Nelson & Farewell Spit

Easy Twin Share

From $3,310 per person

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Monday 20 – Saturday 25 March 2023 (6 Days)

Farewell Spit is an area of outstanding natural beauty stretching 30 kilometres into the Tasman Sea. Public access is highly restricted so the only way to access this hidden gem is by joining a tour. Expect to see stunning panoramic views, sand dunes, the historic lighthouse, Fossil Point and Cape Farewell. We also enjoy time in Nelson and the Abel Tasman National Park, before travelling to Christchurch via the alpine village of Hanmer Springs.

Day 1              Monday 20 March 2023
ARRIVE NELSON          (D)
We begin our tour today with a flight from Auckland to Nelson. Located on the shores of Port Nelson, the city is home to a fascinating community of beach, bush and art Iovers. It is New Zealand’s largest fishing port and one of the country’s sunniest cities. On arrival we visit the Classic Cars Museum, where we experience a world class collection of classic cars. After our museum visit we arrive at our accommodation and enjoy a group dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: The Rutherford Hotel, Nelson – 1 night

Day 2              Tuesday 21 March 2023    
Nelson’s iconic Eyebright Country Store is our first stop this morning, stocked full of artificial trees, silk flowers, high quality Manuka honey & other New Zealand made product, there are many treasures to be found.  We continue our journey to the nearby picturesque Kaiteriteri, gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park where we will enjoy an afternoon cruise. On show are stunning granite and marble formations, golden sandy beaches and crystal-clear streams that join the ocean. Back on the road, we visit the Pupu Springs and Takaka where we will stay for the next two nights. We enjoy local dining this evening for dinner at a local restaurant in Takaka.
Accommodation: Mohua Motel, Takaka – 2 nights

Day 3              Wednesday 22 March 2023
Travelling north to Collingwood we board a 4 Wheel Drive Vehicle for a Farewell Spit Tour on Cape Farewell, the northernmost point of the South Island. Dramatic coastal cliffs are sliced through with fault-lines (vertically walled slashes), streams are strangely running inland rather than to sea and at the base of the Spit, Fossil Point is a popular place for NZ fur seals. Travelling along the ocean beach we stop at the Lighthouse reserve, where we check out the lighthouse and pouwhenua to discover the connection between the local Iwi and Onetahua (Farewell Spit). Enjoy refreshments in the lighthouse keepers' cottage and soak up some local history. We leave the lighthouse behind to climb a sand dune at Mullet Channel to experience the 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. Hear the history of Puponga and New Zealand's first Radar Station, see where whales strand, and uncover the mystery of the migrant waders.  After this exciting Farewell Spit tour, we will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 4              Thursday 23 March 2023  
As we leave Takaka this morning we travel via the Upper Moutere Highway to Kawatiri Junction to view the interpretation panels on “The Nelson Rail Network”. Reaching Murchison for lunch, we 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 dramatic vistas of towering forests and mountains. Take the opportunity here to have a swim in the wonderful thermal complex (own cost) or explore the local sights. We enjoy dinner tonight at the hotel.
Accommodation: Hanmer Springs Hotel, Hanmer Springs – 1 night

Day 5             Friday 24 March 2023
Heading south, we journey to Christchurch, where we will enjoy a sightseeing tour. We are taken back in time as we ride on the restored heritage Christchurch Tram travelling through the changing face of Christchurch’s city centre still rebuilding after the destructive earthquake in 2011. We visit the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, before arriving at our accommodation to enjoy a farewell dinner together at our hotel.
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel, Christchurch – 1 night

Day 6             Saturday 25 March 2023
This morning after breakfast at the hotel we are transferred to Christchurch Airport to return to Auckland full of wonderful memories of our enjoyable experiences together.

The Rutherford Hotel, Nelson exterior car port

The Rutherford Nelson

Rutherford Hotel Nelson is within easy walking distance of the central city and close to many of the attractions the area has to offer, boasting a unique blend of local charm and cosmopolitan sophistication. Guest facilities at the hotel include restaurants, a bar, cafe, gym, sauna and outdoor swimming pool. Many of the 113 guest rooms have been recently refurbished and offer a range of in-room amenities as well as access to the hotel's facilities.

Mohua Hotel, Takaka looking at from the road

Mohua Motels

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 Hotel, Rear exterior

Hanmer Springs Hotel

Hanmer Springs Hotel 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. 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.

Distinction Christchurch

Distinction Christchurch

Distinction Christchurch is an urban escape, ideally positioned in the heart of the city only a few minutes' walk from the Avon River, Botanical Gardens, Cashel Mall and many more of the attractions of the area. With 179 guest rooms and suites over eleven storeys, Distinction Christchurch is elegant accommodation in the city centre.

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas – refer to flyer for further information
  • Auckland – Nelson & Christchurch – Auckland return flights with Air New Zealand - other ports on application / price on application
  • 5 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), Lunches (L), Dinners (D) where indicated on your daily itinerary - 5x breakfasts, 1x lunch, 5x dinners
  • Abel Tasman Half Day Boat Cruise
  • Farewell Spit Eco Tour
  • Christchurch Tram

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Non Member Guaranteed Twin Share Cost: $3,310.00
Single Supplement: $650.00
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 Monday 06 February 2023

Early Bird Offer Book and pay in full by Monday 21 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
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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