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Terms and Conditions

The following terms and conditions and privacy policy apply to all Discover New Zealand holiday packages.

Privacy and Data Policy

The data you supply to us via enquiry forms, or when communicating with us by any other method, is used to respond to your enquiry. If you decide to book a holiday with us we may share limited information with our suppliers to enable reservations to be made (such as names, country of origin and ages) to ensure that suitable and correct services are supplied.

We do not share email information or any other contact details with other parties.

If you have consented, we will retain your contact details for marketing purposes. Any marketing emails from us will give you the option to unsubscribe. On request, you can see all and any data we hold about you.

Cookie policy

We use cookies on this website. Cookies are small files that may be placed on your device when you visit a site to help tailor your user experience, understand how the site is being used, remember preferences and make online information more relevant. Browsers are generally set to accept cookies, but you can change your browser settings to deactivate cookies. Some features of our website may not work if you disable cookies. We use cookies that are necessary for this site to function and be navigated, but also cookies that support live chat, browsing, marketing and surveys, and track the visited pages via Google Analytics. Some cookies are placed by third parties. We will not use cookies to collect information that identifies you personally.

What are the categories of cookies?

Session - These cookies expire when the browser is closed.
Permanent - These remain in operation, even when you have closed the browser. They remember your login details and booking reference so you don’t have to type them in every time you use the site.
Third-Party - These are installed by third parties with the aim of collecting certain information to carry out various research into behaviour, demographics etc.

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If you have any questions about data protection or want to access information about your personal data stored by us, please send an email.


Booking terms and conditions

These terms and conditions are between Discover New Zealand, ("company", "we", "us" or "our") and all persons named on the itinerary ("you", "your").

Pricing and Payment policy

All pricing is in New Zealand Dollars and includes GST (goods and services tax) at 15%. Where applicable prices are converted to other currencies using the Bank of New Zealand current exchange rates. This means that pricing in currencies other than NZ$ may fluctuate as currency values change. (Note: This includes the balance amounts due on live reservations.)

Our system allows you to pay for your tour in the following currencies :

  • New Zealand dollar (NZD)
  • Australian dollars (AUD)
  • United States of America dollar (USD)
  • Great British pounds (GBP)
  • Canadian dollar (CAD)
  • Euro (EUR)
  • Hong Kong dollars (HKD)
  • Singapore dollars (SGD)
  • Chinese Yuan (CNY)
  • Japanese yen (JPY)
  • South African rand (ZAR)
If your credit card is issued in Australia and you choose to pay in AU$ then you should not be charged any currency conversion fees by your issuing bank. Please check this. If you pay for your tour in NZ$ and your credit card is issued in a currency other than NZ$ your issuing bank may charge you a fee (as much as 3%) for currency conversion. Paying for your tour in the currency that the credit card is issued in could save you a considerable amount of money.

NOTE - Our payment system and bank do not charge or add additional credit card fees or charges. Any fees or additional charges for using a credit card are applied by your issuing bank.

All pricing on quotes and suggested itineraries are subject to change.


Payment

Deposit payment

We will ask for a deposit before we go ahead and secure reservations. The company requires 20% of the original quoted tour cost (or minimum NZ$250 per person) as a deposit, this is non refundable. Additionally, the costs of pre or instant purchase items such as domestic airfares may be required in advance. This will be clearly displayed on your itinerary, and we will communicate it with you before booking. If making a reservation within 45 days of your tour commencement, full payment is required upon confirmation of all your arrangements.

NOTE - The deposit is non refundable once your itinerary is confirmed.

Full and final payment

Full and final payment for the balance of your tour costs is payable 45 days prior to your tour commencing. This date will be clearly displayed on your itinerary and documentation. If we have not received the balance payment by this date we may be obliged to cancel itinerary components and will not be able to guarantee your tour. If this happens your booking will fall subject to our cancellation policy.

We accept payment by Visa and MasterCard and use a secure automated service provided by Direct Payment Solutions and the Bank of New Zealand.

