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Kirra 10 Day North and South Tour

Explore both the North & South Island in 10 days, 9 nights. This small-group tour combines New Zealand highlights with incredible lesser-known destinations will leave you in awe of New Zealand’s spectacular landscapes, heritage and culture. It will impress even the most discerning traveller. You will have plenty of memories & stories to share for years to come.

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New Zealand small group tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$3,594 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Auckland, finishes in Christchurch

10 days/9 nights

Hotel 4 star

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This tour also includes
Kohutapu Lodge Tribal Tour
9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
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Brief itinerary - Kirra 10 Day North and South Tour

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland. Accommodation: Nesuto Stadium Hotel and Apartments (or similar)

Day 2: Head south to Rotorua via Okere Falls. Accommodation: Distinction Rotorua Hotel (or similar)

Day 3: Explore Rotorua. Accommodation: Distinction Rotorua Hotel (or similar)

Day 4: Journey from Rotorua to Taupo via Lake Aniwhenua. Accommodation: Hilton Lake Taupo (or similar)

Day 5: Journey further south to Art Deco capital, Napier. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Day 6: Head towards the capital of 'cool', Wellington. Accommodation: Novotel Wellington (or simliar)

Day 7: Cross the Cook Strait to Nelson. Accommodation: Rutherford Hotel Nelson (or similar)

Day 8: Explore Abel Tasman National Park. Accommodation: Rutherford Hotel Nelson (or similar)

Day 9: Hop on board the Coastal Pacific train to Christchurch. Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Christchurch (or similar)

Day 10: Say farewell from Christchurch.

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Day 1 - Arrive into Auckland

Kirra 10 Day North and South Tour - Day 1
Kirra 10 Day North and South

Haere Mai and Welcome to Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), the largest city in New Zealand and home to over 2 million people. The magic of Auckland is in its diversity from culture to the environment. There are over 44 volcanoes in the area and 2 harbours, which explains why Auckland is known locally as the 'City of Sails'. Take the afternoon or early evening to explore after you make your way to Nesuto Hotel in central Auckland.

Your accommodation: Nesuto Stadium Hotel and Apartments (or similar)

Nesuto Stadium offers 4.5 star self-contained apartment accommodation in downtown Auckland City. Located a short walk from Britomart Transport and Entertainment Precinct, Auckland Waterfront and Ferries, Queen Street and Vector Arena, Nesuto Stadium is in a wonderful location to visit all of Auckland Cities attractions.

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Day 2 - Head south to Rotorua via Okere Falls

Kirra 10 Day North and South Tour - Day 2
Auckland to Rotorua

This morning leave Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) and head for the Rotorua region. The first stop today is the Okere Falls. The falls lie on the Kaituna River which has cultural significance to the local iwi (tribes) in the area. Currently the River is used for tourism, specifically white water rafting and sledging. Stop by the falls and see if you can spot some brave rafters going over the falls in their raft.

Next continue on, skirting around the edge of Lake Rotorua to a lookout point where there'll be a view of the infamous Mount Tarawera, once the home of the renowned pink and white terraces before a violent eruption destroyed them in 1886. This evening, arrive in Rotorua township and check into the hotel, enjoy a delicious dinner with the group and then settle in for a luxurious night’s sleep at the Distinction Rotorua.

Your accommodation: Distinction Rotorua Hotel (or similar)

Distinction Rotorua Hotel is located in a beautiful garden setting, with relaxing outdoor heated swimming pool. Just a short drive to the city centre and across the road from the great mountain bike trails of Whakarewarewa Forest.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 3 - Explore Rotorua

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Free day in Rotorua

Known as the North Island's geothermal hot spot and hub for all the very best adventure activities, Rotorua is definitely one of the best places to explore… even if your nostrils tell you otherwise! There is so much to see and experience here and you have a full free day to see as much as you like. If you want to see some geothermal activity for free, we recommend taking a walk around Kuirau Park to see boiling mud pools and steaming lakes. You can book a multitude of tours via your Tour Guide and with options such as white water rafting, ziplining through the trees, relaxing at the Polynesian Spa and taking a Gondola up to see the amazing Rotorua Skyline you truly are spoilt for choice.

Your accommodation: Distinction Rotorua Hotel (or similar)

Distinction Rotorua Hotel is located in a beautiful garden setting, with relaxing outdoor heated swimming pool. Just a short drive to the city centre and across the road from the great mountain bike trails of Whakarewarewa Forest.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 4 - Journey from Rotorua to Taupo via Lake Aniwhenua

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Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua to Taupo

This morning, venture off the beaten track to the shores of Lake Aniwhenua in Murupara. Kohutapu Lodge is owned by a local Maori family who is passionate, not only about showcasing their Maori tribal heritage but also about making a difference in the local area.
Murupara is an impoverished community that has been transformed for the better through tourism and commercial development. Through community-driven initiatives and a clear vision to provide more opportunities for the local youth, Kohutapu Lodge has paved the way for change in the area.
Begin the experience with a guided tour of the sacred Maori rock carvings before arriving at the Lodge to witness the preparation of ground cooked hangi and tasting it for yourself!
After lunch, you’ll depart for the lush, green Whirinaki rainforest for a guided tour along the Rongoa trail. Spot native endangered birds and ancient medicinal plants, and learn more about the history of the forest, including the myths and legends before enjoying a hot kawakawa tea in the forest and a final karakia.
This evening, your destination is Taupo. First, stop at the spectacular Huka Falls to see more than 22,000 litres of water per second thundering into the Waikato River. Then you’ll continue on to our hotel, the fabulous Hilton Taupo, a 19th-century building that combines Victorian charm with modern decor. The resort-style hotel houses a tennis court, a fitness centre, and swimming pools.

