8 nights |
from $3695 per person*
TOUR CODE: NCC09
Snow-capped mountains, crystal clear lakes, World Heritage-listed national parks and dense rainforest are just some of the wonders to expect on this luxury escorted tour of New Zealand’s South Island.
2020 APR: 12 MAY: 17 SEP: 20 OCT: 4, 11, 25 NOV: 1, 8, 22 DEC: 6, 20
All trips include 24-hour emergency travel assistance.
December 20, 2020
Valid for travel between:
04/12/2020 – 05/16/2020
05/17/2020 – 09/19/2020
09/20/2020 – 10/04/2020
10/11/2020 – 12/20/2020
Additional dates, gateway cities and airlines may be available.
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Welcome to Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island. Be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. This evening, get to know your APT Tour Director and fellow travellers during dinner. Stay: Christchurch, The Commodore Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE Take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of Franz Josef Glacier. Journey through the Canterbury Plains, before travelling across the Southern Alps. After an exciting Signature Experience, disembark at Arthur’s Pass and travel by coach to Hokitika. Here, you will enjoy the opportunity to see pounamu (jade) being carved into jewellery. Continue to Franz Josef. Arrive later at your luxury eco-resort where you will enjoy a special four-course dinner. Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat Breakfast, Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Dining Perhaps sample quality crafted beer at Canyon Food & Brew Co. Or, board a scenic gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant to enjoy views across Queenstown as you dine. Alternatively, you can 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, capturing views of the massive glacier-formed Haast River Valley. Wind your way past towering peaks, rushing waterfalls and lush rainforest. Arrive in Queenstown, New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital’, where this evening you will choose from four tempting restaurants in which to dine. Stay: Two Nights, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Breakfast, Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing Movie buffs may like to visit key The Lord of the Rings filming locations, while thrillseekers may enjoy a ride on the Shotover Jet Boat, or a Skippers Canyon adventure. Others may prefer a cruise on Lake Wakatipu, a bike ride along Lake Wakatipu on the Station 2 Station Cycle Trail, or a wine tour. Few destinations offer as much variety, or adventure in the outdoors, as Queenstown does. With a range of Freedom of Choice activities available, you can decide how to discover this adventure-filled region. Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE Continue to Milford Sound, where you’ll enjoy a cruise that explores the full length of this pristine fiord. SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE Delight in the authentic flavours of the South Island during a Taste of Fiordland Dinner, showcasing the finest local artisan produce of the region. Embark on one of the most scenic drives today as you journey along the Milford Road. Coast down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, then drive through the Homer Tunnel to be met by the sight of Mitre Peak. Afterwards, enjoy a picturesque drive to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau. Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas Breakfast, Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing Perhaps visit Olveston House, or head to Dunedin’s beautiful railway station and board the Taieri Gorge Railway for a memorable journey. Perhaps choose to tour Speight’s Brewery, visit an albatross colony, or take a wildlife tour of the Otago Peninsula. Travel to the east coast and the town of Dunedin today. Known as the Edinburgh of the south, the former gold mining town was once New Zealand’s largest city thanks to an influx of miners during the gold rush. This afternoon, choose your sightseeing activity. Stay: Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross Breakfast, Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE Enter the pristine and rugged Mt Cook National Park and admire the majesty of Australasia’s highest peak – known as Aoraki to the local Indigenous people. FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing Perhaps visit the fascinating Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, including a stargazing experience with an astronomer. Alternatively, you may prefer to admire dramatic Mt Cook on a guided nature walk through the national park. Another option is to board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. Discover the spectacular region of Mt Cook National Park with our exclusive Freedom of Choice inclusions. Stay: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel, in a room with alpine views Breakfast, Dinner
This morning you will travel by coach to Lake Tekapo. Here, you will pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, built of locally gathered stone and oak and erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Continuing your journey, delight in the scenery of Burkes Pass as you make your way back to Christchurch. Reflect on your incredible New Zealand journey over a memorable Farewell Dinner this evening. Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch Breakfast, Dinner
Your journey comes to an end today as you are transferred to the airport. Breakfast
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Valid for travel selected Premier Vacations and Value Plus Vacations. Discounts apply only to main tour land component, not to any flights or pre and post hotel bookings. Subject to availability, this offer may be withdrawn at any time. All tour prices listed are land only, ‘from’ per person, double occupancy, based on low season travel. Flights are not included. Seasonal surcharges and additional surcharges apply over weekends, special events and holiday periods. Not combinable with any other offer or discounted vacation package. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting (27 March 2020). All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change. Please call for our current prices. Tour Code: NCC09. CST#2001136-50.