10 Days / 9 Nights – Departing Christchurch finishing in Christchurch
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Seat rotation plan
When you travel on a Kirra Coach Tour your Coach Captain maintains a daily seat rotation plan to ensure you get to know
all your travelling companions and enjoy the scenery from a different vantage point each day.
All our coach tours are smoke free and are restricted to smoking during the frequent sightseeing, photographic and comfort stops. We request non-smoking hotel rooms for the comfort of our entire tour group. Travellers who prefer accommodation without such limitations are asked to make their preference known when making reservations and again at the beginning of their tour.
As a single traveller we give you the option of a guaranteed single room when you purchase the single supplement. Alternatively, as a single traveller not paying the single supplement, we will match you with another traveller on a twin share basis of the same gender. There may be instances that there are no other single travellers on the tour and in these cases we will provide you with a single room at no extra cost.
When sharing a triple room a saving of 5% applies to your tour price. If you also require pre and post accommodation
we have prices available on request. Please note most room configurations are double or twin in which case the third bed is likely to be a rollaway. We are unable to cater for 4 adults wishing to share one room. A triple discount does not apply to tours including the Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
Arrive Auckland - Auckland / Bay of Islands - Bay of Islands - Bay of Islands / Auckland - Auckland / Whangamata - Coromandel Peninsula - Whangamata / Rotorua - Rotorua / Tongariro National Park - Tongariro National Park / Wellington - Wellington / Home
Welcome to New Zealand. A Acrossnz Tours representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your hotel.
Cross Auckland’s distinctive Harbour Bridge for the drive north along the scenic Hibiscus Coast, admiring the numerous stunning beaches as you travel onwards through Kawakawa to Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands. Here you will be met by a local Maori guide who will travel with you to the famous Waitangi Treaty House and Grounds. Once at the Treaty House and Grounds, you are free to explore at your own pace. Later this afternoon take a launch cruise across the idyllic Bay, discovering the areas world renowned game fishing grounds made famous by Zane Grey, before viewing the lonely isolated Cape Brett Lighthouse and spectacular “Hole in the Rock”. Return through the inner islands with their beautiful sandy beaches, sparkling waters and marine life. (B, D)
Today is at your leisure. Take the time to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Bay of Islands. If you want to take advantage of your time here, your Coach Captain will happily assist with arranging activities for you. Why not try a full day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northern most point, and see where the Tasman Sea collides with the Pacific Ocean. (B, D)
Travel South today through Whangarei and Warkworth, passing a satellite tracking station and lush rolling scenery until you reach the charming village of Matakohe. This pretty town is home to the award winning Kauri Museum, a locally created treasure-trove of pioneering clothing, equipment and history. Particularly fascinating are the household objects and jewellery carved from precious Kauri Gum which once belonged to local families, as well as the extraordinary wealth of information about the Kauri trees themselves, so important to the early settlement of New Zealand. After this continue on to Auckland for an afternoon at your leisure. This evening, after dinner, why not take a stroll down to Auckland’s vibrant Viaduct district or check out the cafe culture evident in the city’s winding laneways. (B, D)
A city tour of Auckland takes in the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere at 328m high, Sky Tower. Enjoy superb city and harbour views over the downtown area and Waterfront Drive as you admire this stunning ‘City of Sails’. Next enjoy a trip downtown to the iconic Viaduct area where you will experience the thrill of sailing aboard a 15m yacht on Auckland Harbour, a unique way to admire this bustling city landscape. Check out Auckland’s landmarks as you enjoy a peaceful journey across the stunning blue waters of the vast harbour, surrounded by the many yachts and sailing boats that gave this city its nickname. After you return to shore you will begin driving south towards the hidden gem that is the Coromandel Peninsula. (B, D)
