New Zealand Grandeur

18 Day Small Group Tour from Christchurch to Auckland with Kirra

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1 Arrive Christchurch
‘Haere Mai …Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival in Christchurch, a Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport to transport you to your downtown city hotel. Tonight, enjoy welcome drinks and dinner with your fellow travellers. Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch (D)
2 TranzAlpine, Franz Josef
A short drive brings us to the tiny train station of Springfield, gateway to the majestic Southern Alps. Board the award-winning TranzAlpine for the spectacular rail journey to Arthurs Pass, the South Island's highest altitude settlement. Enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River and traverse the mighty Southern Alps, where spectacular views of the chiselled alpine landscape will take your breath away at every turn. On to Franz Josef where you can relax and soak in the thermal pools after an invigorating day and sumptuous dinner. Stay: Te Waonui Forest Retreat (B/D)
3 Wanaka, Queenstown
Before our departure this morning, there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions). Later, view incredible scenery as you travel past the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks. There is time to wander around the popular lakeside township of Wanaka before stopping at the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s and home to a fascinating collection of mining cottages. Stay Two Nights: Heritage Queenstown Hotel (B)
4 At leisure in Queenstown
Today is a free day to experience this magnificent resort town. 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. (B)
5 Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
Skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu and travel through lush farmland to Te Anau. On to Manapouri, where you enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque lake to West Arm. This is followed by a short coach 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. At Deep Cove, your crew and the 'Fiordland Navigator' await. Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the 'Fiordland Navigator' blends old world charm with modern comfort and as you cruise through some of the fiord's most stunning scenery, knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. After dropping anchor in a sheltered cove, you can choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or tender boat or you can simply relax on board. 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. Overnight Cruise: Fiordland Navigator (B/L/D)
6 Manapouri, Dunedin
Enjoy a hearty breakfast this morning before exploring other parts of the fiord. We retrace our steps back to Manapouri where you rejoin your coach for the journey to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South. Stay Two Nights: Distinction Dunedin Hotel (B/D)
7 Otago Peninsula, Taieri Gorge
This morning enjoy spectacular views travelling along the Otago Peninsula to Wellers Rock where you will board a Monarch Wildlife Cruise. On the cruise watch out for NZ Furseals & NZ Sealions on their breeding rockeries as well an abundance of other wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins and Albatross. Afterwards travel to Lanarch Castle for a guided tour learning about its tragic and mysterious history before enjoying a High Tea in the Grand Ballroom. The afternoon is yours at leisure to explore Dunedin and experience optional activities. (B)
8 Moeraki Boulders, Mt Cook
Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders before travelling up the Waitaki Valley to Omarama. Your journey continues into the World Heritage Mt Cook National Park, with its 70,000 ha of breathtaking alpine scenery. After dinner, enjoy a guided tour of the Digital Dome Planetarium before your astronomy guides take you to their outdoor stargazing site where you explore different elements of the spectacular southern sky. Stay: Mt Cook Hermitage Hotel (B/D)
9 Lake Tekapo, Kaikoura
Free time this morning to enjoy all that this magnificent alpine resort has to offer. Perhaps an early morning bush walk, an excursion to the Tasman Glacier or some scenic flightseeing over the region by helicopter or ski plane. Later, at Lake Tekapo, stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd, then cross the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch (B/D)
10 Picton, Wellington
This morning you will travel north along the scenic Kaikoura coastline on to the charming fishing village of Picton where you board the Interislander Ferry and cruise through the spectacular Queen Charlotte Sound into Cook Strait. Enjoy stunning views of New Zealand's capital city as you arrive into Wellington Harbour. Stay Two Nights: The Bolton Hotel (B)
11 At leisure in Wellington
Today is a free day at leisure to explore the nations capital. There is plenty to see and do around this vibrant city such as riding the famous Cable Car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views or a visit to Zealandia Eco Sanctuary. Another very popular excursion is a visit to the Weta Workshop, a world-leading design and special effects facility for major Hollywood film makers. (B)
12 Martinborough Wine Village
Today begins with a guided tour of Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Travel on to Martinborough, located at the centre of the Wairarapa wine region and a popular weekend destination for locals. Many boutique wineries are within an easy walk of the town square and the region is particularly well known for its production of Pinot Noir wines. Enjoy a wine tasting at the award-winning Palliser Estate vineyard before checking into your accommodation. Stay: Peppers Parehua Country Estate (B/D)
13 Pukaha Mt Bruce, Taupo
Enjoy a tour of the Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, a captive-breeding sanctuary for some of the country’s most threatened birds and home to the only white kiwi in captivity. Travel long the Desert Road, skirting Tongariro National Park to arrive at Taupo, a popular lakeside resort. Stay: Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels (B/D)
14 Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua
Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls and fascinating Wairakei Geothermal Project before arriving at the thermal wonderland of Wai-O-Tapu. Sculptured out of volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, this uniquely different natural landscape is considered to be New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. Tonight, visit the awardwinning Tamaki Village and enjoy a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance, including the stirring haka. Stay Two Nights: Millennium Rotorua (B/D)
15 Lake Rotoiti Cruise & Redwood Treetop Walk
Today's highlight is an exclusive cruise across the serene, clear waters of Lake Rotoiti. Explore native bays and coves of the lake under sail on our luxury catamaran and bathe in the thermal waters of the Manupirua Pools, accessible only by boat. Later, enjoy a suspended treetop eco-walk amongst Rotorua's gentle giants in the Redwood Forest and get a unique bird's eye perspective of these 110 year old trees and the lush flora below. (B)
16 Hobbiton, Auckland
After a leisurely breakfast, we cross the Mamaku Ranges into the lush farmlands of the Waikato. At Matamata experience a guided tour of Hobbiton, the movie set used in the block-busting ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ films. Learn how this beautiful piece of farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-Earth and be sure to take a photo at the gate to Bilbo Baggins house, 'Bag End', looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance. Enjoy a festive lunch at The Green Dragon Inn before travelling on to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’. Stay Two Nights: Pullman Auckland Hotel (B/L)
17 At leisure in Auckland
Today is free to explore New Zealand’s largest and most vibrant city. Perhaps take the ferry to Waiheke Island and enjoy lunch at one of the many superb vineyards, stroll around the trendy suburbs of Parnell and Ponsonby or sail Waitemata Harbour aboard a genuine America’s Cup racing yacht. Your options are many. This evening, join your friends for a farewell dinner with drinks and relive the many great experiences shared over the last seventeen days. (B/D)
18 Depart Auckland
Sadly, your holiday ends after breakfast this morning. Here we bid you farewell and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay. (B)

