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New Zealand Splendour

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

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/NZCAN26F 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

On arrival in Christchurch, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel where you have the afternoon and evening to relax.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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


Traverse the Canterbury plains to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Continue into Mt Cook National Park. Get to know your Tour Director and fellow travellers during a feature Welcome Drinks and Dinner tonight.

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 like to join a guided nature walk and learn about the region’s native flora and fauna. Alternatively, during the summer months, you can board a MAC boat and get up close to the 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
  • Lunch
  • 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

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.


After your activity, absorb the breathtaking scenery as you travel to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau.

Stay: Two Nights: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and 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
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: 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

This evening's feature dinner will have seafood lovers being tempted by Finz, while the panoramic views from the Skyline Restaurant, reached by gondola, are hard to beat. Otherwise 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.

Daily :

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

Daily :

  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Cross Haast Pass and into Westland National Park, home to the Franz Josef Glacier.


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 that seem to shift mood with the seasons. Check in to your luxury eco-resort within pristine rainforest, before a feature four-course degustation dinner.

Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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.


Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Daily :

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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


Follow the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island to Kaikoura. While here, perhaps enjoy a scenic whale watching flight (own expense). Traverse the Marlborough region to Blenheim.

Stay: Two Night: 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
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Cruise across Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry to the North Island. Disembark in New Zealand's capital city, Wellington.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Tonight, choose from our range of feature 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.


Depart Blenheim this morning and travel through wine growing country.

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.


Daily :

  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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


Drive through the Rimutaka Ranges 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
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a taste of rural life with a tour and feature dinner at Longlands Farm in Matamata.


Journey through Esk Valley and Te Pohue, stopping at the charming town of Taupo. Continue your journey to Rotorua after tonight’s dinner.

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 feature Hangi Feast.

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.


Daily :

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Travel through Waikato farmland to Cambridge and Auckland. Then follow along 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

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


After your cruise, continue your journey along the coast to Auckland.

Stay: Two Nights: Crowne Plaza Auckland

Daily :

  • Breakfast
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.


This evening, enjoy a special feature Farewell Dinner.

Daily :

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Transfer to the airport.

Daily :

  • 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

We know that great service is more than just taking care of you on holiday… it’s the unprecedented warmth, care and consideration you’ll be afforded from your first call until after your return home

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