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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 No Ordinary Touring Experience

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The Kirra Difference 6 Pre and Post Accommodation 8 Great Ways to Save 9 Exciting Rail Journeys 10 Spectacular Cruises 11 Our Holidays at a Glance 12

The Classic Collection

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Classic Accommodation 16 Classic Sightseeing 18 18 Day New Zealand Panorama 20 15 Day New Zealand Explorer 22 11 Day Southern Discovery 24 10 Day TranzAlpine Panorama 26 8 Day Northern Discovery 28 6 Day Northern Rapture 29

The Platinum Collection

30

Platinum Accommodation 32 Platinum Featured Experiences 34 20 Day New Zealand Odyssey 36 18 Day New Zealand Grandeur 38 13 Day Southern Sensations 40 10 Day Southern Encounter 42 9 Day Northern Escape 44 8 Day Spectacular North 45

The Cruise and Stay Collection

46

Cruise Ships 48

25 Day Noordam Northern Discovery

50

26 Day Maasdam Majestic New Zealand

52

26 Day Seabourn Encore Superior Escape

54

4 Day Northland Add On 52 Optional Sightseeing 53 Frequently Asked Questions 54 Terms and Conditions 55

Pancake Rocks Punakaiki, West Coast

Cruise and Stay at a Glance 49


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.

White's Beach, Auckland Credit: Kyle Myburgh


No Ordinary Touring Experience

No Ordinary

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

The Classic Collection

The Platinum Collection

Cruise and Stay Collection

All-Inclusive Touring

Luxury Small Group Journeys

Trans-Tasman Voyages

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, travel in brand new quality built coaches and stay in premium, centrally located 4-star hotels.

Platinum small group journeys showcase New Zealand in a more relaxed and less structured way. With no more than 24 guests, you’ll enjoy staying in luxury hotel and boutique lodge style accommodation.

Kirra Tours have partnered with Holland America Line and Seabourn to offer our guests the opportunity to combine an Australian and New Zealand cruise along with one of our escorted coach tours.

You’ll visit places that many other companies don’t and travel in brand new purpose built, luxury coaches fitted out to the very highest specifications.

We have carefully selected three cruise and stay options for you to choose from so that you can explore New Zealand by land and sea. An inclusive coach tour will allow you to see iconic New Zealand sights that are not included in your cruise. Available on selected tours and departure dates only.

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

The new Platinum coaches feature luxury armchair style seating in a 2-1 configuration, on-board refrigerator, individual tray tables, on-board restroom, individual USB charging ports and multimedia entertainment systems and screens.

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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.

A dedicated team of experts

Travel in style

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.

Kirra Tours 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, onboard restroom, entertainment system and climatecontrolled air conditioning.

Well-paced itineraries 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.

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.

Our gift to you 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 and tour documentation.

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

Let us look after your luggage One of the great things about touring with Kirra Tours 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.

Travelling alone - no worries! Many of the people who join us on a Kirra tour are travelling by themselves. Refer to page 9 to learn how you can save as a solo traveller.

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.

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 alfresco dining.

Once is never enough For many of our guests, one visit to New Zealand is never enough. Kirra Tours welcomes a countless number of travellers back each year to see and do more. If you have travelled with us previously, refer to page 9 to find out how you can benefit from a past passenger discount.

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Pre and Post Accommodation

Pre and Post Accommodation

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 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 Distinction Hotel, Christchurch

Auckland

Twin

Single

Rydges Hotel

$220

$403

Christchurch

Twin

Single

$185 $155

$325 $273

Twin

Single

Pullman Hotel

$235

$419

Christchurch

Twin

Single

$175

$309

Distinction Hotel Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport

Platinum Accommodation Auckland

Rydges Latimer Hotel Rydges Latimer Hotel, Christchurch

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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.

Earlybird Discount*

SUPER Earlybird Discount* SAVE UP TO

1,570

$

*

per couple

Kirra Club Discount* SAVE UP TO

$

525* per couple

Solo Traveller Saving* SAVE UP TO

2,506*

$

per person

$

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 (available on 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 2019

*

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.

SAVE UP TO

1,040

When you book and pay in full by 31 March 2019

Travel as a group and save!

Group Discount* SAVE UP TO

$

525*

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

$

350

*

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 (available on classic tours only). 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 tour. Discounts are applicable to tour prices only and do not apply to additional pre and post accommodation or 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 Northland Add On.

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Great Ways to Save

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Exciting Rail Journeys

Exciting Rail Journeys Coastal Pacific Train

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 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. The outdoor viewing carriage will get you close to the fresh alpine air and awesome scenery. Regularly touted as one of the top ten train journeys in the world - it is the experience of a lifetime.

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 west and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline to the east. 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. Available on the 11 Day Classic Southern Discovery tour only.

Departing from Dunedin’s historic railway station, begin your 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 informative live commentary. Available as an optional activity on the 18 Day Platinum New Zealand Grandeur and 10 Day Platinum Southern Encounter.

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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. The 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 and 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 your own private ensuite bathroom. Overnight cruises book out well in advance so be sure to advise Kirra Tours at the time of booking if you would like to check availability and prices. www.kirratours.co.nz - 11


Our Holidays at a Glance

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

p20

15 Day New Zealand Explorer Interislander Ferry

2

2

2

Overnights

2

Overnights

2

Auckland

1

1

Auckland 2

1

1

Franz Josef

1

2 1

Milford Sound 2

2

Greytown Wellington

Nelson Punakaiki

Hanmer Springs Christchurch

Franz Josef

1

2

Wellington

Franz Josef Franz Josef

1

1

Christchurch

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

1

Hokitika 1

1

Christchurch

Lake Tekapo Christchurch 1 Mt Cook Omarama

p28

4,599

6 Day Northern Rapture

p29

Suggested arrival/departure

Overnights

2

Overnights

Bay of Islands

1

Auckland

1

1

Pauanui

Matamata

Greymouth

Rotorua 2

Rotorua

2

2

Christchurch Lake Taupo

1

Lake Tekapo2 Christchurch Lake Tekapo 1 Wanaka 1

1

Picton

1

1

Greymouth

Franz Josef

2

1

Wellington Picton

from $

Suggested arrival/departure

Auckland

1

Nelson

6,369

8 Day Northern Discovery

2

Franz Josef

2

QueenstownTe 2Anau Doubtful Sound 1 Te Anau Doubtful Sound from $

2

Hokitika Punakaiki

Nelson

1

6,549 p26

1

1

Queenstown 2 Wanaka

Lake Tekapo

Wanaka Queenstown 2 1 Doubtful Te Anau Sound

10 Day TranzAlpine Panorama

Punakaiki

1

1

from $

2 2

Rotorua Lake Taupo

Wanaka

Lake Tekapo

Dunedin

1

Wellington 2

Napier

Wanaka

Queenstown

Overnights

Pauanui

1

Picton

Greymouth

p24

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

Matamata

Rotorua Lake Taupo 1

Te Anau

11 Suggested Day Southern Discovery arrival/departure

Suggested arrival/departure

Bay of Islands

Interislander Ferry Train Journey

p22

Milford Sound Milford Sound2 Queenstown 1 Wanaka Te Anau 2 2 Queenstown 1 1Dunedin Te Anau 1 1 Dunedin

1

1

from $

3,659

Lake Taupo

Napier

Wellington

1

from $

2,665

Wellington from $

2,375

Classic Colour Key

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Classic Select

Premium Escorted Coach Tours with Maximum 35 Guests

Classic Plus

Premium Escorted Coach Tours with On Board Concierge


20 Day New Zealand Odyssey

p36

18 Suggested Day New Zealand Grandeur arrival/departure

Suggested arrival/departure Interislander Ferry

2

Overnights

2

2

13 Day Southern Sensations

2 2

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

2

Auckland

2

Matamata

2

Auckland Matamata

Kenepuru Sound Kenepuru Sound 2 Picton2 Picton

2 Rotorua Matamata 21 Rotorua Lake Taupo Lake Taupo Tongariro 1

Rotorua Lake Taupo 2

Napier

Greymouth Greymouth

Martinborough 2 Wellington Picton 1 Martinborough 2 Wellington Picton Kaikoura 1

Kenepuru Sound Greymouth Franz Josef

1

Wellington Blenheim 2

Kaikoura

Arthurs Pass

Christchurch

Franz Josef Arthurs1 Pass

1

1

2

10,455

from $

10 Day Southern Encounter

p42

Suggested arrival/departure

2

2

Train Journey Suggested arrival/departure Overnights Train Journey

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

1 1 2 2

1 1

Mt Cook Mt Cook

Kaikoura Kaikoura

Christchurch Christchurch

1

Te1 Anau Te Anau

9,149

9 Day Northern Escape 2 2

Franz Josef Franz Josef

1 1

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

p40

Overnights

2

Auckland

p38

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

p44

Suggested arrival/departure Suggested arrival/departure Overnights Overnights

from $

8 Day Spectacular North 2 2

6,685 p45

Suggested arrival/departure Suggested arrival/departure Overnights Overnights

Overnights

Auckland Auckland

1

Franz Josef

1

Arthurs Pass 2 Christchurch 1 1

Wanaka Te Anau 1

2

Mt Cook

2

Auckland Auckland

Matamata Matamata Rotorua Rotorua

Arthurs Pass Franz Josef

2 2

2 2

Matamata Matamata Rotorua Rotorua

2 2

Lake Taupo Lake Taupo

Christchurch

2 2

Mt Cook Omarama

1

Tongariro

Napier Napier

2 2

Lake Taupo Lake Taupo

1

Wanaka Queenstown

2

Doubtful Te AnauSound Queenstown 2 Dunedin 1

2

Doubtful Sound

2 2

Dunedin from $

Wellington Wellington

5,499

1 1

from $

1 Martinborough 1 Martinborough Wellington Wellington

4,215

from $

3,510

Cruise and Stay at a Glance Noordam Northern Discovery

p50

Maasdam Majestic New Zealand

Auckland

Tauranga

Picton Hobart

Seabourn Encore Superior Escape Sydney

Sydney

Sydney Melbourne

p52

Milford Sound

Eden

Napier Wellington

Hobart

Auckland Fiordland National Park

Port Chalmers (Dunedin)

Napier Wellington Akaroa (Christchurch)

Akaroa (Christchurch) Fiordland National Park

Tauranga

Oban

Port Chalmers (Dunedin)

Melbourne

p54 Matiatia Bay

Auckland

Phillip Island

Nelson Milford Sound Fiordland National Park

Oban

Wellington Kaikoura Lyttelton (Christchurch) Timaru

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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 Tours 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. 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

Hobbiton Credit: Shaun Jeffers

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

Distinction 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.

