South Island Autumn Colours

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Friday 21 April – Monday 01 May 2023 (11 Days)

The South Island boasts rugged beaches, spectacular mountain ranges, stunning scenery, and of course the ‘salt of the earth’ and friendly locals that you’ll meet along the way. Travel the beautiful landscapes of the South Island’s central and southern regions as the scenery turns golden – a photographer’s paradise.

Day 1              Friday 21 April 2023
ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH          (D)
We begin our tour with a flight from Auckland to Christchurch. On arrival in Christchurch, we are met by our South Island driver/guide and are taken to our accommodation for the night. The remainder of the day at leisure to relax or stroll around Christchurch. Tonight, we will enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel to meet our fellow travellers.
Accommodation: Chateau on The Park, Christchurch -1 night

Day 2              Saturday 22 April 2023  
CHRISTCHURCH – FRANZ JOSEF          (BD)
Leaving Christchurch this morning, we travel over the Canterbury Plains, passing through the beautiful beech forest of Arthurs Pass National Park to cross the Southern Alps. From the valleys of the snow-capped mountains, we descend into the lush rainforests of Westland and travel south along the West Coast. ‘The Coast’ as locals call it, is one of the world’s special places, with mind-blowing landscapes. Enjoy the journey through these cloud-piercing mountains that rise within 30-km of the breathtaking coast. Five of our national parks are here, including South West New Zealand which has been declared a World Heritage Area. We arrive in Hokitika where we stop to purchase lunch (own cost). After lunch we travel south further into the Westland National Park, the home of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. We enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant tonight.
Accommodation:  Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef – 1night

Day 3             Sunday 23 April 2023  
FRANZ JOSEF – WANAKA          (BD)
Ensure you have your camera ready for our visit to nearby Lake Matheson for a morning stroll, where in the right conditions, the beautiful Mount Cook is mirrored in its still waters. This land is the heart of Te Wahipounamu, meaning ‘the place of the greenstone’, explored by generations of Maori but only discovered by Europeans 150 years ago. Driving towards the southern end of the West Coast Road, there is a strong sense of entering a primeval land, before arriving in Haast where we are surrounded by a varied landscape. This wilderness forms part of the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area, so designated because South Westland and Fiordland have some of the most dramatic forest, mountain scenery and natural resources in the world. There will be time for you to purchase lunch (own cost), before we board the Haast River Safari for a one-hour trip by covered jet boat through the mighty Haast River Valley for a close-up encounter with this untouched landscape and its remarkable natural features. Learn from the local and highly experienced jet boat driver/guide about the physical attributes of this remarkable glacial valley. On conclusion of our River Safari, we reboard the coach and travel over the Haast Pass to Makarora and onto the upper reaches of Lake Wanaka. Tonight we dine in the hotel restaurant.
Accommodation: Wanaka Hotel, Wanaka – 1 night

Day 4             Monday 24 April 2023  
WANAKA – QUEENSTOWN          (BD)
Leaving behind Wanaka, we travel south to Cromwell where we have time to explore the Cromwell Heritage Precinct. When the Clyde dam was completed in 1990, Cromwell’s main street disappeared under Lake Dunstan, today we can see some of the historic buildings dating back to the gold rush of the 1860’s that were saved or lovingly rebuilt on higher ground, creating the Cromwell Heritage Precinct where many artisan businesses are located on the shore of beautiful Lake Dunstan. Our next stop is historic Arrowtown - a quaint town away from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown with plenty of shops and historic remains from the Gold Rush days. There is time in Arrowtown to purchase lunch before travelling to nearby Queenstown where we stay for the next two nights. We dine together to at our hotel tonight.
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel, Queenstown – 2 nights

Day 5             Tuesday 25 April 2023  
QUEENSTOWN          (B)
Today is at leisure to explore Queenstown. Nestled amongst glacier-rounded hills and dramatic rugged mountain peaks, Queenstown is New Zealand’s premier year-round alpine resort. The town is steeped in the history of the goldmining days, evident from the many relics scattered in and amongst the surrounding hills. Queenstown has a plethora of optional sightseeing activities available from jet-boating on the thrilling Shotover Jet or the scenic and remote Dart River; winery tours to the premier Central Otago wineries; 4WD tours into unforgettable Skippers Canyon; scenic flights; fly-fishing or if you dare – bungy jumping or tandem sky-diving!  Extra cost for optional sightseeing excursions. Tonight is free for you to explore the local restaurants, cafes and bars.

Day 6             Wednesday 26 April 2023  
QUEENSTOWN – MILFORD – TE ANAU          (BD)
Leaving Queenstown we skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand’s third largest lake, alongside the towering Remarkables Ranges.  We travel via the beautiful Eglinton Valley climbing to the Homer Tunnel before descending through to the spectacular Cleddau Canyon. Upon arrival in Milford Sound, we enjoy a cruise of this stunning sound that is dominated by the grandeur of Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls.  After our breathtaking cruise, we travel to Te Anau to our accommodation where we will enjoy dinner tonight.
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau – 1 night

Day 7             Thursday 27 April 2023  
TE ANAU – DUNEDIN          (BD)
Travelling across the rolling farmland of Southland and Otago we take in the striking area with a large number of deer farms that are easily seen from the road. The road travels through small country towns before crossing the fast-flowing Clutha River and heading north into Dunedin, known as ‘The Edinburgh of the South’. We enjoy a sightseeing tour of this historic city which was established in the 1840’s by settlers from the Presbyterian Church of Scotland and set on hills at the head of a lovely harbour.  Travelling along George and Princes Streets and through the Octagon which features the historic Town Hall, St Pauls Anglican Cathedral and a statue of the Scottish poet Robbie Burns. Highlights include visits to Baldwin Street (the steepest in the world) and also Olveston House – an impressive turn-of-the-century house that is still home to all the lavish furnishings and art collections that have been collected from all corners of the world. Dinner tonight is at the hotel.
Accommodation: The Victoria Hotel, Dunedin – 2 nights

