Great Barrier Island Escape

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From $2,395 per person

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Friday 31 March – Monday 03 April 2023 (4 Days)

Journey to one of the most unspoiled places you will ever find; Aotea, Great Barrier Island. Be transported back in time to this authentic and unique place as we tour at a relaxed pace, experiencing the islands’ unique character and pristine environment. While on the island we cruise around the islands stunning Broken Isles and spend a night gazing at the stars – a truly unforgettable experience.

Day 1              Friday 31 March 2023
Our tour starts today travelling from Hamilton to Auckland by coach for a scenic 30-minute flight to Great Barrier Island, with our flight departing Auckland at 3.00pm. We fly into Claris where we are met by our Leisure Time Travel driver-guide and head off to begin our exploration of Great Barrier Island.  We take a stroll along Medlands Beach and explore the Tryphena area before checking in to our accommodation. Sunset Waterfront Lodge is located near the water's edge in Tryphena and is a fantastic base from which to explore the beauty of Great Barrier Island. It's also the perfect spot to relax and watch the famous Tryphena sunsets. Tonight, we enjoy dinner at Shoal Bay Estate.
Accommodation: Sunset Waterfront Lodge, Great Barrier Island - 3 nights

Day 2              Saturday 01 April 2023
After breakfast this morning we travel to Whangaparapara Wharf to board the ‘Sundancer’ for our private spectacular coastal cruise. Our driver introduces us to our skipper who will look after us on the cruise. We look at the old Kauri Sawmill and Whaling Station sites before heading up the west coast and through the spectacular Broken Isles. Once through the Man O’War Passage enjoy a scrumptious on-board lunch in the sheltered waters of the beautiful Port FitzRoy Harbour. After lunch, we disembark Sundancer at the Glenfern Sanctuary - FitzRoy House, where staff give us an informative presentation explaining what they are doing at the sanctuary regarding pest control, native plants and bird reintroduction. Fitzroy House sits on the waters edge and is home for kaka parrots, wood pigeons, banded rail and much more. After the presentation, we are transferred to Sunset Rock for an amazing panoramic view of Port Fitzroy Harbour and beyond. Our driver meets us here and we travel back down the east coast enjoying great views of Rakitu Island, The Windy Canyon and Pacific Ocean Panoramas. Stopping at Awana, take an optional walk along this spectacular east coast surf beach. Tonight we enjoy dinner at Tipi & Bob’s Restaurant. Following dinner, we enjoy a tour highlight – Stargazing on Great Barrier Island! Our friendly local guide entertains us with interesting facts and fascinating stories about the stars. Lean back in a comfy moon chair, hear the waves lap against the shore, look up and see the thousands of stars visible in the Dark Sky Sanctuary. We take a closer look at the Milky Way, maybe see a planet or the crescent moon, or even spot a satellite, a meteor or a distant galaxy. Excursion subject to suitable weather.

Day 3              Sunday 02 April 2023
We enjoy a leisurely morning at our lodge after our late-night. Perhaps sit back and relax enjoying the sea views or take a stroll along the beach. In the late morning, we head for an easy 10-minute bush-walk to explore a stunning ‘Great Barrier Island Nikau Palm’ grove. We stop in at Claris on our way through to purchase some lunch to eat later today (own cost). We call into Okupu Beach to check out the ancient Pohutukawa trees and tour around to the ‘Forgotten Wharf’ at Blind Bay, a very scenic route with lovely old stone bridges and deep gullied streams. We enjoy lunch on the shores of the beach before travelling to Jacques Haven; birds, bees, flowers & trees and yummy honey tasting. We take a scenic drive up to Awana Bay and Kaitoke Beach before retracing our steps back to Tryphena. Tonight, we enjoy a farewell dinner at the Currach Irish Pub.

Day 4              Monday 03 April 2023  
Today we visit the famous ‘Milk, Honey & Grain Museum & the Community Arts Village’ in Claris. A Great Barrier Island local shares his passion for Great Barrier Island’s incredible history which is generously displayed at his quaint and quirky museum, situated on the main road into Claris. We also visit the Pigeon Post for gifts/souvenirs and there will be time to purchase an early lunch at My Fat Puku Café (own cost) before our tour concludes with a flight from Great Barrier Island to Auckland, arriving back in Auckland at 1.30pm. Onward travel for those that started their journey in Hamilton.

