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Kirra ToursKirra Tours Platinum 9 Day Southern Encounter 2020/21

Join just 24 others on this luxury escorted coach tour of the South Island New Zealand. Taking you cross country on the world-famous TranzAlpine Scenic Train and down the west coast before enjoying the serenity of the Fiordland National Park on a Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise, sure to be a tour highlight. After you are feeling fully relaxed meet up with the coach again and head to Dunedin on the Otago Peninsula. Finishing in Christchurch you can explore the newly built city at your leisure or get Kirra to drop you back at the airport for your next adventure.

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch
 9 days/ 8 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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Doubtful Sound near Manapouri
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At a glance - Kirra Tours Platinum 9 Day Southern Encounter 2020/21

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch. Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 2: Cut across to the west coast on the TranzAlpine Scenic Railway. Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 3: Journey past the lakeside resort of Wanaka on to Queenstown. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 4: Adventure in Queenstown. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 5: Enjoy the tranquility of Doubtful Sound. Accommodation: Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound

Day 6: Reach the Edinburgh of the South, Dunedin. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 7: Visit historic Larnach Castle. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 8: Going north to Christchurch you will stop to see the Moeraki Boulders. Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 9: Leave Christchurch full of wonderful memories.

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Kirra Tours Platinum 9 Day Southern Encounter 2020/21 - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch

Kirra Tours Platinum 9 Day Southern Encounter 2020/21 - Day 1

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: 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: Dinner

Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 2: Cut across to the west coast on the TranzAlpine Scenic Railway

Kirra Tours Platinum 9 Day Southern Encounter 2020/21 - 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: Journey past the lakeside resort of Wanaka on to Queenstown

Kirra Tours Platinum 9 Day Southern Encounter 2020/21 - 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: Adventure in Queenstown

Kirra Tours Platinum 9 Day Southern Encounter 2020/21 - 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: Enjoy the tranquility of Doubtful Sound

Kirra Tours Platinum 9 Day Southern Encounter 2020/21 - 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: Reach the Edinburgh of the South, Dunedin

Kirra Tours Platinum 9 Day Southern Encounter 2020/21 - 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: Visit historic Larnach Castle

Kirra Tours Platinum 9 Day Southern Encounter 2020/21 - Day 7

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 8: Going north to Christchurch you will stop to see the Moeraki Boulders

Kirra Tours Platinum 9 Day Southern Encounter 2020/21 - Day 8

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 9: Leave Christchurch full of wonderful memories

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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