeing tour then cruise on Waitemata Harbour. B Day 8 : Auckland – Rotorua Tour the Glowworm Grotto by boat with a local guide. Journey to Rotorua and visit Te Puia. A local Maori

Hokitika

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER Haast Milford Sound

guide will escort you through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. ‘You’re invited’ to the Tamaki Maori Marae for an exclusive cultural evening. Enjoy a Maori Hangi feast with local wine and a concert. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua. B YD

Day 9: Rotorua – Christchurch Visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park. You may even spot a kiwi! Next up is the Agrodome Sheep Show. In the afternoon fly to Christchurch (airfare is not included and must be booked by you or your travel agent). Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B Day 10: Christchurch – Franz Josef Journey on the TranzAlpine train through the spectacular Southern Alps for a once in a lifetime journey Arthur’s Pass. At Hokitika visit a New Zealand greenstone (jade) factory for a jewellery demonstration. Next you’ll arrive at Franz Josef Glacier. Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef. B DW

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Mt. Cook 3

1

ROTORUA

A Pa rth ss ur’ s

MELBOURNE

3

1 1

Inside Stateroom Obstructed Oceanview Stateroom Oceanview Stateroom Balcony Stateroom Mini Suite

Twin

Single

4850

6929

4989

7195

5125 5250 5475

7450 7725 8175

Departs: 4 Dec 2016 & 5 Mar 2017 You can also cruise from Sydney to   Auckland (15 days) stopping at the Bay of Islands. Visit aatkings.com for details.

TranzAlpine Train

CHRISTCHURCH

QUEENSTOWN

Te Anau

Inside Stateroom Obstructed Oceanview Stateroom Oceanview Stateroom Balcony Stateroom Mini Suite

Twin

Single

4850

6929

4989

7195

5125 5250 5475

7450 7725 8175

Departs: 5 Feb 2017

If you are travelling alone you can share with a guest of the same gender at the twin share price on the land portion of this holiday. Ask us for details.

Day 11: Franz Josef – Queenstown Drive over the Haast Pass, past waterfalls and lakes. Enjoy stone fruit at Cromwell. Visit historic Arrowtown, before arriving in Queenstown, for an orientation tour. This evening join your Travel Director for dinner at The Boatshed. With its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, it’s the perfect venue for your exclusive highlight dinner. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 3 nights. B HD Day 12: Milford Sound Journey over the Devil’s Staircase and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake. Travel through World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Drive through the Homer Tunnel to Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls before reaching Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch while you cruise on this wonder of nature. B L

Day 13: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Explore exciting Queenstown your way, all day. From wine tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting, Queenstown will surprise and exhilarate! B Day 14: Queenstown – Christchurch Marvel at the alpine beauty of Mt. Cook National Park. Continue to Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, for the Church of the Good Shepherd. ‘You’re invited’ to Morelea Farm, home of Angie and Stan Taylor, to enjoy a barbecue lunch in their 240 hectare garden and to gain insight into farm life. Travel over the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Join your Travel Director this evening for a farewell dinner. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B YL FD Day 15: Farewell from Christchurch You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. B


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Fiordland Splendours 20 days |

Dawn Princess  |

ZSC20

TranzAlpine train journey

Maori Culture

Milford Sound

Skyline Restaurant, Queenstown

SYDNEY

Tauranga TASMAN SEA

Queenstown wine country

Start End OVERNIGHT STAYS Sightseeing stops Cruise ports

AUCKLAND Waitomo Caves

Twin

3

1

ROTORUA Napier

T Al ranz pin e

Wellington Depart from stunning Sydney Hokitika Harbour, cruise across the Tasman FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER 1 1 1 Sea and into the magnificent Akoroa Haast Mt. Fiordland National Park. Journey Cook CHRISTCHURCH Milford Sound 3 up the east coast of New Zealand, QUEENSTOWN disembark in Auckland and head Te Anau Fiordland National off on your next adventure, your Park Dunedin Scenic Cruising (Port Chalmers) AAT Kings coach holiday. Day 1: Sydney to Sea Set sail from stunning Sydney Harbour, out of the heads, and prepare to relax. Day 2-3: At Sea Enjoy the fabulous range of 5-star shipboard activities, entertainment and restaurants, and meet fellow travellers. Day 4: Fiordland Scenic Cruising Marvel at glacial mountains and waterfalls that plummet into water. Day 5: Cruise to Dunedin Explore the historic ‘Edinburgh of New Zealand’, complete with its own castle. Day 6: Cruise to Akaroa This French-style town features marine life, secluded beaches and boutiques. Day 7: Cruise to Wellington NZ’s culture capital boasts museums, historic streets and even a cable car. Day 8: Cruise to Napier Explore this glorious Art Deco town with a Mediterranean climate. Day 9: Cruise to Tauranga Gateway to Rotorua, geothermal wonderland and NZ’s Maori heart.

Day 10: Disembark in Auckland You will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a free day to explore the city. Hotel: The Langham, Auckland, 3 nights. Day 11: Auckland ‘Free Time’ After a free day in Auckland, this evening meet your Travel Director for a welcome reception and highlight dinner at The Langham. B HD Day 12: Auckland Start the day with a sightseeing tour then cruise on Waitemata Harbour. B Day 13: Auckland – Rotorua Tour the Glowworm Grotto by boat with a local guide. Journey to Rotorua and visit Te Puia. A local Maori guide will escort you through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. ‘You’re invited’ to the Tamaki Maori Marae for a personal and exclusive cultural evening. Enjoy a Maori Hangi feast with local wine and a concert in their private dining room. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua. B YD Day 14: Rotorua – Christchurch Visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park. You may even spot a kiwi! Next up is the Agrodome Sheep Show. In the afternoon

Person From $5925 Per Twin Share

fly to Christchurch (airfare is not included and must be booked by you or your travel agent). Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B

Day 15: Christchurch – Franz Josef Journey on the TranzAlpine train through the Southern Alps. At Hokitika visit a New Zealand greenstone (jade) factory for a jewellery demonstration. Next you’ll arrive at spectacular Franz Josef Glacier. Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef. B DW Day 16: Franz Josef – Queenstown Drive over the Haast Pass, past waterfalls and lakes. Enjoy stone fruit at Cromwell. Visit historic Arrowtown, before arriving in Queenstown, for an orientation tour. This evening join your Travel Director for dinner at The Boatshed. With its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, it’s the perfect venue for your exclusive highlight dinner. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 3 nights. B HD Day 17: Milford Sound Journey over the Devil’s Staircase and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake. Travel through World Heritage Fiordland National Park,

Inside Stateroom Obstructed Oceanview Stateroom Oceanview Stateroom Balcony Stateroom

Single

5925

9075

6225

9650

6525 6850

10229 11089

Departs: 3 Jan 2017 You can also cruise from Melbourne to   Auckland (19 days). Visit aatkings.com for details. Twin Inside Stateroom Obstructed Oceanview Stateroom Oceanview Stateroom Balcony Stateroom Mini Suite

Single

5765

8795

6069

9389

6375 6699 7295

9975 10825 11850

Departs: 18 Jan 2017

If you are travelling alone you can share with a guest of the same gender at the twin share price on the land portion of this holiday. Ask us for details.

sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Drive through the Homer Tunnel to Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls before reaching Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch while you cruise on this wonder of nature. B L

Day 18: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ A full day to explore Queenstown. From wine tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting, Queenstown will surprise and exhilarate! B Day 19: Queenstown – Christchurch Be awestruck by the alpine beauty of Mt. Cook National Park. Continue to Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, for the Church of the Good Shepherd. ‘You’re invited’ to Morelea Farm, home of Angie and Stan Taylor for a barbecue lunch in their 240 hectare garden and to gain insight into farm life. Travel over the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Join your Travel Director this evening for a farewell dinner. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B YL FD Day 20: Farewell from Christchurch You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. B


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North Island

Kia ora, sharing my culture with AAT Kings’ guests is an honour. We get an amazing reaction every time to our dance, song and interactive cultural experiences - by the end of the night, no-one wants to leave. The absolute highlight though is always the Maori hangi feast cooked in the ground! Jamus  Tamaki Marae Warrior Tamaki Maori Village


Northern Discovery Unearth cultural treasures and heartfelt moments as you travel the length of the North Island of New Zealand. Experience the wonder of a meal cooked underground in a traditional Maori hangi, uncover a part of New Zealand’s war history and find new friends, both human and animal, on your visit to Shenandoah. Rotorua geothermal valley

2 BAY OF ISLANDS

1 1

AUCKLAND

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8 days Guided  Holidays 8 days from

$2850

Per Person Twin Share Land Only Waitomo Caves Mt. Ruapehu

2 ROTORUA Taupo

Auckland to Wellington Code: ZABW

$3150

$2995

$895

$870

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

1 WELLINGTON Start End

• Cruise through ‘Hole in the Rock’ on the Bay of Islands

• Explore the Waitomo Caves Glowworm Grotto • Maori culture at Tamaki

• ‘You’re invited’ to Shenandoah for a unique afternoon tea experience • Explore Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand

• Included Choice experiences • Private car airport transfers on arrival and departure

• Airport meet & greet on arrival • Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Breakfast of choice (4)  BC • Full buffet breakfasts (3)  B • ‘You’re invited’ afternoon tea (1) YA • Dinner with wine (1)  DW • Highlight dinners (2)  HD • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Flight Information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport (ZABW) Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Wellington Airport (ZWBA) Day 8 – Flights to depart after 2.00pm from Wellington Airport (ZABW) Day 8 – Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport (ZABW) Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland On arrival at Auckland Airport you’ll be met by private car and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. You could visit the Sky Tower for spectacular views of the city. Perhaps visit the Auckland Museum or go shopping in stylish Parnell. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a welcome reception. Hotel: The Langham, Auckland. Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands Depart Auckland over the Harbour Bridge then through Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast, birthplace of Sir Edmund Hillary. Walk among the Kauri trees at Parry Kauri Park. Explore Whangarei, the northernmost city in New Zealand, and then it’s off to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Experience natural wonders and spectacular scenery as you cruise to Cape Brett and through the ‘Hole in the Rock’. Hotel: Copthorne Resort, Bay of Islands, 2 nights. B DW Day 3: Bay of Islands Included Choice Choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to discover the new wine-producing region of Kerikeri or take a tour to historic Russell. Go sailing on a tall ship, dolphin-watching on the bay, or enjoy a dinner cruise on the Waitangi River. BC Day 4: Bay of Islands – Auckland After a morning of free time, enjoy the lush farmland scenery as you return to Auckland. Tonight’s highlight dinner is at The Langham. Your personal degustation menu is prepared for you from the freshest quality ingredients, including mouthwatering seafood and desserts. Hotel: The Langham, Auckland. BC HD Day 5: Auckland – Rotorua After a sightseeing tour of Auckland,

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

trace the Waikato River to the Waitomo Caves to sail through the fascinating Glowworm Grotto and discover the limestone formations. On arrival in Rotorua an orientation tour takes in views of Lake Rotorua. Tonight enjoy a Maori Hangi feast highlight dinner and concert for an insight into Maori culture at the Tamaki Family Marae. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD

Day 6: Rotorua Included Choice Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to join the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, discover Maori culture at Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, see the Agrodome Farm Show. Maybe ride the amphibious Rotorua Duck or the luge at Rotorua Skyline. Tonight you have the option of staying at your hotel or with a nearby Kiwi family – see page 10. BC Day 7: Rotorua – Wellington View the mighty Huka Falls and drive along the shores of Lake Taupo. Discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu. This afternoon ‘You’re invited’ to Shenandoah for a unique experience. The historic villa’s owners, Simon and Claudia, will show you around their property. Enjoy afternoon tea in their garden then take a short tour to see the local wildlife including friendly Highland cows. Continue along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington. This evening enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel. Hotel: James Cook Grand Chancellor, Wellington. BC YA FD Day 8: Farewell from Wellington This morning visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand and explore the fascinating exhibits at your leisure. Later you will be transferred by private car to Wellington Airport for your onward flight. B

2016

Start Oct 08 Oct 15 Oct 22 Oct 29 Nov 05 Nov 19 Dec 03 Dec 17

2017

Jan 07 Jan 21 Jan 28 Feb 04 Feb 11 Feb 18 Mar 04 Mar 11 Mar 18 Mar 25

End Oct 15 Oct 22 Oct 29 Nov 05 Nov 12 Nov 26 Dec 10 Dec 24

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017 continued Start Apr 22

$2850

Per Person Twin Share

$840

Single Supplement Option

Jun 03 Sep 09 Jan 14 Jan 28 Feb 04 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 25 Mar 11 Mar 18 Mar 25 Apr 01

End Apr 29

Jun 10 Sep 16

$3250

Per Person Twin Share

$910

Single Supplement Option

Oct 07 Oct 14 Oct 21 Oct 28 Nov 04 Nov 18 Dec 02 Dec 16

Oct 14 Oct 21 Oct 28 Nov 04 Nov 11 Nov 25 Dec 09 Dec 23

Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Wellington to Auckland Code: ZWBA

$3150

$3150

$895

$895

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2016

Start Nov 23 Dec 28

End Nov 30 Jan 04

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start End Jan 25 Feb 01 Feb 22 Mar 01 Mar 08 Mar 15 Mar 22 Mar 29 Visit aatkings.com for the reverse itinerary from Wellington to Auckland (Code: ZWBA).

Ways to Save

Early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $315 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $160 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $475 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $315 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $315 Save up to $160 Save up to $160 Save $55

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15.

