Auckland to Queenstown Scenic Sights

Come for the Views, Stay for the Adventure

11 day APT scenic sights land journey from $5,595 per person - SAVE up to $600 pp

From the picture-perfect Bay of Islands to the alpine vistas of Queenstown and Fiordland National Park’s stunning panoramas, New Zealand's landscapes speak for themselves.

What's included?

  • Experiences in 10 destinations
  • The services of an APT Tour Director and Driver
  • 10 nights hand-picked accommodation
  • Finest dining - a total of 16 meals
  • Discover the incredible Waitomo Caves, home to thousands of luminescent glow worms
  • Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi Feast in Rotorua
  • Marvel at the impressive icy contours of Franz Josef Glacier
  • Cruise the full length of pristine Milford Sound

Departure Dates

October 2021 - May 2022


Twin Share
From $5,995 per adult

Prices are for land only
Flights not included


Day 1: Arrive Auckland


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.

Transfer to your hotel then set out on your selected activity. This evening, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel

Daily:  Dinner

Day 2: Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua


This evening you’ll be treated to a traditional Maori Hangi Feast and a cultural performance of song and dance.

Discover the Waitomo Caves on a guided boat ride through a grotto lit by the magical glow worms, before continuing to Rotorua.

Stay: Two Nights, Millennium Rotorua

Daily:  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Rotorua


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.

This morning after breakfast, it's time to explore Rotorua on your selected sightseeing activity. Afterwards, the afternoon and evening are free for you to explore.

Daily:  Breakfast

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.

Stay: Two Nights, InterContinental Wellington

Daily:  Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Daily:  Breakfast

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.

Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel

Daily:  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef


Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures.


Take in the dramatic icy surrounds of the Franz Josef Glacier.

Disembark at Arthur’s Pass and travel by coach to Hokitika. Here, see pounamu (jade) being carved into pieces of jewellery.

Stay: Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Daily:  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown


Tonight, 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.

Enjoy a day of breathtaking scenery as you travel to Queenstown. Tonight, enjoy a Freedom of Choice Dining evening.

Stay: Three Nights, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Daily:  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Queenstown


Choose your activity today. 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.

Personalise your experience today with our range of Freedom of Choice activities.

Daily:  Breakfast

Day 10: Milford Sound, Queenstown


Cruise the full length of pristine Milford Sound.

Say goodbye to your tour director this morning, as you are given the freedom to explore New Zealand independently. Follow The Remarkables mountain range to Fiordland National Park. Continue to Milford Sound, where you’ll enjoy a cruise that explores this pristine fiord. Return to Queenstown this evening.

Daily:  Breakfast

Day 11: Depart Queenstown

After breakfast this morning, your New Zealand adventure concludes as we transfer you to the airport for your flight.

Daily:  Breakfast

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