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Experience the Exceptional

Operatunity Travel presents exceptional musical travel experiences with like-minded music and fun loving seniors to fabulous destinations, both nationally and internationally. Operatunity provides a unique blend of music, fun and camaraderie. One of our unique charms is that our escorts on trips are also all professional singers and musicians. This means that your hosts are looking after you, guiding you and ensuring your enjoyment, care and safety and then miraculously change into performers entertaining you.

All trips are on hold at present with trips rescheduled for later in 2020 or as necessary into 2021. We will not be undertaking trips until we believe it is safe to do so. At the moment we appreciate the patience from our customers and look forward to opening the world to you through music as soon as we can.

Vanuatu Music Festival

24 April - 2 May 2020
Join our Three Tenors, concert pianist Stephen De Pledge and sopranos Sue and Amanda, for stunning music events against the backdrop of this tropical island.

Melbourne Showtime Spectacular

3 - 10 May 2020
Madama Butterfly, Spirit of the Dance Spectacular, private parlour concert at Dame Nellie Melba’s house, Spamalot and Hamlet.

Port Douglas Music Festival

7 - 14 May 2020
Join us in Port Douglas for a feast of specially themed events from nine fabulous, favourite artists in a great beach location surrounded by forest and the Coral Sea.

Samoa Festival of Music

13 - 20 June 2020
Enjoy 7 nights of stunning musical events against the backdrop of Samoa, a tropical island, where natural beauty combines with the friendliest, most musical people in the world!

The Music & Magic of Ireland

21 June - 15 July 2020
With the fantastic team of Karl Perigo and Marian Burns, we experience the music, the culture, the zest for life and have all the fun of the Irish.

Russia - Waterways of the Tsars

27 June - 19 July 2020
Join Bonnie and Alex in Russia on our music tour to see and experience all its hidden gems, along with its splendour, jaw dropping grandeur and alluring, turbulent history.

Winter Wonderland

19 - 29 July 2020
Capture the beauty of New Zealand, the beauty of our specially crafted trips and music. We bring you a magnificent tour of the Southern Alps, Queenstown, Milford Sound, and the rugged West Coast.

Bavaria, Austria & Oberammergau

9 August - 1 September 2020
Join Sue & John on a once in a lifetime tour through Bavaria and Austria including the 42nd Passion Play in Oberammergau.

Viva Italia Tour

31 August - 30 September 2020
Verdi Opera Festival, Verona Opera, exclusive musical experiences, gourmet food, iconic hotels and villas and the charm of small towns with glorious vistas.

Music on the Murray

25 September - 2 October 2020
We take over the boat (just Operatunity folk) and as we cruise the tranquil waters of the mighty Murray, we bring you music, mayhem and madness.

The Great New Zealand Train Journey

11 - 25 October 2020
Join us on the Greatest New Zealand Train Journey which combines all the bygone glory of train travel, with fun, music and laughter from our hosts Karl Perigo, Suzanne Lynch and Hamish McGregor, with Reg Towers on Piano.

Taranaki Garden Spectacular & Chateau

30 October - 6 November 2020
Celebrate the beauty of the North Island’s west coast with the Taranaki Garden Spectacular Festival and the magnificent Tongariro National Park, staying at the beautiful Chateau. Hosted by John, Lynette and Hamish.

Rarotonga Music Festival

7 - 14 November 2020
Join us on a magnificent musical journey to Rarotonga with some of our favourite artists: violinist Jessica Hindin, our Three Tenors Bonnie, Derek and Kalauni, sopranos Sue and Kelly and Paul on piano.

Opera Extravaganza at Ayers Rock (Uluru)

8 - 17 December 2020
Opera experiences at Ayers Rock, Field of Light, Sunset Dinner overlooking Uluru, The Secret Garden, The Happy Prince, solo violin concert in Dame Nellie Melba’s Music Room

Thank you for my holiday in the Deep South. I am refreshed and revitalized, being cared for by your admirable guides who magically transformed into actors and singers at dusk; their voices enchanted us.

~ Betty, Delve into the Deep South 2018

What a beautiful country we live in, the ability to explore with great company, wonderful singers, sublime accommodation, a superb driver, care, consideration, every need catered for. What more could anyone ask for!

~ Denise, Delve into the Deep South 2018

“What was the highlight?” is what so many friends have asked. And stepping back with difficulty from the great buildings, works of art, scenery, the friendly locals I found (a couple of vodkas at my “local” in Moscow was a great conversation lubricant), I’ve settled on perhaps the most intimate experience - that afternoon tea in Sverstory with the marvellous Nina and our interpeter. I will never forget – and I’m sure Nina never will either – Sue’s beautiful soprano rendition as she led us in Pokare Ana. Placeba (thanks), Sue – professional organiser and carer, friend, time keeper, comedian, soprano, and nurse when needed.
And of course all our guides/interpreters and Prof Ludmilla were extraordinarily competent, entertaining and frank. Simply the best!”

