Destination Dunedin

Easy Twin Share

From $3,530 per person

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Tuesday 14 – Sunday 19 February 2023 (6 Days)

Dunedin is a city full of history, unique landscapes and charm. On this tour we explore everything the city has to offer from incredible wildlife on the Peninsula and different eras of architecture, to carefully curated gardens and the wild natural beauty of the Catlins. Enjoy freshly brewed ale at Speights Brewery and observe the night-time habits of the little blue penguin.


Day 1              Tuesday 14 February 2023
Our tour begins today with our flight from Auckland to Dunedin. On arrival into Dunedin, we enjoy an orientation tour of the city before arriving at our accommodation. Founded in 1848 by Scottish settlers, Dunedin was envisaged as the "Edinburgh of the South" and the city’s development was accelerated by the discovery of gold in 1861.  A feature of the city is the number of towers, spires and turrets that rise above it, also the large numbers of solid, gracious stone buildings. Tonight, we will dine as a group in the hotel restaurant to meet your travelling companions.
Accommodation:  The Victoria Hotel, Dunedin – 5 nights

Day 2             Wednesday 15 February 2023
After enjoying breakfast and the morning at leisure, our first stop of the day will be the Toitu Otago Settler’s Museum, one of New Zealand’s most innovative museums. Learn all about the people and history of Dunedin, before enjoying lunch in the city (own cost). This afternoon we travel north to Oamaru, along the way we stop to see the unusually large and spherical Moeraki boulders on Koekohe Beach. After enjoying an afternoon cuppa at the café (own cost), we continue to the coastal town of Oamaru. Take time to wander through the Victorian Precinct before we enjoy a group dinner at a local restaurant.

Tonight we have the unique opportunity to observe the world's smallest penguin arriving home from their day at sea at the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony. Just after dark, these little penguins swim ashore below the viewing stands, they quickly climb the steep bank, before resting a while at the top. When they are ready, they cross the parade area and head towards their nest sites, often to be greeted by mates or hungry chicks. After the penguin viewing, we make our way back to Dunedin.

Day 3               Thursday 16 February 2023
We enjoy a leisurely start to the day this morning after our late-night. Heading out we get to explore the local sights of Dunedin including Baldwin Street – the steepest street in the world, First Church – regarded as the most impressive of New Zealand’s nineteenth century churches. After lunch (own cost) we visit the historic Olveston House, a historic early 1900s masterpiece of the Edwardian era. Carefully preserved, this historic house gives a glimpse into early 1900s living. Later we visit the Speights Brewery for a guided tour.  Since 1876 the brewery has been producing legendary ales and here, we will learn about the process and the history of this brewery.  On conclusion we enjoy a two-course dinner in the Ale House with an ale of your choice.

Day 4              Friday 17 February 2023
CATLINS DAY TRIP            (BD)
Today we head south to one of the most underrated destinations in New Zealand; The Catlins. This area offers a glimpse of rural New Zealand set amid native forests, fringed by high cliffs and golden beaches. The spectacular coastal stretch is home to an array of marine life – sea lions are regular beach visitors, while dolphins frolic in the shallows. The Catlins also boasts a variety of sea and forest birds. We will travel through this area with multiple stops along the way, including a visit to the quiet settlement town of Pounawea, Purakaunui Falls situated amongst lush podocarp and beech forest, as well as a visit to Curio Bay (if the tides are right). Enjoy a walk amongst the Petrified Forest before we then retrace our steps back to Dunedin. Tonight, we will have dinner at our hotel.

Day 5              Saturday 18 February 2023
Today we take the chance to explore the Otago Peninsula. Our first stop will be at the stunning Larnach Castle rich in history that is both tragic and scandalous. Built in 1871, there is a unique collection of New Zealand antiques and furniture inside the beautiful architecture and surrounded by the beautiful 120 year old gardens, with panoramic views over Otago Harbour, Dunedin City and Taiaroa Heads found at the top of the tower. Enjoy lunch (own cost) at the cafe before we travel to Wellers Rock, where we depart on a one-hour cruise aboard the Monarch vessel to cruise the sparkling waters around the Taiaroa Heads. We see an interesting variety of sea birds which nest along the cliff face and if the weather is favourable, we may see majestic Royal Albatross flying overhead. Making our way back to Dunedin, we visit Glenfalloch Gardens. Gaelic for ‘hidden valley’ this sheltered, peaceful area with lovely harbour views is home to beautiful flowers, native ferns, exotic imports, and indigenous New Zealand trees.  Tonight, we enjoy a group farewell dinner in the hotel restaurant to conclude our time in Dunedin.

Day 6             Sunday 19 February 2023
DEPART DUNEDIN           (B)
Today we depart the Deep South to head home.  Bid farewell to your driver and the new friends you have made while enjoying the tour before flying back to Auckland.

Victoria Hotel Dunedin Exterior View

The Victoria Hotel

This small hotel is located close to the Octagon, which is the heart of Dunedin City, and just minutes walk away from the city's attractions, shops and historic Dunedin Railway Station.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas – refer to flyer for further information
  • Auckland– Dunedin return flights with Air New Zealand - other ports on application
  • 5 nights’ accommodation - twin/double rooms, all with private facilities (single rooms available with surcharge)
  • Tour admissions as per itinerary
  • Touring in modern air-conditioned vehicle
  • Breakfasts (B), Dinners (D) where indicated on your daily itinerary - 5x breakfasts, 5x dinners
  • Roadside Morning Teas – where possible
  • Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
  • Olveston Historic Home
  • Larnach Castle
  • Monarch Wildlife Cruise
  • Speights Brewery Tour

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Non Member Guaranteed Twin Share Cost: $3,530.00
Single Supplement: $590.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking $200.00

Discounts available for Travel Club Members - Please Enquire

Full balance of tour payment due by Tuesday 03 January 2023

Early Bird Offer Book and pay in full by Monday 17 October 2022 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? MODERATE 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 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.

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