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Kirra ToursKirra Platinum 18 day New Zealand Grandeur

Explore New Zealand on this 18 Day New Zealand Grandeur Coach Tour. Highlights include a TranzAlpine Train excursion, an overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise, a stargazing tour in Mt Cook, high tea at Larnarch Castle, Otago Harbour wildife cruise Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise, an authentic Maori Hangi & Cultural Performance and an overnight Hauraki Gulf Cruise in Auckland.

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Auckland
 18 days/ 17 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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Huka Falls
Mt Cook National Park

At a glance - Kirra Platinum 18 day New Zealand Grandeur

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

Day 2: Christchurch to Arthurs Pass on the TranzAlpine train then on to Franz Josef. 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: Christchurch to Picton via Kaikora and Interislander Ferry to Wellington. Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 11: At Leisure In Wellington. Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 12: Wellington to Martinborough Wine Village. Accommodation: The Martinborough Hotel

Day 13: Martinborough to Tongariro National Park via Pukaha Mt Bruce. Accommodation: Bayview Chateau Tongariro

Day 14: Tongariro National Park to Rotorua via Taupo. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Day 15: Exclusive Lake Rotoiti Cruise & Redwood Treetop Walk. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Day 16: Rotorua to Auckland via Hobbiton. Accommodation: Hotel Pullman Auckland

Day 17: At Leisure In Auckland. Accommodation: Hotel Pullman Auckland

Day 18: Depart Auckland.

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Kirra Platinum 18 day New Zealand Grandeur - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

Kirra Platinum 18 day New Zealand Grandeur - 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 on the TranzAlpine train then on to Franz Josef

Kirra Platinum 18 day New Zealand Grandeur - 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 18 day New Zealand Grandeur - 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

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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 18 day New Zealand Grandeur - 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 18 day New Zealand Grandeur - 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 18 day New Zealand Grandeur - 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 18 day New Zealand Grandeur - 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 18 day New Zealand Grandeur - Day 9

Mt. Cook National Park to Chriostchurch

At Lake Tekapo, stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Then cross the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

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: Christchurch to Picton via Kaikora and Interislander Ferry to Wellington

Kirra Platinum 18 day New Zealand Grandeur - Day 10

Christchurch to Picton via Kaikoura and Interislander to Wellington

This morning you will travel north along the scenic Kaikoura coastline on to the charming fishing village of Picton where you board the Interislander Ferry and cruise through the spectacular Queen Charlotte Sound into Cook Strait. Enjoy stunning views of New Zealand’s capital city as you arrive into Wellington Harbour.

Your Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

The Bolton Hotel is a contemporary apartment hotel in the heart of Wellington's CBD. This hotel has 142 guest rooms and suites are furnished in a contemporary style and feature Sky Digital television, movies on demand, high-speed Internet (including WiFi), a personal bar, and air-conditioning.

Meals included: Breakfast

Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 11: At Leisure In Wellington

Kirra Platinum 18 day New Zealand Grandeur - Day 11

At Leisure In Wellington

Enjoy a brief city tour taking in all the major sights and then there is free time for exploring on your own. Situated on the Wellington waterfront, a visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, is highly recommended. Another very popular excursion is a visit to the Weta Workshop, a world-leading design and special effects facility for major Hollywood film makers

Your Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

The Bolton Hotel is a contemporary apartment hotel in the heart of Wellington's CBD. This hotel has 142 guest rooms and suites are furnished in a contemporary style and feature Sky Digital television, movies on demand, high-speed Internet (including WiFi), a personal bar, and air-conditioning.

Meals included: Breakfast

Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 12: Wellington to Martinborough Wine Village

Kirra Platinum 18 day New Zealand Grandeur - Day 12

Wellington to Martinborough Wine Village

The town of Martinborough is located at the centre of the Wairarapa wine region and because of its close proximity to Wellington, makes it a popular weekend destination for locals. Many boutique wineries are within an easy walk of the town square and the region is particularly well known for its production of Pinot Noir wines.

