16 Day Single Travellers Highlights Tour

16 Day Single Travellers Highlights Tour

Explore all the highlights of both the North and South Island at an affordable price. When travelling by coach throughout New Zealand, it's the natural beauty that puts the magic in your day. Snow capped mountains, volcanoes, boiling mud pools, sandy beaches, fiords, wilderness lakes and mighty glaciers, you will see it all on this holiday that includes all the iconic attractions.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Low Cost Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Auckland
Departures: Oct 2018 to Mar 2019
Tour Operator: Grand Pacific Tours
Pace: Comfortable
Duration: 16 Days
Tour Code: GPNZ16ST


15 nights quality hotel accommodation
12 sumptuous dinners including 4 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony - Dunedin, Walter Peak Homestead - Queenstown, Maori Hangi & Concert - Rotorua, Farewell Dinner - Auckland
Haggis Ceremony & Gift
Guided tour of Larnach Castle
Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch
Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
Lakes District Museum
Coast to coast TranzAlpine Train journey through the Southern Alps
Skyline Gondola & Luge Ride
Guided tour of the thermal mud pools and geysers
Dolphin & Hole in the Rock Cruise
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation & activity vouchers and local travel guides

Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

Fly from your homeport to Christchurch where you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your travelling companions for a pre dinner drink.

Stay: Quality Elms Hotel (D)

Day 2
Christchurch - Omarama

After a city 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.

Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel (B, D)

Day 3
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.

Stay: Mercure Leisure Lodge (B, SD)

Day 4
Dunedin - Te Anau

This morning travel out along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you will 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 your overnight stay. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Rooms) (B, D)

Day 5
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.

Stay: Mercure Queenstown Resort (2 nights) (B, L)

Day 6
Queenstown at Leisure

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain is available to assist with the many sightseeing options available, whether it be the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or getting up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. On arrival 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. (B, SD)

Day 7
Queenstown - Arrowntown - Fox Glacier

Travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village 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 to Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers.

Stay: Hearland Hotel Glacier Country (B, D)

Day 8
Fox Glacier - Arthur's Pass - 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. View rivers and valleys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin and across the Canterbury Plains to the elegant city of Christchurch at approx 6:30pm. On arrival your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Stay: Quality Elms Hotel (B, D)

Day 9
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.

Stay: Ibis Wellington (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 10

Today explore this exciting region and enjoy an extensive city tour which explains the history and culture on show in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. A highlight will be a guided tour of Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views of the land, environment and people. Enjoy some free time to explore at leisure late this afternoon. This evening is also free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants. (B)

Day 11
Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua

Depart Wellington and view the snow capped 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.

Stay: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 12

Today begins with a Gondola ride and breakfast at the Skyline Rotorua where spectacular views are on offer. There is also time for a luge ride! Travel to the 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 the awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon, then this evening you will experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert. (B, SD)

Day 13
Rotorua - Auckland - Bay of Islands

This morning depart Rotorua and travel north via Auckland. 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.

Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 14
Bay of Islands

This morning 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. A range of optional activities are available or you may choose to relax and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the waterfront. (B)

Day 15
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 special farewell dinner with your new friends.

Stay: Rydges Auckland (B, SD)

Day 16
Depart Auckland

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


There are 4 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 5 out of 5.

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Brian the tour guide and Alex and Kevin were outstanding beautiful scenery although some days in the coach were a bit long.
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The tour was excellent as we saw the majority of the both islands of New Zealand. The tour was very well organized, given a lot of information about the places we were visiting. The bus driver/guides and captain were very thoughtful and helpful. There was a lot of variety to the tour such as travelling by bus, train, ferries and optional airplane and helicopter tours. We also had the opportunity to try a variety of activities such as visiting museums, shopping, spas, jet boat trips etc. The tours itself included the majority of all of our meals and the accommodation was excellent. The company on the bus was very good and everyone was respectful of each other including being on time.
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Could not suggest improvement. Meticulous attention to details. Staff, a driver commentator for each island and a tour director who was outstanding in service to the group, made the whole experience a pleasure. Included activities, cruises, train rides, and the bus route made the long drives days as comfortable as possible. Rotating seating in the bus was well thought out. Great meals and rooms better than expected throughout the tour. Quality included events, especially at Milford Sound, Queenstown (what a breakfast!) Bay of Islands and at Rotorua were far better than expected. Very impressed with the range of extra activities, joy flights and such. Quality staff and company handled the earthquake closing the ferry very competently and I believe they also had a bus group on the North island they were assisting. Must note that we were extremely lucky with the weather. Only had flights closed by low cloud at Franz Joseph Glacier, and very little rain.
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This was the best coach tour I have ever taken. Saw all the sights and stayed at some of the best hotels. They were always located in the heart of the action and some even had water views. Coaches were first rate. I think we had the best driver in Riki. He made the trip even more enjoyable and informative.
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16 Day Single Travellers Highlights Tour
Low Cost Coach Tour
Tour Code: GPNZ16ST
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Departures: Oct 2018 to Mar 2019
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