Highlights of New Zealand

AUCKLAND - CHRISTCHURCH

Solo Travellers Highlights Tour

ESCORTED TOUR

CHRISTCHURCH | OMARAMA | DUNEDIN | TE ANAU | MILFORD SOUND | QUEENSTOWN | ARROWTOWN | FOX GLACIER | ARTHUR'S PASS | PICTON | WELLINGTON | TAUPO | ROTORUA | AUCKLAND | BAY OF ISLANDS 

Set off on an escorted tour perfect for solo travellers across the vast lands of magnificent New Zealand. Discover thermal mud pools and raging geysers famous in Rotorua and take your taste buds on a cultural journey with a traditional Maori Hangi meal and concert. Cruise Lake Wakatipu on vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and sample homegrown produce at Colonel’s Homestead. You will be captivated as you travel up the Otago Peninsula across scenic highways and discover native flora at the Garden of International Significance. Ride the iconic TranzAlpine for a rail journey you won’t forget and embark on guided city tours of Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. This tour incorporates everything the solo traveller could need from roads to rail and sea.
 

HIGHLIGHTS:
• Haggis Ceremony & Gift
• Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch
• Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
• TranzAlpine Rail Journey
• Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum
• Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride
• Thermal mud pools & geysers
• Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
 

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16 Days
From £3933 Per Person

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Solo Travellers Highlights Tour
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Your Itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14
  • Day 15
  • Day 16

Day 1 : Arrive Christchurch

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. This evening meet your travelling companions for a pre dinner drink followed by a welcome dinner. (SD)

Hotel: Quality Hotel Elms

Day 2 : Christchurch - Omarama

After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, visit The Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available (time and weather permitting) to enjoy a scenic flight (optional) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama. (B,D)

Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Day 3 : Omarama - Dunedin

Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city sights tour followed by some free time. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift. (B,SD)

Hotel: Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge

Day 4 : Dunedin - Te Anau

This morning travel out along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). (B,D)

Hotel: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room)

Day 5 : Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown

Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon travel to Queenstown, overlooking magical Lake Wakatipu. Spend the next two nights at this year round resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions. This evening is free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants. (B,L)

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront or similar (2 nights)  

Day 6 : Queenstown (Free Day)

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain and Tour Guide are available to assist with the many sightseeing options available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner which the chef will prepare in front of you at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown.(B,SD)
 

Day 7 : Queenstown - Arrowtown - Fox Glacier

Travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to the township of Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers. (B,D)

Hotel: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier 

Day 8 : Fox Glacier - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. View rivers and valleys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over massive viaducts and through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to the elegant city of Christchurch. On arrival your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. (B,D)

Hotel: Quality Hotel Elms

Day 9 : Christchurch - Picton - Wellington

Travel along the East Coast to the seaside village of Kaikoura. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you travel through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine. Continue to Picton, where you will board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington. (B,D)

Hotel: Ibis Wellington (2 nights)

Day 10 : Wellington

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour which showcases the history and culture on show. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also free to choose your own dining arrangements. (B)
 

Day 11 : Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua

Depart Wellington and view the snow capped peaks of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro as you travel to Lake Taupo. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls then travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. (B,D)

Hotel: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights)

Day 12 : Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at the Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert. (B,SD)
 

Day 13 : Rotorua - Auckland - Bay of Islands

This morning depart Rotorua and travel north via Auckland to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Continue via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy an introduction to the Bay of Islands, location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British. (B,D)

Hotel: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (2 nights)

Day 14 : Bay of Islands

Today cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands on board a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning to Paihia for a free afternoon where a range of optional activities are available. This evening is also free and you may choose to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional). (B)
 

Day 15 : Bay of Islands - Auckland

Depart the Bay of Islands this morning and travel via Whangarei and Dargaville to Matakohe. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum before continuing to Auckland for a city sights tour. This evening enjoy a final dinner with your new found friends. (B,D)

Hotel: Rydges Auckland
 

Day 16 : Depart Auckland

Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. (B)

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