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2017-18 SEASON
Sep 2017 - May 2018

18 Day New Zealand Panorama

Kirra Guided Tour starting in Auckland and finishing in Christchurch

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Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Kirra's 18 Day New Zealand Panorama. Travel the length of New Zealand on one of our most popular coach tour itineraries. In the North Island experience sightseeing tours of Auckland and Wellington and enjoy the Bay of Islands...read more

Overview

Operator: Kirra
Type: Coach Tour (Premium)
Style: Classic Collection
Duration: 18 Days
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Tour Code: AX
Visits: New Zealand
Our Price From:
$ 5,600
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day

1

Arrive Auckland

Welcome to New Zealand! A Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your hotel. Stay: Rydges Hotel
2

Auckland - Bay of Islands

Drive north to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Meet your local Maori guide who will provide an insight and history of the Bay of Islands before a visit to New Zealand's birthplace, Waitangi. A self guided tour through the Treaty House, the Maori Meeting House and war canoe. This afternoon enjoy a launch cruise to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and "Hole in the Rock". Cruise past many of the islands of the Bay. Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse. Your coach captain will meet you at the wharf to transfer to your accommodation this evening. Stay Two Nights: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (B/D)
3

Bay of Islands

Today is at your leisure, take the time to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Your Coach Captain will happily assist with arranging activities for you. Why not try a full day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand's northern most point. Alternatively, explore historic Russell, New Zealand's first settlement and visit it's original Church, Mission House and Museum. (B/D)
4

Bay of Islands - Rotorua

Leaving Paihia, travel south through Whangarei to Warkworth and on to Auckland. Visit the Sky Tower, at 328m the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere and enjoy panoramic 360 degree views across the city and its two majestic harbours. Later, cross the Bombay Hills to the lush farmlands of the Waikato. On to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, the centre of Maori culture and famous for its geysers, boiling mud pools and steaming craters. Stay Two Nights: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (B/D)
5

Rotorua

Today begins with a visit to the Agrodome to see a unique New Zealand farm show. This is followed by a visit to Rainbow Springs to learn about native flora and fauna, including the famous Kiwi bird. The spectacular Skyline Gondola offers superb views over the city, lake and mountains and for those wanting a little excitement, why not try a Luge ride with our compliments. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before visiting Tamaki 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)
6

Rotorua - Napier

View the mighty Huka Falls and the Wairakei Geothermal project before stopping at Lake Taupo, the largest in New Zealand. Continue on to Napier, often regarded as the world's Art Deco capital. On arrival, enjoy a locally guided walking tour of the city. Stay: Scenic Te Pania Hotel, Napier (B/D)
7

Napier - Wellington

Orchards and vineyards give way to farmland as you travel into the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region. Stop at historic Greytown to view excellent examples of Victorian colonial architecture before travelling over the Rimutaka Ranges to Wellington, the nation's capital, where you enjoy a city tour on arrival. Stay: Ibis Wellington (B/D)
8

Wellington - Picton - Blenheim

Enjoy some free time this morning to explore Wellington before boarding the Interislander Ferry which affords great views of Wellington and its hillside suburbs and cross the Cook Strait into the sheltered waters of Queen Charlotte Sound and the South Island. Upon arrival into Picton, continue south to Blenheim where you'll have time this afternoon to explore. This evening, dine at The Olde Malthouse. Enjoy a guided tour and discover the rich and fascinating history of this 1858 building, as well as tasting some Marlborough wines and Renaissance Craft beers. Stay: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (B/D)
9

Blenheim - Kaikoura - Christchurch

Hug the coastline south to Kaikoura, a coastal town nestled between the Kaikoura Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean. Continue over the Hundalee Ranges and on to Christchurch. On arrival, visit the International Antarctic Centre and enjoy a brief tour of Christchurch and its surrounds. Stay: Rendezvous Hotel (B/D)
10

Christchurch - Mt Cook - Omarama

Cross the broad Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps to the west. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial overlooking Lake Tekapo. Visit Mt Cook National Park, with time to enjoy the scenic majesty of New Zealand's highest snow capped peaks and a visit to the Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre before travelling around Lake Pukaki to Twizel and Omarama. Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel (B/D)
11

Omarama - Dunedin

Travel down the Waitaki Valley to Oamaru. Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders, then on to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South. An early arrival allows you time to enjoy the choice of some excellent optional activities. Prior to dinner this evening you will be treated to a traditional Scottish Haggis Ceremony complete with piper, address to the Haggis and gift. Stay: Scenic Dunedin City Hotel (B/D)
12

Dunedin - Te Anau

Enjoy spectacular views across the Otago Peninsula as you travel to Larnach Castle. On your guided tour, learn about its tragic and mysterious history. From here it is back to reality as you travel south west over rich fertile farmlands, through the agricultural service towns of Balclutha, Gore and other small villages, before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park. Stay Two Nights: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (B/D)
13

Milford Sound Cruise

Today your coach will climb through the Southern Alps, travelling on one of the highest and most scenic state highways in New Zealand. Leave Te Anau and travel through Fiordland National Park, following the Eglington and Hollyford Valleys, passing through the Homer Tunnel to descend into the Cleddau Canyon to magnificent Milford Sound.

