South Island Value Tour – May
From $4195 per person
Friday 6 – Tuesday 24 May 2022 (19 days)
Enjoy the splendour of the South Island scenery while enjoying a relaxing coach tour with an experienced driver delivering an informative commentary throughout, and all the while enjoying good company with like-minded travellers. Staying in quality 3.5 star hotel accommodation with daily breakfasts, this tour gives you the freedom to select where you may wish to dine each evening to suit your taste and budget.
JOURNEY TO WELLINGTON
Welcome aboard! Today we begin our South Island Tour with collections in Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, and Taupo (only as required) en-route to our first night’s accommodation in Wellington.
Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay, Wellington
Day 2 Saturday 07 May 2022
WELLINGTON – NELSON (B)
Travelling to the Interislander Ferry Terminal we board the ship for the 3-hour cruise across the Cook Strait into Queen Charlotte Sound (New Zealand’s only true Sound) to Picton, our first town that we will visit in the South Island. Picton is a small seaport at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound offering a relaxed setting with beautiful beaches, easy bush walks and an outstanding climate. In the 1850's they talked of making it New Zealand's capital. ("So glad they didn't," the locals murmur). Now it has the best of both worlds, with award-winning restaurants and tourism activities together with the simplest of pleasures for all the family. From Picton we head inland through to Pelorus Bridge. Here we can walk through the Beech and Podocarp Forest as well as view the many sculptured boulders in the Pelorus River. We continue to Nelson– the oldest city in the South Island.
Beachcomber Hotel, Nelson – 2 nights
Day 3 Sunday 08 May 2022
Today is at leisure. Nelson and Golden Bay is famous for its pottery given the quality of its local clay, and glass blowing, furniture, woodcarving, paintings, candle making and other crafts flourish in this artist’s paradise. Nelson has more sunshine hours than any other part of the country, offers a wealth of walking and other outdoor activities and is a wonderful place to ‘lay back’ for a while. Today we highly recommend a half day excursion to the Abel Tasman National Park for a cruise along the granite coastline and golden sandy beaches, or maybe a visit to the Nelson Car Museum, or just relax at our beachside location. All optional activities at own cost.
Day 4 Monday 09 May 2022
NELSON – CHRISTCHURCH (B)
Passing Brightwater, the birth place of Lord Rutherford, the New Zealand science pioneer who split the atom, we travel through the Golden Downs Forest to Murchison viewing the Maruia Falls through the Maruia Forest before crossing over the Lewis Pass. We arrive in Hanmer Springs where there is time to soak in the mineral pools, (at own expense) before joining the upper reaches of the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.
Quality Elms Hotel, Christchurch
Day 5 Tuesday 10 May 2022
CHRISTCHURCH – GREYMOUTH (B)
Leaving Christchurch we travel over the alluvial Canterbury Plains towards the magnificent Southern Alps then cross Arthurs Pass through the Southern Alps and drive through the beautiful beech forest of Arthurs Pass National Park. 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 topography. Ancient uplifts of the earth’s crust created the impressive vertical ramparts of the main divide of the Southern Alps. These cloud-piercing mountains rise within 30-km of a breathtaking coast. Five of our national parks are here, and South West New Zealand has been declared a World Heritage Area. We travel northward along the Coast to visit the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki – these sedimentary rocks have been hammered by the sea, and wind erosion forming layered rocks giving a look of a large stack of pancakes, then return to our overnight accommodation in Greymouth.
Kingsgate Hotel, Greymouth
Day 6 Wednesday 11 May 2022
GREYMOUTH – WANAKA (B)
Our first stop this morning is at Hokitika before continuing further south into the Westland National Park, the home of Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. On arrival, time is available for optional scenic flights. Driving towards the southern end of the South Island’s West Coast Road, there is a strong sense of entering a primeval land, and a feeling of total isolation. Arriving at Haast, you are surrounded by a landscape of rainforest, wetlands, sand dunes and surf-pounded shingle beaches. 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 and mountain scenery and natural resources in the world. From the Westland National Park we travel through the Haast River valleys and over the Haast Pass to Makarora and onto the upper reaches of Lake Wanaka. Travelling past Lake Hawea we reach the popular Lake Wanaka, the starting point of the mighty Clutha River.
Wanaka Hotel (Oakridge Resort in September)
Day 7 Thursday 12 May 2022
WANAKA – QUEENSTOWN (B)
This morning we travel via Cromwell following the Kawarau Gorge Road into historic Arrowtown – a quaint town away from the hustle and bustle with plenty of shops and historic remains from the gold rush days. Once in Queenstown we enjoy an orientation tour of ‘the town fit for a Queen’ – Queenstown. Queenstown has so many fine restaurants and dining options so the next two nights are free for you to explore the local restaurants, cafes and bars, or perhaps you’d like to take a cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the steamer ‘TSS Earnslaw’ to Walter Peak Station to dine at the Colonel’s Homestead.
