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E nga iwi o te ao katoa Haere mai, haere mai, haere mai, Haere mai ki te whenua o Aotearoa. To all the peoples of the world Welcome, welcome, welcome, Welcome to the land of Aotearoa.


Contents Welcome to New Zealand

5

Celebrating 50 Years 6 No Ordinary Touring Experience 8 The Kirra Difference 10 Pre and Post Accommodation 12 Great Ways to Save 13 Exciting Rail Journeys 14 Spectacular Cruises 15 Our Holidays at a Glance 16

The Classic Collection

18

Classic Accommodation 20 Classic Sightseeing 22 18 Day New Zealand Panorama 24 15 Day New Zealand Explorer 26 11 Day Southern Discovery 28 10 Day TranzAlpine Panorama 30 8 Day Northern Discovery 32 6 Day Northern Rapture 33 10 Day Solos Southern Magic 34 7 Day Warbirds Over Wanaka 35

The Platinum Collection

36

Platinum Accommodation 38 Platinum Featured Experiences 40 20 Day New Zealand Odyssey 42 18 Day New Zealand Grandeur 44 13 Day Southern Sensations 46 10 Day Southern Encounter 48 9 Day Northern Escape 50 8 Day Spectacular North 51

Optional Sightseeing 53 Frequently Asked Questions 54 Terms and Conditions 55

Te Puia Hongi Credit: Graeme Murry

4 Day Captivating Northland 52


A destination unlike any other New Zealand is your chance to escape the ordinary. It truly is a breathtakingly beautiful place, where spectacular fiords wait to be explored and towering mountains cloak wide open spaces of untouched wilderness. It is a mystical place of rolling hills, boiling mud pools, ancient rainforests, picturesque lakes, myths and legends and its majestic scenery is both captivating and awe-inspiring.

Add to this the fascinating and rich Maori culture and a holiday experience unlike any other awaits you.

Kia Ora! There is probably no other place in the world better suited to a touring holiday than New Zealand and Kirra Tours are proud to present you with a fantastic choice of guided tours to choose from. Since 1968, Kirra Tours has showcased the very best that New Zealand has to offer, providing unforgettable holiday experiences to hundreds of thousands of travellers from all over the world. Our itineraries have been meticulously planned and range from 6 to 20 days duration, covering the country from top to bottom and coast to coast. Whether you choose to travel on one of our classic all inclusive tours or one of our luxury small group journeys, we know you will enjoy the convenience, value and companionship of our escorted coach holidays. So we invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride, safe in the knowledge that Kirra Tours has thought through your every need. Happy travels and we look forward to welcoming you to our friendly shores.

Chris Bowdidge, General Manager


Celebrating 50 Years

of Touring Excellence Kirra Coach from the 1970's

1968 The year that changed history 1968 was a year of seismic social and political change across the globe and history would prove that the world would never be the same again. It was also a year that saw many world firsts. Dr Christian Barnard performed the first successful heart transplant and Apollo 8 orbited the moon, becoming the first manned mission to achieve the feat. The first Big Mac was served at McDonalds for 49 cents and the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet made its maiden flight. The very first ATM (Automated Teller Machine) was installed in the United States and in a quiet inner southern suburb of Adelaide, Australia, Pasadena Travel, soon to be renamed Kirra Tours, was founded.

Boeing 747 September 1968

A pioneer with travel at heart Jack Manning turned his love of travel into a thriving South Australian business. Jack was a High School Maths & Woodwork teacher and in March 1968, he organised a tour to New Zealand for his fellow teachers. Its success saw him establish a commercial tour operation based at Pasadena and whilst coach tours remained the cornerstone of the business, rental cars, motorhomes, accommodation and sightseeing tours were added to the product range as the company grew. Held in the highest regard, Jack was a constant thorn in the side of bureaucracy in the New Zealand Tourism industry. He enjoyed a reputation of not mincing his words and would not allow the ‘big boys’ to dominate and be favoured at the expense of the smaller operators and always spoke out for a fair go for all. Jack’s success was due entirely to his own efforts. John (Jack) Percival Kenneth Manning


Celebrating 50 Years

of Touring Excellence Kirra Coach from the 1970's

1968 The year that changed history 1968 was a year of seismic social and political change across the globe and history would prove that the world would never be the same again. It was also a year that saw many world firsts. Dr Christian Barnard performed the first successful heart transplant and Apollo 8 orbited the moon, becoming the first manned mission to achieve the feat. The first Big Mac was served at McDonalds for 49 cents and the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet made its maiden flight. The very first ATM (Automated Teller Machine) was installed in the United States and in a quiet inner southern suburb of Adelaide, Australia, Pasadena Travel, soon to be renamed Kirra Tours, was founded.

Boeing 747 September 1968

A pioneer with travel at heart Jack Manning turned his love of travel into a thriving South Australian business. Jack was a High School Maths & Woodwork teacher and in March 1968, he organised a tour to New Zealand for his fellow teachers. Its success saw him establish a commercial tour operation based at Pasadena and whilst coach tours remained the cornerstone of the business, rental cars, motorhomes, accommodation and sightseeing tours were added to the product range as the company grew. Held in the highest regard, Jack was a constant thorn in the side of bureaucracy in the New Zealand Tourism industry. He enjoyed a reputation of not mincing his words and would not allow the ‘big boys’ to dominate and be favoured at the expense of the smaller operators and always spoke out for a fair go for all. Jack’s success was due entirely to his own efforts. John (Jack) Percival Kenneth Manning


Kirra Tours today Over the last 50 years, Kirra Tours has been host to hundreds of thousands of happy travellers from all corners of the globe. Owned by the Guthrey family, a name synonymous with travel and tourism in New Zealand spanning three generations, Kirra enjoys an enviable reputation worldwide as one of New Zealand’s leading and most innovative tour operators and specialist travel companies. Its management and staff share an unparalleled passion and love of their country and look forward to sharing it with you. Meet Ruby and Linda, Specialists from our Reservations Team

The next 50 years In recent years, technology has had a significant influence the way travel is promoted and purchased. It has also had a positive impact on the performance levels of our touring vehicles, making them more environmentally and driver friendly. Yet Jack Manning’s philosophy is still very much ingrained into modern day Kirra. Jack always put the customer first, believing that if something needed to be done, it would be, even if it seemed impossible. In a world that is constantly changing, Kirra Tours will continue to enhance our guests experience to ensure that we live up to those founding values. Visit our easy to use and informative website Kirra's fleet of luxury coaches are the very latest on New Zealand roads


No Ordinary

Touring Experience Whether you are a solo traveller, a couple or simply friends, travelling as part of a group is a great way to discover a destination and meet new people. Kirra are pleased to offer you the choice of two styles of touring to suit your needs, each with its own level of inclusions and style of accommodation.

The Classic Collection

The Platinum Collection

Our flagship Classic tours have been experienced and recommended by many thousands of past travellers. Enjoy well-balanced, all inclusive itineraries featuring all the iconic sights and stay in premium, centrally located 4-star hotels.

Platinum small group journeys showcase New Zealand in a more relaxed and less structured way.

Classic Plus tours also enjoy the benefits of an on-board concierge* who will work closely with both the coach captain and yourself to ensure you have the best possible holiday (*subject to minimum numbers).

With no more than 24 guests, you’ll enjoy staying in luxury hotel and boutique lodge style accommodation. You’ll visit places that many other companies don’t and travel in purpose built, luxury coaches fitted out to the very highest specifications.

Classic Select tours enjoy the benefit of a smaller group size with just a maximum of 35 guests on any departure.

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Milford Sound Credit: Adam Bryce


No Ordinary Touring Experience

Travel in style

Kirra’s fleet of 5 star touring coaches are without question, one of the most modern, comfortable and best appointed of any in New Zealand. Many of our vehicles are European designed and built and boast the very latest in technology, safety and environmental features. They boast large panoramic windows, reclining seats, two door access, wi-fi, on board restroom, entertainment system and of course, climate controlled air conditioning.

The Very Best Touring Staff Your Tour Host can often make the difference between a good tour and a great holiday experience. Our touring staff come from a variety of backgrounds but all share an unparalleled passion for our style of travel and for their country. Kirra’s Coach Captains have been handpicked and are amongst the very best in New Zealand. They will amaze you with their driving skills and fascinate you with their expert commentary and insight into the lives of every day New Zealanders. Joining them on our Classic Plus tours is an on-board concierge*, carefully chosen for their knowledge, friendliness and above all, people skills. As a team, they will ensure all aspects of your tour run smoothly, be on hand to offer advice and recommendations and will go that extra mile to make sure you end up with the holiday you want.

More Than Just the Usual Sightseeing Holidays are traditionally a great time to try something new but experience has shown us that some of the best things in life often involve the unexpected. At Kirra, we believe it is important to have the right balance between a full, well-organised itinerary and the freedom to do your own thing … so within the framework of your holiday with us, there is ample time and flexibility for your own personal exploration. All our tours include the ‘must see’ highlights of New Zealand plus many exclusive extras.

Featured Experiences Our tours feature a fantastic mix of cultural and iconic sightseeing activities and offer excitement, leisure and adventure in various forms. In addition, we include authentic experiences designed to enhance your holiday and make it even more memorable. So whether its enjoying a wine tasting at a leading New Zealand winery, cruising pristine waters aboard your own luxury catamaran, immersing yourself into the rich culture of the Maori people or waking up in one of the most beautiful fiords on Earth, an unforgettable journey awaits you.

In Resort Representation With offices and staff located in key locations around New Zealand, a local Kirra representative, if needed, is never far away.

Optional Sightseeing Tablets

Let us Look After Your Luggage One of the great things about touring with Kirra is that porterage is included, so once your tour is underway, you can sit back, enjoy the journey and relax in the knowledge that your luggage is in safe hands.

There is time during your holiday to enjoy activities and tours of particular interest to you. We provide full colour, easy to operate Samsung Tablets featuring a huge range of optional activities throughout New Zealand and these will be made available to you onboard your coach. If you wish, you can view these excursions online at www.kirratours.co.nz and activities can either be pre-booked and purchased before you leave home or alternatively, you can book them with your Coach Captain whilst on tour.

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The Kirra Difference

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The Kirra Difference

Our Guests Come First

Let us take care of you every step of the way. When travelling on any of our coach holidays, we take care of everything, so you can sit back, relax and start enjoying yourself from the moment you arrive.

Great Value for Money

Well-Paced Itineraries

Kirra Tours long standing relationships and bulk buying power with hotels and sightseeing operators guarantees you get the best deals on all the must-do attractions.

Our aim is to show you the very best of New Zealand so that you get the maximum enjoyment from your holiday. With well-balanced itineraries ranging from 6 to 20 days duration, you’re sure to find a tour to suit whilst still allowing time and flexibility for your own personal exploration.

Guaranteed Departures Unless otherwise stated, all the departure dates shown in this brochure are guaranteed to operate so you can have confidence in booking all your travel arrangements around your chosen tour date.

Travelling Alone No Worries! Many of the people who join us on a Kirra tour are travelling by themselves. Refer to page 13 to learn how you can save as a solo traveller or page 34 for details on our dedicated Solos Southern Magic Tour.

Your Assurance of Quality Qualmark is New Zealand tourism’s official mark of quality. The Qualmark accreditation system is designed to ensure you get the best holiday experience from reputable and trustworthy businesses. We are independently assessed each year to ensure we meet stringent requirements in terms of service standards, safety and environmental activities. Our endorsement is your assurance of Kirra's ability to deliver a first-class touring experience.

Fabulous Food All tours include a hearty daily breakfast at your hotel and feature many sumptuous dinners and specialty dining experiences. On those evenings when nothing is planned, be sure to seek out one of the many great bistros, cafes and restaurants that offer indoor and al-fresco dining.

A Dedicated Team of Experts With unparalleled passion and enthusiasm, our team of dedicated experts are as close as a phone call, email or web chat to provide answers to all those tricky questions and to assist you in booking the trip of a lifetime.

100% Kiwi Kirra Tours is proudly 100% New Zealand owned, with offices located across New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Thanks to our worldwide industry partners, Kirra now welcomes thousands of travellers to New Zealand each year from more than 40 countries around the globe.

Our Gift to You Complimentary Private Airport Transfers A Kirra Tours representative will greet you with a warm Kiwi welcome when you arrive onto our friendly shores. Complimentary private airport transfers are included on arrival and departure to provide peace of mind for all our guests.

Before you depart your home country, or shortly after you arrive into ours, you will receive your personalised travel kit, including a durable back pack, drink bottle, umbrella, laundry bag, luggage tags, personal name badge, travel wallet & tour documentation.

Once Is Never Enough For many of our guests, one visit to New Zealand is never enough. Kirra Tours welcomes a countless number of past travellers back each year to see and do more. If you have travelled with us previously, refer to page 13 to find out how you can benefit from a past passenger discount.

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Pre & Post Accommodation

Relax in Stylish Surroundings

Accommodation is usually high up on the list of importance on any holiday. At the end of a day’s travel or activity, you’ll want to freshen up and relax in a hotel that makes you feel at home. That’s why the properties featured on all our touring holidays have been carefully chosen for their superior level of comfort, exceptional amenities, friendly staff and for their superb location.

Pullman Hotel Auckland

Stay an extra night or two If time permits, we hope you take the opportunity to stay a few extra nights in the gateway cities, either at the beginning or end of your holiday. We particularly recommend this for any travellers arriving off long-haul flights. An extra day or two will certainly help you recover from any jet-lag and will ensure you are relaxed and refreshed before setting off on your journey around New Zealand. When you choose to stay longer at any of our gateway hotels your complimentary private airport transfer is still provided.

Classic Accommodation Auckland Rydges Hotel Bolton Hotel, Wellington

Twin

Single

$215

$392

Twin

Single

$127 $170

$220 $313

Twin

Single

$163 $151

$300 $268

Wellington Ibis Wellington Hotel Copthorne Oriental Bay Hotel Christchurch Rendezvous Hotel Sudima Christchurch Hotel

Platinum Accommodation Auckland Pullman Hotel Wellington The Bolton Hotel Christchurch Rydges Latimer Hotel Commodore Airport Hotel Copthorne Oriental Bay Hotel, Wellington

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Twin

Single

$223

$403

Twin

Single

$173

$320

Twin

Single

$173 $173

$307 $313

Prices per person and includes breakfast


Take advantage of our tour discounts At Kirra Tours, we appreciate that you want value for money, so we offer you ways to save when booking your dream New Zealand holiday. The Kirra Club rewards your loyalty with a 2.5% discount off your next tour or receive an amazing 7.5% off your tour price when you book and pay early. The earlybird does indeed get the worm, or the savings in this case!

Earlybird Discount*

SUPER Earlybird Discount* SAVE UP TO

1,720

$

*

per couple

Kirra Club Discount* SAVE UP TO

$

575* per couple

Solo Traveller Saving* SAVE UP TO

2,650*

$

per person

SAVE UP TO

1,150

When you book and pay in full by 31 March 2018

$

per couple

Return travellers can save! Kirra appreciates the loyalty of guests who choose to travel with us time after time. After travelling with Kirra on just one of our Coach Tours, you automatically become a member of the Kirra Club, which entitles you to a 2.5% discount off your next tour.

Share a twin room and save! Should you wish to save money as a solo traveller, you are welcome to purchase your tour on a share twin basis and we will endeavour to match you with another single traveller of the same gender (Classic Tours only). If we are unable to pair you up, we will accommodate you in a single room at no extra charge.

When you book and pay in full by 30 June 2018

*

Travel as a group and save!

Group Discount* SAVE UP TO

$

575*

Book as a group of 6 people or more on any Kirra tour and everyone will enjoy a 5% discount. This is a great way to save if you are travelling with friends, family, a social group or members of a club.

per person

Share a triple room and save!

Triple Share Discount* SAVE UP TO

$

380* per person

If you and two friends or family members are travelling together, you could all save 5% of the twin-share cost by sharing a triple room. Triple share rooms are only available on Classic Collection Tours. Please note that space is limited in some locations and a rollaway bed may need to be used.

*Earlybird, Kirra Club and Group discounts are based on the 20 day New Zealand Odyssey tour. Triple Share and Solo Traveller discounts are based on the 18 day New Zealand Panorama. Discounts applicable to tour prices only and do not apply to additional pre & post accommodation and any pre booked optional sightseeing excursions. Discounts are subject to availability at the time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Savings are not combinable unless stated and are not valid with any other promotional offer. Savings not available on the 4 Day Captivating Northland itinerary.

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Great Ways to Save

Great Ways to Save


Exciting Rail Journeys

Exciting Rail Journeys

On many of our trips, Kirra Tours include one or several of New Zealand’s great rail journeys. Travelling by train allows you to sit back, relax in comfort and enjoy spectacular scenery you simply can't experience from the road.

TranzAlpine

TranzAlpine Train

Coastal Pacific Train

Taieri Gorge Railway

Climb aboard one of the world’s most famous train journeys linking the city of Christchurch and the historic west coast town of Greymouth. The TranzAlpine will take you on a coast to coast rail journey through the mighty Southern Alps, where spectacular views of the chiselled alpine landscape will take your breath away at every turn. Highlights include the 73 metre high Staircase viaduct, Arthur’s Pass National Park and the Otira tunnel. You will experience a total of 19 tunnels and 4 viaducts and the outdoor viewing carriage will get you close to the fresh alpine air and awesome scenery.

