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APT ToursAPT Tours South Island Sensation Small Group Tour

There is little wonder New Zealand's South Island has become one of the most popular destinations in the world. Only here will you immerse yourself in the Marlborough wine region, before spotting unique marine life off the coast of Kaikoura and Akaroa. And for the perfect conclusion, Franz Josef beckons for exploration.
Sharing the tour with only 19 others this intimate adventure is perfect for those who want to explore with a tour guides support but not part of a tourist crowd.

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Wellington, finishes in Queenstown
 12 days/ 11 nights
 Hotel 4 star
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
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Included in this tour package

Tour map
New Zealand fur seal
Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand

At a glance - APT Tours South Island Sensation Small Group Tour

Day 1: Arrive in Wellington. Accommodation: QT Wellington

Day 2: Wellington south to Blenheim. Accommodation: Marlborough Vintners Hotel

Day 3: A day in Blenheim. Accommodation: Marlborough Vintners Hotel

Day 4: Blenheim along the coast to Kaikoura. Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura

Day 5: Kaikoura to Christchurch. Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 6: A day trip to Akaroa. Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 7: Take the TranzAlpine Scenic Train and venture to Franz Josef. Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 8: Explore in Franz Josef. Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 9: Franz Josef to Queenstown via Arrowtown. Accommodation: Peppers Beacon, Queenstown

Day 10: Adventure in Queenstown. Accommodation: Peppers Beacon, Queenstown

Day 11: Enjoy more leisure time in Queenstown. Accommodation: Peppers Beacon, Queenstown

Day 12: Farewell from New Zealand.

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APT Tours South Island Sensation Small Group Tour - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive in Wellington

APT Tours South Island Sensation Small Group Tour - Day 1

Arrive into Wellington

You'll be met on arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel.  Once unpacked, a journey to New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa renowned for its interactivity followed by a visit to the Weta Workshop. This evening make new friends over a delicious welcome dinner.
Should you arrive on flights landing after 11:00 am you may forfeit the afternoon tour and welcome dinner.

Your Accommodation: QT Wellington

The QT Wellington is superbly situated opposite Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand and Wellington's waterfront. The luxury rooms are just a few minutes walk from the cafes restaurants, theatres, galleries and shopping of the vibrant Courtenay Quarter.

QT Wellington

Day 2: Wellington south to Blenheim

APT Tours South Island Sensation Small Group Tour - Day 2

Wellington to Blenheim

Today, step abroad the Interislander ferry to cruise across Cook Strait. Say goodbye to the north island and continue to Blenheim, this evening you'll savour a degustation dinner with matching wines.

Your Accommodation: Marlborough Vintners Hotel

A luxury resort experience in the heart of the Marlborough's farm vineyards. Open plan well equipped rooms with individual private patios.

Marlborough Vintners Hotel

Day 3: A day in Blenheim

APT Tours South Island Sensation Small Group Tour - Day 3

Blenheim

Today, explore Blenheim. Perhaps immerse yourself in this world-renowned wine region with a guided winery tour, enjoy the sheer beauty of Marlborough Sounds during a green shell mussel cruise, or embark on a tour of the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.

Your Accommodation: Marlborough Vintners Hotel

A luxury resort experience in the heart of the Marlborough's farm vineyards. Open plan well equipped rooms with individual private patios.

Marlborough Vintners Hotel

Day 4: Blenheim along the coast to Kaikoura

APT Tours South Island Sensation Small Group Tour - Day 4

Blenheim to Kaikoura

After breakfast this morning prepare to explore the coastal town of Kaikoura, which presents a perfect opportunity for marine spotting.  Embark on a whale-watching cruise, where you might experience an encounter with a Giant Sperm Whale.  You may also have the chance to see New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins and endangered Wandering Albatross.

Your Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura

The White Morph sits on the sea front close to restaurants and shops. A great range of accommodation from Superior Studios to Luxury Spa rooms all very well equipped including kitchenettes.

The White Morph, Kaikoura

Day 5: Kaikoura to Christchurch

APT Tours South Island Sensation Small Group Tour - Day 5

Kaikoura to Christchurch

Today head toward Christchurch. Proudly known for its English heritage and botanic attractions the city has rebuilt itself since an earthquake in 2011 and hosts some of the most innovative architecture seen in New Zealand. 

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.

Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 6: A day trip to Akaroa

APT Tours South Island Sensation Small Group Tour - Day 6

Akaroa from Christchurch, return

Embark on a city sights tour, where you will see the Canterbury Museum, Cathedral Square and Riccarton House and Bush.  Afterwards be transferred to Akaroa, where you will board a cruise to get up close with friendly dolphins.

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.

Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 7: Take the TranzAlpine Scenic Train and venture to Franz Josef

APT Tours South Island Sensation Small Group Tour - 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.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 8: Explore in Franz Josef

APT Tours South Island Sensation Small Group Tour - Day 8

Franz Josef

This morning, choose your included sightseeing activity. Perhaps embark on a hike along an ancient path where a glacier once stood: as you encounter lush rainforest and pristine waterfalls. You also have the option to upgrade to a heli-hike, which includes a scenic helicopter flight over Franz Josef (additional cost and subject to weather, availability and minimum numbers). Alternatively, immerse yourself in the Glacier Hot Pools for a hot springs experience, plus visit the West Coast Wildlife Centre to get up close to unique wildlife. Tonight, enjoy an authentic New Zealand 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.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 9: Franz Josef to Queenstown via Arrowtown

APT Tours South Island Sensation Small Group Tour - Day 9

Franz Josef to Queenstown via Arrowtown

Enjoy a day of breathtaking scenery travelling along the Haast River Valley as you venture into the Central Otago region. You will also enjoy a stop in the gold mining destination of Arrowtown on your way to Queenstown, your home for the next three nights. This evening, you will have a choice of dining at some of Queenstown's best restaurants.

Your Accommodation: Peppers Beacon, Queenstown

Situated on the pristine shores of Lake Wakatipu, with superb lake and mountain views, Peppers Beacon Queenstown offers the perfect accommodation base for exploring this exciting year-round destination or simply relishing in the finer things in life.

Peppers Beacon, Queenstown

Day 10: Adventure in Queenstown

APT Tours South Island Sensation Small Group Tour - Day 10

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: Peppers Beacon, Queenstown

Situated on the pristine shores of Lake Wakatipu, with superb lake and mountain views, Peppers Beacon Queenstown offers the perfect accommodation base for exploring this exciting year-round destination or simply relishing in the finer things in life.

Peppers Beacon, Queenstown

Day 11: Enjoy more leisure time in Queenstown

APT Tours South Island Sensation Small Group Tour - Day 11

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: Peppers Beacon, Queenstown

Situated on the pristine shores of Lake Wakatipu, with superb lake and mountain views, Peppers Beacon Queenstown offers the perfect accommodation base for exploring this exciting year-round destination or simply relishing in the finer things in life.

Peppers Beacon, Queenstown

Day 12: Farewell from New Zealand

APT Tours South Island Sensation Small Group Tour - Day 12

Farewell from Queenstown

After breakfast this morning, your New Zealand adventure concludes. We say goodbye before we transfer you to the airport for your flight.

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