2016-17 SEASON
Feb 2017 - Sep 2017

15 Day Classic Explorer

Kirra Guided Tour starting in Christchurch and finishing in Auckland

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


Operator: Kirra
Type: Coach Tour (Premium)
Style: Classic Collection
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

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. Optional ski-plane and helicopter flights are available subject to weather conditions (own expense). Admire the majesty of Mt Cook before travelling on to Omarama. Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel (B/D)

Omarama - Moeraki Boulders - Dunedin

Travel down the Waitaki Valley to Oamaru. Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders, then continue on to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South. Enjoy a brief city orientation tour on arrival. The afternoon is free for you to experience some of the many optional sightseeing activities available. Stay: Scenic Dunedin City Hotell (B/D)

Dunedin - Central Otago - 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: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (B/D)

Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown

Follow the Eglinton and Hollyford Valleys 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.

This afternoon, travel on to New Zealand's premier holiday destination, Queenstown. Tonight, ride the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob's Peak where both the dining and the views are unsurpassed. Enjoy 220 degree breathtaking panoramic views of The Remarkables mountain range and across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil and Walter Peaks. Stay Two 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. Take a ride on the world famous Shotover Jet, cruise Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, take a 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)

Queenstown - Haast Pass - 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 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 West Coast, home to the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef. Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (B/D)

Franz Josef - TranzAlpine Train - 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 through the Southern Alps, over massive viaducts, river valleys and gorges as you make your way to Christchurch. Stay: Rendezvous Hotel (B/D)

Christchurch - Kaikoura - Blenheim

An early start this morning as we board the Coastal Pacific train for a kaleidoscope of scenery across fertile Canterbury farmland through the Hundalee Ranges. Follow the Pacific coastline with the Kaikoura Mountains forming a rugged backdrop to the west. Arrive in Kaikoura with time to explore before continuing on to Blenheim. A short tour of the area includes a visit to Yealands Estate Winery. Enjoy a hosted tour of the winery, learn about and taste from the range of famous Marlborough wines (purchase if you wish). Stay: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (B/D)

Blenheim - Picton - Wellington

Drive to Picton, nestled on the shores of the Marlborough Sounds, to board the Interislander Ferry. Sail through picturesque Queen Charlotte Sound, sheltered waterways, remote bays and isolated holiday homes. Across Cook Strait and into Wellington for spectacular views of New Zealand's Capital City. A city tour will incorporate the summit of Mt Victoria for panoramic views of the city and harbour, the Houses of Parliament and the distinctive 'Beehive', Wellington Cathedral, city centre and Oriental Bay. Also explore the city yourself. Don't miss Te Papa, the "Museum of New Zealand", situated on Wellington's waterfront, or take a ride on the famous Cable Car. Stay: Ibis Wellington (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 accommodation in superior hotels
  • 14 fully cooked breakfasts (B) & 12 dinners (D)
  • 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 in Price
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)


Trip Date: 18/03/2012

“I could not fault a thing”

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

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Trip Date: 03/04/2011

“Lovely country, everything went very smoothly”

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.


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