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18 Day Classic New Zealand Panorama

Auckland

Christchurch

Dunedin

Franz Josef

Napier

Queenstown

Rotorua

Te Anau

Wellington

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Auckland
  • Highlights: Welcome to New Zealand. A Kirra Holidays representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your downtown city hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome drinks party with your fellow travellers.

    Hotel: Rydges Auckland Hotel
Day 2: Auckland - Bay of Islands
  • Highlights: Leaving the city behind, we travel across the Auckland Harbour Bridge and drive north to Paihia in the Bay of Islands, a seaside town nestled on the foreshore of this National Maritime Park. On arrival, meet your local Maori guide who will provide an insight into the local history before visiting Waitangi, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori people and the British. Enjoy a self-guided tour through the Treaty House, the Maori Meeting House and war canoe. Later this afternoon, board your launch for the scenic cruise to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and the famous Hole in the Rock.

    Hotel: Copthorne Bay of Islands (B, D)
Day 3: Bay of Islands
  • Highlights: A free day to explore and enjoy the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Your Coach Captain will happily assist with arranging optional activities for you. Why not try a full day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealands northern most point. Alternatively, explore the township of Russell, New Zealands first settlement and visit its historic Church, Mission House and Museum.

    Hotel: Copthorne Bay of Islands (B)
Day 4: Bay of Islands - Rotorua
  • Highlights: Leaving Paihia, travel south through Whangarei to Warkworth and on to Auckland. Visit the Sky Tower, at 328m the tallest free standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere and enjoy panoramic 360 degree views across the city and its two majestic harbours. Later, cross the Bombay Hills to the lush farmlands of the Waikato. On to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, the centre of Maori culture and famous for its geysers, boiling mud pools and steaming craters.

    Hotel: Sudima Lake Rotorua (B, D)
Day 5: Rotorua
  • Highlights: Today begins with a visit to the Agrodome to see a unique New Zealand farm show. This is followed by a visit to Rainbow Springs to learn about native flora and fauna, including the famous Kiwi bird. The spectacular Skyline Gondola offers superb views over the city, lake and mountains and for those wanting a little excitement, why not try a Luge ride with our compliments. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before visiting Tamaki Village for an evening of fun and culture. You will experience a traditionally prepared Maori Hangi (feast) followed by a cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance including the stirring haka.

    Hotel: Sudima Lake Rotorua (B, D)
Day 6: Rotorua - Taupo - Napier
  • Highlights: View the mighty Huka Falls and the Wairakei Geothermal project before stopping at Lake Taupo, the largest in New Zealand. Continue on to Napier, often regarded as the worlds Art Deco capital. On arrival, enjoy a locally guided walking tour
    of the city.

    Hotel: Scenic Te Pania Hotel (B, D)
Day 7: Napier - Wellington
  • Highlights: Orchards and vineyards give way to farmland as you travel into the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region. Stop at historic Greytown to view excellent examples of Victorian colonial architecture before travelling over the Rimutaka Ranges to Wellington, the nations capital, where you enjoy a city tour on arrival.

    Hotel: Ibis Wellington (B, D)
Day 8: Wellington - Picton - Hanmer Springs
  • Highlights: From Wellington join the Interislander Ferry for a scenic cruise to the South Island with views of Wellington city and its hillside suburbs. Cross Cook Strait into the sheltered waters of Queen Charlotte Sound before arriving into the small seaside village of Picton. Continue south to the alpine resort town of Hanmer Springs, renowned for its therapeutic natural thermal waters.

    Hotel: Heritage Hanmer Springs (B, D)
Day 9: Hanmer Springs - Christchurch
  • Highlights: After a leisurely breakfast, stroll around the village and enjoy entry into the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools with its naturally heated thermal mineral waters. Later today, we make the short drive to the Garden City of Christchurch and visit the International Antarctic Centre before enjoying a brief orientation tour of the city.

    Hotel: Distinction Hotel (B, D)
Day 10: Christchurch - Mt Cook - Omarama
  • Highlights: Cross the Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps to the west. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial overlooking Lake Tekapo. Visit Mt Cook National Park, with time to enjoy the scenic majesty of New Zealands highest snow capped peaks and a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre before travelling around Lake Pukaki to Twizel and Omarama.

    Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel (B, D)
Day 11: Moeraki Boulders - Dunedin
  • Highlights: Travel down the Waitaki Valley to Oamaru. Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders, then on to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South. An early arrival allows you time to enjoy the choice of some excellent optional activities.

    Hotel: Scenic Dunedin City (B, D)
Day 12: Central Otago - Te Anau
  • Highlights: Enjoy spectacular views across the Otago Peninsula as you travel to Larnach Castle. On your guided tour, learn about its tragic and mysterious history. Depart Dunedin and head inland, crossing rich farmlands to the agricultural towns of Gore and Lumsden, before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park.

    Hotel: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (B, D)
Day 13: Spectacular Milford Sound
  • Highlights: Follow the Hollyford Valley before descending into the Cleddau Canyon. Drive through the Homer Tunnel into spectacular Milford Sound, the world renowned natural wonder dominated by Mitre Peak. Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls and waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres to the sea below. Cruise the entire length of the fiord and enjoy the on board commentary that gives you detailed information on the regions history, flora and fauna as you view spectacular waterfalls, towering mountains and wildlife.