Safe and Secure

All client payments, made by credit card or direct deposit, are directly deposited into our Client Trust Account. The dedicated client Trust Account is separate to the company's operating accounts. Any money is held there on trust for our clients until such time payments are required to be made to suppliers or the travel commences.


Cancellation policy

You may cancel your tour for any reason at any time, however, cancellation fees may apply as set out below. All cancellations must be advised in writing.
For escorted coach tour terms click here.

Cancellation any time following confirmation of your tour arrangements:
The deposit is non refundable. In addition, you may be charged cancellation fees applied by third-party providers such as accommodation, car rental or other activities that have been prepaid and are subject to cancellation terms.

Cancellation 45 - 21 days prior your tour commencement date.

If you cancel your tour 45-21 days prior to your tour commencement date the cancellation fee will be 55% of the total tour reservation value, plus any cancellation fees applied by third-party providers that are subject to cancellation terms.

Cancellation 20 - 8 days prior your tour commencement date:

If you cancel your tour 20-8 days prior to your tour commencement date the cancellation fee will be 70% of the total tour reservation value, plus any cancellation fees applied by third-party providers that are subject to cancellation terms.

Cancellation 7 days or less prior your tour commencement date:

If you cancel your tour 7 days or less prior to your tour commencement date the cancellation fee will be 100% of your total tour reservation.

Third-party charges

Travel agents or other third parties may have their own cancellation policy. If your reservation is to be made through such a third party you may be liable for additional cancellation costs. Please check when you make your reservation through a travel agent or third party.

While we understand that cancellations may at times be unavoidable we highly recommend you purchase adequate travel insurance to cover you for this.

Amending or changing your tour

If you wish to make any changes to your holiday we will, of course, make every effort possible to accommodate these. Please note that we cannot guarantee that this will be possible, particularly within 7 days of your start date where changes may be difficult due to availability and supplier restrictions. Be mindful that some of the more popular niche New Zealand products like guided hikes and prepaid items such as flights or hotels over peak travel dates are also unlikely to be changeable or cancellable. If the amendments you request are indeed possible then they will be subject to both any rate changes or fees imposed by relevant suppliers and a sum of NZ$250pp to cover our administrative costs. Requests for amendments need to be made in writing to your consultant by the person who made the original booking.

Force majeure events

In the event of an unforeseen circumstance such as natural disaster, war, pandemic, fire, terrorism or other similar event beyond our control, we will provide a refund less any unrecoverable costs.

Our rights

We reserve the right to amend pricing at any time.

From time to time events outside of our control mean that itinerary components may need to be replaced. We guarantee that the replacement product or service will be of equal or higher quality.

Any information provided is done so with the understanding that the information may have been provided by a third party and should therefore only be used as a guideline. We may use third-party suppliers or providers of some services and products and as such acts as agents for those suppliers. Any claim or liability resulting from those services or products is the responsibility of the supplier or provider.

The company, its employees, independent contractors, suppliers and any person acting on behalf of the company accept no responsibility for damage or loss to property or person however caused.

Car rental

Car rental with the company is limited to the payment of and securing of the rental portion and or other inclusions such as collision damage waiver fees of the rental car hire. All other insurance costs (unless specified otherwise on your tour inclusions) are to be settled directly with the car rental supplier. Any other costs incurred by the renter are the sole responsibility of the renter. A full set of terms and conditions for car rental is available on request and will be detailed in your confirmed itinerary or quote.

Insurance

We recommend you seek local and professional advice on your specific insurance needs at the time you make your reservation. Many insurance providers can include cancellation or interruption cover. This means that should your flight be delayed or cancelled or you need to amend your plans due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances then fees and costs may be recoverable. Check with your insurance provider and ask the question. It is your responsibility to ensure you are adequately covered.

Third-party terms and conditions

The omission of a link or reference to terms and conditions for third parties does not imply that our terms and conditions supersede those. It is impractical to list all of our provider's terms and conditions and on request, we can supply their individual terms and conditions to you or answer a specific question. At the time of reservation we will provide you with any information we feel you should be aware of but it is ultimately your responsibility to ensure you are happy with these terms.

