New Zealand Explorer

15 Day Guided Tour from Christchurch to Auckland with Kirra

Read 3 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Kirra's 15 Day New Zealand Explorer. Experience the very best of New Zealand on this classic, all-inclusive 2 week journey from Christchurch to Auckland. Enjoy the alpine scenery of the Mt Cook National Park, experience the more

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1 Arrive Christchurch
Welcome to Christchurch. On arrival, a Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport and will transfer you to your downtown city hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner and drinks with your fellow travellers. Stay: Distinction Hotel (D)
2 Christchurch - Lake Tekapo
Today begins with a unique experience combining history and sightseeing. Enjoy a journey in style through the changing face of Christchurch’s city centre on-board a beautifully restored heritage tram. We then visit the International Antarctic Centre before crossing the Canterbury Plains, New Zealand’s largest area of flat land that lies between the mighty Southern Alps and the Pacific Ocean. Its patchwork of agricultural activity ranges from grazing grass and wheat to herbs and sunflowers. On arrival at Tekapo, we stop to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial overlooking the lake. There is time this afternoon for some optional alpine flightseeing by ski-plane or helicopter over Aoraki Mt Cook, a world heritage listed national park covering over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking mountain scenery (subject to weather conditions). Stay: Peppers Bluewater Resort (B/D)
3 Central Otago - Te Anau
Travel through the townships of Twizel and Omarama before beginning the assent over the Lindis Pass to Cromwell, located deep in the heart of Central Otago in the valley of Upper Clutha. Travel through the lush farmlands of the region before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park. Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (B/D)
4 Doubtful Sound Wilderness Experience
After breakfast, travel to Manapouri and enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque lake to West Arm. This is followed by a trip on New Zealand’s most expensive road, travelling over the Wilmot Pass and pausing to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. Here you will board the spacious ‘Patea Explorer’ for a three-hour cruise through this pristine fiord. During the cruise, knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. They will answer questions, point out landmarks and provide you with information about the varied wildlife you may encounter like dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin. As the majesty of Doubtful Sound unfolds before you, its vastness will take your breath away. Later this afternoon, travel on to Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination and enjoy dinner at your hotel on arrival. Stay Two Nights: Copthorne Lakefront Hotel & Resort (B/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.
5 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. Experience the thrills of riding on the world famous Shotover Jet Boat, perhaps cruise Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, take a 4WD 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. Tonight, ride the Skyline gondola to the top of Bob's Peak where both the dining and the views are unsurpassed. (B/D)
6 Queenstown - Arrowtown - Franz Josef
This morning, we visit Arrowtown. Set beneath the rugged Crown Range, this historic village was once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860's and features a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. 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 rugged and wild West Coast, home to the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef. Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (B/D)
7 Franz Josef - Punakaiki
Before our departure this morning, there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions). At Hokitika, we stop to visit to 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 Punakaiki, marvel at the bizarre limestone landscapes that are the Pancake Rocks & Blowhole. Tonight’s stay is at a friendly eco resort located in the Paparoa National Park and only a stone’s throw from the beach. Stay: Punakaiki Resort (B/D)
8 Punakaiki - Nelson
Skirt the west coastline before heading inland to Murchison. Travel north through the Nelson Lakes region before arriving at Nelson, a city of charm based on a harbour that is the busiest fishing port in New Zealand. This afternoon, visit the World of Wearable Art & Classic Car Museum. Stay Two Nights: Heritage Rutherford Hotel (B/D)
9 Abel Tasman National Park
Travel to Kaiterteri where you board your vessel for a scenic cruise of the famous Abel Tasman National Maritime Park. Cruise through the Astrolabe Roadstead to Torrent Bay & Bark Bay calling in to picturesque beaches and coves. Pause to view Split Apple Rock and the antics at Tonga Island Seal Colony on your way to Totaranui. An optional coastal walk may be available for those wishing to spend time ashore, see your Guide for details. (B)
10 Nelson - Picton - Wellington
A short drive brings us to the picturesque fishing village of Picton. Board the Interislander Ferry and cruise through the spectacular Queen Charlotte Sound into Cook Strait. On arrival enjoy stunning views of New Zealand's capital city as you arrive into Wellington Harbour. Enjoy a city tour taking in all the major sights and there is free time for exploring on your own. Situated on the Wellington waterfront, a visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, is highly recommended. Stay: Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay (B/D)
11 Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua
Leaving the city behind, we travel through rolling farmland as we enter the Tongariro National Park, dominated by the volcanic cone of Mt Ruapehu. Follow the Desert Road to the popular lakeside resort of Taupo, located on the shores of New Zealand's largest lake. Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls and travel past massive pine forests to reach Rotorua, centre of Maori culture and famous for its geysers, boiling mud pools and steaming craters. Stay Two Nights: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (B/D)
12 Rotorua
Today begins with a visit to the Agrodome to see a unique New Zealand farm show. This is followed by a visit to Te Puia, home to Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and the New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Centre. Here you will witness all of nature’s thermal wonders including silica terraces and the famous Pohutu Geyser. Enjoy some free time this afternoon for optional activities before visiting Mitai 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)
13 Rotorua - Hobbiton - Pauanui
Cross the Mamaku Ranges to the Waikato region, noted for dairy farming, world famous horse studs and champion Rugby team! At Matamata, a guide will escort your group on a Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tour. Take a drive through a picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Range whilst learning about and seeing how the Hobbiton Set was created. On to Pauanui, a favourite New Zealand holiday beach resort, for our overnight stay. Stay: Grand Mercure Puka Park Lodge (B/D)
14 Pauanui - Coromandel - Auckland
The Coromandel Peninsula is a beautiful, rugged area fringed with dozens of excellent beaches and is a place where many kiwis choose to escape the hustle and hype of city life. After a leisurely breakfast, we travel to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’ and enjoy a comprehensive city tour on arrival. Included is 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. This evening, join your friends for a farewell dinner and drinks and relive the highlights and experiences of the last two weeks. Stay: Rydges Auckland (B/D)
15 Depart Auckland
Your holiday ends today after breakfast and you will be transferred to Auckland airport to connect with your onward flight. (B)

