OVERVIEW

Solos Only

Enjoy a New Zealand tour exclusively for solo travellers.

This tour provides an excellent coverage of both the North and South Islands of New Zealand. 

Discover the delights of the South Island such as Dunedin, Milford Sound and Queenstown. Spend 8 days touring the North Island, visiting cultural Rotorua, the stunning Bay of Islands and finishing the tour in Auckland - the ‘City of Sails'.

This is big coach touring,  "all inclusive" style travel. It includes the highest quality standard of product. Join a group of like-minded singles and discover the highlights of New Zealand, touring with Grand Pacific Tours.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    55+
  • Duration:
    16 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings closed
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    New Zealand
  • Travel Style:
    Tour
  • Accomodation:
    Hotels
  • Prices:
  • Transport:
    Private coach,Train,Boat
  • Pace:
    3
  • Group Size:
    maximum 48
  • Trip Code:
    nz17-11
  • Terms:
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REVIEWS

The Tassie trip was brilliant, the guides were friendly and informative, we feasted on local produce and Tasmania's Bay of Fires and Blue Tier regions was majestic.

Jenni, 55 years, ACT

The holidays offer the right mix of group activities and free time at top destinations. But don't take my word for it; i've only been on 3-ask those who have taken 20 or 30 of their holidays!

Graham, TAS
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INCLUSIONS

TOURING INCLUSIONS

  • Return airfares from your homeport
  • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Experienced Tour Guide
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 15 nights 3 - 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 INCLUDED

  • 15 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 12 sumptuous dinners including 5 specialty dinners: Welcome Dinner, Christchurch; Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Farewell Dinner, Auckland
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle

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

not included: travel insurance but it is mandatory 

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS – PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS
  • Welcome Drink
  • Haggis Ceremony & Gift 
  • Larnach Castle*
  • Milford Sound Cruise & 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 & Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools & geysers*
  • Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Kauri Museum*
  • City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington & Auckland

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

DAY 1 - MONDAY 06 NOVEMBER 2017
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.

Meals: Specialty Dinner

DAY 2 - TUESDAY 07 NOVEMBER 2017
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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY 08 NOVEMBER 2017
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.

Meals: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner 

DAY 4 – THURSDAY 09 NOVEMBER 2017
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).

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 – FRIDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2017
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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6 – SATURDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2017
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.

Meals: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner

DAY 7 – SUNDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2017
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 Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 – MONDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2017
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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 – TUESDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2017
Christchurch – Picton – Wellington  

Travel through the Lewis Pass and enjoy the spectacular scenery as you continue to the Marlborough Country, famous for its food & wine. Continue to Picton, where you board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 – WEDNESDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2017
Wellington

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.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11 – THURSDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2017
Wellington – Taupo – Rotorua  

Depart Wellington and view the snowcapped 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12 – FRIDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2017
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.

Meals: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner

DAY 13 – SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2017
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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14 – SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2017
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 where a range of optional activities are available. This evening is also free and you may choose to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15 – MONDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2017
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 farewell dinner with your new found friends.

Meals: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner 

DAY 16 – TUESDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2017
Depart Auckland 

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

Meals: Breakfast 

 

Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Rated 3.5 to 4 star

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Christchurch

Quality Hotel Elms

1

Omarama

 Heritage Gateway  Hotel

1

Dunedin

 Dunedin Leisure Lodge

1

Te Anau

 Distinction Luxmore Hotel

1

Queenstown

 Mercure Queenstown Resort

2

Fox Glacier

Heartland Hotel Glacier Country

1

Wellington

 Ibis Wellington

2

Rotorua

 Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

2

Bay Of Islands

 Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge

2

Auckland

 Copthorne Hotel Auckland City

1

Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

QUALITY HOTEL ELMS, CHRISTCHURCH
Quality Hotel Elms at 456 Papanui Road is ideally situated on the Northwest corner of the city offering easy access for out of town guest’s proximity to the airport for North Island and International guests, without the hassle of entering the central city.

