Australia - AAT Kings
Australia - AAT Kings
AUSTRA LI A & NE W ZEALAND 2018-2019 Short Breaks 2-19 day breaks with your choice of accommodations p68 Day Tours One day or half day sightseeing tours p81 Inspiring Journeys Small group boutique journeys p20 Guided Vacations Our signature fully-guided vacation experiences p34
Explore. Connect. Smile. Discover the enchanting beauty and soul of Australia and New Zealand. Your unforgettable, effortless exploration is brought to life by the guided vacation experts, AAT Kings, who have been sharing their passion, unrivaled knowledge and exceptional service with guests since 1912.
Delve into the fascinating stories of the Anangu people in Australia or explore the unique and captivating culture of the Maori in New Zealand. Proud of our roots and the traditions of our people, we enjoy showcasing their spellbinding stories – made possible through the strong relationships we have forged with indigenous communities across these diverse lands.
NORTHERN TERRITORY SOUTH AUSTRALIA NEW SOUTH WALES VICTORIA WESTERN AUSTRALIA QUEENSLAND TASMANIA SYDNEY CANBERRA BRISBANE Fraser Island DARWIN Melbourne Kata Tjuta Kings Canyon Cradle Mountain Great Ocean Road Mount Gambier Kangaroo Island Hunter Valley Flinders Ranges Blue Mountains Beechworth The Barossa ADELAIDE Coober Pedy Gold Coast Byron Bay Noosa Cairns Port Douglas Daintree Atherton Tablelands Mission Beach Great Barrier Reef Rockhampton Longreach Hamilton Island Launceston Gordon River Freycinet Port Arthur HOBART Monkey Mia Karijini The Pinnacles Kalgoorlie Wave Rock Valley of the Giants Broome Bungle Bungle Geikie Gorge El Questo Kununurra Coral Bay Cape Le Grand Margaret River Uluru Alice Springs PERTH l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l Katherine Gorge Litchfield Kakadu NORTH ISLAND SOUTH ISLAND Milford Sound Waitomo Caves Bay of Islands Stewart Island Auckland Rotorua WELLINGTON Christchurch Dunedin Queenstown Mt.
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The AAT Kings Difference 6 Traveling with us 8 2 styles of travel 10 Where you’ll stay 12 A Family Affair 14 TreadRight Foundation 16 Smart ways to save 18 Pre & Post Hotels 84 Travel Essentials 85 Booking Conditions 86 How to book back cover Contents Tour Days Code Page The Long White Cloud 11/12/22 NZNI/NZSI/NZIJ 22 Inspiring New Zealand 10 NZFLY 24 Inspiring Australia 13 IJFLY 26 Victoria’s Hidden Gems 7 IJVIC 28 Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets 5 MNDD 30 Outback Australia – The Colour of Red 5 CRUA/CRAU 32 Tour Days Code Page Sydney & the Blue Mountains 4 SS11 69 Melbourne & the Great Ocean Road 4 MM11 69 Best of Australia 19 MS19 70 Australian Icons 13 MS12 72 Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef 4 CC11 74 Port Douglas & Reef Retreat 6 PDCE 74 Kakadu & East Alligator River 2 DK40 75 Kakadu & Katherine Gorge 3 DG42/52 75 Uluru Highlights 2 YY43 76 Uluru & Kings Canyon Explorer 3 YK41 76 Uluru & Kings Canyon Discovery 3 AK43 77 Alice Springs to Uluru Explorer 2 AK20 77 Kangaroo Island Discovery 2 ZZ22 78 Perth & Rottnest Island 4 PP11 78 Rotorua Discovery 4 ZR5 79 Bay of Islands & Rotorua Unearthed 7 ZBR5 79 Fiordland Experience 5 ZFE5 80 Queenstown, West Coast & TranzAlpine 5 ZWC5 80 On an Inspiring Journey we will take you off the beaten track with immersive experiences in a boutique small group setting of up to 20 like-minded travelers.
You’ll travel in luxury coaches or 4WD vehicles and stay in boutique retreats, lodges and resorts. Best of all our expert Travel Directors and/or Driver Guides will take care of everything else, so you can sit back and be inspired by the journey. Ranging from 2 to 19 days in length, AAT Kings Short Breaks combine the must-see highlights of a destination with your choice of accommodations standard, plus selected meals. Ideal for the independent-minded traveler, travel with different Driver Guides each day to benefit from their combined experience. Guided Vacations Inspiring Journeys Short Breaks Tour type Tour Days Code Page FIRST CHOICE Highlights of Australia & New Zealand 22 IMZB 36 FIRST CHOICE Contrasts of Australia & New Zealand 18 QCANA 38 FIRST CHOICE Discover Australia & New Zealand 15 CANZQ 40 FIRST CHOICE Australian Highlights 13 IMSE 42 FIRST CHOICE Outback Adventure 11/15 NUAD/NAAD 44 FIRST CHOICE East Coast Islands and Rainforest 10/13 QBC/QSC 46 FIRST CHOICE Perfect Tasmania 6/7/12 TLHH/THHL/THLH 48 FIRST CHOICE Tastes of Southern Australia 11 ESMA 50 From 6 to 22 days, AAT Kings Guided Vacations fully explore each destination, to immerse yourself in its landscape, history and culture.
They feature quality accommodations, with porterage and all breakfasts included, plus other meals. There are 2 styles of Guided Vacation (see page 9 for more details). FIRST CHOICE vacations offer premium hotels in central locations, more meals & sightseeing inclusions, plus Be My Guest dining experiences.
