New Zealand Travel Blog

Start your New Zealand journey by reading about all the amazing places and hidden gems in our amazing country. Kirra Tours is the expert in places where even lots of Kiwis haven't been to. We'll share our travel secrets, destination highlights and travel tips on our New Zealand travel blog. Kia pai tō rā.

New Zealand Restaurants: Spotlight on Auckland

12 February 2018 | 0 Comments

Pace your palette, ladies and gentlemen, Auckland is more than the City of Sails; although you won’t find a better gateway to the North Island, this cosmopolitan capital is fast becoming just a little bit famous for its gastronomy. The Auckland food scene is more than a city pit-stop on your way to coastal haunts … Continue reading “New Zealand Restaurants: Spotlight on Auckland”

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New Zealand Self-Drive Tours for Seniors

12 December 2017 | 0 Comments

What are you doing next week? Babysitting the grandkids? Enjoying a quiet dinner? Running errands, seeing friends and making the most of your retirement? While you’ve left the work/life balance juggling act behind, don’t squash the travel bug. Embrace it. If you’re uncertain about where to start or what to look for, we’ve created a … Continue reading “New Zealand Self-Drive Tours for Seniors”

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Have You Tasted Your Way Along the Great New Zealand Wine Trail?

04 December 2017 | 0 Comments

When was the last time you spoiled your tastebuds with wine, cheese and ocean-fresh seafood, taking each day as it comes, lapping up a long, well-deserved holiday? You can’t remember? Not for a while? Never? Our New Zealand wine tours are perfect for travellers who need to treat themselves ASAP – rain or shine, these … Continue reading “Have You Tasted Your Way Along the Great New Zealand Wine Trail?”

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Experience New Zealand Winter Wonderland Next Year

24 October 2017 | 0 Comments
Amisfield Winery

What will you be doing next July? Preparing your tax receipts? Snuggling up with a cup of coffee and a middle-of-the-road TV show? Wishing you could be anywhere but dreary old home, doing the same things you always do? Next winter could be different. Very different. Nine days of snow, sun and South Island fun, … Continue reading “Experience New Zealand Winter Wonderland Next Year”

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Have you considered a New Zealand Cycling Adventure?

19 October 2017 | 0 Comments

Picture this. Rolling, sheep-dotted hills giving away to rugged, snow-capped peaks, as you lean into a gradual corner and let the wheels do the work; afternoons on the move, mornings by the lake, evenings under the stars and a holiday you’ll never forget, cycling New Zealand. It sounds idyllic, doesn’t it? Surfing the divide between … Continue reading “Have you considered a New Zealand Cycling Adventure?”

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Make Tracks on These New Zealand Rail Experiences

17 October 2017 | 0 Comments

All aboard! If you go choo-choo over trains, or fancy the thought of streaking across the countryside, sipping a beverage and staring out the window in awe, a railway adventure is just what you need to make the most out of your New Zealand holiday. Now, don’t think this blog isn’t for you if trains … Continue reading “Make Tracks on These New Zealand Rail Experiences”

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4 Things You Need to Know About Hiking in New Zealand

12 October 2017 | 0 Comments

Hiking in New Zealand is almost like an unofficial national sport. There are tracks everywhere; some rough, others well-worn and paved, with sign-posts and hand-rails to make your passage easier – all are free and open for exploration, provided inclement weather doesn’t spoil the fun. Although, if you’re going to travel like a local, the … Continue reading “4 Things You Need to Know About Hiking in New Zealand”

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5 Highlights of our 18 Day New Zealand Panorama Escorted Coach Tour

30 August 2017 | 0 Comments

You’ve been researching New Zealand coach tours for a while, and they’ve captured your imagination long enough to tease out a conversation or two with your nearest and dearest. Should you go? When should you go? What should you pack, and what should you look for in a tour? While you can find the answers … Continue reading “5 Highlights of our 18 Day New Zealand Panorama Escorted Coach Tour”

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3 Reasons You Should Book an Overnight Cruise on Milford or Doubtful Sound

30 August 2017 | 0 Comments

The magic of Milford and Doubtful Sound is difficult to capture with mere words – graceful, glorious, ancient and awe-inspiring, the hallowed cliffs of these prehistoric passages inspire wild imaginings and wide, toothy smiles without changing gear. You’ve probably been told time and time again, you must go, if there’s anything to do near Queenstown, … Continue reading “3 Reasons You Should Book an Overnight Cruise on Milford or Doubtful Sound”

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Must Book in Advance New Zealand Cruise Shore Excursions

21 August 2017 | 0 Comments

You’ve settled into your stateroom, slept onboard overnight and savoured the deluxe delights of sea life… you’re in heaven. But the pleasures and leisure time of cruising isn’t limited to the chair spangled decks and formal dinner affairs. Get out, see the sights and find out more about New Zealand! You’ve nailed down which New … Continue reading “Must Book in Advance New Zealand Cruise Shore Excursions”

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By Air or by Sea, which way should you cross Cook Strait?

21 August 2017 | 0 Comments
Interislander Ferry

South to north, north to south, crossing the Cook Strait can be as easy as stepping onto the New Zealand ferry and watching the white boats bobbing in Wellington harbour, as your strait-faring vessel slowly carries you to all new adventures. To say there’s only one way, however, is inaccurate, as an alternative, open-air journey … Continue reading “By Air or by Sea, which way should you cross Cook Strait?”

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Why You Shouldn’t Miss Warbirds Over Wanaka

08 August 2017 | 0 Comments

Wanaka is known for its snowfields, stunning scenery and water sports – a veritable wonderland of activities and holiday adventures, travellers hardly need another excuse to visit the lush core of the South Island. In case you’re looking for that excuse, or you’re sure you’ve done everything there is to do in the Land of … Continue reading “Why You Shouldn’t Miss Warbirds Over Wanaka”

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A Unique New Zealand Luxury Yacht Experience to be Savoured…

08 August 2017 | 0 Comments

Have you been dreaming of a holiday that combines road adventures and sea escapades, without the hassle of driving all day or dealing with large, crowded cruise ships? It sounds contradictory, a near impossible order in a world of compromises, but Kirra Tours doesn’t believe in trading your satisfaction for something that sort of, maybe … Continue reading “A Unique New Zealand Luxury Yacht Experience to be Savoured…”

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New Zealand’s Top 6 Water Adventures

26 July 2017 | 0 Comments

New Zealand inspires many different daydreams, inviting travellers to dine, hike, ski, shop, sail, cruise and taste at will, spoiled for choice wherever their itinerary takes them. Rarely though, do intrepid wanderers and curious newcomers explore the full range of adventures available, sticking to dry-land thrills like bungy jumping, or stable alternatives like day-cruises. Don’t … Continue reading “New Zealand’s Top 6 Water Adventures”

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Top 6 things to do in Queenstown

26 July 2017 | 0 Comments

Every traveller needs a basecamp. A home away from home to rest, recover and chill between each smile-making experience. While relaxation is a forgotten but essential factor in most itineraries, you’ll never be far from the action in Queenstown, as the southern city acts as a natural conduit of adventure. From the heart-stopping Milford Sound … Continue reading “Top 6 things to do in Queenstown”

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