Breathtaking New Zealand

Breathtaking New Zealand

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Breathtaking New Zealand

18 Days Starting in Auckland, New Zealand and ending in Christchurch, New Zealand

Visiting: Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch, Franz Josef Glacier , Queenstown, Omarama, Oceania

Tour operator:

Just You

Tour code:

SLNZ

Specialist Group:

Singles Solo

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

15 - 35

Physical rating:

Low, Classic Touring

Age range:

18-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans, Please make us aware of any specific dietary requests

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

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Tour Overview

This all-encompassing tour of New Zealand starts in the beautiful city of Auckland on North Island. Discover emerald-green landscapes, thermal springs and geysers in Rotorua and Napier, then spend some time in the capital Wellington, before sailing across the Cook Strait to South Island. Snow-capped mountains, shimmering glaciers and beautiful Milford Sound await and there's also time to explore Queenstown and the vibrant city of Christchurch.

Highlights

  • Waitomo glow worm grotto

  • Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & Napier sightseeing

  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve

  • Dinner & wine-tasting at the Mission Estate Winery

  • Cruise on Milford Sound

  • Dedicated Just You holiday director with you on the trip

  • Your own room guaranteed & no single supplement

  • Journey on the TranzAlpine Train

  • Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & Napier sightseeing

  • Waitomo glow worm grotto

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Itinerary

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Day 1 : Days 1 & 2 Uk - Auckland

Today, you will fly to New Zealand via Singapore, arriving on the morning of day 3.

Day 3 Auckland
Location: Auckland
Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Auckland
Meals Included: D

We'll arrive in Auckland today. There is time to rest after your flight before we gather as a group for dinner.

Day 4 Auckland
Location: Auckland
Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Auckland
Meals Included: B

The beautiful city of Auckland is the largest in New Zealand, situated on the North Island in the Hauraki Gulf. We'll admire its spectacular skyline on an included tour this morning, which takes us to all the must-see sights. Later, you will have time to explore the city further in the company of your fellow travellers.

Day 5 Auckland - Rotorua
Location: Rotorua
Accommodation Name: Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Meals Included: B

The warm, emerald-green North Island was shaped by volcanic activity, and evidence of this remains in the thermal springs surrounding Rotorua. En-route we will journey through the dairy-rich Waikato farming region, home of the Maori kingdom, and visit the world-famous Waitomo Caves. The amazing glow-worm grotto is a fascinating sight and we will explore in the company of a Local Guide. You can also take an optional flight today, either by float-plane or helicopter, over Mount Tarawera Volcano. You'll learn how the volcano's 1886 eruption - the largest in New Zealand's living memory - affected the landscape and, if you chose the helicopter flight, you will actually land at the site of the eruption. Those choosing the float-plane excursion will have the added excitement of taking off and landing on water at the Rotorua City Lakefront.

Day 6 Rotorua
Location: Rotorua
Accommodation Name: Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Meals Included: B

Today you have the option to join a tour of Hobbiton, the location created for the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films. We'll explore the site, which includes hobbit holes and the Green Dragon Inn, while our guide offers fascinating insight – a must for fans of the films.
Te Puia Thermal Reserve is home to the extraordinary boiling mud pools and spouting geysers that New Zealand is so famous for. We will call here this morning to see this spectacular sight for ourselves.
Tonight, you'll have a chance to experience a Maori concert and sample an authentic Hangi meal on an optional tour. This is where your food is cooked by steam underground using a centuries-old method that harnesses the power of nature.

Day 7 Rotorua - Napier
Location: Napier
Accommodation Name: Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Meals Included: B, D

The route to Napier takes us through the Wairakei Valley, past the spectacular Huka Falls to beautiful Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest freshwater lake. We will pause here to take in the mesmerising views. Napier is home to one of the finest collections of Art Deco-style buildings in the world and has the ideal climate for growing grapes. Sampling some of the locally cultivated wines is certain to be a treat before we discover more about the town as we explore on foot in the company of your Holiday Director. We'll enjoy a group dinner this evening at a winery estate.

Day 8 Napier - Wellington
Location: Wellington
Accommodation Name: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
Meals Included: B

Wellington, New Zealand's wonderful capital, enjoys a beautiful setting on the southern tip of the North Island. We'll head here today with an orientation tour on arrival to highlight the city's main sights.

Day 9 Wellington - At Leisure
Location: Wellington
Accommodation Name: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
Meals Included: B

We have left today free for you to explore the city with your travelling companions. Perhaps take the cable car to the Botanical Gardens or visit the Te Papa Museum, which offers a wealth of information about New Zealand and its history, along with a collection of art.