BEST BUYS vacations offer great value, comfortable hotels with easy access to city centres and more free time. Tour type Tour Days Code Page BEST BUYS Western Wonderland 16 WEMP 52 FIRST CHOICE Best of New Zealand 18 ZABC/ZCBA 54 FIRST CHOICE New Zealand Splendour 15 ZAAC/ZCCA 56 FIRST CHOICE Contrasts of New Zealand 10 IZANB 58 FIRST CHOICE Southern Spectacular 10 ZCQR/ZRQC 60 BEST BUYS Kia Ora New Zealand 17 LABC/LCBA 62 BEST BUYS New Zealand Marvel 14 LCCA/LAAC 64 BEST BUYS Southern Spotlight 9 LCQR/LRQC 66 Region/Tour Page Field of Light 81 Red Centre Piti & Ochre Sightseeing Passes 81 Sightsee ‘n’ Save Day Tours Pass 81 Red Centre 82 Sydney 82 Melbourne 82 Queensland 83 South Australia 83 Do you have a day or half a day to spare? See the must-see sights, learn about a specific destination’s history and culture with our Day Tours.
Day Tours Guided Vacations and Inspiring Journeys in this brochure are definite departures!* *With the exception of Discover Australia & New Zealand (CANZQ) and Victoria’s Hidden Gems (IJVIC). 5
The AAT Kings Difference Crafting unforgettable vacations in Australia for over 100 years, AAT Kings’ story begins with the Pyke family, whose spirit for adventure and passion for their homeland saw them launch coach touring in Australia as far back as 1912. Starting with self-drive car hire 7-seater vehicles, we expanded to guided tours, becoming Sydney’s largest tour operator by the 1960s.
In the 1980s, we joined pioneering adventurer Bill King’s Northern Safaris to create what has become AAT Kings today. 100 years of experience Indulge in an unforgettable voyage of discovery with AAT Kings. From the shimmering Blue Mountains to the untamed Red Centre of Australia, and from the majestic glacial fiords to the lush rolling hills of New Zealand, our vacation experiences ensure you encounter the regions’ extraordinary sights and stories – including the ‘Hidden Gems’ you would not discover on your own.
Trust AAT Kings to guide your journey through Australia and New Zealand. Our team of dedicated and experienced staff have been delivering hassle- free and unforgettable vacations for decades, taking care of every little detail along the way. With the perfect balance of sightseeing and relaxation, your adventure through Australia and New Zealand is made that much more special with the knowledge that travelers have been choosing AAT Kings to share mesmerizing travel experiences for over a century. Unrivaled service Authentic experiences AAT Kings has the inside track on Australia and New Zealand and we delight in sharing it with our guests.
Join the thousands of guests who have traveled these great countries, enjoying the life- changing travel experiences we have created with passion, focus and first-hand experience. Our friendly and experienced Travel Directors and Driver Guides delight in revealing their insider tips to the real Australia and New Zealand – the characters, the special spots and that inimitable Aussie and Kiwi verve you’ll carry in your heart forever. Extensive range of vacations Enjoy an effortless, authentic holiday experience, quality hotels and the best value-for-money with over 35 unique itineraries packed with easy adventure, great flavours, and some surprises along the way – all finely crafted to ensure you’ll never worry about a thing.
With AAT Kings, you have a friend in every destination, sharing experiences that will make your visit so memorable. Enjoy time to explore the sights at your leisure – your Travel Director is on hand to recommend the best in town. See what’s on offer from page 20 > 7
Our experts connect you to Australia & New Zealand. ‘My must-see place is the west coast of Tasmania. The region is truly Australia’s last untamed frontier. It’s raw and rugged, yet so mesmerizing and majestic.’ ‘I love the people you get to meet in this job! I love our history, culture and our ancient landscape! I love the Australian sayings... it’s ‘just down the road’ which could be 100 yards or 1000 miles. You gotta love that!’ Traveling with us Nellie Tony OUR FLEET With the most modern fleet in the business, you can relax in air-conditioned comfort. AAT Kings’ fleet of 70 vehicles features reclining seats with footrests, an on-board restroom, PA and road camera technology, and panoramic windows to ensure you won’t miss a thing.
AIRPORT TRANSFERS You will receive free transfers between designated airports and your AAT Kings hotel on scheduled start and end days of your vacations and with pre and post vacation accommodations booked through AAT Kings. 8
Experienced. Friendly. Passionate. Let our talented Travel Directors take you on a life-changing vacation – a journey filled with fascinating tales, in-depth insights and fond memories made possible by a team of passionate local guides and operations experts who work tirelessly together to ensure your dream vacation is stress-free and seamless, from start to end. ‘I feel very proud being able to share with our guests a deeper understanding of our Maori culture. The evening at Tamaki Maori Village, where they get to experience, taste and feel the warm hospitality of our people, is truly magical.’ ‘I’m deeply passionate about Australia’s beautiful, unique and ancient environment; its Indigenous people are the world’s oldest continuous culture.
Sharing my knowledge with guests fuels this passion.’ Manuela Mark MORE WAYS TO TRAVEL Leave the comfort of your coach behind and enjoy a scenic train ride and flight, helicopter, boat ride and river cruise, or see the sights over the hump of a camel, depending on the itinerary or optional experience you have selected. FREE WIFI & USB Stay connected and charged during your vacation as our entire fleet is equipped with WiFi* and in-seat USB ports. Charging facilities are also available in all our off-road vehicles.
