18 Day New Zealand Panorama
18 Day New Zealand Panorama
Travel the length of New Zealand on one of our most popular coach tour itineraries. In the North Island experience sightseeing tours of Auckland and Wellington, and enjoy the Bay of Islands Hole in the Rock Cruise. Down in the South Island enhance your holiday enjoyment by choosing an optional helicopter flight over Fox Glacier.
During the course of our Panorama tour you will have free time in Paihia (Bay of Islands), Rotorua, Queenstown and Dunedin. You can relax or choose one of the many diverse optional excursions, such as a journey on the Taieri Gorge Railway in Dunedin or a soak in the thermal pools in Rotorua.
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|Tour Type:||Premium Coach Tour|
|From:||Auckland to Christchurch|
|Departures:||Sep 2018 to Dec 2020|
From (NZD) $6824 per person
|Tour Operator:||Kirra Tours|
|17 nights superior superior hotel accommodation|
|17 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), and 14 dinners (D)|
|Entry to Waitangi Treaty Grounds|
|Cape Brett Bay of Islands Cruise|
|Entry to Auckland's Sky Tower|
|Agrodome Farm Show|
|Rainbow Springs Nature Park|
|Skyline Gondola and Luge|
|Locally guided Art Deco walking tour|
|Hanmer Hot Springs|
|International Antarctic Centre|
|Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre|
|Larnach Castle guided tour|
|Walter Peak cruise and dinner|
|Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation and activity vouchers, and local travel guides|
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Haere mai! Welcome to New Zealand. A Kirra Holidays representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your downtown city hotel.
Stay: Rydges Hotel
Leaving the city behind, we travel across the Auckland Harbour Bridge and drive north to Paihia in the Bay of Islands, a seaside town nestled on the foreshore of this National Maritime Park. On arrival, meet your local Māori guide who will provide an insight into the local history before visiting Waitangi, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Māori and the British. Enjoy a self-guided tour through the Treaty House, the Meeting House and war canoe. Later this afternoon, board your launch for the scenic cruise to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and the famous Hole in the Rock.
Stay: Copthorne Bay of Islands (2 nights) (B, D)
Today is a free day to explore and enjoy the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Your Coach Captain will happily assist with arranging optional activities for you. Why not try a full-day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northernmost point. Alternatively, explore the township of Russell, New Zealand’s first permanent European settlement, and visit its historic church, mission house and museum. (B)
Leaving Paihia, travel south through Whangarei to Warkworth and on to Auckland. Visit the Sky Tower – at 328m, the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere – and enjoy panoramic 360-degree views across the city and its two majestic harbours. Later, cross the Bombay Hills to the lush farmlands of the Waikato. On to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, the centre of Māori culture and famous for its geysers, boiling mud pools and steaming craters.
Stay: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights) (B, D)
Today begins with a visit to the Agrodome to see a unique New Zealand farm show. This is followed by a visit to Rainbow Springs to learn about native flora and fauna, including the famous kiwi bird. The spectacular Skyline Gondola offers superb views over the city, lake and mountains, and for those wanting a little excitement, why not try a luge ride with our compliments. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before visiting Tamaki Village for an evening of fun and culture. You will experience a traditionally prepared hāngī feast followed by a cultural performance featuring Māori songs, chants and dance, including the stirring haka. (B, D)
View the mighty Huka Falls and the Wairakei geothermal project before stopping at Lake Taupō, the largest in New Zealand. Continue on to Napier, often regarded as the world’s Art Deco capital. On arrival, enjoy a locally guided walking tour of the city.
Stay: Scenic Te Pania Hotel, Napier (B, D)
Orchards and vineyards give way to farmland as you travel into the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region. Stop at historic Greytown to view excellent examples of Victorian colonial architecture before travelling over the Remutaka Ranges to Wellington, the nation’s capital, where you enjoy a city tour on arrival.
Stay: Ibis Wellington (B, D)
From Wellington join the Interislander ferry for a scenic cruise to the South Island with views of Wellington city and its hillside suburbs. Cross Cook Strait into the sheltered waters of Queen Charlotte Sound before arriving into the small seaside village of Picton. Continue south to the alpine resort town of Hanmer Springs, renowned for its therapeutic natural thermal waters.
Stay: Heritage Hanmer Springs (B, D)
After a leisurely breakfast, stroll around the village and enjoy entry into the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools with its naturally heated thermal mineral waters. Later today, we make the short drive to the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch and visit the International Antarctic Centre before enjoying a brief orientation tour of the city.
Stay: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (B, D)
Cross the broad Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps to the west. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and the sheepdog memorial overlooking Lake Tekapo. Visit Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, with time to enjoy the scenic majesty of New Zealand’s highest snow-capped peaks and a visit to the Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre before travelling around Lake Pukaki to Twizel and Ōmarama.
Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel (B, D)
Travel down the Waitaki Valley to the whitestone township of Oamaru. Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders, then on to Dunedin, the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. An early arrival allows you time to enjoy the choice of some excellent optional activities.
Stay: Scenic Dunedin City Hotel (B, D)
Enjoy spectacular views across the Otago Peninsula as you travel to Larnach Castle. On your guided tour, learn about its tragic and mysterious history. Depart Dunedin and head inland, crossing rich farmlands to the agricultural towns of Gore and Lumsden, before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park.
Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (2 nights) (B, D)
Follow the Hollyford Valley before descending into the Cleddau Canyon. Drive through the Homer Tunnel into spectacular Milford Sound, the world-renowned natural wonder dominated by Mitre Peak. Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls and waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres to the sea below. Cruise the entire length of the fiord and enjoy the on-board commentary that gives you detailed information on the region’s history, flora and fauna as you view spectacular waterfalls, towering mountains, and wildlife. (B, L, D)
Please Note: Overnight cruises on Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound are also available. Subject to availability. Select option when requesting your quote.
Continue north to Kingston, then skirt around the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the picturesque alpine resort of Queenstown. This evening, cruise across the lake aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw before reaching the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner.
Stay: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights) (B, D)
Today is a free day to experience this magnificent resort town. 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. Take a ride on the world-famous Shotover Jet, travel to the top of Bob’s Peak by gondola for spectacular views, take a 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. (B)
Pass picturesque Lake Hayes then on to Arrowtown, an area steeped in fascinating history relating to early settlement and the gold mining era. Stop at Wanaka, a picturesque resort on the lake’s edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop.View the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland Tai Poutini National Parks before arriving on the West Coast, home to the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef.
Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (B, D)
At Hokitika, stop to visit a pounamu (also known as greenstone or jade) studio. Pounamu is considered a treasure in Māori culture and is seen as a sign of status and power. At Greymouth, board the famous TranzAlpine train. Renowned as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world, this coast-to-coast rail adventure will take you though the Southern Alps, over massive viaducts, river valleys and gorges.
Stay: Sudima Christchurch (B, D)
Sadly, it’s time to bid farewell to all your new friends today. You will be transferred to the airport to join your flight home. (B)
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