2017-18 SEASON
Sep 2017 - May 2018

10 Day Classic Southern Panorama

Kirra Guided Tour starting in Christchurch and finishing in Christchurch

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Read 4 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Kirra's 10 Day Classic Southern Panorama. Discover the spectacular South Island of New Zealand, taking in the southern loop from Christchurch down the central spine of the Southern Alps and onto the East and West Coasts. Choose...read more

Overview

Operator: Kirra
Type: Coach Tour (Premium)
Style: Classic Collection
Duration: 10 Days
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Tour Code: LX
Visits: New Zealand
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$ 2,785
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day

1

Arrive Christchurch

Welcome to New Zealand! A Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your hotel. Stay: Rendezvous Hotel
2

Christchurch - Mt Cook - Omarama

This morning you will join your fellow travellers and meet your Coach Captain before departing. Cross the broad Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps to the west. Enter the foothills near Geraldine to the barren MacKenzie Country. View the Church of the Good Shepherd overlooking the milky blue waters of 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 Hillary Alpine Centre before travelling around Lake Pukaki to Twizel and Omarama. Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel (B/D)
3

Omarama - Moeraki Boulders - Dunedin

Pass large hydro lakes as you travel down the Waitaki Valley to Oamaru and Dunedin – the "Scottish" city. An early arrival allows the choice of excellent optional activities, your Coach Captain will be able to assist with these. Stay: Scenic Dunedin City Hotel (B/D)
4

Dunedin - Central Otago - 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)

5

Spectacular Milford Sound Cruise

Drive through the Homer Tunnel into spectacular Milford Sound, the world renowned natural wonder dominated by Mitre Peak. 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/D)

Please Note: Optional overnight cruises on Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound are also available today subject to availability - ask us for details
6

Te Anau - Queenstown

This morning we drive north to Kingston and around the shores of Lake Wakatipu to picturesque Queenstown. This evening, cruise across the lake aboard the steamship TSS Earnslaw, showcasing some of Lake Wakatipu's most beautiful alpine scenery, before reaching the Colonel's Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm for dinner. Stay Two Nights: Millenium Hotel (B/D)
7

At leisure in Queenstown

Today is a free day to experience this magnificent resort. Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities and your Coach Captain can assist with any optional activities you would like to do. Take a ride on the world famous Shotover Jet Boat ride, travel to the top of Bob's Peak by gondola for spectacular views, take a tour to the gold mining area of Skippers Canyon or for the adventurous, try white water rafting. Alternatively, browse in the many shops and galleries. (B)
8

Queenstown - Haast Pass - Franz Josef

Pass picturesque Lake Hayes then on to an area steeped in fascinating history relating to early settlement and the gold mining era, to Lake Wanaka, a picture postcard resort on the lakes edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. Pass Lake Hawea and the upper reaches of Lake Wanaka to Makarora, cross the Haast Pass into the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks. Drive north along the coast through the flourishing rainforests of the West Coast and onto the glorious glacier region. Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (B/D)
9

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 your way to Christchurch. Stay: Sudima Christchurch (B/D)
10

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)

Trip Inclusions

Tour Inclusions

  • 9 nights premium accommodation
  • 9 fully cooked breakfasts (B) & 7 dinners (D)
  • Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach
  • Guided by a professional Coach Captain
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary private airport transfers

Tour Highlights

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Operator Details

Region: New Zealand
Style: Classic Collection
Accommodation: 4 Star
Location: Central - Generally
Guided: Tour Host & Driver
Transport: Luxury Coach
Age Range: Open (min 5 years)
Flights: Not Included
Airport Transfers: Included (Day of Arrival & Departure)
Gratuities: Optional on Tour
Max Group Size: 48 (Avg. 45)
Free WiFi: No
* Source: Kirra for trips in New Zealand. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (4)

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Australia
Trip Date: 05/04/2017

“Tour guide / driver service needs big improvement”

I went with my mum and sister for a Southern Panorama tour of New Zealand with Kirra. Overall experience was good but the driver / tour guide was the biggest let down. I had the unfortunate situation where my mum forgot one of her medication. You would have thought the tour guide driver would have compassion in trying to help me with finding a doctor or advising me where to go to look for help in his country. No! Instead of any of the above he meant to do he was mean and simply don't want to know. He was not helpful at all. Mind you my mishap would not have caused him any interruption with his schedules, so not sure why the treatment I received. There was no compassion, no cheerfulness at all. I did not see him once offered his hand to anyone in our group who are elderly and not too agile when getting in and out of the coach. While he is very knowledgeable about the places and good with his driving, I reckon he is in the wrong job of being a tour guide.

Fortunately for my family, the other tour members and the other New Zealander's I met on the trip were very kind, friendly and helpful. I actually burst into tears when a pharmacist I went to at Dunedin was so kind, reassuring and supportive of my predicament. She helped me to sort out mum's medication and I am exceedingly grateful. The Scenic Hotel chains in this tour is the best both quality of their food and accommodation. The one in Queenstown is the least impressive. NZ is a magical place and I will return, just hoping to have the good fortune to have someone nice as our tour guide next time. Not sure if it's only tours in NZ, in Europe and Asia their tours normally have the tour guide and driver as separate persons not combined duties like this one, it could be the tiredness hence the attitude of this driver but if that's the case he is in the wrong job.


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Australia
Trip Date: 19/12/2016

“Amazing relaxing but thorough South Island of New Zealand tour.”

From start to finish Global Journeys were extremely professional and efficient. All of our group were friendly, mixed races such as Australia, Wales, Germany, Singapore, England, India and America, ages 23 to about 70. Our bus driver/ tour director was very diligent ensuring we were all back on the coach after each stop. He was extremely informative about every aspect of the South Island of New Zealand. Throughout the trip he kept the coach clean inside and out. The meals were superb accounting for every taste and dietetic needs and all accommodation was excellent. I would recommend Global Journeys to everyone and Kirra Tours for their wonderful tour. Look at the photo of where we took a steam boat ride to dinner!

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Australia
Trip Date: 29/05/2013

“Everything went really well”

We had one small problem with the coach, but the driver arranged for another and, we were able to get our coach back fixed the next day. Otherwise everything went really well.

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Australia
Trip Date: 11/04/2012

“You couldn't ask for a better experience”

The tour was excellent in all respects. The original booking through to the final check out at the last hotel was handled with complete satisfaction. Special thanks to Kirby for all the help in arranging and Reece our driver, who new so much about the trip, historical, geographical. You name it, he had the answer. It was a total pleasure to know him. Thanks for a wonderful trip.

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2017-18 SEASON
Sep 2017 - May 2018

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