This newly renovated luxury hotel is an urban escape combining sophisticated smarts and familiar warmth, whilst standing proud amongst the buzz of the rejuvenation of Cathedral Square in the heart of the city.

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 and 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 Mount 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 is the city's shopping, commercial and entertainment centres. 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 Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo

Rydges Auckland

Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort

Heritage Hotel, Hanmer Springs

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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. Walter Peak Colonel’s Homestead

Hobbiton Movie Set

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

Milford Sound

Stratosfare Restaurant, Queenstown

Tamaki Maori Village

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 and hangi feasting. Tamaki Maori Village offers you a unique and 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

Milford Sound Scenic Cruise

Queenstown

Milford 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.

Cruise the full length of Milford Sound aboard a large and 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.

Te Puia

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

Rotorua

Doubtful 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.

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

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.

Napier is world famous for its jazz age architecture which rose from the rubble following a disastrous earthquake which devastated the city in 1931. Delight in Napier's decorative and colourful buildings on your locally guided tour of the city’s Art Deco Quarter. www.kirratours.co.nz - 19


18 Day New Zealand Panorama

18 Day New Zealand Panorama Auckland ê Christchurch

Kirra Tours group at Tamaki

Highlights ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

"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."

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

Day 5 Rotorua Sightseeing (B,D)

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

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

City Tours of Auckland and 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 Scenic Interislander Ferry Crossing Entry into Hanmer Springs Hot Pools International Antarctic Centre Christchurch City Tram Tour Guided Tour of Larnach Castle Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown

Day 1 Arrive Auckland (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 downtown city hotel. 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. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner and drinks with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Rydges Hotel 20 - Kirra Coach 2019/20

Auckland Sky Tower

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 Guide 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. 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)

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

Day 9 Hanmer Springs, Christchurch (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.

Stay: Distinction Christchurch Hotel


Suggested arrival/departure Suggested arrival/departure Interislander Ferry Interislander Ferry Train Journey Train Journey 2 Overnights 2 Overnights

Bay of Islands Bay of Islands On Board 2

2

Concierge

Auckland 1 Auckland 1 2

1

Greymouth Greymouth

1

Franz Josef 1 Franz Josef 1 Mt Cook

1

2

1

Rotorua Rotorua Lake Taupo Lake Taupo 1 Napier 1 Napier

2

Greytown Greytown Wellington Wellington

Hanmer Springs Hanmer Springs

2

Christchurch Christchurch

1 1Omarama Lake Tekapo

Milford Sound Milford Sound Wanaka 2 Te Anau 2 2 Wanaka Te Anau 2 Queenstown Queenstown1 Dunedin 1 Dunedin

Day 10 Christchurch, Lake Tekapo (B,D) 18 days from

Enjoy a tour of Christchurch’s city centre on board a beautifully restored heritage tram. Visit the International Antarctic Centre before crossing the Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. Stop to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial. There is time for some optional alpine flightseeing over Mt Cook National Park (subject to weather conditions).

Inclusions ++ Full breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L) & 15 dinners (D) ++ Travel by 5-star luxury touring coach ++ Guided by a professional Driver Guide

Day 11 Moeraki Boulders, Dunedin (B,D)

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.

Day 14 Te Anau, Queenstown (B,D) 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: Millennium Hotel (2 nights)

Per Person Twin Share

++ 17 nights premium hotel accommodation

Stay: Peppers Bluewater Resort

Continue south and stop to view the Benmore Dam, one of the largest in the southern hemisphere. Travel down the Waitaki Valley to the Whitestone township of Oamaru, home to some of the best preserved heritage buildings in New Zealand. Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders, then on to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South.

6,549

$

++ Welcome and farewell dinners with drinks included ++ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown Mt John Credit: Peppers Bluewater Resort

Day 15 At leisure in Queenstown (B) Today is a free day to experience this magnificent alpine resort. Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities and your Guide 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.

Day 16 Wanaka, Franz Josef (B,D) 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 and drinks with your fellow travellers this evening.

Stay: Sudima Christchurch Airport 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 onward flight.

++ Hotel porterage ++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival and departure

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A924 A930 A936 A938 A002 A004 A008 A010 A016 A018 A022

Pricing

Twin

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

$6,549 $8,875 $7,039 $9,545

Early Bird Discounts

Single

Save up to $1,050 per couple See page 9 for details

“I really enjoyed my 2nd tour with Kirra, also my 2nd tour with Ross as a driver, he really knows his job. Well done to all involved!” – Margaret Anthony (AU) www.kirratours.co.nz - 21

18 Day New Zealand Panorama

Milford Sound


15 Day New Zealand Explorer

15 Day New Zealand Explorer Christchurch ê Auckland

Te Puia, Rotorua

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

International Antarctic Centre Christchurch City Tram Tour 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 Wellington & Auckland

Day 1 Arrive Christchurch (D) Welcome to Christchurch. On arrival, a Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport and will transfer you to your downtown city hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner and drinks with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 2 Christchurch, Lake Tekapo (B,D) Today begins with a unique experience combining history and sightseeing. Enjoy a journey in style through the changing face of Christchurch’s city centre on-board a beautifully restored heritage tram. We then visit the International Antarctic Centre before crossing the Canterbury Plains, New Zealand’s largest area of flat land that lies between the mighty Southern Alps and the Pacific Ocean. Its patchwork of agricultural activity ranges from grazing grass and wheat to herbs and sunflowers. On arrival at Tekapo, we stop to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial overlooking the lake. There is time this afternoon for some optional alpine flightseeing by ski-plane or helicopter over Aoraki Mt Cook, a world heritage listed national park covering over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking mountain scenery (subject to weather conditions).

Stay: Peppers Bluewater Resort

Day 3 Central Otago, Lake Te Anau (B,D) Travel through the townships of Twizel and Omarama before beginning the assent over the Lindis Pass to Cromwell, located deep in the heart of Central Otago in the valley of Upper Clutha. Travel through the lush farmlands of the region 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 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 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. On-Board a Kirra Tours Coach

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Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier


Suggested arrival/departure Interislander Ferry 2

Maximum 35 Guests

Overnights Auckland

1

1

Pauanui

Matamata 2

Nelson Punakaiki Franz Josef

1

Wanaka Queenstown 2 1 Doubtful Te Anau Sound

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 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 Guide for details.

popular lakeside resort of Taupo, 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.

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

Day 11 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

15 days from

Picton

Wellington

1

Mt Cook 1

1

2

Rotorua Lake Taupo

1

Christchurch

1 Lake Tekapo Omarama

6,369

$

Per Person Twin Share

Inclusions ++ Maximum group size 35 guests ++ 14 nights premium hotel accommodation ++ Full breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L) & 13 dinners (D) ++ Travel by 5-star luxury touring coach ++ Guided by a professional Driver Guide ++ Welcome and farewell dinners with drinks included ++ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown ++ Hotel porterage ++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival and departure

Tour Dates 2019/2020 Start Sun Sun Sun Sun Sun

06 Oct 10 Nov 12 Jan 23 Feb 08 Mar

19 19 20 20 20

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Code

Sun 20 Oct 19 Sun 24 Nov 19 Sun 26 Jan 20 Sun 08 Mar 20 Sun 22 Mar 20

S927 S931 S001 S011 S015

Pricing

Twin

High Season (Oct - Apr)

$6,369 $8,655

Early Bird Discounts

Single

Save up to $950 per couple See page 9 for details

Auckland Sky Tower, Observation Deck

Stay: Rydges Hotel

Day 15 Depart Auckland (B) Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Auckland airport to connect with your onward flight. www.kirratours.co.nz - 23

15 Day New Zealand Explorer

Wellington


11 Day Southern Discovery

11 Day Southern Discovery Christchurch ê Wellington or Christchurch Abel Tasman Cruise

Highlights ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

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 ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

International Antarctic Centre Christchurch City Tram Tour World of Wearable Arts & Classic Cars Museum Scenic Interislander Ferry Crossing Christchurch & Wellington City Tours

Day 1 Arrive Christchurch (D) Welcome to Christchurch. On arrival, a Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport and will transfer you to your downtown city hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner and drinks with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 2 Christchurch, Lake Tekapo (B,D) Today begins with a unique experience combining history and sightseeing. Enjoy a journey in style through the changing face of Christchurch’s city centre on board a beautifully restored heritage tram. We then visit the International Antarctic Centre before crossing the Canterbury Plains, New Zealand’s largest area of flat land that lies between the mighty Southern Alps and the Pacific Ocean. Its patchwork of agricultural activity ranges from grazing grass and wheat to herbs and sunflowers. On arrival at Tekapo, we stop to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial overlooking the lake. There is time this afternoon for some optional alpine flightseeing by ski-plane or helicopter over Aoraki Mt Cook, a world heritage listed national park covering over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking mountain scenery (subject to weather conditions).

