King Country Nature Encounter
From $1,810 per person
Monday 02 – Thursday 05 May 2022 (4 Days)
Visit scenic natural and wildlife spots of the King Country including Otorohanga Kiwi House, Marokopa Falls, and a private sunset tour through a glowworm cave. Immerse yourself into the wilderness of the Pureora Forest for three nights at the Timber Trail Lodge, deep in the green heart of Aotearoa, right in the middle of nowhere. Enjoy forest walks, peace and quiet, and time to enjoy the environment.
Day 1 Monday 02 May 2022
JOURNEY TO PIROPIRO (D)
Depart late morning from Hamilton to the Otorohanga Kiwi House for a self-guided walk through the sanctuary. Afterwards we travel further into the King Country and have time to purchase lunch (own cost) in Waitomo Village. This afternoon we enjoy a series of short scenic walks including Mangapohue Natural Bridge – a 17-metre high limestone arch and view the Marokopa Falls - at 35-metres high, the falls are said to be one of the most beautiful in the country and are well worth a visit. Early this evening we retrace our journey back to Waitomo Village for a private sunset glowworm tour. Our experience begins with a short walk through breath-taking New Zealand native bush to the cave entrance. Inside the cave, solar powered lights are kept low so you can appreciate the magnificent glow worm displays at their best, only inches away. Around a corner lie the bones of one of New Zealand’s lost treasures, the ancient Moa. Accompanied by our private guide we will learn about and see cave formations up close and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. The light will have changed by the time we exit the cave which will give the glowworms the perfect opportunity to put on a spectacular show. This evening, we continue to our accommodation arriving in time for dinner at our lodge.
Accommodation: Timber Trail Lodge, Piropiro — 3 Nights
Day 2 Tuesday 03 May 2022
PUREORA FOREST (BLD)
This morning we wake in the heart of the Pureora Forest. We can take our time to enjoy breakfast and become acquainted with the lodge. The lodge is purpose-built for convenience and comfort. It is off grid, using a combination of solar and diesel to power up a bank of batteries. The lodge has an inviting central area called The Hub, the building is spacious and provides multiple opportunities for relaxation. The Hub features floor to ceiling windows highlighting the awesome views of the surrounding forest, plenty of couches and chairs, and a large fireplace for those chillier evenings. An expansive deck runs the length of the lodge, designed to catch the sun all day and a great place to relax with a refreshing beverage. This afternoon our driver/guide will take us on a guided walk through the rich rain forest and the official centre of the North Island of New Zealand. There are a good abundance of beautiful walks and hikes for everyone. Pureora Forest is recognised as one of the finest rain forests in the world. A packed lunch is included today. Dinner is included today at the lodge.
Day 3 Wednesday 04 May 2022
PUREORA FOREST (BLD)
Today you have the full day at leisure at the lodge to explore the area independently; you may wish you hire ebikes and bike part of the track, you may wish to walk part of the track or relax at the lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included today.
Day 4 Thursday 05 May 2022
JOURNEY FROM PIROPIRO (B)
This morning after breakfast we depart the lodge travelling back to Hamilton through Mangakino and along the Waikato River to Sanctuary Mountain on the slopes of Maungatautari. On arrival we join a passionate and knowledgeable guide on a seasonal highlights tour of this ambitious conservation project. We will join our guide for a walk into the heart of Te Tūī ā Tāne southern enclosure. As we walk our guide will identify some of the local flora and fauna and share stories about the conservation work of Sanctuary Mountain. They will introduce us to the flowers, berries, fruit and fungi of the different seasons. At the end of our tour, you may like to check out the ancient rātā and explore the clearing. From here there is an optional walk up the viewing tower for a unique perspective of the forest canopy from above. Our time at Sanctuary Mountain will allow us to appreciate the majesty of our indigenous forest and the opportunity to spot some of the numerous bird species which make the maunga - mountain their home. We continue on to Hamilton arriving at our coach yard in the mid-afternoon.
Timber Trail Lodge
A warm welcome awaits at the heart of the Timber Trail, located in the Pureora Forest Park. Deep in the green heart of Aotearoa, right in the middle of nowhere, find peace and quiet (and a great place to stay). Each room has its own generous sized ensuite.
- 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 vehicle
- Roadside Morning Teas – where possible
- 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners included
- Admission to Otorohanga Kiwi House
- Private sunset glowworm tour of Footwhistle Cave
- Guided walk through Pureora Foest with our driver/guide
- Day of leisure to explore Pureora Forest or enjoy lodge facilities
- Guided tour of Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)
|Club Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:||$1,790.00|
|Non Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:||$1,810.00|
|Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking||$200.00|
Full balance of tour payment due by Monday 21 March 2022
Book and pay in full by Thursday 23 December 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.
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
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.