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Kirra ToursKirra Tours Platinum 20 Day New Zealand Odyssey 2020/21

Discover the breathtaking scenery of both the North and South Islands on this 20-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 Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, Wellington, the Marlborough Sounds and Dunedin.

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Christchurch
 20 days/ 19 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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Earnslaw near Queenstown

At a glance - Kirra Tours Platinum 20 Day New Zealand Odyssey 2020/21

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland. Accommodation: Grand Windsor Hotel MGallery by Sofitel

Day 2: Auckland to Waiuku with a trip to Waiheke. Accommodation: Castaways Resort

Day 3: Spend a day in the beautiful Rotorua. Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

Day 4: Cruise Lake Rotoiti. Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

Day 5: Head south to Napier via the mighty Huka Falls. Accommodation: The Crown Hotel

Day 6: Investigate the Hawkes Bay. Accommodation: The Crown Hotel

Day 7: Check out the wildlife at Mt Bruce before you reach the quirky capital. Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 8: Explore the Nation's Capital, Wellington. Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 9: Take the Interislander to the South Island. Accommodation: Awaroa Lodge

Day 10: Adventure in sandy Abel Tasman. Accommodation: Awaroa Lodge

Day 11: Journey on to Blenheim, perhaps you'll enjoy some of the local wine. Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

Day 12: A coastal journey to Christchurch. Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 13: Cut across country on the TranzAlpine Train. Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 14: See Wanaka and historic Arrowtown on the way to Queenstown. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 15: Endless activity options today in Queenstown. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 16: A trip highlight as you spend a night on the Doubtful Sound. Accommodation: Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound

Day 17: Visit the East Coast, Dunedin. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 18: Find out the history of Larnach Castle. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 19: See the mystical Moeraki Boulders on your way to Christchurch. Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 20: Depart Christchurch.

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Kirra Tours Platinum 20 Day New Zealand Odyssey 2020/21 - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland

Kirra Tours Platinum 20 Day New Zealand Odyssey 2020/21 - Day 1

Welcome to Auckland, transfer to hotel

On arrival into Auckland a representative of Kirra Tours will meet you from your flight and a transfer will deliver you to your hotel accommodation. Tonight, enjoy a welcome drinks reception with your fellow travellers.

Your Accommodation: Grand Windsor Hotel MGallery by Sofitel

Located right on Queen Street the Grand Windsor Hotel Auckland is boutique and stylish property with an ideal location to enjoy and explore the vibrant heart of the 'City of Sails'.

Meals included: Dinner

Grand Windsor Hotel MGallery by Sofitel

Day 2: Auckland to Waiuku with a trip to Waiheke

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Auckland to Waiuku

After breakfast, a brief ferry ride into the Hauraki Gulf brings us to Waiheke Island, an internationally renowned haven for vineyards, olive groves, art galleries and sandy beaches. Enjoy a locally guided tour that includes sightseeing, visits to a couple of the island’s top vineyards and sampling Waiheke’s gourmet culinary delights. Returning to the mainland in the early afternoon, we leave the big city behind and drive south to our peaceful coastal retreat, where you can walk on the black sand beach, spoil yourself at the day spa or enjoy a cold drink whilst taking in stunning panoramic views of the Tasman Sea.

Your Accommodation: Castaways Resort

Castaways Resort overlooks the crashing surf and black sand beaches of Auckland's wild west coast. Complemented by a contemporary balinese influenced Day Spa, a restaurant with uninterrupted ocean views, excellent conference facilities and a range of adventure activities.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Castaways Resort

Day 3: Spend a day in the beautiful Rotorua

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Waiuku to Rotorua

We continue our journey south to the heart of the North Island, the geothermal city of Rotorua. You have the afternoon free to explore this fascinating city known for its rich Maori culture, natural hot springs, bubbling mud pools and beautiful forests and lakes. Your Coach Captain can assist with booking 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 al fresco dining area.
 

Your Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa occupies a great location within walking distance of the lakefront, the government gardens and the city centres shops and restaurants. Luxury rooms are well equipped and on site facilities include a swimming pool, restaurant and bar and spa treatments.

Meals included: Breakfast

Regent of Rotorua

Day 4: Cruise Lake Rotoiti

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Lake Rotoiti Cruise

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 our luxury catamaran and bathe in the thermal waters of the Manupirua hot springs, accessible only by boat. This afternoon we visit the Blue and Green Lakes before returning to Rotorua. This evening, we treated to a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance at our featured Maori cultural exprience.

Your Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa occupies a great location within walking distance of the lakefront, the government gardens and the city centres shops and restaurants. Luxury rooms are well equipped and on site facilities include a swimming pool, restaurant and bar and spa treatments.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Regent of Rotorua

Day 5: Head south to Napier via the mighty Huka Falls

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Rotorua to Napier

View the mighty Huka Falls and the Wairakei Geothermal project before stopping at Lake Taupo, the largest in New Zealand. Continue across the Central Plateau to the Hawkes Bay region and Napier, often regarded as the world's Art Deco Capital. On arrival, enjoy a locally guided walking tour of the city.