Bay of Islands


Northern Wonders

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Journey through landscapes that blend magnificent beaches, sprawling farmlands and geothermal wonders, as you make your way to the Far North. Explore fertile heartland, showcasing lush forests, rugged mountains and steep gorges. Experience Maori culture through fascinating legends and prepare yourself for the energy of the haka. 2 BAY OF ISLANDS

AUCKLAND 1 1

Waitomo Caves Mt. Ruapehu

8 days Guided  Holidays 8 days from

$2025

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

2 ROTORUA Taupo

Wellington to Auckland Code: LWBA

$2295

$2150

$665

$650

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

1 WELLINGTON Start

Bay of Islands

• Discover New Zealand’s capital Wellington on a city tour • Breathtaking views over Wellington from Mt. Victoria

• Explore Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand

• Journey through spectacular scenery of Tongariro National Park • Marvel at crystal clear Lake Taupo

• View mighty Huka Falls

• Experience farm life at the Agrodome Sheep Show • Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi & concert

• Explore ancient limestone caves

• Discover the fascinating Glowworm Grotto at Waitomo Caves

• Explore Auckland’s city sights

• Relax in the Bay of Islands

• Cruise through ‘Hole in the Rock’ to Cape Brett • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (7)  B • Highlight dinner (1)  HD • Dinners (3)  D

End

Day 1: Welcome to Wellington On arrival in Wellington you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a sightseeing tour around the city. Stop at the Parliament buildings, home to New Zealand’s politicians. Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand and explore the fascinating exhibits. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner. Hotel: Travelodge, Wellington. D Day 2: Wellington – Rotorua Travel along the Kapiti Coast and head inland for views of the stunning of Mt. Ruapehu and the tussock plains of Tongariro National Park. Drive along the shoreline of Lake Taupo, and stop to view the mighty Huka Falls before continuing on to Rotorua. Tonight an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at the Tamaki Family Marae. Learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a concert featuring local performers. Then experience an authentic Maori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD Day 3: Rotorua First up today is a visit to the Agrodome Sheep Show, a hilarious, interactive slice of Kiwi farm life. The rest of the day is at leisure. You may want to visit Rainbow Springs - roam through native parklands then take a ‘behind the scenes’ tour through the working kiwi nursery and hatchery. Visit Te Puia and view the amazing geothermal mud pools and geysers. Or tour around Rotorua in an amphibious WW2 era Duck. This evening you have the option of staying with a nearby Kiwi family. Extra cost $65pp. B Day 4: Rotorua – Auckland This morning travel to the amazing limestone caverns that make up the Waitomo Caves. Tour through the caves, then board your little boat and glide silently through the starry

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Journey up to Auckland, following the path of the Waikato River. A city sights tour on arrival takes in Bastion Point, Viaduct Harbour and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland. B D

Day 5: Auckland – Bay of Islands Depart Auckland and travel through Orewa and along the scenic Hibiscus Coast. Walk amongst Kauri trees at Parry Kauri Park. Then it’s off to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Take a scenic 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, and past deserted secluded bays. Hotel: Copthorne Resort (Garden View), Bay of Islands, 2 nights. B D Day 6: Bay of Islands ‘Free Time’ You have a free day to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps go dolphin watching, take a coach trip to Cape Reinga or discover the historic township of Russell. You could enjoy a day of sailing on a tall ship, sample local wine and chocolate on a tour around Kerikeri, or dine on an evening cruise down the Waitangi River. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences. B Day 7: Bay of Islands – Auckland Before departing the Bay of Islands today, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Waitangi Treaty Reserve, where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed (own expense). This afternoon sit, back and relax as you make your way down through Northland’s lush farmland scenery back into Auckland. Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland. B Day 8: Farewell from Auckland Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight. B

2016

Start Oct 12 Oct 26 Nov 09 Nov 23 Dec 21 Dec 28

2017

Jan 11 Jan 18 Jan 25 Feb 08 Feb 15 Feb 22 Mar 08 Mar 22

End Oct 19 Nov 02 Nov 16 Nov 30 Dec 28 Jan 04

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017 continued Start Apr 19

End Apr 26

$2025

Per Person Twin Share

$655

Single Supplement Option

Jan 18 Jan 25 Feb 01 Feb 15 Feb 22 Mar 01 Mar 15 Mar 29

Jun 28 Sep 06

Jul 05 Sep 13

$2345

Per Person Twin Share

$675

Single Supplement Option

Oct 11 Oct 25 Nov 08 Nov 22 Dec 20 Dec 27

Oct 18 Nov 01 Nov 15 Nov 29 Dec 27 Jan 03

Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Ways to Save

Early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $230 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $115 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $345 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $230 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $230 Save up to $115 Save up to $115 Save $55

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15.

Flight Information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Wellington Airport Day 8 – Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Rotorua thermal reserve


Northern Spotlight

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8 days

Follow the path of pioneers as you travel across the North Island of New Zealand. From the first European settlements on the shores of the beautiful Bay of Islands, to Rotorua – rich in Maori culture and traditions, down to the modern capital city of Wellington. Explore fertile heartland, lush forests, rugged mountains and steep gorges. 2 BAY OF ISLANDS

AUCKLAND 1 1

Waitomo Caves Mt. Ruapehu

Guided  Holidays

8 days from

$2025

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

2 ROTORUA Taupo

Auckland to Wellington Code: LABW

$2295

$2150

$665

$650

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

1 WELLINGTON Waitomo Glowworm Grotto

• Cruise through ‘Hole in the Rock’ to Cape Brett

• Relax in the Bay of Islands

• Explore Auckland’s city sights

• Discover the fascinating Glowworm Grotto at Waitomo Caves

• Explore ancient limestone caves

• Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi & concert

• Experience farm life at the Agrodome Sheep Show • View mighty Huka Falls • Marvel at crystal clear Lake Taupo

• Journey through spectacular scenery of Tongariro National Park

• Discover New Zealand’s capital Wellington on a city tour • Breathtaking views over Wellington from Mt. Victoria

• Explore Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (7)  B • Highlight dinner (1)  HD • Dinners (3)  D

Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland On arrival in Auckland you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore Auckland. You could visit the Sky Tower, for extensive views of New Zealand’s largest city. Or visit the Viaduct Harbour, and soak in the stunning views of the Waitemata Harbour. Tonight enjoy a welcome reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland.

Day 5: Auckland – Rotorua Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Auckland then journey south to the famous Waitomo Caves where you will discover the incredible Glowworm Grotto on an underground boat trip. This afternoon travel to Rotorua. Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter and gain an insight into traditional Maori culture, followed by a delicious dinner at the Tamaki Family Marae. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD

Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands Depart Auckland and travel through Orewa and along the scenic Hibiscus Coast. Stop in to Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand, and then it’s off to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Take a scenic cruise through game fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ formation. Keep your eyes peeled for marine life on the return cruise to Paihia. Hotel: Copthorne Resort (Garden View), Bay of Islands, 2 nights. B D

Day 6: Rotorua Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show for a sample of Kiwi farm life. The rest of the day is at leisure. You may want to visit Rainbow Springs Nature park – you may even spot a kiwi, New Zealand’s national icon. Or head out to Te Puia, for a guided tour through the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. This evening you have the option of staying with a nearby Kiwi family. Extra cost $65pp. B

Day 3: Bay of Islands ‘Free Time’ You have a free day to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps go dolphin watching or take a coach trip to Cape Reinga, via idyllic 90 Mile Beach. You could enjoy a day of sailing on a tall ship, discover the historic township of Russell, or sample local wine and chocolate on a tour around Kerikeri. This evening there is also the option to dine on a cruise down the Waitangi River. Ask your Travel Director about optional experiences. B Day 4: Bay of Islands – Auckland This morning there is time for an optional visit to the Waitangi Treaty Reserve which is of great historical importance. This afternoon enjoy the lush farmland scenery as you return to Auckland. Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland. B D

Day 7: Rotorua – Wellington This morning depart Rotorua, travelling south to Wairakei and on to Taupo. Discover the alpine scenery of Tongariro National Park and travel through rich farming lands of the Manawatu, into the capital city, Wellington. This evening celebrate your holiday at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends. Hotel: Travelodge, Wellington. B D Day 8: Farewell from Wellington This morning you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington. Take in the panoramic views from the top of Mt. Victoria. Explore the Parliament buildings and the Beehive, home to New Zealand’s politicians. Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand and explore the fascinating exhibits at your leisure. Later you will be transferred to Wellington Airport to connect with your onward flight. B

2016

Start Oct 01 Oct 15 Oct 29 Nov 12 Dec 10 Dec 24 Dec 31

2017

Jan 07 Jan 21 Jan 28 Feb 04 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 25 Mar 04 Mar 25

End Oct 08 Oct 22 Nov 05 Nov 19 Dec 17 Dec 31 Jan 07

Jan 14 Jan 28 Feb 04 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 25 Mar 04 Mar 11 Apr 01

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017 continued Start Apr 22

End Apr 29

$2025

Per Person Twin Share

$655

Single Supplement Option

Jun 03 Sep 09 Sep 30

Jun 10 Sep 16 Oct 07

$2345

Per Person Twin Share

$675

Single Supplement Option

Oct 14 Oct 28 Nov 11 Dec 09 Dec 23 Dec 30

Oct 21 Nov 04 Nov 18 Dec 16 Dec 30 Jan 06

Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Ways to Save Early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $230 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $115 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $345 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $230 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $230 Save up to $115 Save up to $115 Save $55

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15.

Flight Information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport Day 8 – Flights to depart after 2.00pm from Wellington Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Tamaki Family Marae


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The Endless Shores

11 days

Bay of Islands

• Roam through New Zealand’s capital Wellington on a guided tour

• Wander the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake, Taupo

• Feast on a Maori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family • Experience farm life at the Agrodome Sheep Show

• Visit a working kiwi nursery and meet some of New Zealand’s national icons

• Relive the history of a Maori Village with stories from a guide who calls the village home

• Discover the fascinating glowworms of Waitomo Glowworm Grotto

• Roam the colonial streets of Russell, the first capital of New Zealand

• Cruise through the ‘Hole in the Rock’ in the Bay of Islands • Hand-picked accommodation

• Intimate small group experience

• Small vehicle with fewer than 20 guests

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Day 1: Welcome to Wellington On arrival at Wellington Airport you’ll be met by private car and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. You may like to take a walk along Lambton Quay and immerse yourself Wellington’s famous coffee culture. Or meander along the waterfront following the Wellington Writer’s Walk, where quotes from New Zealand writers are celebrated in large stone sculptures. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink and dinner back at your hotel. Hotel: Museum Hotel, Wellington, 2 nights. DW Day 2: Wellington ‘Free Time’ Today is a completely free day for you to experience the sights of Wellington. Perhaps join a tour of New Zealand’s Parliament buildings and the ‘Beehive’ or take a ride on Wellington’s famous cable car from the central business district up to the Kelburn lookout for stunning views of the city. You may want to experience the wonder of the special effects world with a tour out to the Weta Cave – the home of the creative wizards behind the Lord of the Rings and Hobbits trilogies. Or learn about New Zealand’s history and culture with a visit to Te Papa, New Zealand’s museum. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences. This evening why not venture down to Courtenay Place or Cuba Street and dine at one of Wellington’s tucked-away bars or quirky cafés. B Day 3: Wellington – Taupo You’ll travel along the rugged Kapiti Coast, past the dairy farms of the Manawatu through to Tongariro National Park. In a country of contrasts,

perhaps nothing is more striking than the three peaks of Tongariro National Park rising starkly from the surrounding plateau of tussock and near-desert. The three mountains, Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe that make up the National Park are all active volcanoes, and are popular in winter and summer. The stunningly blue fresh water of Lake Taupo awaits you. Before arriving at the hotel, you will stop in to view Huka Falls and you will pass the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Taupo. B DW

Day 4: Taupo – Rotorua There’s time to explore the township of Taupo, or perhaps try your hand at trout fishing before continuing to nearby Rotorua. Now it’s time to gain an insight into local Maori culture and history with our special Maori show and traditional Hangi. You will experience the local customs like the Hongi greeting as well as learn some customary phrases. This evening enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi dinner, a meal cooked in the ground using geothermal steam. See the Hangi pit and savour the unique flavours that the Maori have enjoyed for hundreds of years. Hotel: Regent of Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD Day 5: Rotorua We’re off to see the multi-awardwinning and highly entertaining Agrodome Sheep Show for a sample of Kiwi farm life. See the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle feeding of lambs and an exciting sheep auction. Your next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Here you’ll discover the beauty of the native bush, ferns and trees that grow around the crystal clear mineral water springs and take a ‘behind the scenes’ tour through a

working kiwi nursery and hatchery. You might even spot a Kiwi Sam or two! To complete our day, we visit the Whakarewarewa Living Village for an insight into Maori life and how they interact with the geothermal activity. B

Day 6: Rotorua – Coromandel We make our way to the famous Waitomo Caves to visit Cave World, for an exclusive 5 star Eco glowworm experience. It’s just a short walk through breath-taking New Zealand native bush before your guide sets the scene for a cave experience, where you’ll see glowworms and cave formations and get to appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Next stop is the dairy farming community of Matamata before a delicious lunch at Longlands Farm countrystyle restaurant. Now we’re off to the Coromandel Ranges to Puka Park Resort, where you’ll stay in Tree Hut Chalets, set among the native bush. Tonight it’s dinner at the resort. Hotel: Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort, Coromandel Ranges. B L DW

Agrodome Sheep Show


With a small group of voyagers, explore New Zealand’s North Island. Visit the cities Auckland and Wellington, that resound with a friendly welcome normally felt in small towns. Travel into the rustic, unspoilt coastal regions of the Coromandel and the Bay of Islands, where dazzling white beaches and historic villages are the norm. 2

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Inspiring  Journeys

11 days from

BAY OF ISLANDS

$4975

AUCKLAND 1 1 COROMANDEL 1 RANGES

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Wellington to Auckland Code: NZNI

Wellington

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (10)  B • Lunches (1)  L • Dinners with wine (4)  D • Highlight dinner (1)  HD • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

2 ROTORUA

Mt. Ruapehu

Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

2 WELLINGTON

Day 8: Auckland – Bay of Islands Travel to Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast, the birthplace of Sir Edmund Hillary. Then continue to the Waipoua Forest, a sanctuary that is home to many native trees including the largest

$6655

$6800

2016

Start Oct 28 Nov 25 Dec 23

2017

Jan 27 Feb 17 Feb 24 Mar 10 Mar 17 Mar 24

Per Person Twin Share Single*

End Nov 07 Dec 05 Jan 02

2017 continued Start Oct 27 Dec 22

End Nov 06 Jan 01

Feb 06 Feb 27 Mar 06 Mar 20 Mar 27 Apr 03

*Single traveller must pay the single price. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Ways to Save

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Wellington Airport Day 11 – Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport

Day 7: Coromandel – Auckland If you are an early riser, why not take a stroll down to the golden sands of Pauanui Beach and dip your toes in the swirling surf. From the Coromandel you’ll travel to New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. Take an afternoon sightseeing tour and then the rest of the day is at leisure. Visit the Sky Tower for 360° views of the region and surrounding volcanic hills. Amble down Queen Street to the main shopping precinct or on to the Viaduct Harbour and the Auckland Waterfront region. This recently developed area of central Auckland has cafés and restaurants galore. Take a seat in the sunshine, enjoy a glass of one of New Zealand’s famous Sauvignon Blancs and watch the maritime activity on Waitemata Harbour. Hotel: Sofitel, Auckland. B

$5095

Single*

Flight Information

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

$4975

Per Person Twin Share

Waitomo 1 TAUPO Caves

Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village Kauri tree in existence, Tane Mahuta (over 2,000 years old). A Maori guide will walk you through the native bush and explain the history and legend behind the mighty Kauri. Head to your waterfront resort in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Tonight it’s dinner at the resort. Hotel: Copthorne Resort, Bay of Islands, 2 nights. B DW

Day 9: Bay of Islands This morning you’ll take a ferry across the harbour to historic Russell, where a local guide will take you on a walking tour of the first European settlement and what was once the first capital of New Zealand. The rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps head out on to the water on a dolphin watching cruise, and maybe even jump in the water for a swim with these magnificent creatures. Experience 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. B

Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $750 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $500 Kings Club Concession card

Day 11: Farewell from Auckland Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your inspiring journey comes to an end with your transfer to Auckland Airport for your onward flight. B

Discover the real Middle-Earth tucked away in picturesque private farmland near Matamata. Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour. Roam through the lands of The Shire, past working gardens, over the double-arched bridge to The Green Dragon Inn. Visit Bag End and the other Hobbit Holes, all kept intact after filming ended, right down to the most intricate details.

