South Island Food & Wine
Monday 5 April – Friday 16 April 2021 (12 days)
A fantastic opportunity to experience our country’s amazing wines, beers and tasty foods while exploring the South island and some of its top locations. Enjoy tours of top wineries in Marlborough, the Tasman and Central Otago plus activities including a Coastal Pacific scenic train journey and a cruise in the Abel Tasman.
Day 1 Monday 05 April 2021
ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH (D)
This morning make your own way to Christchurch and meet up with your guide at the hotel. Christchurch has emerged revitalized following the earthquake that devastated much of the city in February 2011. The destruction of several landmark historic buildings has led to the development of new city plans, a bold public art programme and innovative use of space. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers at a local restaurant – arriving in style on a beautifully restored heritage tram!
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel, Christchurch
Day 2 Tuesday 06 April 2021
CHRISTCHURCH — BLENHEIM (BLD)
Depart Christchurch and travel up the east coast through the North Canterbury farmlands and the recently developed wine country of Waipara to the town of Kaikoura where the mountains meet the sea. Continue north travelling along a thin ledge of land pinned between the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and the rugged ranges then across farmland to Blenheim - located in the Marlborough Wine Country. On arrival in Blenheim, we enjoy wine tasting and platter lunch at The Wine Station. The core of The Wine Station concept is the ability to showcase an incredible variety of 80 premium wines from Marlborough. Tonight dinner is included at Arbour, a modern and relaxed restaurant with innovative seasonal cuisine with a focus on local producers and purveyors – a real taste of Marlborough.
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough - 2 nights
Day 3 Wednesday 07 April 2021
Today enjoy a fabulous full day small group tour of the Marlborough wine region specializing in stunning wine and food experiences, behind the scenes tours, winemaker hosted tastings and special reserve grade wines. Each winery experience has been specially created and privately hosted away from the public areas. You will not only receive fabulous private service but you will also get to see areas of the winery that are not normally accessible. Dinner tonight is at your leisure.
Day 4 Thursday 08 April 2021
BLENHEIM - NELSON (B)
Travel across the top of the South Island through the Rai Valley, forestry plantations and farmland to the Nelson region. The city of Nelson is known for its sunny climate, golden sand beaches, wineries, artists and craftspeople and three National Parks in close proximity. The afternoon is at leisure in Nelson to explore the city from your centrally located hotel. Dinner tonight is at your leisure.
Accommodation: Rutherford Hotel, Nelson - 2 nights
Day 5 Friday 09 April 2021
This morning sit back and relax as you depart from picturesque Kaiteriteri Beach on a scenic cruise right into the bays, islands and beaches of the majestic Abel Tasman National Park. You’ll get a chance to see and photograph the world-famous Split Apple Rock from close up, see native Fur Seals (Kekeno) in their natural habitat, marvel at the golden sands and the turquoise waters of the Astrolabe Roadstead, Anchorage, Bark Bay and Medlands beach all before you return to Kaiteriteri. After your cruise travel to Himmelsfeld Vineyard for a tasting - a truly boutique vineyard based on a heartfelt commitment to the time and attention that is necessary to produce great wines. Then visit Moutere Hills - a family owned boutique vineyard and winery situated amongst the picturesque hills. The vines are on Moutere clay gravels, which give the wines a lovely fruit density, minerality and fine tannin. Enjoy a tasting following by lunch in the adjacent FORSTERS Moutere Hills Restaurant. Finally today taste of some of Seifried finest wines and see why Nelson is such a special place to grow and make wine.
Day 6 Saturday 10 April 2021
NELSON - PUNAKAIKI (B)
Travel south through the lovely Waimea Valley once well known for the growing of tobacco. Continue through rugged and remote bush covered mountains. The road follows the Buller River towards the coast. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Buller Gorge before reaching the West Coast. Continue down the coast to the small settlement of Punakaiki on the edge of the Paparoa National Park. Punakaiki is renowned for its wild, rugged coastline and the famous ‘Pancake Rocks’ and blowholes. These stratified limestone stacks are an extraordinary monument of nature. There are various scenic walks and hiking opportunities in this beautiful isolated area. From here continue south through the coal and gold mining town of Greymouth. Learn about the Coast’s incredible brewing history and what goes into making our special handcrafted brews on a fully guided 45-minute tour around the Monteith’s Brewery. Afterwards, enjoy a tasting of three beers of your choice from the tap at the brewery bar. Continue on to Punakaiki. Dinner tonight is at leisure.
Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki
Day 7 Sunday 11 April 2021
PUNAKAIKI - FOX GLACIER (B)
Continue south by coach through forests and farmland, with views of the Alps to the east and the Tasman Sea to the west, to the village of Franz Josef Glacier. The huge rivers of snow and ice of the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers flow from vast snowfields high in the Southern Alps almost to sea level which is unusual in a temperate climate.
Accommodation: Distinction Fox Glacier
Day 8 Monday 12 April 2021
FOX GLACIER - WANAKA (B)
An early sunrise start this morning to visit nearby Lake Matheson for a stroll and where, when conditions are right, perfectly mirrors beautiful Mount Cook in its still waters. This land is the heart of Te Wahipounamu – the place of the greenstone – explored by generations of Maori but penetrated by Europeans only 150 years ago. After your early start, head back to the hotel for breakfast. Before you depart, there may be time for an optional scenic helicopter ride (additional cost). It’s the perfect opportunity to get up close to the glaciers and touch snow. You’ll be captivated as you lift off and fly up and over the dramatic expanse of Fox Glacier and experience the solitude of a landing in this wonderful natural alpine environment. Depart over the Haast Pass along the river road, which took more than 40 years to complete, travelling beside the icy river and deep into Mt Aspiring National Park. The atmosphere lightens as you reach lovely Lake Wanaka, reflecting the mountain peaks that in winter offer superb skiing, and the pretty resort town of Wanaka.
