17 Day New Zealand Wonderland
17 Day New Zealand Wonderland
Discover the many highlights of New Zealand on this 17 day excursion, which provides the perfect opportunity to tailor your visit to suit your own preferences with a number of 'Freedom of Choice' options along the way
Tour highlights
  • Cruise the Bay of Islands and pay a visit to the Hole in the Rock
  • Visit the famous Waitomo Caves to admire the glowworms
  • Take a ride on the famous TranzAlpine train
  • Enjoy the unspoilt wilderness of the Milford Sound and pay a visit to Mount Cook
  • A range of 'Freedom of Choice' activities to choose from
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Day 1: Arrive Auckland
On arrival in Auckland be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.  
  • Overnight: Grand Millennium Hotel
Day 2: Auckland - Bay of Islands
Cross the Harbour Bridge and travel along the Hibiscus Coast stopping to visit the Matakohe Kauri Museum which showcases the history of the Northland region. Carry on to the Bay of Islands and enjoy a visit to the Maori Meeting House and War Canoe at Waitangi Treaty Ground. 
  • Overnight: Copthorne Hotel & Resort
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Bay of Islands
Today explore the Bay of Islands on a catamaran cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. The meander through the islands looking out for marine life and spend some time in a secluded bay.  
  • Overnight: Copthorne Hotel & Resort
  • Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland
Today travel back to Auckland and take in the city sights before selecting from our Freedom of Choice activities, maybe visit Auckland Zoo, enjoy a unique All Blacks experience or journey behind the cinema curtain with the Academy Award-winning team at Weta Workshop. This evening enjoy a delicious Pacific-themed dinner. 
  • Overnight: Grand Millennium Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua
Leave Auckland behind to travel south for the Waitomo Caves, where you can experience the mystical glow worms that light the way on a guided tour before continuing onto Rotorua. For dinner this evening immerse yourself in the local culture with an authentic Maori Hangi feast and performance of song and dance.
  • Overnight: Millennium Rotorua
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Rotorua
This morning choose from a range of 'Freedom of Choice' activities around Rotorua, maybe visit the Te Puia geothermal reserve, enjoy a sheep show at the Agrodome or experience Middle-Earth during a tour to the Hobbiton Movie Set. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore at your own leisure. 
  • Overnight: Millennium Rotorua
  • Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 7: Rotorua - Taupo - Wellington
Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway as you head for the heart of the North Island, stopping off to witness the awesome power of the spectacular Huka Falls and to admire the beauty of Lake Taupo. Then it’s time to journey across the vast plateau of the World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park before arriving in Wellington.
  • Overnight: InterContinental Wellington
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Wellington
Enjoy breakfast before heading out on a sightseeing tour of Wellington seeing some of the best-loved landmarks including the waterfront area and Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand's national museum. The rest of the day is at your leisure to continue exploring the city.  
    Overnight: The Commodore
  • Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 9: Wellington - Kaikoura - Christchurch
Today sees the group board the Interislander ferry to cross the Cook Straits and travel through the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte  sounds to Picton. Once on dry land on the South Island travel to Kaikoura before continuing down the central east coast to Christchurch. 
  • Overnight: The Commodore
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Christchurch - Franz Josef
Take one of the greatest rail journeys this morning on the TranzAlpine train, disembark at Arthur's Pass and head to Hokitika where you'll see pounamu (jade) being carved into pieces of jewellery. Franz Josef is the final destination of the day and you'll be able to take in the dramatic surrounds of the glacier. 
  • Overnight: Te Waonui Forest Retreat
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Franz Josef - Queenstown
Take in the stunning beauty of the scenery as you leave Franz Josef to head down the west Coast before heading over the Haast Pass to Queenstown. This evening you'll be able to choose a Freedom of Choice dinner, perhaps sample craft beer at Canyon Food & Brew Co or take a gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant and dine with a view. Alternatively you may opt to board the TSS Earnslaw and have dinner on the Vintage steamboat. 
    Overnight: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Queenstown
Today you will have some time to take a Freedom of Choice activity, maybe take a Safari of the Scenes and visit some of the Lord of the Rings sites, head out on a Skippers Canyon adventure or a cruise along the Dart River.  
  • Overnight: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
  • Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 13: Queenstown - Milford - Te Anau
Journey along one of the most scenic drives as you head out on the Milford Road and into the heart of the Fiordland National Park. You'll wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys before going through the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound and be met by the sight of Mitre Peak. In Milford Sound enjoy a cruise that explores the full lengh of this pristine fiord. Afterwards take the picturesque drive to Te Anau a lakeside settlement where a Taste of Fiordland Dinner awaits. 
  • Overnight: Distinction TeAnau Hotel & Villas
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14: Te Anau - Dunedin
Travel to Dunedin and travel through the Southland countryside on route to this city known as the 'Edinburgh of the South'. In the afternoon a Freedom of Choice activity awaits, maybe visit Olveston Historic Home, a wealthy merchant family's home built in the 1900's. A visit to Larnch Castle is also possible or maybe opt for a spot of beer tasting at Speight's Brewery. 
    Overnight: Distinction Dunedin Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15: Dunedin - Mount Cook
The coach heads north this morning and will stop to view the large spherical Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach. The group will then carry on to Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, a World Heritage listed site. Here there are a section of activities to choose from including a visit to Sir Edmunds Hillary Alpine Centre or enjoy stargazing at the planetarium. In the summer months there is also the option to get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.
  • Overnight: The Hermitage, Mount Cook
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 16: Aoraki Mountt Cook - Lake Tekapo - Christchurch
Travel to Lake Tekapo and visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel.  
  • Overnight: Rydges Laitmer Christchurch
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 17: Depart Christchurch
Be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. 
  • Meals Included: Breakfast
All content and services, including overnight hotels and number of nights, are subject to change and may vary from the inclusions as shown in the itinerary. Specified hotels/content/services are therefore not guaranteed, however we and our suppliers undertake to ensure that any alternatives provided will always be of a similar standard or content/service type.
  • 16 nights accommodation as specified
  • APT Tour Director and local guides at certain destinations
  • Overseas transfers and luggage porterage
  • Sightseeing & touring as shown (excl. optional items)
  • Meals as shown (B=breakfast, D=dinner)
  • International flights in Tour Only prices

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