2016-17 SEASON
Apr 2017 - Apr 2017

9 Day Classic TranzAlpine

Kirra Guided Tour starting in Christchurch and finishing in Christchurch

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Read 3 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Kirra's 9 Day Classic TranzAlpine. This 9 day coach tour includes the amazing sights of the South Island and the world renowned TranzAlpine train journey, spectacular Mt Cook region, historic Dunedin, Milford Sound, vibrant Queenstown,...read more


Operator: Kirra
Type: Coach Tour (Premium)
Style: Classic Collection
Duration: 9 Days
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Tour Code: GX
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

A brief tour of Christchurch and its surrounds before travelling across the Canterbury Plains into MacKenzie Country. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog statue at Lake Tekapo before continuing to Mt Cook National Park. Admire the majesty of Mt Cook before travelling on to Omarama. Optional ski-plane and helicopter flights are available subject to weather conditions (own expense). Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel (B/D)

Omarama - Dunedin

Pass large hydro lakes as you travel down the Waitaki Valley to Oamaru and Dunedin, the "Scottish" city. Enjoy a brief city orientation tour on arrival. The afternoon is free for you to experience some of the many optional sightseeing activities available. We recommend you visit the Octagon in the city centre, or take a tour of the famous Speight's Brewery. Stay: Scenic Dunedin City Hotel (B/D)

Dunedin - Te Anau

This morning visit Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only castle, with spectacular views across the Otago Peninsula. On your guided tour, learn about its tragic and mysterious history. Then it is back to the present as you travel south west over rich fertile farmlands, through the agricultural service towns of Balclutha, Gore, and other small villages. As you proceed inland past wind turbines and deer farms and across rural farmland before reaching Lake Te Anau, the Gateway to Fiordland National Park. Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (B/D)

Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown

Leaving Te Anau, your coach will travel on one of the highest and most scenic state highways in New Zealand through Fiordland National Park, following the Eglington and Hollyford Valleys. Pass through the Homer Tunnel before descending into the Cleddau Canyon and magnificent Milford Sound. Experience Milford Sound, the eighth wonder of the world, from the water as a launch cruise takes you to the Tasman Sea returning via the raging Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls. A truly exhilarating experience.

Return through Te Anau to Kingston before hugging the shores of Lake Wakatipu to reach New Zealand's adventure capital, Queenstown. This evening's dinner is up the Skyline Gondola where you dine atop Bob's Peak overlooking Queenstown. Enjoy 220 degree breathtaking panoramic views of The Remarkables mountain range and across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil and Walter Peaks. Stay: Copthorne Lakefront Hotel & Resort (2 nights) (B/D)

Queenstown at leisure

A day to explore the many delights of this stunning alpine resort. Take a ride on the world famous Shotover Jet Boat, cruise Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw or for the adventurous, try white water rafting. Alternatively, browse in the many shops and galleries - your coach captain will be more than happy to assist with any optional sightseeing. (B)

Queenstown - Haast Pass - Franz Josef

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

Franz Josef- Greymouth - Christchurch

At Hokitika, stop to visit a Pounamu, (also known as Greenstone or Jade) factory. 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 through the Southern Alps, over massive viaducts, river valleys and gorges as you make your way to Christchurch. Stay: Rendezvous Hotel (B/D)

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

  • 8 Nights accommodation in superior hotels
  • Breakfasts (8) & Dinners (6)
  • 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 (3)


Trip Date: 26/02/2017

“Lovely trip in NZ”

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.

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Trip Date: 11/01/2015

“Covered all the places I wanted to see”

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!

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Trip Date: 02/01/2011

“Great but hectic”

The tour was great but hectic. The best part was the guide. Graham was extremely knowledgeable and went out of his way to point out things and stop in extra places if he had time. You are lucky to have such a great bus driver/guide. We all got very tired with early starts so a rest day or two would be good. On our free day in Queenstown we just slept in and then looked around the town. It was also very tiring for the driver. The TranzAlpine Train was a disappointment. We had already seen mountains etc and we had done the helicopter flight to the glacier (Highlight of the trip) so in hindsight if I had skipped it, it would have been OK. Overall a good tour.


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2016-17 SEASON
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