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Kirra ToursKirra Tours Platinum 18 day New Zealand Grandeur 2020/21

Explore New Zealand on this 18 Day New Zealand Grandeur Coach Tour. Highlights include a TranzAlpine Train excursion, an overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise, high tea at Larnarch Castle, the Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, and an exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise. Travel through rainforests, the canterbury plains, up into the mountainous volcanic region in the north and as with all Kirra tours, all you need to do is relax and enjoy.  

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Auckland
 18 days/ 17 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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Kaikoura seal
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At a glance - Kirra Tours Platinum 18 day New Zealand Grandeur 2020/21

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

Day 2: Christchurch to Arthurs Pass on the TranzAlpine train then on to Franz Josef. Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 3: Franz Josef to Queenstown via Wanaka. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 4: At leisure in Queenstown. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

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

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

Day 7: Enjoy Dunedin. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 8: Pass the peculiar Moeraki Boulders on the way to Christchurch. Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 9: Christchurch to Blenheim via Kaikoura. Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

Day 10: Cross the Cook Strait to New Zealand's capital, Wellington. Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 11: At leisure in Wellington. Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 12: Wellington to Napier via Pukaha Mt Bruce. Accommodation: The Crown Hotel

Day 13: A day at leisure in Napier. Accommodation: The Crown Hotel

Day 14: Travel to Rotorua via Taupo. Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

Day 15: Lake Rotoiti Cruise. Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

Day 16: Head west for a night in the beautiful Waiuku. Accommodation: Castaways Resort

Day 17: Reach Auckland New Zealand's biggest city. Accommodation: Grand Windsor Hotel MGallery by Sofitel

Day 18: Depart Auckland.

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Kirra Tours Platinum 18 day New Zealand Grandeur 2020/21 - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

Kirra Tours Platinum 18 day New Zealand Grandeur 2020/21 - 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: 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.

Meals included: Dinner

Rydges Latimer Hotel

Day 2: Christchurch to Arthurs Pass on the TranzAlpine train then on to Franz Josef

Kirra Tours Platinum 18 day New Zealand Grandeur 2020/21 - Day 2

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

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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: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

At Heritage Queenstown you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a postcard. Soak in the amazing view of the towering Remarkables mountain range rising from the rippled waters of Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast

Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 4: At leisure in Queenstown

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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: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

At Heritage Queenstown you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a postcard. Soak in the amazing view of the towering Remarkables mountain range rising from the rippled waters of Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast

Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 5: Overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

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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

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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: Enjoy Dunedin

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Explore Dunedin and Larnach Castle

This morning, travel to Larnach Castle for a guided tour, learning about its tragic and mysterious history before enjoying High Tea in the historic ballroom. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Dunedin and the greater Otago Peninsula. Your Coach Captain will assist with any optional activities you would like to do.

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: Pass the peculiar Moeraki Boulders on the way to Christchurch

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Dunedin to Christchurch

Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders, geological marvels that began to form about 60 million years ago and were exposed by the erosion of sedimentary rocks over time. From there, we travel north up the coast through Oamaru, known for its Victorian precinct and Steampunk HQ Museum, and the port city of Timaru, before crossing the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Your Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 9: Christchurch to Blenheim via Kaikoura

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Christchurch to Blenheim

Head north to the picturesque coastal town of Kaikoura and visit a New Zealand Fur Seal (Kekeno) colony. Continue to the charming town of Blenheim in the heart of the Marlborough Region, famous for producing New Zealand's best Sauvignon Blanc. Spend the afternoon at leisure, exploring the town's boutique galleries and shops.

Your Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

Chateau Marlborough, Marlborough's premier boutique hotel overlooking Seymour Square Gardens, prides itself on offering guests luxury accommodation with an enviable attention to detail. All just a short walk from Blenheim's town centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Chateau Marlborough

Day 10: Cross the Cook Strait to New Zealand's capital, Wellington

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Blenheim to Wellington

We'll make a brief stop in the small fishing village of Picton before boarding the Interislander Ferry for the journey through the magnificent Marlborough Sounds and across the Cook Strait to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. This afternoon we will take a guided tour to discover the treasures of Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand.

Your Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

The Bolton Hotel offers contemporary apartment-style accommodation in the heart of Wellington. Just steps from the Parliament buildings and central business district, Bolton Hotel is conveniently close to the best of the city's shops, cafes and restaurants and is within walking distance of Wellington's vibrant waterfront.

Meals included: Breakfast

Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 11: At leisure in Wellington

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At Leisure In Wellington

Enjoy a brief city tour taking in all the major sights and then 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. Another very popular excursion is a visit to the Weta Workshop, a world-leading design and special effects facility for major Hollywood film makers

Your Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

The Bolton Hotel offers contemporary apartment-style accommodation in the heart of Wellington. Just steps from the Parliament buildings and central business district, Bolton Hotel is conveniently close to the best of the city's shops, cafes and restaurants and is within walking distance of Wellington's vibrant waterfront.

