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16 Day SOLO Travellers Highlights Tour

TOUR CODE: GPNSG16

Inclusions

PREPAID ATTRACTIONS

  • Welcome Drink
  • Haggis Ceremony and Gift
  • Larnach Castle*
  • Milford Sound Cruise and Lunch
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools and geysers*
  • Traditional Mãori Hãngi and Concert
  • Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Kauri Museum
  • City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland

*Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.

TOURING

  • Return airfares from your homeport
  • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 48 seat modern coach travel, 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain and Tour Leader
  • 15 nights 3.5 star accommodation
  • 4 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 1 rail journey
  • 4 cruises
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • 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; Mãori Hãngi and Concert, Rotorua
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle

Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

Itinerary

(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, The Church of the Good Shepherd and 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 Heritage Dunedin 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. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional).

Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room)

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, you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

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

DAY 6: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD)

Today is a free day to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain and Tour Leader are available to assist with the many optional activities available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or to 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 delicious gourmet barbecue dinner featuring a menu of seasonal, fresh and locally sourced food 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, 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.

Hotel Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

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. On arrival into the elegant city of Christchurch, 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 Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. 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 or similar (2 nights)

DAY 12: Rotorua (B,SD)

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at the Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a thrilling 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 Mãori Hãngi and Concert.

DAY 13: Rotorua - Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D)

This morning depart Rotorua and travel north via Auckland. 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 Mãori tribes and the British.

Hotel Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (2 nights)

DAY 14: Bay of Islands (B)

Today cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse keeps watch over Piercy Island, or as it is popularly known, the ‘Hole in the Rock’ before returning 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, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

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 will be transferred to  the airport for your flight home after a memorable  New Zealand holiday.

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Pricing

TOUR PRICE INCLUDING AIRFARES

Departure
Point
Tour
Including
Airfare
  Pre
Paid
Taxes**
  Total
Per Person
Single Room

Sydney

Melbourne

Brisbane

Gold Coast

Canberra

Cairns

Adelaide

Hobart

Launceston

Perth

$7309

$7309

$7309

$7309

$7539

$7589

$7609

$7609

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$7504

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$7784

$7834

$7804

$7789

$7789

$8029

Land Only

$7009

Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Airline taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

The above pricing is in Australian dollars and relevant to traveller’s ex Australia only. International travellers will be quoted in local currency by a travel provider based on New Zealand dollar pricing.


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Fully escorted tour includes airfares, taxes, transfers in NZ, modern coach travel, 3.5 star accommodation, most meals, sightseeing and attractions.

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pre/post stays

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Christchurch

Auckland

$115

$140

$230 

$280

Extra night rates are per person and based on room only. Subject to availability.

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16 Day SOLO Travellers Highlights Tour

Overall Experience Rating 9.00

The complete holiday was an enormous success. A lot more than we had expected. Money well spent. An experience we will never forget. We made a lot of friends too! T.B

T.B. (UK)

The holiday to NZ with Grand Pacific was brilliant. I enjoyed the trip immensely and loved having a go at some of the optional extras, especially the Franz Josef Glacier flight

H.C. (SA)

Enjoyed the tour – saw beautiful scenery and experienced wonderful excursions. Coach Captains were excellent and coach was clean and comfortable. Accommodation and meals were overall quite satisfactory. The tour was good value for money. WoUld recommend Grand Pacific to my friends.

UNKNOWN

A wonderful trip with fantastic scenery and commentary by the Coach Captain. Wonderful sights and a variety of tours and optional extras. A must see for every person! M.L.

M.L. (NSW)

Very impressed with the attention to detail and the commitment to ensuring a stress-free holiday. Quality all the way. Grand Pacific really looked after me.

B.H. (SA)

Loving the 'solo' tour in N Z. A great group, leader and driver. Oh to see God's creation first hand! At the base of Mount Cook. 3724 mtr.

JB (NSW)

Being a widow, I wanted to meet and share experiences with like-minded people who are passionate about living life to the fullest. I thoroughly enjoyed every day and experiences. Everlasting memories. Trip of a lifetime. Leant so much of NZ history and culture. Packed a lot in which I would not have known about or done on my own. Extremely good value.

F.L. (NSW)

Above and beyond what I expected – so many WOW moments – lost for words often to explain how great the trip has been – totally looked after by Kerri (Tour Guide) and Geoff (Coach Captain – South Island) and then John (Coach Captain – North Island) – can sit back and just enjoy each moment as it happens on the trip.

V.R. (QLD)

After cruising to NZ and visiting some parts inspired me to discover the country by land. This is the first Solo only tour I have been on – found it to be a very positive experience. The itinerary encompassed so many varying activities – there were a number of firsts for me on this trip – appreciated reserved seating and attending venues before the crowds.

V.B (NSW)