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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 NZACS26F 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

On arrival, be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel where you have the afternoon to relax, enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel where you will meet your fellow travellers.

Stay: Two nights at Crowne Plaza Auckland

Daily :
  • Dinner
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.


Daily :
  • Breakfast

Travel via SH1, Warkworth, to Paihia. Step aboard a catamaran and enjoy a cruise to Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock, keeping an eye out for dolphins.

Stay: Two nights Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

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

Go sailing on a tall ship; embark on a dolphin-watching cruise; ferry to Russell; or visit Cape Reinga.


Choose your activity today.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Travel to Rotorua then tonight enjoy the dance, music and culture of the Maori people during a traditional Hangi feast twnights: Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Stay: Two Nights: Rotorua, Millennium Hotel

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

Perhaps enjoy a sheep show Perhaps enjoy a sheep show at the Agrodome followed by a kiwi encounter and a visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Choose to visit Wai-O-Tapu; see some of the sets from the Lord of the Rings movies; or explore Redwood Treewalk with a Maori guide.


Select from a range of activities today. The evening is yours at leisure to further explore.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tour Napier, then enjoy an Art Deco-style high tea.


Journey through Esk Valley and Te Pohue, stopping at the charming town of Taupo then travel to Napier.

Stay: One night: Scenic Hotel Te Pania

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

Tonight, choose where to dine.


Stay: Two nights: Intercontinental Wellington

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

Visit Zealandia, tour the studio behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Avatar, take a city tour, visit sites from the Lord of the Rings movies, or join an evening tour of Zealandia.


Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Cruise across Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Savour New Zealand’s finest flavours with a Highlights of Marlborough Dinner. Each dish showcases superb local artisan produce, with each dish perfectly paired to wines from this stunning region.


Cruise to the South Island today and travel to Blenheim.

Stay: Two nights: Scenic Hotel Marlborough

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

Perhaps embark on a tour of the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, enjoy the sheer beauty of Marlborough Sounds during a greenshell mussel cruise, or choose to visit some of region’s best wineries.


Daily :
  • Breakfast

Follow the rugged east coast of New Zealands South Island to Kaikora.Follow the rugged east coast of New Zealands South Island to Kaikora.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Venture along the west coast into Westland National Park, home to the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier, marvelling at the icy spectacle.


Travel through deep gorges, rivers valleys and across the magnificent Southern Alps within Arthurs Pass National park. Skirt the shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea. Check in to your eco-resort, before a four-course degustation dinner.

Stay: Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Witness incredible landscape on your drive into Queenstown

Stay: Three nights Millennium Hotel Queenstown

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

Movie buffs may like to visit key Lord of the Rings filming locations, while thrillseekers may enjoy a ride on the Shotover Jet Boat, a Skippers Canyon adventure or an exciting 4WD tour. Others may prefer a cruise on Lake Wakatipu, a wine tour or a Lakeshore Forest Walk.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Select from a number of restaurants during a Freedom of Choice Dining evening.


Choose your sightseeing, then tonight, select your dining experience.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Immerse yourself in beautiful Queenstown with a full day at leisure. You may like to take a relaxing stroll along the tranquil shores of Lake Wakatipu, or take part in the thrill of a lifetime in this adventurous city.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Journey to Milford Sound where you will cruise along the full length of this fiord deep within Fiordland National Park.


Travel to the Homer Tunnel to be met by the sight of Mitre Peak. Continue to wind down the Eglington and Hollyford valleys along Milford road. Absorb the breathtaking scenery as you travel to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau.

Stay: Two Nights: Distinction Te Anau Hotels & Villas

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

Explore an underground network of limestone caves, lit by thousands of glow worms; set off on a wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound; or take a jet boat ride along the Upper Waiau River. Equally tempting is the option to sit back and relax with a glass of wine while you enjoy a film featuring Fiordland’s beautiful landscapes.


Decide how to spend your morning in Te Anau thanks to our Freedom of Choice activities on offer to you today.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

This morning, you may choose to tour Larnach Castle and Olveston House, or take a lovely ride on the Taieri Gorge Railway. Those who enjoy a beer may choose to visit Speight’s Brewery. Alternatively, either discover an albatross colony, see penguins or take an off-road tour along the spectacular Otago Peninsula.


Travel via Lumsden and Gore to Dunedin absorbing the breath taking scenery as you traverse the rolling countryside.

Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Travel to Koekohe Beach and view the unusual spherical-shaped Moeraki Boulders. Continue on the shores of Lake Pukaki to Omaru to Mt Cook Village.

Stay: Two nights: The Hermitage Hotel

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

Perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and enjoy a stargazing session with an astronomer, or immerse yourself in the region’s incredible native flora and fauna 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.


Personalise your time in Mt Cook with our range of Freedom of Choice activities available today.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Traverse the Canterbury plains to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo, before arriving into Christchurch where you will have a night at leisure.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight.

Daily :
  • 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

As a family-owned company with origins that date back to 1927, we know how to make a great holiday extraordinary

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