Taste of Tasman & Marlborough

From $3,320 per person

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Wednesday 17 – Monday 22 November 2021 (6 Days)

Join us on this exclusive tour to the Top of the South where we taste some of the highlights the regions have to offer from peanut butter to green mussels.  Take in breathtaking scenery and heritage that make these regions world famous. Visit local artisans, cruise Abel Tasman, Pelorus Sound, and sample some of the premier wines in the country.

Day 1           Wednesday 17 November 2021
ARRIVE NELSON          (D)
This morning fly we Auckland to Nelson.   With a sunny maritime climate in the Nelson regions, there's an unmistakable freshness to the land and the ocean.   Local producers and an artisan culture combine to create confident and uncluttered cuisine, matched with wonderfully crafted wines. Upon arrival into Nelson we take an orientation tour of the city including Tahunanui, Moncrief Rise for panoramic views across Tasman Bay, Nelson Cathedral and the heritage precinct of South Street before checking in to our accommodation. This evening we enjoy a welcome dinner in the hotel restaurant and the opportunity to meet our fellow travellers.
Accommodation: Rutherford Hotel, Nelson – 3 nights

Day 2          Thursday 18 November 2021
NELSON          (BL)
This morning after breakfast we visit Pic’s Peanut Butter World and hear the Pic’s story. Learn all about the peanuts and watch what happens on the factory floor then finish the tour with a tasting of the product itself – a delicious highlight!
Late morning, we head out to the artisan village of Upper Moutere to enjoy lunch and a tasting at a boutique winery.  Spend the afternoon visiting a selection of Moutere Artisans.   This collection of artists, wine makers and artisan food producers have a deep love for, and connection with the stunning natural landscapes that encircle them. The soils here provide excellent growing conditions for rich, flavoursome fruits, vegetables, olives and grapes so you’ll see roadside stalls and boutique stores dotted through the valley.  Following our explorations and tastings in Upper Moutere, we return to the city of Nelson where our evening is at leisure.

Day 3          Friday 19 November 2021
ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK           (BLD)
Early this morning we travel to Kaiteriteri, gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park. On arrival receive a picnic lunch and depart on a Sea Shuttle catamaran for a cruise along the stunning shoreline of Abel Tasman National Park.  En route learn about the history of the park and view the famous Split Apple Rock, a fur seal colony, and the golden beaches and crystal-clear waters of Abel Tasman National Park.  For the more adventurous there is the option of landing ashore at Apple Tree Bay and walking the 7-kms to Anchorage (approximately 2 hours walk). This walk has stunning views of the Tasman Bay through native bush. The track is well defined and requires an excellent/reasonable level of fitness. The boat will collect the walkers at Anchorage on its return down the coast. This afternoon on our way back to Nelson we stop in at Mapua Wharf which is home to a vibrant collection of restaurants, cafes, galleries, and boutique stores.  Dinner is included in the hotel restaurant this evening.

Day 4           Saturday 20 November 2021
NELSON – MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS – BLENHEIM           (BD)
After breakfast we visit the Nelson Markets which are recognized throughout New Zealand and the world, for its fine produce and quality artistry.  After some time at leisure to explore the markets independently, we depart Nelson and travel to the small township of Havelock which sits at the head of the Pelorus Sound in the Marlborough Sounds. This afternoon we enjoy the natural beauty of the Marlborough Sounds with an indulgent half-day Greenshell Mussel Cruise. Relax and unwind while we cruise the tranquil Pelorus Sound and Kenepuru Sound aboard a comfortable catamaran. Learn about local history, visit a mussel farm, taste fresh steamed mussels paired with a glass of Marlborough wine and take in the stunning scenery. Back onshore we continue our journey into Marlborough where fifty years ago there was hardly a commercial grape grown in the Blenheim area. Now the Marlborough district is the top wine producing area in New Zealand with its wines winning awards around the world. We dine this evening in the hotel restaurant.
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough – 2 nights

Day 5           Sunday 21 November 2021
BLENHEIM           (BL)
Start the day with a visit to Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum to visit the Knights of the Sky and Dangerous Skies exhibitions.  The development of aviation and the stories of the men that flew them are brought to life in two distinctive exhibitions. The first featuring the extensive collection of World War One aircraft and rare memorabilia belonging to Sir Peter Jackson and showcasing the talents of WingNut Films and Weta Workshop in Knights of the Sky. The second exhibition, the story of aviation continues with Dangerous Skies in World War II, the aircraft, some exclusive to Omaka, are given the trademark theatrical treatment the museum has become famous for.  A visit to Marlborough wouldn’t be complete without sampling some of the excellent wines being produced here so we visit one of Marlborough’s premier wineries – Wither Hills.  A guide takes us through the Vine Library to learn about thirty different grape varieties grown on-site; then we sample a tasting of wines from the Wairau Valley range.  We complete our Wither Hills experience with a delicious lunch in the winery restaurant. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is at leisure to explore Blenheim independently.

Day 6           Monday 22 November 2021
DEPART BLENHEIM          (B)
Our time sampling the Nelson and Marlborough regions comes to a conclusion today as we transfer to Blenheim Airport for our flight back to Auckland.

Rutherford Hotel

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.

Scenic Hotel Marlborough

Scenic Hotel Marlborough is a contemporary and stylish property located in the heart of sunny Marlborough. The result of a multi-million dollar upgrade of the former Heartland Hotel Marlborough, Scenic Hotel Marlborough offers guests the ultimate in modern comfort and service. Located in the heart of 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. Guests will enjoy the plush modern and well presented spacious accommodation rooms along with quality room amenities. 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.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - refer to further information available here
  • 5 nights accommodation - twin/double rooms, all with private facilities (single rooms available with surcharge)
  • Auckland - Nelson and Blenheim - Auckland flights with Air New Zealand - other ports on application, price on application
  • Touring in modern air conditioned vehicle
  • 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners included
  • Tour of Pic's Peanut Butter Factory including tastings
  • Lunch and wine tasting at a Nelson Boutique Winery
  • Abel Tasman National Park Scenic Cruise with option to include a walk
  • Visit the Nelson Markets
  • Greenshell Mussel Cruise
  • Visit Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum
  • Wine Tasting at Wither Hills
  • Roadside morning teas from the coach - where possible

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Club Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:$3,290.00
Non Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:$3,320.00
Single Supplement:$580.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking$200.00

Full balance of tour payment due by Wednesday 06 October 2021

Book and pay in full by Tuesday 20 July 2021 and receive $100.00 discount per person!

 

Are door to door collections included on this tour? YES

Yes. Leisure Time Travel 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

To help you select the right tour for you, we’ve developed a set of fitness recommendations for our tours. These physical ratings explain how much physical exertion is required to participate on each tour.

Level 1 – Easy

  • Relaxed paced tour
  • Be able to participate in small walks at a relaxed pace for 10-15 minutes
  • Walk on mostly level ground
  • Tackle an occasional flight of stairs
  • Occasionally need to stand for up to 15 minutes
  • Able to get on and off transportation unaided

Level 2 – Moderate

  • Be able to participate in walks with time to rest at least every 20-30 minutes
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Walk confidently on uneven and undulating surfaces
  • Able to get on and off transportation unaided

 Level 3 – Active

  • Participate in walks for 45-60 minutes at a time without having to rest
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 60 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk confidently over uneven ground or undulating surfaces
  • 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.

Terms & Conditions….
Valid from 1 October 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.

*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 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.

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