Stay: Peppers Bluewater Resort

Day 3 Central Otago, Lake Te Anau (B,D) Travel through the townships of Twizel and Omarama before beginning the assent over the Lindis Pass to Cromwell, located deep in the heart of Central Otago in the valley of Upper Clutha. Travel through the lush farmlands of the region 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 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

Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki

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"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."


2 2

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

Maximum 35 Guests

Nelson 2 Nelson 2 Punakaiki Punakaiki Hokitika Hokitika Franz Josef Franz Josef

1 1

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

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)

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 Guide for details.

Day 10 Picton to Wellington (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 Hotel Christchurch Airport.

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1 1

1 1 Mt 1Cook Lake Tekapo 1

Wellington Wellington 1 1 Picton Picton

Christchurch Christchurch

Omarama

4,599

$

Per Person Twin Share

Inclusions ++ Maximum group size 35 guests ++ 10 nights premium hotel accommodation ++ Full breakfasts daily (B), 1 lunch (L) & 9 dinners (D) ++ Welcome dinner and drinks on arrival ++ Travel by 5-star luxury touring coach ++ Guided by a professional Driver Guide ++ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown ++ Hotel porterage ++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival and departure

Tour Dates 2019/2020

Day 11 Depart Wellington (B)

Start

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

Optional Coastal Pacific Train

Sun 06 Oct 19 Sun 10 Nov 19 Sun 12 Jan 20 Sun 23 Feb 20 Sun 08 Mar 20

On arrival into Picton on day 10, you have the option to take the Coastal Pacific train down the East Coast back to Christchurch. Travel south along the Pacific Ocean coastline admiring the stunning scenery. This option must be pre-booked. Refer to page 10 for more information on this picturesque train journey.

Pricing

Twin

High Season (Oct - Apr)

$4,599 $6,249

Travel to Kaiteriteri where you board your vessel for a scenic cruise of the famous Abel Tasman National Maritime Park. Cruise through the Astrolabe Roadstead

Early Bird Discounts

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Code

Wed 16 Oct 19 Wed 20 Nov 19 Wed 22 Jan 20 Wed 04 Mar 20 Wed 18 Mar 20

SG927 SG931 SG001 SG011 SG015

Single

Save up to $690 per couple See page 9 for details

Skyline Gondola

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11 Day Southern Discovery

Fox Glacier, West Coast


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 ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

International Antarctic Centre Lake Tekapo & Church of the Good Shepherd Christchurch City Tram Tour Guided Tour of Larnach Castle Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown

Day 2 Christchurch, Lake Tekapo (B,D)

Day 4 Central Otago, Te Anau (B,D)

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

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: Peppers Bluewater Resort

Day 3 Moeraki Boulders, Dunedin (B,D)

Welcome to Christchurch. On arrival, a Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport to transport you to your downtown city hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers.

Continue south and stop to view the Benmore Dam, one of the largest in the southern hemisphere. Travel down the Waitaki Valley to the Whitestone township of Oamaru, home to some of the best preserved heritage buildings in New Zealand. The town prospered through gold mining, quarrying and timber milling in the late 19th century and much of the wealth was spent on elegant stone buildings made from local limestone. Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders before arriving at Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South.

Stay: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Stay: Scenic Dunedin City Hotel

Day 1 Arrive Christchurch (D)

Moeraki Boulders

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

Day 7 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. 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 26 - Kirra Coach 2019/20


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Train Journey 2

Overnights

Greymouth

1 Franz JosefGreymouth 1

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Mt Cook

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.

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

Day 9 Spectacular TranzAlpine Train, 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, 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 nine days.

Christchurch

3,659

$

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

Day 10 Depart Christchurch (B)

Tour Dates 2019/2020

Sadly, it’s time to bid farewell to all your new friends today. You will be transferred to the airport to join your onward flight.

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 Hotel Christchurch Airport

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).

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Pricing

Twin

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

$3,659 $4,950 $3,935 $5,325

Single

Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura

Early Bird Discounts

Save up to $590 per couple See page 9 for details

This itinerary also links to a Cruise and Stay package on page 52

Hanmer Springs

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10 Day TranzAlpine Panorama

Suggested arrival/departure Train Journey


8 Day Northern Discovery

8 Day Northern Discovery Auckland ê Wellington

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On Board Concierge

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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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

Featured Experiences

Day 3 Explore the Bay of Islands (B) Enjoy a free day to explore and experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Your Guide 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.

++ Authentic Maori Village, Hangi & Cultural Performance

Day 4 Auckland, Rotorua (B,D)

Iconic Sightseeing

Leaving Paihia, travel south through Whangarei to Warkworth and on to Auckland. 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.

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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 (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 downtown city hotel. 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. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner and 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’.

Stay: Copthorne Bay of Islands (2 nights)

Stay: Sudima Lake Rotorua (2 nights)

Day 5 Rotorua sightseeing (B,D) 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.

2,665

$

Per Person Twin Share

Inclusions ++ 7 nights premium hotel accommodation ++ Full breakfast daily (B) & 6 dinners (D) ++ Travel by 5-star luxury touring coach ++ Guided by a professional Driver Guide ++ Welcome dinner and drinks on arrival ++ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown ++ Hotel porterage ++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival and departure

Tour Dates 2019/2020 Start

Finish

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Pricing

Twin

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

$2,665 $3,655 $2,865 $3,929

Early Bird Discounts

Single

Save up to $430 per couple See page 9 for details

Stay: Ibis Wellington Hotel

Day 8 Depart Wellington (B) It’s time to bid farewell to your fellow travellers today. You will be transferred to the airport to join your onward flight. 28 - Kirra Coach 2019/20

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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 Tours 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.

Day 4 Hobbiton, Pauanui (B,D)

Wellington

1

Wellington

2,375

$

Per Person Twin Share

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.

++ Maximum group size 35 guests

Stay: Grand Mercure Puka Park Lodge

++ Guided by a professional Driver Guide

Day 5 Coromandel, Auckland (B,D)

++ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown

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 freestanding 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

Stay: Copthorne Oriental Bay Hotel

Day 6 Depart Auckland (B)

Day 2 Taupo, Rotorua (B,D)

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

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 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.

6 days from

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"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."

Inclusions ++ 5 nights premium hotel accommodation ++ Full breakfasts daily (B) & 5 dinners (D) ++ Travel by 5-star luxury touring coach

++ Hotel porterage ++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival and departure

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Pricing

Twin

High Season (Oct - Apr)

$2,375 $3,259

Early Bird Discounts

Single

Save up to $350 per couple See page 9 for details

Stay: Sudima Lake Rotorua (2 nights)

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 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.

Agrodome Farm Show

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6 Day Northern Rapture

6 Day Northern Rapture


PLATINUM

Collection

Marlborough Tour Company Credit: Jet Productions


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 and 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 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 refrigerators, 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.

Pure Cruise

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.


Platinum Accommodation

Platinum

Accommodation Our Platinum Tour Collection features handpicked boutique hotels and 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 and 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.

Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels

The Hermitage Hotel

Taupo

Mount Cook Village

Boasting an absolute lake edge location, the hotel presents guests with uninterrupted views of the magnificent lake and mountains from guest rooms, restaurant and bar. It's luxuriously furnishings and art collection delight all visitors.

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.

Peppers Parehua Country Estate

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Martinborough Village

Franz Josef

This hotel is in the heart of the wine growing region of Wairarapa and has its own private lake with jetty surrounded by vineyards. Located just over an hour from Wellington on a meticulous sprawling country estate with large sweeping gardens.

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. A haven from the city rush, Te Waonui is truly a place to relax and refresh.

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

Bolton Hotel, Wellington

Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels, Taupo

The Crown Hotel, Napier

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.

Greenshell Mussel Cruise

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

Tasman Glacier Boat Expedition

Larnach Castle

Mt Cook Stargazing

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 and wine tasting at Mission Estate, New Zealand’s oldest winery and hand-crafted cuisine and 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.

Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

Redwoods Treewalk

Dunedin

Rotorua

See uninterrupted views of the world's only mainland nesting place of albatross. You may be lucky enough to see the Northern Royals soaring and banking on three metre wings. Watch the New Zealand Furseals breed, fight and play on the rocks around their breeding rookeries. Enjoy full commentary along the way.

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

Mount 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 - 35


20 Day New Zealand Odyssey

20 Day New Zealand Odyssey Auckland ê Christchurch

Mudbrick Winery, Waiheke Island

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 ++ Visit to historic Arrowtown

Day 1 Arrive Auckland (D) ‘Haere Mai’ .... Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival, you will be met by a Kirra Tours 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)

Ferry to Waiheke Island

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 and 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 and 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: 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 and 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.


2 2

Maximum 24 Guests

Overnights Overnights 2 2

Auckland Auckland

Matamata Matamata

2 2

Rotorua Rotorua Lake Lake Taupo Taupo 2 2

Kenepuru Kenepuru Sound Sound Greymouth Greymouth Franz Franz Josef Josef

1 1

1 1

1 1 2 2

2 2

Napier Napier

2 2 Wellington Wellington Blenheim Blenheim

Kaikoura Kaikoura

Christchurch Christchurch

Mt Mt Cook Cook

Wanaka Wanaka Milford Milford Sound Sound 3 3 Queenstown Queenstown Te Anau Te Anau 11 Milford Sound

Day 11 Blenheim, Kaikoura (B)

Day 16 At leisure in Queenstown (B)

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.

