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Solos Only

Starting from Christchurch, join this 10 day Southern Magic Solos Only tour, discovering the stunning South Island of New Zealand.

Some of the special highlights include the Magnificent Lake Tekapo, Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South, the Fiordland National Park, the spectacular Southern Lakes region and the West Coast Glacier region.  And for many visitors, the journey wouldn’t be complete with experiencing the coast to coast TranzAlpine train, include as a finale to your discovery, as the group makes their way back to Christchurch.

With no more than 24 guests, you will share unique experiences and adventures with like-minded people.

The package includes your own room in superior 4 star hotels, all breakfasts and dinners and some fantastic sightseeing inclusions but like any good holiday, there is time to self-explore on your own should you wish.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    best suited 50 years+
  • Duration:
    10 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    New Zealand
  • Travel Style:
    Tour
  • Accomodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices:
    @ early bird from $4968 for your own room | Note: early bird option does not apply to the tour only option
  • Transport:
    Private coach,Train
  • Pace:
    2
  • Group Size:
    Maximum of 25 travellers
  • Trip Code:
    nz18-10
  • Terms:
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INCLUSIONS

  • 9 nights' of accommodation, premium hotels, own room
  • 9 fully cooked breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 8 dinners
  • Travel by luxury touring coach
  • Sightseeing inclusions as per the itinerary
  • Services of a professional Coach Captain
  • Hotel porterage
  • Private airport transfers#
  • Coast to Coast TranzAlpine train journey
  • Maximum 25 travellers 

# Arrival & departure airport transfer provided when flights booked with us as part of your package.  

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Magnificent Lake Tekapo
  • Dunedin, The Edinburgh of the South
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Spectacular Southern Lakes region
  • A Milford Sound Cruise
  • Dart River Wildnerness Safari
  • TranzAlpine Train
  • West Coast Glacier region

Pre Tour Stay
Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date.  You can relax and make your own discoveries. The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs. 

SNAPSHOT

  • Arrive Christchurch
  • Christchurch, Lake Tekapo (B, D)
  • Moeraki Boulders, Dunedin (B, D)
  • Central Otago, Te Anau (B, D)
  • Spectacular Milford Sound Cruise (B,L,D)
  • Dart River Wilderness Safari (B, D)
  • Queenstown, Wanaka (B, D)
  • Wanaka, Franz Josef (B, D)
  • TranzAlpine Train, Christchurch (B, D)
  • Depart Christchurch (B)

DAY 1 - SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER 2018
Arrive Christchurch 

“Haere Mai”…. Welcome to New Zealand. A Kirra Holidays representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your downtown city hotel.

There are no meals this evening but the group will be hosted for a welcome get together, 6pm at the hotel.

Meals: none 

DAY 2 - SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER 2018
Christchurch, Lake Tekapo 

Travel across the Canterbury Plains into the foothills of the Southern Alps. On arrival into Tekapo Village soak up the sweeping views across the turquoise waters of the lake. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial, the touching tribute to the sheepdogs which helped develop the Mackenzie Country. An optional scenic flight with Air Safaris to take in the magnificence of mighty Mt Cook is highly recommended.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 3 - MONDAY 8 OCTOBER 2018
Moeraki Boulders, Dunedin 

After stopping to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders, continue on to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South. An early arrival allows you time to enjoy the choice of some excellent optional activities. Tonight enjoy dinner at Speight’s Ale House. This iconic venue and it’s unique setting in one of New Zealand’s most historic breweries, is a must do when visiting Dunedin. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 - TUESDAY  9 OCTOBER 2018
Central Otago, Te Anau 

Start the morning with spectacular views across the Otago Peninsula as you travel to Larnach Castle. On your guided tour, learn about its tragic and mysterious history. Here you will enjoy a High Tea in the historic ballroom. Depart Dunedin later this morning and head inland, crossing rich farmlands to the agricultural towns of Gore and Lumsden, before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY 10 OCTOBER 2018
Spectacular Milford Sound Cruise, Queenstown 

Follow the Hollyford Valley before descending into the Cleddau Canyon. Drive through the Homer Tunnel into spectacular Milford Sound, the world renowned natural wonder dominated by Mitre Peak. Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls and waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres to the sea below. Cruise the entire length of the fiord and enjoy the on-board commentary that gives you detailed information on the region’s history, flora and fauna as you view spectacular waterfalls, towering mountains and wildlife. Continue north to Kingston, then skirt around the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the picturesque alpine town of Queenstown. Dinner tonight is at the spectacular Skyline Stratosphere Restaurant with its breathtaking views of Queenstown and The Remarkables mountain range.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  

DAY 6  - THURDAY 11 OCTOBER 2018
Dart River Wilderness Safari, Queenstown

Join the Dart River Wilderness Jet Safari this morning and journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park. This trip offers a rich and diverse landscape with a unique combination of breathtaking scenery, amazing history and exhilarating experiences. On return to Queenstown you have free time to experience an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities, your Coach Captain can assist with any optional activities you would like to do. This evening, cruise across the lake aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw before reaching the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner  

