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 Info

Tour Type: Premium Coach Tour
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departures: Sep 2018 to Oct 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $6645 per person
Tour Operator: APT Tours
Duration: 14 Days
Tour Code: nca14

Inclusions

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
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation and activity vouchers, and local travel guides

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Auckland - Freedom of Choice Touring

Kia ora! Welcome to the ‘Land of Long White Cloud’. Be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Choose from a range of exciting sightseeing activities before indulging in a special welcome dinner this evening.

Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland (D)

Day 2
Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua - Hāngī Feast

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: Holiday Inn Rotorua (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 3
Rotorua - Freedom of Choice Touring

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)

Day 4
Rotorua - Taupō - Wellington - Freedom of Choice Dining

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)

Day 5
Wellington

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)

Day 6
Wellington - Kaikōura - Christchurch

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)

Day 7
Christchurch - TranzAlpine Train - Franz Josef

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)

Day 8
Franz Josef - Queenstown - Freedom of Choice Dining

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)

Day 9
Queenstown - Freedom of Choice Touring

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)

Day 10
Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau

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)

Day 11
Te Anau - Dunedin - Freedom of Choice Touring

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: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (B, D)

Day 12
Dunedin - Aoraki Mount Cook - Freedom of Choice Touring

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: The Hermitage Hotel (B, D)

Day 13
Aoraki Mount Cook - Lake Tekapo - Christchurch

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)

Day 14
Depart Christchurch

Today your tour concludes after breakfast with a transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

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There are 6 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.7 out of 5.

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10/10/2017
The tour covered a lot of things and that was good. The driver Chris was excellent and a good communicator. The rep Lyn knew her history of the country and seemed ok with what she knew, but panicked if you asked anything she didn't know or was new to her. I think in today's terms it's called inability to think laterally, which happens when you get older. We're getting older so it's something I recognised, but didn't expect it in our rep. We did enjoy the country, but would be worried about who would be in charge, if we went again. Driver made it work.
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14/02/2017
Guides were excellent! We saw and learned so much. Trip included all we had researched was important to see. Change of hotels almost daily a little grueling but necessary! Most hotels good to excellent. Love way seats on coach changed daily.
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26/11/2013
We had the most wonderful trip around stunningly beautiful New Zealand - while I appreciate that APT can't take credit for the fabulous scenery and beautiful weather we enjoyed, your amazing staff, from Mani in the office, to the wonderfully capable and caring Laurel and Mark in whose safe hands we were escorted around the country definitely deserve heaps of credit for enriching and enhancing a fabulous trip. I have two recommendations: keep your amazing staff but please get a bigger coach or put fewer people on it.
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07/05/2013
We had a wonderful holiday. The whole tour was well organised. We enjoyed the 'freedom of choice' tours. Nick Hart our courier was very helpful and patient organising the large group. David McGregor our driver was very pleasant, prompt and always made sure the coach was spotlessly clean. He also managed all the luggage with ease.
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08/11/2011
The tour was lovely. Negatives: The title on the itinerary for the first day was confusing about whether dinner was included. A few hotels were disappointments. I would have preferred departing earlier each day in order to have more time at the sites. I was disappointed with the Scottish night. Personally, I would have liked more bagpipes and Scottish entertainment and less poetry. Positives: Laurel, tour manager, and Rob, driver, were excellent and very professional. Some of the hotels were a treat. We were assigned an apartment in Queenstown that was so lovely that we returned to the hetel early in order to enjoy the rooms and view. Milford Sound was the highlight of the trip for me. The beauty of the fiord, the excellent dinner, and the rain the next day that produced all the waterfalls were all perfect. This was my second trip to New Zealand, and while we returned to some locations I had toured before, I saw different places and things. The variety was enjoyable and interesting. I enjoyed the times we met with friends who live in New Zealand. Kirby was very helpful in getting information for me to arrange meeting these friends and in answering all my questions.
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07/12/2010
There was definitely too much travelling per day on this tour although I appreciate we saw a lot. Our guide was phenomenal and made the tour both instructive and interesting. It would have been better to have spent a bit more time at some sites, for example at the caves and agrorama. I was disappointed with some of the hotels which only had one double and one single bed not two doubles. The tour did give the opportunity to see places which would be good to revisit and maybe that is the purpose of the tour.
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14 Day New Zealand Highlighter
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Departures: Sep 2018 to Oct 2019
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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 geoth... Read More

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