Wednesday 17 February – Monday 22 February 2021 (6 Days)
Dunedin is a city of gracious dignity and charm, unique landscapes and fascinating cultural history. Our six day tour of this southern city discovers all aspects of Dunedin, from the incredible wildlife on the Otago Peninsula, the fascinating Victorian and Edwardian architecture, the beautiful gardens of Larnach Castle and Glenfalloch, and the history of the Speights Brewery. We also include a visit to Oamaru to see the worlds smallest penguins in their natural environment at the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, and travel through the Catlins, a place of natural beauty and abundant wildlife.
Day 1 Wednesday 17 February 2021
ARRIVE DUNEDIN (D)
Today you will make your way to our Dunedin accommodation. Dunedin was settled by members of the Free Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) in the late 1840’s. 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. This led to the establishment of New Zealand’s first University, Otago University built of bluestone. A feature of the city is the number of towers, spires and turrets that rise above it and also large numbers of solid, gracious stone buildings. Tonight we will convene as a group in the hotel restaurant for dinner and the opportunity to meet your travelling companions. Former Chief Post Office built in 1937, Distinction Dunedin Hotel is located in the heart of the city and combines the historic charm with modern amenities and finishings to create a unique stay for our tour.
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel, Dunedin – 5 nights
Day 2 Thursday 18 February 2021
DUNEDIN SIGHTS AND OAMARU (BD)
We will have a later start today, as we will have a late night. After enjoying breakfast and the morning at leisure, our first stop of the day will be the Toitu Otago Settler’s Museum. It is one of New Zealand’s newest and most innovative museums. Here we learn all about the people of Dunedin and their stories from the earliest settlers through to those who have more recently arrived. After our museum visit, there will be time for you to purchase lunch in the city (own cost). This afternoon we travel north towards Oamaru. We will stop at Moeraki and see the unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach. There will also be time for an afternoon cuppa at the café (own cost) before we continue on to the coastal town of Oamaru. Here we will have time to wander through the Victorian Precinct before having a group dinner at a local restaurant. After dinner we travel out to the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, where we have the unique opportunity to observe the world's smallest penguin arriving home from their day at sea and returning to their nests. Groups of blue penguins gather offshore and wait for dark. Just after dark, they 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 Friday 19 February 2021
DUNEDIN SIGHTS (BD)
Today you can have a sleep in after our late night last night. After a later breakfast, we will explore the local sights of Dunedin including Baldwin Street – the steepest street in the world – where thousands of Cadbury Jaffas are let loose in the annual Jaffa race, First Church – regarded as the most impressive of New Zealand’s nineteenth century churches. After our sightseeing tour, there will be time to purchase lunch (own cost). After lunch we visit historic Olveston House which was completed in 1907 and was a masterpiece of modernity in the Edwardian era, featuring central heating, an in house telephone system and even heated towel rails. Olveston has been carefully preserved and now offers a glimpse into the lifestyle of a privileged family in the early 1900’s and the rich historical heritage of Dunedin. Later we visit the Speights Brewery House 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 Saturday 20 February 2021
CATLINS DAY TRIP (BD)
Today we head south to one of the most underrated destinations in New Zealand. Located at the very bottom right of the South Island - The Catlins are a dramatic part of New Zealand with its rugged and remote coasts and lush rainforests. Today we will be rewarded with amazing landscapes and unbelievable views when we stop off at Nugget Point lighthouse – one of the most distinctive landforms in Otago. The walking path to the lighthouse offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the coast. It is also an exceptional viewing point for wildlife such as the NZ Fur Seal, NZ Sea Lion and occasional Elephant Seal. Next we stop in Owaka where we have time for lunch (own cost). Travelling deeper into the Catlins Forest we find ourselves at Purakaunui Falls – another famous and iconic landmark of Otago. An easy and short track through mature beech forest brings us to the fall, with three cascading tiers to it – it’s easy to see why it’s the most photographed of New Zealand waterfalls. Our last stop for the day in the Catlins is Curio Bay, where we see one of the worlds most extensive and least disturbed examples of a Jurassic fossilised forest. We then retrace our steps back to Dunedin. Tonight we will have dinner at our hotel.
Day 5 Sunday 21 February 2021
OTAGO PENINSULA (BD)
Today we board the coach and travel out to the Otago Peninsula. Our first stop will be to one of Dunedin’s most interesting landmarks – Larnach Castle. Learn about the tragic and scandalous history of this superbly crafted building which was built in 1871 and see the unique collection of New Zealand antiques and furniture with a guided tour. Enjoy a stroll around the beautiful gardens and climb the tower for panoramic views over Otago Harbour, Dunedin City and Taiaroa Heads. There will also be time available for you to purchase lunch in the café. We then travel to Wellers Rock; 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 you may see majestic Royal Albatross flying overhead to their nesting sites. We then retrace our steps and visit Glenfalloch Gardens – situated in peaceful and relaxing surroundings with lovely harbour views – 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 Monday 22 February 2021
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 to your home city (own arrangements for flights).
Distinction Dunedin Hotel is located in the heart of the city, formerly Chief Post Office built in 1937 this hotel combines the historic charm with modern amenities and finishings to create a unique stay for guests whilst being close to many of the attractions and activities the area has to offer. All 121 elegant guest suites and studios are spacious and modern with all of the facilities and furnishings a guest could need.
- Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas
- Auckland to Dunedin return flights with Air New Zealand - other ports on application
- 5 nights accommodation at Distinction Dunedin Hotel with private en suite
- Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
- 5 breakfasts and 5 dinners included
- Admission to Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
- Visit Moeraki Boulders
- Premium Evening Viewing at Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
- Dunedin sightseeing tour including Baldwin Street
- Guided tour of Olveston House
- Guided tour of Speights Brewery
- Travel through the Catlins including Nugget Point, Purakanui Falls and Curio Bay
- Guided tour of Larnach Castle
- 1 hour wildlife cruise on Otago Peninsula
- Admission to Glenfalloch Garden
Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)
|Club Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:||$2,620.00|
|Non Member Share Twin Cost:||$2,650.00|
|Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking||$200.00|
Full balance of tour payment due by Wednesday 6 January 2021
Book and pay in full by Tuesday 20 October 2020 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.