Heart of the South Cycling Tour

From $4,230 per person

Friday 29 January – ​Thursday 4 February 2021 (7 days)

Experience four different trails on this South Island cycling tour – the Queenstown Trail, Around the Mountains, Roxburgh Gorge and Alps 2 Ocean trail. Take in the fresh crisp mountain air as you cycle through gorges, tussock high country, and alongside the beautiful Lake Pukaki.

 

Day 1          Friday 29 January 2021
ARRIVE FROM QUEENSTOWN          (D)
Today we fly from Auckland to Queenstown. On arrival in Queenstown we are transferred to our hotel where we will stay for the next three nights. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner with your group at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel, Queenstown - 3 Nights

Day 2          Saturday 30 January 2021
QUEENSTOWN TRAIL (22.6kms)          (B)
Today you will be transferred by coach to Arrowtown to ride the Gibbston River Ride, on arrival you will be collect your bikes and head depart riding this track unguided.  Crossing five bridges, you’ll zig-zag the chortling Arrow, a river of many moods, sometimes tranquil, often rushing over rocks and bluffs, then widening to limpid pools. There’s no shortage of photo ops and picnic spots along the river’s edge, so take your time and enjoy the journey. One of the most popular photo stops is midway across the awe-inspiring Southern Discoveries suspension bridge. A destination in itself and what a view! Across the bridge, you’ll ride past quaint cottages and grazing horses down Whitechapel country lane – a landscape painting straight out of a picture book! Stop at the Knights Family Underbridge and take in spectacular downstream view of where the Arrow River drops into the gorge. Getting across busy State Highway 6 is a piece of cake via the Barfoot Tunnel - and onto a part of the trail which follows the original goldminers’ road into Queenstown. Breathe in the thyme-scented mountain air as you make your way over the historic Kawarau Bridge; home of A J Hackett’s Bungy site, the world’s first bungy operation. Here you will be met by your shuttle back to Queenstown.  Stop at a local winery on the way back to town for some time to relax and purchase lunch (own cost). Remainder on your day is at leisure in Queenstown.

Day 3          Sunday 31 January 2021
AROUND THE MOUNTAINS TRAIL 
(Mavora Lakes – Walter Peak - 50kms)           (BL)
This morning you will be collected from your accommodation by shuttle bus and transferred with your bikes to Mavora Lakes. Depart Mavora Lakes for Walter Peak. Along your way you will cycle along a quiet country road through beautiful tussock high country and enjoy stunning views of the Von River, surrounding mountains and Mount Earnslaw at the head of Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy a packed lunch along the way. On arrival to Walter Peak station, board the coal fired 1912 vintage steamer TSS Earnslaw to cruise back across the lake to Queenstown.

Day 4          Monday 1 February 2021
QUEENSTOWN - ROXBURGH GORGE TRAIL - ALEXANDRA         (BLD)
This morning depart the hotel early through the Kawarau Gorge to Clyde. Your adventure starts at 9:00am at the Trail Journeys Depot in Clyde where our staff will brief you on your tour and fit your bikes, before boarding the shuttle to the lookout at Roxburgh Hydro Dam. From here, the cycle ride back to Clyde begins, taking you through the stunning Roxburgh Gorge to the Shingle Creek boat ramp. Here a local boat operator will meet and transfer you Doctors Point, and along the way, there is the chance to take in the stunning scenery and listen to an informative, historical commentary. At Doctors Point, the trail continues to Alexandra where there is the choice of two routes. You can cycle over the Clutha River / Mata Au, through the town and connect with the Rail Trail to return to our depot, or take the scenic River Track and ride through Clyde township back to our depot - this is approximately 8kms longer. Packed lunch is included. Afterwards, we depart for our overnight stay in Alexandra. Dinner is included at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Avenue Motel, Alexandra

Day 5          Tuesday 2 February 2021
ALEXANDRA - MOUNT COOK - TWIZEL         (BD)
This morning depart Alexandra and travel North to the Mackenzie Country. Today is a leisurely day as we head into Mount Cook Village. On arrival to the village the remainder of your day is at leisure. You may wish to join an alpine guided walk, take a small boat trip on the Tasman Glacier lake to see this river of ice from close-up, visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre where you can learn about the history of the area, visit the planetarium and view the 3-D movie of the birth of Mount Cook through to modern day, take a scenic flight by ski-plane or helicopter over the area with a snow landing (weather permitting), join a 4WD tour of the area or in the evening join a night sky tour to see the Southern Sky and its constellations – the air here is said to be some of the clearest in the world (activities available at extra cost).  Dinner is included in the hotel restaurant.
Accommodation: Mackenzie Country Inn, Twizel

