Solo Travellers Highlights Tour

from £2589
excluding flights *
15 nights Nov, Feb-Mar, Oct

Overview

This holiday from our partner and New Zealand specialists, Grand Pacific Tours, is especially designed for the solo traveller looking to explore with like-minded individuals. It features classic highlights of both islands and a few less well-known, but equally enthralling locations. Making use of deluxe hotel accommodation with a number of two night stays, this a very comfortable and relaxed holiday.

Highlights

  • See Lake Tekapo with its brilliant turquoise water
  • Enjoy a Scottish-inspired evening in Dunedin
  • Explore the fiords of Milford Sound by boat
  • Evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu on vintage steamer TSS Earnslaw
  • Travel on the TranzAlpine train
  • Discover the geothermal hotspot of Rotorua and experience a Maori hangi and concert
  • Take to the sea in a luxury catamaran in the Bay of Islands

What's Included

  • Accommodation in quality hotels for 15
  • All breakfasts, 12 dinners, 1 picnic lunch, 1 morning tea
  • 4 cruises
  • All attractions (unless specified as optional)
  • Meet and Greet on arrival

Full description

Luxury Coaches

One of the key features of this itinerary is the transportation used. GPT make use of full size coaches with 48 reclining cloth trim seats providing excellent comfort and features. This is 'first class' coach travel in the truest sense of the word.

Contact our New Zealand specialists now
worldwide team erin glennie bw
Authentic holidays for passionate travellers

Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £825 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person

Departure Duration Twin Share Price (pp) Single Price
25 Oct 2018 15 nights £2,589 £4,043
06 Nov 2018 15 nights £2,589 £4,043
21 Feb 2019 15 nights £2,589 £4,043
14 Mar 2019 15 nights £2,589 £4,043
25 Oct 2019 15 nights £3,025 £3,933
06 Nov 2019 15 nights £3,025 £3,933
21 Feb 2020 15 nights £3,025 £3,933
14 Mar 2020 15 nights £3,025 £3,933

Please note: If you are travelling alone, we will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender. If you prefer not to share, the single price is applicable to guarantee your own room.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in quality hotels for 15 nights
  • All breakfasts, 12 dinners, 1 picnic lunch, 1 morning tea
  • Meals include a speciality breakfast & 5 speciality dinners
  • 4 cruises
  • All attractions (unless specified as optional)
  • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Comprehensive documentation pack
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Group Size:

Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 48

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive Christchurch

Upon arrival in you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your tour guide and fellow travellers for a pre-dinner drink followed by a welcome dinner.
Overnight: 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 to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, time and weather permitting) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama.
Overnight: 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 at your leisure. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.
Overnight: Mercure Leisure Lodge.

Day 4: Dunedin - Te Anau

This morning travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you will hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by a delightful morning tea. Say farewell to 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 Glowworm Caves (optional).
Overnight: Distinction Luxmore Hotel. Breakfast and dinner included.

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 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 wonderful resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions. This evening is free and you may wish to dine at one of many fine restaurants.
Overnight: Mercure Queenstown Resort.

Day 6: Queenstown

Enjoy a full day at leisure. There are plenty of sightseeing options and adventurous activities and your coach captain and tour escort will be happy to assist. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across the lake to Walter Peak Station. On arrival sit back and relax, as you are treated to a gourmet barbeque which the chef will prepare in front of you at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then re-board the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown.
Overnight: Mercure Queenstown Resort.

Day 7: Queenstown - Arrowtown - Fox Glacier

Travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to Fox Glacier. Time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.
Overnight: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier / Heartland Hotel Glacier Country.

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

Journey today to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone factory. Continue to 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.
Overnight: Quality Hotel Elms.

Day 9: Christchurch - Picton - Wellington

Travel through the Lewis Pass and enjoy the spectacular scenery as you travel through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine. Continue on to Picton, where you board the Interislander Ferry for your cruise through the magnificent Marlborough Sounds and across the Cook Strait to Wellington.
Overnight: Hotel Ibis Wellington.

Day 10: Wellington

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand's superb National Museum with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views of the land, environment and people. Re-board your coach for an extensive city tour which showcases the history and culture of the city. Enjoy some free time at leisure this afternoon. This evening is also free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants in the city.
Overnight: Hotel Ibis Wellington.

Day 11: Wellington - Lake 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 and then travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.
Overnight: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights).

Day 12: Rotorua

Begin with a Gondola ride to the Stratosfare Restaurant where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. Travel to the Agrodome where you will see a shearing display and sheep dog trial. Visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. In the evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.
Overnight: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua.

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 of Waitangi, between Maori tribes and the British.
Overnight: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge.

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 via Russell to Paihia for a free afternoon. A range of optional activities are available or you may choose to relax and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the waterfront. This evening is also free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.
Overnight: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge.

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 you will be treated to a special farewell dinner with your new friends.
Overnight: Copthorne Hotel Auckland City.

Day 16: Auckland & depart

Time to say goodbye today. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

Copthorne Hotel Auckland City

New Zealand

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Found in central Auckland, this modern hotel has 110 recently refurbished and spacious rooms in an excellent luxury venue.

Discover More

Hotel Ibis, Wellington

New Zealand

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

A comfortable hotel in the heart of the country's capital, the Hotel Ibis Wellington offers 200 spacious rooms only a short walk from many of the city's main attractions.

Discover More

Mercure Hotel Dunedin

New Zealand

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

Found near Dunedin's centre, this is a newly decorated boutique hotel with 50 spacious rooms.

Discover More

Mercure Resort, Queenstown

New Zealand

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

This 148-room hotel has all the benefits of sitting near a big city while offering the serenity of rural accommodation.

Discover More

Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau

New Zealand

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

A 180-room hotel offering an extensive range of amenities in the majestic Fiordland, this is a marvellous base to use while exploring this well-known natural wonder.

Discover More
How to Book
Call us on 01737 214 250 to discuss your plans or
Enquire Now
Browse the website

Find a holiday idea or suggested itinerary that inspires you, then send an enquiry or call us

Personalised Quote

Your dedicated travel specialist will create a quote based on your preferences

Refine & Book

Together we’ll refine your itinerary until you’re happy and ready to book

You’re in safe hands

From the moment you book until you return home we’re here for you no matter what

You may also like

Highlights of New Zealand Escorted Tour

from £2871
excluding flights
15 nights Nov-May, Sep-Oct
This great value escorted tour hits the spot showcasing the best of both islands.
  • Escorted
  • Rail
New Zealand

New Zealand Showcase

from £3538
excluding flights
18 nights Nov, Jan-May, Sep-Oct
See New Zealand's most iconic sights in style on this escorted luxury holiday
  • Escorted
  • Wildlife
  • Bird Watching
New Zealand

Ultimate Rail, Cruise and Coach Experience

from £5487
excluding flights
18 nights Nov-Apr, Sep-Oct
Enjoy luxury travel by coach and train as well as cruises on this small group tour.
  • Escorted
  • Rail
  • Classic Experiences
New Zealand