Farewell 2018 - Welcome 2019 on this boutique small group tour of the South Island

OVERVIEW

Solos Only

What a way to farewell 2018 and welcome 2019 on a 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. 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:
    55+
  • Duration:
    11 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    New Zealand
  • Travel Style:
    Tour
  • Accomodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices:
    @ standard price from $7794 for your own room. see PRICES section.
  • Transport:
    Private coach,Train
  • Pace:
    2
  • Max Group Size:
    Maximum of 20 travellers
  • Trip Code:
    nz18-12
  • Terms:
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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

  • Return airfares from major cities (ex Australia)
  • Ultimate small group touring coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full size vehicle, 2 door access and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Personalised ‘meet & greet’ on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 10 nights 4.5 star hotel accommodation with 2 destinations with two nights stay
  • Hotel porterage
  • 3 cruises
  • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
  • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax)
  • Documentation pack
  • BONUS group photo

Meals

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

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

ULTIMATE TOUR EXTRAS

Travel in style and enjoy a number of extras exclusive to Ultimate Small Group Tours:

  • A deluxe Travel Set including Travel Bag and Ticket Wallet.
  • Complimentary pre dinner drink at the welcome dinner.
  • Cloth bag including boxed mints and complimentary bottle of water.
  • Access to daily newspaper and a range of glossy magazines.
  • An intimate farewell dinner including selected beverages.
  • A BONUS Group Photo

Departure Dates for this tour

  • Sunday 30 December 2018 – Wednesday 9 January 2019

Itinerary

Pre-paid Attractions Include
  • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Larnach Castle*
  • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • City Sights tour of Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin

* Guided tour.

DAY 1: SUNDAY 30 DECEMBER 2018
Homeport - Wellington 

Fly from your homeport into Wellington, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre dinner drink.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2: MONDAY 31 DECEMBER 2018 -  NEW YEAR’S EVE
Wellington – New Year’s Eve

Enjoy an extensive city tour in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. A highlight will be time to explore Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum. This afternoon enjoy free time before preparing to see in the New Year with your travelling companions.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3:  TUESDAY 1 JANUARY 2019
Wellington – Picton - Blenheim

Enjoy free time this morning.  Relax or sleep in after your New Year’s Eve celebrations.

This afternoon board the Interislander Ferry and enjoy the scenery as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton for the short journey to Blenheim.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: WEDNESDAY 2 JANUARY 2019
Blenheim - Christchurch

Tour through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine then travel to the seaside village of Kaikoura. Continue into the garden city of Christchurch for an introductory city sights tour.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 5: THURSDAY 3 JANUARY 2019
Christchurch - Dunedin

Depart Christchurch and travel south through Oamaru a well preserved Victorian city, famous for its limestone. In Dunedin enjoy a city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6: FRIDAY 4 JANUARY 2019
Dunedin - Te Anau  

Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you will hear of the scandalous history on a guided tour, followed by Devonshire Tea in the grand ballroom. Continue south through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7: SATURDAY 5 JANUARY 2019
Te Anau – Milford Sound - Queenstown

This morning enjoy a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch. Continue to Queenstown where this evening is free to dine at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

DAY 8: SUNDAY 6 JANUARY 2019
Queenstown (Free Day)

Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Coach Captain is available to assist. This evening board the TSS Earnslaw and cruise to Walter Peak Station. On arrival sit back and relax as you are treated to the best of NZ’s high country cuisine in the Colonel’s Homestead.

Meals: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner 

DAY 9: MONDAY 7 JANUARY 2019
Queenstown - Fox Glacier

Travel to Arrowtown to visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass and see the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel to Fox Glacier. You may like to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10: TUESDAY 8 JANUARY 2019
Fox Glacier - Christchurch

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to Arthur’s Pass and board The TranzAlpine, one of the great train journeys of the world. Enjoy the spectacular scenery through to Christchurch. This evening you will be treated to a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new-found friends.

