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Kirra ToursKirra Tours Classic 17 Day New Zealand Panorama 2020/21

Make the most of your tour of New Zealand with highlights and hidden gems across both the North and South Islands, commencing in Auckland and concluding in Christchurch. Discover pristine beaches amongst the rugged bush in the Bay of Plenty, cruise on Lake Okataina through the wilderness of protected native bushland. See active geysers and bubbling mud pools in Rotorua and head south through the wine region of Hawkes Bay, boarding the Interislander Ferry from New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Travel through stunning Arthurs pass to Franz Josef glacier, cruise Doubtful Sounds, explore Dunedin and Queenstown, before heading to Christchurch, with many more highlights and exploration along the way.

 New Zealand escorted tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Christchurch
 17 days/ 16 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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At a glance - Kirra Tours Classic 17 Day New Zealand Panorama 2020/21

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland. Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Queenstown

Day 2: Auckland to the coast, Pauanui. Accommodation: Puka Park Resort

Day 3: Travel to the secluded Lake Okatania. Accommodation: Lakes Lodge Wilderness Retreat

Day 4: Enjoy the sights and smells in Rotorua. Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Day 5: Visit the Art Deco capital, Napier. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Day 6: Pass historic Greytown on the way to Wellington. Accommodation: Ibis Wellington

Day 7: A day at leisure in the nations capital. Accommodation: Ibis Wellington

Day 8: Head over the Cook's Strait to the South Island. Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 9: Finish today by checking out the bizarre pancake rock formations. Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort

Day 10: Moving south down the west coast tonight you'll be able to visit the Franz Josef glacier. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 11: Pass Wanaka and Arrowtown on your way to the adventure capital. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 12: Explore Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 13: Cruise on the serene Doubtful Sound. Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 14: Discover the secrets of Larnach Castle. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 15: Decide how you spend the day in Dunedin. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 16: Head north to your final destination Christchurch. Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 17: Depart Christchurch.

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Kirra Tours Classic 17 Day New Zealand Panorama 2020/21 - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland

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Kirra Tours New Zealand Panorama

'Haere Mai’ Welcome to New Zealand. A Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your downtown city hotel. Tonight, enjoy welcome drinks as you get to know your fellow travellers.

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.

Your Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Queenstown

Situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu, Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown boasts breathtaking views over the lake and surrounding mountains.

Rydges Hotel Queenstown

Day 2: Auckland to the coast, Pauanui

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Auckland to Pauanui

Leaving the city behind, we travel southeast to the Coromandel Peninsula, a rugged area fringed with dozens of excellent beaches and a place where many Kiwis choose to escape the hustle and hype of city life. We arrive at Pauanui Beach in the early afternoon, allowing you time for a stroll on the pristine white sand beach or through the surrounding native bush. The accommodation also has bikes for hire if you fancy peddling around before dinner.

Your Accommodation: Puka Park Resort

Puka Park Resort is situated on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula. Nestled amongst 25 acres of New Zealand's most beautiful native bush this prestigious hideaway offers luxury and seclusion at its best.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Puka Park Resort

Day 3: Travel to the secluded Lake Okatania

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Pauanui to Lake Okatania

Today takes us to the popular beach resort area of Mt Maunganui and through the Bay of Plenty region to the secluded wilderness on the shores of Lake Okataina. We will embark on a scenic cruise around the lake to learn more about the area’s history, including a visit to a former Maori pā site. Back at the lodge, there are many beautiful walks available to take in the protected native forestland that surrounds the lake.

Your Accommodation: Lakes Lodge Wilderness Retreat

Situated on the shores of Lake Okataina, and surrounded by native bush, Lakes Lodge Okataina enjoys almost total seclusion, as the only habitation on the edge of the lake.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Lakes Lodge Wilderness Retreat

Day 4: Enjoy the sights and smells in Rotorua

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Sightseeing in Rotorua

We arrive in Rotorua, the North Island’s tourist hub renowned for its rich Maori culture and bubbling geothermal activity. You have the day free to explore this fascinating city full of natural hot springs and surrounded by beautiful forests and lakes. Your Coach Captain can assist with booking any optional activities you would like to do. This evening, you’ll be treated to a traditionally prepared Maori hangi (feast) followed by an enthralling cultural performance of Maori songs, chants and dance, including the stirring haka.

Your Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Novotel Lakeside Rotorua is a 4.5 star property located on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua and set in park surroundings. Just minutes from the city centre, cafes and restaurants plus the numerous tourist attractions including water activities on the lake, a golf course, museum, and thermal reserves.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Day 5: Visit the Art Deco capital, Napier

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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: Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Scenic Hotel Te Pania offers 4-star accommodation of a truly international standard. The hotel's slender curved form echoes the shape of the bay, and guests enjoy sweeping views out over the water from a premium waterfront location on Marine Parade.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Day 6: Pass historic Greytown on the way to Wellington

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Journey from Napier to the capital city of Wellington

Orchards and vineyards give way to farmland as you travel into the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region. You travel south over the Rimutaka ranges into the Capital city, Wellington. A city tour includes the summit of Mount Victoria for views over the city and its harbour, the Houses of Parliament and distinctive 'Beehive', Wellington Cathedral, the central city and business area and Oriental Bay. Also explore the city yourself. Don't miss Te Papa, the ''Museum of New Zealand" or take a ride on the famous Cable Car.

Your Accommodation: Ibis Wellington

Hotel Ibis Wellington is ideally located in Featherston Street in the heart of Wellington City and easy walking distance to Wellington's famous cafe lifestyle.

Meals included: Breakfast

Ibis Wellington

Day 7: A day at leisure in the nations capital

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A day at leisure in Wellington

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 and culture. 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. Other popular excursions include the Zealandia Eco Sanctuary or a visit to the Weta Workshop, the world-famous film design and special effects studio.

