South Island Solos Tour

From $5,540 per person

Tuesday 6 April – ​Saturddy 17 April 2021 (12 days)

If you’re looking to get out and see some of our amazing country, but would like some travelling companions, then this is the trip for you! Join like-minded individuals on a travel adventure in the South Island. This relaxing tour starts in Wellington and crosses to Picton before exploring along almost the entire length of the South Island allowing you plenty of sightseeing opportunities.


Day 1          Tuesday 06 April 2021
Haere mai – welcome! Today we fly from Auckland to Wellington, arriving early in the afternoon. Today is yours to explore New Zealand’s friendly capital city. You may wish to browse the local shops along Lambton Quay, take a tour around New Zealand’s Parliament Buildings, visit our national museum, Te Papa, with six storeys of cutting-edge interactive exhibitions housed in an architectural wonder of a building, or simply have a stroll along the waterfront. Tonight we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel, a perfect chance for you to get to know your travelling companions.
Accommodation:  Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay, Wellington

Day 2          Wednesday 07 April 2021
Depart on board the Interislander Ferry for the 3 hour cruise to Picton.  The city of Wellington is set around a magnificent harbour and there is no better way of appreciating its grandeur than from the ferry as it cruises south towards Cook Strait.  This narrow stretch of water named after the explorer Captain James Cook can be extremely turbulent due to the high winds that are funnelled between the South and North Islands.  The ferry is only in the Strait for a short time before entering Queen Charlotte Sound through Tory Channel.  The cruise down the calm waters of Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton are sure to be a highlight as the hills surrounding the Sound are particularly picturesque. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.
Accommodation: Rutherford Hotel, Nelson – 2 nights

Day 3          Thursday 08 April 2021
This morning we travel to the golden sand beaches of Kaiteriteri where we board our cruise boat travelling around and through various bays and beach areas. We will stop in Motueka on our way for a morning cuppa before arriving in Kaiteriteri to board our cruise. While on board the cruise, we’ll get a chance to see and photograph the world-famous Split Apple Rock from close up, see native Fur Seals (Kekeno) in their natural habitat, marvel at the golden sands and the turquoise waters of  the Astrolabe Roadstead, Anchorage,  Bark Bay and Medlands Beach all before returning to Kaiteriteri. There will also be a picnic lunch to enjoy onboard the cruise. On our way back to Nelson we will stop at Mapua Wharf, where you can browse the selection of shops and galleries, or simply enjoy an icecream on the wharf. We will visit the Eyebright Store which was started in 1986 on the Appleby Plains in sunny Nelson, by Adrienne and Peter Owen who still run the business today. What began as a tiny endeavour growing dried flowers on 1/8 of an acre in the midst of a burgeoning cafe, wine and arts region, gradually expanded as the demand for flowers grew and Eyebright supplied stores throughout NZ. Dinner tonight will be at leisure.

Day 4          Friday 09 April 2021
NELSON – HOKITIKA          (B)
Departing Nelson this morning we drive through the Nelson Lakes National Park to the shores of Lake Rotoiti where we will have a morning cuppa. Continuing on, the road follows the Buller River towards the coast.  W’ell stop in at Murchison for you to purchase your lunch. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Buller Gorge before reaching the West Coast.  Continue down the coast to the small settlement of Punakaiki on the edge of the Paparoa National Park.  Punakaiki is renowned for its wild, rugged coastline and the famous ‘Pancake Rocks’ and blowholes.  These stratified limestone stacks are an extraordinary monument of nature.  There will be time available for you to complete the 20 minute loop walk to view the pancake rocks. We continue our journey south along the Great Coast Road, arriving in Hokitika, where we settle in for the evening. Dinner tonight will be at leisure.
Accommodation: Beachfront Hokitika

Day 5           Saturday 10 April 2021
HOKITIKA – HAAST          (BD)
Today we continue south into the Westland National Park, the home of Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. On arrival, time is available for optional scenic flights. Driving towards the southern end of the South Island’s West Coast Road, there is a strong sense of entering a primeval land, and a feeling of total isolation. Arriving at Haast, you are surrounded by a landscape of rainforest, wetlands, sand dunes and surf-pounded shingle beaches. This wilderness forms part of the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area, so designated because South Westland and Fiordland have some of the most dramatic forest and mountain scenery and natural resources in the world. Tonight we will have dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel, Haast

