Nelson & Farewell Spit
Monday 14 December – Saturday 19 December 2020 (6 Days)
Farewell Spit is an area of outstanding natural beauty stretching 30 kilometres into the Tasman Sea. Designated as a bird sanctuary since the 1930s, Farewell Spit is a haven for over 90 birdlife species. Not accessible to the public, the only way to access this hidden gem is by a tour. On this six-day trip, we also enjoy some time in Nelson and the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park, before travelling to the garden city of Christchurch via the alpine village of Hanmer Springs.
Day 1 Monday 14 December 2020
AUCKLAND - NELSON (D)
This morning we fly from Auckland to Nelson, where on arrival you will be greeted by your driver who will be looking after you for your tour of Nelson. Farewell Spit and onwards to Christchurch. Welcome to Nelson - New Zealand's largest fishing port and one of the country's sunniest cities. The city is located on the shores of Port Nelson and is home to a fascinating community of beach, bush and art lovers. There will be time available to explore the Nelson Town Centre. Later this afternoon you are transferred to this evening's accommodation. Tonight we will enjoy a group dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: The Hotel Nelson
Day 2 Tuesday 15 December 2020
NELSON - ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK - TAKAKA (BD)
This morning we visit Nelson’s iconic Eyebright Country Store. Stockists of artificial trees, silk flowers, fashion jewellery, high-quality Manuka honey & other New Zealand made product. We continue our journey to the nearby picturesque Kaiteriteri Abel Tasman National Park where you will enjoy an afternoon cruise. On show here, you will see stunning granite and marble formations, golden sandy beaches and crystal clear streams that join the ocean. We re-board our coach to visit the Pupu Springs and onto Takaka where we will stay for the next two nights. Tonight we will enjoy a group dinner at a local restaurant in Takaka. Accommodation: Mohua Motel, Takaka – 2 nights
Day 3 Wednesday 16 December 2020
TAKAKA - FAREWELL SPIT - TAKAKA (BLD)
Today we travel north to Collingwood to board a 4 Wheel Drive Vehicle for the Farewell Spit Eco Tour. Cape Farewell is the northernmost point of the South Island and the cliff-top views are spectacular. These dramatic coastal cliffs are sliced through with fault-lines (vertically walled slashes) where streams strangely run inland rather than to sea. Fossil Point, at the base of the Spit, a popular hauling out place for NZ fur seals. Fossilised shells and wormcasts emerge from blocks of mudstone at the base of the cliffs and sea life abounds in rock pools nearby. Thirty kilometres along the ocean beach we stop at the Lighthouse reserve, where we pause for 45 minutes to check out the lighthouse and pouwhenua, and discover the connection between the local Iwi and Onetahua (Farewell Spit). There we also enjoy refreshments in our lighthouse keepers' cottage and soak up some local history. Returning from the lighthouse, we climb a sand dune at Mullet Channel for panoramic views of the ocean beach. It's a spectacular sight, gazing over the dunes along the centre of the spit and out to the inter-tidal plain where the migrant waders from the arctic circle feed during our NZ spring, summer and autumn. The wind-blown sand creates beautiful designs along the dunes, their colours changing as the sun rises or sets, depending on the time of day. Our guide is passionate about the history, ecology and wildlife of the Spit and is committed to ensuring you get the most from your trip. Hear the history of Puponga and New Zealand's first Radar Station. See where Whales strand and uncover the mystery of the migrant waders. At the Farewell Spit Lighthouse, there is time to explore around the historic buildings and enjoy the refreshments provided in the century-old lighthouse keeper's residence. Along the beach, you'll see stunning views of the Tasman Sea coastline and the opportunity to climb the sand dune at Mullet Channel for panoramic views of the intertidal plain and a stop at Fossil Point. After the Farewell Spit tour, we enjoy a delicious dinner at the Collingwood Tavern, before travelling back to Takaka for the night.
Day 4 Thursday 17 December 2020
TAKAKA - HANMER SPRINGS (BD)
Departing Takaka this morning travelling via the Upper Moutere Highway through Tapawera to Kawatiri Junction to view the Interpretation Panels on “The Nelson Rail Network”. We travel onwards to Murchison for lunch then visit the Maruia Falls before continuing on our way on the Lewis Pass Road to Hanmer. Hanmer Springs is New Zealand’s premier alpine and spa destination set amongst alpine vistas. An opportunity here to have a swim in this wonderful thermal complex, (own cost) or a visit to the local information centre. Dinner tonight will be in the hotel.
