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Operatunity Travel

Experience the Exceptional

Operatunity Travel presents music luxury group tours throughout the world. Every itinerary is specially crafted by us, making your travel experience unique. We look after every detail, with no hidden extra costs.  We want every day to be an occasion where you enjoy each destination with music, history, art and special extras, quality hotels of local flavour and knowledgeable local guides. Our music content includes a mix of our own private concerts, presented by your hosts and local entertainers, and professional shows, always in excellent seats.

 

You will travel with like-minded New Zealanders, stressfree and with every care given for your wellbeing, safety and enjoyment. 

 

“What a wealth of talent we have in our Operatunity team. And to see the way each one of them cared for and showed love to folk along the way was inspiring.”

 



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Discover Great Barrier Island

13 - 20 March 2024
7-night Haurauki Gulf Tour with 5 nights on Aotea Great Barrier Island and 2 nights in Auckland including Waiheke Island; with special tours and experiences as well as our own brand of music and fun.

West Side Story at the Handa Opera with Hunter Valley

3 - 10 April 2024
Fabulous 7-night music theatre extravaganza to New South Wales: 4 nights at the 5-star Langham Hotel, Sydney and 3 nights at the 5-star Spicers Guesthouse, Hunter Valley.

The Grand Tour of Italy

9 April - 3 May 2024
Stay in idyllic historic 4 and 5 star hotels: Rome (4 nights), Florence (4 nights), Genoa (3 nights), Bologna (3 nights), Venice (4 nights) and Trieste (3 nights) including palaces and Italian villas!

Wine, Whales and Song

19 - 30 April 2024
Join us on our fantastic 13-day tour of the Upper South Island, to some of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand. We enjoy drives through coastlines, mountains, vineyards, plains and hills with cruises on the Marlborough Sounds and Kaikoura Coast and vi

Quintessential Queensland Variety Festival

10 - 20 May 2024
We travel to beautiful Queensland visiting its rainforests, beaches, Glass Mountain, quaint villages, coastlines, eco-island with cruises, train journeys, boat rides, coach tours and travel musically around the world in numerous themed concerts presented

Journey to Japan

21 May - 7 June 2024
18 day extensive tour of Japan visiting the following regions: Osaka, Nara, Himeji, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Takayama, Yudanaka, Nagano, Mount Fiji, Hakone, Mishima and Tokyo.

Melbourne Show Spectacular - Tosca, Sunset Boulevard and Chicago! Tour 2

21 - 27 May 2024
Extravaganza epic arena production of Tosca, Sarah Brightman in Sunset Boulevard and Anthony Warlow in Chicago!

Melbourne Show Spectacular - Tosca, Sunset Boulevard and Chicago!

26 May - 1 June 2024
Extravaganza epic arena production of Tosca, Sarah Brightman in Sunset Boulevard and Anthony Warlow in Chicago!

Vienna, Prague & Germany & André Rieu

15 June - 10 July 2024
23-day extraordinary music extravaganza: André Rieu Live in Maastricht premium tickets plus opera and concerts as follows: Vienna State Opera, Schönbrunn Strauss concert, Kursalon or Volksoper performance, Estates Theatre, Prague or other opera houses, Se

New Caledonia 3 Tenors Music Festival

22 - 29 June 2024
Join us in New Caledonia as we frolic for 7 nights in the sun, escape the winter, enjoy music from our tenors and soprano, experience Kanak and French local history and culture and stay at the 5-star resort: Le Méridien Noumea Resort & Spa.

Swiss Trains, Italian Lakes & German Castles

2 - 27 July 2024
23-day tour which includes four countries: Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Germany with stays in iconic hotels, Milan (4 nights), Como (3 nights), Pontresina (2 nights) (located 10 minutes’ drive from Lake Moritz), Zermatt (3 nights), Lucerne (3 nights),

Bali Band & Beach-Hop Music Festival

7 - 17 August 2024
10-day tour with our singers and band taking in the sights of one of the most beautiful regions in the world!

The Australian Outback

18 August - 2 September 2024
Our 16 day tour encapsulates the essence of the outback of Australia, driving from Adelaide to Uluru where we take our time, enjoy the scenery and travel through the outback, learn its history, meet the locals and wonder at some of the most magnificent sc

Scandinavia and Iceland

24 August - 20 September 2024
25-day tour of Scandinavia and Iceland, including all accommodation at 4 star hotels: Copenhagen (5 nights), Oslo (3 nights), Balestrand (2 nights), Bergen (3 nights), 6 nights in Iceland: Reykjavík (2 +2 nights), Vik (2 nights), Stockholm (4 nights), p

Auckland Shows, Train and Boats Tour

24 - 28 September 2024
Four day tour in Auckland featuring 5 great music events: New Zealand Opera’s Rigoletto, the whimsical Matilda the Musical, and our own shows Puttin’ on the Ritz, Down at the old Bull and Bush and A Spotlight on Amanda and Ben.

Tasmania

6 - 17 October 2024
We circumnavigate the whole island on our 12-day tour and present to you an in-depth insight into its history, culture, uniqueness, and natural splendour. And of course, we add musical flavour from our artists!

Sorrento, Sicily & Malta

8 October - 4 November 2024
26-day epic tour of Sorrento, Sicily and Malta, three of the most fascinating parts of the world including Sorrento (4 nights), Sicily - 14 nights including Palermo (4 nights), Taormina (2 nights), Catania (2 nights), Agrigento (3 nights), Syracuse (3 n

Music, Madness & Mayhem on the Murray!

25 October - 1 November 2024
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.

Taranaki Garden Spectacular

29 October - 5 November 2024
7-night Garden Tour with 5 nights in New Plymouth experiencing the famous Taranaki Garden Spectacular and 2 nights in Hamilton including the Hamilton Gardens.

3 Tenors in the Far North

10 - 17 November 2024
An 8-day, 7-night tour of Auckland and the Far North including accommodation at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (5 nights) and Fable Hotel MGallery, Auckland (2 nights).

Check out the Chathams

30 November - 7 December 2024
Explore the Chathams, home to a number of ecological significant conservation reserves with threatened and uncommon plant and birdlife including 18 bird species unique to these islands, and home to 30% of NZ’s threatened bird species.

Christmas with Karl

23 December 2024 - 2 January 2025
Numerous special events to celebrate Christmas, New Year and simply being together with Karl Perigo, Marian Burns and Grant Winterburn.

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.

~ Norfolk 2020, Trish White

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

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

Thank you both, and your talented team of entertainers for a wonderful trip to Norfolk Island.
It was certainly a time of song, music, love and laughter, and great fun.
I always appreciate the dress code that you have the smartly dressed men and the beautiful gowns you and your ladies wear.
Also thank you to all the crew for looking after us all so well, it is very much appreciated, I am very grateful for the help I received, so it was possible to join the trip.

Cheers,

Fay

~ Fay, Norfolk 2020

Another wonderful tour with Operatunity.
Another bunch of special highlights to remember and put in my memory bank. The pleasure each tour gives me is priceless and has added greatly to the very happy person I am. I can’t wait for the next one to Vanuatu.
I feel very special being picked up and taken home after each tour.
It was a great pleasure to see Bonnie, Karl, Paul, Marian, Suzanne, and the Band and to meet Russell. I am in awe of the talents all of them possesses and what lovely people they all are as well.

Love and best wishes,

Glenda

~ Glenda, Norfolk 2020

Bruce and I wish to say thank you for a truly incredible week with you all in Norfolk Island.
It was a magical time filled with glorious musical events and fun filled activities every day.
It never ceases to amaze us as to how much time and effort you all put into these holidays to make them so special for us, the travelers.
We are left with so many wonderful memories.
Looking forward to our next trip with you.
Many thanks again for this special time.

Kindest regards,

Rowena & Bruce

~ Rowena & Bruce, Norfolk 2020


Dear Sue, John and Team,

Once again, many thanks for the wonderful “coromandel Tenors Extravaganza” Such a lovely week enjoying our own beautiful country and for me, an area that I hadn’t visited since 1991, when we stayed with my late husband’s cousins in Tairua.
Everything about the trip was magical and the music sublime! You are a remarkable team and bring so much joy to everyone who participates in your concerts and trips, we are so blessed.
I’m looking forward to the lower Hutt concerts on 26th Feb and the train trip in April, meanwhile a family wedding and a grandchild feature; next week, granddaughter to marry 13th Feb in Dunedin, grandson and partner to have their baby in March.

