10 Day Classic TranzAlpine Panorama Guided Tour

Discover the spectacular South Island of New Zealand, taking in the southern loop from Christchurch down the central spine of the Southern Alps and onto the East and West Coasts. The TranzAlpine train journey from Greymouth to Christchurch is included, a great way to finish off your holiday experience!

Waterfalls at Milford Sound

 

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.

 

Tour Type:

Group Tours

From:

Christchurch to Christchurch

Departs:

Selected Dates

Duration:

10 Days

Tour Code:

 

 

Regions Visited

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Christchurch Tekapo Mt Cook Te Anau Moeraki Boulders Dunedin 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

Prices for the period 01 October 2019 - 30 September 2020

Start Date

End Date

Single Traveller

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Guaranteed Departure

 

30 October 2019

8 November 2019

$6,025 NZD

$4,445 NZD

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20 November 2019

29 November 2019

$6,025 NZD

$4,445 NZD

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4 December 2019

13 December 2019

$6,025 NZD

$4,445 NZD

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19 December 2019

28 December 2019

$6,025 NZD

$4,445 NZD

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 22 January 2020

31 January 2020

$6,025 NZD

$4,445 NZD

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5 February 2020

14 February 2020

$6,025 NZD

$4,445 NZD

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19 February 2020

28 February 2020

$6,025 NZD

$4,445 NZD

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26 February 2020

6 March 2020

$6,025 NZD

$4,445 NZD

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18 March 2020

27 March 2020

$6,025 NZD

$4,445 NZD

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1 April 2020

10 April 2020

$6,025 NZD

$4,445 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. 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 - CHRISTCHURCH / LAKE TEKAPO

Today begins with a unique experience combining history and sightseeing. Enjoy a journey in style through the changing face of Christchurch’s city centre on-board a beautifully restored heritage tram. We then visit the International Antarctic Centre before crossing the Canterbury Plains, New Zealand’s largest area of flat land, lying between the mighty Southern Alps and the Pacific Ocean. Its patchwork of agricultural activity ranges from grazing grass and wheat to herbs and sunflowers. View the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial overlooking Lake Tekapo. There is time this afternoon for some optional alpine flightseeing over the world heritage national parks of Aoraki Mt Cook and Westland Tai Poutini (subject to weather conditions).

Accommodation: Peppers Bluewater Resort

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.