*Speed and reception may vary in remote areas. 9
6-22 day fully guided experiences Enjoy a rare opportunity to delve deeper into your vacation destination with AAT Kings’ 6 to 22 day fully guided experiences, immersing yourself in its fascinating culture, heritage and exquisite beauty. Our quality hotels with breakfast and porterage included, Welcome Reception and Farewell Dinner tick all the boxes, with two styles of Guided Vacations on offer to suit your needs: FIRST CHOICE Stay in premium hotels in central locations, and enjoy more meals and sightseeing inclusions, plus unforgettable Be My Guest dining experiences to indulge in delicious local flavours.
BEST BUYS Enjoy great value, comfortable hotels with easy access to city centres and more free time to explore and engage with the destination on your own terms.
Start exploring on page 34 > 2 styles of travel Guided Vacations Breaking the boundaries of one-size-fits-all travel experiences, AAT Kings offers two unique travel styles to suit your dream vacation desires. Whether you wish to get under the skin of the destination, are traveling in a small group or simply seek a budget escape, our travel styles all reveal the must-see sights, sounds and flavours of Australia and New Zealand. 10
5-22 day small group boutique journeys Venture off the beaten track and into the depths of these diverse lands in an intimate small-group setting where every detail has been taken care of.
Join AAT Kings’ 5 to 22 day small group journeys by luxury coach or 4WD vehicle, staying in boutique retreats, lodges and resorts and savouring gourmet cuisine. Explore our portfolio on page 20 > Inspiring Journeys 11
Hotel Grand Chancellor FIRST CHOICE Guided Vacations > Hobart, TAS Stamford Plaza FIRST CHOICE Guided Vacations > Adelaide, SA Millbrook Resort Inspiring Journeys > Queenstown, NZ Where you’ll stay AAT Kings’ accommodations are selected for comfort, location and facilities. Our range includes brands like Crowne Plaza, Millennium, Mantra and Stamford Plaza, and feature resorts like Hamilton Island, Cradle Mountain Hotel, Te Waonui Forest Retreat and Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, to name a few. The Langham Inspiring Journeys > Sydney, NSW 12
Hamilton Island FIRST CHOICE Guided Vacations > Whitsundays, QLD Cicada Lodge Inspiring Journeys > Nitmiluk National Park, NT Punakaiki Resort FIRST CHOICE Guided Vacations > Punakaiki, NZ Crowne Plaza FIRST CHOICE Guided Vacations > Melbourne, VIC Copthorne Resort BEST BUYS Guided Vacations > Bay of Islands, NZ Ayers Rock Resort FIRST CHOICE Guided Vacations > Yulara, NT Castaways Resort & Spa FIRST CHOICE Guided Vacations > Mission Beach, QLD 13
Our Commitment We are committed to establishing lasting relationships with our guests by exceeding their expectations the first time and every time, through consistently delivering outstanding quality of service, experience and value. Our Passion We show pride, energy and determination in all that we do. We are committed to creating exceptional experiences for our guests, employees and Travel Directors. ttc.com a family of brands AAT Kings is part of The Travel Corporation (TTC), a 4th generation, family-owned business with over 100 years of travel expertise and passion. With a multi award-winning portfolio ranging from luxury hotels and boutique river cruises, to independent vacation package companies and a variety of guided travel experiences, TTC offers something for everyone.
We are worldwide experts with 30 travel and tourism brands spanning over 70 countries, managed by 40 sales offices and over 10,000 team members, serving over 2 million customers annually. We pride ourselves on taking a long-term view, with an ethos of attention to detail in all areas of the company.
A Family Affair 14
Our Customers We put our guests at the heart of everything we do in order to secure their engagement, loyalty and recommendation. Our Responsibility Through our TreadRight Foundation, we strive to enhance and protect the communities we work in and to be a good corporate citizen. Discover the Travel Corporation. 15
TreadRight Foundation Encouraging global sustainable tourism. An initiative supported by The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, the TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit working to ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come.
The foundation has helped support some 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide including Sea Turtle Conservancy in Costa Rica, Shark Savers in Ecuador and The Cape Leopard Trust in South Africa. Within Australia and New Zealand we are also proud to support a number of important projects with a focus on wildlife conservation. Inspiring Journeys and AAT Kings encourage the sustainable development of tourism in partnership with the TreadRight Foundation. 16
Rainbow Springs in New Zealand Inspiring Journeys and AAT Kings support the conservation of New Zealand’s iconic native bird, the endangered kiwi. • We contribute to the Kiwi Breeding Program in Rotorua to hatch and raise chicks, perform health checks and daily monitoring • Donations assist with funding research into incubation and rearing • The aim is to help raise awareness of the protection of the kiwi and act as a pivotal role in their survival Save the Tasmanian Devil Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) threatens the existence of this internationally-recognized icon. • In some areas, more than 80% of the Tasmanian devil population has been wiped out • The threat to the devil due to DFTD continues to spread • Significant advances in the Insurance Population and protecting isolated populations, are enabling a new phase in the species’ conservation and recovery in the wild AAT Kings Cares Our local projects Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital at Australia Zoo in Queensland, is dedicated to saving Australia’s many native species.
• It is the largest and busiest wildlife facility of its kind in the world • Caring for one koala costs an average of $1,500 • The facility treats about 800 koalas each year • The hospital helps rehabilitate and care for injured and orphaned koalas in addition to other animals • Donations contribute to an eco-friendly facility to house them Tasmanian Devils Kiwis Koalas For more information and details on how you can support the foundation, visit TreadRight.org 17
Kings Club is for guests who have previously traveled with AAT Kings and our family of companies including Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Contiki and Uniworld.
It’s our way of saying thank you for your loyalty. Kings Club Membership is free and you’re automatically entitled to our Kings Club Past Guest Discount of 5% off your next Guided Vacation. Available on selected Guided Vacations and Inspiring Journeys – see itinerary pages. Discount applies only to the land content portion of the vacation. 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 visit aatkings.com/booking-conditions 2.5% saving When you book 2 or more vacations at the same time 10% saving When purchasing an AAT Kings operated Short Break or Day Tour with a Guided Vacation 5% saving Book a triple room and we’ll give you 5% off the twin price Smart ways to save Save by combining the discounts below: 5% saving for returning AAT Kings guests Early Payment Discount Adds Ons Kings Club 10% saving when you pay in full by 31 January 2018 5% saving when you pay in full by 29 June 2018 7.5% saving when you pay in full by 27 April 2018 18
5% saving When 5-16 people travel together, everybody saves 5% 1 person free When 17 people travel together, one person travels for free Conditions apply. See page 86 for more information > Young travelers Children 5-15 years get a discount when sharing a room with an adult (limit of one discount per room), and receive a discount off the adult price of AAT Kings operated Day Tours. Traveling alone? If you don’t want to pay the single supplement on Guided Vacations you can share with a guest of the same gender in a non-smoking twin room, at no extra cost. If we can’t pair you up, we’ll accommodate you in a single room.
And even more ways to save: Groups AAT Kings can also tailor an itinerary for you and your group of 15 people or more. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org 19
5-22 day small group boutique journeys Inspiring Journeys On an Inspiring Journey we will take you off the beaten track with immersive experiences in a boutique small group setting. You’ll travel in luxury coaches or 4WD vehicles and stay in boutique retreats, lodges and resorts with gourmet cuisine to match. We offer the perfect balance of freedom from the stress of vacation planning, with the flexibility to shape your journey with a choice of optional experiences.
You’ll share your vacation with a small group of up to 20 like-minded travelers. Best of all our expert Travel Directors and/or Driver Guides will take care of everything else, so you can sit back and be inspired by the journey. 20
Incredible Stories Accommodations Traveling has the power to enrich our lives in many ways. It’s not just the places you go, it’s the people you’re with, the experiences you share and the stories you write along the way. Everyone has a story. Start your next chapter on an Inspiring Journey through Australia and New Zealand. Creating moments Create moments you’ll remember all your life, by connecting with interesting people, amazing places, diverse cultures and unique environments. Cultural immersion We all dream of traveling the world and discovering ourselves in different cultures. But it’s one thing to hear someone else’s story and another to create yours.
At Inspiring Journeys we don’t just show you places, we create immersive experiences you’ll never forget. On an Inspiring Journey, you will stay in hand-picked accommodations that are situated in both beautiful and unique locations, where there is a real sense of connection. Milford Sound Lodge, award-winning Royal Mail Hotel and Cicada Lodge, feature in our itineraries. The 4 pillars Discover These experiences allow you to be observational, to take a step back and take it all in.
Explore These highlights are much more interactive and gives you the opportunity to connect with your surroundings. Learn/Do Take your vacation to another level as you learn something new through active participation. Relax Enjoy some down time to simply unwind and appreciate your destination or indulgent experience. Our Inspiring Journeys allow you to enjoy a cross section of exciting, interesting and enriching experiences. This is why our itinerary highlights have been grouped to cover a number of areas. 21
HIGHLIGHTS Discover • Stunning Milford Sound in the heart of Fiordland National Park • New Zealand’s capital Wellington • Experience Franz Josef Glacier • The Waitomo Glowworm Grotto Explore • Journey on the iconic TranzAlpine Train • Historic goldrush Arrowtown • Untouched Stewart Island Learn/Do • A jade factory & see artists at work • Walk the rainforest Treetop Walkway • Experience the Agrodome Farm Show • Gain an insight into Maori life at Whakarewarewa Living Village Relax • Ride a gondola to Bob’s Peak • Cruise the Bay of Islands • Stay in chalets & cruise on stunning Milford Sound • Cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw Taste • A BBQ at Morelea Farm • A Maori Hangi with the Tamaki family • 21 Full buffet breakfasts B • 1 Be my Guest lunch BG • 1 Lunch L • 10 Dinners with wine DW • 2 Highlight Dinners HD • 1 Farewell Dinner FD The Long White Cloud 22/12/11 DAYS | CHRISTCHURCH TO AUCKLAND | NZIJ/NZSI/NZNI Lake Pukaki & Mt.
Cook Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch On arrival in Christchurch you’ll be transferred by private car to your hotel. This evening meet your Travel Director for a welcome drink and dinner. Hotel: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch. DW Day 2: Christchurch – Punakaiki This morning, take one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys on the famous TranzAlpine train. Travel through the spectacular Southern Alps, and spend the night in an eco-friendly waterfront resort at Punakaiki. Hotel: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki. B DW Day 3: Punakaiki – Franz Josef Visit Hokitika for a demonstration by a greenstone (jade) carver, then ascend to a treetop walkway to view the canopy of the lush nearby rainforest.
Continue to the mighty Franz Josef Glacier for a tour to the viewing area with an expert glacier guide. Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef. B DW Day 4: Franz Josef – Queenstown Take an optional scenic flight over the glacier this morning, then travel along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea. Explore the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown en route to Queenstown. Nestled on the shores of crystal- clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s scenery is inspiring. 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.