The Coastal Pacific train travels along the north-east coast of the South Island linking the delightful port of Picton with the vibrant city of Christchurch. This world renowned rail journey is a literal scenic feast, with the Kaikoura mountain ranges to the east and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline to the west. Travel through some of New Zealand’s finest farmland and horticultural regions and see amazing wildlife from the comfort of your train carriage. Seals and penguins can often be seen basking on the rocks below before crossing the idyllic Canterbury Plains to the Garden City of Christchurch.

Departing from Dunedin’s historic railway station, the Taieri Gorge Railway begins its journey into some of New Zealand’s most spectacular and iconic scenery. Marvel at the variety of landscapes as the train negotiates this 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, as somehow the railway blends into the natural environment perfectly. It is a wonderful example of the sheer determination of early railway pioneers. If you wish, stand on the open air platforms and enjoy the entertaining and informative live commentary.

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Explore some of New Zealand’s magical wonders by water. Discover the powerful solitude of Doubtful Sound, the grandeur of mighty Milford Sound or sail the pristine waters of Lake Rotoiti onboard some of New Zealand's most spectacular cruises.

Milford Sound Described as the eighth Wonder of the World, Milford Sound is acclaimed as New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination. Carved out by glaciers during the ice ages, it is truly breathtaking in any weather. The fiord’s cliffs rise vertically from still, dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and dense rainforests cling to sheer rock faces. Waterfalls cascade downwards, some as high as 1000 metres and when it rains in Milford Sound, those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect. Enjoy expert commentary while cruising the length of this spectacular fiord.

Doubtful Sound Doubtful Sound is a remote wilderness area three times longer and ten times larger than Milford. With its rugged peaks, verdant rainforest and twisting, hidden inlets, this stunning fiord will take your breath away. Home to abundant wildlife, you may see bottlenose dolphins and fur seals at play, or catch a glimpse of a rare Fiordland Crested Penguin. Cruise across Lake Manapouri, then travel by coach over Wilmot Pass to access Doubtful Sound. This isolation makes this pristine fiord a very special place, a place only those in the know get to see.

Lake Rotoiti Encounter the best Lake Rotoiti has to offer aboard the luxury yacht ‘Tiua’, a stylish, luxury, 53-foot catamaran. This exclusive eco-sailing experience across the lakes is serene. Clear waters will allow you to discover the native bays and coves under sail before visiting Manupira Pools, Lake Rotoiti’s mineral rich, outdoor thermal hot spas accessible only by boat. Beautifully presented, ‘Tiua’ blends her original character and style with the latest comfort and class to offer a luxury cruise in the enchanting natural environment of Lake Rotoiti and Okawa Bay.

Spectacular Cruises

Spectacular Cruises

Milford Sound

On certain trips, Kirra Tours also offer you the opportunity to experience an overnight cruise in either Milford or Doubtful Sounds. Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, these vessels blend old world charm with modern comforts that include spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon, fully licensed bar and an observation lounge. After dropping anchor in a sheltered cove, you can choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or tender boat or simply relax onboard. In the evening, enjoy a delicious three course buffet dinner prepared by the onboard chefs and served in the dining saloon. Mingle with fellow travellers, savour some fine wines and if the skies are clear in the evening, spend some time on the upper deck gazing at the stars before retiring to your cabin with private ensuite bathroom. Overnight cruises get booked out well in advance so be sure to advise Kirra at the time of booking if you would like to check availability and prices. www.kirratours.co.nz - 15


Our Holidays at a Glance

Classic Collection at a Glance 18 Day New Zealand Panorama Suggested arrival/departure

p24

15 Day New Zealand Explorer

2

Overnights

Auckland

1

1

Auckland 2

1

Franz Josef Milford Sound Te Anau

2

1

1

Greytown Wellington

Nelson Punakaiki

Franz Josef

Christchurch

Omarama

Wanaka 2 Queenstown 1

Dunedin

1

2

p30

Suggested arrival/departure Suggested arrival/departure Train Journey Train Journey Overnights Overnights

1

Nelson

2

1

Wellington Picton1 Picton

Franz Josef

1

Franz Josef

1

Mt Cook

1

Christchurch

Mt Cook Omarama

1

Christchurch

1 1

Omarama

1 Queenstown Te 2Anau Doubtful Sound 1 Te Anau Doubtful Sound

6,269 p34

from $

7 Day Warbirds Over Wanaka

p35

Suggested arrival/departure

2

Overnights Suggested arrival/departure

2

Overnights

4,465

Overnights

Greymouth

2

Christchurch

2

Christchurch

Franz Josef Franz Josef

Milford Sound Milford Sound 2

Te Anau Te Anau

1

2

1

1

2

Lake Tekapo

1 1

2

Lake Tekapo

1

Queenstown

Wanaka Queenstown 1

1

Queenstown

1

1

1

Queenstown

Dunedin

p32

1

Wanaka

6

1 1 1

from $

6 Day Northern Rapture

Suggested arrival/departure

Wanaka 6

Dunedin

3,835

8 Day Northern Discovery

Christchurch Christchurch

Wanaka

1

from $

5,685 p33

from $

3,325

Classic Colour Key

Suggested arrival/departure

Overnights

2

Auckland

1

2

Greymouth

Mt Cook

2

Punakaiki Hokitika

Wanaka Queenstown 2

Omarama

Train Journey Suggested arrival/departure 2 Overnights Train Journey

1 Omarama Lake Tekapo 1 Wanaka Milford Sound Milford Sound2 Queenstown 1 Wanaka Te Anau 2 2 Queenstown 1 1Dunedin Te Anau 1 1 Dunedin

2

1

Wanaka

Christchurch

Suggested arrival/departure

2

Punakaiki

Nelson

Hokitika

10 Day Solos Southern Magic

Greymouth

1

1

Mt Cook 1

Wellington

from $

Greymouth

Franz Josef

Wellington

Rotorua Lake Taupo

1

7,069

10 Day TranzAlpine Panorama

Franz Josef

1

Wanaka Queenstown 2 1 Doubtful Te Anau Sound from $

2 2

Overnights

Napier

Hanmer Springs

2

Mt Cook

2

Pauanui 2

Picton

Greymouth

2

Interislander Ferry Suggested arrival/departure Train JourneyFerry Option Interislander Overnights Train Journey Option

Matamata

Rotorua Lake Taupo 1

1

1

p28

Suggested arrival/departure

Interislander Ferry

2

Overnights

2

11 Day Southern Discovery

Suggested arrival/departure

Bay of Islands

Interislander Ferry Train Journey

p26

Overnights

Bay of Islands

1

Auckland

1

1

Classic Select

Premium Escorted Coach Tours with Maximun 35 Guests

Classic Plus

Premium Escorted Coach Tours with On Board Concierge

Pauanui

Matamata Rotorua

Rotorua

2

Lake Taupo 1

1

Lake Taupo

Napier

Wellington

1

from $

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2

2,919

Wellington from $

2,419


20 Day New Zealand Odyssey

p42

18 Suggested Day New Zealand Grandeur arrival/departure

Suggested arrival/departure Interislander Ferry

2

Overnights

2

2

Suggested arrival/departure Suggested arrival/departure Train Journey Train Journey Overnights Overnights

2 2

2

Auckland Matamata

Kenepuru Sound Kenepuru Sound 2 Picton2 Picton

Rotorua Lake Taupo 2 Rotorua Tongariro 1 Lake Taupo Tongariro 1

Rotorua Lake Taupo 2

2

Matamata

Napier

Greymouth Greymouth

Martinborough 2 Wellington Picton 1 Martinborough 2 Wellington Picton 1

Kenepuru Sound Greymouth Franz Josef

1

Wellington Blenheim 2

Kaikoura

Arthurs Pass

Christchurch

Franz Josef Arthurs1 Pass

1

1

2

11,495

from $

10 Day Southern Encounter

p48

Suggested arrival/departure

2

2

Train Journey Suggested arrival/departure Overnights Train Journey

Franz Josef Franz Josef

1 1 2 2

1 1

1 1

Mt Cook Mt Cook

Franz Josef 1 Mt Cook 2 Christchurch Wanaka Omarama 1 Mt Cook Te Anau 2 Wanaka Omarama 1 Queenstown Te Anau 2 Doubtful Sound 2 Dunedin 1 Queenstown from $ Doubtful Sound 2 Dunedin

Kaikoura Kaikoura

Christchurch Christchurch

1

Te1 Anau Te Anau

10,139

9 Day Northern Escape 2 2

1

1 Wellington Wellington

Wanaka Wanaka Milford Sound Milford Sound 3 Queenstown 3 Queenstown

Christchurch

1

2 Mt Cook Wanaka Milford Sound 3 Queenstown Te Anau 1

2

p46

Overnights

Auckland

Matamata

13 Day Southern Sensations

2 2

2

Auckland

p44

Interislander Ferry Suggested arrival/departure Train Journey Interislander Ferry Overnights Train Journey

p50

Suggested arrival/departure Suggested arrival/departure Overnights Overnights

from $

8 Day Spectacular North 2 2

7,375 p51

Suggested arrival/departure Suggested arrival/departure Overnights Overnights

Overnights

Auckland Auckland

Arthurs Pass Franz Josef

Mt Cook Omarama 1 Mt Cook Wanaka Omarama Wanaka Queenstown

Franz Josef

Te Anau 1

2

Arthurs Pass 2 Christchurch

1 1

1

2

Auckland Auckland

Matamata Matamata Rotorua Rotorua

2 2

Matamata Matamata Rotorua Rotorua

2 2

Lake Taupo Lake Taupo

Christchurch

2 2

Napier Napier

Tongariro Tongariro

2

Doubtful Te AnauSound Queenstown 2 Dunedin 1

2 2

Doubtful Sound

2

2 2

Dunedin from $

5,989

Wellington Wellington

1 1

from $

4,525

1 1

2 2

Lake Taupo Lake Taupo

1 Martinborough 1 Martinborough Wellington Wellington

from $

3,859

Queenstown

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Our Holidays at a Glance

Platinum Collection at a Glance


CLASSIC

Collection


Classic Collection

Join us on a journey of discovery when you travel on one of our carefully crafted Classic tours, enjoyed and recommended by many thousands of past travellers. Your holiday will leave you with memories that will stay with you forever.

All-Inclusive Touring Kirra’s Classic touring holidays are genuinely inclusive and feature iconic sightseeing excursions, authentic cultural experiences, spectacular train journeys and delicious meals so there is no need to worry about ‘hidden’ extras. Naturally, there is time to relax, do your own thing or self-explore and your Coach Captain will be only too happy to recommend and book any optional activities on those free days when nothing is planned.

Feature Dinners In addition to the sumptuous dinners included, you will also enjoy several specialty dining experiences in select locations. At Rotorua, enjoy a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance featuring ancient rituals, song and dance including the stirring haka. Travel by gondola to the top of Bob's Peak for a gourmet dinner whilst looking out over Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, or cruise across the lake onboard TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Station for a BBQ dinner hosted in the Colonel's Homestead.

Local Knowledge To ensure you get the very best from your tour, friendly local guides will provide an in-depth knowledge that only a local can ... after all, who knows an area better than someone who actually lives there! Whether they are specialist nature guides, marine biologists, cultural hosts, historians or experts in their chosen field, each will enlighten and enrich your holiday experience.

Meet New Friends

Walter Peak Farm House

A Kirra Coach Holiday is a great way to travel and meet new people from all over the world. Share your experiences with others over a glass of wine at the end of each day and form friendships that last long after your tour is finished.


Classic Accommodation

Classic

Accommodation The hotels featured in our Classic Collection have been carefully selected with your comfort in mind and provide exceptional amenities, friendly staff and superb locations. Rydges Hotel

Rendezvous Hotel

Auckland

Christchurch

Rydges Auckland boasts vibrant style, modern amenities and unparalleled service. Its prime CBD location allows easy access to numerous attractions including Viaduct Harbour, Queens Wharf and Queen Street shopping.

The centrally located Rendezvous Hotel features 170 modern rooms and suites, is just one block from Cathedral Square and within easy walking distance of Cashel Street’s trendy Container Mall.

Copthorne Hotel & Resort

Heritage Hotel

Bay Of Islands

Hanmer Springs

Nestled in 60 acres of subtropical gardens within the Waitangi National Trust Reserve this hotel is a harmony of nature and spacious comfort. Each room features its own patio or balcony, assuring great views of the bay, harbour or garden.

Built in the 1930’s, the historic Hanmer Lodge building has been lovingly restored to its former glory and is surrounded by immaculately landscaped gardens. The hotel is located in the centre of town and is just a stone’s throw to the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa.

Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort

Heritage Rutherford Hotel

Coromandel Peninsula

Nelson

Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort is a secluded hideaway nestled into the slopes of Mt Pauanui on New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula. This gorgeous resort embraces its stunning natural setting offering individuality, highly attentive service, premier accommodation and fine cuisine.

The Heritage Rutherford Hotel is centrally located and offers luxurious rooms and suites. Nelson’s many galleries and city attractions are just a stone’s throw away. All rooms have a view of the harbour, city, historic South Street or Nelson’s beautiful Cathedral.

Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Millennium Hotel

Napier

Queenstown

The Scenic Hotel Te Pania enjoys a premium waterfront location on Napier's Marine Parade. The hotel’s slender curved form echoes the shape of the bay and guests enjoy sweeping views out over the water.

Millennium Hotel Queenstown is a 4-star plus and Enviro-Gold Qualmark rated hotel located right in the heart of the action, just minutes from Queenstown's central shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities.

Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay

Scenic Hotel

Wellington

Franz Josef Glacier

Overlooking the stunning Wellington Harbour, the Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay is the perfect base to explore the nation’s capital. Merely 10 minutes away are the city's shopping, commercial and entertainment centre. Te Papa Museum and many of the city's finest restaurants and bars are also close by.

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park and is just moments from the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier. Stay in either the Douglas or Graham wing and enjoy the beautiful surroundings within Franz Josef village.

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Classic Accommodation

Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort

Heritage Hotel Hanmer Springs

Rydges Hotel

Punakaiki Resort

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Classic Sightseeing

Classic

Sightseeing Rich in culture and steeped in beauty, there is so much to see and do in New Zealand. Our Classic Tour Collection showcases all of the 'must do' activities the regions have to offer.

Doubtful Sound

Hobbiton

Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise

Matamata

Bay of Islands

Experience the real Middle-Earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Get lost among the hobbit holes and visit the Green Dragon Inn, the mill and the Party Tree. Listen to spell-binding tales of how Hobbiton came to be.

Set off on a half-day Bay of Islands cruise in search of dolphins and other marine life. Enjoy the views from a large catamaran as you journey right to the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula, to the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island.

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Classic Sightseeing

Skyline Gondola

Maori Warrior Te Puia

Hobbiton

Tamaki Maori Village

TSS Earnslaw and Walter Peak High Country Station

Rotorua

Queenstown

Nestled deep in an ancient forest, Tamaki Maori Village is an experience you will never forget. Experience the warmth of the Maori people during an evening of ceremonial rituals, powerful cultural performance, storytelling & hangi feasting. Tamaki Maori Village offers you a unique, interactive cultural experience you will always remember.

Cruise across Lake Wakatipu on board the TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Enjoy a delicious gourmet barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant. After dinner, an entertaining farm demonstration provides a glimpse into high country farming life. A perfect way to complete a day in Queenstown.

Skyline Gondola

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

Queenstown

Doubtful Sound, Fiordland National Park

Breathtaking views unfold as you ascend to Bob's Peak by Skyline Gondola. Relax, unwind and take in the view of Queenstown's spectacular scenery from above while enjoying a sumptuous dinner in the Stratosfare Restaurant. Numerous observation decks offer breathtaking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables mountain range and across Lake Wakatipu.

The beauty and vastness of Doubtful Sound will take your breath away as you experience its deep, untouched wilderness. Enjoy a 3 hour cruise through this magnificent fiord aboard the spacious, purpose built catamaran, ‘Patea Explorer’ and enjoy the commentary of knowledgeable and friendly nature guides.

Te Puia

Milford Sound Scenic Cruise

Rotorua

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park

Situated in the heartland of Maori culture, Rotorua, Te Puia is an iconic destination for visitors. Experience a guided tour in the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley where you will have access to the world famous Pohutu geyser, boiling mud pools, live Kiwi exhibit and the National School of Wood Carving and Weaving.

Cruise the full length of Milford Sound aboard a large & spacious modern vessel that offers excellent viewing opportunities. During the cruise, you’ll witness the dramatic Mitre Peak and view various waterfalls as you listen to informative commentary. Look out for seals, penguins and other wildlife as sightings are common.

Abel Tasman Scenic Cruise

Guided Art Deco Walk

Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson

Napier

Cruise in style and comfort along the spectacular granite coast of this stunning National Marine Park. Pause to photograph Split Apple Rock and view seals along the coast as your catamaran hugs the shoreline, getting in close to idyllic, golden sand beaches.

