6 Days / 5 Nights
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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.
Welcome to New Zealand! Please make your own way to your Christchurch accommodation where the rest of the day is at your leisure.
Travel across the rich Canterbury Plains into the foothills of the MacKenzie Country this morning, arriving into Tekapo Township where you can view the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd and Collie Dog statue, both overlooking the powder-blue waters of this stunning lake. Continue onwards through the small town of Omarama and traverse the winding Lindis Pass. You will then follow alongside the scenic gold bearing Kawarau River while travelling through the rugged Kawarau Gorge before reaching your destination of Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. Once checked into your accommodation the rest of the day will be at your leisure, either to relax or head out and explore.
Optional: On Day 5, you will have the opportunity to witness spectacular scenery on the iconic TranzAlpine train journey (extra cost applies). Join in Greymouth and travel a memorable route through to Christchurch before rejoining the coach. If this is something you would like to experience, please make your Coach Captain aware and he will be more than happy to arrange this for you. It is best to do this today as all reservations are subject to availability and booking in advance may help to avoid disappointment.
Today is at your leisure whilst in the adventure capital. You can either sit back and relax or your Coach Captain can assist with any optional activities you would like to do. We recommend the world famous Shotover Jet Boat ride, take a gondola ride to the Skyline above, a tour to the gold mining area of Skippers Canyon or for the adventurous – white water rafting. Alternatively, browse in the many shops and galleries.
A second day free to explore at your leisure with a multitude of optional activities available to choose from. Why not take a full day trip to one of New Zealand’s most loved attractions, the wondrous and awe-inspiring Milford Sound located deep in the Fiordland National Park. Or perhaps you would enjoy a relaxing steamer cruise across beautiful Lake Wakatipu aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw, disembarking at the iconic Walter Peak High Country Farm for a farm tour if you choose.
Travel back towards Lake Wanaka today, a picture postcard resort on the lake’s edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. Pass Lake Hawea and the upper reaches of Lake Wanaka, travelling through the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks before emerging onto the wild and isolated West Coast. Here you will drive north along the coast up to the glacier region and the small town of Fox Glacier. Here you will have time to explore the township yourself, or take an optional scenic helicopter flight with a snow landing for breathtaking views and great photo opportunities.
Snowcapped Southern Alps dominate the skyline as you pass dense bush, tiny landlocked lakes and small pockets of farmland. Visit a Greenstone (Jade) gallery where craftsmen cut and polish giant boulders to create fine jewellery. Travel through rainforests to Otira, snowcapped peaks of the Southern Alps, the rugged Gorges of the Waimakariri River and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Your tour concludes at Christchurch Airport.