10 Day TranzAlpine Panorama

10 Day TranzAlpine Panorama

Discover the spectacular South Island of New Zealand, taking in the southern loop from Christchurch down the central spine of the Southern Alps onto the east and west coasts. Choose an optional TranzAlpine train journey from Greymouth to Christchurch to strengthen your holiday experience.

During the course of the South Island coach tour you will also have free time in Dunedin, Queenstown and Fox Glacier to experience some of the unique and regional optional sightseeing activities. These include the Taieri Gorge Railway or Cadbury World in Dunedin, 4WD safari in Queenstown, a terminal face walk in Fox Glacier, plus many more options for those wishing to explore further.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Premium Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departures: Sep 2018 to Dec 2020
From (NZD) $3445 per person
Tour Operator: Kirra Tours
Duration: 10 Days
Tour Code: lx2


9 nights superior superior hotel accommodation
9 fully cooked breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), and 8 dinners (D)
Lake Tekapo and Church of the Good Shepherd
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
Larnach Castle guided tour
Walter Peak cruise and dinner
Visit a pounamu (jade) gallery
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation and activity vouchers, and local travel guides

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

Haere mai! Welcome to New Zealand. A Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your downtown city hotel.

Stay: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (D)

Day 2
Christchurch - Aoraki Mt Cook - Ōmarama

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)

Day 3
Ōmarama - Dunedin

Travel down the Waitaki Valley to the whitestone township of Ōamaru. 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 Hotel Dunedin City (B, D)

Day 4
Dunedin - Te Anau

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)

Day 5
Milford Sound Cruise

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.

Day 6
Te Anau - Queenstown

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)

Day 7

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)

Day 8
Queenstown - Wanaka - Franz Josef

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)

Day 9
Franz Josef - TranzAlpine - Christchurch

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)

Day 10
Depart Christchurch

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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Departures: Sep 2018 to Dec 2020

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