A boutique small group tour of the South Island

OVERVIEW

Solos Only

New Zealand Solo Travel Tours

Discover New Zealand on this deluxe tour of the stunning South Island of New Zealand all in the company of like-minded solo travellers.

This trip is for the discerning traveller who appreciates the highest quality. Starting from Christchurch, you will travel on the Ultimate Coach, a full sized coach with a luxury fit out for a maximum of 20 travellers. This experience will redefine your opinion of a coach holiday.

Plus you will be pampered with premium accommodation and indulge in fabulous cuisine complemented with New Zealand’s highly distinctive wines across your journey of the South Island.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    best suited 55 years+
  • Duration:
    11 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    New Zealand
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices from:
    AUD$8405 tour with airfare, with own room
  • Transport:
    Private coach, Train
  • Pace:
    2
  • Max Group Size:
    Maximum of 20 travellers
REVIEWS

'great scenery, company, and lots of fun, over too quick'

Jenny, 64 years, New South Wales

'My South Island adventure exceeded my expectations of New Zealand. Just go! I'll be back to enjoy the cooler weather away from Brissy. Unforgettable scenery and just a short flight away. It ticks all the boxes.'

Laura, 59 years, Brisbane, Queensland
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INCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 10 nights, 4.5 star hotels
  • 10 cooked breakfasts
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 1 Ultimate High Tea: Larnach Castle
  • 8 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Christchurch

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

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • 1 rail journey
  • 2 cruises
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions 

TRAVEL

  • Return airfares from your homeport (ex Australia)
  • Personalised ‘Meet and Greet’ on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Ultimate Small Group Tour Coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full-size vehicle, 2 door access and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain 

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Porterage in and out of hotels
  • Small group, not more than 20 travellers
  • Comprehensive documentation pack
  • Souvenir group photo 

Departure Dates for this tour

Departure
Status
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7 - 17 JAN 2021
Early bird offer
AUD$8405 tour with airfare*
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** EARLY BIRD OFFER **

Book & pay the tour deposit by 30 APRIL 2020 & SAVE $150 for tour & airfare package, plus receive an Eyewitness Travel Guide of New Zealand

Note: early bird offer does not apply to the tour only option - only applies when you book the tour and airfare with us a total package.

Prices From (Per Person in AUD)

OWN ROOM

Ex Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Gold Coast

$8555

Ex-Canberra

$8835

Ex-Cairns

$8885

Ex-Adelaide

$8855

Ex-Hobart/Launceston

$8840

Ex-Perth

$9079

Tour Only (no international airfares)

$8059

PRE OR POST TOUR: Christchurch inc. breakfast

$360

RETURN TRAVELLER REWARD - SAVE $100
Once you have booked and departed with us on an international tour, you qualify for our Return Traveller Reward on your next international tour booking. The offer does not apply to any cruises, resort packages, or tours within Australia.


Trip Code: nzgpt21-1

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

PREPAID ATTRACTIONS

  • International Antarctic Centre
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Lunch
  • Larnach Castle*
  • City sights tour of Christchurch and Dunedin

    *Guided tour.

Itineraries may be 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. 

DAY 1:

Arrive Christchurch

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre-dinner drink.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2:

Christchurch

This morning visit the International Antarctic Centre, designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. Feel the chill of the Antarctic storm room, take a ride on the Hagglund all-terrain vehicle, see the little blue penguins and be astonished within the immersive 4D theatre. This is followed by a city tour of Christchurch. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is at leisure to explore further. 

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3: 

Christchurch - Arthur’s Pass - Franz Josef

This morning board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel over massive viaducts, river valleys and spectacular gorges as you ascend to Arthur’s Pass located in the centre of the Southern Alps. Board your Ultimate Coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before continuing to the township of Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: 

Franz Josef - Queenstown

See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast. Continue via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty before arriving into picturesque Queenstown, a year-round resort situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening is free and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5:

Queenstown (Free Day)

Today is a free day with plenty of optional activities to choose from. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic 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. 

Meals: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner

DAY 6:

Queenstown - Te Anau

Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before travelling to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you visit the Lakes District Museum. This innovative museum is heavily involved in the protection of the historic buildings scattered around town. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional). 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7:

Te Anau - Milford Sound - Te Anau

Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a nature cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch onboard. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available. You may like to visit the Fiordland Cinema, specially constructed to screen the locally filmed movie Ata Whenua - Shadowland which will take you on an unforgettable journey (optional). 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8:

Te Anau - Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. Enjoy a city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure. Optional activities include a tour of the Speight’s Brewery, which produces New Zealand’s most popular beer, see wildlife in their natural habitat or take a tour of Olveston Historic Home, containing many treasures of a bygone era.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 9:

Dunedin - Mt Cook

Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle, hear the tragic and scandalous stories on a guided tour. There is time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by an Ultimate High Tea served in the Grand Ballroom. Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you travel to Mt Cook.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10:

Mt Cook - Christchurch

This morning marvel at Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps. Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving into Christchurch for an introductory city sights tour. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends. 

