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Kirra ToursKirra Tours 11 day Southern Discovery

Starting in Christchurch this tour gives you the opportunity to experience the best of the South Island including a Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise, the ultimate adventure playground of Queenstown, the glaciers on the South Islands West Coast and the breathtaking white sandy beaches and clear blue waters of the Abel Tasman National Park. Cruise across the Cook Strait to finish your tour in Wellington City in the North Island.

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

Tour map
View over Queenstown
Doubtful Sound cruise

At a glance - Kirra Tours 11 day Southern Discovery

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

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

Day 3: Omarama to Te Anau. Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 4: Head to Doubtful Sound for a Wilderness Experience. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 5: Free Day in Queenstown. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 6: Queenstown to Arrowtown to Franz Josef. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 7: Franz Josef to Hokitika and Punakaiki. Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort

Day 8: Punakaiki to Murchison and Nelson. Accommodation: Rutherford Hotel Nelson

Day 9: Cruise Abel Tasman National Park. Accommodation: Rutherford Hotel Nelson

Day 10: Nelson to Picton and Wellington. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay

Day 11: Depart Wellington today.

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Kirra Tours 11 day Southern Discovery - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

Kirra Tours 11 day Southern Discovery - Day 1

Welcome to Christchurch, transfer to hotel

On arrival a Kirra representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your downtown city hotel. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome cocktail reception.

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 Mt. Cook to Omarama

Kirra Tours 11 day Southern Discovery - Day 2

Christchurch to Mt. Cook National Park to Omarama

After a brief tour of Christchurch, cross the Canterbury Plains into the MacKenzie Country. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial at Lake Tekapo. Visit Mt Cook National Park, a World Heritage listed site covering over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery before travelling on to Omarama. Optional ski-plane and helicopter flights are available subject to weather conditions.

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 Te Anau

Kirra Tours 11 day Southern Discovery - Day 3

Omarama to Te Anau

Begin the assent over the Lindis Pass to the township of Cromwell, then continue on to the historic village of Clyde, nestled in a sheltered basin at the foot of an immense and crooked gorge. Stop for lunch at Alexandra, located on the banks of the mighty Clutha River, then travel across the farmlands of Central Otago to the township of Gore before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park.

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 4: Head to Doubtful Sound for a Wilderness Experience

Kirra Tours 11 day Southern Discovery - Day 4

Cruise Doubtful Sound then on to Queenstown

After breakfast, travel to Manapouri and enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque lake to West Arm. Travel over the Wilmot Pass and pause to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. Board Patea Explorer for a three hour cruise through this pristine fiord. During the cruise, knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. They will answer questions, point out landmarks and provide you with information about the varied wildlife you may encounter like dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin. As the majesty of Doubtful Sound unfolds before you, its vastness will take your breath away. Later this afternoon, travel on to Queenstown, regarded as New Zealands premier holiday destination and enjoy dinner at your hotel on arrival.

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

The Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Queenstown Lakefront is conveniently located within walking distance to the centre of Queenstown and just a few minutes stroll from the picturesque Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 5: Free Day in Queenstown

Kirra Tours 11 day Southern Discovery - Day 5

Queenstown free day

Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities in all its various forms and your Coach Captain will happily recommend and assist with any optional activities you would like to do. Alternatively, you may prefer to browse in the many shops and galleries. Tonight, ride the Skyline gondola to the top of Bobs Peak where both the dining and the views are unsurpassed.

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

The Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Queenstown Lakefront is conveniently located within walking distance to the centre of Queenstown and just a few minutes stroll from the picturesque Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 6: Queenstown to Arrowtown to Franz Josef

Kirra Tours 11 day Southern Discovery - Day 6

Queenstown to Arrowtown and Franz Josef

This morning, you'll visit Arrowtown. Set beneath the rugged Crown Range, this historic village was once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860s and features a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Stop at Wanaka, a picture postcard resort on the lakes edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. View the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks before arriving on the rugged and wild West Coast, home to the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef.

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 7: Franz Josef to Hokitika and Punakaiki

Kirra Tours 11 day Southern Discovery - Day 7

Franz Josef to Hokitika and Punakaiki

Before your departure this morning, there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions). At Hokitika, stop to visit 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. At Punakaiki, marvel at the bizarre limestone landscapes that are the Pancake Rocks & Blowhole. Tonight’s stay is at a friendly eco resort located in the Paparoa National Park and 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 8: Punakaiki to Murchison and Nelson

Kirra Tours 11 day Southern Discovery - Day 8

Punakaiki to Murchison and Nelson

Skirt the west coastline before heading inland to Murchison. Travel north through the Nelson Lakes region before arriving at Nelson, a city of charm based on a harbour that is the busiest fishing port in New Zealand. This afternoon, visit the World of Wearable Art & Classic Car Museum.

Your Accommodation: Rutherford Hotel Nelson

The Rutherford Hotel Nelson offers luxurious accommodation with a full complement of features designed to help you achieve the most from your stay. Situated at the doorstep of three national parks and an unmatched range of sandy beaches, blue seas and mountain wilderness.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Rutherford Hotel Nelson

Day 9: Cruise Abel Tasman National Park

Kirra Tours 11 day Southern Discovery - Day 9

Cruise Abel Tasman National Park

A short drive brings you to Kaiterteri where you board your vessel for a scenic cruise of the famous Abel Tasman National Maritime Park. Cruise through the Astrolabe Roadstead to Torrent Bay & Bark Bay calling in to picturesque beaches and coves. Pause to view the antics at Tonga Island Seal Colony on your way to Totaranui. An optional coastal walk may be available for those wishing to spend time ashore, see your Coach Captain for details.

Your Accommodation: Rutherford Hotel Nelson

The Rutherford Hotel Nelson offers luxurious accommodation with a full complement of features designed to help you achieve the most from your stay. Situated at the doorstep of three national parks and an unmatched range of sandy beaches, blue seas and mountain wilderness.

Meals included: Breakfast

Rutherford Hotel Nelson

Day 10: Nelson to Picton and Wellington

Kirra Tours 11 day Southern Discovery - Day 10

Nelson to Picton and Wellington

A short drive brings you to the picturesque fishing village of Picton. Board the Interislander Ferry and cruise through the spectacular Queens Charlotte Sound into Cook Strait. Enjoy stunning views of New Zealand’s capital city as you arrive into Wellington Harbour. Enjoy a city tour taking in all the major sights and there is free time for exploring on your own. Situated on the Wellington waterfront, a visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, is highly recommended.

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay

Located just 2 minutes walk to Te Papa Museum, the vibrant Courtney Place and local Theatres the Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay is in a superb location to enjoy Wellington.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay

Day 11: Depart Wellington today

Farewell from Wellington

Time to say goodbye. Your tour finishes following breakfast this morning and you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey if required.

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