Day 6          Wednesday 3 February 2021
MOUNT COOK/ALPS 2 OCEAN TRAIL (24KM) - ASHBURTON          (B)
This morning, transfer to Twizel where you will start a section of the Alps 2 Ocean Trail.  Depart Twizel and follow the trail across the Pukaki Flats, cross the highway and follow the trail along the Lake Pukaki shoreline. Enjoy outstanding vistas across Lake Pukaki towards the Southern Alps. Continue along the trail until you reach the Tekapo B Power Station. Here we board our coach and carry on to Lake Tekapo. Time here for some lunch – own cost. See the Quaint Church of the Good Shepherd. This afternoon; continue on to our overnight stop in Ashburton.
Accommodation: Hotel Ashburton

Day 7          Thursday 4 February 2021
ASHBURTON - CHRISTCHURCH          (B)
This morning depart Ashburton and travel north along the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. On arrival into Christchurch, you will transferred to the Christchurch Domestic Airport for our flight back to Auckland.

Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Heartland Hotel has a distinctive design and is close to all the action in the bustling resort town. With amazing views to the mountain and Lake Wakatipu you can still feel cozy and tucked away in the A-Line style chalets in the hills. There are a total of 81 rooms at Heartland Hotel , comprising of Chalet Rooms, Family Rooms, Standard Rooms and Superior rooms. The Hillside Brasserie is open for buffet breakfast and is open for an a la carte dinner from 5pm until 10pm every day.

Avenue Motel Alexandra

ASURE Avenue Motel has a 4 Star Plus rating and are proud to offer 15 high-quality units. All self-contained with fully equipped kitchen, microwave, ensuite with shower, under floor heating in bathroom, hair dryer, super-king size beds (single beds also avail), phone, broadband internet, Sky TV, DVD, elec blankets, heat pumps in all units, iron/ironing board, double glazing.

Mackenzie Country Inn

Located in heart of the Mackenzie region, a unique area of New Zealand' South Island. Featuring natural stonework, the architecture beautifully reflects and compliments the mountains and riverbeds of the surrounding landscape. There are 108 comfortably furnished guest rooms, all with shower over bath ensuites and private balconies/patios from which to admire the glorious mountain views. The hotel also features its own restaurant, bar and modern conference facilities. 

Hotel Ashburton

Set amidst 4 hectares of landscaped gardens, Hotel Ashburton offers a seasonal outdoor pool and a restaurant. It is next to Ashburton Racecourse and a 5-minute drive from Ashburton Town Centre. The heated guest rooms are fitted electric blankets, a fridge and ironing equipment. Each room offers a flat-screen TV with cable channels and some have a bathtub in the en suite bathroom.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - further information available here 
  • 6 nights accommodation with private en suite
  • Auckland to Queenstown and Christchurch to Auckland flight with Air New Zealand - other ports on application
  • Bike hire included for all trails
  • Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
  • 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners included
  • Cruise from Walter Peak Station to Queenstown on board TSS Earnslaw

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Club Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost: $4,200.00
Non Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost: $4,230.00
Single Supplement: $500.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking $200.00

Full balance of tour payment due by Friday 18 December 2020

Book and pay in full by Thursday 1 October 2020 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? 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 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….
(Applicable for New Zealand Tours from 01 May 2020 - 30 September 2021)

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 Tours 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 Tours 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 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.

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 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.

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 Tours 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 Tours reserves the right to amend or reschedule the tour due the result of circumstances outside the company’s control. Leisure Time Tours 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 Tours strongly advises all passengers to purchase a travel insurance policy. An important part of planning the holiday is to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy as it may prevent passengers from spending extra money in case of an emergency and will help passengers feel protected during the holiday. We are agents for Cover More Travel Insurance. Ask us for a no obligation insurance quote today.

Land Component Cancellation Policy
By making a booking with us and paying your deposit you agree to pay us the full price for your booking.  If you cancel your booking:

  • 31+ days prior to tour commencement, loss of non-refundable deposit
  • 15-30 days prior to tour commencement your cancellation charge will be 60% of the holiday price (40% refund) plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees
  • 8-14 days prior to tour commencement your cancellation charge will be 80% of the holiday price (20% refund) plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees
  • 0-7 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.

If a passenger has been tested positive for COVID-19 directly prior to travel or while on holiday with us, then with supporting documentation provided to us (a positive COVID-19 test), 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.