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Magnificent New Zealand

Trip Code: NZACS23
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation
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Trip Highlights

TranzAlpine Train

Enjoy the views on one of the world's greatest rail journeys as you travel across New Zealand's Southern Alps

Stunning Fiord Cruise

Cruise enchanting Milford Sound, which is set deep in Fiordland National Park

A Vintage City

Step back in time to the 1930s as you enjoy an Art Deco High Tea experience in the seaside city of Napier

Your Vacation Includes

  • A maximum of 40 guests on tour
  • Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions
  • 22 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 10 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 NZACS23 2018-19

Auckland to Christchurch

Reverse Trip

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

This morning arrive in Auckland, the City of Sails. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel before a day of leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, Auckland, Crowne Plaza

Daily :
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Hop aboard one of the yachts in the Pride of Auckland fleet and enjoy a cruise on Waitemata Harbour. Or perhaps you may choose to discover the diverse art and culture of New Zealand at the Auckland Museum.


Enjoy the freedom to choose from a range of included sightseeing activities today in Auckland.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock.


Enjoy a scenic drive to Paihia. Upon arrival, step aboard a catamaran and enjoy a cruise, keeping an eye out for local marine life including common bottlenose dolphins.

Stay: Two Nights, Bay of Islands, Scenic Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Embark on a tall ship sailing adventure aboard the R. Tucker Thomson, or take a dolphin watching eco-cruise. Perhaps you might even cruise to Russell, or visit Cape Reinga where you’ll drive along the sands of Ninety Mile Beach.


The Bay of Islands is home to an incredible 144 islands and is a wonderland for all things aquatic. As the Birthplace of New Zealand, the area teems with an exciting and rich history. Enjoy your selected sightseeing activity and discover the wonders of the Bay of Islands.

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  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Experience the unique dance, music and culture of the Māori people at a fascinating traditional Hāngī Feast and village experience.


Follow the east coast Pacific Ocean Drive from Paihia through Whangarei and head south through Warkworth. Admire the breathtaking view over Waitemata Harbour as you cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Travel through the lush Waikato farmland to Rotorua where the Tamaki Māori Village welcomes you.

Stay: Two Nights, Rotorua, Millennium Hotel

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

Perhaps enjoy a sheep show at the Agrodome followed by a visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Alternatively, gain access to Redwood Treewalk with a knowledgeable Māori guide who will share local insights on the area, or visit Wai-O-Tapu and experience New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool and a series of colourful hot springs. You might choose to see some of the sets from The Lord of the Rings film.


Choose which exciting activity will enrich your cultural journey in Rotorua today.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Take a step back in time and enjoy a 1930s Art Deco High Tea experience, complete with a vintage setting and delicious treats.


This morning, you’ll depart Rotorua and stop at the charming town of Taupo, set alongside New Zealand’s largest lake and boasting stunning views. After taking in the surrounds of Taupo, continue through Esk Valley and Te Pohue to the seaside city of Napier.

Stay: Napier, Scenic Hotel Te Pania

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Discover the tantalising flavours of New Zealand with a choice from two tempting restaurants in which to dine.


Today’s drive takes you through scenic Waipukurau and Woodville and over the Rimutaka Ranges. Travel past the historic towns of Greytown and Masterton then arrive in New Zealand’s vibrant capital city, Wellington.

Stay: Two Nights, InterContinental Wellington

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

There’s a chance to learn about New Zealand’s incredible natural history through the fascinating exhibitions at Zealandia. You may choose to take in a city tour, visiting iconic and fascinating sites including Te Papa, the Parliament Buildings and Old St Paul’s Cathedral.


Experience the capital’s many delights during your selected touring activity and explore the city in your own way. However you choose to spend your day in Wellington, the choice is yours.

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  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This morning board the Interislander ferry and cross Cook Strait. This journey is one of the most picturesque cruises in the world.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening you’ll enjoy A Taste of Marlborough Dinner.


Arrive in Picton on the South Island and continue to Blenheim.

Stay: Two Nights, Blenheim, Scenic Hotel Marlborough

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

Perhaps learn about historic aircraft on a tour of the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. You may like to enjoy the natural beauty of the Marlborough Sounds during a greenshell mussel cruise, or visit some of region’s best wineries on a half-day tour.


Choose from three exciting sightseeing inclusions in Blenheim today.

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  • Breakfast

Continue to Christchurch this morning. Proudly holding the colloquial title of the Garden City, Christchurch is known for its English heritage and botanic garden areas.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Join New Zealand’s famous TranzAlpine train for a picturesque journey.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Continue along the west coast into Westland Tai Poutini National Park, and admire the sublime surrounds of Franz Josef. Take in the stunning alpine scenery, pristine lakes and lush forests.


Today you’ll venture through the striking farmlands of the Canterbury Plains before travelling within Arthur’s Pass National Park. Here, you’ll set out for Hokitika, a town famous for its jade greenstone. Watch in wonder as the pounamu is carved into impressive jewellery. Check in to your luxury eco-resort and savour a four-course degustation dinner this evening.

Stay: Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Enjoy a day of breathtaking scenery as you travel to Queenstown. This morning, cross the spectacular Haast Pass and skirt around the shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea. View historic mining sites as we travel through the beautiful Kawarau Gorge and meander through Cromwell. Pass the incredible orchards and vineyards that have been inspiring artists for decades before arriving in Queenstown where you’ll stay for three nights in stylish accommodation.

