New Zealand Wonderland

Land Tour

Auckland to Christchurch
Begin in Auckland, and travel to the subtropical Bay of Islands before making your way through Rotorua and across the picturesque Marlborough Sounds to the South Island.

Trip notes

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Tour Provider APT
Number Of Days
Price From
Start Location
Auckland, New Zealand
End Location
Christchurch, New Zealand
Age Range
Avg. 45+
Group Size
10 to 45
Tour Style
Tour Themes
No specific theme
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
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Day 1 - Arrive Auckland
On arrival into Auckland, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 2 - Auckland, Bay of Islands
Cross Auckland’s Harbour Bridge and travel along the Hibiscus Coast. Stop at Matakohe’s Kauri Museum for an insight into the rich pioneering history of the Northland region. Continue to the Bay of Islands where you will enjoy a visit to the Maori Meeting House and War Can at Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Day 3 - Bay of Islands
Explore the Bay of Islands on a catamaran cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock.
Day 4 - Bay of Islands, Auckland
Travel to Auckland and take in the city sights before selecting from our Freedom of Choice activities. Back at your hotel this evening, enjoy a delicious Pacific-themed dinner.
Day 5 - Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua
Travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an eerie glow. Discover this natural wonder on a guided tour, before continuing to Rotorua.
Day 6 - Rotorua
Spend this morning on your Freedom of Choice activity. Afterwards, the afternoon and evening are free for you to explore.
Day 7 - Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington
Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway to the heart of New Zealand’s North Island this morning. View the Wairakei Steam Valley, then visit Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, before travelling across the plateau of Tongariro National Park to Wellington.
Day 8 - 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 will be yours at leisure to further explore this coastal city and perhaps dine at a local restaurant.
Day 9 - Wellington, Christchurch
Arrive on the South Island and travel to the quaint fishing town of Kaikoura before continuing along the central east coast all the way to Christchurch.
Day 10 - Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef
Pass through epic river valleys and past awesome mountain ranges then disembark at Arthur’s Pass and travel to Hokitika, where you will see pounamu (jade) being carved into pieces of jewellery. Continue to Franz Josef.
Day 11 - Franz Josef, Queenstown
Enjoy a day of breathtaking scenery as you travel to Queenstown.
Day 12 - Queenstown
Enjoy the flexibility of how to spend your morning with a range of Freedom of Choice activities on offer.
Day 13 - Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau
Embark on one of the most scenic drives today as you journey along the Milford Road and into the heart of Fiordland National Park. Wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, then drive through the Homer Tunnel to be met by the sight of Mitre Peak, the iconic backdrop to Milford Sound. Continue to Milford Sound. Afterwards, enjoy a picturesque drive to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau.
Day 14 - Te Anau, Dunedin
Journey through Southland countryside as you travel to Dunedin, a city known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. This afternoon, choose your Freedom of Choice activity.
Day 15 - Dunedin, Aoraki Mt Cook
Drive north and stop to view the Mraki Boulders on Kkohe Beach. Continue to Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, where you choose your activity.
Day 16 - Aoraki Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch
Travel to Lake Tekapo and pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner at your hotel.
Day 17 - Depart Christchurch
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Inclusions Expand
  • Experiences in 15 destinations
  • The services of an APT Tour Director and Driver
  • Finest dining - A total of 27 meals
  • 16 nights in hand-picked accommodation
  • Cruise the full length of pristine Milford Sound
  • Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi Feast in Rotorua
  • Marvel at the impressive icy contours of Franz Josef Glacier
  • Ride on the famous TranzAlpine train
Departure dates Expand
Start End Availability Price
04 Aug 2021 20 Aug 2021 Available $6,745
01 Sep 2021 17 Sep 2021 Available $6,745
22 Sep 2021 08 Oct 2021 Available $6,745
29 Sep 2021 15 Oct 2021 Available $6,995
06 Oct 2021 22 Oct 2021 Available $7,795
16 Oct 2021 01 Nov 2021 Available $7,795
30 Oct 2021 15 Nov 2021 Available $7,795
06 Nov 2021 22 Nov 2021 Available $7,795
13 Nov 2021 29 Nov 2021 Available $7,795
20 Nov 2021 06 Dec 2021 Available $7,795
11 Dec 2021 27 Dec 2021 Available $7,795
26 Dec 2021 11 Jan 2022 Available $7,795
08 Jan 2022 24 Jan 2022 Available $7,995
15 Jan 2022 31 Jan 2022 Available $7,995
22 Jan 2022 07 Feb 2022 Available $7,995
29 Jan 2022 14 Feb 2022 Available $7,995
03 Feb 2022 19 Feb 2022 Available $7,995
12 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 Available $7,995
26 Feb 2022 14 Mar 2022 Available $7,995
19 Mar 2022 04 Apr 2022 Available $7,995
02 Apr 2022 18 Apr 2022 Available $7,195
16 Apr 2022 02 May 2022 Available $7,195
07 May 2022 23 May 2022 Available $7,195