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Essence of New Zealand

Christchurch to Auckland
Trip Code: NZCA20
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Discover the Bay Your Way

Explore the Bay of Islands with your choice of activity. Home to 144 islands, there is no lack of discovery options.

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.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 16 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in 7 locations
  • Finest dining - a total of 32 meals
  • 19 nights hand-picked accommodation
  • APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides
  • Return airport transfers and porterage

Map & Itinerary

New Zealand Map NZCA20 2020/21
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

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

Discover Australasia’s highest peak in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.

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, including a visit to the planetarium or 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

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 late 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.


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 & 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.


Waking in Te Anau this morning, decide how to spend your day thanks to our range of Freedom of Choice activities on offer.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Cruise pristine Milford Sound.


This morning, wind down the Milford Road, through the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys. Continue to Milford Sound where you will cruise along the full length of this fiord deep within Fiordland National Park. After, Queenstown awaits.

Stay: Three Nights, Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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. Later, 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.

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, then continue to Franz Josef, where you will take in the dramatic surrounds of the Franz Josef Glacier.


Skirt the shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea. Arrive later at your luxury eco-resort for a special four-course dinner.

Stay: Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Seize the day and board New Zealand’s famous TranzAlpine train to experience one of the world’s greatest rail journeys. Enjoy stunning views from the open-air viewing platform as you pass by the striking patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, through deep gorges and river valleys.


Follow the Waimakariri River and travel across the Southern Alps all the way to Christchurch.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Daily :
  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Indulge in the finest flavours as you savour a Highlights of Marlborough Dinner. An exciting experience, the unique fusion of quality produce and ethnic influences have helped shape New Zealand's food and wine culture as amongst one of the best in the world.


This morning, follow the east coast to Kaikoura, before traversing the Marlborough region to Blenheim. Tonight, local chefs will present each dish before you, showcasing superb local artisan produce, perfectly paired with wines from the region.

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 for wine tastings and lunch in the countryside.


Enjoy your selected sightseeing activity.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This morning, cruise across Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry. You’ll 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, discover the city of Napier on an Art Deco tour.


Today you'll drive through the Rimutaka Ranges en route to Napier.

Stay: Napier, Scenic Te Pania Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Later, travel to Rotorua, where this evening you'll immerse yourself in Māori culture as you enjoy a traditional Hāngī Feast and performance.


Today, journey through Esk Valley and Te Pohue, stopping at the charming town of Taupo.

Stay: Two Nights, Millennium Hotel 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.


This morning, it's time to explore Rotorua on your selected sightseeing activity. 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.


This morning, travel through Waikato's farmland to Auckland. Afterwards, enjoy your selected sightseeing activity.

Stay: Auckland, Crowne Plaza

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Continue north to the Bay of Islands.

Stay: Two Nights, Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Daily :
  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Meander through the inner islands, admiring the sandy beaches and rocky outcrops on a cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock.


Prepare to discover the Bay of Islands region.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

After breakfast, travel to Auckland where your New Zealand adventure concludes. We say goodbye before we transfer you to the airport for your flight.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

A Taste of Culture

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

Iconic Alpine Views

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

Flavours of New Zealand

Enjoy feature dinners including a four-course meal degustation at Franz Josef

Our people are passionate about dreaming up once-in-a-lifetime experiences for our guests and making them possible

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