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)

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, a 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.

Stay: Mt Cook Hermitage Hotel (2 nights)

Day 13 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. 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 and fauna and you will view spectacular waterfalls, rainforests and towering mountains, including the awesome Mitre Peak. Wildlife includes dolphins, seals, penguins and albatross when in season. Continue your journey on to Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination.

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.

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

Day 18 Wanaka, Franz Josef Glacier (B,D) 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 and Franz Josef Glaciers where there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions).

20 days from

10,455

$

Per Person Twin Share

Inclusions ++ Maximum group size 24 guests ++ 19 nights luxury hotel and boutique accommodation ++ Full breakfast daily (B), 3 lunches (L) & 11 dinners (D) ++ Welcome and farewell dinners with drinks included ++ Travel by purpose built, luxury Platinum Touring coach ++ Guided by a professional Driver Guide ++ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown ++ Hotel porterage ++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival and departure

Tour Dates 2019/2020 Start Sat Sat Sat Sat Sat Sat Sat

19 Oct 19 09 Nov 19 11 Jan 20 01 Feb 20 22 Feb 20 14 Mar 20 11 Apr 20

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Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu

Code

07 Nov 28 Nov 30 Jan 20 Feb 12 Mar 02 Apr 30 Apr

19 19 20 20 20 20 20

X967 X969 X21 X23 X27 X31 X35

Stay: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Pricing

Twin

Day 19 Spectacular TranzAlpine Train, Christchurch (B,D)

High Season (Oct - Apr)

$10,455 $14,419

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.

Early Bird Discounts

Single

Save up to $1,570 per couple See page 9 for details

Tasman Glacier Boat Expedition

Stay: Rydges Latimer Hotel

Day 20 Depart Christchurch (B) Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Christchurch airport to connect with your onward flight. www.kirratours.co.nz - 37

20 Day New Zealand Odyssey

Suggested Suggested arrival/departure arrival/departure Interislander Ferry Ferry Interislander


18 Day New Zealand Grandeur

18 Day New Zealand Grandeur Christchurch ê Auckland Larnach Castle, Dunedin

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 ++ Popular lakeside resort of Taupo ++ 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 Exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise Authentic Maori Hangi & Cultural Performance

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

Entry to Franz Josef Thermal Pools Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre Guided Tour of Te Papa Museum A visit to historic Arrowtown Guided tour of Larnach Castle Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd Scenic Interislander Ferry Crossing Wine tasting, Martinborough Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Reserve Treetop eco-walk amongst the Redwoods Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tour

Day 1 Arrive Christchurch (D) ‘Haere Mai …Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival in Christchurch, a Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport to transport you to your downtown city hotel. Tonight, enjoy welcome drinks and dinner with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Hotel 38 - Kirra Coach 2019/20

TranzAlpine

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 Guide 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 more adventurous, try white water rafting. Alternatively, browse in the many local 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. Onto 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 (B) This morning enjoy spectacular views as you travel along the Otago Peninsula to Wellers Rock where you board a Monarch Wildlife Cruise. On the cruise look out for Furseals and 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 at leisure to explore Dunedin and experience optional activities.

Day 8 Moeraki Boulders, 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

Overnights Auckland 2 Auckland 2 Matamata Matamata

Rotorua Rotorua Lake Taupo Lake Taupo Tongariro 1 2 2

1

1 Martinborough 2 Wellington 1 Martinborough 2 Wellington Picton Picton Kaikoura

Arthurs Pass Arthurs Pass Franz Josef 1 2 Christchurch Franz Josef 1 1 Mt Cook 2 Christchurch 1 Mt Cook Wanaka Wanaka Omarama Te Anau 2 Te1 AnauQueenstown 2 Doubtful Sound 1 Queenstown 2 Dunedin Doubtful Sound 2 Dunedin

Lake Rotoiti Cruise

Day 9 Lake Tekapo to Christchurch (B,D) Free time this morning to enjoy all that this magnificent alpine resort has to offer. Perhaps an early morning bush walk, an excursion to the Tasman Glacier or some scenic flightseeing over the region by helicopter or ski plane. Later, at Lake Tekapo, stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd, then cross the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Stay: Rydges Latimer Hotel

of years in the making, this uniquely different natural landscape is considered to be New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. Tonight, visit the awardwinning Tamaki Village and enjoy a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance, including the stirring haka.

Stay: Millennium Hotel (2 nights)

18 days from

9,149

$

Per Person Twin Share

Inclusions ++ Maximum group size 24 guests

Day 15 Exclusive Lake Rotoiti Cruise & Redwood Treetop Walk (B)

++ 16 nights luxury hotel and boutique accommodation

Day 10 Picton, Wellington (B) Head north to the picturesque coastal town of Kaikoura, nestled on a narrow strip of land with the mountains to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east. Continue 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.

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.

++ Full breakfast daily (B), 2 lunches (L) & 10 dinners (D)

++ Overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound ++ Welcome and farewell dinners with drinks included ++ Travel by purpose built, luxury Platinum Touring coach ++ Guided by a professional Driver Guide ++ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown

Stay: Bolton Hotel (2 nights)

++ Hotel porterage

Day 11 At leisure in Wellington (B)

++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival and departure

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.

Tour Dates 2019/2020 Start

Day 12 Martinborough Wine Village (B,D) Today begins with a guided tour of Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Travel on to Martinborough, located at the centre of the Wairarapa wine region and 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. Enjoy a wine tasting at the award-winning Palliser Estate vineyard before checking into your accommodation.

Stay: Peppers Parehua Country Estate

Day 13 Pukaha Mt Bruce, Taupo (B,D) Enjoy a tour of the Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, a captive-breeding sanctuary for some of the country’s most threatened birds and home to the only white kiwi in captivity. Travel long the Desert Road, skirting Tongariro National Park to arrive at Taupo, a popular lakeside resort.

Stay: Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels

Day 14 Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua (B,D) Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls and fascinating Wairakei Geothermal Project before arriving at the thermal wonderland of Wai-O-Tapu. Sculptured out of volcanic activity and thousands

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

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06 Nov 19 04 Dec 19 18 Dec 19 29 Jan 20 11 Mar 20 08 Apr 20

Pricing

Twin

High Season (Oct - Apr)

$9,149 $12,869

Early Bird Discounts

Single

Save up to $1,370 per couple See page 9 for details

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 over the last seventeen days.

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 - 39

18 Day New Zealand Grandeur

2 2

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


13 Day Southern Sensations

13 Day Southern Sensations Wellington ê Christchurch Akarua Winery

Highlights ++ 2 night stopovers in the Marlborough Sounds and 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 ++ Fiordland National Park ++ Twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef

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

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 ++ Scenic Interislander ferry crossing ++ Free use of Raetihi Lodge kayaks, mountain bikes, dinghies and fishing tackle ++ Lake Tekapo and Church of the Good Shepherd ++ Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre ++ Visit to Historic Arrowtown

Tasman Glacier Boat Expedition

40 - Kirra Coach 2019/20

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: 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 and 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. Optional ski-plane and helicopter flights are available (subject to weather conditions).


Maximum 24 Guests

Suggested arrival/departure Train Journey 2

Overnights

Kenepuru Sound

1

2

Wellington

Picton

Greymouth

Franz Josef

1

1

1

Kaikoura

Christchurch

Mt Cook

2

Wanaka Milford Sound 3

Queenstown

1

Te Anau

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

Franz Josef Glacier

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, the gateway to the Fiordland National Park.

13 days from

6,685

$

Inclusions ++ Maximum group size 24 guests ++ 12 nights luxury hotel and boutique accommodation ++ Full breakfast daily (B), 2 lunches (L) & 7 dinners (D)

Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

++ Travel by purpose built, luxury Platinum Touring coach

Day 8 Milford Sound, Queenstown (B,L)

++ Guided by a professional Driver Guide

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 and fauna and you will view spectacular waterfalls, rainforests and towering mountains, including the awesome Mitre Peak. Wildlife includes dolphins, seals, penguins and albatross when in season. Continue your journey on to Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination.

++ Hotel porterage

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 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.

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 backdropped by the Remarkables mountain range.

Per Person Twin Share

++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival and departure

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. Onto Fox and 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.

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Stay: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 12 Spectacular TranzAlpine Train, Christchurch (B,D) 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.

Pricing

Twin

High Season (Oct - Apr)

$6,685 $9,399

Early Bird Discounts

Single

Save up to $1,000 per couple See page 9 for details

Platinum Coach

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. www.kirratours.co.nz - 41

13 Day Southern Sensations

Scenic Mussel Cruise to Raetihi Lodge


10 Day Southern Encounter

10 Day Southern Encounter Christchurch ê Christchurch

Platinum Coach at Church of the Good Shepherd

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 Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd

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 Tours 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 Guide can assist with any optional activities you would like to do. Experience the thrills of riding on the world famous Shotover Jet Boat,

Stay: Rydges Latimer Hotel Doubtful Sound

42 - Kirra Coach 2019/20

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 more adventurous, try some white water rafting. Alternatively, relax and browse in the many local 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

Overnights

Maximum 24 Guests

Suggested arrival/departure Train Journey 2

Overnights

Arthurs Pass Franz Josef

1

2

Arthurs Pass

Wanaka 2 Josef 1 Te Anau FranzQueenstown 1

1

Doubtful Sound

Christchurch

Mt Cook

1

2

Christchurch

Cook 2Mt Dunedin

Omarama Wanaka

Te Anau

2

Queenstown

1

Doubtful Sound Hermitage Hotel, Mt Cook

"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 as you travel along the Otago Peninsula to Wellers Rock where you board a Monarch Wildlife Cruise. On the cruise look out for Furseals and 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 Boulders, 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

Dunedin

5,499

$

Per Person Twin Share

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.

