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: Jan 2020 to Apr 2020
Price: From (NZD) $4000 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

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

Welcome to Christchurch. On arrival, a Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport to transport you
to your downtown city hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (D)

Day 2
Christchurch - Lake Tekapo

Today begins with a unique experience combining history and sightseeing. Enjoy a journey in style through the
changing face of Christchurch’s city centre on-board a beautifully restored heritage tram. We then visit
the International Antarctic Centre before crossing the Canterbury Plains, New Zealand’s largest area of flat land, lying between the mighty Southern Alps and the Pacific Ocean. Its patchwork of agricultural activity ranges from grazing grass and wheat to herbs and sunflowers.

View the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial overlooking Lake Tekapo. There is time this afternoon for some optional alpine flightseeing over the world heritage national parks of Aoraki Mt Cook and Westland Tai Poutini (subject to weather conditions).

Stay: Peppers Bluewater Resort (B, D)

Day 3
Moeraki Boulders - Dunedin

Continue south and stop to view the Benmore Dam, one of the largest in the southern hemisphere. Travel down
the Waitaki Valley to the Whitestone township of Oamaru, home to some of the best preserved heritage buildings in
New Zealand. The town prospered through gold mining, quarrying and timber milling in the late 19th century and
much of the wealth was spent on elegant stone buildings made from local limestone. Stop to view the mystical
Moeraki Boulders before arriving at Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (B, D)

Day 4
Dunedin - Te Anau

This morning you will enjoy spectacular views across the Otago Peninsula as you travel to Larnach Castle. On your guided tour, learn about its tragic and mysterious history. Leaving the city behind, you 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

Journey into 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. Your vessel has purpose built observation decks and viewing lounges and as you cruise the entire length of the fiord, enjoy the onboard commentary that gives you detailed information on the region’s history, flora and fauna. View spectacular waterfalls, towering mountains, glaciers and rainforest and those with keen eyes may also see seals basking on the rocks and local pods of dolphins streaking through the Sound. (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 village of Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before boarding the historic vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw for an evening cruise across the lake to Walter Peak High Country Farm. At the Colonel’s Homestead, savour a delicious gourmet barbecue dinner along with an entertaining farm demonstration.

Stay: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 7

Enjoy a free day to experience this magnificent alpine resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities in all forms, from extreme to relaxed exploration. Your Guide will be happy to advise you on all the activities and options available. You might like to experience the thrills of a jetboat ride on the famous Shotover or Dart Rivers, visit key film locations from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, ride the Skyline gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak where both the dining and the views are unsurpassed or simply take a relaxing stroll around the tranquil shores of the lake …. your options are endless. Tonight, is free to experience one of the many amazing cafes and restaurants offering indoor and al-fresco dining. (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

Visit a Pounamu (also known as Greenstone or Jade) factory at Hokitika. Pounamu is considered a treasure in
Maori culture and is seen as a sign of status and power. At Greymouth, we 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
through the Southern Alps, over massive viaducts, river valleys and gorges. On arrival, enjoy a farewell dinner and drinks with your fellow travellers and relive the wonderful sights and experiences shared over the last nine days.

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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