Focus on Fiordland Tour

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From $3,220 per person

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Sunday 27 March – ​Friday 01 April 2022 (6 Days)

 

Experience the enchanting landscapes of Fiordland, the most southwestern corner of our country.  Encompassing two of the fiords, this tour will experience the pure and remote Doubtful Sound and tick off the bucket list when you overnight on the beautiful Milford Sound. Waking onboard to the sun rising over the dramatic vistas of Milford Sound is an experience that you’ll never forget!

 

Day 1          Sunday 27 March 2022
ARRIVE QUEENSTOWN          (D)
This morning we are transferred to Auckland Airport for our flight to Queenstown. On arrival in Queenstown, we will have a brief orientation tour before arriving at our accommodation.  Tonight, we cruise across Lake Wakatipu on board the coal fired vintage steamer TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Station for a delicious BBQ buffet dinner enjoyed at the Colonel’s Homestead.  On the return journey join a sing-along with the ship’s pianist then return to Steamer Wharf.
Accommodation: Copthorne Lakefront Hotel, Queenstown – 1 night

Day 2           Monday 28 March 2022
QUEENSTOWN – TE ANAU          (BD)
Travel around Lake Wakatipu through to Te Anau - gateway to the Fiordland National Park the closest town to Milford Sound. Located on the shores of Lake Te Anau and bordering Fiordland National Park, Te Anau township is an attractive town that is a destination as well as a base for trampers and visitors to the Fiordland National Park.  On arrival we have time for lunch (own cost) within the Te Anau village before departing on a cruise across Lake Te Anau to the Te Anau-au Caves.  Experienced guides take visitors into the caves by path and small boats underground.  Highlights include incredible limestone caverns, whirlpools, waterfalls and the glowworm grotto.  On conclusion of tour, return to Te Anau by launch.
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau – 2 nights

Day 3          Tuesday 29 March 2022
DOUBTFUL SOUND DAY CRUISE          (BD)
Depart Te Anau early and drive through rolling countryside to Pearl Harbour at Manapouri.  From here cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri to West Arm, then travel by coach over Wilmot Pass through dense rainforest.  There are opportunities along the way to examine the plant life and view the spectacular scenery.  Once at Deep Cove at Doubtful Sound, board the comfortable catamaran, for a three-hour cruise of this remote and pristine fiord.  Wonder at the magnificent surroundings of rainforest and towering mountains with cascading waterfalls and watch for the resident pod of bottlenose dolphins and the fur seals which like to bask on the rocks.  On the return journey back to Deep Cove, the vessel’s engines are turned off so visitors can experience ‘the Sound of Silence’.  This afternoon we retrace our steps back to Manapouri and back to our accommodation in Te Anau.

Day 4           Wednesday 30 March 2022
OVERNIGHT MILFORD SOUND CRUISE          (BD)
This morning after breakfast we enjoy the thrill of jet boating down the majestic trout filled Waiau River, to the serene Lake Manapouri, to learn all about this unique location among the Fiordland National Park.  Get a taste of adventure as you explore the ancient surrounds with your jetboat guide. Learn about the unique flora and fauna of the area. Step back in time as you experience prehistoric crown ferns and ancient, native beech forest! Learn about indigenous Māori culture and the early pioneers of European history in New Zealand.   This afternoon travel into Fiordland National Park and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Eglinton Valley formed by an ancient glacier. View rivers, lakes, tussock flats, beech forests and everywhere precipitous mountains surround the traveller.  Pass by the Hollyford Valley then the road climbs to the Homer Tunnel hewn out of a solid rock wall.  Drive through the tunnel and out into the Cleddau Valley that descends to majestic Milford Sound.   There are magnificent snow capped peaks to be viewed en route to Milford Sound.  Later this afternoon we board the Milford Mariner for an overnight cruise.  Designed along the lines of a traditional New Zealand coastal trading scow to reflect the heritage of the Fiordland area, the Milford Mariner caters for visitors who enjoy comfort, combined with activity.  The vessel has been purpose built to accommodate passengers in private cabins with en-suite bathrooms while onboard.  Cruise the length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea.  The vessel explores points of interest, with plenty of time available to view waterfalls, rainforest, mountains, and wildlife with the experienced nature guide on board.  The vessel returns to and anchors overnight in sheltered Harrison Cove.  Conditions permitting you will have the opportunity to explore the shoreline by kayak or by tendercraft.  Dinner and breakfast tomorrow served on-board.
Accommodation: Milford Mariner – 1 night

