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Great New Zealand Rail and Cruise Experience

Auckland to Christchurch
16 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: NRC16
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  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Taieri Gorge Railway

Watch as the ever-changing Southland countryside glides past your window aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway.

Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Board a spectacular overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound and discover rugged peaks, pristine rainforest and hidden islets.

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

  • Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions
  • 15 Breakfasts and 10 Dinners
  • APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Luggage porterage and tipping

Map & Itinerary

New Zealand Map NRC16 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

Arrive in Auckland and be transferred to your centrally-located hotel. Enjoy some time to settle in and the evening at leisure.

Stay: Two Nights, Grand Millennium Auckland

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps take a cruise on Waitemata Harbour, head off on a Waiheke Island wine and olive tasting tour, or explore the fantastic Auckland Museum. Alternatively, get up close to marine life at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, or set off on a Wilderness Adventure into the Waitakere Rainforest.


Enjoy the opportunity to discover the ‘City of Sails’ with our range of sightseeing inclusions. This evening, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner as you get to know your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board the Glenbrook Vintage Railway. Lovingly restored, you will enjoy a journey through the beautiful rural Franklin countryside aboard this historic steam train.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Immerse yourself in Māori culture as you enjoy a traditional Hāngī feast and fascinating performance.


This morning, travel to Glenbrook and on arrive, enjoy a special Signature Experience. Travel to Victoria Avenue and Waiuku, before enjoying a stop at the Pukeoware Depot. Here, you’ll explore the workshop, view other historic regional locomotives undergoing restoration, and indulge in a delightful morning tea. Later, reboard the train and travel back to Glenbrook. This afternoon, board your coach for your journey to Rotorua.

Stay: Two Nights, Holiday Inn Rotorua, overlooking Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve

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

Perhaps experience the icons of Rotorua at the famed Agrodome Farm Show, then make your way to Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see a working kiwi nursery and visit the fascinating Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Alternatively, take a Hobbiton Movie Set tour for an enthralling insight into the making of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Perhaps drive through forest and farmland to visit New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool and colourful hot springs; or explore Redwood Treewalk with a Māori guide.


Discover Rotorua with an exciting range of included Freedom of Choice Sightseeing options.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Ride your self-drive rail cart along the Forgotten World Railway.


After your Signature Experience, ride the Mt Ruapehu Gondola for sublime vistas before enjoying afternoon tea.

Stay: Chateau Tongariro Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Take the opportunity to explore the fascinating Fell Locomotive Museum, home to H199, the only locomotive of its type in the world.


Today’s journey takes you to the town of Featherston. Delight in a relaxing afternoon tea before travelling to Wellington, New Zealand’s vibrant capital city by the water. Though it may be small for a capital city, Wellington is brimming with character and charm, alive in its compact CBD. Enjoy time to settle in at your hotel before dinner this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Rydges Hotel 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. Afterwards, ride Wellington’s iconic Cable Car, gaining a fresh perspective as you gaze out across this coastal city. The afternoon and evening have been left free for you to enjoy Wellington at your own pace. Perhaps grab a bite to eat at one of the spectacular waterfront restaurants.

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  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise across the Cook Strait.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board the Coastal Pacific train and enjoy a journey through the rugged east coast to Christchurch.


Admire vistas of the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds on your way to Picton.

Stay: Christchurch, The Commodore

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Take in the dramatic surrounds of Franz Josef Glacier.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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


On the TranzAlpine train, head to the open-air viewing platform and enjoy stunning views as you journey through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains. Disembark at Greymouth and travel by coach to Franz Josef.

Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef

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

Perhaps sample quality crafted beer at Canyon Food & Brew Co. Or, board a scenic gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant to enjoy views across Queenstown as you dine. Alternatively, you may prefer to cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw, or dine at Elements Restaurant.


Enjoy breathtaking scenery as you travel along the Haast River. Arrive in Queenstown, New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital’, where this evening you will choose from four tempting restaurants in which to dine.

Stay: Two Nights, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

The Lord of the Rings fans will jump at the chance to visit key filming locations, while thrillseekers can try a ride on the famous Shotover Jet Boat, a Skippers Canyon adventure or a river safari along the Dart River. Why not tour the country’s premier wine-producing region and savour the local offerings? Nature enthusiasts may enjoy a Station 2 Station Cycle Trail bike ride along the tranquil country roads at Lake Wakatipu. A cruise on Lake Wakatipu is also on offer.


Choose from a range of sightseeing today.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Cruise along Doubtful Sound, the second largest fiord within the national park. The fiord is rich in flora and fauna, so keep watch for New Zealand Fur Seals and Fiordland Crested Penguins that call this special place home.


Embark on one of the most scenic drives today as you journey along into the heart of Fiordland National Park. Then, board a cruise across Lake Manapouri and then travel by coach over Wilmot Pass to arrive at Doubtful Sound. During your time here, board a spectacular overnight cruise to discover rugged peaks, hidden islets and pristine rainforest.

Stay: Doubtful Sound overnight cruise

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Leave the Fiordland region this morning and travel to Dunedin on the east coast of New Zealand. This historic city is often referred to being the ‘Edinburgh of the South’.

Stay: Two Nights, Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Step aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway and journey through the picturesque Southland countryside.


After a unique Signature Experience, you will enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board the Seasider train and travel along Otago Harbour before climbing the gentle slopes of Port Chalmers on the Pacific coast.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit World Heritage-listed Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki (Mt Cook), and the alpine scenery.


After a special Signature Experience, rejoin the coach and travel to Oamaru, then head north to see the unusual Moeraki Boulders. Visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, including a visit to the planetarium and a stargazing session with an astronomer.

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

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

After breakfast this morning, travel to Lake Tekapo and visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, continue to Christchurch airport where your tour ends.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Iconic Alpine Views

Boasting sophistication and luxury, the Hermitage Hotel in Mt Cook is surrounded by iconic rugged alpine scenery.

Chateau Sanctuary

Be taken to the blissful sanctuary of national park scenery at the iconic Chateau Tongariro Hotel, built in the 1920s.

New Zealand's Cultural Flavours

Savour feature dinners including a traditional Hangi feast in Rotorua.

As a family-owned company, we take great pride in treating each and every guest as part of the family