Meals: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner

DAY 11: WEDNESDAY 9 JANUARY 2019
Christchurch - Homeport

It’s time to say goodbye. You will 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

 Destination

Hotel

Number
of Nights

Star
Rating

Room Type

Wellington

Intercontinental Wellington

2

5

Run of House

Blenheim

Chateau Marlborough Hotel

1

5

Run of House

Christchurch

The George

1

5

Executive

Dunedin

Distiction Hotel Dunedin

1

4

Run of House

 Te Anau

Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

1

3.5

Lakeview

 Queenstown

Millennium Hotel

2

4

Run of House

 Fox Glacier

Distinction Fox Glacier

1

4.5

Run of House

 Christchurch

The George

1

5

Executive

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

INTERCONTINENTAL, WELLINGTON
InterContinental Wellington, located adjacent to the New Zealand capital's harbour waterfront, is within close walking distance to popular attractions, and five kilometres from the airport. The hotel is totally non smoking and recently completed a major refurbishment, newly defined Deluxe InterContinental guest rooms, a redesigned lobby and dining options.

CHATEAU HOTEL MARLBOROUGH
Chateau Hotel Marlborough offers luxury 5 star Blenheim accommodation in the heart of one New Zealand’s most famous wine regions.  Marlborough's premier boutique hotel overlooking Seymour Square Gardens, prides itself on offering guests luxury accommodation with an enviable attention to detail - and all just a short walk from Blenheim's town centre.

Enjoy an environment of seclusion, comfort and intimacy with attentive yet unobtrusive service - hotel staff continually strive to exceed guests' expectations.

The Suites at the Chateau Marlborough Hotel have been extensively refurbished to the highest level now offering luxury accommodation in the heart of Blenheim. Chateau Marlborough have focused on delivering the highest quality in comfort evident in the Sleepmaker Beautyrest Heavenly Beds used in each suite. These beds have consistently been commented on by guests and is your assurance of a wonderful night's sleep.

THE GEORGE, CHRISTCHURCH
The George, a luxury boutique hotel, is the essence of supreme comfort and is renowned for offering a personalised stay and attentive staff. Located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and river Avon you will find peaceful Christchurch accommodation just steps from the cultural precinct and key attractions. Impeccable service in an intimate ambience is guaranteed at The George, the only Christchurch Hotel with a one-to-one staff to guest ratio.

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.

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.

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 FOX GLACIER
Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier is the ideal hotel accommodation in Fox Glacier village - a charming township in the beautiful alpine West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island. 

Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier's location provides a real sense of privacy and peaceful seclusion, while being only a short stroll to the main street of the Fox Glacier village.

Distinction Fox Glacier Hotel are pleased to offer guests FREE unlimited WiFi during your stay. 

 

Hotel descriptions are from hotel website and edited for inclusion on this page. 


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PRICES

Prices Per Person

Own Room

Ex Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Gold Coast

$7,794

Ex-Canberra

$8,064

Ex-Cairns

$8,104

Ex-Adelaide

$8,094

Ex-Hobart/Launceston

$8,084

Ex-Perth

$8,334

OTHER PRICE INFORMATION:

TOUR & AIRFARE PACKAGE

* International airfare ex Australia is valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. Reservation 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.

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. Reservation 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.

TAXES & FUEL COSTS, AND SURCHARGES:
The tour and airfare package includes air taxes to the value of $xxx per person for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and $9 for Perth. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies are shown as a guide only. At the time final monies are due the amount for the airline tax & fuel surcharge will be updated if there has been any change.

An airfare supplement may apply depending on airline availability and departure cities, and this would be advised with your quote. 

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 a 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.

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

Not included: 

  • 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

ROOMMATE MATCH OPTION
Roommate matching is not available for this departure.

GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Wellington, 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  [2-3 out of 5]
A moderate to fast pace, some free time but quite a busy schedule. Most days involve an early start to maximise your opportunity for sightseeing.

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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