Hauraki Gulf Island Hopper

From $4,290 per person

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Thursday 02 – Tuesday 07 March 2023 (6 Days)

With over a million hectares of sparkling blue waters dotted with emerald islands, the Hauraki Gulf offers an exceptional opportunity to ‘island hop’. Based in Auckland for five nights we cruise to different islands, each with their own special flavour, including Waiheke Island, Rangitoto, Tiritiri Matangi and Kawau Island. Participating in a range of activities, including a special scenic flight, this tour is a truly magical experience!

Day 1              Thursday 02 March 2023
JOURNEY TO AUCKLAND          (D)
Arriving in Auckland City, what better way to start our explorations of the islands of the Hauraki Gulf than with a flight giving us a special perspective from the air. Our 45-minute scenic flight will showcase some of New Zealand’s top island paradises while we learn more about the history of the Auckland region and soak in the magical views of Rangitoto, Motutapu and Waiheke Island.  This evening we dine at a local waterfront restaurant just a short stroll from our hotel.
Accommodation: MSocial Hotel, Auckland – 5 nights

Day 2              Friday 03 March 2023
WAIHEKE ISLAND DAY TRIP          (BL)
Today we discover Waiheke Island. With pristine beaches, world class wines, and fantastic cuisine, it’s easy to see why Waiheke Island is considered the jewel in the Hauraki Gulf’s crown. Taking a ferry to the Island we are met by our local guide at Matiatia Wharf to commence a privately guided tour of Waiheke Island. On the way, stunning scenery is around every corner, and we’ll be entertained by our guide’s commentary on the history, geography, culture, people and produce of Waiheke. First, we travel to the Eastern End to the recently reopened Stony Batter Tunnels. Enjoy a 60-minute guided walk through the 1.2 km network of tunnels with stories about their purpose and construction. Stony Batter features gun sites and other impressive remains that date back to World War II. After our exploring, we enjoy a wine tasting and a 2-course lunch before returning to Auckland City by ferry in the late afternoon. Take the opportunity to experience local dining tonight for dinner.

Day 3             Saturday 04 March 2023
RANGITOTO ISLAND DAY TRIP          (BLD)
This morning we board the ferry and travel across the Waitemata Harbour to Rangitoto Island, an extinct volcano. Rangitoto Island is the youngest of 60 volcanoes that dynamically formed the Auckland isthmus some 50,000 years ago. Formed from volcanic lava, it also features intriguing tunnels and is covered with a blanket of indigenous vegetation, including manuka and pohutukawa. The 7km walk on well-formed paths through lava fields and the largest pōhutukawa forest in the world, is well worth it for the panoramic view from the summit. We enjoy a picnic lunch on this ancient volcano before returning to Auckland City in the early afternoon. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure before we enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Day 4             Sunday 05 March 2023
TIRITIRI MATANGI DAY TRIP          (BLD)
Back aboard the ferry this morning, we travel to Tiritiri Matangi for a guided day excursion. From the moment you step onto the island to the moment you leave; you will be entranced by the serenade of gentle birdsong and the lush native bush. It has been revegetated with around 300,000 native trees and a number of New Zealand’s endangered birds and reptile species have been re-introduced gradually. A specialist guide will introduce us to the island with a 90-minute guided walk with ample opportunity to spot these little creatures. After the guided walk there will be plenty of leisure time to further explore the island and to enjoy a picnic lunch. We return to Auckland City after our adventures and dine at a local restaurant for dinner.

Day 5              Monday 06 March 2023
KAWAU ISLAND DAY TRIP          (BLD)
Leaving Auckland City this morning, we make our way to Sandspit to join the Royal Mail Run Cruise. This is the largest mail run by water in the Southern Hemisphere and is a delightfully relaxing way to learn about the history and admire the natural beauty of Kawau Island. Cruise the beautiful bays, gaining a rare glimpse into life on an island that has no roads, taking in the uninterrupted 180-degree views of this scenic wonderland and historic landmarks. While we cruise along, the experienced and informative skipper guides us around over 75 different wharves delivering freight and mail to the island residents and also serves a traditional kiwi BBQ lunch aboard the boat. Afterwards, we will have time in Matakana before returning back to Auckland. Dinner tonight at the hotel restaurant.

Day 6              Tuesday 07 March 2023
JOURNEY FROM AUCKLAND          (B)
This morning we will embark on a sightseeing tour of central Auckland City.  Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial provide panoramic views of the city and the Hauraki Gulf including the distinctive symmetrical cone of Rangitoto. Explore the vibrant Mission Bay and spend some time in the trendy shopping area of Parnell Village. After our final explorations of Auckland City we depart for Hamilton.
(Today will be a backup day if our scenic flight cannot go ahead on the first day due to poor weather).

Please note – Rangitoto Island Summit - The track features a gentle incline and takes about an hour to reach the top. A reasonable amount of fitness is required to enjoy Tiritiri Matangi.

MSocial Auckland

M Social Auckland

A contemporary hotel for those after new experiences, this hotel looks over the vibrant Princes Wharf in the heart of Auckland City with an amazing array of dining, entertainment and shopping experiences right on your doorstep.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas – refer to flyer for further information
  • 5 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 – 5x breakfasts, 4x lunches, 4x dinners
  • 45-minute scenic flight over some of Auckland’s best Islands
  • Day excursion to Waiheke Island
  • Day excursion to Rangitoto Island
  • Day excursion to Tiritiri Matangi Island
  • Kawau Island Royal Mail Cruise

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Non Member Guaranteed Twin Share Cost: $4,290.00
Single Supplement: $1,125.00
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 Thursday 19 January 2023

Early Bird Offer Book and pay in full by Thursday 02 November 2022 and receive $150.00 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? 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.

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 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.

Luggage
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.

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