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Solo Travellers Highlights Tour

15 nights from €3,169 per person

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  • Accommodation
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Overview

Beautiful cruises, an epic TranzAlpine train ride, fascinating museums, delicious food. This 15-night escorted tour is an enticing way to discover all New Zealand has to offer, and make great friends along the way.

Starting in Christchurch and ending in Auckland, this brilliant adventure really packs a punch, including the likes of Wellington, Rotorua, Dunedin, Milford Sound, Queenstown, and the Bay of Islands into its jam-packed itinerary.

From gourmet BBQ’s and picnics, to traditional Haggis and Maori Hangi celebrations, decadent food is a huge selling point of this fun tour. There’s plenty of ways to immerse yourself in the culture too, and so much opportunity for unforgettable sightseeing. Charming cities, soaring mountains, cascading waterfalls, unspoilt islands…you’ll truly see it all.

Being a solo traveller tour, this is a fantastic way to meet like-minded people, and create exceptional memories with strangers who will soon become your friends (GPT).

Highlights

  • Enjoy a variety of fascinating city tours, including Queenstown, Auckland, Dunedin and Wellington
  • Tuck into a variety of special dinners, including a Haggis Ceremony, Devonshire tea at Larnach Castle, a gourmet BBQ on Walter Peak Homestead, and an authentic Maori Hangi
  • Experience a selection of wonderful cruises, including sailing through Milford Sound, Lake Wakatipu, the Bay of Islands, and Marlborough Sounds
  • Discover gigantic viaducts and soaring mountain views on board the TranzAlpine
  • Explore Rotorua’s incredible geothermal attractions, including boiling mud pools and geysers
  • Enjoy the Skyline Rotorua Gondola and enjoy a luge ride
  • Delve into the culture with a range of great museums and attractions, including the Kauri Museum

Details

Day 1

Christchurch

Once you’ve arrived into Christchurch, you will be met by a representative who will transfer you to your hotel. In the evening, join in with a fun welcome dinner and meet your travelling companions.

Overnight: Quality Hotel Elms

Dinner included.

Day 2

Omarama

The morning will be spent on a city sights tour, before departing Christchurch and journeying through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. Here you’ll discover the stunning turquoise water, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and find the Sheep Dog Stature.

There may even by time to enjoy a scenic flight over the Southern Alps (optional and at an extra cost) before travelling on to Omarama.

Overnight: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 3

Dunedin

Begin the day with a trip to Lake Benmore, before travelling along the Waitaki River to Oamaru, well-known for its jaw-dropping limestone. Afterwards, you will venture south to Dunedin for a fascinating city tour, along with some free time to explore for yourself. In the evening, you’ll enjoy a traditional Scottish night, with bagpipes, a special Haggis Ceremony and delicious food.

Hotel: Mercure Leisure Lodge

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 4

Te Anau

Today you will travel via the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle, where you’ll learn about the buildings tragic and scandalous past. You’ll have a bit of time to explore the Garden of International Significance, followed by a tasty Devonshire tea. Soon you’ll leave Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, the picturesque gateway to Fiordland. Tonight, you’ll have the chance to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional, and at an additional price).

Overnight: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room)

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 5

Milford Sound & Queenstown

Your day will begin with a fantastic cruise along the magnificent Milford Sound, marvelling at the Bowen Falls and soaring Mitre Peak as you tuck into a picnic lunch. Afterwards, you’ll journey to Queenstown and have the rest of the day and evening to do as you wish.

Overnight: Mercure Queenstown Resort

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 6

Queenstown

The whole day is free for you to explore Queenstown at your own pace. Your Coach Captain and tour guide can help you plan a day full of activities if you wish, including jet boat rides, getting up close to Kiwi birds, and enjoying a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon (all additional cost).

In the evening, you’ll board the history TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Here you’ll tuck in to a delicious gourmet BBQ prepared in front of you at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner, you will embark on a short farm tour, before hopping back on to the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano back to Queenstown.

