Your browser (Internet Explorer {{browserVersion}}) is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all the features of this and other websites.
Update my browser
Premier

New Zealand Wonderland

Auckland to Christchurch
17 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: NCC17
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 15 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice inclusions in five locations
  • Finest dining - A total of 27 meals
  • The services of an APT Tour Director and Driver
  • 16 nights in hand-picked accommodation
  • Return airport transfers and porterage

Map & Itinerary

APT New Zealand 2021-23 Map NCC17
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

On arrival into Auckland, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Stay: Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed in 1840.


Cross Auckland’s Harbour Bridge and travel along the Hibiscus Coast. Stop at Matakohe’s Kauri Museum for an insight into the rich pioneering history of the Northland region. Continue to the Bay of Islands where you will enjoy a visit to the historic Treaty House and ceremonial War Canoe at Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Stay: Two Nights, Bay of Islands, Copthorne Hotel and Resort

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Bay of Islands coastline from aerial view

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a catamaran cruise to Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock. Meander through the inner islands, admiring the sandy beaches and rocky outcrops.


See the spectacular Bay of Islands region on a cruise. Afterwards, the afternoon is free for you to further explore.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps cruise on Waitemata Harbour; enjoy a unique All Blacks experience; visit Auckland Zoo to discover the native flora and fauna of New Zealand; or immerse yourself in a Make Believe Experience and journey behind the cinema curtain with the Academy Award-winning team at Weta Workshop; or escape the bustle of the city on a tour to Auckland’s wild, black sand beaches and lush rainforest.


Travel to Auckland before selecting from our Freedom of Choice activities. Back at your hotel this evening, enjoy a delicious Pacific-themed dinner.

Stay: Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Immerse yourself in Maori culture as you enjoy a traditional Hangi Feast and performance of song and dance.


Travel to 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 enjoy a sheep show at the Agrodome followed by a visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Alternatively, choose to visit Wai-O-Tapu or experience Middle-earth during a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set.


Spend this morning on your Freedom of Choice activity. Afterwards, the afternoon and evening are free for you to explore.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway to the heart of New Zealand’s North Island this morning. View the Wairakei Steam Valley, then visit Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, before travelling across the plateau of Tongariro National Park to Wellington.

Stay: Two Nights, InterContinental Wellington

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

After breakfast, set off on a sightseeing tour of Wellington’s best-loved landmarks and sights, including the waterfront area and New Zealand’s national museum – Te Papa Tongarewa. The rest of the day will be yours at leisure to further explore this coastal city and perhaps dine at a local restaurant.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise across Cook Strait and through the stunning waters of Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds to Picton.


This morning, travel to the South Island, to the quaint fishing town of Kaikoura before continuing along the central east coast all the way to Christchurch.

Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel or Rydges Latimer Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Take in the dramatic surrounds of the Franz Josef Glacier Region.


Pass through epic river valleys and past awesome mountain ranges on the TranzAlpine Train, then disembark at Arthur’s Pass and travel to Hokitika, where you will see pounamu (jade) being carved into pieces of jewellery. Continue to Franz Josef.

Stay: Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

On a Freedom of Choice Dining evening perhaps take a scenic gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner with a view. Alternatively, 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 breathtaking scenery as you travel along the Haast River Valley to Queenstown. Tonight, enjoy a Freedom of Choice Dining evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps visit several local sites where The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. Alternatively, set out on a Skippers Canyon adventure or a river safari along the beautiful Dart River. A tour of the country’s premier wine-producing region is a tempting option, or a leisurely cruise over the waters of Lake Wakatipu.


Enjoy the flexibility of how to spend your day with a range of Freedom of Choice activities on offer.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
Aerial view over Queenstown and surrounds, New Zealand

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a cruise that explores the full length of the pristine fiord which is Milford Sound.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight, enjoy a Taste of Fiordland Dinner, and savour local delights such as salmon and lamb.


Embark on one of the most scenic drives today as you journey along the Milford Road and into the heart of Fiordland National Park. Wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, then drive through the Homer Tunnel to be met by the sight of Mitre Peak, the iconic backdrop to Milford Sound. Continue to Milford Sound. Afterwards, enjoy a picturesque drive to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau.

Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps visit Olveston Historic Home, or discover the history of Larnach Castle, nestled on the stunning Otago Peninsula. Those who enjoy a beer may choose to visit Speight’s Brewery for a tasting.


Journey through Southland countryside as you travel to Dunedin, a city known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. This afternoon, choose your Freedom of Choice activity.

Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit Aoraki Mt Cook National Park to see New Zealand’s highest mountain.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, or the planetarium for a stargazing session. 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 Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach. Continue to Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, where you choose your activity.

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

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Travel to Lake Tekapo and pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner at your hotel.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

The staff of APT, Malcolm, Ann and Chris were excellent representatives of your company and carried out their many tasks with great skill and patience.