Day 6          Sunday 11 April 2021
This morning we board the Haast River Safaris jetboat for a one hour trip through the mighty Haast River Valley. Travelling via jetboat allows us to journey into the heart of Te Wahipounamu - the South West World Heritage Area and experience a close-up encounter with this untouched landscape and its remarkable natural features. Our coach will meet us further down the Haast River and we continue our journey south over the Haast Pass to Makarora and onto the upper reaches of Lake Wanaka.  Travelling past Lake Hawea we reach the popular Lake Wanaka, the starting point of the mighty Clutha River.  This afternoon we travel via Cromwell following the Kawarau Gorge Road Queenstown. Once in Queenstown we enjoy an orientation tour of ‘the town fit for a Queen’ – Queenstown. Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.
Accommodation: Scenic Suites, Queenstown – 2 nights

Day 7          Monday 12 April 2021
QUEENSTOWN          (B)
Today is at leisure.  Queenstown has a plethora of optional sightseeing activities available from jet-boating on the thrilling Shotover Jet; a jet-boat excursion along the scenic and remote Dart River; winery tours to the premier Central Otago wineries; 4WD tours into unforgettable Skippers Canyon; scenic flights; fly-fishing or if you dare – bungy jumping or tandem sky-diving!  Extra cost for optional sightseeing excursions.

Day 8          Tuesday 13 April 2021
This morning we follow river gorges through a wilderness of ancient rain forests and spectacular lofty mountains to arrive at Milford Sound. We board a comfortable vessel for a cruise past Mitre Peak to the Tasman Sea. While on board we will enjoy a packed lunch and keep an eye peeled for seals and dolphins which are often seen in the waters of the fiord. At the conclusion of the cruise board the coach for the journey to Te Anau.  Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore, Te Anau

Day 9          Wednesday 14 April 2021
TE ANAU – DUNEDIN          (BD)
Leave Queenstown through the rugged Kawarau Gorge and travel through Cromwell then alongside Lake Dunstan which was formed when New Zealand’s latest hydro dam was built at Clyde.  This area was once the scene of a major gold rush.  Alexandra experiences temperature extremes and is known as the hottest, driest, and coldest town in New Zealand.  The area around Roxburgh is famous for its stone fruit orchards especially peaches and apricots grown successfully on the stony river-flats between the mountains and the fast-flowing Clutha River.  Travel south to the small country town of Milton then head north across the fertile Taieri Plains to Dunedin.  Upon our arrival into Dunedin, enjoy the views of the harbour from the hill suburbs.  See the University of Otago with its historic blue stone buildings on the banks of the Leith River.  Travel through the CBD along George and Princes Streets and through the Octagon which features the historic Town Hall and St Pauls Anglican Cathedral and a statue of the Scottish poet Robbie Burns.  See the stunning white sandy beaches of St Clair and St Kilda before returning to the city. This afternoon, visit Olveston House – an impressive turn-of-the-century house that is still home to all the lavish furnishings and art collections that have been collected from all corners of the world. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel, Dunedin

Day 10          Thursday 15 April 2021
Today is a day for spectacular sights as we travel north. Stop at Moeraki and see the unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach then continue on to the coastal town of Oamaru, where you will have time to look at the ‘White Stone City’ where the old buildings have been constructed with local limestone. It was from Oamaru that New Zealand’s first frozen meat was shipped in 1882 taking over three months to reach England, and thus began New Zealand’s most important export industry. Travelling inland through Benmore and Otematata, through Sailors Cutting before arriving at Omarama where we will stay overnight. Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.

Day 11          Friday 16 April 2021            
Departing Omarama this morning we pass through Twizel before travelling along Lake Pukaki to Mount Cook Village. At the heart of New Zealand’s most spectacular alpine region is Mt Cook, at 3754 metres the highest peak in Australasia.  The Mt Cook National Park comprises 70,013 hectares of ice, snow, rock, sub-alpine scrub, tussock and riverbeds.  Experience the wonder of the National Park, which features 15 peaks and 5 major glaciers.  The Tasman Glacier flows 27 kms past the flanks of Mt Cook to terminate amongst vast fields of rock debris at the beautiful Blue Lakes, where the Tasman River takes the glacier water to the blue waters of Lake Pukaki.  Time here for a short walk or helicopter flight high into the spectacular Southern Alps (not included – extra cost). Depart travelling past Lake Pukaki then on to Lake Tekapo where we will stop for you to purchase lunch and to view the Church of the Good Shepherd and the famous bronze sculpture of the sheep dog.  Continue over Burkes Pass and on to the fertile Canterbury Plains.  On arrival in Christchurch we’ll enjoy an orientation tour of the city, before having some time to explore the city at your leisure. Tonight we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel, Christchurch

Day 12          Saturday 17 April 2021
Depart Christchurch          (B)
After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred from the hotel to Christchurch Domestic Airport for your flight back home.

Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay

The Copthorne Hotel is located on Oriental Parade, overlooking the harbour, Close to many of the attractions the area has to offer, making in an ideal base for guest exploring the city. All 118 rooms, in four different room types, feature a separate balcony with views of the harbour or city. Each room comes equipped with all the modern hotel comforts a guest could need.

Rutherford Hotel Nelson

Rutherford Hotel Nelson is within easy walking distance of the central city and close to many of the attractions the area has to offer, boasting a unique blend of local charm and cosmopolitan sophistication. Guest facilities at the hotel include restaurants, a bar, cafe, gym, sauna and outdoor swimming pool. Many of the 113 guest rooms have been recently refurbished and offer a range of in-room amenities as well as access to the hotel's facilities.

Beachfront Hotel Hokitika

The Beachfront Hotel offers guests a high standard of accommodation steps away from the beach and the centre of town. Located in Hokitika on the beautiful West Coast of New Zealand they are surrounded by views of the ocean, rainforest and Southern Alps. They are conveniently located for travel to major attractions on the Coast, being one hour south of Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks and one and a half hours north of Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. 

Heartland Hotel Haast

The Heartland Hotel Haast is situated four kilometres from Haast township on the doorstep of the South Westland World Heritage Area. Haast offers a place of tranquillity, with untouched beaches and rugged glacial valleys en route to the West Coast and Southern Lakes. Hotel facilities include a ‘country pub’ style café and bar, warm and comfortable accommodation with modern amenities including wifi.

Scenic Suites Queenstown

Scenic Suites Queenstown provides one of the most sought after locations for Queenstown hotels. The hotel’s elevated position gives fantastic views of the Remarkables Mountain Range and over Lake Wakatipu.

Distinction Luxmore

Distinction Luxmore Hotel, conveniently located in the town centre and close to many attractions and activities the area has to offer. With 180 guest rooms all offering comfortable and luxurious stays, complete with all the in-room amenities a guest could need and access to the hotel's wider facilities. 

Distinction Dunedin

Distinction Dunedin Hotel is located in the heart of the city, formerly Chief Post Office built in 1937 this hotel combines the historic charm with modern amenities and finishings to create a unique stay for guests whilst being close to many of the attractions and activities the area has to offer. All 121 elegant guest suites and studios are spacious and modern with all of the facilities and furnishings a guest could need.

Distinction Christchurch

Distinction Christchurch is an urban escape, ideally positioned in the heart of the city only a few minutes' walk from the Avon River, Botanical Gardens, Cashel Mall and many more of the attractions of the area. With 179 guest rooms and suites over eleven storeys, Distinction Christchurch is elegant accommodation in the city centre.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - further information available here 
  • 11 nights accommodation, single rooms all with private facilities
  • Auckland in Wellington and Christchurch to Auckland airfare with Air New Zealand - other ports on application
  • Interislander ferry sailing from Wellington to Picton
  • Cruise on Abel Tasman National Park
  • Jet Boat ride with Haast River Safaris
  • Day of leisure in Queenstown
  • Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
  • Guided tour of Olveston House
  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 8 dinners included
  • Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
  • Roadside morning teas where possible from the coach

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Club Member Guaranteed Single Cost: $5,490.00
Non Member Guaranteed Single Cost: $5,540.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking $200.00

Full balance of tour payment due by Tuesday 23 February 2021

Book and pay in full by Monday 7 December 2020 and receive $150.00 discount per person!


Are door to door collections included on this tour? YES

Yes. Leisure Time Tours offers a free home collection and drop off service from selected Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua and most Auckland City areas. Our complimentary collections are based on your individual post code, other home collection locations available at an additional cost. Alternatively you may wish to meet us at our Hamilton depot in which case you can park your car in our secure yard free of charge for the duration of your holiday. For all tours that have a flight component, we can also offer door to door collections from Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin city areas.

Please refer to our Home Collection flyer for further information about this service.

Is the Guaranteed twin Share Price available on this tour? NO

For this tour, all rooms are guaranteed single rooms, meaning each passenger has their own room. 

