18 Day New Zealand Scenic
18 Day New Zealand Scenic
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.
During the course of our Panorama tour you will have free time in Paihia (Bay of Islands), Rotorua, Queenstown and Dunedin so you have time to either sit back and relax or choose one of the many different and diverse optional excursions such as a helicopter flight in the Glacier region, the Taieri Gorge Railway in Dunedin or the thermal pools in Rotorua to name a few.
HighlightsHistoric Bay of Islands Thermal Wonderland of Rotorua Napier, the Art Deco capital of the world Wellington, the nation's capital. World Heritage listed Mt Cook National Park Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South Fiordland National Park Spectacular Southern Lakes region
West Coast - Glacier region
|Tuesday 14 January, 2020||Tuesday 11 January, 2020||NZD $7,965 pp||NZD $10,790 pp|
|Tuesday 28 January, 2020||Tuesday 14 February, 2020||NZD $7,965 pp||NZD $10,790 pp|
|Tuesday 11 February, 2020||Tuesday 28 February,2020||NZD $7,965 pp||NZD $10,790 pp|
|Tuesday 18 February, 2020||Tuesday 6 March, 2020||NZD $7,965 pp||NZD $10,790 pp|
|Tuesday 10 March, 2020||Tuesday 27 March, 2020||NZD $7,965 pp||NZD $10,790 pp|
|Tuesday 24 March, 2020||Tuesday 10 April, 2020||NZD $7,965 pp||NZD $10,790 pp|
|Tuesday 5 May, 2020||Tuesday 22 May, 2020||NZD $7,410 pp||NZD $10,035 pp|
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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.
Stay at Rydges Auckland
Day 2 : Auckland-Paihia
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’.
Stay at Copthorne Bay of Islands (2 nights)
Day 3 : Explore the 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.
Optional Sightseeing Activities From Price (NZD)* Discover Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach including Lunch $149 pp Giants and Glow Worms $129 pp Discovery Kerikeri $60 pp R. Tucker Thompson Tall Sailing Ship $149 pp Cape Reinga Fly/Drive Half-Day Tour by Aeroplane $425 pp Bay of Islands Coastal Discovery by Helicopter $335 pp
Day 4 : Auckland - 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.
Stay at Sudima Lake Rotorua
Day 5: Rotorua Sightseeing
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.
Stay at Sudima Lake Rotorua
Optional Sightseeing Activities From Price (NZD)* Polynesian Spa $50 pp Mokoia Island Experience $99 pp Crater Lakes by Floatplane $165 pp Crater Lakes by Helicopter $195 pp Mt Tarawera by Helicopter with Volcanic Landing $395 pp
Day 6 : Taupo - Art Deco Napier
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.
Stay at Scenic Hotel Napier
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.
Stay at Ibis Wellington
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.
Stay at 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.
Stay at Distinction Christchurch 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).
Stay at Peppers Bluewater Resort
Optional Sightseeing Activities From Price (NZD)* The Grand Traverse $425 pp
Day 11 : Moeraki Boulders - 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.
Stay at Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
Optional Sightseeing Activities From Price (NZD)* Taieri Gorge Railway $91 pp Speight’s Brewery Tour $29 pp Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour $92 pp Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour with Penguin Place $150 pp
Day 12 : 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.
Stay at Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau
Day 13 : Spectacular Milford Sound
Follow the Hollyford Valley before descending into the Cleddau Canyon. Drive through the Homer Tunnel into spectacular Milford 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.
Stay at Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau
Optional Sightseeing Activities From Price (NZD)* Glowworm Caves Evening Tour $88 pp Luxmore Jet $120 pp
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.
Stay at Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights)
Day 15 : At leisure in QueenstownT
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.
Optional Sightseeing Activities From Price (NZD)* Safari of the Scenes – Wakatipu Basin $195 pp Safari of the Scenes – Glenorchy $195 pp Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour $155 pp Wine & Gourmet Odyssey (Queenstown) $199 pp Shotover Jet Boat $149 pp Kawarau Jet Boat Ride $129 pp Dart River Wilderness Safari $239 pp Ziptrek – Moa Tour $139 pp The Remarkables Helicopter flight with Snow Landing $245 pp The Grand Circle Helicopter flight with Snow Landing $315 pp Skyline Gondola and Dinner $85 pp Skyline Gondola and Kiwi Haka Show $49 pp
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.
Stay at Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Optional Sightseeing Activities From Price (NZD)* Scenic Jet Boat Safari $109 pp Glacier Hot Pools $28 pp Franz Josef Glacier Snow Landing $245 pp Fox and Franz Josef Twin Glaciers with Snow Landing $315 pp Aoraki Mount Cook Spectacular with Snow Landing $460 pp
Day 17 : 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.
Stay at 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. If you choose to stay in Christchurch a little longer, we’ve created a list of optional sightseeing activities to supercharge your holiday – check it out below.
Optional Sightseeing Activities From Price (NZD)* Punting on the Avon $28 pp Discover Akaroa Day Tour with Cruise and Lunch $205 pp Lord of the Rings High Country Tour including Picnic Lunch $279 pp Hanmer Springs Day Tour including Lunch $190 pp Waipara Wine Trail $100 pp Discover Christchurch by Double Decker Bus $69 pp
- 17 nights accommodation in premium hotels
- 17 fully cooked breakfasts, 1 lunch and 14 dinners
- Travel by luxury touring coach including professional coach captain
- Services of onboard tour concierge
- All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown
- Hotel porterage
- Complimentary private airport shuttle transfers
- Scenic Interislander ferry crossing
- 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
- 59-30 days prior to departure - 50%
- 29-15 days prior to departure - 75%
- 14 days or less prior to departure - 100%
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