Your browser (Internet Explorer {{browserVersion}}) is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all the features of this and other websites.
Update my browser

Scenic Sights

Auckland to Christchurch
Trip Code: NCH12
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation
  • Pricing & Availability

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

Save As Pdf
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 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 set off on a Wilderness Adventure into the Waitakere Rainforest. Others may prefer to take a trip to the harbourside suburb of Devonport.


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 and tour the incredible underground limestone caverns filled with thousands of glow-worms. Continue to Rotorua and enjoy your Signature Experience.

Stay: Two Nights: Rotorua, Holiday Inn

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, tour the Hobbiton Movie Set and gain an insight into the making of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Other options include a drive through forest and farmland to visit New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool and colourful hot springs, a guided walk through Redwood Treewalk or learning about art, history and culture at Rotorua Museum.


Explore Rotorua however you like with a variety of exciting sightseeing activities available to you. Additional Information: COUNTRY HOMESTAY OPTION On Day 3, you can experience New Zealand hospitality at its most charming on a Rotorua Country Homestay. Enjoy home-style cooking and a few good yarns. Replaces Day 3 accommodation. Incurs additional cost, please enquire for details

Daily :
  • Breakfast
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

After checking into your hotel this evening, discover a range of tantalising local flavours with a choice of four tempting restaurants in which to dine.


Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway, view Wairakei Steam Valley, visit Huka Falls and Lake Taupo before crossing Tongariro National Park to Wellington.

Stay: Two Nights: Amora Hotel Wellington

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Take a tour of the city’s best-loved landmarks, including the fascinating Museum of New Zealand – Te Papa Tongarewa. Then ride the iconic Cable Car.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Cruise across Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry to Picton.


After arriving in Picton, continue towards Christchurch for the evening.

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.


From Arthur’s Pass, journey to Hokitika and continue to Franz Josef. Tonight, enjoy a four-course degustation dinner.

Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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

This evening for dinner, perhaps sample fresh produce at Finz seafood restaurant, or take a gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant and enjoy remarkable views 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, or dine at your hotel.


Travel along the Haast River, capturing views of the Haast River Valley, Franz Josef and Fox glaciers. Arrive in Queenstown, and choose from four restaurants.

Stay: Three Nights: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

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

Enjoy the opportunity to personalise your Queenstown experience by selecting from one of our Freedom of Choice activities. These include a Safari of the Scenes tour, where you can visit several local sites where the popular The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed, an exhilarating ride on the famous Shotover Jet Boat, a 4WD experience at Mt Nicholas, or a Lakeshore forest and bird walk. Farewell your APT Tour Director and begin your independent touring days.


Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Upon arrival into the Fiordland National Park, cruise the full length of pristine Milford Sound.


Follow The Remarkables mountain range to Fiordland National Park. Return to Queenstown later this evening.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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


Travel to Otago and visit Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. Perhaps take a scenic helicopter or ski plane flight here (own expense, weather permitting). Travel to the picturesque Lake Tekapo. Here, you’ll pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, travel through delightful scenery along Burkes Pass to the city of Christchurch.

Stay: Christchurch, Rydges Latimer

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Your journey comes to an end with an included transfer to the airport.

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

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.

Price & Availability

1. Select package and departure date

Select a package

Meals as specified in itinerary
Includes feature meals
Breakfasts and feature meals only

1. Select departure date

Show More Dates

This Departure Date cannot be booked online at this time. To book please contact us

Select a room type

*Promotions available for this trip. For more information get in touch.

{{item.roomTypeName}}
{{item.roomTypeDesc}}
{{tpbc.getRoomTypeBasePrice(item) | currency : '$' : 0}}
{{item.currency}} pp

For more information on promotions, group bookings or other requirements get in touch.

