West Coast & Forgotten World
Saturday 24 April – Sunday 2 May 2021 (9 days)
Travel with us from Wellington up and around the West Coast on a tour of the North Islands varied landscapes. We spend Anzac Day in Wellington then set off on our journey of exploration when we discover many areas of contrasting scenery, gain insights into days gone by, view remarkable structures, and enjoy local activities and sightseeing.
Day 1 Saturday 24 April 2021
HOME CITIES - WELLINGTON (D)
Departing our home cities today we travel to Auckland Domestic Airport for our flight to Wellington. You are met on arrival at the Wellington Domestic Airport before commencing an orientation tour of the Capital City before arriving into our accommodation.
Accommodation: Copthorne Oriental Parade, Wellington – 2 nights
Day 2 Sunday 25 April 2021
WELLINGTON ANZAC DAY (BD)
Since opening on 18 April 2015, tens of thousands have visited Pukeahu National War Memorial Park to reflect on their own personal experience and to acknowledge New Zealand’s contribution to military conflict and peacekeeping missions throughout the world. On Anzac Day, Pukeahu will host a number of events. We rise early this morning allowing those who wish to attend the 6am Dawn Service, then return to our hotel for breakfast, before embarking on a Wellington City Tour including a visit to Te Papa for a ‘Fabulous Te Papa’ guided tour. This ninety-minute tour will focus on the treasures or ‘taonga’ of New Zealand and covers exhibition highlights from the natural environment, Maori culture and treasures, art and colonial history. Time also to explore Te Papa independently - view the exhibition “Gallipoli” open to visitors on ANZAC Day. ‘Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War’ combines the world of museums with the world-class creative artistry of Weta Workshops to immerse you in the eight-month Gallipoli campaign. This ground-breaking exhibition tells the story through the eyes and words of eight ordinary New Zealander’s who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Each is captured frozen in a moment of time on a monumental scale - 2.4 times human size. Cutting edge technology was used to create 3-D maps and projections, miniatures, models, dioramas and a range of experiences that bring New Zealand’s Gallipoli story to life.
Day 3 Monday 26 April 2021
WELLINGTON – WHANGANUI (BD)
Leaving Wellington, travel along the pretty Kapiti Coast looking out for Kapiti Island off shore from Paraparaumu then onto Levin for an early morning tea. Continuing we reach Foxton to first of all view the Foxton Beach, to see the contrasting scenery between the Kapiti Coast seen only a few hours earlier, then we visit the De Molen Windmill – opened in 2003 it is a replica of a traditional 17th Century Dutch flour mill. Next we travel inland to Palmerston North to visit the New Zealand Rugby Museum. Founded by John Sinclair and modeled after the Trophy Room in Cardiff Arms Park in Wales, the museum's collections include equipment, clothing, books, photographs, trophies, badges and almost everything else related to the game. If Rugby isnt your thing then the New Zealand Rugby Museum is within the Civic Centre and adjacent to the Te Manawa cultural complex - Te Manawa is a museum, art gallery and science centre in Palmerston North, New Zealand. This afternoon we travel from Palmerston North to Whanganui (Wanganui for those not used to seeing an H in the name), via Bulls. On arrival we have a quick look around the city then check into our accommodation for the next two nights.
Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel, Whanganui – 2 nights
Day 4 Tuesday 27 April 2021
Following breakfast we tour the city before a visit to the Paddle Steamer Museum, which gives us an insight of the areas river transport history. From the past to the present - we board the PS Waimarie for a lunch cruise on the Whanganui River.This afternoon we discover more about what Wanganui has to offer. Located opposite the Whanganui City Bridge at the bottom of Victoria Avenue, the Durie Hill pedestrian tunnel leads to the historic Durie Hill Elevator. Built in 1919 it is the only earthbound elevator in New Zealand and one of only two in the world. Two viewpoints are located at the top, one above the elevator’s machinery room and the other on the nearby Memorial Tower. The 33.5 metre Memorial Tower is built from fossilised shell rock and offers excellent views of the city, Mounts Taranaki and Ruapehu and the Tasman Sea. A walkway beside the Elevator Tower offers an alternative route descending 191 steps to the City Bridge.
