South Island Highlights Value Tour
From $2,595 per person
Friday 06 – Saturday 14 May 2022 (9 days)
This highlights tour packs in some of the South Island’s most popular destinations. If you are looking for a South Island coach tour at a great price then this is it! Highlights include: Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, tour of Nelson, Hanmer Springs, Christchurch city tour, Otira Viaduct, Punakaiki, Hokitika, Haast, Wanaka and a Queenstown tour.
Day 1 Friday 06 May 2022
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 nights’ accommodation in Wellington.
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay, Wellington
Day 2 Saturday 07 May 2022
WELLINGTON – NELSON (B)
Travelling to the Interislander Ferry Terminal in our nation’s capital city 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 the 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.
Accommodation: 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. Visiting the idyllic Nelson District is seeing the magic of the entire country in one tiny region. 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
Accommodation: 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.
Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel, Greymouth
Day 6 Wednesday 11 May 2022
GREYMOUTH – WANAKA (B)
Our first stop this morning is at Hokitika where a visit is made to the Greenstone and Glass Blowing factories 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 Makaroa 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.
Accommodation: Wanaka Hotel, Wanaka
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.
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort 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
DEPART QUEENSTOWN (B)
Following breakfast today you are at leisure before being transferred to the Queenstown Airport to connect with your flight home (flight not included but we can help with that).
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.
- Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - further information available here
- 8 nights accommodation, twin/double rooms (single rooms available with surcharge), all with private facilities
- Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
- 8 breakfasts included
- Interislander sailing from Wellington to Picton
- Roadside morning teas from coach where possible
Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)
|Twin/Double Share Cost:||$2,595.00|
|Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking||$200.00|
Full balance of tour payment due by Friday 25 March 2022
Valid from 14 September 2021
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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.
Our passengers’ safety, and that of our staff and suppliers, has always been our top priority. As of 1 December 2021, Leisure Time Travel requires all passengers joining our tours to produce proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. If a passenger is unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, they may apply for an exemption to us by providing a medical certificate to us. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Proof of vaccination against COVID-19. This is your official vaccination certificate (electronic or paper) and it must identify your name and date of vaccination with the final dose given at least 14-days before the start date of your tour.
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.