Ride the Shotover Jet Boat or venture out on a Wine Tour. Tonight you’ll dine at Bob’s Peak overlooking Queenstown. B HD Day 6: Queenstown Free Time Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not sit back and enjoy a peaceful cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station. B Day 7: Queenstown – Milford Sound Travel to Lake Te Anau, then Fiordland National Park to the Milford Sound. Tonight, stay at magical Milford Sound Lodge. Hotel: Milford Sound Lodge, Fiordland National Park. B DW Day 8: Milford Sound – Stewart Island A breakfast cruise to the spectacular Tasman Sea begins your day.
Later, at Invercargill, travel by ferry to remote Stewart Island, keeping a lookout for seals, dolphins and albatross. Stewart Island is arguably the best place to spot a kiwi in the wild. Hotel: Bay Motel, Stewart Island, 2 nights. B Day 9: Stewart Island A guided tour and cruise today reveals an unspoiled, a beautiful haven, steeped Discover the scenic majesty of the North and South Islands of New Zealand with a small group of fellow- explorers, combining natural beauty with a touch of luxury as you overnight in the Franz Josef rainforest in the foothills of Mount Cook, and in magical Milford Sound, slumber amidst the treetops in the Coromandel Ranges, and journey into the deep south to the wild and pristine landscapes of remote Stewart Island.
in stories of Maori legend. Stewart Island is a destination for those who yearn to go beyond the ordinary. B L Day 10: Stewart Island – Mt. Cook Cruise back to the mainland and travel though lush Southland pastures on your way to Aoraki (Mt. Cook). Hotel: Hermitage, Mount Cook. B DW Day 11: Mt. Cook – Christchurch Travel to tranquil Lake Tekapo, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd. Later you’ll be welcomed to Morelea Farm by your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor for lunch in their 600-acre garden. Hotel: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch. B BG Day 12: Christchurch – Wellington Guest depart this morning in Christchurch (Code: NZSI).
Explore Christchurch at your leisure, then you’re off to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Enjoy a city tour and visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Guest join this afternoon in Wellington (Code: NZNI). Hotel: Sofitel Hotel, Wellington, 2 nights. B DW Day 13: Wellington Explore Wellington at your own pace. B Day 14: Wellington – Taupo Travel through verdant dairy country to Tongariro National Park, a near-desert with three active volcanoes, Mounts Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe. Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Taupo. B DW Day 15: Taupo – Rotorua Travel to nearby Rotorua via the spectacular Huka Falls.
Tonight, an evening of Maori history, culture and traditional food awaits you at the Tamaki Family Marae. Hotel: Regent of Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD Day 16: Rotorua Enjoy the entertaining Agrodome Sheep Show and a visit to Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Gain an insight into Maori life at Whakarewarewa Living Village. B Day 17: Rotorua – Coromandel An exclusive 5-star Eco Glow Worm experience awaits you today in the famous Waitomo Caves. Later, travel through the dairy-farming district of Waikato to the Coromandel Peninsula, famous for pristine beaches and native forests. Hotel: Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort, Coromandel.
B DW Day 18: Coromandel – Auckland Travel to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Take a city tour, and then explore, relax and dine at your own pace. Hotel: Sofitel, Auckland. B Day 19: Auckland – Bay of Islands Travel north to the Waipoua Forest, home to the 2,000-year-old Tane Mahuta. A Maori guide will explain the legend behind the largest Kauri tree in existence. Spend tonight at your waterfront resort in the heart of the glorious Bay of Islands. Hotel: Copthorne Resort, Bay of Islands, 2 nights. B DW Day 20: Bay of Islands Take a ferry to historic Russell for a tour of the first European settlement in New Zealand.
The rest of the day is free for relaxing or exploring. B Day 21: Bay of Islands – Auckland Experience spectacular scenery today as you cruise through world- renowned 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. Celebrate this evening at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends. Hotel: Sofitel, Auckland. B FD Day 22: Farewell from Auckland Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your journey comes to an end this morning after breakfast.
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Ruapehu Taupo Huka Falls l l l l l 2 1 1 2 1 l l l Queenstown Oamaru Bluff Stewart Island Lindis Pass Te Anau Kaikoura Franz Josef Glacier Picton Hokitika Haast Mt.Cook Milford Sound Christchurch Church of the Good Shepherd l l l l l l l 1 3 1 1 1 1 2 l l l l l l l l l l l Start Overnight stays End Sightseeing stops l l l l Bay of Islands Whangarei Coromandel Russell l 2 l l l 1 Punakaiki Arthur’s Pass l 1 TranzAlpine Train l WAYS TO SAVE Early payment discount Save up to $1050pp See page 18 for more great savings < Kings Club discount Save up to $525pp DINING 21 Full buffet breakfasts B 1 Be my Guest lunch BG 1 Lunch L 10 Dinners with wine DW 2 Highlight Dinners HD 1 Farewell Dinner FD FLIGHT INFORMATION NZIJ: Christchurch to Auckland Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport Day 22 – flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport NZSI: Christchurch return Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport Day 12 – flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport NZNI: Wellington to Auckland Day 12 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Wellington Airport Day 22 – flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price Visit aatkings.com/nzij or nzsi or nzni for additional departure dates.
*Single traveller must pay the single price. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/18.
