Explore the Bridge to Nowhere

active - twin share - small group

From $1,630 per person

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Friday 11 – Sunday 13 November 2022 (3 Days)

Travel with us to the heart of the Whanganui National Park and explore the historic Bridge to Nowhere! Enjoy a scenic jet boat ride up the Whanganui River and an easy bush walk to the abandoned bridge, learning the tales of the area and its people. We also take a thrilling ride on the SkyWaka Gondola at Whakapapa and enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Taupo.  

Day 1              Friday 11 November 2022
Our tour starts today with a scenic drive through the Waikato farmlands and the rural towns of the King Country.  We begin our tour with a real treat when we stop at Ruapehu to take a ride on New Zealand's largest and most technically advanced gondola, Whakapapa's Sky Waka. This spectacular ride takes us over striking volcanic terrain with views across the Tongariro National Park. We will have time to enjoy the views while we have some afternoon tea at the café (own cost). Descending back down the Sky Waka Gondola, we travel to the ‘Carrot Capital’ of New Zealand, Ohakune. This will be our base for the next two nights and we will enjoy dinner at our hotel getting know each other.
Accommodation: The Powderhorn Chateau, Ohakune – 2 nights

Day 2              Saturday 12 November 2022  
After breakfast this morning, we travel to the tiny riverside settlement of Pipiriki, the southern gateway to the Whanganui National Park. Here we will experience the feature of our tour, the Bridge to Nowhere. We begin our adventure by travelling by jet boat 30-kilometres upstream into the middle reaches of the Whanganui River. Pristine native bush cloaks the banks and deep gorges showcase unique and amazing scenery. Journeying down this hidden treasure trove, we uncover the world-famous Drop Scene, the Dress Circle and the ancient pegs used by river boat crews to help them negotiate these waters over 100-years ago. Diving deeper into this wilderness area, we arrive at the Mangapurua Landing. Exploring through the surrounding bush on an easy 40 minute walk, we arrive at the historic “Bridge to Nowhere” – gateway to the “Valley of Abandoned Dreams”. We enjoy a picnic lunch at the Bridge where we learn the tales of the historic Mangapurua Valley and its pioneering people. Retracing our steps, we return to the boat and travel down the river to Pipiriki completing this unique experience. Returning back to Ohakune, we enjoy dinner tonight at our accommodation.
Please ensure you bring a backpack with you for today’s excursion.

Day 3              Sunday 13 November 2022  
Starting our journey home today, we travel via Taupo. On arrival, we enjoy a scenic boat cruise on Lake Taupo. A full commentary is given on the history of Lake Taupo as we cruise out of the Taupo marina. Take in the picturesque views of secluded bays and the mountain peaks of Tongariro National Park as we cruise to view the historic Māori Rock Carvings in Whakaipo Bay. Returning to the marina, we head into town to purchase lunch (own cost) before leaving Taupo behind and travelling back to Hamilton, arriving in the mid-afternoon.

Please note – A reasonable level of fitness is required to enjoy the Bridge to Nowhere Tour. Not suitable for those with walkers.TBC

Powderhorn Chateau

Powderhorn Chateau

Fantastic retreat in all seasons, this Chateau is only a two-minute walk away to the Tongariro National Park and is hard to match for its location and facilities, the perfect location for any type of getaway.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas – refer to flyer for further information
  • 2 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), Lunches (L), Dinners (D) where indicated on your daily itinerary – 2x breakfasts, 1x lunch, 2x dinners
  • Roadside Morning Teas – where possible
  • Return ride on SkyWaka
  • Bridge to Nowhere Tour
  • Scenic Lake Cruise with Chris Jolly Outdoors

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Guaranteed Twin Share Cost: $1,630.00
Single Supplement: $260.00
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 Friday 30 September 2022

Early Bird Offer Book and pay in full by Thursday 14 July 2022 and receive $75.00 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? ACTIVE 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 6 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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