Kaikoura Coast & Christchurch
From $3,080 per person
Friday 08 – Wednesday 13 April 2022 (6 Days)
Travelling aboard the Coastal Pacific we journey from Christchurch to Kaikoura; a magical world where mountains meet the sea. With two nights in Kaikoura we get out onto the Pacific Ocean for one of the ultimate marine experiences; whale watching. Heading back to Christchurch we stop off in Waipara to visit some wineries and on our last night enjoy a farewell dinner with a difference aboard the Tram Car Restaurant!
Day 1 Friday 08 April 2022
ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH (D)
Our tour commences today with a flight from Auckland to Christchurch. On arrival we are met and transferred to our Christchurch accommodation. Tonight dinner is served at our accommodation.
Accommodation: Heartland Cotswold Hotel, Christchurch
Day 2 Saturday 09 April 2022
CHRISTCHURCH – KAIKOURA (BD)
After breakfast at our accommodation we are transferred to the Christchurch Train Station to board the Coastal Pacific train journey to Kaikoura. With the Pacific Ocean lapping at its wheels and the Kaikoura Ranges rising majestically above, the Coastal Pacific is undoubtedly one of the world's most picturesque train journeys. From craggy coastal cliffs and rocky outcrops to modern vineyards and rustic farmsteads, the Coastal Pacific cruises through the full spectrum of New Zealand culture and character. Throw in a healthy dose of seals, seagulls, dolphins and the occasional whale, and the Coastal Pacific train easily ranks as one of best days out in New Zealand! We disembark the train on arrival in Kaikoura – an area well known for its abundant wildlife and its sperm whale population. Our tour continues northbound now by coach to Ohau Point Lookout to view the large seal colony, then retrace our steps back to Kaikoura for lunch – now when in Rome…. you have to try the local Kai (food) being the local Koura (crayfish) the famous local delicacy that the town was named after – for those keen to give it a try we will stop off at Nin’s Bin on the way back - that famous blue and white caravan on State Highway 1! After lunch we will travel out to Point Kean where close by, the rock platforms are another home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. Maybe take the coastal walk back into town from Point Kean, visit the Kaikoura Museum or some local shops. Dinner at a local restaurant this evening.
Accommodation: The White Morph Hotel, Kaikoura – 2 nights
Day 3 Sunday 10 April 2022
KAIKOURA WHALE WATCHING (B)
While in Kaikoura we enjoy breakfast at a local café, then head down to the Whale Way Station (not a spelling mistake) to join Whale Watch Kaikōura to visit an exciting up-close encounter with the world’s largest toothed predator, the Giant Sperm Whale, in their natural environment. These deep diving whales call Kaikōura’s waters home and are seen on whale watching tours all year round. Whilst out at the whale grounds, you may also have the chance to view other species of whales migrating through the area, such as Humpbacks, Orca and Blues, as well as dolphins, NZ Fur Seals and up to 75% of the world population of oceanic seabirds. Whilst on your tour, the guides give an informative narration on Kaikōura’s marine life, local whaling history and other interesting stories unique to the Kaikōura area. At the end of our whale watching experience we head back to our accommodation and the rest of the day and evening is at your leisure.
Day 4 Monday 11 April 2022
KAIKOURA – CHRISTCHURCH (BD)
Another relaxed start with our breakfast served at a local café before heading south back to Christchurch following the east coast, this time by road. We arrive in the Waipara Valley area in time for some tastings at local wineries before meandering back into Christchurch, our base for the next two nights. Dinner this evening at our hotel.
Accommodation: Heartland Cotswold Hotel, Christchurch – 2 nights
Day 5 Tuesday 12 April 2022
Following breakfast this morning we depart on a Christchurch tour with our first stop being the Air Force Museum of New Zealand – the national museum for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) and New Zealand military aviation, featuring an extensive collection including objects covering the early days of New Zealand military aviation both prior to World War One and during this major conflict; the interwar years which saw the formation of the RNZAF in 1937; New Zealanders who served with the Royal Air Force (RAF) and in other Allied air forces during World War Two; the RNZAF’s campaign in the Pacific, and the post-War period to the present day. The collection also includes objects from former enemy forces. From the Air Force Museum we change the pace enjoying a relaxing punt along the Avon River followed by some free time in the city centre to try out some of the new restaurants – we highly recommend a walk through the Riverside Market and try out one of the nearby restaurants. We will head back to our hotel to have time to freshen up before going back into town for our farewell dinner on board the Christchurch Tram. Sit back and enjoy the colonial style dining tram while being treated to the finest service, cuisine and beverages New Zealand has to offer.
Day 6 Wednesday 13 April 2022
DEPART CHRISTCHURCH (B)
After breakfast at our accommodation we are transferred to the Christchurch Airport to connect with our flight back to Auckland.
Heartland Hotel Cotswold
The Heartland Hotel Cotswold is situated on the edge of Christchurch's CBD, an easy stroll to shops, restaurants, bars and attractions the area has to offer. The Tudor-style architecture and classic charm are carried throughout the hotel with understated style, onsite facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, award-winning gardens and the Earl of Essex Bar. With 77 guest rooms all well equipped with the modern amenities a guest needs and access to the hotel's facilities.
The White Morph Hotel
Set on the Esplanade in Kaikoura, The White Morph Kaikoura enjoys views of the ocean and mountains and is only a 10 minute walk to the Kaikoura town centre.
- Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - further information available here
- 5 nights accommodation - twin/double rooms, all with private facilities (single rooms available with surcharge)
- Auckland - Christchurch return flights with Air New Zealand - other ports available, price on application
- Touring in modern air-conditioned vehicle
- Roadside Morning Teas – where possible
- 5 breakfasts and 4 dinners included
- Coastal Pacific train from Christchurch to Kaikoura
- Whale Watch Kaikoura
- Tastings at local wineries
- Admission to Air Force Museum of New Zealand
- Punting on the Avon
- Christchurch Tramway dinner
Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)
|Club Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:||$3,050.00|
|Non Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:||$3,080.00|
|Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking||$200.00|
Full balance of tour payment due by Friday 25 February 2022
Book and pay in full by Thursday 09 December 2021 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.
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
Is this tour a guaranteed departure? NO
This tour will be guaranteed once there are 10 passengers booked on the tour.
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.
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.
Are roadside morning teas included on this tour? 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.
Terms & Conditions….
Valid from 14 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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:
- 42+ days prior to tour commencement, loss of non-refundable deposit
- 30-41 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.