Bay of Islands and Northland Getaway
From $3,185 per person
Thursday 4 Apr 2024 - Wednesday 10 Apr 2024 (7 Days)
Northland; a region rich in culture and history, and blessed with a pristine natural environment. We explore this beautiful destination, visiting these highlights and more: Matakohe Kauri Museum, the Hundertwasser Art Centre, the Tutukaka Coast, Hokianga, Kerikeri Mission House, Cape Reinga, the Waitangi Treaty House, and historic Russell.
Day 1 Thursday 04 April 2024
JOURNEY TO WHANGĀREI (D)
Departing Hamilton, we journey by coach north to Auckland and past the delightful beaches of the Hibiscus Coast before stopping at Kaiwaka for lunch (own cost). After our lunch stop, we visit the Kauri Museum at Matakohe. This award-winning Kauri Museum tells the fascinating story of the pioneering days through the use of kauri timber and kauri gum. Explore the many exceptional displays and galleries inside the museum, from the magnificent collection of antique kauri furniture and the largest collection of kauri gum in the world to restored machinery, including NZ’s earliest tractor, a 1929 Cat 60, and a turning steam sawmill. As one of Northland’s top attractions, you will also view a two-storey life-sized replica Boarding House, a Pioneer School, and the historic Matakohe Post Office with a fantastic collection of telephones. We continue our journey north before arriving in Whangārei, nestled between forest-clad hills at the heart of the beautiful Whangārei Harbour. Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel, Whangārei – 2 nights
Day 2 Friday 05 April 2024
WHANGĀREI SIGHTS & TUTUKAKA COAST (BD)
Today we visit the Hundertwasser Art Centre, an original Hundertwasser architecture project. Alongside his famous public toilets in Kawakawa, the Hundertwasser Art Centre is the only other example of Hundertwasser’s architecture in the Southern Hemisphere. It is home to about $16 million worth of Hundertwasser’s art and is the only permanent collection outside of Vienna. The Art Centre is also home to the Wairau Gallery, the world’s first gallery dedicated solely to contemporary Māori art. There will be plenty of time to explore the Art Centre at your own pace and time available to purchase lunch (own cost) in Whangārei. This afternoon we have a leisurely time exploring the Tutukaka Coast and Matapouri Bay area. Matapouri Bay is well known for its spectacular white sand beach while the Tutukaka Coast has been rated as one of the top coastal destinations on the planet by ‘National Geographic Traveller’. Dinner is in the hotel restaurant.
Day 3 Saturday 06 April 2024
WHANGĀREI – HOKIANGA (BD)
We enjoy a later start today, with our first stop being the AH Reed Kauri Park. Maturing kauri trees known to be at least 500-years old can be easily viewed close-up from the raised walkway through the forest canopy. There will be time here for you to complete the 30-minute walk. Then we’ll drive around to view the Whangārei Falls, a picturesque waterfall, falling vertically for 26.3-metres over basalt cliffs. We then travel to the eastern coast of Northland arriving in Dargaville, where you will have time to purchase lunch (own cost). Continuing our journey north we travel up Northland’s west coast skirting Kaipara Harbour and following the Kaihu River to the primeval forest of Waipoua, which translates as ‘water falling at night’. On arrival into Hokianga, we visit Manea – Footprints of Kupe Experience. Manea: Footprints of Kupe is a 75-minute multisensory journey of guided storytelling – through art, taonga (cultural treasures), film, performance, digital interaction and the splendour of Hokianga’s natural surroundings. A visit to Manea is a unique cultural encounter, journeying into Te Ao Māori, the Māori world. Afterwards, we drive the short distance to our hotel. We dine together tonight in the hotel restaurant.