~ Carol W, Russia - Waterways of the Tsars 2018

I have just been on a most amazing trip to Melbourne with Bonnie, Jess and Lucy.
The choice of the two opera's, Tosca and La Traviata plus the musical, The Wizard of Oz made for a wonderful contrast of entertainment...
The choice and position of the Langham was ideal when free time permitted personal endeavors, and as per the usual Langham standards of perfection and service beyond reproach.
Now to Bonnie, Jess and Lucy.
Lucy is a real treasure. Apparently unflappable, always smiling and a genuinely nice person. The "back room person" who rarely receives the credits due to them but, without whom organisation cannot function properly. A credit to your Company.
Jess, a lady of many hidden talents who made every one feel special. Her musical abilities and vast range of music suited all occasions wonderfully. As with Lucy, nothing was to much trouble.
Bonnie, what a gentleman. As I have a serious progressive condition, I found that coming down coach steps a problem. However, by coming down backwards it helps the pain... He was always there when I needed help, but was never intrusive. A wonderful, caring and sensitive person with a wonderful voice.
The musical interludes at the Hotel were memorable and everyone had a most enjoyable time and one never felt that time was of an essence when traveling on the coaches as everything ran so smoothly and without a hitch.
As this was my first tour with your Company, I have no problem in highly recommending your tours and look forward to your next concert in Hamilton.
Thank you again for a most wonderful eight days in Melbourne.

~ Janette S, Melbourne 2018

...this is the first tour we have travelled with your company and what great value, leadership and attention to detail we received. The cruise down the river was exceptional, music every night and great fellowship.

~ Joan & Geoff H, Mississippi 2018

We have not stopped singing your praises for your leadership of the tour. We also realise how much more worthwhile it was to have been on a tour such as yours as there would have been no way we could have seen, done and learnt so much as we did with you!

~ Karen & Philip C, Russia 2018

Many thanks to Jess and Bonnie for all their care and helpfulness as well as the music they provided, they made my heart sing. This trip has to have been the nicest that I have experienced, not that the others were any less but this had variety and history plus adventure. It gave an "old" girl like me much pleasure and ticked off a number of bucket list items. So very many thanks Operatunity Travel you have done it again.

~ Nedra S, Croatia & Slovenia 2018

Many thanks to you all for a fabulous, magic holiday. We could not fault it. The organization of the tour in every respect, accommodation, company, meals and of course the superb entertainment. We would certainly recommend you to our friends.

~ Helen & Grahame H, Southern Lakes and Fiords 2018

Back in NZ after a great tour. Thanks to Sue and John for all the planning and then guiding us through a very active and full of once in a lifetime series of musical experiences. The best seats in the house, private performances at impressive venues. With so many photo opportunities, special eating places at the best locations, even Dubai at 23 degrees instead of the 40+ was great. If they repeat this trip make sure it is on your bucket list. The Xmas markets and each town lighting up the streets and buildings in competition with each other made day and night different, great experiences.
Thanks also to all the others on this trip for being one of the friendliest groups to travel with.

~ Phil & Jan B, Europe at Christmas tour 2018

I have just got your exciting package from my letterbox, hurried inside to open and see the contents and sink back into a wonderful time of reminiscing.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the most wonderful journey of my lifetime.
As I have said many times, I loved every moment of it. It way exceeded my expectations - and Bonnie and Jess you were the most superb hosts.
I will treasure the memories for my lifetime!!

~ Jennifer S-R, Croatia & Slovenia 2018

I arrived home late yesterday afternoon from our trip to Egypt, led by John. While I am waiting for my brain to catch up with my body, I am reflecting on our comprehensive tour covering most main areas of Egypt, from the perspective of river, road and hot air balloon!

No one should be surprised at the quality of an Operatunity trip - they are without parallel from the initial interaction with the superb office staff, the planning, the thoughtful details of exchange rates and so on, included in the travel wallet and the excellent itinerary. The attention to detail is faultless which allows a freedom to do things 'on the fly' and many surprise 'add ons' while travelling. Included as extras in this trip, were river maps to 'sacred scarabs' to changes in the order of programme, as well as many small kindnesses given so generously - all linked to giving the group the wonderful and exciting and surprising experience. The guides were expert and joined in with the group perfectly - the bus drivers interpreting the challenging Egyptian road rules were marvellous and the Egyptian people who welcomed us wholeheartedly in every place, even waving to the bus as it passed along the road.

