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APT ToursAPT Tours 14 Day New Zealand Highlighter

If you're short on time then this tour is for you.  Compact in length this journey allows you to navigate the whole country. When people think New Zealand they imagine the Maori culture, ocean or mountains views and the famous Milford Sound, with this tour you see them all and more. The perfect way to taste New Zealand.

 New Zealand escorted tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Christchurch
 14 days/ 13 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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At a glance - APT Tours 14 Day New Zealand Highlighter

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland and meet the team. Accommodation: Grand Millennium Auckland

Day 2: Auckland to Rotorua with a stop at the Waitomo Caves. Accommodation: Holiday Inn Rotorua

Day 3: Adventure in Rotorua. Accommodation: Holiday Inn Rotorua

Day 4: From Rotorua to Wellington via Lake Taupo. Accommodation: InterContinental Wellington

Day 5: Explore the nations capital, Wellington. Accommodation: InterContinental Wellington

Day 6: Wellington across the Cook Strait and down to Christchurch. Accommodation: Commodore Hotel, Christchurch Airport

Day 7: Christchurch to Franz Josef. Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 8: From the rainforest to the mountains in Remarkable Queenstown. Accommodation: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Day 9: A day to sightsee in Queenstown. Accommodation: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Day 10: Chasing waterfalls, Queenstown to Milford Sound. Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 11: Head to the coast today from Te Anau to Dunedin. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 12: Dunedin to the mighty Mt Cook. Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

Day 13: See the Aqua waters of Lake Tekapo as you travel from Mt Cook to Christchurch. Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 14: Say farewell to your new friends as you depart Christchurch today.

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APT Tours 14 Day New Zealand Highlighter - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland and meet the team

APT Tours 14 Day New Zealand Highlighter - Day 1

Arrive into Auckland

This morning arrive in Auckland, the City of Sails. You'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel before a say of leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

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: Dinner

Grand Millennium Auckland

Day 2: Auckland to Rotorua with a stop at the Waitomo Caves

APT Tours 14 Day New Zealand Highlighter - Day 2

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 3: Adventure in Rotorua

APT Tours 14 Day New Zealand Highlighter - Day 3

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 4: From Rotorua to Wellington via Lake Taupo

APT Tours 14 Day New Zealand Highlighter - Day 4

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 5: Explore the nations capital, Wellington

APT Tours 14 Day New Zealand Highlighter - Day 5

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 6: Wellington across the Cook Strait and down to Christchurch

APT Tours 14 Day New Zealand Highlighter - Day 6

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 7: Christchurch to Franz Josef

APT Tours 14 Day New Zealand Highlighter - Day 7

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 8: From the rainforest to the mountains in Remarkable Queenstown

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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 9: A day to sightsee in Queenstown

APT Tours 14 Day New Zealand Highlighter - Day 9

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 10: Chasing waterfalls, Queenstown to Milford Sound

APT Tours 14 Day New Zealand Highlighter - Day 10

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 11: Head to the coast today from Te Anau to Dunedin

APT Tours 14 Day New Zealand Highlighter - Day 11

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 12: Dunedin to the mighty Mt Cook

APT Tours 14 Day New Zealand Highlighter - Day 12

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 13: See the Aqua waters of Lake Tekapo as you travel from Mt Cook to Christchurch

APT Tours 14 Day New Zealand Highlighter - Day 13

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 14: Say farewell to your new friends as you depart Christchurch today

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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