Scenic Sights

12 Day Guided Tour from Auckland to Christchurch with APT

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 12 Day Scenic Sights. Discover the key attractions of both the North and South islands over an unforgettable 12 Days. Begin in the harbour city of Auckland, before cruising aboard the Interislander to the South Island.

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Scenic / Cultural
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New Zealand
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1 Arrive Auckland
On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy your selected sightseeing experience. Tonight, enjoy a delicious Welcome Dinner. Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland (D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps cruise on Waitemata Harbour; head off on a Waiheke Island wine and olive tasting tour; explore the Auckland Museum; get up close to marine life at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium; or set off into the Waitakere Rainforest.
2 Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua
Travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glowworm caves. Take a silent boat ride through a mystical grotto before continuing to Rotorua. Stay Two Nights: Rotorua, Holiday Inn (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • This evening you'll be treated to a traditional Māori Hāngī Feast and a cultural performance of song and dance.
3 Rotorua
In Rotorua, choose your sightseeing experience. Ask about our country homestay option. (B)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps enjoy a sheep show at the Agrodome followed by a kiwi encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park and a visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Choose to visit Wai-O-Tapu; experience Middle-earth during a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, or embark on a relaxing Redwood Treewalk with a Māori guide.
4 Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington
Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway through the heart of the North Island. See Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, then cross Tongariro National Park to Wellington. This evening, savour a tantalising dinner. Stay Two Nights: InterContinental Wellington (B/D)
5 Wellington
Discover the city's beloved landmarks on a guided sightseeing tour. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to gain a fresh perspective on this coastal city. (B)
6 Wellington, Kaikoura, Christchurch
After riding the Interislander ferry, rejoin your coach and travel to Kaikoura, then continue to beautiful Christchurch through the Marlborough region. Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise across Cook Strait through to Picton.
7 TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef Glacier
Travel into Westland National Park and take in the dramatic scenery of Franz Josef Glacier. Later, check in to your luxury eco-resort and savour a four-course dinner. Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Board the TranzAlpine train for New Zealand's greatest rail adventure. Disembark at Arthur's Pass and journey to Hokitika.
8 Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown
Travel alongside the Haast River Valley on your way to Queenstown. Stay Three Nights: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Tonight, choose to dine at a Queenstown brewery, or take a scenic gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant for stunning panoramic views. You may prefer a cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw, or dine at Elements Restaurant.
9 Queenstown
Choose your sightseeing in Queenstown. (B)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps embark on a Safari of the Scenes tour and visit several local sites where The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. Alternatively, thrillseekers may enjoy an exhilarating ride on the Shotover Jet Boat, a Skippers Canyon adventure, or a river safari along the beautiful Dart River. New Zealand is rightly famous for its fine wines, and a tour of the country's premier wine-producing region is a tempting option. Other activities you may choose from include a Station 2 Station Cycle Trail bike ride along the tranquil country roads at Lake Wakatipu or a leisurely cruise over the waters of the lake.
10 Milford Sound, Queenstown
Follow The Remarkables mountain range to Fiordland National Park. Return to Queenstown this evening. (B)

Signature Experiences:
  • Cruise the full length of pristine Milford Sound.
11 Queenstown, Christchurch
Travel to Lake Tekapo and pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. This church was erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel (B)

Signature Experiences:
  • Enter Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and admire Mt Cook.
12 Depart Christchurch
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

APT Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Enjoy the views on one of the world's greatest rail journeys as you travel across New Zealand's Southern Alps
  • Captivating Lake Tekapo will astound you with its beauty. While here, visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd
  • With a two-night stay in the New Zealand capital, you have plenty of opportunities to explore its best-loved landmarks
Trip Inclusions
  • All-inclusive sightseeing and enriching Signature Experiences
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in three locations
  • APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Luggage porterage for your convenience
Included Meals
  • 11 breakfasts and 6 dinners are included throughout this tour
  • Enjoy a 4 course degustation dinner and stay at this luxury eco-resort nestled deep within pristine rainforest
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Please note: Days 10-12 are Independent Touring. Join local guides on day tours as per itinerary
  • 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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