Meals included: Breakfast

Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 12: Wellington to Napier via Pukaha Mt Bruce

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North to Napier via Pukaha Mt Bruce

We stop at the Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, a captive breeding sanctuary for the country's most endangered birds and home to the only white kiwi in captivity. Arriving into Napier in the late afternoon, you're free to stroll amongst the perfectly Art Deco facades and view the Sea Walls murals painted on more than 50 walls around the city.

Your Accommodation: The Crown Hotel

Overlooking the waterfront in Napier’s Ahuriri district, the Crown Hotel offers boutique accommodation in either the historic Art Deco Crown Hotel Building or the modern contemporary wing next door.

Meals included: Breakfast

The Crown Hotel

Day 13: A day at leisure in Napier

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At leisure in Napier

After a leisurely morning, we'll visit New Zealand's oldest winery, Mission Estate, established in 1851 by pioneering French Missionaries. Take your time as you wander around the elegantly restored seminary building. Staff will guide you through a tasting of an exclusive selection of wines before we enjoy contemporary fine dining. European-style lunch prepared with the freshest local produce.

Your Accommodation: The Crown Hotel

Overlooking the waterfront in Napier’s Ahuriri district, the Crown Hotel offers boutique accommodation in either the historic Art Deco Crown Hotel Building or the modern contemporary wing next door.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

The Crown Hotel

Day 14: Travel to Rotorua via Taupo

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To Rotorua via Taupo

Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls and fascinating Wairakei Geothermal Project before arriving at the thermal wonderland of Wai-O-Tapu, sculptured out of the volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, this uniquely different natural landscape is considered to be New Zealand's most colourful, diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. Tonight, visit the award-winning Tamaki Village and enjoy a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance including a stirring haka. 

Your Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa occupies a great location within walking distance of the lakefront, the government gardens and the city centres shops and restaurants. Luxury rooms are well equipped and on site facilities include a swimming pool, restaurant and bar and spa treatments.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Regent of Rotorua

Day 15: Lake Rotoiti Cruise

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Lake Rotoiti Cruise

Today’s highlight is an exclusive cruise across the serene, clear waters of Lake Rotoiti. Explore native bays and coves of the lake under sail on our luxury catamaran and bathe in the thermal waters of the Manupirua hot springs, accessible only by boat. This afternoon we visit the Blue and Green Lakes before returning to Rotorua. This evening, we treated to a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance at our featured Maori cultural exprience.

Your Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa occupies a great location within walking distance of the lakefront, the government gardens and the city centres shops and restaurants. Luxury rooms are well equipped and on site facilities include a swimming pool, restaurant and bar and spa treatments.

Meals included: Breakfast

Regent of Rotorua

Day 16: Head west for a night in the beautiful Waiuku

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Rotorua to Waiuku

After a leisurely breakfast, we cross the Mamaku Ranges into the lush farmlands of the Waikato district. We will stop to stretch our legs and wander through the award-winning Hamilton Gardens. Reaching our peaceful coastal retreat in the afternoon, you can venture out for a walk along the black sand beach below the resort or opt to relax with a spa treatment before enjoying a delicious dinner with stunning panoramic views of the Tasman Sea.

Your Accommodation: Castaways Resort

Castaways Resort overlooks the crashing surf and black sand beaches of Auckland's wild west coast. Complemented by a contemporary balinese influenced Day Spa, a restaurant with uninterrupted ocean views, excellent conference facilities and a range of adventure activities.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Castaways Resort

Day 17: Reach Auckland New Zealand's biggest city

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Waiuku to Auckland

We drive into Auckland and enjoy a city tour showcasing the highlights of NZ’s largest city. You’ll cross the Harbour Bridge for wonderful view of the city skyline across the Hauraki Gulf, explore the lookout at Bastion Point and visit the city’s oldest park, the Auckland Domain with its elegant Wintergardens. Afterwards, you are free to explore further on your own. This evening, re-join your friends for a final farewell dinner to relive the many great experiences of the last few weeks.

Your Accommodation: Grand Windsor Hotel MGallery by Sofitel

Located right on Queen Street the Grand Windsor Hotel Auckland is boutique and stylish property with an ideal location to enjoy and explore the vibrant heart of the 'City of Sails'.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Grand Windsor Hotel MGallery by Sofitel

Day 18: Depart Auckland

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Depart Auckland

Sadly, your holiday ends after breakfast this morning. You are bid you farewell and it is hoped you leave with many happy memories of your stay. If you're not departing the city perhaps take time to explore. Enjoy lunch at a superb vineyard, stroll around the trendy suburbs of Parnell and Ponsonby or sail around the Waitemata Harbour aboard a genuine America's Cup racing yacht.

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