New Zealand Panorama

18 Day Guided Tour from Auckland to Christchurch with Kirra

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18
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Auckland
Christchurch
Guided Tour
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Itinerary

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1 Arrive Auckland
Welcome to New Zealand! A Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your hotel where you will enjoy a welcome drinks reception. Stay: Rydges Hotel
2 Auckland - Bay of Islands
Leaving the city behind, we travel across the Auckland Harbour Bridge and drive north to Paihia in the Bay of Islands, a seaside town nestled on the foreshore of this National Maritime Park. On arrival, meet your local Maori guide who will provide an insight into the local history before visiting Waitangi, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori people and the British. Enjoy a self-guided tour through the Treaty House, the Maori Meeting House and war canoe. Later this afternoon, board your launch for the scenic cruise to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’. Stay Two Nights: Copthorne Bay of Islands (B/D)
3 Bay of Islands
A free day to explore and enjoy the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Your Coach Captain will happily assist with arranging optional activities for you. Why not try a full day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand's northern most point. Alternatively, explore the township of Russell, New Zealand's first settlement and visit its historic Church, Mission House and Museum. (B)
4 Bay of Islands - Rotorua
Leaving Paihia, travel south through Whangarei to Warkworth and on to Auckland. Visit the Sky Tower, at 328m the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere and enjoy panoramic 360 degree views across the city and its two majestic harbours. Later, cross the Bombay Hills to the lush farmlands of the Waikato. On to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, the centre of Maori culture and famous for its geysers, boiling mud pools and steaming craters. Stay Two Nights: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (B/D)
5 Rotorua
Today begins with a visit to the Agrodome to see a unique New Zealand farm show. This is followed by a visit to Rainbow Springs to learn about native flora and fauna, including the famous Kiwi bird. The spectacular Skyline Gondola offers superb views over the city, lake and mountains and for those wanting a little excitement, why not try a Luge ride with our compliments. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before visiting Tamaki Village for an evening of fun and culture. You will experience a traditionally prepared Maori Hangi (feast) followed by a cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance including the stirring haka. (B/D)
6 Rotorua - Napier
View the mighty Huka Falls and the Wairakei Geothermal project before stopping at Lake Taupo, the largest in New Zealand. Continue on to Napier, often regarded as the world's Art Deco capital. On arrival, enjoy a locally guided walking tour of the city. Stay: Scenic Te Pania Hotel, Napier (B/D)
7 Napier - Wellington
Orchards and vineyards give way to farmland as you travel into the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region. Stop at historic Greytown to view excellent examples of Victorian colonial architecture before travelling over the Rimutaka Ranges to Wellington, the nation's capital, where you enjoy a city tour on arrival. Stay: Ibis Wellington (B/D)
8 Wellington - Hanmer Springs
From Wellington join the Interislander Ferry for a scenic cruise to the South Island with views of Wellington city and its hillside suburbs. Cross Cook Strait into the sheltered waters of Queen Charlotte Sound before arriving into the small seaside village of Picton. Continue south to the alpine resort town of Hanmer Springs, renowned for its therapeutic natural thermal waters.Stay: Heritage Hanmer springs (B/D)
9 Hanmer Springs - Christchurch
After a leisurely breakfast, stroll around the village and enjoy entry into the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools with its naturally heated thermal mineral waters. Later today, we make the short drive to the Garden City of Christchurch and visit the International Antarctic Centre before enjoying a brief orientation tour of the city. Stay: Distinction Hotel (B/D)
10 Christchurch - Mt Cook - Omarama
Cross the broad Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps to the west. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial overlooking Lake Tekapo. Visit Mt Cook National Park, with time to enjoy the scenic majesty of New Zealand's highest snow capped peaks and a visit to the Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre before travelling around Lake Pukaki to Twizel and Omarama. Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel (B/D)
11 Omarama - Dunedin
Travel down the Waitaki Valley to the Whitestone township of Oamaru. Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders, then on to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South. An early arrival allows you time to enjoy the choice of some excellent optional activities. Stay: Distinction Dunedin or Scenic Dunedin City Hotel (B/D)
12 Dunedin - Te Anau
Enjoy spectacular views across the Otago Peninsula as you travel to Larnach Castle. On your guided tour, learn about its tragic and mysterious history. Depart Dunedin and head inland, crossing rich farmlands to the agricultural towns of Gore and Lumsden, before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park. Stay Two Nights: Distinction Luxmore Hotel or Kingsgate Te Anau (B/D)
13 Milford Sound Cruise
Follow the Hollyford Valley before descending into the Cleddau Canyon. Drive through the Homer Tunnel into spectacular Milford Sound, the world renowned natural wonder dominated by Mitre Peak. Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls and waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres to the sea below. Cruise the entire length of the fiord and enjoy the on-board commentary that gives you detailed information on the region's history, flora and fauna as you view spectacular waterfalls, towering mountains and wildlife. (B/L/D))

