Inspiring New Zealand

Overview

Countries and places

New Zealand

Tour Code

NZFLY1910

Operator

Duration

9 days

Brochure

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A tale of two great islands, of epic natural beauty and ancient rituals and traditions - yours to explore on this Inspiring Journey across the length and breadth of New Zealand. Embrace the sophistication of its cities and the soulful expanse of its stunning untamed landscapes.

Highlights

    • Stunning Doubtful Sound in the heart of Fiordland National Park
    • Beautiful Lake Rotorua
    • Stunning scenery in "Adventure Capital" Queenstown Explore
    • Rainbow Springs Nature Park
    • Historic goldrush Arrowtown
    • Queenstown Journey Select experiences Immerse
    • Visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand
    • Experience Maori culture at the Tamaki Maori Village
    • Zealandia, the world′s first fully-fenced urban eco-sanctuary Relax
    • In cosmopolitan Auckland and Wellington
    • With Rotorua Journey Select experiences

What's Included

  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
  • About AAT Kings

    At AAT Kings we strive to represent the very best that Australia and New Zealand have to offer. Our people are warm, friendly, engaged and enthusiastic. We love a laugh and a good story. We celebrate our great characters and our authentic personalities. We are always respectful, we deliver brilliant service and we are proud of our heritage and our culture.

    Our goal every day is to share Australia and New Zealand with our guests and to bring these two amazing countries to life.

    Come and see Australia and New Zealand with us! 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, so 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 air-conditioned vehicles, and all the must-see highlights. Our friendly Travel Directors and Driver Guides will enhance your experience with stories, local knowledge and sense of fun. History of company 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. TIMELINE
    • 1912   Pyke family, led by Colonel Pyke began the first daily route from Sydney to Blue Mountains.
    • 1920s Due to the success of this daily Blue Mountains venture, the Government intervened and the first bus tour operator license (Touring Vehicle 001) was assigned – this license is still held by AAT Kings.
    • 1920s Pyke family expanded, offering guided tours to Katoomba and Jenolan Caves in seven seater cars.
    • 1935   Pykes introduced 14 seater coaches to Katoomba & Jenolan Caves tours.
    • 1945   Grenda’s Bus service founded in October when George Grenda purchased four routes from Shaves Bus services in Dandenong.
    • 1967   Bill King launched Bill King’s Northern Safaris.
    • 1973   Grenda’s Bus service purchased Blue Line Tourist Coaches Sydney.
    • 1975   AAT Coachlines was formed in July by a TAA & Mayne Nickless joint venture with the purchase and amalgamation of Pykes Tours, Grenda's Melbourne coach operations & Grenda’s Blue Line Tourist Coaches Sydney.
    • 1980   AAT Coachlines purchased Bill King's Northern Safaris in December & tours were operated as Bill King’s Australian Adventure Tours.
    • 1983   AAT Coachlines was purchased by Mayer Page and Geoff McGeary, proprietors of Australian Pacific Touring (APT).
    • 1984   AAT Kings was formed with amalgamation of Grand Central Tours, Bill King’s Australian Adventure Tours & AAT Coachlines (formed in 1975).
    • 1985   Bill King parted ways with Page & McGeary in September.
    • 1993   AAT & APT split in June, with Page taking control of AAT Kings and McGeary Australian Pacific Touring.
    • 1997   AAT Kings was purchased by The Travel Corporation.
    • 1999   AAT Kings began operations in New Zealand.
    • 2012   AAT Kings purchased APT’s Day Tours & Short Breaks.
    • 2013   AAT Kings in October undergoes significant rebranding, launching new focus and tagline “Bringing Australia & New Zealand to life”.
    • 2014 (Aug)   AAT Kings announced strategic investment in Down Under Tours, Cairns, opening a significant footprint in northern Queensland.
    • 2014 (Nov)   Off the back of a launch of first-of-their-kind glass roof coaches in Sydney, AAT Kings launches double decker ‘Sydney Sightseeing’ product in Sydney, the vehicles can cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge due to an innovative see-through roof.
    TYPES OF EXPERIENCE We offer a wide range of Day Tours, Short Breaks and extended Guided Tours right across Australia and New Zealand. Whether you’re looking to explore Australia’s stunning outback, the reef and rainforests of tropical Queensland, the rugged beauty of Western Australia and the Kimberley, the wilderness of Tasmania, cosmopolitan Sydney and Melbourne or the majestic landscapes of New Zealand, we are the coach tour specialists that can take you there. We’ll take you to all the must-see sights and even share some stories and ‘Hidden Gems’ along the way that you’d never have known if travelling on your own.
    • CHOICES
    • Guided Holidays
    • Locations: Australia and New Zealand
    • Duration: 4 to 21 days
    Points of difference:
    • Fully guided holiday experience with AAT Kings’ passionate and knowledgeable Tour Directors and Driver Guides
    • All the must-see highlights are included with VIP entry to major sights
    • Immersive cultural experiences
    • Choice, flexibility and freedom
    • Comfortable accommodation, many meals including breakfast daily and luxury coach transport
    • Travel wallet and map included in documentation
    • First Choice holidays offer premium hotels in centrally located areas, more meals and sightseeing inclusions, plus unique 'You’re Invited' dining experiences.
    • Best Buys holidays offer great value, comfortable accommodation within easy access to city centres and more free time.
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    • First Choice holidays offer premium hotels in centrally located areas, more meals and sightseeing inclusions, plus unique 'You’re Invited' dining experiences
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    • Best Buys holidays offer great value, comfortable accommodation within easy access to city centres and more free time
    • Inspiring Journeys
    • Locations: Top End, Red Centre, Tasmania and the North and South Islands of New Zealand
    • Duration: 3 to 22 days
    Points of difference:
    • Immersive and boutique small group journeys
    • Average number of guests: 12-20
    • Rich experiences that allow your client to shape their holiday
    • Local, authentic and innovative cuisine offerings
    • Luxury accommodation and vehicles including coaches and 4WDS
    • Experienced and professional AAT Kings’ Driver Guides

    Terms & Conditions

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    Tour Type

    Coach Tours

    FAQs

    • Guided Holiday Inclusions
    • Transportation, entrance fees and boat cruises as per itinerary, services of a Tour 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. On some occasions, coach restrooms may be inaccessible depending on operational conditions.

