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Great New Zealand Rail and Cruise Experience

Auckland to Christchurch
Trip Code: NRC16
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation
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Trip Highlights

Auckland In Full Glory

Auckland's stunning highlights are on display during your Hauraki blue Overnight Cruise aboard the Ipipiri

Wonderful Wellington

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

The Milford Mariner

Enjoy a stunning overnight cruise along Milford Sound, taking in the enchanting views of the fiord

Your Vacation Includes

  • Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions
  • 15 breakfasts, 6 dinners and 6 feature dinners
  • APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides
  • Arrival and departure transfers in New Zealand
  • Luggage porterage and tipping

Map & Itinerary

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New Zealand Map NRC16 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

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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


Arrive in Auckland and be transferred to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a feature Welcome Dinner as you get to know your Tour Director and your fellow travellers.

Stay: Two Nights: Amora Auckland

Daily :

  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

In Glenbrook this morning, board the Glenbrook Vintage Railway. Lovingly restored, you’ll enjoy a journey through the beautiful rural Franklin countryside aboard this historic steam train.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This afternoon, head towards Viaduct Harbour to board your Huaraki Blue Overnight cruise. Glide past Auckland’s iconic highlights, including the Harbour Bridge, Bean Rock Lighthouse and Devonport, as you sail out across the Waitemata Harbour towards the Hauraki Gulf.


Experience a different side to Auckland with unique experiences.

Stay: Hauraki Blue overnight cruise

Daily :

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

For this evening’s feature dinner, immerse yourself in Maori culture as you enjoy a traditional Hangi Feast and performance.


Enjoy breakfast on board your ship then relax on deck and take in the scenery while you cruise back to port in Auckland. Disembark and board a coach for your journey to Rotorua.

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

Daily :

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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


Set your own pace today thanks to our sightseeing options. Afterwards, enjoy time at leisure.

Daily :

  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Travel to Taumarunui where your rail cart awaits for a self-drive rail cruising experience along a decommissioned railway line. Hop aboard and travel through tunnels, over bridges and past a collection of charming towns at your own pace on a leisurely discovery through the landscapes of Whanganui National Park. Experience the beauty of the North Island as the rolling green hills brush gently by, and take some time out over a picnic lunch.


Travel to Tongariro National Park for a night at the historic and iconic Chateau Tongariro Hotel.

Stay: Chateau Tongariro Hotel

Daily :

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Explore the fascinating Fell Locomotive Museum, home to H199, the only locomotive of its type in the world.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose where to dine from a selection of restaurants for tonight’s feature dinner.


Today’s journey takes you to the town of Featherston. Delight in a relaxing afternoon tea before rejoining your coach and travelling to Wellington, New Zealand’s vibrant capital city by the water.

Stay: Two Nights: Amora Hotel Wellington

Daily :

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

After breakfast, 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. Afterwards, ride Wellington’s iconic Cable Car, gaining a fresh perspective as you gaze out across this spectacular coastal city. The afternoon and evening have been left free for you to enjoy discovering Wellington at your own pace.

Daily :

  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This morning, say goodbye to the North Island as you board the Interislander ferry and cruise from Wellington Harbour across the Cook Strait and through the natural beauty of the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds to Picton.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board the Coastal Pacific Train in Picton. Enjoy a thrilling journey past the picturesque landscapes of the rugged east coast to the South Island’s largest city, Christchurch.


Enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers in Christchurch tonight.

Stay: Christchurch, The Commodore

Daily :

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board the TranzAlpine train for what is renowned as one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. Head to the open-air viewing platform and enjoy stunning views as you journey through the striking patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains. Follow the Waimakariri River and travel across the magnificent Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park. Disembark at Greymouth.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

From Greymouth, travel by coach along the dramatic New Zealand west coast to Franz Josef, where you’ll have the opportunity to take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of the striking Franz Josef Glacier.


Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef

Daily :

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

For your feature dinner tonight, choose from a selection of restaurants.


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

Stay: Two Nights: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Daily :

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Lord of the Rings fans will jump at the chance to visit key filming locations, while thrillseekers can try a ride on the famous Shotover Jet Boat, a Skippers Canyon adventure or a river safari along the Dart River. Why not tour the country’s premier wine-producing region and savour the local offerings? Nature enthusiasts may enjoy a 4WD experience at Mt Nicholas or a bird walk through the surrounding wilderness. A cruise on Lake Wakatipu is also on offer.


Enjoy the day in Queenstown.

Daily :

  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Cruise along the full length of beautiful fiord Milford Sound, located deep within Fiordland National Park.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

In Te Anau tonight, enjoy a feature Taste of Fiordland Dinner.


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. This evening, arrive drive at the lakeside settlement of Te Anau.

Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

Daily :

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Step aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway and journey through the beautiful Southland countryside.


Leave the Fiordland region this morning and travel to Dunedin on the east coast of New Zealand.

Stay: Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Daily :

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board the Seasider train and travel along Otago Harbour before climbing the gentle slopes of Port Chalmers on the Pacific coast.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

View Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki - Mt Cook, and the alpine scenery in World Heritage-listed Mt Cook National Park.


Travel to Oamaru, then head north to see the unusual Moeraki Boulders.

Stay: Two Nights: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel

Daily :

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
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. You may like to join a guided nature walk. Or, during summer, board a MAC boat on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.


Enjoy a full day at Mt Cook. Tonight enjoy a feature dinner.

Daily :

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Drive along the shores of Lake Pukaki to Lake Tekapo. Visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd then continue to Christchurch airport, where your tour ends.

Daily :

  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Iconic Rail Experiences

Relax onboard no fewer than six exciting rail journeys, taking in the picture-perfect New Zealand scenery

Stylish Hotels and Resorts

Stay in hotels that enhance your destination, including The Hermitage in Mount Cook

Flavours of New Zealand

Enjoy feature dinners including a four-course meal degustation at Franz Josef

Our people are passionate about dreaming up once-in-a-lifetime experiences for our guests and making them possible

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