Central South Island Wanderer

From $3,630 per person

Tuesday 16 November – Tuesday 23 November 2021 (8 days)

Our eight day Central South Island Wanderer incorporates some of the wonderful short walks you will find in the heart of the South Island. This includes the Devils Punchbowl at Arthurs Pass, Pancake Rocks & Truman Track at Punakaiki, Lake Matheson, and a spectacular walk along the Hooker Valley at Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park just to name a few.

 

 

Day 1          Tuesday 16 November 2021
HOME CITIES – CHRISTCHURCH          (D)
This morning we fly from Auckland to Christchurch (other ports on application, extra charges may apply) On arrival in Christchurch, we are transferred to our accommodation.  The remainder of our day at leisure to relax or stroll around Christchurch.  Tonight we will enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel to meet our fellow travellers.
Accommodation: Quality Elms Hotel, Christchurch

Day 2          Wednesday 17 November 2021
CHRISTCHURCH – PUNAKAIKI          (BD)
Leaving Christchurch this morning, we travel over the alluvial Canterbury Plains towards the magnificent Southern Alps. We make a stop in at Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti to take a gentle uphill stroll around the spectacular limestone rock formations, some up to 30 metres high. The area holds cultural significance for local Maori, who used to grow kumara there. There are also stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Continuing our journey we’ll stop in at Arthurs Pass Village. Here we take a short walk through beautiful native forest to stand at the base of the spectacular 131m Devil's Punchbowl Falls (1 hour walk, 2km return). Follow the path as it crosses the Bealey River, via a foot bridge. At the second bridge take time to pause for a good view of the waterfall. For those who wish to continue to the top viewing platform, climb the series of steps that travel up 150 metres, to the viewing platform. Return to the start of the walk by the same track.  There will be time available to eat lunch (we will allow time to purchase your lunch in Christchurch prior to departure). Departing Arthurs Pass Village, we follow the Taramakau River to the coast, and then travel north through Greymouth, the largest urban area on the West 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.  Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.
Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki

Day 3          Thursday 18 November 2021
PUNAKAIKI – FOX GLACIER          (BD)
This morning we visit the famous ‘Pancake Rocks’ & Blowholes. These sedimentary rocks have been hammered by the sea, and wind erosion forming layered rocks giving a look of a large stack of pancakes. There is a 30 minute loop walk here for those wishing to view these fascinating rocks. From the pancake rocks, we then travel up to road to walk the Truman Track. The track begins in the beautiful sub-tropical rainforest of ferns, nikau palms, rimu, etc. Nearing the coast it passes through typical West Coast coastal flax flats before emerging onto a coastal headland with stunning views up and down the local coastline. A stairway leads down on the north side of the headland to a fine gravel beach featuring cliffs, caves, a waterfall and amazing rock formations. The beach is accessible at low tide where you can walk north and further explore the rugged coastline. From here we turn south through the townships of Greymouth and Hokitika, where we will stop for lunch (own cost) before reaching the small isolated villages of Franz Josef then Fox Glacier.  Fox Glacier Village is nestled on the edge of Westland National Park, part of the UNESCO South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.  Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: Distinction Fox Glacier

Day 4          Friday 19 November 2021
FOX GLACIER – WANAKA          (BD)
Ensure you have your camera for our visit to nearby Lake Matheson for a morning stroll and where, when conditions are right, the beautiful Mount Cook is mirrored in its still waters. This land is the heart of Te Wahipounamu – the place of the greenstone – explored by generations of Maori but penetrated by Europeans only 150 years ago.  Driving towards the southern end of the West Coast Road, there is a strong sense of entering a primeval land, and a feeling of total isolation. From Lake Matheson we travel to Haast. 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.  We will stop in Haast for you to purchase your lunch (own cost). Our next stop will be at the start of the Blue Pools Walk (1 hour, 3km walk). Wander through beautiful native forests and over a swing bridge to experience the pristine waters of Makarora River's Blue Pools. Travel through open flats for spectacular mountain views and enjoy the coolness of the beech forest to a swing bridge over the Makarora River. Continue on a boardwalk to the second swing bridge, which is the viewing platform over the Blue Pools. Cross this bridge for great views up the river gorge. After our walk we reboard the coach and continue our travels to Wanaka.  Travelling past Lake Hawea we reach the popular Lake Wanaka, the starting point of the mighty Clutha River.  Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.
Accommodation: Wanaka Hotel – 2 nights

Day 5           Saturday 20 November 2021
WANAKA          (B)
Today walk part of the Clutha River Track (1 hour, 3km walk). Commence walking in Albert Town and walk along the Clutha as far as Lake Wanaka. The walk along the riverbank offers views of the Clutha’s emerald-green water – watch for trout lurking in the shadows. Also climb Mt Iron for fantastic views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Time this afternoon to explore the lakeside village of Wanaka and its many cafes and boutique shops or take a walk further around the lakeshore. Dinner tonight is at leisure.

