10 Day Southern Encounter

10 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.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Small Group Tours
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departures: Oct 2019 to Mar 2020
Price: From (NZD) $5599 per person
Tour Operator: Kirra Tours
Duration: 10 Days
Tour Code: SE


8 nights premium hotel accommodation
Overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound
Breakfasts (9), Lunches (1) & Dinners (6)
Maximum group size 24 guests
Famous TranzAlpine Train
Stargazing tour, Mt Cook
Guided Tour & High Tea at Lanarch Castle
Entry to Franz Josef thermal pools
Entry to Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre
Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo

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

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, gateway to the majestic Southern Alps. Board the award-winning TranzAlpine train for the spectacular rail journey to Arthurs 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 mighty Southern Alps, where spectacular views of the chiselled alpine landscape will take your breath away at every turn. On to the west coast glacial village of Franz Josef where you can relax and soak in the thermal pools after an invigorating day and sumptuous dinner.

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 adventurous, try white water rafting. Alternatively, browse in the many shops and galleries. (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 rejoin your coach for the journey to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South.

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

Day 7
Dunedin - Wildlife Cruise - Dunedin

This morning enjoy spectacular views travelling along the Otago Peninsula to Wellers Rock where you will board a Monarch Wildlife Cruise. On the cruise watch out for NZ Furseals & NZ Sealions on their breeding rockeries as well an abundance of other wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins and Albatross. Afterwards travel to Larnach Castle for a guided tour learning about its tragic and mysterious history before enjoying a High Tea in the Grand Ballroom. The afternoon is yours at leisure to explore Dunedin and experience optional activities. (B)

Day 8
Dunedin - Moeraki Boulders - Mt Cook

Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders before travelling up the Waitaki Valley to Omarama. Your journey continues into the World Heritage Mt Cook National Park, with its 70,000 ha of breathtaking alpine scenery. After dinner, enjoy a guided tour of the Digital Dome Planetarium before your astronomy guides take you to their outdoor stargazing site where you explore different elements of the spectacular southern sky.

Stay: Hermitage Hotel Mt Cook (B, D)

Day 9
Mt Cook - Lake Tekapo - Christchurch

Free time this morning to enjoy all that this magnificent alpine resort has to offer. Perhaps an early morning bush walk, an excursion to the Tasman Glacier or some scenic flightseeing over the region by helicopter or ski plane. Later, at Lake Tekapo, stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd, then cross the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch (B, D)

Day 10
Depart Christchurch

Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Christchurch airport to connect with your onward flight. Here we say ‘Haere Ra’, and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay. (B)

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10 Day Southern Encounter
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Tour Code: SE
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Departures: Oct 2019 to Mar 2020

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