- Maximum 48 people
- Premier Coach transport
- Airport transfers
- Interislander Ferry Crossing
- 17 nights in centrally located superior 3.5-4 star hotels
- 17 breakfasts (B)
- 15 dinners (D)
- Wonderful Bay of Islands
- Brief Rotorua Tour
- Brief Lake Taupo Tour
- Visit to Huka Falls
- Visit the Art Deco Capital, Napier
- Visit the Wairarapa Region
- Te Papa Museum
- Lake Tekapo & Church of the Good Shepherd
- Brief tour of Dunedin
- Visit Moeraki Boulders
- Visit to Greenstone (Jade) Gallery
- Authentic Maori Village, Hangi & Concert
- Milford Sounds Cruise
- TranzAlpine Train Journey
- Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch Tours
- Entry to Waitangi Treaty Grounds
- Hole in the Rock Cruise
- Entry to Sky Tower
- Agrodome Sheep Show
- Rainbow Springs Park
- Skyline Gondola & Luge
- Art Deco Waking Tour
- The Olde Malthouse Blenheim tasting & dinner
- International Antarctic Centre
- Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
- Scottish Haggis Ceremony
- Larnach Castle Guided Tour
- Walter Peak Cruise & Dinner
- Day 1 Arrive Auckland
Welcome to New Zealand. Be greeted on arrival at the airport by a Kirra Representative and be transferred to your first nights accommodation.
Rydges Hotel Auckland, 1 night
- Day 2 Auckland/Bay of Islands
Drive north to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. A local Maori guide will meet you and will provide an insight and history of the Bay of Islands before a visit to New Zealand’s birthplace, Waitangi. A self-guided tour through the Treaty House, the Maori Meeting House and war canoe. This afternoon enjoy a cruise to the ‘Hole in the Rock’ and be able to view the Cape Brett Lighthouse.
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, 2 nights B, D ‘Hole in the Rock’ cruise
- Day 3 Bay of Islands
Today is at your leisure, take the time to relax and enjoy the scenery of the Bay of Islands. Your Coach Captain will happily assist with arranging activities for you. Why not try a day trip to Cape Reinga, The northern most point of New Zealand and Ninety Mile Beach. Alternatively, Get the ferry to historic Russell, New Zealand’s first settlement and visit its original Church, Mission House and Museum.
- Day 4 Bay of Islands/Rotorua
Travel south through Whangarei to Warkworth and on to Auckland with its majestic harbour. A visit to the summit of Sky Tower, at 328m the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, for panoramic views across the city and its two harbours, the Domain and the central city area. Cross the Bombay Hills to the lush farmlands of the Waikato noted for its horse studs and the bush clad Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua, the centre of Maori culture.
Sudima Hotel Rotorua, 2 nights B, D Entry to the Sky Tower
- Day 5 Rotorua
A visits to the Agrodome to see a display featuring New Zealand’s various sheep breeds and sheep shearing followed by Rainbow Springs to see Rainbow and Brown trout and native birds including the Kiwi. The spectacular Skyline Gondola offers superb views over city, lake and mountains and for a little excitement try a Luge ride with our compliments. There will be time this afternoon for optional activities. This evening enjoy a Maori Hangi (meal) with traditionally prepared meats and vegetables followed by a concert featuring Maori songs, chants and the stirring haka.
B, D Authentic Maori Village, Hangi & Concert
- Day 6 Rotorua/Napier
View the mighty Huka Falls and the Wairakei Geothermal project before stopping at Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand. Continue on to Napier, often regarded as the world’s Art Deco capital. On arrival, enjoy a locally guided walking tour of the city.
Scenic Te Pania Hotel, Napier. 1 night B, D Art Deco Walking Tour
- Day 7 Napier/Wellington
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 nation’s capital, where you enjoy a city tour on arrival.
Ibis Wellington, 1 night B, D Wellington City Tour
- Day 8 Wellington/Picton/Blenheim
Enjoy some free time this morning to either relax or make the most of Wellington’s endless sights. Join the afternoon Interislander Ferry which affords great views of Wellington and its hillside suburbs and cross the Cook Strait into the sheltered waters of Queen Charlotte Sound and the South Island. Upon arrival into Picton, continue south to Blenheim where you will be dining this evening at The Olde Malthouse. Here, you will take a guided walk to discover the rich and fascinating history of this 1858 building, as well as enjoying a tasting of Marlborough wines and Renaissance Craft beers.