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18 Day New Zealand Panorama Auckland ê Christchurch

Walter Peak High Country Farm

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Historic 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

Featured Experiences ++ Authentic Maori Village, Hangi & Cultural Performance ++ Milford Sound Scenic Cruise ++ World famous TranzAlpine train journey

Iconic Sightseeing ++ City Tours of Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch ++ Cape Brett ‘Hole in the Rock’ Cruise ++ Tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds ++ Entry to Auckland Sky Tower ++ Agrodome Farm Show ++ Rainbow Springs Park ++ Skyline Gondola & Luge ++ Locally guided Art Deco Walking Tour ++ Scenic Interislander Ferry Crossing ++ Entry into Hanmer Springs Hot Pools ++ International Antarctic Centre ++ Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre ++ Guided Tour of Larnach Castle ++ TSS Earnslaw Walter Peak Cruise & Dinner

Day 1 Arrive Auckland “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. Tonight, enjoy welcome drinks with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Rydges Hotel

Day 2 Auckland, Paihia (B,D) 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 a 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: Copthorne Bay of Islands (2 nights)

Day 3 Explore the Bay of Islands (B) 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.

Day 4 Auckland, Rotorua (B,D) 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 before arriving at the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, the centre of Maori culture and famous for its geysers, boiling mud pools and steaming craters.

Stay: Sudima Lake Rotorua (2 nights)

Day 5 Rotorua Sightseeing (B,D)

Larnach Castle, Dunedin

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Milford Sound

"A wonderful welcome to New Zealand with the delightful Raewyn. She was an excellent tour guide on our journey to our hotel. You have a great ambassador there."

Today begins with a visit to the Agrodome to see a unique New Zealand farm show. Visit Rainbow Springs to learn about native flora and fauna, including the famous Kiwi bird. This is followed by the spectacular Skyline

Gondola which 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.

Day 6 Taupo, Art Deco Napier (B,D) 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: Scenic Te Pania Hotel

Day 7 Wairarapa, Wellington (B,D) 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: Ibis Wellington Hotel

Day 8 Wellington, Hanmer Springs (B,D) This morning, we board the Interislander Ferry for the scenic cruise across Cook Strait to the South Island. Travel through the beautiful sheltered waters of Queen Charlotte Sound before arriving into the small seaside village of Picton. Continue our journey south to the alpine resort town of Hanmer Springs, renowned for its therapeutic natural thermal waters.

Stay: Heritage Hanmer Springs


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Day 9 Hanmer Springs, Christchurch (B,D)

Day 14 Te Anau, Queenstown (B,D)

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.

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: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Stay: Millennium Hotel (2 nights)

Day 10 Mt Cook, Omarama (B,D)

Day 15 At leisure in Queenstown (B)

Cross the Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps to the west. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial overlooking Lake Tekapo. Visit Mt Cook National Park, with time to enjoy the scenic majesty of New Zealand’s highest snow-capped peaks and a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre before travelling around Lake Pukaki to Twizel and Omarama.

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.

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Day 16 Wanaka, Franz Josef (B,D)

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Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Day 11 Moeraki Boulders, Dunedin (B,D) Travel down the Waitaki Valley to the Whitestone township of 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.

Stay: Scenic Dunedin City Hotel

Day 12 Central Otago, Te Anau (B,D) 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: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (2 nights)

Day 13 Spectacular Milford Sound (B,L,D) 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. Optional overnight cruises on Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound are also on offer subject to availability - ask us for details.

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 lake’s 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: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 17 TranzAlpine, Christchurch (B,D) Visit a Pounamu (also known as Greenstone or Jade) factory at Hokitika. Pounamu is considered a treasure in Maori culture and is seen as a sign of status and power. At 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 through the Southern Alps, over massive viaducts, river valleys and gorges. Enjoy a farewell dinner & drinks with your fellow travellers this evening.

Stay: Sudima Christchurch Hotel

Day 18 Depart Christchurch (B) 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.

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15 Day New Zealand Explorer

15 Day New Zealand Explorer Christchurch ê Auckland

Te Puia

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Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd World Heritage listed Mt Cook National Park Historic Arrowtown Fiordland National Park Spectacular Southern Lakes District West Coast Glaciers Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowhole Abel Tasman National Park Thermal Wonderland of Rotorua Stunning Coromandel Peninsula

Featured Experiences ++ ++ ++ ++

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise Skyline Gondola & Dinner, Queenstown Cruise the famous Abel Tasman National Park Authentic Maori Village, Hangi & Cultural Performance

Iconic Sightseeing ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre World of Wearable Arts & Classic Cars Museum Scenic Interislander Ferry Crossing Agrodome Farm Show Te Puia Thermal Reserve Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tour Entry to Auckland Sky Tower City tours of Christchurch, Wellington & Auckland

Wellington

Day 1 Arrive Christchurch Kia Ora! Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival a Kirra representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your downtown city hotel. Tonight, enjoy welcome drinks with your fellow travellers

Day 4 Spectacular Doubtful Sound Wilderness Experience (B,L,D)

After a brief tour of Christchurch, cross the Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps to the west, into the MacKenzie Country. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial overlooking Lake Tekapo. Visit Mt Cook National Park, a World Heritage listed site covering over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery. Enjoy the scenic majesty of New Zealand’s highest snow-capped peaks and visit the Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre before travelling on to Omarama. Optional ski-plane and helicopter flights are available subject to weather conditions.

After breakfast, travel to Manapouri and enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque lake to West Arm. This is followed by a trip on New Zealand’s most expensive road, travelling over the Wilmot Pass and pausing to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. Here you will board the spacious ‘Patea Explorer’ for a three hour cruise through this pristine fiord. During the cruise, knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. They will answer questions, point out landmarks and provide you with information about the varied wildlife you may encounter like dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin. As the majesty of Doubtful Sound unfolds before you, its vastness will take your breath away. Later this afternoon, travel on to Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination and enjoy dinner at your hotel on arrival.

Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Stay: Copthorne Lakefront Hotel & Resort (2 nights)

Stay: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 2 Mt Cook National Park, Omarama (B,D)

Day 3 Cromwell, Lake Te Anau (B,D) Begin the assent over the Lindis Pass to the township of Cromwell, then continue on to the historic village of Clyde, nestled in a sheltered basin at the foot of an immense and crooked gorge. Stop for lunch at Alexandra, located on the banks of the mighty Clutha River, then travel across the farmlands of Central Otago to the township of Gore before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park.

Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Optional overnight cruises on Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound are also on offer today subject to availability - ask us for details.

Day 5 At leisure in Queenstown (B,D) Enjoy a free day to experience this magnificent alpine resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure & leisure activities in all forms, from extreme to relaxed exploration. Your guide will be happy to advise you on all the activities and options available. You might like to experience the thrills of a jetboat ride on the famous Shotover or Dart Rivers, cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship ‘TSS Earnslaw’, visit key film locations from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy or simply take a relaxing stroll around the tranquil shores of the lake …. your options are endless. Tonight, ride the Skyline gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak where both the dining and the views are unsurpassed.

Day 6 Arrowtown, Franz Josef (B,D) This morning, we visit Arrowtown. Set beneath the rugged Crown Range, this historic village was once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s and features a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. 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 rugged and wild West Coast, home to the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef. Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier 26 - Kirra Coach 2018/19


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Day 7 Hokitika, Punakaiki (B,D) Before our departure this morning, there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions). At Hokitika, we stop to visit to a Pounamu (also known as Greenstone or Jade) factory. Pounamu is considered a treasure in Maori culture and is seen as a sign of status and power. At Punakaiki, marvel at the bizarre limestone landscapes that are the Pancake Rocks & Blowhole. Tonight’s stay is at a friendly eco resort located in the Paparoa National Park and only a stone’s throw from the beach.

Stay: Punakaiki Resort

Day 8 Murchison, Nelson (B,D) Skirt the west coastline before heading inland to Murchison. Travel north through the Nelson Lakes region before arriving at Nelson, a city of charm based on a harbour that is the busiest fishing port in New Zealand. This afternoon, visit the World of Wearable Art & Classic Car Museum.

Stay: Heritage Rutherford Hotel (2 nights)

Day 9 Abel Tasman National Park (B) Travel to Kaiterteri where you board your vessel for a scenic cruise of the famous Abel Tasman National Maritime Park. Cruise through the Astrolabe Roadstead to Torrent Bay & Bark Bay calling in to picturesque beaches and coves. Pause to view the antics at Tonga Island Seal Colony on your way to Totaranui. An optional coastal walk may be available for those wishing to spend time ashore, see your Coach Captain for details.

New Zealand’s largest lake. Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls and travel past massive pine forests to reach Rotorua, centre of Maori culture and famous for its geysers, boiling mud pools and steaming craters.

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Stay: Sudima Lake Rotorua (2 nights)

Day 12 Rotorua Sightseeing (B,D) Today begins with a visit to the Agrodome to see a unique New Zealand farm show. This is followed by a visit to Te Puia, home to Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and the New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Centre. Here you will witness all of nature’s thermal wonders including silica terraces and the famous Pohutu Geyser. Enjoy some free time this afternoon for optional activities before visiting Mitai 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.

Day 13 Hobbiton, Pauanui (B,D) Cross the Mamaku Ranges into the Waikato region, well known for its dairy farming, world famous horse studs and champion Rugby team! At Matamata experience a guided tour of Hobbiton, the movie set used in the block-busting ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ films. Learn how this beautiful piece of farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-Earth and be sure to take a photo at the gate to Bilbo Baggins house, “Bag End”, looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance. Later, we continue our journey on to Pauanui, a favourite New Zealand holiday beach resort for our overnight stay.

Stay: Grand Mercure Puka Park Lodge

Day 10 Picton, Wellington (B,D)

Day 14 Coromandel, Auckland (B,D)

A short drive brings us to the picturesque fishing village of Picton. Board the Interislander Ferry and cruise through the spectacular Queen Charlotte Sound into Cook Strait, the channel that separates the South and North Islands. Enjoy stunning views of New Zealand’s capital city as you arrive into Wellington Harbour. Enjoy a brief city tour taking in all the major sights and 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.

The Coromandel Peninsula is a beautiful, rugged area fringed with dozens of excellent beaches and is a place where many kiwis choose to escape the hustle and hype of city life. After a leisurely breakfast, we travel to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’ and enjoy a comprehensive city tour on arrival. Included is a visit to the Auckland Skytower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere where you will experience 360 degree panoramic views over the harbours, city and surrounds. This evening, join your friends for a farewell dinner and drinks and relive the highlights and experiences of the last two weeks.

Stay: Copthorne Oriental Bay Hotel

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Stay: Rydges Hotel

Leaving the city behind, we travel through rolling farmland as we enter the Tongariro National Park, dominated by the volcanic cone of Mt Ruapehu. Follow the Desert Road to the popular lakeside resort of Taupo, located on the shores of

Day 15 Depart Auckland (B) Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Auckland airport to connect with your onward flight.

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Inclusions ++ 14 nights premium hotel accommodation ++ Full breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L) & 12 dinners (D) ++ Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach ++ Guided by a professional Coach Captain ++ Evening welcome drinks on arrival ++ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown ++ Hotel porterage ++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure

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11 Day Southern Discovery

11 Day Southern Discovery Christchurch ê Wellington or Christchurch Abel Tasman National Park

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Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd World Heritage listed Mt Cook National Park Fiordland National Park Spectacular Southern Lakes District West Coast Glaciers Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowhole Abel Tasman National Park

Featured Experiences: ++ ++ ++ ++

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise Skyline Gondola & Dinner, Queenstown Cruise the famous Abel Tasman National Park Coastal Pacific Train (Christchurch return passengers)

Iconic Sightseeing ++ ++ ++ ++

Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, Mt Cook World of Wearable Arts & Classic Cars Museum Scenic Interislander Ferry Crossing Christchurch & Wellington City Tours

Day 1 Arrive Christchurch On arrival in Christchurch, a Kirra representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your downtown city hotel. Tonight, enjoy welcome drinks with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 2 Mt Cook, Omarama (B,D) After a brief tour of Christchurch, cross the Canterbury Plains into the MacKenzie Country. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial overlooking Lake Tekapo. Visit Mt Cook National Park, a World Heritage listed site covering over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery. Enjoy the scenic majesty of New Zealand’s highest snow-capped peaks and visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre before travelling on to Omarama. Optional ski-plane and helicopter flights are available subject to weather conditions.

Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Day 3 Cromwell, Gore, Lake Te Anau (B,D) Begin the assent over the Lindis Pass to the township of Cromwell, then continue on to the historic village of Clyde, nestled in a sheltered basin at the foot of an immense and crooked gorge. Stop for lunch at Alexandra, located on the banks of the mighty Clutha River, then travel across the farmlands of Central Otago to the township of Gore before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park.

Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 4 Spectacular Doubtful Sound Wilderness Experience (B,L,D) After breakfast, travel to Manapouri and enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque lake to West Arm. This is followed by a trip on New Zealand’s most expensive road, travelling over the Wilmot Pass and pausing to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

glistening far below. Here you will board the spacious ‘Patea Explorer’ for a three hour cruise through this pristine fiord. During the cruise, knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. They will answer questions, point out landmarks and provide you with information about the varied wildlife you may encounter like dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin. As the majesty of Doubtful Sound unfolds before you, its vastness will take your breath away. Later this afternoon, travel on to Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination and enjoy dinner at your hotel on arrival.

Stay: Copthorne Lakefront Hotel & Resort (2 nights) Optional overnight cruises on Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound are also on offer today subject to availability - ask us for details.

Day 5 At leisure in Queenstown (B,D) Enjoy a free day to experience this magnificent alpine resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities in all forms, from extreme to relaxed exploration. Your guide will be happy to advise you on all the activities and options available. You might like to experience the thrills of a jetboat ride on the famous Shotover or Dart Rivers, cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship ‘TSS Earnslaw’, visit key film locations from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy or simply take a relaxing stroll around the tranquil shores of the lake …. your options are endless. Tonight, ride the Skyline gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak where both the dining and the views are unsurpassed.

Day 6 Wanaka, Franz Josef (B,D) This morning, we visit Arrowtown. Set beneath the rugged Crown Range, this historic village was once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s and features a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. 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 rugged and wild West Coast, home to the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier "Ross’s knowledge of the little places to stop was great throughout the trip. I always looked forward to morning tea to see what delightful place he would take us to next." 28 - Kirra Coach 2018/19


Maximum 35 Guests

Interislander Ferry Train Journey Option 2

Overnights

Wellington

Punakaiki

Nelson

2

Nelson

2

1

Picton Wellington

1

1

Picton

Hokitika Punakaiki Franz Josef

1

Wanaka Franz Josef Queenstown

1

Day 7 Hokitika, Punakaiki (B,D)

Day 11 Depart Wellington or Christchurch (B)

Before our departure this morning, there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions). At Hokitika, we stop to visit to a Pounamu (also known as Greenstone or Jade) factory. Pounamu is considered a treasure in Maori culture and is seen as a sign of status and power. At Punakaiki, marvel at the bizarre limestone landscapes that are the Pancake Rocks & Blowhole. Tonight’s stay is at a friendly eco resort located in the Paparoa National Park and only a stone’s throw from the beach.

Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to the airport to connect with your onward flight.

Lake at Torlesse

1

Christchurch

1

Christchurch

Omarama Mt Cook

2 1

1

West Coast

1

1

Mt Cook Hokitika

Te Anau Wanaka Doubtful Sound Queenstown 2

Omarama

1

Te Anau Doubtful Sound

11 days from

$

4,465

Per Person Twin Share

Inclusions ++ Maximum group size 35 guests ++ 10 nights premium hotel accommodation

Stay: Punakaiki Resort

++ Full breakfasts daily (B), 1 lunch (L) & 8 dinners (D) ++ Evening welcome drinks on arrival

Day 8 Murchison, Nelson (B,D)

++ Travel by 5-star luxury touring coach

Skirt the west coastline before heading inland to Murchison. Travel north through the Nelson Lakes region before arriving at Nelson, a city of charm based on a harbour that is the busiest fishing port in New Zealand. This afternoon, visit the World of Wearable Art & Classic Car Museum.

++ Guided by a professional Coach Captain ++ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown ++ Hotel porterage ++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure

Stay: Heritage Rutherford Hotel (2 nights)

Guaranteed Tour Dates 2018/19

Day 9 Abel Tasman National Park (B) Travel to Kaiterteri where you board your vessel for a scenic cruise of the famous Abel Tasman National Maritime Park. Cruise through the Astrolabe Roadstead to Torrent Bay and Bark Bay calling in to picturesque beaches and coves. Pause to view the antics at Tonga Island Seal Colony on your way to Totaranui. An optional coastal walk may be available for those wishing to spend time ashore, see your Coach Captain for details.

