Central North Island Highlights Value Tour


From $1,390 per person

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Tuesday 13 – Sunday 18 September (6 Days)

Join us on a journey around the central regions of the North Island on this great value tour. We travel across the country taking in a varied range of landscapes with ample opportunities for you to select local activities in a range of destinations including; New Plymouth, Palmerston North and Napier.

Day 1              Tuesday 13 September 2022
JOURNEY TO NEW PLYMOUTH                                                                  
Today our tour commences from Hamilton to New Plymouth travelling State Highway 3 via Te Kuiti, and the Awakino Gorge Road to Mokau. We stop here for you to purchase your lunch. Upon arrival in New Plymouth, we visit Pukekura Park. Located in the heart of New Plymouth City, this 52-hectare park has an amazing range of both native and exotic plants all displayed in a natural setting with many wonderful views and vistas of the lakes and Mt Taranaki. A must see are the fernery and display houses.
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel, New Plymouth – 2 nights

Day 2              Wednesday 14 September 2022
After breakfast our first stop today is to visit the impressive Tawhiti Museum – an impressive visual history of South Taranaki. Situated in Hawera, Tawhiti Museum is a truly unique enterprise. The creation of artist Nigel Ogle, its attention to detail is simply stunning. Widely acclaimed as the best private museum in the country, the museum uses life size exhibits and scale models to present our heritage in a series of super realistic and engaging displays. All these displays are designed and built on the premises in the 'Body Shop' and accompanying studios, which can be viewed as part of a museum visit. After this visit, continue on to Stratford. This town is located in the heart of Taranaki, and is the gateway to Mt Taranaki / Egmont, Egmont National Park, and the Forgotten World Highway. Stratford is nestled at the junction of two major roads (SH3 and SH43), and sits on the banks of the Patea River. It is known for its Shakespearean theme and stunning parks and gardens. It is here we view Stratford's glockenspiel which is unique in New Zealand. The glockenspiel plays a scene from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet four times daily (at 10am, 1pm, 3pm and 7pm) with figures made by the curator of the Tawhiti Museum, Nigel Ogle. The glockenspiel performs for approximately 5-minutes, after the hour chimes are finished.  We return to New Plymouth the main city for Taranaki region but before arriving into the city we head north to get a photo of the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge across the Waiwhakaiho River at the northern end of New Plymouth's Coastal Walkway. Its spectacular shape and setting make it a popular landmark. The 83-metre long bridge is reminiscent of a breaking wave or a whale skeleton.

Day 3              Thursday 15 September 2022
Today we travel southbound following the coast to Whanganui before travelling inland to Palmerston North.  On arrival we take a tour of the city followed by some free time.  Some may wish to visit the New Zealand Rugby Museum (at additional cost).  Founded by John Sinclair and modeled after the Trophy Room in Cardiff Arms Park in Wales, the museum's collections include equipment, clothing, books, photographs, trophies, badges and almost everything else related to the game.  If rugby isn’t your thing then the New Zealand Rugby Museum is within the Civic Centre and adjacent to the Te Manawa cultural complex - Te Manawa is a museum, art gallery and science centre in Palmerston North, New Zealand.  This afternoon we check into our overnight accommodation.
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel, Palmerston North

Day 4              Friday 16 September 2022
Departing Palmerston North we travel through Central Hawkes Bay via Dannevirke, Waipukurau and Waipawa to Havelock North.  At Havelock we visit the home of Arataki Honey – a family staple since 1944! Later this afternoon we arrive in Napier.   Napier was devastated by an earthquake and ensuing fires in 1931 and was rebuilt during the period when Art Deco Architecture was fashionable.  Within two years, the city was rebuilt, predominantly in Art Deco style, with Maori motifs and design elements incorporated.  On arrival we take a tour of Napier City to see some of the fine examples of Art Deco easily seen around the city centre.
Accommodation: Scenic Te Pania Hotel, Napier – 2 nights

Day 5              Saturday 17 September 2022
Today has been set aside for further exploration of Napier.  Napier has so many options for your consideration - you might want to take a wine tour, or visit the Art Deco Centre and take a tour of Napier by vintage car, perhaps visit the National Aquarium, or maybe take a stroll along Marine Parade and enjoy a relaxing day visiting some of the local shops in town (all at own cost).

Day 6              Sunday 18 September 2022
After breakfast at the hotel, we depart Napier and make our way back home.

Copthorne Grand Central

Distinction New Plymouth Hotel

Distinction New Plymouth Hotel (formerly Grand Central Hotel) is the ideal New Plymouth accommodation choice for both business and leisure travellers. Located in the heart of the CBD and just 15 minutes drive from the airport, the 4 star hotel is on the doorstep of key New Plymouth attractions, restaurants and bars. Whether you're visiting the Taranaki region for business or busy sightseeing you'll love the central New Plymouth location.

Distinction Palmerston North Exterior front

Distinction Hotel Palmerston North

Distinction Palmerston North's elegant 4-star hotel is situated in the hub of Palmerston North’s buoyant CBD.   The 5 storey property boasts well appointed, modern guest rooms and free unlimited WIFI and is located just a few minutes’ walk from shops, the museum, art galleries and theatres.

Scenic Te Pania on the Marine Parade in Napier

Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Scenic Hotel Te Pania is located in a waterfront location on Marine Parade, this convenient and central location means many of the area's best local attractions are within a few minutes walk. Guests are invited to enjoy quality four star hotel accommodation of an international standard. With 109 guest rooms and suites all facing out to the bay with floor to ceiling windows that can slide open to fill the room with fresh ocean air.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - refer to further information available here
  • 5 nights accommodation, twin/double rooms (single rooms available with surcharge), all with private facilities
  • Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
  • 5 breakfasts included
  • Admission to Tawhiti Museum
  • Visit Arataki Honey
  • Roadside morning teas from coach where possible

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Twin/Double Share Cost:$1,390.00
Single Supplement:$400.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking$200.00

Full balance of tour payment due by Tuesday 02 August 2022

Are door to door collections included on this tour? NO

No, our door to door collection service is not available on this tour. There will be en route pick ups and drop offs available from a central location in Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua and Taupo. You will need to make your own arrangements to meet us in these locations.

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

Unfortunately, our guaranteed twin share pricing is not available on this tour. If we do not have a suitable match for you, you will be required to pay the single supplement.

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.

Terms & Conditions….
Valid from 14 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 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 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.

COVID-19 Vaccination
Our passengers’ safety, and that of our staff and suppliers, has always been our top priority. As of 1 December 2021, Leisure Time Travel requires all passengers joining our tours to produce proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. If a passenger is unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, they may apply for an exemption to us by providing a medical certificate to us. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Proof of vaccination against COVID-19. This is your official vaccination certificate (electronic or paper) and it must identify your name and date of vaccination with final dose given at least 14-days before the start date of your tour.

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, Cheque, 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.

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 are agents for Cover More Travel Insurance. Cover More now provide insurance cover for a number of COVID-19 related medical, cancellation and amendments costs, giving you confidence to book your trip.  Ask us for a no obligation insurance quote today or further information about travel insurance for your upcoming tour.

New Zealand Cancellation Policy
If you cancel your booking:

  • 42+ days prior to tour commencement, loss of non-refundable deposit
  • 30-41 days prior to tour commencement your cancellation charge will be 50% of the holiday price (50% refund) plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees
  • 30 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.


Central North Island Highlights Value Tour

Art Deco Buildings in Napiers CBD
Boat cruising through Tawhiti Museum
The Square, palmertson North Aerial View
Mt Taranaki in low light

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