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Journey Highlights
  • Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • Tamaki Authentic Maori Village and Hangi
  • World Heritage listed Mt Cook Region
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Spectacular Southern Lakes District
  • West Coast Glaciers
  • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowhole
  • Wellington, the nation's capital
  • Thermal Wonderland of Rotorua
  • Stunning Coromandel Peninsula
  • Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Historic Arrowtown
Trip Inclusions
  • 14 nights premium hotel accommodation
  • Full breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L) & 13 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
  • World of Wearable Arts & Classic Cars Museum
  • City tours of Wellington & Auckland
  • Cruise the famous Abel Tasman National Park
  • Skyline Gondola & Dinner, Queenstown
  • Scenic Interislander Cruise Picton-Wellington
  • Agrodome Farm Show
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Lake Tekapo & Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Visit Lake Wanaka
  • Visit Taupo & Huka Falls
  • Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tour
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur

Reviews (3)

15 Day New Zealand Explorer reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“Wonderful scenery and a passionate guide”
- NSW, Australia Jan 2019

We were fortunate to be travelling with an international group of people, who although differing in personalities were always polite, easy going and respectful of each other. Furthermore, our driver/ guide Paul was very forthcoming with his wealth of knowledge of his country. By eating with the group he was able to get to know each member and convey his passion for more

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“I could not fault a thing”
- Australia Mar 2012 3 Helpful Votes

This was my first bus tour so not sure what to expect, but I could not fault a thing. From Kirby organising to landing in NZ in being picked up by the tour operator and driven to our hotel. We have wonderful accommodation along the way, meals were better than we expected and our fellow passengers were a wonderful lot to tour with. Both our drivers, Trevor & Peter, made our touring so easy and relaxed and both had a wealth of knowledge about the country and history. So all in all it was an more

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“Lovely country, everything went very smoothly”
- Australia Apr 2011 3 Helpful Votes

We both had a really wonderful time in New Zealand and Kirra looked after us very, very well. We would recommend it to everyone. Everything went very smoothly. Food and accommodation were very nice. Lovely country - but didn't see any of the thousands of rabbits we were told by Hugh, our south island tour driver and honest Kelvin, our driver in the north. Loved Queenstown, Dunedin, Wellington, Milford Sound, Russell and the Bay of Islands. Bus tripping (for us novices) was great.

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