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Luxury

New Zealand Explorer

Auckland to Queenstown
Trip Code: NSGNS24
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

A Traditional Māori Dinner

Be welcomed into the home of a local as you are treated to an authentic Māori dinner in Rotorua.

Malo Restaurant

At this renowned restaurant, savour an inspired menu accompanied by some of the finest New Zealand wines.

Whale Watching in Kaikoura

Embark on an amazing whale-watching cruise, and perhaps experience an up-close encounter with a Giant Sperm Whale.

Your Vacation Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in 19 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in eight locations
  • Finest dining - a total of 44 meals
  • Everything as detailed, including gratuities
  • Expert APT Tour Director

Map & Itinerary

New Zealand Map NSGNS23 2019/20

Auckland to Queenstown

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

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

At twilight, board a scenic cruise to Waiheke Island, where you will enjoy a wine tasting, vineyard tour and a special Welcome Dinner overlooking the Auckland city skyline.


Be met on arrival in Auckland and transfer to your boutique hotel overlooking the vibrant Princes Wharf. The afternoon is yours at leisure to either relax or explore.

Stay: Two Nights, M Social Auckland

Daily :
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps experience the true and untamed New Zealand with a guided exploration. You’ll venture through lush rainforest and rare black sand beaches. Alternatively, feel the thrill of sailing an authentic America’s Cup yacht with a hands on adventure on Waitemata Harbour. Take the helm to help steer on course or work hard on the grinders to hoist the mainsail.


This morning, enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland. Visit Ponsonby, Parnell Village and the Rose Gardens. You will also see other iconic sites including Auckland University, Viaduct Basin and The Strand. This afternoon, you have a choice of sightseeing.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Depart Auckland for the Hokianga region today. Along the way, visit the Kauri Museum, which details the story of pioneering settlers of the Kauri industry, as well as the legacy of Kauri forests. Later, arrive at your retreat, situated on the shores of Hokianga Harbour.

Stay: Two Nights, Hokianga, The Heads Omapere

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

Perhaps learn the Māori tradition of flax weaving with an interactive workshop, or nature lovers will delight with a scenic coastal walk. Or embark on a Footprints Waipoua tour, where you will experience the affinity that early Māori had with the surrounding forests, as well as the fauna that inhabits this pristine area.


Choose your sightseeing today.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Explore the Bay of Islands on a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Meander through the inner islands, admiring the beaches and rocky outcrops.


Enjoy your Signature Experience, then later, return to Auckland.

Stay: M Social Auckland

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Head to Matamata and experience Middle-earth during a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, as well as lunch at the Green Dragon Inn. Later, arrive in Rotorua.

Stay: Two Nights, Rotorua, Princes Gate Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight, be welcomed into the home of a local as you are treated to an authentic Māori dinner and gain a fascinating insight into Māori culture. Afterwards, embark on a guided Redwood Treewalk.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps experience the iconic Agrodome Farm Show, complete with a live sheep shearing demonstration. Alternatively, drive through a unique mix of forest and farmland to visit New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool and a series of colourful hot springs at the calming Wai-O-Tapu.


Explore Rotorua with a choice of sightseeing, followed by your Signature Experience.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening, savour an inspired menu at Malo Restaurant at your hotel, showcasing New Zealand’s freshest cuisine, accompanied by some of the finest New Zealand wines.


Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway to the heart of New Zealand’s North Island with a stop at Lake Taupo. Enter the Hawke’s Bay wine region with a stop in Napier on the way to Havelock North.

Stay: Two Nights, Havelock North, Porters Hotel

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

Perhaps explore the rugged coastline of the pristine Gannet Beach, or alternatively, enjoy a traditional Art Deco experience in Napier.


Today, choose your included sightseeing activity.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today, travel to the picturesque wine village of Martinborough. Here, delight in a stay at a country estate set amongst picturesque vineyards, with sweeping gardens and panoramic views.

