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Kirra ToursKirra Tours 10 day Classic TranzAlpine Panorama

Discover the spectacular South Island of New Zealand on this fantastic 10 day adventure. You will travel the southern loop from Christchurch down the central spine of the Southern Alps covering both East and West Coasts - notice the stark differences between these two coasts. An ultimate experience is including on the famous TranzAlpine train journey from Greymouth to Christchurch, a great way to finish off your holiday experience!

 New Zealand escorted tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch
 10 days/ 9 nights
 Hotel 4 star
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
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Included in this tour package

Tour map
TSS Earnslaw steam ship
Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park

At a glance - Kirra Tours 10 day Classic TranzAlpine Panorama

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch. Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo to Mt. Cook to Omarama. Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Day 3: Omarama to Dunedin. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 4: Dunedin to Lake Manapouri and Te Anau. Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 5: Milford Sound including a launch cruise. Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 6: Te Anau to Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 7: Free day to enjoy Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 8: Queenstown to Haast Pass to Franz Josef. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 9: Franz Josef to Christchurch. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch Airport

Day 10: Depart Christchurch today.

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Kirra Tours 10 day Classic TranzAlpine Panorama - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

Kirra Tours 10 day Classic TranzAlpine Panorama - 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: 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.

Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo to Mt. Cook to Omarama

Kirra Tours 10 day Classic TranzAlpine Panorama - Day 2

Christchurch to Omarama via Mt Cook National Park

Cross the broad Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps to the west. Enter the foothills near Geraldine to the barren MacKenzie Country. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial overlooking Lake Tekapo. Visit Mt Cook National Park, with time to enjoy the scenic majesty of New Zealand’s highest snow capped peaks and a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre before travelling around Lake Pukaki to Twizel and Omarama.

Your Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Positioned at the crossroads linking north, south, east and west, the Gateway Hotel features a full restaurant and cocktail bar with views of the Southern Alps, the Heritage Gateway Hotel has everything you need to rest and refresh.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Heritage Gateway Hotel

Day 3: Omarama to Dunedin

Kirra Tours 10 day Classic TranzAlpine Panorama - Day 3

Omarama to Dunedin

Pass large hydro lakes as you travel along the Waitaki Valley to Oamaru and then south to Dunedin - the "Scottish" city. An early arrival allows the choice of excellent optional activities. Combine a Monarch harbour cruise or Newton's Citibus tour to see the albatross, penguins and seals,  enjoy the historic and scenic Taieri Gorge train journey or explore the city only a few minutes walk away.

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 4: Dunedin to Lake Manapouri and Te Anau

Kirra Tours 10 day Classic TranzAlpine Panorama - Day 4

From Dunedin travel to Te Anau - gateway to the Milford Sound

Visit historic Larnach Castle on the Otago Peninsula looking back over Dunedin, before setting off across rich farmlands to the agricultural towns of Gore and Lumsden before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau.

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, Dinner

Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 5: Milford Sound including a launch cruise

Kirra Tours 10 day Classic TranzAlpine Panorama - Day 5

Milford Sound and Scenic Cruise

Follow the Hollyford Valley where the beech forests reach to the roads edge and snow capped peaks tower above. Descend into the Cleddau Canyon to Milford Sound, dominated by Mitre Peak. A launch cruise takes you to the open sea and shows such highlights as the Bowen and Stirling Falls. If time and weather permits, walk into the rainforest to visit The Chasm, a spectacular waterfall, and then pause at the Homer Tunnel. After your tour you will return to Te Anau.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Overnight Cruise Milford Sound option

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 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 6: Te Anau to Queenstown

Kirra Tours 10 day Classic TranzAlpine Panorama - Day 6

Te Anau to Queenstown

This morning we drive north to Kingston and around the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Picturesque Queenstown, the Adventure capital of New Zealand, where you will be able to explore the many activities at hand.  This evening cruise across the lake, aboard the steamship TSS Earnslaw for dinner in the Colonel's Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm.

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, Speciality Dinner

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 7: Free day to enjoy Queenstown

Kirra Tours 10 day Classic TranzAlpine Panorama - Day 7

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 8: Queenstown to Haast Pass to Franz Josef

Kirra Tours 10 day Classic TranzAlpine Panorama - Day 8

Queenstown to Franz Josef via Haast

Pass picturesque Lake Hayes, on to an area steeped in fascinating history relating to early settlement and the gold mining era, and then to Lake Wanaka. Pass Lake Hawea and the upper reaches of Lake Wanaka to Makarora, cross the Haast Pass into the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks. Drive north along the coast to the magnificent Glacier region.

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 9: Franz Josef to Christchurch

Kirra Tours 10 day Classic TranzAlpine Panorama - Day 9

Franz Josef to Christchurch

Today we head north along the coast and pay a visit to a Pounamu (also known as Greenstone or Jade) factory. Pounamu is considered a treasure in Maori culture and is seen as a sign of status and power. It is a hard, highly valued stone found only on the south island. It was often given as gifts to seal important agreements. See how beautiful jewellery is created out of this amazing green stone. At Greymouth, board the famous TranzAlpine Train. Renowned as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world, this coast to coast rail adventure will take you through the Southern Alps, over massive viaducts, river valleys and gorges.

Your Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch Airport

Located 2 minutes from the Christchurch International Airport the Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport is just 15 minutes from Christchurch City Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Sudima Christchurch Airport

Day 10: Depart Christchurch today

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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