South Island Sensation

12 Day Small Group Tour from Wellington to Queenstown with APT

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 12 Day South Island Sensation. Board the Interislander ferry across Cook Strait to the South Island, where you will immerse yourself in the Marlborough wine region, spot unique marine life off the coast of Kaikoura and Akaroa, explore Franz Josef and conclude in more

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Max Group Size
Small Group
Trip Style
Small Group
Scenic / Cultural
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Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
New Zealand
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1 Arrive Wellington
Arrive in Wellington and transfer to your hotel. Visit New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, then visit the Weta Workshop and gain a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the design studio behind The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Avatar. This evening, savour a Welcome Dinner. Stay: QT Museum Wellington (D)
2 Wellington, Picton, Blenheim
Cruise to the South Island. Disembark and travel to Blenheim and arrive at your stunning hotel set within spectacular vineyards in the Marlborough Wine Region. Stay Two Nights: Blenheim, Marlborough Vintners Hotel (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • This morning, cruise across Cook Strait aboard the Interislander ferry. You’ll traverse the stunning waters of Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds, enjoying breathtaking views.
  • In the Marlborough wine region, savour a delicious degustation dinner paired with exceptional local wines.
3 Blenheim
Choose your included sightseeing. (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps immerse yourself in this world-renowned wine region with a winery tour, or visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.
4 Blenheim, Kaikoura
Travel to the coastal town of Kaikoura today, which presents a perfect opportunity for marine spotting Stay: Kaikoura, The White Morph Heritage Collection (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Embark on an unbelievable whale-watching cruise, and perhaps experience an up-close encounter with a Giant Sperm Whale. You may also have the chance to see New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross.
5 Kaikoura, Christchurch
Travel towards Christchurch, proudly holding the colloquial title of the Garden City. Christchurch is well known for its English heritage and botanic attractions. Stay Two Nights: Christchurch, Rydges Latimer Hotel (B/D)
6 Christchurch, Akaroa
Embark on a city sights tour of Christchurch, where you will see the Canterbury Museum, Cathedral Square and Riccarton House and Bush. Afterwards, enjoy your Signature Experience. (B)

Signature Experiences:
  • Travel to Akaroa, where you will board a cruise to get up close to friendly dolphins.
7 Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef
Ride the TranzAlpine train today. Disembark at Arthur’s Pass and travel by coach to Hokitika, a town teeming with fascinating historic tales of ship wrecks, goldmines and pounamu hunters. Here, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to see pounamu jade being skilfully carved into pieces of jewellery. Afterwards, continue along the west coast to Franz Josef, where you’ll take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of the region. From the alpine snowfields, to verdant rainforests, blue ice caves, beautiful lakes and glacial rivers, the natural surrounds of the area are guaranteed to captivate. Arrive later at your luxurious eco-resort in time for dinner. Stay Two Nights: Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. Journey through the striking patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains before travelling across the magnificent Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park.
8 Franz Josef
Select your included sightseeing activity. (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps embark on a hike along an ancient path where a glacier once stood; as you encounter lush rainforest and pristine waterfalls. You also have the option to upgrade to a heli-hike, which includes scenic helicopter flight over Franz Josef Glacier - additional cost and subject to weather, availability and minimum numbers. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the Glacier Hot Pools for an incredible hot springs experience, plus visit the West Coast Wildlife Centre to get up close to New Zealand’s unique wildlife.
9 Franz Josef, Arrowtown, Queenstown
Enjoy a day of breathtaking scenery travelling along the Haast River Valley as you venture into the Central Otago region. You will enjoy a stop in the historic gold mining destination of Arrowtown on your way to the fairytale setting of Queenstown, your home for the next three nights. Stay Three Nights: Queenstown, Peppers Beacon (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • This evening, you will have a choice of dining at some of Queenstown’s best restaurants.
10 Queenstown
Choose your preferred sightseeing inclusion. (B)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Today you have the option to sample beautiful Central Otago wines, as you hear the stories and history of these very special labels from the local region. Alternatively, enjoy a guided leisurely bike ride through the surrounding countryside.
11 Queenstown
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Queenstown your way. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers. (B/D)
12 Depart Queenstown
Be transferred to the airport. (B)

APT Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Embark on an amazing whale-watching cruise, and perhaps experience an up-close encounter with a Giant Sperm Whale.
  • Enjoy the views on one of the world's greatest rail journeys as you travel across New Zealand's Southern Alps.
  • In Akaroa, board a cruise to get up close to friendly dolphins that roam in these pristine waters.
Trip Inclusions
  • All-inclusive sightseeing in 11 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in three locations
  • Everything as detailed, including gratuities
  • Expert APT Tour Director
Included Meals
  • A total of 20 included meals over the course of your tour
  • Surrounded by natural rainforests and lush ferns, the Te Waonui Forest Retreat is an idyllic escape
  • Set within stunning vineyards, savour a degustation dinner paired with exceptional local wines at Marlborough Vintners Hotel.
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices include transfers, gratuities and sundries
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included

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Thursday 31 Oct 2019 Monday 11 Nov 2019 308per person 7,387per person Sold Out
Thursday 21 Nov 2019 Monday 02 Dec 2019 308per person 7,387per person Sold Out
Thursday 12 Dec 2019 Monday 23 Dec 2019 308per person 7,387per person Sold Out
Thursday 02 Jan 2020 Monday 13 Jan 2020 308per person 7,387per person Sold Out
Thursday 23 Jan 2020 Monday 03 Feb 2020 308per person 7,387per person Sold Out
Thursday 13 Feb 2020 Monday 24 Feb 2020 308per person 7,387per person Sold Out
Thursday 05 Mar 2020 Monday 16 Mar 2020 308per person 7,387per person Sold Out
Thursday 26 Mar 2020 Monday 06 Apr 2020 308per person 7,387per person Sold Out
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