New Zealand

New Zealand is a small country, similar in size to Great Britain or Japan. With a population of only four million people it’s also gloriously uncrowded. Spectacular glaciers, picturesque fiords, rugged mountains, vast plains, rolling hillsides, subtropical forest, volcanic plateau, miles of coastline with gorgeous sandy beaches – it’s all here.

Great value tours are now on offer, speak to our friendly Consultants.

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysBookingsPrices per person
Escorted TourGreat Northerner9From $3,295.00
Escorted TourSouthern Tourer 9From $3,895.00
Escorted TourNew Zealand Highlighter14From $6,195.00
Escorted TourRoyal Tourer New Zealand18From $6,895.00

Great Northerner

Join this 9 day exploration of the North Island where the geothermal activity of Rotorua and the beaches of the Bay of Islands awaits you. Experience Maori hospitality at a special Hangi feast and cultural show.

This is a great program to taste the wonders of New Zealand for those with limited time.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive in Auckland

Perhaps take a cruise on Waitemata Harbour; head off on a Waiheke Island wine tour and sample some of the region’s delightful flavours; or explore the Auckland Museum. Alternatively, get up close to marine life at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium; explore the quaint suburb of Devonport; or set off on a wilderness adventure into the Waitakere Rainforest.
On arrival into Auckland, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Hotel: Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland

Day 2: Auckland, Bay of Island

Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds at the Bay of Islands, where the original treaty between the British and Maori people was signed. Here, you'll also visit the Maori Meeting House and War Canoe.
Journey through some of New Zealand's most beautiful scenery and arrive at the stunning Bay of Islands.
Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort, 2 nights

Day 3: Bay of Island

Perhaps take a day tour to Cape Reinga; embark on a dolphin watching adventure; take a mini-tour of Russell; or step back in time on a tall ship.

Day 4: Bay of Islands Cruise, Auckland

Cruise the Bay of Islands, dotted with picturesque coves fringed with white sand beaches, sailing to the beautiful Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock.
After your cruise, journey down the coast to Auckland and enjoy a sumptuous Pacific-themed dinner tonight.
Hotel: Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland

Day 5: Auckland, Waitomo, Roturua, Maori Hangi Feast

Tonight, the Tamaki Maori Village welcomes you to experience the local Maori culture at a traditional Hangi Feast, as well as performances of song and dance.
Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitomo caves, exploring this amazing underground world of limestone caverns filled with thousands of tiny glowworms. Continue to Rotorua.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Rotorua, 2 nights

Day 6: Roturua

Perhaps enjoy a sheep show at the Agrodome followed by a Kiwi Encounter and a visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve; discover the local art, history and culture at Rotorua Museum; take a ‘Hobbiton Movie Set’ tour; embark on a 4WD bush safari; visit New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool. Ask about our country homestay option.

Day 7: Roturua, Wellington

This evening, choose from three equally tempting restaurants in which to dine.
Travel through beautiful Tongariro National Park en route to Wellington.
Hotel: Amora Hotel, 2 nights

Day 8: Wellington

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. Ride Wellington’s iconic Cable Car, gaining a fresh perspective of this beautiful city.

Day 9: Depart Wellington

This morning after breakfast, transfer to the airport.

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 8 nights
Guide: Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Southern Tourer

Snow-capped mountains, crystal clear lakes, World Heritage-listed national parks and dense rainforest are just some of the wonders  to expect on this 9-day luxury escorted tour.