Scenic Hotel Marlborough, 1 night B, D Interislander Ferry Crossing
- Day 9 Blenheim/Kaikoura/Christchurch
Pass Lake Grassmere then follow the coastline to Kaikoura, an area noted for whale watching. Over the Hundalee Ranges and onto the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Visit the International Antarctic Centre and enjoy a brief tour of Christchurch and its surrounds.
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch, 1 night B, D International Antarctic Centre
- Day 10 Christchurch/Mt Cook/Omarama
Cross the broad Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps to the west. Enter the foothills near Geraldine to the barren Mackenzie Country. 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 Zealand’s highest snow capped peaks and a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre before travelling around Lake Pukaki to Twizel and Omarama.
Heritage Gateway Hotel, 1 night B, D Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
- Day 11 Omarama/Dunedin
Pass large hydro lakes as you travel down the Waitaki Valley to Oamaru and Dunedin – the ‘Scottish’ city. An early arrival allows the choice of excellent optional activities; your Coach Captain will be able to assist with these. This evening prior to dinner you will be treated to a traditional Scottish Haggis Ceremony complete with piper, address to the Haggis and gift.
Scenic Dunedin City Hotel, 1 night B, D Scottish Haggis Ceremony
- Day 12 Dunedin/Te Anau
Today visit historic Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Learn about its tragic and mysterious history as well as enjoying the truly spectacular views across the Otago Peninsula and coast. Later leave Dunedin behind and head inland, crossing rich farmlands to the agricultural towns of Gore and Lumsden before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau.
Distinction Luxmore Hotel, 2 nights B, D Larnach Castle Guided Tour
- Day 13 Milford Sound Day Trip
Follow the Hollyford Valley where the Beech forests reach to the roads edge and snow capped peaks tower above. Descend into the Cleddau Canyon to Milford Sound, the world renowned natural wonder, dominated by Mitre Peak. Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls and waterfalls tumble hundreds of meters to the sea below. A launch cruise takes you to the open sea and shows such highlights as the Bowen and Stirling Falls. If time and weather permits, walk into the rainforest to visit The Chasm, a spectacular waterfall, and then pause at the Homer Tunnel. After your tour you will return to Te Anau.
B, D Milford Sounds Cruise
- Day 14 Te Anau/Queenstown
This morning, drive north to Kingston and around the shores of Lake Wakatipu to picturesque Queenstown. This evening, cruise across the lake aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, known as the ‘Lady of the Lake’. Launched in 1912, the TSS Earnslaw is named after the highest peak in the region, Mount Earnslaw. On the journey across the lake take in some of Lake Wakatipu’s most beautiful alpine scenery, before reaching the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm for dinner.
Copthorne Lakefront Hotel & Resort, 2 nights B, D TSS Earnslaw Cruise
- Day 15 Queenstown
Today is at your leisure whilst in the adventure capital. You can either sit back or relax or your Coach Captain can assist with any optional activities you would like to do. We recommend you take a ride on the world famous Shotover Jet Boat, take a gondola ride to the Skyline above for spectacular views, take a tour to the gold mining area of Skippers Canyon or for the adventurous - white water rafting. Alternatively, browse in the many shops and galleries.
- Day 16 Queenstown/Haast Pass/Franz Josef
Pass picturesque Lake Hayes on to an area steeped in fascinating history relating to early settlement and the gold mining era, to Lake Wanaka, a picture postcard resort on the lakes edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. Pass Lake Hawea and the upper reaches of Lake Wanaka to Makarora into Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks. Drive north along the coast to the glacier region.
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, 1 night B
- Day 17 Franz Josef/Christchurch
Today we head north along the coast and pay a visit to a Pounamu (also known as Greenstone or Jade) factory. Pounamu is considered a treasure in Maori culture and is seen as a sign of status and power. It is a hard, highly valued stone found only on the south island. It was often given as gifts to seal important agreements. See how beautiful jewellery is created out of this amazing green stone. Cross the Otira Gorge and Arthurs Pass to the Canterbury Plains and into Christchurch.
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch, 1 night B, D Visit to Greenstone (Jade) Gallery
- Day 18 Christchurch/Home
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.