Save up to $250 Save $55

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15.

Day 10: Bay of Islands – Auckland You’re off to the Bay of Islands Maritime Park where you’ll take a cruise to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’, and see the historic Cape Brett lighthouse, as you explore some of the 144 islands in the bay. Later you’ll have some time in Paihia to check out the local craft shops, do a spot of shopping or go for a walk along the beachfront. This afternoon you will drive back through the small towns of Northland, over the Harbour Bridge and into Auckland city. Celebrate your last night together tonight at a farewell dinner. Hotel: Sofitel, Auckland. B FD

Whether you’re a fan of The Lord of the Rings or not, the stories behind how they transformed the landscape into the film set are absolutely fascinating! Mark Travel Director

Optional Experience Day 5: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $500 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $250

Tane Mahuta


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Spectacular Bay of Islands

Rotorua Discovery

4 days  |  code: ZB4

4 days  |  code: ZR5

Bay of Islands

Hole in the Rock

Highlights

Te Puia Thermal Reserve

Auckland

Waitomo Caves

Highlights

Departs

Daily 6.45am

• Cruise in Bay of Islands • Dolphin & whale spotting • Hole in the Rock • Visit Waitangi Treaty Reserve

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• Waitomo Glowworm Grotto • Explore Maori culture at Te Puia • Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show • Enjoy a Maori Hangi & Concert

Concludes

Morning of day 4

Maori culture

Departs

Daily 6.45am

Concludes

Morning of day 4

As this Short Break departs at 6.45am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night. You’ll travel with a different Driver Guide and group of likeminded travellers each day, for a more diverse experience.

As this Short Break departs at 6.45am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night. You’ll travel with a different Driver Guide and group of likeminded travellers each day, for a more diverse experience.

Day 1: Auckland – Bay of Islands Depart Auckland by coach for the Bay of Islands. On arrival in Paihia visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve, where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed. You’ll have time on your own to learn about New Zealand’s early Maori and European history and take in highlights such as the Maori War Canoe (Waka) and Meeting House (Marae). Then board the Dolphin Seeker, a purpose-built catamaran, and meet your experienced local skipper for a cruise through the beautiful clear waters. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life as you get up close to the action. Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic ‘Hole in the Rock’. You’ll be holding your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space. Take in the unique sights of Grand Cathedral Cave before heading back into the inner islands of the Bay. Hotel: Copthorne Resort, Garden View (R) or Copthorne Resort, Water View (S), Bay of Islands, 2 nights. D

Day 1: Auckland – Waitomo Caves – Rotorua Travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. Enjoy a morning snack as you drive past Rangiriri, the location of a historic Maori Land Wars site. On arrival in the small town of Waitomo, tour with a local guide through the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. Finish with a silent boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto - a subterranean cavern lit by thousands of tiny glowworms. Later, travel on to Rotorua, the cultural centre of New Zealand. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel (R) or Millennium Hotel (S), Rotorua, 2 nights.

Day 2: Bay of Islands ‘Free Time’ You’ll have the day at leisure. Relax by the pool, or perhaps take a coach ride to Cape Reinga, the northern-most point of New Zealand. Tonight, you can choose to dine at one of the local cafés or restaurants on the waterfront. B Day 3: Bay of Islands – Auckland This morning why not spend time in a local café or perhaps take a ferry to Russell, the first capital of New Zealand. This afternoon enjoy the lush green farmland scenery as you return to Auckland. Hotel: Scenic Hotel (R) or The Langham (S), Auckland. B Day 4: Farewell from Auckland Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport to connect with your onward flight (flights anytime). B

$ Prices Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin Low High

Low

Child High

1115

892

959

999

999

1199

799

799

Adult Single* Low High

1249 1455

1268 1579

Low season: 01 May 2017 – 30 Sep 2017. High season: 01 Oct 2016 – 30 Apr 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price.

Day 2: Rotorua Sightseeing Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour around three of Rotorua’s iconic visitor attractions. Experience Te Puia, a place of Maori culture and a thermal wonderland of impressive geysers and boiling mud pools. Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park, which showcases native flora and fauna. You may even spot a kiwi! Then enjoy a demonstration of New Zealand’s agricultural industry with a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials at the Agrodome Sheep Show. Tonight enjoy a unique Maori Hangi dinner and concert on a local Marae. B D Day 3: Rotorua – Auckland Spend a day at leisure in Rotorua. Late this afternoon travel through forests and lush Waikato farmlands on your way to Auckland. Hotel: Scenic Hotel (R) or The Langham (S), Auckland. B Day 4: Farewell from Auckland Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport to connect with your onward flight (flights anytime). B

$ Prices Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin Low High

1265 1425

1315

1475

Low

Child High

1140

1180

1012

1052

Adult Single* Low High

1495 1759

1585

1850

Low season: 01 May 2017 – 30 Sep 2017. High season: 01 Oct 2016 – 30 Apr 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price.


Bay of Islands & Rotorua Unearthed

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55

l

7 days  |  code: ZBR5

Bay of Islands

Cape Reinga

Highlights

• Cruise in the Bay of Islands • Day at leisure in the Bay of Islands • Visit Waitangi Treaty Reserve • Visit Waitomo Glowworm Grotto

Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park

• Experience Maori culture at Te Puia • Rainbow Springs Nature Park • Fun at the Agrodome Sheep Show • Maori Hangi and Cultural Concert

As this Short Break departs at 6.45am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night. You’ll travel with a different Driver Guide and group of like-minded travellers each day, for a more diverse experience.

Standard R Superior  S

2199

2485

2285 2615

Low

Day 4: Auckland – Waitomo – Rotorua Travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. Enjoy a morning snack as you drive past Rangiriri, the location of a historic Maori Land Wars site. On arrival in the small town of Waitomo, tour with a local guide through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. Finish with a silent boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto – a subterranean cavern lit by thousands of tiny glowworms. Later, travel on to Rotorua, the cultural centre of New Zealand. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel (R) or Millennium Hotel (S), Rotorua, 2 nights. B Day 5: Rotorua Enjoy a sightseeing tour around three of Rotorua’s iconic visitor attractions. Experience Te Puia, a place of Maori culture and a thermal wonderland of impressive geysers and boiling mud pools. Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park, which showcases native flora and fauna. You may even spot a kiwi! Then enjoy a demonstration of New Zealand’s agricultural industry with a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials at the Agrodome Sheep Show. Tonight enjoy a unique Maori Hangi dinner and concert on a local Marae. B D

1759

Child High

1988

Daily 6.45am

Day 3: Bay of Islands – Auckland This morning why not spend time in a local café or perhaps take a ferry to Russell, the first capital of New Zealand. This afternoon enjoy the lush green farmland scenery as you return to Auckland. Hotel: Scenic Hotel (R) or The Langham (S), Auckland. B

Day 2: Bay of Islands ‘Free Time’ The day is at leisure for you to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps take a coach trip to Cape Reinga, the northern-most point of New Zealand, via idyllic Ninety Mile Beach, a day of sailing on a tall ship or play a round of golf. Adult Twin Low High

Departs

Tonight, you can choose to dine at one of the local cafés or restaurants on the waterfront. B

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland – Bay of Islands Depart Auckland by coach for the Bay of Islands. On arrival in Paihia visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve, where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed. You’ll have time on your own to learn about New Zealand’s early Maori and European history and take in highlights such as the Maori War Canoe (Waka) and Meeting House (Marae). Then board the Dolphin Seeker, a purpose-built catamaran, and meet your experienced local skipper for a cruise through the beautiful clear waters. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life as you get up close to the action. Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic ‘Hole in the Rock’. You’ll be holding your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space. Take in the unique sights of Grand Cathedral Cave before heading back into the inner islands of the Bay. Hotel: Copthorne Resort, Garden View (R) or Copthorne Resort, Water View (S), Bay of Islands, 2 nights. D

$ Prices

Experience Maori culture

1828

2092

Adult Single* Low High

2679 3159

2819 3375

Low season: 01 May 2017 – 30 Sep 2017. High season: 01 Oct 2016 – 30 Apr 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price.

Concludes

Morning of day 7

Day 6: Rotorua – Auckland This morning is at leisure. Later travel through lush Waikato farmland on your way to Auckland. Hotel: Scenic Hotel (R) or The Langham (S), Auckland. B Day 7: Farewell from Auckland Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

The best way to see the true expanse of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Lu  Travel Director

Optional Experience Day 2: Bay of Islands Scenic Flight This helicopter scenic flight offers exceptional views of the beautiful islands, flying over Russell and Opua, leading to the infamous ‘Hole in the Rock’. Return over the main islands of the area with a bird’s eye view of their white sandy beaches and inviting turquoise waters. Ask your Driver Guide for details.


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East Meets West

Adventure to Middle-Earth

4 days  |  code: ZA4

4 days  |  code: ZRH4

Waiheke Island

Wine tasting

Highlights

• Auckland city highlights tour • Visit Waiheke Island wineries • Enjoy Kumeu wines and lunch • View Gannet seabirds

Maori culture at Te Puia

Highlights

Departs Daily

• Visit Lord of the Rings film locations • See Waitomo Glowworm Grotto • Experience Maori culture at Te Puia • Enjoy a Maori Hangi Feast & Concert

Concludes

Morning of day 4

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland On arrival in Auckland you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). Hotel: Scenic Auckland (R) or The Langham Hotel (S), Auckland, 3 nights. Day 2: Waiheke Island Begin your day with a tour of Auckland’s scenic city highlights, before a break at morning tea time in charming Parnell Village. Board a ferry and cruise to Waiheke Island, for a guided tour of three of Waiheke’s premier wineries. Taste the wine at award-winning Mudbrick Estate. Tour the Goldie Room, Waiheke’s first and most well-established vineyard, then experience their range of fine wines accompanied by a mouth-watering nibbles. Later, marvel at the views and stunning architecture while you sample wines at Te Whau winery. B Day 3: Kumeu Enjoy a relaxed morning at leisure in Auckland, New Zealand’s City of Sails. Then head out to experience New Zealand’s amazing scenery and great wines. Wine tasting in Kumeu Wine Country dates back to the 1930s when families of Croatian origin established wine-making in the area. Your first tasting is at Soljans Estate Winery. By skilfully marrying traditional with modern techniques, Soljans produce stylish, richly flavoured wines. They are widely acknowledged in New Zealand as being expert producers of method traditionelle (bottle fermented) sparkling wines. Enjoy lunch and a glass of wine at the Soljans Café. Next you’ll have the chance to see one of the world’s largest seabirds in their natural environment, the gannet. Here you get a close-up view of their behaviour without disturbing their environment. Then it’s back on the wine trail, to Matua Valley Wines. Choose from premium wine to the everyday offering – a large range to choose from! Your final tasting is at West Brook Winery. The wines of West Brook reflect true varietal character and their unique regional origins. B L Day 4: Farewell from Auckland You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin Low High

Low

Child High

1215

972

1000

1065

1095 1250

Hobbiton

Auckland Viaduct

On this Short Break you’ll travel with a different Driver Guide and group of likeminded travellers each day, for a more diverse experience.

$ Prices

l

852

876

1315

Departs

Daily 6.45am

Concludes

Morning of day 4

As this Short Break departs at 6.45am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night. You’ll travel with a different Driver Guide and group of likeminded travellers each day, for a more diverse experience.

Day 1: Auckland – Rotorua Travel through the lush farmland past Rangiriri, the location of a historic Maori Land Wars site. On arrival in Waitomo, tour with a local guide through the world-famous Waitomo Caves. Finish with a silent boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, a subterranean cavern lit by thousands of tiny Glowworms. Later cross the Central North Island and enter Middle-earth! Just outside the rural township of Matamata is the private farm that was transformed into The Shire for Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Visit Hobbiton, home to Bilbo, Frodo and friends, for a guided tour and find out how the sets were created. You’ll get the chance to see Hobbit holes, the Mill, the Green Dragon Inn and many other structures created for the films. Afterwards, continue to Rotorua. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel (R) or Millennium Hotel (S), Rotorua, 2 nights. L Day 2: Rotorua Your first stop is Te Puia, one of New Zealand’s foremost cultural venues. Immerse yourself Maori tradition, see master carvers and weavers at work, then enter the neighbouring Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, an extraordinary landscape of geysers, steam and bubbling pools of boiling mud. At Rainbow Springs Nature Park see kiwi in the nocturnal viewing house and learn about conservation efforts to protect these endangered birds. You can also get up close to a wide range of native and exotic birds, fish and reptiles. Then get a taste of New Zealand’s agricultural industry at the Agrodome, a working farm where you can see all kinds of rural action! Your tour concludes with a one hour lunch cruise around Lake Rotorua on board the historic paddle boat, the Lakeland Queen. Take in the sights of Sulphur Bay, Hinemoa’s Point, Mokoia Island and Kawaha Point. Tonight enjoy a unique Maori Hangi feast and concert on a local Marae. B L D Day 3: Rotorua – Auckland Spend a free day in Rotorua before returning through lush forests to Auckland. Hotel: Scenic Hotel (R) or The Langham (S), Auckland. B Day 4: Farewell from Auckland You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

Adult Single* Low High 1570

Waitomo Glowworm Grotto

1345

1605

Low season: 01 May 2017 – 30 Sep 2017. High season: 01 Oct 2016 – 30 Apr 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price.

$ Prices Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin Low High

Low

1575

1260

1415

1455

1625

1132

Child High 1164

1300

Adult Single* Low High

1645

1909

1725

1999

Low season: 01 May 2017 – 30 Sep 2017. High season: 01 Oct 2016 – 30 Apr 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price.


