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New Zealand Getaway

Auckland to Christchurch
Trip Code: NT15
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation
  • Pricing & Availability

Trip Highlights

Cruise Milford Sound in NZ

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

Sparkling Waters

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

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

  • Immersive Insider Experiences
  • 14 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners and 3 Feature Dinners
  • Travelmarvel Tour Director, plus local guides in select locations
  • Arrival and departure transfers in New Zealand
  • Luggage porterage and tipping

Map & Itinerary

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New Zealand Map NT15 2017/18

Auckland to Christchurch

Designed exclusively for our guests
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a range of included special or unique excursions and events

Be met on arrival into Auckland and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Rydges Auckland Hotel

Journey north to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve. Here, a short walk from the roadside will take you to the base of a giant kauri tree, called Tãne Mahuta or ‘Lord of the Forest’, the largest and most celebrated kauri tree known to stand today. Continue to the Bay of Islands. Tonight’s feature Welcome Dinner presents the chance to meet your fellow travellers.

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

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The Bay of Islands is home to 144 islands providing a stunning aquatic playground off the north coast of the North Island. During a full day at your leisure, perhaps relax on the beach, explore the wilderness areas via one of the many walking tracks, or set off into town.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Explore New Zealand’s finest maritime park on a cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. This captivating coastline provides sheltered waters for dolphins, whales, seals, penguins and other marine life, so keep a look out while enjoying the scenery.


Return to Auckland by coach and relax prior to dinner.

Stay: Rydges Auckland Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Discover the magical natural spectacle of Waitomo Caves with a local guide.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

For tonight’s feature dinner, enjoy a Maori Hangi Feast with performances of song and dance at Te Puia tonight. Delight in the opportunity to dine and interact with locals who will enchant you with their customs and cheerful hospitality.


Leaving Auckland after breakfast, travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an unmistakable glow. Continue to the geothermal capital of New Zealand, Rotorua. Visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s premier cultural centre, and enjoy a guided tour of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. You will also see the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and witness the phenomenal natural spectacle of erupting geysers and bubbling mud pools.

Stay: Two Nights: Rydges Rotorua

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Maori culture and rich heritage. The city is positioned on the Pacific Rim of Fire, and is therefore one of the world’s most active geothermal areas. Your sightseeing continues with a visit to one of New Zealand’s best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional helicopter flight for views over the active White Island volcano - own expense.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Farewell Rotorua and enjoy the scenery as you travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Lake Taupo - the largest freshwater lake in Australasia - and thundering Huka Falls. Continue south across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park to Wellington. The evening has been left free for you to explore the vibrant dining scene independently. From seafood cafes to cosy wine bars and spectacular fine-dining restaurants, you will see that New Zealand’s wild and fresh produce is showcased on a plate here in Wellington.

Stay: Travelodge Wellington

Daily :
  • Breakfast
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy one of the world’s most scenic voyages as the Interislander ferry traverses Cook Strait through the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds. Weave through islands and admire coastlines defined by tiny coves on the way to Picton.


Travel to Christchurch via Kaikoura today.

Stay: Christchurch, Quality Hotel Elms

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Absorb the rural scenery from aboard your coach before beginning the ascent into the Main Divide. Then, sit back and enjoy the vistas as you journey through the Southern Alps. Be sure to keep watch for the icy crests of Fox and Franz Josef glaciers as you travel through Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Over thousands of years, these natural wonders have created immense glacial valleys. Today, their rivers of ice can be seen cascading down through the lush rainforests.

Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Settle in for a two-night stay overseeing the calming blue waters of Lake Wakatipu, all the while admiring the dramatic backdrop of towering mountains.


Travel past the rugged peaks of the Southern Alps this morning. Journey through spectacular Haast Pass, skirting the tranquil shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. This evening, during time at leisure, you may like to dine at one of the many restaurants in the town centre.

Stay: Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Daily :
  • Breakfast

With an entire day to spend as you please, you have the freedom to simply relax amid the beautiful lakeside setting or pursue your interests and choose one of Travelmarvel’s exciting optional experiences. You may wish to step aboard the 100-year-old TSS Earnslaw steamship for a relaxing cruise to Walter Peak Station, or perhaps take a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for spectacular panoramic views over Queenstown - both at own expense.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Board a boat and cruise the full length of Milford Sound, a magnificent fiord with views of cascading waterfalls, dense rainforest, sheer cliffs and the surrounding mountains of this World Heritage-listed area.


Enter Fiordland National Park along the Milford Road. Continue to your hotel in Te Anau and enjoy dinner.

Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today you will journey through rolling Southland countryside before arriving in Dunedin. Enjoy a guided tour then head to the nearby hills to take an intriguing tour of Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Steeped in scandal and tragedy, it is filled with magnificent antiques and offers breathtaking views. Enjoy some time at leisure before dinner this evening.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Journey into Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki - Mt Cook.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Stay overlooking the shores of Lake Tekapo.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Tonight, dine on fresh local produce at your hotel’s restaurant during a memorable Farewell Dinner.


See the Moeraki Boulders and visit Oamaru to see some of New Zealand’s finest 19th-century architecture. Continue through Mt Cook National Park to Lake Tekapo. Tonight, enjoy a feature dinner.

Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Awake to vistas of Lake Tekapo just beyond your window. Pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Transfer to Christchurch airport, arriving at 3pm. You must book your international flights to depart after 5pm, or 4pm for domestic flights.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Hand-Picked Accommodation

Stay in Premium hotels perfectly positioned for you to relax in comfort and explore the local treasures

Peppers Bluewater Resort

Enjoy an overnight escape at Peppers Bluewater Resort, perched on the turquoise shores of Lake Tekapo

Superb food

Savour regional flavours on a range of included meals, such as a special Farewell Dinner and Welcome Reception

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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