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Auckland to Christchurch
Trip Code: NCA14
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  • Travel & Accommodation

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.

World Heritage-wonder

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

Your Vacation Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing and enriching Signature Experiences
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in five locations
  • 13 Breakfasts and 10 Dinners
  • APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Luggage porterage for your convenience

Map & Itinerary

New Zealand Map NCA14 2019-20

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™ - 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

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps cruise on Waitemata Harbour; head off on a Waiheke Island wine and olive tasting tour; explore the Auckland Museum; get up close to marine life at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium; or set off into the Waitakere 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 Māori culture as you enjoy a traditional Hāngī 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, Holiday Inn Rotorua

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

Perhaps experience the icons of Rotorua at the Agrodome Farm Show, then make your way to Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see a working kiwi nursery 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; take a drive to visit New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool and hot springs; or explore Redwood Treewalk with a Māori guide.


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

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. Arrive at your luxury eco-resort in time for a special four-course dinner.

Stay: Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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

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™ - Sightseeing

Visit sites where The Lord of the Rings was filmed; enjoy a ride on the Shotover Jet Boat; take a Skippers Canyon adventure; join a river safari; set out on a winery tour; or a Station 2 Station Cycle Trail bike ride along the tranquil country roads at 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
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

You might like to visit Olveston House or head to Dunedin’s grand railway station and board the Taieri Gorge Railway for sweeping views of the Taieri Gorge. Alternatively, tour Speight’s Brewery, visit an albatross colony, or take a wildlife tour of the Otago Peninsula.


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

Stay: Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit World Heritage-listed Mt Cook National Park.

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. 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 Mt Cook National Park, where you can choose your activity.

Stay: 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

Travel & Accommodation

A Taste of Culture

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

Iconic Hotels and Resorts

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

New Zealand's Fine Flavours

From a Maori Hangi feast in Rotorua to a four-course degustation at Te Waonui Forest Retreat, tantalising tastes abound

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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