Again, heartfelt thanks and fondest regards

~ Denise, Coromandel 2021

Dear Operatunity

There are always silver linings in the Lockdown scenarios - and receiving these Happiness Half Hours is certainly up there with the best of them!! So, very many thanks for this - it’s fabulous. Am about to watch this one for a second time!!

Earlier this year, I went on your wonderful trip to Coromandel - this certainly was an outstanding experience - my friend and I enjoyed everything about it - one of
the best holidays I’ve had. Everything was perfect.

When I was on the bus, I got chatting with Cameron Barclay, and I have a question or two I’d like to ask him - is it possible, please, to have an email address for him? (I will quite understand if this can’t be disclosed.)

In the meantime, very best wishes to all of you, and thanks for the incredible effort you put into your programmes. Am keeping my fingers crossed that your future ventures (concerts and trips) can go ahead, and am really looking forward to the rest of this year’s concerts.

With kindest regards

~ Sandra, Coromandel 2021

Hi Sue & John,

In light of Level 3, I understand completely re The Crooners, of course disappointing and unfortunate for all but it is better to stay safe. Look forward to your next email for further information.

So glad Gary and I did the Coromandel with you. It was fabulous, several areas off our bucket list.

We were most impressed with the venues, the meals, table settings, most of all the organization, and of course the 5 Tenors, not forgetting Chris, the coach driver, especially the control re the scary moment over the Kopu Hikuai with misty windows. A most memorable, fabulous tour, thank you.

~ Valerie and Gary, Coromandel 2021

I would like to thank you both personally for the wonderful time you gave us on this tour. You were the perfect hosts, well organised, caring and most of all, fun! This was my first tour with you, and it will not be my last. I fell in love with Bonnie and Cameron, they are fabulous guys, like yourselves, caring and great company. Operatunity is a professional company and that is reflected in the performers you employ, they were wonderful with the guests, they made us feel part of your family. It was a shock to return home to my husband who I have been a caregiver for 20 years, but it was the tour with you guys, that gives me the spirit to carry on and dream about my well-earned and most loved break away from family worries. Thank you again for a wonderful tour, the memories will stay with me forever.

~ Margaret, Lets Boogie 2021

When my beloved husband passed away just before Christmas 2019, my world came crashing down and I could not see how life could ever be normal again. In 2020, I realised that it was time to get out and start making a new life for myself, but my self-confidence was very low, and I knew I needed time away form home and a change of scenery following lockdown. I thought back to the two overseas trips that I had enjoyed with Operatunity some years previous and the way we were looked after and cared for by the tour hosts. I knew that this was the environment where I could feel safe and be myself without being judged. It didn’t matter that I would not know any of the travellers on the tour because they would be like minded people who understand me and cared about each other. They would understand if I was feeling down or if a song during a performance bought me to tears and they did just that. So, I booked two trips and what an amazing experience they were! I came home feeling a different person and with more confidence to face the future and whatever it holds for me. Everyone was so kind and caring and understanding. I have made some new friends from the trips who want to stay in contact with me. I want to thank you all for helping me to change and adapt and for giving me the confidence to face the world again. I couldn’t live without music in my life, and it is truly therapeutic. The wonderful Operatunity team that administers music does it in such a special manner that enhances the therapeutic effect and I have proved that to be true in recent times from my experiences.
Thank you to all at Operatunity for your part in my progress, and I look forward to continuing to enjoy music with you for years to come.

~ Rosemary

I do not know how to say thank you. It is simply not sufficient for all you give me. So, I sit here wondering, how you will ever know what you have done, not just for me, but for all those thousands who are lucky enough to have found you.

~ Julie, Rondo Member

Hi, Sue and John, Bonnie, Kalauni, Kelly, Grant, Derek, Chris, and Sonja and all her Travel support team,
I'm just back from the Magic Music Winter Wonderland trip, how fantastic was that!!
A huge thanks to you all but especially our ever-present, caring, fun-loving and very talented Bonnie, Kalauni, Kelly, Grant, and driver Chris, who all made the trip so enjoyable and memorable - from the excellent planned itinerary through to improvising and impromptu tweaking!! And to Derek, too, at our last night's concert.
There were many, many memorable moments during the trip, but for me the concert at Church of the Good Shepherd, the Clay Pinnacles, Mt Cook in the snow, curling in Naseby, singing in St Bathans, & dancing in Te Anau were just some of those extra special moments - wow!
I'm looking forward very much to getting the group's photo USB, these are such a great idea - thanks. To everyone in Operatunity, thank you again for another wonderful Operatunity Travel experience!

