New Zealand Highlighter

14 days,

13 nights |

from $5595 per person*


Beginning in the North Island, wind your 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.

  • All-inclusive sightseeing and enriching Signature Experiences
  • APT’s Freedom of Choice Inclusions in five locations
  • 13 Breakfasts and 10 Dinners
  • APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Luggage porterage for your convenience

Tour Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi Feast in Rotorua. Experience the warmth of Maori hospitality as you also learn about ceremonial rituals and be treated to a powerful performance.
  • Immerse yourself in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park and discover where Sir Edmund Hillary developed his climbing skills in preparation for his conquest of Everest.
  • Delight in the authentic flavours of the South Island during a Taste of Fiordland Dinner, showcasing the finest local artisan produce of the region such as venison and salmon.
  • During a Milford Sound cruise, relish the extraordinary landscapes and diverse scenery as you cruise through one of New Zealand’s most beautiful natural wilderness areas.
  • Experience the magnificent Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.


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

Departure Dates

2020 APR: 7 MAY: 12 SEP: 15, 29 OCT: 6, 20, 27 NOV: 3,17 DEC: 1, 15,30  

All trips include 24-hour emergency travel assistance.

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December 30, 2020

Valid for travel between:

04/07/2020 – 05/11/2020
05/12/2020 – 09/14/2020
09/15/2020 – 09/29/2020
10/06/2020 – 12/30/2020

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Day 1 Arrive Auckland FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing Perhaps cruise on Waitemata Harbour; head off on a Waiheke Island wine and olive tasting tour; explore the Auckland Museum; get up close to marine life at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium; or set off into the Waitakere Rainforest. Transfer to your hotel then set out on your selected activity. This evening, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner. Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland Dinner

Day 2 Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE This evening, immerse yourself in Maori culture as you enjoy a traditional Hangi feast and a lively performance of song and dance. Heading out of Auckland you’ll make a stop at Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an eerie glow. Discover this natural wonder on a guided boat ride through a grotto lit by these magical creatures, before continuing to Rotorua. Stay: Two Nights, Millennium Rotorua Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Rotorua FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing Perhaps experience the icons of Rotorua at the Agrodome Farm Show, then make your way to Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see a working kiwi nursery and visit the Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Alternatively, join a Hobbiton Movie Set tour for an insight into the making of The Lord of the Rings trilogy; take a drive to visit New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool and hot springs; or explore Redwood Treewalk with a Maori guide. Choose to explore Rotorua your way with a choice of included Freedom of Choice Sightseeing options. Breakfast

Day 4 Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway through the glorious landscapes of the North Island. Gaze out over the thunderous Huka Falls and the tranquil setting of Lake Taupo, before crossing the volcanic plateau of Tongariro National Park on your way to the nation’s capital, Wellington. Stay: Two Nights, InterContinental Wellington Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Wellington Set off on a tour taking you to the city’s best-loved landmarks and sights, including New Zealand’s national museum – Te Papa Tongarewa. The afternoon and evening have been left free for you to enjoy Wellington at your own pace. Breakfast

Day 6 Wellington, Kaikoura, Christchurch SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE Step aboard the Interislander ferry this morning and cruise Cook Strait to the tip of the South Island. Continue 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, The Commodore Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef Glacier SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE Take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of the Franz Josef Glacier. SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. After a special Signature Experience, disembark at Arthur’s Pass and travel by coach to Hokitika. Here, you will see pounamu (jade) being expertly carved into pieces of jewellery. Continue to Franz Josef. Arrive at your luxury eco-resort in time for a special four-course dinner. Stay: Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 Franz Josef, Queenstown FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Dining Perhaps sample quality crafted beer at Canyon Food & Brew Co. Alternatively, take a scenic gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant where you can enjoy your meal with stunning panoramic views of the city. You may prefer a cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamboat, or dine amid the stylish surrounds of the Elements Restaurant. Enjoy a day of truly breathtaking scenery as you travel along the Haast River on your way to Queenstown. Tonight, choose between four restaurants for your dining experience. Stay: Two Nights, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 Queenstown FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing Visit sites where The Lord of the Rings was filmed; enjoy a ride on the Shotover Jet Boat; take a Skippers Canyon adventure; join a river safari; set out on a winery tour; or a Station 2 Station Cycle Trail bike ride along the tranquil country roads at Lake Wakatipu. Personalise your experience today with our range of Freedom of Choice activities. Breakfast

Day 10 Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE In Te Anau, sample authentic regional cuisine of the South Island during a Taste of Fiordland Dinner. SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE Cruise the full length of Milford Sound. Journey along Milford Road. Later, travel to the lakeside town of Te Anau. Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 Te Anau, Dunedin FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing You might like to visit Olveston House or head to Dunedin’s grand railway station and board the Taieri Gorge Railway for sweeping views of the Taieri Gorge. Alternatively, tour Speight’s Brewery, visit an albatross colony, or take a wildlife tour of the Otago Peninsula. Travel to Dunedin on the island’s east coast and this afternoon, choose your activity. Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 Dunedin, Mt Cook SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE Visit World Heritage-listed Mt Cook National Park. FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing Perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, including a visit to the planetarium and a stargazing session with an astronomer. Alternatively, during the summer months, board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. Drive 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. Stay: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel, in a room with alpine views Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch Travel to Lake Tekapo to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Head to Christchurch for a Farewell Dinner tonight. Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch Breakfast, Dinner Day 14 Depart Christchurch Transfer to the airport. Breakfast

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