Oct & Nov 2018 & Feb & March 2019 • 16 Day New Zealand Highlights Tour • Solo Only Departures

  • Pricing*

    Dates available -

    2018 – 25 October | 6 November

    2019 – 21 February | 14 March

    Departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Gold Coast

    $6,964 – guaranteed single room


     Departure from Canberra

    $7,234 – guaranteed single room


     Departure from Cairns

    $7,274 – guaranteed single room


     Departure from Adelaide

    $7,264 – guaranteed single room


     Departure from Hobart & Launceston

    $7,245 – guaranteed single room


     Departure from Perth

    $7,504 – guaranteed single room


     Land Only – $6,479 (above prices include return economy class airfare)

    Share a room and SAVE – $1,430. Twin share with another single traveller of the same gender and save $1,430 per person off the above tour price.

    *Prices include prepaid taxes, these are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed at time of booking

    Inclusions

    TOURING
    • Return airfares from your homeport
    • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
    • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
    • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
    • Coach Captain & Tour Guide
    • 15 nights 3.5 star hotel accommodation
    • 4 two night stays
    • Hotel porterage
    • 4 cruises
    • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
    • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax)
    • Comprehensive documentation pack
    MEALS
    • 15 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
    • 12 sumptuous dinners including 4 specialty dinners: Welcome Dinner, Christchurch; Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua
    • 1 picnic lunch
    • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle

    Highlights

    • Welcome drink & welcome dinner in Christchurch
    • Larnach Castle
    • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch
    • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
    • Lakes District Museum in Arrowtown
    • TranzAlpine Rail Journey, one of the great train journeys of the world
    • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry through Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Straight to Wellington
    • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum in Wellington
    • Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride
    • Thermal mud pools & geysers in Rotorua
    • Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
    • Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise through the Bay of Islands
    • Kauri Museum
    • City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington & Auckland

  • Itinerary16 day solo

    (B) Breakfast. (L) Lunch. (D) Dinner. (SD) Specialty Dinner.

    DAY 1: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH (SD)
    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.
    Hotel Quality Hotel Elms

    DAY 2: CHRISTCHURCH – OMARAMA (B,D)
    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.
    Hotel Heritage Gateway Hotel

    DAY 3: OMARAMA – DUNEDIN (B,SD)
    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.
    Hotel Mercure Leisure Lodge

    DAY 4: DUNEDIN – TE ANAU (B,D)
    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).
    Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room)

    Milford Sound – Described as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ this magnificent fiord was carved by glaciers during the ice ages, its cliffs rising vertically with waterfalls cascading from mountain peaks

    DAY 5: TE ANAU – MILFORD SOUND – QUEENSTOWN (B,L)
    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.
    Hotel Mercure Queenstown Resort (2 nights) or similar

    DAY 6: QUEENSTOWN (FREE DAY) (B,SD)
    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.

    DAY 7: QUEENSTOWN – ARROWTOWN – FOX GLACIER (B,D)
    Travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty West Coast. 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.
    Hotel Heartland Hotel Glacier Country or similar

    Guaranteed single room – The solo traveller holidays include a guaranteed single room. There is the option to share a room with a person of the same gender and save

    DAY 8: FOX GLACIER – ARTHUR’S PASS – CHRISTCHURCH (B,D)
    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.
    Hotel Quality Hotel Elms

    DAY 9: CHRISTCHURCH – PICTON – WELLINGTON (B,D)
    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.
    Hotel Ibis Wellington (2 nights)

    DAY 10: WELLINGTON (B)
    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.

    DAY 11: WELLINGTON – TAUPO – ROTORUA (B,D)
    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.
    Hotel Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights)

    Professional Tour Guide – A Tour Guide will accompany the group, helping to break the ice with your fellow travellers from day one. Their professional approach will ensure the group bond and they will also act as a valuable source of Kiwi facts and knowledge

    DAY 12: ROTORUA (B,SD)
    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.

    DAY 13: ROTORUA – AUCKLAND – BAY OF ISLANDS (B,D)
    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.
    Hotel Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (2 nights)

    DAY 14: BAY OF ISLANDS (B)
    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 via Russell 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).

    Rotorua – Rotorua is one of the world’s most spectacular Geothermal Wonderlands. Visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s living Maori cultural centre and home to hundreds of geothermal wonders

    DAY 15: BAY OF ISLANDS – AUCKLAND (B,D)
    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.
    Hotel Rydges Auckland

    DAY 16: DEPART AUCKLAND (B)
    Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.j

  • Dates available

    2018 – 25 October & 6 November

    2019 – 21 February & 14 March

    Call us on 1300 689 461

    50 plus travel club logo