11 Day Southern Discovery

11 Day Southern Discovery

Experience the spectacular South Island national parks of Aoraki Mount Cook, Fiordland, Mount Aspiring, Westland Tai Poutini, Paparoa and Abel Tasman on this comprehensive 11-day tour of the South Island.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Premium Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Wellington or Christchurch
Departures: Sep 2018 to Dec 2020
From (NZD) $4015 per person
Tour Operator: Kirra Tours
Duration: 11 Days
Tour Code: sd


10 nights accommodation in superior hotels
10 fully cooked breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 8 dinners (D)
World of Wearable Art and Classic Car Museum
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
Skyline Gondola and dinner, Queenstown
Cruise the famous Abel Tasman National Park
Sightseeing tours of Christchurch and Wellington
Visit Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd
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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 hotel. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome cocktail party.

Stay: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 2
Christchurch - Aoraki Mount Cook - Ōmarama

After a brief tour of Christchurch, cross the Canterbury Plains into the Mackenzie region. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and the sheepdog memorial at Lake Tekapo. Visit Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, a World Heritage-listed site covering over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery, before travelling on to Ōmarama. Optional ski-plane and helicopter flights are available subject to weather conditions.

Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel (B, D)

Day 3
Ōmarama - Cromwell - Lake Te Anau

Begin the assent over the Lindis Pass to the township of Cromwell, then continue on to the historic village of Clyde, nestled in a sheltered basin at the foot of an immense and crooked gorge. Stop for lunch at Alexandra, located on the banks of the mighty Clutha River, then travel across the farmlands of Central Otago to the township of Gore before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park.

Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (B, D)

Day 4
Te Anau - Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise - Queenstown

After breakfast, travel to Manapouri and enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque lake to West Arm. Travel over the Wilmot Pass and pause to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. Board ‘Patea Explorer’ for a three-hour cruise through this pristine fiord. During the cruise, knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share 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, its vastness will take your breath away. Later this afternoon travel on to Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination, and enjoy dinner at your hotel on arrival.

Stay: Copthorne Lakefront Hotel and Resort Queenstown (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 5

Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities in various forms and your Coach Captain will happily recommend and assist with any optional activities you would like to do. Alternatively, you may prefer to browse in the many shops and galleries. Tonight, ride the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak where both the dining and the views are unsurpassed. (B, D)

Day 6
Queenstown - Arrowtown - Franz Josef

This morning we visit Arrowtown. Set beneath the rugged Crown Range, this historic village was once a haven for gold prospectors in the 1860s and features a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Stop at Wanaka, a picture postcard resort on the lake’s edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. View the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mount Aspiring and Westland Tai Poutini National Parks before arriving on the rugged and wild West Coast, home to the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (B, D)

Day 7
Franz Josef - Hokitika - Punakaiki

Before our departure this morning, there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions). At Hokitika we stop to visit a pounamu (jade) studio. Pounamu is considered a treasure in Māori culture and is seen as a sign of status and power. At Punakaiki, marvel at the bizarre limestone landscapes that are the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Tonight’s stay is at a friendly eco-resort located in the Paparoa National Park and only a stone’s throw from the beach.

Stay: Punakaiki Resport (B, D)

Day 8
Punakaiki - Murchison - Nelson

Skirt the west coastline before heading inland to Murchison. Travel north through the Nelson Lakes region before arriving at Nelson, a city of charm based on a harbour that is the busiest fishing port in New Zealand. This afternoon, visit the World of Wearable Art and Classic Car Museum.

Stay: Heritage Rutherford Hotel (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 9
Abel Tasman Cruise

Enjoy a scenic cruise of the famous Abel Tasman National Park, calling in to picturesque beaches and coves. Pause to view Split Apple Rock and the antics at the Tonga Island seal colony. An optional coastal walk may be available for those wishing to spend time ashore; your Coach Captain will be happy to provide you with details. (B)

Day 10
Nelson - Picton - Wellington or Christchurch

At the picturesque village of Picton, we board the Interislander ferry and cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds into Cook Strait. Enjoy stunning views of New Zealand’s capital city as you arrive into Wellington Harbour.

Stay: Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay (B,D)

Guests returning to Christchurch will join the Coastal Pacific train from Picton and overnight in Christchurch.

Stay: Sudima Christchurch Hotel (B, D)

Day 11
Depart Wellington or Christchurch

Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Wellington or Christchurch Airport to connect with your onward flight. (B)

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11 Day Southern Discovery
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Departures: Sep 2018 to Dec 2020

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