South Island

The scenery on the way to Milford Sound is my favourite. I think people can really relax and enjoy the experience when they don’t need to worry about navigating and unfamiliar roads! JP  Travel Director Mirror Lakes


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The Southern Drift

12 days

Milford Sound

• Journey on the iconic TranzAlpine Train

• Discover the fascinating Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki • Visit a Pounamu factory & marvel at handcrafted jade • Walk above the lush rainforest on the Treetop Walkway • Experience mighty Franz Josef Glacier

• Explore historic Arrowtown • Ride a gondola to Bob’s Peak for stunning views

• Cruise on Milford Sound for a once in a lifetime overnight sailing trip • Kayak on mystical Milford Sound

• Immerse yourself in the untouched Stewart Island

• Wake up to spectacular mountain scenery in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park • Enjoy a home-cooked barbecue lunch and a farm tour at Morelea Farm

• Hand-picked accommodation • Intimate small group experience

• Small vehicle with fewer than 20 guests

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch On arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be transferred by private car to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Perhaps visit the International Antarctic Centre or Orana Wildlife Park, New Zealand’s only openrange zoo. This evening meet your Travel Director for dinner. Hotel: The George, Christchurch. DW Day 2: Christchurch – Punakaiki First up it’s all aboard the famous TranzAlpine train. Rated as one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys, you’ll travel in the comfort of your carriage for the journey across the Canterbury Plains through the Southern Alps. You’ll then re-join your coach at Arthur’s Pass and travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll stay in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Enjoy dinner while watching the thundering surf at your doorstep! Hotel: Punakaiki Resort. B DW Day 3: Punakaiki – Franz Josef This morning you’ll have a leisurely start to the day. Visit the small town of Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast, for a greenstone (jade) jewellery demonstration by a local carver. Then visit the West Coast’s Treetop Walkway, where you may take a stroll through the canopy of this lush rainforest. Now you’re off to the gold-mining town of Ross before arriving at Franz Josef, where you’ll take a guided tour to the viewing area at the mighty Franz Josef Glacier with a local expert glacier guide. Your eco-friendly accommodation is set amid native bush, with an emphasis on relaxation and

rejuvenation. This evening, why not enjoy Franz Josef’s local geothermal hot pools or perhaps a massage. Dinner tonight is at the retreat. Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef. B DW

Day 4: Franz Josef – Queenstown You’ll have the opportunity to see the glacier from the air on a scenic flight (own expense). Later today, travel over the Haast Pass and along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, stopping at Makarora at lunchtime. You’ll also stop to explore the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, followed by an orientation tour of Queenstown. Tonight you’ll stay at Millbrook Resort, set amid sparkling streams and rolling hills in the Southern Alps and framed by the Remarkables Mountain Range. This evening you’ll dine at one of the resort’s restaurants. Hotel: Millbrook Resort, Queenstown, 3 nights. B DW Day 5: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Today is free for you to explore New Zealand’s adventure-capital at your leisure. Perhaps play a round of golf or indulge in spa treatment at your resort. Tonight you’ll ride the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak for dinner

Stewart Island

with a view overlooking stunning Queenstown, the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu. B HD

Day 6: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not take a trip to the Gibbston Valley Winery, take a jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River or get wet white water rafting down the Kawarau River! Tonight you can dine at one of the many local restaurants and cafés in town, or simply relax at your resort. B Day 7: Queenstown – Milford Sound Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake in the South Island. Later you’ll travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges before driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to a photographer’s paradise surrounded by Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the amazing Mirror Lake – where the surroundings reflect perfectly on the lake. Afterwards, you’ll walk to see the Chasm on your way into Milford Sound and take some time to kayak


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No stone is left unturned as you venture into parts of the South Island less travelled. From the wild and pristine natural wonderland of Stewart Island, to the spectacular vistas of Mt. Cook, through to Milford Sound, where you will fall asleep under a blanket of mist and shadows on the still waters of the fiord.

Inspiring  Journeys

12 days from

Arrowtown

$5950

A Pa rth ss ur ’s

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

PUNAKAIKI 1 Hokitika

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (11)  B • Lunches (2)  L • Highlight dinner (1)  HD • Dinners with wine (5)  DW • Dinner (1)  D

Christchurch return

TranzAlpine Train FRANZ JOSEF 1 GLACIER 1 1 CHRISTCHURCH Lake Arrowtown 1 Tekapo MT. COOK MILFORD 1 SOUND 3 QUEENSTOWN Te Anau Bluff STEWART ISLAND 2

Lindis Pass

Start End

Code: NZSI

$7865

Single*

2016

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Start Oct 17 Dec 12

2017

Jan 16 Feb 06 Feb 13 Feb 27 Mar 06 Mar 13

Per Person Twin Share Single*

End Oct 28 Dec 23

2017 continued Start Oct 16 Dec 11

End Oct 27 Dec 22

Jan 27 Feb 17 Feb 24 Mar 10 Mar 17 Mar 24

*Single traveller must pay the single price. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Ways to Save

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport Day 12 – Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Day 8: Milford Sound –   Stewart Island Enjoy the many early morning activities on board. This afternoon it’s lunch in Te Anau. Later, continue to the southern-most city in New Zealand, Invercargill. You’ll board a ferry at Bluff to cruise to Stewart Island, the 3rd largest island in New Zealand, for a wondrous experience. With its clear, clean waters, lush rainforest, sweeping sands, flora and fauna and unspoilt natural beauty, you’ll get a glimpse into an enviable simpler, slower lifestyle. You can dine at one of the cafés or meet the locals at the hotel. Hotel: Bay Motel, Stewart Island, 2 nights. B

$6095

$7695

Per Person Twin Share

Flight Information

this majestic Fiord and experience Milford Sound, New Zealand’s most famous destination, part of the Fiordland National Park and a World Heritage Site, considered by many as the eighth wonder of the natural world. Tonight it’s a magical dinner on our overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner. You’ll cruise the length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea with plenty of time to view waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. Cruise: Overnight Milford Sound. B D

$5950

TranzAlpine train journey Day 9: Stewart Island This morning you’re off on a Village and Bays tour before taking a cruise on Paterson Inlet and enjoying lunch. Paterson Inlet is the largest waterway on Stewart Island, where you’ll see the many remote sandy beaches and wildlife. You’ll stop at Ulva Island and this afternoon take a tour with staff from the Department of Conservation on Ulva Island’s wildlife sanctuary. You’ll learn about native birds like the Weka and spend time up close to native flora and fauna – a day of exploration and education. Tonight, try your hand at a bit of kiwi-spotting in the native bush near your accommodation. B L Day 10: Stewart Island – Mt. Cook This morning you’ll board a ferry and journey across Foveaux Strait, making your way back to the New Zealand mainland. Admire the rural farming views of Southland and the spectacular alpine scenery of the Southern Alps as you travel towards Queenstown. Venture over the Lindis Pass and along the shores of Lake Pukaki into the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in the southern

hemisphere, helped Sir Edmund Hillary hone his climbing skills in preparation for his conquest of Everest. Tonight enjoy dinner with a breathtaking mountain view. Hotel: The Hermitage, Mt. Cook. B DW

Early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $595 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $300 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $895 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $595 Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $300 Save $55

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15.

Day 11: Mt. Cook – Christchurch See Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, where you’ll stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. You’re welcomed into the home of Angie and Stan Taylor to enjoy a barbecue lunch in their 240 hectare garden. Then travel along the Canterbury Plains to the Garden City of Christchurch. On a sightseeing tour see how Christchurch is being rebuilt after the earthquake of 2011. Hotel: The George, Christchurch. B L Day 12: Farewell from Christchurch Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your inspiring journey comes to an end with your transfer to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. B

Canterbury wildflowers

Optional Experience Day 5: Skippers Canyon Queenstown Located in Queenstown’s back country, Skippers Canyon is one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets. You will travel on Skippers Road alongside the Shotover River at a leisurely pace. You’ll then reach Skippers Point in the Mount Aurum Conservation Area and enjoy morning tea. Ask your Travel Director for details.

Marty  Travel Director

The spectacular scenery of the Skippers Canyon Road will keep you breathless from start to finish.


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Southern Spirit

14 days

Mirror Lakes

• Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo

• Spend the night cruising on magical Milford Sound • Explore the Glowworm caves at Te Anau by boat

• Let loose in the adventure capital, Queenstown • Gondola ride and dinner at Skyline Restaurant on Bob’s Peak • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier

• Watch artisans carving native greenstone (jade) in Hokitika

• Punakaiki, home to Pancake Rocks and Blowholes • Set sail on Queen Charlotte sound

• Explore Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand

• Discover New Zealand’s capital Wellington on a city tour

• Tour through Christchurch to witness the incredible rebuild of the city • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch On arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. D

white limestone buildings to Dunedin, for a sightseeing tour of the city. There’s the opportunity to visit New Zealand’s only castle, Larnach Castle and its stunning gardens. Hotel: Kingsgate Hotel, Dunedin. B D

Day 2: Christchurch – Omarama Board your coach to see the extensive work carried out to rebuild the city after the devastating earthquake of February 2011. Later, travelling over the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains, the spectacular sightseeing begins. Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki are first up. Next you’ll visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before soaking up the sensational alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park – a scenic highlight! You may choose to take an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting). Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama. B D

Day 4: Dunedin – Milford Sound Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. You’ll be awestruck by the great sights of Fiordland National Park, New Zealand’s largest. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to the abundant photo opportunities afforded by 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. (Milford Mariner does not operate 21 May-15 September. During this period there will be a day cruise on Milford Sound and accommodation in Queenstown). Cruise: Overnight Milford Sound. B D

Day 3: Omarama – Dunedin Your day starts along the Waitaki River with the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru with its famous

Day 5: Milford Sound – Queenstown This morning depart for Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake on the South Island. Here you’ll explore the Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Queenstown wine country

by boat with a local guide, before continuing to Queenstown, the adventure-capital, for your 3 night stay. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown, 3 nights. B D

Day 6: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Explore exciting Queenstown your way. You may like to consider taking one of our optional experiences. You could ride the Shotover Jet boat, join a wine tour, play a round of golf, take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon, relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort, go horse riding or explore Queenstown on your own. This evening why not consider a cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead? An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. Then join in a sing-a-long on your cruise back to Queenstown. B Day 7: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ You have another day to relax and enjoy the many scenic delights of

Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki


Take a wander through the city of Christchurch and stop for a photo at the world’s only Cathedral built entirely of cardboard. Enjoy dinner with a spectacular view in Queenstown. Stay in the pretty seaside village of Picton then travel across the Cook Strait to the cosmopolitan capital city of Wellington.

Guided  Holidays

Picton

2 WELLINGTON NELSON 2 Buller Gorge PUNAKAIKI 1

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER 1 Mt. Cook Haast

Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand

Te Anau

1

14 days from

$3850

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Hokitika

MILFORD SOUND

1 CHRISTCHURCH

1 OMARAMA

Christchurch to Wellington Code: LCQW

$4350

$3995

$1500

$1400

Per Person Twin Share

3 QUEENSTOWN

Single Supplement Option

1

Dining

End

• Full buffet breakfasts (13)  B • Highlight dinner (1)  HD • Dinners (9)  D

2016

DUNEDIN Start

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Start Oct 13 Nov 10 Dec 22

2017

Jan 05 Feb 02 Feb 16 Mar 02 Mar 16

End Oct 26 Nov 23 Jan 04

2017 continued Start Apr 13

End Apr 26

$3850 $1300

Single Supplement Option

Jun 15 Aug 31

Jun 28 Sep 13

Per Person Twin Share

$1520

Single Supplement Option

Oct 12 Nov 09 Dec 21

Oct 25 Nov 22 Jan 03

Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Day 9: Franz Josef – Punakaiki You can see Franz Josef Glacier from the air or take a glacier hike (both optional). Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and demonstration. Later travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll stay in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Enjoy dinner while watching the thundering surf at your doorstep! Hotel: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki. B D

Single Supplement Option

$4475

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport Day 14 – Flights to depart anytime from Wellington Airport

Day 8: Queenstown – Franz Josef Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, previously one of the world’s richest rivers. Second stop is Cromwell and its sensational stone fruit. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Lake Dunstan, Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka. Through the Haast Pass, view Thunder Creek Falls and enjoy a rainforest walk. Final stop, majestic Franz Josef Glacier. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing), Franz Josef. B D

Per Person Twin Share

Per Person Twin Share

Jan 18 Feb 15 Mar 01 Mar 15 Mar 29

Flight Information

Queenstown. Tonight you’ll ride the gondola to Bob’s Peak for a highlight dinner at the Skyline Restaurant. B HD

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Milford Mariner Day 10: Punakaiki – Nelson Soak up the scenic wilderness of the Heritage Highway through the impressive Buller Gorge and the Kahurangi National Park before arriving in Nelson. This afternoon you’ll visit the World of Wearable Arts and Classic Cars. Hotel: Grand Mercure Monaco Resort, Nelson, 2 nights. B D Day 11: Nelson ‘Free Time’ You’ll have the option 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 galleries. B

Ways to Save Early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $325 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $220

Day 13: Wellington ‘Free Time’ You have a day at leisure to see the sights of your choice. Perhaps take a tour of Parliament, one of the Lord of the Rings movie tours or even a cruise to Somes Island in Wellington Harbour. Ask your Travel Director for details. B

Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $545 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $325

Day 14: Farewell from Wellington Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Wellington Airport for your onward flight. B

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15.

Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $435 Save up to $220 Save up to $220 Save $90

Church of the Good Shepherd

Day 12: Nelson – Wellington Visit the seaside village of Picton and cruise on tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound before heading across Cook Strait to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Enjoy a city sights tour before a guided tour of Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll explore New Zealand’s nature, art, history and cultural heritage. Hotel: Travelodge, Wellington, 2 nights. B D

There’s a lot to be said about the Shotover Jet. But you won’t be able to say anything. You’ll be too busy shrieking with delight! Trent  Driver Guide

Optional Experience Day 6: Shotover Jet Boat Queenstown

The Shotover Jet takes you on a breathtaking ride through narrow spectacular canyons. It’s an amazing white water ride as your expert driver puts your Jet Boat through its paces and skilfully whips it past rocky outcrops, skims around crags and boulders, and speeds through the dramatic and narrow canyons. Ask your Travel Director for details.


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Southern Spotlight Tick all the boxes of must-dos in the South Island. Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train, have a night out at Walter Peak High Country Farm in Central Otago, cruise down the still waters of the Milford Sound, and roam through the stonehewn campus of New Zealand’s oldest university in Dunedin.