But, all this results from the excellent planning and leading of the trip. John always has a unique generousity of spirit with his personalised walking ATM machine always available, advice in markets, the fun and the luxury meant that this will be a trip I always remember. A joy to catch up with Sue and her group in Dubai and, of course, to meet several in that group who one already knows. Perhaps this is the real depth of Operatunity trips - people enjoy the experience so much, they keep coming back! My sincere thanks to John and Stuart for the ceaseless care, attention and caring which every member of the group received daily. This good humoured, 'can do' attitude enhanced the well planned trip, as it always does. A very memorable experience. Thank you to the whole team for making this happen.

~ Sue C, Egypt 2018

My trip to your music festival at Norfolk Island was superb! I cannot express my appreciation strongly enough - thank you seems so inadequate. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!

Your talents and those of your brilliant co-stars will live in my memory for a long long time. I was moved to tears at times the singing so beautiful and meaningful. And each day a new setting and new experience to enjoy.

To add to all the music it was great fun too! And the food delicious!

Many many thanks.

~ Trish White, Norfolk 2020

We want to thank you so much for another wonderful trip and for the memory stick and the great group photo that arrived so quickly. It was so nice to be able to catch up with the four people we met on the 2017 Croatia trip and make new friends, some of whom will be on the Murray River in September. We thoroughly enjoyed the shows but the wee concerts provided by Lynette, Alex, Kelly and Jess are what we think set your trips apart and make them so special.

~ Bryan & Heather H, Melbourne 2020

The music, history, literature, the beautiful landscapes, and charming and helpful people will always be remembered.
This was my tenth trip with Operatunity, each one has been outstanding and unique.
Sue and John have created an amazing company, giving such pleasure to so many, bless you for that.
So many highlights, too numerous to mention, an unforgettable journey, memories to last a lifetime, the list goes on.

~ Denise T, Ireland 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of every day and came home with heaps of amazing things to talk about and remember. We love our time with Operatunity and now looking forward to our next trip.

Many thanks to Sonia for organizing everything for us. Where would we be without you all.

~ Rowena & Bruce, Sydney 2020

I just want to thank you so very much for your kindness and help arranging my travel to Norfolk Island.

Everything went without a hitch. I had a wonderful time. It was so hot though. I met some lovely people. Sue and the team kept us so busy and was very tentative.

~ Sylvia S, Norfolk 2020

Travel Insurance

Every customer is required to take out insurance for all international travel when taking a trip with Operatunity Ltd. We have our own travel insurance broker and we invite you to ring direct for your insurance requirements.

Phone Harriet on 09 3629038 Or email Harriet.lawrence@aon.comYou are of course welcome to make your own insurance arrangements for travel, just be sure that your insurance policy covers you extensively especially when travelling to certain countries such as USA with its high health costs.

 

MOBILITY

Operatunity provides group senior travel and with this in mind we plan trips to suit our target market. But not every trip is created equal in terms of mobility. We want to give you the best possible experience but that will only be achieved if you are able to enjoy everything that our trips have to offer.
Most of our long haul trips require a better level of mobility. We will look after everyone as well as we possibly can, but we cannot look after one at the expense of the rest of the group. We also cannot have one person slowing the rest of group to the point where the group is not able to enjoy every experience we are able to provide.
With this in mind we have put a mobility clause into every trip. Under each explanation here I have popped a statement. Ask yourself if this is ‘you’, when booking on a trip.

None of the following mobility clauses preclude you from ordering a wheelchair at the airport if required.

1. GENTLE TOUR This tour will suit most people, even with a stick or a walker, but sorry not someone in a wheelchair. The activity level is gently paced, but you still need to be able to get on and off buses easily. There will be walking, but not a lot. “I love travelling, but at a gentle pace. I like to avoid stairs or too much activity, but I am able to get on and off buses easily.” 

2. EASY TOUR This tour will suit people with a stick, but not a walker. You will be required to walk to get from place to place and stand in museums, but it is designed to be an easy tour with lots of times to rest, travel on a coach and walk easy leisurely distances.  ”Walking is fine. I can get on and off a coach. I am happy to stand for an hour or two in museums and galleries and gently stroll through places of interest. I am happy to climb the odd set of stairs.” 

3. MODERATE WALKING TOUR This tour requires a better level of fitness with no wheelchairs or walkers. Generally, there may be times when we can’t get the coach close. In some of our Pacific Island tours we will need you to transfer onto a tender and walk on soft sand. We also will have much longer flights and long walks through airports. “I like walking at a moderate pace. I love to keep my days full and experience everything the tour has to  offer. Stairs, tender transfers and cobblestones don’t bother me.” 

