Top tour company AAT Kings takes travellers on a whirlwind journey through the wondrous landscape of our close neighbour, New Zealand. Split across two magical islands, you can choose to travel through the North or South Island, but either way you are guaranteed to experience the country’s stunning natural beauty with lush green paddocks, glistening lakes and magnificent mountains. To truly experience the best of New Zealand, consider the Southern Spirit tour which will began in Christchurch and finish in the country’s capital Wellington.
Here are our top five experiences to look forward to on the AAT Kings Southern Spirit Tour.
Mt Cook National Park
Your Southern Spirit Tour will begin on the South Island in the pretty garden city, Christchurch. After viewing the colourful patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains you will then tour over to Mt Cook National Park. Here you can explore the beautiful alpine landscape, filled with flourishing flora and fauna. Home to Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain, the park presents many picturesque photo opportunities. There are a number of hiking trails throughout the park or you can choose an optional scenic flight over Mt Cook.
Overnight Cruise at Milford Sound
A stunning fjord, Milford Sound is situated on the west coast of the South Island within the Fiordland National Park. Surrounded by steep cliffs and dense rainforest, Milford Sound offers breathtaking scenery and is the most famous fjord of New Zealand. Your tour will include an overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner, where you can experience a sunset and sunrise in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Admire the region’s spectacular cascading waterfalls and rainforest clad mountains, while keeping an eye out for playful dolphins and penguins.
Te Anau Glow Worm Caves
A memorable experience of your New Zealand tour will be a trip into the Glow Worm Caves at Te Anau. These fascinating caves are situated on the western shore of Lake Te Anau and offer a unique underground adventure that is sure to captivate and inspire. A local guide will take you on an intriguing journey through the caves, which are delicately lit by thousands of tiny glow worms that call the darkness home.
Adventures in Queenstown
Commonly referred to as New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown is your next stop on the tour. Set on the pristine shores of Lake Wakatipu, you will be given plenty of free time to explore this exciting town. Thrill seekers can enjoy activities such as sky diving, bungy jumping, jet boating, canyon swinging or river rafting. Ride the steepest gondola in the world before enjoying a sumptuous meal at the Skyline Restaurant on Bob’s Peak.
Finale in Wellington
The final leg of the tour includes a stop on the North Island to visit the creative city of Wellington. Set on the pristine harbour, this arty city plays host to a variety of fantastic cafes and vibrant restaurants. Wander through the Te Papa Museum, take a ferry ride across the Wellington Harbour or simply sit back and enjoy a high quality cup of coffee.