Naturally Niue

moderate.small group

From $5,490 per person

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Monday 10 – Tuesday 18 October 2022 (9 Days)

Niue is a Pacific Island paradise; one of the smallest countries on earth and the largest raised coral atoll in the world. Known as the Rock of Polynesia, the name reflects the rugged nature of the island’s geological structure, but it does little to describe the lush green vegetation, the towering cliffs of Tepa Point, the clear blue waters offering an unprecedented opportunity to swim with migrating humpback whales, but most of all the friendly people. The slow and relaxed pace of life in Niue is the first thing that overwhelms you and the need to relax and unwind becomes your top priority.

Day 1                          Monday 10 October 2022
JOURNEY TO AUCKLAND (D)
Our tour commences today with an overnight stay in Auckland to prepare for our early flight to Niue tomorrow morning. Tonight, we enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant, a perfect opportunity to meet our fellow travellers.
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Auckland Airport, Auckland – 1 night
 
Day 2                          Tuesday 11 October 2022  
DEPART AUCKLAND (FM)
We are transferred to Auckland Airport early this morning for our flight to Niue. As we enjoy a meal and movies onboard the 3.5-hour flight, we cross the international dateline and so literally travel back to the previous day, arriving in Niue on Monday 10 October.
 
Day 2 Continued…    Monday 10 October 2022
ARRIVE NIUE (D)
We land in the early afternoon and are met by our local guide who will introduce us to the island they call home over the coming week. Our guide will take us to the accommodation we will occupy for the next week, the Scenic Matavai Resort Niue. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to take a swim and unwind before dinner.

About our accommodation:
We are greeted by a spectacular 180-degree view of the magnificent Pacific Ocean at the Scenic Matavai Resort Niue. Perched on a coral cliff-top and nestled amongst lush tropical gardens, our premier resort accommodation takes full advantage of the unique environment. We enjoy a blend of Niuean influenced and European cuisine when we dine at the hotel’s in-house restaurant. The resort features two swimming pools, one where you can swim up to the Cliffhanger Pool Bar. Watch Spinner Dolphins and Humpback Whales (in season – usually July to October) cruise past the resort while you sip on a ‘speciality tropical fruit cocktail’ or an ice-cold beer on the resort terrace.
Accommodation: Scenic Matavai Resort, Niue – 7 nights
 
Day 3                          Tuesday 11 October 2022
EXPLORE WESTERN SIDE OF NIUE (BD)
After breakfast, we join our guide for a morning tour to some of Niue’s better-known spots on the western side of the atoll from Avatele to Hikutavake villages. Our island-born guide will give us a real taste of what their island is really like. They will allow a glimpse of the island’s history, its people and language, its flora and fauna and the connection it has to New Zealand. Noted for its expansive cliff-face and historical importance as a reserved bathing place for Niue's traditional kings, Matapa Chasm is reached by a track at the foot of Hikutavake Hill and beside the start of the trek to Talava Arches. Matapa Chasm provides a sheltered swimming spot to enjoy the unusual sensation of cool fresh water, filtered through the natural aquifer of Niue, floating on top of warm sea water, a swim here is optional. At the conclusion of our tour, we return to Matavai.  Tonight, we enjoy local seafood infused with Niuean flavours whilst watching the sunset and relaxing to live Niuean music at our resort.
 
Day 4                          Wednesday 12 October 2022
VANILLA AND HANDCRAFT TOUR (BLD)
After breakfast, our guide will collect us for a vanilla and handcraft tour.  In the early 1950’s, missionaries on secondment from the United Kingdom were astonished to find the orchid growing wild on the Island. Surprisingly though, there were very few pods. So how did the plant get here and why so few beans? This tour will reveal all and more. Our guide will collect us and drive to Noga's vanilla plot at the village of Tuapa. Noga Bray is truly Niue’s Vanilla Queen; she grows, she pollinates, she harvests, and she cures her own beans. As we visit her plantation, we can ask her to let us in on some island secrets and anything else we might like to know about life in her village. Afterwards we enjoy lunch at Vaiolama in the main township of Alofi. We return to our resort for a swim and our afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, indulge in Niuean and Pacific Rim infused cuisine at its best. Learn all about the Niuean Coconut Crabs at the Uga presentation on the main deck and even get the chance to show how brave you are by holding the Uga!
 
Day 5                          Thursday 13 October 2022  
EXPLORE SOUTHERN SIDE OF NIUE (BLD)
This morning we travel south through the villages of Avatele, Vaiea, Hakupu, Liku and Lakepa. Our tour includes a drive through the coastal forest and to Hikulagi Sculpture Park where sculptures and art boards created by local artists are displayed. We arrive in Lakepa where our hosts tell us the history of their village, including their restored primary school as well as the skills of husking and drinking coconut. We are given the opportunity to taste some typical local snacks of coconut, pawpaw, and anything else that is in season. This is a great opportunity to learn about island life ranging from its history to the people, the language and culture. The return journey will be through the middle of the island back to Matavai. This afternoon is at leisure. Dinner tonight will be at Kaiika Restaurant, a Japanese restaurant.
 