Day 10 Picton to Wellington or Christchurch (B,D) A short drive brings us to the picturesque fishing village of Picton. Board the Interislander Ferry and cruise through the spectacular Queen Charlotte Sound into Cook Strait, the channel that separates the South and North Islands. Enjoy stunning views of New Zealand’s capital city as you arrive into Wellington Harbour. Enjoy a brief city tour taking in all the major sights and 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.

Stay: Copthorne Oriental Bay Hotel Guests returning to Christchurch will join the Coastal Pacific Train from Picton and overnight at the Sudima Christchurch Hotel.

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Add-On TranzAlpine Safari If time permits, why not stay an extra night in Christchurch before the tour and enjoy a full day adventure by 4WD, boat and train. The tour begins with an off-roading adventure on a working sheep and cattle station. Experience the thrills and spins of a 45 minute jet boat ride on the mighty Waimakariri River before having a delicious lunch at in a quaint country café. Take a short walk through a native beech forest before enjoying a scenic drive through the High Country to the alpine village of Arthurs Pass where you board the world famous TranzAlpine train for the spectacular return journey back to Christchurch.

Price Includes ++ One night’s accommodation at the Rendezvous Hotel

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Pricing

Twin

Shoulder Season (Sep & May) High Season (Oct - Apr)

$4,465 $6,025 $4,799 $6,479

Single

++ Full breakfast ++ Full day TranzAlpine Safari tour with lunch

From $699 Per Person Twin Share

Early Bird Discounts

Save up to $720 per couple See page 13 for details www.kirratours.co.nz - 29

11 Day Southern Discovery

Suggested arrival/departure


10 Day TranzAlpine Panorama

10 Day TranzAlpine Panorama Christchurch ê Christchurch

TranzAlpine Waimakariri River

Highlights ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

World Heritage listed Mt Cook National Park Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South Fiordland National Park Spectacular Southern Lakes region West Coast Glacier region

Featured Experiences ++ Milford Sound Scenic Cruise ++ TSS Earnslaw Walter Peak Cruise & Dinner ++ World famous TranzAlpine train journey

Iconic Sightseeing ++ ++ ++ ++

Lake Tekapo & Church of the Good Shepherd Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre Guided Tour of Larnach Castle Historic village of Arrowtown

Day 1 Arrive Christchurch (D) Welcome to Christchurch. On arrival, a Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your downtown city hotel. Meet up with your fellow travellers at dinner this evening.

Stay: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 2 Mt Cook, Omarama (B,D) This morning, we travel across the Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps to the west. View the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial overlooking Lake Tekapo. Visit Mt Cook National Park, with time to enjoy the scenic majesty of New Zealand’s highest snow-capped peaks and a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. There is time for some optional flightseeing tours over this remarkable region before travelling around Lake Pukaki to Twizel and Omarama for our overnight stay.

Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Day 3 Moeraki Boulders, Dunedin (B,D) Travel down the Waitaki Valley to the Whitestone township of 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. An excursion on the Taieri Gorge Railway is highly recommended as are visits to Cadbury World and Speights Brewery, both within easy walking distance of your hotel.

Stay: Scenic Dunedin City Hotel

Day 4 Central Otago, Te Anau (B,D) This morning you will enjoy spectacular views across the Otago Peninsula as you travel to Larnach Castle. On your guided tour, learn about its tragic and mysterious history.

Leaving the city behind, you 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: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (2 nights)

Day 5 Spectacular Milford Sound (B,L,D) Journey into 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. Your vessel has purpose built observation decks and viewing lounges and as you cruise the entire length of the fiord, enjoy the on-board commentary that gives you detailed information on the region’s history, flora and fauna. View spectacular waterfalls, towering mountains, glaciers and rainforest and those with keen eyes may also see seals basking on the rocks and local pods of dolphins streaking through the Sound. Optional overnight cruises on Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound are also on offer subject to availability - ask us for details.

Day 6 Te Anau, Queenstown (B,D) Continue north to Kingston, then skirt around the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the picturesque village of Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before boarding the historic vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw for an evening cruise across the lake to Walter Peak High Country Farm. At the Colonel’s Homestead, savour a delicious gourmet barbecue dinner along with an entertaining farm demonstration.

Stay: Millennium Hotel (2 nights)

Day 7 At leisure in Queenstown (B)

Christchurch Gardens

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Enjoy a free day to experience this magnificent alpine resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities in all forms, from extreme to relaxed exploration. Your guide will be happy to advise you on all the activities and options available. You might like to experience the thrills of a jetboat ride on the famous Shotover or Dart Rivers, visit key film locations from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, ride the Skyline gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak where both the dining and the views are unsurpassed or simply take a relaxing stroll around the tranquil shores of the lake …. your options are endless. Tonight is free to experience one of the many amazing cafes and restaurants offering indoor and al-fresco dining.


TSS Earnslaw at Walter Peak

2

On Board Concierge

Train Journey 2

Overnights

Greymouth Greymouth Franz Josef 1 Mt Cook Franz Josef

1 1 Omarama Mt Cook Wanaka

Milford Sound 2

Milford 2 Te Anau Sound 2

Te Anau

“The cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the historic TSS Earnslaw was just fantastic and the food for dinner was amazing."

Day 8 Wanaka, Franz Josef (B,D) This morning, we visit Arrowtown. Set beneath the rugged Crown Range, this historic village was once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s and features a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Stop at Wanaka, a picture postcard resort on the lake’s 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 rugged and wild West Coast, home to the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Visit a Pounamu (also known as Greenstone or Jade) factory at Hokitika. Pounamu is considered a treasure in Maori culture and is seen as a sign of status and power. At Greymouth, we 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 through the Southern Alps, over massive viaducts, river valleys and gorges. On arrival, enjoy a farewell dinner and drinks with your fellow travellers and relive the wonderful sights and experiences shared over the last 9 days.

Christchurch

2

10 days from

$

Dunedin

3,835

Per Person Twin Share

Inclusions ++ 9 nights premium hotel accommodation ++ Full breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L) & 8 dinners (D) ++ Travel by 5-star luxury touring coach ++ Guided by a professional Coach Captain ++ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown ++ Hotel porterage ++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure

Day 10 Depart Christchurch (B)

Guaranteed Tour Dates 2018/19

Sadly, it’s time to bid farewell to all your new friends today. Arrangements end after breakfast and you will be transferred to the airport to join your flight home.

If time permits, we recommend extending your stay in the South Island to enjoy some of the spectacular towns and attractions close to Christchurch.

A number of day touring options are available to all three destinations or alternatively, stay overnight and enjoy a relaxing stay to get the most from your visit. Ask your Kirra consultant for suggested touring options and prices.

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Stay: Sudima Christchurch Hotel

Stay Longer and Discover Canterbury

To the east is the quaint, historic harbourside town of Akaroa, home to the early French settlers of the 1840’s. You can explore the village with its colonial architecture, galleries and craft stores or take part in the many marine activities on offer. An easy 90 minute drive northwest of the city is the picturesque alpine resort village of Hanmer Springs, located in the foothills of the Southern Alps. Best known for its natural hot pools and stunning landscapes, Hanmer is great year round destination for adventure, relaxation and indulgence. The small coastal town of Kaikoura is located on a narrow strip of land with the Pacific Ocean to the east and the mountains to the west, approximately 2 hours north of Christchurch. The region is rich in history and Maori culture and favourite activities include swimming with dolphins and seals, whale watch cruises to see giant sperm whales up close, coastal walks or tucking into a plate of crayfish (lobster).

Christchurch

1 Omarama Queenstown Wanaka Queenstown 1 Dunedin 1

Day 9 Spectacular TranzAlpine Train, Christchurch (B,D)

2

Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura

Hanmer Springs

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Pricing

Twin

Shoulder Season (Sep & May) High Season (Oct - Apr)

$3,835 $5,160 $4,120 $5,549

Early Bird Discounts

Single

Save up to $610 per couple See page 13 for details www.kirratours.co.nz - 31

10 Day TranzAlpine Panorama

Suggested arrival/departure Train Journey Suggested Overnights arrival/departure


8 Day Northern Discovery

8 Day Northern Discovery Auckland ê Wellington Waitangi Treaty Grounds 2 2

Suggested arrival/departure Suggested arrival/departure Overnights Overnights

2 2

Auckland Auckland

On Board Concierge

Bay of Islands Bay of Islands

1 1

Rotorua Rotorua

2 2

Lake Taupo Lake Taupo 1 1

1 1

Napier Napier

Wellington Wellington

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Highlights

Day 4 Auckland, Rotorua (B,D)

++ Authentic Maori Village, Hangi & Cultural Performance

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 then on to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, the centre of Maori culture and famous for its geysers, boiling mud pools and steaming craters.

Iconic Sightseeing

Stay: Sudima Lake Rotorua (2 nights)

++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Day 5 Rotorua sightseeing (B,D)

++ ++ ++ ++

Historic Bay of Islands Thermal wonderland of Rotorua Napier, the Art Deco capital of the World Wellington, the nation’s capital

Featured Experiences

City Tours of Auckland & Wellington Cape Brett ‘Hole in the Rock’ Cruise Tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds Entry to Auckland Sky Tower Agrodome Farm Show Rainbow Springs Park Skyline Gondola & Luge Locally guided Art Deco Walking Tour

Day 1 Arrive Auckland “Haere Mai” …. Welcome to Auckland. A Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your downtown city hotel. Tonight, enjoy welcome drinks with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Rydges Hotel

Day 2 Auckland, Paihia (B,D) 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 the 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’.

Today begins with a visit to the Agrodome to see a unique New Zealand farm show. Visit Rainbow Springs to learn about native flora and fauna, including the famous Kiwi bird. This is followed by the spectacular Skyline Gondola which 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.

Day 6 Taupo, Napier (B,D) 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: Scenic Te Pania Hotel

Day 7 Wairarapa, Wellington (B,D) 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: Copthorne Bay of Islands (2 nights)

Stay: Ibis Wellington Hotel

Day 3 Explore the Bay of Islands (B)

Day 8 Depart Wellington (B)

Enjoy a free day to explore and experience 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.

It’s time to bid farewell to your fellow travellers today. You will be transferred to the airport to join your onward flight.

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Early Bird Discounts

Save up to $470 per couple See page 13 for details

8 days from

2,919

$

Per Person Twin Share

Inclusions ++ 7 nights premium hotel accommodation ++ Full breakfast daily (B) & 5 dinners (D) ++ Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach ++ Guided by a professional Coach Captain ++ Evening welcome drinks on arrival ++ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown ++ Hotel porterage ++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure

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Pricing

Twin

Shoulder Season (Sep & May) High Season (Oct - Apr)

$2,919 $3,999 $3,139 $4,299

Single


Wellington ê Auckland Suggested arrival/departure 2

Suggested Overnights arrival/departure

2

Overnights

Maximum 35 Guests

Auckland

1

Auckland

1

1

Pauanui

Pauanui Matamata

1

2 RotoruaMatamata

Rotorua

2

Lake Taupo Lake Taupo

1

Wellington

1

Wellington

Hobbiton

Highlights ++ Wellington, the nation’s capital ++ Thermal Wonderland of Rotorua ++ Stunning Coromandel Peninsula

Featured Experiences ++ Authentic Maori Village, Hangi & Cultural Performance ++ Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tour

Iconic Sightseeing ++ ++ ++ ++

Agrodome Farm Show Te Puia Thermal Reserve Entry to Auckland Sky Tower Auckland City Tour

Day 1 Arrive Wellington (D) On arrival in Wellington, a Kirra representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your downtown city hotel. The rest of today is free to explore the nation’s capital before meeting up with your fellow travellers at dinner this evening.

Stay: Copthorne Oriental Bay Hotel

Day 2 Taupo, Rotorua (B,D) Leaving the city behind, we travel through rolling farmland as we enter the Tongariro National Park, dominated by the volcanic cone of Mt Ruapehu. Follow the Desert Road to the popular lakeside resort of Taupo,

2,599

$

located on the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake. Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls and travel past massive pine forests to reach Rotorua, centre of Maori culture and famous for its geysers, boiling mud pools and steaming craters.

Inclusions

Stay: Sudima Lake Rotorua (2 nights)

++ Maximum group size 35 guests

Day 3 Rotorua Sightseeing (B,D) Today begins with a visit to the Agrodome to see a unique New Zealand farm show. This is followed by a visit to Te Puia, home to Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and the New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Centre. Here you will witness all of nature’s thermal wonders including silica terraces and the famous Pohutu Geyser. Enjoy some free time this afternoon for optional activities 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.

Day 4 Hobbiton, Pauanui (B,D) Travel across the Mamaku Ranges into the Waikato region, well known for its dairy farming, world famous horse studs and champion Rugby team! At Hobbiton, you will be joined by a local guide who will escort you through this stunning twelve acre site, recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie set was created. for ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ films. On to Pauanui, a favourite New Zealand holiday beach resort for our overnight stay.

Stay: Grand Mercure Puka Park Lodge

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Per Person Twin Share

++ 5 nights premium hotel accommodation ++ Full breakfasts daily (B) & 5 dinners (D) ++ Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach ++ Guided by a professional Coach Captain ++ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown ++ Hotel porterage ++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure

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Day 5 Coromandel, Auckland (B,D) The Coromandel Peninsula is a beautiful, rugged area fringed with dozens of excellent beaches and is a place where many kiwis choose to escape the hustle and hype of city life. After a leisurely breakfast, we travel north to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’ and enjoy a comprehensive city tour on arrival. We include a visit to the Auckland Skytower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere where you will experience 360-degree panoramic views over the harbours, city and surrounds. This evening, join your new found friends for a farewell dinner at your hotel.

Stay: Rydges Hotel

Day 6 Depart Auckland (B) Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Auckland airport to connect with your onward flight.

Pricing

Twin

High Season (Oct - Apr)

$2,599 $3,599

Early Bird Discounts

Single

Save up to $390 per couple See page 13 for details

"We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. David was a lovely, friendly, informative driver and host. We will most definitely recommend Kirra Tours to friends and family. We look forward to touring the South Island with Kirra in the future” www.kirratours.co.nz - 33

6 Day Northern Rapture

6 Day Northern Rapture


10 Day Solos Southern Magic

10 Day Solos Southern Magic Christchurch ê Christchurch Dart River Safari Mt Aspiring

2 2

Suggested arrival/departure Train Journey Overnights

Maximum 25 Guests

Greymouth

Franz Josef

1 1

Lake Tekapo

2 2

Christchurch

1 1

Milford Sound 2 2

Te Anau

Highlights ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Magnificent Lake Tekapo Dunedin, Edinburgh of the South Fiordland National Park Spectacular Southern Lakes region West Coast Glacier region

Featured Experiences ++ World famous TranzAlpine train journey

Iconic Sightseeing ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

View Moeraki Boulders Speights Alehouse Dinner Guided tour of Larnach Castle with High Tea TSS Earnslaw Walter Peak Cruise & Dinner Skyline Gondola & Dinner Dart River Safari Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools

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.

Stay: Chateau on the Park

Day 2 Christchurch, Lake Tekapo (B,D) Travel across the Canterbury Plains into the foothills of the Southern Alps. On arrival into Tekapo Village soak up the sweeping views across the turquoise waters of the lake. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial, the touching tribute to the sheepdogs which helped develop the Mackenzie Country. An optional scenic flight with Air Safaris to take in the magnificence of mighty Mt Cook is highly recommended.

Stay: Peppers Bluewater Resort

Day 3 Moeraki Boulders, Dunedin (B,D) After stopping to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders, continue on to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South. An early arrival allows you time to enjoy the choice of some excellent optional activities. Tonight, enjoy dinner at Speight's Ale House. This iconic venue and it’s unique setting in one of New Zealand’s most historic breweries, is a must do when visiting Dunedin.

Stay: Distinction Hotel

Wanaka 1 1

Queenstown 1 1

Dunedin

Day 4 Central Otago, Te Anau (B,D) Start the morning with spectacular views across the Otago Peninsula as you travel to Larnach Castle. On your guided tour, learn about its tragic and mysterious history. Here you will enjoy a High Tea in the historic ballroom. Depart Dunedin later this morning 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: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 5 Spectacular Milford Sound Cruise, Queenstown (B,L,D) 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. Continue north to Kingston, then skirt around the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the picturesque alpine town of Queenstown. Dinner tonight is at the spectacular Skyline Stratosphere Restaurant with its breathtaking views of Queenstown and The Remarkables mountain range.

Stay: Rydges Hotel (2 nights)

Day 6 Dart River Wilderness Safari (B,D) Join the Dart River Wilderness Jet Safari this morning and journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park. This trip offers a rich and diverse landscape with a unique combination of breathtaking scenery, amazing history and exhilarating experiences. On return to Queenstown you have free time to experience an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities, your Coach Captain can assist with any optional activities you would like to do. 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.

Day 7 Queenstown, Wanaka (B,D) Today head to Wanaka which translates to “rejuvenation of the soul” a very apt name for the alpine town in the heart of a spectacular setting. Set on the edge of Lake Wanaka, Edgewater Resort is the perfect place to relax and take in the views with its spectacular mountain backdrop. Enjoy some leisure time this afternoon, take a cruise on the lake or enjoy a lakeside stroll.

