Bay of Islands & Northland Spring Getaway

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Friday 18 September – Wednesday 23 September 2020 (6 Days)

Journey with us this spring to the Bay of Islands, rich in culture and history and blessed with a pristine natural environment. While touring this beautiful destination we visit Rawene, Russell one of the oldest European settlements in New Zealand, the Waitangi Treaty house and view Ngatokimatawhaorua, enjoy a cruise of inland waterway of Opua & Okiato and much more…



Day 1          Friday 18 September 2020
Departing Hamilton we journey by coach north to Auckland and we’ll drive past the delightful beaches of the Hibiscus Coast before stopping Kaiwaka for lunch (own cost). After our lunch stop we visit the Kauri Museum at Matakohe. This award winning Kauri Museum tells the fascinating story of the pioneering days through the use of kauri timber and kauri gum. Explore the many exceptional displays and galleries inside the museum, from the magnificent collection of antique kauri furniture and the largest collection of kauri gum in the world, to restored machinery, including NZ’s earliest tractor, a 1929 Cat 60, and a turning steam sawmill. As one of Northland’s top attractions, you will also view a two-storey life-sized replica Boarding House, a Pioneer School and the historic Matakohe Post Office with a fantastic collection of telephones. We continue our journey north before arriving in Whangarei, nestled between forest-clad hills at the heart of the beautiful Whangarei Harbour. We then continue on our way to our accommodation in Whangarei. Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel, Whangarei

Day 2         Saturday 19 September 2020
We enjoy a later start today, with our first stop being the AH Reed Kauri Park. Maturing kauri trees known to be at least 500 years old can be easily viewed close up from the raised walkway through the forest canopy. There will be time here for you to complete the 30 minute walk. We then drive around to view the Whangarei Falls, a picturesque waterfall, falling vertically for 26.3metres over basalt cliffs. We then travel to the eastern coast of Northland arriving in Dargaville, where you will have time to purchase lunch. Continuing our journey north we travel up Northland’s west coast skirting Kaipara Harbour and following the Kaihu River to Kai Iwi Lakes and the primeval forest of Waipoua, which translates as ‘water falling at night’. We will arrive at our overnight accommodation on the Hokianga Harbour in the early afternoon. There will be time for you to relax and enjoy the magnificent views of the harbour and sand dunes before we have an early dinner at the hotel. This evening we will be collected from the hotel foyer for a 90 minute night tour into the Waipoua Forest to visit one of the oldest and largest known kauri trees in the world, Tane Mahuta (The lord of the forest). Let the night noises, foreign environment, time, local Maori guides and ecological and cultural interpretation (Maori story, song and instruments) awaken your spiritual senses.
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga

Day 3          Sunday 20 September 2020
After a leisurely start this morning we commence our travel to the eastern coast of Northland. Our first stop for the day will be Kerikeri, a town with a rich and colourful history. While here we enjoy a guided tour of the Stone Store and Kemp House (Kerikeri Mission House).  The iconic Stone Store stands at the edge of the Kerikeri inlet, offering a unique shopping experience with an interactive story space upstairs. See how the early settlers lived and learn about the building’s many lives as a trading post, library, barracks, school and general store. Built in 1822, Kemp House is the country’s oldest surviving building, surrounded by English-style cottage garden and orchards. Hear the story of the first missionary families and see their personal items and furniture preserved over the years. We’ll stop in Kerikeri for you to purchase your lunch before visiting Makana Confections, where you are able to sample their delicious hand made chocolates.  Continuing north we travel to the beautiful Doubtless Bay where we will stay for the next two nights. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.
Accommodation: Ramada Reia Taipa Beach, Taipa - 2 nights

Day 4          Monday 21 September 2020
This morning we will board a Great Sights coach  and visit the most northern point of New Zealand – Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua). On this full day tour by coach, uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region that is rich in Māori culture and tradition. Enjoy a taste of New Zealand's varying and beautiful landscape: the rolling hills of Northland's rural countryside, breath-taking coastal views and native forest. We drive along the sand on Ninety Mile Beach as the waves crash beside the custom-built coach. Feel the sand between your toes as we help the driver guide dig for shellfish (conditions permitting). Our off-road journey continues up Te Paki Stream, stopping at the massive sand dunes where you can experience the thrills and spills of sand-boarding. Clambering up and surfing down the dunes (if you dare!) is sure to get your heart pumping. We also visit the Puketi Kauri Forest and get up close to ancient and majestic giant kauri trees and native bush. Stroll along an elevated walkway as these graceful giants surround you and learn about conservation efforts to preserve the forest today. The highlight of the trip is visiting Cape Reinga where we hear the stories of this significant site where, according to Māori legend, spirits depart on their journey home to Hawaiki. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views, visit the iconic lighthouse, and see the point where the Tasman Sea and the mighty Pacific Ocean come crashing together. During our Cape Reinga tour we enjoy a delicious fresh fish and chips lunch! A vegetarian option is available. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.