Accommodation: Wanaka Hotel – 2 nights
Day 9 Tuesday 13 April 2021
Today we discover some of Wanaka and Central Otago’s wonderful vineyards and scenery, while meeting some of the numerous characters that produce these gorgeous, award winning wines. We’ll take you to the little gems that are quietly making a big name for themselves with their dedication to produce the best possible wine. Here you’ll get up close and personal with the vineyard owners and wine makers. The tour includes tastings at 4 vineyards, a gourmet food and wine match, and a knowledgeable friendly guide. Dinner tonight will be at leisure.
Day 10 Wednesday 14 April 2021
WANAKA - QUEENSTOWN (BLD)
Take a tour of the Cardrona Distillery and learn about the entire spirit making process, from grain to glass. Discover the secrets to Cardrona's artisan spirits, starting with their water source, malted barley and water. You will see where the malt is milled, mashed, fermented and distilled and matured before tasting the wares with a tutored spirit tasting of Cardrona spirits. Continue a short distance to the historic Cardrona Hotel situated on the spectacular Crown Range. Enjoy lunch in this charming hotel before re-joining your 4 Wheel drive vehicles for your journey to Queenstown stopping at the summit for photos then travel along a “secret backroad” (Tobins Track), crossing the Arrow River into Arrowtown then on to Queenstown. Your coach will take the more sedate journey around the Crown Range with your luggage and meet you in Arrowtown. Upon arrival in Queenstown experience a thrilling jetboat ride before arriving at your hotel. Dinner at the hotel this evening.
Accommodation: The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments – 2 nights
Day 11 Thursday 15 April 2021
Today we experience a couple of the wineries in Queenstown. Our first visit today is Gibbston Valley Winery. As one of the region’s founding wineries, Gibbston Valley Winery focus is always on handcrafting premium wines and honouring the traditions that have made them a world-renowned destination, since releasing Central Otago's first commercial vintage in 1987. Here we will be taken through the oldest vines in Central Otago, learn about their winemaking process and go inside New Zealand’s largest wine cave, along with enjoying 4 tastings of their award winning wines. Departing Gibbston, we travel the short distance to Kinross for wine tasting. We return to Queenstown at approximately midday for an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, reminisce over a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 12 Friday 16 April 2021
DEPART QUEENSTOWN (B)
Today say farewell to your new found friends as we depart Queenstown and fly to Auckland (other ports on application). If you require any post tour arrangements please enquire at time of booking.
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.
Scenic Hotel Marlborough
Scenic Hotel Marlborough is a contemporary and stylish property located in the heart of sunny Marlborough. The hotel is just minutes' walk from the centre of Blenheim, and puts some of New Zealand's finest food and wine virtually on your doorstep. The Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, sauna, spa, ample parking, wireless Internet and quality, relaxed dining and socialising in the licensed Seymours Restaurant and Bar.
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.
Punakaiki Resort is a modern accommodation complex located on Punakaiki Beach near the world famous Pancake Rocks and Blow Holes on the West Coast of the South Island. The resort has been designed to maximize the surrounding environment with beautiful ocean and rainforest views of the Paparoa National Park. Punakaiki Resort provides spacious modern studio units which have either ocean or garden views and situated on both sides of the road.
Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier
Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Hotel is luxury hotel accommodation in Fox Glacier village, sat in the beautiful alpine landscape of the West Coast and close by to many of the attractions and natural wonders the area has to offer. All 20 guest rooms are well appointed and feature their own private balcony, luxurious bedroom and lounge area.
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.
The Rees Hotel & Apartments
Showcasing breath taking panoramic lake and mountain views, The Rees Hotel Queenstown is a sophisticated five-star property conveniently located just a gentle lakeside walk from Queenstown’s town centre. The Rees Hotel boasts luxurious accommodation options including 60 hotel rooms 90 apartments and 5 Lakeside Residences, all with full service, alongside many unique features such as; a fine dining onsite restaurant led by an award-winning Michelin trained chef, an extensive wine cellar, purpose-built gymnasium, complimentary ski lockers, spa treatment services, library and private jetty.
- Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - further information available here
- 11 nights accommodation with private en suite
- Auckland to Christchurch and Queenstown to Auckland airfares with Air New Zealand - other ports on application
- Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
- 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners included
- Day pass on Christchurch Tram
- Wine tasting at The Station, Blenheim
- Full Day small group wine tour of Marlborough wineries
- Scenic Cruise of Abel Tasman National Park
- Wine Tasting at Himmelsfield Vineyard
- Wine tasting at Moutere Hills Winery
- Wine tasting at Seifried Winery
- Guided tour and tasting of Monteiths Brewery
- Guided full day wine tour around Wanaka
- Guided tour of Cardrona Distillery
- Lunch at Cardrona Hotel
- 4WD adventure around Wanaka
- Jetboat ride in Queenstown with KJet
- Wine tasting at Gibbston Valley Winery
- Wine tasting at Kinross
Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)
|Club Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:||$5,750.00|
|Non Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:||$5,800.00|
|Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking||$200.00|
Full balance of tour payment due by Monday 22 February 2021
Book and pay in full by Sunday 6 December 2020 and receive a $150 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
Is this tour a guaranteed departure? NO
This tour will be guaranteed once there are 10 passengers booked on the tour.
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.
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.