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28 Day Fully Inclusive Touring Holiday.

Includes return flights from UK. Explore spectacular New Zealand from south to north on this comprehensive escorted journey. Famous for its immense natural beauty, stunning scenery and vibrant cities. View complete itinerary

Trip code: NZCANF
Duration: 28 days
Accommodation: Premium Hotels and Resorts
Journey: Christchurch to Auckland
Meals included: 39

Itinerary

Day 1. Depart London

Your journey begins as you make your way to London Heathrow for your direct flight to Singapore today.

    Day 2. Arrive Singapore

    Our local Singapore Tour Escort will welcome you at Changi Airport and accompany you to your hotel. This exciting two-night stopover offers you the chance to adjust to the time difference and relax between flights. More than this, you’ll gain an insight into this vibrant and sophisticated city.
    Stay: Two Nights: Singapore, at the world-class InterContinental Hotel

      Day 3. Singapore

      Discover Singapore’s main attractions this morning. A guided tour takes in the intriguing ethnic quarters, where Indian, Chinese and Malay influences fuse to produce Singapore’s unique culture. Imagine the romance of yesteryear at the historic riverfront area and enjoy a change of pace in sophisticated downtown Singapore. Later, enjoy the serenity at the beautiful Botanic Gardens. Spend the afternoon at leisure, and perhaps experience breathtaking views from the Singapore Flyer, the world’s largest observation wheel (own expense). Tonight, dine at leisure.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast

      Day 4. Singapore, Christchurch

      Enjoy the day at leisure and the comfort of an extended checkout from your room. Perhaps browse through the shops on famous Orchard Road, treat yourself to morning tea at Raffles, travel on the modern MRT rail system, or visit Sentosa Island by cable car. Late afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Christchurch.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast

      Day 5. Arrive Christchurch

      Arrive in Christchurch, the gateway to the Southern Alps. Be met upon arrival by your APT Tour Director and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to relax in the comfort of your hotel.
      Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

        Day 6. Christchurch, Mt Cook

        Traverse the Canterbury plains to visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, perched on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Built of locally gathered stone and oak, this charming church was erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Journey into Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki (Mt Cook), and admire the sublime alpine scenery that abounds here. This evening, get to know your APT Tour Director and fellow travellers during a special Welcome Dinner.
        Stay: Two Nights: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel, in a room with alpine views
        • Daily Meals Included:
        • • Breakfast
        • • Dinner

        Day 7. Mt Cook, Freedom of Choice

        Following breakfast this morning, enjoy the opportunity to choose from a range of included sightseeing options. Perhaps visit The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, featuring a planetarium. Mt Cook National Park is home ?of some of New Zealand’s most spectacular landscapes, so you may like to join a guided nature walk and discover the native flora and fauna. If you prefer to spend the afternoon at leisure, perhaps join a stargazing session with an astronomer this evening. Alternatively, during the summer months, board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.
        • Daily Meals Included:
        • • Breakfast
        • • Dinner

        Day 8. Mt Cook, Dunedin

        Set out along the shores of Lake Pukaki to Oamaru. Continue to Koekohe Beach to view the unusual spherical-shaped Moeraki Boulders. Arrive into Dunedin this afternoon and enjoy time at leisure before dinner.
        Stay: Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
        • Daily Meals Included:
        • • Breakfast
        • • Dinner

        Day 9. Dunedin, Freedom of Choice, Te Anau

        This morning, choose your Freedom of Choice activity. Perhaps tour Larnach Castle, visit Olveston House, or ride the Taieri Gorge Railway. Those who enjoy a beer might like to tour Speight’s Brewery. Alternatively, either visit an albatross colony, see penguins or take an off-road tour of the Otago Peninsula. Afterwards, absorb the breathtaking scenery as you traverse the rolling countryside of the spectacular Southland region. Continue to the tranquil lakeside settlement of Te Anau.
        Stay: Two Nights: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
        • Daily Meals Included:
        • • Breakfast
        • • Dinner

