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8 Day TranzAlpine Vista

Kirra Tour starting in Christchurch and finishing in Christchurch

Read 3 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Kirra's 8 Day TranzAlpine Vista. The Tranz Alpine train is a journey like no other, and marks the perfect beginning to a South Island tour that will inspire and delight you, taking you past an unimaginably vast array of diverse...read more


Operator: Kirra
Type: Tour (Premium)
Style: Classic Collection
Max Group Size: 48
Duration: 8 Days
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Tour Code: SKX
Visits: New Zealand
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Day By Day


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

Christchurch - Mt Cook - Omarama

A brief tour of Christchurch and its surrounds before travelling across the Canterbury Plains into MacKenzie Country. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog statue at Lake Tekapo before continuing to Mt Cook National Park. Admire the majesty of Mt Cook before travelling on to Omarama. Optional ski-plane and helicopter flights are available subject to weather conditions (own expense). Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel (B/D)

Omarama - Arrowtown - Queenstown

Begin the assent over the Lindis Pass to the township of Cromwell and continue on to Arrowtown. This historic village was once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860's and features a fascinating collection of mining cottages. On to Queenstown, New Zealand's premier holiday destination. Tonight, ride the Skyline gondola to the top of Bob's Peak where both the dining and the views are unsurpassed. Stay Three Nights: Copthorne Lakefront Hotel & Resort (B/D)

Queenstown at leisure

A day to explore the many delights of this stunning alpine resort. Take a ride on the world famous Shotover Jet Boat, cruise Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw or for the adventurous, try white water rafting. Alternatively, browse in the many shops and galleries - your coach captain will be more than happy to assist with any optional sightseeing. (B)

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Experience

After an early breakfast, we drive through lush farmland to Manapouri. Enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque lake to West Arm, then travel over the Wilmot Pass pausing to view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. At Deep Cove, we board 'Patea Explorer', for a three hour cruise through this pristine fiord. Knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. As the majesty of Doubtful Sound unfolds before you, you will be struck by its silence and beauty and its vastness will take your breath away. Return to Queenstown late evening and enjoy dinner at your hotel on arrival. (B/L/D)

Queenstown - Haast Pass - Franz Josef

Stop at Lake Wanaka, a picture postcard resort on the lakes edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. Cross the Haast Pass and view the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks before arriving on to the glorious Glacier region, home to the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef. Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (B/D)

Franz Josef- TranzAlpine - Christchurch

At Hokitika, stop to visit a Pounamu, (also known as Greenstone or Jade) factory. 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 through the Southern Alps, over massive viaducts, river valleys and gorges as you make your way to Christchurch. Stay: Sudima Christchurch Hotel (B/D)

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

  • 7 Nights accommodation in superior hotels
  • Breakfasts (7), lunches (1) & Dinners (6)
  • Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach
  • Services of a professional Coach Captain
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary private airport transfers

Tour Highlights

Iconic Sightseeing


Operator Details

Kirra Reviews: (13)
Tours on Sale: 14
Accommodation: 3.5-4.5 Star
Average Age: 55+ years
Types: Coach Tours & Small Group Tours
Max Group Size(s): 48 & 24
Budget: Premium & Low Cost
Destinations: New Zealand

Reviews (3)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on TranzAlpine Vista with Kirra.
VIC, Australia
Feb 2017
2 Trips
“Lovely trip in NZ”
Booking With Global Journeys
NZ is a wonderful country, every day we saw beautiful landscape. The fellow travelers are nice people and the coach captain, Dennis, is great. We enjoy the trip so much, from the booking with Global Journeys till the end of the trip. (GJ: This itinerary has been amended in 2017)
NSW, Australia
Jan 2015
1 Helpful Vote
1 Trip
“Covered all the places I wanted to see”
Booking With Global Journeys
The first hotel we stayed at in Christchurch was under renovation and we were put into one of the old rooms where there was no air conditioning and it was very uncomfortable to sleep. We were placed in an updated room on the way back but it may be a good idea for Kirra to ensure that future travellers are put into a newer room so the trip doesn't start out with a bad experience. Other than that, it was an amazing experience and covered all the places I wanted to see. Thank you so much for organizing! (GJ: This itinerary has been amended in 2017)
Jan 2011
1 Trip
“Great but hectic”
Booking With Global Journeys
The tour was great but hectic. The best part was the guide. Graham was extremely knowledgeable and went out of his way to point out things and stop in extra places if he had time. You are lucky to have such a great bus driver/guide. We all got very tired with early starts so a rest day or two would be good. On our free day in Queenstown we just slept in and then looked around the town. It was also very tiring for the driver. The TranzAlpine Train was a disappointment. We had already seen mountains etc and we had done the helicopter flight to the glacier (Highlight of the trip) so in hindsight if I had skipped it, it would have been OK. Overall a good tour. (GJ: This itinerary has been amended in 2017)
2017-18 SEASON
Nov 2017 - Apr 2018

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