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APT ToursAPT Tours 14 Day Jewels of the South

Experience amazing New Zealand, cruise the famous Milford Sound, visit the adventure capital and unwind as you travel from location to location on a comfortable coach. Each day travel and accommodation is organised by your APT driver and guide so all you have to decide is how you want to explore a little more. There are a few unmissable inclusions but the rest of the tour can be manipulated to suit your mood.

 New Zealand escorted tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Wellington
 14 days/ 13 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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At a glance - APT Tours 14 Day Jewels of the South

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch. Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch to Mount Cook. Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

Day 3: Mount Cook to Dunedin. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 4: Dunedin to Te Anau. Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 5: Te Anau relaxation. Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 6: Milford Sound Cruise and on to Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 7: Queenstown Adventure. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 8: More to see in Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 9: Queenstown to Franz Josef via Wanaka. Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 10: Franz Josef to Christchurch including TranzAlpine train. Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 11: Christchurch to Blenheim via Kaikoura. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough

Day 12: Blenheim exploration. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough

Day 13: Start the day in Blenheim and end in the Capital of cool, Wellington. Accommodation: InterContinental Wellington

Day 14: Depart Wellington.

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APT Tours 14 Day Jewels of the South - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch

APT Tours 14 Day Jewels of the South - Day 1

Arrive into Christchurch

Your spectacular New Zealand journey begins today upon arrival into Christchurch. Here, you will be met by an APT tour director and be transferred to a premium hotel. The rest of the day is yours, so explore your new surrounds or catch up on some sleep before your tour begins in the morning.

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Your Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Rydges Latimer Christchurch is located just 2 minutes walking distance from the city’s CBD and overlooks scenic Latimer Square, an iconic New Zealand green space with ample room for travellers to enjoy.

Meals included: Dinner

Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch to Mount Cook

APT Tours 14 Day Jewels of the South - Day 2

Christchurch to Mount Cook

Traverse the Canterbury plains to visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd.  Journey on into Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and this evening get to know your fellow travellers and tour director a little better over a welcome dinner with drinks. Tonight's location provides unlimited Alpine views. If you are there on a clear night be sure to take a look at the night sky - you will be impressed. 

Your Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

The Hermitage Hotel ringed by magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, is a world-renowned tourist destination and has been an icon of superior accommodation and dining since 1884.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

Day 3: Mount Cook to Dunedin

APT Tours 14 Day Jewels of the South - Day 3

Mount Cook to 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 to relax before dinner. 

Your Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Distinction Dunedin Hotel occupies the grand Chief Post Office built in the 1930’s. This art deco inspired building has recently been transformed into a 4 star hotel with elegant décor, set in the heart of the city.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 4: Dunedin to Te Anau

APT Tours 14 Day Jewels of the South - Day 4

Dunedin to Te Anau

This morning, choose your freedom choice activity, there is plenty to choose from but some examples may include a tour of Larnach Castle, visit the albatross on the Otago Peninsula or a ride on the Taieri Gorge Railway.  After you depart Dunedin you are heading inland towards the dramatic Fiordland National Park and Te Anau. 

Your Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

The Te Anau Hotel and Villas offers a range of accommodation from hotel rooms and suites to villas. Ideally located on the lake front this hotel is just a few minutes stroll from the shops, cafes and many activities Te Anau has to offer.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 5: Te Anau relaxation

APT Tours 14 Day Jewels of the South - Day 5

A day sightseeing in Te Anau

Take the opportunity today to explore Te Anau.  The day is yours to fill with any activity you wish, perhaps you will explore the network of limestone caves lit by tiny little glowworms, possibly get jet boat ride along the Upper Waiau River or even sit in the Fiordland cinema with a glass of wine and learn more about the beautiful landscapes fo the area.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

The Te Anau Hotel and Villas offers a range of accommodation from hotel rooms and suites to villas. Ideally located on the lake front this hotel is just a few minutes stroll from the shops, cafes and many activities Te Anau has to offer.

Meals included: Breakfast

Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 6: Milford Sound Cruise and on to Queenstown

APT Tours 14 Day Jewels of the South - Day 6

Te Anau to Milford Sound and on to Queenstown

Witness an array of landscapes today as you experience one of the world's most spectacular alpine drives along the Milford Road.  Wind down the Eglington and Hollyford valleys, then travel through the Homer tunnel to be met by Mitre Peak.  Once in Milford, you will board a cruise and travel the length of this most magnificent fiord. Once back on the coach your journey continues as you travel to Queenstown.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 7: Queenstown Adventure

