New Zealand Small Group 18 Days New Zealand Grandeur Coach Tour

We think you'll love our small group tour - limited to 24 persons - staying at only the best resorts and hotels throughout the north and south islands of New Zealand. Explore New Zealand on this 18 Day New Zealand Grandeur Coach Tour. Highlights include a TranzAlpine Train excursion, an overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise, a stargazing tour in Mt Cook, high tea at Lanarch Castle,Taieri Gorge Railway, Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise, an authentic Maori Hangi & Cultural Performance and an overnight Hauraki Gulf Cruise in Auckland.


18 day nz tourDay 1 - Welcome to Christchurch

Welcome to Christchurch, transfer airport to hotel

On arrival into Christchurch a representative of Kirra Tours will meet you from your flight and a transfer will deliver you to your Christchurch hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore the Garden City.

Your accommodation: Peppers Clearwater Resort

This waterfront resort is located within beautiful grounds and on the side of lakes and waterways. All accommodations offer either lake or views of the championship fairways.
Peppers Clearwater Resort See more details

Day 2 - Christchurch to Arthurs Pass with Tranz Alpine. Then on to Franz Josef by coach Southern Alps

A short drive brings you 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.

Your accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat - Nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest at Franz Josef is a very special five-star retreat. Designed with utmost care of its precious environment, guests at Te Waonui Forest Retreat will find themselves encircled by rainforest and accommodated in natural and sustainable luxury.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner Te Waonui Forest Retreat See more details

Day 3 - Franz Josef to Queenstown via WanakaBefore your 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.

Your accommodation: Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown This 175 room boutique hotel is situated on 500 acres of golf course and grounds. Surrounded by mountains the resort offers everything you need but is also close enough to Arrowtown and Queenstown to enjoy the region to its fullest.
Meals included: Breakfast Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown See more details

Day 4 - At leisure in Queenstown

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

Your accommodation: Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown This 175 room boutique hotel is situated on 500 acres of golf course and grounds. Surrounded by mountains the resort offers everything you need but is also close enough to Arrowtown and Queenstown to enjoy the region to its fullest.
Meals included: Breakfast Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown See more details


Day 5 - Overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise Te Anau

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.

Your accommodation: Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound - The Fiordland Navigator is purpose built for cruising in the fiords. The vessel offers spacious viewing decks, a comfortable dining saloon and observation lounge.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound See more details


Day 6 - Manapouri to Dunedin

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

Your accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel Distinction Dunedin Hotel occupies the grand Chief Post Office built in the 1930’s. This art deco inspired building has recently been transformed into a 4 star hotel with elegant décor, set in the heart of the city.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner Distinction Dunedin Hotel See more details


Day 7 - Otago Peninsula, Taieri Gorge

Enjoy spectacular views across the Otago Peninsula as you travel to Lanarch Castle. On your guided tour, learn about its tragic and mysterious history before enjoying a High Tea in the Grand Ballroom. This afternoon, board the famous Taieri Gorge Railway. From Dunedin, the train sneaks across the Taieri Plains and climbs into the Taieri Gorge, a narrow and deep gorge carved out over aeons by the ancient Taieri River. The natural wonders combined with the challenge of man-made engineering will leave you amazed

Your accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel Distinction Dunedin Hotel occupies the grand Chief Post Office built in the 1930’s. This art deco inspired building has recently been transformed into a 4 star hotel with elegant décor, set in the heart of the city.
Meals included: Breakfast Distinction Dunedin Hotel See more details


Day 8 - Dunedin to Mount Cook via MoerakiMoreki Boulders

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.  

Your accommodation: Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook The Hermitage Hotel ringed by magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, is a world-renowned tourist destination and has been an icon of superior accommodation and dining since 1884.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook See more details

Day 9 - Mount Cook to Hanmer Springs via Tekapo

At Lake Tekapo, stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Then cross the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. From here, you head inland to the naturally quaint and tranquil alpine village of Hanmer Springs, nestled into the foothills of the Southern Alps.

Your accommodation: Heritage Hotel Hanmer Springs The spa resort of Hanmer Springs is home to the traditional hotel and villa accommodation provided by the Heritage Hotel. Revel in the majesty of this restored turn of the century lodge, set amongst mature trees and with the Southern Alps as your constant backdrop.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner Heritage Hotel Hanmer Springs See more details


Day 10 - Hanmer Springs to Picton and Interislander Ferry to Wellington

Travel on to the picturesque fishing village of Picton where you board the Interislander Ferry and cruise through the spectacular Queens Charlotte Sound into Cook Strait. Enjoy stunning views of New Zealand’s capital city as you arrive into Wellington Harbour.

