Kapiti Coast & Island Explorer

From $1,750 per person

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Friday 23 – Monday 26 September 2022 (4 Days)

Kapiti is one of New Zealand’s most valuable nature reserves and it is the only large island sanctuary for birds between the Hauraki Gulf in the north and New Zealand’s southern outlying islands.  On our Kapiti Island Tour we enjoy a cruise from Paraparaumu to Kapiti Island and a guided history and nature walk. We also visit Southwards Car Museum and Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary.


Day 1          Friday 23 September 2022
Travel via Taupo and through the Desert Road, which is a unique alpine semi-desert, with the forbidding appearance of a wild desolate wasteland. To the east it merges with the densely forested foothills of the Kaimanawa Ranges. To the west there is no horizon, as the landscape and sky are overwhelmed by the monumental outline of Mt. Ruapehu.  Continuing through the Desert Road our journey takes us onto Paraparaumu, an attractive place located on a reliable river, perfectly sheltered from the stormy west by a geological event that created Kapiti Island, and resting against the mountain range.  This evening we arrive at Paraparaumu and settle into our accommodation for the next two nights. Tonight, get to know your other travellers at a group dinner at a local restaurant in Paraparaumu.
Accommodation: Wrights by The Sea, Paraparaumu – 2 nights

Day 2          Saturday 24 September 2022
Cruise across from Paraparaumu Beach to Kapiti Island where after an introductory talk on the island’s unique inhabitants, flora and fauna, we take a guided nature and history walk on one of the various nature tracks.  Kapiti Island is home to an internationally famed nature reserve protecting some of the world's rarest and most endangered birds. The island is one of New Zealand's most valuable nature reserves being the only large island sanctuary for birds between the Hauraki Gulf in the north and the most southern outlying islands.  Along the flats you may find the cheeky Takahe, a flightless colourful green and blue bird with an impressive red beak and short stout legs.  This unique bird is the largest living member of the rail family and was once thought to be extinct.  After an enjoyable day on Kapiti Island, we cruise back to Paraparaumu. Dinner tonight is at your leisure.

Day 3           Sunday 25 September 2022
This morning we travel down to our capital city to visit Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary.  Zealandia is a must-see eco-attraction and ground-breaking restoration project: a nature lover's paradise and a sanctuary by the city! On this guided tour, we look for some of New Zealand's rarest birds, reptiles and insects living wild in their natural environment, including hihi, tuatara, saddleback, kākā and (at night) little spotted kiwi. Have some free time to purchase some lunch (own cost) before we retrace our steps back up towards Paraparaumu, and on to the Southwards Car Museum whose collection of automobiles is one of the finest in the Southern Hemisphere with cars ranging from the old to the new; from a 1915 Model T Ford to a 1981 De Lorean sports car. The display constantly changes as newly restored cars are exhibited from the some 70 vehicles which are awaiting their turn for restoration.  The collection of motorcycles is as diverse as that of its car collection, with more than 80 motorcycles on active display with the finest range and variety you will see anywhere. Following the museum, we make our way to our accommodation in Palmerston North for the evening.
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel, Palmerston North – 1 night

Day 4          Monday 26 September 2022
After a leisurely breakfast, we depart Palmerston North and make our way back up to country, allowing for some time out in Taupo, before arriving back in Hamilton.

Please note – Kapiti Island tour is not suitable for wheelchairs or those with very limited mobility.  

Wrights by the Sea Paraparaumu

Wrights By The Sea Paraparaumu

Wrights by the Sea Motel is your home away from home with a variety of room configurations to best suit your need. More than half of their units are fitted with heat pumps and all guests enjoys FREE unlimited Wifi and SKY 50+ Guest select digital TV. 

Distinction Palmerston North Exterior front

Distinction Hotel Palmerston North

Distinction Palmerston North's elegant 4-star hotel is situated in the hub of Palmerston North’s buoyant CBD.   The 5 storey property boasts well appointed, modern guest rooms and free unlimited WIFI and is located just a few minutes’ walk from shops, the museum, art galleries and theatres.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - further information available here
  • 3 nights accommodation - twin/double rooms, all with private facilities (single rooms available with surcharge)
  • Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
  • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners included
  • Kapiti Island Day Tour with Kapiti Island Nature Tours
  • Guided tour of Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Admission to Southwards Car Museum

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Club Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost: $1,730.00
Non Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost: $1,750.00
Single Supplement: $250.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking $200.00

Full balance of tour payment due by Friday 04 February 2022

Book and pay in full by Thursday 18 November 2021 and receive $75.00 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.

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