Classic Cars of the South

From $3,285 per person

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Wednesday 06 – Tuesday 12 April 2022 (7 Days)

The tour that all car lovers dream of! This special interest tour around the South Island showcases thousands of classic cars and vehicle memorabilia. We visit a wide variety of both public museums and private collections including classic cars, tractors, trucks, motorcycles and aeroplanes, while touring our beautiful countryside at the same time.

Day 1          Wednesday 06 April 2022                                                                                    
ARRIVE BLENHEIM           (D)
Our tour commences today with our flight from Auckland to Blenheim. On arrival we are met by our tour coach and driver and travel to Omaka Classic Cars – a unique collection that gives a special insight into both Marlborough and New Zealand motoring from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. The collection totals well over 100 cars with more than half on display at any one time. It is a living, working display of vehicles each with their own special story, from appearing in a TV programme to being the last off the production line. Gathered to keep them from being lost forever, displaying the cars together in this way highlights the enormity of such a rare insight into New Zealand motoring.  Tonight dinner is at our accommodation.
Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough, Blenheim

Day 2          Thursday 07 April 2022                                                                                         
BLENHEIM — CHRISTCHURCH          (BD)
We depart Blenheim and drive along a thin ledge of land pinned between the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and the rugged ranges to Kaikoura, where the mountains meet the sea then travel across the farmlands of the North Canterbury Plains and the Waipara wine district, where the micro climate of the area makes it ideal for growing grapes.  On arrival enjoy the sights of Christchurch. Highlights include the River Avon; the Canterbury Museum; Bridge of Remembrance; the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial and the Spanish Mission-inspired New Regent Street. Learn about the effects of the February 2011 earthquakes and how the city is rebuilding.  We will visit Stewart’s Classic Car collection, a private collection of classic cars, motorbikes and trucks, Dinner tonight is at our accommodation.
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold, Christchurch

Day 3          Friday 08 April 2022                                                                                              
CHRISTCHURCH — OMARAMA          (BD)
Our first stop of the day is the Yaldhurst Museum. In the 1960’s Christchurch born Mr. Jake Cooper had an ambition to build his own museum for public viewing. After he bought the original family home (built in 1876) and 8-acres of land he set about doing just that. Their displays reflect real character and atmosphere that excites memories of the past. The Yaldhurst Museum has amassed an eclectic mix of road transport including one of the largest and finest collections of horse drawn vehicles in the country. They have over 50 cars on display covering a period of 100-years, fire engines, print shop and much more. We then travel to Geraldine and visit the Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum. On display are over 2000 exhibits including a 1929 Spartan biplane, over 100 tractors from 1912 onwards and more than 50 vintage and veteran cars from 1907. Departing Geraldine we travel inland through the Mackenzie Country to the small service town of Omarama where our overnight accommodation is located.  Tonight dinner is at our accommodation.
Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Omarama

Day 4          Saturday 09 April 2022                                                                                         
OMARAMA — QUEENSTOWN          (BD)
After breakfast we board the coach leaving Mackenzie Country to travel south through the dramatic Lindis Pass and across to Wanaka, where our first stop will be visiting the National Transport & Toy Museum.  This museum houses over 600 vehicles, including classic cars, motorcycles, fire appliances, military vehicles, buses, trucks, tractors, construction gear and boats. There is also a collection of 60,000 nostalgic toys.  We depart Wanaka and travel past Lake Dunstan to Cromwell where we will visit the Highland Motorsports Park. Discover all there is to know about New Zealand's motor racing history, see rare and special race cars, visit the hall of fame and enjoy lunch (own cost) in the Pit Stop Cafe. Leaving Cromwell we travel through the Kawarau Gorge and onto Queenstown. Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and the unique energy of the Queenstown region create the perfect backdrop for a holiday full of adventure, exploration or relaxation. Tonight dinner is at our accommodation.
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront, Queenstown – 2 nights

Day 5          Sunday 10 April 2022
QUEENSTOWN          (BD)
Today is at leisure.  Queenstown has a plethora of optional sightseeing activities available from jet-boating on the thrilling Shotover Jet; a jet-boat excursion along the scenic and remote Dart River; winery tours to the premier Central Otago wineries; 4WD tours into unforgettable Skippers Canyon; scenic flights; fly-fishing or if you dare – bungy jumping or tandem sky-diving!  Extra cost for optional sightseeing excursions.

