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Kirra ToursKirra Tours Platinum 13 Day Southern Sensations

Discover the breathtaking scenery of the South Island on this 13 day small group tour. With a maximum of 24 guests, you will be comfortable and relaxed, while accompanied by your professional experienced tour host. Travel by 5 star luxury coach, with two night stopovers in the Marlborough Sounds and Mt Cook. You will take in the stunning views of the spectacular Milford Sound, Lake Tekapo, and board the TranzAlpine Train through the Southern Alps.

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Wellington, finishes in Christchurch
 13 days/ 12 nights
 Hotel 4 star
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
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Included in this tour package

Tour map
Beautiful Lake Tekapo
Milford Sound cruise

At a glance - Kirra Tours Platinum 13 Day Southern Sensations

Day 1: Arrive Wellington. Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 2: Cross the Cook Strait to Picton and the Marlborough Sounds. Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

Day 3: Enjoy a tastey cruise around the Marlborough Sounds. Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

Day 4: Blenheim to Christchurch, stopping on the way to visit the Kaikoura fur seals. Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 5: Head into the mountains and the Mount Cook National Park. Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel

Day 6: Tasman Glacier Expedition. Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel

Day 7: Cromwell, Lake Te Anau. Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 8: A day on the Milford Sound. Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 9: At leisure in Queenstown. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 10: Arrowtown, Akarua Winery. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 11: Queenstown, to Franz Josef Glacier via Wanaka. Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 12: Tranz Alpine Train to Christchurch. Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Hotel

Day 13: Depart Christchurch.

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Kirra Tours Platinum 13 Day Southern Sensations - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive Wellington

Kirra Tours Platinum 13 Day Southern Sensations - Day 1

Welcome to Wellington, transfer to your hotel

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

Your Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

The Bolton Hotel offers contemporary apartment-style accommodation in the heart of Wellington. Just steps from the Parliament buildings and central business district, Bolton Hotel is conveniently close to the best of the city's shops, cafes and restaurants and is within walking distance of Wellington's vibrant waterfront.

Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 2: Cross the Cook Strait to Picton and the Marlborough Sounds

Kirra Tours Platinum 13 Day Southern Sensations - Day 2

Coastal Pacific Train & the Marlborough Sounds

This morning we board the Interislander ferry for the cruise across Cook Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound to the picturesque fishing village of Picton. From there we drive through the Marlborough Region, renowned for its world-class vineyards, to Blenheim. Spend the afternoon exploring the galleries and shops in the charming little town.

Your Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

Chateau Marlborough, Marlborough's premier boutique hotel overlooking Seymour Square Gardens, prides itself on offering guests luxury accommodation with an enviable attention to detail. All just a short walk from Blenheim's town centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Chateau Marlborough

Day 3: Enjoy a tastey cruise around the Marlborough Sounds

Kirra Tours Platinum 13 Day Southern Sensations - Day 3

Enjoy Marlborough Sounds

Today enjoy a venture out into the stunning Queen Charlotte Sounds. This activity is a luxury day out on the water. Cruise the stunning Sound and taste Marlborough's freshest seafood: Regal salmon, Cloudy Bay clams and Greenshell mussels, enjoyed with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to match.  Afterwards, unwind at the wonderful Chateau Marlborough.

 

Your Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

Chateau Marlborough, Marlborough's premier boutique hotel overlooking Seymour Square Gardens, prides itself on offering guests luxury accommodation with an enviable attention to detail. All just a short walk from Blenheim's town centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Chateau Marlborough

Day 4: Blenheim to Christchurch, stopping on the way to visit the Kaikoura fur seals

Kirra Tours Platinum 13 Day Southern Sensations - Day 4

Blenheim to Christchurch

 Travelling south today your first stop is in Kaikoura where you will have a chance to get up close to the New Zealand Fur Seal (Kekeno) colony.  After you have seen these magnificent creatures head further south to tonight's destination of Christchurch.  In the afternoon you'll board the beautifully restored Heritage Tram to take in the city sights and learn about the Garden City's rich history before settling in for the evening and a delicious dinner at the Rydges Latimer. 

 

Your Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

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 Christchurch

Day 5: Head into the mountains and the Mount Cook National Park

Kirra Tours Platinum 13 Day Southern Sensations - Day 5

Kaikoura to Aoraki Mt Cook

Travel south across the Canterbury Plains and stop at beautiful Lake Tekapo to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Then travel up the western side of Lake Pukaki to the Mt Cook National Park, a World Heritage listed site. The park covers over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery.