Accommodation: The Heads Hotel, Hokianga – 1 night
Day 4 Sunday 07 April 2024
HOKIANGA – TAIPA (BD)
After a leisurely start, we commence our travel to the eastern coast of Northland. Our first stop for the day will be Kerikeri, a town with a rich and colourful history. While here we enjoy a guided tour of the Stone Store and Kemp House (Kerikeri Mission House). The iconic Stone Store stands at the edge of the Kerikeri Inlet, offering a unique shopping experience with an interactive story space upstairs. See how the early settlers lived and learn about the building’s many lives as a trading post, library, barracks, school, and general store. Built in 1822, Kemp House is the country’s oldest surviving building, surrounded by English-style cottage gardens and orchards. Hear the story of the first missionary families and see their personal items and furniture preserved over the years. We will stop in Kerikeri for you to purchase your lunch (own cost) before visiting Makana Confections, where you are able to sample their delicious handmade chocolates. Continuing north we travel to the beautiful Doubtless Bay where we will stay for the next two nights. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.
Accommodation: Taipa Beach Resort, Taipa – 2 nights
Day 5 Monday 08 April 2024
CAPE REINGA DAY EXCURSION (BLD)
Today board a custom-built vehicle for our full day excursion to Cape Reinga, the top of New Zealand. On this full day tour by coach, we uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region and enjoy a taste of the far-north’s varying and beautiful landscape: the rolling hills of the rural countryside, breathtaking coastal views and native forest. Stops during the journey include the Te Paki Stream and Sand Dunes – here the quicksand stream leads to Ninety Mile Beach where you have the opportunity to climb steep sand hills – toboggans are available for those who want to experience the thrills and spills of sand boarding. See the Aupouri Forest which is one of the largest planted forests in the Southern Hemisphere plus enjoy the coastal views at Tapotupotu Bay, a beautiful sandy bay nestled in the hills on the eastern side of Cape Reinga. We drive along the sands of Ninety Mile Beach – an official New Zealand highway. No doubt a highlight of the tour, your time at Cape Reinga – New Zealand’s northernmost point will be unforgettable. Sacred to Māori, Te Rerenga Wairua is the most spiritually significant place in New Zealand for Maori – the place where Maori spirits travel up the coast then leave Aotearoa and bid their last farewell before returning to the land of their ancestors, Hawaiiki-A-Nui. Cape Reinga also offers the unique view of the rare and awesome sight of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meeting. We visit the vivid white silica sands of Rarawa Beach on the east coast, north of Houhora. A simple picnic lunch is included today. You may wish to pack some snacks and take a drink bottle. Tour direction and stops dependent upon tides. Return to Paihia in the early evening where we will have dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Day 6 Tuesday 09 April 2024
TAIPA – PAIHIA (BD)
Departing Taipa this morning we travel south into the heart of the Bay of Islands – Paihia. We visit the Waitangi Treaty House where New Zealand’s history began. Explore the Treaty House and marvel at the scale of Ngātokimatawhaorua, one of the world’s largest carved war canoes (waka taua). Take time to wander through the beautiful grounds of the Waitangi estate, complete with extensive gardens, bush tracks, beaches, and fabulous views over the Bay of Islands and beyond. We then travel into Paihia where you have time to purchase your lunch (own cost). This afternoon, we reconvene as a group and take the ferry over to Russell, and on arrival, we enjoy a guided tour of Russell to give an insight into New Zealand’s earliest European history. We visit areas of historic interest which cannot be easily covered on foot, and see sights such as the Giant Sundial, Long Beach, Queen’s View, Tapeka Point and Flagstaff Hill with stunning 360° vistas. Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.
Accommodation: Kingsgate Autolodge, Paihia – 1 night
Day 7 Wednesday 10 April 2024
JOURNEY FROM PAIHIA (B)
This morning we commence our homeward journey. On our way we visit the Waipu Scottish Migration Museum. Waipu was settled in the 1850s by 940 Gaelic-speaking Scottish Highlanders, who after 30 years of settlement in Nova Scotia developed great seafaring and ship-building skills, enabling them to complete one of the great migrations in world history; Waipu Scottish Heritage Museum tells this remarkable story. Our next stop will be Warkworth. Poised at the edge of the Mahurangi River, Warkworth is a pretty town with an interesting choice of cafes for you to purchase your lunch (own cost). You may even choose to have something from the bakery to eat on the riverbank. From Warkworth, we make our way to our home destinations.
