14 Day New Zealand Highlighter
14 Day New Zealand Highlighter
Beginning in the North Island, this 14 day tour with APT 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 Glacier.
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|Tour Type:||Premium Coach Tour|
|From:||Auckland to Christchurch|
|Departures:||Apr 2020 to Sep 2021|
|Price:||From (NZD) $6835 per person|
|Tour Operator:||APT Tours|
|13 nights in premium accommodation|
|23 meals – 13 breakfasts (B), 10 dinners (D)|
|Immerse yourself in the Māori way of life as you indulge in a traditional hāngī feast in Rotorua|
|Cruise to the South Island aboard the Interislander ferry|
|Ride on the famous TranzAlpine train|
|Marvel at the impressive icy contours of Franz Josef Glacier|
|Cruise the full length of Milford Sound|
|Enjoy a Taste of Fiordland dinner in Te Anau|
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We’ll meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel. Tonight, celebrate with new friends at a welcome dinner.
Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland (D)
Leaving Auckland, travel to the Waitomo Caves. Take a silent boat ride through a mystical grotto lit by thousands of tiny glowworms. Then continue to Rotorua, a centre for Māori culture famous for its geothermal activity. This evening enjoy a hāngī feast and learn about Māori customs.
Stay: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua. (2 nights) (B, D)
In Rotorua, enjoy the opportunity to choose from a range of activities, including an eco-thermal tour, a visit to Hobbiton from the famous Lord of the Rings trilogy, a trip to the intriguing Rotorua Museum, or a Rotorua sightseeing tour with a kiwi encounter. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure. (B)
Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway through the heart of the North Island. Gaze out over spectacular Huka Falls and the tranquil setting of Lake Taupō. Cross the vast volcanic plateau of Tongariro National Park to Wellington, where you’ll enjoy a choice of restaurants this evening.
Stay: InterContinental Wellington (2 nights) (B, D)
Set off on a sightseeing tour taking you to a selection of the city’s best-loved landmarks, including the Museum of New Zealand – Te Papa Tongarewa. Later, ride Wellington’s iconic Cable Car for sprawling views out over Wellington. (B)
Step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise across Cook Strait and on to Picton at the tip of the South Island. Rejoin your coach and travel via the stunning landscapes of Marlborough and Kaikōura to Christchurch.
Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel (B, D)
Board the TranzAlpine train for a trip through breathtaking landscapes. Disembark at Arthur’s Pass and continue to Hokitika. Here, see pounamu (jade) being carved into beautiful jewellery. You’ll also view the ancient glacial scenery, lush rainforest and breathtaking valley of the Franz Josef Glacier. Check in to your luxury eco-resort before enjoying a four-course degustation dinner this evening.
Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat (B, D)
Enjoy a day of incredible scenery as you travel along the banks of the Haast River, capturing views of the towering peaks, waterfalls and rainforest of the Haast River Valley to Queenstown. Tonight, choose from four great dining options.
Stay: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside (2 nights) (B, D)
Enjoy the opportunity to personalise your Queenstown experience today with our Freedom of Choice activities. Perhaps visit several sites where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. Thrill seekers may enjoy an exhilarating ride on the famous Shotover Jet, a Skippers Canyon adventure, or a river safari along the Dart River. A tour of the country’s premier wine-producing region is also a tempting option. Other activities include a 4WD experience at Mount Nicholas, or a bird walk. (B)
Follow The Remarkables to Fiordland National Park. Journey along Milford Road, then cruise the full length of tranquil Milford Sound. Later, travel to the pretty lakeside town of Te Anau where you’ll delight in the flavours of the South Island this evening during an indulgent Taste of Fiordland dinner.
Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas (B, D)
In Dunedin enjoy your selected sightseeing activity. You might like to discover the scandalous history of Larnach Castle, journey through the rugged countryside on the Taieri Gorge Railway, or sample local beer at Speight’s Brewery.
Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel. (B, D)
Journey north and stop to view the large spherical Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach. Continue to World Heritage-listed Aoraki Mount Cook National Park where you can choose your activity. Perhaps visit The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, or join a guided nature walk. You may prefer to participate in a stargazing session this evening. Alternatively, during the summer months, board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.
Stay: Aoraki Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel, in a room with alpine views. (B, D)
Leaving the spectacular snow-capped mountains of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park behind, travel by coach to picturesque Lake Tekapo. Here you’ll pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, built of locally gathered stone and oak. Later, travel through Burkes Pass to Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. In the evening recall stories of your holiday with fellow travellers during a farewell dinner at your hotel.
Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch (B, D)
Today your tour concludes after breakfast with a transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
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