East Coast to West Coast Highlights Value Tour

From $1,290 per person

Saturday 22 May – Thursday 27 May 2021 (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 22 May 2021   
HOME CITIES  -  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 later this afternoon we arrive in Napier.   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 easily seen around the city centre.
Accommodation: Scenic Te Pania Hotel, Napier

Day 2 Sunday 23 May 2021
NAPIER  -  MASTERTON               (B)
Today 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 -Mt Bruce.  It is here that you will become knowledgeable about New Zealand’s unique conservation history. Interactive displays in the visitor centre are fascinating and fun for children and adults alike. Intriguing stories are told about Pukaha Mount Bruce and its vision, challenges and achievements via interpretation displays. The souvenir shop, offers a fabulous range of New Zealand-made gifts. There is a cafe attached to the centre where you will be able to purchase your lunch before we make our way to Masterton and our base for the next few days.
Accommodation: Copthorne Solway Park Hotel, Masterton

Day 3 Monday 24 May 2021
MASTERTON  -  WELLINGTON        (B)
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 in Wellington. On arrival we enjoy an afternoon orientation tour of the Capital City before arriving into our accommodation.
Accommodation: Copthorne Oriental Parade, Wellington

Day 4 Tuesday 25 May 2021
WELLINGTON  -  WHANGANUI        (B)
Leaving Wellington, 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 (Wanganui for those not used to seeing an H in the name) where on arrival we have a quick look around the city then check into our accommodation.
Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Whanganui

Day 5  Wednesday 26 May 2021
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 a morning cruise on the PS Waimarie.  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 for our last night on tour.
Accommodation: Lakeland Hotel, Taupo

Day 6 Thursday 27 May 2021
TAUPO  - HOME CITIES       (B)
Today we will commence on our journey back to your home cities.

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 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 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 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

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

  • 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: $1,290.00
Single Supplement: $480.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking $200.00

Full balance of tour payment due by Saturday 10 April 2021

Are door to door collections included on this tour? NO

No, our door to door collection service is not available on this tour. There will be en route pick ups and drop offs available from a central location in Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua and Taupo. You will need to make your own arrangements to meet us in these locations. 

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.

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.

Huka Falls Waikato river flowing over the large falls
Statue over the Wellington waterfront on a still sunny day
Lake Taupo