++ Maximum group size 24 guests

Stay: Mt Cook Hermitage Hotel

++ 8 nights luxury hotel and boutique accommodation

Day 9 Lake Tekapo to Christchurch (B,D)

Inclusions

++ Overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound ++ Full breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L) & 6 dinners (D)

Free time this morning to enjoy all that this magnificent alpine resort has to offer. Perhaps an early morning bush walk, an excursion to the Tasman Glacier or some scenic flightseeing over the region by helicopter or ski plane. Later, at Lake Tekapo, stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd, then cross the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

++ Welcome dinner and drinks on arrival

Stay: Rydges Latimer Hotel

++ Hotel porterage

Day 10 Depart Christchurch (B)

++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival and departure

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.

Tour Dates 2019/2020

++ Travel by purpose built, luxury Platinum Touring coach ++ Guided by a professional Driver Guide ++ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown

Start Sun 20 Oct 19 Sun 17 Nov 19 Sun 01 Dec 19 Sun 12 Jan 20 Sun 23 Feb 20 Sun 22 Mar 20

Stay Longer and Discover Canterbury 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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Code

Tue 29 Oct 19 Tue 26 Nov 19 Tue 10 Dec 19 Tue 21 Jan 20 Tue 03 Mar 20 Tue 31 Mar 20

ZU959 ZU960 ZU961 ZU21 ZU23 ZU26

Pricing

Twin

High Season (Oct - Apr)

$5,499 $7,910

Early Bird Discounts

Single

Save up to $820 per couple See page 9 for details

Shotover Jet

Akaroa Harbour Cruise

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10 Day Southern Encounter

Suggested arrival/departure Train Journey


9 Day Northern Escape

9 Day Northern Escape Auckland ê Wellington 2 2

Suggested arrival/departure Suggested arrival/departure Overnights Overnights

Auckland Auckland

Maximum 24 Guests

2 2

Matamata Matamata Rotorua Rotorua

2 2

Lake Taupo Lake Taupo 2 2

2 2

Napier Napier

Wellington Wellington

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

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 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 and 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.

Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls and 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)

Day 3 Hobbiton, Rotorua (B,D)

Day 7 Wairarapa, Wellington (B)

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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 and drinks on arrival ++ Guided by a professional Driver Guide ++ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown ++ Hotel porterage ++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival and departure

Day 5 Lake Taupo, Napier (B)

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.

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.

4,215

$

++ Travel by purpose built, luxury Platinum Touring coach

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

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 2 Day trip to Waiheke Island (B,L)

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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: 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

Tour Dates 2019/2020 Start Sat Sat Sat Sat Sat Sat Sat

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Code

Sun 27 Oct 19 Sun 17 Nov 19 Sun 19 Jan 20 Sun 09 Feb 20 Sun 01 Mar 20 Sun 22 Mar 20 Sun 19 Apr 20

XP967 XP969 XP21 XP23 XP27 XP31 XP35

Pricing

Twin

High Season (Oct - Apr)

$4,215 $5,699

Early Bird Discounts

Single

Save up to $630 per couple See page 9 for details

This itinerary also links to a Cruise and Stay package on page 54 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 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 2 2

Suggested arrival/departure Suggested arrival/departure Overnights Overnights

Auckland Auckland

Maximum 24 Guests

2 2

Matamata Matamata Rotorua

2

Rotorua

2

1

Tongariro

1 1

Lake Taupo Lake Taupo

1

1 Martinborough 1 Martinborough Wellington Wellington

Redwoods Treetop Walk

Highlights ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

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 ++ Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre ++ Exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise ++ Authentic Maori Hangi & Cultural Performance

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

Guided Tour of Te Papa Museum Wine tasting, Martinborough Wai-O-Tapu 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: Bolton Hotel

Day 2 Martinborough Wine Village (B,D) Today begins with a guided tour of Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Travel on to Martinborough, located at the centre of the Wairarapa wine region and 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. Enjoy a wine tasting at the awardwinning Palliser Estate vineyard before checking into your accommodation.

Stay: Peppers Parehua Country Estate

Day 3 Pukaha Mt Bruce, Taupo (B,D) Enjoy a tour of the Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, a captive-breeding sanctuary for some of the country’s most threatened birds and home to the only white kiwi in captivity. Travel along Desert Road, skirting Tongariro National Park to arrive at Taupo, a popular lakeside resort.

Stay: Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels

Day 4 Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua (B,D) Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls and fascinating Wairakei Geothermal Project before arriving at the thermal wonderland of Wai-O-Tapu. Sculptured out of volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, this uniquely different natural landscape is considered to be New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction Tonight, visit the award winning Tamaki Village and enjoy a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance, including the stirring haka.

Stay: Millennium Hotel (2 nights)

Day 5 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.

Day 6 Hobbiton, Auckland (B,L) 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)

8 days from

3,510

$

Per Person Twin Share

Inclusions ++ Maximum group size 24 guests ++ 7 nights luxury hotel and boutique accommodation ++ Full breakfast daily (B) 1 lunch (L) & 4 dinners (D) ++ Travel by purpose built, luxury Platinum Touring coach ++ Guided by a professional Driver Guide ++ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown ++ Hotel porterage ++ Complimentary airport transfers on arrival and departure

Tour Dates 2019/2020 Start Wed 30 Oct 19 Wed 27 Nov 19 Wed 11 Dec 19 Wed 22 Jan 20 Wed 04 Mar 20 Wed 01 Apr 20

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Code

Wed 06 Nov 19 Wed 04 Dec 19 Wed 18 Dec 19 Wed 29 Jan 20 Wed 11 Mar 20 Wed 08 Apr 20

ZV959 ZV960 ZV961 ZV21 ZV23 ZV26

Pricing

Twin

High Season (Oct - Apr)

$3,510 $4,755

Early Bird Discounts

Single

Save up to $520 per couple See page 9 for details

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 and drinks while reliving the many great experiences shared.

Day 8 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.

Lake Rotoiti

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8 Day Spectacular North

8 Day Spectacular North


CRUISE AND STAY

Collection

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Seabourn Encore


Cruise and Stay Collection

Embark on the ultimate New Zealand holiday that includes a Trans-Tasman voyage aboard Holland America Line or Seabourn. Continue to explore New Zealand on an escorted Kirra Tour showcasing the stunning scenery and spectacular highlights that New Zealand has to offer.

Onboard Experiences Enjoy cruising aboard Holland America Line and Seabourn in style with a wide variety of engaging activities including exploration, entertainment and relaxation. There is so much to see and do onboard to occupy you on your days at sea.

America’s Test Kitchen Holland America Line, Noordam and Maasdam

Experience America’s Test Kitchen’s enticing array of live onboard cooking shows and handson workshops. Learn foolproof techniques and user-friendly recipes for making delectable dishes with confidence.

BBC Earth Experiences Holland America Line, Noordam

Holland America Line have partnered with BBC Earth to bring you unforgettable new ways to experience the world's natural wonders. Through the innovative and breathtaking programming, guests will be taken closer to the ocean and the natural world through a groundbreaking concert, films, game shows, trivia, children's activities and feature cruises.

B.B. King’s Blues Club Holland America Line, Noordam

Direct from Beale Street, B.B. King's All Stars bring the best of Memphis music to the sea. From funky and fast to soulful and smooth, this eight-piece band performs in the B.B. King's Blues Club in the Queen’s Lounge where you can enjoy specialty cocktails like the Lucille and Rock Me Baby.

Greenhouse Spa & Salon Holland America Line, Maasdam

During a leisurely day at sea, few places help you refresh, relax and rejuvenate like the Greenhouse Spa & Salon. This heavenly retreat nurtures every aspect of your well-being with renowned spa rituals and healing touches. In the spa, pamper your skin with facial treatments featuring premium, naturally sourced ingredients. Nurture your body with massage treatments employing time-honoured, hands-on massage techniques gleaned from around the world.

Lincoln Centre Stage Holland America Line, Noordam

In an exclusive partnership with the world’s leading centre for the performing arts, Seabourn proudly present Lincoln Centre Stage, showcasing outstanding musicians performing multiple programs of chamber music most evenings, as well as afternoon recitals during leisurely days at sea.

Seabourn Encore, Pool

Maasdam, Restaurant

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Cruise Ships

Cruise Ships

Revel in spacious cruise ship rooms, breathe in expansive views and relax in easy elegance. With stately fine dining and enriching activities, Holland America Line and Seabourn welcome you aboard.

Seabourn Encore, The Retreat

Noordam Named for the Northern compass point, Noordam features museum quality art from 19th oils to contemporary photographs of music greats Dizzy Gillespie and B.B. King. Guests onboard can enjoy cooking shows and hands-on workshops in partnership with America’s Test Kitchen. Explore the world’s wonders through BBC Earth Experiences. Take yoga or Pilates in our Fitness Centre. Savour the sounds of Music Walk™ and the delights of our specialty restaurants.

Maasdam The fifth Holland America Line ship in our more than 140-year history to be named for the Netherland’s Maas River, Maasdam pays homage to the past, while embracing modern amenities. Guests can hone their skills with onboard cooking shows and hands-on workshops from America’s Test Kitchen. Explore our world with BBC Earth Experiences. Relax with a refreshing spa treatment at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon. And dine at their choice of specialty restaurants. Enjoy an unforgettable cruise vacation aboard Maasdam as she travels Australia and New Zealand.

