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10 Day Classic TranzAlpine Panorama Guided Tour

A fabulous tour beginning in Christchurch, travelling down to the Southern Lakes region before heading up along the beautiful West Coast and onto Wellington. With some great sightseeing activities included you couldn't ask for anything more.

10 Day Classic TranzAlpine Panorama Guided Tour

During the course of this South Island coach tour you will also have free time in Dunedin, Queenstown and Franz Josef to experience some of the unique and regional optional sightseeing activities including Taieri Gorge Railway or Speights Brewery in Dunedin, Nomad Safaris 4WD safari in Queenstown and a helicopter flight in the Glacier region as well as many more options for those wishing to explore further.

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Tour Type: Group Tours
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departs: Selected dates
Duration: 10 days
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Regions Visited

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Christchurch, Mt Cook, Te Anau, Moeraki Boulders, Dunedin, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Wanaka, Franz Josef

Tour Inclusions

  • 9 nights premium hotel accommodation
  • Full breakfast daily, 1 lunch & 8 dinners
  • Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach
  • Professional coach captain
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure
  • Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
  • Coast to Coast TranzAlpine train journey
  • Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
  • Lake Tekapo & Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Guided tour of Larnach Castle
  • TSS Earnslaw Walter Peak Cruise & Dinner
 

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH

“Haere Mai” …. Welcome to New Zealand. A Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your downtown city hotel.

Accommodation: Distinction Hotel

DAY 2: MT COOK / OMARAMA

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 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.

Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel

DAY 3: MOERAKI BOULDERS / DUNEDIN

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.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

DAY 4: CENTRAL OTAGO / TE ANAU

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.

Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

DAY 5: SPECTACULAR MILFORD SOUND

Follow the Hollyford Valley before descending into the Cleddau Canyon. Drive through the Homer Tunnel into spectacularMilford 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 region’s history, flora and fauna as you view spectacular waterfalls, towering mountains and wildlife.

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

Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

DAY 6: TE ANAU / QUEENSTOWN

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 Earnslawbefore reaching the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel

DAY 7: QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

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 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.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel

DAY 8: WANAKA / FRANZ JOSEF

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.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

DAY 9: TRANZALPINE / CHRISTCHURCH

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.

Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch Airport

DAY 10: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH

Sadly, it’s time to bid farewell to all your new friends today. You will be transferred to the airport to join your flight home.

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Thanks for all of your help in New Zealand and special thanks for a delicious dinner with you and family.

We consider the Kirra Tour a success. It was a first for us and we had to adjust somewhat to the schedule, but once we got into the routine, it worked well.

Ross is an excellent driver and his knowledge of the Zealand countryside is outstanding. He handled things very well. There were two hotels that did not measure up, and Ross would agree, i.e. Heritage Gateway, Omarama and Scenic Hotel, Franz Josef. It’s possible that Kirra was stuck with these because of the busy season, but they should consider other choices if possible. They were OK, but not up to par.

We would suggest that Kirra send out a letter/package to customers before they leave home in which they would explain the details of first night arrival, what to expect the first morning of the trip and more details about optional tours available during the week. Because we had never taken a bus tour, we were a little confused the first night and morning.

All in all, we are very pleased. We saw everything we had planned on seeing, the food was satisfactory (not as good as yours), most of the hotels were fine (except you folks don’t like AC as much as we do) and the folks on the tour were pleasant and nice.

Thank you for making it work and taking care of the turtle, who arrived home safely. We look forward to your visit next year and we will recommend you to any of our friends wanting to visit New Zealand.

High season - October 2018 to April 2019

Start Date End Date Single traveller Guaranteed departure Availability
5 December 2018 14 December 2018 $5,549 NZD Yes Enquire / Book
19 December 2018 28 December 2018 $5,549 NZD Yes Enquire / Book
23 January 2019 1 February 2019 $5,549 NZD Yes Enquire / Book
6 February 2019 15 February 2019 $5,549 NZD Yes Enquire / Book
13 February 2019 22 February 2019 $5,549 NZD Yes Enquire / Book
27 February 2019 8 March 2019 $5,549 NZD Yes Enquire / Book
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20 March 2019 29 March 2019 $5,549 NZD Yes Enquire / Book
3 April 2019 12 April 2019 $5,549 NZD Yes Enquire / Book
17 April 2019 26 April 2019 $5,549 NZD Yes Fully Booked

Shoulder season - May 2019

Start Date End Date Single traveller Guaranteed departure Availability
15 May 2019 24 May 2019 $5,160 NZD Yes Enquire / Book

High season - September 2019 - April 2020

Start Date End Date Single traveller Guaranteed departure Availability
18 September 2019 27 September 2019 $5,549 NZD Yes Enquire / Book
16 October 2019 25 October 2019 $5,549 NZD Yes Enquire / Book
30 October 2019 8 November 2019 $5,549 NZD Yes Enquire / Book
20 November 2019 29 November 2019 $5,549 NZD Yes Enquire / Book
4 December 2019 13 December 2019 $5,549 NZD Yes Enquire / Book
19 December 2019 28 December 2019 $5,549 NZD Yes Enquire / Book
22 January 2020 31 January 2020 $5,549 NZD Yes Enquire / Book
5 February 2020 14 February 2020 $5,549 NZD Yes Enquire / Book
12 February 2020 21 February 2020 $5,549 NZD Yes Enquire / Book
26 February 2020 6 March 2020 $5,549 NZD Yes Enquire / Book
18 March 2020 27 March 2020 $5,549 NZD Yes Enquire / Book
1 April 2020 10 April 2020 $5,549 NZD Yes Enquire / Book

Shoulder season - May 2020

Start Date End Date Single traveller Guaranteed departure Availability
13 May 2020 22 May 2018 $5,549 NZD Yes Enquire / Book