Great New Zealand Rail and Cruise Experience

16 days,

15 nights |

from $7295 per person*


Experience magical New Zealand from North to South on the rails and on the water.

  • Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions
  • 15 Breakfasts and 10 Dinners
  • APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Luggage porterage and tipping

Tour Highlights

  • Watch as the ever-changing Southland countryside glides past your window aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway.
  • Board a spectacular overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound and discover rugged peaks, pristine rainforest and hidden islets.
  • Enjoy the views on one of the world’s greatest rail journeys as you travel across New Zealand’s Southern Alps.


  • SAVE 10%* if you book and pay in full 12 months before your tour departure date.
  • SAVE 7.5%* if you book and pay in full 10 months before your tour departure date.
  • SAVE 5%* if you book and pay in full 6 months before your tour departure date.

Departure Dates

2020 OCT: 20 NOV: 24  

All trips include 24-hour emergency travel assistance.

Book by:

November 24, 2020

Valid for travel between:

10/20/2020 – 11/24/2020

Additional dates, gateway cities and airlines may be available.

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New Zealand Map NRR16 2020/21Day 1 Arrive Christchurch Arrive in Christchurch and be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a tour of the city’s sights before a Welcome Dinner this evening. Stay: Christchurch, The Commodore Dinner Day 2 Christchurch TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef.  Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. Disembark and travel by coach to Franz Josef, where you can take in the dramatic surrounds of Franz Josef Glacier. Breakfast, Dinner Day 3 Franz Josef, Queenstown Enjoy breathtaking scenery as you travel along the Haast River to Queenstown, where this evening you will choose where to dine. Stay: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Breakfast, Dinner Day 4 Queenstown Choose from a range of sightseeing options today. Perhaps visit filming locations of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Other Freedom of Choice options are available. Breakfast Day 5 Queenstown, Doubtful Sound Journey through Fiordland National Park then, board a cruise across Lake Manapouri and travel to Doubtful Sound, the second largest fiord within the national park. Board a spectacular overnight cruise Stay: Doubtful Sound overnight cruise Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner Day 6 Doubtful Sound, Dunedin Leave the Fiordland region and travel to Dunedin, the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel Breakfast, Dinner Day 7 Taieri Gorge Railway, Dunedin Step aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway and journey through the picturesque Southland countryside Breakfast Day 8 Dunedin, Seasider Train, Aoraki Mt Cook.  Board the Seasider train and travel along Otago Harbour and Port Chalmers. Head north to see the unusual Moeraki Boulders then to Oamaru and World Heritage-listed Aoraki Mt Cook National Park to see,New Zealand’s highest peak. Visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. Stay: Aoraki Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel Breakfast, Dinner Day 9 Aoraki Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch Drive along the shores of Lake Pukaki to Lake Tekapo. Visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd then continue to Christchurch. Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch Breakfast Day 10 Coastal Pacific Train, Picton, Wellington Enjoy a journey through the rugged east coast to Picton. From here, step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise across the Cook Strait and through the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds to Wellington. Stay: Two Nights, Intercontinental Wellington Breakfast, Dinner Day 11 Wellington See the sights of Wellington, then ride Wellington’s iconic Cable Car for spectacular views over this scenic coastal city. Breakfast Day 12 Featherston, Tongariro National Park Explore the fascinating Fell Locomotive Museum in Featherston. Afterwards, travel to Tongariro National Park. This afternoon, enjoy a chairlift ride to the top of Mount Ruapehu. Stay: Chateau Tongariro Hotel Breakfast, Dinner Day 13 Tongariro National Park, Rail Cruising Experience, Rotorua Board a self-drive cart rail along a decommissioned railway line in Taumarunui. Discover Whanganui National Park, before travelling to Rotorua. This evening, enjoy a traditional HāngÄ« feast and performance. Stay: Two Nights, Millennium Rotorua Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 14 Rotorua Spend this morning on your Freedom of Choice activity. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore at your leisure. Breakfast Day 15 Rotorua, Glenbrook Vintage Railway Auckland This morning, travel to Glenbrook and on arrival, board the Glenbrook Vintage Railway. Travel to Victoria Avenue and Waiuku, before enjoying a stop at the Pukeoware Depot. This afternoon, take in the sights of Auckland on a guided tour before a Farewell Dinner this evening. Stay: Grand Millenium, Auckland Breakfast, Dinner Day 16 Depart Auckland Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight Breakfast

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*Terms & Conditions: Pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting for travel during specified travel dates. Single supplements, black-out dates and seasonal supplements may apply. Airfare is not included unless indicated. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. Airline and hotels frequently change their prices as a result of fare increases and/or fuel surcharges. Prices may increase before full payment for those and other reasons. Package is not combinable with any other offer or discounted vacation package. After full payment, prices are guaranteed except only due to an increase in government-imposed taxes or fees. By paying your deposit, you affirmatively agree to the possibility of such increases. Package is strictly subject to availability, not retroactive and not combinable with any other special or vacation package offer. Minimum night stays or required room types may apply. All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Please call for our current prices. CST#2001136-20

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