13 Day Southern Sensations

13 Day Southern Sensations

See the South Island of New Zealand on this 13 Day coach tour. Designed for smaller groups, this tour aims to keep your experience exclusive and intimate. Just a few of your holiday highlights include a spectacular nature cruise on the Milford Sound, a visit to the World Heritage listed Aoraki (Mt Cook) National Park and a 4 night stay in New Zealand's adventure capital Queenstown.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Small Group Tours
From: Wellington to Christchurch
Departures: Oct 2018 to Nov 2020
From (NZD) $6625 per person
Tour Operator: Kirra Tours
Duration: 13 Days
Tour Code: SS


12 nights premium hotel and lodge accommodation
Breakfasts (12), Lunches (2) & Dinners (7)
Maximum group size 24 guests
Spectacular Milford Sound Nature Cruise
World famous TranzAlpine train journey though the Southern Alps
World Heritage listed Aoraki (Mt Cook) National Park
Twin glaciers of Fox & Franz Josef
Tasman Glacier Explorer boat expedition
Scenic Mussel cruise to Raetihi Lodge
Stunning Kenepuru Sound
Lake Tekapo & Church of the Good Shepherd
Entry to Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre
Visit historic Arrowtown
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation & activity vouchers and local travel guides

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Wellington

On arrival at Wellington airport, you will be met by a Kirra representative and transferred to your downtown city hotel.

Stay: Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 2
Wellington - Picton - The Marlborough Sounds

This morning we cruise across Cook Strait by Interislander ferry to the picturesque fishing village of Picton. At Havelock, we board our vessel for a scenic cruise to our remote resort located in the stunning Kenepuru Sound.

Stay: Raetihi Lodge (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 3
Enjoy Kenepuru Sound

A free day to relax & marvel at the magic that is the Marlborough Sounds. Lodge staff will share their love of the region with you through the wide range of water and nature based experiences they put at your fingertips. Complimentary fishing tackle, kayaks & mountains bikes are provided at the lodge and there is a number of bush walks to enjoy. Or you can simply relax with a book & soak in the spectacular scenery. (B, D)

Day 4
The Marlborough Sounds - Blenheim - Kaikoura

Return to Havelock by water taxi and board our coach for the journey to the small coastal town of Kaikoura. Here you can enjoy an optional whale-watching adventure, swim with the dolphins or join local Maori for a unique, award winning cultural experience.

Stay: White Morph Heritage Boutique Collection (B)

Day 5
Kaikoura - Lake Tekapo - Mt Cook

Travel south across the Canterbury Plains and stop at beautiful Lake Tekapo to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Then travel up the western side of Lake Pukaki to the Mt Cook National Park, a World Heritage listed site. The park covers over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery.

Stay: Hermitage Hotel, Mt Cook (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 6
Tasman Glacier Expedition

Today we experience the Tasman Glacier in the most unique way possible. An experienced guide will whisk you away in a stable MAC Boat to explore the melting ice-face of the Tasman Glacier. Get up close to touch & taste 400-year old icebergs that have been carved into the murky waters of the lake. Later today, there is time to enjoy one of the many bush walks and optional ski-plane and helicopter flights are available subject to weather conditions (B, D)

Day 7
Mt Cook - 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 Te Anau Hotel & Villas (B, D)

Day 8
Lake Te Anau - Milford Sound Cruise - Queenstown

Today’s highlight is a leisurely nature cruise of the breathtaking Milford Sound, cruising the full length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea. An on-board nature guide will give you detailed information of the region’s history, flora & fauna and you will view spectacular waterfalls, rainforests and towering mountains, including the awesome Mitre Peak. Wildlife includes dolphins, seals, penguins & albatross when in season. Continue your journey on to Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination.

Stay: Heritage Queenstown (3 nights) (B, L)

***Optional overnight cruises on Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound are also available subject to availability – ask us for details***

Day 9
Queenstown at Leisure

Enjoy a free day to experience this magnificent alpine resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure & 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. (B)

Day 10
Arrowtown, Akarua Winery

Set beneath the rugged Crown Range is Arrowtown, an historic village located beside the Arrow River which was once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s. It features a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Enjoy time to stroll through this historic village, before enjoying a relaxing, sumptuous lunch at Walnut Cottage, the show piece of Akarua Wines and back dropped by the Remarkables mountain range. (B, L)

Day 11
Queenstown - Wanaka - Franz Josef

There is time to wander around the resort of Lake Wanaka before enjoying incredible scenery as we travel past the untouched native forests and pristine lakes of the World Heritage Westland National Park. On to Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers where there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions).

Stay: Te Waionui Forest Retreat (B, D)

Day 12
Franz Josef - TranzAlpine Train - Christchurch

Head north along the dramatic West Coast, steeped in history dating back to the gold rush era of the 1800’s. This afternoon, we board the TranzAlpine train for a coast to coast rail adventure through the Southern Alps, rated as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. This evening, join your friends for a farewell dinner with dinks and relive the many great experiences of the last three weeks.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch (B, D)

Day 13
Depart Christchurch

Your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Christchurch airport to connect with your onward flight home. (B)


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The tour was wonderful as well as the food. The best was the winery and the Raetihi Lodge as well as the guest. I was stunned and surprised that every bed was very very comfortable in all the hotel/motels that we stayed at. Plenty of free time of to wonder around town. Thank you.
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13 Day Southern Sensations
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Tour Code: SS
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Departures: Oct 2018 to Nov 2020
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