Kirra Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • 2 night stays in Queenstown, Dunedin, Wellington, Rotorua & Auckland
  • West Coast Glaciers
  • Spectacular Southern Lakes District
  • Fiordland National Park
  • World Heritage listed Mt Cook National Park
  • Boutique wine village of Martinborough
  • Popular lakeside resort of Taupo
  • Thermal Wonderland of Rotorua
  • World famous TranzAlpine train journey
  • Overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • High Tea at Larnach Castle
  • Otago Peninsula Wildlife Cruise
  • Stargazing Tour, Mt Cook
  • Exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise
  • Authentic Maori Hangi & Cultural Performance
Trip Inclusions
  • 16 nights luxury hotel and boutique accommodation
  • Overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound
  • Full breakfast daily (B), 2 lunches (L) & 10 dinners (D)
  • Welcome and farewell dinners with drinks included
  • Travel by purpose built, luxury Platinum Touring coach
  • Guided by a professional Driver Guide
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary airport transfers on arrival and departure
Iconic Sightseeing
  • Entry to Franz Josef thermal pools
  • Guided tour of Lanarch Castle
  • Entry to Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
  • Lake Tekapo & Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Scenic Interislander Ferry crossing
  • Wine tasting, Martinborough
  • Treetop eco-walk amongst the Redwoods
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Guided Tour
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur

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