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Kirra ToursKirra Tours Classic 9 Day New Zealand Wanderer 2020/21

Heading north this tour starts in Christchurch first journeying inland to Hanmer Springs before reaching the quirky capital, Wellington.  Once on the North Island, this tour takes you to the wine region of Hawkes Bay, home to New Zealand's most impressive Art Deco architecture. Passing Napier you will start towards Auckland stopping at Rotorua on the way to immerse yourself in Maori culture and witness the geothermal landscapes.

 New Zealand escorted tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Auckland
 9 days/ 8 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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Included in this tour package

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Visit the Maori carvings in Rotorua
Picton Harbour

At a glance - Kirra Tours Classic 9 Day New Zealand Wanderer 2020/21

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch. Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 2: Reach the quaint town of Hanmer Springs for a soak in the naturally heated pools. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Hanmer Springs

Day 3: Cruise across the Cook Strait to Wellington. Accommodation: Ibis Wellington

Day 4: Explore the Art Deco Capital, Napier. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Day 5: Pass Lake Taupo on the way to the cultural centre, Rotorua. Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Day 6: Spend a day exploring Rotorua's wonders. Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Day 7: Today head to the coast. Accommodation: Puka Park Resort

Day 8: Finally your journey takes you to Auckland. Accommodation: Rydges Hotel, Auckland

Day 9: Bid your travel companions goodbye as you depart Auckland.

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Kirra Tours Classic 9 Day New Zealand Wanderer 2020/21 - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch

Kirra Tours Classic 9 Day New Zealand Wanderer 2020/21 - Day 1

Kirra Tours 9 Day New Zealand Wanderer

‘Haere Mai’ Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival, a Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport and will transfer you to your downtown city hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner and drinks with your fellow travellers.

Welcome to Christchurch, transfer airport to hotel

On arrival into Christchurch a representative of Kirra Tours will meet you from your flight and a transfer will deliver you to your Christchurch hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore the Garden City.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

This luxury hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square in the heart of the city, a short stroll from the Avon River, Botanical Gardens, Christchurch Casino, ReSTART Mall and new Christchurch Convention Centre.

Meals included: Dinner

Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 2: Reach the quaint town of Hanmer Springs for a soak in the naturally heated pools

Kirra Tours Classic 9 Day New Zealand Wanderer 2020/21 - Day 2

Christchurch to Hanmer Springs

After a leisurely morning, a short drive brings us to the alpine resort town of Hanmer Springs, renowned for its therapeutic thermal waters. Take in the crisp mountain air as you stroll through the village and enjoy entry into the hot pools for a relaxing soak in the naturally heated mineral waters.

Your Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Hanmer Springs

The spa resort of Hanmer Springs is home to the traditional hotel and villa accommodation provided by the Heritage Hotel. Revel in the majesty of this restored turn of the century lodge, set amongst mature trees and with the Southern Alps as your constant backdrop.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Heritage Hotel Hanmer Springs

Day 3: Cruise across the Cook Strait to Wellington

Kirra Tours Classic 9 Day New Zealand Wanderer 2020/21 - Day 3

Hanmer to Wellington

We drive to the picturesque fishing village of Picton to board the Interislander Ferry and cruise through the spectacular Queen Charlotte Sound into Cook Strait, the channel that separates the South and North Islands. Enjoy stunning views of New Zealand’s capital city as you arrive into Wellington Harbour. A brief city tour will show you the major sights before free time for exploring on your own. Situated on the Wellington waterfront, a visit to the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand is highly recommended.

Your Accommodation: Ibis Wellington

Hotel Ibis Wellington is ideally located in Featherston Street in the heart of Wellington City and easy walking distance to Wellington's famous cafe lifestyle.

Meals included: Breakfast

Ibis Wellington

Day 4: Explore the Art Deco Capital, Napier

Kirra Tours Classic 9 Day New Zealand Wanderer 2020/21 - Day 4

Wellington to Napier

Travelling north into the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region takes us through farmland that gives way to the vast orchards and plentiful vineyards of Hawke’s Bay. On arrival in Napier this afternoon, enjoy a walking tour with a local guide who will bring the city’s fascinating Art Deco architecture and history to life.

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, Dinner

Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Day 5: Pass Lake Taupo on the way to the cultural centre, Rotorua

Kirra Tours Classic 9 Day New Zealand Wanderer 2020/21 - Day 5

To Rotorua via Taupo

Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls and fascinating Wairakei Geothermal Project before arriving at the thermal wonderland of Wai-O-Tapu, sculptured out of the volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, this uniquely different natural landscape is considered to be New Zealand's most colourful, diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. Tonight, visit the award-winning Tamaki Village and enjoy a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance including a stirring haka. 

Your Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Novotel Lakeside Rotorua is a 4.5 star property located on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua and set in park surroundings. Just minutes from the city centre, cafes and restaurants plus the numerous tourist attractions including water activities on the lake, a golf course, museum, and thermal reserves.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Day 6: Spend a day exploring Rotorua's wonders

Kirra Tours Classic 9 Day New Zealand Wanderer 2020/21 - Day 6

Sightseeing day in Rotorua

Start your day with a walk through the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, famous for its geysers, boiling mud pools and steaming craters. Next, a scenic jet boat ride will take you along the mighty Waikato River to a magnificent thermal reserve featuring silica terraces. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon to explore Rotorua further on your own. Your Coach Captain can assist with any optional activities you would like to do. For dinner tonight we highly recommend checking out Eat Streat, a collection of top-notch restaurants and bars with an all-weather alfresco dining area.

Your Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Novotel Lakeside Rotorua is a 4.5 star property located on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua and set in park surroundings. Just minutes from the city centre, cafes and restaurants plus the numerous tourist attractions including water activities on the lake, a golf course, museum, and thermal reserves.

Meals included: Breakfast

Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Day 7: Today head to the coast

Kirra Tours Classic 9 Day New Zealand Wanderer 2020/21 - Day 7

Rotorua to Pauanui

We travel north through the Bay of Plenty region, stopping by the popular beach town of Mt Maunganui on our way to the Coromandel Peninsula. 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. Our overnight stay is in Pauanui, a favourite New Zealand holiday resort nestled in the native bush and just a stone’s throw from a pristine white sand beach.

Your Accommodation: Puka Park Resort

Puka Park Resort is situated on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula. Nestled amongst 25 acres of New Zealand's most beautiful native bush this prestigious hideaway offers luxury and seclusion at its best.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Puka Park Resort

Day 8: Finally your journey takes you to Auckland

Kirra Tours Classic 9 Day New Zealand Wanderer 2020/21 - Day 8

Pauanui to Auckland

After a leisurely breakfast, we travel to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’ and enjoy a city tour on arrival. You have ample time to explore the downtown area on your own this afternoon, and your Coach Captain can recommend activity options. This evening, join your friends for a farewell dinner and drinks and relive the highlights and experiences of your journey.

Your Accommodation: Rydges Hotel, Auckland

Nestled in the heart of Auckland's CBD, Rydges Auckland offers an ideal location. The hotel is a short stroll from business and retail districts, the Casino, the America's Cup Viaduct Village and superb waterfront restaurants.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Rydges Hotel, Auckland

Day 9: Bid your travel companions goodbye as you depart Auckland

Kirra Tours Classic 9 Day New Zealand Wanderer 2020/21 - Day 9

Depart Auckland

Sadly, your holiday ends after breakfast this morning. Here we bid you farewell and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay. You will be transferred to Auckland Airport to connect with your onward flight.

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