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APT ToursAPT Tours 18 Day Royal Tourer New Zealand

Known as the Birthplace of a Nation, discover New Zealand’s most historic site, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Visit the ceremonial War Canoe in the Maori Meeting House and admire the carvings representing tribes from all over New Zealand. Experience the romance of rail travel aboard the TranzAlpine train on one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys.
Every step of the journey admire changing landscapes, spectacular gorges and the famous Southern Alps. 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.

 New Zealand escorted tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Christchurch
 18 days/ 17 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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At a glance - APT Tours 18 Day Royal Tourer New Zealand

Day 1: Arrive in Auckland. Accommodation: Grand Millennium Auckland

Day 2: Explore Auckland. Accommodation: Grand Millennium Auckland

Day 3: Auckland to the Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

Day 4: The Beautiful Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

Day 5: Bay of Islands to Auckland. Accommodation: Grand Millennium Auckland

Day 6: Auckland to Rotorua including Waitomo Caves. Accommodation: Holiday Inn Rotorua

Day 7: Rotorua adventures. Accommodation: Holiday Inn Rotorua

Day 8: Rotorua to Wellington via Taupo. Accommodation: InterContinental Wellington

Day 9: Wellington. Accommodation: InterContinental Wellington

Day 10: Wellington to Christchurch. Accommodation: Commodore Hotel, Christchurch Airport

Day 11: Christchurch to Franz Josef. Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 12: Franz Josef to Queenstown. Accommodation: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Day 13: Queenstown. Accommodation: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Day 14: Queenstown to Te Anau including Milford Sound. Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 15: Te Anau to Dunedin. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 16: Dunedin to Mt Cook. Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

Day 17: Mt Cook to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo. Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 18: Depart Christchurch.

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APT Tours 18 Day Royal Tourer New Zealand - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive in Auckland

APT Tours 18 Day Royal Tourer New Zealand - Day 1

Arrive into Auckland

Your spectacular New Zealand journey begins today upon arrival into Auckland. 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: Grand Millennium Auckland

Located in the heart of the city, a stay at Grand Millennium Auckland places you within walking distance of some of the city's finest dining, shopping and entertainment venues.

Grand Millennium Auckland

Day 2: Explore Auckland

APT Tours 18 Day Royal Tourer New Zealand - Day 2

Auckland

Enjoy the freedom to choose from a range of included sightseeing activities today.  A sailboat cruise on Waitemata Harbour, a trip to Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium or possibly a Waiheke Wine Tour.

Your Accommodation: Grand Millennium Auckland

Located in the heart of the city, a stay at Grand Millennium Auckland places you within walking distance of some of the city's finest dining, shopping and entertainment venues.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Grand Millennium Auckland

Day 3: Auckland to the Bay of Islands

APT Tours 18 Day Royal Tourer New Zealand - Day 3

Auckland to the Bay of Islands

Enjoy a scenic drive to Paihia. Upon arrival step aboard a catamaran and enjoy a cruise, keeping an eye out for local marine life including common bottlenose dolphins.

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands is located within the Waitangi Treaty grounds, surrounded by native bush and the beautiful Bay of Islands Harbour.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

Day 4: The Beautiful Bay of Islands

APT Tours 18 Day Royal Tourer New Zealand - Day 4

Bay of Islands

Today offers you the perfect chance to explore the sensational bay of Islands, home to an incredible 144 islands! Today you will have the opportunity to choose one of the freedom of choice sightseeing options and easily tailor the day to your preferences.

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands is located within the Waitangi Treaty grounds, surrounded by native bush and the beautiful Bay of Islands Harbour.

Meals included: Breakfast

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

Day 5: Bay of Islands to Auckland

APT Tours 18 Day Royal Tourer New Zealand - Day 5

Bay of Islands to Auckland

Cruise the shimmering waters as you hear about the ecology and history of the area and keep an eye out for dolphins in this subtropical marine paradise.  Marvel at the narrow rock walls at the famous Hole in the Rock then re-board your coach and continue down the coast to Auckland. 

Your Accommodation: Grand Millennium Auckland

Located in the heart of the city, a stay at Grand Millennium Auckland places you within walking distance of some of the city's finest dining, shopping and entertainment venues.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Grand Millennium Auckland

Day 6: Auckland to Rotorua including Waitomo Caves

APT Tours 18 Day Royal Tourer New Zealand - Day 6

Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo

Travel to 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 tour before continuing to Rotorua. This evening immerse yourself in Maori culture as you enjoy a traditional Hangi feast and performance.

Your Accommodation: Holiday Inn Rotorua

Positioned to offer unprecedented access to the cultural and geothermal wonders of New Zealand's most unique city, Holiday Inn Rotorua also offers superb views and an impressive list of features.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Holiday Inn Rotorua

Day 7: Rotorua adventures

APT Tours 18 Day Royal Tourer New Zealand - Day 7

Rotorua Exploration

Today choose how you wish to explore Rotorua with a huge range of things to do.  Catch a sheep show at the Agrodome followed by a kiwi encounter and a visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve or perhaps even visit Wai-O-Tapu on an eco-thermal tour.  If you fancy adventure Rotorua has plenty of that to offer too.

