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15 Day New Zealand Explorer

Kirra Tour starting in Christchurch and finishing in Auckland

Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Kirra's 15 Day New Zealand Explorer. Explore New Zealand on this 15 Day New Zealand Explorer Coach Tour incorporating one of New Zealand's premier rail experiences in the South Island - the spectacular TranzAlpine rail journey....read more


Operator: Kirra
Type: Tour (Premium)
Style: Classic Collection
Max Group Size: 48
Duration: 15 Days
From: Christchurch to Auckland
Tour Code: SX
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

After a brief tour of Christchurch, cross the Canterbury Plains into the MacKenzie Country. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial at Lake Tekapo. Visit Mt Cook National Park, a World Heritage listed site covering over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery before travelling on to Omarama. Optional ski-plane and helicopter flights are available subject to weather conditions. Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel (B/D)


Omarama - Queenstown

Travel through the Mackenzie Country before beginning the assent over the Lindis Pass to the township of Cromwell. Continue on to Arrowtown, set beneath the rugged Crown Range. This historic village located beside the Arrow River 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. Later this afternoon, travel on to Queenstown, regarded as 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)


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 is free for you to enjoy one of the many restaurants and bistro's on offer in town. (B)


Doubtful Sound Wilderness Experience

Travel with us today to this untouched world deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park. After an early breakfast, skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu and travel through lush farmland to Te Anau. A short drive brings us to Manapouri, where you 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 Wilmot Pass and pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below.

Here you will board the spacious, purpose built catamaran 'Patea Explorer', for a three hour cruise through this pristine fiord. During the cruise our 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, you will be struck by its silence ... a silence broken only by birdsong or the rushing of a distant waterfall. Its beauty and 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 the rugged and wild West Coast, home to the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef. Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (B/D)


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 a Pounamu, (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)


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: Grand Mercure Monaco Resort (B/D)

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 Coach Captain for details. (B/D)

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)


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)



A sightseeing tour visits the Agrodome for an exciting and informative insight into the world of New Zealand agriculture. Next stop is Te Puia, the Maori Arts and Crafts Centre and Thermal Reserve, with boiling mud, silica terraces and Pohutu Geyser. This afternoon is free so that you have time to take advantage of the many optional activities available to you. Why not take a visit to Rainbow Springs Park where you can see pools of Brown and Rainbow Trout and native birds including the Kiwi or take in the panoramic views of Rotorua in a floatplane or helicopter with Volcanic Air Safaris. Alternatively you may like to sit back and relax at Polynesian Spas in one of the many thermal pools. Your coach captain will be available to assist in booking any of the activities you may like to do.

This evening you are in for a cultural treat. Watch in awe as two warriors perform a formal Powhiri (welcome), be thrilled by the Haka (war dance), and see the talented Poi dances. You will even be given the opportunity to try to perform the Haka or the Poi dance. The concert is complemented by mouth-watering buffet selections of Eastern and Western cuisine and divine desserts, including the very 'Kiwi' Pavlova. (B/D)

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)

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. At the quaint township of Coromandel, ride the famous Driving Creek narrow gauge railway to a fascinating artist colony. On to Auckland, the 'City of Sails' and enjoy a farewell dinner tonight with your new found friends. Stay: Rydges Auckland (B/D)

Depart Auckland

Your holiday ends today after breakfast and you will be transferred to Auckland airport to connect with your onward flight. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Tour Inclusions

  • 14 nights premium accommodation
  • 14 fully cooked breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) & 12 dinners (D)
  • Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach
  • Guided by 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 (2)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on New Zealand Explorer with Kirra.
Mar 2012
3 Helpful Votes
1 Trip
“I could not fault a thing”
Booking With Global Journeys
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 absolutely wonderful trip. Thank you very much, Chris
Apr 2011
3 Helpful Votes
1 Trip
“Lovely country, everything went very smoothly”
Booking With Global Journeys
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.
2017-18 SEASON
Nov 2017 - Apr 2018

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