Day 8             Friday 28 April 2023  
DUNEDIN          (B)
Today is at leisure to explore this town full of history. You may wish to visit the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum where much of the history of the original inhabitants of the area is located, take a tour of the Speights Brewery, enjoy time at the Otago Museum with its Butterfly House or wander around the Octagon (the very heart of the city).  Out on the Otago Peninsula you can enjoy Larnach Castle and its gardens, see the Royal Albatross Colony (the only mainland colony in the world), visit the rare Yellow-Eyed Penguins Colony or visit the interesting Marine Studies Centre.  There are also some lovely gardens to enjoy such as the authentic Chinese Gardens, Botanical Gardens and Glenfalloch Woodland Garden. All activities today at extra cost.

Day 9             Saturday 29 April 2023  
DUNEDIN - OMARAMA          (BD)
Departing Dunedin, we travel north to view the extraordinary spherical Moeraki Boulders, shaped like giant marbles and nestled on the beach near Moeraki. Carrying on to Oamaru, we have time to look at the ‘White Stone City’ where the old buildings have been constructed with local limestone. It was from Oamaru that New Zealand’s first frozen meat was shipped in 1882 taking over three months to reach England, and thus began New Zealand’s most important export industry. Travelling inland through Benmore and Otematata, we arrive at Omarama. Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.
Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama – 1 night

Day 10            Sunday 30 April 2023  
TWIZEL – CHRISTCHURCH          (BD)
Today is a day full of spectacular sights. Travelling north we skirt the shore of Lake Pukaki to reach Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain. There is time available to enjoy an optional scenic flight over the ancient rivers of ice that make up the West Coast Glaciers (weather permitting – a highly recommended option). Travelling to Tekapo we admire the magnificent blue waters of Lake Tekapo where we view the Church of the Good Shepherd and the statue of the Collie dog, before travelling through the vast Mackenzie Basin, over Burke’s Pass through Fairlie, Geraldine, and Ashburton and across the Canterbury Plains into Christchurch. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: The Chateau on the Park, Christchurch – 1 night

Day 11            Monday 01 May 2023  
DEPART CHRISTCHURCH          (B)
Farewell from the South Island! This morning we are transferred to Christchurch Airport to connect with our flight back to Auckland.

Chateau on the Park

Chateau on the Park

Set in five acres of beautifully landscaped garden, The Chateau on the Park boasts a moat, private vineyard and a rose garden, a tranquil retreat only minutes from the many attractions of the area. The Deluxe Rooms offer a comfortable stay in a spacious, well equipped guest room featuring spectacular garden views, small seating area and ensuite.

Scenic Franz Josef, Entrance with mountains in the background

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef

In the heart of the village and edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is only a breath away from the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier. The hotel offers everything you need to be able to explore this dramatic region in style and comfort. With an exceptional restaurant, serving hearty, West Coast fare, and the Moa Bar with its open fireplace, you are never without choice. Plus, with the private hot pools and our Amaia Luxury Spa close by, you can enjoy time out to rejuvenate after a day taking in the many walking tracks and other outdoor pursuits. 

Wanaka Hotel

Wanaka Hotel 

Located less than a 1-minute walk from the centre of Wanaka, Wanaka Hotel is a 1-minute walk from the lake and town centre. Most accommodation offers views over the lake and mountains. Guests enjoy 2 restaurants, a cafe and free on-site parking. All rooms and suites feature a TV, a work desk, a small refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities. Each has an en suite bathroom with a shower, or a shower and bathtub.

Heartland Hotel Queenstown Exterior

Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Heartland Hotel has a distinctive design and is close to all the action in the bustling resort town.
With amazing views to the mountain and Lake Wakatipu you can still feel cozy and tucked away in the A-Line style chalets in the hills. There are a total of 81 rooms at Heartland Hotel, comprising of Chalet Rooms, Family Rooms, Standard Rooms and Superior rooms. The Hillside Brasserie is open for buffet breakfast and is open for an a la carte dinner from 5pm until 10pm every day.

Distinction Hotel Luxmore Te Anau Front Exterior

Distinction Luxmore

Distinction Luxmore Hotel, conveniently located in the town centre and close to many attractions and activities the area has to offer. With 180 guest rooms all offering comfortable and luxurious stays, complete with all the in-room amenities a guest could need and access to the hotel's wider facilities.

Victoria Hotel Dunedin Exterior View

The Victoria Hotel

This small hotel is located close to the Octagon, which is the heart of Dunedin City, and just minutes walk away from the city's attractions, shops and historic Dunedin Railway Station.

Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama Exterior

Hertiage Gateway Omarama

Set amongst landscaped gardens with views of the surrounding mountains, the Heritage Gateway Hotel is a peaceful place to stay. Featuring 98 comfortably furnished guest rooms, restaurant & bar.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - refer to further information available here
  • Auckland – Christchurch return flights with Air New Zealand - other ports on application / price on application
  • 10 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), Dinners (D) where indicated on your daily itinerary - 10x breakfasts, 8x dinners
  • Roadside Morning Teas – where possible
  • Haast River Safari
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Guided tour of Olveston House

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Twin/Double Share: $5,145.00
Single Supplement: $1,130.00
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 Friday 10 March 2023

Early Bird Offer Book and pay in full by Thursday 22 December 2022 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.

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.

South Island Autumn Colurs

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