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Kirra Tours 8 day Tranz Alpine Vista

See the highlights of the South Island including Doubtful Sound, Mt. Cook National Park, Queenstown and the famous Tranz Alpine train.

 Escorted coach tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch
 8 days/ 7 nights
 Hotel 3 star
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
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Included in this tour package

Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Mt Cook National Park, New Zealand

At a glance - Kirra Tours 8 day Tranz Alpine Vista

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

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

Day 3: Omarama to Cromwell, Arrowtown and Queenstown. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 4: Queenstown free day. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 5: Head to Doubtful Sound for a Wilderness Experience. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

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

Day 7: Franz Josef to Hokitika and Gremouth, Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch (Kirra pre/post tour hotel)

Day 8: Depart Christchurch today.

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Kirra Tours 8 day Tranz Alpine Vista - 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: Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

Occupying a central location the Rendezvous Hotel has been voted as one of the trendiest hotels in the South Pacific. Recently refurbished modern rooms and suites provide all the facilities you would expect from a fine hotel.

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch to Mt. Cook to Omarama

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, Arrowtown and Queenstown

Omarama to Arrowtown and Queenstown

Travel through the McKenzie Country before beginning the assent over the Lindis Pass to the township of Cromwell. Continue on to Arrowtown, set beneath the rugged Crown Range. This historic village located beside the Arrow River was once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s and features a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Later this afternoon, travel on to Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination. Tonight, ride the Skyline gondola to the top of Bob’s 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, Speciality Dinner

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 4: Queenstown free day

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: 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

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 5: Head to Doubtful Sound for a Wilderness Experience

Spectacular Doubtful Sound Wilderness Experience

Today you travel to this untouched world deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park. After an early breakfast, skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu and travel through lush farmland to Te Anau. A short drive brings you to Manapouri, where you enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque lake to West Arm. This is followed by a 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. Here you will board the spacious, purpose built catamaran ‘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, 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. Return to Queenstown late evening 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, Speciality Dinner

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 6: Queenstown to Haast Pass to Franz Josef

Queenstown to Franz Josef via Haast

Stop at Lake 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 Gremouth, Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch

Franz Josef to Greymouth, then board the Tranz Alpine to Christchurch

At Hokitika, stop to visit to a Pounamu, (also known as Greenstone or Jade) factory. On to Greymouth where you board the famous Tranz Alpine 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 (Kirra pre/post tour hotel)

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 (Kirra pre/post tour hotel)

Day 8: 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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