        Day 10. Te Anau, Freedom of Choice

        Today, choose one of our exciting included activities in Te Anau. Perhaps explore an underground network of limestone caves, lit by thousands of glowworms, or set off on an incredible wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound. Equally tempting is the option to sit back and relax with a glass of wine whilst you enjoy a film featuring Fiordland’s breathtaking landscapes. The remainder of the day is free for you to soak up the peaceful atmosphere.
        • Daily Meals Included:
        • • Breakfast

        Day 11. Te Anau, Milford Sound Cruise, Queenstown

        Witness the incredible diversity of New Zealand’s landscape today as you experience one of the world’s most spectacular alpine drives along Milford Road. Wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, then travel through the Homer Tunnel to be met by the majestic sight of Mitre Peak. Continue to spectacular Milford Sound where you’ll cruise along the full length of this beautiful fiord. Later, continue to Queenstown.
        Stay: Three Nights: Crowne Plaza Queenstown
        • Daily Meals Included:
        • • Breakfast
        • • Dinner

        Day 12. Queenstown, Freedom of Choice

        Choose from a range of activities today. ‘Lord of the Rings’ fans will jump at the chance to visit key filming locations, whilst thrillseekers can try the exhilarating Shotover jet boat ride or a Skippers Canyon adventure. Why not tour the country’s premier wine producing region, or explore the surrounding wilderness on a bird walk or garden tour. Perhaps a zip line ride above the Kawarau Gorge is more your style. Or, you may like to join a Double Decker Explorer ride. This evening, select from a range of Freedom of Choice Dining inclusions. Seafood lovers will be tempted by Finz, whilst the panoramic views from the Skyline Restaurant, reached by gondola, are hard to beat. Cruise aboard a vintage steamer to Walter Peak High Country Farm, or dine at your stylish hotel restaurant.
        • Daily Meals Included:
        • • Breakfast
        • • Dinner

        Day 13. Queenstown

        Immerse yourself in beautiful Queenstown as you enjoy a full day at leisure in this exciting city. You may like to use this time to take a relaxing stroll along the tranquil shores of Lake Wakatipu, browse through the stores in the bustling central shopping district, or perhaps take advantage of being in the ‘adventure capital of the world’ and indulge in the thrill of a lifetime.
        • Daily Meals Included:
        • • Breakfast

        Day 14. Queenstown, Wanaka, Franz Josef

        Following breakfast this morning, view historic mining sites as you travel through beautiful Kawarau Gorge and meander through the picturesque scenery of Cromwell. Skirt around the shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea, taking in the dramatic vistas and surrounding mountains that seem to shift mood with the seasons. Cross spectacular Haast Pass and into Westland National Park, home to Franz Josef Glacier. Check in to your luxury eco-resort this afternoon, located within pristine rainforest, before enjoying a spectacular four-course degustation dinner.
        Stay: Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat
        • Daily Meals Included:
        • • Breakfast
        • • Dinner

        Day 15. Franz Josef, TranzAlpine Train, Christchurch

        Set out for Hokitika this morning, a cultural centre on the west coast, rich in jade greenstone. Afterwards, join New Zealand’s famous TranzAlpine train and experience one of the world’s greatest rail journeys. Travel through deep gorges, river valleys and across the magnificent Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park before journeying through the striking patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains and into Christchurch.
        Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch
        • Daily Meals Included:
        • • Breakfast
        • • Dinner

        Day 16. Christchurch, Kaikoura, Nelson

        Follow the rugged east coast of New Zealand’s South Island to Kaikoura. While you’re here, perhaps you’d like to experience the captivating landscape from the air during an incredible scenic whale watching flight (own expense), before continuing to the vibrant Nelson region.
        Stay: Two Nights: Nelson, Trailways Hotel
        • Daily Meals Included:
        • • Breakfast
        • • Dinner

        Day 17. Nelson, Freedom of Choice

        Enjoy the opportunity to choose from three sightseeing inclusions in Nelson today. Perhaps set off on a relaxing cruise through the Abel Tasman National Park. Alternatively, you may prefer to indulge in a wine and art tour, or wander through the World of Wearable Arts and Classic Cars Museum.
        • Daily Meals Included:
        • • Breakfast