You will see for yourself why Rudyard Kipling described Milford Sound as the 'eighth wonder of the world'. Experience Milford Sound from the water, a launch cruise will take you to the Tasman Sea and back, stopping at the raging Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls. A truly exhilarating experience, make sure your camera is fully charged. (B/D) Please Note: Overnight cruises on Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound are also available. Subject to availability. Select option when requesting your quote.
14

Te Anau - Queenstown

This morning we drive north to Kingston and around the shores of Lake Wakatipu to picturesque Queenstown. This evening, cruise across the lake aboard the steamship TSS Earnslaw, showcasing some of Lake Wakatipu's most beautiful alpine scenery, before reaching the Colonel's Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner. Stay Two Nights: Copthorne Lakefront Hotel & Resort (B/D)
15

Queenstown

Today is at your leisure whilst in the adventure capital. You can either sit back and relax or your Coach Captain can assist with any optional activities you would like to do. We recommend the world famous Shotover Jet Boat ride, take a gondola ride to the skyline above, a tour to the goldmining area of Skippers Canyon or for the adventurous - white water rafting. Alternatively, browse in the many shops and galleries. (B)
16

Queenstown - Haast Pass - Franz Josef

Pass picturesque Lake Hayes then on to Arrowtown, an area steeped in fascinating history relating to early settlement and the gold mining era, to Lake Wanaka, a picture postcard resort on the lakes edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. Pass Lake Hawea and the upper reaches of Lake Wanaka to Makarora, cross the Haast Pass into the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks. Drive north along the coast through the flourishing rainforests of the West Coast and onto the glorious glacier region. Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (B/D)
17

Franz Josef - TranzAlpine - Christchurch

At Hokitika, stop to visit 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 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 though the Southern Alps, over massive viaducts, river valleys and gorges as you make you way to Christchurch. Stay: Sudima Christchurch (B/D)
18

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)

Day By Day

1

Arrive Auckland

Welcome to New Zealand! A Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your hotel. Stay: Rydges Hotel
2

Auckland - Bay of Islands

Leaving the city behind, we travel across the Auckland Harbour Bridge and drive north to Paihia in the Bay of Islands, a seaside town nestled on the foreshore of this National Maritime Park. On arrival, meet your local Maori guide who will provide an insight into the local history before visiting Waitangi, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori people and the British. Enjoy a self-guided tour through the Treaty House, the Maori Meeting House and war canoe. Later this afternoon, board your launch for the scenic cruise to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and the famous 'Hole in the Rock'. Stay Two Nights: Copthorne Bay of Islands (B/D)

3

Bay of Islands

A free day to explore and enjoy the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Your Coach Captain will happily assist with arranging optional activities for you. Why not try a full day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand's northern most point. Alternatively, explore the township of Russell, New Zealand's first settlement and visit its historic Church, Mission House and Museum. (B/D)
4

Bay of Islands - Rotorua

Leaving Paihia, travel south through Whangarei to Warkworth and on to Auckland. Visit the Sky Tower, at 328m the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere and enjoy panoramic 360 degree views across the city and its two majestic harbours. Later, cross the Bombay Hills to the lush farmlands of the Waikato. On to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, the centre of Maori culture and famous for its geysers, boiling mud pools and steaming craters. Stay Two Nights: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (B/D)

5

Rotorua

Today begins with a visit to the Agrodome to see a unique New Zealand farm show. This is followed by a visit to Rainbow Springs to learn about native flora and fauna, including the famous Kiwi bird. The spectacular Skyline Gondola offers superb views over the city, lake and mountains and for those wanting a little excitement, why not try a Luge ride with our compliments. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before visiting Tamaki 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)
6

Rotorua - Napier

View the mighty Huka Falls and the Wairakei Geothermal project before stopping at Lake Taupo, the largest in New Zealand. Continue on to Napier, often regarded as the world's Art Deco capital. On arrival, enjoy a locally guided walking tour of the city. Stay: Scenic Te Pania Hotel, Napier (B/D)
7

Napier - Wellington

Orchards and vineyards give way to farmland as you travel into the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region. Stop at historic Greytown to view excellent examples of Victorian colonial architecture before travelling over the Rimutaka Ranges to Wellington, the nation's capital, where you enjoy a city tour on arrival. Stay: Ibis Wellington (B/D)
8

