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Kirra ToursKirra Platinum 10 Day Southern Encounter

Beginning and ending in Christchurch, this 10 Day Southern Encounter Coach Tour takes gives you the opportunity to experience a TranzAlpine Train excursion through the Southern Alps, then it's onto an overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise which takes you into some of the most scenic beauty this country has to offer. In Dunedin enjoy high tea at Lanarch Castle, a wildife cruise on the Otago Harbour and a unique star gazing experience at Mount Cook.

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch
 10 days/ 9 nights
 Hotel 4 star
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
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Included in this tour package

Tour map
TranzAlpine train journey
Larnach Castle

At a glance - Kirra Platinum 10 Day Southern Encounter

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch. Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Hotel

Day 2: Christchurch to Arthurs Pass with Tranz Alpine. Then on to Franz Josef by coach. Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 3: Franz Josef to Queenstown via Wanaka. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 4: At leisure in Queenstown. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 5: Overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise. Accommodation: Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound

Day 6: Manapouri to Dunedin. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 7: Otago Peninsula, Taieri Gorge. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 8: Dunedin to Mount Cook via Moeraki. Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

Day 9: Mount Cook to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo. Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Hotel

Day 10: Depart Christchurch.

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Kirra Platinum 10 Day Southern Encounter - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

Kirra Platinum 10 Day Southern Encounter - Day 1

Welcome to Christchurch, transfer to hotel

On arrival a Kirra representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your downtown city hotel. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome cocktail reception.

Your Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Hotel

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: Dinner

Rydges Latimer Hotel

Day 2: Christchurch to Arthurs Pass with Tranz Alpine. Then on to Franz Josef by coach

Kirra Platinum 10 Day Southern Encounter - Day 2

Christchurch to Arthurs Pass on the Tranz Alpine Train, then coach to Franz Josef

A short drive brings you to the tiny train station of Springfield, gateway to the majestic Southern Alps. Board the award-winning TranzAlpine for the spectacular rail journey to Arthurs Pass, the South Island’s highest altitude settlement. Enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River and traverse the mighty Southern Alps, where spectacular views of the chiselled alpine landscape will take your breath away at every turn. On to Franz Josef where you can relax and soak in the thermal pools after an invigorating day and sumptuous dinner.

Your Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest at Franz Josef is a very special five-star retreat. Designed with utmost care of its precious environment, guests at Te Waonui Forest Retreat will find themselves encircled by rainforest and accommodated in natural and sustainable luxury.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 3: Franz Josef to Queenstown via Wanaka

Kirra Platinum 10 Day Southern Encounter - Day 3

Franz Josef to Queenstown via Wanaka

Before your departure this morning, there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions). Later, view incredible scenery as you travel past the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks. There is time to wander around the popular lakeside township of Wanaka before stopping at the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s and home to a fascinating collection of mining cottages.

Your Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

At Heritage Queenstown you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a postcard. Soak in the amazing view of the towering Remarkables mountain range rising from the rippled waters of Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast

Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 4: At leisure in Queenstown

Kirra Platinum 10 Day Southern Encounter - Day 4

At leisure in Queenstown

Queenstown is regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination and today is free to experience this magnificent alpine 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. Experience the thrills of riding on the world famous Shotover Jet Boat , perhaps cruise Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, take a 4WD 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

Your Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

At Heritage Queenstown you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a postcard. Soak in the amazing view of the towering Remarkables mountain range rising from the rippled waters of Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast

Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 5: Overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

Kirra Platinum 10 Day Southern Encounter - Day 5

Overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

Skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu and travel through lush farmland to Te Anau. On to Manapouri, where you enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque lake to West Arm. This is followed by a short coach trip on New Zealand's most expensive road, travelling over Wilmot Pass and pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. At Deep Cove, your crew and the ‘Fiordland Navigator’ await. Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the ‘Fiordland Navigator’ blends old world charm with modern comfort and as you cruise through some of the fiord’s most stunning scenery, knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. After dropping anchor in a sheltered cove, you can choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or tender boat or you can simply relax on board.  As the majesty of Doubtful Sound unfolds before you, you will be struck by its silence ... a silence broken only by birdsong or the rushing of a distant waterfall. Its beauty and vastness will take your breath away.

Your Accommodation: Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound

The Fiordland Navigator is purpose built for cruising in the fiords. The vessel offers spacious viewing decks, a comfortable dining saloon and observation lounge.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound

Day 6: Manapouri to Dunedin

Kirra Platinum 10 Day Southern Encounter - Day 6

Manapouri to Dunedin

Enjoy a hearty breakfast this morning before exploring other parts of the fiord. Your trip will retrace your steps back to Manapouri where you rejoin your coach for the journey to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Distinction Dunedin Hotel occupies the grand Chief Post Office built in the 1930’s. This art deco inspired building has recently been transformed into a 4 star hotel with elegant décor, set in the heart of the city.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 7: Otago Peninsula, Taieri Gorge

Kirra Platinum 10 Day Southern Encounter - Day 7

Take a wildlife cruise and explore Larnach Castle

This morning enjoy spectacular views travelling along the Otago Peninsula to Wellers Rock where you will board a Monarch Wildlife Cruise. On the cruise watch out for NZ Furseals & NZ Sealions on their breeding rockeries as well an abundance of other wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins and Albatross. Afterwards travel to Larnach Castle for a guided tour learning about its tragic and mysterious history before enjoying a High Tea in the Grand Ballroom. The afternoon is yours at leisure to explore Dunedin and experience optional activities.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Distinction Dunedin Hotel occupies the grand Chief Post Office built in the 1930’s. This art deco inspired building has recently been transformed into a 4 star hotel with elegant décor, set in the heart of the city.

Meals included: Breakfast

Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 8: Dunedin to Mount Cook via Moeraki

Kirra Platinum 10 Day Southern Encounter - Day 8

Dunedin to Mt Cook via Moeraki

Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders before travelling up the Waitaki Valley to Omarama. Your journey continues into the World Heritage Mt Cook National Park, with its 70,000 ha of breathtaking alpine scenery. After dinner, enjoy a guided tour of the Digital Dome Planetarium before your astronomy guides take you to their outdoor stargazing site where you explore different elements of the spectacular southern sky.   

Your Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

The Hermitage Hotel ringed by magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, is a world-renowned tourist destination and has been an icon of superior accommodation and dining since 1884.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

Day 9: Mount Cook to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo

Kirra Platinum 10 Day Southern Encounter - Day 9

Mt Cook to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo

At Lake Tekapo, stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Then cross the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch and enjoy an afternoon at leisure as you bid farewell to your newfound friends.

Your Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Hotel

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

Rydges Latimer Hotel

Day 10: Depart Christchurch

Kirra Platinum 10 Day Southern Encounter - Day 10

Depart Christchurch

Sadly, your holiday ends after breakfast this morning. Here we bid you farewell and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay.

 

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