Distinction Hotel, Whangārei
Distinction Whangārei Hotel & Conference Centre is perfectly suited to both business and leisure travellers. Conveniently located opposite the stunning Whangārei Town Basin and a few minutes’ walk from the Whangārei city centre as well as some of Whangārei’s most tranquil bush walks and gardens. The majestic Bay of Islands is less than one hour’s drive from our 4 star Whangārei hotel. All comfortable guest rooms and suites are air-conditioned and offer SKY TV channels and FREE unlimited Wi-Fi.
The Heads Hotel, Hokianga
By the quiet water’s edge of the Hokianga Harbour, you’ll find the welcoming The Heads Hokianga. Located just 3 hours north of Auckland, this hotel is an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Beachfront rooms are a minute’s stroll from the shore and offer magnificent views of the Harbour and sand dunes. Enjoy a dip in the hotel pool, dine at the licensed restaurant, enjoy a drink on the deck or maybe a stroll around the expansive manicured grounds.
Taipa Beach Resort, Taipa
A stunning, beachfront location, ideally located at Doubtless Bay. The resort is perfectly positioned to explore the area’s numerous attractions and offers modern and stylish facilities including a pool and expansive garden grounds to help relax in comfort following a day of the many surrounding activities. All accommodations feature a patio, sofa, and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.
Kingsgate Autolodge, Paihia
Located on the waterfront and only 100 metres from Paihia wharf and township the Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia is the ideal base from which to explore the historic and scenic Bay of Islands area. All 100 rooms and 13 waterfront suites offer all the modern amenities a guest could need, as well as the hotel’s general amenities including a swimming pool, an indoor spa, fitness room and game room.
- Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas – refer to further information available here
- 6 nights’ accommodation – twin/double rooms, all with private facilities (single rooms available with surcharge)
- Tour admissions as per itinerary
- Touring in modern air-conditioned vehicle
- Breakfasts (B), Lunches (L), Dinners (D) where indicated on your daily itinerary
- Roadside Morning Teas – where possible
- Guided tour of The Kauri Museum
- Guided tour of Manea Footprints of Kupe
- Cape Reinga Day Tour
- Guided Tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds
- One-Hour Russell Mini Tour
- 5x breakfasts, 1x lunch, 3x dinners
Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)
|Guaranteed Twin/Double Share:||$3,185.00|
|Travel Club Member Discount:||$35.00|
|Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking:||$200.00|
Balance of tour payment due Wednesday 14 February 2024
Book and pay in full by Wednesday 06 December 2023 and receive $125.00 discount per person!
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.
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.
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
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.
This tour will be guaranteed once the minimum number of passengers have been booked on the tour.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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….
Valid from 01 October 2023
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 book a Leisure Time Travel tour 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 is subject to change without notice. This could come about due to road or weather conditions, or any changes imposed by other tour operators and carriers included in the itinerary. Such changes may occur prior to travel, or whilst on tour. You agree that we have no liability to you for changes to your itinerary. If a passenger amends their itinerary by starting or concluding the itinerary earlier or later, then it becomes their responsibility to arrange tour or flight connections as necessary.
*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.
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.
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 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.
Travellers Who Require Assistance
It is a requirement of joining your Packaged Tour that you disclose to us at time of booking, any disability requiring special attention. This includes physical disability, difficulty walking, hearing or eyesight impairment, or any neurological disorders. Should your health circumstances change between time of booking and travel date, we require you to disclose if you now have any disability requiring special attention. While every effort is made to accommodate such difficulties, we are not responsible in the event we are unable to do are not responsible for any denial of services by third party operators including airlines, accommodation providers and tour operators. Our concern must always be for the enjoyment and welfare of the we regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to participants for walking, getting on and off motor coaches or vessels, or other personal needs. A physically and mentally able companion must accompany travellers who need such assistance.
