Northern Highlights Value Tour

Easy

From $1,190 per person

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Wednesday 07 – Monday 12 September 2022 (6 Days)

If you’re looking for a great way to explore Northland on a reasonably priced tour then look no further! This tour allows you to discover the historic and beautiful Bay of Islands and Northland with the freedom to select your own activities to suit your taste and budget. Visit some of the North’s highlights including: Tane Mahuta, Kerikeri, Whangarei Falls, Kaipara Harbour, Paihia and more.

Day 1             Wednesday 07 September 2022          
JOURNEY TO  WHANGAREI                                                                    
Today we commence our travel north towards Auckland across the Auckland Harbour Bridge and past the lovely Pacific Coast beaches of Orewa and Waiwera.  Continuing on to New Zealand’s northern-most city, Whangarei is nestled between forest-clad hills at the heart of the beautiful Whangarei Harbour, and on arrival we travel out to view the Whangarei Falls, a picturesque waterfall that falls 26-metres over basalt cliffs.
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel, Whangarei  - 1 night

Day 2             Thursday 08 September 2022   
WHANGAREI – HOKIANGA          (B)
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.  Continuing our journey north we travel up Northland’s west coast skirting Kaipara Harbour and following the Kaihu River to the primeval forest of Waipoua, which translates as ‘water falling at night’.  Next we travel through the Waipoua Forest to visit one of the oldest and largest known kauri trees in the world, Tane Mahuta known as The Lord of the Forest.  We arrive early afternoon at our overnight accommodation on the Hokianga Harbour and there will be time for us to relax and enjoy the magnificent views of the harbour and sand dunes.
Accommodation: The Heads, Hokianga – 1 night

Day 3             Friday 09 September 2022         
HOKIANGA – PAIHIA          (B)
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.  Time out for to stroll around the village or for those wishing to take in some history take in an optional tour (at own cost) of the Stone Store and Kemp House (Kerikeri Mission House).  From Kerikeri we travel south to the township of Paihia is popular for its convenient location in the Bay of Islands and vicinity to the Bay's historical and scenic sights. There's no place in the world like the Bay of Islands a stunning region of 144 secluded islands, abundant in natural wonders and marine life. Regarded as the birthplace of New Zealand as a bi-cultural nation, the Bay of Islands is rich in both Maori culture and early European history. Discover well-preserved Maori and European relics of the past, and learn more about the unique history that has shaped our country. The wharf, Paihia's focal point, caters for island and adventure cruises as well as the ferry connection between Paihia and Russell.  This will be our base for the next three nights and the perfect base to explore the birthplace of our nation.
Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel, Paihia – 3 nights

Day 4 & 5      Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 September 2022  
PAIHIA AT LEISURE          (B)
The next two days you have at leisure to explore the Bay of Islands.  Perhaps you may wish to take a full day tour to the far North – Cape Reinga, visit the Waitangi Treaty House, take a cruise out through the Bay of Islands to watch for dolphins, or maybe take a ferry ride over to Russell to take a tour of this very historic town.  So many choices for your consideration – we are happy to assist with your optional bookings.

Day 6             Monday 12 September 2022
JOURNEY FROM PAIHIA          (B)
Today we commence our journey back to Hamilton. We travel on the road less travelled via Kumeu, a town which offers a refreshing blend of boutique wineries, orchards and rolling green farmland. We will stop here for you to purchase your lunch and browse their variety of boutique shops. Departing Kumeu, we travel along the South Western Motorway and through the Waterview Tunnel (touted as the biggest change to Auckland's roading network since the opening of the Harbour Bridge in 1959) before arriving back in Hamilton.

Distinction Whangarei Aerial view with boats in background

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 our 4 star Whangarei hotel. All comfortable guest rooms and suites are air-conditioned and offer SKY TV channels and FREE unlimited WiFi.

The Heads Hokianga

The Heads Hokianga

By the quiet water’s edge of the harbour, you’ll find the welcoming The Heads Hokianga, and its 43 rooms and suites. Located in Hokianga, just 3 hours north of Auckland, this 4-star Qualmark-rated hotel is an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Kingsgate Hotel Paihia Pool Exterior

Kingsgate Hotel 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 – refer to flyer for further information
  • 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) where indicated on your daily itinerary

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Twin/Double Share Cost:$1,190.00
Single Supplement:$300.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking$200.00

Full balance of tour payment due by Wednesday 27 July 2022

Are door to door collections included on this tour? NO

No, our door to door collection service is not available on this tour. There will be en route pick ups and drop offs available from a central location in Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua and Taupo. You will need to make your own arrangements to meet us in these locations.

Is the Guaranteed twin Share Price available on this tour? NO

Unfortunately, our guaranteed twin share pricing is not available on this tour. If we do not have a suitable match for you, you will be required to pay the single supplement.

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.

Terms & Conditions….
Valid from 14 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.

Itineraries
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 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 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 Travel also reserves the right to cancel the tour due to low numbers and in this instance a full refund will be provided.

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination
Our passengers’ safety, and that of our staff and suppliers, has always been our top priority. As of 1 December 2021, Leisure Time Travel requires all passengers joining our tours to produce proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. If a passenger is unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, they may apply for an exemption to us by providing a medical certificate to us. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Proof of vaccination against COVID-19. This is your official vaccination certificate (electronic or paper) and it must identify your name and date of vaccination with the final dose given at least 14-days before the start date of your tour.

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 Travel 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 Travel reserves the right to amend or reschedule 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. Tour Price excludes drinks, telephone calls, travel insurance and items of a personal nature.

Travel Insurance
Leisure Time Travel strongly advises all passengers to purchase a travel insurance policy when booking a tour. A comprehensive travel insurance policy gives peace of mind for unexpected issues or emergencies that may arise prior to or during a tour. We are agents for Cover More Travel Insurance. Cover More now provide insurance cover for a number of COVID-19 related medical, cancellation and amendments costs, giving you confidence to book your trip.  Ask us for a no obligation insurance quote today or further information about travel insurance for your upcoming tour.

New Zealand Cancellation Policy
If you cancel your booking:

  • 42+ days prior to tour commencement, loss of non-refundable deposit
  • 30-41 days prior to tour commencement your cancellation charge will be 50% of the holiday price (50% refund) plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees
  • 30 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.

Northern Highlights Sept 22

Tane Mahuta at Waipoua Forest
Hokianga
Cape Reinga lighthouse with a pink sky in the background
Couple walking along walkway at Waitangi

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