Day 10 Wellington - Christchurch
Location: Christchurch
Accommodation Name: Distinction Christchurch Hotel
Meals Included: B

We set sail for the South Island today. Once back on land, we continue the drive to Christchurch, often referred to as the most English city outside of England. We'll enjoy the stunning scenery of the Kaikoura coast along the way.

Day 11 Tranzalpine Train
Location: Franz Josef Glacier
Accommodation Name: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Meals Included: B

The TranzAlpine offers a spectacular journey into the Southern Alps. We'll be on board the train from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass, the South Island's highest railway station, passing through the contrasting scenery of the snow-capped Southern Alps and majestic gorges. At Arthur's Pass we rejoin our coach and continue south to the magnificent scenery and glaciers of the Franz Josef and Fox Glacier regions. Perhaps join a helicopter flight with a landing on the glacier for another view of this stunning landscape.

Day 12 Franz Josef Glacier - Queenstown
Location: Queenstown
Accommodation Name: Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road
Meals Included: B

The road through Westland National Park is one of the most scenic ever built, with tremendous ocean views to one side and spectacular forest views to the other. Experience it for yourself as we head to Queenstown, a popular resort in both summer and winter, travelling south crossing the Haast River Bridge and passing Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka along the way. This evening, if you wish, you could enjoy a relaxing steamship cruise on Lake Wakatipu and a gourmet barbecue dinner in the Colonel's Homestead at Walter Peak.

Day 13 Milford Sound
Location: Queenstown
Accommodation Name: Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road
Meals Included: B, L

Milford Sound is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful locations in New Zealand. Te Anau is the gateway to Fjordland National Park and our first port of call on today's tour. We continue through the lush beech forests of the Eglinton Valley and the eroded glacial canyons of the Hollyford Valley, before arriving at Milford Sound itself. A cruise on the Sound, which we include weather permitting, is a great way to appreciate the beauty of the area, and lunch is also included.

Day 14 Queenstown - At Leisure
Location: Queenstown
Accommodation Name: Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road
Meals Included: B

Explore Queenstown in the company of your fellow travellers or perhaps join us on an optional excursion.
If you're feeling adventurous, there's a fantastic opportunity to take an exhilarating jet boat ride on the Dart River.
This evening, if you wish, you could enjoy a relaxing steamship cruise on Lake Wakatipu and a gourmet barbecue dinner in the Colonel's Homestead at Walter Peak.

Day 15 Queenstown - Omarama
Location: Omarama
Accommodation Name: Heritage Gateway Hotel
Meals Included: B

Today we travel via the gold-mining town of Arrowtown. New Zealand's spectacular scenery is never-ending and another stunning route delivers us to the Mount Cook region today. If you wish you can take an optional scenic flight over some of New Zealand's highest mountains and largest glaciers. Your pilot will provide interesting commentary as you admire them from the air.

Day 16 Omarama - Christchurch
Location: Christchurch
Accommodation Name: Distinction Christchurch Hotel
Meals Included: B

A lovely drive this morning takes us across Burkes Pass and onwards to Lake Tekapo. We will travel over the Canterbury Plains and on to Christchurch, where an orientation tour introduces us to all the main sights. This evening we will gather with the group to enjoy a farewell drink.

Day 17 Christchurch - Uk
Meals Included: B

We'll transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK.

Day 18 Uk

You'll arrive back in the UK today.

What's Included

  • Return flights from London

  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK

  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own

  • Accommodation

    14 nights in 3 to 4-star hotels plus 3 nights in flight

  • Meals

    17 meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners including welcome & farewell drinks

  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage

  • Just You Holiday Director as your host & Specialist Local Guide

  • Just You Holiday Director as your host & Specialist Local Guide

  • 14 nights in 3 to 4-star hotels plus 3 nights in flight

  • 17 meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners including welcome & farewell drinks

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What's Not Included

  • Insurance

Accommodation

    • Park Regis Singapore
    • The 4-star Park Regis Singapore is centrally located within close proximity to the city’s popular entertainment, dining and cultural hubs of Clarke Quay, Boat Quay and Chinatown. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool and gym. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, coffee/tea-maker, mini-bar and hairdryer.
    • Rydges Auckland
    • Rydges Auckland is situated close to the city centre. The hotel is modern and its amenities include a fitness centre, bar & restaurant. Rooms are furnished with air conditioning, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, free Wi-Fi and flat screen TV.
    • Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
    • The 3-star Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua is set on the shores of the lake and close to Rotorua''s vibrant city centre.



      Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool and spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, safe, refrigerator, iron, tea/coffee-maker and hairdryer.
    • Scenic Hotel Te Pania
    • You will stay at the 4-star Scenic Hotel Te Pania perfectly located on the edge of Hawkes Bay. Hotel facilities include a restaurant and bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee-making facilities.
    • Park Hotel Lambton Quay
    • The Park Hotel Lambton Quay is situated in the heart of Wellington. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar & fitness centre. Rooms are furnished with free Wi-Fi, TV, tea & coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.
    • Quality Hotel Elms
    • The 3.5-star Quality Hotel Elms is located in the Papanui area of Christchurch, with bars and restaurants in the local vicinity. The city centre is within easy reach.
    • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
    • The 4-star Scenic Franz Josef Hotel is located close to one of New Zealand''s most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier.



      Hotel facilities include restaurant, bar/lounge and spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, mini-bar, tea/coffee-maker, TV and hairdryer.
    • Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road
    • The 4-star Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road has a peaceful setting amongst alpine scenery and picturesque lakes, yet it''s conveniently close to the city.


      Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, sauna and tennis court. Bedrooms have private facilities, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, hairdryer and Wi-Fi.
    • Heritage Gateway Hotel
    • The 3-star Heritage Gateway Hotel in Omarama is set amongst landscaped gardens offering wonderful views of the surrounding mountains.



      Hotel facilities include a restaurant and bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV, iron, refrigerator, tea/coffee-maker and hairdryer.
    • Quality Hotel Elms
    • The 3.5-star Quality Hotel Elms is located in the Papanui area of Christchurch, with bars and restaurants in the local vicinity. The city centre is within easy reach.

Excursions Included


  • Singapore

  • Waitomo Caves

  • Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & Napier sightseeing

  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve

  • TranzAlpine Express

  • Maori concert & Hangi meal

  • Milford Sound

Optional Excursions



  • Float-plane/helicopter ride to Mount Tarawera

  • Hobbiton movie set or Rainbow Springs Nature Park

  • Scenic helicopter flight over a glacier

  • Kawarau Jet Boat ride

  • Ride the Skyline Queenstown Gondola for stargazing & dinner

  • Dart River excursion

  • Steamship cruise on Lake Wakatipu

  • Mount Cook scenic flight


 


Optional excursions: Some of the above optional excursions can only be booked when you arrive in New Zealand.






Please note that 2020 itinerary is 18 days long and flies directly to Auckland. However, you can still visit Singapore on a pre-tour stopover.

Check out our Q&As

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    New Zealand Dollar

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    New Zealand Dollar

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes

  • What is the maximum group size?

    35 passengers

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • What is the maximum group size?

    35 passengers

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    All the people in your group will be solo travellers and will share your sense of adventure and passion for travel. There’s usually a good mix of ages too, so you’ll meet a variety of solo travellers who have more, or in some cases less, life experience. We find the overall mix of people really adds to the whole experience and there are certainly plenty of l

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    A few years ago we set up Just You Cares, a programme that gives back to some of the places we love. We have always believed in taking care of the communities we visit, and have taken the time to really get to know the local people and understand the challenges they face. Some of our holidays give our Customers the chance to see how the money from their trips has been spent.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Just You, we are committed to operating our business operations responsibly, with integrity and always act ethically in all our business dealings and relationships. We are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking does not take place in our own business or in any of our supply chains

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If we can accommodate a change in date - we will always do our best to help you. Just pick up the phone and ask one of our friendly advisors - just make sure you have your booking number to hand.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes, and all of our accommodation providers will be working to the very highest standards of hygiene – you already always enjoy a private room of your own on all of our trips, all of our partners will be guided by local government operational standards of hygiene and the new protocols we have issued to them.

  • Will I eat alone?

    We find there’s always a social element to dining, so you’ll never eat alone, unless you want to! Every holiday includes a welcome get-together, all breakfasts and many other meals. When a meal is not included we find travellers meet and dine together.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, given the nature of our holidays, it is not possible to join the tour once it has departed.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Just You has been operating solo holidays for more than 15 years.

  • Am I guaranteed a room of my own?

    Of course, you’ll always have a twin or double room all to yourself. It’s great to have that space to relax and reflect at the end of the day. In some hotels you can also pay a little extra to upgrade for more space or a lovely sea view.

  • What is the typical age range on a Just You holiday?

    Typically, our customers are solo travellers in their 40s, 50s and 60s, but it’s quite possible you could meet 20-year-olds or 70-year-olds (or anyone in between)... After all, age is just a number!