Please Note: An optional overnight Milford Sound cruise or Doubtful Sound cruise is also available. Subject to availability. Select option when enquiring with us.
14 Te Anau - Queenstown
Continue north to Kingston, then skirt around the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the picturesque alpine resort of Queenstown. This evening, cruise across the lake aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw before reaching the Colonel's Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner. Stay Two Nights: Millennium Hotel (B/D)
15 Queenstown
Today is at your leisure whilst in the adventure capital. You can either sit back and relax or your Coach Captain can assist with any optional activities you would like to do. We recommend the world famous Shotover Jet Boat ride, take a gondola ride to the skyline above, a tour to the goldmining area of Skippers Canyon or for the adventurous - white water rafting. Alternatively, browse in the many shops and galleries. (B)
16 Queenstown - Wanaka - Franz Josef
Pass picturesque Lake Hayes on the way to Arrowtown, an area steeped in fascinating history relating to early settlement and the gold mining era. Stop at Wanaka, a picture postcard resort on the lakes edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. View the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks before arriving on the West Coast, home to the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef. Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (B/D)
17 Franz Josef - TranzAlpine - Christchurch
At Hokitika, stop to visit a Pounamu, (also known as Greenstone or Jade) factory. Pounamu is considered a treasure in Maori culture and is seen as a sign of status and power. At Greymouth, board the famous TranzAlpine Train. Renowned as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world, this coast to coast rail adventure will take you though the Southern Alps, over massive viaducts, river valleys and gorges as you make you way to Christchurch. Enjoy a farewell dinner with drinks this evening. Stay: Sudima Christchurch (B/D)
18 Depart Christchurch
Today is goodbye to all your new found friends before you make your homeward journey. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport to join your flight home. (B)
1 Arrive Auckland
“Haere Mai” … Welcome to New Zealand. A Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your downtown city hotel. We include a visit to the Auckland Sky Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere where you will experience 360-degree panoramic views over the harbours, city and surrounds. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner and drinks with your fellow travellers. Stay: Rydges Hotel (D)
2 Auckland - Bay of Islands
Leaving the city behind, we travel across the Auckland Harbour Bridge and drive north to Paihia in the Bay of Islands, a seaside town nestled on the foreshore of a National Maritime Park. On arrival, meet your local Maori guide who will provide an insight into the local history before visiting Waitangi, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori people and the British. Enjoy a self-guided tour through the Treaty House, the Maori Meeting House and War Canoe. Later this afternoon, board your launch for the scenic cruise to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’. Stay Two Nights: Copthorne Bay of Islands (B/D)
3 Bay of Islands
A free day to explore and enjoy the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Your Coach Captain will happily assist with arranging optional activities for you. Why not try a full day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand's northern most point. Alternatively, explore the township of Russell, New Zealand's first settlement and visit its historic Church, Mission House and Museum. (B)
4 Bay of Islands - Rotorua
Leaving Paihia, travel south through Whangarei to Warkworth and on to Auckland. Cross the Bombay Hills to the lush farmlands of the Waikato before arriving at the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, the centre of Maori culture and famous for its geysers, boiling mud pools and steaming craters. Stay Two Nights: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (B/D)
5 Rotorua
Today begins with a visit to the Agrodome to see a unique New Zealand farm show. This is followed by a visit to Rainbow Springs to learn about native flora and fauna, including the famous Kiwi bird. The spectacular Skyline Gondola offers superb views over the city, lake and mountains and for those wanting a little excitement, why not try a Luge ride with our compliments. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before visiting Tamaki Village for an evening of fun and culture. You will experience a traditionally prepared Maori Hangi (feast) followed by a cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance including the stirring haka. (B/D)
6 Rotorua - Napier
View the mighty Huka Falls and the Wairakei Geothermal project before stopping at Lake Taupo, the largest in New Zealand. Continue on to Napier, often regarded as the world's Art Deco capital. On arrival, enjoy a locally guided walking tour of the city. Stay: Scenic Te Pania Hotel, Napier (B/D)
7 Napier - Wellington
Orchards and vineyards give way to farmland as you travel into the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region. Stop at historic Greytown to view excellent examples of Victorian colonial architecture before travelling over the Rimutaka Ranges to Wellington, the nation's capital, where you enjoy a city tour on arrival. Stay: Ibis Wellington (B/D)
8 Wellington - Hanmer Springs
From Wellington join the Interislander Ferry for a scenic cruise to the South Island with views of Wellington city and its hillside suburbs. Cross Cook Strait into the sheltered waters of Queen Charlotte Sound before arriving into the small seaside village of Picton. Continue south to the alpine resort town of Hanmer Springs, renowned for its therapeutic natural thermal waters. Stay: Heritage Hanmer Springs (B/D)
9 Hanmer Springs - Christchurch
After a leisurely breakfast, stroll around the village and enjoy entry into the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools with its naturally heated thermal mineral waters. Later today, we make the short drive to the Garden City of Christchurch and visit the International Antarctic Centre before enjoying a brief orientation tour of the city. Stay: Distinction Hotel (B/D)
10 Christchurch - Lake Tekapo
Enjoy a tour of Christchurch’s city centre on board a beautifully restored heritage tram. Visit the International Antarctic Centre before crossing the Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. Stop to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial. There is time for some optional alpine flightseeing over Mt Cook National Park (subject to weather conditions). Stay: Peppers Bluewater Resort (B/D)
11 Moeraki Boulders - Dunedin
Continue south and stop to view the Benmore Dam, one of the largest in the southern hemisphere. Travel down the Waitaki Valley to the Whitestone township of Oamaru, home to some of the best preserved heritage buildings in New Zealand. Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders, then on to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South. Stay: Scenic Dunedin City Hotel (B/D)
12 Dunedin - Te Anau
Enjoy spectacular views across the Otago Peninsula as you travel to Larnach Castle. On your guided tour, learn about its tragic and mysterious history. Depart Dunedin and head inland, crossing rich farmlands to the agricultural towns of Gore and Lumsden, before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park. Stay Two Nights: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (B/D)
13 Milford Sound Cruise
Follow the Hollyford Valley before descending into the Cleddau Canyon. Drive through the Homer Tunnel into spectacular Milford Sound, the world renowned natural wonder dominated by Mitre Peak. Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls and waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres to the sea below. Cruise the entire length of the fiord and enjoy the on-board commentary that gives you detailed information on the region's history, flora and fauna as you view spectacular waterfalls, towering mountains and wildlife. (B/L/D))

