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Auckland to Christchurch
Trip Code: NCA14
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  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 14 destinations
  • The services of an expert APT tour director and driver
  • Finest dining - a total of 23 meals   
  • 13 nights hand-picked accommodation
  • Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi Feast in Rotorua
  • Marvel at the impressive icy contours of Franz Josef Glacier
  • Ride on the famous TranzAlpine train
  • Cruise the full length of pristine Milford Sound

Map & Itinerary

APT New Zealand 2022-22 Map NCA14
Auckland to Christchurch

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™

Give your holiday a personal touch with a choice of included sightseeing or dining options

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps cruise on Waitemata Harbour; enjoy a unique All Blacks Experience; visit Auckland Zoo, immerse yourself in a make believe experience at Weta Workshop; or set out on a half-day tour to Auckland’s black sand beaches and lush rainforest.


Transfer to your hotel then set out on your selected activity. This evening, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland

Daily :
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening, immerse yourself in Maori culture as you enjoy a traditional Hangi feast and a lively performance of song and dance.


Heading out of Auckland you’ll make a stop at Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an eerie glow. Discover this natural wonder on a guided boat ride through a grotto lit by these magical creatures, before continuing to Rotorua.

Stay: Two Nights, Millennium Rotorua

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Boat in dark cave with tourists, Waitomo Caves

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps experience the icons of Rotorua at the Agrodome Farm Show, and visit the Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Alternatively, join a Hobbiton Movie Set tour for an insight into the making of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.


Choose to explore Rotorua your way with a choice of included Freedom of Choice Sightseeing options.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway through the glorious landscapes of the North Island. Gaze out over the thunderous Huka Falls and the tranquil setting of Lake Taupo, before crossing the volcanic plateau of Tongariro National Park on your way to the nation’s capital, Wellington.

Stay: Two Nights, InterContinental Wellington

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Set off on a tour taking you to the city’s best-loved landmarks and sights, including New Zealand’s national museum - Te Papa Tongarewa. The afternoon and evening have been left free for you to enjoy Wellington at your own pace.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Step aboard the Interislander ferry this morning and cruise Cook Strait to the tip of the South Island.


Continue on to Picton at the tip of the South Island. Rejoin your coach and travel via the stunning landscapes of Marlborough and Kaikoura to Christchurch.

Stay: Christchurch, The Commodore Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of the Franz Josef Glacier.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures.


After a special Signature Experience, disembark at Arthur’s Pass and travel by coach to Hokitika. Here, you will see pounamu (jade) being expertly carved into pieces of jewellery. Continue to Franz Josef.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Franz Joseph Glacier, New Zealand

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps sample quality crafted beer at Canyon Food & Brew Co. Alternatively, take a scenic gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant where you can enjoy your meal with stunning panoramic views of the city. You may prefer a cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamboat, or dine amid the stylish surrounds of the Elements Restaurant.


Enjoy a day of truly breathtaking scenery as you travel along the Haast River on your way to Queenstown. Tonight, choose between four restaurants for your dining experience.

Stay: Two Nights, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Visit sites where The Lord of the Rings was filmed; take a Skippers Canyon adventure; join a river safari; set out on a winery tour; or a leisurely cruise on Lake Wakatipu.


Personalise your experience today with our range of Freedom of Choice activities.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

In Te Anau, sample authentic regional cuisine of the South Island during a Taste of Fiordland Dinner.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Cruise the full length of Milford Sound.


Journey along Milford Road. Later, travel to the lakeside town of Te Anau.

Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
View across Milford Sound with lake and mountains, New Zealand

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

You might like to visit Olveston Historic Home or discover the history behind New Zealand’s only castle, Larnach Castle. Alternatively, tour Speight’s Brewery and enjoy a tasting.


Travel to Dunedin on the island’s east coast and this afternoon, choose your activity.

Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit World Heritage-listed Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, or enjoy a visit to the planetarium and a stargazing session with an astronomer. Alternatively, during the summer months, board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.


Drive north and stop to view the large spherical Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach. Continue to World Heritage-listed Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, where you can choose your activity.

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

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Travel to Lake Tekapo to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Head to Christchurch for a Farewell Dinner tonight.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Transfer to the airport.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Our wonderful tour manager had extensive knowledge of the country, and a very personal connection with the Maori people and their culture and customs. We would definitely travel again with APT.

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