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14 Day New Zealand Highlighter

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APT Premium Coach Tour starting in Auckland and finishing in Christchurch

Tour Description

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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Trip Highlights
Included Experiences
  • Freedom of Choice Touring in Auckland, Rotorua, Mt Cook, Dunedin and Queenstown
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Travel aboard a spacious, luxurious coach
  • Dedicated APT Tour Director and professional driver
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  • The additional services of expert local guides in select locations
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as per the itinerary
Fine Dining
  • Includes 23 meals - enjoy 13 Breakfasts, 10 Dinners
  • Welcome Dinner at the Grand Millennium Auckland
  • Traditional Maori Hangi Feast in Rotorua
  • Four Course Degustation dinner at Te Waonui Forest Retreat
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  • Taste of Fiordland Dinner in Te Anau
  • Farewell Dinner at Rydges Latimer, Christchurch
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Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions shown apply to departures from September 2018 onwards.
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • This itinerary forms part of the 18 Day Royal Tourer
  • Meals as Indicated and Breakfast and Feature Dinner Packages available
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  • Supplements for solo travellers are available on application
  • Te Waonui Forest Retreat is subject to seasonality
  • Triple rooms may include a roll-away bed. Please check at time of booking
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included

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Tour Itinerary - Day by Day
  • Day1

    Arrive Auckland, Freedom of Choice

    Kia ora! And 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)

  • Day2

    Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, Hangi 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 of Maori culture famous for its geothermal activity. This evening, enjoy a Hangi Feast and learn about Maori customs.

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

  • Day3

    Rotorua, Freedom of Choice Touring

    In Rotorua, enjoy the opportunity to choose from a range of activities today, 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)

  • Day4

    Rotorua, Taupo, 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 Taupo. 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)

  • Day5

    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)

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  • Day6

    Wellington, Kaikoura, 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 Kaikoura to Christchurch.

    Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel (B, D)

  • Day7

    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)

  • Day8

    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)

  • Day9

    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 Boat, 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 Mt Nicholas, or a bird walk. (B)

  • Day10

    Queenstown, Milford Sound Cruise, 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 & Villas (B, D)

  • Day11

    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)

  • Day12

    Dunedin, Mt Cook, Freedom of Choice Touring

    Journey north and stop to view the large spherical Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach. Continue to World Heritage-listed Mt 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 (B, D)

  • Day13

    Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch

    Leaving the spectacular snow-capped mountains of Mt 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 at a Farewell Dinner at your hotel.

    Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch (B, D)

  • Day14

    Depart Christchurch

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

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Tour Reviews

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

  • 3The 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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    - 10/10/2017
  • 5Guides 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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    - 14/02/2017
  • 5We 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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    - 26/11/2013
  • 5We 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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    - 07/05/2013
  • 5The 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.

    - 08/11/2011
  • 5There 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.

    - 07/12/2010

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