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10 days from

5,685

$

Per Person Single Traveler

Inclusions ++ 9 nights premium sole use accommodation ++ Full breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L) & 8 dinners (D) ++ Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach ++ Guided by a professional Coach Captain ++ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown ++ Hotel porterage ++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure

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Day 8 Wanaka, Franz Josef (B,D) View incredible scenery as you travel past the untouched native forests and pristine lake of the Westland National Park and Haast Pass enroute to Franz Josef. On arrival you will have the opportunity to experience an optional scenic helicopter flight over this remarkable region. A visit to the Glacier Hot Pools is on the cards this afternoon. Nestled in lush rainforest, the pools are the perfect way to unwind and experience a blissful state of pure relaxation.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef

Day 9 TranzAlpine, Christchurch (B,D) Head north along the dramatic West Coast to Greymouth where you will board the famous TranzAlpine Train. Renowned as one of the most scenic train journeys of the world, this coast to coast rail adventure will take you through the Southern Alps, over massive viaducts, river valleys and gorges. On arrival in Christchurch your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel for your farewell dinner.

Stay: Sudima Christchurch Hotel

Day 10 Depart Christchurch (B) It is time to farewell your fellow travellers today. You will be transferred to the airport to connect with your onward flight.


Queenstown ê Queenstown 2 2

Suggested arrival/departure Suggested arrival/departure Overnights Train Journey

On Board Concierge

Overnights

Greymouth

Franz Josef

1

2

Lake Tekapo

Christchurch

1

Milford Sound Queenstown

6 2

Te Anau

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Queenstown

1

1 1

Dunedin

Havards Phill Makanna

Highlights

Day 3 Warbirds over Wanaka Day 1 (B)

Iconic Sightseeing

After a leisurely breakfast, board your coach and travel to Wanaka, the spectacular location for the 2020 Warbirds over Wanaka Airshow. Today is a warm up day for the show but there is still plenty to see and do and your 3 day Gold Pass guarantees you the best seats in the house. Tonight is free to enjoy some of the many great bistros and restaurants in Queenstown.

++ TSS Earnslaw Walter Peak Cruise & Dinner ++ Skyline Gondola & Dinner

Day 4 Warbirds over Wanaka Day 2 (B,D)

++ Spectacular Southern Lakes region

Featured Experiences ++ 3 Day Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow with Gold Pass

Day 1 Arrive Queenstown (D) “Haere Mai”.... Welcome to New Zealand. A Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your centrally located hotel. Tonight you will be accompanied by your Kirra representative to meet your fellow tour passengers for a welcome dinner and drinks at the hotel.

Stay: Millennium Queenstown (6 nights)

Day 2 At leisure in Queenstown (B) Enjoy a free day to experience this magnificent alpine resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities in all forms, from extreme to relaxed exploration. Take a ride on the world famous Shotover Jet Boat, 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. Your Kirra representative will be happy to advise you on all the activities and options available.

7 days from

$

3,325

Per Person Twin Share

Inclusions ++ 6 nights nights premium hotel accommodation ++ Full breakfast daily (B) & 3 dinners (D)

This morning be transferred to Wanaka, ready for day 2 of your Warbirds adventure. Explore and take in the Airshow at your own pace, with flying beginning at 10am. See Civil aircraft, helicopter, classic Warbirds, vintage machinery and much more. Tonight you will take a Gondola ride up to the top of Bob’s Peak to enjoy a delicious buffet dinner at the spectacular Skyline Stratosphere Restaurant with its breathtaking views over Queenstown.

++ Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach

Day 5 Warbirds over Wanaka Day 3 (B)

Start

Today you will enjoy another full day at Warbirds over Wanaka, soaking in all the sights, sounds and tastes of this exciting event before returning to Queenstown for an evening at leisure.

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++ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown ++ Hotel porterage ++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure

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Pricing

Twin

Per person from

$3,325 $4,679

Single

Day 6 Explore Queenstown & surrounds (B,D) At leisure today to explore Queenstown and its surrounds. Tonight, cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country farm aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner at the Colonels Homestead.

Day 7 Depart Queesntown (B) It is time to bid farewell to your fellow travellers and new found friends before transferring to Queenstown airport to connect with your onward flight.

Warbirds Over Wanaka Spitfire Credit: Gavin Conroy

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7 Day Warbirds Over Wanaka

7 Day Warbirds Over Wanaka


PLATINUM

Collection


Platinum Collection

Be inspired, embrace the wonders of New Zealand and discover the true essence of this breathtaking country in genuine comfort and style on a luxury Platinum small group tour. A seamless journey combined with so many unique and exclusive inclusions makes the perfect holiday experience.

Genuine Small Group Journeys If the idea of driving yourself or travelling on a larger group tour doesn’t appeal, then a luxury small group journey may be just for you. With no more than 24 guests on our Platinum Collection holidays, you’ll enjoy a more intimate and personal style of touring experience.

Enjoy more leisure time Often we hear travellers say that they wish they had longer to experience and enjoy the places they visit. That’s why our Platinum Collection itineraries keep travelling time to a minimum and include multi-night stopovers wherever possible.

Exclusive sightseeing & dining Our tours include the must see highlights of New Zealand plus much, much more. Many of our exclusive sightseeing excursions have been designed specifically for our guests and are available only to small groups. You will also get to savour the culinary delights of award winning vineyard restaurants such as Mudbrick, Mission Estate and Akarua as well as enjoying an exclusive charter cruise and a traditional Maori hangi (feast).

Travel in 5 star comfort

Pure Cruise

Millbrook Spa

Raetihi Lodge Marlborough Sounds

Platinum guests will enjoy travelling in our purpose-built, luxury VIP coaches. These new vehicles have been manufactured to the very highest standards and boast the very latest safety features. They are amongst the first Euro 6 coaches in New Zealand making them the most environmentally friendly on the road. Features include large panoramic windows, pull down window shades, two-door access, luxury armchair style seating with a 2-1 configuration resulting in greater legroom and more comfort, adjustable headrests and retractable footrests, on board restroom, on board refridgerators, drink holders, USB charging ports, wi-fi, latest entertainment systems and climate controlled air-conditioning. Despite being a full size touring coach, they are fitted with just 32 seats so there will always be plenty of spare room to move around and you will often have the choice to enjoy a window seat whenever you wish.


Platinum Accommodation

Platinum

Accommodation Our Platinum Tour Collection features handpicked boutique hotels & luxury lodges superbly located to ensure your journey is an experience to treasure for a lifetime. Pullman Hotel

Raetihi Lodge

Auckland

Marlborough Sounds

The Pullman Auckland is everything you would expect from this world-renowned hotel group. Tastefully decorated in an elegant European style with wellappointed rooms, modern amenities and conveniently located in the heart of the city.

Nestled in a secluded bay, Raetihi Lodge is the perfect way to experience the spectacular Marlborough Sounds. The 14 rooms are designed to help you relax and enjoy the stunning scenery in comfort and you are guaranteed a stay to remember. The perfect escape from everyday life.

The Crown Hotel

White Morph Heritage Boutique Collection

Napier

Kaikoura

The Crown Hotel Napier overlooks the waterfront in the historical village of Ahuriri, Napier. Lovingly restored to reflect the history and opulent style of the Art Deco era, this boutique hotel is the ultimate combination of classic opulence and modern luxury & design.

A relaxing and quiet hotel located on Kaikoura’s iconic Esplanade commanding beautiful views of the ocean and distant mountains beyond. Offering easy access to some of the region’s most popular experiences and just a short stroll from the centre of town.

The Chateau Tongariro

The Hermitage Hotel

Mt Ruapehu

Mount Cook Village

The elegant Chateau Tongariro is located in the heart of Tongariro National Park, a dual world heritage listed site. Constructed during the ‘roaring twenties’, it is surrounded by a stunning natural playground bursting with diverse landscapes.

Nestled in the beautiful Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, the iconic Hermitage Hotel is home to a selection of restaurants and bars. From your room, enjoy spectacular views of Aoraki Mount Cook, hanging glaciers and the surrounding Southern Alps through large picture windows.

The Martinborough Hotel

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Martinborough Village

Franz Josef

Built in 1882, this 20 room heritage listed boutique hotel offers character, comfort and old style personal attention. The hotels past, and it's sense of history and place will charm you as soon as you arrive in the lobby.

The luxury 5-star Te Waonui Forest Retreat is nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest at Franz Josef. Guests will find themselves encircled by rainforest in a natural and sustainable setting.

Bolton Hotel

The Heritage Hotel

Wellington

Queenstown

The Bolton is a stunning 5 star hotel that provides the discerning traveller with a high degree of comfort and privacy. Located in the best part of the city, close to cafes, shops and restaurants and within walking distance of Wellington’s vibrant waterfront.

Heritage Queenstown, a European Style alpine lodge with stunning views of Lake Wakatipu, is located just minutes from the town centre. Relax in resort style facilities including a pool, gym, sauna and spa, perfect after a day of sightseeing.

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Platinum Accommodation

Raetihi Lodge

The Martinborough Hotel

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

The Heritage Queenstown

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Platinum Featured Experiences

Platinum

Featured Experiences Immerse yourself in the essence of New Zealand when travelling on one of our Platinum Small Group Tours. We take you to the very heart of our magical country to experience it like no other tour does.

Stargazing

Luxury Yacht Cruise

Tasman Glacier Boat Expedition

Rotorua

Mt Cook

Explore the sparkling waters and hidden gems of picturesque Lake Rotoiti under sail on board our exclusive charter of the luxury sailing catamaran Tiua. Discover beautiful sandy coves, lake edge thermal hot springs and cultural sites rich in history and legend.

Visit New Zealand's Tasman Glacier terminal lake for a fascinating glacial encounter. Cruise the rapidly growing terminal lake taking in spectacular mountain views and scenery. Icebergs of every shape and size periodically tear away from the glacier allowing you to touch and taste the 300-500 year old glacial crystals.

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Platinum Featured Experiences

Mission Estate

Tasman Glacier Boat Expedition

Lake Rotoiti Cruise

Award-Winning Vineyards

Pukaha Mt Bruce Wildlife Sanctuary

Auckland, Hawke’s Bay & Queenstown

Wairarapa Region

Enjoy a delicious lunch at Mudbrick Vineyard on Waiheke Island, gourmet dinner & wine tasting at Mission Estate, New Zealand’s oldest winery and hand crafted cuisine & premium Central Otago wines at Akarua Wines near Queenstown.

Enjoy a guided tour of the Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, a captivebreeding sanctuary for some of the country’s most endangered wildlife and home to the only white kiwi in captivity. Learn about forest restoration and predator control as you get a glimpse into conservation in action.

Greenshell Mussel Cruise

Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Marlborough Sounds

Fiordland

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Marlborough Sounds with the indulgent Greenshell Mussel Cruise, featuring freshly steamed mussels paired with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Relax and unwind while you cruise the tranquil Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds aboard a luxury launch, visit a mussel farm and learn about local history on your way to Raetihi Lodge.

Escape to the peace and tranquility of Doubtful Sound on a magical overnight cruise. Cruise through some of the fiords most stunning scenery before dropping anchor and exploring the shoreline by kayak or tender. Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the Fiordland Navigator blends old world charm with modern comforts.

Taieri Gorge Railway

Redwoods Treewalk

Dunedin

Rotorua

Marvel at the variety of landscapes as your train negotiates this narrow and deep gorge carved out over the aeons by the ancient Taieri River. The journey provides a fascinating insight into the building of the railway and of the life and the determination of those early pioneers. Outdoor viewing platforms provide you with amazing photo opportunities.

Enjoy a suspended treetop eco-walk amongst Rotorua’s gentle giants in the Redwood Forest. Get a unique bird’s eye perspective of these 110 year old trees and the lush flora below as you appreciate the beauty of the forest that is quite different from what you experience on the ground. Walk at your own pace and leave feeling inspired, refreshed and rejuvenated.

Larnach Castle Tour with High Tea

Big Sky Stargazing

Otago Peninsula, Dunedin

Mt Cook

Built in 1871, Larnach Castle showcases master craftsmanship, New Zealand Antiques and the style of Victorian living. Explore the Castle and learn about its dark and scandalous history on a guided tour of the main building and surrounding gardens. Afterwards enjoy a traditional High Tea served in the Ballroom Cafe.

Mount Cook is far from city lights and has some of the darkest skies in New Zealand. Your experience begins in the Digital Dome Planetarium before transporting to an outdoor stargazing site where you use telescopes and astronomy binoculars to put your newly acquired knowledge into practice. www.kirratours.co.nz - 41


20 Day New Zealand Odyssey

20 Day New Zealand Odyssey Auckland ê Christchurch Waiheke Island

Kenepuru Sound

Highlights ++ 2 night stays in Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, Wellington, the Marlborough Sounds & Mt Cook ++ 3 nights in majestic Queenstown ++ Geothermal Rotorua ++ Art Deco Napier ++ Wellington & Te Papa National Museum ++ Stunning Kenepuru Sound ++ Spectacular Kaikoura ++ World heritage listed Mt Cook National Park ++ Beautiful Southern Lakes Region ++ Fiordland National park ++ West Coast Glaciers

Featured Experiences ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Dine at some of New Zealand’s leading wineries Traditional Maori Hangi (feast) & Cultural Evening Exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise Scenic Mussel cruise to Raetihi Lodge Tasman Glacier Explorer boat expedition Spectacular Milford Sound Nature Cruise World famous TranzAlpine train journey

Iconic Sightseeing ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Day trip to Waiheke Island Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tour Blue & Green Lakes, Te Wairoa Buried Village Te Puia Thermal Reserve Wairakei Geothermal region & mighty Huka Falls Guided Art Deco Walk, Napier Scenic Interislander Ferry Crossing Free use of Raetihi Lodge kayaks, mountain bikes, dinghies & fishing tackle ++ Lake Tekapo & Church of the Good Shepherd ++ Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre ++ A visit to historic Arrowtown

Day 1 Arrive Auckland (D) ‘Haere Mai’ .... Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival, you will be met by a Kirra representative and transferred to your downtown city hotel. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner and drinks.

Stay: Pullman Hotel (2 nights)

Art Deco Napier

Widely regarded as the ‘Tuscany of the South Pacific’, this region boasts some of New Zealand’s best wineries. Enjoy a free day to experience some of the many optional activities available or simply relax and enjoy your surroundings. This evening, we visit Mission Estate, New Zealand’s oldest winery established by a group of French missionaries in 1851. Enjoy wine tastings followed by a fine dining experience in the elegantly restored seminary with its sweeping views over the vineyards, city and the coast beyond.

Day 7 Wairarapa, Wellington (B)

Day 2 Day trip to Waiheke Island (B,L) After a leisurely start to the day, a brief ferry ride brings us to Waiheke Island, a haven for vineyards, olive groves, art galleries and sandy beaches. Enjoy a tour of the island before sitting down to a special lunch at the beautiful Mudbrick Winery, with its spectacular views over the Hauraki Gulf looking back to the city skyline.

Day 3 Hobbiton, Rotorua (B,D) Travel south to Matamata where we experience a fun and interesting guided tour of Hobbiton, the stunning movie set used in the block-busting ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ films. Later, we continue our journey on to the geothermal city of Rotorua.

Stay: Millennium Hotel (2 nights)

Day 4 Exclusive Lake Rotoiti Cruise and Te Wairoa Buried Village (B,D) 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 hot springs, accessible only by boat. This afternoon, travel past the Blue & Green Lakes to the famous buried village of Te Wairoa. This evening, we visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve and are treated to a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance.

Day 5 Lake Taupo, Napier (B) Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls & Wairakei Geothermal project and then take time to wander around the popular lakeside resort of Taupo. Continue on to Napier, one of the world’s finest Art Deco cities. Here, your local guide will bring this fascinating architecture to life on your walk around the town this afternoon.

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Day 6 At leisure in Hawke's Bay (B,D)

Travel this morning through the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region enroute to Wellington, the nation’s capital, where you enjoy a brief sightseeing and orientation tour before checking into your accommodation.

Stay: The Bolton Hotel (2 nights)

Day 8 Explore the Nation’s Capital (B) Named the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ by Lonely Planet, Wellington is nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills and is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty. A visit to Te Papa National Museum is highly recommended as is a ride on the famous Cable Car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views over the city. If you like action-packed adventure activities, Wellington has it all along with beautiful walks around the harbour and surrounding hills.

Day 9 Picton & the Marlborough Sounds (B,D) This morning we cruise across Cook Strait by Interislander ferry to the picturesque fishing village of Picton. At Havelock, we board our vessel for a scenic mussel and wine cruise to our remote resort located in the stunning Kenepuru Sound.

Stay: Raetihi Lodge (2 nights) "What a gem this was! It felt like staying in someone’s luxury home. The food was excellent along with friendly staff and majestic scenery. This is certainly 10/10 accommodation."

Day 10 Enjoy Kenepuru Sound (B,D) A free day to relax and marvel at the magic that is the Marlborough Sounds. Lodge staff will share their love of the region with you through the wide range of water and nature based experiences they put at your fingertips. Complimentary fishing tackle, kayaks & mountains bikes are provided at the lodge and there is a number of bush walks to enjoy. Or you can simply relax with a book and soak in the spectacular scenery.


