Kirra Tours

Kirra Tours
Choose from 14 Kirra coach tours & small group tours and read 13 in-depth Kirra reviews from past clients of Global Journeys. When you book your Kirra tour with us you'll enjoy exclusive online savings, a dedicated travel consultant to look after your booking and the best price guaranteed!
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

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Kirra New Zealand Tours
New Zealand (14 Trips)

13 Kirra Tour Reviews

Read the reviews for Kirra from Global Journeys' past Aussie & Kiwi clients


Average 4.6 out of 5 based on 13 user reviews.

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  “Tour guide / driver service needs big improvement”
Trip:    Trip Date: 05/04/2017    Overall Rating: 2/5
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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  “Lovely trip in NZ”
Trip:    Trip Date: 26/02/2017    Overall Rating: 4/5
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)
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Karen Rudduck's Trip

  “Amazing relaxing but thorough South Island of New Zealand tour.”
Trip:    Trip Date: 19/12/2016    Overall Rating: 5/5
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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  “Great fun holiday”
Trip:    Trip Date: 24/01/2016    Overall Rating: 5/5
The journey was a very smooth booking, Yvonne is very helpful and provided quick responses. The trip was good except included dinner in Hamilton, the restaurant only focus on beer brewery tour, the meal was very late, customer service was not good at all. Also not enough time during stay in Bay of Islands, we could join only one optional tour, if stay longer would be wonderful.
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  “Covered all the places I wanted to see”
Trip:    Trip Date: 11/01/2015    Overall Rating: 5/5
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)
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  “Everything went really well”
Trip:    Trip Date: 29/05/2013    Overall Rating: 5/5
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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  “One of the best tours I have done”
Trip:    Trip Date: 26/02/2013    Overall Rating: 5/5
I have done several tours both overseas & in Australia & I would have to say that this tour would have to be one of the best. Our driver/guide/baggage handler/jack of all trades Peter was just fabulous we were given all the information we needed & were then left to decide for ourselves things we wanted to do. As it should be. The tour was both relaxing & exciting. While a couple of the hotels may need a bit of a referb I certainly could not complain about the quality & quanity if the food. Some of the views from the hotels was spectacular. I also thought the information & organising leading up to the tour was very good. Thank you Kirby. In case I haven't made myself clear. I was very happy with all aspects before, during & after the tour.
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  “NZ a wonderful place to visit!”
Trip:    Trip Date: 26/02/2013    Overall Rating: 5/5
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Had to recuperate at home as it was so full on. Only drawback was the early starts. Once you were out of bed it was ok. It was just the effort so early. The Kirra tour was extremely well organised and we had a very professional driver/courier (Peter Napier). He has been a driver of coaches for over 30 years so he knew how to handle the coaches. His commentary was just right. A lovely man with a gentle caring nature. We were like his children. I travelled alone, it wasn't a barrier, in fact I met some really lovely people who I am still in contact with. I shared a room with a lady from my home state, we have become good friends. We looked out for each other. The scenery was fantastic and we had the perfect weather, warm everyday. Sunny 98% of the time. Accommodation first class. Had the best room at Queenstown overlooking the lake. Perfect weather. Thankyou NZ a wonderful place to visit! Very friendly people who go out of their way to help you. Wouldn't mind living there either if I didn't have ties here. Thinking about it though! Global Journeys & my consultant Kirby O'Connor was organised, professional and answered my questions promptly. I would not hesitate to recommend Global Journeys to others and I would use their services again.
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  “A great trip and we would book with Global Journeys again”
Trip:    Trip Date: 25/09/2012    Overall Rating: 5/5
The tour was great. Our coach driver / guide was excellent - a good mixture of humour, information and helpfulness - especially when I had a dental issue which was resolved successfully. The accommodation was great - we had habour views in Wellington - superb! The meals were excellent and we are now working on shedding the extra kilos we put on. All meals were of high quality and also well presented. Staff at all venues were professional, helpful and courteous. It was great that we chose a guaranteed tour - there were only 16 on our coach and we enjoyed the company of the other travelers. A highlight of the tour was the visit to a Maori village with all of the beautiful singing, dancing, introduction to their culture and a great meal to top it off. All in all it was a great trip and we would book with Global Journeys again. Thank you.
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  “You couldn't ask for a better experience”
Trip:    Trip Date: 11/04/2012    Overall Rating: 5/5
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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About Kirra

Why you should choose to travel with Kirra on your next holiday
Why Choose a Kirra Tour
Why Choose a Kirra Tour?

Offering a range of tours from their Highlights Coach Tour Series to the Ultimate Series means that you can see all New Zealand has to offer at a pace and budget that suits. Kirra Tours include all the must see experiences and with many varied sightseeing options ranging from cultural experiences to unique kiwi adventures included in their coach tours, you will see and do plenty. Kirra also make sure you have free time to explore and choose options that suit you. The team at Kirra look forward to sharing with you a New Zealand experience of a lifetime.

Premium Coach Travel
Premium Coach Travel

At Kirra, we want you to get the best touring experience. Therefore each of our coaches offer large panoramic windows for easy viewing, dual entry for easy access, onboard restroom and daily seat rotation, giving you the chance to mix with your fellow travellers. Safety is also a huge priority for us and this is why we can assure you that all of our vehicles are no older than 5 years old. Our personalised fleet of Kirra Coaches will have you travelling in Enviro 4 & 5 star vehicles all fitted with individual seat belts.

