Royal Tourer New Zealand

Introduction

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.

What's included

  • Included sightseeing in up to 20 locations
  • The services of an APT Tour Director and Driver
  • Finest dining - a total of 29 meals
  • 17 nights in hand-picked accommodation
  • Return airport transfers and porterage

Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Auckland

Your journey begins today in Auckland. Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel

DAY 2 Auckland

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing
Perhaps take a cruise on Waitemata Harbour, head off on a Waiheke Island wine and olive tasting tour, or explore the Auckland Museum. Alternatively, get up close to the marine life at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium.

After a morning at leisure, enjoy your selected sightseeing activity as you choose from a range of exciting inclusions.

Daily :
Breakfast Dinner

DAY 3 Auckland, Bay Of Islands

Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the original treaty between the British and Māori people was signed.

Cross Auckland’s Harbour Bridge this morning and travel along the Hibiscus Coast. Stop at Matakohe’s Kauri Museum for an insight into the pioneering history of the country’s Northland region. Continue to the Bay of Islands. Here, you’ll also enjoy a visit to the Māori Meeting House and War Canoe.

Stay: Two Nights, Bay of Islands, Copthorne Hotel and Resort

Daily :
Breakfast Dinner

DAY 4 Bay Of Islands

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing
Perhaps take a day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northernmost point, and visit the iconic lighthouse. You may alternatively choose to enjoy a mini-tour of Russell.

Today, discover the spectacular Bay of Islands region with a wide variety of included sightseeing activities.

Daily :
Breakfast

DAY 5 Bay Of Islands, Auckland

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
Explore the spectacular Bay of Islands on a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock.

You’ll meander through the inner islands, admiring the sandy beaches and rocky outcrops. This evening, be treated to a special Pacific-themed dinner with New Zealand produce at the hotel.

Stay: Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel

Daily :
Breakfast Dinner

DAY 6 Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
Immerse yourself in Māori culture as you enjoy a traditional Hāngī Feast and performance of song and dance.

Travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an otherworldly glow. Discover this natural wonder on a guided tour, before continuing to Rotorua.

Stay: Two Nights, Holiday Inn Rotorua, overlooking Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve

Daily :
Breakfast Dinner

DAY 7 Rotorua

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing
Perhaps visit the Agrodome Farm Show and head to Rainbow Springs for a kiwi encounter before a visit to the Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Alternatively, experience Middle-earth during a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Other options include a visit to New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool and colourful hot springs, and a guided walk through Redwood Treewalk while learning about Māori culture with an elder.

Today presents an outstanding opportunity to explore Rotorua your way, with a selection of fascinating included sightseeing options available.

Daily :
Breakfast

DAY 8 Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Dining
Check into your hotel in Wellington, discover a range of tantalising local flavours with a choice of two tempting restaurants in which to dine.

Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway to the heart of New Zealand’s North Island this morning. View the Wairakei Steam Valley, Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Later, travel across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park. Here you’ll discover hushed cerulean blue waters and daunting volcanic peaks.

Stay: Two Nights, InterContinental Wellington

Daily :
Breakfast Dinner

DAY 9 Wellington

After breakfast, set off on a sightseeing tour taking you to the city’s best-loved landmarks and sights. Visit New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, and take a look at the fascinating history of this country through the museum’s studded walls. Afterwards, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore Wellington at your own pace.

Daily :
Breakfast

DAY 10 Wellington, Christchurch

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
Cruise across Cook Strait aboard the Interislander ferry. You’ll traverse the stunning waters of Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds, enjoying breathtaking views through to Picton.

Today, travel south towards Christchurch. Proudly holding the colloquial title of the Garden City, Christchurch is well known for its English heritage and botanic attractions. This evening, you enjoy a stay among the idyllic native gardens of the Commodore Hotel.

Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel

Daily :
Breakfast Dinner

DAY 11 Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
This morning, board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. Journey through the striking patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains before travelling across the magnificent Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
Journey along the west coast to Franz Josef, where you’ll take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of the region. From the alpine snowfields, to verdant rainforests, blue ice caves, beautiful lakes and glacial rivers, the natural surrounds of the area are guaranteed to captivate.

Journey through the striking patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains before travelling across the magnificent Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park. Disembark at Arthur’s Pass and travel by coach to Hokitika, a town teeming with fascinating historic tales of ship wrecks, goldmines and pounamu hunters. Here, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to see pounamu (jade) being skilfully carved into pieces of jewellery. Arrive later at your luxury eco-resort where you will enjoy a delicious four-course degustation dinner.

Stay: Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Daily :
Breakfast Dinner

DAY 12 Franz Josef, Queenstown

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Dining
Perhaps sample fresh produce at Finz seafood restaurant, or take a gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant and enjoy remarkable views of Queenstown’s picturesque lakes and alpine scenery along with a delicious selection of food. Otherwise, you may cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw and enjoy a delicious meal at The Great Kiwi Carvery. Alternatively, you may choose to dine at your hotel.

Enjoy a day of breathtaking scenery travelling along the Haast River. Afterwards, arrive in Queenstown, the country’s adventure capital where you can choose from four tempting restaurants in which to dine this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Queenstown, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Daily :
Breakfast Dinner

DAY 13 Queenstown

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing
Perhaps embark on a Safari of the Scenes tour, and visit several sites where The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. Alternately, thrill-seekers may enjoy a ride on the famous Shotover Jet Boat, a Skippers Canyon adventure, or a river safari along the shimmering waters of the Dart River, admiring the breathtaking surrounds. New Zealand is rightly famous for its many vineyards and rich wines, and a tour of the country’s premier wine-producing region is a tempting option. Other activities include a farm experience at Mt Nicholas, a bird walk through surrounding wilderness, or the leisurely Million Dollar Cruise across the waters of Lake Wakatipu.

Today you can personalise your Queenstown experience with our Freedom of Choice sightseeing options.

Daily :
Breakfast

DAY 14 Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
Visit Milford Sound, where you’ll enjoy a cruise that explores the full length of this pristine fiord. As mountains encompass your surrounds, carve a course across the stunning waterway.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
Enjoy a Taste of Fiordland Dinner, where you’ll be treated to a unique local dining experience.

Embark on one of the world’s most scenic drives today as you journey along the Milford Road. Wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, then drive through the Homer Tunnel to be met by the sight of the iconic Mitre Peak which soars skywards from the shores of Milford Sound. After, enjoy a picturesque drive to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau.

Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Daily :
Breakfast Dinner

DAY 15 Te Anau, Dunedin

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing
Perhaps tour Larnach Castle and Olveston House, or head to Dunedin’s beautiful railway station and board the Taieri Gorge Railway. Those who enjoy a beer might like to tour Speight’s Brewery. Alternatively, nature lovers can either visit an albatross colony or take an off-road tour of the sweeping Otago Peninsula.

This morning, journey through the beautiful rolling Southland countryside. Travel to Dunedin on the island’s east coast, a city known as the Edinburgh of the South. Take in the heritage Edwardian and Victorian structures, including the only castle in New Zealand. Spend this afternoon how you like and select a Freedom of Choice activity.

Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Daily :
Breakfast Dinner

DAY 16 Dunedin, Mt Cook

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing
Perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, which includes a visit to the planetarium and a stargazing session. Alternatively, you may like to join a guided nature walk and discover the native flora and spectacular surroundings of the area. During the summer months, board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.

Journey north and view the mysterious Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach. These giant stones have been eroded for centuries by the changing tides, giving them a wondrous sleek touch. At Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, choose your sightseeing activity.

Stay: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel

Daily :
Breakfast Dinner

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