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New Zealand Splendour

Christchurch to Auckland
Trip Code: NZCAN23
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation
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Trip Highlights

Stunning Fiord Cruise

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

Discover the Bay Your Way

Explore the Bay of Islands with your choice of activity. Home to 144 islands, there is no lack of discovery options

TranzAlpine Train

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

Your Vacation Includes

  • Travel with a maximum of 40 guests
  • Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions
  • 22 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 10 feature dinners
  • APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides
  • Arrival and departure transfers in New Zealand
  • Luggage porterage and tipping

Map & Itinerary

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New Zealand Map NZCAN23 2017/18

Christchurch to Auckland

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 Christchurch where you will be met by your APT Tour Director and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This afternoon, journey into Aoraki Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain, Mt Cook, and admire the sublime alpine scenery.


Traverse the Canterbury plains to visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, perched on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Built of locally gathered stone and oak, this church was erected as a tribute to the early pioneers. This evening, get to know your Tour Director and fellow travellers during a special Welcome Dinner with drinks.

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, including a visit to the planetarium and a stargazing session with an astronomer. You may join a guided nature walk of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park 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.


This morning, enjoy a range of sightseeing options. Afterwards, enjoy some leisure time.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Set out along the shores of Lake Pukaki to Oamaru. Continue to Koekohe Beach to view the unusual spherical-shaped Moeraki Boulders. Arrive in Dunedin this afternoon and enjoy time at leisure before dinner.

Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

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

Perhaps tour Larnach Castle and visit Olveston House, or ride the Taieri Gorge Railway. Those who enjoy a beer might like to tour Speight’s Brewery. Alternatively, visit an albatross colony, see penguins, or take an off-road tour of the Otago Peninsula.


Choose your Freedom of Choice activity this morning. Afterwards, traverse the rolling countryside of the spectacular Southland region and continue to the tranquil lakeside settlement of Te Anau.

Stay: Two Nights, Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

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

Today you might like to explore an underground network of limestone caves, lit by thousands of glow-worms, or maybe set off on an incredible wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound. Perhaps take an exciting jet boat ride along the Upper Waiau River or simply sit back and relax with a glass of wine while you enjoy a film featuring Fiordland’s beautiful landscapes.


After your sightseeing inclusion, the remainder of the day is free for you to soak up the peaceful, ambient atmosphere.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This afternoon at Milford Sound, cruise along the full length of this beautiful fiord set deep within Fiordland National Park.


Witness an incredible diversity of landscapes today as you experience one of the world’s most spectacular alpine drives along Milford Road. Wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, then travel through the Homer Tunnel to be met by the majestic sight of Mitre Peak. Continue to Queenstown.

Stay: Three Nights: Queenstown, Scenic Hotel

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

The Lord of the Rings fans will be keen to visit filming locations, while thrill-seekers may enjoy a ride on the Shotover Jet Boat, a Skippers Canyon adventure or a river safari along the Dart River. Others may prefer a leisurely cruise along Lake Wakatipu. Maybe tour the country’s premier wine-producing region or enjoy or a bird walk through the wilderness.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

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 all of your sightseeing and dining interests.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Immerse yourself in the beautiful city as you enjoy a full day at leisure exploring this exciting destination. You may like to use this time to stroll along the lightning bolt shaped shores of Lake Wakatipu.

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  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Cross Haast Pass and travel into Westland National Park, home to Franz Josef Glacier. Marvel at the striking beauty of the icy spectacle.


View historic mining sites as you travel through Kawarau Gorge and meander through the scenery of Cromwell. Skirt the shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea, taking in the dramatic vistas and surrounding mountains. Check-in to your luxury eco-resort within the pristine rainforest, before a four-course degustation dinner.

Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board New Zealand’s famous TranzAlpine train and experience one of the world’s greatest rail journeys. You’ll travel through deep gorges, river valleys and across the magnificent Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park before journeying via the striking patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury plains and into Christchurch.