Select your cabin

{{item.passengerUpgrades[0].shortLabel}}
{{item.categoryName}}
No Availability {{tpbc.currentCabinUpgradePrice(item) | currency: '$'}} {{tpbc.cabinUpgradePrice(item) > 0 ? '+' : ''}} {{tpbc.cabinUpgradePrice(item) | currency: '$'}} {{tpbc.roomType.currency}} pp
Back: {{tpbc.bookingStepTitles[tpbc.bookingStepIndex-1]}}

Booking contact details

Complete your details and one of our customer experience consultants will contact you.

Scenic Sights

Trip Code: {{tpbc.trip.tripCode}}
{{tpbc.package.packageTitle}}

- {{tpbc.package.packageDescription}}


Departing {{tpbc.date | date:'EEE d MMM yyyy'}}
Returning {{tpbc.returnDate | date:'EEE d MMM yyyy'}}
{{tpbc.roomType.roomTypeDesc}} +{{tpbc.roomCost | currency:'$':0}} pp
{{tpbc.cabin.categoryName}} +{{tpbc.cabin.passengerUpgrades[0].upgradePriceStr}} pp
Start Again Start Again
Special deals available to this trip:
{{tpbc.cabin.passengerUpgrades[0].shortLabel}}

Phoenix.Trips.PriceAndBooking.DepositRequired: {{tpbc.minimumDeposit | currency:'$':0}} USD


Phoenix.Trips.PriceAndBooking.TotalAmount

{{( tpbc.totalPrice || tpbc.price * tpbc.roomType.allowedAdultNumber) | currency:'$':0}} USD

Was {{tpbc.cabinOriginalPrice | currency:'$':0}} USD

Phoenix.Trips.PriceAndBooking.SurchargeNote
Phoenix.Trips.PriceAndBooking.TotalAmount

{{(tpbc.price * tpbc.roomType.allowedAdultNumber) | currency:'$':0}} USD

Phoenix.Trips.PriceAndBooking.SurchargeNote

Phoenix.Trips.PriceAndBooking.DepositRequired: {{tpbc.minimumDeposit | currency:'$':0}} USD

Phoenix.Trips.PriceAndBooking.DepositAmountNote

Phoenix.Trips.PriceAndBooking.TotalAmountNote

Phoenix.Trips.PriceAndBooking.BookNow
Need more information?

Request a callback from one of our customer service travel experts.

Need to speak to a travel advisor?

1800 290 8687

Booking contact details

Fill out your details and one of our customer experience consultants will be in contact shortly.

Scenic Sights

Trip Code: {{tpbc.trip.tripCode}}
{{tpbc.package.packageTitle}}

- {{tpbc.package.packageDescription}}


Departing {{tpbc.date | date:'EEE d MMM yyyy'}}
Returning {{tpbc.returnDate | date:'EEE d MMM yyyy'}}
{{tpbc.roomType.roomTypeDesc}} +{{tpbc.roomCost | currency:'$':0}} pp
{{tpbc.cabin.categoryName}} +{{tpbc.cabin.passengerUpgrades[0].upgradePriceStr}} pp
Start Again Start Again
Special deals available to this trip:
{{tpbc.cabin.passengerUpgrades[0].shortLabel}}

Phoenix.Trips.PriceAndBooking.DepositRequired: {{tpbc.minimumDeposit | currency:'$':0}} USD


Phoenix.Trips.PriceAndBooking.TotalAmount

{{( tpbc.totalPrice || tpbc.price * tpbc.roomType.allowedAdultNumber) | currency:'$':0}} USD

Was {{tpbc.cabinOriginalPrice | currency:'$':0}} USD

Phoenix.Trips.PriceAndBooking.SurchargeNote
Phoenix.Trips.PriceAndBooking.ProceedToBooking

Phoenix.Trips.PriceAndBooking.SecureYourTrip

Phoenix.Trips.PriceAndBooking.BookNow

Note: You must fill in the fields marked with *


Phoenix.Trips.PriceAndBooking.ProceedToBooking

Phoenix.Trips.PriceAndBooking.SecureYourTrip

Phoenix.Trips.PriceAndBooking.BookNow

All done

Thank-you for your enquiry. A customer service representative will be in touch.

Start Over