Stay: Two Nights, Martinborough, Peppers Parehua

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

Should you be feeling active, perhaps enjoy a bike ride through the surrounding vineyards then savour a picnic lunch. Alternatively, browse the quaint shops in the charming Greytown.


Select your included sightseeing activity.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Travel to Wellington and visit New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa,as you take a look at the fascinating history of this country through the museum’s studded walls. Afterwards, visit the Weta Workshop and gain a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the award-winning design studio behind The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Avatar. This evening, savour a delicious dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, QT Museum Wellington

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Enjoy the day at leisure.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This morning, cruise across Cook Strait aboard the Interislander ferry. You’ll traverse the stunning waters of Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds, enjoying breathtaking views.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

In the Marlborough wine region, savour a delicious degustation dinner paired with exceptional local wines.


Cruise to the South Island. Disembark and travel to Blenheim and arrive at your stunning hotel set within spectacular vineyards in the Marlborough Wine Region.

Stay: Two Nights, Blenheim, Marlborough Vintners Hotel

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

Perhaps immerse yourself in this world-renowned wine region with a winery tour, or visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.


Choose your included sightseeing.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Embark on an unbelievable whale-watching cruise, and perhaps experience an up-close encounter with a Giant Sperm Whale. You may also have the chance to see New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross.


Travel to the coastal town of Kaikoura today, which presents a perfect opportunity for marine spotting

Stay: Kaikoura, The White Morph Heritage Collection

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Travel towards Christchurch, proudly holding the colloquial title of the Garden City. Christchurch is well known for its English heritage and botanic attractions.

Stay: Two Nights, Christchurch, Rydges Latimer Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Travel to Akaroa, where you will board a cruise to get up close to friendly dolphins.


Embark on a city sights tour of Christchurch, where you will see the Canterbury Museum, Cathedral Square and Riccarton House and Bush. Afterwards, enjoy your Signature Experience.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. Journey through the striking patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains before travelling across the magnificent Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park.


Ride the TranzAlpine train today. Disembark at Arthur’s Pass and travel by coach to Hokitika, a town teeming with fascinating historic tales of ship wrecks, goldmines and pounamu hunters. Here, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to see pounamu jade being skilfully carved into pieces of jewellery. Afterwards, continue along the west coast to Franz Josef, where you’ll take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of the region. From the alpine snowfields, to verdant rainforests, blue ice caves, beautiful lakes and glacial rivers, the natural surrounds of the area are guaranteed to captivate. Arrive later at your luxurious eco-resort in time for dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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

Perhaps embark on a hike along an ancient path where a glacier once stood; as you encounter lush rainforest and pristine waterfalls. You also have the option to upgrade to a heli-hike, whoch includes a scenic helicopter flight over Franz Josef Glacier - additional cost and subject to weather, availability and minimum numbers. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the Glacier Hot Pools for an incredible hot springs experience, plus visit the West Coast Wildlife Centre to get up close to New Zealand’s unique wildlife.


Select your included sightseeing activity.

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

This evening, you will have a choice of dining at some of Queenstown’s best restaurants.


Enjoy a day of breathtaking scenery travelling along the Haast River Valley as you venture into the Central Otago region. You will enjoy a stop in the historic gold mining destination of Arrowtown on your way to the fairytale setting of Queenstown, your home for the next three nights.

Stay: Three Nights, Queenstown, Peppers Beacon

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

Today you have the option to sample beautiful Central Otago wines, as you hear the stories and history of these very special labels from the local region. Alternatively, enjoy a guided leisurely bike ride through the surrounding countryside.


Choose your preferred sightseeing inclusion.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Queenstown your way. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Be transferred to the airport.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Small group touring

Travelling with no more than 19 other guests, enjoy a personalised experience with more opportunities to ask questions.

Porters Hotel

Surrounded by the majestic hills of Hawke’s Bay, Porters Boutique Hotel offers unique accommodation.

Marlborough Vintners Hotel

Set within stunning vineyards, savour a degustation dinner paired with exceptional local wines at this hotel.

As a family-owned company with origins that date back to 1927, we know how to make a great holiday extraordinary

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