Visas

All clients are solely responsible for making sure that they meet the correct immigration requirements to enter New Zealand. After 01 October 2019, it is a requirement that most travellers obtain an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Tourist Authority) visa and pay the International Visitor Conservation; Tourist Levy before arriving into New Zealand. See here for further details.

Honest, fair and reasonable

The company prides itself on operating with honest, fair and reasonable business practices and has been built on providing excellent service and product to its guests. Should you feel that the product or service you have experienced did not live up to our promise then please contact the General Manager(+64 3 443 0812). All possible actions will be undertaken to rectify the situation to your satisfaction.

Statutory Protections under New Zealand Law

These terms and conditions should be read subject to and in conjunction with the provisions of the Consumer Guarantees Act and the Fair Trading Act (applicable in New Zealand) and do not affect your rights as expressed in these acts.


Escorted Coach Tours - Cancellation Policies

Escorted coach tours are operated by third parties and have specific cancellation policies. These terms and conditions must be applied to any of the tour operators detailed below.

These conditions should also be read in conjunction and with reference to general terms and conditions for this company.


Grand Pacific T&Cs

Cancellation policy - land only packages:

Cancellation any time prior to 45 days before tour commencement - loss of deposit plus any other prepaid items such as air tickets.

Cancellation 45 to 7 days before tour commencement - 50% of the total tour reservation.

Cancellation 6 days or less before tour commencement - 100% of the total tour reservation applies.

If you are booked on a module of a tour (8 Day Taste of North Island tour or 10 Day South Island Spectacular tour), your cancellation fees will fall in line with the commencement of the 16 Day or 19 Day itineraries that this tour is part of.

Cancellation policy - Cruise and Coach Tours:

Cancellation any time prior to 91 days before tour commencement - loss of deposit plus any other prepaid items such as air tickets.

Cancellation 71 to 90 days before tour commencement - 25% of the total tour reservation.

Cancellation 31 to 70 days before tour commencement - 50% of the total tour reservation.

Cancellation 30 days or less before tour commencement - 100% of the total tour reservation applies.

Additional deposit information for Cruise and Coach product - Grand Pacific

At the time of booking an additional deposit of NZD$1000/AUD$800 per person is required. If the tour itinerary includes a one way flight to/from New Zealand, a further deposit to cover the airfare and taxes is also required at time of booking. The balance of payment, including any merchandise, is due 90 days prior to departure. Deposit payments are non - refundable.


AAT Kings, Trafalgar and Inspiring Journeys T&Cs

Please note that all Trafalgar Tours are operated in New Zealand by their sister company AAT Kings, both being part of The Travel Corporation All terms and conditions below, therefore, apply to both AAT Kings and Trafalgar Tours even if we refer in the copy to just AAT Kings.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation any time prior to 46 days before tour commencement - loss of deposit plus any other prepaid items such as air tickets.

Cancellation 45 to 11 days before tour commencement - 50% of the total tour reservation.

Cancellation 10 days or less before tour commencement - 100% of the total tour reservation applies.

Additional deposit information for tours that include overnight boat cruises - AAT Kings

At the time of booking a tour that includes the Overnight boat cruise on either Doubtful or Milford Sound, an additional deposit of NZD$500 per person is required. These tours include Spirit of New Zealand, Essence of New Zealand and Southern Spirit.

Alterations to travel plans - Inspiring Journeys

Inspiring Journeys providers reserve the right to cancel, re-schedule or make other adjustments to any guided holiday departure in any circumstances, including in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond their control. If cancellation is made by AAT Kings or Inspiring Journeys any time prior to the departure date of the guided holiday, except when you failed to pay the final balance on time, AAT Kings or Inspiring Journeys will offer a comparable holiday if available or a future travel credit. AAT Kings and Inspiring Journeys will refund any difference in price if the alternative is of a lower price however, the guest will be responsible for additional costs if the alternative is priced higher. AAT Kings and Inspiring Journeys will not be liable for cancellation, delay, rescheduling or other adjustment or impact to a departure or itinerary or other aspect(s) of the holiday brought about due to force majeure or other circumstance beyond their control that prevents or interferes with any aspect of the tour, also including governmental and administrative actions. AAT Kings and Inspiring Journeys are not responsible for other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations or changes and are not liable for any cancellation or change costs or penalties incurred on other travel arrangements, including air tickets.


