Easter Escape to Taranaki

From $1,920 per person

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Thursday 14 – Monday 18 April 2022 (5 Days)

The Taranaki region is worthy of an in-depth exploration – from its perfectly formed volcanic peak to spectacular public gardens and a thriving arts industry. Highlights include the world-renowned Govett-Brewster Art Gallery; Tupare House and Gardens; Taranaki Pioneer Village; the wonderful Puke Ariki museum and visiting some of Taranaki’s smaller towns. 

Day 1          Thursday 14 April 2022
JOURNEY TO NEW PLYMOUTH           (D)
We travel through Waikato farmlands and rural towns before stopping at Waitomo to head underground into the spectacular Ruakuri Cave.  The spiral entranceway is a remarkable feat of modern engineering and leads us gently deeper into the ground with our local guide.  Walk through the cave marvelling at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries, hear the distant thunder of the subterranean waterfalls and get up close to glow-worms.  From Waitomo we travel through the limestone country of the King Country and Awakino Gorge before reaching the Tasman Coast and then New Plymouth, our base for the next four nights.   Often described as the jewel in New Plymouth’s crown, Pukekura Park is situated in the heart of the city.   We stop here for a walk through the gardens which feature the iconic red Poet’s Bridge, Fountain Lake, the Waterfall and Band Rotunda.   We dine this evening at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: The Devon Hotel, New Plymouth – 4 nights

Day 2          Friday 15 April 2022
NEW PLYMOUTH          (BD)
This morning we take an orientation tour around the city seeing points of interest before we visit a building wrapped in stainless steel – surely one of New Zealand’s most intriguing exteriors!   We visit the world-renowned Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre – New Zealand’s first and only museum of contemporary art.   It is also our first institution dedicated to a single artist, the pioneering filmmaker and kinetic sculptor, Len Lye.   The design and engineering of the centre is striking with a curved exterior wall of mirrorlike stainless steel.   After time to purchase your lunch (own cost), in the afternoon we’ll drive out to one of New Plymouth’s most striking landmarks.   Te Rewa Rewa Bridge is reminiscent of a breaking wave or a whale skeleton and on a clear day, the arches of the bridge frame Mount Taranaki spectacularly in the distance.  For those who would like to stretch their legs this afternoon, take a walk back to our hotel along part of the Coastal Walkway which is a 3.5-km walk (approximately 45-minutes).   This expansive sea-edge promenade boasts dramatic views at each turn.   After our day of explorations around the city, we’ll dine at our hotel.

Day 3          Saturday 16 April 2022
TARANAKI SCENIC DRIVE            (BD)
We head out of town today to visit some of Taranaki’s smaller communities.   One of Taranaki’s most celebrated gardens, Tūpare is a premier landscaped garden with a unique homestead, originally developed by Sir Russell Matthews and his family from 1932.   Here we take a guided tour of Tūpare’s distinctive Chapman-Taylor designed house which is an excellent example of the Arts & Crafts style of architecture and provides a glimpse of a family lifestyle through the mid-20th century.Closest main centre to Egmont National Park, Stratford is the gateway to Mount Taranaki, Dawson Falls, and the Forgotten World Highway.  It is a vibrant farming community, with a focus on dairy farming.  We’ll see the Stratford Glockenspiel which plays a delightfully romantic scene from Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’.   Interestingly all streets in Stratford are named after Shakespearean plays and characters!   We visit the Taranaki Pioneer Village for a nostalgic stroll through yesteryear as we stroll through their outdoor museum which presents the life of Taranaki pioneers in the 19th and 20th centuries.   The village features 40 authentic historic structures dating back to 1853 and many exhibits and museum artifacts are in working condition.  We make a stop at Eltham which is home to a number of Victorian buildings.  While some are in varying states of repair, they are significant for their architecture and their importance to Eltham’s social and economic history and reflect the importance that this town had in the dairy industry late in the 19th century.   Late afternoon we return to New Plymouth and dine at a local restaurant this evening.

Day 4         Sunday 17 April 2022
NEW PLYMOUTH          (BD)
After a leisurely start we visit Puke Ariki, New Plymouth’s ground-breaking cultural centre.  Five gallery spaces celebrate the uniqueness of Taranaki from 30-million years ago to today.  The ‘Taranaki Life’ gallery offers an interactive journey to experience life in Taranaki.  From the first European settlers to more recent migrants, the gallery tells the stories of those who have made Taranaki home. From here we drive a short portion of ‘Surf Highway 45’.  The surf coast that gives the highway its name leads to dozens of surf breaks including the ‘Kumera Patch’, ‘Stent Road’ and ‘Rocky Rights’.   We’ll stop at the small coastal town of Oakura with its eclectic mix of stress-free baches, million-dollar beach houses and a wide black-sand beach before returning to New Plymouth.   Dinner at our hotel this evening.

Day 5          Monday 18 April 2022
JOURNEY FROM NEW PLYMOUTH          (B)
Today we retrace our journey north through the towns of Mokau, Piopio, Te Kuiti and Te Awamutu.

The Devon Hotel 

The Devon Hotel New Plymouth is the perfect destination. Relax in one of our stunning gardens, unwind in the heated outdoor pool and spa, take one of our bicycles out to explore the city’s award winning coastal walkway, stay cozy next to the fire in The Rocks Lounge Bar or enjoy a delicious meal in Marbles Buffet Restaurant - you will be spoilt for choice!

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - refer to flyer for further information
  • 4 nights accommodation with private en suite
  • Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
  • 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners included
  • Guided tour of Ruakuri Cave
  • Visit Pukekura Park
  • Visit Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre
  • Visit Te Rewa Rewa Bridge
  • Guided tour of Tupare House
  • Visit Taranaki Pioneer Village
  • Visit Puke Ariki
  • Roadside morning teas from the coach where possible

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Club Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:$1,895.00
Non Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:$1,920.00
Single Supplement:$450.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking$200.00

Full balance of tour payment due by Thursday 03 March 2022

Book and pay in full by Wednesday 15 December 2021 and receive a $75 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.

Te Rewa Rewa Bridge with Mount Taranaki in background
Govett Brewster Art Gallery Len Lye Centre
New Plymouth Coastal Foreshore with Mountain in Background
Stratford Glockenspeil with mountain in background
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