        Day 18. Nelson, Wellington, Freedom of Choice

        In Nelson today, traverse the picturesque Marlborough region, where world-famous wines are produced. Then, cruise across Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry to the North Island. Disembark in Wellington and tonight, choose where to dine.
        Stay: Two Nights: Amora Hotel Wellington
        • Daily Meals Included:
        • • Breakfast
        • • Dinner

        Day 19. Wellington, Freedom of Choice

        Today you have the opportunity to choose an activity that most interests you. You may like to visit Zealandia, a premier eco-attraction and restoration project. Perhaps you’d prefer to explore the Carter Observatory and Planetarium, take in the city’s highlights on a guided tour, or visit some of the locations that feature in the famous ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies.
        • Daily Meals Included:
        • • Breakfast

        Day 20. Wellington, Napier

        Drive through the Rimutaka Ranges on your way to Napier today. On arrival, enjoy a tour and a delicious wine tasting at the New Zealand Wine Centre. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.
        Stay: Napier, Scenic Te Pania Hotel
        • Daily Meals Included:
        • • Breakfast
        • • Dinner

        Day 21. Napier, Taupo, Rotorua

        Journey through Esk Valley and Te Pohue, stopping at the charming town of Taupo, situated alongside New Zealand’s largest lake - Lake Taupo. Continue to Rotorua, the geothermal capital of New Zealand. Tonight at the Tamaki Maori Village, experience the dance, music and culture of the Maori people as you enjoy a traditional Hangi Feast.
        Stay: Two Nights: Millennium Hotel Rotorua, located on beautiful Lake Rotorua
        • Daily Meals Included:
        • • Breakfast
        • • Dinner

        Day 22. Rotorua, Freedom of Choice

        Choose from a range of activities today. Enjoy a sheep show at the Agrodome followed by a visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Set out on a Kiwi Encounter, or visit Wai-O-Tapu. See some of the sets from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ or embark on a 4WD Bush Safari. Alternatively, relax with a round of golf or visit Rotorua Museum. Then, enjoy a taste of New Zealand rural life with a tour and dinner at Longlands Farm.
        • Daily Meals Included:
        • • Breakfast
        • • Dinner

        Day 23. Rotorua, Bay of Islands

        Travel through the lush Waikato farmland to Cambridge, and then continue north to Auckland. Follow the east coast Pacific Ocean Drive to Paihia in the spectacular Bay of Islands.
        Stay: Two Nights: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
        • Daily Meals Included:
        • • Breakfast
        • • Dinner

        Day 24. Bay of Islands, Freedom of Choice

        The Bay of Islands is home to an incredible 144 islands. After breakfast, choose your preferred Freedom of Choice Sightseeing activity. Take a tall ship sailing adventure or embark on a dolphin watching cruise. Play a round of golf or cruise to Russell to see New Zealand’s first European settlement. Discover Kerikeri, or visit the northernmost point of New Zealand at Cape Reinga.
        • Daily Meals Included:
        • • Breakfast

        Day 25. Bay of Islands Cruise, Auckland

        Step aboard a catamaran today and enjoy a cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Hear about the ecology and history of the area as you keep an eye out for dolphins in this subtropical marine paradise. Afterwards, reboard your coach and continue down the coast to Auckland.
        Stay: Two Nights: Crowne Plaza Auckland
        • Daily Meals Included:
        • • Breakfast

        Day 26. Auckland, Freedom of Choice

        Enjoy the freedom to choose from a range of included sightseeing activities today, with a sail boat cruise on the harbour or a visit to the fascinating aquarium just a few of the exciting options available. This evening, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers and APT Tour Director.
        • Daily Meals Included:
        • • Breakfast
        • • Dinner

        Day 27. Depart Auckland

        After breakfast this morning, your New Zealand adventure comes to an end with a transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
        • Daily Meals Included:
        • • Breakfast

        Day 28. Arrive London

        Arrive back in London as your New Zealand journey ends.

