Whanganui Historic Homes

Easy Twin Share

From $1,770 per person

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Wednesday 19 – Sunday 29 April 2023 (4 Days)

For our guided tour of historic homes around Whanganui, we are joined by a local historian to look at many aspects of New Zealand history, including settlement, lifestyle and design. We view private properties that are not open to the general public, hidden away in the beautiful New Zealand countryside where little has changed since their period of construction, between 1880–1915.

Day 1              Wednesday 19 April 2023
We begin our explorations with a journey through the King Country where we make our first stop at Te Kuiti for morning tea. We continue south via the Tongariro National Park and the Parapara’s, arriving into Whanganui.  On our arrival we take a brief orientation tour and visit Durie Hill to experience some Whanganui history and a facility that is unique in New Zealand. The Durie Hill pedestrian tunnel, located opposite the Whanganui City Bridge, 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. A pedestrian tunnel travels 205 metres inside the hill to the elevator which rises 66 metres to overlook the city. From here we check into our accommodation for the next three nights.
Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel The Avenue, Whanganui – 3 nights

Day 2              Thursday 20 April 2023  
This morning we meet our local historian, who guides us around and through some of the region’s finest and historic homesteads. All homes are privately owned and designed by English architects between 1880 to 1915 in styles concurrent with international trends. One hundred years on they are set in mature grounds, hidden away in the beautiful New Zealand countryside where little has changed since their construction, they provide a wonderful experience for the visitor.  Today lunch is included at one of these homes. Please note we are unable to provide you with a list of properties we are visiting to protect the privacy of the owners. Tonight is at leisure so explore the city to find somewhere to dine from a variety of local restaurants and bars.

Day 3              Friday 21 April 2023
Today we are re-joined by our guide to continue our tour of Whanganui’s historic homes. We arrive back in Whanganui in the late afternoon, where the remainder of the day, and evening is at leisure

Day 4              Saturday 22 April 2023
Departing Whanganui this morning following breakfast we begin our return journey to Hamilton. We travel north via National Park stopping at the Chateau Tongariro for lunch. Chateau Tongariro was completed in 1929, when elegance was much in style and although it has been extensively refurbished over the years, it still retains many of its most endearing original features.  After lunch we skirt the shores of Lake Taupo and return via Tirau to Hamilton.

Kingsgate Hotel The Avenue

Kingsgate Hotel The Avenue

With its prime location and luxurious touches, Kingsgate Hotel The Avenue Wanganui is one of the ideal Wanganui hotels for discerning travellers. Just a 10-minute walk from attractions like Sarjeant Gallery and Alexander Heritage Library, it’s the perfect base from which to explore Wanganui. And when you return to the hotel, unwind by the pool or indulge at our award-winning restaurant, Estrella Restaurant.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - refer to further information available here
  • 3 nights accommodation - twin/double rooms, all with private facilities (single rooms available with surcharge)
  • Tour admissions as per itinerary
  • Touring in modern air-conditioned vehicle
  • Breakfasts (B), Lunches (L), Dinners (D) where indicated on your daily itinerary - 3x breakfasts, 1x lunch,1x dinner
  • Roadside Morning Teas – where possible
  • Ride on Durie Hill Elevator
  • Two days of touring Whanganui Historic Homes with local guide/historian
  • Dine at Chateau Tongariro

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Twin/Double Share: $1,770.00
Single Supplement: $300.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking $200.00

Discounts available for Travel Club Members - Please Enquire

Full balance of tour payment due by Wednesday 08 March 2023

Early Bird Offer Book and pay in full by Tuesday 20 December 2022 and receive $75.00 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.

Please refer to our Home Collection flyer for further information about this service.

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.

Whanganui Historic Homes Map

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