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Scenic Sights

Auckland to Christchurch
12 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: NCH12
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation
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Trip Highlights

Sparkling Waters

Captivating Lake Tekapo will astound you with its beauty. While here, visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd

Wonderful Wellington

With a two-night stay in the New Zealand capital, you have plenty of opportunities to explore its best-loved landmarks

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
  • 11 breakfasts, 2 dinners and 5 feature dinners
  • APT Tour Director and expert local guides
  • Arrival and departure transfers in New Zealand
  • Luggage porterage and tipping

Map & Itinerary

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New Zealand Map NCH12 2017/

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™

Give your holiday a personal touch with a choice of included sightseeing or dining options

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.


On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Today, choose from a range of sightseeing options. After your sightseeing activity, enjoy a feature Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland

Daily :

  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

For tonight’s feature dinner, 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: Rotorua, Holiday Inn

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, Rotorua Museum; see some of the sets from the Lord of the Rings movies, or explore Redwood Treewalk with a Maori guide.


After your activity, the afternoon and evening are free for you to explore at leisure.

Daily :

  • Breakfast
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

This evening, after checking in to your hotel, discover a range of tantalising local flavours with a choice of three tempting restaurants for your feature dinner.


Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway to the heart of New Zealand’s North Island this morning. View the Wairakei Steam Valley, then visit Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, before travelling across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park all the way to Wellington.

Stay: Two Nights: Amora Hotel Wellington

Daily :

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Discover the city’s beloved landmarks on a guided sightseeing tour today. Later, ride Wellington’s iconic Cable Car, gaining a fresh perspective on this coastal city.

Daily :

  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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


From the port of Picton, 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. Journey through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains and across the Southern Alps.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Along the west coast of the South Island, take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of the Franz Josef Glacier.


Disembark the train at Arthur’s Pass and travel by coach to Hokitika. Here, you will see pounamu jade being skillfully carved into pieces of jewellery. Continue along the west coast to your luxury eco resort near Franz Josef Glacier. Here, enjoy a four-course degustation feature dinner.

Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Daily :

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from four restaurants for your feature 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 along the Haast River on your way 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.


Enjoy a full day in Queenstown.

Daily :

  • Breakfast

Follow The Remarkables mountain range to Fiordland National Park. On arrival, cruise the full length of pristine Milford Sound. Return to Queenstown for dinner.

Daily :

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Travel through Otago then enter Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and admire Mt Cook.


Travel to Lake Tekapo and pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Built of locally gathered stone and oak, this charming church was erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region.

Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel

Daily :

  • Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Daily :

  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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

Iconic Hotels & Resorts

Stay in properties carefully chosen for their character and charm, including The Hermitage in Mt Cook National Park

Choose Where to Dine

With a choice of restaurants available in Wellington, you're guaranteed to be satisfied

We know that great service is more than just taking care of you on holiday… it’s the unprecedented warmth, care and consideration you’ll be afforded from your first call until after your return home