What fitness level is required for this tour? EASY LEVEL

To ensure that you select the right tour for you, we’ve developed a very clear set of fitness recommendations for our tours. These physical ratings clearly explain how much physical exertion is required to participate on each tour. 

Level 1 – Easy

  • Relaxed paced tour
  • Be able to participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace.
  • Walk on mostly level ground
  • Tackle an occasional flight of stairs
  • Occasionally need to stand for up to 10 minutes
  • Able to get on and off transportation unaided

Level 2 – Moderate

  • Be able to participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Able to get on and off transportation unaided
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks

 Level 3 – Active

  • Participate in walking tours without having to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground and walk through soft sand
  • Able to get on and off transportation unaided
Can you assist with pre & post tour accommodation? YES

Yes we can. Should you wish to arrive earlier or stay longer we can book in some pre and post tour accommodation for you. Please ask at the time of booking if you require this.

Will there be a daily seat rotation on this tour? YES

Passengers rotate seats in the coach daily so that all passengers have the opportunity to enjoy forward and window seating. All passengers are expected to participate as a booking condition.

Is this tour a guaranteed departure? NO

This tour will be guaranteed once there are 10 passengers booked on the tour.

Are roadside morning teas included on this tour? YES

Yes. A point of difference is that wherever possible we offer our passengers roadside refreshments served from the coach. This gives all passengers the chance to mix and mingle over a hot cuppa allowing us to share our experiences as we journey together.

Do I need travel insurance?

Leisure Time Tours strongly advises all passengers to purchase a travel insurance policy. A comprehensive travel insurance policy may prevent you from spending extra money in case of an emergency and will help you feel protected during your holiday. We are agents for Cover More Travel Insurance. Ask us for a no obligation insurance quote today. 

How much luggage can I bring?

Luggage is restricted to one suitcase and one small item of hand luggage per person. Baggage handling of one suitcase per person, at each hotel, is included in the trip price. Carry-on/hand luggage handling is the responsibility of each guest and all personal items must be taken off the coach by you each day of the trip.

What clothing should I pack?

When on tour, dress is generally relaxed and casual with an informal dress standard on most occasions. Casual wear is recommended for travelling with something a little more formal for evening dining. If taking part in outdoor activities, make sure you have a waterproof coat, comfortable footwear and dress in layers to help you adjust to any sudden changes in climate. Be prepared for New Zealand’s powerful sun, even on cold windy days, bringing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Booking Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions….
(Applicable for New Zealand Tours from 01 May 2020 - 30 September 2021)

Acceptance of Terms and Conditions
If you book a Packaged Tour with us and pay your deposit, you are deemed to have accepted these terms.  If you booked your Packaged Tour with us through an agent, the agent is deemed to have accepted these terms on your behalf.  We may ask you to sign a copy of these terms when you join your Packaged Tour to provide a record of your acceptance of these terms and you agree to sign these terms on our request.

The itinerary for your Packaged Tour was correct at the time of printing, but it is subject to change without notice.  Your itinerary could change due to road or weather conditions, changes imposed by other tour operators or a range of other factors outside our control.  You agree that we have no liability to you for changes to your itinerary.

Price Amendments
Prices were correct at the time and date of printing, however Leisure Time Tours reserves the right to amend the price subject to any changes in price imposed by other tour operators and carriers included in the itinerary or major fluctuation in the exchange rates, or increases in government or other levies. The final tour cost will be guaranteed not to change once the full and final payment has been received. Tour Price excludes drinks, telephone calls, travel insurance and items of a personal nature. Leisure Time Tours also reserves the right to cancel the tour due to low numbers and in this instance a full refund will be provided.

*Guaranteed Twin Share Prices
Our Guaranteed Twin Share price is available for those passengers willing to share with another single traveller of the same gender. If there isn’t another passenger of the same gender to share with we GUARANTEE our twin share price. Leisure Times Tours accepts no responsibility for the compatibility of passengers travelling under this arrangement. If someone is not compatible with the person they have been matched up with, all additional costs incurred to assist with changing their shared room type to two single rooms will be at the expense of both travellers and will be subject to availability. Acceptance of a guaranteed twin share room is subject to the individual’s medical condition being suitable for this type of arrangement.