Maximum 24 Guests

Interislander Ferry 2

Overnights arrival/departure Suggested Interislander Ferry

2

Overnights

2

Auckland

Matamata Auckland 2 Matamata

Kenepuru Sound

Mudbrick Winery

Day 16 At leisure in Queenstown (B)

Stay: White Morph Heritage Boutique Collection

Enjoy a free day to experience this magnificent alpine resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities in all forms, from extreme to relaxed exploration. Your guide will be happy to advise you on all the activities and options available.

Day 12 Lake Tekapo, Mt Cook (B,D)

Day 17 Arrowtown, Akarua Winery (B,L)

Inclusions

Travel south across the Canterbury Plains and stop at beautiful Lake Tekapo to view the tiny, historic Church of the Good Shepherd. Then travel up the western side of Lake Pukaki to the Mt Cook National Park, a World Heritage listed site. The park covers over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery.

Set beneath the rugged Crown Range is Arrowtown, an historic village located beside the Arrow River which was once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s. It features a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Enjoy time to stroll through this historic village, before enjoying a relaxing, sumptuous lunch at Walnut Cottage, the show piece of Akarua Wines and back dropped by the Remarkables mountain range.

++ Maximum group size 24 guests

Today we experience the Tasman Glacier in the most unique way possible. An experienced guide will whisk you away in a stable MAC Boat to explore the melting ice-face of the Tasman Glacier. Get up close to touch and taste 400-year old icebergs that have been carved into the murky waters of the lake. Later today, there is time to enjoy one of the many bush walks and optional ski-plane and helicopter flights are available (subject to weather conditions).

Day 14 Cromwell, Lake Te Anau (B,D) Begin the assent over the Lindis Pass to the township of Cromwell, then continue on to the historic village of Clyde, nestled in a sheltered basin at the foot of an immense and crooked gorge. Stop for lunch at Alexandra, located on the banks of the mighty Clutha River, then travel across the farmlands of Central Otago to the township of Gore before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park.

Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 15 Milford Sound, Queenstown (B,L) Today’s highlight is a leisurely nature cruise of the breathtaking Milford Sound, cruising the full length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea. An on-board nature guide will give you detailed information of the region’s history, flora & fauna and you will view spectacular waterfalls, rainforests and towering mountains, including the awesome Mitre Peak. Wildlife includes dolphins, seals, penguins & albatross when in season. Continue your journey on to Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination.

2

Rotorua 2 Napier Lake Taupo

Wellington Blenheim

Napier

2

Kenepuru Sound1 2Kaikoura 2 Wellington Greymouth Blenheim Franz Josef 1 1 Christchurch Greymouth 1 Kaikoura 2 Mt Cook Wanaka Franz Josef 1 1 Christchurch Milford Sound 3 Queenstown 2 Mt Cook Te Anau 1 Wanaka Milford Sound 3 Queenstown Te Anau 1

Return to Havelock by water taxi and board our coach for the journey to the small coastal town of Kaikoura. Here you can enjoy an optional whale-watching adventure, swim with the dolphins or join local Maori for a unique, award winning cultural experience.

Day 13 Tasman Glacier Expedition (B,D)

Rotorua Lake Taupo

2

2

Day 11 Blenheim, Kaikoura (B)

Stay: Mt Cook Hermitage Hotel (2 nights)

2

20 days from

11,495

$

Per Person Twin Share

++ 19 nights luxury hotel and boutique accommodation ++ Full breakfast daily (B), 3 lunches (L) & 11 dinners (D) ++ Welcome dinner & drinks on arrival day ++ Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach ++ Guided by a professional Coach Captain ++ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown ++ Hotel porterage

"The lunch at Akarua Winery was brilliant and definitely the eating highlight of the trip (and there were many to compete with)."

++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure

Guaranteed Tour Dates 2018/19

Day 18 Wanaka, Franz Josef Glacier (B,D)

Start

There is time to wander around the resort town of Lake Wanaka before enjoying incredible scenery as we travel past the untouched native forests and pristine lakes of the World Heritage Westland National Park. On to Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers where there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions).

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Stay: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 19 Spectacular TranzAlpine Train, Christchurch (B,D) Head north along the dramatic West Coast, steeped in history dating back to the gold rush era of the 1800’s. This afternoon, we board the TranzAlpine train for a coast to coast rail adventure through the Southern Alps, rated as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. This evening, join your friends for a farewell dinner with drinks and relive the many great experiences of the last three weeks.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Hotel

Stay: Heritage Queenstown Hotel (3 nights)

Day 20 Depart Christchurch (B)

Optional overnight cruises on Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound are also available subject to availability - ask us for details.

Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Christchurch airport to connect with your onward flight.

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Pricing

Twin

High Season (Oct - Apr)

$11,495 $15,995

Early Bird Discounts

Single

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Suggested arrival/departure


18 Day New Zealand Grandeur

18 Day New Zealand Grandeur Christchurch ê Auckland Waiheke Island

Tamaki, Rotorua

Highlights ++ 2 night stays in Queenstown, Dunedin, Wellington, Rotorua & Auckland ++ West Coast Glaciers ++ Spectacular Southern Lakes District ++ Fiordland National Park ++ Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South ++ World Heritage listed Mt Cook National Park ++ Wellington, the nation’s capital ++ Boutique wine village of Martinborough ++ Stay in the Tongariro National Park ++ Thermal Wonderland of Rotorua ++ Auckland, the City of Sails

Featured Experiences ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

World famous TranzAlpine train journey Overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise High Tea at Larnach Castle Otago Peninsula Wildlife Cruise Stargazing tour, Mt Cook Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre Exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise Authentic Maori Hangi & Cultural Performance Guided Tour of Te Papa Museum

Iconic Sightseeing ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Entry to Franz Josef Thermal Pools Guided tour of Larnach Castle Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo Scenic Interislander Ferry Crossing Wine tasting, Martinborough Te Puia Thermal Reserve Treetop eco-walk amongst the Redwoods Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tour A visit to historic Arrowtown

Day 1 Arrive Christchurch (D) ‘Kia Ora’. Welcome to New Zealand. A Kirra representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner and drinks.

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Day 2 TranzAlpine, Franz Josef (B,D) A short drive brings us to the tiny train station of Springfield, gateway to the majestic Southern Alps. Board the award-winning TranzAlpine train 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 the west coast glacial village of Franz Josef where you can relax and soak in the thermal pools after an invigorating day and sumptuous dinner.

Stay: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 3 Wanaka, Queenstown (B) 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.

Stay: Heritage Queenstown Hotel (2 nights)

Day 4 At leisure in Queenstown (B) 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.

Day 5 Overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise (B,L,D) 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, its beauty and vastness will take your breath away.

Overnight: Fiordland Navigator

Day 6 Manapouri, Dunedin (B,D) Enjoy a hearty breakfast this morning before exploring other parts of the fiord. We retrace our steps back to Manapouri where you re-join your coach for the journey to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South.

Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel (2 nights)

Day 7 Discover 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.

Day 8 Moeraki, Mt Cook (B,D) 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.

Stay: Mt Cook Hermitage Hotel


Maximum 24 Guests

Auckland Auckland

2 2

Matamata Matamata

2 2

Tongariro Tongariro

1 1

Rotorua Rotorua Lake Taupo Lake Taupo

1 Martinborough 1 Martinborough Wellington Wellington Picton Picton 2 2

Arthurs Pass Arthurs Pass Franz Josef 1 2 Christchurch Franz Josef 1 2 Christchurch 1 Mt Cook 1 Mt Cook Wanaka Omarama Wanaka Omarama Te Anau 2 Te Anau 2 1 Queenstown 1 Queenstown Doubtful Sound 2 Dunedin Doubtful Sound 2 Dunedin

Redwoods Treetop Walk

Day 9 Lake Tekapo to Christchurch (B,D) At Lake Tekapo, stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Then cross the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Hotel

Day 10 Picton, Wellington (B) This morning you will travel north along the scenic Kaikoura coastline on to the charming fishing village of Picton where you board the Interislander Ferry and cruise through the spectacular Queen Charlotte Sound into Cook Strait. Enjoy stunning views of New Zealand’s capital city as you arrive into Wellington Harbour.

Stay: The Bolton Hotel (2 nights)

Day 11 At leisure in Wellington (B) Today is a free day at leisure to explore the nations 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.

a tour of Te Puia Thermal Reserve and are treated to a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance including the stirring haka.

Stay: Millennium Rotorua (2 nights)

Day 15 Exclusive Lake Rotoiti Cruise & Redwood Treetop Walk (B) 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 hot springs, 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.

Stay: Peppers Parehua

Day 13 Pukaha Mount Bruce, Tongariro National Park (B,D) 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 wildlife 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. Stay: Chateau Tongariro

Day 14 Taupo, Rotorua (B,D) First stop today is Taupo where you will enjoy time to stroll around this popular lakeside resort. View the mighty Huka Falls and Wairakei Geothermal Project before arriving at the popular resort town of Rotorua. This evening, we enjoy

10,139

$

Per Person Twin Share

Inclusions ++ Maximum group size 24 guests ++ 16 nights luxury hotel and boutique accommodation ++ Overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound ++ Full breakfast daily (B), 2 lunches (L) & 10 dinners (D) ++ Welcome dinner & drinks on arrival day ++ Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach ++ Guided by a professional Coach Captain ++ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown ++ Hotel porterage ++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure

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Day 12 On to Martinborough Wine Village (B,D) This morning enjoy a guided tour of Te Papa Museum followed by a city sights tour of Wellington. 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.

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Te Puia, Kiwi

Day 16 Hobbiton, Auckland (B,L) After a leisurely breakfast, we cross the Mamaku Ranges into the lush farmlands of the Waikato. At Matamata experience a guided tour of Hobbiton, the movie set used in the block-busting ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ films. Learn how this beautiful piece of farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-Earth and be sure to take a photo at the gate to Bilbo Baggins house, “Bag End”, looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance. Enjoy a festive lunch at The Green Dragon Inn before travelling on to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’. Stay: Pullman Hotel (2 nights)

Day 17 At leisure in Auckland (B,D) Today is free to explore New Zealand’s largest and most vibrant city. Perhaps take the ferry to Waiheke Island and enjoy lunch at one of the many superb vineyards, stroll around the trendy suburbs of Parnell and Ponsonby or sail Waitemata Harbour aboard a genuine America’s Cup racing yacht. Your options are many. This evening, join your friends for a farewell dinner with dinks and relive the many great experiences of the last eighteen days.

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Day 18 Depart Auckland (B) Sadly, your holiday ends after breakfast this morning. Here we bid you farewell and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay. www.kirratours.co.nz - 45

18 Day New Zealand Grandeur

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Suggested arrival/departure Suggested arrival/departure Interislander Ferry Interislander Ferry Train Journey Train Journey Overnights Overnights


13 Day Southern Sensations

13 Day Southern Sensations Wellington ê Christchurch Milford Sound

Highlights ++ 2 night stopovers in the Marlborough Sounds & Mt Cook National Park ++ 3 night stay in majestic Queenstown ++ Stunning Kenepuru Sound ++ Spectacular Kaikoura ++ World heritage Mt Cook National Park ++ Beautiful Southern Lakes region ++ Twin glaciers of Fox & Franz Josef

Featured Experiences ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Scenic Interislander Ferry Crossing Scenic Mussel cruise to Raetihi Lodge Tasman Glacier Explorer boat expedition Spectacular Milford Sound Nature Cruise Dine at a leading Queenstown winery World famous TranzAlpine train journey

Iconic Sightseeing ++ Free use of Raetihi Lodge kayaks, mountain bikes, dinghies & fishing tackle ++ Lake Tekapo & Church of the Good Shepherd ++ Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre ++ Historic Arrowtown

Day 1 Arrive Wellington On arrival in Wellington, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your downtown city hotel. The rest of today is free to explore the nation’s capital. Named the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ by Lonely Planet, the city has much to offer and a visit to Te Papa, the national museum, is highly recommended. Wellington has a great arts and crafts scene, a superb café culture and fantastic bistros and restaurants offering indoor and al fresco dining.

Stay: The Bolton Hotel

Day 2 Picton & the Marlborough Sounds (B,D) This morning, board the Interislander ferry for the cruise across Cook Strait. Travel through the sheltered waters of Queen Charlotte Sound to the picturesque fishing village of Picton. A short drive brings us to Havelock where you board your vessel for a scenic mussel cruise to your remote resort located in the stunning Kenepuru Sound. Relax and unwind as you learn about the local history, take in the fabulous scenery and enjoy freshly steamed mussels paired with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Stay: Raetihi Lodge (2 nights)

Day 3 Enjoy Kenepuru Sound (B,D) A free day to relax and marvel at the magic that is the Marlborough Sounds. Lodge staff will share their love of the region with you through the wide range of water and nature based experiences they put at your fingertips.

Complimentary fishing tackle, kayaks & mountains bikes are provided at the lodge and there is a number of bush walks to enjoy. Or you can simply relax with a book and soak in the spectacular scenery.

Day 4 Blenheim, Kaikoura (B) Return to Havelock by water taxi and reboard our coach for the journey to the small coastal town of Kaikoura nestled on a narrow strip of land with the mountains to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east. Here you can enjoy an optional whale-watching adventure, swim with the dolphins or join local Maori for a unique, award winning cultural experience.

Stay: White Morph Heritage Boutique Collection

Day 5 Lake Tekapo, Mt Cook (B,D) Travel south across the Canterbury Plains and stop at beautiful Lake Tekapo to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, built of stone in 1935. Nearby is the well-known bronze statue of a New Zealand Collie Sheepdog, commissioned to recognise the indispensable role of the sheepdog in the lives of local MacKenzie Country farmers. Continue your journey up the western side of Lake Pukaki to the Mt Cook National Park, a World Heritage listed site. The park covers over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery.

Stay: Mt Cook Hermitage Hotel (2 nights)

Day 6 Tasman Glacier Expedition (B,D) Today we experience the Tasman Glacier in the most unique way possible. An experienced guide will whisk you away in a stable MAC Boat to explore the melting ice-face of the Tasman Glacier. Get up close to touch and taste 400-year old icebergs that have been carved into the murky waters of the lake. This afternoon, there is time to enjoy one of the many bush walks and optional ski-plane and helicopter flights are available subject to weather conditions. Entry to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre & Museum is included.

Raetihi Lodge

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Tasman Glacier Explorer


Maximum 24 Guests

Kenepuru Sound Kenepuru Sound 2 Picton2 Picton Greymouth Greymouth Franz Josef Franz Josef

1 1

1 1

2

Wanaka Wanaka Milford Sound Milford Sound 3 Queenstown 3 Queenstown 1 1 Te Anau Te Anau

1

Mt Cook Mt Cook

Kaikoura Kaikoura

Christchurch Christchurch

1 2

1 1 Wellington Wellington

Hermitage Hotel, Mt Cook

Day 7 Cromwell, Lake Te Anau (B,D)

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Begin the assent over the Lindis Pass to the township of Cromwell, then continue on to the historic village of Clyde, nestled in a sheltered basin at the foot of an immense and crooked gorge. Stop for lunch at Alexandra, located on the banks of the mighty Clutha River, then travel across the farmlands of Central Otago to the township of Gore before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park.

Inclusions ++ 12 nights luxury hotel and boutique accommodation ++ Full breakfast daily (B), 2 lunches (L) & 7 dinners (D) ++ Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach ++ Guided by a professional coach captain

Day 8 Milford Sound, Queenstown (B,L)

Stay: Heritage Queenstown Hotel (3 nights) Optional overnight cruises on Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound are also available subject to availability - ask us for details.

Day 9 At leisure in Queenstown (B) Enjoy a free day to experience this magnificent alpine resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure & leisure activities in all forms, from extreme to relaxed exploration. Your guide will be happy to advise you on all the activities and options available. You might like to experience the thrills of a jetboat ride on the famous Shotover or Dart Rivers, cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship ‘TSS Earnslaw’, visit key film locations from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy or simply take a relaxing stroll around the tranquil shores of the lake …. your options are endless.

Day 10 Arrowtown, Akarua Winery (B,L) Set beneath the rugged Crown Range is Arrowtown, a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Enjoy time to stroll through this historic village located beside the Arrow River, once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s. Enjoy a relaxing lunch at the much loved Walnut Cottage, the show piece of Akarua Wines & Kitchen back dropped by the Remarkables mountain range.

Per Person Twin Share

++ Maximum group size 24 guests

Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Today’s highlight is a leisurely nature cruise of the breathtaking Milford Sound, cruising the full length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea. An on-board nature guide will give you detailed information of the region’s history, flora & fauna and you will view spectacular waterfalls, rainforests and towering mountains, including the awesome Mitre Peak. Wildlife includes dolphins, seals, penguins & albatross when in season. Continue your journey on to Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination.