Accommodation: Hanmer Springs Retreat, Hanmer Springs
Day 5 Friday 18 December 2020
HANMER SPRINGS - CHRISTCHURCH (BD)
This morning, we make our way down to Christchurch, where on arrival we will have a sightseeing tour, including a ride on the famous Christchurch Tram. We also visit the local botanic gardens, before arriving at our last night's accommodation for a farewell dinner together at our hotel.
Accommodation: Quality Hotel Elms, Christchurch
Day 6 Saturday 19 December 2020
DEPART CHRISTCHURCH (B)
This morning after breakfast at our hotel we are transferred to the Christchurch Airport to meet our domestic flight back to Auckland (other ports on application).
The Hotel Nelson
The Hotel Nelson is located a short stroll from the business, shopping and entertainment precinct of central Nelson. All 78 guest studios, units and self contained apartments are full serviced and well equipped with all the onsite and in-room amenities a guest could need.
Mohua Motels Takaka
Offering free WiFi and free on-site bus and car parking, Mohua Motels is located in Takaka. All accommodation offers a patio, fully equipped kitchenette and mountain and garden views. Ideally situated for exploring Abel Tasman National Park, Mohua Motels is 300 m from Takaka's Town Centre. It is located opposite a supermarket and next door the Golden Bay Visitor Centre. The air-conditioned apartments offer a work desk and a flat-screen TV. The bathroom offers a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Some accommodation features a spa bath.
Hanmer Springs Retreat
Hanmer Springs Retreat is located just 800 m from the famous Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve, Hanmer Springs villa shops and a 3-minute drive from Hanmer Springs Golf Course. Free Wi-Fi and free off street car parking are available. Five Stags Restaurant Bar is located on site. All rooms offer a kitchenette with a microwave, refrigerator, toaster and tea/coffee making facilities. Each unit has an en suite bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer.
Quality Hotel Elms
The Quality Hotel Elms is situated in a quiet suburban area yet accessible to many of the attractions and activities the area has to offer, surrounded by award-winning gardens and is ideally situated midway between the airport and central city. All 97 guest rooms are well appointed and equipped with all the amenities a guest could need, offering luxurious accommodation in an ideal location for those wanting to explore the area.
- Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas
- 5 nights accommodation with private en suite
- Auckland to Nelson and Christchurch to Auckland airfares with Air New Zealand - other ports on application
- Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
- 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners included
- Visit Eyebright Country Store
- Scenic cruise of Abel Tasman National Park
- Full day Farewell Spit Eco Tour
- Ride on the Christchurch Tram
Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)
|Club Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:||$2,250.00|
|Non Member Share Twin Cost:||$2,280.00|
|Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking||$200.00|
Full balance of tour payment due by Wednesday 2 November 2020
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? YES
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.
Booking Terms & Conditions
Terms & Conditions….
(Applicable for New Zealand Tours from 01 May 2020 - 30 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 Tours 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 Tours 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.
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 Tours 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 Tours reserves the right to amend or reschedule the tour due the result of circumstances outside the company’s control. Leisure Time Tours 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 Tours strongly advises all passengers to purchase a travel insurance policy. An important part of planning the holiday is to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy as it may prevent passengers from spending extra money in case of an emergency and will help passengers feel protected during the holiday. We are agents for Cover More Travel Insurance. Ask us for a no obligation insurance quote today.
Land Component Cancellation Policy
By making a booking with us and paying your deposit you agree to pay us the full price for your booking. If you cancel your booking:
- 31+ days prior to tour commencement, loss of non-refundable deposit
- 15-30 days prior to tour commencement your cancellation charge will be 60% of the holiday price (40% refund) plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees
- 8-14 days prior to tour commencement your cancellation charge will be 80% of the holiday price (20% refund) plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees
- 0-7 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.
If a passenger has been tested positive for COVID-19 directly prior to travel or while on holiday with us, then with supporting documentation provided to us (a positive COVID-19 test), 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.