          Trip Highlights

          Your Holiday Price Includes

          • Return scheduled flights from London Heathrow
          • Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand
          • Travel with a maximum of 40 guests
          • Travel aboard a spacious, luxurious coach
          • Dedicated APT Tour Director and professional Driver
          • The additional services of expert local guides in select locations
          • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary
          • Discover Australasia’s highest peak in Mt Cook National Park
          • Cruise the full length of Milford Sound
          • Marvel at the impressive icy contours of Franz Josef Glacier
          • Ride on the famous TranzAlpine train
          • Cruise to the North Island aboard the Interislander ferry
          • Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi Feast in Rotorua
          • Dine at Longlands Farm and enjoy a dairy farm tour
          • Look out for dolphins on a magical Hole in the Rock cruise

          Freedom to Choose

          • In Mt Cook, Dunedin, Te Anau, Queenstown, Nelson, Wellington, Rotorua, Bay of Islands and Auckland

          Accommodation

          • Enjoy two nights to relax and recharge at the world-class Intercontinental Hotel in Singapore
          • Absorb alpine views from your room during a two-night stay immersed in nature at The Hermitage Hotel, Mt Cook
          • Enjoy lake views at the Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
          • Stay three nights at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Queenstown
          • Capture superb rainforest views from your room during an overnight stay at the five-star Te Waonui Forest Retreat
          • Soak up the tranquil surrounds at the Millennium Hotel Rotorua

          Dining

          • Includes 39 meals - 24 Breakfasts and 15 Dinners
          • Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at The Hermitage, Mt Cook
          • A Farewell Dinner at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Auckland

          Map

          Photos

          Learn of the rich Maori art and culture when you tour New Zealand with APT.

          Click for larger version

          Trip Notes

          • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
          • Flight Inclusive prices include return scheduled flights from London Heathrow as well as all airport taxes and security charges (subject to change)
          • Flights from UK regional airports may be available but often carry a surcharge
          • Triple rooms may include a roll-away bed. Please check details at time of booking

          28 Day Fully Inclusive Touring Holiday.

          Includes return flights from UK. Explore spectacular New Zealand from south to north on this comprehensive escorted journey. Famous for its immense natural beauty, stunning scenery and vibrant cities. View complete itinerary

          Trip code: NZCANF
          Duration: 28 days
          Accommodation: Premium Hotels and Resorts
          Journey: Christchurch to Auckland
          Meals included: 40

          Itinerary

          Day 1. Depart London

          Your journey begins as you make your way to London Heathrow for your direct flight to Singapore today.

            Day 2. Arrive Singapore

            Our local Singapore Tour Escort will welcome you at Changi Airport and accompany you to your hotel. This exciting two-night stopover offers you the chance to adjust to the time difference and relax between flights. More than this, you’ll gain an insight into this vibrant and sophisticated city.
            Stay: Two Nights: Singapore, at the world-class InterContinental Hotel

              Day 3. Singapore

              Discover Singapore’s main attractions this morning. A guided tour takes in the intriguing ethnic quarters, where Indian, Chinese and Malay influences fuse to produce Singapore’s unique culture. Imagine the romance of yesteryear at the historic riverfront area and enjoy a change of pace in sophisticated downtown Singapore. Later, enjoy the serenity at the beautiful Botanic Gardens. Spend the afternoon at leisure, and perhaps experience breathtaking views from the Singapore Flyer, the world’s largest observation wheel (own expense). Tonight, dine at leisure.
              • Daily Meals Included:
              • • Breakfast

              Day 4. Depart Singapore

              Enjoy the day at leisure and the comfort of an extended checkout from your room. Perhaps browse through the shops on famous Orchard Road, treat yourself to morning tea at Raffles, travel on the modern MRT rail system, or visit Sentosa Island by cable car. Late afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Christchurch.
              • Daily Meals Included:
              • • Breakfast

              Day 5. Arrive Christchurch

              Arrive in Christchurch, the gateway to the Southern Alps. Be met upon arrival by your APT Tour Director and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to relax in the comfort of your hotel.
              Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

