Hawkes Bay Historic Homes

Easy Twin Share

From $2,075 per person

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Tuesday 01 – Saturday 05 November 2022 (5 Days)

The Hawkes Bay is home to a wide variety of houses built during 1870 -1914. This tour gives an excellent chance to experience first-hand, the story of New Zealand’s formative years by visiting these beautiful houses – many of which are still in the hands of the original families. We also take a guided Art Deco walking tour exploring Napier and enjoy dinner at Mission Estate Winery.

Day 1              Tuesday 01 November 2022
We begin our first morning touring the rich Waikato countryside as we travel to Taupo, where we have the opportunity to find some lunch (own cost). After lunch, we depart Taupo and travel across the Rangitaiki Plains to Hawke's Bay, and the seaside city of Napier. Napier was devastated by an earthquake in 1931 and was rebuilt during a period when Art Deco architecture was fashionable. The area is also one of New Zealand’s top grape growing regions with some of the country’s best-known wines coming from the Hawke’s Bay. On arrival, we enjoy an orientation tour of the city before making our way to our hotel. Tonight, we enjoy a group dinner at our hotel.
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Napier – 4 nights

Day 2              Wednesday 02 November 2022  
Today we travel to Havelock North where we meet with our local guide who takes us on a guided tour of some of Hawkes Bay’s historic homes.  This is an excellent chance to experience first-hand, the story of New Zealand’s formative years by visiting beautiful houses – many of which are still in the hands of the families they were built for and are seldom opened to the public, so it is a rare opportunity to view these pieces of history. The properties we visit were built in the 1870 – 1914 period built by nationally known architects such as Chapman-Taylor, Gummer, Natusch, and Tringham to name a few and have survived in rural New Zealand where their urban counterparts have not feared so well. We retrace our steps back to Napier in the late afternoon and dine tonight at the hotel.

Day 3              Thursday 03 November 2022  
Today we are re-joined by our guide to continue our tour of Hawkes Bay’s historic homes. We arrive back in Napier in the early afternoon, where the remainder of the day is at leisure. Tonight you can choose to dine at leisure from a variety of local restaurants and bars. After dinner you may wish to have a soak in the Ocean Spa, located a short walk from the hotel (own cost).

Day 4              Friday 04 November 2022  
NAPIER          (BD)
This morning we take a 1-hour guided Art Deco Walking Tour around Napier City. We take an entertaining look at the unique 1930s architecture as we wander through the streets with our local guide. En-route learn about the 1931 earthquake that destroyed the city, hear about the people that led the rebuild, and discover the unique Art Deco style of this unique city. We also get to discover the interiors of a selection of stunning Art Deco buildings not usually accessible to the public. We will view design details from the Art Deco era in windows, doors and stair banisters. Tonight we travel out to Mission Estate Winery for a delicious dinner. The restaurant is located in an historic building overlooking Napier and Hawkes Bay that was built in 1880. It was known as La Grande Maison or the "big house" and became the home for the early French Marists for three decades.

Day 5              Saturday 05 November 2022  
Today we depart Napier and travel through the Esk Valley and over the Kaimanawa Ranges to Taupo, where we have time available to browse the local town centre and purchase lunch. After our stop we continue north on State Highway 1 through the timber towns of Tokoroa and Putaruru, driving across the farmlands of the Waikato to arrive in Hamilton.

Scenic Te Pania Napier

Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Scenic Hotel Te Pania is located in a waterfront location on Marine Parade, this convenient and central location means many of the area's best local attractions are within a few minutes walk. Guests are invited to enjoy quality four star hotel accommodation of an international standard. With 109 guest rooms and suites all facing out to the bay with floor to ceiling windows that can slide open to fill the room with fresh ocean air.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - refer to further information available here
  • 4 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), Dinners (D) where indicated on your daily itinerary - 4x breakfasts, 3x dinners
  • Roadside Morning Teas – where possible
  • Visits to Hawkes Bay Historic Homes with local guide/historian
  • 1-hour guided Art Deco Walking Tour
  • Dinner at Mission Estate Winery

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Twin/Double Share: $2,075.00
Single Supplement: $370.00
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 Tuesday 20 September 2022

Early Bird Offer Book and pay in full by Monday 04 July 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? 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 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.

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