Wonders of Wanaka

Easy Twin Share Small Group

From $3,525 per person

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Tuesday 04 – Saturday 08 October (5 Days)

Wanaka is the wonder of the South. Surrounded by the Southern Alps and the stunning Lake Wanaka right on the doorstep, the relaxed atmosphere and spectacular scenery leaves you feeling refreshed and energised. Enjoy sightseeing activities, a pre-dinner cruise, winery and distillery tours and quirky attractions, this is your chance to experience Wanaka like never before.

Day 1              Tuesday 04 October 2022
ARRIVE WANAKA          (D)
Our tour commences today with a flight from Auckland to Queenstown.
We are met by our tour driver upon arrival before travelling to Arrowtown, a delightful gold rush village nestled below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River. Be transported back through time as we wander around Buckingham Street’s heritage buildings, restored cottages and old gold mining sights. Find some lunch (own cost) as you explore the quaint streets, shops, galleries, bars and restaurants. We continue on to our accommodation where we will enjoy dinner together.
Accommodation: Edgewater Hotel, Wanaka - 4 nights

Day 2             Wednesday 05 October 2022
Prepare to be amazed and mystified with a visit to Puzzling World this morning. With a mix of bizarre buildings, rooms of illusion and the world-famous Great Maze this attraction is designed to baffle your brain and challenge your perceptions of reality. After we have regained our senses we travel to a local vineyard, The Cellar Door, for a relaxed lunch and boutique wine tasting of award-winning, world-class wines. We return to Wanaka in the afternoon, where the remainder of the day is at leisure. Take the chance to find some local delights for dinner (own cost). 

Day 3              Thursday 06 October 2022
Today we enjoy a leisurely start to the day before departing the hotel to visit the National Transport & Toy Museum. The collection showcases many decades of well-preserved motors from aircrafts to tractors as well as toys that will take you back to your childhood. There is something for everyone that will bring back a memory or two. After our visit, we travel back into town for you to purchase your lunch before heading out to visit the Cardrona Distillery. Our guided tour will introduce us to the secrets to Cardrona's artisan spirits and we will be tutored in the tasting of these yummy delights. Note – this is a working distillery, and the tour includes steps.  Afterwards we stop at the famous Cardrona Hotel for a photo outside the iconic pub and a drink inside (own cost) before retracing our steps back to Wanaka. Tonight, enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 4             Friday 07 October 2022
Local guides will take us on an exciting 4WD adventure this morning. Travel around Wanaka’s finest lakes and through West Wanaka Station. The Wanaka Highlights Safari is two and a half hours of stunning scenery through a working New Zealand farm, we get to experience their exclusive ‘alpine cafe’ and take an easy nature walk. A highlight of this adventure is the panoramic views across Lake Wanaka to snow capped mountains, made famous by Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. Take the chance to spend some time at leisure back in town before we head out for a pre-dinner lake cruise. We enjoy the sights with a glass of wine, or beer, in hand while the evening light shines off the lake. Traveling down the Wanaka waterfront and to the infamous Wanaka Tree before tracking up to Waterfall Creek and Ruby Island and other sights around the lake. We return to town for you to find dinner at your leisure, choosing from the wide array of bars and restaurants on offer

Day 5             Saturday 08 October 2022
DEPART WANAKA          (B)
Departing Wanaka this morning we travel to the fruit-growing region of Cromwell. We make a stop at one of the best known places in Cromwell, Mrs Jones’ Fruit Stall, stocking a huge array of fresh fruits, dried fruits, nuts and honey products. Continuing our journey, we travel through the rugged Kawarau Gorge and the Gibbston Valley wine region. Time permitting, we make a stop at the Kawarau Bridge to see the dare-devils bungy jumping from the original AJ Hackett site. This afternoon we depart Queenstown with memories of a wonderful adventure.


Edgewater, Wanaka resort

Edgewater Hotel 

The hotel is in a fantastic location, just a short walk from town, and directly on the shores of the beautiful Lake Wanaka. The hotel enjoys amazing views of the lake’s clear blue waters and with the backdrop of the Mt. Aspiring National Park it’s no surprise the area is a focal point for keen photographers.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - refer to further information available here
  • Auckland – Queenstown return flights with Air New Zealand - other ports on application / price on application
  • 4 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 - Number of meals – 4x breakfasts, 1x lunch, 2x dinners
  • Roadside Morning Teas – where possible
  • Puzzling World Admission
  • Cardrona Distillery Tour
  • Wanaka Safari Tour
  • Lake Wanaka Cruise

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Share Twin Cost: $3,525.00
Single Supplement: $540.00
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 Tuesday 23 August 2022

Early Bird Offer Book and pay in full by Monday 06 June 2022 and receive $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.

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
Is this tour a guaranteed departure? NO

This tour will be guaranteed once there are 10 passengers booked on the tour.

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.

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.

Wonders of Wanaka
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