The great outdoors of breathtaking South Island come alive in this program.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch

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.
Hotel: Commodore Hotel

Day 2: Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef

Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. Journey through the Canterbury Plains, before travelling across the Southern Alps.
Along the west coast, take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of the Franz Josef Glacier.
From Arthur’s Pass, travel by coach to Hokitika. Here, you will enjoy the opportunity to see pounamu (jade) being carved into jewellery. Arrive at your luxury eco-resort near Franz Josef Glacier where you will enjoy a four-course degustation dinner.
Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 3: Franz Josef, Queenstown

This evening, choose where to dine. Perhaps sample the delicious fresh produce at waterside Finz seafood restaurant, 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 before arriving in Queenstown, New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital’.
Hotel: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, 2 nights

Day 4: Queenstown

Movie buffs may like to visit key Lord of the Rings filming locations, while thrillseekers may enjoy a ride on the Shotover Jet Boat, a Skippers Canyon adventure or an exciting 4WD tour. Others may prefer a cruise on Lake Wakatipu, a wine tour or a Lakeshore Forest Walk.
Few destinations offer as much variety, or adventure in the outdoors, as Queenstown does. With a range of activities available, you can decide how to discover this adventure-filled region today.

Day 5: Queenstown, Milford Soud, Te Anau

Cruise along the full length of beautiful fiord Milford Sound, located deep within Fiordland National Park.
This evening, delight in the flavours of the South Island during a Taste of Fiordland Dinner.
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. Continue to Milford Sound. Later, enjoy a picturesque drive to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau.
Hotel: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

Day 6: Te Anau, Dunedin

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, perhaps tour Larnach Castle and visit Olveston House, or head to Dunedin’s beautiful railway station and board the Taieri Gorge Railway for memorable journey. Perhaps choose to tour Speight’s Brewery, visit an albatross colony, see penguins or take an off-road tour of the Otago Peninsula. The choice is all yours today.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Day 7: Dunedin, Mt Cook

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.
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 this spectacular region with our exclusive Freedom of Choice inclusions.
Hotel: The Hermitage Hotel

Day 8: Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch

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.
Hotel: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 9: Depart Christchurch

Your journey comes to an end today as you are transferred to the airport.

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 8 nights
Guide: Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

New Zealand Highlighter

Beginning in the North Island, this 14 Day tour winds its 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.

For those with limited time this tour is a perfect compromise.

Itinerary   
Day 1: Arrive in Auckland

Choose from a range of exciting sightseeing activities including an Auckland city tour; a Bush & Beach Wilderness Adventure; a cruise on Waitemata Harbour; or a visit to a sea aquarium.
Be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Indulge in a special Welcome Dinner this evening.
Hotel: Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland

Day 2: Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Roturua, Hangi Feast

Enjoy a Hangi Feast and learn about Maori customs.
Leaving Auckland, travel to the Waitomo caves. Take a silent boat ride through a mystical grotto, lit by thousands of tiny glowworms. Then continue to Rotorua, a centre of Maori culture famous for its geothermal activity.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Rotorua, 2 nights

Day 3: Roturua

Choose between an eco-thermal tour, a visit to Hobbiton from the famous Lord of the Rings trilogy, a trip to the intriguing Rotorua Museum, or a Rotorua sightseeing tour with a kiwi encounter.
After your Freedom of Choice activity, enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

Day 4: Roturua, Taupo, Wellington

Enjoy a choice of restaurants this evening.
Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway through the heart of the North Island. Gaze out over spectacular Huka Falls and the tranquil setting of Lake Taupo. Cross the vast volcanic plateau of Tongariro National Park to Wellington.
Hotel: Amora Hotel Wellington, 2 nights

Day 5: Wellington

Set off on a sightseeing tour taking you to a selection of the city’s best-loved landmarks, including the Museum of New Zealand – Te Papa Tongarewa. Later, ride Wellington’s iconic Cable Car for sprawling views out over Wellington.

Day 6: Wellington, Kaikoura, Christchurch

Step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise across Cook Strait and 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.
Hotel: Commodore Hotel

Day 7: Christchurch, TranzApline Train, Franz Josef Glacier

Board the TranzAlpine train for a trip through breathtaking landscapes before disembarking at Arthur’s Pass.
Explore the ancient glacial scenery, lush rainforest and breathtaking valley of the Franz Josef Glacier.
In Hokitika, see pounamu (jade) being carved into beautiful jewellery. Check in to your luxury eco-resort before enjoying a four-course degustation dinner this evening.
Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 8: Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown

Tonight, choose from four great dining options
View magnificent scenery today as you travel along the rugged west coast to Haast and continue to Queenstown.
Hotel: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, 2 nights

Day 9: Queenstown

Perhaps visit several sites where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. Thrill-seekers may enjoy an exhilarating ride on the famous Shotover Jet Boat, a Skippers Canyon adventure, or a river safari along the Dart River. A tour of the country’s premier wine-producing region is also a tempting option. Other activities include a 4WD experience at Mt Nicholas, or a bird walk.

