Lake Waikaremoana & Gentle Annie

Easy Twin Share

From $2,125 per person

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Tuesday 28 March – Saturday 01 April 2023 (5 Days)

Visit Lake Waikaremoana with us to discover this remote area and the hidden treasure lingering below the surface. Travelling on to the stunning Hawkes Bay, we visit the Gannet Colony and spend time in Napier before travelling down the Gentle Annie Road, full of history and gorgeous views.

Day 1              Tuesday 28 March 2023
Our day starts with a scenic journey through the Waikato countryside with slowly changing scenery as we pass through Rotorua and the Kaingaroa Forest to reach Ruatahuna. Enjoy lunch here (own cost) before we finish our journey to Lake Waikaremoana. As the largest untouched native forest in New Zealand, we are in for a treat as we view the large and deep lake where a petrified forest lives under the water. Fill up your camera roll before we head to our accommodation in Wairoa, where we enjoy a group dinner.
Accommodation: Vista Motor Lodge, Wairoa – 1 night

Day 2              Wednesday 29 March 2023
WAIROA - NAPIER          (BD)
This morning we travel on from Wairoa to visit the Mahia Peninsula and enjoy the scenery of this popular summer holiday location while we have a cuppa. After travelling back inland for some time, we head towards the coast again to arrive in the Art Deco city of Napier. Taking a tour around this seaside town known for the many amazing wineries found here, we take in some of the distinctive Art Deco architecture before reaching our accommodation. We dine as a group at the hotel tonight.
Accommodation: Scenic Te Pania, Napier – 2 nights

Day 3              Thursday 30 March 2023
NAPIER          (BD)
Taking the scenic route this morning, we travel along the coast to Te Awanga where we board the Gannet Safaris Overland, to visit the world’s largest, most accessible gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers. For the last 35-years, Gannet Safaris have been taking people right up to view these remarkable birds. The 3-hour safari stops right at the top of a spectacular cliff allowing us to take in the amazing views of the Hawkes Bay, meet the gannets that make their home here, and have time to enjoy some light refreshments. Once our safari has concluded we visit Havelock North and Hastings before returning to Napier, where we enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Day 4              Friday 31 March 2023
NAPIER - TAIHAPE          (BD)
Take this morning to explore Napier and find a local cafe/restaurant for an early lunch (own cost). Leaving behind Napier we make our way down the Gentle Annie Road. This winding road has a long history from early Maori travellers, to a sheep and wool passage and eventually a vehicle route in 1919. Ascending to the skies, the stunning country views reach all the way to Ruapehu on a clear day. Descending to the old Springvale suspension bridge, we cross the Rangitikei River to reach Taihape, our final destination for today. Tonight, we enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Aspen Court Motel, Taihape – 1 night

Day 5              Saturday 01 April 2023
Departing Taihape this morning we travel through the Central Plateau along the Desert Road. We will stop in and visit the Tongariro Trout Centre. There will be time to wander through the freshwater aquarium and hatchery facility, look through an underwater trout viewing chamber or take a stroll along the Tongariro River.  The River Walk Visitor Centre is full of interesting displays about the Taupo trout fishery and freshwater sustainability. We continue our travels to Taupo to enjoy lunch (own cost) before continuing our homeward journey.

Vista Motor Lodge Wairoa

Vista Motor Lodge, Wairoa

Vista Motor Lodge has a restaurant, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a bar and garden in Wairoa. There is a barbecue and guests can make use of free WiFi and free private parking. The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a microwave, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. At the motel rooms include a private bathroom with free toiletries.

Scenic Te Pania on the Marine Parade in 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.

Aspen Court Taihape Exterior

Aspen Court Taihape

Aspen Court Taihape provides luxury accommodation in a peaceful setting between Taupo and Wellington. All rooms include satellite TV and a 2-person hot tub. Free Wi-Fi is included. The modern rooms at Taihape Aspen Court feature air conditioning and heating, underfloor heating in the kitchen and bathroom areas, and full kitchen facilities. All rooms are serviced daily.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas – refer to flyer for further information
  • 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, 4x dinners
  • Roadside Morning Teas – where possible
  • Gannet Safari Overland Tour
  • Guided tour at the Tongariro National Trout Centre

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Share Twin Cost: $2,125.00
Single Supplement: $480.00
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 14 February 2023

Early Bird Offer Book and pay in full by Monday 28 November 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
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.

Lake Waikaremoana & Gentle Annie

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