The hotel offers stylish and comfortable accommodation that will suit those travelling pleasure, with a wide variety of room types to choose from,  The hotel has been designed to maximise the beautiful surrounds, living up to the expectations of being known as the garden city. The hotel’s beautiful rose garden offers the perfect relaxing atmosphere to enjoy a prestige Vivace coffee.

HERITAGE GATEWAY HOTEL, OMARAMA
Set amongst landscaped gardens with views of the surrounding mountains, the Heritage Gateway Hotel is a peaceful place to stay. Featuring 98 comfortably furnished guest rooms, restaurant & bar.  All units include a full kitchen.  Enjoy views of the gardens and surrounding hillsides. 

DUNEDIN LEISURE LODGE
Dunedin Leisure Lodge is nestled by the Dunedin Botanical Gardens and University of Otago, within easy walking distance of the City Centre and the Forsyth Barr Stadium, you will find a warm welcome awaits you. 76 spacious room and suites are available, all well-appointed with a range of features and all with either a balcony or outside patio area. 

DESTINCTION LUXMORE HOTEL, LAKE TE ANAU
Get away from it all, and escape into the serene surroundings of  Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Lake Te Anau before heading out to explore the world-famous beauty of Fiordland including Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. With its range of modern accommodation options, 2 on-site restaurants, FREE unlimited WiFi and excellent standard of service, the team at Distinction Luxmore Hotel will make your stay in Te Anau comfortable and enjoyable...

Conveniently located in the Te Anau town centre and after a multi-million dollar refurbishment, the 180 room Distinction Luxmore Hotel now offers guests a wide range of modern hotel accommodation. 

MERCURE QUEENSTOWN RESORT
Situated on a unique vantage point with breathtaking, majestic views over Lake Wakatipu & Remarkables Mountains.148 guest rooms with either spectacular lake or garden views. Facilities include a seasonal swimming pool, sauna, gymnasium, spa & sports storage room. Enjoy atrium views & superb cuisine at the Vista Restaurant. Relax in the Lounge Bar mezzanine for coffees, tapas and beverages. 

FOX GLACIER
Heartland Hotel Glacier Country is located within a unique world heritage area. The internationally recognised Westland World Heritage Park encompasses 2.6 million hectares of spectacular wilderness, including the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. Heartland Hotel Glacier Country is just five minutes-drive from Fox Glacier.

Located in Fox Glacier village, this recently refurbished three-star plus hotel is the ideal place to stay if you are here to see this remarkable attraction – just three kilometers from the glacier car park. 

A multi-million dollar upgrade was completed in October 2016 that included all 51 guest rooms and ensuites, restaurant, bar and reception area. 

IBIS WELLINGTON
Ibis Wellington is in the heart of the city near the bustle of Lambton Quay and walking distance to Parliament, TSB Arena, Westpac Stadium and Te Papa. A 3.5 star hotel with 200 contemporary guest rooms, Ibis Wellington's quality and environmental commitments have been recognized with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001accreditation. Visit Vivant Restaurant and Bar for breakfast, lunch and dinner; situated on the ground floor. Limited secure parking is available at the hotel and bookings are essential.

The hotel’s central CBD location is ideal for leisure travelers who want easy access to the major sporting and cultural events, the Bluebridge Ferry Terminal and Wellington's popular waterfront restaurants and bars.

SUDIMA HOTEL LAKE ROTORUA
Set on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, Sudima Lake Rotorua is the largest hotel in Rotorua, and a great choice for business or pleasure. Adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa, Rotorua Museum and Government Gardens, the hotel is a short stroll from Rotorua's vibrant city centre, Convention Centre and the Energy Events Centre.

KINGSGATE HOTEL AUTOLODGE
The Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia is located in the stunningly beautiful Bay of Islands, a comfortable three and a half hours drive north of Auckland. This natural wonderland boasts fantastic beaches, nationally important historic sites, lush native vegetation and the best big game fishing the world has to offer. The hotel is just 100 metres from Paihia wharf and township. For the leisure traveller, the Autolodge Paihia is your gateway to this idyllic part of New Zealand.