Day 5 Wednesday 28 April 2021
WHANGANUI – NEW PLYMOUTH (BD)
Following the coast from Whanganui heading Northwest our first stop today is to visit the impressive Tawhiti Museum – an impressive visual history of South Taranaki. Tawhiti Museum is a truly unique enterprise. The creation of artist Nigel Ogle, its attention to detail is simply stunning. Widely acclaimed as the best private museum in the country, the museum uses life size exhibits and scale models to present our heritage in a series of super realistic and engaging displays. All these displays are designed and built on the premises in the 'Body Shop' and accompanying studios, which can be viewed as part of a museum visit. After this visit, continue on to Stratford. Stratford is located in the heart of Taranaki, and is the gateway to Mt Taranaki / Egmont, Egmont National Park, and the Forgotten World Highway. Stratford is nestled at the junction of two major roads (SH3 and SH43), and sits on the banks of the Patea River. It is known for its Shakespearean theme and stunning parks and gardens. It is here we view Stratford's glockenspiel which is unique in New Zealand. The glockenspiel plays a scene from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet four times daily (at 10am, 1pm, 3pm and 7pm) with figures made by the curator of the Tawhiti Museum, Nigel Ogle. The glockenspiel performs for approximately 5 minutes, after the hour chimes are finished. We continue onto New Plymouth the main city for Taranaki region but before arriving into the city we head north to get a photo of the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge across the Waiwhakaiho River at the northern end of New Plymouth's Coastal Walkway. Its spectacular shape and setting make it a popular landmark. The 83m long bridge is reminiscent of a breaking wave or a whale skeleton.
Accommodation: The Devon Hotel, New Plymouth – 2 nights
Day 6 Thursday 29 April 2021
AROUND NEW PLYMOUTH (BD)
This morning we visit the Pukekura Park As a world renowned gem, Pukekura Park offers in season splashes of Azaleas and Rhododendrons among native flora and waterways. The park contains stunning fernery and display houses. We also visit Puke Ariki. The story of Taranaki, the mountain, is one of passion, conflict and drama. So it is with Taranaki, the place; a region of legendary struggles and challenges. Here, on the western bump of New Zealand's North Island, the colossal forces of Mount Taranaki and the wild Tasman Sea have shaped the geography, climate and people. All these tales unfold at Puke Ariki – a united museum, library and visitor information centre for Taranaki. This afternoon we enjoy a scenic drive along State Highway 45, also known as the Surf Highway. Surf Highway 45 follows the stunning Taranaki coastline through many of NZ's best surfing spots, including Ohawe Beach, Opunake, Okato and Oakura.
Day 7 Friday 30 April 2021
NEW PLYMOUTH - TAUMARUNUI (BD)
After breakfast this morning we depart New Plymouth following State Highway 3, travelling through lush forest and over Mount Messenger and through the Awakino gorge. Head inland and pass through small country towns such as Piopio and Te Kuiti before passing through Otorohanga. Already well known as the home of New Zealand's original Kiwi House, Otorohanga extended its "Kiwi Connection" theme to include all things "Kiwiana". Kiwiana is a celebration of New Zealand's popular culture – its icons, heroes and traditions – everything from the Kiwi, Buzzy Bee, Paua and Pavlova, to Sir Edmund Hillary, Colin Meads and the All Blacks, from shearing and sheep dog trials to the haka and Hokey Pokey icecream. There are 24 Kiwiana display modules in the Otorohanga shopping precinct – 14 of the exhibits are located in the Ed Hillary Walkway – the remaining 10 are displayed in shop windows nearby. After a drive through town to spot these kiwiana icons we will visit the world famous Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, a beautiful park-like surroundings contain New Zealand's largest public collection of kiwi and other indigenous species. Here you have a chance to get up close and personal to a wonderful range of the native birds as well as three types of Kiwi (Northern Brown Kiwi, Great Spotted Kiwi and Little Spotted Kiwi), Morepork, Falcon, Weka, Tui, Kereru, Kaka and Kea. After lunch (own expense) we then continue on to Waitomo where we travel towards Marakopa to the Mangapohue Natural Bridge. We take a brief walk following the boardwalk as it weaves its way through the impressive limestone gorge bringing you underneath the stunning natural bridge. We then continue our travels to Te Kuiti which was originally a railway town. The town now promotes itself as the "Shearing Capital of the World" and hosts the New Zealand Shearing Championships. A huge statue of a shearer with a sheep dominates the landscape at the southern end of the town. We then travel to Taumarunui via the country scenic route of Bennydale. Located in the Ruapehu region of New Zealand and set on the Main Trunk Railway Line, Taumarunui is known for its railway history, farming, gardens and weaving.
