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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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:
NCH12

Itinerary

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1 Arrive Auckland
On arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel. Choose from a range of sightseeing options and enjoy a Welcome Dinner. Stay: Grand Millennium Hotel (D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps take a cruise on Waitemata Harbour, head off on a Waiheke Island wine tour, or explore the Auckland Museum. Alternatively, get up close to the marine life at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, or set off on a Wilderness Adventure into the Waitakere Rainforest. Others may prefer to take a trip to the harbourside suburb of Devonport.
2 Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua
Travel to Waitomo and tour the incredible underground limestone caverns filled with thousands of glow worms. Continue to Rotorua. Stay Two Nights: Rotorua, Holiday Inn (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
Explore Rotorua however you like with a variety of exciting sightseeing activities available to you. (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, view Wairakei Steam Valley, visit Huka Falls and Lake Taupo before crossing Tongariro National Park to Wellington. Stay Two Nights: InterContinental Wellington (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • After checking into your hotel this evening, discover a range of tantalising local flavours with a choice of four tempting restaurants in which to dine.
5 Wellington
Take a tour of the city’s best-loved landmarks, including the fascinating Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa. (B)
6 Wellington, Christchurch
Traverse stunning landscapes on your way towards Christchurch. Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Cruise across Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry to Picton.
7 Christchurch, TranzAlpine train, Franz Josef
From Arthur’s Pass, journey to Hokitika and continue to Franz Josef. Tonight, enjoy a four-course degustation dinner. Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. Journey through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains and across the Southern Alps.
  • Along the west coast of the South Island, take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of the Franz Josef Glacier.
8 Franz Josef, Queenstown
Travel along the Haast River, capturing views of the Haast River Valley, Franz Josef and Fox glaciers. Arrive in Queenstown, and choose from four restaurants. SStay Three Nights: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • This evening for dinner, perhaps sample fresh produce at Finz seafood restaurant, or take a gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant and enjoy remarkable views along with a delicious selection of food. Otherwise, you may cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw and enjoy a delicious meal at The Great Kiwi Carvery, or dine at your hotel.
9 Queenstown
Enjoy the opportunity to personalise your Queenstown experience by selecting from one of our Freedom of Choice activities. Later, farewell your APT Tour Director and begin your independent touring days. (B)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps embark on a Safari of the Scenes tour, on which you can visit several local sites where the popular The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed, an exhilarating ride on the famous Shotover Jet Boat, a farm experience at Mt Nicholas, or a Lakeshore forest and bird walk.
10 Milford Sound, Queenstown
Follow The Remarkables mountain range to Fiordland National Park. Return to Queenstown this evening. (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Cruise the full length of pristine Milford Sound.
11 Queenstown, Christchurch
Travel to Otago and visit Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. Perhaps take a scenic helicopter or ski plane flight here (own expense, weather permitting). Travel to the picturesque Lake Tekapo. Here, you’ll pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, travel through delightful scenery along Burkes Pass to the city of Christchurch. Stay: Christchurch, Rydges Latimer (B)

Signature Experiences:
  • Discover Australasia’s highest peak in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.
12 Depart Christchurch
Your journey comes to an end with an included transfer to the airport. (B)
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
  • 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
  • Enjoy the views on one of the world's greatest rail journeys onboard the TranzAlpine train as you travel across New Zealand's Southern Alps
Trip Inclusions
  • Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in four locations
  • 11 breakfasts and 6 dinners
  • APT Tour Director and expert local guides
  • Arrival and departure transfers in New Zealand
Accommodation
  • Capture rainforest views during a stay at the luxurious eco-resort, Te Waonui Forest Retreat
  • Be part of the action in the heart of Queenstown with the lake outside your doorstep at the Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • International and domestic flights not included in tour price
  • Ask us about pre and post accommodation
  • Te Waonui Forest Retreat is subject to seasonality
  • Please note: Days 10-12 are Independent Touring. Join local guides on day tours as per itinerary
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
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
Accommodation
  • 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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