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Kirra ToursKirra Tours 15 day New Zealand Explorer

Explore both the North and South Islands of New Zealand on this 15 Day New Zealand Explorer Coach Tour. Highlights include a Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise in one of the most breathtaking places of natural beauty in the country. You will also visit Abel Tasman National Park with its breathtaking white sandy beaches and clear blue waters. In the North Island experience the unique Hobbiton Movie Set tour.

 New Zealand escorted tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Auckland
 15 days/ 14 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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Included in this tour package

Tour map
Visit Hobbiton movie set
The view over Queenstown

At a glance - Kirra Tours 15 day New Zealand Explorer

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 Cromwell and Te Anau. Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 4: Te Anau to Doubtful Sound and Queenstown. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 5: Queenstown Free Day. 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: Wellington to Taupo to Rotorua. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 12: Rotorua sightseeing today and a visit to Tamaki Maori Village. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 13: Rotorua to Hobbiton to Pauanui. Accommodation: Puka Park Resort

Day 14: Pauanui to Coromandel Township an onto Auckland. Accommodation: Rydges Hotel, Auckland

Day 15: Depart Auckland today.

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Kirra Tours 15 day New Zealand Explorer - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

Kirra Tours 15 day New Zealand Explorer - 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 15 day New Zealand Explorer - 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 Cromwell and Te Anau

Kirra Tours 15 day New Zealand Explorer - 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: Te Anau to Doubtful Sound and Queenstown

Kirra Tours 15 day New Zealand Explorer - 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, Lunch, Dinner

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 5: Queenstown Free Day

Kirra Tours 15 day New Zealand Explorer - 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 15 day New Zealand Explorer - 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 15 day New Zealand Explorer - 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 15 day New Zealand Explorer - 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 15 day New Zealand Explorer - 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 15 day New Zealand Explorer - 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: Wellington to Taupo to Rotorua

Kirra Tours 15 day New Zealand Explorer - Day 11

Wellington to Rotorua via New Zealand's largest lake, Lake Taupo

Leaving the city behind, you travel through rolling farmland as we enter the Tongariro National Park, dominated by the volcanic cone of Mt Ruapehu. Follow the Desert Road to the popular lakeside resort of Taupo, located on the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake. Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls and travel past massive pine forests to reach Rotorua, centre of Maori culture and famous for its geysers, boiling mud pools and steaming craters.

Your Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua enjoys a location that is second-to-none on the very shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa complex and just a short stroll to all the attractions in Rotorua.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 12: Rotorua sightseeing today and a visit to Tamaki Maori Village

Kirra Tours 15 day New Zealand Explorer - Day 12

Rotorua Sightseeing

Today begins with a visit to the Agrodome to see a unique New Zealand farm show. This is followed by a visit to Te Puia, home to Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and the New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Centre. Here you will witness all of nature’s thermal wonders including silica terraces and the famous Pohutu Geyser. Enjoy some free time this afternoon for optional activities before visiting Tamaki Village for an evening of fun and culture. You will experience a traditionally prepared Maori Hangi (feast) followed by a cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance including the stirring haka.

Your Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua enjoys a location that is second-to-none on the very shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa complex and just a short stroll to all the attractions in Rotorua.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 13: Rotorua to Hobbiton to Pauanui

Kirra Tours 15 day New Zealand Explorer - Day 13

Rotorua to Pauanui via Hobbiton Village

Cross the Mamaku Ranges into the Waikato region, well known for its dairy farming, world famous horse studs and champion Rugby team! At Matamata, a guide will escort your group on a Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tour. Enjoy a visit to the set used in The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. On to Pauanui, a favourite New Zealand holiday beach resort for our overnight stay.

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 14: Pauanui to Coromandel Township an onto Auckland

Kirra Tours 15 day New Zealand Explorer - Day 14

Pauanui to Coromandel Township to Auckland

The Coromandel Peninsula is a beautiful, rugged area fringed with dozens of excellent beaches and is a place where many kiwis choose to escape the hustle and hype of city life. At the quaint township of Coromandel, ride the famous Driving Creek narrow gauge railway to a fascinating artist colony. On to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’ and enjoy a farewell dinner tonight with your new found friends.

Your Accommodation: Rydges Hotel, Auckland

Nestled in the heart of Auckland's CBD, Rydges Auckland offers an ideal location. The hotel is a short stroll from business and retail districts, the Casino, the America's Cup Viaduct Village and superb waterfront restaurants.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Rydges Hotel, Auckland

Day 15: Depart Auckland today

Transfer to Auckland airport

You will be transferred to Auckland airport to meet your onward flight.

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