Day 10: Queenstown, Milford Soud, Te Anau

Cruise the full length of tranquil Milford Sound.
Delight in the flavours of the South Island this evening during an indulgent Taste of Fiordland Dinner.
Follow The Remarkables to Fiordland National Park. Journey along Milford Road. After your Milford Sound cruise, travel to the pretty lakeside town of Te Anau.
Hotel: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 11: Te Anau, Dunedin

In Dunedin enjoy your chosen activity.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Day 12: Dunedin, Mt Cook

Discover the incredible landscapes of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.
Perhaps select from one of the activities on offer in Mt Cook National Park.
Visit the spectacular Moeraki Boulders.
Hotel: The Hermitage Hotel

Day 13: Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch

Travel to Lake Tekapo to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, erected as tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Head to Christchurch for a Farewell Dinner tonight.
Hotel: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 14: Depart Christchurch

Transfer to Christchurch airport for your onward flight.

Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 10 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 13 nights
Guide:Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Royal Tourer New Zealand

Beginning in Auckland we travel to the subtropical Bay of Islands before making our way to Rotorua then across the picturesque Marlborough Sounds to the South Island.

This tour takes in the lot including the must see TranzAlpine Train and Franz Josef Glacier.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive in Auckland

Your journey begins today on arrival into Auckland. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your stylish and comfortable hotel.
Hotel: Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland, 2 nights

Day 2: Auckland

Perhaps take a cruise on Waitemata Harbour, head off on a Waiheke Island wine tour, or explore the Auckland Museum. Alternatively, get up close to the fascinating marine life at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, or set off on a Wilderness Adventure into the Waitakere Rainforest. Others may prefer to take a trip to the harbourside suburb of Devonport, which has great views of the city.
Enjoy a morning at leisure.

Day 3: Auckland, Bay of Islands

Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the original treaty between the British and Maori people was signed.
Cross Auckland’s busy Harbour Bridge this morning and travel along the Hibiscus Coast. Stop at Matakohe’s Kauri Museum for an insight into the rich pioneering history of New Zealand’s Northland region. Continue to the stunning Bay of Islands. Here, you’ll also enjoy a visit to the Maori Meeting House and War Canoe.
Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands, 2 nights

Day 4: Bay of Islands

Perhaps take a day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northernmost point or maybe experience life aboard a tall ship, you could embark on a dolphin watching adventure or take a mini-tour of Russell. Alternatively return to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for an enriching guided tour.
Today, discover this spectacular region with a choice of activities.

Day 5: Bay of Islands, Auckland

Explore the spectacular Bay of Islands on a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. In these deep-sea fishing grounds, dolphins are frequently seen. Meander through the inner islands, admiring the picturesque sandy beaches and rocky outcrops, then relax for some time in a secluded bay.
This evening, back in Auckland, you’ll be treated to a special Pacific-themed dinner with New Zealand produce at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel.
Hotel: Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland

Day 6: Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Roturua, Hangi Feast

This evening, immerse yourself in Maori culture as you enjoy a traditional Hangi Feast and performance of song and dance.
Travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glowworm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an eerie glow. Discover this natural wonder on a guided tour, before continuing to Rotorua.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Rotorua, 2 nights

Day 7:Roturua

Perhaps discover the icons of Rotorua at the Agrodome Farm Show followed by Rainbow Springs, a kiwi encounter, and a visit to the Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Alternatively, experience Middle-earth during a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set and gain an enthralling insight into the making of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Other options include a drive through forest and farmland to visit New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool and colourful hot springs, or learning about the local art, history and culture at Rotorua Museum, located in the historic Bath House building.
Following breakfast this morning, enjoy your chosen Freedom of Choice sightseeing inclusion.

