Enjoy the views on one of the world's greatest rail journeys as you travel across New Zealand's Southern Alps.
Discover the Bay of Islands region as you join a catamaran and enjoy a cruise to Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock.
Cruise enchanting Milford Sound, which is set deep in Fiordland National Park.
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These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises
Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories
Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest
Arrive in Christchurch where you will be met by your APT Tour Director and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch
Journey into Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki (Mt Cook), and admire the sublime alpine scenery that abounds here.
Traverse the Canterbury plains to visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Journey into Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. This evening, get to know your Tour Director and fellow travellers during a special Welcome Dinner with drinks.
Stay: Two Nights, Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel, in a room with alpine viewsDaily :
You may join a guided nature walk of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and discover the native flora and fauna. Alternatively, during the summer months, board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. Perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, including a visit to the planetarium and a stargazing session with an astronomer.
This morning presents an incredible opportunity to explore Mt Cook with a range of sightseeing options. After your selected activity, enjoy leisure time.Daily :
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 HotelDaily :
Perhaps tour Larnach Castle and visit Olveston House, or ride the Taieri Gorge Railway. Those who enjoy a beer might like to tour Speight’s Brewery. Alternatively, visit an albatross colony, or take an off-road tour of the Otago Peninsula.
This morning, choose your Freedom of Choice activity. After continue to Te Anau.
Stay: Two Nights, Te Anau, Distinction Te Anau Hotel and VillasDaily :
Perhaps today you will explore an underground network of limestone caves, lit by thousands of glow worms. Maybe set off on an incredible wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound, or take an exciting jet boat ride along the Upper Waiau River. Equally tempting is the option to sit back and relax with a glass of wine while you enjoy a film featuring Fiordland’s beautiful landscapes.
Take the opportunity today to explore Te Anau through a range of fascinating Freedom of Choice Sightseeing options. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.Daily :
Visit Milford Sound where you’ll cruise along the full length of this beautiful fiord deep within Fiordland National Park.
Witness an array of landscapes today as you experience one of the world’s most spectacular alpine drives along Milford Road. Wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, then travel through the Homer Tunnel to be met by Mitre Peak. Your journey continues as you travel to Queenstown.
Stay: Three Nights, Queenstown, Millennium HotelDaily :
The Lord of the Rings fans will be keen to visit filming locations, while thrill-seekers may enjoy a ride on the Shotover Jet Boat, a Skippers Canyon adventure or a river safari along the Dart River. Others may prefer a leisurely cruise along Lake Wakatipu, the third largest lake in New Zealand bordered on all sides by striking alpine scenery. Maybe tour the country’s premier wine-producing region or enjoy or a bird walk through the wilderness.
Seafood lovers will be tempted by Finz, while the panoramic views from the Skyline Restaurant, reached by gondola, are hard to beat. Cruise aboard a vintage steamer to Walter Peak High Country Farm, or dine at your hotel restaurant.
Today presents the opportunity to indulge all of your interests. This evening, select from our Freedom of Choice dining inclusions.Daily :
Enjoy an undisturbed day to experience all that Queenstown with its majestic natural surrounds and lively city centre has to offer. Immerse yourself in the beautiful city as you enjoy a full day at leisure exploring this exciting destination. You may like to use this time to stroll along the lightning bolt shaped shores of Lake Wakatipu. Wander along this tranquil lake, which is steeped in Māori legend. Because of its unusual shape, the lake’s tide is linked to the legend that this phenomenon is the heartbeat of a slumbering monster. Perhaps you’ll spend the day browsing through the stores in the bustling central shopping district, or maybe, if you’re feeling particularly courageous, take advantage of being in the country’s adventure capital, and indulge in the thrill of a lifetime (all at own expense).Daily :
Cross Haast Pass and travel into Westland Tai Poutini National Park, home to Franz Josef Glacier. Keep an eye out for the country’s rarest native bird in the surrounding rainforests and wetlands.
View historic mining sites as you travel through Kawarau Gorge and meander through the scenery of Cromwell. Skirt the shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea, taking in the dramatic vistas and surrounding mountains that seem to shift mood with the seasons. Check-in to your luxury eco-resort within the pristine rainforest, before a four-course degustation dinner. Tonight you enjoy the unique and tranquil surrounds of Te Waonui Forest Retreat.
Stay: Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest RetreatDaily :
Join New Zealand’s famous TranzAlpine train and experience one of the world’s greatest rail journeys. You’ll travel through deep gorges, river valleys and across the magnificent Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park before journeying via the striking patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury plains and into Christchurch.
Set out for the coastal town of Hokitika after breakfast this morning. A cultural centre on the west coast, this hidden gem is famous for its jade greenstone.
Stay: Rydges Latimer ChristchurchDaily :
Delight in fresh regional flavours during a special Taste of Marlborough Dinner tonight. Sample fine local ingredients and celebrate the provincial fare at a spectacular dining experience like no other.
Traverse the picturesque Marlborough region where world-famous wines are produced. You’ll soon arrive in Blenheim, known as New Zealand’s sunniest town. Recently, Blenheim has flourished with maturation of the ever-growing wine industry of the area. Afterwards, check into your hotel.
Stay: Two Nights, Blenheim, Scenic Hotel MarlboroughDaily :
Perhaps learn about historic aircraft on a tour of the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and discover Sir Peter Jackson’s amazing World War One collection. You may also like to uncover the natural beauty of the Marlborough Sounds during a greenshell mussel cruise and visit to a local mussel farm. Or perhaps visit some of the region’s best wineries on a half-day tour, sampling their finest drops.
