New Zealand Highlighter

14 Day Guided Tour from Auckland to Christchurch with APT

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 14 Day New Zealand Highlighter. Beginning in the North Island, this 14 Day tour winds its way south, taking in New Zealand's premier attractions along the way. See the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, cruise Cook Strait and Milford Sound and absorb the majesty of Franz Josef...read more

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Guided Tour Starts In
Starts In
Auckland
Guided Tour Ends In
Ends In
Christchurch
Accomodation
Accomodation
4.5 - 5 Star
48
Max Group Size
48
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
New Zealand
Trip Operated By:
APT
APT
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Trip Code:
NCA14

Itinerary

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1 Arrive Auckland
This morning arrive in Auckland, the City of Sails. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel before a day to explore Auckland with a sightseeing activity. Stay: Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel (D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Hop aboard one a yacht and enjoy a cruise on Waitemata Harbour, or perhaps you may choose to discover the diverse art and culture of New Zealand at the Auckland Museum.
2 Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua
Heading out of Auckland you’ll make a stop at Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an eerie glow. Discover this natural wonder on a guided boat ride through a grotto lit by these magical creatures, before continuing to Rotorua. Stay Two Nights: Holiday Inn Rotorua (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Experience the unique dance, music and culture of the Māori people at a fascinating traditional Hāngī Feast and village experience.
3 Rotorua
Choose which exciting activity will enrich your cultural journey in Rotorua today. (B)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps enjoy a sheep show at the Agrodome followed by a visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Alternatively, gain access to Redwood Treewalk with a knowledgeable Māori guide who will share local insights on the area, or visit Wai-O-Tapu and experience New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool and a series of colourful hot springs. You might choose to see some of the sets from The Lord of the Rings film.
4 Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington
Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway through the heart of the North Island and see spectacular Huka Falls. Experience the tranquillity of Lake Taupo and cross the volcanic plateau of Tongariro National Park. Stay Two Nights: InterContinental Wellington (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Discover the tantalising flavours of New Zealand with a choice from two tempting restaurants in which to dine.
5 Wellington
Set off on a sightseeing tour of the New Zealand capital. You’ll explore New Zealand’s National Museum, Te Papa Tongarewa. Its collection covers the areas of art, history, Pacific, Maori, and natural environment. This afternoon, take in fantastic views of the city and its oceanic surrounds as you ride the iconic Cable Car. (B)
6 Wellington, Christchurch
Journey towards Christchurch where you will stay for the evening. Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Step aboard the Interislander ferry this morning and cruise Cook Strait to the tip of the South Island.
7 Christchurch, Franz Josef
Travel through Arthur’s Pass and Hokitika, en route to Franz Josef today. Check in to your luxury eco-resort before you enjoy a four-course degustation dinner this evening. Stay: Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Board the TranzAlpine train for a trip through breathtaking landscapes.
  • Experience the lush rainforest and breathtaking valley of the Franz Josef Glacier.
8 Franz Josef, Queenstown
View magnificent scenery today as you travel along the rugged west coast to Haast and continue to Queenstown. Stay Two Nights: Queenstown, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Tonight, choose between four restaurants for your dining experience.
9 Queenstown
Explore Queenstown in your own way with our Freedom of Choice Sightseeing options. (B)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps you’ll choose to enjoy a Dart River Safari adventure, a chance to see where scenes from The Lord of the Rings was filmed, a 4WD experience at Mt Nicholas, or a bird walk.
10 Queenstown, Milford Sound
Travel via Milford Sound to the pretty lakeside town of Te Anau where you will stay for the evening. Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Journey along Milford Road, then cruise the full length of Milford Sound.
  • This evening you’ll enjoy distinct regional flavours at a Taste of Fiordland Dinner.
11 Te Anau, Dunedin
Travel to Dunedin on the island’s east coast and this afternoon, choose your activity. Stay: Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • You might discover the history of Larnach Castle and Olveston House, journey through countryside on the Taieri Gorge Railway, visit Speight’s Brewery, or travel to the Otago Peninsula.
12 Dunedin, Mt Cook
See the spectacular Moeraki Boulders - curious spherical creations along the coast of Dunedin. Then, enter Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and join your chosen activity. Stay: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and enjoy a stargazing session with an astronomer, or immerse yourself in the region’s incredible native flora and fauna on a guided nature walk. Alternatively, during the summer months, board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.
Signature Experiences:
  • Discover Mt Cook, Australasia’s highest peak, in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.
13 Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch
Travel to Lake Tekapo to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Head to Christchurch for a Farewell Dinner tonight. Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch (B/D)
14 Depart Christchurch
After breakfast, transfer to the airport. (B)
1 Arrive Auckland
This morning arrive in Auckland, the City of Sails. you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel before a day to explore Auckland with a sightseeing activity. Stay: Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel (D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Hop aboard one of the yachts in the Pride of Auckland fleet and enjoy a cruise on Waitemata Harbour. Or perhaps you may choose to discover the diverse art and culture of New Zealand at the Auckland Museum.
2 Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua
Heading out of Auckland you'll make a stop at Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an eerie glow. Discover this natural wonder on a guided boat ride through a grotto lit by these magical creatures, before continuing to Rotorua. Stay Two Nights: Holiday Inn Rotorua (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Experience the unique dance, music and culture of the Māori people at a fascinating traditional Hāngī Feast and village experience.
3 Rotorua
Choose which exciting activity will enrich your cultural journey in Rotorua today. (B)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps enjoy a sheep show at the Agrodome followed by a visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Alternatively, gain access to Redwood Treewalk with a knowledgeable Māori guide who will share local insights on the area, or visit Wai-O-Tapu and experience New Zealand's largest boiling mud pool and a series of colourful hot springs. You might choose to see some of the sets from The Lord of the Rings film.
4 Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington
Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway through the heart of the North Island and see spectacular Huka Falls. Experience the tranquillity of Lake Taupo and cross the volcanic plateau of Tongariro National Park. Stay Two Nights: InterContinental Wellington (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Discover the tantalising flavours of New Zealand with a choice from two tempting restaurants in which to dine.
5 Wellington
Set off on a sightseeing tour of the New Zealand capital. you'll explore New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa. Its collection covers the areas of art, history, Pacific, Maori, and natural environment. This afternoon, take in fantastic views of the city and its oceanic surrounds as you ride the iconic Cable Car. (B)
6 Wellington, Christchurch
Journey towards Christchurch where you will stay for the evening. Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Step aboard the Interislander ferry this morning and cruise Cook Strait to the tip of the South Island.
7 Christchurch, Franz Josef
Travel through Arthur's Pass and Hokitika, en route to Franz Josef today. Check in to your luxury eco-resort before you enjoy a four-course degustation dinner this evening. Stay: Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Board the TranzAlpine train for a trip through breathtaking landscapes.
  • Experience the lush rainforest and breathtaking valley of the Franz Josef Glacier.
8 Franz Josef, Queenstown
View magnificent scenery today as you travel along the rugged west coast to Haast and continue to Queenstown. Stay Two Nights: Queenstown, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Tonight, choose between four restaurants for your dining experience.
9 Queenstown
Explore Queenstown in your own way with our Freedom of Choice Sightseeing options. (B)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps you'll choose to enjoy a Dart River Safari adventure, a chance to see where scenes from The Lord of the Rings was filmed, a 4WD experience at Mt Nicholas, or a bird walk.
10 Queenstown, Milford Sound
Travel via Milford Sound to the pretty lakeside town of Te Anau where you will stay for the evening. Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Journey along Milford Road, then cruise the full length of Milford Sound.
  • This evening you'll enjoy distinct regional flavours at a Taste of Fiordland Dinner.
11 Te Anau, Dunedin
Travel to Dunedin on the island's east coast and this afternoon, choose your activity. Stay: Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • You might discover the history of Larnach Castle and Olveston House, journey through countryside on the Taieri Gorge Railway, visit Speight's Brewery, or travel to the Otago Peninsula.
12 Dunedin, Mt Cook
See the spectacular Moeraki Boulders - curious spherical creations along the coast of Dunedin. Then, enter Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and join your chosen activity. Stay: Mt Cook, the Hermitage Hotel (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and enjoy a stargazing session with an astronomer, or immerse yourself in the region's incredible native flora and fauna on a guided nature walk. Alternatively, during the summer months, board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.
Signature Experiences:
  • Discover Mt Cook, Australasia's highest peak, in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.
13 Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch
Travel to Lake Tekapo to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Head to Christchurch for a Farewell Dinner tonight. Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch (B/D)
14 Depart Christchurch
After breakfast, transfer to the airport. (B)

