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Kirra ToursKirra Tours Classic 10 Day Traverse 2020/21

Enjoy 10 days with Kirra Tours to explore the South Island, New Zealand. Starting and finishing in Christchurch this journey highlights, unique landscapes like the Moeraki Boulders and Punakaiki Rocks, journeys through a rainforest, across plains and in between glacial valleys.  A must see included in this tour is Doubtful Sound which you will enjoy on board a scenic cruise. With a mix of planned days and time to relax, you will be spoilt for choice on how you spend your time. 

 New Zealand escorted tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch
 10 days/ 9 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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Included in this tour package

Tour map
West Coast Blue Pools
Skyline Queenstown

At a glance - Kirra Tours Classic 10 Day Traverse 2020/21

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch. Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 2: Journey west to Punakaiki and see the pancake rocks. Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort

Day 3: Travel down the west coast through dense rainforest. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 4: See the lakes district on your way to Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 5: A day of adventure in Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 6: Head into the Fiordland National Park and see Doubtful Sound. Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 7: Uncover the mysteries of Larnach Castle. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 8: A day of leisure in Dunedin. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 9: Stop at the peculiar Moeraki Boulders on the way to Christchurch. Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 10: Depart Christchurch.

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Kirra Tours Classic 10 Day Traverse 2020/21 - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch

Kirra Tours Classic 10 Day Traverse 2020/21 - Day 1

Kirra Tours 10 Day Southern Traverse

‘Haere Mai’ Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival, a Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport and will transfer you to your downtown city hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner and drinks with your fellow travellers.

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: Dinner

Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 2: Journey west to Punakaiki and see the pancake rocks

Kirra Tours Classic 10 Day Traverse 2020/21 - Day 2

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 3: Travel down the west coast through dense rainforest

Kirra Tours Classic 10 Day Traverse 2020/21 - Day 3

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 4: See the lakes district on your way to Queenstown

Kirra Tours Classic 10 Day Traverse 2020/21 - Day 4

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 5: A day of adventure in Queenstown

Kirra Tours Classic 10 Day Traverse 2020/21 - Day 5

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 6: Head into the Fiordland National Park and see Doubtful Sound

Kirra Tours Classic 10 Day Traverse 2020/21 - Day 6

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 7: Uncover the mysteries of Larnach Castle

Kirra Tours Classic 10 Day Traverse 2020/21 - Day 7

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 8: A day of leisure in Dunedin

Kirra Tours Classic 10 Day Traverse 2020/21 - Day 8

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 9: Stop at the peculiar Moeraki Boulders on the way to Christchurch

Kirra Tours Classic 10 Day Traverse 2020/21 - Day 9

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 10: 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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