                Day 6. Christchurch, Mt Cook

                Traverse the Canterbury plains to visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, perched on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Built of locally gathered stone and oak, this charming church was erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Journey into Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki (Mt Cook), and admire the sublime alpine scenery that abounds here. This evening, get to know your APT Tour Director and fellow travellers during a special Welcome Dinner with drinks.
                Stay: Two Nights: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel, in a room with alpine views
                • Daily Meals Included:
                • • Breakfast
                • • Dinner

                Day 7. Mt Cook, Freedom of Choice

                Following breakfast this morning, enjoy the opportunity to choose from a range of included sightseeing options. Perhaps visit The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, featuring a planetarium. Mt Cook National Park is home to some of New Zealand’s most spectacular landscapes, so you may like to join a guided nature walk and discover the native flora and fauna. If you prefer to spend the afternoon at leisure, perhaps join a stargazing session with an astronomer this evening. Alternatively, during the summer months, board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.
                • Daily Meals Included:
                • • Breakfast
                • • Dinner

                Day 8. Mt Cook, Dunedin

                Set out along the shores of Lake Pukaki to Oamaru. Continue to Koekohe Beach to view the unusual spherical-shaped Moeraki Boulders. Arrive into Dunedin this afternoon and enjoy time at leisure before dinner.
                Stay: Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
                • Daily Meals Included:
                • • Breakfast
                • • Dinner

                Day 9. Dunedin, Freedom of Choice, Te Anau

                This morning, choose your Freedom of Choice activity. Perhaps tour Larnach Castle, visit Olveston House, or ride the Taieri Gorge Railway. Those who enjoy a beer might like to tour Speight’s Brewery. Alternatively, either visit an albatross colony, see penguins or take an off-road tour of the Otago Peninsula. Afterwards, absorb the breathtaking scenery as you traverse the rolling countryside of the spectacular Southland region. Continue to the tranquil lakeside settlement of Te Anau.
                Stay: Two Nights: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
                • Daily Meals Included:
                • • Breakfast
                • • Dinner

                Day 10. Te Anau, Freedom of Choice

                Today, choose one of our exciting included activities in Te Anau. Perhaps explore an underground network of limestone caves, lit by thousands of glowworms, or set off on an incredible wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound. Equally tempting is the option to sit back and relax with a glass of wine whilst you enjoy a film featuring Fiordland’s breathtaking landscapes. The remainder of the day is free for you to soak up the peaceful atmosphere.
                • Daily Meals Included:
                • • Breakfast

                Day 11. Te Anau, Milford Sound Cruise, Queenstown

                Witness the incredible diversity of New Zealand’s landscape today as you experience one of the world’s most spectacular alpine drives along Milford Road. Wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, then travel through the Homer Tunnel to be met by the majestic sight of Mitre Peak. Continue to spectacular Milford Sound where you’ll cruise along the full length of this beautiful fiord. Later, continue to Queenstown.
                Stay: Three Nights: Crowne Plaza Queenstown
                • Daily Meals Included:
                • • Breakfast
                • • Dinner

                Day 12. Queenstown, Freedom of Choice

                Choose from a range of activities today. ‘Lord of the Rings’ fans will jump at the chance to visit key filming locations, whilst thrill-seekers can try the exhilarating Shotover Jet Boat ride on the narrow waterways of Shotover River Canyons or a Skippers Canyon adventure. Why not tour the country’s premier wine producing region and savour the local offerings, or explore the picturesque surrounding wilderness on a bird walk or garden tour. Perhaps a zip line ride above the Kawarau Gorge is more your style. This evening, select from a range of Freedom of Choice Dining inclusions. Seafood lovers will be tempted by Finz, whilst the panoramic views from the Skyline Restaurant, reached by gondola, are hard to beat. Cruise aboard a vintage steamer to Walter Peak High Country Farm, or dine at your stylish hotel restaurant.
                • Daily Meals Included:
                • • Breakfast
                • • Dinner

