Heritage Tour of Otago

Easy Twin Share Small Group

From $4,580.00 per person

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Wednesday 08 – Monday 13 February 2023 (6 Days)

We explore the richly historic and scenic Otago region, from its former gold rush towns to its alpine mountains and gorges, then across to the city streets, wild coasts, and heritage architecture of Dunedin. Highlights include a vintage steamer cruise on Lake Wakatipu, a 4WD tour to abandoned mining towns, lunches at a number of historic hotels, and a guided walking tour of Dunedin.

Please note: A reasonable level of fitness and agility will be required to comfortably enjoy and complete this tour with safety.

Day 1              Wednesday 08 February 2023
ARRIVE QUEENSTOWN (D)
Our tour commences today with our flight from Auckland to Queenstown. On arrival in Queenstown, we will have a brief orientation tour before arriving at our accommodation. Tonight, we cruise across Lake Wakatipu on board the coal-fired vintage steamer TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Station for a delicious BBQ buffet dinner enjoyed at the Colonel’s Homestead. The TSS Earnslaw has been lovingly maintained since 1912 and is an iconic piece of Queenstown's history. Take time to explore the vessel, view the engine room, and study the historic displays of the steamship's former life.
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront, Queenstown - 2 nights
 
Day 2             Thursday 09 February 2023
QUEENSTOWN (BD)
This morning we embark on a thrilling half-day 4WD tour, which takes us to Macetown, a ghost-town from the gold rush era in the 1860’s. Now only accessible by off-road vehicle, there are 25 river crossings (each way) and the road winds from river level to high above the Arrow Gorge. See what remains of the settler’s houses as well as machinery and implements that were left behind when the town was abandoned. We follow the miners’ old wagon trail and explore the historic gold-mining town of Macetown. Long-since deserted after the gold rush, Macetown has now been transformed into a Department of Conservation reserve. Upon returning to Queenstown, the remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore Queenstown. Dinner tonight will be in the hotel restaurant.
 
Day 3             Friday 10 February 2023  
QUEENSTOWN – ARROWTOWN – CROMWELL (BLD)
Departing from Queenstown this morning, we travel to historic Arrowtown - a quaint town away from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown, with plenty of shops and historic remains from the Gold Rush days. Here we visit the Arrowtown Museum. The museum houses a fascinating collection of tools and artefacts used by the miners in the goldrush era, and one of the best presentations of pioneer relics held anywhere within the country. In the vault of what was an 1860's bank are stored thousands of priceless exhibits: gold pans, shovels, maps, clothing, weaponry and even a gold nugget or two - a living, breathing peep into the past. From Arrowtown we journey to Cromwell, with a brief stop to view the Kawarau Suspension Bridge, a bridge over a canyon that in 1880 pushed design limits to the maximum; a century later it became the birthplace of bungy-jumping, pushing courage to the maximum. We stop in the mining settlement of Bannockburn to enjoy lunch at the Bannockburn Hotel. Bannockburn was a successful mining settlement that managed to avoid becoming a ghost town after most of the gold was gone. Buildings from the early times remain today, including a beautiful hotel, a post office, Stewart's store and a number of family homes. Adjacent to the town is the Bannockburn Sluicing Historic Reserve, which is managed by the Department of Conservation. This reserve offers a chance to explore an intriguing landscape created from 1865 to 1910 by brave and determined fortune-seekers in their search for gold. Discover evidence of water races, dams, tunnels and shafts, as well as crumbling mud-brick and stone buildings in the old orchards at Stewart Town. From here we travel to our accommodation located on the shores of Lake Dunstan. We enjoy dinner tonight in the impressive hotel restaurant.
Accommodation:  Heritage Lake Resort, Cromwell
 
Day 4             Saturday 11 February 2023
CROMWELL – CLYDE – DUNEDIN (BL)
Located on the shores of Lake Dunstan, Cromwell has the appearance of a modern town, but its history stretches back to the gold rush days of the 1800’s. This history is best experienced in 'Old Cromwell Town’, a mix of original and reconstructed buildings from the old main street of the 1860’s gold-town of Cromwell. We take time to wander through this heritage area and have a walk along the lakeshore before travelling through to Clyde to view the Clyde Dam. From Clyde, we travel to St Bathans. This tiny town of about 10 permanent residents was once a place of incredible riches as the Otago Gold Rush swept through this region in the mid-late-1800’s. Once a thriving boomtown and home to around 2,000 miners, we see that some of the buildings remain standing today, and it’s easy to imagine how the town looked during the gold rush era. We’ll enjoy lunch at the iconic Vulcan Hotel built in 1882, a fine example of mud-brick construction. Across from the Vulcan is the Blue Lake which was created by extensive mining activity. The surrounding rocks give the water an astonishing blue colour which is offset by surrounding columns of white quartz tailings. We continue on to Dunedin, passing through the small towns and settlements of Central Otago. Dinner is at your leisure tonight.
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin – 2 nights

