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9 Day New Zealand Coach Tour

9 Day The Basics Eclipse – Superior Coach Tour

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Just because this tour gives you free time to explore, it doesn’t mean you will miss out on any of New Zealand’s most popular and iconic destinations. The 9 Day Eclipse has been expertly crafted to include overnight stops in all of New Zealand’s most exciting locations, allowing you time to discover for yourself why New Zealand is such a special place.


  • Explore at your own pace
  • Brief Auckland city tour
  • Visit the coastal town of Tauranga
  • A full free day in Rotorua to explore
  • View spectacular Huka Falls & Lake Taupo
  • Visit the Art Deco Capital, Napier
  • Evening at leisure in Wellington
  • Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd
  • 2 full days at leisure in Queenstown
  • View beautiful Lake Wanaka
  • Visit the West Coast Glacier Region
  • Opportunity to the the world famous TranzAlpine train journey

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Optional Extras

  • Single Room Supplement

9 Days / 8 Nights

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  • Hotel porterage
  • Dedicated Coach Captains sharing local knowledge and personal experiences
  • Travel in premium, well appointed and fully airconditioned 5 star coaches
  • Panoramic windows and dual entry
  • Restroom on board
  • Travel kit including ticket wallet, diary, local travel information & more
  • The finest centrally located hotels available in each destination

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.

Smoking policy
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.

Auckland / Rotorua - Rotorua - Rotorua / Wellington - Wellington / Christchurch - Christchurch / Queenstown - Queenstown - Queenstown - Queenstown / Fox Glacier - Fox Glacier / Greymouth / Christchurch


Auckland / Rotorua

Meet your Coach Captain at the President Hotel in central Auckland at 7.45am this morning. After a brief city tour this morning, depart Auckland and travel south over the Bombay Hills and through the gold mining town of Waihi known for its stunning beaches. Continue on to Tauranga, a coastal town located around a large harbour that extends along the western Bay of Plenty, and is protected by Matakana Island and the extinct volcano of Mauao (Mount Maunganui). You will then continue on your journey across the Mamaku Ranges to reach Rotorua, a centre of Maori Culture and also a truly exceptional thermal wonderland. The rest of the evening is free to explore the many shops, restaurants and bars on offer in Rotorua’s centre.


Sudima Hotel, Lake Rotorua


Today is a free day for you to explore at your leisure. Your Coach Captain will be more than happy to answer your questions and help you book. Why not try an adrenalin pumping White Water Rafting trip or bungy, or maybe instead check out the natural geothermal wonders that Rotorua is famous for. An unforgettable evening experience you absolutely can’t go past a Maori Hangi (Meal) and Cultural Experience.


Sudima Hotel, Lake Rotorua

Rotorua / Wellington

Leave Rotorua behind this morning and skirt some of the world’s largest pine forest to Wairakei where natural steam is harnessed to generate electricity. Stop and view the spectacular Huka Falls where the Waikato River pours through a narrow chasm into the river below and then travel onwards to Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand. Continue across the Central Plateau noted for its intensive forestry development to the Hawkes Bay region and the city of Napier, claimed to be the Art Deco capital of the world. Here you can view the much photographed bronze statue ‘Pania of the Reef’, erected in 1954 to pay homage to the ancient legend of Pania, a beautiful reef siren from the Napier area who fell in love with the son of a Maori Chief. Later watch as orchards and vineyards give way to lush farmlands as you pass through Hastings, Dannevirke and Woodville, before enjoying an afternoon stop in Masterton. A late afternoon arrival into the Capital City Wellington with the rest of your evening is at leisure to explore the beautiful Capital of New Zealand and immerse yourself in its relaxed culture and excellent café’s, restaurants and bars.


Bay Plaza Hotel, Wellington

Wellington / Christchurch

Arrangements from Wellington to Christchurch are not included in your tour cost.
Option 1: Fly to Christchurch
A scheduled domestic flight from Wellington to Christchurch (at a time of your choice).
Option 2: Interislander Ferry & Coastal Pacific Train
This throughfare combines a morning Interislander Ferry service from Wellington to Picton with the Coastal Pacific train service from Picton to Christchurch.
On arrival in Christchurch, you will make your own way to your overnight accommodation (applies to both options).


Christchurch City Park Motel, Christchurch

Christchurch / Queenstown

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 9, 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.


Tanoa Aspen Hotel, Queenstown


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.


Tanoa Aspen Hotel, Queenstown


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.


Tanoa Aspen Hotel, Queenstown

Queenstown / Fox Glacier

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.


Heartland Hotel, Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier / Greymouth / Christchurch

There will be time this morning for an optional helicopter flight over the glacier (weather permitting) and then you are off again. Snowcapped Southern Alps dominate the skyline as you pass dense bush, tiny landlocked lakes and small pockets of farmland through to Hokitika. Here you have the opportunity, if you wish, to visit a Greenstone (Jade) Gallery where craftsmen cut and polish giant boulders to create fine jewellery. Pass by rainforest as you travel past Lake Brunner to Otira and Arthurs Pass. Finally you will follow the rugged Gorges of the Waimakariri River and cross the Canterbury Plains to reach Christchurch where your tour concludes at Christchurch Airport.

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