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Magnificent New Zealand

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

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

On arrival in Auckland, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel where you have the afternoon to relax. This evening, enjoy a feature Welcome Dinner.

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.


After your chosen activity, enjoy the afternoon and evening to yourself.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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


Today follow the east coast to the Bay of Islands.

Stay: Two nights Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Daily :
  • 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. After breakfast, choose your preferred Freedom of Choice sightseeing activity.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight’s feature dinner involves a taste of rural life with a tour and dinner at Longlands Farm in Matamata.


Travel to the geothermal capital of New Zealand, Rotorua.

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

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight enjoy the dance, music and culture of the Maori people during a traditional Hangi Feast feature dinner.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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, Rotorua Museum; see some of the sets from the Lord of the Rings movies; or explore Redwood Treewalk with a Maori guide.


Enjoy a full day in Rotorua.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a delicious feature Art Deco High Tea, featuring sweet and savoury treats.


Stop at the charming town of Taupo en route to Napier. On arrival, set off on a tour of the ‘Art Deco City’ that was rapidly re-built in 1931 following a large earthquake. The rapid rebuilding was completed within two years at the height of the Art Deco period. Dine at your hotel this evening.

Stay: Napier, Scenic Te Pania Hotel

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

For tonight’s feature dinner, choose from our range of Freedom of Choice Dining inclusions. You can take your pick from a selection of highly recommended local restaurants including the Lido Café, the Hummingbird Eatery and Bar, or you may choose to dine in your hotel's fine-dining restaurant.


Drive through the Rimutaka Ranges en route to Wellington.

Stay: Two nights: Intercontinental Wellington

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

You may like to visit Zealandia, a premier eco-attraction and restoration project where you can learn about New Zealand’s incredible natural history and the conservation projects that are currently underway. Perhaps visit the award-winning design studio behind the movie 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.


Enjoy a full day in Wellington.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Cruise across Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a feature Taste of Marlborough Dinner in Blenheim this evening.


Stay: Two Nights: Blenheim, Scenic Hotel Marlborough

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

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


After your activity, enjoy time to explore Blenheim at your own pace.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Follow the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island to Kaikoura. While here, perhaps enjoy a scenic whale watching flight - own expense. Then continue on to Christchurch.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Join New Zealand’s famous TranzAlpine train and experience one of the world’s greatest rail journeys. Travel through deep gorges, river valleys and across the Southern Alps all the way to Christchurch.


Check in to your luxury eco-resort within pristine rainforest, before a four-course degustation feature dinner.

Stay: Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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.

Stay: Three Nights: Queenstown, Scenic Hotel

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

For tonight’s feature dinner, 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.


Enjoy a full day in Queenstown.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Immerse yourself in beautiful Queenstown as you enjoy a full day at leisure in this exciting destination.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Cruise along the full length of beautiful fiord Milford Sound, located deep within Fiordland National Park.


Along Milford Road, wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, then travel through the Homer Tunnel to be met by the sight of Mitre Peak. Continue to Milford Sound.

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.


After your chosen activity, enjoy the afternoon and evening to yourself.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

You might like 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 tour Speight’s Brewery. Alternatively, either visit an albatross colony, see penguins or take an off-road tour along the spectacular Otago Peninsula.


Today you will journey through rolling Southland countryside before arriving in Dunedin.

Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

View Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki - Mt Cook, and admire the sublime alpine scenery that abounds here.


Set out to Koekohe Beach to view the unusual spherical-shaped Moeraki Boulders and visit Oamaru to see some of New Zealand’s finest 19th-century architecture. Continue into Mt Cook National Park. Tonight, enjoy a feature dinner.

Stay: Two Nights: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel, in a room with alpine views

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.


With some time at leisure after your chosen activity, perhaps take a stroll through the lovely alpine town.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd before travelling to Christchurch.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Transfer to the airport.

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

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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