Please Note: An optional overnight Milford Sound cruise or Doubtful Sound cruise is also available. Subject to availability. Select option when enquiring with us.
14 Te Anau - Queenstown
Continue north to Kingston, then skirt around the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the picturesque alpine resort of Queenstown. This evening, cruise across the lake aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw before reaching the Colonel's Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner. Stay Two Nights: Millennium Hotel (B/D)
15 Queenstown
Today is at your leisure whilst in the adventure capital. You can either sit back and relax or your Coach Captain can assist with any optional activities you would like to do. We recommend the world famous Shotover Jet Boat ride, take a gondola ride to the skyline above, a tour to the goldmining area of Skippers Canyon or for the adventurous - white water rafting. Alternatively, browse in the many shops and galleries. (B)
16 Queenstown - Wanaka - Franz Josef
Pass picturesque Lake Hayes on the way to Arrowtown, an area steeped in fascinating history relating to early settlement and the gold mining era. Stop at Wanaka, a picture postcard resort on the lakes edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. View the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks before arriving on the West Coast, home to the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef. Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (B/D)
17 Franz Josef - TranzAlpine - Christchurch
At Hokitika, stop to visit a Pounamu, (also known as Greenstone or Jade) factory. Pounamu is considered a treasure in Maori culture and is seen as a sign of status and power. At Greymouth, board the famous TranzAlpine Train. Renowned as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world, this coast to coast rail adventure will take you though the Southern Alps, over massive viaducts, river valleys and gorges as you make you way to Christchurch. Enjoy a farewell dinner with drinks this evening. Stay: Sudima Christchurch (B/D)
18 Depart Christchurch
Today is goodbye to all your new found friends before you make your homeward journey. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport to join your flight home. (B)