Your accommodation: Hilton Lake Taupo (or similar)

Just minutes from the town centre this accommodation features sweeping views over the largest lake in New Zealand and across to Tongariro National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 5 - Journey further south to Art Deco capital, Napier

Kirra 10 Day North and South Tour - Day 5
Taupo to Napier

After a delicious breakfast, it’s time to leave Taupo and travel along the Napier-Taupo Highway to what is widely regarded as the 'Tuscany of the Southern Pacific'. The stunning Hawke's Bay region boasts some of the best wineries around and a visit here would not be complete without a trip to Church Road Winery. Established in 1897, the team at Church Road was the first in New Zealand to craft an exceptional Bordeaux-style Red Wine.
After a wine tasting, you'll sit down for lunch in the magnificent Tom McDonald cellar to enjoy an afternoon of delicious food and exceptional wines and soak up the ambience and heritage of this historic building. Later, it's an easy drive into the beautiful coastal town of Napier. Known for its perfectly preserved Art Deco facades, Napier is often referred to as a 1930's film set. You have the option to stroll along the tree-lined promenade this evening and sample some fresh seafood from one of the many restaurants.

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Scenic Hotel Te Pania offers 4-star accommodation of a truly international standard. The hotel's slender curved form echoes the shape of the bay, and guests enjoy sweeping views out over the water from a premium waterfront location on Marine Parade.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 6 - Head towards the capital of 'cool', Wellington

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Napier to Wellington

Today it’s time to leave the Art Deco capital and journey down to Wellington, the sparkling capital city, where modern business style blends with a cultured, bohemian spirit. On the way, you’ll stop in Greytown, Wairarapa's oldest town, for a spot of lunch. A picturesque village with restored Victorian buildings, Greytown is a charming place to stop, refuel and do some boutique window shopping before you continue your journey to Wellington.
With a population of fewer than 200,000 people, there is no capital city on earth that marries relaxed and refined better than Wellington. The afternoon is free but we highly recommend a visit to the national museum Te Papa and your entrance fee is included. This evening is yours to explore Wellington.

Your accommodation: Novotel Wellington (or simliar)

Novotel Wellington is conveniently located in the heart of the city, close to the Te Papa Museum, Convention Centre, Parliament, Westpac Stadium and the waterfront as well as the many other attractions of the city.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 7 - Cross the Cook Strait to Nelson

Kirra 10 Day North and South Tour - Day 7
Wellington to Nelson

After breakfast this morning, you'll take the Ferry to the South Island, don't miss the spectacular views of the sunken valleys meeting the sea that form the Marlborough Sounds. You'll then head to Nelson arriving at your destination mid-afternoon, the coach will take you on a scenic drive along the seaside. This evening there’s plenty of time to relax, explore the area and the option to taste some of Nelson’s fine local beverages.

Your accommodation: Rutherford Hotel Nelson (or similar)

The Rutherford Hotel Nelson offers luxurious accommodation with a full complement of features designed to help you achieve the most from your stay. Situated at the doorstep of three national parks and an unmatched range of sandy beaches, blue seas and mountain wilderness.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 8 - Explore Abel Tasman National Park

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Abel Tasman National Park

Travel to the seaside resort town of Kaiteriteri and spend the morning cruising the stunning Abel Tasman National Park - a coastal paradise known for its golden sand beaches. See the iconic Split Apple Rock and call in to the most popular beaches along the coastline as you sail up to Totaranui and back. This afternoon you’ll take the scenic route and arrive back in Nelson mid-afternoon.

Your accommodation: Rutherford Hotel Nelson (or similar)

The Rutherford Hotel Nelson offers luxurious accommodation with a full complement of features designed to help you achieve the most from your stay. Situated at the doorstep of three national parks and an unmatched range of sandy beaches, blue seas and mountain wilderness.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 9 - Hop on board the Coastal Pacific train to Christchurch

Kirra 10 Day North and South Tour - Day 9
Nelson to Christchurch

This morning you’ll travel back to Picton and here you’ll jump on board the magnificent Coastal Pacific train and journey down to the capital of the South Island in luxury, soaking up the gorgeous scenery en-route, see Kaikoura's rugged coastline, beautiful mountains, and rolling farmland of Canterbury before you arrive late afternoon in the South Island's Capital Christchurch.
Tonight, enjoy a group dinner at the hotel.

Your accommodation: Rydges Latimer Christchurch (or similar)

Rydges Latimer Christchurch is located just 2 minutes walking distance from the city’s CBD and overlooks scenic Latimer Square, an iconic New Zealand green space with ample room for travellers to enjoy.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 10 - Say farewell from Christchurch

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Depart Christchurch

The final day is today and as your trip comes to an end, you will say goodbye to your group and leader. Whether you decide to head home today or to stay in Christchurch for a few extra days, we hope you leave with many happy memories of your trip.

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