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New Zealand Highlighter: Premier Escorted Luxury Vacation

Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,375

See the highlights of New Zealand with a group by coach while maintaining a great deal of freedom to choose your own activities. Explore the cultural and scenic sides of this unique country.


See the best of New Zealand on this 14 day trip from Auckland to Christchurch.

Consistently voted one of the world’s most liveable cities, Auckland seduces visitors with an ideal combination of indoor culture and outdoor lifestyle. Freedom of Choice Touring options let you choose your perfect Auckland experience, whether it’s a cruise on Waitemata Harbour or a visit to Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World.

Enjoy a guided tour to see the glowworms of Waitomo Caves on your way to Rotorua, home to bubbling mudpools and spouting geysers. You’ll partake of a traditional Maori Hangi feast and cultural performance at Mitai Maori Village. From your Freedom of Choice options, consider a visit to the Agrodome to learn about the country’s sheep farming industry, or Rainbow Springs, to meet some of the native animals and plants. A journey through Wairakei Steam Valley, stopping off at Huka Falls and beautiful Lake Taupo takes you to Wellington. Choose your own itinerary for a day in New Zealand’s capital. It might include a visit to Zealandia wildlife sanctuary, or even a Lord of the Rings tour.

Hop the TranzAlpine express to Franz Josef, home to the namesake glacier – said to be the tears of a Maori princess pining for her lost love. Via a tour of Haast River, go on to the skier’s Mecca of Queenstown, right in the heart of the South Island’s mountain landscape. Choose from a range of activities, such as a 4WD trip to Skippers Canyon, or a jetboat ride on the Shotover River (a Queenstown favourite). All travellers will love an included day trip to Milford Sound, a breathtaking, 16km long fjord carved by glaciers out to the Tasman Sea.

Travel from the nearby town of Te Anau to beautiful Dunedin, where you may choose from a range of activities including a visit to Otago Peninsula, home to colonies of Royal Albatross and Yellow-eyed Penguins, and a railway excursion through spectacular Taieri Gorge. A northbound journey along the coast lets you see Oamaru’s distinctive limestone architecture on your way to Mt Cook National Park. Visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, or try a stargazing experience with an expert astronomy guide. Cap off your day with an exclusive stay at The Hermitage, with views of majestic Mt Cook – known to the Maori as ‘Cloud Piercer’ – before ending your New Zealand adventure in Christchurch.


 

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Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,375

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Day 1

Arrive Auckland

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel, then set out on your selected activity. Perhaps cruise on Waitemata Harbour; enjoy a unique All Blacks experience; visit Auckland Zoo to discover the native flora and fauna of New Zealand; or immerse yourself in a Make Believe Experience and journey behind the cinema curtain with the Academy Award-winning team at Weta Workshop; or escape the bustle of the city on a tour to Auckland's wild, black sand beaches and lush rainforest. This evening, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland

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    Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland



    The Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland is situated in the heart of Auckland within walking distance to restaurants, shops, galleries, museums, and Auckland's exciting America's Cup village. The hotel has fully appointed and stylish rooms that are equipped with modern amenities. The rooms are designed to …

    The Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland is situated in the heart of Auckland within walking distance to restaurants, shops, galleries, museums, and Auckland's exciting America's Cup village.

    The hotel has fully appointed and stylish rooms that are equipped with modern amenities. The rooms are designed to ensure that you have everything you need, in an utterly modern and delightfully relaxing environment. The in house restaurant serves a wide variety of New Zealand cuisine and other international delicacies. You can also unwind with a fine drink after a tiring day.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Auckland, Waitomo, Caves, Rotorua

Discover the Waitomo Caves on a guided boat ride through a grotto lit by the magical glow worms, before continuing to Rotorua. This evening, enjoy a traditional Hangi feast and a lively performance of song and dance.

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Duration2 Nights
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Millennium Hotel Rotorua

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    Millennium Hotel Rotorua



    This popular hotel in Rotorua is centrally located just a brief stroll to Lake Rotorua, Rotorua's International Convention Centre, world famous Polynesian Spa, the town centre and only minutes from Rotorua's key tourist attractions and adventure activities. At Millennium Hotel Rotorua, you will find 227 …

    This popular hotel in Rotorua is centrally located just a brief stroll to Lake Rotorua, Rotorua's International Convention Centre, world famous Polynesian Spa, the town centre and only minutes from Rotorua's key tourist attractions and adventure activities. At Millennium Hotel Rotorua, you will find 227 rooms offering you a wide choice of accommodation styles.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 3

Rotorua

This morning after breakfast, it's time to explore Rotorua on your selected sightseeing activity. Perhaps experience one of New Zealand's best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery then visit the Te Puia Thermal Reserve; alternatively, choose to visit Wai-O-Tapu or experience Middle-earth during a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Afterwards, the afternoon and evening are free for you to explore.

