Christmas Tour

From $2995.00 per person

Wednesday 23 December – Monday 28 December 2020

Come celebrate Christmas with us down South! This year we are spending Christmas day in Queenstown, and we will enjoy a festive lunch from the top of Bob’s Peak with expansive views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. We stay overnight in Twizel, visit Mount Cook Village and enjoy a pavlova demonstration at Lake Tekapo, before making our way to Christchurch.

 

Day 1          Wednesday 23 December 2020
ARRIVE QUEENSTOWN      (D)
This morning we are transferred to Auckland Airport for our flight to Queenstown. On arrival in Queenstown we will enjoy a scenic drive out to Arrowtown, a living historic settlement with many stories to tell. One of the most picturesque settlements in New Zealand, Arrowtown sits alongside the gold-bearing Arrow River. Travelling back to Queenstown we will have an orientation tour before being transferred to our accommodation. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group dinner at our hotel.
Accommodation: Copthorne Lakefront Hotel, Queenstown – 3 nights

Day 2          Thursday 24 December 2020   
QUEENSTOWN SIGHTSEEING      (B)
After breakfast this morning we take to the waters for a cruise along Lake Wakatipu.  This 90 minute trip will take you across Lake Wakatipu right to the end of the lake, viewing stunning homes, rare birds and other birdlife, Historic Dam and Willow Islands and all the magnificent scenery of Queenstown from the water. After our cruise the remainder of your day is at leisure. Activities you may wish to do (at your own cost) are the Shotover Jet or enjoy a ride onboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station. Dinner tonight is at your leisure.

Day 3          Friday 25 December 2020   
CHRISTMAS LUNCH IN QUEENSTOWN      (BLD)
Merry Christmas! After enjoying a leisurely morning we ride the iconic Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak to enjoy a one-of-a-kind, celebratory Christmas Day Lunch in a festive atmosphere complete with Christmas crackers, cheery decorations and an appearance from Santa! Relax, take in the live music and entertainment and enjoy Queenstown's most spectacular dining vista. After our delicious lunch the remainder of your day is to relax and enjoy the scenery. Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.

Day 4          Saturday 26 December 2020   
QUEENSTOWN TO TWIZEL (via Mount Cook)      (BD)
Today we depart Queenstown and travel north through the rugged Kawarau Gorge, past pretty Lake Dunstan and across the distinctive Central Otago countryside to the Lindis Pass.  Pass the small towns of Omarama and Twizel then see the canals that feed the huge Waitaki hydro electricity generation scheme.  Drive along the shores of Lake Pukaki into Mt Cook National Park. At the heart of New Zealand’s most spectacular alpine region is Mt Cook, at 3754 metres the highest peak in Australasia.  Time here for a short walk or helicopter flight high into the spectacular Southern Alps (not included – extra cost).   We leave Mount Cook Village and retrace our journey along the shores of Lake Pukaki with its shimmering turquoise waters before arriving in the small town of Twizel for the overnight stay.  Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.
Accommodation: Mackenzie Country Inn, Twizel – 1 night

Day 5          Sunday 27 December 2020   
TWIZEL TO CHRISTCHURCH      (BD)
This morning we enjoy a uniquely Kiwi experience – making a Pavlova!   We visit a local home set on the shores of Lake Tekapo and learn the secrets of this our Kiwi dessert.   We then view the Church of the Good Shepherd and the famous bronze sculpture of Collie Dog before continuing our journey through the vast MacKenzie Country over Burkes Pass and on to the fertile Canterbury Plains before arriving in Christchurch.  On arrival in Christchurch we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. Highlights include the River Avon, the Canterbury Museum, Christchurch Art Gallery; Bridge of Remembrance; the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial and the Spanish Mission-inspired New Regent Street.  Learn about the effects of the 2011 Christchurch Earthquakes and how the city is rebuilding.  We then travel to our accommodation where we will stay for the next few nights. Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.
Accommodation: Quality Elms Hotel, Christchurch

Day 6          Monday 28 December 2020   
DEPART CHRISTCHURCH      (B)      
After breakfast this morning we say farewell to Christchurch as we fly to Auckland.

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront

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

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
  • 5 nights accommodation with private en suite
  • Auckland to Queenstown and Christchurch to Auckland airfares with Air New Zealand - other ports on application
  • Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
  • 5 breakfasts, 2 lunch and 4 dinners included
  • Million dollar cruise on Lake Wakatipu
  • Ride up Skyline Gondola in Queenstown
  • Christmas lunch at Stratosphere Restaurant
  • Pavlova demonstration at Lake Tekapo

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Club Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:$2,995.00
Non Member Share Twin Cost:$3,025.00
Single Supplement:$750.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking$200.00

Full balance of tour payment due by Wednesday 11 November 2020

Book and pay in full by Tuesday 25 August 2020 and receive $150.00 per person discount!

Booking Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions….
(Applicable for New Zealand Tours from 01 May 2020 - 30 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 Tours 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 Tours 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 Tours 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 Tours reserves the right to amend or reschedule the tour due the result of circumstances outside the company’s control. Leisure Time Tours 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 Tours strongly advises all passengers to purchase a travel insurance policy. An important part of planning the holiday is to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy as it may prevent passengers from spending extra money in case of an emergency and will help passengers feel protected during the holiday. We are agents for Cover More Travel Insurance. Ask us for a no obligation insurance quote today.

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.

If a passenger has been tested positive for COVID-19 directly prior to travel or while on holiday with us, then with supporting documentation provided to us (a positive COVID-19 test), 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.