10 Day Classic Southern Traverse Guided Tour

Take in the southern loop from Christchurch, crossing from the East Coast to the West Coast visiting Punakaiki, & the glacier region before traversing the 'spine' of Southern Alps once again reaching Queenstown and further East to Dunedin & Christchurch.

Beautiful Doubtful Sound, Fiordland National Park

 

10 Day Classic Southern Traverse Guided Tour

There are many highlights to be enjoyed during this 10 Day loop of the South Island. From the powerful tide surges at Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowholes to the surreal beauty of Wanaka and Doubtful Sound. 

 

Tour Type:

Group Tours

From:

Christchurch to Christchurch

Departs:

Selected Dates

Duration:

10 Days

Tour Code:

 

 

Regions Visited

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Christchurch Punakaiki Wanaka Dunedin Doubtful Sound Queenstown Franz Josef

 

Tour Inclusions

  • 9 nights premium hotel accommodation
  • Full breakfast daily, 1 lunch & 7 dinners
  • Welcome dinner & farewell dinner & drinks included
  • Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach
  • Professional coach captain
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure
  • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowholes
  • Visit to historic Arrowtown
  • TSS Earnslaw Walter Peak Cruise & Dinner
  • Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • Guided Tour High Tea at Larnach Castle
  • Moeraki Boulders

Prices for the period 01 September 2020 - 30 May 2021

Start Date

End Date

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13 September 2020

22 September 2020

$7,235 NZD

$4,995 NZD

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27 September 2020

6 October 2020

$7,235 NZD

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18 October 2020

27 October 2020

$7,235 NZD

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 1 November 2020

10 November 2020

$7,235 NZD

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15 November 2020

24 November 2020

$7,235 NZD

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29 November 2020

8 December 2020

$7,235 NZD

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13 December 2020

22 December 2020

$7,235 NZD

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17 January 2021

26 January 2021

$7,235 NZD

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31 January 2021

9 February 2021

$7,235 NZD

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14 February 2021

23 February 2021

$7,235 NZD

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28 February 2021

9 March 2021

$7,235 NZD

$4,995 NZD

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14 March 2021

23 March 2021

$7,235 NZD

$4,995 NZD

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28 March 2021

6 April 2021

$7,235 NZD

$4,995 NZD

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11 April 2021

20 April 2021

$7,235 NZD

$4,995 NZD

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25 April 2021

4 Mary 2021

$7,235 NZD

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16 May 2021

25 May 2021

$7,235 NZD

$4,995 NZD

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Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars

 

NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE

Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, laundry and optional sightseeing are not included in the tour cost.

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1 - ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH

‘Haere Mai’ Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival, a Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your downtown city hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers.

Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

DAY 2 - ARTHUR'S PASS / PUNAKAIKI

This morning, we cross the mighty Southern Alps via the massive viaducts, river valleys and gorges of Arthur’s Pass National Park. The only way to beat this stunning coast to coast drive is to upgrade to the famous TranzAlpine train journey, renowned as one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world. Arriving on the rugged West Coast, marvel at the bizarre limestone formations that make up the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Tonight’s stay is at a friendly eco-resort located in the Paparoa National Park, only a stone’s throw from the beach.

Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort

DAY 3 - FRANZ JOSEF

Travel south along the coast to the Westland National Park, home of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. This remarkable part of the country was shaped by the dynamic glaciers and boasts lush temperate rainforest growing beneath towering mountains. Enjoy ample free time to experience the glaciers with a guided tour, optional scenic flights, guided bush walks or opt to unwind in the local hot pools. Your Coach Captain can assist with any optional activities you would like to do.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef

DAY 4 - WANAKA / QUEENSTOWN

View incredible scenery as you travel past the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring National Park. Stop at Wanaka, a popular township on the lake’s edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop, on the way to Arrowtown, an area steeped in fascinating history relating to early settlement and the gold mining era. We 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 Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel

DAY 5 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

Today is a free day to experience this magnificent alpine resort. Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities and your Guide 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 Bob’s 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 in town or sample one of the cafes or bars along the lakefront.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel

DAY 6 - DOUBTFUL SOUND

Travel around Lake Wakatipu and through lush farmland to enter Fiordland National Park. On to Manapouri, where you enjoy a leisurely cruise across the 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, board a modern catamaran and allow the majesty and vastness of the fiord to take your breath away. Enjoy the on-board commentary that provides insight into the region’s history, flora and fauna as you view spectacular towering mountains and wildlife.

Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Te Anau

DAY 7 - LARNACH CASTLE / DUNEDIN

Depart Te Anau and head for the coast, crossing rich farmlands and passing through agricultural townships on the way to Dunedin, often referred to as the Edinburgh of the South. Upon arrival, we will take a guided tour of Larnach Castle to learn about its tragic and mysterious history, before enjoying High Tea in the historic ballroom.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

DAY 8 - DUNEDIN AT LEISURE

Today is a free day to experience Dunedin and the greater Otago Peninsula. This heritage city offers stunning examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, most of which can be viewed on a downtown walking tour. Visit the natural history exhibits of the Otago Museum or take an interactive tour of the iconic Speight’s Brewery. For those seeking outdoor adventures, the dramatic Otago Peninsula offers opportunities to search for albatross, penguins, seals and sea lions as well as a variety of walking and biking trails.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

DAY 9 - 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. Then continue to the township of Oamaru, home to some of the best-preserved heritage buildings in New Zealand. Our journey north takes us up the coast and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Relive your amazing trip with your fellow travellers over a farewell dinner and drinks this evening.

Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

DAY 10 - 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.