DEPARTURES & PRICES All dates are Definite Departures NZIJ: Christchurch to Auckland | 22 days $9525 Per Person Twin Share $12705 Single* 2018 Start End Jan 15 Feb 05 Jan 22 Feb 12 Feb 12 Mar 05 Mar 05 Mar 26 Mar 19 Apr 09 $10425 Per Person Twin Share $14135 Single* Oct 15 Nov 05 Dec 10 Dec 31 $10425 Per Person Twin Share $14135 Single* 2019 Start End Jan 14 Feb 04 Jan 21 Feb 11 Feb 04 Feb 25 Feb 11 Mar 04 Feb 18 Mar 11 Mar 04 Mar 25 Mar 18 Apr 08 $10625 Per Person Twin Share $14375 Single* Oct 14 Nov 04 Dec 09 Dec 30 NZSI: Christchurch return | 12 days $5195 Per Person Twin Share $6785 Single* 2018 Start End Jan 15 Jan 25 Jan 22 Feb 01 Feb 12 Feb 22 Mar 05 Mar 15 Mar 19 Mar 29 $5850 Per Person Twin Share $7840 Single* Oct 15 Oct 26 Dec 10 Dec 21 $5850 Per Person Twin Share $7840 Single* 2019 Start End Jan 14 Jan 24 Jan 21 Jan 31 Feb 04 Feb 14 Feb 11 Feb 21 Feb 18 Feb 28 Mar 04 Mar 14 Mar 18 Mar 28 $5950 Per Person Twin Share $7975 Single* Oct 14 Oct 25 Dec 09 Dec 20 NZNI: Wellington to Auckland | 11 days $4495 Per Person Twin Share $6140 Single* 2018 Start End Jan 26 Feb 05 Feb 02 Feb 12 Feb 23 Mar 05 Mar 16 Mar 26 Mar 30 Apr 09 $5075 Per Person Twin Share $6790 Single* Oct 26 Nov 05 Dec 21 Dec 31 $5075 Per Person Twin Share $6790 Single* 2019 Start End Jan 25 Feb 04 Feb 01 Feb 11 Feb 15 Feb 25 Feb 22 Mar 04 Mar 01 Mar 11 Mar 15 Mar 25 Mar 29 Apr 08 $5175 Per Person Twin Share $6900 Single* Oct 25 Nov 04 Dec 20 Dec 30 per person twin share land only $9525 From 23
Inspiring New Zealand 10 DAYS | AUCKLAND TO QUEENSTOWN | NZFLY Doubtful Sound Day 1: Welcome to Auckland Upon arrival in Auckland spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. This evening meet your Travel Director for dinner and a welcome drink. Hotel: Sofitel Auckland, 2 nights. DW Day 2: Auckland A city sights tour will start your morning in Auckland. Travel around the city waterfront to Mission Bay. Prepare your camera for Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, with stunning shots of Auckland, the North Shore and the Waitemata Harbour. Next up we take a ferry over to Waiheke Island.
At Stonyridge Vineyard, enjoy a tour and tastings, plus a light lunch over views of the vineyard. Depart for Rangihoua Estate, which introduces you to Waiheke’s olive growing industry, including tasting award winning olive oils. A stop at Casita Miro will leave you enchanted with the tastes of the Mediterranean. Your tour finishes with wine tastings at the beautiful Mudbrick Vineyard, with spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf, before returning to Auckland by ferry. Tonight enjoy a free evening; why not try one of the many restaurants in Wynyard Quarter or the Viaduct? B L Day 3: Auckland to Rotorua Follow the meandering Waikato River to our Be My Guest Experience at the home of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan – New Zealand horse racing royalty.
Enjoy a sumptuous country style lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato Farm. After lunch we travel to Rotorua, for an orientation tour with views of Lake Rotorua. Tonight enjoy a Maori Cultural Experience at Tamaki Maori Village; you’ll gain an insight into local Maori culture and history with our special Maori show and traditional Hangi. Experience the heart- pounding wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior during a Powhiri, a ceremonial Maori welcome. In the village, see how Maori lived prior to European settlement. Experience customs like the Hongi greeting, as well as learn some customary phrases.
Feast on succulent meats and vegetables cooked in a Hangi, the Maori method of cooking in the earth with geothermal steam. Hotel: Princes Gate, Rotorua, 2 nights. B BG HD Day 4: Rotorua Included Choice Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Perhaps unwind with a spa treatment at the Polynesian Spa, take a tour of the Hobbiton movie set, or why not try zip lining with Canopy Tours. Tonight, dinner is at your restaurant of choice – ask your Travel Director for more details. B DW This epic New Zealand journey spans both islands revealing cosmopolitan cities, majestic snow-capped mountains, pristine coastlines, as you indulge your taste buds along the way.
In the North Island, explore vibrant Auckland, experience the history and traditions of Maori culture in Rotorua, and discover cosmopolitan Wellington. And in the spectacular South Island, let your hair down in alpine adventure capital Queenstown and marvel at awesome Doubtful Sound. HIGHLIGHTS Discover • Stunning Doubtful Sound in the heart of Fiordland National Park • Beautiful Lake Rotorua • Stunning scenery in ‘Adventure capital’ Queenstown Explore • Visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park • Historic goldrush Arrowtown • Queenstown Included Choice experiences Learn/Do • Visit Te Papa the Museum of New Zealand • Experience Maori culture at the Tamaki Maori Village • Zealandia, the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary Relax • In cosmopolitan Auckland & Wellington • Rotorua Included Choice experiences Taste • On Waiheke Island sample olive oils & visit 3 vineyards • Join the O’Sullivans for lunch on their Waikato farm • A Maori Hangi with the Tamaki family • 9 Full buffet breakfasts B • 1 Be my Guest lunch BG • 2 Lunches L • 4 Dinners with wine DW • 1 Highlight Dinner HD • 1 Farewell Dinner FD NEW VACATION 24
Day 5: Rotorua – Wellington This morning visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Discover native flora that grows around the crystal clear mineral water springs. You might even spot a kiwi! Next visit Whakawerawera Living Village, where a local guide will show you New Zealand’s biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs before flying to Wellington. 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? Hotel: Sofitel Wellington, 2 nights. B Day 6: Wellington This morning venture out into Wellington’s laneways, enjoy culinary experiences as well as the city’s history and architecture.