Day 8: Roturua, Taupo

This evening, after checking into your hotel, discover a range of tantalising local flavours with a choice of three tempting restaurants in which to dine.
Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway to the heart of New Zealand’s North Island this morning. View the Wairakei Steam Valley, then Visit Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, before travelling across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park to Wellington.
Hotel: Amora Hotel Wellington, 2 nights

Day 9: 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 of this coastal city.

Day 10: Wellington, Kaikoura, Christchurch

Step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise across Cook Strait and through the stunning waters of Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds to Picton.
Rejoin your coach and travel to the coast as you head for the quaint fishing town of Kaikoura. Continue travelling along the central east coast, to Christchurch.
Hotel: Commodore Hotel

Day 11: Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef Glacier

Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. Journey through the striking patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, before travelling across the magnificent Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park. Disembark at Arthur’s Pass and travel by coach to Hokitika.
Journey along the dramatic New Zealand west coast to Franz Josef, where you'll take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of the striking Franz Josef Glacier.
In Hokitika, enjoy the opportunity to see pounamu (jade) being skilfully carved into pieces of jewellery. Savour a delectable four-course degustation dinner at your luxury eco-resort this evening.
Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 12: Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown

Arrive in Queenstown, the country’s ‘adventure capital’, where you’ll choose from four tempting restaurants. Perhaps sample the delicious fresh produce at waterside Finz seafood restaurant, or take a scenic gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant. You may prefer to 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.
Hotel: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, 2 nights

Day 13: Queenstown

Perhaps embark on a Safari of the Scenes tour, and visit several local sites where the popular Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed as you discover the great affinity between the cinematic landscapes of New Zealand and that of Middle-earth. Thrill-seekers may enjoy an exhilarating ride on the famous Shotover Jet Boat, a Skippers Canyon adventure, or a river safari along the shimmering waters of the Dart River. New Zealand is rightly famous for its many vineyards and rich wines, and a tour of the country’s premier wine-producing region is a tempting option. Other activities include a 4WD experience at Mt Nicholas, a bird walk through surrounding wilderness, or the leisurely ‘Million Dollar Cruise’ across the shimmering waters of Lake Wakatipu.
Today you can personalise your Queenstown experience with our exciting touring options.

Day 14: Queenstown, Milford Soud, Te Anau

Continue to Milford Sound, where you’ll enjoy a cruise that explores the full length of this pristine fiord.
Tonight, enjoy a Taste of Fiordland Dinner.
Embark on one of the most scenic drives today as you journey along the Milford Road. Wind 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.
Hotel: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 15: Te Anau, Dunedin

Perhaps tour Larnach Castle, visit Olveston House, or head to Dunedin’s beautiful railway station and board the Taieri Gorge Railway. Those who enjoy a beer might like to tour Speight’s Brewery. Alternatively, nature lovers can either visit an albatross colony, see penguins or take an off-road tour of the sweeping Otago Peninsula.
This morning, journey through rolling Southland countryside. Travel to Dunedin on the island’s east coast, a city known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Day 16: Dunedin, Mt Cook

Journey to World Heritage-listed Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.
At Mt Cook National Park, perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, which includes 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.
On your way to Mt Cook National Park, stop to view the large spherical Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach.
Hotel: The Hermitage Hotel

Day 17: Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch

Travel to picturesque Lake Tekapo today. Here, you’ll pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, travel through delightful scenery along Burkes Pass to Christchurch. In the evening, you’ll enjoy a memorable Farewell Dinner at your hotel.
Hotel: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 18: Depart Christchurch

Today, your tour concludes after breakfast with a transfer to the airport.

Inclusions 
Meals: 17 breakfasts, 12 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 17 nights
Guide:Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary