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New Zealand Wonderland

Auckland to Christchurch
Trip Code: NCC17
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation
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Trip Highlights

World Heritage-wonder

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

Cruise Milford Sound in NZ

Cruise the full length of NZ's iconic Milford Sound, a magnificent fiord with cascading waterfalls and dense rainforest

Cape Brett's Dolphins

Take a cruise to this deep-sea fishing location, renowned for its dolphins, which are regularly spotted here

Your Vacation Includes

  • Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions
  • 16 breakfasts, 4 Dinners & 7 Feature Dinners
  • APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides
  • Overseas transfers & luggage porterage
  • 16 breakfasts and 12 dinners

Map & Itinerary

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New Zealand Map NCC17 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.


Arrive in Auckland and choose your sightseeing activity.

Stay: Crowne Plaza Auckland

Daily :
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

At the Bay of Islands, visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the original treaty between the British and Maori people was signed. Here, you will also enjoy a visit to the Maori Meeting House and War Canoe.


Cross Auckland’s Harbour Bridge and travel along the Hibiscus Coast. Stop at Matakohe’s Kauri Museum for an insight into the rich pioneering history of the Northland region.

Stay: Two Nights at Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands, in a room with harbour views

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

Perhaps take a day tour to Cape Reinga; experience life on the high seas; embark on a dolphin-watching adventure; take a mini-tour of Russell; or return to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for a guided tour.


Today, discover this spectacular region with our range of Freedom of Choice activities.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Explore the Bay of Islands on a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Meander through the inner islands, admiring the sandy beaches and keeping watch for dolphins, then spend some time in a secluded bay.


At your hotel in Auckland tonight, enjoy a delicious Pacific-themed dinner.

Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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


Travel to 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 tour, before continuing to Rotorua.

Stay: Two Nights: Holiday Inn Rotorua, overlooking Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve

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

Perhaps enjoy a sheep show at the Agrodome followed by a kiwi encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park and a visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Choose to visit Wai-O-Tapu; see some of the sets from the Lord of the Rings movies, or embark on a relaxing Redwood Treewalk with a Maori guide.


Spend this morning on your Freedom of Choice activity. Afterwards, the afternoon and evening are free for you to explore at your leisure.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

This evening, relish a choice of two tempting restaurants in which to dine.


Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway. View the Wairakei Steam Valley, then visit Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, before travelling across the plateau of Tongariro National Park to Wellington.

Stay: Two Nights: InterContinental Wellington

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

With two nights in the New Zealand capital, you will have plenty of time to discover the city’s highlights. After breakfast, set off on a sightseeing tour taking you to Wellington’s best-loved landmarks and sights, including the spectacular waterfront area and New Zealand’s national museum - Te Papa Tongarewa. The rest of the day will be yours at leisure to further explore this coastal city and perhaps try a local restaurant for dinner.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This morning, step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise across Cook Strait and through the stunning waters of Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds to Picton.


After your ferry ride, rejoin your coach and drive to the quaint fishing town of Kaikoura. Continue travelling along the central east coast all the way to Christchurch.

Stay: Christchurch, The Commodore

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Continue to Franz Josef, where you will take in the dramatic terrain of the Franz Josef Glacier.


Disembark at Arthur’s Pass and travel to Hokitika, where you will see pounamu (jade) being carved into pieces of jewellery. Arrive later at your luxury eco-resort for a four-course degustation dinner.

Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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

On a Freedom of Choice Dining evening, you can choose from four restaurants for dinner. Perhaps sample the fresh South Island produce at waterside Finz seafood restaurant, or take a scenic gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant where you can enjoy your meal with stunning panoramic views of the city. You may prefer a dinner cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamboat, or dine amid the stylish surrounds of the Elements Restaurant.


Enjoy a day of truly breathtaking scenery as you travel to Queenstown.

Stay: Two Nights: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

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

Perhaps embark on a Safari of the Scenes tour and visit several local sites where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. Alternatively, thrillseekers may enjoy an exhilarating ride on the Shotover Jet Boat, a Skippers Canyon adventure, or a river safari along the beautiful Dart River. New Zealand is rightly famous for its fine wines, and a tour of the country’s premier wine-producing region is a tempting option. Other activities you may choose from include an exciting 4WD experience at Mt Nicholas, a bird walk through the surrounding Queenstown wilderness, or a leisurely cruise over the waters of Lake Wakatipu.


Spend the morning on your Freedom of Choice activity.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight, enjoy a Taste of Fiordland Dinner, and savour local delights such as salmon and lamb.


Embark on one of the most scenic drives today as you journey along the Milford Road and into the heart of Fiordland National Park. Keep your camera at the ready as you wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, then drive through the Homer Tunnel to be met by the sight of Mitre Peak, the iconic backdrop to Milford Sound. Continue to Milford Sound, where you will enjoy a cruise that explores the full length of this pristine fiord. Afterwards, enjoy a picturesque drive to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau.

Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

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

Tour Larnach Castle and visit Olveston House; head to Dunedin’s railway station and board the Taieri Gorge Railway; or tour Speight’s Brewery. Alternatively, choose to visit the Otago Peninsula where you can observe an albatross colony; watch for penguins; or take an off-road tour.


Journey through Southland countryside as you travel to Dunedin, a city known as the Edinburgh of the south. This afternoon, choose your Freedom of Choice activity.

Stay: Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Discover World Heritage-listed 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.


Drive north and stop to view the large spherical Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach.

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

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Travel to Lake Tekapo and pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. In Christchurch this evening, you will enjoy a Farewell Dinner at your hotel.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Iconic Hotels and Resorts

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

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Enjoy a 4 course degustation dinner and stay at this luxury eco-resort nestled deep within pristine rainforest

Ride the TranzAlpine train

Travel through the deep gorges and river valleys of the Southern Alps and pretty patchwork farmland of Canterbury plains

It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.

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