18 Day Platinum New Zealand Grandeur Guided Tour

A wonderful all round guided tour covering the must see tourist spots throughout the country. Serenity and beauty abounds. Experience overnight cruising in Doubtful Sound and be treated to exclusive excursions designed specifically for our small groups.

 

18 Day Platinum New Zealand Grandeur Guided Tour

Be inspired and embrace the wonders of New Zealand as you discover the true essence of this breathtaking country in genuine comfort and style.

 

Tour Type:

Group Tours

From:

Christchurch to Auckland

Departs:

Selected Dates

Duration:

18 Days

Tour Code:

 

 

Regions Visited

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Hobbiton Picton Rotorua Wellington Christchurch Dunedin Queenstown Wanaka Franz Josef

 

Tour Inclusions

  • 16 nights luxury accommodation
  • Overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound
  • Full breakfast daily, 3 lunches & 9 dinners
  • Welcome dinner & drinks on arrival
  • Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach
  • Professional coach captain
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure
  • Welcome dinner with drinks & farewell dinner
  • World famous TranzAlpine Train
  • Overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • High Tea at Lanarch Castle
  • Stargazing tour, Mt Cook
  • Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre
  • Exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise
  • Authentic Maori Hangi & Cultural Performance
  • Guided Tour of Te Papa Museum
  • Entry to Franz Josef thermal pools
  • Guided tour of Lanarch Castle
  • Entry to Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
  • Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo
  • Scenic Interislander Ferry crossing
  • Tamaki Maori Village
  • Treetop eco-walk amoungst the Redwoods
  • Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tour

Prices for the period 01 October 2019 - 30 September 2020

Start Date

End Date

Single Traveller

Share/Twin

Guaranteed Departure

 

20 October 2019

6 November 2019

$14,549 NZD

$10,345 NZD

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17 November 2019

4 December 2019

$14,549 NZD

$10,345 NZD

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 1 December 2019

18 December 2019

$14,549 NZD

$10,345 NZD

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 12 January 2020

29 January 2020

$14,549 NZD

$10,345 NZD

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 22 March 2020

8 April 2020

$14,549 NZD

$10,345 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

Kia Ora. Welcome to New Zealand. A Kirra representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome dinner and cocktails with fellow travellers.

Accommodation: Rydges Latimer

DAY 2 - TRANZALPINE TRAIN / FRANZ JOSEF

A short drive brings us to the tiny train station of Springfield, gateway to the majestic Southern Alps. Board the award-winning TranzAlpine for the spectacular rail journey to Arthurs Pass, the South Island’s highest altitude settlement. Enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River and traverse the mighty Southern Alps, where spectacular views of the chiselled alpine landscape will take your breath away at every turn. On to Franz Josef where you can relax and soak in the thermal pools after an invigorating day and sumptuous dinner.

Accommodation: Te Waionui Forest Retreat

DAY 3 - WANAKA / QUEENSTOWN

Before our departure this morning, there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions). Later, view incredible scenery as you travel past the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks. There is time to wander around the popular lakeside township of Wanaka before stopping at the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s and home to a fascinating collection of mining cottages.

Accommodation: Heritage Queenstown

DAY 4 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

Queenstown is regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination and today is free to experience this magnificent alpine 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. Experience the thrills of riding on the world famous Shotover Jet Boat , perhaps cruise Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, take a 4WD 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: Heritage Queenstown

DAY 5 - OVERNIGHT DOUBTFUL SOUND WILDERNESS CRUISE

Skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu and travel through lush farmland to Te Anau. On to Manapouri, where you enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque 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, your crew and the ‘Fiordland Navigator’ await. Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the ‘Fiordland Navigator’ blends old world charm with modern comfort and as you cruise through some of the fiord’s most stunning scenery, knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. After dropping anchor in a sheltered cove, you can choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or tender boat or you can simply relax on board. As the majesty of Doubtful Sound unfolds before you, you will be struck by its silence … a silence broken only by birdsong or the rushing of a distant waterfall. Its beauty and vastness will take your breath away.

Accommodation: Fiordland Navigator

DAY 6 - MANAPOURI / DUNEDIN

Enjoy a hearty breakfast this morning before exploring other parts of the fiord. We retrace our steps back to Manapouri where you rejoin your coach for the journey to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South.

Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

DAY 7 - OTAGO PENINSULA

This morning enjoy spectacular views travelling along the Otago Peninsula to Wellers Rock where you will board a Monarch Wildlife Cruise. On the cruise watch out for NZ Furseals & NZ Sealions on their breeding rockeries as well an abundance of other wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins and Albatross. Afterwards travel to Larnach Castle for a guided tour learning about its tragic and mysterious history before enjoying a High Tea in the Grand Ballroom. The afternoon is yours at leisure to explore Dunedin and experience optional activities.

Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

DAY 8 - MOERAKI / MT COOK

Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders before travelling up the Waitaki Valley to Omarama. Your journey continues into the World Heritage Mt Cook National Park, with its 70,000 ha of breathtaking alpine scenery. After dinner, enjoy a guided tour of the Digital Dome Planetarium before your astronomy guides take you to their outdoor stargazing site where you explore different elements of the spectacular southern sky.

Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel

DAY 9 - LAKE TEKAPO / CHRISTCHURCH

At Lake Tekapo, stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Then cross the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Accommodation: Rydges Latimer

DAY 10 - KAIKOURA / BLENHEIM

Head north to the picturesque coastal town of Kaikoura and visit a New Zealand Fur Seal (Kekeno) colony. Continue to the charming town of Blenheim in the heart of the Marlborough Region, famous for producing New Zealand’s best Sauvignon Blanc. Spend the afternoon at leisure, exploring the town’s boutique galleries and shops.

Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

DAY 11 - PICTON / WELLINGTON

We’ll make a brief stop in the small fishing village of Picton before boarding the Interislander Ferry for the journey through the magnificent Marlborough Sounds and across the Cook Strait to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. This afternoon we will take a guided tour to discover the treasures of Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand.

Accommodation: Bolton Hotel

DAY 12 - WELLINGTON AT LEISURE

Today is a free day at leisure to explore the nation’s capital. There is plenty to see and do around this vibrant city such as riding the famous Cable Car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views or a visit to Zealandia Eco Sanctuary. Another very popular excursion is a visit to the Weta Workshop, a world-leading design and special effects facility for major Hollywood film makers.

Accommodation: The Bolton Hotel

DAY 13 - PUKAHA MOUNT BRUCE / NAPIER

We stop at the Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, a captive-breeding sanctuary for the country’s most endangered birds and home to the only white kiwi in captivity. Arriving into Napier in the late afternoon, you’re free to stroll amongst the perfectly preserved Art Deco facades and view the Sea Walls murals painted on more than 50 walls around the city.

Accommodation: The Crowne Hotel / Scenic Hotel Te Pania

DAY 14 - NAPIER AT LEISURE

After a leisurely morning we’ll visit New Zealand’s oldest winery, Mission Estate, established in 1851 by pioneering French missionaries. Take your time as you wander around the elegantly restored seminary building. Staff will guide you through a tasting of an exclusive selection of wines before we enjoy a contemporary fine dining, European-style lunch prepared with the freshest local produce.

Accommodation: The Crowne Hotel / Scenic Hotel Te Pania

DAY 15 - TAUPO / ROTORUA

Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls and fascinating Wairakei Geothermal Project before arriving at the thermal wonderland of Wai-O-Tapu. Sculptured out of volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, this uniquely different natural landscape is considered to be New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. Tonight, visit the award winning Tamaki Village and enjoy a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance, including the stirring haka.

Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

DAY 16 - EXCLUSIVE LAKE ROTOITI CRUISE & REDWOOD TREETOP WALK

Today’s highlight is an exclusive cruise across the serene, clear waters of Lake Rotoiti. Explore native bays and coves of the lake under sail on our luxury catamaran and bathe in the thermal waters of the Manupirua Pools, accessible only by boat. Later, enjoy a suspended treetop eco-walk amongst Rotorua’s gentle giants in the Redwood Forest and get a unique bird’s eye perspective of these 110 year old trees and the lush flora below.

Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

DAY 17 - HOBBITON / AUCKLAND

After a leisurely breakfast, we travel to Matamata and experience a guided tour of Hobbiton, the movie set used in the block-busting ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ films. Enjoy a festive lunch at The Green Dragon Inn before travelling on to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails.

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Windsor

DAY 18 - DEPART AUCKLAND

Sadly, your holiday ends after breakfast this morning. Here we bid you farewell and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay.