The Preservation Inlet Cruise

From $4,590 per person

Friday 4 September 2020 – Saturday 12 September 2020  (9 Days)

An ultimate voyage of discovery, an exploration of five of New Zealand’s southernmost and seldom visited fiords; Chalky and Preservation Inlets as well as the stunning Doubtful, Dusky and Breaksea Sounds. A hidden gem of New Zealand, this is definitely a cruise of a lifetime.

 

Day 1                 Friday 04 September 2020
ARRIVE QUEENSTOWN - TRAVEL TO TE ANAU     (D)
This morning fly from Auckland to Queenstown. You will be met at the airport and then travel to Te Anau for your overnight stay before commencing your Preservation Inlet Cruise tomorrow.
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau

Day 2                 Saturday 05 September 2020
MANAPOURI TO PRESERVATION INLET     (BLD)
This morning you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the Manapouri Visitor Centre where you will begin your cruise to West Arm of Manapouri. You will then fly by helicopter to the Weka Island Barge to board the Milford Wanderer and cruise Preservation Inlet.

Day 3                  Sunday 06 September 2020
EXPLORE PRESERVATION INLET     (BLD)
In the morning visit the town site of Cromarty and the mining relics of Te Oneroa with the option of a 5km return walk to Puysegur Point Light House in the afternoon.

Day 4                  Monday 07 September 2020
EXPLORE PRESERVATION INLET TO CHALKY INLET     (BLD)
Today visit the Tarawera smelter’s reclining brick chimney and the site of NZ’s first operational whaling station at Cuttle Cove. Then take in the golden beaches of Spit Island. Cruise to Chalky Inlet, anchoring at North Port near the rusting hulk of the 1800s government steam ship “Stella”.

Day 5                  Tuesday 08 September 2020
CHALKY INLET TO DUSKY SOUND     (BLD)
Today walk on the beach at South Port visiting the old saw mill site. This is followed by a three hour sea passage to Dusky Sound. Then visit Pickersgill Harbour and Astronomers Pt - named and used by Cook during his five week stay in 1773.

Day 6                  Wednesday 09 September 2020
EXPLORE DUSKY SOUND     (BLD)
The day commences with a visit to early conservationist Richard Henry’s house site on Pigeon Island. Then cruise Facile Harbour, the site of NZ’s first known European ship wreck. Continuing on cruise through Earshell Cove and the narrow channels of Resolution Island to The Basin for a walk or some kayaking.

Day 7                  Thursday 10 September 2020
DUKSY SOUND TO DOUBTFUL SOUND     (BLD)
In the morning visit Luncheon Cove, the site of New Zealand’s first European and sealers settlement. There is then an optional guided walk (2.5km) over predator free Anchor Island. Then cruise through Acheron passage to Breaksea Sound followed by a 3 hour sea passage to Doubtful Sound.

Day 8                  Friday 11 September 2020
DOUBTFUL SOUND TO TE ANAU     (BD)
Today cruise Doubtful Sound and have lunch in Hall Arm then leave the Milford Wanderer in Deep Cove and cross by coach over the stunning Wilmot Pass. Stop en-route and visit the underground PowerStation then cruise across Lake Manapouri to complete your journey at the Manapouri Visitor Centre. From here you will be transferred to your accommodation in Te Anau.
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau

Day 9                  Saturday 12 September 2020
TE ANAU TO QUEENSTOWN, HOME     (B)
This morning you will be transferred to the Queenstown Airport for the flight back to Auckland.

Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Escape into the serene surroundings of Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Lake Te Anau which is conveniently located in the heart of Te Anau's town shopping centre and only a short stroll from Lake Te Anau, the South Island's largest lake and launching pad for many water based activities. There are two fabulous on-site dining options, both with complimentary WiFi. Hilights Restaurant shows off views of the township looking towards Lake Te Anau and Bailiez has a popular café style menu, perfect for relaxing after a day exploring Fiordland.

Milford Wanderer

The Milford Wanderer, is a modern motorised vessel that has been purpose built for navigating southern New Zealand. Designed along the lines of a traditional sailing scow, it has old world charm combined with modern facilities and the latest in safety equipment.

The sleeping quarters on board the Milford Wanderer are warm and comfortable (two passengers per sleeping compartment) with a maximum of 32 passengers per departure. All linen and towels are provided. Delicious meals prepared by onboard chef. The galley is well provisioned and all meals are catered; including morning and afternoon teas. In fact Discovery Expeditions are famous for their delicious and plentiful home-cooked meals, so you certainly won’t go home hungry!

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - further information about home collections can be found here (link to be included)
  • Auckland to Queenstown return flights with Air New Zealand - other ports on application
  • Private return transfers between Queenstown and Te Anau
  • 2 nights accommodation at Distinction Luxmore Hotel with private en suite
  • 6 night cruise of Doubtful, Breaksea and Dusky Sounds and Preservation and Chalky Inlets on the Milford Wanderer with Private Cabin but shared bathroom facilities (1-way helicopter transfer included)
  • On-board specialist nature guides who provide informative commentary and evening talks
  • Tender craft and kayaks for exploration of the coastline
  • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners included

Tour Payments Per Person

Club Member Share Twin Cost:$4,590.00
Non Member Share Twin Cost:$4,640.00
Single Supplement:$1,950.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking$1,000.00

Full balance of tour payment due by Friday 26 June 2020

Deposit amount needs to be paid within 7 days of booking and flights need to be purchased at the same time. We are unable to offer our Guaranteed Twin Share Price on this tour. No Promotional Discounts Available on this tour.

 

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.

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 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.

Travel Insurance
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.