Overnight: Mercure Queenstown Resort

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 7

Arrowtown & Fox Glacier

The morning will be spent in Arrowtown, visiting the Lakes District Museum. After a quick tour, you will travel via the Haast Pass to the marvellous West Coast, adorned with the snow-shrouded peaks of the Southern Alps. Travelling north to Fox Glacier, you might even have time for a scenic flight over the glaciers (optional, at an additional price).

Overnight: Heartland Hotel Glacier Country

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 8

Arthur’s Pass & Christchurch

Beginning the day with a trip to Hokitika and its interesting Greenstone Factory, you’ll soon continue on to Arthur’s Pass to board the TranzAlpine, known as one of the best train journeys in the world. Travelling past the Canterbury Plains, beautiful rivers and valleys, the Waimakariri Basin and over huge viaducts, soon you’ll arrive in Christchurch.

Overnight: Quality Hotel Elms

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 9

Picton & Wellington

The amazing scenery Lewis Pass offers will be your first port of call today, travelling along to the Marlborough Country – well known for its decadent food and wine. Once in Picton, you will hop onto the Interislander Ferry to journey through the gorgeous Marlborough Sounds, across Cook Strait, and on to Wellington.

Overnight: Ibis Wellington

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 10

Wellington

The morning gets to an interesting start with a trip to New Zealand’s national museum Te Papa to see the Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition – a fascinating exhibition that uses cutting technology to tell the stories of extraordinary New Zealanders. Afterwards, you will board your coach for a great Wellington city tour and spend the rest of the afternoon and evening to do as you please.

Overnight: Ibis Wellington

Breakfast included.

Day 11

Taupo & Rotorua

Your first journey today will involve spectacular views of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro as you journey to Lake Taupo. Once there, you’ll have the opportunity to see the cascading Huka Falls, before travelling along the Thermal Explorer Highway all the way to the geothermal beauty of Rotorua.

Overnight: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 12

Rotorua

Get your morning to a lovely start with a gondola ride and breakfast at the Skyline Rotorua, before enjoying a fun luge ride. The next stop will be Agrodome for a brilliant, fun-packed hour full of farming entertainment and education shows.

The afternoon will be spent at Te Puia, full of boiling mud pools and spectacular geysers that Rotorua is famous for, before having the rest of the day at your leisure. In the evening, you’ll get together with fellow travellers and enjoy an entertainment Maori Hangi and concert.

Overnight: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 13

Auckland & Bay of Islands

On day 13 you will depart Rotorua and venture north via Auckland to the Parry Kauri Park, a great place to see the breath-taking Kauri tree. You’ll then journey on to Paihia, a charming town in the heart of the Bay of Islands. This is the opportunity for you to marvel at the stunning Bay of Islands, including delving into its history by seeing the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.

Overnight: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 14

Bay of Islands

Today will be spent sailing through the jaw-dropping Bay of Islands on board a luxury catamaran, journeying to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Along the way, be sure to look out for elusive bottlenose and common dolphins. The cruise will return to Paihia for a free afternoon and evening exploring.

Overnight: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge

Breakfast included.

Day 15

Auckland

In the morning, you will depart the Bay of Islands and travel to Matakohe for an insightful talk at the Kauri Museum. Once in Auckland, you will embark on a great city sights tour, before enjoying a farewell dinner with your new-found friends.

Overnight: Copthorne Auckland City

Day 16

Auckland

Today marks the end of your tour. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

  • Return airport transfers
  • Personalised meet and greet upon arrival
  • 15 nights of accommodation in 3 - 3.5* hotels
  • 15 breakfasts, 12 dinners, one picnic lunch, and one afternoon tea
  • Modern coach travel with panoramic windows and reclining seats
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Four cruises
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions: Haggis Ceremony, Larnach Castle, Milford Sound cruise, Lake Wakatipu cruise on the TSS Earnslaw, Lakes District Museum, TranzApline rail journey, Interislander Ferry cruise, Te Papa, Skyline Rotorua Gondola and luge ride, Agrodome, thermal mud pools and geysers, traditional Maori Hangi and concert, dolphin/hole in the rock cruise, Kauri museum, city tours of Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland.

Guaranteed departure dates 2018

Oct 25 & Nov 6

Guaranteed departure dates 2019

Feb 21 & Mar 14

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