7,375

$

++ Hotel porterage ++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure Walnut Cottage Akarua Winery

Day 11 Wanaka, Franz Josef Glacier (B,D) There is time to wander around the resort of Lake Wanaka before enjoying incredible scenery as we travel past the untouched native forests and pristine lakes of the World Heritage Westland National Park. On to Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers where there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions) or enjoy a soak in the Franz Josef Thermal Pools prior to a sumptuous dinner this evening at our exclusive retreat.

Stay: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 12 Spectacular TranzAlpine Train, Christchurch (B,FD) After a leisurely breakfast, we head north along the dramatic West Coast, steeped in history dating back to the gold rush era of the 1800's. At Greymouth, board the award-winning TranzAlpine for a coast to coast rail adventure rated as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. The TranzAlpine tracks it way up and across the mighty Southern Alps via the alpine village of Arthurs Pass, then winds its way through spectacular river gorges and over massive viaducts before arriving at the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch. On arrival we transfer to our hotel for a farewell dinner with our newfound friends and relive the highlights and experiences of the last two weeks.

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Single

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Stay: Rydges Latimer Hotel

Day 13 Depart Christchurch (B) Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Christchurch airport to connect with your onward flight. Here we bid you ‘Haere Ra’, a fond farewell and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay.

"What an outstanding view from the hotel, during our two days there, the curtains were never closed and to wake up to see Mount Cook was delightful." www.kirratours.co.nz - 47

13 Day Southern Sensations

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Suggested arrival/departure Suggested arrival/departure Train Journey Train Journey Overnights Overnights


10 Day Southern Encounter

10 Day Southern Encounter Christchurch ê Christchurch Queenstown

Highlights ++ 2 night stays in Queenstown, Dunedin & Christchurch ++ West Coast Glaciers ++ Spectacular Southern Lakes District ++ Fiordland National Park ++ Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South ++ World Heritage listed Mt Cook National Park

Featured Experiences ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

World famous TranzAlpine train journey Overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise High Tea at Larnach Castle Otago Peninsula Wildlife Cruise Stargazing tour, Mt Cook

Iconic Sightseeing ++ ++ ++ ++

Entry to Franz Josef thermal pools Guided tour of Larnach Castle Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo

Day 2 TranzAlpine, Franz Josef (B,D) A short drive brings us to the tiny train station of Springfield, gateway to the majestic Southern Alps. Board the award-winning TranzAlpine train 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 the West Coast glacial village of Franz Josef where you can relax and soak in the thermal pools after an invigorating day and sumptuous dinner.

Stay: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 3 Wanaka, Queenstown (B) 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.

Stay: Heritage Queenstown Hotel (2 nights)

Day 1 Arrive Christchurch (D)

Day 4 At leisure in Queenstown (B)

‘Kia Ora’. Welcome to Christchurch. A Kirra representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your city hotel. The rest of today is at leisure to explore the ‘Garden City’ before meeting your fellow travellers this evening for a welcome dinner and drinks.

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

Stay: Rydges Latimer Hotel

Church of the Good Shepherd

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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 some white water rafting. Alternatively, relax and browse in the many shops and galleries.

Day 5 Overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise (B,L,D) 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, its beauty and vastness will take your breath away.

Overnight: Fiordland Navigator

Day 6 Manapouri, Dunedin (B,D) 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.

Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel (2 nights)


2 2

Overnights

Maximum 24 Guests

Arthurs Pass Franz Josef

Arthurs Pass 2 Christchurch

1

Mt Cook Omarama Mt Cook Wanaka Omarama Wanaka Queenstown

Franz Josef

1

1

2

Christchurch

1

Te Anau 1

2 2

Te AnauSound Queenstown 2 Dunedin Doubtful 1

2

Doubtful Sound

Dunedin

Shotover Jet

"The train journey was one of the things that I was looking forward to most and it did not disappoint!"

Day 7 Discover Otago Peninsula (B) 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.

Day 8 Moeraki, Mt Cook (B,D) 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.

Inclusions

Stay: Mt Cook Hermitage Hotel

++ Maximum group size 24 guests

Day 9 Lake Tekapo to Christchurch (B,D)

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++ 8 nights luxury hotel and boutique accommodation ++ Overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound

At Lake Tekapo, stop to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Then cross the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch and enjoy an afternoon at leisure as you bid farewell to your newfound friends.

++ Full breakfast daily (B), 1 lunches (L) & 6 dinners (D)

Stay: Rydges Latimer Hotel

++ Guided by a professional Coach Captain

++ Welcome dinner & drinks on arrival day ++ Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach ++ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown

Day 10 Depart Christchurch (B)

++ Hotel porterage

Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Christchurch airport to connect with your onward flight. Here we say ‘Haere Ra’, and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay.

++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure

Guaranteed Tour Dates 2018/19 Start

Stay Longer and Discover Canterbury

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Stay a little longer and enjoy some of the spectacular towns and attractions close to Christchurch. There is a host of excellent boutique bed and breakfasts and luxury lodges to choose from offering superb accommodation in unique locations. To the east is the quaint, historic harbourside town of Akaroa, home to the early French settlers of the 1840’s. Here you can explore the village with its colonial architecture, galleries and craft stores or take part in the many marine activities on offer. An easy 90 minute drive northwest of the city is the picturesque alpine resort village of Hanmer Springs, located in the foothills of the Southern Alps. Best known for its natural hot pools and stunning landscapes, Hanmer is great year round destination for adventure, relaxation and indulgence. The small coastal town of Kaikoura is located on a narrow strip of land with the Pacific Ocean to the east and the mountains to the west, approximately 2 hours north of Christchurch. The region is rich in history and Maori culture and popular activities include swimming with dolphins and seals, whale watch cruises to see giant sperm whales up close, coastal walks and tucking into a plate of locally caught crayfish (lobster). Be sure to ask your Kirra Tours consultant for suggested touring options and prices to get the most of your extended stay.

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Akaroa Harbour Cruise

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"I highly recommend visiting the Queenstown Skyline Gondola for dinner. The views from the top are outstanding and the selection and quality of food is amazing." www.kirratours.co.nz - 49

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Suggested arrival/departure Train Journey Suggested arrival/departure Overnights Train Journey


9 Day Northern Escape

9 Day Northern Escape Auckland ê Wellington Suggested arrival/departure 2

Overnights Suggested arrival/departure

2

Overnights

Auckland

Maximum 24 Guests

2

2

Auckland Matamata Rotorua Matamata Rotorua

2

2

Lake Taupo 2 Napier Lake Taupo

2

Napier

Highlights ++ 2 night stopovers in Auckland, Rotorua, Napier & Wellington ++ Rotorua Geothermal Wonderland ++ Art Deco Napier ++ Wellington, the nation’s capital

Featured Experiences ++ Dine at some of New Zealand’s leading wineries ++ Authentic Maori Hangi & Cultural Performance ++ Exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise

Iconic Sightseeing ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Cruise & tour of Waiheke Island Tour the famous Hobbiton Movie Set Te Wairoa Buried Village Wairakei Geothermal Project & mighty Huka Falls Locally Guided Art Deco Walk Te Papa National Museum

Day 1 Arrive Auckland (D) On arrival in Auckland, you will be met by a Kirra representative and transferred to your downtown city hotel. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner and drinks.

Stay: Pullman Hotel (2 nights)

Day 2 Day trip to Waiheke Island (B,L) After a leisurely start to the day, a brief ferry ride brings us to Waiheke Island, a haven for vineyards, olive groves, art galleries and sandy beaches. Enjoy a tour of the island before sitting down to a special lunch at the beautiful Mudbrick Winery, with its spectacular views over the Hauraki Gulf looking back to the city skyline.

Day 3 Hobbiton, Rotorua (B,D) Travel south this morning to Matamata. On arrival at Shire’s Rest you embark on a guided walking tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set used in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ films. This location is the largest “green set” in the world and the only part of the set remaining in New Zealand. You will see hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge and the Party Tree. Be sure to take a photo at the gate to Bilbo Baggins house, “Bag End”, looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance. Later we continue our journey to the geothermal city of Rotorua.

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Day 4 Exclusive Lake Rotoiti Cruise & Te Wairoa Buried Village (B,D) 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 hot springs, accessible only by boat. This afternoon, travel past the Blue & Green Lakes to the famous buried village of Te Wairoa. This evening, we visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve and are treated to a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance.

"This lovely catamaran sails on gorgeous Lake Rotoiti on New Zealand's North Island. The views are spectacular and the service on deck superb."

Day 5 Lake Taupo, Napier (B) Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls & Wairakei Geothermal project and then take time to wander around the popular lakeside resort of Taupo. Continue on to Napier, one of the world’s finest Art Deco cities. Here, your local guide will bring this fascinating architecture to life on your walk around the town this afternoon.

Stay: The Crown Hotel (2 nights)

Day 6 At leisure in Hawke's Bay (B,D) Widely regarded as the ‘Tuscany of the South Pacific’, this region boasts some of New Zealand’s best wineries. Enjoy a free day to experience some of the many optional activities available or simply relax and enjoy your surroundings. This evening, we visit Mission Estate, New Zealand’s oldest winery established by a group of French missionaries in 1851. Enjoy wine tastings followed by a fine dining experience in the elegantly restored seminary with its sweeping views over the vineyards, city and the coast beyond.

Day 7 Wairarapa, Wellington (B) Travel this morning through the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region en-route to Wellington, the nation’s capital, where you enjoy a brief sightseeing and orientation tour before checking into your accommodation.

Stay: The Bolton Hotel (2 nights)

Day 8 Explore the Nation’s Capital (B) Named the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ by Lonely Planet, Wellington is nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills and is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty. A visit to Te Papa National Museum is highly recommended as is a ride on the famous Cable Car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views over

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2

Wellington

4,525

Napier

Per Person Twin Share

Inclusions ++ Maximum group size 24 guests ++ 8 nights luxury hotel and boutique accommodation ++ Full breakfasts daily (B) 1 lunch (L) & 4 dinners (D) ++ Welcome dinner & drinks on arrival day ++ Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach ++ Guided by a professional coach captain ++ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown ++ Hotel porterage ++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure

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the city. If you like action-packed adventure activities, Wellington has it all along with beautiful walks around the harbour and surrounding hills.

Day 9 Depart Wellington (B) Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to the airport to connect with your onward flight.


Wellington ê Auckland Te Puia Thermal Reserve

Maximum 24 Guests

Suggested arrival/departure 2

Overnights arrival/departure Suggested

2

Overnights

Auckland

2

Auckland 2 Matamata Rotorua Matamata Rotorua Tongariro

1

Tongariro

1

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Wellington, the nation’s capital Boutique wine village of Martinborough Stay in the Tongariro National Park Thermal Wonderland of Rotorua Auckland, the City of Sails

2 2

Lake Taupo Lake Taupo

1 Martinborough Wellington 1 Martinborough Wellington

Day 4 Taupo, Rotorua (B,D) First stop today is Taupo where you will enjoy time to stroll around this popular lakeside resort. View the mighty Huka Falls and Wairakei Geothermal Project before arriving at the thermal resort of Rotorua. This evening, enjoy a tour of Te Puia Thermal Reserve and experience a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance including the stirring haka.

8 days from

$

3,859

Per Person Twin Share

Inclusions

Featured Experiences

Stay: Millennium Rotorua (2 nights)

++ ++ ++ ++

Day 5 Exclusive Lake Rotoiti Cruise & Redwood Treetop Walk (B)

++ 7 nights luxury hotel and boutique accommodation

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 hot springs, 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.

++ Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach

Day 6 Hobbiton, Auckland (B,L)

Guaranteed Tour Dates 2018/19

Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre Exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise Authentic Maori Hangi & Cultural Performance Guided Tour of Te Papa Museum

Iconic Sightseeing ++ ++ ++ ++

Wine tasting, Martinborough Te Puia Thermal Reserve Treetop eco-walk amongst the Redwoods Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tour

Day 1 Arrive Wellington On arrival at Wellington airport, a Kirra representative will greet you and transfer you to your city hotel.

Stay: The Bolton Hotel

Day 2 Martinborough Wine Village (B,D) This morning enjoy a guided tour of Te Papa Museum followed by a city sights tour of Wellington. 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.

Stay: Peppers Parehua

Day 3 Pukaha Mount Bruce, Tongariro National Park (B,D) 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 wildlife 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.

Stay: Chateau Tongariro

++ Maximum group size 24 guests

After a leisurely breakfast, we travel to Matamata and experience a guided tour of Hobbiton, the set used in the block-busting ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ movies. This stunning location is the largest ‘green set’ in the world and you will see hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge and the Party Tree. Be sure to take a photo at the gate to Bilbo Baggins house, “Bag End”, looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance. Having enjoyed lunch at The Green Dragon Inn, we continue on to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails.

Stay: Pullman Hotel (2 nights)

Day 7 At leisure in Auckland (B,D) Today is free to explore New Zealand’s largest and most vibrant city. Perhaps take the ferry to Waiheke Island and enjoy lunch at one of the many superb vineyards, stroll around the trendy suburbs of Parnell and Ponsonby or sail Waitemata Harbour aboard a genuine America’s Cup racing yacht. Your options are many. This evening, join your friends for a farewell dinner with drinks and relive the many great experiences shared.

Day 8 Depart Auckland (B)

++ Full breakfast daily (B) 1 lunch (L) & 4 dinners (D) ++ Guided by a professional Coach Captain ++ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown ++ Hotel porterage ++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure

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Pricing

Twin

High Season (Oct - Apr)

$3,859 $5,329

Early Bird Discounts

Single

Save up to $580 per couple See page 13 for details

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

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8 Day Spectacular North

8 Day Spectacular North


4 Day Captivating Northland

4 Day Captivating Northland Auckland ê Bay of Islands Suggested arrival/departure Included flights 2

Overnights

Cape Reinga 3

Bay of Islands

Auckland

Paihia Beach Resort & Spa

Featured Experiences ++ Cape Reinga Air Safari and 4WD Tour

Iconic Sightseeing ++ Historic Russell ++ Entry to Waitangi Treaty Grounds ++ Cape Brett ‘Hole in the Rock’ Cruise

The Bay of Islands is a great add-on and should not be missed if time permits. This Independent Touring holiday features several regional and local tour companies and departs on a daily basis. From Auckland, you will be whisked away to the Northland region, regarded as the birthplace of New Zealand as we know it today. Your base is Paihia, a seaside town nestled on the shores of a spectacular National Maritime Park. Learn more of the nation’s early history whilst enjoying and experiencing the many marine and land based activities and attractions available in this sub-tropical region.

Day 1 Waitangi, Bay of Islands Leaving your hotel this morning, travel by coach across the Harbour Bridge and journey through the northern suburbs of Auckland with the beachside homes of the Hibiscus Coast to the east and the bush-covered Waitakere Ranges out to the west. Enjoy spectacular scenery of native forests and sub-tropical bush as you Bay of Islands

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make your way to Paihia in the Bay of Islands, a seaside town nestled on the foreshore of this National Maritime Park. On arrival, visit the historic Waitangi Treaty House.

Classic Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort (3 nights) Platinum Stay: Paihia Beach Resort & Spa (3 nights)

Day 2 Air Safari to Cape Reinga (B) You will be collected from your hotel this morning and transferred to the airport to join your flight to Cape Reinga. Fly over Northlands’ spectacular harbours and across some beautiful beaches such as Doubtless Bay and the famous Ninety Mile Beach. On arrival at the airfield, enjoy a 2½ hour tour around the top of New Zealand taking in the famous Cape Reinga Lighthouse where the Tasman Sea & Pacific Ocean meet, Tapotupotu Bay and also the Te Paki quicksand stream with its giant sand dunes. The return flight back to the Bay of Islands includes some of the most spectacular coastal scenery Northland has to offer including Great Exhibition Bay with its pure white silica sand and crystal clear waters visible only by air.

Day 3 Hole in the Rock Cruise, Russell (B) After a leisurely breakfast, join your dolphin cruise out to the Cape Brett Peninsula & the famous Hole in the Rock. Stop off at picturesque Urupukapuka Island and relax on the beach. On your return, disembark at the historic village of Russell with time to wander and soak in the atmosphere before returning back to Paihia later in the day by ferry.

Day 4 Scenic Flight to Auckland (B) Free time this morning to relax or enjoy some last minute sightseeing before your transfer to the airport to board your 40 minute scenic scheduled flight back to the City of Sails, Auckland.

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1,295

$

Per Person Twin Share

Inclusions ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

3 nights premium accommodation Full breakfast daily (B) Travel by luxury touring coach Expert commentary Scenic Flight Bay of Islands to Cape Reinga Domestic flight Kerikeri to Auckland Airport Transfers

Departs Daily Pricing

Twin

Single

Classic prices from

$1,295 $1,625

Platinum prices from

$1,575 $2,295

Waitangi Treaty Grounds


Dart River Jet Boat Safari

Whilst many of our tours feature a host of included extras and sightseeing activities, you will also enjoy free time to explore on your own. Take the opportunity to personalise your tour with optional experiences to ensure you end up with the holiday you want.

New for 2018 Digital Optional Tours Directory Full colour, easy to operate Samsung Tablets featuring a huge range of activities throughout New Zealand, will be made available to you onboard your Kirra tour. These activities can either be pre-booked and purchased before you leave home or alternatively, you can book them with your Coach Captain whilst on tour. This directory can also be made available to you before you travel, please ask us for details.

