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New Zealand Highlights November 2017

Solo Travellers 55 Years & Over
Monday 06 November – Tuesday 21 November 2017

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS – PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS

  • Welcome Drink
  • Haggis Ceremony & Gift 
  • Larnach Castle*
  • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum*
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools & geysers*
  • Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Kauri Museum*
  • City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington & Auckland

*Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.

 

 

DAY 1 - MONDAY 06 NOVEMBER 2017
Christchurch

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. This evening meet your travelling companions for a pre dinner drink followed by a welcome dinner.

Meals: Specialty Dinner

DAY 2 - TUESDAY 07 NOVEMBER 2017
Christchurch - Omarama

After an introductory city sights 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY 08 NOVEMBER 2017
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.

Meals: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner

DAY 4 – THURSDAY 09 NOVEMBER 2017
Dunedin – Te Anau  

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. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 – FRIDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2017
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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6 – SATURDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2017
Queenstown (Free Day)

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain and Tour Guide are available to assist with the many sightseeing options available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or 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 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner

DAY 7 – SUNDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2017
Queenstown – Arrowtown – Fox Glacier  

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 Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 – MONDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2017
Fox Glacier – Arthur’s Pass – Christchurch  

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 to the elegant city of Christchurch. On arrival your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 – TUESDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2017
Christchurch – Picton – Wellington  

Travel through the Lewis Pass and enjoy the spectacular scenery as you continue to the Marlborough Country, famous for it’s food & wine. Continue to Picton, where you board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the

Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 – WEDNESDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2017
Wellington

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.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11 – THURSDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2017
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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12 – FRIDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2017
Rotorua 

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at the Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is 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 awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.

Meals: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner

DAY 13 – SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2017
Rotorua - Auckland - Bay Of Islands

This morning depart Rotorua and travel north via Auckland to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14 – SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2017
Bay of Islands

Today 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 where a range of optional activities are available. This evening is also free and you may choose to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15 – MONDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2017
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 farewell dinner with your new found friends.

Meals: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner

DAY 16 – TUESDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2017
Depart Auckland

Time to say goodbye. You’ll 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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Encounter Travel provides holidays for solo travellers. Since 2006 we've been creating tour, cruise and resort packages for solo travellers that like to share their travel experiences. Visiting destinations across Australia and around the globe our holidays include short tropical escapes, leisurely touring, cruises and active walking trips.   


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