Wellington - Hanmer Springs

From Wellington join the Interislander Ferry for a scenic cruise to the South Island with views of Wellington city and its hillside suburbs. Cross Cook Strait into the sheltered waters of Queen Charlotte Sound before arriving into the small seaside village of Picton. Continue south to the alpine resort town of Hanmer Springs, renowned for its therapeutic natural thermal waters.Stay: Heritage Hanmer springs (B/D)

9

Hanmer Springs - Christchurch

After a leisurely breakfast, stroll around the village and enjoy entry into the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools with its naturally heated thermal mineral waters. Later today, we make the short drive to the Garden City of Christchurch and visit the International Antarctic Centre before enjoying a brief orientation tour of the city. Stay: Rendezvous Hotel (B/D)

10

Christchurch - Mt Cook - Omarama

Cross the broad Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps to the west. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial overlooking Lake Tekapo. Visit Mt Cook National Park, with time to enjoy the scenic majesty of New Zealand's highest snow capped peaks and a visit to the Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre before travelling around Lake Pukaki to Twizel and Omarama. Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel (B/D)

11

Omarama - Dunedin

Travel down the Waitaki Valley to the Whitestone township of Oamaru. Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders, then on to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South. An early arrival allows you time to enjoy the choice of some excellent optional activities. Stay: Scenic Dunedin City Hotel (B/D)

12

Dunedin - Te Anau

Enjoy spectacular views across the Otago Peninsula as you travel to Larnach Castle. On your guided tour, learn about its tragic and mysterious history. Depart Dunedin and head inland, crossing rich farmlands to the agricultural towns of Gore and Lumsden, before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park. Stay Two Nights: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (B/D)
13

Milford Sound Cruise

Follow the Hollyford Valley before descending into the Cleddau Canyon. Drive through the Homer Tunnel into spectacular Milford Sound, the world renowned natural wonder dominated by Mitre Peak. Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls and waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres to the sea below. Cruise the entire length of the fiord and enjoy the on-board commentary that gives you detailed information on the region's history, flora and fauna as you view spectacular waterfalls, towering mountains and wildlife. (B/D) Please Note: Overnight cruises on Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound are also available. Subject to availability. Select option when requesting your quote.

14

Te Anau - Queenstown

Continue north to Kingston, then skirt around the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the picturesque alpine resort of Queenstown. This evening, cruise across the lake aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw before reaching the Colonel's Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner. Stay Two Nights: Millennium Hotel (B/D)

15

Queenstown

Today is at your leisure whilst in the adventure capital. You can either sit back and relax or your Coach Captain can assist with any optional activities you would like to do. We recommend the world famous Shotover Jet Boat ride, take a gondola ride to the skyline above, a tour to the goldmining area of Skippers Canyon or for the adventurous - white water rafting. Alternatively, browse in the many shops and galleries. (B)
16

Queenstown - Wanaka - Franz Josef

Pass picturesque Lake Hayes on the way to Arrowtown, an area steeped in fascinating history relating to early settlement and the gold mining era. 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 West Coast, home to the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef. Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (B/D)

17

Franz Josef - TranzAlpine - Christchurch

At Hokitika, stop to visit 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 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 though the Southern Alps, over massive viaducts, river valleys and gorges as you make you way to Christchurch. Stay: Sudima Christchurch (B/D)
18

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

  • 17 Nights accommodation in superior hotels
  • Breakfasts (17) & Dinners (15)
  • Travel by luxury touring coach
  • Services of a professional Coach Captain
  • Hotel Porterage
  • Complimentary private Airport Transfers

Tour Highlights

Iconic Sightseeing

 

Trip Inclusions

Tour Inclusions

  • 17 Nights accommodation in superior hotels
  • Breakfasts (17) & Dinners (15)
  • Travel by luxury touring coach
  • Services of a professional Coach Captain
  • Hotel Porterage
  • Complimentary private Airport Transfers

Tour Highlights

Iconic Sightseeing

 

Operator Details

Region: New Zealand
Style: Classic Collection
Accommodation: 4 Star
Location: Central - Generally
Guided: Tour Host & Driver
Transport: Luxury Coach
Age Range: Open (min 5 years)
Flights: Not Included
Airport Transfers: Included (Day of Arrival & Departure)
Gratuities: Optional on Tour
Max Group Size: 48 (Avg. 45)
Free WiFi: No
* Source: Kirra for trips in New Zealand. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (2)

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Australia
Trip Date: 26/02/2013

“One of the best tours I have done”

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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Australia
Trip Date: 26/02/2013

“NZ a wonderful place to visit!”

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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