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New Zealand Experience

Christchurch to Auckland
Trip Code: NZCA18
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

TranzAlpine Train

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

Milford Sound Cruise

Enjoy a cruise that explores the picturesque and pristine Milford Sound fiord.

World Heritage-wonder

Enjoy time to relax at Aoraki Mount Cook National Park and take in its spectacular views.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 15 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in 7 locations
  • Finest dining – a total of 29 meals. 17 breakfasts and 12 dinners
  • 17 nights in hand-picked accommodation
  • A maximum of 40 guests on tour
  • Services of an APT Tour Director and Driver
  • Return airport transfers and porterage

Map & Itinerary

New Zealand Map NZCA18 2019/21
Christchurch to Auckland

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

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight, see the city sights of Christchurch on board a heritage tram while enjoying drinks and canapes as you step back in time to a grand era of transport.


On arrival, be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel where you have the afternoon to relax.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Daily :
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Journey into Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki (Mt Cook).

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

This afternoon, you may join a guided nature walk. Alternatively, during the summer months, board a MAC boat and discover icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. Perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, or a visit to the planetarium with a stargazing session with an astronomer.


Today you'll traverse the Canterbury plains to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo, before journeying into Aoraki Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki (Mt Cook).

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

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Snow capped Mt Cook with lake in foreground, New Zealand

Set out along the shores of Lake Pukaki to Oamaru. Continue to Koekohe Beach to view the unusual spherical-shaped Moeraki Boulders. Arrive in Dunedin this afternoon and enjoy time at leisure before dinner.

Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps visit Olveston Historic Home, the historic home of a wealthy merchant family built in the early 1900s. Or discover the history of Larnach Castle, nestled on the stunning Otago Peninsula. Alternatively, those who enjoy a beer may choose to visit Speight’s Brewery for a tasting.


Wake up this morning in Dunedin, where you may begin your day with your choice of sightseeing activity. Afterwards, absorb the breathtaking scenery as you travel to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau.

Stay: Two Nights, Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps you may like to explore an underground network of limestone caves, magically lit by thousands of glow worms. Alternatively, you may prefer to set off on an inspiring wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound. Or, take an exciting jet boat ride along the Upper Waiau River to get the heart pumping.


Decide how to spend your day in Te Anau thanks to our Freedom of Choice activities on offer to you today. Perhaps you may like to explore an underground network of limestone caves, lit by thousands of glow worms. Alternatively, you may prefer to set off on a wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound. Or, take an exciting jet boat ride along the Upper Waiau River.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Continue to Milford Sound where you will cruise along the full length of this fiord deep within Fiordland National Park.


Along Milford Road, wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, then travel through the Homer Tunnel to be met by the sight of Mitre Peak. After, travel to Queenstown.

Stay: Three Nights, Queenstown, Millennium Hotel or similar

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
View across Milford Sound with lake and mountains, New Zealand

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Movie buffs may like to visit key The Lord of the Rings trilogy filming locations on a Safari of the Scenes tour. Alternatively, set out on a Skippers Canyon adventure following the Shotover River Valley on an exciting 4WD tour. Others may prefer a leisurely cruise on Lake Wakatipu or a wine tour through the wineries of the Central Otago wine region.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Select from a number of restaurants during a Freedom of Choice Dining evening where you can get a taste for New Zealand’s South Island’s cuisine.


Today you can discover Queenstown your own way with the included Freedom of Choice sightseeing activities available. Later, choose where to dine.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Immerse yourself in beautiful Queenstown with a full day at leisure. You may like to take a relaxing stroll along the tranquil shores of Lake Wakatipu, or take part in the thrill of a lifetime in this adventurous city.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Cross Haast Pass into Westland Tai Poutini National Park, home to the Franz Josef Glacier.


Skirt the shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (or similar)

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Join New Zealand’s famous TranzAlpine train and experience one of the world’s greatest rail journeys.


Travel through deep gorges, river valleys and across the Southern Alps all the way to Christchurch.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Daily :
  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Traverse the Marlborough region to Blenheim, where you will savour New Zealand’s finest flavours with a Highlights of Marlborough Dinner. Each dish showcases superb local artisan produce, with each dish perfectly paired to wines from this stunning region.


Follow the east coast to Kaikoura. Later, take in a special and unique Signature Experience.

Stay: Two Nights, Blenheim, Scenic Hotel Marlborough

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps embark on a tour of the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, enjoy the sheer beauty of Marlborough Sounds during a greenshell mussel cruise, or choose to visit some of the region’s best wineries.


Tailor your day with a choice of an included sightseeing option.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Cruise across Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry.


Traverse the stunning waters of Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds while taking in breathtaking surrounds. This afternoon, take part in a fascinating city sights tour of Wellington.

Stay: InterContinental Wellington

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

On arrival in Napier, discover the city on an Art Deco tour.


Drive through the Rimutaka Ranges en route to Napier.

Stay: Napier, Scenic Te Pania Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy the dance, music and culture of the Māori people during a traditional Hāngī feast.


Journey through Esk Valley and Te Pohue, stopping at the charming town of Taupo. Travel to Rotorua, then tonight enjoy a special Signature Experience.

Stay: Two Nights, Millennium Hotel Rotorua, located on beautiful Lake 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. Choose to visit Wai-O-Tapu or experience Middle-earth during a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. The evening is yours at leisure to further explore.


Select from a range of activities today. The evening is yours at leisure to further explore.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps cruise on Waitemata Harbour; enjoy a unique All Blacks experience; visit Auckland Zoo to discover the native flora and fauna of New Zealand; or immerse yourself in a Make Believe Experience and journey behind the cinema curtain with the Academy Award-winning team at Weta Workshop; or escape the bustle of the city on a tour to Auckland’s wild, black sand beaches and lush rainforest.


Travel through Waikato farmland to Cambridge and Auckland. Choose from a range of included sightseeing activities today.

Stay: Auckland, Crowne Plaza

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Iconic Alpine Views

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

A Taste of Culture

Immerse yourself in Maori culture with the traditional flavours of a Hangi feast.

Regional Delights

Delight in fresh regional flavours at a Marlborough Dinner, celebrating the spectacular fare and dining experience.

From the Australian Outback and Europe’s waterways to the icescapes of Antarctica and far beyond, we won’t just take you there, we’ll immerse you in the wonders of each and every place you visit

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