East Coast to West Coast Highlights Value Tour – September


From $1,520 per person

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Saturday 17 – Thursday 22 September 2022 (6 Days)

This is a great option if you’re keen to explore the North Island on a relaxing coach tour visiting some of the key areas from the East Coast across to the west. This tour takes in Art Deco Napier, Central Hawkes Bay, the Wairarapa, Masterton, our capital city; Wellington, Kapiti Coast, Whanganui and then inland through Tongariro National Park to Taupo.

Day 1             Saturday 17 September 2022   
ARRIVE NAPIER                                                      
Welcome aboard!  Today we begin our tour with collections in Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, and Taupo (only as required) en-route. With scenic stops along the way including Huka Falls and time out in Taupo we arrive in Napier in the afternoon. The city of Napier was devastated by an earthquake and ensuing fires in 1931 and was rebuilt during the period when Art Deco architecture was fashionable. Within two years, the city was rebuilt, predominantly in Art Deco style, with Maori motifs and design elements incorporated. On arrival we take a tour of Napier City to see some of the fine examples of Art Deco architecture easily seen around the city centre.
Accommodation: Scenic Te Pania Hotel, Napier – 1 night

Day 2             Sunday 18 September 2022      
Today we travel south through the rolling farmlands of Central Hawkes Bay into the Wairarapa region. Wairarapa is New Zealand’s fifth-largest wine region producing some 1.7% of the national crop. The Wairarapa Valley enjoys a sunny, dry climate with vines planted on free-draining, low vigour soils resulting in intensely flavoured grapes. During our journey today we visit the Pukaha National Wildlife Centre - Mount Bruce. Here we learn about New Zealand’s unique conservation history. Intriguing stories are told about Pukaha Mount Bruce and its vision, challenges and achievements via interpretation displays. There is a cafe attached to the centre where you will be able to purchase your lunch before we make our way to Masterton.
Accommodation: Copthorne Solway Park Hotel, Masterton – 1 night

Day 3             Monday 19 September 2022     
Travelling south today via the quaint towns of Carterton and Greytown, our first stop is to visit the Fell Museum. The fascinating history of the Rimutaka Incline and its Fell locomotives is recalled with photographs, models, memorabilia films and the spectacular audio-visual presentation "Rimutaka 1949". Step back in time and experience a unique aspect of New Zealand's railway heritage! This afternoon we travel over the Rimutaka Hill, and through the Hutt Valley to Wellington. On arrival, we enjoy an afternoon orientation tour of the capital city before arriving at our accommodation.
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay, Wellington – 1 night

Day 4             Tuesday 20 September 2022     
Leaving Wellington, we travel along the pretty Kapiti Coast looking out for Kapiti Island off shore from Paraparaumu then onto Levin for an early morning tea.  Continuing we reach Foxton to first of all view the Foxton Beach, to see the contrasting scenery between the Kapiti Coast seen only a few hours earlier. This afternoon we arrive in Whanganui which sits at the Tasman Sea end of the wild Whanganui River. On arrival we take a look around the city which features picture-perfect heritage buildings, excellent museums and established gardens developed over a century ago. our day concludes with check in to our accommodation.
Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Whanganui – 1 night

Day 5             Wednesday 21September 2022
WHANGANUI - TAUPO          (B)
A later start today allows those who may want to visit some of the sights (at additional cost) such as The Durie Hill Underground Elevator or visiting some of the local artisans. We depart Whanganui to travel SH4 to reconnect to SH1 travelling through the Tongariro National Park to Turangi before skirting the shores of Lake Taupo to Taupo for our last night on tour.
Accommodation: Lakeland Hotel, Taupo – 1night

Day 06           Thursday 22 September 2022
DEPART TAUPO          (B)
After breakfast today, we will depart Taupo for our home cities.

Scenic Te Pania on the Marine Parade in Napier

Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Scenic Hotel Te Pania is located in a waterfront location on Marine Parade, this convenient and central location means many of the area's best local attractions are within a few minutes walk. Guests are invited to enjoy quality four star hotel accommodation of an international standard. With 109 guest rooms and suites all facing out to the bay with floor to ceiling windows that can slide open to fill the room with fresh ocean air.

Copthorne Solway Park entrance

Copthorne Hotel Solway Park

Nestled in the lush Wairarapa valley framed by the towering Tararua Ranges, Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park is set on 24 acres of landscaped grounds and gardens on the outskirts of Masterton.

Copthorne Oriental Bay

Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay

The Copthorne Hotel is located on Oriental Parade, overlooking the harbour, Close to many of the attractions the area has to offer, making in an ideal base for guest exploring the city. All 118 rooms, in four different room types, feature a separate balcony with views of the harbour or city. Each room comes equipped with all the modern hotel comforts a guest could need.

Kingsgate Hotel The Avenue

Kingsgate Hotel The Avenues

Kingsgate The Avenues is located on the main road into Wanganui, only a 10-minute walk from the CBD. The spacious studios are decorated in a neutral style and feature satellite TV and en suite bathrooms. Unlimited free Wi-Fi are provided per day.

Lakeland Resort Taupo Exterior

Lakeland Resort Taupo

Set amidst 2.8 acres of landscaped grounds, complete with 64 well-equipped studio units, with 42" plasma flatscreen TV, tennis court, outdoor seasonal swimming pool, 2 private indoor hot tubs, guest laundry facilities, ample off-street parking, 2 conference rooms and The Lakeland Bar and Brasserie.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available - refer to flyer for further information
  • 5 nights accommodation, twin/double rooms (single rooms available with surcharge), all with private facilities
  • Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
  • 5 breakfasts included
  • Admission to Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
  • Roadside morning teas from coach where possible

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Twin/Double Share Cost:$1,520.00
Single Supplement:$500.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking$200.00

Full balance of tour payment due by Friday 5 August 2022

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? NO

Unfortunately, our guaranteed twin share pricing is not available on this tour. If we do not have a suitable match for you, you will be required to pay the single supplement.

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
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.

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 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.

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.

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 the 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.

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Art Deco Buildings
Wellington Cable Car
Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui
Kapiti Island & Coast

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