Passengers rotate seats in the coach daily so that all passengers enjoy forward and window seating. All passengers are expected to participate as a booking condition.
is restricted to one item of ‘checked in’ luggage and one smaller item of ‘’ or hand luggage per person. Due to limited storage capacity in the motorcoaches used on tour, each ‘check in’ luggage item should have dimensions not exceeding 30” x 20” x 12” (76x51x30cm) and weight not exceeding 50lbs (23kg).
‘’ or hand luggage is restricted to one piece per person, not exceeding 17” x 13” x 8.7” (43x33x22cm). ‘’ or hand luggage handling is the responsibility of each guest and must be taken on and off the motorcoach by you each day of the trip. 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.
Car Parking at Leisure Time Tours Yard
The car parking facility (“Facility”) offered for passengers is provided for the convenience of our patrons only. The use of this Facility is entirely at the risk of the vehicle owner. Leisure Time Tours Ltd (“Company”) shall not be responsible for any loss, theft, damage, or vandalism to vehicles or their contents while parked in the Facility. The Company disclaims all liability for any accidents, injuries, or damages that may occur within the Facility, including, but not limited to, collisions between vehicles, slips, falls, or any other accidents. All vehicles parked in the Facility must be properly insured. Vehicle owners are responsible for ensuring that their insurance covers any damage or loss that may occur while their vehicle is in the Facility. By using the Facility, the vehicle owner or operator agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Company, its employees, agents, and affiliates from any claims, liabilities, losses, costs, or expenses arising out of or in connection with the use of the Facility. The Company reserves the right to refuse entry to or eject any vehicle or individual from the Facility at its discretion. The Company does not guarantee the security or surveillance of the Facility, and patrons are encouraged to take appropriate precautions to safeguard their vehicles and possessions. The terms and conditions of this disclaimer are subject to change without notice.
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 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 airport departure taxes, drinks, telephone calls, gratuities, any passport or visa costs, travel insurance, items of a personal nature, optional sightseeing activities, and costs for variations made outside the group travel arrangements.
Payments, Cancellations and Refunds
A non-refundable deposit is required when booking to confirm your place on a tour. Registrations will be accepted in order of receipt of deposits.
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 – Credit Card payments will incur an additional surcharge. Leisure Time Travel reserves the right to amend, reschedule or cancel 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.
New Zealand Domestic Cancellation Policy
Note – These cancellation terms are for standard domestic tours which excludes overnight boat stays
If you cancel your booking:
· 50+ days prior to tour commencement, loss of the non-refundable deposit
· 30 to 49 days prior to tour commencement; your cancellation charge is 50% of the full Package Tour price (50% refund); plus, any applicable supplier cancellation fees
· 30 days prior to tour commencement your cancellation charge will be 100% of the full Package Tour 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 at the conclusion of the tour.
Please Note: Any applicable airline content does not apply to the above refunds – Please refer to your airline for their specific cancellation/refund policies.
We are responsible for booking and packaging goods and services provided by 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.
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.
Removal from Tour
For the wellbeing 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 two 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.
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.
Privacy Act Waiver
Travellers joining our tours automatically give consent for us to pass essential personal information to our suppliers on the tour as necessary. This information may include full name; address; passport number; travel details; contact details; dietary requirements and health information.
Limitation of Liability
The Consumer Guarantees Act 1993, the Act 1986, and other statutes in New Zealand may impose warranties, conditions or obligations upon us which cannot by law (or which can only to a limited extent by law) be excluded. We exclude all such imposed warranties, conditions or obligations to the extent permitted by law and exclude any warranty, condition or obligation imposed or implied under common law, equity or otherwise. Except to the extent that the law prevents us from excluding liability and as expressly provided for in these terms, we shall not be liable for any loss or damage or liability of any kind whatsoever (including consequential loss or lost profit or business) whether suffered or incurred by you or another person and whether in contract, or tort (including in negligence), or otherwise and whether such loss or damage arises directly or indirectly from Work or Goods provided by us to you. To the extent that we are liable for any reason for any loss suffered or liability incurred by you arising from any breach of these terms or for any other reason, such liability is limited to the price of your Packaged Tour.