Your Accommodation: The Martinborough Hotel

At the Martinborough Hotel, indulge in the elegant surroundings of this 1882 building. There are nine Verandah Rooms, at the top of the grand flight of stairs and seven spacious Garden Rooms finished in a restful simple country style.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

The Martinborough Hotel

Day 13: Martinborough to Tongariro National Park via Pukaha Mt Bruce

Kirra Platinum 18 day New Zealand Grandeur - Day 13

Martinborough to Tongariro National Park via Pukaha Mt Bruce

This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, a captive-breeding sanctuary for some of the country’s most threatened birds and home to the only white kiwi in captivity. Continue north along the Desert Road to Tongariro, New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area.

Your Accommodation: Bayview Chateau Tongariro

Bayview Chateau Tongariro, nestled at the foot of Mount Ruapehu, was completed in 1929 and still retains many of its original features. It is one of New Zealand's few hotels located in a World Heritage Park and offers the most prestigious accommodation in the region.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Bayview Chateau Tongariro

Day 14: Tongariro National Park to Rotorua via Taupo

Kirra Platinum 18 day New Zealand Grandeur - Day 14

Tongariro National Park to Rotorua via Taupo

First stop today is Taupo where you will enjoy time to stroll around this popular lakeside resort. View the mighty Huka Falls & Wairakei Geothermal Project before arriving at the geothermal resort of Rotorua. This evening, enjoy a tour of Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and you are treated to a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance including the stirring haka.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Rotorua's largest 4 star deluxe hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the city overlooking Lake Rotorua. Five levels of accommodation offer guests a wide variety of scenic views.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Day 15: Exclusive Lake Rotoiti Cruise & Redwood Treetop Walk

Kirra Platinum 18 day New Zealand Grandeur - Day 15

Exclusive Lake Rotoiti Cruise & Redwood Treetop Walk

Today’s highlight is an exclusive cruise across the serene, clear waters of Lake Rotoiti. Explore native bays and coves of the lake under sail on a luxury catamaran and bathe in the thermal waters of the Manupirua Pools, accessible only by boat. Later, enjoy a suspended treetop eco-walk amongst Rotorua’s gentle giants in the Redwood Forest and get a unique bird’s eye perspective of these 110 year old trees and the lush flora below.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Rotorua's largest 4 star deluxe hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the city overlooking Lake Rotorua. Five levels of accommodation offer guests a wide variety of scenic views.

Meals included: Breakfast

Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Day 16: Rotorua to Auckland via Hobbiton

Kirra Platinum 18 day New Zealand Grandeur - Day 16

Rotorua to Auckland via Hobbiton

Cross the Mamaku Ranges this morning and leave Rotorua behind, travelling into the lush farmlands of the Waikato, a peaceful and idyllic area noted for dairy farming and its horse studs. Arrive into Matamata and meet your guide who will escort your group on a fun and interesting Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tour, taking in the picturesque set locations and providing a deeper look behind the scenes of the filming for the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Later travel onto Auckland the City of Sails for a City Sights Tour before arriving at your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Your Accommodation: Hotel Pullman Auckland

This 4 star hotel is located within walking distance of Auckland's city centre, in rooms enjoy views of either the harbour or surrounding parks.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel Pullman Auckland

Day 17: At Leisure In Auckland

Kirra Platinum 18 day New Zealand Grandeur - Day 17

At Leisure in Auckland

With a full day to explore the vibrant city of Auckland why not take a stroll and check out the cafe culture evident in the city's winding laneways or the fabulous Viaduct precinct. No visit would be complete without a trip to the summit of the magnificent Skytower, at 328m the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, for superb city and harbour views. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your new-found friends.

Your Accommodation: Hotel Pullman Auckland

This 4 star hotel is located within walking distance of Auckland's city centre, in rooms enjoy views of either the harbour or surrounding parks.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel Pullman Auckland

Day 18: Depart Auckland

Kirra Platinum 18 day New Zealand Grandeur - Day 18

Depart Auckland

Sadly, your holiday ends after breakfast this morning. You are bid you farewell and it is hoped you leave with many happy memories of your stay.

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