New Zealand Explorer

Overview

Countries and places

New Zealand

Tour Code

LARQF2021

Operator

Duration

6 days

Brochure

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Start your New Zealand journey in Auckland and venture through the lush landscapes of Rotorua and Queenstown. From the sensational alpine landscape of Lake Tekapo and Mt. Cook National Park, to the extraordinary geysers of Rotorua and the dramatic underground caverns of the Waitomo Caves, there is no shortage of spectacular sights to take your breath away.

Highlights

    • Cruise through the Waitomo Caves to view Glow Worms
    • Hangi dinner at Tamaki Maori Village
    • Explore Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of New Zealand
    • Experienced Travel Director and Driver

What's Included

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • 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 - Auckland

    Welcome to Auckland. This evening meet your Travel Director for a welcome reception at your hotel in Auckland.

    Day 2 - Auckland - Rotorua

    Travel to the Waitomo Caves to see the incredible Glow-worm Grotto and Limestone Caves with a local guide. Glide silently through the subterranean cavern lit by thousands of tiny glowworms. This evening join your travelling companions for a memorable Be My Guest Dinner. Experience the heart pounding wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior during a Powhiri, a ceremonial welcome, at the Tamaki Family Marae. Journey into the village and gain an insight into life in New Zealand before European settlement. Feast on succulent meats and vegetables cooked in a hangi, the traditional Maori method of cooking in the earth.

    Day 3 - Rotorua

    Today is your chance to experience the scenic wonders of the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. You could explore Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, and take a ′behind the scenes′ tour through the working kiwi nursery and hatchery. Visit Te Puia and join a guided tour through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, home to famous Pohutu Geyser and the bubbling beauty of the mud pools. Later, why not spend a little more time experiencing the thermal wonders, with a soak in the hot mineral waters of the Polynesian Spas? Your AAT Kings Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences.

    Day 4 - Rotorua - Queenstown

    This morning you′ll fly from Rotorua to Queenstown. Airfare is not included and must be booked by you or your travel agent. When you arrive you′ll board your coach and travel to the delightful gold rush village of Arrowtown, on the sparkling Arrow River, once one of the world′s richest rivers. Afterwards you′ll get a feel for Queenstown and surrounds on an orientation tour. See Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables mountain range and home of the Bungy Jump at Kawarau Bridge.

    Day 5 - Queenstown At Leisure

    You have a free day so why not take an optional experience to break taking Milford Sound for an unforgettable cruise on the majestic fiord.

    Day 6 - Queenstown At Leisure

    Today′s your last chance to soak up the atmosphere in New Zealand′s adventure capital. You could ride the Shotover Jet Boat, take a mini-bus excursion through skipper′s canyon, tempt your tastebuds on a wine tour or just explore Queenstown on your own.

    Day 7 - Farewell From Queenstown

    Your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

    Prices/Dates

    All Prices are in Australian Dollars

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    06 Jul 2021 12 Jul 2021   AUD $3045 AUD $2250 AUD $2137
    05 Oct 2021 11 Oct 2021   AUD $3045 AUD $2250 AUD $2137
    02 Nov 2021 08 Nov 2021   AUD $3045 AUD $2250 AUD $2137
    18 Jan 2022 24 Jan 2022   AUD $3045 AUD $2250 AUD $2137
    22 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022   AUD $3045 AUD $2250 AUD $2137

    Map

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    Static Map

    Below you will find the basic route in which you will travel on this tour.