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APT Essence Of New Zealand

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Luxury Tour.

Start in Christchurch and end in Auckland! With the discovery tour Essence of New Zealand, you have a 24 day tour package taking you from Christchurch to Auckland visiting iconinc sites like Mt. Cook, Rotorua, Franz Joseph Glacier, Napier, Wellington, Lake Tekapo, Queenstown and more.

  • Discover The Bay Your Way
    Explore the Bay of Islands with your choice of activity. Home to 144 islands, there is no lack of discovery options.
  • Stunning Fiord Cruise
    Cruise enchanting Milford Sound, which is set deep in Fiordland National Park.
  • TranzAlpine Train
    Enjoy the views on one of the world’s greatest rail journeys as you travel across New Zealand’s Southern Alps.
  • Return scheduled flights from London Heathrow
  • Travel with a maximum of 40 guests
  • Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions
  • 20 Breakfasts and 14 Dinners
  • APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides
  • Overseas transfers & luggage porterage

Day 1-2 Flight to New Zealand.

Your journey begins as you make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to New Zealand.

Day 3: Arrive Christchurch

On arrival, be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel where you have the afternoon to relax. Enjoy a Welcome Drink and Dinner tonight.

Day 4: Christchurch, Mt Cook

Traverse the Canterbury plains to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo. This afternoon, choose your Freedom of Choice Sightseeing experience.

Day 5: Mt Cook, Dunedin

Set out along the shores of Lake Pukaki to Oamaru. Continue to Koekohe Beach to view the unusual spherical-shaped Moeraki Boulders. Arrive in Dunedin this afternoon and enjoy time at leisure before dinner.

Day 6: Dunedin, Te Anau

Wake up this morning in Dunedin, where you may begin your day with your choice of sightseeing activity. Afterwards, absorb the breathtaking scenery as you travel to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau.

Day 7: Te Anau

Decide how to spend your day in Te Anau thanks to our Freedom of Choice activities on offer to you today.

Day 8: Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown

Along Milford Road, wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, then travel through the Homer Tunnel to be met by the sight of Mitre Peak. After, travel to Queenstown.

Day 9: Queenstown

Today you can discover Queenstown your own way with the included Freedom of Choice sightseeing activities available. Later, choose where to dine.

Day 10: Queenstown

Immerse yourself in beautiful Queenstown with a full day at leisure. You may like to take a relaxing stroll along the tranquil shores of Lake Wakatipu, or take part in the thrill of a lifetime in this adventurous city.

Day 11: Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier

Skirt the shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea. Check in to your eco-resort, before a special four-course dinner.

Day 12: Franz Josef Glacier, TranzAlpine Train, Christchurch

Travel through deep gorges, river valleys and across the Southern Alps all the way to Christchurch.

Day 13: Christchurch, Kaikoura, Blenheim

Follow the east coast to Kaikoura. Later, take in a special and unique Signature Experience.

Day 14: Blenheim

Tailor your day with a choice of an included sightseeing option.

Day 15: Blenheim, Picton, Wellington

Traverse the stunning waters of Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds while taking in breathtaking surrounds. This afternoon, take part in a fascinating city sights tour of Wellington.

Day 16: Wellington, Napier

Drive through the Rimutaka Ranges en route to Napier.

Day 17: Napier, Taupo, Rotorua

Journey through Esk Valley and Te Pohue, stopping at the charming town of Taupo. Travel to Rotorua, then tonight enjoy a special Signature Experience.

Day 18: Rotorua

Select from a range of activities today. The evening is yours at leisure to further explore.

Day 19: Rotorua, Auckland

Travel through Waikato farmland to Cambridge and Auckland. Choose from a range of included sightseeing activities today.

Day 20: Auckland, Bay of Islands

Continue north to the Bay of Islands.

Day 21: Bay of Islands

Choose your Freedom of Choice sightseeing activity today.

Day 22: Bay of Islands, Depart Auckland

Travel from the Bay of Islands back to Auckland where your tour will conclude.

Day 23-24 Flight to London

  • New Zealand’s Finest Flavours
    Savour a Highlights of Marlborough Dinner. Each dish showcases the best the region has to offer paired with local wines.
  • A Taste Of Culture
    Immerse yourself in Maori culture with the traditional flavours of a Hangi feast.
  • Iconic Hotels And Resorts
    Stay in luxury hotels including the Te Waonui Forest Retreat in Franz Josef and The Hermitage in Mount Cook.

Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don’t include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.

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