Choose from three exciting sightseeing inclusions today. Of course, you could also always enjoy personal leisure time exploring the city. However you choose to spend the day, Blenheim offers a range of activities that are sure to delight.Daily :
Cruise across Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry to the North Island towards Wellington.
You can take your pick from two local restaurants including Two Grey Restaurant which serves a relaxed menu, or, you may prefer to dine in your hotel’s restaurant.
Depart Blenheim this morning and travel through the wine-growing country. Arrive in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Famous for its art, history and culture, you’ll enjoy two nights in this amazing city. Unpack before dinner and soak up the diverse cityscape. Tonight, choose from our range of Freedom of Choice Dining inclusions.
Stay: Two Nights, InterContinental WellingtonDaily :
Because of the country’s astounding environmental conservation techniques, you may like to visit Zealandia, a premier eco-attraction and restoration project. Here you can learn about New Zealand’s incredible natural history and the conservation projects that are currently underway. Alternatively you might like to visit the award-winning design studio behind the movie Avatar, or take in the city’s highlights on a guided tour. Another option is a fascinating evening tour at the world-class conservation project at Zealandia. Here you can learn about the lengths taken to restore the region’s ecosystem to its former glory.
Today, you have the opportunity to choose an activity that most interests you and explore the fascinating city of Wellington in your own way.Daily :
Enjoy a delicious Art Deco High Tea, featuring sweet and savoury treats in a vintage setting.
En route to Napier, drive through the bush-clad ridges of the Rimutaka Range and become surrounded by peaks varying between 700 and 940 metres high. On arrival, set off on a tour of the Art Deco City. Uncover Napier’s commitment to the preservation and promotion of the unique style through architecture and other local attractions. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.
Stay: Napier, Scenic Te Pania HotelDaily :
Experience the dance, music and culture of the Māori people as you enjoy a delicious traditional Hāngī Feast and cultural performance.
Journey through Esk Valley and Te Pohue, stopping at the charming town of Taupo, situated alongside New Zealand’s largest lake - Lake Taupo. A centre of rich geothermal activity, the volcanic mountain of Mt Tauhara lies six kilometres to its east, and provides astounding panoramic views. Enjoy breathtaking natural surrounds of serene lake waters and distant volcanic mountains. You will travel to the geothermal capital, Rotorua, this evening. For dinner, journey to the Tamaki Māori Village in Rotorua.
Stay: Two Nights, Millennium Hotel RotoruaDaily :
Enjoy a sheep show at the Agrodome followed by a kiwi encounter and a visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Or perhaps you’ll choose to visit Wai-O-Tapu on an eco-thermal tour. Alternatively, see some of the incredible sets from the blockbuster The Lord of the Rings trilogy. You might even choose to gain access to Redwood Treewalk with a Māori guide. Listen to their cultural insights while you walk among the century-old Californian coastal redwood giants, across bridges suspended up to 12 metres above the ground.
Today, choose how you wish to explore Rotorua with a range of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing activities.Daily :
Travel north via the impossibly green landscape of Hauraki Plains on the way to New Zealand’s City of Sails, Auckland. From here you will then follow the east coast Pacific Ocean Drive to Paihia, a bustling seaside town set right in the heart of the Bay of Islands. The tourist mecca of Paihia boasts golden sand beaches and spectacular views from every angle. During your time exploring, you’ll stay at the conveniently located Scenic Hotel, a stunning resort-style property set amid beautifully maintained grounds and lush sub-tropical gardens.
Stay: Two Nights, Bay of Islands, Scenic HotelDaily :
A tall ship sailing adventure with a barbecue lunch might be the ideal way to spend the day, or you might like to embark on a dolphin-watching cruise that’ll get you up close to these intelligent and playful creatures. Perhaps you might want to cruise to Russell to see New Zealand’s first European settlement, or maybe enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. There’s also the option of taking a day trip to the northernmost point of New Zealand at Cape Reinga. Here, you’ll drive along the sands of Ninety Mile Beach and see the famous Cape Reinga lighthouse.
Today offers you the perfect chance to explore the sensational Bay of Islands, home to an incredible 144 islands. After breakfast, choose to explore your own way.Daily :
Step aboard a catamaran today and enjoy a cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock.
Cruise the shimmering waters as you hear about the ecology and history of the area and keep an eye out for dolphins in this subtropical marine paradise. Marvel at the narrow rock walls at the famous Hole in the Rock. Afterwards, re-board your coach and continue down the coast to Auckland, often called the City of Sails due to the popularity of sailing in the region.
Stay: Two Nights, Auckland, Crowne PlazaDaily :
You might enjoy a sail boat cruise on Waitemata Harbour, or a visit to the fascinating Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium where you can learn about sharks, eels and many varieties of fish. Other options include a visit to the historic Auckland Museum, a Bush and Beach Wilderness Adventure, or a Waiheke Wine Tour on Waiheke Island.
Enjoy the freedom to choose from a range of included sightseeing activities today. This evening, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner and Drink with your fellow travellers and APT Tour Director.Daily :
Today your New Zealand adventure comes to an end. After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, check-out and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.Daily :
Step back in time to the 1930s as you enjoy an Art Deco High Tea experience in the seaside city of Napier.
Delight in fresh regional flavours at a Marlborough Dinner, celebrating the spectacular fare and dining experience.
Boasting sophistication and luxury, the Hermitage Hotel in Mt Cook is surrounded by iconic rugged alpine scenery.
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