Essence of New Zealand

Visiting: New Zealand, North Island, South Island

Tour Operator: APT

Group size: 0 - 40

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Tour Overview

Includes Return Flights from the UK. Sparkling bays, volcanic lakes, pristine sounds. From the South Island to the North Island, discover over 24 enthralling days the very best New Zealand has to offer.


  • Explore the Bay of Islands with your choice of activity. Home to 144 islands, there is no lack of discovery options.
  • Cruise enchanting Milford Sound, which is set deep in Fiordland National Park.
  • Enjoy the views on one of the world's greatest rail journeys as you travel across New Zealand's Southern Alps.

Places You'll See


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icon Day 1: Depart London

Your journey begins as you make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to New Zealand.

icon Day 3: Arrive Christchurch

On arrival, be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner tonight.

icon Day 4: Christchurch, Mt Cook

Traverse the Canterbury plains to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo. This afternoon, choose your Freedom of Choice Sightseeing experience.

icon Day 5: Mt Cook, Dunedin

Set out along the shores of Lake Pukaki to Oamaru. Continue to Koekohe Beach to view the unusual spherical-shaped Moeraki Boulders. Arrive in Dunedin this afternoon and enjoy time at leisure before dinner.

icon Day 6: Dunedin, Te Anau

Wake up this morning in Dunedin, where you may begin your day with your choice of sightseeing activity. Afterwards, absorb the breathtaking scenery as you travel to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau.

icon Day 7: Te Anau

Decide how to spend your day in Te Anau thanks to our Freedom of Choice activities on offer to you today. Perhaps you may like to explore an underground network of limestone caves, lit by thousands of glow worms. Alternatively, you may prefer to set off on a wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound. Or, take an exciting jet boat ride along the Upper Waiau River.

icon Day 8: Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown

Along Milford Road, wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, then travel through the Homer Tunnel to be met by the sight of Mitre Peak. After, travel to Queenstown.

icon Day 9: Queenstown

Today you can discover Queenstown your own way with the included Freedom of Choice sightseeing activities available. Later, choose where to dine.

icon Day 10: Queenstown

Immerse yourself in beautiful Queenstown with a full day at leisure. You may like to take a relaxing stroll along the tranquil shores of Lake Wakatipu, or take part in the thrill of a lifetime in this adventurous city.

icon Day 11: Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier

Skirt the shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea.

icon Day 12: Franz Josef Glacier, TranzAlpine Train, Christchurch

Travel through deep gorges, river valleys and across the Southern Alps all the way to Christchurch.

icon Day 13: Christchurch, Kaikoura, Blenheim

Follow the east coast to Kaikoura. Later, take in a special and unique Signature Experience.

icon Day 14: Blenheim

Tailor your day with a choice of an included sightseeing option.

icon Day 15: Blenheim, Picton, Wellington

Traverse the stunning waters of Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds while taking in breathtaking surrounds. This afternoon, take part in a fascinating city sights tour of Wellington.

icon Day 16: Wellington, Napier

Drive through the Rimutaka Ranges en route to Napier.

icon Day 17: Napier, Taupo, Rotorua

Journey through Esk Valley and Te Pohue, stopping at the charming town of Taupo. Travel to Rotorua, then tonight enjoy a special Signature Experience.

icon Day 18: Rotorua

Select from a range of activities today. The evening is yours at leisure to further explore.

icon Day 19: Rotorua, Auckland

Travel through Waikato farmland to Cambridge and Auckland. Choose from a range of included sightseeing activities today.

icon Day 20: Auckland, Bay of Islands

Continue north to the Bay of Islands.

icon Day 21: Bay of Islands

Choose your Freedom of Choice sightseeing activity today.

icon Day 22: Bay of Islands, Auckland

Enjoy the day to spend at leisure.

icon Day 23: Depart Auckland

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

icon Day 24: Arrive London

Arrive back in London.

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