Day 5          Tuesday 22 September 2020
Departing Taipa this morning we travel south into the heart of the Bay of Islands – Paihia. We visit the Waitangi Treaty House where New Zealand’s history began. Explore the Treaty House and marvel at the scale of Ngatokimatawhaorua, one of the world’s largest carved war canoes (waka taua). Take time to wander through the beautiful grounds of the Waitangi estate, complete with extensive gardens, bush tracks, beaches, and fabulous views over the Bay of Islands and beyond. We then travel into Paihia where you have time to purchase your lunch (own cost). This afternoon, we reconvene as a group and take the ferry over to Russell, where on arrival we take a tour of Russell to give an insight into New Zealand’s earliest European history. We will visit areas of historic interest which cannot be easily covered on foot, see sights such as the Giant Sundial, Long Beach, Queen's View, Tapeka Point and the Flagstaff with stunning 360' vistas. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.
Accommodation: Kingsgate Autolodge Paihia

Day 6           Wednesday 23 September 2020
This morning we commence our homeward journey. We travel south via Whangarei where we will stop for you to have a wander around the Town Basin before continuing on our way to visit the Waipu Museum. Waipu was settled in the 1850s by 940 Gaelic speaking Scottish Highlanders, who after 30 years of settlement in Nova Scotia developed great seafaring and ship building skills, enabling them to complete one of the great migrations in World History; Waipu Museum tells this remarkable story. Our next stop will be Warkworth. Poised at the edge of the Mahurangi River, Warkworth is a pretty town with an interesting choice of restaurants for you to purchase your lunch. You may even choose to have something from the bakery to eat on the riverbank. From Warkworth we make our way to our home destinations.

Distinction Whangarei

Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre is perfectly suited to both business and leisure travellers. Conveniently located opposite the stunning Whangarei Town Basin and a few minutes walk from the Whangarei city centre as well as some of Whangarei's most tranquil bush walks and gardens. The majestic Bay of Islands is less than one hour's drive from the hotel. All comfortable guest rooms and suites are air-conditioned and offer SKY TV channels and FREE unlimited WiFi. 

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga

With beachfront rooms and a minute's stroll from the shore and surrounded by natural beauty, Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga is an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life just 3 hours north of Auckland. 

Ramada Reia Taipa Resort

Offering a stunning, absolute beachfront location, Ramada Resort by Wyndham Reia Taipa Beach features free WiFi and a swimming pool with a hot tub. Guests can enjoy the tennis court and BBQ areas. All accommodation feature a patio, a sofa and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some apartments include a separate lounge area, dining setting, and a fully equipped kitchen. You can and enjoy all day outdoor dining with local food and wine at the on-site restaurant and bar, an idyllic place to relax with a drink and enjoy the spectacular ocean views.

Kingsgate Autolodge Paihia

Located on the waterfront and only 100 metres from Paihia wharf and township the Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia is the ideal base from which to explore the historic and scenic Bay of Islands area. All 100 rooms and 13 waterfront suites offer all the modern amenities a guest could need, as well as the hotel's general amenities including a swimming pool, an indoor spa, fitness room and game room.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas
  • 5 nights accommodation with private en suite
  • Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
  • 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners included
  • Admission to Matakohe Kauri Museum
  • Night time guided tour of Waipoua Forest
  • Guided tour of Kerikeri Stone Store
  • Admission to Kemp House
  • Cape Reinga Day Trip
  • Guided tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Return ferry to Russell
  • 1 hour tour of Russell
  • Admission to Waipu Museum

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Club Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:$1,830.00
Non Member Share Twin Cost:$1,860.00
Single Supplement:$425.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking$200.00

Full balance of tour payment due by Friday 7 August 2020


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.

Price Amendments
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.

Travel Insurance
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.