Accommodation: Central Park Motor Inn - 2 Nights
Day 8 Saturday 01 May 2021
RAIL AND RIVER BOAT TOUR (BLD)
Nestled within the deep hidden valleys of New Zealand’s Forgotten World Highway is the ultimate way to explore rural New Zealand. Today we explore the northern section of Forgotten World from the comfort of a rail-cart; adapted to be self-driven along the tracks of the Forgotten World railway. During the course of the day we learn about the history of the area, experience 10 tunnels on the line, take a thrilling boat ride on the majestic Whanganui River and enjoy an appetising ploughman’s lunch at the old Tokirima Station. As we travel along decommissioned railway lines, through tunnels, over bridges and rivers, there are plenty of photo opportunities along the way to take in the ever-changing vistas. Known elsewhere in the world as drasine, rail cars or speeders, Forgotten World Adventures rail carts began life on the pristine golf courses of Georgia, USA. Petrol driven and seating two, four or six people, they are all fitted with seatbelts for safety.
Day 9 Sunday 02 May 2021
TAUMARUNUI - HOME CITIES (B)
Departing Taumarunui we travel south to National Park to view the Chateau and information Centre. Continuing on we travel through Turangi and around the western side of Lake Taupo to Tokoroa which is the third largest town in the Waikato region, surrounded by thousands of acres of pine plantations. Tokoroa is known for its Talking Poles which were first suggested in 1996 as a feature for the town’s retail area upgrade. The project was enthusiastically supported by residents and to date, over 40 poles are on display. The Talking Poles project aims to depict the variety of cultures in the community. Because of their forestry heritage, many of the poles are made from pine and other local woods. Today we will have a drive around Tokoroa viewing the various Talking Poles before completing our journey back to our home destinations.
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
The James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor is located in the heart of Wellington's commercial and retail districts. With hotel facilities including a spa style boutique, in-house gym, two restaurants and bars and more. All 268 well-appointed guest rooms and suites offer guests luxury accommodation in the middle of the city centre and close to all the attractions the area has to offer.
Kingsgate Hotel The Avenues
The Devon Hotel
The Devon Hotel New Plymouth is the perfect destination. Relax in one of their stunning gardens, unwind in the heated outdoor pool and spa, take one of our bicycles out to explore the city's award winning coastal walkway, stay cozy next to the fire in The Rocks Lounge Bar or enjoy a delicious meal in Marbles Buffet Restaurant - you will be spoilt for choice!
Central Park Motor Inn Taumarunui
Central Park Motor Inn is set amongst spacious grounds with delightful rural views. Located in Taumarunui it is conveniently located on the doorstep of all the exciting activities and attractions on offer in Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks with Mt Ruapehu and the Whakapapa ski field only a 45-minute drive away. Central Park Motor Inn has a swimming pool, spa pool, BBQ area, tennis court, gym, sauna and guest laundry, as well as fully licensed Zeebers Restaurant and Bar, which offers fresh, à la carte New Zealand cuisine.
- Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - further information available here
- 8 nights accommodation with private en suite
- Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
- Auckland to Wellington airfare with Air New Zealand - other ports on application
- 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 8 dinners included
- Opportunity to attend the Wellington ANZAC day Dawn Parade
- Guided 90 minute tour of Te Papa including self guided visit of Gallipoli exhibition
- Admission to the New Zealand Rugby Museum
- Ride on the PS Waimarie Paddle Steamer on the Whanganui River
- Admission to Tawhiti Museum
- Visit Pukekura Park
- Scenic drive along Surf Highway 45
- Admission to Otorohonga Kiwi House
- Rail and River Run with Forgotten World Adventures
- Roadside morning teas from coach where possible
Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)
|Club Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:||$3,750.00|
|Non Member Share Twin Cost:||$3,795.00|
|Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking||$200.00|
Full balance of tour payment due by Friday 12 March 2021
Book and pay in full by Monday 21 December 2020 and receive a $100.00 discount per person!
Are door to door collections included on this tour? YES
Yes. Leisure Time Tours 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? 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 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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.