APT Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Marvel at the lush rainforest and impressive icy contours of Franz Josef Glacier
  • Cruise enchanting Milford Sound, which is set deep in Fiordland National Park
  • With an exciting array of sightseeing and dining opportunities, discover the Queenstown that best suits your interests
  • Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi Feast in Rotorua
  • Cruise to the South Island aboard the Interislander ferry
  • Ride on the famous TranzAlpine train
  • Enjoy a Taste of Fiordland Dinner in Te Anau
  • Discover Australasia's highest peak in Mt Cook National Park
Trip Inclusions
  • Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions
  • APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides
  • Overseas transfers, luggage porterage & tipping
Included Meals
  • Includes 23 meals - enjoy 13 Breakfasts and 10 Dinners
  • Traditional Maori Hangi Feast in Rotorua
  • Four Course Degustation dinner at Te Waonui Forest Retreat
  • Taste of Fiordland Dinner in Te Anau
  • Farewell Dinner at Rydges Latimer Christchurch
Accommodation
  • Overlook the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve at the Holiday Inn Rotorua
  • Capture superb rainforest views from your room during an overnight stay at the five-star Te Waonui Forest Retreat
  • Enjoy garden views at the Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas
  • Absorb alpine scenes from your room during an overnight stay at The Hermitage Hotel, Mt Cook
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • International/domestic flights not included in tour price
  • Ask us about pre and post accommodation
  • Te Waonui Forest Retreat is subject to seasonality
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
Journey Highlights
  • Cruise enchanting Milford Sound, which is set deep in Fiordland National Park
  • Enjoy time to relax at Mount Cook National Park and take in its spectacular views
  • Enjoy the views on one of the world's greatest rail journeys as you travel across New Zealand's Southern Alps
Trip Inclusions
  • Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions
  • APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides
  • Overseas transfers, luggage porterage & tipping
Included Meals
  • 13 Breakfasts and 10 Dinners are included throughout this tour
Accommodation
  • Stay in luxury hotels including the Te Waonui Forest Retreat in Franz Josef and The Hermitage in Mount Cook
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • International/domestic flights not included in tour price
  • Ask us about pre and post accommodation
  • Te Waonui Forest Retreat is subject to seasonality
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included

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