16 Day Solo Travelers Highlight Tour

*Small group travel with Grand Pacific Tours
16 Day Solo Travellers Highlight Tour 16 Day Solo Travellers Highlight Tour
$6038.5840256524

Is it possible to select a concise list of highlights from the many thousands of unforgettable moments that characterise a tour of New Zealand?

Probably not. But this 16 day tour for solo tavellers, captures so many unforgettable experiences you’ll want to return and see the rest! The quiet streets of Christchurch, for example. The mighty scale of Mount Cook. The revelry of a Scottish evening (complete with bagpipes) in Dunedin, the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. The magical effect of the Glow Worm Caves. The impact of Milford Sound. The chill beauty of Fox Glacier and Franz Josef.

The activities in Queenstown…New Zealand has an almost endless list of possibilities.

*Grand Pacific Tours (GPT) is our preferred touring partner in New Zealand, a local family-run company offering small group tours.

Days Location Detail
day 1

Christchurch

Upon arrival in Christchurch, you’ll …

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Christchurch

Upon arrival in Christchurch, you’ll be met and taken to your hotel to be introduced to your fellow travellers over drinks and a welcome dinner.

Stay: One night in the Heartland Hotel Cotswold.

day 2

Christchurch – Omarama

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Christchurch – Omarama

After an absorbing city tour of Christchurch, you set off across the Southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo, visiting the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue along the way. You’ll have time to absorb the magnitude of Mount Cook – New Zealand’s highest peak and take an optional scenic flight before travelling on to Omarama.

Stay: One night in the Heritage Gateway Hotel.

day 3

Omarama – Dunedin

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Omarama – Dunedin

After Omarama you drive to Lake Benmore and along the sinuous Waitaki River to Oamaru to see the limestone formations, before pushing on to Dunedin. In the evening you’re invited to a Scottish evening complete with haggis, bagpipes and a commemorative gift.

Stay: One night at the Mercure Leisure Lodge.

day 4

Dunedin – Te Anau

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Dunedin – Te Anau

Today you’ll explore the Otago Peninsula, hearing stories of the infamous history of Larnach Castle along the way, before taking tea in the Glenfalloch Restaurant. Next, you set off for Te Anau, taking in Balclutha and Gore before reaching the gateway to Fjordland. In the evening visit the Glow Worm Caves.

Stay: One night in a superior room in the Distinction Luxmore Hotel.

days 5 - 6

Te Anau – Milford Sound – Queenstown

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Te Anau – Milford Sound – Queenstown

Day 5: From Te Anau you drive to Milford Sound to embark on a cruise that will take you to Bowen Falls and the towering Mitre Peak. In the afternoon you travel to Queenstown, the adventure sports capital of New Zealand, situated on the banks of Lake Wakatipu.

Day 6: Spend the day pursuing thrilling activities like jet boat rides, tours of Skippers Canyon and kiwi encounters, before taking an evening cruise across the lake on a vintage steamer to Walter Peak Station and an irresistible barbecue.

Stay: Two nights at Mercure Queenstown Resort.

day 7

Queenstown – Arrowtown – Franz Josef

Today you set …

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Queenstown – Arrowtown – Franz Josef

Today you set off in search of gold at the old mining centre of Arrowtown with its Lakes District Museum. You’ll find scenic gold further along as you pass the snow-capped Southern Alps and arrive at the frozen, ice-blue beauty of Fox Glacier. A scenic flight is strongly recommended, before continuing on to Franz Josef.

Stay: One night in the Graham Wing of the Scenic Hotel, Franz Josef Glacier.

day 8

Franz Josef – Arthur’s Pass – Christchurch

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Franz Josef – Arthur’s Pass – Christchurch

After visiting Hokitika and the Greenstone factory you go through Arthur’s Pass to embark on one of the world’s greatest railway journeys – a must for train enthusiasts and a source of wonder for photographers and lovers of stunning views – through the Waimakariri Basin. Towering viaducts and the Canterbury Plains included. On arrival in Christchurch, your coach will take you to your hotel.

Stay: One night in the Heartland Hotel Cotswold.

days 9 - 10

Christchurch – Picton – Wellington

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Christchurch – Picton – Wellington

Day 9: From Christchurch you take a trip to the seaside village of Kaikoura, and onwards through the gorgeous scenery of the food and wine region of Marlborough Country. At Picton you’ll board the Interislander Ferry to sail through the ultra-scenic Marlborough Sound and across the Cook Strait to Wellington.

Day 10: Today you can take a revealing city tour of Wellington to learn about its history and culture, visiting Te Papa – New Zealand’s National Museum.

Stay: Two nights in the Ibis Wellington Hotel.

day 11

Wellington – Taupo – Rotorua

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Wellington – Taupo – Rotorua

A geothermal wonderland awaits at Rotorua, but first you must be prepared to be astonished by the soaring peaks of Mounts Ruapehu and Tongariro. From the spectacular Huka Falls the Thermal Explorer Highway takes you to Rotorua.

Stay: Two nights in the Sudima Hotel, Lake Rotorua.

day 12

Rotorua

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Rotorua

Today a gondola takes you to breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. Then comes some exhilaration in the form of a luge ride and the farming action and entertainment of the Agrodome. You can hand-feed trout and see wildlife in Paradise Valley Springs. Then you’re off, on a trip to Te Puia to see boiling mud pools and fantastic erupting geysers. The evening offers a Maori Hangi and concert.

day 13

Rotorua – Auckland – Bay of Islands

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Rotorua – Auckland – Bay of Islands

After leaving Rotorua you’ll travel through Auckland, and onwards to see a magnificent kauri tree in the Parry Kauri Park. Next comes Whangarei – you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds where the British and the Maoris signed their historic treaty – and Paihia in the heart of the Bay of Islands.

Stay: Two nights at Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge

day 14

Bay of Islands – Auckland

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Bay of Islands – Auckland

Take a leisurely cruise aboard a luxury catamaran through the beautiful Bay of Islands to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock – watching out for bottlenose and common dolphins along the way. In the afternoon you’ll return to Paihia, via Russell, to enjoy a range of optional activities.

day 15

Bay of Islands – Auckland

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Bay of Islands – Auckland

Say goodbye to Bay of Islands and travel off to Whangarei, Dargaville and Matakohe where you’ll learn about the region in a talk at the Kauri Museum. You’ll be in Auckland for the evening, to enjoy a farewell dinner.

Stay: One nights in the Copthorne Hotel.

day 16

Depart Auckland

Time to say goodbye to …

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Depart Auckland

Time to say goodbye to New Zealand and fly home.

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  • It was a great experience and now I have dipped my toes in the Ultimate waters I shall be back for more.

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    JE, October 2014
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