Chatham Islands

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From $4,550.00 per person

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Sunday 09 – Friday 14 January 2022 (6 Days)

The Chatham Islands is New Zealand’s eastern most outpost, with the dateline stretching around the Chathams, allowing the claim to fame of being the first permanently inhabited place in the world to welcome the new day. The isolation of the Chathams has created a unique island lifestyle and society and many locals descend from Moriori genealogy. Discover the rich Moriori history and culture during your stay on the Chatham Islands along with the Maori and European history. The remote location of the Chathams means there is endemic flora and fauna, found nowhere else in the world.

Day 1          Sunday 09 January 2022
JOURNEY TO THE CHATHAM ISLANDS          (D)
Our tour commences today with a flight from Auckland to the Chatham Islands via Christchurch, with an estimated arrival time at Chatham Islands at 5.30pm. On arrival we will be transferred from the airport to the Hotel Chathams where we stay for the next 5 nights. On this site since the 1860s, The Hotel Chathams is a big part of life on the Chatham Islands. Located in Waitangi Bay, the views from all around the hotel are spectacular all day long. Tonight we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel Chathams, Chatham Islands – 5 nights

Day 2          Monday 10 January 2022
THE WILD WEST          (BLD)
After breakfast this morning we meet our guide for the day and our first stop is the Stone Cottage. A Historic Listed building, the Stone Cottage was built in 1866-1868 by German Moravian missionaries who had a big impact on the lifestyle of the Chathams. We then travel to the Waitangi West Cattle Station for a picnic lunch. After lunch travel to Splatter Rock at the western end of Wharekauri Beach. Estimated to be around five million years old, Splatter Rock is a lava formation which was erupted into soft sediments on the sea floor and formed central tube-like shapes. After visiting Cape Young, we head back to the Waitangi township for some time at leisure before dinner at the hotel.

Day 3          Tuesday 11 January 2022
KAINGAROA FISHING VILLAGE          (BLD)
We start this day with a walk at the Nikau Bush Conservation Area, a DOC area that has allowed prolific regeneration and nikau flowering during December and January, the only plant native to the Chathams. After walking through the protected forest area, head to the Manauea Ocean Mail Scenic Reserve for a picnic lunch. This reserve covers 831 ha of peat dome and wetland as well as 4km of coastal sand dunes. This afternoon we head to the Muirson Farm to visit the relatively intact 1945 flying boat which was salvaged to build sheds and huts but has begun to be restored by the current farm owners. After visiting this farm, we visit the Point Munning to see the resident fur seal colony lounging on the schist rock formations. We continue on to the J.M. Baker Hapupu National Historic Reserve where hundreds of years ago the ancestors of the Moriori, those indigenous to the Chatham Islands, carved images into the trunks of the living trees. Tonight dinner is at the hotel.

Day 4          Wednesday 12 January 2022
OWENGA FISHING VILLAGE          (BLD)
This morning we head out to the Kopinga Marae, where the names of 1700 ancestors are carved into the central post as a reminder of the sacrifice they made and is a chance to learn more about the history of the islands and Moriori culture. While here we also visit the Tommy Solomon statue who was the last known full-blooded Moriori to live and died in 1933. From here we head to the Basalt Columns located on private land at Ohira Bay. These unique geological formations were created from lava flows by the Southern Volcanics that erupted around 80 million years ago which created columns when the lava cooled. Before lunch we go to the picturesque bay of Port Hutt which is in the Whangaroa Harbour. This was the landing place for the Maori in 1835 and is now the resting place of some interesting relics in the shallow waters. We enjoy a picnic lunch here before continuing our tour. The afternoon will be spent at the Admiral Gardens where you can walk around and enjoy the garden built for birds, bees and butterflies. Tonight we enjoy a buffet dinner at the Admiral Gardens.

Day 5          Thursday 13 January 2022
SOUTH COAST - PITT ISLAND          (BLD)
Today we begin with some birdwatching on the South Coast before heading to the River Onion Gallery for lunch. Right on the shoreline this refurbished 1970s home takes you back in time and showcases the work of local artist, Celine Gregory Hunt, whose work represents a spiritual connection with landscapes, seascapes, bird and fish life of her home on Pitt Island. This afternoon we head to Te Matarae for a scenic drive down the coast.
Optional (extra cost):

  • 3-hour Fishing trip
  • Day tour by Cessna to Pitt Island

Tonight dinner is at the hotel.

Day 6          Friday 14 January 2022
JOURNEY FROM CHATHAM ISLANDS          (B)
This morning after breakfast we will transfer to the airport for our flight back to Auckland via Wellington. Return home with memories of an untouched paradise, wildlife, flora and spectacular landscapes.

Chatham Islands Hotel Exterior Beachfront

Hotel Chatham

Hotel Chatham is located on the beachfront in Waitangi Bay, near the main township of Waitangi on Chatham Islands. The hotel offers spectacular views of the bay from dawn to dusk. From the 1860s there has always been a hotel on this site, and has seen a lot of the islands history.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - refer to further information available here
  • Auckland – Christchurch & Wellington - Auckland flights with Air New Zealand - other ports on application/price on application
  • Christchurch – Chatham Islands & Chatham Islands - Wellington flights with Air Chathams
  • 5 nights accommodation - twin/double rooms, all with private facilities (single rooms available with surcharge)
  • Tour admissions as per itinerary
  • Touring in a modern air-conditioned vehicle
  • Breakfasts (B), Lunches (L), Dinners (D) where indicated on your daily itinerary

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Club Member Twin/Double Share Cost:$4,520.00
Non Member Twin/Double Share Cost:$4,550.00
Single Supplement (additional):$500.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking$1,000.00

Full balance of tour payment due by Friday 26 November 2021

 

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? 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
Is this tour a guaranteed departure? NO

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Chatham Islands Map

Basalt Columns Chatham Islands
Chatham Islands Bay
Splatter Rock made from volcanoes underwater Chatham Island

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