                Day 13. Queenstown

                Immerse yourself in beautiful Queenstown as you enjoy a full day at leisure in this exciting city. You may like to use this time to take a relaxing stroll along the tranquil shores of Lake Wakatipu, browse through the stores in the bustling central shopping district, or perhaps take advantage of being in the ‘adventure capital of the world’ and indulge in the thrill of a lifetime.
                • Daily Meals Included:
                • • Breakfast

                Day 14. Queenstown, Wanaka, Franz Josef

                Following breakfast this morning, view historic mining sites as you travel through beautiful Kawarau Gorge and meander through the picturesque scenery of Cromwell. Skirt around the shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea, taking in the dramatic vistas and surrounding mountains that seem to shift mood with the seasons. Cross spectacular Haast Pass and into Westland National Park, home to Franz Josef Glacier. Check in to your luxury eco-resort this afternoon, located within pristine rainforest, before enjoying a spectacular four-course degustation dinner.
                Stay: Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat
                • Daily Meals Included:
                • • Breakfast
                • • Dinner

                Day 15. Franz Josef, TranzAlpine Train, Christchurch

                Set out for Hokitika this morning, a cultural centre on the west coast, rich in jade greenstone. Afterwards, join New Zealand’s famous TranzAlpine train and experience one of the world’s greatest rail journeys. Travel through deep gorges, river valleys and across the magnificent Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park before journeying through the striking patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains and into Christchurch.
                Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch
                • Daily Meals Included:
                • • Breakfast
                • • Dinner

                Day 16. Christchurch, Kaikoura, Nelson

                Follow the rugged east coast of New Zealand’s South Island to Kaikoura. While you’re here, perhaps you’d like to experience the captivating landscape from the air during an incredible scenic whale watching flight (own expense), before continuing to the vibrant Nelson region.
                Stay: Two Nights: Nelson, Trailways Hotel
                • Daily Meals Included:
                • • Breakfast
                • • Dinner

                Day 17. Nelson, Freedom of Choice

                Enjoy the opportunity to choose from three sightseeing inclusions in Nelson today. Perhaps set off on a relaxing cruise through the Abel Tasman National Park. Alternatively, you may prefer to indulge in a wine and art tour, or wander through the World of Wearable Arts and Classic Cars Museum.
                • Daily Meals Included:
                • • Breakfast

                Day 18. Nelson, Wellington, Freedom of Choice

                In Nelson today, traverse the picturesque Marlborough region, where world-famous wines are produced. Then, cruise across Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry to the North Island. Disembark in Wellington and tonight, choose where to dine.
                Stay: Two Nights: Amora Hotel Wellington
                • Daily Meals Included:
                • • Breakfast
                • • Dinner

                Day 19. Wellington, Freedom of Choice

                Today you have the opportunity to choose an activity that most interests you. You may like to visit Zealandia, a premier eco-attraction and restoration project. Perhaps you’d prefer to explore the Carter Observatory and Planetarium, take in the city’s highlights on a guided tour, or visit some of the locations that feature in the famous ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies.
                • Daily Meals Included:
                • • Breakfast

                Day 20. Wellington, Napier

                Drive through the Rimutaka Ranges on your way to Napier today. On arrival, enjoy a tour of the city and a delicious Art Deco High Tea. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.
                Stay: Napier, Scenic Te Pania Hotel
                • Daily Meals Included:
                • • Breakfast
                • • Lunch
                • • Dinner

                Day 21. Napier, Taupo, Rotorua

                Journey through Esk Valley and Te Pohue, stopping at the charming town of Taupo, situated alongside New Zealand’s largest lake - Lake Taupo. Continue to Rotorua, the geothermal capital of New Zealand. Tonight at the Tamaki Maori Village, experience the dance, music and culture of the Maori people as you enjoy a traditional Hangi Feast.
                Stay: Two Nights: Millennium Hotel Rotorua, located on beautiful Lake Rotorua
                • Daily Meals Included:
                • • Breakfast
                • • Dinner

