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South Island Sensation

Wellington to Queenstown
Trip Code: NSGS12
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

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 and enriching Signature Experiences
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in three locations
  • 11 breakfasts and 9 dinners
  • APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Luggage porterage for your convenience

Map & Itinerary

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

Savour a degustation dinner paired with local wines.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Cruise across Cook Strait aboard the Interislander ferry, traversing Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds.


This morning, take in a unique Signature Experience. Afterwards, travel to Blenheim and arrive at your hotel.

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.


Spend the day exploring Blenheim with your selected sightseeing experience.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Embark on an enthralling whale-watching cruise.


Travel to Kaikoura today, which presents the opportunity for marine spotting. You may glimpse whales, fur seals, dolphins and albatross.

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, travel to Akaroa.

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 Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park. Disembark and travel by coach to Hokitika, a town teeming with history. Here, you’ll enjoy the chance to see pounamu (jade) being skilfully carved into pieces of jewellery. After, continue along the west coast to Franz Josef, where you’ll take in the dramatic terrain. Arrive later at your 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. You also have the option to upgrade to a heli-hike, which includes a helicopter flight over Franz Josef Glacier (additional cost and subject to weather, availability and minimum numbers). Alternatively, immerse yourself in the Glacier Hot Pools, plus visit the West Coast Wildlife Centre to get up close to New Zealand’s unique wildlife.


With a range of included sightseeing activities to choose from, discover Franz Josef your own way.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Perhaps sample quality crafted beer at Canyon Food & Brew Co. Alternatively, take a scenic gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant where you can enjoy your meal with stunning panoramic views of the city. 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 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. This evening, you will have a choice of dining at some of Queenstown’s best restaurants.

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.


Spend the morning on your Freedom of Choice activity.

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 for your onward flight.

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.

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.

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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