Day 5          Thursday 31 March 2022
MILFORD SOUND – QUEENSTOWN           (B)
After breakfast today our boat cruises back to the Milford Sound Marina and we commence our return journey to Queenstown.  There is an option to fly back to Queenstown for an extra cost otherwise we retrace our journey by coach back to Queenstown via Te Anau.   Following check in the rest of the evening is at your leisure for you to explore the local restaurants, cafes and bars.
Accommodation: Copthorne Lakefront Hotel – 1 night

Day 6          Friday 01 April 2022
DEPART QUEENSTOWN          (B)      
After breakfast this morning we say farewell to Queenstown as our tour concludes with our flight from Queenstown to Auckland.

Please note – the Milford Mariner has steep stairs and is not suitable for wheelchair passengers or those with very limited mobility.  

Copthorne Lakefront Hotel Queenstown

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront

The Hotel blends superior facilities and comfort with friendly personal service. The property offers a relaxing atmosphere combined with stunning panoramic lake and mountain views, situated within a tranquil garden setting. With 240 guest rooms, including six suites and over 80 rooms that have views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable mountain range. The hotel is within walking distance of Queenstown central shopping and entertainment area.

Distinction Hotel Luxmore Te Anau Front Exterior

Distinction Luxmore

Distinction Luxmore Hotel, conveniently located in the town centre and close to many attractions and activities the area has to offer. With 180 guest rooms all offering comfortable and luxurious stays, complete with all the in-room amenities a guest could need and access to the hotel's wider facilities.

Milford Mariner on the Milford Sound

Milford Mariner

Designed along the lines of a traditional New Zealand coastal trading scow to reflect the heritage of the Fiordland area, the Milford Mariner caters for visitors who enjoy comfort, combined with activity.  The vessel has been purpose built to accommodate passengers in private cabins with en-suite bathrooms.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - further information available here
  • 5 nights accommodation, twin/double rooms, (single rooms available with surcharge) including 1 night on overnight boat Milford Mariner, all with private facilities.
  • Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
  • Auckland to Queenstown return flights with Air New Zealand - other ports on application, price on application
  • 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 4 dinners included
  • TSS Earnslaw cruise and BBQ dinner at Colonel's Homestead
  • Guided tour of Te Anau Glowworm Caves
  • Milford Sound day cruise
  • Doubtful Sound overnight cruise
  • Jet boat ride with Fiordland Jet

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Club Member Twin/Double Share Cost:$3,190.00
Non Member Twin/Double Share Cost:$3,220.00
Single Supplement:$890.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking$1000.00

Full balance of tour payment due by Friday 10 December 2021

 

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? 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
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? NO

Roadside morning teas are not included on this tour.

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.

Recommend take comfortable shoes, change of clothes, warm clothing, waterproof jacket, insect repellent and swimwear (optional) for the Milford Mariner overnight cruise.  Please pack a light overnight bag for the overnight on the Milford Mariner.  Large suitcases are not suitable for safety reasons.  

Terms & Conditions….
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.

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. Please note – the Fiordland Navigator has steep stairs and is not suitable for wheelchair passengers or those with very limited mobility.

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 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:

  • 65+ days prior to tour commencement, loss of non-refundable deposit
  • 64-31 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.

Focus on Fiordland Tour Map

Milford Mariner on the Milford Sound
Boat cruising along on the Doubtful Sound
Couple walking on shore with TSS Earnslaw on water
Family looking at Glowworms in the Te Anau-au Caves
Eglinton Valley
Fiordland Jet going down Waiau River towards Lake Manapouri
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