Health and Fitness
Passengers should be in good health and able to walk moderate distances to fully participate and experience the sightseeing opportunities within the enclosed itinerary.  All passengers are required to acknowledge that they are of reasonable health and are considered to be fit to travel and are not travelling contrary to any medical advice.  By acknowledging their health and fitness to participate passengers are indemnifying us from all actions, claims and demands arising out of any lack of health and fitness.  We reserve the right to remove a passenger from a tour if their health or fitness interferes with any other passenger’s experiences or the day to day running of the tour.  In this instance our normal cancellation terms and conditions will apply.  You agree that we have no liability to you for any loss, damage, costs or other effects of health problems you may encounter on your Packaged Tour.

Health and Safety Information Including COVID-19
For the health and safety of all passengers on tour any illness (such as fever, coughing or difficulty breathing) will not be accepted onboard the coach unless they can provide us with a negative Covid19 test result received within the past 72 hours.  Should any passenger start to feel unwell on arrival or while on tour, they must immediately advise their tour manager and contact Healthline then visit a medical practitioner/medical centre/hospital.  To return to the tour the passenger must be deemed fit and well to participate fully on a coach tour, obtaining and providing us with a written medical clearance – not just a negative Covid19 test.  Any costs incurred will be at the passenger’s own expense.

Payments, Cancellations and Refunds
A non-refundable deposit per person is required at time of booking to confirm your seat. All balance payments must be received by Leisure Time Tours prior to the date specified as per itinerary or your booking confirmation. Payments are available to be made by Cash, Cheque, Direct Credit or EFTPOS only –  Credit Card payments are not available without an additional surcharge.  Leisure Time Tours reserves the right to amend or reschedule the tour due the result of circumstances outside the company’s control. Leisure Time Tours also reserves the right to cancel the tour due to insufficient numbers and in this  instance a substitute date will be offered or a full refund will be made available. Tour Price excludes drinks, telephone calls, travel insurance and items of a personal nature.

Travel Insurance
Leisure Time Tours strongly advises all passengers to purchase a travel insurance policy. An important part of planning the holiday is to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy as it may prevent passengers from spending extra money in case of an emergency and will help passengers feel protected during the holiday. We are agents for Cover More Travel Insurance. Ask us for a no obligation insurance quote today.

Land Component Cancellation Policy
By making a booking with us and paying your deposit you agree to pay us the full price for your booking.  If you cancel your booking:

  • 31+ days prior to tour commencement, loss of non-refundable deposit
  • 15-30 days prior to tour commencement your cancellation charge will be 60% of the holiday price (40% refund) plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees
  • 8-14 days prior to tour commencement your cancellation charge will be 80% of the holiday price (20% refund) plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees
  • 0-7 days prior to tour commencement your cancellation charge will be 100% of the holiday price (no refund)

No refunds on any unused portions of any itinerary.  The exception is if a sightseeing service is cancelled by operator due to weather conditions/safety concerns etc and the operator authorises a refund.  Any such refunds will be processed through agent.

Please note that any applicable airline content does not apply to the above refunds – see your airline for their specific cancellation/refund policies.

COVID-19 Cancellation and Refund Policy
COVID-19 has created uncertainty for us all, therefore for cancellations directly related to COVID-19, we have negotiated special terms with our suppliers which would override ‘normal cancellation’ terms as outlined above;

If the New Zealand Government imposes travel restrictions that would impact our ability to deliver your travel package prior to commencing travel, passengers will receive a full credit, less any applicable airline cancellation fees.  If travel restrictions are imposed while on tour, we will seek credits on any unused portions of the itinerary from all suppliers.  Any applicable credits will first be applied to any additional costs that our company may have incurred on the passenger’s behalf e.g. if alternative accommodation or transportation to repatriate the passenger to their home city or nearest airport etc is required.  Any remaining refunds will be credited to the booking agent to enable them to pass onto their passenger.

If a passenger has been tested positive for COVID-19 directly prior to travel or while on holiday with us, then with supporting documentation provided to us (a positive COVID-19 test), we will seek credits on any unused portions of the itinerary from all suppliers.  Any applicable credits will first be applied to any additional costs that our company may have incurred on the passenger’s behalf e.g. if alternative accommodation or transportation to repatriate the passenger to their home city or nearest airport etc is required.  Any remaining refunds will be credited to the booking agent to enable them to pass onto their passenger.

Lake Rotoiti in Nelson Lakes District
View across the land out to sea at Abel Tasman National Park
dunedin railway station
Mount Cook Road
Queenstown aerial view new