                Day 22. Rotorua, Freedom of Choice

                Choose from a range of activities today. Enjoy a sheep show at the Agrodome followed by a Kiwi Encounter and a visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve, or visit Wai-O-Tapu. See some of the sets from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ or embark on a 4WD Bush Safari. Alternatively, relax with a round of golf or visit Rotorua Museum. Then, enjoy a taste of New Zealand rural life with a tour and dinner at Longlands Farm.
                • Daily Meals Included:
                • • Breakfast
                • • Dinner

                Day 23. Rotorua, Bay of Islands

                Travel through the lush Waikato farmland to Cambridge, and then continue north to Auckland. Follow the east coast Pacific Ocean Drive to Paihia in the spectacular Bay of Islands.
                Stay: Two Nights: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
                • Daily Meals Included:
                • • Breakfast
                • • Dinner

                Day 24. Bay of Islands, Freedom of Choice

                The Bay of Islands is home to an incredible 144 islands. After breakfast, choose your preferred Freedom of Choice Sightseeing activity. Take a tall ship sailing adventure or embark on a dolphin-watching cruise. Play a round of golf or cruise to Russell to see New Zealand’s first European settlement. Discover Kerikeri, or visit the northernmost point of New Zealand at Cape Reinga.
                • Daily Meals Included:
                • • Breakfast

                Day 25. Bay of Islands Cruise, Auckland

                Step aboard a catamaran today and enjoy a cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Hear about the ecology and history of the area as you keep an eye out for dolphins in this subtropical marine paradise. Afterwards, reboard your coach and continue down the coast to Auckland.
                Stay: Two Nights: Crowne Plaza Auckland
                • Daily Meals Included:
                • • Breakfast

                Day 26. Auckland, Freedom of Choice

                Enjoy the freedom to choose from a range of included sightseeing activities today, with a sail boat cruise on the harbour or a visit to the fascinating aquarium just a few of the exciting options available. This evening, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner and drinks with your fellow travellers and APT Tour Director.
                • Daily Meals Included:
                • • Breakfast
                • • Dinner

                Day 27. Depart Auckland

                After breakfast this morning, your New Zealand adventure comes to an end with a transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
                • Daily Meals Included:
                • • Breakfast

                Day 28. Arrive London

                Arrive back in London as your New Zealand journey ends.

                  Trip Highlights

                  Your Holiday Price Includes

                  • Return scheduled flights from London Heathrow
                  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand
                  • Travel with a maximum of 40 guests
                  • Travel aboard a spacious, luxurious coach
                  • Dedicated APT Tour Director and professional Driver
                  • The additional services of expert local guides in select locations
                  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary
                  • Discover Australasia’s highest peak in Mt Cook National Park
                  • Cruise the full length of Milford Sound
                  • Marvel at the impressive icy contours of Franz Josef Glacier
                  • Ride on the famous TranzAlpine train
                  • Cruise to the North Island aboard the Interislander ferry
                  • Enjoy a delicious Art Deco High Tea in Napier
                  • Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi Feast in Rotorua
                  • Dine at Longlands Farm and enjoy a dairy farm tour
                  • Look out for dolphins on a magical Hole in the Rock cruise

                  Accommodation

                  • Enjoy two nights to relax and recharge at the world-class Intercontinental Hotel in Singapore
                  • Absorb alpine views from your room during a two-night stay immersed in nature at The Hermitage Hotel, Mt Cook
                  • Enjoy garden views at the Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
                  • Stay three nights at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown
                  • Capture superb rainforest views from your room during an overnight stay at the five-star Te Waonui Forest Retreat
                  • Soak up the tranquil surrounds at the Millennium Hotel Rotorua

                  Dining

                  • Includes 40 meals - 24 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 15 Dinners
                  • Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at The Hermitage, Mt Cook
                  • A Farewell Dinner at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Auckland

                  Map

                  Photos

                  Learn of the rich Maori art and culture when you tour New Zealand with APT.

                  Click for larger version

                  Trip Notes

                  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
                  • Flight Inclusive prices include return scheduled flights from London Heathrow as well as all airport taxes and security charges (subject to change)
                  • Flights from UK regional airports may be available but often carry a surcharge
                  • Triple rooms may include a roll-away bed. Please check details at time of booking

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