This epic itinerary is the ultimate in New Zealand touring, travelling across the north and south islands and taking in stunning landscapes, natural wonders and charming cities. See the immense Franz Josef glacier, journey on the iconic TranzAlpine Train, brave adrenalin-pumping adventures in Queenstown, and cruise on Milford Sound in the heart of Fiordland National Park.

Part of AAT Kings’ Inspiring Journeys range, The Long White Cloud is an immersive group tour offering an incredibly scenic experience from the comfort of a coach.

• Christchurch: 1 night
• Punakaiki: 1 night
• Franz Josef: 1 night
• Queenstown: 3 nights
• Milford Sound: 2 nights
• Wedderburn: 1 night
• Mt. Cook: 1 night
• Christchurch: 1 night
• Wellington: 2 nights
• Taupo: 1 night
• Rotorua: 2 nights
• Coromandel: 1 night
• Auckland: 1 night
• Bay of Islands: 2 nights
• Auckland: 1 night

21nights
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: Christchurch Your New Zealand adventure begins in the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch. Spend the afternoon at leisure before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink and dinner.
Stay: Crowne Plaza Christchurch
Included meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2: Christchurch to Punakaiki Travel on the TranzAlpine train for a memorable journey across the Canterbury Plains. Board the coach at Arthur’s Pass and travel to Punakaiki to see the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Your home tonight is in an eco-friendly resort on the waterfront.
Stay: Punakaiki Resort
Included meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 3: Punakaiki to Franz Josef Admire the vivid hues of greenstone (jade) on a visit to Hokitika for a jewellery carving demonstration. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier, where you can relax in geothermal hot pools. Spend tonight in pristine wilderness.
Stay: Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Included meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 4: Franz Josef to Queenstown Today, meander through the Haast Pass and along the pebble-laden shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, stopping in Makarora and the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown. On arrival in the adventure capital of Queenstown, you’ll head out on an orientation tour.
Stay: Crowne Plaza Queenstown
Included meals: breakfast, dinner with wine

Day 5 Queenstown Today is free for you to explore at leisure. You could brave some of Queenstown’s thrill-seeking activities or take the time to unwind with a round of golf or spa treatment. This evening, enjoy a memorable Highlight Dinner at one of Queenstown’s fine-dining restaurants.
Stay: Crowne Plaza Queenstown
Included meals: Breakfast and highlight dinner

Day 6 Queenstown Today is also at your leisure. You might like to sample the vintages of the Gibbston Valley Winery, or board a jet boat for an exhilarating ride.
Stay: Crowne Plaza Queenstown
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Queenstown to Milford Sound Venture to Te Anau and then deep within the Fiordland National Park. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel and emerge into a photographer’s paradise where glaciers and peaks give way to the unexpected beauty of Mirror Lake. You’ll stop to explore the wonder of the Chasm Walk before arriving at Milford Sound Lodge, with its jaw-dropping views of the Cleddau Valley.
Stay: Milford Sound Lodge
Included meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 8 Milford Sound Board the Southern Discoveries vessel for a half-day exploration of beautiful Milford Sound. Sail out to the Tasman Sea keeping an eye out for wildlife. There’s also the opportunity to go sea kayaking in Harrisons Cove.
Stay: Milford Sound Lodge
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine

Day 9 Milford Sound to Wedderburn This morning, embark on a journey from the rainforests of Fiordland through Te Anau and the rolling hill country of Southland to the hills of Central Otago. Arrive in Wedderburn and head out to a high country farm to learn about life on the plains. Finish your day with dinner at the local pub.
Stay: Wedderburn Cottages
Included meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 10 Wedderburn to Mt. Cook Today explore the town of Naseby to learn the history of this gold-mining town. From here it’s on towards the spectacular scenery of the Southern Alps and Lake Pukaki before arriving in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Enjoy dinner against the backdrop of the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere.
Stay: The Hermitage Hotel
Included meals: Breakfast, dinner with wine

Day 11 Mt. Cook to Christchurch Explore the shores of Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd today, before returning to Christchurch for an in-depth sightseeing tour.
Stay: Crowne Plaza Christchurch
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 12 Christchurch to Wellington Arrive in the whale-watching capital of Kaikoura, which is set against a backdrop of snow-capped peaks. Consider a scenic whale-watching flight (own expense). Continue to the picturesque port town of Picton, the launch pad for a serene sailing across the Cook Strait to trendy Wellington.
Stay: Sofitel Wellington
Included meals: Breakfast, dinner with wine

Day 13 Wellington Today there’s free time to delve into the coffee culture and gourmet delights of Wellington. You might also like to consider a cable car ride for a bird’s-eye view of the city.
Stay: Sofitel Wellington
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 14 Wellington to Taupo Follow the spectacular Kapiti Coast to Tongariro National Park with its remarkable volcanic peaks. Stop to admire the raging Huka Falls before arriving in Taupo.
Stay: Hilton Lake Taupo
Included meals: Breakfast, dinner with wine

Day 15 Taupo to Rotorua Continue to nearby Rotorua to gain insights into the rituals and traditions of the Māori people. Tonight, indulge in the mouth-watering flavours of a traditional Hangi Highlight Dinner – cooked in the ground using geothermal steam.
Stay: Princes Gate Hotel
Included meals: Breakfast, highlight dinner

Day 16 Rotorua Enjoy an elevated bird’s-eye view of redwood giants on the Redwoods Treewalk. Next up is Rotorua’s natural splendour – revealed in the crystal-clear mineral springs and native flora of Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Visit Whakarewarewa Living Village for insights into the lives of the Māori community and learn about their bond with this ancient land.
Stay: Princes Gate Hotel
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 17 Rotorua to Coromandel Begin your day with an exclusive five-star Eco Glowworm experience. Later, visit Matamata, of The Lord of the Rings fame. This epic journey continues to Coromandel, where you’ll stay in Tree Hut Chalets.
Stay: Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort
Included meals: Breakfast, dinner with wine

Day 18 Coromandel to Auckland Enjoy a relaxed start before heading to Auckland. Get your bearings during a city tour then spend the rest of the day discovering why it’s deemed one of the world’s most liveable cities.
Stay: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 19 Auckland to Bay of Islands Join a local Māori guide and head deep into the native forest of Waipoua before travelling to your waterfront resort in the Bay of Islands.
Stay: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms
Included meals: Breakfast, dinner with wine

Day 20 Bay of Islands Set off by ferry to Russell. Embark on a guided walking tour of the town and explore its centuries-old seafaring heritage.
Stay: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 21 Bay of Islands to Auckland Set forth across the Bay of Islands, cruising to the Māori’s sacred Hole in the Rock to witness how it resists the power of the sea. Return to Auckland for a memorable Farewell Dinner.
Stay: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel
Included meals: Breakfast, dinner with wine

Day 22 Auckland Bid a fond farewell to your group as your New Zealand Inspiring Journey comes to an end.
Included meals: Breakfast

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Good to know

What to bring:

• Comfortable walking shoes

• Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat

• Water bottle

• Camera

• Jacket in cooler months

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

Tours depart in: Jan; Feb; Mar; Oct; Nov; Dec
Please speak to a Personal Travel Expert for more details.

Included in price

• Handpicked accommodation
• Travel by coach
• Airport transfers
• 21 Full buffet breakfasts
• 1 Lunch
• 12 Dinners with wine
• 2 Highlight Dinners
• 1 Farewell Dinner

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