Additionally, the following terms and conditions apply to all third party group escorted tours

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is not included but it is requested that all travellers have a suitable insurance policy providing adequate cover for the duration of their tour.

Refund

Please note that no refund shall be made for any unused portion of any itinerary. Any alteration to the holiday, made by a traveller(s), shall be wholly at the expense of that traveller(s).

Luggage Limits

Travelling light: Please limit your luggage to one medium-sized suitcase weighing no more than 23kg. This will be stored in the rear of the vehicle or trailer and will not be accessible during the day. Bring a soft bag or small day pack that can be easily stowed on the coach for your rain jacket, sunhat, camera and other items.

Room and Dietary Requirements

Special room and dietary requests will be accepted and passed on to the hotels and included meal suppliers but cannot be guaranteed. Where they can, suppliers will cater to intolerances but managing them is the responsibility of the traveller.

Children

These tours are not always suitable for children and on some brands children are not permitted. Please seek advice from our team of experts before booking. 

Seat Rotation

For the enjoyment of all passengers, coach companies operate a daily seat rotation system in which all passengers must participate in. This is a condition of booking.

Documentation

The client(s) is/are responsible for the acquisition of passports and appropriate visas, where necessary. We recommend that such documents, as required by governments, are finalised at least six (6) weeks prior to the date of departure.

Optional Tours

Optional Tours are not operated by the coach tour supplier and do not operate these excursions. As such, no person employed or associated with the coach tour has any connection with the operators of these excursions. Accordingly, the coach tour company cannot and do not take any responsibility for any injury, action, loss or damage of any type, arising in any manner from these excursions.

Smoking Laws

Government regulations forbid smoking in tourist coaches. Smoking is also not permitted in any licensed premises (bars, restaurants, cafes, casinos, etc) throughout New Zealand. Smoking rooms at hotels will be subject to availability and may not be available in some destinations.

Force Majeure

Except where otherwise expressly stated in these booking conditions we regret that we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by reason of circumstances amounting to force majeure. In these booking conditions, force majeure means any event which we or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events outside our control.

Health and Fitness

Payment of deposit by the traveller(s) to secure a Grand Pacific/MoaTrek/AAT Kings/Inspiring Journeys/XperieNZ/Haka Tours tour acts as a warranty that the traveller(s) is/are reasonably healthy and/or fit to participate in the tour and the traveller(s) indemnifies the Tour provider from all actions, claims and demands arising out of any want of health and fitness. The coach tour provider reserves the right to remove a traveller from a tour if their health and/or fitness interferes with the tour or other traveller(s) tour experience in any way. Travelling with a wheelchair is subject to availability at the time of booking as each tour has limited the capacity to cater for one wheelchair passengers, please discuss this with your booking agent on the reservation.

Variation

Coach tour providers reserve the right to cancel or vary the content of their tours should the need arise. If an activity or accommodation is unavailable the coach tour provider will replace with something of the same standard or higher.

Rooming allocations

Single Traveller

The nature of some tours does not permit for single supplements or triple share bookings.

Twin-Share Traveller (where available)

If you are travelling alone and do not wish to pay the single supplement, a twin share room will be provided with a person of the same gender. Smoking and special room requests are not permitted on this basis. It is your duty to disclose any medical or other conditions that may prevent you from being a suitable rooming partner and you must accept that compatibility with your rooming partner cannot be guaranteed. We accept no responsibility for the suitability of the allocated rooming partner.

Group Coach Tours

Special terms and conditions may apply to group and speciality departure tours. A group tour is defined as a privately chartered tour with more than 12 passengers. These special terms and conditions supersede the conditions below and will be advised on each quote and itinerary. Please check or ask if you need clarification.

Last updated on: 2020-09-17 14:04:02