Stay: Three Nights, Queenstown, Millennium Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

The Lord of the Rings fans will jump at the chance to visit key filming locations, while thrill-seekers will find the exhilarating Shotover Jet Boat ride tough to resist. Or, get back to nature with an enthralling lakeshore forest and bird watching walk complete with a delicious morning tea. Others may enjoy exploring the country’s premier wine region - the choice is all yours.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Perhaps sample the fresh produce at Finz seafood restaurant located on Steamer Wharf. Alternatively, you might like to take a gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant. Another option is to cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamboat, and enjoy dinner at The Great Kiwi Carvery; or you may choose to dine amid the stylish surrounds of your hotel restaurant.


Personalise your holiday experience today, as you enjoy your chosen Freedom of Choice activity. This evening, enjoy even more variety as you select from a range of Freedom of Choice Dining Inclusions.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Immerse yourself in beautiful Queenstown as you enjoy a full day at leisure in this exciting city which is surrounded by majestic mountains. You may like to use this time to take a relaxing stroll along the tranquil shores of Lake Wakatipu, browse through stores in the bustling central shopping district, or see the arts and crafts on display in the city’s many galleries. Spend the day rejuvenating your mind and body at a spa or wellness centre, enjoying some well deserved rest and relaxation. Perhaps you’d prefer to take advantage of being in the Adventure Capital of the World and indulge in the thrill of a lifetime such as an exhilarating white-water rafting adventure or a helicopter flight, gaining a birds eye view of this picturesque city, a truly exciting way to experience the sights (all own expense).

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  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Journey to the spectacular Milford Sound, where you’ll enjoy a cruise that explores the full length of this untouched fiord.


Embark on one of the 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 majestic sight of Mitre Peak. Within Milford Sound, you’ll see towering mountains climb straight out of the sea, be entranced by the verdant rainforest as it clings to sheer rock walls and watch in awe as cascading waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres into the sea below. It’s a true joy to be able to experience a part of the world that maintains such a pristine atmosphere. After exploring the fiord, enjoy a drive through picturesque countryside to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau set against the stunning backdrop of Mt Luxmore and the Murchison mountains.

Stay: Two Nights, Te Anau, Distinction Te Anau Hotels and Villas

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

Perhaps explore an underground network of limestone caves lit by tiny glow worms. Or perhaps embark on a Doubtful Sound wilderness cruise and explore the beauty of the vast fiord. For the more adventurous, you could try a jet boat ride through panoramic scenery. Equally tempting is the option to sit back and relax with a glass of wine as you enjoy a film featuring Fiordland’s breathtaking landscapes.


Today, choose from a range of exciting Freedom of Choice Sightseeing activities that are available to you. The rest of the day is yours at leisure to explore this magical region.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps tour Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle, and Olveston House as you learn about their intriguing histories. You may choose to visit Dunedin’s beautiful railway station and board the Taieri Gorge Railway. Those who enjoy a beer might like to tour Speight’s Brewery and taste the local brew that has been produced on this site since 1876. Alternatively, nature lovers can either visit an albatross colony, or take an off-road tour of the rugged Otago Peninsula.


Today, travel from Southland to Dunedin. Known as the Edinburgh of the South, this former gold-mining town was once New Zealand’s largest city thanks to an influx of miners during the gold rush. This afternoon, choose from our range of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Inclusions.

Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Appreciate the sheer magnitude of Australasia’s highest mountain, Mt Cook. A favourite challenge for mountain climbers, the sight of it is truly awe-inspiring.


Today, travel north via the Waitaki Valley and Oamaru. See the unique collection of elegant Victorian-style architecture here, as we follow the coast to view the mysterious Moeraki Boulders along Koekohe Beach. These unique formations are concretions that formed in ancient sea floor sediments around 60 million years ago. Some of these incredible boulders are up to three metres in diameter and along the rugged shoreline, the smooth erosion of the near perfect spheres is breathtaking. According to Māori legend, the boulders are gourds, kumaras and eel baskets that washed ashore after the legendary voyaging canoe, Araiteuru, was wrecked upon landing in New Zealand hundreds of years ago. Follow the shores of blue Lake Pukaki before entering spectacular Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.

Stay: Two Nights, Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel

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

Immerse yourself in the region’s incredible native flora and splendid surrounds on a guided nature walk. Alternatively, during the summer months, board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. Perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and enjoy a stargazing session with an astronomer.


Today offers you the chance to explore Mt Cook through one of the Freedom of Choice Sightseeing options available to you. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning travel to beautiful Lake Tekapo and visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, perched on its shores. Built of locally gathered stone and oak, this charming church was erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Absorb the serenity of this magical area before continuing to Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city, for the final night of your luxury holiday.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

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  • Breakfast

Your journey ends today. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Iconic Hotels and Resorts

Stay in luxury hotels including the Te Waonui Forest Retreat in Franz Josef and The Hermitage in Mount Cook

Savour New Zealand

Sample a four-course degustation at Te Waonui Forest Retreat, and dinner at Longlands farm

A Taste of Culture

Immerse yourself in Maori culture with the traditional flavours of a Hangi feast

From the Australian Outback and Europe’s waterways to the icescapes of Antarctica and far beyond, we won’t just take you there, we’ll immerse you in the wonders of each and every place you visit

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