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have received the World Travel and Tourism Councils (WTTC) Safe Travels stamp, which recognises businesses and destinations worldwide that have adopted a new set of global protocols to support the return of 'Safe Travel' around the world. The 'Safe Travels' stamp provides you, with assurance and peace of mind that we have implemented enhanced health and hygiene prprotocols on all holidays.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Once you book, you will receive a confirmation invoice within 7 days, prior to departure, we will send you further information to help prepare for your trip.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Just You is exclusively for solo travellers, every tour includes a twin or double room of your own, with no single supplement.

Reviews of this Operator

Jenny Elliott  

Fabulous Holiday with Just You

28-Oct-2021

Fabulous holiday with Just You - well organised, excellent accommodation and our tour leader absolutely made the trip! Would highly recommend.

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Russell Kerfoot  

Travels 2013 -2019

21/06/2021

Have taken about 15 tours with JY, mainly long haul, and found the experience exhilarating. Apart from the company's professionalism and extensive and varied tour options, I have made so many friends for life. Looking forward to resuming my travels in 2022.

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Jan Clark  

My Go-to tour company!

16-Nov-2021

I’ve travelled many times with Just You and have always experienced 5-star service from them; so much so that they are always my go-to travel company. Realising a life-time’s dream of visiting Petra and touring Jordan with JY was amazing. Every day was a highlight and the tour manager, Jenny, was lovely and so professional. I can even see me doing this tour again next year.

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PAtrick Roche  

I have taken seven Just You holidays

21/06/2021

I have taken seven Just You holidays - collectively a first rate experience. Excellent tour guides, wonderful locations with good accommodation and food - and perhaps most important of all great company. For anyone considering a Just You holiday, go for it!

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aled blackshaw (Google Reviewer)  

Been on 5 holidays with...

13-Oct-2023

Been on 5 holidays with this company they have generally been good but the prices have risen considerably and i feel do not provide true value for money. In my opinion all the excursions and meals should be included in the total cost as they not worth the extra cost. Also they are very dismissive of any complaints once you have paid for the holiday they are not interested. I think i will try another company next time

Sue Sweeney (Google Reviewer)  

Great holidays for singles. I've been...

28-Jun-2023

Great holidays for singles. I've been on 4 holidays with them. Only issue is the hotel rooms. They generally use 3* hotels and I've booked at the same time and price as my friends but the difference in rooms is unbelievable. I've been lucky, but I've heard horror stories from friends of rooms like a dungeon with one small high window whilst I've had a fabulous sea view.

Lynda Martin (Google Reviewer)  

Don't go to the Mercure...

10-Feb-2024

Don't go to the Mercure Hotel in Brighton for a Christmas holiday. Dingy rooms, small tables so you are encouraged to sit on your own when you have expected to be able to chat. But this is nothing compared to the Christmas lunch. Reconstituted white meat that could have been anything, no roasties, no stuffing, no cranberry sauce, you couldn't cut the sprouts because the knife wasn't sharp enough. I had pre ordered prawn cocktail as my starter but on the day when we all turned up together, there was no prawn cocktail for me they had run out, so all I had was soup. No dancing, no music. The carpets were stained and it was a very sorry affair. I paid £1348 for 4 nights of this very shabby standard. Sorry Just You, butbit is the last holiday I will have with you. This year, whether I go to Aldi or Waitrose, I will buy the whole shebang and cook it myself, and then I will be sure to enjoy it.

eamonn young (Google Reviewer)  

Great holiday but then no...

21-Sep-2023

Great holiday but then no response to email concerning an important point concerning incorrect information in documentation. Turkish Airlines do have online check in..saves being put on standby. Documentation says you can't check in online..you can. Just wanted to save other travellers having the same problem about being put on stand by. Just You don't seem to care.

Janet Roe (Google Reviewer)  

Travelled with Just You to...

10-Jan-2024

Travelled with Just You to South America - Chile Argentina and Brazil in Nov 2023. Tour guide was totally inexperienced for this long haul tour and was completely out of her depth. This caused massive problems with the holiday when we were unable to travel to Mendoza due to snow blocking the road across the Andes. The company head office did not address the group's concerns and did not offer us alternative air travel. Lots of other issues with this holiday and tour manager. Despite having made a formal complaint my concerns have not been addressed. I can't see me travelling with this company again.

shirley perry (Google Reviewer)  

What should have been the...

19-Dec-2023

What should have been the holiday of a lifetime to the National Parks of America was a big disappointment due mainly to our tour guide. When I traveled with Just You pre-Covid on their long haul holidays, there was always a Just You representative meeting everyone at the airport and travelling with the group, plus local guides at your destination. This time it was just Veronica on arrival, who wasn't even there when the first of the group arrived, and she gave us very little information about the areas we were travelling through.

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    Up to 75 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

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    At 42 days before tour starts: Forfeit 75% of booking price.

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