Your Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel

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

Day 6: Tasman Glacier Expedition

Kirra Tours Platinum 13 Day Southern Sensations - Day 6

Tasman Glacier Expedition

Today you will experience the Tasman Glacier in the most unique way possible. An experienced guide will whisk you away in a stable MAC Boat to explore the melting ice-face of the Tasman Glacier. Get up close to touch & taste 400-year old icebergs that have been carved into the murky waters of the lake. Later today, there is time to enjoy one of the many bush walks and optional ski-plane and helicopter flights are available subject to weather conditions.

Your Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel

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

Day 7: Cromwell, Lake Te Anau

Kirra Tours Platinum 13 Day Southern Sensations - Day 7

Mt Cook to Te Anau

Begin the assent over the Lindis Pass to the township of Cromwell, then continue on to the historic village of Clyde, nestled in a sheltered basin at the foot of an immense and crooked gorge. Stop for lunch at Alexandra, located on the banks of the mighty Clutha River, then travel across the farmlands of Central Otago to the township of Gore before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau, the gateway to the Fiordland National Park. 

Your Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

The Te Anau Hotel and Villas offers a range of accommodation from hotel rooms and suites to villas. Ideally located on the lake front the hotel is just a few minutes stroll for the shops. cafes and activities on offer.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 8: A day on the Milford Sound

Kirra Tours Platinum 13 Day Southern Sensations - Day 8

Te Anau to Milford Sound to Queenstown

Your highlight today is a leisurely nature cruise across the breathtaking Milford Sound, cruising the full length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea. An onboard nature guide will give you detailed information about the regions history, flora, fauna and you will view spectacular waterfalls, rainforests and towering mountains, including the awesome Mitre Peak. Wildlife includes dolphins, seals, penguins, albatross when in season. Starting and finishing your day in Te Anau you'll get plenty of time to take in the natural beauty of the 1.2 million hectare Fiordland National Park. 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Overnight Cruise Milford Sound option

This must be prebooked as spaces are limited, please ask your consultant for more information. 
The Milford Mariner offers you a very special dinner, bed and breakfast experience on Milford Sound. On board the Milford Mariner you will cruise the full length of this spectacular fiord to the Tasman Sea before anchoring for the night in sheltered Harrison Cove. Accompanied by a nature guide you can go exploring in the tender craft and kayaks or simply relax on deck. After the days activities you enjoy a delicious evening buffet in the spacious saloon before retiring to your private cabin.

The vessel itself was designed along the lines of a traditional New Zealand coastal trading scow to reflect Fiordland’s heritage. Departing from the Milford Wharf, the Milford Mariner cruises the length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea leisurely exploring on the way many points of interest, There is plenty of time to view the waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife and the experienced nature guide on board will be able to answer any questions you may have. After reaching the open sea, subject to weather and favourable conditions the sails are hoisted for a period. The vessel returns to the calm and shelter of Harrison Cove for your overnight stay.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

The Te Anau Hotel and Villas offers a range of accommodation from hotel rooms and suites to villas. Ideally located on the lake front the hotel is just a few minutes stroll for the shops. cafes and activities on offer.

Meals included: Breakfast

Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 9: At leisure in Queenstown

Kirra Tours Platinum 13 Day Southern Sensations - Day 9

Explore Queenstown

Enjoy a free day to experience this magnificent resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure & leisure activities in all forms, from extreme to relaxed exploration.  Your tour host will be happy to advise you on all the activities and options available.

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 10: Arrowtown, Akarua Winery

Kirra Tours Platinum 13 Day Southern Sensations - Day 10

Arrowtown & Akarua Winery

Set beneath the rugged Crown Range is Arrowtown, an historic village located beside the Arrow River which was once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860s. It features a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Enjoy time to stroll through this historic village, before enjoying a relaxing, sumptuous lunch at Walnut Cottage, the show piece of Akarua Wines and back dropped by the Remarkables mountain range.

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, Lunch

Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 11: Queenstown, to Franz Josef Glacier via Wanaka

Kirra Tours Platinum 13 Day Southern Sensations - Day 11

Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier

There is time to wander around the resort of Lake Wanaka before enjoying incredible scenery as we travel past the untouched native forests and pristine lakes of the World Heritage Westland National Park. On to Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers where there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions).

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 12: Tranz Alpine Train to Christchurch

Kirra Tours Platinum 13 Day Southern Sensations - Day 12

Tranz Alpine Train Greymouth to Christchurch

Head north along the dramatic West Coast, steeped in history dating back to the gold rush era of the 1800's. This afternoon, you will board the TranzAlpine train for a coast to coast rail adventure through the Southern Alps, rated as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. On arrival you will be transferred to your resort hotel for a farewell dinner.

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, Speciality Dinner

Rydges Latimer Hotel

Day 13: Depart Christchurch

Transfer to Christchurch airport

You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Christchurch airport in time for your onward flight.

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