Meals: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner

DAY 11:

Depart Christchurch

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

Meals: Breakfast

 

Solos Only
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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel

Number
of Nights

Star
Rating

Room Type

Christchurch

Sudima Christchurch City

2

5

Run of House

Franz Josef

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

1

5

Deluxe

 Queenstown

Millennium Hotel

2

4

Run of House

 Te Anau

Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

2

3.5

Lakeview

Dunedin

Distiction Hotel Dunedin

1

4

Run of House

Mt Cook

The Hermitage

1

 

Aoraki Wing

Christchurch

Sudima Christchurch City

1

 

Run of House

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

Sudima Christchurch City

Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

SUDIMA CHRISTCHURCH CITY
This brand new 5 star boutique hotel is ideally located on Victoria Street amidst an array of cafes, restaurants and bars, and is only a martini olive pips’ throw from beautiful Hagley Park and Christchurch’s CBD. Experience the ‘garden city’ in style with Sudima Christchurch City.

TE WAIONUI FOREST RETREAT, FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER
A haven from the city rush, a foray into New Zealand’s pristine wilderness – Te Waonui Forest Retreat is truly a place to relax and refresh.
All focus has been on creating a healthy, environmentally safe habitat to maximise guests’ wellbeing. With a natural, earthy ambience and attentive service, there’s no better place to take a deep breath and simply unwind.

Every aspect of the 5 star Qualmark rated Te Waonui Forest Retreat has been crafted to an impeccable standard. A truly innovative retreat, Te Waonui Forest Retreat raises the bar in unique luxury hotel accommodation in New Zealand.

MILLENNIUM HOTEL, QUEENSTOWN
At the Millennium Hotel Queenstown, you will always find spellbinding luxury and it is easy to relax in the air of timeless elegance. This welcoming Queenstown hotel captures the essence of a truly unique region and is perfect for either an international conference venue or as a restful haven from the rigours of Queenstown's many outdoor adventure pursuits..

DISTINCTION TE ANAU HOTEL & VILLAS
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.

DISTINCTION HOTEL, DUNEDIN
The Distinction Hotels Group has transformed the 1937 former Chief Post Office in Dunedin into an elegant 4 1/2 star luxury hotel, located in the rejuvenated and vibrant exchange area in the heart of the city. The hotel consists of 121 elegant suites and studio rooms, Parcels Restaurant, Post Bar and an on-site gym.

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

Distinction Dunedin offers a variety of brand new accommodation to suit everyone. Enjoy the spacious and modern facilities.

THE HERMITAGE, MT COOK
Nestled in the beautiful Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, The Hermitage Hotel is the perfect base for your next adventure. Recognised as part of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Area, the National Park is a breath-taking environment of glaciers, terminal lakes, turbulent rivers and Australasia's tallest peak, the mighty Aoraki Mt Cook soaring above at 3,724 metres.

The iconic Hermitage Hotel is home to a selection of restaurants and bars as well as a range of activities to entertain and delight.

Explore the wonders of the Tasman Glacier with Glacier Explorers, experience the unique Tasman Valley 4WD Tours or view some of the world's darkest skies with Big Sky Stargazing. Aoraki/Mt Cook is famed for its range of walks and hikes, where you can be guided into the heart of the national park with Ultimate Hikes Day Walks or relax and enjoy the visual extravaganza of the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

 

Note: Some twin share rooms may have single beds.

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


More About Accommodation

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.  This is generally a very popular tour and can sell out well in advance of the booking close date. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance, such as the TranzAlpine train journey. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
This tour is exclusively for single/solo travellers. As an Ultimate Coach experience, there’s a maximum of 20 travellers on a full sized coach, on this trip.

TRANSPORT
Travel is on the Ultimate Coach.

For the discerning traveller who appreciates the highest quality. Limited to only 20 travellers, you will travel on the Ultimate Coach, a vehicle designed especially by our tour operator, Grand Pacific Tours.

THE PACE  [2 out of 5]

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:

  • 10 cooked breakfasts
  • 8 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Christchurch
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 1 delicious Ultimate High Tea: Larnach Castle 

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

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.

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

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
Each traveler is entitled to travel with one piece of luggage on tour measuring no more than 140cm (55”).  The maximum weight of a suitcase allowed is 23kg.  If a traveler brings more than the allocated limit of luggage, any additional arrangements made to get their luggage to the final destination is at their own expense.

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET
Wifi is readily available at most of the hotels.  Some hotels do charge for this service.

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

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'great scenery, company, and lots of fun, over too quick'

Jenny, 64 years, New South Wales

'My South Island adventure exceeded my expectations of New Zealand. Just go! I'll be back to enjoy the cooler weather away from Brissy. Unforgettable scenery and just a short flight away. It ticks all the boxes.'

Laura, 59 years, Brisbane, Queensland

'I have just returned from the New Zealand Bus Trip - it was a great holiday and travelled off the main highways all the time - it was the best way to see the country Maureen - 58 - Sydney'

Maureen, 58 years, Sydney, New South Wales
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