20 Day Odyssey
This small-group tour showcases New Zealand’s highlights in a relaxed and less structured way.
The 20 Day Odyssey tour will leave you in awe, with plenty of memories and stories to share for years to come.
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Conditions: Prices are per person, double-share and subject to availability at the time of booking. Prices were correct as at 03 July 18 but are subject to change without notice. Valid for travel from Nov 18 and Apr 19. Please enquire for more details.
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Day 1: Arrive Auckland
Haere mai! Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival you will be met by a Kirra Tours representative and transferred to your downtown city hotel.
Day 2: Devonport, Waiheke Island (B,L)
Start the morning on a city sights tour of the City of Sails with our Kirra Tours representative. Explore the historic and trendy seaside village of Devonport before boarding the ferry to Waiheke Island. Enjoy a special lunch at the beautiful Mudbrick Winery with its spectacular views overlooking the Hauraki Gulf looking back to the city skyline.
Day 3: Hobbiton, Rotorua (B,D)
Travel south to Matamata, home to the famous Hobbiton movie set. Situated on private farmland, you’ll be treated to a fun and interesting guided tour before continuing on to the geothermal city of Rotorua.
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 the bays and coves of the lake under sail on our luxury catamaran and bathe in the thermal waters of the Manupirua Pools, 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 Whakarewarewa 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 best Art Deco cities. Here, your local guide will bring this fascinating architecture to life on your walk around the town this afternoon.
Day 6: At leisure in Hawke's Bay (B,D)
Widely regarded as the Tuscany of the South Pacific, this region boasts some of Aotearoa's best and oldest 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 Craggy Range Winery in the stunning Tuki Tuki Valley for a sumptuous dinner in its French bistro-inspired restaurant, Terroir.
Day 7: Wairarapa, Wellington (B)
Travel this morning through the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region en-route to Wellington, the nation’s capital, where you enjoy a brief sightseeing and orientation tour before checking into your accommodation.
Day 8: Explore the nation's capital (B)
Recently 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, as well as beautiful walks around the harbour and surrounding hills.
Day 9: Picton, Marlborough Sounds (B,D)
This morning we cruise across Cook Strait on the 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 lodge located in the stunning Kenepuru Sound. For those who wish, an optional floatplane transfer and scenic flight to the lodge is available from Picton.
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 are a number of bush walks to enjoy. Or, you can simply relax with a book and soak in the spectacular scenery.
Day 11: Blenheim, Kaikoura (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.
Day 12: Lake Tekapo, Aoraki Mount Cook (B,D)
Travel south across the Canterbury Plains and stop at beautiful Lake Tekapo to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Then travel up the western side of Lake Pukaki to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, a World Heritage-listed site. The park covers over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery.
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.
Day 14: Lindis Pass, Queenstown (B)
Travel through the Mackenzie Country before beginning the ascent over the Lindis Pass and emerging into the lush green farmland that surrounds the spectacular alpine village of Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination.
Day 15: Arrowtown, Gibbston Valley Winery (B, L)
Today you will visit one of the most scenic wine growing areas you’ll ever encounter – the Gibbston Valley, also known as the Valley of the Vines. Here you will dine at the Gibbston Valley Winery Restaurant, which merges the stunning surrounds with the elegant beauty of the wine and food. Prepared by the Executive Chef, the seasonal menu features carefully-selected ingredients that reflect local flavours.
Day 16: Milford Sound nature cruise (B,L)
Your highlight today 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 about 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.
Day 17: Queenstown and surrounds (B)
Enjoy a free day to experience this magnificent resort town. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities in all forms, from extreme to relaxed exploration. Your Coach Captain will be happy to advise you on all the activities and options available.
Day 18: Wanaka, Franz Josef Glacier (B,D)
There is time to wander around the resort town of Wanaka before enjoying incredible scenery as we travel past the untouched native forests and pristine lakes of the World Heritage-listed Westland Tai Poutini 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).
Day 19: Spectacular TranzAlpine train, Christchurch (B,D)
Head north along the dramatic West Coast, steeped in history dating back to the gold rush era of the 1800s. 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. On arrival we transfer to our resort hotel for a farewell dinner.
Day 20: Depart Christchurch (B)
Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Christchurch Airport to connect with your onward flight home.