Sunset Lodge Great Barrier

Sunset Waterfront Lodge

Located right on the water’s edge at Tryphena, Sunset Waterfront Lodge is the perfect gateway to the beautiful beaches and native bush. The lodges Villa’s and Studio have stunning views of the water and native bush and are all fully-contained. Just a short walk across the lawn, enjoy the unique views from Great Barrier Island.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - refer to further information available here
  • Auckland – Great Barrier Island return flights with Barrier Air
  • 3 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 - 3x breakfasts, 1x lunch, 3x dinners
  • Admission to Milk, Honey & Grain Museum
  • Sundancer Coastal Cruise – exclusive charter
  • Admission to Glenfern Sanctuary - FitzRoy House
  • Stargazing Experience
  • Visit to Jacques Haven
  • Return flights to Great Barrier Island with Barrier Air

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Twin/Double Share: $2,395.00
Single Supplement: $400.00
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 17 February 2023

Early Bird Offer Book and pay in full by Thursday 01 December 2022 and receive $100.00 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? No

There is no Guaranteed Twin Share on this tour. 

What fitness level is required for this tour? MODERATE 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? 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….
Valid from 1 June 2022
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.

*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 Time Travel 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 accommodation arrangement.
*NOT applicable to all tours, please refer to the individual tour brochure to confirm whether this arrangement is available.

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 and staff on tour, any passengers showing symptoms of illness (such as fever, coughing or difficulty breathing) will not be accepted onboard the coach unless they can provide a negative Covid-19 test result received within the past 24 hours. Should any passenger start to feel unwell on arrival or while on tour, they must immediately advise their Tour Manager and may be required to visit a medical practitioner/medical centre/hospital. To continue the tour the passenger must provide a negative Covid-19 test and be deemed fit and well to participate fully on a coach tour. 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, 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.

Force Majeure
You agree that we have no liability to you and will not pay any compensation to you where the performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by circumstances amounting to “force majeure”. In these terms, ‘force majeure’ means any event that has an impact on your Packaged Tour which we or the other operator (where relevant) could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, pilferage, epidemics, pandemics, forced quarantine, medical or customs regulations, riot, fire, storm, flood, explosion, compliance with any law or government restraint order, rule regulation, strikes, lock outs, or any other cause not reasonably within the control of our control. We reserve the right to cancel, amend or reschedule your Packaged Tour during or following any force majeure and if we do so you agree that we will have no liability to you for any direct or indirect consequences of the cancellation, amendment or rescheduling.

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 can assist with a no-obligation insurance quotation – ask us for a quote today, or you may opt to arrange your own travel insurance.

Although every effort is made to handle guests’ luggage carefully, we cannot be responsible, assume liability or accept claims for loss or damage to luggage and personal effects due to breakage, theft, or fair wear and tear through hotel, airline and group carrier handling. Therefore, it is important for protection that passengers make certain they have adequate travel insurance to cover these eventualities.

Our Responsibilities
We are responsible for booking and packaging goods and services provided by other operators (“other operators”) such as hotels, attractions, and transportation companies to create your Packaged Tour. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with the terms that will apply to those goods and services. We are not responsible and have no liability to you for the terms of other operators or for any loss, damage, omission or acts, negligent or otherwise, committed by those other operators.

Your Responsibilities
You agree to behave reasonably throughout your Packaged Tour and not to be a nuisance to other passengers. You agree to comply with these terms and the terms that apply to any goods or services supplied to you by other operators. You also agree to comply with our reasonable requests and the requests of other operators. You indemnify us for any liability, costs, damages or other expenses we suffer or incur as a direct or indirect consequence of your behaviour while part of your Packaged Tour.

Seat Changes
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.

Removal From Your Packaged Tour
For the well-being of all passengers on your Packaged Tour, we reserve the right to remove you from your Packaged Tour and cancel your booking with us if you breach any of your obligations under these terms provided that, except in the case of a serious breach (as determined by us) we will give you notice of the breach and a reasonable opportunity (which will be no more than 2 days) to remedy the breach before exercising our cancellation right. In the case of a serious breach, we can exclude you from your Packaged Tour and cancel your booking by immediate verbal or written notice to you. In the event of such cancellation, you will be responsible, at your cost, for arranging any accommodation, travel costs and other matters required as a direct or indirect consequence of the cancellation.

New Zealand Cancellation Policy
Note – These cancellation terms are for standard domestic tours which excludes overnight boat stays
If you cancel your booking:
· 42+ days prior to tour commencement, loss of the non-refundable deposit
· 30 to 41 days prior to tour commencement; your cancellation charge is 50% of the full holiday price (50% refund); plus, any applicable supplier cancellation fees
· 30 days prior to tour commencement your cancellation charge will be 100% of the full holiday price (no refund)
No refunds will be given on any unused portions of any itinerary. The exception is when a sightseeing service has been cancelled by the service operator due to weather conditions/safety concerns etc. and only when the operator authorises a refund. Any such refunds will be processed through your travel agent.

Please Note: Any applicable airline content does not apply to the above refunds – Please refer to your airline for their specific cancellation/refund policies.

Great Barrier Island May

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