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Auckland to Christchurch
Trip Code: NCA14
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  • Map & Itinerary
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Trip Highlights

Stunning Fiord Cruise

Cruise enchanting Milford Sound, which is set deep in Fiordland National Park

World Heritage-wonder

Enjoy time to relax at Mount Cook National Park and take in its spectacular views

TranzAlpine Train

Enjoy the views on one of the world's greatest rail journeys as you travel across New Zealand's Southern Alps

Your Vacation Includes

  • Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions
  • 13 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners and 7 Feature Dinners
  • APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides
  • Overseas transfers, luggage porterage & tipping

Map & Itinerary

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New Zealand Map NCA14 2017/18

Auckland to Christchurch

Designed Exclusively for APT guests
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

This afternoon, choose from a range of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing activities including an Auckland city tour, a Bush & Beach Wilderness Adventure, a cruise on Waitemata Harbour, or a visit to a sea aquarium.


Be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel

Daily :
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening in Rotorua, experience traditional and ancient Maori customs at a Hangi Feast.


Leaving Auckland, travel to the enchanting Waitomo caves. Take a silent boat ride through the grotto, lit by thousands of glow-worms. Continue to Rotorua, a centre of unique Maori culture.

Stay: Two Nights: Holiday Inn Rotorua

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

You might like to see New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool during an eco-thermal tour or get an insight into the making of a blockbuster film with a visit to the Hobbiton movie set from the famous The Lord of the Rings trilogy. A trip to Rotorua Museum will showcase local art and history, or tour Rotorua which includes a Kiwi Encounter.


In Rotorua, enjoy the opportunity to explore the region in your own way.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

This evening, enjoy a range of delicious dining options in Wellington’s city centre.


Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway through the heart of the North Island and see spectacular Huka Falls. Experience the tranquillity of Lake Taupo and cross the volcanic plateau of Tongariro National Park.

Stay: Two Nights: Amora Hotel Wellington

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Set off on a sightseeing tour of the New Zealand capital. You’ll explore New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa. Its collection covers the areas of art, history, Pacific, Maori, and natural environment. This afternoon, take in fantastic views of the city and its oceanic surrounds as you ride the iconic Cable Car.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Step aboard the Interislander ferry this morning and cruise Cook Strait to the tip of the South Island.


Journey towards Christchurch where you will stay for the evening.

Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board the TranzAlpine train for a trip through breathtaking landscapes.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Experience the lush rainforest and breathtaking valley of the Franz Josef Glacier.


Travel through Arthur’s Pass and Hokitika, en route to Franz Josef today. Check in to your luxury eco-resort before you enjoy a four-course degustation dinner this evening.

Stay: Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Tonight, choose from four enticing restaurants in which to dine.


View magnificent scenery today as you travel along the rugged west coast to Haast and continue to Queenstown.

Stay: Two Nights: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps you’ll choose to enjoy a Dart River Safari adventure, a chance to see where scenes from The Lord of the Rings was filmed, a 4WD experience at Mt Nicholas, or a bird walk.


Explore Queenstown in your own way with our Freedom of Choice Sightseeing options.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Cruise the full length of tranquil Milford Sound today.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening you’ll enjoy distinct regional flavours at a Taste of Fiordland Dinner.


Travel via Milford Sound to the pretty lakeside town of Te Anau where you will stay for the evening.

Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

You might discover the history of Larnach Castle and Olveston House, journey through countryside on the Taieri Gorge Railway, visit Speight’s Brewery, or travel to the Otago Peninsula.


In Dunedin, enjoy your selected sightseeing activity.

Stay: Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Discover Australasia’s highest peak in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and enjoy a stargazing session with an astronomer, or immerse yourself in the region’s incredible native flora and fauna on a guided nature walk. Alternatively, during the summer months, board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.


See the spectacular Moeraki Boulders – curious spherical creations along the coast of Dunedin. Then, enter Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and join your chosen activity.

Stay: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Travel to Lake Tekapo to visit the tiny and iconic Church of the Good Shepherd. Head to Christchurch for a delicious Farewell Dinner this evening.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

After breakfast, farewell your fellow travellers and transfer to the airport.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

New Zealand's Fine Flavours

From a Maori Hangi feast in Rotorua to a four-course degustation at Te Waonui Forest Retreat, tantalising tastes abound

A Taste of Culture

Immerse yourself in Maori culture with the traditional flavours of a Hangi feast

Iconic Hotels and Resorts

Stay in luxury hotels including the Te Waonui Forest Retreat in Franz Josef and The Hermitage in Mount Cook

Our wonderful tour manager had extensive knowledge of the country, and a very personal connection with the Maori people and their culture and customs. We would definitely travel again with APT.

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