Your Accommodation: Ibis Wellington

Hotel Ibis Wellington is ideally located in Featherston Street in the heart of Wellington City and easy walking distance to Wellington's famous cafe lifestyle.

Meals included: Breakfast

Ibis Wellington

Day 8: Head over the Cook's Strait to the South Island

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Wellington to Christchurch

This morning, we board the Interislander Ferry for the scenic cruise across the Cook Strait to the South Island. Continue our journey south to Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city. This afternoon we’ll board the beautifully restored heritage tram to take in the city sights and learn about the Garden City’s rich history.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

This luxury hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square in the heart of the city, a short stroll from the Avon River, Botanical Gardens, Christchurch Casino, ReSTART Mall and new Christchurch Convention Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 9: Finish today by checking out the bizarre pancake rock formations

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Christchurch to Punakaiki

This morning, we cross the mighty Southern Alps via the massive viaducts, river valleys and gorges of Arthur’s Pass National Park. The only way to beat this stunning coast to coast drive is to upgrade to the famous TranzAlpine train journey, renowned as one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world. Arriving on the rugged West Coast, marvel at the bizarre limestone formations that make up the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Tonight’s stay is at a friendly eco-resort located in the Paparoa National Park, only a stone’s throw from the beach.

Your Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort

The Punakaiki Resort is a modern, award-winning hotel complex, architecturally designed to harmonise with the local environment. Nestled in the foothills of Papaproa National Park the resort has spectacular views of the Wild West Coast beaches while all rooms have rainforest and/or ocean views.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Punakaiki Resort

Day 10: Moving south down the west coast tonight you'll be able to visit the Franz Josef glacier

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Punakaiki to Franz Josef

Travel south along the coast to the Westland National Park, home of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. This remarkable part of the country was shaped by the dynamic glaciers and boasts lush temperate rainforest growing beneath towering mountains. Enjoy ample free time to experience the glaciers with a guided tour, optional scenic flights, guided bush walks or opt to unwind in the local hot pools. Your Coach Captain can assist with any optional activities you would like to do.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Located in the heart of Franz Josef Village the hotel offers all the amenities you would expect and is close to the shops, restaurants and activities on offer.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 11: Pass Wanaka and Arrowtown on your way to the adventure capital

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Franz Josef to Queenstown

View incredible scenery as you travel past the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring National Park. Stop at Wanaka, a popular township on the lake’s edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop, on the way to Arrowtown, an area steeped in fascinating history relating to early settlement and the gold mining era. We skirt around the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the picturesque alpine resort of Queenstown. This evening, cruise across the lake aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw before reaching the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 12: Explore Queenstown

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Queenstown free day

A day to explore the delights of this alpine resort at your leisure. Your Coach Captain will happily advise on the many sightseeing activities available. Highly recommended is a jet boat ride on the world famous Shotover River or the Kawarua River with KJet. For a longer wilderness experience try the Dart River Wilderness Safari trip from Glenorchy, a tour to the gold mining area of Skippers Canyon with Nomad Safaris or even white water rafting combined with a thrilling helicopter ride. Or you could simply relax, explore the shops and cafes and soak in the atmosphere. Queenstown really does have something for everyone.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 13: Cruise on the serene Doubtful Sound

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Queenstown to Doubtful Sound

Travel around Lake Wakatipu and through lush farmland to Te Anau, the gateway to the Fiordland National Park. On to Manapouri, where you enjoy a leisurely cruise across the 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, board a modern catamaran and allow the majesty and vastness of the fiord to take your breath away. Enjoy the on-board commentary that provides insight into the region’s history, flora and fauna as you view spectacular towering mountains and wildlife.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

The perfect base for all your Fiordland travel, Distinction Luxmore Hotel provides comfortable accommodation right in the heart of Te Anau.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 14: Discover the secrets of Larnach Castle

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Te Anau to Dunedin

Depart Te Anau and head for the coast, crossing rich farmlands and passing through agricultural townships on the way to Dunedin, often referred to as the Edinburgh of the South. Upon arrival, we will take a guided tour of Larnach Castle to learn about its tragic and mysterious history, before enjoying High Tea in the historic ballroom.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Just two blocks from the Octagon in the heart of the city, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is close to shops, parks and the best city attractions and services. The hotel provides excellent 4-star accommodation to Dunedin's visitors.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 15: Decide how you spend the day in Dunedin

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Explore Dunedin at your leisure

Today enjoy a full free day at leisure, a perfect opportunity to discover everything that Dunedin has to offer. Explore the city streets and admire the architecture and historic buildings, perhaps taking a stroll through the walled Chinese Garden or even enjoying some souvenir shopping. Alternatively, your Coach Captain will be happy to assist you with any optional activities you would like to do. Why not take a ride on the iconic Taieri Gorge Railway for striking scenery and dramatic photo opportunities, passing through tunnels and travelling across viaducts. Or perhaps you would prefer to indulge yourself on a guided tour through Dunedin’s iconic Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory or Speights Brewery. Maybe take a trip out onto the stunningly beautiful Otago Peninsula, home to lush green rolling hills, gorgeous coastal views and an abundance of wildlife. The choices are endless! 

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Just two blocks from the Octagon in the heart of the city, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is close to shops, parks and the best city attractions and services. The hotel provides excellent 4-star accommodation to Dunedin's visitors.

Meals included: Breakfast

Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 16: Head north to your final destination 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: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

This luxury hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square in the heart of the city, a short stroll from the Avon River, Botanical Gardens, Christchurch Casino, ReSTART Mall and new Christchurch Convention Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 17: Depart Christchurch

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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.

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