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Luxury

South Island Sensation

Wellington to Queenstown
12 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: NSGS12
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation
  • Pricing & Availability

Trip Highlights

Whale Watching in Kaikoura

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

TranzAlpine Train

Enjoy the views on one of the world's greatest rail journeys as you travel across New Zealand's Southern Alps

A Dolphin Spotting Adventure

In Akaroa, board a cruise to get up close to friendly dolphins that roam in these pristine waters.

Your Vacation Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in 11 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in three locations
  • Finest dining - a total of 20 meals
  • Everything as detailed, including gratuities
  • Expert APT Tour Director

Map & Itinerary

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New Zealand Map NSGS12 2019/20

Wellington 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

Arrive in Wellington and transfer to your hotel. Visit New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, then visit the Weta Workshop and gain a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the design studio behind The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Avatar. This evening, savour a Welcome Dinner.

Stay: QT Museum Wellington

Daily :
  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Be transferred to the airport.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Small group touring

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

Luxury Eco-Resort

Surrounded by natural rainforests and lush ferns, the Te Waonui Forest Retreat is an idyllic escape

Marlborough Vintners Hotel

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

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