Your Accommodation: The Crown Hotel

Overlooking the waterfront in Napier’s Ahuriri district, the Crown Hotel offers boutique accommodation in either the historic Art Deco Crown Hotel Building or the modern contemporary wing next door.

Meals included: Breakfast

The Crown Hotel

Day 6: Investigate the Hawkes Bay

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Napier Free Day

Widely regarded as the ‘Tuscany of the South Pacific’, this region boasts some of New Zealand’s best wineries. Enjoy a free day to experience some of the many optional activities available or simply relax and enjoy your surroundings.
This evening, we visit Mission Estate, New Zealand’s oldest winery established by a group of French missionaries in 1851. Enjoy wine tastings followed by a fine dining experience in the elegantly restored seminary with its sweeping views over the vineyards, city and the coast beyond.

Your Accommodation: The Crown Hotel

Overlooking the waterfront in Napier’s Ahuriri district, the Crown Hotel offers boutique accommodation in either the historic Art Deco Crown Hotel Building or the modern contemporary wing next door.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

The Crown Hotel

Day 7: Check out the wildlife at Mt Bruce before you reach the quirky capital

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Napier to Wellington via Mt Bruce Wildlife Centre

Travel this morning to the Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, a captive-breeding sanctuary for the country’s most endangered birds and home to the only white kiwi in captivity. We carry on to Wellington, the nation’s capital, where you enjoy a brief sightseeing and orientation tour before checking into your accommodation.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast

Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 8: Explore the Nation's Capital, Wellington

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Explore the Nation's Capital - Wellington

Recently named the 'coolest little capital in the world’ by Lonely Planet, Wellington is nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills and is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty. A visit to Te Papa National Museum is highly recommended as is a ride on the famous Cable Car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views over the city. If you like action-packed adventure activities, Wellington has it all along with beautiful walks around the harbour and surrounding hills.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast

Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 9: Take the Interislander to the South Island

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Wellington to Abel Tasman

This morning we board the Interislander Ferry to cruise across the Cook Strait through the magnificent Marlborough Sounds. From there we drive across the top of the South Island to Marahau, the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park. A water taxi carries us on a scenic coastal cruise to our secluded accommodation located within the heart of the national park in Awaroa Bay, surrounded by pristine waterways and native forest.

Your Accommodation: Awaroa Lodge

Surrounded by pristine waterways and native forest, the Lodge has been constructed to make the most of its secluded location. Enjoy a range of activities like a guided walk or kayak, relax on the famous Awaroa beach or take a walk through the lodge's grounds and surrounds.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Awaroa Lodge

Day 10: Adventure in sandy Abel Tasman

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Discover Abel Tasman National Park

Named after the first European explorer to sight New Zealand, Abel Tasman is the country’s smallest, but most visited national park. Renowned for its golden sand beaches, stunning blue water and native coastal forestland, it is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Spend a free day on a guided kayak or sailing excursion, relax on Awaroa Beach or explore the walking tracks around the lodge.

Your Accommodation: Awaroa Lodge

Surrounded by pristine waterways and native forest, the Lodge has been constructed to make the most of its secluded location. Enjoy a range of activities like a guided walk or kayak, relax on the famous Awaroa beach or take a walk through the lodge's grounds and surrounds.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Awaroa Lodge

Day 11: Journey on to Blenheim, perhaps you'll enjoy some of the local wine

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Visit Nelson

The water taxi returns us to our coach for the next part of the journey. We stop to wander around sunny Nelson, a city with a thriving arts and crafts scene, then drive across the Marlborough Region to the charming town of Blenheim. With several world-class vineyards close to tonight’s accommodation, your Coach Captain will offer the option to visit a winery to sample the region’s famous Sauvignon Blanc.

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 12: A coastal journey to Christchurch

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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 13: Cut across country on the TranzAlpine Train

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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 14: See Wanaka and historic Arrowtown on the way to Queenstown

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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 15: Endless activity options today 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 16: A trip highlight as you spend a night on the Doubtful Sound

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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 17: Visit the East Coast, Dunedin

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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 18: Find out the history of Larnach Castle

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Explore Dunedin and Larnach Castle

This morning, travel to Larnach Castle for a guided tour, learning about its tragic and mysterious history before enjoying High Tea in the historic ballroom. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Dunedin and the greater Otago Peninsula. Your Coach Captain will assist with any optional activities you would like to do.

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 19: See the mystical Moeraki Boulders on your way to Christchurch

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Dunedin to Christchurch via the Moeraki Boulders

Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders, geological marvels that began to form about 60 million years ago and were exposed by the erosion of sedimentary rocks over time. From there, we travel north up the coast through the towns of Oamaru and Timaru and across the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. This evening join your friends for a farewell dinner and relive the many great experiences of your holiday.

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 20: 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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