North Island Food & Wine Tour
Friday 26 March – Monday 5 April 2021 (11 Days)
If you’re looking to get out and see some of our diverse and beautiful country, and also experience some of the amazing wine and cuisine that New Zealand has to offer then our North Island Food & Wine Tour is the tour for you! Join other like-minded individuals on a food & wine adventure of a lifetime.
Day 1 Friday 26 March 2021
ARRIVE AUCKLAND (D)
Today you make your way to Auckland. The day is yours at leisure. Meet at hotel lobby at 5.30pm to travel to Harbourside Restaurant for dinner. This evening get to know your fellow travellers over dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Hilton Hotel Auckland – 2 nights
Day 2 Saturday 27 March 2021
WAIHEKE ISLAND (BL)
Today discover for yourself why Waiheke Island is world-renowned for its wines. After taking a ferry to the Island you will be met by your local guide at Matiatia Wharf to commence your privately guided tour of Waiheke Island. On the way, stunning scenery is around every corner, and you will be entertained by your guide’s commentary on the history, geography, culture, people and produce of Waiheke. Enjoy wine tasting followed by two-course lunch at Stonyridge Vineyard. This is a relaxing location, set amongst vines and an olive grove. This afternoon tastings will be at Goldie Winery and Mudbrick Vineyard, before returning to Auckland. Dinner this evening at your leisure.
Day 3 Sunday 28 March 2021
AUCKLAND TO COROMANDEL (B)
Travel south over the Bombay Hills turning east to travel around the Firth of Thames and into the relatively untouched beauty of the Coromandel Peninsula. Rustic, relaxed and unspoiled, the Coromandel is one of our best-loved holiday destinations. The rugged volcanic hills are cloaked in native rainforest, and more than 400 kilometres of spectacular coastline promises you can find the beach of your dreams. The eastern side of the Coromandel is furnished with an amazing collection of white sand and surf beaches, and an impressive, heavily forested mountain range runs right up the middle of the peninsula.
Accommodation: Grand Mercure Puka Park, Pauanui – 2 nights
Day 4 Monday 29 March 2021
Today visit Hot Water Brewing Company and the knowledgeable bar staff will talk you through a tasting of the beers that they make and can on site, and the brewing process. Then visit Mercury Bay Estate, a boutique family owned vineyard and winery, whose aim is to produce Coromandel’s finest wines using sustainable means. Enjoy a wine tasting and lunch looking the beautiful Mercury Bay. This afternoon enjoy a leisurely walk down to Cathedral Cove before retracing our steps back to our accommodation.
Day 5 Tuesday 30 March 2021
COROMANDEL TO TAURANGA (BL)
Many of you will have driven through the breath-taking Karangahake Gorge but few will have ventured into the walkways, old tunnels and discovered the rich history hidden in the gorge. Take some time for some short walks in the Gorge, before lunching at Flat White Café in Waihi Beach. Continue on to Tauranga, stopping at Katikati’s Leveret Estate Cellar Door for a wine tasting enroute.
Accommodation: Trinity Wharf, Tauranga – 1 night
Day 6 Wednesday 31 March 2021
TAURANGA TO NAPIER (B)
Today travel south to Taupo, nestled on the shores of our largest lake, perhaps stopping at Huka Falls where the clear waters of the Waikato River gush through narrow gap in the rocks, then continue through the township and around the shores of the lake turning east to travel past large pine plantations before driving over the ranges, through the Eskdale Valley and into the Hawkes Bay.
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania – 2 nights
Day 7 Thursday 1 April 2021
A complete action-packed day highlighting the best Hawke’s Bay has to offer. Start the day at a small family run boutique winery. Take a full behind the scenes tour of Church Road winery, the Tom McDonald Cellar and NZ’s only wine museum. Enjoy lunch with wine at the country’s oldest and grandest winery, the Mission Estate. After lunch visit a mixture of Hawke’s Bay’s boutique and medium sized wineries and learn how wine evolves from the vine to the glass on a smaller scale (dependent on health and safety regulations and availability), a great contrast to the larger production winery from the morning. Taste award winning wines from NZ’s most prestigious wine growing district the Gimblett Gravels. Finish with a gourmet platter at an award-winning winery. Indulge in the finest local produce such as meats, cheese, marinated vegetables, olives, breads and dips.
