18 Day Classic New Zealand Panorama Guided Tour

With free time in Paihia, Rotorua, Queenstown and Dunedin you have time to either sit back and relax or choose one of the many different and diverse optional excursions available.

 

18 Day Classic New Zealand Panorama Guided Tour

Travel the length of New Zealand on one of our most popular coach tour itineraries. In the North Island, experience sightseeing tours of Auckland and Wellington and enjoy the Bay of Islands Hole in the Rock cruise. Down in the South Island, enhance your holiday enjoyment by choosing an optional excursion helicopter flight in the Glacier region.

 

Tour Type:

Group Tours

From:

Auckland to Christchurch

Departs:

Selected Dates

Duration:

18 Days

Tour Code:

 

 

Regions Visited

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Auckland Picton Rotorua Wellington Christchurch Dunedin Te Anau Queenstown Franz Josef Bay of Islands Milford Sound Blenheim Punakaiki Taupo

 

Tour Inclusions

  • 17 nights accommodation in superior hotels
  • Full breakfast daily, 1 lunch & 14 dinners
  • Evening welcome drinks on arrival
  • Travel by luxury touring coach
  • Professional coach captain
  • Hotel Porterage
  • Complimentary transfers on arrival & departure
  • City tours of Auckland, Wellington & 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 & Luge
  • Locally guided Art Deco walking tour
  • Entry into Hanmer Springs Hot Pools
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
  • Guided tour of Larnach Castle
  • Walter Peak Cruise & Dinner
  • Authentic Maori Village, Hangi & Cultural Performance
  • Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
  • Coast to Coast TranzAlpine Train Journey

01 January 2019 - 31 May 2020

Start Date

End Date

Single Traveller

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Guaranteed Departure

 

10 September 2019

27 September 2019

$10,035 NZD

$7,410 NZD

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22 October 2019

8 November 2019

$10,790 NZD

$7,965 NZD

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26 November 2019

13 December 2019

$10,790 NZD

$7,965 NZD

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11 December 2019

28 December 2019

$10,790 NZD

$7,965 NZD

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14 January 2020

31 January 2020

$10,790 NZD

$7,965 NZD

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28 January 2020

14 February 2020

$10,790 NZD

$7,965 NZD

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11 February 2020

28 February 2020

$10,790 NZD

$7,965 NZD

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18 February 2020

28 February 2020

$10,790 NZD

$7,965 NZD

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10 March 2020

27 March 2020

$10,790 NZD

$7,965 NZD

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24 March 2020

10 April 2020

$10,035 NZD

$7,410 NZD

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5 May 2020

22 May 2020

$10,035 NZD

$7,410 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 AUCKLAND

“Haere Mai”…. 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.

Accommodation: Rydges Auckland

DAY 2 - AUCKLAND / BAY OF ISLANDS

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’.

Accommodation: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands

DAY 3 - BAY OF ISLANDS

Today is 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 Zealand’s northern most point. Alternatively, explore the township of Russell, New Zealand’s first settlement and visit its historic Church, Mission House and Museum.

Accommodation: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands

DAY 4 - BAY OF ISLANDS / ROTORUA

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.

Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

DAY 5 - TAUPO / ART DECO NAPIER

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.

Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

DAY 6 - ROTORUA

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 world’s Art Deco capital. On arrival, enjoy a locally guided walking tour of the city.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania

DAY 7 - WAIRARAPA / 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.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 8 - WELLINGTON / HANMER SPRINGS

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.

Accommodation: Heritage Hanmer Springs

DAY 9 - HANMER SPRINGS / CHRISTCHURCH

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.

Accommodation: Distinction Hotel

DAY 10 - LAKE TEKAPO

Enjoy a tour of Christchurch’s city centre on board a beautifully restored heritage tram. Visit the International Antarctic Centre before crossing the Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. Stop to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial. There is time for some optional alpine flightseeing over Mt Cook National Park. (subject to weather conditions).

Accommodation: Peppers Bluewater Resort

DAY 11 - MOERAKI / DUNEDIN

Continue south and stop to view the Benmore Dam, one of the largest in the southern hemisphere. Travel down the Waitaki Valley to the Whitestone township of Oamaru, home to some of the best preserved heritage buildings in New Zealand. Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders, then on to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

DAY 12 - DUNEDIN / 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 13 - MILFORD SOUND DAY TOUR

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 14 - 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 Earnslaw before reaching the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel

DAY 15 - QUEENSTOWN

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 16 - 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 17 - FRANZ JOSEF / 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 18 - 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.