COPTHORNE HOTEL AUCKLAND
This welcoming Auckland city hotel is centrally located, within easy walking distance of Queen Street shopping, Central Business District and Auckland University. Auckland's Viaduct Basin and Vector Arena are less than 10 minutes-walk away.  All rooms are equipped with Sky TV, high speed internet access, air conditioning and the sound proofing of 'hush windows' and a balcony that offers spectacular seascape or city views.

 

Hotel descriptions are from the tour operator information and edited for inclusion on our website.

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PRICES

 

Prices Per Person

Your Own Room

Ex Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Gold Coast

$6684

Ex-Canberra

$6934

Ex-Cairns

$7004

Ex-Adelaide

$6984

Ex-Hobart/Launceston

$6979

Ex-Perth

$7229

Tour Only (no international airfares)

$6209

Additional pre tour night, Christchurch inc. breakfast

$200

Additional post tour night, Auckland inc. breakfast

$200

DEPARTURE TAXES: Prepaid taxes are included in the price above but are subject to change. As a guide, they range between $170-$215 depending on your city of departure. The amount is subject to change and will be confirmed on receipt of your final invoice

SHARE & SAVE
Save $1330 on prices above when you choose to share with another traveller of the same gender.

Not included:

  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications
ROOMMATE MATCHING

Roommate matching is optional.

Subject to availability, we will match you with another group member (same gender) so that you can share a room and take advantage of the twin share price.

Single Supplement:
If we are not able to offer you a roommate match, you will be provided a single room at no additional cost.

GETTING THERE

Arrive to:   Christchurch
Depart from:   Auckland 

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country.

AIRFARES
When the tour and airfare package ex Australia is selected, the carrier is mostly commonly Air New Zealand.  You may request another carrier (a surcharge may apply).

A flight itinerary is provided with your booking confirmation. 

AIRPORT TO HOTEL TRANSFERS
Airport to hotel transfers on arrival and departure in New Zealand are included as part of the tour package and also if you arrive pre tour or extend your stay at the group hotel, booked as part of your package.

DETAILS

This page contains the details about the trip not already explained on other pages.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS
This tour is exclusively for solo/single travellers. This is big coach touring; a coach for up to 48 passengers is provided for this tour. It’s generally a popular tour with over 40 passengers in the group, up to full capacity.

THE PACE [3 out of 5]
A moderate to fast pace, some free time but quite a busy itinerary.

TRANSPORT
Transport is by an air-conditioned coach. There is also a rail journey, a ferry crossing between the South and the North islands and also cruises in the South and North Island.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
All travelers are supplied with a Grand Pacific Tours Travel Bag for personal small times which can be carried on the coach when travelling.  The travel bag is designed to carry a maximum of 6kg (13lbs).

In addition, each traveler is entitled to travel with one suitcase on tour measuring no more than 140cm (55”).  Weight limited also apply to luggage due to occupational health and safety issues.  Approximately, the maximum suitcase weight allowed is 23kg (50lbs).

Please be aware that oversized or overweight luggage may be refused to be carried by coach companies.  All luggage is entirely at the ‘owners risk’ while on tour and we strongly recommend that travel insurance is take out by each travellers to cover accidental damage or loss.

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned please check with us before you book.

GROUP TOUR ESCORT
This is a private group tour with a coach captain and tour director. Your tour director is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.

TRAVEL GUIDE QUICK FACTS
Visit our Travel Guide page on our website for destination information.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

The Tassie trip was brilliant, the guides were friendly and informative, we feasted on local produce and Tasmania's Bay of Fires and Blue Tier regions was majestic.

Jenni, 55 years, ACT

The holidays offer the right mix of group activities and free time at top destinations. But don't take my word for it; i've only been on 3-ask those who have taken 20 or 30 of their holidays!

Graham, TAS

This was my second holiday with your company. Asia- Phuket was never a location I ever thought I would visit. Maybe it was the anxiety of traveling alone to Asia. The host (Justine) made me feel at ease, and there was always a new friend to share new exciting places with or just spending time alone. I wonder now what all the fuss was about. Looking forward to the next trip your organisation. Thank you to all the team cheers Susan

Susan, VIC
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