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Kirra Platinum 10 Day Southern Encounter

Circle around the South Island for 10 days, starting and finishing in the garden city of Christchurch. Visit Arthur's Pass National Park, see the glaciers on the wild West Coast, enjoy some adventure in Queenstown and take a train ride or two through our rugged alpine scenery. With a range of fantastic activities included, you will spend your days cruising through the beautiful Doubtful Sound, traversing the Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine train and enjoying high tea at New Zealand's only castle!

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

Arthur's Pass National Park New Zealand
Mt Cook National Park New Zealand

At a glance - Kirra Platinum 10 Day Southern Encounter

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch. Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Hotel

Day 2: Christchurch to Arthurs Pass with Tranz Alpine. Then on to Franz Josef by coach. Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 3: Franz Josef to Queenstown via Wanaka. Accommodation: Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown

Day 4: At leisure in Queenstown. Accommodation: Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown

Day 5: Overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise. Accommodation: Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound

Day 6: Manapouri to Dunedin. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 7: Otago Peninsula, Taieri Gorge. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 8: Dunedin to Mount Cook via Moeraki. Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

Day 9: Mount Cook to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo. Accommodation: Commodore Hotel, Christchurch Airport

Day 10: Depart Christchurch.

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Kirra Platinum 10 Day Southern Encounter - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

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 Hotel

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.

Rydges Latimer Hotel

Day 2: Christchurch to Arthurs Pass with Tranz Alpine. Then on to Franz Josef by coach

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: Franz Josef to Queenstown via Wanaka

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: Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown

This 175 room boutique hotel is situated on 500 acres of golf course and grounds. Surrounded by mountains the resort offers everything you need but is also close enough to Arrowtown and Queenstown to enjoy the region to its fullest.

Meals included: Breakfast

Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown

Day 4: At leisure in Queenstown

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: Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown

This 175 room boutique hotel is situated on 500 acres of golf course and grounds. Surrounded by mountains the resort offers everything you need but is also close enough to Arrowtown and Queenstown to enjoy the region to its fullest.

Meals included: Breakfast

Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown

Day 5: Overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

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: Manapouri to Dunedin

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: Otago Peninsula, Taieri Gorge

Otago Peninsula, Taieri Gorge

Enjoy spectacular views across the Otago Peninsula as you travel to Lanarch Castle. On your guided tour, learn about its tragic and mysterious history before enjoying a High Tea in the Grand Ballroom. This afternoon, board the famous Taieri Gorge Railway. From Dunedin, the train sneaks across the Taieri Plains and climbs into the Taieri Gorge, a narrow and deep gorge carved out over aeons by the ancient Taieri River. The natural wonders combined with the challenge of man-made engineering will leave you amazed

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: Dunedin to Mount Cook via Moeraki

Dunedin to Mt Cook via Moeraki

Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders before travelling up the Waitaki Valley to Omarama. Your journey continues into the World Heritage Mt Cook National Park, with its 70,000 ha of breathtaking alpine scenery. After dinner, enjoy a guided tour of the Digital Dome Planetarium before your astronomy guides take you to their outdoor stargazing site where you explore different elements of the spectacular southern sky.   

Your Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

The Hermitage Hotel ringed by magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, is a world-renowned tourist destination and has been an icon of superior accommodation and dining since 1884.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

Day 9: Mount Cook to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo

Mt Cook to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo

At Lake Tekapo, stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Then cross the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch and enjoy an afternoon at leisure as you bid farewell to your newfound friends.

Your Accommodation: Commodore Hotel, Christchurch Airport

The Commodore Hotel stands at the gateway to Christchurch on seven acres of award-winning native New Zealand gardens. This stylish airport accommodation offers all the facilities you need for a relaxing stay.

Meals included: Breakfast

Commodore Hotel, Christchurch Airport

Day 10: Depart Christchurch

Depart Christchurch

Sadly, your holiday ends after breakfast this morning. Here we bid you farewell and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay.

 

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