Your accommodation: Amora Hotel Wellington Situated in the heart of the harbour capital The Amora Hotel is opposite Te Papa - the Museum of New Zealand, the Wellington Convention Centre and located only a short walk away are the central business district and its cafes, restaurants and shops. Every room has a view of the harbour.
Meals included: Breakfast Amora Hotel Wellington See more details

Day 11 - At Leisure In Wellington

Enjoy a brief city tour taking in all the major sights and then there is free time for exploring on your own. Situated on the Wellington waterfront, a visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, is highly recommended. Another very popular excursion is a visit to the Weta Workshop, a world-leading design and special effects facility for major Hollywood film makers

Your accommodation: Amora Hotel Wellington Situated in the heart of the harbour capital The Amora Hotel is opposite Te Papa - the Museum of New Zealand, the Wellington Convention Centre and located only a short walk away are the central business district and its cafes, restaurants and shops. Every room has a view of the harbour.
Meals included: Breakfast Amora Hotel Wellington See more details


Day 12 - Wellington to Martinborough Wine Village

The town of Martinborough is located at the centre of the Wairarapa wine region and because of its close proximity to Wellington, makes it a popular weekend destination for locals. Many boutique wineries are within an easy walk of the town square and the region is particularly well known for its production of Pinot Noir wines.

Your accommodation: The Martinborough Hotel At the Martinborough Hotel, indulge in the elegant surroundings of this 1882 building. There are nine Verandah Rooms, at the top of the grand flight of stairs and seven spacious Garden Rooms finished in a restful simple country style.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner The Martinborough Hotel See more details


Day 13 - Martinborough to Tongariro National Park via Pukaha Mt Bruce

This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, a captive-breeding sanctuary for some of the country’s most threatened birds and home to the only white kiwi in captivity. Continue north along the Desert Road to Tongariro, New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area.

Your accommodation: Bayview Chateau Tongariro Bayview Chateau Tongariro, nestled at the foot of Mount Ruapehu, was completed in 1929 and still retains many of its original features. It is one of New Zealand's few hotels located in a World Heritage Park and offers the most prestigious accommodation in the region.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner Bayview Chateau Tongariro See more details


Day 14 - Tongariro National Park to Rotorua via Taupo

Your first stop today is Taupo where you will enjoy time to stroll around this popular lakeside resort. View the mighty Huka Falls & Wairakei Geothermal Project before arriving at the geothermal resort of Rotorua. This evening, enjoy a tour of Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and you are treated to a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance including the stirring haka.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua Rotorua's largest 4 star deluxe hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the city overlooking Lake Rotorua. Five levels of accommodation offer guests a wide variety of scenic views.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner Millennium Hotel Rotorua See more details


Day 15 - 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 a 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.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Rotorua's largest 4 star deluxe hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the city overlooking Lake Rotorua. Five levels of accommodation offer guests a wide variety of scenic views.
Meals included: Breakfast Millennium Hotel Rotorua See more details


Day 16 - Rotorua to Auckland via Hobbiton and Overnight Cruise on Hauraki Gulf

This morning, enjoy a guided tour of Hobbiton, the set used in the block-busting Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. Arrive into the ‘City of Sails’ early afternoon to board your overnight vessel, ‘Hauraki Blue’ for a unique cruise that will immerse you into the breathtaking beauty of the Hauraki Gulf. Explore the islands of the Gulf and discover secluded beaches, paddle about in a kayak or snorkel in the clean, clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. Relax on deck and dine on fresh local produce before retiring to your ocean view cabin for the night.

Your accommodation: Hauraki Gulf Overnight Cruise

Experience the Hauraki Gulf on a luxurious catamaran. Your overnight cruise includes scenic cruising on a luxury vessel, ocean view cabins with private ensuite, superb dinner including local produce.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner Hauraki Gulf Overnight Cruise See more details

Day 17 - At Leisure In Auckland

After breakfast, cruise back to port, taking in the sights of Auckland’s eastern beaches along the way. The rest of today is free to explore New Zealand’s largest and most vibrant city

Your accommodation: Stamford Plaza, Auckland (pre/post tour accommodation) Located just a few minutes stroll from Auckland's vibrant waterfront the Stamford Plaza Hotel offers 5 star accommodation and services including 4 on site restaurants to choose from.
Meals included: Breakfast Stamford Plaza, Auckland (Kirra pre/post tour accommodation) See more details
Day 18 - Depart Auckland

Sadly, your holiday ends after breakfast this morning. You are bid you farewell and it is hoped you leave with many happy memories of your stay.

Included in this coach touring package

Accommo 17 night hotel 4 star

Includes: 9 dinners

Includes: All breakfasts

Includes: Airport transfers/Sightseeing and meals as shown

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