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Journeys : Feb March 2010
67 February / March 10 If you want to give your New Zealand holiday a theme, Kirra Tours can make it possible. Wine would be an inspired choice. On the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, which includes both the North and South Islands, you'll discover some of New Zealand's most fabulous scenery and most remarkable wine regions. And where there's wine, there's always great food -- locally-grow n fruit and vegetables, boutique cheeses, tender lamb and an ocean of seafood. As well as food and wine, there's plenty to keep you entertained during your jour ney. Hawkes Bay is known for its Art Deco architecture, gour met cooking schools and the remarkable gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers. Tarar ua is the place to hike through a forest park, visit a wildlife centre and take a tour of the iconic Tui Brewery at Mangatainoka. Around the Wairarapa wine region, historic tow ns offer a tempting mix of shopping and dining experiences. In the capital city of Wellington you can explore New Zealand's culture with a visit to New Zealand's amazing national museum Te Papa, see live theatre and discover restaurant precincts that explore every culinary avenue. Across Cook Strait are the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, where you can bike, hike or kayak famous Queen Charlotte Track. There are more than 50 wineries to visit around Marlborough; many offer the additional pleasure of a vineyard restaurant. Take it slowly and savour every sip of the jour ney -- you'll soon see why New Zealand is the perfect choice for a wine-inspired holiday. Kir ra Tours has put together a fantastic 11-night self-drive itinerary incorporating the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail with car hire, accommodation, gourmet food and wine experiences along with some great New Zealand sightseeing. From only $2040* per person, it's a journey of the senses with plenty of culture, adventure and scenery. For something a little different, rail enthusiasts can indulge them selves with Kir ra Tours' unique 14-day New Zealand Rail and Self Drive Journey. Incorporating four historic train jour neys traversing the North and SouthIslands, this unforgettable trip enables holidaymakers to experience some of the most scenic train journeys in the world. This is combined with the opportunity to visit some of New Zealand's most popular attractions. Starting in Auckland on the Overlander with a 12-hour train jour ney crossing the great central mountain range of the North Island from Auckland to Wellington, the next leg of the jour ney is the Tranz Coastal train from Picton to Christchurch through the wine region of Marlborough, then along the rocky Kaikoura coastline, with unusual black sand beaches. The third train jour ney of the trip is the Tranz Alpine route from Christchurch to Greymouth -- this tr uly spectacular experience is rated in the top six rail journeys in the world. Following the r ugged Waimakariri River Valley, the train passes through a tunnel deep beneath the mountains into the lush native forest of the wild West Coast. Crossing the Souther n Alps through more than eighty tunnels, this rail jour ney is a must. Finally, travel in restored heritage carriages along the r ugged and magnificent Taieri River Gorge, across w rought-iron viaducts and through hand-cut tunnels. In between the rail journeys there is plenty of time for exploring, and a number of excursions along with a hire car are included. Prices are from $1699^ per person and include all accommodation, train jour neys, car hire and excursion s. For further details or for help planning your New Zealand self-drive itinerary, contact your local RACT Travelworld office or call 1300 368 111 New Zealand the self-drive way Arthurs Pass Cape Kidnappers
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