Day 6                          Friday 14 October 2022  
NIUE AT LEISURE (BD)
Today we have a day at leisure to wind down even more. Niue's greatest feature is its incredibly crystal clear water unlike anywhere else in the world, and the best way to enjoy this is an optional Swim with the Dolphins snorkel excursion which takes off in search of the resident Spinner Dolphins found all year round in Niue. Being gently towed alongside the boat, watch the dolphins play just metres away. Heading to the outer reef to one of Niue's best snorkel spots, abundant with Katuali (Niuean Sea Snakes), Parrotfish, a wide variety of reef fish and beautiful hard corals. This is a perfect opportunity to get up close to a wide variety of friendly marine life. (This tour is optional and not included in the main tour price - pre-booking is recommended). As an alternative you are welcome to play 9-holes at Niue’s Golf and Sports Club or enjoy a round of Bowls. This evening we enjoy dinner at Matavai Resort.
 
Day 7                          Saturday 15 October 2022  
VILLAGE SHOW DAY (BD)
After breakfast, we have the option to attend a village show day in Niue. These are annual events hosted by each village and is almost like an A&P show in New Zealand, with a Niuean take on it. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Tonight, we reconvene as a group for dinner at the Matavai Resort.
 
Day 8                          Sunday 16 October 2022 
NIUE CHURCH SERVICE (BLD)
After breakfast you will have the option to experience a church service at Avatele Village. Religion plays a very important part in the Niuean community so this will be a terrific opportunity for us to mix and mingle with the Niuean locals and indulge in their unique culture. The service will be in Niuean and will also include a light lunch hosted by Avatele Girls Brigade, followed by an afternoon at leisure. For those who do not wish to attend the church service, the day will be at leisure. Tonight, we will have a farewell dinner at the Matavai Resort.
 
Day 9                          Depart Niue Monday 17 October 2022  
ARRIVE AUCKLAND Tuesday 18 October 2022 (B, FM)
After breakfast our guide will transfer us to the airport to commence our journey back to New Zealand. As we fly towards Auckland, we cross the international dateline again meaning that we arrive in Auckland in the late afternoon of Tuesday 18 October 2022

Heartland Hotel Auckland Airport

Heartland Hotel Auckland Airport

Just a short distance to the Auckland Airport, this is a great location for the night before an overseas flight. As one of the largest hotels in the Scenic Hotel Group family, there is plenty of space to relax and enjoy the friendly and personalised service on offer.

Scenic Matavai Resort

Scenic Matavai Resort Niue

Imagine an undiscovered island with dramatic landscapes, surrounded by crystal clear waters where your worries melt away and bliss envelops you. Spend your day exploring the jurassic forests and hidden caves, snorkelling in tidal lagoons and fishing deep waters, before relaxing with a poolside cocktail watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. Scenic Matavai Resort Niue is a South Pacific paradise where dreams can come true…

Tour Inclusions

  • Door-to-door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - refer to further information available here
  • Auckland to Niue return flights with Air New Zealand ("The Works Airfare") - other ports on application / price on application
  • 1 night accommodation in Auckland - twin/double rooms, all with private facilities (single rooms are available with a surcharge)
  • 7 nights accommodation in Niue - twin/double rooms, all with private facilities (single rooms are available with a surcharge)
  • Tour admissions as shown on the itinerary
  • Touring around the Island
  • 7x Breakfasts (B), 5x Lunches (L), 8x Dinners (D) and 2x Flight Meals (FM) as indicated on your daily itinerary
  • EXCLUSIONS
  • Travel Insurance (please ask us for a quote)
  • Airline and airport taxes (approx. $192)
  • Meals that are not specified on the Itinerary
  • Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

    Twin/Double Share: $5,490.00
    Land Only Price: $4,990.00
    Single Supplement: $1,750.00
    Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking $1,000.00

    Airport Taxes will be advised when the Final Payment Invoice is due.

    Full balance of tour payment due by Wednesday 27 July 2022

    Early Bird Offer Book and pay in full by Friday 27 May 2022 and receive $250.00 discount per person!

     

    Naturally Niue Auckland Niue

    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? NO

    No. There is no Guaranteed twin share available on this tour. 

    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
    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.

    Terms & Conditions
    Acceptance of Terms and Conditions
    If you book a tour with us and pay your deposit, you are deemed to have accepted these terms.  If you book a Leisure Time Travel tour through an agent, the agent is deemed to have accepted these terms on your behalf.

    Itineraries
    This itinerary was correct at the time of printing but is subject to change without notice. This could come about due to road or weather conditions, or any changes imposed by other tour operators and carriers included in the itinerary. Such changes may occur prior to travel, or whilst on tour. You agree that we have no liability to you for changes to your itinerary. If a passenger amends their itinerary by starting or concluding the itinerary earlier or later, then it becomes their responsibility to arrange tour or flight connections as necessary.

    Travel Insurance
    It is a booking condition for all passengers travelling on Leisure Time Travel overseas tours to have a travel insurance policy with comprehensive cover valid for the dates of travel. We can assist with a travel insurance quotation, or you may opt to arrange your own. If you choose to arrange your own travel insurance, you must provide Leisure Time Travel with policy details prior to the balance of the tour payment being made.

