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New Zealand 16-Day Coach Tour – Ideal for Singles

$5,999

This coach tour has everything you’d expect from a New Zealand itinerary, and then some! Explore the South and North Island over two incredible weeks, with highlights including jaw-dropping scenery, amazing natural wonders, special Maori experiences and more. Plus solo travellers can share without paying a supplement!

Description

New Zealand Escorted Group Tour, Designed for Solo Travellers – 16 days

This group tour has everything you expect from a New Zealand itinerary and then some!

Over 16 sensational days (and 15 nights) you’ll experience it all: jaw-dropping scenery, a spectacular alpine train journey, rich Māori culture, picture-perfect lakes, local delicacies and more wonderful sightseeing highlights.

This guided tour of the South and North Island starts in Christchurch and will visit Omarama, Dunedin, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Fox Glacier, Wellington, Rotorua, Bay of Islands and many more memorable sights, before ending in Auckland.

Also included are a few ‘must-do’ events, ranging from a traditional Māori hangi and concert, to experiencing a Haggis ceremony and cruising Lake Wakatipu on the historic TSS Earnslaw. There are no hidden extras and loads of inclusions that you wouldn’t want to miss!

Why you’ll love this trip:

  • Solo travellers can share with another same-sex traveller, so no single supplement!
  • Explore the South Island, from famous fjords to frozen glaciers
  • Board the TransAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world.
  • Cross the Cook Strait between the South and North Island on a very scenic ferry ride.
  • Enjoy a two-night stay in the Bay of Islands and cruise aboard a luxury catamaran.
  • A Māori Cultural Experience and Hāngi. You’ll visit a living Māori village within a geothermal area for an evening of performances featuring the breathtaking haka.

Your Holiday Includes:

  • International Flights
    • Return economy class airfares from your homeport (contact us for included cities)
  • Coach Features
    • 48 seats on a Classic touring coach
    • 2 door access; overhead travel bag storage
    • Restroom; panoramic viewing
  • Experience
    • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
    • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
    • Professional Coach Captain
    • Tour Leader
    • 15 nights 3.5 star accommodation
    • 4 two-night stays
    • Hotel porterage
    • 1 rail journey
    • 4 cruises
    • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
    • Extensive Optional Tours Programme
    • Classic Documentation Pack
  • Meals
    • 15 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
    • 12 sumptuous dinners including 4 specialty dinners: Complimentary pre-dinner drink at the Welcome Dinner, Christchurch; Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Mãori Hãngi and Concert, Rotorua
    • 1 picnic lunch: Milford Sound Cruise
    • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle
    • Enjoy Hotel Wine Time (discounted drinks)
  • 18 Prepaid Attractions & Experiences – see the brochure for details

Departs Australia:

2022 – 6 November
2023 – 9 February

Note: Departures are subject to confirmation at time of booking and price may vary depending on your travel date. Please contact us for other departures.

Get the Brochure:

View Brochure

Click on the button to view or download a copy of the brochure. The brochure includes more details and the full itinerary (where applicable).

Want to Stay Longer or Upgrade?

Let us know if you’d like to extend your stay in New Zealand and add hotel stays before or after the tour.

Ask us today about staying in other properties or adding more services. We are happy to design a holiday that will suit you best.

Travelling Solo?

We can look after you. Solo travellers who are happy to share with a traveller of the same sex pay the twin share price, with no single supplement.

Booking Conditions:

This special deal is available for a limited time. Please contact us for current rates.

All prices are per person, based on twin share, and listed in Australian dollars (AUD). Prices are accurate as of 10 April 2022.

The package is subject to confirmation at the time of booking and prices may change without notice. Booking conditions and cancellation fees apply.

Please read Australia & New Zealand Travel Company’s Terms & Booking Conditions prior to making a reservation. By booking any travel service with us, you have agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

How to Book

To make a booking please call Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email reservations@anztravelco.com.

You can also select a trip and request it via this website – please make sure you enter the quantity for the number of people travelling. In the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page, add your preferred departure date plus any other information that will help us process your booking, such as departure city and travel preferences.

No payment is required to submit an online booking request, but your booking is pending and no place is being held. Your booking status will be advised when you hear from our travel consultants. Bookings are normally actioned within 24 hours – Monday to Friday.

Itinerary & Booking Info

Travel Style

Escorted Coach Tour

Itinerary

ITINERARY:

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (SL) Specialty Lunch (D) Dinner (SD) Specialty Dinner

DAY 1 Arrive Christchurch (SD)
On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening, meet your Tour Leader and travelling companions for a pre-dinner drink followed by a Welcome Dinner.
Hotel Heartland Hotel Cotswold or similar

DAY 2 Christchurch – Omarama (B,D)
After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, The Church of the Good Shepherd and 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, optional) to enjoy a scenic flight over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama.
Hotel Heritage Gateway Hotel

DAY 3 Omarama – Dunedin (B,SD)
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.
Hotel Dunedin Leisure Lodge – A Distinction Hotel

DAY 4 Dunedin – Te Anau (B,D)
This morning travel out along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you 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 and your overnight stay. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional).
Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room)

DAY 5 Te Anau – Milford Sound – Queenstown (B,L)
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, you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants. (2 night stay)
Hotel Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown Lakefront

DAY 6 Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD)
Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain and Tour Leader are available to assist with the many optional activities available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to 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.
Hotel Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown Lakefront

DAY 7 Queenstown – Arrowtown – Fox Glacier (B,D)
Travel to Arrowtown 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 north to the township of Fox Glacier. Time is available to experience a scenic flight (weather permitting, optional) over the spectacular glaciers.
Hotel Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

DAY 8 Fox Glacier – Arthur’s Pass – Christchurch (B,D)
Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. View rivers and valleys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over massive viaducts and through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains. On arrival into the elegant city of Christchurch, your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.
Hotel Heartland Hotel Cotswold or similar

DAY 9 Christchurch – Picton – Wellington (B,D)
Travel along the East Coast to the seaside village of Kaikõura. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you travel through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine. Continue to Picton, where you will board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington. (2 night stay)
Hotel Ibis Wellington

DAY 10 Wellington (B)
A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour which showcases the history and culture on show. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also free to choose your own dining arrangements.
Hotel Ibis Wellington

DAY 11 Wellington – Taupo – Rotorua (B,D)
Depart Wellington and view the snowcapped 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. (2 night stay)
Hotel Distinction Rotorua (Superior Room)

DAY 12 Rotorua (B,SD)
Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. This evening experience an entertaining Mãori Hãngi and Concert.
Hotel Distinction Rotorua (Superior Room)

DAY 13 Rotorua – Auckland – Bay of Islands (B,D)
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 Mãori tribes and the British. (2 night stay)
Hotel Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge

DAY 14 Bay of Islands (B)
Today you will explore the scenic beauty of the Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran. Cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock, keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life. Return to Paihia for a free afternoon where a range of optional activities are available or you may choose to relax and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the waterfront. This evening is also free, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).
Hotel Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge

DAY 15 Bay of Islands – Auckland (B,D)
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 enjoy a final dinner with your newfound friends.
Hotel Rydges Auckland or similar

DAY 16 Depart Auckland (B)
Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

Please note: The day by day descriptions published are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, road conditions, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

How to Book

Bookings can be made by calling Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email to reservations@anztravelco.com.

Online booking requests may also be submitted via this website by selecting a trip. Please make sure you include your preferred departure date in the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page.

Bookings are pending and not confirmed until you receive a status update from an Australia & New Zealand Travel Company consultant.

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