Our Knowledgeable Coach Captains
Our Knowledgeable Coach Captains

All Kirra Coach Tours are fully hosted by a friendly & experienced Coach Captain, who will not only provide insightful commentary to give you a better understanding of New Zealand, but will also make certain that you are taken care of at all times whilst on the road, ensuring that your time with us is completely stress free and memorable. All of our Coach Captains are handpicked to represent Kirra, based on their road safety record and passion for New Zealand. Every year our drivers go through an extensive training program to ensure their knowledge of the latest attractions is up to date. Our drivers look forward to sharing a piece of their New Zealand with you.

Offering You Freedom & Flexibility
Offering You Freedom & Flexibility

Most of our Kirra Coach Tours include free time for you to explore more of each location. Depending on the level of freedom you are after, we can offer you a choice of tours with a large number of inclusions, to tours with limited inclusions which give you more free time. We recommend that you speak to your Coach Captain regarding joining one of our fantastic optional tours and activities, or alternatively, you can choose to explore on your own, sleep in, shop or have a drink at the pub with the locals.

Don't Miss A Thing
Don't Miss A Thing

We have a large selection of tours tailored to budgets, durations and destinations, and all of our tours ensure you see all the iconic sights and attractions throughout New Zealand. You won't get stuck in queues or miss out on any of the attractions as everything is prebooked for you. On arrival you simply jump the queue with your Coach Captain and enjoy the experience. Let us take care of you every step of the way, we take care of everything so you can enjoy a relaxed and worry free holiday and start enjoying yourself the moment you arrive. Kirra offers a complete package which includes all of your New Zealand travel arrangements, including transfers, meals, comprehensive sightseeing and speciality activities.

Kirra FAQ's

Some of the frequently asked questions Kirra receive from their clients
Will the coach be comfortable and modern?

Each of our coaches offer large panoramic windows for easy viewing, dual entry for easy access, onboard restroom and daily seat rotation provides everyone a chance to mix with fellow travellers. Safety is also a huge priority for us and this is why we can assure you that all of our vehicles are no older than 5 years old. Our personalised fleet of Kirra Coaches will have you travelling in Enviro 4 & 5 star vehicles all fitted with individual seat belts.

What documentation will I receive?

Once your tour is fully paid for, we will email your tour itinerary to you so you that have a copy on hand including your arrival instructions. This generally happens around 30-40 days out from your tour start date. On arrival in New Zealand you'll be met at the airport and you'll then receive a receive your travel kit including travel bag, ticket wallet, maps and itinerary.

What standard of hotels would I stay in?

Kirra Tours uses a range of hotels on our coach tours, with the standard varying depending on the style of tour.

  • Ultimate Tours: 4 – 4.5 star
  • Classics Tours: 3.5 – 4 star
  • Highlights Tours: 3 – 3.5 star
Who travels on Kirra tours?

Your travelling companions are likely to be from any parts of the globe. Whilst predominantly Australian, they are likely to also be from the UK, Western Europe, the USA, Canada and many New Zealanders as well. Each year Kirra Tours identifies guests from between 35 and 40 countries which further enhance everyone's holiday experience and the establishment of friendships around the world.

How many other people will I be travelling with?

Depending on the tour you choose and the time of year you are travelling our group sizes can vary from fewer than 21 people up to 48 people, so there is a great opportunity to mingle and make new friends.

Do I need to tip?

Tipping is not normally expected in New Zealand. If you have been given exceptional service, tipping is certainly acceptable and the amount discretionary. Some restaurants may add a surcharge for weekends and/or public holidays, which will most likely be displayed on their menu.

Can I share a room if I am travelling alone?

We encourage those travelling solo to join us and the many other travellers on our tours as we showcase New Zealand. We offer all single travellers 2 options. Guarantee a single room by paying a single supplement. This will provide you with sole occupancy of a room with a queen or double bed each night; or we will match you with another traveller of the same gender on a twin share basis. If there are no other single guests on the tour, you will have a room to yourself at no extra cost

Can I travel with children on Kirra tours?

Yes, Kirra will take care of the whole family when travelling with children 2-15 years of age.There is a reduction in the tour price depending on how many adults are travelling. We will outline the costs in your quote.

What clothing should I pack?

New Zealand generally follows an informal dress standard in bars and restaurants on most occasions. We would suggest smart casual clothes, which will be acceptable in most restaurants and nightclubs. If you are planning on eating at fine dining establishments you will need to dress accordingly. You should always pack clothes, which allow you to layer in the event of the weather turning cooler, even in summer. We would suggest packing a light raincoat or poncho for travel all year round. If you are traveling during the cooler winter months then take a warmer jacket layer and consider an under layer for warmth.

Arrival & Departure Information

What happens when you arrive at your destination, including information on airport transfers with Kirra

Kirra Tours offer a hotel or airport transfer at the start and end of your tour, or in-conjunction with pre or post accommodation booked with Global Journeys. All flight information must be given to Global Journeys at least 6 weeks prior to departure so that transfers can be booked. If you book your own pre or post accommodation then transfers cannot be included.

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