Discover fresh tastes in New Zealand’s cafe and culinary capital, as we introduce you to local tastes, products and people. With a personal guide to tell the local stories, you will taste gourmet products such as coffee, chocolate, gelato, cheeses and other specialties in top food places the locals know. This afternoon we travel to Zealandia, the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary. The 225 hectare park is a ground-breaking conservation project that has reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife back into the area, six of which were previously absent from mainland New Zealand for over 100 years.
Tonight it is dinner of your choice at one of the local restaurants – ask your Travel Director for details. B DW Day 7: Wellington – Queenstown A visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand will complete your time here in Wellington. Discover New Zealand’s nature, history, art and heritage on a guided walk through its many exhibitions. Later we travel to New Zealand’s adventure capital Queenstown. Airfare is not included and must be booked by you or your travel agent. Upon arrival 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. Hotel: Heritage Queenstown, 3 nights. B Day 8: Doubtful Sound Travel to an untouched world deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park. The beauty and vastness of Doubtful Sound will take your breath away as you experience its deep wilderness. Your day begins in Manapouri with a cruise across the picturesque Lake Manapouri followed by a trip across New Zealand’s most expensive road over Wilmot Pass, pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below.
In Doubtful Sound cruise through this pristine fiord; look out for the varied wildlife you may encounter like dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin. Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel. B L DW Day 9: Queenstown Included Choice Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to join a wine tour, take a guided walk through native beech forest or travel on a 4WD minibus tour through spectacular Skippers Canyon. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen Included Choice experiences. This evening join your AAT Kings Travel Director and your new-found friends for a Farewell Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.
B FD Day 10: Farewell from Queenstown Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your journey comes to an end this morning after breakfast. B Auckland Rotorua Wellington The Red Barn l l l 2 2 2 l l Queenstown Doubtful Sound l 3 Start Overnight stays End Sightseeing stops l l l l DEPARTURES & PRICES All dates are Definite Departures $5810 Per Person Twin Share $7315 Single* 2018 Start End Nov 18 Nov 27 $5810 Per Person Twin Share $7315 Single* 2019 Start End Feb 17 Feb 26 Mar 17 Mar 26 $5935 Per Person Twin Share $7460 Single* Nov 24 Dec 03 WAYS TO SAVE Early payment discount Save up to $595pp See page 18 for more great savings < Kings Club discount Save up to $295pp DINING 9 Full buffet breakfasts B 2 Lunches L 1 Be My Guest lunch BG 1 Highlight Dinner HD 4 Dinners with wine DW 1 Farewell Dinner FD FLIGHT INFORMATION Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport Day 10 – flights to depart anytime from Queenstown Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price Internal-vacation flights: Land Only price requires the following internal-vacation flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the vacation itinerary: Day 5 – Rotorua to Wellington: NZ 8235 Day 7 – Wellington to Queenstown: NZ 605 Visit aatkings.com/nzfly for additional departure dates.
*Single traveller must pay the single price. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/18.
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Day 1: Welcome to Palm Cove This afternoon, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner overlooking the stunning, waters of the Coral Sea. Dine on award-winning modern Australian cuisine at the ultimate tropical beachfront restaurant. Hotel: Alamanda Palm Cove, 3 nights. DW Day 2: Daintree & Culture Today, enjoy an exclusive journey to the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest. Your Aboriginal guide will share insights into the relationship between the local Kuku Yalanji people and their land.
Learn about cultural traditions, bush foods and medicine, and traditional hunting techniques. Enjoy lunch in a tranquil rainforest setting. B L Day 3: Great Barrier Reef Discover the magic of the Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef today on a cruise to three secluded outer-reef dive sites, on the Quicksilver Silver Series catamaran. Spectacular coral formations and an underwater world of unique marine creatures await you beneath the turquoise waters. Snorkel through coral gardens or bask in the sun on deck. Enjoy a delicious tropical lunch on board your air-conditioned vessel before returning to Palm Cove.
B L Day 4: Cairns – Alice Springs Fly today from tropical Cairns to remote Alice Springs. Visit the School of the Air and Royal Flying Doctor Service. An exceptional Be My Guest dining experience in a natural bush setting awaits you this evening. Enjoy a drink and take some time to explore your surroundings and watch the sun set while your host cooks a delicious 3-course meal in a bush oven. Dine under the Milky Way as he shares his knowledge of traditional Indigenous bush foods and stories of the land. Hotel: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters. B BG Day 5: Alice Springs – Kings Canyon Travel off the beaten track later today to the Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve.
This afternoon, enjoy a relaxed walk along the creek-bed of spectacular Kings Canyon, and gaze up at the sheer red rock walls that tower above you. Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort, Deluxe Spa Room. B L DW Day 6: Kings Canyon – Ayers Rock This morning at sunrise you have the opportunity to take the iconic 6 kilometer Rim Walk around magnificent Kings Canyon. Highlights include the domed ‘Lost City’ and Cotterill’s Lookout, for spectacular This classic Australian journey takes the traveler from the Tropical North to Central Australia’s spiritual heartland and on to cosmopolitan Sydney. Pristine beaches, dense rainforests, endless red desert and rugged coastlines await you each day.