Day 8 Friday 2 April 2021
NAPIER TO MARTINBOROUGH (B)
Today travel through the rolling farmlands of Central Hawkes Bay and the Wairarapa to the wine village of Martinborough. Packed with colonial charm, Martinborough features over 20 wineries, most within cycling and walking distance of the quaint village square.
Accommodation: Peppers Parehua, Martinborough – 2 nights
Day 9 Saturday 3 April 2021
Visit the best vineyards on and around ‘the golden mile’ on the Martinborough terraces with a selection of boutique and family run to bigger scale cellar doors. Enjoy two to three vineyards in the morning before you stop to relax and enjoy vineyard platters and tea/coffee at one of the vineyard cafes. In the afternoon you will visit another two vineyards to sample their wine line-ups and at the last vineyard a talk from the winemaker and a barrel tasting. Your day is fully guided by a knowledgeable, local guide proud to show off their town and the vineyards.
Day 10 Sunday 4 April 2021
MARTINBOROUGH TO WELLINGTON (BD)
From Martinborough the road continues through the rugged Rimutaka Ranges that form a formidable barrier between the Wairarapa and the Hutt Valley. Descend into the Hutt Valley, which takes its name from the Hutt River, then arrive into Wellington, our Capital City and Seat of Parliament. This evening get away from the tourist trap, enjoy the local and quirky atmosphere and sample some of Wellington’s best cocktail creations. In this guided 2.5 hours walking tour, you will be guided through the popular entertainment areas, soaking in the city’s vibrant personality, famous for its street art food, and drinks culture. We end tour at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner.
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel Oriental Parade
Day 11 Monday 5 April 2021
DEPART WELLINGTON (B)
This morning transfer to Wellington Airport for your homeward flight to Auckland (other ports on application).
Hilton Hotel Auckland
Hilton Auckland is a contemporary style boutique hotel, situated at the end of Princes Wharf and surrounded by the Waitemata Harbour, where guests can enjoy the tranquility of being over water.
Grand Mercure Puka Park
Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort is a secluded hideaway located at Pauanui Beach, a two hour drive from Auckland, Tauranga and Hamilton. Featuring 42 spacious private chalets, Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort is hidden away on Mount Pauanui amid 25 acres ofnative bushland. Miha Restaurant offers superb dining, stunning views and an intimate ambiance, while other resort facilities include a pool, sauna, gym, tennis, a day spa, and conference space, with world class golf, fishing and diving located nearby.
Trinity Wharf Tauranga
This truly unique 4.5 star property is located on and over the waters edge only 5 minutes drive to Mount Maunganui, one of New Zealands most popular beaches. Architecturally designed across three piers, Trinity Wharf Tauranga hotel presents 122 well appointed guestrooms that capture the ever-changing waters of the Tauranga Harbour.
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.
Peppers Parehua Martinborough
Peppers offer the truly charming Peppers Parehua Martinborough at Martinborough. Just over an hour from Wellington, this meticulous country estate offers superbly appointed cottages and villas opening up to their own private deck. Peppers Parehua Martinborough is located in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand’s North Island.
Copthorne Oriental Bay
The Copthorne Hotel is located on Oriental Parade, overlooking the harbour, Close to many of the attractions the area has to offer, making in an ideal base for guest exploring the city. All 118 rooms, in four different room types, feature a separate balcony with views of the harbour or city. Each room comes equipped with all the modern hotel comforts a guest could need.
- Door to door home collection and drop off service available from select areas - further information available here
- 10 nights accommodation, twin/double rooms (single rooms available with surcharge), all with private facilities
- Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
- 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 dinners included
- Return ferry to Waiheke Island
- Private guided tour of Waiheke Island including wine tastings
- Beer tasting at Hot Water Brewing Company
- Wine tasting and lunch at Mercury Bay Estate
- Wine tasting at Leveret Estate Cellar
- Behind the scenes tour at Church Road Winery
- Full day private tour of Martinborough Wineries
- Guided 2.5 hour walking tour of Wellington, with food and drink tastings included.
- Wellington to Auckland flight with Air New Zealand (other ports on application).
Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)
|Club Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:||$4,970.00|
|Non Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:||$5,020.00|
|Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking||$200.00|
Full balance of tour payment due by Friday 12 February 2021
Book and pay in full by Thursday 26 November 2020 and receive $150.00 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.
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
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.
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 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.