Copthorne Hotel Lakefront, Queenstown – 2 nights
Day 8 Friday 13 May 2022
Today is at leisure. Queenstown, nestled among glacier-rounded hills and dramatic rugged mountain peaks, 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 among the surrounding hills. Queenstown has a plethora of optional sightseeing activities available from jetboating on the thrilling Shotover Jet; a jet-boat excursion along the scenic and remote Dart River; winery tours to the premier Central Otago wineries; 4WD tours into unforgettable Skippers Canyon; scenic flights; or if you dare – bungy jumping or tandem skydiving! Extra cost for optional sightseeing excursions. Tonight, is free for you to explore the local restaurants, cafes and bars.
Day 9 Saturday 14 May 2022
MILFORD SOUND – TE ANAU (BL)
Leaving Queenstown we skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand’s third largest lake, alongside the towering Remarkables Ranges. We pass through the town of Te Anau then travel via the beautiful Eglinton Valley climbing to the Homer Tunnel before descending through to the spectacular Cleddau Canyon to reach Milford Sound where we enjoy a scenic cruise of the Sound. Often referred to as the ‘jewel in Fiordland’s crown’, Milford Sound is dominated by the grandeur of Mitre Peak and the Bowen Falls. Seals and dolphins are often seen in the clear waters of the fiord. At the conclusion of our cruise, we retrace our journey back to Te Anau and our overnight accommodation.
Kingsgate Hotel, Te Anau
Day 10 Sunday 15 May 2022
TE ANAU – INVERCARGILL (B)
Travelling the Southern Scenic Route to Invercargill, we travel through Riverton on the shores of the Aparima River. Now a seaside resort and farming town, the former whaling station maintains its links with the sea. Scores of fishing boats and pleasure craft string along the jetties lining the South Bank. Continuing on we visit the Queens Gardens before arriving at our accommodation in Invercargill where we stay for the next two nights.
Kelvin Hotel, Invercargill – 2 nights
Day 11 Monday 16 May 2022
INVERCARGILL - BLUFF (B)
This morning we travel to Bluff and stop at Stirling Point to see the famous signpost which marks the start (or end) of State Highway 1 and depicts directions and distances to major cities around the world. The remainder of the day is at leisure in Invercargill. For those interested as an optional extra, we offer a day excursion to Stewart Island. After crossing Foveaux Strait by ferry, join an escorted tour of the main island highlights with a local driver. Time also to visit the local Department of Conservation Centre in Oban before returning to Invercargill by ferry. Additional cost for the Stewart Island day excursion. Those not choosing the Stewart Island option, today is at leisure in Invercargill. We highly recommend a visit to Bill Richardson’s Transport Museum and Motor Cycle Mecca!
Day 12 Tuesday 17 May 2022
INVERCARGILL – DUNEDIN (B)
Heading north we travel through some of New Zealand’s most sheep populated areas through Gore, Balclutha and to the coast arriving in Dunedin – “The Edinburgh of the South”. This afternoon we take in the sights of this city, including the historic Railway Building, the First Church of Otago, the Octagon, and the Otago University.
Kingsgate Hotel, Dunedin – 2 nights
Day 13 Wednesday 18 May 2022
Today is at leisure. 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, visit the Art Gallery, enjoy time at the Otago Museum with its Butterfly House or wander around the Octagon (the very heart of the city). Excursions further afield can include a guided tour of Olveston, which is a fine example of an Edwardian home and the lifestyle of that era or join a tour out to the Otago Peninsula renowned for its wildlife. All excursions are at additional cost.
Day 14 Thursday 19 May 2022
DUNEDIN – OMARAMA (B)
Departing Dunedin we travel north to view the extraordinary spherical Moeraki Boulders, shaped rather like giant marbles. Then onto Oamaru - here we have time to look at the ‘White Stone City’. 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 through sailors cutting we arrive at Omarama.
Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama
Day 15 Friday 20 May 2022
OMARAMA – CHRISTCHURCH (B)
What a day of spectacular sights ahead of us! We head north to skirt the shore of Lake Pukaki to Mount Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain. Time is available to enjoy an optional scenic flight over the ancient rivers of ice and the West Coast Glaciers (weather permitting / extra cost). Travelling to Tekapo we witness the magnificent blue waters of Lake Tekapo. Here we visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and the statue of the Collie dog, before travelling the vast Mackenzie Basin, over Burke’s Pass through Fairlie, Geraldine, and Ashburton and across the Canterbury Plains into Christchurch.
Quality Elms Hotel, Christchurch – 2 nights
Day 16 Saturday 21 May 2022
Today we get the feel of this ‘English City’ with a sightseeing tour of Christchurch City. Our first visit being to the Canterbury Museum, where we learn about the history and geography of the area. Other sights include Christ College, Hagley Park, and the Art Centre, with a stop at Brighton Beach for a walk along the pier. This afternoon is free for you to enjoy the Garden City. Try a punt ride along the Avon River, or a Tram Ride through the streets of Christchurch or just relax at our accommodation.
