12 Day Scenic Sights

12 Day Scenic Sights

Discover the key attractions of both the North and South Island over an unforgettable 12 Days with APT. Begin in the harbour city of Auckland, before cruising aboard the Interislander to the South Island.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Premium Coach Tour
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departures: Sep 2018 to Oct 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $5790 per person
Tour Operator: APT Tours
Pace: Lively
Duration: 12 Days
Tour Code: nch12

Inclusions

11 nights in superior accommodation (includes 3 days of Independent Touring)
18 meals – 11 breakfasts (B) and 7 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, taking in the intricate waterways of the Marlborough Sounds
Ride on the famous TranzAlpine train
Marvel at the impressive icy contours of Franz Josef Glacier
See spectacular Milford Sound, where you'll enjoy a cruise that explores the full length of this pristine fiord
Discover Australasia's highest peak at Aoraki Mt Cook National Park
Freedom of Choice Touring in Auckland, Rotorua and Queenstown
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation and activity vouchers, and local travel guides
Days 10-12 are Independent Touring, you will not be accompanied by an APT Tour Director. However, you will be escorted by a professional driver and join local guides on day tours as per itinerary

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Auckland - Freedom of Choice Touring

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Today choose from a range of sightseeing options. Tonight, enjoy a delicious welcome dinner.

Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland (D)

Day 2
Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua

Travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glowworm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an unmistakable glow. Take a silent boat ride through a mystical grotto before continuing to Rotorua. This evening you’ll be treated to an unforgettable cultural experience – a traditional Māori hāngī feast and a spectacular performance of song and dance.

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

Day 3
Rotorua - Freedom of Choice Touring

In Rotorua choose from a range of activities today. Perhaps take a 4WD Bush Safari, join an eco-thermal tour, play a round of golf, visit Hobbiton, or take in Rotorua Museum. Ask about our country homestay option. (B)

Day 4
Rotorua - Wellington - Freedom of Choice Dining

Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway through the heart of the North Island. See Huka Falls and Lake Taupō, then cross Tongariro National Park to Wellington. Enjoy a choice of restaurants tonight.

Stay: InterContinental Wellington (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 5
Wellington

Discover the delights of the New Zealand capital with an extended stay. After breakfast, set off on a sightseeing tour taking you to the city’s best-loved landmarks and sights, including New Zealand’s national museum – Te Papa Tongarewa. Afterwards, ride Wellington’s iconic Cable Car, gaining a fresh perspective on this coastal city. (B)

Day 6
Wellington - Kaikōura - Christchurch

Today enjoy a spectacular scenic journey between mountains and sea. Step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise across Cook Strait through to Picton. Rejoin your coach and travel to Kaikōura, then continue through the Marlborough region to beautiful Christchurch.

Stay: Commodore Hotel (B, D)

Day 7
Christchurch - TranzAlpine Train - Franz Josef

Board the TranzAlpine train for New Zealand’s greatest rail adventure. Disembark at Arthur’s Pass and journey to Hokitika to see how pounamu (jade) is carved into jewellery. Continue into Westland Tai Poutini National Park and take in the dramatic terrain of Franz Josef Glacier. Later, check in to your luxury eco-resort in Franz Josef and be treated to a four-course degustation dinner this evening.

Stay: 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. Arrive in Queenstown, New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital’, where this evening you’ll choose from four restaurants in which to dine. Sample the delicious fresh produce at the waterside Finz seafood restaurant, or take a scenic gondola ride to Stratosfare at the top of Bob’s Peak. You may prefer to cruise aboard the vintage steamer TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm, or dine in the stylish surrounds of Elements Restaurant.

Stay: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside (3 nights) (B, D)

Day 9
Queenstown - Freedom of Choice Touring

Enjoy the opportunity to personalise your Queenstown experience by selecting from one of our Freedom of Choice activities. Perhaps embark on a Safari of the Scenes tour and visit several local sites where the popular Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. You’ll experience the great affinity between the cinematic landscape of New Zealand and that of Middle-earth. Alternatively, you may prefer to take an exhilarating ride on the famous Shotover Jet. New Zealand is rightly known for its wines, and a tour of the country’s premier wine producing region is a tempting option today. Perhaps a thrilling zip-line ride above the Kawarau Gorge is more your style. Or, you may prefer to board a double decker bus and discover the beauty of Queenstown and nearby Arrowtown. (B)

Day 10
Independent Touring: Queenstown - Milford Sound Cruise - Queenstown

Follow The Remarkables mountain range to Fiordland National Park. On arrival, cruise the full length of pristine Milford Sound. View tumbling waterfalls, sheer cliffs, dense verdant rainforest, soaring mountain ranges, and the famous Mitre Peak. Return to Queenstown this evening for dinner. (B, D)

Days 10-12 are Independent Touring, and you will not be accompanied by an APT Tour Director. However, you will be escorted by a professional driver.

Day 11
Independent Touring: Queenstown - Christchurch

Travel through Otago then enter Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and admire Aoraki Mt Cook. Perhaps take a scenic helicopter or ski plane flight here (own expense, weather permitting). Visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo, then continue to Christchurch.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch (B)

Days 10-12 are Independent Touring, and you will not be accompanied by an APT Tour Director. However, you will be escorted by a professional driver.

Day 12
Independent Touring: Depart Christchurch

This morning after breakfast your New Zealand adventure comes to an end with an included transfer to the airport. (B)

Days 10-12 are Independent Touring, and you will not be accompanied by an APT Tour Director. However, you will be escorted by a professional driver.

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There are 5 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.6 out of 5.

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13/02/2016
Our APT tour of New Zealand south island was wonderful! Great accommodations and excellent itinerary where we saw many beautiful sights of the south island area.
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02/02/2013
The tour was very good. The guide, Lyn, was excellent and also the driver. We would recommend this to anyone.
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03/11/2009
New Zealand was beautiful, amazingly beautiful. Our tour was perfect. Peter Birks, our tour guide and Mark Johnson, our driver, were both very professional, knowledgeable, and caring. The hotels were very nice, especially the Queenstown Sofitel, the Te Waonui Forest Retreat in Te Anau, and the Hotel InterContinental in Wellington. Many other hotels had perfect locations, such as the Hermitage in Mt Cook National Park. The evening meals were excellent (the lobster at the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross in quaint Dunedin was superb) as well as the comprehensive tour activities included. Would highly recommend this tour.
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11/09/2009
Thank you so much Craig and the team who organised my parents tour around New Zealand. They have quite high expectations and your tour met them all!. They truley loved all aspects from the food/accommodation, to the coach and of course the scenery. They felt very secure and relaxed in the hands of the coach driver and tour host. To Craig at Relaxing Journeys, you made everything so easy and your service was always prompt and reliable. I am so impressed and my parents have a lifetime of memories. Your service could not have been any better.
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16/04/2009
The total trip went beautifully without any problem. Georgie Walpole was great in finding a tour which met our date requirements, all the flights were on time believe it or not, and the weather was perfect with great temperatures and sun most of the time even on the west coast. The clouds even cleared just long enough for us to get a good view of Mount Cook. The tour director and coach driver were organized, respectful, informative, and humorous. The other people on the tour were also delightful and fun. This was our first escorted tour and it couldn't have been better! Thank you very much for your service.
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