Kirra Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Historic Bay of Islands
  • Geothermal Wonderland of Rotorua
  • Visit Taupo & Huka Falls
  • Visit the Art Deco Capital, Napier
  • Visit the Wairarapa Region
  • Lake Tekapo & Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Visit Moeraki Boulders
  • Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South
  • Brief tour of Lake Wanaka
  • Visit to Greenstone (Jade) Gallery
  • Wellington, the nation's capital
  • World Heritage listed Mt Cook National Park
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Spectacular Southern Lakes region
  • West Coast Glacier region
Trip Inclusions
  • 17 Nights accommodation in superior hotels
  • Breakfasts (17) & Dinners (15)
  • Travel by luxury touring coach
  • Guided by a professional Coach Captain
  • Services of an Onboard Tour Concierge
  • Hotel Porterage
  • Complimentary private airport transfers
Iconic Sightseeing
  • Sightseeing tours of Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch
  • Entry to Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Cape Brett Bay of Islands Cruise
  • Entry to Auckland's Sky Tower
  • Agrodome Farm Show
  • Rainbow Springs Park
  • Skyline Gondola & Luge Ride
  • Authentic Maori Village & Hangi
  • Coast to coast TranzAlpine rail journey
  • Locally guided Art Deco walking tour
  • Interislander Ferry Crossing
  • The Olde Malthouse Blenheim tasting & dinner
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
  • Scottish Haggis Ceremony
  • Larnach Castle Guided Tour
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Walter Peak Cruise & Dinner
Journey Highlights
  • Historic Bay of Islands
  • Geothermal Wonderland of Rotorua
  • Visit Taupo & Huka Falls
  • Visit the Art Deco Capital, Napier
  • Visit the Wairarapa Region
  • Lake Tekapo & Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Visit Moeraki Boulders
  • Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South
  • Brief tour of Lake Wanaka
  • Visit to Greenstone (Jade) Gallery
  • Wellington, the nation's capital
  • World Heritage listed Mt Cook National Park
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Spectacular Southern Lakes region
  • West Coast Glacier region
Trip Inclusions
  • 17 nights premium hotel accommodation
  • Full breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L) & 15 dinners (D)
  • Travel by 5-star luxury touring coach
  • Guided by a professional Driver Guide
  • Welcome and farewell dinners with drinks included
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary airport transfers on arrival and departure
Iconic Sightseeing
  • Sightseeing tours of Auckland & Wellington
  • Entry to Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Cape Brett Bay of Islands Cruise
  • Entry to Auckland's Sky Tower
  • Agrodome Farm Show
  • Rainbow Springs Park
  • Skyline Gondola & Luge Ride
  • Coast to coast TranzAlpine rail journey
  • Locally guided Art Deco walking tour
  • Interislander Ferry Crossing
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Larnach Castle Guided Tour
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Walter Peak Cruise & Dinner
  • Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur

Reviews (2)

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“One of the best tours I have done”
- Australia Feb 2013 1 Helpful Vote

I have done several tours both overseas & in Australia & I would have to say that this tour would have to be one of the best. Our driver/guide/baggage handler/jack of all trades Peter was just fabulous we were given all the information we needed & were then left to decide for ourselves things we wanted to do. As it should be. The tour was both relaxing & exciting. While a couple of the hotels may need a bit of a referb I certainly could not complain about the quality & quanity if the food. Some...read more

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“NZ a wonderful place to visit!”
- Australia Feb 2013 2 Helpful Votes

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Had to recuperate at home as it was so full on. Only drawback was the early starts. Once you were out of bed it was ok. It was just the effort so early. The Kirra tour was extremely well organised and we had a very professional driver/courier (Peter Napier). He has been a driver of coaches for over 30 years so he knew how to handle the coaches. His commentary was just right. A lovely man with a gentle caring nature. We were like his children. I travelled alone, it...read more

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