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Magnificent New Zealand

Trip Code: NZACS23
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  • 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 2017/18

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

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  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps hop aboard one of the yachts in the Pride of Auckland fleet and enjoy a cruise on Waitemata Harbour. Maybe discover the diverse artistic legacy and cultures of New Zealand at the Auckland Museum, or enjoy a close encounter with sharks, eels and fish at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium. You may also choose to delight in a Waiheke Wine Tour, or Devonport Explorer.


Today, enjoy the freedom to choose from a range of included sightseeing activities.

Daily :

  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Upon arrival to Paihia, step aboard a catamaran and cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for local marine life including common bottle-nose dolphins.


Enjoy a scenic drive to Paihia in the astoundingly beautiful Bay of Islands.

Stay: Two Nights: Bay of Islands, Scenic Hotel

Daily :

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Enjoy your selected sightseeing activity, such as embarking on a tall ship sailing adventure aboard the R. Tucker Thomson, enjoying a dolphin watching eco-cruise, or joining a guided tour of Waitangi. Perhaps you might even cruise to the romantic town of 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 lovers of all things aquatic. Choose an exciting Freedom of Choice activity today.

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  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening, experience the unique dance, music and culture of the Maori people at a fascinating traditional Hangi 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 Maori Village welcomes you.

Stay: Two Nights: Rotorua, Millennium Hotel

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  • 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 knowledgable Maori guide, or visit Wai-O-Tapu and visit New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool. You might choose to see some of the sets from The Lord of the Rings, or visit Rotorua Museum and spend your day admiring the iconic local art and historic artefacts.


Choose which exciting activity will enrich your cultural journey today.

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  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

In Napier, 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

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

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps learn about New Zealand’s incredible natural history through the fascinating exhibitions at Zealandia, or explore the Carter Observatory and Planetarium complete with a ride on Wellington’s iconic Cable Car. Perhaps take in the city’s highlights, or explore the magical areas of Wellington that feature in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.


Experience the capital’s many delights during your selected touring activity and explore the city in your own way.

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  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This morning board the Interislander ferry and cross Cook Strait – one of the most picturesque journeys in the world.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

In Blenheim, delight in fresh regional flavours during a special Taste of Marlborough Dinner. Sample fine local ingredients and celebrate the provincial fare.


Disembark the Interislander ferry in Picton, 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

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  • 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.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This morning, join New Zealand’s famous TranzAlpine train and venture through the striking farmlands of the Canterbury Plains before travelling within Arthur’s Pass National Park.


Set your sights on Hokitika, a town rich in jade greenstone and marvel as the pounamu is carved into impressive jewellery. Later, take in the stunning alpine scenery before checking in to your luxury eco-resort in Franz Josef and enjoying a four-course degustation dinner.

Stay: Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Enjoy a day of breathtaking scenery as you travel to Queenstown. 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.

Stay: Three Nights: Queenstown, Scenic 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, or 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, or you may 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.


Truly personalise your holiday experience today with both Freedom of Choice Sightseeing and 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.

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  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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


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. After exploring Milford Sound on a Signature Experience cruise, enjoy a drive through picturesque countryside to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau.

Stay: Two Nights: Te Anau,Distinction Te Anau Hotels & 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. You may try the thrilling Luxmore Jet Boat ride or sit relax with a glass of wine as you enjoy a film featuring Fiordland’s breathtaking landscapes.


After your Freedom of Choice Sightseeing activity, the remainder of the day is yours to explore this magical region at leisure.

Daily :

  • Breakfast
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps tour Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle, and Olveston House or visit Dunedin’s beautiful railway station and board the Taieri Gorge Railway. Those who enjoy a beer might like to tour Speight’s Brewery, or alternatively, nature lovers can either visit an albatross colony, see penguins, or take an off-road tour of the Otago Peninsula.


Today, travel from Southland to Dunedin. 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. 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.


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. 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

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.


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 with your fellow travellers.

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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. Continue to Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city, for one final evening.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

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  • Breakfast

Your journey comes to an end today. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward 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

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

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