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South Island Explorer

Trip Code: NZCCN12
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  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation
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Trip Highlights

World Heritage-wonder

Enjoy time to relax at Mount Cook National Park and take in its spectacular views

Stunning Fiord Cruise

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

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

  • A maximum of 40 guests on tour
  • Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions
  • 11 breakfasts, 5 dinners and 3 feature dinners
  • APT Tour Director, plus arrival and departure transfers

Map & Itinerary

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New Zealand Map NZCNN12 2017/18

Christchurch Return

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 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

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: Te Anau, Distinction Te Anau Hotel & 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 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.

Daily :
  • 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.

Daily :
  • 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, 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

Depart for the airport after breakfast.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Choose Where to Dine

Savour a range of dining options in Queenstown, with something to suit every palate

Stylish Hotels and Resorts

Stay in luxury hotels including The Hermitage Hotel at Mount Cook and Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Sumptuous Dining

Enjoy a four-course degustation dinner at Franz Josef and a Welcome Dinner at The Hermitage Hotel

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

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