Seabourn Encore Seabourn Encore is as strikingly beautiful and as excitingly innovative as any Seabourn has ever debuted. She crowns a fleet that is already the newest, most modern and most acclaimed in the ultra-luxury segment. Modeled on the awardwinning trio of ships introduced with Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Encore represents another welcome stage in the evolution of small-ship cruising, which Seabourn pioneered and has consistently expanded and enriched. 48 - Kirra Coach 2019/20


26 Day Maasdam Majestic New Zealand

25 Day Noordam Northern Discovery

Suggested arrival Included flight Train Journey

Sydney Melbourne

Auckland

Tauranga Napier

Picton Hobart

26 Day Seabourn Encore Superior Escape

2

Sydney Melbourne

Maasdam cruise departure Overnights

Auckland

Nelson

2

Fiordland National Park

Port Chalmers (Dunedin)

Oban

Suggested departure

Suggested departure

Noordam cruise arrival

Seabourn cruise arrival

Greymouth

Overnights

Franz Josef 2

2 1

Milford Sound 2

2

2

1

Bay of Islands

Te Anau

Overnights

Christchurch

Lake Tekapo

Wanaka

Queenstown 1

Auckland

Dunedin

Auckland

4

Rotorua

Eden

Auckland

Lake Taupo Napier

Hobart

3

Matamata Rotorua

Sydney

2

1

Wellington Kaikoura Lyttelton (Christchurch) Timaru

Milford Sound

Akaroa (Christchurch) Fiordland National Park

Auckland

Phillip Island

3

Wellington

Milford Sound

Matiatia Bay

Fiordland National Park

Tauranga

2

Lake Taupo 2

Napier

Napier

Wellington Akaroa (Christchurch)

1

Wellington

Oban

2

Port Chalmers (Dunedin)

Wellington

From $7,279 per person, twin share Tour Dates: 09 Nov 19 ê 03 Dec 19

From $8,395 per person, twin share Tour Dates: 22 Jan 20 ê 16 Feb 20

From $19,109 per person, twin share Tour Dates: 05 Feb 20 ê 01 Mar 20

Booking Code: 640770

Booking Code: 640772

Booking Code: 640765

Day

Port or Overnight Stay

1 Board Holland America Line Noordam cruise ship 2 At sea 3 Melbourne 4 At sea 5 Hobart 6 - 7 At sea 8 Cruising Fiordland National Park 9 Dunedin 10 Akaroa 11 Picton 12 Wellington 13 Napier 14 Tauranga 15 Arrive into Auckland 16 - 18 At leisure in Auckland 19 - 20 Board coach in Auckland and travel to Bay of Islands 21 - 22 Rotorua 23 Napier 24 Wellington 25 Fly to home port or next destination

Day

Port or Overnight Stay

1 Fly to Christchurch 2 Lake Tekapo 3 Dunedin 4 - 5 Te Anau 6 - 7 Queenstown 8 Franz Josef Glacier 9 TranzAlpine train to Christchurch 10 Fly Christchurch to Auckland 11 - 12 Auckland 13 Board Holland America Line Maasdam cruise ship 14 Tauranga 15 Napier 16 Wellington 17 Akaroa 18 Dunedin 19 Stewart Island 20 Cruising Fiordland National Park 21 - 22 At Sea 23 Hobart 24 At Sea 25 Eden 26 Arrive into Sydney

Day

Port or Overnight Stay

1 2 3 4 5 - 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 - 21 22 - 23 24 - 25 26

Board Seabourn Encore cruise ship At Sea Phillip Island Melbourne At sea Cruising Fiordland National Park Stewart Island Timaru Lyttleton Kaikoura Nelson Wellington At Sea Waiheke Island Arrive into Auckland At leisure in Auckland Waiheke Island Rotorua Napier Wellington Fly to home port or next destination

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Cruise and Stay at a Glance

Cruise and Stay at a Glance


25 Day Noordam Northern Discovery

25 Day Noordam Northern Discovery Sydney, Australia ê Wellington, New Zealand

Sydney Harbour

Sail out of Sydney's lovely harbour to enchanting Melbourne, then survey both islands of New Zealand, from the majestic Fiordlands to Wellington and Auckland, the City of Sails.

Day 1 Sydney Depart: 5:00pm (departure times subject to tidal conditions) Sydney owes much of its splendour to its magnificent harbour. Departing by ship provides an unequalled impression, showing off the city's famous landmarks: the dramatic white sails of the iconic Opera House and the celebrated Harbour Bridge, looming over the skyline.

Day 2 At Sea While at sea enjoy the onboard facilities, world-class cuisine and the entertainment.

Day 3 Melbourne Arrive: 8:00am | Depart: 6.30pm Melbourne is consistently voted one of the world's most liveable cities and for good reason. This is Australia’s cosmopolitan heart with cutting-edge art and architecture, historic galleries, attractions and museums, plus a dizzying range of restaurants, bistros, markets and bars.

Noordam, Aft Pool

Day 4 At Sea

Day 9 Port Chalmers (Dunedin)

Relax and enjoy the comforts of your cruise ship.

Arrive: 9:00am | Depart: 6.00pm

Day 5 Hobart Arrive: 8:00am | Depart: 11.00pm Tasmania is home to stunning landscapes, old-growth forests and exceptional local produce. Hobart, its capital, is compact enough to easily explore on foot. Start at the sandstone area of Salamanca Place with its hip galleries, artist studios and bustling cafés and bars, and then roam the quaint streets of Battery Point, one of Hobart’s oldest neighbourhoods.

Day 6 to 7 At Sea Cruise across the Tasman Sea to the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Day 8 Milford Sound Arrive: 8:00am | Depart: 9.00am Milford Sound sits on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island and was first called the Eighth Wonder of the World by Rudyard Kipling. The most breathtaking views are arguably those from the water with the sheer rock faces looming above your ship as you sail through this majestic landscape. After Milford Sound, we continue cruising the Fiordland National Park. This stunning park encompasses mountains, lakes, fjords and rainforests. The natural wonders continue offshore with seals, dolphins and whales frequently spotted in the waters.

The distinctly Scottish city of Dunedin was named after the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh. Dunedin's prominence during the gold rush in the late 19th century resulted in many grand Victorian and Edwardian buildings. The magnificent Dunedin Railway Station and Larnach Castle have been restored to their full glory.

Day 10 Akaroa (Christchurch) Arrive: 7:00am | Depart: 6.00pm With a distinctly continental flair, which stands out against the country's Maori roots and British colonial history, Akaroa is New Zealand's only town to have originally been established by the French. The long harbour of Akaroa sits along the Banks Peninsula, about 80 kilometres south of Christchurch.

Day 11 Picton Arrive: 10:00am | Depart: 8.00pm Just north of Blenheim, the petite and picturesque port town of Picton is your starting point for exploring the region of Marlborough. This seaside gateway with ferry service to the North Island connects the majestic maritime beauty known as Queen Charlotte Sound to the luscious wine country of Marlborough.

Day 12 Wellington Arrive: 8:00am | Depart: 5.00pm New Zealand's cool little capital is located at the southern tip of the North Island, meaning it's blessed with a beautiful waterfront, fresh seafood. Wellington is also known for culture and cuisine. Learn about Maori history and Kiwiana at Te Papa, the national museum.

Day 13 Napier Arrive: 7:00am | Depart: 2.00pm Napier has a perfect mix of natural and manmade beauty. The historic district, which was mostly constructed in the 1930s after a massive earthquake and subsequent fires destroyed the city in 1931, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. Surrounded by the rolling vineyards of the Hawke's Bay wine region, Napier has attracted a host of culinary innovators that has put it on the foodie map.

Day 14 Tauranga Arrive: 8:00am | Depart: 7.00pm The curved shoreline of the Bay of Plenty is home to incredible surfing, white-sand beaches and New Zealand's only active marine volcano. The city offers visitors several 50 - Kirra Coach 2019/20


7,279

$

Per Person Twin Share

Inclusions Travel Services ++ Port taxes ++ Private transfer from cruise terminal to Auckland hotel on day 15 ++ 3 nights premium hotel accommodation in Auckland, including breakfast

Cruise

B.B. King's Blues Club

++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Ocean view cabin Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily America’s Test Kitchen BBC Earth Experiences B.B. King’s Blues Club

Coach Tour water-focused activities, like sailing and kayaking, as well as drier alternatives such as shopping and people-watching at a café in the historic village.

Te Puia, Rotorua

Day 15 Auckland Arrive: 7:00am New Zealand's biggest city, Auckland, is multicultural and cosmopolitan, with sizeable Polynesian, Asian and Maori populations enriching its history and broadening the palate. Sky Tower is one of Auckland's top tourist attractions, from which you can get a bird's-eye view of the gateway to Aotearoa.

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

7 nights premium hotel accommodation Full breakfast daily (B) and 6 dinners (D) Travel by 5-star luxury touring coach Guided by a professional Coach Captain Welcome dinner and drinks on arrival All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown ++ Hotel porterage ++ Complimentary cruise transfer on arrival

Highlights ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

At the conclusion of your cruise, a Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the cruise terminal with transport waiting to take you to your downtown city hotel.

Day 16 to 18 Auckland at leisure On day 18, enjoy a welcome dinner and drinks with your fellow travellers.

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

Featured Experiences ++ Authentic Maori Village, Hangi and Cultural Performance

Stay: Rydges Hotel

Day 19 Auckland, Paihia (B,D)

Iconic Sightseeing

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’.

++ Cruising Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park ++ Cape Brett ‘Hole in the Rock’ cruise ++ City tours of Auckland and Wellington ++ Tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds ++ Entry to Auckland Sky Tower ++ Agrodome Farm Show ++ Rainbow Springs Park ++ Skyline Gondola and Luge ++ Locally guided Art Deco walking tour

Stay: Copthorne Bay of Islands (2 nights)

Day 20 Explore the Bay of Islands (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.