FRANZ Arthur’s Pass JOSEF TranzAlpine GLACIER Train Mt. 1 Cook 1 1 Haast CHRISTCHURCH Milford Sound 1 OMARAMA 2 QUEENSTOWN 1 TE ANAU 1 DUNEDIN

• Journey through Mt. Cook National Park

• Visit Church of the Good Shepherd on Lake Tekapo

• Stay on the shores of Lake Te Anau • Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains and magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound • Cruise on mystical Milford Sound

• Let loose in the adventure capital Queenstown

• Sail on Lake Wakatipu aboard steamship TSS Earnslaw • Indulge in a unique dinner experience in Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak

• Visit the old gold mining village of Arrowtown • Travel through the magnificent rainforest of Haast Pass • Discover fascinating Franz Josef Glacier • Visit a green stone factory & watch the jade artists at work

• Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (8)  B • Highlight dinner (1)  HD • Dinners (5)  D

End Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch On arrival in Christchurch you’ll be transferred to your hotel. There will be a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers in the evening. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. Day 2: Christchurch – Omarama You have time at leisure this morning. Why not travel around the city on board the Christchurch Tram. Later, travel over the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains, to Lakes Tekapo and Lake Pukaki. Next you’ll visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before soaking up the sensational alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park. You may choose to take an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting). Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama. B D Day 3: Omarama – Dunedin Your day starts along the Waitaki River with the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru with its famous white limestone buildings to Dunedin, for a city tour. Then you’ve got the afternoon to yourself – take a Wildlife Cruise, visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City. B D Day 4: Dunedin – Te Anau After a morning of time to yourself, during which you might like to tour Larnach Castle and its stunning gardens, you’ll head off across South Otago’s fertile, sheep-filled farming land en route to Te Anau. Tonight you may choose to travel by boat to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Hotel: Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau. B D Day 5: Te Anau – Queenstown Today is a feast for the senses. You’ll be awe-struck by the magnificent sights of Fiordland National Park. Amazing photo opportunities await you out on Milford Sound, where you’ll cruise on the waters of this

$2395

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Christchurch return Code: LCQR

$2650

$2525

$805

$780

Per Person Twin Share

Oamaru

Start

Guided  Holidays 9 days from

Hokitika

Mt. Cook

9 days

Single Supplement Option

2016

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

natural wonder. A sightseeing tour on arrival in Queenstown will complete this highlight day. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown, 2 nights. B

Day 6: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Explore the adventure capital, Queenstown your way, all day. From wine tours to jet boat rides, from 4WD tour safaris to white water Rafting, Queenstown will surprise and exhilarate. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining after- dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. B HD Day 7: Queenstown – Franz Josef First stop, Arrowtown, on the Arrow River. Second stop Cromwell, to taste its sensational stone fruit. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Lake Dunstan, Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka. Through the Haast Pass, you view Thunder Creek Falls and enjoy a rainforest walk. Final stop, majestic Franz Josef Glacier. Take the opportunity for a scenic flight over the glacier (own expense). Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, (Graham Wing) Franz Josef. B D Day 8: Franz Josef – Christchurch You’ll visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Travel to Arthur’s Pass to board the TranzAlpine. This spectacular journey takes you through the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. This evening celebrate your holiday at a dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. B D Day 9: Farewell from Christchurch Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. B

Start Oct 09 Oct 23 Nov 06 Nov 20 Dec 18

2017

Jan 01 Jan 08 Jan 15 Jan 29 Feb 05 Feb 12 Feb 19 Feb 26 Mar 05 Mar 12

End Oct 17 Oct 31 Nov 14 Nov 28 Dec 26

Jan 09 Jan 16 Jan 23 Feb 06 Feb 13 Feb 20 Feb 27 Mar 06 Mar 13 Mar 20

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017 continued Start Apr 02 Apr 30

End Apr 10 May 08

$2395

Per Person Twin Share

$755

Single Supplement Option

Jun 11 Sep 17

Jun 19 Sep 25

$2725

Per Person Twin Share

$815

Single Supplement Option

Oct 08 Oct 22 Nov 05 Nov 19 Dec 17 Dec 31

Oct 16 Oct 30 Nov 13 Nov 27 Dec 25 Jan 08

Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Ways to Save Early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $270 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $135 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $405 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $270 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $265 Save up to $135 Save up to $135 Save $55

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15.

Flight Information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport Day 9 – Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price.

TranzAlpine train journey


Southern Wonders Fresh air, magnificent scenery and outdoor activities are just some of the attractions that await you in ‘the land of the long white cloud’. Sample the delicious fresh stone fruit of Cromwell. Feel the soft fleece of sheep at Walter Peak High Country Farm. And hear from an artisan the meaning behind each piece of intricately carved greenstone.

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9 days Guided  Holidays 9 days from

Hokitika Arthur’s

FRANZ Pass TranzAlpine JOSEF Train GLACIER Mt. 1 Cook 1 1 Haast CHRISTCHURCH Milford 1 OMARAMA Sound

2 QUEENSTOWN

TE ANAU 1

• Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train • Visit a green stone factory & watch the jade artists at work

• Discover fascinating Franz Josef Glacier

• Travel through the magnificent rainforest of Haast Pass

• Visit the old gold mining village of Arrowtown

• Indulge in a unique dinner experience in Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak

• Sail on Lake Wakatipu aboard steamship TSS Earnslaw • Let loose in the adventure capital Queenstown

• Cruise on mystical Milford Sound • Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains and magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound • Stay on the shores of Lake Te Anau

• Visit Church of the Good Shepherd on Lake Tekapo

• Journey through Mt. Cook National Park • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (8)  B • Highlight dinner (1)  HD • Dinners (5)  D

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch On arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel. You have time at leisure before a welcome reception and dinner with your Travel Director. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. D Day 2: Christchurch – Franz Josef First up this morning you’ll board the TranzAlpine, one of the top six train journeys in the world. This spectacular trip takes you across the Canterbury Plains and through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. Later, visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Next stop is Franz Josef Glacier (optional scenic Franz Josef Glacier flight is available). Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing), Franz Josef. B D Day 3: Franz Josef – Queenstown Travel through the Haast Pass, view Thunder Creek Falls and take a rainforest walk. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan. Next up try sumptuous stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital. Later, you’ll visit historic gold mining Arrowtown on the Arrow River, previously one of the world’s richest rivers. Arrive in Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure-capital. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown, 2 nights. B Day 4: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Explore exciting Queenstown your way. From wine tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting, Queenstown will surprise and exhilarate. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into farm life. B HD Day 5: Queenstown – Te Anau Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to

End

Christchurch return Code: LRQC

$2650

$2525

$805

$780

Single Supplement Option

1 DUNEDIN

Walter Peak High Country Farm

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Per Person Twin Share

Oamaru

Start

$2395

2016

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Te Anau. You’ll be awestruck by the great sights from Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, one of the world’s most amazing places, where you’ll cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. En route you’ll drive through the hand-made Homer Tunnel to the abundant photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Then return to Te Anau. Tonight you have the option to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Hotel: Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau. B D

Day 6: Te Anau – Dunedin Cross sheep-filled farming land to Dunedin for a city tour. With free time this afternoon, consider a wildlife cruise to see the Penguins and Royal Albatross, a visit to the Cadbury Chocolate Factory or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City. B D Day 7: Dunedin – Omarama Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Dunedin with the opportunity to visit Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle (own expense). Travel through Oamaru, with its white limestone buildings, then follow the Waitaki River, passing hydro electric dams at Waitaki and Aviemore, to Omarama. Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama. B D Day 8: Omarama – Christchurch Travel past Mt. Cook National Park, home to New Zealand’s highest mountain. This afternoon stop at Lake Tekapo and view the Church of the Good Shepherd and then continue over the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. B Day 9: Farewell from Christchurch Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. B

Start Oct 03 Oct 17 Oct 31 Nov 14 Dec 12 Dec 19

2017

Jan 02 Jan 09 Jan 16 Jan 30 Feb 06 Feb 13 Feb 27 Mar 13

End Oct 11 Oct 25 Nov 08 Nov 22 Dec 20 Jan 27

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017 continued Start Apr 10

End Apr 18

$2395

Per Person Twin Share

$755

Single Supplement Option

Jan 10 Jan 17 Jan 24 Feb 07 Feb 14 Feb 21 Mar 07 Mar 21

Jun 19 Aug 28

Jun 27 Sep 05

$2725

Per Person Twin Share

$815

Single Supplement Option

Oct 02 Oct 16 Oct 30 Nov 13 Dec 11 Dec 18

Oct 10 Oct 24 Nov 07 Nov 21 Dec 19 Dec 26

Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Ways to Save

Early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $270 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $135 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $405 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $270 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $265 Save up to $135 Save up to $135 Save $55

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15.

Flight Information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport Day 9 – Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Dunedin


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Southern Panorama Which of the South Island’s attractions are going to become your favourite memory? The spectacular scenery viewed from the TranzAlpine train? The waves crashing on the beach outside your resort in Punakaiki? The breath-taking beauty of Milford Sound? Or are they all going to become new favourites?

10 days Guided  Holidays 10 days from

Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

PUNAKAIKI 1

Arthur’s Pass Hokitika TranzAlpine Train FRANZ JOSEF Mt. GLACIER 1 Cook 1 1 Haast CHRISTCHURCH 1 TWIZEL Milford Sound

2 QUEENSTOWN

TE ANAU 1

Oamaru

1 DUNEDIN

$4025

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Christchurch return Code: ZRQC

$4025

$4025

$1160

$1160

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2016

Start Nov 13 Dec 18

End Nov 22 Dec 27

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Optionn

2017

Start Jan 15 Feb 12 Feb 26 Mar 12

End Jan 24 Feb 21 Mar 07 Mar 21

TranzAlpine train journey

• Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train • Walk around Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks

• Visit a green stone factory • See Franz Josef Glacier

• Visit historic Arrowtown

• Cruise on truly inspiring Milford Sound

• Journey through spectacular Fiordland National Park with its magnificent scenery

• Take your pick of a selection of included local highlight experiences at Dunedin • Visit Church of the Good Shepherd on Lake Tekapo

• Experience warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea Farm with a BBQ lunch

• Visit a working sheep farm

• Included Choice experiences

• Private car airport transfers on arrival and departure

• Airport meet & greet on arrival

• Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Breakfast of choice (2)  BC • Full buffet breakfasts (7)  B • ‘You’re invited’ lunch (1)  YL • Dinners with wine (6)  DW • Highlight dinner (1)  HD

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch On arrival at Christchurch Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel by private car. This evening meet your Travel Director for a welcome reception and dinner. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. DW Day 2: Christchurch – Punakaiki Start the day with a spectacular train journey on the TranzAlpine to Arthur’s Pass. View the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes on arrival in Punakaiki. Spend the night at your exclusive resort on the waterfront. Hotel: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki. B DW Day 3: Punakaiki – Franz Josef Travel to Hokitika to visit a New Zealand native greenstone (jade) factory for a jewellery demonstration. Your final destination is Franz Josef Glacier. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing), Franz Josef. B DW Day 4: Franz Josef – Queenstown Travel via the Haast Pass, take a short rainforest walk, and see Thunder Creek Falls then a trio of lakes, Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Enjoy the taste of sumptuous stone fruit at a local orchard in Cromwell. Discover the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, before arriving in magical Queenstown for an orientation tour. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights. B Day 5: Queenstown Included Choice Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Ride the Shotover Jet, join a wine tour, play 9 holes of golf or take the gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. Perhaps take a 4WD minibus through Skippers Canyon. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet

barbecue highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. BC HD

Day 6: Queenstown – Te Anau Journey over the Devil’s Staircase to Te Anau. Travel through the World Heritage Fiordland National Park viewing glaciers and mountains. Drive through the Homer Tunnel to Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls and Milford Sound, where you’ll cruise on this natural wonder. Hotel: Distinction Hotel, Te Anau. BC DW Day 7: Te Anau – Dunedin   Included Choice Cross the rich farmlands of South Otago to Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin. This afternoon choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Tour Larnach Castle, take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise to see the Penguins and the Royal Albatross, visit Cadbury World, or ride the Taieri Gorge Railway. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin. B DW Day 8: Dunedin – Twizel Enjoy free time before you continue your journey to Oamaru and then along the Waitaki River past the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam to Twizel. Hotel: MacKenzie Country Inn, Twizel. B DW Day 9: Twizel – Christchurch Mount Cook National Park is today’s highlight. See Lake Pukaki and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo. ‘You’re invited’ to a enjoy a taste of country life at a barbecue lunch on a working farm. Be welcomed into the home and 240 hectare garden of Angie and Stan Taylor. Later, travel over the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B YL Day 10: Farewell from Christchurch Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred by private car to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. B

Ways to Save

Early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $405 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $200 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $605 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $405 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $405 Save up to $200 Save up to $200 Save $55

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15.

Flight Information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport Day 10 – Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Skyline Restaurant, Queenstown


Southern Spectacular Indulge in a delicious home-cooked barbecue lunch when you visit Morelea Farm and meet a Kiwi farming family, Angie and Stan Taylor. Make sure you have your camera battery charged to capture magnificent sight as you journey down into Milford Sound. Watch as master carvers create works of art out of the blocks of Pounamu.

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10 days

Guided  Holidays 10 days from

Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

PUNAKAIKI 1

Arthur’s Pass Hokitika TranzAlpine Train FRANZ JOSEF Mt. GLACIER 1 Cook 1 1 Haast CHRISTCHURCH 1 TWIZEL Milford Sound

2 QUEENSTOWN

TE ANAU 1

Oamaru

1 DUNEDIN

Queenstown wine tour

• Visit a working sheep farm

• Experience warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea Farm with a BBQ lunch • Visit Church of the Good Shepherd on Lake Tekapo

• Take your pick of a selection of included local highlight experiences at Dunedin

• Journey through spectacular Fiordland National Park with its magnificent scenery

• Cruise on truly inspiring Milford Sound • Visit historic Arrowtown • See Franz Josef Glacier

• Visit a green stone factory • Walk around Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks

• Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train • Included Choice experiences

• Private car airport transfers on arrival and departure

• Airport meet & greet on arrival

• Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Breakfast of choice (2)  BC • Full buffet breakfasts (7)  B • ‘You’re invited’ lunch (1)  YL • Dinners with wine (5)  DW • Highlight dinner (1)  HD • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch On arrival at Christchurch Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel by private car. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a welcome reception. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. Day 2: Christchurch – Twizel ‘You’re invited’ to Morelea Farm, a working sheep farm, where you’ll get a taste of New Zealand country life. You’ll be welcomed into the home of Angie and Stan Taylor. Take part in sheep shearing and farming demonstrations before enjoying a BBQ lunch. See Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, and visit the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd on your way to Twizel. Hotel: MacKenzie Country Inn, Twizel. B YL DW Day 3: Twizel – Dunedin View the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru, with its limestone buildings, to Dunedin for a sightseeing tour of the city. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin. B DW

Day 4: Dunedin Included Choice –   Te Anau This morning choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to tour Larnach Castle, ride the Taieri Gorge Railway or take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise. Or choose a tour of Cadbury World or Speight’s Brewery. Later, travel to the village of Te Anau.

Hotel: Distinction Hotel, Te Anau. B DW

Day 5: Te Anau – Queenstown Be awestruck by the magnificence of the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park. Amazing rainforests, ancient glaciers and mountain ranges await you. Your cruise on Milford Sound will take you past Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Afterwards, travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu on your way to Queenstown, where an orientation tour finishes this highlight day. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights. B

Day 6: Queenstown Included Choice Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to ride the Shotover Jet, join a wine tour, or play 9 holes of golf. Take a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner or perhaps a 4WD minibus 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 at the Colonel’s Homestead. BC HD Day 7: Queenstown – Franz Josef Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, then enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell. Travel over the Haast Pass and view amazing Thunder Creek Falls. Then it’s on to Franz Josef Glacier. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing), Franz Josef. BC DW Day 8: Franz Josef – Punakaiki This morning explore Franz Josef Glacier, then take a walk among rainforest giants on the West Coast Treetop Walkway, followed by a visit to Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade) for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Later, travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and blowholes. Hotel: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki. B DW Day 9: Punakaiki – Christchurch Travel to Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine. This spectacular train journey forges through tunnels and over viaducts with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and river valleys. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a farewell dinner. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B FD

$3675

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Christchurch return Code: ZCQR

$4025

$3850

$1160

$1100

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2016

Start Oct 16 Oct 23 Oct 30 Nov 06 Nov 13 Nov 27 Dec 11 Dec 25

2017

Jan 15 Jan 29 Feb 05 Feb 12 Feb 19 Feb 26 Mar 12 Mar 19 Mar 26

End Oct 25 Nov 01 Nov 08 Nov 15 Nov 22 Dec 06 Dec 20 Jan 03

Jan 24 Feb 07 Feb 14 Feb 21 Feb 28 Mar 07 Mar 21 Mar 28 Apr 04

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017 continued Start Apr 02 Apr 30

End Apr 11 May 09

$3675

Per Person Twin Share

$1035

Single Supplement Option

Jun 11 Sep 17

Jun 20 Sep 26

$4150

Per Person Twin Share

$1175

Single Supplement Option

Oct 15 Oct 22 Oct 29 Nov 05 Nov 12 Nov 26 Dec 10 Dec 24

Oct 24 Oct 31 Nov 07 Nov 14 Nov 21 Dec 05 Dec 19 Jan 02

Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Ways to Save Early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $405 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $200 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $605 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $405 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $405 Save up to $200 Save up to $200 Save $55

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15.