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Day 4

Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington

Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway to the thunderous Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, then continue to the nation's capital, Wellington.

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Duration2 Nights
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InterContinental Wellington

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    InterContinental Wellington



    Intercontinental Wellington is a modern luxury hotel perfect for leisure or business travellers. Located in the heart of the city and adjacent to the scenic harbour, it is the ideal base to explore the local businesses, shopping and cultural centres. There are 232 stylish rooms …

    Intercontinental Wellington is a modern luxury hotel perfect for leisure or business travellers. Located in the heart of the city and adjacent to the scenic harbour, it is the ideal base to explore the local businesses, shopping and cultural centres. There are 232 stylish rooms to choose from and several modern conveniences on site for you to enjoy.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 5

Wellington

After breakfast, set off on a sightseeing tour of Wellington's best-loved landmarks and sights, including the waterfront area and New Zealand's national museum - Te Papa Tongarewa. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you please.

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Day 6

Wellington, Christchurch

Step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise across Cook Strait and through Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds to Picton. Once you've rejoined your coach, travel via the landscapes of Marlborough and Kaikoura to Christchurch.

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Commodore Hotel Christchurch Airport

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    Commodore Hotel Christchurch Airport



    Situated on Christchurch's Memorial Avenue on an idyllic seven acres of land featuring award-winning native New Zealand gardens, Commodore Hotel Christchurch Airport is just minutes away from the Christchurch International Airport and ten minutes into the centre of Christchurch. The hotel features 137 guest accommodation …

    Situated on Christchurch's Memorial Avenue on an idyllic seven acres of land featuring award-winning native New Zealand gardens, Commodore Hotel Christchurch Airport is just minutes away from the Christchurch International Airport and ten minutes into the centre of Christchurch. The hotel features 137 guest accommodation rooms, conference and meeting facilities and extensive free parking.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 7

Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef

Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world's greatest rail adventures. Disembark at Arthur's Pass and travel by coach to Hokitika. Here, see pounamu (jade) being carved into pieces of jewellery. Later, Take in the dramatic icy surrounds of the Franz Josef Glacier and arrive at your luxury eco-resort in time for a delicious four-course dinner.

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Duration1 Night
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Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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    Te Waonui Forest Retreat



    A haven from the city rush, a foray into New Zealand's pristine wilderness - Te Waonui Forest Retreat is truly a place to relax and refresh. All focus has been on creating a healthy, environmentally safe habitat to maximise guests' wellbeing. With a natural, earthy …

    A haven from the city rush, a foray into New Zealand's pristine wilderness - Te Waonui Forest Retreat is truly a place to relax and refresh. All focus has been on creating a healthy, environmentally safe habitat to maximise guests' wellbeing. With a natural, earthy ambience and attentive service, there's no better place to take a deep breath and simply unwind.

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    • Bar
    • Concierge
    • Laundry facilities
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Valet Parking

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Day 8

Franz Josef, Queenstown

Enjoy a day of breathtaking scenery as you travel to Queenstown. Tonight, enjoy a Freedom of Choice Dining evening. Perhaps sample quality crafted beer at Canyon Food & Brew Co. Alternatively, take a scenic gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner with a view. You may prefer a cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamboat, or dine amid the stylish surrounds of the Elements Restaurant.

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Duration2 Nights
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Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

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    Novotel Queenstown Lakeside



    Located in the very heart of Queenstown, overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is within a stone's throw from a range of fabulous stores, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. If you wish to venture a little further into this unspoiled Southern Lakes Region of New Zealand, …

    Located in the very heart of Queenstown, overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is within a stone's throw from a range of fabulous stores, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. If you wish to venture a little further into this unspoiled Southern Lakes Region of New Zealand, you will discover some of the finest outdoor leisure activities in the world. Novotel Queenstown Lakeside has 204 guestrooms, all with balconies and stunning scenic views.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa

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Day 9

Queenstown

Personalize your experience today with a range of Freedom of Choice activities to choose from. Visit where The Lord of the Rings was filmed; enjoy a cruise on Lake Wakatipu; take a Skippers Canyon adventure; join a river safari along Dart River; or enjoy a winery tour.

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Day 10

Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau

Cruise the full length of Milford Sound, then travel to the lakeside town of Te Anau. Tonight, enjoy local authentic flavours with a special Taste of Fiordland Dinner.