4.  EXPLORING TOUR This is still a moderately paced tour, but you will be required to walk longer distances, walk on cobblestones and stand in museums. To really get the best out of this tour you need to be able to stand or walk for a couple  of hours comfortably, be it at a leisurely pace.  “I like to spend most of the day exploring. Whether walking historic neighbourhoods on cobblestones at a moderate pace or out and about on a coach, I want my days full. Stairs don’t bother me and I am keen to see and do as much as I can with the odd day off to recuperate.” 

  • Operatunity is a company specialising in music lovers tours to the senior market. Each trip has been especially planned to include music and arts experiences and has a level of friendliness and care which cannot be found anywhere else! Our trips are packed with features not found anywhere else

  • Yes we have lots of people who travel on their own. We endeavour to match you up with someone who lives close to you or is close in age to you. Often you will get a chance to meet with your matchup or ring them before you leave on your trip. You also may prefer to travel solo and pay the single supplement price. We travel as a happy band so there will be lots of chances to meet people. You will find fellow music lovers and those with other similar interests. In fact those like the nicer things of life so you will travel with like-minded people.
    It is also important to remember that our singers are our escorts so you will see at least a couple of familiar faces as you leave.

  • If you live outside of Auckland, we can arrange travel and accommodation on your way to meet up with our group. We have access and can book domestic airfares in conjunction with Air New Zealand international airfares. Plus we can book your pre and post tour accommodation if required.

  • It is compulsory for our international trips and highly recommended for our domestic tours. 

  • No as most airlines offer various special meals and any restaurants we visit are happy to accommodate special dietary requirements.

  • While we will endeavour to provide the best possible experience and care, all travellers must be fit to travel and be independent. All trips are catering for a senior market but some trips will suit better than others. Some trips also carry an advisory note as they require a higher level of fitness.

  • We ask that you can walk at least 100 metres unaided and be able to get on and off buses with little or no assistance. We cater for a senior market but it is important that you do not jeopardise the enjoyment of others by requiring more care and holding up the rest of the group. Talk to our office or staff at concerts and any advisory notes for individual trips to get a better idea of your suitability for each trip.

  • We stay at 4 and 5 star character hotels, avoiding package, tourist or big hotel chains. We choose  hotels with a more personal feel often with historic content or hotels of beauty and character, centrally located or in parks, by the water, or with beautiful gardens.

  • Breakfast is included daily, and many dinners and lunches are also included as per our itinerary.

  • There are no hidden costs. Included in the trip are tips, taxes, porterage, breakfast, meals where specified, inclusions listed in the itinerary, entry fees where listed in the itinerary, concert/show tickets where listed in the itinerary, tour escorts and local specialised guides. 

  • Some of our trips sell out very quickly and we recommend you make your booking as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. 

  • We will ask you to pay an initial deposit when making your booking. We will then follow up for a second deposit and then a final balance payment prior to travel.

  • All deposits up until final payment are refundable minus any costs the company may incur.

    After final deposit refunds are unlikely and the refund becomes an insurance claim. We do not charge a cancellation fee.

  • Our numbers vary from destination to destination, please contact our office for further information.  We have a minimum number required to operate a tour. Should minimum numbers not be met, a full refund will be made. 

  • For international trips, all guests must have a valid passport that does not expire earlier than at least 6 months beyond their intended stay. 

  • Music is a key element in making our experiences special. There are special experiences and events every day, such as themed dinners, impromptu concerts, music, art tours with art experts and garden tours with garden experts.

  • Most hotels now have internet connection and all hotels have telephones in the room or at reception. If using your mobile telephone check calling and text rates, and disable data roaming before leaving New Zealand. Consider purchasing a prepaid SIM card. And you can keep in touch using social media such as Facebook. We have a copy of your next of kin details in case of emergency and we are also happy to help out with texts, phone calls and emails if you can’t get in touch with your family and need to while away. We are also happy to help out with getting your phones, ipads and cameras to work if needed while away.

  • We spend less time travelling between regions, allowing more time to enjoy experiences when you arrive. We avoid one night stops and “conveyor belt” travel, so you really can capture the local colour and vitality of the region. Our trips are planned so that there is a balance of included activities and free time for you to relax or do some exploring on your own.

  • Contact Operatunity Travel 

    Phone toll free: 0508 886 489
    Mail your booking form to PO BOX 132 150, Sylvia Park, Auckland 1644
    Email: travel@operatunity.co.nz

  • Phone toll free: 0508 886 489
    Email: travel@operatunity.co.nz

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