Flight Information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport Day 10 – Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Day 10: Farewell from Christchurch Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred by private car to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. B Milford Sound


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Winter Playground Postcard views at every turn and row after row of snow-capped mountains – a skier’s paradise! Embark on a full day of skiing or snowboarding at one of four world-class ski resorts. Venture out to Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound for more spectacular scenic shots. And then if one day wasn’t enough, head back to the ski-fields for round two!

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7 days Guided  Holidays 7 days from

$2350

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Start End

Sightseeing stops

Code: ZQNQ

Milford Sound

6

Arrowtown

QUEENSTOWN

• Visit historic Arrowtown

• Thrill to Shotover Jet Boat ride

• Winery tastings and lunch • Take a gondola ride

• Dinner at Skyline Restaurant • Enjoy a full day’s skiing

• Play golf or visit a day spa

• Visit Fiordland National Park • Cruise Milford or Doubtful Sound

• Included Choice experiences

• Private car airport transfers on arrival and departure

• Airport meet & greet on arrival • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (6)  B • Lunch (1)  L • Highlight dinner (1)  HD • Dinner (1)  D • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Flight Information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Queenstown Airport Day 7 – flights to depart anytime from Queenstown Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price.

$2350

$2350

$630

$630

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Jun 18 Jun 25 Jul 02 Jul 09 Jul 16 Jul 23

Snowboarding

• Let your hair down in NZ’s adventure-capital Queenstown

Queenstown

Day 1: Welcome to Queenstown On arrival at Queenstown Airport you’ll be met and transferred by private car to your hotel. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 6 nights. D Day 2: Queenstown Start the day with a sightseeing tour of Queenstown and surrounds. Explore Arrowtown, an old goldmining village of the 1860s, located on what was once the world’s richest river. See the Kawarau Bridge, home of the Bungy Jump. Get an adrenalin rush as you experience the Shotover Jet, the most thrilling jet boat ride in the world! Enjoy wine tasting and a relaxing lunch at Gibbston Valley Winery Restaurant and then it’s free time in downtown Queenstown. Tonight, ride the gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for highlight dinner at the Skyline Restaurant with its stunning views over Queenstown. B L HD Day 3: Queenstown Ski Queenstown is home to four ski areas and an exuberant après ski culture. This alpine resort town is a snow-lover’s paradise. All ski fields cater for beginners, advanced skiers, snowboarders and families, with one of the longest seasons in the southern hemisphere. The ski fields offer unrivalled alpine scenery and fantastically varied open and treeless terrain and each has its own unique character. You can choose one of these exciting ski fields for today’s adventure. B Day 4: Golf or Spa Included Choice After an action-packed day on the slopes, today is about relaxation. Choose from a massage at a spa or a game of golf. Queenstown is home to some of the most spectacular golf courses

in New Zealand. Four golf courses, all within 25 minutes’ drive, will appeal to every level of golfer, whether you’re a serious golfer or just starting out. Choose from the lush immaculately groomed greens of a resort course or a simple fairway with rugged mountain peaks as your backdrop. If golfing is not your thing, then why not enjoy a relaxing spa? You’ll be pampered at one of Queenstown’s luxurious day spas. Sink into a therapeutic hot pool or treat yourself to a selection of therapies at a local salon. Choose from a selection of pamper & spa options and then kick back, relax and revitalise your spirit in Queenstown! B

End Jun 24 Jul 01 Jul 08 Jul 15 Jul 22 Jul 29

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017 continued Start Jul 30 Aug 06 Aug 13 Aug 20 Aug 27

Ways to Save Early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $240 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $120 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 26 April 2016 Save up to $360 Pay by 04 July 2016 Save up to $240 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $235 Save up to $120 Save up to $120 Save $30

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15.

Day 5: Milford or Doubtful Sound Today is all about exploring. If you’ve already experienced the beauty of Milford Sound, known as the eighth wonder of the natural world, then maybe you’d like to experience another fiord, Doubtful Sound. The choice is yours - simply see you’re Travel Director who will make all the arrangements for you. Either destination is amazing to experience, from the highest peaks to snow falls, waterfalls and wildlife. B Day 6: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Now it’s time to relax and enjoy Queenstown at a leisurely pace. Shop, take a stroll, join in a local activity or perhaps another day’s skiing or golf. Ask your Travel Director for details. Tonight enjoy a special farewell dinner at The Bathhouse, an iconic restaurant and historical landmark situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. B FD

End Aug 05 Aug 12 Aug 19 Aug 26 Sep 02

Spectacular golf courses

Day 7: Farewell from Queenstown Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred by private car to Queenstown Airport for your onward flight. B The Spa at Millbrook Resort


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Queenstown,West Coast & TranzAlpine

Fiordland Experience

l l l

5 days  |  code: ZWC5

5 days  |  code: ZFE5

TranzAlpine train journey TSS Earnslaw

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Milford Mariner

Franz Josef Glacier

Patea Explorer

Highlights

Highlights

Departs Daily

• Cruise on the TSS Earnslaw • Dinner at a sheep station • Free day in Queenstown • Explore Franz Josef Glacier

• Cruise on Doubtful Sound • Overnight cruise on Milford Sound • Spectacular waterfalls & wildlife • Guided kayaking on Milford Sound

Concludes

Morning of day 5

Milford Sound cruise

Departs Daily

Concludes

Morning of day 5

On this Short Break you’ll travel with a different Driver Guide and group of likeminded travellers each day, for a more diverse experience.

On this Short Break you’ll travel with a different Driver Guide and group of likeminded travellers each day, for a more diverse experience.

Day 1: Welcome to Queenstown On arrival at Queenstown Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm). The remainder of your day is free to take in the many scenic vistas. Tonight, make your own way to the Steamer Wharf for your cruise on the historic TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining sheep show between courses provides a glimpse into high country farm life. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort (R) or Millennium Hotel (S), Queenstown, 2 nights. D

Day 1: Welcome to Queenstown On arrival at Queenstown Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is at leisure. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort (R) or Millennium Hotel (S), Queenstown.

Day 2: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Enjoy a day at leisure in Queenstown. Perhaps try white water rafting, a jet boat ride or a wine tasting tour (all own expense). You could simply relax, shop or enjoy time at one the many cafés and restaurants while soaking up the alpine views. B Day 3: Queenstown – Franz Josef Glacier Travel along the rugged West Coast Road and over the Haast Pass. Through the Gates of Haast is a lost world that’s so spectacular and remote UNESCO designated it a World Heritage area. This afternoon there’s free time to explore Franz Josef township. Perhaps take a scenic flight over the Franz Josef Glacier or over Mt. Cook or a valley walk with a local glacier guide (all own expense). The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast glaciers. Tonight you’ll enjoy a special West Coast dinner at your hotel. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, Graham Wing (R) or Douglas Wing (S), Franz Josef. B D Day 4: Franz Josef – TranzAlpine – Christchurch This morning continue to Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast. Here you’ll board the world-famous TranzAlpine, one of the top six train journeys in the world. Your train departs Greymouth and climbs into the Southern Alps before descending the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. There are 19 tunnels and four viaducts, with Staircase Viaduct being 73 metres high. Dinner is at your hotel. Hotel: Ibis Hotel (R) or Novotel (S), Christchurch. B D Day 5: Farewell from Christchurch Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

$ Prices Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin Low High

1399 1559

1450 1675

Child Low High 1119

1247

1160

1340

Adult Single* Low High

1835

2109

1925

2325

Low season: 01 May 2017 – 30 Sep 2017. High season: 01 Oct 2016 – 30 Apr 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price.

Day 2: Queenstown – Doubtful Sound – Te Anau Immerse yourself in the untouched wilderness of Doubtful Sound. Home to abundant wildlife, you may see bottlenose dolphins and fur seals at play, or catch a glimpse of a rare Fiordland Crested Penguin. Your excursion into the pristine fiord of Doubtful Sound begins with a cruise across Lake Manapouri to West Arm. Then, join your coach to travel the sub-alpine road through the dense rainforest. Board the catamaran Patea Explorer for a cruise through some of the fiord’s most stunning scenery. When you discover Doubtful Sound you will be struck by its silence – a silence broken only by birdsong or the rushing of a distant waterfall. Its beauty and vastness will take your breath away. Later, return to Te Anau. Hotel: Luxmore Resort (R) or Distinction Hotel (S), Te Anau. B L Day 3: Te Anau – Milford Sound Travel to Milford Sound for your overnight cruise. Cruise the full length of the Sound to the Tasman Sea, accompanied by a specialist nature guide. The style is relaxed, allowing plenty of time to view the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforests and wildlife. Anchor in a sheltered cove and explore the surrounding area in kayaks with your expert guide. Or simply relax on deck. Cruise: Overnight Milford Sound (R & S). B D  Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort (R) or Millennium Hotel (S), Queenstown (21 May-15 Sep)^. B D Day 4: Milford Sound – Queenstown Today you’ll embark on your return journey to Queenstown. The rest of the afternoon is yours to do as you wish. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort (R) or Millennium Hotel (S), Queenstown. B Day 5: Farewell from Queenstown Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

$ Prices Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin Low High

1325

1425

1495

1650

Low

Child High

1140

1320

1060

1196

Adult Single* Low High

1859

2019

2055 2315

Low season: 01 May 2017 – 30 Sep 2017. High season: 01 Oct 2016 – 30 Apr 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. ^Milford Mariner does not operate 21 May – 15 Sep. Alternative is scenic cruise on Milford Sound with night in Queenstown.


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The Alpine Adventure

l

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6 days  |  code: ZCQ6 Gibbston Valley Winery

Queenstown region

Mt. Cook

Christchurch Double Decker Bus

Highlights

• Christchurch Double Decker Bus Tour • See Church of the Good Shepherd • Stay in spectacular Mt. Cook • Breathtaking Southern Alps scenery

• Walk in the alpine valleys • Queenstown, NZ adventure-capital • Visit a wine cave & cheesery • Lunch & tastings at a winery

On this Short Break you’ll travel with a different Driver Guide and group of like-minded travellers each day, for a more diverse experience. Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch On arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). You’ll have free time to relax or explore before dinner at the hotel. Hotel: Ibis Hotel (R) or Novotel (S), Christchurch, 2 nights. D Day 2: Christchurch Board a classic 1960s London double decker bus for a fun and informative tour of Christchurch. Learn about Christchurch’s fascinating history and how it’s recovering from the 2011 devastating earthquake. See some of the areas affected by the earthquake, hear how Christchurch is preserving some of its iconic heritage buildings and learn about the vision to rebuild the inner city. Later, why not visit the Canterbury Museum or go punting on the Avon River. B Day 3: Christchurch – Mt. Cook Travel through lush farmland to Lake Tekapo and stop to see the Church of the Good Shepherd. Continue into the Southern Alps towards Mount Cook National Park, home to New Zealand’s tallest mountain. You’ll arrive at Mount Cook Village to enjoy a 3 course lunch and overnight stay at the famous Hermitage Hotel. Later, you’ll have the chance to take a scenic flight over this alpine region (own expense). Hotel: Hermitage Hotel, Mt. Cook View (R) or Superior Rooms (S), Mt. Cook. B L D

$ Prices Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin Low High

1755

1925

1869 2115

Daily

Day 4: Mt. Cook – Queenstown You’ll have free time to explore Mount Cook National Park. You could take a leisurely walk in the valley, a scenic flight or an alpine walk and boat ride to view the Tasman Glacier ice face and icebergs of all shapes and sizes (both own expense). This afternoon travel further south across the Lindis Pass, skirting the shores of Lake Dunstan and the small township of Cromwell, famed for its fruit growing. Your day concludes in spectacular Queenstown, the adventurecapital of New Zealand. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort (R) or Millennium Hotel (S), Queenstown, 2 nights. B Day 5: Queenstown Winery Visit Visit one of New Zealand’s fastest growing wine regions. Learn about the history of wine making and sample tastings at two vineyards. Later, visit New Zealand’s largest underground wine cave for a wine tasting tour and learn about the area’s rich wine-making history, then enjoy a local cheese presentation and tasting at the region’s only cheesery. Join your fellow travellers for a gourmet lunch at Gibbston Valley Winery Restaurant. Sit back and enjoy a relaxing lunch in the restaurant or dine al fresco in the sun-drenched courtyard in summer. B L Day 6: Farewell from Queenstown Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Queenstown Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

Low

Child High

1540

1692

1404

Departs

1495

Adult Single* Low High

2339 2635

2549

2985

Low season: 01 May 2017 – 30 Sep 2017. High season: 01 Oct 2016 – 30 Apr 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price.

Concludes

Morning of day 6

Reach out, touch and even taste, 300 to 500 year old ice crystals. Phenomenal! Phil  Driver Guide

Optional Experience Day 4: Glacier Explorers Cruise

An amazing encounter with the Tasman Glacier and its rapidly growing terminal lake. Taking in spectacular mountain views and scenery, the coach from the Hermitage Hotel will take you into the Tasman Valley, followed by a 30 minute alpine walk. Board your custom built MAC boat for a 45 minute cruise, and view the Tasman Glacier ice face from a safe distance, as icebergs of all shapes and sizes periodically tear away from the glacier. Ask your Driver Guide for details.


