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Auckland to Christchurch
14 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: NCA14
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation
  • Pricing & Availability

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 and 10 Dinners
  • APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides
  • Overseas transfers, luggage porterage & tipping

Map & Itinerary

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New Zealand Map NCA14 2018/19

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

Perhaps cruise on Waitemata Harbour; head off on a Waiheke Island wine tour; explore the Auckland Museum; get up close to marine life at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium; set off into the Waitakere Rainforest; or take a trip to the suburb of Devonport for some of the best views of the city.


Transfer to your hotel then set out on your selected activity. This evening, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland

Daily :
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening, immerse yourself in Maori culture as you enjoy a traditional Hangi Feast and a lively performance of song and dance.


Heading out of Auckland you’ll make a stop at Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an eerie glow. Discover this natural wonder on a guided boat ride through a grotto lit by these magical creatures, before continuing to Rotorua.

Stay: Two Nights, Holiday Inn Rotorua

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

Perhaps experience the icons of Rotorua at the Agrodome Farm Show, then make your way to Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see a working kiwi nursery and visit the Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Alternatively, join a Hobbiton Movie Set tour for an insight into the making of the Lord of the Rings trilogy; take a drive to visit New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool and hot springs; or explore Redwood Treewalk with a Maori guide.


Choose your sightseeing today.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

In Wellington, choose where to dine this evening.


Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway through the glorious landscapes of the North Island. Gaze out over Huka Falls and the tranquil setting of Lake Taupo, then cross the volcanic plateau of Tongariro National Park on your way to Wellington.

Stay: Two Nights: InterContinental Wellington

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Set off on a tour taking you to the city’s best-loved landmarks and sights, including New Zealand’s national museum - Te Papa Tongarewa. The afternoon and evening have been left free for you to enjoy Wellington at your own pace.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise across Cook Strait and on to Picton at the tip of the South Island.


Rejoin your coach after your ferry ride and travel via the stunning landscapes of Marlborough and Kaikoura to Christchurch.

Stay: Christchurch, The Commodore

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board the TranzAlpine train for a trip through breathtaking landscapes.


Disembark the TranzAlpine Train at Arthur’s Pass and travel by coach to Hokitika. Here, you will see pounamu (jade) being expertly carved into pieces of jewellery. Continue to Franz Josef, where you will take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of the Franz Josef Glacier. Arrive later at your luxury eco-resort in time for a four-course degustation dinner.

Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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

Tonight, choose between four restaurants for your dining experience.


Enjoy a day of truly breathtaking scenery as you travel along the Haast River on your way to Queenstown.

Stay: Two Nights: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

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

Visit sites where Lord of the Rings was filmed; enjoy a ride on the Shotover Jet Boat; take a Skippers Canyon adventure; join a river safari; set out on a winery tour; choose a 4WD experience; or join a bird walk.


Personalise your experience today with our range of Freedom of Choice activities.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Journey along Milford Road, then cruise the full length of Milford Sound.


Travel to the lakeside town of Te Anau where you will sample authentic regional cuisine of the South Island during a Taste of Fiordland Dinner.

Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

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

Tour Larnach Castle and visit Olveston House, or head to Dunedin’s beautiful railway station and board the Taieri Gorge Railway. Alternatively, tour Speight’s Brewery, visit an albatross colony, see penguins or take an off-road tour of the Otago Peninsula.


Travel to Dunedin on the island’s east coast and this afternoon, choose your activity.

Stay: Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Discover the wonders of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, including a visit to the planetarium and a stargazing session with an astronomer. 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 today before entering Mt Cook National Park and select from a range of incredible Freedom of Choice activities here.

Stay: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel, in a room with alpine views

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Travel to Lake Tekapo to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Head to Christchurch for a Farewell Dinner tonight.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Transfer to Christchurch 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.