Booking in advance Booking in advance for certain activities is recommended during the busy months (Jan-Mar) to avoid disappointment. However other activities such as scenic flights are often weather and time dependent. Should it be necessary to cancel any activities due to bad weather, we will of course refund you or credit any monies due towards alternative optionals.

Whether it’s jet boating on the Shotover River, sailing on Auckland Harbour, enjoying a spa in the Polynesian Pools or flying over mountains and glaciers, Kirra can arrange it all for you to provide an enjoyable and truly unforgettable holiday.

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Optional Sightseeing

Optional Sightseeing


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions Tour Group, 10 Day Southern Panorama

We have set out below our answers to some commonly asked questions to help you in your decision making. Should you have anything else you would like to know, please don’t hesitate to ask us or your travel agent who will be only too pleased to assist.

What is the typical age group of the Can I pre-book additional people who travel on your tours? sightseeing before I leave home? Our tours appeal to a broad range of ages but typically, You’re very welcome to discuss and pre-book extra activities with your travel agent for those the majority of clients are in the 50+ age group. leisure days when nothing has been planned. When is the best time to come to NZ? Alternatively, your Coach Captain will be happy to offer recommendations and make bookings for We have designed our tours around the most you throughout your journey. popular time to visit New Zealand during the spring and summer months. However, being an What is the smoking policy in NZ? all-year round destination, autumn & winter offer something different. Smoking is prohibited by law in coaches, bars, restaurants, cafes, casinos & other public buildings. Are you able to cater to special Most hotels & resorts are now entirely smoke-free so if you do smoke, we would respectfully request dietary requirements? More often than not, special dietary requirements that you remember to do so outside. can easily be catered for. However, it is important that you let us know at the time of booking so that your request can be passed on to the relevant hotels and suppliers.

Can I choose my own seat? Your Coach Captain will maintain a daily seat rotation plan that not only provides an equal touring experience for all our passengers, but also allows you the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.

Are there laundries at the hotels we stay in? Many properties have guest laundries equipped with washing machines & dryers. These are available at a nominal charge. Hotel dry-cleaning and laundry services are available throughout New Zealand.

How much luggage can we bring with us? Each traveller is entitled to take one suitcase and one carry on bag with them. The maximum weight allowed for each suitcase is 23kg, and any excess must be requested at time of booking. Ask your consultant for more information.

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What sort of clothing should I bring with me? Whilst on tour, dress is informal and relaxed on most occasions. Smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants. New Zealand weather can be a little unpredictable at times so we recommend layering as a good option. Casual and informal is the norm but be sure to pack a light, waterproof jacket and comfortable footwear.

When do I receive my tour documents? We normally provide your travel agent with a copy of your final itinerary approximately three weeks prior to travel date. All your vouchers, detailed itinerary & holiday information will be provided in a welcome pack that will be given to you on arrival in NZ by your transfer driver or upon check-in at your hotel.

Can I use my mobile phone in New Zealand? Most service providers offer an international roaming facility that will allow you to receive and make phone calls using your existing phone number while travelling in New Zealand. Higher call rates usually apply when using this facility though, so we recommend checking with your service provider before activating roaming. Alternatively, you can purchase a prepaid SIM

card when you arrive in New Zealand. These are available through the following mobile service operators: 2 Degrees, Spark and Vodafone.

Are transfers included if I arrive early? Yes, your arrival and departure transfers are included whether you are starting the tour at the airport, cruise terminal, train station or ferry terminal. However, transfers are not included when travelling between hotels or travelling to and from a private residence. Please ask your consultant for more information.

Do I need to be physically fit to travel on your tours? You need only be in good health and of average fitness to enjoy our tours. The activities and sightseeing included has been specifically selected with our typical age group in mind but if you have any concerns at all, please ask your travel agent to contact us and we will be pleased to offer advice.

Are your tours suitable for children? Children under the age of 5 are not permitted on our tours and children under the age of 16 are not permitted on the Platinum Collection small group touring program. Children prices are available on application.

Do I need a passport or visa to enter New Zealand? All visitors to New Zealand must carry a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the date you intend to leave the country. If you belong to one of the following, you do not need to get a visa to enter New Zealand: • New Zealand citizen • Australian citizen • Holder of a current NZ residence class visa • Holder of an Australian permanent residence visa • Holder of an Australian resident return visa • Citizen of a visa-waiver country For more information visit: www.immigration.govt.nz


These terms and conditions constitute a summary only of the full Kirra Tours terms and conditions applicable to your booking (the Terms). The Terms are available for you to view under the section headed Terms & Conditions at www.kirratours.co.nz You acknowledge and warrant to Kirra Tours that you have accessed, read and accept the Terms by making a booking with Kirra Tours.

Brochure Validity This brochure is valid for travel from 01 September 2018 until 30 September 2019 unless replaced by a subsequent edition. Tour and Holiday Prices All prices quoted in this brochure are in New Zealand Dollars, are inclusive of GST and supersede all prices previously advertised. Kirra reserves the right to amend without notice any prices in this brochure. Pricing will be guaranteed only after Kirra has received full payment. Current valid prices will be advised on request and confirmation by way of invoice to your travel agent when your booking is made. Reservations and Payments A non-refundable deposit of $200 per person is required to confirm your booking. Failure to pay the deposit within 10 days of booking may result in the cancellation of your reservation by Kirra Tours. Full and final payment of all tours and holidays must be received by Kirra Tours no later than 60 days prior to departure date. If full payment is not received by this date, we reserve the right to cancel the booking. Bookings made within 60 days of travel date must be paid in full upon confirmation. Amendments and Late Bookings Any amendments requested by you, once your reservation has been confirmed, may incur a minimum charge of $25 per file to cover administration and communication costs. Bookings made within 15 days of departure date may be subject to a $50 per person late booking fee.

Cancellations made by you Having accepted your booking, should it become necessary for you to cancel your reservation 60 days or more prior to departure date, your deposit only shall be forfeited. Cancellations made within 60 days of departure date will incur the following charges: (Expressed as a percentage of the confirmed tour & holiday price). • 59-30 days prior to departure - 50% • 29-15 days prior to departure - 75% • 14 days or less prior to departure - 100% Should you wish to cancel your existing booking and transfer to a new departure date within 60 days of departure, normal cancellation fees will still apply unless you are rebooking onto an earlier tour date of the same or greater value. Please note that you will also be responsible for all additional costs associated with any flight changes and air ticket reissues imposed by the airline plus a $50 per person amendment fee. You are also responsible for and must pay all costs and expenses incurred by you as a result of any change made by you to your itinerary after your tour departure date. This includes changes due to illness or personal reasons.

Variations and Changes Made By Kirra Tours It is unlikely that we will have to make any changes to your tour after you book but as we plan these arrangements many months in advance, we may occasionally have to make minor alterations. You will be notified at the time of booking of any known changes in itinerary, hotels or tour price and you are under no obligation to continue with your booking should these prove unsuitable. We reserve the right to cancel or amend travel arrangements once a reservation has been confirmed due to safety, adverse weather or any operational reason whatsoever and will notify you or your travel agent as soon as it is reasonably possible to do so. In the highly unlikely event that minimum numbers of bookings are not achieved to operate the tour and ensure an enjoyable group atmosphere, the responsibility to Kirra Tours is to only refund all monies received by them. Any such decision will be made 65 days or more prior to departure date and Kirra Tours will use all best endeavours to find an alternative tour of similar quality and inclusions or offer the closest available date of the same tour. Force Majeure Force Majeure refers to events that are beyond the reasonable control of Kirra Tours and which could not have been prevented by Kirra Tours. Accordingly, please note that compensation will not be payable if Kirra Tours is forced to cancel or in any way change your holiday as a result of war, or threat of war, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, adverse weather conditions, technical problems affecting transport or any similar events beyond our control nor will we be liable for flight delays or changes to your holiday for health or safety reasons. Refunds No refunds will be made once travel has commenced nor will any refund be available in respect of any tours, accommodation, hires, services or inclusions not utilised. Product and service providers are unable to authorise any refund on Kirra Tours behalf. Inclusions and Exclusions Without limitation, unless specified otherwise by Kirra Tours in writing, the price of your booking shall not cover airport arrival/departure taxes or any other airline fees or charges, travel agent fees and charges, charges for excess luggage, personal services, gratuities, laundry, drinks, meals (unless stated in the itinerary), pre-travel documentation, personal accident and medical expenses and incidental expenses including all communication charges, all of which are your sole responsibility. Passport and Visas Please check with your travel agent or airline at time of booking as to the precise requirements and procedures for obtaining passports or visas. It is the responsibility of the traveller to hold the correct travel documents.

Health and Fitness All passengers must warrant that they are reasonably fit and healthy to participate in the tours and holidays. Passengers requiring medical and physical assistance must be accompanied by a companion as Kirra Tours, their touring staff or agents cannot provide this service. Travelling with a collapsible wheelchair is subject to availability at the time of booking as each tour can only accommodate one wheelchair traveller. Kirra Tours reserves the right to remove a traveller from a tour if their health or fitness interferes with the enjoyment of the tour by other passengers; renders them unable to cope with the requirements of coach travel; or results in illegal or undesirable behaviour thereby jeopardising the safety and well-being of other travellers. In the event that you are requested to leave the tour, no refunds will be made and any subsequent costs from that time are at your own expense. Delays to Travel (a) Kirra Tours does not incur any liability for airfares purchased by travel agents or clients online via the internet. (b) In the unlikely event that a tour is cancelled Kirra Tours will not be held responsible for fees applicable to reissuing or changing flights.

Pre & Post Accommodation Any additional nights accommodation required pre or post tour are subject to availability and the prevailing rate at the time of booking. Solo Travellers If you are travelling alone you have the option of purchasing your holiday as a single room traveller or alternatively, as a share twin. To qualify for the share twin option, you must agree not to smoke in your room and accept that compatibility with your room mate cannot be guaranteed. In the event that we are unable to match you with another solo traveller of the same gender, you will be provided with a single room at no additional cost. Please note that the share twin option is available on Classic Tours only. Triple Rooms Discounts are available for triple share rooms. They are subject to availability and prices are based on using existing bedding. If a third bed is needed, this may be a ‘foldaway’, 'sofa bed' or ‘rollaway’. Please note that the triple share option is available on Classic Tours only.

Vehicles, Seat Rotation & Touring Staff Kirra Tours operates a seat rotation system which allows for all passengers to enjoy forward and window facing seats and this policy can not be adjusted to suit individual needs. Please be advised that smoking on board coaches in New Zealand is prohibited by government regulations. Kirra Tours reserves the right to substitute vehicles due to operational or mechanical necessity or any unforeseen circumstances. Kirra Tours will provide the services of an onboard tour concierge on their Classic Plus tours subject to a minimum of 35 travelling guests and reserves the right to operate any departures with fewer than this number of passengers with a driver guide or coach captain only. Luggage Allowance Each passenger is entitled to 1 piece of luggage weighing no more than 23kgs with them plus one item of hand luggage. Coaches must adhere to strict weight limits imposed upon them by Government regulations so we ask all travellers to take this into account. Airlines may also impose weight and size limits for checked baggage and we recommend you check with your airline before you travel date. All luggage and personal effects are at all times carried at the risk of the tour participant.

Holiday Duration The first and last day of your holiday itinerary are travelling days and therefore depending on flight arrival and departure times, may not necessarily be a whole day. WiFi Complimentary WiFi is available on your tour coach but it has limited bandwidth and may not be as fast as normal broadband and might not be available in all areas. Complimentary WiFi is available in many hotels but charges may apply at some properties. These charges are determined by the individual property and Kirra Tours have no influence over the cost of internet usage charged by them. Travel Insurance Travel insurance is not included in your tour cost. It is strongly recommended that insurance be taken out to protect you against cancellation charges, loss or damage of personal effects, ill health and medical expenses and any other unforeseen insurable events. Please discuss this with your travel agent at time of booking.

Independent Arrangements & Excursions Any air and land arrangements you make independently which do not form part of the tour are entirely done so at your own risk. Should you book any excursions or additional travel arrangements while on your holiday with us, please note we act only as your booking agent and should anything go wrong with any such arrangements, your rights will lie solely against the organisations supplying such arrangements. Complaints In the unlikely event that a problem occurs during your holiday, it is important that you immediately inform your Coach Captain or the provider of the service. If that is not sufficient to resolve the matter then contact the NZ office of Kirra Tours. If your complaint cannot be resolved satisfactorily at that time, you must write to our office within 30 days of your return to your home country supplying all the relevant details.

Special Requests We will endeavour to fulfil any special requests (eg. special room or dietary requirements) and will pass on your request to our suppliers. You must advise us of any such requirement at the time of booking in writing no later than 45 days prior to departure. Kirra Tours has limitations on the number of wheelchair travellers it can cater for. Please contact us for availability.

Minors & Children Passengers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times during any tour. Children fares are available on application. Unfortunately children under 5 are not allowed on our touring programs and children under the age of 16 are not permitted on our Platinum Collection small group touring program.

Liability 1 Responsibility: You acknowledge and agree that Kirra Tours accepts no responsibility and will not be liable to you or any third party for any loss, cost or damage (including loss of enjoyment) suffered directly or indirectly in connection with: a) any risks or other aspects of any tour or other travel arrangement notified to you by or on behalf of Kirra Tours (in these Terms or otherwise); b) any change to your itinerary or delays in departure or arrival times of aircraft or otherwise during the conduct of any tour or other travel arrangement; c) any loss or damage to your baggage; d) any personal injury or death resulting from the acts or omissions or negligence of any third parties providing goods or services to you during your tour or other travel arrangements including, without limitation, air carriers, hotels, restaurateurs, transportation providers and/or medical personnel; or e) any loss of enjoyment by you due to circumstances outlined in these Terms or otherwise beyond Kirra Tours control. Passengers will not be permitted to embark or continue on tour while their mental or physical condition is, in the opinion of any representative of Kirra Tours, such as to render them incapable of caring for themselves, or whereby they become objectionable to other passengers, or they become a hazard to themselves or other passengers. 2 Total liability: Notwithstanding any other provision of these Terms, and to the maximum extent permitted by law, Kirra Tours maximum liability to you or any third party (including any claims of negligence on the part of Kirra Tours) is limited to the amounts actually paid by you with respect to your booking (excluding insurance premiums, variation fees and additional fees (as applicable). 3 Consequential loss: Kirra Tours will not be liable for any loss of enjoyment, opportunity, profit, savings, revenue or interest or any other consequential or indirect, incidental, special or punitive loss, damage or expenses even if Kirra Tours has been advised of their possible existence and even if such loss, damage or expense is caused by Kirra Tours negligence. 4 Indemnity: You agree to indemnify Kirra Tours for any loss or damage suffered by Kirra Tours as a result of, or in connection with, any breach of these Terms or any negligence or wilful default, by you (or any other person covered by your booking). 5 Force Majeure: Kirra Tours shall not be liable for any delay or for any failure to fulfil its obligations under these Terms (or any service obligations to you) if the failure or delay arises directly or indirectly from or as a consequence of any Force Majeure Event (as defined in the Terms).

Accident Compensation Scheme You acknowledge that New Zealand has a no fault law and claims are handled by the Accident Compensation Commission (“ACC”) pursuant to governing legislation, including the Accident Compensation Act 2001. Because of the wide range of help available from ACC after an injury, you can’t sue for personal injury in New Zealand, except for exemplary damages. General 1 The Terms may be subject to amendment by Kirra Tours from time to time. 2 Additional terms and conditions (over and above those specified in the Terms) may apply to your booking and will be advised by your Kirra Tours representative at the time of booking (or variation thereof). 3 The Terms are governed by the laws of New Zealand and the parties submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the New Zealand courts. 4 This summary together with the Terms constitute the entire agreement between the parties about its subject matter and any previous agreements, understandings and negotiations on that subject matter have no effect.

Responsibility This brochure is the sole responsibility of Kirra Tours who will exercise all possible diligence in matters within their control relating to travel arrangements, accommodation and all the other services featured in any of the tours. Scenes depicted within this brochure are not necessarily included in the tours or holidays. No part of this brochure may be reproduced without Kirra Tours's prior written permission. Peace of Mind Kirra Tours is a full member of the Tourism Export Council of New Zealand (TECNZ), a self-regulating organisation committed to maintaining quality, integrity and professional excellence with membership dependent on meeting stringent financial criteria. Kirra Tours are also Qualmark accredited, New Zealand’s official mark of quality. This endorsement is your assurance of Kirra’s ability to deliver a first-class touring experience. New Zealand Travel Agents Supplies of this brochure can be requested through Brochurenet www.brochurenet.co.nz You can also request copies of this and all other Kirra Tours brochures by calling us on freephone 0508 36754775 or by email info@kirratours.co.nz

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Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

New Zealand Escorted Coach Tours 2018-2019 (NZD)  

by Kirra Tours

New Zealand Escorted Coach Tours 2018-2019 (NZD)  

by Kirra Tours