Today you will go on an exclusive journey through the Coromandel region with Kiwi Dundee Adventures, a true Kiwi local who will provide a unique insight into this stunning area and explain the rich history behind the destinations you explore. Discover regenerating Kauri forest and lush fern groves, view the old roads to Puketui, an 1890′s gold mining town, and visit a gold mine studded with glowworms. Walk on isolated beaches and feel the sand between your toes as you enjoy the fresh clean air and stunning vistas of the iconic Coromandel. And if conditions permit, perhaps even take a dip in the springs at iconic Hotwater Beach where underground water filters up through the sand and can be dug into warm soaking pools during low tide. Today a picnic lunch is included. (B, L, D)
Take a scenic drive to Rotorua this morning and upon arrival visit the Agrodome for a fun and informative display featuring New Zealand’s various sheep breeds and a shearing demonstration by a true Kiwi farmer. After meeting the animals you will take the spectacular Skyline Gondola to the Skyline complex where you will be treated to a wine tasting and delicious buffet lunch whilst admiring superb views over the surrounding landscape of city, lake and mountains. After your visit you will enjoy a free afternoon in Rotorua, allowing you to try out some optional activities if you choose. Your Coach Captain will be happy to assist you in making any bookings or in providing suggestions. This evening you will discover the Tamaki Maori Village. You will be greeted by imposing warriors who will perform the Powhiri (traditional Maori welcome) before you walk through a forest of pine trees and learn about some of the traditional Maori arts. Later enjoy the Maori hangi (traditionally prepared meats and vegetables) which has been slow cooked beneath the earth using hot stones, as well as enjoying a selection of more conventional dishes. Be inspired by a concert and cultural performance featuring stirring Maori songs, haunting chants and the famous haka. (B, L, D)
This morning you will enjoy a visit to the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, arriving at Te Puia to be greeted at the gates by twelve awe-inspiring guardians, each carved from wood with a distinctly unique expression and representing the divine realms. After this extraordinary arrival, you will enter the inspiring Maori Arts and Crafts Centre which aims to preserve Maori culture and traditional arts for generations to come. Discover this fascinating reserve which also showcases some of Rotorua’s best thermal activity, with its boiling mud, silica terraces and Pohutu Geyser. Next leave Rotorua behind and skirt massive pine forests and the Wairakei Geothermal Valley to pause at the powerful Huka Falls where the full force of the Waikato River pours through a narrow chasm and crashes into the river below. Arrive at Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake which is famous for trout fishing and a popular holiday spot, before venturing into the Tongariro National Park. In the heart of the park you will discover the elegant Chateau Tongagriro, built in 1929 and still retaining much of its original old world charm and tradition. (B, D)
As you travel south the volcanic mountains – Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe dominate the view. Enjoy the scenery as you journey over the Rimutaka ranges and arrive into Wellington. As the Capital City of New Zealand, Wellington is well known for being a vibrant and progressive community, iconic for its art festivals, involvement in the modern global film industry, buzzing cafe culture, and also for being home to New Zealand’s most famous museum, Te Papa. A city tour includes the summit of Mount Victoria for views over the city and its harbour, the Houses of Parliament and distinctive “Beehive”, Wellington Cathedral, the central city and business area and Oriental Bay. Later why not explore yourself, taking the opportunity to visit Te Papa’s extraordinary displays or even take a Cable Car ride for some spectacular views! (B, D)
Today you will be transferred to Wellington Airport to join your flight home. (B)
|Tour Starts||Tour Ends||Tour Status||Normal Rate||Acrossnz Discount Rate|
|Fri 27 Mar 2015||Sun 05 Apr 2015||GUARANTEED||NZ $3,195.00||NZ $3,035.00|
|Fri 16 Oct 2015||Sun 25 Oct 2015||OPEN||NZ $3,195.00||NZ $3,035.00|
|Fri 13 Nov 2015||Sun 22 Nov 2015||GUARANTEED||NZ $3,195.00||NZ $3,035.00|
|Fri 11 Dec 2015||Sun 20 Dec 2015||GUARANTEED||NZ $3,195.00||NZ $3,035.00|
|Fri 25 Dec 2015||Sun 03 Jan 2016||GUARANTEED||NZ $3,195.00||NZ $3,035.00|
|Fri 08 Jan 2016||Sun 17 Jan 2016||GUARANTEED||NZ $3,195.00||NZ $3,035.00|
|Fri 15 Jan 2016||Sun 24 Jan 2016||OPEN||NZ $3,195.00||NZ $3,035.00|
|Fri 29 Jan 2016||Sun 07 Feb 2016||GUARANTEED||NZ $3,195.00||NZ $3,035.00|
|Fri 12 Feb 2016||Sun 21 Feb 2016||GUARANTEED||NZ $3,195.00||NZ $3,035.00|
|Fri 26 Feb 2016||Sun 06 Mar 2016||GUARANTEED||NZ $3,195.00||NZ $3,035.00|
|Fri 25 Mar 2016||Sun 03 Apr 2016||GUARANTEED||NZ $3,195.00||NZ $3,035.00|