New Zealand Experience

18 Day Guided Tour from Christchurch to Auckland with APT

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 18 Day New Zealand Experience. Sparkling bays, volcanic lakes, pristine sounds. From the South Island to the North Island, discover over 18 enthralling days the very best New Zealand has to offer.

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1 Arrive Christchurch
On arrival, be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel where you have the afternoon to relax. Enjoy Welcome Drinks and Dinner tonight. (D) Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch
2 Christchurch, Mt Cook
Traverse the Canterbury plains to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo. This afternoon, choose your Freedom of Choice Sightseeing experience. (B/D) Stay: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel, in a room with alpine views
3 Mt Cook, Dunedin
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 this afternoon and enjoy time at leisure before dinner. (B/D) Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel
4 Dunedin, Te Anau
Wake up this morning in Dunedin, where you may begin your day with your choice of sightseeing activity. Afterwards, absorb the breathtaking scenery as you travel to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau. (B/D) Stay Two nights: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
5 Te Anau
Decide how to spend your day in Te Anau thanks to our Freedom of Choice activities on offer to you today. Perhaps you may like to explore an underground network of limestone caves, lit by thousands of glow worms. Alternatively, you may prefer to set off on a wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound. Or, take an exciting jet boat ride along the Upper Waiau River. (B)
6 Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown
Along Milford Road, wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, then travel through the Homer Tunnel to be met by the sight of Mitre Peak. After, travel to Queenstown. (B/D) Stay Three Nights: Queenstown, Millennium Hotel or similar
7 Queenstown
Today you can discover Queenstown your own way with the included Freedom of Choice sightseeing activities available. Later, choose where to dine. (B/D)
8 Queenstown
Immerse yourself in beautiful Queenstown with a full day at leisure. You may like to take a relaxing stroll along the tranquil shores of Lake Wakatipu, or take part in the thrill of a lifetime in this adventurous city. (B)
9 Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier
Skirt the shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea. Check in to your eco-resort, before a special four-course dinner. (B/D) Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat
10 Franz Josef Glacier, TranzAlpine Train, Christchurch
Travel through deep gorges, river valleys and across the Southern Alps all the way to Christchurch. (B/D) Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch
11 Christchurch, Kaikoura, Blenheim
Follow the east coast to Kaikoura. Later, take in a special and unique Signature Experience. (B/D) Stay Two nights: Blenheim, Scenic Hotel Marlborough
12 Blenheim
Tailor your day with a choice of an included sightseeing option. (B)
13 Blenheim, Picton, Wellington
Traverse the stunning waters of Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds while taking in breathtaking surrounds. This afternoon, take part in a fascinating city sights tour of Wellington. (B/D) Stay: InterContinental Wellington
14 Wellington, Napier
Drive through the Rimutaka Ranges en route to Napier. (B/D) Stay: Napier, Scenic Te Pania Hotel
15 Napier, Taupo, Rotorua
Journey through Esk Valley and Te Pohue, stopping at the charming town of Taupo. Travel to Rotorua, then tonight enjoy a special Signature Experience. (B/D) Stay Two nights: Millennium Hotel Rotorua, located on beautiful Lake Rotorua
16 Rotorua
Select from a range of activities today. The evening is yours at leisure to further explore. (B)
17 Rotorua, Auckland
Travel through Waikato farmland to Cambridge and Auckland. Choose from a range of included sightseeing activities today. (B/D) Stay: Auckland, Crowne Plaza
18 Depart Auckland
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

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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
  • Enjoy a cruise that explores the picturesque and pristine Milford Sound fiord
  • Enjoy time to relax at Mount Cook National Park and take in its spectacular views
Trip Inclusions
  • All-inclusive sightseeing and enriching Signature Experiences
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in seven locations
  • APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Luggage porterage for your convenience
Included Meals
  • 17 breakfasts and 13 dinners are included throughout this tour
  • 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
  • Prices are for land only and internal flights as specified in the itinerary. International flights not included

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