Day 6          Sunday 21 November 2021           
WANAKA – TWIZEL          (BD)
This morning we travel over the Lindis Pass which links the Mackenzie Basin with Central Otago. We then drive along the shores of Lake Pukaki into Mount Cook National Park and Mount Cook village where you can view Mount Cook itself (conditions permitting). At the heart of New Zealand’s most spectacular alpine region is Mt Cook, at 3743 metres, it is the highest mountain in New Zealand. The Mount Cook National Park comprises 70,013 hectares of ice, snow, rock, sub-alpine scrub, tussock and riverbeds. On arrival there will be time for you to purchase lunch (own cost) at The Hermitage. This afternoon we will walk the spectacular route along the Hooker Valley (3 hours,10km walk) with views to Mount Wakefield, Footstool and the south face of Mount Cook.  This popular route leads towards Mount Cook, crossing two swing bridges and continues to the terminal of the Hooker Glacier.  At the conclusion of our walk we retrace our steps back to Twizel where we will stay overnight. Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.
Accommodation: Mackenzie Country Inn, Twizel

Day 7           Monday 22 November 2021
TWIZEL – CHRISTCHURCH           (BD)
We have a leisurely start at the hotel this morning before we commence our drive alongside Lake Pukaki on our journey to Christchurch. We’ll stop in at the Church of the Good Shepherd and the statue of the Collie dog, before travelling the vast Mackenzie Basin, over Burke’s Pass through Fairlie, Geraldine, Ashburton and across the Canterbury Plains into Christchurch. Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.
Accommodation: Quality Hotel Elms, Christchurch

Day 8          Tuesday 23 November 2021
DEPART CHRISTCHURCH           (B)
Today you will be transferred from the hotel to Christchurch Airport for our flight back to Auckland.

Quality Hotel Elms

The Quality Hotel Elms is situated in a quiet suburban area yet accessible to many of the attractions and activities the area has to offer, surrounded by award-winning gardens and is ideally situated midway between the airport and central city. All 97 guest rooms are well appointed and equipped with all the amenities a guest could need, offering luxurious accommodation in an ideal location for those wanting to explore the area.

Punakaiki Resort

Just two minutes' walk from the beach, this comfortable and environmentally friendly hotel in Paparoa National Park is only 300 metres from the magnificent Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. The limestone stacks have been sculptured by the weather and sea leaving unique stacks resembling pancakes layered on top of each other!

Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier

Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier is situated in one of the world's most ruggedly beautiful environments - nestled beneath the towering Southern Alps on the stunning West Coast of New Zealand. The hotel's location provides a real sense of privacy and peaceful seclusion, while being only a short stroll to the charming Fox Glacier Village.

Wanaka Hotel

Wanaka Hotel

Located less than a 1-minute walk from the centre of Wanaka, Wanaka Hotel is a 1-minute walk from the lake and town centre. Most accommodation offers views over the lake and mountains. Guests enjoy 2 restaurants, a cafe and free on-site parking. All rooms and suites feature a TV, a work desk, a small refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities. Each has an en suite bathroom with a shower, or a shower and bathtub.

Mackenzie Country Inn

Located in the heart of the Mackenzie region, a unique area of New Zealand's South Island. Featuring natural stonework, the architecture beautifully reflects and compliments the mountains and riverbeds of the surrounding landscape. There are 108 comfortably furnished guest rooms, all with shower over bath ensuites and private balconies/patios from which to admire the glorious mountain views. The hotel also features its own restaurant, bar, and modern conference facilities.

Quality Hotel Elms

The Quality Hotel Elms is situated in a quiet suburban area yet accessible to many of the attractions and activities the area has to offer, surrounded by award-winning gardens and is ideally situated midway between the airport and central city. All 97 guest rooms are well appointed and equipped with all the amenities a guest could need, offering luxurious accommodation in an ideal location for those wanting to explore the area.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - further information available here 
  • 7 nights accommodation with private en suite
  • DOC concession for all other walks
  • Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
  • 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners included

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Club Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:$3,590.00
Non Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:$3,630.00
Single Supplement:$675.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking$200.00

Full balance of tour payment due by Tuesday 5 October 2021

Book and pay in full by Monday 19 July 2021 and receive $100.00 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? 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? ACTIVE 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 6 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.

Terms & Conditions….
Valid from 1 October 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.

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 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 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.

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.

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