Day 21 Auckland, Rotorua (B,D) Leaving Paihia, travel south through Whangarei to Warkworth and on to Auckland. 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.

Stay: Sudima Lake Rotorua (2 nights)

Day 22 Rotorua sightseeing (B,D) 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 23 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.

Tour Date: 09 Nov 19 ê 03 Dec 19 Early Bird Discounts

Save up to $430 per couple See page 9 for details

Stay: Scenic Te Pania Hotel

Ranges to Wellington, the nation’s capital, where you enjoy a city tour on arrival.

Day 24 Wairarapa, Wellington (B,D)

Stay: Ibis Wellington Hotel

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

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25 Day Noordam Northern Discovery

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26 Day Maasdam Majestic New Zealand

26 Day Maasdam Majestic New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand ê Sydney, Australia

Port Chalmers, Dunedin

Cruise from Auckland to Sydney and throughout New Zealand, including the majestic Fiordland National Park in the South Island and Tasmania’ capital, Hobart.

Day 1 Arrive Christchurch (D) Welcome to Christchurch. On arrival, a Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport to transport you to your downtown city hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 2 Christchurch, Lake Tekapo (B,D) Today begins with a unique experience combining history and sightseeing. Enjoy a journey in style through the changing face of Christchurch’s city centre on board a beautifully restored heritage tram. We then visit the International Antarctic Centre before crossing the Canterbury Plains. View the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial overlooking Lake Tekapo. There is time this afternoon for some optional alpine flightseeing over the world heritage national parks of Aoraki Mt Cook and Westland Tai Poutini (subject to weather conditions).

Stay: Peppers Bluewater Resort

Day 4 Central Otago, Te Anau (B,D)

Day 7 At leisure in Queenstown (B)

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.

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. 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.

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. 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 south and stop to view the Benmore Dam, one of the largest in the southern hemisphere. Travel down the Waitaki Valley to the Whitestone township of Oamaru, home to some of the best preserved heritage buildings in New Zealand. Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders before arriving at Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South.

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: Scenic Dunedin City Hotel

Stay: Millennium Hotel (2 nights)

Day 3 Moeraki Boulders, Dunedin (B,D)

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

Day 9 Spectacular TranzAlpine Train, 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, 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 nine days.

Stay: Sudima Christchurch Hotel

Day 10 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 domestic flight to Auckland.

Day 11 to 12 Auckland at leisure

Maasdam, Spa

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New Zealand's biggest city, Auckland, is multicultural and cosmopolitan, which enriches its history and broadens the palate. Sky Tower is one of Auckland's top tourist attractions, from which you can get a bird's-eye view of the gateway to Aotearoa.


8,395

$

Per Person Twin Share

Inclusions Travel Services ++ Domestic flight from Christchurch to Auckland ++ Private transfer from Auckland airport to Auckland hotel on day 10 ++ 3 nights premium hotel accommodation in Auckland, including breakfast ++ Private transfer from Auckland hotel to cruise terminal on day 13 ++ Port taxes

Coach Tour

America's Test Kitchen

Day 13 Auckland

Day 19 Oban (Half Moon Bay)

Depart: 5:00pm (departure times subject to tidal conditions)

Arrive: 8:00am | Depart: 5.00pm

Begin your 14 Day Australia and New Zealand Holland American Line cruise aboard the spacious Maasdam ship.

Stewart Island is New Zealand’s third-largest island. In Oban, history lovers can learn about early settlers by visiting the oldest house on the island, at Acker’s Point. Among the species you may see as you explore the area are little blue penguins, sooty shearwaters, mollymawks and wekas. This is also one of the best places in New Zealand to spot the elusive kiwi. While they are nocturnal, they sometimes come out to search for food during the day.

Day 14 Tauranga Arrive: 7:00am | Depart: 6.00pm The curved shoreline of the Bay of Plenty is home to incredible surfing, white-sand beaches and New Zealand's only active marine volcano. The city offers visitors several water-focused activities, like sailing and kayaking, as well as drier alternatives such as shopping and people-watching at a café in the Historic Village.

Day 15 Napier Arrive: 12:00pm | Depart: 6.00pm Napier has a perfect mix of natural and manmade beauty. The historic district, which was mostly constructed in the 1930s after a massive earthquake and subsequent fires destroyed the city in 1931. Surrounded by the rolling vineyards of the Hawke's Bay wine region, Napier has attracted a host of culinary innovators that has put it on the foodie map.

Day 16 Wellington Arrive: 9:00am | Depart: 6.00pm New Zealand's cool little capital is located at the southern tip of the North Island, meaning it's blessed with a beautiful waterfront and fresh seafood. Wellington is also known for culture and cuisine. Learn about Maori history and Kiwiana at Te Papa, the national museum.

Day 17 Akaroa (Christchurch) Arrive: 8:00am | Depart: 6.00pm With a distinctly continental French flair, which stands out against the country's Maori roots and British colonial history. The Banks Peninsula, about 80 kilometres south of Christchurch.

Day 18 Port Chalmers (Dunedin) Arrive: 8:00am | Depart: 6.00pm Distinctly Scottish city of Dunedin, named after the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh. Dunedin's prominence during the gold rush in the late 19th century resulted in many grand Victorian and Edwardian buildings. The magnificent Dunedin Railway Station and Larnach Castle have been restored to their full glory. Outside the city, the Otago Peninsula is lined with scenic beaches and home to rare birdlife like the royal albatross and yellow-eyed penguin.

Day 20 Fiordland National Park (Cruising only – subject to weather conditions) Every year, visitors flock to New Zealand in search of landscapes straight out of Middle Earth. They find what they're looking for in Fiordland National Park. This stunning park encompasses mountains, lakes, fjords and rainforests. The natural wonders continue offshore with seals, dolphins and whales frequently spotted in the waters.

Day 21 to 22 At Sea Cruise across the Tasman Sea to Australia. While at sea enjoy the onboard facilities, world-class cuisine and the entertainment.

Day 23 Hobart

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9 nights premium hotel accommodation 8 full breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 8 dinners (D) Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach Guided by a professional Coach Captain Evening welcome dinner on arrival Sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as per the itinerary ++ Hotel porterage ++ Complimentary airport transfer on arrival and departure in Christchurch

Cruise ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Ocean view stateroom Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily America’s Test Kitchen Explorations Central Onboard movies

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 and Dinner ++ World famous TranzAlpine train journey

Arrive: 8:00am | Depart: 11.00pm

Iconic Sightseeing

The little Australian island of Tasmania is home to stunning landscapes, old-growth forests and exceptional local produce. Hobart is compact enough to easily explore on foot. Start at the sandstone area of Salamanca Place with its hip galleries, artist studios and bustling cafés and bars, and then roam the quaint streets of Battery Point, one of Hobart’s oldest neighbourhoods.

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Day 24 At Sea

International Antarctic Centre Lake Tekapo and Church of the Good Shepherd Christchurch City Tram tour Guided tour of Larnach Castle Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown

Departs: 22 Jan 20 ê 16 Feb 20

Relax and enjoy the comforts of your cruise ship.

Day 25 Eden

Early Bird Discounts

Save up to $590 per couple See page 9 for details

Arrive: 7:00am | Depart: 4.00pm Straddling national parkland and sparkling estuaries on the unspoiled Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, Eden lives up to its name. From secluded beaches and striped red cliffs to the emerald waters of Twofold Bay. The original settlers established a thriving baleen-whale-hunting industry that was assisted by pods of local orcas. Visitors can learn about this amazing mammalian partnership at the Eden Killer Whale Museum and about some of the shipwrecks at the Green Cape Light station.

Day 26 Sydney Arrive: 7:00am Sydney is a cosmopolitan, multicultural city surrounded by golden sand beaches. Sydney owes much of its splendour to its magnificent harbour. Arriving by ship provides an unequalled impression, showing off the city's famous landmarks: the dramatic white sails of the iconic Opera House and the celebrated Harbour Bridge, looming over the skyline. www.kirratours.co.nz - 53

26 Day Maasdam Majestic New Zealand

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26 Day Seabourn Encore Superior Escape

26 Day Seabourn Encore Superior Escape Sydney, Australia ê Wellington, New Zealand

Seabourn Encore, Tauranga

Sail out of Sydney's lovely harbour to enchanting Melbourne, then survey both islands of New Zealand, from the majestic Fiordlands to Wellington and Auckland, the City of Sails.

Day 11 Lyttleton (Christchurch)

Cruise across the Tasman Sea to the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Arrive: 8:00am | Depart: 11.00pm Known as the "Garden City" because of its beautiful parks and world-renowned gardens, Christchurch is also a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with exciting festivals, theatres, modern art galleries, great shopping and award-winning attractions.

Day 8 Milford Sound Arrive: 8:00am | Depart: 11.00am (Service call. Times subject to weather conditions)

Day 1 Sydney Depart: 7:00pm (departure times subject to tidal conditions) Sydney owes much of its splendour to its magnificent harbour. Departing by ship provides an unequalled impression, showing off the city's famous landmarks: the dramatic white sails of the iconic Opera House and the celebrated Harbour Bridge, looming over the skyline.

Day 2 At Sea While as sea enjoy the onboard facilities, world-class cuisine and the entertainment.

Day 3 Phillip Island Arrive: 8:00am | Depart: 11.00pm (tender boat required) At the Conservation Centre, view koalas at tree-top level on a skywalk and attend the sunset “Parade” when Little Penguins waddle from the sea to their nests among the dunes.

