15 Day New Zealand Explorer
15 Day New Zealand Explorer
Explore New Zealand over 15 fantastic days, experiencing must-see destinations and enjoying unique activities.
Special highlights include Christchurch, Aoraki Mt Cook region, Dunedin, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Marlborough wine region, Wellington, Rotorua, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and the Bay of Islands. During the course of the tour you will also have free time in Dunedin, Queenstown, Rotorua and Paihia (Bay of Islands) to experience some of the unique optional sightseeing activities.
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|Tour Type:||Premium Coach Tour|
|From:||Christchurch to Auckland|
|Departures:||Sep 2018 to Dec 2020|
From (NZD) $6054 per person
|Tour Operator:||Kirra Tours|
|14 nights accommodation in superior hotels|
|14 fully cooked breakfasts (B), 1 lunch(L), and 12 dinners (D)|
|World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum|
|Agrodome Farm Show|
|Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tour|
|Sightseeing tours of Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland|
|Visit Lake Tekapo, the Church of the Good Shepherd, and Lake Wanaka|
|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 hotel. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome cocktail party.
Stay: Distinction Christchurch Hotel
After a brief tour of Christchurch, cross the Canterbury Plains into the Mackenzie Basin. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and the sheepdog memorial at Lake Tekapo. Visit Aoraki Mt 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)
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)
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)
Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities in all their 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)
This morning we visit Arrowtown. Set beneath the rugged Crown Range, this historic village was once a haven for the gold prospectors of 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 Mt 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)
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 of the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Tonight’s stay is at a friendly eco-resort located only a stone’s throw from the beach in the Paparoa National Park.
Stay: Punakaiki Resort (B, D)
Skirt the western coastline before heading inland to Murchison. Travel north through the Nelson Lakes National Park 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)
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 Tonga Island’s 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)
A short drive brings us to the picturesque fishing village of Picton. Board the Interislander ferry and cruise through the spectacular Queen Charlotte Sound into Cook Strait. Enjoy stunning views of New Zealand’s capital city as you arrive into Wellington Harbour. Enjoy a 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 is highly recommended.
Stay: Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay (B, D)
Leaving the city behind we travel through rolling farmland as we enter the Tongariro National Park, dominated by the volcanic cone of Mt Ruapehu. Follow the Desert Road to the popular lakeside resort of Taupō, located on the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake. Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls and travel past massive pine forests to reach Rotorua, 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 Te Puia, home to the geothermal Te Whakarewarewa Valley and the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. Here you will witness all of nature’s thermal wonders including silica terraces and the famous Pōhutu Geyser. Enjoy some free time this afternoon for optional activities before visiting Tamaki Māori 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)
Cross the Mamaku Ranges to the Waikato region, noted for dairy farming and world-famous horse studs. At Matamata a guide will escort your group on a Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tour. Enjoy a visit to the set used in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. On to Pauanui, a favourite New Zealand holiday beach resort, for our overnight stay.
Stay: Grand Mercure Puka Park Lodge (B, D)
The Coromandel Peninsula is a beautiful, rugged area fringed with dozens of excellent beaches, and is a place where many Kiwis choose to escape the hustle and hype of city life. After breakfast you will travel on to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’, and enjoy a city sights tour and entry to the famous Sky Tower. Tonight you will celebrate a farewell dinner with your newfound friends.
Stay: Rydges Auckland (B, D)
Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Auckland Airport to connect with your onward flight. (B)
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