    • 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). Wilderness Challenge-operated tours: please limit your luggage to one small soft travel bag (approximately 300mm x 300mm x 700mm) and a small daypack (cabin baggage) per person. A maximum weight limit of 10kg (22lbs) per person is permitted. 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.

    • 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 (excludes all Day Tours). Airport transfers will be provided only for guests who have advised AAT Kings of their flight details a minimum 14 days for Short Breaks and 45 days for Guided Holidays prior to tour departure date.

    • 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.

    • Wi-Fi
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi service is available in many hotel guestrooms and/or the public areas of most hotels. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also provided on-board most of our touring coaches. Wi-Fi 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 Wi-Fi service will not be available. Please note that Wi-Fi may not be available on transfer coaches and other local services.

    • What to Bring
    • We recommend casual, lightweight, drip-dry clothing, with some warmer articles for the evenings and cooler days. For the winter months, a warm jacket is recommended. Pack shorts, pullover, rubber-soled walking shoes, swimsuit, towel, sleeping clothes and waterproof jacket. Do not forget your hat, camera, sunglasses, insect repellent, sunscreen, toiletries and a flask for drinking water. Regular laundry facilities are available en route. Dress is usually casual, so bring comfortable clothing. In Central Australia and Southern Australia nights in winter (May to August) can be cold, frosts do occur and occasionally a cold wind blows, so bring warm clothing to suit. Days are usually sunny and mild. In the Northern Tropics warmer conditions apply, so come prepared. Remember to bring strong, non-slip walking shoes. This is a must. Also, sun hats and sunglasses will make you more comfortable.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Welcome To Auckland

    Welcome to New Zealand′s invigorating North Island hub. Spend your day at leisure, before joining your Journey Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception and dinner.

    Day 2 - Auckland

    Soak up Auckland′s intoxicating charm this morning as you embark on a city sightseeing tour. Then travel by ferry to Waiheke Island for a culinary extravaganza of bold reds. Continue your love affair with Waiheke at Casita Miro, savouring delicious Mediterranean flavours. Today′s final stop is at Mudbrick Vineyard where you′ll enjoy spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf.

    Day 3 - Auckland To Rotorua

    Your leisurely discovery of New Zealand′s North Island continues as you follow the Waikato River to the home of Lance and Bridgette O′Sullivan, for a Be My Guest traditional country-style lunch. Visit the Tamaki Maori Village for insights into the local rituals and traditions and then indulge in the mouthwatering flavours of a Hangi Local Dining Experience.

    Day 4 - Rotorua Journey Select

    Embark on one of the Journey Select sightseeing experiences today to explore the sacred lands and Maori traditions of Rotorua. Indulge in the Polynesian Spa′s healing waters, tread in the footsteps of Bilbo Baggins in the fantasy-land of Hobbiton or take the native forest zipline adventure tour with Canopy Tours.

    Day 5 - Rotorua - Wellington

    Come face-to-face with New Zealand′s indigenous creatures within the lush surrounds of Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Rainbow Springs is proud to be home of the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, where over 1,800 kiwi chicks have been hatched to date. You′ll enjoy a `behind the scenes` tour of the Hatchery. Learn all about the efforts of our kiwi husbandry team, discover what it takes to hatch a chick, and if you`re really lucky, see baby chicks in person! Encounter the local Maori community at Whakawerawera Living Village and see New Zealand′s largest geyser, before you board your flight to Wellington.

    Day 6 - Wellington

    A foodie extravaganza awaits this morning as you join a local guide to sample the delicious gourmet delights. Explore New Zealand′s fascinating culture, nature, heritage and art at Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, joining a guide who will reveal the stories behind the exhibitions.

    Day 7 - Wellington - Queenstown

    Discover the urban eco-sanctuary of Zealandia, admiring the extraordinary efforts of conservationists. Then it′s time to fly to Queenstown, New Zealand′s adrenalin capital. On arrival, journey to the gold-rush village of Arrowtown. Enjoy an orientation tour of Queenstown.

    Day 8 - Doubtful Sound

    Journey deep into the heart of Fiordland National Park. From the silence of the ′Sounds′ to the ancient rainforests, the beauty and vastness will leave you speechless. Your day begins in Manapouri, where you′ll embark on a cruise across Lake Manapouri. In Doubtful Sound, take to the waters of this glistening fiord.

    Day 9 - Queenstown Journey Select

    Today indulge your adventurous side, selecting your choice sightseeing experiences: choose from a wine tour, a guided walk through native forest or a minibus tour in Skippers Canyon. As your final day ends, spend the evening enjoying a Celebration Dinner with wine with your Journey Director and new found friends.

    Day 10 - Farewell From Queenstown

    For now, all that′s left to say is a fond farewell as your journey comes to an end after breakfast.

    Prices/Dates

    All Prices are in Australian Dollars

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    18 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020     AUD $9245 AUD $7175 AUD $6457
    22 Nov 2020 01 Dec 2020     AUD $9245 AUD $7175 AUD $6457
    14 Feb 2021 23 Feb 2021     AUD $9245 AUD $7175 AUD $6457
    14 Mar 2021 23 Mar 2021     AUD $9245 AUD $7175 AUD $6457

    Map

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