APT Tours 14 Day Jewels of the South - Day 7

Adventure day in Queenstown

Today is up to you.  There is so much to see and do in Queenstown and your tour director can assist you with any activity booking you wish to make.  Whether you would like to enjoy a bird walk through the wilderness, a visit to some of the Lord of the Rings filming locations or even a trip on the gondola to Bob's peak you'll be sure to find something you love.  Tonight dinner is an option of 3 locations in Queenstown. Seafood lovers may be tempted by Finz while the panoramic views from the Skyline gondola may suit others, the final option includes a cruise on a vintage steamer as you head out to Walter Peak to dine at the High country station.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 8: More to see in Queenstown

APT Tours 14 Day Jewels of the South - Day 8

Adventure day in Queenstown

Enjoy an undisturbed day to experience all that Queenstown with its majestic natural surrounds and lively city centre has to offer.  Immerse yourself in the beautiful city as you enjoy exploring at your leisure. You may like to use this time to stroll along the lightning bolt shaped shores of Lake Wakatipu or perhaps you'll spend it browsing through the stores in this bustling central shopping district.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 9: Queenstown to Franz Josef via Wanaka

APT Tours 14 Day Jewels of the South - Day 9

Travel from Queenstown to Franz Josef (via Wanaka)

View historic mining sites as you travel through Kawarau Gorge and meander through the scenery of Cromwell.  Skirt the shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea, taking in dramatic vistas and surrounding mountains that seem to shift mood with the seasons.  Check-in to your luxury eco-resort within the pristine rainforest surrounds of Te Waonui Forest Retreat.

Your Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest at Franz Josef is a very special five-star retreat. Designed with utmost care of its precious environment, guests at Te Waonui Forest Retreat will find themselves encircled by rainforest and accommodated in natural and sustainable luxury.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 10: Franz Josef to Christchurch including TranzAlpine train

APT Tours 14 Day Jewels of the South - Day 10

Travel from Franz Josef to Christchurch (coach and train)

Set out for the coastal town of Hokitika after breakfast this morning.  A cultural centre on the West coast, this hidden gem is famous for its jade greenstone.  From here you will journey on to the TranzAlpine train one of the world's greatest rail journeys.  Pass through deep gorges, river valleys and across the magnificent Southern Alps before reaching Christchurch.

Your Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Rydges Latimer Christchurch is located just 2 minutes walking distance from the city’s CBD and overlooks scenic Latimer Square, an iconic New Zealand green space with ample room for travellers to enjoy.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 11: Christchurch to Blenheim via Kaikoura

APT Tours 14 Day Jewels of the South - Day 11

Christchurch to Blenheim including taste of Marlborough dinner

Traverse the picturesque Marlborough region where world-famous wines are produced.  You'll soon arrive in Blenheim, known as New Zealand's sunniest town. Recently, Blenheim has flourished with a maturation of the ever-growing wine industry for the area.  Tonight you delight in fresh regional flavours during a special Taste of Marlborough Dinner. Sample fine local ingredients and celebrate the provincial fare at a spectacular dining experience like no other.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough

Scenic Hotel Marlborough is centrally located in Blenheim, in the heart of Marlborough's wine growing region. Just minutes walk from the city centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Scenic Hotel Marlborough

Day 12: Blenheim exploration

APT Tours 14 Day Jewels of the South - Day 12

Blenheim sightseeing

Choose from three exciting sightseeing inclusions today. Perhaps learn about New Zealand's aviation history at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, discover the Marlborough Sounds on a green shell mussel cruise or visit the regions best wineries on a half day tour sampling their finest drops. Of course, you could always enjoy personal leisure time exploring the city.  However, you choose to spend the day Blenheim offers a range of activities that are sure to delight.  

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough

Scenic Hotel Marlborough is centrally located in Blenheim, in the heart of Marlborough's wine growing region. Just minutes walk from the city centre.

Meals included: Breakfast

Scenic Hotel Marlborough

Day 13: Start the day in Blenheim and end in the Capital of cool, Wellington

APT Tours 14 Day Jewels of the South - Day 13

Blenheim to Wellington including interislander

Depart Blenheim this morning and travel through the wine-growing country.  Arrive in New Zealand's capital city, Wellington.  Famous for its art, history and culture. Tonight dinner is sorted, just choose between dining in the hotel or a trip to the Two Grey Restaurant for a relaxed experience.

Your Accommodation: InterContinental Wellington

Stay in modern luxury in the heart of New Zealand’s capital city and adjacent to the scenic harbour. This famous Wellington hotel offers contemporary New Zealand cuisine at three restaurants, including the award-winning Chameleon. The hotel is the ideal base to explore the business, shopping and cultural centres of Wellington.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

InterContinental Wellington

Day 14: Depart Wellington

APT Tours 14 Day Jewels of the South - Day 14

Depart Wellington

Today your New Zealand adventure comes to an end.  After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, check out and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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