Day 5             Sunday 12 February 2023  
DUNEDIN (BLD)
Dunedin was once New Zealand’s largest and wealthiest city, an important hub of commerce and trade. During those prosperous times, a great metropolitan centre of grand Victorian and Edwardian buildings was constructed, taking inspiration from the style, street names and layout of Edinburgh in Scotland. Most of those early buildings remain today and it’s said that Dunedin has the finest collection of Victorian and Edwardian buildings in the southern hemisphere. This morning we embark on a 2-hour guided walking tour of Dunedin City, viewing key sites and buildings including: The Octagon, St. Paul's Cathedral, The Exchange and Dunedin Railway Station, to name a few. Highlights also include street art and repurposed heritage buildings. Our guide will give us insights into the city's heritage architecture. After our guided walk, we travel out towards Port Chalmers, and have lunch at Carey’s Bay Historical Hotel. The hotel dates back to 1874 and is one of the most popular pubs in Dunedin, located just outside Port Chalmers. There will also be time to explore the Port Chalmers township, Dunedin’s historic harbour village. There are an eclectic mix of galleries, vintage clothing, book, and collectables stores and other independent businesses, many housed in original historic buildings that give an insight into how the Otago harbourside once was. We also stop in at Flagstaff Lookout, located above the hum and beeping of the container terminal. Flagstaff Lookout offers panoramic views from Otago Peninsula’s Taiaroa Head, Aramoana at the harbour mouth, to the historic Scott Memorial high on the hill on the other side of town. We retrace our steps back to Dunedin in the late afternoon. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner in the hotel restaurant.
 
Day 6              Monday 13 February 2023  
DEPART DUNEDIN (B)
Today, our tour concludes with our flight from Dunedin to Auckland.

Copthorne Hotel and Lakefront Resort, QueenstownCopthorne Hotel and Lakefront Resort, Queenstown

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront Queenstown

The Hotel blends superior facilities and comfort with friendly personal service. The property offers a relaxing atmosphere combined with stunning panoramic lake and mountain views, situated within a tranquil garden setting. With 240 guest rooms, including six suites and over 80 rooms that have views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable mountain range. The hotel is within walking distance of Queenstown central shopping and entertainment area.

Heritage Lake Resort, Cromwell

Heritage Lake Resort, Cromwell

Heritage Lake Resort is located in the new Mount Pisa suburb set on the shores of Lake Dunstan, near to Cromwell in Central Otago. The hotel offers guests elegant, villa accommodation n­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­estled amidst majestic mountains and the sparkling lake vistas of Pisa Moorings. The boatshed-themed accommodation includes one and three-bedroom villas with large overwater decks and access to the waterway, and studio rooms on the upper levels, with each Villa having its own private mooring too.

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross is a landmark building that reflects Dunedin's distinctive charm and heritage along with the modern-day comforts in which guests demand. The hotel is located in a prime position, with easy access to Dunedin’s best local attractions and city highlights. Scenic Hotel Southern Cross features 178 attractive rooms and suites, and extensive hotel facilities. The hotel prides itself on a very high standard of customer service to ensure travellers enjoy their stay.

 

Tour Inclusions

  • Door-to-door home collection and drop-off service is available from defined areas – please refer to the flyer for further information
  • Auckland – Queenstown and Dunedin - Auckland flights with Air New Zealand - other ports on application/price on application
  • 5 nights’ accommodation - twin/double rooms, all with private facilities (single rooms are available with an additional surcharge)
  • Tour admissions are as shown on the itinerary
  • Touring in a modern air-conditioned vehicle
  • Breakfasts (B), Lunches (L), Dinners (D), as shown on the itinerary
  • Roadside Morning Teas – where practicable
  • TSS Earnslaw and Walter Peak BBQ Dinner
  • 4WD journey through Macetown
  • Admission to Lakes District Museum
  • Lunch at Historic Hotels including: Bannockburn Hotel, Vulcan Hotel, Careys Bay Historic Hotel
  • Guided walk around Dunedin City

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? YES
Yes. 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.

Please note that the guaranteed twin share pricing is not available to pre & post tour accommodation arrangements.

What fitness level is required for this tour? MODERATE 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
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.
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.
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 our tours? 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.

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Twin/Double Share $4,580.00
Single Supplement: $   800.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking $   200.00

Full balance of tour payment due by Tuesday 20 December 2022

Early Bird Offer

Early Bird Offer: Book and pay in full by Friday 18 November 2022 and receive $150.00 discount per person!