Set out for the coastal town of Hokitika after breakfast this morning. A cultural centre on the west coast, this hidden gem is famous for its jade greenstone. Afterwards, join the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

After checking into your hotel this evening, delight in fresh regional flavours during a special Taste of Marlborough Dinner. Sample fine local ingredients and celebrate the provincial fare at a spectacular dining experience like no other.


Traverse the picturesque Marlborough region where world-famous wines are produced. You’ll soon arrive in Blenheim, known as New Zealand’s sunniest town.

Stay: Two Night: 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 or uncover the natural beauty of the Marlborough Sounds during a greenshell mussel cruise. Perhaps visit some of region’s best wineries on a half-day tour, or simply enjoy personal leisure time exploring the city.


Choose from three exciting sightseeing inclusions today.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Cruise across Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry to the North Island.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

For dinner this evening, you can take your pick from a selection of highly recommended local restaurants.


Depart Blenheim this morning and travel through the wine-growing country before arriving in Wellington. Unpack before dinner and soak up the diverse cityscape. Tonight, choose from our range of Freedom of Choice Dining inclusions.

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.


Today, you have the opportunity to choose an activity that most interests you and explore the fascinating city of Wellington.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This afternoon in Napier, enjoy a delicious Art Deco High Tea featuring sweet and savoury treats in a vintage setting.


En route to Napier, drive through the bush-clad ridges of the Rimutaka Range and become surrounded by peaks varying between 700 and 940 metres. On arrival, set off on a tour of the Art Deco City. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.

Stay: Napier, Scenic Te Pania Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

For dinner, journey to the Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua where you’ll experience the dance, music and culture of the Maori people as you enjoy a delicious traditional Hangi Feast and cultural performance.


Journey through Esk Valley and Te Pohue, stopping at the charming town of Taupo, situated alongside New Zealand’s largest lake – Lake Taupo. Enjoy breathtaking natural surrounds of serene lake waters and distant volcanic mountains. You will travel to the geothermal capital, Rotorua, this evening.

Stay: Two Nights: Millennium Hotel Rotorua

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

Enjoy a sheep show at the Agrodome followed by a kiwi encounter and a visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Perhaps you’ll choose to visit Wai-O-Tapu on an eco-thermal tour, see some of the sets from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, or learn about the region’s history at the Rotorua Museum,. You might even choose to gain access to Redwood Treewalk with a Maori guide.


Today, choose how you wish to explore Rotorua with a range of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing activities.

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  • Breakfast

Travel through the lush Waikato farmland to Cambridge, nestled along the banks of the Waikato River. Continuing north, you’ll reach Auckland, and then follow the east coast Pacific Ocean Drive to Paihia – a bustling seaside town set right in the heart of the Bay of Islands.

Stay: Two Nights: Bay of Islands, Scenic Hotel

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

A tall ship sailing adventure with a barbecue lunch might be the ideal way to spend the day, or you might like to embark on a dolphin-watching cruise that’ll get you up close to these intelligent creatures. Perhaps you might cruise to Russell to see New Zealand’s first European settlement, or enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. There’s also the option of taking a day trip to the northernmost point of New Zealand at Cape Reinga.


Today offers you the perfect chance to explore the sensational Bay of Islands, home to an incredible 144 islands.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Step aboard a catamaran today and enjoy a cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Cruise the shimmering waters as you hear about the ecology and history of the area, keeping an eye out for dolphins, and relaxing in a secluded bay.


Re-board your coach after your exciting Signature Experience, and continue down the coast to Auckland.

Stay: Two Nights: Auckland, Crowne Plaza

Daily :
  • Breakfast
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

You might enjoy a sail boat cruise on Waitemata Harbour, or a visit to the fascinating Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium where you can learn about sharks, eels and many varieties of fish. Other options include a visit to the historic Auckland Museum, a Bush & Beach Wilderness Adventure, or a Waiheke Wine Tour on Waiheke Island.


Enjoy the freedom to choose from a range of included sightseeing activities today. This evening, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner and drink with your fellow travellers and APT Tour Director.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today your New Zealand adventure comes to an end. After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, check-out and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

A Taste of Culture

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

Savour New Zealand

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

Iconic Hotels and Resorts

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

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

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