DAY 7 - FRIDAY 12 OCTOBER 2018
Queenstown, Wanaka 

Today head to Wanaka which translates to “rejuvenation of the soul” a very apt name for the alpine town in the heart of a spectacular setting. Set on the edge of Lake Wanaka, The Edgewater Resort is the perfect place to relax and take in the views with its spectacular mountain backdrop. Enjoy some leisure time this afternoon, take a cruise on the lake or enjoy a lakeside stroll.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 8 - SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER 2018
Wanaka, Franz Josef

View incredible scenery as you travel past the untouched native forests and pristine lake of the Westland National Park and Haast Pass enroute to Franz Josef. On arrival you will have the opportunity to experience an optional scenic helicopter flight over this remarkable region. A visit to the Glacier Hot Pools is on the cards this afternoon. Nestled in lush rainforest, the pools are the perfect way to unwind and experience a blissful state of pure relaxation.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 9 - SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER 2018
TranzAlpine Train, Christchurch

Head north along the dramatic West Coast to Greymouth where you will board the famous TranzAlpine Train. Renowned as one of the most scenic train journeys of the world, this coast to coast rail adventure will take you through the Southern Alps, over massive viaducts, river valleys and gorges. On arrival in Christchurch your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel for your farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner  

DAY 10 - MONDAY 15 OCTOBER 2018
Depart Christchurch 

It is time to farewell your fellow travellers today. You will be transferred to the airport to connect with your onward flight.

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

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Christchurch

Chateau on the Park

1

Lake Tekapo

Peppers Bluewater Resort

1

Dunedin

Distinction Hotel Dunedin

1

Te Anau

Distinction Luxmore Hotel

1

Queenstown

 Rydges Queenstown

2

Lake Wanaka

Edgewater Resort Wanaka

1

Franz Josef

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

1

Christchurch

Sudima Christchurch Airport

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

CHATEAU ON THE PARK, CHRISTCHURCH
Chateau on the Park - Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel is designed to provide a tranquil, resort-like stay. The 5-acre property – boasting a moat, a vineyard and a beautiful rose garden – makes Christchurch, New Zealand hotel feel secluded, but it is only 2.9km from the city. From this hotel, you’ll be able to walk to Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Hagley Golf Club and the western business district. Riccarton Westfield and the University of Canterbury also are nearby.

The hotel is convenient to the railway station, Horncastle Arena, AMI Stadium, Hagley Oval plus the Avon River and Mona Vale gardens and – only 6km from Christchurch International Airport.

PEPPERS BLUEWATER RESORT, LAKE TEKAPO
Near the shores of Lake Tekapo, in the heart of Mackenzie Country in New Zealand’s central South Island, is Peppers Bluewater Resort. Overlooking Lake Tekapo this resort is located in an intensely beautiful part of the world.

Peppers Bluewater Resort is set amongst the purest natural landscape. Romantic and secluded, your accommodation in Lake Tekapo reflects the beautiful landscape surrounding you.

You can explore the natural wonders of Mount Cook and the Mackenzie region from here. Marvel at an International Dark Sky Reserve with millions of stars. Ride horses through the mountains, catch a scenic flight to Franz Josef glacier, go skiing, or immerse yourself in the Tekapo Springs Day Spa and Hot Pools.

Your options are endless, at Lake Tekapo you can experience the real New Zealand.

DISTINCTION HOTEL, DUNEDIN
The Distinction Hotels Group has transformed the 1937 former Chief Post Office in Dunedin into an elegant luxury hotel, located in the rejuvenated and vibrant exchange area in the heart of the city. The modern Distinction Dunedin Hotel consists of 121 elegant suites and studio rooms. All offer superior soundproofing and are outfitted with a microwave, washer/dryer, 55" televisions and luxurious walk-in showers with double showerheads.

FREE high speed WiFi is available to all hotel guests with no time limits or data cap. 

DISTINCTION 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 hotel accommodation options, 2 on-site restaurants, FREE unlimited WiFi, complimentary guest car parking and an excellent standard of service, the team at Distinction Luxmore Hotel will make your stay in Te Anau comfortable and enjoyable.

Conveniently located in the heart of Te Anau's town shopping centre and a short stroll from Lake Te Anau, the South Island's largest lake and launching pad for many water based activities. The 180 room Distinction Luxmore Hotel offers guests a wide range of modern, refurbished hotel accommodation.

RYDGES LAKELAND RESORT, QUEENSTOWN
Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown is located on the shores of stunning Lake Wakatipu, boasting unmatched views across the water to some of the most majestic scenery in New Zealand. The hotel is just a five minute walk from the centre of this exciting town, and caters for visitors, sporting enthusiasts and conference groups.

One of Queenstown’s largest hotels with 165 rooms, Rydges offers the perfect Queenstown accommodation to cater to the needs of all travellers. Renowned for some of the best lake view rooms and suites, visitors truly see the beauty Rydges Queenstown has on offer.

