Explore the Sublime Wilderness of NZ
Join APT on this stunning 17 day tour of New Zealand
So close to Australia but worlds away. Discover the incomparable beauty that lies just beyond our shores in the Land of the Long White Cloud – New Zealand.
Draped in breath taking landscapes, its abundant mountain peaks and fiords seem almost at odds with the modest size of its twin islands. From its largest city Auckland, to the subtropical Bay of Islands or the geothermal wonders of Rotorua. The North Island showcases the country’s unique culture and landscapes. Crossing Cook Strait to the South Island, witness the striking Marlborough Sounds, as well as a host of other natural wonders, including Milford Sound and the World Heritage-listed Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.
The south island's Milford Sound with a pink dusk
Its proximity to Australia means New Zealand is ideal for seniors wanting the benefits of an overseas adventure without the hassle of sitting on a plane for the better part of a day. You’ll enjoy the country’s finest destinations, all brimming with natural beauty, with the flexibility to choose experiences that peak your interests. You’ll reap the benefits of seeing New Zealand your way, with a wide selection of cultural, culinary, historical and adventurous experiences available.
Following a relaxing introduction to New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, you’ll become acquainted with an enthralling local history. The Kauri Museum grants insights into the region’s pioneering days, while at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, you’ll be brought to the spot where the original treaty was signed, between the British and Maori people. A place of great cultural, spiritual and historical significance, Waitangi brings together the diverse stories of the people, events and places that paved the way in creating the New Zealand we have come to know. From here, the vast beauty of the Bay of Islands is revealed, as a catamaran delivers you to Cape Brett. Here, an historic lighthouse looks out over the legendary Hole in the Rock. As you chart a course alongside the many islands here, experience serene views of spectacular rocky outcrops and sandy beaches.
The tranzalpine train crossing the Waimakariri bridge
Heading south to Rotorua, relish the chance to deepen your understanding of Maori culture, as you enjoy a traditional Hangī Feast and Maori performance. There’s also the opportunity to visit a few of the sets from the Lord of the Rings movies. Afterwards, head to the Wairakei Steam Valley, followed by a visit to the impressive Huka Falls, which is sustained by the gushing waters of the Waikato River.
At the midpoint between Auckland and Wellington, the World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park reveals its vast volcanic landscape. Renowned for being New Zealand’s oldest national park, it features three active volcanoes: Mount Ruapehu, Mount Ngauruhoe, and Mount Tongariro. Then, it’s on to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, with its myriad sights and ample time allocated for you to explore at your own pace.
Enjoy a traditional Hangī Feast and performance in Rotorua
Next stop is the South Island, as the Inter-islander ferry takes you across Cook Strait. Along the way, take in stunning views of Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sounds, with sharply rising hills lining the water’s edge on either side. Back on land, head south from the coastal town of Picton, before making a stop in the charming fishing town of Kaikoura. A short drive along the coast, brings you to Christchurch in time to board the TranzAlpine train for one of the great rail adventures. Crossing the Canterbury Plains, you’ll see striking views of the Southern Alps as you make your way to Arthur’s Pass National Park.
In the small coastal town of Hokitika, witness the locally sourced stone, pounamu, carved into jewellery. Also known as New Zealand jade, the stone is only found on the South Island of New Zealand. The striking topography of Franz Josef then becomes evident for all to see. Surrounded by lush rainforest and snow-capped mountains, as well as the glacier that shares it name, the region is blessed with an abundance of flora and fauna, Close by, one of the rarest species of New Zealand’s native kiwi can be found. Retiring to your distinctive forest retreat, enjoy the feeling of inhabiting the treetops in this unique environment, before waking to the soothing sound of birdsongs.
NZ is also home to some of the world's finest wines and food
New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown, awaits. Here, a range of activities include a scenic gondola ride, a cruise aboard a vintage steamship and a river safari. From Queenstown, a short journey by road brings you to the otherworldly Milford Sound. With its series of cliffs rising majestically from the water to tower above you, a discernible contrast between the landscapes of our respective nations becomes clear. As your vessel steers a course across the tranquil waters of this majestic fiord, you’ll get up close to several of the surrounding cliffs, including the epic Mitre Peak. In the evening, local authentic flavours will tantalise your palate during a special Taste of Fiordland dinner.
Further north, arrive at Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and witness the lofty peak of New Zealand’s highest mountain. The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre then shines a light on the region’s place within the wider universe.
Moving further inland, Lake Tekapo turns on the charms with its Church of the Good Shepherd, built of stone and oak. Delightful rural scenes further paint the landscape on the drive back to Christchurch.
Experience New Zealand’s adventure capital - Queenstown
Your visit to our cousins across the water concludes in Christchurch. Our countries’ cultural, historic and geographical distinctions, make for a captivating experience, while their relative nearness to one another proves especially convenient for seniors.
New Zealand’s incomparable beauty is abundant and just waiting to be explored.
SAVE up to $1,000 per couple – on this magnificent APT 17-day tour.
An Early Payment discount of $200 per person is also available with this featured trip when booked and paid in full 10 months prior to departure. Conditions apply.
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