9 Day Southern Encounter

9 Day Southern Encounter

The highlight of your South Island tour will undoubtedly be the overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound aboard the Fiordland Navigator, designed along the lines of a traditional scow. The beauty of this untouched wilderness will take your breath away and you can choose to explore the stunning shoreline by kayak or tender boat should you wish.

Please Note: - For all departures in Jan20, Feb20 & Mar20, there are some changes to the tour itinerary. Your Relaxing Journeys consultant will advise of changes at time of booking.

Itinerary Change: For all tours prior to September 2020, the Southern Encounter tour be 10 days compared to 9 day itinerary shown on the website., Starting and finishing in Christchurch.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Small Group Tours
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departures: Jan 2020 to Apr 2021
Price: From (NZD) $5599 per person
Tour Operator: Kirra Tours
Duration: 9 Days
Tour Code: SE

Inclusions

7 nights premium hotel accommodation
Overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound
Breakfasts (8), Lunches (1) & Dinners (5)
Maximum group size 24 guests
Famous TranzAlpine Train
A visit to historic Arrowtown,
Guided Tour at Lanarch Castle

Please Note: - For all departures in Jan20, Feb20 & Mar20, there are some changes to the tour itinerary. Your Relaxing Journeys consultant will advise of changes at time of booking.

Itinerary Change: For all tours prior to September 2020, the Southern Encounter tour be 10 days compared to 9 day itinerary shown on the website., Starting and finishing in Christchurch.

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

‘Haere Mai’ Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival, you will be met by a Kirra Tours representative and transferred to your downtown city hotel. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner and drinks to get to know each other before the adventure begins!

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch (D)

Day 2
Christchurch - TranzAlpine Train Journey - Franz Josef

A short drive brings us to the tiny train station of Springfield. Board the award-winning TranzAlpine train for the spectacular rail journey to Arthur’s Pass, the South Island’s highest altitude settlement. Enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River and traverse the majestic Southern Alps, where spectacular views of the chiseled alpine landscape will take your breath away at every turn. On to the West Coast village of Franz Josef where you can relax in a tranquil rainforest environment.

Stay: Te Waionui Forest Retreat (B, D)

Day 3
Franz Josef - Wanaka - Queenstown

Before our departure this morning, there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions). Later, view incredible scenery as you travel past the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks. There is time to wander around the popular lakeside township of Wanaka before stopping at the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s and home to a fascinating collection of mining cottages.

Stay: Heritage Queenstown (2 nights) (B)

Day 4
Queenstown at Leisure

Queenstown is regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination and today is free to experience this magnificent alpine resort. 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. Experience the thrills of riding on the world-famous Shotover Jet Boat, perhaps cruise Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, take a 4WD tour to the gold mining area of Skippers Canyon or for the more adventurous, try white water rafting. Alternatively, browse in the many local shops and galleries or take a stroll around the lakefront. (B)

Day 5
Queenstown - Overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

Skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu and travel through lush farmland to Te Anau. On to Manapouri, where you enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque lake to West Arm. This is followed by a short coach trip on New Zealand’s most expensive road, travelling over Wilmot Pass and pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. At Deep Cove, your crew and the “Fiordland Navigator” await. Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the “Fiordland Navigator” blends old world charm with modern comfort and as you cruise through some of the fiord’s most stunning scenery, knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. After dropping anchor in a sheltered cove, you can choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or tender boat or you can simply relax on board. As the majesty of Doubtful Sound unfolds before you, you will be struck by its silence … a silence broken only by birdsong or the rushing of a distant waterfall. Its beauty and vastness will take your breath away

Stay: Fiordland Navigator (B, L, D)

Day 6
Manapouri - Dunedin

Enjoy a hearty breakfast this morning before exploring other parts of the fiord. We retrace our steps back to Manapouri where you re-join your coach for the journey to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South. This drive takes us via the country’s southernmost city, Invercargill, and along the scenic Catlins Coast, home to rugged landscapes, dense rainforests and a variety of marine wildlife.

Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 7
Dunedin - Larnach Castle - Dunedin

This morning, travel to Larnach Castle for a guided tour, learning about its tragic and mysterious history before enjoying High Tea in the historic ballroom. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Dunedin and the greater Otago Peninsula. Your Coach Captain will assist with any optional activities you would like to do. (B)

Day 8
Dunedin - Moeraki Boulders - Christchurch

Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders, geological marvels that began to form about 60 million years ago and were exposed by the erosion of sedimentary rocks over time. From there, we travel north up the coast through Oamaru, known for its Victorian precinct and Steampunk HQ Museum, and port city of Timaru, before crossing the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. This evening join your friends for a farewell dinner and relive the great experiences of your trip.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch (B, D)

Day 9
Depart Christchurch

Sadly, your holiday ends after breakfast this morning. Here we bid you farewell and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport to connect with your onward flight. (B)

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9 Day Southern Encounter
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Tour Code: SE
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Departures: Jan 2020 to Apr 2021

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