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Jewels of the South

Christchurch to Wellington
Trip Code: NZCCN14
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Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 12 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice inclusions in five locations
  • Finest dining - a total of 22 meals
  • 13 nights' hand-picked accommodation
  • Expert APT tour director and driver
  • Return airport transfers, porterage
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Map & Itinerary

APT New Zealand Map 2023-24 NZCCN14
Christchurch to Wellington

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™

Give your holiday a personal touch with a choice of included sightseeing or dining options

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Step back in time to a golden era of public transport; enjoying drinks and canapes aboard a heritage tram while taking in the city sights of Christchurch.


We’ll meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel. You’ll have plenty of time to settle in, explore or relax. Tonight, enjoy a Signature Experience followed by a welcome dinner.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

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  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Discover New Zealand’s highest peak, in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

This afternoon, you may 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 enjoy 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. Onwards, you journey into Aoraki Mt Cook National Park to view New Zealand’s highest mountain: Aoraki (Mt Cook). On arrival, enjoy your sightseeing activity of choice.

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

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  • 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

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps visit Olveston Historic Home, the heritage home of a wealthy merchant family built in the early 1900s. Or discover the enchanting 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, enjoy breathtaking scenery as you travel to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau.

Stay: Two Nights, Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Otago Peninsula, South Island

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps you may like to explore an underground network of limestone caves, magically lit by thousands of glow worms. Alternatively, 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.

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  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Cruise the pristine Milford Sound.


This morning, wind down the Milford Road, through the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys. Have your cameras ready as you then travel through the Homer Tunnel, to eventually be met by the sight of Mitre Peak, one of the most photographed peaks in the country. 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

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

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

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps board a scenic gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant and enjoy views across Queenstown as you dine. Alternatively, you can cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamboat; or dine amid the stylish surrounds of your hotel restaurant. As another option, enjoy one of the world’s most lauded burgers at Fergburger.


Today, discover Queenstown your own way with the included Freedom of Choice sightseeing activities. Later, select from three restaurants during a Freedom of Choice Dining evening and savour the tantalising tastes of New Zeland's celebrated South Island.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Immerse yourself in beautiful Queenstown with a full day at leisure. You may like to take a stroll along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, or take part in the thrill of a lifetime in the country’s ‘adventure capital’.

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  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Drive through Westland Tai Poutini National Park and see the dramatic surrounds of the Franz Josef Glacier Region.


Today you'll skirt the shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea, before crossing Haast Pass into Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Continue to Franz Josef, where you will take in the dramatic terrain and surrounds of this picturesque region.

Stay: Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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


Travel to Arthur’s Pass to ride the celbebrated TranzAlpine Train. 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

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  • Breakfast
Journey between Christchurch and Greymouth on the world famous TranzAlpine train.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Indulge in the finest flavours as you savour a Highlights of Marlborough Dinner. The well-paired fusion of quality produce and multi-ethnic influences have helped shape New Zealand's food and wine culture as amongs the best in the world.


This morning, follow the east coast to Kaikoura, before traversing the Marlborough region to Blenheim. Tonight, enjoy a Signature Experience, where 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 or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

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 countryside wine tastings.


Enjoy your selected sightseeing activity.

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  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Cruise across Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry and enjoy the stunning waters of Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds while taking in breathtaking surrounds.


This morning, take in the breathtaking surrounds while you cruise to the North Island. This afternoon, take part in a fascinating city sights tour of Wellington.

Stay: InterContinental Wellington

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  • Dinner
Rugged coastline with lighthouse, Wellington, NZ

We say goodbye before we transfer you to the airport for your flight.

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It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.