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Royal Tourer New Zealand

Auckland to Christchurch
Trip Code: NCC18
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  • Map & Itinerary
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Trip Highlights

Discover the Bay Your Way

Explore the Bay of Islands with your choice of activity. Home to 144 islands, there is no lack of discovery options

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

Your Vacation Includes

  • Included sightseeing in up to 20 locations
  • Return airport transfers and porterage
  • The services of an APT Tour Director and Driver
  • 17 nights in hand-picked accommodation
  • Finest dining - a total of 29 meals

Map & Itinerary

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New Zealand Map NCC18 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

Your journey begins today in Auckland. Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps take a cruise on Waitemata Harbour, head off on a Waiheke Island wine tour, or explore the Auckland Museum. Alternatively, get up close to the marine life at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, or take a trip to the harbourside suburb of Devonport. 


After a morning at leisure, enjoy your selected sightseeing activity as you choose from a range of exciting inclusions.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the original treaty between the British and Māori people was signed.


Cross Auckland’s Harbour Bridge this morning and travel along the Hibiscus Coast. Stop at Matakohe’s Kauri Museum for an insight into the pioneering history of the country’s Northland region. Continue to the Bay of Islands. Here, you’ll also enjoy a visit to the Māori Meeting House and War Canoe.

Stay: Two Nights, Bay of Islands, Copthorne Hotel and Resort

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

Perhaps take a day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northernmost point, and visit the iconic lighthouse. You may alternatively choose to enjoy a mini-tour of Russell.


Today, discover the spectacular Bay of Islands region with a wide variety of included sightseeing activities.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Explore the spectacular Bay of Islands on a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock.


You’ll meander through the inner islands, admiring the sandy beaches and rocky outcrops. This evening, be treated to a special Pacific-themed dinner with New Zealand produce at the hotel.

Stay: Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Immerse yourself in Māori culture as you enjoy a traditional Hāngī 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 otherworldly 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 visit the Agrodome Farm Show and head to Rainbow Springs for a kiwi encounter before a visit to the Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Alternatively, experience Middle-earth during a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Other options include a visit to New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool and colourful hot springs, and a guided walk through Redwood Treewalk while learning about Māori culture with an elder. 


Today presents an outstanding opportunity to explore Rotorua your way, with a selection of fascinating included sightseeing options available.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Check into your hotel in Wellington, discover a range of tantalising local flavours with a choice of two tempting restaurants in which to dine.


Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway to the heart of New Zealand’s North Island this morning. View the Wairakei Steam Valley, Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Later, travel across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park. Here you’ll discover hushed cerulean blue waters and daunting volcanic peaks.

Stay: Two Nights, InterContinental Wellington

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

After breakfast, set off on a sightseeing tour taking you to the city’s best-loved landmarks and sights. Visit New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, and take a look at the fascinating history of this country through the museum’s studded walls. Afterwards, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore Wellington at your own pace.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Cruise across Cook Strait aboard the Interislander ferry. You’ll traverse the stunning waters of Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds, enjoying breathtaking views through to Picton.


Today, travel south towards Christchurch. Proudly holding the colloquial title of the Garden City, Christchurch is well known for its English heritage and botanic attractions. This evening, you enjoy a stay among the idyllic native gardens of the Commodore Hotel.

Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This morning, board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. Journey through the striking patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains before travelling across the magnificent Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Journey along the west coast to Franz Josef, where you’ll take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of the region. From the alpine snowfields, to verdant rainforests, blue ice caves, beautiful lakes and glacial rivers, the natural surrounds of the area are guaranteed to captivate.


Journey through the striking patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains before travelling across the magnificent Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park. Disembark at Arthur’s Pass and travel by coach to Hokitika, a town teeming with fascinating historic tales of ship wrecks, goldmines and pounamu hunters. Here, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to see pounamu (jade) being skilfully carved into pieces of jewellery. Arrive later at your luxury eco-resort where you will enjoy a delicious four-course degustation dinner.

Stay: Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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

Perhaps sample fresh produce at Finz seafood restaurant, or take a gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant and enjoy remarkable views of Queenstown’s picturesque lakes and alpine scenery along with a delicious selection of food. Otherwise, you may cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw and enjoy a delicious meal at The Great Kiwi Carvery. Alternatively, you may choose to dine at your hotel.


Enjoy a day of breathtaking scenery travelling along the Haast River. Afterwards, arrive in Queenstown, the country’s adventure capital where you can choose from four tempting restaurants in which to dine this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Queenstown, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

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

Perhaps embark on a Safari of the Scenes tour, and visit several sites where The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. Alternately, thrill-seekers may enjoy a ride on the famous Shotover Jet Boat, a Skippers Canyon adventure, or a river safari along the shimmering waters of the Dart River, admiring the breathtaking surrounds. New Zealand is rightly famous for its many vineyards and rich wines, and a tour of the country’s premier wine-producing region is a tempting option. Other activities include a farm experience at Mt Nicholas, a bird walk through surrounding wilderness, or the leisurely Million Dollar Cruise across the waters of Lake Wakatipu.


Today you can personalise your Queenstown experience with our Freedom of Choice sightseeing options.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit Milford Sound, where you’ll enjoy a cruise that explores the full length of this pristine fiord. As mountains encompass your surrounds, carve a course across the stunning waterway.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a Taste of Fiordland Dinner, where you’ll be treated to a unique local dining experience.


Embark on one of the world’s most scenic drives today as you journey along the Milford Road. Wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, then drive through the Homer Tunnel to be met by the sight of the iconic Mitre Peak which soars skywards from the shores of Milford Sound. After, enjoy a picturesque drive to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau.

Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

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

Perhaps tour Larnach Castle and Olveston House, or head to Dunedin’s beautiful railway station and board the Taieri Gorge Railway. Those who enjoy a beer might like to tour Speight’s Brewery. Alternatively, nature lovers can either visit an albatross colony or take an off-road tour of the sweeping Otago Peninsula.


This morning, journey through the beautiful rolling Southland countryside. Travel to Dunedin on the island’s east coast, a city known as the Edinburgh of the South. Take in the heritage Edwardian and Victorian structures, including the only castle in New Zealand. Spend this afternoon how you like and select a Freedom of Choice activity.

Stay: Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Continue to World Heritage-listed Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, to view Australasia’s highest peak.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, which includes a visit to the planetarium and a stargazing session. Alternatively, you may like to join a guided nature walk and discover the native flora and spectacular surroundings of the area. During the summer months, board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.


Journey north and view the mysterious Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach. These giant stones have been eroded for centuries by the changing tides, giving them a wondrous sleek touch. At Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, choose your sightseeing activity.

Stay: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Travel to picturesque Lake Tekapo today. Here, you’ll pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, travel through delightful scenery along Burkes Pass to Christchurch. In the evening, you’ll enjoy a memorable Farewell Dinner at your hotel.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today, your New Zealand adventure concludes after breakfast. Transfer to the airport and say farewell to your fellow travellers.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

New Zealand's Cultural Flavours

Savour feature dinners including a traditional Hangi feast in Rotorua

Luxury Eco-Resort

Surrounded by natural rainforests and lush ferns, the Te Waonui Forest Retreat is an idyllic escape

Iconic Alpine Views

Boasting sophistication and luxury, the Hermitage Hotel in Mt Cook is surrounded by iconic rugged alpine scenery

We have just returned from this tour of beautiful New Zealand. No words can describe the beauty of this country. Our tour guide Laurie and our driver Steve. The A Team. were fantastic.

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