    Passports
    All travellers require a current passport which must have a minimum validity of six months after the date you return from the tour to New Zealand. We will request a copy of your passport details when you make a booking.

    Visas, Customs and Immigration
    Compliance with any immigration, customs and/or quarantine regulations is the client’s responsibility. Leisure Time Travel cannot, under any circumstances, be held liable nor responsible if applicable rules and regulations are not observed.

    Privacy Act Waiver
    Travellers joining our tours automatically give consent for us to pass essential personal information to our suppliers on the tour, including full name and address, passport number, travel and contact details.

    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 tour.

    Our Responsibilities
    We are responsible for booking and packaging goods and services provided by other operators such as hotels, attractions and transportation companies to create your tour. We are not responsible and have no liability to you for the terms of other operators or for any loss, damage, omission or acts, negligent or otherwise, committed by those other operators.

    Your Responsibilities
    You agree to behave reasonably throughout your tour and not to be a nuisance to other passengers.  You agree to comply with our reasonable requests and the requests of other operators.  You indemnify us for any liability, costs, damages or other expenses we suffer or incur as a direct or indirect consequence of your behaviour while part of your tour.

    Removal from Tour
    For the wellbeing of all passengers on your tour, we reserve the right to remove you from your tour and cancel your booking with us if you breach any of your obligations under these terms provided that, except in the case of a serious breach (as determined by us) we will give you notice of the breach and a reasonable opportunity (which will be no more than two days) to remedy the breach before exercising our cancellation right.  In the case of a serious breach, we can exclude you from your tour and cancel your booking by immediate verbal or written notice to you.  In the event of such cancellation, you will be responsible, at your cost, for arranging any accommodation, travel costs and other matters required as a direct or indirect consequence of the cancellation.

    Tour Manager
    Your group tour will be escorted and lead by a Tour Manager. The Tour Manager will make their best endeavours to ensure your tour is enjoyable and safe, and that the well-being and travel arrangements of the group are looked after. Leisure Time Travel will not be liable for any costs or losses arising from any advice or recommendation made by the Tour Manager, or any other representative, or decisions made by any person as a result of such statements.

    Force Majeure
    You agree that we have no liability to you and will not pay any compensation to you where the performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by circumstances amounting to “force majeure”. In these terms, ‘force majeure’ means any event that has an impact on your Tour which we or the other operator (where relevant) could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid.  Such events may include war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, pilferage, epidemics, pandemics, forced quarantine, medical or customs regulations, riot, fire, storm, flood, explosion, compliance with any law or government restraint order, rule regulation, strikes, lock outs, or any other cause not reasonably within the control of our control.  We reserve the right to cancel, amend or reschedule your Tour during or following any force majeure and if we do so you agree that we will have no liability to you for any direct or indirect consequences of the cancellation, amendment or rescheduling.

    Limitation of Liability
    The Consumer Guarantees Act 1993, the Fair Trading Act 1986, and other statutes in New Zealand may impose warranties, conditions or obligations upon us which cannot by law (or which can only to a limited extent by law) be excluded. We exclude all such imposed warranties, conditions or obligations to the extent permitted by law and exclude any warranty, condition or obligation imposed or implied under common law, equity or otherwise.  Except to the extent that the law prevents us from excluding liability and as expressly provided for in these terms, we shall not be liable for any loss or damage or liability of any kind whatsoever (including consequential loss or lost profit or business) whether suffered or incurred by you or another person and whether in contract, or tort (including in negligence), or otherwise and whether such loss or damage arises directly or indirectly from Work or Goods provided by us to you.  To the extent that we are liable for any reason for any loss suffered or liability incurred by you arising from any breach of these terms or for any other reason, such liability is limited to the price of your tour.

    COVID-19
    It is a requirement of the tour that you will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
    It is important to note that quarantine-free travel is subject to change at short notice, either by the New Zealand Government or the governing body of any country you may be visiting on tour. Should you be required to isolate or change your travel plans due to COVID-19, any additional costs incurred are your responsibility.
    We recommend that you take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy to provide cover should your tour be disrupted due to COVID-19. Please call us if you would like a quote.

    Exclusions
    Tour price excludes airport departure taxes, drinks, telephone calls, gratuities, any passport or visa costs, travel insurance, items of a personal nature, optional sightseeing activities, and costs for variations made outside the group travel arrangements.

    Price Amendments
    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. Exchange rate fluctuations may result in a change to the advertised price, however, the price will not change due to currency fluctuations after full payment has been received.

    Payments, Cancellations and Refunds
    A non-refundable deposit is required when booking to confirm your place on a tour. Registrations will be accepted in order of receipt of deposits.
    All balance payments must be received by Leisure Time Travel by the date indicated on the tour itinerary. Payments are available to be made by Cash, Direct Credit or EFTPOS only – Credit Card payments will incur a 2% surcharge. Leisure Time Travel reserves the right to amend, reschedule or cancel 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.

    Cancellation fees      
    See individual tour itinerary for full details of cancellation fees applicable to each tour

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