In addition, with the choice of five conference rooms, Rydges Queenstown Resort can accommodate and cater up to 550 people in our multi-functional rooms. The hotel offers guests free WI-FI throughout the hotel for convenience and comfort in your accommodation.

Bazaar Interactive Marketplace boasts unparalleled views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountain ranges including the iconic The Remarkables. 

EDGEWATER RESORT, WANAKA
Step into Edgewater's spacious guest rooms and you'll be spellbound by views of the magnificent Southern Alps and azure blue Lake Wanaka, which is only metres from your room.

The hotel provide solutions to your Wanaka accommodation needs by offering three types of guest rooms; hotel/studio room, self-contained accommodation in luxury one-bedroom suites and two-bedroom apartments, which respectively cater to your every need.

Stay in Lake Wanaka's only accommodation directly on the shores of Lake Wanaka

SCENIC HOTEL, FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park and is just moments from one of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier makes the most of its alpine location and offers quality accommodation in two separate hotel ‘wings’. Stay in either the Douglas or Graham wing, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings within Franz Josef village. The hotel is in a premium location, making it the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the magnificent Westland region.

Its professional, friendly staff look forward to welcoming you and helping to make your stay enjoyable and comfortable. Your visit will be made even more memorable by the many natural wonders in the area. Just be sure to bring your camera! 

SUDIMA CHRISTCHURCH AIRPORT, CHRISTCHURCH
Ideally located just five minutes' walk from Christchurch International and Domestic Airport, Sudima Christchurch Airport is the perfect stepping stone to the stunning South Island.

The hotel offers complimentary on demand shuttle transfers to and from the airport as well as onsite parking. Boasting a brand new tower, facade and lobby, with an in house restaurant and bar, you won't need to leave the hotel before you travel further afield.

 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.

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PRICES

** EARLY BIRD OFFER **


SAVING: Book & pay the tour deposit by Wednesday 30 May 2018 & SAVE $311 on standard package price, when airfares are also purchased with us as part of the package

 

Package

Own Room (1 person)

EARLY BIRD:  Tour package (airfares additional)

$4968

STANDARD PACKAGE: Tour package (airfares additional)

$5279


OTHER PRICE INFORMATION:

EARLY BIRD, TERMS & CONDITIONS:
To be eligible for the early bird savings you need to book and pay the deposit to secure your booking, and make any progress payment by the nominated date, as per the booking terms. 

TOUR ONLY PACKAGE:
The airfare is not included with the price. Quotes are provided on request, and are indicative only. Prices are subject to variation until tickets are issued. Tickets are issued once the tour is a guaranteed departure, you have paid the airfare in full and accepted the airfare booking terms in writing. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. Reservations are made in the name you provide to us with your booking form – this name must match your passport. Failure to provide your name as per your passport may result in an invalid ticket.

DAY/DATE VARIATIONS:
Due to airline flight schedules and availability, day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure. If additional nights of stay are required, the cost of any additional night/s of stay applies.

UPGRADING ECONOMY FARE TO BUSINESS CLASS FARE WITH POINTS
The airfare included in a package, or otherwise purchased separately may not allow the use of flyer points to upgrade. However, there is the option of paying a surcharge where we would book the airfare which does allow you to upgrade. The surcharge can be quoted at time of requesting quote and is subject to availability.

ACCRUING FREQUENT FLYER POINTS
The airfare offered may not permit frequent flyer points to be accrued. If you wish to accrue frequent flyers points please check with us at the time of booking. We will advise the status and if any airfare supplement applies to book an airfare class that permits the accrual of frequent flyer points.

Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change.

Not included: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Christchurch, New Zealand
Depart from:  Christchurch, New Zealand 

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country.  A visa is not required for Australian passport holders. 

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. You are required to check the itinerary and confirm in writing that the detail are correct, including that your reservation is in your name as per your passport, prior to ticket issue.  Any error on your part will incur ticket amendment fees.

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.

FLIGHT ITINERARY
The flight itinerary is provided with your quote.

TRANSFERS
Arrival and departure airport transfers are provided for nominated tour flight, booked with us as part of your package. 

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

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 
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 25 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single-solo travellers.

The tours appeal to a broad range of ages mostly 50-70 years but there may be travellers below or above this age group.

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

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.

Meals include:
*9 cooked breakfasts
*1 lunch
*8 dinners including dinners at Speight’s Ale House, Skyline Stratosphere Restaurant and Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm.

COACH CAPTAIN
This is a private group tour with a coach captain. Your Coach Captain. to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET 
You may like to purchase a prepaid sim card to take with you while travelling. Otherwise, ask your phone provider about International Roaming packages/offers for your mobile phone. 

SIM cards or international roaming packages can be good options to keep in touch with friends and family back home.  Be sure the sim card you purchase will cover all the countries you are travelling to. 

Many hotels these days offer WiFi—some for free, others for a modest fee.

WhatsApp
If you don’t already use this service, we recommend downloading this application also. It’s a mobile phone App that offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free (data charges may apply – ask your phone provider).

As a general indication, for many of our tours, our guides use WhatsApp to communicate with the group.

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

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