Day 6          Monday 11 April 2022
QUEENSTOWN — INVERCARGILL          (BD)
This morning after breakfast we depart Queenstown and travel south to Invercargill. On arrival we visit the Bill Richardson Transport World that is home to more than 300 trucks and classic vehicles, spread across 15,000 square metres. There are also more than 150 vintage petrol bowsers, along with other motoring memorabilia. Next we visit the E Hayes Motor Works Collection – home of the World’s Fastest Indian. Today, Burt Munro's original World's Fastest Indian Scout is the centre piece of the collection which features over 100 classic, vintage and modern motorcycles, automobiles, engines, equipment and memorabilia that makes up the E Hayes Motor Works Collection of classic and vintage motor vehicles.  The collection features working examples of early vintage machinery, pumps, engines and a range of classic automobiles and motorcycles.  We will finish our day visiting Motorcycle Mecca. Widely regarded to be a world class display, this motorcycle museum houses over 300 motorcycles and motorcycle related artwork. All artwork is motorcycle related with some pieces considered just as valuable as the bikes. Classic Motorcycle Mecca includes solo, sidecar and even three wheeled automobiles and machinery from 1902 upwards. Over 60 manufacturers are represented (with some really astounding restorations) including a 1902 Peugeot Motorcycle to a 21st Century Simms Corbin Custom. You will find brands such as AJS, Ariel, BMW, Brough Superior, Harley Davidson, Henderson, Indian, Matchless and Rudge as well as little known brands such as Schwinn and Zundapp. Other highlights include a comprehensive side car collection and at least twelve scooters. Classic Motorcycle Mecca also houses three of four publicly displayed New Zealand-constructed John Britten motorcycles.  Dinner tonight is at our accommodation.
Accommodation: Kelvin Hotel, Invercargill

Day 7         Tuesday 12 April 2022
DEPART INVERCARGILL          (B)
Today is our last day together as we depart on our journey home. After breakfast, board our coach and depart our hotel to Invercargill Airport for our flight from Invercargill to Auckland.

Chateau Marlborough

Chateau Marlborough is a European style hotel, is befitting of the Marlborough Wine Region, and offers luxury boutique accommodation. The hotel overlooks Seymour Square Gardens, and is just a two minute easy walk from Blenheim's town centre. Offering 80 well-appointed Suites and Apartments, Chateau Marlborough provides guests with a high level of comfort along with modern amenities. Quench Cafe and Wine Bar boasts a delicious menu with something to suit everyone.

Heartland Hotel Cotswold

The Heartland Hotel Cotswold is situated on the edge of Christchurch's CBD, an easy stroll to shops, restaurants, bars and attractions the area has to offer. The Tudor-style architecture and classic charm are carried throughout the hotel with understated style, onsite facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, award-winning gardens and the Earl of Essex Bar. With 77 guest rooms all well equipped with the modern amenities a guest needs and access to the hotel's facilities.

Heritage Gateway Omarama

Set amongst landscaped gardens with views of the surrounding mountains, the Heritage Gateway Hotel is a peaceful place to stay. Featuring 98 comfortably furnished guest rooms, restaurant & bar.

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.

Kelvin Hotel

Kelvin Hotel is situated in the city centre, only a short walk to major attractions and a 10-minute drive to the Invercargill Airport. The hotel offers rooms with a flat-screen TV, mini bar and free Wi-Fi access. There is an on-site bar and restaurant.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - refer to flyer for further information
  • 6 nights accommodation with private en suite
  • Auckland - Blenheim and Invercargill to Auckland flights with Air New Zealand - other ports on application/price on application
  • Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
  • 6 breakfasts and 6 dinners included
  • Admission to Omaka Classic Cars
  • Private tour of Stewarts Classic Car Collection
  • Admission to Yaldhurst Museum
  • Admission to Geraldine Vintage Car & Machinery Museum
  • Admission to National Transport & Toy Museum
  • Admission to Highlands Motorsport Park Museum
  • Admission to Bill Richardson Transport World
  • Admission to Motorcycle Mecca
  • Visit E Hayes Motor Works Collection
  • Roadside morning teas from the coach where possible

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Club Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:$3,250.00
Non Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:$3,285.00
Single Supplement:$595.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking$200.00

Full balance of tour payment due by Wednesday 23 February 2022

Book and pay in full by Tuesday 07 December 2021 and receive a $100 discount per person!

 

Are door to door collections included on this tour? YES

Yes. Leisure Time Travel 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

To help you select the right tour for you, we’ve developed a set of fitness recommendations for our tours. These physical ratings explain how much physical exertion is required to participate on each tour.

Level 1 – Easy

  • Relaxed paced tour
  • Be able to participate in small walks at a relaxed pace for 10-15 minutes
  • Walk on mostly level ground
  • Tackle an occasional flight of stairs
  • Occasionally need to stand for up to 15 minutes
  • Able to get on and off transportation unaided

Level 2 – Moderate

  • Be able to participate in walks with time to rest at least every 20-30 minutes
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Walk confidently on uneven and undulating surfaces
  • Able to get on and off transportation unaided

 Level 3 – Active

  • Participate in walks for 45-60 minutes at a time without having to rest
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 60 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk confidently over uneven ground or undulating surfaces
  • 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 10 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.

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.

The front of classic 1950's Jaguar in the Omaka Classic Cars Collection
Shopping in Christchurch city centre
old cars and trucks in a large hanger
people looking at rock formation on a beach
people looking at rock formation on a beach
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