South Island High Country

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l

4 days  |  code: ZC4

Canterbury High Country

Wilderness & luxury

Highlights

• Stay at a High Country station • Get to know your friendly NZ hosts • Breathtaking alpine scenery • Exhilarating 4WD adventure • Visit 5 private High Country Stations

Spectacular scenery

• Fun Clydesdale-drawn wagon ride • Explore Edoras in The Lord of the Rings • Fantastic commentary by Driver Guides • Small group experience

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch On arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is free for you to do as you choose. Hotel: Ibis Hotel (R) or Novotel (S), Christchurch. Day 2: Christchurch – Glenfalloch Station Start your adventure with a scenic drive from Christchurch across the Canterbury Plains to Springfield and on to Mt. Torlesse Station. Mt. Toelesse is a 4,000 hectare property situated in the foothills of the Southern Alps. You’ll enjoy a 4WD tour which takes in breathtaking alpine views as well as views back across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Later, make your way up Porters Pass and into the Canterbury High Country for a picnic lunch on the banks of Lake Lyndon. At this point the scenery starts to change to the rugged Canterbury High Country with its snow-capped mountains, tussock hillsides and glistening blue lakes. Continue on the remote Lyndon Road to spectacular Lake Coleridge. You’ll spend the afternoon exploring this fascinating area and enjoying tales and stories by your local guides, before making your way up the Rakaia River to the end of the road and on to Glenfalloch Station, a 10,000 hectare working sheep and cattle station, where you’ll spend the night. You’ll enjoy a delicious 3-course meal and spend the evening in the company of the owners of the station learning about High Country Station life. Hotel: Glenfalloch Station (R & S), Methven. B L D

$ Prices Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin 1325

1395

Tue, Thu & Sat

Day 4: Farewell from Christchurch Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

Adult Single*

1126

1595

1186

Departs

Day 3: Canterbury High Country - Christchurch After a hearty breakfast it’s all aboard your exciting 4WD adventure from Glenfalloch Station to Lake Heron Station. On an unsealed road you’ll make your way past stunning Lake Heron to Lakes Camp and Clearwater, where you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch on the banks of the lake. After lunch in this stunning location, continue your journey into the Rangitata Valley and on to Mt. Potts Station where you’ll 4WD through the rivers and up to Mt. Sunday, the filming location for Edoras, the home of the Rohan people in The Lord of the Rings. A short walk from the vehicle to the top of Mt. Sunday will reward you with fantastic 360° views of the impressive Rangitata Valley. Venture further up the road a short distance to the famous Erewhon Station. A Clydesdale-drawn wagon ride across the station will top-off this highlight day, before returning to Christchurch for the evening. Hotel: Ibis Hotel (R) or Novotel (S), Christchurch. B L

Child

1725

Validity: 01 Oct 2016 – 30 Sep 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price.

Gibbston Valley Winery

Glenfalloch Station

Concludes

Morning of day 4

For a different way to see Christchurch, hop on board a beautifully restored heritage tram and journey in style. Reece  Sales Manager New Zealand

Optional Experience Day 1: Christchurch Tram

Step back in time to a grand era of transport and relax as the Christchurch Tram takes you around the ‘must-see’ central attractions. Get on and off as you please at any of the seven stops. The tram drivers provide a live commentary throughout the loop, identifying points of interest, historic architecture and the changes the city is undergoing since the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.


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Great Glacier Explorer

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7 days  |  code: ZG7

Franz Josef Glacier

TSS Earnslaw

Mt. Cook

Highlights

• Church of the Good Shepherd • Stay in Mount Cook National Park • Travel through alpine rainforest • Cruise on the TSS Earnslaw

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch On arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm). Dinner is at your hotel. Hotel: Ibis Hotel (R) or Novotel (S), Christchurch. D Day 2: Christchurch – Mt. Cook Travel through lush farmland to Lake Tekapo to visit the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd. Continue into the Southern Alps towards Mount Cook National Park, home to New Zealand’s tallest mountain. You’ll arrive at Mount Cook Village in time to enjoy a 3 course lunch and overnight stay at the famous Hermitage Hotel. You’ll have the chance to take a scenic flight over this alpine region (own expense). Hotel: Hermitage Hotel, Mt. Cook View (R) or Superior Rooms (S), Mt. Cook. B L D Day 3: Mt. Cook – Queenstown You’ll have free time to explore Mount Cook National Park. Perhaps take a wilderness alpine walk or a cruise on the lake by the Tasman Glacier (own expense). This afternoon, travelling further south you’ll cross the Lindis Pass, skirting the shores of Lake Dunstan and the small township of Cromwell, famed for its fruit growing. Your day concludes in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort (R) or Millennium Hotel (S), Queenstown, 2 nights. B Day 4: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Enjoy a day at leisure in Queenstown. Perhaps try white water rafting, a jet boat ride or a wine

$ Prices Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin Low High

2425 2675

2575

2925

Departs

• Dinner at a sheep station • Free day in Queenstown • Explore Franz Josef Glacier • TranzAlpine train journey

On this Short Break you’ll travel with a different Driver Guide and group of like-minded travellers each day, for a more diverse experience.

Low

Child High

1940 2140

2060 2340

Queenstown

Daily

tasting tour (all own expense). You could simply relax, shop or enjoy time at one of the many cafés and restaurants while soaking up the alpine views. Tonight, make your own way to the Steamer Wharf for your cruise on the historic TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner. Enjoy an entertaining sheep show between courses and later return to Queenstown to sample the festive nightlife. B D Day 5: Queenstown – Franz Josef Glacier Travel along the rugged West Coast Road and over the Haast Pass. Discover the rich alpine rainforest as you journey through this historic region. Through the Gates of Haast is a lost world that’s so spectacular and remote UNESCO designated it a World Heritage area. From Haast to Jackson Bay there are empty shingle beaches, dunes, lakes and wetlands, all with the soaring backdrop of the Southern Alps making it an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. There is an abundance of wildlife so keep a careful look out for fur seals, Hectors Dolphins and Fiordland Crested Penguins. This afternoon there’s free time to explore Franz Josef township. Perhaps take a scenic flight over the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier or over Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere or a valley walk with a local glacier guide (all own expense). The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast glaciers. Take the opportunity to experience the most spectacular glacier environment anywhere in the world, offering a range of glacier hiking options. Tonight you’ll enjoy a special West Coast dinner at your hotel.

Concludes

Morning of day 7

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, Graham Wing (R) or Douglas Wing (S), Franz Josef. B D Day 6: Franz Josef – TranzAlpine – Christchurch This morning, continue to Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast. Here you’ll board the world famous TranzAlpine, one of the top six train journeys in the world. It is truly one of the world’s great scenic train trips through the dramatic contrast of and lush green landscapes on one side of the Alps and dry beech forests and tussock landscapes on the other. Your train departs Greymouth and climbs into the Southern Alps before descending the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. There are 19 tunnels and four viaducts, with Staircase Viaduct being 73 metres high. Dinner is at your hotel. Hotel: Ibis Hotel (R) or Novotel (S), Christchurch. B D Day 7: Farewell from Christchurch Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport to connect with your onward flight (flights anytime). B

Adult Single* Low High

3099 3519

3369 3979

Low season: 01 May 2017 – 30 Sep 2017. High season: 01 Oct 2016 – 30 Apr 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price.

Church of the Good Shepherd


Why not stay a little l o nger?

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Museum Hotel, Wellington

Booking pre and post accommodation is easy Our special discounted rates make adding days either before or after your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. To extend your stay, simply choose the number of extra nights and ask your travel agent to reserve the

additional accommodation at the time of booking. It couldn’t be any easier. Prices are per person per night and include breakfast. The Langham  Auckland

VR Queen Street  Auckland

Sofitel  Auckland

Ibis Hotel  Christchurch

Millennium Hotel  Queenstown

City

Hotel VR Queen Street

Auckland

Christchurch

Queenstown

Wellington

$ Twin 116

Museum Hotel  Wellington

$ Single 232

Scenic Hotel

115

195

The Langham

155

269

Sofitel

175

350

The George

285

522

Novotel

157

314

Ibis Hotel

130

260

Millennium Hotel^°

145

290

110

220

Travelodge^°

100

182

James Cook Grand Chancellor

125

222

Museum Hotel

155

310

Copthorne Hotel & Resort^°

James Cook   Wellington

The George  Christchurch

^ Prices for these hotels are based on High Season. Low Season prices are available on request. ° High Season: 01 Oct 2016 – 30 Apr 2017 * High Season: 01 Oct 2016 – 30 Apr 2017 & 01 Jul 2017 – 30 Sep 2017

Important: Only AAT Kings clients qualify for the above accommodation and prices. Surcharges may apply.


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Come & say G'day' ' o n a n A ussi e ho l i d ay AAT Kings offers a huge choice of holidays in Australia, including our signature Guided Holidays, small group Inspiring Journeys, flexible Short Breaks and sightseeing Day Tours. No matter which way you choose to travel, we’ll bring each destination to life.

Guided Holidays

Outback Adventure  |  Adelaide to Northern Territory  |  15 days See the best the Northern Territory has to offer, from tropical Darwin and iconic Kakadu National Park, to majestic Uluru and Kata Tjuta in the Red Centre, then south through the Outback to sophisticated Adelaide with its wine growing regions!

Highlights • • • • • • •

Inspiring Journeys

Adelaide Central Market Clare Valley wine tasting Hike to Wilpena Pound Wine at an Uluru sunset Explore Kata Tjuta Explore Kings Canyon Aussie BBQ experience

• Devils Marbles Reserve • Cruise on Katherine Gorge & Yellow Water Billabong • Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr in Kakadu • Swim Litchfield’s waterfalls • Darwin Harbour dinner cruise

Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets  |  Northern Territ0ry 

|  5 days

Take time to explore Kakadu in comfort and style in a small group on this Inspiring Journey. Experience the many wonders, immerse yourself in Aboriginal legend and art, and enjoy regional food and wine.

Guided Holidays

• Relax in luxury at Wildman Wilderness Lodge • Cruise the Mary River • Drive the Marrakai Track • Take a dip at Wangi Falls • Small group experience

Western Wonderland  |  Western Australia’s South 

1 KAKADU

Nourlangie

End

KATHERINE GORGE

|  15 days

MONKEY MIA Start

KALBARRI

GERALDTON 1

Swim at Esperance Beach Walk the Valley of the Giants Discover WA wildflowers Visit Kalbarri National Park Walk on ancient Shell Beach The Pinnacles & Wave Rock

2

Mataranka Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Start

1

• • • • • •

Kakadu National Park

Katherine

2

Highlights

Gunlom Falls

Litchfield National Park

Experience the essence of Western Australia’s south. Discover WA’s famous wildflowers, see the iconic Pinnacles & Wave Rock, frolic with Monkey Mia dolphins, indulge your taste buds in Margaret River, swim at a pristine Esperance beach – and much more!

• ‘Surf’ Wave Rock • Indulge in Margaret River food, wine & chocolate • See dolphins at Monkey Mia • Perth & Fremantle city sights • Tour a gold mine

1

Wangi Falls

Highlights • Swim at Gunlom Falls • Dinner on Katherine Gorge • Stay in luxury at Kakadu’s Cicada Lodge • Kakadu views at Nourlangie • Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr

Ubirr

MARY RIVER Darwin

The Pinnacles Yanchep National Park PERTH 1 FREMANTLE 2 Busselton MARGARET RIVER 2 Valley of the Giants

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

End

New Norcia

1 KALGOORLIE 1

Cape Le Grand National Park

Wave Rock 2

ESPERANCE Stirling Ranges National Park ALBANY 1


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Guided Holidays

Untamed Kimberley  |  Western Australia’s North 

|  11 days

An enticing taste of the wild and wonderful Kimberley. This Best Buys Guided Holiday will showcase the region’s must-see icons, from Katherine Gorge, to the mystical Bungle Bungle, to peaceful Geikie Gorge – and more!

Guided Holidays

Cruise on Katherine Gorge See a Cable Beach sunset Tour Darwin’s city sights Argyle Downs Homestead Ord River safari cruise Explore Hidden Valley NP Gourmet dinner in Kununurra

EL QUESTRO 2 2 Timber Creek Argyle Diamond Mine Lake Argyle Geikie Gorge 1 Bungle Bungle Range BROOME 2 Derby 1 HALLS CREEK FITZROY CROSSING

Start

• • • •

Travel the Gibb River Road Tastings at Hoochery Distillery Tour Argyle Diamond Mine Visit Yiyili Aboriginal Community and art gallery • Cruise Geikie Gorge

Tasmanian Wonders  |  Tasmania 

End

Stanley ‘the Nut’ 1

Guided Holidays

Weldborough Pass Pyengana Dairy Company 2 CRADLE St. Helens Christmas Hills MOUNTAIN 1 Raspberry Farm LAUNCESTON

Tullah Rosebery

1

Lake St. Clair

• • • • • •

Mt. Field National Park/ Russell Falls

Visit Pyengana Dairy Company Tamar Valley wine tasting Explore Launceston Bridestowe Lavender Estate Glimpses of Wineglass Bay Visit historic Port Arthur

Freycinet National Park

Richmond HOBART 1 2

Sorell

|  7 days

Highlights

Start End

2

• Watch the Sea Lions play at Kangaroo Island • Visit picturesque Hahndorf • Indulge in local cuisine and wine on Kangaroo Island

Outback Australia – The Colour of Red 

2

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

The Barossa ADELAIDE

KANGAROO ISLAND

1 NARACOOTE

Great Ocean Road

Mt. Gambier Tower Hill 1 WARRNAMBOOL

Melbourne Lorne

|  5 days

Explore ancient Uluru, wander the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), meet the locals at Alice Springs and hike along the top of Kings Canyon for incredible outback views. Be immersed in the culture of the Anangu and Arrente people, and come away with a deeper understanding of what makes the Red Centre so unique.

Angkerle (Standley Chasm) Simpsons Gap ALICE SPRINGS KINGS CANYON 1 2 Rainbow Valley AYERS ROCK 1 Henbury Meteorites site Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Highlights • • • • •

Count the domes of Kata Tjuta Toast an Uluru sunset Discover Aboriginal rock art Dine ‘Under a Desert Moon’ Explore Kings Canyon

Eaglehawk Neck Port Arthur

Isle of the Dead Cruise

Hold on to your seats for one of the world’s great road trips! Learn about the amazing Twelve Apostles, experience Aboriginal culture, indulge in food and wine in Adelaide and the Barossa, and walk with seals on Kangaroo Island.

Inspiring Journeys

BICHENO 1

QUEENSTOWN

Gordon River Cruise

Great Ocean Road & Kangaroo Island 

• Travel the Great Ocean Road • Learn about the amazing Twelve Apostles • Experience Aboriginal culture • Enjoy Barossa food and wine • Jacob’s Creek winery

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

End

Sheffield

Strahan

Explore Hobart’s iconic sights Visit spectacular Russell Falls Gordon River lunch cruise Discover Cradle Mountain ‘The Nut’ at Stanley Tastings at a fruit farm

Start

Burnie Devonport

SMITHTON

Want to see the best parts of Tasmania? Take a scenic journey around the apple isle and visit all the must-see sights, including the Gordon River, Cradle Mountain, Freycinet National Park and Port Arthur.

• • • • • •

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops Optional experience

|  10 days

Highlights

Katherine Gorge 1 KATHERINE

KUNUNURRA

Highlights • • • • • • •

DARWIN 1

• • • • •

Take a dip in Ellery Creek Explore Standley Chasm Wander into Simpsons Gap Experience Alice Springs Small group experience Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops


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Booking Conditions

All references to Tours in these booking conditions refer to all Guided Holidays, Short Breaks and Inspiring Journeys. To confirm your reservation, a non-refundable deposit of $200 per person per tour is required for Guided Holidays. Reservations will be held for 7 days only without deposit. (This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent). Once your deposit has been received, AAT Kings will send your travel agent or yourself (if you’ve booked direct with AAT Kings) confirmation of the details of the booking. All airfares are subject to strict ticketing deadlines, to be advised at the time of booking. Balance of payment for your holiday is to be paid 45 days prior to departure or within 72 hours of booking if less than 45 days but more than 8 days prior to departure, or at the time of booking if less than 7 days prior to departure. The operator reserves the right to re-sell seats in place of applicants failing to finalise payment within the prescribed time.