    Optional overnight cruises on Milford or Doubtful Sound are also available today subject to availability
  • enquire for details.

    Hotel: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 14: Te Anau - Queenstown
  • Highlights: Continue north to Kingston, then skirt around the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the picturesque alpine resort of Queenstown. This evening, cruise across the lake aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw before reaching the Colonels Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner.

    Hotel: Millennium Hotel (B, D)
Day 15: Queenstown
  • Highlights: Today is a free day to experience this magnificent 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. Take a ride on the world famous Shotover Jet Boat, travel to the top of Bobs Peak by gondola for spectacular views, take a 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.

    Hotel: Millennium Hotel (B)
Day 16: Wanaka - Haast Pass - Franz Josef
  • Highlights: Pass picturesque Lake Hayes on the way to Arrowtown, an area steeped in fascinating history relating to early settlement and the gold mining era. Stop at Wanaka, a picture postcard resort on the lakes edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. View the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks before arriving on the West Coast, home to the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef.

    Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (B, D)
Day 17: Franz Josef - Christchurch
  • Highlights: Travel from Franz Josef to Greymouth, board the famous TranzAlpine Train. Renowned as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world, this coast to coast rail adventure will take you though the Southern Alps, over massive viaducts, river valleys and gorges.

    Hotel: Sudima Christchurch Hotel (B, D)
Day 18: Christchurch - Home
  • Highlights: Today is goodbye to all your new found friends before you make your homeward journey. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport to join your flight home. (B)
Fares and Pricing
Guaranteed Departure Dates
Tour code: A Brochure Price Our Discount Discounted Price Brochure Price Our Discount Discounted Price
Start: Auckland Finish: Christchurch Share Twin (NZD) Single (NZD)
Sep 11 2018 Sep 28 2018 $7069 $685 $6384 $9429 $685 $8744 Enquire
Sep 25 2018 Oct 12 2018 $7069 $685 $6384 $9429 $685 $8744 Enquire
Oct 16 2018 Nov 2 2018 $7599 $400 $7199 $10249 $400 $9849 Enquire
Oct 30 2018 Nov 16 2018 $7599 $400 $7199 $10249 $400 $9849 Enquire
Nov 13 2018 Nov 30 2018 $7599 $400 $7199 $10249 $400 $9849 Enquire
Nov 27 2018 Dec 14 2018 $7599 $400 $7199 $10249 $400 $9849 Enquire
Dec 11 2018 Dec 28 2018 $7599 $400 $7199 $10249 $400 $9849 Enquire
Jan 15 2019 Feb 1 2019 $7599 $400 $7199 $10249 $400 $9849 Enquire
Jan 29 2019 Feb 15 2019 $7599 $400 $7199 $10249 $400 $9849 Enquire
Feb 5 2019 Feb 22 2019 $7599 $400 $7199 $10249 $400 $9849 Enquire
Feb 19 2019 Mar 8 2019 $7599 $400 $7199 $10249 $400 $9849 Enquire
Feb 26 2019 Mar 15 2019 $7599 $400 $7199 $10249 $400 $9849 Enquire
Mar 12 2019 Mar 29 2019 $7599 $400 $7199 $10249 $400 $9849 Enquire
Mar 26 2019 Apr 12 2019 $7599 $400 $7199 $10249 $400 $9849 Enquire
Apr 9 2019 Apr 26 2019 $7599 $400 $7199 $10249 $400 $9849 Enquire
May 7 2019 May 24 2019 $7069 $685 $6384 $9429 $685 $8744 Enquire
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Includes:
  • 17 nights premium accommodation
  • Full breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L) and 14 dinners (D)
  • Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach
  • Guided by a professional Coach Captain
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary private airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Historic Bay of Islands
  • Thermal Wonderland of Rotorua
  • Napier, the Art Deco Capital of the World
  • Wellington, the nations capital city
  • Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Spectacular Southern Lakes region
    _West Coast Glacier region
  • Authentic Maori Village, Hangi and Cultural Performance
  • Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
  • Coast to Coast TranzAlpine train journey
  • City tours of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch
  • Tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Cape Brett Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Entry to Auckland Sky Tower
  • Agrodome Farm Show
  • Rainbow Springs Park
  • Skyline Gondola and Luge
  • Locally guided Art Deco walking tour
  • Interislander Ferry Crossing
  • Entry into Hanmer Springs Hot Pools
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
  • Guided tour of Larnach Castle
  • Walter Peak Cruise and Dinner

Includes:
  • 17 nights premium accommodation
  • Full breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L) and 14 dinners (D)
  • Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach
  • Guided by a professional Coach Captain
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary private airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Historic Bay of Islands
  • Thermal Wonderland of Rotorua
  • Napier, the Art Deco Capital of the World
  • Wellington, the nations capital city
  • Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Spectacular Southern Lakes region
    _West Coast Glacier region
  • Authentic Maori Village, Hangi and Cultural Performance
  • Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
  • Coast to Coast TranzAlpine train journey
  • City tours of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch
  • Tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Cape Brett Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Entry to Auckland Sky Tower
  • Agrodome Farm Show
  • Rainbow Springs Park
  • Skyline Gondola and Luge
  • Locally guided Art Deco walking tour
  • Interislander Ferry Crossing
  • Entry into Hanmer Springs Hot Pools
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
  • Guided tour of Larnach Castle
  • Walter Peak Cruise and Dinner