Booking Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions….
Valid from 1 June 2022
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.

Itineraries
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 Travel 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 Travel 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 Time Travel 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 accommodation arrangement.
*NOT applicable to all tours, please refer to the individual tour brochure to confirm whether this arrangement is available.

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 and staff on tour, any passengers showing symptoms of illness (such as fever, coughing or difficulty breathing) will not be accepted onboard the coach unless they can provide a negative Covid-19 test result received within the past 24 hours. Should any passenger start to feel unwell on arrival or while on tour, they must immediately advise their Tour Manager and may be required to visit a medical practitioner/medical centre/hospital. To continue the tour the passenger must provide a negative Covid-19 test and be deemed fit and well to participate fully on a coach tour. 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 Travel prior to the date specified as per itinerary or your booking confirmation. Payments are available to be made by Cash, Direct Credit or EFTPOS only – Credit Card payments are not available without an additional surcharge. Leisure Time Travel reserves the right to amend or reschedule the tour due the result of circumstances outside the company’s control. Leisure Time Travel 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.

Force Majeure
You agree that we have no liability to you and will not pay any compensation to you where the performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by circumstances amounting to “force majeure”. In these terms, ‘force majeure’ means any event that has an impact on your Packaged Tour which we or the other operator (where relevant) could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, pilferage, epidemics, pandemics, forced quarantine, medical or customs regulations, riot, fire, storm, flood, explosion, compliance with any law or government restraint order, rule regulation, strikes, lock outs, or any other cause not reasonably within the control of our control. We reserve the right to cancel, amend or reschedule your Packaged Tour during or following any force majeure and if we do so you agree that we will have no liability to you for any direct or indirect consequences of the cancellation, amendment or rescheduling.

Travel Insurance
Leisure Time Travel strongly advises all passengers to purchase a travel insurance policy when booking a tour. A comprehensive travel insurance policy gives peace of mind for unexpected issues or emergencies that may arise prior to or during a tour. We can assist with a no-obligation insurance quotation – ask us for a quote today, or you may opt to arrange your own travel insurance.

Luggage
Although every effort is made to handle guests’ luggage carefully, we cannot be responsible, assume liability or accept claims for loss or damage to luggage and personal effects due to breakage, theft, or fair wear and tear through hotel, airline and group carrier handling. Therefore, it is important for protection that passengers make certain they have adequate travel insurance to cover these eventualities.

Our Responsibilities
We are responsible for booking and packaging goods and services provided by other operators (“other operators”) such as hotels, attractions, and transportation companies to create your Packaged Tour. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with the terms that will apply to those goods and services. We are not responsible and have no liability to you for the terms of other operators or for any loss, damage, omission or acts, negligent or otherwise, committed by those other operators.

Your Responsibilities
You agree to behave reasonably throughout your Packaged Tour and not to be a nuisance to other passengers. You agree to comply with these terms and the terms that apply to any goods or services supplied to you by other operators. You also agree to comply with our reasonable requests and the requests of other operators. You indemnify us for any liability, costs, damages or other expenses we suffer or incur as a direct or indirect consequence of your behaviour while part of your Packaged Tour.

Seat Changes
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.

Removal From Your Packaged Tour
For the well-being of all passengers on your Packaged Tour, we reserve the right to remove you from your Packaged Tour and cancel your booking with us if you breach any of your obligations under these terms provided that, except in the case of a serious breach (as determined by us) we will give you notice of the breach and a reasonable opportunity (which will be no more than 2 days) to remedy the breach before exercising our cancellation right. In the case of a serious breach, we can exclude you from your Packaged Tour and cancel your booking by immediate verbal or written notice to you. In the event of such cancellation, you will be responsible, at your cost, for arranging any accommodation, travel costs and other matters required as a direct or indirect consequence of the cancellation.

New Zealand Cancellation Policy
Note – These cancellation terms are for standard domestic tours which excludes overnight boat stays
If you cancel your booking:
· 42+ days prior to tour commencement, loss of the non-refundable deposit
· 30 to 41 days prior to tour commencement; your cancellation charge is 50% of the full holiday price (50% refund); plus, any applicable supplier cancellation fees
· 30 days prior to tour commencement your cancellation charge will be 100% of the full holiday price (no refund)
No refunds will be given on any unused portions of any itinerary. The exception is when a sightseeing service has been cancelled by the service operator due to weather conditions/safety concerns etc. and only when the operator authorises a refund. Any such refunds will be processed through your travel agent.

Please Note: Any applicable airline content does not apply to the above refunds – Please refer to your airline for their specific cancellation/refund policies.

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