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Distinction Hotel and Villas Te Anau

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    Distinction Hotel and Villas Te Anau



    Distinction Hotel and Villas is situated on Lakefront Drive facing Lake Te Anau, the South Island's largest lake. The expansive well maintained gardens and grounds surrounding the hotel provide the perfect complement to the attractive lake and mountain views. This hotel is very centrally located, …

    Distinction Hotel and Villas is situated on Lakefront Drive facing Lake Te Anau, the South Island's largest lake. The expansive well maintained gardens and grounds surrounding the hotel provide the perfect complement to the attractive lake and mountain views. This hotel is very centrally located, with just a short walk to a well-equipped shopping centre (open seven days a week), where you'll find retail outlets, restaurants and cafes. The hotel's 112 rooms are comprised of 4 Deluxe Suites, 80 Hotel Rooms, 13 Villa Suites and 15 Villa Rooms.

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    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 11

Te Anau, Dunedin

Travel to Dunedin on the island's east coast and this afternoon choose your Freedom of Choice activity. Perhaps visit Olveston Historic Home, or discover the history of Larnach Castle, nestled on the stunning Otago Peninsula. Those who enjoy a beer may choose to visit Speight's Brewery for a tasting.

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Distinction Dunedin

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    Distinction Dunedin



    One of Dunedin's oldest heritage buildings has been lovingly transformed into Dunedin's newest hotel. This iconic 121 room property is the ideal base for business or leisure. It is conveniently located in the rejuvenated and vibrant exchange area in the heart of Dunedin city. Each …

    One of Dunedin's oldest heritage buildings has been lovingly transformed into Dunedin's newest hotel. This iconic 121 room property is the ideal base for business or leisure. It is conveniently located in the rejuvenated and vibrant exchange area in the heart of Dunedin city. Each elegant studio and suite boasts stylish contemporary design and functionality.

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    • Bar
    • Conference Facilities
    • Free WiFi
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Tour Desk

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Day 12

Dunedin, Aoraki Mt Cook

Heading north, pause to view the large spherical Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach. Continuing to World Heritage-listed Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, you will discover Australasia's highest peak. Choose your included sightseeing activity for the remainder of the day. Perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, including a stargazing session with an astronomer. Alternatively, during the summer months, prepare to board a MAC boat and get up close to stunning icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.

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Duration1 Night
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The Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook

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    The Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook



    Discover the spectacle and drama of New Zealand's Aoraki Mount Cook National Park from the splendour and comfort of The Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook. The Hermitage, located within Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, has a range of accommodation types available. The main hotel complex contains …

    Discover the spectacle and drama of New Zealand's Aoraki Mount Cook National Park from the splendour and comfort of The Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook. The Hermitage, located within Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, has a range of accommodation types available. The main hotel complex contains 164 rooms, while 32 Motel and 20 Chalet self-contained units are located 200-800m away in the village. From an intrepid journey through glacial valleys to a mouth-watering culinary dining adventure, The Hermitage Hotel is the perfect place to base your adventure and discover why this region has endeared itself to Kiwi adventure seekers for so long.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
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    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 13

Aoraki Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch

Leaving the snow-capped peaks of Aoraki Mt Cook behind, travel to Lake Tekapo. Here, you'll pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Built of locally gathered stone and oak, this charming church was erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Later, welcome the delightful scenery along Burkes Pass as you travel to Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. In the evening, dine with friends and savour a tantalising farewell dinner at your hotel.

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Duration1 Night
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Rydges Latimer Christchurch

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    Rydges Latimer Christchurch



    Rydges Latimer Christchurch is located just 2 minutes walking distance from the city's CBD, is within easy driving distance of a stunning collection of local attractions and activities and only a 15 minute drive from Christchurch International Airport and features 138 guest rooms and extensive …

    Rydges Latimer Christchurch is located just 2 minutes walking distance from the city's CBD, is within easy driving distance of a stunning collection of local attractions and activities and only a 15 minute drive from Christchurch International Airport and features 138 guest rooms and extensive banquet facilities with a capacity to cater for up to 360 people, making it the largest hotel function space in Christchurch.

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Day 14

Depart Christchurch

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

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DEPARTURES:

2020: Aug 4; Sep 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct 6, 20, 27; Nov 3, 17; Dec 1, 15, 30
2021: Jan 12, 19, 26; Feb 2, 9, 16, 23; Mar 2, 9, 23; Apr 6, 20; May 11; Jul 20;
Sep 7, 21, 28

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Experiences in 14 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice inclusions in 4 locations
  • Finest dining - a total of 23 meals
  • 13 nights hand-picked accommodation
  • Services of an APT Tour Director and Driver
  • Return airport transfers and porterage

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices "from" and seasonal surcharges may apply. All meals indicates meals as per itinerary. All tours are guaranteed departures. Itinerary effective 10 Oct ’17 – 2 Oct ‘18. Tours prior may follow a different itinerary. Supplements for solo travellers are available on request.

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20 Jul 2021
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