The Coastal North
From $4,390.00 per person
Tuesday 08 – Tuesday 08 November 2022 (8 Days)
Join us on a tour that explores the wonderful coastal delights of Northland. We travel up the East Coast visiting beautiful beaches and bays learning the history of the areas that we will visit. Experience local attractions along the way including an excursion through crystal blue waters to Poor Knights Marine Reserve. After reaching Cape Reinga at the most northern tip of New Zealand, we journey back down the West Coast, across harbours, through forests and along rugged coastlines.
Please note: A reasonable level of fitness and agility will be required to comfortably enjoy and complete this tour with safety.
Day 1 Tuesday 08 November 2022
JOURNEY TO SNELL'S BEACH (D)
Departing early this morning we travel north and along the Hibiscus Coast Highway passing through small coastal suburbs until we travel inland to Puhoi. On arrival, we visit the Puhoi Valley Cheese shop and café. There will be time available to purchase lunch (own cost) at the onsite café. Next, we visit the Puhoi Heritage Museum and Village and learn about the unique history of Puhoi from its Bohemian/Māori foundations in the 1860s to the present day. This afternoon we travel further north to the Mahurangi Peninsula where our overnight accommodation is in the coastal hideaway of Snell’s Beach. A welcome dinner is included at our accommodation.
Accommodation: The Salty Dog Inn, Snell’s Beach – 1 night
Day 2 Wednesday 09 November 2022
SNELLS BEACH – TUTUKAKA (BD)
This morning we travel to Matakana for a visit to Sculptureum to see the stunning sculpture gardens and art galleries onsite before visiting the Morris & James Pottery. A Matakana institution, Morris & James was established in 1977 by Ant Morris, and today is run by over 15 artisans and crafts people. There is time here to browse a selection of colourful ceramics, pots, home décor and gardenware, all created on-site. Afterwards travel through Mangawhai Village and along the Welcoming Coast to Waipu where we stop for afternoon tea and a visit to the Waipu Museum. Here discover how Gaelic speaking emigrants from the Western Highlands of Scotland escaped the notorious Highland Clearances and eventually arrived in “the virtual paradise” of Waipu. Continuing north, we pass through Whangarei before arriving at the Tutukaka Coast. Dinner is included in the hotel restaurant tonight.
Accommodation: The Quality Hotel Oceans Tutukaka – 2 nights
Day 3 Thursday 10 November 2022
POOR KNIGHTS DAY EXCURSION (BL)
Today, we board a multi-deck luxurious vessel for a full day excursion to The Poor Knights Marine Reserve, with crystal clear waters and an abundance of sea life. With a professional skipper, and friendly crew we cruise on an ocean journey to the islands, on a fully-licensed and surveyed boat. There are many hidden harbors to explore, so we will always be sheltered and comfortable. Whilst at the Poor Knights Islands we visit the inside of the world’s largest sea cave. A delicious buffet lunch is served onboard including free tea, coffee, and soups before returning to shore. This evening is at leisure and our accommodation is within walking distance to local eateries.
Day 4 Friday 11 November 2022
TUTUKAKA – PAIHIA (BL)
Travel along the Twin Coast Route to Matapouri where we will stop for a roadside morning tea and have the option to walk through groves of ancient Puriri trees to Whale Bay – an idyllic white sand, bush fringed beach. Continuing north along the scenic coastal route we stop at the Gallery & Café on Helena Bay Hill for lunch. The Gallery & Cafe are set in a lush subtropical garden with magnificent bush and sea views over Helena Bay and there will be time to wander the sculpture garden and visit the gallery onsite which displays a wide range of New Zealand artists. We finish the afternoon at the boutique vineyard of Omata Estate Winery where we can enjoy wine tasting while overlooking the ocean, before checking in to our accommodation in Paihia. This evening is at leisure to dine in one of the local restaurants.
Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel, Paihia – 1 night
Day 5 Saturday 12 November 2022
PAIHIA – DOUBTLESS BAY – KARIKARI PENINSULA (BLD)
Today we travel to Doubtless Bay. Visit Butler Point, which features a Whaling Museum, acknowledged as one of the most comprehensive private museums of its kind in New Zealand; Butler House, the residence of Captain William Butler built in 1847; and with Gardens of exotic and native flora, including extensive stands of ancient Pohutukawa trees which have been recognised as a Garden of Significance. For lunch we stop at the Famous Fish and Chip shop in the fishing village of Mangōnui - the main centre of Doubtless Bay. Once a busy whaling and trading town, Mangōnui has a collection of charming 150 year-old buildings that now house cafés, art and craft shops. We have time this afternoon to meander along the coast of Doubtless Bay. To the west of Mangōnui is Coopers Beach; home to pohutukawa-lined golden sands, gentle waves and safe swimming and we’ll have the chance to sample the delicious ice cream at Cable Bay (own cost), known for its pink-sand beach. In 1769 Captain James Cook looked in on this expanse of water and declared it was "doubtless a bay". Beach after beach of luxurious caramel and white sands make it a popular place to swim, snorkel, fish, and sail. We then visit Matthews Vintage Collection to view a privately owned collection of vintage cars and machinery used in farming and dating back to the early 1900’s. The collection has been accumulated and restored by an avid vintage enthusiast for more than 50 years and covers over 1100 square metres of display area. We travel up the Karikari Peninsula to our accommodation for the next two nights at Carrington Estate. Spread over four breathtaking kilometres of secluded white sand coastline, the resort features an ocean-side 18-hole championship golf course, and 900-acres of restored wetlands with a pool and winery onsite. Dinner tonight is included at the Winery Restaurant with views overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Accommodation: Carrington Estate – 2 nights
Day 6 Sunday 13 November 2022
CAPE REINGA DAY EXCURSION (BLD)
Today we enjoy a full day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northern-most point. Travel along 90 Mile Beach to see the rugged views of the West Coast before stopping at the giant sand dunes of Te Paki and drive up the infamous quicksand stream before reaching Cape Reinga. Known to the Māori as "Te Rerenga Wairua”, it is there that the souls of the departed undertake their final journey to Hawaiki, the land of their ancestors. A short walk leads to the iconic WWII lighthouse and the famous signpost pointing to cities around the world. Enjoy spectacular views of Cape Maria Van Diemen and watch the division line where the Tasman Sea turquoise waters clash fiercely with the Pacific Ocean’s darker blue waves. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Tapotupotu Bay on the eastern side of Cape Reinga before returning to our accommodation. Dinner is included in the hotel restaurant.
Day 7 Monday 14 November 2022
KARIKARI PENINSULA – HOKIANGA (BD)
Travelling from the East Coast to the West Coast, we stop in Kaitaia to visit the Museum at Te Ahu. Treasures among the pre-European Māori collection include pounamu, early carvings, and the 500-year-old skeletal remains of the extinct Kuri (Polynesian dog). Other major themes are gum digging and the Dalmatians, kauri gum and timber, early shipwrecks, and missionary pioneers. It is the proud home of the first European item left in New Zealand, the mighty de Surville anchor. Travel over the Mangamuka Gorge and down the West Coast to the Hokianga Harbour, where we cross by ferry to the small settlement of Rawene where we have time to purchase lunch and wander through the boutique township. This afternoon we visit Manea Footprints of Kupe – this is a 75-minute multi-sensory journey of guided storytelling expressed through art, taonga (cultural treasures), film, performance, digital interaction, and the splendour of Hokianga’s natural surroundings. Check in to our waterfront accommodation where we have time to rest before dinner is served in the hotel restaurant.
Accommodation: The Heads Hokianga – 1 night
Day 8 Tuesday 15 November 2022
JOURNEY FROM HOKIANGA (B)
After breakfast we depart down the wild West Coast and journey through the Waipoua Forest. As the largest remaining tract of native forest in Northland, Waipoua is an ancient green world of towering trees and rare birds. The highway through the forest is memorable for the natural gateways created by huge kauri trees and the fringing of colourful ferns along the road's edge. We stop here to visit Tāne Mahuta, the country's largest kauri tree, which is approximately 2,000 years old, and still growing. Nearly 18-metres to the first branch and 4.4 metres in diameter, Tāne Mahuta is rightly called 'The Lord of the Forest'. Departing the Waipoua Forest, we begin our journey back to Hamilton, arriving in the early evening.
The Salty Dog Inn, Snell's Beach
Just a short drive from Auckland, set against the beautiful backdrop of Snell’s Beach, resort-style Salty Dog Inn is a coastal hideaway of rare quality. Established in 1994 in the beautiful region of the Matakana coast, it’s spread over 2 acres of lush green grounds with spectacular mountain views, overlooking the stunning view of Mahurangi river. The Bar and Restaurant are separate, so that you can choose to enjoy either a relaxed Pub/Bistro styled environment, or you can opt for fine dining in the Restaurant with a delicious A La Carte menu.
Quality Hotel "Oceans", Tutukaka
Perched on the edge of the renowned Tutukaka Marina, “Oceans” is ideally situated for access to the Poor Knights Marine Reserve where you can experience one of the top dive locations in the world. Our friendly team will make you feel at home and you will want to return time and time again. Each of Ocean’s 28 hotel rooms features a super-king size bed (which can be reconfigured as comfortable twin beds), and an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. All our rooms have Air-conditioning.
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.