~ Anne Jack, Winter Wonderland 2021

Once again, many thanks for the wonderful “coromandel Tenors Extravaganza.” Such a lovely week enjoying our own beautiful country and for me, an area that I had not visited since 1991, when we stayed with my late husband’s cousins in Tairua. Everything about the trip was magical and the music sublime! You are a remarkable team and bring so much joy to everyone who participates in your concerts and trips, we are so blessed.
Again, heartfelt thanks and fondest regards

~ Denise, Coromandel 2021

Thank you both, and your talented team of entertainers for a wonderful trip to Norfolk Island.
It was certainly a time of song, music, love and laughter, and great fun. I always appreciate the dress code that you have the smartly dressed men and the beautiful gowns you and your lady’s wear.
Also thank you to all the crew for looking after us all so well, it is very much appreciated, I am very grateful for the help I received, so it was possible to join the trip

~ Fay, Norfolk Island 2020

The Waiheke trip was just amazing; to me, everything was perfect – accommodation, places we visited, food and your wonderful people who as well as being great singers (and actors) are so flexible in the many jobs they undertake and are so very people oriented. They are such lovely people who have a wonderful rapport with the older age group.

~ Ginny, Waiheke Island 2021

We are writing to thank you all for a wonderful bus and train tour around the North Island. We especially like going to several ‘out of the way’ places such as Martinborough, The Forgotten Highway, as well as some of the side trips to beautiful gardens and homes. All the concerts were wonderful. We especially were impressed with the way all of the team not only performed their musical duties, who also worked long hours and took on a wide range of tasks from baggage handlers to trolley dollies, to assisting many of the tour party getting on and off the bus and train.

~ Noel & Barbara, Off the Beaten Track 2021

Can’t believe it’s a week since our wonderful holiday and unforgettable last night at ‘the Bach’. A week of fun, laughter, and kindness. Can’t find appropriate words to thank organising admin, entertainers, Sue and John. Heaps of love to you all!

~ Pamela & Hans, Waiheke Island 2021

Dear All,
Jan and I have been attending your concerts at Somervell Church Remuera since the beginning. We have watched your success and the formula you have used. Congratulations on a wonderful Business Pattern.
Every concert has improved in every way from content, back drops to costumes etc. Your Artists put their ALL into every performance with enthusiasm and humour bringing pleasure to so many elderly and disabled folk. We would never miss a concert unless our health would not permit.
Your tours are well organised and the tour leaders very caring!

~ Cyril and Jan, Remuera - 2021

Travel Insurance

Every customer is required to take out insurance for all international travel when taking a trip with Operatunity Ltd. 

DOMESTIC INSURANCE
Insurance for Domestic travel is currently available from many companies. Insurance for New Zealand trips is entirely at your discretion. Please email our office for our current recommendation if you wish our advice.


INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE
Insurance for International travel is currently available from many companies. For our trips overseas it is a requirement that proof of cover be sent to our office some time before departure from NZ. We can not accept travellers who hold no cover for international travel as per our term and conditions.
Please email our office for our current recommendation if you wish our advice. Email travelbookings@operatunity.co.nz Phone 0508 886 489

 

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.

  • We seek to accommodate the needs of guests with disabilities whenever possible. However in most cases we are unable to take customers with walkers, wheelchairs or other mobility issues. Certain trips may be unsuitable due to walking or limited availability of accommodation with disabled facilities. We cannot be responsible for the care of customers suffering from significant cognitive illness (such as dementia). We ask such customers to consult with your doctor to obtain medical clearance. Guests needing assistance mustbe accompanied by an able companion who will be available to assist them and assume full responsibility for their wellbeing.

  • 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 an administration fee of up to $500 plus any non-recoverable costs the company may incur.

    After final deposit refunds are unlikely and the refund becomes an insurance claim.

  • 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: travelbookings@operatunity.co.nz

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