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Magnificent New Zealand

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Trip Code: NZACS23
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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

  • All sightseeing and entry fees
  • The services of an APT Tour Director and professional Driver
  • Freedom of Choice Sightseeing inclusions in nine locations
  • Freedom of Choice Dining Inclusions in two locations
  • A total of 38 meals

Map & Itinerary

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New Zealand Map 2017 NZACS23

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

Arrive in Auckland, ‘The City of Sails’. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of today is at leisure to relax and settle in, or begin exploring this wonderful city. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your APT Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Stay: Two Nights: Crowne Plaza Auckland

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  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Enjoy the freedom to choose from a range of included sightseeing activities, with a sail boat cruise on the harbour or a visit to the fascinating aquarium being just a taste of the exciting options available.


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  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Aboard a catamaran, cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Hear about the ecology and history of the area as you keep an eye out for local marine life, including common and bottlenose dolphins.


From Auckland, enjoy a scenic drive to Paihia.

Stay: Two Nights: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Take a tall ship sailing adventure, embark on a dolphin-watching cruise, or cruise to Russell to see New Zealand’s first European settlement. Others may prefer to discover the northernmost point of New Zealand at dazzling Cape Reinga.


The Bay of Islands is home to an incredible 144 islands and is a wonderland for lovers of all things aquatic. As ‘the birthplace of New Zealand’, the area teems with history.

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  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a taste of New Zealand rural life with a tour and dinner at Longlands Farm.


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 Cambridge and then continue south to Rotorua.

Stay: Two Nights Millennium Hotel Rotorua, located on beautiful Lake Rotorua

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening, the Tamaki Maori Village welcomes you to experience the dance, music and culture of the Maori people at a traditional Hangi Feast and village experience.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Enjoy a sheep show at the Agrodome followed by a kiwi encounter and a visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve, or visit Wai-O-Tapu. Alternatively, see some of the sets from the Lord of the Rings or learn about the region’s history at the Rotorua Museum.


Choose your activity today.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Take a step back in time and enjoy a 1930s Art Deco High Tea experience, complete with vintage table settings 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 Art Deco style city of Napier.

Stay: Napier, Scenic Hotel Te Pania

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

This evening, you’ll be able to discover the tantalising flavours of New Zealand with a choice from three 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

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Today, you may like to visit Zealandia, a premier eco-attraction and restoration project. Perhaps visit the award-winning design studio behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Avatar, take in the city’s highlights on a guided tour, or visit some of the locations that feature in the Lord of the Rings movies. Another option is a fascinating evening tour at Zealandia.


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  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Delight in fresh regional flavours during a special Taste of Marlborough Dinner tonight.


Journey through the picturesque Marlborough region to Blenheim.

Stay: Two Nights: Blenheim, Scenic Hotel Marlborough

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  • 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

Follow the rugged east coast of New Zealand’s South Island to Kaikoura, where the unique combination of mountains and ocean creates a stunning contrast. Here, perhaps take in a scenic whale watching flight (own expense). Continue to Christchurch.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy New Zealand’s famous TranzAlpine train. Prepare to experience one of the world’s greatest train journeys as you voyage from Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass. Carve through the striking patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, before travelling through deep gorges, river valleys and across the Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Continue along the dramatic west coast into Westland National Park, home to the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier.


After your train journey, reboard your coach at Arthur’s Pass and set out for Hokitika, a town rich in jade greenstone. Here, see Pounamu (jade) being carved into jewellery. Savour a four-course degustation dinner at your luxury eco-resort this evening.

Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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  • Breakfast
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Enjoy a day of truly breathtaking scenery as you travel to Queenstown. This morning, cross the spectacular Haast Pass and skirt around the shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea. See the vistas and surrounding mountains that shift moods with the seasons. 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 comfortable and stylish accommodation.

Stay: Three Nights: Queenstown, Crowne Plaza Hotel

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  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Lord of the Rings fans will jump at the chance to visit key filming locations, while thrill-seekers may enjoy an exhilarating ride on the Shotover Jet Boat, a Skippers Canyon adventure or a river safari along the Dart River. Others may prefer a leisurely cruise on the shimmering waters of Lake Wakatipu. Why not tour the country’s premier wine-producing region and savour the local offerings? Nature enthusiasts might fancy a 4WD experience at Mt Nicholas or a bird walk through the surrounding wilderness.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

This evening, select from our Freedom of Choice dining inclusions. Seafood lovers will be tempted by Finz, while the panoramic views from the Skyline Restaurant, reached by gondola, are hard to beat. Cruise aboard a vintage steamer to Walter Peak High Country Farm, or dine at your hotel restaurant.


Today presents the opportunity to indulge your interests with our wide selection of Freedom of Choice activities.

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Immerse yourself in beautiful Queenstown as you enjoy a full day at leisure in this exciting destination. You may like to use this time to take a relaxing stroll along the tranquil shores of Lake Wakatipu, browse through the stores in the bustling central shopping district, or perhaps take advantage of being in the ‘adventure capital of the world’ and indulge in the thrill of a lifetime.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a cruise that explores the full length of the pristine fiord, spectacular Milford Sound. 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.


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. Following your Milford Sound cruise, enjoy a drive through picturesque countryside to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau, set against the backdrop of Mount Luxmore and the Murchison mountains. Settle in to your hotel before enjoying dinner.

Stay: Two Nights: Distinction Te Anau Hotels and Villas

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps explore an underground network of limestone caves, lit by thousands of glowworms, set off on an incredible wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound, or take an exciting 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.


Following your chosen activity, the remainder of the day is free for you to soak up the peaceful atmosphere.

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  • Breakfast
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps tour Larnach Castle, visit Olveston House, or ride the Taieri Gorge Railway. Those who enjoy a beer might like to tour Speight’s Brewery. Alternatively, either visit an albatross colony, see penguins or take an off-road tour of the Otago Peninsula. Afterwards, absorb the breathtaking scenery as you traverse the rolling countryside of the spectacular Southland region.


Depart the lakeside settlement of Te Anau and traverse Southland to Dunedin, a university town that was planned in Scotland and still maintains its Victorian and Edwardian heritage. Known as the Edinburgh of the south, this former goldmining town was once New Zealand’s largest city thanks to an influx of miners during the goldrush.

Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

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  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Follow the shores of blue Lake Pukaki before entering spectacular Mt Cook National Park. Appreciate the sheer magnitude of Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki (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.

Stay: Two Nights: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel

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  • 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. Mt Cook National Park is home to some of New Zealand’s most spectacular landscapes, so you may like to join a guided nature walk and discover the native flora and fauna. Alternatively, during the summer months, board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.


With some time at leisure after your activity, perhaps take a stroll through the lovely alpine town. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers.

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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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After breakfast, your New Zealand adventure comes to an end with a transfer to the airport.

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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