Carrington Estate, Karikari, Northland
Carrington is a grand estate at the heart of Northland. A place where leisure meets nature, where rolling vineyards and farmland flow down to azure waters, white sands and the untouched beaches of the Pacific Ocean. The 3,000 acre estate is set on the pristine and picturesque Karikari Peninsula, a world-class beach-side escape, a million miles from everyday life, a truly unique New Zealand resort hotel, with an attached winery too. Experience classic design and timeless charm with comfortable and beautifully appointed, spacious rooms featuring views of the Estate’s golf course, vineyards and Pacific Ocean.
The Heads, Hokianga, Northland
With beachfront rooms and a minute's stroll from the shore and surrounded by natural beauty, The Heads Hokianga is an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life just 3 hours north of Auckland.
- Door-to-door home collection and drop-off service is available from designated areas – please refer to the flyer for further information
- 7 nights’ accommodation - twin/double rooms, all with private facilities (single rooms are available with a surcharge)
- Tour admissions as shown on the itinerary
- Touring in a modern air-conditioned vehicle
- Breakfasts (B), Lunches (L), Dinners (D) as indicated on the daily itinerary
- Roadside Morning Teas – where practicable
- Visit Puhoi Valley Cheese
- Admission to Puhoi Heritage Museum
- Admission to Sculptureum
- Admission to Waipu Museum
- Full day tour to Poor Knights Marine Reserve
- Visit Helena Bay Gallery & Café
- Wine tasting at Omata Estate Winery
- Guided tour of Butler Point Whaling Museum
- Admission to Matthews Vintage Collection
- Cape Reinga Day Tour
- Admission to Museum at Te Ahu
- Guided tour of Manea Footprints of Kupe
Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)
|Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking||$ 200.00|
Full balance of tour payment due by Tuesday 27 September 2022
Are door to door collections included on this tour? YES
Is the Guaranteed twin Share Price available on this tour? YES
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? MODERATE LEVEL
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
Can you assist with pre & post tour accommodation? YES
Is this tour a guaranteed departure? NO
Are roadside morning teas included on our tours? YES
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Booking Terms & Conditions
Terms & Conditions….
Valid from 1 June 2022
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 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 Time Travel 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 accommodation arrangement.
*NOT applicable to all tours, please refer to the individual tour brochure to confirm whether this arrangement is available.
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 and staff on tour, any passengers showing symptoms of illness (such as fever, coughing or difficulty breathing) will not be accepted onboard the coach unless they can provide a negative Covid-19 test result received within the past 24 hours. Should any passenger start to feel unwell on arrival or while on tour, they must immediately advise their Tour Manager and may be required to visit a medical practitioner/medical centre/hospital. To continue the tour the passenger must provide a negative Covid-19 test and be deemed fit and well to participate fully on a coach tour. 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, 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.
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Although every effort is made to handle guests’ luggage carefully, we cannot be responsible, assume liability or accept claims for loss or damage to luggage and personal effects due to breakage, theft, or fair wear and tear through hotel, airline and group carrier handling. Therefore, it is important for protection that passengers make certain they have adequate travel insurance to cover these eventualities.
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You agree to behave reasonably throughout your Packaged Tour and not to be a nuisance to other passengers. You agree to comply with these terms and the terms that apply to any goods or services supplied to you by other operators. You also agree to comply with our reasonable requests and the requests of other operators. You indemnify us for any liability, costs, damages or other expenses we suffer or incur as a direct or indirect consequence of your behaviour while part of your Packaged Tour.
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.
Removal From Your Packaged Tour
For the well-being of all passengers on your Packaged Tour, we reserve the right to remove you from your Packaged Tour and cancel your booking with us if you breach any of your obligations under these terms provided that, except in the case of a serious breach (as determined by us) we will give you notice of the breach and a reasonable opportunity (which will be no more than 2 days) to remedy the breach before exercising our cancellation right. In the case of a serious breach, we can exclude you from your Packaged Tour and cancel your booking by immediate verbal or written notice to you. In the event of such cancellation, you will be responsible, at your cost, for arranging any accommodation, travel costs and other matters required as a direct or indirect consequence of the cancellation.
New Zealand Cancellation Policy
Note – These cancellation terms are for standard domestic tours which excludes overnight boat stays
If you cancel your booking:
· 42+ days prior to tour commencement, loss of the non-refundable deposit
· 30 to 41 days prior to tour commencement; your cancellation charge is 50% of the full holiday price (50% refund); plus, any applicable supplier cancellation fees
· 30 days prior to tour commencement your cancellation charge will be 100% of the full holiday price (no refund)
No refunds will be given on any unused portions of any itinerary. The exception is when a sightseeing service has been cancelled by the service operator due to weather conditions/safety concerns etc. and only when the operator authorises a refund. Any such refunds will be processed through your travel agent.
Please Note: Any applicable airline content does not apply to the above refunds – Please refer to your airline for their specific cancellation/refund policies.