Experience ancient culture and stunning landscapes, gourmet produce and warm-hearted local characters as you visit iconic highlights and venture off the beaten track to discover the magic of this vast continent. Inspiring Australia 13 DAYS | CAIRNS TO SYDNEY | IJFLY Kings Canyon HIGHLIGHTS Discover • The World Heritage listed Blue Mountains • Iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) & Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) • Spectacular Sydney Harbour & beaches • The Great Barrier Reef Explore • Hike to the top of Kings Canyon • The 36 mystical domes of Kata Tjuta Learn/Do • Enjoy an Indigenous experience in the Daintree Rainforest • Sail a yacht on Sydney Harbour • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef Relax • Toast an Uluru sunset with sparkling wine • Taste your way through the Hunter Valley Taste • Experience an exclusive Be My Guest dinner under the stars • Indulge your taste buds under the magical southern stars at the Sounds of Silence Dinner • Enjoy an indulgent dinner at chef Peter Gilmore’s iconic Bennelong Restaurant under the sails of the Opera House • 12 Full buffet breakfasts B • 1 Be my Guest dinner BG • 5 Lunches L • 4 Dinners with wine DW • 1 Highlight Dinner HD • 1 Farewell Dinner FD 26
views across the plains. Travel on to vast Curtain Springs Station, where you can join a unique paper-making workshop, then sit down and chat to the locals over a barbecue lunch. This afternoon you’ll enter Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park to witness the truly spectacular Uluru sunset. Hotel: Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. B L Day 7: Uluru & Kata Tjuta Venture to the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre to gain an insight into the history and culture of the Anangu, the traditional owners of this land. Then, walk amidst the sheer rock-walls of Walpa Gorge, following the creek bed between two of the largest domes.
This afternoon, explore the base of Uluru. Afterwards, meet the magical stars of the Southern Hemisphere this evening at the sensational Sounds of Silence Dinner. B HD Day 8: Ayers Rock – Sydney Rise with the creatures of the desert to view the soul-stirring sunrise over Uluru. Afterwards, fly from Ayers Rock in the Red Centre to cosmopolitan Sydney. Easing back into city life upon your arrival in Sydney, your Travel Director will be able to give you hints on the best places to eat this evening. Hotel: The Langham, Sydney. B Day 9: Sydney – Blue Mountains Today you’ll explore the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park, a pristine environment extending over a million acres.
See the soaring Three Sisters rock formation at Echo Point, and spectacular Bridal Veil Falls. Then, traveling off the well-worn track, you’ll discover secluded lookouts and enjoy peaceful short bushwalks. Journey on this afternoon through spectacular landscapes to your hotel, where there’ll be time to relax before dinner, a delicious meal designed around produce sourced from local Blue Mountains suppliers. Hotel: Parklands Country Garden and Lodges, Blackheath. B DW Day 10: Blue Mountains – Hunter Valley Good food, great wine and beautiful scenery await you today in the renowned Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s major wine regions.
Experience exclusive private wine- tastings at boutique vineyards, and sit down to an exceptional lunch before returning to your country retreat for an afternoon at leisure. Hotel: Kirkton Park, Hunter Valley. B L DW Day 11: Hunter Valley – Sydney Take to stunning Sydney Harbour this afternoon aboard an authentic America’s Cup yacht. You can take the helm, work the grinders or simply sit back and relax as you sail past the architectural marvel of the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, the Rocks district and the many secluded coves surrounded by multi-million- dollar waterfront homes. After an unforgettable day, this evening is free for you to dine at your leisure.
Hotel: The Langham, Sydney, 2 nights. B Day 12: Sydney Today, explore the cosmopolitan city of Sydney. Visit the Eastern Suburbs, for a stroll along the coastal walk for magnificent views over the Pacific Ocean. Later, join a VIP guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House, followed by a Farewell Dinner at chef Peter Gilmore’s iconic Bennelong Restaurant under the billowing sails of the Opera House. B FD Day 13: Farewell from Sydney Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your journey comes to an end this morning after breakfast. B Alice Springs Blue Mountains Hunter Valley Cairns Palm Cove Sydney Ayers Rock Resort Uluru Daintree National Park Kata Tjuta Kings Canyon Curtin Springs Station l l l l l 2 1 1 3 l l l l 2 1 1 1 l l l l Great Barrier Reef Cruise Start Overnight stays End Sightseeing stops l l l l WAYS TO SAVE Early payment discount Save up to $740pp See page 18 for more great savings < Kings Club discount Save up to $370pp DINING 12 Full buffet breakfasts B 5 Lunches L 1 Be My Guest dinner BG 4 Dinners with wine DW 1 Highlight Dinner HD 1 Farewell Dinner FD FLIGHT INFORMATION Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Cairns Airport Day 13 – flights to depart anytime from Sydney Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price Internal-vacation flights: Land Only price requires the following internal-vacation flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the vacation itinerary: Day 4 – Cairns to Alice Springs: QF1949 Day 8 – Ayers Rock to Sydney: JQ661 Visit aatkings.com/ijfly for additional departure dates.
*Single traveller must pay the single price. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/19.
per person twin share land only $7225 From DEPARTURES & PRICES All dates are Definite Departures $7225 Per Person Twin Share $9600 Single* 2018 Start End Apr 10 Apr 22 Oct 09 Oct 21 Nov 06 Nov 18 $7225 Per Person Twin Share $9600 Single* 2019 Start End Feb 05 Feb 17 Mar 05 Mar 17 $7395 Per Person Twin Share $9790 Single* Apr 09 Apr 21 Oct 08 Oct 20 Nov 12 Nov 24 27