Before you book

The information presented in the 16/17 brochure or on our website was to the best of our knowledge correct at the time of publication. However, changes beyond our control may have occurred since then with respect to prices, itineraries, duration of holidays, standard of services and tour content. Surcharges may apply. Please check with your travel agent or your AAT Kings direct reservations consultant to ascertain if there are any alterations to the holiday you select before you book. Every effort is made to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of going to press and posting on our website. However AAT Kings cannot be held responsible for printing or typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances.

Departure Guarantee

Occasionally airlines and tour operators are forced to reschedule departure dates. At AAT Kings we appreciate the inconvenience this may cause you. Therefore, we guarantee no Guided Holiday will be rescheduled within 45 days of the published departure date.

Prices and Concessions

Prices are quoted in New Zealand Dollars, include GST and compulsory taxes where applicable and supersede all prices previously advertised. Please check the exact price of your tour at the time of paying balance. Airfares are based on the most direct route and are subject to class availability and any new Government taxes. Group concessions for ten or more adults are available. Rail prices are subject to change from time to time. All prices are valid subject to Government, hotel, fuel surcharges and currency fluctuations. Young Traveller Discount: Children 2 to 15 years of age are entitled to the child price on V Day and 1 Day Tours as well as on Short Breaks that include overnight accommodation (tent/ hotel) when sharing with at least one adult (unless stipulated otherwise). Only one Young Traveller Discount is applicable per room. Infants up to and including 1 year old are free of charge. Children 5 to 15 years are entitled to the child discount off the adult coach content price on First Choice or Best Buys Guided Holidays plus relevant air, rail or sea price (unless stipulated otherwise). Concession Card Holders: Prices apply to all Australian and New Zealand pensioners and Seniors Card holders (refer to each price box for discount amount); however discounted rail prices are only available where Australian Pensioner Concession Card is produced.

a cancellation and normal cancellation fees will apply except when the change is to an earlier departure date of equivalent or greater value in which case the amendment fee will be charged. Airfares: Tickets are issued on your airfares on receipt of full payment. Once ticketed, these airfares are non-refundable as per airline conditions. Any amendments to these flights may incur a fee. These airfares are not available outside Australia and New Zealand.

Illness or Absenteeism

In the event of your withdrawal from a tour after commencement for reasons of illness, you must obtain a medical certificate in support of any insurance claim. We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including but not limited to missed meals or sightseeing. AAT Kings make no representation or guarantees concerning reimbursements of funds paid by you under any insurance claim.

Airfares

Please note that AAT Kings will not incur any liability for airfares purchased by travel agents or clients. In the event that a tour is cancelled, AAT Kings cannot be held responsible for airfare conditions, cancellation fees, or other penalties on any airfare purchased. All such risk, loss and expense must be borne by the travel agent or client.

Tour Participation, Exclusion and Release

Children under five (5) years of age are ineligible for Guided Holidays. Children under eighteen (18) years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Clients with disabilities are welcome on AAT Kings tours provided they are accompanied by an able-bodied companion and do not require special assistance from AAT Kings personnel. You must advise AAT Kings at the time of booking if you are affected by any condition, medical or otherwise, that may affect your enjoyment of the tour or its enjoyment by others. Failure to do so may result in the termination of your travel arrangements without any liability on the part of AAT Kings. AAT Kings reserves the right at its discretion to exclude from a tour, or to terminate the travel arrangements during the course of the tour without refund, of anyone who: • is unable to cope with the requirements of coach travel – this includes embarking and disembarking 4-6 steps that are approximately 30 centimetres high, at each stop of the coach, which on some tours is at least 8 times per day • w ho may need services or facilities that are not available • f ails to comply with the reasonable instructions of AAT Kings personnel • engages in illegal or undesirable behaviour or interferes with the enjoyment of or jeopardises the safety of other participants Anyone so excluded will be required to disembark at a safe public location, transport from which will be wholly their responsibility. You agree that AAT Kings is released from all liability for, and you agree not to hold AAT Kings responsible for, termination of your travel arrangements in accordance with the previous condition, or any decision made by AAT Kings or by any service provider who refuses to provide you with special accommodation facilities or services that are not available or who refuses to carry you by reason of any disability or medical condition. You agree that our AAT Kings Travel Directors or Representatives may take photographs and films of you while you are on holiday and that these may be used in our Group brochures and/or advertising or publicity material or online without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or films.

Promotional Discounts

Travel Insurance

Reservations & Payments

Guided Holiday Inclusions

Promotional Discounts apply only to Guided Holidays and Short Breaks operated by AAT Kings. They apply to the land content portion and exclude pre/post accommodation, tours incorporating rail or cruise or 3rd party operated tours. They are based on availability and seasonal blackout dates may apply. Credit Card Payments: A fee of 1% will be applied at the time of payment.

Solo Travellers

If you are travelling alone on a First Choice or Best Buys Guided Holiday operated by AAT Kings and do not wish to pay the single supplement, AAT Kings will ensure that you share a room with a person of the same gender. If we fail to match you, we’ll provide the single room at no extra cost. Please request at time of booking.

Triple Rooms

In triple share rooms, the third bed may be a ‘foldaway’, ‘sofa bed’ or ‘rollaway’. Triple rooms are not available at all hotels.

Cancellations

AAT Kings Guided Holidays, Short Breaks & Inspiring Journeys

PERIOD OF NOTICE CANCELLATION FEE 45 or more days Loss of deposit 44-22 days 27.5% of tour price 21-8 days 33% of tour price 7-1 days 55% of tour price Day of departure 100% of tour price Any cancellation of additional services booked prior to and after your tour booking, such as pre/post accommodation and transfers, that are cancelled within 14 days of tour departure incur a 100% cancellation fee. These cancellation fees are in addition to any cancellation fees that may be charged by your travel agent.

Princess Cruises

PERIOD OF NOTICE CANCELLATION FEE 75 days or more Loss of deposit* 74-0 days 100% of cruise price *The deposit is a percentage of the cruise fare. It is different for every cruise and every fare/cabin type. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure or at time of booking if within 90 days of departure.

FlyFree & Airffordable Offers – ex Australia only

Refer to aatkings.com for full details and conditions.

Amendments

AAT Kings Guided Holidays, Short Breaks and Inspiring Journeys: a fee of $55 per person will be charged for any change made to a reservation after the booking has been confirmed unless the change increases the value of the booking. A change of tour date and/or itinerary within 45 days of tour departure will be treated as

Clients are strongly advised to take out travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances (e.g. cancellation or curtailment expenses, loss of luggage etc). Your licensed travel agent or AAT Kings direct reservations consultant will be pleased to assist with your requirements. Transportation, entrance fees and boat cruises as per itinerary, services of a Travel Director and/or Driver Guide, meals as specified, travel wallet and map. Accommodation on a share twin room basis (unless otherwise specified). Subject to a minimum number of clients. AAT Kings reserves the right to operate this touring on a smaller vehicle with a Driver Guide.

Special Meals

Please advise AAT Kings of any special dietary requirements at least 14 days before departure. Note that this will be on a request basis only, as AAT Kings cannot guarantee the availability of special meal types.

Luggage Allowance

One medium size suitcase per person plus one piece of hand luggage which may be carried on-board the coach. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments and cannot be accepted as hand luggage. Maximum weight of the suitcase not to exceed 23kg (50lbs). We are required by strict Government vehicle weight regulations to enforce and adhere to this limit. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest that you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available (e.g. railway stations and cruise terminals). All luggage and personal effects are at all times and in all circumstances at the risk of the tour participant. Luggage insurance is strongly recommended. Airlines may impose stricter weight and size limits for luggage and may also charge fees for checked baggage, including the first checked bag. Please check with your airline(s) directly for their most current luggage regulations and related fees. AAT Kings is not responsible for additional fees imposed by carriers regarding luggage.

Smoking and Seat Rotation

Government regulations prohibit smoking inside tourist coaches. Please restrict smoking to the ample stops en route. To enable everyone the opportunity of enjoying window and front seats, clients change seats daily during the course of the tour.

WiFi

Complimentary WiFi service is available in many hotel guestrooms and/or the public areas of most hotels. Complimentary WiFi is also provided on-board most of our touring coaches. WiFi on coaches uses a mobile/cellular network and as a result the connection will be slower than regular broadband and at times may not be available. In some areas WiFi service will not be available. Please note that WiFi may not be available on transfer coaches and other local services.

What to Bring

We recommend you research the temperature of your destination before you start packing. When it is chilly in Tasmania, it might be 30 degrees in Darwin. For more suggestions, check out our Frequently Asked Questions at www.aatkings.com/faq.

Airline Indemnity

Any airlines’ involvement in these tours is as air carrier only. This organisation shall carry no responsibility for statements in this brochure relating to ground content of the tours and the operator indemnifies them against any claim action, loss or damage arising there from.

Airport Transfers

Where indicated on individual tour pages, AAT Kings offers complimentary arrival & departure transfers between designated airports and AAT Kings’ hotels on the scheduled start and end days of your tour or in conjunction with pre/ post tour accommodation booked through AAT Kings. Airport transfers will be provided only for guests who have advised AAT Kings of their flight details a minimum of 45 days for Guided Holidays and Inspiring Journeys and 14 days for Short Breaks prior to tour departure date.

Third Party Suppliers

IMPORTANT: Scenic Flights, Boat Cruises, Helicopter Flights, Cable Car Rides, some 4WD Tours, White Water Rafting, Camel Rides, Hot Air Ballooning, Rail, Rural Homestay Options, etc. These excursions are not operated by AAT Kings Tours, nor by persons or companies associated with AAT Kings Tours. These activities may involve inherent risk of injury, death, accident, delay and loss, and clients assume all such risk with regard to any misadventure, death, injury, delay or loss which occurs during, or as a result of, any such activity.

General Conditions

These booking conditions represent the entire agreement between the client and AAT Kings Tours Pty. Ltd., who is the tour operator. AAT Kings will be responsible to the client for supplying the services and accommodation as described in the 16/17 brochure and on our website, except where such services cannot be supplied, or the itinerary used is changed due to delays or other causes of whatever kind or nature beyond the control of AAT Kings. In such circumstances, we will do our best to supply comparable services, accommodations and itineraries, and there shall be no refund in this situation. AAT Kings and its agents (collectively ‘AAT’) act only as an agent for the client and upon the express condition that AAT Kings shall not be liable or responsible for any direct, indirect, irregularity of any kind, which may be occasioned by reason of any act or omission of any third party (including without limitation, any act, inaction or breach of contract of any third party which supplies any goods or services for this trip). Without limiting the foregoing, AAT Kings does not own or operate any third party suppliers of services such as hotels, restaurants, transportation companies, sightseeing companies or local tour operators. It is not responsible for any injury, death, loss or expense due to overbooking of accommodations, default of any third parties, sickness, weather, strikes, acts of God, Government, acts of terrorism, criminal activity, war, quarantine, force majeure events or any other cause beyond its control. All such risk, loss and expense must be borne by the client. Occasionally, it may be necessary to alter or amend itineraries, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements from those published. This may be due to road, weather and other operational needs prevailing at the time, and is always made in the best interests of your comfort. Any personal expenses incurred by a client as a result of any delay, alteration or curtailment of any tour, whether caused by mechanical defect, strikes or any other cause are the responsibility of the client (we strongly recommend all clients take out Travel Insurance, see your licensed travel agent or your AAT Kings direct reservations consultant). The operator is unable to guarantee exact arrival and departure times, and is not liable for any failure to make connections with any other service, or guarantee the operation of any particular service. In the case of breakdown and other unforeseen circumstances, the operator reserves the right to substitute vehicles other than specified, to ensure the operation of a tour. These coaches will be modern touring vehicles but may not have some of the features described. Please note that if you arrange for payment through an unaccredited agent, the unaccredited agent is not our agent for the purpose of receipt of monies. Receipt of deposits and subsequent payments by the travel agent does not constitute receipt of those monies by us, and the travel agent has no authority, expressed or implied, to receive monies on our behalf. There is no liability on our part, in respect of any monies paid to your travel agent. The company reserves the right to cancel any ticket or booking, or to refuse to carry any client where payment has not been received by the company within the specified time. The company reserves the right to amend or cancel tours at any time.

Photography

A selection of images in the 16/17 brochure and on our website have been supplied by Tourism New Zealand, Destination Queenstown, Destination Rotorua, Real Journeys, TranzAlpine Trains, Air Fiordland, Adventure Group, Destination Wellington, and others.

Validity Dates

01 October 2016 – 30 September 2017 For tours departing before 01 October 2016, refer to our 2015/16 brochure.

Important

By paying the $200 deposit per person per tour to your travel agent, you acknowledge that you have read, understood and accepted these Booking Conditions, which make up the contract between you and AAT Kings.


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AAT Kings encourages the sustainable development of tourism in partnership with the Treadright Foundation – a not-for-profit organisation established by The Travel Corporation and its family of brands. To date, the foundation has helped support more than 35 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. Within Australia and New Zealand AAT Kings is also proud to support a number of important projects with a particular focus on wildlife conservation.

Koalas

AAT Kings has teamed up with Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors to support the Koala Rehabilitation Project at their Wildlife Hospital – the country’s largest and busiest wildlife facility. We support the treatment and rehabilitation of koalas at the centre, as well as the building of eco-friendly habitats to protect the sick and orphaned. We now even have an AAT Kings Mascot “Koala Sam”.

Kiwi birds

AAT Kings supports the conservation of New Zealand’s iconic native bird, the endangered kiwi. We contribute to the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Breeding Program in Rotorua to hatch and raise kiwi chicks, perform health checks and daily monitoring, as well as fund research into kiwi incubation and rearing. We aim to help Rainbow Springs raise awareness of the protection of these precious birds and continue to play a vital role in their survival.

Our eco-friendly coaches Taking a coach is an environmentally sustainable means of transportation. Coaches use significantly less fuel per passenger than an average sized car or hybrid. One coach can displace up to 56 cars from the road.

Car vs Coach

Coach emissions 60% less CO2 than 1 car

Tassie Devils

AAT Kings has supported the conservation of the endangered Tasmanian Devils through sponsorship of the Tasmanian Devil breeding program at Tasmania Zoo. We’ve adopted three little Tasmanian Devils and are proud to support the zoo in their efforts to combat the fatal Devil Facial Tumour Disease that is affecting Tasmanian Devils across the state.

X56

54% less CO2 than 1 train

X1

86% less CO2 than 1 airliner

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