Your Accommodation: Holiday Inn Rotorua

Positioned to offer unprecedented access to the cultural and geothermal wonders of New Zealand's most unique city, Holiday Inn Rotorua also offers superb views and an impressive list of features.

Meals included: Breakfast

Holiday Inn Rotorua

Day 8: Rotorua to Wellington via Taupo

APT Tours 18 Day Royal Tourer New Zealand - Day 8

Rotorua to Wellington via Lake Taupo

Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway. View the Wairakei Steam Valley, then visit Huka Falls and Lake taupo, before travelling across the plateau of Tongariro National Park to Wellington. 

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 9: Wellington

APT Tours 18 Day Royal Tourer New Zealand - Day 9

Wellington Exploration

Today choose an activity that most interests you and explore the fascinating city of Wellington.

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

InterContinental Wellington

Day 10: Wellington to Christchurch

APT Tours 18 Day Royal Tourer New Zealand - Day 10

Wellington to Christchurch via Kaikoura

This morning step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise across the Cook Strait and through the stunning waters of Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds to Picton. After your ferry ride, rejoin your coach and drive to the quaint fishing town of Kaikoura.  Continue travelling along the central east coast all the way to Christchurch

Your Accommodation: Commodore Hotel, Christchurch Airport

The Commodore Hotel stands at the gateway to Christchurch on seven acres of award-winning native New Zealand gardens. This stylish airport accommodation offers all the facilities you need for a relaxing stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Commodore Hotel, Christchurch Airport

Day 11: Christchurch to Franz Josef

APT Tours 18 Day Royal Tourer New Zealand - Day 11

Christchurch to Franz Josef including the TranzAlpine train

Board one of the world's greatest rail adventures this morning, the TranzAlpine Scenic Train, disembark at Arthur's Pass and travel to Hokitika, where you will see pounamu (jade) being carved into pieces of jewellery.  Arrive later at your luxury eco-resort for a four-course degustation dinner.

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 12: Franz Josef to Queenstown

APT Tours 18 Day Royal Tourer New Zealand - Day 12

Franz Josef to Queenstown

Enjoy a day of truly breathtaking scenery as you travel through to Queenstown today.  Skirting alongside the Haast river valley before heading inland. Tonight relax in Queenstown New Zealand's adventure capital.  Dinner will be booked by your guide and you can choose from the waterside seafood restaurant Finz, take a ride on the gondola to the Skyline restaurant, enjoy dinner and a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw vintage steamboat or dine amid the stylish surrounds of Elements Restaurant in town.

Your Accommodation: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Centrally located the Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Hotel is nestled beside Lake Wakatipu on which Queenstown sits. This fresh, modern hotel offers contemporary rooms plus superb, uninterrupted views of the lake, mountains or adjoining gardens.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Day 13: Queenstown

APT Tours 18 Day Royal Tourer New Zealand - Day 13

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: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Centrally located the Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Hotel is nestled beside Lake Wakatipu on which Queenstown sits. This fresh, modern hotel offers contemporary rooms plus superb, uninterrupted views of the lake, mountains or adjoining gardens.

Meals included: Breakfast

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Day 14: Queenstown to Te Anau including Milford Sound

APT Tours 18 Day Royal Tourer New Zealand - Day 14

Queenstown, Milford Sound to Te Anau

Embark on one of the most scenic drives today as you journey along Milford Road.  Wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, then drive through the Horner Tunnel to be met by the majestic sight of Mitre Peak.  Within Milford Sounds, you'll see towering mountains climb straight out of the sea, be entranced by the verdant rainforest as it clings to sheer rock walls and watch in awe as cascading waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres into the sea below.  It's a true joy to be able to experience a part of the world that maintains such a pristine atmosphere.  After exploring the fiord, enjoy a drive through the picturesque countryside to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau set against the stunning backdrop of Mt Luxmore and the Murchison mountains.

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 15: Te Anau to Dunedin

APT Tours 18 Day Royal Tourer New Zealand - Day 15

Te Anau to Dunedin

Today travel from Southland to Dunedin.  Known as the Edinburgh of the South this former gold-mining town was once New Zealand's largest city thanks to an influx of miners during the gold-rush.  This afternoon, choose from our range of activities, a tour of Larnach castle, a trip on the Taieri Gorge railway or even a tour of the local brewery. These are just a few of the options available to you.

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 16: Dunedin to Mt Cook

APT Tours 18 Day Royal Tourer New Zealand - Day 16

Dunedin to Mt Cook

Today, travel north via the Waitaki Valley and Oamaru.  See the unique collection of elegant Victorian-style architecture here, as you follow the coast to view the mysterious Moeraki boulders.  These unique formations are concretions that formed in ancient sea floor sediments around 60 million years ago.  Some of these incredible boulders are up to three metres in diameter and along the rugged shoreline, the smooth erosion of the near perfect spheres is breathtaking.  Later follow the shores of blue Lake Pukaki before entering spectacular Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.

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 17: Mt Cook to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo

APT Tours 18 Day Royal Tourer New Zealand - Day 17

Mt Cook to Christchurch

This morning travel to beautiful Lake Tekapo and visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, perched on its shores.  Built of locally gathered stone and oak, this charming church was erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region.  Absorb the serenity of this magical area before continuing to Christchurch, the South Island's largest city, for the final night of your luxury holiday.

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 18: Depart Christchurch

Depart Christchurch

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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