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Scenic Sights

Auckland to Christchurch
Trip Code: NCH12
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  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Sparkling Waters

Captivating Lake Tekapo will astound you with its beauty. While here, visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd.

Wonderful Wellington

With a two-night stay in the New Zealand capital, you have plenty of opportunities to explore its best-loved landmarks.

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

  • Included sightseeing in up to 18 locations
  • Return airport transfers and porterage
  • Services of an APT Tour Director and Driver (days 1-9 only)
  • 11 nights hand-picked accommodation
  • Finest dining - a total of 17 meals

Map & Itinerary

New Zealand Map NCH12 2018/19

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™ - 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 take a cruise on Waitemata Harbour, head off on a Waiheke Island wine tour, or explore the Auckland Museum. Alternatively, get up close to the marine life at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, or set off on a Wilderness Adventure into the Waitakere Rainforest. Others may prefer to take a trip to the harbourside suburb of Devonport.


On arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel. Choose from a range of sightseeing options and enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel

Daily :
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Experience the unique dance, music and culture of the Māori people at a fascinating traditional Hāngī Feast and village experience.


Travel to Waitomo and tour the incredible underground limestone caverns filled with thousands of glow worms. Continue to Rotorua.

Stay: Two Nights, Holiday Inn Rotorua

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

Perhaps enjoy a sheep show at the Agrodome followed by a visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Alternatively, gain access to Redwood Treewalk with a knowledgeable Māori guide who will share local insights on the area, or visit Wai-O-Tapu and experience New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool and a series of colourful hot springs. You might choose to see some of the sets from The Lord of the Rings film.


Explore Rotorua however you like with a variety of exciting sightseeing activities available to you.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

After checking into your hotel this evening, discover a range of tantalising local flavours with a choice of four tempting restaurants in which to dine.


Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway, view Wairakei Steam Valley, visit Huka Falls and Lake Taupo before crossing Tongariro National Park to Wellington.

Stay: Two Nights, InterContinental Wellington

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Take a tour of the city’s best-loved landmarks, including the fascinating Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Cruise across Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry to Picton.


Traverse stunning landscapes on your way towards Christchurch.

Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. Journey through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains and across the Southern Alps.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Along the west coast of the South Island, take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of the Franz Josef Glacier.


From Arthur’s Pass, journey to Hokitika and continue to Franz Josef. Tonight, enjoy a four-course degustation dinner.

Stay: Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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

This evening for dinner, perhaps sample fresh produce at Finz seafood restaurant, or take a gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant and enjoy remarkable views along with a delicious selection of food. Otherwise, you may cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw and enjoy a delicious meal at The Great Kiwi Carvery, or dine at your hotel.


Travel along the Haast River, capturing views of the Haast River Valley, Franz Josef and Fox glaciers. Arrive in Queenstown, and choose from four restaurants.

Stay: Three Nights, Queenstown, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

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

Perhaps embark on a Safari of the Scenes tour, on which you can visit several local sites where the popular The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed, an exhilarating ride on the famous Shotover Jet Boat, a farm experience at Mt Nicholas, or a Lakeshore forest and bird walk.


Enjoy the opportunity to personalise your Queenstown experience by selecting from one of our Freedom of Choice activities. Later, farewell your APT Tour Director and begin your independent touring days.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Cruise the full length of pristine Milford Sound.


Follow The Remarkables mountain range to Fiordland National Park. Return to Queenstown this evening.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Discover Australasia’s highest peak in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.


Travel to Otago and visit Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. Perhaps take a scenic helicopter or ski plane flight here (own expense, weather permitting). Travel to the picturesque Lake Tekapo. Here, you’ll pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, travel through delightful scenery along Burkes Pass to the city of Christchurch.

Stay: Christchurch, Rydges Latimer

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Your journey comes to an end with an included transfer to the airport.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Enjoy a 4 course degustation dinner and stay at this luxury eco-resort nestled deep within pristine rainforest.

Iconic Hotels & Resorts

Stay in properties carefully chosen for their character and charm, including The Hermitage in Mt Cook National Park.

Choose Where to Dine

With a choice of restaurants available in Wellington, you're guaranteed to be satisfied.

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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