Day 17 Sunday 22 May 2022
CHRISTCHURCH – PICTON (B)
Departing Christchurch we continue on our northward journey through Kaikoura viewing the seals basking on the rocks at the Ohau Point Colony and along the rugged coastline passing Lake Grassmere salt works. On our arrival there is time for a tour of Blenheim showing us the highlights of this lovely town before we continue to Picton for the night.
Beachcomber Hotel, Picton
Day 18 Monday 23 May 2022
PICTON – NAPIER (D)
This morning rise early to board the Interislander back to the North Island with breakfast on board the ferry at your cost. The Interislander cruises through Queen Charlotte and Marlborough Sounds to cross Cook Strait and on to Wellington. On arrival in Wellington we travel over the Rimutaka Hill through the Wairarapa and Central Hawkes Bay to Napier for our last night enjoying a farewell dinner together.
Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Napier
Day 19 Tuesday 24 May 2022
JOURNEY FROM NAPIER (B)
Travelling north we say goodbye to fellow travellers as we drop off on the way back to Auckland, keeping with us the fond memories of new acquaintances and lasting images of the beautiful South Island.
Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay
The Copthorne Hotel is located on Oriental Parade, overlooking the harbour. Close to many of the attractions the area has to offer, making in an ideal base for guest exploring the city. All 118 rooms, in four different room types, feature a separate balcony with views of the harbour or city. Each room comes equipped with all the modern hotel comforts a guest could need.
Located just a short seven-minute walk from the gorgeous sands of Tahunanui Beach, The Beachcomber is a traditional motel with a heated outdoor pool. The simply furnished and decorated rooms feature basic cooking facilities, including a fridge, microwave, and tea/coffee stations. Other amenities include LCD TVs with cable channels and free Wi-Fi.
Quality Hotel Elms
The Quality Hotel Elms is situated in a quiet suburban area yet accessible to many of the attractions and activities the area has to offer, surrounded by award-winning gardens and is ideally situated midway between the airport and central city. All 97 guest rooms are well appointed and equipped with all the amenities a guest could need, offering luxurious accommodation in an ideal location for those wanting to explore the area.
Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth
Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth is located in the town centre and with easy access to the wild landscapes and stunning scenery of the West Coast for guests who want to explore all the area has to offer. This historic hotel offers 100 guest rooms all equipped with the best of amenities and home comforts.
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.
Copthorne Lakefront Queenstown
The Hotel blends superior facilities and comfort with friendly personal service. The property offers a relaxing atmosphere combined with stunning panoramic lake and mountain views, situated within a tranquil garden setting. With 240 guest rooms, including six suites and over 80 rooms that have views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable mountain range. The hotel is within walking distance of Queenstown central shopping and entertainment area.
Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau
Set amongst beautiful nature, Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau overlooks majestic mountains and lakes. From the hotel, guests can explore the cliffs and waterfalls, cruise deep within the Fiordland into Milford Sound, traverse across the mysterious Manapouri Lake, or get lost in the magical glowworm caves. WIth 94 guest rooms all overing well equipped accommodation to guests.
Kelvin Hotel is situated in the city centre, only a short walk to major attractions and a 10-minute drive to the Invercargill Airport. The hotel offers rooms with a flat-screen TV, mini bar and free Wi-Fi access. There is an on-site bar and restaurant.
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin is located right in the heart of the city, with the CBD on it's doorstep and the beach just a ten minute drive away. With 55 sunny north-facing guest rooms, well appointed and equipped with all the amenities a guest could need, all rooms also feature private balconies with views of the city.
Heritage 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.
Beachcomber Inn Picton
The Beachcomber Inn Hotel is situated on the waterfront of Picton, just a 2 minute walk from the main street, 800 metres from the Ferry Terminal, 400 metres from the train station. The Restaurant boasts spectacular views of the marina and is open from 6pm using locally-produced ingredients and always with a gluten free option available. Please note, during the winter months the restaurant may be closed. Cooked and continental breakfasts available as room-service.
Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Scenic Hotel Te Pania is located in a waterfront location on Marine Parade, this convenient and central location means many of the area's best local attractions are within a few minutes walk. Guests are invited to enjoy quality four star hotel accommodation of an international standard. With 109 guest rooms and suites all facing out to the bay with floor to ceiling windows that can slide open to fill the room with fresh ocean air.
- Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - refer to further information available here
- Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
- 17 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner included
- Interislander sailing from Wellington to Picton
- Milford Sound Cruise
- Interislander sailing from Picton to Wellington
- Roadside morning teas from coach where possible
Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)
|Twin/Double Share Cost:||$4,195.00|
|Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking||$200.00|
Full balance of tour payment due by Friday 25 March 2022
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.
Is the Guaranteed twin Share Price available on this tour? NO
Unfortunately, our guaranteed twin share pricing is not available on this tour. If we do not have a suitable match for you, you will be required to pay the single supplement.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.