Day 4 Melbourne Arrive: 8:00am | Depart: 6.00pm Melbourne was founded by free settlers in 1835, 47 years after the first European settlement in Australia. Transformed rapidly into a major metropolis by the Victorian gold rush in the 1850s, Melbourne became Australia's largest and by 1865 was the second largest city in the British Empire. Today, Melbourne is a major centre of commerce, industry and cultural activity, and is consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world.

Koala

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Day 5 to 7 At Sea

Milford Sound is a fjord in the south west of New Zealand's South Island. Part of the Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site, it has been judged one of the world's top travel destinations in an international survey. Frequently visited by rain, the mountain peaks rising from the waters of Milford Sound are often softened by mist and an air of almost flawless awnd overpowering mystic calm. After Milford Sound, we continue cruising the Fiordland National Park. This stunning park encompasses mountains, lakes, fjords and rainforests. The natural wonders continue offshore with seals, dolphins and whales frequently spotted in the waters.

Day 9 Oban (Halfmoon Bay) Arrive: 8:00am | Depart: 5.00pm (tender boat required) You might not realise that New Zealand has a third island. It hangs beneath the South Island and is just about the last inhabited place before Antarctica. The island itself is only about four percent inhabited and that is its attraction. It is an unspoiled piece of primeval New Zealand.

Day 10 Timaru Arrive: 10:00am | Depart: 8.00pm Timaru is built on the rolling volcanic hills surrounding Mt. Horrible. Visit the South Canterbury Museum, filled with artefacts and information about the history of the region from the Maori arrival to the present day and the Aigantighe Art Gallery, housed in a homestead dating from 1908.

Day 12 Kaikoura Arrive: 8:00am | Depart: 5.00pm (tender boat required) Kaikoura draws visitors from all over the world for the prolific marine life in the surrounding waters. Whale, dolphin and seal watching tours operate year-round. There is a scenic walkway from the town centre out to Point Kean and there are colonies of fur seals on the rocky shores.

Day 13 Nelson Arrive: 8:00am | Depart: 6.00pm Located on the northwest end of the South Island, Nelson enjoys the sunniest weather in New Zealand. The town is also a renowned centre for creative types including artists and artisans. The abundant sunlight helps ripen the sauvignon blanc grapes that have made the nearby Marlborough region a global wine mecca.

Day 14 Wellington Arrive: 8:00am | Depart: 6.00pm Visually stunning, Wellington is nestled between a magnificent harbour and a natural amphitheatre of forestclad hills. Wellington's cultural crowning jewel is Te Papa, a donation-only museum that celebrates Australasian natural history, science and culture. Exhibits include Maori artefacts, an extensive Pacific Cultures collection and interactive science exhibits.

Seabourn Encore, Whirlpool


19,109

$

Per Person Twin Share

Inclusions Travel Services ++ Private transfer from Auckland cruise terminal to Auckland hotel ++ 1 night’s luxury hotel accommodation in Auckland, including breakfast ++ Complimentary airport transfer on departure

Cruise ++ Veranda stateroom ++ Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily ++ Lincoln Centre stage performances

Coach Tour Seabourn Encore, Colonnade

Day 15 At Sea

Te Puia

Relax and enjoy the comforts of your cruise ship.

Day 16 Matiatia Bay, Waiheke Island Arrive: 8:00am | Depart: 5.00pm (tender boat required) Waiheke is an upscale resort community offshore from Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf, with renowned wineries, olive groves, art galleries, boutiques and restaurants.

Day 17 Auckland Arrive: 7:00am Auckland is one of the few cities in the world to have harbours on two separate bodies of water. In addition, Auckland's diverse geography and warm, humid climate has inspired a lifestyle regularly ranked in the world's top ten. At the conclusion of your cruise we have a private transfer waiting to take you to your Auckland accommodation.

Day 18 Auckland at leisure (D) This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner and drinks.

Stay: Pullman Hotel (2 nights)

Day 19 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 20 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.

thermal waters of the Manupirua hot springs, accessible only by boat. This afternoon, travel past the Blue and 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 22 Lake Taupo, Napier (B) Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls and 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 23 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 24 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: Millennium Hotel (2 nights)

Stay: The Bolton Hotel (2 nights)

Day 21 Exclusive Lake Rotoiti Cruise and Te Wairoa Buried Village (B,D)

Day 25 Explore the nation’s capital (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

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

++ 8 nights luxury hotel and boutique accommodation ++ Full breakfasts daily (B), 1 lunch (L) and 4 dinners (D) ++ Welcome dinner and drinks on arrival ++ Travel by purpose built, luxury platinum touring coach ++ Guided by a professional Driver Guide ++ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown ++ Hotel porterage ++ Complimentary airport transfer on departure from Wellington

Highlights ++ Milford Sound ++ 2 night stopovers in Auckland, Rotorua, Napier and 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 and Cultural Performance ++ Exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise

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

Cruise and tour of Waiheke Island Tour the famous Hobbiton Movie Set Te Wairoa Buried Village Wairakei Geothermal Project Huka Falls Locally guided Art Deco Walk

Departs: 05 Feb 20 ê 01 Mar 20 Early Bird Discounts

Save up to $630 per couple See page 9 for details

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 26 Depart Wellington (B) Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to the airport to connect with your onward flight. www.kirratours.co.nz - 55

26 Day Seabourn Encore Superior Escape

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4 Day Northland Add On

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

Overnights

Cape Reinga 3

Bay of Islands

Auckland

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

4 days from

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

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)

1,320

$

Inclusions ++ 3 nights premium accommodation ++ Full breakfast daily (B)

Day 2 Air Safari to Cape Reinga (B)

++ Travel by luxury touring coach

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 and 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.

++ Expert commentary

Day 3 Hole in the Rock Cruise, Russell (B)

Per Person Twin Share

++ Scenic Flight Bay of Islands to Cape Reinga ++ Domestic flight Kerikeri to Auckland ++ Airport Transfers

Departs Daily Pricing Classic prices from Booking Code

Platinum prices from Booking Code

Twin

Single

$1,320 $1,610 639596

639594

$1,665 $2,340 639536

639541

After a leisurely breakfast, join your dolphin cruise out to the Cape Brett Peninsula and 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.

Cape Reinga Air Safari

Bay of Islands

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Optional Sightseeing

Optional Sightseeing Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour, Dunedin

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.

Digital Optional Tours Directory Full colour and 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 optional activities.

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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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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 How much luggage can we bring with us? people who travel on your tours? Our tours appeal to a broad range of ages but typically, the majority of clients are in the 50+ age group.

When is the best time to come to New Zealand? We have designed our tours around the most popular time to visit New Zealand during the spring and summer months. However, being an all-year round destination, autumn and winter offer something different.

Are you able to cater for special dietary requirements? More often than not, special dietary requirements 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.

What is the smoking policy in New Zealand? Smoking is prohibited by law in coaches, bars, restaurants, cafes, casinos and other public buildings. Most hotels and resorts are now entirely smoke-free so if you do smoke, we would respectfully request that you remember to do so outside.

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

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. 58 - Kirra Coach 2019/20

Each traveller is entitled to take one suitcase and one carry-on bag. The maximum weight allowed for each suitcase is 23kg. Any excess luggage must be requested at time of booking. Ask your consultant for more information.

Can I use my mobile phone in New Zealand?

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.

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.

Is tipping expected?

Are transfers included if I arrive early?

Tipping in New Zealand is neither mandatory nor expected, however should you choose to reward a job well done, it is always greatly appreciated.

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.

Can I choose my own seat?

Can I pre-book additional sightseeing before I leave home? You’re very welcome to discuss and pre-book extra activities with your travel agent for those leisure days when nothing has been planned. Alternatively, your Coach Captain will be happy to offer recommendations and make bookings for you throughout your journey.

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 your tour departure date. All your vouchers, detailed itinerary and holiday information will be provided in a welcome pack that will be given to you on arrival in New Zealand by your transfer driver or upon check-in at your hotel.

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. 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 Classic collection tours. Children under the age of 16 are not permitted on our Platinum Collection small group tours. 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 New Zealand 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 accepted the Terms by making a booking with Kirra Tours. Brochure Validity This brochure is valid for travel from 01 September 2019 until 31 August 2020 unless replaced by a subsequent edition. Tour and Holiday Prices All prices quoted in this brochure are in Australian Dollars, are inclusive of GST and supersede all prices previously advertised. Pricing is subject to currency exchange fluctuations and Kirra Tours reserves the right to amend without notice any prices in this brochure. Pricing will be guaranteed only after Kirra Tours 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. Holland America Line and Seabourn Holland America Line and Seabourn reserves the right to unilaterally withdraw any sailing from public sale, with or without prior notice. In these circumstances agents will be provided with reasonable alternatives. Taxes, fees and port expenses are subject to change at any time. Holland America Line and Seabourn general group terms and conditions apply. Within 160 days prior to travel, cabin prices will revert to the best available rate. Full payment will be required within 120 days.

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 night’s 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 cannot 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 on-board 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 your 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. Wi-Fi Complimentary Wi-Fi is available on your tour coach however it has limited bandwidth and may not be as fast as normal broadband and might not be available in all areas. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in many hotels however 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 organisation’s 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 New Zealand 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 (e.g. 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 permitted 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, 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 willful 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 full members of ATAS, the Australian travel industry accreditation scheme. ATAS accreditation allows you to book with confidence knowing you are in the safe hands of trusted and reputable professionals. Travel Agents Supplies of this brochure can be requested through TIFS (NSW, VIC, TAS & QLD agents) and Templar Marketing (SA & WA agents). You can also request copies of Kirra Tours brochures by calling us on freephone 1800 888 242 or by visiting our website www.kirratours.co.nz.

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